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Good Morning

Strategic Petroleum Reserve
falls to lowest level in 37 years.
Tuesday August 2nd, 2022

Israel warns Hezbollah it will respond if gas rigs attacked
'Literally a war zone': Noem questions
whether VP Harris is 'aware she's in charge' of border
Volgograd resident convicted of participation in ISIS
Iran attempts assassination of dissident in NYC
Iran vows to build nukes if
provoked, turn NY into 'hellish ruins'
Al-Sadr movement rejects call for dialogue amid protests
3 shot during yoot football game in Oakland

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2022 13:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336094 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ms. Hyams appears to be an adult, Fred.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/02/2022 12:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Betcha that guy went all Lawrence ["There was something about it that I didn't like."] over the smoking hoydens the other day. Also...

Said mad-eyed shade to shiv'ring skald,
"I tried to tell 'em. How they LOLed!
Now ev'ry night I wend undaunted
Round this lonely boneyard, haunted."
[Daddy gets his ashes hauled]
Posted by: Hupomosing Trotsky9444 || 08/02/2022 18:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Cleaning up after a Vatican rave. Mark this one not for publication.
Posted by: jpal || 08/02/2022 18:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Goodness gracious, jpal — the things you think of!
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2022 21:02 Comments || Top||

#5  I LOL'd, Jpal
Posted by: Frank G || 08/02/2022 21:20 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Volgograd resident convicted of participation in ISIS
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[KavkazUzel] The court sentenced a 25-year-old native of Volgograd to four years in prison, finding her involved in the activities of the Islamic State* terrorist organization in Syria, the FSB reported.

According to investigators, the 25-year-old native of Volgograd was in Syria from March 2015 to August 2021, where she took part in the activities of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization, which is banned by the court in Russia.
Elsewhere than Russia too, for all the good banning does.
In 2021, the suspect was detained at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow. During interrogation, she admitted her guilt and spoke about how she prepared for a trip to Syria, about the route of this trip, places of residence and her role in a terrorist organization, Interfax reported today with reference to the press service of the FSB department in the Volgograd region.
Sang like a canary, did she? Good.
The Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don found the native of Volgograd guilty under part 2 of Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Organization of the activities of a terrorist organization”) and part 2 of Article 208 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Organization of an illegal armed formation”) and sentenced her to four years imprisonment in a general regime colony, the report said.

There were no comments from the defendant's lawyers regarding the court's decision.

Part 2 of Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Organization of the activities of a terrorist organization”) provides for up to 20 years in prison. Part 2 of Article 208 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Organization of an illegal armed group”) provides for up to 15 years in prison.

The "Caucasian Knot" also wrote that on December 18, 2020, it became known that a court in Rostov-on-Don passed a sentence on a resident of the Volgograd region, Maria Podobedova,
Finally — a name!
for transferring 10,500 rubles to the account of an ISIS participant. The court sentenced her to five years in prison.
Posted by: badanov || 08/02/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336094 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Home Front: WoT
Iran attempts assassination of dissident in NYC
[NYPost] A man armed with a loaded AK-47 was arrested on Thursday outside of the Brooklyn home of Iranian dissident journalist Masih Alinejad, according to sources and charging documents.

Khalid Mehdiyev, 23, was found with the assault rifle, a high-capacity magazine and more than $1,000 worth of cash when he was arrested after lurking for two days, according to a federal complaint.
Really, the lady is an attractive nuisance. All the authorities need do is put a team on overwatch, then pick up the next one Iran sends to take her off the board.
The complaint makes no explicit connection between Mehdiyev and Alinejad but says the accused had focused on an unnamed Brooklyn "residence."

Law enforcement observed Mehdiyev sitting in a gray Subaru Forester SUV with an Illinois license plate for several hours on Wednesday and Thursday. Feds said he ordered food to his car and looked inside of the windows and attempted to open the front door of the residence he was parked outside of, the complaint rael adds:says.
Mehdiyev is being held by Federal officials; the NYC justice didn't have time to release him apparently.
It looks like this one took all those American teevee cop shows as his model for how a successful assassin behaves.
The Times of Israel adds:
Khalid Mehdiyev was seen behaving suspiciously outside the home of Iranian dissident Masih Alinejad for two days last week. On Thursday, he parked his Subaru Forester SUV outside her home and was said to peek through the windows of the house and try to open the front door, according to a criminal complaint filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

Mehdiyev was pulled over and arrested by New York City police for running a stop sign and driving without a valid license. Law enforcement then found him in possession of a suitcase containing the loaded rifle and $1,100 in $100 bills, the complaint said.

He has since been charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, and is being held without bail. Mehdiyev’s attorney Stephanie Marie Carvlin did not comment to US media on the matter.

The 45-year-old journalist left Iran
...The nation is 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...
in 2009, studied in Britannia and worked for the US government-backed Voice of America’s Persian-language service.

Since 2014, Alinejad also has maintained a Facebook campaign, "My Stealthy Freedom," to support Iranian women who don’t want to wear the hijab covering — required for women in the country.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 08/02/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336099 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  In a city awash in random violence, it is good to see that old fashioned directed violence still has a place.
Posted by: Super Hose || 08/02/2022 7:25 Comments || Top||

#2  A palpable point, Super Hose.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2022 9:22 Comments || Top||

#3  My outlook remains as warped as ever after all these years.
Posted by: Super Hose || 08/02/2022 10:01 Comments || Top||

#4  If it wasn’t for the high capacity magazine and the obliterated serial number he would have been fine.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/02/2022 13:41 Comments || Top||

Helicopter carrying senior Pakistan army officers goes missing

A Mighty Pak Army helicopter carrying senior military officers, including a three-star general, went missing in southwestern Pakistain on Monday, the army said.

The officers, including Corps Commander Quetta Lt. Gen. Sarfraz Ahmad, lost contact with the air traffic control during flood relief operations in the southwestern 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, which has been badly hit by massive downpours and flashfloods.

"A Pakistain army aviation helicopter which was on flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan lost contact with ATC. Six individuals were on board including Commander 12 Corps who was supervising flood relief operations in Balochistan," said a statement from the army's media wing.

A search operation is underway to locate the missing chopper, it added.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336085 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Yeah they're all dead.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2022 9:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Helicopters really do not respond well to insh’Allah maintenance.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/02/2022 13:33 Comments || Top||

#3  I don't see that carrying a 6 man relief team, nor why the tail boom stenciling is in English.

Posted by: Skidmark || 08/02/2022 14:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Wonder if they were the coup leadership that snuffed Zawahiri escaping with the $25m reward.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/02/2022 14:28 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ Even if they weren't, it's a great story to put out there to stir the pot.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2022 14:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Great story; I'd roll with it.

4 Commies on the pylons?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/02/2022 17:50 Comments || Top||

'The leader's advisor' commends the PMF's neutrality
[Shafaq] A self-proclaimed advisor of the powerful Shiite holy man Moqtada Tater al-Sadr
...hereditary Iraqi holy man and leader of a political movement in Iraq. He had his hereditary rival al-Khoei assassinated shortly after the holy rival's appearance out of exile in 2003. Formerly an Iranian catspaw, lately he's gagged over some of their more outlandish antics, then went back to catspawry...
on Monday commended the neutrality of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces-PMF) amid the ongoing row between "the camps of reform and [Coordination] Framework", lamenting the assaults waged by the anti-Sadrists against the law enforcement.

Mohammed Salih al-Iraqi, who runs a Twitter account named "the leader's advisor" and widely believed to be the holy man's mouthpiece, "it is lamentable to see some demonstrators, Framework, assaulting the security forces and anti-riot...the security forces are the wall of the homeland."

"We value the attitude of our brothers in al-Hashd al-Shaabi who maintained neutrality between the two camps: the camp of reform and the camp of the Framework," he added.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336091 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

Al-Sadr movement rejects call for dialogue amid protests
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336093 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  I sort of get the feeling that monkey pox will cripple the Al-Sade movement at some point.
Posted by: Super Hose || 08/02/2022 8:29 Comments || Top||

IDF raids 39 homes of Palestinians with alleged Hamas ties, arrests 13
[IsraelTimes] Military says Paleostinians hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at troops during widescale arrest operation in West Bank; no IDF, Paleostinian injuries reported

Israeli troops raided the homes of 39 Paleostinians with alleged ties to the Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, terror group overnight, the military said Monday.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, 13 wanted Paleostinians were detained during the raids.

The IDF said the aim was to arrest and question Paleostinians with ties to Hamas, and others who were involved in alleged terror activities.

Amid the arrest operations, dozens of Paleostinians hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at troops at a number of locations, the IDF said. No soldiers were hurt.

The military said troops responded with riot dispersal means. No Paleostinian injuries were immediately reported.

Tensions have remained high in the West Bank, as Israeli security forces stepped up arrest raids and operations following a deadly wave of terror attacks against Israelis that left 19 people dead earlier this year.

Last week, two Paleostinian button men were killed in an Israeli military raid in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2022 04:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336088 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

IDF arrests senior PIJ member in Jenin; Palestinian teen killed during the raid
[IsraelTimes] Troops surround home of Bassem Saadi, detain him and son-in-law; Islamic Jihad declares state of alert

A Palestinian teen was killed late Monday night during an Israeli military operation in the northern West Bank city of Jenin to arrest a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad official.

Palestinian media reports said Israeli troops surrounded the home of Bassem Saadi, the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group in the West Bank, before arresting him and his son-in-law and aide, Ashraf al-Jada.

Some reports said Saadi was also shot and wounded during the incident.

A joint statement by the Israel Defense Forces and Border Police said two Palestinian terror suspects were arrested in Jenin. The Shin Bet security agency confirmed Saadi was the target of the arrest, with his aide also being detained.

In response, the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad announced in a statement that it was declaring a state of “alertness” and raising its fighters’ “readiness” following the arrest of Saadi.

Footage published by Palestinian media showed a convoy of Israeli military vehicles was seen entering the Palestinian city. In other clips, heavy gunfire was heard.

Girding for response to arrest of PIJ member, IDF orders closure of Gaza-area roads

[IsraelTimes] Train lines from Ashkelon to Netivot also halted amid fears of anti-tank fire from coastal enclave following Islamic Jihad announcement it was raising alert level among fighters
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2022 04:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336092 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Iran steps up Bahai persecution with wave of arrests
Suddenly it’s their turn.
[AlAhram] Iranian authorities have stepped up persecution of the Bahais with a wave of arrests of prominent members of the country's biggest non-Moslem minority, leaving the battered community in shock, activist muppets said on Monday.

The Bahais in Iran, who have been subjected to harassment ever since the inception of the Islamic republic in 1979, had already complained that dozens of community members had been arrested, summoned or subjected to house searches in June and July.

But the intensification of the persecution reached a new peak on Sunday when 13 Bahais were suddenly arrested in raids on the homes and businesses of 52 Bahais across the country, Diane Alai, the representative of the Bahai International Community (BIC), told AFP.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2022 03:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336092 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Poor Al Hazred. No one invested in 'im.
Bahaullahs and Mohameds... mehh, dim!
T'was the mad Arab, alone who knowed
secrets like, say what must plow and
what unholy creature be plowed,
to birth truly transient beings
that may be called xe, xer and xim.

[high fives all Lovecraft fans]
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2022 9:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Your poems are getting better, Dron... or I’m becoming more accustomed to them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2022 9:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Just one more example of why Rantburg is *the* go-to place for the latest in the War on Terror and Poetry!
Posted by: SteveS || 08/02/2022 9:37 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm sure it's the latter, tw, because I've always been the same level of genius. 🤖
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2022 9:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Poetry happens differently than prose, Dron. The more one thinks in rhyme, rhythm, and image, the more easily they come. as Zenobia F. discovered.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2022 9:48 Comments || Top||

#6  At least until you need a rhyming word to go with "maladroit" or "onomatopoeia."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2022 9:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Though, John Prine did good with:

I don't wanna see ya
Speakin' in a foreign tongue."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2022 9:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Cornucopia could be had fun with. And anything from Detroit to ... Jon Voight? Ha ha ha.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2022 9:58 Comments || Top||

#9  As in...

This actress maladroit,
daughter of Jon Voight,
full of pharmacopeia,
named her tenth son-thing
from a lexicon of
Californian onomatopoeia.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2022 10:05 Comments || Top||

#10  One of my favorite things about words like onomatopoeia is that they clobber most text to speech engines.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2022 10:08 Comments || Top||

#11  Speaking of California culture...

"A clan from the land of Yossarian
Sprang up," sang an antique Aquarian,
Like rats! What to do?"
[safety catch,.22]
"Too barbaric!" mooed shop steward Marian.

Off to drop the big twenty-cent piece for a nice deacquisitioned Grossman D.Q. I couldn't quite pull the trigger on the other day.
Posted by: Hupomosing Trotsky9444 || 08/02/2022 16:29 Comments || Top||

#12  In all seriousness, I wonder if they're not supposed to collect two cents tax on that. Think I'll ask. Probably cause mass consternation.
Posted by: Hupomosing Trotsky9444 || 08/02/2022 16:37 Comments || Top||

ISIS Claims Attack Against SDF In Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor
[NPASYRIA] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) took responsibility on Saturday for targeting a vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in a town west of Deir ez-Zor Governorate, eastern Syria.

The targeting led two SDF fighters to lose their lives.

The ISIS-run Amaq news agency reported that the ISIS murderous Moslems detonated a four-wheel vehicle with an IED in the town of al-Hussan, 20 km west of Deir ez-Zor.

The explosion led to the destruction of the vehicle and the killing of those inside, according to Amaq news agency.

The countryside of Deir ez-Zor witnesses a spike in liquidations, targeting SDF fighters, employees of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), tribal leaders and civilians, despite the intensive security operations launched by the SDF.

On Saturday morning, ISIS grabbed credit for targeting a fighter of the SDF in the town of al-Busayrah east of Deir ez-Zor.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2022 00:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336098 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

NE Syria: Two Siblings Injured In Turkish Shelling North Of Syria’s Hasakah
[NPASYRIA] Two civilians were maimed on Saturday after Ottoman Turkish forces renewed their shelling of the countryside of Tel Tamr, a town north of Hasakah Governorate, northeastern Syria.

A source of Tel Tamr Military Council, affiliated with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), told North Press that the Ottoman Turkish forces re-shelled on Saturday evening the villages of Umm al-Khair and al-Salmasa, west of Tel Tamr.

The bombardment resulted in the injury of two siblings from al-Salmasa: Majda al-Bibi, 16, and Hatem al-Bibi, 24. It also caused material damage to the villagers’ homes.

A medical source at the Legarin Hospital in Tel Tamr told North Press that the two siblings received the proper treatment, adding that their condition is stable.

Earlier on Saturday, the villages of al-Abush, al-Ghaibish, al-Tawila, Umm al-Keif, al-Gozaliya and Tel Laban were all shelled by the Ottoman Turkish forces, resulting in the injury of nine civilians, including children, according to what medical and military sources told North Press.

Out of those nine, three were hospitalized to the People’s Hospital in Hasakah, and one of them was critically injured.

The town of Tel Tamr north of Hasakah has been under constant attack by Ottoman Turkish military and its affiliated armed opposition factions, known as Syrian National Army (SNA), for more than two years.

The Ottoman Turkish strikes come after two days of calmness in the front lines in the countryside of the towns of Tel Tamer and Zirgan (Abu Rasin), north of Hasakah.

Tel Tamr, which has a population of about 25.000 and is 30 km away from the Syrian-Ottoman Turkish border, is of strategic importance as it is a junction on the M4 Highway linking the Jazira region in northeast Syria to Aleppo Governorate in northwest.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2022 00:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336087 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

New Military Reinforcements Of Turkey Enter Syrian Territory
[NPASYRIA] A military column of Ottoman Turkish forces entered on Saturday night Syrian territories through Bab al-Salama border crossing in Azaz, north of Aleppo.

The column, which included military equipment, ammunition and vehicles, headed to the Ottoman Turkish posts in the area, a source from region told North Press.

The source added that the Ottoman Turkish-backed Levant Front (al-Jabha al-Shamiya) accompanied the column until it reached the Scientific Researches Center on Azaz-Yahmoul road in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
keeps sending military reinforcements to its posts in Syria amid escalation in festivities between Syrian government forces and Ottoman Turkish-backed SNA.

Although the de-escalation zone in northwest Syria is subjected to a Russian-Ottoman Turkish ceasefire agreement signed in March 2020, the area witnesses frequent mutual bombardment despite the entry of the ceasefire into force.

In March 2020, Russia and Turkey reached an agreement in Moscow that stipulated a ceasefire, the establishment of a safe corridor, and the conduct of joint patrols on the M4/Aleppo-Latakia Highway.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2022 00:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336079 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Turkey’s Sockpuppets in NW Syria: Syrian Army and Ottoman catspaws shell each other, another faction walks off, a 3rd attacks locals, and more

Government, Opposition Resume Mutual Shelling In Syria’s Northwest

[NPASYRIA] De-escalation zone in the countryside of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama in northwest Syria continued to witness on Sunday mutual shelling between Syrian government forces and Ottoman Turkish-backed armed opposition factions, known as Syrian National Army (SNA), on various axes.

According to what opposition sources told North Press, the government forces, using 80 artillery shells and rockets, targeted opposition positions in the villages and towns of Fatterah, Kafr Oweid, Sfuhen, Kansafra, Benin, Ruweiha in Zawiya Mountain, south of Idlib. It also struck the villages of Khirbat al-Naqus and Sirmaniyah, west of Hama.

...back at the shattered spaceship, Fffflirgoll the Arcturan slithered stealthily toward the control room, where the humans had barricaded themselves...
North Press was informed that al-Fateh al-Mubin Operations Room targeted with heavy artillery the positions of the government forces in Base 46, south of Idlib.

Al-Fateh al-Mubin Operations Room includes the National Liberation Front
...the Turkic paramilitaries intended to replace with their native jihadi ferocity all the highly trained Turkish soldiers Sultan Erdogan I the much beloved has jailed in the last few years for not worshipping the ground he walks upon. The Uighurs and so forth who did not join Al Nusra or ISIS seem to have ended up here...
, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
(HTS) and Jaish al-Izza. The military bloc is active in Idlib and Hama countryside.

The areas in the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria continue to witness daily exchange of bombardment between the SNA factions and the government forces, despite being part of the ceasefire agreement signed between Russia and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
in March 2020, which stipulates a halt of military action in Idlib.

Group Of SNA Faction Defects After Delaying Their Salaries

[NPASYRIA] A group of Levant Front, the most prominent faction of the Ottoman Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA), defected on Sunday in the town of Marea, northwestern Syria, after putting off their monthly salaries.

An informed source told North Press that a group of 250 bandidos hard boyz of the Levant Front defected with their light weapons and joined the Mu’tasim Division, another SNA faction.

The Ottoman Turkish-backed SNA is consisted of dozens of armed factions which witness split and infighting due to chaos and instability situations they are subjected to and due to the failure of the Ottoman Turkish army to control them inside the Syrian territories it occupies.

The reason behind the split was the faction’s failure to hand them their salaries for more than 50 days, the source added.

Clashes In Syria’s Azaz Result In Casualties

[NPASYRIA] A gunman was killed and three others were maimed on Sunday as a result of festivities — between young men from the town of Tel Rifaat and a Ottoman Turkish-backed faction in the city of Azaz, north of Aleppo Governorate.

An eyewitness told North Press that Mohammad Deek, a bully boy of the Ottoman Turkish-backed Northern Storm Brigade, was killed and another member of the same faction was maimed. In addition, two of the young men, who were said to be civilians, were maimed.

The reason behind the hostilities, which erupted near the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Mosque in the eastern neighborhood of the city, is yet to be known.

The city is witnessing a state of security tension, the source added.

Local sources reported that the faction mobilized its Lions of Islam in the city. The move coincided with the departure of an gang, which is believed to be affiliated with the young men, from the town of Sijo on the Ottoman Turkish-border to Azaz.

The city of Azaz in Aleppo northern countryside has been under the control of the Ottoman Turkish-backed opposition factions, also known as the Syrian National Army (SNA), since July 2012.

Turkish-Backed SNA Beats Elderly Couple In Syria’s Aleppo

[NPASYRIA] An elderly man and his wife were beaten on Saturday by members of the Ottoman Turkish-backed Hamza Division, affiliated with the Syrian National Army (SNA), a village in Aleppo northern countryside, north Syria.

Members of Hamza Division attacked the man and his wife in the village of Ghaytun in the countryside of Akhtarin, after a dispute between him and a member of the faction in the village, an eyewitness told North Press.

Akhtarin is a town in the countryside of Azaz, north of Aleppo.

Since July 2012, Azaz and the surrounding villages have been under the control of the Ottoman Turkish-backed armed opposition factions. Successive bombings and kidnapping take place frequently in the city amid inability of the Syrian opposition factions to control security.

Members of the faction arbitrarily assaulted the 60-year-old’s wife, so she was immediately transferred to the town’s hospital, the eyewitness added.

The attack aroused the anger of the residents of the village, which was followed by a quarrel with the members of the faction, so that the members opened fire intensively to disperse the demonstrators, according to the eyewitness.

The SNA-held areas undergo security chaos, including explosions, persistent fighting between the factions and liquidations in light of the factions’ failure to maintain security there.

Government Forces Set Fires To Houses East Of Aleppo

[NPASYRIA] On Sunday, soldiers of Syrian government forces set fire to a number of houses near posts of Turkish-backed armed opposition factions, also known as Syrian National Army (SNA), in the countryside of al-Bab city, east of Aleppo.

In the early morning, the soldiers of the government forces burned a number of houses on the contact lines with the Turkish-backed SNA in the town of Tadif, southeast of al-Bab, an eyewitness told North Press.

“The reason behind this operation, according to a military source, is to stop the continuous fortifications in those houses during the repeated clashes, in addition to preventing the infiltration that takes place from time to time on both sides,” the eyewitness added.

The town of Tadif witnesses frequent violent clashes between the government forces and the opposition factions, coinciding with a military escalation between the two parties as both control different parts in the town, according to the eyewitness.

Since 2017, the city of al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo has been under the control of the Turkish-backed opposition factions.

Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2022 00:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336093 views] Top|| File under: Ottoman Proxies

Russian Forces Patrol Areas Of Syria’s Qamishli For First Time
[NPASYRIA] Russian Military Police (MP) conducted on Saturday a military patrol in the countryside of Qamishli, a city northeastern Syria.

The patrol, which consisted of 10 armored vehicles accompanied by two helicopters, roamed the area, a military source told North Press.

The patrol toured villages and regions it had not roamed before at a depth of 30 km away from the Syrian-Ottoman Turkish border in the countryside of Qamishli, all the way to the Iraqi-Syrian border.

In October 2019, following a Ottoman Turkish military operation in areas of northeast Syria which resulted in the occupation of Tel Abyad, north of Raqqa, and Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) north of Hasakah, the Ottoman Turkish president signed two ceasefire agreements, one with Russia and the other with the US.

The ceasefire agreements stipulating halt of all hostilities there and the withdrawal of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) 30 kilometers in depth away from the Ottoman Turkish border in addition to conducting joint patrols with Russia in order to monitor the implementation of the agreements.

The US-led coalition usually patrols the same areas, according to the source.

On July 26, the Russian MP conducted a solo patrol in the countryside of Derbasiyah, north of Hasakah.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2022 00:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336100 views] Top|| File under:

Terror Networks
US officials say ONLY Zawahiri was killed i.e., not Siraj Haqqani’s son, as is being reported
Follow up to yesterday evening’s breaking report:

Dawn’s take from next door in Pakistan:
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri
...Formerly second in command of al-Qaeda, now the head cheese, occasionally described as the real brains of the outfit. Formerly the Mister Big of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Bumped off Abdullah Azzam with a car boom in the course of one of their little disputes. Is thought to have composed bin Laden's fatwa entitled World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders. Currently residing in the North Wazoo area assuming he's not dead like Mullah Omar. He lost major face when he ordered the nascent Islamic State to cease and desist and merge with the orthodox al-Qaeda spring, al-Nusra...
was killed in a US strike in Afghanistan over the weekend, American President Joe The Big Guy Biden
...46th president of the U.S. Old, boring, a plagiarist, fond of hair sniffing and grabbing the protruding parts of women, and not whatcha call brilliant. Just look at the competent way he dumped Afghanistan...
said on Monday.

Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon who had a $25 million bounty on his head, helped coordinate the Sept 11, 2001, attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the United States carried out a dronezap in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday morning at 6:18am local time.

"Now justice has been delivered, and this terrorist leader is no more," Biden said in remarks from the White House. "We never back down."

US intelligence determined with "high confidence" that the man killed was Zawahiri, a senior administration official told news hounds. No other casualties occurred.

"Zawahiri continued to pose an active threat to US persons, interests and national security," the official said on a conference call. "His death deals a significant blow to al Qaeda and will degrade the group's ability to operate."

There were rumors of Zawahiri's death several times in recent years, and he was long reported to have been in poor health.

His death raises questions about whether Zawahiri received sanctuary from the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
following their takeover of Kabul in August 2021. The official said senior Taliban officials were aware of his presence in the city.

The drone attack is the first known US strike inside Afghanistan since US troops and diplomats left the country in August 2021.

In a statement, Taliban front man Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that a strike took place and strongly condemned it, calling it a violation of "international principles."

The senior US official said finding Zawahiri was the result of persistent counterterrorism work. The United States identified this year that Zawahiri's wife, daughter and her children had relocated to a safe house in Kabul, then identified that Zawahiri was there as well, the official said.

"Once Zawahiri arrived at the location, we are not aware of him ever leaving the safe house," the official said. He was identified multiple times on the balcony, where he was ultimately struck. He continued to produce videos from the house and some may be released after his death, the official said.

In the last few weeks, Biden convened officials to scrutinise the intelligence. He was updated throughout May and June and was briefed on July 1 on a proposed operation by intelligence leaders. On July 25, he received an updated report and authorised the strike once an opportunity was available.

A loud explosion echoed through Kabul early Sunday morning.

"A house was hit by a rocket in Sherpoor. There were no casualties as the house was empty," Abdul Nafi Takor, front man of the interior ministry, said earlier.

One Taliban source, requesting anonymity, said there had been reports of at least one drone flying over Kabul that morning.

With other senior al Qaeda members, Zawahiri is believed to have plotted the October 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole naval vessel in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
which killed 17 US sailors and injured more than 30 others, the Rewards for Justice website said.

He was indicted in the United States for his role in the August 7, 1998, bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people and maimed more than 5,000 others.

Both bin laden and Zawahiri eluded capture when US-led forces toppled Afghanistan’s Taliban government in late 2001 following the Sept 11 attacks on the United States.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336092 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Manual operated SB via line-of-sight. Larger munitions not appropriate for this application. Just my .02 cents worth:

The AeroVironment Switchblade is a miniature loitering munition, designed by AeroVironment and used by several branches of the United States military. Small enough to fit in a backpack, the Switchblade launches from a tube, flies to the target area, and crashes into its target while detonating its explosive warhead. Wikipedia
Unit cost: Model 300: US$6,000 (est.)
Manufacturer: AeroVironment
Used by: United States Army, United States Marine Corps, Armed Forces of Ukraine
Length: 49.5 cm (19.5 in) (Switchblade 300); 130 cm (51 in) (Switchblade 600)
Variants: Switchblade 300, Switchblade 600, Blackwing
Flight altitude: <150 m (500 ft)
Guidance system: Autonomous; manual
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2022 0:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Sometimes collateral damage is warranted.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/02/2022 6:02 Comments || Top||

#3  /\ Yes! But no Full Motion Video (FMV) no happy snaps. I'm going with in-country targeting team and small precision strike drones fired in series.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2022 6:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Amusingly, the left wing (but I repeat myself) Grauniad is leading with "Zawahiri is claimed killed."

Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2022 8:16 Comments || Top||

#6  I am sure Biden voted no again and Obama overrode the decision.

Seems possible they just hit a random house as the CIA actuaries had probably graphed the curves of a goat meat diet versus two pack of unfiltered cigarettes per day. If they don’t release a video of him with a current newspaper, the mission was a success.
Posted by: Super Hose || 08/02/2022 8:26 Comments || Top||

#7  If Zawahiri shows up alive in a video, it will be called Russian disinformation by all US media outlets including FauxNews.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2022 8:30 Comments || Top||

#8  I wonder if intelligence community left a few working cameras in place prior to surrendering for just such occasion.
Posted by: Airandee || 08/02/2022 9:41 Comments || Top||

#9  I won't believe he is dead until I see a photoshopped picture of buzzards picking his bones.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/02/2022 9:43 Comments || Top||

#10  it tough when you've cried wolf too much...
Posted by: 746 || 08/02/2022 9:58 Comments || Top||

#11  Ah that's why they say: He has his work cut out for him.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/02/2022 10:04 Comments || Top||

#12  AQ tipped off the CIA because he was too much of a drag on their fixed costs. They realized they could afford three community college professor jihadis at a lower combined salary. He was past his prime - needed an intern to run his Twitter account. Also he was kind of picky about his diet. Basically nobody liked him, but they’ll fake like he was a big hero for revenge purposes.
Posted by: Super Hose || 08/02/2022 10:16 Comments || Top||

#13  It's telling that the NYT left out the fact he was at Siraj Haqqani's house. Haqqani is a NYT contributor.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 08/02/2022 11:26 Comments || Top||

#14  Zawahiri was probably a NYT contributor.
Posted by: Chris || 08/02/2022 12:25 Comments || Top||

#15  Drone strike with no collateral casualties? Seems a bit odd. But, a purported drone strike claim might add short term cover for an on-site team that used some form of kinetic energy to put him down.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 08/02/2022 12:27 Comments || Top||

#17  "Other sources." Like when the MSM says "some say..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2022 12:49 Comments || Top||

#18  They checked his FaceBook page.
Posted by: Super Hose || 08/02/2022 13:17 Comments || Top||

#19  NBC: 2 hellfires, 1 casualty, no collateral

Sounds legit.

I'd lean towards Besoeker; bit too much of face people ass slapping for me to not be a bit suspicious of anything right now.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/02/2022 13:18 Comments || Top||

#20  In the swankiest part of Kabul.... how’s that compare with the seediest part of Paris (Texas...)?
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/02/2022 13:38 Comments || Top||

#21  Zawahiri was probably a NYT contributor

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2022 13:40 Comments || Top||

#22  I wanna see the forehead, Mo-bump included
Posted by: Frank G || 08/02/2022 14:10 Comments || Top||

#23  how’s that compare with the seediest part of Paris (Texas...)?

Been there.
Didn't go back.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/02/2022 14:31 Comments || Top||

#24  My son Tom said he may have driven past that address when he was stationed Afghanistan.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/02/2022 14:44 Comments || Top||

#26  This is my shocked face!

Posted by: NoMoreBS || 08/02/2022 18:42 Comments || Top||

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