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-Land of the Free
New York Times' New Low - Guest Writer Sirajuddin Haqqani
Never thought I'd see this day. Shit, the taliban never thought they'd see this day.
[OpIndia] The reputation of the New York Times has been falling fast in recent years due to its questionable editorial standards. The liberal bias of the newspaper has led to a situation where it has sacrificed objective reporting of events for brownie points in liberal circles. The falling standards of the ’failing’ New York Times were once again on display when they provided a platform to an Islamic Terrorist from the Taliban.

In the opinion-editorial, the terrorist who happens to be the deputy leader of the Taliban proceeded to whitewash the crimes of his brethren and say laughable things such as "I am convinced that the killing and the maiming must stop." The terrorist also said, "Our negotiation team, led by my colleagues Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Sher Mohammed Abas Stanekzai, has worked tirelessly for the past 18 months with the American negotiators to make an agreement possible."

Sirajuddin Haqqani stated, "We stuck with the talks despite recurring disquiet and upset within our ranks over the intensified bombing campaign against our villages by the United States and the flip-flopping and ever-moving goal posts of the American side." In the oped, Haqqani also claimed that they were "forced to defend" against the USA and its allies does not mention the legitimacy of the Afghan government.

Haqqani is the leader of the Pakistan-based Haqqani Network comprised of fighters affiliated with al-Qaeda. He is wanted by the FBI and the United Nations for being "actively involved in the planning and execution of attacks" against US troops. He is also wanted in connection with a 2008 terrorist attack on a hotel in Kabul and an assassination attempt against Afghanistan’s president. The US announced a bounty of up to $10 million for information leading to his arrest.

The NYT appears to be ever willing to go to any length in order to oppose Donald Trump, the President of the US, and providing a platform to the Taliban to run their propaganda appears to be one an instance of it. The NYT’s conduct is in sync with that of the western press at large. For instance, the Washington Post described ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as an "austere religious scholar" after he was neutralized by US forces on the orders of Donald Trump.

Bloomberg News, owned by presidential aspirant Michael Bloomberg, glorified al-Baghdadi by describing him as someone who came from a small village and then achieved great success against all odds. The Western press’ glorification of terrorists and terrorism is something India encounters on a daily basis. They go to great lengths to whitewash the Jihad in Kashmir and call it a ’freedom struggle’. It’s only now that the people in the West are realizing the extent of the moral depravity of its mainstream media.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/21/2020 15:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10800 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Pravda by the Hudson. We are at war. S.J.Res.23 -

SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

(a) In General.--That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.


Only need two witnesses (not necessarily the entire circulation) to adjudge treason during time of war.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/21/2020 15:29 Comments || Top||

#2  It’s only now that the people in the West are realizing the extent of the moral depravity of its mainstream media.

Naaah - I had a pretty good idea after reading the Boston Globe for two months as a wee lad in high school.
Posted by: Raj || 02/21/2020 16:27 Comments || Top||

#3  We are signing a peace treaty with the Taliban in one week.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 02/21/2020 16:56 Comments || Top||

#4  We are signing a peace treaty with the Taliban in one week.

You think it's worth the paper it's printed on? I don't. They'll break it in three weeks, tops.
Posted by: Raj || 02/21/2020 18:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Weeks???

Weeks!?!??

Days man, days
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/21/2020 19:53 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm an optimist!
Posted by: Raj || 02/21/2020 20:38 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
100s of Civilian Casualties Caused by Unexploded Ordnance in 2019
[ToloNews] Abdul Jalil Sadiq, head of Mine Action Coordination, in the west of Afghanistan, said that more than 110 civilians have been killed and at least 130 others have been maimed over the past year due to mines and other kabooms originating from the Soviet invasion-era.

Sadiq said that most of the victims are children.

"In 2019 year, 241 persons were martyred and maimed due to the earth-shattering kaboom of kabooms. Five were martyred in Badghis and nine were maimed. In Farah 42 were martyred and 54 were maimed. In Ghor 22 were martyred and 16 were maimed. In Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
42 were martyred and 49 others were maimed," said Sadiq.

Sadiq said they have neutralized 80% of threatened areas but 20% still has mines and other kaboom.
Sadiq said they have neutralized 80% of threatened areas but 20% still has mines and other kaboom.

"252 square kilometers have been cleared of kabooms. 42 square kilometers still have mines and other kaboom," said Jalil.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shouting match, the spittle had reached unprecedented levels...
Abdul Qadir, a military analyst, said that efforts by the government and mine-clearing institutions are not enough.

"1700 square kilometers have mines and other kabooms--it shows that the activity of the government and other organizations is not enough," said Abdul Qadir.

Ghulam Daud Hashimi, deputy governor of Herat province, said that security institutions and mine clearing organizations cleared the entire province of mines.

"Based on the reports given to us, all areas under threat were investigated and cleared of mines," said Hashimi.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/21/2020 01:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Y'mean exploding unexploded ordnance. Because literally, it would mean there are some very clumsy walkers in Afghanistan.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/21/2020 6:04 Comments || Top||

#2  A courtly Afghani musician
Once tripped on a faulty munition.
No bang, and no smoke...
But his toe was baroque,
Promptly causing his decomposition.

Cue Coventry Carol in Kabul.
Posted by: Whatch Grort9249 || 02/21/2020 9:33 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ Baroque? :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 02/21/2020 10:15 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Sudanese Scholar Abd Al-Hayy Yousuf: We Cannot Normalize Relations with the Jews; They Raise Their Children to Kill Arabs
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  Well f*ck ‘em, then.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/21/2020 0:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Isn't that called "Projection"?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/21/2020 3:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Did someone daft actually ask him a question, or is he just talking to himself ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/21/2020 5:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Well there is that whole thing in the Kabala about "rocks and trees crying out to kill Arabs"...no wait....
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/21/2020 6:41 Comments || Top||


#6  "#1 Well f*ck ‘em, then"
tsk tsk from TW no less, from whom i expect more refined language.
Posted by: james || 02/21/2020 13:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Even St Teresa was known to pop a few blue snarls.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/21/2020 14:18 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Museum Opens In Egypt To Honor 21 Christians Killed By ISIS In Gruesome 2015 Video
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Meh... useless unless at least 2100 ISIS fighters are incinerated alive, their ash mixed with the cement poured for the foundation. With the promise to add at least one 'sunni fly ash' brick ever year.

Let it be a labour of real love.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/21/2020 5:54 Comments || Top||


Resumed talks between Libyan rival sides in Geneva result in a deal to exchange prisoners
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Kuwait's ports authority suspends the movement of people to and from Iran until further notice because of concerns about the #coronavirus outbreak
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Unfortunately it probably won't be the folks we want that get COV19 Cruise Shipped (tm). Worth a try, maybe.
Posted by: Beau || 02/21/2020 7:04 Comments || Top||


Europe
Many of the victims of the shooting in the German town of Hanau had an immigrant background
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Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  There is no case. The shooter took himself out. A conviction as solid as the enemy's. Sadly, research was off. No one worth killing at shisha bars. Waste.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/21/2020 6:22 Comments || Top||



The Grand Turk
Erdogan holds surprise meeting with Libyan GNA’s Sarraj in #Istanbul
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
"I need another $1.5 Billion. Naow"
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  And planes... don't forget planes
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/21/2020 6:42 Comments || Top||


Erdoğan has threatened an 'imminent' operation in Idlib if Damascus fails to withdraw behind Turkish positions
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Vladimir Putin to the white courtesy phone please...
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/21/2020 20:00 Comments || Top||


Moscow urges Turkey to stop ‘supporting terrorists’ in Syria
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Turkey will activate the S-400 missile systems it bought from Russia
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

Go ahead, target the Russian jets. Hilarity ensues
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Odds it doesn't work against Russian flagged planes?
Posted by: 3dc || 02/21/2020 4:33 Comments || Top||

#2  IFF must be SOOOOO confusing over there :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 02/21/2020 4:35 Comments || Top||

#3  If the S-400 is so good, why have they asked for Patriot System?
Posted by: Blinky the Wicked2854 || 02/21/2020 19:56 Comments || Top||


International-UN-NGOs
ICC judges okay trial for alleged Islamic extremist from Mali
[IsraelTimes] Judges reject appeal by al Qaeda-linked suspect accused of war crimes in Timbuktu, paving way for July court date.

International Criminal Court judges on Wednesday rejected an appeal by an alleged Islamic bully boy from Mali who argued that the charges against him were not serious enough to merit standing trial at the global court.

The decision clears the way for the trial of Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohammed Ag Mahmoud to start later this year for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Timbuktu, including torture, rape and persecution.

Prosecutors allege Al Hassan was responsible for the torture and mistreatment of the people in the ancient Sahara Desert city from April 2012 until January 2013 while it was occupied and ruled by Islamic bully boys.

Al Hassan allegedly was a key member of Ansar Dine
...a mainly Tuareg group that controlled areas of Mali's northern desert together with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and MUJAO in early 2012...
, an Islamic bully boy group with links to al-Qaeda that held power in northern Mali at the time. Prosecutors say Ansar Dine imposed a brutal regime on Timbuktu residents including public floggings, amputations and forced marriages.

At a hearing last year, the court’s Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told judges Al Hassan was the de facto chief of the Islamic police and "played an essential and undeniable role in the system of persecution established by the gangs throughout the period of occupation of Timbuktu."

His trial is scheduled to start July 14.

Set up in 2002, the ICC is a court of last resort established to prosecute grave crimes when local authorities cannot or will not take legal action.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/21/2020 01:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10800 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Iraq
UnitedStates will not stand by without taking action in response to #Iran's ongoing support for attacks on American outposts in #Iraq
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


#Muqtada al-Sadr's followers deny reports about his escape from #Iran's Qom to #Beirut over fears of #Coronavirus
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  If Qom does have a Covid-19 outbreak, then Mucky is a disease vector... and he might also have the flu.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/21/2020 6:50 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm wondering how the infection could have spread to Qom.

Maybe a globe trotting mullah. Maybe a Chines contractor. Maybe a misdiagnose.
Posted by: lord garth || 02/21/2020 11:06 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm betting that the Mecca Pilgrimage this year spreads it everywhere
Posted by: 3dc || 02/21/2020 13:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Have hope 3D.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/21/2020 18:46 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Benjamin Netanyahu to 'Post': Democratic president can't stop Trump plan
[JPost] ..."Any administration, Democrat or Republican, will have to work by the new realities," he said. "They will have to take the new situation into account. You can’t work based on falsehoods. Any attempt to advance a US plan that is based on falsehoods will crash due to the realities. That is what happened again and again and again.
Of course, a Democratic POTUS would be a disaster, but Bibi can't say that.
..."If there’s an Israeli government that is weak on Iran, as Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid have been, then obviously we’ll be in trouble," he said. "As long as I am prime minister, Iran will not have nukes."
We had two former chiefs of general staff as PM in the past: Yitzhak Rabin and Ehud Barak
..."Benny Gantz can’t form a government without relying on the support of Ayman Odeh, Ahmad Tibi and the Joint List," he said. "The numbers are just not there. With Labor and Yisrael Beytenu, he has 50 to 52 seats. If Likud doesn’t win, there will be either a fourth election or a left-wing government headed by Gantz and dependent on Ahmad Tibi and the Joint List."

...When asked how he would be able to govern while on trial, he said, "What I do in one hour my opponents can’t do in a year because they lack the orientation, the experience and the ability".

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/21/2020 02:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You can’t work based on falsehoods

I would have thought after his experience with Obama, he'd know better,
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/21/2020 6:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Did Obama work?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/21/2020 13:06 Comments || Top||


Criminal probe launches against 'Haaretz' writer for incitement to terror
[Jpost] - The Attorney-General’s Office on Thursday ordered a criminal probe of left-wing activist Jonathan Pollack for an article he published in Haaretz, calling it incitement to terrorism and violence. It also froze a private criminal-style proceeding against Pollack by right-wing NGO Ad Kan.

There is no probe against Haaretz.
A pity
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/21/2020 02:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  For a minute, I thought they said "Jonathon Pollard
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/21/2020 6:45 Comments || Top||


Abbas blasts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to build thousands of new settler homes in east Jerusalem
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Ours Isn't The Only Make Or Break Election Coming Up
[CDN] The Iranian regime officers have repeatedly summoned people to participate in the upcoming elections. The international observers’ judgment and attitudes depend on this stuff", has affirmed Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran. He also believes that a strong parliament with high participation of voters is necessary to cope with the international isolation that has put the regime into a crisis.

The regime has always used elections to determine its legitimacy to the international community. However, the mid-November 2019 uprising and the brutal killing of at least 1,500 young people by the Revolutionary Guards have created a legitimacy crisis.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/21/2020 06:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


#2  Persians love us for killing that POS - soleimani had the guns and muscle, the true power behind gov't. Persians hate the Mullahs and they hate their fake puppet politicians just a tad less. Shia islamists didn't sweep to victory, Persians protested the sham election and stayed home.

Globalists media like WaPo and DailyMail love to fellatiate some soleimani, while
#iraniansdetestsoleimani.
Posted by: mossomo || 02/21/2020 10:59 Comments || Top||

#3  #1Conservative Iranian hardliners are set to sweep to victory in elections today after seizing on anger at US killing of terrorist general Qassem Soleimani
Posted by: Skidmark 2020-02-21 09:36



I suspect that will be the explanation our media and other fellow travelers will use after the mullahs steal the election.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/21/2020 15:45 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ Yep. "If only that warmonger Drumpf hadn't illegally assassinated an Iranian Hero Of The People™, the Moderates would've swept"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/21/2020 18:08 Comments || Top||


Turkey has asked the US deploy Patriot batteries
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Giggle. Dream on.
Posted by: Lex || 02/21/2020 0:26 Comments || Top||

#2  since yall want to be big boys in the world, develop your own systems.
Posted by: Chris || 02/21/2020 3:57 Comments || Top||

#3  I thought his S-400 were better? I guess they don't see Russian attacks?
Posted by: 3dc || 02/21/2020 4:21 Comments || Top||

#4  ...HahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahNO.



Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/21/2020 6:27 Comments || Top||

#5  It's tough being Sultan-of-all-you-can-see when your Kaffir minions won't obey.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/21/2020 6:48 Comments || Top||

#6  I believe the word you are looking for is 'chutzpah'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/21/2020 7:24 Comments || Top||

#7  That part of the world is so effed up that as much as I hope the answer is HELL NO I won't bet on anything.

Posted by: AlanC || 02/21/2020 7:51 Comments || Top||

#8  I've got Bee on this one.
Posted by: Matt || 02/21/2020 7:55 Comments || Top||

#9  They want Patriots? Tell them we'll throw in Tom Brady and a couple of second-round draft picks.
Posted by: Raj || 02/21/2020 9:44 Comments || Top||

#10  The fight has commenced. Get to fighting or get away.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/21/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||

#11  BTW, if Russia attacks you in Syria, that technically is not the self-defense we're talking about.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/21/2020 12:02 Comments || Top||

#12  Send mock-up models
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/21/2020 12:03 Comments || Top||


Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani’s trip to Lebanon "caught Lebanese officials off guard
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

"We're gonna need to quarantine ya over that cough..."
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Lebanon’s banking association urges Lebanese President Michel Aoun to find a quick resolution of uncertainties over the country’s fast-approaching Eurobond maturities
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah



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Two weeks of WOT
Fri 2020-02-21
  Missile intercept by #Saudi forces in #Yanbu
Thu 2020-02-20
  Turkey asks NATO to provide air support for the operation in Idlib
Wed 2020-02-19
  Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll, Abdullah rejects results
Tue 2020-02-18
  LNA claims to destroy Turkish arms ship in Tripoli harbor.
Mon 2020-02-17
  24 Killed In Brutal Terror Attack On Burkina Faso Church; Local Pastor Targeted
Sun 2020-02-16
  Switzerland Thwarts Major Islamic State Terror Attack
Sat 2020-02-15
  Six Cartel Kidnappers Busted with Mexican Border City Victim in Trunk
Fri 2020-02-14
  US navy ship seizes 150 Iranian-manufactured anti-tank guided missiles after boarding a vessel in the Arabian Sea
Thu 2020-02-13
  Hafiz Saeed sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for terror financing
Wed 2020-02-12
  Sudan will hand over Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court
Tue 2020-02-11
  Russians bomb a joint Turkish & Jihadi column
Mon 2020-02-10
  Ehsanullah Ehsan sends greetings from Turkey, thumbs nose
Sun 2020-02-09
  Multiple US troops killed during shootout in eastern Afghanistan
Sat 2020-02-08
  Khalid Haqqani and Qari Saifullah banged in Kabul
Fri 2020-02-07
  Syria says its troops enter the strategic city of Saraqib in Idlib and begins ‘combing’ its neighborhoods

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