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  • SHOCK POLL: 81% Of Al Jazeera Arabic Poll Respondents Support Islamic State

    05/25/2015 1:52:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    Al Jazeera Arabic’s television audience is largely made up of Sunni Muslims living in the Arab world. Its biggest viewership numbers come from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, along with a large amount of satellite television viewers in the United States, according to research estimates. AlJazeera.net is most popular in Saudi Arabia, the United States, Egypt, Morocco, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to the Alexa webpage analytics site. Al Jazeera claims that it has over 40 million viewers in the Arab world. The news that an overwhelming majority of respondents to the Al Jazeera Arabic poll strongly support ISIS may not...
  • Air strikes hit three army bases in Sanaa

    05/24/2015 9:54:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Times of Oman ^ | May 23, 2015 | Agencies
    Saudi-led air strikes hit three military bases in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday and the Yemeni government in exile expressed reservations about United Nations-led talks aimed at ending the eight-week war. Residents said the air raids hit a munitions store in one of the bases, setting off a large explosion which sent rockets flying into the air and crashing down on civilian areas...   Yemen's exiled government in Saudi Arabia headed by President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi expressed reluctance to attend UN-sponsored peace talks set for May 28 in Geneva. A spokesman said on Saturday the Houthis and their powerful...
  • WHERE DO PEOPLE LIKE ME GO NOW?

    05/24/2015 1:32:23 PM PDT · by unlearner · 22 replies
    WND ^ | 5/24/2015 | Joseph Farah
    Those attempting to conquer Syria and turn it into a jihadist, Shariah-compliant hellhole are all Sunni. So, first I have to ask myself why 93 percent of the “refugees” Democratic politicians in America are recruiting to the U.S. are Sunnis. It would be like recruiting Nazi “refugees” from Germany during World War II instead of Jews. The numbers of these so-called “refugees” from Syria are disproportionately Sunnis, even when considering the heavy percentage of the Sunni population there. What’s behind this madness? If we want to be a land of compassion to real refugees, I’m all for it. But that’s...
  • The Latest Victim in the War on Whistleblowers

    05/24/2015 11:40:23 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    OtherWords.org ^ | May 20, 2015 | John Kiriakou
    Jeffrey Sterling learned the hard way that the feds will throw the book at anyone who embarrasses them.By John Kiriakou Jeffrey Sterling recently stood before a judge as his sentence was read. The former CIA officer, the judge declared, would spend 42 months — that’s three and half years — behind bars. The feds had convicted Sterling on nine felony charges, including seven counts of espionage.He didn’t sell secrets to the Russians. He didn’t trade intelligence for personal gain. He made no attempt to disrupt the American way of life.What did he do, then?He reported to the Senate Intelligence Committee...
  • Obama: No, Iran Won’t Be More Dangerous with $150 Billion Dollars

    05/23/2015 5:33:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/23/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]The Goldberg interview with Obama reads like a conversation with an idiot. Actually make that two idiots, both of whom are also compulsive liars.One of the highlights of their insane exchange is when Obama tries to insist that Iran won’t be more dangerous if it gets another $150 billion. Obama: The question is, if Iran has $150 billion parked outside the country, does the IRGC automatically get $150 billion? Does that $150 billion then translate by orders of magnitude into their capacity to project power throughout the region? So Obama brings out the math, and by math, I mean...
  • Obama: I Have Been Called "The First Jewish President"

    05/23/2015 3:53:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 186 replies
    On Friday, President Obama spoke at a Jewish American Heritage Month celebration being held at the Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C. Wearing a yarmulke, Obama addressed his Jewish gravitas, citing his two Jewish former chiefs of staff, saying he has been called America's "first Jewish president" by Jeffrey Goldberg, who recently interviewed him for The Atlantic. Goldberg was in attendance.
  • Tom Cotton: Obama's Iran Deal May Lead to Nuclear War (long interview)

    04/13/2015 7:54:16 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Apr 13 2015, 7:32 AM ET | Jeffrey Goldberg
    Goldberg: What is Obama seeking here, in your mind? Cotton: Well, I think he clearly wants to have a kind of grand rapprochement with Iran. This goes back to his actions in his earliest days, when he was silent in the face of [Iran's] Green Revolution, and even some of his statements in the campaign. Goldberg: What's wrong with wanting a grand rapprochement with Iran? Cotton: I would love to see that happen. As Secretary Schultz and Secretary Kissinger wrote, they've been in government when Iran was an ally, not just of the United States but of Israel. The Iranian...
  • ISIS rises, the economy falters, and Obama’s legacy falls apart

    05/24/2015 8:36:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/23/15 | John Podhoretz
    Deep into the seventh year of his tenure, Barack Obama is thinking about his post-presidential legacy. We know this because he’s telling us so. In an interview this week with The Atlantic about the potential deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program, the president sought to use the fact of his relative youth and his consciousness about how history might judge him to his advantage: “Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this. I think it’s fair to say that in addition to our...
  • Hezbollah shows off its tunnels, claims it is prepared for war with Israel [Psalms 83]

    05/23/2015 1:40:05 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 28 replies
    YNet News ^ | 5/23/2015 | Roi Kais
    A rare glimpse into Hezbollah's underground tunnels was provided on Friday by Lebanese publication As-Safir, which is associated with the militant organization. The report praised Hezbollah's activities and painted it as a strong army ready for battle. While it is difficult to verify the claims in the article, it contained a rare discussion of the tunnels by Hezbollah members. The reporter wrote that in order to meet Hezbollah fighters near the Israeli border in southern Lebanon, he travelled from the city of Tyre and was required to stop at a house known to locals as a Hezbollah headquarters, where he...
  • You want hypotheticals? Here’s one. (Krauthammer Opines)

    05/21/2015 8:53:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    WAPO ^ | May 2, 2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge — while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for combating the Islamic State is in freefall. It gets worse. The Gulf states’ top leaders, betrayed and bitter, ostentatiously boycott President Obama’s failed Camp David summit. “We were America’s best friend in the Arab world for 50 years,” laments Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief.Note: “were,”...
  • No Stopping Russian Arms

    07/27/2004 4:07:57 PM PDT · by Flavius · 16 replies · 547+ views
    moscow times ^ | 7/27/04 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    Russia came in for harsh criticism last week when state-owned jet producer MiG delivered 12 MiG-29 planes to Sudan. Amnesty International suggested that the jets could be used against civilians in Sudan's western region of Darfur, where attacks against indigenous black tribes by the government-backed Arab janjaweed militia over the last 15 months have left at least 30,000 people dead, forced villagers into refugee camps and left some 2 million people without sufficient food and medicine. U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton blasted MiG for selling modern weapons to a government the United States considers a sponsor of international terrorism....
  • Joe Lieberman Says Next President Will Be 'Closer' to Israel

    05/22/2015 11:14:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 35 replies
    Forward ^ | May 22, 2015 | Ben Sales
    ormer U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, in an interview with JTA, surmised that the next U.S. administration would be friendlier with Israel than the current one. The onetime vice presidential candidate also expressed concern over America’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying they are “going in a bad direction,” and urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to embrace the long-shelved Arab Peace Initiative. Lieberman predicted that if the 2016 presidential election were held today, a higher percentage of Jewish-Americans would vote Republican than in past races. But he noted that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the party’s front-runner for the Democratic...
  • New York Times Op-ed: Calm Down. ISIS Isn’t Winning.

    05/22/2015 1:29:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/22/2015 | Ahmed Ali
    WASHINGTON — THE fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday, and of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, is a big gain for the Islamic State, but not an utter disaster, as many observers fear. Rather than inducing panic in Western capitals, it should lead to a realistic assessment of the Islamic State’s strengths and weaknesses. One setback in a long war must not trigger hasty strategic shifts that lead to foreign countries’ becoming mired in Iraq once more. Palmyra has economic and cultural significance, as it sits among gas fields and is home to renowned ruins....
  • This Is How You "Boost" GDP: US Sells Over $4 Billion In Weapons To Israel, Iran And Saudi Arabia

    05/22/2015 8:42:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/22/2015 | Tyler Durden
    War, what's it good for? Aside from countless deaths of innocent civilians of course, it means a GDP boost for the biggest exporter of weapons on earth, the United States, and even more profits for the US military-industrial complex. Profits which mean the shareholders of America's arms manufacturers get even richer. Which is why following months of middle-eastern sabre ratling and numerous quasi-wars already raging in the region, moments ago the U.S. State Department approved the sale of 10 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia for $1.9 billion, the first step in "a major multibillion-dollar modernization of the Saudi...
  • From the Archive: The idealistic outlaw who built the Israel Air Force

    05/22/2015 10:46:32 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    JTA ^ | May 17, 2015 | Julie Wiener
    Al Schwimmer with Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Courtesy of Boaz Dvir) The role of overseas volunteers in building the Israel Air Forces has inspired three new films. One volunteer who played a pivotal role and gets considerable attention in the new documentary, “On a Wing and a Prayer,” was Al Schwimmer, a World War II veteran whose efforts to secure aircraft and weapons for Israel during its War of Independence ultimately cost him his U.S. citizenship. (In 2001, a decade before his death, Schwimmer, whose rarely used given name was Adolph, was pardoned and his citizenship restored.) In April...
  • Mahmoud Abbas: Palestinians Better Off Dead Than Living Outside of Israel

    05/22/2015 10:45:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | May 18, 2015 | Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander H. Joffe
    Faced with the suffering of their own people, the Palestinians recently decided not to help. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas rejected a deal with Israel brokered by the United Nations that would allow Palestinian refugees living in Syria to resettle in the West Bank and Gaza. Abbas stated unequivocally that “we rejected that and said it’s better they die in Syria than give up their right of return.” The Palestine Liberation Organization has also ruled out any military action to help the 18,000 or more refugees who are trapped in the Yarmouk camp near Damascus. Abbas’s cold-blooded response reveals...
  • Obama is nostalgic for “white” Israel

    05/22/2015 11:02:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2015 | David Bernstein
    Oh, the irony. Here’s an excerpt from the president’s interview with Jeffrey Goldberg: Obama: And I care deeply about preserving that Jewish democracy, because when I think about how I came to know Israel, it was based on images of, you know— Goldberg: We talked about this once. Kibbutzim, and— Obama: Kibbutzim, and Moshe Dayan, and Golda Meir, and the sense that not only are we creating a safe Jewish homeland, but also we are remaking the world. We’re repairing it. We are going to do it the right way. We are going to make sure that the lessons we’ve...
  • Obama: Iran nuclear deal ‘will have my name on it’

    05/22/2015 9:03:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2015 11:58 AM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama said Friday he “forcefully” objects to suggestions that policy differences between his administration and the Israeli government signal his lack of support for the longtime U.S. ally. Speaking at one of Washington’s most prominent synagogues, Obama said the U.S. and Israel should not be expected to paper over differences on Israel's settlement building or the frozen peace process with the Palestinians. “That’s not a true measure of friendship,” Obama said during remarks to a crowd of about 1,200 gathered at Congregation Adas Israel. […] Obama defended the framework deal that negotiators are seeking to finalize by the...
  • Obama Defends Approach to ISIS Fight but Says More Is Needed

    05/21/2015 4:02:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 21, 2015 | By PETER BAKER
    President Obama denied that the United States and its allies were losing the fight against Islamic State forces in the Middle East, but he acknowledged in an interview posted online on Thursday that more should be done to help Iraqis recapture lost territory. He offered no regrets about his handling of the war and said in the end it would be up to the Iraqis to increase their efforts. The president and his team argued for months that they had reversed the momentum of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, but critics and independent experts said it...
  • Iran's leader rejects foreign access to military sites, scientists

    05/20/2015 11:38:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    Iran's supreme leader vowed Wednesday he will not allow international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement with world powers. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders Wednesday that Iran will resist "coercion and excessive demands" from America and other world powers. Negotiators from Iran and a six nation group — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — have launched a new round of talks in Vienna focused on reaching a final deal that curbs Iran's nuclear program in return for lifting economic sanctions. The two sides reached a framework agreement in...
  • We Now Know the Truth of Benghazi, But Hillary Clinton Stonewalled So Long, Do People Still Care?

    05/19/2015 1:08:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 15, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There's been a bunch of document dumps lately. We now know, thanks to Judicial Watch and Freedom of Information Act request, we also know the value of stonewalling. We now know everything that there practically is to know about Benghazi. We know enough to know that this country was lied to from beginning to end by Obama and Hillary. But now so much time has gone by that people have lost their emotional reservoir for that. "I mean, Benghazi? Who cares. Come on, Mr. Limbaugh, let's move on." But the fact is they knew about the Benghazi attack 10...
  • The nuclear deal will empower Iran’s hardliners (Arab media joins Israel in opposing "deal")

    05/17/2015 4:35:09 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Al-Aribaya ^ | Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | Abdulrahman al-Rashed
    There is an illusion that the promised agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program will push it toward moderation, as well as economic and political openness. What will probably happen is the complete opposite. The agreement will empower Tehran’s hawks, who are currently being marketed in Iran and who are bragging that most of the nuclear program has been accomplished and that the West has finally submitted and abandoned sanctions. During the past few months of international negotiations, Iran’s security fist tightened against state rivals, voicing the regime’s self-confidence. The Kurdish rebellion a week ago in the city of Mahabad,...
  • US 'Deeply Concerned' Over Morsi Death Sentence (State Dept official defends terrorists)

    05/17/2015 12:12:03 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 42 replies
    VOA News ^ | May 17, 2015 6:42 AM
    The United States says it is "deeply concerned" about the death sentences handed down to former President Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants for a 2011 mass prison break. "We have consistently spoken out against the practice of mass trials and sentences, which are conducted in a manner that is inconsistent with Egypt's international obligations and the rule of law," a State Department official said Sunday. The sentences were handed down Saturday in a Cairo court. The Grand Mufti, Egypt's top religious authority, will make the final decision on the sentences on June 2. The former president is...
  • 3 judges killed, 2 others injured hours after Morsi’s death sentence

    05/17/2015 12:05:20 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | May 16, 2015
    Reports on the death of the fourth circulated in North Sinai, says resident Three judges were killed in an attack on the Al-Arish-Rafah international road Saturday morning as they were heading to a North Sinai court. A North Sinai resident told Daily News Egypt that of the four judges travelling together, four people were killed, including a driver and one judge was severely injured. He added that reports circulated that the fourth died after sustaining injuries as well. The incident comes after ousted former president Mohamed Morsi was handed a preliminarily death sentence Saturday morning, and his papers referred to...
  • White House Says F-35s Not For Sale to Gulf Arab States

    05/15/2015 5:52:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    DoD BUZZ ^ | May 13th, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    President Obama’s Camp David summit with the Gulf Arab states on Thursday will seek to boost arms sales to the Gulf neighbors but the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been taken off their wish list. White House officials on Monday sought to tamp down speculation that King Salman of Saudi Arabia canceled his attendance at Camp David when the U.S. made clear that his country would not be permitted to buy F-35s. “We do not and never anticipated this to be a summit that only focused on one capability, like the F-35, for instance,” said Ben Rhodes, the deputy National...
  • Report: King of Bahrain skips President Obama meeting for horse show

    05/13/2015 9:47:06 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | May 13, 2015 | Adam B. Lerner
    The king of Bahrain has apparently snubbed President Barack Obama to attend a horse show with Queen Elizabeth. According to Reuters, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has elected to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which begins Wednesday, at Windsor Castle outside London.
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • Military option prevents war

    05/15/2015 3:09:10 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/15/15 | Yoram Ettinger
    The threat of a limited surgical naval or air force bombing of critical nuclear installations--with no ground troops The contention that there are only two options in dealing with the rogue Ayatollahs’ regime—negotiation or military option, which supposedly amounts to war—defies reality. Such a contention is either mistaken or misleading. The threat of a limited surgical naval or air force bombing of critical nuclear installations—with no ground troops - would not amount to a war, would deter the Ayatollahs, possibly moderating their nature, and—if activated - would permanently cripple their pursuit of nuclear capabilities, and could be repeated if necessary...
  • Hamas Wants Reparations from UK for Israel

    05/16/2015 9:10:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/16/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]Also Hitler’s corpse would like reparations for not being allowed to conquer London.Considering that British rule helped bring in Muslim illegal aliens into the historical Jewish homeland, who then refused to leave and began killing people, Israel can then demand reparations from the UK for Hamas.Or maybe the UK can just resettle Hamas in Tower Hamlets. No one would notice the difference [2]. Hamas official Essam Adwan stated Friday that Britain “paved the way” for a “Zionist takeover” by preventing Palestinians from establishing an armed resistance against Jews in 1947 and by weakening the local economy and education system.The...
  • Five Iranian boats fire shots in the Persian Gulf

    )—Five Iranian boats fired shots across the bow of a Singapore flagged cargo vessel in the Persian Gulf on Thursday in an attempt to potentially stop the ship, a U.S. official told CNN. For the first time, the incident brought another Persian Gulf nation into the recent rising maritime tensions in the region. It is not yet clear if any of the rounds hit the Alpine Eternity. There were no U.S. citizens or cargo on board. The Pentagon is still gathering information about the incident.
  • Singapore-flagged ship comes under Iranian fire: UAE coastguard

    05/14/2015 6:47:17 PM PDT · by dila813 · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 48 minutes ago | Reuters
    DOHA (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirate's coastguard said it went to the aid of a Singapore-flagged ship on Thursday after the vessel came under Iranian naval fire, the Gulf state's news agency reported. The coastguard said the cargo ship, flying a Singapore flag,
  • Ayatollah Speaks to Teachers; They Chant: ‘Death to America! Death to England!…Death to Israel!’

    05/14/2015 7:33:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 14, 2015 | 10:10 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, addressed a gathering of Iranian teachers on May 6 who repeatedly responded to his address by chanting in unison: “Allah is great! Khamene’i is the leader! Death to the enemies of the leadership! Death to America! Death to England! Death to the hypocrites! Death to Israel!” According to an English-language transcript of the speech published by the BBC, the Iranian teachers interrupted the ayatollah with chants calling for death to America, England and Israel at three points in his speech. “We say that teachers carry out the task of the prophets; this is the...
  • Russia to Help Palestine Become Independent State – Putin [Ezekiel 38]

    05/13/2015 9:57:53 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 3/28/2015 | Staff
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia will help Palestine in achieving its goal of becoming an independent state with the capital in East Jerusalem, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday in his address to the Arab League summit participants. “Russia will continue contributing to the attainment of this goal [Palestine’s independence], working through bilateral channels and through multilateral channels, including in the ‘Quartet’ of international mediators,” Putin said. The Quartet comprising Russia, the United States, the United Nations and the European Union, was established in 2002, aiming to reach a long-term peace agreement between Israel and Palestinians. The Russian president stressed on...
  • Shocking News About 5 Taliban Commanders Released by Obama… This Is TREASON

    05/12/2015 5:20:33 PM PDT · by kingattax · 28 replies
    Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammend Nabi Omari, the five Taliban Commanders traded for Sgt. Bergdahl, will soon be released from their “confinement.” Admiral James T. “Ace” Lyons said there is “little doubt” that the terrorists will return to the battlefield in Afghanistan. These terrorists are set to be released on June 1st, one year to the day after they were traded for Sgt. Bergdahl. As part of the trade, the government of Qatar had promised to “restrict” the terrorists’ movements for one year. Now, they will be free. Free to go right...
  • King Salman of Saudi Arabia pulls out of US talks on Iran

    05/11/2015 11:20:00 AM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/11/2015 | Ian Black
    King Salman of Saudi Arabia has withdrawn from a carefully orchestrated summit with the US that President Barack Obama hoped would assuage Gulf anxieties about the conclusion of a nuclear agreement with Iran. Until Sunday the monarch had been expected to join other heads of state from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries at an unprecedented meeting at the White House and a day of talks at the presidential retreat at Camp David. Now the only leaders attending will be the emirs of Qatar and Kuwait. The summit, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, follows months of tension and intensive...
  • Yemen conflict: Houthi rebels 'down Moroccan warplane'

    05/11/2015 6:16:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Houthi rebels in Yemen say they have shot down a Moroccan fighter jet that was taking part in Saudi-led coalition air strikes against them. Rebel-controlled Al-Masirah TV reported that the F-16 was hit as it flew over Saada province, and broadcast pictures of what it said was the wreckage. The Moroccan Royal Armed Forces earlier said one of its planes was missing. If confirmed, it would be the first aircraft lost by the coalition since its air campaign began on 26 March. The bombardment has been stepped up in recent days ahead of the start of a proposed five-day humanitarian...
  • Moroccan F-16 jet from Saudi-led coalition in Yemen goes missing

    05/10/2015 10:47:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 10 May 2015 | AlJezeera
    A Moroccan F-16 warplane taking part in a bombing campaign in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia has gone missing, the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces has said in a statement. Morocco announced its backing of Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the military offensive in March, and has had F-16 warplanes stationed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Reuters news agency reported on Monday. "One of the F-16s of the Royal Armed Force made at the disposal of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia to restore the legitimacy in Yemen went missing on Sunday at 6pm local time," FAR's statement...
  • US strike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Yemen

    05/08/2015 1:00:46 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12:28AM BST 08 May 2015 | By AFP
    A US air strike in Yemen has killed the senior Al-Qaeda official who appeared in a video claiming the deadly January attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, who was killed in the April strike along with his eldest son and other fighters in the port city of Mukalla, also appeared in Al-Qaeda videos claiming the holding and death of US hostage Luke Somers, SITE Intelligence Group said. The announcement of his death came in a video posted on Thursday on Twitter by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula - which Washington considers the international terror network's deadliest...
  • Yemen food ships face mounting delays as conflict backs up deliveries (80% Going Hungry)

    05/07/2015 8:56:13 AM PDT · by xzins · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7 May 15 | Jonathan Saul
    Merchant vessels are taking weeks to deliver vital food supplies to Yemen as Saudi-led coalition warships search for arms bound for Iran-allied Houthi fighters and heavy fighting disrupts shipments in a worsening humanitarian crisis. The conflict has hurt imports to Yemen, where about 20 million people or 80 percent of the population, are estimated to be going hungry. The Arabian peninsula's poorest country, Yemen imports more than 90 percent of its food, including most of its wheat and all its rice - most of it by sea. It faces increasing problems as many shipping companies have pulled out and those...
  • 'King of the Gypsies' arrives in Israel

    05/06/2015 5:33:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 37 replies
    Dorin Cioba the leader of three million Roma around the world, landed in Israel on Wednesday. Roma are widely known as Gypsies. On his first visit to Israel, Cioba, who is president of the International Romani Union, plans to visit the Roma community in Jerusalem as well as the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. The photographer Roni Ben-Ari invited Cioaba to Israel for the opening of her exhibit that documents the life of Gypsies in the city of Lugoj, Romania. The exhibit opens on Thursday at the Museum of Israeli Art in Ramat Gan. "This is the first time that I...
  • Maersk Tigris: Iran 'releases' seized cargo ship

    05/07/2015 1:40:54 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 2015-05-07 | BBC
    Iran has released a container ship it seized in the Strait of Hormuz last week, state media report. A source at Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation was quoted by the official Iran news agency as saying that the Maersk Tigris "was free to leave". The Marshall Islands-flagged ship and its crew of 24 were intercepted by Iranian patrol boats on the 28 April.
  • Report: Iranian Navy Chases After U.S. Warships

    05/06/2015 12:12:26 PM PDT · by Mariner · 79 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 6, 2015 5:00 am | BY: Adam Kredo
    An Iranian naval fleet chased a U.S. warship and military planes through the waters off the southern coast of Yemen late Monday in yet another provocative encounter between the two nations, according to Iranian state media reports. A U.S. warship and several planes reportedly “changed their direction” on Monday after encountering an Iranian naval fleet during a patrol in the Gulf of Aden near Yemen, Iranian state media revealed. The U.S. military assets fled “after they came close to an Iranian naval fleet and were warned to move away,” Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency reported. Iran also released video of...
  • Obama weighs offering Saudi Arabia weapons provided only to Israel

    05/05/2015 10:49:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    washington times ^ | 5/5/15 | Guy Taylor
    The Obama administration is quietly pushing Sunni Arab allies in the Persian Gulf to create an advanced missile defense system, and is preparing to ramp up sophisticated weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in an effort to ease regional fears over a potential nuclear deal with Iran. With Secretary of State John F. Kerry set to visit Saudi Arabia Wednesday and Thursday, officials privately say the administration is weighing whether to offer Riyadh — already a major buyer of American and European weaponry — GBU-28 bunker buster bombs Washington has so far only been willing to provide to Israel. The discussions...
  • United States Announces $68 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to Yemen

    05/06/2015 6:43:53 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    U.S. Department of State ^ | May 6, 2015 | NA
    oday in Djibouti, Secretary Kerry announced the United States is providing more than $68 million to help humanitarian organizations meet the needs of nearly 16 million people in need of assistance in Yemen, including 300,000 newly internally displaced persons. The funds will support the activities of the World Food Program, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Children’s Fund, and other organizations, providing food, water, shelter, medical care, protection, and other assistance. With this announcement, U.S. funding for humanitarian assistance for Yemen in Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 now totals more than $188 million.
  • A 'spiritual oasis' – Southern Arabian cathedral celebrates 50 years

    03/24/2015 12:02:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/24/2015 | Antonio Anup Gonsalves
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - The Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia, which serves the more than 2 million Catholics in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen, last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of its cathedral parish. On March 19, Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, said a Mass of thanksgiving to mark the anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph's Cathedral, located in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. St. Joseph's is the oldest Catholic church in the emirates. Bishop Hinder was joined by more than 30 priests, nuns, and over 5,000 laity for...
  • A 'Spiritual Oasis' – Southern Arabian Cathedral Celebrates 50 Years

    03/25/2015 6:03:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/23/15 | Antonio Anup Gonsalves
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Mar 23, 2015 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia, which serves the more than 2 million Catholics in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen, last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of its cathedral parish. On March 19, Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, said a Mass of thanksgiving to mark the anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph's Cathedral, located in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. St. Joseph's is the oldest Catholic church in the emirates. Bishop Hinder was joined by more than 30...
  • Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen airports as kingdom ponders possible cease-fire for aid

    05/04/2015 10:12:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    foxnews ^ | May 04, 2015
    In the southern city of Aden, more than 150 airstrikes hit the city's airport, witnesses and security officials said. Houthi rebels and their allies are locked in fierce fighting there against forces loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Monday's airstrikes also hit airports in the city of Hodeida and the capital, Sanaa, witnesses and officials said. They said other airstrikes targeted Yemen's eastern province of Marib and the Houthi stronghold of Saada. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to talk to journalists. Witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity over fear of reprisals. Iranian-allied...
  • Saudi Arabia sends ground forces into Yemen

    05/03/2015 6:48:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    For the first time in war, coalition troops enter port city of Aden; more on their way Saudi Arabia led at least 20 ground troops into Aden, Yemen Sunday to support loyalist militia fighting rebels, an official said. “A limited coalition force entered Aden and another force is on its way” to the southern port city, said the government official and militia commander. The Saudi-led coalition has been conducting an air war against the Houthi rebels and their allies since March 26 but this is the first reported ground deployment inside the country.
  • Sobran: My Obsession with Jews [for all who mistakenly think he is a valuable contributor]

    10/30/2003 8:04:40 AM PST · by Chancellor Palpatine · 254 replies · 4,697+ views
    Federal Observer ^ | maybe 10/30/03 | Joe Sobran
    <p>Now and then I get letters and e-mail messages asking why I am so "obsessed" with Jews and Israel. The question amuses me. It would be one thing if I often wrote about Mali, or Honduras, or Borneo, or any other nation or country most people remember only as a name from geography class.</p>
  • U.S. soldiers arrive in Turkey to train Syrian rebels

    05/01/2015 8:30:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 5/1/2015
    About 123 U.S. soldiers arrived in Turkey to train moderate Syrian rebels, bringing with them weapons which are being transferred to İncirlik Airbase in the southern province of Adana, Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday. The daily said 83 of the U.S. soldiers were deployed at İncirlik Airbase and 40 others were transferred to the Hirfanlı base in the Central Anatolian province of Kırşehir. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said that Syrians who will be trained at Hirfanlı are expected to be transferred to the southern province of Hatay where they will briefed on the use of arms, including anti-tank weapons,...