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UN urges Israel to pay Lebanon $850mn in damages for oil spill - Video

December 20th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/20/391020/un-urges-israel-to-pay-lebanon-850mn/

170 countries voted in favor of the resolution. Israeli warplanes attacked Lebanon’s oil storage tanks during the 2006 war on Lebanon which led to oil spill, extensive pollution that covered the entire Lebanese coastline. Israel launched wars on Lebanon in 2000 and 2006. Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah defeated the Israeli military.

US servicemen in first ground battle with ISIS – Kurdish media

December 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/215323-americans-ground-battle-isis/

​American forces were involved in their first ground battle with Islamic State fighters, according to Kurdish media outlet Shafaq News, near the Ain Al-Assad base in the Anbar province of Iraq early Sunday. The report could not be independently verified.

Israel proposes natural gas pipeline to Southern Europe

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.activistpost.com/2014/12/israel-proposes-natural-gas-pipeline-to.html

Israel is pushing for the European Union (EU) to approve construction of a pipeline running from the Middle Eastern country to supply Cyprus, Greece and Italy with natural gas. The proposed EastMed pipeline will carry gas from Tamar and Leviathan gas fields located in the Mediterranean Sea, to Southern Europe.

“ISIL completely fabricated enemy by USA”, former CIA contractor - Video

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/isil-completely-fabricated-enemy-by-usa-former-cia-contractor/

Former CIA contractor, Steven D. Kelley, says that the ISIL terrorist group is a completely fabricated enemy created and funded by the United States and its allies and only now it has become inconvenient for us to attack this group as a legitimate enemy.

Next Big Surge Of Refugees To Hit U.S.; What’s Surprising Is Where They’re From

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.newsforage.com/2014/12/next-big-surge-of-refugees-to-hit-us.html

U.S. State Department announced this week that the first major contingent of Syrian refugees, 9,000 of them, have been hand-selected by the United Nations for resettlement into communities across the United States, just the beginning of an extended program to accept more Syrians.

Israel attack on Syria to support terrorists: Iran official

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/16/390537/israel-raid-on-syria-to-back-militants/

A senior Iranian official says the recent Israeli airstrikes on Syria were conducted in support of foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists operating against the Syrian government.

Israeli airstrikes hit near Damascus airport – Syrian state TV

December 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/212275-israel-strike-syria-airport/

Israeli airstrikes have hit targets near Damascus International Airport and in the town of Dimas near the Lebanon border, Syrian state TV reports. Israeli Air Force have conducted airstrikes on an arms depot, which caused huge blasts near the [Damascus] International Airport.

UN resolution: Israel must renounce nuclear arms

December 2nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/un-assembly-calls-israel-join-nuclear-treaty-174032033.html

The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved in a 161-5 vote an Arab-backed resolution calling on Israel to renounce possession of nuclear weapons and put its nuclear facilities under international oversight. calls on Israel to "accede to treaty without delay, not to develop, produce, test or acquire nuclear weapons,

Egyptian police fire tear gas at Mubarak verdict protest near Tahrir Square - Video

November 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/210079-egypt-protest-mubarak-violence/

Egyptian police in Cairo used water cannon and tear gas against hundreds of demonstrators protesting against the acquittal of former president Hosni Mubarak of conspiring to kill hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising. At least two people reportedly died and nine were injured in clashes.

US to arm Israel with 3,000 smart bombs - Video

November 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11/28/387844/us-to-arm-israel-with-3000-smart-bombs/

The United States will arm Israel, a key ally in the Middle East, with 3,000 smart bombs as part of Washington’s military aid to Tel Aviv. The United States provides Israel with some $8.5 million in military aid per day.

US moving warplanes, drones to Kuwait: Report

November 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/27/387735/us-moving-warplanes-drones-to-kuwait/

The United States continues to escalate its aerial campaign against ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, shifting more attack and surveillance aircraft from Afghanistan to a base in Kuwait.

OPEC decides to keep oil output unchanged despite falling prices - Video

November 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/27/387761/opec-to-keep-oil-output-unchanged/

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has decided to maintain the amount of the oil it produces at the current level, amid an oversupply of crude and plummeting prices.

Lavrov pledges support for Assad in Syria crisis - Video

November 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/27/387666/russia-backs-assad-in-syria-crisis/

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow will support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid a crisis that has gripped the country for nearly four years. "We share the view that the main factor driving the situation in the Middle East is the terrorist threat,

Turkish governor threatens to turn synagogue into museum over Israeli Al-Aqsa mosque actions

November 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/207975-turkey-synangogue-museum-mosque/

A Turkish governor has threatened to turn a 100-year-old synagogue into a museum in retaliation for Israel’s actions in and around Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque – the third holiest site in Islam.

U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars

November 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014950453

The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress.

'Biden, Get Out': Protesters Heckle VP In Turkey

November 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014950447

Vice President Biden announced in IstanbulSaturday the U.S. will provide $135 million in additional humanitarian aid to help feed civilians affected by the ongoing war in Syria. Biden's trip was met by 300 people protesting the vice president's visit. They chanted, "Biden get out. The country is ours.

Dozens of Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes - Video

November 21st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/21/387001/fresh-clashes-erupt-in-west-bank/

Clashes have broken out between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank amid boiling tensions over Tel Aviv’s attempts to Judaize the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Iraqi dealers confirm ISIS hoarding gold, precious metals to issue currency – report

November 21st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/207763-isis-state-coins-currency/

Islamic State militants are reportedly acquiring gold, silver and other precious metals in a bid to further solidify their control over large swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory by issuing their own currency, Iraqi metal dealers confirmed to McClatchy.

Erdogan Says Arming Syrian Opposition Not Enough, Assad Must Be Toppled

November 19th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20141119/1014931660.html

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara and Washington must unite efforts not only in support of moderate Syrian opposition, but also in toppling Assad regime.

Israel economy shrinks for first time in more than 5 years

November 19th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://themostimportantnews.com/archives/israel-economy-shrinks-for-first-time-in-more-than-5-years

Israel’s economy contracted for the first time in more than five years in the third quarter, as growth was hit by the effects of a war with Islamist militants in Gaza.

Obama: I will send US troops to fight ISIS if they get nukes

November 18th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/206607-obama-troops-isis-nukes/

“If we discovered that [Islamic State] had gotten possession of a nuclear weapon, and we had to run an operation to get it out of their hands, then, yes,” Obama “I would order it."

Saudi sacks minister after Takfiri channel shutdown - Video

November 14th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/05/384921/saudi-sacks-min-after-tv-shutdown/

Saudi Arabia sacked the country's minister of culture and information after he ordered closure of an extremist Takfiri TV channel. The former minister did not give reasons for banning the TV channel, said ministry would take action against any media that undermine “nation’s unity, security and stability.”

Saudi plan to demolish Prophet’s birthplace raises concern - Video

November 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/13/385795/saudi-demolition-plan-raises-concern/

Concerns are rising among Muslims over Saudi Arabia’s controversial plan to demolish the birthplace of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the holy city of Mecca by the end of the year and replaced with a royal palace for Saudi King Abdullah ibn Abdilaziz for his visits to Mecca.

50 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria: Report

November 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Wednesday that at least 50 civilians, including eight children and five women, were killed by US-led coalition airstrikes since mid-September. The UK-based group added that 746 ISIL militants and 68 al-Nusra Front terrorists had also been killed.

France to begin arms shipment to Lebanon in 2015

November 10th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/06/384994/france-to-ship-arms-to-lebanon-in-2015/

3-billion-dollar deal financed by Saudi Arabia, would involve combat and transport helicopters, armored vehicles, anti-tank missiles and heavy artillery. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius: will contribute to strengthen Lebanese army, which guarantees the unity and stability of Lebanon,”

UN appoints panel to probe Israel attacks on Gaza Strip

November 10th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/10/385520/un-tasks-panel-to-probe-israel-attacks/

United Nations has tasked a five-member panel with investigating Israeli attacks on UN shelters during Tel Aviv’s deadly summer war on the Gaza Strip. The panel was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, called the three cases of Israel’s shelling of UN-run schools as a "moral outrage."

Clashes between Houthis, militants in central Yemen kill 20 - Video

November 10th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/10/385499/20-die-in-latest-central-yemen-clashes/

At least twenty people have been killed in the latest round of clashes between Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters and al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen’s central province of Bayda.

Five nuclear engineers assassinated in Syria: Reports

November 9th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/10/385422/5-nuclear-engineers-killed-in-syria/

Reports say five "nuclear engineers" have been assassinated by unknown assailants near a research center in the north part of the Syrian capital. All of them were shot dead when their bus was ambushed on the way to the research center.

US-led airstrikes hit oil field in Syria

November 9th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/08/385242/usled-airstrikes-hit-oil-filed-in-syria/

The United States and its Arab allies have launched new air raids against ISIL positions in Syria, with at least one airstrike hitting an oil field controlled by the militants.

Ex-US official belies claim Osama was killed in Abbottabad

November 9th, 2014
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-33993-Ex-US-official-belies-claim-Osama-was-killed-in-Abbottabad#sthash.08sNgR6U.dpuf

ISLAMABAD: Refuting President Obama’s claim that a US Navy SEALs team had killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, former US Assistant Secretary of Treasury Department, Paul Craig Roberts, has claimed that bin Laden had died due to renal failure a decade earlier in December 2001

Germany exports to Iran up 33% to reach €1.6b

November 5th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11/05/384840/germany-exports-to-iran-jump-to-16b/

Germany exported 1.6 billion euros of commodities to Iran in the first eight months of this year following an interim nuclear deal reached between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group,

Syrian soldiers retake Homs gas fields from ISIL

November 5th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11/05/384934/syrian-army-retakes-homs-gas-fields/

Syrian military forces backed by pro-government fighters “retook control of the Jhar and Mahr gas fields, as well as the Hayyan gas company in the east of Homs province,”particularly important because they feed Homs city and Damascus the gas supplies needed to produce electricity

ISIS Again Captures American High-Tech Weapons We Gave to “Moderate” Rebels

November 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/ISIS_Again_Captures_American_High-Tech_Weapons_We_Gave_to_%E2%80%9CModerate%E2%80%9D_Rebels/38933/0/38/38/Y/M.html

One of the biggest “moderate” rebel groups backed and armed by the U.S. has just been wiped out and all of their arms and bases taken by ISIS. Two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from the United States to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have surrendered to al-Qaeda.

Egypt, Gulf Arab allies discussing anti-extremist military alliance with possible joint force

November 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/21472

U.S. Arab allies Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East, The Associated Press.

US Destroying Syria’s Oil Infrastructure Under Guise of Fighting ISIS

November 1st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/US_Destroying_Syria%E2%80%99s_Oil_Infrastructure_Under_Guise_of_Fighting_ISIS/38894/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The US is considering bombing pipelines in Syria, which it claims is in an attempt to cut off the huge profits being made by ISIS from captured oilfields. The US agenda behind destroying Syria’s pipelines has very little to do with ISIS oil profits, and far more to do with destroying Syria’s oil infrastructure.

Cannabis Wars: Lebanese Pot Growers Arm-Up Against ISIS Invaders

November 1st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Cannabis_Wars%3A_Lebanese_Pot_Growers_Arm-Up_Against_ISIS_Invaders/38913/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Lebanon’s pot growers on the frontline in their country’s defense against an ISIS surge over their eastern border. Farmers say they are armed and ready to fight off ISIS encroachmen. In Syria ISIS gangs have been torching cannabis fields, labeling the plant as ‘forbidden’ in their version of Islam.

UN: Foreign Fighters Joining Terror Groups On 'Unprecedented Scale'

October 31st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014933311

A new United Nations report says the world is facing a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone. Fighters from more than 80 countries working with al-Qaida associates in Syria and Iraq "form the core of a new diaspora that may seed the threat for years to come,"

Lawsuit: US charities fund Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program

October 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/29/384066/us-charities-fund-israel-nukes-program/

A new federal lawsuit in the United States seeks immediate release of a government report about how American charities contribute to Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program.

Security Council to meet on Israel's settlement plans

October 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/28/383966/unsc-to-meet-on-israel-settlements/

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is expected to hold an emergency meeting on Israel’s plans to build more illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian lands.

US to sell Israel more stealth fighter jets: Reports - Video

October 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/28/383978/us-agrees-to-sell-israel-25-f35-jets/

The United States has agreed to sell Israel 25 more stealth fighter jets, bringing to 44 the total number of F-35s the regime has ordered. In 2010, Tel Aviv bought the first batch, 19 F-35s manufactured by US defense contractor Lockheed Martin, for $2.75 billion.

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