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  • U.S. troops who repelled Russian mercenaries prepare for more attacks

    03/16/2018 8:12:39 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 79 replies
    NBC News ^ | Mar 15 2018, 8:20 pm ET | Richard Engel and Kennett Werner
    DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria — Standing on a windswept mound, Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga pointed to the spot just a mile away from where Russian mercenaries and fighters loyal to the Syrian government fired at his soldiers. "Those artillery rounds could have landed and killed Americans, and that's why we continue to prepare our defenses," said Braga, the director of operations for the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition. U.S. troops who came under fire from Russian mercenaries prepare for more attacks Only steps away sits a sprawling oil and gas refinery that American forces captured from ISIS last year and that is...
  • Caroline Glick: Firing Rex Tillerson Removed an Obstacle to Middle East Peace

    03/16/2018 12:20:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Mar 2018 | Caroline Glick
    the White House held a Middle East summit that demonstrated Tillerson’s basic assumptions have the problems of the Middle East precisely backwards.Under the leadership of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, along with Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s senior negotiator, Israeli officials sat in the White House for the first time with Arab officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar. Representatives from Egypt and Jordan, with which Israel enjoys open diplomatic relations, were also in attendance. Canadian and European officials participated as well. Although they were invited, the Palestinians chose to boycott the conference. Their boycott was...
  • Trump Sent Clear Message to Europe on Iran When Firing Tillerson

    03/15/2018 6:44:39 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Sarah Carter ^ | March 14, 2018 | Sarah Carter
    President Donald Trump sent a clear message to European allies and senior administration officials Tuesday when he fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:  the President remains steadfast on implementing his strategy to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, even if it means dismantling the 2015 Iran nuclear deal established by President Obama, sources told this reporter.Trump, who ‘begrudgingly’ recertified the Iran deal January, will not re-certify in May if Germany, France or Great Britain back down from the conditions the administration set in place at the beginning of the year to hold Tehran accountable for its nuclear program, a White House official...
  • Thousands of Gazans to march towards Israel

    03/15/2018 1:01:45 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 52 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/3/18 | Dalit Halevi
    Thousands of Gazans are planning to march towards Israel in what has been dubbed the “March of the Return” to begin on March 30. Ahmad al-Mudallal, a senior member of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, described the demonstrations as a popular "referendum" that will demonstrate the adherence of the "Palestinian people" to the “right of return” and the resistance to the "plots" against the Palestinians. In an interview with the Hamas newspaper Felesteen, Mudallal said that the “Palestinian people” will go out to the borders and from there send a message to the world about the need to lift the...
  • COMMENTARY — Turkey’s Erdoğan mobilizing China’s Muslims for jihadist campaign

    03/14/2018 12:26:37 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    Stockholm Center for Freedom ^ | 11 Mar 2018 | Abdullah Bozkurt
    TurkeyÂ’s ill-advised war in SyriaÂ’s Afrin enclave has further exposed how the Islamist regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his nationalist partners are mobilizing ChinaÂ’s Muslims, especially the Uyghurs, for their proxy battles to advance political and religious goals. The clandestine web of networks that was set up by TurkeyÂ’s National Intelligence Organization (MÄ°T) among Uyghurs and other Muslim groups from Central Asian countries involves not only transporting and facilitating jihadist fighters from ChinaÂ’s Xinxiang region, some of the fiercest and most battle-hardened militants who can only be compared to RussianÂ’s Chechens on the field, but also mobilization of...
  • The Latest: Turkey says it'll jointly patrol Manbij with US

    03/13/2018 3:53:59 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 7 replies
    ABC ^ | March 13, 2018 | Associated Press
    The Turkish foreign minister says Turkey and the United States have reached an agreement on a plan to jointly station Turkish and U.S. forces in the Syrian Kurdish-held town of Manbij. Washington has not confirmed any such plan — and a small contingent of U.S. forces is already in Manbij. Turkey is riled by U.S. support to the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG, and accuses the U.S. of allegedly not fulfilling a promise to move the Syrian Kurdish fighters in Manbij east of the Euphrates River. Ankara has threatened to expand its current offensive in northern Syria to...
  • Press Release Regarding the Sixth Turkish-Russian Joint Strategic Planning Group Meeting

    03/12/2018 12:06:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    On 12-14 March 2018, H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey will pay a visit to Moscow to attend the Sixth Turkish-Russian Joint Strategic Planning Group Meeting, a sub-mechanism of the Turkish-Russian High Level Cooperation Council (HLCC). At the Joint Strategic Planning Group Meeting co-chaired by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the sides will have comprehensive exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as the current regional and international affairs of common interest. This meeting will also lay the groundwork for the HLCC to be held in Turkey this year under the co-chairmanship of...
  • 57 Muslim nations urged to besiege Israel

    03/12/2018 1:58:55 PM PDT · by Lera · 83 replies
    WND ^ | 3/11/18
    A Turkish newspaper close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party is urging 57 Islamic nations to build a joint army specifically to attack Israel, notes a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. The Middle East Media Research Institute reports the article appeared on the paper’s website under the title “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed against Israel?” It was published shortly ahead of a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which has 57 members, MEMRI reported. The article notes, MEMRI said, “that such a joint army will greatly exceed the Israeli army in...
  • Europe criticizes Israel over legislation on terrorism

    03/10/2018 8:42:45 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/3/18 | Elad Benari
    The European Union (EU) on Friday issued a sharply worded statement in which it criticized the law that was approved this week in the Knesset, which allows the permanent residency of terrorists to be revoked. “This week, the Israeli Knesset adopted legislation which empowers the Israeli Minister of Interior to revoke the permanent residency status of persons involved in terrorism, treason or espionage,” the statement said. While the EU stressed it “rejects terrorism in all its forms”, it warned that “the new law could make the residency status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a protected population under International Humanitarian Law,...
  • Fearing For His Life, a Christian Refugee in Austria Returns to Syria, Where It’s Safer

    03/09/2018 7:14:58 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 20 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 8 Mar, 2018 | Baron Bodissey
    A young Christian from Syria fled to Austria to escape persecution. When he arrived in Europe, he found himself forced into the company of “refugees” who supported the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra. He had to keep his Christian faith a secret, or risk being killed. Eventually he returned to Syria, where he felt he was more likely to be safe. Anton, who translated the German video report below for subtitling, includes this introduction: A Christian Syrian refugee, Spiro Haddad, recalls his illegal journey to Austria. On the way, he is met by people who openly confide their allegiance to...
  • Is Greece about to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital?

    03/09/2018 9:39:59 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 25 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 3/9/18 | Maria Polizoidou
    On his return from a recent two-day trip to Israel -- where he met with high-level officials -- Adonis Georgiadis, the vice president of Greece's opposition party, New Democracy, declared his support for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In an interview with Skai Radio on March 7, Georgiadis called it "almost funny to discuss whether Jerusalem is a Jewish city or not." "[It] was founded by the Jews... in ancient times. You can read Flavius Josephus or read Diodoros Siceliotis and see the references to the city of Jerusalem, where there was the High Priest of Solomon's Temple and that...
  • US Embassy in Jerusalem to open in May, officials say

    03/05/2018 12:23:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/05/2018 | Brooke Singman
    The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will open in May to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel declaring its independence, Trump administration officials said Friday. A senior State Department official said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson approved a security plan late Thursday for an embassy location to open in Jerusalem. “We are excited about taking this historic step, and look forward with anticipation to the May opening,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement on Friday. Officials told Fox News the embassy would initially be located in the neighborhood of Arnona on a compound that currently houses the...
  • Michigan man shows up in Chicago ER after getting wounded 6,200 miles away in Syria

    03/04/2018 4:09:33 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 53 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 2, 2018 | Rosemary Sobol and Patrick M. O'Connell
    The emergency room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital was packed with flu patients when Caleb Stevens hobbled through the doors on crutches one evening in January, his leg pulsing with pain from a week-old gunshot wound. The clerk at the intake desk was unfazed when Stevens said he had been wounded in Syria. She took his passport and told him to join the rest of the people in the waiting room. So he sat with his mom for 20 minutes, his right leg wrapped in a cast, a splint and bloody bandages. He was still wearing a red-and-white Christmas sock someone...
  • PKK Threatens to Move the Afrin Battle into Turkey

    03/04/2018 5:39:58 PM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | March 4, 2018 | Laura Luck
    The PKK threatens to move the battle into Turkey, saying that the battle of Afrin is the beginning real revolution Kurdistan in Turkey and calls Kurdish youth to join the resistance against the Turkish occupation army in every a place.
  • 12 Ways Trump is a Nightmare for Putin

    03/03/2018 11:03:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/03/2018 | Daniel Ashman
    I am frustrated to still hear the silliness about how President Donald Trump is soft on Russia.  It continues to be a mainstream talking point, repeated by congresspeople pushing impeachment and pundits like Max "I would rather vote for Stalin than Trump" Boot.  Our friends the Germans even made this disgusting parade float of a Russian bear sodomizing Trump. Their argument is insane.  Not tethered to reality.  A supreme attempt to gaslight normal people. Below is a list of all the ways that Trump's policies are anathema to Moscow.  They are coordinated and deliberate, to help America and undermine Russia.  Trump may not be saying...
  • Samantha Power lied while hundreds of thousands died

    03/01/2018 1:38:54 PM PST · by detective · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 1, 2018 | Ethel C. Fenig
    Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. during President Barack Obama (D)'s second term, claimed that her guiding philosophy was Responsibility to Protect (R2P). However, in this absolutely heartbreaking letter in Tablet Magazine, "AMBASSADOR SAMANTHA POWER LIED TO MY FACE ABOUT SYRIA," by Kassem Eid, a Syrian who survived unspeakable torture and poison gas bombing attacks from Syrian president Assad's forces but managed to escape and then tried to warn her about the true situation, we learn that Power's real motto was Responsibility to Protect Our Rear Ends (R2PORE) by not getting involved.
  • Resisting calls to ‘do something’ about Syria

    03/03/2018 10:03:59 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 16 replies ^ | 03/03/2018 | Caitlin Johnstone
    “We’ve got to do something about Syria!” goes the common Western refrain. Actually, no you don’t. “What? You’re saying we should just do nothing??” goes the common response. Yeah that’d be great. Definitely please get as far away from Syria as possible, thanks. Arguing that the Western war machine is a good way to bring about peace and justice in Syria is like arguing that the gasoline which was used to start a house fire can also be used to extinguish it. The cutesy fairy tale you will hear from empire loyalists is that what started out as peaceful protests...
  • Sariyildiz speaks in the UN: “We do not accept your silence”

    03/03/2018 8:24:05 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    ANF News (Geneva) ^ | Friday, 2 Mar 2018, 13:07 | ANF GENEVA
    HDP MP Faysal Sarıyıldız spoke in the UN and said: “Because there was silence for the crimes against humanity in Cizre, Erdoğan continues his massacres today in Afrin. Action must be taken.” The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council’s 37th Human Rights Sessions continue in the UN Geneva offices. In parallel with the sessions today a panel discussion on human rights in Turkey was held by IFOR. IFOR Representative Derek Brett moderated the panel discussion where close witness of the Cizre massacre HDP Şırnak MP Faysal Sarıyıldız, lawyer Hülya Uçpınar and human rights defender and conscientious objector Halil Savda participated....
  • SDF calls on UN to stop Turkish invasion, abide to UN Security Council resolution (Efrin, Syria)

    03/02/2018 7:14:31 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    The Region ^ | 01/03/2018 18:09 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    The Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) on Thursday called on the UN to stop the Turkish invasion and to demand Turkey to follow the UN Security Council resolution that includes Afrin in its 30-days ceasefire. “The UN Security Council unanimously adopted its resolution 2401 at its meeting on Saturday, February 24th, 2018, on the basis of a draft submitted by the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Sweden, which explicitly provided for the cessation of all combat operations by all parties on all Syrian territory for at least one month,” SDF spokesperson Kino Gabriel said. “The Turkish state and its...
  • International panel of judges set to investigate war crimes against Kurds in southeast Turkey

    03/03/2018 8:05:28 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    The Region ^ | 03/03/2018 10:40 | The Region
    On the 15th and 16th of March, The Permanent People's Tribunal will hold a hearing on violations made by the Turkish state against the Kurdish population in Paris. A panel of judges will hear investigations into alleged breaches of international humanitarian law by the Turkish Armed Forces within Turkey. The judges will also assess the legality of Turkish intelligence operations against dissidents in Europe. The indictment, which has been brought forward by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights, Maf-Dad, and the Kurdish Institute Brussels seeks to investigate two...