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ISIL, Kurds continue fierce fighting in Syria’s Kobani - Viideo

October 25th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/25/383625/fierce-clashes-resume-in-syrias-kobani/

Fierce clashes have resumed between ISIL Takfiri militants and Kurdish fighters in Syria's northern town of Kobani, which has been under siege by ISIL for over a month.

Fierce fighting rocks north Lebanon, 20 wounded

October 25th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014927617

Fierce clashes between the Lebanese Army and Islamist gunmen in the northern city of Tripoli showed no sign of stopping Saturday morning, with at least 20 people including nine soldiers wounded overnight.

US boosts support for Kurdish militia in Syria

October 21st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/21/syri-o21.html

Obama administration stepped up its war in Syria with air drops of military, medical supplies to Kurdish forces holding town of Kobani against offensive by Islamic State, putting pressure on Turkish government to assist in preventing Kobani, near Turkish border, being overrun by ISIS fighters.

‘Even animals don’t do it’: Kobani siege survivors on ISIS brutality

October 19th, 2014
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/197232-rt-survivors-isis-kobani/

No matter how small the injury, death is almost certain, according to the activist, who says the victims literally burn from the inside out once the chemical enters their blood stream

10 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria – watchdog

October 18th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/197160-syria-isis-air-strike/

At least 10 civilians have been killed in coalition airstrikes against Islamic State forces in eastern and northeastern Syria, according toThe Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group.

CIA warned arming Syrian “rebels” unlikely to succeed

October 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/17/arms-o17.html

Report commissioned by the Obama administration, the US Central Intelligence Agency called into question Washington’s policy of arming Syrian “rebels,” pointing out that such operations in the past had seldom proven successful.

US boosts air war in Syria

October 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/17/uswa-o17.html

US military has substantially boosted the number of its airstrikes, American war planes have carried out at least 54 strikes inside Syria this week, 53 of them on targets in Kobane. Since the bombing of Syria began last month, more than 180 air strikes have been carried out, more than twice the number in Iraq.

Kahwagi: US to supply Lebanon Army with combat weapons

October 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/21300

Army chief has been assured by American officials that the United States was prepared to support the military and supply it with weapons to combat terrorism.

Kobani needs military assistance: Kurdish official - Video

October 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/16/382493/kobani-needs-military-aid-official/

Syrian Kurdish official calls on international community to supply weapons to the Kurdish fighters combating ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Syria’town of Kobani. Idriss Nassan, deputy head of Kobani’s foreign relations committee, calls for pressuring Turkish government to open its borders to volunteers, allow delivery of ammunition for fighters

Egypt Warplanes Bombing Islamist Militias In Libya: Officials

October 15th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Two Egyptian government officials say their country's warplanes are bombing Islamist militias in Libyan city of Benghazi. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Turkey bombs Kurdish PKK rebel positions, Kobani inaction threatens ceasefire

October 14th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/195824-turkey-bomb-kurdish-pkk/

Turkish warplanes have bombed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets near the country’s border with Iraq. The strikes highlight rising tensions in Turkey over Ankara’s perceived unwillingness to aid besieged Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani.

US-led coalition carries out 21 airstrikes around Syrian town

October 14th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/14/382272/usled-airstrikes-intensify-in-kobani/

The United States and its allies have carried out 21 airstrikes against ISIL terrorists around the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani in 24 hours, with the White House saying its strategy is succeeding.

ISIL natural outgrowth of Washington: Chomsky

October 14th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/15/382287/isil-natural-outgrowth-of-washington/

Political commentator and activist Noam Chomsky says ISIL and “radical jihadism” are the United States’ own creation. “The appearance of ISIS and the general spread of radical jihadism is a fairly natural outgrowth of Washington wielding its sledgehammer at the fragile society of Iraq.”

Damascus warns Turkey against military intervention in Syria - Video

October 13th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/03/380942/syria-warns-turkey-against-aggression/

Damascus will consider any Turkish military intervention in its territory as an act of aggression, Syrian Foreign Ministry says a day after Turkish lawmakers authorized military operations against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Lebanon planning to buy Russian copters, air defense

October 13th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/05/381155/lebanon-plans-russian-arms-purchases/

Lebanon is reportedly planning to buy weapons from Russia, including helicopters and air defense systems, in a bid to battle the persisting threat of Takfiri terrorism along its borders.

ISIL takes half of Syrian town of Kobani

October 13th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/13/382113/half-of-syria-kobani-in-isil-control/

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists have taken half of the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani to Kurds, as urban warfare rages on in the key town. Advance by the Takfiri group comes despite three-weeks of US-led airstrikes in Syria against ISIL positions.

McCain urges ground troops to defeat Isis: 'They're winning, and we're not'

October 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/12/mccain-isis-syria-iraq-strategy

enator John McCain has warned that the Islamic State (Isis) is winning in Iraq and Syria, and that the United States needs to deploy ground troops if it is to stave off defeat, urged a “fundamental re-evaluation” of US strategy.

Syrian Kurds repulse Islamic State militants in Kobani - watchdog - Video

October 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/195284-syria-kurds-is-kobani/

Amid heavy casualties on both sides, Islamic State [IS] militants have been forced to pull back from their assault on the Syrian town of Kobani; Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

ISIL bolsters forces to break Kobani resistance

October 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/12/381964/isil-brings-more-forces-against-kobani/

ISIL Takfiri terrorists have resorted to further reinforcements in effort to break resistance of Kurdish fighters defending city of Kobane for nearly a month. ISIL dispatching additional forces to Kobane from other areas in Syria, now trying to advance street by street in Kobane.

Balkan states back US war in the Middle East

October 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/11/balk-o11.html

Balkan states in both NATO and the EU, such as Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, joined the US-led coalition. Those non-EU and non-NATO states backing the Western military campaign in Iraq and Syria include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

Over 20,000 Kurds protest at ISIL attacks in Germany - Video

October 11th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/11/381886/over-20k-kurds-stage-antiisil-protest/

Over 20,000 Kurds have staged a protest rally in Germany against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists’ attacks in Syria. Protest was held in German city of Dusseldorf Saturday, called by several Kurdish organizations to censure assaults by ISIL militants on Kurdish towns in Syria.

Berlin Not to Support Military Solution in Ukraine: German Security Adviser

October 9th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/politics/20141009/193874881/Berlin-Not-to-Support-Military-Solution-in-Ukraine-German.html

As US officials at the Pentagon discuss providing lethal aid to Ukrainian government forces, Germany has decided not to support a military solution to the civil war, Volker Perthes, the head of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and adviser to the German government, told RIA Novosti Thursday.

Canada’s parliament votes to join new Mideast war

October 9th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/09/cana-o09.html

Canada’s House of Commons has adopted a motion endorsing the Conservative government’s decision to have Canada take a frontline role in the new US war in the Middle East. Government announced deployment of 69 Special Forces troops to “assist and train” Peshmerga Kurdish militia forces.

Israel shells S. Lebanon after border blast wounds two IDF soldiers

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/193860-israel-lebanon-fire-blast/

Israeli Army fired artillery shells into Lebanon after two IDF troops were injured in a blast on the border between the two states, Israeli Israeli Defense Force confirmed. Said it hit two outposts of Hezbollah militant group

Hillary Clinton embraces ‘endless war doctrine’

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East, War

Link: http://www.intellihub.com/hillary-clinton-embraces-endless-war-doctrine/

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; war waged against militant fighters in Iraq and Syria “critical.” Will be prolonged part of U.S. foreign policy. Military action wasn’t’ enough, also an “information war” to be fought. Ex-CIA and Pentagon head Leon Panetta: we’re looking at a 30-year war.

Most recent ISIS munitions US-made during Iraq occupation - study

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/193772-isis-militants-american-weapons/

An analysis of cartridges used by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria shows that their newest ammunition is of American origin. China and the Soviet Union were identified as the biggest sources of munitions, with bullets made 25 years ago.

New Zealand government prepares to join US war in Middle East

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/07/nzir-o07.html

The war launched by the Obama administration, supported by about 40 allies, in Iraq and Syria is not primarily aimed against ISIS. Rather, ISIS has provided pretext for an imperialist intervention to assert US control over the oil-rich region and topple Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.

Urban warfare in Kobani goes on between Kurds, ISIL - Video

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/07/381371/kurds-combat-isil-in-kobani-streets/

Urban warfare between the ISIL Takfiri terrorists and Kurdish forces in Syria’s border town of Kobani spreads to new neighborhoods. Takfiris, backed by tanks and artillery, reportedly seized control of three districts in Kobani.

200 Syrian Kurds killed while defending Kobani against ISIL - Video

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/07/381387/200-syria-kurds-killed-in-kobani-battle/

200 Syrian Kurds killed defending town of Kobani against ISIL militants’ attempts to capture the city in three-week clashes. ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. Fighting for the strategic town forced 200,000 to take refuge in Turkey.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Urges International Community Defend Kobani Population From IS

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/world/20141007/193787187/UN-Special-Envoy-for-Syria-Urges-International-Community-Defend-Kobani.html

UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, Tuesday called on global community to protect residents of Syria’s city of Kobani from Islamic State militants. “The international community needs to defend them. The international community cannot sustain another city falling under ISIS.”

Turkey calls for ground invasion of Kobane to stop Isil

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014912351

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that a ground operation is needed to defeat the militants, fuelling concerns that US-led air strikes are doing little to halt Isil's advances. "Two Dutch F-16s this morning used weapons for first time in Iraq against the IS terror group.

Islamic State jihadists seize parts of Syrian town along Turkish border

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/islamic-state-jihadists-seize-parts-of-syrian-town-along-turkish-border/

Islamic State jihadists pushed into the key Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border, seizing three districts in the city’s east after fierce street fighting with its Kurdish defenders. Taking Kobane would give the IS organisation control of a long stretch of the Syria-Turkey border.

Pakistani Taliban pledges support to ISIS as coordinated West-hatred gains momentum

October 5th, 2014
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://rt.com/news/193268-isis-islamic-taliban-pakistan/

The threat of a formidable Islamic State grows, as the Pakistani Taliban pledged support to the fearsome terrorist group and urged other Middle Eastern extremists to be part of the effort to repel the alleged Western campaign against Islam.

Behind the anti-terror alibi, the gas war in the Levant

October 3rd, 2014
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.voltairenet.org/article185495.html

Though everyone adheres to Washington and its Gulf allies’ anti-terrorist discourse, everyone understands that it is only a rhetorical justification for a war that has other purposes.

NATO's Dream Coming True - Turkey Pushes For Syria No-Fly Zone; US Approves

October 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.activistpost.com/2014/10/natos-dream-coming-true-turkey-pushes.html

Turkey’s parliament passed resolution to allow Turkish military to enter Iraq and Syria under pretext of battling Western-backed IS militants, allows foreign troops to use Turkish territory for same purpose. Calls for “buffer zone” on Turkey/Syria border enforced by a no-fly zone to “ensure security.”

Most Americans believe the United States is giving too much foreign aid to Israel

October 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.newsforage.com/2014/10/most-americans-say-us-gives-too-much.html

Most Americans believe United States is giving too much foreign aid to Israel according to an online survey. 64 percent of Americans prefer not to take sides in Israel-Palestine conflict, 55 percent would oppose sending U.S. troops to protect Israel if it struck Iran.

New steps to wider war in Middle East

October 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/03/kuwa-o03.html

The US military has deployed a quick-reaction force of 2,300 Marines to the Middle East, the Pentagon revealed Wednesday, the latest step in a carefully planned escalation of American military power in the region.

Turkey approves military action against ISIS, NATO eyes involvement

October 2nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/192716-turkey-military-action-isis/

Turkish army received go-ahead from country’s parliament to engage in military action against Islamic State insurgents in Syria and Iraq. NATO :bloc's involvement is “practically” possible.

‘Terrifying’ UN report details ISIS war crimes in Iraq =- photos

October 2nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East, Iraq

Link: http://rt.com/news/192692-un-isis-war-crimes/

Islamic State (IS) insurgents and associated armed groups in Iraq have committed a “staggering array” of systematic human rights abuses including mass executions, abducting women,using girls as sex slaves, according to UN. 1.8 million Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes.

Australian warplanes to launch air strikes against Islamic State targets.

October 2nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014909396

Australian warplanes have been given the go-ahead to begin attacks on Islamic State militants in Iraq .Six F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets have been on standby in the Middle East for two weeks in preparation for joining the US-led attacks on IS targets.

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