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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Border officials discover 'fully operational' drug tunnel connecting Tijuana to San Diego
[FoxNews] Six people were arrested and an estimated $25 million worth of drugs were seized

U.S. authorities on Monday announced the discovery of a massive tunnel stretching under the U.S.-Mexico border that was likely used to transport drugs undetected.

The over 1,700-foot "fully operational" tunnel runs from Tijuana to an industrial warehouse in San Diego, California. Authorities said it contains a "sophisticated" structural system that was likely used to smuggle heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl into the U.S.

"It’s estimated to be about 1,744 feet long, 61 feet deep, with a diameter of about 4 feet at its widest point," said Randy Grossman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California. "It has reinforced walls, a rail system, and electricity for ventilation."

U.S. authorities did not say how long the tunnel had been operating but announced $25 million worth of drugs were seized from the tunnel and its operatives over the weekend. The drugs included 1,762 pounds of cocaine, 165 pounds of meth and 3.5 pounds of heroin.

Six Southern California residents were arrested and charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine, officials said.

The industrial warehouse where the tunnel lets out is near the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Otay Mesa Port of Entry, but U.S. authorities have not commented further on the discovery, Fox 5 reported.

The Department of Homeland Security is investigating the tunnel.

Authorities said the tunnel was discovered as officials began sweeping the area for drugs. They conducted drug raids on several homes where drugs were known to be stashed and then checked the warehouse, where they discovered the tunnel.

At least 15 of these sophisticated tunnels across the border have been discovered since 2006, officials said.

Authorities declined to link the latest tunnel to any specific cartel. By federal law, U.S. authorities must fill the U.S. side of tunnels with concrete after they are discovered.

Last week, Border Patrol agents apprehended multiple sex offenders and gang members who crossed the border into the U.S. amid a border crisis that has overwhelmed border security.

The arrests included 15 illegal immigrants convicted or wanted on sex offense charges and three members of the notoriously violent MS-13 gang.

Posted by: Skidmark || 05/17/2022 07:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Welcome to the BIG PX. Here's the way we roll:

The new American way of life...

For a guy and his girlfriend with two kids, all you have to do is follow these proven steps:

1. Don't marry her!

2. Always use your mom's address to get your mail.

3. The guy buys a house.

4. The guy rents out the house to his girlfriend with his two kids.

5. Section 8 will pay $900 a month for a 3 bedroom home.

6. Girlfriend signs up for Obamacare, so the guy doesn't have to pay for family insurance.

7. Girlfriend gets to go to college for free for being a single mother.

8. Girlfriend gets $600 a month for food stamps.

9. Girlfriend gets a free cell phone.

10 Girlfriend gets free utilities.

11. The guy moves into the home but continues to use mom's address for his mail.

12. Girlfriend claims one kid and guy claims the other kid on their tax forms. Now both get to claim head of household at $1800 credit.

13. Girlfriend gets $1800 a month disability for having a "bad back" and never has to work again.

This plan is perfectly legal and is being executed now by millions of people!

A married couple with a stay-at-home mom yields $0 dollars.

An unmarried couple with a stay-at-home mom nets $21,600 disability + $10,800 free housing + $6,000 free Obamacare + $6,000 free food+ $4,800 free utilities + $6,000 Pell grant money to spend + $12,000 a year in college tuition free from Pell grant + $8,800 tax benefit for being a single mother = $75,000 a year in benefits!

Any idea why our country is over $20 trillion in debt and half the population is sitting around letting the other half pay their way?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/17/2022 10:52 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm sure it's Trumps fault somehow! /sarc
Posted by: Chris || 05/17/2022 11:12 Comments || Top||

#3  They must have tailed Hunter on his “hike.”
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/17/2022 12:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Sounds like a great place to store h2s
Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/17/2022 15:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Somebody didn't pay their protection fee.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/17/2022 15:52 Comments || Top||

#6  Or somebody opened a competing tunnel & tipped the authorities (paid them anti-protection...)
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/17/2022 15:53 Comments || Top||

#7  It wouldn't be the first tunnel they've discovered at Otay Mesa.

Although surrounded by hills to the north and west, the actual crossing and adjacent areas are pretty flat with buildings right up to the border on both sides. Not sure if the soil conditions make for easy tunneling, but maybe Frank might know that.


Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/17/2022 17:28 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
The Taliban in Ghazni Prevents the Smuggling of Weapons to Pakistan
[KhaamaPress] Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
security officials in Ghazni province have announced the arrest of three people in connection with weapons smuggling to Pakistain.

The Taliban had identified and wanted the men as they tried to transport weapons to Pakistain in a truck, according to the state-run Bakhtar news agency, quoting the Taliban Interior Ministry.

According to the ministry, Taliban forces launched an operation in Ghazni province’s Qarabagh district to arrest two smugglers.

The Taliban has previously reported the arrest of Pak weapons smugglers.

Following the fall of the Afghan government, military equipment is said to have been smuggled to neighboring countries, particularly Pakistain.

It was recently reported that US weapons used in Afghanistan had been transported to Indian Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
via Pakistain. Indian officials are reported to have announced the discovery of the weapons.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [21 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA


Bomb Blast in Nangrahar Kills One and Injures Five People
[KhaamaPress] An explosion in Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province’s Kuz kanar district has killed one person and injured five others, according to Taliban
...Arabic for students...
security officials.

The incident occurred yesterday, Sunday, May 15th, during a gathering held every week in this district.

The explosion was caused by a magnetic bomb embedded in a Suzuki vehicle, according to officials.

The injured were transferred to Nangarhar District Hospital for treatment, according to officials.

The event is being investigated, according to the Taliban police chief in Nangarhar province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Taliban Forces Clash with the Tajik Border Guards Near Sher Khan Bandar
[KhaamaPress] Local sources in Kunduz province reported festivities between Tajik border guards and Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
forces on the border between the two countries.

According to a resident of Kunduz province’s Imam Sahib district, whose name was omitted due to the sensitivity of the matter, the clash occurred near Sher Khan Bandar
...which always makes me think of the tiger in The Mowgli Stories...
on Monday, May 16, and lasted for four hours.

He continued by stating that the border guard festivities began after a verbal confrontation, with the Taliban firing the first shot.

.The clash happens between as the Russian President Vladimir Putin
..President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon met three days ago to discuss bilateral security issues.

Previous skirmishes have also occurred on the Afghan-Pak border, as well as the Islam Qala border with Iran.

Local Taliban officials have denied the border festivities, but prominent Taliban officials have remained silent.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [52 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA


Africa Subsaharan
Bandits Kill Five Persons, Abduct District Head In Kano


Five persons have been killed and a district head kidnapped by bandidos, in coordinated attacks on two communities in Kano State, Northwest Nigeria.

SaharaReporters learnt that the bandidos stormed Karfi and Unguwar Tudun Makama communities under the Takai Local Government Area of the state. They reportedly killed five persons and kidnapped Abdulhayatu Ilu, the district head of Karfi.

A family source said the turbans stormed Karfi around 11:42 pm on Sunday, killing one person before forcibly whisking away the district head.

Similarly, four persons were shot full of holes and three others injured at Unguwar Tudun Makama, while attempting to repel the attackers.

The police responded to the attack, "but it was not timely", a local source informed.

"We have not heard from the bandidos yet, but we are hoping they will call so that we know what they are after," a relation of Ilu, the district head, said.

He added that efforts were ongoing to identify the button men but their whereabouts could not be ascertained yet.

The spokesperson for the police in the state, DSP Abdullahi Haduna Kiyawa, confirmed the incident saying three of the dear departed persons went titzup.
"The kidnappers came from across the border in Bauchi State. They took a district head in Karfi and killed three people on the spot," he said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 04:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under: Banditti


Police Discover Bomb Allegedly Planted By Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno Displaced Persons’ Camp


An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted at Dalori Internally Displaced Persons’ Camp in the Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State was successfully disabled by the police on Monday.

The Borno State Police Commissioner, Abdu Umar confirmed the discovery.

He said the bomb was planted by Boko Haram
...the name means Western education is forbidden, They're what you get as the result of a traditional African or Islamic education...
and Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of the West African Province (ISWAP) holy warriors.

It was learnt that the bomb scare began at about 6:00 am when an item concealed in a sack was spotted causing the residents at the camp to abandon their shelters and flee.

About three hours later, a team of the EOD operatives came and discovered that the item was an explosive, planted in the camp to cause havoc.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 04:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [55 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Dozens killed in Burkina attacks
[AlAhram] Around 40 people, many of them civilian volunteers with the army, have been killed in suspected jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
, local sources and security officials said on Monday.

In the northern region of Sahel, around 25 people were killed in two assaults on Saturday, including 13 members of the VDP volunteers, a leader of the force told AFP.

In Kompienga, near Burkina's southeastern border with Togo and Benin, about 15 non-combatants were killed on Saturday when their convoy was attacked while under VDP escort, a security source in the region said.

A local inhabitant said three VDP volunteers also died in this attack, and called for help for the maimed, which he said numbered nearly a dozen.

In another raid overnight Saturday, assailants carried out a coordinated attack on police and gendarmes' posts in Faramana, near the frontier with Mali, causing two maimed, a security source said.

One of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso has been battered by jihadist raids since 2015, when holy warriors began mounting cross-border attacks from Mali.

More than 2,000 people have died and almost two million fled their homes.

Mutinous troops, angered at mounting losses, ousted elected president Roch Marc Christian Kabore in January.

The new strongman, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, says tackling the violence and restoring security is his top priority.

After several weeks of relative calm after the coup, jihadist attacks resumed, and scores of civilians and members of the security forces have died.

Some of the heaviest losses have been suffered by the Volunteers for the Defence of the Fatherland (VDP), a civilian auxiliary force set up in December 2019 to take over some basic security duties from the army.

Recruits are given two weeks' military training and then work alongside the military, typically carrying out surveillance, information-gathering or escort duties.

A security source said there had been a "series of attacks which have mainly targeted Volunteers."

Of the two latest assaults in the north, one occurred at Guessel, where "around 20 people, including eight VDP" were killed, while the other took place at Markoye, where five volunteers and one civilian died, the VDP officer said.

The latest attack came a week after an ambush in the north in which 10 volunteers were killed, along with two civilians.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [58 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


India-Pakistan
1 dead, 11 injured in IED blast near New Memon Mosque in Karachi's Kharadar area
[Dawn] One person died and 11 were maimed in a blast near Iqbal Market and New Memon Mosque in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's Kharadar area, according to Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab.

Wahab identified the dear departed as a woman named Sania, wife of Khalid.

As per footage shown on DawnNewsTV, cycle of violences and automobiles, including a police vehicle, suffered damage as people tried to put out fire.

A blurb from the Karachi police's media cell said an improvised bomb (IED) was responsible for the blast. It said that Assistant Sub-inspector Badaruddin was among the injured, adding that he was "out of danger".

"One police pick up and a few other vehicles are damaged in the incident. Crime scene unit has secured the place of incident. BD (bomb disposal) team is working to establish the nature of explosion," the blurb said.

The blast tonight is the second one to terrorise Karachi within the span of a week. Last Thursday, one passerby was killed and at least nine injured when an improvised bomb (IED) planted in a cycle of violence went off in Saddar.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [29 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Iraqi airstrike kills seven ISIS suspects in Erbil
[Rudaw] Several alleged Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) members were killed when an Iraqi Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
targeted their location in southwestern Erbil province on Monday following a fresh operation conducted to eliminate remnants of the group.

Iraqi warplanes launched an airstrike in the mountains of Makhmour in Erbil province on Monday, resulting in the deaths of six suspected ISIS members, Iraq's top military spokesperson Yehia Rasool said in a tweet.

The Peshmerga and Iraqi army conducted a joint operation against ISIS hideouts in Mount Qarachogh on Sunday, an area synonymous with ISIS activity situated in the security vacuum between Erbil and Baghdad.

The aforementioned operation led to the deaths of two ISIS members after caves and tunnels that the organization sheltered in were destroyed.

Rasool said the strikes "came in conjunction with the heroes of the Peshmerga, and this operation is a continuation of the series of joint efforts undertaken by the Iraqi forces to combat the remains of terrorism."
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [58 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Sort of like composting.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/17/2022 12:39 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Clashes erupt at Jerusalem funeral of Palestinian mortally wounded on Temple Mount
[IsraelTimes] Police say 6 cops lightly injured, at least 15 Paleostinians arrested; Red Islamic Thingy says 71 maimed as a funeral procession deteriorates into violence for second time in a week.

Paleostinians and coppers clashed fiercely in East Jerusalem on Monday night during the funeral procession of a Paleostinian man who died after being critically maimed during festivities on the Temple Mount last month.

Six officers were lightly injured by stones hurled at them by hundreds of rioters at a cemetery near Jerusalem’s Old City. Two of the officers were taken to a nearby hospital for further medical treatment, police said.

The Paleostinian Red Islamic Thingy rescue service said 71 Paleostinians were maimed from rubber bullets, stun grenades and beatings. Thirteen people required hospitalization, including two with eye injuries, it said.

Police said officers arrested 15 people, though Paleostinian media put the figure at 50.

Footage showed rocks raining on the officers at several locations throughout the funeral procession. Other clips showed fireworks being set off in the direction of police, who responded with riot dispersal measures. Police said the rioting took place both during the procession and at the gravesite, as well on Salah a-Din street. Paleostinians also damaged several vehicles during the festivities and struck a number of passers-by, according to police.

Toward the beginning of the funeral, a car accelerated toward Border Police officers securing the procession, Israeli law enforcement said. The officers fired at the vehicle’s wheels until it came to a stop. The five Paleostinians inside were then arrested. No one was harmed in the incident.

Thousands of Paleostinians participated in the funeral procession for 21-year-old Walid a-Sharif. Paleostinians said he died after being hit by a sponge-tipped bullet during the festivities on April 22. Police said he fell and hit his head while throwing rocks.

Israeli authorities returned a-Sharif’s body to his family earlier Monday evening and the latter immediately began a procession that reached the Temple Mount where a handful of participants were seen waving Paleostinian flags. "With our souls and blood, we will redeem you, martyr," the crowd chanted.

Photos from the scene showed the ambulance that transferred the body of a-Sharif with its windows broken and tires slashed. Paleostinian media claimed this was a result of the police’s riot dispersal measures.

This was the second East Jerusalem funeral in days that deteriorated into violence. Friday’s procession for Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh drew international headlines after police were filmed rushing at and beating mourners, including pallbearers when the casket was brought out of a Jerusalem hospital en route to burial, almost causing it to fall to the ground. The Israel Police has offered a series of explanations for its use of force on the day of the funeral, including claiming that a mob of "300 rioters" had seized the casket at the hospital. This was denied by Shireen Abu Akleh’s brother in an interview with The Times of Israel on Sunday.

Clashes and unrest had been breaking out at the al-Aqsa Mosque that sits atop the Temple Mount nearly every day during the holy Moslem month of Ramadan in April.

Police said a-Sharif was one of the masked youths hurling rocks when he fell over and hit his head on the stone floor. His family disputed this, saying he was hit by a sponge-tipped bullet, used by police that morning.

Police published footage of what they said was a-Sharif, his face covered in a black and white checked keffiyeh, repeatedly throwing stones and rocks at Israeli security forces.

Hours after his death, Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, said a-Sharif was a member of the terror group.

The Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
terror group issued a statement threatening Israel in the wake of a-Sharif’s death.

Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [43 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  If I am ever invited to a Palestinian funeral I will forgo my suit and buy a helmet instead.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/17/2022 12:33 Comments || Top||


Arab Israeli took part in fighting against security forces in Jenin — TV
[IsraelTimes] An Arab Israeli was among button men who engaged in intense festivities with Israeli forces in the Jenin area on Friday, Channel 12 news reports.

The network says the 18-year-old, whom it does not name, was hospitalized in Israel alongside Daoud Zubeidi, after they were maimed in the battle. Zubeidi, whose brother is an imprisoned terror chief, later died of his wounds.

The report, which does not cite a source, says the man was born to a Paleostinian father and Israeli mother, and lives in Jenin.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [21 views] Top|| File under:


Police arrest axe-wielding Palestinian suspected of planning terror attack
[IsraelTimes] Suspect — a 22-year-old resident of al-Bireh — found with suicide note in his possession; security forces arrest nine Paleostinians in overnight West Bank raids

Israeli police arrested overnight Sunday a Paleostinian armed with an axe and carrying an apparent suicide letter stating that he was on his way to carry out a terror attack in the West Bank.

According to police, the suspect — a 22-year-old resident of the Paleostinian city of al-Bireh — was detained after driving around the Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank for nearly an hour looking for Israelis standing alone in order to attack them.

The suspect was taken in for questioning.

"The vigilance of the police and the pursuit of contact apparently prevented a major attack, we will continue with determination and professionalism together with the other security forces to protect the security of Israeli citizens everywhere and at all times," said the police commander of the area, Haim Sargrof.

The incident came amid heightened tensions between Paleostinians and Israeli forces in the West Bank amid a terror wave that has killed 19 Israelis since mid-March.

A deadly attack in Elad earlier this month saw three Israelis killed and several others maimed by two Paleostinians carrying a knife and an axe.

Meanwhile,
...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck reached for the green sauce...
security forces arrested nine Paleostinians suspected of terrorist activity on Sunday night throughout the West Bank as part of ongoing anti-terror operations.

Suspects were arrested in Tulkarm, Beitunia, al-Bireh and Yamun, and were all taken into custody for further questioning. In Yamun, Paleostinian button men fired at Israeli soldiers. No soldiers were maimed.

Troops have been carrying out extensive raids in the West Bank in response to the attacks. According to the Paleostinian Authority Health Ministry, 31 Paleostinians have been killed by Israeli troops since late March. Some committed violent mostly peaceful terror attacks, others participated in festivities with soldiers, while some appear to have been unarmed bystanders.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [24 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
In first, Russian military said to fire S-300 missiles at Israeli jets over Syria
[IsraelTimes] TV says incident came as IAF fighters departed area after alleged strike last week and they were not in danger; move could signal a significant shift in Moscow’s ties with Israel

Russian forces opened fire on Israeli jets with advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles as they allegedly attacked targets in northwestern Syria last week, Channel 13 news reported Monday, in what could signal a significant shift in Moscow’s attitude to Israel.

According to the unsourced report, the incident occurred on Friday as the Israeli air force bombed several targets near the city of Masyaf in northwestern Syria.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under:

#1  were responding to an Israeli strike over Syrian airspace. Russia has blamed Israel for the incident, which killed 15 Russian crew members.

Wait. What? Syrians fire a missile that downs a Russian plane and Russia blames Israel? Is everyone in Russia a whiny bully?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 8:04 Comments || Top||

#2  yes it was whiny

Per reports, the Israeli jet positioned itself so that a Russian plane was between the S-300 battery and the Israeli jet. The S-300 radar, operated by Syrians, locked onto the Russian plane by mistake.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 05/17/2022 8:09 Comments || Top||

#3  The Israeli pilot should get credit for the kill. It was an own-goal but skillfully done.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/17/2022 12:31 Comments || Top||


US military base suffers mortar fire in Syria
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] In the south of the Syrian province of Hasakah, on May 16, a US military base located in the Al-Shaddadi region was fired from mortars. It is reported by Al Mayadeen TV channel.

According to him, the shelling was carried out from the side of the Syrian-Iraqi border, most of the mines exploded in the vicinity of the base. Currently, American unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are intensively loitering over Ash Shaddadi and the border area.

Recall that since the beginning of the year, American military installations and camps in Syria have been shelled at least six times.

As REGNUM reported , units of the US armed forces in Syria carried out the export of a batch of oil illegally produced at one of the Syrian fields.
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What is the purpose of this military base?
Posted by: bman || 05/17/2022 11:59 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ Currently, American unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are intensively loitering over Ash Shaddadi and the border area.


Likely a Klingon UAV stationing, operations and retransmission (RETRANS) site. Might be some ad hoc 'host nation' training going on by the Army as a cover for action.


Posted by: Besoeker || 05/17/2022 12:05 Comments || Top||

#3  It’s Hasakah province, so I imagine they’re working with the SDF, ie the Syrian Kurds.

The attackers are probably Iranian clients reporting to the IRGC, just as they are in Iraq.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 12:34 Comments || Top||

#4  It is a tripwire so that we end up in conflict with a random selected combatant. It is like the Outpost portion of the Korean Conflict without the underlying purpose.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/17/2022 12:38 Comments || Top||

#5  After we take Moscow, Syria will collapse due to the absence of a great power sponsor. This base is waiting for that day.
Posted by: Blackbeard Unereck7174 || 05/17/2022 13:15 Comments || Top||


Iranian academic arrested on security charges, ‘suspicious foreign links’
[IsraelTimes] Authorities in Iran
...They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
have arrested a university professor on security charges and "suspicious foreign links," Iranian media reports today.

The semiofficial Mehr news agency identifies the professor as Saeed Madani, but doesn’t provide details or say when and where he was taken into custody. The report says the academic had met with allegedly suspicious foreign citizens and carried messages from them to local activists in Iran.

Madani, a sociology professor at Tehran’s government-run Allameh University, was also an activist, says Mehr. He was summoned by the courts several times in the past, and was once, in 2019, banned from traveling abroad.

A representative for Madani can’t immediately be reached for comment.

Iran has in recent weeks intensified its crackdown on dissent, including with raids on activists. Over the weekend, a statement from award-wining filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof and others said authorities recently raided offices and homes of several filmmakers and other industry professionals, arresting some of them.

Iran’s conservative authorities, many with religious sensibilities, control all the levers of power in Iran. They have long viewed many activities as part of a "soft war" by the West against the Islamic Theocratic Republic. They say Westernization is attempting to tarnish the country’s Islamic beliefs.

State media reported last Friday that authorities had arrested at least 22 demonstrators protesting sudden price hikes of subsidized staple foods. And on Saturday, Ahmad Avaei, a member of parliament from the city of Dezful in southwestern Khuzestan province, said one person was killed during the unrest.

The unrests follow Iran’s announcement earlier in the week that the cost of cooking oil, chicken, eggs and milk would rise by as much as 300%, as food prices surge across the Middle East due to global supply chain snarls and Russia’s invasion of major food exporter Ukraine.
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