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Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

July 31st, 2015
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/990c86ba77604586a8a9e1bf5396cec1/despite-bombing-islamic-state-no-weaker-year-ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded.

NATO backs Turkish/US regime-change offensive in Syria

July 29th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/29/turk-j29.html

NATO gave President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan unanimous support for Turkey joining the US-led military offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is being used as a cover to escalate Washington’s intervention against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkey’s Political Influence Felt as Washington Turns Its Back on Kurds Fighting ISIS

July 29th, 2015
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/29/turkeys-american-lobbyists-work-defeat-military-aid-isis/

Some of the most successful fighters against the Islamic State are being isolated and attacked by America’s new favorite ally in the region. Kurdish militias are achieving the stated goals of the Obama administration — to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS — as well or better than any other fighting force. From Kobane to the recent liberation of Tel Abyad, Kurdish militias have won hard-fought victories against ISIS fighters in Syria, while preventing the advance of ISIS into northern Iraq.

Explosion hits Iran-Turkey gas pipeline: Report

July 29th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/07/28/422161/Explosion-Iran-Turkey-gas-pipeline

The suspected sabotage attack took place in the Doğubeyazıt district, 15 kilometers from border with Iran. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast."The explosion caused a fire breakout. After repairing the gas flow will resume."

Turkey Calls Emergency NATO Meeting; 'No-Fly Zone' On The Horizon?

July 27th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.activistpost.com/2015/07/turkey-calls-emergency-nato-meeting-no.html

As Turkey continues to bomb alleged ISIS targets in Syria and Kurdish targets in Iraq, it has now taken yet another step toward its goal of establishing a “buffer zone” and “no-fly zone” over Syria. Turkey has called an emergency NATO meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

IDF calling up hundreds of thousands for emergency-readiness war drills

July 27th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.rt.com/news/310833-idf-israel-military-drills/

Large-scale military drills have been launched in Israel with the aim of testing the IDF’s readiness to go into emergency mode. Hundreds of thousands of reserve soldiers are involved in testing the system.

Turkey, US agree on no-fly zone over Syria: Turkish Hurriyet daily

July 24th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/07/24/421691/Turkey-US-Syria-nofly-zone-Erdogan-Davutoglu-ISIL

An agreement reached between Turkey and the United States on what they call cooperation against the ISIL terrorist group also includes establishing a no-fly zone over the Arab country.

Israel Gives Jordan Helicopters to Combat ISIL

July 24th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150725/1025022356.html

Israel gave 16 AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters to Jordan to prevent militants from spilling across border. Israel had two squadrons of Cobra helicopters provided by United States. Ideal for aerial surveillance, ground troop cover fire, both squadrons disbanded by Israeli Air Force in favor of the Apache.

Former Obama Adviser: Give Israel B-52 Bombers to Deter Iran

July 20th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150718/1024767682.html

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu one of most vocal opponents of the Iran nuclear deal. To allay his concerns, Ambassador Dennis Ross former top advisor to President Obama has recommended providing Israel with B-52 bunker-busting bombers.

Why Exactly Is the US at War in Yemen?

July 20th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/31954-why-exactly-is-the-us-at-war-in-yemen

United States waging war in six Middle East countries Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen; include training the local army, using drones to attack, providing weapons, logistical support to one side side or the other, sending in American combat troops, sometimes all of the above. None of the countries poses a threat to national security, least of all Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world. .

Saudi Arabia sends Special Forces into Yemen: Report

July 17th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/07/17/420698/Saudi-Special-Forces-Yemen-fugitive-officials

Saudi Arabia has reportedly sent Special Forces into Yemen under the pretext of escorting some fugitive former Yemeni officials back into its war-torn southern neighbor. Friday, Saudi strikes reportedly hit an airbase near Yemeni capital Sana’a International Airport.

Netanyahu vs. UN: Israeli PM slams UNHRC after its report ratified

July 4th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/271600-netanyahu-unhrc-report-ratified/

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu attacked UN Human Rights Council following a UNHRC report, which presented evidence of war crimes committed by Israel and Hamas in summer of 2014, urges implementation of report’s recommendations, calls for prosecution of Israeli officials responsible for alleged violations. Netanyahu: UN Human Rights Council is not really interested in human rights.”

Egyptian air force bombs Sinai after heavy clashes with ISIS affiliate

July 3rd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/03/egyp-j03.html

Egyptian air force launched airstrikes at members of Islamist opposition groups in Sinai Peninsula 23 dead, Egyptian army troops conducted house-to-house raids in Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid,pilots flying US-made Apache helicopter gunships continued to pound targets in the town.

Turkey threatens to launch military intervention in Syria

July 3rd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says his country would not hesitate to launch a military intervention in Syria in case of what he referred to as a potential threat to Turkey’s “security.” Turkey has deployed additional forces and equipment along its border with Syria.

US Intervention Will Only Make Middle Eastern Turmoil Worse

July 1st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2015/06/30/us-intervention-will-only-make-middle-eastern-turmoil-worse/

U.S. government dealt setbacks in five of the seven Islamic countries its military has attacked or invaded; Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen. Pakistan and Somalia, situation remains extremely unstable. Hezbollah, al Qaeda, or ISIS rarely attack for no reason.During the Cold War, United States fueled Islamist jihadism to battle communism. Interventions made things worse through unintended consequences, American targets for retaliatory attacks.

Yemen's Ansarullah, allied forces storm Saudi base in Dhahran al-Janub

July 1st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/07/01/418369/yemen-saudi-houthi-ansarullah-dhahran-aljanub

Saudi warplanes launched airstrikes in several locations in the western province of Hajjah, nearby al-Haz, principal town of Jawf province, also bombarded by Saudi fighter jets. Dhaher district of Sa'ada province, a Yemeni civilian reportedly killed, a number of others injured by Saudi artillery shells.

Turkish Opposition Party Warns Against Military Intervention in Syria

June 30th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150630/1024047088.html

Turkey's opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), called on the government to avoid military intervention in Syria, urged Ankara to hold talks with the Syrian government to find a peaceful solution to the armed conflict in the country.

Israel cabinet approves new barrier along Jordan border

June 29th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/06/29/418041/Palestine-Israel-Jordan-security-unrest-migrants

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed on Monday the fence will be erected to prevent the entry of illegal migrants and terrorists. Israel has also erected other separation barriers through occupied West Bank, Egyptian border, through Syria's Israeli-occupied Golan Heights; also erected barriers along the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.

3 killed in Saudi airstrikes in northwest Yemen

June 28th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/06/28/417898/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-Saada-

Three people, including a child killed after Saudi warplanes targeted the area, no report on number of injured or material damage. Earlier in the day, Saudi fighter jets targeted a residential area, destroyed two schools in the district of Saqayn injuring a woman.

UNSC calls on Saudi Arabia to lift Yemen blockade

June 25th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/06/25/417510/UNSC-Saudi-Arabia-Yemen-blockade

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) urged Saudi Arabia to lift its blockade on Yemen, stressing that ships carrying food, fuel and other vital supplies must be permitted to enter ports in Yemen which is on the brink of famine; "an urgent need for ongoing commercial supplies to enter Yemen as a humanitarian imperative."

Israel Attacks Syrian Army Base in Suwayda

June 19th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940328000719

Claims are raised Israel is everyday increasing its assistance and supports for the terrorist groups in Syria, sraeli forces have moved hundreds of terrorists wounded while fighting the Syrian army and people, in clear violation of the UN and Security Council resolutions.

Israel threatens military intervention in Syria's civil war

June 19th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/11681860/Israel-threatens-military-intervention-in-Syrias-civil-war.html

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, has issued a veiled threat to intervene directly in Syria's civil war for the first time, after Syrian rebels surrounded a village occupied by the Druze minority close to the border,said he had given "instructions to do what is necessary."

Israel Furious that UN Report on Israel Mentions Israel So Much

June 19th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://antiwar.com/blog/2015/06/18/israel-furious-that-un-report-on-israel-mentions-israel-so-much/

UN issued a recent report on violence against children in warzones worldwide, and was facing intense US and Israeli pressure not to mention Israel in this, despite the large death toll among children in last summer’s Israeli invasion of Gaza. In the end, they didn’t mention Israel in that official report, but released a separate report about Israel.

Tens of Israeli, Saudi Officers Killed in Yemen Missile Attacks

June 18th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940327001517

"The Ansarullah fighters backed by the Yemeni army hit Amir Khalid airbase in Khamees al-Mushait region in Southern Saudi Arabia with a scud missile and several Najm al-Saqeb (Striking Star) missiles last week, killing over 20 senior Israeli officers and 63 Saudi military men and capturing 35 others," Mehdi Nasser al-Bashi told FNA on Wednesday.

Syrian refugees pushed away from Turkish border

June 13th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/06/13/415679/Turkey-Syria-refugees-Turkish-Syrian-border

Thousands of Syrian refugees trying to enter Turkey repelled by Turkish border guards as clashes flare up between Syrian Kurds and the ISIL Takfiri terrorists over control of a town on Syrian-Turkish border. Turkish forces used water cannon, fired warning shots to disperse massing refugees.

Former US President Bush Calls for 'Boots on the Ground' in Syria, Iraq

June 13th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150613/1023329505.html

Breakthrough in the fight against Islamic State seizing Syria and Iraq is impossible without a ground operation. History will show that al-Qaeda in Iraq was defeated, after he decided to send more troops to the Middle East country instead of withdrawing them during US invasion in 2003; former US President George W. Bush said in an interview with Israel Hayom newspaper Friday.

Israel Enraged With US Over Advanced Arms Supplies to Arab States

June 10th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150610/1023149978.html

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon raised concerns the United States' move to supply various Gulf Arab states with arms as a counterweight to Iran could weaken Israel's own US-backed regional military dominance.

China forbids its construction workers from building Israeli settlements – report

June 9th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/266068-israel-china-builders-settlements/

Israel’s talks on migrant workers with China deadlocked due to Beijing refusing to allow its citizens to participate in construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank. “We are negotiating with China for an agreement on the arrival of thousands of additional workers," an unnamed government official said.

Israel tests ‘dirty’ bombs in Negev desert

June 8th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/israel-tests-dirty-bombs-in-negev-desert/

Israel carried carried out tests in the Negev desert in order to gauge out the repercussions and damage caused by an explosion of a “dirty” radiological bomb by enemy forces, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz. A dirty bomb combines radiological materials with other more standard explosives.

Israel’s Clandestine Alliance with Gulf Arab States is Going Public

June 6th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/06/06/israels-clandestine-alliance-gulf-arab-states-going-public

Israel and the Gulf states shared an interest in countering what they saw as rising Iranian influence in the Middle East. While the two sides sparred in public they enjoyed “good personal relations” behind closed doors Gulf Arabs still “not ready to do publicly what they say in private.”

US-backed war on Yemen leaves 20 million without food, water, medical care

June 6th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/06/yeme-j06.html

The US-backed war against Yemen has left 20 million people—nearly 80 percent of the country’s population facing a humanitarian disaster, without access to adequate food, water and medical care; United Nations.

Finance Ministry warns: Israel heading for Greek-style fiscal tragedy

June 4th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.haaretz.com/business/.premium-1.659035

Study shows gap between government revenues and spending as country’s population ages and Haredim, Arabs make up a larger part of the population. Long-term demographic projections released by Central Bureau of Statistics two years ago aroused debate about what Israel will look like.

Israel planning false flag attack in US to create war with Iran: Ex-US Senate candidate - Video

June 2nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/06/02/414052/false-flag-Israel-US-Iran-operation

Israel is preparing to carry out a false flag operation in the United States and will blame it on Iran as a strategy to entangle Washington in a war with Tehran; former US Senate candidate Mark Dankof.

America Sells Israel 32,100 High-Tech Bombs and Missiles. 3 Guesses Why...

May 31st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/05/31/us-sells-israel-32100-high-tech-bombs-missiles.aspx?source=eogyholnk0000001

14,500 KMU-556C/B Joint Direct Attack Munitions tail kits, built by Boeing to convert ordinary "dumb" bombs into "smart bombs" guided by GPS. 4,100 GBU-39 Small Diameter, precision GPS-guided glide-bombs. 50 "bunker buster" bombs capable of penetrating through 20 feet of reinforced concrete. 3,000 Hellfire Missiles. 250 Air-to-Air Missiles. 4,500 1,000-lb bombs

Saudis still using cluster bombs against Yemen

May 31st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/saudis-still-using-cluster-bombs-against-yemen/

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says evidence shows Saudi Arabia has been pounding neighboring Yemen with internationally banned cluster bombs, warning that such attacks are “harming civilians.”

Genocide: NATO Deliberately Destroyed Libya’s Water Infrastructure

May 30th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://govtslaves.info/genocide-nato-deliberately-destroyed-libyas-water-infrastructure/

The military targeting of civilian infrastructure, especially of water supplies, is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions, precisely what NATO did in Libya, while blaming the damage on Gaddafi himself. Since then, the country’s water infrastructure and the suffering of its people has only deteriorated further.

US State Department Approves $130Mln Sale of Guided Bombs to UAE

May 30th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150530/1022739267.html

US State Department approved sale of 1,600 guided bomb units to the United Arab Emirates worth more than $100 million. Principal contractors will be Boeing and Raytheon; accompanied by repair parts, technical and logistical support.

Israeli F16’s Falling from the Skies over Yemen - Video

May 30th, 2015
Categories: Middle East, War

Link: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/05/25/additional-confirmation-of-yemen-nuclear-attack/

This week two F16s shot down over Yemen. Both were types never supplied to an Arab nation, not Saudi Arabia, not anyone. The only “buyer” in the region for that type of plane is Israel. One of these aircraft most likely responsible for dropping the neutron bomb on Yemen a few days ago. Aircraft shot down by an updated BUK system supplied by Russia. Yemen war is now clearly an Israeli war.

Pravda: Saudi-Israeli Nuclear Strike Hits Yemen - Video

May 30th, 2015
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/05/29/pravda-saudi-israeli-nuclear-strike-hits-yemen/

Shocking video reveals proton bombardment from a neutron bomb. Israel is reported to be the one to deploy such neutron bombs. Any doubts about the nuclear attack on Yemen attributed to Israel, as evidenced in two Israeli F16s shot down and forensically identified, are now gone. Forbidden strikes have brought about a storm of worldwide protest. Two Israeli F16's, painted as Saudi, burning on the ground in Yemen.

Israeli air force launches multiple attacks on Gaza Strip

May 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/05/27/413018/gaza-israel-attack-hamas-islamic-jihad

The Israeli air force has started carrying out attacks on the Gaza Strip, as the Palestinian resistance movements of Hamas and Islamic Jihad deny launching projectiles into Israel.

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