Turkey suspends Syria flights after crisis with Russia The Turkish army has suspended flights over Syria as part of an ongoing joint military campaign with the United States against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after it shot down a Russian jetfighter, sparking an unprecedented crisis between Ankara and Moscow.
Enslaving People to Keep Them Safe from Government-Produced Enemies Why did our American ancestors enact the Fourth Amendment? Because they knew that governments everywhere attract the same type of people — those who mean well as they smash down people's doors with the aim of keeping people in society "safe and secure," including from enemies that government policies produce. By enacting the amendment, our American ancestors were striving to protect American society from those types of people within the federal government.
UAE Dispatches Colombian Mercenaries to Yemen The United Arab Emirates have made a lot of their involvement in the Saudi war against Yemen, and were one of the first to send ground troops into the nation to try to seize territory from the Shi'ite Houthis. The troops weren't all Emiratis, however.
If you keep saying Saudi Arabia is like ISIS, you might get sued Now, reports in the Saudi press suggest that authorities have a new tactic for those who compare them to the Islamic State: taking them to court. According to a report in pro-government newspaper Al Riyadh, the Saudi justice ministry is planning to sue a Twitter user who suggested that a death sentence recently handed out to a Palestinian artist for apostasy was "ISIS-like."
Turkey Provokes Russia with Shoot-down Turkey appears to have deliberately shot down a Russian warplane as a provocation designed to escalate tensions between NATO and Russia, a ploy that seems to have sucked in President Obama as he tries to look tough against Russia to appease his neocon critics, writes Robert Parry
Hitting Saudi Arabia Where It Hurts Though faced with a global terrorism crisis, Official Washington can't get beyond its neocon-led "tough-guy-gal" rhetoric. But another option – financial sanctions on Saudi Arabia – might help finally shut down the covert supply of money and arms to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, writes Robert Parry.
Paris: Made in Libya, not Syria The alleged and now reportedly deceased architect of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, did not fight "for IS." He fought "with" Katibat al-Battar al-Libi, a Libyan outfit.
Report: Canadian Airstrike Killed 10 Civilians in Mosul Already facing growing pressure over keeping previous reports of civilian deaths from the public, the Canadian military is once again facing allegations of killing Iraqi civilians, this time in a strike last week against ISIS-held Mosul.
Obama Warns Hollande: Don't Let ISIS War Distract From Crackdown on Russia When Russia first became involved in the ISIS war in Syria last month, US priorities began to shift dramatically, seeking to ensure that Russia's war against ISIS was isolated and distinct from America's own war, while predicting Russia would face a grim defeat. Being hostile toward Russia is an end unto itself in US foreign policy, and something that's been a focus for generations.
U.S. to sanction four in Burundi over violence The United States will sanction four current and former Burundi government officials, including the minister of public security, over ongoing violence in the country, the White House said on Monday.
Suspected Boko Haram bombing kills at least 10 people and wounds dozens near Nigerian border, security sources say.
At least 27 dead as gunmen seize more than 100 at Mali hotel Malian security sources said at least 22 hostages had been killed, adding that French special forces were "participating in operations alongside Malians". Two US special forces troops who happened to be at the nearby US embassy for meetings assisted in the rescue of six Americans.
Mali Hotel Terror Attack: What to Know About Ex-French Colony The hotel hostage crisis in Mali took place 2,600 miles from Paris but the former French colony has already been targeted by terrorists angry at France for its campaigns against Islamic militant groups including ISIS. France still has troops in the African state after it launched a military operations against Islamic extremists in the north of the country in 2013.
Putin – Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man Almost everyone now recognises that Russia's military intervention in Syria to defeat the so-called Islamic State terror group was the right call to make. Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't crowing about it. He doesn't have to.
Stopping ISIS: Follow the Money Wars are expensive. The recruitment and sustainment of fighters in the field, the ongoing purchases of weapons and munitions, as well as the myriad other costs of struggle, add up.
Russia To Ban All Food Imports From Ukraine Russia has announced it will ban all food imports from Ukraine starting on January 1. Russian Economy Minister Aleksei Ulyukayev told TV channel Rossia-24 on November 18 that Russia was taking the action "because Ukraine has joined the sanctions against the Russian Federation -- economic and financial."
How Saudi/Gulf Money Fuels Terror With the death toll in the Paris terror attacks still rising, French President Hollande is condemning an “act of war” by the Islamic State, but the underlying reality is that France's rich friends in the Persian Gulf are key accomplices in the mayhem, writes Daniel Lazare.
Paris: Who Made the Terror? The US and its allies murdered one million civilians in Iraq, using indefinite sanctions and war, destroyed all public infrastructure, and gutted all institutions. Do you think that would cause some people to be pissed off and desperate?
You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia The dramatic arrival of Da'ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed -- and horrified -- by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia's ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, "Don't the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?"
Say hello to my cruise missiles: Escobar Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Say hello to my cruise missiles: Escobar The New Great Game in Eurasia advanced in leaps and bounds last week after Russia fired 26 cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea against 11 ISIS/ISIL/Daesh targets across Syria, destroying all of them. These naval strikes were the first known operational use of state-of-the-art SSN-30A Kalibr cruise missiles.
US, Russia & Syria: The Problem With Faking It The great danger of faking your ability to do something in the public square is that someone with an actual desire to the job you are pretending to do might come along and show you up. This is what has just happened to the US in Syria with the entrance of Russia into the fight against ISIL.
US Military Official: Russian Airstrikes Benefiting IS Some Russian airstrikes in Syria are benefiting Islamic State militants, a U.S. military official said Tuesday. Russia, meanwhile, is worried that a recent U.S. airdrop of arms to Syrian rebels might end up benefiting the Islamic State.
US airdrops arms in Syria as Russia escalates bombing campaign Just days after terminating its disastrously failed program to arm and train US-backed “rebels” in Syria, the Pentagon announced Monday that US Air Force C-17 cargo planes escorted by fighter jets airdropped some 50 tons of arms, ammunition and grenades to anti-government forces.
Myth About Moderate Rebels Washington has been continuing to develop measures against the Russian strategy in Syria. First of all, the US has to demonstrate the existence of the so-called “moderate rebels”. For that reason the topic of the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) became popular in the US and European media. But what is the FSA?
Obama and Putin Agreed To Screw Erdogan? It's official! The New York Times finally admits that the "CIA rebels" in Syria who received tons of TOW anti-tank missiles are working under the field command of al-Qaeda/Jabhat al Nusra...