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  • Voice of America reporter Arif Aslan arrested in Turkey

    07/01/2020 9:28:00 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    Stockholm Center for Freedom ^ | June 16, 2020 | SCF
    Arif Aslan, a correspondent for the Voice of America (VOA) Kurdish service, was arrested today in the eastern Turkish province of Van. He was following a democracy march started by the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). Speaking to Gazete Duvar, Aslan’s lawyer, Cahit Durmaz, said he was arrested due to a previous conviction dating back to 2016-2017 and was expected to be released on parole after around two weeks in prison. Aslan was previously arrested on March 31, 2017, reportedly for photographing the barriers put in front of the municipal building in Van after the Turkish government appointed a caretaker...
  • Evidence CHAZ/CHOP shooter/executioner was American member of communist Kurdish elite YPG squad

    06/30/2020 6:21:58 PM PDT · by wardaddy · 40 replies
    Kiwi ^ | 6-29-20 | Site
    #3,841 I think this vid gives a good overview of what happened. It starts with some crazy woman saying ANY SUV THAT COMES NEAR US YOU NEED TO SHOOT THEM SHOOT ALL THE SUVS IT COULD BE ALL OF THEM etc etc At 0: 45 you hear screaming tires and at around 1:00 the jeep crashes and gunshots start. I marked the place where the jeep crashes. On the pic the crash already occurred. Rumor is that there was a shootout before with another group. That's why the crazy woman yells to shoot any suv that comes near. 14 and...
  • Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu Is a Peacemaker—and Don't Think the Left Will Mention It

    06/29/2020 8:52:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/29/2019 | P. David Hornik
    In this Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 file photo, released by Oman News Agency, Oman's Sultan Qaboos, left, receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Muscat, Oman. (Oman News Agency via AP, File) The “last decade,” notes James Sinkinson in a perceptive article, has seen a “sea change” in Israel’s ties with “key Arab states.” And that last decade is also the one in which Benjamin Netanyahu (again, after a stint in the 1990s) has been Israel’s prime minister — specifically since March 2009.True, conditions for enhanced Arab-Israeli ties have been propitious — particularly the behavior of regional bully Iran, a...
  • First scenes from Israeli attack over Hama last night [Syria]

    06/24/2020 6:56:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.almasdarnews.com ^ | 2020-06-24 | Staff
    BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The semi-official Syrian newspaper, Al-Watan, published the first scenes of the destruction left by the Israeli strikes in the Hama countryside this morning. The photos published by the Syrian newspaper on its official Facebook page show the great destruction caused by the raids on some installations, buildings and structures in the Al-Salamiyah District of Hama. The Syrian newspaper did not state the name of these buildings, the location, or the total number of losses from these strikes. At approximately 12:45 A.M. (local time) last night, the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles at the eastern...
  • Syrian Kurds say Turkish charity dwarfed by stolen produce

    06/23/2020 7:04:20 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | Jun 22, 2020 | Amberin Zaman
    As Turkey touts its humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria's Idlib, critics weigh the six truckloads of supplies against its thousands of tons of allegedly looted Syrian grain. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported that on Monday, two Turkish charities had sent six trucks carrying humanitarian aid to the rebel-held province of Idlib in northwest Syria. “Truckloads of supplies including flour, clothing and dry food [donated] by the Adana Dosteller and Eskisehir Gunisigi charities entered Idlib through the Yayladagi border crossing in Turkey’s southern Hatay province. The aid will be distributed among families living in tents in Idlib,” Anadolu reported. Turkey’s...
  • Turkish airstrike on Syria’s Kobani claims lives of four women

    06/23/2020 6:32:51 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    North Press Agency ^ | 6/23/2020 | Editing by Hisham Arafat
    KOBANI, Syria (North Press) – Four women lost their lives including a feminist activist and many others injured on Tuesday evening in an aerial bombardment allegedly by Turkish air force that targeted the village of Helenj, east of the town of Kobani, north Syria, local sources said. The sources in the village told North Press that a feminist activist, named Zahra Barkal, was among the women who lost their lives in the bombardment. Barkal was an official in the Kurdish Women Organization, known as Kongreya Star, which activities focus on the feminist movement in northeastern Syria. Barkal was visiting a...
  • Turkish drone strike kills 3 women in north Syria's Kurdish city of Kobani (Where Kurds 1st stood against ISIS)

    06/23/2020 6:02:01 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Kurdistan 24 News ^ | 2 hours ago | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A Turkish drone strike on Tuesday evening killed three civilian females at a residence in the village of Helincę, located outside the northern Syrian city of Kobani, according to local security forces. The General Command of the Kurdish-led Internal Security Forces (ISF), also known as the Asayesh, in an official statement said blamed the “Turkish occupation” for the attack. “We in the General Command of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) for Northeast Syria condemn the crimes of the Turkish occupation against our people and we also call on the International Coalition and the Russian Federation to...
  • State Department 'concerned' about situation in Libya as conflict escalates

    12/22/2019 9:37:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/21/19 03:44 PM EST | By Rachel Frazin -
    State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement Saturday that the U.S. is "concerned" by a request for military support by the Government of National Accord (GNA). The U.S. is also concerned about the Libyan National Army's (LNA) "threat to use foreign-supplied air assets and mercenaries." Forces led by the LNA's Khalifa Haftar have been supported by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russian mercenaries, according to the wire service, which cited diplomats and Tripoli officials. A U.S. official told Reuters that the presence of the Russian forces is "creating a bloodier conflict." "More civilian damage, damage to infrastructure...
  • Libyan leader threatens EU with 800,000 more migrants, including “criminals and terrorists”

    07/18/2019 8:28:53 AM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | JUL 18, 2019 11:00 AM | CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS
    Libyan leader threatens EU with 800,000 more migrants, including “criminals and terrorists” JUL 18, 2019 11:00 AM BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS “Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), warned on Tuesday that 800,000 more migrants could be driven into Europe unless the assault on Tripoli by warlord Khalifa Haftar ends soon.” Since when did Tripoli’s internal problems with warlord Khalifa Haftar become the EU’s problem? It is astonishing how Islamic supremacist thugs are now giving orders to the EU. This is the fault of globalists who have surrendered their countries’ sovereignty. Al-Sarraj also warned:...
  • Airstrike On Migrant Detention Center In Libya Kills At Least 44 People

    07/03/2019 5:41:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    npr ^ | July 3, 2019· | Vanessa Romo ,Bill Chappell
    An airstrike on a migrant detention center in the Tajoura suburb of Libya's capital killed at least 44 people early Wednesday morning, according to the United Nations. More than 100 people were injured. The strike hit a hangar within the Tajoura Detention Center, obliterating what had been a shelter that was housing roughly 120 people. The death toll has grown as local health authorities report casualties. The U.N.-recognized government in the capital, Tripoli, has accused strongman Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army of carrying out the attack. As NPR's Jane Arraf reports, the migrants' hangar is next to a...
  • Libya crisis: Fighting flares on outskirts of Tripoli

    04/07/2019 6:24:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 April 2019
    Reports say clashes between Gen Khalifa Haftar's rebels and pro-government groups are taking place in three suburbs to the south of the city. Tripoli is the base of the UN-backed, internationally recognised government. The UN's Libya envoy has insisted that a planned conference on possible new elections will still go ahead. In a televised address the head of the UN-backed government, Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, accused Gen Haftar of launching a coup. Mr al-Sarraj said his government had "extended our hands towards peace", but said Gen Haftar will now be met with "nothing but strength and firmness". Tripoli residents have...
  • Libya: EU officials hoping Trump will pull support for warlord

    04/23/2019 11:57:35 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 8 replies
    The Guardian (of Globalism) ^ | April 23, 2019 | Patrick Wintour
    European officials are hoping Donald Trump’s surprise expression of support for the Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar can be reversed amid division in Washington over US policy on the north African country. A clarification of US policy is considered necessary in order to build an international consensus condemning the attack on Tripoli that has claimed nearly 300 lives and injured more than 1,000, including migrants trapped in detention centres, since it began this month. Haftar is seen by Britain and the UN as the immediate aggressor in the conflict. Diplomats were surprised last week when an official White House readout of...
  • US Has Panic Attack After Libyan Puppets Lose Control of Oil Ports

    03/21/2017 8:37:02 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 99 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | 20 March 2017
    The EU and US urge "strongman" Khalifa Haftar to return oil ports to the "Libyan people". We're glad that Washington has a sense of humor ___ Libya was the richest, most developed, most educated country in North Africa. It was a model of much-needed stability in the region, with a government that was considerably less terrible than NATO's numerous medieval dictator-allies. Before the "revolution", the Libyan government used oil revenues to subsidize a whole range of social benefits for its citizens. And now that Libya is a moon crater, the U.S. and its European poodles are whining about "returning oil...
  • Libyan forces push into last Islamic State area in Sirte

    10/10/2016 9:44:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    http://www.oann.com/l ^ | October 10, 2016 | By Ahmed Elumami
    An armoured vehicle of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government is pictured during a battle with Islamic State militants in neighbourhood Number Three in Sirte, Libya October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny ************************************************************* TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan pro-government forces are advancing into the last area controlled by Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, surrounding the militants after a five-month campaign backed by U.S. air strikes, military officials say.At least eight pro-government fighters were killed over the weekend as their forces pushed into the 600 block, an area in central Sirte, with snipers and boobytraps posing the main obstacles...
  • Libyan renegade general announces readiness to cooperate with Israel

    12/03/2014 11:50:57 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | 01 December 2014
    Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar, who leads the Libyan militias fighting against Islamists in eastern Libya, has said he does not mind "cooperating with Israel and receiving various forms of support from it". General Haftar initially fought on the side of Muammar Gaddafi, before turning against him to fight with Islamist groups in 2011. He recently re-emerged as the leader of a military campaign to eradicate Islamist factions in the country. The editor in chief of Egypt's Al-Mesryoon newspaper, Gamal Sultan, quoted a statement made by Haftar during an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Sunday, in...
  • Libya Islamist militias 'seize Tripoli airport'

    08/23/2014 12:17:53 PM PDT · by sunmars · 30 replies
    A statement shown on screen on An-Nabaa television, regarded as close to the Islamists, said: "Fajr Libya announces that it totally controls Tripoli international airport." Earlier on Saturday, leaders of the Islamist coalition, partly comprising men from Misrata, east of Tripoli, said their forces were advancing on the airport, having taken a bridge and a military base. The strategic site 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the Libyan capital, has been shut since July 13 amid skirmishes between the Islamists and the Zintan force, allies of rogue general Khalifa Haftar, based at Benghazi in eastern Libya and hostile to the...
  • Possible Egyptian 'direct' intervention in Libya becomes legitimate: President Sisi

    06/23/2020 11:54:17 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Egypt Today ^ | June 20, 2020 | Noha El Tawil
    President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi checked on the forces in the Western Military Zone Saturday telling them, "The Egyptian Army is one of the strongest in the region. Yet, it is a wise army that protects but doesn't threaten, and is able to defend the national security of Egypt within and beyond its borders." The president said that the Air Force, the Special Forces, and the Border Guards have been securing 1,200 kilometers of borders with Libya for seven years, and accomplishing missions that have not been disclosed... The president warned in his speech in Sidi Barani district in Matrouh Governorate...
  • Greece warns Turkey that they are ready for war

    06/23/2020 6:50:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    www.almasdarnews.com ^ | - 2020-06-21 | Staff
    BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – On Saturday, the Greek Army announced its readiness to respond to any steps by Turkey, threatening to “burn everyone who sets foot on Greek soil.” A Greek news website quoted the statements of the Chief of Staff of the Greek Army, Constantius Florus, who did not rule out the occurrence of a “military conflict with Turkey in the event that Ankara proceeded to cross the red lines,” noting that “the military conflict is possible, and no one can exclude this possibility. And if anything like that happens, this will not be limited to one point,...
  • Constantinople’s Archons Appeal to President Trump Concerning Fate of Agia Sophia

    06/22/2020 6:04:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/22/20
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan has again upset the Christian world with his plans to reconvert the world-famous Agia Sophia in Istanbul, currently functioning as a museum, back into a mosque. Agia Sophia was built in the 6th century as an Orthodox Christian cathedral and served in the capacity until the fall of Byzantium to the Ottoman invaders in 1453, after which it was converted into a mosque. A 1934 presidential decree secularized the building and turned it into a state museum. But now, on July 2, the State Council of Turkey will review the possibility of changing the status...
  • Libya: A Catastrophe for Russia’s Pantsir S1 Air Defense System

    06/22/2020 5:44:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | June 19, 2020 | Altan A. Ozler
    Last month has proven to be catastrophic for the credibility of one of Russia’s most touted air defense systems. The troubles for the Pantsir S1 air defense system in Libya began when Khalifa Haftar’s yearlong Tripoli offensive against the Ankara-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) began to collapse. Believed to have been supplied to the Libyan strongman as early as last year by his backers in the Gulf, the Russian system was meant to be used as a trump card against Turkey’s combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) air interdiction operations. Yet, after a major GNA counteroffensive last month, and the...