German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN): The Pentagon is "clearly frustrated by the lack of support from its Western coalition," with the US government threatening to resolve the Syrian crisis militarily.,US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter called for a stronger involvement of the members of the international coalition against Daesh terrorists., According to Carter, many coalition members show insufficient commitment to the fight against terrorism in Syria..
Syrian government formally appealed to the United Nations over incursions into its territory by Turkish troops amid reports that Turkish soldiers have crossed the border, entered the Syrian town of Jarablus on the western bank of the Euphrates River. Turkish military action inside Syria threatens to escalate the internal conflict in that country and increase threat of a confrontation between Turkey and Russia. Relations between Ankara and Moscow tense since the November 24 Turkish shoot-down of a Russian warplane over Syrian territory.
Mr Valls told the BBC Europe could not take all the refugees fleeing what he called terrible wars in Iraq or Syria. "Otherwise," he said, "our societies will be totally destabilised." More than a million migrants, mostly refugees, arrived in Europe last year.
Almost two dozen people, including civilian rescuers and an ambulance driver from an MSF-affiliated hospital, have reportedly been killed after Saudi-led coalition planes carried out repeated airstrikes on the same target in Sa’ada province, Yemen.
Russia’s aerial onslaught against militants in Syria has entirely changed the dynamics in the region, giving boost to Assad’s army and forcing the US and Turkey to scale back their ambitions: the US has softened its demands for Assad’s departure and Turkey has reduced its support for anti-government fighters,
Sharaf Luqman, a spokesman for the Yemeni army, said on Thursday that fighter jets belonging to the US, Britain and Israel have been directly bombing Yemen as Saudi pilots are unable to conduct sorties with modern warplanes over Yemen. The army official said that Yemeni army and fighters of the Houthi Ansarullah movement have so far managed to down three F-16 fighter jets,10 Apache helicopters and dozens of drones..
Israel to make largest land seizure since 2014; demolishes six West Bank structures funded by the EU's humanitarian arm. Israel confirmed on Thursday it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate tensions with Western allies and already drawing international condemnation.
Human Rights Watch has called on companies to end their businesses in illegal Israeli settlements and not to facilitate Israel’s violations of international humanitarian law..The New York-based group said in a report released on Tuesday that businesses should stop operating in, financing, servicing, or trading with settlement-related “activities that contribute to and benefit from an inherently unlawful and abusive system that violates the rights of Palestinians.
Monsanto’e now been linked to the use of White Phosphorus on Palestinians in Gaza 2008 and 2009;.associated with chemical weapons. Agent Orange use in the Vietnam War. U.S. Army documents have surfaced naming Monsanto as the single main supplier of White Phosphorus. ..
After Kuwait Air was ordered by the US Department of Transportation to cease “unlawful discrimination,” regarding their refusal to carry Israeli passengers -- the carrier doubled down and ended the flight route entirely.;the airline fired back that it’s against the law in Kuwait to do business with any Israeli citizen or company, and that punishment for a violation could result in imprisonment and hard labor.
In the last years of the 20th century fraud entered US foreign policy in a new way. On false pretenses Washington dismantled Yugoslavia and Serbia in order to advance an undeclared agenda. In the 21st century this fraud multiplied many times. Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Libya were destroyed, Iran and Syria would also have been destroyed if the President of Russia had not prevented it. Washington is behind the current destruction of Yemen, enabled and financed the Israeli destruction of Palestine. Washington operated militarily within Pakistan without declaring war, murdering many women, children, under the guise of “combating terrorism.” Washington’s war crimes rival those of any country in history.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to key countries of the Middle East - Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran - due in late January. During the visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran, the Chinese leader will be accompanied by the economic delegation that will include around 100 heads of state corporations linked to natural resources..Iran wants to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to become part of this Eurasian organization where China and Russia play a key role.
News that Iran plans to dramatically ramp up oil production sent stocks plunging across the Middle East. Stocks in Kuwait were down 3.1 percent, stocks in Saudi Arabia plummeted 5.4 percent,stocks in Qatar; 7 percent decline. Saudi Arabian stocks are down more than 50 percent from their 2014 highs. Iran announced plans “to add 1 million barrels to its daily crude production.”
Committee on the Rights of Children, a body of independent legal experts charged by the UN with the task of monitoring the protection of children’s rights in signatory states, has urged Israel to honour its responsibility to prevent the torture and ill-treatment of children;. expresses t concern about the reported practice of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children arrested, prosecuted and detained by the military and the police, and about the State party’s failure to end these practices in spite of repeated concerns expressed by treaty bodies.
CHINA is set to join Russia in the fight to wipe out the brutal Islamic State terror group. The communist superpower is concerned about a growing number of “Chinese-origin” terrorists with the jihadi sect.,
“Iran could haul in more than five times as much cash from oil sales by year-end as the lifting of economic sanctions frees the OPEC member to boost crude exports and attract foreign investment needed to rebuild its energy industry,” Bloomberg reports, adding that “the lifting of sanctions means Iran can immediately boost oil revenue to about $2.35 billion a month, based on the country’s estimated current output of 2.7 million barrels a day and oil at $29 a barrel..”
US Secretary of State John Kerry says that Washington is slated to repay Iran a $400 million debt, along with an additional $1.3 billion in interest. payments date back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran;, repayment, arranged after an international legal tribunal, is separate from the tens of billions of dollars in frozen assets that Tehran can now access...
Austria will deploy its army on their southern border to stop all refugees who don’t intend to settle in Germany Officials with the governments of Germany and Slovenia have also expressed their intent to deploy soldiers along their borders.. Roughly 200 migrants are being sent back to Austria every day.
Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries are scooping up farmland in drought-afflicted regions of the U.S. Southwest,,California and Arizona. Saudi Arabia grows alfalfa hay in both states for shipment back to its domestic dairy herds. In another real-life example of the world’s interconnected economy, the Saudis increasingly look to produce animal feed overseas in order to save water in their own territory, most of which is desert.
The US has backed itself into a corner by insisting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be removed from power before the Obama administration will work with Russia and Iran to fight the Islamic State group “We have allowed ourselves to get caught and paralyzed on our Syrian policy by the statement that ‘Assad must go,’”;former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Iran said on Saturday that it plans to use billions of dollars of its blocked assets that are expected to be released after the removal of sanctions against the country for imports of essential goods, will have an immediate access to $30 billion of blocked Iranian assets that have been frozen in different overseas accounts as a result of the sanctions.
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek has called for greater military involvement of Germany's armed forces in Syria. Otherwise, the influx of refugees to Europe could become even worse than before, the politician told German newspaper Die Welt.
International sanctions against Iran are due to be lifted Saturday, according to Tehran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The move will take effect when the International Atomic Energy Agency has issued its final report concerning Iran’s nuclear program.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu: Turkish ground forces have heavily shelled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in response to a suicide attack blamed on the group that killed at least 12 people in Istanbul, 200 Daesh members, were neutralised in the last 48 hours, every threat directed at Turkey will be punished in kind," Davutoglu also said that Turkey will carry out air strikes against ISIL if necessary..
Syrian fighter jets have accompanied Russian bombers as they conducted airstrikes against the terrorist targets in Syria, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said, adding that it was the first joint operation of the air forces."The crews of the Russian Su-25 warplanes and the Syrian MiG-29s have accomplished a joint combat mission in the Syrian skies,
Shas party chairman Aryeh Deri was approved to serve as Israel’s interior minister more than two decades after resigning from the same position over corruption charges to succeed Silvan Shalom, who resigned from the post and the Knesset last month in the wake of sexual misconduct accusations. Deri spent nearly two years in jail for bribery, fraud and breach of trust,
US President Barack Obama said at his last State of the Nation address on Wednesday. "If this Congress is serious about winning this war, and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, you should finally authorize the use of military force against ISIL [Islamic State.
United Methodist Church pension fund blocked five Israeli banks from its investment portfolio to weed out companies that profit from abuse of human rights. Also sold holdings in Israeli real estate and construction company Shikun & Binui, barred the company from the pension group's investment portfolio; identified Israel among countries or regions with "a pattern of human rights abuses." Other countries on the list include Saudi Arabia, Central African Republic and North Korea. The Methodist church largest mainline Protestant group in the United States.
Israel Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon: Sweden's foreign minister is "not welcome" in Israel after she called for an investigation into the deaths of Palestinians involved in a four-months' spate of deadly attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers.
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom has called for a “thorough” investigation into the killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces in the past few months. “It is vital that there is a thorough, credible investigation into these deaths in order to clarify and bring about possible accountability,” Wallstrom said during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday.
A large Irish company has cut its business ties with Israel over the Tel Aviv regime’s policies against Palestinians. The building materials group, CRH, says it has divested its 25 percent stake in the Israeli cement market. The company has long been under fire over its cooperation with the Israeli firm, Mashav, which supplied materials for the construction of the so-called ‘Separation Wall’ in the West Bank, as well as checkpoints and settlements.
The United States in the past year dropped more than 20,000 bombs on Muslim-majority countries Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, according to a study by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Pentagon claims that only six civilians have "likely" been killed in the course of the bombing campaign.
Syrian Air Force has targeted a convoy of 20 tankers smuggling oil from territories held by Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the Arab country’s east. Syrian forces making rapid advances against terrorists in operations backed by Russian air cover, which began September 30 last year at the request of the Damascus government.
A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-supported hospital in northern Yemen was bombed Sunday morning, killing at least four people and wounding eleven, third attack in as many months against a facility associated with the medical charity. MSF said in a statement that it "cannot confirm the origin of the attack" on the Shiara Hospital, noted "planes were seen flying over the facility."
A Turkish company was caught trying to sell to refugees faulty life vests made of material that becomes heavier when soaked and that would have caused their wearers to sink. "Such life jackets are made of backpack material and filled with sponge and because sponge is hydrophilic [water absorbing], it drags people down and causes them to drown.
The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a wrong step, which provoked interfaith enmity and paved the way for emergence of the Islamic State (IS, terrorist group outlawed in Russia), President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft has told TASS.
Tehran has severed its commercial ties with Riyadh, its government announced on Thursday. The move comes amid a diplomatic rift between the two nations following the execution of a prominent Shia cleric by Saudi authorities.
Russian sanctions have severely disrupted Turkish exports to Central Asia. The transit route via the Caspian Sea and Azerbaijan cannot sustain exports to the Central Asian market. Amid falling oil prices and the resumption of the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis Azerbaijan cannot be considered a reliable partner. In addition, Ankara has concerns about new Russian weapons deployed to the Caspian Sea.
Iran has accused Saudi Arabia of using warplanes to attack the Iranian embassy in the Yemeni capital Sana'a. Some guards were reportedly wounded in the attack, according to state news channel IRIB.
On Tuesday, four Tornado combat aircraft of the German Luftwaffe were deployed to the Turkish airbase at Incirlik to support the war against ISIS in Syria. According to the official web site of the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces), the combat jets will conduct their first sorties toward the end of this week. On January 12, two more fighter jets will follow.
The candidate for US presidency from the Republican party, Donald trump, stated that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have created the group "Islamic State".Clinton, who earlier held the post of Secretary of State, which is the most likely presidential candidate of the Democratic party, and Trump continuously exchange attacks against each other.
Israeli prosecutors will file charges Sunday against four Jews for their involvement in "severe terror against Arabs and their property", the justice ministry said. Security officials told AFP Saturday night the charges are linked to the July firebombing of a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Duma, which resulted in the death of three members of the Dawabsha family.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey and Israel must improve their relations, "Israel is in need of a country like Turkey in the region. And we too must accept that we need Israel. This is a reality in the region," Erdogan added that normalization of ties between Turkey and Israel would take place “if mutual steps are implemented based on sincerity.”
A captured Islamic State militant who spoke to Sputnik news agency has bolstered claims Turkey is involved in illegal oil deals with the jihadist group; The oil trucks crossing into Turkey every day carry crude oil, as well as petrol.”sold via several businessmen and traders.“ISIL also receives supplies from Turkey and Arab countries,” the captured militant said. Turkey denies that it has links to the terrorists.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the country's Defense Ministry to expand Iran’s program for production of "various types of missile" needed to improve the defense capabilities of the country. Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned alleged US plans to impose additional sanctions against Tehran calling them "illegal."
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov: Russia’s aviation has destroyed over the past two days six militants’ illegal oil production facilities in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor, as well as bombed more than 20 tanker trucks.
Iraq on Wednesday warned that it will consider military action if Turkey does not comply with Baghdad's latest demand to withdraw troops from a northern camp where they are training anti-Daesh fighters.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is proposing a temporary surtax to pay for the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS);. said Congress has taken steps to pay for every major conflict, often through new taxes, since the War of 1812.. The Iraq War would eventually cost $1.64 trillion and the Afghanistan War $715 billion..Coons said those costs would include an additional $6 trillion if long-term care for injured veterans were factored in..
While Turkey has dreams to re-establish itself as the Ottoman Empire by grabbing Syrian territories, US warhawks are planning to balkanize Syria into different "buffer zones;" however, Moscow has upset both Washington and Ankara's applecart.
The Russian Air Force has helped the Syrian Democratic Forces liberate 20 residential areas from Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) around the city of Raqqa, the extremist groups’ stronghold.,
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Turkish troops will remain in Iraq, overturning a foreign ministry pledge to the contrary. He repeated his argument the soldiers were not deployed as combat troops, Turkey is "determined" to continue its training of Kurdish and Arab forces.are in Iraq to provide protection for training troops and will continue to be there. Ankara sent hundreds of troops to the Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq earlier this month, saying the forces were part of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State (IS).
NATO’s Airborne Early Warning and Control planes would be moved to the Turkish city of Konya.,NATO deploying Patriot missiles in Turkey, agreed to send aircraft and ships to Turkey to strengthen Ankara’s air defenses along the border with Syria.
Everywhere in Europe, the ruling elites are moving sharply to the right. They are boosting military spending, taking part in the imperialist wars in the Middle East and Africa, sealing up borders and inciting xenophobic sentiments against refugees. They are developing authoritarian forms of rule and building up a police state in order to suppress growing social tensions.
In October, the Russian military launched 18 Kalibr-M cruise missiles from warships stationed in the Caspian Sea. Travelling over 1,500 miles, these projectiles struck terrorist targets in Syria, destroying key components of Daesh. "Russia has begun, and over the next decade will make large strides in fielding a 21st century navy capable of a dependable national defense [and] an impressive but limited presence in more distant global areas of interests; George Fedoroff, the US Office of Naval Intelligence.
American warplanes and drones swarm the Middle East and North Africa, bombing, killing and maiming indiscriminately and driving millions from their homes. President Obama, plans to expand bombing in populated areas in Syria, which will expand civilian casualties. Germany and Japan, are remilitarizing to assert their influence on the European continent and in East Asia; five million people were forced to flee from their homes this year, one million seeking refuge in Europe, a result of the wars in the Middle East.
Head of Russian upper house of parliament’s International Committee Alexei Pushkov: "I’m certain that the military capabilities displayed by Russia were a shock to the US which apparently believed that only the United States and NATO can wage such a war," Russian military operation against Daesh in Syria also managed to upset Erdogan’s plans as Turkey sought to use the terrorist movement "as a tool to spread its influence across the Middle East,"
Russian intelligence has spotted up to 12,000 tankers and trucks on the Turkish-Iraqi border, the General Staff of Russia’s armed forces has reported, The Russian Air Force in Syria has destroyed about 2,000 tankers used by the Islamists for oil transportation. In the last week, Russian warplanes eliminated 17 convoys of oil tankers and a number of installations used by terrorists for oil extraction and processing.
The Pentagon's civilian casualty figure is dwarfed by those of widely cited monitoring groups that tally casualties from the conflict in Syria. They claim that a more accurate count of noncombatant deaths from US-led airstrikes is well into the hundreds.
Israeli planes have reportedly sprayed chemical substances on farmlands across the besieged Gaza Strip, killing off the crops in the already impoverished Palestinian territory.
Rows of crumbling buildings stretching to the horizon and not a soul in sight, these apocalyptic scenes reveal the shocking legacy of the Syrian war. Once home to spectacular ancient landmarks and a bustling population, the Damascus neighbourhood of Jobar now lies in ruins. All that remains are bombed-out homes, decaying concrete and deserted streets as far as the eye can see.
Military sources announced on Monday that the warplane that bombarded the Iraqi army’s military positions in Anbar province on Sunday belonged to Canada’s Air Force.The announcement came after Arab media outlets reported that a fighter jet of the US-led coalition has hit Iraqi forces’ positions again.
The wars stoked up by American and European imperialism in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq have contributed to what could possibly be the largest refugee crisis in human history, with the number of people forced to flee their homes “exceeding 60 million for the first time,” the United Nations said last week. Over a million of those refugees sought asylum in Europe, the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported Monday.
Workers are set to stage a strike across the occupied territories to demand a rise in pays in a move likely to harm Israel's lumbering economy.The industrial action that is planned for Wednesday would likely see Israel's main airport, seaports, trains, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, offices, hospitals and schools closed. In a bid to prevent the strike, officials from the Israeli Finance Ministry and the Histadrut – the umbrella organization for 700,000 public sector workers – held a meeting, whose outcome is still unclear.
Israeli regime’s military forces have fired artillery into Lebanon, one day after killing a veteran fighter of the Hebzollah resistance movement in Syria.The Israeli military claimed the artillery fire came in response to the firing of three Katyusha rockets from Lebanon earlier on Sunday.
A least 20 Iraqi soldiers have been killed and 30 injured in an airstrike carried out by the US military, Hakim al-Zamili, head of the Iraqi Parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, told Sputnik news agency. However, the Iraqi Army’s Command Centre in Baghdad, the capital, said the air the strike had caused fewer casualties and happened due to miscommunication and bad weather.
President Bashar al-Assad says the conflict in Syria could be over in “less than a year” if foreign support for terrorism ends.“If the responsible countries take actions against the flowing of terrorists (into Syria) and the logistic support, I can guarantee that it will take less than one year.” Assad said the problem is the backing for terrorists operating in Syria continues to make the situation more chaotic and put obstacles in the way of any solution to the crisis.“
Pakistan will participate in a Sunni-only anti-terror coalition led by Saudi Arabia, according to the country’s foreign affairs office. Saudi Arabia announced the creation of an "Islamic coalition against terrorism" on Tuesday. The coalition includes 34 nations from across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, and will be coordinated from a command center in Riyadh.
A former chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned about the potential eruption of a third world war as a result of tensions in the Middle East region. Mohsen Rezaei said the region was now “poised for a big explosion rooted in tensions from military incursions that had taken place into regional countries.“The ground may also become prepared for the Third World War.”
Intense air and missile strikes on a school district and other areas in insurgent-held Damascus suburbs killed dozens of people on Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said unidentified war planes hit the town of Douma, 10 miles northeast of the capital.
The United States has reportedly asked Germany for more military help in the fight against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group. American Defense Secretary Ashton Carter sent a letter asking for a bigger military contribution from Germany. The German mission currently includes six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate to protect the French aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, refueling aircraft and up to 1,200 troops.
Syrian air defense system shot down an Israeli warplane violating the Arab country’s air space. The Israeli fighter jet was targeted over the city of Al-Quneitra on Friday. Israel regularly violates the Syrian airspace and it launches missile attacks against the Arab country
Russian Defense Ministry held a major briefing: Illegal oil revenues are one of the main sources of income for the terrorists in Syria. According to some reports, they make about $2 billion a year on illegal oil trade. Turkey is the main destination for the oil stolen from its legitimate owners, which are Syria and Iraq. Turkey resells this oil, country’s top political leadership involved in the illegal business — President Erdogan and his family.
In the aftermath of Russia's exposure of the illegal oil trade between Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) and Turkey, the US has decided to come up with its own 'revelation': the US Treasury admits that the jihadist group is profiting from oil exports to the tune of as much as $40 mln per month, but claims the terrorist group is selling it to President Assad while neglecting to provide any proof to back up its claim.
Russia’s activities in Syria are an "act of defending Europe; Syrian President Bashar Assad. Recent terrorist attacks in Europe are proof that what is going on in Syria affects Europe as well.
Turkey's Erdogan has become a global danger, as he prefers fighting Kurds and engages in double-dealing with ISIL, according to retired French general and analyst Vincent Desportes.
Jihadists in Syria pose a direct threat to Russia, Putin has told a defense meeting in Moscow, adding that any targets threatening the country's military there should be destroyed. Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Islamic State’s influence in Syria continues to expand.
Britain and America sought a secretive “regime change” in another Arab country… by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures. in 1957 [former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom] Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for invasion by Syria’s pro-western neighbours.
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Paul Selva warned the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday about the threat of "a direct conflict" with Syrian forces or "a miscalculation" with the Russians should the US enforce a safe area in northern Syria.
According to air force spokesman Brigadier General Ali Mayhoub, the Syrian Arab Air Force has destroyed three terrorist command posts operated by Daesh, also known as ISIL/the Islamic State, in areas around Aleppo and Palmyra. Strikes also targeted three columns of vehicles in Homs province, which took out a number of militants and weapons caches.
The US is to send some 10,000 troops to Iraq to provide support for a 90,000-strong force from the Gulf states, a leading Iraqi opposition MP has warned. The politician said the plan was announced to the Iraqi government during a visit by US Senator John McCain.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs General Paul Selva testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the ongoing escalation of US military operations in Iraq and Syria, issued fervent calls for yet another round of sweeping escalations of the US air, ground and special forces operations throughout the Middle East. Proposals to send Apache attack helicopters aimed at retaking the city of Ramadi.
sraeli authorities have stopped the entry of cement into the Gaza Strip, the Anadolu Agency reported the Palestinian Ministry of Economy; 30,000 citizens had applied for cement to build, rebuild or renovate their homes.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN)Vitaly Churkin; “We believe that Turkey has acted recklessly and inexplicably, carrying out additional deployments on the territory of Iraq without the consent of the Iraqi government.”
US invasion and occupation of Iraq made the problem of terrorism worse by creating a new generation of terrorists. Counter-terrorism authorities such as General Stanley McChrystal, General Mike Flynn and George W. Bush’s counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke say that drone strikes in particular are creating more terrorists than they’re killing.
Minors represent approximately a fifth of the 2,000 Palestinians Israel has detained since the beginning of October. With the surge in arrests, the number of Palestinian children in Israeli detention doubled to 307 at the end of October compared with 155 at the end of August. In order to accommodate the large number of children it is arresting, Israel opened a new wing for Palestinian minors at Givon prison in October.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: Ankara gave Moscow ground for war, but Russia has refused to respond 'symmetrically' answering the question on Russian Su-24 downing by Turkish F-16 over Syria. "Naturally, war is the worst option. Turkey violated all international legal standards, they committed an act of aggression against us and gave ground for war. However we decided against a tit-for-tat response."
Ankara carried out airstrikes targeting Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) forces in northern Iraq; Ten F-16 fighter jets launched an attack Tuesday, targeting PKK positions in the Kandil, Hakurk, Zap and Avasin-Baysan regions in northern Iraq. Tensions have been rising between Ankara and Baghdad after Turkey deployed hundreds of troops equipped with tanks and artillery to Iraq last Thursday,
Russian president Putin: “We must analyze everything happening on the battlefield, how the weapons operate. The Kalibrs (sea based cruise missiles) and KH-101 (airborne cruise missile) have proved to be modern and highly effective, and now we know it for sure – precision weapons that can be equipped with both conventional and special warheads, which are nuclear. Naturally, this is not necessary when fighting terrorists and, I hope, will never be needed.”
Turkey has called for the swift implementation of its proposals concerning the ongoing crisis in Syria, among them training and equipping the so-called moderate militants operating against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
A string of recent provocations against both Russia and Syria are meant to look like isolated incidents, but in fact constitute incremental “mission creep” into what may become full-scale US intervention in Syria. Attempts to create a “safe zone” in northern Syria or carry out strikes on Syrian military itself were blocked by realities on the ground and the support of Syria’s allies – Russia, China, and Iran.
Russia has, for the first time, targeted Islamic State targets in Syria with Kalibr land-attack cruise missiles launched from a submarine in the Mediterranean Sea, according to Russia’s Defense Minister. The 3M-54 Kalibr missiles were launched from the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine “Rostov-on-Don; Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has issued an order for Air Force to be on alert as a deadline to Turkey to pull out its troops from the Arab country approaches. Iraq condemned deployment of the Turkish battalion on its territory Friday, a violation of its national sovereignty. Iraq gave Ankara 48 hours to withdraw its forces or face “all available options.”
Air Force chief of staff General Mark Welsh; Air Force is now "expending munitions faster than we can replenish them." "B-1s have dropped bombs in record numbers. We need the funding in place to ensure we're prepared for the long fight."
Obama ended his speech with demand Congress take action to formally authorize US military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria; would amount to a US declaration of war, similar to resolutions passed by Congress before Bush administration’s invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003.
Four US-led coalition warplanes launched nine rockets on one of Syrian Arab Army locations in Dier Al Zour province yesterday, 6th of December 2015. Their attack claimed the lives of at least three Syrian soldiers and injured more than thirteen others in addition to destroying many military vehicles, armored vehicles, machine guns, and other kind of ammunition. The Syrian foreign ministry, considers this to be an aggressive act and an obstruction of the Syrian Arab Army’s efforts in fighting terrorists.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the statement of Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom who had earlier claimed that Israel resorted to unlawful killings of Palestinians involved in the ongoing wave of violence.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has rejected calls to join the US-led war against ISIS by announcing airstrikes against targets inside Syria, saying that more airstrikes would only add to the chaos in the region.
Russia's Defence Ministry "It appears that recent statements of officials of the Pentagon and Department of State remind of the 'theatre of the absurd' based on double standards and quibbling," Konashenkov told a briefing in Moscow. "They either see it or not. They do divide the opposition - either it is moderate or immoderate. Even terrorists they regard as bad and very bad. Russia had repeatedly warned of a danger to ‘flirt’ with terrorists.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon has criticized the US for its lack of involvement in the Middle East and said that America "can't sit on the fence with regard to the Middle East and ISIS, "It should lead and be more involved."
Baghdad is demanding the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq, deployment "is considered a serious violation of Iraqi sovereignty."
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