Archive for March, 2019

Pakistan Seeks More Proof From India in Kashmir Attack Probe

Saturday, March 30, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan Seeks More Proof From India in Kashmir Attack Probe

Pakistan said Wednesday it has sought more evidence from India to determine whether any Pakistani nationals had played a role in last month’s deadly Kashmir bombing that pushed the nuclear-armed rival nations to the brink of war. New Delhi submitted its dossier of evidence to Islamabad a month ago, linking the Pakistan-based outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) […]

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Russia to keep forces in Venezuela ‘as long as needed’ despite US call for removal

Saturday, March 30, 2019 Comments Off on Russia to keep forces in Venezuela ‘as long as needed’ despite US call for removal

Russia says it will keep the roughly 100 servicemen it sent to Venezuela over the weekend, despite the US call for their removal. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that the forces would remain in the Latin American country “for as long as needed.” A Russian Air Force Antonov-124 cargo plane and a […]

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Bishkek, Moscow Agree To Expand Russian Base In Kyrgyzstan

Saturday, March 30, 2019 Comments Off on Bishkek, Moscow Agree To Expand Russian Base In Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK — During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s one-day visit to Kyrgyzstan, the sides have agreed to expand the territory of Russia’s military base in the Central Asian country by 60 hectares, or 0.6 square kilometers. According to a protocol placed on Russia’s legal documents website, the annual rent for Russia’s air base in the northern […]

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Landmark terror finance resolution adopted by Security Council

Saturday, March 30, 2019 Comments Off on Landmark terror finance resolution adopted by Security Council

28 March 2019 – The UN is hailing a new Security Council resolution adopted on Thursday as a landmark step in suppressing the funding of terror groups worldwide. Speaking via video-link from Rome, where he has been meeting specialist Italian law enforcement officials to discuss building closer ties to tackle the problem; The UN’s counter-terrorism […]

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Belgium – MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)

Thursday, March 28, 2019 Comments Off on Belgium – MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Belgium of MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $600 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 25, 2019.

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Trump signs US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Thursday, March 28, 2019 Comments Off on Trump signs US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Breaking with decades of international consensus, US President Donald Trump has formally recognized Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, a border area the Tel Aviv regime seized from Syria in 1967.

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Morocco – F-16 Block 72 New Purchase

Thursday, March 28, 2019 Comments Off on Morocco – F-16 Block 72 New Purchase

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.787 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 22, 2019.

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THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF IRAN-BACKED MILITIAS IN IRAQ

Thursday, March 28, 2019 Comments Off on THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF IRAN-BACKED MILITIAS IN IRAQ

Iran is pursuing a strategy in Iraq similar to that which it employed in Lebanon, where it built Lebanese Hezbollah into a major military and political force. Hezbollah has become a ‘kingmaker,’ determining who occupies key leadership positions in the Lebanese government. Similarly, with Iran’s extensive assistance, several Iraqi militias and their commanders are emerging […]

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On terrorism and Iran’s targets

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Comments Off on On terrorism and Iran’s targets

The Islamic Republic is gathering “target packages”, according to several former US intelligence officials. The objective of such acts is to conduct assassinations or carry out terrorist attacks against those who are listed in such a checklist.

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Brian Hook to Asharq Al-Awsat: Sanctions Curbed Iran’s Ability to Finance Terrorism

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Comments Off on Brian Hook to Asharq Al-Awsat: Sanctions Curbed Iran’s Ability to Finance Terrorism

Since the announcement of its withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in May last year, the United States has sought to tighten the grip on Tehran’s sources of income to prevent it from spending on its hostile activities and financing terrorism in the region.

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Iran to cement ties with Lebanon, Hezbollah despite U.S. pressure

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Comments Off on Iran to cement ties with Lebanon, Hezbollah despite U.S. pressure

Iran said on Sunday it would expand its ties with Lebanon in spite of the “provocative and interventionist” call by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for Beirut to choose sides, Iranian state television reported.

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Pompeo tells Lebanon to choose Hezbollah or independence

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo tells Lebanon to choose Hezbollah or independence

A seven-minute media address by United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday was dominated by his country’s preoccupation with Hezbollah and, in effect, its patron Iran.

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All ISIS Has Left Is Money. Lots of It.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Comments Off on All ISIS Has Left Is Money. Lots of It.

If you’re looking to transfer money here, there’s a chance you will be directed to Abu Shawkat. He works out of a small office in a working-class suburb of the Lebanese capital, but won’t give you its exact location. Instead, he’ll direct you to a nearby alleyway, and whether he shows up depends on whether […]

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UK’s secret war: British commandos wounded in Yemen

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Comments Off on UK’s secret war: British commandos wounded in Yemen

A number of elite British commandos have sustained injuries in direct gunfights with Yemeni forces as part of what appears to be a secretive UK military campaign in Yemen, a new report says, adding a major twist to London’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s deadly war against its impoverished southern neighbor.

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Wary of Iran’s missiles, US strikes port deal with Oman

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Comments Off on Wary of Iran’s missiles, US strikes port deal with Oman

The United States has struck a strategic port deal with Oman in an attempt to get better access to the Persian Gulf region and avoid sending ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point that Iran could easily block using its advanced missile arsenal.

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NATO Confirms Plans For $260 Million U.S. Storage Site In Poland

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Comments Off on NATO Confirms Plans For $260 Million U.S. Storage Site In Poland

NATO has confirmed that it plans to establish a storage facility in Poland for U.S. military equipment, including armored vehicles, ammunition, and weapons to arm a full brigade.

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Mullahs and the English Opium-Eater

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Comments Off on Mullahs and the English Opium-Eater

When reality is too hard to bear, imagination may rescue you from despair. This is the message of “Confessions of an English Opium-Eater” by Thomas De Quincey, the precursor of psychedelic literature. That message, it seems, has reached Iran, triggering an avalanche of empire-building dreams.

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Israeli Army Warns of New Hezbollah Threat

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Israeli Army Warns of New Hezbollah Threat

A Hezbollah commander who allegedly headed a 2007 raid on an American base in Iraq, which ended with the slaying of kidnapped American soldiers, is now building a secret force that could attack Israel from Syria, according to an Israeli military intelligence report.

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Turkish intervention could trigger Syria’s ‘second great war’

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Turkish intervention could trigger Syria’s ‘second great war’

After a bloody and protracted five-year war, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition are on the verge of declaring victory against the Islamic State after the fall of its last crumbs of territory in Baghuz. With Islamic State cells continuing to operate to deadly effect in Syria and neighboring Iraq, it’s […]

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Iran Denies Joint Military Operation With Turkey, Again

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Denies Joint Military Operation With Turkey, Again

For a third time in three days Iran has denied repeated Turkish statements that the two countries are cooperating in a military operation against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

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Anatomy of a ‘caliphate’: The rise and fall of ISIL

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Anatomy of a ‘caliphate’: The rise and fall of ISIL

Samer recalls the gruesome shock of seeing his friend’s headless corpse strung up above Raqqa’s main square.

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The Evolution of ISIS: From Rogue State to Stateless Ideology

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on The Evolution of ISIS: From Rogue State to Stateless Ideology

When the Islamic State raised its black flag over the Syrian city of Raqqa in early 2014, it began its transformation from fringe regional player to fearsome global threat. By the end of that year, it had seized large stretches of territory in Iraq and Syria, creating a rogue state the size of Britain.

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Trump Says ISIS Is Defeated. Reality Says Otherwise.

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Says ISIS Is Defeated. Reality Says Otherwise.

Just two weeks after President Donald Trump triumphantly declared the “100 percent” defeat of ISIS’s caliphate, his national security advisor, John Bolton, admitted on television that “the ISIS threat will remain” and that this explained why a small “observer force” would now stay in Syria.

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UK Bans Hezbollah

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on UK Bans Hezbollah

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid recently proscribed the Iranian terrorist proxy organization, Hezbollah (‘Party of God’) in its entirety under the UK Terrorism Act 2000, a government decision that the UK Parliament also recently approved.[1]

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Weaponizing the World Bank and IMF

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Weaponizing the World Bank and IMF

Background Wikileaks revelation Here is the link to the news story: https://www.mintpressnews.com/leaked-wikileaks-doc-reveals-how-us-military-uses-of-imf-world-bank-as-unconventional-weapons/254708/ The U.S. Army states that major global financial institutions — such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — are used as unconventional, financial “weapons in times of conflict up to and including […]

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Navy Awards Contract for Multi-Year Procurement of F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet Strike Fighter

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Navy Awards Contract for Multi-Year Procurement of F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet Strike Fighter

The U.S. Navy has awarded The Boeing Co. a contract for the procurement of 78 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet aircraft; a multi-year procurement (MYP) of 72 between fiscal years 2019-2021, and six from fiscal year 2018.

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Brexit Day Delayed as EU Seizes Control of Exit Date

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Brexit Day Delayed as EU Seizes Control of Exit Date

In the past two years, British Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted repeatedly that Britain will exit the European Union on schedule on March 29 – she has said so 108 times from the dispatch box in the House of Commons.

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Trump: US Recognizes Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Trump: US Recognizes Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States is recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the Syrian territory it captured in 1967’s Six-Day War and has controlled since then. Trump, in a Twitter comment, said the Golan Heights “is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”

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Centrafrique : ce que prévoit l’accord d’Addis-Abeba entre le gouvernement et les groupes armés

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Centrafrique : ce que prévoit l’accord d’Addis-Abeba entre le gouvernement et les groupes armés

Le gouvernement et les groupes armés centrafricains ont trouvé le 20 mars un nouvel accord de sortie de crise. Celui-ci prévoit un nouveau remaniement et un gouvernement au sein duquel les ministères régaliens devront être partagés entre les deux camps.

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Manifestations anti-Bouteflika : Ziri Gunfood Oulmane, l’artiste qui exprime l’humour algérien

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Manifestations anti-Bouteflika : Ziri Gunfood Oulmane, l’artiste qui exprime l’humour algérien

Ses pancartes et ses slogans à la dérision aussi ravageuse que désopilante sont brandies chaque vendredi par des centaines de manifestants qui défilent dans les rues d’Alger et même de Paris. Pour la marche du vendredi 22 mars, il a mis en ligne sur son compte Facebook 111 affiches et pancartes à télécharger gratuitement. Sa […]

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Palestinians: The Other Peace Deal

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Palestinians: The Other Peace Deal

Hamas and Fatah, the two major Palestinian parties ruling the Gaza Strip and West Bank respectively, have been at war with each other for the past 12 years. They disagree on many things, but when it comes to repressing and violating the human rights of their people, Hamas and Fatah have proven that they are […]

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Pompeo, Netanyahu Vow to Roll Back Iranian Aggression

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo, Netanyahu Vow to Roll Back Iranian Aggression

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are vowing to counter what they call Iran’s aggression in the Middle East.

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THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF IRAN-BACKED MILITIAS IN IRAQ

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF IRAN-BACKED MILITIAS IN IRAQ

Iran is pursuing a strategy in Iraq similar to that which it employed in Lebanon, where it built Lebanese Hezbollah into a major military and political force. Hezbollah has become a ‘kingmaker,’ determining who occupies key leadership positions in the Lebanese government. Similarly, with Iran’s extensive assistance, several Iraqi militias and their commanders are emerging […]

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U.S. ‘To End Contacts’ With Afghan Security Adviser Mohib Following Verbal Attack

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. ‘To End Contacts’ With Afghan Security Adviser Mohib Following Verbal Attack

A senior U.S. diplomat has told Afghanistan’s president that U.S. officials will no longer deal with his national security adviser, Reuters news agency reports, citing four knowledgeable U.S. and Afghan sources.

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Taking China’s Cues India Begins 1st-Ever Military Drill with 17 African Nations

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Taking China’s Cues India Begins 1st-Ever Military Drill with 17 African Nations

China with a view to showcasing its military prowess had earlier organised a China-Africa Defence and Security Forum in 2018 that involved 50 African nations.

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