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Iraqi WMDs Anyone?

Washington Post Makes Unfounded Claims Of Iranian Supplies To Insurgencies

By Moon Of Alabama




The Washington Post falls back into its 2005 mode of blaming Iran for the capabilities of a local insurgency. This time it is not Iraq where Iran is allegedly providing to insurgents, but Bahrain.

Old and debunked claims are hauled up and propaganda from the U.S. proxy Sunni dictatorship is cited as "evidence". It is a top-right front-page story in the Sunday edition and thereby "important". It is also fake news.

The headline: U.S. increasingly sees Iran’s hand in the arming of Bahraini militants.The core:
The report, a copy of which was shown to The Washington Post, partly explains the growing unease among some Western intelligence officials over tiny Bahrain, a stalwart U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf and home to the Navy’s Fifth Fleet. Six years after the start of a peaceful Shiite protest movement against the country’s Sunni-led government, U.S. and European analysts now see…

UK PUTS NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS AND AIRPORTS ON TERROR ALERT OVER “CREDIBLE” CYBER THREAT

Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

The global cyberwarfare scare washed ashore the British isles this weekend after UK nuclear power stations and airports were told to tighten defenses against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems, after intelligence agencies concluded terrorists could plant explosives in laptops and mobile phones that won’t be caught by normal security screenings.

The Telegraph reports that British security services issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that “terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks.”

To be sure, there was no surprise as to the bogeyman behind the latest terror threat: intel agencies believe that ISIS and other terrorist groups have developed ways to plant explosives in laptops and mobile phones that can evade airport security screening methods.

What is perhaps surprising, is that it is this latest intelligence which is said to be behind the recent bans, in both the US and U…

GOVERNMENT FORCES SECURE MAARDES, ADVANCE ON SURAN IN NORTHERN HAMA

Syrian government forces are rapidly advancing against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allied militant groups in northern Hama.

Early on April 3, the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces and the National Defense Forces (NDF) advanced on militants in Maardes and fully liberated this important town. The development was confirmed by the Syrian military.

The village of Iskanderiyah also fell into the hands of government forces. The Syrian Arab Army and the NDF also got control of the areas of Tal Zaydan and Abu Dhour.

Government forces are now developing an advance in the direction of the town of Suran captured by militants in March.

A militant vehicle destroyed by government forces (source): Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image A militant drone downed by government forces (source): Click to see the full-size image

10 DEAD, MANY INJURED AFTER EXPLOSION IN RUSSIA’S ST. PETERSBURG

What is going on:
An explosion inside a train of the St. Petersburg Metro system killed at least 10 and injured over 50 people, according to media reports;
The inident took place between Sennaya Square and the Institute of Technology;
The explosion was likely a result of the activation of an IED with shrapnel;
The Entire St. Petersburg Metro system shutdown.
Bomb squads and rescuers are responding to the emergency;
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that “The causes of this event have not been determined yet, so it’s too early to talk about [causes]. The investigation will show. Certainly, we will consider all possibilities: common, criminal, but first of all of a terrorist nature.”
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