US Navy will deploy new forces to “accompany” US cargo ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz. The strait is one of the most important commercial waterways in the world, controlling the entrance to the Persian Gulf and handling massive flows of seaborne commercial traffic, including one third of seaborne oil.
Houthi rebels from Yemen attacked the city of Najran, Saudi Arabia, first assault of Saudi territory since its involvement in the Yemen conflict. Three Saudi troops,"dozens" of Houthi rebels killed, Saudi officials said, as fighting crossed the border late Thursday and entered Najram province, modern city of a quarter million people.
Iraqi volunteer forces, known as Hashid Shaabi, discovered Israeli-made weapons at Islamic State (ISIL) positions in the Iraqi province of Anbar on Thursday, according to Al-Mayadeen television, Fars News Agency reported.
Israel Defense Forces shot retaliatory Rocket at northern Gaza after a shell was reportedly fired from there at Israeli Sderot area late on Thursday, for the first time since the beginning of the year, the local media said, no one was hurt.
According to a Wednesday report by the Daily Mail, late Saudi King Abdullah's nephew Billionaire Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal one of the richest men in the world pledged to reward each of the 100 pilots a free Bentley, a British luxury automobile.
A Saudi-led coalition resumed airstrikes in Yemen on Wednesday despite the Saudis’ announcement a day earlier that they would curtail a month-long military campaign against Shiite rebels that has triggered widening disorder.
Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, along with 14 other defendants, was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in maximum security prison and five years of parole over the killing of demonstrators outside his palace in 2012.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered the Saudi Arabian National Guard, widely regarded as the kingdom's best equipped military ground force, to take part in Riyadh's campaign against Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen. "Military operations in the campaign have so far been carried out by the Royal Saudi Air Force and the Royal Saudi Land Forces.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. is sending an aircraft carrier to the Yemeni coast to join a growing fleet of ships keeping watch on an Iranian flotilla that defense officials suspect may be carrying arms for Houthi fighters in Yemen.
The Saudi military is almost entirely staffed by mercenaries. The Saudi jets bombing an air defenseless Yemen are piloted by Pakistanis. Its mid and low level officers are mainly from Jordan and soldiers are almost entirely from Yemen.
US-supported Saudi-led coalition is escalating its nearly three week long air assault against Yemen, worsening an already catastrophic humanitarian situation on the ground, UN officials said over the weekend.
At least eight civilians were killed Sunday by Arab coalition strikes against Yemen’s southern province of Taiz.
In the nearly two weeks since Riyadh declared that Pakistan was part of its war coalition, Islambad has undertaken a whirlwind of diplomatic activity, as it attempts to balance between Sunni monarchies in the Gulf and neighboring Iran. At the same time, Pakistan’s political and military establishment are fearful of a further outbreak of sectarian tensions within the country.
Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan for military aircraft, warships and soldiers, Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday, at the start of a parliamentary debate on whether Pakistan should get involved in a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.
"Two soldiers from the border guards were killed on the border with Yemenduring an exchange of fire at a border point in Asir region" in Saudi Arabia's south-west. "They were subject to heavy fire from a mountainous region inside the Yemeni border, which made it necessary to respond in the same manner. The situation was controlled with support from the ground forces.
The Saudi-led war in Yemen continued Wednesday, with the bombing of a dairy and juicing factory near the western port city of Hodeida killing at least 37 workers and injuring 80 others. The factory was hit by two bombs dropped by warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition, according to a Yemeni army newspaper.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued orders for Israeli air force to send fighter jets to the Saudi-led air raid on Yemen. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Yemen and killed, at least, 25 civilians early Thursday, one day after the US-backed Yemeni president fled the country.
Three Egyptian military and security officials told The Associated Press that a coalition of countries led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia will conduct a ground invasion into Yemen once the airstrikes have sufficiently diminished the Houthis and Saleh's forces. They said the assault will be by ground from Saudi Arabia and by landings on Yemen's Red and Arabian Sea coasts.
Saudi Arabia and nine allied countries began airstrikes at 11 pm GMT, deploying a total of 70 fighter jets. WTI shot up more than 6.43 percent to $52.38 per barrel, and Brent climbed to $59.71, a 5.72 percent.
Yemen's slide toward civil war has made the country a crucial front in mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia's rivalry with Iran, which Riyadh accuses of sowing sectarian strife through its support for the Houthis. Sunni Arab monarchies around Yemen have condemned the Houthi takeover as a coup and have mooted a military intervention in favor of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in recent days.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough “Israel cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely,” he said. “An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.”
The Charles de Gaulle, France's only aircraft carrier, flagship of the French navy, arrived in the Persian Gulf last month to provide additional air power to the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the militants who seized a third of Iraq and Syria. Only nation aside from U.S. to bring an aircraft carrier to the fight, under American operational control. Its fighters flying missions even before the carrier arrived.
Israeli bulldozers and military vehicles have reportedly intruded into Palestinian border town of Rafah in the blockaded Gaza Strip. Witnesses said four bulldozers and Israeli military vehicles conducted an incursion into the southern town in Gaza, where Egyptian forces demolished over 1,000 homes earlier this week to create a so-called buffer zone.
Over 40,000 demonstrators have gathered in the central Tel Aviv’s Rabin square, demanding replacement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at March 17 elections, The Times of Israel reported.
Palestinian Central Council (PCC) of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, made the decision to cut all forms of security cooperation with Israel after two-day discussions in Ramallah.
Kurdish fighters have advanced on a key town in northeastern Syria which is a stronghold of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, left at least 175 militants dead. Kurdish forces say they have cut a main ISIL supply line from Iraq.
The United Arab Emirates spent a record amount on weapons at the Middle East’s largest arms expo, signaling continued defense spending in a region where security is a rising concern. The UAE spent 18.33 billion dirhams ($5 billion) on deals signed with local and international arms dealers at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in the capital Abu Dhabi.
"The Saudis have declared their readiness for the Israeli Air Force to overfly Saudi airspace en route to attack Iran if an attack is necessary, agreement comes with strings attached. Before Saudi Arabia will allow Israel to use its airspace Israel needs to demonstrate "some sign of progress" in ongoing peace talks on the issue of Palestinian statehood.
Israel will order another 14 F-35s for $110 million a piece, including logistical support, training, parts and maintenance, which appears to be a much better price than the U.S. itself has been able to manage. The 14 fighters will join an earlier order of 19 jets. An option to acquire 17 more has been secured, bringing the total to 50, which has been Israel’s goal in fielding two squadrons of 25 fighters each.
The United States and its allies cannot defeat the Islamic State simply by killing militants, said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, adding that it must target the underlying reasons people join the group, such as the lack of job opportunities.
White House has decided to provide pickup trucks equipped with mounted machine guns and radios for calling in U.S. airstrikes to some moderate Syrian rebels aided by American B-1B bombers.
Egypt’s Air Force has hit Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) positions in Derna, Libya, after the execution of 21 Christian Egyptians by the terrorist group. Libyan forces loyal to the authorities have also targeted the IS in the country, a commander said. Up to 50 militants killed.
Following US President Barack Obama’s request of Congress to authorize additional military action against the Islamic State terrorists, a brigade of 4,000 soldiers will be heading out of Ft. Carson, Colorado to Kuwait.
Conceding to a federal lawsuit, the US government agreed to release a 1987 Defense Department report detailing US assistance to Israel in its development of a hydrogen bomb, which skirted international standards.
Referring to strict Sharia norms, the Islamic State has imposed restrictions on tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use, labeling these acts as "sinful." results in "financial and health damages." "Every smoker should be aware that with every cigarette he smokes in a state of trance and vanity is disobeying God.
Jordan said on Friday its warplanes launched dozens of new strikes Thursday against the Islamic State group, after vowing a harsh response to the burning alive of a pilot captured in Syria. dozens of jet fighters" struck targets Thursday "hitting training camps, weapons and ammunition warehouses of the terrorist groups.
Jordan executed Iraqi would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi early Wednesday, along with Ziad al-Karbouli, according to a security source, making good on its vow to avenge the murder of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State militants.
Jordan will execute failed suicide bomber Sajida Al-Rishawi, as revenge for the ISIS killing of hostage pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh, a security official told AFP. Earlier, Jordan offered to swap the two prisoners.
Army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri "The revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," after a video surfaced of the pilot being burned alive.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), it would require 10,000 American "boots on the ground" to stop Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria won't destroy the group. U.S. forces in Syria should be accompanied by a regional force of Arab nations. "We cannot defeat ISIL in Syria until you deal with Assad because he will kill anybody that comes in there that tries to defeat ISIL."
Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has informed Israel through the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) that it is not interested in further escalation of hostilities following an exchange of rocket strikes; Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.
Missile ambush by Hezbollah fighters that killed two Israeli soldiers Wednesday brought the Iran-backed Lebanese Shia movement closer to war with Israel. Stakes for Israel and Hezbollah are huge. Exchanges have previously plunged these two enemies into conflagrations, most recently the war of 2006. Danger is high that they could stumble into a significant confrontation.
An anti-tank missile hit an IDF vehicle in the Golan Heights, prompting an exchange of fire between the Israeli army and Hezbollah, which claimed responsibility for the attack. A UN peacekeeper and two IDF soldiers have been killed.
IDF said the attack was in response to four rockets that were fired from Syria into the Golan Heights. “The IDF holds the Syrian Government accountable for all attacks emanating from its land, and will operate by any means necessary.
Assad: US-trained force would be "illegal" and would be treated like any other rebel group. "They are going to be fought like any other illegal militia fighting against the Syrian army." "Bringing 5,000 (fighters) from the outside will make most of them defect and join ISIS (Islamic State) and other groups.
The international US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) has launched 26 airstrikes against the militants' positions in Syria and Iraq in one day, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said Saturday.
One day after Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation amidst the occupation of his government’s central facilities and his private residence by Houthi militants, a chorus of voices from the US political establishment and punditry are calling for expanded US and NATO military operations across the Middle East and Africa.
The Lebanese political parties expressed solidarity with Hezbollah. The Future Movement, which is Hezbollah’s political rival, condemned the attack, stressed that potential retaliatory moves by the resistance group should not be launched from Lebanese territory.
BEIRUT: There was no sign of infiltration of Israel's northern border from Lebanon by gunmen, the Jerusalem Post said Wednesday night, citing Israeli authorities. Report said that all roads in the north have been reopened.
At the time of the attack, General Allahdadi was on an assignment, giving "crucial advice" to the Syrian armed forces, battling extremists.Iranain Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif: the helicopter attack was "an act of terror," and issued a strong condemnation. Hezbollah officials on Monday vowed retaliation after the attack.
The launch of a preliminary investigation into Israeli war crimes against the people of Gaza by the International Criminal Court (ICC) will eventually lead to “Israel’s day of reckoning,” American political commentator Author and radio host Stephen Lendman. Important these initiatives go ahead,” “because one day maybe Israel will be held responsible, accountable, when other nations will see to it that Israel is punished for its crimes.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: Should we leave terrorism or weapons of mass destruction to spread in this region, the loss imparted upon the international community would be immeasurable."
Hezbollah’s Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah: Lebanese resistance movement is prepared to respond to Israel’s repeated strikes on targets in Syria. Hezbollah is well-armed and its missiles can hit any Israeli target. Israeli strikes target not only territories in Syria but also the axis of resistance in the entire region.
The barrier combines a fence and a ditch, and is meant to protect the Kingdom from the Islamic State fighters who have seized much of northern Iraq. The wall comprises "40 watchtowers, five layers of fence, sand embankments and radar and camera installations."
“A girl less than two days old passed away Sunday in southern Aleppo because of the extreme cold.” Bitterly cold temperatures caused death of one-year-old girl in southern district of Damascus. More than 200,000 people have died in the Syria conflict; UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The Egyptian army will destroy everything standing across an additional 500 meters from the border area, on top of the 500 meters already cleared several months ago, Egyptian media reported on Sunday. Demolition plan announced by Cairo following attack by unknown gunmen on a checkpoint in the volatile region that killed dozens of soldiers last October.
Level of military exercises unprecedented over past 10 years; Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv quoted unidentified Israeli military sources as saying.“Military exercises on this level definitely have a political message for Palestinians, aimed to show that Israel has the upper hand. Reported Israeli soldiers mistreated Palestinians during the exercises carried out in villages, near civilians’ houses,
Turkish whistleblower Fuat Avni said early on Saturday that the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan initially planned to use Dec. 14 raids against the media to announce the Gülen movement as a terrorist organization, but he had to resort to other ways as the previous plan failed. The whistleblower said Erdoğan approved of the false-flag operation
The US is reviewing the possibility that civilians may have died in coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria. Central Command is carrying out the investigation and has admitted for the first time that members of the general public could have perished.
Exhibition showcasing paintings of maps without Israel held in Lebanon. Norwegian People’s Aid NGO funded exhibition at the Al-Burj Al-Shamali refugee camp. Maps at the exhibit, titled “This is Palestine,” by Palestinian children living in Lebanon. Exhibition has angered Israeli media and officials.
"An American being held in Israel on weapons charges has told investigators he was considering attacking Muslim holy sites, Israeli police say. Adam Everett Livix, a Christian wanted in the US on drugs charges, was arrested last month after an undercover agent discovered the alleged plot. Weapons and ammunition stolen from the Israeli army were found at his home.
Army study, released earlier in December 2014, concludes that extensive US military involvement “may prove essential in managing possible future conflict” in case of “an eruption of natural resource conflict in the East Mediterranean,” due to huge gas discoveries in recent years.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Palestinian Authority should fear being “in a unity government with Hamas, ”accused the resistance group of “war crimes,” likened to those perpetrated byISIL Takfiri group in Iraq and Syria; reiterated claims about Israeli forces being most moral army in the world."
HarperCollins, one of the world’s largest publishing companies, has officially apologized for excluding Israel from its Collins Middle East Atlas because of “local preferences”. The publisher was accused of harming peace efforts in the region.
Russian Foreign Ministry is calling on all states that have not yet done that to follow the example of Russia - put ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra on national terrorist lists and ban their activity, as envisioned by relevant decisions of the UN Security Council.”
US and coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria have killed nearly 1,200 people ‒ including 52 civilians ‒ and wounded at least 800 others at a cost of more than $1 billion since the bombings began in September.
Eight people were killed yesterday in two drone strikes in North Waziristan, a remote and impoverished area along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
3,100 such vehicles have been sent to Kuwait, where the US is massing them for use in the ever-escalating war against ISIS. The bulk of the vehicles are MRAPs, used by ground troops to resist IEDs in travel, and that points to the buildup being done with an eye on an eventual US ground war in Iraq and Syria.
Jerusalem City Council has approved the construction of almost 400 new settlements in two districts of the city and its southern part, including annexed areas situated beyond the Green Line.
Militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS) have captured a Jordanian jet pilot, whose warplane was reportedly shot down over the jihadists’ stronghold in the eastern Syrian province of Raqqa.
170 countries voted in favor of the resolution. Israeli warplanes attacked Lebanon’s oil storage tanks during the 2006 war on Lebanon which led to oil spill, extensive pollution that covered the entire Lebanese coastline. Israel launched wars on Lebanon in 2000 and 2006. Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah defeated the Israeli military.
American forces were involved in their first ground battle with Islamic State fighters, according to Kurdish media outlet Shafaq News, near the Ain Al-Assad base in the Anbar province of Iraq early Sunday. The report could not be independently verified.
Israel is pushing for the European Union (EU) to approve construction of a pipeline running from the Middle Eastern country to supply Cyprus, Greece and Italy with natural gas. The proposed EastMed pipeline will carry gas from Tamar and Leviathan gas fields located in the Mediterranean Sea, to Southern Europe.
Former CIA contractor, Steven D. Kelley, says that the ISIL terrorist group is a completely fabricated enemy created and funded by the United States and its allies and only now it has become inconvenient for us to attack this group as a legitimate enemy.
U.S. State Department announced this week that the first major contingent of Syrian refugees, 9,000 of them, have been hand-selected by the United Nations for resettlement into communities across the United States, just the beginning of an extended program to accept more Syrians.
A senior Iranian official says the recent Israeli airstrikes on Syria were conducted in support of foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists operating against the Syrian government.
Israeli airstrikes have hit targets near Damascus International Airport and in the town of Dimas near the Lebanon border, Syrian state TV reports. Israeli Air Force have conducted airstrikes on an arms depot, which caused huge blasts near the [Damascus] International Airport.
The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved in a 161-5 vote an Arab-backed resolution calling on Israel to renounce possession of nuclear weapons and put its nuclear facilities under international oversight. calls on Israel to "accede to treaty without delay, not to develop, produce, test or acquire nuclear weapons,
Egyptian police in Cairo used water cannon and tear gas against hundreds of demonstrators protesting against the acquittal of former president Hosni Mubarak of conspiring to kill hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising. At least two people reportedly died and nine were injured in clashes.
The United States will arm Israel, a key ally in the Middle East, with 3,000 smart bombs as part of Washington’s military aid to Tel Aviv. The United States provides Israel with some $8.5 million in military aid per day.
The United States continues to escalate its aerial campaign against ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, shifting more attack and surveillance aircraft from Afghanistan to a base in Kuwait.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has decided to maintain the amount of the oil it produces at the current level, amid an oversupply of crude and plummeting prices.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow will support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid a crisis that has gripped the country for nearly four years. "We share the view that the main factor driving the situation in the Middle East is the terrorist threat,
A Turkish governor has threatened to turn a 100-year-old synagogue into a museum in retaliation for Israel’s actions in and around Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque – the third holiest site in Islam.
The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress.
Vice President Biden announced in IstanbulSaturday the U.S. will provide $135 million in additional humanitarian aid to help feed civilians affected by the ongoing war in Syria. Biden's trip was met by 300 people protesting the vice president's visit. They chanted, "Biden get out. The country is ours.
Clashes have broken out between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank amid boiling tensions over Tel Aviv’s attempts to Judaize the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Islamic State militants are reportedly acquiring gold, silver and other precious metals in a bid to further solidify their control over large swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory by issuing their own currency, Iraqi metal dealers confirmed to McClatchy.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara and Washington must unite efforts not only in support of moderate Syrian opposition, but also in toppling Assad regime.
Israel’s economy contracted for the first time in more than five years in the third quarter, as growth was hit by the effects of a war with Islamist militants in Gaza.
“If we discovered that [Islamic State] had gotten possession of a nuclear weapon, and we had to run an operation to get it out of their hands, then, yes,” Obama “I would order it."
Saudi Arabia sacked the country's minister of culture and information after he ordered closure of an extremist Takfiri TV channel. The former minister did not give reasons for banning the TV channel, said ministry would take action against any media that undermine “nation’s unity, security and stability.”
Concerns are rising among Muslims over Saudi Arabia’s controversial plan to demolish the birthplace of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the holy city of Mecca by the end of the year and replaced with a royal palace for Saudi King Abdullah ibn Abdilaziz for his visits to Mecca.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Wednesday that at least 50 civilians, including eight children and five women, were killed by US-led coalition airstrikes since mid-September. The UK-based group added that 746 ISIL militants and 68 al-Nusra Front terrorists had also been killed.
3-billion-dollar deal financed by Saudi Arabia, would involve combat and transport helicopters, armored vehicles, anti-tank missiles and heavy artillery. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius: will contribute to strengthen Lebanese army, which guarantees the unity and stability of Lebanon,”
United Nations has tasked a five-member panel with investigating Israeli attacks on UN shelters during Tel Aviv’s deadly summer war on the Gaza Strip. The panel was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, called the three cases of Israel’s shelling of UN-run schools as a "moral outrage."
At least twenty people have been killed in the latest round of clashes between Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters and al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen’s central province of Bayda.
Reports say five "nuclear engineers" have been assassinated by unknown assailants near a research center in the north part of the Syrian capital. All of them were shot dead when their bus was ambushed on the way to the research center.
The United States and its Arab allies have launched new air raids against ISIL positions in Syria, with at least one airstrike hitting an oil field controlled by the militants.
ISLAMABAD: Refuting President Obama’s claim that a US Navy SEALs team had killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, former US Assistant Secretary of Treasury Department, Paul Craig Roberts, has claimed that bin Laden had died due to renal failure a decade earlier in December 2001
Germany exported 1.6 billion euros of commodities to Iran in the first eight months of this year following an interim nuclear deal reached between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group,
Syrian military forces backed by pro-government fighters “retook control of the Jhar and Mahr gas fields, as well as the Hayyan gas company in the east of Homs province,”particularly important because they feed Homs city and Damascus the gas supplies needed to produce electricity
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