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  • Kerry Promises Israel, Saudis Money In Wake of Iran Nuclear Deal

    09/02/2015 1:12:54 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 33 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 9/2/15 | Adam Kredo
    Kerry admits that, despite the deal, Iran will continue to back terrorist groups across the globe and promises to boost military support and funding to Israel and Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The letter comes in response to concerns among lawmakers, Israel, and other Gulf region allies that the nuclear accord will boost the Islamic Republic’s support for terrorism, while leaving traditional U.S. allies on the defense. “Important questions have been raised concerning the need to increase security assistance to our allies and partners in the...
  • Abbas and Fatah Encourage 'Religious War' over Temple Mount [Psalm 83]

    09/02/2015 11:02:47 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 9/2/2015 | Ari Soffer
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing to openly encourage a religious war to gain exclusive Muslim control over Jerusalem's Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. The Temple Mount also houses the Al Aqsa Mosque and Islamic complex, which are built atop the ruins of two Jewish temples. Islamist groups, along with the PA and its supporters, have sought to deny any Jewish connection to the site, claiming it is a Muslim or "Palestinian" holy site. Muslim extremists have also waged a violent campaign aimed at preventing growing number of Jewish visitors from accessing the site, while systematically destroying...
  • How the Islamic World was Forged [History of Why Christians Defect to Islam]

    09/01/2015 10:47:10 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 21 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 8/31/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    What made non-Muslims convert to Islam, leading to the creation of the Islamic world? Early historical sources—both Muslim and non-Muslim—make clear that the Islamic empire was forged by the sword; that people embraced Islam, not so much out of sincere faith, but for a myriad of reasons—from converting in order to enjoy the boons of being on the “winning team” to converting in order to evade the dooms of being on the “losing team.” Modern day Muslims and other apologists—primarily in academia, government, and mainstream media—reject this idea. They argue that the non-Muslims who embraced Islam did so from sheer...
  • Russian jets in Syrian skies

    08/31/2015 12:36:11 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 75 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 08/31/15 | Alex Fishman
    Russia has begun its military intervention in Syria, deploying an aerial contingent to a permanent Syrian base, in order to launch attacks against ISIS and Islamist rebels; US stays silent. Russian fighter pilots are expected to begin arriving in Syria in the coming days, and will fly their Russian air force fighter jets and attack helicopters against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state. According to Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase. The base is said to be in area surrounding Damascus, and will serve, for...
  • Saboteurs attack Egypt gas pipeline to Jordan

    02/05/2011 8:35:00 AM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat Feb 5, 7:32 am ET | Jailan Zayan
    CAIRO (AFP) – Unknown saboteurs attacked an Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to Jordan, forcing authorities to switch off gas supply from a twin pipeline to Israel, an official told AFP. The attackers used explosives against the pipeline in the town of Lihfen in northern Sinai, near the Gaza Strip, the official said. It was initially thought the pipeline to Israel was attacked.
  • Israel’s oil could provoke next war

    06/16/2011 7:29:35 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    Conservative News and Views ^ | 15 June 2011 | Terry A. Hurlbut
    Does Israel have oil? The very phrase Israel’s oil could change the game in the Middle East—and provoke all-out war. Could Israel really have oil? The Zion Oil and Gas Company has been looking for oil along the Mediterranean coast, and just south of the Sea of Galilee, for several years. Two days ago they announced that they had drilled a test well in their Joseph License lands (between Haifa and Tel Aviv) to 5900 meters. They earlier found large hydrocarbon deposits at the site, usually a good sign. In August of 2010, the Givot Olam company announced a find...
  • Natural Gas Bonanza for Israel, Possible Oil Field as Well

    06/13/2010 8:44:11 PM PDT · by bkopto · 24 replies · 1,011+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 6/3/2010 | Maayana Miskin
    A survey of the natural gas field off the shore of Haifa is to be released Thursday evening in the United States. According to the Globes financial journal, the field has been discovered to be even larger than previously thought. The field's estimated size has grown several times as more surveys are conducted. In mid-2009, Yitzchak Teshuva, controlling shareholder who invested in developing the field, originally said the gas reserves could allow Israel to be self-sufficient in energy for two decades, but now it seems that this was a conservative estimate. Teshuva said Thursday, "The results indicate that in addition...
  • Middle Eastern Oil: An Historical Perspective and Outlook

    05/26/2003 8:15:58 PM PDT · by nunya bidness · 31 replies · 9,893+ views
    Mercurial Times ^ | 5/25/02 | Sean Finnegan
    It's always been about oil when it comes to the Middle East. From the borders drawn by the British and French after the Great War to the current flare-up in Iraq, the simple fact is that not one drop of western blood would have ever been shed were it not for Persian Gulf crude. However, this does not mean that the United States is unjust in acting or alone in dealing with the petulant behavior of the oil producing countries in the region; it just means that we are the latest country to go back in force to bring stability...
  • Muslim History Is Rife With ISIS-Style Executions

    08/30/2015 3:55:07 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 28/8/15 | Yasmin el Khatib
    "I do not understand why, after every perverted [act of] execution carried out by ISIS, most Muslims insist that these actions have nothing to do with Islam. After all, Muslim history is rife with terrifying forms of execution, similar or even identical to those used by ISIS. I am not talking of executions motivated by revenge, such as the crucifixion of Al-Khallaj,[2] the killing of Suhrawardi,[3] or the slaughter of Ibn Al-Muqaffa.[4] [Nor am I speaking of] the mutilation of dead bodies, such as the practice of displaying the heads of decapitated [victims], which was invented by the Umayyad [caliphs]....
  • Massive Gas Find a Boon for Egypt, Salve for Energy Crisis

    08/31/2015 11:32:16 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    abc news ^ | 8-31-2015 | associated press
    The new "supergiant" offshore field revealed a day earlier by Italy's Eni SpA and billed as the "largest-ever" found in the Mediterranean Sea could alleviate the Arab world's most populous nation's need for gas imports, they said. The latest discovery represents about half of Egypt's current gas needs, and will cut its trade deficit and help bring in tax revenue when it comes online in some five years, said Angus Blair of investment advisory firm Signet. "It's a very useful positive economic factor in Egypt," he said. "Obviously it will help President (Abdel-Fattah) el-Sissi and the government, but to look...
  • Saudi Arabia’s Troops Have Crossed Into Yemen for the First Time

    08/27/2015 3:04:41 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    Vice ^ | 08.27.2015 | Samuel Oakford
    Saudi forces have reportedly crossed the border into northern Yemen near a site where Houthi rebels have launched shelling attacks toward the kingdom.
  • ‘HOKUM-B ATTACK CHOPPERS FOR EGYPT’ (More Russian weapons)

    08/28/2015 3:43:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    AIRheads Fly ^ | 2015/08/27
    Egypt is thought to have signed up for close to 50 Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters, sources say on Thursday 27 August. The news was actually leaked by a company that produces the electro-optic sensors for the Ka-52, saying 50 of such systems are to be delivered to Egypt from 2016 onwards. The Ka-52 is codenamed ‘Hokum-B’ by NATO and is the Russian counterpart of the Boeing AH-64D Apache, which incidentally is also operated by Egypt. The Hokum-B is already in service with the Russian armed forces.
  • Egypt turns to Russia to combat terrorism

    08/26/2015 8:01:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 26,2015 | AP
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday called for a coalition to combat terrorism in the Middle East. Opening a meeting with Putin in Moscow, el-Sissi said "the Egyptian people" are hoping for broader ties with Russia in all areas, particularly in fighting terrorism in the Middle East. El-Sissi's Russian visit, his second in the past three months, highlights Moscow's attempts to expand its influence in Egypt at a time when Egyptian-U.S. relations have soured in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
  • As War Closes In, Syria’s Assad Puts Emphasis on Living a Normal Life

    08/26/2015 7:29:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | RAJA ABDULRAHIM
    On the day in May when Islamic State militants raised their black flag above the ancient city of Palmyra, the Damascus Opera House featured a singer in a rumpled black suit belting out traditional Arabic ballads. Members of the audience were herded together so the half-empty auditorium appeared full on state television, and the crowd whistled, clapped and danced in the aisles for the benefit of the cameras. This week, as the extremist militants blew up a 2,000-year-old temple in Palmyra, the opera house in the capital 150 miles to the west prepared to open an art exhibit. “It is...
  • Palestinians want to raise flag at UN headquarters

    08/26/2015 12:13:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 08.26.15, 08:36 | (AP, Reuters)
    The Palestinians are seeking to raise their flags at UN headquarters in New York, in a resolution proposing to allow non-member observer states—the Palestinians and the Vatican—to display their flag with the 193 member states—just in time for Pope Francis’ visit next month. Supporters of the idea hope the UN General Assembly will adopt a resolution on the flag-raising shortly before the pope arrives. They’re betting that the United States or other allies of Israel will not block the plan and risk offending the Holy See on Francis’ first US visit. But the Vatican on Tuesday asked the Palestinian UN...
  • Non-Interventionism is America’s Best Policy

    08/22/2015 11:35:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2015 | Paige Lewis
    Americans do well with moderation. It is in our national DNA. It is also a by-product of the freedom of expression and allowing different perspectives in the public forum. In foreign policy, non-interventionism is the moderate stance, and it has served Americans well in her four hundred or so years. As British subjects, American colonists were compelled to fight for the British crown, until they felt compelled to defend themselves against the king’s army. After centuries of European conflicts dragging Americans into war, national independence yielded a non-interventionist foreign policy for the infant nation. George Washington advised in his farewell...
  • Time for open Israel-Saudi relations

    08/21/2015 1:59:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-20-2015 | AARON KLEIN
    The Iran nuclear deal has dramatically shifted Middle Eastern geopolitical tectonic plates, and has heralded a new reality in which Sunni Arabs need Israel more than ever. One of many misleading lines in President Obama’s address earlier this month heralding the Iran nuclear deal came when the statecraft salesman declared that “because this is such a strong deal, every nation in the world that has commented publicly, with the exception of the Israeli government, has expressed support.” The clear implication is that Israel stands alone and isolated in the international community in opposing détente and rapprochement with Iran. The American...
  • Islamic State claims responsibility for massive car bombing in Cairo

    08/20/2015 5:21:48 AM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 20, 2015 | Eric Cunningham
    The Islamic State claimed Thursday it carried out a massive car bombing that targeted Egyptian security forces in Cairo, calling the operation revenge for the deaths of some of its members earlier this year. The powerful blast — which could be heard across several Cairo districts — has raised fears of stepped up insurgent attacks in the Egyptian capital. Islamists and other militants have waged an increasingly deadly campaign against Egyptian security forces since a military coup ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Among the factions is a group, based in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, that has pledged loyalty to...
  • Massive blast targets security forces in Cairo

    08/19/2015 7:38:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 19 at 9:38 PM | Erin Cunningham
    The blast could be heard across several neighborhoods in the city, according to residents who posted on Twitter. An assailant parked the vehicle packed with explosives outside a security headquarters in the Cairo-area district of Shubra, the Interior Ministry said in a statement Thursday. He then fled the scene on a motorcycle before the bomb exploded, the statement said. Egyptian insurgents have frequently targeted such security installations in their years-long campaign against the government. The blast on Thursday injured six policemen, the ministry said. Live feed from private Egyptian television channel CBC showed extensive damage to buildings in the district,...
  • US may pull out Sinai force that helps keep Israel-Egypt peace

    08/18/2015 6:50:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 8/19/15 | Bradley Klapper and Julie Pace
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is quietly reviewing the future of America’s three-decade deployment to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, fearful the lightly equipped peacekeepers could be targets of escalating Islamic State-inspired violence. Options range from beefing up their protection or even pulling them out altogether, officials told The Associated Press. The American forces have helped marshal peace in the peninsula since Egypt’s 1979 historic peace treaty with Israel. Some 700 members of an Army battalion and logistics support unit are currently there. They mainly monitor and verify compliance, and have little offensive capability. Several other countries also provide personnel. Egypt...
  • Could the Jig Finally Be Up for Huma Abedin?

    08/17/2015 8:29:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 62 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | August 17, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    She should have been removed from all positions of power and influence years ago. They got Al Capone for tax evasion, and they may get Huma Abedin for “violating rules regarding vacation and sick leave” and for the “possible exchange of unsecured, classified data.” To be sure, these are serious charges, and the available evidence makes it abundantly clear that there is ample warrant to investigate and perhaps even charge Abedin. However, it is a sign of a serious problem with today’s political culture that even more serious allegations regarding Abedin have never been investigated, and almost certainly never will...
  • ISIS 'Mein Kampf' Blames Israel for Global Terrorism

    08/16/2015 6:58:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    INN ^ | Sunday, August 16, 2015 | Sara A. Carter, American Media Institute
    Intelligence officials are comparing a newly discovered secret Islamic State document to Hitler's "Mein Kampf," as it blames Israel for the rise of the Islamic State and crowns U.S. President Barack Obama as the "Mule of the Jews." Found in Pakistan's remote tribal region by American Media Institute (AMI), the 32-page Urdu language document promotes an "end of the world" battle as a final solution. It argues that the Islamic leader should be recognized as the sole ruler of the world's 1 billion Muslims, under a religious empire called a "caliphate." ...Retired U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Flynn...
  • Riyadh, Moscow to Meet Over ISIS, Syria

    08/09/2015 12:03:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | August 8, 2015 | Staff, contributions by AFP
    Russian and Saudi officials to meet over Middle East issues -- just after news surfaces of a secret meeting between Russia, Iran. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir will visit Moscow on Tuesday to discuss Syria conflict and the Islamic State group with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign ministry said Saturday. The two ministers last met in Qatar on August 3 when Lavrov, Jubeir and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a three-way meeting, with the situation in Syria topping the agenda. The ministers will continue "a discussion on ways to resolve the crisis in Syria," the...
  • Saudi FM certain contract on Russian Iskander missile supplies will be signed soon

    08/11/2015 5:42:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    TASS ^ | 11 August 2015
    Saudi Arabia is discussing buying Russia’s Iskander tactical missile systems, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday. "Saudi Arabia is set to intensify relations with Russia in all the spheres, including in the military field," al-Jubeir said. "Intensive contacts are taking place between the military delegations and specialists from both countries and a wide range of intended types of armaments from Russia is being discussed, including Iskander missile systems," the Saudi foreign minister said. In general, the deliveries of Russian armaments are being actively discussed and a contract may be...
  • Russia presents Egypt with advanced missile ship

    08/16/2015 4:52:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    ahram online, Egypt ^ | August 15, 2015
    Russia has ‘gifted' Egypt with a new missile corvette that was part of the inauguration of a new Suez Canal expansion project earlier this month, Egypt's army said. The move by the Russian government to "gift" Egypt the Molniya missile boat is "part of military cooperation between the Egyptian and Russian armed forces" as well as indicative of "Russia's support for Egypt and the matching visions of both countries on the war against terrorism," Egyptian military spokesman Mohamed Samir said in a statement Saturday. He added that the highly advanced missile ship will be a new addition to Egypt's "development...
  • Op-Ed: Who Was Kayla Mueller?

    08/14/2015 7:55:31 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | February 11, 2015 | Lee Kaplan
    The truth of how Kayla Mueller, 26, died may never be discerned. However, despite the sadness at her needless death, the myth that she was wonderful altruistic young woman should be exposed. This is another Rachel Corrie propaganda story in the making, and the western media is falling for it again, or embracing it on purpose. Kayla Mueller was a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who spent at least two years working with that terrorist support group. She was involved in demonstrations against the Jews in Sheikh Jarrah (part of East Jerusalem) after a 20 year long court...
  • ISIS Leader Repeatedly Raped American Hostage, U.S. Finds [Would Not Have Happened Under Reagan!]

    08/14/2015 5:29:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 46 replies
    CBSNews ^ | August 14, 2015
    August 14, 2015 ISIS Leader Repeatedly Raped American Hostage, U.S. Finds WASHINGTON -- American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), U.S. intelligence officials told her family in June. "They told us that he married her, and we all understand what that means," Carl Mueller, Kayla's father, told The Associated Press on Friday, which would have been his daughter's 27th birthday. Her death was reported in February. Her mother, Marsha Mueller, added, "Kayla did not marry this man. He took her to his...
  • US Aircraft Carrier Crossing The New Suez Canal (Video)

    08/13/2015 9:46:47 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 8-13-2015 | CASEY CHAN
    Watch the USS Theodore Roosevelt navigate through the new Suez Canal with all of its fighter jets on deck. It’s super cool because the aircraft carrier is so big and the water of the canal is so calm that it feels like the Earth is moving around the land formation that is the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Isis 'hacking division' releases details of 1,400 Americans and urges attacks

    08/13/2015 7:13:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Michael Safi
    A group calling itself the Islamic State hacking division has published the details of 1,400 mostly US military and government personnel, urging supporters to attack those listed. The spreadsheet, published online on Wednesday, exposes names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. Those listed include members of the marine corps, Nasa, the state department, air force and FBI. Supporters of Isis on Twitter seized on the breach, posting personal details of soldiers and government staffers and encouraging lone wolves to “act and kill”. A person claiming to speak for the group told the Guardian the information was obtained from military and...
  • DNA Shows that KV55 Mummy Probably Not Akhenaten [Smenkhare]

    03/02/2010 7:00:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies · 626+ views
    KV-64 blog ^ | Tuesday, March 2, 2010 | Kate Phizackerley
    If we identify the KV55 mummy as Smenkhare and assume that Akhenaten remains missing, we can add Akhenaten and Nefertiti into the family tree, while retaining KV55 (Smenkhare) as the father of Tutankhamun as shown by the Hawass team. It's tempting to consider that KV21B and the Younger Lady are also daughters of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. While not essential for my revised theory, this would neatly fit historical facts. In considering whether the DNA data would fit the revised family tree, it seems appropriate to consider that KV21B and the Younger Lady may also have been daughters of Akhenaten and...
  • Archaeology professor scrutinizes age-old mystery [ Uluburun wreck excavation]

    11/24/2008 3:39:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 1,338+ views
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville ^ | Saturday, November 22, 2008 | Kayla Kitts
    In 1983 a sponge diver found funny metal biscuits with ears at the ocean floor. That is how the excavation got started, Hirschfeld said. The ship carried ten tons of copper ingots, which after being analyzed, were determined to be from Cyprus. Each ingot weighs approximately 60 pounds, she said. She and her team also excavated glass ingots, tons of tin, and three Italian swords that were not part of the cargo of the ship. Among the 130 Canaanite jars they found, there were traces of wine in the jars and one was full of glass beads. The team also...
  • Mystery of Dead Sea Scroll unravels

    04/03/2002 9:55:46 AM PST · by It'salmosttolate · 16 replies
    news.independent.co.uk ^ | 03 April 2002 | Claudia Joseph
    Mystery of Dead Sea Scroll unravels By Claudia Joseph 03 April 2002 19:23 It is a mystery that has baffled religious scholars for 50 years. Now the secret of the Copper Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, may finally be unravelled. Robert Feather, a member of the Institute of Metallurgists, will claim in a television documentary tonight that he has cracked the secret code of the Copper Scroll Mr Feather rejects current thinking that the copper document was written by the Essenes monastic sect 2,000 years ago. A member of the Jewish Historical Society, and the Egypt Exploration...
  • All The King's Men

    10/09/2001 4:05:44 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-4-2001 | Tim Radford
    All the king's men Tim Radford on ancient skulduggery and a new search for old secrets in Egypt Thursday October 4, 2001 The Guardian Somewhere beneath the Valley of the Kings could lie the body of a 3,300-year-old woman whose face has become an icon of beauty. A British-led group of archaeologists, in the first exploration of new ground since Howard Carter unearthed the body of the young King Tutankhamun, dreams of discovering the royal tomb of Nefertiti. The dream is based on reasoning rather than direct evidence, according to Nicholas Reeves, curator of Egyptian and classical art at ...
  • Has Queen Nefertiti been found behind King Tut's tomb?

    08/11/2015 11:34:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 10, 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    After analysing high-resolution scans of the walls of Tutankhamun's grave complex in the Valley of the Kings, Dr Reeves spotted what appeared to be a secret entrance. He described how he uncovered the 'ghosts' of two portals that tomb builders blocked up, one of which is believed to be a storage room. The other, on the north side of Tutankhamun's tomb, contains 'the undisturbed burial of the tomb's original owner - Nefertiti', Dr Reeves argued. If Dr Reeves is correct, the hidden tomb could be far more magnificent than anything found in Tutankhamun's burial chamber. He believes it is her...
  • Senior German: European Nations Rejecting Mass Immigration ‘Will Destroy Europe’

    08/11/2015 3:25:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 8/11/15 | Oliver Lane
    Germany is again agitating for other European countries to take what they believe to be their ‘fair’ share of refugees coming to the continent with a stark warning that failing to do so could see the collapse of the EU.Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel made the remarks on Monday, reiterating the frequently made claim that some nations take a heavier than necessary burden, and others have an unarguable responsibility to get involved. Conveniently ignoring the fact that right-wing nation Hungary takes the highest number of migrants per capita in Europe, Gabriel said: “Germany, Sweden, and Austria take on most of the...
  • Bomb blast, US consulate attacked in Istanbul: Reports

    08/10/2015 7:30:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8-10-15 | Phillip Tutt
    A car bomb attack at a police station has killed four people and injured up to 10 people, while the city's U.S. consulate has also come under fire, news agencies have reported. Reuters, quoting Turkey's Dogan news agency, reported that at a police station in the Istanbul neighborhood had been rocked by a blast early on Monday morning. The agency, quoting the Istanbul's governor's office, added that three attackers and a police officer had been killed in an exchange of gunfire following the explosion. Istanbul police headquarters confirmed to Dogan that three police officers and seven civilians were wounded in...
  • Israel Cracks Down on Jewish Extremists With New Arrests

    08/09/2015 9:15:08 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 9, 2015 | Daniel Estrin
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel intensified its crackdown on Jewish extremists Sunday, imprisoning two high-profile ultranationalist Israelis for six months without charge and arresting additional suspects in West Bank settlement outposts, security authorities said. The crackdown comes after a deadly July 31 firebomb attack on a Palestinian home in the West Bank that killed an 18-month-old boy and his father and severely wounded his mother and brother. Authorities called the arson attack an act of "Jewish terrorism," and Israel's Security Cabinet approved the use of harsh measures to combat the trend, including administrative detention, which allows suspects to be held for...
  • Hamas Threatens UNRWA - Again

    08/08/2015 4:39:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/8/15 | Dalit Halevi
    Hamas continues to lead daily protests against the intention of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), to cut its services in light of a deficit of more than $100 million. Suheil al-Hindi, Chairman of the Arab Teachers Union of UNRWA, which is affiliated with Hamas, warned the UNRWA against a delay in the start of the upcoming school year, stressing that education is a "red line" and that interfering with it could lead to a "disruption of the peace." In a statement Friday, ​​Hamas warned that cuts in UNRWA services is a move that will...
  • Gaza Rockets Explode on Palestinian Side of the Border

    08/06/2015 5:36:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/8/15 | Elad Benari
    Gaza-based terrorists fired three rockets towards southern Israel on Thursday evening, all three of which exploded in Gaza. There were no sirens in the Gaza Belt area, but some locals reported hearing explosions. A similar incident occurred on Saturday night, when two rockets that were fired from Gaza exploded on the Palestinian side of the border fence. Saturday’s rocket fire came a day after Hamas called for all able-bodied Arabs to attack IDF soldiers and "settlers" as "legitimate targets" after an Arab infant was killed in an arson attack in the village of Duma in Samaria.
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia ‘desperate’ to purchase Mistral warships

    08/07/2015 11:15:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    FRANCE24 ^ | 2015-08-07
    Egypt and Saudi Arabia are interested in buying two French Mistral warships that had been sold to Russia before Paris scrapped the deal, French media reported Friday, citing an official French source. "Egypt and Saudi Arabia are desperate to buy two Mistrals," an unnamed official French source told France’s leading daily, Le Monde. “King Salman of Saudi Arabia wants to build a fleet in Egypt which could project regional power in the Red Sea and Mediterranean," said the source. "Some countries in the region have displayed a marked interest in the Mistrals with the aim of establishing a [regional] maritime...
  • Panic in Damascus?

    08/03/2015 10:39:38 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | August 3, 2015 | Mouin Rabbani
    The view that 2015 has not been a particularly good year for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has much to recommend it. Within Syria, the government has lost control over most of the province of Idlib, and was recently dislodged from Palmyra by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The key cities of Aleppo in the north and Deraa in the south remain under threat; increased coordination among Syria's notoriously fractious armed rebel groups is an important factor in this regard, as is improved relations among their sponsors.
  • Wise-cracking US celebrities endorse Iran deal

    08/02/2015 1:27:21 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | 31 July 15 | Unattributed
    Morgan Freeman, Jack Black and a host of other celebrities star in a video backing Americas' nuclear deal with Iran, wise-cracking their way through an often surreal mixture of Hollywood, politics and diplomacy. The video uploaded this week onto YouTube comes as President Barack Obama's administration tries to sell the agreement to the public and a sceptical Congress.
  • This Is the Email a Former Clinton Aide Sent Hillary On How to Make Netanyahu’s ‘Politics Uneasy’

    08/01/2015 5:59:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 31, 2015 8:42pm | Oliver Darcy
    A former national security adviser to President Bill Clinton wrote an email to Hillary Clinton in 2009 advising the then-secretary of state how to deal with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he continued to “be the obstacle” in negotiations with Palestinians. The email from Samuel Berger advised Clinton on how to navigate the waters with Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Abu Mazen. “Going forward, if Bibi continues to be the obstacle, you will need to find the ground from which you can make his politics uneasy,” the September 22 email said. “I think you can do that even with current...
  • Hijab-wearing women say they are being 'turned away' at Egyptian resorts

    07/31/2015 7:49:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 7/27/15 | Shounaz Meky
    Many Egyptian women say they are facing a difficult summer season as Hijab-free zones seem to have soared in popularity, as more restaurants and high-end resorts enforce a de-facto ban on wearing headscarves.Social media users in Egypt flocked to Facebook and Twitter over the past week to condemn the apparent decision by some venues to deny veiled women entry.Many deemed the ban as “discriminatory” against practicing Muslim women in Egypt - a country in which 90 percent of its 80-million population are Muslim.The ban is not completely new, it was reportedly common at resorts and restaurants frequented by foreigners, in...
  • Israel and Saudi Arabia present united front over Iran deal

    07/15/2015 5:57:39 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 16 replies
    Telegraph Media Group ^ | 14 Jul 2015 | By Richard Spencer, Middle East Editor and Robert Tait, Jerusalem
    Iran's enemies unsettled by its deal with the West, but Bashar al-Assad of Syria says it is 'a great victory' The nuclear deal with Iran caused fury in Israel and consternation around the region at the likely increase in influence and resources of a newly enriched Iran. Most telling was the loudest expression of support. "I am happy that the Islamic Republic of Iran has achieved a great victory by reaching an agreement," President Bashar al-Assad of Syria said in a message to his Iranian opposite number, Hassan Rouhani. "In the name of the Syrian people, I congratulate you and...
  • Admiral: Carrier gap in Persian Gulf hinders war effort

    07/30/2015 6:50:05 PM PDT · by Herosmith · 28 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 30, 2015 | Travis J. Tritten and Chris Church
    WASHINGTON — A rare gap in the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf this fall could hinder military capabilities in the war against the Islamic State, the Obama administration’s nominee to lead the Navy told the Senate Thursday. Adm. John Richardson conceded the effects of a two-month gap in carrier presence — the first since 2007 — under intense questioning from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as the Senate Armed Services Committee weighs whether approve the admiral’s nomination as chief of naval operations. “Without that carrier, that will be a detriment to our capability, yes, sir,” Richardson...
  • Iran Announces Two New Nuclear Facilities

    07/30/2015 7:45:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 7/30/2015, 7:02 PM | Ari Yashar
    Just half a month after the Iran nuclear deal was signed in Vienna on July 14, the Islamic republic of Iran announced on Thursday that it plans to build two new nuclear facilities in its southeastern Makran region on the Indian Ocean. Mohammad Ahmadian, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), announced the plans as quoted by the semi-official Fars News Agency. “Two 100MW (megawatt) nuclear reactors will be constructed on Makran coastline of the Sea of Oman to generate electricity,” Ahmadian declared. […] The nuclear deal stipulates that Iran will not build any new uranium enrichment...
  • U.S.-Trained Anti-ISIS Commander Kidnapped in Syria

    07/30/2015 1:53:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/30/2015 | By ANNE BARNARD and KARAM SHOUMALI
    BAGHDAD — The commander of a group of Syrian fighters trained by the United States has been kidnapped by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, his group said in a statement Thursday. The commander, Nadeem Hassan, and seven of his fighters were taken by the Nusra Front, a rival of the Islamic State in Syria, as they were returning from a meeting in Turkey. A contingent of 54 fighters from Mr. Hassan’s group, known as Division 30, are the only ones who have graduated from a Pentagon program to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Syria. One the...
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia aim to enhance cooperation

    07/30/2015 4:43:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2015 1:33 PM EDT
    Egypt and Saudi Arabia say they aim to boost military, economic, and social ties and pursue their common interests. In a statement released after a meeting between President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, el-Sissi’s office says the two leaders also will work to create a joint Arab military force. …
  • Sunni Arab Nations Are Israel's Allies,' Says Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General

    07/30/2015 12:10:53 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Haaretz ^ | July 30, 2015
    The director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, called the Middle East’s Sunni Arab nations “Israel’s allies.” Gold used the term twice in a presentation Wednesday in New York focused on the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal. “What we have is a regime on a roll that is trying to conquer the Middle East,” Gold said of Iran, “and it’s not Israel talking, that is our Sunni Arab neighbors — and you know what? I’ll use another expression – that is our Sunni Arab allies talking.” Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and a longtime...