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.
The United States on Friday conducted air strikes in Libya, a country described as having "all but collapsed" since the NATO military intervention there five years ago.. Local officials say that at least 40 people were killed.
The Palestinian Prisoners Club says the number of Palestinians held under Israel's administrative detention law without charge or trial has increased to more than 700 despite international criticism.
The only way to preserve the rebellion and protect the anti-Assad cause is to insert ground troops, a move that both Ankara and Riyadh are seriously considering a meaningful escalation and would put Sunni forces directly into battle against Iran's powerful Shiite proxy armies, setting the stage for a disastrous sectarian battle that would forever alter the Mid-East balance of power. Moscow called for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss Turkey's plans to send troops into Syria
Moderate Syrian rebels should be supplied with surface-to-air missiles to defend against air strikes, Germany weekly Der Spiegel quoted Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir as saying.
On Wednesday, President Obama admitted that he sees no chances for victory for the Syrian opposition, supposedly because it is outclassed by the Russian military, Russia managed not only to avoid getting caught in a quagmire (contrary to US expectations), but had succeeded in bolstering the Syrian government, whose army has been making major advances.
A member of the Turkish parliament from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party has accused the military of atrocities in Turkey's southeast, claiming they have ‘burned alive’ more than 150 people trapped in basements.
Russia has promised to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria in case of a ground offensive by Turkey, a move that would lead to a “big war,” the Syrian group’s envoy to Moscow said in an interview Wednesday.“Russia will respond if there is an invasion. Turkey has been shelling Syrian Kurdish forces since the weekend.
Bomb blast in Turkish capital Ankara Wednesday killed. injured dozens. Syrian army within 25 km (15 miles) of Turkish border. Turkey responded to those advances by shelling YPG positions inside Syria; elevated its call for a no-conflict "buffer zone 10-kilometers (6 miles) from Turkish border into Syria. Russian foreign ministry condemned Turkey's shellling as "total lawlessness. U.S. policy expert described dynamics between Syria, U.S., Russia, Turkey, and other regional players as "three-dimensional chess with nine players and no rules.
Russian warplanes have destroyed a surface-to-air missile launcher that the Islamic State terrorist group previously captured from the Syrian Army, the Russian Defense Ministry reports. The bombing campaign in Syria is forcing the jihadists to flee.
Iranian officials announced Monday that Iran would spend another $8 billion on the purchase of Russian-made arms. The sale comes as Moscow gears up to deliver to Iran an advanced missile air defense system as part of a deal that has been in the works for years. Iran also is seeking to buy and possibly license for domestic production Russia’s new Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet,
Reuters is reporting that Turkey is asking the United States and other western allies to participate in a massive ground invasion of Syria. Turkey shelled northern Syria for a fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, even though the Obama administration has been asking them to stop. The targets were Kurdish and Syrian military positions, goal appears to be to slow down their advance toward Turkish border.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Wednesday that Turkish forces will push ahead with the bombardment of positions of Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, as Kurds continue to make advances there.Turkish government angered by rapid advance of Syrian Kurdish fighters, who are taking advantage of Russian air cover in the region to capture territory near the Turkish border.
Their invasion plan frustrated, neoconservatives sent jihadists they used to overthrow Gaddafi in Libya to overthrow Assad. Initially known as ISIS, then ISIL, then Islamist State, and now Daesh. Perhaps the intention of the name changes is to keep the Western public confused about who is who and what is what. Washington pretends it is fighting the Islamist State, but is doing its best to frustrate success of the Russian/Syrian alliance that is defeating the Islamist State, trying to destabilizing Iran and Russia by exporting jihadism into those countries
WikiLeaks has released a classified report detailing the EU's military operations against refugee flows in Europe. It also outlines a plan to develop a "reliable" government in Libya which will, in turn, allow EU operations to expand in the area;. places pressure on the responsible EU bodies to help speed up the process of forming a “reliable” government in Libya, which is expected to invite EU forces to operate within its territorial waters, and later give permission to extend EU military operations onshore.
They won’t say why, but the Israeli military invaded a West Bank refugee camp today, fairly quickly attacking a bunch of Palestinian protesters, in an incident that left 28 protesters shot, and one Israeli soldier wounded from being hit with a rock.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed the controversial idea of imposing a no-fly zone over northern Syria to alleviate the refugee crisis as the country plays along with Ankara’s demands for the creation of a “buffer area” along its border.
Russia’s Caspian Flotilla has no warships that might have fired a ballistic missile at a hospital in Syria’s Idlib, Russian Defense Minister Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Tuesday. Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, when on a visit to Ukraine alleging Russia had made a strike from the Caspian Sea at a hospital in the province of Idlib using,
As part of the plan labeled "Fördern und Fordern" (Encourage and Demand), outlined by Merkel's CDU, the senior partner of Germany's CDU/SPD grand coalition, refugees in Germany would have to abide by certain rules if they want to stay in the country. The proposals suggest that anyone found to not be meeting the guidelines could be sent back to their home country, as part of tougher plans aimed at reducing the number of illegitimate refugee claims in Germany.
The drill, North Thunder, involves Arab and Muslim countries, according to Saudi Press Agency in northeastern Saudi Arabia,. said it will involve air, sea and land forces.Participating nations include Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Senegal, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Kuwait, the Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Chad, Tunisia, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Malaysia, Egypt, Mauritania, Mauritius.
A schoolboy has been questioned by anti-terrorism police because he wore a "Free Palestine" badge to school, The Independent newspaper reported. Rahmaan Mohammadi's teachers at Challney High School for Boys in Luton referred him to police under Prevent - the controversial government anti-radicalisation programme.The pupil was also wearing pro-Palestine badges and wristbands; said he had previously been warned by police not to talk about Palestine in school, and claimed that staff members approached his 14-year-old brother and pressured him to tell him to "stop being radical".
Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert started serving a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice on Monday, becoming the first Israeli premier to be imprisoned and capping a years-long legal saga that forced him to resign in 2006.
US increased its daily oil output from 10 to 14 million barrels, topping the world’s largest producers – Russia and Saudi Arabia; global market experienced additional four millions barrels a day. Oil output increase in Iraq. Sanctions lifted against Iran. Brazil significantly increased its oil output, Warming winter in the northern hemisphere; demand for heating fuel in the US, Europe and Japan significantly dropped.
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be removed by force if the Syrian peace process fails; “He will either leave by a political process or he will be removed by force.” Saudi Arabia has sent troops and fighter jets to a Turkish military base ahead of a possible ground invasion of Syria.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry in a protest letter to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) said on Sunday that “around 100 gunmen some of whom are believed to be Turkish forces and Turkish mercenaries" entered Syria through A'zaz area which is located north of Aleppo near the Turkish border.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev:"Decisions on ending combat operations depend on whether the parties involved are willing to lay down arms and how fast," he said. "In fact, when one group stops fighting, while the other begins to build on its military success, this is the most dangerous situation.""All it does is escalate the conflict. It is for that reason that there should be a common decision on when to stop military action. This should be our objective.
At least two civilians were reportedly killed and several more injured in the village of Maryamayn in northern Syria, as the Turkish army shelled Kurdish militia positions in Aleppo province for the second day in a row on Sunday.
The Russian Navy has dispatched a new warship equipped with cruise missiles to the Mediterranean, with reports saying that it is bound for Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry’s head of Black Sea Fleet’s information department said on Saturday that the Zeleny Dol Buyan-M class corvette, armed with Kalibr anti-ship missiles, departed for the Mediterranean to join the country’s permanent naval task force there.
Opponents of Canada’s $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia are taking Ottawa to court in an attempt to block shipments of the combat vehicles, a move that could force the governing Liberals to explain how they justify the sale to a human-rights pariah under weapon-export restrictions.
Russia said on Saturday a ceasefire deal for Syria agreed by major powers was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by further Russian airstrikes gained more ground against rebels near Aleppo. International divisions over Syria surfaced anew at a Munich conference where Russia rejected French charges that it was bombing civilians, just a day after world powers agreed on the "cessation of hostilities" due to begin in a week's time.
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