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  • US vigilant over Iranian activity in Hormuz,

    08/15/2018 2:25:41 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 12:13 August 9, 2018
    Washington: The United States is closely monitoring Iranian naval activity to ensure no disruptions occur to global shipping, a top US general said Wednesday, as tensions with Tehran intensify over renewed economic pressure from the Trump administration. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, said a recent Iranian naval exercise appeared to be linked to the Trump’s decision to reimpose trade sanctions in the wake of the US exit from the 2015 nuclear deal. “We are paying attention,” Votel told reporters at the Pentagon. “We’re extraordinary vigilant and watching for changes in the environment.” The two countries have exchanged...
  • Iran paramilitaries have chokehold on economy

    08/15/2018 2:30:37 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 16:08 August 14, 2018 | Omar Shariff
    Paradoxically, reinstatement of US sanctions benefits IRGC and associated conglomerates like Khatam Al Anbiya Dubai: Tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated dramatically since President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran in May and imposed stringent sanctions on its economy. Iran has also suffered a major decline in its currency this year — in part due to the US moves — with the rial losing more than half its value against the dollar since April. This has brought the focus back on the dire state of Iran’s economy. But who really controls it? To answer this question,...
  • Hamas using honeypots to target Israeli soldiers on Instagram

    08/16/2018 5:20:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | August 14, 2018 | Anna Ahronheim
    The IDF has uncovered another Hamas network posing as attractive young women on social networks in order to honeypot soldiers, this time on Instagram, in order to access as much information and intelligence on the army that they can. “This is a network in which the culture of sharing is paramount and where everything revolves around pictures and ‘see me,’” said Lt.-Col. A, the head of information security policies at the IDF’s Information Security Department. Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page. According to him, “Popularity and the need to follow back increases the risk” of soldiers...
  • Qatari emir vows $15bn Turkey investment

    08/15/2018 7:05:19 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 17 replies
    AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES ^ | 15 Aug 2018 | AL JAZEERA
    Qatar pledges to make direct investment in Turkey, currently hit by currency crisis amid a diplomatic stand-off with US.
  • Russia’s Gazprom begins construction of Turkey pipeline

    05/08/2017 10:22:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    KOM News ^ | 8 May 2017 | none stated
    Map of the planned Turkish Stream (Wikipedia). Russia’s Gazprom has begun constructing the first stage of the Turkish Stream pipeline that will run gas from southern Russia across the Black Sea to Turkey, Reuters reported on Sunday.Switzerland’s Allseas Group S.A has begun laying pipes on the Russian shore of Black Sea. The pipeline will when completed by the end of 2019 allow the state-owned Gazprom company to send gas direct to southern Europe through the Turkish Stream while bypassing Ukraine.The Turkish Stream intergovernmental agreement was signed in October 2016 after having been halted for almost a year following the shootdown...
  • Oil Politics: How Syrian Kurds Use Oil For Political Leverage

    08/14/2018 3:02:16 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 1 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/14/18 | Sirwan Kajjo
    RIMELAN, SYRIA – “Where does all our oil go to?” my Kurdish driver asked as we drove past more than a dozen hefty trucks loaded with crude oil. The cargo convoy was heading to Syrian regime-held areas. Syria’s seven-year civil war has left the Kurds with increasing power over the oil fields in their territory, adding yet another layer of complexity to the already complicated picture of the war-torn country. The Democratic Union Party (PYD), the main party in Syrian Kurdistan, took control of most Kurdish cities in July 2012. The takeover didn’t involve fighting with Syrian regime forces as...
  • Southwest Syria offensive is over (ISIS Pocket Cleared)

    08/13/2018 7:58:29 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 17 replies
    al Masdar News ^ | 2018-07-31 | Zen Adra
    The Syrian Army has finally managed to recapture the entire Yarmouk Basin region following fierce clashes with the Islamic State... - their defeat in southwest Syria.
  • Mapping Kurdish Groups In Iran Clashes With IRGC

    08/13/2018 7:29:28 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 5 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/13/18 | Seth Frantzman
    Kurdish groups in Iran have been increasing their activities over the summer months of 2018. An uptick in clashes, particularly with the IRGC, has been documented from published reports by the Iranian regime as well as the groups. This includes the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) and Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK). On August 11 the IRGC claimed to have killed 11 “terrorists” or “militants” in Oshnavieh. In addition the PDKI claimed to have killed a dozen of the IRGC. And in Baneh a report indicated the PAK had clashed with Iranian regime forces,...
  • Sniper Shoots ISIS Fighter Dead From Over One Mile Away With 40-Year-Old Gun

    08/12/2018 10:17:14 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 117 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 8-12-18 | Jason Lemon
    A British soldier from the elite Special Air Service has shot and killed an ISIS commander from more than a mile away, in what is thought to be the best long-range shot in the regiment’s 77-year history. Using a a huge .50 Calibre Browning machine gun, which is nearly 40 years old, the unnamed sergeant, who is a veteran of Iraq and Syria, managed to hit the fighter directly in the chest with a shot that blew off the commander’s arm and shoulder. “The Islamic State commander was briefing his men and clearly liked the sound of his own voice...
  • News Summary At This Hour

    08/12/2018 10:09:22 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 8/12/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    As the bombing and shelling campaign against jihadist opposition forces intensified in northern Syria, reports of civilian casualties are coming out of the area. The anti-Syria government Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that children were among 39 people killed.... Left-wing and anarchist protestors flooded the streets of Washington DC today to oppose a very small white nationalist protest.... The lead juror at the trial of an FBI agent accused of lying about two shots fired during a January 2016 operation that killed one Oregon Standoff protestor LaVoy Finicum and injured another Ryan Bundy says: "I feel its possible someone...
  • ISIS suffers devastating defeat in Deir Ezzor

    08/12/2018 7:22:31 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 32 replies
    AMN ^ | 2018-08-06 | Leith Aboufadel
    The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dealt a lethal blow to the so-called ‘caliphate’ a week ago, when their troops seized the last border points that were under the Islamic State’s control in eastern Syria. According to the official spokesperson for the SDF, their troops managed to capture the entire desert of eastern Deir Ezzor and secure the Al-Hasakah provincial border that weekend.
  • The Democrats Don’t Have a Foreign Policy, They Have A Trump Policy

    05/10/2018 6:30:32 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 22 replies
    FrontPage ^ | 5/10/18 | Greenfield
    The Democrats Don’t Have a Foreign Policy, They Have A Trump Policy Not just treasonous, stupid. May 10, 2018 Daniel Greenfield Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism. Quick, what’s the Dem position on Syria? What about China? Don’t bother. There was once a time when Democrats could discuss Syria, North Korea, the South China Sea, economic tensions in the European Union and the future of Africa. But that was before Trump. Democrats don’t have a foreign policy anymore. They have a Trump...
  • China: We Might Help Assad with the War in Syria

    08/11/2018 11:39:22 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 30 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 11, 2018 | Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
    China has long avoided entangling itself in direct military conflict abroad. But the Chinese ambassador to Syria last week suggested that China is considering doing just that — in Syria. On August 1, Ambassador Qi Qianjin told the Syrian pro-regime news outlet Al-Watan that China’s “military is willing to participate in some way alongside the Syrian army that's fighting the terrorists in Idlib and in any other part of Syria.” Qi praised the China-Syria military cooperation. The Chinese military attache in Syria, Wong Roy Chang, said that cooperation between the Syrian and Chinese militaries was “ongoing,” adding, “We – China...
  • There is No Difference Between Shias and Sunnis - Ayatollah Khamenei

    08/10/2018 2:06:34 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 27 replies
    Khamenei Iran ^ | 2016 | Ayatollah Khamenei
    One of the instruments that the enemies use is creating discord among us. I insist that we stress and place great emphasis on this matter. Brothers, sisters, Muslims in the world of Islam, if this call reaches your ears, you should know that the day when the words “Sunni” and “Shia” appeared in the American discourse, we became concerned. Every insightful person became concerned. What does America have to do with Sunni and Shia? What does such and such a Jewish Zionist politician in America – who has done nothing except for showing malevolence against Islam and Muslims – have...
  • News Summary At This Hour

    08/10/2018 10:14:58 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 8/10/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    A federal jury in Portland, Oregon found FBI Agent Joseph Astarita not guilty of lying about firing two shots during a deadly law enforcement operation..... A California jury has ordered the chemical company Monsanto to pay a California man 289 million dollars in damages for causing his cancer..... Late word tonight that a turboprop aircraft was stolen by an airline employee at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The plane was intercepted by fighter aircraft and did some acrobatic maneuvers before crashing on an island in southern Puget Sound..... The Syrian government launched dozens of airstrikes and shelling attacks across three northern provinces...
  • Iran admits to helping Al Quaeda before 9/11

    08/10/2018 10:40:01 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 47 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 2018 | Mary Kay Linge
    A top Iranian official has admitted for the first time that Iran knowingly helped al-Qaeda terrorists — including some of the 9/11 attackers — travel secretly through the Middle East. “Their movements [through Iran] were under the complete supervision of the Iranian intelligence,” Mohammad-Javad Larijani said in a recently surfaced interview. That was one of the main accusations leveled against Iran in the U.S. government’s 9/11 Commission Report, which named the nation as a state sponsor of terrorism. Larijani, the secretary of the Iranian judiciary’s High Council for Human Rights and a former diplomat, is a prominent member of the...
  • US allies, Al Qaeda battle rebels in Yemen

    08/10/2018 10:21:52 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug 2018 | Associated Press
    "Elements of the U.S. military are clearly aware that much of what the U.S. is doing in Yemen is aiding AQAP and there is much angst about that," said Michael Horton, a fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, a U.S. analysis group that tracks terrorism. "However, supporting the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against what the U.S. views as Iranian expansionism takes priority over battling AQAP and even stabilizing Yemen," Horton said.
  • Why Restrict Visa’s From: Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Libya?

    01/30/2017 9:14:17 AM PST · by Ray76 · 9 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jan 30, 2017 | Sundance
    (Via CNN) No person accepted to the United States as a refugee, Syrian or otherwise, has been implicated in a major fatal terrorist attack since the Refugee Act of 1980 set up systematic procedures for accepting refugees into the United States, according to an analysis of terrorism immigration risks by the Cato Institute. Oh Really? No Refugees implicated in terrorism? Read on…
  • Fewer Than One In Five Russians Approve Of Putin’s Foreign Policy

    08/09/2018 1:21:59 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 10 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/9/18 | L Todd Wood
    Russian independent pollster Levada Center says only 16% of the Russian population approves of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy, although his overall approval numbers are still sky high. The drop in popularity of the Kremlin’s overseas adventures comes off the announcement of a change in the retirement age inside Russia, which has severely hurt the president’s image. The Curious Case Of Russian Pension Reform A Levada Center poll conducted in July 2018 and published Thursday has found that 16 percent of Russian respondents support Putin’s foreign policy, down from 22 percent two years ago. Denis Volkov, a sociologist with...
  • Rockets Fly Again In Sderot

    08/08/2018 5:14:02 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 6 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/8/18 | L Todd Wood
    Channeling their inner Hitler, who loved to fire unguided V-2 rockets at London, causing panic and fear, and the deaths of thousands, the “peaceful” Palestinians are at it again, firing Katusha rockets into southern Israel at border towns along the Gaza Strip. Eight projectiles were fired Wednesday at the small town of Sderot, a bustling Jewish community right smack dab up against the border with the Arab territory. Two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile system, but at least two hit pay dirt, injuring at least three civilians. I’ve been to Sderot many times. I was rocketed in...