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Kenya Travel Warning

June 19, 2014


"The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Kenya.  The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Kenya.  U.S. citizens in Kenya, and those considering travel to Kenya, should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime in some areas.  Due to the terrorist attack on June 15 in Mpeketoni, in Lamu County, the U.S. Embassy instituted restrictions on U.S. government personnel travel to all coastal counties – Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu, and the coastal portion only of Tana River County."




Then moving on...


Hamas threatens 3rd Intifada to answer massive Israeli crackdown

June 20, 2014


"Hamas is promising to “open the gates of hell” if Netanyahu’s government expels its leaders from the West Bank to Gaza in connection with three missing Israeli teens. The rescue operation resulted in 280 arrests and a death of a Palestinian teen.

With Operation Brother's Keeper unwinding in the West Bank, the Israeli government and army are set to find Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frankel, who were allegedly kidnapped in the West Bank a week ago, at any cost."




Israeli warplanes bomb several spots in Gaza

June 19, 2014


"Israeli warplanes have once again targeted several spots in the besieged Gaza Strip in the latest attack against the Palestinians.

The airstrike was carried out in early hours of Thursday on northern Gaza Strip and Gaza City.

Gaza’s emergency chief Ashraf al-Qedra said at least one Palestinian was wounded in the air raid.

During the past days, the Israeli air force carried out several strikes on the Gaza Strip under the pretext of finding three Israeli settlers who have allegedly gone missing since a few days ago in the occupied West Bank."





Ukraine's peace plan can't come soon enough

June 20, 2014


"YANAKIYEVE, Ukraine -- Seven Ukrainian troops were killed in overnight fighting in the restive east, an official said Friday, as clashes between government forces and pro-Russia rebels flared ahead of the publication of a presidential peace plan that includes a unilateral cease-fire.

Separatists who want to split from the government in Kiev were operating tanks in the region, a particular sore point for Ukraine, which accuses Russia of letting the vehicles and other heavy weaponry cross the border.

A senior U.S. administration official told CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan that the U.S. believes that Russian soldiers are maintaining posts along the Ukrainian border to support the separatists. The U.S. says they have redeployed "significant" forces within a few kilometers of Ukrainian territory, the closest they have been since the invasion of Crimea, Brennan reports. The U.S. has additional information that more forces will arrive within the coming weeks.


Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced concern about the Ukrainian military operation against the rebels but has resisted both the rebels' pleas to join Russia and repeated calls from Russian nationalists for Putin to send troops into Ukraine.

NATO, however, reported Thursday that Russia was resuming a military buildup at the Ukrainian border."




Ukraine's Poroshenko declares week-long ceasefire, warns rebels

June 20, 2014


By Richard Balmforth


"KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday ordered a seven-day ceasefire in the fight against pro-Russian separatists, but also warned them they could face death if they did not use the time to put down their guns.

In Moscow, the Kremlin, whose support Poroshenko needs for his plan to end the insurgency in the rebellious east, denounced the ceasefire as an ultimatum to separatists rather than a peace offering."






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US-Sponsored Terrorism in Iraq and “Constructive Chaos” in the Middle East

June 19, 2014

By Julie Lévesque


"Iraq is once again front page news. And once again the picture that is presented to us in the Western mainstream media is a mixture of half truths, falsehoods, disinformation and propaganda. The mainstream media will not tell you that the US is supporting both sides in the Iraqi conflict. Washington is overtly supporting the Iraqi Shiite government, while covertly training, arming and funding the Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Supporting the influx of terrorist brigades in Iraq is an act of foreign aggression. But the mainstream media will tell you that the Obama administration is “concerned” by the actions committed by the terrorists.


The preferred narrative in the U.S. and most Western mainstream media is that the current situation is due to the U.S “withdrawal” which ended in December 2011 (more than 200 U.S. troops and military advisors remained in Iraq). This portrait of events in which the US withdrawal is to blame for the insurgency does not draw any connection between the U.S. invasion of 2003 and the occupation that ensued. It also ignores the death squads trained by U.S advisors in Iraq in the wake of the invasion and which are at the heart of the current turmoil.


As usual, the mainstream media does not want you to understand what’s going on. Its goal is to shape perceptions and opinions by crafting a view of the world which serves powerful interests. For that matter, they will tell you it’s a civil war."

snip  This is a long article, but worth the read.  Thanks LoneStarr



ISIS Grabs Saddam's Old Chemical Weapons Site

John Johnson

June 19, 2014


"Newser) – The facility outside Baghdad where Saddam Hussein cooked up his chemical weapons is now in the hands of extremists trying to take over the country, reports the Wall Street Journal. The good news is that the al-Muthanna facility has been mothballed for so long that US officials don't think militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria will be able to make any use of it. The takeaway quote from a State Department spokesperson: "We do not believe that the complex contains CW materials of military value and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to safely move the materials." (Saddam is believed to have made sarin, mustard gas, and other poisons there during his war with Iran in the 1980s.)"

snip  <<<<hmm, seems to me I recall Rumsfeld making a visit to Saddam and giving him those weapons.




Iraq crisis: Isis jihadists 'seize Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons stockpile' - live

June 19, 2014


Latest developments and news from the Iraq crisis, as Saudi Arabia warns that Britain and US must not meddle in Iraq


many articles regarding Iraq at the following link



ISIS ‘has become a single entity in Syria, Iraq’

June 19, 2014


"A coalition of rebels including al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and a-Sham (ISIS) took over Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul—located in Nineveh Province—Tikrit, and various other majority-Sunni towns in Anbar, Nineveh, and Salah a-Din provinces in a lightning campaign last week.


ISIS has since established a virtually autonomous belt across Iraq’s western Nineveh and Anbar provinces, stretching due west into Syria’s Deir e-Zor, Hasaka and A-Raqqa provinces.


Reports of ISIS’s military gains suggest that the group is funneling arms and equipment captured from Iraqi forces—some of it American-made—into Syria.


ISIS’s rapid military gains have prompted a shift in the Syrian regime’s relatively hands-off strategy towards the group. The Syrian government began shelling ISIS headquarters in A-Raqqa five days ago.


“Control of the borders helps ISIS's fighters move from Iraq to Syria easily,” the pro-ISIS citizen journalist with the Raqqa Media Center Abu Bakr tells Syria Direct’s Muhammad al-Haj Ali. “[This is] a factor that will shift the balance of power, when fighters or weapons move from Syria to Iraq or vice-versa.” 




Iraq crisis: Top Shia cleric Sistani withdraws support for PM Maliki

June 20, 2014


"Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of Shia Islam's leading voices, has called for creation of new government that 'avoids past mistakes' in comments seen as a devastating blow to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki"



some tweets that I find interesting


#Jordan Islamic State supporters rally in city of Maan to celebrate #ISIL “#Iraq victories” call for arrival of Islamic caliphate to #Jordan 


Tomorrow there will be a stand at 1-3pm in #London near the #American embassy to support the #Iraqi revolution.


In unprecedented escalation; #Maliki forces storm all houses close the Green Zone and confiscate all weapons they found #Baghdad


#Putin offers #Iraq's Maliki “complete support” against #ISIS jihadists. Of course. Moscow - Tehran axis


#BreakingNews Enormous fires spread in #Baiji refinery as #Maliki air-forces bombarded a huge oil tanker inside the refinery..


summary  of  Iraq so far for June 20, 2014

- ISIS recaptures Tikrit
- Baiji remains contested
- Crude oil goes vertical
- Christians executed in Mosul for refusing to convert to Islam
- Pro-ISIS rallies in Jordan and Palestine
- ISIS calls for attacks on England
- Shi'ite Ayatollah Ali Sistani holds Shi'ite Iraqi PM Maliki personally responsible for the crisis
- US military advisers arrive Saturday
- Putin offers Maliki "full support"
- Peshmerga launch counteroffensive near Tikrit
- Maliki forces reportedly storm houses near Green Zone and seize all weapons
- Baiji refinery struck; oil leaking and burning


All western parts of #Qaim are in the hands of anti #Maliki armed groups.. They may announce full liberation any time from now..


Bahji and the massive fires going on now




Russia Reignites The Proxy War: Putin Offers "Complete Support" To Iraq Prime Minister Scorned By Obama

Tyler Durden

June 20, 2014


"Two days ago, before it was formalized that the US tacitly, if not explicitly, now supports the removal of the Iraqi Prime Minister whom it itself had helped elect, we summarized the geopolitical tensions and "national interests" in Iraq, which is shaping up to be a proxy war that makes last year's Syrian escapade pale by comparison, as follows:


And of course Russia: because while Putin clearly benefits from rising crude prices, it is his Lukoil that is developing (and investing vast amounts of money in) the vast Iraqi West Qurna-2 oil field. It is not clear how he would feel about it falling into ISIS hands.


It was the bolded text that was of biggest interest because as we noted the next day, when discussing the next steps for ISIS, we said that "One wonders how long until the mercenary force finds its latest major backer, because for all the western, US-led intervention, both Russia and China are oddly missing from the scene. We expect that to change soon."

Because clearly one can't have a global proxy war without China, and certainly without Russia.


Well, we said we expected Russia's conspicuous absence to "change soon", and so it did: within just 24 hours. Because apparently all Putin was waiting for was for Obama to pick sides (i.e., not Maliki) before the Russian leader made it clear whom he sides with. US, helpfully obliged yesterday morning when we also reported that "US Slams Its Former Iraq Puppet: "The Maliki Government, Candidly, Has Got To Go"."


So what does Putin - who as a reminder is heavily invested in Iraq' massive West Qurna-2 oil field via Lukoil - do? Why announce his undying support for Maliki, of course, and as AP reported, the former KGB spy offered Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki Russia's total backing for the fight against fighters who have swept across the country, as well as his full support for the embattled prime minister.

snip   this is an article to read for sure



Meanwhile in Syria

ISIS seizes key towns in eastern Syria

June 20, 2014


"BEIRUT: Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) captured Friday key towns in eastern Syria adjoining territory the Al-Qaeda splinter group has seized in Iraq, a monitoring organization said.

The Islamists, whose stated aim is to create a strict Islamic state straddling national borders, took over the towns of Muhasan, Alboulil and Alboumar, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

ISIS, which opposes Syrian President Bashar Assad, has also been fighting rival rebel groups in Deir al-Zor, an oil-producing eastern province of Syria devastated by the three-year-old civil war.

The newly captured towns are in an area running along the Euphrates River that links Syria and Iraq and are significant because they are close to Deir al-Zor's military airport and the Syrian city of Mayadin, the Observatory's Rami Abdurrahman said.

"If you control al-Mayadin, this means there are no more important cities except Abu Kamal out of (ISIL) control," in the province, he said, referring to another town close to the Syria- Iraq border. "They are pushing forward."




 Syria FSA Militants Pledge Allegiance to ISIL

June 19, 2014



"Beirut-based Al-Akhbar daily reported on Thursday that the FSA militants, triggering insurgency in Deir Ezzur in Eastern Syria near Iraqi border, swore to fight along with ISIL terrorists.

The move is considered the last symbolic presence of FSA militants in Deir Ezzur Governorate, the newspaper noted.

Monir al-Matar, Qanam al-Kurdi, Abu Harun and Abu Abd al-Rahman are the FSA commanders, who accepted to coordinate with the ISIL in Deir Ezzur, according to Al-Akhbar."




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June 18, 2014
For Once, Not a CIA Plot?
The ISIS Fiasco: It’s Really an Attack on Iran

There’s something that doesn’t ring-true about the coverage of crisis in Iraq. Maybe it’s the way the media reiterates the same, tedious storyline over and over again with only the slightest changes in the narrative.




Let’s summarize:


Does the US Government “support” or “not support” terrorism depending on the situation?


Have foreign Intel agencies supplied terrorist organizations in Syria with weapons and logistical support?


Has the CIA?


Has the Obama administration signaled that they would like to get rid of al Maliki or greatly reduce his power?


Is this because they think the present arrangement strengthens Iran’s regional influence?


Will Isis invade Baghdad?
No. (This is just a guess, but I expect that something has been already worked out between the Obama team and the Baathist leaders. If Baghdad was really in danger, Obama would probably be acting with greater earnestness.)


Will Syria and Iraq be partitioned?


Is Isis a CIA creation?
No. According to Ziad Fadel, “ISIS is the creation of the one man who played Alqaeda like a yo-yo. Bandar bin Sultan.”


Does Isis take orders from Washington or the CIA?
Probably not, although their actions appear to coincide with US strategic objectives. (which is the point!)


Is Obama’s reluctance to launch an attack on Isis indicate that he wants to diminish Iran’s power in Iraq, redraw the map of the Middle East, and create politically powerless regions run by warlords and tribal leaders?
Yes, yes and yes.



MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at fergiewhitney@msn.com.




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Putin Backs Cease-Fire in Ukraine; U.S. Expands Sanctions

June 21, 2014

By Kateryna Choursina, Ksenia Galouchko and Alex Wayne


"Russian President Vladimir Putin backed a cease-fire in Ukraine declared by that country’s new leader, calling for all sides to halt military activities even as he put more than 65,000 troops on combat alert.


Putin, while saying he supported the week-long truce that Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko called for on June 20, also said the move shouldn’t be an ultimatum to militia groups and won’t be “viable or realistic” without “constructive” steps toward negotiations on the disputes in the region.


His statement, issued late yesterday by the Kremlin, came after Russia ordered troops to take part in a drill in the wake of Poroshenko’s move to quell violence in eastern Ukraine. The Russian drill is the biggest since the country annexed the Black Sea Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in March.


The U.S. has accused the government in Moscow of aiding pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s eastern regions and last week imposed sanctions on people linked to the insurgency, adding to penalties announced more than a month ago. American and European officials have warned that more painful sanctions affecting Russia’s access to financial markets, technology and military hardware may come as early as this week if Putin refuses to curb tensions.


U.S. analysts greeted Putin’s support for the cease-fire with skepticism."




Well folks, I sense if we think we are going to outsmart Putin, we better put our thinking caps on, as how exactly to  accomplish that. (unless we already know what the game plan is) So Iran is in Iraq. Everyone is telling us to stay out and not interfere, including the Saudi's and Iran.  Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Putin is making hay while the sun shines, offering all and any kind of support to Maliki, after we refused, making further trade agreements with Iran, amassing troops on Ukraine's borders, putting 65,000 troops on alert, all the while he's telling Poroshenko what he should do. Something stinks here, and I think we should walk very softly.  I can see all sorts of possibilities on outcomes with this mess, and none of them desired. Still think there is a much bigger scenario afoot, and that all of this taking place is connected and scripted. (Iraq/Ukraine) I hope those 300 FAST persons are ready for just about anything. Hope it doesn't turn into another Benghazi, only bigger. (what would it take for the US to really get involved quickly?) ISIS taking cities over in more than one country, means it is no rag tag group of terrorists, but instead  a well organized effort, determined, and now in possession of many US vehicles/arms we left behind. <<<sure I could be wrong, and  truly hope I am. (Wonder if Russia has a butt hurt over us being in Afghanistan.)



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Its probably nothing , but i see the great Persian Empire rising up against the 300 free Greeks and its all a kind of bottle neck mountain.


Maybe I'm just not awake enough yet , lol, but it does remind me of the very real event that took place way back, not to mention the movie of same.


The 300 ?



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Iraq crisis: Shia militia show of force raises tensions

June 21, 2014




Mehdi Army fighters have rallied in Baghdad, and as here, in Najaf to the south of the capital


"Thousands of Shia militia loyal to the powerful cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have paraded through the streets of Baghdad, raising sectarian tensions amid continued fighting in areas of Iraq.


The cleric, whose Mehdi Army fought the US in Iraq for years, had called for a military parade across the country.

Correspondents say the show of force will be seen as a very disturbing development by the Baghdad government.

Sunni extremists have seized control of large swathes of territory across Iraq.


On Saturday, officials admitted that the militants - led by jihadist group Isis - had seized a strategically important border crossing to Syria, near the town of Qaim, killing 30 troops after a day-long battle."


Thousands of largely Shia Iraqis have volunteered to fight Isis, urged on by a call from the country's highest Shia religious authority, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.


But the BBC's Jim Muir, in northern Iraq, says the impressive-looking parade of men in battle fatigues accompanied by serious military hardware will only raise sectarian tensions at at time when the government is under pressure to rally the country together against the extremists."

snip  videos at link


 Tx landdownunder






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John Kerry Holds Talks in Iraq As More Cities Fall To Isis Militants

As radical Sunni militants snatch city after city in their march toward Baghdad, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Iraq on Monday during the country's tensest time since the U.S. withdrawal of troops in 2011.

Kerry is meeting with Iraqi leaders. He met Monday with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the man who some observers say needs to step down.


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Iraq Update: Air Force Runs Out Of Missiles, ISIS Controls The Border; Shiite Clerics Threaten US Troops

June 22, 2014

Tyler Durden


"Now that the Iraq proxy war scene is set, and as we reported on Friday, Prime Minister Maliki has become a pawn in yet another middle-east war between the west and the petrodollar (with both Saudi Arabia and the US making it clear Maliki has to go) and Russia (with Putin expressing his full support for the prime minister), events will likely unfold at an even faster pace. Sure enough, even this otherwise quiet weekend, in which the world is supposed to put wars on the backburner and focus on the world cup, is chock-full of Iraq news upates.


Let's begin.

Perhaps the leading update out of the civil war-torn country is that ISIS militants, whose ultimate goal is to create a caliphate that encompasses Syria, Jordan and Iraq are well on their way to achieving what in Europe would be called a "customs union", after they captured two border crossings, one with Jordan and another with Syria, as they press on with their offensive -largely unobstructed - in one of Iraq's most restive regions.





Extremist Militants Overran An Iraq-Jordan Border Post Near Saudi Arabia

Michael Kelley

June 22, 2014


"The extremist militant group Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS), which began an offensive in Iraq with Sunni tribes and Saddam Hussein's friends two weeks ago, is expanding its territory while consolidating its gains."




Jordan mobilizes reserves after ISIS captures border point

June 22, 2014


"Western military sources reported Sunday night that Jordan had begun calling up reserve units for deployment on the Iraqi border for repelling a possible incursion by Iraqi al Qaeda.  This was in reaction to the capture by ISIS of the main crossing from Iraq to Jordan at Turaibi which gained the Islamistgs control of the strategic trade artery between the two countries."




Sunni militants 'seize Iraq's western border crossings'

June 23, 2014


"The Iraqi government appears to have lost control of its western borders after Sunni militants reportedly captured crossings to Syria and Jordan.

Officials said the rebels took two key crossings in Anbar on Sunday, a day after seizing one at Qaim, a town in the province that borders Syria.

The strategically important airport in the northern town of Tal Afar has also reportedly fallen to the rebels.

Isis-led militants have cut a swathe through parts of Iraq.

snip     video at link




Iraqi Military Runs Out of Ammo as Strategic Border Towns Fall to ISIS

June 23, 2014




Obama DHS Adviser Mohamed Elibiary’s Anti-American Tweets Celebrated by ISIS Brutal Jihadists


The tweet: "Mohamed Alibiary@mohamedalibiary  @1776son America and yes I do consider the United States of America an Islamic country with an Islamically compliant constitution. Move on!" 9:33 AM-31 Oct 13


Now the comments are being circulated and praised by Islamic jihadists affiliated with ISIL and Syrian extremists.

“Starting yesterday, Arabic reports of Elibiary’s comments went viral on social media and were especially disseminated by Islamic extremist Twitter accounts and those affiliated with [iSIL] and/or jihadi fighters in Syria, Iraq, and even Yemen” Oren Adaki, an Arabic language specialist at Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), told the Washington Free Beacon.

“Many of these tweets were accompanied by #Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_Syria and #Remains hashtags, implying that the Elibiary’s comments validated that the U.S. recognizes and has come to terms with ISIL’s advance in Syria and Iraq,” Adaki said.

Elibiary’s made the comments late last week during a discussion about ISIL’s rise in Iraq.

“As I’ve said b4 inevitable that ‘Caliphate’ returns,” Elibiary tweeted in response to a question about ISIL, which is currently seeking to overthrow the Iraqi government and instate strict Sharia law in the country.


Several other Twitter feeds associated with ISIL and Islamic jihadists also have picked up on Elibiary’s comments

Terrorism analyst Patrick Poole said that Elibiary’s tweets are being used to recruit jihadists and that he should face repercussions for employing such rhetoric given his sensitive position at DHS."







Senior Arab Diplomat: John Kerry Is 'Greatly Misinformed' About Iraq
June 23, 2014

Michael B Kelley



"U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry just finished a meeting with Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, which not expected to be friendly, after the U.S. entertained the idea that the Iraqi Prime Minister should resign.

A few days prior to his Middle East trip, the senior U.S. diplomat held a conference call with Sunni Arab leaders. According to a senior Arab diplomat briefed on the call, the U.S. contingent did not fully grasp the situation.

"We felt the Americans were greatly misinformed," a senior Arab diplomat told The Wall Street Journal. "The insurgency isn't just about ISIS, but Sunnis fighting back against injustice."




Israel’s Netanyahu Advises Obama On Iraq: ‘When Your Enemies Are Fighting Each Other, Weaken Both’
June 22, 2014


"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his opposition to widescale American intervention in the Iraq crisis, advising President Obama that “when your enemies are fighting one another, don’t strengthen either one of them. Weaken both.”

Netanyahu spoke Sunday to NBC’s David Gregory about the possible U.S. reaction to the lightning offensive led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an ultra-violent Sunni Islamist group now in control of most of Iraq’s north and threatening Baghdad."





Iraq’s Hold on Border Crossings Weakening as at Least 34 Are Killed in Battle

June 23, 2014

"BAGHDAD — Sunni militants overran one of the last government-held crossings on the Syrian border on Friday after a fierce battle that left at least 34 Iraqi soldiers dead.

The fighting occurred as some clerics during Friday Prayer signaled that they wanted the Parliament to hasten the formation of a new government and reach across sectarian and ethnic divides."
snip  map at link






UK will help US with air strikes on Iraq
June 24, 2014

Craig Brown


"BRITAIN could provide logistical support for US strikes to combat ­insurgents involved in the deepening crisis in Iraq, Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith has said.

The Work and Pensions Secretary’s comments yesterday came amid reports of a Cabinet rift over how strong the UK support for any US military action should be.

Mr Duncan Smith said “we have got to do what we can” to support the US if president Barack Obama takes action against the extremist militant group ­Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis)"




Iran transfers 88 Russian Sukhoi fighter planes to Iraq

June 23, 2014

 Hawar Berwani         



"Dhi Qar (IraqiNews.com) 88 Russian Sukhoi fighter planes arrived at the Imam Ali military base in Nasiriyah, Dhi Qar. Today a security source said that the base of the Imam Ali (AS) received 88 Russian Sukhoi multi-brands, which were held by the Republic of Iran for more than 20 years.

The source, who preferred not to be named, indicated that “these aircraft will be equipped with sophisticated weapons; they will take part in the fighting against the terrorist elements of the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant.”




ISIL supporters rally in Maan for Islamic caliphate

June 21, 2014


"AMMAN — Dozens of supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rallied in Maan on Friday marking the upstart jihadist movement’s first public appearance in Jordan.

The jihadists gathered in the southern city, some 220km south of the capital, to celebrate ISIL’s recent military gains in Iraq, praising what they described as “victories for Islam”.

Raising the banners of ISIL, some 60 supporters marched in downtown Maan and chanted: “Today Iraq, tomorrow the caliphate” in reference to the group’s stated goal of re-establishing a greater Islamic state, eyewitnesses said."




On to Israel


After deadly attack, Israel weighing options against Syria
Stuart Winer

June 22, 2014


"Spokesman says army considers morning missile attack on civilian vehicle that killed teen ‘very serious’"


"The army is considering what further action it may take against Syria after a cross border attack in the Golan Heights Sunday morning killed a 15-year-old boy and injured three people.

The Israel Defense Forces spokesman said Israel viewed the incident, thought to have been a deliberate attack against contractors working on a border fence, as “very serious.”

“The matter is still ongoing and we are considering our [further] steps,” Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz said Sunday evening."
Teens Abductions: Palestinians vs Israelis
June 23, 2014
Dr. Elias Akleh
 "Israel is trying to hide the fact that these so called innocent religious teens are actually members of the Israeli Terrorist Forces, who have been terrorizing, and abducting Palestinian children and teen age civilians in the Israeli occupied Al-Khalil region."

For the last ten days Israeli propaganda had deafened our ears and blinded our eyes with their exaggerated alleged grievances about three supposed-to-be innocent Israeli teens, who allegedly had been abducted by Palestinians, namely Hamas,  in their attempt to justify an Israeli terror campaign of mass abductions of Palestinian children, youth and officials to derail the formation of the newly Hamas/Fatah technocratic government.

Israel had claimed that three Israeli allegedly innocent teens; 16 years old Gilad Shaer, 16 years old claimed to be US-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, and 19 years old Eyal Yifrah, had been abducted while hitch-hiking home from a religious seminary in Gush Etzion illegal colony (settlement) north of Al-Khalil (Hebron) city in the occupied West Bank.

 Israel is trying to hide the fact that these so called innocent religious teens are actually members of the Israeli Terrorist Forces, who have been terrorizing, and abducting Palestinian children and teen age civilians in the Israeli occupied Al-Khalil region. The picture above shows clearly who the “US-Israeli national innocent teen” is, and where his real loyalty stands. The picture shows clearly how proud he is of abducting Palestinian teens his age."



Now this is a new twist on the story of the abducted teens. who to believe?

The Ukraine


Ukraine rebels agree to ceasefire, Obama warns Russia

June 23, 2014

Dmitry Zaks


"Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine's pro-Russian insurgents have agreed to a temporary ceasefire and talks with the new Western-backed president, as US President Barack Obama warned Russia it risks fresh sanctions over its support for the separatists.

The surprise ceasefire announcement from the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly threw his weight behind Kiev's peace overtures and urged the separatists to halt fire.

Ukraine's security services confirmed on Monday evening that militia strikes in the two heavily-Russified industrial regions that have been at the heart of the insurgency came to an abrupt halt in the late afternoon.

The self-proclaimed prime minister of Donetsk said his side's ceasefire would match the one earlier ordered by President Petro Poroshenko and last until Friday morning.

"In response to the ceasefire declared by Kiev, we pledge to also halt fire on our part. This ceasefire will last until June 27," Oleksandr Borodai told Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency in Donetsk.

"We hope that during the period in which both sides halt fire, we will be able to agree and begin consultations about holding negotiations about a peaceful settlement to the conflict," he told Russian state television in separate comments."



Let's hope this is going to be a good thing for everyone.

Then to Africa

 South Sudan Has Reached The Lowest Point In Its Entire History
Tristan McConnell

June 23, 2014


"Eight months old and weighing less than half what he should, Ruot Diang died in his mother’s arms on a Tuesday night earlier this month.

Doctors at the hospital where he was being treated in rural South Sudan thought it was tuberculosis that finally killed him, after malnutrition severely weakened his body. But they can't say for sure because the hospital’s lab — like its operating theater, emergency room and pharmacy — had been looted and burned when the country's latest civil war reached the town of Leer in January.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) reopened the hospital in May, and since then five children have died there. They are among the first victims of South Sudan's entirely man-made humanitarian crisis, but they won't be the last.










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Israel pins Golan attack on Assad forces

June 23, 2014


"Israel's foreign minister has accused forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of being behind an attack that killed an Israeli boy on the occupied Golan Heights.



Avigdor Lieberman's comments came on Tuesday, two days after an anti-tank missile was fired from Syria across the frontier fence, killing Mohammed Qaraqara, 13.

"We got all the analysis, all the intelligence and it was clear it was Syrian authorities, Assad's forces, who fired on the Israeli boy ... and they must pay the price," Lieberman told Israel Radio. 

It was the first time an Israeli official had said publicly who they believed was responsible for the attack, which Israel had earlier described as intentional and the most serious on the frontier since the start of the three-year-old Syrian conflict.


The attack prompted a military response from Israel, with its forces sending tank fire across the border and launching air strikes launched on Syrian army positions. A monitoring group said the strikes killed 10 Syrian soldiers."





US Troops Arrive In Baghdad On ISIS Mission

June 24, 2014


"The first team of American military advisers has arrived in Iraq to help the country tackle the threat from Islamist insurgents.

About 40 of the 300 expected to be deployed to the Middle Eastern country were described by the Pentagon as having "started their mission".

Admiral John Kirby told reporters that two "initial assessment teams" have been deployed in Baghdad.

He said their role would be to assess the Iraqi army and not to engage in attacks on militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who have seized several towns north of Baghdad.

Admiral Kirby said: "This isn't about rushing to the rescue.

"These teams will assess the cohesiveness and readiness of the Iraqi security forces ... and examine the most effective and efficient way to introduce follow-on advisers."





Passenger Dies As Gunmen Fire At Landing Plane

June 24, 2014


"A woman passenger has been killed after gunmen opened fire at a plane landing at Peshawar airport in Pakistan.

Five bullets hit the Pakistan International Airlines aircraft as it was about to touch down at the airport in the country's volatile northwest.

A female passenger on board the plane died in hospital, said Mashood Tajwar, a spokesman for the airline.

Two other people were also wounded on board the flight, which was on its way from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia with more than 170 passengers on board.

Mr Tajwar told AFP: "The shots were fired from outside the airport, one lady passenger and two stewards were wounded, the woman later died in the hospital." 

Authorities were scouring the area around the airport to find whoever was responsible.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but suspicion is likely to fall on militants that the government has been fighting in the country's northwest."




Royal Navy investigates mystery Russian warship in Baltic

June 24, 2014

Ben Farmer


"HMS Montrose tracked the Russian corvette Soobrazitelny and then was circled by a Russian patrol plane "


 "British frigate on exercise in the Baltic Sea was dispatched to investigate an unknown Russian warship last week, the Ministry of Defence said.

HMS Montrose was sent to investigate the Russian vessel in international waters off the Danish coast “after picking up the radar signature of an unidentified surface ship”.

The Royal Navy type 23 frigate identified the mystery ship as the 340ft-long Steregushchiy-class corvette RFS Soobrazitelny.

As HMS Montrose tracked the Russian warship, she was circled by an Ilyushin IL-20 “Coot” maritime patrol aircraft.

Naval sources described the June 19 incident as routine, but it came as relations between Nato and Moscow are at their worst since the end of the Cold War and the encounter is believed to be linked to the heightened tensions."



Putin Presses Extension of Cease-Fire in Ukraine
June 24, 2014

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin said Tuesday that a temporary cease-fire in Ukraine should be extended, just hours after he called on the upper house of Russia’s Parliament to rescind a March resolution authorizing the use of his country’s armed forces there.

Both moves came as the United States and some European leaders warned that Russia faced a third, stiffer round of economic sanctions, specifically targeting sectors like banking and high technology, if it did not do more to end the Ukraine crisis. European leaders are set to discuss the sanctions during a summit meeting in Brussels on Friday.

In eastern Ukraine, the cease-fire unexpectedly accepted by pro-Russian separatists on Monday night proved shaky, with a spokesman for the Ukrainian armed forces accusing the rebels of shooting down a military helicopter, killing all nine people aboard."



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Baghdad May Lose Its Drinking Water As ISIS Approaches Second Largest Dam
June 25, 2014
Tyler Durden
"Against a background of having lost control of all western border crossings, Iraqi officials are concerned that ISIS fighters are advancing on the Haditha Dam, the second-largest in Iraq. With militants pouring in from the north, the northeast and the northwest, The NY Times reports, army officers told employees to stay inside and to be prepared to open the dam’s floodgates if ordered to do so. "This will lead to the flooding of the town and villages and will harm you also," warned one worried employee but this would not be the first time that the Iraqi government and ISIS have engaged in dam warfare, as the closure of the Falluja dam earlier in the year starved areas downstream in the provinces of Najaf and Diwaniya of water needed for crops. The situation is growing more grave as Maliki rejected calls for a caretaker government and has forced Iran's hand to help. Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia noted "the Iranians are playing in a big way in Iraq."
Iraq has lost control of its Western borders..."
And now ISIS fighters are once again advancing on a dam - this time the nation's 2nd largest that feeds Baghdad...
Iraqi security officials said Wednesday that fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria were advancing on the Haditha Dam, the second-largest in Iraq.
"The militants are coming from the north, the northeast and the northwest. The ISIS fighters had already reached the nearby town of Burwana, on the eastern side of Haditha, and government forces were fighting to halt their advance."

HR:Unknown War Planes Bomb ISIS in Iraq  

RS Miller
June 24, 2014
Unidentified bombers have reportedly launched an air strike on ISIS positions in Iraq - Jordanian air strikes hit ISIS armored contingents - Human Interest: Sudanese mother sentenced to hang for 'marrying a Christian' is re-arrested...
Some content from RT.com  
Debka.com  DailyMail.co.uk
'Thank God for the Saudis': ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback
June 23, 2014
Steve Clemons
“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar,” John McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley in January 2014. “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends,” the senator said once again a month later, at the Munich Security Conference.
McCain was praising Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services and a former ambassador to the United States, for supporting forces fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham had previously met with Bandar to encourage the Saudis to arm Syrian rebel forces.
But shortly after McCain’s Munich comments, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah relieved Bandar of his Syrian covert-action portfolio, which was then transferred to Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. By mid-April, just two weeks after President Obama met with King Abdullah on March 28, Bandar had also been removed from his position as head of Saudi intelligence—according to official government statements, at “his own request.” Sources close to the royal court told me that, in fact, the king fired Bandar over his handling of the kingdom’s Syria policy and other simmering tensions, after initially refusing to accept Bandar’s offers to resign. (Bandar retains his title as secretary-general of the king’s National Security Council.)"



Iran Secretly Sending Drones and Supplies Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

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Nusra pledges loyalty to ISIL in border town



ISIS Tries to Grab Its Own Air Force

June 25, 2014

In its march to Baghdad, ISIS seized the heavy weapons of a modern army. Now, the jihadists are attacking Iraq’s biggest air base – and could soon be able to attack from the sky.



Iraq Daily: Maliki Defies US, Rejects New Government

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Jordan and Israel to cooperate against ISIL threat



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Kiev's bloody eastern Ukraine campaign LIVE UPDATES


Amateur films Ukrainian helicopter downed by rebels

AFP News Agency
Published on Jun 25, 2014

Nine Ukrainian servicemen died on Tuesday when pro-Russian insurgents shot down an army helicopter in the separatist east just a day after a top militia leader ordered a temporary ceasefire.


What Ceasefire??



Syria warned for bombing Iraq


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The Chaos In Iraq Is By Design

Neoconservatives like Paul Wolfowitz planned regime change in Iraq more than 20 years ago … in 1991.

But the goal wasn’t just regime change (or oil). The goal was to break up the country, and to do away with the sovereignty of Iraq as a separate nation.

The Guardian noted in 2003:

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt predicted devastating consequences for the Middle East if Iraq is attacked. “We fear a state of disorder and chaos may prevail in the region,” he said.

They are probably still splitting their sides with laughter in the Pentagon. But Mr Mubarak and the [Pentagon] hawks do agree on one thing: war with Iraq could spell disaster for several regimes in the Middle East. Mr Mubarak believes that would be bad. The hawks, though, believe it would be good.

For the hawks, disorder and chaos sweeping through the region would not be an unfortunate side-effect of war with Iraq, but a sign that everything is going according to plan.


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Kiev's bloody eastern Ukraine campaign LIVE UPDATES

June 27, 2014


Kiev and anti-government troops in southeastern Ukraine have agreed to observe a cease-fire until June 27. In the meantime, President Vladimir Putin asked the Upper House to repeal the decision allowing use of military force in Ukraine.

Friday, June 27
17:18 GMT:

"Russia is ready to deliver 60 tons of humanitarian help to eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a note to Kiev. The ministry also requested to assist the motor convoy that would deliver the aid by suggesting the best route through the region.


15:47 GMT:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Friday that the European Union would respond decisively if there were not quick progress in implementing Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan.

"We expect progress in the next hours. If we don't see any steps forward on any of the points then we are also prepared to take drastic measures," she told journalists in Brussels.

The EU signed an historic free-trade pact with Ukraine on Friday and warned that it could impose more sanctions on Moscow unless pro-Russian rebels act to wind down the crisis in the east of the country by Monday. (Reuters)


13:12 GMT:

The Ukrainian army is set for “tough actions” after the end of the truce in southeastern Ukraine, said Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

“The country’s armed forces, the National Guard and subunits of the Interior Ministry are set for this kind of solution of the problem,” the press service cited the minister as saying."




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President Poroshenko: Russia must return Crimea to Ukraine
June 26, 2014


"Our relations cannot be normalized without the return of Crimea," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday regarding Ukraine's relations with Russia



Ukraine signs historic EU pact, snubbing Russia

June 27, 2014


BRUSSELS (AP) -- "Over Russia's objections, Ukraine's new president on Friday signed a free-trade deal binding his country more closely to Western Europe, sealing the very agreement that triggered the bloodshed and political convulsions of the past seven months."





Ukraine-EU Association Agreement will have serious consequences - Russian Deputy FM

June 27, 2014


"Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said that Ukraine has a sovereign right to sign an Association Agreement with European Union, but this step will have serious consequences."





Ukraine Cease-Fire In East Extended By President

June 27, 2014


"BRUSSELS (AP) — The Ukrainian president's office says he has extended a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine for three more days.

President Petro Poroshenko's office said that the weeklong cease-fire that ended Friday has been extended until 10 p.m. Local time Monday."







Russian Fighter Jets Arriving in Baghdad This Weekend

June 26, 2014


"Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has turned to Russia, hoping to solicit its help to turn the tide away from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) jihadists' rapid advances through Iraq."





Armed US drones flying over Baghdad: Pentagon

June 27, 2014


"The Pentagon has revealed that US Special Operations troops arriving in Iraq are being accompanied by armed US Predator drones flying over Baghdad.

The drones, according to the Pentagon, are part of an operation meant to protect US “military advisers” on the ground as they assess the status of Iraqi military forces in the capital."




Up to 10,000 flee Iraq Christian town: UNHCR

June 27, 2014


"The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says up to 10,000 people from a Christian town in northern Iraq have been forced out of their homes."





Pentagon: 500 US military forces in Iraq

June 27, 2014


"The Pentagon says more US forces have arrived in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, bringing the total number of US military forces in the country to 500.

“Some of them are conducting an advise and assist mission, some are manning the joint operations center, some of them are part of the [Office of Security Cooperation] and yet others are Marines that are part of a [fleet anti-terrorism security team] platoon,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steven Warren said on Thursday, as reported by UPI."




Iraq army advances against ISIL terrorists in Tikrit

June 28, 2014


"Iraqi security forces backed by thousands of volunteers have pushed ahead with their campaign against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northern city of Tikrit.

Iraqi officials said on Friday that the ongoing ground operations backed by air strikes are mostly focused on Tikrit University in Salahuddin Province."




Israel - Palestine


Israeli air strike claims two lives in Gaza Strip

June 27, 2014


"At least two Palestinians have been killed and several others injured in an Israeli drone strike on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Local residents and medics said the strike killed at least two Palestinians driving in a car in Gaza City on Friday."



Iron Dome intercepts rockets after Israeli strike in Gaza

June 27, 2014


"The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense shield has intercepted two rockets fired from Gaza into the south of the country. The attack comes after two Palestinian militants were killed in an Israeli Air Force attack earlier on Friday. Both of the militants have been identified as members of the Salah al-Din Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committee."http://rt.com/news/line/2014-06-27/#65016


US envoy for Middle East resigns amid tension

June 27, 2014


Martin Indyk, chief negotiator for Israeli-Palestinian talks, to return to US think-tank, following talks failure.


"Martin Indyk, chief US negotiator for Israeli-Palestinian talks, has resigned, State Department officials say.

The US Middle East peace envoy resigned on Friday after the two sides failed to meet their goal of reaching a comprehensive peace agreement.

Indyk's resignation was widely expected. He will return to the Washington-based Brookings Institution think-tank, a US official told Reuters news agency."





Kerry: Syrian moderate rebels could help in Iraq

June 28, 2014


"Jeddah, AP—Secretary of State John Kerry signaled on Friday that the US hopes to enlist moderate Syrian opposition fighters that the Obama administration has reluctantly decided to arm and train in the battle against militant extremists in neighboring Iraq.

Obama sent Congress a 500 million US dollar request Thursday for a Pentagon-run program that would significantly expand previous covert efforts to arm rebels fighting both the Sunni extremists and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The move that comes amid increased US concern that the conflicts in Syria and Iraq are becoming an intertwined fight against the same Sunni extremist group."










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ISIS executes, crucifies one of its own members

June 28, 2014


"The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) killed and then crucified one of its own members for corruption on Friday, AFP quoted a watchdog and jihadist sites as saying. Before the crucifixion, the man was shot in the head three times in an area north of Syria's Aleppo province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. AFP cited photographs showing the crucified man with a sign saying: “Guilty: Abu Adnan al-Anadali. Sentence: execution and three days of crucifixion. Motive: extorting money at checkpoints by accusing drivers of apostasy.” The message was signed by “The prince of believers” – allegedly referring to ISIS chief Abu Baqr al-Baghdadi."



"The Battle For Baghdad" - A Backgrounder On ISIS' Grand Plan

June 28, 2014

Tyler Durden


"It is no secret that the extremist al-Qaeda Jihadist group known as ISIS for short, which in the span of weeks has overrun the northern part of Iraq, has grand ambitions to not only preserve its power in the north and central regions, as well as the border with Syria, but to ultimately proceed south where not only Baghdad is located but also the great energy infrastructure of the country: "the grand prize" for ISIS as it would make the extremist group viable and financially self-sustaining."




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ISIL declares new 'Islamic caliphate'

June 29, 2014


"The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the armed group fighting governments in Iraq and Syria, has announced the establishment of a "caliphate" straddling the two countries.

In an audio recording distributed online on Sunday, the ISIL declared its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as "the caliph" and "leader for Muslims everywhere".

Baghdadi is believed to be the leader of ISIL, which announced that it is now called "The Islamic State"."


According to the statement, the new caliphate stretches from Iraq's Diyala province to Syria's Aleppo.




The announcement of the Caliphate pdf



ISIS Declares A Caliphate; Crucifies 9 Syrian Rebels For Being "Too Moderate"

June 29, 2014

Tyler Durden


"Erstwhile leader of ISIS, Sheikh Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has declared himself Caliphate, Amir Al-Mu'minin - Leader of Believers, as militants bear down on Baghdad. This comes as the extremist group demands that all Al-Qaeda and Jihadi branches must now pledge allegiance to ISIS.. if not there are consequences as nine rebels have been crucified for being too 'moderate' or accused of receiving support from Western powers. We suspect this may slow 'demand' for Obama's latest cunning plan to offer 'aid' to only "moderate" terrorists.

ISIS have declared their Caliphate."




They are now known as IS


Posting this now, but may continue to add to it.

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EU leaders urge Ukraine to extend ceasefire

June 29, 2014


"Leaders of France and Germany join presidents of Russia and Ukraine in telephonic talks aimed at ending violence.

The leaders of France and Germany have spoken for more than two hours by telephone with presidents of Russia and Ukraine, seeking progress before a fragile ceasefire between Kiev and pro-Kremlin separatists expires.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande joined Vladimir Putin on Sunday in asking Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko to extend the truce in country's troubled east for a longer period, the Kremlin said in a statement issued after a four-way teleconference.

However, fighting flared on Sunday between Ukrainian forces and separatists around the eastern flashpoint city of Slaviansk despite the truce."





Cameraman for Russia's top broadcaster killed in E. Ukraine

June 29, 2014


"A cameraman for Russia's Channel One TV station died from injuries after being shot by Ukrainian troops in Donetsk, the head of the press service for the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) said, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

“The cameraman was injured in the stomach and died of the wounds,” Klavdia Kulbatskaya said.

Channel One has confirmed its cameraman Anatoly Klyan was killed in Donetsk. “Our colleague Anatoly Klyan has died tonight...he was fatally wounded in the stomach. He was 68-years-old,” Channel One said on air."




‘Let’s wage war!’ Huge crowd rallies in Kiev for end of ceasefire, martial law (VIDEO)

June 29, 2014


"Over 1,000 protesters led by the Ukrainian army’s Donbass Battalion fighters gathered for a rally in central Kiev on Sunday. The demonstrators are demanding that President Petro Poroshenko end the ceasefire and impose martial law."




Slavyansk residential districts 'a mess' after Kiev troops' shelling, at least 3 killed (VIDEO)

June 29, 2014


"In an apparent breach of the ceasefire, Ukrainian forces shelled residential parts of Slavyansk for nearly an hour on Sunday, destroying buildings and killing at least 3 civilians. Ukrainian media claimed that a pro-Kiev checkpoint had been attacked."




North Korea


North Korea Preparing to Try 2 American Tourists

June 29, 2014


"North Korea said Monday it is preparing to try two Americans who entered the country as tourists for carrying out what it says were hostile acts against the country. Though a small number of U.S. citizens visit North Korea each year as tourists, the State Department strongly advises against it.

Investigations into Americans Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle concluded that suspicions about their hostile acts have been confirmed by evidence and their testimonies, Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said in a short report.

KCNA said North Korea is making preparations to bring them before a court. It did not specify what the two did that was considered hostile or illegal, or what kind of punishment they might face. It also did not say when the trial would begin."





North Korea confirms latest missile test

June 30, 2014


"Seoul - North Korea confirmed Monday its second missile test in recent days, with leader Kim Jong-Un overseeing the drill just days before Chinese President Xi Jinping visits South Korea.

The South Korean military said Sunday's test was of two short-range Scud missiles with a range of about 500 kilometres (300 miles).

A despatch by the North's official KCNA news agency was unclear about the type of missile, mentioning, "tactical rockets" and "precision-guided missiles"."









Russia will not sit idly by as jihadists press Iraq assault

June 28, 2014


"Damascus (AFP) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in Damascus on Saturday that his country "will not remain passive" as jihadists push an offensive in Syria's neighbour Iraq.

Sunni militants, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) which is active in both Syria and Iraq, have seized vast territory north and west of Baghdad since launching their offensive two weeks ago.

Ryabkov, whose country is Assad's main backer, did not elaborate on what steps Russia might take.

"Russia will not remain passive to the attempts by some groups to spread terrorism in the region," Ryabkov told journalists after meeting with President Bashar al-Assad."





Iraq takes delivery of Russian fighter jets

June 29, 2014


"Baghdad hopes batch of five second-hand planes will bolster efforts to retake large parts of the country lost to rebels.

The Iraqi government has received a delivery of Russian-made fighter planes it hopes will turn the tide against Sunni rebels who have seized large parts of the country.

Iraqi security officials confirmed five Sukhoi-25 jets, which were purchased second-hand from Russia, had arrived in Baghdad on Saturday.

Pictures released by the defence ministry showed the jets taxiing on a runway towards a hangar."








Anti-Assad rebels said to seize 95% of Syrian Golan Heights
June 28, 2014


"Almost the entire Syrian side of the Golan Heights is now under the control of rebel forces, including radical Islamist groups, a senior Israeli military commander in the area said Friday."

Only the Quneitra border area is still in the hands of forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, Lt.-Col. Anan Abbas, deputy commander of the Golan Brigade, told Israel’s Channel 10. About 95 percent of the Syrian side of the Golan is in the hands of anti-Assad rebels, including radical Islamic groups such as the Al-Nusra Front, affiliated with al-Qaeda, a rival of the burgeoning Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, better known as ISIL or ISIS.


One of two Syrian army brigades that used to control the area has completely disappeared, the officer said."
Syria car bomb leaves dozens injured

June 28, 2014


"A car bomb has exploded in the Syrian town of Douma, leaving dozens of causalities, local activists have said. A video was uploaded onto the internet showing the wreckage around the bomb blast that reportedly went off in a popular town market."




FSA hit back at ISIS in east Syria province

June 28, 2014


"Members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) expelled fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from parts of the eastern city of Al Bukamal near the border with Iraq, sources told Al Arabiya News Channel Saturday.

The FSA, which is also seeking the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad, had launched a large campaign to clear the mainly ISIS-held city of the militant fighters.

FSA reinforcements were dispatched at dawn Saturday as part of the campaign."



Syria Threat Could Prompt Changes at Airports

June 29, 2014


"The Obama administration may ask overseas partners to enhance security measures at airports and is weighing whether to do the same here at home to address deepening concerns that terrorists in war-ravaged Syria are trying to develop a new generation of bombs that could be smuggled onto commercial planes, ABC News has learned.


"[This threat] is different and more disturbing than past aviation plots," one source said."






Europe 'losing patience' over Israeli settlement policy – EU envoy

June 28, 2014


"The EU Ambassador to Israel has warned that a growing number of EU states are dissuading their citizens from doing business with companies registered in Israeli settlements; France, Italy and Spain have already joined the trend.

Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen told a business seminar organized by the Geneva Initiative on Friday that six European nations have already issued warnings to the Israeli government over expanding construction of settlements beyond the Green Line."





Islamist Militants Rule ’95 Percent’ of Heights Overlooking Northern Israel

June 29, 2014


"Radical Islamist militants now rule the vast majority of territory on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, an Israeli military commander says, placing them in strategic position to threaten northern Israeli communities.

Col. Anan Abbas, deputy commander of the Israel Defense Forces’ Golan Brigade told Israel’s Channel 10 News that 95 percent of the territory of the Golan Heights on the Syrian side of the border with Israel has fallen under control of jihadist rebels."





Israeli air strikes hit targets in Gaza

June 29, 2014


"Army says 12 locations in Gaza hit, including "concealed" rocket launchers and weapons manufacturing sites.

The Israeli military has carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip after rockets were launched towards Israel, the military said, and Israel's foreign minister suggested reoccupying the Hamas-ruled territory to stop the rocket fire.

Palestinian security officials said on Sunday that one Palestinian fighter was killed in a drone strike in Gaza.""




African migrants protest Israeli treatment

June 29, 2014


"About 1,000 people, mainly Eritrean and Sudanese, leave open detention centre and march to the border with Egypt.

About 1,000 African migrants protesting Israel's policy on asylum-seekers have marched out of an open detention centre and are camped out near the southern border with Egypt.

The mainly Eritrean and Sudanese migrants left the Holot camp facility on Friday because Israel had not processed their claims for asylum, a statement by migrant activists said.

"We are going to stay near the border with Egypt until a solution is found so our rights are respected," the statement said.

The sit-in came a day after Israeli soldiers stopped the demonstrators from crossing the border."





Netanyahu endorses Kurdish independence

June 29, 2014


"Israeli PM voices support for Kurdish statehood, as Iraqi autonomous region expands its territory amid turmoil.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced support for Kurdish statehood, taking a position that appeared to clash with the US preference to keep the war-torn Iraq united.

Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and business ties with the Kurds since the 1960s, seeing in the minority ethnic group a buffer against shared Arab adversaries.

"We should ... support the Kurdish aspiration for independence," Netanyahu told Tel Aviv University's INSS think-tank on Sunday, after outlining what he described as the collapse of Iraq and other Middle East regions under strife between Arab Sunni and Shia Muslims.

Kurds, Netanyahu said, "are a fighting people that has proved its political commitment, political moderation, and deserves political independence"."




Israel 'ready' to launch major offensive on Gaza militant groups

June 30, 2014


Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, warns of large-scale response to increase in rocket fire from Gaza


"Israel is prepared to a launch a renewed large-scale offensive against militant groups in Gaza in response to an increase in rocket fire from the tiny coastal territory, the country’s leadership said on Sunday.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, led the warnings after the Israeli air force hit up to a dozen targets in Gaza on Sunday in the latest in a series of raids conducted in recent days. The strikes came after one of six missiles fired from Gaza on Saturday hit a paint factory in Sderot, an Israeli border town, setting it ablaze and forcing four workers to flee the site.

“We are ready to expand this operation as per need,” Mr Netanyahu told Sunday’s cabinet meeting. He said the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas, was responsible for halting rocket fire from Gaza thanks to a recent unity deal struck with Hamas, the Islamist group in de facto control of the territory."







Saudi Arabia


Saudi king sacks deputy defence minister

June 28, 2014


"Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Saturday sacked the deputy defence minister, Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, just a month and a half after appointing him.

A royal decree cited by the official SPA news agency said the decision was taken at the request of Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, who also holds the defence portfolio.

The reasons for the move were not immediately known, and no successor was announced for Prince Khaled, who was named to the post on May 14."







At least 30 die in Nigeria village attacks

June 29, 2014


"A hotel in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi destroyed in a blast on Saturday, in which at least 10 people were killed. Boko Haram is believed to have been responsible. Photograph: EPA

Suspected Islamists sprayed gunfire at worshippers and torched four churches on Sunday in a village close to the town from where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped, according to witnesses.

At least 30 bodies were recovered but more were still being found in the bushes, where people from Kwada village had been hiding, said a member of a vigilante group that has had some successes in repelling attacks."




Boko Haram abducts scores of women and girls in northern Nigeria, say locals

June 24, 2014


"Village also destroyed in raids by suspected Islamic militants two months after kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls

More than 60 women and girls have been abducted by Islamic militants from a cluster of villages in northern Nigeria, according to a local vigilante leader, two months after an international outcry over the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in the same area.

Aji Khalil, the leader of a local group set up to defend villagers, said Boko Haram militants also took about 30 boys and young men.

"Some suspected Boko Haram members invaded … and kidnapped 91 persons. More than 60 married women and young girls as well as children, young men were forcefully taken away by Boko Haram terrorists. Four villagers who tried to escape were shot dead on the spot," he told reporters."





Chinese ships in disputed waters as Tokyo moves on military

June 30, 2014



"TOKYO: Two Chinese government ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea on Monday, the Japanese coastguard said, as Tokyo prepared to strengthen its military posture.

The two vessels were sailing in territorial waters extending 12 nautical miles around one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, as of 10:30 am (0130 GMT).

Since Tokyo nationalised some of the islands in September 2012, Chinese vessels and aircraft have regularly approached them, playing cat and mouse with the Japanese coastguard.

Earlier this month Japan summoned the Chinese ambassador, as the two sides traded accusations of blame for a near-miss involving fighter jets over the East China Sea."




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Washington Is Beating The War Drums — Paul Craig Roberts

I wish I had only good news to bring to readers, or even one item of good news. Alas, goodness has ceased to be a feature of US policy and simply cannot be found in any words or deeds emanating from Washington or the capitals of its European vassal states. The Western World has succumbed to evil.

In an article published by Op-Ed News, Eric Zuesse supports my reports of indications that Washington is preparing for a nuclear first strike against Russia.http://www.opednews.com/populum/printer_friendly.php?content=a&id=180039

US war doctrine has been changed. US nuclear weapons are no longer restricted to a retaliatory force, but have been elevated to the role of preemptive nuclear attack. Washington pulled out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia and is developing and deploying an ABM shield. Washington is demonizing Russia and Russia’s President with shameless lies and propaganda, thus preparing the populations of the US and its client states for war with Russia.


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Strelkov, Berezin & Militia Briefings, June 29-30, 2014

Combined for June 29-30, 2014

Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov

#1 – Morning Briefing from the Militia, June 29, 2014, 8:35

Original: Strelkov Info

The ceasefire is progressing at full strength – at night the Ukie forces shelled Slavyansk and Semyonovka. In response, they got a massive shelling of Karachun and the Kramatorsk airfield (including with tanks) – [following which] they quickly calmed down. 

10:54 – Once again, Ukies started to shell Slavyansk. In response, [our] Nona started working, shelling the ill-fated checkpoint of the Nazi bastards near the Fish Farm ([according to enemy classification,] CP No. 1, which we already took once). 




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