UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database: Turkey sent 47 tons of weapons to foreign-sponsored militants in Syria since June including shotguns and hunting rifles. Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Gumrukcu initially denied the statistics, later confirmed the UN figures.
Proposed weapons deal, which the Pentagon notified Congress of in December, would provide Riyadh with 15,000 Raytheon anti-tank missiles. Cost over $1 billion. Very large number of missiles, including most advanced version of the TOWs (tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missiles).
Syrian army continues operations against foreign-backed fighters on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, inflicting heavy losses. Since its capture, militants committed many atrocities against the residents of Adra, kidnappings,executions, targeting religious minority groups.
A US assassination drone strike has killed, wounded several people at a wedding party in southern Yemen. Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned air strikes.
It seems that hardly a day passes by without someone – a country, a firm, an individual – ends their relationship with Israel, which is increasingly becoming a serious reputational risk.
After heavy fighting with foreign-backed militants, Syrian Army has regained full control of al-Nabk city in Rif Dimashq province. Army troops surrounded the region, killing scores of militants and capturing dozens. Armed terrorists have suffered heavy losses in al-Nabk city.
Car bomb exploded outside cafe in town of Buhriz killing 12, wounding 24. Roadside bomb hit army patrol south of the capital, killing one Iraqi soldier, wounding two others. Three killed, seven wounded in bomb attack at outdoor market in Baghdad. Attacks came day after bombings in Baghdad killed 39.
British government has issued guidelines warning businesses of the risks of trading with Jewish colonies in the occupied Palestinian territories, including potential damage to a company’s reputation. We do not encourage or offer support to such activity.
At least two students have been killed and dozens detained after Egyptian security forces stormed the campus and dormitories of al-Azhar University in the capital, Cairo
Head of Egyptian Interests Section in Tehran has described the Israeli regime as the only possessor of nuclear arsenal and a serious threat to the entire region, reiterating Cairo's desire to see a Middle East free of nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction.
Unmanned aircraft targeted a car carrying the three victims in the province’s al-Qatan district. November 19, three people were killed in a similar attack in the same province. November 7, five killed in another US drone strike. Numerous drone attacks in Yemen that have killed many innocent civilians.
Israel’s Economy Minister believes the time has come to annex parts of the West Bank and install full economic and military control over Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, which are deemed illegal under international law. Called ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations a “joke.
The Italian navy and coastguard said they rescued over 100 Syrian refugees after their boat got into difficulties off the coast of Sicily. The boat, had launched distress signals while almost 500 kilometres south of the island.
Anti-regime protesters in Bahrain staged a mass demonstration ahead of an international forum on Middle East security to be held in the capital city. Banner: "Why do you support democracy for people of other countries and not in Bahrain?." Protest against crackdown on opposition activists.
Press TV: The Gaza Strip remains without electricity and fuel for the upcoming winter as the Israeli regime steps up the pressure on the Palestinians. Only six hours of electricity per day, no gas makes Gaza’s homes cold. Past few months, electricity rationed, blackouts increased during rain.
Egyptian police have arrested dozens of anti-coup protesters and fired teargas at thousands of Muslim Brotherhood activists and their supporters, demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. anti-coup protesters staged demonstrations in the capital Cairo and several other cities.
Kuala Lumpur Tribunal:“The Tribunal is satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that the first defendant, (General) Amos Yaron, is guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide, and the second defendant, the State of Israel, is guilty of genocide. First-ever Tribunal to prosecute Israel for genocide.
An Iranian aerospace official says the country plans to launch two indigenously designed and manufactured satellites into orbit by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2014). The satellite has Global Positioning System (GPS) will capture images with a high degree of accuracy.
UN Humanitarian News Agency: Israel is destroying “all essential services, hospitals, clinics, sewage, water pumping stations.” Israeli blockade of Gaza Strip crippled Gaza’s main power plant. The power outage wrecked Gaza’s waste water treatment system, flooded the streets with raw sewage,”
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA):supports increasing sanctions on Iran, doing so would violate the terms of the P5+1 agreement. I don’t think war is inevitable but if you have to hit Iran, you don’t put boots on the ground, do it with nuclear devices with a massive aerial bombardment campaign.
U.S. funding, arming opposition since 2007. Planned regime change in Syria 20 years. U.S. admitted doing this to Iran. Using Syrian terrorists, to justify NSA mass surveillance on Americans. Syrian rebels call for terrorist attacks on America. Weapons U. S. sent to Syria end up in hands of Al Qaeda.
Press TV: bomb blast and heavy gunfire have hit southern Lebanese city of Sidon, leaving several casualties. Heavy gunfire heard in three different areas in the city. According to the report, the person who planted bomb was killed. In recent weeks, Lebanese capital hit by deadly terrorist attacks.
Syrian government forces continue to inflicted heavy losses on foreign-backed militants across the country. Intensified its operations, stormed militants' hideouts, destroyed vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition. Regained control over number of areas.
Israeli lawmaker Tzachi Hanegbi: Geneva deal between Iran, world powers increased likelihood of Israeli strike against Iran. Indications Netanyahu doesn’t have support of his military, can’t be sure of outcome, could be devastating for Israel. Attack will be seen as provocation, aggression by the world.
Violence on Tuesday at Zagazig University, Mansoura University, Ain Shams University. Tensions after Egyptian Constituent Assembly draft text of new constitution. The new constitution expands the powers of the military and bans Islamic parties in the Muslim country.
Press TV: Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss; Israel’s plan to displace tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs from their villages in Negev Desert illegitimate, against teachings of the Torah. Israeli occupation of Palestine against the Torah.” If passed by Israel’s Knesset, 35 Bedouin villages will be destroyed.
Nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, including the U. S., put strains on President Barack Obama’s relationship with Jewish donors who play a key role in Democratic fundraising, tried to appease Jewish donors. President’s commitment to Israel’s security has never been stronger."
With Iran’s moderate government working within a broad cooperative agreement with the world’s major powers, Israel has no imaginary threat to turn to, no reason to ask for shiploads of cluster bombs to drop on Gaza while peddling the rest on the Georgian arms market,”thwarted Israel’s efforts.
Three Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron). Local residents said killings took place Tuesday. Victims were students in their 20s. Israeli troops make incursions into West Bank acrossJordan River almost on daily basis, abduct Palestinian activists.
The Foreign Press Association accused Israeli army of targeting journalists. Soldiers fired rubber bullets, threw stun grenades at photojournalists clearly identified as press. Italian photographer covering incident almost hit in the face by rubber bullet, shattered the camera instead of his head.
“The whole world knows this was not a grassroots insurgency by freedom fighters, but terrorists trained by the United States and Israel. Public relations disaster for America, Israel. Syria “will be able to contain this ‘insurgency.’
This comes three days after the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Tel Aviv’s illegal settlement activities as “a cause for grave concern. Since March 2012, the Israel has boycotted the UNHRC sessions, cut ties to protest probe of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
United Nations has warned of growing execution-style killings in Iraq, raising fears of a return of the death squads in the country that killed thousands of people following the US-led invasion in 2003.
Demonstrators condemned the recent killing of a woman by regime forces in the village of A’ali. Calling for political reforms ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests. scores killed, hundreds arrested.
Israeli troops have clashed with Palestinians protesting the regime’s plan to force tens of thousands of Bedouins out of the southern Negev desert. Plan would expel 70,000 people, destroy 35 Bedouin villages. Palestinian women of the besieged Gaza Strip also rallied in solidarity with the Bedouins.
The international “Day of Rage” rallies have been held all across the UK as well as in the occupied Palestinian territories in the Gaza Strip, east Jerusalem (al-Quds) and elsewhere to denounce the Israeli regime’s schemes to resettle tens of thousands of Bedouins, media reports say.
Egyptian committee drafting a new constitution approved an article that forbids formation of religious parties, or parties based on religious grounds. Ban was in force during Mubarak's 30-year rein. Criticized by legal experts, say this would give military more power than president.
Attack targeting historical Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, day after 11 killed, others injured in similar attack by foreign-backed militants in city of Aleppo. Many casualties in recent weeks. Mortar shells fired into Idlib University, killing two, Russian Embassy, one killed, nine security guards injured.
Egypt's constitution-drafting committee agreed to an article that grants immunity to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). New constitution would grant more powers to the SCAF, could ban Islamic parties completely. The constitution will be put to a referendum in December.
US drone strikes are causing outrage in Pakistan where thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in the latest show of public anger at the attacks. Demanded an end to the drone strikes which they say violate their country’s sovereignty, challenge to the rule of international law.
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