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  • Iran Is Losing Its Grip in Iraq

    05/10/2020 10:56:58 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 10, 2020 | Eli Lake
    When U.S. missiles killed Iran’s most important general and its most important militia leader in early January as they were visiting Baghdad, it looked like American forces would be kicked out of Iraq... More than four months later, not only are U.S. forces still there, but it’s clear that the killings have created space for a new Iraqi government to assert some independence from its powerful neighbor. The signs of this new approach have been building over recent months, and the ascendance last week of Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to the post of transitional prime minister is the latest and most profound......
  • Is Iran really leaving Syria?

    05/08/2020 2:00:25 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 26 replies
    Jerusalem Post (Israel) ^ | MAY 7, 2020 | ANNA AHRONHEIM
    Earlier this week senior defense officials in Israel announced that after years of Israel’s war-between-war campaign to drive Iran out of Syria, the Islamic Republic was finally withdrawing from the war-torn country. The news came just hours after an airstrike blamed on Israel targeted a research facility in Aleppo in Syria’s north. But the announcement also came as Iran is still regrouping from the targeted killing of Quds force commander Qasem Soleimani in January and as it continues to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a disastrous economic crisis hitting the country... Almost on a weekly occurrence foreign publications...
  • Germany raids sites linked to Hezbollah, extends ban

    05/01/2020 10:09:08 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    cbs4local.com ^ | April 30th 2020 | Associated Press
    BERLIN (AP) — German police raided five sites linked to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, as authorities announced Thursday that they were banning activities by its political wing in Germany. The raids, intended to prevent evidence about possible front organizations being destroyed, took place at mosques and community centers in Berlin, Bremen, Muenster, Recklinghausen and Dortmund.
  • Germany bans Hezbollah, raids mosques

    04/30/2020 2:10:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    France24 ^ | April 30, 2020
    Berlin (AFP) - Germany on Thursday completely banned Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah movement from carrying out activities on its soil, as police raided mosques and venues linked to the group. Like the European Union, Germany had until now only outlawed Hezbollah's military wing while tolerating its political wing. But in a shift immediately welcomed by the United States and Israel, the German interior ministry said it now considered the entire movement a "Shiite terrorist organisation". "Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation deemed responsible for numerous attacks and kidnappings worldwide," Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Germany's Bild daily. The interior minister "has banned...
  • PA and Hamas try to ‘coronawash’ their own corruption

    04/16/2020 10:01:27 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 4/16/20 | Sander Gerber
    Israel has no role in the Palestinians' medical supply shortage. The real story is a shortage of leadership -- and rampant corruption We are in the midst of a global health crisis unlike any we have faced in our lifetime. A pandemic has filled the future with uncertainty and the world community is scared, but even dark times have a silver lining. All over the world, people are uplifting and supporting each other from a distance. Now is a time to come together. Sadly, Israel’s enemies are a clear exception to this. They never miss an opportunity to criticize the...
  • Hamas Top Dog Tells Israel to Deliver Ventilators, Or 'We’ll Stop the Breathing of Six Million Israelis'

    04/09/2020 6:50:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Apr 9, 2020 | Robert Spencer
    Where have we heard that number before? Yahya Sinwar, the leader of the jihad terror group Hamas, on Thursday boasted that if Israel didn’t come across with more ventilators for “Palestinian” coronavirus victims in Gaza, the jihadis “take them by force.” As if that weren’t enough, Sinwar added: “If ventilators are not brought into [Gaza], we’ll take them by force from Israel and stop the breathing of 6 million Israelis.” Of course, Sinwar wasn’t articulating any new imperative for the jihad group: a new genocide of the Jews has always been a cherished Hamas aspiration. As The Palestinian Delusion explains,...
  • Mossad blamed for assassination of Hezbollah commander - report

    04/06/2020 8:05:54 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 39 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | April 6, 2020 | Tzvi Joffre
    Younis was 'responsible for pursuing spies and collaborators.' Sources stated that Younis was on a mission pursuing a target when he was ambushed... Younis was a “close associate” of former IGRC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, Sputnik reported.
  • Saudi-led coalition intercepts missiles fired by Yemen's Houthis - spokesman

    03/30/2020 7:03:05 AM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 11 replies
    Thompson Reuters Foundation News ^ | March 29, 2020 | Nayera Abdallah
    CAIRO, March 29 (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said early on Sunday that the kingdom's air defences intercepted two ballistic missiles on Saturday night launched by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group towards Riyadh and the city of Jizan, Saudi state news agency (SPA) said citing the coalition's spokesman. The coalition's spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Malki, said in a statement that no fatalities had been recorded so far. He said destroying the missiles caused some shrapnel to fall on residential neighbourhoods in the two cities, SPA reported. The spokesman added that firing missiles at this time by the Houthis and...
  • Gaza Preacher Praises Allah for Infecting Israelis, Americans -- Day Before First Cases Reported in Gaza

    03/25/2020 2:07:45 PM PDT · by kevcol · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 25, 2020 | Patrick Goodenough
    “Look how empty their streets are and look how crowded this mosque is,” he said, in comments translated by the East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). “Who is it that has given us security and terrified them? Who is it that has protected us and harmed them? It is Allah!” Less than 48 hours after al-Mutawa’s sermon, Gaza’s deputy health minister announced the first two confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Hamas-ruled territory.
  • VIDEO: USS Normandy Seizes Cache Of Iranian-Made Weapons in Arabian Sea

    02/14/2020 10:17:03 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 17 replies
    US Naval Institute ^ | February 13, 2020 | Ben Werner
    USS Normandy (CG 60), in accordance with international law, boarded a stateless dhow in the Arabian Sea and interdicted an illicit shipment of advanced weapons and weapon components intended for the Houthis in Yemen, Feb. 9, 2020. US Navy Photo. Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) seized a cache of Iranian-made anti-tank missiles and other munitions aboard a dhow in the Arabian Sea over the weekend. Normandy stopped the dhow while conducting maritime security operations over the weekend, in accordance with international law, according to a statement released Thursday by U.S. Central Command.
  • US warship seizes Iranian weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, Navy says

    02/13/2020 11:10:20 PM PST · by knighthawk · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 13 2020 | Bradford Betz
    U.S. officials have confirmed to Fox News Thursday that a U.S. Navy warship intercepted Iranian-made weapons from a vessel in the Arabian Sea earlier this week. Crew members from the USS Normandy seized a huge cache of weapons from a dhow – a small vessel with lateen sails – on Sunday while conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. Central area of operations. The weapons and weapon components were intended for the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to officials.
  • Egypt versus Turkey

    02/13/2020 9:45:49 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Ahram ^ | Tuesday 11 Feb 2020 | Sherin Helal
    The current feud between Egypt/Turkey has caused many to draw comparisons between how the two states conduct their policies in the ever-turbulent region of the MEIn its response to Turkey’s provocative practices, Egypt has maintained a policy of resilience and followed the guidelines of international law while at the same time showing a firm stance towards the acts of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has deliberately and repeatedly insulted Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi at forums and in speeches using ad hominem tactics. From the way Erdogan has described him, it might have been thought that Al-Sisi was standing for election...
  • SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT: Some Arab countries are trying to get the Jews they forced out to return

    02/07/2020 7:27:12 PM PST · by robowombat · 48 replies
    BARENAKEDISLAM ^ | FEBRUARY 7, 2020
    SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT: Some Arab countries are trying to get the Jews they forced out to return FEBRUARY 7, 2020 BY BARENAKEDISLAM More than 850,000 Jews lived in Arab countries in the 20th century. With the creation of Israel in 1948, all but a few thousand Jews were forced to leave the Arab countries where they had lived for generations and centuries. But today, there is a palpable longing in most Arab states for the Jews to return. Many believe that only with a Jewish presence will their countries blossom and develop as they did in the past. World Israel News...
  • Cruz: Twitter should obey sanctions, ban Iran leaders

    02/09/2020 6:10:17 PM PST · by conservative98 · 10 replies
    Axios ^ | February 7, 2020 | Margaret Harding McGill
    Four US Senators, including Ted Cruz, penned a letter on February 6 to Jack Dorsey asking him to ban Iranian leadership from using Twitter as part of the US sanctions against Iran. Republican senators led by Ted Cruz in a letter Thursday suggested Twitter may be violating U.S. sanctions by letting Iranian leaders maintain accounts, which they asked company CEO Jack Dorsey to ban. The big picture: Twitter has become a major political target for Cruz and other Republicans, who claim the company and other Silicon Valley giants are biased against conservatives and the Trump administration. "While the First Amendment...
  • The Return Of Pro-Iranian Militia Fighters To Afghanistan Fuels Fears In Kabul, Washington

    02/07/2020 9:03:39 AM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    RadioFreeEurope ^ | February 07, 2020
    When Syria’s civil war erupted, Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) recruited, trained, and deployed thousands of Shi’ite fighters to prop up the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Among them was the Fatemiyoun Brigade, comprised mainly of Afghans from the country's Shi'ite Hazara minority. From 2011, the IRGC recruited thousands of Afghan migrants and refugees within its own borders and covertly drafted hundreds of Shi'a inside Afghanistan. The majority of Muslims in Afghanistan are Sunni, but around 15 percent of its population -- mainly Hazara -- are Shi’a with religious links to the Shi'ite majority in Iran. With the...
  • Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Is a Master Class in Negotiating Strategy

    02/03/2020 3:08:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2020 | Yechezkel Moskowitz
    President Trump has just laid out a visionary plan for achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Rather than trying to reconcile the fundamentally conflicting priorities of the two sides, he came up with a practical solution that reflects realities on the ground in the fairest way possible. Every American president since Lyndon Johnson has tried — and failed — to resolve the conflict, usually by sitting down with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to negotiate toothless agreements that have done nothing to ease tensions or prevent bloodshed. These well-intentioned efforts all made the same fatal mistake: they treated the Israeli...
  • Abbas: Palestinians will cut all ties with Israel, U.S.

    02/03/2020 7:49:20 AM PST · by rktman · 72 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 2/1/2020 | Staff
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday that he has decided to severe all relations with Israel and the US in protest against President Donald Trump’s recently unveiled plan for Mideast peace. “We have informed the Israelis and Americans of this decision through two letters,” Abbas said in a speech at an emergency meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo.
  • When Iran Took Americans Hostage, Bernie Backed Iran’s Defenders

    02/02/2020 6:16:27 PM PST · by plain talk · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 17, 2020 | Ronald Radesh
    Go back over 40 years, to the start of Iran’s long conflict with the United States. On April 1, 1979, the theocratic Islamic Republic of Iran was proclaimed. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who had returned to Iran from exile to assume command of the revolt, became Supreme Leader in December of that year. His rise was accelerated by the seizure on Nov. 4 of 52 American diplomats and citizens, and citizens of other countries, at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The hostage crisis became the means by which the Ayatollah crushed political opponents in Iran. Dealing with the hostage taking became...
  • Iraq Names New Prime Minister Who Praises ‘Bravery’ of Protesters

    02/01/2020 2:43:05 PM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    NYTimes ^ | Feb. 1. 2020
    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s president stepped in to appoint a new prime minister after the Parliament failed to do so for two months, leaving the country largely rudderless at a time of multiple political crises. The premier, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, is hardly a new face — he is a former member of Parliament and former minister of communications. But he is not tarnished by the corruption allegations that dog many other Iraqi political figures. In his first comments upon accepting the nomination, Mr. Allawi paid homage to the anti-government protesters who have been out on the streets since October and he...
  • A New Approach to Peace and Prosperity For Israel and the Palestinian People

    02/01/2020 6:50:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February1, 2020 | Timothy Head
    Former Israeli diplomat Abba Eban once said the Palestinians “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” Within minutes of President Trump proposing his Middle East Peace Plan, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas had rejected the plan with “a thousand no’s” coupled with a string of epithets rarely seen in international diplomacy.This abject lack of vision and leadership by Palestinian President Abbas is tragic, for the children and grandchildren of Palestinians and Israelis alike.The state of Israel comprises a minuscule portion of land in the Middle East, yet it has become a global center of democracy, culture, commerce, and innovation....