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Turkey claims U.S. has 10 military bases in northern Syria

We’re getting very mixed signals from the Trump Administration regarding U.S. policy in Syria.

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, it was reported that President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program of arming and training so-called Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad.

As I explained and demonstrated in my post, “President Trump ends Obama administration’s insane policy of arming Syrian jihadists,” those “rebels” include Al Qaeda jihadists — which the State Department had known since at least 2012 when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. The proof is an email from Jacob Sullivan, the State Department’s then Director of Policy Planning, in which Sullivan, referring to Al Qaeda, wrote that “AQ is on our side in Syria”.

President Trump’s sensible decision would seem to indicate that the U. S. is withdrawing from the Obama administration’s wrong-headed involvement in the Syrian civil war.

But according to an article published on July 18 by Anadolu Agency, the state-run news agency of the Turkish government, the United States is “speeding up” its military aid to the Kurdish PKK/PYD in northern Syria, which seeks to overthrow the Assad government and which Turkey regards as a terrorist organization.

Note:

  • PKK = Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a left-wing Kurdish separatist organization based in Turkey and Iraq, which has been in an armed conflict against the Turkish state since 1984.
  • PYD = Democratic Union Party, a Kurdish democratic confederalist political party founded in 2003 in northern Syria.

More importantly, the Anadolu report claims that the United States actually has 10 military bases in PKK/PYD-held areas in northern Syria — a level of military involvement in Syria hitherto undisclosed to the American people. The 10 U.S. military bases consist of:

  • Two air bases in Harab Isk and Rmeilan.
  • Eight “military points” in Ayn Dadad, Ushariya, Sabt, Ayn al-Arab, Ayn Issah, Tal Tamir, Tal Baydar, and Ash Shaddadi.

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The Turkish government regards PKK/PYD as the Syrian offshoot of the terrorist organization PKK, which means that for Ankara, the U.S. is aiding and abetting terrorists. Turkey is a member of NATO. As the Anadolu Agency report puts it:

“According to the Pentagon, the U.S. military aid to several armed groups in Syria, including the PKK/PYD, comprises of 12,000 Kalashnikovs, 6,000 machine guns, 3,500 heavy machine guns, 3,000 RPG-7s, 1,000 American AT-4 or Russian SPG-9 anti-tanks, 235 mortar guns of different calibers, 100 sniper rifles, 450 PV-7 night vision binoculars and 150 binoculars with infrared laser illuminator….

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU, has waged a terror campaign against Turkey [for Kurdish independence] for more than 30 years, during which more than 40,000 people have been killed. It is also involved in illicit drug production, manufacture, and trafficking.

However, the U.S. sees the PKK/PYD, which is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as an ally in the fight against Daesh.”

Note:

  • The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is an alliance of 40% Kurdish and 60% Arab militias in the Syrian civil war, aiming to overthrow the secular government of Assad.
  • Daesh is the Arabic language acronym for ISIS or the Islamic State.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has opposed the Trump administration’s decision back in early May to arm the PKK/PYD Kurdish militia.

Reacting to the Anadolu report, the Pentagon said it had conveyed its concern to the Turkish government. Major Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, a Defense Department spokesman, said in an emailed statement:

“While we cannot independently verify the sources that contributed to this story, we would be very concerned if officials from a NATO ally would purposefully endanger our forces by releasing sensitive information. The release of sensitive military information exposes Coalition forces to unnecessary risk and has the potential to disrupt ongoing operations to defeat ISIS.”

Levent Tok, an Anadolu Agency reporter on the story, said the information about U.S. military bases in northern Syria was based on field work by Anadolu’s Syria reporters and information that had been broadcast on social media by Kurdish fighters. Tok said, “The U.S. should have thought about this before it cooperated with a terrorist organization.” (Geopolitica)

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~Eowyn

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Karma comes in three: John McCain, F. Lee Bailey & Bill Cosby

Or look at it another way: It’s God giving these three men one last chance to repent, before they must answer for their sins.

(1) Sen. John McCain (RINO-Az)

Nominally a Republican, McCain is a never-Trumper who gave the FBI the wholly fake “Russian prostitute golden shower” dossier on Trump, and actually said US leadership was stronger under Obama, when surveys found the military during the Obama administration to be plagued with low morale.

A warmonger (“neo-Con”) who has never met a war he doesn’t promote, McCain met with Syrian jihadists while going postal on Syrian Christians. He is loathed by military veterans for making political capital as a “war hero” when he “sang like a canary” to the VietCong and made a ‘Tokyo Rose’ propaganda recording. More unforgivable still are his tireless efforts to suppress information on America’s still-missing POWs.

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix said in a statement that McCain has the most common but aggressive type of brain cancer called glioblastoma. Without treatment, survival is typically 3 months; with maximum treatment, the cancer usually recurs, with fewer than 3% to 5% of patients surviving longer than five years.

Despite that, not only has McCain refused to resign, he also trashed President Trump’s decision to end the Obama administration’s irrational and counter-productive policy of the CIA arming and training Syrian jihadists.

(2) F. Lee Bailey

F. Lee Bailey was one of O.J. Simpson’s four defense lawyers in Simpson’s trial for the 1994 murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. (On Thursday, July 20, 2017, O.J. was given parole for his 2007 robbery of sports memorabilia and will be released from a Nevada prison this October.)

A famous criminal defense attorney, the 83-year-old Bailey is now flat broke, reduced to living with a hairstylist.

Last year, Bailey filed for bankruptcy after a string of scandals inside and outside the courtroom left him disbarred and shamed, including an accusation that he misappropriated funds from his defense of an alleged drug dealer.

Unable to practice law, Bailey runs a consulting business above his girl friend’s hair salon.

Bailey’s lawyer pal, Alan Dershowitz — a friend of convicted millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who frequently flew in the latter’s private plane to Epstein’s pedo-island, as well as provided legal assistance to the pedophile — blames “the vindictive way” Bailey’s been treated on his defense of Simpson.

Bailey continues to insist that a Los Angeles jury had reached the correct verdict in acquitting Simpson of the murders. (SFGate)

(3) Bill Cosby

The 80-year-old actor/comedian, accused by many women of rape and sexual assault, recently got off the hook when his trial for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand ended in a mistrial on June 17.

Not only has the prosecutor vowed to re-try Cosby, the National Enquirer reports that according to a source “close to Cosby,” the actor has senile dementia. The source says:

“Bill is showing signs of dementia. Some of his reasoning skills seem impaired. He’s been terribly forgetful and his normal behavior has changed. He’s doing strange things, like cutting a sandwich and eating it with a fork — and it’s not because of his vision. The problem is getting him to remember his lines, his own words. At some point, if his wife doesn’t step in — and right now that doesn’t seem like a real possibility — he’s going to need a caretaker, someone who is adept at handling a patient with dementia.”

Even Cosby’s attorney, Brian McMonagle is taken aback by his client’s impaired functioning.

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H/t FOTM‘s MCA

~Eowyn

President Trump ends Obama administration’s insane policy of arming Syrian jihadists

The United States is supposed to be fighting Muslim jihadists like ISIS/Islamic State and Al Qaeda.

Under Obama, however, the CIA has been arming and training so-called rebels in Syria who, we are told, are “moderates,” but in reality are jihadists. See:

The proof? — An email from Jacob Sullivan to “H” (Hillary Clinton?), dated February 12, 2012, in which Sullivan states “AQ [Al Qaeda] is on our side in Syria”.

Note: Jacob Sullivan, 40, had worked under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the State Department’s Director of Policy Planning from Feb. 4, 2011 to Feb. 15, 2013. (Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State from Jan. 21, 2009 to Feb. 1, 2013.) Sullivan was senior policy adviser to Hillary’s failed 2016 presidential campaign. If Hillary had won the election, Sullivan would be a contender for the position of National Security Advisor.

Below is Sullivan’s email:

Now, President Trump is ending Obama’s insane policy of arming Syrian jihadists.

The Washington Post reports, July 19, 2017, that “President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad.”

But this being the anti-Trump Washington Post, the paper snidely calls President Trump’s decision “a move long sought by Russia,” as if Trump does not have a mind of his own.

WaPo continues:

The program [of arming Syrian “rebels”] was a central plank of a policy begun by the Obama administration in 2013 to put pressure on Assad to step aside, but even its backers have questioned its efficacy since Russia deployed forces in Syria two years later.

Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests. The shuttering of the program is also an acknowledgment of Washington’s limited leverage and desire to remove Assad from power. […]

Officials said Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of a July 7 meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Spokesmen for the National Security Council and the CIA declined to comment.

After the Trump-Putin meeting, the United States and Russia announced an agreement to back a new cease-fire in southwest Syria, along the Jordanian border, where many of the CIA-backed rebels have long operated. Trump described the limited cease-fire deal as one of the benefits of a constructive working relationship with Moscow. […]

The decision on the CIA-backed rebels will be welcomed by Moscow, which focused its firepower on those fighters after it intervened in Syria in 2015. […]

With the end of the CIA program, U.S. involvement in Syria now consists of a vigorous air campaign against the Islamic State and a Pentagon-run train-and-equip program in support of the largely Kurdish rebel force that is advancing on Islamic State strongholds in Raqqa and along the Euphrates River valley.”

Father Daniel Maes, a Flemish priest who had lived in Syria since 2010, will certainly welcome President Trump’s ending of Obama’s insane policy of arming Syrian jihadists.

According to 79-year-old Fr. Maes, the western media’s coverage of the Syrian war is based on lies. The problem is not Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who does not persecute Christians. Rather, the problem is U.S.-NATO politicians who support ISIS and Al Nusra (the name of Al Qaeda in Syria) in their quest to topple the Syrian government. As Fr. Maes puts it,

“Christians in Syria suffer from the fact that their fellow-Christians in the West forsake them. They simply do not understand. The real terrorist leaders are in the West and Saudi Arabia. Without Putin, Syria would have ceased to exist.”

Asked by journalist Eric van de Beek why so many countries (U.S., NATO, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel) want to get rid of Assad, Fr. Maes replies:

“In 2009, Qatar asked Bashar al-Assad to permit running a pipeline through Syria to the Mediterranean. Assad said, ‘We are not going to do that because we are already working on such a pipeline with Russia and Iran.’ Then the war began. Not in 2011.

We must not forget: Homs [a city in western Syria] is an important location for the passage of the pipeline. It’s no coincidence that the violence started right there, and that Qatar’s TV station Al Jazeera was on top of it.

For the West, it is unacceptable that Syria is still one of the few countries with a central bank that is truly independent and that the country had no state debt and thus did not need to be ‘saved’.

And the Turks. They just want to revive the Ottoman empire. It’s scandalous what they did in Aleppo. The city of Aleppo was the industrial heart of Syria. The Turks dismantled all of the factories in a few days and took them to Turkey.

Israel is also a very important motor behind the conflict. The Zionists want a pure Jewish state from the Nile to the Euphrates. They want to chop up Syria into a group of small, weak states, fighting each other. Likewise the old Roman motto: Divide et empera. Divide and rule.

The Israelis are bombarding Syria, they treat injured terrorists and they deliver weapons.

I think Zionism is as bad for Judaism as ISIS is for Islam. But let’s not say that out loud, for many Protestants might take you for the devil.”

While acknowledging that the Russians are aiding Assad partly out of self-interest, Fr. Maes nevertheless points out that:

“Putin is a true Christian, wanting to defend Christianity. And he also wants a multipolar world order, in which no country dominates the rest. It annoys Putin that the Americans do not play by international rules. They overthrew the Ukrainian government, and then had the nerve to say that the Russians responded so aggressively. Syria is a sovereign country. That is what Putin emphasises. He also says: ‘We are not there for the protection of Assad, but for the protection of the Syrian statehood.’ Russia doesn’t want another failed state, like Iraq and Libya. And let’s not forget: The Russian military is the only foreign army in Syria with the consent of the Syrian government. What are other countries doing there? The Americans? The French? The Saudis? They have no right to be there. They are working on the destruction of Syria.”

Fr. Maes is right about Israel aiding the Syrian jihadists. See my post, “Pact with the devil: Israel gives weapons and free medical care to Syrian jihad,” Dec. 21, 2015.

In ending the CIA’s arming of Syrian rebels jihadists, President Trump will also reduce the outflow of Syrian “refugees” into Europe and America.

God bless President Trump!

~Eowyn

Pedogate arrests: US Army general, Ohio mayor & TV actor raped children as young as 3

It is said that pedophiles include “pillars of the community” — government officials, judges, police, lawyers, doctors, teachers, priests, ministers and rabbis.

While some find that hard to believe, here are three recent cases proving the claim to be true.

(1) The 2-Star General

Army Times reports that on April 14, 2017, retired U.S. Army 2-star Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene was charged with 6 counts of rape of a minor on multiple occasions between 1983 and 1989.

Grazioplene, of Gainesville, Virginia, entered the Army in March 1972 as an armor officer. He was director of force development in the Pentagon’s Joint Warfighting Capabilities Assessment, before retiring in January 2005. As a retiree, Grazioplene is still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The military offered no other details on the case, nor did they say why Grazioplene is only charged now, decades after the alleged rapes.

The criminal investigation remains open. If convicted, Grazioplene faces life imprisonment and the loss of his pension.

According to the Daily Mail, Grazioplene had also worked for Mission: Readiness, an organization of retired admirals and generals working with school children, and as VP of military contractor and notorious child sex-trafficker DynCorp International.

From #Pizzagate Wiki:

“DynCorp has routinely been connected to human trafficking activities, and more specifically child sex trafficking, in countries throughout the globe. Multiple instances of child and drug trafficking, and even the direct sale of child pornography in Bosnia and Colombia during the 1990s, earned them a reputation which led to a federal investigation from 2004 to 2005. They would also be directly responsible for the loss of at least $2 trillion USD in Department of Defense funds.

Despite active federal investigations into DynCorp and successful lawsuits against them no employee has ever been prosecuted in criminal court.”

When she was Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton hushed up DynCorp’s hiring of a 15-year-old bacha bazi boy prostitute to perform lap dances at a DynCorp party in Afghanistan.

(2) The Mayor

In April 2017, Richard Keenan, 66, a Democrat and former mayor of Hubbard, Ohio (2010-2011), was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for raping a girl over a 3-year period, beginning when she was four.

Keenan had pleaded guilty to 8 counts of rape, 4 counts of attempted rape and 8 counts of gross sexual imposition, all involving the same child. A rape conviction carries a sentence of life in prison, but prosecutors agreed to a plea agreement of life in prison with parole eligibility after 10 years.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports that Keenan’s wife, Diana, heard about the sex assaults from the child. She then confronted her husband, who admitted, “I did it.”

Keenan also admitted his assaults in “group discussions” while he was in the ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital psychiatric ward, but blamed the victim for initiating the acts and called the girl a “willing participant.”

According to the UK Independent, Keenan had also worked for the Hubbard city council in the 1990s and was a probation officer. In 2010, he told The Vindicator that he had “dedicated [his] life to Jesus”.

(3) The Actor

Radar Online reports, July 12, 2017, that Toby Willis, 47, the dad of TLC cable TV’s The Willis Family reality show, has been sentenced to two 25-year sentences and two 40-year sentences, after pleading guilty to four counts of child rape, including victim(s) as young as three. His sentences will run concurrently.

Willis, a father of 12, has been under investigation since 2016, when the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation suspected his involvement in the abuse of a young girl. Upon further investigation, three other sexual abuse cases were discovered. His victims were between ages 3 and 13 at the time of abuse.

A frightened Willis fled his home, yet was captured later that year in Kentucky, where he had hitchhiked in an attempt to escape the law. Willis’ TLC reality family show was cancelled in 2016, weeks before his arrest.

H/t Voat

Is it just me, or have there been more arrests of pedophiles, both small fishes and high-profile like the ones in this post, since Donald John Trump was inaugurated President?

Keep President Trump in your prayers!

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~Eowyn

Belle Plaine, MN approves satanic monument for veterans park

Belle Plaine, Minnesota, is a small city of 6,661 residents in 2010, about 45 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

In the name of “free speech,” the city government has conceded to satanists in their demand to erect a satanic monument in the city’s Veterans Memorial Park.

Liz Sawyer reports for the (Minnesota) Star Tribune that the people of Belle Plaine wanted to honor fallen U.S. veterans with a modest 2-foot steel war memorial called “Joe,” which features a cross.

In January 2017, fearing a lawsuit rooted in the constitutional separation of church and state, Belle Plaine city leaders ordered the cross to be removed.

But the decision to remove the cross proved deeply unpopular in the predominantly Christian city. For nearly a month, more than 100 flag-toting protesters occupied the park each day, often staking their own handmade crosses into the ground in defiance. Almost overnight, small wooden crosses popped up in business windows, on mailboxes and front lawns.

At a February City Council meeting, Belle Plaine resident Andy Parrish, who led the protests, told an overflow crowd:

“The residents feel a sense of duty. Our veterans defended us and it’s our duty to defend them.”

That same night, city officials withdrew its cross-removal order with what they thought to be a solution — designating a small area in the park as a “free speech zone” that would accommodate 10 or fewer temporary memorials, as long as they honor veterans.

So the cross was reinstalled on the monument in April.

The city’s reinstatement of the monument’s cross is criticized by:

  • Jane Kirtley, director of the University of Minnesota’s Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, who says that even when speech is favorable to a majority — as the cross appears to be in predominantly Christian Belle Plaine — the state cannot impose that view on others. Religious symbols, like a cross, carved onto individual grave markers are treated as Constitutionally-protected free speech. But religious symbols in a public cemetery does not have that right.
  • Similarly, Freedom From Religion Foundation objects to religious monuments on other public property. Foundation attorney Rebecca Markert calls the Belle Plaine case an “egregious violation” and questions the constitutionality of the city’s decision to establish a limited public forum in the park so the cross memorial could be restored. The foundation may submit its own “Atheists in Foxholes” monument.

The Satanic Temple was first in line to test Belle Plaine’s free speech zone with an application to erect a satanic memorial allegedly to honor nonreligious service members — a black cube, inscribed with inverted pentagrams and crowned by an upturned helmet.

Founder Doug Mesner disingenuously claims that the Satanic Temple does not worship Satan, but only seeks equity for nonbelievers, and aims to “encourage reason and empathy, reject tyrannical authority and promote justice”.

City Administrator Mike Votca said the Satanic Temple memorial meets all of the town’s requirements and was swiftly approved: “Nothing is bulletproof, that’s for sure. But I think it’s as fair as it can be, which is really what we’re trying to achieve to eliminate the chance of lawsuits.”

Although Andy Parrish acknowledges that “Everyone understood this could happen” and that the satanic monument is “more annoying than it is offensive,” other Belle Plaine residents accuse groups like Satanic Temple and Freedom From Religion Foundation of preying on small towns that lack the resources to fight back.

Katie Novotny, a vocal cross proponent, said the majority of residents have accepted the idea of a monument that includes satanic symbols because “If you’re truly a Christian, how can you be offended by someone wanting to honor our veterans even though they don’t believe in the same things we believe in?”.

To sign a petition asking Belle Plaine to reverse their approval of the satanic monument, click here.

H/t Will Shanley

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~Eowyn

President Trump retrieves Marine’s hat

While a President’s policies matter, symbols and gestures are also important and, oftentimes, convey more about the person.

In contrast to his predecessor, President Trump lit up the White House in red-white-blue on July 4th. Nor did President Trump slavishly wear the G-20 lapel pin but, as a true American patriot, wore his American flag pin at the recent G-20 Summit in Germany.

Here’s another difference between President Trump and Obama.

According to Marine Corps regulation MCO P1020.34F of the Marine Corps Uniform Regulations chapter 3, a male Marine is not allowed to carry an umbrella while in uniform.

But at a May 2013 press conference with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Obama forced a Marine to shield him from the light drizzle with an umbrella, thereby violating U.S. Marine Corps regulation.

Contrast how Obama treated Marines to President Trump.

On July 8, 2017, while boarding Marine One at a very windy Joint Base Andrews, President Trump noticed the wind had blown away the hat of a standing-at-attention Marine. So the Commander In Chief bent down to pick it up and placed the hat back on the head of the Marine.

Did you also notice President Trump giving the Marine a pat on the arm (0:18 mark)?

But this is how lying liberal bastards portray the hat incident (h/t FOTM‘s truckjunkie):

By the way, the other Marine saluted President Trump. Why wasn’t the hatless Marine saluting his Commander in Chief?

See also “Trump touches face of amputee vet”.

H/t FOTM‘s Auntie Lulu and pigpen51

Eowyn

Canada to apologize and give $8m to youngest Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to murdering US soldier

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Killer Omar Khadr: Laughing all the way to the bank

I swear, up is down and down is up in this world.

From Daily Mail: The Canadian government will apologize to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr and pay him around $8m (Canadian $10m) to compensate him for the abuse he suffered in detention, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

A Canadian citizen, Khadr, now 30, was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 at age 15 after a firefight with U.S. soldiers. He pleaded guilty to killing a US army medic and became the youngest inmate held at the US military prison in Cuba. Khadr later recanted and his lawyers said he had been grossly mistreated.

The Canadian Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that Canada breached his rights by sending intelligence agents to interrogate him and by sharing the results with the United States. (According to ABC News, the abuse included sleep deprivation during interrogations.)

Khadr spent a decade in Guantanamo before being returned to Canada in 2012 to serve the rest of his sentence. He was released on bail in 2015 and lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Canadian government and Khadr’s lawyers reached the compensation deal, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous given the sensitivity. Canada has reached a series of expensive settlements with citizens imprisoned abroad who alleged Ottawa was complicit in their mistreatment.

Khadr had sued Ottawa for around $15m (Canadian $20) on grounds of violating his human rights. News of the settlement was first reported by the Globe and Mail newspaper.

Khadr was taken to Afghanistan by his father, a senior al Qaeda member, who apprenticed the boy to a group of bomb makers who opened fire when U.S. troops went to their compound. The father was killed in a battle with Pakistani forces in 2003.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Ireland for a visit, said the judicial process should be ending soon but declined further comment.

Spokespeople for Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Nor did Khadr’s lawyers. The U.S. Embassy was closed for the July 4 U.S. holiday.

‘It is the right decision in light of the callous and unlawful treatment meted out to Mr. Khadr with the complicity of Canadian officials,’ said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

DCG