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  • US Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds and Turkey

    01/17/2018 2:50:35 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Joshua Landis ^ | January 15, 2018 | Joshua Landis
    The State Department has turned the page on Turkey for it no longer views Ankara as a reliable US partner. Many argue that Washington will abandon Syria’s Kurds in order to assuage Turkish anger. I doubt this. Washington expects more anti-US actions from Erdogan. Many in DC believe that Turkey’s rising Islamism, hardening dictatorship, and worsening anti-Israel rhetoric will only increase in the future. They do not hold out hope that Washington can reverse this trend.The US is increasingly falling back on support for Israel and Saudi Arabia. Trump has clearly set his course and reversed Obama’s effort to...
  • Trump’s targeting of Iran comes as Islamic leaders torture and kill 8,000 protesters

    01/17/2018 8:59:17 AM PST · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2018 | Rowan Scarborough
    Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blames "Americans and Zionists" for the recent protests. The Shiite Muslim hard-liner says money supporting the citizens came from "one of the filthy-rich governments of the Persian Gulf." (Associated Press/File) Iran’s rulers have inflicted death by torture and gunfire on citizen protesters in a crackdown since the Dec. 28 street uprising erupted, the main opposition group said Tuesday. The Europe-based National Council of Resistance of Iran says the Islamic republic’s ubiquitous security apparatus has arrested more than 8,000 citizens and killed at least 50, all while the West has remained mostly silent. The...
  • Lebanese parliament speaker: Boycott Trump administration

    01/16/2018 2:24:20 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/1/18
    Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has renewed his call for the transfer of Islamic embassies from Washington and for the boycott of United States President Donald Trump's administration until it reverses its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Warning of Trump's policies in the Arab world, Berri said: “We stand before attempts of a radical shift in American policies. Trump's decision is at the forefront of this coup.” Speaking on Tuesday at the Conference of Islamic Parliaments in Support of Jerusalem in Iran, Berri called for the closure of all “Israeli embassies in Arab and Islamic capitals,” he also called...
  • Trump Warns European Allies: Fix Iran Nuclear Deal’s ‘Disastrous Flaws’ — or America Withdraws

    01/14/2018 11:44:46 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jan 2018 | ADELLE NAZARIAN13
    WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump’s decision to keep the United States in the Iran nuclear deal on Friday was coupled with a warning to his European allies: “Fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw.” “Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal. Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw,” Trump said in a statement. He added: I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European...
  • Iran Caught in “Missile Trap” After UN Report

    01/15/2018 8:08:53 AM PST · by nuconvert · 30 replies
    IranWire ^ | January 13, 2018
    Iran’s missile program has been the target of criticism by the US and the European Union for quite some time. When Yemeni Houthi rebels launched a missile toward Saudi Arabia on November 5, 2017, Iran was accused of having supplied it to them, a charge Iranian officials categorically denied. But on Friday, January 12, a United Nations panel concluded that the Islamic Republic had violated a UN arms embargo by directly or indirectly providing missiles and drones to the Shi'ite rebels in Yemen. In the 79-page report, the panel accuses Iran of violating UN Security Council Resolution 2216, passed in...
  • UN Finds Iranian Weapons Supplied To Yemeni Rebels, Violating UN Embargo

    01/15/2018 8:01:22 AM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    A United Nations panel in a new report has concluded that Iran violated a UN arms embargo by directly or indirectly providing missiles and drones to Shi'ite rebels in Yemen, backing up accusations made repeatedly by the United States. (excerpt "The panel said it came to the conclusion that Iran had manufactured the weapons the Yemeni rebels fired at Saudi Arabia, which leads an Arab coalition fighting on the side of the government against the rebels in Yemen's civil war. The panel said it found that design features of the missile debris were "consistent with those of the Iranian-designed and...
  • "OBAMA IN BIGGER TROUBLES"CALLS FOR HIS LAWYER AFTER SESSIONS COMMISSIONS TAX FORCE

    01/14/2018 6:46:50 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 84 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 14, 2018 | wikileaks tv
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  • Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' Gets Banned in Lebanon

    01/14/2018 11:05:39 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/14/2018 | Tatiana Siegel
    A source involved with the film's international rollout says the Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks drama was presented to the Lebanese censorship board, which nixed it, citing a "boycott Israel" list. Lebanon has banned Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama The Post just days before the film is set to premiere in Beirut. A source involved with The Post's international rollout says the movie, which stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, was presented to the Lebanese censorship board, which nixed it, citing a "boycott Israel" list that includes Spielberg due to his Oscar-winning Holocaust film Schindler's List (the 1993 film shot some...
  • Turkey vows imminent assault on Kurdish enclave in Syria

    01/14/2018 8:15:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/14/2018
    Erdogan said the operation against the Afrin enclave aims to “purge terror” from his country’s southern border. Afrin is controlled by a Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG. Turkey considers the YPG to be a terrorist group linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that has waged a bloody insurgency within its borders. A YPG spokesman in Afrin said clashes erupted after midnight between his unit and Turkish troops near the border with Turkey. Rojhat Roj said the shelling of areas in Afrin district, in Aleppo province, killed one YPG fighter and injured a couple of civilians on...
  • Flashback: When Obama-Era DOJ Killed the Clinton Foundation Probe,Some FBI Investigators Were trunc

    01/11/2018 8:10:44 PM PST · by bitt · 24 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/8/2018 | guy benson
    On Friday, I addressed new reports that federal officials may be revisiting the Clinton email scandal -- writing that while serious questions remain about some of the curious irregularities surrounding the original investigation (which resulted in no charges), Democrats may have a point when they suggest that President Trump's ostentatious public demands for a new probe of 'Crooked Hillary' call into question the apolitical nature of the DOJ's decisions. Trump's critics are leveling the same accusation over the revelation that the Clinton Foundation is also receiving renewed legal scrutiny. In case you missed it last week, here are the basics...
  • Venezuela, Accused of Selling Passports to Hezbollah, Is Running Out of Passports for Venezuelans

    03/11/2017 8:55:21 AM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Mar 2017 | Frances Martel
    The socialist government of Venezuela is reportedly struggling to meet the demands of its citizenry in obtaining passports, both to flee the country and to replace their expired passports abroad. The demand has led some officials to demand bribes in order to expedite the process, despite the debut of a new online system the government promised would issue passports with a 72-hour turnaround time.
  • Can’t Make This Up=> Awan Brothers Owed $100,000 to Hezbollah-Linked Iraqi Politician

    07/27/2017 3:26:11 PM PDT · by davikkm · 33 replies
    The Awan brothers in current security probe owed $100,000 to a Hezbollah-linked Iraqi politician. This same Iraqi politician is linked to Hezbollah terrorist group. Hezbollah fighters marching in Lebanan Democrats gave these brothers access to their computers. The Daily Caller reported: Congressional aides suspected of criminally misusing their access to House computer systems owed $100,000 to an Iraqi politician who is wanted by U.S. authorities and has been linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Middle Eastern terrorist outfit…
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz “Absolute Wreck – Barely Able To Function” Since Imran Awan Arrest

    07/27/2017 7:00:22 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 258 replies
    GP ^ | 07/27/17 | Cristina Laila
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz employed Pakistani IT staffers and brothers who were paid over $4 million dollars over the course of their employment even though they were accused of a cyber-security breach.   Imran Awan was arrested as he attempted to flee the U.S. after wiring approximately $300,000 to Pakistan. Fox News is the only cable network covering this huge scandal.  When Imran Awan was arrested he was carrying $12,000 in cash on him. His wife was carrying $12,000 of cash when she fled the country too. Imran and his Muslim brothers, Abid and Jamal accessed unauthorized computers while acting as IT specialists. The three brothers were...
  • House Dem IT Staffers Owed Money To Hezbollah-Connected Fugitive

    08/01/2017 8:31:59 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Feb 21, 2017 | Luke Rosiak
    Congressional aides suspected of criminally misusing their access to House computer systems owed $100,000 to an Iraqi politician who is wanted by U.S. authorities and has been linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Middle Eastern terrorist outfit.
  • US aircraft are striking stranded ISIS fighters if they try to take a leak

    09/11/2017 10:54:09 PM PDT · by topher · 36 replies
    BusinessInsidr.com ^ | Sep. 5, 2017, 4:29 PM | Christopher Woody
    US aircraft operating over Syria have been taking out stranded ISIS fighters one or two at a time in recent days, as a convoy of the group's militants remains stranded in the desert, according to a Foreign Policy report. Eight days ago, a convoy of 17 buses carrying 300 to 500 fighters and their families left the eastern side of the country after a truce was reached between surrendering ISIS fighters and Syrian government forces, which are backed by Hezbollah.
  • Syria Daily: Hezbollah-Regime Convoy of ISIS Fighters Finally Reaches Eastern Destination

    09/16/2017 6:22:25 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    EA WorldView ^ | Sept 14, 2017 | Scott Lucas
    snip Last week, at the urging of Russia, the Americans finally called off aerial surveillance. “The deal has been completed,” said a “commander in the [pro-Assad] military alliance” — probably a Hezbollah source — to Reuters. The commanders said that, along the new route, ISIS freed a Hezbollah prisoner. Earlier this week, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah — highlighting the role of his forces in propping up the Assad regime and downplaying that of the regime’s military — declared “victory” in the 79-month Syrian conflict.
  • CONGRESSMAN WARNS DEMS HANDED U.S. SECRETS TO PAKISTANIS

    10/12/2017 7:42:25 PM PDT · by bitt · 64 replies
    WND ^ | OCT 12, 2017 | ALICIA POWE
    Multiple reports have detailed the equipment and nearly $6 million a Pakistani family of IT specialists allegedly took from the U.S. government while running computer networks for numerous congressional Democrats. But that’s only money and equipment, says a U.S. congressman who contends that the biggest problem is the classified information to which the Awan family had access. The taxpayers’ dollars confiscated from Congress is “not the highest of our concerns,” Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told WND in an interview about the case of IT staffer Imran Awan, his brothers Abid and Jamal, and their wives Natalia Sova and Hina Alvi.
  • Why General John Allen is Being Promoted In Commercials For Hillary Clinton…

    10/26/2016 6:39:01 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 32 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | Oct 26, 2016 | Sundance
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/10/26/why-general-john-allen-is-being-promoted-in-commercials-for-hillary-clinton/
  • Obama administration undermined anti-Hezbollah task force to help secure Iran nuke deal, report says

    12/18/2017 2:03:05 AM PST · by familyop · 52 replies
    Fox News, Politico ^ | December 18, 2017 | Frank Miles
    The Obama administration gave a free pass to Hezbollah’s drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations — some of which were unfolding inside the U.S. — to help ensure the Iran nuclear deal would stay on track, according to a bombshell exposé in Politico Sunday...When Project Cassandra leaders, who were working out of a DEA’s Counter facility in Chantilly, Virginia, sought an OK for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, Justice and Treasury Department officials delayed, hindered or rejected their requests, according to Politico.
  • Politico: Obama Let Hezbollah Run Cocaine Into The US For Iran Deal — And More

    12/18/2017 9:10:27 AM PST · by DeweyCA · 52 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 12-18-17 | Ed Morrissey
    Did the current administration “collude” with Russia? So far no evidence at all has emerged to support that hypothesis, but Politico’s Josh Meyer digs deep into another curious set of circumstances in the Obama White House and its own operations with a foreign power. Perhaps the media will start asking whether the previous administration colluded with Iran to let terrorists and drug dealers go free in order to score one of the worst deals ever in international relations. Before Barack Obama decided to pursue the nuclear deal with Iran, the DEA had a major operation called Project Cassandra. This operation...