BBC Newsnight: Britain was considering option of training a massive, 100,000-strong army armed with high-quality weaponry in Turkey and Jordan over a 12-month period to defeat President Bashar Assad,air cover provided by Britain. The invasion was later scrapped as too risky.
“Mainstream news coverage overlooked contradiction U.S. aid is destined for opposing sides of same conflict. In Syria, Obama administration arming opposition groups who support anti-regime position, in Iraq, the administration is taking a pro-regime position; funding, training Iraqi government forces.
US Senator John McCain presses for increased military aid to militant groups in Syria to fight a “two-front war” against both the government of President Bashar al-Assad and ISIL terrorists controlling large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. Reports show that ISIL militants were trained by the CIA.
Saudi Arabia deployed 30,000 troops to its 800km border with Iraq following an alleged withdrawal of Iraqi border guards amid the ongoing battles against Sunni Islamist militants. Baghdad denied pulling off the guards. Deployment to protect the Sunni Islamic state against potential “terrorist threats.”
Russia just delivered the second batch of Sukhoi fighter jets (which will be flown by Iraqi pilots and "are ready to provide air support to the armed forces"), and the US unloaded 4,000 additional Hellfire missiles to support Iraq's fight against the Islamist insurgents.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry criticized the move as “more than strange,” saying the potential aid would only bolster what the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have declared as being a “caliphate” in parts of Iraq and Syria.
Iran will not send armed forces to fight against Takfiri terrorists in Iraq. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian: “If Iraq requires our arms for combat against terrorism, we will provide these arms in accordance with international law and our bilateral contracts.”
A retired US Army general deployed to Iraq three times warned against US airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Takfiri militants. Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, who spent more than 46 months in Iraq, says US airstrikes in Iraq would be “relatively ineffective” in beating the militants.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has called for major air and ground military operations in the besieged Gaza Strip. called for a repeat of “Defensive Shield II” in the impoverished territory.referring to Israel’s onslaught in the West Bank during the in 2000s.
The Israeli Air Force carried out what it called "precision strikes" on 34 "terror targets" in the Gaza Strip overnight, after the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank earlier.
The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has warned against any Israeli attack on Palestinians in retaliation for the death of three Israeli teenagers, said if Israel escalates the situation or start a war, the resistance movement will respond; the gates of hell will be opened.
Israeli forces raid and destroy Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank during search for suspects behind the alleged murder of three Israeli teens. Israeli soldiers demolished two homes, killed several Palestinians and arrested hundreds of others.
White House has said that up to 200 more troops are being sent to the country to bolster security at key facilities amid an organized push by ISIS militants. Obama: additional troop deployments are “a prudent measure to protect US citizens and property. Authorized 300 troops to travel to Iraq in an advisory role.
The bodies believed to be of three Israeli teenagers, who went missing in the occupied West Bank more than two weeks ago, have been discovered by the security forces. ” Netanyahu: They were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by beasts, “Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay,
More than 7,000 people have been killed since January in infighting among foreign-backed Takfiri militants who are wreaking havoc on Syria. Clashes between the rival militant groups still continue despite an order by senior al-Qaeda leaders to stop the infighting.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces have seized heavy weapons and military equipment in Kirkuk governorate. Iraqi politicians warn of an armed conflict with the Kurds in near future, some lawmakers accuse Kurdish forces of having relations with Israel. Kurdistan exporting oil without Baghdad’s consent.
Press TV: At least one Palestinian has been killed and three others have been injured in an Israeli airstrike on the besieged Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel is ready to expand its military operations in Gaza Strip. Israeli military gearing up for a possible all-out war on the territory.
ISIS jihadists have declared the captured territories from Iraq's Diyala province to Syria's Aleppo a new Islamic State - a ‘caliphate.' They removed 'Iraq and the Levant' from their name, announced that it should now be called 'The Islamic State and urged other Sunni groups to pledge their allegiance.
Residents ,merchants in Iraq province Babil to stop importing commodities from Turkey, Saudi Arabia due to support of Ankara and Riyadh for violence in Iraq. Boosting imports from Iran. Iraqi forces start massive operation against terrorists, denounce Al Saud regime as major supporter of global terrorism.
Russia says it will not stand idly by in the face of terrorist groups who are attempting to spread terrorism in the Middle East. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has warned US and Europe that terrorist groups are becoming a serious risk to several Middle Eastern countries.
Iraq received first batch of Russian-made Sukhoi fighter planes to use against ISIL militants. Criticized Washington for delaying delivery of US F-16 jets purchased by Baghdad, said al-Qaeda militants’ advance could have been avoided if jets had been delivered on time.
Israel is getting ready to launch an all-out war on the impoverished Gaza Strip as the world’s attention is focused on the acts of terrorism being perpetrated by Takfiri militants in Iraq and neighboring Syria. Saturday, Israel carried out multiple airstrikes on central and southern parts of the Gaza Strip,
Iraqi government forces backed by helicopter gunships began offensive Saturday to retake Tikrit from Sunni Islamist militants, while party leaders pursued talks to end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s rule, which is seen as highly divisive. ISIS jihadists have overrun Sunni areas in the north and west of Iraq.
European Union’s envoy to Israel: European states“losing patience” with continued growth of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories. If Israel regime does not stop settlement building projects, more countries will issue warnings to businesses operating in the West Bank.
Press TV: Israeli airstrikes against the besieged Gaza Strip have targeted Palestinian navy officers. Israeli air force launched three airstrikes against police station in center of the blockaded coastal enclave within one hour, also targeted a farmland east of Khan Yunis.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS killed, crucified one of its members for corruption Friday, photographs show crucified man with sign:“Guilty: Abu Adnan al-Anadali. Sentence: execution, three days crucifixion. Motive: extorting money at checkpoints, accusing drivers of apostasy.
Activists in Bahrain have held fresh rallies across the country to express their solidarity with prisoners facing torture in the jails of the Al Khalifa regime. The demonstrations were part of the events marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which is held annually on June 26.
President Obama requested $500 million from Congress to train and arm militants fighting government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. If approved, would supplement covert assistance program run by US intelligence agencies. Already authorized to provide equipment, supplies, and training services
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR: 10,000 people fled Christian majority town of Qaraqosh in Iraq after it was attacked with mortar rounds on Friday, critical conditions, no showers or air conditioning during summer heat. ISIS staged mass executions in Iraqi city of Tikrit hometown of Saddam Hussein.
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki: Jets from Russia, Belarus will hopefully make a difference in fight against ISIS in Iraq. He expressed regrets over Iraq's contract with the US, saying their jets are taking too long to arrive. "God willing within one week this force will be effective and will destroy the terrorists' dens.
While the Iraqi army struggles to contain the ISIS advance in the country's northwest, the Kurds have been successful at heading off the Sunni insurgents. Israel has now openly stated that an independent Kurdish state is a “foregone conclusion. Iraq is breaking up. Kurds have created their own state.
Tehran has installed an intelligence unit at the airfield to intercept electronic communications between ISIS fighters and commanders. Iran is also sending two flights daily to Baghdad with 70 tons each of military equipment and supplies, light arms and ammunition.
The number of Palestinian children in Israeli jails has surpassed 250 in the wake of the ongoing military search campaign in the West Bank,”Israel is violating international children’s rights agreements by detaining Palestinian minors, trying to cover up these violations withstory of three missing settlers,
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened that Israel would carry out more assaults against Syria, following recent airstrikes and shelling against targets inside the Arab country. Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel would respond with even tougher force if Syria retaliates.
88 Russian Sukhoi fighter planes arrived at the Imam Ali military base in Nasiriyah, Dhi Qar. which were held by the Republic of Iran for more than 20 years. Aircraft will be equipped with sophisticated weapons;will take part in fighting against Islamic State in Iraq and Levant.”
Large number of Iraqi volunteers have rushed to military recruitment centers to join battle against militants from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Security officials in Basra say up to 100000 people in the province have registered to fight alongside government troops.
Palestinian Islamic resistance movement Hamas rejects as baseless Israel’s claim that the movement is involved in the alleged abduction of three Israeli youths in the West Bank. Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal says the resistance movement has no information about the Israelis.
Defense Department has yet to receive in writing immunity agreements for troops, but "Iraq has provided acceptable assurances" for 300 Special Forces troops President Obama announced he would send to Iraq. US advisors subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, not Iraqi law.
Unidentified bombers have reportedly launched an air strike on ISIS positions in the northern Iraqi city of al-Qaim. Iraqi television has claimed they are US planes, but the Pentagon has denied responsibility. Saudi Al-Arabiya network claims that the raid was carried out by Syria. 20 died 25 more injured.
Syria has slammed Israel’s deadly attacks on its military targets from the air and the ground as a “blatant violation” of its territory, urging the United Nations to condemn the aggression. Israeli aircraft targeted the Syrian army positions, while its tanks hit government targets in the Golan Heights region.
Most Americans believe that the Iraq war was not worth the costs, a new survey has found. CBS News/New York Times poll found on Monday that only 18 percent of Americans think the result of the war in Iraq was worth the loss of American lives and other costs of attacking the Arab country in 2003.
Despite ISIS militants tightening their grip on Iraq, seizing more and more cities, people in Kurdistan believe they will survive the crisis, even with a shortage of fuel. But the refugees think that the situation in the country will become worse. Businesses prospering in the region, partially due flow of refugees. .
Iraq’s human rights minister condemned militants of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) over numerous violations against the Iraqi people. Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani: they executed 480 prisoners in Nineveh province, killed 14 clerics who refused allegiance to the group in Iraqi city of Mosul.
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.
Writer; journalist Alan Hart: Many Americans now realize that it is not good for United States to keep providing unconditional support to Israel. “Israel’s spies, or intelligence gathering assets, are everywhere” in the world, fears it would lose leverage it has over American politicians.
Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has condemned Israel’s violations of the Arab country’s sovereignty. Israeli forces crossed the Blue Line in al-Labbouneh border area Sunday, uprooted trees to have a Lebanese army checkpoint exposed, international forces “did nothing to stop them.”
Israel is pressing the United States for an increase in Washington’s military aid after 2017 when a 10-year deal between the two allies will expire. $3 billion of American taxpayers’ money is flowing to Israel every year. Israel seeking 3.5 billion a year.
Asia’s growing dependence on Middle Eastern oil more at risk than Europe and United States to a cut in Middle Eastern supplies if Strait of Hormuz is suddenly shut as it buys 75 percent of the region’s oil exports. Singapore and India, dependent on Middle East for more than half their supplies.
Israel military officially informed residents its intention to uproot all trees planted on both sides of the road. for security, protection” of Israeli settlers in area. Thousands of olive trees to be cut, uprooted. April 28, Israeli settlers uprooted 150 olive trees in village of Huwwara, day earlier, destroyed 60 trees.
Yak-130 is a twin-engine combat trainer jet that can also be used to attack ground targets. It is able to replicate characteristics of several of 4+ generation fighters, can also perform light-attack missions and reconnaissance duties, can carry combat load of 3,000 kilograms. $550-million deal
Israel's aggressive and widespread espionage activity in the US is increasingly angering American government officials and has “crossed red lines,”far exceeding similar activities by any other close US allies. Some of the spying was industrial in nature, conducted by Israeli companies or individuals.
Wheat farmers in Gaza begun harvesting crops before fully grown, fear Israeli attacks. Wheat not fully matured say, they prefer to have some wheat rather than none. Say Israeli soldiers burned their wheat fields last year at harvest season. Attacks include uprooting, burning, cutting down olive trees.
An al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri group says it has publicly crucified two militants in northeastern Syria in retaliation for an earlier grenade attack on its members. Syrian girl reportedly stoned to death for having Facebook account.
Israel warned Lebanese government it would be held responsible for any retaliation by Hezbollah after past Monday’s airstrike by Israeli Air Force that struck areas held by Hezbollah near Lebanese-Syria border, calls for bombing campaign against civilian infrastructure across Lebanon.
RUSSIAN rocket launched a new-generation surveillance spacecraft ,spy satellite perhaps capable of being used as a missile guidance system.
Agreement between Cairo and Moscow, Egypt will receive 24 of Russia’s advanced Mikoyan MiG-35 fighter jets, along with military and strategic advisers, as well as training for the Egyptian Air Force, follows $2 billion arms deal that Egypt signed with Russia in February.
Kuwait, a U.S. ally whose aid to besieged Syrian civilianssurpassed only by United States is also the leading source of funding for al-Qaeda-linked terrorists fighting in Syria’s civil war, according to Obama administration. Amount of money from Kuwaiti to Syrian rebel groups hundreds of millions of dollars.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: Russia will work to boost the capacities of the Lebanese Army adding that his country respects the democratic process in Lebanon. Russia will enhance military cooperation with Lebanon, mainly by reinforcing the defense capabilities of the Lebanese Army and security forces,”
Pro-Israeli US politicians trying to put in place visa waiver program that allows Israelis to travel to USA as tourists 90 days without having to apply for visa. American intelligence officials opposing the program. Concerns would increase risk of Israeli spying in US could harm national security.
Russian government has warned about delivering advanced weapons to Syria’s foreign-backed militants, saying it would destabilize the situation, thwart any political solution to the crisis in the country. Dangerously escalated with US anti-tanks missile systems delivered to militants.
Israel has grabbed more Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank in a move that could complicate efforts to extend the so-called peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Israeli ministry of military affairs declared 100 hectares of territory south of East al-Quds (Jerusalem), as its property.
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