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  • Turkey suffers first deaths in direct combat with Syria since start of war

    02/03/2020 1:01:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/03/2020 | By Gul Tuysuz,
    Five Turkish soldiers and one civilian personnel were killed in Syria on Sunday, Turkey's first fatalities as a result of direct confrontation between the countries since the start of Syria's civil war in 2011. Nine other troops were also wounded in northwest Syria's Idlib province after they came under heavy artillery fire from the Syrian government Sunday, according to a Turkey defense department statement which added that the troops were reinforcements. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said up to 35 Syrian government soldiers had been killed Monday in response, and pledged further retaliation. Erdogan said up to 40 Syrian targets...
  • Abbas: Palestinians will cut all ties with Israel, U.S.

    02/03/2020 7:49:20 AM PST · by rktman · 72 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 2/1/2020 | Staff
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday that he has decided to severe all relations with Israel and the US in protest against President Donald Trump’s recently unveiled plan for Mideast peace. “We have informed the Israelis and Americans of this decision through two letters,” Abbas said in a speech at an emergency meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo.
  • When Iran Took Americans Hostage, Bernie Backed Iran’s Defenders

    02/02/2020 6:16:27 PM PST · by plain talk · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 17, 2020 | Ronald Radesh
    Go back over 40 years, to the start of Iran’s long conflict with the United States. On April 1, 1979, the theocratic Islamic Republic of Iran was proclaimed. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who had returned to Iran from exile to assume command of the revolt, became Supreme Leader in December of that year. His rise was accelerated by the seizure on Nov. 4 of 52 American diplomats and citizens, and citizens of other countries, at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The hostage crisis became the means by which the Ayatollah crushed political opponents in Iran. Dealing with the hostage taking became...
  • EU foreign policy chief to visit Iran amid regional tensions

    02/02/2020 9:53:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.02.2020 | wmr/aw (AP, Reuters, dpa, AFP)
    The EU’s new foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, will meet with Iranian leaders on Monday, as the EU seeks to salvage the tattered 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. The meeting comes amid a policy split between European signatories to the nuclear deal and the US. The US dropped out of the accord, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and reimposed sanctions on Iran in August 2019. Tehran has responded by rolling back its commitments to the deal’s core elements, which include capping uranium enrichment. On January 6, Iran said that it would no longer adhere to its...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Saturday Night Version Middle Finger In The Middle East, Rigged For Biden And...

    02/01/2020 8:50:15 PM PST · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/1/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Great music from Gordon Lightfoot about the "Rainy Day People" who help us instead of hurting us. On Canada's CTV Lloyd Robertson had a conversation with Gordon Lightfoot broadcast in December 2017.... Where do we go after impeachment? In 1998 Bill Clinton opted for military action in Kosovo and Serbia siding with its Muslim population against the Serbs. What will the Trump post-impeachment policy be?.... And back here in the USA Kelli Stewart, John Lamb and other activists taking a stand for the rights of parents in the Kylee Dixon Case in Oregon..... The Middle Finger In The Middle East,...
  • Iraq Names New Prime Minister Who Praises ‘Bravery’ of Protesters

    02/01/2020 2:43:05 PM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    NYTimes ^ | Feb. 1. 2020
    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s president stepped in to appoint a new prime minister after the Parliament failed to do so for two months, leaving the country largely rudderless at a time of multiple political crises. The premier, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, is hardly a new face — he is a former member of Parliament and former minister of communications. But he is not tarnished by the corruption allegations that dog many other Iraqi political figures. In his first comments upon accepting the nomination, Mr. Allawi paid homage to the anti-government protesters who have been out on the streets since October and he...
  • Fugitive Wanted by Iraq for Murder of Iraqi Police Officers Arrested in Arizona

    02/01/2020 12:05:55 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 22 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | January 31, 2020 | Department of Justice
    A Phoenix-area resident, who is alleged to have been the leader of a group of Al-Qaeda terrorists in Al-Fallujah, Iraq, appeared today before a federal magistrate judge in Phoenix, Arizona in connection with proceedings to extradite him to the Republic of Iraq. He is wanted to stand trial in Iraq for two charges of premeditated murder committed in 2006 in Al-Fallujah. The arrest was announced by Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Michael Bailey for the District of Arizona. An Iraqi judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Ali Yousif...
  • A New Approach to Peace and Prosperity For Israel and the Palestinian People

    02/01/2020 6:50:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February1, 2020 | Timothy Head
    Former Israeli diplomat Abba Eban once said the Palestinians “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” Within minutes of President Trump proposing his Middle East Peace Plan, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas had rejected the plan with “a thousand no’s” coupled with a string of epithets rarely seen in international diplomacy.This abject lack of vision and leadership by Palestinian President Abbas is tragic, for the children and grandchildren of Palestinians and Israelis alike.The state of Israel comprises a minuscule portion of land in the Middle East, yet it has become a global center of democracy, culture, commerce, and innovation....
  • Fugitive Wanted by Iraq for Murder of Iraqi Police Officers Arrested in Arizona

    02/01/2020 8:16:35 AM PST · by ransomnote · 26 replies
    justice.gov ^ | January 31, 2020 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, January 31, 2020 A Phoenix-area resident, who is alleged to have been the leader of a group of Al-Qaeda terrorists in Al-Fallujah, Iraq, appeared today before a federal magistrate judge in Phoenix, Arizona in connection with proceedings to extradite him to the Republic of Iraq.  He is wanted to stand trial in Iraq for two charges of premeditated murder committed in 2006 in Al-Fallujah.The arrest was announced by Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Michael Bailey for the District...
  • US seeking Iraq's permission for missile defenses to protect troops

    01/31/2020 10:31:03 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    thehill.com ^ | January 30, 2020 | ELLEN MITCHELL
    The United States is working to get the Iraqi government's permission to put Patriot missile defense systems in the country to protect U.S. forces there from possible Iranian attacks, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday. “One of the things we need to do is make sure we have permission from the host government, and that’s one of the matters we have to work on and work through,” Esper told reporters at a Pentagon press conference. “We need the permission of the Iraqis.” The U.S. military did not have Patriots deployed at al-Asad airbase in Iraq, which houses American troops, during...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 1/31/2020 Newsdump Friday

    01/31/2020 9:39:33 PM PST · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 1/31/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    For the fourth time in recent weeks we have an upwards revision of the number of Americans injured in the Iranian missile strike at the Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq on January 8th. First the number was 11, then it was 34 and then it was 50. But now the number is 64..... The United States lifting sanctions against a unit of a Chinese company COSCO..... The impeachment trial of President Trump rolling forward on Newsdump Friday with a vote to not call any witnesses.... A woman who figured prominently in the House impeachment inquiry is retiring..... The United States...
  • Iran: A regime weakened and divided, with no clear path to survival

    01/31/2020 5:43:07 AM PST · by hassan.mahmoud · 8 replies
    Jan.31,2020 | Hassan.Mahmoudi
    The November 2019 uprising of the Iranian people in 191 cities that began under the pretext of protesting rising gas prices showcased the dislike of the Iranian people for a regime marked by repression, discrimination, looting, and corruption. The November uprising was a strategic blow to the regime and was instrumental in cornering it internationally. The killing of Qasem Soleimani, too, was a serious blow to the regime's credibility beyond its borders. The mullahs employed an array of propaganda tactics to portray Soleimani as a national hero and organized funeral ceremonies in different cities. By magnifying Soleimani's loss, the regime's...
  • Multiple Rockets Hit US Embassy in Iraq

    01/28/2020 2:03:53 AM PST · by Hostage · 39 replies
    Western Journal News ^ | January 28, 2020 | AP Reports
    A nighttime rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad injured at least one embassy personnel member, staffers there said Monday. The two staff members, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, did not specify the injured person’s nationality or the severity of their wounds. They said the rocket slammed into a restaurant inside the embassy compound. Violence between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters also continued to seethe overnight, with one protester shot dead in a violent crackdown in the country’s south. Unrest was also ongoing in the capital Baghdad with...
  • The Iranian regime must release all American and foreign hostages!(my title)

    01/27/2020 1:07:05 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1-27-20 | Mike Pompeo
    For the second straight year, U.S. Navy veteran Michael White spent his birthday suffering in a horrible Iranian prison. The Iranian regime must release all American and foreign hostages!
  • Violence escalates in Iraq as government pushes to end protests

    01/27/2020 2:26:13 PM PST · by Mariner · 4 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | January 27th, 2020 | By Aziz El Yaakoubi and Nadine Awadalla
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead two protesters in Iraq's southern city of Nassiriya overnight and a Baghdad district became a battlefield on the third day of a drive by security forces to end months of demonstrations against the largely Iran-backed ruling elite. Clashes over the weekend had already killed at least five protesters. Rockets also hit the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone housing government buildings. Ambassadors of 16 countries in Baghdad including the United States, France and Britain condemned the use of live fire by Iraqi security forces and called for a credible investigation into the...
  • Islamic State announces ‘new phase’ of attacks mainly targeting Israel

    01/27/2020 10:47:48 AM PST · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    www.timesofisrael.com ^ | 01/27/2020 | Staff
    Audio message from spokesman says focus is now on ‘fighting the Jews and reclaiming what they have stolen from the Muslims’; urges sabotage of Trump peace plan The Islamic State group vowed Monday to shift its focus from the remnants of its “caliphate” toward making Israel the main target of its attacks. It also called to sabotage a peace plan US President Donald Trump is due to unveil, according to a purported audio message from its spokesman. Abu Hamza al-Quraishi said IS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi encourages the group’s fighters to launch “a new phase” and vowed major operations...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 1/26/2020

    01/26/2020 9:21:37 PM PST · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 1/26/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    NBA basketball star Kobe Byrant and eight others dead in a helicopter crash but first..... Security sources in Iraq say five rockets hit in Baghdad's Green Zone Sunday evening with at least one direct hit on the US Embassy. The Embassy's cafeteria was hit in the attack.... Reporting on injuries varies with some saying one was injured and others three injured..... While Israel's major political party leaders (Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud and Benny Gantz of Blue and White) headed to Washington to hear about the "Deal of the Century" peace plan involving Israel and the Palestinians, a prominent Palestinian leader...
  • 3 rockets hit US Embassy compound in Baghdad, no injuries reported: Sources

    01/26/2020 4:00:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    ABC 'News' ^ | 1/26/20 | Conor Finnegan, Luis Martinez
    The U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad was hit by multiple rockets on Sunday, two U.S. officials told ABC News. This is the first time the compound has been hit directly in years and comes just weeks after pro-Iranian militia members and their supporters assaulted the compound in Iraq. Rocket attacks on the Green Zone are very common. Last week three rockets were fired into Baghdad's Green Zone, the heavily fortified area of the capital that houses the embassy, government buildings and U.S. service members. Iraqi officials said Monday that there were no injuries. Both U.S. officials told ABC News that...
  • ISIS leader dubbed ‘Jabba the Jihadi’ captured in Iraq

    01/26/2020 12:02:40 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | 17/1/20 | Yaron Steinbuch
    He put the fat in fatwa. A morbidly obese ISIS fanatic dubbed “Jabba the Jihadi” has been captured by Iraqi forces — who loaded him onto a flatbed truck because he couldn’t fit in a police car. The 560-pound mufti Abu Abdul Bari, also known as Shifa al-Nima, was nabbed Thursday by an elite SWAT team of the Nineveh regiment in the city of Mosul, according to Stars and Stripes. The jumbo jihadist was known for “provocative speeches against the security forces” and is considered one of the top leaders of “ISIS gangs,” Iraqi security officials said in a...
  • Mike Pompeo: NPR Reporter Lied, Broke Off-the-Record Agreement

    01/26/2020 9:39:19 AM PST · by davikkm · 67 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHARLIE SPIERING
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday that National Public Radio reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to him and broke an off-the-record agreement. “NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice,” Pompeo said in a statement. “First, last month, in setting up our interview and, then again yesterday, in agreeing to have our post-interview conversation off the record.” Pompeo and his staff said Kelly agreed that an interview with the secretary would be about Iran but that she asked questions about Ukraine and United States Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Kelly revealed on NPR that Pompeo afterward berated her...