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Saudis still using cluster bombs against Yemen

May 31st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/saudis-still-using-cluster-bombs-against-yemen/

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says evidence shows Saudi Arabia has been pounding neighboring Yemen with internationally banned cluster bombs, warning that such attacks are “harming civilians.”

Genocide: NATO Deliberately Destroyed Libya’s Water Infrastructure

May 30th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://govtslaves.info/genocide-nato-deliberately-destroyed-libyas-water-infrastructure/

The military targeting of civilian infrastructure, especially of water supplies, is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions, precisely what NATO did in Libya, while blaming the damage on Gaddafi himself. Since then, the country’s water infrastructure and the suffering of its people has only deteriorated further.

US State Department Approves $130Mln Sale of Guided Bombs to UAE

May 30th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150530/1022739267.html

US State Department approved sale of 1,600 guided bomb units to the United Arab Emirates worth more than $100 million. Principal contractors will be Boeing and Raytheon; accompanied by repair parts, technical and logistical support.

Israeli F16’s Falling from the Skies over Yemen - Video

May 30th, 2015
Categories: Middle East, War

Link: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/05/25/additional-confirmation-of-yemen-nuclear-attack/

This week two F16s shot down over Yemen. Both were types never supplied to an Arab nation, not Saudi Arabia, not anyone. The only “buyer” in the region for that type of plane is Israel. One of these aircraft most likely responsible for dropping the neutron bomb on Yemen a few days ago. Aircraft shot down by an updated BUK system supplied by Russia. Yemen war is now clearly an Israeli war.

Pravda: Saudi-Israeli Nuclear Strike Hits Yemen - Video

May 30th, 2015
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/05/29/pravda-saudi-israeli-nuclear-strike-hits-yemen/

Shocking video reveals proton bombardment from a neutron bomb. Israel is reported to be the one to deploy such neutron bombs. Any doubts about the nuclear attack on Yemen attributed to Israel, as evidenced in two Israeli F16s shot down and forensically identified, are now gone. Forbidden strikes have brought about a storm of worldwide protest. Two Israeli F16's, painted as Saudi, burning on the ground in Yemen.

Israeli air force launches multiple attacks on Gaza Strip

May 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/05/27/413018/gaza-israel-attack-hamas-islamic-jihad

The Israeli air force has started carrying out attacks on the Gaza Strip, as the Palestinian resistance movements of Hamas and Islamic Jihad deny launching projectiles into Israel.

Turkey, US to provide air protection to Syrian rebels

May 25th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_TURKEY_US_SYRIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Turkey and the U.S. have agreed in "principle" to provide air protection to Syrian rebels being trained and equipped to fight Islamic State militants, once they enter Syrian territory for battle, Turkey's foreign minister said.

Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad

May 24th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-23/secret-pentagon-report-reveals-us-created-isis-tool-overthrow-syrias-president-assad

US Vice President Joe Biden admitted last year Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Turkey funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Islamist rebels in Syria that metamorphosed into ISIS. Revelation from internal US intelligence document that the US-led coalition supposedly fighting ‘Islamic State’ today, knowingly created ISIS in raises troubling questions about recent government efforts to justify the expansion of state anti-terror powers.

Better Late Than Never? US Admits Civilian Casualties From Syria Airstrikes

May 23rd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150522/1022437950.html

The Pentagon has concluded airstrikes against the Khorasan group in November did kill 2 civilians - both children - making this the first acknowledgement of civilian casualties in the region since airstrikes began.

Massive military escalation looms as ISIS advances in Iraq

May 22nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/isis-m22.html

Fall of Ramadi last weekend 70 miles west of Baghdad, is a major defeat in the campaign against ISIS, with approximately 7,000 Iraqi soldiers completely routed, logical outcome of the developments on the ground in Iraq is the reintroduction of thousands of American combat troops and an escalation of the air campaign.

US To Restock IDF Stores With Bunker Busters, Guided Bombs

May 21st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141099296

US State Department approved a massive sale of bombs and missiles worth $1.897 billion, bunker buster munitions 3,000 Hellfire missiles for air force helicopters, hundreds of GPS and laser-guided bombs and missiles.

Saudi-led coalition resume air strikes in Yemen

May 19th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/yeme-m19.html

Coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia backed by United States resumed its assault against Houthi militia targets throughout Yemen Sunday, following expiration of five-day cease-fire, stated goal of the Saudi-led air war is to reinstate President Abd Rabbuh Monsour Hadi, who fled the country for Riyadh in March, and push back the Houthi militia.

US special forces stage raid into Syria

May 19th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/syri-m18.html

The exact circumstances of the raid may not be known for some time. But the political context in which it takes place suggests a significant escalation by the Obama administration.

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s First Freely Elected President, Sentenced to Death

May 17th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/mohamed-morsi-egypts-first-freely-elected-president-sentenced-to-death/

An Egyptian court sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants to death for their role in a 2011 mass prison break. Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, ousted by the military in July 2013 after days of street protests by Egyptians demanding he be removed because of his divisive rule.

Saudi coalition advises Yemen civilians to flee

May 11th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/saudi-coalition-advises-yemen-civilians-to-flee/

A Houthi stronghold near Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia has been declared a “military target” by the Saudi-led coalition carrying out airstrikes against the Shi’ite rebels who are allied with forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

US begins training new “rebel” army for operations in Syria

May 10th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/09/syri-m09.html

US soldiers training 100 Syrian fighters in a “secure location” in Jordan in preparation for military intervention in Syria; US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Other contingents will soon begin training at camps run by the US military in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.

No Human Can Stand Al-Saud’s Criminality against Yemeni Children

May 9th, 2015
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Police State

Link: https://uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/310134/

By inhumanity and unconscionable, Rulers of al-Saud proceed aggression on Yemen. Without mercy and compassion, they go to the extreme in killing innocents of Yemeni nation. The kind of human they belong to is unknown. Their criminality doesn’t resemble any on the Earth.

Syrian Army Ambushes Large Islamist Contingent in As-Sweida; Israeli Weapons Confiscated

May 8th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/syrian-army-ambushes-large-islamist-contingent-in-as-sweida-israeli-weapons-confiscated/

ThursdaySyrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division in coordination with National Defense Forces (NDF) and Palestine Liberation Army (PLA)laid a powerful ambush on a large Islamist rebel contingent traveling through the hills of Al-Khalidiyah in the As-Sweida Governorate.
The militants from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from “Liwaa Al-Yarmouk” and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were traveling through Al-Khalidiyah to transport Israeli and American manufactured weapons to their fighters in the northern countryside of As-Sweida.

George W. Bush is one of Jeb Bush’s top advisers on Israel

May 8th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/256741-jeb-bush-george-israel/

Jeb Bush was asked about who advises him on foreign policy and the potential presidential candidate replied that his brother plays a large role in shaping his position on relations with Israel. “What you need to know is that who I listen to when I need advice on the Middle East is George W. Bush,” CNN reported Bush saying.

US-backed Saudi forces dropped cluster bombs on Yemeni villages

May 5th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/05/yeme-m05.html

US-backed, Saudi-led Arab war coalition War planes dropped illegal cluster munitions on several villages inhabited by thousands of people in northern Yemen; Human Rights Watch found. (HRW) found remnants of BLU 108 canisters, fired from a CBU 105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon.

US warplanes kill dozens of civilians in Syria

May 4th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/04/syri-m04.html

US airstrikes in Syria killed dozens of civilians in a predominately Arab-populated village in the eastern part of Aleppo province Friday. The death toll was still rising as more bodies were found and missing family members were accounted for.

US sends warships to Strait of Hormuz, claiming Iran threat

May 2nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://collective-evolution.com/

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.

Yemeni conflict spills into Saudi Arabia

May 1st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141082285

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.

ISIS using weapons made in Israel

April 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.hangthebankers.com/isis-weapons-made-in-israel/

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, Gaza Exchange Rocket Fire for First Time Since Year Started

April 24th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150424/1021308307.html

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.

Billionaire prince to give one Bentley to each Saudi pilot for striking Yemen

April 22nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/04/23/407609/ree-Bentley-Saudi-pilot

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.

Saudi-led airstrikes resume in Yemen in effort to reverse rebel gains

April 22nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/reports-airstrikes-hit-rebels-in-yemen-despite-bid-for-political-outreach/2015/04/22/cd62340c-e8de-11e4-aae1-d642717d8afa_story.html

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 Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

April 21st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/politics/ousted-egyptian-president-morsi-sentenced-to-20-years-in-prison/

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 Orders Its National Guard To Enter Yemen War

April 21st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-21/saudi-arabia-orders-its-national-guard-enter-yemen-war

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.

U.S. Sending Aircraft Carrier to Help Monitor Iranian Ships

April 20th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-sending-aircraft-carrier-to-help-monitor-iranian-ships-1429561112

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.

Saudi military almost entirely staffed by mercenaries

April 13th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.spyghana.com/saudi-military-almost-entirely-staffed-by-mercenaries/

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.

Yemen slaughter escalates as regional powers exchange threats

April 13th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/13/yeme-a13.html

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.

Political crisis in Pakistan as Saudi Arabia demands it join war against Yemen

April 6th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/06/paki-a06.html

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.

Pakistan says Saudi asked for warplanes, warships and soldiers

April 6th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/pakistan-says-saudi-asked-for-warplanes-warships-and-soldiers/

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.

More Saudi soldiers killed on Yemen border

April 4th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.smh.com.au/world/more-saudi-soldiers-killed-on-yemen-border-20150404-1meh2o.html

"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.

Dozens killed in airstrike on dairy factory in Yemen

April 2nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/02/yeme-a02.html

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.

Israeli Fighter Jets Join Saudi Arabia in War on Yemen

March 27th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940107000322

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.

Yemen Ground Invasion By Saudi, Egyptian Troops Imminent

March 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Yemen_Ground_Invasion_By_Saudi%2C_Egyptian_Troops_Imminent/42967/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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.

Oil surges 6% after Saudi launches military airstrikes in Yemen

March 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/business/244205-oil-surge-yemen-airstrikes/

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.

Armed With US Weapons, Yemen Rebels Advance On President As Saudi Arabia Prepares For War

March 25th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-25/armed-us-weapons-yemen-rebels-advance-president-saudi-arabia-prepares-war

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.

Change of Tone? White House Says 50 Years of Israeli Occupation Must End

March 24th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150324/1019911303.html

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.”

French carrier in Gulf lends support to anti-IS mission

March 19th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fa640d8c9bc9417b8d5820e5effd1b56/french-carrier-gulf-lends-support-anti-mission

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.

Israel bulldozers conduct incursion of Rafah in Gaza

March 19th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/03/19/402587/Israel-bulldozers-enter-Rafah-in-Gaza

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.

Thousands Gather in Tel Aviv, Demand New Leadership in Israel – Reports

March 7th, 2015
Categories: Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/africa/20150308/1019210833.html

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.

PLO plans to end all security cooperation with Israel: Officials

March 5th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/03/05/400444/PLO-to-end-all-security-coop-with-Israel

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.

Kurds mount offensive against ISIL, gain ground in northeast Syria

February 27th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/02/27/399456/Kurds-gain-ground-in-NE-Syria

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.

UAE Announces Record Military Acquisitions Amid Rising Security Concerns

February 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/news/20150227/1018821820.html

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.

Report: Saudi Arabia Would Lend Israel Air Space for Strike on Iran

February 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Report%3A_Saudi_Arabia_Would_Lend_Israel_Air_Space_for_Strike_on_Iran/42191/0/38/38/Y/M.html

"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 Gets Fire Sale Deal on F-35s

February 24th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.infiniteunknown.net/

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.

US cannot win war against ISIS by killing, they need ‘job opportunities’ – State Dept - Video

February 18th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/233275-war-against-isis-job-opportunities/

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.

Obama To Allow "Moderate" Syrian Rebels Call In B-1B Bombers For Air Support

February 17th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/

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.

Egyptian, Libyan airstrikes on ISIS targets in Libya after terrorists behead 21 Copts

February 16th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/232639-egypt-airforce-isis-targets/

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.

4,000 US Soldiers Deployed to Kuwait in Anti-ISIS Move

February 15th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141015068

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.

US helped Israel with H-bomb - 1980s report declassified

February 14th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/232203-us-israel-nuclear-weapon/

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.

ISIL Fights Tobacco, Cannabis Addiction by Beheading Smokers

February 13th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150213/1018236120.html

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 warplanes strike Daesh after pilot murder -Video

February 6th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://gulfnews.com/news/region/jordan/jordan-warplanes-strike-daesh-after-pilot-murder-1.1452375

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 Executes 2 al-Qaeda Prisoners in Response to ISIL Hostage Killing

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/news/20150204/1017737160.html

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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 vows 'revenge' for ISIS execution of pilot hostage

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/229027-jordan-isis-revenge-pilot/

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.

Graham: 10K US boots on the ground needed to stop ISIS in Syria

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/231392-graham-10k-us-boots-on-the-ground-needed-to-stop-isis

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."

Hezbollah to Tel Aviv: No More Border Violence?

January 29th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150129/1017497666.html

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.

Hezbollah, Israel edge closer to a war both would prefer to avoid

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/1/28/hezbollah-israel-inch-closer-to-war.html

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.

UN peacekeeper, 2 IDF soldiers killed: Israel, Hezbollah exchange fire - Video

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/227007-israel-lebanon-missile-idf/

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.

Israel Launches Airstrikes Against Syria After Golan Rocket Attack

January 27th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014999512

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 idea to train rebels illusionary

January 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=69866

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.

CENTCOM Says US-Led Coalition Launched 26 Airstrikes in One Day Against IS

January 25th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150124/1017311570.html

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.

After Yemeni regime’s collapse, calls mount for US military escalation across Middle East and Africa

January 24th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/yeme-j24.html

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.

Lebanese parties express solidarity with Hezbollah

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/23/394349/Lebanon-parties-sympathize-with-Hezbollah

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.

Israel infiltration attempt from Lebanon false alarm, roads reopened: Israeli media

January 21st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2015/Jan-21/284852-israeli-forces-on-alert-after-reports-of-infiltration-attempt-from-lebanon-israeli-media.ashx

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.

Iranian general, son of ex-Hezbollah leader, killed in Israeli airstrike in Syria

January 19th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/224059-iranian-general-killed-syria/

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.

Israel's day of reckoning is coming: Stephen Lendman - Video

January 18th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/19/393719/Israels-day-of-reckoning-is-coming

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.”

Japan to allocate USD 200 million to Mideast countries fighting ISIL

January 17th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/01/17/393534/Japan-to-fund-ME-countries-fighting-ISIL

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 ready to respond to Israel strikes on Syria: Nasrallah

January 15th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/15/393265/Hezbollah-ready-to-respond-to-Israel-raids

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.

Saudi Arabia Building 600-Mile-Long Wall Along Iraqi Border

January 15th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150115/1016946708.html

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."

Extreme cold kills 3 small girls in Syria

January 11th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/11/392660/Extreme-cold-kills-3-small-girls-in-Syria

“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.

Egypt to ruin 2,000 more homes for Gaza buffer zone

January 11th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/12/392693/Egypt-to-raze-2000-homes-near-border

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.

Israeli army holding military drills in West Bank - Video

January 11th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/12/392696/Israel-conducting-drills-in-West-Bank

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,

Spy agency planning false-flag terror acts in crowded areas, whistleblower claims

January 10th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Spy_agency_planning_false-flag_terror_acts_in_crowded_areas%2C_whistleblower_claims/40744/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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

US admits civilians might have died in coalition air strikes in Syria and Iraq

January 7th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/220507-us-airstrikes-civilians-killed/

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.

Paintings of maps without Israel exhibited in Lebanon

January 7th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/07/392003/Maps-without-Israel-exhibited-in-Lebanon

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.

TYT: Christian Tries To Blow Up Mosques In Israel To Fulfill Biblical Prophecy - Video

January 2nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017235721

"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.

US Army report calls for ‘military support’ of Israeli energy grab

January 1st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/US_Army_report_calls_for_%E2%80%98military_support%E2%80%99_of_Israeli_energy_grab/40472/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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.

Bibi makes quick reaction to Palestine’s ICC request Video

December 31st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2015/01/01/392692/israel-raps-palestine-bid-to-join-icc/

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."

World’s top publisher ‘regrets’ erasing Israel from atlas meant for Middle East customers

December 31st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/219119-publisher-excludes-israel-map/

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.

Russia calls on all states to put Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra on terrorist lists

December 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/world/769912

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.”

Airstrikes against Islamic State top $1bn, kill over 1,100 people

December 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/217919-islamic-state-airstrikes-cost-casualties/

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.

US steps up Pakistan drone murders amid crackdown over school attack

December 27th, 2014
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/dron-d27.html

Eight people were killed yesterday in two drone strikes in North Waziristan, a remote and impoverished area along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.

US Massing Thousands of Vehicles in Kuwait for ISIS War

December 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2014/12/26/us-massing-thousands-of-vehicles-in-kuwait-for-isis-war/

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.

Israel approves over 350 new settlements in occupied Jerusalem

December 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/217459-israel-approve-settlements-jerusalem/

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.

Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS after jet downed over Syria

December 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/217331-isis-jordan-warplane-down/

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.

UN urges Israel to pay Lebanon $850mn in damages for oil spill - Video

December 20th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/20/391020/un-urges-israel-to-pay-lebanon-850mn/

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.

US servicemen in first ground battle with ISIS – Kurdish media

December 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/215323-americans-ground-battle-isis/

​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 proposes natural gas pipeline to Southern Europe

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.activistpost.com/2014/12/israel-proposes-natural-gas-pipeline-to.html

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.

“ISIL completely fabricated enemy by USA”, former CIA contractor - Video

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/isil-completely-fabricated-enemy-by-usa-former-cia-contractor/

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.

Next Big Surge Of Refugees To Hit U.S.; What’s Surprising Is Where They’re From

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.newsforage.com/2014/12/next-big-surge-of-refugees-to-hit-us.html

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.

Israel attack on Syria to support terrorists: Iran official

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/16/390537/israel-raid-on-syria-to-back-militants/

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 hit near Damascus airport – Syrian state TV

December 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/212275-israel-strike-syria-airport/

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.

UN resolution: Israel must renounce nuclear arms

December 2nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/un-assembly-calls-israel-join-nuclear-treaty-174032033.html

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 fire tear gas at Mubarak verdict protest near Tahrir Square - Video

November 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/210079-egypt-protest-mubarak-violence/

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.

US to arm Israel with 3,000 smart bombs - Video

November 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11/28/387844/us-to-arm-israel-with-3000-smart-bombs/

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.

US moving warplanes, drones to Kuwait: Report

November 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/27/387735/us-moving-warplanes-drones-to-kuwait/

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.

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