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Hillary Clinton embraces ‘endless war doctrine’

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East, War

Link: http://www.intellihub.com/hillary-clinton-embraces-endless-war-doctrine/

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; war waged against militant fighters in Iraq and Syria “critical.” Will be prolonged part of U.S. foreign policy. Military action wasn’t’ enough, also an “information war” to be fought. Ex-CIA and Pentagon head Leon Panetta: we’re looking at a 30-year war.

Most recent ISIS munitions US-made during Iraq occupation - study

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/193772-isis-militants-american-weapons/

An analysis of cartridges used by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria shows that their newest ammunition is of American origin. China and the Soviet Union were identified as the biggest sources of munitions, with bullets made 25 years ago.

New Zealand government prepares to join US war in Middle East

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/07/nzir-o07.html

The war launched by the Obama administration, supported by about 40 allies, in Iraq and Syria is not primarily aimed against ISIS. Rather, ISIS has provided pretext for an imperialist intervention to assert US control over the oil-rich region and topple Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.

Urban warfare in Kobani goes on between Kurds, ISIL - Video

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/07/381371/kurds-combat-isil-in-kobani-streets/

Urban warfare between the ISIL Takfiri terrorists and Kurdish forces in Syria’s border town of Kobani spreads to new neighborhoods. Takfiris, backed by tanks and artillery, reportedly seized control of three districts in Kobani.

200 Syrian Kurds killed while defending Kobani against ISIL - Video

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/07/381387/200-syria-kurds-killed-in-kobani-battle/

200 Syrian Kurds killed defending town of Kobani against ISIL militants’ attempts to capture the city in three-week clashes. ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. Fighting for the strategic town forced 200,000 to take refuge in Turkey.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Urges International Community Defend Kobani Population From IS

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/world/20141007/193787187/UN-Special-Envoy-for-Syria-Urges-International-Community-Defend-Kobani.html

UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, Tuesday called on global community to protect residents of Syria’s city of Kobani from Islamic State militants. “The international community needs to defend them. The international community cannot sustain another city falling under ISIS.”

Turkey calls for ground invasion of Kobane to stop Isil

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014912351

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that a ground operation is needed to defeat the militants, fuelling concerns that US-led air strikes are doing little to halt Isil's advances. "Two Dutch F-16s this morning used weapons for first time in Iraq against the IS terror group.

Islamic State jihadists seize parts of Syrian town along Turkish border

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/islamic-state-jihadists-seize-parts-of-syrian-town-along-turkish-border/

Islamic State jihadists pushed into the key Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border, seizing three districts in the city’s east after fierce street fighting with its Kurdish defenders. Taking Kobane would give the IS organisation control of a long stretch of the Syria-Turkey border.

Pakistani Taliban pledges support to ISIS as coordinated West-hatred gains momentum

October 5th, 2014
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://rt.com/news/193268-isis-islamic-taliban-pakistan/

The threat of a formidable Islamic State grows, as the Pakistani Taliban pledged support to the fearsome terrorist group and urged other Middle Eastern extremists to be part of the effort to repel the alleged Western campaign against Islam.

Behind the anti-terror alibi, the gas war in the Levant

October 3rd, 2014
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.voltairenet.org/article185495.html

Though everyone adheres to Washington and its Gulf allies’ anti-terrorist discourse, everyone understands that it is only a rhetorical justification for a war that has other purposes.

NATO's Dream Coming True - Turkey Pushes For Syria No-Fly Zone; US Approves

October 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.activistpost.com/2014/10/natos-dream-coming-true-turkey-pushes.html

Turkey’s parliament passed resolution to allow Turkish military to enter Iraq and Syria under pretext of battling Western-backed IS militants, allows foreign troops to use Turkish territory for same purpose. Calls for “buffer zone” on Turkey/Syria border enforced by a no-fly zone to “ensure security.”

Most Americans believe the United States is giving too much foreign aid to Israel

October 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.newsforage.com/2014/10/most-americans-say-us-gives-too-much.html

Most Americans believe United States is giving too much foreign aid to Israel according to an online survey. 64 percent of Americans prefer not to take sides in Israel-Palestine conflict, 55 percent would oppose sending U.S. troops to protect Israel if it struck Iran.

New steps to wider war in Middle East

October 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/03/kuwa-o03.html

The US military has deployed a quick-reaction force of 2,300 Marines to the Middle East, the Pentagon revealed Wednesday, the latest step in a carefully planned escalation of American military power in the region.

Turkey approves military action against ISIS, NATO eyes involvement

October 2nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/192716-turkey-military-action-isis/

Turkish army received go-ahead from country’s parliament to engage in military action against Islamic State insurgents in Syria and Iraq. NATO :bloc's involvement is “practically” possible.

‘Terrifying’ UN report details ISIS war crimes in Iraq =- photos

October 2nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East, Iraq

Link: http://rt.com/news/192692-un-isis-war-crimes/

Islamic State (IS) insurgents and associated armed groups in Iraq have committed a “staggering array” of systematic human rights abuses including mass executions, abducting women,using girls as sex slaves, according to UN. 1.8 million Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes.

Australian warplanes to launch air strikes against Islamic State targets.

October 2nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014909396

Australian warplanes have been given the go-ahead to begin attacks on Islamic State militants in Iraq .Six F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets have been on standby in the Middle East for two weeks in preparation for joining the US-led attacks on IS targets.

US plans to deploy 2,300 Marines to Middle Eas - Video

September 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/30/380609/us-to-deploy-2300-marines-to-mideast/

The Pentagon announced plans to deploy 2,300 Marines t Middle East to quickly respond to crises in the conflict-ridden region. Rear Admiral John Kirby: United States is establishing a task force in the Middle East which will include several fighter aircraftprepared to take rapid actions in case of "contingencies".

British Combat Planes No Match for Islamic State Ground Attacks: Reports

September 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20140930/193460825/British-Combat-Planes-No-Match-for-Islamic-State-Ground-Attacks.html

British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR4 warplanes have little effect on Islamic State (IS) militants fighting 15,000 feet below in Iraq and Syria; the Telegraph reported. Islamist threat can only be challenged by combat forces on the ground; retired British Army officer Lord Dannatt other retired military chiefs.

Syria's Assad Says Countries Feeding Terrorism Unable to Fight It: Reports

September 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/world/20140930/193482376/Syrias-Assad-Says-Countries-Feeding-Terrorism-Unable-to-Fight-It.html

"Combating terrorism cannot be carried out by states that contributed to establishing terrorist organizations, provided them with logistic and material support, and spread terrorism around the world," Syria's SANA news agency quoted Assad.

Israel PM warns Iran greater threat than IS jihadists

September 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Israel_PM_warns_Iran_greater_threat_than_IS_jihadists/38291/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday at the United Nations that a nuclear-capable Iran would pose the gravest threat to the world, far outstripping the jihadist terror from Iraq and Syria. "Make no mistake, ISIS must be defeated," Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly,

Netanyahu Links Hamas With ISIS, and Equates ISIS With Iran

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014906326

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel called Hamas and the group known as the Islamic State “branches of the same poisonous tree,” and Iran, he said, is the most dangerous country in the world maintaining that militant Islamists are all dangerous regardless of their affiliation.

US Bombs Syrian Oil Refineries To Prevent Assad From Retaking Them

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-bombs-syrian-oil-refineries-to-prevent-assad-from-retaking-them/5404808

Obama administration is now stating that it is open to the possibility of establishing a “no-fly zone” over Syria. supposed to hinge upon an agreement with Turkey, that is calling for a “buffer zone. Implementation of such a zone would require airstrikes against Assad’s air defense systems.

US, coalition fighter jets bomb grain silos killing civilians in Syria - watchdog group - Video

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/191576-syria-coalition-silos-civilians/

US-led coalition airstrikes destroyed grain silos and other targets in parts of northern and eastern Syria, killed civilians, "These were the workers at the silos; "destroyed the food that was stored there,

US strikes in Syria only serve to bolster extremism: Iran diplomat

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/29/380459/us-syria-attacks-only-bolster-extremism/

“The illegal and insane US attacks on Syria will only lead to further strengthening of extremism in the region,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. US should prevent ISIL's dollar-based transactions in the financial and banking system instead of targeting Syria’s oil and gas facilities and infrastructure.

Obama: We can’t stabilize Syria under Assad

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/29/380460/we-cant-stabilize-syria-under-assad/

Obama acknowledged the contradictory nature of his Syria strategy."I recognize the contradiction in a contradictory land and a contradictory circumstance," explained the military campaign against the ISIL terror network and al-Qaeda- groups was helping the Syrian government.

Netanyahu Leaves for US to Refute Abbas's Accusations, Warn of Threats From Iran

September 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/world/20140929/193404922/Netanyahu-Leaves-for-US-to-Refute-Abbass-Accusations.html

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has left for the US to address the UN General Assembly Monday, pledging to refute Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's accusations of genocide and warn international community of threats from Iran's nuclear program.

Libya 2.0? US Says 'No-Fly Zone' Over Syria A Possibility

September 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Libya_2.0%3F_US_Says_%27No-Fly_Zone%27_Over_Syria_A_Possibility/38227/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Obama administration is now stating that it is open to the possibility of establishing a “no-fly zone” over Syria. The statements, made by both Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and General Martin E. Dempsey, are supposed to hinge upon an agreement with Turkey.

US strikes on ISIL will finally shift to Syria government: Journalist - Video

September 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/27/380247/us-finally-shifting-target-to-assad/

US-led strikes against ISIL terrorists in the crisis-hit Syria are aimed at “eventually” targeting the Syrian government’s positions; American investigative journalist David Lindorff commenting on Washington-led coalition airstrikes in Syria that began earlier this week.

US Congress quick to OK arms for ISIL

September 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/20/379328/us-congress-quick-to-ok-arms-for-isil/

US House of Representatives quickly authorized an arms package for “moderate Syrian rebels,” a package requested by the Obama administration. The bill authorized money for the Al Qaeda backed Al Nusra Front and “other moderate groups.

Denmark to send F-16 jets to aid anti-ISIS strikes in Iraq

September 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/190936-denmark-isis-iraq-jets/

Denmark is to dispatch seven F-16 fighter jets to Iraq to aid in the struggle against Islamic State militants; Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, would be limited to flying in Iraq, would not be targeting any areas in neighboring Syria.

US bombing Syria to wrest control of oil: Kucinich

September 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East, War

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/25/379988/us-bombing-syria-for-oil-kucinich/

Dennis J. Kucinich, former congressman and two-time US presidential candidate, says a primary reason behind the US bombing campaign in Syria is to “wrest control” of the oil fields in the conflict-ravaged country.

Democrats want to prevent Obama from starting another war in Mideast

September 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/26/380112/democrats-try-limiting-obamas-war-powers/

US lawmakers from the Democratic Party, worried about another war in the Middle East, are seeking to put tough limits on the Obama administration’s fight against ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, bar US ground troops in Iraq and Syria.

GOP lawmakers urge generals to rebel against Obama

September 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/26/380081/generals-urged-to-rebel-against-obama/

Members of Congress have been privately urging US military generals to rebel against President Barack Obama over his foreign policy in the Middle East. Obama and his top generals continue to clash over the strategy to combat the ISIL terrorist organization.

‘We will pay with our blood,’ says Abu Ibrahim, who fled his city of Raqqa ahead of US bombing. ‘In big wars, the civilian will pay.’

September 25th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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New wave of U.S.-led airstrikes overnight in Syria, in addition to the damage being done to Islamic State (or ISIS) targets and other militant factions, the civilian death toll is rapidly increasing. U.S. military has not released details of the damage caused by the latest round of airstrikes

Obama Administration Claims Khorasan Group is more dangerous than ISIS, Bombs Them in Syria

September 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Obama_Administration_Claims_Khorasan_Group_is_more_dangerous_than_ISIS%2C_Bombs_Them_in_Syria/38157/0/38/38/Y/M.html

U.S. military carried out its first airstrikes in this week on Islamic State (IS) (also known as ISIS) in Syria and Iraq. In addition to going after IS attacked offshoot of al-Qaeda: the Khorasan Group. Director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said Khorasan represented a more direct threat than IS.

US airstrikes in Syria ‘beginnings of a sustained campaign’: Pentagon

September 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East, War

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/24/379877/us-airstrikes-in-syria-may-take-years/

Recent airstrikes carried out by the US and its allies against the ISIL terrorist group in Syria is the “beginning of a sustained campaign” that may last several years, a senior US military official said. Strategy announced by Obama in Syria involves airstrikes, training, advising and equipping “moderate” militants to battle the other insurgents.

Russia slams West over flip-flop policy on ISIL

September 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/24/379887/russias-lavrov-slams-west-over-isil/

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized the Western governments for financing ISIL militants in the Middle East and then condemning the terrorists, the West ignored Russia’s warning of growing terror threat in Iraq and Syria. Western powers claimed the militancy would die out after ouster of the governments fighting the militants.

Warplanes flying from Turkey bomb ISIL positions in Syria: Reports - Video

September 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/24/379846/jets-flying-from-turkey-hit-isil-in-syria/

Military aircraft flying from Turkey have launched a series of aerial strikes against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria. According to reports, the warplanes struck ISIL positions in Syria west of the key Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria's Aleppo Province on Wednesday

Israel Joins The Fighting, Shoots Down Syrian Warplane Which Acted In “Threatening Manner”

September 23rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Israel_Joins_The_Fighting%2C_Shoots_Down_Syrian_Warplane_Which_Acted_In_%E2%80%9CThreatening_Manner%E2%80%9D/38134/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Israel shot down a Syrian warplane on Tuesday, saying the aircraft crossed battle lines of Syria’s civil war, flew over Israeli-held Golan Heights, perhaps by accident. The incident coincided with air strikes the United States and Gulf Arab allies mounted on Islamic State strongholds in Syria.

US begins airstrikes against ISIL in Syria: Pentagon - Video

September 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/23/379663/pentagon-us-begin-airstrikes-in-syria/

US military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles,"; Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby. United States has conducted 174 airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq since mid-August.

Israel warns West against easing Iran sanctions

September 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/22/379562/israel-continues-hostility-against-iran/

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the West not to ease sanctions imposed on Iran in a bid to win Tehran’s agreement to join a so-called international coalition against the ISIL Takfiri group.

Saudi Arabia sends warplanes to Yemen to counter revolutionaries - Video

September 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/21/379533/s-arabia-deploys-warplanes-to-yemen/

Security sources said deployment requested by Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi;Yemeni. Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa resigned. Ansarullah fighters seized government headquarters, state TV and radio stations in Yemeni capital. Parts of “the military and security apparatus supported the popular revolt,” including “ general command of the armed forces.”

New clashes erupt at Syrian-Turkish border as 130k refugees flee - Videos

September 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/189564-syrian-refugees-turkey-isis/

Clashes have resumed at the Syria-Turkey border, where thousands of Syrian Kurds have been trying to escape from the advance of the Islamic State fighters on their towns, families waiting for days to get in, in the blazing heat with no food or water,"

US won't bomb ISIL targets in Syria alone: Samantha Power

September 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/22/379603/us-wont-bomb-syria-alone-power/

The United States will conduct airstrikes on the ISIL terrorist group in cooperation with other countries; Samantha Power, Washington's ambassador to the United Nations. “It will be up to each country to announce for itself whether it’s prepared to participate, in a combat role or to provide military equipment.”

Rep. King urges US boots on ground in Iraq, Syria

September 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/22/379614/king-urges-ground-troops-in-iraq-syria/

Congressman Peter King (R-NY) chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee: “I don’t see how ultimately we can avoid putting combat troops on the ground in some capacity in Iraq and Syria.”Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff, said last week they might recommend deploying ground forces to battle the ISIL militants.

Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 100,000

September 21st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014900585

100,000 Syrians, mostly Kurds, flooded into Turkey since Thursday, escaping an Islamic State offensive that has pushed the conflict within eyeshot of Turkish border. The al-Qaida breakaway group, established an Islamic state, or caliphate, ruled by harsh version of Islamic law advanced into Kurdish regions of Syria that borders Turkey, fleeing refugees reported atrocities; stonings, beheadings torching of homes.

UN urges Israel to stop Bedouins relocation plan - Video

September 21st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/21/379543/israel-urged-to-stop-bedouins-relocation/

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has urged the Israeli regime to stop plans for relocating Palestinian Bedouins. The call by the UNRWA follows Israel’s decision to move thousands of Bedouins from central part of the occupied West Bank.

Araqchi urges end to providing ISIL with arms - Video

September 19th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/20/379315/isil-ends-when-weapon-support-stops/

The Takfiri threat ends when those backing the ISIL terrorists stop their support for them; Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi. The regional and international supporters of the groups should stop arming them.

France to conduct anti-ISIL air strikes in Iraq - Video

September 18th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/18/379184/france-to-launch-antiisil-raids-in-iraq/

French President Francois Hollande has announced plans to conduct airstrikes in Iraq against the ISIL Takfiri militants. He further noted that no French ground forces would be involved in the military campaign in Iraq, and France would not target ISIL militants operating in Syria,

The U.S. Has Already Completed Regime Change In Syria (1949), Iran (1953), Iraq (Twice), Afghanistan (Twice), Turkey, Libya and Other Oil-Rich Countries

September 18th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/The_U.S._Has_Already_Completed_Regime_Change_In_Syria_%281949%29%2C_Iran_%281953%29%2C_Iraq_%28Twice%29%2C_Afghanistan_%28Twice%29%2C_Turkey%2C_Libya_and_Other_Oil-Rich_Countries/38023/0/38/38/Y/M.html

CIA backed Syria coup in 1949. 1945 plans to construct oil pipe line from Saudi Arabia to Mediterranean. Secured rights-of-way from Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia. Syria sole holdout. 1957, American president and British prime minister agreed to regime change again in Syria.

Israel to destroy Bedouins livelihood

September 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/17/379075/israel-to-expel-1000s-of-bedouins/

Press TV :Israel is seeking to force thousands of Palestinian Bedouins out of East al-Quds (Jerusalem) to the Jordan Valley, where they cannot keep up their pastoral lifestyle. Over 40 Palestinian and international rights groups said Tel Aviv planning to displace12,000 Bedouins who pledged to resist eviction.

US prepares for “generational” war in the Middle Eas

September 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/17/iraq-s17.html

At a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey set the stage for a massive and protracted expansion of US military operations in Iraq and Syria.

US is at war with ISIL in Syria and Iraq, Hagel tells senators - Video

September 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/16/378953/pentagon-declares-war-on-isil/

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has told senators that the United States is “at war” with ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq, added that ISIL will “directly threaten our homeland and our allies” unless the United States confronts the group militarily.

Dozens of children feared dead after being injected with 'tainted’ measles vaccine in Syria

September 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014897292

36 children were reported to have died excruciating deaths last night after receiving tainted measles vaccines under a UN-sponsored programme in the rebel-held north of Syria.

Pentagon plans to train 5,000 militants in Syria

September 15th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/15/378842/us-to-train-5000-militants-in-syria/

The Pentagon plans to train and arm 5,000 militants in Syria as part of the Obama administration’s long-term strategy to confront the ISIL terrorist organization. Obama requested $500 million from Congress to train and equip what Washington calls moderate militants fighting government of Syrian President Assad and ISIL militants.

Obama’s “coalition of the willing” against Syria, Iran

September 15th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/15/iraq-s15.html

Obama administration putting together a “coalition of the willing” to ramp up its new war of aggression in the Middle East. Using pretext of “degrading and destroying” Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militias, plans directed at ousting Syrian President al-Assad also aimed against Syria’s backers, Iran and Russia.

Isis air strikes: Obama's plan condemned by Syria, Russia and Iran

September 14th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/11/assad-moscow-tehran-condemn-obama-isis-air-strike-plan

The Syrian government and its close allies in Moscow and Tehran warned Barack Obama that an offensive against Islamic State (Isis) within Syria would violate international law hours after the US president announced he was authorising an open-ended campaign of air strikes against militants on both sides of the border with Iraq.

Obama and Kerry Ally U.S. with 8 Arab Dictators to Combat ISIS

September 13th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Obama_and_Kerry_Ally_U.S._with_8_Arab_Dictators_to_Combat_ISIS/37910/0/38/38/Y/M.html

In the name of combating an undemocratic force threatening the Middle East, the Obama administration has enlisted the help of numerous governments, including several dictatorial regimes. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Saudi Arabia this week seeking the wealthy kingdom’s support.

Entire Leadership of ISIS Opposition Wiped Out by ‘Unexplained’ Explosion in Syria

September 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Entire_Leadership_of_ISIS_Opposition_Wiped_Out_by_%E2%80%98Unexplained%E2%80%99_Explosion_in_Syria/37901/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Nearly fifty senior commanders of a major coalition of Islamic ‘moderates’ opposed to ISIS in Syria have been killed by an explosion at their secret command bunker as they met to discuss strategy against the the Islamic State.

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 .

CIA SAYS MH17 DOWNED BY UKRAINE GOVERNMENT; MH17 ESCORTED BY UKRANIAN FIGHTER JETS

July 21st, 2014
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, War

Link: http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2014/07/aids-researchers-killed-in-ukraine-air.html

Malaysian Airlines MH370 and MH17. A Criminologist Questions: What are the Probabilities? Is it a Mere Coincidence? "Israel arranged for the shooting down of MH17 at 14:15 hours UTC. Israeli began its assault on Gaza at 14:00 hours UTC."

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