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  • Obama shifting America away from Israel and toward Iran

    10/29/2014 10:30:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/29/2014 | Noah Rothman
    This White House’s relationship with Israel, and particularly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has always been strained, but it is fair to assume today that American relations with the West’s closest ally in the Middle East are downright hostile. The White House is making it clear for all interested observers that they do not believe close relations with the Israeli government are a priority. AllahPundit’s dissection of an interview an administration official gave The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, in which Netanyahu was ungraciously described as “recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and ‘Aspergery,’” is a must-read. AllahPundit observed that the unnamed...
  • IDF Northern Commander: ‘Hezbollah Likely Has Terror Tunnels’

    10/29/2014 9:51:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 10/29/2014, 2:08 PM | Ari Yashar
    A senior IDF commander on Wednesday acknowledged to Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio) that the Iran-proxy terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon has likely dug terror tunnels into Israel. IDF Northern Commander Maj. Gen. Yair Golan equivocated by noting on Hamas’s use of terror tunnels, saying “we have no positive information meaning that there are tunnels. The situation is not similar to what there was around the Gaza Strip,” reports Reuters. “That said, this idea of going below ground is not foreign to Lebanon and is not foreign to Hezbollah and so we have to suppose as a working assumption that there...
  • Obama asks Iran to mediate Israeli - Palestinian peace process (Satire?)

    10/28/2014 12:16:49 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 28, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Israel's vile actions, completely out of Obama's control, have greatly imperiled heroic Palestinian efforts to advance His peace process. Accordingly, Obama has asked neutral and moderate Iran to act as an impartial mediator.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94a3236AcUQ] Video linkStatement of President Obama Good morning, My fellow citizens of the world. This morning I must talk with you about the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East and, indeed, the entire world. The racist apartheid Israeli regime remains obstinate in the face of justifiably severe criticism from the International Community. Israel recently murdered an innocent Palestinian child for his peaceful protests against the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem and other areas of what must,...
  • The ugly history of the Democrat Party: Part Twenty

    10/28/2014 8:37:39 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/28/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    By far the worst president in our history may be Jimmy Carter. Only the presence of Barack Obama in the mix keeps Carter from nailing this title down. Carter has always been a big fan of dictators. Although (fortunately) he is the only president in history who served at least one full term without having the opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court Justice he has the distinction of having given the world some of its worst dictators, thugs and anti-American criminal regimes. “Fuck the Shah!” In 1979 as the Islamists under the Ayatollah Khomeini were circling around him, the Shah...
  • Egypt Cancels Israel-Hamas Talks, Shutters Rafah, Plans Anti-Smuggling Wall After Mass Car Bombing

    10/27/2014 5:59:40 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | October 26, 2014
    After a terror attack on Friday killed at least 30 Egyptian soldiers in the northern Sinai, Cairo has declared a state of emergency in the area, closed down the Rafah crossing from Gaza, canceled indirect cease-fire talks between Israel and Hamas, and now says it will build a wall to block smuggling with the coastal enclave, Israel’s NRG News reported. Egyptian air force helicopter forces said they had killed five militants in strikes in the vicinity on Sunday, Israel Radio reported. Additionally, there in a sunset to sunrise curfew in the area affecting over 100,000 residents, according to Army radio....
  • Suspicion hangs over death of U.S. journalist in Turkey

    10/27/2014 5:45:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    WND ^ | October 26, 2014 | F. Michael Maloof
    Threatened days before car crash for her reporting on ISIS. The death of an American journalist who worked in the Middle East has come under suspicion because she had claimed days before her death that the Turkish intelligence services had threatened her over her coverage of the siege of the Syrian city of Kobani. Serena Shim, an American citizen of Lebanese origin, was a journalist for Iran’s state-owned Press TV. She was killed in a car crash in the city of Suruc after she reportedly collided with a “heavy vehicle.” She was in a rental car returning from her assignment...
  • What the Failure of ISIS to Take Kobani Means [It isn't all good news]

    10/27/2014 11:47:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    TIME ^ | 10/27/2014 | Mark Thompson
    The Kurdish struggle to hold on to Syrian border town isn't all good news Coming back after two weeks away, it’s surprising that the Syrian town of Kobani hasn’t fallen to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria. Pentagon officials were predicting earlier this month that ISIS fighters would overrun the town, near the Turkish border, by mid-October, followed by widespread slaughters among the conquered population. That hasn’t happened. And while that’s obviously good news in the short term for the city’s 200,000 largely-Kurdish residents, it’s tougher to handicap what it means for the long-term U.S.-led effort to “degrade...
  • Iran Amputating Limbs, Burning Political Opponents

    10/27/2014 4:28:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | October 27, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Regime continues to torture, kill citizens in record shattering numbersIran executed a record-shattering 411 citizens in the first half of 2014 and a total of 852 people in the last 15 months, including at least eight juveniles, according to a new United Nations report that will be introduced to the organization’s General Assembly Tuesday. In addition to a surge in state-sanctioned killings that a U.N. official referred to as “shocking,” Iran continues to torture imprisoned individuals using techniques such as amputation, electroshock, flogging, and burnings, according to the report, which details human rights in the Islamic Republic. Ahmed Shaheed, the...
  • Reports suggest Iran ‘lurks behind’ Iraq sectarian violence

    10/27/2014 8:44:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | Monday, 27 October 2014 | (Staff Writer)
    Shiite militias, linked to the Iranian government, continue to commit war crimes and human rights abuses in Iraq in retribution to attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a report by Amnesty International. Reports suggest that these militias, which the Iraqi government is reportedly dependent on, are being funded and supported by Iranian authorities. …
  • For the first time in 35 years Boeing sells aircraft parts to Iran

    10/26/2014 1:15:26 PM PDT · by Salman · 22 replies
    Asia News ^ | 10/23/2014 | Asia News
    Washington (AsiaNews / Agencies) - For the first time in 35 years, Boeing has sold aircraft components to Iran. Breaking the news, the industry itself stated that it has sold "aircraft manuals, drawings, and navigation charts and data" to Iran Air. The sale, which has yielded Boeing 120 thousand dollars, is the first since 1979, the year of the "hostage crisis" which was followed by United States sanctions on all trade useful to aviation. The sale, said the company, took place between June and September this year, producing 12 thousand dollars in profits and was possible thanks to a US...
  • A virus worse than Ebola is spreading across the world

    10/26/2014 11:39:02 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 17 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 26, 2014 | Dan Miller
    It's called "insanity" and becomes more virulent and more contagious daily. Lunatic asylum Here's a definition of insanity: Insanity, craziness or madness is a spectrum of behaviors characterized by certain abnormal mental or behavioral patterns. Although the definition references "abnormal mental or behavioral patterns" [emphasis added], the behaviors here involved have become increasingly "normal." Multicultural linguistics are part, but only part, of the problem. Insane responses to Iran nukes, terrorism support and human rightsAs the P5+1 negotiations continue under Obama's guidance, Iran appears increasingly likely to get or keep nukes. Iran knows Obama. The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack...
  • Turkish dealers helping ISIL earn $1 million per day from oil: US Treasury

    10/24/2014 5:31:05 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | October/24/2014
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales, the United States has said, vowing to impose harsh sanctions on the purchasers of the oil, “including middlemen from Turkey.” “With the important exception of some state-sponsored terrorist organizations, ISIL is probably the best-funded terrorist organization we have confronted,” David Cohen, U.S. Treasury Department undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington on Oct. 23. “It has amassed wealth at an unprecedented pace.” ISIL is generating tens of...
  • ISIS is Destroying and Pawning Ancient Artifacts

    10/25/2014 5:43:41 AM PDT · by PIF · 24 replies
    Fox ^ | 10/23/14 | Ben Wedeman
    Few are the lands that can boast a history as deep and rich as Iraq and nowhere is that more apparent than in Baghdad's Iraqi museum ... "They are people from another planet," he says. "They take pride in nothing. Their mentality is completely petrified. They don't think of all this as the accomplishments of humanity. Aliens with an alien ideology, bent on destroying millennia of history. Read More at: http://www.foxillinois.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/isis-destroying-pawning-ancient-artifacts-2098.shtml
  • SAS named heroes of Kobane in fight against IS

    10/26/2014 7:40:28 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 17 replies
    Daily Star UK ^ | 10/26/2014 | Neil Chandler
    A team of British special forces were dispatched to the Turkish- Syrian border to help brave Kurdish fighters battle against Islamic State (IS) gunmen. The British troops called in several air strikes, killing dozens of IS fighters and halting their advance towards Kobane, just inside the Syrian border. In one attack, SAS guided warplanes into an area where IS fi ghters were massing for an attack The US jets dropped several 500lb bombs into the area, killing and injuring dozens of fighters.
  • Mr. Obama’s half-hearted fight against the Islamic State

    10/26/2014 3:09:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10-25-14 | Editorial
    AN UNLIKELY consensus is emerging across the ideological spectrum about the war against the Islamic State: President Obama’s strategy to “degrade and eventually destroy” the terrorist entity is unworkable. It’s not just that, as some administration officials say, more time is needed to accomplish complex tasks such as training Iraqi and Syrian forces. It’s that the military means the president has authorized cannot accomplish his announced aims. As Islamic State forces continue to advance in Iraq’s Anbar province while besieging the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, major weaknesses in the U.S.-led campaign have become apparent. One is a relatively modest...
  • ISIS Loses Two More Iraqi Towns To Kurdish, Iraqi Offensives

    10/25/2014 8:17:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    KJRH ^ | 10/25/2014 | Christian Bryant
    The campaign against the terrorist group ISIS claimed a victory Saturday, after ISIS militants were driven from two Iraqi towns. The Iraqi army retook the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, which is 30 miles south of Baghdad, from ISIS control Saturday. In the north of the country, Kurdish Peshmerga forces announced ISIS had been driven out of Zumar, a town near Mosul, on the same day. Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi celebrated the news in a Facebook post as "a strong blow" to ISIS. A representative for the Kurdistan Democratic Party estimated the Peshmerga killed 81 ISIS fighters in the battle...
  • Fracking Boom About to Bust?

    10/25/2014 6:30:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The New American ^ | October 24, 2014 | Bob Adelmann
    Crude oil prices have dropped below $80 a barrel, down more than 20 percent just since June, meaning price estimates by the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) have been far too pessimistic. And these low prices — and the fear that they could go even lower — are making a number of oil industry people increasingly nervous, with some prediciting that the prices are getting so low that oil companies are going to stop new drilling and even cut back on production from already drilled wells. On October 7, the EIA estimated that prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude...
  • Senator Mark Kirk: Congress Will Not Support ‘Obama-Khamenei’ Nuclear Deal

    10/21/2014 10:50:39 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 32 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | October 20, 2014 5:10 pm
    A leading United States senator has warned that the Obama Administration is heading for confrontation with Congress over its refusal, as reported by the New York Times, to allow congressional approval of a final nuclear deal with Iran. In a statement to The Algemeiner, Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) declared: “By threatening to cut out Congress from the Iran nuclear deal, the Administration is actually uniting Congress. We will not support an Obama-Khamenei deal that condemns our children to a future where the Middle East is full of nuclear weapons.” After the signing of the Geneva Accord with Iran in November 2013,...
  • Op-Ed: How the Murder of a Jewish Baby is Reported Worldwide

    10/25/2014 3:30:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/10/14 | Ariel Cahana
    International news agency Associated Press (AP) has been accused of anti-Israel bias before, but this time the agency has surpassed even itself in reporting the Jerusalem terror attack in which 3-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun was murdered. Its headline reporting the attack was "Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem", referring to the terrorist (!) who was driving the car that drove into people waiting at a light rail station. The original article (later changed), began with the words: "Israeli police say they have shot a man whose car slammed into a crowded train stop in east Jerusalem, in what they...
  • Hamas Official Declares Intifada in Jerusalem

    10/25/2014 7:17:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 10/25/2014, 10:19 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar, declared the constant cycle of violence in Jerusalem an “intifada” on Saturday night, making rumors of a so-called “silent intifada” official despite declarations from the Israeli security establishment that statements to that effect are exaggerated. “Escalating the resistance in the city is the solution to Israeli aggression,” Zahar told Hamas news agency Al-Risala. Zahar also slammed the Hamas-Palestinian Authority (PA) “unity government”’s security coordination with Israel. …
  • Medieval Golden Age, Modern Barbarism (Islam more civilized 800 years ago)

    10/22/2014 6:05:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 61 replies
    First Things ^ | ct 20, 2014 | Andrew Doran
    [Medieval Islamic astronomers predict eclipse of the moon] Earlier this year, as conflict raged in northern Syria, two professors, one Lebanese and the other American, both from elite universities in the Washington, D.C. area, passed the long night at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, drinking tea. They pondered the weighty issues of the region: whether the nation-state paradigm was the residue of colonialism or a reality to which nations of the Middle East must conform; American military engagement and its consequences; and, of course, the sources of violent extremism. At one point, the Lebanese professor lamented, “These...
  • ISIS’ Harsh Brand of Islam Is Rooted in Austere Saudi Creed

    09/24/2014 1:12:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 24, 2014 | By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    BAGHDAD — Caliph Ibrahim, the leader of the Islamic State, appeared to come out of nowhere when he matter-of-factly proclaimed himself the ruler of all Muslims in the middle of an otherwise typical Ramadan sermon. Muslim scholars from the most moderate to the most militant all denounced him as a grandiose pretender, and the world gaped at his growing following and its vicious killings. His ruthless creed, though, has clear roots in the 18th century Arabian Peninsula. It was there that the Saud clan formed an alliance with the puritanical scholar Muhammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab. And as they conquered the...
  • Saudi billionaire Alwaleed warns over impact of falling oil price

    10/14/2014 10:54:23 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 41 replies
    ft.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Simeon Kerr
    In an open letter to Saudi ministers posted via Twitter, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud expressed his “astonishment” at comments made by Ali al-Naimi, the oil minister, who reportedly played down the impact of oil prices falling below $100 a barrel. Prices have since fallen below $88 a barrel, or a quarter since June. Prince Alwaleed, noting the kingdom’s 2014 budget was 90 per cent dependent on oil revenues, said belittling the impact of lower prices was a “catastrophe that cannot go unmentioned”.
  • Russia’s economy is tanking. But will it make Putin change course?

    10/13/2014 2:09:40 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 13 Oct 14 | Unknown
    MOSCOW — Deep into the worst conflict between Russia and the West since the Cold War, investors are fleeing, food prices are soaring and there are rumbles from Russia’s Westernized business elite that the nation needs to avoid repeating the economic mismanagement that broke apart the Soviet Union. Western sanctions have choked off financing to some of Russia’s economic juggernauts and denied crucial technology to the nation’s energy sector. But there is little evidence that the mounting economic pressures since the March annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula will soften Putin’s policies toward Ukraine and other nations in the former Soviet...
  • god hates mini-hitlers: tanking oil price a catastrophe for the putin regime

    10/15/2014 7:03:07 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 28 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 October 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    With oil barely holding on to the $80s, the Kremlin's current leadership faces the same problem they did in the (19)80s: budget revenue half-derived from oil exports, and their backwards, inefficient economy still doesn't produce anything that anybody outside of Mother Russia is willing to spend money on- except perhaps mediocre vodka... And when the self-deluded Russians start babbling about 'greatness' while bullying poor, semi-defenseless countries on the borders of their shabby empire, they tend to get a little caught-up in things... and put the pedal-to-the-medal until they are defeated -i.e. Afghanistan- or simply go-broke, i.e. 1991. Yes, compared...
  • China, Russia Sign CNY150 Billion Local-Currency Swap As Plunging Oil Prices Sting Putin

    10/13/2014 6:08:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/13/14 | Tyler Durden
    While it is beyond a doubt that the primary catalyst for Europe's triple-dip recession has been the nearly two quarters and counting of escalating Russian sanctions that were supposed to solely harm Putin (because who could have possibly foreseen that plunging German exports to Russia would have a far greater impact on the export-driven German economy), the truth is that the Kremlin itself is starting to hurt, if not so much as a result of the European trade embargo but mostly due to crashing oil prices, which have been driven lower almost exclusively by Saudi Arabia as part of its...
  • These 6 Countries Will Be Screwed If Oil Prices Keep Falling

    10/19/2014 6:48:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/19/2014 | Tomas Hirst
    The collapse in oil prices is already a major cause of concern for countries heavily reliant on exports of the commodity. For some, it could be a matter of avoiding a severe recession. Here's why: For governments in oil-exporting countries to meet their spending commitments they need oil to remain above a certain price. With oil prices under $87 a barrel, countries that rely on high oil prices, including Venezuela, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, may have a reason to be concerned. This chart shows the price per barrel that the six most exposed countries need to meet their national budgets....
  • How will Saudi Arabia Respond to Lower Oil Prices?

    10/21/2014 5:02:59 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Wall Street Pit ^ | Oct 19, 2014 | James D. Hamilton
    Oil prices (along with prices of many other commodities) have fallen dramatically since last summer. Some observers are waiting to see if Saudi Arabia responds with significant cutbacks in production. I say, don’t hold your breath. When oil demand fell in the 1981-82 recession, the Saudis cut production by 6 million barrels a day in an effort to soften the decline in oil prices. They also cut production in response to lower demand in the 2001 recession and the most recent recession. On the other hand, the kingdom boosted production quickly beginning in August 1990 and January 2003 in anticipation...
  • World Ignores as Hamas Boasts of Continued Tunnel-Digging

    10/19/2014 11:43:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 10/20/2014, 7:25 AM | Hillel Fendel
    The destruction of the widespread Hamas tunnel network was considered a major Israeli achievement of the recent war in Gaza, but the Hamas weekly newspaper Al-Risalah reports that Hamas continues digging tunnels from Gaza into Israel. A reporter for Al-Risalah claims to have visited an “offensive tunnel”—a term referring to an underground conduit planned to be used in an attack against Israel. Hamas has attacked Israel via tunnels of this nature in the past, either by sending armed terrorists into Israel to target Israelis, or—as in the famous case of Gilad Shalit—by capturing a soldier nearby and abducting him into...
  • Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism: U.N.

    10/21/2014 5:32:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:23pm EDT | Michelle Nichols
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence. “Our long-term strategic objective in Syria remains a political solution,” Ban told the U.N. Security Council. The United Nations is spearheading efforts to end a civil war sparked by President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests more than three years ago. “A purely military response to the vicious new threat posed by (Islamic State) could ultimately contribute to the radicalization of other Sunni armed groups and spark a...
  • Ban Ki-Moon 'Gravely Concerned by IAF Strikes'

    05/05/2013 3:53:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 55/13 | Gil Ronen
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appealed Sunday for restraint to avoid an escalation in the Syrian conflict, expressing "grave concern" over Israeli air strikes, AFP reported. "The secretary-general calls on all sides to exercise maximum calm and restraint, and to act with a sense of responsibility to prevent an escalation of what is already a devastating and highly dangerous conflict," his spokesman Martin Nesirky said. Nesirky said the United Nations was unable to independently verify the Israeli strikes, and had no details about them, but Ban "expresses grave concern over reports of air strikes in Syria by the Israeli Air...
  • Hizbullah Rejects UN Demand to Disarm

    01/14/2012 3:19:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/12 | Chana Yaar
    Lebanon-based Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah has rejected a call by visiting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his terrorist organization to disarm, saying "The resistance is here to stay." Ban told a news conference Friday after meeting with Lebanese leaders, "I am deeply concerned about the military capacity of Hizbullah and... the lack of progress in disarmament," referring to the requirement for the terrorist group to disarm set forth in the ceasefire agreement with Israel that ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Instead, Hizbullah has increased its weapons arsenal to a level beyond that which it had prior to the...
  • U.N. chief (Ban Ki Moon) warns against airstrikes on militants in Iraq

    06/20/2014 9:19:08 AM PDT · by xzins · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 20, 2014 | (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Friday that airstrikes against Islamist militants in Iraq could be counter-productive unless moves were made to create an inclusive government.
  • Germany gives Israel deep discount on missile boats

    10/19/2014 6:49:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    i24news ^ | October 19th 2014
    Germany does about-face on refusal to grant 30-percent discount for vessels Germany has agreed to slash about one-third off the price of three fast missile boats, which Israel wants to buy, putting to rest a crisis between the two countries. he vessels, priced at almost $1 billion, are intended to protect the gas rigs off Israel’s shore. According to the daily Haaretz, Israel had asked for a 30-percent discount such as it had received on the purchase of German submarines. But at the beginning of May, German’s national security adviser Christoph Heusgen told his Israeli counterpart Yossi Cohen following the...
  • Confirmed: Israel to Supply Gas to Egypt in $4 Billion Deal

    10/20/2014 1:50:39 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    An Israeli firm will supply Egypt with natural gas, a company spokesman said Monday, more than two years after sabotage halted the flow of Egyptian gas to Israel. For more than a decade Israel relied on Egypt for roughly 40 percent of its gas needs in line with an export accord signed in 2005 by the two countries which are bound by a peace treaty. But in April 2012 Egypt annulled the contract, saying Israel had not met the financial obligations of the agreement, in a decision that came amid a spate of bomb attacks that targeted the pipeline used...
  • Attack on Egypt army post kills 30

    10/24/2014 1:02:39 PM PDT · by AU72 · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 24 2014 | ASHRAF SWEILAM and MAGGIE MICHAEL
    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- A coordinated assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula killed 30 Egyptian troops on Friday, making it the deadliest single attack in decades on the military, which has been struggling to stem a wave of violence by Islamic extremists since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Officials described it as "well-planned" attack that began with a car bomb which may have been set off by a suicide attacker. Other militants then fired rocket-propelled grenades, striking a tank carrying ammunition and igniting a secondary explosion. Roadside bombs intended to target rescuers struck two army...
  • Other than Egypt, name one Muslim nation intent on destroying ISIS.

    10/20/2014 4:55:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    Allen West.com ^ | 10/20/2014 | Allen West
    Besides combat, what’s happening in northern Syria around the town of Kobani offers some interesting indications about the nature of the conflict with ISIS amid the Muslim world. I’m glad to see some dedicated U.S. air strikes in that area, but ISIS reinforcements are pouring in and the Kurdish forces aren’t receiving much in the way of supplies or weapons support. But what I find most interesting are the pictures of the Turkish Army tanks just sitting on a hilltop taking it all in – as interested bystanders. Furthermore, we know the Turks are now bombing the Kurdish people in...
  • Nuclear arms reportedly found in Iraq

    07/21/2004 5:52:33 AM PDT · by NY Catholic · 227 replies · 11,817+ views
    UP | july 21 2004 | UPI
    BAGHDAD, July 21 (UPI) -- Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday. The official daily al-Sabah quoted the sources as saying the missiles were discovered in trenches near the city of Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "The three missiles were discovered by chance when the Iraqi security forces captured former Baath party official Khoder al-Douri who revealed during interrogation the location of the missiles saying they carried nuclear heads," the sources said. They pointed out that the missiles were actually discovered in...
  • Iran says it needs more nuclear plants (20 more like Bushehr)

    10/21/2014 11:59:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Azernews ^ | October 2014, 11:29 (GMT+05:00)
    Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the country needs 20 new nuclear power plants like the Bushehr plant. "Bushehr power plant currently produces 7 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year," Salehi said, ISNA News Agency reported."Some countries have declared their readiness to construct new nuclear power plants in Iran." Earlier, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said they have been informed that Iran plans to construct 20 new nuclear power plants. Iran announced in June that it has reached an agreement with Russia to construct two more nuclear power plants. The two sides are negotiating...
  • Khamenei: 'West Bank' Should Hound Israel Like Gaza

    10/20/2014 1:46:21 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Mark Langfan
    Fars, the semi-official press agency of Iran, has reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told the visiting Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, in Tehran on Thursday, "The enemy [Israel] should feel the same worries in the West Bank as it does in Gaza." The comments came at the same meeting in which Shalah praised Iran's own role in the conflict. “The Islamic Republic and the Iranian people are proud of your [Islamic Jihad’s] ‘victory’ and resistance [in Gaza], and hope that the back-to-back ‘triumphs’ of resistance groups will continue until final victory,” Iran's Supreme...
  • UN chief 'shocked and alarmed' by Gaza tunnels

    10/24/2014 1:35:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    Irael Hayom ^ | 15 October 2014 | Shlomo Cesana, Gadi Golan, Daniel Siryoti
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits southern Israel, Gaza Strip • Ban: The build-destroy, build-destroy cycle in Gaza must be broken • Ban tours terror tunnel near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, calls threats posed by rockets and tunnels "not acceptable." The U.N. Human Rights Council's investigation of Operation Protective Edge will go ahead as planned, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the two met in Jerusalem earlier this week. Israel tried to convince Ban that an internal Israeli probe of the recent Gaza operation would be sufficient, but Ban made clear he would await the results of the...
  • Revealed: U.S. Cut Off Arms Supply to Israel During Gaza War

    10/22/2014 8:05:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/22/2014 | P. David Hornik
    Last August 14 the Wall Street Journal reported that, in July, after Israel had launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, Washington had surprised Israel by turning down an Israeli request for “a large number of Hellfire missiles.” Hellfires are an important air-to-surface precision weapon, suited to the kind of warfare Israel was waging against Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza. But as Amir Rapaport, a veteran Israeli military-affairs writer and editor of the Israel Defense site, now reports: The full truth…is much more severe: apparently, during Operation Protective Edge, the USA had completely stopped all connections with Israel’s defense...
  • North Korea Closer to Building Nuclear Missile, Pentagon Says

    10/25/2014 4:45:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | Felicia Schwartz
    North Korea Closer to Building Nuclear Missile, Pentagon Says Nation Now Capable of Building Miniaturized Warhead, U.S. General Reports By Felicia Schwartz Updated Oct. 24, 2014 7:04 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—North Korea probably has the capability to produce a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a rocket, a top U.S. commander said Friday, moving it closer to building a nuclear missile. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. forces on the Korean peninsula, said North Korea now is capable of building a miniaturized nuclear warhead, a step needed to complete development of a nuclear-tipped missile....
  • Israeli official: EU proposal to negotiate West Bank redlines is a death warrant

    10/24/2014 4:25:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/23/2014 06:25 | Herb Keinon
    The European Union is asking Jerusalem to weave the rope with which they will come to hang Israel, a senior diplomatic official said Wednesday in response to reports that the EU is interested in negotiating with Israel over its redlines in the West Bank. Haaretz on Wednesday published an internal document drawn up by EU officials in Brussels that outlined the content of a sharp message regarding Israel’s construction beyond the Green Line and its policies in the West Bank that the EU’s Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen has been instructed to deliver at the “highest possible level” in the...
  • Jordan says Russia can help solve Israeli-Arab conflict

    10/24/2014 1:03:49 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 15 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 10/2/2014 | Justin Jalil
    Jordan’s king told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow plays a pivotal role in efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, during a meeting between the two in Moscow Wednesday. “The world should realize that without Russia, it is nearly impossible to make serious progress in the region,” King Abdullah II said, in a meeting that highlighted security and economic cooperation between the two nations, according to the Russian news agency TASS. “Of course, we are very grateful to Russia for the role it plays in the Mideast region.”
  • Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist

    10/25/2014 6:49:57 AM PDT · by cutty · 23 replies
    ap ^ | 10-25-2014 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her, the official IRNA news agency reported. ... The victim's family could have saved Jabbari's life by accepting blood money but they refused to do so. Iranian media reports say the family insisted on their legal rights under the Islamic principle of "an eye for an eye" partly because Jabbari accused Sarbandi of being a rapist
  • Egypt declares state of emergency in Sinai

    10/24/2014 11:04:51 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 16 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 25 Oct 2014 | Staff
    Egypt has declared a state of emergency in the north and centre of the Sinai Peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed at least 30 soldiers. The measures will begin on Saturday at 03:00 GMT "for [a] duration of three months," Presidency Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in a statement, in the wake of the deadliest attack on the security forces since the army deposed President Mohamed Morsi last year. A three-day mourning period has been declared across the country, ...
  • The Shah's Son emerges

    10/23/2014 2:53:11 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 37 replies
    FSM ^ | 10/23/14 | Slater Bakhtavar
    More in keeping with his father's views, Reza is generally sympathetic towards the United States - with whom relations were cordial before the fall of the Shah - and while he loves his country and intends for it to be a puppet state to no one, he does personally agree with many American political values. This is only natural given his democratic views, as the population of his country boasts a majority of Persian youth under the age of 30, with progressive views more in line with modern Western ideals than those espoused by the older, Arabic populations of the...
  • Top Iranian Official: Obama is ‘The Weakest of U.S. Presidents’

    10/23/2014 1:35:51 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 15 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 23 OCTOBER 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Top Iranian Official: Obama is ‘The Weakest of U.S. Presidents’ Adviser to Iranian president mocks Obama’s ‘humiliating’ presidency Share Tweet Email AP BY: Adam KredoOctober 23, 2014 4:10 pmThe Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly candid comments provided to the Free Beacon.The comments by Ali Younesi, senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, come as Iran continues to buck U.S. attempts to woo it into the international coalition currently battling the Islamic State (IS, ISIL,...
  • China, Iran defense officials pledge closer ties

    10/23/2014 3:17:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 5:15 AM EDT
    China’s defense minister met Thursday with Iran’s navy commander in the latest sign of warming ties between their two militaries following their first joint naval drills in the Persian Gulf last month. […] China has been building closer ties with the militaries of U.S. rivals such as Russia to help counter American naval dominance in the Asia-Pacific region.China and Iran also maintain close economic links, although Beijing has joined international efforts to prod Iran into cooperating with the global community over its nuclear programs. …