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  • ISIS weapons arsenal included some purchased by U.S. government

    12/14/2017 10:22:36 AM PST · by detective · 15 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 14, 2017 | Gabe Joselow
    Some weapons bought by the U.S. military in 2015 ended up in the hands of Islamic State fighters within two months, according to a report released on Thursday. The findings, by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an independent arms-tracking organization, are based on three years of meticulous documentation of weapons recovered from ISIS on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria.
  • UN chief: Iran may be defying UN on missiles, OK on nukes

    12/13/2017 2:46:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13, 2017 5:32 PM EST
    U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a U.N. call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear treaty with six world powers. He says in a report to the Security Council that the United Nations is investigating Iran’s possible transfer of ballistic missiles to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen that may have been used in launches aimed at Saudi Arabia. He says several other launches have also been brought to his attention. …
  • Is the Sea Level Stable at Aden, Yemen?

    12/13/2017 3:26:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    SpringerLink ^ | December 2017, 1:18 | Albert Parker, Clifford D. Ollier
    BackgroundThe sea level records since the start of the twentieth century show oscillations with many periodicities up to multi-decadal. The sea level may then change because of local factors such as subsidence or uplift, and global factors such as mass addition and thermal expansion of the oceans.PurposeWe use non-aligned data from the tide gauges of Aden, and the tide gauges of Mumbai and Karachi, to reconstruct the most likely pattern of sea levels for these three locations of the west Indian Ocean.MethodsLinear and parabolic fittings of monthly average mean sea levels (MSL) from the different tide gauges of the three...
  • Has Iran given cruise missiles to Hizballah as well as Yemen’s Houthis?

    12/10/2017 12:37:51 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 7 replies
    Debka ^ | Dec 10, 2017
    Has Iran given cruise missiles to Hizballah as well as Yemen’s Houthis? The maiden operational launch of Iran’s Soumar Kh-55 cruise missile was apparently entrusted to Yemen’s Houthis against a UAE target. ... Yemen’s Houthi rebels last week showed on their TV channel video footage of Iran’s most highly advanced Soumar Kh-55 cruise missile, which can carry a nuclear warhead. They claimed to have fired it at the unfinished Abu Dhabi power plant on Dec.3. The United Arab Emirates refuted this claim, saying that any missile reaching their air space would have been intercepted by advanced Emirati air defenses. But...
  • Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

    12/04/2017 2:12:08 PM PST · by billorites · 88 replies
    AP News ^ | December 2017 | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. The justices, with two dissenting votes, said Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September. The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a “bona fide”...
  • Yemen Disaster: Aden’s Christian Cemetery Desecrated, Vicar of Arabia Says

    11/28/2017 6:45:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/22/17
    People unknown knocked down crosses and tombstones, including those of Mother Teresa's nuns, killed in March 2016. For Mgr Hinder, this is serious, confirming the country’s “ongoing difficult situation and violence." The Saudi blockade puts at risk “the survival of people”.Sana'a (AsiaNews) – In recent days "the Christian cemetery in Aden was desecrated," including the tombs of the Sisters of Mother Teresa killed during the attack against the retirement home they ran, said Mgr Paul Hinder, apostolic vicar of southern Arabia (UAE, Oman and Yemen), speaking to AsiaNews. The economic, social and humanitarian situation in Yemen is disastrous, the prelate...
  • Yemen's Houthi Rebels Claim Ex-president Killed

    12/04/2017 6:05:30 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | Monday, December 4, 2017 | AFP
    [subtitle: Video circulating online appears to show Ali Abdullah Saleh's corpse being dragged on the ground] Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed Monday that ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh had been killed as fighting shook the capital Sana'a following the collapse of his alliance with the insurgents. The claim, which could not be independently confirmed, came as Yemen's long and devastating civil war took a potentially decisive turn. Heavy clashes were reported in the city between forces loyal to Saleh and the Iran-backed Shiite rebels, who together seized control of Sana'a from the internationally recognized government three years ago. Moving to take advantage...
  • Bloody Battles Waged On The Streets Of Yemen's Capital, As Alliances Appear To Shift

    12/03/2017 4:43:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | 1203/2017
    In Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, Iran-backed Houthi rebels are clashing with supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh — an outburst of deadly violence between two groups that have recently been allies. Meanwhile, the Houthi rebels are claiming to have fired a missile at a nuclear power plant under construction in the United Arab Emirates. The claim has been denied by state media in UAE. The WAM news agency also says that the UAE would have the ability to shoot down such a missile, if it were fired, The Associated Press reports. Last month, Houthi rebels fired a missile...
  • The Jews driven out of homes in Arab lands

    11/28/2017 5:33:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jewish Chronicle ^ | 11-26-17 | Tom Gross
    The removal of the Jews from the Arab world has been all but ignored, says Tom Gross It is not surprising, given the sheer scale of the Holocaust and its sadism, that it has dominated contemporary discourse among Jews and others. But, while the extermination of European Jews has rightfully (though belatedly) generated a great deal of study and research, the removal of the Jews from the Arab world has been all but ignored. This ignorance extends to policy-makers at the highest level. Some journalists and politicians I have spoken to have expressed surprise when I even mentioned that Jews...
  • Saudi Crown Prince Vows New Islamic Alliance 'Will Wipe Terrorists from the Earth'

    11/26/2017 7:42:29 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 48 replies
    Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince vowed to "pursue terrorists until they are wiped from the face of the earth" as officials from 40 Muslim countries gathered Sunday in the first meeting of an Islamic counter-terrorism alliance. "In past years, terrorism has been functioning in all of our countries... with no coordination" among national authorities, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also the Saudi defence minister, said in his keynote speech at the gathering in Riyadh. "This ends today, with this alliance." The summit is the first meeting of defence ministers and other senior officials from the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism...
  • Saudi Prince Muhammad On Eve of Accession, Plans War On Iran, with Israeli Attack on Hizballah

    11/21/2017 2:15:45 PM PST · by drewh · 29 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | Nov 19 2017 ast
    The next Saudi King Crown Prince Muhammad and Israel agree that Iran is the biggest threat to the region, but Israel’s top soldier rules out initiating an attack on Hizballah. Two London publications on the same day shed unusual light on the next chapter in Saud royal history, as well as on the hitherto semi-clandestine ties between Riyadh and Jerusalem. Daily Mail, quoting “a source close to the Saudi royal family” reported that King Salman, 91, intends to give up the throne next week and name his son, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, 32 as his successor. The king will...
  • Saudi Arabia’s Top Cleric: Fighting Jews Forbidden, Hamas a Terror group

    11/19/2017 5:39:32 PM PST · by smileyface · 56 replies
    United with Israel ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | United with Israel Staff
    The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia issued a ruling forbidding war against the Jews and proclaiming that Hamas is a terror group. The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, issued a surprising religious ruling, saying that fighting against Israel was inappropriate and that Hamas is a “terror organization.” The Muslim cleric issued the ruling while answering a question on a television program regarding the Palestinian riots surrounding the Temple Mount in July, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported. Israel’s Communications Minister Ayoub Kara welcomed the unexpected decision and invited the Mufti to visit Israel.
  • Macron urges French police to make full use of draconian anti-terror powers

    10/19/2017 11:39:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 19 October 2017 09:31 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    French president Emmanuel ignored controversy and criticism surrounding France’s new draconian anti-terror bill and urged police forces around the country to “fully utilize” their new powers. The French parliament on Wednesday adopted a controversial anti-terror bill that gives the authorities permanent new powers to search homes, shut places of worship and restrict freedom of movement. The new law, which will replace the state of emergency imposed after the 2015 Paris attacks, was approved by the Senate on its second reading, despite campaigners warning of a threat to civil liberties. […] Under the bill, the authorities will have the power to...
  • Bahrain Oil Pipeline Explodes, Bursts Into Giant Flames

    11/10/2017 3:22:55 PM PST · by JP1201 · 16 replies
    An oil pipeline in Bahrain exploded, and burst into giant fireball, as numerous videos posted on social media showed. According to the Saudi Gazette, an explosion caused a fire in an oil pipeline near Buri village. It adds that no injuries have been reported, and that civil defense teams are extinguishing the fire.
  • Bahrain Government Links Pipeline Explosion To Iran

    11/11/2017 12:38:22 PM PST · by JP1201 · 9 replies
    Bahrain said on Nov. 11 that an explosion which caused a fire at its main oil pipeline on Nov. 10 was caused by "terrorist" sabotage, linking the unprecedented attack to Iran, Reuters reported. A key Western ally and host to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, Sunni Muslim-ruled Bahrain has for years grappled with protests and sporadic violence coming from its Shiite majority. Iran denies any role in the Gulf island kingdom's unrest.
  • Saudi Arabia Launches Military Strikes On Yemeni Capital

    11/10/2017 2:18:57 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/10/17 | Bob Fredericks
    Saudi Arabia launched military strikes against Yemen’s defense ministry in the capital city of Sana’a in the latest escalation in the conflict between the two Arab nations, witnesses told the French news agency AFP. It wasn’t immediately clear if the attacks were air or missile strikes, but they came following reports that Iran had manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite rebels toward the Saudi capital a week ago. Remnants of the missile bore “Iranian markings,” the top US Air Force official in the Mideast said Friday, backing the kingdom’s earlier allegations. Saudi Arabia long has accused Iran of...
  • US Air Force official: Missile targeting Saudis was Iranian

    11/10/2017 5:38:38 AM PST · by McGruff · 19 replies
    AP ^ | November 10, 2017
    The ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels that targeted the Saudi capital was from Iran and bore “Iranian markings,” the top U.S. Air Force official in the Mideast said Friday. Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, who oversees the Air Forces Central Command in Qatar, made the comments at a news conference in Dubai. Harrigian said authorities were investigating how the missile was smuggled into Yemen amid a Saudi-led coalition controlling the country’s airspace, ports and borders.
  • Saudis accuse Iran of possible ‘act of war’ as regional tensions rise

    11/06/2017 5:47:17 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 6, 2017 | Kareem Fahim and Karen DeYoung
    ISTANBUL — Questions about the aims and temperament of Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince came to the fore Monday after his country issued a bellicose warning to Iran, accusing it of carrying out a missile strike on the Saudi capital that may have constituted an “act of war.” The missile was fired from neighboring Yemen on Saturday by the Houthis, a rebel group with ties to Iran that has been battling a Saudi-led military coalition. The war has spawned countless cross-border attacks — including Houthi ballistic missile launches and thousands of Saudi airstrikes across Yemen — as well as an...
  • Saudi-led Coalition closing land, sea and air ports in Yemen to stop Iranian arms smuggling

    11/05/2017 7:31:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | 11/06/2017
    "The Coalition's command considers the Iranian regime's action in supplying the Houthi militias that it commands with these missiles to be a blatant violation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions that prohibit nations from arming these militias, specifically UNSC Resolution (2216)," the statement said. It also said it considers "Iran's role and its direct command of its Houthi proxy" a "blatant act of military aggression by the Iranian regime, and could be considered as an act of war against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." While closing all points of entry to Yemen, the Coalition command said it will...
  • The Tragedy In Yemen: The Rest Of The Story

    10/30/2017 5:21:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 30, 2017 | Ken Blackwell
    I'm shocked by the UN’s decision to censure Saudi Arabia for its actions in Yemen. It is indeed deplorable to see children die in combat anywhere, but it is particularly hard to witness the daily murder of innocent children who, through no fault of their own, are in the wrong place at the wrong time. In fact, according to the UN Secretary General’s report on “Children and Armed Combat,” 1340 children died in 2016 alone. As someone who has spent a lifetime concerned about human rights, this is especially tragic. What is disappointing about the UN decision, however, is not...