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Iraqi dealers confirm ISIS hoarding gold, precious metals to issue currency – report

November 21st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/207763-isis-state-coins-currency/

Islamic State militants are reportedly acquiring gold, silver and other precious metals in a bid to further solidify their control over large swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory by issuing their own currency, Iraqi metal dealers confirmed to McClatchy.

Erdogan Says Arming Syrian Opposition Not Enough, Assad Must Be Toppled

November 19th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20141119/1014931660.html

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara and Washington must unite efforts not only in support of moderate Syrian opposition, but also in toppling Assad regime.

Israel economy shrinks for first time in more than 5 years

November 19th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://themostimportantnews.com/archives/israel-economy-shrinks-for-first-time-in-more-than-5-years

Israel’s economy contracted for the first time in more than five years in the third quarter, as growth was hit by the effects of a war with Islamist militants in Gaza.

Obama: I will send US troops to fight ISIS if they get nukes

November 18th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/206607-obama-troops-isis-nukes/

“If we discovered that [Islamic State] had gotten possession of a nuclear weapon, and we had to run an operation to get it out of their hands, then, yes,” Obama “I would order it."

Saudi sacks minister after Takfiri channel shutdown - Video

November 14th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/05/384921/saudi-sacks-min-after-tv-shutdown/

Saudi Arabia sacked the country's minister of culture and information after he ordered closure of an extremist Takfiri TV channel. The former minister did not give reasons for banning the TV channel, said ministry would take action against any media that undermine “nation’s unity, security and stability.”

Saudi plan to demolish Prophet’s birthplace raises concern - Video

November 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/13/385795/saudi-demolition-plan-raises-concern/

Concerns are rising among Muslims over Saudi Arabia’s controversial plan to demolish the birthplace of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the holy city of Mecca by the end of the year and replaced with a royal palace for Saudi King Abdullah ibn Abdilaziz for his visits to Mecca.

50 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria: Report

November 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Wednesday that at least 50 civilians, including eight children and five women, were killed by US-led coalition airstrikes since mid-September. The UK-based group added that 746 ISIL militants and 68 al-Nusra Front terrorists had also been killed.

France to begin arms shipment to Lebanon in 2015

November 10th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/06/384994/france-to-ship-arms-to-lebanon-in-2015/

3-billion-dollar deal financed by Saudi Arabia, would involve combat and transport helicopters, armored vehicles, anti-tank missiles and heavy artillery. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius: will contribute to strengthen Lebanese army, which guarantees the unity and stability of Lebanon,”

UN appoints panel to probe Israel attacks on Gaza Strip

November 10th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/10/385520/un-tasks-panel-to-probe-israel-attacks/

United Nations has tasked a five-member panel with investigating Israeli attacks on UN shelters during Tel Aviv’s deadly summer war on the Gaza Strip. The panel was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, called the three cases of Israel’s shelling of UN-run schools as a "moral outrage."

Clashes between Houthis, militants in central Yemen kill 20 - Video

November 10th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/10/385499/20-die-in-latest-central-yemen-clashes/

At least twenty people have been killed in the latest round of clashes between Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters and al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen’s central province of Bayda.

Five nuclear engineers assassinated in Syria: Reports

November 9th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/10/385422/5-nuclear-engineers-killed-in-syria/

Reports say five "nuclear engineers" have been assassinated by unknown assailants near a research center in the north part of the Syrian capital. All of them were shot dead when their bus was ambushed on the way to the research center.

US-led airstrikes hit oil field in Syria

November 9th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/08/385242/usled-airstrikes-hit-oil-filed-in-syria/

The United States and its Arab allies have launched new air raids against ISIL positions in Syria, with at least one airstrike hitting an oil field controlled by the militants.

Ex-US official belies claim Osama was killed in Abbottabad

November 9th, 2014
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-33993-Ex-US-official-belies-claim-Osama-was-killed-in-Abbottabad#sthash.08sNgR6U.dpuf

ISLAMABAD: Refuting President Obama’s claim that a US Navy SEALs team had killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, former US Assistant Secretary of Treasury Department, Paul Craig Roberts, has claimed that bin Laden had died due to renal failure a decade earlier in December 2001

Germany exports to Iran up 33% to reach €1.6b

November 5th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11/05/384840/germany-exports-to-iran-jump-to-16b/

Germany exported 1.6 billion euros of commodities to Iran in the first eight months of this year following an interim nuclear deal reached between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group,

Syrian soldiers retake Homs gas fields from ISIL

November 5th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11/05/384934/syrian-army-retakes-homs-gas-fields/

Syrian military forces backed by pro-government fighters “retook control of the Jhar and Mahr gas fields, as well as the Hayyan gas company in the east of Homs province,”particularly important because they feed Homs city and Damascus the gas supplies needed to produce electricity

ISIS Again Captures American High-Tech Weapons We Gave to “Moderate” Rebels

November 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/ISIS_Again_Captures_American_High-Tech_Weapons_We_Gave_to_%E2%80%9CModerate%E2%80%9D_Rebels/38933/0/38/38/Y/M.html

One of the biggest “moderate” rebel groups backed and armed by the U.S. has just been wiped out and all of their arms and bases taken by ISIS. Two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from the United States to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have surrendered to al-Qaeda.

Egypt, Gulf Arab allies discussing anti-extremist military alliance with possible joint force

November 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/21472

U.S. Arab allies Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East, The Associated Press.

US Destroying Syria’s Oil Infrastructure Under Guise of Fighting ISIS

November 1st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/US_Destroying_Syria%E2%80%99s_Oil_Infrastructure_Under_Guise_of_Fighting_ISIS/38894/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The US is considering bombing pipelines in Syria, which it claims is in an attempt to cut off the huge profits being made by ISIS from captured oilfields. The US agenda behind destroying Syria’s pipelines has very little to do with ISIS oil profits, and far more to do with destroying Syria’s oil infrastructure.

Cannabis Wars: Lebanese Pot Growers Arm-Up Against ISIS Invaders

November 1st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Cannabis_Wars%3A_Lebanese_Pot_Growers_Arm-Up_Against_ISIS_Invaders/38913/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Lebanon’s pot growers on the frontline in their country’s defense against an ISIS surge over their eastern border. Farmers say they are armed and ready to fight off ISIS encroachmen. In Syria ISIS gangs have been torching cannabis fields, labeling the plant as ‘forbidden’ in their version of Islam.

UN: Foreign Fighters Joining Terror Groups On 'Unprecedented Scale'

October 31st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014933311

A new United Nations report says the world is facing a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone. Fighters from more than 80 countries working with al-Qaida associates in Syria and Iraq "form the core of a new diaspora that may seed the threat for years to come,"

Lawsuit: US charities fund Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program

October 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/29/384066/us-charities-fund-israel-nukes-program/

A new federal lawsuit in the United States seeks immediate release of a government report about how American charities contribute to Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program.

Security Council to meet on Israel's settlement plans

October 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/28/383966/unsc-to-meet-on-israel-settlements/

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is expected to hold an emergency meeting on Israel’s plans to build more illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian lands.

US to sell Israel more stealth fighter jets: Reports - Video

October 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/28/383978/us-agrees-to-sell-israel-25-f35-jets/

The United States has agreed to sell Israel 25 more stealth fighter jets, bringing to 44 the total number of F-35s the regime has ordered. In 2010, Tel Aviv bought the first batch, 19 F-35s manufactured by US defense contractor Lockheed Martin, for $2.75 billion.

Thousands flee Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli - Video

October 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/27/383745/1000s-flee-lebanons-tripoli-violence/

Thousands of people have fled their homes in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli following a de facto truce between the army and the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists. Several Lebanese civilians and troops have been killed and injured since clashes erupted in the country’s second largest city on Friday.

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.

US plans to deploy 2,300 Marines to Middle Eas - Video

September 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/30/380609/us-to-deploy-2300-marines-to-mideast/

The Pentagon announced plans to deploy 2,300 Marines t Middle East to quickly respond to crises in the conflict-ridden region. Rear Admiral John Kirby: United States is establishing a task force in the Middle East which will include several fighter aircraftprepared to take rapid actions in case of "contingencies".

British Combat Planes No Match for Islamic State Ground Attacks: Reports

September 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20140930/193460825/British-Combat-Planes-No-Match-for-Islamic-State-Ground-Attacks.html

British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR4 warplanes have little effect on Islamic State (IS) militants fighting 15,000 feet below in Iraq and Syria; the Telegraph reported. Islamist threat can only be challenged by combat forces on the ground; retired British Army officer Lord Dannatt other retired military chiefs.

Syria's Assad Says Countries Feeding Terrorism Unable to Fight It: Reports

September 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/world/20140930/193482376/Syrias-Assad-Says-Countries-Feeding-Terrorism-Unable-to-Fight-It.html

"Combating terrorism cannot be carried out by states that contributed to establishing terrorist organizations, provided them with logistic and material support, and spread terrorism around the world," Syria's SANA news agency quoted Assad.

Israel PM warns Iran greater threat than IS jihadists

September 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Israel_PM_warns_Iran_greater_threat_than_IS_jihadists/38291/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday at the United Nations that a nuclear-capable Iran would pose the gravest threat to the world, far outstripping the jihadist terror from Iraq and Syria. "Make no mistake, ISIS must be defeated," Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly,

Netanyahu Links Hamas With ISIS, and Equates ISIS With Iran

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014906326

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel called Hamas and the group known as the Islamic State “branches of the same poisonous tree,” and Iran, he said, is the most dangerous country in the world maintaining that militant Islamists are all dangerous regardless of their affiliation.

US Bombs Syrian Oil Refineries To Prevent Assad From Retaking Them

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-bombs-syrian-oil-refineries-to-prevent-assad-from-retaking-them/5404808

Obama administration is now stating that it is open to the possibility of establishing a “no-fly zone” over Syria. supposed to hinge upon an agreement with Turkey, that is calling for a “buffer zone. Implementation of such a zone would require airstrikes against Assad’s air defense systems.

US, coalition fighter jets bomb grain silos killing civilians in Syria - watchdog group - Video

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/191576-syria-coalition-silos-civilians/

US-led coalition airstrikes destroyed grain silos and other targets in parts of northern and eastern Syria, killed civilians, "These were the workers at the silos; "destroyed the food that was stored there,

US strikes in Syria only serve to bolster extremism: Iran diplomat

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/29/380459/us-syria-attacks-only-bolster-extremism/

“The illegal and insane US attacks on Syria will only lead to further strengthening of extremism in the region,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. US should prevent ISIL's dollar-based transactions in the financial and banking system instead of targeting Syria’s oil and gas facilities and infrastructure.

Obama: We can’t stabilize Syria under Assad

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/29/380460/we-cant-stabilize-syria-under-assad/

Obama acknowledged the contradictory nature of his Syria strategy."I recognize the contradiction in a contradictory land and a contradictory circumstance," explained the military campaign against the ISIL terror network and al-Qaeda- groups was helping the Syrian government.

Netanyahu Leaves for US to Refute Abbas's Accusations, Warn of Threats From Iran

September 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/world/20140929/193404922/Netanyahu-Leaves-for-US-to-Refute-Abbass-Accusations.html

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has left for the US to address the UN General Assembly Monday, pledging to refute Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's accusations of genocide and warn international community of threats from Iran's nuclear program.

Libya 2.0? US Says 'No-Fly Zone' Over Syria A Possibility

September 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Libya_2.0%3F_US_Says_%27No-Fly_Zone%27_Over_Syria_A_Possibility/38227/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Obama administration is now stating that it is open to the possibility of establishing a “no-fly zone” over Syria. The statements, made by both Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and General Martin E. Dempsey, are supposed to hinge upon an agreement with Turkey.

US strikes on ISIL will finally shift to Syria government: Journalist - Video

September 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/27/380247/us-finally-shifting-target-to-assad/

US-led strikes against ISIL terrorists in the crisis-hit Syria are aimed at “eventually” targeting the Syrian government’s positions; American investigative journalist David Lindorff commenting on Washington-led coalition airstrikes in Syria that began earlier this week.

US Congress quick to OK arms for ISIL

September 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/20/379328/us-congress-quick-to-ok-arms-for-isil/

US House of Representatives quickly authorized an arms package for “moderate Syrian rebels,” a package requested by the Obama administration. The bill authorized money for the Al Qaeda backed Al Nusra Front and “other moderate groups.

Denmark to send F-16 jets to aid anti-ISIS strikes in Iraq

September 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/190936-denmark-isis-iraq-jets/

Denmark is to dispatch seven F-16 fighter jets to Iraq to aid in the struggle against Islamic State militants; Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, would be limited to flying in Iraq, would not be targeting any areas in neighboring Syria.

US bombing Syria to wrest control of oil: Kucinich

September 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East, War

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/25/379988/us-bombing-syria-for-oil-kucinich/

Dennis J. Kucinich, former congressman and two-time US presidential candidate, says a primary reason behind the US bombing campaign in Syria is to “wrest control” of the oil fields in the conflict-ravaged country.

Democrats want to prevent Obama from starting another war in Mideast

September 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/26/380112/democrats-try-limiting-obamas-war-powers/

US lawmakers from the Democratic Party, worried about another war in the Middle East, are seeking to put tough limits on the Obama administration’s fight against ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, bar US ground troops in Iraq and Syria.

GOP lawmakers urge generals to rebel against Obama

September 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/26/380081/generals-urged-to-rebel-against-obama/

Members of Congress have been privately urging US military generals to rebel against President Barack Obama over his foreign policy in the Middle East. Obama and his top generals continue to clash over the strategy to combat the ISIL terrorist organization.

‘We will pay with our blood,’ says Abu Ibrahim, who fled his city of Raqqa ahead of US bombing. ‘In big wars, the civilian will pay.’

September 25th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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New wave of U.S.-led airstrikes overnight in Syria, in addition to the damage being done to Islamic State (or ISIS) targets and other militant factions, the civilian death toll is rapidly increasing. U.S. military has not released details of the damage caused by the latest round of airstrikes

Obama Administration Claims Khorasan Group is more dangerous than ISIS, Bombs Them in Syria

September 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Obama_Administration_Claims_Khorasan_Group_is_more_dangerous_than_ISIS%2C_Bombs_Them_in_Syria/38157/0/38/38/Y/M.html

U.S. military carried out its first airstrikes in this week on Islamic State (IS) (also known as ISIS) in Syria and Iraq. In addition to going after IS attacked offshoot of al-Qaeda: the Khorasan Group. Director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said Khorasan represented a more direct threat than IS.

US airstrikes in Syria ‘beginnings of a sustained campaign’: Pentagon

September 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East, War

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/24/379877/us-airstrikes-in-syria-may-take-years/

Recent airstrikes carried out by the US and its allies against the ISIL terrorist group in Syria is the “beginning of a sustained campaign” that may last several years, a senior US military official said. Strategy announced by Obama in Syria involves airstrikes, training, advising and equipping “moderate” militants to battle the other insurgents.

Russia slams West over flip-flop policy on ISIL

September 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/24/379887/russias-lavrov-slams-west-over-isil/

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized the Western governments for financing ISIL militants in the Middle East and then condemning the terrorists, the West ignored Russia’s warning of growing terror threat in Iraq and Syria. Western powers claimed the militancy would die out after ouster of the governments fighting the militants.

Warplanes flying from Turkey bomb ISIL positions in Syria: Reports - Video

September 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/24/379846/jets-flying-from-turkey-hit-isil-in-syria/

Military aircraft flying from Turkey have launched a series of aerial strikes against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria. According to reports, the warplanes struck ISIL positions in Syria west of the key Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria's Aleppo Province on Wednesday

Israel Joins The Fighting, Shoots Down Syrian Warplane Which Acted In “Threatening Manner”

September 23rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Israel_Joins_The_Fighting%2C_Shoots_Down_Syrian_Warplane_Which_Acted_In_%E2%80%9CThreatening_Manner%E2%80%9D/38134/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Israel shot down a Syrian warplane on Tuesday, saying the aircraft crossed battle lines of Syria’s civil war, flew over Israeli-held Golan Heights, perhaps by accident. The incident coincided with air strikes the United States and Gulf Arab allies mounted on Islamic State strongholds in Syria.

US begins airstrikes against ISIL in Syria: Pentagon - Video

September 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/23/379663/pentagon-us-begin-airstrikes-in-syria/

US military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles,"; Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby. United States has conducted 174 airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq since mid-August.

Israel warns West against easing Iran sanctions

September 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/22/379562/israel-continues-hostility-against-iran/

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the West not to ease sanctions imposed on Iran in a bid to win Tehran’s agreement to join a so-called international coalition against the ISIL Takfiri group.

Saudi Arabia sends warplanes to Yemen to counter revolutionaries - Video

September 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/21/379533/s-arabia-deploys-warplanes-to-yemen/

Security sources said deployment requested by Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi;Yemeni. Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa resigned. Ansarullah fighters seized government headquarters, state TV and radio stations in Yemeni capital. Parts of “the military and security apparatus supported the popular revolt,” including “ general command of the armed forces.”

New clashes erupt at Syrian-Turkish border as 130k refugees flee - Videos

September 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/189564-syrian-refugees-turkey-isis/

Clashes have resumed at the Syria-Turkey border, where thousands of Syrian Kurds have been trying to escape from the advance of the Islamic State fighters on their towns, families waiting for days to get in, in the blazing heat with no food or water,"

US won't bomb ISIL targets in Syria alone: Samantha Power

September 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/22/379603/us-wont-bomb-syria-alone-power/

The United States will conduct airstrikes on the ISIL terrorist group in cooperation with other countries; Samantha Power, Washington's ambassador to the United Nations. “It will be up to each country to announce for itself whether it’s prepared to participate, in a combat role or to provide military equipment.”

Rep. King urges US boots on ground in Iraq, Syria

September 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/22/379614/king-urges-ground-troops-in-iraq-syria/

Congressman Peter King (R-NY) chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee: “I don’t see how ultimately we can avoid putting combat troops on the ground in some capacity in Iraq and Syria.”Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff, said last week they might recommend deploying ground forces to battle the ISIL militants.

Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 100,000

September 21st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014900585

100,000 Syrians, mostly Kurds, flooded into Turkey since Thursday, escaping an Islamic State offensive that has pushed the conflict within eyeshot of Turkish border. The al-Qaida breakaway group, established an Islamic state, or caliphate, ruled by harsh version of Islamic law advanced into Kurdish regions of Syria that borders Turkey, fleeing refugees reported atrocities; stonings, beheadings torching of homes.

UN urges Israel to stop Bedouins relocation plan - Video

September 21st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/21/379543/israel-urged-to-stop-bedouins-relocation/

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has urged the Israeli regime to stop plans for relocating Palestinian Bedouins. The call by the UNRWA follows Israel’s decision to move thousands of Bedouins from central part of the occupied West Bank.

Araqchi urges end to providing ISIL with arms - Video

September 19th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/20/379315/isil-ends-when-weapon-support-stops/

The Takfiri threat ends when those backing the ISIL terrorists stop their support for them; Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi. The regional and international supporters of the groups should stop arming them.

France to conduct anti-ISIL air strikes in Iraq - Video

September 18th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/18/379184/france-to-launch-antiisil-raids-in-iraq/

French President Francois Hollande has announced plans to conduct airstrikes in Iraq against the ISIL Takfiri militants. He further noted that no French ground forces would be involved in the military campaign in Iraq, and France would not target ISIL militants operating in Syria,

The U.S. Has Already Completed Regime Change In Syria (1949), Iran (1953), Iraq (Twice), Afghanistan (Twice), Turkey, Libya and Other Oil-Rich Countries

September 18th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/The_U.S._Has_Already_Completed_Regime_Change_In_Syria_%281949%29%2C_Iran_%281953%29%2C_Iraq_%28Twice%29%2C_Afghanistan_%28Twice%29%2C_Turkey%2C_Libya_and_Other_Oil-Rich_Countries/38023/0/38/38/Y/M.html

CIA backed Syria coup in 1949. 1945 plans to construct oil pipe line from Saudi Arabia to Mediterranean. Secured rights-of-way from Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia. Syria sole holdout. 1957, American president and British prime minister agreed to regime change again in Syria.

Israel to destroy Bedouins livelihood

September 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/17/379075/israel-to-expel-1000s-of-bedouins/

Press TV :Israel is seeking to force thousands of Palestinian Bedouins out of East al-Quds (Jerusalem) to the Jordan Valley, where they cannot keep up their pastoral lifestyle. Over 40 Palestinian and international rights groups said Tel Aviv planning to displace12,000 Bedouins who pledged to resist eviction.

US prepares for “generational” war in the Middle Eas

September 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/17/iraq-s17.html

At a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey set the stage for a massive and protracted expansion of US military operations in Iraq and Syria.

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