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Afghanistan
Taliban could possibly seize power by overrunning the Afghan government: Trump
[KhaamaPress] The U.S. President Donald Trump
...the Nailer of NAFTA...
has said the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group could possibly seize power by overrunning the Afghan government after withdrawal of the U.S. forces.

Trump made the remarks during an interaction with the reports on Friday, days after Washington and Taliban group signed a peace deal in 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...
Responding to a question regarding eventual seizure of power from the Afghan government, Trump said it is "not supposed to happen that way but it possibly will".
He's not wrong
He also added "We can’t be there for the next 20 years. We’ve been there for 20 years and we’ve been protecting the country but we can’t be there for the next ‐ eventually, they’re going to have to protect themselves."

This comes as the U.S. and Taliban group recently signed a peace deal after observing a 7-day reduction in violence. The two sides signed the agreement after almost 18 months of negotiations in Qatari capital of Doha.

President Trump spoke with the deputy political chief of the Taliban group for 35 minutes, days after the signing of peace deal between Washington and Taliban.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, Butch shot Black Bart's knife out of his hand......
the Taliban group has announced it is committed to the launch of intra-Afghan talks if peace deal provisions are implemented.

The release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners was reportedly included in the agreement as one of the key prerequisites for the launch of intra-Afghan talks.

However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
President Mohammad 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...
had earlier said only the Afghan government can decide regarding the release of Taliban prisoners.

Reacting to release of Taliban prisoners ahead of intra-Afghan talks, Ghani said last week the release of Talibs should not be included as a prerequisite for the launch of intra-Afghan talks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2020 00:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  To avoid that, why not break the damn place up now along ethnic lines. Still thinking the discredited 'nation building' game.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/08/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||

#2  who cares, destroy all equipment and be done with that shithole
Posted by: Chris || 03/08/2020 11:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Leaving it to the taliban, and choosing to abstain from re-entering this shithole will not only be astute strategy wise, it'll also give rich dividends back home for the Republican party, and to America in the long run.

As the taliban creates a filthier islamic product than the daesh did, in a country that tried to accommodate both islam and democracy the Leftist community's pro-islamic propaganda will be further discredited. The ensuing calvin-ball must not be interfered with, no matter what the compulsion - and you'll see a major part of the sasquatch world decimate itself. Other Asian actors shall have to contain the mess and will subsequently either weaken themselves or emerge more responsible future allies. Both outcomes can benefit America.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/08/2020 15:04 Comments || Top||


ISIS release details of assailants involved in attack on Dr Abdullah
Follow up to this story from yesterday.
[KhaamaPress] 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group released the details of the assailants who carried out the deadly attack in Kabul city on Friday.

The offshoot of the terror group, ISIS Khurasan, posted a statement in Amaq News, claiming the deadly attack which left scores of people dead or maimed.

The statement further added that the group’s fighters, Ahmad al-Tajiki and Abdur Rahman al-Muhajir carried out the attack, killing or wounding at least 150 people.

The security officials said late on Friday that the attack which targeted the death anniversary of a prominent political leader in Kabul city left 32 dead and 81 others maimed.

The button men stormed the death anniversary ceremony of Anbdul Ali Mazari, a prominent Hazar leader on Friday as some of the key politicians including Abdullah Abdullah
...the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against both Karzai and Ghani. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun. He also held the meaningless salaried sop position as CEO of Afghanistan, while Ghani was president...
and Mohammad Karim Khalili were present in the scene and were delivering speeches.

The Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group rejected the involvement of the group’s fighters in the attack.

Yesterday’s attack followed a steep rise in attacks across the country following the signing of a peace deal between U.S. and Taliban following a 7-day reduction in violence.

The latest surge in violence including Taliban attacks has sparked concerns that the growing violence may further delay the launch of intra-Afghan talks and the grinding of the peace processor.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2020 00:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
Some of the #terrorist armed groups that were funded by the #GNA and completely terminated by the Libyan National Army #LNA
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Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Saudis Plan Big Oil Output Hike, Beginning All-Out Price War
[BLOOMBERG] 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...
plans to increase oil output next month, going well above 10 million barrels a day, as the kingdom responds aggressively to the collapse of its OPEC+ alliance with Russia.

The world’s largest oil exporter started a price war on Saturday by slashing the prices it sells crude into foreign markets by the most in at least 20 years, offering unprecedented discounts in Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
, the Far East and the U.S. to entice refiners to purchase Saudi crude at the expense of other suppliers.

At the same time, Saudi Arabia has privately told some market participants it could raise production much higher if needed, even going to a record of 12 million barrels a day, according to people familiar with the conversations, who asked not to be named to protect commercial relations. With demand being ravaged by the coronavirus outbreak, opening the taps like that would throw oil market into chaos.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  The kingdom must be hard up for currency. With what I understand is a worldwide oil glut, they should get interesting as far as a bottom dropout price war.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/08/2020 11:13 Comments || Top||

#2  There are no good guys in the ME. President knows about this. The question is how to disengage.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/08/2020 11:36 Comments || Top||

#3  IIRC, the problem is Russia, who wants to destroy the fracking industry in the US. It's also in retaliation for our "interference" with their NORDSTAR pipeline program. I think in the end it will be Russia that cries "Uncle".
Posted by: Old Patriot || 03/08/2020 17:13 Comments || Top||

#4  OP, good to see you posting again.
Posted by: Matt || 03/08/2020 17:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Ref #4: OP, good to see you posting again.

Ditto! BTW, how do you want us to charge that time off ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/08/2020 18:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Welcome back OP!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/08/2020 19:10 Comments || Top||


SaudiArabia and #UAE are fast developing ties with #Israel.
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Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia


Europe
Germany: Alleged IS terrorist goes on trial
[DW] The German convert is accused of taking her three children to Syria without the knowledge or consent of their father. The eldest son, trained as a child soldier aged 7, is thought to have died in a 2018 rocket attack.

A court in the western city of Dusseldorf court was scheduled Friday to hear a set of charges filed by federal prosecutors against a 32-year-old mother, accused of joining 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....
('IS') terrorist group.

The woman, originally from Oberhausen in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) of which Dusseldorf is the regional capital, is said to have traveled to Syria in 2015 with her three small children.

The six-item charge sheet includes alleged revocation of parential duties. It describes the accused handing over her son, Hamza, then aged 7, at a Islamic State (IS) military training camp as a war crime.

Prosecutors also allege she forced the three children to witness a public execution and to be indoctrinated by so-called inquisitors religious police. Her joining a women's unit "Katiba Nusaiba" in Syria amounted to becoming an IS terrorist, prosecutors assert.

15 YEARS IF CONVICTED
If convicted, the accused, named as only Carla-Josephine S. under German law restraints on reporting, faces up to 15 years in jail.

The trial in the Dusseldorf Regional Court is scheduled to proceed over 11 hearing days, spread through to April 24.

The mother is thought to be the first suspected IS affiliate returned from the Middle East under consular rules applied cautiously by Germany's Foreign Office.

Arriving at Stuttgart Airport in April 2019, she was immediately arrested, then at the request of NRW prosecutors.

Because of the severity of the charges, the case was taken over by federal prosecutors.

FURTHER CHILD BORN IN SYRIA
On arrival in Syria in 2015, the woman also married an IS fighter, since deceased, with whom she had a further child.

Some 50 German men and even more German women nationals are presumed to be at camps in Syria, including al-Hol in northern Syria, near its border with Iraq.

The number of children with German nationality there is thought to be around 170.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraq
Eight new cases of #coronavirus confirmed in #Iraq - seven in Baghdad and one in Najaf
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Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
US Army scraps $1b. Iron Dome project
[TIMESOFISRAEL] The US Army said it was curbing its plans to adopt the Iron Dome missile defense system due to concerns about its compatibility with existing US technologies, scrapping its plans to buy two more batteries and explore long-term integration of the Israel-developed system.

A central problem was Israel’s refusal to provide the US military with Iron Dome’s source code, hampering the Americans’ ability to integrate the system into their air defenses.
Gen. Mike Murray, head of Army Futures Command, said the service identified a number of problems ‐ including cyber vulnerabilities and operational challenges ‐ during efforts last year to integrate elements of Iron Dome with the US Army’s Integrated Battle Command System.

"It took us longer to acquire those [first] two batteries than we would have liked," Murray told the House Armed Service tactical air and land forces subcommittee on Thursday. "We believe we cannot integrate them into our air defense system based on some interoperability challenges, some cyber challenges and some other challenges."

Last year, the Army announced plans to acquire two Iron Dome batteries to provide US forces an interim cruise missile defense capability, as well as explore full adoption of the Israeli-developed system for a program called Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept program.

The Army earmarked over $1 billion for the project to pluck select Iron Dome components and integrate them with US military’s Integrated Battle Command System by 2023.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6515 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yea, yea, give Raytheon 10 billion dollars and in 10 years you'll (maybe) have something.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2020 3:30 Comments || Top||

#2  A central problem was Israel’s refusal to provide the US military with Iron Dome’s source code,

1. I wouldn't trust us either. Show me the hammer used on so many government leakers.

2. Reverse engineer can't be that hard, but given how many H1Bs have swamped the field, its not like you've encouraged the natives to grow their own.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/08/2020 8:38 Comments || Top||

#3  people so oftern underestimate the problem of integrating systems

the slogan 'get the best of the breed for each component' leads to this problem
Posted by: lord garth || 03/08/2020 9:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Ditto lord garth. Much of my consulting career was trying to solve those problems.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/08/2020 9:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Damn near impossible to build integration middleware without the source code. to the former point, there is no way in hell Israel should trust us with that.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/08/2020 11:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Much of my consulting career was trying to solve those problems.

Dude, just write some adapter classes! /waves hands magically
Posted by: SteveS || 03/08/2020 12:13 Comments || Top||

#7  Ask boeing how to do it. LMAO!
Posted by: ranture || 03/08/2020 13:11 Comments || Top||

#8  I really hate to say that I wouldn't trust us, either...but after all we've seen in the vendetta against Trump...and the sure prospect that we will eventually elect very untrustworthy people again...
Posted by: Tom || 03/08/2020 14:10 Comments || Top||

#9  That was my thought as well—Hell no Israel trusting us with the code. We lose, leak or sell to the Chicoms and others at the drop of a hat and our counterintelligence function seems preoccupied with seditious conspiracy.
Posted by: Classical_Liberal || 03/08/2020 14:44 Comments || Top||

#10  ^ Another vote of distrust. What damage these bastards have done...
Posted by: Lex || 03/08/2020 15:35 Comments || Top||

#11  Y'know I wouldn't put it past the ⭔ to actually spend on the infrastructure and hardware only to have Israel refuse to deliver the source code at the end. The taxpayer's only lucky they asked Israel before hammering away at the stanchion fasteners.

Of course they won't share the source code. Justified precaution. I think the US needs to tap into local talent straight from the universities for innovative variations on the iron-dome principle more suited to the structural landscape of American cities. A ground-up design, with software tuned to the parameters of local policies. Maybe the the MFUs could delay firing, tracking radar could miss some bogies meant for blue districts ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/08/2020 15:37 Comments || Top||

#12 
Posted by: Phinenter Clunk9614 || 03/08/2020 23:31 Comments || Top||


Over 1,200 #Israeli soldiers quarantined amid #coronavirus outbreak
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Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran State TV video of #Palestinian #Islamic #Jihad SG Ziad Al-Nakhala talking about #Soleimani
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Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Jihad (Palestian)


Preliminary reading of Moscow Agreement: gains, losses and messages
[NPASYRIA] The ceasefire agreement between Russia and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
in Idlib, north-west of Syria, has ended the expiry of the Ottoman Turkish political and media discourse since a month, regarding the battles taking place there. The deadline that the Ottoman Turkish president Erdogan has repeatedly threatened the Syrian regime, is a testament to the significant Ottoman Turkish retreat in the negotiations which took place between the two sides in Moscow.

The Syrian opposition has placed its hopes on his red line, that is, the deadline granted to the regime forces to withdraw from Saraqib, Maarat al-Numan, and dozens of other villages. For a moment, and in addition to accepting the new reality, it seemed that his retreat from what he had threatened, would be an insult to him and to his country, but the agreement which was announced by the officials of the two countries in a presser, included surprising items which were not taken into account. Given the size of Erdogan's threats and the rush of his forces despite the shocking losses, the expectations were that there must be joint patrols on Aleppo-Damascus M5 highway, which are now under the Syrian regime’s control, and not Aleppo-Lattakia M4 highway, which passes through the remaining depth in the areas of the Syrian opposition and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
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Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6518 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Like the Turks have any intention to keep any agreements not enforced by by Russian iron fist (and Russia doesn't have an iron fist in Syria).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2020 3:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Russia doesn't have an iron fist in Syria

But..it could, if Pooty decides the loss of reputation to the pipsqueak Yippy is intolerable
Posted by: Frank G || 03/08/2020 10:17 Comments || Top||

#3  #2 All Russian marine traffic to Syria has to pass through Bosphorus and Dardanelles.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2020 10:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Sorry, but who is "Yippy"?
Posted by: DooDahMan || 03/08/2020 10:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ---> Yippy

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2020 10:30 Comments || Top||


Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seeks absolution in virus fight
[RUDAW.NET] Wearing gas masks and waterproof fatigues, members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard now spray down streets and hospitals with disinfectants as the Islamic Theocratic Republic faces one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the new coronavirus.

Its commanders likely hope it also will wash away something else ‐ the anger the public feels toward the powerful paramilitary force stained by its shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger jet in January. All 176 people on board ‐ most of them Iranian citizens ‐ were killed.

The push by the Guard comes as the new virus has infected and killed members of Iranian officialdom. Ensuring the survival of the government ‐ as well as its own place in power ‐ remains paramount amid one of the world’s deadliest virus outbreaks outside of China. Fear over the virus and the government’s waning credibility has become a major challenge to Iran’s leaders, who already are reeling under the weight of American sanctions.

"We have prepared all our health care facilities and specialized cadres that will expand this sacred jihad," said Brig. Gen. Gholamreza Soleimani, who commands the Guard’s volunteer Basij force.

That the Guard is involved in the relief effort of a major catastrophe is not surprising in Iran. The Guard, whose forces include an estimated 125,000-plus troops and 600,000 mission-ready volunteers, routinely respond to the earthquakes that shake the country. Recent floods saw its troops mobilize as well.

Its forces, which include virologists, faced chemical weapons
...have not been used since WWI except for in Iraq, by the late, unlamented Saddam Hussein and in Syria, but really, honest, not by the Syrian government. And in Germany in WWII, but that was against civilians. Lots of them, just one of many reasons Hitler's also late and unlamented...
during Iran’s eight-year war against Iraq in the 1980s. It expanded into private industry after the war years to help the country rebuild. And the Guard, also known by the acronym IRGC, has conducted polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set. Currently the disease is only found in Pakistain and Afghanistain...
and other immunization drives in the past.

"The IRGC sees itself as the lead agency in any threat against the regime," said Afshon Ostovar, an assistant professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in the United States who wrote book on the Guard. "Whether it’s protests, a state adversary or a virus, the IRGC will position itself publicly as Iran’s frontline defender."

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Leb defaults
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Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6619 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Nice table! Cedar...?
Pity they'll have to hock it
Posted by: Lex || 03/08/2020 0:06 Comments || Top||


Sanctions virus more dangerous to intl. security than corona: #Iran's Shamkhnai
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Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran



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Sun 2020-03-08
  Leb defaults
Sat 2020-03-07
  Saudis reportedly detain three royal princes over ‘coup plot’
Fri 2020-03-06
  Tunis: suicide bomber explodes near U.S. embassy
Thu 2020-03-05
  Russia sends reinforcements through the Bosporus
Wed 2020-03-04
  4 L-39's and 18 Su-24's left in Syrian Airforce
Tue 2020-03-03
  Taliban Orders Resumed Attacks on Govt Forces
Mon 2020-03-02
  Turkey shoots down two Syrian fighter jets over Idlib
Sun 2020-03-01
  Iraq's PM-designate Allawi withdraws, prolonging deadlock
Sat 2020-02-29
  U.S. and Taliban sign troop withdrawal deal
Fri 2020-02-28
  Rouhani and his VP both reported to have coronavirus
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  Hezbollah operative killed in drone strike in southern Syria
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