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  • To Thwart Iran, Save Idlib

    09/14/2018 5:18:56 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 13, 2018 | Bret Stephens
    The Trump administration has made clear that its top priority in the Middle East is to thwart Iran’s nuclear and regional ambitions. So why is it so reluctant to lift a finger against Tehran’s most audacious gambit in Syria? That gambit is the reconquest, by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian and Russian allies, of Idlib Province, the last major rebel holdout in western Syria and home to about three million people. A humanitarian catastrophe is expected to follow, entailing mass casualties and another tidal wave of refugees.
  • Trump wanted to publicly acknowledge U.S. forces killed Russian mercenaries but NSC staff disagreed

    09/14/2018 10:02:45 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 11 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/14/18 | USA Features
    President Trump reportedly wanted to immediately and publicly acknowledge that U.S.-led forces engaged Russian mercenaries in Syria earlier this year, killing hundreds of them, but senior National Security Council staff, led then by H.R. McMaster, intervened, saying it would be unnecessarily antagonizing to Moscow. The president is said to have wanted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to immediately acknowledged and “take credit” for fending off the Russian mercenaries.
  • Alleged Italian IS member held in Syria, say Kurds

    09/14/2018 5:04:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Yahoo News (via AFP) ^ | September 13, 2018 | AFP
    Qamishli (Syria) (AFP) - Kurdish fighters in northern Syria detained an alleged Italian member of the Islamic State group as he was trying to flee across the border to Turkey, they said Thursday. The People's Protection Units (YPG) have captured several foreign IS fighters since the jihadists' so-called caliphate collapsed nearly a year ago. "On August 27, a mercenary called Semir Bogana was captured as a result of a special operation conducted by our Anti-Terror Units, when he was trying to flee to Turkey," said the YPG. It said Bogana -- an Italian citizen known also as Abu Hureyre al-Muhajir...
  • On Iran’s Execution Of Kurds And Its Desperate Saber Rattling

    09/12/2018 8:12:57 AM PDT · by Pavegecko
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 9/12/18 | Nikoo Amini
    On the morning of September 8, a number of missiles were launched against the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) in the town of Koya, 300km north of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad. Reports indicate that 13 people were killed while many more were injured, some in critical condition. On the same day, three young Kurd political prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi, and Loghman and Zaniar Moradi were executed in Karaj’s Rajaie Shahr Prison. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps took responsibility for the missile attack, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani thanked the...
  • Showcasing The Fateh 110’s Abilities: IRGC’s Attack On Kurdish Groups In Koya

    09/11/2018 7:34:10 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 1 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 9/11/18 | Seth Frantzman
    The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran carried out a missile attack on Kurdish opposition groups in northern Iraq’s Koya on September 8. The IRGC later released a statement and footage of the missiles being fired as well as a drone monitoring the KDP-I headquarters that was struck. The footage as well as other information reveals the accuracy that the Fateh 110 missile that was used is capable of. Not all the details are fully known, but an investigation, including a visit to the site of the missile attack by Zach Huff, reveals important details about the IRGC’s actions....
  • 911+17=.....

    09/11/2018 5:28:03 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/11/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "You Tube has banned a number of Syrian state-run and pro-government channels....The reason provided was that these accounts allegedly violate 'You Tube's Terms of Service'" "Southfront"-9/10/2018 "Around four weeks ago, we knew that British intelligence was working toward a chemical attack in order to blame the Syrian government to hold Syria responsible" Virginia State Senator Richard Black (R-Loudoun) quoted by "Washington Post" 9/8/2018 "We've tried to convey the message in recent days that if there's a third use of chemical weapons, the response will be much stronger" National Security Adviser John Bolton 9/10/2018 "When it comes once again the debt...
  • Closure of the PLO Office in Washington

    09/10/2018 11:01:19 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 57 replies
    US State Department ^ | 9-10-18 | Heather Nauert
    The Administration has determined after careful review that the office of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington should close. We have permitted the PLO office to conduct operations that support the objective of achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between Israelis and the Palestinians since the expiration of a previous waiver in November 2017. However, the PLO has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel. To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a U.S. peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the U.S. government...
  • Trump officials to announce closure of Palestinian Liberation Organization office in DC: report

    09/10/2018 7:35:07 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/09/18 11:04 PM EDT | BRETT SAMUELS
    National security adviser John Bolton is expected to announced Monday that the U.S. will shutter the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) office in Washington, D.C., The Wall Street Journal reported. “The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel,” Bolton is expected to say, according to a draft of his speech reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Bolton will reportedly threaten the International Criminal Court with sanctions if it carries out investigations into the U.S. and Israel. ADVERTISEMENT The action against the PLO, which serves as the main entity...
  • Trump closing Palestinian mission in pro-Israel move

    09/10/2018 2:59:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    Ass Press ^ | September 10, 2018 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission in Washington, the latest U.S. blow against the Palestinians and an international court during the stalled Mideast peace process. Some things to know: THE GIST The administration’s move to close the PLO office in Washington is not directly connected to the Trump White House’s opposition to the International Criminal Court, although the administration is trying to link them. But the Trump administration is trotting out discussions about the two on the same day — Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year — in a move certain to inflame...
  • Erdogan Accuses U.S. Of Supplying Oil To Syrian Rebels

    09/10/2018 10:42:14 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 09-10-2018 | Irina
    Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has lashed out at the United States, accusing Washington of supplying crude oil to a rebel group calling itself the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which Turkey classifies as related to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK, which Ankara has designated a terrorist group. Turkish news outlet Ahval quoted Erdogan as telling local media that, “They are currently suppyling terrorist organizations, such as the YPG, in [Syria’s] Deir ez-Zor with oil. Terrorist organizations receive 300 million dollars income from crude oil.” The comments were made after a meeting Erdogan had with Syrian President Bashar Assad and Vladimir...
  • US threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

    09/10/2018 11:57:35 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/10/18 | AFP
    The United States threatened Monday to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes. White House National Security Advisor John Bolton called the Hague-based rights body "unaccountable" and "outright dangerous" to the United States, Israel and other allies, and said any probe of US service members would be "an utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation." "If the court comes after us, Israel or other US allies, we will not sit quietly," Bolton said. He said the US was prepared to slap financial sanctions and...
  • Report: Iranian Regime Strikes At Kurdish Groups In Koya, Iraq

    09/08/2018 12:22:36 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 8 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 9/8/18 | Seth Frantzman
    On September 8 Kurdish groups in and around the city of Koya in northern Iraq were struck by a bombardment. Locals said that missiles and drones were used in an attack. Video showed rockets streaming across the sky from the direction of Iran towards Koya. Iran is known to possess both the missile capabilities and artillery to strike the area. However it would be the first time the Iranian regime has used missiles at this distance to strike deep inside Iraq. In the past months Kurdish groups, including the PDKI, KDP-I, PJAK and PAK have increased their activity in Iran...
  • Russia/Assad Want To Bomb, Bomb Idlib, Turkey Doesn’t…It’s A Problem

    09/08/2018 7:10:27 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 8 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 9/8/18 | L Todd Wood
    As Russia and the Assad regime prepare to utterly destroy the remaining resistance to Shia rule in Syria, Turkey has stepped out of the bromance to attempt to halt the coming bloodshed, and possible chemical weapons use. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called for a ceasefire in the rebel-held region of Idlib in northwest Syria on Friday and said an anticipated government assault on insurgents there could result in a massacre. But Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Moscow opposed a truce, and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani said Syria must regain control over all its territory, reported The Moscow Times. The three...
  • UN rights experts call on Iran to halt imminent executions of Iranian Kurds

    09/08/2018 5:34:42 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Kurdistan Human Rights Network ^ | 7 September 2018 | KHRN
    GENEVA (7 September 2018) – UN human rights experts* have appealed to Iran to halt the imminent executions of Iranian Kurd prisoners Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, amid serious concerns that they did not receive a fair trial and were tortured during pre-trial detention. They also reiterated calls to halt the execution of Mr. Ramin Hossein Panahi. “We urge the Government of Iran to immediately halt their executions and to annul the death sentences against them in compliance with its international obligations,” the experts said in a joint statement, following reports that they will be executed on 8 September.“We are alarmed...
  • News Summary At This Hour-Saturday

    09/08/2018 5:18:12 AM PDT · by Nextrush
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/8/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia has "conclusive evidence" that militants in Syria are preparing chemical weapons incidents to blame on Syrian authorities. Putin spoke at a news conference after a summit meeting with Iranian and Turkish leaders... Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his concern about the humanitarian situation in the event of a Syrian government military offensive in the north..... The Civil War in Syria began in 2011 with street demonstrations that turned violent. In Iraq violent street demonstrations in the main southern city of Basra have led to a curfew... For the third Friday in a row,...
  • Basra protests: Rioters attack Iran consulate

    09/07/2018 4:12:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    bbc ^ | 09/07/2018
    Protesters have torched the Iranian consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra amid large protests against corruption and lack of basic services. Crowds in the streets of the Shia Muslim-majority city chanted against Iranian influence on Iraqi politics. A protester was killed and 11 more wounded during clashes with security forces. It is the fifth day of violent protests in the country's second city, with at least 10 people killed. Officials announced a curfew at about 21:00 local time (18:00 GMT). Iran, the region's main Shia power, has fostered ties with Iraq's Shia majority since Saddam Hussein's downfall. …...
  • A Failing Iran Remains A Dangerous Iran

    09/07/2018 9:37:24 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 5 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 9/7/18 | L Todd Wood
    The Iranian regime is starting to crack. The terror train is about to derail. But this will also be the most dangerous time for Iran’s adversaries, including the United States, as the murderers in Tehran start losing their grip on the Iranian people and on their billions of dollars banked abroad. We’ve seen this time and time again throughout history, from Mussolini to Ceausescu — it never ends well. Smelling opportunity, the Iranian resistance is pushing hard, driving a wedge between ordinary Iranians and the mullahs. The people have had enough of the theocratic thugs and their corruption, murder and...
  • State Dept. Confirms Mortar Attack Near U.S. Embassy in Iraq

    09/06/2018 6:46:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/6/18 | Adam Kredo
    The State Department confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon there was a mortar attack near the United States embassy in Iraq on Thursday.A video captured a series of sixteen explosions which can be seen lighting up the night sky.U.S. officials confirmed a series of explosions near the U.S. embassy in the Green Zone in Baghdad."We are closely ‎following reports of possible explosions outside of the Green Zone in Baghdad," a State Department official said on background.The embassy has not been impacted and U.S. staff are taking appropriate safety precautions and prioritizing the safety of Americans on the ground."‎The security and safety...
  • CPJ calls on Syrian officials to 'immediately release' Rudaw anchor Omar Kalo

    09/05/2018 9:16:55 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil
    Rudaw ^ | 7 hours ago at 11:06 CDT | Rudaw
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists called for Rudaw anchor Omar Kalo's immediate release by the Syrian government on Wednesday. "The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Syrian authorities to immediately release Omar Kalo, a news anchor for the Iraqi Kurdish satellite news broadcaster Rudaw," stated CPJ on Wednesday. Rudaw Media Network issued a statement on Tuesday that Kalo was being held by military intelligence in the city of Aleppo. Kalo, a native of Kobane, was traveling to Aleppo to renew his passport with his family when they were separated at a Syrian government...
  • Abadi Vs. Amiri Vs. The US Vs. The PMU: Baghdad Politics On A Volcano

    09/05/2018 6:19:59 AM PDT · by Pavegecko
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 9/5/18 | Seth Frantzman
    Iraq’s parliament was thrown into uncertainty on Tuesday after dozens of parties failed to create a coalition government and couldn’t agree on a speaker or other parliamentary roles. Three months after the country elected its new parliament the country is as divided and ungovernable as ever, with pro-Iranian parties feuding with Washington’s allies and Kurds seeking to regain their rights in Kirkuk. Over the weekend, Iraq’s leading political parties had announced the formation of the “largest coalition” that would form the next government. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had formed a giant coalition of 184 MPs (56%), out of the 329...