Iraqi security forces have inflicted heavy losses on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group in their operations near the capital, Baghdad. More than 90 ISIL Takfiri militants were killed in the Iraqi army operations in Tikrit and Fallujah Sunday.
Former US vice president Dick Cheney strongly advocated for another US military invasion of Iraq while criticizing President Barack Obama’s policies in that country, accused Obama administration of underestimating threat of al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq, not doing enough to confront them.
Anti-war activists in a number of US cities staged protests to express opposition to US military intervention in Iraq. say the Iraqi people, who have taken up arms to help the army fight the militants, “need opportunity to rebuild their society” without threats of military intervention from US government.”
Israeli forces have attacked several targets inside Syrian territory from the air and the ground. Israeli tanks also reportedly hit Syrian government targets in the region. Attacks happened overnight in the occupied Golan Heights.
Israeli forces have raided a building in Ramallah where the offices of several media outlets, including RT’s Arabic channel, are located. The troops broke down the doors of several offices, destroyed some of the equipment and confiscated records,
The Iraqi government has slammed the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region for exporting oil without Baghdad’s consent. The Iraqi Oil Ministry released a statement on Saturday condemning the regional government for export of oil extracted from the country’s northern fields.
The Presbyterian Church has narrowly voted to move forward with divestment in various companies in protest of Israeli policies toward Palestinians. The group has become most prominent in US to endorse some form of divestment, opted to sell its stock in Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions.
US F-18 fighter jets from the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf have returned to Iraqi skies. Obama administration authorized “manned and unmanned” surveillance flights on the ISIS jihadist group that threatens to overrun the whole of Iraq.
US : Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should “go” as militants from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are committing atrocious acts against Iraqis. “The Maliki government, has got to go if you want any reconciliation,” chairwoman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Saudi Arabia sentenced twenty-six people to death on charges of giving speeches critical of Al Saud regime, participating in protests against the ruling family, Among those sentenced is prominent Shia cleric. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was attacked, injured, arrested by Saudi security forces,
During the past days, the Israeli air force carried out several strikes on the Gaza Strip under the pretext of finding three Israeli settlers who have allegedly gone missing since a few days ago in the occupied West Bank. On Tuesday, similar airstrikes were carried out
Advance of ISIS militants in Iraq prompted some US senators call for new bombing campaign against the jihadists, Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down. American senators Dianne Feinstein, John McCain calling for US to bomb the groups of ISIS terrorists who captured Iraqi cities.
ISIS militants have launched an attack on Iraq’s largest oil refinery with mortars and machine gun fire, refinery employees say. The extremist group has been gaining ground in Iraq, seizing control of territory in its mission to create an Islamic state. ISIS has been advancing on the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.
Clashes broke out in the West Bank following fresh Israeli army raid that left several Palestinians injured and more than 40 others detained. Israel launched a mass door-to-door raid. More than 200 Palestinians have been detained. Hamas strongly condemned Israel for abducting Palestinians.
The Iraqi government says that it holds Saudi Arabia “responsible” for the current crisis and has blamed Riyadh for encouraging “genocide” in the country through the backing of Sunni militants. Crisis in Iraq spiked after massive sudden siege by Sunni ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants.
The Israeli army has launched several attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip under the pretext of finding three Israeli settlers who have allegedly gone missing since a few days ago. Israel blamed Hamas for the disappearance of three Israeli settlers in occupied West Bank. Hamas denied the accusation.
President Barack Obama announced 275 US troops will be deployed to Iraq to provide security for US Embassy in Baghdad as Sunni insurgents continue to push closer to the capital. This force will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed.”
Radical Sunni militants who have been capturing cities in Iraq claimed on Twitter they executed 1,700 Iraqi soldiers, posted graphic photos as evidence. Some of the images show dozens of captured men in civilian clothes loaded onto trucks, with captions saying they were taken to their deaths.
Sen. Lindsey Graham: decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq has made chances for another 9/11-like attack on American soil “inevitable. Decision to withdraw U.S. forces created a vacuum. “Syria is launching pad. They will eventually march on Jordan, our best ally in region and Lebanon.
Tony Blair said Britain needed to take action in Iraq and Syria - or face terror attacks in at home. The former Prime Minister said the UK needed to intervene to stop a 'total disaster'. He insisted that he was not calling for troops on the ground - but suggested the 'selective use of air power' was one option.
Republican hawks are using the violence in Iraq as a political tool that is escalating pressure for US military intervention. But, if the US follows the rule of law — both US and international law — the president does not have the authority to attack Iraq without Congressional and UN authorization.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned Sunday that the bloody conflict in Iraq could quickly spin into a regional "proxy war, called on Turkey, the Gulf Arab states and Iran to do their part to stabilise Iraq."We have to prevent a proxy war of the regional powers breaking out on Iraqi soil.
Iran warned "any foreign military intervention in Iraq" would only complicate the crisis, after the United States said it was deploying a warship in the Gulf."Iraq has capacity, necessary preparations for the fight against terrorism and extremism," foreign ministry spokesman Marzieh Afkham.
US president said he would decide "in the days ahead" whether to launch military strikes in Iraq to help halt the progress of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), which has swept across Sunni territory and is quickly approaching the capital
The Pentagon says the US aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush and more than 50 attack aircraft are in the Persian Gulf, ready to launch attacks against Takfiri militants in Iraq. The warship along with a battle group of ships are "in the region and ready.
Iraq edged closer to all-out sectarian conflict on Thursday as Kurdish forces took control of a provincial capital in the oil-rich north. Forces of the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki abandoned their posts and fled in fear of advancing Sunni militants.
Four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards put on trial in the United States charged with killing 14 Iraqi civilians, wounding 18 others using gunfire, grenades at Baghdad intersection September 16, 2007. Iraqis believe US allowed Blackwater mercenaries to commit war crimes with impunity.
Many American Jews no longer support Israeli policy in the occupied Palestinian territories. Split among US Jews has its roots in the settlement building in the occupied territories after the 1967 Six Day War. Jewish leaders fear the split among Jews could undermine US support for Israel.
Taking over the West Bank is the “only sane plan”, even if it tears the Israeli government in two, Finance Minister Naftali Bennett has declared. The opposition threatens to topple the cabinet if it extends Israeli sovereignty over any settlements.
Iraq saw one of the bloodiest days Saturday with a string of car bombings killing an estimated total of 60 in Baghdad, while a further 59 died in the country’s north. Several fatalities were also reported after militants took students hostage in Ramadi. Clashes in Mosul took lives of 21 police, 38 militants.
A source in the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces told ITAR-TASS news agency on Thursday that about 300 militants who have been fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria were involved in the military operation against pro-Russian protesters in southeastern Ukraine.
Obama expressed willingness to expand assistance to Syrian opposition groups who are trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad. Announced plans for $5 billion counterterrorism fund training and equipping partners in other countries to fight violent extremism.
, MiG CEO Sergei Korotkov said the company was planning to supply 12 MiG-29M/M2 fighters to Syria in 2016-2017 under a contract concluded in 2007, but due to the ongoing war in the country there may be problems with the deliveries.
Israeli forces shot, injured four Palestinian worshippers in al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Clashes erupted at mosque compound when Palestinian worshippers protested presence of Israeli extremists in holy Islamic site commemorating "Jerusalem Day," anniversary of Israel's capture of Jerusalem 1967.
Plan to do away with cash transactions in Israel. Individuals and businesses still permitted to conduct cash transactions in small amounts, goal to force citizens to conduct business using electronic payment. Believe “cash is bad,” fuels underground economy, allows people to avoid paying taxes.
Israel is trying out a new sort of “flexible evictions” in its quest to root out the “illegal” Bedouin village of Al-Araqib, demolished 63 times to date. Now even those buried in the village cemetery are reportedly receiving eviction orders. Bedouins for years have been defiantly rebuilding the unrecognized village,
US and Israeli military forces begin a massive joint military exercise; Juniper Cobra, in Israel. Claims the five-day drill preparing Israel for military responses to missile attacks. two US warships, stationed at the Mediterranean Sea, will also take part. U. S. helped Israel finance, develop missile architecture.
TRIPOLI: Forces loyal to a rogue Libyan general attacked the country’s parliament Sunday, forcing lawmakers to flee an assault his spokesman said targeted Islamists there who protect the extremist militias now plaguing the nation. The attack was met with resistance from other troops.
Blast, took place Thursday, bomber blew his explosive-laden car near the Bab al-Salameh border crossing on the outskirts of Aleppo. Dozens injuried.
Israel’s former prime minister, Ehud Olmert, sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for taking bribes, in corruption case, first criminal conviction of former head of government in Israel. Olmert denied wrongdoing in real estate deal while Jerusalem mayor, minister of industry and trade.
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