Radical Sunni militants who have been capturing cities in Iraq claimed on Twitter they executed 1,700 Iraqi soldiers, posted graphic photos as evidence. Some of the images show dozens of captured men in civilian clothes loaded onto trucks, with captions saying they were taken to their deaths.
Sen. Lindsey Graham: decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq has made chances for another 9/11-like attack on American soil “inevitable. Decision to withdraw U.S. forces created a vacuum. “Syria is launching pad. They will eventually march on Jordan, our best ally in region and Lebanon.
Tony Blair said Britain needed to take action in Iraq and Syria - or face terror attacks in at home. The former Prime Minister said the UK needed to intervene to stop a 'total disaster'. He insisted that he was not calling for troops on the ground - but suggested the 'selective use of air power' was one option.
Republican hawks are using the violence in Iraq as a political tool that is escalating pressure for US military intervention. But, if the US follows the rule of law — both US and international law — the president does not have the authority to attack Iraq without Congressional and UN authorization.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned Sunday that the bloody conflict in Iraq could quickly spin into a regional "proxy war, called on Turkey, the Gulf Arab states and Iran to do their part to stabilise Iraq."We have to prevent a proxy war of the regional powers breaking out on Iraqi soil.
Iran warned "any foreign military intervention in Iraq" would only complicate the crisis, after the United States said it was deploying a warship in the Gulf."Iraq has capacity, necessary preparations for the fight against terrorism and extremism," foreign ministry spokesman Marzieh Afkham.
US president said he would decide "in the days ahead" whether to launch military strikes in Iraq to help halt the progress of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), which has swept across Sunni territory and is quickly approaching the capital
The Pentagon says the US aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush and more than 50 attack aircraft are in the Persian Gulf, ready to launch attacks against Takfiri militants in Iraq. The warship along with a battle group of ships are "in the region and ready.
Iraq edged closer to all-out sectarian conflict on Thursday as Kurdish forces took control of a provincial capital in the oil-rich north. Forces of the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki abandoned their posts and fled in fear of advancing Sunni militants.
Four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards put on trial in the United States charged with killing 14 Iraqi civilians, wounding 18 others using gunfire, grenades at Baghdad intersection September 16, 2007. Iraqis believe US allowed Blackwater mercenaries to commit war crimes with impunity.
Many American Jews no longer support Israeli policy in the occupied Palestinian territories. Split among US Jews has its roots in the settlement building in the occupied territories after the 1967 Six Day War. Jewish leaders fear the split among Jews could undermine US support for Israel.
Taking over the West Bank is the “only sane plan”, even if it tears the Israeli government in two, Finance Minister Naftali Bennett has declared. The opposition threatens to topple the cabinet if it extends Israeli sovereignty over any settlements.
Iraq saw one of the bloodiest days Saturday with a string of car bombings killing an estimated total of 60 in Baghdad, while a further 59 died in the country’s north. Several fatalities were also reported after militants took students hostage in Ramadi. Clashes in Mosul took lives of 21 police, 38 militants.
A source in the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces told ITAR-TASS news agency on Thursday that about 300 militants who have been fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria were involved in the military operation against pro-Russian protesters in southeastern Ukraine.
Obama expressed willingness to expand assistance to Syrian opposition groups who are trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad. Announced plans for $5 billion counterterrorism fund training and equipping partners in other countries to fight violent extremism.
, MiG CEO Sergei Korotkov said the company was planning to supply 12 MiG-29M/M2 fighters to Syria in 2016-2017 under a contract concluded in 2007, but due to the ongoing war in the country there may be problems with the deliveries.
Israeli forces shot, injured four Palestinian worshippers in al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Clashes erupted at mosque compound when Palestinian worshippers protested presence of Israeli extremists in holy Islamic site commemorating "Jerusalem Day," anniversary of Israel's capture of Jerusalem 1967.
Plan to do away with cash transactions in Israel. Individuals and businesses still permitted to conduct cash transactions in small amounts, goal to force citizens to conduct business using electronic payment. Believe “cash is bad,” fuels underground economy, allows people to avoid paying taxes.
Israel is trying out a new sort of “flexible evictions” in its quest to root out the “illegal” Bedouin village of Al-Araqib, demolished 63 times to date. Now even those buried in the village cemetery are reportedly receiving eviction orders. Bedouins for years have been defiantly rebuilding the unrecognized village,
US and Israeli military forces begin a massive joint military exercise; Juniper Cobra, in Israel. Claims the five-day drill preparing Israel for military responses to missile attacks. two US warships, stationed at the Mediterranean Sea, will also take part. U. S. helped Israel finance, develop missile architecture.
TRIPOLI: Forces loyal to a rogue Libyan general attacked the country’s parliament Sunday, forcing lawmakers to flee an assault his spokesman said targeted Islamists there who protect the extremist militias now plaguing the nation. The attack was met with resistance from other troops.
Blast, took place Thursday, bomber blew his explosive-laden car near the Bab al-Salameh border crossing on the outskirts of Aleppo. Dozens injuried.
Israel’s former prime minister, Ehud Olmert, sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for taking bribes, in corruption case, first criminal conviction of former head of government in Israel. Olmert denied wrongdoing in real estate deal while Jerusalem mayor, minister of industry and trade.
Writer; journalist Alan Hart: Many Americans now realize that it is not good for United States to keep providing unconditional support to Israel. “Israel’s spies, or intelligence gathering assets, are everywhere” in the world, fears it would lose leverage it has over American politicians.
Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has condemned Israel’s violations of the Arab country’s sovereignty. Israeli forces crossed the Blue Line in al-Labbouneh border area Sunday, uprooted trees to have a Lebanese army checkpoint exposed, international forces “did nothing to stop them.”
Israel is pressing the United States for an increase in Washington’s military aid after 2017 when a 10-year deal between the two allies will expire. $3 billion of American taxpayers’ money is flowing to Israel every year. Israel seeking 3.5 billion a year.
Asia’s growing dependence on Middle Eastern oil more at risk than Europe and United States to a cut in Middle Eastern supplies if Strait of Hormuz is suddenly shut as it buys 75 percent of the region’s oil exports. Singapore and India, dependent on Middle East for more than half their supplies.
Israel military officially informed residents its intention to uproot all trees planted on both sides of the road. for security, protection” of Israeli settlers in area. Thousands of olive trees to be cut, uprooted. April 28, Israeli settlers uprooted 150 olive trees in village of Huwwara, day earlier, destroyed 60 trees.
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Israel's aggressive and widespread espionage activity in the US is increasingly angering American government officials and has “crossed red lines,”far exceeding similar activities by any other close US allies. Some of the spying was industrial in nature, conducted by Israeli companies or individuals.
Wheat farmers in Gaza begun harvesting crops before fully grown, fear Israeli attacks. Wheat not fully matured say, they prefer to have some wheat rather than none. Say Israeli soldiers burned their wheat fields last year at harvest season. Attacks include uprooting, burning, cutting down olive trees.
An al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri group says it has publicly crucified two militants in northeastern Syria in retaliation for an earlier grenade attack on its members. Syrian girl reportedly stoned to death for having Facebook account.
Israel warned Lebanese government it would be held responsible for any retaliation by Hezbollah after past Monday’s airstrike by Israeli Air Force that struck areas held by Hezbollah near Lebanese-Syria border, calls for bombing campaign against civilian infrastructure across Lebanon.
RUSSIAN rocket launched a new-generation surveillance spacecraft ,spy satellite perhaps capable of being used as a missile guidance system.
Agreement between Cairo and Moscow, Egypt will receive 24 of Russia’s advanced Mikoyan MiG-35 fighter jets, along with military and strategic advisers, as well as training for the Egyptian Air Force, follows $2 billion arms deal that Egypt signed with Russia in February.
Kuwait, a U.S. ally whose aid to besieged Syrian civilianssurpassed only by United States is also the leading source of funding for al-Qaeda-linked terrorists fighting in Syria’s civil war, according to Obama administration. Amount of money from Kuwaiti to Syrian rebel groups hundreds of millions of dollars.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: Russia will work to boost the capacities of the Lebanese Army adding that his country respects the democratic process in Lebanon. Russia will enhance military cooperation with Lebanon, mainly by reinforcing the defense capabilities of the Lebanese Army and security forces,”
Pro-Israeli US politicians trying to put in place visa waiver program that allows Israelis to travel to USA as tourists 90 days without having to apply for visa. American intelligence officials opposing the program. Concerns would increase risk of Israeli spying in US could harm national security.
Russian government has warned about delivering advanced weapons to Syria’s foreign-backed militants, saying it would destabilize the situation, thwart any political solution to the crisis in the country. Dangerously escalated with US anti-tanks missile systems delivered to militants.
Israel has grabbed more Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank in a move that could complicate efforts to extend the so-called peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Israeli ministry of military affairs declared 100 hectares of territory south of East al-Quds (Jerusalem), as its property.
President Bashar al-Assad: Syria's three-year conflict at a "turning point" due to military gains, ending sieges on rebel-held areas closing off supply routes from Lebanon and securing main highway from Damascus to central Syria. Allies expect him to win presidential election in July.
Israel’s army chief of staff General Benny Gantz said an Israeli military operation in Lebanon is not only a realistic scenario but a necessary one. Israel is considering an increase in the level of its preparedness to emergency level.
A leader of the foreign-backed Syrian opposition calls for forging a coalition with Israel against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, noted overthrow of Assad is Israel’s main interests in Syria. offered handing Golan Heights to Tel Aviv in return for receiving military aid from Israel.
Israel’s Defense Ministry has successfully launched Ofek 10, a next-generation satellite that will provide highly-targeted surveillance of specific locations zooming in to take high-resolution images of objects as small as 18 inches across. Seventh Israeli satellite currently in space.
Russia oil-for-goods deal to buy 500,000 barrels Iranian oil per day, which Washington says will violate the terms of Iran’s interim nuclear agreement. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatens more ‘sanctions.’ Iran’s response: refuses to ‘wait for America’s permission’ to increase its oil exports.
Senior official in Prime Minister's Office told New York Times Israel "deeply disappointed" by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's assertion Jerusalem to blame for breakdown in talks with the Palestinians, added Kerry's remarks would hurt negotiations and harden Palestinian positions.
Israeli bulldozers demolished houses, tore down trees belonging to Palestinian Bedouins in Negev Desert. Destructions are part of the Prawer Plan, would expel 70,000 people, destroy 35 Bedouin villages. Israel refused to recognize rights of Palestinian Bedouins, denies access to basic services.
Hundreds of websites of Israeli ministries and organizations came under attack by Anonymous, dubbed #OpIsrael, will not stop until the police state becomes a free state and Palestine is free. Act of protest against Israel's policies. Hackers of the World Uniting against Israel.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, sending more and deadlier arms to help Assad score a string of advances against insurgents. Russia now doing everything to ensure Assad wins convincingly. Syria started using longer-range Russian Smerch and Uragan rockets for first time in February.
Western-backed rebel leader, Jamal Maarouf admitted fighting against Al-Qaeda was “not our problem” and his group is battling alongside the terrorist organization. His group not fighting against but helping Al-Qaeda. They asked us for weapons so we sent a lot. Previously viewed as moderate rebels.
IDF officers: IDF rehearsing scenarios of mass rioting and guerrilla warfare it may encounter if and when it invades Lebanon, takes over villages there. Preparing for similar reality to the one Americans encounter in Afghanistan. Includes preparation of tanks that will be in the urban warfare.
Iran, Russia progress towards oil-for-goods deal worth $20 billion. Oil exchanged for industrial goods, metals, food, no military equipment. Enable Tehran to boost exports in defiance of sanctions. White House: deal raises "serious concerns" inconsistent with nuclear talks between world powers, Iran.
Israel’s Iron Dome missile system has 'accidentally' fired interceptor rockets into the Red Sea resort city of Eilat in southern Negev. Army initially presumed a rocket attack had occurred, later claimed attacks were a false alarm caused by an error. Residents were panicked following a series of explosions.
.Cheney at Republican Jewish Coalition’s spring leadership meeting stated his support for a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program, drawing laughter and applause from the crowd.
Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas signed a request to join several UN agencies in an effort to win more recognition from the world body. Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau threatened that Israel would annex more Palestinian land and hurt Palestinians economically.
Turkish officials caught planning attack on their own forces to manufacture pretext to attack Syria. Content of leaked audio recording, posted to YouTube, of meeting between Turkish diplomats, intelligence officials. Discuss organizing attack inside Syria across the Turkish-Syrian border.
India is ready to pay Iran in euros rather than rupees for crude oil imports after an Iranian official recently said Tehran prefers euro payment. India is among Asia’s major importers of energy, and relies on the Islamic Republic to satisfy a portion of its energy requirements.
Israeli news website Ynet reports Vadim Rabinovich, a Ukrainian Jewish oligarch who holds an Israeli passport and has lived in Israel, announced that he will run for Ukrainian president. Heads the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress and is the founder of the European Jewish Parliament.
The United Nations (UN) has strongly condemned Egypt's military-installed government for handing down mass death sentences to more than 500 members of the Muslim Brotherhood supporters of country’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi. 700 more Morsi supporters are to stand trial.
Israeli diplomats launched an unprecedented strike on Sunday, forcing the complete closure of embassies around the world as they escalated a over pay dispute. Will close all of Israel's 102 missions abroad, paralyzing most diplomatic work with other countries, United Nations, not possible to submit complaints.
Israeli forces have attacked Palestinians in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) during a protest to condemn the killing of three people in the occupied West Bank. clashes took place after Palestinians gathered outside the Old City in East al-Quds in protest to the killing of the three Palestinians in the city of Jenin.
Gunbattles between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad subsided in Tripoli, north Lebanon, Friday after heavy fighting over the last 24 hours left three people dead. explosions rocked many parts of the city before fighting eased around 8 a.m. But sniper fire continued.
Clashes in Iraq have killed 37 people and wounded dozens of others as the government struggles with the unrest in the country, Iraqi security forces supported by Sunni tribesmen have been battling the militants in the western province of Anbar. The Iraqi government has stepped up efforts to boost security.
Haaretz; Israel’s 2014 military budget includes at least 10 billion shekels devoted to preparations for war with Iran, Haaretz newspaper reports. Israel may strike Tehran’s nuclear sites even without US help. "No one can replace the US as the world's policeman. I hope the US will come to its senses."
Air strikes carried out by Israel against Syrian army positions killed one person, injured seven. The strike came hours after four IDF soldiers wounded by bomb attack in the Golan Heights. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that if he persisted he would "regret his actions."
The United Nations says Israel has blocked humanitarian aid worth USD 110 million from reaching Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip. implementation of UN projects has not been renewed, though it was agreed upon with the Israeli authorities. Fifteen projects worth $14 million are currently on hold.
Israel’s minister for military affairs says Tel Aviv must go it alone in taking action against Iran over its nuclear energy program, said the US is not going to do anything to stop Tehran's nuclear activities and Israel must act alone. Criticized US President Barack Obama for “showing weakness.”
Israeli court ordered demolition of Palestinian homes, ruling the homeowners must pay for the costs of the destruction of their houses. Each of the homeowners must pay 20,000 Israeli Shekels ($6,000) to Israeli authorities for the demolition of their homes. Many Palestinians facing same threat.
United States condemn Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon for criticism of Barack Obama, question his commitment to Israel. Implied US policy on Iran pushing Israel to plan for war, demonstrating weakness on Ukraine. Criticism of US administration extensive. State Department demanded an apology.
Pentagon: US Navy Seals boarded and took control of an oil tanker on Monday that had loaded crude at a rebel-held port in eastern Libya and escaped to sea. Operation was approved by president Barack Obama and was conducted in the early hours of Monday in international waters south-east of Cyprus.
sraeli warplanes have carried out fresh aerial attacks against Gaza Strip, a day after an airstrike against the enclave. At least three air raids, hit several locations. Palestinian resistance movement of Islamic Jihad responded to air raids Tuesday by a volley of rockets.
The Guardian: The West is planning a new push against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad through funding proxy war on the conflict-stricken country. The paper said information based on leaks from United States, Israel, Jordan and Persian Gulf Arab states.
Egypt has demolished 1,370 underground tunnels between the country and the besieged Gaza Strip. Palestinians use the underground tunnels to transfer essential supplies, including food and fuel into Gaza, which has been blockaded by Israel since 2007.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel should reoccupy Gaza resume military control of the Gaza Strip after a barrage of 41 rockets was fired from the Palestinian territory. No injuries or damage were reported. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel will respond “forcefully” to the rockets.
Support for Israel is weakening among evangelical Christians, prompting a new struggle for the hearts and minds of younger members of America’s largest pro-Israel demographic group. Many are seeking some form of evenhandedness when approaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Palestinian resistance movement Islamic Jihad says it has fired a salvo of rockets into southern Israel in retaliation for recent deadly airstrike on Gaza Strip. Israel: 50 rockets from Gaza landed in southern towns of Sderot and Negev, Iron Dome missile system only intercepted three rockets.
The Libyan parliament ousted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, after military forces failed to prevent escape of North Korea-flagged tanker laden with oil. Tanker slipped past the warships during inclement weather. Tripoli has made efforts to end protests at oil ports, fields across country drastically reduced oil output.
A group of 50 Israeli teenagers has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu declaring their opposition to being drafted into the military because of Israel’s policies surrounding West Bank settlements, which they view as human rights violations.
Polls show that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to U.S. military involvement in: Ukraine, Syria, Iran. Think the U.S. “should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own.”
80,000 Palestinians in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) have been without water for more than three days. Israeli water company Gihon: reason for the cut in water supplies is the water infrastructure.
sraeli forces have attacked Palestinian protesters marking the International Women’s Day in the occupied West Bank. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at protesters. Protesters condemned Israeli occupation of their land, called on Tel Aviv to end blockade on the Gaza Strip.
The US House of Representatives passed bill, names Israel “major strategic partner” of the US and seeks to expand Washington’s military ties, delivery of US arms, funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system. Israel already receives $30 billion dollars of American taxpayers’ money each year.
Israel going ahead with its Prawer Plan, which seeks to demolish Palestinian houses and relocate tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouins, refused to recognize rights of Palestinian Bedouins, denies them access to basic services. Already approved military and settlement projects in the area
Iran’s Defense Ministry announced delivery of a massive consignment of indigenous ballistic missiles to the country’s Armed Forces. The missiles and the system have been designed and produced by the Aerospace Industries Organization of Iran's Defense Ministry.
Israeli soldiers have reportedly taken position near the southern Lebanese border town of Maroun al-Ras, shortly after violating Beirut’s airspace. Israeli jets entered Lebanese airspace over border towns. Israel violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis.
A senior Iranian lawmaker has played down the US’s recent military threats against Iran, reaffirming that the Islamic Republic is fully prepared to counter Washington’s “military option.”“We have always been prepared for [countering] the US’s threatening option on the table, i.e. military action.”
Britain's biggest arms company BAE Systems has concluded a deal to sell 72 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Saudi Arabia following years of negotiations. BAE, said the public was “never going to know” how much the Saudis would pay for them. Saudi Arabia has recently increased its arms purchases.
CBS News: United States is pressuring Israel to stop assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists, admitting that Mossad agents were behind the string of terrorist attacks, Iran has repeatedly emphasized that its nuclear energy program is meant for civilian purposes only.
Israel launched an airstrike against Gaza Strip in the north. Israeli drone fired a rocket on a farmland near the city of Beit Hanoun. Monday, an Israeli airstrike hit a base belonging to the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah on the Lebanon-Syria border near the village of Janta.
A criminal court in Egypt has sentenced 26 people to death on charges of staging a “terror group” in an attempt to target the ships passing through the strategic Suez Canal, a water corridor owned by Egypt provides a vital link between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday Israel was doing all that was “necessary” to ensure its security, following reports of an air raid against Hezbollah targets on the Syrian-Lebanese border. We will not say what we’re doing or what we’re not doing” to maintain Israel’s security.
American Jewish leader Malcolm Hoenlein: growing international campaign to boycott Israel over illegal settlements is one of Israel's greatest challenges. "We have to counter the BDS movement in the strongest possible way. That means zero tolerance, and that has to become the mantra of our time,
10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has kicked off in the United States and Britain with similar events expected to be held in other parts of the world in March, to build support for the growing boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign of Israel.
Lebanese government has filed several complaints to the United Nations over the violation of the country’s airspace by the Israeli military aircraft. Israel violates Lebanon's airspace on an almost daily basis, claiming the flights serve surveillance purposes.
Haaretz: attack will originate in Jordan and the US, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan are planning the way it will be launched. US constructing runways for military near border, arming foreign-backed insurgents with heavy weapons. No US troops will be involved in the fighting on the ground.
US building up its military presence in Jordan inattempt to exert more control over current situations in Syria and Lebanon. Continued to build its military capability in Jordan Under guise of humanitarian operation, considering military role in region, as Israel has no capability to operate in Lebanon again.
Kurdish fighters in Syria say they have captured a town in the northeastern part of the country near the Iraqi border after days of combat with al-Qaeda-linked militants. Kurdish group, known as the People's Protection Units, says its fighters killed about 50 armed militants in the battle for Tal Barak.
US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman says it is important for Washington to get Israel’s opinion over nuclear negotiations with Iran, trying to assure Israeli officials about the talks, saying all matters which concern the international community will be on the negotiating table.
A report says Israeli spies have been ordered to try to link supporters of an economic boycott against Tel Aviv to terrorists and enemy states. Israel has convened a ministerial meeting to discuss how to respond to the growing number of foreign companies refusing to do business with Israel.
President Shimon Peres will award Israel's highest civilian medal to German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week for her "unwavering commitment to Israel's security, advocacy of education against anti-Semitism.
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