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  • U.S. sees Russia readying ground campaign in Syria

    10/05/2015 12:17:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-5-2015 | Barbara Starr
    The latest U.S. assessment of Moscow's activity in western Syria indicates Russia has moved several ground combat weapons and troops into the area to potentially back up Syrian forces in the field planning to attack anti-regime forces, according to two U.S. defense officials. The U.S. views the move as Russia "stepping up its ground activity" in Syria to attack those forces, rather than ISIS elements, according to one of the officials. It's believed the Russians are positioning the weapons to be able to support a Syrian ground offensive, the officials said. The equipment includes several piece of artillery, as well...
  • ISIS executes 12 Christians- 2 women raped in public, beheaded—for refusing to renounce Jesus

    10/05/2015 12:57:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 121 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 10-5-2015 | Shianee Mamanglu-Regala
    Islamic State militants have brutally murdered 12 Christians, including the 12-year-old son of a Syrian ministry team leader who had planted nine churches, for refusing to renounce Jesus Christ and embrace Islam instead, the Gospel Herald reported. The horrific executions took place last Aug. 28 in an unnamed village outside Aleppo, Syria, according to Christian Aid Mission, a humanitarian group that assists indigenous Christian workers in their native countries. "In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop...
  • Turkey says Russian warplane violated its airspace

    10/05/2015 12:19:02 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 10-5-2015 | Reuters
    A Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border Saturday, prompting the Air Force to scramble two F-16 jets to intercept it, the Foreign Ministry said Monday. The Foreign Ministry summoned Moscow's ambassador to protest the violation, according to an e-mailed statement. Turkey urged Russia to avoid repeating such a violation, or it would be held "responsible for any undesired incident that may occur." Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, as well as key NATO partners, the statement said. Russia launched air strikes last week against forces opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
  • Russian Air Force Strikes ISIS in Al-Raqqa and East Aleppo: Terrorists Suffer Heavy Casualties

    10/05/2015 12:00:08 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 87 replies
    AlMasdar ^ | 10-5-2015 | Leth Fadel
    Over the last 48 hours, the Russian Air Force has targeted the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) with relentless airstrikes above the provincial capital of the Al-Raqqa Governorate and the terrorist group’s stronghold inside the Deir Hafer Plains in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside. On Sunday morning, the Russian Air Force struck ISIS again with a flurry of airstrikes above the Tabaqa Military Airport and the Tabaqa National Hospital, destroying another weapons depot belonging to the terrorist located inside the storage facility that is situated to the north of the military barracks. Meanwhile, to the east of the...
  • Gulf states plan military response as Putin raises the stakes in Syria

    10/04/2015 2:56:27 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 10-3-2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison and Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Russian fighter jets launched from a new airbase in Syria have persuaded western critics to mute their demands for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, but another group of his opponents sees Moscow’s intervention as more provocative than decisive. Regional powers have quietly, but effectively, channelled funds, weapons and other support to rebel groups making the biggest inroads against the forces from Damascus. In doing so, they are investing heavily in a conflict which they see as part of a wider regional struggle for influence with bitter rival Iran. In a week when Russia made dozens of bombing raids, those...
  • Syrian Army Prepares for Large-Scale Offensive in Northern Homs

    10/03/2015 2:58:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    Al Masdar ^ | 10-3-2015 | Leith Fadel
    The Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command has announced their next offensive in central Syria after taking a 15 month hiatus from this front due to the Old City ceasefire agreement which resulted in the Islamist rebel fighters surrendering this historical area in the provincial capital of the Homs Governorate. Unlike their previous offensives in the Homs Governorate (i.e. Wadi Al-Nasara in mid-2014), the Syrian Armed Forces will concentrate on the rugged terrain in the Al-Rastan Plains that is currently under the control of the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their affiliates from the Free Syrian Army (FSA). For Jabhat...
  • U.S.-backed Syrian rebels appeal for antiaircraft missiles - The Washington Post

    10/03/2015 11:52:40 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    Unian ^ | 3-10-2015 | Unian
    U.S.-backed rebels in Syria appealed to the Obama administration on Friday for anti-aircraft missiles to defend their positions against relentless Russian airstrikes that have so far mostly targeted the moderate opposition to President Bashar al-Assad's rule, according to The Washington Post. We need one of two things. Either a clear policy from the United States to prevent Russia and the regime from bombing Syrians, or otherwise they should send us anti-aircraft missiles so that we can confront the Russian planes," said Hassan Haj Ali, the commander of Suqour al-Jabal, U.S.-backed group targeted by Russian strikes on Thursday, the report says....
  • Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA

    10/03/2015 10:26:01 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-02-2015 | By Laila Bassam and Andrew Osborn
    Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, a sign the civil war is turning still more regional and global in scope. Russian warplanes, in a second day of strikes, bombed a camp run by rebels trained by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the group's commander said, putting Moscow and Washington on opposing sides in a Middle East conflict for the first time since the Cold War. Senior U.S. and Russian officials spoke for just over an hour by secure video conference...
  • Russian air strikes create panic among terrorists in Syria - General Staff

    10/03/2015 10:15:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    TASS ^ | 10-3-2014 | Tass
    Russian combat aircraft have carried out over 60 sorties bombing 50 facilities of the Islamic State terrorist organisation in Syria, Col Gen Andrey Kartapolov of the General Staff told reporters on Saturday. "The aircraft have been taking off from the Hmeimim air base, targeting the whole Syria," Gen Kartapolov said at the National Defence Control Centre. "In the past three days we have managed to disrupt the terrorists’ infrastructure and to substantially degrade their combat capabilities." "Intelligence reports say that militants are leaving the areas under their control," he said. "There is panic and desertion among their ranks," the general...
  • 3 doctors killed in air strike on MSF hospital in N. Afghanistan

    10/02/2015 11:44:07 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 55 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 10-3-2015 | xinhua
    Three doctors of a Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) hospital were killed as an air strike targeted the MSF medical facility in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz city on Saturday, the MSF said in a statement. "Three MSF staff are confirmed dead and more than 30 are unaccounted after (MSF) trauma center in Kunduz was hit at 2:10 a. m. local time on Saturday (2140 GMT Friday) several times during sustained bombing and was very badly damaged," the statement said. The medical team was working around the clock to do everything possible for the safety of patients and hospital staff, the statement said....
  • Obama: Russia strikes 'strengthen IS'

    10/02/2015 1:20:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 75 replies
    BBC ^ | 10-2-2015 | BBC
    Russian air strikes in support of Syrian President Assad are strengthening Islamic State, US President Obama says
  • Taliban says shot down crashed US C-130 plane in Afghanistan

    10/01/2015 9:42:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    MSN ^ | 10-2-2015 | AFP
    The Taliban Friday claimed to have shot down a C-130 military transport plane in eastern Afghanistan, with NATO confirming that 11 people including six US soldiers were killed in the crash. NATO did not confirm the cause of the crash but it comes as Afghan forces -- backed by NATO special forces and US air support -- pushed into the centre of the northern city of Kunduz which was captured by the Taliban on Monday. "Our mujahideen have shot down a four-engine US aircraft in Jalalabad," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter. "Based on credible information 15 invading forces...
  • U.S. C-130 Transport Plane Crashes in Afghanistan, Defense Officials Say

    10/01/2015 3:01:31 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10-1-2015 | Courtney Kube
    A U.S. C-130 transport plane crashed near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, early Friday, two defense officials told NBC News. The crash happened shortly after midnight local time near Jalalabad Airport.
  • Erdogan: Turkey will not allow 'fait accompli situations' next to borders

    10/01/2015 6:35:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Jpost ^ | 10-1-2015 | Jpost
    Turkey will not allow "terror to take root" or "fait accompli situations" next to its borders, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, in an apparent reference to Russian air strikes in neighboring Syria. Erdogan made the comment in a parliamentary speech in Ankara. The Russian air force began air strikes in Syria on Wednesday, targeting areas near the cities of Homs and Hama in the west of the country, where President Bashar al-Assad's forces are fighting a number of insurgent groups, though not Islamic State, which is based mostly in the north and east.
  • Exclusive: Assad allies, including Iranians, prepare ground attack in Syria - sources

    10/01/2015 6:00:26 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-1-2015 | Laila Bassam
    Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria in the last 10 days and will soon join government forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies in a major ground offensive backed by Russian air strikes, two Lebanese sources told Reuters. "The (Russian) air strikes will in the near future be accompanied by ground advances by the Syrian army and its allies," said one of the sources familiar with political and military developments in the conflict. "It is possible that the coming land operations will be focused in the Idlib and Hama countryside," the source added. The two sources said the operation...
  • Homs Airstrike: White Helmets Caught Faking Syria Casualties Report

    10/01/2015 12:35:42 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 9-30-2015 | Sputnik
    The Soros-sponsored "White Helmets," one of the largest NGOs operating on the territory of Syria, is busy with cooking up lies instead of protecting the human rights of the Syrian people. The "White Helmets," a controversial quasi-humanitarian organization, is playing dirty in Syria: the NGO has been spotted fabricating "evidence" of Russia's "disastrous" involvement in Syria. The organization has published a photo on its Twitter account, depicting a bleeding girl claiming that the poor child was injured together with a number of civilians during the Russian airstrike launched on September 30. "Russia strike in Homs today. 33 civilians killed including...
  • Overheard at the Pentagon: "Right now, we are Putin's prison bitch."

    09/30/2015 9:12:20 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 65 replies
    Twitter ^ | 9-30-2015 | TCRLAF
    That's a Tweet from Nancy Youssef, the Daily Beast's senior national security correspondent, about 45 minutes ago. I put this in it's own thread, because it seems clear that the Russians have caught DC and the Pentagon flat-footed.
  • Obama has turned Putin into the world’s most powerful leader

    09/29/2015 1:04:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    NYPost ^ | 9-29-2015 | Ben Avni
    <p>The baton was officially transferred Monday to the world’s new sole superpower — and Vladimir Putin willingly picked it up.</p> <p>President Obama (remember him?) embraced the ideals espoused by the United Nations’ founders 70 years ago: Diplomacy and “international order” will win over time, while might and force will lose.</p>
  • Saudi royal calls for regime change in Riyadh

    09/28/2015 11:31:10 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 9-28-2015 | Hugh Miles
    A senior Saudi prince has launched an unprecedented call for change in the country’s leadership, as it faces its biggest challenge in years in the form of war, plummeting oil prices and criticism of its management of Mecca, scene of last week’s hajj tragedy. The prince, one of the grandsons of the state’s founder, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, has told the Guardian that there is disquiet among the royal family – and among the wider public – at the leadership of King Salman, who acceded the throne in January.
  • U.S. support for Syria rebels illegal, Putin says ahead of Obama meeting

    09/27/2015 8:55:24 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 36 replies
    MSN ^ | 9-27-2015 | Jack Stubbs and Denis Dyomkin
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday branded U.S. support for rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective, saying U.S.-trained rebels were leaving to join Islamic State with weapons supplied by Washington. In an interview with U.S. networks recorded ahead of a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Putin said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deserved international support as he was fighting terrorist organizations. Obama and Putin are scheduled to talk on Monday after Putin addresses the United Nations, although White House and Kremlin officials have disagreed on what the two leaders will discuss and even who initiated the meeting. "In...
  • Chinese Navy sets off for Syria

    09/26/2015 12:57:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    TASS ^ | 9-25-2015 | PRAVDA
    According to the Russian Senator Igor Morozov, Beijing has taken decision to take part in combating IS and sent its vessels to the Syrian coast. Igor Morozov, member of the Russian Federation Committee on International Affairs claimed about the beginning of the military operation by China against the IS terrorists. "It is known, that China has joined our military operation in Syria, the Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, aircraft carrier follows it," Morozov said.
  • Union Pacific, BNSF Threaten to Shut Down Railroad Networks (CSX too, January 1)

    09/25/2015 9:07:24 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 83 replies
    NBC 5 Chicago ^ | 9-26-2015 | NBC
    "Operations across our entire network will likely be compromised by congestion and effectively shut down," warned Carl Ice, the president of BNSF. Widespread disruptions of freight and passenger rail traffic are likely if Congress doesn't extend a deadline to start using certain safety technology before the end of the year, railroads are warning. Freight and passenger railroads have said in letters to the Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., that they won't have the technology — known as positive train control, or PTC — in operation by Dec. 31, the deadline set by a 2008 rail safety law. The...
  • 1 dead, 23 hurt in van crash on I-69 in SW Indiana (12 Passenger van)

    09/24/2015 11:16:48 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    WRTV ^ | 9-25-2015 | AP/WRTV
    Authorities say a van crash in southwestern Indiana has killed one person and injured 23 others. Sgt. Bruce Vanoven of the Gibson County Sheriff's Office says the 12-passenger van was carrying 24 people when a tire blew out Thursday afternoon, causing the vehicle to overturn on Interstate 69. Vanoven says the van was headed from the Washington, Indiana, area, about 30 miles northeast of the crash scene, to a factory in Evansville, about 20 miles to the southwest.
  • Russian Military Intelligence Help Syrian Air Force Kill Large Number of ISIS Terrorists in Al-Raqqa

    The recent arrival of the Russian military advisors has found the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) specifically concentrated on the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) positions in the eastern Syrian provinces of Deir Ezzor, Al-Hasakah, Homs, and Al-Raqqa. On Wednesday morning, the Syrian Air Force launched a series of airstrikes above the Al-Raqqa Governorate that targeted ISIS’ supply route from the aforementioned province to the Deir Ezzor Governorate; this supply route is considered ISIS’ lifeline in both Iraq and Syria due to the long highway that stretches from Al-Raqqa to the Iraqi Al-‘Anbar Governorate. The specific locations the...
  • Russian Air Force Given Full Access to the Hmaymat Airbase in West Latakia

    09/21/2015 1:39:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Al Amsdar ^ | 9-21-2015 | Leth Fadel
    This past weekend, the Russian Air Force was given full access to the Hmaymat Military Airbase inside the Latakia Governorate’s western countryside after the Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command approved the Russian Navy’s recent delivery of Sukhoi fighter jets through the Syrian port-city of Tartous. The Hmaymat Military Airbase is located inside the Bassel Al-Assad International Airport, which sits just east of the densely populated coastal city of Jableh in western Latakia. With full access to the Hmaymat Military Airbase’s airfields, the Russian Air Force possesses a temporary airbase to begin their aerial operations above the Islamic State of Iraq...
  • Russian embassy in Damascus came under mortar fire on Sunday — foreign ministry

    09/21/2015 12:49:45 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    TASS ^ | 9-21-2015 | TASS
    The Russian embassy in Damascus came under mortar fire on Sunday, September 20, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday. The ministry said Moscow condemns the "criminal attack" on the Russian diplomatic mission. "At 09:00 a.m. on September 20, a mortar shell hit the territory of the Russian embassy in Damascus. The shell was driven deep into the earth and made no damage," the ministry said. "A large labelled fragment of the shell was later extracted from the earth by Syrian mine clearance specialists. Efforts are now being taken to find out how this shell came across to militants." "We condemn...
  • BREAKING: Hungarian MPs green light use of Rubber Bullets and Tear Gas against Migrants

    09/21/2015 8:16:31 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    UK Express ^ | 9-21-2015 | Nick Gutteridge and Agnes Kegl
    HUNGARIAN troops are marching for the border with Serbia armed with rubber bullets, tear gas and net guns after MPs authorised the use of non-lethal force against migrants. Heavily armed soldiers were set to be dispatched to defend the frontier today after Hungary's parliament voted in favour of a fresh crackdown on the thousands of migrants who have massed there trying to get into the EU. MPs have passed a new law allowing troops to use rubber bullets, flares, stun grenades and net guns against anyone who tries to break through the country's controversial barbed wire fence. Hungarian prime minister...
  • 4 dead, 19 wounded in Chicago since Saturday, including 14-year-old boy

    09/20/2015 7:10:23 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    MSN ^ | 9-20-2015 | Megan Crepeau and Deanese Williams-Harris and Marwa Eltagouri
    A violent Saturday and Sunday morning in Chicago left four people dead and at least 19 others wounded, including a 14-year-old boy who was killed and a 15-year-old who was injured after a fight in a park in the North Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side. The boys were on the street in the 4400 block of South Greenwood Avenue in the North Kenwood neighborhood when a car drove by and someone opened fire around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police. The 14-year-old, identified by his mother as Tyjuan Poindexter, was shot in the head and died on the scene....
  • Refugees flee from Finland back to Sweden – Finland is dark, cold and racist!

    09/20/2015 9:48:15 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 46 replies
    MVLehti ^ | 9-20-2015 | lukukertaa
    Sweden has shown its helpful side to the refugees travelling to the North through numerous peaceful countries during their quest to find the best welfare. Sweden has fed them, protected them and transported them free of charge with trains and buses to the Finnish border, much like Croatia is doing before pushing the refugees to Hungary, and now some refugees want to go back to the protective bosom of Sweden. A group of Afghan men appeared at the border station yesterday stating their wish to be transported back to Sweden’s Stockholm. They got as far as Oulu, a city in...
  • Hungary's armoured vehicles sent to the border after Croatia sends bus-loads of refugees

    09/19/2015 6:35:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    UK MIrror ^ | 9-19-2015 | Russell Myers
    The Mirror's Russell Myers witnesses Hungarian men, women and children shouted messages of support along the 250-mile border as the convoy drove to meet refugees fleeing war SNIP---- Nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban had earlier in the day instructed the army to mount operations across the country’s southern frontier after Croatia sent busloads of migrants to its borders. More than 20,000 people flooded into Croatia last week after Hungary barred their route to the European Union through its southern border with Serbia.
  • Hungary Confiscates Croatian Migrant Train

    09/18/2015 5:01:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    Sky News ^ | 9-18-2015 | Sky News
    Hungary has confiscated a Croatian train that tried to transport 1,000 migrants into the country - describing its arrival as a breach of EU law. Budapest said 40 police officers accompanying the 1,000 migrants were disarmed and sent back to their homeland during the "major, major incident" - though Croatia denied weapons had been taken. The migrants are being transferred from the town of Magyarboly to a reception camp, while Hungary claimed it had arrested the train driver. Hungary has stated repeatedly that it will charge such migrants with illegal entry and expel them back to the country from which...
  • Syria crisis: US and Russian defence chiefs discuss conflict

    09/18/2015 11:07:38 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 9-18-2015 | BBC
    Top US and Russian defence officials have held their first talks in more than a year to discuss the Syrian war, the Pentagon says. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter discussed with Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu how their two sides can avoid accidentally clashing on the ground, a statement said. Russia said the talks proved the sides had common ground, state media said. The US and Russia have disagreed sharply on Syria's bloody civil war. While Moscow has backed the Syrian government, the US sees the removal of President Bashar al-Assad as essential to resolving the conflict. The US has...
  • Russia ready to consider Syria’s request to send troops if Damascus asks for it — Kremlin

    09/18/2015 7:45:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    TASS ^ | 9-18-2015 | TASS
    Russia will consider Syria’s request to send troops if Damascus asks for it, but it is hard to talk about hypothetically, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Friday. Answering a question on whether Russia would agree to send troops to participate in military operations together with the Syrian army, Peskov said: "If there is a request, than in the framework of bilateral contacts, in the framework of bilateral dialogue, it will, of course, be discussed and considered. For now, it is rather difficult to speak hypothetically." Syrian Vice Premier and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Thursday said Syria would...
  • Migrant crisis: Croatia closes border crossings with Serbia

    09/17/2015 10:34:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9-18-2015 | BBC
    More news from the Obama created "immigration Crisis"/ Muslim Invasion of Europe. Croatia has closed seven of its eight road border crossings with Serbia following a huge influx of migrants. Officials in Zagreb said they had no choice after more than 10,000 people entered the country a day after Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia. Meanwhile, Slovenia said it had stopped a group of migrants on a train and would return them to Croatia. Huge numbers of people heading north from the Mediterranean have created a political crisis in the European Union. Croatian officials said roads leading to the...
  • Putin - Operation Salvation shall begin soon, prepare to cleanse Syria of Obama's terrorists

    09/17/2015 11:58:41 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    AWDNews ^ | 9-16-2015 | AWDNews
    Addressing the Russian top brass on Wednesday, Vladimir Putin lambasted U.S. Middle-East policy for being 'disastrous' as Saudi-backed rebels vowed to purge Syria and Iraq from Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities. "We have nearly two million orthodox Christians in the Levant—Syria and Lebanon— and approximately 5 million Christians across Middle-East. Regardless of America's presidential election outcome, White House craves chaos in that oil-rich region by supporting fanatic Islamist organizations, i.e. ISIS and al-Nusra Front," Moskovskaya Pravda cited the Russian president as saying. It is morally incumbent upon Russia to change this terrible status quo in the Middle-East ,...
  • Croatia staggers as 8,900 migrants enter; some trampled in chaotic rush to get buses, trains

    09/17/2015 11:35:52 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    US News ^ | 9-16-2015 | RADUL RADOVANOVIC and JOVANA GEC
    Croatia staggered Thursday as thousands of asylum seekers poured in from Serbia. Dozens were injured or trampled in a mad rush to get on the few buses and trains authorities could provide, and some police even stood behind trees to protect themselves from the melee. The Balkan nation has suddenly become the latest hotspot in the 1,000-mile plus exodus toward Western Europe after Hungary sealed off its border Tuesday with a razor-wire fence and then used tear gas, batons and water cannons to keep the migrants out. Croatia represents a longer and more arduous route into Europe but those fleeing...
  • Croatian Army Put on Combat Readiness to Protect Borders From Migrants

    09/17/2015 11:16:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Sputnuik ^ | 9-16-2015 | Sutnik
    Chief of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces Drago Lovric has already taken the necessary steps to carry out the Croatian president’s order, the Hina news agency said. Earlier in the day, hundreds of migrants broke through police cordons after waiting in a long line to take buses to transit centers at a checkpoint on the Croatian-Serbian border. The closure of the Serbian-Hungarian border and the penalties introduced on Tuesday by the Hungarian government for border infringements have forced thousands of migrants from Serbia to reroute through Croatia and Slovenia, in their journey to wealthier EU states.
  • Federal Reserve Interest Rate Decision: Janet Yellen, FOMC Leave Rates Unchanged

    09/17/2015 11:06:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    IBT ^ | 9-16-2015 | Jessica Menton
    In one of the most widely anticipated Federal Reserve decisions in decades, the U.S. central bank left interest rates unchanged Thursday. The Fed's pronouncement to leave rates at historic lows—where they’ve been since roughly the start of the Great Recession in 2008—signals that the U.S. economy has yet to fully recover from the near collapse. Market professionals are now looking ahead to a press conference from Fed Chair Janet Yellen at 2:30 p.m. EDT, searching for further hints as to the timing of the Fed’s future course of rate hikes. “Uncertainty from the Fed has been the biggest issue,” Stephen...
  • FAA says American Airlines flights ground stopped nationwide

    09/17/2015 10:22:14 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9-16-2015 | Fred Imbert
    The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday American Airlines flights experienced nationwide ground stops amid computer issues.
  • Burkina Faso presidential guard detains cabinet - military sources (Coup)

    09/16/2015 11:49:26 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters Africa ^ | 9-16-2015 | Reuters Africa
    Soldiers from Burkina Faso's powerful presidential guard interrupted a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and detained the ministers, the prime minister and interim President Michel Kafando, military sources said. The move came two days after a commission charged with drafting reforms for Burkina Faso's transitional government proposed dismantling the elite unit. The presidential guard, known as the RSP, was a key pillar of President Blaise Compaore's regime before he was toppled by demonstrations in October after 27 years in power. "It is the whole of the government, including the prime minister and the president, taken by a group of soldiers from...
  • Hungary shuts EU border, taking migrant crisis into its own hands

    09/15/2015 9:59:36 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 110 replies
    Ruetes ^ | 9-15-2015 | Krisztina Than and Ivana Sekularac
    Hungary's right-wing government shut the main land route for migrants into the EU on Tuesday, taking matters into its own hands to halt Europe's influx of refugees. An emergency effort led by Germany to force European Union member states to accept mandatory quotas of refugees collapsed in discord. Berlin called for EU financial penalties against countries that refused to accommodate their share of migrants. A Czech official said such threats were empty but nonetheless "damaging". Slovakia said they would bring the "end of the EU". Under new rules that took effect from midnight, Hungary said anyone seeking asylum at its...
  • Police kill suspect after Kentucky trooper fatally shot (By #BlackLivesMatter Protestor!)

    09/14/2015 11:20:48 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-14-2015 | Brendan O'Brien
    The suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a rookie Kentucky state trooper this weekend has died after being shot by authorities, state police said on Monday. Kentucky State Police found the suspect, Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, 25, of Missouri, in a wooded area close to Interstate 24, near where he allegedly shot the trooper after a car chase, police said. Johnson-Shanks had aimed his gun at troopers and refused to drop it, leading one to shoot him, officials said. Johnson-Shanks died at a medical center in Princeton, Kentucky.
  • Sky(News) Finds 'Handbook' For EU-Bound Migrants (By a Soros Org, of course!)

    09/13/2015 1:31:30 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    SKY ^ | 9-13-2015 | Jonathan Samuels
    Refugees heading to Greece on people smugglers' boats are given a 'migrants handbook' packed with tips, maps, phone numbers and advice about getting across Europe. Among discarded life jackets and punctured rubber dinghies, Sky News discovered a tattered copy of the unique travel guide washed up on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. The booklet's cover features a photograph of a young man on a beach at sunset, looking longingly out to sea, with oars at his feet as he prepares to make the treacherous crossing. The 'rough guide' is written in Arabic and contains phone numbers of...
  • Migrant crisis: Germany to start temporary border controls

    09/13/2015 1:20:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 9-13-2015 | BBC
    Germany is to introduce temporary controls on its border with Austria to cope with the influx of migrants, the interior minister has said. Thomas de Maiziere said refugees could "not choose" their host countries and called on other EU states to do more. Trains between Germany and Austria have been suspended for 12 hours. Germany's vice-chancellor has said the country is "at the limit of its capabilities" as more than 13,000 migrants arrived in Munich on Saturday. SNIP--- Germany's rail service Deutsche Bahn said train services with Austria would be stopped until 03:00GMT on Monday
  • Bernie Sanders overtakes Hillary Clinton in Iowa

    09/10/2015 11:55:48 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 9-10-2015 | Gabriel Debenedetti and Nick Gass
    Hillary Clinton's Iowa edge is gone. Bernie Sanders leads the former secretary of state for the first time among Iowa Democrats likely to caucus in February, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll unveiled Thursday morning — the latest in a string of surveys that show a tightening race in the Hawkeye State. The Vermont senator's advantage is within the margin of error — he took 41 percent compared with Clinton's 40 percent — and another 12 percent said they would support Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to declare his 2016 intentions. (Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley picked...
  • Austrian railways suspends Hungary-bound traffic due to overburdening

    09/10/2015 7:41:06 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    UK Daly Mail ^ | 9-10-2015 | Reuters
    Austrian railway company OeBB said on Thursday it had suspended all train traffic heading to Hungary due to "massive overburdening" after days during which thousands of migrants have transited the two countries on their way to Germany. "The OeBB must temporarily suspend trains heading to Hungary because of massive overburdening from trains arriving from Hungary,"
  • GROSS: Colbert Launches ‘Late Show’ with Donald Trump on Screen With KKK (Video)

    09/09/2015 9:59:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 30 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | September 9, 2015 5:05 pm | Guest post by Aleistar
    Stephen Colbert’s first night on the Late Show proved he’s still every bit the left wing hack he was on Comedy Central. He spent almost six solid minutes bashing Donald Trump but not a single joke about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal or crazy Socialist Bernie Sanders. In the course of his anti-Trump routine, he even put Donald Trump’s face on screen with an image of the KKK.
  • United Airlines Executives Resign Amid Bridgegate-Related Corruption Probe

    09/09/2015 8:52:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    NYMAG ^ | 9-9-2015 | Margeret Hartmann
    The Bridgegate scandal has yet to take down New Jersey governor Chris Christie (though it probably hasn't helped his 2016 chances), but in an unexpected twist, it indirectly sparked the resignation of a handful of top United Airlines executives. Jeff Smisek, chairman and chief executive, Nene Foxhall, executive vice president for communications and government affairs, and Mark R. Anderson, senior vice president for corporate and government affairs, stepped down on Tuesday amid a federal corruption probe into whether the airline launched an unprofitable Newark to Columbia, South Carolina, flight solely for the benefit of the Port Authority of New York...
  • UAE says death toll rises to 45 soldiers killed in Yemen attack - state news agency

    09/04/2015 12:18:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    Rueters via Eleconomista ^ | 9-4-2015 | Reuters
    Forty-five soldiers from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were killed on Friday while taking part in a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen against Houthi forces
  • Russia’s involvement in Syria might be ramping up

    09/03/2015 8:46:43 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 9-2-2015 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    While the tweeted images have no landmarks on the ground as reference points, the Iranian state-sponsored FARS news agency released a report that Syrian aircraft bombed opposition forces in Idlib, including al-Nusra fighters on Wednesday. The possible sighting of Russian aircraft in Syrian skies comes just two days after the Jerusalem-based newspaper YNET released a report indicating that Russian pilots and aircraft would be arriving in Syria in “the coming days” with the purported mission of flying airstrikes against the Islamic State and opposition forces that are threatening the Assad regime.