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  • Cutting off Iran’s 'road to the sea' in Syria

    06/19/2018 11:26:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 19, 2018 | Seth J. Frantzman
    In the background of the strike stands Iran's attempt to construct a network of friendly forces stretching from Iraq through Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. In 2016, pro-western sources in Iraq warned that Iran was building just such a conduit. In December 2017, The New Arab reported that convoys of unmarked vehicle had passed into Syria from Iraq through checkpoints manned by the Hashd al-Shaabi, the mostly Shi'ite militias that are known as Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). These militias play a complex role, forming one of a patchwork of similar groups that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has enlisted to...
  • Report: Hezbollah refuses to comply with Russian demand to leave Syria

    06/19/2018 11:19:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 14, 2018 | Staff, Yasser Okbi/Maariv
    Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports Hezbollah will not withdraw from western and southwestern borders of Homs with Lebanon as the Russians demanded. Nasrallah: 'the whole world can not remove us from Syria' Hezbollah fighters are still stationed in western and southwestern Homs in Syria, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Thursday, and are refusing to comply with a Russian demand to pull away from the Israeli border. "All that has happened is a media withdrawal," the non-government affiliated organization reported, claiming the Russian forces are deployed in a way that ensures they will not need...
  • Moscow runs low on beer necessities for thirsty World Cup fans

    06/19/2018 6:53:07 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 55 replies
    CNBC ^ | 6/18/2018 | Staff
    Beer-guzzling soccer fans risk drinking bars and restaurants in the Russian capital dry, with some saying they are running low and having to wait longer than usual for fresh supplies. Moscow has been transformed by the World Cup, with singing, chanting and beer swilling fans overwhelming some of the packed bars and restaurants around the Kremlin and Red Square. "We just didn't think they would only want beer," said one waiter at a upscale eatery in central Moscow who asked not to be identified for fear of scaring off future customers. The waiter said his restaurant ran out of draft...
  • MiT chief in Germany promoted to be ambassador (MiT is Turkish military Intelligence)

    06/19/2018 5:56:34 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 9 Aug 2017, 00:00 | ANF NEWS DESK
    A chief of Turkish intelligence in Germany, Frankfurt Consul General Ilhan Saygili, who had close ties with Turkish-German Chief Inspector removed from duty for working for MİT Döndü Yazgan, was appointed as an ambassador in Switzerland. According to a report the German intelligence prepared on the Turkish-German Chief Inspector Döndü Yazgan, who was recently removed from duty for working for the Turkish intelligence service MİT, Yazgan met with Frankfurt and Mainz consuls general. German intelligence had documented that Yazgan shared intelligence information with Turkey via these consuls. Ilhan Saygılı served as the Frankfurt Consul General between 2008 and 2012 and...
  • Former minister arrested on suspicion of spying for Iran

    06/18/2018 6:56:18 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/6/18 | Gary Willig
    Former Energy Minister Gonen Segev was arrested on suspicion of spying for Iran, it was cleared for publication Monday. Segev was arrested by the Shin Bet and the Israel Police last month on suspicion of committing the offenses of assisting the enemy in a time of war and of spying against the State of Israel. At the end of the investigation, on June 15, 2018, the Jerusalem District Prosecutor's Office filed an indictment against Segev in the Jerusalem District Court for these offenses, as well as for numerous offenses of giving information to the enemy. The indictment was approved by...
  • The Kremlin stresses Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project is purely commercial, not political

    06/18/2018 6:49:45 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    TASS ^ | June 18, 2018
    Nord Stream-2 includes construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 bln cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The gas pipeline will bypass the transit states - Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries - through the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of five states - Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project is purely commercial, not political, and attempts to counter its implementation violate the rules of free competition, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said...
  • Pentagon Admits Afghanistan's New Black Hawks Can't Match Its Older Russian Choppers

    06/18/2018 6:17:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 15, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    A report from a top U.S. military watchdog has finally acknowledged that the UH-60A+ Black Hawks that the United States is supplying to the Afghan Air Force are less capable and harder to maintain than the Russian-made Mi-17 Hip helicopters they have now. The review raises concerns that this could limit Afghanistan’s ability to conduct operations across the country unless steps are taking to mitigate the loss of capability, something we at The War Zone have long warned could easily be the case. The Pentagon’s own Office of the Inspector General included these frank admissions in a routine, periodic update...
  • The EU's Magical Thinking on The Israeli-Arab Conflict: How Much Failure is Enough?

    05/18/2018 8:02:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/18/2018 | Bruce Thornton
    Bruce Thornton is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. In Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1, when the Welsh magus Glendower boasts, “I can call spirits from the vasty deep,” the sceptic Hotspur retorts, “Why, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?” For seven decades the West’s foreign policy establishment has been trying to call Middle East peace from depths of endless summits and conferences and agreements with ritualistic chants of “land for peace” and “two-state solution.” But all they’ve managed to produce is war, terrorism,...
  • Russia, South Korea Revive Talks To Build Gas Pipeline Via North Korea

    06/17/2018 10:41:10 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | June 2018 | Tsvetana Paraskova
    Russian gas giant Gazprom has resumed talks with South Korea over a decade-old idea to build a gas pipeline from Russia’s Far East to South Korea through North Korea, Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom’s Management Committee, said on Friday. “To date, the political situation has been somewhat different, and the South Korean side has asked Gazprom to resume the project, and a series of talks has been held on this issue, and these talks are continuing." “The ideas behind the pipeline look very difficult to implement, especially given the complex political-military context continuing on the Korean peninsula, and the...
  • Netanyahu: Israel will hit Iran throughout Syria, not only along border

    06/17/2018 12:06:26 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 10 replies
    Jpost ^ | 6/17/18 | Herb Keinon
    Israel will strike against Iranian efforts to entrench itself militarily throughout Syria, and not only along the Syrian-Israeli border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the weekend. Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting that he spoke with both men and discussed the region, with an emphasis on Syria. The prime minister said he reiterated and made clear the principles guiding Israeli policy toward Syria. “First of all, Iran needs to withdraw from all of Syria,” he said. “Second, we will take action – and are already taking action –...
  • Elham Ahmed: We are fully prepared for direct negotiations with regime (Assad-Syria)

    06/17/2018 12:28:08 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANHA Hawar News Agency ^ | 11 Jun 2018, Mon - 13:50 | ANHA
    Elham Ahmed confirmed that we are fully prepared for dialogue and starting direct negotiations with the Syrian regime if the latter is already ready to initiate such a step. Hawar news agency (ANHA) interviewed with the Co-chair of Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), Elham Ahmed about recent events that are taking place, said we are fully prepared to negotiate. Where Elham Ahmed said that the war and military option will not solve the Syrian crisis. "We from the beginning said and still say that we are ready for dialogue and start direct negotiations with the regime." Elham Ahmed said they were...
  • Erdogan Bans Uber: 'That Business Is Finished'

    06/16/2018 1:33:43 PM PDT · by Rome2000 · 57 replies
    PJ Media ^ | JUNE 11, 2018 | PHIL BAKER
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, announced that he’s expelling Uber from Turkey, a result of pressure from Istanbul's taxi industry. Istanbul taxi drivers, numbering more than 17,000, claimed Uber was providing an illegal service and that it needs to be banned. Ever since Uber began its service in Turkey in 2014, it's caused dissension among the country's taxi drivers, not unlike what's happening elsewhere. In a speech on Friday, Erdogan said, “This thing called Uber emerged. That business is finished. That does not exist anymore. We have our taxi system.... Where does this come from? It is used...
  • Koreans Want Peace, Do Liberal Pundits Want War?

    06/16/2018 9:49:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Real News ^ | June 16, 2018 | Aaron Mate
    In decrying the Singapore summit and Trump’s freeze on U.S. military exercises, liberal pundits are ignoring popular opinion and years of peace activism in South Korea, says Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ Story Transcript AARON MATE: It’s The Real News. I’m Aaron Mate. The peace efforts underway on the Korean Peninsula are widely popular on the Korean Peninsula. In South Korea, polls show overwhelming support for this week’s summit between President Trump and Kim Jong un. That sentiment was reinforced when just after the summit the party of South Korean leader Moon Jae-in scored a massive victory in local...
  • U.S. expected to retreat from main U.N. rights forum (Human Rights Council): activists, diplomats

    06/15/2018 9:46:10 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    al Reuters ^ | June 14, 2018 | Stephanie Nebehay
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Talks with the United States over how to reform the main U.N. rights body have failed to meet Washington’s demands, activists and diplomats say, suggesting that the Trump administration will quit the Geneva forum whose session opens on Monday. A U.S. source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the withdrawal appeared to be “imminent” but had no details. Diplomatic sources said it was not a question of if but of when the United States retreats from the Human Rights Council, which is holding a three-week session through July 6. A separate U.S. official in Geneva had...
  • Iraqi beauty queen draws criticism for Israel visit

    06/14/2018 9:19:57 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 30 replies
    AP ^ | June 2018
    Sarah Idan, Iraq’s 2017 Miss Universe beauty pageant contestant, is visiting Israel this week, a trip that has enraged people back home. Idan was criticized and received death threats after taking a selfie with Israeli contestant Adal Gandelsman during last November’s competition. She arrived in Israel this week and reunited with Gandelsman during a visit organized by the American Jewish Committee to “talk about peace.” Miss Iraq, who currently resides in the U.S., received the title in 2017 after the original winner was disqualified for being married. Her appearance in Israel drew harsh criticism from Iraqis on social media. Iraq...
  • Opinion: Asylum row could bring down Angela Merkel's government

    06/14/2018 9:53:29 PM PDT · by pepsionice · 61 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 14 June 2016 | Jens Thurau
    A glaring rift has emerged between Angela Merkel's conservative CDU and its Bavarian CSU sister party over how to deal with asylum-seekers. The days of Germany's coalition government could be numbered.
  • The United Nations Condemns Israel in Lopsided Resolution

    06/14/2018 8:38:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/14/2018 | Cortney Obrien
    For the umpteenth time, the United Nations General Assembly has voted to condemn Israel for defending itself. By a tally of 120 to 8, the members declared that Israel was guilty of “excessive use of force” against Palestinians who were protesting the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The resolution also requested recommendations to protect Palestinians. For 10 weeks now, the two sides have clashed at the border, resulting in 120 Palestinian deaths. Israeli Defense Forces warned protesters not to approach the Israeli-Gaza border on May 14, the day of the embassy opening. They did anyway - some armed...
  • Trump: If Russia were in G-7 I could ask Putin 'to do things that are good for the world'

    06/14/2018 1:02:28 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2018 | Brett Samuels
    “Now, I’m not for Russia. I’m for the United States," Trump continued. "But, as an example, if Vladimir Putin were sitting next to me at a table instead of one of the others… I could say, 'would you do me a favor and get out of Syria? Would you do me a favor, would you get out of Ukraine?'" “If he were at that meeting, I could ask him to do things that are good for the world, that are good for our country that are good for him,” he added. In Wednesday's interview, which was recorded shortly after Trump's...
  • Yemen latest: Coalition forces launch Hodeidah operation

    06/13/2018 10:35:10 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 12 replies
    The National ^ | 13 June 2018 | The National
    Yemen government forces — backed by the Arab coalition — launched on Wednesday morning an offensive on the rebel-held port city of Al Hodeidah.
  • Pro-Assad Alliance Beginning to Crumble in Syria

    06/13/2018 9:23:26 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Gulf News ^ | June 12, 2018 | Mustafa Karkouti
    Recent developments indicate a possible turnaround of events in the hotly contested Syrian war zones because of rethinking process of how best to achieve the aim of containing Iran. This seems to be imminent because of apparent cracks in the Russia-Iran alliance that has been shoring up Al Assad’s regime for the last three years at least. Two other players, namely Turkey and the US, have apparently reached what seems to be a workable level of understanding to coordinate their activities in the heavily Kurdish populated parts of Syria, particularly in Manbij area. Recent reports suggest that the US and...