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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Hillary Clinton will reset Syria policy against 'murderous' Assad regime

    07/29/2016 1:46:59 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 44 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 29 July, 2016 | Ruth Sherlock
    Hillary Clinton will order a "full review" of the United States' strategy on Syria as a "first key task" of her presidency, resetting the policy to emphasise the "murderous" nature of the Assad regime, foreign policy adviser with her campaign has said. <-SNIP-> Speaking on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention, Mr Bash, who is advising the party's presidential nominee, said a Clinton administration would seek to bring "moral clarity" to the US strategy on the Syrian crises. <-SNIP-> Mr Bash describes a foreign policy more hawkish than that of the current administration. He said there were a "lot...
  • ANNA News - Front Line Report, Aleppo - 28 July 2016 (ENG Subs)

    07/30/2016 4:24:37 AM PDT · by fella · 12 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | 28 July 2016
    ANNA News - Front Line Report, Aleppo - 28 July 2016 (ENG Subs) Another ANNA News report from Aleppo. The Layramoun industrial district is completely free of terrorists as of late on 28 July, when over 100 terrorists were seen fleeing the area in convoys, which were attached by artillery and air strikes from SAA and SyAAF (I do not have confirmation of RuAF participation in this). Bani Zaid district is still not confirmed rat-free, although it likely will be in a day or two. The northern Aleppo cauldron is completely closed, and the heaviest fighting is over. This is...
  • Donald Trump to Get National Intelligence Briefings Immediately

    07/29/2016 10:26:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 29, 2016 | Ryan Parker
    "There is no stipulation anywhere that requires a security clearance for a presidential candidate. The fact that they're a candidate qualifies them," says James R. Clapper Jr., the director of National Intelligence. Donald Trump will begin to get intelligence briefings now that he is the official GOP candidate for president. Both Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will get briefings as soon as next week, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of National Intelligence, said Thursday during the Aspen Security Forum. Although Trump is a notorious tweeter and Clinton has been on the hot seat for her email server, Clapper...
  • SAA Liberates Key Districts in Battle for Aleppo, "Terrorists on the Verge of Defeat"

    07/28/2016 3:04:10 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 5 replies
    Fort Russ ^ | July 28, 2016 | RusVesna
    Over the past few days, the Syrian Army has made tremendous strides in Aleppo, leaving the terrorists on the verge of defeat. Last night, this morning, and in the afternoon, Syrian Arab Army fighters took control of the strategically important Bani Zeid, Ashrafiya, and Layramoun districts which militants have held for around 4 years. The political department of the Syrian Arab Army has published the first footage from these liberated areas. The army is now continuing its offensive and battling with militants for the city block of Daret-Abdrabba. If the terrorists from the Islamic coalition “Jaish al-Fatah” under the leadership...
  • Afghans Go to Syria to Fight for Its Government, and Anguish Results

    07/28/2016 6:06:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | JULY 28, 2016 | KAREEM FAHIM
    Afghans Go to Syria to Fight for Its Government, and Anguish Results By KAREEM FAHIM JULY 28, 2016 HERAT, Afghanistan — One woman here in the western Afghan city of Herat said she had begged her son not to go fight in the Syrian war, but he charged off anyway, leaving a wife and three children behind. A man overhearing her story came over to say that his son had left two months ago, and since then the family has been desperate for news about him. Another woman, Khadija, whose son Hassan had joined Afghan brigades fighting alongside the Syrian...
  • 24 Cases of Migrant Sexual Assault At Music Festival [Bremen Germany]

    07/27/2016 11:31:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 27, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    Bremen police have admitted that they have at least 24 alleged sexual assault investigations open following a cultural festival where women say they were sexually harassed by young migrant men.
  • Syrian Air Force to Get Russian Su-24M2 Frontline Bombers

    07/27/2016 10:34:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    TASS-Defense ^ | July 27, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Syrian Air Force has received a batch of Su-24M2 (NATO reporting name: Fencer-D) frontline bombers supplied by Russia, according to the AMN news agency. "The Syrian Air Force has received several Su-24M2 aircraft supplied by Russia in order to beef up the Damascus’ combat capabilities to fight against international terrorism. At present, two Su-24M2 aircraft have been delivered with eight more planes to be transferred in the nearest future," the news agency said. According to AMN, Russia has supplied the aforementioned Su-24M2 frontline bombers to the Syrian governmental forces within the framework of the military-technical cooperation between...
  • Gang of Muslims storm nudist pool in Germany yelling 'Allahu Akbar' and threatening to [tr]

    07/27/2016 7:00:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 27, 2016 | Gareth Davies
    Nudists were told they would be 'exterminated' after a gang of Muslims who stormed into a German swimming pool yelling 'Allahu Akbar'. The six men, described as being in their 20s and with beards, spat at women and children because they were swimming in the nude and called all the females 'sluts'. The revelers were at a pool in the town of Geldern in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, known for its preference for natural form of swimming.
  • Ansbach bombing: MPs call for faster migrant deportations (Germany)

    07/26/2016 6:26:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 26.07.2016 | mm/kl (AFP, dpa)
    MPs say the deportation of failed asylum seekers must be sped up following the Ansbach suicide bombing. The Syrian man who detonated an explosive-packed rucksack had been refused permission to stay in Germany. Although German Chancellor Angela Merkel last year proudly declared a “welcoming culture” for refugees, Armin Schuster, the Christian Democrats homeland expert in the Bundestag, warned the country needs a “farewell culture” too. Schuster told the Stuttgarter Zeitung and the Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspapers Tuesday that Germany had failed to enforce the deportation of rejected asylum seekers. More than 200,000 failed claimants were still in the country, he said....
  • Syrian refugees settled on the remote Scottish island of Bute complain they are now depressed

    It was a scheme designed to offer Syrian refugees a new life in Scotland, away from the horrors of their war-ravaged homeland. But some of the first to be given sanctuary in Rothesay eight months ago have spoken of their unhappiness on Bute, saying it is ‘full of old people’ and a place ‘where people come to die’. Argyll and Bute Council was among 16 Scottish local authorities to sign up for the initiative, with the first 100 Syrian refugees flown to the UK and on to Scotland in November last year. But Abd, who had been making trips to...
  • How will Germany change after string of bloody attacks?

    07/25/2016 3:28:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Jul 2016 14:56 GMT+02:00 | Jörg Luyken
    Within seven days Germany has been hit by four bloody attacks on innocent people on its streets and on a train. What does this unprecedented string of murders mean for the country? […] … Public opinion turned strongly against the welcoming culture after sexual assaults in Cologne and Hamburg over New Year, around half of the suspects for which arrived as refugees over the preceding 12 months. The great influx of refugees which took place in the second half of 2015 came to an end months ago, with monthly arrivals now comparable to the numbers that crossed the border in...
  • Ex-Georgia congresswoman: Israel responsible for Nice and Munich terror attacks (Cynthia McKinney)

    07/25/2016 2:39:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | July 25, 2016 8:43am
    A former Georgia congresswoman claimed that Israel was responsible for the recent terror attacks in France and Germany. Cynthia McKinney posted on Twitter Saturday night: “Same Israeli photographer captures Nice and Munich tragedies. How likely is that? Remember the Dancing Israelis? …” […] Dancing Israelis refers to a conspiracy theory that five Israeli men were detained by police in New Jersey on 9/11 after being caught celebrating the attack on the World Trade Center. …
  • Al Nusra Front officially splits from Al Qaida

    07/25/2016 7:52:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Gulf News ^ | July 25, 2016 | Sami Moubayed
    Al Nusra Front officially splits from Al Qaida Group hopes to evade a new cooperation pact between the US and Russia, aimed at annihilating Al Qaida Published: 15:35 July 25, 2016 Gulf News Sami Moubayed, Correspondent Beirut: Abu Mohammad Al Golani, commander of Al Nusra Front, will make a public statement later today announcing his departure from Al Qaida. His new group will be named Jabhat Fateh Al Sham (Sham Liberation Front). By doing so the group hopes to evade a new cooperation pact between the US and Russia, aimed at annihilating Al Qaida operatives on the Syrian battlefield. Originally...
  • Troops fear Obama rushing Mosul offensive to influence election

    07/24/2016 9:31:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    Some U.S. officers in Baghdad believe the Obama administration is rushing plans for a Mosul offensive so it takes place before the November presidential election, a retired general says. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero said his contacts in Baghdad have relayed the concerns to him, fearing there is now an “artificial timeline” for what promises to be by far the toughest battle in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq.
  • 'It's their own fault' — Trump slams France and Germany (barf alert)

    07/24/2016 12:08:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    AFP via The Local ^ | 24 Jul 2016 16:40 GMT+02:00
    Republican White House nominee Donald Trump has said that France, Germany and other nations hit by recent terror attacks had only themselves to blame “because they allowed people to come into their territory.” Trump was asked in an interview airing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to expand on his proposal to suspend immigration from what he calls countries “compromised by terrorism” until vetting mechanisms are in place. “I’m going to be coming out over the next few weeks with a number of the places,” said Trump according to an excerpt of the interview. “We have problems in Germany, and...
  • Obama: Honesty Is ‘Absolutely Necessary’ Trait for a President

    07/24/2016 11:27:45 AM PDT · by PROCON · 78 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | July 24, 2016 | David Rutz
    President Obama said in an interview with CBS airing Sunday that honesty was “absolutely necessary” for a president in order to build trust with the American people. Obama has endorsed his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, to succeed him in the White House. In the wake of her private email scandal and the FBI’s revelation that she was “extremely careless” with classified material, Clinton’s honesty numbers with the public are dismal. The FBI also refuted Clinton’s constant claim that she never sent or received classified material on her server, which she has dismissed as a mere “mistake.” “FDR and...
  • Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as ISIS

    07/23/2016 3:05:25 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 93 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 23/7/16
    ecretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State. ADVERTISEMENT The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers. “As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is...
  • Russian warplanes reportedly bombed US base in Syria [last month]

    07/22/2016 7:37:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    fo.com ^ | 07/22/2016
    Russian warplanes reportedly bombed a secret military base in Syria used by elite American and British forces last month. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Russian strike on the CIA-linked site was part of a campaign by Russia to pressure the White House to agree to closer cooperation in the Syrian skies, U.S. military and intelligence officials said. Despite the fact that some forces could have been killed and the bombing dampened relations between Russia and the Pentagon and CIA, the White House and State Department still persued a compromise. The U.S. and Russia agreed to a pact...
  • U.S.-backed Syrian force gives Islamic State 48 hours to leave Manbij

    07/21/2016 2:38:56 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 21, 2016 | Dominic Evans
    ...the Manbij Military Council said the Islamic State militants would be allowed to leave the city with light weapons, without a fight. It said their departure must take place within 48 hours and "this initiative is the only and the final one for the besieged Daesh elements to leave the city,"
  • Syria: At least 85 civilians feared dead after US air strike 'mistake'

    07/20/2016 9:36:23 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 36 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | July 20, 2016 | Paul Wright
    US military confirms it is investigating what could be one of the worst incidents of civilian deaths by coalition forces At least 85 civilians, including almost a dozen children, have been killed after US air strikes targeted an area in northern Syria held by Islamic State (Isis/Daesh) fighters, a monitoring group has said. Some eight families were reportedly wiped out in the IS-controlled village of Tokhar near Manbij on Tuesday (19 July), in what could be one of the deadliest bombings of civilians by coalition forces since the start of operations in the country.
  • The shocking moment a bus driver beats up asylum seeker (Sweden)

    07/20/2016 6:36:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 20 Jul 2016 11:28 GMT+02:00
    A Swedish bus company has apologized after a video emerged of one of its drivers verbally and physically abusing a Syrian asylum seeker. The man, an asylum seeker from Syria staying on Öland, an island off the east coast of Sweden, told regional newspaper Barometern that the incident took place on Tuesday morning on the 6.15am bus to Borgholm. […] He said it was not the first time the bus driver had refused to allow residents at the asylum center to travel and decided to snap a picture of the man. When the bus reached its next stop, the driver...
  • Gov. Kasich: We Want Immigration — Population is Stagnant in Ohio

    07/19/2016 6:05:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 131 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 19, 2016 | 4:17 PM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    Ohio Gov. and former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich (R-Ohio) told an audience in Cleveland that he looks at immigration as an opportunity because Ohio has a “stagnant growth of population — we want people to come to Ohio.” “When I look at immigration I look at a new level of energy,” Kasich told an International Republican Institute gathering on Tuesday. […] “I look at immigration as an opportunity. One of the things that we face in Ohio is a stagnant growth of population — we want people to come to Ohio. We want to integrate these folks and we...
  • Sickening video shows US-backed Syrian rebels taunting and then brutally beheading a young boy (tr)

    07/19/2016 10:28:08 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 59 replies
    Fighters from a US-backed Syrian militant group have been filmed brutally beheading a child as young as 11. The video captures Nour al-Din al-Zenki fighters in the back of a truck with a child they claim is an al-Quds soldier supporting Assad's Syrian forces. One of the fighters shouts 'Allahu Akbar' meaning 'God is great' after taking a small knife to the boy's throat and cutting off his head in the Palesinian refugee Handarat Camp in Northern Aleppo.
  • With Friends Like Turkey, the U.S. Needs Russia in Syria

    07/18/2016 9:46:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    World Politics Review ^ | July 18, 2016 | Richard Gowan
    With Friends Like Turkey, the U.S. Needs Russia in Syria Richard Gowan |Monday, July 18, 2016 Winston Churchill once quipped that the only thing worse than fighting a war with allies is fighting one without them. Looking at the Middle East, U.S. President Barack Obama might wish he could get rid of his regional allies anyway. His efforts to stabilize the region have been persistently weakened or derailed by America’s supposed friends. Israel tried hard to block last year’s Iranian nuclear deal. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states have deliberately stirred up the Syrian war, even as Washington has been...
  • Rebels fear Assad victory in Syria as noose tightens around Aleppo {Good news}

    07/18/2016 12:44:21 AM PDT · by Cronos · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 July 2016 | Martin Chulov
    Just over a month into Syria’s uprising in 2011, the leader of Lebanon’s Druze sect, Walid Jumblatt, travelled to Damascus to visit Syria’s then security tsar, Mohammed Nasif. “He said to me at the time, it’s either us, meaning the Alawites, or them, meaning the Sunnis,” Jumblatt recalled. “I knew which way this was going then. He added, ‘even if it cost us a million dead’.”.. the ancient city of Aleppo, which after years of being viewed as the key to Syria’s fate last week slipped from the grasp of the opposition and into the hands of the Syrian regime’s...
  • Kerry: ISIS 'is on the run' despite recent terror attacks

    07/17/2016 7:21:34 AM PDT · by maggief · 59 replies
    CNN | July 17, 2016 | Eric Bradner
    (CNN)Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Sunday that a recent spate of terrorist attacks reflects that ISIS is "on the run" in Iraq and Syria. Kerry downplayed attacks like the shooting at an Orlando nightclub, a driver's rampage through a crowd in Nice and the Istanbul airport attack, saying they don't reflect the strength of the group in its home bases. Those attacks "the desperate actions of an enemy that sees the noose closing around them," he told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."
  • Dr. Sebastian Gorka on Jihad: ‘The Front Line Is When You Leave Your House in the Morning’

    07/16/2016 9:38:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 16 Jul 2016 | John Hayward
    Dr. Sebastian Gorka .. about the massacre in Nice, and the role terrorism plays in the Islamist drive for global supremacy... Islamists have been telegraphing mass-casualty attacks using vehicles as weapons for a very long time ... if people in the West would ever “wake up” to the ISIS caliphate’s determination to impose Islamic law on the entire world... Fox viewers understand it. The military that I have the honor of working with, and the FBI agents that I work with, they get it. That’s not the problem,” said Gorka. “The problem is the decision-makers, the people sitting in the...
  • The Senate’s final act before recess? More immigration from the Middle East!

    07/15/2016 2:21:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    conservative review ^ | July 14, 2016 | Daniel Horowitz
    our political class is still violating our sovereignty and security with endless migrants from the Middle East. We have so many emergencies within our national security apparatus and military that can and should be addressed within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), yet the GOP-Senate chose to focus on more immigration as their final act before recess. The Senate passed the Shaheen, D-N.H. (F, 2%) motion to instruct the conference committee negotiating the House-Senate differences in the NDAA to authorize a potentially unlimited amount Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) for Afghanis. Only 12 Republicans opposed the motion, which is non-binding, but...
  • CFR Head: Don’t Reduce Immigration—Could Cause US Muslims to Become ‘Threatening’

    07/15/2016 6:05:54 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 59 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Want to see a textbook example of the kind of thinking that leads to the fall of civilizations? View the video of Richard Haass, President of the Council Relations on today’s Morning Joe. A clip was played of Donald Trump favoring a declaration of war and repeating his call for the restriction of Muslim immigration, in particular Syrian “refugees,” that we know little or nothing about. A hand-wringing Haass argued against “cutting down immigration” and other measures, because “our connections with entire populations and communities, our best measure of defense is making sure that people in these communities are working...
  • BREAKING: Heavy black smoke over Eiffel Tower as fire erupts after Nice terror attacks

    07/14/2016 3:52:15 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 179 replies
    dailystar.co.uk ^ | 14th July 2016 | Tom Evans
    BREAKING: Heavy black smoke over Eiffel Tower as fire erupts after Nice terror attacks PLUMES of black smoke have engulfed the Eiffel Tower amid ongoing chaos in France. By Tom Evans / Published 14th July 2016
  • Small Island, Population 137, To Get 2,000-Migrant Asylum Centre [Sweden]

    07/14/2016 8:25:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 14, 2016 | Oliver JJ Lane
    A small, sparsely populated island near migrant-crisis city Malmo in southern Sweden is to play host to a significant migrant centre that could net the owners millions of Swedish Kronor.
  • 'We don't want ANY refugees here': George Clooney's super rich Lake Como neighbours [tr]

    07/14/2016 6:22:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 14, 2016 | Nick Fagge
    George Clooney's wealthy neighbours in the Alpine beauty spot of Lake Como say their Italian idyll is being ruined by the influx of hundreds of migrants to a makeshift camp on their doorstep. The picturesque area is best known as a hide-away for Clooney and a multitude of other Hollywood A-listers includ Brad Pitt, wife Angelina Jolie, and pop superstar Madonna. But a clamp-down by Switzerland on illegal immigrants entering the country from Italy threatens to turn this chic resort into a frontier town overrun by the homeless and desperate.
  • Turkey PM Yildirim hints at mending ties with Syria

    07/13/2016 8:14:46 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 6 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 9 hours ago | bbc.com
    Turkey has said it wants to re-establish good relations with Syria - in an apparent reversal of its policy towards its war-stricken neighbour. Up to now Turkey's government has been pressing hard for the overthrow of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. But Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim insisted good ties with Syria were needed "for the fight against terrorism" and stability in the region. There has so far been no public response from the Syrian government. Turkey has recently moved to end rifts with both Russia and Israel.
  • F-15 Strike Eagles Over Saudi Arabia: Then And Now

    07/13/2016 9:46:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | July 12, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Richard Crandall started his Air Force flying career in the F-111 Aardvark, but found himself in the cockpit of the mighty F-15E Strike Eagle, the service’s newest jet, during Operation Desert Storm. Although F-15C/D Eagles were already a staple in the Royal Saudi Air Force by the time Desert Storm kicked off, the Strike Eagle would eventually find its way into the Kingdom’s aerial arsenal in the form of the F-15S. Today, Saudi Arabia flies around 70 of these jets, and soon they will receive 84 F-15SAs, the most advanced Strike Eagle derivative ever produced. Now Crandall serves as a...
  • ‘Foreign Men’ Rape, Molest Girls At Anti-Racism ‘Peace & Love’ Festival

    07/13/2016 6:37:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 12, 2016 | Oliver JJ Lane
    A Swedish music festival specifically focussing on themes like “the fight against racism”, multiculturalism, and combating sexual harassment has been rocked by multiple reports of sexual assault and rape.
  • Long-range Bombers Flying from Russia Destroy ‘Major’ ISIS Camp in central Syria

    07/12/2016 3:46:46 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 45 replies
    RT ^ | June 12, 2016 | RT
    Six Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers have delivered massive airstrikes against a major Islamic State camp and ammunition depots in Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry says. The aircraft flew from Russia and returned home after the operation. The bombers, based at one of Russian’s southern air bases, took off on Tuesday morning, passed through Iranian and Iraqi airspace and delivered concentrated high-explosive ammunition airstrikes on terrorist targets east of the towns of Palmyra and As Sukhnah, and the village of Arak. All aircraft have successfully returned to home base, the ministry said in a statement.
  • Trouble’s brewing for us in the Maldives {Islam rising}

    07/12/2016 1:21:28 AM PDT · by Cronos · 17 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 10 July 2016 | Parul Chandra
    With the island-nation being radicalised, thanks to Saudi funds and influence, India can no longer afford to be a spectator As the strategically important Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives continues its descent into political anarchy with democratic institutions facing an unabated onslaught under the authoritarian regime of President Abdulla Yameen, India can no longer afford to be a mere spectator. India has, for some time, chosen to maintain a studied silence on what’s happening in this troubled tourists’ paradise. But with both China and Pakistan stepping up their strategic inroads into the Maldives, coupled with Saudi Arabia pumping in...
  • ‘Chaldean League’ urges Christians to stay in Iraq despite ISIS

    07/12/2016 1:13:16 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 28 June 2016 | Al Arabiya
    An Iraqi Catholic group called the Chaldean League has urged Christians to stay put in their native land, saying “ISIS terrorism will soon go away,” local media reported on Tuesday. “Christians in Iraq must stay in their land and to stop migrating,” Safa Sabah Hindi, the head of Chaldean League, said in a statement reported by Iraq-based Al-Sumaria News website. The Chaldean League, headquartered in Iraq, was formed last year to unite Iraqi Catholics in the country and abroad. He added: “Christians are one of the main edifice for building Iraq and one of its cultural civilizational pillars, who add...
  • Putin Ask Monks to Pray for Russians Killed in Syria

    07/11/2016 10:12:57 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 1 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | JULY 11, 2016, 6:21 A.M. E.D.T. | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Putin Ask Monks to Pray for Russians Killed in Syria By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSJULY 11, 2016, 6:21 A.M. E.D.T. MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin has visited a famed Russian monastery to pray for Russian servicemen killed in Syria. Two Russian airmen died in Syria over the weekend after their helicopter was shot down by Islamic State group fighters east of the ancient city of Palmyra. ...snip.... Peskov told reporters Monday that Putin has asked the monks and the visiting head of the Russian Orthodox Church to remember those who "work, fight and give their lives to serve the motherland" and...
  • Clinton backers nix Israel 'occupation' add to Democratic platform

    07/10/2016 1:26:50 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 9 replies
    Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday rejected a proposal to include a statement in the party's platform calling for Israel's "end to occupations and illegal settlements," CNN reported. ... While the committee voted against the addition 95-73, CNN reported that the move garnered the loudest negative response of the day from the audience. ... One crowd member was escorted out of the meeting after he stood up and yelled that the party had "sold out" to AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee).
  • Two Russian pilots killed as IS downs helicopter near Syria's Palmyra

    07/09/2016 2:29:26 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 42 replies
    middleeasteye.net ^ | July 9, 2016 | MEE and agencies
    Helicopter was brought down with aid of American TOW antitank missile system, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported
  • Swedish music festivals hit by reports of rapes by 'migrants'

    07/07/2016 9:44:50 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 37 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 4 JULY 2016 • 9:11PM | Richard Orange
    “Foreign young men“ were blamed by police for the attacks at one of the festivals and at least two unaccompanied migrant youths were under arrest. Police recorded five reports of rapes and 12 of sexual molestation at Bravalla, Sweden's biggest music festival, and 35 reports of sexual molestation at Putte i Parken, a free festival in Karlstad, where the youngest victim was just twelve years old. Two of the seven young men suspected of mounting a campaign of aggressive groping at the second festival were unaccompanied refugee youth, reportedly living at a nearby accommodation centre.
  • Iranian commander: Ground is ready to destroy 'Zionist regime'

    07/06/2016 10:55:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/7/16 | Elad Benari
    A senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) recently threatened Israel, saying the ground is ready for the annihilation of “the Zionist regime”. The comments by IRGC Deputy Commander Hossein Salami were made at a sermon in Tehran this past Friday prior to prayers marking Al-Quds Day. He also declared that Iran has over 100,000 missiles waiting in Lebanon alone and that tens of thousands of other missiles were placed throughout the Muslim world in order to wipe "the accursed black dot" – that is Israel – from the map of the world. Salami also threatened Kurdish leaders...
  • In anger, Obama questioned necessity of Israel's qualitative military edge

    06/20/2016 4:41:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/20/16 | Michael Wilner
    WASHINGTON -- Frustrated over a stall in an arms sale to Saudi Arabia, Obama once questioned the necessity of maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge in the region, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday. Panetta was confirming a report from Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg, who attributed the claim to him in an article on Obama's foreign policy doctrine published last March. The former Pentagon chief said the White House, at the time, was deeply concerned that Israel was preparing to unilaterally strike Iran. Simultaneously, the administration was also hoping to complete with Riyadh a significant sale of fighter jets....
  • The continuing reign of terror in Iran

    07/04/2016 3:34:37 AM PDT · by Keyvan Salami · 9 replies
    Keyvan Salami
    Three years into the tenure of Hassan Rouhani who himself and many in the West promised to be a “moderate” and “reformist” poised to bring about change in Iran, we have only witnessed an unprecedented spike in human rights violations, including horrendous public floggings and especially executions. Overt 2,400 executions in the past three years is the report card Iran and Rouhani carry, with Amnesty International and many other international human rights organizations registering Iran sent nearly 1,000 people to the gallows in 2015 alone. Various religious minorities, including Arabs, Baha’is, Christians, Jews and others have also been targeted...
  • Newest VH1 Talk Show Host Supports Boycott of Israel, Defends Hamas

    07/05/2016 11:47:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/5/16 | Ronn Torossian
    Reports indicate that a supporter of the anti-Israel BDS movement and a self-proclaimed radical who has supported numerous anti-American initiatives has been named the host of a new late night talk show on VH1. Marc Lamont Hill, a CNN commentator, will launch VH1 Live which will begin airing weekly on the Viacom-owned cable network on Sunday, July 17 at 10 PM. Would a supporter of segregation be rewarded with a talk show? How about someone who is fiercely anti-LGBT? It seems that bigotry is only OK if it is directed at Israel. Hill is a staunch opponent of Israel, a...
  • Islamic State tightens grip on captives held as sex slaves

    07/05/2016 6:49:31 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 5 | LORI HINNANT, MAYA ALLERUZZO and BALINT SZLANKO
    The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is "Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old.... Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon." The posting in Arabic appeared on an encrypted conversation along with ads for kittens, weapons and tactical gear. It was shared with The Associated Press by an activist with the minority Yazidi community, whose women and children are being held as sex slaves by the extremists. While the Islamic State group is losing territory in its self-styled caliphate, it is tightening its grip on the estimated...
  • Seven ISIS fighters who fled the battlefield are BOILED ALIVE as punishment in Iraq

    07/05/2016 8:27:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 5, 2016 | Gareth Davies
    ISIS executed seven of its own fighters by boiling them alive as punishment for fleeing an Iraqi battlefield. The terrorists ran away from a conflict in Sharqat in the Salahuddin province and were killed by order of Islamic State on Monday. Before being thrown into a giant cauldron of boiling water, the seven absconders had their hands and feet bound tightly making absolutely sure of no escape, according to a local source.
  • Islamic State’s ‘four weeks of pain for infidels’ claim more than 800 lives:Huge death toll [tr]

    07/05/2016 6:53:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 5, 2016 | Flora Drury
    The call came in late May, just weeks before Ramadan began: ISIS told supporters to make the Holy period 'with God’s permission, a month of pain for infidels everywhere'. That call has turned what should have been four weeks of peace and charitable giving into a bloodbath which has spread from Florida to the Philippines, leaving more than 800 dead at the hands of Islamic State's supporters across the globe. Extremists have killed people as they sat with friends in a cafe in Bangladesh, executed Syrian families for trying to flee their clutches and stabbed a policeman to death in...
  • Iraq Using Mil Mi-28 Attack Helicopters Against Daesh

    07/05/2016 6:18:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    AINonline ^ | July 05, 2016 | Vladimir Karnozov
    The Iraq defense ministry reported that Mil-28N attack helicopters received recently from Russia played an important part in the recent recapture of Fallujah and Ramadi from Islamic State or Daesh. Iraq is the first export customer for the Mi-28NE, having bought 15 of them as part of a package worth more than $1billion that was agreed in 2012, and that also included 28 Mi-35 attack helicopters. Iraq received the first of 11 factory-standard Mi-28NEs in 2014. The remaining four are improved Mi-28NME night-fighting versions additionally equipped with a mast-mounted radar and dual flight controls, for two pilots in tandem seating...