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Post #701 by shredz » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:27 pm

With Hodeidah in Yemen under assault, Iran could look to its proxies for pay back. Thing is, they can't hide behind them. They'll still get the blame even if it was Ronald McDonald who dun it.

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Post #702 by shredz » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:36 am

Ground troops - which include United Arab Emirates forces, Sudanese and Yemenis from various factions - have surrounded the main airport compound but have not seized it, a source in the coalition-allied Yemeni military and residents said.


The alliance, led in the Hodeidah assault by the United Arab Emirates, is attempting to capture the airport in the well-defended city and push the Houthis out of their sole Red Sea port, in the biggest battle of the war.


This is all intertwined.

President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal and his embrace of nuclear state North Korea have added to Iran’s isolation and put pressure on the Islamic Republic to preserve its interests in Yemen and other Arab states.


France on the ground in Yemen:

French special forces are on the ground in Yemen with the UAE forces, the French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing two military sources.


Arab alliance close to capturing Hodeidah airport, Yemen military says
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yeme ... JC04L?il=0
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Post #703 by Dog » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:46 am

There’s a good piece in the New Yorker this week detailing the history of the raprochement between Israel and gulf states. Speculating there’s a « put the screws to Iran and get Israeli recognition from gulf states » deal floating and Trump jumping into this wholeheartedly, under direction of Kushner.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018 ... AxMzcxMAS2
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Post #704 by shredz » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:11 am

When Netanyahu visited the Kushners at their home in New Jersey, he sometimes stayed overnight and slept in Jared’s bedroom, while Jared was relegated to the basement.


I guess Bibi owes Kush one now.

Tis going to get ugly over there.
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Post #705 by AD » Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:39 pm

Iran is the last fucking voice of reason in the area.

Jesus christ.
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Post #706 by shredz » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:26 pm

That's why they are being ganged up on. Their military is no real threat to anybody and if you fight their proxies then you might as well just nuke the whole region because the Shias will band together against a Wahhab-Zionist-Crusader alliance and there is too much at stake right now for Russia to just "look the other way" - even if they did not directly get involved, they would pour weapons and jets in the fight.
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Post #707 by shredz » Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:59 am

Basra was once a jewel of a city. Now it's a symbol what's wrong in Iraq
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Post #708 by shredz » Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:10 am

Susf wrote: Its interesting that many of the hardline Shia militias beholden to Iran are actually calling for some American troops to stay in Iraq. A move I suspect to make them look more moderate. There is no way around Iraq needing US's help.


Iraqi militias, US make nice following elections

Many Shiite armed factions in Iraq haven't been threatening the United States of late, especially since they fared so well in the May 12 elections, receiving the second-most number of parliament seats. The shift indicates a possible rapprochement between the two sides, albeit undeclared.

Some militias of the Iran-backed, mostly Shiite, Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in Iraq seem to be working to end the hostility toward Washington. Some indication of this was seen during the recent International Quds Day protests, which were organized by armed Shiite factions close to Iran in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The rallies were held June 8, marking the last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan, to show support for the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation. The Quds Day protests are an annual tradition that started in 1979 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late leader of the Islamic Revolution.

It has been the custom for protesters every year on Quds Day — and other occasions — to trample and burn the Israeli and American flags. This year, however, no American flags were destroyed or burned, and the protests did not include any slogans or threats against the United States.

On June 4, the Fatah Alliance invited several foreign ambassadors for iftar, the nightly fast-breaking meal during Ramadan. Photos from inside the alliance headquarters showed a meeting between alliance leader Hadi al-Amiri and US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman. Other ambassadors also were present.

It seems Amiri and some other PMU leaders are serious about rapprochement with the United States. This, however, has earned Amiri some criticism. Aws al-Khafaji, the head of the Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas Brigades, made scathing comments against Amiri, saying, “Protesting [against the US Embassy move to] Jerusalem does not go hand in hand with a meeting with the American ambassador.”

Karim al-Nouri, a close Amiri associate, hinted that the PMU's influential Badr Organization hasn't ruled out any rapprochement or dialogue with the United States.

“There is no conflict between the PMU or any foreign state. The Jerusalem [Quds] Day is a public celebration, where people are free to express themselves the way they want to,” Nouri told Al-Monitor. “Not destroying the American flag doesn't suggest good relations. Burning flags during protests doesn't mean that [Iraq] is on the outs with [the United States]. We only have reservations about Israel.”

On the same day Silliman visited Amiri, he also met with the leader of the State of Law Coalition, Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki, who more than once has attacked the United States. Maliki is a PMU leader and claims to be its founder.

Silliman’s keenness to meet two PMU “leaders” in a single day is further evidence that the United States has been looking at some PMU principals as possible partners.

The United States doesn't deal with the PMU as a whole institution, but rather with each faction separately. The United States is closest to Amiri, who in addition to leading the Fatah Alliance also heads the Badr Organization. “Amiri has been in contact with the United States via ongoing meetings in Baghdad,” said Rahman Aljebouri, a senior researcher at the National Endowment for Democracy.

“Both the United States and the factions that seek rapprochement will benefit from such a step. Washington, however, views the factions that have joined the political process and have a long political history to be the closest to it,” Aljebouri told Al-Monitor.

"The relations between the Badr Organization and the Americans have evolved through the ministries of Transport and Interior, which were [part of] Amiri’s party," he added.

Aljebouri’s suggestion that the United States deals with PMU factions separately is backed up by the US Congress’ stance on the League of the Righteous (Asaib Ahl al-Haq). Though Asaib Ahl al-Haq is part of the PMU, the United States has talked about placing Asaib Ahl al-Haq on its terrorism list.

The Fatah Alliance issued a calm and unprovocative statement June 2 calling on Washington to “reconsider the political map that will give it an appropriate opportunity to establish balanced relations with Iraq.”

Yehya al-Kubaisi, an adviser to the Iraqi Center for Strategic Studies, told Al-Monitor, “The United States cannot deal with the PMU as a single unit. They [Americans] have always distinguished between what they call good and bad militias. The Badr Organization is under the good category, while the League of the Righteous and Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba are categorized as bad. As for Iran, it believes that dealing with the former group of factions better serves its interests.”

He added, “The meeting between the US ambassador and Amiri happened at the same time the United States said it would classify the League of the Righteous and Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba as terrorist organizations. This means that Iran and the United States are sending each other messages, using the PMU as a tool to do so.”

As things stand, rapprochement between some PMU leaders and the United States stands to benefit both parties. The United States needs to neutralize Iran's role in these factions. The PMU, meanwhile, seeks to get rid of elements that might cause it to be categorized as a terrorist group or of having committed human rights violations.



http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/origina ... z5Il5XJKPy


The total opposite is happening with the militias in Syria.
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Post #709 by shredz » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:24 pm

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Post #715 by AD » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:58 am

That makes no sense. I'm calling fake news.
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Post #716 by Dog » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:36 am

AD wrote:That makes no sense. I'm calling fake news.


We must make Iran get rid of its weapons of mass destruction, nanners.
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Post #717 by shredz » Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:10 am

AD wrote:That makes no sense. I'm calling fake news.



It doesn't anymore and the only time it made slight sense was when ISIS first emerged they were going after the Hazara Shia's even worse then the Taliban normally would. That led to them asking The Taliban for protection. Its probably bullshit. They say The Russians are training Taliban Special Forces too. Are some cells bought out or given weapons? Sure but these recent claims are pretty hefty.
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Post #720 by shredz » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:34 pm

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Post #721 by shredz » Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:33 am

This is why ISIS/AQ and the same ideological ilk are never truly defeated. This guy is the son of a Police Chief in Boston!

Massachusetts Man Inspired by ISIS Sentenced for Plotting to Engage in Terrorist Activity
Alexander Ciccolo, aka Ali Al Amriki, 26, of, Adams, Massachusetts, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni in Springfield, Massachusetts to 20 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release in connection with a plot to engage in terrorist activity inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization. In May 2018, Ciccolo pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, one count of attempting to use weapons of mass destruction, one count of being a convicted person in possession of firearms, and one count of assaulting a nurse during a jail intake process by use of a deadly weapon causing bodily injury. Ciccolo has been detained since his arrest in July 2015.

The sentencing was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, and Special Agent in Charge Harold H. Shaw of the FBI’s Boston Field Office.

“The National Security Division will not tolerate threats to our country and its people,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “Not only did Ciccolo admit to supporting ISIS — a well-known terrorist group — but he also collected weapons and explosives in order to further their goal of murdering innocent Americans. This sentence holds him accountable for breaking our laws and putting American lives at risk.”

“Alexander Ciccolo planned to kill innocent civilians in the United States on ISIS’s behalf,” said U.S. Attorney Lelling. “Even though he was born and spent most of his life in Massachusetts, Ciccolo decided to turn against his country and plotted to attack his fellow Americans. Thanks to the tireless investigation and swift response of our law enforcement partners, Ciccolo was unable to carry out his violent plan. The sentence handed down today reflects our commitment to bringing all those whose allegiance lies with terrorists to justice.”

“Make no mistake, Alexander Ciccolo was a committed soldier of ISIS who wanted to kill innocent people at a United States university with assault rifles and pressure cooker bombs, not an unwitting dupe who didn’t understand the gravity of what he was doing,” said Special Agent in Charge Shaw. “He repeatedly expressed his desire to engage in acts of violent jihad against our country, and with this sentencing, he will now pay the price for conspiring with a foreign terrorist organization. I commend the hard work and collaboration of all involved, specifically the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force who successfully thwarted Ciccolo’s terroristic plot before any lives were lost. We all play a role in safeguarding our country, and this case not only highlights the importance of continued vigilance, but the significance that family, friends, or by-standers can play in reporting threats or suspicious activities.”

On July 4, 2015, Ciccolo received four firearms that he ordered from an individual, who was cooperating with law enforcement, and who had been communicating with Ciccolo about his plans to engage in a terrorist act. Ciccolo was arrested immediately after receiving the firearms, which included a Colt AR-15 .223 caliber rifle, a SigArms Model SG550-1 556 rifle, a Glock 17-9 mm pistol, and a Glock 20-10 mm pistol. Ciccolo had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by more than a year in jail and therefore was prohibited from possessing firearms.

Ciccolo had spoken with a cooperating witness in recorded conversations about his plans to commit acts of terrorism inspired by ISIS, including setting off improvised explosive devices, such as pressure cookers filled with black powder, nails, ball bearings and glass, in places where large numbers of people congregate, like college cafeterias. Prior to his arrest, agents had observed Ciccolo purchase a pressure cooker similar to the one used in the Boston Marathon bombings.

After his arrest, law enforcement recovered several partially constructed “Molotov cocktails” during a search of Ciccolo’s apartment. These incendiary devices contained what appeared to be shredded Styrofoam soaking in motor oil. Ciccolo had previously stated that this mixture would cause the fire from the exploded devices to stick to people’s skin and make it harder to put the fire out.

While Ciccolo was being processed after his arrest at the Franklin County Correctional Center, Ciccolo attacked and stabbed a nurse with a pen nearly a dozen times leaving a bloody gash on the top of the nurse’s head.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and a coalition of other Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Deepika Bains Shukla and Kevin O’Regan of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office and Trial Attorney Andrew Sigler of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section prosecuted this case.


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Post #722 by shredz » Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:12 pm

flâ·neur wrote:I would not be surprised if we saw a Shia-Shia civil conflict between Sadr and Abadi and Ameri, Mohandes backed by IRGC. Its interesting that many of the hardline Shia militias beholden to Iran are actually calling for some American troops to stay in Iraq. A move I suspect to make them look more moderate. There is no way around Iraq needing US's help. If a big enough wedge is driven between them and the PMU lose power, it could get ugly down the road. Iran would be stupid to start another conflict on their border.



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Nationalist Iraqi's should keep it up. Kick out the twelvers of velayat fiqh

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