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  • Turkey suffers first deaths in direct combat with Syria since start of war

    02/03/2020 1:01:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/03/2020 | By Gul Tuysuz,
    Five Turkish soldiers and one civilian personnel were killed in Syria on Sunday, Turkey's first fatalities as a result of direct confrontation between the countries since the start of Syria's civil war in 2011. Nine other troops were also wounded in northwest Syria's Idlib province after they came under heavy artillery fire from the Syrian government Sunday, according to a Turkey defense department statement which added that the troops were reinforcements. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said up to 35 Syrian government soldiers had been killed Monday in response, and pledged further retaliation. Erdogan said up to 40 Syrian targets...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 2/2/2020....Al Qaeda Claims Pensacola Terrorist Attack....

    02/02/2020 8:33:53 PM PST · by Nextrush · 11 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/2/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    The leader of Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula claiming responsibility for the terrorist attack in Pensacola, Florida December 6th that killed three and wounded eight at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. AQAP's leader Qassim al-Rimi made an audio speech saying the group was behind the shooting attack carried out by Saudi Air Force Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. Alshamrani shot dead by police. Officials like Pensacola Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz and Attorney General William Barr have characterized the attack as a "terrorist attack" but both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump have not described it as a "terrorist attack"........
  • EXCLUSIVE: WHILE THE PRESS AND PUBLIC FOCUS ON IRAN, US MILITARY PREPARES FOR WAR WITH RUSSIA

    02/02/2020 9:22:06 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 55 replies
    newsweek ^ | 1/31/20 | ILLIAM M. ARKIN
    During the height of tensions with Iran last year, the United States conducted an unprecedented series of war games. Over five months, from May until the end of September, 93 separate military exercises were held, with forces operating continuously in, above and around 29 countries.
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Saturday Night Version Middle Finger In The Middle East, Rigged For Biden And...

    02/01/2020 8:50:15 PM PST · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/1/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Great music from Gordon Lightfoot about the "Rainy Day People" who help us instead of hurting us. On Canada's CTV Lloyd Robertson had a conversation with Gordon Lightfoot broadcast in December 2017.... Where do we go after impeachment? In 1998 Bill Clinton opted for military action in Kosovo and Serbia siding with its Muslim population against the Serbs. What will the Trump post-impeachment policy be?.... And back here in the USA Kelli Stewart, John Lamb and other activists taking a stand for the rights of parents in the Kylee Dixon Case in Oregon..... The Middle Finger In The Middle East,...
  • Violence escalates in Iraq as government pushes to end protests

    01/27/2020 2:26:13 PM PST · by Mariner · 4 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | January 27th, 2020 | By Aziz El Yaakoubi and Nadine Awadalla
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead two protesters in Iraq's southern city of Nassiriya overnight and a Baghdad district became a battlefield on the third day of a drive by security forces to end months of demonstrations against the largely Iran-backed ruling elite. Clashes over the weekend had already killed at least five protesters. Rockets also hit the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone housing government buildings. Ambassadors of 16 countries in Baghdad including the United States, France and Britain condemned the use of live fire by Iraqi security forces and called for a credible investigation into the...
  • Economic Sanctions Erode Iranís Appetite to Escalate Conflict With US: Experts

    01/26/2020 8:28:40 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | January 26, 2020 Updated: January 26, 2020 | TOM OZIMEK
    Economic sanctions against Iran are having an effect, experts who spoke with The Epoch Times agreed. Yet views diverged on the nature of the impact and on how big of a role sanctions have played in the Islamic regimeís reluctance to escalate after the assassination of a top general. Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed in Baghdad on Jan. 3 by a missile fired from a U.S. drone. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the strike a preemptive move to keep Soleimani from executing an ďimminentĒ attack on American assets. In retaliation, Iranian leaders ordered ballistic missile strikes that on Jan....
  • Poll: Many in US support Trump decision to kill Iran general

    01/24/2020 8:55:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 24, 2020 | Ben Fox and Emily Swanson
    A new poll shows Americans are more likely than not to support President Donald Trumpís decision to order a drone strike that killed an Iranian general, even amid widespread skepticism about his foreign policy overall. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research was taken about two weeks after the Jan. 3 strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. It found that 41% of Americans approved of the action while 30% disapproved of it. The rest didnít express an opinion either way. Ö
  • Standoff: U.S. troops block Russian forces from capturing Syrian oil field

    01/22/2020 1:28:12 PM PST · by Enterprise · 44 replies
    https://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | January 21, 2020 | Ben Wolfgang
    U.S. troops last weekend reportedly found themselves in a standoff with Russian forces trying to gain access to key oil fields in northeastern Syria. The Saturday standoff ó first reported by Turkish media outlets, citing unnamed local officials in the Turkey-Syria border region ó seems to have ended without any shots being fired or any real risk of violence between the two sides. American military personnel reportedly stopped a Russian convoy near the town of Rmelan, and the Russian forces then apparently turned back and returned to their home base. Still, the near-clash serves as a reminder of the high...
  • Obama Passed the Buck. Trump Refused to Play.

    01/20/2020 4:32:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Lee Smith ^ | January 13, 2020 | January 13, 2020
    The Iran deal was never meant to stop Iran from building a bombóit was supposed to delay it until disaster happened on someone elseís watchIn the wake of the targeted killing of Iranian terror master Qassem Soleimani, an interesting fight has broken outóafter Donald Trump failed to brief them in advance of the strike, Democrats began fulsomely criticizing the president. This led Republican lawmakers to accuse their counterparts across the aisle of pro-terrorist sympathies. Maybe Republicans are still sore that Barack Obama compared them to Iranian hardliners like Soleimani for denouncing his signature foreign policy initiative, the Iran nuclear deal,...
  • How Europe Made Itself Dependent on Nefarious Oil Powers

    01/20/2020 8:26:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 16, 2020 | Victor David Hanson
    Despite its cool Green parties and ambitious wind and solar agendas, Europe remains by far the worldís largest importer of oil and natural gas. Oil output in the North Sea and off the coast of Norway is declining, and the European Union is quietly looking for fossil fuel energy anywhere it can find it. Europe itself is naturally rich in fossil fuels. It likely has more reserves of shale gas than the United States, currently the worldís largest producer of both oil and natural gas. Yet in most European countries, horizontal drilling and fracking to extract gas and oil are...
  • Iranís regime arrests famous Christian convert in Tehran

    01/19/2020 9:51:39 PM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan 18, 2020
    Iranian authorities last week arrested Fatemeh Mohammadi, a woman who converted to Christianity, and was transported to a secret location. The Persian-language news agency HRANA first reported on Mohammadiís arrest. According to the website Article 18, which seeks to promote religious freedom, ďThe 21-year-old, who after her conversion now prefers to be known as Mary, was reportedly arrested on Sunday near Azadi Square, where protests were taking place following the Iranian governmentís admission of guilt in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane.Ē Article 18 said, ďA number of protesters were reportedly arrested on Sunday evening, as protests took place...
  • Did You Know That 2020 Socialist Candidate For President Bernie Sanders Supported Iran During...

    01/19/2020 7:32:41 PM PST · by davikkm · 19 replies
    IWB ^ | Geoffrey Grider
    In April 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took over Iran; months later 52 American diplomats and citizens, as well as citizens of other nations, were kidnapped and held hostage for 444 days in the US Embassy in Tehran. How far has America fallen in just 41 short years? We have fallen so far that the most popular Democratic candidate for president in 2020 is a hardcore Socialist Communist who sided with Iran and against America during the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis. That same man in 2020 displays an open hatred for Israel and is still siding with Iranagainst America. Of course,...
  • Donald Trump Stumbles Into a Foreign-Policy Triumph

    01/17/2020 12:58:01 PM PST · by edwinland · 87 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | JANUARY 17, 2020 | TOM MCTAGUE
    A year and a half into Donald Trumpís presidency, Henry Kissinger set out a theory. ďI think Trump may be one of those figures in history who appears from time to time to mark the end of an era and to force it to give up its old pretences,Ē he told the Financial Times. ďIt doesnít necessarily mean that he knows this, or that he is considering any great alternative. It could just be an accident.Ē A term has been coined to describe this notion: Ryan Evans of War on the Rocks calls them ďTrumportunities.Ē It is the idea that,...
  • What's behind Haftar's refusal to sign Libya deal?

    01/16/2020 8:21:52 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | Issued on: 14/01/2020 - 17:44Modified: 14/01/2020 - 17:43 | AFP
    Military strongman Khalifa Haftar's reluctance to sign up to a Turkish-Russian orchestrated ceasefire accord underlines the complexity of Libya's conflict and pressures exerted by key foreign players, analysts say. He left Moscow on Tuesday without signing a permanent truce aimed at ending nine months of fighting against the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj. His abrupt departure was a setback for an international diplomatic push, after Sarraj had signed up to halting Haftar's offensive to seize Tripoli from the GNA. For Emad Badi of the Washington-based Middle East Institute, there are two plausible explanations for Haftar...
  • SDC: We are members of third Cairo Conference, Egypt supports our position

    01/16/2020 12:02:16 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    North-Press Agency - Raqqa ^ | 2020-01-16 12:02:36 | Agid Mishmish
    Riyad Dirar, the co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, stressed that they are among those who are inviting but not invited to the Third Cairo Conference, because they are from the preparatory committee of it. He stressed Egypt's important role in the political solution in Syria and that it supports their position in facing "Turkish aggression" in the region. Dirar said in a statement to North-Press, that the Syrian Democratic Council is included in the preparatory committee for "Cairo 3" conference, and they are seeking to develop the road map...
  • ĎDanger tomorrowí: Iranís Rouhani makes veiled threat to US and EU troops in Middle East

    01/15/2020 1:13:08 PM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | Published Wed, Jan 15 20205:11 AM EST Updated 3 hours ago | Natasha Turak
    Key Points: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at the U.S. and Europe in a televised speech on state TV on Wednesday. Rouhani slammed the EU¬ís ¬ďfailure to keep it promises¬Ē under the 2015 nuclear deal and blamed the U.S. for making the Middle East insecure. ==================================================================== DUBAI, United Arab Emirates ‚Ā†¬ó In an angry speech on state television, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at the U.S. and Europe for its presence in the Middle East and for what he described as the latter¬ís failures in upholding the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. U.S. troops are ¬ďinsecure¬Ē in the region...
  • Iran threatens European troops for 1st time as it admits it "lied" about jet

    01/15/2020 9:54:14 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | January 15, 2020 | by Associated Press
    Tehran, Iran ó Iran's president warned Wednesday that European soldiers in the Mideast "could be in danger" after three nations challenged Tehran over breaking the limits of its nuclear deal. Tehran's top diplomat meanwhile acknowledged that Iranians "were lied to" for days following the Islamic Republic's accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian jetliner that killed 176 people. President Hassan Rouhani's remarks in a televised Cabinet meeting represent the first direct threat he's made to Europe as tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's admission that the Islamic Republic lied to its own people, meanwhile, came...
  • Top spies from Turkey, Syria meet officially for first time in years: report

    01/15/2020 11:31:38 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    The Tuirkish Minute ^ | January 14, 2020 | TM
    The Turkish and Syrian heads of intelligence met in Moscow on Monday, in the first official contact in years despite Ankara¬ís longstanding hostility to President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Turkish official and Syrian news agency SANA said. According to Reuters, both sides have said there have been intelligence contacts but that this is the first explicit acknowledgement of such a senior meeting. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdońüan backs rebels who fought to topple Assad during Syria¬ís nine-year civil war. Erdońüan described Assad as a terrorist and called for him to be driven from power, which earlier in the war had...
  • Russian government resigns: Prime Minister Medvedev

    01/15/2020 7:22:23 AM PST · by ptsal · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-15-2020 | Maria Txverkova
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attend a meeting with members of the government in Moscow, Russia January 15, 2020. Sputnik/Alexey Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS
  • Russian government resigns, reports say

    01/15/2020 6:00:29 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies
    Cox Media via WPXI ^ | January 15, 2020
    The Russian government resigned Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev announced the resignations after the countryís president, Vladimir Putin, delivered his yearly state-of-the-union address, RT reported. In a meeting of ministers after the resignations, Putin thanked Medvedevís government, CNBC reported citing state news agency TASS.