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  • CIA China Ops Wiped Out By 'Botched' Spy Contact System

    08/18/2018 5:10:30 PM PDT · by · 29 replies
    Conservative Daily Post ^ | 18 Aug 2018 | Mark Megahan
    CIA China Ops Wiped Out By 'Botched; Spy Contact System: Investigation results show indicted spy Jerry Chun Shing Lee was not the CIA's only security breach. Sloppy coding led to a back door hole in the messaging system, used by the Chinese to 'wipe out' our entire spy network. Suddenly, in late 2010, undercover agents in China were being rounded up and hauled off for interrogation. Under Barack Obama's administration, the Central Intelligence Agency suffered what intelligence officers are calling one of the worst disasters in decades. Suddenly, in late 2010, undercover agents in China were being rounded up and...

    02/05/2019 7:18:53 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 25 replies
    JPost ^ | 2/5/19 | Reuters
    The last contact Grigoriy Gancherov and his wife had with their son, a Russian private military contractor fighting in Syria, was on Feb. 4 last year. The father subsequently learned from a friend and fellow fighter of Sergei's that the 25-year-old had died several days later in a major battle against U.S.-led forces in the Deir al-Zor region. It was not until mid-April that he received formal notification of his son's death and the body was returned, accompanied by a death certificate stating he died on March 7 on the other side of Syria. Gancherov's account is one of half...
  • ‘Resistance axis’ of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah ‘planning for war with Israel’

    01/28/2019 1:01:02 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    express UK ^ | 1/26/19 | Ciaran McGrath
    FULL TITLE: World War 3: ‘Resistance axis’ of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah ‘planning for war with Israel’ HEZBOLLAH has warned it could team up with Iran and Syria to bomb Israel, and is already planning for “the next war”, the Lebanese group’s leader has said, ramping up tensions in the region still further. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Hezbollah made his comments as he responded for the first time to Israel's discovery of tunnels dug into Israeli territory from Lebanon by claiming his organisation had "for years" been able to enter Israel. Israel's unveiling of what it called Hezbollah "attack tunnels"...
  • Foreign troops to quit Afghanistan in 18 months under draft deal: Taliban sources

    01/26/2019 10:42:14 PM PST · by blueplum · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 Jan 2019 | Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Jibran Ahmad, Rupam Jain
    KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Taliban officials said U.S. negotiators on Saturday agreed on a draft peace pact setting out the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan within 18 months, potentially ending the United States’ longest war. The details of the draft were given to Reuters by Taliban sources …{snip} U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday wrote on Twitter that he had received “encouraging news” from Khalilzad about the talks. “The U.S. is serious about pursuing peace, preventing #Afghanistan from continuing to be a space for international terrorism & bringing forces home,” Pompeo tweeted. He did not give a...
  • Morocco foreign minister backs dialogue on Syria's return to Arab league

    01/23/2019 8:59:49 PM PST · by blueplum · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 23 Jan 2019 | Hesham Hajali, Ahmed Eljechtimi
    RABAT (Reuters) - Morocco softened its rhetoric on Syria on Wednesday, with its foreign minister signaling support for calls among some Arab states for a return of Damascus to the Arab League. {snip} ...Arab states, including some that once backed rebels against President Bashar al-Assad, are seeking to reconcile with him after decisive gains by his forces in the war, aiming to expand their clout in Syria at the expense of non-Arab Turkey and Iran. The Moroccan position on Syria comes after Lebanon’s caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil called last Friday for reinstating Syria ...
  • World War 3: 'Rapid military escalation' occurring between Iran and Israel

    01/23/2019 2:44:49 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 113 replies
    Express UK ^ | 1/23/19 | Charlotte Davis
    World War 3 fears were sparked this week after Israel hit the Syrian capital of Damascus early on Monday as part of its increasingly open assault on Iran's presence there. In response, Iran issued a chilling message to arch-enemy Israel – warning it is “impatient” and ready to confront and destroy the nation in a statement issued just hours after Israel launched the air raids in Syria. The former Pentagon official Michael Maloof has warned the situation between the two states is getting “quickly out of hand” due to the “intensified Israeli attacks”. Mr Maloof told RT America: “You have...
  • CNN Decries U.S. Troops in Iraq Who Had Their MAGA Hats Signed by Trump

    12/27/2018 2:17:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | , December | Nicholas Fondacaro
    During President Trump’s surprise visit to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq to celebrate Christmas with the U.S. troops there, he rubbed shoulders with America’s finest as he took selfies and signed autographs for them. Some of those autographs were signed on the iconic “Make America Great Again” hats that some soldiers reportedly brought to him. For any other president it would be treated a fun and warm moment, but not for this one and not if CNN had anything to say about it. During Wednesday’s edition of The Situation Room, fill-in host and chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, seemingly...
  • CNN Still Bashing Trump for Iraq Visit, Not Meeting PM; Only Footnotes Obama Similarities

    12/27/2018 1:53:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | , December m | Curtis Kalin
    Along with Jim AcostaÂ’s near-daily antics, Wednesday and Thursday served as another example of how far too many at CNN need to be told to get a life. ThursdayÂ’s Inside Politics led off with more kvetching about every aspect of President Donald TrumpÂ’s surprise visit to U.S. troops in Germany and Iraq, including how he didnÂ’t meet with the Iraqi Prime Minister. Conveniently, the panel downplayed the broader and positive symbolism of having a President visit troops and footnoted the similarities between Trump and predecessor Barack Obama in not meeting face-to-face with Iraqi leaders. CNN Still Bashing Trump for Iraq...
  • James Mattis to depart Pentagon by January 1; [Title shortened for length]

    12/23/2018 9:03:36 AM PST · by gwjack · 91 replies ^ | December 23, 2018 | Javier E. David
    President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that Defense Secretary James Mattis will depart the Pentagon by January 1, a date earlier than anticipated, and will appoint Patrick Shanahan as acting Secretary. The president’s announcement, made via Twitter, comes days after Mattis stunned Washington by announcing his resignation, prompted by what the former marine said were policy differences with Trump. Shanahan is the Pentagon’s number 2 official.
  • Top Navy admiral was found dead in 'apparent suicide'

    12/01/2018 5:49:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 1, 2018 | Aris Folley
    © US Navy Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, the Navy’s top officer overseeing forces in the Middle East, died Saturday in what defense officials now call an “apparent suicide," CBS News reports . Stearney, who was the commander of the military branch’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, was found dead in his residence, the Navy confirmed earlier on Saturday. Paul Schlise, the deputy commander of Fifth Fleet, will assume command in his place. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating Stearney's death in addition to the Bahraini Ministry of Interior. However, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said in a...
  • Cosmic Airburst May Have Wiped Out Part of the Middle East 3,700 Years Ago

    11/29/2018 3:27:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    The airburst "in an instant, devastated approximately 500 km2 [about 200 square miles] immediately north of the Dead Sea, not only wiping out 100 percent of the [cities] and towns, but also stripping agricultural soils from once-fertile fields and covering the eastern Middle Ghor with a super-heated brine of Dead Sea anhydride salts pushed over the landscape by the event's frontal shock waves," the researchers wrote in the abstract for a paper that was presented at the American Schools of Oriental Research annual meeting held in Denver Nov. 14 to 17. Anhydride salts are a mix of salt and sulfates....
  • Bennett: Netanyahu Didn't Object to Naming Me Defense Chief, but Israel Must Hold Early Elections

    11/17/2018 6:45:45 PM PST · by Nextrush · 23 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 11/17/2018 | Haaretz/Chaim Levinson
    Netanyahu says he'll meet with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon on Sunday in final bid to avoid early elections. Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Saturday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not object to his appointment as defense minister during their meeting Friday following the resignation of Avigdor Lieberman. Bennett added, however, that Israel should hold early elections because the coalition holds a razor-thin majority of 61 Knesset seats, saying "there is no right-wing government today"...….
  • Israel Breaking: IDF Reinforces Gaza Border, Massive Rocket Barrage Follows 'Botched' Operation...

    11/13/2018 2:27:13 AM PST · by Nextrush · 29 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/13/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    It seemed like things were going to quiet down in Gaza last week with the delivery of 15 million dollars in cash from Qatar in multiple suitcases. The "payoff" money was designed to pacify Gaza and help calm things down between Israel and the militant group Hamas which has maintained steady pressure on Israel with everything from occasional rocket barrages to constant incendiary kites to mass protests at the border fences forcing Israeli snipers to open fire. But suddenly on Sunday night all hell broke loose. IDF soliders were operating inside Gaza using civilian vehicles backed by air support, tanks...
  • ‘Poor Refugees’ Are Told They’ll Have To WORK If They Stay Here – Now They Want To Leave

    11/12/2018 12:16:50 PM PST · by deandg99 · 13 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 11/12/2018 | Wes Walker
    They clearly thought the American Dream meant something else. When they heard that there would be a work requirement for living in the Free World, they suddenly had somewhere else they needed to be. Remember that deal Obama signed to take in some of Australia’s Least Wanted? Twelve hundred some-odd single, adult male ‘refugees’, many with mental health issues? ‘Refugees’ from the Middle East?
  • Jamal Khashoggi Murder: Turks Issue Official Statement Saying He Was Strangled First

    11/01/2018 3:55:14 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 16 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/01/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "In accordance with plans made in advance, the victim. Jamal Khashoggi, was choked to death immediately after entering the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia." Official Turkish Statement On Jamal Khahoggi Murder 10/31/2018 After saying that meetings with a Saudi prosecutor produced "no concrete results", a Turkish prosecutor has gone public with his version of what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd. The version of events released by Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor Irfan Fidan is that Khashoggi was murdered by strangulation right after he went into the consulate with his...
  • TV News Buries Trump's Defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria

    10/23/2018 2:14:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | October 23, 2018 | Bill D'Agostino
    One of the Trump Administration's major accomplishments since taking office has been the virtual destruction of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, including the capture of the terror group's capital city of Raqqa in Syria. Under Trump, U.S.-backed coalition forces have regained nearly all of the territory that the self-ordained caliphate occupied in 2015. Yet on network evening broadcasts, the President and his administration have received virtually no credit for this achievement. Since Inauguration Day (January 20, 2017), the three broadcast network evening newscasts have spent more than 10,000 minutes on the Trump presidency, and only 33 minutes (0.33%)...
  • Today in US military history: 1983 Beirut Barracks Bombing kills 241

    10/23/2018 8:05:00 AM PDT · by fugazi · 21 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 23, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Lance Cpl. Stephen E. Spencer, 23, or Portsmouth, R.I., who was one of 241 Marines, sailors, and soldiers killed in the Beirut Barracks Bombing (see below). A majority of the casualties from the terrorist attack were members of 1st Battalion, 8th Marines. 1864: In Westport, Mo. (present-day Kansas City), Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis' 22,000-man Army of the Border defeats a heavily outnumbered Confederate force commanded by Maj. Gen. Sterling Price in the largest battle fought west of the Mississippi River. The Union brings an end to Price's Missouri Expedition with his defeat in...
  • The Media’s Saudi Hypocrisy Problem

    10/20/2018 2:20:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 20, 2018 | Jeffrey Lord
    >So in all the justifiable uproar over the apparent murder —  gruesome murder at that —  of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, over at Fox Howard Kurtz of Media Buzz has opened a window on an amazing liberal media/liberal Hollywood double-standard.  Kurtz’s headline: “A Reckoning for Those Who Take Dirty Saudi Oil Money.”    The liberal media is trashing President Trump for his insistence on getting the facts before taking action against Saudi Arabia. Not unlike the attacks on Bret Kavanaugh, there is an insistence in the liberal media (and elsewhere) to punish Saudi Arabia before there is an investigation...
  • FBI agent charged with leaking classified documents to media

    03/28/2018 5:00:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | Victor Morton
    The Justice Department has filed charges against a former FBI agent accusing him of leaking classified documents to a news outlet. Terry Albury, whom Minnesota Public Radioreported worked on counterterrorism matters at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, stands accused of two counts — “knowingly and willfully” transmitting national defense information to The Intercept, and refusing to hand over a document related to terrorism recruitment. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, officials filed a two-page felony information document, which the paper described as “a charging document that typically signals an imminent guilty plea.” The documents Mr. Albury is accused of giving to the...
  • Palestine, the occupation and the resistance for beginners [Khashoggi hates Jews]

    10/18/2018 11:56:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | 7/20/2014 | Jamal Khashoggi, non-citizen of the USA, columnist for the Washington comPost
    ....Israel does not need the love of the Arabs nor does it need to convince them of its right to exist in their midst. It knows that its existence is outside the context of history and logic and that it came into being by force, it will live by force and it will die by force. Consequently, it will have to live with its finger on the trigger... ....this doctrine is still alive. It is exactly what the current Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is implementing so faithfully in Gaza today, in the footsteps of his predecessors. In brief, and...