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Iranian boat fired missile at US drone prior to tanker attack, US official says
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-Land of the Free
Taxpayers paid $127G in legal bills for judge accused of helping illegal immigrant avoid ICE
[FOXNEWS] A Massachusetts judge accused of helping an undocumented Democrat evade ICE has had $127,000 in legal fees paid by taxpayers, according to a report.

In addition, a court officer who was indicted along with the judge has benefitted from $2,500 in legal fees paid by the public, the report said.

Newton District Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph, 51, pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
in April when she was arraigned in a Boston courtroom on obstruction-of-justice charges stemming from an incident that allegedly took place April 2, 2018.

Prosecutors claimed in court documents in April that Joseph, along with Court Officer Wesley MacGregor, 56, helped Jose Medina-Perez, a twice-deported undocumented Democrat with a runaway warrant for drunken driving in Pennsylvania, sneak out a back door ‐ eluding agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- after he appeared in court to be arraigned on drug charges, according to MassLive.com.

District Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph departs federal court, April 25, 2019, in Boston after facing obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping a man in the country illegally evade immigration officials as he left her Newton, Mass., courthouse after a hearing in 2018. (News Agency that Dare Not be Named)

Medina-Perez, who had been barred from entering the U.S. until 2027, was caught by immigration officials about a month after the hearing. He is currently involved in deportation proceedings after previously being deported in 2003 and 2007, the Boston Herald reported.

After her indictment, Joseph was suspended without pay but filed an appeal to have her salary of $184,600 reinstated, the Boston Herald reported. MacGregor was being paid $83,344 a year but recently retired, the report said.

A crowdfunding site, meanwhile, shows that donors have pledged more than $60,000 to help Joseph pay legal bills, according to the Herald.

Taxpayers ceased picking up the tab for the judge when she was indicted, a court official told the newspaper. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Horn
Sudan military acknowledges violations in sit-in dispersal
[DAWN] Sudan's ruling military has acknowledged that security forces committed violations when they moved in to disperse a protest sit-in camp outside the military headquarters in Khartoum last week.
"Our bad"
The front man of the ruling military council, Gen Shams Eddin Kabashi, told news hounds at a news conference late Thursday that an investigation was underway and that several military officers were held in jug for alleged "deviation" from the action plan set by military leaders.
"They were put on paid leave and R&R"
Kabashi did not elaborate on the violations beyond describing them as "painful and outrageous".

Over 100 people were killed in the capital and across Sudan in a sweeping crackdown last week, according to protest organisers. Protesters also said more than 40 bodies were pulled from the Nile River in Khartoum and taken away by security forces.

"We feel sorry for what happened," said Kabashi. "We will show no leniency and we will hold accountable anyone, regardless of their rank, if proven to have committed violations."
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  General Shams Eddin Kabashi, then a major, led a military contingent south of Khartoum that ensured the overthrow of the civilian Sadiq al-Mahdi government in July 1989. Subsequently, he was known as one of the most brutal supporters of the government of General Bashir. Quite simply, he is never to be trusted.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 06/15/2019 10:08 Comments || Top||

#2  *happy sigh* One of the things I love about this place is that the residents know so much more than I do.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/15/2019 15:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Nobody knows everything, but all of us together know a whole bunch.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 16:01 Comments || Top||

#4  By the way, I just stole that description for Autocomment, lest we forget.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 16:08 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
US, Argentina discuss Hezbollah threat ahead of AMIA attack anniversary
[IsraelTimes] Buenos Aires plans to mark 25 years since the July 18, 1994, bombing that killed 85, with gatherings at embassies around the world.

The United States and Argentina
...a country located on the other side of the Deep South. It is covered with Pampers and inhabited by Grouchos, who dance the Tangle. They used to have some islands called the Malvinas located where the Falklands are now. They're not supposed to cry for Evita...
convened a two-day regional summit in Buenos Aires about the persistent Hezbollah threat in the Western Hemisphere.

The summit Tuesday and Wednesday was held a month ahead of the 25th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in the Argentine capital.

Law enforcement, prosecutors and financial practitioners attended the workshop, a State Department release said. They came from the two convening countries as well as Chile, Colombia, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.

"The workshop focused on Hezbollah’s modus operandi globally and its terrorist and criminal infrastructure and activities in the Americas," the release said.

"Participants discussed various techniques to constrain and counter the group’s illicit activities, including the financial and law enforcement tools available to identify, investigate, and prosecute Hezbollah’s global support and facilitation networks."

The summit was timed as part of the events that Argentina’s government is planning to mark the anniversary of the blast on July 18, 1994, which killed 85 and injured more than 300.

On July 18, Argentina’s embassies in 20 cities around the world will mark the anniversary in a joint initiative with the World Jewish Congress. The next day, Argentina will host a Western Hemisphere Ministerial, where government ministers meet and discuss policy, in commemoration of the attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah


Cyber
Hackers That Took Down Saudi Oil Site Probing U.S. Power Grid
A group of hackers that shut down a Saudi Arabian oil and natural gas facility in 2017 is now targeting electric utilities, according to the cybersecurity company Dragos Inc.

The group, Xenotime, has been probing utilities in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific regions since late 2018, Hanover, Maryland-based Dragos said in a blog post Friday. They’ve focused mostly on electronic control systems that manage the operations at industrial sites, Dragos said.

U.S. officials have long warned grids are acutely vulnerable to cyber attacks. Disrupting a region’s electrical infrastructure could cause widespread chaos, triggering blackouts and crippling financial markets, transportation systems and more.

"While none of the electric utility targeting events has resulted in a known, successful intrusion into victim organizations to date, the persistent attempts, and expansion in scope is cause for definite concern," Dragos said in its post.

The blog said the attackers appear to be probing for weaknesses in the U.S power systems -- a step to be considered far less serious than an actual attack -- and there is so far no evidence of "a known, successful intrusion."

Xenotime gained notice after a 2017 malware attack on a Saudi Arabian petrochemical facility, Dragos said. The attackers targeted safety systems to cause "loss of life or physical damage," according to the blog post.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/15/2019 08:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:


Twitter deletes thousands of accounts linked to Iran government
[IsraelTimes] More than 200 of the accounts originating in Iran ’directly engaged with discussions related to Israel,’ social network says.

Twitter said Thursday it had deleted nearly 4,800 suspect accounts linked to 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...
that the company says secretly pushed that government’s agenda.
"Including @ValerieJarrett"
Twitter is adding those accounts and their tweets to a public database it launched last year to track its battle against government-linked misinformation. It is also adding a smaller number of deleted accounts linked to Russia, Venezuela and the Catalonia region of Spain.

The social media giant removed 4,779 accounts "we believe all are associated with ‐ or directly backed by ‐ the Iranian government," a company statement said. Twitter said the removals are meant to prevent election interference while preserving valid political speech.

Social media firms like Twitter, Google and Facebook have been accused of allowing political propagandists to use their platforms to hijack elections, poison online debate and smear their opponents. But Twitter, in a blog post by its head of site integrity Yoel Roth, said "transparency is core to our mission" and vowed to fight "misleading, deceptive, and spammy behaviour."

The company confirmed last month it had removed about 2,800 of the Iranian accounts that were using fake personas.

Twitter launched the database in October. Anyone can download the datasets, which has some information redacted. Researchers can request access to get the unredacted documents.

Thursday’s release was the firm’s third such archive, representing more than 30 million tweets and a terabyte of media data from the just under 5,000 suspected accounts.

Most of the Iranian accounts were found to be spreading news stories angled to support Iranian geopolitical interests or to be fake user profiles designed to manipulate online debate.

A smaller sub-group, originating in Iran, exclusively "engaged with discussions related to Israel."

Twitter previously targeted alleged Russian bots, and its archive contains four more accounts that the firm believes are associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA).

The St. Petersburg-based "troll factory" has been accused of working with Russian intelligence to influence Western votes, notably US President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
’s election campaign.

Investigations into the Russian agency also led Twitter’s security team to 33 more accounts linked to a previously known group of 764 Venezuelan fake users.

"Our further analysis suggests that they were operated by a commercial entity originating in Venezuela," the post said.

And in Spain, Twitter took down 130 allegedly fake accounts apparently set up to push the views of Catalan separatists.

"We believe the public and research community are better informed by transparency," Roth said.

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova and Security Commissioner Julian King are scheduled to brief news hounds Friday on Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an efforts to fight political disinformation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Europe
Germany Is Accused Of Downplaying Antisemitic Attacks By Muslims
Not just Germany, of course, as the article reveals. Canary-in-the-coal-mine style, it can be assumed that where attacks on Jews are downplayed, attacks on Christians are ignored altogether. So reset your calculations accordingly, dear Reader.
[Jpost] The annual al-Quds Day march in Berlin is often cited as a prime example of the rise of so-called new antisemitism in Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
: hatred of Jews in connection with Israel, often by people from Moslem societies.

Despite attempts by organizers in recent years to suppress some expressions of antisemitism, the march by hundreds of participants features frequent calls about killing Israelis, Zionist conspiracies and chants of "free Paleostine from the river to the sea." Flags of terrorist groups like Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", and Hezbollah are on display, and imams regularly preach anti-Semitic verses from the Koran to the crowd in Farsi and Arabic.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6509 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  "addressing it would only strengthen opponents of immigration"

Ding ding we have a winner. European governments are so dead set on replacing their populations that they're willing to tolerate antisemites.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 06/15/2019 2:39 Comments || Top||

#2  The eligibility criteria for membership to the EU council probably includes being a closet proponent of the Coudenhove-Kalergi plan.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/15/2019 9:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Looks like another example of how the only real answer is term limits backed up by euthanasia for any termed out pol who can't just go quietly into private life.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/15/2019 11:49 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey to retaliate if US imposes sanctions over S-400 deal
[ALMASDARNEWS] Ottoman Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday Ankara would take retaliatory moves against Washington should it introduce sanctions over the acquisition of Russian air defense systems S-400.

"If the United States begins to take negative steps, we have retaliatory moves. America has made a number of decisions, but we are not going to stay silent. If we see a negative attitude to us, we will respond proportionately," Cavusoglu said at a meeting with editors of the Anadolu news agency.
"We will restrict the export of curly-toed shoes and moustache wax!"
He added that Ankara was strongly minded on the issue of acquiring S-400 and had no intention to backtrack.

The first reports Russia-The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
were in talks over an S-400 contract emerged in November 2016. Russia confirmed the conclusion of the contract on September 12, 2017. Ottoman Turkish Defense Minister Hulisi Akar said the S-400 will begin to be deployed in October 2019. The CEO of Russia’s corporation Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, said the value of the S-400 contract with Turkey stood at $2.5 million.

The United States has been taking active steps trying to upset the deal. Washington earlier warned Ankara should it purchase such weapon systems the United States might refuse to sell to Turkey its F-35 fighters.

S-400 Triumf is Russia’s medium and long-range air defense system meant to provide protection from attack and reconnaissance means and other air targets amid intensive fire and radio-electronic resistance.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  $2.5 million?
Posted by: Beau || 06/15/2019 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Fine, kick them out of Nato, remove all our troops, destroy our base and cut off all aid, trade and deport any of their citizens in our country.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 06/15/2019 1:20 Comments || Top||

#3  $2.5 million? Isn't that about the cost of the decals for a Patriot battery?




Posted by: AlanC || 06/15/2019 8:01 Comments || Top||

#4  OMG, no more figs?
Posted by: Vespasian Graimble1740 || 06/15/2019 8:05 Comments || Top||

#5  But, but.. where will the Shriners get their fez's???
Posted by: Mercutio || 06/15/2019 8:12 Comments || Top||

#6  4 OMG, no more figs?
Posted by: Vespasian Graimble1740


Watch those Pistachio Futures at the Stock Exchange! Doom is nigh!
Posted by: magpie || 06/15/2019 11:06 Comments || Top||

#7  California Pistachios are better anyway
Posted by: 3dc || 06/15/2019 17:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Just like oil and gas, the US is the Big Kahuna of Pistachios. W/o the US, the Turks will have to go through life w/ red stained teeth from inferior Iranian product.
Posted by: Bertie McCoy2828 || 06/15/2019 19:39 Comments || Top||

#9  As my civilisation slides into the night
I'm gonna sit tight and watch all of you fight,
Saving just enough ammo to give you a fright
If you threaten my cans full of Turkish delight.
Posted by: Dino the Tiny9687 || 06/15/2019 19:53 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi authorities prevent IDPs from returning home: HRW
Everyone is annoyed with the ragtag remnants if the ISIS caliphate...
[Rudaw] Iraqi authorities' decision to punish the families of those people who had allegedly joined 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....
(ISIS) is preventing internally displaced persons (IDPs) from returning to their homes, forcing them to accept "dire conditions" of camps, a human rights
...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you...
monitor said in a report, released on Friday.

"Iraqi authorities have put in place a system that has allowed communities, security forces, and government agencies to collectively punish families whose relatives were allegedly linked to ISIS," said Belkis Wille, senior researcher for Iraq at Human Rights Watch (HRW).

"This system has put these families in a purgatory that prevents them from returning home, imprisons them in camps, and forces them to endure dire conditions that portend bleak futures for their children," she added.

HRW said that "an estimated 1.8 million people still remain displaced" as a result of the five-year conflict between Iraqi forces and ISIS. According KRG figures, last updated in April, the Kurdistan Region hosts 1.12 million IDPs.

This is not the first time HRW has accused Iraqi authorities of blocking the IDPs from returning home.

In June 2018, the organization published a report documenting alleged cases where Iraqi forces prevented IDPs from Anbar province from returning to their homes.

"It is unacceptable for soldiers to arbitrarily block residents from going home, in direct contradiction to the central government’s orders to facilitate safe and voluntary returns," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at HRW in the 2018 report.

According to a report from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), last updated on April 30, over four million IDPs have returned to their place of origin. The IOM estimates that around 1.7 million remain displaced.

Rudaw English contacted relevant Iraqi authorities for comment on HRW's report, but they were unavailable.

ISIS took control of large swathes of Iraqi territory in 2014, forcing millions of people to flee to other areas in Iraq, with many displaced to the Kurdistan Region.

The Iraqi government announced the territorial defeat of ISIS in December 2017. The liberation of the areas also led to more displacements, as civilians fled in an attempt to avoid being trapped in the battle between security forces and ISIS.

The Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union (EU) announced on Friday that it was committing an additional 2 million euros to the IOM in Iraq "to make critical infrastructure improvements in camps for internally displaced persons", bringing their total contribution to IOM Iraq to 5 million euros for 2019.

In mid-May, Kurdistan Regional Government’s Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) and the IOM held a conference in Erbil, discussing "the obstacles before the return of IDPs and finding a mechanism to establish durable solutions for those who are not able to return."

Hoshang Mohammed, director of the JCC, said in the event that all relevant partners had to work on "removing security, financial, and services-related obstacles for the return of the IDPs."

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi and then KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, met in April to discuss improving coordination between Erbil and Baghdad for responding to the needs of IDPs.

The KRG has shouldered the lion’s share of the financial burden ‐ paying 75 percent of the $162 million monthly costs. International organizations cover the remaining 25 percent.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran Urges US, Allies to Stop False Flag Ops in Mideast After Gulf of Oman Tanker Sabotage
[SPUTNIKNEWS] The warning comes on the heels of US accusations that 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...
was behind the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June - just one month after a similar incident near Fujairah was likewise blamed on the Islamic Theocratic Republic.

The Iranian mission to the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
has urged the United States and its allies in the Middle East to "stop warmongering" and false flag operations in the region following attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June that were blamed on Tehran.

"Neither fabrications and disinformation campaigns nor shamelessly blaming others can change the realities. The US and its regional allies must stop warmongering and put an end to mischievous plots as well as false flag operations in the region. Warning, once again, about all of the US coercion, intimidation, and malign behavior, Iran expresses concern over suspicious incidents for the oil tankers that occurred today", the statement issued on Thursday read.

The mission has also "categorically" rejected Washington's accusations of Tehran being responsible for the oil tanker incidents as unfounded.

"The inflammatory remarks by the US representative against Iran at the UN Security Council on 13 June 2019 was another Iranophobic campaign", it added.

In a separate development, the country's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter to stress that the US accusations were part of "sabotage diplomacy" to cover up what he has repeatedly described as "economic terrorism" against Iran:

Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 11:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6505 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Oh, I see! The US blew up the tankers to provoke poor lil' Iran. 'Cuz W blowing up the World Trade Center didn't do it.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/15/2019 12:05 Comments || Top||


Total elimination of terrorist centers in Idlib is Russian priority: Putin
[ALMASDARNEWS] Russian President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
visited the capital of Kyrgyzstan on Friday to attend the SCO Summit.

In Putin’s speech at the summit, the Russian leader highlighted his country’s success in fighting terrorist inside of Syria.

"We have achieved real results in the war against international terrorism in Syria, and the faceless myrmidons have been defeated thanks to the comprehensive Russian assistance to the legitimate Syrian government," Putin began.

"The process of political settlement is progressing and the constitutional committee is in the process of forming a committee," Putin said, adding that the priority now is to ensure the total elimination of terrorist centers still in Syria, primarily in Idlib.

The Russian military is currently assisting the Syrian Armed Forces in their ongoing battle against several jihadist and Ottoman Turkish-backed rebel groups in the northwestern governorates of Latakia, Hama, and Idlib.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Erdogan vows to respond to Syrian Army attacks on Turkish troops in Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] During a presser at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Ottoman Turkish President Recep Tayyip stated that his armed forces will retaliate if the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues its attacks on the Ottoman Turkish observation posts in Idlib.

"The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor...
will not remain silent if the Syrian regime continues to attack observation points in Idlib," Erdogan said.

The Ottoman Turkish military currently has 12 observation points in northwestern Syria. The Syrian Arab Army has accused the Ottoman Turkish military of using these observation posts to block their advance in northwestern Syria.

In regards to the situation in Manbij, Erdogan claimed the U.S. did not fulfill its promises to expel the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the town; however, he said they will continue with his nation’s plans there.

"Our partner, the U.S., did not keep its promise on Manbij [...] However,
Caliphornia hasn't yet slid into the ocean, no matter how hard it's tried...
it doesn’t mean that we give up on the Manbij issue, we keep all our plans and we will continue to do."

Erdogan is scheduled to meet with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
in Japan later this month; they will likely discuss the ongoing situation in northwestern Syria.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


UAE says Gulf tanker attacks 'dangerous escalation'
[DAWN] The United Arab Emirates said Friday that twin attacks on tankers in the Sea of Oman just weeks after four ships were damaged off the UAE marked a "dangerous escalation".

"The attack against the tankers in the Gulf of Oman is a worrying development and a dangerous escalation," the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, tweeted after Thursday's blasts.

Gargash also condemned a Yemeni rebel missile attack which maimed 26 civilians at an airport in southwestern 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...
on Wednesday.

He said the "blatant attack on civilians" was only the latest in a spate of rebel assaults "undermining the UN's political work and sending a message of continuing violence and hostility".
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Ship insurance costs soar after Middle East tanker attacks
[DAWN] Insurance costs for ships sailing through the Middle East have increased by at least 10% after attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, with the potential for costs to rise further as regional tensions escalate, ship insurers said.
10% = "soaring"?
Ten percent since Thursday is.
The attacks have already stoked concerns about reduced flows of crude oil on one of the world's key shipping routes, pushing up oil prices by as much as 4.5%.

Some tanker companies have already suspended new bookings to the Middle East Gulf.

Freight rates for supertankers transporting oil from the Middle East Gulf to Asia were already close to a two-month high on Thursday at nearly $13,000 a day, up nearly $2,000 from Wednesday.

Every ship needs various forms of insurance, including annual war-risk cover as well as an additional 'breach' premium when entering high-risk areas. These separate premiums are calculated according to the value of the ship, or hull, for a seven-day period.

Ship insurers say the biggest vessels sailing through the Gulf area face additional costs of up to $200,000 for a single seven-day voyage, roughly twice as expensive as earlier this week
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Belgium to take back six orphaned Islamic State children-SDF
[Ynet] Belgium has taken back six orphaned children of 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....
members from Syria, the U.S.-backed militia which is holding thousands of hard boyz and their family members said late on Thursday.

"This must be extended to men and women in our camps and prison, not only children," Mustafa Bali, a front man for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said on Twitter, announcing Belgium's move.

The SDF controls the quarter of Syria east of the Euphrates river after driving back Islamic State in a series of advances from 2015 that culminated in March with the group's defeat at its last territorial enclave in Baghouz, near the Iraqi border.

However,
we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
it says it is unable to indefinitely hold the thousands of Islamic State fighters and members and their families who surrendered during its offensive.
Rudaw adds:
The self-administration of North and East Syria [NES] detailed that the Belgian delegation had revealed they would provide direct humanitarian support more directly in the future and more swiftly.

Any help provided to the Kurdish officials is much needed. There are approximately 74,000 people in al-Hol camp. This is more than the camp can take, and thus residents are faring through very hopeless conditions.

The Belgian delegation also expressed support for growing suggestions to establish an international tribunal in Syria for ISIS members.

Belgian FM Didier Reynders told news hounds on Wednesday in Belgium that he hoped the transfer would occur "in the coming days or weeks," according to Het Laatste Nieuws (HLN), a Belgian daily newspaper.

He also noted that Belgium, in principle, has "memorandum of understanding" with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to repatriate the children, specifically mentioning the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s capital of Erbil.

The KRG was not able to immediately confirm the agreement to Rudaw English. HLN added the deal refers to children up to 12 years old with a priority given to orphans.
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ISIS focus on millennial women is worry for future: Europol
[Rudaw] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group is targeting women from the millennial generation as it seeks new recruits after the fall of its so-called caliphate, the EU's police agency said Friday.

In a report on ISIS propaganda focused on women, Europol said that this could "pave the way" for a change in the role of female jihadists in future terror organizations.

"We are talking about especially millennials," Manuel Navarette, Head of Europol's Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Counter Terrorism Centre, told news hounds in The Hague as he unveiled the report.

"IS propaganda is focused on women between 16 to 25, a group more vulnerable to these activities and they have access to social media. IS has adapted to the new target".

ISIS had in particular assigned new and "more active" roles to female jihadists within the organization, while keeping its fundamentalist ideas about the position of women in society.

"They kept somehow the traditional role given to women: being supportive, taking care of men," Navarette said. "But then they start asking women to take a different role, to assist as a doctor, to assist in a different way, not only as the traditional housewife."

The Islamic State's "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria fell in March but the group remains active in several countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as well as still inspiring jihadists through an online presence.

The international community is also torn over what to do with around 4,000 foreign women and 8,000 children linked to IS who remain stranded in Syria and Iraq.

The fear is that the targeting by ISIS of women for propaganda could pay dividends for jihadists in years to come.

"The worry is that this increase in the involvement of women could pave the way for potentially major changes in the role of jihadi women in the future," the Europol report said.

Navarette said there had been an increase in arrests of women connected to jihadism in La Belle France and Britannia in particular.

"There could be a kind of relation between the propaganda machine of IS asking, demanding, for more active of specific groups of women and kiddies to be a part of terrorism," he added.

Europol director Catherine De Bolle said that despite the findings law enforcement agencies needed to take a "gender neutral approach" looking at the reasons for radicalisation.

"It's the way to paradise, for both men and women," she added.
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#1  Women who fall for this shit are as deserving of their fate as the men. Darwin still wins.
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