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US moves its embassy from Baghdad to Erbil
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Britain
UK's Johnson raises concerns with Turkey's Erdogan over east Med tensions
[THEBAGHDADPOST] British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
...pro-Brexit British prime minister, succeeding no-Brexit Theresa May. BoJo is noted as much for his sparkling personality and his hair as for his Conservative policies....
told Ottoman Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday that he was concerned about tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, welcoming news that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
and Greece had agreed to talks, Johnson’s office said in a statement.
NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
allies Greece and Turkey, at loggerheads on a range of issues, have agreed to resume exploratory talks over contested maritime claims following weeks of tension, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was beginning a two-day trip to Greece.

"The Prime Minister expressed his concern about recent tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. He stressed the need for calm and welcomed the news that Turkey and Greece have agreed to talks," Johnson’s office said.

Posted by: Fred || 09/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Boris is around the bend. I've written him off.
Posted by: Clem || 09/29/2020 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Boris has totally lost his (actual) conservative base support.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/29/2020 3:05 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Armenia's parliament condemns 'full-scale military attack' by Azerbaijan
[ARABNEWS] Armenia’s parliament on Monday condemned what it said was a "full-scale military attack" by Azerbaijan on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and said The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire...
’s involvement in the crisis could risk destabilizing the region.
I think it's already destabilized.
"The international community should take active steps to prevent not only aggression by Azerbaijan, but also Turkey’s ambitions to be involved in the ... conflict which will lead to the region’s destabilization," parliament speaker Ararat Mirzoyan said.
Azeris speak a Turkic dialect. Armenians speak Armenian.
Azerbaijani and Armenian forces battled for a second day after dozens were killed in an outbreak of heavy fighting that has raised fears of an all-out war between the longtime enemies.
Nagorno-Karabakh is an Armenian-speaking (and cultural) enclave within Azerbaijan's borders. It was one of those "smile or else" things the Soviets came up with.
Defense officials in both countries confirmed that intense festivities had continued overnight after erupting on Sunday along the frontlines of Nagorny Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian region that has broken away from Azerbaijan.
It never was part of Azerbaijan.
The separatists said on Monday that 15 more of their fighters had been killed, bringing the total reported corpse count from both sides to 39.
So the Armenian irregulars won 15-24. Back when I was covering them, the Azeris would come into town, shoot some people, and grab some loot. The next day the Armenians would come in, shoot most of the Azeris, and chase the survivors out.
With each side blaming the other for the latest fighting, world leaders have urged calm as fears rise of a full-scale conflict that could draw in regional powers Russia and Turkey.
I think the Armenian treasury contains thirty or forty bucks. The only people they've fought with since the Turks murdered a few million of them have been the Azeris, plus the Germans when they were Soviets.
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....
expressed their worry about the situation and called on both sides to cease fire and seek peaceful solutions to the conflict, state news agency SPA reported on Monday.
Azeris are Moslems. Armenians are Christians. Guess which side they're gonna support, despite the fact that puts them on the side of the Turks?
Turkey meanwhile said that Armenia must stop its occupation of Azerbaijan’s lands and send back the "mercenaries and terrorists" it brought from abroad for stability in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
They must be referring to the Soviets Russians, who still have military bases in Armenia. Azerbaijan, of course, has no Turkish Syrian mercenaries and Al-Nusra terrorists.
"Armenia must immediately halt its attacks, send back the mercenaries and bandidos forces of Evil it brought from abroad and withdraw from the Azerbaijan lands," said Ottoman Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, adding a ceasefire and peace are needed.
Denied it right plausibly, didn't he?
Turkey has said it will support Azerbaijan in the festivities, in which fierce fire was exchanged for a second day amid reports of at least 21 killed and hundreds maimed. Yerevan said Turkey was taking part in the festivities, but Baku denies this.
"No, no. Certainly not!"
Ex-Soviet Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a territorial dispute over Nagorny Karabakh for decades, with deadly fighting flaring up earlier this year and in 2016.
'93 was hilarious.
The region declared its independence after a war in the early 1990s that claimed 30,000 lives but is not recognized by any country — including Armenia — and is still considered part of Azerbaijan by the international community.
They declared independence after the Azeris cut off their electricity.
The Karabakh defense ministry said on Monday 32 of its fighters had been killed in the latest festivities. Seven civilian fatalities were reported earlier, including an Azerbaijani family of five and a woman and child on the Armenian side.
Posted by: Fred || 09/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


#2 
Posted by: 3dc || 09/29/2020 15:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Before the war:
Armenia Azerbaijan
Troops 51,580 66,950
Tanks 165 220
Arm Vech 460 595
Artillery 169 270
Fighter Jets 18 37
Attack Air 15 15
Attack Helo 16 15
Posted by: 3dc || 09/29/2020 19:19 Comments || Top||

#4  so if they are are correct that leaves for Azer

Tanks: 83
Helos: 8
Fighters: 36
Posted by: 3dc || 09/29/2020 19:23 Comments || Top||


Statements of senior Turkish officials seem designed to inflame a deadly Armenia-Azerbaijan feud
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 09/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Europe
Paris knife attack suspect wanted to avenge Prophet cartoons, identity in question
[AlAhram] In the video, the suspect identifies himself as Zeheer Hassan Mehmood
...previously identified simply as Ali, 18...
and says he came from Mandi Bahauddin in Punjab province


French police are studying a video in which the man suspected of attacking people with a meat cleaver on Friday says he will commit an act of "resistance" after the republication of cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammad in a satirical magazine.

The suspect, who is from Pakistain, was arrested soon after two people were maimed in front of the old offices of the Charlie Hebdo
...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe...
magazine. Officials said his clothes were spattered in blood.

The video was found on the suspect's mobile phone, French media reported. Rooters could not independently authenticate the video recording. A police source confirmed a video was being examined.

In the video, the suspect identifies himself as Zeheer Hassan Mehmood and says he came from Mandi Bahauddin in Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

province. Starting to sob, he then recites poetry praising the Prophet Mohammad.

"If I'm sounding emotional, let me explain: here, in La Belle France, the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad were made," he says in Urdu. "I am going to do (an act of) resistance today, Sept. 25."

Mehmood's father praised his son.

"My heart is filled with happiness," Arshad Mehmood told the online news site Naya Pakistain from the family home. "I can sacrifice all my five sons to protect the Prophet's honour."
Your terms are acceptable.
"He called us ... and said that the God's Prophet had chosen him, and assigned him to kill the blasphemers."
Mohammed’s judgement is questionable given that, despite all the blood and screaming, both of the chosen blasphemers are recovering. And the Prophet’s instrument will be out of circulation for quite some time
The cartoons were first published by Charlie Hebdo in 2006 and spurred Islamist murderous Moslems to target the magazine's office in 2015 in an attack that left 12 people dead and was claimed by al Qaeda.

The weekly, which moved to a secret location after the attack, republished the cartoons earlier this month to mark the beginning of the trial of 14 people with alleged links to the Charlie Hebdo killers.

Wearing a long tunic, the suspect said he was spiritually guided by Ilyas Qadri. Qadri is a Sunni holy man and the founder of Dawat-e-Islami,
... Barelvi Islam education outreach society based in Karachi, Pakistan linked to the Jamaat Ulema-e-Pakistain political party. They have a website and a television station, Madani Channel, and madrassahs in Britain, Greece, Spain, and Bangladesh...
a non-violent mostly peaceful organization spread across the globe.

Qadri says a person who commits blasphemy
...the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, or sacred objects, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. Some religions consider it to be a crime. In Pakistain you can commit blasphemy by looking cross-eyed at a Koran...
should be handed in to police, but if another individual were driven by their emotions to kill the blasphemer, the law should not apply.

Dawat-e-Islami did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Confusion surrounds identity of Paris meat cleaver attacker
Oh? How very interesting.
[IsraelTimes] Investigators say assailant identified himself as Hassan A.,
...would that be where the Ali came from? Hassan Ali?
an 18-year-old born in Pakistain, but he gave a different name in video in which he said he was targeting Charlie Hebdo
...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe...
There was confusion Monday over the identity of the man who injured two people in a meat cleaver attack in Gay Paree last week, which was condemned by the French government as an act of "Islamist terrorism."

Investigators said the assailant had identified himself as Hassan A., an 18-year-old born in Pakistain.

But in a video in which he said he was targeting the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo — the scene of a massacre by Islamist button men in January 2015 — the man said his name was Zaheer Hassan Mehmood.

Investigators found a photo of an identity document on the attacker’s cellphone of a man by the same name, aged 25, a source close to the investigation told AFP.

The authorities said the claimed identity of Hassan A. belongs to a young man born in the Pak town of Mandi Bahauddin.

It appears he entered La Belle France three years ago, and was not known to police and not known to have ever displayed signs of supporting radical Islam.

However a man claiming to be the suspect’s father, Arshad Mehmood, told AFP by telephone from Mandi Bahauddin that he was "very happy with what my son has done."

"My son Zaheer Hassan went to La Belle France two years ago," he said

"He protected the honor of the prophet, peace be upon him, by attacking those who have printed things about our prophet," he said. "The entire village has come to congratulate me."

"I hope the government can help in getting my son home. He should not be harmed in any way," he added.
Presumably Papa Dearest meant the Pakistani government. I can’t imagine the French would be amenable to returning him to the bosom of his village. Especially unharmed.
‘I WILL CONDEMN’
In a two-minute video recorded under the name of Zaheer Hassan Mehmood, the attacker announced that: "Today, Friday September 25, I will condemn" Charlie Hebdo, though he did not claim to act on behalf of any organization.

The attacker remained in jug Monday, along with five others who Sherlocks said were being held to learn more about the suspect’s "environment," though police believe he acted alone.

The five include three former roommates of the attacker, his younger brother, and an acquaintance.

Five more people have been released from custody, including a man identified as Youssef, 22, who claimed he was arrested while trying to stop the attack.
That would be the unnamed Algerian, 33, who apparently is neither of those things or they’d have said.
"I wanted to be a hero, I ended up behind bars," he told TF1 television Sunday.

The attack came three weeks into a trial of suspected accomplices of the authors of the January 2015 attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket, which also saw a policewoman bumped off in the street.

"Of course we, Charlie Hebdo, are on the front line again," Richard Malka, a lawyer for the satirical weekly, said on the margins of the trial.

French President Emmanuel Macron meanwhile told Monday’s cabinet meeting that "the terrorist threat still persists in our country," said government front man Gabriel Attal.

Macron said it was time to "re-examine, if necessary, a certain number of measures taken" in the light of the latest attack.

The head of the presidency’s anti-terror task force, Laurent Nunez, told AFP on Sunday that detection techniques had improved, but acknowledged that "we still need to tighten the net."
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  'He did not claim to act on behalf of any organization.' Do those blasted Methodists think we are all fools?
Posted by: Cesare || 09/29/2020 7:44 Comments || Top||

#2  No offense to anyone's religion, but it's a sorry-ass omnipotent deity that can't withstand the mockery of a few Frenchmen. Maybe it is time to change teams....
Posted by: SteveS || 09/29/2020 11:16 Comments || Top||


Iraq
US warns Iraq on Iranian-backed militias
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 09/29/2020 00:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Head of Iraq’s of the National Security Agency Abdul Ghani Al-Asadi says Washington promised to continue supporting the country
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 09/29/2020 00:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


MP for Iran-backed militia ''Asa'ib'', Uday Awad: We do not adopt the bombing of the @USEmbBaghdad, the GreenZone, and the diplomatic corps
[PUBLISH.TWITTER] "Nope, nope! Wudn't us!"
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Egypt-PA crisis looms as Abbas moves closer to Turkey, Qatar and Hamas
[Jpost] The Egyptians, over the decade, have acted as the main peacemakers between Fatah and Hamas, one of the armed feet of the Moslem Brüderbund millipede,.

Egypt is upset with the Paleostinian Authority leadership for reportedly undercutting Cairo’s role as a main player in the Paleostinian arena, particularly with regards to ending the Fatah-Hamas rivalry, Paleostinian sources said on Monday.

The Egyptians are also said to be disturbed by the recent rapprochement between the PA, Qatar
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/29/2020 00:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  Egypt is upset with the Paleostinian Authority leadership for reportedly undercutting Cairo’s role as a main player in the Paleostinian arena

WHY would you want to be involved with that snake pit in the first place?
Posted by: Mercutio || 09/29/2020 8:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Why didn't the Paleostinians try cozying up to Sudan?
Posted by: gorb || 09/29/2020 14:22 Comments || Top||



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Tue 2020-09-29
  US moves its embassy from Baghdad to Erbil
Mon 2020-09-28
  U.S. Plans 'Full Withdrawal' From Iraqi Embassy
Sun 2020-09-27
  Azerbaijan launched a missile and aerial attack against Artsakh and Stepanakert Armenia
Sat 2020-09-26
  BLM protester in Los Angeles who shut down the road with a large mob got hit by a truck
Fri 2020-09-25
  LNA Kills ISIS 'Emir' in Southern Libya
Thu 2020-09-24
  Louisville: Two police officers shot
Wed 2020-09-23
  Canadian woman charged for sending ricin to President Trump & law enforcement agencies in Texas was previously deported
Tue 2020-09-22
  Twenty-Five Afghan policemen dead after attempt to break Taliban siege in Uruzgan
Mon 2020-09-21
  Justice Dept. brands NYC an ‘anarchist jurisdiction,'
targets federal funds
Sun 2020-09-20
  Concentrated, Deadly Ricin Sent to White House, Addressed to President Trump
Sat 2020-09-19
  Notorious RBG dead at 87
Fri 2020-09-18
  RBG Kicks The Bucket
Thu 2020-09-17
  Minnesota man charged with providing material support to Islamic State
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  Bloomberg: Libya’s PM Al-Sarraj will Resign
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  Airstrikes kill “Huras_al_Din” commander in Idlib city

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