I Like These Young Women

 

(Newser) – Two sisters getting harassed and touched by three men on a bus in India weren’t getting any help from other passengers, so they took matters into their own hands: A video of them using their belts to beat the men has gone viral, reports the BBC. Police, meanwhile, have since arrested the three men. The sisters are identified as Arti and Puja Kumar, ages 22 and 19, and local law authorities say they will get some kind of cash award for their bravery. “The men started to abuse me and touch me. I told them, ‘If you touch me again, you’ll get beaten up,'” says Puja. “They called a friend on the phone and told him to ‘come over because we have to beat up some girls.'”

The Hindu reports that the girls began fighting when the men began harassing a pregnant passenger, too. It was the pregnant woman who recorded the altercation on her phone. The girls were eventually forced off the bus and say they fended off the trio yet again. The pregnant woman got off at the next stop, and accompanied the sisters to the local police station in the northern state of Haryana. Puja’s view: “A woman’s rape starts the moment she withstands the dirty looks of such men. If you hit back hard, then only you can survive.” The incident resonates in light of the gang rape of a young Indian woman on a bus in 2012.

ISIS Coalition SITREP #46

Good day we are starting a new week of the conflict against ISIS…….now there seems to be conflicting reports coming out of the admin……

Item 1–In the beginning the Obama people said that the Us would only be a supporting actor to the Iraqi army…..but then I read this report……

US officials are confirming that they have greatly accelerated their planning to retake Mosul, and that they could orchestrate an attack on the city as soon as January.

The plan such as it is, is to assemble “about 1,000 troops” to attack the city of nearly two million people, under the assumption that if they attack the north and south of the city at once, they’ll be able to oust the ISIS fighters.

That smells like a direct roll for US troops in the armed conflict…..it is contradiction to previous statements….

Item 2–Kobane has slipped from the headlines here in the states….there is always something more newsworthy…..but while we were otherwise distracted…….

Months of fighting over the key north Syrian border town of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab in Arabic) continue, but ISIS seems to be getting a more decisive advantage by the moment, with Kurdish officials saying the town is now totally surrounded.

In addition to the usual raids from the south and the east, where the bulk of ISIS forces are located, smaller raids were reported from the west, and perhaps more disturbingly, the north, where the Turkish border lies.

ISIS attacking from within Turkey?

Item 3–There are some tactics that are a waste of time…..and this piece of crap is just such a waste……

The U.S. military will subject Syrian rebels taking part in a new training program to psychological evaluations, biometrics checks and stress tests under a screening plan that goes well beyond the steps the United States normally takes to vet foreign soldiers, a sign of the risks the Obama administration faces as it expands support for armed groups in Syria.

Officials said the screening program, developed chiefly by the U.S. Central Command, will rely on what was described as a “common core” of screening protocols, including running trainees’ names through U.S. and foreign intelligence databases, collecting biometric data and, when possible, seeking information from fighters’ home communities. Rebel commanders will be subject to additional screening.

What a plan!  In a region with changing alliances……

Item 4–This operation has a wealth of worthless ideas…….and this is just one in a long list……

BAGHDAD—Iraq’s Sunni-majority al-Watanya bloc warned that arming tribes and militia groups by the state would lead to a civil war and that weapons should only be in the hands of government forces.

The al-Watanya bloc led by Vice President Ayad Allawi said in a statement on Saturday that ‘random’ arming of Sunni tribes and Shiite militias would lead the country into a civil war between the country’s different sects.

“Weapons should only be in the hands of government forces to avoid bad consequences and a civil war in the future,” read the statement.

The Iraqi government maintains relations with some Sunni tribes in Anbar while it is allegedly arming several Shiite militia groups to assist the army in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS).

“Arming the tribes and militias indicates the government’s failure in creating efficient security forces,” said the al-Watanya.

Need more be said?

Item 5–US may be footing the bill for an army that does not exist…….

For months, Iraqi officials have been trying to find out exactly how broken their military was, as something was clearly wrong with them after being routed by ISIS this summer in Mosul.

Corruption has been a big problem for Iraq, and it’s even bigger than anyone imagined, as the probe of one of the major problems, “ghost soldiers” on the payroll who didn’t exist, uncovered at least 50,000 of them.

More waste…..that is what this conflict is all about…..

Item 6–“Moderate” rebels have a new umbrella group…..and it is not what all want……

The Revolutionary Command Council, a newly created umbrella group aiming to unite Syrian rebel groups in the north, has unveiled its new council after a three-day organizational meeting.

Far from the “moderate” faction people were expecting, the council is dominated by Islamist factions, particularly those with ties to al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra, and reflects al-Qaeda’s growing influence across northwest Syria.

Oh goodie….more bad news for the Coalition…..

This concludes today’s briefing……

Thanx for your time and attention……

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