“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” - George W. Bush

All The Best


I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.

My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.

At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.

An elephant never forgets.
Be well.

Deuce, 21 June 2018

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Iraq Does Not Need any Assistance from Turkey in Removing ISIS

Iraqi forces seize Daesh central telecom network in Sharat

IRANIAN PRESS Sat Oct 1, 2016 2:42AM

Iraqi government forces celebrate in the town of Sharqat on September 23, 2016, the day after they recaptured the northern city from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. (Photo by AFP)
Iraqi government forces celebrate in the town of Sharqat on September 23, 2016, the day after they recaptured the northern city from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. (Photo by AFP)

Iraqi pro-government Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Units, has managed to discover and neutralize the central telecommunication network of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the central-northern province of Salahuddin.

According to a report published on Iraq’s al-Masalah news website, the intelligence unit of the forces found the network, including a collection of devices designed for long-distance communication, huge wireless sets and their batteries, in the recently-liberated city of Sharqat, some 80 kilometers south of the city of Mosul, on Friday.

The report added that the heavily camouflaged systems were used by terrorists to make contact with other members of the terror group in Mosul, Daesh’s de facto capital in Iraq, and Hawijah in Kirkuk province, among other places.

Iraqi forces took full control of Sharqat on September 22, and raised the national Iraqi flag over government buildings there, after the city fell to Daesh in 2014.

Iraqi forces are preparing for a major offensive to liberate Mosul, Daesh's last major bastion on Iraqi soil. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has, time and again, pledged that the country's forces will win back the city by the end of the year.

Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh terrorists mounted an offensive there more than two years ago, and took control of portions of Iraqi territory.

The militants have been committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.

Iraqi army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.



  1. One million Iraqis live in Mosul under ISIS control. At the 4:00 minute mark, there are more comments about the ass-stabbing Turks.

  2. The possibility of an operation against Daish in Iraq's Mosul, as well as Syria's Raqqa, has recently increased with recent diplomatic talks between the U.S. and Turkey, after Ankara launched the Operation Euphrates Shield to back the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and successfully liberated the Daish-held regions in northern Syria from the terrorist group.


    Ankara has reiterated its supportive position to Washington on liberating Mosul from Daish, in addition to the position of continuous support to Iraqi Turkmens in areas close to Mosul. However, Turkey also warned the U.S. that political sensitivities must be taken into consideration, particularly to avoid any possible sectarian threats between Sunnis and Shiites, as well as threats against Iraq's territorial integrity. On Wednesday, the U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said during an interview in Ankara that the PKK terror organization will not take part in the operation. Turkey says that it will support and cooperate in the operations to liberate Mosul, as well as Syria's Raqqa, from Daish but the PYD/YPG must not be included in the operations. While the U.S. sees the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the People's Protection Units (YPG) in as "partners" in Syria against Daish, Turkey sees the group as terrorists, due to its organic links with the PKK. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly urged the Obama administration to cut ties with the PYD/YPG, saying that if Turkey and the U.S. increase their cooperation in the fight against Daish, it will be more effective to fight the terrorist organizations. The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., EU and Turkey.

    On Sept. 27, commenting on the possible operations into Raqqa and Mosul, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said: "It would be a huge mistake to include the YPG in Raqqa, when you [the U.S.] cannot even control them in Manbij. We [Turkey] have proven that local forces in Syria can be successful in operations against Daish in Jarablus and al-Rai while supporting and enhancing the local forces. We can apply the same strategy in Raqqa and other regions, even in Iraq and Mosul as well."

    Meanwhile, the Iraqi central government's position and plan for the post-Daish plan has also become an issue of debate due to the possibility of sectarian tensions between Shiite and Sunnis.

  3. The victors look like Kurds to me.

    ISIS executes its members who fled Sharqat battle using a bulldozer

    Sep 26, 2016

    File photo, gruesome.

    (IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Members of ISIS terrorist group fled Sharqt battle were trampled to death by a bulldozer in the city of Mosul, al-Sumaria News reported Monday.

    The news website reported that ISIS executed seven of its members fled the battles in Sharqat district in northern Iraq by running them down with a giant bulldozer.

    The victims had their hands and legs chained before they were executed in a public square in the city of Mosul.

    The majority of the victims were from Arab and foreign nationalities.

    According to the website, the executions were carried out in front of citizens and other ISIS members. The group wanted the victims to be an example of the punishment its members would receive if they thought of fleeing the battlefield.

    Security forces and popular crowd managed earlier to liberate Sharqat and the surrounding villages from ISIS control. The forces also inflicted heavy losses on ISIS militants.


  4. Obama had to pull out of Iraq because there was no status of forces agreement.

    We're in Iraq again.

    There is no status of forces agreement.

    1. :)

      O'bozo didn't want to stay then. The status of forces agreement could have easily been worked out.

      And, he had been telling us that Afghanistan was the important war, the one we must win.

      Iraq wasn't important.

      So now we got problems on both fronts.

      Rufus might call it 'the most intelligent military operation of my lifetime'.

  5. Panetta, “Worthy Fights,” 2014:

    To my frustration, the White House coordinated the negotiations but never really led them. Officials there seemed content to endorse an agreement if State and Defense could reach one, but without the President’s active advocacy, al-Maliki was allowed to slip away. The deal never materialized.

    To this day, I believe that a small U.S. troop presence in Iraq could have effectively advised the Iraqi military on how to

    http://www.factcheck.org/2015/08/bush-clinton-play-blame-game-in-iraq/ deal with al-Qaeda’s resurgence and the sectarian violence that has engulfed the country.

    1. So what's the hot issue of the campaign ?

      Right now, a criminal Venezuelan beauty queen and Juanita Broaddrick.

      Hillary's criminal activity isn't being talked about much, not at all in the press, and who's heard of or cares about Libya and Syria ?

      By the way, what happened to Julian Assange ?

      I was hoping he'd make a dramatic appearance by now.

    2. The FBI did do another Friday afternoon email dump though - 2,000 emails.

    3. The debate was Monday.

      On Friday morning Trump is tweeting about Miss Piggy @ 5 am?

      Give him a brain swap with Ivanka.

  6. Hijackers' time in Southern California at center of allegations of Saudi government involvement in 9/11 attacks

    The California connection involves Nawaf Hazmi and Khalid Mihdhar, two Al Qaeda veterans of conflicts in Bosnia and Afghanistan. They flew into Los Angeles International Airport as students in January 2000 and prayed at a Culver City mosque built by the Saudi royal family and frequented by a Saudi consular official.

    They later moved to San Diego where they tried to improve their English and took flying lessons at the Sorbi Flying Club.

    Their move to San Diego later drew the interest of FBI agents searching for any evidence of Saudi support for the attacks, according to the 9/11 Commission report and to recently declassified material from the congressional inquiry.

    While eating at a halal restaurant on Venice Boulevard in Culver City, near the blue-tiled dome of the King Fahad Mosque, the two men’s Gulf Arabic drew the attention of a Saudi named Omar Bayoumi, who had a no-show job with a Saudi defense contractor in San Diego, investigators found.

    Bayoumi offered to let the newcomers stay in his apartment in San Diego for a few days and later helped them pay the deposit for an apartment.

    The FBI suspected that Bayoumi, who bureau informants considered a Saudi intelligence operative, was sent to meet the pair by a Saudi consular official named Fahad Thumairy, who also led prayers at the Saudi-funded mosque.

    When retracing Bayoumi’s steps, FBI agents found that he had visited the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles and saw Thumairy on the same day he met Hazmi and Mihdhar.


  7. The man waited outside a day care center in Hoboken, N.J. He had a question for the owner: How was he going to tell his daughter that she would never see her mother again?

    His wife, Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, had been killed by falling debris after a commuter train barreled into Hoboken Terminal during the Thursday morning rush. She was the one fatality.

    Now, hours later, her husband, Adrianus de Kroon, was at Smart Start Academy, a day care center not far from the train station. He met with its owner, Karlos Magner, outside.

    “He said, ‘What should I tell her? How should I handle this?’” Mr. Magner said.

    Mr. Magner had known children who had lost a parent to illness, he said, but never a death as sudden and violent as this. “I told him honestly: ‘I don’t know. There’s no book. Life, we’re not trained. We don’t know. So just stand strong,’” Mr. Magner recalled during an interview on Friday.
    When a bomb exploded in Manhattan recently, Ms. Lima sent Ms. de Kroon a message to make sure she, her husband and their daughter were all right.

    “She told me, ‘Don’t worry, everything is fine,’” Ms. Lima recalled. “She said where they lived, on the other side of the river, was very safe.”