Archive for March, 2019

Hamas War Crimes against Israel, Palestinians

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Hamas War Crimes against Israel, Palestinians

Hamas has again proved that it really is a terrorist group that oppresses its people and prevents them from expressing their opinions. It has also shown that when it is in trouble, it will do its utmost to divert attention from the problems it is facing at home.

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Syria lashes out at US, UK, France over statement

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Syria lashes out at US, UK, France over statement

Syria has strongly dismissed a joint statement by the United States, France, and Britain that declares they will not be participating in the war-torn Arab country’s reconstruction as long as it is led by President Bashar al-Assad.

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Japan Developing Missile to Strike Enemy Outside Air Defences’ Reach – Report

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Japan Developing Missile to Strike Enemy Outside Air Defences’ Reach – Report

The new missile is expected to be an upgraded version of the Japanese supersonic cruise missile ASM3 which was developed in 2017 and has a range of 200 kilometres.

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US Navy Wants a ‘Ghost Fleet’ of Drone Warships – Report

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on US Navy Wants a ‘Ghost Fleet’ of Drone Warships – Report

The drones might serve as protection for carrier strike groups or as offensive vessels in their own right, Navy officials say. The US Navy wants to procure a number of unmanned drone warships that will operate on the open seas without any sailors, Popular Mechanics reports.

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Britain And The EU: The Problems With Brexit

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Britain And The EU: The Problems With Brexit

Does anyone remember Nigel Farage? He led the UK Independence Party and the ‘leave’ EU vote — along with his last minute ally Boris Johnson who hoped to push himself up to prime minister. Farage is still around as a Member of the European Parliament representing south-east England, a job soon to be redundant when […]

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A Future Without Fossil Fuels?

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on A Future Without Fossil Fuels?

“Kingsmill Bond” certainly sounds like a proper name for a City of London financial analyst. He looks the part, too: gray hair expertly trimmed, well-cut suit. He’s lived in Moscow and Hong Kong and worked for Deutsche Bank, the Russian financial firm Troika Dialog, and Citibank. He’s currently “new energy strategist” for a small British […]

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Iran Inches Closer to its Goal: “Wipe Israel off the Map”

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Inches Closer to its Goal: “Wipe Israel off the Map”

Iran’s military activities and clear public threats to annihilate Israel continue to grow in frequency and intensity. These moves not only instill fear, as they are doubtless meant to do; they also threaten to disrupt the international community. With such dire promises of conflict, it would be expected that the international news media and politicians […]

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S. Sudan Rebels Urge Pressure on Kiir to Fund Peace Implementation

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on S. Sudan Rebels Urge Pressure on Kiir to Fund Peace Implementation

South Sudan’s main rebel group is calling on President Salva Kiir to provide funds to implement last year’s peace agreement and is demanding that Sudan and Uganda apply pressure on Kiir to cough up the money.

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Former Defense Intelligence Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Former Defense Intelligence Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage

Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, a resident of Syracuse, Utah, and a former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer, pleaded guilty today in the District of Utah in connection with his attempted transmission of national defense information to the People’s Republic of China. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24, 2019.

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Pakistan PM: Afghan Peace Within Reach

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan PM: Afghan Peace Within Reach

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday that peace in Afghanistan is “around the corner,” citing ongoing negotiations between the United States and Taliban insurgents.

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Treasury Sanctions Russia over Continued Aggression in Ukraine

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Treasury Sanctions Russia over Continued Aggression in Ukraine

OFAC takes action in partnership with the EU and Canada Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated six Russian individuals and eight entities in response to Russia’s continued and ongoing aggression in Ukraine. Today’s action targets individuals and entities playing a role in Russia’s unjustified attacks […]

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Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria praises Taliban, Shabaab operations

Monday, March 18, 2019 Comments Off on Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria praises Taliban, Shabaab operations

The Guardians of Religion Organization (Tanzim Hurras al-Din) has praised recent operations by the Taliban in Afghanistan and Shabaab in Somalia. The one-page statement is intended to signal, once again, the group’s commitment to al Qaeda’s war against the “Crusader-Zionist” alliance — a motif employed by Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and their loyalists since […]

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Missiles Fired Toward Tel Aviv First Time Since 2014

Monday, March 18, 2019 Comments Off on Missiles Fired Toward Tel Aviv First Time Since 2014

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said on Wednesday, after air raid sirens sounded in Tel Aviv for the first time since summer of 2014, that it had registered launches of two rockets from the Gaza Strip.

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IBCS to provide leap-ahead capabilities for Poland’s national air and missile defense program while increasing NATO security efforts

Monday, March 18, 2019 Comments Off on IBCS to provide leap-ahead capabilities for Poland’s national air and missile defense program while increasing NATO security efforts

The U.S. Army has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) a $713 million contract for the production of Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) for the first phase of Poland’s WISŁA air and missile defense program.

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Israel says uncovers Hezbollah unit led by notorious commander

Monday, March 18, 2019 Comments Off on Israel says uncovers Hezbollah unit led by notorious commander

Israel’s army said Wednesday it has uncovered a unit created by Hezbollah across the ceasefire line in the Syrian Golan Heights and led by a commander previously jailed over an attack on US forces.

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China Blocks U.N. Vote to Blacklist Pakistani Militant Leader

Monday, March 18, 2019 Comments Off on China Blocks U.N. Vote to Blacklist Pakistani Militant Leader

China on Wednesday blocked a United Nations Security Council measure that would have blacklisted the Pakistani founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the militant group that nearly brought South Asia to the brink of war last month after one of its suicide bombers attacked Indian forces.

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U.S. sees Turkish offensive in Syria as unnecessary: U.S. official

Monday, March 18, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. sees Turkish offensive in Syria as unnecessary: U.S. official

The United States is not discussing a Turkish offensive in northeast Syria with Turkey and believes no such operation is needed to address Ankara’s security concerns, a U.S. official told Reuters on Wednesday, dismissing media reports to the contrary.

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Russian and Syrian air strikes intensify on last rebel bastion

Monday, March 18, 2019 Comments Off on Russian and Syrian air strikes intensify on last rebel bastion

The Syrian army, aided by Russian warplanes, attacked rebel-held towns in northwestern Syria on Wednesday in the most extensive bombardment in months against the last remaining rebel bastion in the country, rebels, rescuers and residents said.

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Iraq to take back 20,000 who left for Isil’s caliphate in Syria

Monday, March 18, 2019 Comments Off on Iraq to take back 20,000 who left for Isil’s caliphate in Syria

Iraq has agreed to take back up to 20,000 of its nationals who were captured leaving Isil areas in Syria, as local authorities warn they are struggling with the burden of foreign jihadists.

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After defeating Islamic State, Syrian Kurds eye political battle

Monday, March 18, 2019 Comments Off on After defeating Islamic State, Syrian Kurds eye political battle

Syrian Kurdish authorities that led the fight against Islamic State are prepping for their next battle: a political struggle to win international recognition for their autonomous region and aid to help it recover from the war.

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US Official: Iranian Regime Wants Iraq to Become a Province of Iran

Monday, March 18, 2019 Comments Off on US Official: Iranian Regime Wants Iraq to Become a Province of Iran

U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, blasted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Iraq and accused his government of trying to control Iraq by fueling sectarian conflict in the country.

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Bosnia will take back and try two captured Islamic state fighters

Saturday, March 16, 2019 Comments Off on Bosnia will take back and try two captured Islamic state fighters

Bosnia is preparing to take back two of its nationals who are suspected of fighting for Islamic State in Syria and are now in detention in a Kurdish-run camp in the north of that country, its security minister said on Monday.

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Hezbollah’s plea for donations shows sanctions are working

Saturday, March 16, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah’s plea for donations shows sanctions are working

On Friday, Hassan Nasrallah made a direct appeal to Hezbollah supporters. Speaking on the Lebanese militant group’s TV station Al Manar, he urged them to wage “jihad with money”. It appears to be no coincidence that this plea for donations comes just a few months after the latest wave of US sanctions against Iran. Clearly, […]

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Report: Iran Preparing for Role in Syria’s Reconstruction

Saturday, March 16, 2019 Comments Off on Report: Iran Preparing for Role in Syria’s Reconstruction

Iranian construction companies are to build thousands of residential units in the suburbs of Syria’s capital, Damascus, an Iranian state-run news agency has reported.

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Last Islamic State Enclave in Eastern Syria Pounded in U.S.-Backed Assault

Saturday, March 16, 2019 Comments Off on Last Islamic State Enclave in Eastern Syria Pounded in U.S.-Backed Assault

Islamic State’s final enclave in eastern Syria was pounded with air strikes and artillery on Monday in a U.S.-backed assault aimed at wiping out the last shred of its territorial rule that once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq.

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Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunders Will Get Deadly New Radar, Weapons Upgrades

Friday, March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunders Will Get Deadly New Radar, Weapons Upgrades

The JF-17 Thunder, jointly developed by Pakistan and China, is getting some new upgrades that will make the tactical aircraft all the deadlier. The news comes amid claims by Islamabad that it was a JF-17 that India shot down last month, not a US-made F-16, as well as a successful smart missile test by the […]

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Italy to Pay $440 Million for US F-35 But Plans to Revise Contract – Reports

Friday, March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Italy to Pay $440 Million for US F-35 But Plans to Revise Contract – Reports

The Five Star and Lega parties, part of the current government, have opposed a F-35 deal with the US aviation giant. The defence ministry has studied the 20-year old agreement over the last few months. The assessment has been finished, and the issue is reportedly expected to be discussed at the summit level, an Italian […]

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U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks End With ‘Real Strides’ Made But No Deal

Friday, March 15, 2019 Comments Off on U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks End With ‘Real Strides’ Made But No Deal

The longest round of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban has ended with “real strides” being made but without an agreement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on March 12.

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Russia ‘Primary Threat’ To Euro-Atlantic Security, Says U.S. General

Friday, March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Russia ‘Primary Threat’ To Euro-Atlantic Security, Says U.S. General

The commander of NATO forces in Europe, U.S. General Curtis Scaparrotti, has said that Russia continues to be the “primary threat” to Euro-Atlantic security and voiced concern about Moscow’s military modernization program.

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Washington is Waging a New Dimension War Against China – and will Lose out Bitterly

Friday, March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Washington is Waging a New Dimension War Against China – and will Lose out Bitterly

Once the all-encompassing chittering and chattering about tariffs on Chinese imports by the western corporate media subsided, Trump, egocentric businessman rather than the President of the Empire, “out of the blue”, one could almost say, under the pretext of ‘unfair’ Chinese trading, launches a new ferocious and as usual totally illegal campaign of aggression against […]

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Ukraine: To Die in Mariupol

Friday, March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Ukraine: To Die in Mariupol

On April 3, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin — upon winning the war Syria while protecting his beleaguered client, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, from a rebel uprising supported by the U.S. and Sunni Gulf states — had some more good news. US President Donald J. Trump had given instructions to the American military to begin […]

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Malaysia deports Egyptians, Tunisian for alleged terror ties

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Comments Off on Malaysia deports Egyptians, Tunisian for alleged terror ties

Malaysian police said Sunday that six Egyptians and a Tunisian man believed to be linked to an African-based terror group have been detained and deported.

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Islamic State fighter wants to return to Italy, warns of ‘sleeper cells’

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State fighter wants to return to Italy, warns of ‘sleeper cells’

An Islamic State fighter detained in Syria urged Italy on Saturday to let him come home to start a new life, saying he had abandoned the self-styled jihadist “caliphate” after growing disillusioned with its rulers.

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Fears over returning jihadis as Briton who came back to UK is suspected al-Qaeda chief

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Comments Off on Fears over returning jihadis as Briton who came back to UK is suspected al-Qaeda chief

A BRITON who was welcomed home after allegedly being trained as a terrorist in Syria has been accused of being a leading member of al-Qaeda, sparking fears over returning jihadis.

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German military have kicked out more far-right soldiers than previously disclosed, report reveals

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Comments Off on German military have kicked out more far-right soldiers than previously disclosed, report reveals

More soldiers have been removed from the German military for right-wing extremism than previously disclosed, it has been reported. The agency responsible for investigating extremism in the Bundeswehr armed forces admitted it had underreported the figure to the German parliament by only revealing the number of “clearly recognised right-wing extremists”, according to Der Spiegel.

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