According to local media reports, the Saudi jets attacked a minibus carrying civilians in Shar’eb region..Saudi planes also targeted a gas station and a power plant in multiple raids on the provinces of Sa’ada, Hajjah, and Amran. Since Friday, Riyadh’s jets hit three northern provinces over 50 times, causing vast destruction and casualties. At least 11 people, including two children, died in a series of attacks on Sa’ada. In another attack Friday, a dozen civilians, including two children, were killed and several others injured when Saudi military aircraft attacked various residential areas across the country.
A US Navy patrol craft fired three warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boat Wednesday after US officials said it had harassed that patrol craft, CNN has learned. Another US patrol craft and a Kuwaiti Navy ship were also harassed in the incident, in the northern end of the Persian Gulf. Iranian boat came within 200 yards of one of the US Navy boats. When it failed to leave the area after the Navy fired flares and had a radio conversation with the Iranian crew,US officials said. Following standard maritime procedures, the Navy fired three shots into the water to ensure the Iranians understood they needed to leave the immediate area.
China says it will provide the Syrian military with "medical and nursing professional training," urging a political solution to the conflict in the Arab country. In an apparent move in support of the Syrian government, the Chinese Defense Ministry announced Thursday that the military will provide training for Syrian armed forces on Chinese soil.
US Vice President Joseph Biden arrived in Ankara as the invasion of Syria was unfolding. After reiterating Washington’s claim, lacking all credibility, that it “did not have any foreknowledge” of the coup, he declared the US government’s support for Ankara’s invasion of Syria and endorsed its key aims.
Russian Foreign Ministry: "Moscow is deeply worried over the ongoing events in the area of the Syrian-Turkish border," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "First and foremost very worrisome is the risk of a further deterioration of the situation in the zone of the conflict, including the possibility of civilian casualties it may entail and the soaring inter-ethnic contradictions between the Kurds and the Arabs."
Turkey has launched a ground incursion into Syria targeting Islamic State and Kurdish fighters near the town of Jarablus. Ankara says it wants to take the town to stop cross-border attacks, while the Kurds warn that Turkish troops will get into a quagmire.
The United States has deployed attack helicopters to Libya to help local forces fighting against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group, a US military official says. The Pentagon has already deployed fighter jets as well as Special Operations troops to the North African country to purportedly assist forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) to retake the coastal city of Sirte.
The Turkish army has delivered artillery strikes on Kurdish positions near Manbij and on Islamic State targets in Jarablus in northern Syria, media report. The assault came after several stray shells struck inside Turkish border territory on Tuesday
The chairman of the Russian Duma’s defense committee said the time has come for Russia, China, India and Iran to form an anti-terrorism coalition that is not aligned with NATO. Adm. Vladimir Komoedov said the four nations working together could defeat the Islamic State in a year, .said the four countries have common interests in the Middle East, as well as an understanding that “peace and security in the Middle East is needed.” China, a longtime seller of arms to Syria, agreed to increase its military and humanitarian involvement in Syria’s sectarian war.
Israeli jets have carried out an airstrike in Syria’s Golan Heights, claiming that the attack was in retaliation to stray fire from Syrian fighting factions that landed inside Israel. Israeli army announced that it had hit a "Syrian army launcher" after a stray shell from fighting in Syria landed close to an Israeli security fence in central Golan. Nobody was injured in either of the incidents.
Counter measures will be taken by US troops in case they “feel threatened” by Syrian or Russian air forces, according to a senior US military official. The warning comes in the wake of a recent incident with Syrian warplanes attacking areas close to US Special Forces.
Fifty-one people died and 69 were injured Saturday when a horrific suicide bombing hit a Kurdish wedding in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria. The bride and groom, Besna and Nurettin Akdogan, were injured. “They turned our wedding into a blood bath,” the bride told Turkey's Anadolu News Agency after being released from the hospital. The couple had reportedly fled the town of Siirt to Gaziantep in order to escape fighting between the Turkish army and ethnic Kurdish militias in Turkey.
US military said yesterday that it had scrambled fighter jets Thursday against government bombers inside Syria, to protect US Special Forces operating with Kurdish rebel militias. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’ sent two Su-24 bombers to bomb Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces advancing on government-held positions in the city of Hasakah. The bombers nearly hit US Special Forces troops deployed illegally in Syria, embedded in the YPG. US officials tried to contact Syrian government and Russian forces operating in the region, Russian officials repliedt their bombers were not involved.
The Russian Defense Ministry has said Black Sea Fleet warships have launched three cruise missile strikes on terrorist targets in Syria. A terrorist command post and munitions production site were destroyed. "To ensure the safety of civilians the missile flight corridor was planned over an uninhabited area."
US Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein announced iBoeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers have completed airstrikes against targets in Afghanistan first time in ten years. Air Force’s B-52H detachment at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar has flown nearly 270 sorties since April, dropping over 1,300 bombs in more than 325 strikes, in Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria. The aging bomber also flew two sorties in Afghanistan recently, dropping 27 bombs in two counter-terrorism strikes. The USAF conducted more than 140 strikes, flown over 800 sorties since June.
Russian Su-34 tactical bombers have delivered airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday for a second day in a row, taking off from Hamadan Airbase in western Iran. The assault eliminated at least 150 extremists, two command posts and two large terrorist field training camps. The bombers were covered by Su-30sm and Su-35s fighter jets.
Baghdad says Russia has been permitted to conditionally use Iraqi airspace for anti-Daesh airstrikes in Syria. Russian planes will be using border corridors for their strikes and will not be flying over Iraqi cities. Russia has been bombing Daesh and other Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria at the official request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since September 30, 2015.
Beijing and Damascus have agreed that the Chinese military will have closer ties with Syria, and provide humanitarian aid to the civil war torn nation, a high-ranking People's Liberation Army officer said, adding that the training of Syrian personnel by Chinese instructors has also been discussed, according to Xinhua.
Russian Defense Ministry: Russian warplanes took off from a base in Iran to launch airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Syria — the first time they have used facilities outside Russia or Syria for air operations against the extremist group, destroyed five armament depots, three command posts and militant training camps in Aleppo, Deir el-Zor and Idlib.
Photos published by the BBC last week were the first ever taken proving that British Special Forces are covertly involved in fighting in Syria. The photos showed a Special Air Service (SAS) unit patrolling near an army base belonging to so-called “rebel forces” close to the Syria-Iraq border.
The Islamic State stronghold of Manbij, in northern Syria, has fallen to allied Arab and Kurdish fighters, who freed more than 2,000 hostages held by the terrorist group. Russian and Syrian jets pounded rebel positions in and around Aleppo, killing at least 20 people
15 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attack, reportedly an airstrike, on a school in northern Yemen that killed at least 10 children and injured many more over the weekend. Mr. Ban called for a swift investigation of this tragic event in the Sa'ada governorate and urges the parties to the ongoing conflict to take all necessary measures to prevent further violations of international humanitarian law and human rights and do everything in their power to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, “The Secretary-General reiterates that there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen,” the statement said.
The Russian naval force in the Mediterranean Sea targeted the terrorist groups stationed in the military academy region in Aleppo. Al-Hadath news website quoted military sources as saying that the Russian warships launched cruise missile attacks against the terrorists’ positions at the arms college in the military academy region. It was the first time that Russia struck the militants in Aleppo with missiles from the Mediterranean which shows the country’s preparedness to support the Syrian ground forces in the region. There is yet no report on the number of casualties and damages inflicted on the terrorists by the missile attack.
The Syrian Arab Army has expanded the geography of its fight against terrorism by opening a new front alongside the western perimeter of Salamiyah city in the Governorate of Hama in the west of Syria. Here is an exclusive video from the frontline where the army is attacking the settlements between Salamiyah and the village of Qubbat al-Kurdi.
A hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been hit by airstrikes in Yemen, the medical charity confirmed on Monday. 20 people have been killed and 13 injured. The incident comes less than two days after MSF accused the Saudi-led coalition of killing 10 children and injuring 28 more in a strike that hit a school in the Houthi rebel stronghold of Saada in northern Yemen.
After Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg, Ankara says the next administration in Syria should be inclusive and secular so that everyone can live with their beliefs. This is as close as Turkey has ever come to accept that Assad has a legitimate role to play.
Russian fighter jets have carried out fresh airstrikes on Daesh positions near the eastern Syrian city of Dayr al-Zawr, inflicting heavy damage on the Takfiri terrorist group. Russian Defense Ministry statement: six Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers conducted the “concentrated” air raids against Daesh targets to the southwest, east and northeast of the city on Sunday. The aerial attacks wiped out two militant command posts, six arms depots, vehicles and “a large number” of Daesh militants, .
US ground forces are now fighting in Libya means that US troops are involved in at least four active wars: Afghanistan: A planned draw-down of troops in 2015 was curtailed by President Obama to leave more troops for combat and advisory missions. Iraq: After a removal of major combat forces in 2011, Iraq has become a battleground once again. President Obama has sent roughly 4,600 troops in for combat Syria: , US troops have entered the fighting in the country. Libya: In 2011, the US assisted in the overthrow of the Gaddafi government in Libya.:according to the Pentagon, US forces are fighting on the ground.This excludes all of the off-the-books special operations in over 100 countries,
The Pentagon confirmed this week that U.S. forces are indeed on the ground in Libya. The news comes just days after the U.S. launched new airstrikes in Libya. August 1. At the time, defense officials claimed there were no troops on the ground supporting the bombings. civilians skeptical that the presence of foreign troops will help; pessimistic of American military intervention in Libya which they believe will only deepen instability, bringmore violence to the country. They cite the destruction,and instability foreign intervention has brought to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen.
Donald Trump made a accusation against President Barack Obama during a Florida rally Wednesday night, telling supporters the commander in chief is the "founder of ISIS.""ISIS is honoring president Obama," the Republican presidential nominee said during a rally at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. "He is the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS. And, I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.
Agents for the elite willing to tell the most blatant and transparant lies, they know the media will not challenge them on their statements. Washington’s plan to invade Syria was blocked by the UK Parliament and Russian diplomacy. Washington sent forces used against Gaddafi in Libya to overthrow Assad in Syria where they emerged as ISIS After a couple of years Russian government backed the Syrian Army with air power. Soon ISIS was defeated. In Iraq Washington was fighting ISIS, because ISIS was overthrowing Washington’s puppet in Iraq. In Syria Washington was supporting ISIS, characterizing ISIS as “moderates” fighting to bring democracy to Syria.
Deployment of British Special Forces in Syria would be considered an act of war. West has been supporting various ‘Syrian rebel’ groups in an effort to oust Syrian President Assad. So far they haven’t been too successful since Russia intervened last September. Provide a useful pretext for Britain to establish a forward military base right inside Syria. Revealing a British military presence on the ground in Syria mentally acclimatises public to the idea of British involvement in the conflict.
Terrorists have concentrated about 7,000 fighters on the south-western approaches to the Syrian city of Aleppo together with armored vehicles and artillery, Head of the Main Operations Department at Russia’s General Staff Sergei Rudskoi said on Wednesday.
In an interview with Sputnik Persian, political expert at the Islamic University Research Centre "Azad" Mojtaba Jalalzadeh commented on the statement of Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell, who has recently endorsed Hillary Clinton and caused a firestorm when he said that the United States should covertly kill Russians and Iranians in Syria.
Video from Donald Trump’s speech last week in Daytona Beach shows ABC News cutting the live fed as Trump begins to talk about Hillary Clinton’s connection to ISIS. “Take a look at Orlando, take a look at San Bernardino, take a look at the World Trade Center,” states Trump, before adding, “And we let ISIS take this position, it was Hillary Clinton that….she should get an award from them as the founder of ISIS. That’s what it ”ABC News’ live stream coverage then immediately cuts out and goes to background music. The video comes back in but with Trump muted before returning to full coverage. Last month, CNN reporter Brianna Keilar began talking about Hillary’s support for anti-crime legislation in the 90’s which contributed to the “mass incarceration” of black people before the video was immediately cut.
US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with Israeli counterpart at Pentagon to discuss new multi-billion-dollar military assistance package currently in negotiation between Obama and Netanyahu. The package, proposed by the White House calls for unprecedented $40 billion in military aid over next ten years, largest appropriation of foreign financial aid in world history, higher than previous $30-billion agreement 10 years ago Israeli PM expressed unwillingness to accept less than $50 billion. Israel may be reticent to push the Obama Administration too strongly, may not be able to negotiate as large a subsidy from next president. Donald Trump: US is giving away too much money to foreign governments.
US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been supplying the Al Qaeda-linked militias with virtually unlimited supplies of sophisticated antitank missiles and other weaponry. In the event that the government crushes the rebel attack, powerful factions within the US establishment can be counted on to press for the most aggressive measures against Assad, to be launched in the name of salvaging the American proxy forces, which have been built up at a cost of billions in CIA-supplied cash and weapons.
The United States has approved the sale of more than 130 Abrams tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment worth about $1.15 billion to Saudi Arabia.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which is part of the Pentagon and facilitates foreign arms sales, informed lawmakers on Tuesday that the State Department has approved the deal.The potential sale to Saudi Arabia still faces approval by Congress, which could block it. The agency said the sale would contribute to US national security by improving the security of a regional ally.
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan presented a united front at their first meeting since Turkey shot down a Russian plane last year, promising to rapidly rebuild a damaged economic relationship and find a new common policy for solving the Syrian conflict.. Putin: “We have gone through a very difficult moment in the relationship between our two countries, but now we would all like to overcome it in the interests of both our peoples,”
On Sunday, Russian and Syrian Army aircraft dropped a wave of heavy munitions over the city of Idlib, the base of operations for the terrorist organization al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda affiliate) one day after rebels led by the Islamist extremist organization broke through the siege of Aleppo. Al-Nusra Front used the neighboring city of Idlib as a staging ground for the battle against Syrian government forces in Aleppo since a counteroffensive was begun last weekend. The city sits only 40 miles (64km) from Aleppo which is the closest city of importance.
Army officials announced another significant deployment from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division, from which some 400 troops will be sent to Qayara, just south of Mosul. The troops will be part of the logistics effort to prop up the Iraqi military in Nineveh Province,
The four jets, which have been stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik airbase since June 17, have so far been flying surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Syria with combat missions limited to Iraq. The four Danish aircraft have already flown missions in the Al Anbar, Nineveh, Dohuk, Erbil and Salah Ad Din provinces of Iraq, dispatching 93 bombs in a total 67 missions since June 17.
A recent confidential report by a panel of UN experts said the Saudi regime had deliberately bombed civilian targets in Yemen, which led to the death of children in the impoverished country. Mansour bin Ahmed Mansour, the spokesman of a Saudi investigation task force, defended the deadly airstrikes on markets, clinics and a wedding ceremony in Yemen, citing the presence of armed forces at the sites.
German news magazine Der Spiegel: Saudi Arabia has offered to assist Germany with investigating two terrorist attacks in July as attackers are found to have had contact with suspected members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the kingdom.
The Zika virus vaccines are ready for human trials, the psyop is a go. South Korea and Japan report that North Korea fired a missile and they are pushing for defensive weapons. UN warns of tension and increase fighting on the Ukrainian contact line. US will upgrade it’s nuclear arsenal. Italy will allow the US to use its base to bomb Libya. Obama authorizes 30 days of bombing in the middle east. US and the coalition forces are using the propaganda of chemical weapons once again.
The official platform of the Black Lives Matter movement has triggered criticism from Jewish organizations for accusing Israel of genocide against the Palestinians and calling the country “an apartheid state,” criticizes the US government for providing military and financial aid to Israel, “a state that practices systematic discrimination and has maintained a military occupation of Palestine for decades.” The movement urged the US government to stop its support to Israel.
Yemeni forces backed by Ansarullah fighters have launched a volley of Katyusha rockets at a Saudi National Guard base in the kingdom’s southern Jizan region. The Wednesday retaliatory attack, followed a Yemeni missile attack on a separate base in the region. Saudi fighter jets have launched an attack on a village in Yemen’s Nihm district in the province of Sana'a. About 10,000 people have been killed since the Saudi aggression began in March 2015.
Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri says the country’s non-oil exports during the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 20) showed a 21 percent increase in comparison with similar period the previous year. He added that boosting non-oil exports is among the priorities of the Islamic Republic, said Iran exported $16.3 billion of non-oil products in the aforementioned four months.The Iranian first veep said gas condensate, petrochemicals, industrial products, agricultural produce, minerals, carpets and handicraft accounted for 41.2 million tons worth $16.3 billion of the non-oil exports.
American warplanes on Thursday bombed a market in the ISIS-controlled village of al-Ghandour near the northern city of Manbij, killing at least 28 civilians, including seven children, nine days before US military bombed a group of houses in the village of Tokhar, where nearly 200 people had gathered to seek refuge from fierce fighting between US-backed forces and ISIS militants near Manbij. Virtually all those inside the houses were killed or injured, reported civilian death toll varying from 56 tomore than 200.
In Obama’s second term, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton authorized the shipment of American-made arms to Qatar, a country beholden to the Muslim Brotherhood, and friendly to the Libyan rebels, in an effort to topple the Libyan/Gaddafi government, and then ship those arms to Syria in order to fund Al Qaeda, and topple Assad in Syria.
The Yemeni government said Sunday it has accepted a UN-proposed peace agreement to end more than a year of armed conflict, but there has been no word from the rebels. The announcement by the Saudi-backed government came after a high-level meeting in Riyadh chaired by Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.
A Russian Mi-8 helicopter has been shot down by ground fire in Syria following delivery of humanitarian supplies to Aleppo, the Defense Ministry said. Three crew and two officers from Russia's Reconciliation Center died, according to a Kremlin statement.
The U.S. on Monday launched airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya, expanding its war in the region in what the Pentagon indicated will be a long-term offensive against the militant group and what critics said was a "deeply" concerning move. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said Monday that she was "deeply concerned about the expansion of U.S. airstrikes in Libya. The U.S. military continues to become more engaged in the Middle East, despite the lack of a Congressional debate or specific authorization.
Clinton has clinched the Democratic Party's nomination. In her acceptance speech Thursday, Clinton singled out Russia as a threat, listing Moscow alongside the Daesh terrorists as the greatest threats to US national security. In 2003 senator Hillary voted in favor of the Iraq War. In 2011, as secretary of state, she supported a US and European air campaign in Libya to topple Muammar Gaddafi. When the crisis in Syria erupted, Clinton advised President Obama to take a more aggressive approach toward Damascus.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu:The Russian Center for reconciliation of warring parties will open three humanitarian corridors. Civilians will be able to leave Aleppo via three corridors, while one more corridor may be used by militants who wish to lay down arms. "Mobile centers will be opened near these corridors to provide food and medical assistance.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the government will pardon militants, who turn in their weapons, stressing that the policy has been exercised by Damascus since the beginning of the crisis in the Middle Eastern country. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict.
Donald Trump was right when he said Hillary Clinton wants “a 500 percent increase in Syrians refugees” in his Manchester, New Hampshire speech on Monday. During a Sept. 20 appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, Clinton was asked if President Barack Obama’s plan to increase the number allowed into the United States to 10,000 was enough. (The United States had accepted about 2,000 in 2015.) “Look, we’re facing the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II, and I think the United States has to do more, and I would like to see us move from what is a good start with 10,000 to 65,000 and begin immediately to put into place the mechanisms for vetting the people that we would take in,” Clinton said. “A jump to 65,000 would be a 550 percent increase.”
Temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait climbed to " 54°C (129.2°F) on Thursday. Friday, Basrah, Iraq International Airport reported a high temperature of 53.9°C (129°F). "Today's high in Basrah is the second highest reliably measured temperature in world recorded history outside of Death Valley, California."
The US State Department has warned American citizens in Saudi Arabia of an “imminent” threat," advising them to practice extra vigilance until further notice, reports of a potential, imminent threat against US citizens in areas of Jeddah frequented by Westerners, such as markets, restaurants, and shopping malls, advised to steer clear from large gatherings. American government personnel and their families were “restricted from traveling within 50 miles of the Yemeni border, without permission.”
A US air strike killed nearly 60 civilians, including children, in Syria on Tuesday after the coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters. Some eight families were hit as they tried to flee fighting in their area, in one of the single deadliest strikes on civilians by the alliance since the start of its operations in the war-torn country. It is thought Tuesday’s bombing was among the first by jets taking off from Incirlik air base in Turkey since it reopened after the failed coup.
The United States will sell the United Arab Emirates $785 million worth of bombs. UAE will receive 14,640 bombs and guidance kits, which turn unguided bombs into precision munitions with navigation systems, along with other munitions. The UAE is a key US ally in the region in the so-called fight against Daesh and the country’s Al Dhafra Air Base hosts about 3,500 US troops and fighter and reconnaissance aircraft used against the Takfiri terrorists.
Hossein Sheikholeslam, international affairs advisor to the speaker of Iran's parliament: "one of the reasons for the attempted military coup in Turkey was Ankara's decision to begin changing its position on Syria and to start cooperating with the Syrian government." " Western countries saw it as a priority to support the terrorists in Syria via Turkey, their intelligence services, together with those of Israel, planned and attempted to carry out this coup.
Russia has delivered the missile part of S-300 surface-to-air defence system to Iran, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday, moving to finish the delivery of all divisions of the system to Tehran by the end of this year. Russia’s agreement to provide Iran with S-300 has sparked concern in Israel.
An unidentified unmanned aircraft violated Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights on Sunday. Neither two Patriot missiles, nor one air-to-air missile fired from an Israeli fighter reportedly managed to take down the mystery UAV that retreated into Syria.
Six Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers have delivered massive airstrikes against a major Islamic State camp and ammunition depots in Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry says. The aircraft flew from Russia and returned home after the operation.
A $1 billion fighter jet package to Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait raises a host of concerns that known systematic violators of human rights may turn weapons against their own population or that the weapons may ultimately find their way into the hands of Daesh. Bahrain, specifically, has shown a willingness to turn US provided weapons against peaceful Shiite majority demonstrators who demand the repressive Sunni King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa open the country to democratic reforms.
Two Russian airmen killed in Syria on Friday were shot down with American weaponry, the Interfax news agency said Sunday, quoting a Russian military source. It said insurgents from the Islamic State group hit the airmen’s Mi-25 assault helicopter with a U.S.-made TOW heavy anti-tank missile, a weapon that uses guidance from a ground station. The high-tech system is in service with the U.S. military.
Iceland’s capital has announced that it will boycott all Israeli products until Palestine is freed from occupation. On Sunday, Reykjavik’s municipality voted for the boycott, and promised to continue the embargo “as long as the occupation of Palestinian territories continues.” The vote is part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Tel Aviv.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reportedly pledged to send 1,000 troops to Latvia to deter Russia shortly after the US President urged Canada to boost its involvement in NATO. The soldiers are to join NATO high-readiness brigade in Eastern Europe, according to Canadian media reports.
Former Foreign Minister MK Tzipi Livni, currently in London to attend the Haaretz Israel Conference, has been granted special diplomatic immunity following a bid by the British police to question her in connection with war crimes. According to the summons, police wanted to question Livni, a Zionist Union Knesset member, on suspicion of involvement in war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008, when she was foreign minister, vice prime minister and a member of the diplomatic-security cabinet.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, is preparing to head to Syria to serve as a platform for carrying out airstrikes on jihadists, a military diplomatic source told TASS. It will remain in the Mediterranean until at least January 2017.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova: "We could not help being surprised and shocked by the fact that employees of the US Department of State signed a letter that a military scenario of an attack on Syria, a military scenario of solving the Syrian problem should be implemented," "We were shocked by this, because it was signed by diplomats, that is, the people who should deal with the peaceful political settlement."
Israel Military Industries Ltd. (IMI Systems)announced it would sell 150 million worth of small caliber ammunition to the US civilian market. The agreement involves IMI's Yitzhak plant, where IMI manufactures light ammunition, and three major distributors of premium ammunition in the US market. IMI said that the types of ammunition involved, which were used by armies and were relatively expensive, were designated for sportsmen, firing ranges, and hunters.
"The State of Israel is proud to be the first in our region to receive and operate the plane," Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said during the ceremony, according to the Jerusalem Post. Liberman described the aircraft as "the most advanced in the world, and is the best selection by defense chiefs for safeguarding Israel’s aerial superiority."Israel has ordered 33 F-35As, the conventional takeoff and landing variant of the aircraft, and has an option to purchase 17 more
Israel’s military intelligence chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, took Israel’s long-standing position that it “prefers ISIS” over the Syrian government declaring openly that Israel does not want to see ISIS defeated in the war; going to do everything it can to avoid being put in a position where ISIS loses in Syria. This coming after it has been revealed that the US government has also been supporting ISIS.
Israeli marriage law makes it a two-year prison offence for any Jew marrying outside of the rabbinical authorities in that country, it has emerged after a failed attempt to overturn the rabbinate’s authority in the Israeli parliament.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had indicated that the French soldiers were helping an operation at Manbij, saying, “We are providing support through weapons supplies, air presence and advice.”French troops are cooperating with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that is a coalition of Kurdish and Arab forces,
Locals near the base of the Syrian Army’s Fourth Mechanical Division reported hearing “huge explosions” over the weekend, as jets believed to belong to the Israeli military flew overhead. If confirmed, this would be the latest in a growing number of Israeli strikes on Syria.
Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow. They discussed economic cooperation including energy ties. Our doors are open for every company from any country that has vast experience in the development of gas fields, including Russia, of course," said Netanyahu at a joint news conference, adding that there are no legislative barriers stopping Russian companies working in Israel.
U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice promised Israel on Monday that the new military aid agreement between the two nations that is currently being negotiated will constitute “the single largest military assistance package — with any country — in American history.”, Rice said the new decade-long aid package, expected to provide Israel between $37.5 billion and $40 billion to update Israel’s aircraft fleet and strengthen missile defenses.
A child is killed in Yemen every four hours — but partly because 60 percent of those deaths in 2014, alone, were at the hands of the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led coalition, it has now been blacklisted by the United Nations. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon explained the constant bombardment of the country had taken a “devastating toll” on its civilian population — particularly on children who are maimed and killed by the hundreds, if not thousands.
Russia's Defense Ministry: Four illegal oil production facilities controlled by terrorist group Daesh destroyed by Russian fighter jets. Russian Su-34s have carried out a series of airstrikes against terrorist oil operations in Syria throughout the week. Wednesday, jets took out a facilities in al-Hasakah Province. Strikes were carried out on installations near Raqqa.Tuesday. Raqqa is the self-proclaimed capital of Daesh, and believed to be a major waypoint for illegal oil making its way into Turkey.
Hillary: “The world must understand that the United States will act decisively if necessary, including with military action, to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. In particular, Israel’s security is non-negotiable. They’re our closest ally in the region and we have a moral obligation to defend them.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: The US-led coalition in Syria is idle while militants continue arriving through the Turkish border, US-led coalition "is just going through the motions." "When I talked recently with [US Secretary of State John] Kerry, I inquired why they had actually stopped bombing terrorists and actually had not made a single sortie to fight oil smuggling into Turkey," the Russian foreign minister said.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has accused Russia of providing anti-aircraft weaponry and rockets to militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), using anti-aircraft guns and missiles supplied by Russia. They have been transferred to them via Syria and Iraq,"Moscow has accused Ankara of hindering Kurdish forces in their battle against Islamic State and of using the fight against terrorism as a pretext to crack down on Kurdish organizations in Syria and Turkey.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed Russian Aerospace Forces for conducting airstrikes in Idlib, it seems the group has once again spoken out before getting their facts straight as the exact same photo purportedly of a ‘Russian airstrike on Idlib’ was in fact first used by Al- Jazeera six months ago.
The Russian Defense Ministry has rejected allegations that the Russian Air Force delivered airstrikes on Idlib city, Syria. Reuters earlier reported that Russian airstrikes targeted a number of sites in the city, including one next to a hospital. “We urge people to remain critical of any scare stories spread by the ‘British tandem’ of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Reuters news agency,”Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said..
Cutaneous leishmaniasis, a disfiguring disease caused by bites from infected sand flies.leads to significant scarring on the face, and due to lack of medical facilities within the Middle East and in refugee camps, it is often left untreated. Between 2000 and 2012 Lebanon only reported six cases. In 2013 they have reported 1,033, most originating from Syrian refugees now living in Lebanon. Along with disfigurement, the disease can cause open sores, nose bleeds, difficulty breathing and swallowing and death in some cases. The disease was once only contained to Syria, it is making its way to neighboring countries; Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, and southern Europe with refugees coming in.
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.
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