Reader’s Links: May 22, 2018

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  1. Exiled Prince Claims Saudi Arabia Could ‘Descend Into Chaos’, Destabilize Europe (sputniknews, May 22, 2018)

    “The prince, who names himself as an “opposition member” and has been living in Germany for several years with no direct contact with the Saudi Royal Family, is used to give interviews, providing provocative ‘insights’ into the life of the Kingdom’s rulers.

    A distant member of the Saudi Royal Family, Prince Khaled bin Farhan Al Saud, who hasn’t set foot in his home country since 2013, has shared his stance on the situation in Saudi Arabia in an exclusive interview with the Middle East Eye on Monday.

    Saudi Arabia’s Metaphorical Volcano

    “I would like to say to Europeans that the situation in Saudi Arabia resembles a volcano that is about to erupt. And if this volcano erupts, it will not only affect the situation inside Saudi Arabia or in the Arab region, but it will also have an effect on you too. This is because Saudi Arabia is diverse in terms of its make-up, whether it’s tribal, societal or even generational,” Prince Khaled bin Farhan told the Middle East Eye.

    He went on to explain that a coup in Saudi Arabia could “easily” make the Kingdom a hub for global terrorism, as there is a lack of intra-Saudi cohesion.

    “So, if Saudi Arabia descends into a state of chaos, there will be global chaos, and it [Saudi Arabia] will be a source of terrorism for the entire world as it will support and sustain international terrorism,” he claimed.

    The prince also warned that Europe and the US would have to “foot the bill” of the collapse of the Saudi state, which he said is the direction the country is headed. ..”

  2. Bulgarian MoD Calls on EU to Prevent ‘Russian, Turkish Influence’ in Balkans (sputniknews, May 22, 2018)

    “Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov on Tuesday called on the European Union and NATO not to diminish the intensity of their expansion policy in the Balkans to prevent the region’s countries falling under the “influence of Russia and Turkey.”

    “Our policy is clear. We… want all countries of [the Balkan region] to join the EU and NATO. If we provide no clear perspectives [on the membership], third factors intervene, they are here for centuries. The influence of Turkey, Russia in the Balkans… Let our colleagues in Brussels think about… the fact that if they lose the Western Balkans, Euroscepticism will increase,” Karakachanov said at the To Be Secure (2BS) forum, which is currently taking place in Budva, Montenegro, as quoted by the Radio and Television of Montenegro (RTCG)…”

    • Erodgon isi rebuilding Mosques in the Balkans and is talking about how they use to be Turkish property and how Turkey should take control of them once again.

      • Idle speculation on my part: Is Putin letting Erdogan run his mouth about the Balkans and spend money there to scare the people into looking towards Moscow for a man on a white horse to save them from the big, bad Turks?

          • The guy is another Hitler in the making.

            The guy is another wannabe Hitler in the making.

            There, fixed that for you, Sassy.

            Turkey remains many decades away from internally assembling even a tiny fraction of Germany’s WWII Wehrmacht (at that same quality, too). Erdogan isn’t in the same galaxy, much less the same league.

            PS: Turkey buying all of their hardware and iron from Russia isn’t the same thing. That way, someone else has their hand on your throat. Only when it came to petrol supplies did Nazi Germany have anything close to a similar problem.

        • I’m not convinced Putin can stop the Turk directly. He’s had to make repeated tactical retreats. The fall of Syrian Kurdish Afrin to Turkmen-mercenary jihadis was a signal event. It’s highly revealing.

          Afrin should’ve remained part of of Syria as one of the ethnic minority enclaves that’s enjoyed considerable autonomy. Ethnic heterogeneity was natural and desirable for Syria.

          Minorities include the Druze, a population that straddles the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan.[*] Those in Israel are exceptional citizens; yet they care for their kin who’ve remained steadfast to Assad. For Israel four decades of peace and informal relations have meant almost as much as the cold formal peace with Egypt and Jordan.

          Kurds have been living in Afrin for a thousand years. No, a rump-independent Kurdistan in that strategic mountain pass to the Mediterranean was never a realistic aspiration. But a place within a confederated Syria is probably the most stable arrangement for the longer term.

          ErdoTurk’s “Operation Olive Branch” (cynical MB linguistic inversion) was large-scale. When it began to look too costly, Putin finally ordered Assad to pull back Syrian-affiliates and stop the flow of supplies and Kurdish reinforcements from established transit corridors.

          He tried to intercede diplomatically – to no avail. We wouldn’t take part in the negotiations. The Turk is Nato: we chose to allow his depredations in order not to look friendly to bogeyman-Russia. That was 0 hold-over policy, DeepState fondness for “moderate” jihadis.

          Putin has control of the skies; he chose not to shoot down the bombers with Turkish insignia that devastated ancient Kurdish villages and farmlands. That’s what eventually allowed the Turkmen jihadis to rout the Kurds on the ground.

          [Putin likewise has control over the skies Israel’s using to eliminate threats on Syrian soil. So far he’s looking the other way here, too. He’ll try to keep a lean profile as long as possible.]

          So yeah, he’s just watching the odious Turk spend money and run his mouth. It looks a clown’s circus act, but so did Hitler’s. Putin’s got both shark’s grin and aikido black-belt fixed firmly.

          Aikido, the “way of combining forces”, is a martial art that tries to neutralize an attacker with minimum personal effort, using the opponent’s own momentum to render him harmless. Unlike the more lethal martial arts, the intent is not to destroy the opponent so much as to let him fumble over his own ill-considered moves.
          [*] The Druze are descended from the father-in-law of Moses. There’s a complicated religious kinship means something in the ME. Israelis like President Rivlin have always been honored in Druze religious celebrations. Beats the hell out of me, but they seem to get it.

          • There’s another worrisome aspect about the Syrian situation that’s not gotten the attention it deserves in Western sources.

            It’d take an extended essay to describe, but it’s about the ethnic cleansing that has changed Syria beyond recognition. This may be the most damaging long-term outcome for regional stability.

            • I didn’t know about the ethnic cleansing but am very worried about the 1) Turkish rebuilding of Mosques in the Balkan nations with Erdogan promising to protect them. 2) His saying that the Balkans need to be Turkish terrority once again. 3) Telling the “Turks” in Europe to fight to take over Europe. Yes he said he was talking about political fights but how many of the Islamic Invaders will be willing to wait for a political take over? When 1) It looks like Civil Wars in the European countires 2) They have a decent sized Army located inside the European nations.

              It is looking like crunch time is rapidly approaching the entire world.

              • Yes, the Turk will be turning to Europe as he’s edged out of the ME. He’s licking his chops.

                Putin will sit back and watch. May, Macron, and 0 went to war against him. Stupid. They forgot WWII; Russians never will.

                I’m afraid Merkel will throw in with the Turk. Looks like the MB in France and the UK might be shock troops for ballot-box conquest by Turk.

          • Wishful thinking says Putin will end up helping the Europeans because of the way he has positioned himself as the protector of Christianity. If he doesn’t protect the nations that still proclaim themselves to be Christian he will have to pay a political price in Russia. The question is will that price be worth letting the “Turks” have part or all of Western Europe and part of Eastern Europe?

            As I said wishful thinking. The rational part of my brain says his reaction will be based on what he considers is best for Putin and Russia.

            • The question is will that price be worth letting the “Turks” have part or all of Western Europe and part of Eastern Europe?

              One word: Beslan

              A few more of those schoolchildren atrocities and it doesn’t matter who sits on the throne in Moscow. Nov schmov kapop!

              Parting out Europe with the Turks only assures that there will be more Beslan-style massacres. I’m not sure even Putin has the political capital (i.e., power) to withstand being known for having Merkeled his turf invited Islamic jihad to camp out on Mother Russia’s doorstep (Chechnya notwithstanding).

              • More Moslems is the LAST thing Tsar Vlad considers to be in Mother Russia’s interests.

                More BESLANS!
                Send the tards running to Eurabia, invite Christian families. That’s no ploy to please his people: White Christian civilization appeals to him on every level.

                He’s also making a pitch for the Jews to return. Hungary and Russia have synagogues that don’t require armed guards.

          • The Turk is Nato: we chose to allow his depredations in order not to look friendly to bogeyman-Russia. That was 0 hold-over policy, DeepState fondness for “moderate” jihadis.

            You’d think that America would have learned its lesson with United Fruit Co., the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, Ferdinand Marcos, and the Taliban.

            Buuuut nooooooooooo!!! [/Belushi]

            • PS: Dear yucki, a truly priceless analysis* of the usual Mediterranean dog’s breakfast that passes for regional politics.

              As Sassy noted, we’ve got ourselves another little Austrian Corporal in the making. Perhaps, this time, we’ll know just enough to slap him ten times past silly long before the devil gets his shoes on.

              * Remember, you can’t spell “analysis” without A-N-A-L…

              • ty.
                And yes, Erdoff may think he’s Hitler, but Turkey is full of Turks.

                As LBJ might’ve said, the difference between chicken-salad and chicken-sh!t.

  3. Afghan Air Force Deploys Laser-Guided Precision Bombs Amid Fight With Terror (sputniknews, May 22, 2018)

    “The Afghan Air Force, just two years after gaining the capability of attacking terrorist targets with airstrikes, has recently increased its offensive lethality with the addition of laser-guided bombs to its arsenal, the US Department of Defense said in a press release on Tuesday.

    “Using laser-guided technology, the Afghan Air Force pilots are able to strike with extreme precision, limiting civilian casualties while still having a greater, more profound effect on the battlefield,” US 438th Air Expeditionary Adviser Squadron commander Lieutenant Colonel Justin Williams said in the release.

    The implementation of laser-guided bombs comes just two years after the Afghan Air Force gained airstrike capabilities in the A-29 Super Tucano and is part of an overall effort to modernize the Afghan Air Force and give it a lethal advantage over the enemy, the release said…”

    • The Afghan Air Force, just two years after gaining the capability of attacking terrorist targets with airstrikes, has recently increased its offensive lethality with the addition of laser-guided bombs to its arsenal, the US Department of Defense said in a press release on Tuesday.

      There can be only one takeaway from this:

      Much like with Saudi Arabia, we are securing Afghanistan as a debtor client for American weaponry. I mean, this all worked out so well with bin Laden and the Taliban, right?

      All the same, would we rather that Kabul fall into the orbit of Russia or China, only to watch all those bazillions (gazillions?) of dollars in rare earths and ferroalloys tucked away in the Hindu Kush go wandering off into gaping maw of somebody else’s Military–Industrial Complex™? How déclassé!

      It’s the SSDD (Same Sh!t Different Day) as with the MME. Either we stay in the Great Game™ or pass the baton to Russia and Red China with a timidly hopeful squint. Just the simple fact that Communist China has such massive reserves of rare earth elements makes recruiting Afghanistan as a resource supplier into an international diplomatic obvioso.

      At the very least, keeping Afghanistan under America’s wing could jam a stick in the spokes of Beijing’s OBOR (One Belt, One Road) initiative. Just this, alone, may well prove worth the (one trillion dollar, prox) price of admission. After all, that trillion’s just the MSRP for OBOR.

      We all know that after adding the alloy rimz, factory air-conditioned air*, and poofy floor mats, the price is gonna double (for everyone).


      • Russians are allergic to “Afghanistan”.
        The very word makes them shudder. All the rare earths in the world would be thrown on Putin’s head if they were to see a single Russian life lost in pursuit of them.

    • It’s Worse Than They’re Letting On

      As they say in Silicon Valley engineering circles, everything takes longer, costs more, and requires extra labor than originally projected.

      This nasty little budgetary burr-under-the-saddle also passes under the 90–90 Rule™. As Tom Cargill, of AT&T’s Bell Labs observed:

      The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time.

      The other famous multiple-choice offering being:

      Faster, Cheaper, Better … pick TWO.

      Remember, they always say that you can come back later and make sure that things have been “done right”. Nevertheless, the real question is: If you don’t have time to do it right right the first time, how will you ever find time to do it over again?

      Thank you … thank you … I’ll be here all week. Please try the veal.

      • His being named Special Counsel would be a Saber Tooth Tiger among the pigeons.

        I claim dibs on the popcorn and t-shirt concessions!

  4. Paris clashes RAW: Violence in French capital as protesters hit streets for anti-Macron rally

    Paris demonstrations against Macron’s social policies turned violent on Tuesday as protesters hurled projectiles at police and broke shop windows. Officers deployed tear gas and detained several protestors.

        • Then we’ll see a different kind of paramilitary police in action. They won’t wear badges, they’ll move in disciplined units, they won’t be dainty in carrying away protestors still kicking. Watch the Turk confront domestic protests.

          Their crowd-control mechanisms will be enhanced by China’s advanced designs. I’ve seen some of this equipment debut for testing in Venezuela. Not nice.

          • Did you notice the way the police weren’t shy about working the protesters over with batons once they were on the ground. That was my first evidence these were real French and not invaders.

            Yeah if as I suspect this brutality doesn’t stop the French people the Government will turn very brutal. The problem is that it has taken the French people so long to move they will react to brutality with equal brutality against the police, military and politicians. It takes the support of about one third of the people to win a rebellion (there would be may less fighting) but it only takes the support of about 5% of the population to maintain a long term terror campaign. I am not sure how much support it takes for a long term low intensity war but it probably isn’t much more then for a terror campaign.

            Terror campaigns go for soft targets, low intensity civil war goes for the hard targets. The hard targets include police personal, equipment and buildings. Fire personal equipment and buildings. Politicians and civil servants as well as the public buildings. Infrastructure like power disruption networks, water distribution networks and disruption of transportation networks. The low intensity rebels will try to avoid civilian causalities but will be willing to accept a certain level of collateral damage, the amount of collateral damage that is acceptable will vary from individual to individual and group to group. If the potential rebels haven’t thought about organizing and having a fall back plan if the initial aggressive moves fail then need to do so now.

            • Did you notice the way the police weren’t shy about working the protesters over with batons once they were on the ground?

              New Yawk cops call it a, “wood shampoo”.

          • Their crowd-control mechanisms will be enhanced by China’s advanced designs. I’ve seen some of this equipment debut for testing in Venezuela. Not nice.

            Now, now, do tell, yucki. Play fair and don’t be so coy.

            For several months I’ve been bellowing about the importance of watching how Red China and Russia (The “Reds”) deal with their internal jihadist networks.

            While their behavior may not appropriately “green-light” Western adoption of such practices, it may be instructive to note what goes on—if only to play “Good Cop – Bad Cop” more effectively with these terrorist scumbags.

    • Paris demonstrations against Macron’s social policies turned violent on Tuesday…

      See what @ss-kissers get?

      It’s a roll of toilet paper to blow their nose with!

      Does anyone really think that there is another group on earth that exhibits the same degree of lunatic ingratitude which Muslims otherwise regularly show to be de rigueur?

      Micron, Justine Trudeau, Moikel, and every last EU apparatchik is long overdue for some

    • Panama City shooting: Suspected shooter barricaded in apartment following ‘suspicious death’ in Santa Rosa Beach

      Witnesses say that the shooter opened fire at a Swat vehicle

      Police are responding to a suspected shooter who is barricaded inside an apartment complex in Panama City, Florida, officials have confirmed to The Independent. The incident is related to a “suspicious death” investigation in a nearby county.

      It is unclear how many people may have been injured in the shooting, but at least one person has been transported to a nearby hospital with what a government official called a “flesh wound”.

      Witnesses have said that they saw Swat team members responding to the active shooting incident, and that they heard more than 50 shots fired.

    • I realize and freely admit that this sort of documentation is vitally important. But, is there any way on earth that I could just head straight for the vomit bucket and get everything over with?

      As it is, I’m only good for a minute or two when it comes to enduring such craptacular bloviating. I really don’t care if it’s Hillary or Rush. The needle on my BS Meter™ pegged and wrapped around the post years ago.

      Right now, I’m working my way through a coveted supply of hard-to-find Sarcasm Meters:

      • I don’t know how well the shows will do, the true believer Dems will believe them but the rest of the population is up for grabs.

      • How do you think BHO’s going to pay off all of his golf tabs? The Secret Service security might be gratis but those greens fees can be murderous. Especially when you’ve spent a few hours in the clubhouse after eighteen and dinner.

  5. BP decided to end its involvement with projects in Iran Tuesday after the U.S. threatened to sanction companies that choose to operate within the country.

    “JUST IN: British Petroleum is Ending projects in #Iran following threat of US Sanctions. Follows Total, Siemens, Maersk, Allianz, others…,” a reporter for the National, a news source in the United Arab Emirates, tweeted Tuesday morning.

  6. New Emails Show FBI Discussed Dossier With CNN

    New e-mails show former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was surprisingly knowledgeable about CNN’s understanding of and deliberation about a dossier briefing given to Donald Trump days before CNN ever reported on the matter.
    May 21, 2018 By Sean Davis

    Newly revealed e-mails show that former Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) deputy director Andrew McCabe was keenly aware of CNN’s internal understanding of a secret briefing about the infamous Steele dossier, days before CNN published any stories on the matter. The e-mails, which were obtained by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), also reveal that top officials used coded language to refer to the salacious and unverified allegations made by Steele.

    Former FBI director James Comey briefed then-President-Elect Donald Trump on January 6, 2017, on at least one unproven allegation contained in Steele’s dossier, which was jointly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. CNN broke the story about the dossier briefing on January 10, 2017, touching off a firestorm of hysteria that culminated in not just the firing of Comey by Trump, but the eventual appointment of Department of Justice (DOJ) special counsel Robert Mueller.

  7. Former Trump aide drops a major accusation about Obama admin spying on Trump

    Michael Caputo made a major accusation against the Obama administration after it was revealed that an FBI informant might have attempted to join the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

    Here’s what he said
    Special: Exclusive: Our trusted expert reveals shock #1 investment of 2018

    Caputo, a former Trump campaign adviser, told Laura Ingraham Monday on her Fox News show that he believed he had been approached by a second informant during the campaign from a different Obama agency.

    “Let me tell you something that I know for a fact,” Caputo said. “This informant, this person that they tried to plant into the campaign and even into the administration… he’s not the only person who came into the campaign.”

    “And the FBI is not the only Obama agency who came into the campaign,” he charged.

    • She hasn’t reached Hillary’s level of bizarre behavior but she is bad enough that she is driving voters to vote Republican.

  8. The Human Parade: Bernard Lewis

    Bernard Lewis is generally regarded as the dean of Middle East scholars. Moreover, he is one of our greatest historians of any type. Born in 1916, he grew up in London and has had an international career, especially at Princeton University. After 9/11, his knowledge became more important than ever. He was sought out by many. For “The Human Parade,” Jay Nordlinger interviewed him in July 2011. He and Lewis discussed a slew of matters, personal, historical, political, and cultural. Incidentally, Lewis insisted that he would be more comfortable in the less comfortable-looking chair.

  9. Rohingya refugee dies on Manus Island 5 years after Australia sent him there (asiancorrespondent, May 22, 2018)

    “A REFUGEE from the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority of Burma (Myanmar) has died on a remote Manus Island in Papua New Guinea in what was an apparent suicide, officials said Tuesday.

    “My condolences to the immediate family,” said Manus province police commander David Yapu as quoted by the Australian national broadcaster ABC News, stating that police were speaking to other refugees that had witnessed the “very unfortunate situation”.

    The man is thought to have died after jumping from a bus while travelling from refugee accommodation into the island’s main town. “This is something that we were all caught by surprise,” added Yapu.

    Australia’s home affairs department confirmed the death but did not provide further details.

    Canberra has sent asylum-seekers who try to enter the country by boat to camps on PNG’s Manus Island or Nauru in the Pacific for processing, with those found to be refugees barred from resettling in Australia.

    The harsh policy is meant to deter people embarking on treacherous sea journeys, but the United Nations and other rights groups have criticised the camps’ conditions and long detention periods. According to ABC News, he is the seventh person sent by Australia to Manus who has died.

    The Refugee Action Coalition’s Ian Rintoul told AFP the man, a 52-year-old called Salim, was believed to have jumped from a moving bus near a refugee transition centre and was struck by its wheels, dying at the scene.

    Most asylum-seekers on Manus believed the man’s death was a suicide, according to a statement from the coalition.“The Rohingyan refugee had suffered for a long time with a medical problem” and had previously been sent to Australia for treatment, Rintoul added.

    “A middle-aged Rohingya man died earlier today, this is a tragedy,” the Melbourne-based Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s Jana Favero told The Guardian. “The ASRC took a trip to Manus Island last year and met this man and then his physical and mental health conditions were evident, and since that time have significantly deteriorated.”

    “This is a man who has been robbed of hope by being detained for nearly five years by the Australia government in offshore processing,” Favero added.

    A statement from the UN refugee agency said that it was “profoundly saddened” by Salim’s death, stating that it showed the need for “proper care and immediate solutions”.

    “With the passage of too many years and the withdrawal or reduction of essential services, the already critical situation for refugees most in need continues to deteriorate,” the UNHCR’s regional representative Nai Jit Lam said.

    “Australia’s responsibility for those who have sought its protection remains unchanged. Our thoughts and condolences are with the man’s family today.”

    The UNHCR urged Australia to take action to provide assistance and solutions to “avert further harm and tragedy”, as support was desperately needed for refugees and asylum seekers on both Manus Island and Nauru.

    Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian refugee on Manus, tweeted Tuesday that Salim had epilepsy and was “suffering for a long time”.

    Previous deaths on Manus include an Iranian refugee found hanging from a tree near a school in August last year, and a Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seeker who reportedly committed suicide at a hospital two months later.

    The Australian camp on Manus was shut late last year after a PNG court ruled it was unconstitutional, with the 600 detainees sent to three transition centres. Canberra has sought to offload those recognised as refugees to third countries such as the US, and more than a hundred have been resettled there, according to reports.

    But hundreds of others remain on Manus, saying they feared for their safety amid hostility from the local population, and that their basic needs such as healthcare were not being met.

    “Nearly five years after Australia began implementing its harmful and illegal offshore detention policy, the situation for refugees and asylum seekers trapped in PNG is as desperate as ever. Rolling back healthcare at this time is making a grave situation even worse,” said Kate Schuetze, Refugee Researcher at Amnesty International in a statement last week.

    “Last year two refugees committed suicide in Manus Island, illustrating the terrible price of confining vulnerable people to remote detention centres.””

    • Rohingya refugee dies on Manus Island 5 years after Australia sent him there

      So why did ‘ya go to Oz in the first place, ya stupid git?

      Stay at effing home, solve your problems there, and then look to the West for any help doing more than scratching your damnably endless supply of fecking fleas.

  10. Egyptian Army Intensifies Home Demolitions in Sinai: Rights Group (tasnimnews, May 22, 2018)

    “Egypt’s military has intensified home demolitions in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula as part of its campaign against a local affiliate of the Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS) group, an international rights group said Tuesday…”

  11. Taliban Attack Afghan Policemen as Minibus Bomb Causes Heavy Casualties (aawsat, May 22, 2018)

    “The Taliban launched a wave of attacks in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Ghazni, killing at least 14 police officers, as a minibus packed with explosives blew up in the southern city of Kandahar.

    Ghazni Provincial council member Hassan Reza Yusoufi said seven of the officers were killed in the district of Dih Yak, including Faizullah Toofan, the police chief, and reserve commander Haji Baraket. Another seven were killed in Jaghatu district.

    The attacks started on Monday night and continued on Tuesday in Dih Yak, Jaghatu, Ajristan and Qarabagh districts, according to Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor.

    Noori said at least 12 other members of the security forces were wounded in the attacks in Dih Yak and Jaghatu districts.

    The Kandahar blast, near one of the city’s main markets, sent a huge cloud of dust and smoke into the air. At least 16 people were killed and 38 wounded, officials said.

    A statement from the NDS intelligence service said the minibus, packed with explosives, was discovered in a large open yard of mechanics workshops but blew up before it could be defused.

    Hundreds of people have been killed or wounded in high-profile bomb attacks since the beginning of the year, many in the capital Kabul, but provincial cities have also been hit as the Taliban have stepped up fighting across the country.”

  12. Bahrain: Execution, Life Sentence for Terrorists Targeting Policemen (aawsat, May 22, 2018)

    “The Bahraini judiciary issued two execution sentences and three years to life imprisonment against 21 suspects in two terrorist attacks targeting security men.

    The judge revoked the citizenship of all the convicts.

    The fourth High Criminal Court issued Monday its verdicts against 10 terror suspects, Terror Crime Chief Prosecutor Advocate General Ahmed al-Hammadi said.

    They were accused of setting up and joining a terrorist group, training on using weapons to commit terror crimes, manufacturing and illegally possessing arms and ammunition, and attacking policemen.

    The court sentenced one of the suspects to 15 years in jail, two to 10 years and six to three years. It acquitted one and revoked the Bahraini citizenship of the first nine suspects.

    Hammadi said that the Court of Cassation upheld the death sentence of the second and third convicts, life sentences against three convicts and the rest of the sentences ranging from seven years to three years against seven convicts in the case.

    Investigation showed implication of four suspects in shooting policemen in 2016 with a homemade firearm while they were deployed on al-Janabiyah public road.

    Two suspects were arrested and the firearm, bullets as well as materials used for making homemade weapons were found in their possession.

    Investigation also showed that one of the suspects gave the weapon to another to shoot policemen.

    Three suspects were also implicated in another shooting incident, which targeted a police patrol deployed on al-Janabiyah road.”

  13. Islamic State attack kills scores near Palmyra in eastern Syria (mee, May 22, 2018)

    “At least 30 Syrian army troops and Iranian-backed militiamen were killed on Tuesday when Islamic State (IS) group militants attacked a military outpost near Palmyra in eastern Syria, a monitor and residents from the area said.

    They said the militants used suicide bombers and armoured vehicles in the dawn attack near a dam southeast of the ancient Roman city.

    The attack came a day after government forces drove the militants out of their last enclave in southern Damascus after weeks of relentless bombing.

    IS has twice seized Palmyra during Syria’s civil war and destroyed priceless artefacts…”

  14. Saudi sex abuse: Scores of Bangladeshi women escape to report torture (mee, May 22. 2018)

    “More than 100 Bangladeshi maids have returned home in the last two days, after escaping their abusive employers inside Saudi Arabia.

    The women had come back after waiting months and, in some cases, years for paperwork to be processed by the Bangladeshi and Saudi authorities.

    The vast majority of the repatriated maids had faced sexual abuse, according to local NGO workers.

    Images seen by Middle East Eye showed the maids appearing to have suffered bruising, puncture wounds and burns.

    Among those returning was Robina, a former maid who was in Saudi Arabia for six months.

    “My sponsor had tried to abuse me sexually, on several occasions,” the 21-year-old told Middle East Eye. “But whenever I said no, they would beat me until I stopped resisting.”

    The stigma of being sexually abused has meant many of the maids have been rejected by their families and ostracised by local communities…”

  15. US Sanctions Iranians for Supporting Yemen’s Houthis

    On May 22, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned five Iranians for providing ballistic missile-related technical expertise or transferring weapons to the Houthis, a Zaydi Shiite movement that has been fighting Yemen’s Sunni-majority government since 2004. The five individuals were associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force, an elite unit responsible for operations outside of Iran.

    [full text of Treasury Dept’s press release at the link]’s-houthis

  16. Foreign fighters in Turkistan Islamic Party call on Westerners to migrate to Syria

    In a newly released video, Western foreign fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in Syria call on other Western Muslims to migrate to Syria and join ranks. The fighters include one Canadian and three French-speaking members of the largely Uighur al Qaeda-linked jihadist group.

    The video, which mainly focuses on the perceived shortcomings and faults of Western society, includes testimonials from the aforementioned Western members, a French speaker from Mauritius, and one Arab member of the TIP. Each of the members give detailed accounts of their lives in their respective countries, discussing reported persecution and crimes against them and other Muslims.

    • …Western foreign fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in Syria…

      What no one will ever tell you is that these Turkistan Islamic Party “members” actually are professional elephant circumcisers.

      I took one aside asked him why they pursued such an obviously difficult career and he replied:

      The pay is low but the TIPs are big!


  17. Official: Over 100 Nigerian children kidnapped in Libya (memo, May 22, 2018)

    “More than 100 Nigerian children have been kidnapped in Libya over the past four months, the official in charge of the anti-human trafficking file in Nigeria has said.

    “The children were promised that they would be sent to Libya but had no idea where they were being taken,” Godwin Obaseki told the News Agency of Nigeria, adding that from Libya they expected to travel to Europe.

    The coordinator called on families and children to be aware of human traffickers and to inform the police of anyone who promises to send them to Europe because many are being abandoned in Libya.

    He explained that thousands of people have been killed as a result of this illegal activity.”

  18. Paris Court Rejects Tariq Ramadan’s Medical Release Request Again (mwn, May 22, 2018)

    “The Paris Court of Appeal has once again denied a request to release Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who has been detained on rape and sexual harassment charges since February.

    Ramadan’s lawyer, Emmanuel Marsigny, complained about his client’s health condition and denounced the “multiple contradictions and inconsistencies among the complainants.” According to the lawyer, Ramadan has had multiple sclerosis since 2006.

    “Mr. Ramadan has nothing to do in prison. He can be quite free,” the lawyer told AFP. He added that his client asked to live under restricted house arrest and surrender his passport to be released, but could not convince the court to order his release.

    To date, three women have accused Ramadan of rape. Ramadan denied all charges against him, but admitted to having relations with one of the complainants.

    Marie, Ramadan’s third complainant, relayed statements in March to French newsource Europe 1. She also provided investigators with a dress allegedly containing Ramadan’s DNA. Tests are still being conducted to determine if there is a correlation between DNA samples.

    The defense team presented the court with several release requests. The latest application was rejected before the court on May 4.

    The scholar’s defense team also requested a new medical expert to examine Ramadan, claiming that his client’s health was incompatible with remaining in prison. The defense also added that Ramadan was not receiving the necessary treatment in custody.

    If the charges are confirmed, the scholar will face up to 15 years in prison on the charge of rape, and up to 20 years on the separate charge of rape of a vulnerable person, since the second complainant is disabled.”

    • Tariq Ramadan’s Daughter Opens up about Her Father’s ‘Unfair’ Incarceration (mwn, May 22, 2018)

      “Incarcerated since February 2 in France, Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan is awaiting trial for rape. His daughter Maryam has taken his defense and opened up about her struggle to prove her father’s innocence.

      In an interview with Swiss outlet Le Temps, Maryam Ramadan, 31, talked about how difficult it was to deal with the backlash following her father’s incarceration.

      “Honestly, my family and I have not been prepared to live this. My father has never done anything reprehensible so that we can one day imagine visiting him in a prison,” said the native of Switzerland.

      To date, five women have accused Ramadan of rape. On January 31, Ramadan was arrested on two counts of rape filed against him in 2017. Ramadan fully denies the accusations and deems them to be part of a “campaign of lies launched by adversaries”—a sentiment shared by his supporters.

      “I feel a great injustice. He does not benefit from the presumption of innocence: he is in fact presumed guilty, while his accusers benefit from a presumption of sincerity, it is not normal. Besides, he’s sick. We have to stay strong to fight,” Maryam said.

      Asked about Ramadan’s mental health, Maryam explained that he is strong mentally but not physically as he has multiple migraines a day. She added that he is unfairly treated in the prison.

      “While he had voluntarily surrendered to the police request [to present himself] of January 31st in Paris, he has the feeling of living a profound injustice. He is placed in complete isolation, which is akin to psychological torture. Every time he takes a shower, no one should be in the corridors, same thing when he is walking.”

      The Islamic scholar’s daughter is confident of his innocence; she thinks that his incarceration is “completely crazy” as she recalled that he has never been violent to her or to anybody at home. “The charges against him are based on allegations without evidence. If there were, they would have already been produced.”

      The 55 year-old theologian had banked hopes on an early release ahead of trial due to his health condition. According to a report filed with judges last month, he has suffered from multiple sclerosis since 2006.”

      • Honestly, my family and I have not been prepared to live this.

        Didn’t read the Koran, did you? Stupid twat!

        (Apologies, ladies … this sort of balderdash really frosts my wiener!

        Oops, there I go again. Dagnabbit!

        Er … I’ll stop now.

  19. The author of this piece comes out of the Atlantic Council – think Susan Rice & her ilk. Still, Manbij is important. This view is establishment, and to the extent overly familiar faces persist in key positions, the article’s worth reading.


  20. UK woman ‘tricks’ daughter into marrying Pakistani man, ‘threatens’ her with black magic (tribune, May 22, 2018)

    “A British court has convicted a woman of trying to trick her teenage daughter into marrying a Pakistani man, according to Mail Online.

    The mother, a 45-year-old, has been found culpable by the Birmingham Crown Court of duping her own daughter to go to Pakistan and then tying the knot with a Pakistani there.

    This is the first prosecution of its kind with the defendant forcing the girl to marry her against her will and then threatening her with black magic.

    The mother was charged with false marriage, perjury and perverting the course of justice. She denied all of the charges was found guilty.

    The prosecutor said that the defendant tricked her into believing she was going on a family trip instead.

    However, when she reached the country she was given wedding documents by an Imam to sign.”

    • UK woman ‘tricks’ daughter into marrying Pakistani man, ‘threatens’ her with black magic

      Remember, Being superstitious is bad luck!

  21. House Republicans call for second special counsel

    GOP lawmakers want an investigation of allegations against the Justice Department and the FBI over the Clinton email probe, alleged government surveillance abuse and why the Russia investigation began; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.

    • Why a second special counsel is needed to investigate DOJ, FBI

      Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) on how House Republicans are calling for a second special counsel to investigate the Mueller investigation and the FBI.

    • twitter @realDonaldTrump

      If the person placed very early into my campaign wasn’t a SPY put there by the previous Administration for political purposes, how come such a seemingly massive amount of money was paid for services rendered – many times higher than normal…

      …Follow the money! The spy was there early in the campaign and yet never reported Collusion with Russia, because there was no Collusion. He was only there to spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win – just like they did to Bernie Sanders, who got duped!


      Hannity: Rod Rosenstein is trying to run out the clock

      It’s now apparent that the deputy attorney general is aiding and abetting the cover-up of the biggest abuse of power in American history.

      • … just like they did to Bernie Sanders, who got duped!

        If “The Burn” wasn’t such a total @ssclown, it almost might be possible to actually feel sorry for him.


        [points a stammering and shaky Bernie towards Hillary]

    • Ex-Trump campaign co-chair: The suspected informant and me

      Sam Clovis recalls his meeting with the alleged FBI informant and what he believes the campaign spy was trying to accomplish.

    • Eric Holder defends DOJ, FBI in tweet

      DiGenova & Toensing’s Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova on former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s tweet about the alleged spy in the Trump campaign.

    • Rep. Green reveals left’s goal to impeach Trump

      Democratic lawmaker says Dems have the ‘right and privilege’ to impeach the president if they retake house in 2018; reaction and analysis on ‘Hannity’ from Fox News national security analyst Sebastian Gorka and former Secret Service officer and NRATV contributor Dan Bongino.

      • Strong>Did the Obama administration spy on the Trump campaign?

        Let me put this to you gently;

        If they did, they were the worst sort of morons. As in making Nixon’s Watergate bunglers look like “Superthief”, Jack MacLean.

        That these Hillary-0bots didn’t do anything of the sort, yet still managed to get into this much trouble, is a notion that simply boggles the mind.

        [downloading mind boggle – Special-App-Bind-Moggle-5.6.2.g-Pre-Release/]

        “A Confederacy of Dunces”, doesn’t even begin to circumscribe the degree of obdurate incompetence required to obtain 0bama’s otherwise, almost statistically polar results. It is almost impossible to imagine anyone but Hillary securing an even more extremely, edge-dwelling, Cartesian address.

  22. US asks Iran to end support for Taliban while announcing 12 tough demands (khaama, May 22, 2018)

    “The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced Washington new demands for the inclusion in a new nuclear treaty with Iran.

    Among several other demands regarding Iran’s nuclear program and Middle East, Washington has asked Iran to end support for the Taliban and other “terrorists” in Afghanistan and the region and cease harbouring senior al-Qaeda leaders.

    This comes as the Afghan and US officials are alleging that Iran along with Russia are supporting the certain groups of the Taliban.

    The Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami says the growing violence and recent war in western Farah province have links with issues surrounding the management of water resources.

    Gen. Bahrami made the remarks during a visit to Farah province where he was accompanied by other senior security officials including the commander of the NATO Resolute Support Mission Gen. John Nicholson.

    He did not elaborate further in this regard but added that around twenty terrorist group are operating in Afghanistan and are being supported by the neighboring countries.

    “I don’t think you can ever rule out how much Iran interferes throughout this region. Iran remains the most destabilizing factor in the Middle East. So no, I don’t think you can ever rule out their mischief,” a spokesperson for Pentagon Dana White said last week in response to a question regarding the possible involvement of Iran in recent Farah violence.

    However, the foreign ministry of Iran on Monday reacted at the allegations and rejected the remarks as baseless.”

  23. ISIS extracting Talc worth millions of Dollars from Nangarhar Mines: Report (khaama, May 22, 2018)

    “The Global Witness organization has reported that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) is extracting Talc from the deposits/mines in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

    According to a new report by the Global Witness, citing unnamed sources, the group has brought in foreign engineers from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and installed heavy machinery at the mining sites in Nangarhar province.

    The sources have also added that phones are banned and locals are searched and monitored by the groups near the mines.

    The report also adds that the majority of talc extracted from Nangarhar mines are smuggled across to Pakistan at the Torkham border where it can eventually be shipped out to other markets.

    Nick Donovan, a campaign director at Global Witness, has said “The vast majority of minerals from insurgent-controlled mines in Nangarhar openly goes through government-held territory on the main roads to Pakistan.”

    “It is all but certain that individuals and companies in China, Europe and the U.S. are effectively, if inadvertently, funding insurgent groups,” Donovan added.

    Qadeer Khan Mutfi, a spokesman for the ministry of mines and petroleum of Afghanistan quoted in the report said the government has shut down at least a hundred illegal mines in the past year.”

  24. The Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia: From Then to Now

    Many debates raged on Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood when King Salman bin Abdulaziz first came to power. Some say that Salman’s ascension represented a revolt against the Brotherhood, while others claimed that some aspects of Brotherhood thought remained influential in the country.

    In early 2015, the late Saud al-Faisal, as the Kingdom’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered an ambiguous diplomatic address in which he said, “We do not have any problem with the Muslim Brotherhood. Our problem is only with a small group affiliated with this organization. They are the ones who bow their heads in homage to the Supreme Guide.”

    This statement came nearly a year after the Muslim Brotherhood was classified as a terrorist organization by the Saudi Kingdom. In sharp contrast, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stated that the harmonious period between the Brotherhood and the Kingdom has ended.

    Understanding this situation requires grasping the historic changes that have occurred in the relationship between the Saudi state and the Muslim Brotherhood. A brief examination of the facts reveals that the conflict is not only a conflict with the Brotherhood, but also a conflict between Saudi Arabia’s past and its future –between the Kingdom’s Islamic roots and drive for Muslim unity and the Crown Prince’s reform-minded vision for Saudi Arabia.

    • First off, thank you, yucki, for these invaluable updates from the Magic Kingdom™.

      In early 2015, the late Saud al-Faisal, as the Kingdom’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered an ambiguous diplomatic address in which he said, “We do not have any problem with the Muslim Brotherhood. Our problem is only with a small group affiliated with this organization. They are the ones who bow their heads in homage to the Supreme Guide.”

      As if it is any shock or surprise, all of that “Supreme Guide” claptrap is just that, CLAPTRAP! It’s just another one of those “escape hatches” that allow Muslims to murder and slaughter with impunity.

      Concealed carry is one of the few meaningful countermeasures.

    • According to President Erdogan’s worldview, the 40 million Turkish citizens who oppose him stand for alien and imported interests, signaling much discord ahead.

      And this Turko-Islamic caliph-bot does not?!?

      Oh joy! This promises to be an E Ticket (Matterhorn) ride.

  25. BBC – Myanmar Rohingya militants massacred Hindus, says Amnesty

    Rohingya Muslim militants in Myanmar killed dozens of Hindu civilians during attacks last August, according to an investigation by Amnesty International.

    The group called Arsa killed up to 99 Hindu civilians in one, or possibly two massacres, said the rights group. Arsa had denied involvement.

    The killings came in the first days of an uprising against Burmese forces, who are also accused of atrocities.

    Since August nearly 700,000 Rohingyas and others have fled the violence.

    The conflict has also displaced members of the majority Buddhist population in Myanmar (also called Burma) as well as members of the Hindu minority.

    Amnesty says interviews it conducted with refugees in Bangladesh and in Rakhine state confirmed that mass killings carried out by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) took place in a cluster of villages in northern Maungdaw Township at the time of its attacks on police posts in late August.

    The findings also show Arsa was responsible for violence against civilians, on a smaller scale, in other areas.

    The report details how Arsa members on 26 August attacked the Hindu village of Ah Nauk Kha Maung Seik.

    “In this brutal and senseless act, members of Arsa captured scores of Hindu women, men and children and terrorised them before slaughtering them outside their own villages,” the report said.

    Hindu survivors told Amnesty they either saw relatives being killed or heard their screams.

    One woman from the village of Ah Nauk Kha Maung Seik said: “They slaughtered the men. We were told not to look at them … They had knives. They also had some spades and iron rods. … We hid ourselves in the shrubs there and were able to see a little … My uncle, my father, my brother – they were all slaughtered.”

    Arsa fighters are accused of killing 20 men, 10 women, and 23 children, 14 of whom were under the age of eight.

    Amnesty said the bodies of 45 people from the village were unearthed in four mass graves in late September. The remains of the other victims, as well as 46 from the neighbouring village of Ye Bauk Kyar, have not been found.

    The investigation suggests that a massacre of Hindu men, women, and children in Ye Bauk Kyar happened on the same day, bringing the estimated total number of dead to 99.

    • Rohingya Muslim militants in Myanmar killed dozens of Hindu civilians during attacks last August, according to an investigation by Amnesty International.

      Which, of course, endears them to other Unbelievers and makes Rohingya Muslims welcome everywhere they go.

      All of which makes this sort of atypical strife and cruelty just that much stranger.

      I’ll stop now …

  26. Discrimination testing for companies: How Macron plans to improve life in France’s poor suburbs (thelocal, May 22, 2018)

    “President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday that France’s biggest companies will be tested in the next three years to see if they discriminate against ethnic minorities as one of the measures to tackle the problem of France’s under-privileged and marginalized banlieues (suburbs).

    Macron on Tuesday unveiled some measures for tackling the entrenched social problems which are concentrated in many ghettoised areas of the country’s towns and cities, but it wasn’t the major reforms and funding boost some had hoped for.

    The 40-year-old leader has faced criticism from many associations and leftist lawmakers for failing to put the problems of the poorest areas of France at the heart of his agenda since his election in May 2017.

    A host of local officials from such areas, where immigrants have concentrated over decades, have warned about the problems of crime, poverty and Islamism blighting the lives of local families.

    Many of the jihadists inspired by the Islamic State group that have struck France since 2015 have hailed from marginalised, often high-rise areas known as “les banlieues” where public housing is concentrated.

    Here’s a look at the main announcements.

    30,000 internships

    The president wants to take action that goes beyond simply throwing money at the problem, so he’s therefore plans to create 15,000 internships for 14 to 15 year old high school pupils in private companies and another 15,000 by state institutions.

    “Inequality starts from elementary school,” he said. “All young people must be able to find an internship.”

    The president also announced that a fund for internships would be set up.

    Anonymous “testing” for companies

    France’s biggest companies will be tested in the next three years to see if they discriminate against ethnic minorities as part of government efforts to combat poverty and exclusion, Macron said on Tuesday.

    Announcing his vision for tackling social problems in crime-hit urban areas, Macron stressed that France needed to do more to tackle discrimination, which affects African-origin French people and Muslims in particular.

    He said that workplace discrimination led many workers from immigrant backgrounds to feel excluded, which undercut efforts to encourage hard work at school or university and fed grievances in deprived areas.

    “We are going to expand testing to check behaviours and make sure that there is no discrimination in hiring practices,” Macron said.

    France has already trialed random testing which usually involves sending out identical CVs for job vacancies with different names to compare the response rate.

    A study in 2015 by a French academic on behalf of the Montaigne Institute, a think tank, found that a Muslim man was four times less likely to be called for a job interview than a Catholic counterpart.

    Macron said that 40 of the companies in the SBF120 stock market index, which groups the country’s largest corporations, would be tested in the next year and all of them would be scrutinised in the next three years.

    He also said that France’s vast state sector, which employs more than five million people, would be tested as well in the next three years…”

  27. Everything We Know (And Don’t Know) About Israel Launching World’s First Air Strikes Using The F-35 Stealth Aircraft

    Israel is the first country to have used the F-35 stealth aircraft in combat, the Israeli Air Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin said on Tuesday, in remarks that were made public through the IDF’s official Twitter account.

  28. President Kirchner, murder and uranium to Iran: President Obama made me do it

    As President Donald Trump nears the May 12 deadline to decide if America remains part of the Iran nuclear deal, there is something he should consider. Back in 2015, Argentina’s national-socialist (Peronist) Argentine President Kirchner, confessed to the world – by way of a speech before the United Nations General Assembly – that her government sold uranium to Iran for nuclear enrichment.

    However, Kirchner’s claim was that President Obama made her do it.

    In particular, his White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Gary Samore:

    “Gary Samore had explained to our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Héctor Timerman, that negotiations were underway for the Islamic Republic of Iran to cease with its uranium enrichment activities [the Iran nuclear deal], or to do it to a lesser extent.

    But Iran claimed that it needed to enrich this ‘Teheran’ nuclear reactor and this was hindering negotiations.
    They [the Obama administration] came to ask us, Argentines, to provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel… It was Ahmadinejad’s administration and negotiations had already started. (Emphasis added).

    Consequently, this may factor large in Kirchner’s legal defense at her upcoming trial for treason.

    • President Obama made me do it

      “I was just following orders”, worked really well at Nuremberg. Let’s see what it does for this latest round of 0bedient little 0bots.

  29. Bracebridge temporarily shuts down 2 beaches after disturbing discovery


    The May long weekend attracts thousands of beach lovers to Ontario’s cottage country, but this year two popular destinations were temporarily closed.

    Kirby’s Beach and Bracebridge Bay Park were closed after glass shards and sewing needles were discovered.

    Brad Hammond’s home is nestled along the waterfront at Kirby’s Beach.

    “My family’s been in Muskoka since 1882,” he explained.

    Hammond said this is the first time he’s seen the beach closed.

    Several weeks ago, hazardous objects began turning up. Hammond’s wife spent eight to nine hours combing the beach herself and managed to fill a pail with her finds.

    “It was pretty much the width of the beach but it was in clumps, so you could tell it had been seeded in different areas,” he said of the objects.

    Residents have collected items from as far away as 60 feet from the shoreline.

    The beach itself attracts thousands of people, including many young families with children.

    On Monday, a diving team was brought in from Scuba Shack in nearby Gravenhurst. They were contacted by the town to conduct a search and cleanup of the shoreline.

    “The gloves that they are wearing, I believe they all have Kevlar palms to them,” said Jane Mark of Scuba Shack.

    “We also have handheld magnets, so that will help. From the glass perspective, we’re hoping that they’re more chunks.”

    Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith said the discovery of the needles and glass goes beyond what municipal staff would typically encounter after a spring melt.

    What remains unclear is who is responsible.

    Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are now investigating the discovery and whether it may be linked to a disturbing letter that was mailed to the local newspaper, the Huntsville Forester.

    “We need to make a determination whether or not it is directly associated to the threat that has been received,” said OPP Sergeant Peter Leon.

    “And second of all, we need to determine who the author of this threat in fact was.”

    Leon said police are working closely with regional municipalities.

    “The beaches are a very important and a vital part of Ontario summer vacation life and we want to make sure that anybody who does venture out onto any of our beaches can do so safely and without compromise.”

    The letter threatened the safety of beaches in the Muskoka region. It was titled “A Message from the Islamic Revolutionary Force,” although its legitimacy has yet to be confirmed by police.

    Glass shards were also found on at least one beach in Gravenhurst last month.

    Police have not confirmed any correlation between the letter and the appearance of the hazardous materials.

    “Yes we have destroyed your beaches over the winter months with snowmobiles,” the letter reads, “making them unsafe and all but unusable.”

    It claims the region makes for “easy targets.”

    The letter, which was received by the paper on May 11, was then forwarded to the towns of Bracebridge and Gravenhurst. It was then sent to the OPP.

    “I don’t know the legitimacy of it and it’s not my place to figure that out. It’s theirs [police],” Smith said. “So it’s in the right hands, so we’ll work with them to make sure that they get everything they need to make a determination of its legitimacy or if it’s just a hoax.”

    • Yes we have destroyed your beaches over the winter months with snowmobiles,” the letter reads, “making them unsafe and all but unusable.

      Time to make these rectal cavities and their “beaches” completely “unusable”.

      How tragic that nearly the entire North American continent seems utterly immune to the notion that the West is at war.

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