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  • Cutting off Iran’s 'road to the sea' in Syria

    06/19/2018 11:26:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 19, 2018 | Seth J. Frantzman
    In the background of the strike stands Iran's attempt to construct a network of friendly forces stretching from Iraq through Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. In 2016, pro-western sources in Iraq warned that Iran was building just such a conduit. In December 2017, The New Arab reported that convoys of unmarked vehicle had passed into Syria from Iraq through checkpoints manned by the Hashd al-Shaabi, the mostly Shi'ite militias that are known as Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). These militias play a complex role, forming one of a patchwork of similar groups that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has enlisted to...
  • Report: Hezbollah refuses to comply with Russian demand to leave Syria

    06/19/2018 11:19:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 14, 2018 | Staff, Yasser Okbi/Maariv
    Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports Hezbollah will not withdraw from western and southwestern borders of Homs with Lebanon as the Russians demanded. Nasrallah: 'the whole world can not remove us from Syria' Hezbollah fighters are still stationed in western and southwestern Homs in Syria, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Thursday, and are refusing to comply with a Russian demand to pull away from the Israeli border. "All that has happened is a media withdrawal," the non-government affiliated organization reported, claiming the Russian forces are deployed in a way that ensures they will not need...
  • MiT chief in Germany promoted to be ambassador (MiT is Turkish military Intelligence)

    06/19/2018 5:56:34 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 9 Aug 2017, 00:00 | ANF NEWS DESK
    A chief of Turkish intelligence in Germany, Frankfurt Consul General Ilhan Saygili, who had close ties with Turkish-German Chief Inspector removed from duty for working for MİT Döndü Yazgan, was appointed as an ambassador in Switzerland. According to a report the German intelligence prepared on the Turkish-German Chief Inspector Döndü Yazgan, who was recently removed from duty for working for the Turkish intelligence service MİT, Yazgan met with Frankfurt and Mainz consuls general. German intelligence had documented that Yazgan shared intelligence information with Turkey via these consuls. Ilhan Saygılı served as the Frankfurt Consul General between 2008 and 2012 and...
  • The EU's Magical Thinking on The Israeli-Arab Conflict: How Much Failure is Enough?

    05/18/2018 8:02:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/18/2018 | Bruce Thornton
    Bruce Thornton is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. In Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1, when the Welsh magus Glendower boasts, “I can call spirits from the vasty deep,” the sceptic Hotspur retorts, “Why, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?” For seven decades the West’s foreign policy establishment has been trying to call Middle East peace from depths of endless summits and conferences and agreements with ritualistic chants of “land for peace” and “two-state solution.” But all they’ve managed to produce is war, terrorism,...
  • Netanyahu: Israel will hit Iran throughout Syria, not only along border

    06/17/2018 12:06:26 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 10 replies
    Jpost ^ | 6/17/18 | Herb Keinon
    Israel will strike against Iranian efforts to entrench itself militarily throughout Syria, and not only along the Syrian-Israeli border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the weekend. Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting that he spoke with both men and discussed the region, with an emphasis on Syria. The prime minister said he reiterated and made clear the principles guiding Israeli policy toward Syria. “First of all, Iran needs to withdraw from all of Syria,” he said. “Second, we will take action – and are already taking action –...
  • Elham Ahmed: We are fully prepared for direct negotiations with regime (Assad-Syria)

    06/17/2018 12:28:08 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANHA Hawar News Agency ^ | 11 Jun 2018, Mon - 13:50 | ANHA
    Elham Ahmed confirmed that we are fully prepared for dialogue and starting direct negotiations with the Syrian regime if the latter is already ready to initiate such a step. Hawar news agency (ANHA) interviewed with the Co-chair of Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), Elham Ahmed about recent events that are taking place, said we are fully prepared to negotiate. Where Elham Ahmed said that the war and military option will not solve the Syrian crisis. "We from the beginning said and still say that we are ready for dialogue and start direct negotiations with the regime." Elham Ahmed said they were...
  • Erdogan Bans Uber: 'That Business Is Finished'

    06/16/2018 1:33:43 PM PDT · by Rome2000 · 57 replies
    PJ Media ^ | JUNE 11, 2018 | PHIL BAKER
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, announced that he’s expelling Uber from Turkey, a result of pressure from Istanbul's taxi industry. Istanbul taxi drivers, numbering more than 17,000, claimed Uber was providing an illegal service and that it needs to be banned. Ever since Uber began its service in Turkey in 2014, it's caused dissension among the country's taxi drivers, not unlike what's happening elsewhere. In a speech on Friday, Erdogan said, “This thing called Uber emerged. That business is finished. That does not exist anymore. We have our taxi system.... Where does this come from? It is used...
  • U.S. expected to retreat from main U.N. rights forum (Human Rights Council): activists, diplomats

    06/15/2018 9:46:10 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    al Reuters ^ | June 14, 2018 | Stephanie Nebehay
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Talks with the United States over how to reform the main U.N. rights body have failed to meet Washington’s demands, activists and diplomats say, suggesting that the Trump administration will quit the Geneva forum whose session opens on Monday. A U.S. source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the withdrawal appeared to be “imminent” but had no details. Diplomatic sources said it was not a question of if but of when the United States retreats from the Human Rights Council, which is holding a three-week session through July 6. A separate U.S. official in Geneva had...
  • The United Nations Condemns Israel in Lopsided Resolution

    06/14/2018 8:38:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/14/2018 | Cortney Obrien
    For the umpteenth time, the United Nations General Assembly has voted to condemn Israel for defending itself. By a tally of 120 to 8, the members declared that Israel was guilty of “excessive use of force” against Palestinians who were protesting the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The resolution also requested recommendations to protect Palestinians. For 10 weeks now, the two sides have clashed at the border, resulting in 120 Palestinian deaths. Israeli Defense Forces warned protesters not to approach the Israeli-Gaza border on May 14, the day of the embassy opening. They did anyway - some armed...
  • Yemen latest: Coalition forces launch Hodeidah operation

    06/13/2018 10:35:10 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 12 replies
    The National ^ | 13 June 2018 | The National
    Yemen government forces — backed by the Arab coalition — launched on Wednesday morning an offensive on the rebel-held port city of Al Hodeidah.
  • Trump’s Mideast team to push peace plan in region....

    06/13/2018 8:37:49 AM PDT · by caww · 4 replies
    apnews ^ | 6/13/2018 | By MATTHEW LEE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump’s Mideast negotiating team will visit the region 'next week' as it finalizes its as-yet unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and will hold talks on deteriorating conditions in the Gaza Strip. The trip comes as officials say the Trump administration is near completion of the plan with an eye on a possible release this summer. The National Security Council said Wednesday that senior adviser Jared Kushner and special representative for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt would travel to Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. It said they would discuss “the next stages of the...
  • Riots In Jordan Put Gulf States On Edge-Will Abdullah II be the next Arab leader to fall?

    06/13/2018 5:12:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | June 13, 2018 | Ari Lieberman
    The oil-rich Gulf States - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates - are not known for easily parting with their petro-dollars. But this miserly instinct dissipates when the Sheikhdoms perceive a direct threat to the stability of their respective governments. On Sunday, the three nations led by Riyadh pledged to provide Jordan with a cash infusion of $2.5 billion to help the arid kingdom prop up its free-falling economy. Separately, the European Union announced that it would provide Jordan with $23.5 million. The hefty Gulf State bailout is testament to how seriously they view the problem. Jordan has...
  • Erdogan claims he will invade Qandil, this is why he will fail

    06/12/2018 10:55:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    The Region ^ | 12/06/2018 10:37 | Kardo Bokani
    Unable to accept the enhancing status of the Kurds, the Turkish state has over the course of past few months ratcheted up its belligerent approach towards the Kurdistan Freedom Movement. Parallel with its illegal invasion/occupation of the Efrîn Canton in Syria, the Turkish army has been deploying forces inside a sovereign territory, internationally recognised as northern Iraq. Its avowed intention is to “eradicate” the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) whose spreading influence and growing popular support around the world is clearly evident for any independent observer. This is not the first time that the Turkish army is embarking on such an...
  • Hundreds killed as Saudi coalition closes in on rebel enclave

    06/11/2018 11:57:17 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/11/18
    Heavy fighting in Yemen between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 600 people on both sides in recent days, security officials said Monday. A charity said meanwhile that an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition had destroyed a new cholera clinic in the country's north. Government forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, have been advancing along the western coast in recent weeks as they battle the Iran-allied rebels, known as Houthis. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. Witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals,...
  • Time for Europe to fill US vacuum, says ex-Danish PM [Helle Thorning-Schmidt]

    06/11/2018 10:32:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 06/11/2018 16:43 | Eric Maurice
    “Keep calm and carry on.” In the wake of a disastrous G7 summit where US president Donald Trump all but broke off the Western alliance, the EU should stay cool and prepare to take over global leadership. That is the message on Monday (11 June) by a former member of the EU leaders club, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. “The US is leaving a vacuum. And who should step in? For me, it is completely obvious, it is Europe’s time to step in,” the former Danish prime minister said at an event in Brussels. “That’s where our new next opportunity is,” she said,...
  • Israel Turns Artillery Rocket Into Supersonic 'Rampage' Air-Launched Stand-Off Weapon

    06/11/2018 7:26:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 11, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Israeli Military Industries Systems, or IMI Systems, in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries, abbreviated IAI, is close to finishing development of a new air-launched, precision-guided, high-speed weapon called Rampage that can hit targets more than 90 miles away. The announcement comes as Israel steps up its cross-border campaign against Iran and its interests in neighboring Syria, which has seen an increasing emphasis on stand-off capabilities given the complex air defense environment in that country, but the weapon could also be especially attractive to a number of foreign military forces. The two Israeli state-run companies officially unveiled the new weapon in...
  • Prince William to hold talks with Netanyahu and Abbas on historic Mideast trip

    06/11/2018 7:43:34 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 11, 2018 | Ed Riley
    Prince William will sit down for talks with the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president during his historic visit to the Middle East. William will also visit Jordan, and the capital Amman where his wife the Duchess of Cambridge lived from May 1984 until September 1986. 'The non-political nature of His Royal Highness's role – in common with all Royal visits overseas –allows a spotlight to be brought to bear on the people of the region: their cultures, their young people, their aspirations, and their experiences.' The palace said his 'goal' is to meet as 'many people from as...
  • Syria Update: Government Launching Offensive Soon In SW, US Warned Against It

    06/11/2018 1:51:52 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 11 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 6/11/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    (News, Comment, Analysis) "What will Israel's reaction to this be? How effective will Syrian air defenses be against a reaction? What will Russia's reaction be to Israeli attacks on its ally's forces?" Col. Pat Lang on his "Sic Semper Tyrannis" blog 6/10/2018 The word from Syria is that the Assad regime is planning their "largest offensive of the war" to launch this week. The report published by "Almasdar News" Saturday June 9th says the big offensive expected in southwestern Syria against the jihadists is about to kick off. The US State Department issued a statement May 25th warning the Syrian...
  • Assad no longer immune if he harbors Iranian forces, Netanyahu warns

    06/10/2018 5:43:48 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 6, 2018 | AFP
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday warned Syrian President Bashar Assad was “no longer immune” from retaliation, while declaring the Iran nuclear deal is over after Washington ditched the accord. “He is no longer immune, his regime is no longer immune. If he fires at us, as we’ve just demonstrated, we will destroy his forces." “Syria has to understand that Israel will not tolerate the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria against Israel,” Netanyahu added. “The consequences are not merely to the Iranian forces there but to the Assad regime as well,” he said, adding: “I think it’s something that he...
  • Amir on June 10 discusses G7, Hamas/Hezbollah, Iran, Jordan, Turkey, Syria

    06/10/2018 6:05:02 PM PDT · by firebrand · 10 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | June 10, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    A wide-ranging discussion, not that long but covering many subjects. Iranian economy in poor shape, and Iranians protesting. Erdogan calling for new elections, Jordan back on the right side, Europe longing for someone to help with the migrant problem, Trump doing his job for the American people, Angela Merkel making things worse, Ezekiel war clouds gathering. Have a good Sunday evening listening to Amir's take on all these momentous things.