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    • We complain that Mosques are the beachheads, as trojan horses offering the peace of Islam first and the muhammadans all come tumbling out. Often the imams are Useful Idiots who don’t know anything more than memorized; and shocked into keeping silent when weapons and bullets are stored.

      In the 1970’s the West had LGT groups in every workplace. My how they have grow into LGBTQ+M Political Correctness informants and enforcers.

      This moral vacuum Muhammad could himself step into and declare himself President of the Blind and Ruler of the Whole Human Race – for they would no longer be human, incapable of humanity to those outside the group.

  1. Saudi Mosque Bombing Targets Police, at Least 13 Dead

    A suicide bomber struck a mosque in Saudi Arabia used by Interior Ministry special forces in the southwestern city of Abha on Thursday, killing at least 13 people, the ministry said.

    The Interior Ministry’s statement said 10 of those killed were members of the security forces. The state-owned Al-Ekhbariya news channel earlier gave a higher death toll, reporting that 17 had been killed in the attack. It was not immediately clear why there was a discrepancy, but conflicting reports are common in the chaotic aftermath of bombings.

    Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki said nine other people were wounded in the attack, three of them seriously. He said initial findings point to the attack being carried out by a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest.

    A Saudi Interior Ministry official told the Associated Press that the bomb targeted police trainees as they were in the middle of prayer. The official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, could not immediately confirm if the mosque was inside an Interior Ministry compound.

    State media reported that the mosque belongs to an Interior Ministry emergency services post in Abha, which is the provincial capital of Asir.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But blame is likely to fall on the Islamic State group, whose local affiliate has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in recent months, including various deadly shootings and smaller attacks against police at checkpoints in the capital Riyadh.

    Thursday’s attack was the deadliest against Saudi security forces since IS attacks first appeared in the kingdom last year.

    A suicide bomber that struck a Shiite mosque in the eastern village of al-Qudeeh in May killed 22 people. That was the deadliest militant assault in the kingdom in more than a decade, and was followed a week later by another suicide bombing outside another eastern Shiite mosque that left four dead.

    In November, a gunman opened fire at a mosque in the eastern Saudi village of al-Ahsa, killing eight.

    Saudi authorities last month announced the arrest of more than 400 suspects in an anti-terrorism sweep. They said at the time that they had thwarted other IS attacks being plotted in the oil-rich kingdom, including a suicide bomb plot targeting a large mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia that can hold 3,000 worshippers, and attempts to attack other mosques, diplomatic missions and security bodies.

    Saudi Arabia is also leading a coalition targeting Iran-allied Shiite rebels in neighboring Yemen, not far from Abha. The rebels have carried out a number of cross-border attacks against military targets.

  2. The Triangular Relationship of Russia Iran and Turkey

    The recent agreement among world powers and Iran regarding the latter’s nuclear program has numerous ramifications. One of them is the domino effect it has on strategic natural gas issues between Russia and Turkey. The likely introduction of Iranian gas into the European Union via Turkey is also a crucial consideration.

    […]In a nutshell, the gas policies in the region between Central Europe, Black Sea, and the Middle East have become more complicated, and even exciting, with the Iranian breakthrough. Turkey will play a vital role as to which direction future pipelines will proceed.

    Iran is invited to use the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline and Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline

    Azerbaijan has invited Iran to use the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline for the export of oil and gas to European markets.
    This proposal was made by the Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry, Shahin Mustafayev at a meeting with the Iranian Minister of Petroleum. Bijan Namidar. The Minister also made a proposal to establish a joint plant for the production of modern equipment, used in the extraction of oil and gas. At the meeting, an agreement on the construction of the plant and the establishment of a working group for the future connection of Iran to the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline was reached.

    • With Nuclear Deal, India Looks to Iran for Natural Gas

      Technology and geopolitics are driving ambitious deep-sea projects to provide clean energy to parts of the world that desperately need it.

      Rapid advances in undersea technology, along with big geopolitical shifts, are opening up new fuel sources for energy-starved India. With the conclusion of an agreement between Iran and six major powers to limit Iran’s nuclear arms capacity, there’s new momentum for at least one major project that would link consumers in India to producers in the Middle East: the construction of an ultra-deepwater natural gas pipeline across the Arabian Sea, from Iran to India’s west coast.

      Known as the SAGE pipeline (for South Asia Gas Enterprises Ltd., the Indian company leading the project) or the Middle East to India Deepwater Pipeline (MEIDP), the trans-Arabian pipeline would be one of the longest and deepest oil or gas pipelines ever built, running for 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) at depths of more than two miles underwater. Projected to cost $4.5 billion, the new pipeline would bring 1.1 billion standard cubic feet of gas a day to India, roughly doubling the country’s gas imports and bringing much-needed energy to the country.

      Baku Keeps a Wary Eye on Tehran

      For Azerbaijan, Iran’s coming re-entry into the world community brings both opportunities and challenges.

      The agreement on allowing Iran to pursue peaceful uses of nuclear power under the watchful eye of world powers has been hailed as one of the biggest breakthroughs in the post–Cold War world. For Iran, the deal means a chance to reverse a decade of economic isolation, unfreeze billions of dollars in assets, and eventually reshape the political reality in the Middle East and beyond. For Azerbaijan, Iran’s near neighbor and competitor on world energy markets, Iran’s re-opening to the world raises many questions.

      Azerbaijan was quick to welcome the agreement on an official level. But a commentary by the Trend news agency, generally a reflector of official Baku, hints at a different assessment: It slates the United States and Western powers for acting naively and warns that Russia is likely to benefit most.

      • Iran can play role in European gas market no earlier than in 5 years

        Iran will play a role in the European gas market no earlier than in five years, Behrooz Abdolvand, research director at Berlin Centre for Caspian Region Studies told Trend.

        Iran will try to export more products of petrochemistry and not raw gas, according to the expert.
        Abdolvand said Iran is not a concurrence for Russia, just an additional player.

        “Russia is and will stay a provider for the European market,” he said.

        “As the production in Europe decreases, there are capacities being released, which allow Iran to start participating in this market. But not as a concurrence to Russia, just as an additional provider,” the expert added.

        The future market will get more liberal and Russia as well will diversify its export, according to Abdolvand.

        “I think, because the security situation in Turkey is getting worse, transporting oil and gas per pipeline on this route would be a bad choice,” he added.

        Iran will start liquefied natural gas (LNG) production, according to the expert.

        A number of illegal structures, as well as the ‘Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front’ (DHKP-C) terrorist organization have become active in Turkey in over the last month.

        Moreover, a number of energy infrastructures, including the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline running through Turkey’s Sirnak province and Iran-Turkey gas pipeline in the country’s Agri province were attacked.


        Gazprom and BASF sign MoI on Nord Stream II project

        Gazprom and BASF executives have signed a memorandum of intent (MoI) to construct the Nord Stream II gas pipeline.

        Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee Alexander Medvedev and Member of the BASF Board of Executive Directors Hans-Ulrich Engel recently signed the document in Berlin, signalling the parties’ intents to implement the Nord Stream II project.

        The project will involve constructing two strings of the gas pipeline that would connect the Russian and the German coasts under the Baltic Sea.

        The new gas pipeline capacity will total 55 Bcm a year.

        “With due account of the growing demand of the European Union, the expanding gas infrastructure directly connecting Russian gas fields to European markets will further boost the reliability of gas supplies in Europe,” said Mr Medvedev.

        In June this year, Gazprom, E.ON, Shell, and OMV signed the MoI stipulating the construction of two strings of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline with an aggregate annual capacity of 55 Bcm, to be laid from the Russian coast to the German coast via the Baltic Sea.

        Germany is Russia’s biggest gas consumer, and in 2014 Gazprom sold 40.3 Bcm in the German market.

      • It slates the United States and Western powers for acting naively and warns that Russia is likely to benefit most.

        Uncle Vlad is jumping for joy.

    • Hi Richard!
      I’m back-tracking: Trying to pick up on comments that comment on earlier comments. Then I’ll go back to the latest links and start again.
      does that make any sense at all?

      How do you keep up?

      • I live alone and take a nap when I feel tired, and get off the net for a while when the back hurts, being a fast reader helps.

          • I spend a lot of time on the computer and the only one who complains is the cat who crawls onto my lap and Ademands attention.

            When the weather and my fishing partners wife cooperate I spend less time on the computer and more on the lake bank. Also during deer season if the weather gives me a fighting chance on avoiding pneumonia I spend time on a deer stand.

            If this computer shoots c—s before the first when I can afford a new one I will miss a lot of info. Pray the back to school sale at walmart stays on until after the 1st

      • No we can’t, that is why so many people are worried about a civil war, many people realize the danger to the US that Obama represents and while we could have repaired the damage of one term of Obama the constitution and the rule of law may not be able to survive two terms of a dictator. While people say we can repeal Obamacare and reverse his executive orders there are major problems, his actions have damaged the private health care industry to the point were some form of socialized medicine is going to be necessary for years and will only be removed if we continue to fight to restore the private industry, this will take several decades.

        The damage to the educational system will take at least a decade and probably 2 or 3 to repair.

        While the damage to the US military and intelligence organizations can be repaired in 12 to 18 months this would require a major purge of both groups, a purge that the LSM would oppose with every breath, doing it slowly will take about a decade.

        The damage to the rule of law is the one that is going to be the hardest to reverse, I don’t see many politicians willing to arrest and prosecute Obama and most of his cabinet for their crimes, without that happening the preceden has been established that liberal (left wing) Democrat Presidents are above the law.

        The list is just on the internal damage he has done, now comes the external damage.

        He has stabbed all of our allies in the back, it will take decades of Patriotic Presidents who want to preserve western civilization to restore the trust our allies use to have in the US.

        His deliberate destruction of the US military (which continues as I set here writing) has paved the path to a major wat that will last at least one decade and probably much longer. This war will be complicated by the left working against us (although some big name leftists are starting to recognize the danger) and by the vast number of Moslems the western leaders have allowed to immigrate to the western nations. (if the number of immigrants had been limited we would be seeing a vast number of second and third generation kids leaving Islam to become western kids.

        If the intelligence pros that I have read are correct Iran already has nuclear weapons and are waiting for the end time prophecies to be fulfilled to the point that nukes are needed to carry out the last couple of prophecies before they let us know they have nukes. There will be a nuclear exchange between Iran and Pakistan and possible Israel and India hitting Iran with nuclear weapons. I don’t know if there have been nukes smuggled into the US or not but it would have been easy to do that.

        I do expect bio weapons to be used possibly by more then one nation.

        Having said that the big question is will the nation (the US) that comes out of that war be one that we want to live in or not? Will we be free or will we be a surveillance nation that is tightly controlled? What will Canada and Britain be like? What will Europe be like?

        I have seen this coming since the end of Gulf War I, welcome to my nightmare.

        • Herf says:
          “The Iran agreement has not materialized primarily because the Iranians are more clever negotiators than the E3/EU +3 or because President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are naïve. It has come to pass because Obama and others especially in Europe have willingly and deliberately created a diplomatic structure that restrains the use of American power by embedding it in a web of multilateral institutions and proliferating interests in other countries. Should this or a future President of the United States conclude that intensified economic sanctions or a military strike from the air are the only ways to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, he/she will have to do so in the face of a coalition pleading for inaction composed of both our adversaries and, most probably, our allies as well. It would be a coalition fostered by the very terms this agreement.”

          • Obama wanted this deal exactly the way it is, and in fact was essentially negotiating for the Iranian position, precisely because his foreign policy has been since day 1 of disengagement from the rest of the world and in particular the middle east, and the establishment of regional hegemons everywhere such as Russia and China and Iran to control affairs regionally. He doesn’t care one way or the other about Israel except that he wants to bring the US into the Islamic orbit which he made clear in his Cairo speech.

            • He has also made clear that he wants to make us into a Sharia compliant nation, he is working towards a world in which western civ doesn’t exist and all bow to Mecca.

  3. Here’s a 2010 essay you may find interesting:

    The Sources of Iranian Negotiating Behavior
    This analysis identifies patterns exhibited by the Iranian government and the Iranian people since ancient times. Most importantly, it identifies critical elements of Iranian culture that have been systematically ignored by policymakers for decades. It is a precise understanding of these cultural cues that should guide policy objectives toward the Iranian government.

    • Always talked about in a round-about way because we didn’t know anything about what’s now described as PTSD.
      There’ve been anecdotal reports, but this is the first I’ve seen that measures data. No lack of subjects for such research.

      • Did you notice how the comments jump directly to the plight of Afro-Americans, who may still be traumatized because their ancestors were slaves?
        “What about us? Who’s studying us?”

        And recently, “Why so much fuss over Cecil, the Murdered Lion? Black lives matter!”

    • She won;t be prosecuted, the Dems will protect her and the Republican leaders don’t have courage enough to fight to put her in the pen where she belongs.

    • DailyBeast is beastly.
      One skinny paragraph, then click to next page, repeat. My connection is slow, but even if it wasn’t I won’t eat that click-bait. A page of text – maybe even “see p.2” – that’s it.

  4. The X-37b’s big brother revealed: Boeing bags $6.6m contract to design reusable XS-1 robot spaceplane that will launch secret spy satellites and space weapons

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    It is about time, no we need a launch vehical for men.

  5. Truck bomb in central Kabul kills eight, wounds over 100

    A powerful truck bomb tore through the centre of the Afghan capital early on Friday morning, killing at least eight people and wounding over a hundred, police and health ministry officials said.

    “A truck bomb detonated close to an army compound,” Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said.

    At least eight bodies had been counted by the police, Rahimi said, while some 128 people had been wounded in the blast.

    Dozens were wounded by debris and glass shattering in the heavily populated area. Cars parked on roads in the vicinity of the blast were damaged for at least a hundred metres, a Reuters witness said.

    It was an unusually powerful blast in a city that is frequently targeted by the Taliban and other militants seeking to destabilise the Afghan government.

    The Afghan capital is heavily guarded by the Afghan army and police. While magnet bombs or suicide attacks have become a weekly occurrence, large truck bombs have rarely penetrated the city’s outskirts.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which sent shock waves across the centre of the capital, and ripped through homes and shops.

    A Western security source said the target was probably a compound used by Afghan intelligence officials in the area and that as many as 15 people had been killed in the blast.

    An official at the Emergency Hospital in Kabul said the facility had been flooded with patients, including many women and children.

    Most were arriving on foot, the official said, and were being treated for superficial wounds. He said doctors had already started operating on the more severe cases.

    The Afghan war between the foreign-backed government and the Taliban has intensified since the NATO combat mission ended last year and most foreign troops were withdrawn.

    Clashes are reported every day and civilians are frequently caught in crossfire.

    Almost 5,000 civilians have been wounded or killed in the first six months of 2015 as a result of the conflict, according to the United Nations.

    Injured Rushed to Kabul Hospitals After Deadly Truck Bombing

  6. CNN – Late ISIS leader’s wife transferred from U.S. to Iraqi custody

    Umm Sayyaf — the widow of an ISIS leader killed by U.S. Special Operations Forces — was transferred from U.S. custody to the Iraqi government, the Defense Department said Thursday.

    Sayyaf, also known as Nasrin As’ad Ibrahim, was married to Abu Sayyaf, a key ISIS commander. In May 2015, Abu Sayyaf — also known as Fathi Ben Awn Ben Jildi Murad al-Tunisi — was killed in a U.S. military raid in eastern Syria.

    Shorty thereafter, Umm Sayyaf was captured by U.S. forces and was held in Iraq. She’s suspected of being a member of ISIS.

    Sayyaf was transferred after the U.S. government determined such a move would “be appropriate with respect to legal, diplomatic, intelligence, security, and law enforcement considerations,” the Pentagon said in a statement. Officials said the transfer is consistent with U.S. policy.

    Umm Sayyaf is being held by the Iraqi Kurdistan regional government’s Interior Ministry, according to the U.S. military. Kurdistan is a semiautonomous region in northeastern Iraq that has its own fighters battling ISIS.

    Abu Sayyaf oversaw ISIS oil and gas operations, an integral source of the terror group’s revenue, National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said after Sayyaf’s death.

    The United States has been considering the possibility that wives of ISIS figures may play a significant role in the Sunni Islamist extremist group’s operations.

    Meehan said at the time that Umm Sayyaf “played an important role in ISIL’s terrorist activities.” ISIL is an acronym commonly used by U.S. authorities for ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic state.

    U.S. officials believe the couple possessed information about American and Western hostages in Syria.

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter said then that Abu Sayyaf’s death was a “significant blow” to ISIS.

  7. Warning! Warning! Traitors ahead!

    British anarchists are inciting Calais unrest, say French: Police union chief claims storming of tunnel was partly planned by left-wingers (dailymail, Aug 6, 2015)

    “British anarchists living in Calais are ‘manipulating’ migrants into using more aggressive tactics, French police claimed yesterday.

    The head of a major police union said he believed the storming of the Channel Tunnel on Sunday morning was partly organised by British Left-wingers.

    The incident, which was one of the most dramatic so far in Calais, involved migrants tearing down fences and chanting ‘Open the borders’ as police reinforcements sped towards the tracks to prevent people reaching the tunnel.

    Anti-terror police were also deployed. Other incidents have seen migrants cause chaos by lying down in the middle of roads to stop lorries passing.

    Gilles Debove, from the union Unité SGP-Police FO, said police in Calais believe anarchists are training up and co-ordinating migrants. He said officers also suspect members of the activist group No Borders are among those spurring migrants on….”

  8. Islamic State ‘seizes Syria town of al-Qaryatain’ in Homs province (BBC, Aug 5, 2015)

    “Islamic State (IS) militants have captured al-Qaryatain town, in the province of Homs, from pro-government forces, reports say. The militants launched the attack with suicide bombings at the town’s checkpoints, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group. It said the capture of the town links IS-held Palmyra with the Qalamun area….”

  9. Artificial intelligence decodes Islamic State strategy (BBC, Aug 6, 2015)

    “Researchers in the US have used artificial intelligence to better understand the military strategy of Islamic State extremists.

    Analysis established a causal link between air strikes and roadside bomb attacks as well as a connection with the jihadists’ use of military tactics.

    The algorithmic system analysed 2,200 recorded incidents of IS activity from the second half of 2014.

    A paper on the findings will be presented at a conference next week.

    One feature they noticed was spikes in the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

    Paulo Shakarian, one of the co-authors of the paper and a US army officer who served in Iraq in 2006, told the BBC: “When they experience a lot of air strikes against them they shift away from a large infantry-style operation and use IEDs.”

    Researchers also discovered that the use of vehicle-borne bombs increased prior to large infantry operations by the militants. One example of this occurred in Iraq.

    “We believe this relationship is because they want to prevent reinforcements from the Iraqi army getting out of Baghdad,” explained Dr Shakarian.

    A finding that initially baffled the researchers was sharp increases in arrests by Islamic State following Syrian air strikes.

    Dr Shakarian said they now believed that these might be retaliatory attempts to weed out Syrian intelligence agents who might have played a role in the targeting of the strikes.

    He added that the tactics of IS differed markedly from those of the enemy forces he faced in Iraq nine years ago.

    The extremist group, he said, was more complex and dynamic, which was why the nature of their strategies was not always obvious without computational analysis….”

  10. Channel Tunnel: Migrant ‘almost’ walked to England (BBC, Aug 6, 2015)

    “A migrant was stopped inside the Channel Tunnel walking towards the UK, according to Eurotunnel.

    The Sudanese national was arrested a few kilometres from the British entrance of the 50.5 km (31-mile) tunnel on Tuesday.

    A spokesman for Eurotunnel said the person “almost succeeded in walking through the tunnel”.

    The train operator held an “unplanned” inspection on the same day, which led to four-hour delays.

    A 40-year-old man, of no fixed address, has been charged with causing an obstruction to an engine or carriage using the railway and was due to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

    The incident came on the same night that migrants made about 600 attempts to enter the Channel Tunnel….”

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