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  • Mueller Probe Going Nowhere (The Still Report)

    08/08/2017 5:47:12 PM PDT · by ak267 · 14 replies
    The Still Report ^ | 8-8-2017 | Bill Still
    Good morning, I’m still reporting on: Mueller Probe Going Nowhere, 1744 Synopsis: According to Alexander Mercouris writing in his blog called “The Duran”, the so-called investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller is going nowhere – so nowhere that investigators – once inside the investigation – find out how inconsequential are the scraps of evidence being investigated – they take out private insurance against the risk of lawsuits on down the line.
  • Trump Weighs Sending as Many as 5,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

    05/09/2017 7:28:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 9, 2017 | by HALLIE JACKSON and ERIK ORTIZ
    he Trump administration is weighing a drastic change when it comes to Afghanistan: Whether to send as many 5,000 more troops in the fight, a military official told NBC News. Trump, however, is still deciding on a variety of options being presented to him by U.S. military leaders, senior administration officials told NBC News. The Washington Post first reported that the plan could involve an increase of at least 3,000 troops, with the U.S. asking other NATO nations to match. The U.S.'s force in Afghanistan currently totals about 8,400.
  • 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...
  • Tillerson: The reign of the Assad family is coming to an end

    04/11/2017 6:39:10 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 109 replies
    NY POST ^ | April 11, 2017 | Mark Moore
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a stern warning to Russia on Tuesday: Either stand with the US and other “like-minded” nations against Syria or side with President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and the militant group Hezbollah. SEE ALSO Russia knew Syria’s chemical-weapon attack was coming: US Russia knew Syria’s chemical-weapon attack was coming: US ​​”We want to relieve the suffering of the Syrian people. Russia can be a part of that future and play an important role,” Tillerson ​told top diplomats during a meeting in Italy. “Or Russia can maintain its alliance with this group, which we...
  • Russia and Iran pledge to hit back against further Syria strikes, blast US for ‘crossing red lines’

    04/10/2017 3:51:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Sun ^ | 04/10/2017 | by George Sandeman
    The command centre for the two countries and allied groups released a joint statement today saying they would ‘respond to future breaches of red lines with force’ RUSSIA and Iran have said they will respond to further American military actions following the air strike in Syria last week. In a joint statement the command centre for the two countries and allied groups said: “We will respond to any aggression.” The statement read: “What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach...
  • The Afghan War Quagmire

    09/18/2016 9:19:14 PM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 September 2016 | The New York Times
    Eight years ago, President Obama pledged to wind down the war in Iraq and redouble efforts to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan. “As president, I will make the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban the top priority that it should be,” he said during a campaign speech. “This is a war that we have to win.” Lasting peace, Mr. Obama said, would depend on not only defeating the Taliban but helping “Afghans grow their economy from the bottom up.” He added, “We cannot lose Afghanistan to a future of narco-terrorism.” Now, at the twilight of his presidency, these goals...
  • Afghan police tell foreigners in Kabul to stay in or hire guards

    06/17/2016 4:19:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 17, 2016 | by Josh Smith
    Police in the Afghan capital have told foreigners living outside protected compounds to travel with guards, after the kidnapping of an Indian aid worker last week added to a growing sense of insecurity in Kabul. The push is for the safety of residents, said Fraidoon Obaidi, chief of the Kabul police Criminal Investigation Department. "All foreign citizens and their offices in Afghanistan are terrorists' targets ... the kidnapping and criminal threat is very serious," he told Reuters. "This will be prevented only if they use security guards and escorts."
  • Obama’s Iraq Quagmire: Civilian Deaths Back Up to Pre-Surge Levels

    05/16/2016 9:49:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/16/16 | Jim Hoft
    In 2010 Vice President Joe Biden said Iraq was going to be one of the Obama administration’s great accomplishments. “I’m very optimistic about Iraq and it’s going to be one of the great achievements of this administration.” (Video) Biden was able to make these comments after the Bush surge resulted in enormous reduction in violence, an increase in GDP, peak oil production, increased electricity rates, a free press and democratic elections. But that all changed after Barack Obama withdrew US troops from Iraq in 2011. Since then, ISIS took over one-third of the country and initiated a genocide of Iraqi...
  • Obama outlines plans to expand U.S. Special Operations force in Syria

    04/25/2016 4:05:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    washington post ^ | 04/25/2016
    Obama outlined plans Monday to nearly quadruple the size of U.S. Special Operations forces in Syria to up to 300 troops, saying it was needed to keep up pressure on the Islamic State. ... The expanded U.S. military presence in Syria is aimed in part at helping to expand the ranks of Arab fighters in a network of groups, now dominated by Kurdish fighters, that the United States is backing as it battles the Islamic State. The additional U.S. forces work with Kurdish militiamen and others as they seek to isolate Raqqa, the militants’ de facto capital in Syria.
  • West pushes for Libyan unity as bulwark against IS

    12/20/2015 3:25:37 PM PST · by Mariner · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | December 20th, 2015 | by Michel Sailhan
    PARIS (AFP) - The West has heaped pressure on rival Libyan politicians to form a unity government as the need for a stable ally to take on Islamic State jihadists in the country grows ever more pressing. The UN hopes that a recent agreement signed between rival Libyan politicians will help end the chaos and conflict that has gripped the country since the fall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. But the deal does not have the full support of both of the country's rival parliaments and the UN itself has called it a "first step". The disorder has provided...
  • America’s Iraq quagmire

    06/11/2015 6:24:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | June 10, 2015 | By BRYAN BENDER, NAHAL TOOSI AND PHILIP EWING
    President Barack Obama was elected on a promise of extricating the U.S. military from Iraq — what he called a “clean break.” More than six years later, he’s found there’s simply no escaping the pressure to send U.S. combat forces back. But the move, which follows the embarrassing fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, drew immediate criticism from Republicans. Further exacerbating Obama’s political crisis, Democrats on the other side accused him of unnecessarily escalating U.S. involvement and risking “mission creep.” “The last thing he foresaw was the need to reintroduce troops into Iraq,” said Rep. Adam Schiff of California,...
  • Rooting for Obama's Success

    09/23/2014 3:01:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 23, 2014 | By Ron Fournier
    Criticism is fine and fully American, but so is uniting behind the president, the troops—and a risky plan. Hawks wanted him to act sooner. Doves didn't want him to act at all. The rest of us—the ambivalent Americans—wanted President Obama to do something. He did this: persuaded five Arab states to participate in airstrikes against militants in Syria, including an al-Qaida affiliate plotting an imminent attack against the United States. This isn't dithering. It doesn't look weak. Obama is engaged—finally, and hopefully, for good. We should root for the president and his success, because there are no easy answers in...
  • Breaking: Tomahawks and Airstrikes Against Syria Commence

    09/22/2014 6:27:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 334 replies
    Fox News | 9/22/2014
    No link now, they are just announcing it now.
  • Somebody Tell Kerry: White House Says We're at War with ISIS

    09/12/2014 2:37:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | September 12, 2014
    The United States is at war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the White House and Pentagon said Friday, a day after Secretary of State John Kerry repeatedly declined to use that phrase. “In the same way that we are at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates around the globe, we are at war with ISIL,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby echoed that sentiment, telling reporters that while the effort was "not the Iraq war," they should "make no mistake, we know we...
  • Carr: Anti-war crowd stunningly silent on ISIS plan

    09/12/2014 2:28:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 12, 2014 | By Howie Carr
    I could have sworn we were going to war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But the president, a well-known theologian, has informed us that despite what the Muslims of ISIS say, the Islamic State “is not Islamic.” So I guess we’re in a war against SIS — the State of Iraq and Syria. But it still is a war, isn’t it, Mr. Secretary Kerry? “I think that’s the wrong terminology,” he sniffed yesterday. “What we are engaging in is a very significant counterterrorism operation.” Does that make it … a police action? Will we have to...
  • Kerry plays down hopes of imminent anti-Islamic State coalition

    09/12/2014 1:59:49 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2014 | By Jason Szep
    ANKARA--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday played down chances of an imminent broad coalition against Islamic State militants, illustrating the difficulty Washington faces winning commitment for a military campaign in the heart of the Middle East. Kerry met Turkish leaders to try to secure support for U.S.-led action against Islamic State, but Ankara's reluctance to play a frontline role highlighted the challenges of building a willing coalition to wage what will likely be a tough offensive. Kerry has been touring the Middle East to build support for President Barack Obama's plan, announced on Wednesday, to strike both sides...
  • How US Would Conduct the Syrian Rebel-Training Program

    09/11/2014 5:00:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 11, 2014 | By Luis Martinez
    ... For more than a year, the CIA has run a limited training program in Jordan for small numbers of vetted fighters. The military program would expand on that model and train larger numbers of fighters. U.S. officials familiar with details of the proposed program say that it is slated to last for one year from the time that Congress authorizes it and passes the funding request. A senior administration official revealed Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had agreed to host the train-and-equip program. A U.S. official told ABC News that Saudi Arabia will host multiple training sites for Syrian rebel...
  • Prospect of U.S. Attacks Electrifies Syrians

    09/11/2014 7:15:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 11, 2014 | By ANNE BARNARD
    The prospect of the first American attacks on Syrian soil during three years of brutal civil war electrified Syrians on Thursday, prompting intense debate over whether airstrikes on the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria would help or harm President Bashar al-Assad, his armed Syrian opponents and war-weary civilians. But even among fervent opponents of ISIS there was ambivalence over President Obama’s declaration that he would “not hesitate” to strike ISIS in Syria. Now, framing the attack on ISIS as driven by American national security concerns, Mr. Obama faces mistrust from both sides. Many insurgents consider his action too...
  • New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    08/17/2014 10:03:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign. ... The U.S. military says U.S. forces conducted 14 airstrikes on Sunday — after nine strikes on Saturday. The U.S. says Sunday’s strikes damaged or destroyed 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers and one checkpoint.
  • US slaps down Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki after he accuses president

    08/10/2014 7:20:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | August 10, 2014 | Agencies
    The United States has thrown its weight behind Iraqi president Fuad Masum after he was accused by prime minister Nouri al-Maliki of violating the constitution. US state department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement: “The United States fully supports president Fuad Masum in his role as guarantor of the Iraqi constitution. “We reaffirm our support for a process to select a prime minister who can represent the aspirations of the Iraqi people by building a national consensus and governing in an inclusive manner,” she said, echoing an earlier comment made on Twitter by deputy assistant secretary of state for...