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US is at war with ISIL in Syria and Iraq, Hagel tells senators - Video

September 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/16/378953/pentagon-declares-war-on-isil/

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has told senators that the United States is “at war” with ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq, added that ISIL will “directly threaten our homeland and our allies” unless the United States confronts the group militarily.

Dozens of children feared dead after being injected with 'tainted’ measles vaccine in Syria

September 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014897292

36 children were reported to have died excruciating deaths last night after receiving tainted measles vaccines under a UN-sponsored programme in the rebel-held north of Syria.

Pentagon plans to train 5,000 militants in Syria

September 15th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/15/378842/us-to-train-5000-militants-in-syria/

The Pentagon plans to train and arm 5,000 militants in Syria as part of the Obama administration’s long-term strategy to confront the ISIL terrorist organization. Obama requested $500 million from Congress to train and equip what Washington calls moderate militants fighting government of Syrian President Assad and ISIL militants.

Obama’s “coalition of the willing” against Syria, Iran

September 15th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/15/iraq-s15.html

Obama administration putting together a “coalition of the willing” to ramp up its new war of aggression in the Middle East. Using pretext of “degrading and destroying” Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militias, plans directed at ousting Syrian President al-Assad also aimed against Syria’s backers, Iran and Russia.

Isis air strikes: Obama's plan condemned by Syria, Russia and Iran

September 14th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/11/assad-moscow-tehran-condemn-obama-isis-air-strike-plan

The Syrian government and its close allies in Moscow and Tehran warned Barack Obama that an offensive against Islamic State (Isis) within Syria would violate international law hours after the US president announced he was authorising an open-ended campaign of air strikes against militants on both sides of the border with Iraq.

Obama and Kerry Ally U.S. with 8 Arab Dictators to Combat ISIS

September 13th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Obama_and_Kerry_Ally_U.S._with_8_Arab_Dictators_to_Combat_ISIS/37910/0/38/38/Y/M.html

In the name of combating an undemocratic force threatening the Middle East, the Obama administration has enlisted the help of numerous governments, including several dictatorial regimes. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Saudi Arabia this week seeking the wealthy kingdom’s support.

Entire Leadership of ISIS Opposition Wiped Out by ‘Unexplained’ Explosion in Syria

September 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Entire_Leadership_of_ISIS_Opposition_Wiped_Out_by_%E2%80%98Unexplained%E2%80%99_Explosion_in_Syria/37901/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Nearly fifty senior commanders of a major coalition of Islamic ‘moderates’ opposed to ISIS in Syria have been killed by an explosion at their secret command bunker as they met to discuss strategy against the the Islamic State.

Arab gold bank to be established in Damascus in 2015

September 10th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.sana.sy/en/?p=12737

Participants in the inaugural conference of the Arab Union for the Industry and Commerce of Jewelry and Diamond agreed to establish a bank for Arab gold in Damascus with around 6 tons of gold in deposits which will be officially launched in early 2015.

Obama’s war in Iraq and Syria

September 10th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/10/pers-s10.html

President Barack Obama will use his nationally televised speech tonight to officially announce what has already begun: a new US war in Iraq that will soon be extended to Syria.

US ‘creating pretexts’ to attack Syria: Stephen Lendman - Video

September 8th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/06/377889/us-creating-pretexts-to-attack-syria/

War hawks in Washington are using the beheading of two American journalists by ISIL terrorists in Syria as a pretext to take military action against Syrian government forces, Obama and Congress are “creating pretexts” to target government of President Bashar al-Assad ;Stephen Lendman.

Australian government poised to commit fighter jets to Iraq war

September 8th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/08/aust-s08.html

Having already committed military transports to ferry arms and ammunition in Iraq and conduct so-called humanitarian airdrops, Australia is poised to dispatch Super Hornet fighter jets to join US air strikes on ISIS positions in Iraq, and potentially Syria.

Obama prepares to escalate war in the Middle East

September 8th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/08/iraq-s08.html

President Obama will use a nationwide television address Wednesday night to argue for major escalation of US military intervention in the Middle East. The immediate target is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as ISIL, which has overrun much of western and northern Iraq.

Syria army battles al-Nusra militants in Golan Heights

September 4th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/05/377718/syrian-army-battles-militants-in-golan/

Heavy fighting between Syrian army forces and al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front militants has broken out on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as the Damascus government makes major advances against foreign-backed gunmen, Press TV reports.

The German Army trains Kurdish fighters

September 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/20836

A day after Berlin announced it would send anti-tank rockets, assault rifles and hand grenades to the Kurds, Merkel said Germany had a responsibility to intervene in the conflict to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq, citing evidence of ethnic cleansing by Islamic State fighters. Plans to bring a small group of Kurdish peshmerga fighters to southern Germany for a week’s training with the equipment.

ISIS is America’s New Terror Brand - Video

September 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/editorials/isis-americas-new-terror-brand/

Propaganda is “the management of collective attitudes” and “control over opinion” through manipulation of significant symbols. Western news media attempting to create hysteria of threat posed by the mercenary-terrorist army now being promoted as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria;“ISIS.”

Liberals' darling Elizabeth Warren defends Israeli attacks on Gaza schools and hospitals

August 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/183744-elizabeth-warren-gaza-israel/

Israel has the right to shell Palestinian hospitals and schools out of self defense as long as Hamas stores rocket launchers next to them, US Sen. Elizabeth Warren believes civilian casualties are the “last thing Israel wants.

Egypt, UAE conducted joint air strikes in Libya

August 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/27/liby-a27.html

US officials have confirmed that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates combined forces to carry out air strikes in Libya, according to a report Tuesday in the New York Times. The extraordinary intervention was aimed at Islamist militias fighting for control of the international airport outside of Tripoli.

Obama vows protracted military campaign in Iraq, Syria

August 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/27/syri-a27.html

The US president provided no specifics on the escalating US operations, but government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said Tuesday that US spy planes were already deployed over Syria in preparation for US air strikes.

ISIL Is Being Aided and Abetted by Israel: Brandon Martinez

August 26th, 2014
Categories: News, Zionism, Middle East, War

Link: http://kouroshziabari.com/2014/08/isil-is-being-aided-and-abetted-by-israel-brandon-martinez/

According to Brandon Martinez, ISIL is pursuing a Zionist agenda that was set out in 1980s by a fanatic Israeli strategist Oded Yinon who had envisaged the balkanization of the Middle East nations that are not supportive of Israel’s expansionistic, imperial agenda.

US considers broad military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria – report

August 23rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/182280-us-threat-isis-syria/

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: IS terrorist organization is so well funded and managed, that it “is beyond anything that we've seen. So we must prepare for everything.”White House reportedly seeking domestic legal justification to use unlimited military force against Sunni extremists in Iraq and Syria.

Central Bankers/U.S. Government Have Set The Stage To Bomb Syria - Episode 446 - Audio

August 20th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, War, Economic, Police State

Egyptian court convicts Israeli for spying

August 20th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

An Egyptian court has convicted a Jordanian and an Israeli of spying on Egyptian officials and security deployments, according to the country’s state news agency. The Jordanian sentenced to 10 years in prison, the Israeli, who was tried in absentia, sentenced to life.

Staged Provocations Ahead Possible US-Syrian War

August 20th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/war-terrorism/staged-provocations-ahead-possible-us-syrian-war/

Wave of anger and aggression across Western audiences generated. Upon that wave rides two objectives. One is to create plausible deniability for the West which created the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), the other is to create a pretext to justify direct US military intervention across the region.

‘Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies’: Thousands call for peace at Tel Aviv rally (PHOTOS)

August 18th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/181104-israel-protest-against-war/

Thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square over the weekend to encourage an end to hostilities through peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Palestinian unity government.

Arab Israelis fired from jobs for criticizing Gaza offensive on Facebook - NGO

August 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/180824-israel-arabs-fired-facebook/

Arab Israelis are being sacked from their jobs for criticizing their country’s actions in Gaza on Facebook. There is no exact number, but it is thought that dozens have been affected, Israeli employment law does not allow employees to be terminated for expressing their political views.

Hundreds of Israelis defy police ban to protest Gaza war (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

August 10th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/179304-israel-gaza-war-police/

Hundreds of anti-war activists took to the streets in Tel-Aviv Saturday to say ‘no’ to continuation of Israel’s military operation in Gaza. Protesters chanted slogans as: “Stop the massacre,” “Free Gaza,” “Funds to welfare not to war,” “Build more classrooms not more bombs” “Gaza children want to live.”

Lebanese soldiers enter Arsal on Syria border

August 8th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/08/08/374574/lebanese-army-march-into-arsal/

Lebanese troops have entered the town of Arsal on the border with Syria after days of clashes with the country’s foreign-backed militants. Violence erupted in eastern Lebanon Saturday after soldiers arrested a Syrian man who confessed to belonging to the ISIL. Angered by the arrest, Takfiri militants opened fire on army checkpoints, stormed a police station in a border area.

Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq to 'protect US personnel'

August 8th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/178852-obama-authorizes-iraq-airstrikes/

President Obama announced on Thursday that he has authorized the use of airstrikes in Iraq if they are necessary to protect American personnel. He also stated that humanitarian air drops have been made to help besieged religious minorities in the country.

What are we doing in Gaza Strip? Israel troops ask

August 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/08/07/374387/israeli-soldiers-question-gaza-offensive/

Breaking the Silence organization; “There are a lot of soldiers who come back and say to themselves, 'What the hell are we doing here? Why are we using so much force? Why are we treating them this way?'” rising number of soldiers have decided not to continue working with the army.

Congressmen Push US To Begin Arming, Aiding Iraqi Kurds

August 6th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Congressmen_Push_US_To_Begin_Arming%2C_Aiding_Iraqi_Kurds/37086/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The loss of important parts of Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Province to ISIS have a number of Congressional hawks pushing again for aggressive US action, starting with arms and aid to the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who are facing down ISIS in the region.

Over 30,000 Iraqis trapped in mountains as IS threatens to kill them

August 6th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/178548-thousands-iraqis-trapped-mountains/

Thousands from the minority Yazidi community are stranded in the mountains of northwestern Iraq. If they make a move, they face slaughter at the hands of Islamic State jihadists surrounding them. However, they risk dying of dehydration if they stay put.

Israeli minister admits defeat in Gaza war

August 4th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/08/02/373735/israeli-minister-admits-defeat-in-war/

Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau has admitted to Tel Aviv’s failure in the war against the Gaza Strip; failed to prevent Palestinians’ missile attacks, expressed shock over the magnitude of the losses that Hamas resistance movement has inflicted upon Israel.

Islamic State Seizes Control Over Iraq’s Largest Dam

August 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/world/20140803/191682315/Islamic-State-Seizes-Control-Over-Iraqs-Largest-Dam.html

The Islamic State militants have seized control of Iraq’s biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns in the country’s north on Sunday, Reuters has reported, citing witnesses. Concerns grow that the terrorists could use the dam to flood major Iraqi cities or deprive them of water.

Hamas captures 1, kills two Israeli soldiers

August 1st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/08/01/373638/hamas-captures-1-kills-2-israeli-troops/

Israeli military sources have confirmed that two more of their soldiers are killed and one is captured by Palestinian resistance fighters in the besieged Gaza Strip. Israeli army says the soldiers were killed by Hamas fighters who infiltrated deep into Israel. Several troops were also injured during the battle .

US official: Washington gives Israel munitions stockpile for Gaza offensive

July 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/07/30/373440/us-gives-israel-munitions-for-gaza-war/

United States has allowed Israel to use an American-owned munitions stockpile amid the ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip. Stockpile, consists of missiles, armored vehicles and artillery ammunition, was given last week. The emergency arms depot located at a classified site inside Israel.

Israel Grants ‘Oil Rights’ to Rupert Murdoch and Jacob Rothschild!-Vtdeo

July 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/israel-grants-oil-rights-to-rupert-murdoch-and-jacob-rothschild/

Israel Grants Oil Rights Inside Illegally Occupied Golan Heights Syria: To Rupert Murdoch And Jacob Rothschild.

Thousands in Israel protest against Gaza bombardment

July 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/29/isra-j29.html

The protests against war numbers far outweigh those of various right-wing groups favoring the bombardment. Saturday, between 5,000 and 10,000 gathered in downtown Tel Aviv, Israel’s main financial hub. The protesters chanted, “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies,” “Enough killing.

Russia Sends Stern Warning to Saudi Arabia

July 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930506001041

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed concerns over Saudi Arabia providing Syrian rebels with high tech weaponry, warned it would not allow Syrian rebels to be given anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank missiles. Saudi Arabia recently purchased weapons from Pakistan.

Israel to deliver devastating strike against Hamas soon - defense minister

July 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.itar-tass.com/world/742647

TEL AVIV, July 28 /ITAR-TASS/. Israel will soon deliver a devastating strike against Palestinian Islamist group Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement), which controls the Gaza Strip, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Monday.

Israeli Cabinet Mulls Further Escalation: At Least 718 Gazans Killed

July 24th, 2014
Categories: Palestine, Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Israeli_Cabinet_Mulls_Further_Escalation%3A_At_Least_718_Gazans_Killed/36816/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Israel’s cabinet met today, and while international efforts to broker a ceasefire were discussed, the primary focussaid to be possibility of further escalation of the invasion. Finance Minister Yair Lapid: war must continue until Gaza is “cleansed” of all tunnels and rockets.

UK issues 400 arms licenses to Israel

July 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/07/24/372603/uk-issues-400-arms-licenses-to-israel/

report by British arms export controls parliamentary committee showsIsrael received around £8bn in the form of 400 arms licenses from the UK in 2013. Israel received combat drones, F-16, fighter jets, spare parts for tanks, ammunition, military support vehicles, assault rifles, pistols and parts.

More than 50 Israeli reservists refuse to serve

July 23rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://nwo-patriot-link-news.blogspot.com/2014/07/more-than-50-israeli-reservists-refuse.html

50 former Israeli soldiers refuse to serve in nation's reserve force, citing regret over their part in a military they said plays a central role in oppressing Palestinians. the entire military is implicated. we refuse to participate in our reserve duties, support all those who resist being called to service," the soldiers wrote.

ISS ‘making millions’ out of stolen oil revenues in Iraq

July 23rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/174880-oil-revenue-iraq-isis/

ISIS militants are using the revenue from seized oil fields to finance their newly-formed Islamic state in northern Iraq. Sources within the regional government say the extremist militants are “making millions” in illegal trade. by selling crude oil from oil fields they have seized.

UN chief expresses condolences to Israeli regime-Video

July 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/22/372384/ban-expresses-condolences-to-israel/

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed condolences to the Israeli regime for its losses. “I extend my deep condolences to the prime minister and to the people of Israel on the fatalities from the recent escalation. Israeli premier, claimed they did not want civilian casualties in Gaza.

U.S. flight ban could be Hamas' biggest success in latest clash with Israel

July 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://washingtonexaminer.com/u.s.-flight-ban-could-be-hamas-biggest-success-in-latest-clash-with-israel/article/2551124

Federal Aviation Administration barred U.S. airliners traveling to or from Israel for at least 24 hours, reports a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's airport, less than a week after Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 shot down over Ukraine, potentially increasing Israeli's isolation from rest of the world

ISIS gains highlight ‘aggressive’ use of water as weapon of war

July 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/20385

Militants from ISIS now control or threaten key facilities on Euphrates, Tigris rivers, waging a war for water, trying to wrest control over rivers, dams, desalination plants. Without water, seasonal droughts cannot be managed, electricity cannot be generated, proper sanitation impossible, local economy grinds to a halt.

Al-Jazeera Gaza offices evacuated after direct hit by Israeli fire

July 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Al-Jazeera_Gaza_offices_evacuated_after_direct_hit_by_Israeli_fire/36776/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Lieberman accused the Qatar-based channel of being a mouthpiece for Hamas, and said the foreign ministry was taking steps to prevent it from broadcasting from Gaza, according to Israel's Channel 2 TV. Israel's army has denied targeting the Gaza offices of al-Jazeera TV .

CIA SAYS MH17 DOWNED BY UKRAINE GOVERNMENT; MH17 ESCORTED BY UKRANIAN FIGHTER JETS

July 21st, 2014
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, War

Link: http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2014/07/aids-researchers-killed-in-ukraine-air.html

Malaysian Airlines MH370 and MH17. A Criminologist Questions: What are the Probabilities? Is it a Mere Coincidence? "Israel arranged for the shooting down of MH17 at 14:15 hours UTC. Israeli began its assault on Gaza at 14:00 hours UTC."

Israel using flechette shells in Gaza

July 20th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/_Israel_using_flechette_shells_in_Gaza/36727/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Israel is using flechette shells, which spray thousands of tiny and potentially lethal metal darts, in its military operation in Gaza. Israel Defence Forces (IDF) did not deny using the shells. Thousands of metal darts 37.5mm in length, disperse in a conical arch 300 metres long 90 metres wide”.

US Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Supporting Israeli Assault on Gaza

July 19th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, Politics, Police State

Link: http://imemc.org/article/68523

Following a similar resolution passed last week by the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday night to support Israel’s ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip. No dissenting vote was cast, and no mention was made of the hundreds of Palestinian civilians, most of whom are women and children, that have been killed by Israel in the past ten days.

Israel uses strange toxic gas to kill Gazans: Medics-Video

July 18th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/07/18/371859/israel-uses-toxic-gas-to-kill-gazans/

The Israeli regime is using a “strange toxic gas” against Palestinians in its offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip, medics say.Palestinians, suffering from suffocation after inhaling white poisonous gas fired by Israeli army in Gaza.

“The Israeli Dream”: The Criminal Roadmap Towards “Greater Israel”? Ethnic Cleansing Planned in the Middle East? History, Legality Ignored

July 18th, 2014
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-israeli-dream-the-criminal-roadmap-towards-greater-israel/5391839

The concept of a “Greater Israel” according to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, is a Jewish State stretching “’From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.’

Ninety killed by Islamist attack on Syrian gas field -monitor

July 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.trust.org/item/20140717201101-i7jot/

Militant group Islamic State seized a Syrian gas field in attack against the Sha'ar gas field east of Homs, 90 pro-Assad forces, 21 Islamic State fighters killed. Islamic State has made rapid gains in Syria in recent weeks, by seizing territory from rival rebel groups, using weaponry brought in from Iraq.

Israeli Interior Minister: “The Goal of the Operation Is to Send Gaza Back to the Middle Ages”, “Destroying All the Infrastructure Including Roads and Water”

July 14th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Israeli_Interior_Minister%3A_%E2%80%9CThe_Goal_of_the_Operation_Is_to_Send_Gaza_Back_to_the_Middle_Ages%E2%80%9D%2C_%E2%80%9CDestroying_All_the_Infrastructure_Including_Roads_and_Water%E2%80%9D/36591/0/38/38/Y/M.html

International law requires Israel to take all measures to ensure that its attacks are proportional, distinguish between military and civilian objects, and avoid civilian casualties, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

Israel readies 'ground assault' on Gaza, calls up 40,000 reservists Video

July 8th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/171212-gaza-israel-ground-assault/

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon: “We are preparing for action against Hamas, which will not end within a few days, army is preparing for all possible scenarios, including an invasion or a ground operation. Israel’s security cabinet voted in favor of calling up the tens of thousands of extra personnel.

Revealed: Britain's secret plan for 100,000 Syria invasion force

July 4th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/uk/170564-uk-train-army-syria/

BBC Newsnight: Britain was considering option of training a massive, 100,000-strong army armed with high-quality weaponry in Turkey and Jordan over a 12-month period to defeat President Bashar Assad,air cover provided by Britain. The invasion was later scrapped as too risky.

In Iraq and Syria: U.S. Backing “Both Sides of Same Conflict”

July 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/war-terrorism/iraq-syria-u-s-backing-sides-conflict/

“Mainstream news coverage overlooked contradiction U.S. aid is destined for opposing sides of same conflict. In Syria, Obama administration arming opposition groups who support anti-regime position, in Iraq, the administration is taking a pro-regime position; funding, training Iraqi government forces.

McCain calls for arming of Syria militants against ISIL

July 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/03/369722/mccain-arm-syria-rebels-against-isil/

US Senator John McCain presses for increased military aid to militant groups in Syria to fight a “two-front war” against both the government of President Bashar al-Assad and ISIL terrorists controlling large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. Reports show that ISIL militants were trained by the CIA.

Saudi Arabia deploys 30,000 troops at border after alleged Iraqi withdrawal

July 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/170192-iraq-border-withdrawal-saudi/

Saudi Arabia deployed 30,000 troops to its 800km border with Iraq following an alleged withdrawal of Iraqi border guards amid the ongoing battles against Sunni Islamist militants. Baghdad denied pulling off the guards. Deployment to protect the Sunni Islamic state against potential “terrorist threats.”

Russia Delivers 2nd Batch of Jets To Iraq As USA Unloads 4000 Hellfire Missiles

July 2nd, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Iraq

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Russia_Delivers_2nd_Batch_of_Jets_To_Iraq_As_USA_Unloads_4000_Hellfire_Missiles/36354/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Russia just delivered the second batch of Sukhoi fighter jets (which will be flown by Iraqi pilots and "are ready to provide air support to the armed forces"), and the US unloaded 4,000 additional Hellfire missiles to support Iraq's fight against the Islamist insurgents.

Russia warns US against more aid for Syria militants-Video

July 1st, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/01/369379/russia-warns-us-over-syria-militants/

Russia’s Foreign Ministry criticized the move as “more than strange,” saying the potential aid would only bolster what the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have declared as being a “caliphate” in parts of Iraq and Syria.

Iran won’t sent troops to Iraq: Deputy FM-Video

July 1st, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Iraq, Iran

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/01/369476/iran-wont-sent-troops-to-iraq-diplomat/

Iran will not send armed forces to fight against Takfiri terrorists in Iraq. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian: “If Iraq requires our arms for combat against terrorism, we will provide these arms in accordance with international law and our bilateral contracts.”

General warns against US airstrikes in Iraq

July 1st, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State, Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/01/369430/general-warns-against-us-strikes-in-iraq/

A retired US Army general deployed to Iraq three times warned against US airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Takfiri militants. Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, who spent more than 46 months in Iraq, says US airstrikes in Iraq would be “relatively ineffective” in beating the militants.

Lieberman calls for full-scale war on Gazans-Video

July 1st, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/01/369435/lieberman-calls-for-allout-war-on-gaza/

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has called for major air and ground military operations in the besieged Gaza Strip. called for a repeat of “Defensive Shield II” in the impoverished territory.referring to Israel’s onslaught in the West Bank during the in 2000s.

Israel Strikes 34 'Terror Targets' in Gaza After Bodies of Israeli Teens Found

July 1st, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014837246

The Israeli Air Force carried out what it called "precision strikes" on 34 "terror targets" in the Gaza Strip overnight, after the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank earlier.

Any Israeli attack will open gates of hell: Hamas-Video

July 1st, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, War, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/30/369331/hamas-warns-against-any-israeli-attack/

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has warned against any Israeli attack on Palestinians in retaliation for the death of three Israeli teenagers, said if Israel escalates the situation or start a war, the resistance movement will respond; the gates of hell will be opened.

Israeli forces raid, destroy Palestinian homes-Video

July 1st, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, War, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/01/369345/israeli-forces-raid-palestinian-homes/

Israeli forces raid and destroy Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank during search for suspects behind the alleged murder of three Israeli teens. Israeli soldiers demolished two homes, killed several Palestinians and arrested hundreds of others.

White House announces an additional 200 troops to Iraq

July 1st, 2014
Categories: World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State, Iraq

Link: http://rt.com/usa/169520-additional-200-us-troops-iraq/

White House has said that up to 200 more troops are being sent to the country to bolster security at key facilities amid an organized push by ISIS militants. Obama: additional troop deployments are “a prudent measure to protect US citizens and property. Authorized 300 troops to travel to Iraq in an advisory role.

Bodies of 3 missing Israeli teens found in West Bank

June 30th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, War, Police State

Link: http://rt.com/news/169460-israel-missing-teens-found/

The bodies believed to be of three Israeli teenagers, who went missing in the occupied West Bank more than two weeks ago, have been discovered by the security forces. ” Netanyahu: They were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by beasts, “Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay,

Syria militant infighting leaves 7000 dead-Video

June 29th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/29/369192/7000-killed-in-syria-militant-infighting/

More than 7,000 people have been killed since January in infighting among foreign-backed Takfiri militants who are wreaking havoc on Syria. Clashes between the rival militant groups still continue despite an order by senior al-Qaeda leaders to stop the infighting.

Kurdish forces attack Iraqi military bases in Kirkuk: Military commander

June 29th, 2014
Categories: World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State, Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/29/369170/kurdish-forces-attack-iraq-army-bases/

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have seized heavy weapons and military equipment in Kirkuk governorate. Iraqi politicians warn of an armed conflict with the Kurds in near future, some lawmakers accuse Kurdish forces of having relations with Israel. Kurdistan exporting oil without Baghdad’s consent.

1 killed, 3 injured in Israeli airstrike on Gaza-Video

June 29th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, War, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/30/369207/one-killed-in-israeli-airstrike-on-gaza/

Press TV: At least one Palestinian has been killed and three others have been injured in an Israeli airstrike on the besieged Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel is ready to expand its military operations in Gaza Strip. Israeli military gearing up for a possible all-out war on the territory.

ISIS declares creation of Islamic state in Middle East, 'new era of international jihad'

June 29th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://rt.com/news/169256-isis-create-islamic-state/

ISIS jihadists have declared the captured territories from Iraq's Diyala province to Syria's Aleppo a new Islamic State - a ‘caliphate.' They removed 'Iraq and the Levant' from their name, announced that it should now be called 'The Islamic State and urged other Sunni groups to pledge their allegiance.

Iraqi locals, merchants ban Turkish, Saudi goods

June 29th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Economic, Politics, Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/29/369103/iraqis-ban-turkish-saudimade-goods/

Residents ,merchants in Iraq province Babil to stop importing commodities from Turkey, Saudi Arabia due to support of Ankara and Riyadh for violence in Iraq. Boosting imports from Iran. Iraqi forces start massive operation against terrorists, denounce Al Saud regime as major supporter of global terrorism.

Russia not to stand idle in face of terrorism-Video

June 29th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/28/369061/russia-not-to-stand-idle-over-terror/

Russia says it will not stand idly by in the face of terrorist groups who are attempting to spread terrorism in the Middle East. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has warned US and Europe that terrorist groups are becoming a serious risk to several Middle Eastern countries.

Iraq receives fighter jets from Russia, Belarus

June 29th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/28/369057/iraq-receives-fighter-jets-from-russia/

Iraq received first batch of Russian-made Sukhoi fighter planes to use against ISIL militants. Criticized Washington for delaying delivery of US F-16 jets purchased by Baghdad, said al-Qaeda militants’ advance could have been avoided if jets had been delivered on time.

Israel gearing up for major Gaza onslaught

June 29th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/29/369096/israel-getting-ready-for-gaza-offensive/

Israel is getting ready to launch an all-out war on the impoverished Gaza Strip as the world’s attention is focused on the acts of terrorism being perpetrated by Takfiri militants in Iraq and neighboring Syria. Saturday, Israel carried out multiple airstrikes on central and southern parts of the Gaza Strip,

Iraqi troops push back ISIS militants in Tikrit as PM under pressure to quit

June 28th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State, Iraq

Link: http://rt.com/news/169140-iraq-tikrit-offensive-isis/

Iraqi government forces backed by helicopter gunships began offensive Saturday to retake Tikrit from Sunni Islamist militants, while party leaders pursued talks to end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s rule, which is seen as highly divisive. ISIS jihadists have overrun Sunni areas in the north and west of Iraq.

EU losing patience with Israel settlements: Envoy-Video

June 28th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/28/368949/eu-losing-patience-with-israel-envoy/

European Union’s envoy to Israel: European states“losing patience” with continued growth of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories. If Israel regime does not stop settlement building projects, more countries will issue warnings to businesses operating in the West Bank.

Palestinian naval police hit by Israel airstrikes-Video

June 28th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/28/368954/israel-attacks-palestinian-naval-police/

Press TV: Israeli airstrikes against the besieged Gaza Strip have targeted Palestinian navy officers. Israeli air force launched three airstrikes against police station in center of the blockaded coastal enclave within one hour, also targeted a farmland east of Khan Yunis.

ISIS executes, crucifies one of its own members

June 27th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Police State, Iraq

Link: http://rt.com/news/line/2014-06-28/#65020

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS killed, crucified one of its members for corruption Friday, photographs show crucified man with sign:“Guilty: Abu Adnan al-Anadali. Sentence: execution, three days crucifixion. Motive: extorting money at checkpoints, accusing drivers of apostasy.

Bahrainis hold rallies in support of torture victims-Video

June 27th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/27/368816/bahrainis-hold-antitorture-protests/

Activists in Bahrain have held fresh rallies across the country to express their solidarity with prisoners facing torture in the jails of the Al Khalifa regime. The demonstrations were part of the events marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which is held annually on June 26.

President Obama requests $500mn for Syria militants-Video

June 27th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/26/368785/obama-requests-500mn-for-syria-militants/

President Obama requested $500 million from Congress to train and arm militants fighting government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. If approved, would supplement covert assistance program run by US intelligence agencies. Already authorized to provide equipment, supplies, and training services

10,000 people flee Iraqi Christian town amid fighting

June 27th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Police State, Iran

Link: http://rt.com/news/169000-thousands-flee-christian-qaraqosh-iraq/

UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR: 10,000 people fled Christian majority town of Qaraqosh in Iraq after it was attacked with mortar rounds on Friday, critical conditions, no showers or air conditioning during summer heat. ISIS staged mass executions in Iraqi city of Tikrit hometown of Saddam Hussein.

Russian jets to aid the fight against Sunni rebels in Iraq – PM Maliki

June 26th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Iraq

Link: http://rt.com/news/168744-russia-jets-iraq-maliki/

Prime Minister Nouri Maliki: Jets from Russia, Belarus will hopefully make a difference in fight against ISIS in Iraq. He expressed regrets over Iraq's contract with the US, saying their jets are taking too long to arrive. "God willing within one week this force will be effective and will destroy the terrorists' dens.

Israel says disintegration in Iraq may lead to independent Kurdish state

June 26th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State, Iraq

Link: http://rt.com/news/168748-israel-kurdish-independence-iraq/

While the Iraqi army struggles to contain the ISIS advance in the country's northwest, the Kurds have been successful at heading off the Sunni insurgents. Israel has now openly stated that an independent Kurdish state is a “foregone conclusion. Iraq is breaking up. Kurds have created their own state.

Iran is sending ‘small fleet’ of drones and weapons to Iraq to help fight ISIS

June 26th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Iraq, Iran

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/26/iran-is-sending-small-fleet-of-drones-and-weapons-to-iraq-to-help-fight-isis/

Tehran has installed an intelligence unit at the airfield to intercept electronic communications between ISIS fighters and commanders. Iran is also sending two flights daily to Baghdad with 70 tons each of military equipment and supplies, light arms and ammunition.

Number of Palestinian children in Israeli jails ‘surpasses 250

June 25th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, Politics, Police State

Link: http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/more-than-250-palestinian-children-were-kidnapped-in-recent-months/

The number of Palestinian children in Israeli jails has surpassed 250 in the wake of the ongoing military search campaign in the West Bank,”Israel is violating international children’s rights agreements by detaining Palestinian minors, trying to cover up these violations withstory of three missing settlers,

Israel threatens Syria with more attacks-Video

June 24th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://presstv.com/detail/2014/06/24/368369/israel-threatens-syria-with-more-attacks/

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened that Israel would carry out more assaults against Syria, following recent airstrikes and shelling against targets inside the Arab country. Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel would respond with even tougher force if Syria retaliates.

Iran transfers 88 Russian Sukhoi fighter planes to Iraq

June 24th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Iraq

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Iran_transfers_88_Russian_Sukhoi_fighter_planes_to_Iraq/36152/0/0/0/Y/M.html

88 Russian Sukhoi fighter planes arrived at the Imam Ali military base in Nasiriyah, Dhi Qar. which were held by the Republic of Iran for more than 20 years. Aircraft will be equipped with sophisticated weapons;will take part in fighting against Islamic State in Iraq and Levant.”

Thousands more join Iraq army to fight against ISIL-Video

June 24th, 2014
Categories: World, Middle East, War, Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/24/368458/many-more-iraqis-join-fight-against-isil/

Large number of Iraqi volunteers have rushed to military recruitment centers to join battle against militants from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Security officials in Basra say up to 100000 people in the province have registered to fight alongside government troops.

Hamas refutes Israeli claims over abduction of teenagers-Video

June 24th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/24/368449/hamas-refutes-israels-baseless-claims/

Palestinian Islamic resistance movement Hamas rejects as baseless Israel’s claim that the movement is involved in the alleged abduction of three Israeli youths in the West Bank. Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal says the resistance movement has no information about the Israelis.

Iraq grants US Special Forces 'acceptable assurances' on immunity

June 24th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State, Iraq

Link: http://rt.com/news/168060-obama-immunity-forces-iraq/

Defense Department has yet to receive in writing immunity agreements for troops, but "Iraq has provided acceptable assurances" for 300 Special Forces troops President Obama announced he would send to Iraq. US advisors subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, not Iraqi law.

Unknown planes bomb ISIS positions in N. Iraq, Pentagon denies it’s US

June 24th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Iraq

Link: http://rt.com/news/168176-iraq-isis-planes-bomb/

Unidentified bombers have reportedly launched an air strike on ISIS positions in the northern Iraqi city of al-Qaim. Iraqi television has claimed they are US planes, but the Pentagon has denied responsibility. Saudi Al-Arabiya network claims that the raid was carried out by Syria. 20 died 25 more injured.

Syria has slams Israel deadly attacks in Golan Heights-Video

June 23rd, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/23/368327/syria-slams-israel-deadly-attacks/

Syria has slammed Israel’s deadly attacks on its military targets from the air and the ground as a “blatant violation” of its territory, urging the United Nations to condemn the aggression. Israeli aircraft targeted the Syrian army positions, while its tanks hit government targets in the Golan Heights region.

Most Americans say Iraq war wasn’t worth costs-Video

June 23rd, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics, Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/24/368359/us-poll-iraq-war-wasnt-worth-costs/

Most Americans believe that the Iraq war was not worth the costs, a new survey has found. CBS News/New York Times poll found on Monday that only 18 percent of Americans think the result of the war in Iraq was worth the loss of American lives and other costs of attacking the Arab country in 2003.

‘Iraq may become a country of widows & orphans': Refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan afraid for their future-Video

June 23rd, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Iraq

Link: http://rt.com/news/167836-iraq-kurdish-isis-fuel/

Despite ISIS militants tightening their grip on Iraq, seizing more and more cities, people in Kurdistan believe they will survive the crisis, even with a shortage of fuel. But the refugees think that the situation in the country will become worse. Businesses prospering in the region, partially due flow of refugees. .

Sudani condemns ISIL violations against Iraqis

June 23rd, 2014
Categories: World, Middle East, War, Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/22/368163/iraqi-rights-minister-condemns-isil/

Iraq’s human rights minister condemned militants of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) over numerous violations against the Iraqi people. Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani: they executed 480 prisoners in Nineveh province, killed 14 clerics who refused allegiance to the group in Iraqi city of Mosul.

Iraq smites ISIL Takfiri terrorists-Video

June 23rd, 2014
Categories: World, Middle East, War, Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/22/368118/iraq-inflicts-heavy-losses-on-isil/

Iraqi security forces have inflicted heavy losses on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group in their operations near the capital, Baghdad. More than 90 ISIL Takfiri militants were killed in the Iraqi army operations in Tikrit and Fallujah Sunday.

Cheney calls for another US military invasion of Iraq

June 22nd, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/23/368194/cheney-calls-for-us-invasion-of-iraq/

Former US vice president Dick Cheney strongly advocated for another US military invasion of Iraq while criticizing President Barack Obama’s policies in that country, accused Obama administration of underestimating threat of al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq, not doing enough to confront them.

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