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  • Iran: We still fund Hamas as fighting Israel is our policy

    02/08/2016 8:42:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 8, 2016, 6:33 pm | (Staff)
    An Iranian official on Monday rejected reports that Tehran has ceased funding the Palestinian terror group Hamas, claiming that supporting the fight against Israel remains a "principled policy," the semi-official Tasnim news agency said. Speaking at his weekly press conference in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari rejected media reports that funding for the Gaza-based group ceased in 2009. Ansari said that supporting "Palestinian resistance movements" is part of Iran's foreign policy, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency. He called the Palestinian issue "pivotal and basic" for Muslims, according to the agency. ...
  • Gaza: Hamas-ISIS ties tighten

    02/07/2016 11:41:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 2/7/2016, 4:36 PM | Hillel Fendel
    Israel's intelligence community has found that the Hamas terrorist organization and Islamic State (ISIS) intensified their mutual cooperation in the year 2015 - so reports Middle East Newsline (MENL). According to the Israeli intelligence sources, the two terrorist movements share intelligence, weapons shipments, logistics and medical services. For instance, ISIS frequently works with Bedouin smugglers to facilitate shipments of missiles and weapons to the Hamas-ruled Gaza via Egypt's Sinai Desert. ISIS then takes 10-20% of the weapons ordered by Hamas. However, when the Egyptian offensive against the smuggling tunnel network hampers their joint efforts, ISIS sends raw materials, enabling Hamas...
  • Palestinian Scholar: The Jews Have a Criminal, Satanic Nature and Are the Enemies of Mankind

    02/07/2016 9:59:27 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 76 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 1/22/16 | Al-Majd TV (Saudi Arabia)
    In a January 22 Al-Majd TV interview, Palestinian scholar Samir Said talked about what he called the "criminal and Satanic nature" of the Jews and said that they were "the enemies of Mankind," who had "killed 70 prophets in a single day." Said is a member of the Jerusalem Committee of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). Following are excerpts: Interviewer: Let's talk about the well-known history of Jewish crimes, since the days of the Israelites, and their crimes against the most noble people of those times – the prophets and messengers, against whom they committed grave crimes, including...
  • EU demands Israel stop demolishing illegal Arab settlements

    02/06/2016 3:08:22 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 35 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/2/16
    The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the demolition of illegal Palestinian buildings, some of which are EU-funded, and reiterated its opposition to building Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria. "In the past weeks there have been a number of developments in Area C of the West Bank, which risk undermining the viability of a future Palestinian state and driving the parties yet further apart," the EU diplomatic service said in a statement. It referred to Israel's decision on January 25 to declare 154 hectares (380 acres) of land near Jericho in Judea as state land, with...
  • Palestinians stepping up statehood bid, Israel’s UN envoy warns

    02/05/2016 8:52:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 4, 2016, 5:47 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Jerusalem is bracing for a series of Palestinian statehood initiatives in various international forums, including resolutions at the United Nations Security Council, Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said Thursday. "The Palestinians are increasing their involvement and activity in the international arena in a bid to internationalize the conflict," he told The Times of Israel. There are several initiatives calling for the creation of a Palestinian state circulating among UN diplomats, and while they recently received less exposure due to the world's focus on fighting the Islamic State terror group, these resolutions are anything but forgotten, he indicated. ...
  • Iranian commander mocks Saudi offer to intervene in Syria

    02/06/2016 11:59:57 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | 02/06/2016 | jason hanna
    Saudi Arabia's fresh public willingness to send ground troops into Syria is drawing ridicule from the kingdom's chief regional rival. The commander of Iran's revolutionary guard on Saturday mocked Saudi Arabia's declaration that it is prepared to commit ground troops to fight ISIS in war-torn Syria. "They claim they will send troops (to Syria), but I don't think they will dare do so," Maj. Gen. Ali Jafari told reporters in Tehran, according to Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency. "They have a classic army and history tells us such armies stand no chance in fighting irregular resistance forces." "This will be...
  • MPs call for immediate halt of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

    02/04/2016 11:45:27 AM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 03 February 2016 | Patrick Wintour
    Kingdom’s military campaign in Yemen also prompts all-party group to urge government to back international inquiry ___ An all-party group of MPs has called for an immediate suspension of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia and an international independent inquiry into the kingdom’s military campaign in Yemen. The call from the international development select committee follows evidence from aid agencies to MPs warning that Saudi Arabia was involved in indiscriminate bombing of its neighbour
  • Drone footage reveals devastation of Homs in Syria as Europe's stance towards refugees toughens

    02/04/2016 11:42:23 AM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Source material cannot be posted to FR | 04 February 2016 | Charlie Atkin
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  • PLO official accuses Syria of crimes against humanity

    08/16/2011 5:12:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/16/2011
    PLO official accuses Syria of crimes against humanity Syrian government forces attack port city for 4th day; Palestinian refugees flee camps in area; villages near Homs reportedly under attack. An assault by Syrian security forces on a Palestinian refugee camp in the coastal city of Latakia amounts to a crime against humanity, a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organization said. "The shelling is taking place using gunships and tanks on houses built from tin, on people who have no place to run to or even a shelter to hide in," Yasser Abed Rabbo, the PLO secretary general, told Reuters....
  • Putin ignores Kerry plea, instead deploys Top Gun fighter jet to join Syria battle

    02/04/2016 12:03:57 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 4,2016 | By Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    Russia seemingly has ignored Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeals to stop bombing civilians and allow critical humanitarian aid to starving Syrians – and is instead escalating its military involvement, deploying four of its most capable fighter jets to Syria, two defense officials confirmed to Fox News. The decision to send the Su-35S jets poses yet another hurdle for Kerry’s efforts to proceed with peace talks. The Su-35S is Russia’s most advanced warplane, capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, one official familiar with the jet said. Already, continued Russian airstrikes against Syrian opposition fighters, some backed by the CIA, were...
  • Closing In: Russia, Iran, Assad "Encircle" Syria's Largest City As Peace Talks Collapse In Geneva

    02/04/2016 10:06:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/4/16 | tyler durden
    Back in October, we previewed the “promised” battle for Aleppo, Syria’s largest city prior to the war. By the time Russia began constructing an air base at Latakia, the city - which is immensely important both from a strategic and psychological perspective - was controlled by a hodgepodge of rebels and militants including al-Qaeda, the Free Syrian Army, and ISIS. As we noted four months ago, if Russia and Hezbollah manage to recapture the city, it would effectively restore the Assad government in Syria even if the east of the country is still controlled by Islamic State. In many ways,...
  • Border policewoman killed in Jerusalem attack carried out by three Arab terrorists

    02/04/2016 7:01:08 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 2/4/2016 | Unknown
    A 19-year-old border policewoman was killed and another female officer critically wounded in an attack Wednesday at Damascus Gate by three Arab terrorists wielding machine guns, pipe bombs and knives. All three assailants were shot dead at the scene. Their explosives did not detonate and were later neutralized by a police bomb disposal team.
  • <b> Same old, same old with Iran"hostages"</b>

    02/04/2016 12:40:29 AM PST · by Keyvan Salami · 1 replies
    keyvan Salami
    The so-called "Implementation Day" in the nuclear agreement sealed between the international community and Iran had a number of side-effects, with the release of four Iranian-Americans signaling the most important. These four innocent people were swapped for 7 Iranian regime elements held in detention in America. While this made a lot of noise in the United States and raised major criticism against the Obama administration, it is actually nothing new to those familiar with Iran's "hostage industry". The names of these four prisoners released on Saturday are Christian convert Pastor Saeed Abedini, former U.S. marine interpreter Amir Hekmati, Washington...
  • Nearly One in Five Muslims Think There Are ‘Too Many Jews’ in France

    02/02/2016 11:29:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/2/16 | Nick Hallett
    Nearly 20 per cent of Muslims living in France think there are too many Jews in the country, a survey by the French Judaism Foundation has discovered. In an 18-month long Ipsos survey on “living together”, published in Le Journal de Dimanche, researchers interviewed French people from a variety of backgrounds on their views on race and religion. In results that will likely cause further concern to France’s embattled Jewish community, investigators found that nearly one in five Muslims believe there are “too many Jews” living in the country, while the wider population also seems to be suspicious. The Jewish...
  • Poll: 63% of Israelis Rank President Obama ‘Worst for Israel in The Last 30 Years’

    02/01/2016 12:29:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 1, 2016 | 1:00 PM EST | Michael W. Chapman
    A survey shows that Jewish Israelis rank Barack Obama as the "worst" U.S. president in relation to Israel in the last 30 years -- 63% of Israelis put Obama in the "worst" category while 16% rated Jimmy Carter as the second "worst" president. The survey was conducted by Panels Politics in Tel Aviv, and the results were published in the Jewish Journal. [...] In a survey just before the 2012 presidential election, Panels Politics found that 47% of Jewish Israelis viewed Barack Obama as "pro-Palestinian"; 24% said "neutral"; and 21% said "pro-Israel." ...
  • Saudi police arrest 9 American 'terror' suspects: Report

    02/01/2016 9:01:03 AM PST · by thouworm · 34 replies
    AFP ^ | January 31, 2016 | Agence France-Presse
    Saudi authorities have arrested nine American citizens among 33 "terror" suspects rounded up over the past days, the Saudi Gazette newspaper reported on Jan. 31. Four Americans were arrested on Jan. 25 and five others over the past four days, the paper reported citing an unidentified source.
  • Turkmens escape to Turkey from Russian, al-Assad fire in Syria

    02/01/2016 6:37:47 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 4 replies
    hurriyetdailynews.com ^ | January/31/2016 | hurriyetdailynews.com
    Turkmens escape to Turkey from Russian, al-Assad fire in Syria ANKARA Some 1,635 migrants, mainly women, children and elderly people, crossed into Turkey on Jan. 29 and 30 from Syria, after leaving their camp across the border due to rising security risks, as the Russian and Bashar al-Assad forces’ bombardment of Turkmen villages continued. The group had taken refuge in the Turkish-built Yamadi camp after shelling by the regime and allied Russian forces’ intensified in the Bayırbucak region of northwestern Syria, according to a statement by the Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). However, they were forced...
  • Kent State Professor Praises al Qaeda, Says he will "Bury" Washington, DC

    01/31/2016 9:04:06 AM PST · by rightistight · 34 replies
    iOTW Report ^ | 1/31/16 | Aurelius
    History Professor Julio Pino of Kent State has publicly praised al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, and has said that he will "bury" Washington, DC. Julio Cesar Pino is Associate Professor of History at Kent State University, Ohio and, despite being investigated by the FBI for possible ties to ISIS, he is still teaching there. More than the investigation, Pino has also publicly praised terrorist organizations on Facebook. Here, he praises "Sheikh" Osama bin Laden and the "brave warriors" of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Pino also mourned the death of bin Laden: He posted pictures of jihadists on his...
  • Hottest New Arab Hit on YouTube: ‘Lovers of Stabbing’

    01/30/2016 8:12:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Arab Press ^ | January 30th, 2016 | Hana Levi Julian
    Arab teen terrorists from the Palestinian Authority moving to the beat of specially-crafted music. 'Lovers of Knives' is one of the hottest hits on the Arab street in the Palestinian Authority; with its hypnotic, rhythmic beat, the words are easily memorized by teens, tweens and adults alike, and the names of those being glorified for murdering Israelis are certain to ingrained in the memories of all. Photo Credit: YouTube / www.alaqsatv.ps Arab teen terrorists coming out of the Palestinian Authority are being moved by the beat of a specially-crafted form of music video. It is the music of the...
  • Turkey says another Russian jet violated Turkey's airspace

    01/30/2016 9:20:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 12:12 PM EST | Suzan Fraser
    Turkey said Saturday that a Russian warplane has again violated its airspace despite several warnings - two months after Turkey's military shot down a Russian jet for crossing over its territory. The past incident seriously strained the previously close ties between the two countries, damaging a strong economic partnership. A Foreign Ministry statement on Saturday said that a Russian SU-34 crossed into Turkish airspace on Friday, ignoring several warnings that were delivered both in Russian and in English by Turkish radar units. It said Ankara summoned the Russian ambassador to the ministry Friday evening to "strongly protest" the violation. The...
  • Iran: European airlines set to resume flights to Tehran

    01/28/2016 8:48:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2016 2:47 PM EST | Nasser Karimi
    Several European airlines aim to resume their flights to Iran following a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, the state-owned IRAN daily reported on Thursday. The newspaper quoted Mohammad Khodakarami, deputy head of Iran's civil aviation authority, as saying British Airways officials visited Tehran on Tuesday to discuss resumption of flights. He did not elaborate. Khodakarami also said both Air France and Dutch flagship KLM have already expressed their readiness to resume flights to Tehran. ...
  • US requires Judea-Samaria goods to be labeled

    01/28/2016 1:12:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/16 | Ariel Soffer
    A mail from the Cargo Systems Messaging Service of the US Customs and Border Protection dated to this Saturday, and revealed by Channel 1's "Mabat" show on Thursday, shows the US is now required products from Judea and Samaria to be labeled differently. In new instructions on marking requirements sent out to American importers, goods from Judea and Samaria are not to be marked "Israel." Those who do not comply are to be sanctioned. "West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirements," reads the title of the mail, which begins by clarifying that "the purpose of this message is to provide...
  • Putin still has his Communist Party card, likes socialist ideals

    01/27/2016 12:39:27 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 16 replies
    France24 ^ | January 25, 2016
    Putin still has his Communist Party card, likes socialist ideals Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday revealed he has kept his USSR Communist Party membership card, and still has a soft spot for socialist ideals. "I didn't throw out my party card, I didn't burn it," said Putin, a former KGB agent in East Germany, at a meeting with supporters, quoted by Interfax news agency. "My card is lying round somewhere." To older Russians, holding onto a Soviet Communist party card -- once compulsory for top officials -- shows a degree of nostalgia for the previous regime. "I wasn't a...
  • Russia's Putin: I've Always Liked Communist and Socialist 'Ideas'

    01/25/2016 12:55:11 PM PST · by Chad_the_Impaler · 36 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 1/25/2016 | Damien Sharkov
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is and has always been fond of communist "ideas", while also comparing the Soviet code of conduct to the Holy Bible, independent news agency Interfax reported. ... "I was not, as you know, a party member by necessity," he said. "I liked communist and socialist ideas very much and I like them still."
  • Reuters Headline Labels CIA Traitor Whistle-Blower

    01/09/2008 1:32:17 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 10 replies · 201+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 9, 2008 - 16:03 ET | Matthew Balan |
    Reuters, in its headline for a story reporting the death of Philip Agee, a former CIA agent turned traitor, labeled Agee a "CIA whistle-blower" ("CIA whistle-blower Philip Agee dies in Cuba [1]"). As the blog Little Green Footballs put it [2], Agee was "the traitor who exposed fellow CIA agents to violence and murder by revealing their names" in his 1975 book "Inside the Company: A CIA Diary." Agee, who had worked for the CIA for 12 years both in the United States and in Latin America, resigned from the Agency in 1968 after expressing "disagreement with U.S. support for...
  • Murdered Former KGB Spy Had Accused Putin of Pedophilia

    01/22/2016 1:45:13 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    americasurvival.org ^ | January 22, 2016 | Alexander Litvinenko
    Read the article that may have gotten Alexander Litvinenko Killed
  • ISRAEL: Long-range fashion catches on in IAF

    01/25/2016 9:46:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 25 JANUARY, 2016 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    Waiting so long for Rafael to respond to a new fashion in missile technology seemed surprising only because the state-owned Israeli weapons and sensor house is most often the industry’s leading trendsetter. But Rafael has been curiously slow to respond to a clear trend within the air-to-air missile community. In the past decade, the most anticipated new missiles – the Chinese PL-12, MBDA Meteor, Raytheon AIM-120D and Vympel RVV-AE-PD – have all shared a similar trait. As advanced sensors push the detection range of missile firing platforms ever farther, missile manufacturers have responded with new weapons with ranges beyond 54nm...
  • Yes, Putin may be starting to win Georgia away from the West. Here’s why that matters.

    01/26/2016 12:39:06 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 21 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 25 | Michael Hikari Cecire
    Polling data taken regularly over the last several years shows a clear and steady increase in Georgian support for the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). That roughly tracks with increasing political support for anti-West and pro-Russia political factions within Georgia.
  • Dr. Mordechai Kedar interviewed on Middle East (former IDF Military Intel) [video]

    01/24/2016 12:45:35 PM PST · by Randall_S · 4 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | January 24, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Interview from January 18, 2016. 36 minutes Dr. Mordechai Kedar is an expert on Middle East affairs. Currently, Dr. Kedar is a professor at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, and a Research Associate at BESA (Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies). He spent 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence (Unit 8200, equivalent to our NSA). Topics covered: >Iranian nuclear deal >Effects of the Arab Spring on the map of the Middle East >The new political landscape in the Middle East as a result of the Iran nuclear deal >Relationship between the United States and Israel
  • Biden Comments On Military Intervention In Syria, Requires Immediate Clarification

    01/24/2016 7:12:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/23/16 | Jonah Bennett
    Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday that if upcoming negotiations fail and no political solution to the civil war in Syria is possible, the United States is prepared to step in with major military force. "We do know it would better if we can reach a political solution but we are prepared... if that's not possible... to have a military solution to this operation in taking out Daesh," Biden said following a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
  • U.S. says prepared for military solution against Islamic State in Syria

    01/23/2016 9:12:57 PM PST · by Mariner · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 23rd, 2016 | By David Dolan and Asli Kandemir
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the United States and Turkey were prepared for a military solution against Islamic State in Syria should the Syrian government and rebels fail to reach a political settlement. The latest round of Syria peace talks are planned to begin on Monday in Geneva but were at risk of being delayed partly because of a dispute over who will comprise the opposition delegation. Syrian armed rebel groups said on Saturday they held the Syrian government and Russia responsible for any failure of peace talks to end the country's civil...
  • Will The White House Finally Clear Qatar To Purchase 72 F-15 Strike Eagles?

    01/24/2016 2:46:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 23 January 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Qatar asked for clearance from the U.S. Government to purchase 72 F-15E Strike Eagle derivatives, but the request has been slow-rolled. Now, almost two years later and after the Iran Nuclear Agreement has been implemented, there are high hopes the deal may finally be allowed to move forward. Considering that Qatar remains a close ally of the U.S. in the region, and their fighter business has traditionally gone to European manufacturers, penning a deal for dozens of F-15 Strike Eagles seems like a no-brainer. Yet, politically, this would seem not to be the case. Aside from Israel and Saudi Arabia,...
  • When Russia's money runs out, the 'real trouble starts'

    01/22/2016 8:53:51 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1/21/2016 | Holly Ellyatt
    Stuck in a recession and with no sign of a reprieve in the oil price, Russia could quickly descend into chaos if the money runs out, William Browder, a well-known critic of the Kremlin and chief executive of Hermitage Capital, told CNBC. "I don't think you can underestimate how bad the situation in Russia is right now, you've got oil below any measure where the budget can survive and you've got sanctions from the West. Russia is in what I'd call a real serious economic crisis," he said on Thursday. Speaking to CNBC in Davos where global business and political...
  • Alexander Litvinenko Was Killed ‘for Calling Putin a Pedophile’

    01/22/2016 4:35:15 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 24 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 21, 2016 | Nico Hines
    Russia's president destroyed video of himself having sex with children, an ex-KGB spy claimed. Now a British inquiry has found that the Kremlin leader 'probably approved' assassinating him for it. LONDON - A prominent Russian dissident was assassinated in London with a deadly dose of radioactive poison because he had claimed that Vladimir Putin was a pedophile, according to an independent British inquiry. The hit was "probably" carried out on the personal orders of the Russian president. The allegation—that Putin had used his position as head of the Russian intelligence service to destroy video evidence of himself having sex with...
  • UK judge says Putin 'probably approved' poisoning of ex-Russian spy

    01/21/2016 5:11:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 21, 2016
    Russian President Vladimir Putin "probably approved" the killing of a former Russian spy ten years ago, a report by a British judge concluded Thursday. Judge Robert Owen said Thursday that he is certain Alexander Litvinenko was given tea laced with a fatal dose of polonium-210 at a London hotel in November 2006. He died three weeks later of acute radiation syndrome. Owen said there was a "strong probability" that Russia's FSB security service, the successor agency to the notorious KGB, directed the killing. In his 326-page report, Owen also said that based on the evidence he had seen, the operation...
  • 'Zuckerberg don't kill us!' Facebook incitement battle heats up

    01/17/2016 10:37:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    INN ^ | 1/17/2016, 7:49 PM | Ari Soffer
    Since the major escalation in Arab terrorist attacks in Israel began at the start of October last year, Israelis have consistently complained about the use of social media to incite terrorism and glorify "martyrdom," and the lack of enforcement by social media companies. [...] Perhaps the worst offender in this regard is Facebook, which now faces legal action over its slow, minimal reaction to the reams of anti-Semitic incitement uploaded daily. Now, the Israeli rights NGO which is leading the legal campaign against Facebook incitement is taking the fight directly to the digital giant's CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg. Shurat...
  • How Assad Is Using Sieges and Hunger to Grab More of the 'Useful Syria'

    01/16/2016 5:14:45 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Vice ^ | January 14, 2016 | Sam Heller
    As the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad wages an offensive with Russia's backing on rebels across the country, behind the front lines it has been consolidating its hold in Syria's west. This is the part of the country sometimes called "useful Syria," home to most of its population and economic centers. The consolidation of regime control here may be a harbinger of a future, divided country — or it may create a base from which the regime can launch attacks on the rest of Syria. The regime has systematically encircled, blockaded and bombed the remaining pockets of rebel control in...
  • Rouhani: All happy about deal except Israel, US hard-liners

    01/16/2016 10:51:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2016 1:39 AM EST
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says the official implementation Saturday of the landmark deal reached between Tehran and six world powers has satisfied all parties except radical extremists. Speaking in the parliament in comments broadcast live on state television, Rouhani said, "In (implementing) the deal, all are happy except Zionists, warmongers, sowers of discord among Islamic nations and extremists in the U.S. The rest are happy." ...
  • Muslims In Iran Are Discussing How To Destroy Saudi Arabia [Isaiah 34]

    01/16/2016 1:10:53 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 28 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 1/15/2016 | Walid Shoebat
    "The rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran has quickly ballooned into the worst conflict in decades between the two countries" says one news source adding "The back-and-forth escalation quickly turned the simmering tension into an overt struggle for power in the Middle East." And while in the west is already seeing a cold-war brewing between the two, in Iran, the populace envision a literal scenario where the complete destruction of Saudi Arabia is at hand. The animated film, produced in Iran shows what is going viral in Iran: a sinister plan to completely wipe out Arabia: The Revenge of Fatimah...
  • Putin says Russia could grant Syrian leader Assad asylum

    01/15/2016 5:52:55 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    APA ^ | 12 January 2016 | N/A
    Baku - APA. Russia could give asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if he has to leave his country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published on January 12, according to RFE/RL. "It was surely more difficult to grant [U.S. national security contractor Edward] Snowden asylum in Russia than it would be in the case of Assad," Putin told the German tabloid Bild, referring to the American leaker of classified U.S. documents who was given asylum in Russia in 2013. Putin said it was too early to say whether Russia would have to give shelter to Assad as...
  • Pelosi: Iranians May Do Bad Things With The $150 Billion They Got Out Of The Nuke Deal [VIDEO]

    01/14/2016 1:14:23 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/13/16 | Steve Guest
    Nancy Pelosi acknowledges the Iranians may do bad things with the $150 billion dollars set to be returned to the regime as part of the Iranian nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama Administration. Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Wednesday, Pelosi even said the Iranians "have been doing bad things with the money that they have but the fact is the biggest threat to all of us is that Iran would have a nuclear weapon."
  • ANALYSIS: Iran Hardliners Generated Crisis with ‘Willing Dupe’ Obama to Solidify Domestic Power

    01/13/2016 8:34:20 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    Less than one week before the international community is set to unlock a decade of sanctions imposed on Iran, the country’s Islamic hardliners deliberately generated a crisis with the US for pure domestic consumption with the aim of ensuring the ayatollahs’s continued grip on power. Once the International Atomic Energy Agency announces on Friday as expected that Iran has fulfilled its obligations under the US-brokered nuclear accord, the billions of dollars in unfrozen accounts and the massive flow of oil exports will usher in historic changes to Iran’s long-isolated economy.
  • ISIS Followers Plan to Take over Gaza Strip

    01/13/2016 3:22:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | January 13, 2016 | Geert Wilders and Machiel de Graaf
    * In the video produced by the pro-ISIS Palestinian Islamic Army (PIA), Hamas leaders are denounced for aligning themselves with moderate Arab leaders in the Gulf, who are described as "criminals and enemies of Islam." * Apparently, Hamas has been too kind to Christians living in the Gaza Strip. The narrator blasts Hamas leaders for offering greetings to Christians on their holidays. * It seems that there may be valid reasons for Egypt's reluctance to reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza, as well as to Israel's opposition to lifting the naval blockade on Gaza -- initiated to prevent weapons...
  • Wasserman Schultz: As A Jew, It Is Incumbent Upon Me To Stand With My Persecuted Muslim Brothers

    01/12/2016 1:35:12 PM PST · by presidio9 · 175 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 12, 2016
    Appearing alongside with Dr. Mohsin Jaffer, a Muslim constituent she invited as her guest to tonight's State of the Union address, DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) told MSNBC it was "incumbent" upon her to stand with Muslims because as a Jew she knows what persecution is. Wasserman Schultz on MSNBC: I've been appalled as so many of my constituents have been appalled at the vitriol and the hatred and the appalling reactions of some towards Muslims and Muslim-Americans and I felt for me as a member of a minority religion myself, a religion, Judaism, that has been persecuted...
  • Dershowitz: "I Need Armed Guards To Protect Me From Liberals" When I Give Pro-Israel Speeches

    01/12/2016 11:25:21 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Real Clear Politics. ^ | January 12, 2016
    Harvard professor and legal eagle Alan Dershowitz talks about political correctness and 'safe spaces' on college campuses. Dershowitz tells college students to "stay home" if they want a safe space. ... they don't want to hear opposing points of view. They know everything they need to know about race, about gender, about rape, about you name it, climate control. They don't want to hear opposing points of view... ... We have to distinguish between safe spaces for ideas, where there should be none, and physically safe places where you're not intimidated or you're not threatened. And christian speakers, pro-Israel speakers,...
  • Toll in Russia raids on Qaeda-run Syria jail rises to 81: monitor

    01/11/2016 6:16:28 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 21 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 01/10/2016 | AFP
    Toll in Russia raids on Qaeda-run Syria jail rises to 81: monitor AFP 22 hours ago Beirut (AFP) - At least 81 people, including 23 Al-Qaeda fighters, were killed in Russian strikes on a prison complex run by the jihadist group in Syria's northwest, a monitor said Sunday in a new toll. The strikes on Saturday targeted an Al-Nusra Front building near a popular market in northwestern Idlib province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The complex in Maarat Al-Numan housed the group's religious court and a jail. The dead included 23 Al-Nusra fighters and six non-jihadist rebels...
  • Obama's serial appeasement has backfired

    01/11/2016 4:39:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/7/16 | Charles Krauthammer
    If you're going to engage in a foreign policy capitulation, might as well do it when everyone is getting tanked and otherwise occupied. Say, New Year's Eve. Here's the story. In October, Iran test-fires a nuclear-capable ballistic missile in brazen violation of unanimous United Nations Security Council resolutions. President Barack Obama does nothing. One month later, Iran does it again. The administration makes a few gestures at the U.N. Then nothing. Then finally, on Dec. 30, the White House announces a few sanctions. They are weak, aimed mostly at individuals and designed essentially for show. Amazingly, even that proves too...
  • Kerry: Iran sanctions relief 'days away' (counting down to $150 billion appeasement)

    01/11/2016 4:28:57 AM PST · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 10, 2016 | Rick Moran
    How does Iran spell relief? K E R R Y. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters at the State Department that the lifting of sanctions on Iran is just "days away." The $150 billion windfall for the terrorist state will happen "sooner rather than later," Kerry said. Meanwhile, there will be a vote in the House next week that would prevent the administration from lifting sanctions on Iranian banks and financial institutions unless the administration can certify that the companies are not financing terrorism or ballistic missiles. The Hill: According to reports, the White House has backed away from...
  • US tongue-lashes Israel for its strategic 'new settlement'

    01/09/2016 1:22:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/1/16 | Ari Yashar
    In response to Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's (Likud) announcement last Wednesday that a strategic 40 dunam compound is being officially added to the Gush Etzion region in Judea, the US lost little time in condemning the move. The land that is being added was purchased by American millionaire Irving Moskowitz and his wife, and is referred to as "Beit Bracha." Jerusalem Councilman and Israel Land Fund (ILF) Director Arieh King covertly obtained the abandoned church complex adjacent to Highway 60 three years ago according to reports, and worked to renovate the compound. On Friday, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby...
  • Egypt Asks Israel to Keep Turkey Away From Gaza

    01/08/2016 4:57:58 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Ha'aertz ^ | Jan 07, 2016 | Barak Ravid
    Egypt approaches Israel seeking clarifications on reconciliation talks with Turkey, expresses reservations concerning Turkey's potential role in Gaza. Egypt has approached Israel asking for clarifications regarding recent progress in its reconciliatory talks with Turkey. Senior officials in Jerusalem told Haaretz that Egypt expressed its reservations regarding granting Turkey a role in the Gaza Strip, and asked whether Israel had committed to any easing of restrictions in the closure imposed on Gaza. These officials, who asked to remain anonymous due to the delicate diplomatic nature of the issue, stated that what caused the Egyptian government’s displeasure was Israeli media reports from...