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  • Saudi, Sudanese Troops Arrive in Aden Area After Yemen Denies Deal With Separatists

    10/16/2019 4:01:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 00:19 17.10.2019 | SALEH AL-OBEIDI
    Saudi, Sudanese Troops Arrive in Aden Area After Yemen Denies Deal With Separatists © AFP 2019 / SALEH AL-OBEIDI 00:19 17.10.2019 CAIRO (Sputnik) - Saudi and Sudanese troops, tanks and other military hardware rolled into the southern Yemeni province of Aden on Wednesday, a local government source said. The deployment of troops allied with the Yemeni government comes a day after it denied that a deal would soon be inked with separatists that would allow the cabinet to retake its interim seat in Aden. The reinforcements have been stationed west of the key port city between the Aden airport and...
  • Trumpís Syrian Maneuver Works Ė President Erdogan Asks for Negotiations With Kurds in Syria

    10/14/2019 5:59:43 PM PDT · by bitt · 156 replies
    President Trump has played this out perfectly. By isolating Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and effectively leaving him naked to an alliance of his enemies, Erdogan is now urgently asking for the U.S. to mediate peace negotiations with Kurdish forces. This request happens immediately after President Trump signed an executive order [See Here] triggering the sanction authority of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Erdogan called the White House requesting an urgent phone call with President Trump. After President Trump talked to Kurdish General Mazloum Kobani Abdi, the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, President Trump then discussed the options available to...
  • Trump Followed His Gut on Syria. Calamity Came Fast.

    10/14/2019 3:44:39 PM PDT · by Mariner · 142 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 14th, 2019 | David E. Sanger
    President Trumpís acquiescence to Turkeyís move to send troops deep inside Syrian territory has in only one weekís time turned into a bloody carnage, forced the abandonment of a successful five-year-long American project to keep the peace on a volatile border, and given an unanticipated victory to four American adversaries: Russia, Iran, the Syrian government and the Islamic State. Rarely has a presidential decision resulted so immediately in what his own party leaders have described as disastrous consequences for American allies and interests. How this decision happened ó springing from an ďoff-script momentĒ with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey,...
  • Pentagon Hasnít Extended Carrier Lincoln Deployment as More Troops Headed to Saudi Arabia

    10/14/2019 6:46:47 AM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 11, 2019 1:25 PM | Megan Eckstein and Sam LaGrone
    Pentagon Hasnít Extended Carrier Lincoln Deployment as More Troops Headed to Saudi Arabia By: Megan Eckstein and Sam LaGrone October 11, 2019 1:25 PM THE PENTAGON Ė Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has not extended the deployment of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group even in the midst of what the Pentagon described as a buildup of forces in Saudi Arabia to defend U.S. forces and interests against Iranian aggression, a Defense Department spokesman told USNI News. Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley briefed reporters Friday and noted that 3,000 forces have been authorized...
  • When Terrorists Rule: The Truth About Gaza

    10/14/2019 6:53:45 AM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | OCT 14, 2019 9:00 AM | RAMI DABBAS
    When Terrorists Rule: The Truth About Gaza OCT 14, 2019 9:00 AM BY RAMI DABBAS T Hamas is the armed wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. When such groups and theocratic regimes reach power, this is terrorism. How the terrorist dictatorship Hamas controls Gaza with an iron fist has finally been exposed, revealing its ugly face and providing the clearest example of how repressive terrorist movements deal with their own people when they reach power. Hamas has recently arrested hundreds of protesters suffering from poor economic conditions and lack of services, and hundreds of...
  • Iran says it discovered a natural gas reserve that could create $40 billion in revenue

    10/13/2019 5:25:35 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct. 13, 2019 | Artemis Moshtaghian
    Iran announced on Sunday that it has discovered a new natural gas reserve with the capacity to produce nearly 400 million barrels of gas condensate, which could generate a total of $40 billion. The natural gas field, named Eram, is located near the Persian Gulf in the southwestern province of Fars and holds about 19 trillion cubic feet of gas, National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Deputy Managing Director Reza Dehghan said at a press conference. "We have the potential to identify more undiscovered oil and gas reserves (in the country) by using geophysical exploration techniques and discovery drilling and will...
  • Exclusive: Damascus, Kurdish-led SDF held talks at Russian airbase - Kurdish politician

    10/13/2019 11:36:18 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 15 replies
    Reuters by Yahoo ^ | October 13, 2019 | By Tom Perry and Rodi Said
    BEIRUT/QAMISHLI, Syria, (Reuters) - The Syrian government and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been holding negotiations at a Russian airbase in Syria, a Syrian Kurdish politician told Reuters on Sunday, expressing hope for a deal that would halt a Turkish attack. Ahmed Suleiman, a senior member of the Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party in Syria, said the talks were being held at Russia's Hmeimim airbase in Latakia. He did not say if he or his party - which is independent from the SDF - had a role in the negotiations. Asked about Suleiman's comments, the head of the SDF media...
  • Trump did not betray the Kurds

    10/12/2019 8:31:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Caroline Glick ^ | October 11, 2019 | Caroline Glick
    The near consensus view of President Donald Trumpís decision to remove US special forces from the Syrian border with Turkey is that Trump is enabling a Turkish invasion and double crossing the Syrian Kurds who have fought with the Americans for five years against ISIS. Trumpís move, the thinking goes, harms US credibility and undermines US power in the region and throughout the world. There are several problems with this narrative. The first is that it assumes that until this week, the US had power and influence in Syria when in fact, by design, the US went to great lengths...
  • The Kurd in the Punch Bowl (Winner: Title of the Year)

    12/29/2018 2:24:53 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies ^ | Brandon J. Weichert
    President Donald J. Trump's recent announcement that he is withdrawing the 2,000 American troops stationed in Syria has sent shockwaves throughout the nation's capital. A bipartisan consensus has formed that Trump not only erred, but has abandoned America's erstwhile friends, the Kurds, to be slaughtered by America's NATO partner, Turkey. This is simply inaccurate. The Kurds do share close ties with the United States. Despite this, however, no American president has ever vindicated the Kurdish dream of an independent sovereign state. Trump is not at all different. The Kurds are the largest stateless people in the world, sharing a contiguous...
  • Turkey's Syria Offensive 'Invasion' of Arab Land: Arab League Secretary General

    10/12/2019 6:55:56 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 13 replies
    US News ^ | October 12, 2019
    CAIRO (REUTERS) - ARAB League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Saturday led Arab foreign ministers in lambasting Turkey's military operation in northeast Syria as an "invasion of an Arab state's land and an aggression on its sovereignty". Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim, president of the current Arab League session, also condemned Turkey's offensive into Syria during an emergency meeting of the body, called by Egypt. The offensive "will exacerbate humanitarian crises, increase the suffering of the Syrian people, and strengthen the ability of terrorists to reorganize their remnants," Alhakim said. Alhakim and Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil called...
  • U.S. Still Operating In Syria, Readying Troops To Saudi Arabia Against Iran

    10/11/2019 6:49:49 PM PDT · by familyop · 5 replies
    One America News Network ^ | October 11, 2019 | OAN Newsroom
    U.S. military officials are preparing to deploy thousands of troops to Saudi Arabia. During a Friday news conference, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said collected evidence shows Iran was responsible for attacks on Saudi oil facilities. 1,500 additional forces will be deployed to the region, including fighter squadrons and air defense systems. Iranís state news agency announced the explosion of an oil tanker off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday morning. Two missiles reportedly struck a vessel that belongs to the National Iranian Oil Company. A video released on the same day reportedly shows U.S. military vehicles near the Syria-Turkey...
  • Iran holds surprise military drills near Turkish border

    10/11/2019 11:14:39 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 37 replies
    amn ^ | 10/10/19 | Radio Free Europe
    Iranís army has launched unannounced military drills in the northwest of the country bordering Turkey, Iranian state media reported. The semiofficial ISNA news agency reported on October 9 that the exercises included rapid reaction units, mobile and offense brigades, and helicopters. The maneuvers in Iranís Western Azerbaijan Province are being overseen by Iranís army chief, Major General Abdolrahim Musavi, according to state TV. The reports did not mention the number of troops taking part. The announcement of the drills comes as Turkey says it is about to launch an offensive into northern Syria. Tehran, a key ally of President Bashar...
  • COSCO Tankers Go Dark

    10/09/2019 3:38:22 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 43 replies
    About a third of the tankers owned by COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) have shut off their AIS systems after the U.S. imposed sanctions on the company for allegedly shipping Iranian crude, reports Reuters. Ship tracking data from Refinitiv Eikon indicates that in the week ending October 7, 14 tankers, including nine VLCCs, have gone dark. The U.S. imposed sanctions on the company on September 25. At the time, the U.S. Department of State said the company, along with five others, knowingly engaging in a significant transaction for the transport of oil from Iran in defiance of sanctions set in place...
  • Chinese state oil firm has withdrawn from 5 billion deal to develop Iranian natural gas field

    10/06/2019 7:44:45 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 9 replies
    China National Petroleum Corp has pulled out of a deal to develop Iranís South Pars field. Photo: APChina National Petroleum Corp has pulled out of a deal to develop Iranís South Pars field. China National Petroleum Corp has pulled out of a deal to develop Iranís South Pars field. Photo: AP Chinese state-owned oil company China National Petroleum Corporation has pulled out of a US$5 billion deal to develop a portion of Iranís massive offshore natural gas field, the Islamic Republicís oil minister said on Sunday, after Franceís Total SA earlier withdrew from the agreement over US sanctions. The South...
  • 'Widespread sniper fire' as death toll soars in Iraq protests (Please pray for Iraqi protesters)

    10/05/2019 2:27:08 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 5 replies ^ | 10/5/19 | Simona Foltyn.
    The toll from four days of violent unrest in Iraq rose to 72 killed and hundreds more wounded, police and medics said on Saturday, as authorities lifted a days-long curfew in Baghdad that protesters had defied. FRANCE 24's correspondent Simona Foltyn has the details. More than 3,000 people have also been injured since the protests against chronic unemployment, poor public services and widespread corruption erupted in the capital on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said. Rights activists said police snipers shot at protesters on Friday, escalating violent tactics used by the security forces that have included live fire, tear gas and water...
  • Iran Says China Has Pulled Out Of South Pars Natural Gas Project

    10/06/2019 9:27:24 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 17 replies
    Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh says China's national petroleum company has pulled out of a $5 billion deal to help develop Iran's giant South Pars natural gas field in the Persian Gulf. The development, announced by Zanganeh on the ministry's SHANA website, comes amid economic pressure on both Iran and China from the United States. It also follows a series of military confrontations in the area between Iran and the naval forces of Britain and the United States. The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) became the dominant investor in plans for the expansion of South Pars, the worldís largest gas...
  • 'Opposing Netanyahu's policies doesn't make us anti-Semitic'

    04/16/2018 3:14:09 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/4/18 | Elad Benari
    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2016 election but lost out to Hillary Clinton, on Monday criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his policies. "As someone who believes absolutely and unequivocally in Israel's right to exist... we must say loudly and clearly, that to oppose the reactionary policies of Prime Minister Netanyahu does not make us anti-Israel," Sanders told the annual conference of the J Street organization. He took issue with Israelís response to the recent riots along the border with Gaza, claiming Israel "massively overreacted" to the protests. "The presence of Hamas members...
  • Iranian General Salami Says Tehran Has ĎDefeatedí the U.S.

    10/02/2019 7:12:12 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Oct 2019 | SIMON KENT
    Iranís top Revolutionary Guards Corps commander, Major General Hossein Salami, claimed on Tuesday the country had ďdefeatedĒ the U.S. military before the world, the official Tasnim news agency reported. Although Salami offered no direct evidence to support his boast, analysts are guessing he may be referring to Tehranís downing of an American drone in June, or not Ė nobody knows. Salamiís comments, while not unusual for Iranian officials who are known to make extravagant claims of military prowess and battlefield victories, come amid heightened international tensions over Iranís nuclear program and a series of incidents that have raised fears of...
  • Constraining Iran Requires Ending its Colonization of Arabistan

    10/03/2019 4:19:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Al-Ahwaz ^ | Abdullah Al Khazaal
    Despite their lofty rhetoric, Iranian leaders have failed to address their own oppression and discrimination against the Arabs whose oil-rich land they have exploited for decades. iranís meddling across the Middle East is increasing. Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen seize ships, Iranian proxies fire missiles into neighboring countries, and the Islamic Republic continues to seek a land bridge to the Mediterranean. Enabling Tehranís malign outreach is its oil wealth. Iran possesses the fourth largest known oil reserves in the world. Eighty percent of Iranís oil is found in Khuzestan, the southwestern province at the head of the Gulf. A century ago, the...
  • Three Saudi Brigades Annihilated in Devastating Houthi Offensive in Saudi Arabia

    09/30/2019 9:21:36 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 65 replies
    Strategic Culture Foundation ^ | September 30, 2019 | Frederico Pieraccinni
    Many may have hitherto been led to believe that the Houthis were a ragtag armed force lacking in sophistication. Many, seeing the drone and missile attacks on Saudi oil plants, may have declared it to be a false-flag attack carried out by Riyadh to boost Aramcoís market value; either that or it was an operation carried out by Iran or even Israel. On Saturday September 28, the Houthis put paid to such speculation by confirming what many, like myself, have been writing for months; that is, that the asymmetrical tactics of the Houthis, combined with the conventional capabilities of the...