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Islamic State evicts Iraq farmers – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

Middle EastIslamic State evicts Iraq farmersThe group’s takeover of farms in Qaraqosh, 30km from Mosul, has caused fear among residents, and a jump in food prices.Sophie Cousins Last updated: 29 Jul 2014 08:18Email ArticlePrint ArticleShare articleSend FeedbackIraqi farmer Tawfiq Abbosh Jubbo Sakat says Islamic State fighters stole all his cows [Sophie Cousins/Al Jazeera]Qaraqosh, Iraq – […]

War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields | Global Research

War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields by Michel Chossudovsky January 8, 2009 The December 2008 military invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli Forces bears a direct relation to the control and ownership of strategic offshore gas reserves.  This is a war of conquest. Discovered in 2000, there are […]

Far-Right Islamic extemists release viodeo of decapitated Syrian soldiers

[canberratimes.com.au] The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIL or ISIS, claims the bodies are from a battle at a Syrian army base in the northern province of Raqqa.According the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIL attacked the base on Friday, leaving more than 85 bodies scattered around the site. At […]

De-Manufacturing Consent- The Snowden-ISIS Hoax

We discuss the “Snowden-ISIS hoax,” the false “news” story that has been circulating through the internet over the past few weeks that claims former NSA contractor Edward Snowden released documents proving the CIA/MI6/Mossad are running the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS and its leader Al-Badhdadi.We explain the origins of this story, why it’s […]

‘New era of international jihad’ as Isis declares its territories an Islamic state – Independent.ie

The announcement will see the Isis now simply refer to itself as The Islamic State, and the group has called on al-Qa’ida and other related militant Sunni factions operating in the region to immediately pledge their allegiance.According to Isis’s chief spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the declaration of the “restoration of the caliphate” was made after […]

Obama administration seeking $500m to train ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels | World news | theguardian.com

The request to Congress on Thursday, heralded by Barack Obama’s vow, made during a speech at West Point military academy, to step up assistance to a beleaguered Syrian force, comes as the administration searches for effective alternatives to the jihadist army that has carved out massive swaths of Syria and Iraq for an Islamic state.Previously, […]

Iran Sending Weapons, Drones to Iraq — NYMag

The number of Iranian personnel is smaller, with only 12 Quds Force officers advising the Iraqi military, but the country is making up for the lack of man power with machine power. Operating from Rasheed Air Base in Baghdad, Iran is flying surveillance drones and operating equipment to intercept ISIS communications. via Iran Sending Weapons, Drones to Iraq […]

Barack Obama Deploys Special Forces to Iraq For Training in ISIS Fight – TIME

Speaking to reporters from the White House Briefing Room, Obama said the green berets would be focused on training Iraqi troops to fight back against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS, the Sunni, al-Qaeda inspired extremist group that has captured several cities and has its sights set on Baghdad. He emphasized that the […]

Rand study tries to focus on lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan, but what have we learned? – The Washington Post

In Syria, the United States is again working with a group of nations in support of insurgents. But what will be Washington’s responsibility if Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is forced out and a new government emerges in Damascus? In Ukraine, we are giving support to its new government, which is facing armed, pro-Russian insurgents. Obama […]

Pakistan Repels Second Taliban Attack on Karachi Airport — Naharnet

Police, paramilitary rangers and army all raced to the site but officials reported there had been no casualties and they had not traded fire with the militants.”Two people came towards the ASF Airport Security Force checkpost and started firing,” Colonel Tahir Ali, a spokesman for the force told reporters. “Nobody has been killed or injured,” […]

Counting US troops in Afghanistan, NPR-style: Telling listeners about the cuts and not the increases.

In reality, current US troop levels–about 32,000–are actually about what they were when Obama took office Think Progress, 6/22/11. A graph that accompanied an NPR story 6/29/11 shows this pretty clearly.Late last year the New York Times offered similarly misleading spin FAIR Blog, 11/25/13, reporting that Obama “has reduced the forces in Afghanistan from about […]

White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan – The Washington Post

The disclosure marked a rare instance in which a CIA officer working overseas had his cover — the secrecy meant to protect his actual identity — pierced by his own government. The only other recent case came under significantly different circumstances, when former CIA operative Valerie Plame was exposed as officials of the George W. […]

NSA may be putting Israeli security interests above U.S., new document reveals – World Israel News | Haaretz

“Balancing the SIGINT exchange equally between U.S. and Israeli needs has been a constant challenge in the last decade; it arguably tilted heavily in favor of Israeli security concerns. 9/11 came, and went, with NSA’s only true Third Party CT relationship being driven almost totally by the needs of the partner,” one slide reads.Another slide […]

Pilots Come Clean: Drone Warfare Is Riddled with Tragic, Bloody Errors | Alternet

Imagine if those drone wars going on in Pakistan and Yemen as well as the United States had a human face all the time, so that we could understand what it was like to live constantly, in and out of those distant battle zones, with the specter of death. In addition to images of the […]

Surviving ‘Collateral Murder’: Soldier relives infamous WikiLeaks video — RT USA

It was the video that put WikiLeaks on the map: “Collateral Murder” turned the tide of war in Iraq and landed Private first class Bradley Manning in military detention. But for Army veteran Ethan McCord, it was just another day on duty. “The helicopters were approximately a mile and a half away and they were […]

11 Palestinian MPs and Minister Still in Prison – International Middle East Media Center

Al Ray reports that the head of the centre, Foad al-Khafash, said all the detained MPs are ex-prisoners who served long terms in prison. Israeli forces took them into custody them again, after a short period of release.Al-Khafash confirmed that the detention of MPs is a blow to their efforts and status. It is not […]

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