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Hamas admits 50 of its members were killed during the attack on the Israeli border

 

 

“In the last rounds of confrontations, if 60 people were martyred, 50 of them were Hamas,” said Hamas official Salah Bardawil in a television interview.
Hamas sent 50,000 Gazans to the border with Israel – offering $100 to families who joined. With human shields for cover, Hamas terrorists used bombs, guns and Molotov cocktails to attack Israel’s border.
A closer look at casualties betrays the violent nature of the allegedly peaceful protests. Terrorists were shot while trying to plant explosive devices at the border fence, while others were killed attempting to open fire on Israeli soldiers.
Israel warned Hamas and its supporters in Gaza: “Anyone who tries to invade Israel will be shot.”
4000 Israeli families live within 2 miles of the border. Israel was forced to protect these families — and now 60 Palestinians are dead, 50 have been confirmed as active members of terrorist organizations.
Please help us shame those who demonize Israel, share this video to spread the truth.
New Zealand, Britain, France, Belgium, Hollywood and US Senator Bernie Sanders owe Israel an apology.

 

 

 

 Israel is the only free and democratic state in the entire Middle East.
The only place in the Middle East where Christians are safe, and women are free.
Every year hundreds of thousands of people all over the world take to the streets for huge marches, demonstrations and protests against Israel’s right to exist.
They took to the streets to spread hate against Israel.
This video shows what happened on the streets of New Zealand during Israel’s self-defense war against Hamas in Gaza in 2014.
Hamas is a muslim terror organization ruling the Gaza Strip since 2007, whose declared goal is the destruction of the State of Israel. Hamas is responsible for Gaza, but instead of providing welfare for its citizens, Hamas brainwashes the Gazans, uses them as pawns against Israel and exploits them as HUMAN SHIELDS, including children.

No country would tolerate this at their borders. The Gaza withdrawal gave the Palestinians a chance to show their true intentions. They have chosen nothing but war, terror and destruction. Their worst enemies are within, the Hamas leadership.
Israel, like any other country, has a right to defend itself.
Israel will not allow terrorists to invade its territory. Hamas, which rules Gaza, is an Islamic terrorist organization that threatens to kill Jews.
Hamas terrorists use civilians as human shields and send children to the front line during the riots along the Gaza border.
IDF soldiers don’t just protect a border, but what lies behind it — our families, our homes, and our children.
Israel Will Not apologize for defending itself against Hamas.

Headlines around the world demonized Israel. Today the truth is coming out. Will the world ignore it and still blame Israel? Or will the world stand up to Hamas?

Posted by ‎Support Israel – תמיכה בישראל‎ on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Iran lawmakers shout ‘death to America,’ burn U.S. flag after Trump nixes nuclear deal

 

 

Iranian lawmakers shouted “death to America” and set fire to a paper U.S. flag during angry scenes at the country’s parliament in Tehran, a day after President Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal.

The protest came as Iranian officials, including parliament speaker Ali Larijani and President Hassan Rouhani, said Wednesday they hoped European leaders will work with them to preserve the deal between Tehran and world powers — without the U.S. — but stressed that the nation could now decide to resume its nuclear program.

“If necessary, we can begin our industrial enrichment without any limitations,” the Iranian leader said. “Until implementation of this decision, we will wait for some weeks and will talk with our friends and allies and other signatories of the nuclear deal, who signed it and who will remain loyal to it. Everything depends on our national interests.”

Iran’s supreme leader, who has the final say on all state matters, struck a more defiant tone. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei directly challenged Trump, saying “you cannot do a damn thing” after Trump announced he was renewing sanctions on Iran.

During the demonstration in parliament, lawmakers held up the flaming U.S. flag as their fellow parliamentarians joined in anti-American chants. They also burned a piece of paper representing the nuclear deal and stomped on the papers’ ashes. Larijani, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency, said Trump lacked “mental capacity.”

Later Wednesday, Trump warned Iran against resuming its nuclear weapons program.

“I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program,” Trump told reporters when asked about the potential consequences. “I would advise them very strongly. If they do there will be very severe consequence.”

European diplomats meanwhile insisted that the 2015 accord would not suddenly collapse despite the U.S.’s withdrawal. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, the European Union’s representative to China said Wednesday during a press briefing in Beijing that the EU strongly believes “that this is an agreement which belongs to the international community. This is not an agreement that will fall apart if you just walk away.”

France’s foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told French radio that the deal “wasn’t dead yet” and that European countries would hold talks over how to keep it alive.

Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia were all signatories to the 2015 accord under which Iran pledged to limit its stockpile of enriched uranium for 15 years and its number of centrifuges for 10 years. Both are needed to make nuclear weapons. The EU, U.S. and United Nations lifted economic sanctions as part of the deal.

US Officials: Israel Preparing For War With Iran, Seeking US Support

 

 

 

Not that there was much doubt who was behind it, but two days after “enemy” warplanes attacked a Syrian military base near Hama on Sunday, killing at least 11 Iranians and dozens of others, and nobody had yet “claimed responsibility” the attack, US officials told NBC that it was indeed Israeli F-15 fighter jets that struck the base, NBC News reported.

 

Ominously, the officials said Israel appears to be preparing for open warfare with Iran and is seeking U.S. help and support.

“On the list of the potentials for most likely live hostility around the world, the battle between Israel and Iran in Syria is at the top of the list right now,” said one senior U.S. official.

Fire and explosions are seen in the countryside south of Hama city, Syria, April 29, 2018

The US officials told NBC that Israeli F-15s hit Hama after Iran delivered weapons to a base that houses Iran’s 47th Brigade, including surface-to-air missiles. In addition to killing two dozen troops, including officers, the strike wounded three dozen others. The report adds that the U.S. officials believe the shipments were intended for Iranian ground forces that would attack Israel.

 

Meanwhile, as we reported yesterday, the Syrian army said early on Monday that “enemy” rockets struck military bases belonging to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. According to several outlets, the strikes targeted the 47th Brigade base in the southern Hama district, a military facility in northwestern Hama and a facility north of the Aleppo International Airport.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that Israel on Tuesday morning had four problems, one more than the day before: “Iran, Iran, Iran and hypocrisy.” The comment came one day after Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu “revealed” a cache of documents the Mossad stole from Iran detailing the country’s nuclear program, which however critics said were i) old and ii) not indicative of Iran’s current plans.

“This is the same Iran that cracks down on freedom of expression and on minorities. The same Iran that tried to develop nuclear weapons and entered the [nuclear] deal for economic benefits,” Lieberman said.

“The same Iran is trying to hide its weapons while everyone ignores it. The state of Israel cannot ignore Iran’s threats, Iran, whose senior officials promise to wipe out Israel,” he said. “They are trying to harm us, and we’ll have a response.

Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Khatami threatened Israel on Tuesday, saying it should stop its “dangerous behavior” and vowing that the “Iranian response will be surprising and you will regret it.” Khatami’s remarks came Following Netanyahu’s speech which Khatami described as Israeli “provocative actions,” and two days after the strikes in Syria.

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Meanwhile, in a potential hint at the upcoming conflict, Haaretz writes that two and a half weeks after the bombing in which seven members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were killed at the T4 base in Syria, Israel is bracing for an Iranian retaliation for the Syrian strikes (and if one isn’t forthcoming, well that’s what false flags are for).

As Haaretz writes, the Iranians’ response, despite their frequent threats of revenge, is being postponed, screwing up Iran’s war planning. It’s also possible that as time passes, Tehran is becoming more aware of the possible complex consequences of any action. Still, the working assumption of Israeli defense officials remains that such a response is highly probable.

The Iranians appear to have many options. Revenge could come on the Syrian border, from the Lebanese border via Hezbollah, directly from Iran by the launch of long-range missiles, or against an Israeli target abroad. In past decades Iran and Hezbollah took part, separately and together, in two attacks in Argentina, a suicide attack in Bulgaria and attempts to strike at Israeli diplomats and tourists in countries including India, Thailand and Azerbaijan.

In any case, Lebanon seems all but out of bounds until the country’s May 6 parliamentary elections, and amid Hezbollah’s fear of being portrayed as an Iranian puppet. The firing of missiles from Iran would exacerbate the claims about Tehran’s missile project a moment before a possible U.S. decision on May 12 to abandon the nuclear agreement. Also, a strike at a target far from the Middle East would require long preparation.

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For now, an Israeli war with Iran in Syria is far from inevitable: the clash of intentions is clear: Iran is establishing itself militarily in Syria and Israel has declared that it will prevent that by force. The question, of course, is whether this unstable equilibrium will devolve into a lethal escalation, or if it will somehow be resolved through peaceful negotiation. Unfortunately, in the context of recent events, and the upcoming breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal, the former is looking like the most likely outcome.

 

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Russia admits that U.S. airstrike killed Russian citizens in Syria

After pro-regime forces closed in on a U.S.-backed Kurdish base in Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zor province on Feb. 7, the U.S.-led forces took defensive action with an airstrike that reportedly killed over 100 Russian mercenaries.

In a stunning development, Moscow’s Foreign Ministry admitted on Thursday that as many as five “Russian citizens” embedded with soldiers loyal to the Syrian government of Bashar Al Assad may have been killed by the American airstrike.


“According to preliminary information, we could be talking about the deaths of five people — presumably Russian citizens — as a result of an armed confrontation whose causes are being examined,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a press briefing Thursday.

The admission is the first official acknowledgment that American forces have killed Russian nationals in the Syrian theater.

Slain mercenaries

Zakharova insisted that the slain fighters were not from the Russian armed forces, leading U.S. military officials to speculate that they belonged to a Russian mercenary group.

However, former Pentagon official Mark Simakovsky believes that these private contractors are working in league with Russian military planners. He explained:

The Russians in many areas, including Ukraine, have claimed that their forces are not involved. But it’s a fig leaf, because their forces are involved…[and] have coordination and liaison with Russian intelligence and security forces.

The private Russian security firm Wagner is known to operate with pro-Assad forces in Syria, clandestinely deploying thousands of contract soldiers to the region to fight rebel groups and the remnants of the Islamic State. Russian law formally bans mercenary service, and Moscow has never publicly acknowledged the role of private security operations in the Syrian theater.

Earlier this week, a Reuters report listing the names of two Russian contractors killed in the Deir al-Zor incident likely compelled Moscow officials to acknowledge their deaths in following days. However, sources also told Reuters that “dozens” of other Russian fighters were also killed in the blast, a narrative disputed by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The fog of war

The Pentagon has defended the airstrike, arguing that it was an act of “self-defense…to defeat an unprovoked military attack.” Officials elaborated on the incident, claiming, “The enemy moved in an approximate battalion-sized dismounted formation supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars.”

In an attempt to avoid inadvertently eliminating any Russian support elements that were attached to the approaching forces, the U.S.-backed Coalition attempted to contact Russia through a “de-confliction” telephone line to advise them of the unprovoked attack.


Simakovsky believes that both the U.S. and Russia have no interest in either purposefully or inadvertently attacking one another. While their goals in the region are different, the analyst argued that the U.S. “doesn’t want to be killing Russian citizens in Syria. So, I think both sides will be more careful.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Syria in December and signaled his intent to begin sending Russian forces home. However, 2018 has included many setbacks for Moscow, including drone attacks on Russian air bases and the loss of a Russian jet and its pilot earlier this month.


The U.S. coalition is supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) opposed to the Assad regime and the dwindling Islamic State. Approximately 2,000 U.S. service members are present in the country, mostly special forces operators supporting the SDF.


Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is a regular contributor at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Yahoo News.


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Israeli PM launches ‘large scale attack’ on 12 Syrian targets

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Things are getting hot in the Middle East between regional powers Israel and Iran — could it mean the onset of a large scale war?

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Saturday that his nation would protect itself from “any threat or any attempt to harm its sovereignty” after Israel shot down an Iranian drone that had invaded their airspace.


Israel later launched strikes against 12 targets in Syria which officials claimed were under Iranian control.

“Israel is seeking for peace, but we will continue to defend ourselves against any attack against us, and against any attempt by Iran to establish military bases in Syria or anywhere else,” the prime minister said.


What Happened?

Israel struck 12 targets in Syria on Saturday, including 3 aerial defense positions and 4 targets that the Israelis said were “part of Iran’s military establishment in Syria.”

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet was hit during the strikes with “massive” anti-aircraft fire from what appears to be the the Syrian military, according to Israeli news sources, though Israel’s government has not confirmed that it was shot down. Both pilots ejected and one was severely wounded, while the other suffered from minor wounds.


“We made it unequivocally clear to everyone that our rules of action have not changed one bit,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said. “We will continue to strike at every attempt to strike at us. This has been our policy and it will remain our policy.

He continued:

Our policy is absolutely clear: Israel will defend itself from every attack and from every attempt to harm our sovereignty. Iran made such an attempt today. They violated our sovereignty, they infiltrated a drone into Israel’s territory from Syrian territory.

U.S. Support

Netanyahu added that he spoke to both Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the events of the day, though Russia’s foreign ministry did not respond positively to the strikes.


“It is absolutely unacceptable to create threats to the lives and security of Russian servicemen who are in Syria at the invitation of its legitimate government to assist in the fight against terrorists,” Russia’s foreign ministry responded.

But U.S. State Department said in a statement that the United States “strongly supports Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself.”


The statement continued:

Iran’s calculated escalation of threat and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the‎ region — from Yemen to Lebanon — at risk.‎ The U.S. continues to push back on the totality of Iran’s malign activities in the region and calls for an end to Iranian behavior that threatens peace and stability.

With President Donald Trump in the White House, we are finally standing with Israel. This is how it should be.


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Air-Raid Sirens in San Diego and Tacoma; Fighter Jets Seen Scrambling, Reports of “Explosion Sounds”

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3:24 AM EDT 13 October 2016 — Numerous reports began filtering into SuperStation95 about two hours ago that air raid sirens were blaring in San Diego, CA, with one reader sending us cellphone video of the sirens sounding!

3:24 AM EDT 13 October 2016 — Numerous reports began filtering into SuperStation95 about two hours ago that air raid sirens were blaring in San Diego, CA,

with one reader sending us cellphone video of the sirens sounding! The San Diego information says that “numerous” fighter jets were

scrambled into the air “on full after-burner.” The brief cell phone video appears below

The San Diego information says that “numerous” fighter jets were scrambled into the air “on full after-burner.”  The brief cell phone video appears below

Additional reports are also coming in say “numerous” helicopters are being launched from Camp Pendleton in California, far more than is typical for late at night.

MORE-War Is Coming, The Whole World Knows It Except The People Of The United States.Wake Up People!

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More reports coming in from the Tacoma, WA area, saying Joint Base Lewis-McCord outside of Tacoma has air-raid sirens blaring,

 “sounds of explosions similar to artillery firing”, and numerous helicopters airborne and heading west.

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Twitter is also starting to light-up with posts about such events:

@DowdEdward @pastorbones air-raid sirens at multiple military bases both US and Canada. Citizen reports of fighter jets being scrambled…

— Jairo Altamirano (@jfag3172) October 13, 2016

Anyone near Joint Base Lewis-McCord? Hearing reports of SHTF with artillery fire, air-sirens and helicopters heading west.

Pastor Bones (@pastorbones) October 13, 2016

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CANADA TOO!

Whatever is taking place is also apparently involving Canada.  We now have additional reports of Air raid sirens near Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton, Ontario on the eastern seaboard.

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UPDATE 3:53 AM EDT —

Additional Reports of Fighter Jets being scrambled from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina!

We have no information from any official source as to why this is taking place.  We are endeavoring to find out more. . .

Please check back.

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Pentagon Stunned As Thousands Of Chinese Troops Enter ISIS War

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The Kremlin have announced that China are to send 5,000 of its most elite military forces into the Levant War Zone to help Russia in the fight against ISIS, which has left the Obama administration and the Pentagon “horrified”.

The “Siberian Tiger” Special Forces and “Night Tiger” Special Forces Units were given authorization to be deployed by China’s People’s Congress (NPC) on Sunday, after China passed its first anti-terrorism law allowing their army to take part in anti-terror missions abroad.

Whatdoesitmean.com reports:

Most critical to China in entering this war, this report continues, is the “grave” national security threat it faces from both the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) and Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT)—and as, perhaps, best described by the noted award winning American military-intelligence journalist Seymour M. Hersh who in his latest article warned of this threat by stating:

“China, an ally of [Syrian leader] Assad has committed more than $30 billion to postwar reconstruction in Syria. China, too, is worried about the Islamic State. China regards the Syrian crisis from three perspectives: international law and legitimacy; global strategic positioning; and the activities of jihadist Uighurs, from Xinjiang province in China’s far west.

Xinjiang borders eight nations – Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India – and, in China’s view, serves as a funnel for terrorism around the world and within China.

Many Uighur fighters now in Syria are known to be members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement—an often violent separatist organization that seeks to establish an Islamist Uighur state in Xinjiang.

The fact that they have been aided by Turkish intelligence to move from China into Syria through Turkey has caused a tremendous amount of tension between the Chinese and Turkish intelligence and China is concerned that the Turkish role of supporting the Uighur fighters in Syria may be extended in the future to support Turkey’s agenda in Xinjiang.”

Though the US corporate-propaganda media continues to blackball from the American people Hersh’s “bombshell” article, this report notes, 2015 has become the year Russia exposed the barbaric nature of Western powers—from their criminal conspiracy for regime change in Syria, to aggression against Yemen, Iran, Russia, China and any country that does not toe the line—and has, also, exposed for the entire world to see that the Obama regimes fight against the Islamic State has all been pretended.

And with the Obama regime reported to be scrambling to come up with new lies to tell the American people about this war, this report says, only one person in that government, US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, just weeks ago warned the American public that not only is the Obama regime lying to them, they may end up inadvertently starting World War III.

Echoing Congresswoman Gabbard’s fears, this report further notes, is billionaire investor George Soros, who warned the Obama regime this past summer that China might use the Levant War to mask its mounting economic problems and stated “should the external conflict escalate into a military confrontation with an ally of the United States such as Turkey or Japan, it is not an exaggeration to say that we would be on the threshold of a third world war.”

As to why the Obama regime is still protecting the terrorist-supporting nation of Turkey and daily sending in more NATO forces to defend risking world war, this report notes, is beyond insanity—especially when viewed of the light of Turkish leader Erdogan refusing President Obama’s order to remove Turkish troops who illegally invaded Iraq, and, just yesterday, Turkish intelligence servicesassassinating another journalist, Naji Jerf, editor-in-chief of the Hentah monthly, for exposing Erdogan’s support of Islamic State terrorists.

So as President Putin’s special envoy, Alexander Lavrentyev, continues today visiting and informing various Middle East nations of Russia’s new alliance with China against Turkey and the Islamic State, this report concludes, it is, also, preparing for the worst—and which is why the Western Military District, equipped with Iskander-M tactical ballistic missile systems, was put on alert just hours ago.

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John Hammerle ·

Works at Clarinetist with Houston Symphony

The Obama administration and the pentagon are very very stupid if they did not see that coming. All one has to do is see Obama warning Muslims before air strikes in Syria and never attacking when we should while he goes to Cuba and parties. Can the days go any faster till Obama is gone and don’t forget your polyester prayer rug!!

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Bobby White ·

School of hard knocks. LIFE

Let’s hope he doesn’t have another term…. If she is elected we are doomed

Like · Reply · 631 · Apr 24, 2016 7:11am

Richard Rowe ·

University of Life

Jeff King ,i think putin is waiting til the elections to see who winds up as potus.if its killery and she doesnt do a 180 they will send an emp and then let us set in the dark for maybe a week,then russia ad china will join up against us,and we wont have any computer operated weapons to defend ourselves.

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Prince Chibueze Mbah ·

Http://princechi3.jeunesseglobal.com/ at Jeunesse Global – Singapore

Jeff King ..racist cunt,,go and hang

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Kjell Arne Slettum

Russia and China,looks to clean up after USA and co support, to islamist rebell in Syria. Thes Gays they call “moderate” rebell!

Like · Reply · 59 · Apr 24, 2016 9:14am

Tom Sorensen ·

Ownef at Ali’i Woodtailors

Kjell ,sure the fuck good you are a very small minority of a great country , get you facts together before you let the world know you stupid view point

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Eti Pilikaki

Tom Sorensen what facts are those? please enlighten me

Like · Reply · 43 · Apr 26, 2016 3:55am

Fraser Kenny ·

Aberdeen

Tom Sorensen your an idiot

Like · Reply · 61 · Apr 26, 2016 4:36am

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Edward Soutra ·

Broadband Technician at Charter Communications

These are US F16 from a US air base in south korea

Like · Reply · 100 · Apr 24, 2016 12:17pm

Rick Delaney ·

Works at Happily Retired

I am glad you said that … I was just going to say these are F-16’s …

Like · Reply · 40 · Apr 24, 2016 2:58pm

Glenn J. Miller

Thank You, Capt Obvious…
Your work is done here…

Like · Reply · 25 · Apr 25, 2016 11:54am

Devon Martin ·

Weapon Systems Officer at Umbrella Corp

xD

Like · Reply · 2 · Apr 25, 2016 2:25pm

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Edward Soutra ·

Broadband Technician at Charter Communications

http://theaviationist.com/2013/01/03/ew-kunsan/

Like · Reply · 5 · Apr 24, 2016 12:17pm

Carl Scholten

Well the transgender bathroom issue was headline news that day so…..

Like · Reply · 91 · Apr 24, 2016 2:17pm

Brian Pommy ·

Strange, that was the diversionary issue down in Aussie too.

Like · Reply · 59 · May 3, 2016 6:15pm

Jeffrey Gordon ·

Nottingham Road, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Brian Pommy lol ikr kim kardasians ass isn’t working anymore.

Like · Reply · 1 · Aug 24, 2016 6:17pm

William Carey ·

Future Posthumously-Famous Artist at Portrait/figure artist

With the Mossad/CIA creation and support of ISIS exposed, they now have to carry out their dirty work through proxies like Turkey!

Like · Reply · 64 · Apr 24, 2016 9:18pm

Dennis Dudley ·

Works at Self-Employed

http://yournewswire.com/saudi-arabia-admit-they-helped…/

Like · Reply · 2 · Apr 26, 2016 11:08pm

Pamela R Bishop

ONE intelligent comment.

Like · Reply · 4 · May 26, 2016 7:51pm

Jerry Levinson ·

Technical Support at Other

http://www.politifact.com/…/edward-snowden-leaked-nsa…/

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Russell Trimm ·

Pastor at Point Of Faith Church

If this is true that Russiaand China are teaming up on a military scale this is forming the alliance that the Bible declares to be the end time power to deal with

Like · Reply · 136 · Apr 24, 2016 11:08pm

Stuart Perkins

I need your view on this .

Like · Reply · 7 · Apr 25, 2016 4:58am

Joe Smith ·

St Johns College Dandenong

and now wait till India also join in with China & Russia… They are all part of the B.R.I.C.S.

Like · Reply · 38 · Apr 26, 2016 1:16am

Stevie Lorenzo

It has been looking that way.

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ISIS Operatives Boasted About Taking Down Russian Metrojet: U.S. Official

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Intelligence intercepts picked up chatter between ISIS operatives boasting about taking down an airliner after the Russian Metrojet passenger plane crashed in the Sinai last weekend, killing all 224 aboard, U.S. officials told NBC News Friday.

ISIS operatives in the Sinai and ISIS leadership in Raqqa, Syria, were “clearly celebrating” the takedown of the commercial airliner, one official said. Details about how the plane was brought down were also intercepted, but the officials wouldn’t specify what information was shared between the militants.

Another intercept picked up a signal from an ISIS-affiliated group in the Sinai Peninsula before Metrojet Flight 9268 went down. The communications warned of “something big in the area,” but didn’t specifically mention a plane, officials said.

An adviser familiar the U.S. intelligence said the call was made between members of Wilayat Sinai, which a U.S. official said was one of the “most potent” branches of ISIS.

Speculation about whether the plane was brought down by a bomb has heightened since the jet crashed Saturday.

TSA Helps Ramp Up Security at Foreign Airports with Direct Flights to U.S. 2:08

The voice recorder recovered from the black box from the crashed jet is working, Mohamed Rahma, a spokesman for Egypt’s ministry of aviation, said. The voice recorder could provide clues about what brought the plane down.

President Barack Obama said Thursday that it’s possible a bomb brought down the plane.

“There is information that is known by the — by the U.S. government — that led the president to make that statement,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday.

Related: More Security Ordered for U.S.-Bound Flights From Some Airports

British officials believe someone with access to the cargo hold placed an explosive device on the plane prior to takeoff, the BBC reported Friday.

But Egypt has refused to speculate on the cause of the crash until they complete their official investigation.

Still, Britain has suspended flights from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, and on Friday,Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered all Russian flights to Egypt suspended.

Putin acted on a recommendation from his chief of intelligence. Egyptian President spoke by phone with Putin on Friday, Egypt’s presidential press office said in a statement.

“The two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation between the relevant security authorities in the two countries, and with a common understanding of providing Russian tourists with the highest levels of security,” the statement from Egypt said.

Flights don’t fly directly from Sharm el-Sheikh to the United States, but the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday announced additional security measures to be implemented on commercial flights bound for the United States from certain foreign airports.

The U.S. is teaming up with foreign governments to ramp up security at airports with direct flights to the U.S., including Cairo and Kuwait as well as Amman, Jordan. In all, just under ten airports in the region are affected.

The enhancements include expanded screening of anyone or anything that goes on a plane — luggage, food, beverages and cargo.The screening also includes fresh assessments in conjunction with America’s international partners of foreign airports and offers of other aviation and airport security assistance to those airports.

In all, less than 10 airports in the region are affected.

The security upgrade comes a year after the Transportation Security Administration issued an emergency directive for overseas airports to watch for explosive devices.

Iran sends fighters to Syria, escalating its involvement

Iran sends fighters to Syria, escalating its involvement

Their arrival, a regional official and Syrian activists said Wednesday, highlights the far-reaching goals of Russia’s military involvement in Syria. It suggests that, for now, taking on Islamic State extremists in eastern Syria seems a secondary priority to propping up President Bashar Assad. The development is almost certain to increase pressure on Western-backed rebels, who are battling multiple foes, and push more civilians out of the areas of fighting, potentially creating a fresh wave of refugees.

Iran sends fighters to Syria, escalating its involvement    

The official, who has deep knowledge of operational details in Syria, said the Iranian Revolutionary Guards — currently numbering around 1,500 — began arriving about two weeks ago, after the Russian airstrikes began, and have accelerated recently. The Iranian-backed group Hezbollah has also sent a fresh wave of fighters to Syria, he told The Associated Press.

Iranian and Syrian officials have long acknowledged Iran has advisers and military experts in Syria, but denied there were any ground troops. Wednesday’s statements were the first confirmation of Iranian fighters taking part in combat operations in Syria.

The main goal is to secure the strategic Hama-Aleppo highway and seize the key rebel-held town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib province, which Assad’s forces lost in April to insurgents that included al-Qaida’s Nusra Front.

The loss of Jisr al-Shughour, followed by the fall of the entire province, was a resounding defeat for Assad, opening the way for rebels to threaten his Alawite heartland in the coastal province of Latakia. The official suggested the Syrian army’s alarmingly tenacious position around that time is what persuaded the Russians to join the fray and begin airstrikes two weeks ago.

The Syrian government and Iran had been asking Russia to intervene for a year, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss military affairs. He said the Russian “tsunami wave” has given allies such as Iran the cover to operate more freely in Syria.

His account of Iranian troops arriving ties in with reports from Syrian opposition activists, who reported a troop buildup in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported Wednesday that Iranian troops were arriving and being transported to a military base in the coastal town of Latakia, in the town of Jableh outside the provincial capital.

At least two senior Iranian commanders were killed in Syria in recent days, including Gen. Hossein Hamedani, a senior Revolutionary Guard commander, who died Oct. 8 near Aleppo.

“Syria will witness big victories in coming days,” said Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, speaking Monday at Hamedani’s funeral.

“Sending more troops from Hezbollah and Iran only increases the shelf life of the Syrian regime, which is destined to end,” Maj. Jamil Saleh, the leader of Tajammu Alezzah, a CIA-backed Free Syrian Army faction, told the AP. “It will only add more destruction and displacement.”

He said their presence in Syria is not new but had been kept quiet.

“Now they are taking cover behind Russia since it is a super power and strengthens their position,” Alezzah said.

The Syrian army began its offensive a week ago against rebels on three major fronts in areas between Idlib and Hama. To the north, the Islamic State group capitalized on the strikes against rebels in northwestern and central Syria to capture a string of villages and a main military base from insurgents that brought them closer to Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.

“They took advantage of the vacuum,” said Lt. Colonel Ahmed Saoud, commander of 13th Division, a rebel group that is part of the Free Syrian Army. The group is a staunch IS opponent and operates in Aleppo.

J.M. Berger, a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, said the moderate rebels “are in a pretty bad spot, unless the West is prepared to sponsor them over the long term in a full-on proxy war against the Russians.”

Such support would be “a complicated proposition,” he added, given that a lot of the materiel the U.S. has sent to moderate rebels has ended up in the hands of jihadists.

Mathew Henman, head of IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, said the Russian airstrikes against more moderate, nationalist elements of the opposition has facilitated IS territorial gains in these areas, ultimately “leaving the government and its allies principally in a conflict with hard-line, fundamentalist actors.”

The official who spoke to AP all but confirmed that the Islamic State is not the priority for the Syrian troops and their allies, saying most areas held by the group in eastern Syria are desert regions considered to be on the periphery.

A week into the multipronged offensive, insurgents say they are overstretched, exhausted and their ammunition is depleted. There have been hundreds of sorties in an area that stretches for about 60 kilometers (about 35 miles), and a significant mobilization of ground troops.

And yet, rebel commanders say the offensive has failed to dislodge the various insurgent groups from territory they control that leads to the heartland of Assad’s power. The rebels are backed by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, including some ultraconservative groups and al-Qaida affiliates.

Instead, the rebel groups are still pushing back. Some are using U.S.-delivered TOW anti-tank missiles, while others are resorting to tactics such as booby-trapped cars.

Charles Lister, a Syria expert at the Brookings Doha Center, said much will depend on how quickly and efficiently the rebels’ weaponry can be replenished by the states supporting them.

The CIA-backed rebels shrugged off criticism of cooperating with al-Qaida.

Saoud, the 13th Division commander whose fighters received TOW missiles, said he worked in the same trench with a faction from the Army of Conquest. That umbrella group includes militants from the Nusra Front.

“There is now something bigger than our differences and disagreements. It is the Russian invasion,” he said. “It is an emergency situation. Everyone would understand that.”

Saoud said only one of his bases was hit by the Russians, with few casualties. The rebels have kept a lid on their casualty figures, just like the Syrian government.

“With all that firepower, with new launchers and a hail of airstrikes … they were not able to advance,” Saoud said of the government troops. “In my mind, that is a victory.”

 

 

Iran sends fighters to Syria, escalating its involvement

Associated Press
By ZEINA KARAM  and  SARAH EL DEEB,
Associated Press

 

Iran sends fighters to Syria, escalating its involvement