According to Lebanese daily As-Safir, Hezbollah was placing its rocket arsenal along the northern border with Israel and tracking the movements of the Israeli army. The newspaper reported that the group was building several "sophisticated" tunnels on the border with Israel following the example of the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas, which had reportedly built several tunnels between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Hezbollah, established in the 1980s, is a paramilitary and political organization originating in Lebanon's Shiite population. The group initially aimed to end Israel's occupation of Southern Lebanon. On May 25, 2000, Israel withdrew from Lebanon, which Hezbollah widely saw as its victory.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized the United States over American troops wearing insignia of Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) during an operation in Syria. In a Saturday speech in the mainly-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, Erdogan “condemned” Washington as not being “honest.” “Those who are our friends, those who are with us in NATO, should not and cannot send their soldiers to Syria with the sign of the YPG,” said Erdogan.
Russian warplanes have increased airstrikes against illegal oil production sites and oil smuggling routes in Syria since May 20, head of the Russian General Staff Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said Friday. According to him, Moscow and Washington have agreed on the need to decrease the economic potential of the terrorist groups Daesh and Al-Nusra..
The Israeli environment minister has officially resigned in protest at the appointment of hawkish politician Avigdor Lieberman as the regime’s new minister for military affairs. Avi Gabbay said in a resignation statement on Friday that the recent “political maneuvering” and replacement are “grave actions that ignore what is important for [Israel’s] security and will bring about more extremism and rifts among the people,”
Ehud Barak, the former Israeli prime minister and defense minister, said in an interview on Israeli TV on Friday night that fascistic, extreme right-wing politics are on the rise in his country, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.“What has happened is a hostile takeover of the Israeli government by dangerous elements,”“And it’s just the beginning.”Barak’s comments come just weeks after Israeli Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan compared Israel to Nazi Germany in the 1930s, in a Holocaust Remembrance Day speech.
Five years after a US-NATO war shattered Libya, Washington preparing to send troops into the oil-rich North African nation for a “long-term mission.” Pentagon’s top uniformed commander, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,: the new military deployment, which could involve thousands of US troops, could happen “any day.” General Dunford told reporters that there had been “intense dialogue” and “activities under the surface” aimed at bringing about the Libya intervention.
Israel’s defence minister announced his resignation, citing poor faith in the prime minister after Binyamin Netanyahu proposed replacing him as part of a move to expand the coalition government. Moshe Yaalon said on Twitter: “I informed the PM that after his conduct and recent developments, and given the lack of faith in him, I am resigning from the government and parliament and taking a break from political life.”
Turkish fighter jets have bombarded the southeastern areas of Turkey and the northern parts of neighboring Iraq, killing at least 10 people, Turkish security sources say. According to the sources, the victims of the Wednesday airstrikes in the Turkish province of Hakkari and in northern Iraq were members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group. Ankara has been engaged in a large-scale campaign against the PKK in its southern border region in the past few months.
The US Senate adopted unanimously a proposed bill that would allow Americans to sue nation-states for terrorist attacks on US soil, despite opposition from the White House and allies such as Saudi Arabia. Dubbed “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act,” the bill sailed through the upper chamber of Congress without opposition Tuesday. It now heads to the House of Representatives, which has its own version of the proposal. Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, co-sponsored the bill, prevailed over his South Carolina colleague Lindsey Graham, who had put a hold on the bill last month, citing concerns it would open the US up to lawsuits by foreign governments.
President Obama came into office seven years ago pledging to end the wars of his predecessor, George W. Bush. On May 6, with eight months left before he vacates the White House, Mr. Obama passed a somber, little-noticed milestone: He has now been at war longer than Mr. Bush, or any other American presiden. .If the United States remains in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria until the end of Mr. Obama’s term he will leave behind a legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war. Mr. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Pomises he made as an antiwar candidate, would have a longer tour of duty as a wartime president than Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon or Abraham Lincoln.
Islamic State terrorists wounded on Syrian battlefield regularly travel to Turkey for complex, costly medical treatment, according to tapped phone calls handed to the media by opposition MP Erem Erdem. IS militants and their families regularly get escorted through the Syrian-Turkish border with help of local middlemen and a lack of counter-measures from authorities. Ankara denies offering any safe havens for wounded IS members, or any links with the terror group whatsoever, phone taps point to the contrary.. Some returning from Syria need medical assistance, wounded militants get expensive complicated medical procedures, amounts to thousands of dollars. Bills taken care of by Islamic State, arranges payment to medical facilities..
A Syrian military source said the Israeli Air Force violated the Syrian airspace on Thursday around midnight and struck the positions of the Syrian pro-government forces near the Damascus International Airport.
A Palestinian child, Ahmad Manasra, 14, was convicted Tuesday of two counts of attempted murder, despite a lack of evidence, a video showing him being severely beaten and insulted by a crowd shouting racial slurs, and video showing Israeli interrogators brutalizing and intimidating the crying child with no family member or lawyer present
Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone has said the “creation” of Israel was a “great catastrophe,” leading to a situation with the “potential for nuclear war.The creation of the state of Israel was fundamentally wrong, because there had been a Palestinian community there for 2,000 years,” he recently told Arabic TV station al-Ghad al-Arabi.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced that the Russian S-300 missile defense system delivered to Iran has been brought to Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, adding that the Iranian version of the defense shield called 'Bavar (Belief) 373' will be produced soo;n. the defense shield being able to engage with multiple targets, including ballistic and cruise missiles
According to HRW, border guards used excessive force against Syrians and a smuggler trying to reach Turkey in March and April. Five people were reportedly killed, including a child, and 14 others were injured. “Firing at traumatized men, women, and children fleeing fighting and indiscriminate warfare is truly appalling,” Human Rights Watch researcher Gerry Simpson.
More than a dozen members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards were killed, 21 wounded.this week during an attack by militants in northern Syria in what shows Tehran’s deep involvement in the Syrian civil war. Iran has been one of President Bashar Assad’s strongest backers and has, along with Lebanon’s Iran-backed militant Hezbollah group, sent fighters to battle on the government’s side.Iran and Russia have backed Syria throughout the conflict. All three refer to all those fighting to overthrow Assad as terrorists.
As calls for the ethnic cleansing of non-Jews become commonplace, so do the Nazi comparisons, both at home and abroad. Major General Yair Golan said, “If there's something that frightens me about Holocaust remembrance it's the recognition of the revolting processes that occurred in Europe in general, and particularly in Germany, back then – 70, 80 and 90 years ago – and finding signs of them here among us today in 2016.”
Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutogluannounced on Wednesday his decision to step down as chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and therefore as prime minister. The resignation is a reflection of deep conflicts within the state, in the midst of Turkish involvement in the Syria civil war and growing tension with Russia, as well as a renewed, bloody civil war with its own Kurdish minority. Davutoglu resigned after fistfights repeatedly erupted inside the parliament over Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s moves to crush the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP).
Many government buildings destroyed. Telephone exchanges have been systematically bombed and destroyed. Two large dairies were bombed, killing 100 civilians and wounding 200 more. Multiple daytime air strikes on Mosul University on March 19th and 20th killed 92 civilians and wounded 135, mostly faculty, staff, families and students. Targets included the main administration building, classroom buildings, a women’s dormitory and a faculty apartment building. 50 civilians were killed and 100 wounded by air strikes on 2 apartment buildings, Al Hadbaa and Al Khadraa. 22 civilians killed in air strikes on houses in front of Mosul Medical College. US air strikes on April 24th damaged the Rashidiya water treatment plant in West Mosul and the Yarmouk power station in East Mosul. The Central Bank of Mosul in Ghazi Street and several branches of Rafidain and Rasheed banks were bombed, with heavy civilian casualties, despite all cash reportedly being removed after the first bank was struck. Three workers were killed and 12 wounded in an air strike on the former Pepsi bottling plant. An air strike on a fuel depot in an industrial area ignited an inferno with 150 casualties on April 18th. Bombs have damaged a food warehouse, power stations, and substations in West Mosul, and flour mills, a pharmaceutical factory, auto repair shops and other workshops across Mosul. The Al Hurairah Bridge was destroyed by air strikes.
At least four people have been injured in Israeli airstrikes against the Gaza Strip in new acts of aggression against the blockaded coastal territory. The airstrikes came hours after Israeli warplanes launched at least five airstrikes against an open area near the Yasser Arafat International Airport in the border town of Rafah
The Russian Defense Ministry published a video of the Russian Aerospace Forces conducting flights in Syria on its official YouTube channel. The video shows the incredible Su-25 fighter jet, Mi-8 transport-combat helicopter, Su-35s, the Su-24M and fighter-bomber Su-34. The air force was involved in combating Daesh terrorists in Syria and was based at Hmeymim airbase in Latakia until the end of March 2016.
Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in an air strike on a refugee camp in northern Syria,at the al-Camouna camp near Sarmada in Idlib province, close to the Turkish border.
Several airstrikes have hit warehouses that supplied medical items and fuel to hospital in the Syrian city Aleppo, the US division of the international humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said in a Twitter message on Monday.
Iran’s media reported on Tuesday that an immediate order has been issued by the relevant authorities to stop placing orders to import US-made cars into the country, will accordingly prevent imports of as much as 200 Chevrolet cars into the country that had a collective value of $7 million. Global brands including Fiat, Mercedes Benz, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault and Volkswagen have been negotiating over the same issue with the related Iranian officials.
A Turkish constitutional committee meeting descended into chaos when a verbal argument between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and oppositional Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) spiraled out of control into a brawl. The feud is believed to have been sparked by a comment from Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ who blamed the pro-Kurdish HDP for instigating a similar scuffle on Thursday. The remark immediately drew the ire of the HDP’s MP Garo Paylan who labeled it “slander”.
Syrian army sources claimed Wednesday that they had ambushed and captured a group of vehicles packed with Israeli weapons in the southern part of the country; the weapons and ammunition were marked with Hebrew writing, indicating their origin. Syrian military sources reported that the vehicles carried Israeli mines, RPG rocket launchers, B9 guns, various types of mortars and hand grenades. War in Syria involves at least 10 regional actors: the US, Russia, Syria, Iran, Hizballah, Jordan, Israel, Syrian rebels, the Nusra Front and ISIS.
More than 200 civilians, including 35 children, were killed as military violence erupted across Syria this week, leaving the ceasefire agreement brokered by US and Russian diplomats in February in tatters in a war that has killed more than 400,000 people pushing Syria deeper into conditions of social collapse; “catastrophic deterioration” in the security situation, violence across Syria “soaring back to the levels we saw prior to the cessation of hostilities,” and military forces displaying a “monstrous disregard” for civilians, according to UN human rights official Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein.
Fish farming and car dealing have become an alternative money generating resources for ISIS, after Russian and US-led strikes severely crippled the terrorist’s “traditional” oil smuggling businesses in Syria and Iraq, a new report by Iraq's central court of investigation revealed; generating millions of dollars a month,also comes from captured car dealerships and factories which once belonged to Iraqi government.
Tuesday, the White House released a statement announcing an unprecedented military aid package for Israel. The statement called the expenditure the "single largest pledge of military assistance to any country in US history." United States has provided Tel Aviv over $3.1 billion annually in military aid since 2007, already the highest amount of foreign military aid offered to any other country. Tel Aviv scoffed at this appropriation level as insufficient and has since demanded $4.5 billion in US military aid per year.
Within the span of one day, President Barack Obama warned against sending ground troops to Syria just as his administration announced deploying an additional 250 special operators to the country. Obama said deploying ground troops to Syria would be a “mistake” during an interview with BBC. Despite his supposed apprehension to committing a ground force to Syria, Obama’s deployment will bring the total U.S. presence in the country to around 300.
Iraqi warplanes targeted 20 tanker trucks, loaded with crude oil, in the Qayyarah oilfield, located on the west bank of the Tigris river; the airstrikes completely destroyed the convoy and caused a huge fire, whose thick and black smoke darkened the sky. At least eight terrorists were killed in the attack and eight others sustained injuries. The IHS Conflict Monitor reported on Monday that 43 percent of Daesh’s revenues are from oil trade, and the rest come from taxation, confiscation of businesses and property, drug smuggling, ransom, and the sale of electricity.
The United States has approved the sale of 254 rolling airframe missiles to the government of Qatar, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release on Friday. The small, lightweight missiles that are used by several US allies contain infrared homing for guidance to targets, and are so named because they rotate in flight, much like a bullet fired from a rifle.
Spokesman for the Iraqi Defense Ministry Nasir Nouri Mohammed al-Tamimi: A new batch of Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25 strike fighters has been delivered to Iraq, spokesman for the Iraqi Defense Ministry Nasir Nouri Mohammed al-Tamimi, will give additional advantage to the Iraqi army in the fight against terrorist groups, including the Islamic State (terrorist group banned in Russia). Su-25 is Russia’s strike fighter, designed for providing round the clock support to ground troops hitting objectives within the visibility range, as well as for attacking target-point facilities in any weather conditions.
US warplanes have been bombing civilian areas in Iraq and Syria under loosened rules of engagement, the US Defense Department announced Wednesday. Under the new rules, US forces may attack any area considered to have a “non-combatant value” of 10, that is, a likely fallout of fewer than 10 civilian deaths. This March US warplanes dropped nearly 2,000 bombs on Iraq and Syria, an increase over the 1,700 bombs dropped by US forces during the previous March.
Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino: Oil prices may plummet to $25 per barrel following the failure of oil producers to agree on production freezes during a recent meeting in Doha, The news triggered a sharp drop of about 4 percent in oil prices. Global oil prices plunged from $115 to less than $30 per barrel between June 2014 and January 2016, lowest levels since 2003 amid an ongoing glut in global oil supply.
Russian Energy Ministry says it’s ready to increase oil production and exports should Saudi Arabia go through with its threat to boost output after the failure of the Doha talks. The talks by major oil producers to cap production failed after Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates said they wouldn’t agree to a deal unless Iran was included. Iran said it wants to ramp up output to pre-sanctions levels of four million barrels per day, did not show up for the talks..
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced a further escalation of the US war in Iraq to include deployment of at least 200 additional troops, along with Apache helicopter gunships and artillery. during an unannounced visit to Iraq. US forces are increasingly involved in conventional and large-scale ground combat, making a mockery of Obama’s numerous vows to the contrary.
Ruben Durante, professor at Sciences Po in Paris, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, professor at the Paris School of Economics: The news management is so sophisticated that the Israeli government is especially good about avoiding damaging “follow-up” or “day two” stories about its attacks; stories most likely to include awkward human interest details about the casualties and their families. Israeli attacks are more likely to occur prior to days with very high news pressure driven by clearly predictable events” such as, say, the Super Bowl. There were significant upticks in Israeli military action in the West Bank and Gaza Strip before big holidays or sporting events, but not before things Israeli military could not anticipate.
The White House took to the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal to suggest that, if current negotiations bog down, the Pentagon would put anti-aircraft missiles in the hands of Saudi- and Turkey-supported ‘moderate’ rebel groups, including Daesh, al-Nusra and al-Qaeda; terrorists and mercenaries who have engaged in horrific crimes against the civilians in Syria.
MOSCOW, April 14. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin: "Yes, certain drawbacks have been exposed," he said during his annual televised Q&A session officially known as "The Direct Line with Vladimir Putin. "I shall be honest, there are many of them. Everything is now carefully being examined; experts of many manufacturing companies went to the field "to tune up the equipment to the required condition." "The work continues," "Interest in our weapons, after operation in Syria has grown sharply," "We cannot meet the demands of the foreign market on some kinds of weapons, for example air defense systems; "three plants for production of this hardware had to be built.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak: Russia received information from Qatar 17 countries will be participating in a meeting in Doha dedicated to oil producing states to discuss freezing the extraction of oil. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members and non-OPEC oil producers are expected to discuss freezing oil output to curb oversupplies.
As a new round of Syria peace talks kicks off in Geneva, Syrians in government-controlled areas head to polling stations to elect a new parliament. Washington has dismissed the poll saying it doesn’t reflect "the will of the people." The parliamentary elections in Syria occur every four years.
Israeli army plans to deploy unmanned attack drone able to carry grenades and a small camera, can loiter in the air before being dropped on targets via a tablet app; weighs ten pounds (4.5kg), light enough to be able to be carried in a military backpack. The drone is a quadcopter (four-propellers) that can hover over a target area for up to 30 minutes. The operator identifies the target and steers the drone before detonating the device’s two fragmentation grenades, destroying the drone in the process.
The United States is dropping bombs on people at such a furious rate, munitions manufacturers have been unable to keep up with demand. U.S. military conducting bombing missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere. Saudi Arabia employed U.S.-made bombs in Yemen. The spike in demand for weapons of war since the attacks in Paris have sent stock prices and arms sales through the roof.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced.Israel has launched dozens of strikes in Syria meant to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining game-changing weaponry,” The prime minister failed to specify what kind of strikes Israel had conducted in Syria.
U.S. Air Force Central Command said in a statement that an unknown number of B-52s will be based at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar; the B-52 bombers could be ready to bomb elsewhere in the Middle East.
Putin: No matter how much one tries to belittle the role, the importance of our actions to combat terrorism, to silence these events is simply not possible. ”Our task was first and foremost to strengthen Syria's statehood and legitimate state institutions;" we have fulfilled our task – that's quite obvious. The West has failed to isolate Russia after the reunification with Crimea but came to realize that it’s impossible only after the Russian military operation in Syria.
The world’s largest crude exporter Saudi Arabia plans to create a huge sovereign wealth fund for the country’s most prized assets to prepare for a post oil era, said Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Public Investment Fund (PIF) will eventually control more than $2 trillion and help the kingdom to shift from oil which has seen falling prices strain Saudi Arabia's finances.
Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says it is holding four Israeli soldiers that it captured during the Tel Aviv’s regime 50-day war on the Gaza Strip in 2014. “There are no talks or negotiations relating to the prisoners,”. In early July 2014, Israel waged a war on the Gaza Strip. The 50-day offensive ended on August 26 with a truce that took effect after indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, were killed.
Turkey is a key supplier of weapons and military hardware to the Islamic State terrorist group and its intelligence services are in charge of these activities, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said in a letter to the United Nations Security Council published on Friday.
US President Barack Obama yesterday concluded the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, involving more than 50 countries, with a bland statement highlighting his presidency’s supposed achievements in limiting the spread of nuclear weapons. In reality, the Obama administration has greatly heightened, not lessened, the danger that nuclear devices will be used. The summit was held under the banner of the “war on terror,” with the supposed purpose of engendering international collaboration in preventing Al Qaeda or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) gaining access to nuclear weapons.
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson,served as chief of staff to former secretary of state, Colin Powell: “it is now private interests that benefit most from our use of military force; private security contractors, defense contractors, like Lockheed Martin.” “We are the death merchant of the world.” Hillary Clinton’s speech from 2011, during her tenure as Secretary of State, she stated, “It’s time for the United States to start thinking of Iraq as a business opportunity.”
In an attempt to shift their focus in international trade away from the EU due to political tension, Israel is starting free trade negotiations with China; Beijing seeks investment capital and a greater presence in the Middle East. Beijing and Tel-Aviv intend to negotiate a free-trade deal that would boost economic performance on both sides.
The head of the United States’ largest intelligence agency secretly visited Israel last week, reportedly in order to explore forging closer ties between American and Israeli cyber intelligence experts. Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz said on Sunday that Admiral Michael Rogers, who directs the United States National Security Agency (NSA), was secretly in Israel last week. The NSA is America’s signals intelligence (SIGINT) agency, which is responsible for electronic collection
LA Times reports that two American backed rebel groups have repeatedly fought each other in Syria over the past two months. CIA backed Knights of Righteousness were pushed out of the town of Marea by the Pentagon backed Syrian Democratic Forces. Similar clashes between the two groups have been seen in the town of Azaz, which is situated between Aleppo and the Turkish border.
The $500 million Russia spent on the military operation in Syria may soon pay off for the Kremlin, reports business daily Kommersant, as Moscow expects $6-7 billion worth of new arms contracts; potential customers are looking to buy the weapons proved in action. In Syria; demonstrated the combat capabilities of military technology tested in combat conditions and attracted the attention of customers,
"In a telephone conversation with the Syrian president, Vladimir Putin congratulated his counterpart on retaking the city of Palmyra from terrorists and noted the importance of preserving this unique historic site for world culture," "Putin stressed that despite the withdrawal of the bulk of Russia's military contingent from Syria, Russia’s forces will continue to help the Syrian authorities in their anti-terrorist efforts.
10 tons of humanitarian cargoes delivered to settlements in Syria’s Hama province, which were earlier besieged and captured by terrorists of the Jabhat al-Nusra organization (banned in Russia). The distribution of humanitarian cargoes attended by Russian journalists, took place in Fan esh-Shemali where official representatives and residents from eight neighboring settlements had gathered. The humanitarian aid was also delivered to Fan al Wastani settlement, which had been besieged by the Jabhat al-Nusra militants
After a series of fighting against the Syrian Army, a group of Daesh militants retreated to the northern areas of Palmyra; clashes, however, are still taking place in the eastern and western parts of the ancient Syrian city. The Syrian Army destroyed a Daesh tank and two trucks with anti-aircraft guns which the terrorists were firing at the citadel of Palmyra
200 heavily armed US combat troops, members of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provided artillery fire support for an Iraqi government offensive against the city of Mosul in Iraq on Thursday. The US Marines unleashed artillery barrages against villages around Makhmour, a town south of Mosul, as part of “shaping operations” carried out by thousands of Iraqi troops, under direction of 100 US advisors..
Russian Defense Ministry: There will be more evidence of Ankara’s implication in the looting of Syria as this country is liberated from terrorists. Turkey is involved in illegal trade in oil and petroleum products from Syria and Iraq as well in supplying gunmen with ammunition, weapons and manpower.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the flow of oil smuggled by Daesh across the Syrian-Turkish border is continuing despite attacks on the terror group’s infrastructure, and the UN Security Council’s ban on the illegal trade. Security Council threatened sanctions on parties buying oil from the terrorist group.
Palestinians have decided to ban goods made by five Israeli companies from entering the occupied West Bank after the Tel Aviv regime made a similar decision. "In response to the Israeli decision to ban the entry to Jerusalem (al-Quds) of products from five Palestinian companies, the government decided to ban the entry of products from five Israeli companies" to the West Bank, said a Tuesday statement issued after the weekly meeting of the Palestinian cabinet,. takes effect immediately.
Colonel General Alexander Dvornikov, commander of the Russian group of troops in Syria:"I am not going to conceal the fact that our special operations forces are working in the territory of Syria. They are doing reconnaissance checks prior to the Russian air strikes; heading the planes to targets in remote regions as well as fulfilling other special tasks," He added that similar units of the US Armed Forces and the armies of other coalition states were also operating in Syria.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Europe only four days ago that it could see terrorist bombings and attacks in its cities in the near future if it does not cease support for and cooperation with Kurdish “militants.” Interestingly enough, Erdogan mentioned Brussels as a potential target by name.
State Department is legally mandated by Congress to determine whether Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) persecution of minorities in Iraq and Syria – Christians, Yazidis, Sunni Kurds and Shiite Muslims – constitutes genocide.“What is happening in Iraq and Syria is a deliberate, systematic targeting of religious and ethnic minorities. Today, the House unanimously voted to call ISIS’s atrocities what they are: a genocide. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)
Donald Trump outlined an noninterventionist approach to world affairs Monday, questions the need for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which has formed the backbone of Western security policies since the Cold War; said he advocates an aggressive U.S. posture in the world with a light footprint. In spite of unrest abroad, especially in the Middle East, Trump said the United States must look inward and steer its resources toward rebuilding domestic infrastructure.
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a speech to an influential Zionist lobby group in Washington that Iran still posed a threat to Israel and needed to be closely watched, criticized Donald Trump for having a "neutral" stance on Israel. US presidential candidates, in particular Clinton, receive large campaign funding from wealthy Jewish donors who have strong ties to the far-right wing in Israel; is getting more money from the defense industry than any other candidate. The US government is pressured to serve Israel’s interests, work to steer US foreign policy in favor of Israel.
The Kremlin has refused to comment on the number of fallen Russian servicemen in an anti-terrorism operation in Syria and alleged participation of Russian troops in battles near Palmyra.
Washington has sent a detachment of US Marines to Iraq to bolster the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terror group. The Marines will reinforce US forces already there. It isn't immediately clear how many personnel have been sent and to where.
Israel is largest exporter of military drones in the world. AirMule from UrbanAero; Designed to take off and land vertically with up to 1,400 pounds of cargo and zip through the air at over 100mph, this drone is set to transport injured soldiers from urban war zones where standard helicopters cannot fly.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said it is necessary to redefine terrorism to include those who support such acts; said there was no difference between "a terrorist holding a gun or a bomb and those who use their position and pen to serve the aims" of terrorists. Erdogan added this could be a journalist, a lawmaker or an activist.
Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu: "Backed by our aviation, Syrian forces have freed 400 populated areas and over 10,000 square kilometers [3,860 square miles] of territories." Syrian army retake control of oil and gas fields near Palmyra. Three large fields have already started functioning in normal mode; petroleum trade routes with Turkey,routes of weapons provisions to terrorists blocked.
A Kremlin statement said that Putin confirmed the withdrawal personally over the phone with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia's military intervention began its bombing campaign on September 30, 2015, following a formal request by the Syrian government. Putin and Assad agreed that the Russian bombing campaign "have brought about a real turnabout in the fight against the terrorists in Syria, throwing their infrastructure into disarray and causing them substantial damage;" the operations "made it possible to put in place conditions for starting a peace process under UN aegis.
American student killed, 13 injured in wave of terrorist stabbing attacks Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz labeled Israel’s reaction to a current spate of violence as a "war against ISIS-style Muslim extremist terror." Israeli military announced full-scale closure of the West Bank villages of Zawia and Auja,
The New York Times reported Tuesday that US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has provided the White House with a detailed plan for expansive military operations throughout Libya., The Times reported that once the plan is approved by Obama, warplanes will launch attacks on alleged ISIS training camps, command centers and munitions depots while also providing air cover to various US-backed militias, which include Islamist elements similar to ISIS.
New reports from the Kurdish media in Syria suggest the US is expanding its operations inside northeast Syria, and is now working on two separate air bases inside territory controlled by the Kurdish YPG.. US Central Command issued a statement “denying” that the US had any direct control over any airfields in Syria, though they did not deny that the projects were ongoing, saying they are looking to increase “efficiency for logistics” in Syrian Kurdistan.
The first batch of mercenaries from the private US military firm DynCorp has arrived in the Yemeni city of Aden to replace paid militants from another American company, Blackwater, a notorious American group now renamed Academi.
The Russian jet crashed in Syria earlier on Tuesday with two people aboard. The plane was most likely downed by a ground missile, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. According to initial ministry information, both pilots were able to eject from the airplane. Their current condition and whereabouts have not been released.
Turkey has offered to take back unregistered migrants from Greece while sending the same number genuine Syrian refugees to the EU. In return, Ankara wants double the promised EU funding, visa-free travel, and faster progress towards EU membership.
Iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani, who was facing charges of economic corruption among others, has been given a death sentence;. charged with massive fraud at Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum, Social Security Organization and Bank Maskan (specializing in housing finance), money laundering and forgery.
Israel has demolished at least 41 structures, including an elementary school, in one of the villages in the West Bank, leaving dozens of people homeless, the UN said. The current destruction trend is one of the highest on record in the West Bank since 2009.
The office of the Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen announced on Friday that the country may expand its anti-Daesh campaign in Syria by sending F-16 fighter jets, C130J transport aircraft and 400 military personnel to the war-torn country.
Announcement of the establishment of an Arab Court of Human Rights has come from the Shoura Council of Saudi Arabia, the formal one hundred and fifty strong legislative advisory body, unelected and all appointed by the King, raises many unanswered questions. :According to its bylaws, the Court will consider and resolve all disputes arising from the application and interpretation of the Arab Charter on Human Rights or any other Arab agreement in this regard.
A Russian TV crew has managed to obtain video proof of Turkey’s increased military presence on the Syrian border, as it filmed fortifications and tanks on the frontier.The lodgments are heavily fortified by tanks and self-propelled guns.Shells and other ammunition are being delivered to the Turkish positions, which are shelling Kurdish forces in Syrian territory,
. The FBI is pushing Apple to create a backdoor to spy on the American people. Farmers riot in France. People of Ukraine want Poroshenko to resign. Poroshenko warns of another war with the south eastern people. US preparing to invade Libya as soon as the unity government is setup. US making plans for Plan B and a full invasion of Syria. Kerry pushing the idea that it will take 30,000 soldiers to maintain a safe zone in Syria.
A senior Kurdish official says Turkish forces have once again fired shells into Syrian towns controlled by Kurdish forces, violating a ceasefire that has recently come into effect in the Arab country.
Wealthy Gulf states have increased their investments into Russia as traditional investments such as Europe become less profitable. Although Russia's Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has been hit with US sanctions, it has been no barrier for wealthy Arab nations in the Persian Gulf interested in investment, the Arabian Business Weekly reported. Over 90 percent of the RDIF's investors have come from the Middle East and Asia, particularly from large sovereign wealth funds.
President Vladimir Putin has called on Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) to closely monitor people arriving in the country as refugees and also traveling onward into Europe, while stressing that the EU refugee crisis has nothing to do with Russia's actions in Syria..
Russian Defense Ministry: Russian jets carried out 187 airstrikes on terrorist targets in Syria in the course of 62 sorties during the past two days,. Areas where warring sides agreed to cease hostilities and start negotiations were not targeted.
One day after Monday’s announcement by the United States and Russia of agreement on a partial “cessation of hostilities” in Syria, there were mounting indications that Washington is preparing a major military escalation of its drive to topple the Russian-backed government of Bashar al-Assad and install a puppet regime; runs the risk of triggering a direct military confrontation with Russian forces operating in Syria in support of the Assad regime, raising the specter of war between the world’s major nuclear powers.
A POLICY PAPER issued by the Air Force Research Laboratory, titled Countering Violent Extremism: Scientific Methods & Strategies, includes a chapter setting forth controversial and unsubstantiated theories of radicalization, including the idea that support for militant groups is driven by “sexual deprivation” and that headscarves worn by Muslim women represent a form of “passive terrorism.”
The Pentagon has asked Russia to stay away from parts of northern Syria where US special operations troops are training local fighters [i.e. terrorists including the Islamic State ] to combat the Islamic State group [the opposition rebels are allies of ISIS, ISIS is supported by the US and has special forces within its ranks], military officials said Thursday. The acknowledgement is significant because the Pentagon has repeatedly stressed it is not cooperating with Moscow as the two powers lead separate air campaigns in war-ravaged Syria…
,After 542 days of airstrikes, the cost of the campaign reached $6.2 billion, $480,000 for every hour. Pentagon is asking for another $7.5 billion to continue battling ISIS—double the amount requested for 2016; calls for more US troops to be deployed in combat or advisory roles. 37,000 bombs and missiles have been dropped, and 20,000 ISIS fighters have been killed, according to the Pentagon.
In a further sign of its ramping up its military muscle, Saudi Arabia has become the biggest arms importer in the Middle East, and the second biggest in the world, after India, with an increase of 275 percent. "Arms on order include 150 combat aircraft and thousands of air-to-surface missiles and anti-tank missiles from the USA, 14 combat aircraft from the UK and an undisclosed but large number of armored vehicles from Canada, Belgium.,"
The US and Russia have adopted “Terms for a Cessation of Hostilities in Syria” and propose that a ceasefire start on February 27 at 00:00 (Damascus time), according to an official joint statement. According to the statement, the truce will “be applied to [all] those parties to the Syrian conflict that have indicated their commitment” to accept its terms. It will exclude Islamic State, Al Nusra Front and “other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council.”
Officials with Syrian rebel battalions that receive covert backing from one arm of the U.S. government told BuzzFeed News that they recently began fighting rival rebels supported by another arm of the U.S. government.
Greece’s “radical left” Syriza party is forging a close military alliance with Israel, one of Washington’s key allies in the Middle East. Last month, Greece’s Syriza-led coalition government with the Independent Greeks signed an agreement with Israel and Cyprus pledging closer cooperation over their gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean and other economic issues.
Turkey has seized upon a terrorist attack carried out in the capital of Ankara as a pretext for escalating its military campaign against Kurdish-dominated regions in eastern Turkey, northern Syria and Iraq; pushing ahead with plans for a ground invasion into Syria., stoking a conflagration in the entire region and risking a military confrontation with Russia, which could rapidly develop into all-out war between the great powers.
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