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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Egypt willing to send troops to future Palestine

    11/23/2014 8:58:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 23, 2014 11:47 AM EST
    Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in remarks published Sunday that Egypt is prepared to send troops into a future Palestinian state to assist local police and guarantee Israel’s security. In comments to Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, el-Sissi said the troops would be stationed there temporarily to establish confidence. In a clarifying statement later, his office said the idea is a way to encourage Israel to accept a two-state solution. …
  • Exclusive: Cornered but unbound by nuclear pact, Israel reconsiders military action against Iran

    11/22/2014 12:47:41 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 11/22/2014 22:17 | MICHAEL WILNER
    WASHINGTON -- Historic negotiations with Iran will reach an inflection point on Monday, as world powers seek to clinch a comprehensive deal that will, to their satisfaction, end concerns over the nature of its vast, decade-old nuclear program. But sharing details of the deal under discussion with The Jerusalem Post on the eve of the deadline, Israel has issued a stark, public warning to its allies with a clear argument: Current proposals guarantee the perpetuation of a crisis, backing Israel into a corner from which military force against Iran provides the only logical exit.
  • Iran says final nuclear deal with major powers 'impossible' by deadline

    11/23/2014 12:12:40 AM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/23/2014
    VIENNA - Iran says it will be impossible by a November 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive deal with world powers aimed at resolving the stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported on Sunday. "Considering the short time left until the deadline and number of issues that needed to be discussed and resolved, it is impossible to reach a final and comprehensive deal by Nov. 24," ISNA quoted an unnamed member of Iran's negotiating team in Vienna as saying. "The issue of extension of the talks is an option on the table and we will...
  • Police Seize Massive Weapons Shipment Headed for Jerusalem

    11/20/2014 8:50:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    inn ^ | 11/20/14 | Ari Soffer
    Israeli police seized a massive shipment of firecrackers, swords, tasers and other weapons at Ashdod port Thursday - a potentially deadly arsenal which was set to be delivered to Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Two containers intercepted by authorities at the southern port were packed with 18,000 fireworks, 5,200 commando knives, 5,500 tasers, 4,300 tasers concealed in flashlights, 1,000 swords and several thousand other "cold" weapons. The lethal cargo was hidden under a layer of Christmas decorations, and had been shipped in all the way from China. The weapons were in all likelihood destined to be used against police and Jewish...
  • Gaza: Hamas Fires Fourth 'Test' Rocket in Two Days

    11/20/2014 6:51:48 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11-20-14 | Ari Soffer
    The IDF has confirmed that Hamas fired yet another rocket from Gaza towards the Red Sea Thursday morning. It is the fourth such launch in the past two days alone, part of a series of tests by the Islamist terrorist group to improve its rocket capabilities. "Moments ago, #IDF Active Defense system identified a rocket launch from central #Gaza into the sea for the 4th time in the past 24 hours," the IDF announced on its Twitter feed earlier this morning. "Indication suggests #Gaza terrorists are experimenting in order to increase rocket launching capabilities." Since the end of Operation Protective...
  • Iran nuclear talks deadline may be extended to March: officials

    11/20/2014 7:22:27 AM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:09am EST | Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi
    VIENNA - A deadline for resolving a 12-year-old dispute over Iran's nuclear program may be extended from Monday until March because of sharp disagreements between Tehran and Western powers, officials close to the talks said on Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Vienna later for what Washington and its allies had hoped would be the culmination of months of difficult diplomacy between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. The aim is to remove sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its atomic program, but the talks have long been deadlocked:...
  • Iran Threatens to Flood Gaza With 'Millions' of Iranian Fighters

    11/20/2014 4:23:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/19/2014
    Iran Threatens to Flood Gaza With 'Millions' of Iranian Fighters Head of Iranian government's Basij paramilitary force claims 'millions' of volunteers have applied to fight in Gaza and Syria. By Mark Langfan First Publish: 11/19/2014, 2:14 PM Reuters The head of Iran's Basij paramilitary force has claimed it is raising an army of "millions" to flood Gaza and Syria to support Tehran's allies. Fars, Iran’s semi-official newspaper, reported that that Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, Commander the Basij paramilitary force, as saying: "Millions of Basijis (volunteer forces) are ready in Iran to be dispatched to Syria and Gaza and they...
  • John Kerry arrives for Iran nuclear talks in Vienna (4 days to deadline)

    11/20/2014 10:48:07 AM PST · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 20 November 2014 11.32 EST | Julian Borger
    The US secretary of state, John Kerry, arrived at nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on Thursday, insisting negotiators were focused on reaching agreement by the Monday deadline. Kerry was responding to remarks on Wednesday by his British counterpart, Philip Hammond, who suggested that the deadline would have to be extended. “We are not discussing an extension. We are negotiating to have an agreement. It’s that simple,” Kerry said in Paris before boarding the flight to Vienna. “I know that secretary Hammond is concerned about the gaps. We all are. Both sides are taking this process seriously and both sides...
  • French ISIL militants urge fellow Muslims to launch attacks back home

    11/20/2014 9:23:49 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 3 replies
    euronews ^ | nov 20th,2014
    Three French members of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have appeared on a new militant propaganda video. The men are seen burning what appear to be their passports and then proceed to call on others to join them in Syria or to bring terror to the streets of France. The emergence of the video comes just as France named a second national seen on images released by ISIL of the mass killing of Syrian government soldiers. It is estimated that around 1,000 French jihadists may have gone to Syria and Iraq. The French government says that close...
  • 4 Sunni Muslim Groups Responsible for 66% of All 17,958 Terror Killings in 2013

    11/19/2014 10:22:24 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    The number of people killed by terrorists worldwide in 2013 rose by 60 percent compared to the previous year – from 11,133 to 17,958 – with four Sunni Muslim extremist groups responsible for two-thirds of all fatalities, according to a comprehensive annual study. Eighty-two percent of fatalities occurred in just five countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria, although the number of countries that experienced more than 50 terror-related deaths also rose – to 24, compared with 15 the previous year. ... Four Sunni groups were responsible for 66 percent of all terror fatalities in 2013. In order of...
  • Herridge: Freed Gitmo Prisoner Is Now Chief ISIS Recruiter (Abdul Rahim Muslimdost)

    11/19/2014 8:27:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Nov 19 2014 7:49 pm
    A known al Qaeda terrorist released from Guantánamo Bay is now a recruiter for ISIS, Catherine Herridge reported this evening. In the Guantánamo review from 2005, the Bush administration found that he (Abdul Rahim Muslimdost) was “too old” to rejoin the fight and that he was in poor health. …
  • Aide: Obama open to limits in war authorization (against ISIL)

    11/19/2014 7:19:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 6:14 PM EST | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of ground forces in a new war authorization against the Islamic State, a top presidential adviser said Wednesday. Tony Blinken, currently President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser, said discussions would continue with Congress on updating the legal basis for the U.S. intervention. There has been no progress on an authorization in the two weeks since Obama vowed to coordinate with lawmakers on establishing a stronger legal basis for military action. That has prompted growing frustration among...
  • Palestinians 'made millions' selling cheap cement for barrier they bitterly oppose

    07/27/2004 11:00:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 923+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | Jul 26, 2004 | Inigo Gilmore
    A damning report by Palestinian legislators, which has been seen by the Telegraph, concludes that Mr Arafat did nothing to stop the deals although he publicly condemned the structure as a "crime against humanity"... The report reveals that the cement originally came from Egyptian companies which supplied it at a huge discount of $22 (Ł12.50) a ton to help rebuild dilapidated Palestinian houses or buildings bulldozed by the Israelis. Between September 2003 and March this year, 420,000 tons of cement were allegedly sent to three big Palestinian companies. According to the report, however, only 33,000 tons were sold in...
  • Egypt takes aim at Hamas' terror tunnels

    11/19/2014 4:49:20 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 5 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11/19/2014 | Paul Alster
    Critics who think Israel is taking a heavy-handed approach in destroying Hamas terror tunnels should see what Egypt has in mind. Facing the same type of underground routes out of Gaza that allowed terrorists to mount attacks on Israel, Egypt is considering creating a huge, 1,000-meter buffer zone in the Sinai Peninsula – they have already evicted 10,000 people in the process of clearing the first 500 meters -- and digging a deep-water trench that would flood any future efforts to carve subterranean routes for smuggling weapons and terrorists in and out of Gaza. And unlike the fierce resistance and...
  • U.S. 'disappointed' with Iran's IAEA cooperation ahead of nuclear talks (6 days to deadline)

    11/18/2014 9:24:38 AM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:56am EST
    Vienna - The United States is disappointed with Iran's failure to engage with a U.N. nuclear agency investigation into suspected atomic bomb research, a U.S. envoy said on Monday. "We've been disappointed in their failure thus far to constructively engage on this issue," Ambassador Laura Kennedy, the U.S. envoy to the Vienna-based IAEA, told reporters. Kennedy said she would convey "our concerns with Iran's failure to engage substantively with the agency on the possible military dimensions issue" in a statement to the IAEA's 35-nation Board of Governors, which convenes on Thursday.
  • “Palestinian” Terrorists Killed More Americans in 2014 Than ISIS

    11/19/2014 8:57:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/19/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It should also be pointed out that the large scale airplane hijackings used by Al Qaeda on September 11 were pioneered by the PLO, though Al Qaeda received direct training in the techniques from the Iranian-backed Al Qaeda.As ABC’s Jake Tapper and a number of others have pointed out, this year Arab Muslim terrorists who operate under the “Palestinian” brand name have killed more Americans than ISIS. (via David Gerstman)While ISIS beheaded three American hostages, seven Americans have been killed ranging in age from 3-month old Chaya Zissel Braun who was a victim of Car Jihad, hurled out of...
  • A Deal With Two Devils - Russia and Iran

    11/18/2014 8:31:10 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies
    usnews.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Lawrence J. Haas
    Nothing better showcases Washington’s confusion over foreign policy than the idea that – as part of a U.S.-Iran nuclear deal – Iran would ship much or all of its enriched uranium to Russia, and Russia would then process it for Iranian civilian usage. Were the U.S.-led “P5+1” negotiators (the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany) to reach a deal with Iran with this provision, the United States would subjugate its national security and that of its allies to two U.S. adversaries, both of which are undermining U.S. interests around the world. In addition, Washington would further legitimize Tehran...
  • Russia says in talks with Venezuela over countering oil price falls

    11/18/2014 11:19:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 18, 2014 | by Denis Dyomkin
    Russia and Venezuela discussed joint action to combat falling oil prices, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday after holding talks with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Rafael Ramírez the day before. Asked if the two discussed joint moves to counteract the oil price falls, Novak told reporters: "Yes, there is such an initiative. We discussed this theme and now we are working out those proposals on our side."
  • The Kurds Rise From the Ashes of Syria: Why Syria as we know it, is no more

    11/18/2014 1:55:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    World Affairs ^ | 11/18/2014 | Michael J. Totten
    Syria no longer exists. The tyrannical regime of Bashar al-Assad governs parts of what’s left of it. The psychopathic Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) controls another large swath. Small scraps of territory are ruled by sundry other militias which, more likely than not, will eventually be absorbed by Assad or ISIS. Up north the Kurds have carved out a proto state of their own which they call Rojava. It is being violently squeezed by ISIS from the south, and it’s jammed up against the wall of the Turkish border to the north. It is split into three besieged...
  • My jihadi son should be executed: Father of UK Islamic State fanatic 'was part of ISIS death squad'

    11/18/2014 10:19:07 AM PST · by dennisw · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 November 2014 | Larisa Brown and Andy Dolan and David Williams
    My jihadi son should be executed: Father of UK Islamic State fanatic 'who was part of ISIS death squad' that beheaded 17 Syrian soldiers disowns him after video British ISIS jihadist Nasser Muthana should face death, his father said Muthana is thought to be one of the killers in a sick ISIS beheading video Medical student from Cardiff 'must face up to what he has done' says father David Cameron claimed 'sick terrorists' could face charges of treason The British medical student suspected of involvement in an Islamic State death squad should face execution himself, his father said yesterday. Nasser...
  • Kerry: US ‘not intimidated’ by Islamic militants

    11/17/2014 4:39:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 17, 2014 7:21 PM EST | Matthew Lee and Lara Jakes
    Secretary of State John Kerry issued a warning Monday to Islamic State militants that “we are not intimidated” after another American hostage was killed. Kerry said the brutality of the Islamic State group and its potential spread worldwide was a key reason, among many, that the United States must remain deeply engaged in the Mideast. His comments came right before he headed overseas for nuclear talks with Iran as a November 24 deadline for a deal looms. …
  • Peter Kassig Beheaded By Islamic State; 'Today We Grieve,' Obama Says

    11/16/2014 4:05:53 PM PST · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    LATimes ^ | November 16, 2014 | PATRICK J. MCDONNELL
    Peter Kassig Beheaded By Islamic State; 'Today We Grieve,' Obama Says By PATRICK J. MCDONNELL. U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig beheaded by Islamic State, White House confirms Peter Kassig is third U.S. citizen known to have been beheaded by Islamic State Islamic State militants have beheaded Peter Kassig, a U.S. aid worker and ex-Army Ranger who was captured last year in Syria while on a private humanitarian mission, the White House confirmed Sunday. U.S. officials authenticated a 16-minute video, released on various social networks by the militant group earlier in the day. The video also includes footage of the mass...
  • Israeli PM Netanyahu: Iran is your enemy

    11/16/2014 8:28:39 AM PST · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 16, 2014, 10:38 AM | Rebecca Kaplan
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered one of his sternest warnings to date about Iran, suggesting the U.S. is failing to see the country's intentions in either the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Iran. "Iran is not your ally. Iran is not your friend. Iran is your enemy. It's not your partner. Iran is committed to the destruction of Israel," Netanyahu said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked whether the U.S. should try to work with Iran in the fight against ISIS. Both countries want to see the jihadist group...
  • Islamic State minting own currency

    11/16/2014 3:06:03 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 22 replies
    UPI ^ | Nov. 14, 2014 at 12:23 AM | Mary Papenfuss
    ALEPPO, Syria, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Here's what every caliphate apparently needs: its own money, so Islamic State leaders plan to mint their own gold, silver and copper coins. The decision aims to remove Muslims from the "tyrant's financial system" and a global monetary operation "based on satanic usury," said a statement by the Islamic State's Beit al Mal, or treasury, and posted on websites used by jihadist movements. The exchange rate of the new currency — which will consist of seven coins — and where it can be found will be spelled out in a future statement. Unlike many...
  • 2,000 Syrian rebels to be trained in Turkey

    11/15/2014 6:19:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Hürriyet Daily News ^ | Saturday, November 15 2014 | Uğur Ergan
    US and Turkish military officials meet to hash out plans to train and arm 2,000 moderate Syrian rebels in Central Anatolia... Free Syrian Army (FSA) members, including Syrian Turkmens will be trained at the Hirfanlı gendarmerie training center in Kırşehir, sources told to the Hürriyet Daily News. U.S. officials will also take part in the training. The U.S. will primarily provide weapons and ammunition for the Syrian opposition, with the costs of the training also expected to be provided by Washington. Around 2,000 Syrian fighters are slated to be given military training, which is set to begin at the end...
  • Hamas among richest terror groups worldwide—second only to ISIS

    11/15/2014 4:37:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Nov. 12, 2014 | 3:10 AM
    Hamas is one of the two richest terrorist organizations in the world, second only to the Islamic State group, according to Forbes Israel. To finance their operations, terrorist groups sometimes use methods similar to those used by criminal organizations, such as drug trafficking, robberies and extortion, but also raise money through charities, donations and, in some cases, government agencies, according to the report. […] The richest terrorist organization today—and in history—is the Islamic State. According to Forbes, the Islamist group, also known by the acronyms ISIS or ISIL, has an annual turnover of $2 billion. Hamas comes in second, with...
  • Islamic State sets sights on Saudi Arabia

    11/15/2014 12:06:56 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 46 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 14 November 2014 | Frank Gardner
    In a 17-minute audio message, purportedly from its elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group sets its sights firmly on Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam and the world's largest oil producer and exporter. The speaker does not refer to it as Saudi Arabia, since this is a name derived from the ruling tribe, the al-Saud, whose authority IS does not accept. Instead he calls it "the land of Haramayn", the land of the two holy places, meaning Mecca and Medina.
  • Iraq wants tanker dispute to stay in U.S.

    11/15/2014 6:39:01 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 14, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Iraq wants an international dispute over a tanker of crude floating for more than three months off Galveston’s coast to remain in U.S. courts because Kurdistan refuses to resolve the matter on Iraqi soil, according to recent court filings. “It appears to be Iraqi Kurdistan’s position that no court in the world may adjudicate this matter,” Baghdad’s attorneys argued in court filings Thursday. “While the issues should be decided in Iraq, they certainly may be decided here.” The Kurdistan Regional Government two months ago asked U.S. District Judge Gray Miller to dismiss Iraq’s pleases to seize more than 1 million...
  • Documents reveal extensive bureaucratic structures in Islamic State

    11/15/2014 9:10:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 14.11.2014 | Sarah Berning
    Documents obtained by German public radio and television broadcasters NDR and WDR along with German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung detail the complex bureaucratic system set up by the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist group. The documents, which the reporters were allowed to peruse and copy in some cases, give extensive insight into the bureaucratic infrastructure IS has implemented in areas captured in Iraq and Syria. Among other things, they detail a complex health care and pension system, marriage benefits along with financial benefits to widows or wives of IS fighters captured in combat. …
  • Dramatic video of boy rescuing girl in Syrian war zone a fake [Video]

    11/14/2014 8:33:16 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | CBS Evening News
    A Norwegian director filming in Malta says he created scenes of a young boy dodging bullets to rescue a girl to start a discussion about children in conflict zones.
  • Syrian 'hero boy' video faked by Norwegian director

    11/14/2014 6:42:17 PM PST · by DarkSavant · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 November 2014 | BBC Trending
    Millions of YouTube viewers have been captivated by the 'Syrian hero boy' who manages to rescue a little girl while under gunfire. Now a group of Norwegian filmmakers have told BBC Trending they are behind it. They say it was filmed on location in Malta this summer with the intention of being presented as real. Lars Klevberg, a 34-year-old film director based in Oslo, wrote a script after watching news coverage of the conflict in Syria. He says he deliberately presented the film as reality in order to generate a discussion about children in conflict zones.
  • ISIS to mint own Islamic dinar coins in gold, silver and copper

    11/14/2014 10:25:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Friday 14 November 2014 10.23 EST | Martin Chulov
    It has gathered its fortune through the tools of modern finance, but now Islamic State (ISIS) aims to mint its own coins. The move is reportedly the brainchild of the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has personally overseen the design of gold, silver and copper coins of the Islamic dinar to be used in his self-declared caliphate—as soon as the terror group can locate a mint and enough precious metals. ISIS released designs of the coins and a breakdown of denominations. It claims the currency will free Muslims from a financial order that has “enslaved and impoverished” them. But...
  • US considers use of ground troops against IS in Iraq

    11/13/2014 9:24:24 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Nov 14, 2014
    US considers use of ground troops against IS in Iraq Top US general says troops may be necessary Fri, Nov 14, 2014, 01:00 The top-ranking officer in the American military said yesterday the United States is actively considering the direct use of troops in the toughest forthcoming fights against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, less than a week after President Barack Obama doubled troop levels there . Gen Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, indicated to the House of Representatives armed services committee that the strength of IS relative to the Iraqi army may be such...
  • AP sources: IS, al-Qaida reach accord in Syria

    11/13/2014 12:54:09 PM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 15 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 11/13 | Deb Reichmann
    Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated Press. Such an accord could present new difficulties for Washington's strategy against the IS group. While warplanes from a U.S.-led coalition strike militants from the air, the Obama administration has counted on arming "moderate" rebel factions to push them back on the ground. Those rebels, already considered relatively weak and disorganized, would...
  • Op-Ed: An Intifada of Arab Disappointment - with Themselves

    11/13/2014 3:17:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, November 13, 2014 | Dr. Mordechai Kedar
    The "Palestinians" are furious at their own inner reality, one that makes a viable state impossible. One of the most important characteristics of a nation is a strong feeling of unity that allows its people to achieve the goals that it deems important. A people with a strong and unified national identity is able to put aside personal, political, ideological and sectorial differences so that its citizens can work together to succeed in reaching a goal that is important and significant to all of them. Real leaders sense the people's will to unite for the sake of a national cause...
  • ISIS, Al Qaeda affiliate reportedly unite to fight US-backed rebels in Syria

    11/13/2014 3:10:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/13/2014
    The two most brutal terror groups in Syria reportedly have struck an alliance, in a deal that poses serious problems for the Obama administration’s efforts to prop up “moderate” rebel factions in the country. The Associated Press reported Thursday that militant leaders from the Islamic State and Al Qaeda’s Syria affiliate, the Nusra Front, agreed during a meeting in northern Syria last week to stop fighting each other. Such an accord could present new difficulties for Washington's strategy against the Islamic State. While warplanes from a U.S.-led coalition strike militants from the air, the Obama administration has counted on arming...
  • Israel Warned Over Seperation Fence As Syria Threatens Revenge

    10/11/2003 3:01:30 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 213+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 10-12-2003 | Justin Huggler
    Israel warned over separation fence as Syria threatens revenge By Justin Huggler in Jerusalem 12 October 2003 Days before the UN Security Council is due to debate Israel's "separation fence" in the West Bank, the Palestinians warned yesterday that if the fence is allowed to go ahead, it will mean "the end of the two-state solution" envisaged by President Bush. Fears are growing, not only for what remains of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but for the stability of the whole Middle East. The war of words between Syria and Israel after an Israeli air strike near Damascus intensified yesterday, with...
  • Who Truly Deserves a State? The Kurds or the Palestinians?

    08/02/2007 3:37:21 AM PDT · by BlueSky194 · 17 replies · 610+ views
    Ekurd.net ^ | 7/31/07 | Victor Sharpe
    There are twenty-two Arab states throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The world demands, in a chorus of barely disguised animosity towards Israel, that yet another Arab state be created within the mere fifty miles separating the Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordan. Israel, a territory no larger than the tiny principality of Wales and one that would comfortably fit into Lake Michigan with plenty of room left over, would be forced to share this sliver of land with a hostile Arab entity to be called Palestine. The Arabs do not need another state. Their combined landmass exceeds 5,500,000...
  • Excerpts from PM Netanyahu's speech to the GA about Iran (Note tone of voice in this clip!)

    11/11/2014 3:30:59 PM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Nov 11, 2014 | IsraeliPM
    Excerpts from Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America about Iran. Brief video at link!
  • French lawmakers 'to vote Nov 28 on recognising Palestine'

    11/12/2014 10:15:14 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    French lawmakers will vote on November 28 on a proposal by the Socialist Party urging the government to recognise Palestine as a state, a parliamentary source said Wednesday. The non-binding but highly symbolic vote would follow a similar vote in the British parliament and after Sweden announced it formally recognised the state of Palestine. A draft of the proposal states that the lower house National Assembly "invites the French government to use the recognition of the state of Palestine as an instrument to gain a definitive resolution of the conflict". France will "obviously at a certain moment recognise the Palestinian...
  • U.S., allies conduct 23 air strikes in Syria, Iraq: military

    11/12/2014 10:29:24 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:14pm EST | Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bill Trott and Jim Loney)
    An explosion following an air strike is seen in central Kobani, November 10, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal *******************************************************(Reuters) - U.S.-led forces conducted 16 air strikes in Syria, most of them around Kobani near the Turkish border, and seven in the oil-producing northern region of Iraq since Monday, the U.S. Central Command said. Ten air strikes conducted by the United States and its allies near Kobani hit eight small Islamic State units, damaged three fighting positions and destroyed a logistics facility, Centcom said Wednesday in a statement.
  • Obama ‘rethinking Syria strategy, wants to oust Assad’

    11/13/2014 4:25:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 11/13/14 | Stuart Winer
    Administration no longer believes it can defeat Islamic State in Iraq without also intensifying efforts to square Syria, including removing brutal president..... ....Obama has instructed his national security advisers to review the administration’s policy on Syria and make removing embattled President Bashar Assad from power a key element in defeating the Islamic State group in Iraq,
  • Al Baghdadi’s death: Reports may be true but ISIS is not over

    11/12/2014 10:37:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    NITI Central ^ | 11/12/2014
    Reports suggest that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) chief and caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in an air raid by the US-led coalition which hit a ten-truck -convoy of the ISIS, outside Mosul on Friday, November 7. According to reports Baghdadi was ‘critically wounded’ in the American-led air strike that targeted the western Iraqi border town of al-Qaim. AFP had reported that US authorities confirmed that air strikes targeted ISIS leaders near their northern Iraqi hub of Mosul late Friday, without any confirmation of Baghdadi’s death. According to some other sources, there...
  • Iranian Supreme Leader calls for Israel’s ‘annihilation’ (Will Zero write another letter?)

    11/08/2014 11:49:21 PM PST · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 9, 2014, 8:52 am | Marissa Newman
    On Twitter, Ayatollah Khamenei says ‘barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime’ must be destroyed, West Bank Palestinians armed Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for the destruction of Israel over the weekend, stating that the “barbaric” Jewish state “has no cure but to be annihilated.” In a tirade posted on Twitter Saturday night, using the hashtag #handsoffalaqsa, in reference to the recent tensions on the Temple Mount, the Iranian religious leader also reiterated his appeal to arm the Palestinians in the West Bank. “This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to...
  • A dozen ISIS fighters killed after chefs infiltrate camp and POISON terrorists' lunch

    11/09/2014 12:29:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Mirror ^ | 11/8/2014 | Chris Gee
    Revolutionaries posing as cooks infiltrated an ISIS camp and poisoned meals in a bid to kill as many fighters as they could. Sources in the Syrian Free Army said a dozen Islamic State militants perished after eating a contaminated lunch at the Fath El-Sahel camp, where 1,200 are based. The rebels who hatched the plot were a group of defected Syrian soldiers who are fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. The Times of Iraq reported that witnesses said around a dozen were killed and 15 transferred to nearby field hospitals. The 'cooks' immediately fled, along with their families, with the...
  • Ill-Equipped And Underpaid, Kurdish Fighters Still Hold ISIS At Bay

    11/09/2014 12:20:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/8/2014 | Leila Fadel
    Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Mughdeed sits in a pickup truck equipped with an anti-aircraft weapon as he and his men wind through steep roads to their base in the rocky Zartik Mountains. Mughdeed's Iraqi Kurdish forces are members of the Peshmerga, a key U.S. ally in the fight against the so-called Islamic State. Also known as ISIS, the Sunni extremists have taken control of about a third of Iraq. In October, Mughdeed's men retook this area east of Mosul from ISIS occupation. The mountain road winds through villages that now look like a post-apocalyptic tableau, with homes reduced to knee-high...
  • Northern Ireland man faces Syria terror charges

    11/08/2014 9:26:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 8, 2014 11:34 AM EST
    A Northern Ireland man who says he fought against the Islamic State group in Syria appeared in court Saturday charged with terrorism offenses. Eamon Bradley of Londonderry is charged with possessing a grenade and receiving training in arms and explosives. A police officer told the court that the 25-year-old convert to Islam traveled to Syria earlier this year and joined the Army of Islam, a group fighting both the Syrian government and IS. He says he took part in two battles against the regime and one against the Islamic State group. …
  • Here’s What Chuck Hagel Wears When He Thinks He’s Going to Bomb Syria

    09/02/2013 11:49:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 97 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/2/13 | Evan McMurry
    Either Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has some interesting superstitions regarding his wardrobe and Middle East invasions, or he was on his way to an open-bar boat naming party when President Barack Obama called in his National Security Council:
  • What Do John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and John Brennan Have in Common?

    01/22/2013 5:33:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | January 22, 2013 | Morton A. Klein and Daniel Mandel
    President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia; seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad; pulling his punches against Iran’s nuclear program; and putting “daylight” between his administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same – John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan for the CIA. Kerry opposed Congress’ 2009 hold on appointing an ambassador to a regime...
  • Is the Middle East becoming less Arab?(Sunni hate Shia-loving Obama?)

    11/08/2014 2:49:58 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 8 November 2014 | Hisham Melhem
    Is the Middle East becoming less Arab? Hisham Melhem Saturday, 8 November 2014 President Obama’s letter to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in which he laid out the foundation of a new relationship emanating from a nuclear compromise, and stressed shared U.S.-Iranian interests in combatting the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is emblematic of a gradual and subtle shift in Washington’s attitudes towards the region in general and its Arab actors in particular. In this rapidly changing Middle East, the U.S. sees a diminishing Arab influence brought about by the erosion of the state system, lack...