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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.

‘Even animals don’t do it’: Kobani siege survivors on ISIS brutality

October 19th, 2014
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/197232-rt-survivors-isis-kobani/

No matter how small the injury, death is almost certain, according to the activist, who says the victims literally burn from the inside out once the chemical enters their blood stream

10 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria – watchdog

October 18th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/197160-syria-isis-air-strike/

At least 10 civilians have been killed in coalition airstrikes against Islamic State forces in eastern and northeastern Syria, according toThe Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group.

CIA warned arming Syrian “rebels” unlikely to succeed

October 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/17/arms-o17.html

Report commissioned by the Obama administration, the US Central Intelligence Agency called into question Washington’s policy of arming Syrian “rebels,” pointing out that such operations in the past had seldom proven successful.

US boosts air war in Syria

October 17th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/17/uswa-o17.html

US military has substantially boosted the number of its airstrikes, American war planes have carried out at least 54 strikes inside Syria this week, 53 of them on targets in Kobane. Since the bombing of Syria began last month, more than 180 air strikes have been carried out, more than twice the number in Iraq.

Kahwagi: US to supply Lebanon Army with combat weapons

October 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/21300

Army chief has been assured by American officials that the United States was prepared to support the military and supply it with weapons to combat terrorism.

Kobani needs military assistance: Kurdish official - Video

October 16th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/16/382493/kobani-needs-military-aid-official/

Syrian Kurdish official calls on international community to supply weapons to the Kurdish fighters combating ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Syria’town of Kobani. Idriss Nassan, deputy head of Kobani’s foreign relations committee, calls for pressuring Turkish government to open its borders to volunteers, allow delivery of ammunition for fighters

Egypt Warplanes Bombing Islamist Militias In Libya: Officials

October 15th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Two Egyptian government officials say their country's warplanes are bombing Islamist militias in Libyan city of Benghazi. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Turkey bombs Kurdish PKK rebel positions, Kobani inaction threatens ceasefire

October 14th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/195824-turkey-bomb-kurdish-pkk/

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.

US-led coalition carries out 21 airstrikes around Syrian town

October 14th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/14/382272/usled-airstrikes-intensify-in-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.

ISIL natural outgrowth of Washington: Chomsky

October 14th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/15/382287/isil-natural-outgrowth-of-washington/

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 warns Turkey against military intervention in Syria - Video

October 13th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/03/380942/syria-warns-turkey-against-aggression/

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 planning to buy Russian copters, air defense

October 13th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/05/381155/lebanon-plans-russian-arms-purchases/

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.

ISIL takes half of Syrian town of Kobani

October 13th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/13/382113/half-of-syria-kobani-in-isil-control/

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.

McCain urges ground troops to defeat Isis: 'They're winning, and we're not'

October 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/12/mccain-isis-syria-iraq-strategy

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.

Syrian Kurds repulse Islamic State militants in Kobani - watchdog - Video

October 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/195284-syria-kurds-is-kobani/

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 bolsters forces to break Kobani resistance

October 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/12/381964/isil-brings-more-forces-against-kobani/

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 back US war in the Middle East

October 12th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/11/balk-o11.html

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 protest at ISIL attacks in Germany - Video

October 11th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/11/381886/over-20k-kurds-stage-antiisil-protest/

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.

Berlin Not to Support Military Solution in Ukraine: German Security Adviser

October 9th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/politics/20141009/193874881/Berlin-Not-to-Support-Military-Solution-in-Ukraine-German.html

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 parliament votes to join new Mideast war

October 9th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/09/cana-o09.html

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.

Israel shells S. Lebanon after border blast wounds two IDF soldiers

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/193860-israel-lebanon-fire-blast/

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

Hillary Clinton embraces ‘endless war doctrine’

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East, War

Link: http://www.intellihub.com/hillary-clinton-embraces-endless-war-doctrine/

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.

Most recent ISIS munitions US-made during Iraq occupation - study

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/193772-isis-militants-american-weapons/

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.

New Zealand government prepares to join US war in Middle East

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/07/nzir-o07.html

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 in Kobani goes on between Kurds, ISIL - Video

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/07/381371/kurds-combat-isil-in-kobani-streets/

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 while defending Kobani against ISIL - Video

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/07/381387/200-syria-kurds-killed-in-kobani-battle/

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 Urges International Community Defend Kobani Population From IS

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/world/20141007/193787187/UN-Special-Envoy-for-Syria-Urges-International-Community-Defend-Kobani.html

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.”

Turkey calls for ground invasion of Kobane to stop Isil

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014912351

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 seize parts of Syrian town along Turkish border

October 7th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/islamic-state-jihadists-seize-parts-of-syrian-town-along-turkish-border/

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.

Pakistani Taliban pledges support to ISIS as coordinated West-hatred gains momentum

October 5th, 2014
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://rt.com/news/193268-isis-islamic-taliban-pakistan/

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.

Behind the anti-terror alibi, the gas war in the Levant

October 3rd, 2014
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.voltairenet.org/article185495.html

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.

NATO's Dream Coming True - Turkey Pushes For Syria No-Fly Zone; US Approves

October 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.activistpost.com/2014/10/natos-dream-coming-true-turkey-pushes.html

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 the United States is giving too much foreign aid to Israel

October 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.newsforage.com/2014/10/most-americans-say-us-gives-too-much.html

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.

New steps to wider war in Middle East

October 3rd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/03/kuwa-o03.html

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.

Turkey approves military action against ISIS, NATO eyes involvement

October 2nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/192716-turkey-military-action-isis/

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.

‘Terrifying’ UN report details ISIS war crimes in Iraq =- photos

October 2nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East, Iraq

Link: http://rt.com/news/192692-un-isis-war-crimes/

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 to launch air strikes against Islamic State targets.

October 2nd, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014909396

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.

US plans to deploy 2,300 Marines to Middle Eas - Video

September 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/30/380609/us-to-deploy-2300-marines-to-mideast/

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 Combat Planes No Match for Islamic State Ground Attacks: Reports

September 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20140930/193460825/British-Combat-Planes-No-Match-for-Islamic-State-Ground-Attacks.html

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.

Syria's Assad Says Countries Feeding Terrorism Unable to Fight It: Reports

September 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/world/20140930/193482376/Syrias-Assad-Says-Countries-Feeding-Terrorism-Unable-to-Fight-It.html

"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.

Israel PM warns Iran greater threat than IS jihadists

September 30th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Israel_PM_warns_Iran_greater_threat_than_IS_jihadists/38291/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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,

Netanyahu Links Hamas With ISIS, and Equates ISIS With Iran

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014906326

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.

US Bombs Syrian Oil Refineries To Prevent Assad From Retaking Them

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-bombs-syrian-oil-refineries-to-prevent-assad-from-retaking-them/5404808

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, coalition fighter jets bomb grain silos killing civilians in Syria - watchdog group - Video

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/usa/191576-syria-coalition-silos-civilians/

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,

US strikes in Syria only serve to bolster extremism: Iran diplomat

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/29/380459/us-syria-attacks-only-bolster-extremism/

“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: We can’t stabilize Syria under Assad

September 29th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/29/380460/we-cant-stabilize-syria-under-assad/

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.

Netanyahu Leaves for US to Refute Abbas's Accusations, Warn of Threats From Iran

September 28th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://en.ria.ru/world/20140929/193404922/Netanyahu-Leaves-for-US-to-Refute-Abbass-Accusations.html

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.

Libya 2.0? US Says 'No-Fly Zone' Over Syria A Possibility

September 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Libya_2.0%3F_US_Says_%27No-Fly_Zone%27_Over_Syria_A_Possibility/38227/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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 strikes on ISIL will finally shift to Syria government: Journalist - Video

September 27th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/27/380247/us-finally-shifting-target-to-assad/

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 Congress quick to OK arms for ISIL

September 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/20/379328/us-congress-quick-to-ok-arms-for-isil/

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 to send F-16 jets to aid anti-ISIS strikes in Iraq

September 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/190936-denmark-isis-iraq-jets/

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.

US bombing Syria to wrest control of oil: Kucinich

September 26th, 2014
Categories: Middle East, War

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/25/379988/us-bombing-syria-for-oil-kucinich/

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.

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