Turkish warplanes have bombed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets near the country’s border with Iraq. The strikes highlight rising tensions in Turkey over Ankara’s perceived unwillingness to aid besieged Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani.
The United States and its allies have carried out 21 airstrikes against ISIL terrorists around the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani in 24 hours, with the White House saying its strategy is succeeding.
Political commentator and activist Noam Chomsky says ISIL and “radical jihadism” are the United States’ own creation. “The appearance of ISIS and the general spread of radical jihadism is a fairly natural outgrowth of Washington wielding its sledgehammer at the fragile society of Iraq.”
Damascus will consider any Turkish military intervention in its territory as an act of aggression, Syrian Foreign Ministry says a day after Turkish lawmakers authorized military operations against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
Lebanon is reportedly planning to buy weapons from Russia, including helicopters and air defense systems, in a bid to battle the persisting threat of Takfiri terrorism along its borders.
The ISIL Takfiri terrorists have taken half of the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani to Kurds, as urban warfare rages on in the key town. Advance by the Takfiri group comes despite three-weeks of US-led airstrikes in Syria against ISIL positions.
enator John McCain has warned that the Islamic State (Isis) is winning in Iraq and Syria, and that the United States needs to deploy ground troops if it is to stave off defeat, urged a “fundamental re-evaluation” of US strategy.
Amid heavy casualties on both sides, Islamic State [IS] militants have been forced to pull back from their assault on the Syrian town of Kobani; Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
ISIL Takfiri terrorists have resorted to further reinforcements in effort to break resistance of Kurdish fighters defending city of Kobane for nearly a month. ISIL dispatching additional forces to Kobane from other areas in Syria, now trying to advance street by street in Kobane.
Balkan states in both NATO and the EU, such as Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, joined the US-led coalition. Those non-EU and non-NATO states backing the Western military campaign in Iraq and Syria include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
Over 20,000 Kurds have staged a protest rally in Germany against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists’ attacks in Syria. Protest was held in German city of Dusseldorf Saturday, called by several Kurdish organizations to censure assaults by ISIL militants on Kurdish towns in Syria.
As US officials at the Pentagon discuss providing lethal aid to Ukrainian government forces, Germany has decided not to support a military solution to the civil war, Volker Perthes, the head of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and adviser to the German government, told RIA Novosti Thursday.
Canada’s House of Commons has adopted a motion endorsing the Conservative government’s decision to have Canada take a frontline role in the new US war in the Middle East. Government announced deployment of 69 Special Forces troops to “assist and train” Peshmerga Kurdish militia forces.
Israeli Army fired artillery shells into Lebanon after two IDF troops were injured in a blast on the border between the two states, Israeli Israeli Defense Force confirmed. Said it hit two outposts of Hezbollah militant group
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; war waged against militant fighters in Iraq and Syria “critical.” Will be prolonged part of U.S. foreign policy. Military action wasn’t’ enough, also an “information war” to be fought. Ex-CIA and Pentagon head Leon Panetta: we’re looking at a 30-year war.
An analysis of cartridges used by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria shows that their newest ammunition is of American origin. China and the Soviet Union were identified as the biggest sources of munitions, with bullets made 25 years ago.
The war launched by the Obama administration, supported by about 40 allies, in Iraq and Syria is not primarily aimed against ISIS. Rather, ISIS has provided pretext for an imperialist intervention to assert US control over the oil-rich region and topple Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.
Urban warfare between the ISIL Takfiri terrorists and Kurdish forces in Syria’s border town of Kobani spreads to new neighborhoods. Takfiris, backed by tanks and artillery, reportedly seized control of three districts in Kobani.
200 Syrian Kurds killed defending town of Kobani against ISIL militants’ attempts to capture the city in three-week clashes. ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. Fighting for the strategic town forced 200,000 to take refuge in Turkey.
UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, Tuesday called on global community to protect residents of Syria’s city of Kobani from Islamic State militants. “The international community needs to defend them. The international community cannot sustain another city falling under ISIS.”
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that a ground operation is needed to defeat the militants, fuelling concerns that US-led air strikes are doing little to halt Isil's advances. "Two Dutch F-16s this morning used weapons for first time in Iraq against the IS terror group.
Islamic State jihadists pushed into the key Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border, seizing three districts in the city’s east after fierce street fighting with its Kurdish defenders. Taking Kobane would give the IS organisation control of a long stretch of the Syria-Turkey border.
The threat of a formidable Islamic State grows, as the Pakistani Taliban pledged support to the fearsome terrorist group and urged other Middle Eastern extremists to be part of the effort to repel the alleged Western campaign against Islam.
Though everyone adheres to Washington and its Gulf allies’ anti-terrorist discourse, everyone understands that it is only a rhetorical justification for a war that has other purposes.
Turkey’s parliament passed resolution to allow Turkish military to enter Iraq and Syria under pretext of battling Western-backed IS militants, allows foreign troops to use Turkish territory for same purpose. Calls for “buffer zone” on Turkey/Syria border enforced by a no-fly zone to “ensure security.”
Most Americans believe United States is giving too much foreign aid to Israel according to an online survey. 64 percent of Americans prefer not to take sides in Israel-Palestine conflict, 55 percent would oppose sending U.S. troops to protect Israel if it struck Iran.
The US military has deployed a quick-reaction force of 2,300 Marines to the Middle East, the Pentagon revealed Wednesday, the latest step in a carefully planned escalation of American military power in the region.
Turkish army received go-ahead from country’s parliament to engage in military action against Islamic State insurgents in Syria and Iraq. NATO :bloc's involvement is “practically” possible.
Islamic State (IS) insurgents and associated armed groups in Iraq have committed a “staggering array” of systematic human rights abuses including mass executions, abducting women,using girls as sex slaves, according to UN. 1.8 million Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes.
Australian warplanes have been given the go-ahead to begin attacks on Islamic State militants in Iraq .Six F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets have been on standby in the Middle East for two weeks in preparation for joining the US-led attacks on IS targets.
The Pentagon announced plans to deploy 2,300 Marines t Middle East to quickly respond to crises in the conflict-ridden region. Rear Admiral John Kirby: United States is establishing a task force in the Middle East which will include several fighter aircraftprepared to take rapid actions in case of "contingencies".
British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR4 warplanes have little effect on Islamic State (IS) militants fighting 15,000 feet below in Iraq and Syria; the Telegraph reported. Islamist threat can only be challenged by combat forces on the ground; retired British Army officer Lord Dannatt other retired military chiefs.
"Combating terrorism cannot be carried out by states that contributed to establishing terrorist organizations, provided them with logistic and material support, and spread terrorism around the world," Syria's SANA news agency quoted Assad.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday at the United Nations that a nuclear-capable Iran would pose the gravest threat to the world, far outstripping the jihadist terror from Iraq and Syria. "Make no mistake, ISIS must be defeated," Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly,
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel called Hamas and the group known as the Islamic State “branches of the same poisonous tree,” and Iran, he said, is the most dangerous country in the world maintaining that militant Islamists are all dangerous regardless of their affiliation.
Obama administration is now stating that it is open to the possibility of establishing a “no-fly zone” over Syria. supposed to hinge upon an agreement with Turkey, that is calling for a “buffer zone. Implementation of such a zone would require airstrikes against Assad’s air defense systems.
US-led coalition airstrikes destroyed grain silos and other targets in parts of northern and eastern Syria, killed civilians, "These were the workers at the silos; "destroyed the food that was stored there,
“The illegal and insane US attacks on Syria will only lead to further strengthening of extremism in the region,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. US should prevent ISIL's dollar-based transactions in the financial and banking system instead of targeting Syria’s oil and gas facilities and infrastructure.
Obama acknowledged the contradictory nature of his Syria strategy."I recognize the contradiction in a contradictory land and a contradictory circumstance," explained the military campaign against the ISIL terror network and al-Qaeda- groups was helping the Syrian government.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has left for the US to address the UN General Assembly Monday, pledging to refute Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's accusations of genocide and warn international community of threats from Iran's nuclear program.
Obama administration is now stating that it is open to the possibility of establishing a “no-fly zone” over Syria. The statements, made by both Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and General Martin E. Dempsey, are supposed to hinge upon an agreement with Turkey.
US-led strikes against ISIL terrorists in the crisis-hit Syria are aimed at “eventually” targeting the Syrian government’s positions; American investigative journalist David Lindorff commenting on Washington-led coalition airstrikes in Syria that began earlier this week.
US House of Representatives quickly authorized an arms package for “moderate Syrian rebels,” a package requested by the Obama administration. The bill authorized money for the Al Qaeda backed Al Nusra Front and “other moderate groups.
Denmark is to dispatch seven F-16 fighter jets to Iraq to aid in the struggle against Islamic State militants; Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, would be limited to flying in Iraq, would not be targeting any areas in neighboring Syria.
Dennis J. Kucinich, former congressman and two-time US presidential candidate, says a primary reason behind the US bombing campaign in Syria is to “wrest control” of the oil fields in the conflict-ravaged country.
US lawmakers from the Democratic Party, worried about another war in the Middle East, are seeking to put tough limits on the Obama administration’s fight against ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, bar US ground troops in Iraq and Syria.
Members of Congress have been privately urging US military generals to rebel against President Barack Obama over his foreign policy in the Middle East. Obama and his top generals continue to clash over the strategy to combat the ISIL terrorist organization.
New wave of U.S.-led airstrikes overnight in Syria, in addition to the damage being done to Islamic State (or ISIS) targets and other militant factions, the civilian death toll is rapidly increasing. U.S. military has not released details of the damage caused by the latest round of airstrikes
U.S. military carried out its first airstrikes in this week on Islamic State (IS) (also known as ISIS) in Syria and Iraq. In addition to going after IS attacked offshoot of al-Qaeda: the Khorasan Group. Director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said Khorasan represented a more direct threat than IS.
Recent airstrikes carried out by the US and its allies against the ISIL terrorist group in Syria is the “beginning of a sustained campaign” that may last several years, a senior US military official said. Strategy announced by Obama in Syria involves airstrikes, training, advising and equipping “moderate” militants to battle the other insurgents.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized the Western governments for financing ISIL militants in the Middle East and then condemning the terrorists, the West ignored Russia’s warning of growing terror threat in Iraq and Syria. Western powers claimed the militancy would die out after ouster of the governments fighting the militants.
Military aircraft flying from Turkey have launched a series of aerial strikes against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria. According to reports, the warplanes struck ISIL positions in Syria west of the key Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria's Aleppo Province on Wednesday
Israel shot down a Syrian warplane on Tuesday, saying the aircraft crossed battle lines of Syria’s civil war, flew over Israeli-held Golan Heights, perhaps by accident. The incident coincided with air strikes the United States and Gulf Arab allies mounted on Islamic State strongholds in Syria.
US military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles,"; Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby. United States has conducted 174 airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq since mid-August.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the West not to ease sanctions imposed on Iran in a bid to win Tehran’s agreement to join a so-called international coalition against the ISIL Takfiri group.
Security sources said deployment requested by Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi;Yemeni. Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa resigned. Ansarullah fighters seized government headquarters, state TV and radio stations in Yemeni capital. Parts of “the military and security apparatus supported the popular revolt,” including “ general command of the armed forces.”
Clashes have resumed at the Syria-Turkey border, where thousands of Syrian Kurds have been trying to escape from the advance of the Islamic State fighters on their towns, families waiting for days to get in, in the blazing heat with no food or water,"
The United States will conduct airstrikes on the ISIL terrorist group in cooperation with other countries; Samantha Power, Washington's ambassador to the United Nations. “It will be up to each country to announce for itself whether it’s prepared to participate, in a combat role or to provide military equipment.”
Congressman Peter King (R-NY) chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee: “I don’t see how ultimately we can avoid putting combat troops on the ground in some capacity in Iraq and Syria.”Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff, said last week they might recommend deploying ground forces to battle the ISIL militants.
100,000 Syrians, mostly Kurds, flooded into Turkey since Thursday, escaping an Islamic State offensive that has pushed the conflict within eyeshot of Turkish border. The al-Qaida breakaway group, established an Islamic state, or caliphate, ruled by harsh version of Islamic law advanced into Kurdish regions of Syria that borders Turkey, fleeing refugees reported atrocities; stonings, beheadings torching of homes.
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has urged the Israeli regime to stop plans for relocating Palestinian Bedouins. The call by the UNRWA follows Israel’s decision to move thousands of Bedouins from central part of the occupied West Bank.
The Takfiri threat ends when those backing the ISIL terrorists stop their support for them; Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi. The regional and international supporters of the groups should stop arming them.
French President Francois Hollande has announced plans to conduct airstrikes in Iraq against the ISIL Takfiri militants. He further noted that no French ground forces would be involved in the military campaign in Iraq, and France would not target ISIL militants operating in Syria,
CIA backed Syria coup in 1949. 1945 plans to construct oil pipe line from Saudi Arabia to Mediterranean. Secured rights-of-way from Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia. Syria sole holdout. 1957, American president and British prime minister agreed to regime change again in Syria.
Press TV :Israel is seeking to force thousands of Palestinian Bedouins out of East al-Quds (Jerusalem) to the Jordan Valley, where they cannot keep up their pastoral lifestyle. Over 40 Palestinian and international rights groups said Tel Aviv planning to displace12,000 Bedouins who pledged to resist eviction.
At a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey set the stage for a massive and protracted expansion of US military operations in Iraq and Syria.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has told senators that the United States is “at war” with ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq, added that ISIL will “directly threaten our homeland and our allies” unless the United States confronts the group militarily.
36 children were reported to have died excruciating deaths last night after receiving tainted measles vaccines under a UN-sponsored programme in the rebel-held north of Syria.
The Pentagon plans to train and arm 5,000 militants in Syria as part of the Obama administration’s long-term strategy to confront the ISIL terrorist organization. Obama requested $500 million from Congress to train and equip what Washington calls moderate militants fighting government of Syrian President Assad and ISIL militants.
Obama administration putting together a “coalition of the willing” to ramp up its new war of aggression in the Middle East. Using pretext of “degrading and destroying” Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militias, plans directed at ousting Syrian President al-Assad also aimed against Syria’s backers, Iran and Russia.
The Syrian government and its close allies in Moscow and Tehran warned Barack Obama that an offensive against Islamic State (Isis) within Syria would violate international law hours after the US president announced he was authorising an open-ended campaign of air strikes against militants on both sides of the border with Iraq.
In the name of combating an undemocratic force threatening the Middle East, the Obama administration has enlisted the help of numerous governments, including several dictatorial regimes. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Saudi Arabia this week seeking the wealthy kingdom’s support.
Nearly fifty senior commanders of a major coalition of Islamic ‘moderates’ opposed to ISIS in Syria have been killed by an explosion at their secret command bunker as they met to discuss strategy against the the Islamic State.
Participants in the inaugural conference of the Arab Union for the Industry and Commerce of Jewelry and Diamond agreed to establish a bank for Arab gold in Damascus with around 6 tons of gold in deposits which will be officially launched in early 2015.
President Barack Obama will use his nationally televised speech tonight to officially announce what has already begun: a new US war in Iraq that will soon be extended to Syria.
War hawks in Washington are using the beheading of two American journalists by ISIL terrorists in Syria as a pretext to take military action against Syrian government forces, Obama and Congress are “creating pretexts” to target government of President Bashar al-Assad ;Stephen Lendman.
Having already committed military transports to ferry arms and ammunition in Iraq and conduct so-called humanitarian airdrops, Australia is poised to dispatch Super Hornet fighter jets to join US air strikes on ISIS positions in Iraq, and potentially Syria.
President Obama will use a nationwide television address Wednesday night to argue for major escalation of US military intervention in the Middle East. The immediate target is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as ISIL, which has overrun much of western and northern Iraq.
Heavy fighting between Syrian army forces and al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front militants has broken out on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as the Damascus government makes major advances against foreign-backed gunmen, Press TV reports.
A day after Berlin announced it would send anti-tank rockets, assault rifles and hand grenades to the Kurds, Merkel said Germany had a responsibility to intervene in the conflict to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq, citing evidence of ethnic cleansing by Islamic State fighters. Plans to bring a small group of Kurdish peshmerga fighters to southern Germany for a week’s training with the equipment.
Propaganda is “the management of collective attitudes” and “control over opinion” through manipulation of significant symbols. Western news media attempting to create hysteria of threat posed by the mercenary-terrorist army now being promoted as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria;“ISIS.”
Israel has the right to shell Palestinian hospitals and schools out of self defense as long as Hamas stores rocket launchers next to them, US Sen. Elizabeth Warren believes civilian casualties are the “last thing Israel wants.
US officials have confirmed that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates combined forces to carry out air strikes in Libya, according to a report Tuesday in the New York Times. The extraordinary intervention was aimed at Islamist militias fighting for control of the international airport outside of Tripoli.
The US president provided no specifics on the escalating US operations, but government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said Tuesday that US spy planes were already deployed over Syria in preparation for US air strikes.
According to Brandon Martinez, ISIL is pursuing a Zionist agenda that was set out in 1980s by a fanatic Israeli strategist Oded Yinon who had envisaged the balkanization of the Middle East nations that are not supportive of Israel’s expansionistic, imperial agenda.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: IS terrorist organization is so well funded and managed, that it “is beyond anything that we've seen. So we must prepare for everything.”White House reportedly seeking domestic legal justification to use unlimited military force against Sunni extremists in Iraq and Syria.
"This is the end game."
An Egyptian court has convicted a Jordanian and an Israeli of spying on Egyptian officials and security deployments, according to the country’s state news agency. The Jordanian sentenced to 10 years in prison, the Israeli, who was tried in absentia, sentenced to life.
Wave of anger and aggression across Western audiences generated. Upon that wave rides two objectives. One is to create plausible deniability for the West which created the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), the other is to create a pretext to justify direct US military intervention across the region.
Thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square over the weekend to encourage an end to hostilities through peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Palestinian unity government.
Arab Israelis are being sacked from their jobs for criticizing their country’s actions in Gaza on Facebook. There is no exact number, but it is thought that dozens have been affected, Israeli employment law does not allow employees to be terminated for expressing their political views.
Hundreds of anti-war activists took to the streets in Tel-Aviv Saturday to say ‘no’ to continuation of Israel’s military operation in Gaza. Protesters chanted slogans as: “Stop the massacre,” “Free Gaza,” “Funds to welfare not to war,” “Build more classrooms not more bombs” “Gaza children want to live.”
Lebanese troops have entered the town of Arsal on the border with Syria after days of clashes with the country’s foreign-backed militants. Violence erupted in eastern Lebanon Saturday after soldiers arrested a Syrian man who confessed to belonging to the ISIL. Angered by the arrest, Takfiri militants opened fire on army checkpoints, stormed a police station in a border area.
President Obama announced on Thursday that he has authorized the use of airstrikes in Iraq if they are necessary to protect American personnel. He also stated that humanitarian air drops have been made to help besieged religious minorities in the country.
Breaking the Silence organization; “There are a lot of soldiers who come back and say to themselves, 'What the hell are we doing here? Why are we using so much force? Why are we treating them this way?'” rising number of soldiers have decided not to continue working with the army.
The loss of important parts of Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Province to ISIS have a number of Congressional hawks pushing again for aggressive US action, starting with arms and aid to the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who are facing down ISIS in the region.
Thousands from the minority Yazidi community are stranded in the mountains of northwestern Iraq. If they make a move, they face slaughter at the hands of Islamic State jihadists surrounding them. However, they risk dying of dehydration if they stay put.
Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau has admitted to Tel Aviv’s failure in the war against the Gaza Strip; failed to prevent Palestinians’ missile attacks, expressed shock over the magnitude of the losses that Hamas resistance movement has inflicted upon Israel.
The Islamic State militants have seized control of Iraq’s biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns in the country’s north on Sunday, Reuters has reported, citing witnesses. Concerns grow that the terrorists could use the dam to flood major Iraqi cities or deprive them of water.
Israeli military sources have confirmed that two more of their soldiers are killed and one is captured by Palestinian resistance fighters in the besieged Gaza Strip. Israeli army says the soldiers were killed by Hamas fighters who infiltrated deep into Israel. Several troops were also injured during the battle .
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