MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTEL ISRAEL : WITH MOSSAD AND SHIN BET CONTRA VIRUS / Stealing other peoples needed medical material contra Coronamedical

Israel mobilizes its intelligence machinery to combat COVID-19

April 3, 2020 by Joseph Fitsanakis  intel org 

The intelligence agencies of Israel are playing an increasingly important role in the Jewish state’s effort to combat the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic in its territory. Israel’s intelligence agencies are known to be very secretive, but the government has gone out of its way to advertise their participation in the national effort to limit the spread of the virus.

Earlier this week, an Israeli television station aired an interview with an individual whose face was hidden, and was only identified as the director of technology for the Israeli external intelligence agency Mossad. He said that the secretive spy agency had managed to secure 100,000 coronavirus testing kits, 25,000 N-95 masks and 100 ventilators. The material had been acquired “from unnamed countries” by Mossad officers, he said. The officers had to “race to [foreign] factories” and secure these critical supplies after they had been “ordered by other countries”, he added. The agents then had to coordinate secret airlifts so that the medical material could be transported to Israel in time.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS QUOTATION : RED CHINA! BY FOREIGN AFFAIRS        

China’s Coming Upheaval – BY MINXIN PEI – 3 April 2020

Competition, the Coronavirus, and the Weakness of Xi Jinping – By Minxin Pei – FOREIGN AFFAIRS

“A regime beset by economic stagnation and rising social unrest at home and great-power competition abroad is inherently brittle,” Minxin Pei writes in a new essay. “If Xi continues on this trajectory, eroding the foundations of China’s economic and political power and monopolizing responsibility and control, he will expose the CCP to cataclysmic change.”

 

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS RESULTS : Coronavirus – China Floods Europe With Defective Medical Equipment

  • In Spain, the Ministry of Health revealed that 640,000 coronavirus tests that it had purchased from a Chinese supplier were defective. In addition, a further million coronavirus tests delivered to Spain on March 30 by another Chinese manufacturer were also defective.
  • The Czech news site iRozhlas reported that 300,000 coronavirus test kits delivered by China had an error rate of 80%. The Czech Ministry of Interior had paid $2.1 million for the kits.
  • A spokesperson for a hospital in Dutch city of Eindhoven said that Chinese suppliers were selling “a lot of junk… at high prices.”
  • “No. 10 [the residence of the British prime minister] believes China is seeking to build its economic power during the pandemic with ‘predatory offers of help’ to countries around the world.” — The Daily Mail, March 28, 2020.
  • “The brutal truth is that China seems to flout the normal rules of behavior in every area of life — from healthcare to trade and from currency manipulation to internal repression. For too long, nations have lamely kowtowed to China in the desperate hope of winning trade deals. But once we get clear of this terrible pandemic, it is imperative that we all rethink that relationship and put it on a much more balanced and honest basis.” — Former UK Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith.
A growing number of European countries are reporting that millions of pieces of medical equipment donated by, or purchased from, China to defeat the coronavirus pandemic are defective and unusable. Pictures: Workers sort out personal protective equipment received from China at a warehouse in Valencia, Spain, on March 25, 2020.

As the coronavirus rages across Europe, a growing number of countries are reporting that millions of pieces of medical equipment donated by, or purchased from, China to defeat the pandemic are defective and unusable.

The revelations are fueling distrust of a public relations effort by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Communist Party to portray China as the world’s new humanitarian superpower.

On March 28, the Netherlands was forced to recall 1.3 million face masks produced in China because they did not meet the minimum safety standards for medical personnel. The so-called KN95 masks are a less expensive Chinese alternative to the American-standard N95 mask, which currently is in short supply around the world. The KN95 does not fit on the face as tightly as the N95, thus potentially exposing medical personnel to the coronavirus.

More than 500,000 of the KN95 masks had already been distributed to Dutch hospitals before the recall was enacted. “When the masks were delivered to our hospital, I immediately rejected them,” a hospital worker told the Dutch public broadcaster NOS. “If those masks do not seal properly, the virus particles can simply pass through. We cannot use them. They are unsafe for our people.”

In a written statement, the Dutch Ministry of Health explained:

“A first shipment from a Chinese manufacturer was partly delivered last Saturday. These are masks with a KN95 quality certificate. During an inspection this shipment was found not to meet our quality standard. Part of this shipment had already been delivered to healthcare providers; the rest of the cargo was immediately withheld and not further distributed.

“A second test also showed that the masks did not meet our quality standard. It has now been decided that this entire shipment will not be used. New shipments will undergo additional tests.”

The Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad reported on March 17 that the Netherlands had only a few days’ supply of masks: “All hope is now for that one cargo plane from China on Wednesday.” The substandard quality of the masks delivered by China has left the Netherlands shattered. A spokesperson for a hospital in Dutch city of Eindhoven said that Chinese suppliers were selling “a lot of junk…at high prices.”

In Spain, meanwhile, the Ministry of Health on March 26 revealed that 640,000 coronavirus tests that it had purchased from a Chinese vendor were defective. The tests, manufactured by Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology Company in Guangdong province, had an accurate detection rate of less than 30%.

On April 2, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported that it had been presented with leaked documents which showed that Bioeasy had lied to the Spanish government about the accuracy of the tests. Bioeasy had claimed, in writing, that its tests had an accurate detection rate of 92%.

Also on April 2, the Spanish government revealed that a further million coronavirus tests delivered to Spain on March 30 by another Chinese manufacturer were also defective. The tests apparently required between five and six days to detect whether a patient is infected with coronavirus and were therefore useless to diagnose the disease in a timely manner.

On March 25, the Spanish government announced that it had purchased medical supplies from China in the amount of €432 million ($470 million), and that Chinese vendors demanded that they be paid up front before the deliveries were made. Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa explained:

“We have bought and paid for 550 million masks, which will start arriving now and will continue to arrive for the next eight weeks. 11 million gloves will arrive in the next five weeks. As for rapid tests, we have acquired 5.5 million for the months of March and April. In addition, we will receive 950 respirators during the months of April to June. We are managing the purchase of more equipment.”

It is not at all clear how the Spanish government will be able to guarantee the quality of these new mass purchases, or how it would obtain compensation if the products from China were again substandard.

On March 28, the French government, which apparently has only a few weeks’ worth of supplies, announced that it had ordered more than one billion face masks from China. It is unclear whether the quality control problems experienced by other European countries would affect France’s purchasing plans.

Other countries — in Europe and beyond — have also criticized the quality of Chinese medical supplies:

  • Slovakia. On April 1, Prime Minister Igor Matovič said that more than a million coronavirus tests supplied by China for a cash payment of €15 million ($16 million) were inaccurate and unable to detect COVID-19. “We have a ton of tests and no use for them,” he said. “They should just be thrown straight into the Danube.” China accused Slovakian medical personnel of using the tests incorrectly.
  • Malaysia. On March 28, Malaysia received a consignment of medical equipment donated by China, consisting of test kits, medical face masks, surgical masks and other personal protective equipment. A senior official in the Ministry of Health, Noor Hisham Abdullah, said that the test kits would be evaluated for accuracy after previous test kits from China were found to be defective: “This is a different brand from the one we tested earlier. We will assess the new test kit which is FDA-approved. I was assured by the Chinese ambassador that this is more accurate than the other one we tested.” Abdullah previously stated that the accuracy of the Chinese tests was “not very good.”
  • Turkey. On March 27, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that Turkey had tried some Chinese-made coronavirus tests but authorities “weren’t happy about them.” Professor Ateş Kara, a member of the Turkish Health Ministry’s coronavirus task force, added that the batch of testing kits were only 30 to 35% accurate: “We have tried them. They don’t work. Spain has made a huge mistake by using them.”
  • Czech Republic. On March 23, the Czech news site iRozhlas reported that 300,000 coronavirus test kits delivered by China had an error rate of 80%. The Czech Ministry of Interior had paid $2.1 million for the kits. On March 15, Czech media revealed that Chinese suppliers had swindled the Czech government after it paid upfront for the supply of five million face masks, which were supposed to have been delivered on March 16.

On March 30, China urged European countries not to “politicize” concerns about the quality of medical supplies from China. “Problems should be properly solved based on facts, not political interpretations,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

On April 1, the Chinese government reversed course and announced that it was increasing its oversight of exports of coronavirus test kits made in China. Chinese exporters of coronavirus tests must now obtain a certificate from the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) in order to be cleared by China’s customs agency.

Meanwhile, the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei announced that it would stop donating masks to European countries as a result of allegedly derogatory comments by the EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell.

On March 24, Borrell had written in a blog post that China was engaging in a “politics of generosity” as well as a “global battle of narratives.”

On March 26, a Huawei official told the Brussels-based news service Euractiv that due to Borrell’s comments, the company would be ending its donation program because it did not want to become involved in a geopolitical power play between the U.S. and China.

On March 28, Huawei paid for sponsored content in the publication Politico Europe. Huawei’s Chief Representative to the EU, Abraham Liu, wrote:

“Let me be clear — we have never sought to gain any publicity or favor in any country by what we are doing. We made a conscious decision not to publicize things. Our help is not conditional and not a part of any business or geopolitical strategy as some have suggested. We are a private company. We are trying to help people to the best of our abilities. That’s all. There is no hidden agenda. We don’t want anything in return.”

On March 30, the BBC reported that Huawei was acting as if nothing had really changed since the coronavirus crisis began:

“That may be naive on the company’s part. While nothing has really changed when it comes to the technical and security issues around Huawei’s equipment, the political climate for the company has certainly worsened.

“A story in the Mail on Sunday at the weekend had Downing Street warning China ‘faced a reckoning’ over its handling of the coronavirus.

“And that is likely to embolden those MPs who have been telling the government no Chinese company should be allowed a role in the UK’s vital infrastructure.”

On March 29, the British newspaper Daily Mail reported that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his allies in parliament had “turned” on China because of the coronavirus crisis:

“Ministers and senior Downing Street officials said the Communist state now faces a ‘reckoning’ over its handling of the outbreak and risks becoming a ‘pariah state.’

“They are furious over China’s campaign of misinformation, attempts to exploit the pandemic for economic gain and atrocious animal rights abuses blamed by experts for the outbreak.”

On January 28, Johnson had granted Huawei a role in Britain’s 5G mobile network, frustrating efforts by the United States to exclude the company from the West’s next-generation communications, which, it seems, can also be used for spying. The London-based Financial Times reported that U.S President Donald J. Trump vented “apoplectic fury” at Johnson in a tense phone call. Johnson is now facing pressure from his Cabinet as well as from Members of Parliament to reverse his decision.

After Chinese officials blamed the United States and Italy for starting the coronavirus pandemic, the Daily Mail quoted a British government source as saying:

“There is a disgusting disinformation campaign going on and it is unacceptable. They [the Chinese government] know they have got this badly wrong and rather than owning it they are spreading lies.”

The newspaper continued:

“Mr. Johnson has been warned by scientific advisers that China’s officially declared statistics on the number of cases of coronavirus could be ‘downplayed by a factor of 15 to 40 times.’ And No. 10 believes China is seeking to build its economic power during the pandemic with ‘predatory offers of help’ to countries around the world.

“A major review of British foreign policy has been shelved due to the Covid-19 outbreak and will not report until the impact of the virus can be assessed. A government source close to the review said: ‘It is going to be back to the diplomatic drawing board after this. Rethink is an understatement.’

“Another source said: ‘There has to be a reckoning when this is over.’ Yet another added: ‘The anger goes right to the top.’

“A senior Cabinet Minister said: ‘We can’t stand by and allow the Chinese state’s desire for secrecy to ruin the world’s economy and then come back like nothing has happened. We’re allowing companies like Huawei not just into our economy, but to be a crucial part of our infrastructure.”

In an article published by The Mail on Sunday on March 29, former Tory Party leader Iain Duncan Smith wrote:

“All issues can and will be discussed, except for one, it seems — our future relationship with China.

“The moment anyone mentions China, people shift uncomfortably in their seats and shake their heads. Yet I believe it is vital that we start to discuss how dependent we have become on this totalitarian state.

“For this is a country which ignores human rights in the pursuit of its ruthless internal and external strategic objectives. However, such facts seem to have been swept aside in our rush to do business with China.

“Remember how George Osborne [Chancellor of the Exchequer under Prime Minister David Cameron from 2010 to 2016] made our relationship with China a major plank of UK Government policy? So determined were Ministers to increase trade that they were prepared to do whatever was necessary.

“Indeed, I am told that privately this was referred to as Project Kow-Tow — a word defined by the Collins dictionary as ‘to be servile or obsequious.’

“We were not alone. Countless national leaders over recent years have brushed aside China’s appalling human rights behavior in the blind pursuit of trade deals with Beijing….

“Thanks to Project Kow-Tow, the UK’s annual trade deficit with China is £22.1 billion ($27.4 billion). But we are not alone in being in hock to Beijing.

“For China has racked up a global trade surplus of £339 billion ($420 billion). Distressingly, the West has watched as many key areas of production have moved to China….

“The brutal truth is that China seems to flout the normal rules of behavior in every area of life — from healthcare to trade and from currency manipulation to internal repression.

“For too long, nations have lamely kowtowed to China in the desperate hope of winning trade deals.

“But once we get clear of this terrible pandemic, it is imperative that we all rethink that relationship and put it on a much more balanced and honest basis.”

Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute.

 

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS WARLORD Putin sees opportunity in Syria’s COVID-19 crisis

Daniel Hoffman April 1, 2020 Article Summary AL MONITOR – Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the dispatch of medical assistance to help Syria combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, but his real objective is far from altruistic. In late March, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to discuss the ongoing battle for Idlib as well as Russian humanitarian assistance to Syria. Following Shoigu’s visit, the Russian navy delivered medical assistance, including equipment to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in Syria, whose health system has been decimated from almost a decade of civil war. Moscow’s actions might appear at first glance to be an act of altruism, but the Kremlin’s support for Assad is in fact part of a well-thought-out plan to advance Russian interests in the region.

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Coronavirus: What do new questions about WHO and China cases mean?

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : FAIRY TALES OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF RED CHINA !

 The question about infection rates has plagued analysts of the data that the WHO and China have presented since January.

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN    – APRIL 2, 2020 19:05 jerusalem post

The last week of March brought new information to world leaders about coronavirus. The US intelligence community produced a classified report that concluded China “concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country,” according to reports.

The controversy reached US President Donald Trump on the first of April when he was asked about the numbers. “The numbers seem to be a little bit on the light side,” Trump said.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTEL BY MEIR AMIT INTELLIGENCE & TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER / ISRAEL – Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 26 – April 1, 2020)

Turkish army patrols on the M-4 highway, without the participation of the Russians (Brocar Press website affiliated with the Turkish-sponsored rebel organizations, March 29, 2020)

Turkish army patrols on the M-4 highway, without the participation of the Russians (Brocar Press website affiliated with the Turkish-sponsored rebel organizations, March 29, 2020)

Overview –In the Idlib region, the ceasefire was generally maintained, with the exception of local incidents of artillery fire between the Syrian army and rebel organizations. In the background is the fear of the uncontrollable spread of COVID-19 in the Idlib Province. International aid organizations have reported that so far no cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the province, but in the absence of systematic testing this report cannot be verified. According to the Syrian Health Ministry, 10 COVID-19 patients have been identified (in other provinces in Syria), and two deaths have been reported. The reliability of this data is questionable.

  • In the Euphrates Valley, ISIS has continued its intensive activity against the SDF. The common attacks were activation of IEDs against vehicles and targeted killings of SDF intelligence operatives and “agents.”
  • In Iraq, there has been an increase in ISIS’s activity in recent weeks. In the ITIC’s assessment, this increase is due to ISIS’s interest in exploiting Iraq’s political and economic weakness and the US forces’ preoccupation with the attacks by the Shiite militias handled by Iran. All this when the COVID-19 crisis threatens to spread to Iraq as well.
  • Among ISIS’s provinces outside Syria and Iraq, Afghanistan was prominent this week. An operative of the Khorasan Province, which resumed intensive activity after several months of stagnation, carried out a suicide bombing attack at a Sikh house of worship in Kabul (March 25, 2020). According to the spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, at least 25 Sikhs and other civilians were killed and eight were wounded. The next day, an IED was detonated against a gathering place of Sikhs and Hindus in Kabul. Several people were killed and wounded. The Sikhs are a small minority in Afghanistan and, like other minorities, are in ISIS’s crosshairs.
The Idlib area
The situation on the ground

The ceasefire in the Idlib region has generally been maintained, with the exception of incidents of artillery fire on both sides. The risk of uncontrollable spread of COVID-19 in the Idlib region is looming large in the background.

  • The Turkish-affiliated rebel organizations blamed the Syrian army and the Iranian-affiliated militias for the daily violations of the ceasefire by artillery fire or attempts to advance (Turkish-affiliated Orient News and the Turkish-sponsored rebel organizations, March 29, 2020). Thus, it was reported that the Syrian army fired artillery at two villages about 25 km south of Idlib (EMC, March 27, 2020).
  • On March 31, 2020, the Syrian army fired artillery from the area of the city of Saraqeb (about 15 km southeast of Idlib) at areas controlled by the rebel organizations north of Saraqeb and south of Idlib. No casualties were reported. In response, the rebel organizations deployed near the Turkish observation posts fired artillery at Syrian army troops in Saraqeb. No casualties were reported (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, April 1, 2020).
  • Following the campaign waged by the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham to disrupt the joint patrols, Turkish army patrols continued this week on the M-4 highway without Russian participation (contrary to the Russian-Turkish agreement). The Turkish patrols took place every day from the city of Saraqeb and its environs to the village of Massibin, about 9 km south of Idlib. So far, 11 patrols have been carried out.
The spread of COVID-19
  • International aid organizations operating in the Idlib Province reported that so far, no cases of COVID-19 had been recorded in the Idlib Province (Al-Araby, March 29, 2020). As there is no organized system of tests and treatment, this report cannot be verified. According to Syrian Health Ministry reports, there are 10 COVID-19 cases throughout Syria and two deaths as a result of the virus. These figures cannot be verified. Syrian residents were called on to stay at home (SANA, March 31, 2020).
  • According to claims by the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham, COVID-19 cases were discovered among the Syrian army and the militias supporting it. The reliability of this report is unclear (Ibaa, March 29 and 30, 2020).
Syrian soldiers, one wearing a mask (Ibaa, March 30, 2020). The photos show that no physical distance is maintained between the soldiers.     Iranian-affiliated militiamen wearing masks for fear of COVID-19 infection.
Right: Iranian-affiliated militiamen wearing masks for fear of COVID-19 infection. Left: Syrian soldiers, one wearing a mask (Ibaa, March 30, 2020). The photos show that no physical distance is maintained between the soldiers.
The Euphrates Valley
The area of Al-Mayadeen and Albukamal
  • On March 31, 2020, an IED was activated against an SDF truck in the village of Al-Sabha, about 20 km north of Al-Mayadeen. The passengers were wounded (Telegram, March 31, 2020).
  • On March 30, 2020, ISIS operatives took an SDF intelligence operative prisoner in the village of Darnaj, about 14 km southeast of Al-Mayadeen. He was interrogated and then executed (Telegram, March 31, 2020).
  • On March 26, 2020, ISIS operatives activated an IED planted in the house of a Syrian regime “agent” in the village of Sweidan, about 17 km southeast of Al-Mayadeen. The house was damaged (Telegram, March 27, 2020).
  • On March 25, 2020, an IED was activated against an SDF vehicle on the Al-Omar oil field road, about 50 km southeast of Deir ez-Zor. The passengers were wounded (Telegram, March 26, 2020).
Deir ez-Zor area
  • On March 30, 2020, an IED was activated against an SDF vehicle around Diban, in the rural area east of Deir ez-Zor. All the passengers were wounded (Telegram, March 30, 2020).
Northeastern Syria
Al-Hasakah area
  • On March 29, 2020, ISIS operatives took two SDF fighters prisoner in the village of Al-Tuwaymin, about 5 km west of the Syrian-Iraqi border (about 75 km southeast of Al-Hasakah). They were both executed (Telegram, March 29, 2020).
  • On March 28, 2020, ISIS operatives abducted an SDF “agent” from his home in the village of Sweidan, about 17 km southeast of Al-Mayadeen. He was interrogated and then executed (Telegram, March 29, 2020).
  • On March 25, 2020, ISIS operatives took two SDF fighters prisoner in the village of Al-Tuwaymin, about 5 km west of the Syrian-Iraqi border. They were both executed (Telegram, March 26, 2020).
ISIS operatives escaping from an SDF prison
  • On March 27, 2020, the SDF forces apprehended 11 ISIS operatives who escaped from an SDF prison in the village of Al-Kisra (about 30 km northwest of Deir ez-Zor) the previous night. The ISIS operatives were returned to the prison (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, March 27, 2020).
  • According to SDF Spokesman Mostafa Bali, ISIS operatives incarcerated in the SDF Al-Hasakah prison took over the prison’s ground floor. They tore down the inner walls. Some of the operatives managed to escape and searches are being conducted after them. The SDF counterterrorism forces are working to restore control of the ground floor (Twitter account of Mostafa Bali, March 29, 2020).
The Iraqi arena

In recent weeks, an increase was evident in ISIS’s activity in Iraq. In the ITIC’s assessment, this increase stems from ISIS’s interest in exploiting Iraq’s political and economic crisis: the continued civilian protest, delays in forming a new government, the confrontation between the US forces and the pro-Iranian Shiite militias, and the collapse of oil prices, causing severe damage to Iraqi economy. In the background, there is the threat of COVID-19 spreading to Iraq as well.

ISIS’s activity

Salah al-Din Province

  • On March 29, 2020, hand grenades were thrown at the homes of two Tribal Mobilization fighters in the Al-Tarmiyah area, about 30 km north of Baghdad. The homes were damaged (Telegram, March 29, 2020).
  • On March 24, 2020, three of the facility security guards in a power plant near Al-Tarmiyah, about 30 km north of Baghdad, were targeted by machine gun fire. The three of them were killed. According to another report, only one security guard was killed and two others were wounded (Telegram, March 25, 2020).
  • On March 24, 2020, an RPG rocket was launched at an Iraqi army vehicle near the entrance to Al-Tarmiyah, about 30 km north of Baghdad. The passengers were killed or wounded (Telegram, March 25, 2020).
  • On March 24, 2020, an Iraqi soldier was targeted by machine gun fire about 20 km north of Baghdad. He was killed (Telegram, March 25, 2020).
  • On March 23, 2020, machine guns were fired at Iraqi police members about 80 km north of Baghdad. There were exchanges of fire between the two sides. A senior officer of the Iraqi emergency police was killed (Telegram, March 25, 2020).

Babel Province

  • On March 24, 2020, ISIS operatives broke into the house of a Tribal Mobilization commander about 20 km southwest of Baghdad. The commander and his sons had been “agents” of the Iraqi intelligence. They were executed and their house was set on fire. In addition, ISIS operatives planted an IED inside the house, which was activated against a Popular Mobilization foot patrol. Several fighters were killed or wounded (Telegram, March 25, 2020).
  • On March 23, 2020, an IED was activated against Popular Mobilization forces about 40 km south of Baghdad. Several fighters were killed or wounded (Telegram, March 25, 2020).

Diyala Province

  • On March 30, 2020, a Popular Mobilization camp was targeted by machine gun fire about 80 km northeast of Baqubah. A Popular Mobilization commander was killed and two other fighters were wounded (Telegram, March 31, 2020).
  • On March 30, 2020, Iraqi Interior Ministry commandos were targeted by sniper fire about 60 km north of Baqubah. Two fighters were killed (Telegram, March 30, 2020).
  • On March 29, 2020, an IED was activated against a vehicle carrying a Shiite near the city of Baqubah. The Shiite was killed (Telegram, March 30, 2020).
  • On March 28, 2020, four mortar shells were fired at a crowd of Shiites northeast of Baqubah. According to ISIS, target hits were observed (Telegram, March 29, 2020). Most of the residents of the Al-Abara district are Shiites.
  • On March 27, 2020, a Popular Mobilization camp was targeted by sniper fire south of Khanaqin, about 100 km northeast of Baqubah. One fighter was wounded (Telegram, March 28, 2020).
  • On March 25, 2020, an IED was activated against an Iraqi army vehicle about 50 km southwest of Kirkuk. Two soldiers were killed (Telegram, March 26, 2020).

Kirkuk Province

  • On March 25, 2020, two rockets were fired at an Iraqi police headquarters about 40 km southwest of Kirkuk. Target hits were observed (Telegram, March 26, 2020).

Nineveh Province

  • On March 26, 2020, an IED was activated against an Iraqi army truck about 10 km southeast of Mosul. Two soldiers were wounded (Telegram, March 26, 2020).

Erbil Province

  • On March 26, 2020, an IED was activated against an Iraqi army vehicle in the Makhmur area, about 60 km southwest of Erbil. The passengers were killed or wounded (Telegram, March 26, 2020).

Al-Anbar Province

  • On March 30, 2020, two Grad rockets were fired at Iraqi army headquarters near the city of Hit, about 140 km northwest of Baghdad. Two soldiers were wounded. One of the headquarters sustained damage (Telegram, March 31, 2020).
  • On March 29, 2020, ISIS operatives ambushed an Iraqi army force in the Akashat area, in western Iraq (about 30 km from the Iraqi-Syrian border). The operatives attacked one of the vehicles of the Iraqi troops with machine gun fire. Several soldiers were killed. Subsequently, the ISIS operatives activated an IED against another vehicle of the Iraqi force. Several other soldiers were killed (Telegram, March 30, 2020).
Counterterrorism activities by the Iraqi security forces

Salah al-Din Province

  • On March 28, 2020, ISIS operatives tried to infiltrate an area south of Samarra (about 100 km northwest of Baghdad) at a late night hour. The ISIS operatives exchanged fire with Popular Mobilization fighters and the Iraqi police. Several ISIS operatives were wounded (al-hashed.net, March 29, 2020).
  • On March 26, 2020, the Iraqi security forces located a hideout [i.e., of ISIS] in Al-Tarmiyah, about 30 km north of Baghdad. IEDs and explosives were found (Al-Sumaria, March 26, 2020).
A force of the Popular Mobilization and the Iraqi police, which thwarted an ISIS infiltration attempt south of Samarra, north of Baghdad (al-hashed.net, March 29, 2020)     A force of the Popular Mobilization and the Iraqi police, which thwarted an ISIS infiltration attempt south of Samarra, north of Baghdad (al-hashed.net, March 29, 2020)
A force of the Popular Mobilization and the Iraqi police, which thwarted an ISIS infiltration attempt south of Samarra, north of Baghdad (al-hashed.net, March 29, 2020)

Kirkuk Province

  • On March 27, 2020, the Iraqi government’s Rapid Deployment Force apprehended a terrorist operative (i.e., an ISIS operative) in Tuz Khormato, about 70 km south of Kirkuk (Al-Sumaria, March 27, 2020).

Al-Anbar Province

  • On March 27, 2020, a joint force of the Popular Mobilization and the Iraqi army carried out a patrol in the Al-Anbar Province deserts, which served as a refuge for ISIS operatives. During the searches, an ISIS underground guesthouse was uncovered. The guesthouse was destroyed (al-hashed.net, March 27, 2020).

The door to the underground ISIS guesthouse in the Al-Anbar desert (al-hashed.net, March 27, 2020)
The door to the underground ISIS guesthouse in the Al-Anbar desert
(al-hashed.net, March 27, 2020)

  • On March 26, 2020, a joint force of the Popular Mobilization and the Iraqi army operated in an area about 12 km northeast of Fallujah, where they located several ISIS guesthouses (al-hashed.net, March 26, 2020).
Popular Mobilization and Iraqi army force during an operation aimed at ISIS guesthouses northeast of Fallujah (al-hashed.net, March 26, 2020)     Popular Mobilization and Iraqi army force during an operation aimed at ISIS guesthouses northeast of Fallujah (al-hashed.net, March 26, 2020)
Popular Mobilization and Iraqi army force during an operation aimed at ISIS guesthouses northeast of Fallujah (al-hashed.net, March 26, 2020)

The border between the Salah al-Din and Diyala provinces

  • On March 29, 2020, Iraqi security forces captured five “terrorist operatives” (i.e., ISIS operatives) on the administrative border between the Salah al-Din and Diyala provinces. The operatives belonged to an ISIS network specializing in manufacturing IEDs (IEDs, March 29, 2020).

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : US spy agencies conclude China intentionally concealed COVID-19 data

April 2, 2020 by Ian Allen INTEL ORG

The United States Intelligence Community has concluded that the Chinese government intentionally withheld and even fabricated crucial data about infections and deaths from COVID-19, according to reports. Consequently, the official numbers relating to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China allegedly represent a considerable under-reporting of both total cases and total deaths.

This claim was published on Wednesday on the website of the American news agency Bloomberg. The news agency cited “three [anonymous] US officials” in its report. The officials said that a summary of the evidence against China had been communicated to the White House in a classified report. The classified report is believed to conclude that the official Chinese numbers about COVID-19 are “intentionally incomplete”.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : THE ISRAELI CORONA SAFETY ADVICE = CLOSE YOUR BORDERS !

The EU and the Coronavirus Pandemic – By Dr. Tsilla Hershco April 1, 2020 BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,515, April 1, 2020 – TEL AVIV

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many of the EU’s inherent weaknesses, from its total unpreparedness for the crisis, to the open borders that expedited the spread of the disease, to the lack of solidarity reflected in member states’ refusal to help Italy in the initial critical phase of the pandemic. The union cooperates well in non-crisis situations, but its complacency, lumbering bureaucracy, and sluggish decision-making processes hamper its ability to respond to urgent developments.

The coronavirus epidemic has exposed the EU’s gravest flaws. It failed to make plans for state cooperation to combat an epidemic, should one arise. The Union’s open border policy in accordance with the Schengen Agreement, which it considers its cardinal achievement, has turned out to be a major hindrance to the effort to contain the virus.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : SI VIS PACEM PARABELLUM! THE ANTI-DOT / Washington Free Beacon

Coronavirus – March Shatters Monthly Gun Sales Record as U.S. Faces Down Threat of Coronavirus

More than 2.5 million guns sold in March – Stephen Gutowski – April 1, 2020 7:08 PM

Gun sales exploded across the United States as the coronavirus pandemic spread, with retailers experiencing the highest sales volume in recorded history.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Ex-Präsident des Bundesverfassungsgerichts warnt vor “totalem Überwachungsstaat”

2.04.2020 • 17:12 Uhr  RUSSIA TODAY –  Die von der Bundesregierung verhängten Maßnahmen im Kampf gegen die Corona-Pandemie seien zwar für den Moment rechtmäßig und richtig, aber je nach Dauer sieht Rechtswissenschaftler Hans-Jürgen Papier darin eine Gefahr für den Rechtsstaat, wie wir ihn heute kennen.

Der Eingriff in die Grundrechte der Bevölkerung in Deutschland wird Umfragen zufolge von einer absoluten Mehrheit der Menschen zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt akzeptiert. An diesem Umstand hat nicht zuletzt auch die konzentrierte Medienkampagne #WirBleibenZuhause einen wichtigen Anteil, die auf nahezu allen Fernseh- und Radiokanälen rund um die Uhr ausgestrahlt wird.

Mehr lesen:Corona-Krise: FDP-Politiker warnt vor “Revolution der Mittelschicht”

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