An Israeli ultra-orthodox rabbi says seminary students in Israel prefer getting tortured and killed to being conscripted into the regime’s armed forces. Another Israeli rabbi slammed the materialistic objectives of the Israeli army and said Israeli youths evade military service due to their awareness of such mentality.
Kurdish fighters in Syria have recaptured a key town in the country’s northeast, Press TV reports. The Kurdish fighters retook the town following fierce fighting with al-Qaeda-linked militants, who had heavily occupied the area. In recent weeks, the Syrian army has made major advances
At least nine people have been killed in a strike by a US killer drone in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, Press TV reports. The casualties come after the unmanned plane targeted a vehicle in the volatile Momand Dara district of Nangarhar Province on Sunday.
Clashes between Houthi Shias and Salafis have claimed 17 lives in western Yemen, officials say. The Yemeni security officials, who were speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Saturday’s fighting broke out in the province of Amran. Yemen is the Arab world’s poorest country.
On December 25, the government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organization, blamed it for the December 24 bombing on a police headquarters that killed 16 people without investigating or providing any evidence. 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi supporters and security forces.
Since 2011 NATO-backed armed groups have systematically attacked more than two thirds of Syria’s public hospitals, and have murdered, kidnapped or injured more than 300 health workers, combined with attacks on schools, universities and massacres of civilians often falsely blamed on the government.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says Iraq’s Kurdistan has started flowing crude oil to neighboring Turkey, despite Baghdad’s criticism of such energy exports. Crude from Iraq’s Kurdistan is now being pumped via a new pipeline to Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Ceyhan at 300,000 barrels per day.
Prosecutors in Turkey have charged 36 people with terrorism in connection with massive anti-government protests that rocked the country last year. Charges including membership in a terrorist organization, illegal possession of hazardous material and terrorist propaganda, face up to 58 years in prison if convicted.
The governor of Turkey’s southern province of Hatay has prevented police from investigating a Syria-bound truck which was reportedly carrying weapons. The border guards, who had stopped the Syria-bound truck, were also removed from their posts. Truck carrying a significant quantity of ammunition and weapons.
Heavy fighting erupted Thursday between Iraqi government troops and Sunni militants who seized large parts of Fallujah and Ramadi, two cities in Iraq’s western Anbar province that were at the center of the armed resistance to the US occupation a decade ago.
At least five people were killed and dozens injured in a powerful explosion, which shook a suburb in south Beirut housing a stronghold of the Shiite group Hezbollah. Explosion was caused by a car bomb, causing many people to flee the area in panic for fear of further explosions.
The aircraft targeted four sites in the central and northern Gaza Strip during the early hours of Friday No immediate reports of injuries in Gaza. Israeli military frequently bombs the besieged Gaza Strip, claiming the attacks are being conducted for defensive purposes
Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan threatened Russia with terrorist attacks to persuade Russian President to withhold support from Assad’s regime, reportedly offered Putin a multi-billion dollar arms deal, guaranteed control over Europe’s oil supply. Russia declined.
The Palestinian ambassador in Prague has died after being fatally injured in an explosion that shook his official residence on Wednesday. The ambassador’s newly constructed residence has been set to become the Palestinian Embassy in the Czech Republic.
Tow Egyptian protesters have been killed in clashes between the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and police forces in the port city of Alexandria, several others were injured by live rounds.
Hundreds of people in Turkey have held demonstrations at metro stations in Istanbul and Ankara to protest against the government, which has been hit by a massive corruption scandal day after the Istanbul station’s security guard beat homeless man, sent him to hospital with brain hemorrhage.
An Egyptian court has sentenced 139 supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, to two years in prison for being involved in July clashes, The court said each defendant could be fined up to USD 700 in order to have their sentences suspended until a higher court issues a final verdict on the case.
An award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter working for Qatar’s state-run broadcaster Al-Jazeera have been arrested in Egypt after being accused of harming "domestic security."police also captured a producer and a cameraman.
Israeli forces fired toward the source of the launch, the IDF said. At least 20 Israeli rockets landed in southern Lebanon, according to the IDF and the Lebanese official National News Agency. There were no initial reports of injuries on either side.
Syria has evacuated about 5,000 citizens from an industrial town near Damascus where foreign-backed militants have been fighting against government troops for over two weeks. Syrian Minister for Social Affairs:has established rescue rooms to offer humanitarian assistance.
A large explosion has shaken the downtown area of the Lebanese capital, killing 5 people, former government minister Mohammed Shattah. Lebanese television showed footage of dead bodies lying near the wreckage. Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation: blast was caused by a booby-trapped car.
Bomb attacks at Christmas that targeted Christian areas of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, have left at least 37 people dead. The biggest blast happened near a church after a Christmas service.
The latest demolitions by Israeli bulldozers, which occurred near Ramallah and Jericho on Christmas Eve, have displaced over 70 Palestinians including at least 32 kids. UN relief agency said these acts violate the international law and leave thousands of Palestinians homeless in the cold.
Egyptian security forces have raided al-Azhar University in the capital, Cairo, as the army-backed interim government continues to crack down on student activists. Fired tear gas at students, dozens arrested. new constitution consolidates power of the army, can prosecute civilians in military courts.
White House: no change regarding Jonathan Pollard, former American intelligence analyst imprisoned three decades over spying for Israel. Israeli media: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would condition additional “peace talks” with the Palestinians on his freedom. Israel granted Pollard citizenship.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes Western politicians have started to realize that overthrowing Assad’s government might lead to a worsening of the Syrian crisis. attitudes are changing in Western countries, they are becoming more realistic.
) Senior Israeli officials on Sunday demanded an end to U.S. spying on Israel, following revelations that the National Security Agency intercepted emails from the offices of the country's top former leaders. Israeli officials reacted with uncharacteristic anger toward the U.S., Israel's closest, most important ally.
People have taken to streets of a Yemeni northwestern city to protest against interference by the United States and Israel. Slammed Washington for launching assassination drone strikes in the country. Protest followed drone attack against wedding convoy on December 12, left 17 dead near Rada.
Press TV: United States is making a “last-ditch effort” to prop up the foreign-backed militant groups in Syria which are fighting to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power, international criminal operation that is organized and led by the United States.
Israeli army shot two Lebanese soldiers after Israeli soldier Sergeant Shlomi Cohen killed by Lebanese sniper. Lebanese army has not officially commented on either incidents. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: both sides "co-operating with United Nations,urged Israel, Lebanon exercise restraint.
Lebanese army announced state of alert across Sidon after two attacks killed soldier, four assailants. Troops, tanks, patrol area. Clashes last June between military, followers of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir. Lebanese President Michael Suleiman condemned the terrorist attacks.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: One in five people living in Lebanon are refugees who fled the conflict in neighboring Syria. Says there are more than 842,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon. 52,000 Palestinians who were living in Syria have also taken refuge there.
An anti-drone motion was passed by Yemen’s parliament on Sunday, banning drone attacks in Yemeni airspace. Vote comes amid growing anger against Yemeni sovereignty. US unmanned aircrafts used to kill Al-Qaeda terrorists. Concerns for civilians. Washington increased drone strikes in Yemen
Growing campaign among US academics to isolate Israel reaches a milestone as members of the American Studies Association voted to endorse academic boycott of the Zionist regime. Boycott calls on American schools, academic groups to ban collaboration with Israeli institutions.
UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database: Turkey sent 47 tons of weapons to foreign-sponsored militants in Syria since June including shotguns and hunting rifles. Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Gumrukcu initially denied the statistics, later confirmed the UN figures.
Proposed weapons deal, which the Pentagon notified Congress of in December, would provide Riyadh with 15,000 Raytheon anti-tank missiles. Cost over $1 billion. Very large number of missiles, including most advanced version of the TOWs (tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missiles).
Syrian army continues operations against foreign-backed fighters on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, inflicting heavy losses. Since its capture, militants committed many atrocities against the residents of Adra, kidnappings,executions, targeting religious minority groups.
A US assassination drone strike has killed, wounded several people at a wedding party in southern Yemen. Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned air strikes.
It seems that hardly a day passes by without someone – a country, a firm, an individual – ends their relationship with Israel, which is increasingly becoming a serious reputational risk.
After heavy fighting with foreign-backed militants, Syrian Army has regained full control of al-Nabk city in Rif Dimashq province. Army troops surrounded the region, killing scores of militants and capturing dozens. Armed terrorists have suffered heavy losses in al-Nabk city.
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