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Facebook hits out at US President Joe Biden after the latter accused the social media platform of %u201Ckilling people%u201D by allowing disinformation
Saturday July 17th, 2021

Timeline: Lebanon's Spiraling Crisis and Political Impasse
Deputy Governor Killed in Clashes in Kapisa: Sources
NATO continuing its Defense Education Enhancement Program to ANDSF
ANDSF Retakes Three Districts in Last 24 Hours: MoD
Dostum Urges Govt to Support Local Forces Under His Command
Kandahar Airstrike %u2018Aborted%u2019 Over Pakistan%u2019s Warning: Sources
Detroit woman tracks down stolen Mercedes,
suspect dragged from barbershop by dreds

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#1  You're looking at the next feminist fashion craze.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/17/2021 18:51 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
SWAT Shootout in Texas: 4 Cops Wounded, 1 Killed
[PJ] LEVELLEAND, Texas— A SWAT commander was killed and four of his officers were wounded in a standoff with a barricaded gunman 30 miles outside of Lubbock, Texas.

SWAT Commander Sgt. Josh Bartlett of the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office was taken to Covenant Health Levelland hospital, where he died of gunshot wounds, according to a sheriff’s office statement. Bartlett was the commander of the sheriff’s tactical unit and a nine-year veteran.

Omar Soto-Chavira, 22, was arrested after the violent standoff that lasted over ten hours. He had bonded out of jail four days earlier, after being arrested for assaulting various family members.

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2021 07:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336079 views] Top|| File under:

#1  God's child
Diversity makes us stronger
Posted by: Sliting Wholuper9622 || 07/17/2021 9:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't much care for the final score. So who was this guy, the Mexican Alvin York?
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/17/2021 10:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe in this case "SWAT" meant obese guys shoved into tacticool pants and vest.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/17/2021 13:09 Comments || Top||

Kandahar Airstrike ‘Aborted’ Over Pakistan’s Warning: Sources
[ToloNews] Sources say that an operation by three A29 aircraft of the Afghan Air Force on Taliban
...Arabic for students...
targets in Spin Boldak, Kandahar, on Thursday, was aborted after "receiving warning" from Pakistain’s forces.

A conversation a copy of which was sent to TOLOnews by government sources shows that Afghan Air Force was warned that they are getting "closer to the border," but an Afghan military official claims that they were warned not to get closer as much as 18 kilometers to the international border point in Chaman and Spin Boldak.

A military analyst said that military aircraft should not get as close as 10 nautical miles (18.5 kilometers) to another country’s border when conducting an operation based on international laws.

This comes as First Vice President Amrullah Saleh in a tweet on Thursday said that "Pakistain air force has issued an official warning to the Afghan Army and Air Force that any move to dislodge the Taliban from Spin Boldak area will be faced and repelled by the Pakistain Air Force."

He said that "Pakistain air force is now providing close air support to Taliban in certain areas."

But Pakistain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said that it rejects "allegations" by First Vice President Amrullah Saleh and says it took "necessary measures within its territory to safeguard our own troops and population."

"The Afghan side conveyed to Pakistain its intention of carrying out air operation inside its territory opposite Chaman Sector of Pakistain. Pakistain responded positively to the Afghan Government’s right to act in its territory," the ministry said.

It added: "In spite of very close border operations normally not acceded to by internationally accepted norms/standards/procedures, Pakistain took necessary measures within its territory to safeguard our own troops and population."

"We acknowledge Afghan Government’s right to undertake actions on its sovereign territory," the statement said. "However,
we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
as alleged by the Afghan Vice President, Pakistain Air Force never communicated anything to the Afghan Air Force. Such statements undermine Pakistain’s sincere efforts to play its part in an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led solution."

In response to the statement by the Pak government, Saleh in a tweet called the statement "a statement of denial" and "a pre-written paragraph."

This also comes two days after Taliban fighters claimed that they had seized control of the Spin Boldak crossing area between Afghan and Pakistain territory.

Spin Boldak crossing is one of the key strategic locations in Kandahar province, which is adjacent to Pakistain.

Video released by the Taliban on social media showed the group's white flag flying in place of Afghanistan’s national flag above the Friendship Gate.

This new development takes place as Pakistain has announced that it will hold a peace conference on Afghanistan in the coming days.

The meeting was originally scheduled for July 17. But it was postponed due to a trip by prominent Afghan politicians to Doha where they are set to meet with Taliban leaders about ending the current conflict.

The Taliban recently seized some other major border crossings, in Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
, Farah, and Kunduz provinces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336084 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Deputy Governor Killed in Clashes in Kapisa: Sources
[ToloNews] The deputy governor of Kapisa, Aziz-ur-Rahman Tawab, was killed in a clash with Taliban
...Arabic for students...
in Nijrab district in the province on Friday, two sources from provincial police confirmed.

The clash happened in Afghania Valley in Nijrab.

The sources said that five members of public uprising forces were maimed in the festivities.

This comes as Taliban has captured Ala Sai and Tagab districts in Kapisa and fighting is often reported in Afghania Valley, which is close to Ala Sai district.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336083 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

ANDSF Retakes Three Districts in Last 24 Hours: MoD
[ToloNews] As festivities continue in various provinces, the Defense Ministry said on Friday that Afghan National Defense and Security Forces retook the control of Saighan and Kahmard districts in Bamiyan
...a place in Afghanistan that used to have some historically interesting statues of the Buddha carved into a mountainside. Then the holy men showed up and now all they have is some big holes...
and Chakhansur district in Nimroz in the last 24 hours.

"In an operation that began this morning, districts were retaken in a short time by security forces, and the country's flag was raised back on the districts," Bamiyan governor Tahir Zuhair said.

The Ministry of Defense said the operations by Afghan cops are underway to push back the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
attacks on cities and to retake the areas that are under Taliban influence.

"Operation by the ANDSF to retake districts that were under the influence of the enemy is underway," Defense Ministry front man Rohullah Ahmadzai said.

Taliban claimed on Friday to have entered the city of Sheberghan, the center of Jawzjan province in the north, but local officials said the attacks were pushed back.

"The security situation is terrible. All shops are closed and the city is full of panic and horror," a Sheberghan resident Jan Mohammad said.

"People are mobilized and have taken arms in all streets and there is no problem at the moment," Jawzjan Police Chief Khwajah Jilani Abu Bakr said.

Reports suggest that the security situation in the city of Taluqan, the center of Takhar, is concerning.

"We are legitimate, and the country is ours. God willing, victory is ours," said Pir Mohammad Khaksar, a commander of public uprising forces in Taluqan.

"All their offensives were pushed back. We have taken positions with a group of security forces and the public uprising forces," Takhar governor Abdullah Qarluq said.

Sources said that 10 non-combatants were killed and 10 others were maimed in an Arclight airstrike
by government forces in Shohada district in Badakhshan on Thursday, but government rejects the claim.

Also, one person was killed and six more were maimed in a magnetic kaboom in the city of Kunduz on Friday morning, the provincial police said.

Though there are reports of about 10 military and civilian casualties in the last 24 hours, but the Ministry of Defense said that 208 Taliban fighters were killed and 153 more were maimed in Afghan forces operations in the last 24 hours. Taliban has rejected the claim.
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Home Front: WoT
Dissident journalist Masih Alinejad reveals new details on Iran's plans to kidnap her
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iranian-American journalist Masih Alinejad revealed new details about Iran's attempt to kidnap her, including the use and arrest of her family members to lure her to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire...
In an exclusive interview on Al Arabiya’s sister channel Al Hadath, Alinejad said that the FBI
...Formerly one of the world's premier criminal investigation organizations, something for a nation to be proud of. Now it's a political arm of the Deep State oligarchy that is willing to trump up charges, suppress evidence, or take out insurance policies come election time...
briefed her on the level of surveillance from Iranian intelligence officers of her and her daily movements by showing her documents and photos they had intercepted, forcing her and her immediate family in New York to move into a safe house for their safety.
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#1  Yikes - this broad looks like Kamala's "Weird Al Yankovic" daughter, writ small.
Posted by: Raj || 07/17/2021 0:22 Comments || Top||

Kadhimi announces arrest of Husham al-Hashimi’s killers
[Rudaw] Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced on Friday that the killers of security analyst Husham al-Hashimi have been arrested.

"We promised to capture Husham Alhashimi’s killers. We fulfilled that promise," Kadhimi tweeted.

Arrest warrants were issued in the case earlier this month.
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IDF fires flares near Lebanese border after suspicious movements
[IsraelTimes] Military scanning area near Metula, but says no fears of an attack.

The Israeli military fired flares along the Lebanese border Friday night, near the town of Metula, after identifying suspicious movement in the border area, the army said.

The military said troops were searching the area, though it added that the incident was not a potential attack.

Earlier Friday a military drone crashed in Lebanese territory due to a technical malfunction, the military said.

The Israel Defense Forces said the incident was being investigated and added that no sensitive information had been lost due to the crash and there was no risk of intelligence being taken from the device.

Earlier this month the military seized dozens of weapons on the Lebanese border as they were being smuggled into the country.

Israeli security officials were said to believe the weapons were destined to be used in terror attacks inside Israel.
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#1  We can't go on together
with suspicious minds...
Posted by: Elvis || 07/17/2021 0:10 Comments || Top||

Lebanon in freefall as France announces aid conference on port blast anniversary
[IsraelTimes] After PM-designate Hariri resigned Thursday, protests flared Friday in Beirut, Sidon, and Tripoli, where clashes with army left at least 19 people wounded, says the Lebanese Red Cross; Lebanese pound plunges to new lows on black market.

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Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336084 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Lebanon is dying a slow death
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2021 9:10 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ slowly, then all at once. Started with the PLO, then Hezbollah, and corrupt pols
Posted by: Frank G || 07/17/2021 10:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Iran’s puppet is Iran’s problem.
Posted by: Grunter || 07/17/2021 18:57 Comments || Top||

IDF says drone crashed in Lebanon due to malfunction, no data leaked
[IsraelTimes] Military says incident occurred during ’routine activities’ along the border; it comes days after a military surveillance UAV crashed in West Bank town.

An Israeli military drone crashed in Lebanese territory on Friday due to a technical malfunction, the military said.

The Israel Defense Forces said the incident was being investigated and added that no sensitive information had been lost due to the crash and there was no risk of intelligence being taken from the device.

"During routine activities, an IDF drone fell in Lebanese territory due to a technical malfunction," the army said in a statement.

There was no immediate information on Lebanese media as to the location of where the drone fell or images identifying the model.

Small, off-the-shelf models used for simple reconnaissance missions are the types of drones that fell in previous similar incidents along the Lebanese border.

Such drones, which are relatively cheap, crash or are brought down in Leb
...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers, a practice dating back to the heady human sacrifice days of Baal Moloch. In 2020 Hezbollahblew up a considerable portion of Beirut and many of its inhabitants when its ammonium nitrate faci8lity exploded. They blamed it on... somebody else. It wasn't them though. Trust them on that...
— and the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip — at a frequency of once every few months.

On Wednesday, an IDF-operated Elbit Skylark — a larger surveillance UAV — fell in the Paleostinian West Bank town of Tubas. It was later retrieved by soldiers, a military spokesperson said.

Israel is technically at war with Lebanon, where it has fought two wars — one in 1982 against Paleostinian Lions of Islam who had established a base of operations in the country and one in 2006 against Hezbollah.

Lebanon regularly complains about Israeli surveillance drones invading its airspace, but the IDF maintains that such incursions are necessary to track the illegal activities of Hezbollah, which the Lebanese government is meant to keep in check.
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  Former Libyan PM, Al-Sarraj Purchases Vanuatu's Passport
Fri 2021-07-16
  As economic conditions worsen in Leb, angry Beirut residents attack Leb army vehicles; elsehwere, PM-designate Saad Hariri resigns
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  Possibility of civil war in Afghanistan, sez Atta Muhammad Noor
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  Taliban claim to control 85 percent of Afghanistan
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  Ahmad Jibril, Syria-based Paleo terror group PFLP-GC #1, dead at 83; #2 Talal Naji new #1
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  Haitian President Jovenel Moise assassinated in his home
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  AI drone swarm ‘is used in combat for the first time as Israel deploy them to attack Hamas militants'
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