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Kurds mount offensive against ISIL, gain ground in northeast Syria

February 27th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/02/27/399456/Kurds-gain-ground-in-NE-Syria

Kurdish fighters have advanced on a key town in northeastern Syria which is a stronghold of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, left at least 175 militants dead. Kurdish forces say they have cut a main ISIL supply line from Iraq.

UAE Announces Record Military Acquisitions Amid Rising Security Concerns

February 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/news/20150227/1018821820.html

The United Arab Emirates spent a record amount on weapons at the Middle East’s largest arms expo, signaling continued defense spending in a region where security is a rising concern. The UAE spent 18.33 billion dirhams ($5 billion) on deals signed with local and international arms dealers at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in the capital Abu Dhabi.

Report: Saudi Arabia Would Lend Israel Air Space for Strike on Iran

February 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Report%3A_Saudi_Arabia_Would_Lend_Israel_Air_Space_for_Strike_on_Iran/42191/0/38/38/Y/M.html

"The Saudis have declared their readiness for the Israeli Air Force to overfly Saudi airspace en route to attack Iran if an attack is necessary, agreement comes with strings attached. Before Saudi Arabia will allow Israel to use its airspace Israel needs to demonstrate "some sign of progress" in ongoing peace talks on the issue of Palestinian statehood.

Israel Gets Fire Sale Deal on F-35s

February 24th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.infiniteunknown.net/

Israel will order another 14 F-35s for $110 million a piece, including logistical support, training, parts and maintenance, which appears to be a much better price than the U.S. itself has been able to manage. The 14 fighters will join an earlier order of 19 jets. An option to acquire 17 more has been secured, bringing the total to 50, which has been Israel’s goal in fielding two squadrons of 25 fighters each.

US cannot win war against ISIS by killing, they need ‘job opportunities’ – State Dept - Video

February 18th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/233275-war-against-isis-job-opportunities/

The United States and its allies cannot defeat the Islamic State simply by killing militants, said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, adding that it must target the underlying reasons people join the group, such as the lack of job opportunities.

Obama To Allow "Moderate" Syrian Rebels Call In B-1B Bombers For Air Support

February 17th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/

White House has decided to provide pickup trucks equipped with mounted machine guns and radios for calling in U.S. airstrikes to some moderate Syrian rebels aided by American B-1B bombers.

Egyptian, Libyan airstrikes on ISIS targets in Libya after terrorists behead 21 Copts

February 16th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/232639-egypt-airforce-isis-targets/

Egypt’s Air Force has hit Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) positions in Derna, Libya, after the execution of 21 Christian Egyptians by the terrorist group. Libyan forces loyal to the authorities have also targeted the IS in the country, a commander said. Up to 50 militants killed.

4,000 US Soldiers Deployed to Kuwait in Anti-ISIS Move

February 15th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141015068

Following US President Barack Obama’s request of Congress to authorize additional military action against the Islamic State terrorists, a brigade of 4,000 soldiers will be heading out of Ft. Carson, Colorado to Kuwait.

US helped Israel with H-bomb - 1980s report declassified

February 14th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/232203-us-israel-nuclear-weapon/

Conceding to a federal lawsuit, the US government agreed to release a 1987 Defense Department report detailing US assistance to Israel in its development of a hydrogen bomb, which skirted international standards.

ISIL Fights Tobacco, Cannabis Addiction by Beheading Smokers

February 13th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150213/1018236120.html

Referring to strict Sharia norms, the Islamic State has imposed restrictions on tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use, labeling these acts as "sinful." results in "financial and health damages." "Every smoker should be aware that with every cigarette he smokes in a state of trance and vanity is disobeying God.

Jordan warplanes strike Daesh after pilot murder -Video

February 6th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://gulfnews.com/news/region/jordan/jordan-warplanes-strike-daesh-after-pilot-murder-1.1452375

Jordan said on Friday its warplanes launched dozens of new strikes Thursday against the Islamic State group, after vowing a harsh response to the burning alive of a pilot captured in Syria. dozens of jet fighters" struck targets Thursday "hitting training camps, weapons and ammunition warehouses of the terrorist groups.

Jordan Executes 2 al-Qaeda Prisoners in Response to ISIL Hostage Killing

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/news/20150204/1017737160.html

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Jordan executed Iraqi would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi early Wednesday, along with Ziad al-Karbouli, according to a security source, making good on its vow to avenge the murder of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State militants.

Jordan vows 'revenge' for ISIS execution of pilot hostage

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/229027-jordan-isis-revenge-pilot/

Jordan will execute failed suicide bomber Sajida Al-Rishawi, as revenge for the ISIS killing of hostage pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh, a security official told AFP. Earlier, Jordan offered to swap the two prisoners.
Army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri "The revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," after a video surfaced of the pilot being burned alive.

Graham: 10K US boots on the ground needed to stop ISIS in Syria

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/231392-graham-10k-us-boots-on-the-ground-needed-to-stop-isis

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), it would require 10,000 American "boots on the ground" to stop Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria won't destroy the group. U.S. forces in Syria should be accompanied by a regional force of Arab nations. "We cannot defeat ISIL in Syria until you deal with Assad because he will kill anybody that comes in there that tries to defeat ISIL."

Hezbollah to Tel Aviv: No More Border Violence?

January 29th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150129/1017497666.html

Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has informed Israel through the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) that it is not interested in further escalation of hostilities following an exchange of rocket strikes; Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.

Hezbollah, Israel edge closer to a war both would prefer to avoid

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/1/28/hezbollah-israel-inch-closer-to-war.html

Missile ambush by Hezbollah fighters that killed two Israeli soldiers Wednesday brought the Iran-backed Lebanese Shia movement closer to war with Israel. Stakes for Israel and Hezbollah are huge. Exchanges have previously plunged these two enemies into conflagrations, most recently the war of 2006. Danger is high that they could stumble into a significant confrontation.

UN peacekeeper, 2 IDF soldiers killed: Israel, Hezbollah exchange fire - Video

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/227007-israel-lebanon-missile-idf/

An anti-tank missile hit an IDF vehicle in the Golan Heights, prompting an exchange of fire between the Israeli army and Hezbollah, which claimed responsibility for the attack. A UN peacekeeper and two IDF soldiers have been killed.

Israel Launches Airstrikes Against Syria After Golan Rocket Attack

January 27th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014999512

IDF said the attack was in response to four rockets that were fired from Syria into the Golan Heights. “The IDF holds the Syrian Government accountable for all attacks emanating from its land, and will operate by any means necessary.

Assad: US idea to train rebels illusionary

January 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=69866

Assad: US-trained force would be "illegal" and would be treated like any other rebel group. "They are going to be fought like any other illegal militia fighting against the Syrian army." "Bringing 5,000 (fighters) from the outside will make most of them defect and join ISIS (Islamic State) and other groups.

CENTCOM Says US-Led Coalition Launched 26 Airstrikes in One Day Against IS

January 25th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150124/1017311570.html

The international US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) has launched 26 airstrikes against the militants' positions in Syria and Iraq in one day, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said Saturday.

After Yemeni regime’s collapse, calls mount for US military escalation across Middle East and Africa

January 24th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/yeme-j24.html

One day after Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation amidst the occupation of his government’s central facilities and his private residence by Houthi militants, a chorus of voices from the US political establishment and punditry are calling for expanded US and NATO military operations across the Middle East and Africa.

Lebanese parties express solidarity with Hezbollah

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/23/394349/Lebanon-parties-sympathize-with-Hezbollah

The Lebanese political parties expressed solidarity with Hezbollah. The Future Movement, which is Hezbollah’s political rival, condemned the attack, stressed that potential retaliatory moves by the resistance group should not be launched from Lebanese territory.

Israel infiltration attempt from Lebanon false alarm, roads reopened: Israeli media

January 21st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2015/Jan-21/284852-israeli-forces-on-alert-after-reports-of-infiltration-attempt-from-lebanon-israeli-media.ashx

BEIRUT: There was no sign of infiltration of Israel's northern border from Lebanon by gunmen, the Jerusalem Post said Wednesday night, citing Israeli authorities. Report said that all roads in the north have been reopened.

Iranian general, son of ex-Hezbollah leader, killed in Israeli airstrike in Syria

January 19th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/224059-iranian-general-killed-syria/

At the time of the attack, General Allahdadi was on an assignment, giving "crucial advice" to the Syrian armed forces, battling extremists.Iranain Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif: the helicopter attack was "an act of terror," and issued a strong condemnation. Hezbollah officials on Monday vowed retaliation after the attack.

Israel's day of reckoning is coming: Stephen Lendman - Video

January 18th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/19/393719/Israels-day-of-reckoning-is-coming

The launch of a preliminary investigation into Israeli war crimes against the people of Gaza by the International Criminal Court (ICC) will eventually lead to “Israel’s day of reckoning,” American political commentator Author and radio host Stephen Lendman. Important these initiatives go ahead,” “because one day maybe Israel will be held responsible, accountable, when other nations will see to it that Israel is punished for its crimes.”

Japan to allocate USD 200 million to Mideast countries fighting ISIL

January 17th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/01/17/393534/Japan-to-fund-ME-countries-fighting-ISIL

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: Should we leave terrorism or weapons of mass destruction to spread in this region, the loss imparted upon the international community would be immeasurable."

Hezbollah ready to respond to Israel strikes on Syria: Nasrallah

January 15th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/15/393265/Hezbollah-ready-to-respond-to-Israel-raids

Hezbollah’s Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah: Lebanese resistance movement is prepared to respond to Israel’s repeated strikes on targets in Syria. Hezbollah is well-armed and its missiles can hit any Israeli target. Israeli strikes target not only territories in Syria but also the axis of resistance in the entire region.

Saudi Arabia Building 600-Mile-Long Wall Along Iraqi Border

January 15th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150115/1016946708.html

The barrier combines a fence and a ditch, and is meant to protect the Kingdom from the Islamic State fighters who have seized much of northern Iraq. The wall comprises "40 watchtowers, five layers of fence, sand embankments and radar and camera installations."

Extreme cold kills 3 small girls in Syria

January 11th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/11/392660/Extreme-cold-kills-3-small-girls-in-Syria

“A girl less than two days old passed away Sunday in southern Aleppo because of the extreme cold.” Bitterly cold temperatures caused death of one-year-old girl in southern district of Damascus. More than 200,000 people have died in the Syria conflict; UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Egypt to ruin 2,000 more homes for Gaza buffer zone

January 11th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/12/392693/Egypt-to-raze-2000-homes-near-border

The Egyptian army will destroy everything standing across an additional 500 meters from the border area, on top of the 500 meters already cleared several months ago, Egyptian media reported on Sunday. Demolition plan announced by Cairo following attack by unknown gunmen on a checkpoint in the volatile region that killed dozens of soldiers last October.

Israeli army holding military drills in West Bank - Video

January 11th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/12/392696/Israel-conducting-drills-in-West-Bank

Level of military exercises unprecedented over past 10 years; Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv quoted unidentified Israeli military sources as saying.“Military exercises on this level definitely have a political message for Palestinians, aimed to show that Israel has the upper hand. Reported Israeli soldiers mistreated Palestinians during the exercises carried out in villages, near civilians’ houses,

Spy agency planning false-flag terror acts in crowded areas, whistleblower claims

January 10th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Spy_agency_planning_false-flag_terror_acts_in_crowded_areas%2C_whistleblower_claims/40744/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Turkish whistleblower Fuat Avni said early on Saturday that the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan initially planned to use Dec. 14 raids against the media to announce the Gülen movement as a terrorist organization, but he had to resort to other ways as the previous plan failed. The whistleblower said Erdoğan approved of the false-flag operation

US admits civilians might have died in coalition air strikes in Syria and Iraq

January 7th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/220507-us-airstrikes-civilians-killed/

The US is reviewing the possibility that civilians may have died in coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria. Central Command is carrying out the investigation and has admitted for the first time that members of the general public could have perished.

Paintings of maps without Israel exhibited in Lebanon

January 7th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/07/392003/Maps-without-Israel-exhibited-in-Lebanon

Exhibition showcasing paintings of maps without Israel held in Lebanon. Norwegian People’s Aid NGO funded exhibition at the Al-Burj Al-Shamali refugee camp. Maps at the exhibit, titled “This is Palestine,” by Palestinian children living in Lebanon. Exhibition has angered Israeli media and officials.

TYT: Christian Tries To Blow Up Mosques In Israel To Fulfill Biblical Prophecy - Video

January 2nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017235721

"An American being held in Israel on weapons charges has told investigators he was considering attacking Muslim holy sites, Israeli police say. Adam Everett Livix, a Christian wanted in the US on drugs charges, was arrested last month after an undercover agent discovered the alleged plot. Weapons and ammunition stolen from the Israeli army were found at his home.

US Army report calls for ‘military support’ of Israeli energy grab

January 1st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/US_Army_report_calls_for_%E2%80%98military_support%E2%80%99_of_Israeli_energy_grab/40472/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Army study, released earlier in December 2014, concludes that extensive US military involvement “may prove essential in managing possible future conflict” in case of “an eruption of natural resource conflict in the East Mediterranean,” due to huge gas discoveries in recent years.

Bibi makes quick reaction to Palestine’s ICC request Video

December 31st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2015/01/01/392692/israel-raps-palestine-bid-to-join-icc/

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Palestinian Authority should fear being “in a unity government with Hamas, ”accused the resistance group of “war crimes,” likened to those perpetrated byISIL Takfiri group in Iraq and Syria; reiterated claims about Israeli forces being most moral army in the world."

World’s top publisher ‘regrets’ erasing Israel from atlas meant for Middle East customers

December 31st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/219119-publisher-excludes-israel-map/

HarperCollins, one of the world’s largest publishing companies, has officially apologized for excluding Israel from its Collins Middle East Atlas because of “local preferences”. The publisher was accused of harming peace efforts in the region.

Russia calls on all states to put Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra on terrorist lists

December 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/world/769912

Russian Foreign Ministry is calling on all states that have not yet done that to follow the example of Russia - put ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra on national terrorist lists and ban their activity, as envisioned by relevant decisions of the UN Security Council.”

Airstrikes against Islamic State top $1bn, kill over 1,100 people

December 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/217919-islamic-state-airstrikes-cost-casualties/

US and coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria have killed nearly 1,200 people ‒ including 52 civilians ‒ and wounded at least 800 others at a cost of more than $1 billion since the bombings began in September.

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