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Abbas says the PA sees itself free of all agreements with Israel and the U.S. - including on security matters
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Late Edition
Joe Biden finally makes up nickname
for Trump: ‘President Tweety’
Wednesday May 20th, 2020

HelenHayes_01
Syrian military sends reinforcements to east Homs to confront ISIS
2 terrorists banged in Kashmir
2 Sudanese crossed the border from Lebanon and were arrested shortly after
Lebanese man pleads guilty to drone parts export conspiracy
U.S. indicts Seyed Sajjad Shahidian, Vahid Vali, and PAYMENT24 for conducting financial transactions in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran
Syrian Ministry it Finance has seized some of Rami Makhlouf&8217;s assets
The late Ahmaud Arbery preferred
flat screens, shopped at Walmart

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#1  "Ocifer, aren't your instructions for my wife's sobriety test a bit too excessive?"
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 05/20/2020 18:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Nice gams. How do I go about subscribing to the early edition as well as the late edition?

Posted by: jpal || 05/20/2020 19:35 Comments || Top||

#3  It'll cost you twice as much.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/20/2020 23:59 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Taliban Attack Kunduz City, Clash With Security Forces
[ToloNews] The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
attacked Kunduz city from several directions on Monday night and clashed with security forces for several hours, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Tuesday.

"At least 40 Taliban were killed in the clash with security forces and 50 others were maimed," the MoD said, adding: "The Afghan forces pushed back the Taliban attack."

"The situation is in the control of the Afghan forces and is back to normal," the statement said, adding that Afghan forces also pushed back Taliban attacks in Imam Sahib, Chahardara and Khan Abad districts on Monday night, and the "Taliban have suffered heavy casualties in the Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s."

Acting Defense Minister Khalid visited Kunduz and said that eight Afghan forces were killed in the Taliban attack last night and several others were maimed: "The Taliban have suffered heavy casualties and over 50 Taliban were killed in last night's festivities."

"About 1am, the enemies launched attacks on Kunduz city from different directions and fortunately the Taliban suffered heavy casualties and over 40 Taliban were killed and over 60 others were maimed" said Mohammad Ali Yazdani, commander of 217 Pamir corps.

The Taliban said that the Afghan air forces had targeted "a hospital in Chahardara that killed civilians."

But there have been no reports yet of civilian casualties in the festivities or airstrikes.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/20/2020 00:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Magnetic bomb planters arrested with the support of Kote Sangi residents: Kabul Police
[KhaamaPress] The security forces arrested two holy warriors who were planting magnetic improvised bombs (bombs) in Kote Sangi area of Kabul city.

The Kabul Police Headquarters in a statement said the security forces arrested the two mine planters with the support of Kote Sangi resdients.

The statement further added that the two mine planters were arrested as they were attempting to plant a magnetic bomb in a vehicle of the Ministry of Defense.

The anti-government armed holy warriors including Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
have not commented in this regard so far.

Talibs and other krazed killer and terrorist groups often use improvised bombs, particularly magnetic bombs as the weapon of their choice to target the security personnel and government officials.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/20/2020 00:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [78 views] Top|| File under:


20 Taliban militants killed in Ghazni, Paktika and Wardak
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The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the security forces conducted an operation in Nani area of Ghazni city as Taliban militants were planning to launch an attack.

The statement further added that the security forces killed 2 Taliban militants during the operation and wounded 3 others.

The security forces killed 2 Taliban militants and wounded 3 others during a similar operation in Wazikhwa district tof Paktika province, the 203rd Thunder Corps added.

Meanwhile, the security forces conducted an airstrike in Syedabad district of Wardak province kiling 7 Taliban militants and wounding at last 3 others, the 203rd Thunder Corps said, adding that the airstrike also destroyed 5 motorcycles and some weapons and munitions.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Nice. A thing of beauty (is a joy forever)
Posted by: Lex || 05/20/2020 0:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Cheap Paki shoulder rig, Chinese radio, AK bayonet....no help.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/20/2020 7:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Good hair though.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/20/2020 12:08 Comments || Top||


Children, women among 12 killed, wounded in Taliban IED attack in Zabul
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Tariq Arian, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), said the Taliban militants had planted an Improvised Explosive Device on a roadside in Mizan district of Zabul.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [68 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban disclaims deadly mosque attack in Parwan province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group has claimed that the attack on a mosque in Parwan has killed at least 9 people and maimed more than 10 others.

Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the Taliban group, issued a statement claiming that the security forces stormed the mosque in Khala Zayi area of Charikar city earlier tonight.

Meanwhile,
...back at the revival hall, the congregants were being herded into the paddy wagon...
the security sources say the area where the attack has place is under the control of Talibs.

A source in Parwan Police Headquarters confirmed that the button men attacked the mosque in Charikar city earlier tonight, killing 7 and wounding at least 12 others.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit for the attack.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [82 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Libya's GNA forces seize control of Badr and Tiji towns south of Al-Watiya airbase
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Libyan Army under GNA sends ultimatum to Haftar militia groups to surrender or face the consequences
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Al Ahram adds:
The air base has been of strategic importance to the forces loyal to the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all. Actually, he is, but slowly...
, who in April 2019 launched an offensive to capture the Libyan capital.

The LNA and its allies still control eastern and southern Libya, which contains most of the country's oil facilities, in addition to the city of Sirte, at the centrepoint of Libya's Mediterranean coastline.

The capture of al-Watiya marks an advancement for the GNA forces, pushing back Haftar’s LNA and its allies.

Egypt, the UAE and Russia are backing Haftar, while Turkey has been supporting the GNA.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Libyan Army redeploys forces to Tripoli for big battle: spox
[ALMASDARNEWS] The front man for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed al-Mismari, announced that the General Command decided to relocate to some axes in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, in a process he described as "purely tactical military."

He explained that the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all. Actually, he is, but slowly...
, "decided to relocate some to the hubs in the city of Tripoli in a purely tactical military operation, to new points and to new concentrations."

He stated that this positioning or localization may impose "the withdrawal or return of sites to previous locations, but in some axes, which is a tactical process that we hope the Libyan citizen does not care about this, because it is a military matter and an operational matter."

Mismari said, however, that Haftar confirmed, just before, that this step is to "dismantle some of the densely populated neighborhoods and people during the days of Eid, so that there is no friction or reason to target them from the enemy and terrorist militias."

He recounted that "what happened at al-Watiyah in the past hours," noting that the army carried out a "successful withdrawal operation with distinction" from the air base to the "second assembly point".

The military front man revealed that the decision to withdraw was taken by Haftar based on a report from the commander of the Western Military Region, and that the withdrawal process began three or four months ago, by withdrawing planes and vehicles from the base, leading to the recent withdrawal of individuals under cover.

Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [78 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


LNA force's loss in the past 48 hours: 3 Russian pantsir systems, 2 wing loong 2 drones, 1 Russian krasukha
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Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  The Krasukha (Russian: Красуха; English: Belladonna or Deadly Nightshade) is a Russian mobile, ground-based, electronic warfare (EW) system. via La Wiki
Posted by: SteveS || 05/20/2020 0:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Does that drone use a small block V6 for an engine?

Maybe they need an upgrade to an LS6.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/20/2020 7:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Kinda curious about the wingtip visibility lights.
A little counter productive.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/20/2020 12:13 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
U.S. sanctions Chinese company connected to Iranian airline
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
The US State Department says: “Today, the United States designated Shanghai Saint Logistics Limited, a PRC-based company that provides general sales agent services for the Specially Designated Global Terrorist Iranian airline. The United States designated Mahan Air in 2011 under a counterterrorism authority for providing material support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and again in 2019, under a weapons of mass destruction authority for shipping United Nations-restricted missile and nuclear items to Iran.

“More recently, the Iranian regime turned to Mahan Air to facilitate shipments to Venezuela to support the illegitimate former Maduro regime and its desperate attempts to boost energy production, which had fallen due to its own gross mismanagement. It is equally troubling that Mahan Air appears to be carrying gold from Venezuela’s vaults back to Iran, depriving the Venezuelan people of resources needed to rebuild their economy. As always, authoritarian regimes are more interested in their own survival than the needs of their people.

“The United States is pleased that over the last two years, governments and companies across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia have wisely severed ties with Mahan Air. This designation serves as another reminder that companies still providing services for Mahan Air – in the PRC or anywhere else – risk potential US sanctions.”
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  The dollar is mightier than the sword.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/20/2020 12:10 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
U.S. indicts Seyed Sajjad Shahidian, Vahid Vali, and PAYMENT24 for conducting financial transactions in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


India-Pakistan
Seven Pakistani soldiers killed in two attacks inside Baluchistan
[ALMASDARNEWS] Seven Pak soldiers were killed in two attacks in the southwest mineral-rich Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province, the Pak military said on Tuesday.

The army’s media wing said in a statement that six of the seven soldiers were killed by an bomb during their return late Monday evening from a routine patrol to their camp in Bir Ghayb in the Mash district of Balochistan province.

The statement added that another soldier was killed during an exchange of fire with button men in the Mand district of Kish.

No group has grabbed credit for the attacks in Balochistan, which borders Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
and Afghanistan.

Balochistan is located in the middle of the Sino-Pak economic corridor, which cost an estimated $ 60 billion to build, and is part of the belt and road project overseen by Beijing.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [72 views] Top|| File under: Baloch Liberation Army


2 terrorists banged in Kashmir
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Iraq
Rocket hits near US embassy compound in Baghdad
[Rudaw] A rocket landed near the US embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone in the early hours of Tuesday, according to Iraq's Security Media Cell.

This is the first rocket attack to hit Baghdad under the rule of new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

"A Katyusha rocket landed on an empty house inside the Green Zone in Baghdad. As per information [we have obtained], this missile was launched from al-Idrisi neighborhood, on Paleostine Street, resulting in minor damage to the wall of the house," read a statement from the cell.

The blast could be heard across the Iraqi capital and triggered security sirens at the US embassy compound but did not result in casualties, security sources told AFP.

The Green Zone hosts several Iraqi government ministries, the federal parliament, and foreign diplomatic missions.

Such attacks have not been reported in the Green Zone for two months.

While no one has taken responsibility for the latest attack,the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, (PMF or Hashd al-Shaabi), have been accused of similar attacks in the capital city.

Tensions between Baghdad and Washington have run high since late last year, with pro-Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
militia supporters storming the US embassy compound in Baghdad in late December.

The US liquidation of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and PMF deputy Abu al-Muhandis in Baghdad on January 3 sent tensions soaring, prompting a flurry of rocket attacks targeting the embassy and Iraqi army bases hosting US-led coalition troops, attributed to pro-Iran militias in Iraq. A non-binding resolution followed to expel foreign troops from the country.

Earlier this week Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
...the very aged actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini...
said that the US will be "expelled" from both Syria and Iraq.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/20/2020 01:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Villagers in Duhok province 'terrified' after Turkish airstrike
[Rudaw] Residents of a Duhok village say they are "terrified" following a Ottoman Turkish Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
on Monday evening.

Locals in the village of Dargale Musa Bag, near the town of Kani Masi, were startled by the strike targeting members of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) amid a recent wave of festivities in the area.

Sarbast Sabri, head of Kani Masi subdistrict told Rudaw that the village was "bombarded by Ottoman Turkish air forces" at 4:30pm on Monday.

"A number of rockets hit 400 meters away from the populated area of the village," causing material loss, he added.

According to the official, a recent spate of bombings has terrified locals.

"Bombardments have taken place continually throughout the last week, terrifying people. Fortunately, there have not been any casualties."

Ankara has not released any statement regarding the attack on Kani Masi but did say that forces targeted a PKK position on Mount Khakurk, Erbil province on Monday. The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
’s defense ministry said that they "neutralized" three PKK fighters in the attack, publishing a video of the airstrike. Ankara uses the term "neutralized" to imply targets were killed or captured.

Kani Masi saw another clash between Ankara and the PKK last week after the PKK attacked a Ottoman Turkish military base near the village, cutting out the local power supply for nearly a day.

One villager, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Rudaw English that the members of the Kurdish gang pass by the village in disguise in order not to be identified by Ottoman Turkish forces.

The source, who works for a Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) office in the village, also said that Monday’s strike hit near a spring regularly visited by villagers, who rely on the water for farming.

Another villager, who also did not want to be identified, told Rudaw English that "almost all houses of the village were affected by the bombardment," with most of them having their windows broken.

"We are really terrified," he added.

Village chieftain Salih Kamil, who was in the village at the time of the bombing, told Rudaw English that seven to eight houses had their windows broken in the strike.

Amedi mayor Ismail Mustafa told Rudaw this week that 23 civilians have died as a result of PKK-Turkey violence since January 2019. He added that the population of 361 villages in the area have abandoned their homes due to the decades-long history of festivities between the two forces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/20/2020 00:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Massive fire destroyed most of the wheat harvest in southern Mosul.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Oh, the locusts are going to be severely disappointed.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/20/2020 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  It is almost as if God has cursed the Middle East.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/20/2020 10:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Frogs next?
Posted by: Lex || 05/20/2020 10:35 Comments || Top||

#4  When will they start begging?
Posted by: Chris || 05/20/2020 15:03 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Jordanian national moderately hurt trying to breach Israeli border
[YNet] - A Jordanian national was moderately hurt on Wednesday after trying to breach the border with Israel, security officials said.
Must be one of them Moderate Muslims™ we hear about?
The 49-year-old man apparently tried to smuggle weapons just south of the Sea of Galilee and was shot in the leg by Israeli security forces.

He was taken to Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Tiberias for treatment.

A fire broke out in the area, near Naharayim, as a result of flares being fired during the incident.

Security forces, including Border Police, Israel Police and IDF, noticed a man with a large sack approaching the border at around 6am, said the official report. They called on the man to stop but he continued marching toward the border, ignoring the calls.

He was subsequently shot in the leg.The forces found a host of weapons in the man’s bag, including AK-47 rifles.

Police said the incident is not likely to have been nationalistically motivated.
Just trying to score some HCQ?
Update from The Times of Israel at 6:40 a.m. EDT:
Israeli forces opened fire on two men as they tried to smuggle weapons across the border from Jordan, injuring one of them, the Israel Defense Forces said Wednesday.

The army said that during the night IDF soldiers detected the two men as they crossed the border. Police intercepted the pair and opened fire on them, and one man was hit while the other returned to Jordan. A flare launched during the incident started a brush fire in the area that was brought under control, the statement said.

The incident occurred near Kibbutz Gesher, south of Tiberias, and near what was until recently the so-called “Island of Peace,” where Jordanians and Israelis both had nearly free access. Jordan brought to an end Israeli access last year.

The army has upped its presence in the area due to increased attempts to smuggle weapons and drugs across the border, Channel 13 news reported.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/20/2020 03:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under:


2 Sudanese crossed the border from Lebanon and were arrested shortly after
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Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian militant group attacks Turkish military in northern Raqqa
[ALMASDARNEWS] A Syrian holy warrior was shot and killed by the Ottoman Turkish military in the northern countryside of the al-Raqqa Governorate recently.

Citing "reliable sources", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that a fighter from Jaish al-Sharqiyah" was rubbed out by the Ottoman Turkish military in the town of Slouk.

The monitor said the "altercation took place between Ottoman Turkish forces stationed at Sluk checkpoint and the fighter after the fighter refused to stop at the checkpoint. The verbal argument evolved to opening fire on the fighter leaving him dead."

Following this incident, Jaish al-Sharqiyah reportedly attacked the Ottoman Turkish military inside the town.

The Ottoman Turkish Ministry of Defense has not commented on these alleged incidents; however, if true, this would mark the first time during the Syrian conflict that a Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) faction has attacked the Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [78 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Syrian Ministry it Finance has seized some of Rami Makhlouf’s assets
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Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Syrian military sends reinforcements to east Homs to confront ISIS
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Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel carried out a cyberattack on Iran's Shahid Rajaee port on May 9 as retribution for Iran's cyberattack on its water infrastructure
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Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Tehran: From 22 July 2008 Iran's Bandar Abbas port requires ship documents (manifest & B/lading) to note the discharge port as Shahid Rajaee Special Economic Zone (Shahid Rajaee SEZ). Bandar Abbas port had 2 container terminals, with the new terminal named Shahid Rajaee SEZ and the old one named Bahonar.
Posted by: b || 05/20/2020 6:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Prob would have been easier and more timely simply to have cut the water to Gaza.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/20/2020 17:23 Comments || Top||


"Armed vessels approaching within 100 meters of a U.S. naval vessel may be interpreted as a threat and subject to lawful defensive measures"
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [237 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  ?Anti-social distancing?
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/20/2020 4:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Too bad we don't have vessels with 8-inch guns any more. A couple of broadsides would certainly dissuade most people from coming close.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 05/20/2020 18:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Can a Navy JAG find a hole in that? Were I a ship's captain, I wouldn't think this would protect me.









Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/20/2020 20:13 Comments || Top||



Who's in the News
45[untagged]
7Taliban
5Govt of Iran
4Sublime Porte
4Arab Spring
3Hezbollah
2Palestinian Authority
2Islamic State
2Commies
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
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Wed 2020-05-20
  Abbas says the PA sees itself free of all agreements with Israel and the U.S. - including on security matters
Tue 2020-05-19
  GNA captures al-Watiyah Airbase from the LNA
Mon 2020-05-18
  Afghan president inks power-sharing deal with rival
Sun 2020-05-17
  Pak Doctor on H-1B Visa Wanted to Attack U.S. for ISIS
Sat 2020-05-16
  Tomb of Mordechai and Esther in Iran reportedly set ablaze
Fri 2020-05-15
  France: Pro-Refugee Activist Murdered by Migrant He Was Sleeping With
Thu 2020-05-14
  Nangarhar Funeral Bombing Death Toll Rises to 32
Wed 2020-05-13
  President Ghani, in light of attacks, orders Afghan forces to resume attacks on the Taliban
Tue 2020-05-12
  GNA militia evacuate their headquarters in Abuslim
Mon 2020-05-11
  Iran navy own goal in Oman Gulf exercise; 24 dead
Sun 2020-05-10
  GNA militias lines collapsing quickly
in Abuslim and Salah AlDin with a LNA advance
Sat 2020-05-09
  Houthi Yemeni Scholar Ibrahim Al-Ubeidi: Saud Clan Is a Jewish Family
Fri 2020-05-08
  933 Taliban Prisoners Freed by Afghan Govt, More Promised
Thu 2020-05-07
  PM is elected in Iraq without guidance from Qassem Soleimani
Wed 2020-05-06
  16 killed as airstrike targets gathering convened by Red Unit commander of Taliban

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