Category Western Asia

CIA classified review: Covertly arming insurgents doesn’t work — RT USA

Arming insurgencies around the world has rarely worked for the CIA without direct support from Americans on the ground, according to a still-classified agency review of the practice conducted during debate over arming rebels in Syria.The review, according to The New York Times, was one of many Central Intelligence Agency studies commissioned in 2012 and […]

ISIS beheads British hostage Henning – report — RT News

In a statement, President Obama said the US “strongly condemns the brutal murder” of Henning.“Mr. Henning worked to help improve the lives of the Syrian people and his death is a great loss for them, for his family and the people of the United Kingdom,” he said. “Standing together with a broad coalition of allies […]

Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq and Elsewhere That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United | CLG News

Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq and Elsewhere That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United –‘It is obvious to everyone that the Islamic State is a creation of the United States and Israel.’ 20 Sept 2014 ‘Conspiracy’ theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. […]

Alan Henning: British Muslim leaders unite to urge Isis to release UK hostage – Home News – UK – The Independent

“The un-Islamic fanatics are not acting as Muslims, but as the Prime Minister has said, they are acting as monsters,” they say.Among those signing the letter are representatives of all strands of Islam.The Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella body with more than 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, including mosques, charities and schools, […]

Many in Iran believe that the US invented Islamic State to counter Iran’s influence

Last week Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said he considered IS to be an American ploy to get a foothold in Iraq and fight Iran’s ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.“We have evidence, we know,” he told a group of clerics, according to The Independent.The New York Times’ Tehran bureau chief Thomas Erdbrink cited a […]

$1 Trillion Trove of Rare Minerals Revealed Under Afghanistan – Yahoo News

Afghanistan, a country nearly the size of Texas, is loaded with minerals deposited by the violent collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. The U.S. Geological Survey USGS began inspecting what mineral resources Afghanistan had after U.S.-led forces drove the Taliban from power in the country in 2004. As it turns out, the Afghanistan Geological […]

ISIS executions go viral; Nusra attacks Golan | World War 4 Report

ISIS also killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear and being marched into the desert before being put to death. The troops are believed to have been captured in the battle for Tabaqa air base. AP, Cyber WarzoneIn the Golan […]

PressTV – ISIL: We will attack Saudi Arabia during Eid al-Adha

Takfiri ISIL militants have reportedly threatened to attack Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha the Feast of Sacrifice that marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a report says.According to Syria Alaan news website, ISIL militants will begin an armed operation in Saudi Arabia after being supplied with arms and money by al-Qaeda agents.The report said […]

West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State – Middle East – World – The Independent

The US has already covertly assisted the Assad government by passing on intelligence about the exact location of jihadi leaders through the BND, the German intelligence service, a source has told The Independent. This may explain why Syrian aircraft and artillery have been able on occasion to target accurately rebel commanders and headquarters.Syrian army troops […]

Islamic Jihad foresees ‘long-term’ truce with Israel | World War 4 Report

Al-Nakhaala said that progress had been made in the ongoing negotiations in Cairo, and that agreements had been reached on the opening of crossings into Gaza, facilitating the entry of goods, expanding the fishing zone, and ending the Israeli-imposed “security buffer zone” that encompasses nearly 20% of the Gaza Strip’s territory. Al-Nakhaala also added that […]

US Military Experts, Aircraft Arrive in Erbil

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that the military has sent 130 additional advisors to northern Iraq to plan the evacuation of refugees fleeing Islamic State IS/ISIS militants.USA Today quoted an unidentified Defense Department official as saying that marines and special operations forces were sent to Erbil to assess the humanitarian crisis in the […]

Europe and US increase humanitarian aid as support grows for new Iraqi PM – Telegraph

European Union foreign ministers are to meet Friday to discuss the crisis in Iraq, the office of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said, after key member states called for bolder action to help the country’s civilians.In a tweet on Wednesday, Ashton’s office said the extraordinary meeting would also discuss the conflicts in eastern Ukraine […]

Extremist Iraqi militants repairing Mosul dam, Kurds in rush to arms

After routing Kurdish forces earlier this week, Islamic State militants are just a 30-minute drive from Arbil, the Kurdish regional capital which had been spared sectarian fighting in other parts of Iraq for a decade.Employees of foreign oil firms in Arbil were flying out. Kurds were snapping up AK-47 assault rifles in arms markets for […]

VIDEO: ISIL threatens to ‘liberate’ Istanbul – MIDEAST

When reporter Medyan Dairieh asked if this is a threat, Abu Mosa answered: “Yes, it is a clear threat. If they don’t open [the Atatürk dam in Turkey that diverts the water], we’ll unblock it from Istanbul.”Dairieh had become the first journalist to document the inner workings of ISIL. He spent three weeks embedded with […]

FFC planning to launch new peaceful Flotilla to challenge the blockade on Gaza

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition Condemns Israeli Attacks on Gaza, Ongoing Blockade, and International Complicity The international Freedom Flotilla Coalition (with participation from England, France, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, USA, Canada and Australia) condemns the ongoing Israeli military assault on Palestinian civilians in Gaza, denounces the failure of the international community to stop the […]

Lavon Affair

The Lavon Affair refers to a series of failed Israeli planned and sponsored terrorist attacks, code named Operation Susannah, conducted in Egypt in the Summer of 1954. As part of the false flag operation,[1] a group of Egyptian Jews were recruited by Israeli military intelligence for plans to plant bombs inside Egyptian, American and British-owned […]

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