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  • KATYUSHA ROCKET FALLS NEAR U.S. EMBASSY IN CENTRAL BAGHDAD, NO INJURIES

    05/19/2019 11:24:12 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 24 replies
    Reuters, Jerusalem Post ^ | May 19 | Jerusalem Post Staff
    BAGHDAD - A Katyusha rocket reportedly fell in central Baghdad's Green Zone on Sunday night, Iraq military personnel announced. "A Katyusha rocket fell in the middle of the Green Zone without causing any losses or causalties, further details will come later," the military said in a statement.
  • Assyrian Christian women stabbed to death as jihadists terrorize their homeland community.

    05/18/2019 12:16:05 PM PDT · by robowombat · 12 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | MAY 18, 2019 9:00 AM | CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS
    Iraq: Elderly Assyrian Christian women stabbed to death as jihadists terrorize their homeland community. The whole world is obsessed about the Palestinians who are referenced as “indigenous people” when they are really peoples from Ottoman South Syria. The Jews are the indigenous inhabitants of their land, as are Christians throughout the Middle East–both groups tormented by jihadists who want them to either be dhimmis or vanish. The aim of the Palestinian leadership to obliterate Israel is no secret and neither is the continual persecution of Christians. With this propaganda driven obsession about “indigenous” Palestinians, who pays attention to the rights...
  • On this date in our Navy's history

    USS Stark FFG-31 is struck by two Exocet missiles fired by an Iraqi aircraft. The first missile does not explode, but it's fuel causes extensive fires aboard the ship. The second missiles strikes the Stark on the port side just above the waterline. the 360 lb. warhead blows a 10 x 15 foot hole in the ships hull. Heroic efforts by the damage control parties and ship/s crew save the ship from sinking. Stark will be repaired and serve the fleet until decommissioned in 1999. As a result of the attack 37 Stark crewmen were killed and another 21 injured.
  • Ramadan 2019 Starts with a Bang as Islamic Terrorists Kill 165, Wound 145

    05/15/2019 4:39:14 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 26 replies
    nteb ^ | 5/15/19 | Geoffrey Grider
    Why do Islamic terror attacks increase so dramatically during the ‘holy’ month of Ramadan in Islam? Because Islam teaches that during that time, their moon god Allah will ‘reward them double’ for acts of martyrdom where they kill themselves and innocent people around them. Allah is angry all the time, it would seem, and the only thing that serves to pacify him to any degree is when his followers murder the ‘infidels’ who don’t believe in him. Ironically, most of the people killed in Islamic terror attacks during Ramadan are Muslims. Go figure. Ramadan Rage 2019: Jihadis Kill 165, Wound...
  • Frustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran

    05/15/2019 7:39:35 PM PDT · by be-baw · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 15, 2019 | ALEXANDER BOLTON
    Frustrated Senate Republicans say the Trump administration has largely kept them in the dark about a possible military confrontation with Iran. What GOP lawmakers already know, however, has them on edge. Trump has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group, a Patriot missile defense battery and an Air Force bomber task force to the Middle East, while the State Department has ordered a partial evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. A few legislators have received briefings, but many can only guess at the extent of the threat and where a ramp up in combat forces may lead. “I don’t think...
  • Mike Pompeo said Iran-backed militias moved rockets near American bases in Iraq

    05/15/2019 9:38:45 AM PDT · by Innovative · 117 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 15, 2019 | Lukas Mikelionis
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Iraqi officials that U.S. intelligence showed Iran-backed militias moved missiles near bases housing American forces. Pompeo made the disclosure to Iraq’s top brass during his surprise visit earlier this month, Reuters reported. The revelation comes just hours after all non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq was ordered to leave the country. He asked the military officials to keep the Shi’ite militias in control as they are expanding their presence in the country and now are part of the country’s security apparatus. The top diplomat warned that otherwise, the U.S. would have to...
  • U.S. Bugging Out Of Iraq?

    05/15/2019 8:25:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/15/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    Well… not exactly. Or at least not entirely. But the State Department has ordered all non-essential personnel to leave the country. It’s a move unusual enough to lead to questions and it almost certainly has to do with the deteriorating situation with Iran. (NPR) The State Department has ordered all “non-emergency” U.S. government employees to leave Iraq right away.The travel advisory specifically orders the departure of employees at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil, noting that “normal visa services will be temporarily suspended at both posts.”It was not immediately clear what led to the order on...
  • State Department orders non-emergency personnel to leave Iraq posts

    05/15/2019 2:50:23 AM PDT · by blueplum · 50 replies
    NBC news via MSN ^ | 15 May 2019 | Phil Helsel
    The U.S. State Department has ordered "non-emergency U.S. government employees" to leave its embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil. "The U.S. government's ability to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq is extremely limited," the department said in statement early Wednesday. It has also warned citizens about traveling to Iraq. The U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Sunday tweeted that it was advising "all U.S. citizens of heightened tensions in Iraq and the requirement to remain vigilant."
  • Ex-Mufti, Criminal Ally[Arabs aka palestinians saving Jews-it's calming]

    05/13/2019 4:31:57 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Archive.org--New York Post ^ | FEBRUARY 23, 1948
    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1948 Ex-Mufti, Criminal Ally State Dept. Conceals Promised White Paper Book; Uses Whitewash Instead By OBSERVER On Mar. 19, 1942, the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem spoke to the Arab world by Rome radio and said: “If, God forbid, America and her allies are victorious in this war . . . then the world will become hell, God forbid. But Allah is too just and merciful to grant such murderous violators any victory.” After a long struggle and supreme sacrifices, the “murderous violators” became victors. They entered Germany while the ex-Mufti was still there with the bags of gold...
  • Republicans Focusing on Women, Minorities for 2020 House Challengers

    05/14/2019 12:44:54 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 35 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 13, 2019 | Alan Fram
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans are hunting district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and minorities in many cases — to help them recapture the House six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control of the most diverse majority in history. Among the recruits are a Republican woman in the Oklahoma state Senate and a black political novice from Houston with Iraq combat experience and three Ivy League degrees on his resume. They are part of the GOP drive to gain at least 18 seats in the 2020 elections to win the majority — historically a...
  • Germany passes refugee migration 'stress test': expert report [gefälschte nachrichten]

    05/09/2019 8:51:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.08.2019 | Ben Knight
    Angela Merkel’s immigration policy was given a largely positive assessment by the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR), though one of its members described the confusing situation at the European level as a “catastrophe.” The panel of nine academics from various fields appeared together at a press conference in Berlin on Tuesday to present their annual migration report. It evaluated policy developments of the past few years, particularly those in response to the so-called “refugee crisis” of 2015-16, when more than one million individuals, mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, sought asylum in Germany. The report’s...
  • Iraq Planning $53 Billion Oil Production Mega Project with EXXONMOBIL

    05/08/2019 11:08:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Money and Markets ^ | 05/07/2019
    Iraq is planning a $53 billion megaproject with global energy giants ExxonMobil and PetroChina to use seawater from the Persian Gulf to boost oil production, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced Tuesday. The 30-year project would boost output from Iraq’s southern oil fields, and includes designs to capture natural gas, which is currently lost to flaring, for production, Abdel-Mahdi said at a press conference. Iraq is producing oil at record levels, but officials are targeting even higher output to meet budget projections and finance reconstruction projects following 16 years of war. Output averaged 4.5 million barrels per day in March, second...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Tuesday 5/7-Wednesday 5/8/2019

    05/08/2019 2:35:39 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/7/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have agreed to meet again next week.... Pompeo met with top Iraqi officials amidst a US warning based on Israeli intelligence reports, citing an Iranian threat to US interests..... Iran made official Wednesday what it was already reported to doing in recent days. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani informed Russia, China and other nations still involved in the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement (France, Germany United Kingdom) that Iran is pulling out... Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacting Wednesday saying: "Israel won't let Iran get nuclear weapons".... The Syrian Army...
  • Pompeo makes unannounced visit to Baghdad amid rising tensions with Iran

    05/07/2019 4:03:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 7, 2019 | Carol Morello
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a sudden, unscheduled trip to Baghdad on Tuesday, as an aircraft carrier and Air Force bombers headed to the Middle East amid warnings that Iran was contemplating an attack on U.S. troops in the region. The surprise visit came after Pompeo abruptly canceled a trip to Germany, where he was scheduled to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. The State Department initially said only that the change was made because “pressing issues” had arisen. Pompeo’s visit to Baghdad, which followed an Arctic Council meeting in Finland, took on an air...
  • Pompeo scraps Merkel talks due to 'global security issues'

    05/07/2019 7:50:02 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 21 replies
    The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has abruptly cancelled a long-established plan to hold talks with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin, citing unspecified “international security issues”.
  • Pompeo abruptly cancels trip to Germany

    05/07/2019 7:46:57 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 96 replies
    CNN ^ | May 7 | Devan Cole and Nicole Gaouette
    Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly canceled a scheduled trip to Germany, where he was planning to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel "due to pressing issues," the State Department said early Tuesday. No specific reason was given for the cancellation. The press pool traveling with Pompeo has not been told where they are going next, and have been warned they may not be able to report from the country they are going to until after their departure.
  • US Boosts Oil Imports from Iraq, Nigeria, Brazil, Angola

    05/07/2019 5:42:29 AM PDT · by Dacula · 17 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | May 07, 2019 | Julianne Geiger
    US refineries have upped their imports of Iraqi, Nigerian, Brazilian, and Angolan crude oil, with May volumes double that of April levels, data from Refinitiv Eikon showed on Monday. Oil imports from these countries to the United States spiked as oil supply from Iran and Venezuela dried up, and as reduced OPEC production made scarce heavy sour and even medium sour grades. Of note, Iraqi oil rose to 600,000 barrels per day in May, just in time for summer driving season to come, Refnitiv data showed.
  • Nicolas Maduro Kicks CNN Out Of Venezuela, Accuses It Of Spreading Fake News

    02/13/2017 9:58:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/13/2017
    While tensions between President Trump and CNN dying down, a new scandal has erupted for the cable news network after Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday he wanted CNN out of the country, accusing it of spreading fake news, misrepresenting the truth and meddling in issues that are not of its concern."CNN, do not get into the affairs of Venezuelans. I want CNN well away from here. Outside of Venezuela. Do not put your nose in Venezuela," said Maduro during a political statement. Quoted by Fox News, Maduro made the comment after blaming the U.S. network of distorting...
  • New Book Demolishes Arab Armies of Sand

    04/14/2019 11:37:31 PM PDT · by robowombat · 33 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | APR 13, 2019 8:00 AM | ANDREW HARROD
    New Book Demolishes Arab Armies of Sand “Arab armed forces consistently underperformed, and underperformed in the same ways time and again, regardless of who they fought or where, the state of their politics, or the relative state of economic development between them and their foe.” So concludes scholar Kenneth M. Pollack in his magisterial book on the cultural roots of disastrous post-1945 Arab military performance, Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness. Pollack presents an encyclopedic, withering critique of Arab militaries across decades in numerous varied conflicts, to substantiate the conclusion that: Arab militaries were...
  • Top Abraaj executives arrested on U.S. fraud charges

    04/11/2019 9:25:54 PM PDT · by csvset · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12 April 2019 | Brendan Pierson
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The chief executive and a managing partner of the collapsed Dubai private equity firm Abraaj Capital Ltd were arrested on U.S. charges that they defrauded their investors, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a federal prosecutor said on Thursday. Abraaj founder and Chief Executive Arif Naqvi was arrested in the United Kingdom last Friday, while managing partner Mustafa Abdel-Wadood was arrested at a New York hotel on Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Griswold said at a hearing in Manhattan federal court. Abdel-Wadood appeared at the hearing and pleaded not guilty to securities fraud, wire fraud...