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Another Black Hawk Crash

A U.S. Black Hawk chopper went down off the Yemen coast in a reported training accident on August 25.

Although five service members were rescued, one is still missing. The incident is being investigated by Central Command, under the leadership of General Joseph Votel. Votel reportedly visited the Saudi Arabian-Yemeni border just days before.

Five Missing Army Aviators Now Sought in “Recovery” rather than “Rescue”–Hawaii

According to the Post [our emphasis]:

The U.S. military maintains a small special operations base near Yemen’s port of Mukalla to facilitate an ongoing campaign targeting al-Qaeda loyalists there. The Pentagon has conducted more than 80 airstrikes in Yemen this year, officials say.

Also, Stars and Stripes indicates this is the same Special Ops outfit that conducted the disastrous Yemen raid in January, leaving two Americans (usually cited as one because the Federal Government doesn’t want to emphasize we fatally shot Obama-executed Anwar al-Awlaki‘s eight-year old daughter in the neck), multiple civilian women and children, and an American MV-22 Osprey helicopter destroyed:

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! January 29: Two Americans Killed

Stars and Stripes reports our Horn of Africa operations are primarily waged against al-Qaeda.

al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is reportedly the second-largest branch of al-Qaeda. According to Wikipedia, the branch is the most dangerous al-Qaeda arm currently, and emerged as central leadership of the terrorist organization weakened.

AQAP claimed responsibility for the fatal 2009 Little Rock, AR recruiting office shooting perpetrated by Abdulhakim Muhammad.

Grandma Kerry Shakes Head in Regret for Terrorist He Released with Kind Intentions

And [our emphasis again],

For more than two years, Yemen’s Saudi-backed government forces—with U.S. support and munitions—have been pitted against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, leading to a devastating humanitarian crisis.

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Also this month, a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey crashed off the coast of Australia. The Marine Corps announced Friday it had recovered the bodies of three Marines killed in that crash.

The Post has a more basic explanation of our “double death and destruction” presence in Yemen:

While the U.S. has remained focused on striking al-Qaeda, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia — and backed by the Pentagon — has waged a parallel war against Iranian-backed Houthi militants.

Don’t forget about al-Qaeda rival ISIS, who also wage guerrilla warfare in Yemen:

ISIS Bombings

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/08/26/american-service-member-missing-after-black-hawk-helicopter-crash-off-yemen/?utm_term=.862c992de377

https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/soldier-missing-5-rescued-after-black-hawk-crash-off-yemen-coast-1.484567#.WaF_RCiGNPZ

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 25: Manchester United Against US Media

Leak alert!

British terrorist Salman Abedi (below) detonated himself with a suicide vest following a concert by has-been U.S. pop star Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena, England on May 22.

Besides Abedi, 22 adults and children were killed, with hundreds injured.

Britain and France were sitting on information that Abedi had recently traveled to Syria and was linked to ISIS. He also stopped in Libya during the month prior to the attack. (Abedi’s parents apparently fled Gaddafi’s Libya in the 1990s.)

According to telegraph.co.uk,

Abedi’s sister, Jomana, suggested he carried out the attack for revenge on US air strikes in Syria.

“I think he saw children—Muslim children—dying everywhere, and wanted revenge,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “He saw the explosives America drops on children in Syria, and he wanted revenge. Whether he got that is between him and God.”

[our emphasis]

Related:

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! Fighting Death with Destruction–April 6

Libyan authorities told BBC2 that Abedi’s younger brother Hashim, currently under investigation for ties to ISIS, had known Salman was planning an attack:

“[W]hen we arrested and we asked him, [Hashim] told us, ‘I have ideology with my brother. I know everything about my brother, what he was doing there in Manchester’.”

It was suggested that since Salman Abedi lived in Whalley Range, Manchester near “expert bomb-maker” Abd al-Baset Azzouz, 51, terrorist leader of a Libyan faction of ISIS’ rival group, al-Qaeda, Abedi’s bomb may have been manufactured locally.

Azzouz (below), also a Libyan immigrant to the U.K. in 1994, was detained by British police in 2006 for nearly a year. Released on bail, he traveled to Pakistan and Libya in 2009 to help al-Qaeda.

Abd al-Baset Azzouz was named as an 'al Qaeda operative and trainer skilled in bomb-making' by the U.S. State Department. He was arrested by British police in 2006, but later released

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This all hit closer stateside because British police briefly (for about one day) suspended intelligence sharing with U.S. security. Leaks, they said.

BBC:

A diplomatic tiff broke out after the New York Times published photos on Wednesday appearing to show debris from the crime scene, including bloodstained fragments from the bomb.

The move outraged British police and government officials, and prompted Mr Trump to address the matter during a visit to Brussels.

[our emphasis]

Reuters also noted in wake of the Manchester attack:

With the official threat level raised to “critical”, meaning a further attack could be imminent, troops have been deployed to free up police, and armed officers patrolled trains for the first time in Britain.

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Another Trump leak was noted by the Washington Post:

In a New York Times article, Trump is quoted as saying, “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job.” Aside from the irony of the statement itself, it is appalling that an American president should be caught boasting about obstructing justice to the representative of a power that is so expert on the topic.

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“I faced great pressure because of Russia,” Trump went on. “That’s taken off.” So the president is delusional as well as dishonorable.

And yet. How in God’s name did the reporter gain access to a discussion in the Oval Office? According to the article, the “memcon” — the memorandum of conversation — was “read to The New York Times by an American official” […] [This document] typically would not have even been given to the director of the CIA.

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-manchester-idUSKBN18L0QU

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-trumps-house-of-betrayal-leaks-are-business-as-usual-thats-a-big-problem/2017/05/22/7eec4f80-3f10-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html?utm_term=.5e4ee47b5300

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/26/everything-know-manchester-suicide-bomber-salman-abedi/

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40048565

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! January 5–al-Awlkai update

Drone That Killed American Teenager Meant for a Different Target–State Dept

A still from a home video of Abdulrahman Awlaki playing with his younger siblings in the family’s courtyard in 2009. The sixteen-year-old U.S. citizen was killed in a drone strike on October 14, 2011, in Yemen.

Anwar al-Awlaki was an American citizen allegedly involved in radicalizing and planning attacks on behalf of Islamic extremist group al-QuaedaAwlaki and his 16-year-old son Abdulrahman, also an American citizen, were executed in separate drone strikes in fall of 2011, with no indictment or trial, no explanation from the Obama administration, and very little media coverage.

The Intercept’s reported January 5th that the 10/14/11 Yemen strike that killed Abdulrahman (above,left) was, according to the U.S. State Department, meant for a different individual. Ibrahim al Banna, a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224,” remains at large:

The U.S. State Department confirmed on January 5 that the man the U.S. government once claimed was the target of the drone strike that killed American teenager Abdulrahman Awlaki in 2011 in Yemen is alive. The department announced that it has designated Ibrahim al Banna “a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.”

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[Abdulrahman’s father Anwar] was an enigmatic figure who supported George W. Bush’s 2000 election campaign, spoke at the Pentagon shortly after 9-11, and went on to become an important propaganda figure for the growing radical Islamist movement after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Awlaki family members, who had declined to discuss the killing of Anwar, believed that they needed to speak out publicly about the killing of Abdulrahman. “We watched with surprise and condemnation how several prominent American newspapers and news channels twist the truth, calling Abdulrahman an Al Qaeda operative and falsely and misleadingly stating his age as 21 years old,” read a statement from the family. […] They invited people to look up Abdulrahman’s Facebook page — which revealed a teenager interested in music, video games and his friends — “to see the ‘lethal terrorist’, ‘the 21 year old Qaeda operative’ the U.S. government is claiming they killed. Look at his pictures, his friends and his hobbies. His Facebook page shows a typical kid, a teenager who paid a hefty price for something he never did and never was.”

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of the handful of U.S. lawmakers who would have access to all intelligence on the strike, seemed to suggest that was the case when asked about the killing of the two Awlakis and Samir Khan. “I do know this,” he said on CNN, “the American citizens who have been killed overseas … are terrorists, and, frankly, if anyone in the world deserved to be killed, those three did deserve to be killed.”

Robert Gibbs, Obama’s former White House press secretary and a senior official in the president’s 2012 reelection campaign, was also asked about the strike that killed Abdulrahman. “It’s an American citizen that is being targeted without due process of law, without trial. And, he’s underage. He’s a minor,” reporter Sierra Adamson told Gibbs, during a press gaggle after a presidential debate where Gibbs was serving as a surrogate for Obama. Gibbs shot back: “I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the well-being of their children. I don’t think becoming an al Qaeda jihadist terrorist is the best way to go about doing your business.”

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The January 5 media release from the State Department website:

The Department of State has designated Ibrahim al-Banna as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a result of this designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Ibrahim al-Banna has any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Ibrahim al-Banna.

Ibrahim al-Banna is a senior member of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leadership who served as AQAP security chief and provided military and security guidance to AQAP leadership. A 2010 edition of AQAP’s English online magazine, Inspire, contained an article by al-Banna describing the 9/11 attack as virtuous and threatened to target Americans both domestically and elsewhere, in response to U.S. actions overseas. Prior to his membership with AQAP, al-Banna was a leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad in Yemen from 1996 to 1998 and subsequently was in charge of the training and intelligence sectors for the group. Al-Banna is also subject to a U.S. government reward of up to $5 million.

A list of State Department-designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations and SDGTs is available here: http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/index.htm.

 

All emphasis is ours.

Thanks to our sources:

https://theintercept.com/2017/01/05/alleged-target-of-drone-strike-that-killed-american-teenager-is-alive-according-to-state-department/

https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/266535.htm