Friday, August 14, 2020

Unite Arab Emirates: Opens diplomatic reactions with Israel

(Abu Dhabi) In a deal which has stunned the Islamic world the UAE has decided that it will normalise diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship with Israel a move that reshapes the order of Middle East politics from the Palestinian issue to the fight against Iran.

Naturally the Palestinians (and their supporters) feel that this is an act of betrayal, yet these are the very people who for 72 years have failed the people they claim to represent resulting in more poverty, pain and anguish. Hopefully this move will catalyse other Arab and Islamic states to  make peace.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Interlude: Genesis - That's All

Monday, August 10, 2020

Iran: Fake carrier sinks outside major port

(Bandar Abbas)  In 2011  it was revealed that the Iranian government and the son of film director ‘Oliver Stone’ were going to collaborate in producing a film about the 1988 U.S. Downing of Flight 655 The project fell by the wayside, but not before a rather large model of a US Navy Carrier was built on top of a barge

In 2015, the Iranians came up with the idea of using the mock carrier for propaganda purposes in which to send the message that they could block the Strait of Hormuz if they wanted and so they carried out the“Great Prophet 14” exercises, where they not only launched Anti-ship missiles at the failed movie prop, they had soldiers abseiling onto the deck from overhead helicopters. 

After the exercise the damaged barge was towed to the port of Bandar Abbas where it languished until last year where the Iranian mullahs decided to repair the ship and use it for a military exercise in which to send the message to the US, that the Iranians could block the Strait of Hormuz if they wanted to and they did this by firing missiles at the fake aircraft carrier, but also had soldiers abseil onto its the deck . 

After this latest show of force the barge was been towed back to its home berth , when about ½ mile from the harbour entrance it turned on its side and sank with a large portion of it remaining out of the water, a few days later it settled even further into the seabed resulting in a huge sea hazard in front of a major Iranian port responsible for shipping the country’s oil overseas and also one of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy’s largest naval bases.

The Iranian mullahs in trying to send the message that they could restrict access to the Great Satans Navy to the region if they wanted too, have ended up doing exactly that to themselves.

Oh the irony

Israel: Latest Handheld Ninox drone family revealed

(Tel Aviv)  The Israeli company Spear UAV have just unveiled a family of new small UAVs, which are remarkable simply due to their size and method of delivery. Here is the Ninox 40 which is designed to be launched from a 40mm grenade launcher 

The other two (Ninox 66 and Ninox 103) are a little larger and also come encapsulated 


From what I can see, if these work as advertised, we are looking at something of a game changer 

Somalia: Suicide bombing kills 9

(Mogadishu) On Saturday morning some idiot decided to drive a explosives laden vehicle into the front gates a military base in the centre of the Somali capital not far from the national stadium.  

The resulting blast killed 9 and injured another 14, including family members of the soldiers who live on the base.   Islamist terorist group 'Al Shabab' have admitted carrying out the attack. Apparently their god told them to do so.

Niger: French Aid workers killed by Islamist terrorists

(Koure) Gunmen have killed six French aid workers, their Nigerien guide and their driver in a wildlife park in Niger, The group was attacked on Sunday in a giraffe reserve near Koure, a town about 65km (40 miles) from the capital, Niamey. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

France's TF1 television channel, meanwhile, broadcast images that it said were taken from the scene showing the burnt-out remains of a 4x4 vehicle with bullet holes in the side. A source close to Niger's environmental services speaking to the AFP news agency. said the assault took place around 11:30am (10:30 GMT). "Most of the victims were shot ... We found a magazine emptied of its cartridges at the scene,..We do not know the identity of the attackers but they came on motorcycles through the bush and waited for the arrival of the tourists." 

*Note: The victims were originally identified as tourists,