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Baghdadi killed in U.S. air strike, say reports

The Hindu


The Islamic State (IS) ’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in an air raid in Syria by the U.S.-led coalition, reports said on Monday.

Baghdadi died in an air strike on IS’s stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria, Iranian state media and pro-government Turkish daily Yenis Safak said, citing IS-affiliated Arabic news agency al-Amaq. The statement published by Amaq said IS’s ‘Caliph’ Baghdadi had been killed on Sunday, according to the media reports. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by coalition air strikes on Raqqa on the fifth day of Ramadan,” said the statement.

The coalition did not immediately comment on the report. Earlier on Monday, Iraqi TV channel ‘Al-Sumaria’ said that Baghadi had been wounded on Sunday in a coalition air strike on a location 65 km west of IS-held Mosul. CNN on Monday cited U.S. defence officials as saying that they received credible intelligence that Baghdadi, who has a $25 million bounty on his head, has moved around within the past six months and had travelled to Mosul. — IANS



An Anticipated State of Lawlessness Creates A Perceived “NEED” For Assault Weapons

The US media is not prepared to discuss the primary reason that the majority of Americans feel the need to own guns, especially high capacity, high power weaponry.  The press would prefer to incite political anarchy around the latest mass-shooting and the concept of  “lone wolves” and “gun nuts”.  The majority of people who demand their Second Amendment Right, including owning weapons that are defined as “assault weapons”, expect to NEED such weapons in their immediate futures.  The United States could shortly experience the complete breakdown of order, either in the form of total economic disruption (for a number of reasons), or military disaster, which would bring about a state of lawlessness in the Homeland.  Whatever the nature of the threat, or the perceived threat, gun owners expect to need their guns, to take “home defense” to the next level, until the laws of the US Constitution are restored.


Until this expectation of imminent lawlessness is alleviated, passion for assault weapons will prevail.

Pakistan Is A Beggar-Client, China Is the Master-Banker

[Pakistan is slowly awakening to the true nature of their newfound partnership with China (SEE: Pakistan’s inept handling of mega ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ project ). Pakistan is the beggar-client, with China in the Master-Banker role, expecting to see Chinese companies doing most of the work on CPEC, all of the oversight, with Chinese banks providing the bulk of Pakistan’s borrowed share of the project.  China will choose the LNG supplier corporation, and it will NOT be either Western or Russian.  As for Pakistan’s expectation to buy used F16s from either Jordan or Turkey, whose hard cash will be used by Pakistan to purchase them? ]

China’s nomination of Sinopec for LNG deal with Pakistan worries officials

express tribune

Energy firm is facing corruption probe, Pakistan says
it could be an issue. PHOTO: FILE

Energy firm is facing corruption probe, Pakistan says it could be an issue. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: China has nominated its largest energy firm, Sinopec, to sign a government-to-government LNG deal worth billions of dollars with Pakistan, but officials have expressed concern over the Beijing-based company that is facing a corruption probe.

Officials familiar with the development said that Pakistan was negotiating LNG supply deals with different countries including France, Italy and China on a government-to-government basis. But China had nominated Sinopec, which was facing a corruption probe and could lead to problems in materialising the deal.

After Italy, Pakistan in talks with France for LNG supply

As global oil prices slump, LNG is readily available and countries that have supply agreements want to enter into a deal with Pakistan that is desperately looking to import the fuel and bridge its supply-demand gap. Officials said that China was one of the countries which had LNG supply agreements and wanted to export it to Pakistan.

However, they added that China’s nomination of Sinopec could be an issue.

A senior government official said that Pakistan was currently in negotiations for LNG supply with different countries like Italy, France and China. He said that Pakistan wanted to sign government to government deals with these countries after it recently approved the second LNG terminal contract to the successful bidder.

He said that Pakistan has forwarded the draft of a government-to-government deal to these three countries.

The official said that talks with Russian firm Gazprom were under way as well. He said that the Russian firm had offered LNG and Pakistan was keen to proceed as well.

Officials said that US had also conveyed during the energy working group meeting that prices of LNG would come down and therefore, it asked Pakistan to sign LNG supply agreements with other world suppliers. Pakistan has an agreement with Qatar for 400 mmcfd gas, while Gunvor was supplying 100 mmcfd.

Russian team coming for key talks on $1.7b gas pipeline

Gas utilities have a pipeline capacity of 400 mmcfd. These companies will add 1.2 bcfd capacity in December 2016, in a bid to cater to the greater supply.

The current LNG terminal in Karachi also has a capacity of 600 mmcfd, while the second, which would be completed in 11 eleven months, would add to the capacity.