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  • Pentagon confirms U.S. ground operations in Yemen

    12/20/2017 2:32:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | December 20, 2017 | by HANS NICHOLS and MOSHEH GAINS
    WASHINGTON — The Defense Department on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time "multiple ground operations" in Yemen, while noting that the Islamic State has doubled in size in the war-torn country, where an insurgency by Houthis rebels has allowed terrorist groups to seek haven. "U.S. forces have conducted multiple ground operations and more than 120 strikes in 2017," said a statement from the U. S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida. The goal is to "disrupt the ability of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS-Yemen to use ungoverned spaces in Yemen as a hub for terrorist recruiting, training and...
  • Saudis accuse Iran of 'direct aggression' over Yemen missile

    11/07/2017 7:37:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 7, 2017
    Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iran of an act of "direct military aggression" by supplying missiles to rebels in Yemen. This "may be considered an act of war", state media quoted the prince as telling UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in a telephone conversation. On Saturday, a ballistic missile was intercepted near the Saudi capital. Iran has denied arming the Houthi movement, which is fighting a Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that Saudi Arabia's "wars of aggression" and "regional bullying" were threatening the Middle East.
  • Saudi Arabia says Lebanon declares war, deepening crisis

    11/07/2017 7:20:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 7, 2017 | by Tom Perry, Lisa Barrington
    BEIRUT - Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon on Monday of declaring war against it because of aggression by the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi‘ite group Hezbollah, a dramatic escalation of a crisis threatening to destabilize the tiny Arab country. Lebanon has been thrust to the center of regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran since the Saudi-allied Lebanese politician Saad al-Hariri quit as prime minister on Saturday, blaming Iran and Hezbollah in his resignation speech. Faulting the Hariri-led administration for failing to take action against Hezbollah during a year in office, Sabhan said “there are those who will stop (Hezbollah) and make it...
  • Chinese internet users say ‘no’ to refugees from Middle East

    06/25/2017 1:19:06 PM PDT · by PGR88 · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | June 24, 2017 | Liu Zhen
    An informal Weibo survey shows very few Chinese want door open to people fleeing chaos in region, amid rumours Beijing will change its policy Some 97 per cent of respondents in an informal online poll ­involving 150,000 Chinese said “no” to refugees, as rumours spread that Beijing would open the country’s door to displaced people from the Middle East. An internet user started the survey on Weibo by using its social media polling functions on Wednesday. Within a day, 150,000 respondents had voted and only 3,798 had said “yes” to receiving Middle Eastern refugees. The rumours about China taking in...
  • China to set up military bases in Pakistan, says Pentagon report

    06/07/2017 1:23:57 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    PTI, Rediff.com ^ | Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | Lalit K. Jha
    China's construction of military base in the strategic location of Djibouti is just the first of what will likely be an ongoing expansion in friendly foreign ports around the world, says a Pentagon report. IMAGE: The Gwadar port that Pakistan is developing with Chinese help. China is likely to establish additional military bases in Pakistan and other countries with which it has longstanding friendly ties and similar strategic interests, a new Pentagon report said on Wednesday as the world's largest army increasingly flexed its muscles. In its annual report to the Congress on China's military build-up, the United States Department...
  • The World Is Problematic

    05/26/2017 5:06:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 26, 2017 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    American commentators object to Trump’s visiting countries that haven’t yet adopted the egalitarian mores of a liberal-arts college. The president will soon be returning from his first foreign trip, in which he gave a speech about Islam in Saudi Arabia, had a short meet and greet with the Supreme Pontiff in Rome, and lectured the leaders of our NATO allies. And the commentariat has noticed something about the cultures of the world now that the cultures of the world have become a backdrop to photos of the American president they dislike. The commentators have noticed that the world is problematic....
  • In The Mideast, Trump Just<br> Pushed A Real 'Reset Button'

    05/23/2017 4:37:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/22/2017 | Staff
    Mideast: President Trump's Mideast trip was derided by the media and opposition Democrats as simply a chance for him to skip town to avoid the ongoing "scandals" of his administration. As usual, they grossly underestimate this president, and completely misunderstand the importance of his historic trip. Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel has put the region on notice: The U.S. intends once again to pursue its interests and those of its allies in the region. The U.S. is ready to reward friends and punish enemies, and we will name names. This is a radical reversal of President Obama's policy...
  • Trump vows to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace, offers no new policies

    05/03/2017 1:00:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2017 | By Jeff Mason and Matt Spetalnick
    President Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday to work to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians as he hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House but offered no clues about how he could break the deadlock and revive long-stalled negotiations. In their first face-to-face meeting, Trump pressed Palestinian leaders to “speak in a unified voice against incitement” to violence against Israelis but he stopped short of explicitly recommitting his administration to a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, a longstanding bedrock of U.S. policy. "We will get this done,” Trump told Abbas during a joint appearance at the...
  • U.S. defense chief to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel next week

    04/14/2017 10:17:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 14, 2017
    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Qatar and Djibouti starting on Tuesday, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday. It said Mattis would "reaffirm key U.S. military alliances," and "discuss cooperative effort to counter destabilizing activities and defeat extremist terror organizations."
  • Risk of mass starvation rising rapidly in Africa, Yemen - U.N.

    04/11/2017 7:25:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2017 | By Stephanie Nebehay
    The risk of mass starvation in four countries - northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen - is rising rapidly due to drought and conflict, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday. About 20 million people live in hard-hit areas where harvests have failed and acute malnutrition rates are increasing, particularly among children, it said. In South Sudan, where the United Nations declared famine in some areas in February, "a further 1 million people are now on the brink of famine", UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said. "We are raising our alarm level further by today warning that the risk of...
  • Trump’s Meeting with the Saudi Prince Is Being Praised as a ‘Historical Turning Point’

    03/15/2017 1:11:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 14, 2017 | Reuters
    Saudi Arabia hailed a "historical turning point" in U.S.- Saudi relations after a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the two leaders' shared view that Iran posed a regional security threat. The meeting on Tuesday appeared to signal a meeting of the minds on many issues between Trump and Prince Mohammed, in a marked difference from Riyadh's often fraught relationship with the Obama administration, especially in the wake of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. "This meeting is considered a historical turning point in relations between both countries and which had passed through...
  • BREAKING Military Airport Near Damascus Bombed (Israel)

    01/12/2017 5:17:18 PM PST · by PeteePie · 189 replies
    Twitter.com ^ | 1/12/2017 | Various Contributors
    Military airport near Damascus bombed. Suspected holding ammunition depots for Hezbollah. Developing, see the feed. Syrian media attributing to Israel. In before Drudge.
  • Media and Professional Left Begin Rewriting Obama’s Mid-East History

    12/22/2016 5:52:10 AM PST · by detective · 12 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 22, 2016 | Sundance
    There’s a visible twisting of history taking place that’s increasingly obvious within the last few days.  Against all intellectual honesty, an entirely different version of historical reality is being seeded by the media.  Here’s the basic outline: In general terms it goes like this – Vladimir Putin, the global villain and Machiavellian nemesis of freedom, wanted to undermine NATO and find a way to take control of the world, starting with Europe.  As such he schemed to seed the origin of ISIS in Syria so that he could begin killing them and driving a mass exodus of Syrian Muslims into...
  • U.S. Navy Destroyer Fired On Again Off Yemen

    10/16/2016 7:28:40 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 51 replies
    gcaptain/reuters ^ | October 16, 2016 | Matt Spetalnick
    The missile attack, if confirmed, would mark the third time the USS Mason was fired upon in international waters in the past week from territory in Yemen controlled by Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels.
  • Austria Plans Fence to Stop Migrants at Border With Italy

    04/28/2016 4:19:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 27, 2016 | Reuters
    Austria outlined plans Wednesday to erect a fence at a border crossing with Italy that is a vital link between northern and southern Europe, escalating a stand-off over how to handle a migration crisis. Migrants are crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Italy in growing numbers, and Austria has said Rome must stop them from traveling onward toward northern Europe or it will have to introduce border controls at the Brenner Pass in the Alps. But with Austrian preparations for controls already under way, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Austria's move was "shamelessly against European rules, as well...
  • U.S. and Turkish-Backed Forces Attack ISIS, Are Quickly Repelled.

    04/15/2016 2:14:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 15, 2016 | Michael Van Der Galien
    American and Turkish-backed forces have launched an offensive in the Turkish-Syrian border region. However, ISIS is fighting back. Aggressively. The Western-allied forces are being pushed back, and many refugee camps are in danger of being conquered by ISIS.The Wall Street Journal: Islamic State militants have responded with a fierce counteroffensive that has repelled the U.S.-backed fighters from key towns and triggered an exodus of families from camps temporarily seized by the extremist group. One worker in the region told the The Wall Street Journal that the "entire Syrian-Turkish border region is on fire now." And that's not an exaggeration. From...
  • Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria

    02/24/2016 7:36:00 AM PST · by Vostok-1 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/23/16, 8:50 AM CET Updated 2/24/16, 6:08 AM CET | Robert F. Kennedy, Jr
    They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries — for oil.
  • Earnest: White House Delaying Iran Missile Sanctions Until They'd Have 'Maximum Impact'

    01/05/2016 8:15:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 5, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    The White House said it pulled back on levying sanctions against Iran for ballistic missile violations because they're just trying to determine when they'd have "maximum impact."A couple dozen Senate Democrats have been heaping pressure on the Obama administration to do something in response to the October and November launches, which run afoul of UN Security Council Resolution 1929.Last week, Iran President Hassan Rouhani ordered his defense department to step up the Islamic Republic's ballistic missile program in response to a report that the Treasury Department was preparing sanctions in response to two illegal missile tests.The Wall Street Journal reported...
  • Congressional Panel Hears Calls for Genocide Designation for Mideast Christians

    12/10/2015 2:15:28 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 10, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The United States should formally recognize that a genocide of Christians in the Middle East is taking place, and take steps to protect the vulnerable population.That is the consensus of several witnesses who testified Wednesday before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.The subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), held the hearing to bring attention to the plight of Christians in the region and grow congressional support possibly for a resolution calling the persecution of Christians genocide at the hands of the Islamic State group.Several witnesses alluded to a...
  • How One Religious Organization Is Helping Syrian Refugees as They Arrive in Europe

    11/24/2015 8:25:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 23, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    As the United States debates how to properly vet 10,000 Syrian refugees expected to resettle here, employees with Samaritan’s Purse are stationed on the frontlines in Greece, working to be a “face of compassion” for refugees fleeing war and terror. Ken Isaacs, vice president of programs and government relations for Samaritan’s Purse, spent a week in Greece, where the Christian organization has deployed employees and contractors to the region to assist scores of refugees flowing into the country, with hopes of continuing deeper into Europe. There, the group’s workers meet refugees arriving by rubber rafts on Greek islands and provide...