Red Jaws Of Death

Yemen: Ansarullah Will not Adhere to the Saudi ’House of Obedience’

BY AL-MASDAR NEWS ON MARCH 14, 2015

Without doubt, the ‘Gulf’ decision to move the Yemeni talks from Sanaa to Riyadh was not made coincidentally. Riyadh is persistently continuing the confrontation reflected by its newspapers on a daily basis against what columnists call an ‘illegal coup’ in Sanaa.

Yemen’s outgoing President, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, in a letter sent to the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, after praising him at first, appealed to his brothers “in the GCC to continue their constructive role by holding a conference to be attended by all Yemeni political parties who wish to preserve the security and stability of Yemen, under the support of the Council, in Riyadh”.

As if it is a distribution of roles, the request of the outgoing President tuned to be Saudi royal instructions which were quickly welcomed by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) who announced that its secretariat will make all the necessary arrangements to hold a Yemeni dialogue conference in Riyadh; the capital which is accused by an outstanding group of Yemenis of fueling the crisis in their country.

What kind of dialogue would Riyadh host in light of its hard-line positions against the Ansarullah movement? Is it suitable for Riyadh to play such a role?

The Ansarullah (Supporters of Allah) movement, which is considered a hard number in the Yemeni political calculations, puts emphasis on its firm position i.e. refusing to participate in Riyadh’s “dialogue”. It is noteworthy that the Popular Forces Union Party, the General People’s Congress, the Baath Party, in addition to many of the components of the Revolutionary Committees, all line up to support the movement’s position.

Ansarullah’s spokesman Mohammad Abdul Salam explained, in an interview with Al-Manar website, that the movement’s position stems from its refusal to participate in any talks where the type, place, and time are not being specified by the Yemenis alone. He stressed that “the Yemenis are the only party to decide where the talks should take place, in order to be a truly national dialogue conference”.

Saudi analysts Saad Bin OmarOn the other hand, the Saudi political analyst and commentator, Saad bin Omar, stressed to Al-Manar website that the “dialogue conference”, which is planned to be held in Riyadh, will take place under the auspices of the “GCC and not that of Saudi Kingdom. He underlined that Yemen’s outgoing president has asked to move talks to Riyadh, merely because of its symbolism as a capital chosen to be the headquarters of the GCC.

However, Ansarullah’s spokesman disagrees with this standpoint on the grounds “that Hadi is a part of the talks and not a legitimate president of the country, and thus none of the parties are entitled to impose a new place for the dialogue on the others.”

Abdul Salam added that “Riyadh is no longer an impartial actor in the current crisis in Yemen, yet it supports the Takfiri groups, al-Qaeda, and the criminal operatives. It also adopts a severe stance regarding the Yemeni Revolution”.

In fact, it is believed in Yemen that the positions adopted by Saudi Arabia, whether directly or on behalf of the GCC, come in response to Ansarullah’s explicit positions about the kingdom’s role in complicating the political crisis in Yemen. The positions of Sayyed Abdulmalik al-Houthi in terms of the Saudi role in repeating the Libyan model in Yemen or in supporting the Takfiri groups, as well as when he proposes alternative solutions, are still having echoes in the royal palaces. The Saudis did not yet forget the footages of the recent visits of Yemeni delegations that roamed Moscow, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Egypt.

The Yemenis have breached a red line that has been enshrined by Saudi Arabia for long. Therefore, what should be done today is to take them back to the house of obedience. That is how Ansarullah justifies its latest position.

According to Abdul Salam, “the Saudi Arabia is still considering Yemen its subordinate state. That is why it is suffering hysteria today, for it is afraid that Yemen is liberating itself from the Saudi dominance”.

Abdul Salam reiterated his question: “With whom are the other parties going to talk in Riyadh, knowing that all of them adopt the same position!”

Yemen: Ansarulla supportersTurning a blind eye to the daily onslaught by the Saudi media on the popular committees in Yemen as well as on the movement, Omar, the Saudi writer, stated that those in charge of the affairs of “Riyadh’s dialogue conference” are aware that all the components of the Yemeni society that participated in Sanaa’s talks must be involved in the talks in Riyadh. Any differences with the Kingdom do not rule out the fact that the GCC called for the dialogue”.

“The GCC sent the invitation, and this means that no particular country shall have much more influence during the talks, and that no party shall show bias against other parties,” he said, adding that “Riyadh has been chosen just because it is the headquarters of the GCC”.

Yet, it seems that the Saudi justification does not convince the Yemenis. Adbul Salam believes that the call is pure Saudi one, despite the efforts to depict it as a Gulf collaborative call. He reveals that some Gulf States – such as Oman and Kuwait for example – do not agree today on what is proposed by the “neighboring” Saudi, clarifying that even if the GCC addressed the call, it is not authorized to decide the place of the talks paying no heed to the Yemenis, who are supposed to meet its demand. This is unacceptable”.

According to Abdul Salam, Ansarullah considers that speaking about moving the talks from Sanaa to Riyadh aims only at putting pressures on the course of the dialogue, which is still being hosted by the ‘Movenpick’ halls in Sanaa.

The group also admits that those pressures will be in vain as long as the Yemenis in Sanaa are taking care of their affairs normally, and as long as the war against the extremist groups and al-Qaeda operatives is still in progress. Moreover, it believes that the foreign illegitimate parties in Yemen are the only ones who are being negatively affected by the obstruction of the talks.

Last but not least, the only constant idea in Yemen so far, amid the accelerating variables, is the fact that there will be no joint participation in the so-called dialogue in Riyadh. However, Ansarullah’s spokesman concluded that “the movement will continue its revolutionary action, since it is a national demand. Other parties can go anywhere they want, but Ansarulah will keep going and will never retreat.”
Translated by Maysaa Hazimeh
Edited by E. al-Rihani

http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/ansarullah-will-not-adhere-to-the-saudi-house-of-obedience/

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Iran Vows to Upgrade Yemen’s Infrastructure

The Yemeni official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran has resulted in signing agreements on several domains related to oil and energy sectors, as well as the upgrading of some vital facilities of ports and airports, Saleh al-Sammad, counselor  of Yemeni President and head of political bureau of Ansarullah movement, revealed Friday.

The announcement was made by Sammad as he returned home late Thursday following a two-week visit to Iran, the agency said.

Sammad hailed the visit as “successful and fruitful” and asserted that it would bring about positive outcome for Yemen’s development plans.

He indicated that his accompanying delegation to the talks included ministry undersecretaries and heads of government agencies.

According to the senior Yemeni leader, the agreement was signed by Iranian Trade Minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh and would cover cooperation in the sectors of energy, electricity, transportation, water and sewage.

He said that the Iranian officials had expressed readiness to provide Yemen with oil for one year and to build a 165-megawatt power plant in the energy-starved country.

The agreement also envisaged cooperation to expand and develop the Red Sea port of Al-Hudaydah, he added, referring to the strategic port that the group had seized months ago.

Ansarullah group, also dubbed as Houthis, has liberated the capital Sanaa from al-Qaeda operatives last September, and worked to restore security and stability in the attack-hit areas.

The powerful group issued the Constitutional Declaration, in a bid to avoid the power vacuum in the country following the resignation of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his prime minister.

http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/iran-vows-to-upgrade-yemens-infrastructure/

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The Great Big ISIS Movie Extravaganza Part II

ISIS Using Chlorine Gas Roadside Bombs to Stop Iraqi advances

ISIS Using Chlorine Gas Roadside Bombs to Stop Iraqi advances

ISIS using chlorine gas as a roadside bombs in desperate attempt to spread panic among Iraqi soldiers.

Crude roadside bombs filled with toxic chlorine gas are now being used by ISIS terrorists, it’s been reported.

Iraqi officials say government forces have diffused dozens of the devices in the course of their war with the fanatics and have produced video footage that backs up their claim.

‘Used in roadside bombs such as this, in the open air, it disperses reasonably quickly and so appears to be intended to cause panic rather than serious harm.’

One Iraqi bomb disposal expert said that the use of the chemical is a sign of desperation.

They immediately began feeling the effects of the chemical, experiencing ‘painful choking’ and blocked throats.

Jennifer Cole, Senior Research Fellow at defence thinktank Royal United Services Institute, told MailOnline that although chlorine can be lethal, it does appear that it’s being used to spread fear by ISIS.

‘Used in roadside bombs such as this, in the open air, it disperses reasonably quickly and so appears to be intended to cause panic rather than serious harm.’

Chlorine was used by the British in the First World War, but it proved to be unreliable. In one attack in 1915 the gas blew back into British trenches after canisters of the chemical were fired from heavy guns at the Germans.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ fact-finding mission concluded ‘with a high degree of confidence’ that chlorine was used on three villages in Syria last year, killing 13 people.

Chlorine is not a chemical that has to be declared to the OPCW because it is also used for regular purposes in industry.

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Russia outraged over attempts to frame Syrian government for chemicals use

More then half of the world military expenses belongs to the US, and 2/3 - including NATO countries.

Moscow, SANA-Russian Foreign Ministry said Russia is outraged over Western attempts to frame the Syrian government for using chemical weapons in Syria.

“Statements by Western officials and commentaries in foreign newspapers had emerged blaming, uncorroborated, the Syrian government for incidents involving the use of chlorine gas in Syria,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement.

“They claim that the UN latest resolution 2209 amounts to be a warning to the Syrian government that punitive measures are likely in the future under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which is an irksome matter,” the statement added.

The UN resolution, the statement said, stopped short of finger-pointing in the chemical weapons’ issue; hence any other interpretation of the resolution is “a biased reading.”

“Had nailing down culprits in the issue been that easy, there would be no point in the OPCW mission probing the use of chlorine continuing its work,” said the statement.

The statement said that the OPCW, the UN chemical weapons watchdog, will go ahead with investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria, taking into account the information that the Syrian government passed to the organization in December 2014.

The information revealed that non-governmental sides had seized amounts of chlorine, which lends authenticity to the assumption that the Syrian opposition’s fighters might be involved in the use of the chemical agent.

The UN Security Council had passed a resolution on March 6 condemning the use of chlorine gas in Syria. The resolution did not identify who was behind it.

Manal Ismael

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Serbia: NATO Victim In 1999, NATO Military Colony In 2015

Originally posted on Stop NATO...Opposition to global militarism:

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March 9, 2015

Allied Joint Force Command Naples Commander visits Serbia

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BELGRADE, Serbia: Commander JFC Naples, Admiral Mark Ferguson, paid an official visit to Serbia during which he met with Minister of Defense Bratislav Gasic and Chief of Defense Ljubisa Dikovic to discuss mutual relations and future activities.

Admiral Ferguson said that NATO and Serbia are successfully cooperating through various Partnership of Peace mechanisms, and noted that the recently adopted IPAP agreement provides space for deepening relations and practical cooperation. The Serbian officials noted that Serbia appreciates NATO’s assistance in improving capacities for participation of its soldiers in EU and UN peacekeeping missions, and added that the Serbian Armed Force’s cooperation with KFOR is excellent on all levels.

Admiral Ferguson also met with Chief of NATO MLO Belgrade, Brig. Gen. Lucio Batta, to discuss the most recent developments in NATO-Serbia relations and…

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Iraqi Army Arrives at Tikrit Gate

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The Iraqi army backed by popular forces marched all the way to Tikrit in Salahuddin province and are now standing at the gates of the city, media reports said.

After one week of heavy fighting with ISIL terrorists, the Iraqi forces have now opened their path into Tikrit, Al-Araqieh news website reported on Monday morning.

The Iraqi army also continued its advances in the two towns of al-Alam and al-Dour near Tikrit in Salahuddin province, and claimed the lives of dozens of the terrorists in there.

“We are trying to surround ISIL inside al-Alam and al-Dour and cut all supply routes for them,” al-Alam mayor Laith al-Jubouri said on Sunday.

Army and militia fighters entered the Southern and Eastern parts of al-Dour on Friday.

According to reports on Saturday, the Iraqi soldiers inflicted hefty losses on the ISIL terrorists in the village of Kuwaishat in Fallujah, as the army continued its huge offensive towards Tikrit.

The ISIL terrorists escaped the village and left their weapons and vehicles behind.

Thousands of government troops, Shiite and Sunni popular forces have started a major offensive in the Iraqi city of Samarra to oust the ISIL terrorists from the strategic province of Salahuddin, which includes the ancient city of Tikrit.

http://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2015/03/09/iraqi-army-arrives-at-tikrit-gate-2/

Iraqi MP: Israel, Western Powers Continue Supplying ISIL with Weapons

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A senior Iraqi legislator lashed out at the western countries and their regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, and said he is in possession of irrefutable intelligence documents showing that ISIL is receiving arms aids from Israel as well as a number western and Arab countries.

“We have intelligence which shows Israel and some major western and regional states have supplied weapons to ISIL,” Al-Qad news website quoted member of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee Abbas al-Khazali as saying on Monday.

Meantime, the Iraqi legislator stressed that his country needs more weapons to fight the ISIL, and said Baghdad is willing to purchase weapons from East European countries, Russia and China.

Iraqi provincial officials and statesmen have repeatedly lashed out at the western countries and their regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, revealing that US and Israeli-made weapons have been discovered from the areas purged of ISIL terrorists.

In late December, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee disclosed that US planes were supplying the ISIL terrorist organization with arms and ammunition in Salahuddin province.

MP Majid al-Gharawi stated that he had intelligence to prove that US planes were supplying ISIL organization, not only in Salahuddin province, but also other provinces.

He added that the US and the international coalition are “not serious in fighting against the ISIL organization, because they have the technological power to determine the presence of ISIL gunmen and destroy them in one month”.

Gharawi added that “the US is trying to expand the time of the war against the ISIL to get guarantees from the Iraqi government to have its bases in Mosul and Anbar provinces.”

Salahuddin security commission also disclosed in December that “unknown planes threw arms and ammunition to the ISIL gunmen Southeast of Tikrit city”.

Later in December, another senior Iraqi lawmaker complained that the terrorist group still received aids dropped by unidentified aircraft.

“The international coalition is not serious about air strikes on ISIL terrorists and is even seeking to take out the popular (voluntary) forces from the battlefield against the Takfiris so that the problem with ISIL remains unsolved in the near future,” Nahlah al-Hababi told FNA.

“The ISIL terrorists are still receiving aids from unidentified fighter jets in Iraq and Syria,” she added.

Also in late December, the US-led coalition dropped aids to the Takfiri militants in an area North of Baghdad.

Field sources in Iraq told al-Manar that the international coalition airplanes dropped aids to the terrorist militants in Balad, an area which lies in Salahuddin province North of Baghdad.

Then in January, Head of the Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee Hakem al-Zameli disclosed that coalition planes had dropped weapons and foodstuff for the ISIL in Salahuddin, Al-Anbar and Diyala provinces.

Al-Zameli underlined that “the coalition is the main cause of ISIL’s survival in Iraq”.

“There are proofs and evidence for the US-led coalition’s military aid to ISIL terrorists through air(dropped cargoes),” he told FNA in January.

He noted that the members of his committee have already proved that the US planes have dropped advanced weaponry, including anti-aircraft weapons, for the ISIL, and that an investigation committee had been set up to probe into the matter.

“The US drops weapons for the ISIL under the excuse that it doesn’t know about the whereabouts of the ISIL positions and it is trying to distort the reality with its allegations.

He noted that the committee had collected the data and the evidence provided by eyewitnesses, including Iraqi army officers and the popular forces, and said, “These documents are given to the investigation committee … and the necessary measures will be taken to protect the Iraqi airspace.”

Also in January, another senior Iraqi legislator reiterated that the US-led coalition is the main cause of ISIL’s survival in Iraq.

“The international coalition is only an excuse for protecting the ISIL and helping the terrorist group with equipment and weapons,” Jome Divan, who is member of the al-Sadr bloc in the Iraqi parliament, said.

He said the coalition’s support for the ISIL is now evident to everyone, and continued, “The coalition has not targeted ISIL’s main positions in Iraq.”

Then, on February 21 al-Zameli announced that he had documents and photos showing that the US Apache helicopters airdropped foodstuff and weapons for the ISIL in the Southern parts of Tikrit.

Two days later, the senior official declared that the Iraqi army has shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons for the ISIL terrorists in Al-Anbar province.

“The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL,” al-Zameli said, according to a report released by the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq on February 23.

He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations.

The senior Iraqi legislator further unveiled that the government in Baghdad is receiving daily reports from people and security forces in al-Anbar province on numerous flights by the US-led coalition planes that airdrop weapons and supplies for ISIL in terrorist-held areas.

The Iraqi lawmaker further noted the cause of such western aids to the terrorist group, and explained that the US prefers a chaotic situation in Anbar Province which is near the cities of Karbala and Baghdad as it does not want the ISIL crisis to come to an end.

Earlier on the same day, a senior Iraqi provincial official lashed out at the western countries and their regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, revealing that US and Israeli-made weapons have been discovered from the areas purged of ISIL terrorists.

“We have discovered weapons made in the US, European countries and Israel from the areas liberated from ISIL’s control in Al-Baqdadi region,” the Al-Ahad news website quoted Head of Al-Anbar Provincial Council Khalaf Tarmouz as saying.

He noted that the weapons made by the European countries and Israel were discovered from the terrorists in the Eastern parts of the city of Ramadi.

Two days later on February 25, another Iraqi provincial official revealed that the US airplanes still continued airdropping weapons and foodstuff for the ISIL terrorists.

“The US planes have dropped weapons for the ISIL terrorists in the areas under ISIL control and even in those areas that have been recently liberated from the ISIL control to encourage the terrorists to return to those places,” Coordinator of Iraqi popular forces Jafar al-Jaberi told FNA.

He noted that eyewitnesses in Al-Havijeh of Kirkuk province had witnessed the US airplanes dropping several suspicious parcels for ISIL terrorists in the province.

“Two coalition planes were also seen above the town of Al-Khas in Diyala and they carried the Takfiri terrorists to the region that has recently been liberated from the ISIL control,” Al-Jaberi said.

And eventually on February 28, the Iraqi popular forces who had shot down a US helicopter carrying weapons for the ISIL forces in Al-Baqdadi region released the photos of the downed chopper on the Internet.

A group of Iraqi popular forces known as Al-Hashad Al-Shabi (mobilized forces) had shot down the US Army helicopter that was carrying weapons for the ISIL in the western parts of Al-Baqdadi region in Al-Anbar province on February 21.

On Sunday, Iraqi Special Forces also declared that they have arrested several ISIL’s foreign military advisors, including American, Israeli and Arab nationals in an operation in Mosul in the Northern parts of the country.
The Iraqi forces said they have retrieved four foreign passports, including those that belonged to American and Israeli nationals and one that belonged to the national of a Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member-state, from ISIL’s military advisors.

The foreign advisors were arrested in a military operation in Tal Abta desert near Mosul city.

Last year, a senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Mossad of training ISIL terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria.

Alexander Prokhanov said that Mossad is also likely to have transferred some of its spying experiences to the ISIL leadership, adding that Israel’s military advisors could be assisting the Takfiri terrorists.

Prokhanov said ISIL is a byproduct of US policies in the Middle East.

“ISIL is a tool at the hands of the United States. They tell the Europeans that if we (the Americans) do not intervene, ISIL will cause you harm,” he said, adding that Iran and Russia are the prime targets of the ISIL.

“They launched their first terror attack against us just a few days back in Chechnya,” he said, stressing that the ISIL ideology has got nothing to do with the Islam practiced in Iran and some other Muslim countries in the Middle East region.

Prokhanov said the United States and Israel are one and the same when it comes to supporting a terror organization like the ISIL.

http://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2015/03/09/iraqi-mp-israel-western-powers-continue-supplying-isil-with-weapons/

Tikrit Operation: US Playing the Sectarian Card

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General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says he is confident Iraq will defeat the “Sunni militants” in Tikrit, northwest of Baghdad.

The top US military officer also says he will press Baghdad to avoid sectarian fallout once the Iranian-backed operation to dislodge ISIL from the city concludes. First things first:

1. The death cult’s members are Salafi and Takfiri militants – not Sunni militants. ISIL, which has purportedly tied the knots with al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula and Boko Haram in Nigeria, believes they have monopoly over Islam and that 1.5 billion Shia-Sunni Muslims are all apostates. Their medieval butchery campaign is to be understood in these terms.

2. The Iraqi army and allied Sunni-Shia irregular troops, backed by Iranian military advisors, training, aircraft, drones, heavy artillery, surveillance and intelligence will soon retake Tikrit. They have already liberated other towns. The ongoing offensive, although complex, is a cakewalk.

3. It is the United States and its coalition that have ripped open old wounds to revive bitter divisions, both real and imagined, between Sunni and Shia. From their tribal stronghold of Riyadh, the Saudis have always used sectarianism as an excuse to send troops to Bahrain to prevent the very unrest they are fomenting. Iraq is in the know. That’s why the US and its coalition are not part of the Tikrit operation. These liberators are bad news for any community. Any doubters should ask Libya.

4. General Dempsey is right to suggest the operation is more about what follows. But he is wrong to claim it is less about how the military aspect of it goes. Trying to recapture Tikrit first makes sense. It is one of the biggest cities held by ISIL. The liberation will shorten the supply line between Baghdad and Mosul – with a much closer jumping-off point for going to Mosul.

5. The operation is not just about Iraq though. It’s also about Syria. Once fully liberated, Iraq will pave way for liberation of Syria. The Pentagon officials are way out of line to suggest the ongoing progress has no strategic importance.

6. What follows is important too. Lest there be any doubt, once liberated, the local population will be allowed to continue to live its life the way it wants to, and can come back to their homes. What follows the Tikrit operation is this: Reconstruction, good governance, inclusivity and political partnership.

Despite the grim assessments – tall concrete barriers placed at various entry points along with booby traps, car bombs, human shields, and mortar/artillery positions to make it difficult to advance – the Iraqis will win the battle of “One Big IED”. They will also dislodge the Salafi-Takfiri militants with minimum casualties.

The Pentagon officials and military experts have entered a period of particular gloom and isolation. They can only sit and watch because they are no longer secure in their positions. Their argument that there will be wide-scale ethnic cleansing is complete rubbish.

Iran’s military advisors and Iraq’s armed forces have no time to waste in Tikrit and Mosul. After re-establishing the sovereign borders of Iraq, they will go for the big fish: Liberation of Syria and re-establishment of political sovereignty, inclusivity and partnership within those borders – without US involvement. After all, this is their surge.

http://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2015/03/09/tikrit-operation-us-playing-the-sectarian-card/

The Great Big ISIS Movie Extravaganza Part I

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Washington and DAESH (ISIS): The Evidence

Originally posted on the real SyrianFreePress Network:

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By Tim Anderson (TelesurTV)

Reports that US and British aircraft carrying arms to the Islamic State group – better known as ISIS – have been shot down by Iraqi forces have been met with shock and denial in western countries. Few in the Middle East doubt that Washington is playing a ‘double game’ with its proxy armies in Syria, but some key myths remain important amongst the significantly more ignorant Western audiences.

A central myth is that Washington now arms ‘moderate Syrian rebels’, to both overthrow the Syrian Government and supposedly defeat the ‘extremist rebels’. This claim became more important in 2014, when the rationale of US aggression against Syria shifted from ‘humanitarian intervention’ to a renewal of Bush’s ‘war on terror’.

A distinct controversy is whether the al-Qaida-styled groups (especially Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS) have been generated as a sort of organic reaction to the repeated US interventions, or whether they…

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FAKES: ‘Human Rights Watch’ Accuses Syria of “Barrel Bomb” Damage…Created by U.S. Attacks ~ [photo evidence]

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Human Rights Watch Accuses Syria Of “Barrel Bomb” Damage…Created By U.S. Attacks

By Moon of Alabama

Human Rights Watch has been part of a sectarian anti-Syrian propaganda campaign. It is hyping the “barrel bombs”, allegedly used by the Syrian government, as inhumane weapons. I have yet to see Human Rights Watch equally damning the indiscriminate use against civilians of improvised rockets by the Jihadist “moderate rebels”.

Human Rights Watch send out this tweet:

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According to HRW the picture of the destroyed town is somehow related to Syrian “barrel bombs”. That is not the case.

The picture was published in the New York Times on February 13, 2015.

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The NYT caption says: “The predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani is devastated after months under siege by Islamist forces and airstrikes by a United States-led coalition
The picture’s credentials are “Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse – Getty Images”.

Massive U.S. bomb attacks…

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EXCLUSIVE: Iraq Arrests ISIL’s US, Israeli Military Advisors in Mosul

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Iraqi Special Forces said they have arrested several ISIL’s foreign military advisors, including American, Israeli and Arab nationals in an operation in Mosul in the Northern parts of the country.

The Iraqi forces said they have retrieved four foreign passports, including those that belonged to American and Israeli nationals and one that belonged to the national of a Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member-state, from ISIL’s military advisors.

The foreign advisors were arrested in a military operation in Tal Abta desert near Mosul city.

Last year, a senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Mossad of training ISIL terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria.

Alexander Prokhanov said that Mossad is also likely to have transferred some of its spying experiences to the ISIL leadership, adding that Israel’s military advisors could be assisting the Takfiri terrorists.

Prokhanov said ISIL is a byproduct of US policies in the Middle East.

ISIL is a tool at the hands of the United States. They tell the Europeans that if we (the Americans) do not intervene, ISIL will cause you harm,” he said, adding that Iran and Russia are the prime targets of the ISIL.

“They launched their first terror attack against us just a few days back in Chechnya,” he said, stressing that the ISIL ideology has got nothing to do with the Islam practiced in Iran and some other Muslim countries in the Middle East region.

Prokhanov said the United States and Israel are one and the same when it comes to supporting a terror organization like the ISIL.

http://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2015/03/07/exclusive-iraq-arrests-isils-us-israeli-military-advisors-in-mosul/

VIDEO McCain Backed Libyan Terrorist Abdulhakim Belhaj, Joins Hands with ISIS

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VIDEO McCain Backed Libyan Terrorist Abdulhakim Belhaj, Joins Hands with ISIS

by JoanneM

A great article by Kurt Nimmo. More truth about Belhaj, NATO, CIA, John McCain and others who joined hands to illegally destroy the sovereign nation of Libya. As I have reported in the past, Belhaj is the most hated man in Libya.

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March 4, 2015

Belhadj worked with U.S. and NATO to overthrow Gaddafi

Abdelhakim Belhadj has reportedly joined forces with the Islamic State, according to the journalist Sara Carter. Belhadj is a former al-Qaeda operative who was a key player in the overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi. He worked directly with the U.S. and NATO.

Kyle Shideler writes for The Washington Times:
If Belhadj has gone over to Islamic State, it will represent a major boost to Islamic State’s efforts to co-opt and bring in Libya’s existing…

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The al-Sisi alternative ~ The Hill.com Pundit’s Blog versus Facts

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March 02, 2015

The al-Sisi alternative ~ By Herbert London, contributor

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made an aggressive gambit last month to win broad international support — most specifically American and European support — for military intervention to fight ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) in Libya — his first foray onto the global battlefield. Clearly, this is not his first bold act. His speech challenging Islamists to consider the violent dimensions in the texts of Islam confronted terrorists on the ideological front. But, just as his ideological challenge received scant attention in the West, his strategic challenge was also rebuffed.

Some claim the rejection occurred because of Sisi’s human rights violations at home. Others claim it was nothing more than the recalcitrance of Europe and the U.S. to get involved. After ISIS issued a video showing the beheadings of 21 Coptic Egyptians and the immolation of a Jordanian pilot, Sisi felt obliged to attack targets in Libya.

Some U.N. officials contend Sisi lacks credibility because of his crackdown on “moderate Islamists,” albeit Sisi supporters contend the crackdown, when it did occur, was aimed at members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group now banned in the country. There is another concern that Egyptian involvement in neighboring Libya could alienate moderate Islamists, scuttling a chance for political reconciliation in that troubled nation. It should be noted that the adjectival phrase “moderate” has many meanings in the Middle East.

For example, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, contend that there are moderate members of the Muslim Brotherhood with whom the U.S. could sensibly negotiate. Sisi vigorously challenges this contention. In fact, he argues — with justification — that the Muslim Brotherhood created al Qaeda and militant extremists like the ISIS with targeted funding.

Within Egypt, Sisi’s militant posture toward ISIS has won broad approval. It appears that his stature is also emerging in the region. Most of the Gulf States quietly approve of his actions and even Israel, soto voce, supports the efforts of the Egyptian president.

With ISIS exploiting porous borders in the Middle East neighborhood, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Libya may all be in a war zone of one kind or another. Recognizing the threat from ISIS and the imperial ambitions of Iran, it would make sense to organize a defense condominium led by Egypt in which other nations in the Gulf pool their military assets and coordinate their battle plans.

If the U.S. administration recognized its interests in the region instead of focusing on withdrawal, it could use its diplomatic influence to forge this military alliance. Even if boots on the ground were not deployed, the U.S. could provide logical assistance and some military hardware.

First, of course, Sisi should be recognized as an ally in the global effort against Islamic extremism, and Egypt should be recognized as the obvious Sunni Arab nation leading this union — what I have dubbed the NATO of the Middle East. This emerging alliance could be the counterweight to Shiite aspirations and the stabilizing influence in an area that has only known chaos. Moreover, U.S. involvement would be limited, but critical. President Obama is likely to reject such a proposal, since he hasn’t warmed to Sisi since the military takeover of the government two years ago. But the president may be left with few options. His very limited war doctrine, which beseeches the Congress to restrict the war power of the executive, and his half-hearted attempt at bombing “safe” areas in Syria and Iraq, will fail — in fact, are failing.

Whether he likes it or not, President Obama will soon be searching for alternative remedies for his futile efforts. These alternatives are staring him in the face, if he will only look.

London is president of the London Center for Policy Research.

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This entire article is lies and misinformation, let’s break it down … 

Pundit: “Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made an aggressive gambit last month to win broad international support — most specifically American and European support — for military intervention to fight ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) in Libya — his first foray onto the global battlefield. Clearly, this is not his first bold act. His speech challenging Islamists to consider the violent dimensions in the texts of Islam confronted terrorists on the ideological front. But, just as his ideological challenge received scant attention in the West, his strategic challenge was also rebuffed.”

There is no way US did not know about this, this was all being done before the 21 Egyptians were allegedly beheaded. This is the reason Egypt was targeted by ISIS. After the beheadings, when Sisi went after ISIS,  US wanted him to back off. Hmmm

FACTS:

U.S. backs off statement that Egypt, UAE were behind Libya air strikes

(Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Tuesday backed off an earlier statement that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were behind air strikes on Islamist militants in Libya.

At a regular State Department briefing, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: “We understand there were air strikes undertaken in recent days by the UAE and Egypt” in Libya.

At the Pentagon, spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby also said the two countries were believed to be involved in the strikes but declined to give details.

However, late on Tuesday the State Department issued a statement saying the comment on Libya was “intended to refer to countries reportedly involved, not speak for them.”

Who Is Bombing Libya? U.S. Says It’s Egypt, UAE

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Plumes of black smoke seen from Tripoli in an attack claimed by renegade general Khalifa Haftar, August 23, 2014. REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were responsible for carrying out two series of air strikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in Tripoli, Libya, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The officials said the two Arab countries used aircraft based in Egypt.

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Over the weekend, Tripoli residents said unidentified war planes attacked targets in the capital, as Libya is riven by the worst fighting since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. There were also strikes on Islamist-held positions last Monday.

Libya’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbashi, was skeptical about Egypt and UAE involvement.

“I don’t believe it,” he told Reuters in New York.

“They are not even technically capable, and it would also be a very sensitive thing for them politically,” he said. He declined to speculate on who else might have been behind the air strikes.

Rebel forces from the Libyan city of Misrata had already blamed the air strikes on Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, both of which have cracked down on Islamists.

The Times quoted U.S. officials as saying Egypt had provided launching bases for the strikes, while the pilots, warplanes and aerial refueling planes were from the UAE.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki refused to address the report when asked about it on Monday at a regular State Department briefing in Washington.

“I am not in a position to provide any additional information on these strikes,” she said, clarifying that she was referring to the reports of air strikes.

    Psaki said: “Libya’s challenges are political and violence will not resolve them. Our focus is on the political process there. We believe outside interference exacerbates current divisions and undermines Libya’s democratic transition.

In the campaign to overthrow Gaddafi, fighters from Zintan and Misrata were comrades-in-arms. But they later fell out and this year have turned parts of Tripoli into a battlefield, with the weak government unable to control the armed factions.

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Pundit: “Some claim the rejection occurred because of Sisi’s human rights violations at home. Others claim it was nothing more than the recalcitrance of Europe and the U.S. to get involved. After ISIS issued a video showing the beheadings of 21 Coptic Egyptians and the immolation of a Jordanian pilot, Sisi felt obliged to attack targets in Libya.”

US put Sisi into place and overthrew their pet Morsi when Morsi stopped playing by the rules and the Muslim Brotherhood fell out of favor with USA.  Qatar the main backers of Muslim Brotherhood were being blamed by US for the failure of the US attempted regime change in Syria.  Now the mission of destroying Syria was being handed to al-Sisi and the Saudis.

FACTS:

BREAKING — UNREAL: Obama’s Pentagon Rebukes Egypt for Bombing ISIS, Says U.S. Does Not Support Their Attacks on ISIS! 

Folks, this is getting scary. Obama refuses to call terrorism terrorism, refuses to admit ISIS is Islamic, refuses to admit the threat of radical Islam is spreading like wildfire and is a threat to the world, and refuses to put forward any meaningful plan to deal with ISIS.

But it gets worse.

Obama’s administration is now openly rebuking other nations who take proactive measures to confront ISIS in the Middle East. The Pentagon is even going so far as to accuse Egypt of using uncalled for violence in its fight against ISIS!

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 CIA Asset Appointed Head of “Libyan Army”

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Team Khalifa Haftar

The resolution states in its first article on the upgrade to the rank of Major General Haftar team, while Article II on his appointment as commander in chief of the Libyan army, and assume all powers provided for in the legislation in force.

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Pundit: “Some U.N. officials contend Sisi lacks credibility because of his crackdown on “moderate Islamists,” albeit Sisi supporters contend the crackdown, when it did occur, was aimed at members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group now banned in the country. There is another concern that Egyptian involvement in neighboring Libya could alienate moderate Islamists, scuttling a chance for political reconciliation in that troubled nation. It should be noted that the adjectival phrase “moderate” has many meanings in the Middle East.

For example, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, contend that there are moderate members of the Muslim Brotherhood with whom the U.S. could sensibly negotiate. Sisi vigorously challenges this contention. In fact, he argues — with justification — that the Muslim Brotherhood created al Qaeda and militant extremists like the ISIS with targeted funding.”

FACTS:

“I don’t doubt that in Washington there is already a scenario of regime change and that scenario of regime change is there with a view to ensure continuity. But at the same time there is also a scenario of political and economic destabilization on an unprecedented scale.”

The Pentagon was behind Egypt’s Military Coup Interview with Michel Chossudovsky

Full Transcript of Video Interview Here 

Man behind Egypt coup studied at US Army War College

Egyptian Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who engineered the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday, attended the war college in Carlisle, Pa., in 2006, The Washington Times reported.

During the latest chaos in Egypt, Sisi deployed troops to cities when clashes broke out between supporters and opponents of the government.

Washington has not condemned the military takeover nor called it a coup, prompting speculation that it supports the change in the North African country.

The White House said on Monday that it is still reviewing whether or not to label the ouster of the Egyptian president by the military a coup.

Last week, Pentagon press secretary George Little said U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has been in contact with Sisi twice before the coup.

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Is Egypt being targeted for Arab Spring Version 2.0

Christof Lehmann (NEO): Egypt and Russia are actively attempting to broker a peaceful solution to the war on Syria. Egypt has faced armed insurgencies since the 2011 Arab spring which increased after the ousting of Mohamed Morsi. Attacks by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, however, increased significantly since the Al-Sisi administration consolidated an anti-terrorism effort that sidelines the US-led “Coalition against ISIS”, and Egyptian – Russian attempts to broker a peaceful solution to the war on Syria via a return to Geneva. Is Egypt being targeted for an Arab Spring version 2.0?

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Pundit: “Within Egypt, Sisi’s militant posture toward ISIS has won broad approval. It appears that his stature is also emerging in the region. Most of the Gulf States quietly approve of his actions and even Israel, soto voce, supports the efforts of the Egyptian president.”

The Unheeded Warning 

It was in 2007, in the New Yorker, that veteran journalist Seymour Hersh published his lengthy, prophetic report, “The Redirection Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” Within it, Washington, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv were exposed amidst a criminal conspiracy to use sectarian extremists in a proxy war against Iran and its allies in Syria and Lebanon. The impending conflict was described as “cataclysmic.”  Gulf States, USA, Israel, Turkey, Jordan and Saudis all support ISIS.

FACTS:

The “Cataclysmic Conflict” Yet to Come

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

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Al-Jaafari: Western states support terrorist activities

New York, SANA – Syria’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari said that Western countries are supporting terrorist activities, and that there’s political hypocrisy at the Security Council, as the aforementioned countries’ actions contradict what they say.

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Photos prove cooperation between Israel and al-Nusra

Press TV has obtained photos showing al-Qaeda-linked militants next to Israeli soldiers in the occupied Golan Heights.

New photos from the Golan Heights further prove Tel Aviv’s support for al-Qaeda-linked militants, especially al-Nusra Front, that have been wreaking havoc in Syria.

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 Pundit: “With ISIS exploiting porous borders in the Middle East neighborhood, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Libya may all be in a war zone of one kind or another. Recognizing the threat from ISIS and the imperial ambitions of Iran, it would make sense to organize a defense condominium led by Egypt in which other nations in the Gulf pool their military assets and coordinate their battle plans.”

Iran does not have Imperial ambitions, that is blatant lies.  Iran is main player in actually helping region in seriously eliminating ISIS in Iraq, Lebanon,and Syria.  US is using ISIS to divide and conquer for Greater Israel and natural resources of region.

FACTS:

Gen. Soleimani Leading Tikrit and Samarra Operation + Photo

Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam hometown from the ISIS extremist group, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.

See more at: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1681584#sthash.5gWoU1Dh.dpuf

side note here, US refused to participate in the fight of Tikrit with Iranian Commander …

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Pundit: “If the U.S. administration recognized its interests in the region instead of focusing on withdrawal, it could use its diplomatic influence to forge this military alliance. Even if boots on the ground were not deployed, the U.S. could provide logical assistance and some military hardware.”

US has been caught supporting ISIS and their help in Iraq is no longer wanted or needed as it is subversion of mission.

FACTS:

Official: US Planes Continue Dropping Weapons Supplies for for ISIL in Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iraqi provincial official lashed out at the western countries and their regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, revealing that the US airplanes still continue to airdrop weapons and foodstuff for the ISIL terrorists.

Official: US Planes Continue Dropping Weapons Supplies for for ISIL in Iraq

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more here …

Iraq: Hezbollah Iraqi popular forces shot down US military plane and helicopters carrying weapons/ammunition for Daesh

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Pundit: “First, of course, Sisi should be recognized as an ally in the global effort against Islamic extremism, and Egypt should be recognized as the obvious Sunni Arab nation leading this union — what I have dubbed the NATO of the Middle East. This emerging alliance could be the counterweight to Shiite aspirations and the stabilizing influence in an area that has only known chaos. Moreover, U.S. involvement would be limited, but critical. President Obama is likely to reject such a proposal, since he hasn’t warmed to Sisi since the military takeover of the government two years ago. But the president may be left with few options. His very limited war doctrine, which beseeches the Congress to restrict the war power of the executive, and his half-hearted attempt at bombing “safe” areas in Syria and Iraq, will fail — in fact, are failing.”

There is no sectarian war here in the region.  That is big fat wishful thinking.  There are Sunnis, Shiites and Christians all fighting together as one against US death squad terrorists.  They are also winning the fight against the western empire.

FACTS:

Shia and Sunni unity against ISIL in Tikrit.

Al-Jaafari: In Syria there is no room for sedition, fragmentation

In Syria there is no such thing as minorities, in Syria we have Syrians only, and that is it”, al-Jaafari said, hoping that the two bishops who were abducted in Syria be safe and calling for their immediate release without any conditions.

Imam Emphasized Unity Between Shia and Sunni: Ayatollah Mousawi Jazayeri

On the significance of maintaining unity between Muslim Ummah, Jazayeri added: “as always emphasized by the great Imam if we all unite against the enemy, we will gain victory.”

Egypt’s El-Sisi Blames West for Libya’s Tragic Predicament

Egyptian President Calls Libya a Dangerous Islamist Base

Russia, Egypt to Hold Joint Naval Drills in the Mediterranean in 2015

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Pundit: “Whether he likes it or not, President Obama will soon be searching for alternative remedies for his futile efforts. These alternatives are staring him in the face, if he will only look.”

FACTS:

ISIS could not be a more effective part of America’s plans to overthrow the Syrian government and destroy the Syrian state if it had an office at the Pentagon.

Having failed to achieve any of its objectives in Syria, it inexplicably “invaded” Iraq, affording the US military a means of “easing into” the conflict by first confronting ISIS in Iraq, then following them back across the border into Syria. When this scheme began to lose its impact on public perception, ISIS first started executing Western hostages including several Americans. When the US needed the French on board, ISIS executed a Frenchman. When the US needed greater support in Asia, two Japanese were beheaded. And just ahead of President Obama’s recent attempt to formally authorize the use of military force against “ISIS,” a Jordanian pilot was apparently burned to death in a cage in an unprecedented act of barbarity that shocked even the most apathetic.

The theatrics of ISIS parallel those seen in a Hollywood production. This doesn’t mean ISIS didn’t really burn to death a Jordanian pilot or behead scores of hostages. But it does mean that a tremendous amount of resources and planning were put into each murder, except apparently, the effect it would have of rallying the world behind the US and its otherwise hopelessly stalled efforts to overturn the government of Syria.

US War on ISIS a Trojan Horse

Pygmy King ‘Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan caught smuggling weapons to terrorists in Syria

Israeli occupation forces treat another terrorist wounded in Syria

Nusra Front Shows Captured US Weapons from Western Backed “Rebels”

Libyan Army Jets Bomb Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport

Vying for legislative authority are a Tobruk-based parliament and an Islamist-led assembly, which – even though its mandate ended last year – continues to convene in Tripoli.

The two assemblies support two different governments respectively headquartered in Tobruk and Tripoli.

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Israel, a Terroristic Entity: New photo/video report, confirmed by the UN, show Tel Aviv providing support to terrorist gangs

Originally posted on the real SyrianFreePress Network:

Press TV has obtained photos showing al-Qaeda-linked militants next to Israeli soldiers in the occupied Golan Heights. The images shows Israeli soldiers speaking face-to-face with terrorist gangs militants in Golan.

New photos from the Golan Heights further prove Tel Aviv’s support for al-Qaeda-linked militants, especially al-Nusra Front, that have been wreaking havoc in Syria.

The photos obtained by Press TV show Takfiri militants from the terrorist al-Nusra Front next to Israeli soldiers.

Israeli soldiers speaking with foreign-backed terrorists in Golan

Israel is known to have been providing medical, intelligence and military support for militants fighting to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

A number of militant commanders wounded in government attacks on terrorist have reportedly been hospitalized in the occupied territories.

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U.N. CONFIRMS ISRAELI ARMY’S COOPERATION WITH TERRORIST GANGS OPERATING IN SYRIA

Late last year, a U.N. report confirmed contact between foreign mercenaries operating in Syria and the Israeli occupation army across the ‘Golan…

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Real NATO Boss: NATO-EU Merger Needed For War With Russia

Originally posted on Stop NATO...Opposition to global militarism:

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
March 5, 2015

Deputy Secretary General: NATO-EU cooperation is more important than ever

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NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow has called for deeper cooperation between NATO and the European Union in the fight against new security threats. “We need to work together to manage crises, bring relief, and project stability beyond our borders,” he said. Ambassador Vershbow made his remarks in Riga, Latvia on Thursday (5 March 2015) in a speech to the Interparliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy. “This is a critical time for the security of all our nations,” Ambassador Vershbow said.

The Deputy Secretary General warned that the Euro-Atlantic community faces “new threats and challenges both on our eastern and our southern borders”. To the east, we see “an angry, revisionist Russia that breaks international rules” and continues to destabilise…

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The CIA is Trying to Plant “Their Man” as the President of Libya

The security situation in Libya, which is continuing to worsen, forced the White House to vigorously seek solutions to the problem of power in a country plunged into a comprehensive crisis because of the US military intervention in 2011.

De facto, the country is split into three parts – Tripolitania, Cyrenaica, and Fezzan, two of which have declared autonomy and almost ignore the central government. Neither the structure of the new state government nor the armed forces have been finalized. There remains a significant number of militants and radical Islamist militants who have not agreed to submit to the control of the authorities and are subordinate only to their field commanders. They organize terrorist attacks, set off explosions near government offices, and actively use the practice of kidnapping as a means to pressure the new Libyan authorities.

The degradation of the situation in Libya in July 2014 took on a landslide character.

However, as the Washington Post wrote, “Libya needs the U.S. for its transition to democracy”, by which Washington tried to explain its “selfless” sympathy for this country. In this case, the newspaper did not fail to note that “the vast oil wealth of the country, coupled with its relatively small and “homogeneous” population (6.5 million citizens), allow Libya to finance its development by involving only modest foreign investment.”

Today in Libya, there is no central authority, which is substituted by two governments: in Tripoli, the Islamists hold the parliament in their hands, and a second parliament acts in Tobruk, which is headed by “anti-Islamists” and recognized by the United States and, hence, the international community.

It is the power structures in Tobruk that Washington has long been “reinforcing” with its people, hoping to create from them a “backbone” for the future of a puppet government that would diligently follow instructions from the White House and, finally, the United States would reap the benefits for which the overthrow of Gaddafi and the armed intervention in Libya were undertaken in 2011. Naturally, for this purpose Washington is focusing on leaders of paramilitaries in Tobruk.

In addition, the recent success of Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who came to power in Egypt, deprived both the White House and the CIA of sleep, strenuously seeking to repeat this “experiment” and plant in the Libyan presidency its own nurtured commander.

The retired general of the Libyan army Khalifa Belqasim Haftar is more clearly becoming such a nominee beneficial for Washington and the CIA, who is today a stone’s throw from leading Libyan army formations and obtaining the support of the national parliament.

Haftar was born in 1949 in Benghazi and began to serve in the Libyan army from an early age. In 1969, he actively supported Gaddafi in the revolutionary overthrow of the King of the United Kingdom of Libya, Idris 1, which largely determined the growth of his military career until 2011. Haftar improved his military knowledge in higher educational institutions of Libya and the Soviet Union, as well as a number of other countries with which the Gaddafi regime maintained close ties.

In the 80s of the last century Haftar, being one of the top army commanders, was actively involved in the Libyan-Chadian armed conflict, was captured by French troops in Chad, where the US extracted him and arranged for him to live in Virginia in 1990 close to CIA headquarters. During his 23 years of exile in the United States Haftar became an American citizen, and not without the participation of the CIA, while in the US he formed an opposition to Gaddafi from other Libya soldiers and civilians who fled. After the US armed intervention in the country and in the wake of the “Arab Spring”, Washington returned him to Libya in 2011, and he became one of the senior staff of the “renovated Libyan army”.

In February 2014 the media reported that Haftar requested the suspension of the National Congress and began military action against Islamic groups that occupied all the government posts of Libya after Gaddafi. However, these actions of his did not lead to noticeable results until May 16 when he launched a military campaign against the current interim government and parliament of Libya, which the emirate’s media has dubbed “the Libyan Charity”.

Today General Haftar has a significant number of weapons, which, according to certain data, is estimated at 50 million units. Therefore recent reports are unsurprising that his group of fighters captured on January 21 the Branch of the Libyan Central Bank in Benghazi, January 22, according to the newspaper New York Times, militants have established complete control over the branch of the central bank, where he kept export revenues from oil sales and foreign exchange reserves of Libya of about $100 billion in total. According to the newspaper, the Libyan central bank was “the nation’s last functioning institution.”

Against the background of these successes, Haftar supporters began to call him “the supreme commander of the army”, and he, in order to further strengthen his personal power, initiated a new wave of criticism against the prime minister and chief of staff, on which his future directly depends. Without resting “on his laurels” and clearly following the recommendations of his American curators, Haftar in a recent interview with Asharq Al-Awsal already announced his intention to run for president, saying “if I have the approval of the people, I will act.”

Vladimir Odintsov, political commentator, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

First appeared:http://journal-neo.org/2015/03/06/rus-tsru-py-taetsya-posadit-svoego-cheloveka-prezidentom-livii/

Behind the Political Smokescreen — What is the Real Yemeni Agenda?

Y45345322Hailed a success and a model by US President Barack Obama in September 2014, Yemen, this poorest and most populous nation in the Arabian Peninsula appears to have but disintegrated under the weight of its political crisis.

And if Yemen somewhat managed to remain in political and institutional limbo for the longest time, held in suspension by meddling foreign powers, the return onto the scene of one formerly resigned President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi exploded this delicate house of cards, laying bare regional tectonic plates.

While mainstream media have mainly focused on the sensational of Yemen – the western labelled politico-sectarian tug of war in between one Shia Houthi faction and one Sunni amorphous opposition group, the public has once again been left in the dark. There is definitely more to Yemen’s crisis than meets the eye.

In all truth, what is happening in Yemen will redefine the Middle East in more ways than Syria and Iraq will. Where Iraq and Syria have become the first victims of fundamentalism, the frontlines of neo-Wahhabism, Yemen will be what breaks the camel’s back – in this case Saudi Arabia.

Yemen’s political crisis needs to be understood from both a regional and global perspective. In this one country of the Arabian Peninsula three superpowers have come to collide, clash and overlap, in such a way that no matter the outcome, the Middle East and the world will remain forever change.

Whether Yemen knows it or not, its 2011 uprising set in motion a series of events which precipitated the rise and fall of the very powers which so far held the region in balance — the United States, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

By rising against the establishment, Yemenis upsetted an intricate balance of powers,spinning conflicting ideologies, geopolitics and ambitions out of their axis, thus forcing nations and factions to rethink and re-address their position within that web.

However poor and unruly, however under-developed and politically unpredictable Yemen remains a geostrategic jewel of such crucial importance that three world superpowers stand now willing to wage war against each other to claim control over its land.

Where world powers have managed to respect a certain status quo over both Syria and Iraq for fear of a mighty military unravelling, sticking instead to the usual rules of engagement, Yemen has been played to a different tune. That alone should tell you that this stretch of land holds the key to the kingdom – control over the Middle East.

So what in the world is really going on? How does Yemen political crisis play into this great game powers play?

Let us first look back at recent events and see how they actually fit within the greater picture. When it comes to Yemen, one rule applies – nothing is ever just as it seems.

Shadow games

Right up until last September – 2014 – one main faction benefitted from Yemen 2011 uprising: Al Islah. A Sunni radical faction which acts an umbrella for the Muslim Brotherhood and several tribal and Salafi sub-groups, Al Islah was in many ways the political extension of Al Ahmar family, Yemen’s most powerful and prominent tribe. The kings of Yemen as many called them, ruled all mighty over the Republic via their rich Saudi patrons.

Raised to act a counter-power to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Al Ahmars rode Yemen’s revolutionary wave to become the uncontested ruler of southern Arabia – only their claim was challenged by their main political and religious nemesis: the Houthis.

Just as Al Islah thought itself the grand winner of Yemen, events in Egypt and Saudi Arabia’ sudden dislike of the Muslim Brotherhood – which faction was sponsored and propped up by Riyadh to serve its interests across the ME, until it became too powerful for comfort – changed everything, making it possible for the Houthis to stage a comeback.

Yes a comeback!

If the Houthis have been described as a nebulous rebel militia lost in the wilderness of Yemen northern highlands, let us all remember that this so-called “Shia rebels” as experts have chosen to label them, happen to be rooted in Yemen’s history. Their arrival onto the political scene therefore qualifies more as a return than a surprising surge.

Let us remember that prior to becoming a republic, Yemen lived as a Zaidi kingdom.

The Houthis are the heir of this tradition. And though their political ambitions are indeed democratic, their history is tied up to this lineage. They did not simply manifest out of thin air.

But let us go back to September 2014, when strong of the support of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis – both Zaidis and Sunnis – the Houthis, under the leadership of Abdel-Malek Al Houthi breached Al Ahmar tribal siege over Sana’a, de facto putting an end to Al Islah’s hold over Yemen’s politics.

Caught in this battle of will was President Hadi. A puppet politician whose loyalty has oscillated in between Riyadh and Washington, depending on the currency rate.

Before the might of the Houthis, before the sheer weight of both political pressure and popular will, Hadi simply caved in, choosing to resign rather than be driven out by his own inadequacy.

Four months after the Houthis rolled into Sana’a, chasing out the Muslim Brotherhood from its seats, President Hadi presented his resignation, arguing irreconcilable differences.

Within days, Hadi and his former government were put under house arrest. Slowly and ever carefully the Houthis worked to heal Yemen’s political and tribal divide.

But if Hadi was keen to capitulate, Saudi Arabia was not ready to throw in the towel just yet.

Came hail or high water, Riyadh could not after all allow yet another Arab capital to fall to its foe – Iran. Without giving in to of conspiracy theories, there is no denying that the Houthis and Iran share close bonds of friendship, notwithstanding the fact that they both fall within the same ideological pool.

Since Riyadh’s initial play miserably failed – the Houthis and Al Islah were set up to destroy each other, leaving Al Saud’s a free hand in the impoverished nation – the kingdom was left with no other choice but to back peddle and revert to supporting Al Islah, even if by doing so it stands to reignite the fire of the Muslim Brotherhood and ultimately endanger the region’s political balance. Against all odds both the UAE and Egypt are backing Al Saud’s move.

A new dimension of complicated

&MaxW=640&imageVersion=default&AR-150229601And so Hadi’s escape was arranged, but not without the help of both Britain and the United States. Under the protection of several drones, resigned President Hadi travelled through Yemen to reach its destination – Aden, the former capital of South Yemen.

Within days of such a flamboyant comeback, all western capitals and GCC countries announced they were withdrawing their embassies. Sana’a was diplomatically outlawed. From that moment all bets were off.

The Houthis became the Shia enemy and Hadi suddenly decided that his resignation was in fact invalid. The formally resigned, now self-reinstated former president of Yemen declared Aden the new temporary capital of Yemen, prompting diplomats to relocate in great pomp.

Aden was giving a new lease of life. Two decades after it lost its capital status, Aden is back on the map, revived to act the new frontline against Iran’s gravitational pull.

But here is where Riyadh’s plan stick – four years into its revolutionary transition Yemen is a very different political beast altogether. Al Saud rules no longer undisputed over the Peninsula. Yemenis and factions in Yemen have come to learn that there is a reality beyond that which has been weaved by Al Saud royals.

Yemen does have a choice. And there lies a reality Saudi Arabia has failed to grasp.

Yemen is no longer a Saudi satellite. A few months away from the suffocating shadow of Al Saud was enough to inspire a new Yemen, an independent Yemen where religious fundamentalism no longer needs to be a reality Yemenis have to put up with, where Riyadh does not dictate their future.

So here we are with the Houthis in the north and Hadi in the south.

A President without a presidency, Hadi is also a politician without a faction. As battlelines have been drawn the GPC – General People’s Congress – gathered around its founder, former President Saleh, joining its fate to that of the Houthis, its new ally against Saudi Arabia.

In Aden, Hadi is leading an amorphous political coalition composed of Al Islah and other political and tribal factions.

This set up, Riyadh hopes, will lead to the disintegration of the Houthis and the political death of former President Saleh.

Only, not everyone wants the Houthis and Saleh to go away just yet.

If Washington is not comfortable with allowing the Houthis to rule over Yemen, it also understands that the Houthis and Saleh could act a tactical buffer to Al Saud’ spiralling and self-destructing theocratic rule in the region.

For all its petrodollars, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is unravelling. Plagued by a cancer it created to support its expansion – Islamic terrorism, challenged from within by an increasingly unhappy population, Saudi Arabia has found itself cornered by Iran. From the Levant to the Gulf, Iran’ shadow has blotted Al Saud’s sun.

Washington understands that its longstanding ally could soon turn into its biggest political liability and so, it is making provisions for the future, putting its hands in both pots.

The situation is this: Iran wants to weave Saudi Arabia out of the Middle East and to do so it needs Yemen, or rather it needs north Yemen. With its majority Zaidi population, north Yemen stands a natural ally of Iran against Wahhabi Saudi Arabia. And though the whole of Yemen would represent an incredible asset, Tehran understands that it will have some difficulty exercising its influence over a predominantly Sunni south Yemen.

The US wants first and foremost to secure both its military and financial interests in Yemen, while not engaging into a lengthy conflict which could see arise new players and disrupt an already complex political dance. For the sake of its recent diplomatic overtures toward Iran and in view of brokering a sustainable alliance with one of the region’ superpower Washington will likely push for a truce, calling for either the partition of Yemen or the federalization of Yemen with a north-south set up.

The Houthis would rule over north Yemen, withdrawing being 1990 borders and Al Islah would rise the new ruler of south Yemen under Saudi patronage.

The only real loser here is Saudi Arabia.

Al Sauds want both the Houthis and Saleh gone.

And though it would appear the international community, through the UNSC has played the game, threatening to sue and asset freeze, such words are but threats aimed to level the negotiating field.

Ultimately, Washington wants to make a deal.

Whichever way this crisis will play out, whether or not war indeed breaks out, Riyadh will still lose. The kingdom will not get Yemen back under its thumb.

By playing the terror card and envisioning it can manipulate without ever suffering any repercussions, Saudi Arabia will crumble its empire.

Catherine Shakdam is the Associate Director of the Beirut Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a political analyst specializing in radical movements, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.


First appeared:
http://journal-neo.org/2015/03/06/behind-the-political-smokescreen-what-is-the-real-yemeni-agenda/

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