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  • Senate unanimously passes bill to recognize Armenian genocide

    12/12/2019 5:16:41 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 12, 2019 | Bob Fredericks
    The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide in Turkey more than a century ago — a slap at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has denounced the effort. ... The bipartisan effort could be the first step in a response to Erdogan for buying Russian weapons systems. Erdogan visited the White House this fall and held a meeting alongside Trump with Republican senators, temporarily delaying the Senate’s actions against Turkey. ... The House of Representatives last month voted 405-11 in favor of a resolution asserting that it would be US policy to commemorate the killing of...
  • Squad members oppose Israeli-Palestinian 'two-state solution' resolution, aligning with GOP

    12/07/2019 5:25:21 AM PST · by chief lee runamok · 10 replies
    faux ^ | 12/07/2019 | Danielle Wallace
    The U.S. House approved a Democrat-backed resolution Friday calling for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- but did so without support from the four far-left freshmen congresswomen known as "the Squad."
  • Leaked Iran Cables: Key Findings From Secret Documents

    12/05/2019 4:10:53 AM PST · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    NYTimes ^ | Nov. 18, 2019
    Leaked spy cables reveal how Iran came to dominate the political and military spheres in Iraq. Here’s what the hundreds of documents tell us. -excerpt- The leak exposed Iran’s vast influence in Iraq, detailing the painstaking efforts of Iranian spies to co-opt Iraqi leaders and infiltrate every aspect of political life. The trove consists of roughly 700 pages of reports and cables written mainly in 2014 and 2015 by officers in Iran’s version of the C.I.A. who were based in Iraq. -excerpt- Many of the files show that as senior American diplomats met behind closed doors with their Iraqi counterparts...
  • Brussels reacts in FURY as Germany's Volkswagen shuns Europe and opts for 'cheaper' Turkey

    10/15/2019 9:07:09 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 12 replies
    Express ^ | Oct 3, 2019 | Rachel Russell
    Brussels is concerned by the constraints on freedom of expression and demonstration rights under Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is despite the German carmaker arguing the country is a candidate for EU membership. German Green Party politician Reinhard Bütikofer, revealed the decision “caused dismay” within the European Parliament. He said: “In view of the increasingly deteriorating situation of the rule of law, media freedom and democracy under President Erdogan, the decision of the VW Group head is causing dismay.” The location decision is also said be a breach of EU competition rules. While Turkey has committed to complying with...
  • Turkey drops block on defence plan for Baltics - NATO chief

    12/04/2019 10:33:47 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 4, 2019 | Reuters
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that Turkey had dropped its block on a plan to bolster the defences of Baltic states and Poland against Russia. He told a news conference after an alliance summit outside London that NATO leaders did not discuss the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey views as a terrorist organisation. Ahead of the summit, Ankara had refused to back the NATO defence plan for the Baltics and Poland until it received more support for its battle with the YPG, including other alliance members recognising it as a terrorist group. In a final press conference...
  • US forces kill two jihadis in Syria using terrifying mincer missile that deploys SIX deadly [tr]

    12/04/2019 6:51:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 4, 2019 | Luke Kenton
    US forces reportedly conducted an airstrike on a minivan in a north-western Syrian city on Tuesday, killing two targets just 10 miles away from where former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid in October. The targeted strike was said to have involved the use of a secret ‘Ninja’ missile, known as the AGM-114R9X, which substitutes the explosive warhead found on standard missiles for a set of six folding sword-like blades, designed to smash through buildings and vehicles with minimal civilian casualties. According to The Warzone, the hit was carried out in Atmeh, located in Syria’s Idlib...
  • Trump's Canny Diplomatic and Psychological Feints on the International Stage

    12/04/2019 5:40:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2019 | Austin Bay
    Three years ago, Donald Trump began a rhetorical offensive targeting the governments of NATO nations that chronically failed to meet their allied defense financial commitments. With bombastic huff, Trump intimated that allies pay their share or America might walk. It's 2019. Few NATO members currently meet the 2% GDP defense commitment. However, several once-laggard NATO nations have increased military spending, and the alliance is stronger for it. The era of blithe freeloading has ended. Cheapskates like Germany pay a price in lost prestige. America not only hasn't walked; it is modernizing its forces. Earlier this year, President Trump began grousing...
  • US court sentences Hezbollah operative to 40 years in jail

    12/03/2019 7:28:40 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 13 replies
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | 3 Dec 2019 | AFP
    New York (AFP) – An American of Lebanese descent was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday for buying weapons and plotting attacks on behalf of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah. Ali Kourani, 34, was found guilty in May of gathering intelligence on potential attack targets, including New York’s JFK International Airport and a federal building in Manhattan. A federal court in America’s financial capital convicted him of eight allegations including conspiracy to use weapons in a violent crime. Born in Lebanon but naturalized by the United States in 2009, Kourani attended several Hezbollah training camps in his country...
  • NATO countries boost defense spending

    11/30/2019 4:07:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | November 30, 2019 | The Washington Post
    BRUSSELS — NATO nations are increasing spending on defense, with nine of the alliance’s 29 members now meeting guidelines, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday, ahead of a summit next week where President Donald Trump is expected to urge leaders yet again to increase military expenditures. The top-tier spending club — with at least 2% of annual gross domestic allocated for defense — expanded by one country and now includes Bulgaria, according to figures released by the military alliance. EU countries and Canada have collectively boosted their defense spending every year since 2015, motivated first by Russia’s conflict with...
  • In Tense Exchange, Trump and Macron Put Forth Dueling Visions for NATO

    12/03/2019 2:02:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/03/2019 | By Katie Rogers and Annie Karni
    LONDON — President Trump sat down in a gilded chair beside President Emmanuel Macron of France on Tuesday, prepared for what has become a ritual of sorts on his home turf at the White House: He holds forth as another leader is left to smile stoically through his jokes, jabs and insults. But Mr. Macron changed the script. By the time their 45-minute appearance at the American ambassador’s residence in London was over, the French leader had managed a rare role reversal, putting Mr. Trump on the defensive about his vision for NATO and his handling of a military conflict...
  • Trump’s Openness Is Forcing A Stronger NATO And Europe

    12/03/2019 1:50:09 PM PST · by Liberty7732 · 9 replies
    The American people and the world are witnessing a revolution of openness brought on by none other than the frank, brusk, always to the point methods of President Trump. This was on full display this week as Trump held public press conferences with world leaders during the NATO meeting in London, and repeatedly had shockingly open and honest discussions — the things that have always been kept behind closed doors in the past, and then reported via leaks through a partisan media. Trump’s method forces difficult issues out into the light without the bias filter. With French President Emmanuel Macron,...
  • Former Indiana Resident Pleads Guilty to Concealing Terrorism Financing

    12/01/2019 9:42:47 AM PST · by ransomnote · 5 replies
    justice.gov ^ | November 26, 2019 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Former Indiana Resident Pleads Guilty to Concealing Terrorism Financing Samantha Marie Elhassani, aka Samantha Sally, 34, formerly of Elkhart, Indiana, pleaded guilty yesterday to a one-count Information charging her with concealment of terrorism financing in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339C. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana Thomas L. Kirsch II, FBI Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division Mike McGarrity, and FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Indianapolis field office Grant Mendenhall made the...
  • Trump will tell NATO to increase defense spending, resist Chinese influence

    11/29/2019 8:56:53 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, November 29, 2019 | Tom Howell Jr.
    President Trump will urge European allies to spend more on defense and repel China’s “cheap money” during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s meeting in London next week. Senior administration officials also expect Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to get an earful from NATO partners for purchasing an air-defense system from Russia — an antagonist of the alliance that has shown disregard for its neighbors’ sovereignty. Mr. Trump, who departs Washington for the meeting Monday, tends to ruffle feathers at these types of summits. He often complains that allies don’t spend enough of their own money on mutual defense, though senior...
  • The Iranian Regime Conceals its Brutality to Conceal its Vulnerability

    11/29/2019 5:50:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2019 | Giulo Terzi
    As we witnessed a new round of nationwide protests in Iran, there is no sign of a slowdown in either the people’s unrest or the government’s brutal attempts at repression. By most estimates, the death toll exceeded 200. Thousands more have been wounded and arrested, and details about the regime’s tactics have begun leaking out in spite of the mullahs’ efforts to block the internet and maintain a veil of silence over ongoing developments. There are two distinct reasons for this silence. Obviously, Tehran does not relish the prospect of the international community becoming widely aware of escalating human rights...
  • Iran, Russia, China to Hold Joint Wargames in ‘Message to the World’

    11/28/2019 10:49:39 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 39 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | 11/27/19 | Adam Kredo
    Iran, China, and Russia will hold in the coming weeks their first-ever joint war drills, which leaders say are meant to send a "message to the world" about increased military cooperation between the rogue countries. The commander of Iran's navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said Wednesday that the Islamic Republic will team up with Moscow and Beijing within the next month to hold the mass war drills. "The joint wargame between Iran, Russia, and China, which will hopefully be conducted next month, carries the same message to the world, that these three countries have reached a meaningful strategic point in...
  • News and comment on the very recent events in Syria, Iran, and Israel 11/20/19

    11/21/2019 3:14:00 AM PST · by firebrand · 8 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | 11/20/19 | Amir Tsarfati
    Some political news first, about the elections in Israel, followed by comments on the chaos in Iran, and then, as has been posted elsewhere including FR, reports of the spectacular failure of the attempted rocket attack on Israel. Amir says Israel interfered with the GPS reception. More favorable comments about President Trump and some outspoken remarks on the media and Carter. Things are progressing toward war but be of good cheer.
  • U.S. Resumes Large-Scale Operations Against ISIS in Northern Syria

    11/25/2019 10:49:44 AM PST · by BeauBo · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | 25 Nov, 2019 | Eric Schmitt
    United States troops have resumed large-scale counterterrorism missions against the Islamic State in northern Syria, military officials say... On Friday, American soldiers and hundreds of Syrian Kurdish fighters... reunited to conduct what the Pentagon said was a large-scale mission to kill and capture ISIS fighters in Deir al-Zour province, about 120 miles south of the Turkish border. “Over the next days and weeks, the pace will pick back up against remnants of ISIS,” Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the commander of the military’s Central Command, told reporters... When the dust settles on all of the troop movements, General McKenzie said he...
  • Islam and Orthodox Christianity Have the Same Values, Putin Says

    11/23/2019 12:17:53 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 71 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Nov 22 2019
    Orthodox Christianity and Islam are based on the same fundamental values, President Vladimir Putin said in an address to a religious conference in Kyrgyzstan. The conference, titled "Orthodoxy and Islam — Religions of Peace," aimed to promote interethnic and interreligious dialogue between Russia and Kyrgyzstan. "Islam and Orthodox Christianity, just like other world religions, are based on fundamental humanistic values that are of enduring importance — on mercy and love for one’s near, justice and respect for human beings," the state-run TASS news agency quoted Putin as saying Thursday. The address, which was read out to the conference by Russian...
  • Prosecutors: Political fundraiser offered witnesses millions to stay quiet

    11/23/2019 6:24:06 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 23 2019 | Tal Axelrod
    Federal prosecutors on Friday alleged that a political fundraiser offered six witnesses in a case against him $6 million for their silence. The prosecutors also accused Imaad Zuberi, who is already accused of funneling foreign money into U.S. elections, of acting as an unregistered agent for the Turkish government and for Libyan government officials, as well as other foreign countries. Zuberi later Friday pleaded guilty to counts on tax evasion, campaign finance violations and failing to register as a foreign agent. SNIP Zuberi is known to have ties to a high-profile Democratic Party donor linked to Turkish President Recep Tayyip...
  • French minister criticizes US over ‘unanswered’ Iran attacks

    11/23/2019 8:54:58 AM PST · by Mariner · 37 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | November 23rd, 2019 | JON GAMBRELL
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France’s defense minister criticized the U.S. on Saturday over what she described as “unanswered” attacks in recent months threatening the Persian Gulf, warning that the decades-long American deterrence in the oil-rich region appeared to be losing its power. Florence Parly separately said France “deplored” both U.S. President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal of America from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers that led to the re-imposition of crushing sanctions, as well as Tehran recently breaking the deal’s enrichment, stockpile and centrifuge limits. While saying France would continue to talk to Iran, her speech before...