This is coolbert:
From DEBKAfile some items of interest:
1. "Reported death of Saddam Hussein's deputy Al-Dori unconfirmed"
"Iraqi security officials reported Friday that Saddam Hussein's former deputy Izzat Ibrahim Al-Dori, 72, was killed in battle in Tikrit. In his 12 years on the run, Izzat Ibrahim has been reported killed more than once and always turned out to have survived."
DEBKAfile skeptical until proven otherwise! The cat with nine lives? The demise of Al-Dori is much too premature.
2. "Al Qaeda on winning streaks in Yemen and Iraq, exploiting stalemate in proxy wars"
"Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, two branches of Al Qaeda [AQAP and ISIL] took the lead in violent conflicts: In Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and in Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS), launched new offensives 3,050 kilometers apart. Both branches of the Islamist terror movement used the absence of competent adversarial troops on the ground - American and Saudi - to push forward"
The failed state [Yemen] amid the chaos the various factions rival and otherwise able to take advantage of a situation in a high degree of fluidity, unpredictable. HOUTHI ARE NOT THE ONLY TROUBLESOME AND WORRISOME GROUP IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD!
"Thursday, April 16, AQAP embarked on a broad offensive in southern Yemen's Hadhramaut region on the shore of the Gulf of Aden. It captured the important seaport of Mukalla and the coastal towns of Shibam and Ash-Shirh as well as gaining access to the Saudi frontier"
AL QAEDA TOO HAVING A SPECIAL AFFINITY FOR YEMEN? THE ANCESTRAL HOME OF THE BIN LADEN FAMILY WITH ALL THAT MEANS. TRIBAL LOYALTY AND AFFILIATION VERY IMPORTANT!
3. "Australia risks being a pawn in its intel trade-off with Iran - opposition MP"
"Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop reported Monday on the intelligence-sharing deal she had concluded with Iran during her visit to Tehran to track foreign fighters working with ISIS in Iraq. At home, she was criticized by the opposition"
Information as provided from Tehran to Canberra reported to be MISLEADING OR DOWNRIGHT DECEPTIVE AND DELIBERATELY SO!! INTELLIGENCE SHARING TOO MEANING THAT YOU MUST GIVE SOMETHING TO GET SOMETHING IN RETURN. THIS IS THE PACT WITH THE DEVIL?