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  • Kurdish president calls for statehood, new Middle Eastern order

    05/23/2016 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Speaking on the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement last week, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, declared that the old Middle East created by European imperialism was dead – and that an independent Kurdish state must be part of the emerging new order. Referring to the secret arrangement by the Allied Powers in World War I to divide the Middle East into “spheres of influence”, Barzani blasted the Sykes-Picot Agreement, saying that it denied the rights of the inhabitants and carved up populations with arbitrary lines. The agreement served as the basis for the establishment of the modern...
  • Islamic State aims to destroy Israel, ‘liberate’ Jerusalem with Sinai Peninsula terrorist force

    05/23/2016 10:33:20 AM PDT · by Mr. M.J.B. · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/22/2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    With a media blitz, the Islamic State has set its sights on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as the next shot at expanding its empire and establishing a base from which to attack neighboring Israel.
  • German-funded school in Gaza teaches military training

    05/23/2016 1:27:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16
    A school built in Gaza using German funds is educating their students on hatred and violence for Israel and providing children with military training At the end of March, a Hamas-affiliated news agency distributed a video showing a Palestinian teacher indoctrinating school children with hatred for Israel and support for an armed struggle against it. The teacher used the letters of the Arabic alphabet as a didactic tool to teach them "the fundamental Palestinian national principles" even before they learn to read. The video did not specify the name of the school; however, data collected by the Intelligence and Terrorism...
  • Hamas slams 'Arafat the coward'

    05/22/2016 3:08:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/5/16 | Dalit Halevi
    Senior Hamas politburo official Mahmoud al-Zahar reignited the war of words between his terrorist organization and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, which have long been bitter rivals. Hamas and Fatah have remained violently divided despite the unity deal sealed by Abbas in April 2014 when he torpedoed the US-led peace talks. In recent days - even as Egypt is leading talks in Cairo to try and unify the Palestinian factions - al-Zahar upped the ante on Hamas-Fatah tensions by slamming Fatah founder and arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat for being a "coward" and fleeing a battle with Israel, before...
  • It was 1979 (not 2003) that Unleashed Political Islam

    05/20/2016 7:59:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/20/2016 | Manda Zand Ervin
    It has become the fact in American political talking points, even Mr. Trump insists that what is going on in the Middle East today is the result of the President Bush’s 2003 policy in Iraq that opened the doors to chaos and the creation of ISIS. No one, however, is going back to search for the root causes of the events in today’s complicated and problematic Middle East. The facts are, notwithstanding the forever continuing Palestinian/Israeli war, that the Middle East was kept relatively peaceful and political Islam and its terrorism was kept under control in a secular Iran until...
  • A Fake Museum for a Fake Palestine-The Palestinian Museum is as empty as its soul

    05/20/2016 4:35:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-20-16 | Daniel Greenfield
    A Fake Museum for a Fake Palestine The Palestinian Museum is as empty as its soul. May 20, 2016 Daniel Greenfield    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. 150 years ago, Mark Twain visited Muslim-occupied Israel and wrote of “unpeopled deserts” and “mounds of barrenness,” of “forlorn” and “untenanted” cities. Palestine is “desolate,” he concluded. “One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings.” The same is true of the Palestinian Museum which opened with much fanfare and one slight problem. While admission is free,...
  • General Odierno Says ISIS Was Avoidable

    05/20/2016 4:50:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | May 20, 2016 | Jack Heretik
    General Odierno Says ISIS was AvoidableGen. Raymond Odierno said he believes the Islamic State’s creation was avoidable during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Host Joe Scarborough asked Odierno, who commanded the Multi-National Forces in Iraq for about two years, if ISIS and the current state of Iraq were avoidable when the United States ended formal combat operations there. “Did it ever have to begin? Was ISIS avoidable?” Scarborough asked. “I think it is, and I’m not one for revisionist history,” Odierno said. “Actually, I was, on 1 September 2010, that’s when I gave up command in Iraq and that...
  • U.S. Warns ISIS Capital: Get Out Now

    05/20/2016 12:34:19 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 59 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05.20.16 | Nancy Youssef
    The American military is warning residents of ISIS’s Syrian capital to leave the city—suggesting that an offensive on Raqqa was imminent, two Pentagon officials told the Daily Beast. In the past day, residents of Raqqa have posted photos of the warnings on Twitter, saying they were airdropped on leaflets by the U.S.-led coalition. The defense officials were the first to confirm that the coalition had indeed issued the warnings.
  • Russia Urges Joint Action With US Against Syria's Al-Qaida

    05/20/2016 1:55:40 PM PDT · by Innovative · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 20, 2016 | AP
    The Russian defense minister proposed on Friday that Russia and the U.S.-led coalition launch joint action against al-Qaida's branch in Syria, known as the Nusra Front. A spokesman for the U.S. State Department said no agreement on such action has been made with Russia. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow had proposed to Washington that the coalition call on all factions eager to abide by a cease-fire in Syria to leave the areas where the al-Qaida branch is active by May 25. Then Russia and the U.S.-led coalition could conduct joint strikes against the Nusra Front and any other...
  • Israel defense minister quits, warns of "extremist" takeover

    05/20/2016 7:59:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2016 9:38 AM EDT | Ian Deitch
    Israel’s defense minister announced his resignation on Friday, saying the governing party had been taken over by “extremist and dangerous elements” and that he no longer trusted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following reports that he was to be replaced. Moshe Ya’alon’s departure removes a strong voice of moderation in the Cabinet and deepens the rift between the security establishment and the hardline politicians. Ya’alon told reporters that “Israel is a healthy society” with a “sane majority” that is tolerant of minorities and strives for a liberal and democratic society. “But to my great dismay extremist and dangerous elements have taken...
  • ISIS execute 25 people by DISSOLVING them in nitric acid: 'Iraqi spies' were tied up with [tr]

    05/19/2016 7:52:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 19, 2016 | Sara Malm
    ISIS has executed 25 people in Mosul, northern Iraq, by lowering them in a vat of nitric acid, according to several local news reports. The men had been accused of spying on ISIS on behalf of Iraqi government security forces. According to witnesses, the 25 alleged 'spies' had been tied together with a rope and lowered in a large basin containing nitric acid until their organs dissolved.
  • Did John Kerry Just Exploit Memorial Day To Back Out of France's Anti-Israel Peace Conference?

    05/17/2016 8:40:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 17, 2016 | David Steinberg
    Perhaps the Carter administration was comparably hostile to Israel, but the passive-aggressive, honor-deficient Obama administration has both caused and acceded to greater danger to the Jewish State than any other U.S. administration since 1948.Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that he would not be attending the Mideast conference to be held in Paris on May 30, which was organized by France's socialist President Francois Hollande.According to State, Kerry is simply too busy.As a result, Hollande has postponed the conference and no alternative date has been set.Eager to force Israel towards negotiations with the bifurcated, terror-supporting Palestinian leadership, Hollande had...
  • Al Qaeda magazine calls for targeting American business leaders

    05/15/2016 9:15:13 PM PDT · by G Larry · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-16-16 | Fox News
    The latest issue of Al Qaeda’s online magazine Inspire released Saturday calls on would-be jihadis to undermine the American economy by targeting business leaders and entrepreneurs, according to analysts who monitor web chatter from the jihadist organization. AND the magazine also features a section on bomb-making and encouraging radical Islamic terrorists to emulate the Palestinian stabbings of Israelis by walking up to Americans and stabbing them to death.
  • Iran arrests fashion models, blog manager in social media crackdown

    05/16/2016 8:42:54 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 16, 2016 | Bozorgmehr Sharafedin
    Iran has launched a new crackdown on social media, arresting fashion models active on photo-sharing websites and a blog website manager after Tehran's top leader declared war on un-Islamic thoughts on the Internet. Eight members of a modeling network were arrested and accused of publishing photos of women without the obligatory hijab headscarf on the picture-sharing application Instagram, Tasnim news agency said on Sunday.
  • Giving the Palestinians a state

    05/14/2016 3:31:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Primack Channel ^ | 14/5/16 | Eleutheria5
    GSM31 will be out of town on Thursday, so we recorded this early.
  • Belgium to Begin Strikes Against ISIS in Syria

    05/13/2016 3:46:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 13 May 2016
    Belgium will extend its F-16 air strikes against ISIS militants in Iraq into Syria, the government said Friday, as it grapples with the aftermath of deadly ISIS-claimed bomb attacks in Brussels in March. “In accordance with UN Resolution 2249, the engagement will be limited to those areas of Syria under the control of ISIS and other terrorist groups,” a spokesman for Prime Minister Charles Michel told AFP after a cabinet meeting. “The objective will be to destroy these groups’ refuges,” the spokesman said, adding that the strikes would begin on July 1.
  • Missile Launches Since JPOA Underecut Narrative of Iranian Moderation

    05/14/2016 8:38:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2016 | Majid Sadeghpour
    In April, the Islamic Republic of Iran conducted another rocket launch, ostensibly to put an Iranian satellite into orbit, which fell far short of its mark. Many analysts speculated that its purpose had nothing to do with satellites. Those paying attention to Iran’s recent activities & skeptical of the Islamic Republic suggested that this latest launch was yet another example of Tehran’s ongoing effort to test its long-range ballistic missile program. About two weeks later, these suspicions were confirmed when the deputy commander of the Iranian armed forces, Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi, boasted that the launch had been a successful...
  • IDF general: IS fighters training with Hamas in Gaza

    05/13/2016 4:58:25 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 10 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5/13/2016 | Times of Israel
    Islamic State fighters have recently arrived in the Gaza Strip to train with their Hamas counterparts, a senior IDF official said in an Arabic interview published Friday.
  • Senior IDF official: ISIS members recently trained in Gaza

    05/13/2016 3:01:22 PM PDT · by Lera · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/13/2016 | Elad Benari
    Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai tells Saudi website that ISIS members entered Gaza from Egypt to undergo military training. Members of the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group have recently entered Gaza through tunnels from Egypt to undergo military training in the Hamas-ruled enclave, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, said Friday. Speaking to the Saudi news site Elaph and quoted by Haaretz, Mordechai said the ISIS members entered Gaza a few days ago with the support of a well-connected Hamas affiliate in the city of Rafah, adding that Hamas is helping the ISIS fighters receive...
  • Hezbollah Suffers Big Blow as Top Commander Killed

    05/12/2016 10:20:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 13 May 2016
    Top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine has been killed, the Lebanese group said on Friday, the biggest blow to the Iranian-backed organization since its military chief was killed in 2008. Badreddine, 55, was one of the highest ranking officials in the group, and assessed by the US government to be responsible for Hezbollah’s military operations in Syria, where it is fighting alongside the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Hezbollah statement did not say when, where or how he was killed, though it cited him saying he would return from Syria either victorious or as “a martyr”.
  • Israel Honors Priest Who Promotes Arab Army Enlistment

    05/12/2016 5:04:23 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5-12-16 | TIA GOLDENBERG AND AREEJ HAZBOUN
    Israel's decision to honor a controversial Greek Orthodox priest at its official Independence Day ceremony is driving a wedge in the country's tiny Christian Arab community as the government recognizes him for his efforts to encourage Christians to enlist in the Israeli military. Father Gabriel Naddaf's recruitment drive has deeply divided Israel's Christian Arabs, who make up just 2 percent of Israel's population. His inclusion in a ceremony tinged with sadness for many of the country's Arabs, along with new allegations accusing him of sexually harassing young people he helped, has only added to the anger and risks overshadowing what...
  • PA PM: We're following the path of the Nazi Mufti

    05/11/2016 7:10:28 AM PDT · by Lera · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/11/2016 | Dalit Halevi
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday took part in the Seventh International Bayt al-Maqdis Islamic Conference in Ramallah, Samaria, in which he aired libel against Israel apparently on the background of its counter-terror actions. In his speech, he called on the international community to get involved in order to "defend" the Arab residents of Jerusalem who are dealing with "illegal" activities from Israel "that oppose international law and human rights." Hamdallah's call to take action against Israel urged international pressure so as to end the "occupation" and establish an independent Palestinian state along the 1949 Armistice lines,...
  • Bin Laden’s son calls to target Jewish, US, Western interests

    05/09/2016 6:45:23 PM PDT · by Mr. M.J.B. · 45 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/10/2016 | Ariel Ben Solomon
    Hamza Bin Laden, the son of former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, is calling for the targeting of Jewish and Western interests and the building of an army to “liberate Jerusalem.” US Jewish institutions on alert following calls for attacks from bin Laden’s son.
  • Ya'alon: Opportunity for peace deal must come from within Israel

    05/10/2016 3:55:36 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/5/16 | Tova Dvorin
    Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon weighed in on Memorial Day, negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the possibility of a unity government on Tuesday, in a special interview with Army Radio. "The bravery of bereaved families is invisible but very significant," Ya'alon stated. "They overcome the pain, overcome the hole in their lives. This is true heroism." Ya'alon also addressed rumors of a unity government, .... Those challenges include pressure from Paris to begin negotiations with the PA, which he confirmed have failed before due to the PA refusing to cooperate. "They slammed the door to President [Barack] Obama and...
  • Netanyahu: We threatened to send troops to Cairo

    05/10/2016 11:07:40 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10 May 2016 | David Rosenberg
    Israeli threats, not Obama's entreaties, saved embassy staff in Cairo during 2011 crisis. Speaking at a Foreign Ministry ceremony on the eve of Yom HaZikaron, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu revealed that Israel had threatened Egypt during the 2011 Cairo embassy crisis. During the event on Tuesday, held to honor the memory of 16 Foreign Service members who were killed in the line of duty overseas, Netanyahu emphasized that Israel was willing to go anywhere and take any action to protect the lives of its servicemen and women. The Prime Minister noted that during the siege of Israel’s embassy in Cairo...
  • United States to give Gaza $50 million in aid

    05/09/2016 3:32:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    inn ^ | 5/9/16 | Ben Ariel
    The United States on Monday announced a $50 million aid program for Gaza, reports The Associated Press (AP). American officials quoted by the news agency said that the money will be used over five years to provide basic humanitarian assistance and create jobs in the coastal enclave. The money will be distributed by the U.S Agency for International Development in partnership with Catholic Relief Services. The U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, Donald A. Blume, said the effort is meant to address "the dire needs that are obvious in Gaza", according to the AP report. Gaza's economy has sharply declined since...
  • United States to give Gaza $50 million in aid

    05/09/2016 3:34:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 53 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/5/16 | Ben Ariel
    The United States on Monday announced a $50 million aid program for Gaza, reports The Associated Press (AP). American officials quoted by the news agency said that the money will be used over five years to provide basic humanitarian assistance and create jobs in the coastal enclave. The money will be distributed by the U.S Agency for International Development in partnership with Catholic Relief Services. The U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, Donald A. Blume, said the effort is meant to address "the dire needs that are obvious in Gaza", according to the AP report. Gaza's economy has sharply declined since...
  • Children Call for Martyrdom, Capture Israeli "Soldier" at a Khan Yunis "Childhood Festival"

    05/09/2016 4:13:02 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 5/5/16
    Celebrations of the Eighth Annual "Childhood Festival" by the Islamic Association in Khan Yunis, Gaza, featured children simulating acts of defiance against Israeli soldiers and policemen. In the play, a girl dressed as a veiled Palestinian woman pushes an Israeli "policeman" in defiance while weapons are trained on her, children throw stones at "policemen," and young boys dressed in military fatigues emerge from a "tunnel" to take an "Israeli soldier" prisoner. A girl reciting a poem called upon children to "die as a martyr, and blow up the enemies." The footage was posted on the Internet on May 5, 2016....
  • Gaza kids’ festival theme suicide bombs, guns and murder

    05/10/2016 3:19:15 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 11 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 05/10/16 | Lisa Daftari
    There are some resemblances to a traditional children’s carnival. The children are dressed in beautiful, bright colors. Young girls are bearing flowers in their hair, and the children moving around to loud, fun music, waving flags and singing songs. The one exception at this children’s festival in Gaza is that the songs, musical acts and dances are about guns, bombs and killing Israeli soldiers. It’s the eighth annual Khan Yunis festival and hundreds of young children seated in a stadium watch the show—one in which other children dance around role playing the killing of Israeli citizens, the waving of guns...
  • Kurds urge Jews to return to Iraq

    05/10/2016 5:23:20 PM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5-10-16 | David Rosenberg
    Autonomous Iraqi Kurds appeal to descendants of former residents, promising Jews will be 'freer and safer' there than in much of Europe. Looking to distinguish itself from the rest of Iraq and deepen ties with the Kurdish diaspora, the autonomous region of Kurdistan is courting religious minorities, including Jews. Some 300,000 Jews are descended from refugees who fled the region after the establishment of Israel in 1948. Today, most of them live in Israel, though a small community, numbering perhaps several hundred families, still exists in Kurdistan. Few if any practice any form of Judaism, but a sizable portion identify...
  • Report: Saddam Hussein’s Son Plotted London Assassination Attack

    03/23/2008 1:04:50 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies · 474+ views
    Times of London ^ | Sunday, March 23, 2008 | FOX News
    Saddam Hussein's son Uday planned to carry out an attack in London to assassinate the leader of an Iraqi opposition group in April 2000, it is being reported. According to the U.K.'s Times of London newspaper, a new Pentagon study based on documents seized during the Iraq war reveal an aborted plot by Uday Hussein's elite paramilitary group — the Fedayeen — to kill London-based Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress. Documents show that Fedayeen's orders were to carry out assassinations and bombings in London, the Times reported. While the study showed no link between Saddam Hussein's regime...
  • Op-Ed: Donald Trump will understand Middle East real estate in 5 minutes

    05/08/2016 2:16:53 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/5/16 | Mark Langfan
    Eight months ago, in September 2015, when every pundit opined that Donald Trump was a laughable candidate, I wrote that: “In short, get ready for a President Trump. But, more importantly, Trump, and only Trump, has the guts to erase Obama, and the vestiges of Obama's traitorous Iran-First policies, like Obama never existed. Just call Trump the Eraser-Man. America will elect Trump because they want to erase Obama, and all of his domestic and national security policies. After one year of President Trump, Obama and his policies will be just a bad dream.” As for the Middle East, real estate...
  • First Egyptian Navy Mistral Class LHD Sailed Out to Sea for Initial Crew Formation

    05/07/2016 3:08:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 07 May 2016
    The first Mistral-class LHD Gamal Abdel Nasser (hull number L1010, the former Vladivostok initially intended for the Russian Navy), purchased by Egypt after the cancellation of the contract with Russia went out to sea for the first time with an Egyptian crew for a week of training. Egyptian Navy Mistral-class LHD Gamal Abdel Nasser sailing out of Saint-Nazaire with an Egyptian crew aboard for the first time. Picture taken on 06/05/2016. Source: www.facebook.com/EgyptMilitary 180 Egyptian Navy sailors are reported to be aboard the vessel. A second series of formation at sea is set to take place on the second half...
  • Senior Egypt Official Blames ‘Tom and Jerry’, Video Games for Violence Across Middle East

    05/04/2016 11:33:10 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    Egyptian Streets ^ | 5/4/2016 | Mohamed Khairat
    The head of Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS), Ambassador Salah Abdel Sadek, has attributed the rise of violence and extremism across the Arab world to children’s cartoon Tom and Jerry, video games and ‘violent’ movies. During a speech at a conference titled ‘The Media and the Culture of Violence’ at Cairo University, the Ambassador said that Tom and Jerry sets an idea in the viewer’s mind that violence is natural. “[Tom and Jerry] portrays the violence in a funny manner and sends the message that, yes, I can hit him…and I can blow him up with explosives. It becomes...
  • U.S. Service Member Killed by ISIS in Iraq

    05/03/2016 5:28:31 AM PDT · by kristinn · 32 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | Nancy A. Youssef
    The self-proclaimed Islamic State broke through a line of Kurdish forces in Iraq and killed a U.S. service member Tuesday who were there to advise them, a U.S. defense official told the Daily Beast. U.S. advisers had arrived on Monday morning to assist the Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, in the northern city of Mosul, checking on “their morale and defenses,” the official said. The U.S. forces were as many as 3 miles from the frontlines when the ISIS fighters attacked, the official said. ISIS fighters “appeared to penetrate the forward line” and began attacking the peshmerga. A U.S. service...
  • 9,000 Photos from 1800’s British Mandate of Palestine – with no trace of Muslims or mosques

    05/01/2016 8:31:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 5/1/16 | Pamela Geller
    “Palestinian” is a euphemism for Islamic Jew hatred. Previously I published the actual flag of Palestine before 1948. (above.) What follows is an “aha moment” in Muslims’ war on Israel. Now here is further proof of the lie (as if we needed any more) of the vicious historical revisionism by the Muslim world to erase the Jewish State and create a mythical Islamic narrative surrounding five thousand years of Jewish history. 9,000 Photos from 1800’s British Mandate of Palestine – with no trace of ‘Palestinians’ By Palestine/Israel Conflict, February 13, 2013 (thanks to Dan F): Where ARE all those Palestinians,...
  • Norway to send 60 troops to train Syrian fighters

    05/02/2016 2:36:51 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 10 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/2/16
    again another country moves their troops into Syria without Syrian approval. Norway will send some 60 troops, including special forces soldiers, to train, advise and give operational support to Syrian fighters battling Islamic State militants, the country's prime minister said on Monday. The troops will be based in Jordan. The Norwegian Parliament will need to be consulted if the troops are to operate within Syria, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said. Norway had previously sent 120 soldiers to Iraq to help to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in northern Iraq. Those troops are still in Iraq. Norway's decision...
  • Russia: US deployment violates Syria's sovereignty

    04/30/2016 6:07:05 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 12 replies
    dw.com ^ | 4/29/16
    A Russian official has criticized Washington's lack of authorization from Syria to deploy troops. The UN warned Damascus and Moscow of increased violence against civilians after a hospital was bombed, leaving 30 dead. Moscow sees the deployment of an additional 250 US military personnel in Syria as an affront to Damascus' territorial sovereignty, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia's state-owned TASS news agency on Friday. "If we are talking from the position of the foreign minister, we - of course - cannot not be concerned over the fact that the US carries out such actions without coordination with...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Assad siege of Aleppo could be 'imminent,' experts warn

    04/28/2016 7:01:05 PM PDT · by Fhios · 8 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/28/2016 | George Russell
    ... If Syria’s largest city is surrounded by government troops, the strategic situation in Syria could change very rapidly for the worse, not only for Syrians, but also for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan—and for the Obama Administration, which has banked heavily on the crumbling peace talks to end five years of civil war and an expanding presence for ISIS amid the chaos. The encirclement would also be a major strategic advance for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has drawn his forces in Syria, but has also been helping the Assad regime conduct more focused military operations under a two-month...
  • Poll: Overwhelming majority of Palestinians support terror

    04/26/2016 5:09:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/16
    The overwhelming majority of young Palestinians believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be resolved through negotiations. A poll of Palestinian youth, defined as ages 16-30, published Monday by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center depicts a community that is socially conservative, supports violence against Israel, is skeptical about its leadership and opposes the Islamic State. It also shows significantly greater support for violence among Palestinians in the Gaza Strip than among those in Judea and Samaria While 47.4 percent of youths in Judea and Samaria oppose stabbing attacks, 78.6 percent of Gaza youths support them, according to the poll. In addition,...
  • Paris rejected Israeli software which could have stopped attack

    04/26/2016 5:24:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/16
    A groundbreaking Israeli security system could have helped French authorities prevent the Paris massacre last November - but authorities balked at the deal under pressure from the anti-Israel boycott movement. Speaking to Fox News, an Israeli counter-terrorism source with intimate knowledge of both the software involved and the deal itself said that after the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher attack the previous January an Israeli company offered to provide French authorities with special terrorist-tracking software, which could well have enabled them to flag the ISIS terrorist network operating under their noses. But although the French were initially very keen on...
  • Russia restarts bombings targeting Syrian opposition, US officer says

    04/26/2016 2:35:40 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 26, 2016 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Russia has resumed bombing moderate opposition fighters in Syria, a U.S. military officer from Baghdad told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday. "We have seen them begin operations again in that region," Air Force Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten, the U.S.-led coalition's deputy commander for operations and intelligence, told Fox News. President Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin last week asking him to help "press" Syria to end its airstrikes, according to a White House statement. The strikes appeared to violate the ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in February. "The two leaders committed to intensify their efforts to shore...
  • US to give Israel 'largest military aid package in history'

    04/26/2016 7:55:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 4/26/2016, 9:55 AM | David Rosenberg
    The White House is reportedly planning to accept Israeli demands for increased military aid, following pressure by the US Senate to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding laying out US support to Israel for the next decade. With the current Memorandum of Understanding set to expire in 2018, Israel has been pressuring the White House to enlarge the annual aid package from $3.1 billion to between $4-4.5 billion. Israel has stated that it must increase its military spending to cope with growing threats from ISIS and the Iranian regime following last year’s nuclear deal. …
  • UNREAL: Russia FIRES on Israel…

    04/23/2016 6:32:30 PM PDT · by Lera · 17 replies
    AllenBWest.com ^ | April 23, 2016 | Allen West
    Back in August 2011, I was part of a Congressional delegation weeklong visit to Israel. One of the special parts of this visit, which included our spouses, was to sit with Prime Minister Netanyahu in his cabinet room and discuss Middle East security policy. It was there -- and I will never forget -- that PM Netanyahu very presciently warned we should not consent to a complete withdrawal of our military footprint from Iraq. He strenuously conveyed to us there would be a vacuum created and who -- or what -- would fill that void could be very dangerous. And...
  • Erdogan Slams Egypt's Sisi as 'Illegitimate Tyrant' [Israel and Hamas]

    07/18/2014 9:00:47 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 29 replies
    Aritz Sheva Israel National News ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Elad Benari
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday slammed Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as an “illegitimate tyrant” and said Cairo could not be relied upon to negotiate a truce with Israel. "Is Sisi a party (to a ceasefire)? Sisi is a tyrant himself," Erdogan was quoted by the AFP news agency as having told reporters. "He is not different from the others," he said, adding that it was Egypt's current rulers who were blocking humanitarian aid channels to Gaza. Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri responded and said Erdogan's comments were "unacceptable". "They have no link with the events in...
  • Merkel allows prosecution of German comedian who mocked Turkish president

    04/15/2016 7:41:37 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 43 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 15 at 9:30 AM | Rick Noack
    Merkel allows prosecution of German comedian who mocked Turkish president By Rick Noack April 15 at 9:30 AM German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cleared the way for the prosecution of German comedian Jan Böhmermann, whose poem mocking Turkey's president has become the centerpiece of a clash between Germany's free-speech traditions and the government's efforts to safeguard its important relations with Turkey. In a news conference Friday, Merkel emphasized that it will now be up to German courts to decide whether Böhmermann is guilty of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But critics — including members of her own government —...
  • German Comic In Turkish President Erdogan's Satire Row Suspends TV Show

    04/17/2016 7:24:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    | Agence France-Presse ^ | April 17, 2016
    A German comedian whose satirical poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unleashed a bitter row about freedom of speech has decided to suspend his own TV show, he announced on his Facebook page on Saturday. Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday authorised criminal proceedings sought by Turkey against the popular comic Jan Boehmermann who could be convicted under the rarely-enforced section 103 of the criminal code -- insulting organs or representatives of foreign states. Merkel's decision has appalled rights bodies such as Human Rights Watch which on Saturday called on the German authorities to defend freedom of speech "even...
  • Germany bows to 'emerging Adolf Hitler of the Middle East'

    04/24/2016 6:33:52 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    WND ^ | 4/23/2016 | Joel Richardson
    Erdogan Germany has a well-known period in its history where it gave in to a dictator. Things didn’t work out so well for a lot of people. Now there’s another dictator exerting his influence, apparently. This time, the dictator is from Turkey. New York Times bestselling author and Christian evangelist Joel Richardson blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel for approving a criminal probe against German comedian Jan Böhmermann. The satirist’s supposed crime is reading a satirical poem about Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Richardson, who highlights the plight of Middle Eastern Christians in his new documentary “Global Jesus Revolution,” said...
  • Prince Of Beheading Champ Saudi Arabia Calls Trump "Disgrace To America"

    12/11/2015 12:12:45 PM PST · by amorphous · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11 Dec 2015 | Tyler Durden
    You know you've 'made it' when the prince of one of the world's biggest human rights abuser (and leading 'beheader') nations calls you a "disgrace to America."
  • Report: Obama Seeks Meeting With Iranian President

    04/20/2016 2:13:06 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Report: Obama Seeks Meeting With Iranian President Adam Kredo April 20, 2016 4:06 pm President Barack Obama has sent two letters to senior Iranian leaders in recent months requesting a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, according to Persian language reports recently translated by a Middle East research organization. “President Obama asked to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in two secret letters sent in late March to both Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Rouhani,” according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, which translated a Farsi-language report published Tuesday by a website affiliated with Iran’s...