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Afghanistan
Daesh In Afghanistan Aims To Attack US: McKenzie
[ToloNews] The ISIS group in Afghanistan is a "very worrisome" threat to the United States, and US counterterrorism efforts have yet to shrink its hard boy ambitions, Head of US Central Command Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said Wednesday, according to Military Times report.

"ISIS (ISIS) in Afghanistan certainly has aspirations to attack the United States," McKenzie said. "It is our clear judgment that as long as we maintain pressure on them it will be hard for them to do that."

McKenzie, with responsibility for managing American military operations across the greater Middle East, spoke in Germany with news hounds returning home with him from an eight-day trip that took him to Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
, Iraq, Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

He also spent two days aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea.

He stopped at Germany’s Ramstein air base to refuel his airplane before flying to his headquarters in Florida.

Earlier this week, the News Agency that Dare Not be Named cited US. and Afghan security officials In reporting that the ISIS group in Afghanistan is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries.

McKenzie, a veteran of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, said he believes ISIS in Afghanistan has not expanded its capabilities but remains a big problem.

"They are very worrisome to us" in their strongholds in eastern Afghanistan, he said, adding that combat operations have failed to reduce the group’s fighting ranks. Others have said they are thought to number in the thousands.

The ISIS affiliate appeared in Afghanistan shortly after the group’s core fighters swept across Syria and Iraq in the summer of 2014, carving out a self-styled Islamic empire in both countries.

The Afghanistan affiliate refers to itself as the Khorasan Province, a name applied to parts of Afghanistan, Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
and central Asia in the Middle Ages.

US forces in Afghanistan are combatting the ISIS group separately from their mission of advising and assisting Afghan defense forces in their battle against the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
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Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1 
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 06/14/2019 13:59 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan and Iran to expand cooperation in nuclear field
Now there’s a thought to keep one warm at night .
[KhaamaPress] Afghanistan and Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
will expand bilateral cooperation in the field of peaceful nuclear energy.

The Iranian authorities said that Tuesday that the two nations will cooperate on application of atomic energy in healthcare and agriculture.

The officials of the two countries on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding in this regard.

A delegation of Afghanistan Atomic Energy High Commission recently visited Iran to sign the MoU with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

The delegation visited Iran after coordinating with the ineffective International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEI).

The two countries will mainly focus on human resources capacity building and application of atomic energy in healthcare and agriculture.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Pakistan ready to help Afghanistan in post-settlement reconstruction, development: Qureshi
Such generosity of spirit from the far side of the pass.
[KhaamaPress] Pakistain’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Wormtongue Qureshi has said that Islamabad is ready to help Afghanistan with the post-settlement reconstruction and development.

He made the remarks during a meeting with the deputy foreign minister of Afghanistan Idrees Zaman in Islamabad on Saturday.

Mr. Zaman is leading a delegation of Afghan officials to participate in first quarterly review session of Afghanistan-Pakistain Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity.

In the meantime, Pakistain’s Foreign Ministry said the exchange of views between Mr. Qureshi and Mr. Zaman covered all aspects of bilateral relations and issues related to Afghan Peace process.

According to a statement released by Pakistain’s Foreign Ministry, the two sides agreed to further enhance cooperation through regular engagement.

They also agreed on exchange of high-level visits by the leadership of the two countries.

The statement further added that Mr. Qureshi reassured Mr. Zaman that Pakistain remained committed to durable peace and stability in Afghanistan calling it a pre-requisite for development and prosperity of Afghanistan and the region.

He also added that Pakistain stands ready to help Afghanistan in post-settlement reconstruction and development of the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Was it not Pakistan who sent in the Taliban to disrupt and destroy Afghanistan?
Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/14/2019 11:02 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
AU Set To Hand Over Military Bases To Somali Security Forces
[RADIOSHABELLE]
Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

#1  Easier in world opinion to say Somali than Iran.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/14/2019 15:07 Comments || Top||


Sudan's toppled president Omar al-Bashir charged with corruption
[Al Jazeera] Al-Bashir was arrested in a military coup on April 11 after months of mass protests against his autocratic rule.

Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


Caribbean-Latin America
Confusion over Mexico's National Guard deployment to south border
[Al Jazeera] The Mexican government said the deployment of National Guard members to the southern border region began this week, but there have been no visible signs of its presence on the ground. Government officials have also made contradictory claims about the status of the force in southern Mexico.

The announced deployment has created confusion in Tapachula near the Mexico-Guatemala border, where migrants colonists and asylum seekers say increased militarisation will not stop migration.

Earlier this month, the government announced plans to send 6,000 National Guard troops to southern states to stem the migration of Central Americans and others heading north overland. The news came amid immigration deal negotiations with the United States following threats by US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
of escalating tariffs on Mexican goods.

Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard has made several public statements announcing National Guard deployment this week, with support from the Army and Marines. Deployment began Wednesday and will be quickly increasing every day, Ebrard said during a presser on Wednesday, without elaborating on the specifics.

An official from the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs told Al Jazeera on Thursday that the National Guard had not yet been deployed to southern Mexico. It would be part of an escalating rolling deployment that started with members of other security forces and decisions on which forces will be deployed when will depend on strategy and other factors, the official said.

Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  sounds like Mexico will say anything to avoid tariffs and not follow through.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 06/14/2019 3:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Manana!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/14/2019 5:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Cut remittances.
Posted by: SR-71 || 06/14/2019 6:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Tax remittances, close the border and impose tariffs. And how about 60,000 Marines on the U.S. border with Mexico?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/14/2019 12:09 Comments || Top||

#5  not their fault; through years of social conditioning and genetic mutation by way of migratory habits, Mexican feet only go north.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/14/2019 17:33 Comments || Top||


Down Under
Suspected New Zealand mosque gunman pleads not guilty
[Al Jazeera] Brenton Tarrant accused of killing 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques pleaded not guilty to all 92 charges.
An interesting position on events, to be sure.

Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It was Turban season, your honor
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/14/2019 6:53 Comments || Top||

#2  "T'weren't hoomans I was killin y'know, judge."
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/14/2019 6:56 Comments || Top||

#3  I suppose the argument might follow:
"It's their own belief system, Judge!"
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/14/2019 15:10 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Terror Plots In United States Since 9/11
[DailySignal] When authorities arrested Ashiqual Alam last week for planning a terrorist attack against Times Square in New York City, it was the 111th Islamist terror plot or attack against the U.S. homeland since 9/11, and the 98th to be a homegrown plot.

New York City is the most common city to be targeted by terrorists in the U.S., and this is at least the fifth plot or attack against the Times Square area specifically. Many will remember the botched car bomb attack against Times Square by Faisal Shahzad in 2010.

More generally, public gathering spaces such as Times Square are the most common type of target by Islamist terrorists, especially following the spread of ISIS propaganda calling for such strikes.

Once again, though, the hard work of the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force prevented an attack. Over the course of an almost-yearlong investigation involving multiple undercover agents, the task force kept the people of New York safe.

The U.S. must maintain this proactive approach of stopping terrorism before it strikes.
At the link, considerably more interesting than the text above, is a scrollable timeline. An interesting aide-memoire, it seems to me, described as follows:

This page is The Heritage Foundation’s compilation of all Islamist terror plots and attacks against the U.S. homeland since 9/11 according to publicly available records. The list does not include activities that are merely linked to terrorism, such as traveling abroad to join a terrorist organization, but each plot requires some threat directed at the U.S. homeland. Additionally, the primary motivation of the terror plot or attack must be a radical Islamist ideology, which supports the use of violence as a means to achieve the long-run objective of imposing Islamic law, i.e., sharia. As this timeline makes clear, the threat of Islamist terror remains real and the U.S. must remain dedicated to defeating terrorism at home and abroad.

Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The interesting thing about the timeline is how the number of plots picked up once Obama became president.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 06/14/2019 10:57 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Sderot mayor calls for ground invasion of Gaza
[YNETNEWS] Following a rocket strike from Gaza which hit a Sderot Yeshiva building, the city's Mayor Alon Davidi said that only a ground invasion of Gaza to eliminate terror leaders and infrastructure will bring long-term quiet to the region.
Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
'Difficult to be optimistic about Iran,' sez Saudi former intelligence chief
[France24] The former head of Saudi intelligence, Prince Turki al-Faisal, told FRANCE 24 in The Hague that he was pessimistic about the prospects for a successful negotiation between the US and Iran, calling Iran "a disruptive force" in the region. He also accused Tehran of being behind this week's attack by Houthi rebels on a Saudi airport and said he saw no chance for a peaceful solution in Yemen in the near future.

"I'm always hopeful that sensibility can be achieved in the minds of [the] Iranian leadership. However, from their past practice and how they have continued to be a disruptive force in the area, it's difficult to be optimistic about their actions," Saudi Arabia's former intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, told FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman.

Turning to the Middle East peace process, Prince Turki said he was waiting for US President Donald Trump to unveil his much-touted "deal of the century" between Israel and the Palestinians. He also denied that the Saudis had abandoned their support for core Palestinian demands in exchange for a rapprochement with Israel.

On the issue of relations with Qatar, Prince Turki lamented that he had seen "no change" in the Qatari position, two years after a Saudi-led coalition imposed an embargo on the country.

Finally, he insisted that the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was carried out by "rogue elements" and forcefully denied claims that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/14/2019 07:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Finally, he insisted that the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was carried out by "rogue elements"

Appears to be negligible impact on the world stage, or my 401k. I too am going with "rogue elements".
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/14/2019 7:20 Comments || Top||

#2  I too am going with "rogue elements"

That should be Word of the Day. I can see it coming in handy.
"Hey, who took the last beer?"
"Elements. Rogue elements."
Posted by: SteveS || 06/14/2019 13:05 Comments || Top||


Khamenei Slaps America In The Face By Refusing to receive Trump message from Abe
[Debka] Iran’s leader administered a brazen insult to the United States when he told visiting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on Thursday, June 13, that he did not consider President Donald Trump “worthy” of an exchange of messages with him. “I do not have and will not have any response for him,” he told the Japanese prime minister, crudely knocking down his visitor’s effort to ease the spiraling US-Iranian tensions. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei went on to say that Trump’s promise not to seek regime change in Iran was “a lie” and he did not believe Washington’s offer of “honest negotiations” with Tehran.

Not content with that insult, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif suggested that an American provocation was behind the “reported attacks on Japan-related” oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. That they took place while Japanese PM Shinzo Abe was meeting supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was “beyond suspicious,” he tweeted.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/14/2019 06:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Whom the gods wish to destroy
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/14/2019 6:51 Comments || Top||

#2  I recommend Airmail, via B-52. It's sure to get through.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/14/2019 8:15 Comments || Top||

#3  A nice guy like Shinzo Abe goes to Iran to try to talk sense with them and on the same day they attack one of his country's tankers. Are they asking for it or what?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/14/2019 12:11 Comments || Top||

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#5  "Some motherfuckers are always tryin' to ice skate uphill." - Blade (1998)
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#6 
Posted by: Fuckyourantandshutup || 06/14/2019 16:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Sad when someone makes it to Friday, but not all the way through.

Still though, I get it. Ants man. Fire ants especially.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/14/2019 17:19 Comments || Top||

#8  Dammit. Herb and multiple kooks whacked... and ants? I always miss the good stuff. I mean the bad stuff. The good bad stuff.
Posted by: Tarzan Oppressor of the Bunions9666 || 06/14/2019 18:36 Comments || Top||


Israel won’t allow enemies to setup ‘attack’ bases near border after Syria strike: Netanyahu
[ALMASDARNEWS] In a rare apparent acknowledgment of Israel’s military operations in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israeli Defense Forces were working systematically to prevent Tel Aviv’s enemies from gaining a foothold near borders

"We respond with attacks and force to every attack against us. But we are not only taking action after the fact, but we are also denying the enemy capabilities before the fact. In a systematic and consistent way, we are working to prevent our enemy from establishing attack bases against us and in our vicinity," Netanyahu said, speaking at an event on Wednesday, according to The Times of Israel.

On Wednesday morning, Syrian air defenses reported downing ’several’ Israeli missiles during a suspected IDF strike in Daraa province. Later in the day, the Syrian Arab News Agency said that the Israeli military had also conducted "electronic warfare" against Syrian defenses to try to suppress its air defense radar installations.

Information about any possible casualties has yet to be reported.

Prior to Wednesday’s strikes, the last reported IDF attack against Syria took place on June 2, with jets striking multiple targets throughout the country which Tel Aviv said was a response to rocket fire into Israel.

Tel Aviv has admitted to carrying out "hundreds" of air attacks against Syria in recent years, and said that the strikes are aimed at countering an alleged Iranian and Iranian-linked presence in the war-torn country.

Damascus has condemned the attacks as a blatant violation of international law and accused Israel of assisting the jihadist rebels in their efforts to destroy Syria. Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
has said that its presence in Syria has been limited to assistance aimed at helping Damascus crush ISIS (ISIS)*, al-Qaeda,* and other terrorist groups.

Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Iran doesn’t want war, but ready to give ‘firm’ response: Rouhani
[ALMASDARNEWS] Iranian President Hassan Rouhani commented on the ongoing tension between Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
and the United States while speaking to the press alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tehran on Wednesday, marking the first visit to Iran by a Japanese Prime Minister since the 1979 revolution.

Rouhani stated during the press meeting that Iran does not war, but warned that his nation is ready to give a ’firm’ response if they are pushed.

Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  They don't know what a 'firm response is really like.

They're in for a surprise!
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 06/14/2019 3:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran Radio says: "Iran is in charge of the Straits of Hormuz!"
Posted by: 3dc || 06/14/2019 5:09 Comments || Top||

#3  They're muslim preachers, they probably do know what a firm response is.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/14/2019 15:11 Comments || Top||

#4 
Posted by: Fuckyourantandshutup || 06/14/2019 16:51 Comments || Top||



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Fri 2019-06-14
  Tanker Front Altair is on fire according to Bloomberg
Thu 2019-06-13
  Middle East on alert as two oil tankers are hit by explosions and one 'sinks' in suspected 'torpedo attack' in Gulf of Oman
Wed 2019-06-12
  Boko Haram kills at least 26 people in Cameroon
Tue 2019-06-11
  At least 95 killed in central Mali village attack
Mon 2019-06-10
  Iran ammonium-nitrate stash in London and around the world ignored for 2015 Iran deal
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  Tunisian-German couple in court over ‘ricin attack plot’
Sat 2019-06-08
  U.S., Mexico: Trump Announces Deal With Mexico, Suspends Tariff Threat
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  Houthis kill imam, 9 worshippers for following Saudi Eid al-Fitr moon sighting
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  ISIS claiming to exterminate a Pakistani Intel agent
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  Nanagarhar: Senior ISIS leader hailing from India killed in Afghanistan airstrike
Tue 2019-06-04
  Sri Lanka Muslim ministers resign en masse over Easter bombings
Mon 2019-06-03
  Houthi rebels launch a drone attack on a military parade for Saudi-led coalition forces in the port city of Aden
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  Al-Quds rally rejects ‘deal of the century’
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  Islamic Jihad chief says Gaza groups can fire 1,000 rockets a day at Israel
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