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Pakistan says Saudi asked for warplanes, warships and soldiers

April 6th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan for military aircraft, warships and soldiers, Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday, at the start of a parliamentary debate on whether Pakistan should get involved in a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.

More Saudi soldiers killed on Yemen border

April 4th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

"Two soldiers from the border guards were killed on the border with Yemenduring an exchange of fire at a border point in Asir region" in Saudi Arabia's south-west. "They were subject to heavy fire from a mountainous region inside the Yemeni border, which made it necessary to respond in the same manner. The situation was controlled with support from the ground forces.

Dozens killed in airstrike on dairy factory in Yemen

April 2nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

The Saudi-led war in Yemen continued Wednesday, with the bombing of a dairy and juicing factory near the western port city of Hodeida killing at least 37 workers and injuring 80 others. The factory was hit by two bombs dropped by warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition, according to a Yemeni army newspaper.

Israeli Fighter Jets Join Saudi Arabia in War on Yemen

March 27th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued orders for Israeli air force to send fighter jets to the Saudi-led air raid on Yemen. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Yemen and killed, at least, 25 civilians early Thursday, one day after the US-backed Yemeni president fled the country.

Yemen Ground Invasion By Saudi, Egyptian Troops Imminent

March 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Three Egyptian military and security officials told The Associated Press that a coalition of countries led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia will conduct a ground invasion into Yemen once the airstrikes have sufficiently diminished the Houthis and Saleh's forces. They said the assault will be by ground from Saudi Arabia and by landings on Yemen's Red and Arabian Sea coasts.

Oil surges 6% after Saudi launches military airstrikes in Yemen

March 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Saudi Arabia and nine allied countries began airstrikes at 11 pm GMT, deploying a total of 70 fighter jets. WTI shot up more than 6.43 percent to $52.38 per barrel, and Brent climbed to $59.71, a 5.72 percent.

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

March 25th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Yemen's slide toward civil war has made the country a crucial front in mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia's rivalry with Iran, which Riyadh accuses of sowing sectarian strife through its support for the Houthis. Sunni Arab monarchies around Yemen have condemned the Houthi takeover as a coup and have mooted a military intervention in favor of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in recent days.

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

March 24th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough “Israel cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely,” he said. “An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.”

French carrier in Gulf lends support to anti-IS mission

March 19th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

The Charles de Gaulle, France's only aircraft carrier, flagship of the French navy, arrived in the Persian Gulf last month to provide additional air power to the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the militants who seized a third of Iraq and Syria. Only nation aside from U.S. to bring an aircraft carrier to the fight, under American operational control. Its fighters flying missions even before the carrier arrived.

Israel bulldozers conduct incursion of Rafah in Gaza

March 19th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Israeli bulldozers and military vehicles have reportedly intruded into Palestinian border town of Rafah in the blockaded Gaza Strip. Witnesses said four bulldozers and Israeli military vehicles conducted an incursion into the southern town in Gaza, where Egyptian forces demolished over 1,000 homes earlier this week to create a so-called buffer zone.

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

March 7th, 2015
Categories: Zionism, Middle East

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

Over 40,000 demonstrators have gathered in the central Tel Aviv’s Rabin square, demanding replacement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at March 17 elections, The Times of Israel reported.

PLO plans to end all security cooperation with Israel: Officials

March 5th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Palestinian Central Council (PCC) of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, made the decision to cut all forms of security cooperation with Israel after two-day discussions in Ramallah.

Kurds mount offensive against ISIL, gain ground in northeast Syria

February 27th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Kurdish fighters have advanced on a key town in northeastern Syria which is a stronghold of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, left at least 175 militants dead. Kurdish forces say they have cut a main ISIL supply line from Iraq.

UAE Announces Record Military Acquisitions Amid Rising Security Concerns

February 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

The United Arab Emirates spent a record amount on weapons at the Middle East’s largest arms expo, signaling continued defense spending in a region where security is a rising concern. The UAE spent 18.33 billion dirhams ($5 billion) on deals signed with local and international arms dealers at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in the capital Abu Dhabi.

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

February 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

"The Saudis have declared their readiness for the Israeli Air Force to overfly Saudi airspace en route to attack Iran if an attack is necessary, agreement comes with strings attached. Before Saudi Arabia will allow Israel to use its airspace Israel needs to demonstrate "some sign of progress" in ongoing peace talks on the issue of Palestinian statehood.

Israel Gets Fire Sale Deal on F-35s

February 24th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Israel will order another 14 F-35s for $110 million a piece, including logistical support, training, parts and maintenance, which appears to be a much better price than the U.S. itself has been able to manage. The 14 fighters will join an earlier order of 19 jets. An option to acquire 17 more has been secured, bringing the total to 50, which has been Israel’s goal in fielding two squadrons of 25 fighters each.

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

February 18th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

The United States and its allies cannot defeat the Islamic State simply by killing militants, said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, adding that it must target the underlying reasons people join the group, such as the lack of job opportunities.

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

February 17th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

White House has decided to provide pickup trucks equipped with mounted machine guns and radios for calling in U.S. airstrikes to some moderate Syrian rebels aided by American B-1B bombers.

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

February 16th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Egypt’s Air Force has hit Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) positions in Derna, Libya, after the execution of 21 Christian Egyptians by the terrorist group. Libyan forces loyal to the authorities have also targeted the IS in the country, a commander said. Up to 50 militants killed.

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

February 15th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Following US President Barack Obama’s request of Congress to authorize additional military action against the Islamic State terrorists, a brigade of 4,000 soldiers will be heading out of Ft. Carson, Colorado to Kuwait.

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

February 14th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Conceding to a federal lawsuit, the US government agreed to release a 1987 Defense Department report detailing US assistance to Israel in its development of a hydrogen bomb, which skirted international standards.

ISIL Fights Tobacco, Cannabis Addiction by Beheading Smokers

February 13th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Referring to strict Sharia norms, the Islamic State has imposed restrictions on tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use, labeling these acts as "sinful." results in "financial and health damages." "Every smoker should be aware that with every cigarette he smokes in a state of trance and vanity is disobeying God.

Jordan warplanes strike Daesh after pilot murder -Video

February 6th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Jordan said on Friday its warplanes launched dozens of new strikes Thursday against the Islamic State group, after vowing a harsh response to the burning alive of a pilot captured in Syria. dozens of jet fighters" struck targets Thursday "hitting training camps, weapons and ammunition warehouses of the terrorist groups.

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

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

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Jordan executed Iraqi would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi early Wednesday, along with Ziad al-Karbouli, according to a security source, making good on its vow to avenge the murder of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State militants.

Jordan vows 'revenge' for ISIS execution of pilot hostage

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Jordan will execute failed suicide bomber Sajida Al-Rishawi, as revenge for the ISIS killing of hostage pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh, a security official told AFP. Earlier, Jordan offered to swap the two prisoners.
Army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri "The revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," after a video surfaced of the pilot being burned alive.

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

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), it would require 10,000 American "boots on the ground" to stop Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria won't destroy the group. U.S. forces in Syria should be accompanied by a regional force of Arab nations. "We cannot defeat ISIL in Syria until you deal with Assad because he will kill anybody that comes in there that tries to defeat ISIL."

Hezbollah to Tel Aviv: No More Border Violence?

January 29th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has informed Israel through the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) that it is not interested in further escalation of hostilities following an exchange of rocket strikes; Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.

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

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Missile ambush by Hezbollah fighters that killed two Israeli soldiers Wednesday brought the Iran-backed Lebanese Shia movement closer to war with Israel. Stakes for Israel and Hezbollah are huge. Exchanges have previously plunged these two enemies into conflagrations, most recently the war of 2006. Danger is high that they could stumble into a significant confrontation.

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

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

An anti-tank missile hit an IDF vehicle in the Golan Heights, prompting an exchange of fire between the Israeli army and Hezbollah, which claimed responsibility for the attack. A UN peacekeeper and two IDF soldiers have been killed.

Israel Launches Airstrikes Against Syria After Golan Rocket Attack

January 27th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

IDF said the attack was in response to four rockets that were fired from Syria into the Golan Heights. “The IDF holds the Syrian Government accountable for all attacks emanating from its land, and will operate by any means necessary.

Assad: US idea to train rebels illusionary

January 26th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Assad: US-trained force would be "illegal" and would be treated like any other rebel group. "They are going to be fought like any other illegal militia fighting against the Syrian army." "Bringing 5,000 (fighters) from the outside will make most of them defect and join ISIS (Islamic State) and other groups.

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

January 25th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

The international US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) has launched 26 airstrikes against the militants' positions in Syria and Iraq in one day, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said Saturday.

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

January 24th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

One day after Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation amidst the occupation of his government’s central facilities and his private residence by Houthi militants, a chorus of voices from the US political establishment and punditry are calling for expanded US and NATO military operations across the Middle East and Africa.

Lebanese parties express solidarity with Hezbollah

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

The Lebanese political parties expressed solidarity with Hezbollah. The Future Movement, which is Hezbollah’s political rival, condemned the attack, stressed that potential retaliatory moves by the resistance group should not be launched from Lebanese territory.

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

January 21st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

BEIRUT: There was no sign of infiltration of Israel's northern border from Lebanon by gunmen, the Jerusalem Post said Wednesday night, citing Israeli authorities. Report said that all roads in the north have been reopened.

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

January 19th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

At the time of the attack, General Allahdadi was on an assignment, giving "crucial advice" to the Syrian armed forces, battling extremists.Iranain Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif: the helicopter attack was "an act of terror," and issued a strong condemnation. Hezbollah officials on Monday vowed retaliation after the attack.

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

January 18th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

The launch of a preliminary investigation into Israeli war crimes against the people of Gaza by the International Criminal Court (ICC) will eventually lead to “Israel’s day of reckoning,” American political commentator Author and radio host Stephen Lendman. Important these initiatives go ahead,” “because one day maybe Israel will be held responsible, accountable, when other nations will see to it that Israel is punished for its crimes.”

Japan to allocate USD 200 million to Mideast countries fighting ISIL

January 17th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: Should we leave terrorism or weapons of mass destruction to spread in this region, the loss imparted upon the international community would be immeasurable."

Hezbollah ready to respond to Israel strikes on Syria: Nasrallah

January 15th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Hezbollah’s Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah: Lebanese resistance movement is prepared to respond to Israel’s repeated strikes on targets in Syria. Hezbollah is well-armed and its missiles can hit any Israeli target. Israeli strikes target not only territories in Syria but also the axis of resistance in the entire region.

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

January 15th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

The barrier combines a fence and a ditch, and is meant to protect the Kingdom from the Islamic State fighters who have seized much of northern Iraq. The wall comprises "40 watchtowers, five layers of fence, sand embankments and radar and camera installations."

Extreme cold kills 3 small girls in Syria

January 11th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

“A girl less than two days old passed away Sunday in southern Aleppo because of the extreme cold.” Bitterly cold temperatures caused death of one-year-old girl in southern district of Damascus. More than 200,000 people have died in the Syria conflict; UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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

January 11th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

The Egyptian army will destroy everything standing across an additional 500 meters from the border area, on top of the 500 meters already cleared several months ago, Egyptian media reported on Sunday. Demolition plan announced by Cairo following attack by unknown gunmen on a checkpoint in the volatile region that killed dozens of soldiers last October.

Israeli army holding military drills in West Bank - Video

January 11th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Level of military exercises unprecedented over past 10 years; Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv quoted unidentified Israeli military sources as saying.“Military exercises on this level definitely have a political message for Palestinians, aimed to show that Israel has the upper hand. Reported Israeli soldiers mistreated Palestinians during the exercises carried out in villages, near civilians’ houses,

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

January 10th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Turkish whistleblower Fuat Avni said early on Saturday that the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan initially planned to use Dec. 14 raids against the media to announce the Gülen movement as a terrorist organization, but he had to resort to other ways as the previous plan failed. The whistleblower said Erdoğan approved of the false-flag operation

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

January 7th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

The US is reviewing the possibility that civilians may have died in coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria. Central Command is carrying out the investigation and has admitted for the first time that members of the general public could have perished.

Paintings of maps without Israel exhibited in Lebanon

January 7th, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Exhibition showcasing paintings of maps without Israel held in Lebanon. Norwegian People’s Aid NGO funded exhibition at the Al-Burj Al-Shamali refugee camp. Maps at the exhibit, titled “This is Palestine,” by Palestinian children living in Lebanon. Exhibition has angered Israeli media and officials.

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

January 2nd, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

"An American being held in Israel on weapons charges has told investigators he was considering attacking Muslim holy sites, Israeli police say. Adam Everett Livix, a Christian wanted in the US on drugs charges, was arrested last month after an undercover agent discovered the alleged plot. Weapons and ammunition stolen from the Israeli army were found at his home.

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

January 1st, 2015
Categories: Middle East

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

Army study, released earlier in December 2014, concludes that extensive US military involvement “may prove essential in managing possible future conflict” in case of “an eruption of natural resource conflict in the East Mediterranean,” due to huge gas discoveries in recent years.

Bibi makes quick reaction to Palestine’s ICC request Video

December 31st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Palestinian Authority should fear being “in a unity government with Hamas, ”accused the resistance group of “war crimes,” likened to those perpetrated byISIL Takfiri group in Iraq and Syria; reiterated claims about Israeli forces being most moral army in the world."

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

December 31st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

HarperCollins, one of the world’s largest publishing companies, has officially apologized for excluding Israel from its Collins Middle East Atlas because of “local preferences”. The publisher was accused of harming peace efforts in the region.

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

December 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

Russian Foreign Ministry is calling on all states that have not yet done that to follow the example of Russia - put ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra on national terrorist lists and ban their activity, as envisioned by relevant decisions of the UN Security Council.”

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

December 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

US and coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria have killed nearly 1,200 people ‒ including 52 civilians ‒ and wounded at least 800 others at a cost of more than $1 billion since the bombings began in September.

US steps up Pakistan drone murders amid crackdown over school attack

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

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

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

US Massing Thousands of Vehicles in Kuwait for ISIS War

December 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

3,100 such vehicles have been sent to Kuwait, where the US is massing them for use in the ever-escalating war against ISIS. The bulk of the vehicles are MRAPs, used by ground troops to resist IEDs in travel, and that points to the buildup being done with an eye on an eventual US ground war in Iraq and Syria.

Israel approves over 350 new settlements in occupied Jerusalem

December 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

Jerusalem City Council has approved the construction of almost 400 new settlements in two districts of the city and its southern part, including annexed areas situated beyond the Green Line.

Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS after jet downed over Syria

December 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

Militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS) have captured a Jordanian jet pilot, whose warplane was reportedly shot down over the jihadists’ stronghold in the eastern Syrian province of Raqqa.

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

December 20th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

170 countries voted in favor of the resolution. Israeli warplanes attacked Lebanon’s oil storage tanks during the 2006 war on Lebanon which led to oil spill, extensive pollution that covered the entire Lebanese coastline. Israel launched wars on Lebanon in 2000 and 2006. Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah defeated the Israeli military.

US servicemen in first ground battle with ISIS – Kurdish media

December 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

​American forces were involved in their first ground battle with Islamic State fighters, according to Kurdish media outlet Shafaq News, near the Ain Al-Assad base in the Anbar province of Iraq early Sunday. The report could not be independently verified.

Israel proposes natural gas pipeline to Southern Europe

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

Israel is pushing for the European Union (EU) to approve construction of a pipeline running from the Middle Eastern country to supply Cyprus, Greece and Italy with natural gas. The proposed EastMed pipeline will carry gas from Tamar and Leviathan gas fields located in the Mediterranean Sea, to Southern Europe.

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

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

Former CIA contractor, Steven D. Kelley, says that the ISIL terrorist group is a completely fabricated enemy created and funded by the United States and its allies and only now it has become inconvenient for us to attack this group as a legitimate enemy.

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

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

U.S. State Department announced this week that the first major contingent of Syrian refugees, 9,000 of them, have been hand-selected by the United Nations for resettlement into communities across the United States, just the beginning of an extended program to accept more Syrians.

Israel attack on Syria to support terrorists: Iran official

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

A senior Iranian official says the recent Israeli airstrikes on Syria were conducted in support of foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists operating against the Syrian government.

Israeli airstrikes hit near Damascus airport – Syrian state TV

December 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

Israeli airstrikes have hit targets near Damascus International Airport and in the town of Dimas near the Lebanon border, Syrian state TV reports. Israeli Air Force have conducted airstrikes on an arms depot, which caused huge blasts near the [Damascus] International Airport.

UN resolution: Israel must renounce nuclear arms

December 2nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved in a 161-5 vote an Arab-backed resolution calling on Israel to renounce possession of nuclear weapons and put its nuclear facilities under international oversight. calls on Israel to "accede to treaty without delay, not to develop, produce, test or acquire nuclear weapons,

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

November 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

Egyptian police in Cairo used water cannon and tear gas against hundreds of demonstrators protesting against the acquittal of former president Hosni Mubarak of conspiring to kill hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising. At least two people reportedly died and nine were injured in clashes.

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

November 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

The United States will arm Israel, a key ally in the Middle East, with 3,000 smart bombs as part of Washington’s military aid to Tel Aviv. The United States provides Israel with some $8.5 million in military aid per day.

US moving warplanes, drones to Kuwait: Report

November 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

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

The United States continues to escalate its aerial campaign against ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, shifting more attack and surveillance aircraft from Afghanistan to a base in Kuwait.

OPEC decides to keep oil output unchanged despite falling prices - Video

November 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/27/387761/opec-to-keep-oil-output-unchanged/

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has decided to maintain the amount of the oil it produces at the current level, amid an oversupply of crude and plummeting prices.

Lavrov pledges support for Assad in Syria crisis - Video

November 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/27/387666/russia-backs-assad-in-syria-crisis/

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow will support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid a crisis that has gripped the country for nearly four years. "We share the view that the main factor driving the situation in the Middle East is the terrorist threat,

Turkish governor threatens to turn synagogue into museum over Israeli Al-Aqsa mosque actions

November 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/207975-turkey-synangogue-museum-mosque/

A Turkish governor has threatened to turn a 100-year-old synagogue into a museum in retaliation for Israel’s actions in and around Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque – the third holiest site in Islam.

U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars

November 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014950453

The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress.

'Biden, Get Out': Protesters Heckle VP In Turkey

November 22nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014950447

Vice President Biden announced in IstanbulSaturday the U.S. will provide $135 million in additional humanitarian aid to help feed civilians affected by the ongoing war in Syria. Biden's trip was met by 300 people protesting the vice president's visit. They chanted, "Biden get out. The country is ours.

Dozens of Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes - Video

November 21st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/21/387001/fresh-clashes-erupt-in-west-bank/

Clashes have broken out between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank amid boiling tensions over Tel Aviv’s attempts to Judaize the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Iraqi dealers confirm ISIS hoarding gold, precious metals to issue currency – report

November 21st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/207763-isis-state-coins-currency/

Islamic State militants are reportedly acquiring gold, silver and other precious metals in a bid to further solidify their control over large swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory by issuing their own currency, Iraqi metal dealers confirmed to McClatchy.

Erdogan Says Arming Syrian Opposition Not Enough, Assad Must Be Toppled

November 19th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20141119/1014931660.html

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara and Washington must unite efforts not only in support of moderate Syrian opposition, but also in toppling Assad regime.

Israel economy shrinks for first time in more than 5 years

November 19th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://themostimportantnews.com/archives/israel-economy-shrinks-for-first-time-in-more-than-5-years

Israel’s economy contracted for the first time in more than five years in the third quarter, as growth was hit by the effects of a war with Islamist militants in Gaza.

Obama: I will send US troops to fight ISIS if they get nukes

November 18th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/206607-obama-troops-isis-nukes/

“If we discovered that [Islamic State] had gotten possession of a nuclear weapon, and we had to run an operation to get it out of their hands, then, yes,” Obama “I would order it."

Saudi sacks minister after Takfiri channel shutdown - Video

November 14th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/05/384921/saudi-sacks-min-after-tv-shutdown/

Saudi Arabia sacked the country's minister of culture and information after he ordered closure of an extremist Takfiri TV channel. The former minister did not give reasons for banning the TV channel, said ministry would take action against any media that undermine “nation’s unity, security and stability.”

Saudi plan to demolish Prophet’s birthplace raises concern - Video

November 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/13/385795/saudi-demolition-plan-raises-concern/

Concerns are rising among Muslims over Saudi Arabia’s controversial plan to demolish the birthplace of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the holy city of Mecca by the end of the year and replaced with a royal palace for Saudi King Abdullah ibn Abdilaziz for his visits to Mecca.

50 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria: Report

November 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Wednesday that at least 50 civilians, including eight children and five women, were killed by US-led coalition airstrikes since mid-September. The UK-based group added that 746 ISIL militants and 68 al-Nusra Front terrorists had also been killed.

France to begin arms shipment to Lebanon in 2015

November 10th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/06/384994/france-to-ship-arms-to-lebanon-in-2015/

3-billion-dollar deal financed by Saudi Arabia, would involve combat and transport helicopters, armored vehicles, anti-tank missiles and heavy artillery. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius: will contribute to strengthen Lebanese army, which guarantees the unity and stability of Lebanon,”

UN appoints panel to probe Israel attacks on Gaza Strip

November 10th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/10/385520/un-tasks-panel-to-probe-israel-attacks/

United Nations has tasked a five-member panel with investigating Israeli attacks on UN shelters during Tel Aviv’s deadly summer war on the Gaza Strip. The panel was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, called the three cases of Israel’s shelling of UN-run schools as a "moral outrage."

Clashes between Houthis, militants in central Yemen kill 20 - Video

November 10th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/10/385499/20-die-in-latest-central-yemen-clashes/

At least twenty people have been killed in the latest round of clashes between Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters and al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen’s central province of Bayda.

Five nuclear engineers assassinated in Syria: Reports

November 9th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/10/385422/5-nuclear-engineers-killed-in-syria/

Reports say five "nuclear engineers" have been assassinated by unknown assailants near a research center in the north part of the Syrian capital. All of them were shot dead when their bus was ambushed on the way to the research center.

US-led airstrikes hit oil field in Syria

November 9th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/08/385242/usled-airstrikes-hit-oil-filed-in-syria/

The United States and its Arab allies have launched new air raids against ISIL positions in Syria, with at least one airstrike hitting an oil field controlled by the militants.

Ex-US official belies claim Osama was killed in Abbottabad

November 9th, 2014
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-33993-Ex-US-official-belies-claim-Osama-was-killed-in-Abbottabad#sthash.08sNgR6U.dpuf

ISLAMABAD: Refuting President Obama’s claim that a US Navy SEALs team had killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, former US Assistant Secretary of Treasury Department, Paul Craig Roberts, has claimed that bin Laden had died due to renal failure a decade earlier in December 2001

Germany exports to Iran up 33% to reach €1.6b

November 5th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11/05/384840/germany-exports-to-iran-jump-to-16b/

Germany exported 1.6 billion euros of commodities to Iran in the first eight months of this year following an interim nuclear deal reached between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group,

Syrian soldiers retake Homs gas fields from ISIL

November 5th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11/05/384934/syrian-army-retakes-homs-gas-fields/

Syrian military forces backed by pro-government fighters “retook control of the Jhar and Mahr gas fields, as well as the Hayyan gas company in the east of Homs province,”particularly important because they feed Homs city and Damascus the gas supplies needed to produce electricity

ISIS Again Captures American High-Tech Weapons We Gave to “Moderate” Rebels

November 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/ISIS_Again_Captures_American_High-Tech_Weapons_We_Gave_to_%E2%80%9CModerate%E2%80%9D_Rebels/38933/0/38/38/Y/M.html

One of the biggest “moderate” rebel groups backed and armed by the U.S. has just been wiped out and all of their arms and bases taken by ISIS. Two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from the United States to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have surrendered to al-Qaeda.

Egypt, Gulf Arab allies discussing anti-extremist military alliance with possible joint force

November 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/21472

U.S. Arab allies Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East, The Associated Press.

US Destroying Syria’s Oil Infrastructure Under Guise of Fighting ISIS

November 1st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/US_Destroying_Syria%E2%80%99s_Oil_Infrastructure_Under_Guise_of_Fighting_ISIS/38894/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The US is considering bombing pipelines in Syria, which it claims is in an attempt to cut off the huge profits being made by ISIS from captured oilfields. The US agenda behind destroying Syria’s pipelines has very little to do with ISIS oil profits, and far more to do with destroying Syria’s oil infrastructure.

Cannabis Wars: Lebanese Pot Growers Arm-Up Against ISIS Invaders

November 1st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Cannabis_Wars%3A_Lebanese_Pot_Growers_Arm-Up_Against_ISIS_Invaders/38913/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Lebanon’s pot growers on the frontline in their country’s defense against an ISIS surge over their eastern border. Farmers say they are armed and ready to fight off ISIS encroachmen. In Syria ISIS gangs have been torching cannabis fields, labeling the plant as ‘forbidden’ in their version of Islam.

UN: Foreign Fighters Joining Terror Groups On 'Unprecedented Scale'

October 31st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014933311

A new United Nations report says the world is facing a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone. Fighters from more than 80 countries working with al-Qaida associates in Syria and Iraq "form the core of a new diaspora that may seed the threat for years to come,"

Lawsuit: US charities fund Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program

October 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/29/384066/us-charities-fund-israel-nukes-program/

A new federal lawsuit in the United States seeks immediate release of a government report about how American charities contribute to Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program.

Security Council to meet on Israel's settlement plans

October 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/28/383966/unsc-to-meet-on-israel-settlements/

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is expected to hold an emergency meeting on Israel’s plans to build more illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian lands.

US to sell Israel more stealth fighter jets: Reports - Video

October 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/28/383978/us-agrees-to-sell-israel-25-f35-jets/

The United States has agreed to sell Israel 25 more stealth fighter jets, bringing to 44 the total number of F-35s the regime has ordered. In 2010, Tel Aviv bought the first batch, 19 F-35s manufactured by US defense contractor Lockheed Martin, for $2.75 billion.

Thousands flee Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli - Video

October 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/27/383745/1000s-flee-lebanons-tripoli-violence/

Thousands of people have fled their homes in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli following a de facto truce between the army and the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists. Several Lebanese civilians and troops have been killed and injured since clashes erupted in the country’s second largest city on Friday.

ISIL, Kurds continue fierce fighting in Syria’s Kobani - Viideo

October 25th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/25/383625/fierce-clashes-resume-in-syrias-kobani/

Fierce clashes have resumed between ISIL Takfiri militants and Kurdish fighters in Syria's northern town of Kobani, which has been under siege by ISIL for over a month.

Fierce fighting rocks north Lebanon, 20 wounded

October 25th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014927617

Fierce clashes between the Lebanese Army and Islamist gunmen in the northern city of Tripoli showed no sign of stopping Saturday morning, with at least 20 people including nine soldiers wounded overnight.

US boosts support for Kurdish militia in Syria

October 21st, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/21/syri-o21.html

Obama administration stepped up its war in Syria with air drops of military, medical supplies to Kurdish forces holding town of Kobani against offensive by Islamic State, putting pressure on Turkish government to assist in preventing Kobani, near Turkish border, being overrun by ISIS fighters.

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