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Benghazi declared ‘Islamic emirate’ by militants

[IRAQ/SYRIA, now, BENGHAZI…these are the effects of a WRONG FOREIGN POLICY…the longer we wait to adjust to this new, accepted reality, the longer it will take to effectively deal with the blossoming “ISLAMIST STATES.”  If they are not nipped in the buds, they will blossom into very aggressive, very noxious WEEDS.  American foreign policy is a policy that has gone way wrong.  Our leaders will eventually accept this.  Whether they allow that acceptance to be reflected in national media reports is another matter entirely.]

Benghazi declared ‘Islamic emirate’ by militants

Libya’s Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia has said that it seized complete control of Benghazi late on Wednesday, declaring the city an “Islamic emirate,” the group’s representative said.

Ansar al-Sharia is blacklisted by the United States over its alleged role in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, eastern Libya.

An official representative for the armed group told a local radio channel that Benghazi is now under its control.

“Benghazi has now become an Islamic emirate,” said Mohammed al-Zahawi, the spokesman, to Radio Tawhid.

However, Khalifa Haftar, a retired, renegade former army general who earlier this year launched a self-declared campaign to clear the city of Islamist militants, denied the group’s claims.

“The national Libyan army is in control of Benghazi and only withdrew from certain positions for tactical reasons,” Haftar told Al Arabiya News Channel.

“The claim that Benghazi is under the control of militias is a lie,” he said.

Ansar al-Sharia’s declaration comes a month after jihadist militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced an “Islamic caliphate” over their territory.

Their annoucement also comes following two days of fighting in which Islamist fighters and allied militiamen overran an army base in the city.

Al Arabiya’s correspondent in Libya reported that Islamist groups had seized the headquarters of the Libyan army’s Special Forces in Benghazi late on Tuesday following heavy fighting.

Turkey’s Anadolu news agency quoted Talal bin Harir, a Benghazi Shura Council member, as saying that the Islamists were in control of the army base.

Meanwhile, the country’s western region- including the capital Tripoli – has been hit with a full power cut after shelling on power plants.

Three years after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi, the OPEC nation has failed to control former rebel militias who refuse to disband and threaten the unity of the country.

The extent of recent hostilities has increased Western worries that Libya is sliding toward becoming a failed state and may once again go to war.

Several foreign states have withdrawn their citizens and diplomats from the state.

Proving To The World, Once Again, That The US GOVERNMENT Can Never Be Trusted

 

US to restock Israel’s dwindling ammunition supplies despite global concern

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Heavy smoke billows following an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 29, 2014. (AFP photo)

GAZA CITY: Israel said on Thursday it would not pull troops from Gaza until they finish destroying a network of cross-border tunnels, despite sharp United Nations criticism over the civilian death toll.

Speaking at the start of a special cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not accept any ceasefire that did not allow troops to continue destroying tunnels used by militants for attacking Israel.

“Until now, we have destroyed dozens of terror tunnels and we are determined to finish this mission — with or without a ceasefire,” he said at the start of a special cabinet meeting.

“So I will not accept any (truce) proposal that does not allow the IDF (army) to complete this work for the security of Israel’s citizens.”

His remarks came after the army confirmed mobilizing another 16,000 additional reservists, hiking the total number called up to 86,000. Israel does not say how many troops are currently engaged in the fighting inside the Gaza Strip.


Israeli soldiers carry shells next to a mobile artillery unit outside the Gaza Strip. (Reuters photo)

And Washington said it had agreed to restock Israel’s dwindling supplies of ammunition, despite increasing international concern over the death toll in Gaza, where more than 1,374 people have been killed in 24 days of violence.

UN figures indicate two-thirds of the victims were civilians. Of that civilian dead, nearly half were women and children.

Following the shelling of a UN school in northern Gaza on Wednesday which killed 16, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay slammed Israel for its attacks on homes, schools and hospitals, accusing it of “deliberate defiance” of international law.


An Israeli artillery gun fires a 155mm shell towards targets from their position near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip on July 30, 2014. (AFP photo)

“None of this appears to me to be accidental,” she told reporters. “There appears to be deliberate defiance of obligations that international law imposes on Israel.”

The shelling of the school also drew sharp condemnation from UN chief Ban Ki-moon, who described it as “reprehensible”, as well as from Washington.

But the Israeli army suggested the deaths may have been the result of a misfired Palestinian rocket.

“What happened is still not clear at this stage,” military spokesman General Moti Almoz told army radio. “It is not clear if the school was hit by fire from IDF soldiers or from Hamas terrorists,” he said.​Heavy smoke billows following an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 29, 2014. (AFP photo)

Despite rising international calls for a halt to the bloodshed, the Israeli security cabinet decided Wednesday to press on with the operation in Gaza just hours after troops had made a significant advance into the narrow enclave.

The Israeli offensive began on July 8 with the aim of ending militant rocket fire, but expanded on July 17 with a ground operation aimed at destroying a sophisticated network of tunnels leading under the border, which Israel has vowed to dismantle.

Major General Sami Turgeman, head of the army’s southern command, said Wednesday that the army was “just days” away from completing its mission to destroy the tunnels.


Palestinian medics take a break after carrying wounded people injured from an Israeli strike to the emergency room at Gaza City’s Shifa hospital on July 30, 2014. (AP photo)

Cabinet ministers were being briefed on the progress of the operation in their first meeting since the ground assault began.

“Israel is trapped on the outskirts of Gaza without an exit strategy and without any ceasefire on the horizon,” wrote defence correspondent Alex Fishman in the top-selling Yediot Aharonot.

“Within a few days, Israel is going to have to decide either to push ahead with full force or to pull the troops out.”

Despite a heavy death toll in Gaza on Wednesday when 111 Palestinians were killed, including 17 who died in a strike on a crowded market place and another 16 at the UN school, Washington said it had restocked the army’s ammunition supplies.


Members of Code Pink hold a vigil of civil disobedience in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington DC on July 30, 2014. (AFP photo)

The Pentagon confirmed it had granted an Israeli request for ammunition, including some from a stockpile stored by the US military on the ground in Israel for emergency use by the Jewish state.

Rights group Amnesty International had urged Washington to halt arms supplies to Israel.

Meanwhile, there was no letup in bloodshed with at least 10 Palestinians killed on Thursday, among them two women, raising the overall Palestinian toll to 1,374, medics said.


Palestinian boys look at body of four-year-old Palestinian girl who hospital officials said was killed in an Israeli air strike. (Reuters photo)

And another 15 people sheltering in the UN school in Jabaliya refugee camp that was struck on Wednesday were wounded when Israeli warplanes attacked a mosque next door, medics said.

In Israel, 56 soldiers have died and Hamas rocket fire has killed three civilians, two Israelis and a Thai national.

Despite the loss of life, there appeared to be little Israeli appetite for a truce, with a senior official telling Haaretz newspaper that a ceasefire was not even close.

Nevertheless, an Israeli delegation travelled to Cairo late Wednesday to discuss a possible ceasefire with Egyptian officials, an official at the airport told AFP.

Cairo, a key mediator in previous truce negotiations between Israel and Hamas, was also expected to host a Palestinian delegation later this week.

Zionists Waging A War of Extinction In Gaza, From Which Refugees Have No Escape

The Gaza battlefield is crowded with the displaced and homeless

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Many of the displaced, especially children, have developed intestinal, skin or eye diseases due to poor sanitary conditions and spoiled food.

 

Displaced Palestinians Displaced Palestinians in the courtyard of a UN school. Photo by AP

The Gazans who have been uprooted from their homes are staying throughout the Gaza Strip: In 86 UNRWA schools, roughly 20 government schools, public parks, several churches, hospitals, NGO premises, warehouses belonging to shops, the garages of family homes, with relatives and friends and also in empty apartments whose owners let people live there free of charge. They are joined by a continuous stream of more displaced people as the Israeli army expands its operations westward and southward, bombarding and flattening more neighborhoods and communities.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA) reports that since the Israeli army began its ground operation in Gaza, it has been creating a buffer zone three kilometers wide (approximately 1.8 miles) along the entire Gaza Strip — roughly 44 percent of its territory. Initially, the IDF ordered residents of this band to evacuate, via fliers dropped from airplanes, announcements in the media and recorded phone calls. It then began shelling directly the houses, whether their residents are still in, or not.

Between Monday night and Tuesday evening, IDF fire killed 118 Palestinians, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Based on the scale of the destruction in the evacuated areas, it looks like the army’s goal is not a temporary evacuation, but the creation of a permanent buffer zone

devoid of any structure.

[The bloodthirsty Jews of Israel Palestine will level all structures, if the “Humanitarian” world allows it]

Cautious estimates put the number of displaced persons as of Tuesday night at about 440,000 — roughly one-quarter of Gaza’s population. Since then, the number has grown by at least 140,000, including those who fled from Gaza City’s Zeitoun neighborhood and parts of the Shujaiyeh neighborhood, as well as from the Tel al-Za’atar refugee camp and parts of the Jabalya refugee camp. A quarter of the Strip’s population is now displaced and homeless.

[There is not another nation in the world that can get away with such inhuman behavior, except for the US.]

The number of displaced Palestinians taking refuge in the 86 UNRWA schools grew Thursday morning to 225,178. UNRWA head of operations in Gaza, Robert Turner, told Haaretz Wednesday night that the UN had informed Israeli officials that it was unable to absorb more internal displaced persons in its facilities. “We have told them several times during the past two days that we expect them to assume their responsibility as the occupying power and give humanitarian aid to the displaced”.

 

“Believe me,” said Abu Adham, who joined the teams distributing food and water in the shelters for the displaced people, “because there are so many displaced people on Nasser Street, it takes an hour to go half a kilometer” — some buy food and perhaps clothing, others go to the two large medical clinics run by UNRWA, others run away a little from the overcrowding and the noise.

Schools are overcrowded and overwhelmed. More than half the displaced people — about 220,000 — are staying in those schools, and another 20,000 in governmental schools: A total number four times higher than the number that stayed in UNRWA’s schools during the 2008-2009 attack (“Cast Lead”). About 2,000 people on average are staying in each of the schools, which are intended for 500 pupils. Some schools are sheltering 45 people per classroom on average, but some classrooms have as many as 80 people stuffed into them. Women and children from the same extended family sleep in the classrooms, while the men sleep in the corridors.

Hundreds of people congregate in the yard during the day. On Tuesday night, the Israeli army bombed Gaza’s power station, which until now had supplied a small portion of Gaza’s electricity. The bombardment hit a generator and containers of diesel fuel, and the power station went out of service. Its director believes that it will take a year to repair the damage. The bombings of the past three weeks have also struck at least five out of the ten high-tension lines that Israel sells to the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian power technicians have not yet managed to repair the damage because of the Israeli bombardments and shelling. Before the power station was bombed, there were power outages of 20 hours and more, and the power would be on for four hours. Now, the power outages last days at a time.

Floods of new refugees arrived on Monday night and Tuesday from the A-Zeitoun neighborhood, parts of Shujaiyeh that had not been evacuated completely last week, the refugee neighborhood of Tel a-Za’atar and the eastern portion of the Jabalya refugee camp. On Monday night, the Israeli army bombed and shelled the eastern margins of Gaza so heavily that even those who had been daunted by the overcrowding in the area outside the buffer zone were convinced that they had to leave. “After six hours of noise, they left their homes with nothing, just their babies and small children in their arms,” a man who had seen the wave of new refugees told Haaretz. As the shelling and bombardments inside the buffer zone advanced on Tuesday night, the number of displaced people concentrated in the inner circles of Gaza City and Khan Yunis further increased, placing an additional burden upon the crumbling water and sewage systems.

Abu Mohammed’s sister, who has not stopped mourning her neighbors who were killed, fled from Jabalya with her family on Tuesday to his home in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood. But Abu Mohammed and his family are displaced, too. They fled several days ago to an empty apartment that friends opened for them. That apartment was actually their second place of refuge after they were forced to leave their home in northern Gaza two weeks ago because of the bombardments. First they stayed with friends, but when their friends’ family had to flee their home in the eastern neighborhood of Tel al-Hawa, Abu Mohammed searched for another refuge.

On Monday night, Gaza City experienced the heaviest bombing and shelling it had known since the war. “God protect us. God have mercy on us,” people wrote to their friends on Facebook in every possible variation. In recent years, many of them bought uninterrupted power supply packs that allowed them to run their computers even during long power outages so they could keep in touch with the world.

Illuminating bombs were fired all night long. Their light blended with the thick, acrid smoke that came in through the windows. Bisan, a 20-year-old woman, uploaded a photograph to Facebook of the yellowish-white smoke, which lit up the deserted sidewalks in Tel al-Hawa in southern Gaza. “This is not the sun,” she wrote, describing another photograph showing the bright light emitted when an illuminating bomb exploded in the middle of the night. “The holiday’s slaughter,” [alluding to Id al-Fitr, the holiday concluding the month of Ramadan] she wrote, reassuring her friends in another post, “I’m not a shahida [martyr] yet,” adding a smiley.

But her mother told Haaretz, in a voice full of exhaustion from fear and lack of sleep: “If we survive the bombardments, we’ll certainly get all kinds of illnesses from the smoke. We heard the bombing and shelling all night long from the battleships at sea, from canons in the east and from the warplanes in the sky. The building shakes more than ever, the windows rattle as they never did, and the explosions are coming closer and getting louder.” She wants to leave, but her husband says that there is no safe place in any case.

The radio constantly reports about families killed in their homes, including in the inner circles of Gaza City. The Iyads, a middle-aged Christian couple, were killed in their home in the Rimal section by a rocket strike. Those who do not hear the news on the radio hear it from other people. For example: Several displaced people from the Al Bureij refugee camp stayed in the home of Bureij’s mayor. The home was bombed on Monday night. The mayor was killed together with his wife and two daughters. No one knows why, and the displaced people, traumatized, are searching for another place to stay.

Abu Issam and his family fled their home in Beit Lahiya last Thursday, and went to stay with relatives in Jabalya. “We received several recorded messages from the defense forces saying that we had to leave,” he recalled. “But we ignored them. After all, nowhere is safe. Do you know when I decided we had to go? When my neighbors were killed. They were 50, 55 years old. Farmers, like we are. He went outside to water his orchard, and his wife went with him. A rocket struck them and they were killed instantly.

During a brief lull in the fighting last Saturday, Abu Issam hurried home to feed and water the rabbits and chickens. “You should have seen the look they gave me, as if someone had betrayed them,” he said. He almost took the cat with him, but decided not to in the end: Roughly 40 people are cramped into his friends’ apartment, he said, “and there’s no water because there’s no power, and the water has to be pumped from the well with a pump that runs on electricity.” Abu Issam says, “We’re still lucky. We didn’t have to seek shelter in a school.”

Umm Amir is a physician working with the medical teams in the schools that have become places of refuge. Nobody had been prepared for such a disastrous situation, she says. “There aren’t enough mattresses. There’s not enough water for washing. As much as they bring, it’s not enough. There’s not enough soap, not enough cleaning supplies. There aren’t enough plastic trash bags. Because of the hygiene problems, I’ve started seeing skin diseases spreading among children and among adults, too. There aren’t enough toilets for the students to begin with, and what is to be done when the number of people is four or five times higher, when they’re inside the building the whole day, not just half the day? Since there aren’t enough toilets, people are relieving themselves out the windows, into the sand dunes outside.

“People ate and drank less during the Ramadan fast. People brought break-fast meals to them as donations. Now UNRWA is the main one responsible for providing food. When people eat two or three times a day, in the terrible heat, without refrigerators, the food spoils. They open cans of tuna or meat, and the food spoils. There is fear of food poisoning. Children developed intestinal infections because there isn’t good nutrition and they’re not drinking enough, and because of the heat and the lack of hygiene. I transferred ten children to the hospital today — I found that they were fire-hot from infections. I give Acamol to the adults who catch cold. But the children? In this war, the children are paying the price, in death and in wounds. Everything is beyond UNRWA’s strength. It needs the budget of a country, not of a UN agency.” Umm Amir stopped her monologue for a moment and said, “Did you hear that? A bombardment has started.”

Umm Amir adds that the overcrowding has also led to eye diseases among the children. “We don’t know what’s in the smoke that comes from the bombs, and what’s in the bombs, that causes these infections. It’s terribly hot in the classrooms, outside there’s the sun, and together with the overcrowding, that leads to inflammations.” On top of all that, there are the people who were wounded in the bombardments and cannot remain in the hospitals, which are overcrowded with people wounded even worse than they. Those who were relatively lightly wounded go to the hospital for an examination, then return to their overcrowded refuges.

“I go from one room to another and speak with the people. A woman who has been here for almost two weeks already gave birth in the school eight days ago. Eleven women gave birth here at the school. This woman doesn’t have enough milk, there’s not enough formula to give the babies and not enough milk for the small children. There’s not enough milk for thousands of children up to four years old. There’s also no good nutrition for pregnant women and women who have given birth, which is going to affect the future development of the babies. There are also not enough diapers or feminine hygiene supplies for women who have given birth, or for women in general. There’s also hardly any way for them to wash, particularly when they are menstruating.

“All the families fled without a change of clothing. During the cease-fire they ran to their homes, only to find that everything inside had been burned or buried under the rubble. We’re asking people to donate clothing. Every day I come with a few big bags full of clothing. People have also anonymously donated money for the holiday. Most of the displaced people here are from Shujaiyeh. They came back maddened from the devastation they found.

“Both of us [Abu Amir and I] took out loans to build our homes. I think of all the people in the school who lost their homes. All of them took out loans, and now they’re left with their debts and no home. What will all these thousands of people do who have lost their homes? Will they keep on paying the banks?

“There are impoverished people here — a woman who had to go to the nearby hospital for medical treatment told me that she did not have one shekel or two for a taxi. There are also wealthy families who lost everything they had. I went to treat one woman with diabetes who was sitting in one of the classrooms — a very lovely woman, about 50 years old. She sat in a corner and cried. She told me that she had gone to get things from her home, and found her building — six floors and 12 apartments for her whole family — lying on the ground, a pile of concrete. She also found that all their cars had been crushed or bombed out.

“I told her: Don’t cry. Thank God, you are alive and your husband is alive, and your children are all right. You will rebuild. After all, we build our whole lives, and the Jews come and destroy them, and then we go back and build anew. I gave her the proper medication and left, my heart burnt”.

Obama’s Latest Anti-Russia Sanctions Keyed To Future US/Russian Business Ventures

[All of the anti-Russian sanctions are keyed to future business with Russian entities, targeting “all new transactions,” “new debt of longer than 90-day maturity,” “medium- or long-term financing.”    (SEE: Background Conference Call on Ukraine ). 

In addition to blocking new financial dealings with US banks, new EXIM (Export Import Bank) controls block further technology transfers to Russian business, primarily those concerned with military or shipbuilding entities (United Shipbuilding Corporation).  The primary problems for BP and other Western oil mega-corporations will come new “export license requirements on a universe of technologies if they’re to be exported or re-exported to Russian deepwater, Arctic offshore, or shale oil production activities.”   

New export controls are intended to give Western corporations wiggle-room, allowing them to continue reaping obscene profits in Russia now, but preventing them from joining any new Russian energy-related projects, which will benefit the State.  “These are designed not to impact Russian current production but to impact their ability to produce in more technologically challenging future projects.”

These new “sanctions” are another Obama lawyer-crafted response of threatening empty words.  Whatever else they are, the sanctions are just another volley in Obama’s war on the Russian economy.  In any other place or time, these actions by our Commander-In-Chief amount to separate acts of war against our nuclear-armed former partner in seeking a new peaceful world order.]

BP warns investors to be braced for new sanctions against Russia

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BP warned any further international sanctions imposed on Russia over the MH17 plane crash could have a “material adverse impact” on the company

 

 

Oil giant BP has reported better-than-expected second-quarter profits, fuelled largely by its investment in Russia’s state-owned oil giant Rosneft in which it has a nearly 20 per cent stake.

The results came as it warned any further international sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine and the MH17 plane crash could have a “material adverse impact” on the company.

BP said profits for the quarter had risen by 34 per cent to $3.64 billion (£2.14 billion) from a year earlier. This came on the back of $1 billion of profits from its investment in Rosneft, nearly five times higher than a year ago.

However, despite BP announcing an 8.3 per cent increase in the dividend to 9.75 cents, the shares fell 2.66p to 494.19p.

The warning about Russia comes days after the country threatened to seize the assets of UK firms as a retaliation against David Cameron’s demand for tough sanctions.

A senior diplomatic source was quoted as saying Moscow would “fight back” against any industry-wide sanctions by putting British companies involved in Russian oil on the front line.

The official measures will include seizing the assets of British businesses in Russia. BP also increased its provision for litigation relating to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by $260 million, taking the total pre-tax charge to $43 billion.

Centrica is set to appoint departing BP executive Iain Conn as its new boss on Thursday, paying him a lower salary and potential reward package than current chief Sam Laidlaw. Conn will reportedly receive a wage of just over £900,000 and a “golden hello” worth far less than a reported £5 million figure.

Hezbollah, Syrian and Lebanese armies Battle Nusra and ISIS Near Arsal

Hezbollah, Syrian regime battle rebels in northeast Lebanon

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File – A tank of the pro-regime forces is seen during alleged operations to take the control of the surrounding areas of the Rankous plain in the Qalamoun region, April 13, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA)

HERMEL, Lebanon: Hezbollah and the Syrian regime tightened the noose on armed rebels fighting in the mountainous regions straddling the border between Lebanon and Syria, in a major push to uproot fighters opposed to the embattled Assad regime. Hezbollah fighters gained control of hills surrounding rebel hideouts in the border province of Qalamoun and in the mountains bordering Shiite villages in northeastern Lebanon, helping seal off food and ammunition supply lines to the stranded fighters, a security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Daily Star.

Most of the fighters belong to the Al-Qaeda affiliate, the Nusra Front, the security source said. But some of the fighters are believed to have pledged allegiance to the Al-Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), after its advances in Iraq.

Battles raged in Qalamoun, which lies opposite to the mountainous region bordering the pro-Syrian opposition town of Arsal, and in the mountains surrounding Shiite villages like Labweh, Nahlet Younin and Al-Ain in Lebanon’s northeast, between Hezbollah and the Syrian regime armed with warplanes on one side and opposition rebels on the other.

The security source said that Hezbollah is monitoring the supply lines to the rebels and is firing at any groups that attempt to provide them with aid, saying the combined siege by the party backed by the Syrian military has effectively shut off provisions from rebels concentrated in the mountainous terrain in Qalamoun and Arsal’s borders and closed off the road linking the two regions.

The security source said the current strategy is one of attrition, aimed at starving the rebels of ammunition and food ahead of a major operation by Hezbollah and the Syrian military to crush the rebels.

Labweh’s mayor Ramez Amhaz told The Daily Star that a coordinated push including Hezbollah, the Syrian and the Lebanese armies targeting armed groups in the mountainous terrain surrounding the town of Arsal is being planned, but declined to specify the time of the operation. He said efforts were underway to ensure that Arsal was not involved or affected by the operation.

Word of the campaign provoked a response by the Future Movement’s coordinator in Arsal Bakr Hujeiri, who said the Lebanese Army must explain if it is fighting in an alliance with the Syrian regime and Hezbollah.

Hujeiri said such an operation could increase tensions between the embattled, Sunni-majority Arsal and its Shiite neighbors as well as Hezbollah. Hujeiri said the outskirts of Arsal had been targeted by rockets emanating from areas controlled by Hezbollah.

Tensions between Arsal and its neighbors have flared up repeatedly since the crisis in Syria. The town is sympathetic to the Syrian opposition, and has been accused of harboring rebel fighters. Shiite villages in the area have been targeted by cross-border rocket attacks and rebel fighters are believed to be taking refuge in the mountainous area bordering Arsal, poised to strike at nearby Shiite villages in Lebanon.

Two rockets hit the outskirts of Hermel late Wednesday, but no casualties were reported. Al-Manar, Hezbollah’s TV station, aired footage of a large funeral for one of its fighters in the Western Bekaa Valley, led by Hezbollah officials and MPs. The deceased was identified as Ali Musa Musa.

Elsewhere in northern Lebanon, the family of three Lebanese smugglers distanced itself from the kidnapping and ransoming of Syrian refugees carried out by the men, and called on the Lebanese authorities to arrest and punish them.

The Ghazi family, from the village of Rama in Wadi Khaled, issued a statement Wednesday rejecting the criminal acts of three members of the family – who have been kidnapping Syrian refugees and ransoming them to the Syrian army as a means to compensate “poor business” across the border with Syria, whose three-year conflict has dented their smuggling activities.

The family’s statement identified the three by their initials only but was unequivocal in its rejection of their acts.

“The family stresses that the kidnapping of Syrian refugees for handover to the Syrian authorities in exchange for a ransom does not reflect its values, but is an act of barbarism which it strongly denounces,” the statement said.

It also called on the Lebanese authorities to act immediately to arrest the perpetrators and carry out the “most severe punishment,” stressing that the family would not give them any cover.

Security sources said four Syrian refugees were kidnapped over the weekend by a three-man gang and turned over to the Syrian army across the border.

They said one member of the gang was arrested by security forces, while the remaining two, including the gang’s leader, managed to escape.

According to the sources, the latest kidnapping brought the number of refugees who were lured by the culprits and handed over to the Syrian authorities to 12.

“They promise the refugees that they will smuggle them in and out of Syria, and once they are on the Syrian side of the border they hand them over,” the sources said.

They said the smugglers received $1,000 for each person handed over, in addition to the $100 the refugees paid for the “service provided.”

And in another security-related development, Israeli troops kidnapped a shepherd from the southern Lebanese village of Shebaa early Wednesday, the state-run National News Agency said.

NNA said the shepherd, Ismail Khalil Nabaa, was taken to the nearby Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms.

U.N. peacekeepers are exerting efforts with Israel to ensure his release, NNA added.

Israeli troops often kidnap shepherds only to free them hours later.

Hamas Sends S.O.S. To Hezbollah As Netanyahu Unleashes The Beast On Gaza

Hamas calls on Hezbollah to help fight Israel

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Hezbollah members parade during a ceremony in south Lebanon, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: Hamas has urged Hezbollah to join the fight against Israel after the conflict between the Islamic Resistance Movement and the Jewish state entered its third week.

“We hope the Lebanese front will open and together we will fight against this formation [Israel],” deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk told Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

“There’s no arguing that Lebanese resistance could mean a lot,” Abu Marzouk stressed.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has vowed that his party will stand by the resistance in Gaza.

Hezbollah and the Lebanese resistance will stand by the Palestinian people’s uprising and resistance in our heart, willpower, hope and destiny,” Nasrallah said in a speech last week.

South Lebanon has generally been calm since the end of the monthlong war between Israel and Hezbollah in the summer of 2006.

However, since the start of Israel’s attack on Gaza, there have been several rocket attacks from Lebanon in solidarity with the Palestinians.

Both the Army and U.N. peacekeeping troops have stepped up patrols along the Lebanese-Israeli border in order to prevent a reoccurrence of the attacks.

Is the internet now just one big human experiment?

[SEE: More Proof That Social Media Is A Govt Behavioral Control Experiment]

Is the internet now just one big human experiment?

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It’s not only Facebook treating us like lab rats. Dating sites can manipulate our emotions, too – and blame it on user testing. The possibilities are endlessly scary

Dan Gillmor

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‘I understand … why the anger is there,’ OKCupid’s co-founder said. ‘But people also need to understand that … nobody launches a redesign without testing on different users.’ Photograph: Pelle Sten / Flickr via Creative Commons (Art: Frankenstein in Love, by Mogul)

If you thought the internet industry was chastened by the public firestorm after Facebook revealed it had manipulated the news feeds of its own users to affect their emotions, think again: OKCupid.com, the dating site, is now bragging that it deliberately arranged matches between people whom its algorithms determined were not compatible – just to get data on how well the site was working.

In a Monday blog post entitled – I’m not making this up – “We Experiment On Human Beings!” the site’s co-founder, Christian Rudder, essentially told us to face the facts of our modern world … at least as he sees them:

[G]uess what, everybody: if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.

Human experimentation is definitely part of how websites work, in a way, because all online services of considerable size do something called A/B testing – seeing how users respond to tweaks, then adjusting accordingly. But that doesn’t mean sites can, do or should routinely and deliberately deceive their users or customers.

Yet Rudder – whose observations about data on his site’s “OKTrends” blog were almost always fascinating when he was posting regularly – acknowledges that OKCupid wasn’t merely A/B testing when it recently tried to figure out whether its human recommendation algorithm was actually correct:

To test this, we took pairs of bad matches (actual 30% match) and told them they were exceptionally good for each other (displaying a 90% match.)

Where I come from, we call this deception, and the Washington Post’s Brian Fung asks, reasonably, “If you’re lying to your users in an attempt to improve your service, what’s the line between A/B testing and fraud?”

But when BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel queried Rudder, the OKCupid chief was unrepentant – and he largely took Facebook’s side on the emotion-manipulation issue. Perhaps online date-seekers are more forgiving of such experimentation than the rest of us seem to have been – even though Facebook is probably harder to give up – but I have to wonder if they will continue to trust a service that misleads them, even in the name of getting better data.

If this kind of experimentation is becoming the norm, we can only imagine what other companies will feel free to do as they, too, “experiment on human beings” as part of their business models.

Because they will experiment, and because they’re so hungry for more page views and “engagement”, news organizations could conceivably deliver two versions of stories: one version of an article or video could faithfully report what the outlet’s reporters have learned; the other could tailor that story according to the algorithmically assumed biases of the reader, with wording, photo and video selections designed to raise or lower blood pressure depending on what editors wanted their audiences to feel. You can imagine how this could play out in coverage of, say, the crisis in Gaza. Tomorrow’s power-hungry media barons, like William Randolph Hearst a century ago, must be overjoyed that human manipulation is simply the way things work.

Or try online shopping: I hate to give anyone ideas, but stores might figure out how to generate the best profits by manipulating the placement and visibility of friendly and unfriendly product reviews from other customers.

Ooh, and imagine what fun your healthcare providers could have testing unproven new medicines on you. Hooray, we can all be part of the world’s biggest drug trial!

These are merely hypotheticals, and testing and experimentation are not bad – they serve a valuable purpose. But let’s not get too comfortable as we unwittingly become lab rats. Let’s not get comfortable at all. And let’s especially not let experimenters conduct their tests in the dark. When disclosure and consent aren’t part of the process, it’s deeply wrong – and in some cases, like pharmaceutical trials, illegal.

In the way they operate, the internet companies hold almost all the cards, and their users hold almost none. We – members of the public and academics alike – should not just let it happen, argues the University of North Carolina’s Zeynep Tufekci:

To me, this resignation to online corporate power is a troubling attitude because these large corporations (and governments and political campaigns) now have new tools and stealth methods to quietly model our personality, our vulnerabilities, identify our networks, and effectively nudge and shape our ideas, desires and dreams. These tools are new, this power is new and evolving.

If it doesn’t clean up its lab-rat act, the internet industry is just begging for regulatory intervention beyond the obvious need to require users’ specific permission ahead of time, with full disclosure of what’s being done. I hope these companies will decide to conduct their research the right way. I’m not keen on being anyone’s virtual Frankenstein.

More Proof That Social Media Is A Govt Behavioral Control Experiment

[I am certain that they do the same thing with GoogleNews.  90% of the news I manage to find comes from that source, since it used to be a good to great news aggregator.   Ever notice the ridiculous phenomenon of “NO NEWS,” even though we are smack in the middle of the opening moves of WWIII?  For long periods of no news, I often switch key search words to GoogNews, to find something that I have not read, to no avail.  I continue to scroll through the same lame stories, thinking that there is more to read.  This is obviously an attempt to use the news to control the “temperature” of The Internet, whether we post hot news, or cold bits of dribble.]

OKCupid admits deliberately mismatching, manipulating users for experiments

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OKCupid admitted that it has been experimenting on its users by manipulating information on its site in a series of tests, The New York Times reported.

The dating site published the results of three experiments on Monday in a post on its OKTrends blog. In one test, the site hid profile photos, in another it hid profile text, and in the final test it deliberately altered compatibility ratings among users. The studies were designed to examine how users really evaluate potential matches, and determine which aspects of a profile have the greatest effect on how users view those matches.

“If you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site,” Christian Rudder, president of OKCupid, wrote on the blog. “That’s how websites work.”

The first test in January 2013 was masked as a “Love is Blind” day. OKCupid blocked all profile photos. They found that site traffic dropped dramatically, but users who did contact potential matches on that day had more meaningful conversations.

Unfortunately, when photos were restored, many of the conversations that began on “Love is Blind” day stopped cold.

“It was like we’d turned on the bright lights at the bar at midnight,” Rudder wrote.

The next test blocked the text on profiles to see how users equated “looks” with “personality.” A chart on the blog shows that when asked to rate personality and looks separately, higher personality rating correlated directly with better looks. The test also found that users’ actual profile text only contributed about 10 percent to their total profile rating.

“Your picture is worth that fabled thousand words, but your actual words are worth … almost nothing,” Rudder wrote in the blog.

In the final test, users were told they had high compatibility with other users, when in fact there was a low compatibility, based on a formula created by the company. It found that people were twice as likely to send a message when the compatibility was manipulated to be higher.

The study demonstrated the importance of the power of suggestion on the site, and showed how easy it is for a website to manipulate users without their knowledge, the Times reported.

OKCupid’s privacy policy explains that users’ personal data may be used for research and analysis. After the test ended, the site sent emails explaining the compatibility scores test to anyone who had been shown altered scores.

“I understand that that experimentation is part of the process,” Zaz Harris, a 37-year-old OKCupid user told the Times. “But I do think that experiment is a lot more invasive than the others because it could affect outcomes in a meaningful way. I would probably never see someone that the site said was a 30 percent match when we were actually 90 percent, so that is not cool, really.”

Rudder told the Times that the tests were designed to improve the site, and help users get the most from it.

“We told users something that wasn’t true. I’m definitely not hiding from that fact,” said Rudder. “People come to us because they want the website to work, and we want the website to work.”

The revelation about OKCupid’s testing came after Facebook users learned about similar experiments conducted on them.

In June, a study was published revealing that Facebook had altered the items that appeared on nearly 700,000 users’ News Feeds to observe how users would react. The study found that users who saw more positive content would post more positive updates, and users who saw more negative content would end up posting more negative updates.

The study was attempting to determine whether or not emotional states could be transmitted without face-to face interaction.

 

Another Attempted Slaughter In Xinjiang By Taliban-Influenced, Knife-Wielding “Fedayeen”

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Baghdad (Forat) -Muslim extremists from China’s far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the upsurge of violence there, China’s special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday.

Wu Sike, who has recently returned from the region, told reporters that China was extremely worried about the role of extremist groups in the fighting in Syria and Iraq.

“Several hot spot issues in the Middle East have provided living space for terrorist groups, in particular the crisis in Syria has turned this country into a training ground for extremists from many countries,” he said.

“These extremists come from Islamic countries, Europe, North America and China. After being immersed in extremist ideas, when they return home they will pose a severe challenge and security risk to those countries,” added Wu, who has 40 years of diplomatic experience in the Middle East and speaks Arabic.
Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people who speak a Turkic language, has been beset by unrest for years, blamed by Beijing on Islamist extremists who want to establish an independent state called East Turkestan.

While many experts outside of China doubt these groups have anywhere near the abilities Beijing accuses them of, some Uighurs have made their way to Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent years.
Wu would not put a number on how many Chinese citizens may be in the Middle East either fighting or being trained, saying that he understood from foreign media reports the figure to be about 100.
“Mostly they are East Turkestan elements,” Wu said, adding that this was one of the topics he talked about on his trip, especially when he was in Turkey, which is home to a large exiled Uighur population.

“They won’t necessarily all return [to China]. Some will remain to participate in the conflict, perhaps crossing into Iraq,” he said, without elaborating.

U.S. intelligence agencies estimate around 7,000 of the 23,000 violent extremists operating in Syria are foreign fighters, mostly from Europe. /End/

Washington Post Completely Re-Writes Report On Obama Support for Syrian Terrorists, Since Yesterday—WHY?

[Although I cannot, yet, explain why the WAPO felt compelled to completely rewrite this report since yesterday, when I first read the April 27 article.  Yesterday, the article (at the bottom of this report) was all about the new aid and its primary intended recipient, Harakat Hazm, a totally new entity among the Syrian terrorists/rebels.  Today, under the same title, the article is now all about how the anti-Assad campaign is a lost cause, resulting in US overtures to Iran.—WHAT THE FUCK?  Why not just trash the original report down the memory hole and write a brand new Iran-centric article?  What we have is a completely new article with an old name.  Why bother?  Why did not the original April report set-off alarms before yesterday?  They are obviously trying to lay a false trail on the Internet, in order to confuse those of us who are discerning enough to go WTF?  How is this outcome preferable to simply creating another dead link (typical Establishment media M.O.)?

Harakat Hazm is another unknown, cobbled-together outfit of rejects, who weren’t radical enough to join Islamist State.  In truth, they are the latest CIA cut-out.  You can recognize them by the level of their funding and the quality of the training that they have received.  These are the latest batch…probably trained in Jordan.  They have ZERO written or translated material to be found on the Web.  The only proof of their existence are the many YouTube videos, which are intended to document their proper contractual usage of Western-supplied heavy weapons.  From what I have read, these videos are metaphorically like  

POP “returnable pop bottles,” to be returned when obtaining a new “refill” Tube-launched, Optically-guided anti-tank Weapon (TOW). 

Since Washington Post is the voice of The Establishment, then what do we make of all this?  Obama asked for half a billion last month; is is still going to Harakat Hazm?  Harakat Hazm flies a banner on their website that looks nearly identical to the black flag of “al-Qaeda.”  According to this, they have a founding document, which leads-out with this verse often quoted by Al-Q leaders– “And fight against the disbelievers collectively. [9:36]”  

Their emblem is a cut-out of the al-Qaeda crossed swords on black background.  Harakat Hazm

How is any of this different from ISIS or AL-Q?  The only known news about Hazm is this:

“The Hazzm Movement, said earlier this week that they would no longer work with the Nusra Front.”–(Infighting as split emerges among Syrian rebels)

And this:

“Harakat Hazm has received military training from the state of Qatar. The latest batch of fighters arrived three weeks ago following a month long course.”–(Interview with Harakat Hazm)

Is this little whelp of a terrorist group really Obama’s challenger to the roving packs of mad-dogs named ISIS?]
 

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Exclusive interview with Harakat Hazm: we have fought the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and we will fight anyone who threatens the Syrian revolution

The new face of the Syrian rebellion

Syrian rebels who received first U.S. missiles of war see shipment as ‘an important first step’

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Liz Sly, The Washington Post

Published — Tuesday 29 April 2014

KHAN AL-SUBUL, Syria: Under the leadership of a young, battle-hardened rebel commander, the men entrusted with the first American missiles to be delivered to the Syrian war are engaged in an ambitious effort to forge a new, professional army.

Abdullah Awda, 28, says he and his recently formed Harakat Hazm — or Movement of Steadfastness — were chosen to receive the weapons because of their moderate views and, just as important, their discipline. At the group’s base, sprawled across rocky, forested wilderness in the northern province of Idlib, soldiers wear uniforms, get medical checkups and sleep in bunk beds under matching blankets.

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The scene is a far cry from the increasingly pervasive view of a chaotic, ragtag rebel movement that has fallen under the sway of Islamist extremists. Such concerns have long deterred the Obama administration from arming the Syrian opposition.

But the arrival at the base last month of US-made TOW antitank missiles, the first advanced American weaponry to be dispatched to Syria since the conflict began, has reignited long-abandoned hopes among the rebels that the Obama administration is preparing to soften its resistance to the provision of significant military aid and, perhaps, help move the battlefield equation back in their favor.

The small number of BGM-71 missiles, about two decades old and hardly better than similar Russian and French models acquired by the rebels from allies and the black market over the past year, will not change the game in the fight against Syrian President Bashar Assad, the fighters say. Three years into the war, the government has pushed opposition forces out of many of their most important strongholds, deferring their hopes of victory indefinitely.

However, the shipment “is an important first step,” Awda said during the first visit to his base by a journalist since the missiles arrived.  The weapons were not directly provided by the United States. “Friends of Syria” delivered them, he said, referring to the US-backed alliance of Western powers and Persian Gulf Arab states established to support the opposition Free Syrian Army. The rebels had to promise to return the canister of each missile fired, to not resell the weapons and to protect them from theft.

Awda declined to offer further details of the provenance of the missiles. But he said the donors made clear to him that the delivery had US approval, and US officials have confirmed that they endorsed the supply.

“The most important thing is not the TOW missile itself, it’s the change in the policy,” he said. “It suggests a change in the US attitude toward allowing Syria’s friends to support the Syrian people. It’s psychological more than physical.”

It is also something of a test for Awda, a little-known commander who in June 2011 became one of the first officers to defect from the Syrian army and has since fought in many of the biggest battles of the war, mostly under the banner of his former group, Farouq Al-Shamal.

With his long hair tucked under an olive cap and his short beard, Awda comes across as a throwback to the kind of rebel who dominated the fight before foreign jihadists and Al-Qaeda surged onto the battlefield. His resolutely on-message proclamations of support for democracy match the views that the United States has said it wishes more Syrian rebel fighters would embrace.
“I want a democratic state that rules over all Syria with equality and freedom for all citizens, free of fascism and dictatorship,” he said in an interview.

Other commanders say Awda has earned a reputation as a tough fighter, one who has avoided the allegations of criminality that have tarnished many non-Islamist rebels.

“I consider him one of the heroes,” said Abu Mustafa, a commander with a Free Syrian Army unit who now lives mostly in Turkey. “He’s moderate, he was one of the first to join us, and he’s a good fighter.”

The arrival of the weapons on the battlefield, revealed this month in YouTube videos, is raising Awda’s profile.  In January, Awda formed Harakat Hazm, under the auspices of the Supreme Military Council, after breaking away from a larger rebel formation that was being touted at the time as the new hope for moderation in Syria, the Syrian Revolutionary Front. It was led by a better-known commander, Jamal Maarouf.

The split has caused some tensions. Awda said he was uncomfortable with the indiscipline of Maarouf’s group, which has acquired a reputation for racketeering and thuggery. “Jamal Maarouf is a warlord, and we reject warlords,” Awda said. “He is a good man, but he is civilian and we are military.”
An adviser to Maarouf called Awda a respected fighter but accused him of pursuing “foreign agendas,” a reminder of the rivalries that can be engendered by efforts to arm the rebels.

With 5,000 fighters, Hazm is one of the smaller rebel groups, but Awda said his goal is to focus on building a quality force, emphasizing the recruitment of former soldiers with military experience. His fighters receive salaries of $100 a month, paid for by the rebels’ allies, and 150 have been given training in Qatar, he said.

Leading a journalist on a tour of his camp, Awda was at pains to emphasize the group’s discipline, structure and moderation, evidently in the hope of receiving further US help. Few fighters were there, he said, because most were on the front lines 10 miles to the south or farther to the west, where rebels have been engaged in a new offensive.

There were plenty of signs of assistance in the form of funds and nonlethal aid from the rebels’ allies, including the United States. US officials said the group was among six rebel units authorized this year to receive nonlethal American aid, including vehicles and medical supplies, after being vetted for its political views, its associations and its capabilities.

“They passed the test,” a US official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

At the headquarters, in a requisitioned school on the outskirts of the small village of Khan Al-Subul, recruits in beige uniforms performed drills in a tidy yard. Classrooms have been converted into offices as well as storage and distribution areas for food and uniforms, which are carefully recorded on printed forms.

One classroom serves as a recruitment center. On this day, four young men from smaller rebel groups in neighboring Hama province were waiting to be interviewed. Three said that word of the US missiles had encouraged them to apply.

“Harakat Hazm are more organized than the others, and they have better weapons,” said Ibrahim Raslan, 22.  Later, driving into the nearby forest in a new pickup truck, also a gift from foreign “friends,” Awda showed further evidence of his plans to expand.

One clearing serves as a maintenance area for captured tanks and armored vehicles. Another patch of land features a training center. Half a dozen big white tents with logos indicating that they came from Saudi Arabia have been erected to house recruits. A row of concrete latrines is nearing completion. A semicircle of crouching men was receiving instruction in how to fire automatic rifles; another group was being taught how to launch rocket-propelled grenades.

There are other encampments, too, containing weapons stores and the missiles, which Awda refused to display, citing security concerns. Six missiles have been used so far, he said, to destroy six Syrian tanks.  “They are good,” said Abdul-Karim, one of the fighters pictured using the missiles in a video. “But they are older-generation models. If we got the latest generation, we could do more.”

Awda blames the rebels’ setbacks on the United States and its allies, which he says failed to provide as much assistance as Assad’s allies Russia and Iran have provided to the Syrian government.  “The government’s friends were more faithful than our friends,” he said.

He said he is under no illusion about the shortcomings of the rebellion.  “We have a sickness of chaos,” he said. “The Syrian people are tired with the state of the war and the disorganization of the military formations. They are tired of the war, tired of the lack of a structure.”

That, however, is what Awda hopes to change.

“Tell the world we are different,” he said, before declaring the visit over and heading back to the war.

 

Iraq Reports Criminal ISIS Gangs Demanding Sex Or Marriage From All Unmarried Girls In Mosul

“Daash” attend to “Jihad collective fuck” in Mosul, and calls for the provision of all the girls

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Palm – granting organization “Daash”, today Monday, residents of Mosul timeout during the Eid holidays to make all the girls in the city for “jihad fuck” collectively.

The broadcast regulatory demands through mosques under the command of “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” to prepare the unmarried girls of the elements “Daash.”

Lama said the happiest 0.30 year-old resident of Mosul, site of the radio “Voice of Russia” who conveyed the news and I followed “obelisk,” said T. “Nazim Daash ordered the population to provide all the girls after the Eid al-Fitr to marry the elements of the organization.”

Lama noted, that “the organization stressed in announcing through loudspeakers highest mosques controlled by the elements, last Friday night, severe penalties against anyone who fails to submit the marriage of his daughter to Jihad.”

And forced “Daash” The people of Nineveh province, northern Iraq, in the early days of his control, to provide women complement the pillars of Jihad “to fuck” for an amount of U.S. $ 800.

And kidnapped dozens of women in Mosul, Iraq’s second city populated by Anasrtinzim “Daash” applied for “Jihad marriage.”

There are no statistics yet the number of women who have been raped at the hands of the elements of “Daash” since their control of Mosul.

US Court Orders Seizure of Tanker of Iraqi Crude, Illegally Diverted from Kurdistan To Houston

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Baghdad (Forat) -The Iraqi Oil Ministry persuaded a U.S. judge to issue an order for the seizure of more than $100 million of oil in a tanker waiting off Galveston, Texas, that it claims was illegally pumped from wells in Kurdistan.

Kurdish officials “misappropriated” more than 1 million barrels of oil from northern Iraq and exported it through a Turkish pipeline, according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Houston.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson of Galveston hours later issued an order and arrest warrant authorizing U.S. marshals to seize the cargo and have it moved ashore for safekeeping until the dispute is resolved.

The U.S. officially recognizes Kurdistan as part of Iraq, although the Kurdish people have jockeyed with the Baghdad-based national government for autonomy for more than a decade. Oil revenues from the northern oil fields could fuel Kurdistan’s fight for independence.

The Iraqi government warned Kurdish officials to stop the illegal exporting through Turkey, which began in December, according to the complaint. The crude shipment, currently docked off Galveston, left Ceyhan, Turkey, on June 23, and has “changed destinations multiple times” while at sea, according to the filing.

If a U.S. refinery accepts shipment of the crude, it will send a signal to the rest of the world that it is acceptable to do business with the Kurdish government, said Carl Larry, president of Oil Outlooks & Opinions LLC.

“It opens the door to some kind of breakup in that region where you could have a separate Kurdistan and Iraq,” Larry said in a telephone interview. “It’s definitely going to create that separation, and more people are going to recognize that and respect it.”

The Iraqi Oil Ministry asked U.S. marshals to oversee lightering operations to remove crude from the tanker and store it onshore at Iraq’s expense. The proposed warrant filed with the complaint didn’t ask to seize the United Kalavrvta, the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker, which is too large to enter the Houston Ship Channel and offload cargo directly.

A lightering contract had already been signed, according to the complaint. The tanker was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to proceed with offloading, the agency said.

Phillip Dye, a Houston attorney representing the Iraqi Oil Ministry, didn’t immediately return telephone or e-mail requests for comment after regular business hours yesterday.
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Oil producers are actively pursuing resources in coordination with the Kurdistan Regional Government, which estimates the northern territory holds 45 trillion barrels of oil reserves. The Kurdish government expanded its control over the country’s resources in early June, when Kurdish Peshmerga armed forces took control of northern Iraq’s key oil hub, Kirkuk, after militants routed the Baghdad government’s army. /End/

Fuel Storage Tank With 90 Million Litres of Gasoline Burning Out-of-Control In Tripoli, Libya

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TRIPOLI: Libyan firefighters have failed to put out a huge oil tank blaze started by clashes around Tripoli airport, officials said Monday, adding that an air intervention is needed to avert a catastrophe.

State-owned National Oil Corp warned of a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe after the tank in southern Tripoli containing 6 million liters of fuel was set ablaze by rocket fire late Sunday.

Residents have been urged to evacuate areas within 5 kilometers of the blaze on the airport road, where fuel reserves of more than 90 million liters are stored.

“Firefighters have been trying for hours to put out the blaze but to no avail. Their water reserves finally ran out and they’ve had to leave,” said NOC spokesman Mohammad al-Hrari.

He said the only option left was “intervention by air,” as the government said several countries had offered to send fire-fighting aircraft in response to an appeal for international aid.

The Tripoli clashes, the most violent since the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, started with a July 13 assault on the airport by a coalition of groups, mainly Islamists.

Fighting was still raging early on Monday, with explosions heard from central Tripoli.

The attackers are battling to flush out fellow former rebels from the hill town of Zintan, southwest of Tripoli, who have controlled the airport for the past three years.

The Health Ministry said on Sunday the violence had killed 97 people.

Iraq–We Made This Mess. What Are We Going to Do about It?

Iraq: We Made This Mess. What Are We Going to Do about It?

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Our war in Iraq was a totally unnecessary war fought on false premises that has led directly to the present-day genocide of Iraqi Christians.

We invaded Iraq on the premise that the leader of the country was a murderous crazy man who had “weapons of mass destruction” (read that nukes) at his disposal and we had to stop him before he … I dunno … he killed even more people than he had killed up to then. We got over there and couldn’t find these weapons of mass destruction.

I have always thought — oddly enough — that the simple fact that he didn’t plant weapons of mass destruction and then claim he’d found them, that he actually told the truth about this horrible mess, was President Bush’ finest moment. It vindicated his bad judgement in going to war in Iraq in the first place, at least so far as my opinion of him as a person.

However, we had gone to war when we didn’t have to, and now we had a destroyed country to deal with. Before the invasion, I had several arguments with gung-ho family members who were all for invading Iraq.

This is going to be a long-term, horrible mess, I told them.

Nah, they replied. We’ll go in there and whip them in short order. 

That’s not the problem. The problem is the occupation. 

My family members didn’t get it then, but they’ve figured it out by now. Before you go to war with anybody, don’t just think about delivering that first-round knock-out punch. Give a thought or two to the long-term follow-up. There are plenty of countries where the real price of going to war with them are the long-term consequences of winning. Iraq is just that sort of country.

We knocked them out, presto-chango.

But we didn’t fix anything. The idea that everyone, everywhere, is ready and waiting to take on American democracy just isn’t true. Democracy doesn’t seem to work in tribal societies. It doesn’t gain traction in places that are still stuck socially and culturally in the world of 900 AD.

We had great success “planting” democracy in Japan after World War II. But Japan, while it had tried to cling to its old social order, was far different from Iraq. Japan was a country that was able to stand on its own two feet. Japan built its own planes, ships, bombs and bullets. Japan trained a military that was able to conquer vast regions of the South Pacific, go across that big ocean and sink the Sixth Fleet.

They didn’t get their weapons from other people. They built those weapons themselves. They trained and equipped their own troops. They had the discipline and the social organization to wage a world war.

In addition, by the end of World War II, Japan was utterly friendless and destroyed. Everybody they had ever beaten in any war hated them, which is to say every country in their region of the world. Their industry was rubble, their people would have starved without us.

Japan adapted and learned and grew and became a great industrial power. Once again, and unlike China, they built their own factories and developed their own industry. Honda, Toyota, Sony are not American companies who’ve moved their plants to Japan to use slave labor. They are Japanese companies who’ve managed to develop superior products that are purchased because of their high quality the world over.

You can’t compare our success in transplanting democracy to Japan with the situation in Iraq. Iraq is a mess largely because it is a country and a place that has no real interest in building anything. Iraq does not want to go forward. It wants to go backward to the ninth century.

We went over there with the naive idea that we could knock Iraq out with a massive military throw down, find and destroy those fictional weapons of mass destruction, then pour a few billion dollars into the place and have another successful “save” of a country. We could transplant the world of democracy and economic growth into Iraq and build a great friend for ourselves in the region … just like Japan.

But Iraq isn’t Japan, and what we got was a country that can not function as a democracy, that, in fact, appears to be unable to function without a strong-arm dictator. Iraq can and will hold elections so long as American troops are there to keep the killer sharks who swim in their culture from stopping it from happening. But the minute — or, a couple of years after — we leave, what you get is what we’ve got.

What we have is a bunch of killers who’ve obviously gotten their arms from countries who are capable of making armaments, who are running around Iraq, engaging in mass murder as a quasi military tactic in another of those wars of civil destruction the region can’t seem to avoid. They are also killing every Christian in sight.

What we have is an on-going, real-time genocide of the Christians in Iraq.

We made this mess my friends. We pulled the Saddam Hussein stopper out of the bottle and now we’ve got something even worse. What we never considered, and what I hate to say and hope I’m wrong about, is that the only kind of government that can control these murderous mobs that run throughout society in this part of the world is a government that is under the thumb of a murderous dictator.

It appears that there is a large faction within this society that only understands and gives way to the tip of the sword.

We can talk all day about the obvious fact that most Muslims are good, kind people who would build a decent society if they had half a chance. The fact is, they don’t have half a chance. What passes for politics in this whole region of the world appears to be outside interests arming murderous thugs who then proceed to destroy whole countries by murdering at will.

Meanwhile, the Christians of Iraq are being raped, tortured and murdered. We are witnessing a genocide.

We made this mess.

What are we going to do about it?

Satellite Reveals Bright Flash of Light On AH 5017 Flight Path

The flight crew membership of DAH5017
• Commander Augustine Comerón Mogio
• Second Pilot Isabel Gost Caimari
• Surcharge Miguel Angel Rueda Gonzalez
• Cabin Crew Rafael Gasanaliev
• Cabin Crew Raul Rodriguez Montero
• Cabin Crew Federico Miguel Cardenas Ares
“On Jul 26th 2014 The Aviation Herald received the satellite image taken by NOAA’s SUOMI-NPP satellite (VIISR sensor) below with the comment, that a strong burst of light has been observed on Jul 24th 2014 between 01:55Z and 01:58Z, when the satellite overflew the area. The light was located at position N15.1356 W1.0802 in an area, that normally is entirely dark (no settlements in the area). The origin of the burst of light is unclear, it could be associated with lightning or similiar or something on the ground.”

Air Algeria AH5017–Registered Passenger List

[Arabic and Western media are now claiming that one of the 6 Lebanese citizens listed below is an official for Lebanese Resistance.]

Air Algeria flight: List of registered passenger flight AH5017, fell to northern Mali

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Vol d'air Algérie : Liste nominative des passagers du vol AH5017, tombé au nord Mali

 

 

Air Algeria flight: List of registered passenger flight AH5017, fell to northern Mali

Vol d'air Algérie : Liste nominative des passagers du vol AH5017, tombé au nord Mali

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Air Algeria flight: List of registered passenger flight AH5017, fell to northern Mali
Ouagadougou, July 25, 2014 Koaci.com offers below the list of names of passengers on the flight AH5017 Air Algeria, linking Ouagadougou and Algiers fell in northern Mali with 116 people on board including six crew members .

Registered passenger list of flight AH5017

Reynaud Zoe (France)
Reynaud Natahan (France)
Michelle Reynaud (France)
Reynaud Laure (France)
Reynaud Julia (France)
Franck Reynaud (France)
Reynaud Estelle (France)
Eric Reynaud (France)
Reynaud Bernard (France)
Reynaud Alexis (France)
Christelle Moreau (France)
CAMISSOGO Brahima (France)
RAUZIER Jean Marie (France)
RASTORGUEFF Yvan (France)
PARDINA Pierre Alain (France)
Jesus REDIN Marie (France)
CAIlLLERET Elno (France)
CAILLERET Chloe (France)
CAILLERET Bruno (France)
Boinard Caroline (France)
Sokambi Nadège (France)
FLOURY Katell (France)
Jennifer GALLON (France)
KNIT Frédéric (France)
SCELLIER Patrick (France)
THROUGH Laurence (France)
KOUSSIKANA Rivel (France)
Ouedraogo Vinciana (France)
Seydou Ouedraogo (France)
Ouedraogo Samson (France)
Ouedraogo Noa (France)
Ouedraogo Elora (France)
LHEUREUX Maryse (France)
GOUDONELALADEDELHE (France)
SAVADOGO Dessay Celes (France)
JULIA Richard (France)
JULIA Paulina (France)
KABORE Nabolé Mariata (France)
POLICE Nicolas (France)
POLICE Didier (France)
LOUIS Véronique (France)
LOUIS Jason (France)
GINESTE Veronique (France)
GINESTE Rodolphe (France)
GINESTE Mathis (France)
GINESTE Bertrand (France)
GINESTE Adrien (France)
ISNARD Mathieu (France)
FLYING Maena (France)
PASCARD Jenny (France)
André Joly (France)
ZOLLER Jutta (France)
Calvin Klein (France)

KOUANDA Kadidia (Burkina Faso)
YAMEOGO Abubakar (Burkina Faso)
DIANE Daouda (Burkina Faso)
BASSINUDIA Rolanda (Burkina Faso)
ZOUNGRANA Ben Arsene (Burkina Faso)
ZOUNGRANA Ahmed Brice (Burkina Faso)
ZOUNGRANA Rabdo Salim (Burkina Faso)
SOMDA Winmalo (Burkina Faso)
SOMDA Wilfried (Burkina Faso)
SOMBIE Arona JeanMichel (Burkina Faso)
Ourda Yaci Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)
RASTORGUEFF Zongo (Burkina Faso)
HASSAN Roukaya (Burkina Faso)
HASSAN Mounji (Burkina Faso)
Hassan Husein (Burkina Faso)
HASSAN Zayatna (Burkina Faso)
Hassan Mohamed (Burkina Faso)
Kompaoré Sandrine (Burkina Faso)
Mankoudougou Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)
KAM Hervé Magloire (Burkina Faso)
Aher Salah (Burkina Faso)
ZAHER Chayna (Burkina Faso)
Zaher Ali (Burkina Faso)
Dabiré Somé Baonidome (Burkina Faso)
SANDWIDI Bikyenga Mar (Burkina Faso)
Hassan Hassan (Burkina Faso)

RESTOM Fadi (Lebanon)
Akdar Mohamed (Lebanon)
DEhaini Bilal (Lebanon)
Joseph Hage (Lebanon)
ALSYOUFI Fadi (Lebanon)
Basma Randa (Lebanon)

SOMDA Natahanael (Canada)
SOMDA Arielle (Canada)
KPODA Angélique (Canada)
Isabelle Prevost (Canada)
Fabienne PLAN (Canada)

Dominique GUILLAUME (Belgium)

DEBAILI Lotfi (Algeria)
Merbah Omar (Algeria)
MESSAOUDI Boumediene (Algeria)
Messahli Noureddine (Algeria)
KHALDI Mohamed Laid (Algeria)

AREND Camille (Luxembourg)
SIEBENALLER Noémie (Luxembourg)

Osi Ogbu Tamr Emmanuel (Nigeria)

DEHAINI Rahan (Germany)
DEHAINI Olivier Jabinc (Germany)
DEHAINI Malick (Germany)
BERNT Corrina (Germany)

MBIA Houkemajou Loren (Cameroon)

Asraf Hegaly Ahmed (Egypt)

Bakary Diallo (Mali)

MORGAN David Grande (Britain)

Penguin Florie Esther (Switzerland)

BLAISE COMPAORÉ PLACES OF DRAMA

President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore on Friday visited the crash site of the Air MD 83 Algeria Algeria Search airline in Mali.

Blaise Compaoré went see firsthand the crash zone where 118 people including 28 Burkina Faso, 54 French died in tragic circumstances.

It was for the head of the government of Burkina Faso to make a last tribute to the victims of Flight 5017 AH Air Algeria Algeria Search crashed in northern Mali on the night of Thursday, July 24, 2014, a statement of the President of Burkina Faso.

Earlier in the day, the President had sent a message to the families of victims.

In this time of great sadness and mourning, I express, on behalf of the people of Burkina Faso and my own behalf, my deepest sympathy and solidarity to the families of deceased persons, including girls Nations and son were in board flight AH-5017 Air Algeria he wrote.

Compaoré, the crash of Air MD 83 Algeria Algeria Search occurred July 24, 2014, is a heavy tragedy afflicting the people of Burkina Faso as a whole and many brotherly countries.

Burkinabe authorities decreed national mourning 48 hours on the whole territory.

BOA



Obama Giving Honduran “Refugees” Free Pass and A Bus Ride Through Mexico

Obama May Bypass Congress to Grant Refugee Status for Hondurans

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The Obama administration is considering a move that, according to Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, “would increase, not stem, the flood of migrants from Central America trying to get into the United States”.

“It’s clearly a bad idea,” Mr. Krikorian said. “Orders of magnitude more people will apply for refugee status if they can just do it from their home countries.” He added that the proposal would allow people to claim to be refugees from their countries with “nothing more than a bus ride to the consulate. We’re talking about, down the road, an enormous additional flow of people from those countries.”

The move may also fly in the face of the traditional legal definition of precisely who qualifies as a refugee.

The preliminary plan could create a thorny challenge for the administration because the definition of a refugee is legally specific, and children fleeing street gangs could have a hard time qualifying.

In effect, the plan would establiish a screening center in Honduras and allow for the direct transport of individuals into the U.S. if it were determined they qualified for refugee status.

… the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.

If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises.

Critics of the plan were quick to pounce, saying it appeared to redefine the legal definition of a refugee and would only increase the flow of migration to the United States. Administration officials said they believed the plan could be enacted through executive action, without congressional approval, as long as it did not increase the total number of refugees coming into the country.

Leb. Army Prepared To Repel Incursions By Zionist Enemy In The South

Qahwaji ahead of Army Day: Military Ready to Protect South, Deploy to Confront Israel

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Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji stressed on Saturday the military’s readiness to protect Lebanon against local and foreign threats.

He emphasized ahead of Army Day that the army is prepared to protect Lebanon’s southern border and deploy to confront Israel.

Army Day falls on August 1.

Qahwaji added that the dangerousness of the situation requires diligence in order to preserve the role of the army and protect Lebanon’s “unique identity.”

He also called on officers to remain “loyal to the nation and avoid getting embroiled in sectarian disputes.”

Furthermore, he hailed the implementation of the security plan adopted in April in the northern city of Tripoli, saying that it helped restore calm and stability there.

The plan, carried out by the army and security forces, is aimed at cracking down on armed groups and gunmen that have created instability in Tripoli in recent years.

Dozens of suspects have been arrested, while others remain at large.

A similar plan was adopted in the eastern Bekaa region, while another one will be carried out in Beirut.

Malaysia Airlines Financial Troubles

THE STAR, MALAYSIA

Published: Saturday August 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM

Should MAS be taken private or should its management be given time to perform?

MURMURS of ownership change and the sale of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is now making its rounds.

Sparking such talk was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala’s comments that the national airline should not be sold at a loss. And the other point he made was for the Government to exit the aviation industry. His comments were quickly clarified but checks have revealed that there is some behind-the-scene movement to what he has said.

Perhaps it was politics at play that forced him to clarify his earlier statement but StarBizWeek has learnt that there are interested parties eyeing MAS.  (read HERE)

 

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Air Algerie AH5017 Shot-Down, or Act of God?

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

Air Algerie AH5017 an Act of Terrorism, Timeline of Events Suggest

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By Athena Yenko | July 26, 2014 3:02 PM EST

The timeline of events and scenarios surrounding the crashed Air Algerie AH5017 suggest that the plane could be an act of terrorism.

 

According to reports, 100 French soldiers were already deployed to the crash site of Air Algerie AH5017. These 100 soldiers were the same team that was deployed to Mali in 2013 to fight the Islamist group in the region which reportedly is being supported by al-Qaeda.

Furthermore, the wreckage of the plane was found between Aguelhoc and Kidal where rebels supported by al Qaeda were widespread.

Most importantly, the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington had issued a stern warning against flying above the airspace in the region where the plane crashed.

“US operators and airmen should avoid operating into, out of, within or over Mali. There is a risk to the safety of US civil flights operating into, out of, within or over Mali from small-arms, rocket propelled grenades, rockets and mortars, and anti-aircraft fire, to include shoulder-fired, man portable air defence systems,” FAA said in its warning.

These scenarios could imply that the Air Algerie flight AH5017 could have been crashed by an insurgent activity, a report from The Telegraph concludes.

The warning from the FAA applies to plane crossing at an altitude of 24,000 feet or less. Air Algerie AH5017 was flying more than 24,000 feet. However, the possibility that it flew below that altitude existed because of poor weather conditions.

French officials had rejected the speculation of an act of terrorism and reports from Reuters and AFP confirmed that insurgent activities in Mali diminished after a peace agreement was settled.

However, The Telegraph underlined that al-Qaeda did not participate in the peace agreement.

An al-Qaeda supported Islamist group was reportedly responsible for the attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Moussa Mara in May.

If an act of terrorism is to be taken out of the equation, pilot error and mechanical failure would likely be the cause of the plane crash.

But then again, Swiftair, the airline operating the MD-83 on behalf of Air Algerie and the Air Algerie plane MD-83  itself has impressive aviation record. Swiftair had only four accidents since 1986. The MD-83 only had four accidents since 1983.

The plane running out of fuel is out of the question as witnesses testified that there had been explosion heard and that Swiftair had always abide by the fuel requirements imposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency.

French President Francoise Hollande said that the plane may have crashed due to bad weather, “But we are ruling nothing out because we want to know everything,” he told press Friday.

Mr Hollande also said that the plane was found in “disintegrated state.”

Aviation experts said a storm could not cause a crashed plane to be in the “disintegrated state” the way Air Algerie AH5017 was found.

Jean Serrat, a former airline pilot, considers “either a terror strike on board” or a missile strike.

Meanwhile, Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister said nothing is very ruled out at present.

“We cannot, we must not rule out any theory before having all the evidence at our disposal.”

“We found almost nothing wrong, it was in a really good state,” Patrick Gandil, director general of France’s civili aviation authority said when asked about the plane’s condition before flying.

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Is Obama’s War Against Assad About To Turn Into International Anti-ISIS Coalition With Assad?

[SEE: The Govt. of the United State Has A Moral Responsibility To Help Bashar Assad Eliminate the Islamists; When the Hummus Hits the Fan, Israel Will Choose Bashar al-Assad Over Radical Islamists]

From Syria To Iraq, Can Allies Of Circumstance Take Down Jihadists?

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Article illustrative image Partner logo A Syrian bomb maker from Deir Al Zour, in eastern Syria, in 2013.

ISTANBUL — The Syrian regime today presents itself to the international community as a partner in “fighting terrorism,” and Bashar al-Assad is happy to leave his enemies on the northern front (where the Nusra, Islamic Front, Free Syrian Army, and YPG fight ISIS) to wear each other out.

The proposed anti-terror partnership would function just like the cooperation the Assad regime has practiced with surrendering chemical weapons in order to reduce international isolation and block plans for foreign military intervention.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) had not been perceived as a major threat in Syria, but by expanding to Iraq, and setting off alarms in the international community, both Assad and his other opponents inside Syria see a chance to turn this crisis into an opportunity.

The opposition groups hope the new situation will pave the way for more weapons to come their way. However, the outside supporters of these opposition groups, the United States foremost, wants them to direct all their energy to the battle against ISIS. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared last month that “the moderate opposition in Syria has the potential to be a very important player in pushing back against ISIS not just in Syria, but also in Iraq.” President Barack Obama has asked for $500 million from Congress to support the “moderate” opposition. This is a striking shift, now focused on fighting ISIS instead of fighting Assad.

A secret plan

The second problem is the loss of credibility amongst the opposition, which continues to splinter into more and more factions. Ahmad Tome, prime minister of the temporary government founded by the opposition, disbanded the High Military Council of the Free Syrian Army and relieved Chief of the General Staff Abdul-Ilah Bashir from duty due to charges of corruption and bribery. This move caused a crisis within the Syrian National Council.

Meanwhile, ISIS is gaining the edge on these opposition groups in the field. Commanders in Aleppo, Raqqa and Deyr Zor have made threats of giving up their arms if they do not receive aid.

ISIS fighters in Aleppo, Syria, in 2013 — Photo: Medyan Dairieh/ZUMA.

Several plans were developed before in order to strengthen the moderates; some were put into motion, some were shelved. The result is a fiasco. For example, according to a press reports last month, General David Richards, former chief of the general staff of the British Military, had prepared a secret plan in 2012 for a massive 100,000-strong opposition force to be armed and trained at camps in Turkey and Jordan.

When they were ready, this force would march to Damascus with air support from Gulf countries and the West. However, this one year action plan was found to be “too risky” by both the U.S. and UK political leadership. We do not know whether a similar plan may be made against ISIS but the situation is much more complex than it was two years ago.

There are not many organizations left on the field that have the ability to resist ISIS except the Islamic Front, which has Salafist elements in it, and the Nusra, which is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. The Nusra and the Islamic Front are partners and they do not recognize the Syrian National Council. Groups such as the Hazm Movement, which has been labeled as “moderate” by the U.S., and the Martyrs of Bedir lead by the Halid Hayani are the only ones left. The Martyrs of Bedir played a part in the clashes during January and February to drive ISIS out of Aleppo. They also control two prisons that house not only Assad supporters but some members of the opposition too. The Martyrs are known as exploiters, rapists, thieves and pillagers, but are also considered as a necessary evil due to their resistance against ISIS.

Another factor that worries the U.S. is where the weapons will end up. Misel Kilo, a member of the Syrian National Council, was quoted in al Kuds al Arabi newspaper: “Approximately $500 million worth of weapons were brought to Syria. However these weapons were lost due conflicts and chaos. The weapons were sold to neighboring countries. Especially the weapons that came from Turkey were returned to Turkey and sold there. Warlords have appeared. They stole the people’s grain, oil and property; now they are busy with the weapons trade.”

So what strategy could the U.S. use against ISIS in this situation? The options for the U.S. are few:

– A struggle of power with the dirty, disorderly and untrustworthy opposition

– A secret partnership with the salafist Islamic Front and the Nusra

– Forget about the opposition in Syria and the rebelling Sunni clans in Iraq, and form an alliance of convenience with the Assad administration in Syria and Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq

Obama could also just pray for his last two years in the Oval Office to pass quickly.

British Press Twists Sistani Message To Ban Ki-moon, To Reflect Pro-Saudi Position

“(Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sought guidance from Iraq’s top cleric on Thursday, as he urged Iraqi politicians to form an inclusive government that can confront a Sunni militant insurgency.”

WHAT SISTANI REALLY SAID: 

“al-Sistani stressed the need to fight terrorism within the framework of the state and the Iraqi army and according to the Constitution,”

[WHY DID BAN KI-PARROT GIVE REUTERS’ A COMPLETELY OPPOSITE, AND HIGHLY DISHONEST ASSESSMENT?  HOW WOULD WE KNOW IF HE EVEN TRIED TO REPORT SISTANI’S CONCERNS TO THE BRIT/ZIONIST PRESS?] 

Ban Ki-moon to discuss with Mr. Sistani file displaced

(Voice of Iraq) Alsumaria News / Najaf

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday, he discussed with the supreme religious authority Ali al-Sistani file displaced, stressing that the latter stressed the need to fight terrorism within the framework of the state and the Iraqi army and according to the Constitution.

Said Ki-moon, in a joint press conference with his representative Nikolai Mladenov after his meeting with al-Sistani in Najaf, attended by “Alsumaria News”, “I had the privilege Belkaúa with Mr. al-Sistani for the first time,” noting that “Mr. possess the wisdom, tolerance and inspiration to his followers and to the world.”

He added that “al-Sistani stressed the need to fight terrorism within the framework of the state and the Iraqi army and according to the Constitution,” noting that he discussed with al-Sistani “file displaced has reviewed the file displaced and discussed in detail reports documenting the crimes Daash against civilians and the international community condemns these crimes.”

He Ki-moon expressed appreciation for “speech of Mr. Sistani, who addresses everyone to park the sectarian discourse and its demand for all restraint,” stressing saying, “Mr. al-Sistani agreed with the stand of political extremist rhetoric and encourage all religious leaders to hear his teachings.”

He Ki-moon congratulated “speaker of parliament and the President of the Republic on the occasion of their election, and hope that everything is done within the constitution and the schedules,” pointing out that “the formation of the government could help to put an end to division and terrorism.”

And reached the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday morning, to the province of Najaf and met with top religious authority Ali al-Sistani to discuss the overall political and security situation in the ongoing Iraq.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon said, earlier on Thursday (July 24, 2014), support for the Iraqi government’s efforts in providing stability in the country, as pointed out that targeting Iraqi minorities by organizing “Daash” a crime against humanity.

The Ki-moon arrived on Thursday (July 24, 2014), to the capital Baghdad on an official visit within the framework of his tour in the Middle East.

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

[SEE: Russia and its oligarchs in Israel]

Russia blind to Gaza

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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

[SEE:  Clashes at Aqsa compound after night of widespread W. Bank protests ; Violence Spreads to West Bank — Gaza Truce Talks Stall]

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

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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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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.

Hezbollah Slams Western/Israeli Plot To Export Sunni Terrorism

[SEE: Nasrallah: Hezbollah will stand by resistance in Gaza]

Hezbollah slams US-Israel takfiri plot in region

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Hezbollah’s deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks in front of students at the LU in Hadath. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

 

BEIRUT: Hezbollah’s deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem vowed to continue fighting against a takfiri terrorism scheme that he said was orchestrated by the U.S. and Israel.

“We, as Hezbollah, have only one direction: the resistance on the basis of Islam and jihad for the sake of God,” Qassem said in remarks published Monday. “We have set the compass and the needle points toward Israel. … We are fighting one scheme, which is the American-Israeli takfiri scheme.”

Lebanon “is in the line of fire and is affected by what goes on around it,” Qassem warned. “Those who talk about distancing and neutralizing Lebanon … are speaking [words] of emptiness.”

“We, as Hezbollah, have said from day one that what began in Syria under the title ‘reforms’ was an Arab-Western takfiri scheme to destroy Syria in favor of Israel’s interest,” he said.

The Hezbollah official said Lebanon was being attacked “because is it strong.”

He added that Lebanon was being targeted in three directions: internal strife, Israeli aggression and the takfiri movement.

“And they have tried the three directions to bring down Lebanon. When they failed to [ignite] strife, they resorted to Israel,” Qassem said pointing to the Jewish state’s latest offensive against Lebanon in July 2006.

Israel left Lebanon humiliated by the mujahedeen,” he recalled.

And now “they brought takfiris from all over the world. What reforms are those? The result was that those [extremist groups] have penetrated and have become influential.”

He said the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria had a “comprehensive plan” for creating a state across several Arab countries, including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait and others.

Qassem, however, hailed Hezbollah for taking pre-emptive measures to prevent ISIS fighters from infiltrating across the border into villages in the Bekaa Valley to carry out massacres, kidnappings and create a state of panic.

“We will continue [to fight] with dignity and honor because we found great outcomes for the protection of Lebanon,” he said. “We will continue to sacrifice and give for the sake of a strong Lebanon.”

Turning to Gaza, Qassem said Israel “aims to disrupt the resistance option” in its war on the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip.

He said Hezbollah backs “the Palestinian people and its resistance by all means of confrontation.”

Young MH17 Victim Foresaw Own Death

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Young MH17 Victim Has Eerie Premonition of Crash

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In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. “Mama, may I hug you?”

Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who’d been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death, about his soul, about God. The next morning, she would drop Miguel and his big brother Shaka at the airport so they could catch Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the first leg of their journey to Bali to visit their grandmother.

Her normally cheerful, well-traveled boy should have been excited. His silver suitcase sat in the living room, ready to go. Jetskiing and surfing in paradise awaited. But something was off. A day earlier, while playing soccer, Miguel had burst out: “How would you choose to die? What would happen to my body if I was buried? Would I not feel anything because our souls go back to God?”

And now, the night before his big trip, Miguel refused to release his mother from his grasp.

He’s just going to miss me, Calehr told herself. So she stretched out beside him and held him all night.

It was 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16. Miguel, Shaka and the 296 other people aboard Flight 17 had around 15 hours left to live.

The next morning, Samira Calehr and her friend Aan ushered her sons onto the train to the airport. They were joking and laughing. Shaka, 19, had just finished his first year of college, where he was studying textile engineering, and promised to keep an eye on Miguel. Their other brother, Mika, 16, hadn’t been able to get a seat on Flight 17 and would travel to Bali the next day.

At the check-in counter, Calehr fussed over her boys’ luggage. Shaka, meanwhile, realized he’d forgotten to pack socks. Calehr promised to buy him some and send them along with Mika.

Finally, they were outside customs. The boys hugged Calehr goodbye and walked toward passport control.

Suddenly, Miguel whirled around and ran back, throwing his arms around his mother.

“Mama, I’m going to miss you,” he said. “What will happen if the airplane crashes?”

What was this all about? she wondered.

“Don’t say that,” she said, squeezing him. “Everything will be OK.”

Shaka tried to reassure them both. “I will take care of him,” he said to his mom. “He’s my baby.”

She watched the two boys walk away. But Miguel kept looking back at his mother. His big brown eyes looked sad.

Then he vanished from view.

Flight 17 took off around 12:15 p.m. on what should have been an 11 hour and 45 minute flight.

It lasted two hours.

Calehr had just finished buying Shaka’s socks when her phone rang. It was her friend Aan. “Where are you?” he screamed. “The plane crashed!”

She made it home just in time to faint.

She grapples now with the what-ifs, the astronomical odds, the realization that the world she knew has grown alien in a blink. She thinks about how her baby boy seemed to sense that his time on earth was running short. She imagines the futures that will never be: Shaka’s dream of becoming a textile engineer, gone. Miguel’s dream of becoming a go-kart race driver, gone.

How could he have known? How could she have known?

“I should have listened to him,” she says softly. “I should have listened to him.”

Afghan Intelligence Prevents Haqqani Chemical Weapons Attack In Kabul

1050 kg of poisonous explosives seized in Kabul by Afghan intelligence

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Afghan intelligenceThe Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Wednesday that the Afghan intelligence operatives foiled numerous terrorist attack plots in capital Kabul and other provinces.

Haseeb Sediqi, spokesman for the National Directorate of Security (NDS) told reporters that the attack plots were thwarted in the past one month.

Sediqi further added that the terrorist groups were looking to carry out at least 25 major attacks on key installations in the capital and other provinces.

He said Afghan intelligence thwarted a deadly attack plot in capital Kabul by confiscating 1,050 kg of explosives containing toxic materials from the 8th police district of Kabul city.

According to Sediqi, the explosives were transported to capital Kabul from Karachi port of Pakistan.

He said the toxic explosives were professional wrapped inside the used clothes and were transported to capital Kabul through eastern Khost province.

Sediqi accused the Haqqani terrorist network for plotting the attack with the help and direction of the regional intelligence agencies.

Taliban Post Photo of Bergdahl with Badruddin Haqqani

[SEE:  Obama Returns 5 Top Taliban To Afghanistan, for One Potential Deserter]

n this undated photo provided my MEMRI, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is seen posing with a senior member of the Haqqani network in Afghanistan.MEMRI

The Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI) has identified a photo tweeted out by the Taliban that shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl posing with a senior member of the Haqqani network in Afghanistan.

MEMRI, a think tank, said the Twitter account @khorasan3, which is associated with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, showed an undated photo Wednesday of an apparently happy Bergdahl posing with Taliban Commander Badruddin Haqqani.

Haqquami, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in August 2012, was the son of Haqqani head Jalaluddin Haqqani. It was not immediately clear when the photo with Bergdaal was taken.

The Idaho native was freed by the Taliban May 31 in a deal struck by the Obama administration in which five senior Taliban officials were released from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Bergdahl had disappeared from his post in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. Some former members of his unit have said that he left of his own accord.

He has not commented publicly on the circumstances of his disappearance, and the Army has made no charges against him. The Army has said it is investigating Bergdahl’s disappearance and capture, but that investigators will not interview him until those helping him recover say it is all right to do so.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this story.

Another Saudi ISIS Terrorist Arrest In Lebanon

Arrest warrant issued for Saudi terror suspect

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lebanese soldiers stand guard in front of the military court in Beirut, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: A military investigative judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday against a Saudi suspect on charges of belonging to a terrorist group and entering Lebanon with the aim of carrying out terrorist activities.

Judge Najat Abu Chakra issued the warrant after interrogating Fahed al-Qarni in the case brought against him by the military prosecution, judicial sources told the Daily Star .

Qarni, who was rounded up by military intelligence in a security clampdown in Beirut’s neighborhood of Al-Tariq al-Jadideh three weeks ago, denied the charges brought against him.

The sources said, “the detainee denied during interrogation that he belonged to an armed group, claiming that he had crossed from Lebanon to Syria only once, with the aim of providing humanitarian assistance to displaced Syrians in the region of Tal Kalakh.”

Qarni said he was stuck in Syria for a year before he was able to escape and return to Lebanon.

The suspect was interrogated in the presence of defense lawyer Tarek Chandab, the sources said.

Afghans allege Pak Army only targeting local terrorists in NWA

Afghans allege Pak Army only targeting local terrorists in NWA

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Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday alleged that Pakistan Army is only targeting local fighters in ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region.

At a news conference in Kabul, Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Shakib Ahmad Mustaghni said the operation “is unacceptable to Afghanistan”. Pakistan Army is not going after Afghan militants – the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, he alleged.

For a month and a half, the full-scale operation has been underway in NWA, killing over 400 terrorists and Pakistan Army soldiers.

A few days back, Afghan Minister of Border and Tribal Affairs Mohammad Akram Khpalwak had accused Pakistan of following “double standards” against terrorist groups. He had alleged that the Taliban fighting against the Afghan government are being supported by Pakistan. “They have been sent to safe areas of NWA,” the minister had claimed.

Mustaghni said that over the past 13 years, his ministry had been striving to resolve problems, such as terrorism and extremism, through diplomatic channels but such efforts “have yielded no results”.

“Per the information from our security officials, Pakistan has been involved in recent unrest and insurgent activities in various parts of the country,” he said, hoping Islamabad would stop “meddling in Kabul’s internal affairs”.

The Insurance Companies Involved With Flt. MH17

Relatives, Airline Facing MH17 Insurance Battle

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Edgar Su / ReutersA Malaysian woman who had a relative on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 reacts to messages on her mobile phone as she waits to travel to Kuala Lumpur International Airport from Singapore’s Changi Airport.

Insurance on the Malaysian airliner brought down over Ukraine is likely to pay out relatively quickly if the cause of the crash is determined, but observers say settling insurance for the loss of 298 lives and other liability could be complex and lengthy.

Malaysia Airlines said flight MH-17 disappeared at 2:15 p.m. GMT as it flew over eastern Ukraine toward the Russian border, bound for Asia. Flight tracking data indicated it was cruising at 33,000 feet when it lost contact with air traffic controllers, apparently struck by a missile.

It should be fairly easy for investigators to determine whether the plane was hit by a missile or blew up for some other reason, said Robert Cohn, an aviation attorney and partner at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C.

“Then the interesting issue is who do you go after as the malefactors?” he said. “Are you going to sue a rebel?”

Ukraine accused “terrorists” – separatist militants fighting in Ukraine’s east – of shooting down the Boeing 777 with a Soviet-era SA-11 ground-to-air missile as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Leaders of the pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic rebels denied any involvement, although around the same time their military commander said his forces had downed a Ukrainian transport plane.

Insurance Cover

Which insurers are on the hook for losses, which are usually spread across a wide number of players, depends on whether the downing is considered to have been due to a hostile act.

AGCS, a division of Germany’s Allianz, is the lead reinsurer covering the aircraft, which London-based insurance broker Aon has valued at about $97.3 million. AGCS is also the lead liability reinsurer for Malaysian Airlines, the company said in a statement.

“(But) if reports that the plane was shot down are verified, the aircraft loss will be borne by the niche aviation war market, which has recently been pummeled by a series of losses,” Barclays bank said in a research note.

Fighting at the Tripoli Airport in Libya this week saw $200 million to $400 million in damages to aircraft, the bank said.

Atrium Underwriting Group leads the war policy covering Malaysia Airlines, Barclays said. An Atrium spokesman declined to comment.

Reinsurance cover for airline fleets is usually split between several of the sector’s leading companies, which include Munich Re, Swiss Re and Hannover Re.

Hannover Re said it shared some of the reinsurance coverage for the aircraft but declined to offer details.

“In view of the high number of casualties, it would not be appropriate to release numbers now,” a Hannover Re spokesman said.

Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurer, declined to comment, as did second-largest Swiss Re.

Willis Group Holdings, reported by Bloomberg to have brokered the policy, confirmed that Malaysia Airlines was a client.

In some ways, the investigation will mirror the search for the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing in March, when Malaysia had jurisdiction and other countries assisted.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which often investigates air accidents overseas and must be invited to join, said it was still determining its possible involvement in probing the Ukraine loss.

“We are communicating with other government agencies and evaluating what our role will be,” the agency said in a statement.

U.S. and European air regulators warned in April that airlines should avoid flying over the Crimean Peninsula and parts of Ukraine.

However, some airlines were routinely flying over the northern part of Ukraine, said Mark Duell, vice president of operations at FlightAware.com, a flight-tracking website.

Lufthansa, Air India and Malaysia Airlines are among the airlines that have flown there, according to FlightAware’s data.

“It doesn’t seem anyone’s been avoiding Ukraine,” Duell said. “I don’t see airlines going over Crimea, but I don’t see anyone avoiding the rest of Ukraine.”

However some international airlines, including Australia’s Qantas Airways and Korea’s two major carriers, said on Friday that they had already shifted routes to avoid Ukrainian air space due to the conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels.

Cohn said he expected regulators to issue broader warnings about Ukraine airspace, and that airlines would be more cautious in the area even if regulators did not expand such warnings.

China’s civil aviation authorities on Friday ordered Chinese aircraft flying over Ukraine to avoid the country’s eastern airspace, state news agency Xinhua reported.

On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration said U.S. airlines “have voluntarily agreed not to operate in the airspace near the Russian-Ukrainian border”.

“The FAA is monitoring the situation to determine whether further guidance is necessary,” the agency said.

Several airlines, including Turkish Airlines, have since announced they would avoid Ukrainian airspace.

Russian Technical Evidence That Ukraine/US Behind the 300 Murders On MH17

[Now, Kerry…put-up, or shut-up…where is your tech info proving Putin pulled the trigger.]

10 more questions Russian military pose to Ukraine, US over MH17 crash

Russia has released military monitoring data, which shows Kiev military jets tracking the MH17 plane shortly before the crash – and posed yet another set of questions to Ukraine and the US over the circumstances of the tragedy.

Military officials – chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Andrey Kartopolov and chief of the Air Force Main Staff Lt. Gen. Igor Makushev – posed a number of questions to Kiev and Washington concerning the possible causes of the catastrophe in Eastern Ukraine that killed almost 300 people last Thursday.

1. Why did the MH17 plane leave the international corridor?

“Please note that the plane stayed within the corridor until it reached Donetsk but then it deviated from the route to the north,” said Kartopolov.

2. Was MH17 leaving the route a navigation mistake or was the crew following instructions by Ukrainian air traffic controllers in Dnepropetrovsk?

“The maximum deviation from the left border of the corridor was 14 km. Following that, we can see the plane maneuvering to return to the corridor, yet the Malaysian crew did not get a chance to complete the maneuver. At 17.20, the plane began to lose speed, and at 17.23 it disappeared from Russian radars.”

3. Why was a large group of air defense systems deployed to the militia-held area if the self-defense forces have no planes?

“As far as we know, the Ukrainian military had three or four air defense battalions equipped with Buk-M1 SAM systems deployed in the vicinity of Donetsk on the day of the crash. This system is capable of hitting targets within the range of 35 km at the altitude of up to 22 km.”

 

Buk missile defense units in Donetsk Region, 5km north of Donetsk city, on July 14, 2014. (RIA Novosti)

Buk missile defense units in Donetsk Region, 5km north of Donetsk city, on July 14, 2014. (RIA Novosti)

4. Why did Kiev deploy BUK missile systems on the edge of militia-controlled zones directly before the tragedy?

“We have satellite photos of the places where Ukraine had its air defense units deployed in the southeastern parts of the country. The first three photos were made on July 14. The first photo shows Buk launchers 8 km northwest of Lugansk. You can clearly see a TELAR and two TELs. The second photo shows radars 5 km north of Donetsk. You can see two TARs along with other equipment and technical structures. The third photo shows air defense systems north of Donetsk. You can clearly see a TELAR launcher and about 60 military and auxiliary vehicles, tents for vehicles and other structures.

“Here’s a photo of the same area made on July 17. Please note that the launcher has disappeared. The fifth photo shows a battery of Buk missiles at the village of Zaroshchenskoye 50 km east of Donetsk and 8 km south of Shakhtyorsk on the morning of the same day. The sixth photo shows the same area on July 18. As you can see, the battery has left.”

 

No Buk missile defense units in Donetsk Region, 5km north of Donetsk city, on July 17, 2014. (RIA Novosti)

No Buk missile defense units in Donetsk Region, 5km north of Donetsk city, on July 17, 2014. (RIA Novosti)

5. On the day of the crash Kiev increased activity on its Kupol-M1 9S18 radars, which are components of the Buk system in the area. Why?

“Also, July 17 saw increased activity on the part of Ukraine’s Kupol-M1 9S18 radars, which are part of the Buk system. Here on this chart you see that there were seven radars operating on July 15, eight radars operating on July 16, and nine radars operating on July 17 in the area. Then, starting with July 18, the intensity of radar activities radically decreased, and now there are no more than two or three radars operating a day. The reason behind this is yet to be found.”

6. What was a military plane doing on the route intended for civilian flights?

“There were three civilian planes in the area performing their regular flights at this time. There was a flight from Copenhagen to Singapore at 17:17, there was a flight from Paris to Taipei at 17:24, and then there was the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.”

“Also, Russian monitoring systems registered that there was a Ukrainian Air Force jet, probably Su-25, climbing and approaching the Malaysian Boeing.”

“The Su-25 was 3-5 km away from the Malaysian plane. Su-25 is capable of climbing to the altitude of 10,000 meters for a short period of time. Its standard armament includes R60 air-to-air missiles, which are capable of locking and hitting targets from 12 km and which are guaranteed to hit the target from the distance of 5 km.”

 

(RIA Novosti / Vadim Savitsky)

(RIA Novosti / Vadim Savitsky)

7. Why was the military jet flying at almost the same time and the same altitude with a passenger plane?

“At 17:21’35, with [the Boeing’s] velocity having dropped to 200 kilometers per hour, a new mark detecting an airborne object appears at the spot of the Boeing’s destruction. This new airborne object was continuously detected for the duration of four minutes by the radar stations Ust-Donetsk and Buturinskaya. An air traffic controller requested the characteristics of the new airborne object, but was unable to get any readings on its parameters – most likely due to the fact that the new aircraft was not equipped with a secondary surveillance radar transponder, which is a distinctive feature of military aircraft,” said Makushev.

“Detecting the new aircraft became possible as it started to ascend. Further changes in the airborne object’s coordinates suggest that it was hovering above the Boeing 777’s crash site, monitoring of the situation.

“Ukrainian officials earlier claimed that there were no Ukrainian military aircraft in the area of the crash that day. As you can see, that is not true.”

8. Where did the launcher – from the video circulated by Western media and showing a Buk system being moved allegedly from Ukraine to Russia – come from? As the video was made on the territory controlled by Kiev, where was the launcher being transported?

“I’d like to say that the information we have presented here is based on objective and reliable data from various technical systems – unlike the groundless accusations made against Russia,” said Kartopolov.

“For example, media circulated a video supposedly showing a Buk system being moved from Ukraine to Russia. This is clearly a fabrication. This video was made in the town of Krasnoarmeisk, as evidenced by the billboard you see in the background, advertising a car dealership at 34 Dnepropetrovsk Street. Krasnoarmeisk has been controlled by the Ukrainian military since May 11.” </p>

“For example, media circulated a video supposedly showing a Buk system being moved from Ukraine to Russia. This is clearly a fabrication. This video was made in the town of Krasnoarmeisk, as evidenced by the billboard you see in the background, advertising a car dealership at 34 Dnepropetrovsk Street. Krasnoarmeysk has been controlled by the Ukrainian military since May 11.”

9. Where is it right now? Why are some of the missiles missing on the launcher? When was the last time a missile was launched from it?

 

Screenshot from video posted on Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior account, showing a Buk system supposedly being moved from Ukraine to Russia with two out of three missiles.

Screenshot from video posted on Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior account, showing a Buk system supposedly being moved from Ukraine to Russia with two out of three missiles.

10. Why haven’t US officials revealed the evidence supporting claims that the MH17 was shot down by a missile launched by the militia?

“US officials claim they have satellite photographs proving the Malaysian airliner was shot down by a missile launched by the militia. But no one has seen these photographs so far. As far as we know, there was indeed a US satellite flying over southeastern Ukraine on July 17 from 17:06 to 17:21 Moscow time.

“This satellite is part of an experimental system designed to track and monitor the launches of missiles of various ranges. If our US colleagues have imagery from this satellite, they should release it for the international community to examine it in detail. This may be a coincidence, but the US satellite flew over Ukraine at exactly the same time when the Malaysian airliner crashed.”

 

Buk missile defense units in Zaroschinskoe, 50km south of Donetsk city and 8km south of Shakhtyorsk, on July 17, 2014.Photo courtesy of the Russian Defense Ministry

Buk missile defense units in Zaroschinskoe, 50km south of Donetsk city and 8km south of Shakhtyorsk, on July 17, 2014.Photo courtesy of the Russian Defense Ministry

This is not the first time Russia brings up questions on the plane crash. No explanations have followed with Kiev insisting they have full evidence of Russia being behind the attack, but so far only releasing tapes.

The USA, putting the blame on the self-defense forces, has yet refused to release any intelligence material. On Monday State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf described Russia’s statements as “propaganda and misinformation” – but when reporters asked her whether Washington would be releasing their intelligence and satellite data, Harf only replied “may be.” So far the US has been backing its statements by social media and “common sense.”

The Executive Decision Behind the Flood of Central American Children–The Family Interest Directive

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A new U.S. policy advocated by the Obama administration is aimed at easing the pain for families when some members face deportation as illegal immigrants.The Family Interest Directive was announced Friday by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, The Hill reported.

Under the new rules, parents would be able to visit children being held in detention centers and would allow them to participate in their children’s deportation hearings. In some cases, parents who have been deported would be allowed to visit children in the United States, and immigration officials would have more freedom to consider family situations when deciding if someone should be deported.

Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus for Children, praised the new policy, saying it would cut the possibility that immigration enforcement will “tear families apart.”

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., head of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement the changes show President Obama and his allies are not serious about immigration reform. The committee approved legislation in June that would limit Obama’s ability to introduce policies not authorized by Congress and give more power to state and local agencies to enforce immigration laws.

“President Obama has once again abused his authority and unilaterally refused to enforce our current immigration laws by directing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to stop removing broad categories of unlawful immigrants,” he said. “The primary reason why our immigration system is broken today is because our immigration laws have largely been ignored by past and present administrations. It’s imperative that we prevent this from happening again by taking away the enforcement ‘on/off’ switch from the president.”

Dutch Forensic Experts Given Charge of Refrigerated Train Bearing Crash Victims

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Three forensic experts arrived at the remains of the crashed plane.

Dutch experts accident unit

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THE HAGUE –

Three members of the National Forensic Investigation Team (LTFO) Monday afternoon arrived at the remains of the crashed plane of Malaysia Airlines in eastern Ukraine. That left a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry know. It is the first time that Dutch researchers can view the wreckage.

The Dutch are part of a group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The remains of the device are spread over an area of ​​35 square kilometers. The experts were earlier in the morning in the situated 15 kilometers away from Torez cool wagons of a train where a lot of the bodies are stored.

torez  The train containing the bodies of the victims of the plane crash in eastern Ukraine, will leave later Monday Torez.

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MH17 victims–(first responders video)

WARNING

The following video from Dutch site camilleri.nl is both shocking and repulsive, in that it shows multiple victims that have literally been turned inside-out by the forces unleashed upon MH17 over Ukraine.  It is important, in that it may help to either prove or disprove separatists’ claim of cadavers, or long-dead corpses in the jet, instead of the freshly killed bodies one would expect first-hour responders to see [SEE: Was Crashed Malaysian Jet Carrying Infected Corpses?–(UPDATED)].  The victims shown in the YouTube video below, taken by reporters the following morning (SEE: Graphic Video from MH17 Shoot-down).  The bodies shown in the nighttime video appear different, in that they have a yellowed appearance and do not show evidence of massive blood splattering,as claimed by Igor Girkin.  

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Terrorists destroy evidence MH17 international crime

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ZOETERMEER (ZH) – While the various newsrooms journalists repulsive but all meaningful images of the MH17 victims should gnawing away and out of respect to the same victims and their families, these images but not publishing, says the Dutch government is good at: we want the results of ‘research’ wait and see.

For journalists, it is clear who is responsible. In addition to the names of the victims MH17 has the killer with the Telegraph a face. His name is Igor Girkin, as self-appointed minister of defense of the pro-Russian separatists Republic Donetsk in Ukraine, responsible for the massacre. Igor Girkin is a former officer of the Russian army, which has been involved in teaching at Vladimir Putin’s secret military service. Igor same Girkin wrote elated on his Facebook that his heroic fighters a Ukrainian Antonov AN-26 had been shot. This proved the MH17.

The pro-Russian separatists do anything now to make it. Massacre case worse There are images known that plunder the possessions of the MH17 victims. They threatened journalists and official envoys to visit. Murder spot And now it is also known that they have taken to Donetsk. 38 bodies The why of it is still unknown, but reason enough for the Ukrainian security chief to set one does to destroy this evidence: “Destroy the terrorists with the help of the Russians evidence for an international crime.”

The editors of the Volkskrant is brightly over the Russian president: “Europe does not tolerate fumbling at borders, no claims about the defense outside the borders of the interests of ethnic kin and no state propaganda that the bloodthirstiness fueling. Vladimir Putin is responsible for the return of all these phenomena; echoes from the darkest period of European history. (..) It is high time that Europeans make clear that Putin is no longer absorbed his cynical calculations.

Mullah Rapes 10-Year Old Girl, Elders Demand Her Stoning, Nothing for the Creepy Mullah

[This is the Taliban and part of the terror brought with them.  Prepare to hear about a lot more of this after the great “withdrawal.”]

10-year-old Afghan rape victim could face honor killing

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By Ghanizada

Afghan girl raped could face honor killingA 10-year-old Afghan girl who was raped by a mullah in northern Afghanistan is at the risk of honor killing.

According to reports, the family of the young rape victim is under the pressure by village elders, who are insisting to kill the girl because “she had brought shame to them.”

The girl was reportedly protected in a women’s shelter in Kunduz province but was returned to her family on Tuesday.

According to an official indictment, the rape was so brutal and had nearly died because treatment as delayed.

She had suffered a break in the wall between the vagina and rectum, the New York Times reported.

In the meantime, the 45-year-old Mullah has claimed that the girl had promised to marry him and rejected that she is 10-year-old.

The mullah has claimed that the girl was 17-year-old, but the mother of the victim has said she was only 10-year-old.

Hospital records indicate the child weighed just 40 pounds and had yet to start menstruating.

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The Absolutely Unnecessary Mass Suicide of Sunnis and Shia

Lines of the Game: The mass suicide of Sunnis and Shia

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Volunteers loyal to Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, take positions during a military advance in areas under the control of Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the town of Samarra, in the province of Tikrit, on July 12, 2014.

By: Sami Kleib

Published Saturday, July 19, 2014

An Arab researcher can find dozens of studies, documents, and books on Israeli or Western plans to partition the Arab world. An Arab researcher can also consult history books to find clear examples on how successful those schemes were, with the most notable instance perhaps being Sykes-Picot and most recently, Sudan. One such book is Carnages: Les guerres secrètes des grandes puissances en Afrique by the very credible French author Pierre Péan, who sheds light on the workings of the Zionist lobby in the United States and Western countries ahead of the partition of Sudan.

 

But the problem is that many Arabs do not read, as confirmed by The Cultural Development Report published by the Arab Thought Foundation. The report says that the average time Arab citizens spend reading each year is six minutes. Yes, six minutes, compared to 200 hours for European individuals. Furthermore, Arabs mostly read material related to horoscopes, cooking, sex, or superficial apocryphal Islamic content concerned with interpreting dreams and so forth. Profound, serious, and enlightening Islamic reading is almost absent. And in recent years, Sunni and Shia books accusing each sect of blasphemy and misguidance are becoming wide-spread. 

The second problem is that the Arabs who do read mostly read books that reinforce their convictions and proscribe others’. It is sufficient to take a quick look at social media (Facebook and Twitter especially), to discover that most Islamic material quoted by this or that side serves to find ways to excommunicate, undermine, or eliminate opponents.

The third problem is that illiteracy figures among Arabs are disastrous. If this is added to the poor economic, medical, and social conditions and corruption, the combination is the equivalent of a red-carpet welcome for sectarian sedition, terrorism, and mutual exclusion.

Last year, the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) confirmed in a report than up to 100 million Arabs are illiterate. In other words, almost a third of the population of the Arab world cannot read or write. Interestingly, the highest percentage of illiteracy according to the report is in Egypt, affecting 17 million people, followed by Sudan, Algeria, Morocco, and Yemen. Illiteracy is particularly high among females for reasons that we all know, which feeds into higher birth rates.

As a result of all this, awareness suffers, unrest grows, and uprisings become haphazard. If one reads sociologist Emanuel Todd’s analysis of the Arab uprisings and other revolutions in the world, one will infer that successful revolutions take place where the birth rate is two or less per family. Todd’s explanation is that educated women have fewer children, and when women are sufficiently educated, they often seek to reform society.

The fourth problem is poverty. According to the World Bank office in Sana’a, for example, poverty affects about 55 percent of Yemenis. In Egypt, the head of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, Major General Abu Bakr al-Jundi, says that poverty affects more than 26 percent of the population. International statistics put these figures at much higher levels still.

In short, when we combine ignorance with illiteracy and poverty, we get restless societies that can be agitated in different directions. Indeed, their disenchantment has to have an outlet, and today, the natural outlet seems to be the complete intolerance toward others, so it is no wonder that sectarian strife is advancing.

This is a fertile environment for anyone wishing to sow sedition, including rival regional and international actors that have certain schemes and that have the wherewithal to push them forward.

The paradox here is that the Arab world is rich in natural resources. Oil is abundant in the Gulf, Algeria, and other nations. The Mediterranean basin is expected to be rich in hydrocarbons as well. The land is fertile and livestock is also abundant (before its partition, Sudan had 84 million hectares of arable land, of which it only exploited 19 ​​million hectares, in addition to 24 million hectares of pastures, 64 million hectares of forest, and more than 128 million heads of cattle, which would be enough to feed the entire Arab world).

In theory, the world needs to increase its food production by about 70 percent in the next three decades. Industries from China to Europe are always in need for oil resources like the ones present in the Arab world. Yet the world’s economic conditions require keeping the Arab world in a state of conflict, chaos, and apprehension to import more of the weapons the world makes. (One may read many international reports that confirm this, including the reliable reports published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)). Also recall that the Gulf nations are the world’s top importers of arms relative to their populations, with some deals exceeding $300 billion in value between 2011 and 2014.

Israel’s existence alone is no longer enough to cause conflict. Many Arab countries are no longer willing to fight Israel, or have signed peace treaties with it, or established ties with Israel away from the limelight. Therefore, other causes of conflict had to be invented. Today, there is no bigger story than Shia-Sunni strife. This is a long-term investment that can last for decades, and it cannot be resolved. It also prevents the Arabs from uniting, encircles Iran, and diverts attention away from Israel.

Shia and Sunnis can adduce hundreds of reasons and pretexts to justify battling each other. Some claim it is a fight with terrorism. Others say it is to prevent the expansion of Iran, the Persians, and the Safavids. A third segment claims that the battle is between a resistance project and a surrender project, and that strife was reinforced after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and Hezbollah’s victory against Israel. A fourth segment says the battle is to prevent foreign hegemony. A fifth segment still argues it is to prevent partitioning.

 

All these arguments are debatable. What is certain is that all sides are mired in the mud of sectarian strife. What is certain is that the nation of Mohammad is in a state of infighting, which is not likely to stop anytime soon because many of the belligerents believe that their mission is divine, rather than political or military in nature. 

But in divine warfare, each side would be defending its god, and each side would be seeking to fight until martyrdom, believing the reward would be eternity in paradise. In this warfare as well, each side takes joy in seeing the dead of the other side, walking between the corpses, and taking pictures of them that are then posted on social media sites – the same sites that were invented by the West while Muslims invent ways to kill other Muslims.

For all this the causes are many but the result is one: mass Islamic suicide of which no one will emerge unharmed, and suicide that paves the way for re-molding the Arab world by those who wrote and we did not read and in the manner they desire.

There is an established saying by the Prophet that states: If two Muslims meet with their swords, then the murderer and the victim shall both be in hell. Ultimately, there will be no solution for us except with serious rapprochement between Sunnis and Shia, no matter the costs and the pressures. This mass suicide must be stopped at all levels, political, religious, military, and social. Clerics must play the most prominent role, especially since the Arab left and its remnants had handed over the arena a long time ago to religious leaders or their followers. What remains of that left today does not do much more than writing to criticize, as though it is has had no responsibility whatsoever for the current situation of the Arab world, many parts of which were once under the left’s control.

Was Crashed Malaysian Jet Carrying Infected Corpses?–(UPDATED)

Rebel leader gives bizarre account of plane crash

IGOR GIRKIN AKA IGOR STRELKOVIgor Girkin also known as Igor Strelkov, a pro-Russian commander

MH17 Hauled Gruesome Cargo
In Infected Corpses And Tainted Blood

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By Yoichi Shimatsu
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In these still early hours following the mystery crash of MH17, one must dare to think the unthinkable. An investigator goes to where the evidence leads, and the evidence so far from the crash site indicates a hellish scenario beyond imagining.Besides the nearly 300 passengers aboard the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines, the plane’s cargo bay was loaded with dozens of infected corpses drained of their blood and countless packets of possibly virus-contaminated blood serum, according to the local eyewitnesses, first-arrivers at the crash site in the Donetsk region along Ukraine-Russia borderlands.The gruesome finding points irrefutably to Malthusian skulduggery at the highest levels of the World Health Organization (WHO) in sponsoring a covert biological warfare program against the population of Asia. A systematic investigation is now required to uncover the deadliest plot against humanity in modern history. The more predictable outcome, unfortunately, is likely to be a cover-up on an unprecedented scale to protect the globalist elite from scrutiny, legal prosecution and justice.

The blatant violation of international laws for transporting infectious agents indicates a criminal intent in their use at destination. IATA, the watchdog agency for air travel, strictly controls and registration rules in the conveyance of corpses and infectious substances due to the dangers of accidental spillage or deliberate biowarfare. The WHO also imposes tight reporting rules for physical transfer of materials between laboratories, and is therefore now caught in flagrante delicto violating its own rules.

The notable failure by the Israeli-controlled Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport customs clearance, in addition to the WHO and IATA, to warn emergency crews and investigators at the crash site of the epidemic danger proves that the gruesome cargo was transported illegally without registration. The UN and WHO are directly implicated in this covert transfer of biowarfare agents in the cargo hold, accompanying some 100 of their top virus researchers, staff members and NGO supporters in the passenger cabin.

Pity the first responder

According to rebel commander Igor Girson, who goes by the nom de guerre Strelkov, as quoted by AP, reported that local villagers who rushed to the crash scene found “a significant number of the bodies weren’t fresh.” The first-responders also said the corpses had been drained of blood and reeked of decomposition.

Could the cadavers have been air-freighted for simple anatomy classes? That is a freshman question. Paying air-cargo fees to send bodies to Asia is more of a financial loss than sending coals to Newcastle. There is no shortage of fresh John Does on ice from places like the Philippines. Drained of blood and reeking from decay, the corpses can be nothing other than carriers of an infectious disease.

Decomposed cadavers and tainted blood exposed to wind, soil and ground water pose a present and clear threat to public health for millions of people across Ukraine, western Russia and the countries of the Black Sea, including Moldova, Turkey and even as far as Greece. A regional warning needs to be issued, but none is forthcoming, not when the WHO is implicated while its executives, the hidden elitist sponsors of genocide, scramble for the cover of respectability. These reprobates nestled in the medical bureaucracy are far  ;worse than ordinary war criminals.

A hair’s breadth from worst case

In a worst-case scenario, and the facts thus far point to a hair’s breadth short of worst case, the MH17 crash on the Ukraine-Russian borderlands could have been the start of a real World War Z. Conversely the shoot-down could have been an act of twisted heroism in a desperate last-minute strike to prevent biological warfare on a global scale.

One question logically raised is whether the transport of infected corpses and tainted blood to host countries can be a standard feature of the UNAIDS conferences. Serving as a medical-science reporter with The University of Hong Kong press, I reported extensively on UNAIDS 2001 in that that city and visited the top research university laboratories. I can attest that bodies and blood samples were not obtained as part of the proceedings, and precautionary procedures for the sharing of tiny bits of samples were always followed to  a tee.

The WHO was shipping its “zombie” passengers for a criminal purpose, very possibly genocide on a wide scale, perhaps continental. Blood-drained corpses are the stuff of horror movies, but this nightmare arose from one of the busiest airports of “civilized” Europe, and one controlled by ITCS, a security company linked from its inception to the Israeli Mossad.

Mad Scientists with renewed support from above

A reason for concern, early in this investigation, is the fact that The Netherlands, the origin of of Flight 17, is the center for the engineering of weaponized viruses under Ron Fouchier, the closest research associate of the notorious Japanese influenza expert Yoshihiro Kawaoka. The flu-research center at Eramus Medical University in Rotterdam is the sister-laboratory of Kawaoka’s Institute of Infectious Virus Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The deadly duo’s pseudo-scientific research includes the “perfection” of a Spanish flu virus that killed of 20 million victims worldwide in 1918-19. Kawaoka recently boasted that nothing can stop his newest variant of H5N1, the avian influenza virus. Fouchier’s fanatic disciples, meanwhile, have been weaponizing the H7N9 bird-flu virus that killed more than 40 people in China. (Weaponization involves three objectives, first, to hasten the ability of a virus to spread, that is, to be more contagious; second, to increase its lethality;  and third, to develop an antidote available only to the chosen few.)

Kawaoka and Fouchier are not mad scientists working on the fringe, they are accredited researchers with powerful funding support. Two years agi, the twin labs received a massive boost in funding from unidentified sources funneled through department budgets despite vociferous objections from other scientists as to the unstoppable risks.

The patrons of the deadly research includes the chairman of the Eramus University trustee board, Anton Van Rossum, a former executive with Solvay, the Belgium chemical producer that illegally provided sarin-gas components to the Israeli biowarfare program aboard an El Al jetliner that crashed in Amsterdam. The El Al flight hit a crowded apartment block, soon after takeoff from Schiphol Airport, which also is the takeoff point for MH17.

Aboard that El Al flight was a shipment of an RNA-based bioweapon known as mycoplasm, which replicates in water (for example, inside the human lungs) and is suspected to have been used in the two Gulf Wars against Iraq. Bioweapons, Solvay, Israeli, Schiphol, ICTS and Boeing are the common denominators between 1992 El Al crash and the 2014 Malaysia Airlines disaster

Preventative action at tragic cost

If the world can still believe in “heroes in white armor” or at least bad guys with a grain of common sense under their black hats, a Hollywood-type disaster script emerges from this real-life action flick. Before the zombie cargo escapes Europe to launch World War Z in Asia, top generals with NATO and the Russian command decide that the payload must be stopped at any cost. The passenger casualties tragic as they are, the loss of billions of innocent lives in an unstoppable global pandemic must be prevented.< /span>

Indeed, an independent technical analysis of the video clips from the crash site, by a retired CIA crash expert, confirms just such a scenario:

– the metal fuselage of the Boeing-777 shows no traces of deep and long scratch marks from the steel balls delivered in the warhead of a Buk ground-to-air missile;
– The starboard (right-wing) jet engine was badly damaged and caught fire, pointing to a hit by a smaller air-to-air missile launched from a fighter interceptor, flying at about the same altitude; and
– the midsection was “blown outward and not inward,” indicating a bomb blast inside the cargo bay.

The expert observations, when assembled, shows that a NATO interceptor fired a heat-seeking missile at a jet engine, triggering a fire. The flames were expected to move up the fuel lines inside the wing to set fire to the plane and incinerate all contents, especially the infected corpses and blood packets.

The midair disinfection plan came undone when a bomb hidden inside the cargo bay by the Israelis, timed to explode at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to spread biowarfare agents after all the passengers debarked safely, instead heated up and burst midair. The bomb blast blew out the on-board fire before the cargo was torched. The plane plummeted to the ground with the biowarfare agents and corpses intact.

World’s military commanders dread biowarfare

President Vladimir Putin, out of character, did not react forcefully to the accusations of a Russian role in the shoot-down, indicating military commands of NATO and Russia are on the same page in their determination to stop the Israeli-inspired, WHO-backed bioweapons attack against the world population. The other question now, besides decontamination, is: How to track down and punish the perpetrators and planners who were not aboard MH17?

The Ukrainian side, which lacks any of the intelligence professionalism required for these sorts of code-red operations, bungled their version of events and clumsily imposed a communications blackout over the control tower at Kiev Airport. Preventing global genocide is not a task for Cub Scouts out to protect their petty national interests. Imperial powers are far more astute at the deadly game, which is why they are empires and mere nations.

The threat of World War Z is not over, not when Ukrainians and Russians are being exposed to the unleashed viruses that defy inoculation with vaccines. Trained biowarfare experts in safety suits should collect the evidence and torch the bodies in a mobile plasma incinerator. By the time the clean-up is finished, Eastern Ukraine could end up as uninhabited as the central Congo after WHO teams eliminated all potential carriers of ebola.

Evil never quits

The world’s population has practically zero awareness of the well-hidden strategists who plan and order annihilation of entire regions, as has been happening with the ebola campaign and AIDS in Central Africa, or the Factor VIII HIV-tainted blood propagation to the war-torn Balkans and Japan under the Clinton and Bush administrations. This summer another brazen biowarfare attack was within a razor’s edge of exterminating Malaysians and millions of other Asians.

War on a global scale is no longer fought in trenches, but waged in laboratories, airports, city centers, hospitals, senior homes and schools.It is not called total war, it is simply known as global policy. As a footnote, it should be noted that Professor Kawaoka is a graduate of Kobe University, and that port city is the traditional center for veterans of Unit 731, which unleashed plague and hanta virus against entire cities in World War II. The WHO is the successor to Unit 731, and so WWZ is upon us.< /span>

Yoichi Shimatsu is a science writer, who organized public health seminars during the SARS and avian influenza outbreaks in Hong Kong and Bangkok.  He was the lead investigative journalist in the 1995 Tokyo subway gassing and subsequent terrorist threats against Japan’s nuclear reactors.

Cyprus seizes Lebanese-owned bank

BEIRUT: The Cypriot Central Bank took over the operations of the Lebanese-owned FBME Bank in Cyprus Friday, a day after the United States Treasury Department announced that it was blacklisting the bank.

“The Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) announces that, under the powers conferred to it by the relevant legislation, [it] has taken over, as of today, the management of the operations of the branch of FBME Bank Ltd in Cyprus,” the Central Bank said on its website.

FBME Chairman Ayoub-Farid Saab told The Daily Star that the bank had requested the Cypriot action, in order to clear itself of the “unfounded allegations.”

“We are running a clean operation on the island,” he said.

On Thursday, the U.S. Treasury accused FBME, which though chartered in Tanzania operates primarily in Cyprus, of facilitating financial activity for transnational organized crime and Hezbollah, labeling it a “primary money laundering concern.”

“FBME promotes itself on the basis of its weak Anti-Money Laundering (AML) controls in order to attract illicit finance business from the darkest corners of the criminal underworld.” Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a department of the U.S. Treasury, Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery said in a statement Thursday. “Today’s action, effectively shutting FBME off from the U.S. financial system, is a necessary step to disrupt the bank’s efforts.”

FBME, which originally established in Cyprus in 1982 as a subsidiary of the Federal Bank of Lebanon SAL, is now chartered in Tanzania, according to its website.

According to the Federal Bank of Lebanon’s website, the two firms are “part of the Saab’s financial group.” The Federal Bank of Lebanon, owned by Ayoub-Farid Saab and his brother Fadi Saab, is not named in the Treasury Department report.

Ayoub-Farib Saab insisted that the Federal Bank of Lebanon was not involved in the FBME issue.

“We have two separate board of directors, there are no problems with the Federal Bank of Lebanon and we are cooperating with the Central Bank,” he said, adding that he had met with Lebanese Central Bank officials Friday and would be issuing a statement over the weekend.

Saab denied that the Federal Bank of Lebanon would be affected or forced to sell over FBME’s problems.

The Treasury report, dated July 15, listed a number of suspicious transactions and legal violations from FBME over the last decade, including allegations that a bank customer “received a deposit of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a financier for Lebanese Hezbollah.”

“FBME was involved in at least 4,500 suspicious wire transfers through U.S. correspondent accounts that totaled at least $875 million between November 2006 and March 2013,” the report said.

The finding of the bank as a “primary money laundering concern” opens the process to institute special measures against the bank and all of its subsidiaries. The Treasury Department has proposed applying the “Fifth Special Measure” under the U.S. Patriot Act, which blocks U.S. financial institutions from carrying out any transactions with the sanctioned bank. There is a 60-day comment period from the publishing of the Treasury Department report before any final action can be taken.

The United States has sought to increase pressure on Hezbollah, which it considers a terrorist network, by cutting it off from any access to international financing. Several Lebanese money changers have been targeted over informal fund transfer activities, while the Lebanese Canadian Bank was wound down after being designated a primary money laundering concern by the U.S.

USMC Gen. Dunford Urges Congress To Honor Russian Helicopter Deal for Afghanistan

Dunford urges Congress to approve Russian helicopter deal for Afghan air force

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Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., testifies during a U.S. Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Members of the Committee on Armed Services were considering Dunford’s nomination to be the next Commandant of the Marine Corps.

 

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford urged lawmakers on Thursday to back off plans to cut funding for Russian-made transport helicopters used by the Afghan military, arguing it would have a “catastrophic” effect on Afghanistan’s ability to conduct counterterrorism operations.

“The reason I use the word catastrophic, which I don’t think is hyperbole, is because the inability of the Afghans to have the operational reach represented by the Mi-17 will seriously deteriorate their ability to take the fight to the enemy,” Dunford said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “But the more important reason I use the word catastrophic is their inability to take the fight to the enemy will actually put young Americans in harm’s way in 2015 and beyond.”

He also said military commanders were uncomfortable with the Obama administration’s announced intent to pull all forces out of the country by 2017.

“All of us in uniform, including the Afghans, would have preferred that had been a bit more ambiguous.”

Dunford, who commands the war in Afghanistan, has been nominated to serve as the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps, replacing the retiring Gen. James Amos. Although Dunford was in Washington to testify at his confirmation hearing, most questions from lawmakers centered on the 13-year war in Afghanistan, which the general has led since February 2013.

As the U.S. military drawdown, Afghan forces will increasingly need the operational reach provided by the Mi-17 helicopter. Plans call for the Afghans to maintain a fleet of about 80 of these aircraft, 30 of which are to be used by Afghan special forces, Dunford said.

While the Pentagon has a $550 million contract with Rosoboronexport, a Russian supplier of the Mi-17s used by Afghan forces, Russian actions in Ukraine have prompted lawmakers in the House and Senate to consider scaling back that contract as a punitive measure. But without proper funding, the Afghans’ ability to maintain their fleet would be compromised, Dunford said, and “Afghan forces will not be successful in providing security in Afghanistan.”

The Mi-17 has proved popular with the Afghan air force because of its rugged design, ease of maintenance and low operating costs.

By the end of the year, the U.S. will formally end its combat mission in Afghanistan, and  U.S. troop levels are set to drop from roughly 30,000 today to  9,800. Most will be involved in training and advisory missions. About 1,000 of the forces will be focused on conducting counterterrorism operations. NATO allies are also expected to contribute an additional 4,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, Dunford said.

The general said he believes the Afghan security forces have proved to be effective fighters, though challenges remain, especially in areas such as logistics. On the political side, Dunford also said he was optimistic that disputes over the outcome of the recent Afghan presidential election would soon be resolved and that a bilateral security pact would be reached with the U.S.

Meanwhile, if confirmed as the head of the Marine Corps, Dunford will face new challenges, especially in balancing demands for more modernization while maintaining readiness and the Marine crisis-response capabilities.

“Balancing all those in a fiscally constrained environment,” Dunford said, “is going to be very difficult.”

vandiver.john@stripes.com

Putin’s Plane May Have Been Real Target, Over Ukraine, Lapping MH17

Report: Vladimir Putin’s Plane Lapped MH17, May Have Been Target

 

inquisitor

 

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The tragic crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine today has sparked a flurry of speculation and some damning theories about how the plane may have been sabotaged, and RT published a report suggesting that Vladimir Putin may have been the target if a missile strike downed the craft.

Early information has suggested one possible and scary cause for the crash of MH17 — intentional interference using anti-aircraft weaponry on the ground in what was almost definitely a case of mistaken identity.

The speculation regarding Vladimir Putin’s plane, however, is a newer thread. Earlier audio recordings that circulated purportedly implicate separatists in the incident, and indicate that the plane that crashed was not a target — however, nothing conclusive has yet emerged to definitively indicate what happened to MH17.

RT.com cites Interfax, a Russian news agency, as quoting a source speaking on condition of anonymity regarding the fate of MH17 and how Putin’s flight may have been a factor.

The unnamed Russian aviation source says that Putin’s plane dovetailed with the doomed Malaysian jetliner, and that given the proximity in both timing and location, the targeting of Putin is a distinct possibility:

“I can say that Putin’s plane and the Malaysian Boeing intersected at the same point and the same echelon. That was close to Warsaw on 330-m echelon at the height of 10,100 meters. The presidential jet was there at 16:21 Moscow time and the Malaysian aircraft – 15:44 Moscow time… The contours of the aircrafts are similar, linear dimensions are also very similar, as for the coloring, at a quite remote distance they are almost identical.”

As the official suggests, Putin’s plane and the Malaysian Airlines craft are visually similar, and indeed could be mistaken for one another at high altitudes from the ground.

However, RT also notes that not only is the claim unverified, but that others have said Putin’s flight path did not veer over Ukraine airspace.

A separate source, also anonymous, denied Putin had been onboard a flight with a similar path, and said:

“Putin has only one jet – Board One, he does not fly other planes. This plane always takes off from Vnukovo-3, but the presidential plane have not been flying over Ukraine for a while.”

Pentagon Confident That New Technology Can Identify Hostile or Disloyal Individuals

[More “pre-crime” thinking by the powers that be, planning for the eventual control of all individuals, either through predictive behaviorism or through more physical means, such as, forced psychological reconditioning, hypnosis, drugs and “psychotronic” disruption.]

Military To Scan Soldier’s Brains For Signs Of Disloyalty?

 

inquisitor

 

HandShake could potentially detect insider threats by scanning soldier's brains

A new system, dubbed HandShake by its developers, may scan the brains of U.S. soldiers and their allies in combat theaters to asses signs of disloyalty, potentially protecting them from insider attacks.

HandShake was developed by a company named Veritas, according to Activist Post, and is indicative of a larger trend in neuroscience that sees brain research applied in areas of predictive behavior. The technology utilizes specialized brain scans which can be used to monitor both U.S. troops and our allies for signs of disloyalty.

Though instances of insider attacks are statistically low in the U.S. Military, new interest is being taken in evaluating potential extremist threats from within. Veritas Scientific markets the HandShake technology, which was developed by a former U.S. Army counterintelligence agent, as a solution to the problem.

Using HandShake, a soldier would place a specially designed helmet on a subject, whether another military member or ally, who would then be shown a series of images. Electrodes fitted within the helmet are capable of reading electromagnetic signals in the brain while also scanning for blood flow changes. While most of the images shown would be benign in nature, some would be designed to trigger a reaction in the brain of a person who poses a potential insider threat, Defense One claims.

When a test subject recognizes an image of emotional significance to them, their brain reacts with a slight 200 to 500 millisecond “hiccup” that is detectable via EEG. In the HandShake system, scans of blood flow in the brain back up the EEG data. After being processed through an algorithm, the developer claims an 80 to 90 percent accurate reading of a subject’s threat potential.

No Americans Or Israelis On Doomed Flt.17, 9M-MRC

Upon close inspection of the photo, however, the letters “RC” are visible beneath the plane’s front wheel. That indicates the plane’s registration number was 9M-MRC. MH17’s number was 9M-MRD.

http://planefinder.net/data/aircraft/9M-MRC

Boeing 777 (9M-MRC)— Malaysia Airlines

 

“According to information provided by Kiev Air Traffic Control, the location of the plane’s emergency locator beacon is 48 degrees 7 minutes and 23 seconds North; and 38 degrees 31 minutes and 33 seconds East.”

http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/my/en/site/mh17.html

MH017 – Cargo Manifest 1

MH017 – Cargo Manifest 2

MH017 – Cargo Manifest 3

MH017 – Cargo Manifest 4

Friday, July 18, 08:20 PM GMT +0800 Media Statement 4 : MH17 Incident

Media Statement 4: MH17 Incident

1.    Flight plan

MH17’s flight plan was approved by Eurocontrol, who are solely responsible for determining civil aircraft flight paths over European airspace. Eurocontrol is the air navigation service provider for Europe and is governed under ICAO rules.

The route over Ukrainian airspace where the incident occurred is commonly used for Europe to Asia flights. A flight from a different carrier was on the same route at the time of the MH17 incident, as were a number of other flights from other carriers in the days and weeks before. Eurocontrol maintains records of all flights across European airspace, including those across Ukraine.

In April, the International Civil Aviation Organization identified an area over the Crimean peninsula as risky. At no point did MH17 fly into, or request to fly into, this area. At all times, MH17 was in airspace approved by the ICAO.

2.    Altitude

MH17 filed a flight plan requesting to fly at 35,000ft throughout Ukrainian airspace. This is close to the ‘optimum’ altitude.

However, an aircraft’s altitude in flight is determined by air traffic control on the ground. Upon entering Ukrainian airspace, MH17 was instructed by Ukrainian air traffic control to fly at 33,000ft.

3.    Nationalities

Following this afternoon’s press conference, Malaysia Airlines can confirm that a further 16 passengers’ nationalities have been verified. The latest breakdown of nationalities of those on board the flight is as follows:

·         189 Netherlands

·         44 Malaysia

·         27 Australia

·         12 Indonensia

·         9 UK

·         4 Belgium

·         4 Germany

·         3 Philippines

·         1 Canada

·         1 New Zealand

Four passengers’ nationalities remain to be verified.

4.    New flight route

Following this incident, Malaysia Airlines now avoids Ukrainian airspace entirely, flying further south over Turkey.

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Media Statement 3 : MH17 Incident

The B777-200 aircraft bearing registration no. 9M-MRD that operated MH17 on 17 July, 2014 had a clean maintenance record. The aircraft’s last maintenance check was on 11July 2014. The next check was due on 27Aug 2014. The maintenance was conducted at Malaysia Airlines’ hangar at KLIA. The aircraft had a clean bill of health.

The aircraft was manufactured in July 1997, and so had 17 years in service.

The aircraft had recorded 75322 hours with a total of 11434 cycles.

All communication system on the aircraft were functioning normally.

The B777-200 uses the Rolls-Royce Trent-800 engine and has a 282 seat capacity.

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Friday, July 18, 07:30 AM GMT +0800 Media Statement 2 : MH17 Incident

Media Statement 2 : MH17 Incident

With immediate effect, all European flights operated by Malaysia Airlines will be taking alternative routes avoiding the usual route.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur went down in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines confirms that the aircraft did not make a distress call.

The usual flight route was earlier declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. International Air Transportation Association has stated that the airspace the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions.

As opposed to the earlier statement, the flight was carrying a total number of 298 people – comprising 283 passengers including three infants of various nationalities and 15 crew of Malaysian nationality. Some of the nationalities of the passengers are yet to be determined.

List of number of passengers and crew according to nationality are as follows:-

Nationality

Total

Netherlands 154
Malaysia 43 (including 15 crew & 2 infants)
Australia 27
Indonesia 12 (including 1 infant)
United Kingdom 9
Germany 4
Belgium 4
Philippines 3
Canada 1
Unverified 41
Total 298

 

Malaysia Airlines is in the process of notifying the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew.

Our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support to provide all possible care to the next-of-kin. Malaysia Airlines is deploying its “Go Team” to Amsterdam  with a group of caregivers and volunteers to assist the family members of the passengers.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.

The airline will provide regular updates on the situation.

Families of passengers and crew may contact +603 7884 1234 (Malaysia) or +31703487770(Netherlands).

For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.

Please also log on to www.malaysiaairlines.com for updates.

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Malaysian Airliner Shot-Down Over Ukraine Another Boeing 777, Like Missing Flt. 370

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Contrary To Reckless Charges Saudi , IS and Syrian army face off in Deir ez-Zor

Abdullah Suleiman Ali

For the first time since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, heated front lines are drawn between the Syrian army and the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS). This development occurred following IS taking control over the neighborhoods of the city of Deir ez-Zor.

Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham had withdrawn yesterday [July 14] from this city, in an expected move after the breakdown of their forces in rural areas of the city last week. IS had tightened its grip on all of the cities and towns in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor as a result of the secret successive pledges of allegiance it obtained and the settlements it concluded with some brigades. This enabled it to save a large quantity of ammunition and weaponry that would have used if these settlements had not been concluded.

These pledges of allegiance and settlements broke down the morale of militants of other factions who realized that they had no chance of winning the war against IS, particularly since commanders and warlords from Jabhat al-Nusra fled Sheheil. The fall of this town was a heavy blow dealt to the alliance between the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Mohammed al-Golani, and al-Sahwat.

Besides this moral defeat, the blockade imposed by IS on Deir ez-Zor and the fact that it cut all supply lines to all brigades stationed in the city’s neighborhoods constituted an important factor prompting the surrender of these factions. It is worth mentioning that IS took advantage of the blockade to send delegations to the leaders of these factions to negotiate with them the terms of their surrender and the handing over [of the territories under their control].

While it was reported that battalions within the city pledged allegiance to IS, several other factions and battalions affected by the events in Iraq and the countryside of Deir ez-Zor decided to distance themselves from the conflict and retire from the battle that they has nothing to do with. These factions would not have taken part in this battle if it weren’t for the dominance of the Sharia Council. The latter was not so long ago in charge of the distribution of quotas, war prizes and oil fields. But today, its leaders are either dead or on the run.

The last of these brigades were the Battalions of Mohammed affiliated with the Authenticity and Development Front. These brigades issued a statement yesterday announcing the withdrawal from the fight with IS and disclaiming the Front it used to be affiliated with for having departed from its ideology. All these conditions and factors placed the remaining leaders of Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham in front of an inescapable fact that time is running out and there is no way to stay in the city more than that. Therefore, they decided to vacate their headquarters and all of their positions in the city and withdraw toward any safe area. Apparently, yesterday morning was the due date for the implementation of this decision.

Members of Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra were starting to clear out their headquarters while a military group from IS was entering the city through Jisr al-Siyasa in order to take over the headquarters the factions cleared out of. The group placed its flag over Jabhat al-Nusra’s headquarters as a sign that the city is now a part of the Islamic State, as it now controls the second province after Raqqa, according to reports from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

However, there is one difference, which is that the Syrian army still controls some streets in the city of Deir ez-Zor while it is completely absent in Raqqa.

To the contrary of what the media published about the takeover of Deir ez-Zor being the result of the murder of the Jabhat al-Nusra emir in Deir ez-Zor, Safwan al-Hant – also known as Abu Hazem al-Balad – facts on the ground confirm that neither Hant’s living nor dying would have changed the course of events and prevented the fall of the city into the hands of IS.

Safwan al hant Amir of al-Nusra fromt in Deir Ezzor

Safwan alhant, Amir of al-Nusra fromt in Deir Ezzor. Has been killed as he was trying to move out of the city, Activists accused ISIS of killing him.--[[killed by ISIS, disguised in burqa, riding in wheelchair–ed]

The real story is that the escape plan to get Hant out of the city failed drastically. IS members discovered this plot and captured Hant, who was dressed as a woman on a wheelchair, and then killed him. The pictures showed him with no beard and indeed dressed in women’s clothes. Hant’s killing provoked serious rage among the members of Jabhat al-Nusra in Deir ez-Zor, who blamed Golani and the leaders of Jabhat al-Nusra for Hant’s death, since they fled ahead of him and left him to face those “Karijites” by himself.

Even though IS controls most of Deir ez-Zor, the Syrian army still holds some parts of the city. The army controls most of the streets in al-Sinaa, al-Jura and al-Kosur – as opposed to reports the SOHR mentioned about IS controlling all the streets – as well as al-Rashidiya street and the streets of al-Howeqa, al -Mouwazafin and al-Jabaliya. Recently, continuous battles between the Syrian army on one hand and Jabhat al-Nusra and their allies on the other were occurring in most of these streets.

It’s expected for these battles to include IS now, which is taking the place of these factions. This would create a new scenario in the Syrian war and possibly a complicated plot due to the mixture of events between eastern Syria and western Iraq. This requires an effective confrontation of IS from both borders.

This article was first published in Arabic on 7/15/2014. Read original article.

Safwan alhant, Amir of al-Nusra fromt in Deir Ezzor. Has been killed as he was trying to move out of the city, Activists accused ISIS of killing him. – See more at: http://www.documents.sy/index.php?lang=en#sthash.Faa3rysl.dpuf

Attackers of Kabul airport were Urdu language speakers–(Pakistani Taliban)

Attackers of Kabul airport were Urdu language speakers

Khaama

By Ghanizada

Kabul attackThe interior ministry of Afghanistan has announced that the attackers on Kabul international airport were Urdu speakers which is mainly spoken in neighboring Pakistan.

Sediq Sediqi, interior ministry spokesman, said the number of attackers invovled in attack on Kabul airport were six people, who were all shot dead.

The attack was carried out around 4:00 am local time after the group of insurgents took position in an under construction building located near the airport.

All the militants were killed following the gun battle which lasted almost four hours.

Taliban militants group in Afghanistan claimed responsibility behind the attack.

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Pakistani Fighters Join Afghan Taliban In Large Numbers After “Zarb-e-Azb” Dislodges Them


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Kabul Airport Attack Comes as Pakistani Fighters Join Afghan Taliban

the daily beast

Bad news for Kabul – and for Washington. According to Afghan Taliban sources, Pakistani Taliban have flooded into Afghanistan and joined the ranks of the jihad there.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Taliban attack on the Kabul airport this morning may be linked to a new and dangerous development on the ground in Afghanistan: a flood of fresh fighters from the ranks of the Pakistani Taliban, known as TTP, on the other side of the frontier.

I was able to reach a senior Afghan Taliban commander operating in Kabul as the airport attack was still under way, and he told me that “big numbers of the Pakistani Taliban have crossed the border to Afghanistan,” enabling the Afghan Taliban to “deploy rapidly in massive numbers all over Afghanistan.”

“That is why we have more manpower this year,” commander Qari Talha told The Daily Beast over his mobile phone. “We are using Pakistani Taliban in big numbers for collective attacks.” He said they had deployed on the hotly contested battlefields of Helmand province, in Kabul and in other parts of the country. “We send them for big ground attacks and spectacular attacks in cities,” he said, and current fighting in Helmand is part of that new offensive.

The strike against the Kabul airport early on Thursday morning involved four fighters armed with automatic rifles and rocket propelled grenades firing from the top of a nearby building under construction. According to statements from the Afghan government, after about four hours all of the attackers were killed and there were no government casualties. But as the battle raged near the edge of the runway all flights had to be diverted to other cities. It has not yet been determined if the attackers were Afghani, Pakistani or both.

“We are using Pakistani Taliban in big numbers for collective attacks.”

As The Daily Beast reported in early May, border security was badly weakened by the Central Intelligence Agency’s decision to dismantle its front line Afghan counterterrorist forces in the southern and eastern parts of the country. The chaotic aftermath of the Afghan presidential elections has complicated the situation, and U.S. military commanders are saying American counterterrorism forces may be needed in Afghanistan long after the supposedly final U.S. troop withdrawal in 2016.

“Despite the increase in the numbers of Afghan security forces, actually the Taliban are able to penetrate very easily into Kabul and other cities,” Qari Talah boasted.

The Kabul airport handles both civilian and military flights, with military operations taking precedence, making it “a very appealing and legitimate target,” said Talah.

Another Afghan Taliban source says that the Pakistani army’s operations trying to suppress the TTP in the tribal areas along the Afghan border unexpectedly pushed more and more TTP fighters into Afghanistan, where they continued their violent jihad, seen by them as a religious duty, against Afghan forces.

The same Afghan Taliban source says that his group’s original strategy was to conserve its forces in 2014, looking forward to intensified fighting against a weaker Kabul regime in 2015 and afterward as the United States continued to draw down its forces. But the sudden influx of Pakistani fighters has led the Afghan Taliban to step up their collective attacks on multiple targets as the fighting season gets underway.

The situation is further complicated by the attitude of the Pakistani military, particularly the intelligence branch known as the ISI, which has tended to see the Pakistani Taliban as dangerous to Islamabad, which they certainly are, while viewing the Afghan Taliban as “good,” or at least as potentially useful over the long run. Pakistan traditionally has hoped to install client governments in Kabul, even if they are radical jihadis, in order to keep Indian and other foreign influence there to a minimum. Afghan officials have argued that if the Pakistanis would recognize that all Taliban are essentially the same, and essentially dangerous, the war against them on both sides of the border could be won in short order.

Retired Pakistani Army Col. Muhammad Nazir, who is familiar with operations along the frontier, says that due to the Afghan election crisis, political instability and NATO troop withdrawals, Afghanistan is weaker and the Taliban are able to take advantage. “All this boosts the morale of the Afghan Taliban,” says the colonel.

A senior Afghan security officer who does not want to be named also says the election crisis has exposed Afghan security forces to greater danger and impaired their ability to operate. “Forget about bringing peace and restoring security in the countryside,” he said. “We could not secure Kabul City.” And this after 13 years of war and American and NATO support.

What happened at Kabul airport was a classic case in point. “It was very obvious that a building under construction just next to the Kabul airport runway was an ideal spot for the Taliban,” said the security officer. Indeed, a similar attack was carried out just last year. “But who cared among the people at the Afghan interior ministry and defense ministry?”

“It is a big blow for Kabul airport and for Afghanistan, and we are sure that international airlines will stop flying and cease operations in Afghanistan,” the security officer said. Thus far there are no official indications that will happen. But the comment is a sign of the pessimism spreading through the ranks of the security forces. “The elections brought instead of stability, instability to Afghanistan,” said this official, “and it will never end.”