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  • Oil Politics: How Syrian Kurds Use Oil For Political Leverage

    08/14/2018 3:02:16 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 1 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/14/18 | Sirwan Kajjo
    RIMELAN, SYRIA – “Where does all our oil go to?” my Kurdish driver asked as we drove past more than a dozen hefty trucks loaded with crude oil. The cargo convoy was heading to Syrian regime-held areas. Syria’s seven-year civil war has left the Kurds with increasing power over the oil fields in their territory, adding yet another layer of complexity to the already complicated picture of the war-torn country. The Democratic Union Party (PYD), the main party in Syrian Kurdistan, took control of most Kurdish cities in July 2012. The takeover didn’t involve fighting with Syrian regime forces as...
  • Mapping Kurdish Groups In Iran Clashes With IRGC

    08/13/2018 7:29:28 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 5 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/13/18 | Seth Frantzman
    Kurdish groups in Iran have been increasing their activities over the summer months of 2018. An uptick in clashes, particularly with the IRGC, has been documented from published reports by the Iranian regime as well as the groups. This includes the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) and Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK). On August 11 the IRGC claimed to have killed 11 “terrorists” or “militants” in Oshnavieh. In addition the PDKI claimed to have killed a dozen of the IRGC. And in Baneh a report indicated the PAK had clashed with Iranian regime forces,...
  • Sniper Shoots ISIS Fighter Dead From Over One Mile Away With 40-Year-Old Gun

    08/12/2018 10:17:14 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 117 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 8-12-18 | Jason Lemon
    A British soldier from the elite Special Air Service has shot and killed an ISIS commander from more than a mile away, in what is thought to be the best long-range shot in the regiment’s 77-year history. Using a a huge .50 Calibre Browning machine gun, which is nearly 40 years old, the unnamed sergeant, who is a veteran of Iraq and Syria, managed to hit the fighter directly in the chest with a shot that blew off the commander’s arm and shoulder. “The Islamic State commander was briefing his men and clearly liked the sound of his own voice...
  • ISIS suffers devastating defeat in Deir Ezzor

    08/12/2018 7:22:31 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 32 replies
    AMN ^ | 2018-08-06 | Leith Aboufadel
    The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dealt a lethal blow to the so-called ‘caliphate’ a week ago, when their troops seized the last border points that were under the Islamic State’s control in eastern Syria. According to the official spokesperson for the SDF, their troops managed to capture the entire desert of eastern Deir Ezzor and secure the Al-Hasakah provincial border that weekend.
  • There is No Difference Between Shias and Sunnis - Ayatollah Khamenei

    08/10/2018 2:06:34 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 27 replies
    Khamenei Iran ^ | 2016 | Ayatollah Khamenei
    One of the instruments that the enemies use is creating discord among us. I insist that we stress and place great emphasis on this matter. Brothers, sisters, Muslims in the world of Islam, if this call reaches your ears, you should know that the day when the words “Sunni” and “Shia” appeared in the American discourse, we became concerned. Every insightful person became concerned. What does America have to do with Sunni and Shia? What does such and such a Jewish Zionist politician in America – who has done nothing except for showing malevolence against Islam and Muslims – have...
  • Why Restrict Visa’s From: Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Libya?

    01/30/2017 9:14:17 AM PST · by Ray76 · 9 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jan 30, 2017 | Sundance
    (Via CNN) No person accepted to the United States as a refugee, Syrian or otherwise, has been implicated in a major fatal terrorist attack since the Refugee Act of 1980 set up systematic procedures for accepting refugees into the United States, according to an analysis of terrorism immigration risks by the Cato Institute. Oh Really? No Refugees implicated in terrorism? Read on…
  • Iranian TOW Missile Knockoffs Spread to War Zones

    06/18/2016 11:47:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 18, 2016 | ADAM RAWNSLEY
    The CIA program to supply Arab rebels in Syria has made TOW anti-tank guided missiles a nearly ubiquitous sight in media coming from the conflict. But the United States might not be the only country waging a covert war with TOW (or TOW-like) missiles in the Middle East. Iranian reverse-engineered TOW anti-tank guided missiles, dubbed “Toophan,” have been been sighted headed toward Yemen with additional suspected appearances in Iraq and Syria — all in the hands of Tehran’s allies and proxy groups. Iran’s production of reverse-engineered TOW missiles is no great secret. In official news outlets, documentaries and on Iran’s official arms...
  • Putin Cements Powerful New Alliance With Iran and Turkey at Syria Summit

    04/05/2018 9:31:19 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 71 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 5, 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    Iran's President Rouhani, Turkey's President Erdogan, and Russia's President Putin shake hands as they meet in Ankara on Wednesday and pledge to create a 'lasting ceasefire' in Syria. Russia and Iran are strategic partners, with Russia providing military and financial support in return for influence over the Middle East. Putin supplies both countries with sophisticated military equipment. President Erdogan recently signed a $2.5 billion arms deal with Russia for S-400 sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles, which has caused consternation among Turkey's fellow Nato members. And Russia helps both countries on energy. It is also building Turkey a $20 billion nuclear power station,...
  • Iraq to reluctantly comply with US sanctions on Iran: PM

    08/07/2018 8:41:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | AFP
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday he would reluctantly comply with renewed US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, but recalled his country's 12 years under international embargo... Iraq is the second-largest importer of Iranian non-hydrocarbon products, buying some $6 billion (5 billion euros) worth of goods from its eastern neighbour in 2017. It also buys in Iranian-generated electricity in efforts to deal with chronic power cuts that have been a key factor sparking mass protests in recent weeks... Iranian private companies recently cut off power supplies to Iraq's oil-rich coastal province of Basra over outstanding payments... The sanctions are expected...
  • The Iraqi Army And Kurdish Peshmerga Are Not Coordinating Operations Against Islamic State

    08/07/2018 3:08:55 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 3 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/7/18 | Paul Iddon
    On Monday July 16 the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Kurdish Peshmerga conducted an operation in the Makhmour region against the Islamic State (ISIS) group. The operation killed at least 14 ISIS members but also resulted in the deaths of between 5 to 7 Peshmerga troops. The U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition, which coordinated the raid and gave it air support, hailed what it called “outstanding” coordination between the ISF and Peshmerga. Upon closer inspection, however, it remains clear that neither side directly worked together in the assault and that coordination in general between them remains nonexistent. The Peshmerga have sought...
  • Bitter Split Among Syria's Christians Over Loyalty to Assad

    08/06/2018 12:06:23 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    Hudson Inst. ^ | Apr 2018 | Lela Gilbert
    Since 2011, a devastating civil war has pitted Syrian, Russian, and Iranian armies against Sunni jihadis. Turkey has often weighed in as well. The Syrian conflict has also turned Christians against Christians. Some of Syria’s Christians persistently defend Bashar Assad as their lifelong protector. Others believe he is not only a ruthless dictator, but a pawn of Iran — the radical Islamist Revolutionary Shiite regime that has no place for Christians in its ideology. Historically, both tyrannical kings and modern dictators have used Christian minorities as useful instruments in their political toolbox. Notably, Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq long included...
  • Trump promised to fix veterans' problems; now they call his hotline desperate for help

    08/05/2018 6:10:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Laredo Morning Times ^ | August 5, 2018 | Jessica Contrera, The Washington Post
    SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The phones rang early in the morning and late in the evening. They rang, always, in the middle of the night. They were ringing now, as Mary Hendricks sank into a swivel chair and settled in beside her co-workers for another day of answering them. The calls came from veterans who were about to be evicted. Veterans who couldn't get hold of their doctors. Veterans who needed to talk about what they saw in Afghanistan or Iraq or Vietnam. Mary pressed a button. Her headset clicked on. "This is the White House VA hotline," she said, introducing...
  • Iraqi immigrant accused of shooting Colorado Springs cop remained in U.S. despite series of crimes

    08/05/2018 7:53:39 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 19 replies
    The Gazette ^ | Aug 3, 2018 | By: Tom Roeder, Jakob Rodgers, Lance Benzel
    A man accused of shooting a Colorado Springs police officer in the head in a shootout early Thursday while free on bond was known to immigration enforcement officials, yet evaded deportation despite a string of crimes, court records show. Why Karrar Al Khammasi wasn’t deported was among the questions left unanswered Friday as his bond was revoked. Cem Duzel, the officer he is accused of shooting, remained hospitalized in critical condition. The 31-year-old Iraqi immigrant appears to have lived in the Pikes Peak region for at least five years, and he had at least nine contacts with police in that...
  • Camp Pendleton general facing ‘administrative actions’ after reportedly treating aide like a servant

    07/20/2018 9:12:47 PM PDT · by BBell · 44 replies
    https://www.ocregister.com/ ^ | 7/20/18 | ERIKA I. RITCHIE
    Camp Pendleton general facing ‘administrative actions’ after reportedly treating aide like a servant while deployed to Iraq8 at 6:44 pm | UPDATED: July 20, 2018 at 6:45 pm CAMP PENDLETON — A brigadier general serving at the Marine Corps base will receive “administrative actions” for misusing his aide to perform servant-like tasks while deployed to Iraq. Marine Corps officials confirmed Friday, July 20 that a report by the Department of Defense Inspector General substantiated allegations against Brig. Gen. Rick A. Uribe, who served as deputy commanding general and director of the Combined Joint Operations Center in Baghdad from May 2016...
  • They told us Iraq had WMD too....(vanity)

    07/17/2018 7:18:32 AM PDT · by God luvs America · 54 replies
    7/17/2018 | Me
    This is not an anti-Iraq war rant; i fought in the streets in 2003 with Freepers & groups like Protest Warrior counter protesting the "peace protestors". Nor is this a rant against law enforcement- my dad was NYPD for almost two decades. Rather this is a reminder with facts for those who believe we should just blindly follow our politicized "intelligence" agencies. The same intelligence operations telling us russia interfered in our elections: 1- told us Iraq possessed WMD 2- never connected the dots in the lead up to 9-11; the worst terrorist attack on US solid 3- dismissed evidence...
  • Israel Broadens Fight Against Iran

    07/15/2018 9:27:56 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 15, 2018 | Sune Engel Rasmussen in Beirut and Felicia Schwartz in Tel Aviv
    Israel is ramping up attacks against Iranian supply lines in Syria to block the flow of weapons to Hezbollah and other Tehran-backed militias, as it seeks to drive its foe away from its borders. In June Israel targeted a far-flung compound near the Syria-Iraq border, according to a security official, after carrying out multiple strikes closer to home against suspected Iranian military assets in Syria, where Iran is a key backer of President Bashar al-Assad. Israel, in accordance with its usual practice, didn’t confirm or deny it carried out the June airstrike. The U.S. denied responsibility, and a U.S. official...
  • Elizabeth Warren’s foreign Fourth of July trip seen as bid to bolster 2020 presidential bona fides

    07/05/2018 8:52:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 5, 2018 | Dan Atkinson
    Bay State U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren spent another Fourth of July visiting troops overseas as she bolsters her foreign policy credentials — a crucial step if she plans on running for president in 2020. Warren left Iraq and Kuwait yesterday after visiting with military personnel, foreign service officers and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. In a series of tweets, Warren described her trip, praising U.S. troops, but also called for more global effort to help maintain Iraq’s security.
  • Idaho girl, 3, dies after being stabbed at her own birthday party

    07/02/2018 5:18:54 PM PDT · by Skywise · 42 replies
    WXIN Fox 59 (Indianapolis) ^ | July 2, 2018 | AP
    <p>A 3-year-old Idaho girl who was stabbed at her own birthday party died Monday, two days after a man invaded the celebration and stabbed nine people, authorities said.</p> <p>Timmy Kinner is accused of attacking a group of children and the adults who tried to protect them at the party at an apartment complex that is home to many refugee families.</p>
  • Obama administration granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians during nuclear deal: Iran official

    07/02/2018 9:13:08 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/2/1 | Chris Irvine
    The Obama administration granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians, including family members of government officials, while negotiating the Iran nuclear deal, a senior cleric and member of parliament has claimed. Hojjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnour, who is chairman of Iran’s parliamentary nuclear committee and a member of its national security and foreign affairs committee, made the allegations during an interview with the country’s Etemad newspaper, cited by the country’s Fars News agency. He claimed it was done as a favor to senior Iranian officials linked to President Hassan Rouhani, and he alleged the move sparked a competition among Iranian officials over whose...
  • 'Warmongers not welcome': Hillary Clinton heckled as she's given honorary doctorate by [tr]

    06/23/2018 10:17:39 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 23 replies
    The Journal (Ireland) ^ | 6/22/2018 | Paul Hosford
    FORMER US SECRETARY of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton has been conferred with an honorary doctorate from Trinity College Dublin. Clinton was one of five people recognised for what the college calls “their contribution to society”.(snip) Professor Anna Chahoud’s oration this afternoon paid tribute to Clinton’s life’s work: “Almost 66 million people have given her their vote of confidence, sharing her belief that a true democracy is a society in which everyone is equally valued as a human being, from infancy to old age, irrespective of gender, status or nationality; it is a society in which women have the...