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.
A Palestinian child, Ahmad Manasra, 14, was convicted Tuesday of two counts of attempted murder, despite a lack of evidence, a video showing him being severely beaten and insulted by a crowd shouting racial slurs, and video showing Israeli interrogators brutalizing and intimidating the crying child with no family member or lawyer present
Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone has said the “creation” of Israel was a “great catastrophe,” leading to a situation with the “potential for nuclear war.The creation of the state of Israel was fundamentally wrong, because there had been a Palestinian community there for 2,000 years,” he recently told Arabic TV station al-Ghad al-Arabi.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced that the Russian S-300 missile defense system delivered to Iran has been brought to Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, adding that the Iranian version of the defense shield called 'Bavar (Belief) 373' will be produced soo;n. the defense shield being able to engage with multiple targets, including ballistic and cruise missiles
According to HRW, border guards used excessive force against Syrians and a smuggler trying to reach Turkey in March and April. Five people were reportedly killed, including a child, and 14 others were injured. “Firing at traumatized men, women, and children fleeing fighting and indiscriminate warfare is truly appalling,” Human Rights Watch researcher Gerry Simpson.
More than a dozen members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards were killed, 21 wounded.this week during an attack by militants in northern Syria in what shows Tehran’s deep involvement in the Syrian civil war. Iran has been one of President Bashar Assad’s strongest backers and has, along with Lebanon’s Iran-backed militant Hezbollah group, sent fighters to battle on the government’s side.Iran and Russia have backed Syria throughout the conflict. All three refer to all those fighting to overthrow Assad as terrorists.
As calls for the ethnic cleansing of non-Jews become commonplace, so do the Nazi comparisons, both at home and abroad. Major General Yair Golan said, “If there's something that frightens me about Holocaust remembrance it's the recognition of the revolting processes that occurred in Europe in general, and particularly in Germany, back then – 70, 80 and 90 years ago – and finding signs of them here among us today in 2016.”
Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutogluannounced on Wednesday his decision to step down as chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and therefore as prime minister. The resignation is a reflection of deep conflicts within the state, in the midst of Turkish involvement in the Syria civil war and growing tension with Russia, as well as a renewed, bloody civil war with its own Kurdish minority. Davutoglu resigned after fistfights repeatedly erupted inside the parliament over Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s moves to crush the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP).
Many government buildings destroyed. Telephone exchanges have been systematically bombed and destroyed. Two large dairies were bombed, killing 100 civilians and wounding 200 more. Multiple daytime air strikes on Mosul University on March 19th and 20th killed 92 civilians and wounded 135, mostly faculty, staff, families and students. Targets included the main administration building, classroom buildings, a women’s dormitory and a faculty apartment building. 50 civilians were killed and 100 wounded by air strikes on 2 apartment buildings, Al Hadbaa and Al Khadraa. 22 civilians killed in air strikes on houses in front of Mosul Medical College. US air strikes on April 24th damaged the Rashidiya water treatment plant in West Mosul and the Yarmouk power station in East Mosul. The Central Bank of Mosul in Ghazi Street and several branches of Rafidain and Rasheed banks were bombed, with heavy civilian casualties, despite all cash reportedly being removed after the first bank was struck. Three workers were killed and 12 wounded in an air strike on the former Pepsi bottling plant. An air strike on a fuel depot in an industrial area ignited an inferno with 150 casualties on April 18th. Bombs have damaged a food warehouse, power stations, and substations in West Mosul, and flour mills, a pharmaceutical factory, auto repair shops and other workshops across Mosul. The Al Hurairah Bridge was destroyed by air strikes.
At least four people have been injured in Israeli airstrikes against the Gaza Strip in new acts of aggression against the blockaded coastal territory. The airstrikes came hours after Israeli warplanes launched at least five airstrikes against an open area near the Yasser Arafat International Airport in the border town of Rafah
The Russian Defense Ministry published a video of the Russian Aerospace Forces conducting flights in Syria on its official YouTube channel. The video shows the incredible Su-25 fighter jet, Mi-8 transport-combat helicopter, Su-35s, the Su-24M and fighter-bomber Su-34. The air force was involved in combating Daesh terrorists in Syria and was based at Hmeymim airbase in Latakia until the end of March 2016.
Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in an air strike on a refugee camp in northern Syria,at the al-Camouna camp near Sarmada in Idlib province, close to the Turkish border.
Several airstrikes have hit warehouses that supplied medical items and fuel to hospital in the Syrian city Aleppo, the US division of the international humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said in a Twitter message on Monday.
Iran’s media reported on Tuesday that an immediate order has been issued by the relevant authorities to stop placing orders to import US-made cars into the country, will accordingly prevent imports of as much as 200 Chevrolet cars into the country that had a collective value of $7 million. Global brands including Fiat, Mercedes Benz, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault and Volkswagen have been negotiating over the same issue with the related Iranian officials.
A Turkish constitutional committee meeting descended into chaos when a verbal argument between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and oppositional Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) spiraled out of control into a brawl. The feud is believed to have been sparked by a comment from Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ who blamed the pro-Kurdish HDP for instigating a similar scuffle on Thursday. The remark immediately drew the ire of the HDP’s MP Garo Paylan who labeled it “slander”.
Syrian army sources claimed Wednesday that they had ambushed and captured a group of vehicles packed with Israeli weapons in the southern part of the country; the weapons and ammunition were marked with Hebrew writing, indicating their origin. Syrian military sources reported that the vehicles carried Israeli mines, RPG rocket launchers, B9 guns, various types of mortars and hand grenades. War in Syria involves at least 10 regional actors: the US, Russia, Syria, Iran, Hizballah, Jordan, Israel, Syrian rebels, the Nusra Front and ISIS.
More than 200 civilians, including 35 children, were killed as military violence erupted across Syria this week, leaving the ceasefire agreement brokered by US and Russian diplomats in February in tatters in a war that has killed more than 400,000 people pushing Syria deeper into conditions of social collapse; “catastrophic deterioration” in the security situation, violence across Syria “soaring back to the levels we saw prior to the cessation of hostilities,” and military forces displaying a “monstrous disregard” for civilians, according to UN human rights official Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein.
Fish farming and car dealing have become an alternative money generating resources for ISIS, after Russian and US-led strikes severely crippled the terrorist’s “traditional” oil smuggling businesses in Syria and Iraq, a new report by Iraq's central court of investigation revealed; generating millions of dollars a month,also comes from captured car dealerships and factories which once belonged to Iraqi government.
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.
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