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Kamala Worries Rural Folks Can't Find a Copy Machine
Monday July 12th, 2021

RitaHayworth78
Turkish shelling on Syria's Tel Rifaat injures Afrin IDPs
Nigeria: Bandits Kill 84 in Two Weeks, Buhari Expresses Sorrow
Afghanistan to rush troops to border as Taliban extend gains
Fatah gunnies discharge their firearms in Ramallah during a rally in support of Mahmoud Abbas
Indian diplomats evacuated from Afghanistan as Taliban intensifies control-possession
Three people were injured in explosion in Syria's Raqqa

Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2021 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Biography

Rita Hayworth - IMDb

Rita Hayworth - Wikipedia -

Posted by: Elmick Shons7132 || 07/12/2021 12:11 Comments || Top||

#2 
1953 Cadillac Series 62 Ghia - Rita Hayworth Car - Burgundy -
Posted by: Elmick Shons7132 || 07/12/2021 12:16 Comments || Top||

#3  So How Much Does A Bale Of Hay Cost:
What is Hayworth in 2021 ?

Average Cost of Hay Per Ton
The typical cost of a bale of hay changes a lot even within a year. According to Internet Hay Exchange, the current average price of a bale of hay is around $109, and Alfalfa hay costs around $143.

Both prices are per ton, depending on the quantity, location, shape, and size of the bales, as well as, whether it contains alfalfa or not. Also, there are several types of hay to choose from, all of which can vary in prices significantly.

But if you specifically want to purchase small square bales of hay, the average grass hay price is around $6 with no alfalfa, and $9 for alfalfa hay, depending on the square hay bale sizes and weight.

But Rita Hayworth was priceless...
Posted by: Thusotle Jusotle7632 || 07/12/2021 12:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Not well known but the FBI rescued Rita from Aga Khan.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/12/2021 12:53 Comments || Top||

#5  That must be for very large bales of hay. Small rectangular ones here are 4 bucks a bale
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/12/2021 15:27 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ inflation could explain it...you know we used to be energy independent in the pre-Biden era
Posted by: jpal || 07/12/2021 17:32 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Two Districts Fall as Battles Continue Near 10 Cities
[ToloNews] Sources report the fall of two districts in Ghor province to the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
along with battles on the outskirts of at least 10 cities in Afghanistan.

The cities include Pul-e-Khumri in Baghlan, Taluqan in Takhar, Qala-e-Naw in Badghis, Sheberghan in Jawzjan, Maidan Shahr in Maidan Wardak, Ghazni city in Ghazni, Kandahar city in Kandahar and Lashkargah in Helmand
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Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  The Taliban is hoping to use FUD to compel mass surrenders. Here's a report from a recent Reuters embed:

Afghan special forces begin with a prayer.

Reuters joined them on a late-night combat mission in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar.

They’re heading to a district where earlier Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces backed by local police fought for hours.

Insurgents had attempted to take the area, unleashing RPGs and heavy machine gun fire.

... the special forces are now fending for themselves as they move silently from house to house.

This time the area is abandoned.

Air strikes by the Afghan Air Force pushed back the Taliban fighters.

Here’s major Mohammad Din Tasir.

"What we heard in the report and what we saw on the scene did not match. In this village, they said that two or three hundred enemies are here, but we came and spoke with the people and inspected their houses. In fact, the residents had evacuated their families because of the conflict between the government and the enemy, so their children and families didn't get hurt."

It's believed the Taliban is spreading propaganda about how many areas they’ve captured to spread confusion and fear.
Information operations are a wonderful thing, but this is the modern era. People exchange information, and once it's discovered that most of the Taliban's victories are so much fluff, resistance will harden. Note also that in Afghanistan, a surrender isn't always a surrender. There are always weapons cached in preparation for the right opportunity.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/12/2021 12:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Good find, Zhang Fei.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2021 13:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Good find, Zhang Fei.

The Taliban claim to be attacking everywhere. Assuming they are, ammo alone must be costing a significant sum. Let's say there are 10,000 of them, and each soldier gets 200 rounds a day. That's 2m rounds every single day. Including transportation, assume each round costs 50 cents. That's 1m simoleons per day, and that's just ammo. What about food and medical care for the injured? Payments for the kin of the Taliban dead and maimed?

We are paying the government $400m a month. The Taliban might be incurring a tenth of that amount in expense, but that's still a good chunk of cash. I'm skeptical the Pakistanis have the funds to sustain this for very long. Unless the Chinese are funneling aid to the Taliban through Pakistan*.

When the Taliban first won power, the various mujahideen factions were exhausted from fighting the Russians and then each other. In contrast, the Afghan government has been fighting a fairly low tempo war against the Taliban for 20 years. They've taken casualties, but nothing like the last two decades of the 20th century. A figure like 10% is probably high.

* Xi Jinping would have to be a degenerate gambler to do this. What if the Taliban decide to up the ante and help al Qaeda detonate a nuke in NYC? How's a trade embargo on China combined with potential retaliatory strikes on China supposed to help him stay in power?
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/12/2021 14:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Good posts, ZF, as usual.

The headline the Western media are ready to run is "Afghan Women Massacred by Taliban." Which would put both Washington and any potential Taliban supporters in a tight spot.
Posted by: Matt || 07/12/2021 15:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Xi Jinping would have to be a degenerate gambler to do this

Going by entire Covid story, not to mention his Neo-Maoism, what makes you think he isn't?
Furthermore, there are rumors that his control of PLA is less than perfect.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/12/2021 15:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Going by entire Covid story, not to mention his Neo-Maoism, what makes you think he isn't?
Furthermore, there are rumors that his control of PLA is less than perfect.


Xi's not a Maoist, any more than his predecessors were. He's an emperor, riding Leninism (in the guise of democratic centralism aka rule by one man) to get to his destination. It's the divine right of kings in an era when kings are out of fashion. The Communist Party is just another conquest-based aristocracy complete with fiefs in the form of state-owned companies. Favored aristos and hangers-on get imperial monopolies just like their equivalents of yore.

As to uncontrollable elements of the PLA, those aren't looking for national glory - they're looking for a lever to wrest the throne for themselves. How does bringing US nuclear strikes upon Chinese cities provide that lever?

The Taliban and al Qaeda got together to stage 9/11 even though they benefited from the US campaign to expel the Russians from Afghanistan. If there's one thing anyone knows about them, it's that they are snakes in the grass. And if there's one thing that Chinese strategic thinkers look at, it's past behavior. An ally reckless enough to attack two major US landmarks just for the heck of it, despite past assistance from the US, is no ally at all.

Mao was just another founding emperor who achieved his goals using the realpolitik embodied in the classic Chinese works, the Water Margin and the Three Kingdoms, as his user manuals. Lu Bu was an ambitious military commander with his own army who had repeatedly betrayed previous superiors to whom he had sworn fealty. In the aftermath of a defeat, he attempted to surrender to Cao Cao, the shogun who ruled in the emperor's name (i.e. held the purse strings and commanded the troops). Cao Cao had Lu Bu killed. He wasn't about to give the man a chance to stab him in the back. The Taliban is the current day equivalent of Lu Bu in its duplicity. Hard to see the Chinese do much except sell them weaponry.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/12/2021 16:32 Comments || Top||

#7  As to uncontrollable elements of the PLA, those aren't looking for national glory - they're looking for a lever to wrest the throne for themselves. How does bringing US nuclear strikes upon Chinese cities provide that lever?

Wouldn't be the first time a fraction in an internal strife underestimated foreign response to their games to gain internal influence by appealing to national chauvinism - you really think anybody wanted WWI?

To come back to COVID, now that Chinese used biological weapons - and won, there will be arms-race (and most of China's opponents are better at this than China). And bioweapons not like nukes - where there is no deniability (today experts can tell you where the bomb was made). On bioweapons however, there is deniability - if you kept development secret. Which, may tempt somebody to use bioweapons if sufficiently provoked.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/12/2021 16:50 Comments || Top||

#8  Wouldn't be the first time a fraction in an internal strife underestimated foreign response to their games to gain internal influence by appealing to national chauvinism - you really think anybody wanted WWI?

They wanted victory, not the casualties thereof. Re national chauvinism - Wag the Dog is fiction. China's not the West. Xi, like every Chinese ruler before him, is surrounded by ostensible sycophants who are waiting for their moment in the sun. Nobody cares about slogans - if you get a bunch of people killed, you will be killed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Yang_of_Sui#Late_reign

It wasn't even Chiang Kai-shek's fault that the Japanese invaded China, and he did take 10x the casualties the Communists did.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Sino-Japanese_War

But he got the blame and that was a factor in his regime's collapse. Re people who are waiting in the wings, here's an example, of the closest confidant to the First Emperor who, before the deceased emperor's corpse has had the time to be debrided of its flesh by maggots, kills two of his heirs:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhao_Gao#Coup_following_Qin_Shi_Huang's_death

Closer to the present, Deng Xiaoping ousted both the de facto (Mao's wife Jiang Qing) and de jure (Mao's hand-picked successor Hua Guofeng) rulers of China after Mao's death.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiang_Qing#1976_coup
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hua_Guofeng#Ousting_and_death

It wasn't ideological - it was pure power politics, with ideology as elevator music.

There's this trope that Chinese leaders think long term. That's not only false - the complete opposite is true, given the Chinese tendency towards rebellion and mutiny, all built up on the sly until the right moment arrives. If you don't spend your time fending off challengers, there is no long term. What is always true is that they look for historical analogues, sometimes going back thousands of years. Technologies change, but power struggles among men follow the same ancient patterns.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/12/2021 17:51 Comments || Top||

#9  China's not the West. Xi, like every Chinese ruler before him, is surrounded by ostensible sycophants who are waiting for their moment in the sun.

Change of headman/dynasty =/= change of policy.
For example: China vs. Vietnam 17 centuries of conquest.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/12/2021 18:17 Comments || Top||

#10  Change of headman/dynasty =/= change of policy.
For example: China vs. Vietnam 17 centuries of conquest.


That's a completely accurate picture of Chinese leaders - they have a world view that would be familiar to any pre-WWI Western leader, all the way back to Alexander. Personal fame and glory means territorial annexation. But, to paraphrase what Thatcher once said, there is no such thing as China. There is Xi Jinping, a host of contending factions, and a billion Chinese, a good chunk of whom would not be thrilled at losing their sons, fathers, uncles, nephews, et al. A century before Spartacus, China's first illiterate peasant emperor turfed the First Emperor's ruling family.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Gaozu_of_Han

The guy took power in the aftermath of what might called a draft riot. The idea of the docile Chinese peasant is a myth. It wasn't even until the American Revolution 2000 years later that *any* non-aristocrat member of society took the reins of power by force in the West. That's why Chinese rulers tend to expand incrementally and avoid overly-ambitious moves that might risk it all. They look at historical examples like the First Emperor, who expanded massively only to have his empire collapse after his death and his clan wiped out.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/12/2021 18:52 Comments || Top||


Taliban Attack on Ghazni City Pushed Back: Police
[ToloNews] Taliban
...Arabic for students...
attacks on several security outposts in Ghazni city were pushed back on Sunday morning, the provincial police office said in a statement.

The Taliban attacked security outposts in PD3, PD6, PD1 and PD5 in the early hours of Sunday morning, the statement said, adding "the Taliban faced a response from the joint security forces, and their attacks were pushed back."

In the statement, Fazel Ahmad, the provincial police chief, assured the people that the security sources will defend the city.

"The Taliban beat feet from the areas after the arrival of the reinforcements. Several Taliban were killed and maimed in the festivities," the statement said.

The statement did not provide details about possible security force casualties in the festivities.

In the meantime, Gen. Shir Mohammad Andewal, a military commander in Ghazni, pledged that the security forces will "bravely" defend the city.

The Taliban has not yet commented on the attacks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Air defense system installed in Afghan capital
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Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  The Taliban has an air force now?
Posted by: SteveS || 07/12/2021 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  "It is the most used system in the world for repelling rockets and missiles," the Interior Ministry said

C-RAM?
Posted by: Snomoth Whereling9836 || 07/12/2021 0:46 Comments || Top||

#3  US taxpayers give money to Afghanistan government.

Afghanistan government takes a big scoop and then buys weapons they can't use from US defense contractors. Taliban doesn't have an air force.

Everybody wins! Well, except the US taxpayer. But fuck them, amirite?
Posted by: Jiggs Trotsky5854 || 07/12/2021 2:22 Comments || Top||

#4  The Taliban has an air force now?

Haven't you heard of the Pakistan Air Force? They weren't going to bomb the Afghan government as long as Uncle Sam was around. Now that Uncle Sam is gone ... How do you think the Taliban won the first time around? Note that a bunch of Pakistani regulars were evacuated from Afghanistan after 9/11 before Uncle Sam showed up.

https://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/afghan2/Afghan0701-02.htm

Observers interviewed by Human Rights Watch in Afghanistan and Pakistan have reported that Pakistani aircraft assisted with troop rotations of Taliban forces during combat operations in late 2000 and that senior members of Pakistan's intelligence agency and army were involved in planning major Taliban military operations.103 The extent of this support has attracted widespread international criticism. In November 2000 the U.N. secretary-general implicitly accused Pakistan of providing such support.104 The U.S. government was sufficiently concerned about the possibility of Pakistani involvement in the capture of the town of Taloqan by the Taliban in September 2000 that it issued a démarche to the Pakistani government in late 2000, asking for assurances that Pakistan had not been involved.105 The démarche listed features of the assault on Taloqan that suggested the Taliban had received outside assistance in planning and carrying out the attack. These features were uncharacteristic of the Taliban's known capabilities, including the length of the preparatory artillery fire, the fact that much of the fighting took place at night, the Taliban's willingness to sustain heavy casualties, and the disciplined halting of the offensive after the city fell.106

This would not be the first time that the Taliban suddenly showed new military prowess and innovation. On several occasions between 1995 and 1999, the Taliban's military skills improved abruptly on the eve of particularly pivotal battles, and in one case, declined just as abruptly after a credible threat of intervention was made by an outside power. During its offensives in 1995 against Herat and in 1996 against Kabul, for example, the Taliban suffered heavy losses after mounting attacks against veteran government forces. Initial defeats were followed by a period of quiet; then Taliban troops mounted new attacks, displaying capabilities that had been conspicuously lacking before. At Herat in April 1995, a 6,000-man Taliban army was defeated by government troops after it ran short of ammunition and other logistical support; the rout was such that some analysts predicted that the Taliban phenomenon had run its course.107 Instead, after retraining and refitting, in August 1995 Taliban troops retreating in the face of an offensive by government troops suddenly counterattacked, ambushing the government's spearhead forces while mobile units mounted in 4x4 pickup trucks outflanked the government army and cut the roads connecting it with its rear-area supply depots. Retreating government units tried and failed to establish a defensive line as Taliban units in pickup trucks-many armed with antiaircraft cannon and rocket launchers-repeatedly outflanked the new positions and attacked from the rear, leaving the paved roads at will and driving their vehicles across open ground and rugged, hilly terrain. The pickup trucks, whose delivery was facilitated by Pakistan, introduced a kind of mobile warfare that had not been seen in the fighting before.108

Similarly, after Taliban offensives aimed at Kabul were thoroughly defeated during the autumn of 1995, with significant losses of men and equipment, a period of quiet ensued, but Taliban troops then renewed their attacks and displayed a notable increase in technical capability. Taking Jalalabad on September 11, 1996 and striking north toward the town of Sarobi, a district capital east of Kabul and the linchpin of the government defensive system around the capital, the Taliban troops suddenly displayed the same flair for speed and flank attacks as at Herat in August 1995. Again, retreating government troops were caught off-guard by the speed of the attacks by Taliban forces and their penchant for crossing rough ground in 4x4 pickup trucks and attacking on the government's flanks.109

In these operations Taliban forces used a speed and technical proficiency very uncharacteristic of mujahidin forces generally; the normal pattern of mujahidin warfare was hit-and-run raiding and low-level skirmishing. At Spin Boldak and subsequently at Herat, Kabul, and Mazar-i Sharif, Taliban forces displayed excellent command-and-control capabilities, reacted quickly to changes in battlefield fortunes, and in particular used mobility and maneuvers that were more characteristic of a professional army-specifically, of professional officers and noncommissioned officers trained in the practice of mobile warfare-than of Afghan mujahidin.110

This point was repeatedly emphasized to Human Rights Watch by Western military observers of Taliban combat operations. During one interview, Human Rights Watch was told that following the killings of eight Iranian diplomats and one Iranian reporter at the Iranian consulate in Mazar-i Sharif in August 1998, the Taliban forces that were advancing eastward from the city against resistance from Jamiat, Wahdat, and some Junbish forces suddenly faltered and lost their unusual combat proficiency.111 At the time, the disappearance of the Iranian officials had provoked a major crisis with Iran and a substantial Iranian military force (ultimately close to 250,000 men) was massing on the Afghan/Iranian border. The Iranian government explicitly blamed Pakistan for the incident (Pakistan had given assurances for the diplomats' safety) and threatened military intervention if the diplomats were not produced.112 The sudden decline in Taliban military effectiveness, according to these sources, was caused by the withdrawal of Pakistani military advisers as part of an effort by Pakistan to prevent the crisis from getting out of control.113
Are Pakistanis spearheading the current Taliban offensive? We'll find out eventually.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/12/2021 19:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Haven't you heard of the Pakistan Air Force?

Some interesting history there, Zhang Fei!

I had not considered other players joining the game. But it is Calvinball, after all.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/12/2021 20:45 Comments || Top||

#6  Some interesting history there, Zhang Fei!

I had not considered other players joining the game. But it is Calvinball, after all.


The media is lazy, stupid, incurious and addicted to pre-formulated story templates. The current story template is that any side the US supports in a war is going to lose because of corruption. In reality, all sides are corrupt in their own way. In general, victors in a military conflict win because of superior military competence and/or greater quantities of manpower/supplies. North Vietnam was a highly-competent force for the region. It would have conquered all of Southeast Asia clear to Papua New Guinea provided the Chinese and the Soviets were prepared to equip them and Uncle Sam (or the UK or Australia) did not supply or provide direct military assistance to those countries. They would have won quickly because they were (1) highly-competent, and (2) prepared to kill any enemy civilians who stood in the way. They steamrolled the Khmer Rouge, also blooded after years of war against Lon Nol's regime, in 2(!) weeks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodian%E2%80%93Vietnamese_War
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/12/2021 21:07 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan to rush troops to border as Taliban extend gains
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Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Indian diplomats evacuated from Afghanistan as Taliban intensifies control-possession
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Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria: Gunmen raid palace, kidnap emir and family members
[DW] The chief of Kajuru, Alhaji Alhassan Adamu, and 10 family members have been kidnapped. Police have deployed rescue operations in Kaduna state.

Gunmen kidnapped an emir and 10 members of his family in northwest Nigeria's Kaduna state early on Sunday, police said.

Police and members of Nigeria's army are currently engaged in a search and rescue mission in a forest close to where the Chief of Kajuru, 83-year-old Alhaji Alhassan Adamu, was kidnapped.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2021 00:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Must be that basketball game got'em all riled up.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/12/2021 1:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Time again for your email to receive a request for help from Nigeria :)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/12/2021 7:15 Comments || Top||


Nigeria: Bandits Kill 84 in Two Weeks, Buhari Expresses Sorrow
[All Africa] No fewer than 84 people have been killed by suspected bandidos in the last two weeks across the country.

Worst hit are Kaduna and Xamfara States. The situation forced President Muhammadu Buhari to express sorrow.

For some time now, Nigeria has been a hotbed of conflicts. Apart from the perennial conflict between the farmers and herdsmen, there are other notable security challenges, including one posed by bandidos.

Recently, in the North-West, particularly Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna and Kebbi States, the activities of bandidos have been particularly alarming.

The activities of the bandidos' range from kidnapping to murder, robbery, rape, cattle-rustling and the likes. Their modus operandi involves maiming and killing victims with little or no provocations.

For example, on Thursday, 42 people were massacred by bandidos in five communities of Faru District in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

TIMELINE
June 21, A state politician, Muhammad Ahmad, killed by button men in Zamfara

July 4, Kaduna State Government reveals that about seven people were killed by suspected bandidos in Chikun, Kajuru and Giwa Local Government Areas of the state.

July 5, Suspected bandidos kill at least 19 people in an attack on Tsauwa village, Katsina State.

July 6, Bandits kill seven soldiers, injure five others after ambushing troops of the Forward Operational Base and that of the Special Operational Command operating in Kebbi.

July 8, Bandits kill 42 people in five communities of Faru District in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara

July 8, Nigerian Navy man, Bilal Mohammed, Nigerian Army Private Salisu Rabiu killed by bandidos while defending students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna State, who were kidnapped by bandidos.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: ISWAP


The Grand Turk
12 Migrants Including Afghans Killed in Bus Crash in Turkey
[ToloNews] At least 12 migrants colonists were killed--including Afghans, Paks and Bangladeshis--and 26 others were maimed in a bush crash in eastern The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
in the early hours of Sunday morning, Rooters reported.

Two local sources told Rooters that the crash occurred in Van province's Muradiye district near the Ottoman Turkish border with Iran, adding that that the vehicle caught fire after tumbling into a ditch.

The identities of those killed in the accident were not immediately clear, both sources told Rooters.

The owner of the bus has been detained, the source added.

Turkey has been a key transit point for migrants colonists aiming to cross into Europe.

Moslem colonists Migrants, mostly from Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistain, regularly cross the Iranian border into Turkey on foot before being ferried west to cities such as Istanbul and Ankara, according to the report.
Among the dead were 11 migrants colonists and a person who helped organize their illegal transport, the authorities were quoted as saying on Sunday.

The injured were taken to hospital and the owner of the bus was detained, they added.

Situated near The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
's eastern border with Iran, the city of Van is used as a crossing point for migrants colonists on their long journey to reach Europe, with many coming from Afghanistan.

In July 2020, a boat carrying up to 60 migrants colonists sank on Lake Van.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

#1  what does it matter if they're afghans?
Posted by: Chris || 07/12/2021 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  It’s useful to know where these people are coming from. And since Tolo News is an Afghan news site, they are first interested in the fates of fellow Afghans. And the article does note that route is primarily used by Afghans, Pakistanis, and Iranians.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2021 3:09 Comments || Top||

#3  What is the significance of this story? Is there an intelligence angle on this or is just a common (but unfortunate) traffic accident?
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 07/12/2021 9:57 Comments || Top||

#4  I understand it as a common traffic accident involving a group being moved along a well-travelled route by human traffickers and jihadis to Europe, Vespasian Ebboting9735.

I think the term of art is rat lines, though I wouldn’t guarantee it.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2021 14:22 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
UP ATS busts al-Qaida module in Lucknow, foils major attack
[OneIndia] The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has busted a terror module linked to al-Qaeda in Lucknow. They were reportedly planning suicide kabooms in crowded areas of Lucknow and other cities of Uttar Pradesh.

Two men named Minaz Ahmad and Nasiruddin, both residents of Lucknow, have been arrested as part of the operation.

ANI's sources had also reportedly said that the duo were in touch with people across the border, and suspicious material has been recovered.

Both residents of the Lucknow, were apprehended by the state police''s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and they were planning to "unleash terror activities on August 15 (Independence Day) in different cities of the state", including Lucknow, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar told news hounds.

"The ATS has arrested two active members belonging to al-Qaeda-supported ''Ansar Ghazwatul Hind''. Minhaz Ahmed, a resident of Lucknow''s Dubagga area, and Maseeruddin, a resident of Lucknow''s Madiaon area, have been arrested. Explosive material has been recovered from them," he said.

Ahmed and Maseeruddin, on the instructions of Umar Halmandi, the head of the Uttar Pradesh module of the al-Qaeda, along with their associates were planning to "unleash terror activities on August 15 in different cities of the state, especially its capital Lucknow", the additional director general of police (ADGP) said.

"They were planning explosions at important places, memorials and crowded places, and also to use human bombs. For this, they were collecting weapons and explosives," Kumar said.

He also said that members of this module are not only from Lucknow, but also from Kanpur in the state.

Raids are being conducted at different places to apprehend associates of these terrorists, Ahmed and Maseeruddin, the ADGP said.

"During interrogation, the accused persons said that their accomplices bravely ran away from their house. The ATS team along with the local police has undertaken intensive checking," Kumar said and added that a case has been registered in this connection at the ATS station.

They will be produced before a court, and then taken into police custody.
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#1  This makes me go dokidoki happy.
Posted by: Wren || 07/12/2021 2:06 Comments || Top||

#2  The Muslim population in Uttar Pradesh was estimated to be 43,988,561 (19.3% of total population of Uttar-Pradesh) in 2018 and forms the second largest religion in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
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Iraq
Popular Mobilization Forces, the army and the police implement the second phase of security operations south of Mosul
[NINANEWS] The second phase of security operations for the areas south of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
was launched on Sunday morning.

A statement to the media of the Popular Mobilization stated that the starting point of the operations / Tel Kisum/, and the goal is to clear, search and secure areas south of Mosul from the remnants of terrorist (ISIS) gangs, and to secure the electric power transmission lines from sabotage operations.

He added that those participating in the operations are / Nineveh Operations Command of the Popular Mobilization, represented by (Brigade 33 and Brigade 21), and the sections affiliated to the Operations Command with the support of (explosive control, military engineering, resistance to armor and medicine) of the Popular Mobilization Authority and the Iraqi army units represented by (Brigade 76 and Brigade 75), the Commandos of the Nineveh Operations Command of the Iraqi Army and parts of the Nineveh Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
Regiment.
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Turkish warplanes bombed areas of Amidi district in Dohuk governorate
[NINANEWS] Ottoman Turkish warplanes bombed today, Mount Kurzar and a village in Shiladzi district of Amidi district in Dohuk governorate.

Eyewitnesses said, according to the website of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan that Ottoman Turkish warplanes bombed Mount Kurzar and the village of Bisei in the Shiladzi district of the Amidi district in Dohuk governorate."

He added, "the bombing led to a state of panic and fear among the citizens in the area, noting that Ottoman Turkish planes bombard those areas from time to time under the pretext of the presence of the PKK forces there."
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Thwarting an attempt to blow up a tower to transmit electric power in Diyala
[NINANEWS] A military force thwarted an attempt to blow up an electric power transmission tower in Diyala Governorate.

A security source told the correspondent of the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) that a force of the army, within the sector of responsibility, thwarted an attempt to detonate an electric power transmission tower with bombs near the Muradia fields on the outskirts of Bani Saad district, southwest of Baquba.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Of course they are trying to blow up electric power pylons. Electricity is totally un-Islamic.
Some sort of dispute between the Prophet Mohammed (ptui) and James Clerk Maxwell back in the day.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/12/2021 11:45 Comments || Top||


Convoy Of Logistical Support For The Int'l Coalition Forces Targeted With An IED In Diwaniyah
[NINANEWS] A security source announced that a convoy of logistical support for the international coalition forces was targeted with an bomb on the international highway in Diwaniyah, south of Baghdad.
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Two Prominent Drug Dealers Arrested In Baghdad
[NINANEWS] The National Security Service arrested two prominent drug pushers in possession of (8) kg of narcotic substances in Baghdad.

The agency said in a statement that the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / received a copy of it: "The National Security Agency arrested one of the most prominent drug pushers and his assistant northwest of the capital, and seized 4 kg of crystal and 4 kg of narcotic substance in their possession (Hashish), as well as (4000) narcotic pills, an electronic scale, and tools for drug use.
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The Assistant Director Of Al-Rafidain Bank In Al-Mahaweel, Babylon, Assassinated
[NINANEWS] Unidentified button men assassinated the assistant director of al-Rafidain Bank in al-Mahaweel district in Babylon, Wissam Karim Maghames al-Muhammadawi.

A source in the Babylon Police said, "Unidentified button men opened fire on a vehicle in which al-Muhammadawi was traveling, which led to his death on the spot, and they fled to an unknown destination."
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#1  Getting even for the High Interest Rates @ the Bank ?

Posted by: Threath Thravirong4710 || 07/12/2021 6:59 Comments || Top||


Iraqi front group, Saraya Awliya'a al-Dam, published footage of an alleged attack against a convoy supplying US forces in Basra
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israeli Bedouin transferred information to Iranian intelligence
[IsraelNationalNews] Bedouin from the Negev arrested after he allegedly gave information to Iranian agent.

An Israeli Bedouin man handed over information to Iranian intelligence officials recently, Israel security authorities revealed Monday afternoon.

The suspect in question, identified as Yaqoob Abo Alkean, a Bedouin businessman from the town of Hura in southern Israel, was arrested on June 10th after he allegedly illegally transferred information to Iran.

According to Israeli security officials, Abo Alkean made the transfer via a Lebanese-Iraqi proxy.

Investigators found that Abo Alkean – who has close ties to several prominent figures in Israel – was in contact with Khaider al-Mashhadani, an agent for Iran’s intelligence gathering efforts. Abo Alkean briefly ran for the Knesset on former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon's 'Telem' list, which later dropped out of the race.

While in contact with al-Mashhadani, Abo Alkean is said to have kept Iran up to date on recent events in Israel.

The two were also reportedly involved in joint business ventures.

Though Abo Alkean was initially unaware that al-Mashhadani was working on behalf of Iranian intelligence, once he realized whom al-Mashhadani was working for, Abo Alkean was not deterred from continuing to work with the Iranian agent, and even sought a meeting with al-Mashhadani's handlers, though the meeting was never held.

On Monday, Southern District prosecutors filed espionage charges against Abo Alkean in the Southern District Court in Beersheba.

On May 14, as anti-Jewish riots were taking place in several mixed cities across Israel, Abo Alkean uploaded a now-deleted video to his Facebook page from Lod calling to use violence in order to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

"The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line and we will cut off any hand that is raised against it," exclaimed Abo Alkean in front of a group of dozens of masked Arab men chanting "Allahu akbar."

"The hudna (cease-fire) is only temporary and conditional," continued Abo Alkean, "and we are raising our head in this city and saying to everyone: you must always protect our holy places and our mosque."

Abo Alkean concluded his fiery speech, which was discovered by Ad Kan and translated by the Arab Desk of the Zionist watchdog group Im Tirtzu, by chanting "with spirit and blood we will redeem Al-Aqsa."

Im Tirtzu welcomed the indictment, saying Monday afternoon: "Instead of promoting integration and peace, many leaders in the Arab community unfortunately see eye to eye with Hamas and act as a fifth column in Israel. This is a very severe phenomenon that needs to be dealt with immediately."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/12/2021 08:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  IsraeliBedouin businessman Yaqoub Abu Al-Qia’an was indicted on Monday on a series of national security offenses, including contact with a foreign agent and providing information to Iranian intelligence through a Lebanese-Iraqi agent.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/12/2021 12:03 Comments || Top||


Fatah gunnies discharge their firearms in Ramallah during a rally in support of Mahmoud Abbas
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Southeast Asia
2 suspected IS-linked militants killed in central Indonesia
[AlAhram] Security operations in Central Sulawesi have intensified in recent months to try to capture members of the East Indonesia Mujahideen
...also Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen, known locally as Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT). One of two ISIS provinces in Indonesia...
network. The network pledged allegiance to the 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....
group in 2014.

Indonesian security forces on Sunday killed two suspected forces of Evil with ties to the Islamic State group who were believed to be connected to the killing of Christian farmers on Sulawesi island, the country's military said.

The two men, identified as Rukli and Ahmad Gazali, were fatally shot during a pre-dawn raid by a five-man team of military and police in Central Sulawesi province's mountainous Parigi Moutong district, said Maj. Gen. Richard Tampubolon, who heads the joint operation. Parigi Moutong borders Poso district, considered an hard boy hotbed in the province.

Security operations in Central Sulawesi have intensified in recent months to try to capture members of the East Indonesia Mujahideen network, particularly targeting Ali Kalora, the group's leader and Indonesia's most wanted Death Eater. The network pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2014.

Tampubolon said the security team located the Death Eater camp on Wednesday in the densely forested village of Tanah Lanto.

The team was able to approach the camp early Sunday with five forces of Evil inside, however three forces of Evil escaped the firefight into the jungle, Tampubolon said in a statement.

He said security forces were still searching for the seven remaining members of group who are still on the lam, including Kalora.

The East Indonesia Mujahideen has grabbed credit for several killings of police and Christians.

In May, the group killed four Christians in Kalemago village of Poso district, including one victim who was beheaded. Authorities said the attack was in Dire Revenge for the killing in March of two Death Eaters, including the son of the group's former leader Abu Wardah Santoso.

Kalora's predecessor was killed by security forces in July 2016. Dozens of other leaders and members of the group have been killed or captured since then.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Moslem-majority nation, has conducted a sustained crackdown on Islamic forces of Evil since bombings on the tourist island of Bali in 2002 killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.

Attacks on foreigners have been largely replaced by smaller, less deadly strikes targeting the government, police and anti-terrorism forces.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran rushes defense forces to the Afghan border
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 07/12/2021 06:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1 
Iranian Military ⚔ Rushing to the Border

Posted by: Threath Thravirong4710 || 07/12/2021 6:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Preparing to invade, to rescue their Islamic brothers?
Posted by: Bobby || 07/12/2021 7:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Hmmm... Also posted by Fred, at midnight.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/12/2021 7:39 Comments || Top||


2 children and their mother were killed; her husband, accused of collaborating with the Syrian government’s Air Force Intelligence
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Iranian-backed factions deploy rockets in Syria's Deir ez-Zor
[NPASYRIA] On Sunday, a military source said that factions backed by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) started to deploy short-range rockets and medium-range artillery within their positions and military headquarters in the eastern and western countryside of Deir ez-Zor, which they control.

The rockets and artillery were brought from the warehouses of the Iranian-backed factions in al-Mayadin district in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor and the warehouses of Jabal al-Bishri in the western countryside of Deir ez-Zor. After that, they were collected in the city of al-Bukamal, east of Deir ez-Zor, and the town of al-Tabani, west of Deir ez-Zor, the source added.

Two personnel have been placed at each point, and are trained to launch and direct Katyusha rockets and artillery shells accurately. Readiness has been raised at those points since the completion of their deployment on Monday, the source indicated.

120 millimeter artillery and short-range Katyusha and Grad rockets
...Soviet-developed 122-mm rockets, usually launched from trucks. Newer versions are reported to have a range of up to 30 km....
, in addition to their ammunition and launchers, were placed at the military points of Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba and Liwa Fatemiyoun near the banks of the Euphrates River, the source pointed out.

The process of deploying artillery and short-range missiles began 72 hours after American aircraft targeted points of the IRGC-backed Sayyid of Martyrs Battalions in the vicinity of al-Bukamal.

The deployment came as a response to the targeting of the points of Iranian-backed factions by American forces in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, the military source stated.

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Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Government forces target opposition positions in Syria's Idlib
[NPASYRIA] On Sunday, the Syrian government forces bombed sites of the Ottoman Turkish-backed armed factions south of Idlib, northwest Syria.

Government forces bombed the fortifications of the armed factions in the vicinity of the towns of al-Bara, Marayan, and Balion in the Zawiya Mountain area south of Idlib with artillery shells and rockets, sources told North Press.

The bombing killed a person, said to be a civilian from the town of al-Bara, and maimed two others, including a child, in the town of Marayan. The maimed were taken to medical points for treatment, according to the same sources.

Moreover, the bombing targeted the fortifications of the armed factions in the towns of al-Duqmaq and al-Ziyara, which are located in the Ghab Plain area in the western countryside of Hama.

On Saturday, Russian aircraft raided positions of the armed factions in the Tilal al-Khedr area, north of Latakia, and the vicinity of the Juzif village, south of Idlib.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Three people were injured in explosion in Syria's Raqqa
[NPASYRIA] On Sunday, three people, including a child, were maimed when an IED went kaboom! at the entrance to a residential building in the city of Raqqa, northern Syria.

The Internal Security Forces (Asayish) in the city said, in a statement, that the IED went kaboom! at the entrance to a residential building in the al-Nahda neighborhood behind al-Basrawi Mosque, which maimed three people, including a 13-year-old child.

The statement added that mines and explosives experts went to the site of the earth-shattering kaboom to make sure that there are no other explosive objects, while the injured were transferred to Raqqa National Hospital.

The eastern countryside of Raqqa has recently witnessed an activity of ISIS sleeper cells.

However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
today’s statement did not accuse any party of being behind the bombing, contenting itself with the determination of the Asayish to continue the fight against terrorism.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Turkish shelling on Syria's Tel Rifaat injures Afrin IDPs
[NPASYRIA] On Sunday, four people, including a child, were maimed in a Ottoman Turkish dronezap on the town of Tel Rifaat in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

A Ottoman Turkish drone targeted IDPs who had gone out because of the high temperature degrees in the Tel Rifaat town, a source from the town told North press.

The child’s condition was unstable and was taken to Avrin Hospital in the town of Fafin, while the others’ injuries were mild, a medical source from the town said.

The town of Tel Rifaat has had hundreds of IDP families from Afrin region since the Ottoman Turkish forces and the affiliated armed factions controlled the city in 2018.

The region is continually bombed by the Ottoman Turkish forces and the armed factions stationed in the vicinity of the region in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

In 2019, the Ottoman Turkish forces and the affiliated armed factions bombed the town of Tel Rifaat with missiles, which led to the killing of ten people, including eight children and the injury of some others.


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