May 03, 2015

Meanwhile...

While Baltimore is the focus of the news...

Stuff continues to happen...

Finland has sent activation orders to 900,000 reservists
No, that is not a typo, the number is nine hundred thousand. 
This is not a full mobilization, but the country is sending letters to all reservists clarifying where they are to report in the event of one.


The Iranians have seized the MV Maersk Tigris. The vessel is registered to the Marshall Islands. This gets complicated because while the Marshall Islands is an independent country, they are a US protectorate. The US, New Zealand and Australia have arrangements like this with several of their former territories. The upshot is that this is exactly the same legally as if it were a US ship. Note that earlier on the 29th, the Maersk Kensington which IS US flagged, was intercepted and ordered to heave to in the same area but refused. There is more on this here. It appears the the Navy is going to be convoying US ships through the straits of Hormuz

There is some further oddness going on in the hermit kingdom. Of course I'm sure that an unstable regime with nuclear weapons is nothing to worry about



Finally, there has been some good news. There are reports that ISIS head Al-Bagdadi has suffered a case of extreme chiropracty due to some US bombs. This could strike at the heart of the caliphates legitimacy. More verifiable, is that 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria have been rescued from Boko Haram. These are not the girls who were kidnapped last August but some of the many other girls that have been kidnapped by the Islamist group.   


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