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  • New Statements From Kurdish Groups In Iran As US Forms Iran Action Group

    08/18/2018 3:31:00 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 5 replies ^ | 8/18/18 | Seth Frantzman
    Kurdish groups who oppose the Iranian regime have recently been involved in a number of clashes with the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). This uptick in political activity and also armed conflict in western Iran, has led to a variety of statements. We have collected them in one place, two of them are exclusive to The Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis. Mustafa Hijri Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan On August 15 Mustafa Hijri, the General Secretary of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), gave an interview that appeared on Kurdistan 24. We received a version of...
  • DC mayor taunts Trump after cancellation of military parade

    08/17/2018 11:36:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 17, 2018 | Veronica Stracqualursi and Abby Phillip
    President Donald Trump sought to cast blame Friday for the cancellation of his planned military parade on Washington city council officials, saying they had inflated the cost. Soon after the President tweeted, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser claimed she "got thru" to Trump about costs for the parade, which at one point was calculated to run about $12 million but more recent estimates said could run as high as $92 million by the time Trump canceled the event. "The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for...
  • VA: Black Man with a Gun Saves White Woman during Pit Bull Attack

    08/17/2018 5:16:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 43 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 August, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 6 August, 2018, Monday afternoon in Suffolk, VA. , a pit bull escaped from its owner. Michaela Clark and Jarret Young, neighbors, attempted to put the dog in a choker collar. The dog attacked Clark, a 20 year old mother.  Young owns a Ruger .45, probably a P345, from the photograph. From Young, an Army veteran, says he couldn't shoot the dog at first because it was too close to Clark. When she moved her body, he says he found an open shot. "I took the shot. The dog stopped biting. It froze and fell over," said...
  • S.Korea, U.S. Discuss Return of Mislabeled War Dead

    08/16/2018 8:37:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | August 16, 2018 | Yu Yong-weon
    The remains of some purported American soldiers who died in the Korean War and were returned to the U.S. by North Korea in the 1990s were in fact South Koreans. The Defense Ministry said Wednesday that U.S. and South Korean officials are currently discussing their return home. "We were recently informed by the U.S. that it is holding the remains of 35 South Korean soldiers and we are discussing their return," a ministry official said. The remains were among 400 sets of bones that North Korea sent to the U.S. in the 1990s. But about 180 of them were identified...
  • South Korean military to free soldiers of cleaning work

    08/16/2018 8:23:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    United Press International ^ | August 16, 2018 | Wooyoung Lee
    South Korean troops will be free of cleaning and maintenance work, such as getting rid of overgrown grass and removing snow, as the defense ministry announced Thursday it will outsource the work to private contractors. The ministry said it will start having contractors take care of weeding and cleaning at major units in the tense border areas next year and expand it to rearguard and supporting units from 2021. In addition to tough drills and training, South Korean soldiers are assigned to do weeding and remove snow at their units and surrounding areas. The ministry said the work often causes...
  • Statement From Iranian Resistance: Mullahs Give-away the Caspian Sea In Attempt to Preserve Regime

    08/16/2018 8:10:21 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 13 replies ^ | 8/16/18 | L Todd Wood
    ran, Aug. 14, 2018 – In yet another attempt to preserve the faltering clerical regime, Hassan Rouhani, acting on orders from the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, signed the Caspian Sea Treaty, which is against the Iranian nation’s interests. Undermining the Iranian nation’s national interests, including one trillion dollars in damages from the unpatriotic war with Iraq, the destruction of the environment, the drying up of the nation’s water reserves, the plunder of the Iranian people’s wealth and its squander on exporting terrorism, warmongering, and nuclear and missile programs, are all familiar devices of the mullahs’ regime, which has declared safeguarding...
  • Turkey Hasn’t Been A U.S. Ally For Some Time

    08/16/2018 6:55:41 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 24 replies ^ | 8/16/18 | L Todd Wood
    There is something incompatible when it comes to Western values and an Islamic theocracy; that should be obvious but unfortunately it is not to many. Sharia law, which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to ultimately install in Turkey, doesn’t jive with the rule of law, free markets, capitalism, and individual rights. I have watched with fascination the decline and fall of the legacy of Kemal Ataturk within the Turkish political system. Most millennials, not being really taught history in college, in deference to social justice education, for sure have never heard of Kemal Ataturk. Simply put, after the fall of...
  • Robins Air Force Base will fill 1,200 new jobs by the end of 2019. Here’s how to apply (Georgia)

    08/16/2018 1:47:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Macon Telegraph ^ | August 15, 2018 | Linda S. Morris
    The largest employer in Middle Georgia is getting even bigger. Robins Air Force Base announced plans Wednesday to hire 1,200 people at its Air Logistics Complex by the end of 2019. The new jobs were created because of new work that’s come to the base during the past year, Brig. Gen. John Kubinec, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex commander, said in a news conference held on the base’s flight line. “Just over a year ago they rolled out the very first Global Hawk we did here,” he said. “We have inducted our very first J-STARS aircraft for (programmed depot maintenance)....
  • Spetnaz's Underwater Guns

    08/16/2018 5:17:09 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/16/2018 | A Young
    International warfare has created some of the most profound advances in technology and concepts, and the underwater arena is no exception. APS Underwater Rifle The APS or Avtomat Podvodnyj Spetsialnyj Underwater Rifle was developed during the early 1970s by the Soviet Central Institute for Precision Machine Building (TsNIITochMash plant). The inspiration for this was that Russian combat divers only had knives and the SPP-1 underwater pistol as their sole means of weaponry. The APS was meant to provide considerably more firepower to their combat divers. The APS, initially only used by the Russian armed forces, has been available on the...
  • Why did we name a bill after John McCain?

    08/15/2018 4:50:47 PM PDT · by upchuck · 20 replies
    Don Surber ^ | Tues, Aug 14, 2018 | Don Surber
    President Trump visited Fort Drum, New York, on Monday to sign the annual defense budget into law. CNN was appalled, writing, "The defense authorization bill is named after John McCain — but Trump didn't mention him." This begs the question: Why did we name an annual spending bill after a sitting senator? As a tribute? And if President Trump not mentioning McCain by name is an insult, what does that say about the 10 senators who voted against the bill? Do they hate a man who is battling cancer so much that they refused to support this tribute? Let me...
  • August 15: This day in military history

    08/15/2018 8:59:51 AM PDT · by fugazi · 6 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Aug. 15, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1934: The Marines depart Haiti, ending the United States' 19-year occupation of the Caribbean island. 1942: U.S. Navy destroyers finally manage to deliver the first load of supplies to Marines on Guadalcanal, who have been coping with limited rations and ammunition since landing nearly ten days ago. Also on this day, Maj. Gen. Matthew Ridgway's 82d "All-American" Infantry Division is redesignated as the 82d Airborne Division, becoming the first airborne division in American military history. The division's first combat jumps will take place in Sicily and Italy the following year. 1943: 35,000 American and Canadian troops conduct an amphibious landing...
  • Our National Security is Being Compromised

    08/14/2018 9:47:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/14/18 | James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)
    What the President must do on an expedited basis is cancel both the Port Canaveral and Wilmington deals. Prevent Gulftainer from conducting any further port activity in the U.S. Nearly two years after the election of Donald Trump as president, America is still suffering the consequences of the deterioration of our national security under former President Barack Obama. In a 10 August, 2018 article by Mary Fanning and Alan Jones, they have provided information on Obama’s billionaire Iraqi patron Nadhmi Shakir Auchi, who is now 80 and lives in London. Auchi is being sued for $4 billion for providing chemical...
  • The Nambu Pistol

    08/14/2018 4:44:34 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 30 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/14/2018 | E Sarkist
    The most dangerous pistol ever made. Back in World War Two Japananese forces used the Nambu Type 94 Pistol as their service pistol. The Nambu Type 94 Pistol was chambered for the weak 8mm Nambu cartridge. The magazine capacity was 6 rounds, a bottle-necked cartridge that only delivers about as much energy as 380. The pistols are locked by means of a short falling-block that is mechanically interesting. Sights are comically bad, but to be honest there isn't a whole bunch about this gun that isn't. Putting some lead downrange isn't bad, but the problem is you don't have to...
  • Trump Signed National Defense Authorization Act With A Lot Of Iran In it

    08/13/2018 6:06:41 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 7 replies ^ | 8/13/18 | Seth Frantzman
    The National Defense Authorization Act that US President Donald Trump signed today (August 13) at a signing ceremony at Fort Drum, NY includes almost 100 references to “Iran” in it. This illustrates the unprecedented tensions with Iran, but it also shows that Congress was diligent in weighing the current escalation with Tehran and the Iranian threat to the Middle East that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others have articulated. The NDAA is named the “John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act” this year and honors Senator McCain. Here are all the important passages in the bill that you need...
  • Korean War veteran's remains identified, escorted to hometown of Superior, WI

    08/13/2018 4:35:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KMSP-TV ^ | August 13, 2018
    SUPERIOR, Wisconsin (KMSP) - Chisago County Sheriff’s Deputies escorted the remains of a Korean War Veteran to his home in Superior, Wisconsin Sunday. Army Sgt. 1st Class Rufus L. Ketchum, 38, of Superior, will be buried Aug. 14. He was a medic and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for Valor and the Bronze Star. He was among 2,500 U.S. and 700 South Korean soldiers that deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea in November 1950. His team was attacked by Chinese forces there, of which 1,500 survived, but the rest were captured, killed or missing in enemy...
  • Alex Jones Is Right – China Is The Threat, And It May Be Too Late

    08/13/2018 9:38:59 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 15 replies ^ | 8/13/18 | L Todd Wood
    With the recent news about the monopoly of hi-tech companies in the United States de-platforming Alex Jones from their systems, in effect, attempting to limit the audience that see his material, it would be wise for Americans to look deeper at the agenda behind this move. I have come to believe the reasons for this action are much more sinister than ‘blocking hate speech’, which is a euphemism for censorship. Before you start screaming about Sandy Hook, let me first make clear that I lived in Newtown, CT during the shootings. I am not vouching for Alex Jones. I cannot...
  • Mapping Kurdish Groups In Iran Clashes With IRGC

    08/13/2018 7:29:28 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 5 replies ^ | 8/13/18 | Seth Frantzman
    Kurdish groups in Iran have been increasing their activities over the summer months of 2018. An uptick in clashes, particularly with the IRGC, has been documented from published reports by the Iranian regime as well as the groups. This includes the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) and Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK). On August 11 the IRGC claimed to have killed 11 “terrorists” or “militants” in Oshnavieh. In addition the PDKI claimed to have killed a dozen of the IRGC. And in Baneh a report indicated the PAK had clashed with Iranian regime forces,...
  • More Ugly Guns

    08/13/2018 5:13:37 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/13/2018 | J Hines
    Most guns were made to be a functional piece of firearms as a duty weapon or as part of the everyday carry. However, there are some handguns in the past that never really worked out. Yes, it goes bang but the cosmetic and its purpose was just horrible. Anyways, there’s probably over hundreds of firearms out there from various countries from the past that we haven’t seen yet, but here’s another of our ugly list of guns. The Deer Gun Another war time liberator pistol, this one may be the only 20th century handgun even more ridiculous-looking than the FP-45....
  • News Summary At This Hour

    08/12/2018 10:09:22 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 8/12/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    As the bombing and shelling campaign against jihadist opposition forces intensified in northern Syria, reports of civilian casualties are coming out of the area. The anti-Syria government Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that children were among 39 people killed.... Left-wing and anarchist protestors flooded the streets of Washington DC today to oppose a very small white nationalist protest.... The lead juror at the trial of an FBI agent accused of lying about two shots fired during a January 2016 operation that killed one Oregon Standoff protestor LaVoy Finicum and injured another Ryan Bundy says: "I feel its possible someone...
  • Flat Earthers Call Trump’s Space Force Idea ‘Impossible’ (QAnon mention)

    08/11/2018 2:17:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 10, 2018 | Kelly Weill
    The idea that the U.S. is going to expand its might beyond the globe is a problem for people who believe we live on a disc. President Donald Trump wants a Space Force to expand U.S. military power beyond the globe. That’s a problem for flat earthers who incorrectly believe the world is a flat disc floating through space. On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence announced plans to launch “Space Force,” a sixth branch of the U.S. military by 2020. The proposed branch would be reserved specifically for outer space operations. Military experts say the Air Force currently carries out...