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  • Chinese armed drones now flying across Mideast battlefields

    10/03/2018 4:18:16 AM PDT · by blueplum · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 03 Oct 2018 | JON GAMBRELL and GERRY SHIH
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — High above Yemen’s rebel-held city of Hodeida, a drone controlled by Emirati forces hovered as an SUV carrying a top Shiite Houthi rebel official turned onto a small street and stopped, waiting for another vehicle in its convoy to catch up. Seconds later, the SUV exploded in flames, killing Saleh al-Samad, a top political figure. The drone that fired that missile in April was not one of the many American aircraft that have been buzzing across the skies of Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. It was Chinese.. Across the Middle East,...
  • Playing US Sanctions: China Walks a Fine Line in Iran

    05/10/2018 7:19:53 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 14 replies
    The Globalist ^ | May 11, 2018 | James M. Dorsey
    ...this time round, rejecting and violating U.S. sanctions may prove for China as well as the other signatories to be a trickier undertaking. Last time round, China and the other signatories were part of an international consensus that aimed to force Iran to accept restrictions on its nuclear program even if they at times circumvented the sanctions. China and other signatories are in the wake of the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions likely to be operating in a far more confrontational environment in which the subtext of Mr. Trump’s decision as well the positions of Saudi Arabia and Israel appears to...
  • Ending long row, German government agrees migrant family policy

    05/09/2018 6:41:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 9, 2018 | by Staff
    BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed on rules on Wednesday to allow a limited number of family members to join migrants in Germany, ending a long-standing dispute between the parties in her two-month old right-left coalition. The issue had dogged relations between Merkel’s conservative bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD) in the coalition talks and in government. There are also divisions among the conservatives, with the Bavarian CSU taking a harder line than Merkel’s CDU. Under the new rules, 1,000 close relatives of people with ‘subsidiary status’, who enjoy a lesser degree of protection than those granted full refugee...
  • Trump has sent an earthquake through the Middle East by pulling out of Iran deal

    05/09/2018 6:25:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Sky News ^ | May 9, 2018 | by Alex Rossi
    It was well telegraphed in advance but that didn't make the punch of the US withdrawal from the Iran deal any less powerful. President Donald Trump has just sent an earthquake through the Middle East and risked alienating key European allies. Anyone who thinks there was a glimmer of optimism, and the door is left open for a new deal, wasn't really listening to what the President had just said. Virtually every aspect of the Iranian regime's foreign agenda was attacked. This was not just about the deal. This was about Iran's aggressive behaviour across the region. The problem with...
  • Q Anon: (4/12/18) FRiendly Freeper Collaboration

    04/12/2018 6:51:12 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2,018 replies
    qntmpkts.keybase.pub ^ | 4/12/2018 | FReepers, vanity
    <p>This thread is a friendly collaborative place for FReepers to analyze information and share opinons. FReepers have a wide variety of reasons for investigating Q Anon content; this is not the appropriate place to criticize or badger those who choose to use some of their time in this manner.</p>
  • Don't Ignore Kushner's Quiet Mideast Gains

    02/02/2018 1:59:06 AM PST · by LRoggy · 4 replies
    National Interest ^ | 1/29/2018 | Ahmed Chirai
    He may be the most effective presidential Middle East envoy in decades, but he doesn’t get much respect from the press. It is hardly an understatement to say that Jared Kushner, a baby-faced real-estate magnate and presidential son-in-law, didn’t send expectations soaring when he was named to supervise Israel-Palestine peace efforts. Lacking years of diplomatic experience and advanced degrees in Near Eastern politics, his appointment seemed more like favoritism than a confirmation of expertise, more a presidential gift to his daughter than a strategic decision. What little coverage Kushner has received has varied from skeptical to scornful. And, tellingly, he...
  • Pentagon confirms U.S. ground operations in Yemen

    12/20/2017 2:32:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | December 20, 2017 | by HANS NICHOLS and MOSHEH GAINS
    WASHINGTON — The Defense Department on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time "multiple ground operations" in Yemen, while noting that the Islamic State has doubled in size in the war-torn country, where an insurgency by Houthis rebels has allowed terrorist groups to seek haven. "U.S. forces have conducted multiple ground operations and more than 120 strikes in 2017," said a statement from the U. S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida. The goal is to "disrupt the ability of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS-Yemen to use ungoverned spaces in Yemen as a hub for terrorist recruiting, training and...
  • Saudis accuse Iran of 'direct aggression' over Yemen missile

    11/07/2017 7:37:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 7, 2017
    Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iran of an act of "direct military aggression" by supplying missiles to rebels in Yemen. This "may be considered an act of war", state media quoted the prince as telling UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in a telephone conversation. On Saturday, a ballistic missile was intercepted near the Saudi capital. Iran has denied arming the Houthi movement, which is fighting a Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that Saudi Arabia's "wars of aggression" and "regional bullying" were threatening the Middle East.
  • Saudi Arabia says Lebanon declares war, deepening crisis

    11/07/2017 7:20:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 7, 2017 | by Tom Perry, Lisa Barrington
    BEIRUT - Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon on Monday of declaring war against it because of aggression by the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi‘ite group Hezbollah, a dramatic escalation of a crisis threatening to destabilize the tiny Arab country. Lebanon has been thrust to the center of regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran since the Saudi-allied Lebanese politician Saad al-Hariri quit as prime minister on Saturday, blaming Iran and Hezbollah in his resignation speech. Faulting the Hariri-led administration for failing to take action against Hezbollah during a year in office, Sabhan said “there are those who will stop (Hezbollah) and make it...
  • Chinese internet users say ‘no’ to refugees from Middle East

    06/25/2017 1:19:06 PM PDT · by PGR88 · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | June 24, 2017 | Liu Zhen
    An informal Weibo survey shows very few Chinese want door open to people fleeing chaos in region, amid rumours Beijing will change its policy Some 97 per cent of respondents in an informal online poll ­involving 150,000 Chinese said “no” to refugees, as rumours spread that Beijing would open the country’s door to displaced people from the Middle East. An internet user started the survey on Weibo by using its social media polling functions on Wednesday. Within a day, 150,000 respondents had voted and only 3,798 had said “yes” to receiving Middle Eastern refugees. The rumours about China taking in...
  • China to set up military bases in Pakistan, says Pentagon report

    06/07/2017 1:23:57 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    PTI, Rediff.com ^ | Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | Lalit K. Jha
    China's construction of military base in the strategic location of Djibouti is just the first of what will likely be an ongoing expansion in friendly foreign ports around the world, says a Pentagon report. IMAGE: The Gwadar port that Pakistan is developing with Chinese help. China is likely to establish additional military bases in Pakistan and other countries with which it has longstanding friendly ties and similar strategic interests, a new Pentagon report said on Wednesday as the world's largest army increasingly flexed its muscles. In its annual report to the Congress on China's military build-up, the United States Department...
  • The World Is Problematic

    05/26/2017 5:06:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 26, 2017 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    American commentators object to Trump’s visiting countries that haven’t yet adopted the egalitarian mores of a liberal-arts college. The president will soon be returning from his first foreign trip, in which he gave a speech about Islam in Saudi Arabia, had a short meet and greet with the Supreme Pontiff in Rome, and lectured the leaders of our NATO allies. And the commentariat has noticed something about the cultures of the world now that the cultures of the world have become a backdrop to photos of the American president they dislike. The commentators have noticed that the world is problematic....
  • In The Mideast, Trump Just<br> Pushed A Real 'Reset Button'

    05/23/2017 4:37:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/22/2017 | Staff
    Mideast: President Trump's Mideast trip was derided by the media and opposition Democrats as simply a chance for him to skip town to avoid the ongoing "scandals" of his administration. As usual, they grossly underestimate this president, and completely misunderstand the importance of his historic trip. Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel has put the region on notice: The U.S. intends once again to pursue its interests and those of its allies in the region. The U.S. is ready to reward friends and punish enemies, and we will name names. This is a radical reversal of President Obama's policy...
  • 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...
  • U.S. defense chief to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel next week

    04/14/2017 10:17:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 14, 2017
    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Qatar and Djibouti starting on Tuesday, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday. It said Mattis would "reaffirm key U.S. military alliances," and "discuss cooperative effort to counter destabilizing activities and defeat extremist terror organizations."
  • Risk of mass starvation rising rapidly in Africa, Yemen - U.N.

    04/11/2017 7:25:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2017 | By Stephanie Nebehay
    The risk of mass starvation in four countries - northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen - is rising rapidly due to drought and conflict, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday. About 20 million people live in hard-hit areas where harvests have failed and acute malnutrition rates are increasing, particularly among children, it said. In South Sudan, where the United Nations declared famine in some areas in February, "a further 1 million people are now on the brink of famine", UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said. "We are raising our alarm level further by today warning that the risk of...
  • Trump’s Meeting with the Saudi Prince Is Being Praised as a ‘Historical Turning Point’

    03/15/2017 1:11:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 14, 2017 | Reuters
    Saudi Arabia hailed a "historical turning point" in U.S.- Saudi relations after a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the two leaders' shared view that Iran posed a regional security threat. The meeting on Tuesday appeared to signal a meeting of the minds on many issues between Trump and Prince Mohammed, in a marked difference from Riyadh's often fraught relationship with the Obama administration, especially in the wake of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. "This meeting is considered a historical turning point in relations between both countries and which had passed through...
  • BREAKING Military Airport Near Damascus Bombed (Israel)

    01/12/2017 5:17:18 PM PST · by PeteePie · 189 replies
    Twitter.com ^ | 1/12/2017 | Various Contributors
    Military airport near Damascus bombed. Suspected holding ammunition depots for Hezbollah. Developing, see the feed. Syrian media attributing to Israel. In before Drudge.
  • Media and Professional Left Begin Rewriting Obama’s Mid-East History

    12/22/2016 5:52:10 AM PST · by detective · 12 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 22, 2016 | Sundance
    There’s a visible twisting of history taking place that’s increasingly obvious within the last few days.  Against all intellectual honesty, an entirely different version of historical reality is being seeded by the media.  Here’s the basic outline: In general terms it goes like this – Vladimir Putin, the global villain and Machiavellian nemesis of freedom, wanted to undermine NATO and find a way to take control of the world, starting with Europe.  As such he schemed to seed the origin of ISIS in Syria so that he could begin killing them and driving a mass exodus of Syrian Muslims into...
  • U.S. Navy Destroyer Fired On Again Off Yemen

    10/16/2016 7:28:40 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 51 replies
    gcaptain/reuters ^ | October 16, 2016 | Matt Spetalnick
    The missile attack, if confirmed, would mark the third time the USS Mason was fired upon in international waters in the past week from territory in Yemen controlled by Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels.