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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 .

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