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.
Yak-130 is a twin-engine combat trainer jet that can also be used to attack ground targets. It is able to replicate characteristics of several of 4+ generation fighters, can also perform light-attack missions and reconnaissance duties, can carry combat load of 3,000 kilograms. $550-million deal
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.
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