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Biden blames US allies in Middle East for rise of ISIS
Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014

Geoffrey Holder, Dancer, Choreographer and Man of Flair, Dies at 84
Geoffrey Holder, the dancer, choreographer, actor, composer, designer and painter who used his manifold talents to infuse the arts with the flavor of his native West Indies and to put a singular stamp on the American cultural scene, not least with his outsize personality, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 84.

Kim Jong-un not ill – North Korea forced to comment after health speculation

Hong Kong Boiling - But Gently, So Far
Hong Kong is at a gentle boil. As of this writing, tens of thousands of students have been politely demonstrating, calling for the Beijing-appointed chief executive, C.Y. Leung, to resign and be replaced through free elections.

Biden blames US allies in Middle East for rise of ISIS
"Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria," he said, explaining that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE were "so determined to take down Assad," that in a sense they started a "proxy Sunni-Shia war" by pouring "hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons" towards anyone who would fight against Assad. "And we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them," said Biden, thus disassociating the US from unleashing the civil war in Syria.

Biden 'apologises' to UAE for ISIL remarks
Biden, who is known for his occasional verbal gaffes, angered US allies when he suggested in a speech at Harvard University on Thursday that Turkey, Qatar and the UAE had extended "billions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons" to Sunni fighters trying to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president.

Syria warns Turkey against anti-ISIS incursions
Syria warned Turkey on Friday against any military intervention on its territories, saying it would consider it an act of "aggression," a day after the Turkish military was given authorization to conduct cross-border incursions against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) operating in the Arab country.

Sources: U.S. air strikes in Syria targeted French agent who defected to al Qaida

Did America Fake Imminent Terror Threats To Justify Bombing Syria?

Final death toll for Saturday 04/10/2014, approximately 268 people killed in Syria

Eyes Finally Open to Syrian Realities
For the past three years, Official Washington has viewed the Syrian civil war as "white-hatted" rebels against "black-hatted" President Assad, but finally some of the "gray-hatted" reality is breaking through, though perhaps too late, Robert Parry reports.

The Siege Of Kobani: Obama's Syrian Fiasco In Motion
Another humanitarian catastrophe may be just hours away at Kobani. The latter is the Syrian Kurdish town on the border with Turkey that is now surrounded by ISIS tanks and is being pounded day after day by ISIS heavy artillery.

Syrian Kurds say air strikes against Isis are not working
Isis fighters have pushed to the edge of Kobani and evade western strikes, says spokesman for Kurdish fighters

Fierce battle between Kurds and IS rages for Kobane, Syria
Kurdish fighters, backed by US-led air strikes, are trying to hold back an advance by Islamic State militants.

Kurds clash with Turkish security forces on Syria border

Kurdish suicide bomber attacks ISIL in Syria
Female suicide bomber attacks ISIL position east of Kobane, as fighting rages for control of the strategic town.

FBI director warns of Khorasan attack
The head of the FBI said in an interview broadcast late Sunday that the U.S. is preparing for an imminent terrorist attack.

ISIS' Ammunition Is Shown to Have Origins in U.S. and China
In its campaign across northern Syria and Iraq, the jihadist group Islamic State has been using ammunition from the United States and other countries that have been supporting the regional security forces fighting the group, according to new field data gathered by a private arms-tracking organization.

Pakistani Taliban only loyal to Mullah Omar, says TTP spokesperson
Pakistani Taliban said on Sunday that they have declared allegiance only to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Afghan Taliban supremo, rejecting the media reports that the group has declared allegiance to the Islamic State.

NATO can put troops wherever it wants, new secretary-general says

Netanyahu & UN Head Clash Over Inquiry Into Israeli Military Actions in Gaza

US rejects Abbas's plan
Washington's reaction to Mahmoud Abbas's plan to take the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the UN Security Council draws a line, once and for all, under US claims to be an honest broker, writes Nicola Nasser

Obama team warns Israel over settlements

...Israeli leader: White House criticism un-American

Israel criticizes Swedish plan to recognize state of Palestine

Sweden premature to recognize Palestine: U.S.

'US won't decide our policies' – Sweden on Palestinian state recognition
Washington will not be the one to decide Sweden's policies, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said after the US criticized Stockholm's plans to officially recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.

Facts on the Ground By Noam Chomsky

NYT's Belated Admission on Contra-Cocaine
Since the Contra-cocaine scandal surfaced in 1985, major U.S. news outlets have disparaged it, most notably when the big newspapers destroyed Gary Webb for reviving it in 1996. But a New York Times review of a movie on Webb finally admits the reality, writes Robert Parry.

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