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  • Syria conflict: White Helmets evacuated by Israel

    07/22/2018 6:58:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    bbc ^ | 07/22/2018
    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said they were acting on a request from the US, the UK and other European nations. The White Helmets had become trapped in an area of south-western Syria near the border with the Golan Heights after an offensive by the Syrian military. ... The evacuees were driven to the border with the Golan Heights and taken on from there by Israeli troops to Jordan. The plan had been to evacuate 800 White Helmets and their families, but only 422 made it.
  • Iran supreme leader says 'obvious mistake' to negotiate with U.S.: website

    07/21/2018 1:20:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 21, 2018 7:53 AM | Dubai newsroom
    … “The word and even the signature of the Americans cannot be relied upon, so negotiations with America are of no avail,” Khamenei said in a meeting with Foreign Ministry officials, adding that negotiations with Washington would be an “obvious mistake”, according to his official website. …
  • France agrees with Russia to send medical aid for Syria's eastern Ghouta

    07/20/2018 7:27:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.20.2018 | dv/jm (AFP, Reuters)
    France and Russia have agreed to send 50 metric tons of medical aid to government-controlled eastern Ghouta in Syria, French officials said on Friday. A Russian cargo plane arrived late Friday in Chateauroux in central France to take the aid, which includes medical supplies and other essential goods, to a Russian military base in northwestern Syria. It will then be transported to eastern Ghouta, which the Syrian government retook from rebel forces in April. Once in Syria, the cargo will be distributed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) with the help of the Syrian...
  • Israel launches 'wide-scale attack' against Hamas, after Israeli soldier killed near Gaza fence

    07/20/2018 4:24:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/20/2018 | Andrew Carey,
    The Israeli Air Force launched a "wide-scale attack" against Hamas military targets in Gaza on Friday, after an Israeli soldier died after being hit by gunfire from the coastal enclave, according to the Israeli military. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the shooting attack took place Friday during a Palestinian protest along the fence separating Gaza and Israel. It's the first Israeli soldier killed along the Gaza fence since the last war between Israel and Hamas in 2014, the army said. The IDF responded first with tank and artillery fire, killing four people according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health....
  • ICE Just Arrested Dozens of Illegal Aliens in a Sanctuary City, the Majority Have Serious Criminal..

    07/20/2018 1:13:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 132 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    Full title: ICE Just Arrested Dozens of Illegal Aliens in a Sanctuary City, the Majority Have Serious Criminal Records Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency many Democrats want to abolish, recently conducted a raid in Newark, New Jersey and arrested dozens of illegal aliens. The overwhelming majority have serious criminal records. ICE targeted Illegal aliens who had been incarcerated in the Middlesex County Jail and released into the community by local law enforcement without notice to federal immigration officials. The aliens arrested had ICE detainers that were not honored. Newark is a "sanctuary city." "Of those arrested, 16 subjects had...
  • First Win for Trump-Putin Summit: Agreement to Restrain Iran in Syria

    07/18/2018 6:58:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 18, 2018 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Donald Trump has been criticized by the media and by Beltway politicians of both parties for his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. But the summit has already produced a very significant win: namely, agreement to avoid a war in the Middle East by restraining Iran in Syria. As Breitbart News columnist Caroline Glick noted last month, it was crucial that Trump confront Putin over Syria, because Russia was about to allow Iranian and Hezbollah soldiers, dressed in Syrian uniforms, to move into southwestern Syria along the border with Israel and Jordan.
  • Erdogan wants more from Trump before Turkey will free pastor

    07/19/2018 2:25:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 33 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | July 18, 2018 | Amberin Zaman
    Defying expectations, a Turkish court rebuffed appeals today to free Andrew Brunson, the US pastor whose trial on bogus terror charges has become a litmus test for turbulent ties between Turkey and the United States. The trial was adjourned until Oct. 12.The North Carolina pastor has been charged with espionage and links to coup plotters and Kurdish militants and could face up to 35 years if convicted. Brunson continued to deny any wrongdoing in his third courtroom hearing, amid a string of wild assertions from witnesses for the prosecution. “I am an innocent man on all these charges. I reject...
  • Turkey Ends State of Emergency

    07/19/2018 11:32:51 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    Voice of America ^ | July 19, 2018 | VOA News
    A state of emergency imposed in Turkey following the failed 2016 coup to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expired. The end of the decree, which came in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning, marked a pledge made by President Erdogan during his successful re-election bid last month. More than 75,000 people have been detained under the emergency decree and more than 100,000 others have been dismissed from their government jobs for alleged links to followers of U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara blames for the failed coup, as well as Kurdish militant groups. Turkish lawmakers began debating legislation...
  • Trump and Putin praise Israel in Helsinki, diverge on Syria and Iran

    07/18/2018 1:51:05 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 2018 | Seth J. Frantzman
    US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Israel, Syria and Iran at their meeting in Helsinki on Monday and in subsequent comments to the press. The public comments provide some insight into their view of the future Middle East. With the Syrian regime conducting a major offensive in the south, the US deeply involved in eastern Syria and Israel demanding that the Iranians leave, these were central topics of concern. On Iran, Putin said the Iranian nuclear deal had helped ensure “the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.” Trump emphasized the need to pressure Iran and “stop...
  • Why Israel Wants Trump to Get Along With Putin

    07/18/2018 8:07:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/18/2018 | Jonathan Tobin
    As far as much of the American public is concerned, the timing for U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin couldn't be worse. The indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officers on Friday renewed the calls for a tougher stance from the administration against Moscow. But with Trump determined to achieve some sort of détente with Russia, the indictments gave ammunition to his critics who see the meeting as appeasement or worse. But while Americans are deeply divided about the highly politicized topic of relations with Russia, many Israelis seem to be taking a very different view...
  • Turkish court rules to keep terror-linked US pastor in jail, next hearing set for October

    07/18/2018 11:02:28 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | 7-18-2018 | none stated
    A Turkish court ordered on Wednesday U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, who is being tried on terrorism and spying charges, to remain in detention, rejecting his lawyer's plea for release. The judge said the next hearing in the trial would be on October 12. Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of helping the GĂĽlenist Terror Group (FETĂ–), which Ankara blames for the failed 2016 coup, as well as supporting the PKK terrorists organization. Speaking to reporters in western Izmir province after the ruling, U.S. Charge d'Affaires...
  • How Israel, in Dark of Night, Torched Its Way to Iran’s Nuclear Secrets

    07/17/2018 3:08:54 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 15, 2018 | David E. Sanger and Ronen Bergman
    TEL AVIV — The Mossad agents moving in on a warehouse in a drab commercial district of Tehran knew exactly how much time they had to disable the alarms, break through two doors, cut through dozens of giant safes and get out of the city with a half-ton of secret materials: six hours and 29 minutes... The agents arrived that night, Jan. 31, with torches that burned at least 3,600 degrees, hot enough, as they knew from intelligence collected during the planning of the operation, to cut through the 32 Iranian-made safes... In late April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced...
  • TRUMP SIGNALS TO IRANIAN PEOPLE WE WILL SUPPORT THEIR UPRISING (Hannity)

    07/16/2018 6:23:42 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 28 replies
    Hannity ^ | 7/16/18 | Hannity
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  • Seized archive shows Iran nuke project was larger than thought, had foreign help

    07/16/2018 2:09:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 15 July 2018, 10:15 pm | TOI Staff
    The archive of Iranian nuclear documents seized by the Israeli Mossad from a Tehran warehouse in January shows that Iran’s program to build nuclear weapons “was almost certainly larger, more sophisticated and better organized” than was suspected, unnamed nuclear experts were quoted as saying in the New York Times on Sunday, after being shown selected documents from the haul by US reporters. One of the Iranian documents specifies plans to build a first “batch of five weapons” and discusses sites for possible underground nuclear tests, the Times reported, after one of its reporters was given limited access to the haul...
  • Israel Broadens Fight Against Iran

    07/15/2018 9:27:56 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 15, 2018 | Sune Engel Rasmussen in Beirut and Felicia Schwartz in Tel Aviv
    Israel is ramping up attacks against Iranian supply lines in Syria to block the flow of weapons to Hezbollah and other Tehran-backed militias, as it seeks to drive its foe away from its borders. In June Israel targeted a far-flung compound near the Syria-Iraq border, according to a security official, after carrying out multiple strikes closer to home against suspected Iranian military assets in Syria, where Iran is a key backer of President Bashar al-Assad. Israel, in accordance with its usual practice, didn’t confirm or deny it carried out the June airstrike. The U.S. denied responsibility, and a U.S. official...
  • US proposed Abu Dis as future Palestinian capital, says former Hamas chief

    12/28/2017 8:41:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | Tuesday 26 December 2017 | MEE staff
    Hamas’s former chief in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, said during a meeting in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday that the movement had received information of a US plan to offer Palestinian leaders a state with its capital in Abu Dis, a Palestinian village near East Jerusalem... connected to the Al-Aqsa compound in East Jerusalem with a bridge. The plan also proposed dividing the West Bank into three sections and creating an autonomous region in the Gaza Strip. Abu Dis, a small rural community overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem to the southwest and the Jordan Valley to the east, had been...
  • Khamenei aide: We'll only withdraw from Syria if asked

    07/14/2018 11:10:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/7/18 | Elad Benari
    A top aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that Iran would immediately withdraw its “military advisers” from Syria and Iraq only if their governments wanted it to. “Iran and Russia’s presence in Syria will continue to protect the country against terrorist groups and America’s aggression,” said the adviser, Ali Akbar Velayati, in a conference in Moscow, according to Reuters. “We will immediately leave if Iraqi and Syrian governments want it, not because of Israel and America’s pressure,” he stressed. Iran and Russia back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s civil war. Iran has been...
  • Russia moving into Libya

    07/15/2018 8:47:36 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jul 2018 | Bill Gertz
    Russia is planning to expand its Syrian bases at Tartus and Hemeimeem to Libya. The possible Russian move into Libya represents the most recent failure stemming from the policies of President Obama that backed Islamist rebels who overthrew and killed Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Mr. Obama has said that the failure to prepare for the aftermath of the ouster of Gadhafi was the worst mistake of his presidency. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also came under fire for failing to provide security for Americans who were attacked and killed in Benghazi after Gadhafi’s fall. The push for a...
  • Gaza Flare-up: Israeli Army Strikes Hamas Targets: Dozens of Rockets Launched at Israel

    07/14/2018 8:34:33 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 12 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 7/14/2018 | Amos Harel,Yaniv Kubovitch,BenZikri,JackKhoury,NoaLandau
    In biggest attack since 2014 war, Israeli army says it struck 40 targets, including Hamas' Beit Lahia battalion HQ, More than 140 rocket alarm sirens sound in southern Israel, 90 rockets fired at Israel, 16 intercepted by Iron Dome. Israel's cabinet will meet on Sunday to discuss the escalation in the south. A Palestinian official who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity said Egypt and other international players were holding contacts iwht Israel and Gaza to restore calm.....
  • Family of Kurdish female fighter seen naked, mutilated in graphic viral video speaks out

    07/13/2018 11:44:19 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-11-2018 | Hollie McKay
    KOBANI, Syria –  As the battle for the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin raged earlier this year, amid Turkey’s eventually successful “Operation Olive Branch” to seize control from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), images of the bloodbath flooded social media. But there was one especially shocking video, captured via cellphone, that ignited international outcry: a fighter with the all-female Kurdish unit known as the YPJ lay dead and half-naked in the dirt, her body mutilated with deep cuts lacerating her exposed breasts. Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters in military fatigues can be seen swarming the corpse, groping the pockets of her...