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Good morning
Clinesmith Pleads Guilty w
Explanation; Sentencing set for Dec 10
Thursday August 20th, 2020

Nigeria: Jihadis take hundreds hostage near Lake Chad
NYC convert to Islam, a wannabe LeT executioner, sentenced to 15 years in prison
Germany: Prosecutors suspect 'Islamist' motive in Berlin known wolf highway crashes
2 Security Force Members Killed, 11 Wounded in Baghlan Blast
Germany: Man apologizes for shoving 8-year-old in front of train
Portland roundup: Multnomah Building vandalized, broken into and torched by antifa
Ex-Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Arrested
and Charged With Fraud in Mexico Wall Fundraising Scheme

Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2020 12:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6516 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Someone should tell her her hat's on crooked.
Posted by: jpal || 08/20/2020 17:06 Comments || Top||

#2  And pull up those socks, dammit!
Posted by: Slaiter Spereper5970 || 08/20/2020 20:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Too bright! or, Black Eye for the Lite Girl

Though she makes herself big, arms akimbo,
She's clearly a lightweight, a bimbo,
A slave to convention
Sans tats and extensions,
And not worth a... damn... at the limbo.
Posted by: Slaiter Spereper5970 || 08/20/2020 21:01 Comments || Top||

#4  I'll try to straighten it.
Posted by: gorb || 08/20/2020 21:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Speaking of looks-ism... just clicked over and saw Desjardins glance sideways against a dark background. Jeepers, talk about a face made for HD... and 3D. Mantegna smiled.
Posted by: Slaiter Spereper5970 || 08/20/2020 23:53 Comments || Top||

Three kaboomed in Kabul city
[ToloNews] Mir Abdulbaqi Amin, head of the scientific council of the Ministry of Education, was killed in a blast in Kabul city on Wednesday morning, the ministry said in a statement.

The incident happened in PD5 of Kabul city after a magnetic mine placed on Mr Amin’s vehicle went kaboom!. His driver was also maimed, the statement said.

This was one of two separate magnetic mine blasts in Kabul city on Wednesday morning, said Ferdaws Faramarz, a front man for the Kabul police.

The first blast happened in PD12 of Kabul city from a magnetic mine placed on a police vehicle and one person was killed and another was maimed, Faramarz said.

No group including the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
has grabbed credit for the blasts yet.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

2 Security Force Members Killed, 11 Wounded in Baghlan Blast
[ToloNews] At least two security force personnel affiliated with the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) were killed, and 11 people--including civilians--were maimed in a roadside mine blast in northern Baghlan province, a security source said.

The incident happened around10:00am local time in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan, close to the NDS office when a security vehicle struck a roadside mine, the source said.

Local health officials also confirmed that two people were killed and 11 others were maimed in the blast and "all victims have been brought to the hospital."

"Some of the maimed are at death's door," officials added.

Baghlan police only confirmed that four civilians were maimed in the blast.

No group has grabbed credit for the blast.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6517 views] Top|| File under:

3 Killed, 16 Wounded in Kabul Rocket Attacks
Follow up to this report from yesterday.
[ToloNews] Three were killed, and 16 were maimed--including six civilians--in Tuesday's rocket attacks in Kabul, the Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday.

Two of those killed were babus government employees, the MoI said, and there were children among the maimed.

At least 14 rockets were fired in Kabul city, including eight launched from PD16 and six from PD17, a security source said on Tuesday, adding that "all rockets were launched from two Toyota "Corolla" vehicles.

Eyewitnesses said that the rockets landed in Wazir Akbar Khan, Sherpur, first Macroryan and Shashdarak areas of Kabul.

At least seven people were maimed in rocket blasts in the surrounding area of the Presidential Palace, a source said on Tuesday.

Caliphornia hasn't yet slid into the ocean, no matter how hard it's tried...
officials at the Palace have not yet confirmed the incident.

No group has grabbed credit for the incidents.

The rocket attacks started after President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money...
placed a wreath at the Minaret of Independence at the Ministry of Defense building to mark Afghanistan’s 101st Independence Day.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

Taliban Control Herat-Badghis Highway: Locals
[ToloNews] Commuters and other travelers are facing serious threats after Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Death Eaters increased their presence on the 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...
-Badghis highway, according to local officials and politicians.

They said that the routes connecting several districts to Qala-e-Naw city, the center of Badghis province, have been closed due to the presence of the Taliban in these areas.

...back at the shootout, bullets whapped! around Butch as he tried to tie his scarf around his shoulder as a tourniquet......
a number of politicians in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) have said that the Taliban have put Badghis province under siege by closing the routes.

"We hope that our local officials, our security officials and particularly our officials in the center and the security agencies focus on this issue to avoid increasing fragility in the situation," said Abdul Baseer Osmani, a member of parliament from Badghis.

"The situations are very bad, even our babus government employees, the businessmen or our residents, can't commute on the highway due to the presence of the Taliban," said Ziauddin Akazi, a member of parliament.

The deputy governor of Badghis meanwhile said that the government is trying to clear the highway of the turbans.

"There are threats on the highways, but the government is trying to remove the threats so that our countrymen can travel with confidence and peace," said Faiz Mohammad Mirza Zada, the deputy governor of Badghis province.

But, local security officials in Badghis have said that the presence of Taliban on the highway will not be for long term.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Dozens of migrants die in year's deadliest shipwreck off Libya: UN
[AlAhram] At least 45 migrants colonists and refugees perished off Libya this week in the deadliest shipwreck there so far this year, the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
said on Wednesday.

The UN agencies for refugees and migration said in a statement that 37 survivors from Monday's shipwreck, who were rescued by fishermen, said at least 45 others, including five children, had died when the engine of the vessel they were aboard went kaboom! off the coast of Zwara.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Rapid disassembly?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/20/2020 11:42 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria: Jihadis take hundreds hostage near Lake Chad
[DW] Islamists from a Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
splinter group have taken large numbers of people captive in a northeastern Nigerian town. Many of the victims had just returned to the town after fleeing a bloody attack there two years ago

Members of 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....
West Africa Province (ISWAP) jihadi group overran the northeastern Nigerian of Kukawa late on Tuesday, taking hundreds of hostages, locals and militia sources said on Wednesday.

Local militia head Babakura Kolo said many of those seized had just been resettled in the town by the government after spending nearly two years in displacement camps after fleeing an attack on the town in November 2018.

"The bandidos faceless myrmidons attacked the town in 22 trucks around four pm (1600 GMT) yesterday and engaged soldiers guarding the town in a fierce battle," he said.

Security sources say ISWAP is trying to build up its influence in the Lake Chad region, where Kukawa is located. The group is a splinter group of Boko Haram, a jihadi organization that has killed tens of thousands during its 10-year campaign mainly in northeastern Nigeria to establish a state based on fundamentalist Islamic law.

The jihadi conflict in Nigeria's northeast has forced some 2 million people to flee their homes, with many of them moving to displacement camps in the regional capital of Maiduguri.

Authorities have been trying for the last two years to get them to return to the towns they have left, even though international charities have insisted it is not safe to do so. Those who have returned are confined under military protection, but faceless myrmidons continue to carry out attacks.

The United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
said last Friday that 10.6 million of the 13 million people in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe would need humanitarian assistance this year amid the ravages of the conflict and the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6549 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

More than 1,000 migrants crossed the Channel to arrive in Britain in last 10 days bringing total to 4,511 this year - more than DOUBLE amount in 2019
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • 1,004 migrants were brought ashore by Border Force between August 4 and 13
    ...and unknown numbers more slipped ashore without being noticed...
  • On Thursday 89 migrants were brought to UK , the Home Office confirmed

  • Today, some 16 migrants were pictured arriving in Dover in Border Force vessels

  • Twenty-three people smugglers have been jailed this year and two more were charged in recent weeks <;li>

Two men suspected of smuggling people into the UK have been arrested.

The men, who are Afghan nationals with UK residency and aged 23 and 21, were arrested on Saturday near a retail park in Slough, Berkshire, in the company of two Afghan illegal immigrants, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

All four were arrested as part of an NCA investigation into modern slavery and organised immigration crime.

They were taken into custody for questioning and two house searches are under way in Edgware, north London, the NCA said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#3  It is sheer madness not to send these people back to their countries of origin.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/20/2020 15:41 Comments || Top||

Germany: Prosecutors suspect 'Islamist' motive in Berlin known wolf highway crashes
Sudden Jihad Syndrome attack by a nutter. Why they didn’t send him back is beyond me.
[DW] Six people were maimed, three of them severely, in the incident. Police have arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with the crashes while prosecutors have alleged the incident was an Islamist-motivated attack.

A 30-year-old man in Berlin is being investigated for attempted murder after a series of crashes led to a key stretch of the city's highway being closed off.

Six people were maimed, three of them seriously, in the incident on Tuesday night, the Berlin fire department confirmed on Twitter.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6513 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

Fifth Column
Portland roundup: Multnomah Building vandalized, broken into and torched by antifa

Caught but not yet released, because it’s the feds rather than local police:
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6558 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  No need to worry about them..they're going to be very popular in the general pop.
Posted by: Warthog || 08/20/2020 9:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Portland police declare riot at ICE building
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/20/2020 10:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Does anyone believe these Antifa/BLM events were anything other than Dem-staged events?
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/20/2020 11:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Spontaneous summer lockdown fun?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/20/2020 11:41 Comments || Top||

#6  fyi, this is not the building that houses the office of DA Mike "Friend of Antifa" Schmidt

Schmidt's office is at the Multnomah Courthouse about a half mile to the east.
Posted by: lord garth || 08/20/2020 12:21 Comments || Top||

#7  " I am committed to transformational change."

Yes. That is exactly what you're seeing out there. It may not be what you had in mind, but that speaks only to your naivete.
Posted by: Tom || 08/20/2020 13:28 Comments || Top||

Portland Catch & Release

Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

What we know about alleged attacker Marquise Love in Portland beatdown
[NYPOST] The Portland man who allegedly beat a driver unconscious is a dad with a lengthy rap sheet who was recently fired from his security job, according to social media and reports.

More details about Marquise Love, 25, emerged Wednesday as police continue to seek him in the alleged Sunday night attack on driver Adam Haner.

Love has been arrested several times since 2012, including on charges of domestic assault and theft, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He’s also been prosecuted for driving offenses and was named in a paternity case, with a court order establishing his paternity of the child in 2014, records show.

Video allegedly shows Love, wearing a vest that said "Security," kicking Haner in the face — and knocking him out — as the victim sat on the pavement. The beatdown occurred after Haner crashed his 4×4 truck and he was yanked out of the vehicle by the mob of Black Lives Matter protesters.

Love purportedly posted on Snapchat about the alleged assault.

"Might go to jail for murder tonight for a racist when all I did was fight him," he wrote. "Look it up on twitter put money on my books and come see me."

Police said Haner was treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and released. He has since posted photos of himself sporting two black eyes.

Love worked as a security guard for Star Protection Agency between January and March, the company’s COO Bryan Kettler told Fox News. All equipment to Love has been accounted for, Kettler said.

Photos on his since-deleted Facebook page show him posing with his young son in a Black Lives Matter T-shirt and DJing. He described himself as a "ramp agent" at Portland International Airport, though the airport said he hasn’t worked there for several years.

"This person does not work at PDX and has not for a number of years," the airport said in a tweet.

He worked for Menzies Aviation at the airport until July 2016, a Port of Portland spokeswoman told the Washington Post.

Love’s Facebook page says he lives in Portland but is originally from Miami, Florida.
That explains it — he’s Florida Man!
Police have been unable to locate Love and are urging him to turn himself in. They said they’re also trying to reach the transgender woman whom witnesses said Haner was trying to help when he was attacked.
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  Was this really an assault on gays?
Doesn't BLM promote transgenders?
So confused.
Posted by: Thimp Clusort2035 || 08/20/2020 0:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Street theater
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2020 1:38 Comments || Top||

#3  We already know plenty - I hate being forced to pretend that we already don't. The entire MSM is little more than a spectator in this incident.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 08/20/2020 2:53 Comments || Top||

#4  PDX rep, "No, that [dangerous] man has not been on our airport ramps in years! You were never in danger here at our airport!"
Posted by: boomerc || 08/20/2020 5:53 Comments || Top||

#5  How about a bounty. A significant but minority per centage of the costs of prosecution and incarceration, Wanted, Dead or Alive.
Posted by: Cesare || 08/20/2020 7:23 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm not a Dog the Bounty Hunter fan but I bet he could find the skell in 10 minutes.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2020 10:14 Comments || Top||

#7  The article says he's a father and was also named in a paternity suit. What female in her right mind would let this character get that close to her? Oh, that's right. She's nuts too.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/20/2020 11:02 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkey Launches Fresh Operation against PKK in Kurdish Province
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Home Front: WoT
NYC convert to Islam, a wannabe LeT executioner, sentenced to 15 years in prison
From August 11th. Another idiot who planned it all with his BFF, the FBI informant.
[Yahoo] A New York man, who had planned to join Pakistain-based terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(LeT) and carry out acts of terrorism, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and a lifetime term of supervised release for attempting to provide material support to the terror outfit.

Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion, 30, who also went by the alias ’Jihadistsoldgier', ’Jihadinhear’, ’Jihadinheart’, ’Lionofthegood’, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to LeT, which is responsible for multiple high-profile attacks, including the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, the Department of Justice said.

In addition, Encarnacion was sentenced to a lifetime term of supervised release. Encarnacion had pleaded guilty in January this year before United States District Judge Ronnie Abrams, who also imposed the sentence.

"Unfortunately, individuals continue to attempt to travel to foreign countries to support terrorist organizations. Encarnacion’s sentence reflects the seriousness with which the justice system takes these efforts," Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C Demers said.

Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss for the Southern District of New York said Encarnacion plotted to travel abroad, to join and train with LeT and to carry out shootings, bombings, and beheadings on behalf of that terrorist organization." According to the criminal complaint and indictment, Encarnacion expressed his desire to join a terrorist group in an online group chat in November 2018.

At the chat, he met another individual, who introduced Encarnacion to a person who was an undercover FBI employee. Encarnacion repeatedly expressed, in the course of recorded communications through a social media service with the individual and through an encrypted messaging service with the undercover agent, his allegiance to and support for LeT.

The Pakistain-based terror organization LeT has been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation by both the United States Secretary of State and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Over several months, Encarnacion discussed his desire and plans to join LeT overseas so that he could receive training and participate in violent mostly peaceful acts of terrorism.

The Justice Department said Encarnacion told the undercover agent that he was "ready to kill and die in the name of Allah" and sought the agent’s assistance to help Encarnacion travel abroad to serve as an "executioner" for LeT, stating, "I want to execute. I want to behead. Shoot."
Arlo Guthrie’s ”Alice’s Restaurant” was clearly one of his favourite songs when he was young, though he doesn’t mention time spent on the FBI’s Group W bench...
Encarnacion further stated that he aspired to commit terrorist attacks - "a bombing and shooting" - in the United States, but lacked "guidance" and "guns" to do so.

By early 2019, Encarnacion and the undercover agent agreed on a plan that Encarnacion believed would allow him to join LeT in Pakistain.

Encarnacion told the agent that he had made arrangements to travel to a particular city in Europe, as the first step in traveling to Pakistain to join LeT.

Encarnacion purchased an airline ticket for a flight scheduled to depart in February last year from John F Kennedy International Airport to a European City. Encarnacion was arrested by the FBI after he attempted to board the flight from JFK Airport.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba

Radical cleric held without bail in Manhattan for ‘trying to recruit NYPD cop’
August 14th.
[NYPost] A radical Islamic holy man was ordered held without bail in Manhattan on Friday — after encouraging a female undercover NYPD cop to carry out terror attacks, authorities said.

Sheikh Abdullah Faisal,
... Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal, whose mother named him Trevor William Forrest, is also in our archives as Abdullah el-Faisal. After converting to Islam and training in Saudi Arabia, he preached murder and mayhem across England to a laundry list of bad guys for eleven years, until the Brits jailed him for it in 2003. They deported him to Jamaica four years later. After he spent 2009 touring Africa, Kenya deported him back to Jamaica. In between and since, he was very active online guiding eager young minds toward the jihadi life...
56, pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
to five counts — including conspiracy as a crime of terrorism, soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism and other raps.

At the prosecution’s request, Justice Maxwell Wiley ordered Faisal held in jug without bail.

Faisal was arrested in 2017 in Jamaica and finally brought to New York on Thursday after fighting extradition.

The krazed killer holy man — born Trevor William Forrest — allegedly communicated with a female undercover NYPD officer by e-mail, text and video chat to encourage her to join ISIS and carry out attacks abroad from 2015 to 2017.

"The indictment and arrest of Sheikh Faisal nearly three years ago put a stop to the prolific, radical Islamic propaganda and terror recruitment alleged in this case — delivering a major blow to ISIS’ overall recruitment capabilities," said District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. in a statement.

"The effects of his arrest have been felt across the counterterrorism community worldwide, which has gained actionable intelligence thanks to our seizure of numerous electronics from his home."

A popular online figure, Faisal has overtly supported ISIS and the establishment of an Islamic caliphate through violent mostly peaceful jihad.

In one of his online lectures, he declared, "The way forward is not the ballot. The way forward is the bullet," according to the indictment.

In recorded conversations with the undercover cop, Faisal encouraged her to take a Moslem groom and offered to arrange the marriage for her.

On Jan. 26, 2015, Faisal sent the undercover an e-mail stating, "a brother in the dawla wants to interview u for marriage. Pls whatsapp him," court papers allege.

"Abdullah El Faisal has spent two decades inspiring the murderous Moslems behind plots and attacks in London, New York, and onboard airplanes in flight," said NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea in a statement.

The NYPD and Manhattan DA began their pursuit of Faisal in 2014.

Faisal was previously convicted of similar charges in England for inciting murder and using inflammatory language "in furtherance of terrorist ideologies," according to prosecutors.

He’s due back in Manhattan Supreme Court on Oct. 7.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Iraq assassins in Basra murder female activist and hunt down protesters
[Jpost] Fellow Iraqis say that the country "lost a treasure today."

Iraqi protesters who have been fighting in the streets for almost a year against what they say is government neglect and corruption are used to being threatened. They’ve already seen hundreds of their friends attacked and some hunted down and shot by pro-government militias. On August 18, the protesters mourned once again, a young female activist, a doctor, who was shot in Basra.

Fellow Iraqis say that the country "lost a treasure today." People know the fear. Those who go to the squares to protest in Baghdad or southern Iraq report receiving threats. They get the threats from friends, from family, or phone calls or other means. It is made known to them: If you continue down this path you will be harmed. And they have been kidnapped, killed, assassinated, and hunted down.

This kind of mafia-like pressure campaign is directed by militias, many of which are pro-Iranian. The militias have names such as Soraya Khorasani, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Kataib Hezbollah, the Badr Organization, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba. Not all of them are implicated in the liquidations. Some specialize in different areas of exerting control and threats. Dr. Riham Yaqoub was an activist, a sports expert and a nutritionist. She was assassinated in Basra, the large southern Iraqi city near the border with Kuwait, on Wednesday, according to numerous reports. Irfaa Sawtak published a video of her doing sports training. Others say she was young, ambitious and "full of hope and life."

Her murder is one of many recent liquidations in southern Iraq. It comes as Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is in Washington for high level meetings. Rocket fire almost daily has targeted US forces at bases, in Baghdad and near the airport. The message is clear: There is impunity to attack whoever the militias want.

It is slightly over a month since assassins in Baghdad murdered Husham al-Hashimi, a well-known commentator on Iraqi affairs. He was killed at his house in July. Activists are now being murdered almost daily in Basra by a team of assassins. Of five targeted, two have died, notes journalist Lawk Ghafuri. It was only a week since another activist was killed named Tahseen al-Shahmani. Another woman named Ludia Remon also survived an attack.

Many female activists have been targeted by the assassins. The Prime Minister had apparently replaced the head of the Basra police the same day as the recent liquidation. Journalists are also being targeted for liquidation. In Basra Abdul Samad was shot in January along with another journalist named Safaa Ghali.

The impunity of liquidations illustrates how militias, many affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, are working slowly and systematically to silence any dissent. This is especially true for targeting young people and women. The goal is to preserve the system that arose in Iraq in the last decade, a rule that is increasingly beholden to militias, holy mans, and the politics of the gun.
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Turkish airstrikes hit village near Duhok province's Akre town
[Rudaw] Ottoman Turkish aircraft struck a village in the vicinity of Akre town, Duhok province around noon on Wednesday, confirmed a local official. Casualties are not yet known.

"At 11am and 12pm, the Ottoman Turkish planes twice bombed the village of Kavilka," Shaaban Khalil, mayor of Dinarta, the sub-district the village is located in, told Rudaw. "Since the villages are remote and there are no telephone lines there, we do not know of any damages yet."

Dinarta has previously been hit by Ottoman Turkish Arclight airstrike
s targeting suspected Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases in the region.
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Iraqi Shia Militias, PKK Run Secret Prisons in Sinjar

The Iraqi Shia militias as well as the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) run secret prisons in the Yezidi majority populated region of Sinjar, an official revealed on Tuesday.

Speaking to BasNews, Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Coordinator for lnternational Advocacy, Dindar Zebari, noted that the armed groups have entered the region since October 2017.

The UN and other international organizations are not able to visit Sinjar, therefore there is no human rights groups to monitor the activities of the local militias, he added.

Zebari pointed out that there are 17 groups in Sinjar and that have run secret prisons in the town.
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Israeli police arrest Al-Aqsa guard, maintenance employee - report
[Jpost] Israel Police arrested Zeenat Abu Sobeih, the head of the female guards at al-Aqsa, and Imran al-Ashhab, a maintenance employee at the mosque, on Wednesday, according to Paleostinian reports. It is unclear what the reasons for their arrests were.
Probably members of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement — the Muslim Brotherhood in Israel— which goes in for riots and harassing Jews on the Temple Mount via their Israeli Arab Mourabitoun cadres, funding Hamas, and social services in Arab villages in the Galilee. The Southern Branch claims to be Zionist and goes in for Israeli politics.
Video reportedly from the scene showed Israel Police escorting the two off of the Temple Mount.
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Palestinian shot while carrying firebomb - IDF
[Jpost] A Paleostinian was killed while attempting to use an improvised bomb hidden in a burning tire, the Jerusalem Post's sister publication Maariv reported early Thursday morning.

According to a later report by the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, the suspect was carrying incendiary substances, intending to light up Molotov cocktails.

According to early reports, a cell was attempting to detonate an IED concealed in a burning tire. The incident took place on road 465 near Deir Abu Mashaal
...near Ramallah ...
in the West Bank.

One member of the cell was reportedly shot by the soldiers following a pursuit. He was critically injured and treated by an IDF medic, who ultimately pronounced him dead
He's dead, Jim!
Two other cell members reportedly expeditiously departed at a goodly pace and are currently being searched for by the forces. Several similar incidents have reportedly taken place in the area.

"IDF combatants prevented an attempted terrorist attack a short time ago," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said early Thursday morning.

"During IDF activity near the village of Deir Abu Mashaal in the area of the Ephraim Brigade, the soldiers identified a terrorist cell carrying substances used for Molotov cocktails and placing tires, intending to light them up to harm civilian vehicles driving on a nearby road."

According to the IDF, "such incidents have taken place in the past. During the incident, the Lions of Islam were shot and a hit was identified."
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#1  Not Portland.
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IDF strikes Gaza Strip following arson attacks
[Jpost] The IDF struck 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 early Thursday morning, responding to explosive balloon attacks, Walla reported, citing the Paleostinian Shehab agency.
Need to make the strikes HURT
The current effort not to push Hamas into all-out war does not seem to be driving them toward increased calm.
According to Walla, at least 28 fires broke out in the Gaza Border Communities on Wednesday. More than 200 fires broke out in the western Negev over the last two weeks.

"IDF tanks struck military posts of the terrorist organization Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, in the Gaza Strip," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit reported early Thursday morning.

"The strike was executed in response to the launch of explosive and incendiary balloons from the territory of the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory," the Spokesperson added,

This is the ninth night the IAF has struck the Gaza Strip amid growing tensions with Hamas, Walla reported. Rockets were fired over the last two days towards the cities of Sderot and Ashkelon.

A rocket warhead reportedly went kaboom! near a house in Sderot earlier this week. According to N12, another rocket was intercepted over the city of Ashkelon on Tuesday.
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#1  Israel should announce that with each attack on its soil the boundary between Gaza and Israel will be reduced by 1/4 mile on the east. This would slowly compress Gaza into a still more unlivable pesthole. It would soon stop attacks. It is important to comprehend that no Arab state wants Palestinians. Kuwait and the UAE early learned that lesson, followed by Egypt. In sum, Gaza people have no place to go.
Posted by: b || 08/20/2020 9:28 Comments || Top||

HTS bulldozing parts of a power plant in Zayzun
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

#1  So, instead of blowing millennia old religious icons like ISIS, they are destroying community serving modern technology. Don't see much difference.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/20/2020 15:17 Comments || Top||

Turkey sent reinforcements to points throughout Idlib
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