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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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. .
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.
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.
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.
Anti-war activists in a number of US cities staged protests to express opposition to US military intervention in Iraq. say the Iraqi people, who have taken up arms to help the army fight the militants, “need opportunity to rebuild their society” without threats of military intervention from US government.”
Israeli forces have attacked several targets inside Syrian territory from the air and the ground. Israeli tanks also reportedly hit Syrian government targets in the region. Attacks happened overnight in the occupied Golan Heights.
Israeli forces have raided a building in Ramallah where the offices of several media outlets, including RT’s Arabic channel, are located. The troops broke down the doors of several offices, destroyed some of the equipment and confiscated records,
The Iraqi government has slammed the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region for exporting oil without Baghdad’s consent. The Iraqi Oil Ministry released a statement on Saturday condemning the regional government for export of oil extracted from the country’s northern fields.
The Presbyterian Church has narrowly voted to move forward with divestment in various companies in protest of Israeli policies toward Palestinians. The group has become most prominent in US to endorse some form of divestment, opted to sell its stock in Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions.
US F-18 fighter jets from the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf have returned to Iraqi skies. Obama administration authorized “manned and unmanned” surveillance flights on the ISIS jihadist group that threatens to overrun the whole of Iraq.
US : Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should “go” as militants from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are committing atrocious acts against Iraqis. “The Maliki government, has got to go if you want any reconciliation,” chairwoman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Saudi Arabia sentenced twenty-six people to death on charges of giving speeches critical of Al Saud regime, participating in protests against the ruling family, Among those sentenced is prominent Shia cleric. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was attacked, injured, arrested by Saudi security forces,
During the past days, the Israeli air force carried out several strikes on the Gaza Strip under the pretext of finding three Israeli settlers who have allegedly gone missing since a few days ago in the occupied West Bank. On Tuesday, similar airstrikes were carried out
Advance of ISIS militants in Iraq prompted some US senators call for new bombing campaign against the jihadists, Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down. American senators Dianne Feinstein, John McCain calling for US to bomb the groups of ISIS terrorists who captured Iraqi cities.
ISIS militants have launched an attack on Iraq’s largest oil refinery with mortars and machine gun fire, refinery employees say. The extremist group has been gaining ground in Iraq, seizing control of territory in its mission to create an Islamic state. ISIS has been advancing on the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.
Clashes broke out in the West Bank following fresh Israeli army raid that left several Palestinians injured and more than 40 others detained. Israel launched a mass door-to-door raid. More than 200 Palestinians have been detained. Hamas strongly condemned Israel for abducting Palestinians.
The Iraqi government says that it holds Saudi Arabia “responsible” for the current crisis and has blamed Riyadh for encouraging “genocide” in the country through the backing of Sunni militants. Crisis in Iraq spiked after massive sudden siege by Sunni ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants.
The Israeli army has launched several attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip under the pretext of finding three Israeli settlers who have allegedly gone missing since a few days ago. Israel blamed Hamas for the disappearance of three Israeli settlers in occupied West Bank. Hamas denied the accusation.
President Barack Obama announced 275 US troops will be deployed to Iraq to provide security for US Embassy in Baghdad as Sunni insurgents continue to push closer to the capital. This force will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed.”
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.
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