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  • How Kurdish PKK Militants Are Exploiting the Crisis in Syria to Achieve Regional Autonomy

    04/09/2012 12:14:00 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 4/6/2012 | Emrullah Uslu
    Turkish-Syrian relations have been always problematic. Dating back to the Cold War, SyriaÂ’s support for the Kurdish militants of the Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan (PKK) was a major obstacle to efforts to normalize relations between the two countries until the 1998 Adana Accord allowed Syria and Turkey to put the past behind them and become major economic and strategic partners. The Adana agreement established joint cooperation against the PKK and relations subsequently flourished in all aspects. In 2009, the two countries signed a joint political declaration establishing a High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC), intended to elevate relations to an even...
  • LIVE 9PM ET: National Security on Believe in America Radio show

    04/09/2012 5:59:45 PM PDT · by jacobny
    Believe in America ^ | 04/09/12 | jacobny
    discussing WH12 election, jewish vote poll data and Iran on my 'Believe in America Radio' show:
  • Netanyahu: Iran Uses Talks to Deceive

    04/09/2012 1:48:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/4/12 | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Sunday afternoon with his Italian counterpart Mario Monti. Following the meeting, Netanyahu spoke to reporters and mentioned the P5-1 talks with Iran scheduled for next week. "We have seen that Iran uses the talks in order to deceive and mislead," he said. "We will follow the talks." "Our policy with regard to Iran has not changed, and that is also what needs to happen at the talks," he added. "The demands from Iran must be clear – remove the enriched [nuclear] material, stop the enrichment and dismantle the installation at Qom." Iran, meanwhile, has rejected...
  • Israel Bars German Laureate Grass Over Poem

    04/09/2012 12:28:01 PM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    Israel’s interior minister declared Günter Grass, one of Germany’s best-known authors, unwelcome in Israel on Sunday, barring him from entering the country for a poem that accused Israel of being a threat to world peace. “Grass’s poems fan the flames of hatred against Israel and the Israeli people, thus promoting the idea he was part of when he donned an SS uniform,” said the minister, Eli Yishai, referring to Mr. Grass’s admission that he had been a Nazi soldier as a 17-year-old. “His distorted poems are not welcome in Israel. I suggest he try them in Iran where he will...
  • US Navy deploys 2nd aircraft carrier to Gulf

    04/09/2012 10:41:46 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 118 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/08/2012 | Associated Press
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks one of the few times the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating in waters near the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden,...
  • Iran won't accept pre-conditions to nuclear talks: Salehi

    04/09/2012 3:34:46 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 2 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/9/2012 | Reuters
    Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran would not agree to world powers imposing pre-conditions ahead of the resumption of nuclear talks later this week, Iranian media reported on Monday.
  • US sale of combat planes to Iraq concerns IDF

    04/08/2012 5:37:06 PM PDT · by U-238 · 28 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/8/2012 | Yaakov Katz
    Israel is increasingly concerned with the military build-up in Iraq amid intelligence reports that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is solidifying its presence in the country, according to a senior IDF officer. Of particular concern is the Pentagon’s approval in late 2011 of the sale of 36 F- 16 multi-role combat aircraft to Iraq. The planes will be built by Lockheed Martin in the US and are Block 52 F-16s, meaning that they are of the same configuration as Israel’s F-16Is, called Sufa (Storm). “We are carefully watching the developments in Iraq,” the IDF officer said. “The possible developments...
  • Iran Rejects West's 'Demands' Before Talks

    04/08/2012 1:02:17 PM PDT · by edpc · 2 replies
    YNet ^ | 8 April 2012 | News Agencies
    Islamic Republic says will not close Fordo nuclear bunker or give up higher-level uranium enrichment ahead of negotiations set to begin Friday. Iran on Sunday rejected demands the West is reportedly to submit at talks due to take place in days, saying it will neither close its Fordo nuclear bunker nor give up higher-level uranium enrichment. Those two demands, outlined by European and US diplomats to The New York Times newspaper, were "irrational," the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, told ISNA news agency in a lengthy interview.
  • U.S. Defines Its Demands for New Round of Talks With Iran (0's Big "Last Chance" Ultimatum)

    04/08/2012 11:26:19 AM PDT · by mojito · 23 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 4/7/2012 | DAVID E. SANGER and STEVEN ERLANGER
    The Obama administration and its European allies plan to open new negotiations with Iran by demanding the immediate closing and ultimate dismantling of a recently completed nuclear facility deep under a mountain, according to American and European diplomats. They are also calling for a halt in the production of uranium fuel that is considered just a few steps from bomb grade, and the shipment of existing stockpiles of that fuel out of the country, the diplomats said. That negotiating position will be the opening move in what President Obama has called Iran’s “last chance” to resolve its nuclear confrontation with...
  • Poet Gunter Grass Banned from Entering Israel

    04/08/2012 3:03:30 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/4/12 | Chana Yaar
    Interior Minister Eli Yishai has banned German poet Gunter Grass from entering Israel. Yishai declared Grass “persona non grata” in the Jewish State on Sunday, saying his poems were an attempt to “fan the flames of hatred against the state, and against Israel.” If Gunter chooses to spread distortion and falsehood, said Yishai, “I suggest that he do so from Iran, where he can find a [more] receptive audience.” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also had harsh words for the 84-year-old poet, saying “In order to get publicity and sell a few books, he once more is willing to sacrifice Jews.”...
  • U.S. intelligence gains in Iran seen as boost to confidence(it's not making warhead???)

    04/07/2012 9:32:20 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 7, 2012 | Joby Warrick and Greg Miller
    The Obama administration has cited new intelligence reports in arguing against a preemptive military strike by Israel against Iranian nuclear facilities. The expanded espionage effort has confirmed the consensus view expressed by the U.S. intelligence community in a controversial estimate released publicly in 2007. That estimate concluded that while Iran remains resolutely committed to assembling key building blocks for a nuclear weapons program, particularly enriched uranium, the nation’s leaders have opted for now against taking the crucial final step: designing a nuclear warhead. “It isn’t the absence of evidence, it’s the evidence of an absence,” said one former intelligence official...
  • Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation sides with Iran over fallen U.S. Marines

    04/07/2012 8:15:12 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 11 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 8 April 12 | Unattributed
    A U.S. court found Iran responsible for the 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks bombing that killed 241 Marines, soldiers and sailors. Iranian assets are frozen in the U.S. and the surviving families of those U.S. servicemen deserve to be compensated using those assets. Unfortunately, the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) is working to see that the money goes, not to the Marine families, but back to Iran, the world’s foremost sponsor of Jihadist terrorism.
  • The Growing Turkish Threat

    04/07/2012 10:09:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | April 7, 2012 | unattributed
    Iran does not like Turkey supporting Syrian rebels, but does little beyond complain about Turkey and Iran disagreeing about what is happening in Syria. Iran is intent on maintaining good relations with the Turks, who have been a formidable (and usually victorious) foe for centuries. This strategy is based on fear, reflected in a recent Turkish opinion poll that showed 54 percent of Turks approved Turkey developing nuclear weapons if Iran does. To make matters worse Turkey has joined with the Sunni Arabs to rebuild the old (pre-1918 when the Ottoman Turk empire collapsed) coalition opposing Shia Iran. Back in...
  • US To Accept Civilian Nuke Program In Iran

    04/06/2012 6:20:06 PM PDT · by edpc · 47 replies
    YNet ^ | 6 Apr 2012 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has signaled Tehran that the Washington would accept an civilian nuclear program in Iran if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei can back up his recent claim that his nation “will never pursue nuclear weapons,” the Washington Post reported Friday. According to the report, the verbal message was sent through Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met with Khamenei last week. A few days prior to leaving for the trip, Erdogan held a two-hour meeting with Obama on the sidelines of the nuclear security summit in Seoul, in which they discussed what the Turkish leader...
  • Obama's Message To Iran: Civilian Nukes Okay

    04/06/2012 12:16:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies ^ | April 6, 2012 | Daniel Tovrov
    President Barack Obama sent a verbal message to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei by way of Turkey, stating for the first time that the United States would accept a civilian nuclear program in the Islamic Republic if there is a guarantee it will never be used militarily, the Washington Post reported. Obama, in a statement relayed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, said that if Iran proved it was not building a nuclear weapon, then Washington would let Iran develop a peaceful nuclear program. "It's a strange message to send," a critical Bret Stephens, the Wall Street...
  • 'Obama signaled Khamenei that U.S. could accept civilian nuclear program in Iran'

    04/06/2012 11:16:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 4/6/12 | Barak Ravid
    U.S. President Barack Obama has recently passed a message to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Washington Post reported on Friday, which signaled that the United States would agree to an Iranian civilian nuclear program if they proved they were not developing a nuclear bomb. According to David Ignatius, the Washington Post's senior columnist specializing in intelligence matters, Obama passed Khamenei the message through Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who visited Tehran this week.
  • Israel, Get Ready For More Obama Leaks

    04/05/2012 1:54:39 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 17 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 4, 2012 | John Bolton
    The Obama administration appears to be conducting an organized campaign of public pressure to stop Israel from attacking Iran's well-developed nuclear-weapons program. So intense is this effort, and so determined is President Obama to succeed, that administration officials are now leaking highly sensitive information about Israel's intentions and capabilities into the news media. ------ Indeed, the only conclusion to be drawn from Mr. Obama's actions and rhetoric is that he fears an Israeli military strike more than he fears Iran achieving nuclear-weapons capability.
  • The Russian Military Has an Action Plan Involving Georgia if Iran Is Attacked

    04/05/2012 11:52:56 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 4/5/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    Russian Defense Ministry sources told the semiofficial news agency Interfax that action plans are being finalized to react to an armed conflict involving Iran and its nuclear program. The General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces “calculates” that military action against Iran will commence “in the summer” of 2012. Since Israel does not have sufficient assets to defeat Iranian defenses, the Russian military considers US military involvement inevitable (Interfax, March 30). Bits of information have been appearing, indicating the essence of Russian military action. Last December it was disclosed that families of servicemen from the Russian base in Armenia have...
  • What Israel Sent To Azerbaijan

    04/04/2012 9:44:15 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/4/2012 | The Strategy Page
    Azerbaijan angered its neighbor, Iran, when it recently purchased $1.6 billion in military equipment from Israel. Details of this purchase were never mentioned, but now the veil of secrecy is being lifted. Among the items ordered were Gabriel anti-ship missiles. These are 522 kg (1,150 pound) weapons with a range of 36 kilometers. Azerbaijan will use these to protect its Caspian Sea coast from the growing number of Iranian warships being introduced in the area. Also obtained were five Heron and five Searcher UAVs. The Israeli Heron TP is a 4.6 ton aircraft can operate at 14.g kilometers (45,000 feet)....
  • Islamofascism: Nazi cartoons made in non-Aryan Arabia

    04/04/2012 1:36:51 AM PDT · by Milagros · 5 replies
    This title is telling: 'Hooked nose racist Arabs paint hooked noses?' Racist extremist Arab Helen Thomas Islamic Nazi Arab Mohamed MerahThese extremist Arabs, (or Iranian or Turkish) who were regarded by Hitler as momkeys, now copy Hitleristic cartoons against Jews?Antisemitism in the Arab and Muslim World and its Influence on Muslim Communities Abroad Jan 22, 2008 – Jews and Israelis are portrayed as stooped, hook-nosed and money-hungry, as snakes (a particularly nefarious figure in the Arab world) bent ... Incitement in the Arab Media - Anti-Semitic Cartoon - ADL The stereotypical Jew, with his long beard and hooked nose, is...