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  • Rise of an Arab Superpower -- With Aircraft Carriers

    10/13/2015 5:55:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | Oct 3, 2015 | Rich Smith
    Well, it's official now. Egypt is getting an aircraft carrier. FRENCH MISTRAL-CLASS WARSHIP. NEXT PORT OF CALL: EGYPT. IMAGE SOURCE: FRANCISCO GONZALEZ VIA FLICKR. Actually, two aircraft carriers. Earlier this month, we told you about Egypt's plans to buy both of the Mistral-class amphibious assault ships France had been trying to sell to Russia -- then refused to sell after Russia invaded Ukraine. At that time, France had only confirmed that Egypt presented one of multiple "serious options" for offloading its aircraft carriers. Other nations, including the United Arab Emirates and Canada had also expressed interest. But last week, the...
  • Syria Kurds, Arabs form joint military force

    10/12/2015 1:16:57 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | 12 Oct 15 | Unknown
    Syria's leading Kurdish militia and several Arab rebel groups that have fought alongside it have formalised their alliance in a new group called the Syrian Democratic Forces. The formation of the alliance comes after Washington said it was abandoning a plan to train and equip rebels to fight the Islamic State group and could provide the US with a new partner in the battle against the jihadist group. The alliance was announced in a statement published online by a spokesman for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). "The sensitive stage through which our country Syria is passing and the rapid...
  • Syrian Kurds, Arab Rebels and Assyrians Form New Alliance

    10/12/2015 12:41:43 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 6 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 12 Oct 15 | Jack Moore
    A U.S.-backed Syrian-Kurdish militia, a number of Arab rebel groups and an Assyrian Christian group in Syria have formed a coalition to build a democratic representation for a number of moderate parties within Syria, according to a statement seen by Reuters on Monday. The new alliance, which is calling itself the Democratic Forces of Syria, includes the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) that beat back the Islamic State (ISIS) with the support of U.S. airstrikes in the Syrian-Kurdish border town of Kobani earlier this year. The YPG continues to battle the radical Islamist group in areas of northeastern Syria and...
  • Al Qaeda in Yemen Claims Killing of 'Sorcerers'

    10/10/2015 5:01:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | 10/10/15
    Al Qaeda in Yemen claimed on today to have killed four men suspected of practicing witchcraft and sorcery in an area controlled by the jihadists. Residents of Mayfaa town in the southeastern province of Hadramawt said Al Qaeda militants had distributed a pamphlet naming the four men. It did not say when the killings were carried out, but a neighbor of one of the victims told AFP that he had been missing for days. "We have implemented Allah's ruling against them, which is the death sentence," said the flier that was also posted on walls in the area.
  • Nobel Peace Prize Is Awarded to National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia

    10/09/2015 8:35:16 AM PDT · by Borges · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | 10/9/2015 | SEWELL CHAN
    A coalition of labor unions, businesses, lawyers and human rights activists won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.” The prize to the coalition, known as the National Dialogue Quartet, comes nearly five years after an unemployed street vendor set himself on fire, touching off a political earthquake that toppled Tunisia’s longtime authoritarian president and proceeded to reverberate throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Among the disappointments of what has become known as the Arab Spring — collapsed...
  • U.S. Spent Nearly $100 Billion On Foreigners To Fight Terrorists

    10/08/2015 10:35:18 AM PDT · by amorphous · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8 Oct 2015 | Authored by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, originally posted at,
    To combat Islamic militants the White House says threaten national interests, the U.S. has spent nearly $100 billion to arm and train foreign militaries across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, an analysis by Vocativ shows. And nearly all of them are reeling from setbacks that threaten to undermine what’s become a core component of American foreign policy in these regions. U.S. programs funding foreign fighters began flourishing in the years after 9/11 and were later bolstered by President Obama, who prefers doing this instead of deploying American troops into troubled areas. Now central to how the White...
  • Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen wedding party, killing at least 28

    10/07/2015 11:24:25 PM PDT · by Cronos · 22 replies
    Newsmedia ^ | 7 October 2015 | Newsmedia
    At least 80 women were killed in the wedding airstrikes, said Yemeni medical officials. Fighter jets of the Saudi-led coalition bombing the Shiite Houthi group in Yemen mistakenly struck a wedding ceremony in Mokha city in Taiz province with several missiles, the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. There was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led Arab coalition, which launched an air war on the Huthi rebels in late March in support of embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. There is concern over the increase in civilian fatalities in Yemen in recent times, which was highlighted by the deaths of...
  • ISIS claims deadly attacks on Yemen govt, Arab troops in Aden

    10/06/2015 9:35:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Straits Times ^ | Oct. 6, 2015
    ISIS claims deadly attacks on Yemen govt, Arab troops in Aden DUBAI (AFP) - The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group, ISIS, claimed responsibility for deadly attacks Tuesday on the government headquarters and positions of the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni city of Aden. In a statement posted online, the Sunni extremist group said it carried out four suicide bombings against the targets, contradicting accounts from officials that the attacks involved rockets fired by Iran-backed Shiite rebels. ISIS said two attacks targeting the government headquarters at Al-Qasr hotel were carried out using bomb-laden vehicles driven by members it identified...
  • Bill Clinton White House suppressed evidence of Iran’s terrorism

    10/05/2015 5:23:40 PM PDT · by John W · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2015 | John Solomon
    Bill Clinton’s administration gathered enough evidence to send a top-secret communique accusing Iran of facilitating the deadly 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist bombing, but suppressed that information from the American public and some elements of U.S. intelligence for fear it would lead to an outcry for reprisal, according to documents and interviews. Before Mr. Clinton left office, the intelligence pointing toward Iran’s involvement in the terror attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen and wounded hundreds was deemed both extensive and “credible,” memos show.
  • Iran: Missiles Pointed at U.S. Targets; Iran, Russia, Syria, Iraq form joint war room

    10/05/2015 5:17:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 5, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    A senior Iranian military leader warned this weekend that “all U.S. military bases in the Middle East are within the range of” Iran’s missiles and emphasized that the Islamic Republic will continue to break international bans on the construction of ballistic missiles. Much of this missile work, like the details of Iran’s advanced arsenal, remains secret, according to Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force. Hajizadeh dismissed the threat of military action by the United States, warning that all U.S. assets and allies are in range of Iran’s current missile arsenal, according to...
  • Gulf states plan military response as Putin raises the stakes in Syria

    10/04/2015 2:56:27 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 10-3-2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison and Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Russian fighter jets launched from a new airbase in Syria have persuaded western critics to mute their demands for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, but another group of his opponents sees Moscow’s intervention as more provocative than decisive. Regional powers have quietly, but effectively, channelled funds, weapons and other support to rebel groups making the biggest inroads against the forces from Damascus. In doing so, they are investing heavily in a conflict which they see as part of a wider regional struggle for influence with bitter rival Iran. In a week when Russia made dozens of bombing raids, those...
  • Qaddafi Warns France: If I Go Down, You Will Be Flooded With "Millions Of Blacks" (2011)

    10/04/2015 12:24:12 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 59 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 7, 2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    Qaddafi's latest gambit: Convince the European public that they really want him to stick around, with all the stability that entails. "There are millions of blacks who could come to the Mediterranean to cross to France and Italy, and Libya plays a role in security in the Mediterranean."
  • Middle East would be more stable if Saddam, Gaddafi still in power: Trump

    10/04/2015 11:31:04 AM PDT · by Mariner · 160 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 4th, 2015 | by Emily Stephenson
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Sunday the Middle East would be more stable if Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein were still in power in Libya and Iraq, saying it's "not even a contest". Trump mentioned the countries in comparison to current efforts to drive Syrian President Bashar al-Assad out of power. "You can make the case, if you look at Libya, look at what we did there, it's a mess," Trump said on NBC. "If you look at Saddam Hussein with Iraq, look what we did there, it's a mess. It's going to be...
  • Gulf states plan military response as Putin raises the stakes in Syria

    10/04/2015 5:10:35 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 4, 2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison and Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Russian fighter jets launched from a new airbase in Syria have persuaded western critics to mute their demands for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, but another group of his opponents sees Moscow’s intervention as more provocative than decisive. Regional powers have quietly, but effectively, channelled funds, weapons and other support to rebel groups making the biggest inroads against the forces from Damascus. In doing so, they are investing heavily in a conflict which they see as part of a wider regional struggle for influence with bitter rival Iran. In a week when Russia made dozens of bombing raids, those...
  • Putin Reportedly Sending 150,000 Troops To Syria To Wipe Out ISIS

    10/04/2015 5:54:15 AM PDT · by Strategy · 188 replies
    The New Indian Express ^ | October 4, 2015 | By ANI
    LONDON: Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly sending 150,000 soldiers to Syria to wipe out the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). According to The Daily Star, he is apparently mounting an enormous military mission to take control of the terror group's stronghold of Raqqa. Raqqa is the self-declared capital of ISIS which is patrolled by as many as 5,000 jihadi members. Putin is set to mobilise 150,000 reservists whom he conscripted into the military earlier this week.
  • Egypt says Russia's intervention in Syria will counter terrorism

    10/03/2015 10:00:50 PM PDT · by Mariner · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 3rd, 2015 | by Eric Knecht
    Russia's intervention in Syria will curtail the spread of terrorism and help deal a fatal blow to Islamic State in the war-torn country, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday. Russia launched air strikes in Syria on Wednesday in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, marking a dramatic escalation in a more than four-year-old civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake. "Russia's entrance, given its potential and capabilities, is something we see is going to have an effect on limiting terrorism in Syria and eradicating it," Shoukry said in a televised interview...
  • Saudi Arabia Seizes Iranian Ship "Laden With Missile Launchers, Anti-Tank Weapons"

    09/30/2015 3:43:24 PM PDT · by amorphous · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 30 Sep 2915
    With Syria making national headlines on a daily basis, it’s easy to forget about the Middle East’s other proxy war raging in Yemen. For months, a Saudi-led coalition has been battling Iran-backed militants for control of the country which was effectively wrested from Mansour Hadi earlier this year when the Sauid-backed President was forced to flee to Riyadh as the Houthis advanced on Aden. Sadly, Yemen has since descended into chaos, an embarrassment for the Obama administration which just a little over a year ago held the country up as an example of Washington’s successful counterterrorism efforts (no mention was...
  • Coalition says it seized Iran boat with arms for Yemen rebels

    09/30/2015 4:01:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 9/30/15
    The Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday it had seized an Iranian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea loaded with weapons destined for Shiite rebels it is fighting in Yemen. A coalition statement said that the vessel was intercepted on Saturday and that 14 Iranians and weapons including anti-tank shells were found on board. -excerpt- It listed the weapons seized as 18 anti-armoured Concourse shells, 54 anti-tank BGM17 shells, 15 shell battery kits, four firing guidance systems, five binocular batteries, three launchers, one launchers' holder and three batteries. The vessel was seized 150 nautical miles off the Omani port of Salalah,...
  • Egypt Orders KA-52 Combat Helos, Considers MiG-35s

    09/28/2015 7:00:49 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 6 replies
    AIN Online ^ | 28 September 2015 | Vladimir Karnozov
    Egypt awarded Russian arms vendor Rosoboronexport a contract for 50 Kamov Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopters, according to Russian media reports. Details of the transaction remained scarce, but it is thought that some of the Egyptian helicopters are maritime version Ka-52K Katran, which was unveiled earlier this year. The Katran may equip the two Mistral class landing ships that were built by DCNS/STX France for Russia. France stopped delivery after joining the sanctions regime against Russia for its annexation of Crimea. Almost the same day the Ka-52 deal became public, Egypt was revealed as the buyer of the ships. Russian sources...
  • Saudi royal calls for regime change in Riyadh

    09/28/2015 11:31:10 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 9-28-2015 | Hugh Miles
    A senior Saudi prince has launched an unprecedented call for change in the country’s leadership, as it faces its biggest challenge in years in the form of war, plummeting oil prices and criticism of its management of Mecca, scene of last week’s hajj tragedy. The prince, one of the grandsons of the state’s founder, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, has told the Guardian that there is disquiet among the royal family – and among the wider public – at the leadership of King Salman, who acceded the throne in January.
  • KSA Rubbishes Iran Criticism of Stampede

    09/28/2015 12:06:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Arab News ^ | Monday 28 September 2015
    Saudi Arabia firmly rejected Iran’s criticism of its handling of the Haj pilgrimage Saturday after Tehran demanded an inquiry into the Mina stampede. “I believe the Iranians should know better than to play politics with a tragedy that has befallen people who were performing their most sacred religious duty,” Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said, according to AFP. Al-Jubeir, delivering remarks along US Secretary of State John Kerry, insisted that Saudi Arabia was on top of the situation. “The Kingdom has had a long history of spending tremendous resources to care for the pilgrimage to ensure that the pilgrims who come...
  • Kerry sees opportunity to work with (terrorist nation) Iran on Syria

    09/26/2015 6:13:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/26/15 | Meghashyam Mali
    Secretary of State John Kerry said he sees a "major opportunity" to bring Iran into efforts to end the Syrian civil war as he met his Iranian counterpart ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. "I view this week as a major opportunity for any number of countries to play an important role in trying to resolve some of the very difficult issues of the Middle East," Kerry told reporters alongside Iranian Minister Javad Zarif. "We need to achieve peace and a way forward in Syria, in Yemen, in the region itself. And I think there are...
  • Iran Released Top Members of Al Qaeda in a Trade

    09/20/2015 5:38:25 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept. 17, 2015
    The government of Iran released five senior members of Al Qaeda earlier this year, including the man who stepped in to serve as the terrorist group’s interim leader immediately after Osama bin Laden’s death, and who is the subject of a $5 million bounty, according to an American official who had been briefed on the matter. Iran’s release of the five men was part of a prisoner swap in March with Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, the group holding an Iranian diplomat, Nour Ahmad Nikbakht. Mr. Nikbakht was kidnapped in the Yemeni capital of Sana in July 2013.
  • Terror Fears As Iran Frees Al Qaeda Members

    09/19/2015 8:57:39 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Sky News ^ | 13:08, UK, Monday 14 September 2015
    Some intelligence agencies warn the five men may travel to Syria and make use of its chaotic landscape to plot attacks elsewhere. Iran has released five senior al Qaeda operatives from detention and will soon allow them to leave the country, prompting fears they will join other terrorists in Syria planning attacks on the West. According to intelligence sources, three of the five are members of al Qaeda's ruling committee the Shura Council. Among those released in exchange for the Iranian diplomat was Abu al Kheir al Masri - the former head of al Qaeda's "external relations" committee, who was...
  • The ‘Iran Deal’ Was Not Signed by Iran or Anyone Else

    09/18/2015 2:14:45 PM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 19 replies
    The Jewish Press Online ^ | September 18, 2015 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    The Nuclear Iran Deal that is at the epicenter of a Congressional battle and the focus of so much attention for months is not actually any deal at all, as not one of the parties, including any representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has signed the Agreement. This morning, Sept. 18, Cong. Mike Pompeo (R-KS-04) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. In that letter Pompeo informed the Secretary that while reviewing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Nuclear Iran Deal), he noted that there are no signatures on the so-called final Agreement. Without signatures, there can...
  • Russia Says It May Send Troops Into Combat In Syria As A Worried Netanyahu Heads To Moscow

    09/18/2015 7:37:11 AM PDT · by Wilderness Conservative · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/18/15
    On Thursday evening, we detailed a Reuters report which suggested that the influx of Russian technical and logistical support to Bashar al-Assad’s depleted army at Latakia might have breathed new life into the regime as it seeks to rout Islamic State and a whole host of other armed groups fighting for control of Syria. “Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Thursday Russia had provided new weapons and trained Syrian troops how to use them,” Reuters said, before describing what certainly sounds like an invigorated air campaign against the de facto ISIS capital at Raqqa. Importantly, al-Moualem also indicated that Syria...
  • One Million Yemeni Fighters Prepare To Invade Saudi Arabia

    09/18/2015 5:38:41 AM PDT · by Fennie · 33 replies
    MEM ^ | September 17, 2015
    A million Yemeni tribal fighters are gathering near the border with Saudi Arabia in preparation to invade the Kingdom, Iran's Kayhan newspaper has reported. The newspaper quoted what it described as "informed sources" in Sanaa as saying that "the political forces and the tribes of Yemen announced a general alarm to mobilise one million Yemeni fighters near the border with Saudi Arabia to invade its territory and curb its aggression on Yemen." The paper quoted a spokesman for the Yemeni army, Brigadier General Sharaf Ghalib Luqman, as claiming that his army has captured Saudi, Emirati, Bahraini and Qatari fighters in...
  • Should Israel and Its Arab Neighbors Form an Alliance Against Iran?

    09/13/2015 12:30:57 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 9 Sept 2015 | Staff
    Could a nuclear deal with Iran accomplish more than what decades of diplomacy in the Middle East could not, and create new alliances between Israel and its Arab neighbors? That’s a key question as we gear up for the battle on Capitol Hill ...
  • Yemen’s exiled government pulls out of peace talks with rebels

    09/13/2015 3:00:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09/13/2015 | [nm/sms (AFP, AP, Reuters)]
    Yemen’s government says it won’t participate in UN-brokered peace talks with Houthis unless the rebels withdraw from conquered territory. The talks were to be the second major diplomatic push to end the war. The office of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said in a statement on Sunday there would be no meeting until the Shiite Houthis “recognize international resolution 2216 and agree to implement it unconditionally.” The United Nations resolution stipulates that the rebels must surrender any weapons taken from state institutions and withdraw from land they have seized. …
  • Russian build-up in Syria part of secret deal with Iran’s Quds Force leader

    09/11/2015 3:08:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    fox ^ | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    Fox News has learned Quds head Qassem Soleimani and Putin discussed such a joint military plan for Syria at that meeting, an encounter first reported by Fox News in early August. "The Russians are no longer advising, but co-leading the war in Syria," one intelligence official said. The Quds Force is the international arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, involved in exporting terrorism to Iran's proxies throughout the Middle East including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Intelligence sources told Fox News that -- in addition to the previously reported arrival of nearly 50 Russian marines, 100 housing units and armored vehicles...
  • This Syrian [pro Assad living in Australia] girl just EXPOSED our media with in-depth video on #Syri

    09/11/2015 5:15:12 PM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 31 replies ^ | 9/11/2015 | Wayne Dupree
    This Syrian girl eloquently breaks down the origin or the crisis and she even speaks on the young baby found on the beach. I guess the reason why I believe her is because I don't trust our media. The things she describes in her video shows she's done a lot of research and it's extensive. I applaud her getting the truth out! If believed, these specific details and some of these accusations are shocking! It's being used to bomb the country the refugees are running fromThe war was started by the US, and those now crying about the refugees in...
  • [Australian girl talks about] RefugeeCrisis: What The Media Is Hiding, Help SyrianRefugees Go Home

    09/11/2015 3:23:26 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 38 replies
    Syrian Girl, as she’s known, explains the migrant crisis into Europe and the way the media is handling it like no one else I’ve heard, and I highly recommend it to you. It’s very good analysis with the slight exception that she’s somewhat pro-Palestinian, so you’ll have to ignore a couple of brief comments she makes in the video. But otherwise it seems she’s right on the money, especially with respect to Obama and Turkey. Watch:
  • Play By Their Rules [Russia in Syria]

    09/11/2015 8:45:08 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | Sept 11, 2015 | Ambassador Dennis Ross
    Russia and Iran have changed the stakes in Syria, and the U.S. should act accordingly. Refugees streaming into Europe, and the limp body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, have brought the horrific conflict in Syria into greater focus again. With over 250,000 dead and more than half of Syria's population displaced, it should not be surprising that the conflict finally found a new way to force itself into the collective consciousness of the world. The only surprising thing is that it took so long to create a crisis in Europe. To be sure, those countries were feeling the effects of the...
  • Russia tells Washington: talk to us over Syria or risk 'unintended incidents'

    09/11/2015 8:34:40 AM PDT · by Mariner · 97 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 11th, 2015 | By Christian Lowe
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia called on Friday for Washington to restart direct military-to-military cooperation to avert "unintended incidents" near Syria, at a time when U.S. officials say Moscow is building up forces to protect President Bashar al-Assad's government. The United States is leading a campaign of air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syrian air space, and a greater Russian presence would raise the prospect of the Cold War superpower foes encountering each other on the battlefield. Both Moscow and Washington say their enemy is Islamic State. But Russia supports the government of Assad, while the United States says his...
  • Putting an End to the ‘Refugee Crisis’: Most Syrians are not fleeing war-torn Syria

    09/11/2015 7:51:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/11/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Most of the Syrians we see on the nightly news and on newspaper front pages are not fleeing war-torn Syria. The three-year-old Aylan Kurdi (his real name is Alan Shenu) whose heartrending death was broadcast around the world was not fleeing Syria. He’d lived his whole short life in Turkey, where his parents had been living in safety. The Shenu family, like so many of these refugees, left Turkey on a smugglers’ boat, ultimately trying to reach Canada in pursuit of better economic prospects and a better life. This distinction is often lost in the coverage of the European “refugee...
  • Aylan Kurdi: Drowned boy’s father accused of being people smuggler in charge of boat that crashed

    09/11/2015 5:10:56 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | September 11, 2015 | Daniel Meers and Ben McClellan
    The father of the three-year-old boy whose lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach, rocking the whole world to its core, has been accused of being a people smuggler who captained the fateful voyage. A woman, who claimed to have lost her two children on the vessel, made the stunning claims to Network Ten via her cousin who lives in Sydney on Friday night. The image of Aylan Kurdi’s dead body was the catalyst for Australia to accept 12,000 Syrian refugees who are fleeing persecution in their homeland. It was claimed last night that his ­father Abdullah was a...
  • Trump reverses himself on Syrian refugee question, says we have too many problems of our own!

    09/10/2015 6:40:12 PM PDT · by robowombat · 47 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | September 10, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Trump reverses himself on Syrian refugee question, says we have too many problems of our own! Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 10, 2015 The other day, Presidential candidate Donald Trump sounded a bit squishy on the issue of bringing in large numbers of Syrian refugees, but on Hannity last night he says what sure sounds like a NO! Watch the clip, he does mention that the wealthy Gulf Arab States and Russia aren’t taking any (terrorism fears?). He could mention that China is never asked to take any as well! The UN does pound Japan to take refugees, but...
  • NATO Caught ‘Surprised’ By Russia’s Move Into Syria

    09/11/2015 7:44:29 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 25 replies ^ | September 10, 2015 | Kevin Baron
    NATO Caught ‘Surprised’ By Russia’s Move Into Syria September 10, 2015 By Kevin Baron When Russia sent military forces into Syria last weekend, it caught NATO by surprise and proved that its members can neither stay ahead of threats nor even decide which ones are the most pressing, the alliance’s intelligence director said. “Are we keeping up with threats?…Absolutely not,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Brett Heimbigner Thursday. “The demands for intelligence… to accurately deal with some of these crises is clearly insufficient.” Heimbigner’s latest frustration: “From an alliance perspective, what Russia is doing and the ability of Russia to...
  • Giant Russian transport aircraft in Syria raise concerns

    09/08/2015 2:59:49 PM PDT · by keat · 77 replies
    CBS News / AP ^ | September 8, 2015, 4:03 PM
    <p>Three giant Russian Condor transport aircraft have flown into the Assad International Airport near Latakia, Syria, over the past few days. They have unloaded large containers but it's not known yet what's in the containers, reports CBS News correspondent David Martin.</p>
  • In Major Humiliation For Obama, Iran Sends Soldiers To Support Russian Troops In Syria

    09/10/2015 9:17:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 9/10/15 | tyler durden
    When Zero Hedge first reported ten days ago that Russian troops, in their bid to support the Assad regime in its ongoing confrontation with various ISIS, Al Nusra, and other US-supported groups in what has become the proxy war of 2015 (one which even comes with thousands of refugees for dramatic media impact) had been quietly massing in Syria and have set up a forward operating base near Damascus, there were those who were openly skeptical. Then, just a few hours ago, Bloomberg finally confirmed that "top officials were scheduled to meet at the National Security Council Deputies Committee level...
  • Why Russia has boosted its military presence in Syria now

    09/10/2015 7:19:18 PM PDT · by Mariner · 36 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 9th, 2015 | By Nicholas Blanford
    Beirut, Lebanon — Mounting evidence suggests Russia is significantly increasing military assistance to the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in what is seen as a bid to solidify Moscow’s position in one of few Middle Eastern countries where it still has influence. The move, analysts say, capitalizes on a low-risk opportunity created by the United States’ reticence to get more closely involved in the Syrian conflict, which has lasted for more than four years and claimed the lives of nearly a quarter million people. The reports of a Russian military buildup in northwest Syria have raised alarms in...
  • America's Warning to Russia: Back Off Syria

    09/10/2015 7:17:16 PM PDT · by robowombat · 52 replies
    The Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | Thursday, September 10, 2015 | Heather Sells
    America's Warning to Russia: Back Off Syria By Heather Sells CBN News Reporter Thursday, September 10, 2015 The U.S. is growing increasingly worried over signs of increased Russian military presence in Syria and has warned Moscow to back off. On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for the second time in five days. U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said that Kerry "reiterated our concern about these reports of Russian military buildup." Kirby added that if the reports are true it could "lead to greater violence and even more instability." Also on Wednesday,...
  • Syria: Russia will stand by Assad over any US strikes, warns Putin

    09/07/2013 6:34:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Sept 06, 2013 | James Kirkup,
    President Vladimir Putin gave warning that Russia would stand with Syria if America launches military strikes against the country. Ending the summit, Mr Putin said that world opinion was firmly against US-led intervention, adding that Russia would take Syria's side. "Will we help Syria? We will," he said. "We are already helping, we send arms."
  • Iranian general: Obama’s threats are ‘the joke of the year’ (also calls Obama "Low-IQ")

    03/04/2014 12:32:03 PM PST · by Dave346 · 48 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 4, 2014, 9:34 pm | Marissa Newman
    Masoud Jazayeri says the ‘low-IQ’ president’s ‘all options are on the table’ remarks are a farce; warns against US strike President Barack Obama is a “low-IQ US president,” whose threat to launch a military offensive should nuclear talks fail is an oft-cited punchline in the Islamic Republic, particularly among children, an Iranian general said on Tuesday. “The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,” General...
  • The Russians are lining up with Syria and Iran against Israel: Has Obama given his okay?

    04/14/2012 6:14:22 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 4/14/2012 | Jim Emerson Russiais anticipating that Iran will be attacked this summer and has developed a contingency plan to mass troops along the Iranian border. On the surface, this move will be used by the Russians to justify the move to protect its interests in the region as well assist the Islamic regime if needed. Their plan doesn’t leave out the possibility of Russian Forces to engaging Israelis and Americans if Moscow feels its interests in Iran are threatened. The goal will be a show of force to stop any former Soviet states from providing military support to any country which attacks...
  • Donald Trump: Amateur Hour With the Iran Nuclear Deal

    09/09/2015 9:01:57 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 9 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/9/2015 | Jim Hoft
    Businessman Donald Trump chewed up and spit out Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with the Iranian regime in an editorial published today at USA Today. USA Today reported Politics as usual has failed, that's why I need to step in. It is hard to believe a president of the United States would actually put his name on an agreement with the terrorist state Iran that is so bad, so poorly constructed and so terribly negotiated that it increases uncertainty and reduces security for America and our allies, including Israel. It was amateur hour for those charged with striking this deal with...
  • The White House Is Going To War With Dick Cheney

    09/08/2015 11:03:53 AM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    BI ^ | 9-7-2015 | Colin Campbell
    Colin CampbellSeptember 7, 2015 The White House is firing back at former Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney has long been a fierce critic of President Barack Obama. But in recent days, he has been publicly savaging the administration's Iran nuclear deal with new intensity while promoting his new book. In a seemingly unusual reaction, the White House on Tuesday used its official social-media accounts to promote a video blasting Cheney for his comments. The video stressed that Cheney was a leading proponent of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. It also noted that the former vice president continued to...
  • Former Al-Qaeda Leader Says Obama-Aligned Muslim Brotherhood ‘...Most Dangerous Organizations’

    09/08/2015 12:55:09 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/8/2015 | Patrick Poole
    I had the opportunity to escort a U.S. congressional delegation to Egypt last week — we were sponsored by the Cairo-based Center for North Africa and Near East Security Studies. One of the common themes we heard from senior government officials and experts was the active role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the ongoing terror campaign targeting military, police, and government officials, as well as in the sabotage of infrastructure. I reported here at PJ Media back in June on the Brotherhood’s escalating violence. There have been a number of signs this past year indicating that the Muslim Brotherhood in...
  • Iran Gloats over World Powers’ ‘Surrender’ on Nuclear Deal

    09/06/2015 6:43:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 9/5/2015, 9:15 PM | Ari Soffer
    Iranian leaders view the nuclear deal signed by western powers as a “surrender” to Iran, and as cementing the Islamic Republic’s status as a “superpower.” An analysis by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has shed light on the sense of victory held by Iran’s most senior leadership, as neighboring countries prepare for a surge in terrorism sponsored by an emboldened Tehran. Among the comments translated by MEMRI was a statement made by Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan at an armed forces general command ceremony on August 30, in which he boasted that Iran had forced the “surrender” of...
  • DNC Leader Wasserman Schultz Is Latest Jewish Democrat to Stand With Iran – Back Nuclear Deal

    09/06/2015 9:57:52 AM PDT · by yoe · 22 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | September 6, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    DNC leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz became the 15th Jewish Democrat to stand with Iran and support Obama’s controversial nuclear deal. Wasserman Schultz made the announcement this morning on CNN. Was there ever any doubt she would put party before Israel’s survival?Video: Here is (the whip list) of Democrats in support of the Iranian nuclear deal. DNC Leader Wasserman Schultz Is Latest Jewish Democrat to Stand With Iran – Back Nuclear Deal (VIDEO) Jim Hoft Sep 6th, 2015 10:01 am 101 Comments DNC leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz became the 15th Jewish Democrat to stand with Iran and support Obama’s controversial nuclear...