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Will Australian Troops To Secure MH17 Crash Site Provide the Pentagon’s Foot In the Door?

Dangerous tightrope act

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Dangerous tightrope act
Sending Western forces to secure the MH17 crash site in dissident-held Ukraine and protect investigators will be a perilous balancing act involving unpredictable separatists and Russian pride.

“It’s going to be a dangerous tightrope act,” defence analyst Justin Bronk said, referring to a Dutch and Australian push to put troops on the ground where the Malaysia passenger jet was shot down on July 17.
Both countries, whose citizens accounted for three-quarters of the 298 who were on board, say they have readied police officers to deploy and were seeking the legal mandate to do so.
“They want to use as few lightly equipped troops as possible to avoid provoking the Russians,” said Bronk, an analyst with the Royal United Services Institute in London.
“Bear in mind, part of the reason that this whole conflict started is over Russia’s view that the West, in the guise of both Nato and the EU, are coming ever further eastwards,” he said.
“At the same time, to ensure their protection they will want to send them with quite heavy equipment, given the equipment both sides are firing at each other in the region.”
US experts believe the Malaysia Airlines jet was mistakenly shot down by the pro-Russian separatists with a sophisticated surface-to-air missile provided by Russia.
International investigators from eight countries, including Russia, have yet to gain access to the vast crash site amid security concerns.
“If the situation suddenly deteriorates, we have no extraction capacity,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, which lost 193 people in the disaster, told parliament yesterday.
“We have no soldiers on the ground.”
The UN Security Council, including Russia, on Monday passed a resolution backing an independent investigation of the disaster, and the Netherlands and Australia are reportedly drafting a new resolution to send an armed force to secure the crash site.
Australia, which had 28 citizens on board, is sending around 200 police and an unspecified number of troops “on a humanitarian mission” to secure the crash site, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced yesterday.
The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed military police yesterday to help remove remaining bodies. The army yesterday withdrew communications on Twitter and Facebook that it was cancelling leave and mobilising troops.
“If we go over there with a big military presence, the situation could become more unstable than stable,” Rutte said.
Despite a fragile ceasefire in the immediate vicinity, fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces is actually intensifying in the broader region beyond the crash zone.
And experts say debris from the plane’s explosion, at 10,000 metres (33,000 feet), is likely scattered over a vast area of perhaps 100 square kilometres.
“There may be rebels over there who have every interest in light not being shed on the facts,” Ko Colijn, Director and defence expert at the Netherlands’ Clingendael Institute, said.
In order to properly secure the crash site, thousands of troops would have to be deployed, says military historian Christ Klep of the University of Amsterdam.
“You need radar, reconnaissance, commandos, anti-tank weapons, attack helicopters… Well, that’s starting to look like a small-scale war,” Klep told Dutch broadcaster NOS.
He also said that world powers will seek to make good on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s promises to help with the investigation.

Putin and the Zionist Pig

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Russia blind to Gaza

daily star LEB

In recent years, pundits have been fond of talking up Russia’s return to the geopolitical arena, based on its growing political and economic clout.

But for the most part, Moscow has been silent as Israel carries out its military offensive against Palestinians in the Gaza strip.

Russia has its hands full with the crisis in Ukraine, but this hasn’t stopped it from pursuing its full support for the Syrian regime and maintaining military and political links to another embattled regime, in Iraq.

But an aspiring superpower is also expected to handle more than one world crisis at a time. As Israel pursues its campaign against Hamas and the people of Gaza, Russian politicians seemingly have nothing to contribute to the situation, unless it is to the continued well-being of the Israeli authorities.

In reporting on a telephone call this week between Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian media relayed a bland statement by Putin, who “hoped” for a cease-fire, and the two leaders’ discussion of the “Russian-Israeli agenda.”

Many in the region have highlighted how Russia supports the Syrian regime of President Assad against a supposed international conspiracy, but are silent when it comes to Russia’s ties with Israel.

The USSR offered robust rhetorical support for the Palestinians, while doing little to truly redress the imbalance in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since its demise, Moscow’s linkages and cooperation with Tel Aviv have grown substantially.

When Palestinian civilians are being killed by the hundreds, and the world’s eyes turn to Gaza, the silence from Russia is deafening.

Palestinians Prepare for Third Intifada, As Violence Spreads To West Bank

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Israel-Gaza conflict: Hamas calls for ‘third intifada’ after violent riots in Jerusalem and West Bank

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Hamas and Palestinian Authority call for “day of rage” over Israeli assault on Gaza after two Palestinians killed in overnight riots north of Jerusalem

An Israeli security officer walks past buring tires as at least 10,000 Palestinian protesters marching against Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip

An Israeli security officer walks past buring tires Palestinian protesters marched against Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip  Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Hamas leaders, both in Gaza and abroad, have called for the start of the third intifada – or Palestinian uprising – after violent riots with live fire erupted throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank last night.

Violence flared up as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets, rioting and protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza.

Approximately 10,000 people marched from Ramallah to Jerusalem, where they clashed with Israeli police.

Israeli security forces clash with Palestinians during the protest (AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Two Palestinians were killed and approximately 200 were injured when protests turned violent near the Qalandiya checkpoint, just north of Jerusalem. In East Jerusalem and the Old City, 40 rioters were arrested.

“Ambulances continued to bring wounded Palestinians from Qalandiyah checkpoint to the Ramallah Government Hospital until 1.00am Friday, about three-and-a-half hours after the demonstrations began”, Israeli daily Haaretz reports.

“This is your opportunity”, said Husham Badran, Hamas spokesman based in Qatar, responding to the clashes.

In Gaza, Hamas TV played pro-intifada songs, while the group, together with the Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian Authority called for ‘a day of rage’ to begin after Friday prayers, in solidarity with the people of Gaza.

There have been more or less constant riots in Jerusalem and the West Bank following the kidnapping and murder of the Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdair by Jewish extremists last month. The circumstances of the current uprisings bear considerable similarity to the riots that pre-empted the start of the first intifada in the late 1980s.

The protest attracted 10,000 Palestinians (AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The incendiary atmosphere comes amid a backdrop of an Israeli cabinet meeting scheduled for later today, where a decision will be taken whether or not to accept the 5-day ceasefire proposal between Israel and Hamas.

By contrast to the events in Jerusalem and the West Bank, Thursday night was considerably calmer for the residents of Israel’s south, with fewer rockets being fired.

In Gaza, over 800 people have been killed, and many thousands have been injured, displaced and rendered homeless since the beginning of the violence over three weeks ago.

Brit Press Rapes the Truth for Zionist Scum–Blaming Hamas for Israeli UN School Shelling

Palestinian medics carry children wounded in an attack on a UN school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014. (Majed Hamdan/AP)
Palestinian medics carry children wounded in an attack on a UN school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014.  (Majed Hamdan/AP)

Four shells landed inside a United Nations shelter in the Gaza Strip Thursday, killing 16 refuge-seeking Palestinians, seven of them children, wounding 200 more and threatening to scramble the extensive international efforts under way to arrange a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

The circumstances here are confusing: The shells might have come from errant Israeli fire, or from Hamas, the militant Palestinian movement that is leading the battle against Israel. But it is Israel, the invader, which is being accused of killing civilians and committing war crimes.

Four shells landed inside a United Nations shelter in the Gaza Strip Thursday, killing 16 refuge-seeking Palestinians, seven of them children, wounding 200 more and threatening to scramble the extensive international efforts under way to arrange a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

The circumstances here are confusing: The shells might have come from errant Israeli fire, or from Hamas, the militant Palestinian movement that is leading the battle against Israel. But it is Israel, the invader, which is being accused of killing civilians and committing war crimes.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack, saying it “underscores the imperative for the killing to stop – and to stop now.”

The deadly shelling happened in Beit Hanoun, a community of cinder-block houses with big families, in the northeast corner of the Palestinian territory. Because of its proximity to Israel, it’s been a popular place for militants to launch makeshift rockets against Israeli cities and towns. And it’s often the first place Israel invades when it crosses the border to force the militants to stop. In this conflict, it appears also to be the origin of several Hamas tunnels that pass under the Israeli border.

Midafternoon Thursday, despite the hot Gaza sun, several hundred people had gathered in the open courtyard of Beit Hanoun’s Elementary Co-Ed A and D school, waiting for Red Cross vehicles to take them safely away from the fierce fighting engulfing their community.

The school was a designated United Nations shelter for displaced people.

Just before 3 p.m., as shells flew fast and furious outside the school between advancing Israeli forces and Hamas militants resisting them, four “explosive projectiles” landed inside the compound. The people didn’t have a chance.

“All of us sat in one place, when suddenly four shells landed on our heads,” Laila al-Shinbari told Reuters. “Bodies were on the ground, [there were] blood and screams. My son is dead and all my relatives are wounded, including my other kids,” she wept.

Fingers were quickly pointed at Israel as the party responsible.

Christopher Gunness, long-time spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said UNRWA had tried all day “to co-ordinate with the Israeli army a window for civilians to leave.”

“That was never granted … and the consequences of that appear to be tragic.”

Mr. Gunness told reporters that Israeli forces had bombed UN shelters on three separate occasions since Monday. One of the shelters, a school in Deir el-Balah, was hit by Israeli fire on Wednesday, wounding five people, he said.

Mr. Ban said he was “appalled” by the news of Thursday’s attack.

Just the day before, he had lashed out at Gaza militants for storing rockets inside a UN school for refugees for the second time during this conflict. Such action, he said, “turned schools into potential military targets, endangering the lives of innocent children,” along with UN employees and the tens of thousands of sheltering Palestinians.

Just which side fired the shells Thursday is uncertain. Between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., there was an extensive battle in the area around the school. Mr. Gunness acknowledged that rockets fired in the direction of Israel had fallen inside Beit Hanoun. Mark Regev, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it could have been Hamas that fired. “It could also have been our fire,” he admitted.

Late Thursday, a spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces said the army fired mortars in the area of the UNRWA school in Gaza after Israeli troops were shot at from the area of the school during the battle.

In 2009, during a more extensive incursion into Gaza, Israel was similarly accused of killing 40 people inside a UN school where Palestinians had taken refuge. It was a black mark for Israel, but it turned out that the Israeli shells, fired in response to militants’ fire, had not landed inside the school at all, though they did kill civilians in the street outside.

The very fact of such a tragedy happening, which pushed the total number of Palestinian fatalities in this conflict to more than 750, works against Israel.

“As this campaign goes on and the civilian casualties in Gaza mount, Western public opinion is becoming more and more concerned, and less and less sympathetic to Israel,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on a visit to Israel.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Israel should be put on trial for its actions, while Brazil recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv in protest.

Late Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on flights in and out of Israel, which it had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinian protesters and wounded about 100 in confrontations with several thousand people demonstrating in the occupied West Bank against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said. Israel Radio reported it was the biggest anti-Israel demonstration since the 2000-05 Palestinian uprising.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, following meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem and Ramallah, flew to Cairo Thursday to try to finalize a formula for a ceasefire acceptable to both sides in this conflict. A first attempt by Egypt last week called for both sides simply to halt hostilities and come to Cairo to discuss their differences. Israel agreed; Hamas rejected the idea.

In Qatar Thursday, Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal said his organization was prepared to sign a truce provided Israel’s siege of Gaza is lifted. Since 2007, when Hamas took control of Gaza from the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas, Israel has restricted movement of all people and goods in and out of almost every access point. Egypt controls the other one.

“We seek full international commitment to the end of the aggression and the siege over Gaza – real commitment,” Mr. Meshaal told reporters.

“We want an international airport, we want a seaport, we want an opening to the outside world, and not the situation where we are controlled by a few border crossings that turn Gaza into a huge prison, where no one can leave even for medical treatment or to work.

“When we get a clearly worded drafting that guarantees these things, and the international community gives its backing to this draft – than the fire can be stopped, even today.”

Israel has rejected any kind of accommodation with Hamas. But with Thursday’s school deaths perhaps tipping the balance of world opinion against them, Israelis may want to take a second look at Mr. Meshaal’s terms.

With reports from Reuters

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ISIS Terrorists Attack Syrian Army Positions In North and East

Syria regime-jihadist clashes kill dozens

daily star LEB

BEIRUT: Dozens of people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in northern Syria between regime forces and jihadist militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday.

The watchdog reported Thursday that the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) group had launched multiple attacks on government-held territory across north and northeast Syria.

The Observatory said it was the first time that ISIS, accused by rival rebel groups of focusing its formidable firepower more on them than on the Damascus regime, had launched such coordinated assaults on army positions.

The jihadists went on the offensive near the main northern city of Aleppo, in Hasakeh province in the northeast and in Raqqa province around their Euphrates valley stronghold, the Observatory said.

ISIS, which in June announced a “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq, controls swath of both countries and is seeking to seize more territory.

In Hasakeh province, “at least 17 ISIS jihadists were killed Thursday … in clashes and in regime bombardment,” said the Britain-based Observatory which relies on activists and medics on the ground for its reports.

In the provincial capital of the same name, four suicide bombers launched an attack inside the local headquarters of President Bashar Assad’s Baath party, which was followed by clashes inside the building.

The Observatory said 12 people, including Baath members and guards, were killed. Among the dead was “a Baathist who was decapitated with a sharp instrument.”

South of Hasakeh city, 11 soldiers were killed in an ISIS attack on a regime position and 17 jihadists were killed, it said.

“Regime bombardment forced the ISIS to withdraw overnight,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel-Rahman said Friday.

In Raqqa province, which is mainly held by ISIS, the jihadists attacked two positions of the army’s 17th Division, sparking fighting that left dozens of dead and wounded, the Observatory said.

In one attack, two suicide bombers – one a Saudi – blew up trucks packed with explosives.

“At least six soldiers, one an officer, were decapitated and eight jihadists were killed,” said the Observatory.

ISIS posted photographs on its Twitter account of six decapitated corpses that it said were soldiers of the 17th Division.

“The ISIS wants to ‘clean’ the province of any army presence,” Abdel-Rahman said.

East of Aleppo, the jihadists attacked the Kuwayris airbase, sparking fierce fighting Thursday that has since died down, the Observatory said.

The more than three-year conflict in Syria is becoming increasingly complex as the ISIS battles regime forces, mainstream rebels, its rivals and former allies the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, and Kurdish separatists.

ISIS jihadists are seeking to expand the fiefdom they have carved out along the Euphrates Valley by taking the battle to neighboring government-held areas after routing rival rebels in Deir Al-Zor province in Syria’s east earlier this year.

Ukraine Govt Collapse–Nuland’s Toy-Boy Yats Goes Bye-Bye

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CONTRACTS: Arsenij Jatsenjuk (AP Photo / Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)

Protest against the National Assembly.

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arsenij Jatsenjuk says he will resign in protest at the National Assembly does not support the financing of a new energy and defense policy.

– I deliver my resignation because of the collapse of the coalition government and the blockage of the government’s proposal, he told parliament on Thursday.

Prime Minister’s resignation comes the same day that two parties have withdrawn from the government.

This allows for the president Petro Porosjenko now can call new elections to the National Assembly. Both politicians and activists have long wished that the National Assembly shall be composed again, especially after the election of Porosjenko as the new president in late May.

(NTB)

Was Air Algerie Plane Shot-Down Over North Mali By Islamist Clients of Qatar?

[Obama's terror war takes another airborne target, providing further evidence that it has gotten much more dangerous to fly, thanks to Qatar and a sea of petrodollars (SEE:  France: “Our friend Qatar is financing Mali’s Islamists” ).  The spillover from Obama's worldwide Islamist crusade is no longer to be confined to "war zones," as a direct result of his cracking-open of multiple state armories.  MANPADs (hand-held SAMs) are now available on the world market to anyone with enough cash to go after one.  The "genie" is now out of the bottle in so many places. 

obama-scream-fear-scared  Is all of this really going according to plan, Barack, or has everything just fallen apart?]

Air Algerie Plane with Over 110 on Board Missing over Mali

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W460

An Air Algerie plane with more than 110 people on board including French and Spanish nationals went missing Thursday during a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, company sources and officials said.

Algerian radio said 51 French citizens and 26 from Burkina Faso were among the 116 passengers on the plane which dropped off the radar as it overflew northern Mali.

Apart from seven Algerians, nationals from Canada, Ukraine and Luxembourg were also on board, it said.

An official source in Lebanon said at least 20 of its nationals were also on the flight, including three couples with 10 children.

Aviation sources told AFP the aircraft was a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 leased from Spanish company Swiftair.

Its six-member crew were all Spanish, said Spain’s airline pilots’ union Sepla, while Swiftair confirmed the aircraft had gone missing less than an hour after takeoff from Ouagadougou.

France’s Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier said that top civil aviation officials were holding an emergency meeting and a crisis cell had been set up.

“The plane disappeared at Gao (in Mali), 500 kilometers (300 miles) from the Algerian border. Several nationalities are among the victims,” Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal was cited as saying by Algerian radio.

In neighboring Mali, amid reports of heavy storms in the region, the prime minister’s office also said contact was lost around Gao over the country’s restive north.

Northern Mali was seized by jihadist groups for several months in 2012 and the region has remained unstable despite the Islamists being driven out in a French-led offensive.

Despite international military intervention still under way, the situation remains unstable in northern Mali, which was seized by jihadist groups for several months in 2012.

On July 17, the Bamako government and armed groups from northern Mali launched tough talks in Algiers aimed at securing an elusive peace deal, and with parts of the country still mired in conflict.

“The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route,” an airline source said.

“Contact was lost after the change of course.”

The carrier, in a statement carried by national news agency APS, said it initiated an “emergency plan” in the search for flight AH5017, which flies the four-hour passenger route four times a week.

One of Algeria’s worst air disasters occurred in February this year, when a C-130 military aircraft carrying 78 people crashed in poor weather in the mountainous northeast, killing more than 70 people.

The plane was flying from the desert garrison town of Tamanrasset in Algeria’s deep south to Constantine, 320 kilometers (200 miles) east of Algiers.

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