[EN.ALGHADEER.TV] Libya’s Deputy Parliament Speaker Jalal Saleh Shuwaidi has warned Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi against plans to send troops to assist militias loyal to putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar ...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all. Actually, he is, but slowly... , saying that the Libyan desert would swallow Egypt if it proceeded.Noting that the Egyptian military has no power to enter another war, Shuwaidi told the Ottoman Turkish daily Yeni Safak that Egypt was already busy dealing with its own problems, including an economic and health care crisis.
"It is not possible for el-Sissi to go to war, which would have awful repercussions for himself," Shuwaidi said, adding that Libya had a vast desert that would swallow up any Egyptian soldiers trying to enter the country.
The deputy parliament speaker also praised The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire... ’s assistance for the internationally recognized government in Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... , saying that the country had "breathed life" into the Government of National Accord (GNA) against Haftar’s attacks targeting the capital and endangering the lives of civilians.
Shuwaidi also touched upon the crisis in the Libyan parliament, saying that Aguila Saleh, who supports putschist Gen. Haftar, is only the parliament speaker on paper and some countries have been trying to legitimize his position.
He kindly asked the Ottoman Turkish government and Parliament to directly communicate with the Libyan parliament in Tripoli and invite pro-GNA parliament speaker Hamouda Sayala to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM).
"I want Turkey, the major ally of Libya, to be the first country to invite our parliament to their parliament," Shuwaidi said.
Turkey backs the United Nations ...a formerly good idea gone bad... -recognized GNA in western Libya, while the illegitimate forces of Haftar are supported by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as 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... , Egypt, Russia and La Belle France.
Turkey has helped the Tripoli administration by forcing Haftar’s militias to abandon an offensive on Tripoli.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/06/2020 00:00 ||
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Saudi Arabia has constructed a facility for extracting uranium yellowcake from uranium ore with Chinese help, raising concerns among U.S. and allied officials, including Israel, that Riyadh is keeping open the option of developing nuclear weapons. https://t.co/J6IlIcksOU
After the @WSJ reported the existence of a yellowcake production facility in Saudi Arabia near Al Ula, we were able to identify a suspect site in a deserted area roughly 12 km south of the historic city, using satellite imagery available in Google Earth. See 8 figures below: pic.twitter.com/ZxqmsN7VGx
If you have to ask your closest traditional ally if they're with you or against you, you should know literally nobody is with you. Mostly because your own policies are senseless. https://t.co/tEMsO4AodG
Look up Aramco ARC. Mohammed Saggaf originally started this Dept up. Then eventually Ali Mishari took it over. It was the seed which nurtured the crazy idea that there was sufficient number of smart "locals" who could managing the creation of technology in Kingdom. No expats really were necessary other than a few locums. It was and still is a sham concept bound for long run failure. I suspect Saggaf is knowledgable on what's happening in the case of U-235. He's an MIT grad and rose rapidly into Senior Mngmt. Too fast actually. He had zero field experience with oil. Can you believe it. A desk jockey. Google him.
This does not end well for anyone. Once the Magic Kingdom imports the cadre of smart people to make nukes, the proliferation aided by the black market sales of everything will find their way into some jihadi.
But Saudi Arabia has never been with us. For a while we were with them, because they controlled the oil flow. But they don’t anymore, and at some point they’ll go back to picturesquely breeding racing camels and quoting poetry.
@Trailing Not quite how reality works. Do you really think that the US was not aware of how politics/oil field reserves/SAG oversight/Saudi family consanguinity etc progressed between 1933 and 2020 ? Ask yourself.... What was and still is the single largest group of US citizens located outside the USA between 1933 and today. Bingo....Dhahran ! US citizen livde in Dhahran for decades and continue to do so, but a lot less today than back in the 80's when it peaked. None the less, while there maybe more US citizens in London or Zurich over those decades, they were disassociated from each other. In Dhahran it was and still is always "1959". Everybody knows each other. Every US Aramcon is has a college degree even the K-12 teachers. They have large families and live there for years. Even 3rd generations (Google Aramco Brat). Now ask yourself do you still think the US is caught off guard over the years on developments (political/reserves/tech development/economics/millitary expenditures/social progress/Qatif/Najran whatever) in the KSA? The best place to hide a car is in a parking lot..... In the past 90 years The Eastern Province was very stable except for Iran and Khobar Towers via Qatif and the Abqaiq drones. Still those were managed well enough.....
Some of my fellow corporate expat wives spent time in Saudi Arabia and told stories, Ospas Dhahran 49, as did Mr. Wife about his adventures during product start-ups he did in our factory in Jeddah. But our people went over there for limited assignments, and Mr. Wife was exceedingly grateful have me as an excuse not to transfer there each time it was offered, and the one in Yemen after unification, too. Me being Jewish and half-Israeli was an acceptable reason for him to say no. We went to Europe when he joined the team opening Eastern Europe after the Wall fell, instead. Frankfurt and Brussels are my cities, and you’re right that the English-speaking expat communities there are not tight.
That said, I had no idea there was such a large group of Americans over there in the oil biz. .Com was there for two decades or so, I believe, but until reading your above I assumed he was unusual. And goodness knows the expat wives I’ve encountered around the world, while as a group educated and cultured, tend to manifest interest more in shopping and socializing, and restaurants and vacations, than in the politics of their host nation, while their menfolk as a group assumed that all the wives were similarly focussed. So definitely 1959, even 30+ years later. I garnered a few startled looks during those pre-Rantburg years because my interests lie elsewhere. I do have two delightful expat brats of my own, so recognized that incomplete Americanism in then-Senator Obama when he hit the campaign trail, the first thing that made me uncomfortable about his candidacy.
Were you hanging out here during the Khobar massacre in 2004? Many of my ideas were about the general situation over there were formulated from this report/discussion and the days that followed.
Just discussed the 2004 massacre with Mr. Wife, who says he used to stay at the InterContinental near the Khobar towers when working at the factory in Dhahran; some of our people — mostly Lebanese regional transfers, not American expats — were also living in the Khobar apartment buildings, so the attack felt very personal him.
[Rudaw] The bodies of two Kurdish refugees who died trying to reach Europa ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... were discovered in Greece and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire... on Tuesday, the director of a refugee rights organization has told Rudaw.
The dead have been identified as Saywan Salih, a 30-year-old from Sardasht in Iranian Kurdistan, and Shkar Mohammed, a 31-year-old from Qaladze, a town in the Sulaimani province of the Kurdistan Region.
"After their families informed our office of their whereabouts, we discovered them after two days of search by our representatives in Greece and Turkey," Ari Jalal, head of The Summit Foundation for Refugee and Displaced Affairs (Lutka) said on Wednesday. "They have died in two separate incidents."
Salih's body was discovered on the Ottoman Turkish shores of Turkey's Aegean sea, Jalal said; "according to medical reports, he died of a stroke."
Mohammed's body was "discovered in a dense forest near the Greek port city of Thessaloniki," where he died "due to breathing problems," a medical report said.
"We will hand over the medical reports to their families in the near future," Jalal said, adding that "the bodies will be repatriated once legal procedures have finished."
Traveling illegally is a risky business. Herewith some statistics:
According to data provided by the Summit Foundation, more than 15,000 Iraqis have sought refuge abroad in 2020. At least ten Iraqis have died in that time, another 15 are missing.
The foundation estimates that over 500,000 Iraqis have left their home country since 2014, the year 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) swept through Iraq. Over 400 Iraqis have died leaving the country, while 171 more are missing.
[EN.ANNAHAR] Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Wally Jumblat ...Druze politician, head of the Progressive Socialist Party, who's been on every side in Leb at least four times. He'll sell you his friends for a dollar, but family comes higher because of shipping and handling... called for an international investigation into the blast that rocked Beirut this week, citing a lack of confidence in local authorities. "There is no confidence in a local investigation committee or in this government and we demand an international investigation committee to uncover the truth on how this incident happened," he said.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers... Thursday in a bit to alleviate the concerns of Lebanon's population who was dealt with this massive blow.
Speaking with news hounds who were present at Beirut's airport, Macron assured that any aid would be funneled through NGOs and the UN to ensure that they reach Lebanese. The comment appeared as a slight to Lebanese politicians, long accused of wide-scale corruption and incompetence.
Fascinating. The more so since immediately following the explosion Hezbollah announced that it was not caused by an Israeli missile... and also that they were not storing weapons there.
[IsraelHayom] Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday instructed the IDF to bomb Lebanese infrastructure if Hezbollah harms Israeli soldiers or civilians.
A senior defense official told Israel Hayom that Gantz issued the order to prepare such a response during meetings on Thursday with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and other members of the general staff.
Tensions have rapidly escalated between Israel and the terrorist organization since the death of Hezbollah operative Ali Kamel Mohsen Jawad, along with two other terrorists, during an airstrike on Damascus International Airport earlier this month.
Hezbollah has vowed revenge for Jawad's death, leading the IDF to move reinforcements to the northern border in preparation for an attack by the Shiite terror organization.
In Thursday's meetings, Kochavi presented the IDF's position on the matter, saying Israel must hold Hezbollah and the Lebanese government responsible for any future attack and its consequences.
According to the defense official, Israel didn't kill the Hezbollah terrorists who attempted to carry out an attack in the Har Dov area on Monday, and didn't release footage of the incident, in order to give the Shiite group a chance to save face and de-escalate the situation, but that Hezbollah was not taking the opportunity.
"If [Hezbollah] tries perpetrating another attack, we will see an unusual response from the IDF against [the organization] and the country of Lebanon," the official said.
Israel's unequivocal threat that Lebanon will bear responsibility for any Hezbollah attack is meant to foment pressure against the terrorist group at home. Following the Second Lebanon War in 2006 — in which Israel did not destroy government infrastructure — Israel has emphasized that it will also target Lebanon in any future conflict with Hezbollah. And while this threat has only generally applied to a broad conflict with Hezbollah, Thursday's order marked the first time Israel has officially declared it will harm Lebanon even in response to an isolated-tactical attack.
In recent years Israel has tried implementing this deterrence strategy in other sectors as well. Throughout the Syrian civil war, Syrian infrastructure was hit every time a terrorist attack emanated from Syrian territory. In Gaza, too, Israel targets Hamas when terrorist attacks are carried out by other groups.
Now, for the first time, Israel is applying this deterrence policy to Lebanon. This is a dramatic policy shift because in previous rounds of fighting between the IDF and Hezbollah, Israel has avoided bombing Lebanese infrastructure. Although the current Lebanese government is extremely weak and is effectively controlled by Hezbollah, the expectation in Israel is that the coronavirus pandemic and country's dire economic straits — combined with the fear that an Israeli offensive would be devastating — will provide the impetus for heavy pressure on Hezbollah to call off another attack.
IDF officials on Thursday assessed that Hezbollah is determined to carry out a successful attack, but one that incurs a minimal risk of an escalation.
"The coming days will be critical," a senior IDF official said. "The IDF is on high alert for an attack" and ready to execute a harsh response.
"Hezbollah stockpiled chemical behind Beirut blast in London and Germany "
all the "palestine" thing seems to be about is destroy israel no matter what - and as the script reads, from all sides. But it backfires on them all.
Lebanon knew this was happening
No one is surprised, just surprised it happened as they usually are with HAZMAT or HE situations when your Country is a Proxy for Iran.
[Jpost] Hezbollah kept three metric tons of ammonium nitrate, the explosive thought to be behind the mega blast in Beirut this week, in a storehouse in London, until MI5 and the London Metropolitan Police found it in 2015.
The Lebanese terrorist group also stored hundreds of kilograms of ammonium nitrate in southern Germany, which were uncovered earlier this year.
The Beirut explosion took place at a warehouse that held 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been confiscated from a ship.
The Iran-backed bandidosmurderous Moslems kept the explosive in thousands of ice packs in four properties in northwest London, according to a report in The Telegraph last year. The ice pack deception tactic was used in Germany, as well.
A source was quoted in The Telegraph saying the ammonium nitrate was to be used for "proper organized terrorism" and could have caused "a lot of damage."
MI5 arrested a man in his 40s for allegedly planning terrorist attacks, but did not find evidence that the bandidosmurderous Moslems were planning an attack in the UK.
A foreign government reportedly tipped off MI5 to the explosives stockpile. KAN reported that the Mossad gave the UK the information.
"MI5 worked independently and closely with international partners to disrupt the threat of malign intent from 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 the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... and its proxies in the UK," an intelligence source told The Telegraph.
The Prime Minister’s Office did not respond to a question as to whether Israel helped the UK nab the terrorists.
However, there's more than one way to stuff a chicken... Germany found the Hezbollah explosive stockpiles with help from the Mossad.
The operation and raid on mosques and residents tied to Hezbollah throughout Germany in April came in tandem with a ban on the terrorist group’s activities.
In 2019, the UK banned Hezbollah, making it a criminal offense to support or be a member of the group, carrying a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
Then-home secretary Savid Javid said the Lebanese terrorist group "is continuing in its attempts to destabilize the fragile situation in the Middle East — and we are no longer able to distinguish between their already-banned military wing and the political party. Because of this, I have taken the decision to proscribe the group in its entirety."
Last week, a cross-party group of UK parliamentarians expressed concern that the UK was not effectively enforcing the ban on Hezbollah.
The letter sent to UK Security Minister James Brokenshire came after he said, in a Parliamentary answer, that the government did not collect data on the number of people in the UK investigated or charged with supporting Hezbollah.
They called on intelligence agencies and the Home Office to collect and regularly review statistics on people who have displayed the Hezbollah flag or other symbols of support, and update the House of Commons on those numbers, in order to assess the effectiveness of the ban.
It would be nice to know if the importation or purchase of that stuff was recorded some place.
If a bunch of guys looking Arab and speaking the local language with an Arabic or mideast accent show up to rent a Ryder truck, and you call the cops, do you get in trouble? Looking at NYC, 1993. And if you buy or run through customs three or four tons of the stuff, does nobody notice the Death to Israel tee shirt you're wearing?
IOW, can you actually accumulate and store the stuff with nobody knowing? Do you own the warehouse, or do you have an arrangement with the guy who does...?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey ||
08/06/2020 7:33 Comments ||
"Three tons of ammonium nitrate, purpose?"
"Personal use, Officer. I grow...uhh...tomatoes"
Posted by: Frank G ||
08/06/2020 11:59 Comments ||
Hizbullah Sec.-Gen. Hassan Nasrallah Threatens Israeli Ammonia Storage Facility – a Missile Strike on the Ammonia Tanks in Haifa Would have the Impact of a Nuclear Bomb (Archival) pic.twitter.com/PIUtwz0FsQ
[BREITBART] The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal on Tuesday to amend the city’s charter — which will be presented to voters on November 3 via ballot — to remove $880 million from law enforcement and "reinvest" the money in "direct community investment" and "alternatives to incarceration."
Titled, "Reimagining L.A. County: Shifting Budget Priorities to Revitalize Under-resourced and Low-income Communities," the proposal includes language frequently used by Democrat politicians and the broader left. It alleges the existence of "systemic discrimination, exclusion, and inequity" targeting blacks and yielding "racial injustice" and "racial inequity."
Posted by: Fred ||
08/06/2020 00:00 ||
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.