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  • Syria President: Russia campaign must succeed

    10/04/2015 9:44:25 AM PDT · by Mariner · 4 replies
    AP ^ | October 4th, 2015 | By ALBERT AJI and SARAH EL DEEB
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's President Bashar Assad said in comments Sunday that the air campaign by Russia against "terrorists" in his country must succeed or the whole region will be destroyed, stressing that the fight against terrorism must precede a political process. In the interview with Iran's Khabar TV, Assad also accused Western nations of fueling the refugee crisis and said the U.S.-led coalition to fight the Islamic State group will only spark more instability in his country and the region. These were Assad's first comments since Russia launched its air campaign against multiple armed groups in Syria Wednesday....
  • Saudis Mull Launch Of Regional War As Russia Pounds Targets In Syria For Fourth Day

    10/04/2015 9:33:30 AM PDT · by amorphous · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4 Oct 2015
    While the US has certainly made some epic strategic blunders in Syria that raise serious questions about just how “intelligent” US intelligence actually is, there’s little doubt that if one were to look behind all of the media parroting, the Pentagon and Langley understand all too well what’s going on in the Middle East. That is, the significance of the Russia-Iran “nexus” in Syria isn’t lost on anyone in the US military and you can bet there have been quite a few high level discussions over the past 72 hours about the best way to counter Moscow and Tehran’s powerplay...
  • The band of brothers who voluntarily patrol the US-Mexico border

    10/04/2015 8:50:24 AM PDT · by Herosmith · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 October 2015 | Ollie Gillman
    The Arizona Border Recon - made up of veterans former private security officers - guard the US-Mexico border They stop illegal immigrants, drug smuggling and human trafficking while providing intelligence to border agents Photographs were captured by Johnny Milano, who followed the men as they patrolled near the town of Nogales
  • INSIGHT-US, allies short on options as Russia,Iran flex muscle in Syria

    10/04/2015 8:34:02 AM PDT · by EBH · 19 replies
    Thomson Reuters Foundation ^ | 10/3/2015 | Samia Nakhoul
    The question on everyone's mind is: will the United States and its European and regional Sunni allies intervene to stop President Vladimir Putin from reversing the gains made by mainstream Syrian rebels after more than four years of war? Few are holding their breath. Many say, often with vehemence, that the current drama is the consequence of ongoing Western inaction and U.S. retreat at critical moments in an ever more uncontrollable conflict, whose regional dimensions are fast becoming global. Nobody in the Middle East is counting on U.S. President Barack Obama. The gloomy prediction of most is that a war...
  • Rare 3,000-year-old King David era seal discovered by Temple Mount Sifting Project

    10/04/2015 8:26:21 AM PDT · by · 19 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | By DANIEL K. EISENBUD
    A rare 3,000-year-old seal, from the time of King David in the 10th century BCE, was recently discovered by a 10-year-old Russian volunteer at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Sifting Project. Dr. Gabriel Barkay, co-founder and director of the project – which sifts through thousands of tons of illegally removed earth from the contested holy site in 1999 by the Wakf religious trust to build a mosque – said that the finding is unprecedented. “The seal is the first of its kind to be found in Jerusalem,” said Barkay, a world-renowned archaeologist and Israel Prize laureate, who has led the project for...
  • Paris’s first attempt at car-free day brings big drop in air and noise pollution

    10/04/2015 7:40:53 AM PDT · by bgill · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 2, 2015 | Kim Willsher
    Paris’s “day without cars” last week led to such a dramatic drop in both air and noise pollution that the mayor’s office is now planning more vehicle-free days in the French capital. Airparif, which measures city pollution levels, said levels of nitrogen dioxide dropped by up to 40% in parts of the city on Sunday 27 September... Najdovski, a member of the Europe Ecology-Green (EELV) party, admitted he was disappointed that only one third of Paris was handed over to pedestrians and cyclists on 27 September... added: “My dream Paris would be a city without cars.
  • Comparing Death Rates from Mass Public Shootings and Mass Public Violence in the US and Europe

    1) In his address to the nation after the Charleston attack, Obama claimed: “we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.” Senator Harry Reid made a similar statement on June 23rd: “The United States is the only advanced country where this type of mass violence occurs. Let’s do something. We can expand, for example, background checks. … We should support not giving guns to people who are mentally ill and felons.” This claim...
  • The Moscow-Washington-Tehran Axis of Evil

    10/04/2015 6:59:56 AM PDT · by w4women · 18 replies
    Accuracy in the Media ^ | October 2, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    The conventional wisdom is that Vladimir Putin has blindsided Barack Obama in the Middle East, catching the U.S. off-guard. It’s another Obama “failure,” we’re told. “Obama administration scrambles as Russia attempts to seize initiative in Syria,” is how a Washington Post headline described it. A popular cartoon shows Putin kicking sand in the faces of Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry on a beach. - snip - Here’s how her story began: “Moscow’s rapid military buildup in Syria is a result of the ‘reset’ in relations forged with the Russian and Iranian governments by the Barack Obama administration. The...
  • Trump: Bringing Syrian refugees to U.S. could result in military coup

    10/04/2015 6:18:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/04/2015 | Eugene Scott
    Washington (CNN)Donald Trump said Saturday that bringing Syrian refugees to the U.S. could result in "one of the great military coups of all time." "This could be one of the great military coups of all time if they send them to our country -- young, strong people and they turn out to be ISIS," he told Fox News' Eric Bolling. "Now, probably that won't happen, but some of them definitely in my opinion will be ISIS." Trump said later Saturday that bringing in more refugees could have long-term effects. "This could be the ultimate Trojan horse. This one could be...
  • Afghan official: Hospital in airstrike was ‘a Taliban base’

    10/04/2015 6:13:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/04/2015 | By Tim Craig
    KABUL — The acting governor of Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province said Sunday that Taliban fighters had been routinely firing “small and heavy” weapons from the grounds of a local hospital before it was apparently hit by a U.S. airstrike over the weekend. In an interview, Hamdullah Danishi said the Doctors Without Borders compound was “a Taliban base” that was being used to plot and carry out attacks across the provincial capital, Kunduz city. “The hospital campus was 100 percent used by the Taliban,” Danishi said. “The hospital has a vast garden, and the Taliban were there. We tolerated their firing...
  • Putin Reportedly Sending 150,000 Troops To Syria To Wipe Out ISIS

    10/04/2015 5:54:15 AM PDT · by Strategy · 106 replies
    The New Indian Express ^ | October 4, 2015 | By ANI
    LONDON: Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly sending 150,000 soldiers to Syria to wipe out the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). According to The Daily Star, he is apparently mounting an enormous military mission to take control of the terror group's stronghold of Raqqa. Raqqa is the self-declared capital of ISIS which is patrolled by as many as 5,000 jihadi members. Putin is set to mobilise 150,000 reservists whom he conscripted into the military earlier this week.
  • Russian air force using laser-guided KH-29L missiles in Syria: RIA

    10/04/2015 5:36:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 4, 2015 | Polina Devitt
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian air force is using KH-29L air-to-surface laser-guided missiles in Syria, the RIA news agency reported on Sunday, citing Colonel Igor Klimov, an air force spokesman. The high-precision missiles are being used by Su-34 and Su-24 aircraft, Klimov said. On Saturday, Russia said it would step up its air strikes in Syria, escalating a military intervention which Moscow says is weakening Islamic State militants, but which Western powers say aims to support President Bashar al-Assad. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said at least 39 civilians have been killed since the start of the...
  • Lockheed prepares for F-35 program to take off

    10/04/2015 5:14:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | OCTOBER 2, 2015 | MAX B. BAKER AND STEVE KASKOVICH
    FORT WORTH- An F-35 taxis out of a hangar at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics plant and proceeds to the edge of a runway, the view of the Fort Worth skyline shimmering in the August heat. A smaller sleek F-16, acting as a chase plane, pulls up behind the F-35 and slowly follows the futuristic stealth fighter as it prepares to take off on another test flight. Soon the two Lockheed Martin jets — representing the Fort Worth plant’s past and future — take off in a loud roar, quickly becoming small specks in the sky. Over the next few years,...
  • Gulf states plan military response as Putin raises the stakes in Syria

    10/04/2015 5:10:35 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 55 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 4, 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...
  • Stopping China Would Take 2/3 of U.S. Air Power

    10/04/2015 4:53:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | October 3, 2015 | David Axe
    In 2017, immediately defeating a surge of Chinese warplanes attacking Taiwan will require around 2,200 combat-ready U.S. fighter jets — a full two-thirds of all fighters in the American inventory. That’s the main conclusion of a new briefing paper from RAND, a California think tank. RAND points out that the Pentagon has more and better fighters than China — and superior pilots, too. But over Taiwan, geography favors the People’s Liberation Army. “China does not need to catch up fully to the United States to challenge the U.S. ability to conduct effective military operations near the Chinese mainland.” Historically, PLA...
  • Supreme Court to hear Iranian bank appeal over $1.75B judgment in terror case

    10/04/2015 4:35:01 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Associated Press
    The Supreme Court said Thursday it hear an appeal from Iran's central bank over a $1.75 billion judgment awarded to victims of terrorist attacks, including the 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines in Lebanon. The justices agreed to review a ruling from the federal appeals court in New York that said the judgment against Bank Markazi could be distributed to several hundred victims and families of those killed or injured in attacks sponsored by the government of Iran. The bank had argued that seizing the assets would conflict with treaty agreements between the United States and Iran. The money is...
  • Palestine: Gaza, one year after, Palestinians still suffocated by Israeli occupation

    10/04/2015 3:02:44 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 15 replies
    A year after the 51-day war in Gaza, hundreds of Palestinians with devastating injuries from the Israeli assault still fill the waiting rooms of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in need of complex reconstructive surgeries and physical rehabilitation. With the continued blockade and siege of Gaza, it is as if the latest of round of Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed had just ended. Today, perhaps more than at any time in its 20-year history of providing medical and psychological care in Gaza and the West Bank, MSF sees how the suffering wrought by the Israeli occupation has become normalized and how an end to...
  • Syria: Chinese Uyghurs Killing Russian Spies According to Turkey's Plan

    10/04/2015 12:22:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Reason ^ | October 3, 2015 | Charles Paul Freund
    Syria: Chinese Uyghurs Killing Russian Spies According to Turkey's Plan It's a Zionist conspiracy, of course Charles Paul Freund | October 3, 2015 So while enormous numbers of Syrian refugees are attempting to get out of the Middle East and into Europe, what is happening in the empty villages they have left behind? According to Al Mayadeen, a Beirut-based satellite news service, at least some of the abandoned villages in northern Syria are filling up with the families of Muslim Chinese Uyghurs. These Uyghurs, claims the report, are entering the country along with their wives and children to fight alongside...
  • US and Russia can’t agree on definition of ‘terrorist’

    10/03/2015 10:17:03 PM PDT · by 100American · 25 replies
    After Russia began bombing Syria this week, Pentagon officials have declined to directly answer questions on how they felt about the Kremlin targeting Assad’s enemies other than Islamic State. U.S. military spokesmen declined to answer the questions directly. At a United Nations. briefing, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov offered a simple assessment when asked who the bad guys are in Syria. Lavrov listed the Islamic State, Nusra “and other terrorist groups.” Asked to elaborate, he responded: “If it looks like a terrorist, it if acts like a terrorist, if it walks like a terrorist, if it fights like a terrorist,...
  • Doctors Without Borders: 19 dead in Afghan clinic airstrike

    10/03/2015 10:05:28 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 105 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 3, 2015 | LYNNE O'DONNELL
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Confusion reigned in the wake of the deadly bombing Saturday of a hospital compound in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens more. It remains unclear exactly who bombed the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders and the international medical charity has demanded an investigation into the incident.Doctors Without Borders said that "all indications" pointed to the international military coalition as responsible for the bombing and called for an independent investigation. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said an inquiry was underway into whether the carnage at the clinic...
  • Egypt says Russia's intervention in Syria will counter terrorism

    10/03/2015 10:00:50 PM PDT · by Mariner · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 3rd, 2015 | by Eric Knecht
    Russia's intervention in Syria will curtail the spread of terrorism and help deal a fatal blow to Islamic State in the war-torn country, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday. Russia launched air strikes in Syria on Wednesday in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, marking a dramatic escalation in a more than four-year-old civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake. "Russia's entrance, given its potential and capabilities, is something we see is going to have an effect on limiting terrorism in Syria and eradicating it," Shoukry said in a televised interview...
  • Palestinian stabs Israeli in fresh attack, shot dead: police

    10/03/2015 9:32:40 PM PDT · by keat · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Oct 3, 2015 | 10:18 PM EDT
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Palestinian stabbed and wounded an Israeli teenager in Jerusalem on Sunday and was then shot dead by police, authorities said, just hours after a similar assault killed two people in the city. Violence has risen in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank in recent weeks. Though not at the levels of previous Palestinian uprisings, or "Intifadas," it has triggered concerns of a wider escalation. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the victim was taken to hospital in moderate condition and that police men "saw the terrorist holding a knife, shot and neutralized him." The attack happened...
  • President Drone Bomba Responsible for Nearly 5 Times as Many Drone Strikes As W Bush

    10/03/2015 8:55:15 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | 10/3/2015 | Wikipedia
    US Drone Strike Statistics estimate according to the New America Foundation (as of 25 December 2013).] Year Attacks Casualties Militants Civilians Unknown Total 2004 1 3 2 2 7 2005 3 5 6 4 15 2006 2 1 93 0 94 2007 4 51 0 12 63 2008 36 223 28 47 298 477 Bush             2009 54 387 70 92 549 2010 122 788 16 45 849 2011 73 420 62 35 517 2012 48 268 5 33 306 2013 26 145 4 4 153 2,374 Obama
  • 'China's Donald Trump' kicks off communism debate

    10/03/2015 8:52:39 PM PDT · by 100American · 7 replies
    BBC Online ^ | 100American
    Ren, the former chairman of the Hua Yuan Property Company, has been compared to American businessman (and now Republican presidential candidate) Donald Trump. In China he's nicknamed "Cannon" for his outspokenness, which has earned him more than 33 million followers on the Chinese microblogging service Weibo. So when one of his recent posts criticized the youth wing of the ruling Communist Party, it started a huge debate about the past and future of the country's politics. "We've been deceived by these slogans for years," Ren wrote, responding to a patriotic message posted by the Communist Youth League on Monday which...
  • Largest US Foreign Policy Blunder Since Vietnam: Iran Readies Massive Syrian Ground Invasion

    10/03/2015 8:23:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/03/2015 | Tyler Durden
    On Thursday, in “Mid-East Coup: As Russia Pounds Militant Targets, Iran Readies Ground Invasions While Saudis Panic”, we attempted to cut through all of the Western and Russian media propaganda on the way to describing what Moscow’s involvement in Syria actually portends for the global balance of power. Here are a few excerpts that summarize what’s taking shape in the Middle East: Putin looks to have viewed this as the ultimate geopolitical win-win. That is, Russia gets to i) expand its influence in the Middle East in defiance of Washington and its allies, a move that also helps to...
  • Trump: Refugees could launch coup in U.S.

    10/03/2015 8:20:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    WPTZ-TV ^ | October 3, 2015 | Eugene Scott, CNN
    Donald Trump said Saturday that bringing Syrian refugees to the U.S. could result in "one of the great military coups of all time." "This could be one of the great military coups of all time if they send them to our country -- young, strong people and they turn out to be ISIS," he told Fox News' Eric Bolling. "Now, probably that won't happen, but some of them definitely in my opinion will be ISIS." Trump said later Saturday that bringing in more refugees could have long-term effects. "This could be the ultimate Trojan horse. This one could be written...
  • We Will Have Prepared a Holocaust for the Immigrants

    10/03/2015 7:05:25 PM PDT · by pierrem15 · 34 replies
    Rzeczpospolita ^ | 10/02/2015 | Piotr Nowak
    Article (in Polish) about the immigration of Muslims into Europe. Polish philosophy professor tells Muslims not to come, because, in the end, the Europeans will kill them all: "If you do not want Muslims in Europe if the horror refer to their presence on the Old Continent, I do so with concern about their fate; not for fear of them, but for them. Indeed history repeats itself, and it is by no means a farce. In short, they're going to die here, will be eliminated, trodden, dents in the European land, because the conditions of possibility of the Holocaust -...
  • U.S. Kurdish allies welcome Russian air strikes in Syria

    10/03/2015 5:52:37 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 27 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | Oct. 2, 2015 | Roy Gutman
    Three days into its bombing campaign in Syria, Russia on Friday at last targeted Islamic State positions, striking at the defacto capital of the terror organization and at least one other site. The Russian strikes at the Islamic State came after two days in which its aircraft attacked locations belonging to other fighting groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad, including CIA-supported rebels, sparking calls for the Obama administration to do something to protect fighters it had trained and equipped. But President Barack Obama made clear that the U.S. had no plans to deepen its role in Syria. “We’re not...
  • Russia Destroys Islamic State Command Center in Syria

    10/03/2015 4:21:45 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 69 replies
    Telesur ^ | Published 2 October 2015 | Abby Martin
    Russian Defense officials reported its air force carried out 18 airstrikes this Thursday. They also destroyed a “terrorist” training camp. Russian Su-34 warplanes attacked and destroyed an Islamic State group command center and training camp Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. The center is located in Maarat an Numan.
  • Dressed in all black, brandishing a gun and chanting 'Allah, Allah'....

    10/03/2015 3:23:48 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 4th October 2015 | Jenny Awford
    Chilling footage has emerged showing the final moments of a 'radicalised' 15-year-old after he stormed a police headquarters and shot an accountant at point-blank range in an 'act of terrorism'. Schoolboy Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad can been seen running down the street brandishing his gun in the air just seconds after killing father-of-two Curtis Cheng, 58. Dressed in a black robe, the lone gunman can be heard screaming at officers before having a shoot-out with three special constables guarding the station in Parramatta, Sydney. Multiple shots can be heard and the Channel Seven video then shows the Iranian-born youth, who...
  • Russia bombs Syrian targets for 4th day as international concerns grow

    10/03/2015 2:50:13 PM PDT · by McGruff · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | October 3, 2015 | Faith Karimi
    Russian forces bombed targets in Syria for a fourth day despite international concerns over Moscow's intentions in the war-torn nation. The Russian defense ministry said its soldiers bombed nine ISIS positions Saturday near the terror group's de facto capital in Raqqa.
  • Two Israelis killed in stabbing attack in Jerusalem

    10/03/2015 1:21:00 PM PDT · by keat · 8 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 03 Oct 2015 20:08 GMT
    At least two Israelis have been killed and two others injured in a stabbing attack by a Palestinian man in Jerusalem's old city, Al Jazeera has learnt. A man, two women and a toddler were stabbed and injured on Saturday night by a man who was later shot and killed by the Israeli border police near the Lion's gate in Jerusalem. Israeli police confirmed that the Palestinian, 19-year-old Muhannad Halabi, was from al-Bireh, a Palestinian city adjacent to Ramallah in the central West Bank,15km north of Jerusalem. Initial police investigation has revealed that the suspect stabbed several people, took a...
  • Gunman who shot dead NSW police employee was radicalised youth

    10/03/2015 1:06:56 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    The actions of the 15-year-old gunman who shot dead a New South Wales police civilian employee were an act of terrorism, police say. The radicalised youth of Middle Eastern background has been named as Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad. He killed the police employee, Curtis Cheng, as he was leaving police headquarters at Parramatta in Sydney's west around 4:30pm yesterday. The offender then fired several more shots at officers as they emerged from the building to respond to the incident. He was killed when the officers, who are special constables, returned fire.
  • Illegal Immigrants Could Elect Hillary (Unsaid -Vote for Her)

    10/03/2015 6:25:11 AM PDT · by CptnObvious · 14 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | October 03, 2015 | PAUL GOLDMAN and MARK J. ROZELL
    the mere presence of 11-12 million illegal immigrants and other noncitizens here legally may enable them to swing the election from Republicans to Democrats.
  • US Foreign Policy Blunder: Iran Readies Syrian Ground Invasion

    10/03/2015 12:33:20 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 29 replies
    The Zero Hedge ^ | Sept. 3, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    (Original title too lengthy: The Largest US Foreign Policy Blunder Since Vietnam Is Complete: Iran Readies Massive Syrian Ground Invasion) On Thursday, in “Mid-East Coup: As Russia Pounds Militant Targets, Iran Readies Ground Invasions While Saudis Panic”, we attempted to cut through all of the Western and Russian media propaganda on the way to describing what Moscow’s involvement in Syria actually portends for the global balance of power. Here are a few excerpts that summarize what’s taking shape in the Middle East: Putin looks to have viewed this as the ultimate geopolitical win-win. That is, Russia gets to i) expand...
  • 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....
  • Possible U.S. airstrike hits Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan; at least 19 dead

    10/03/2015 11:41:33 AM PDT · by Altariel · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 3, 2015 | Tim Craig
    KABUL – U.S. forces may have mistakenly bombed a hospital in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least 19 people, including three children, in an incident that will likely raise new questions about the scope of American involvement in the country’s 14-year war. In a statement, Doctors Without Borders said an airstrike “partially destroyed” its trauma hospital in Kunduz, where the Afghan military has been trying to drive Taliban fighters from the city. The airstrike killed at least 12 Doctors Without Borders staff members, the group said. Three children were also reportedly killed. At least 37 other people were seriously...
  • Russia says to step up air strikes in Syria

    10/03/2015 11:27:41 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 3, 2015 | Alexander Winning and Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    Russia said on Saturday it will step up air strikes in Syria, escalating a military intervention which Moscow says is weakening Islamic State militants but which Western powers say aims to support President Bashar al-Assad. A senior Russian military officer said Russian jets based in western Syria had carried out more than 60 sorties in 72 hours across Syria. "We will not only continue strikes... We will also increase their intensity," said Andrei Kartapolov from the Russian army General Staff.
  • Islam's Effects on Germany

    10/03/2015 11:06:55 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 17 replies
    Vanity ^ | 10 3 2015 | Dick Bachert
    At risk of being tagged a one trick pony, I submit for your consideration a 30 minute video dealing with the impact of virtually unrestrained muslim immigration on Germany. It's in German with subtitles so you'll need to give it your full attention. In it you'll see what happens to the culture of a nation when the formerly relatively homogeneous population and their leaders fail to REQUIRE that immigrants -- even those who speak the language -- ASSIMILATE at a deeper CULTURAL LEVEL. The destructive process is called "balkanization" (a pejorative geopolitical term, originally used to describe the process of...
  • Russia Claims ISIS Now On The Ropes As Fighters Desert After 60 Airstrikes In 72 Hours

    10/03/2015 10:42:41 AM PDT · by amorphous · 129 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3 Oct 2015
    One question that’s been asked repeatedly over the past thirteen months is why Washington has been unable to achieve the Pentagon’s stated goal of “degrading and defeating” ISIS despite the fact that the “battle” pits the most advanced air force on the planet against what amounts to a ragtag band of militants running around the desert in basketball shoes. Those of a skeptical persuasion have been inclined to suggest that perhaps the US isn’t fully committed to the fight. Explanations for that suggestion range from the mainstream (the White House is loathe to get the US into another Mid-East war)...
  • 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...
  • Hillary Clinton: Those kicked out of military for being gay should get honorable discharges

    10/03/2015 10:18:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | October 3, 2015 | Anne Gearan
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed Saturday that military records be amended to upgrade dishonorable discharges imposed on gay, lesbian and transgender military veterans. People drummed out of the armed services in years past for being gay should be able to get their records changed to reflect an honorable discharge, Clinton said. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell is over, but that doesn't change the fact that more than 14,000 men and women were forced out of the military for being gay, some long before Don't Ask, Don't Tell even existed," Clinton said, referring to the 1993 law that allowed gays...
  • 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...
  • Trump Suggests Bringing Refugees to the U.S. Would Invite a ‘Military Coup’

    10/03/2015 9:54:43 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 60 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 10/03/2015 | Josh Feldman
    Donald Trump today suggested that bringing Syrian refugees would bring about a “military coup” in the United States. Trump spoke with Fox’s Eric Bolling on Cashin’ In for the full half-hour, and when Bolling brought up the subject of the Syrian refugee crisis, Trump again expressed his deep skepticism about potentially bringing ISIS fighters amongst the ranks of refugees into the United States. He even went so far as to suggest to Bolling “this could be one of the greatest military coups of all time.” Link to video on Bolling suggested a possible “Trojan horse” and Trump agreed,...
  • Does the West Prefer ISIS to Putin?

    10/03/2015 9:52:10 AM PDT · by pinochet · 37 replies
    Russian jets are bombing ISIS targets, and Western nations (the US, France and Britain) are denouncing Putin for those attacks. It is obvious some governments of the Western world want ISIS to win and take over the Middle East. For Heaven's sake, Putin is the only major world leader who is outspoken in defending the Christians in the Middle-East. Western governments do not care about Christians, whether in the Middle-East, or in America and Europe.
  • Migrants break into Channel Tunnel as tension mounts in Calais

    10/03/2015 9:45:57 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | oct. 3, 2015 | staff
    About 200 migrants broke into the Channel Tunnel from France while several hundred others held up lorries near Calais port on Saturday in renewed tension on the route for migrants trying to reach Britain. Scores of migrants forced their way into Eurotunnel's French terminal overnight, clashing with staff and police and causing a temporary suspension of rail services, Eurotunnel (GETP.PA) said.
  • The Largest US Foreign Policy Blunder Since Vietnam

    10/03/2015 8:15:27 AM PDT · by semantic · 82 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/3/2015 | Tyler Durden
    We attempted to cut through all of the Western and Russian media propaganda on the way to describing what Moscow’s involvement in Syria actually portends for the global balance of power. Here are a few excerpts that summarize what’s taking shape in the Middle East: Putin looks to have viewed this as the ultimate geopolitical win-win. That is, Russia gets to i) expand its influence in the Middle East in defiance of Washington and its allies, a move that also helps to protect Russian energy interests and preserves the Mediterranean port at Tartus, and ii) support its allies in Tehran...
  • North Korea freight train en route to launch pad

    10/03/2015 8:07:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct. 1, 2015 | Elizabeth Shim
    North Korea freight train en route to launch pad The United States, South Korea and Japan have all confirmed the train is headed for the launch pad. By Elizabeth Shim | Oct. 1, 2015 at 9:55 PM Follow @upi SEOUL, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A freight train has begun moving in the direction of North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongchang-ri, North Pyongan province. The train, headed for North Korea's rocket launch pad was first spotted on Thursday, an unidentified source told Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. Yonhap reported the contents of the freight train were unknown, but it was...
  • Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

    10/03/2015 7:29:06 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/03/2015 | Alissa J. Rubin
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A United States airstrike appeared to have badly damaged a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in the Afghan city of Kunduz early Saturday, killing at least nine hospital staff members and wounding dozens, including patients and staff. The United States military, in a statement, confirmed the 2:15 a.m. airstrike, saying that it had been targeting individuals “who were threatening the force” and that “there may have been collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.” Accounts differed as to whether there had been fighting around the hospital that might have precipitated the strike. Two hospital employees, an...
  • 'Massive planned invasion' storms channel tunnel as 'migrants' seek to enter Britain

    10/03/2015 6:46:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 10/3/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    The tunnel connecting Britain and France was closed to train traffic for up to 6 hours, as hundreds of ‘migrants’ engaged in a planned assault to use it to enter the UK. The Daily Express reports: Eurotunnel services between Folkestone and Calais have been suspended until at least 10am in both directions – with passengers facing delays of up to six hours. Officials believe the "large and co-ordinated" group planned the intrusion before attempting to reach Britain at around 12.30am on Saturday. A Eurotunnel sokesman said: "It's a massive invasion and intrusion by a very large and co-ordinated group of...