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Military Dumped Hundreds of Dead Troops in Landfills During Bush Presidency ~ “Our BRAVE Young Men and Women” #USRegime

This story has been out for a few years now, but it’s hardly made a blip in the mainstream media landscape. While Republicans have had a non-stop stream of rants about how President Obama doesn’t care about the troops, a dirty little secret is haunting the era known as the George W. Bush administration.

We’ve known since the start of the two Bush wars that there was a media blackout. Unlike Vietnam before it, the media was not allowed to show the hundreds and thousands of body bags being flown from the Middle East. That blackout could be why it went unnoticed for several years that they were regularly incinerating and throwing the bodies of our troops into a Virginia landfill.

The Washington Post picked up the story in 2011, but odds are that most still aren’t aware that at least 274 troops were treated like last night’s chicken bones. Naturally, the families did not know about the dumping. Instead, they were under the impression that their loved ones would be disposed of in a “respectful and dignified manner.”

This week, after The Post pressed for information contained in the Dover mortuary’s electronic database, the Air Force produced a tally based on those records. It showed that 976 fragments from 274 military personnel were cremated, incinerated and taken to the landfill between 2004 and 2008.

An additional group of 1,762 unidentified remains were collected from the battlefield and disposed of in the same manner, the Air Force said. Those fragments could not undergo DNA testing because they had been badly burned or damaged in explosions. The total number of incinerated fragments dumped in the landfill exceeded 2,700.

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There’s no evidence that the President was aware of the practice, but it was done between 2003 and 2008, right-smack in the middle of Bush’s wars and during the Bush administration.

The travesty was discovered by three whistle blowers who worked for the mortuary at the Dover Air Force Base. One whistle blower was allegedly fired and the other two faced what they said was retaliation.

The Air Force chain of command has taken responsibility, sort of. They were shy of calling the actions “wrongdoing.”

To this day, we don’t know how many troops were involved. The Air Force complained that they would have to comb through the records of more than 6,300 troops, to which one Congressman, Rep. Rush Hold (D-NJ) said:

“What the hell?” he told the Post. “We spent millions, tens of millions, to find any trace of soldiers killed, and they’re concerned about a ‘massive’ effort to go back and pull out the files and find out how many soldiers were disrespected this way?”

“They just don’t want to ask questions or look very hard,” he added, according to the newspaper.

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William Hazlitt: Keystone of indestructible war-system: Closing up the avenues to peace, shutting the gates of mercy on mankind

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

William Hazlitt: Harpies of the press. Juggling fiends. Systematic opponents of peace. Ceaseless partisans of interminable hostilities.

William Hazlitt: High-priests of Moloch foam at the mouth at the name of peace

William Hazlitt: Systematic patrons of eternal war

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From Illustrations of Vetus (1813)

We agree with the sentiment with which he commences his last Letter, that it is ”particularly desirable to follow up the question of peace” at the present crisis, but not with the reason which he assigns for his extreme anxiety to enter upon the question, “because this is just the moment to dread the entertainment of a pacific overture.” We can readily believe that at no other moment than when he dreads its approach, would Vetus ever breathe a syllable on the subject of peace, and then only to avert it. Whenever “a spurious and mawkish beneficence”…

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Did Saudis Get Duped Into Executing Cleric Nimr, or Do They Want Intifada?

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Did Saudis Get Duped Into Executing Cleric Nimr, or Do They Want Intifada?TEHRAN (FNA)– Pondering Riyadh’s decision to execute prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, which resulted in a political and diplomatic firestorm threatening to burn out of control, Syrian journalist Abbas Juma wonders whether the Saudis could have been duped into such a reckless move, whose consequences could include the collapse of the kingdom.

On January 2, Saudi Arabia executed prominent Shiite cleric and political activist Nimr al-Nimr, sparking outrage among Shiites around the world, including in Iran, where Shia Islam predominates. The execution resulted in protesters in Tehran storming the Saudi Embassy, Riyadh and its allies breaking off diplomatic relations with Iran, and Saudi warplanes bombing the Iranian Embassy in Yemen.

Commenting on Riyadh’s possible rationale in an op-ed for independent Russian newspaper Svobodnaya Pressa, Syrian journalist Abbas Juma suggested that, first things first, analysts from all sides knew that Nimr’s death would result in a crisis. “Therefore, few could believe that Riyadh would take such a step,” Juma said, according to a

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Several Blasts Rock Aramco Oil Facilities ~ Viva Yemen Resistance

Several Blasts Rock Aramco Oil Facilities

TEHRAN (FNA)– A number of blasts hit Baqiq industrial city in the Southern Saudi province of Jizan where the kingdom’s giant Aramco oil facilities is located.

The local residents of Al-Sharqiya region where the Baqiq industrial city and the Aramco oil facilities are located confirmed huge explosions near the huge oil facilities, the Arabic-language media outlets reported on Tuesday.

Baqiq industrial city belongs to Aramco oil company which itself is Saudi Arabia’s biggest economic enterprise.

The oilfields of Aramco, including Qawareh oilfield, are located in Shiite-populated Eastern Saudi Arabia.

Aramco oil facilities have come under repeated missile attacks by the Yemeni army and popular forces in the last several months.

The Yemeni forces targeted the oil company in Jizan with Qaher-I ballistic missiles twice from mid to late December.

“The missile precisely hit Aramco oil company on Monday night,” the Arabic-language media outlets quoted an unnamed Yemeni army official as saying after the second December attack.

He reiterated that the missile attack came in retaliation for the Saudi-led aggressors’ violation of the UN-sponsored ceasefire.

The two attacks were launched on December 21 and 29, but the multi-trillion-dollar company has come under attack, at least, two times more in the last several months.

Qaher-I is an updated version of a Russian-made surface-to-surface missile.

The Yemeni forces’ attacks on Aramco oil facilities come as the Saudi oil giant has put its stakes for sale.

Saudi Arabia is considering the partial sale of its state-owned oil monopoly, Aramco. It is the most valuable company in the world, with oil reserves estimated to be ten times those of US oil giant Exxon Mobil. Analysts say the whole company could be worth up to $10 trillion, giving even a partial float the potential to be the world’s largest initial public offering.

While Saudi officials contemplate over whether or not to sell off shares of their massive energy company – Aramco, some experts suggest that Riyadh may have underestimated Western investors’ concerns about the company’s secrecy, corruption, and the global oil glut.

The monster Saudi state energy company Saudi Arabian Oil Co. – better known as Aramco, with its 261 billion barrels in reserves and 60,000 staff, has confirmed rumors that it is considering offering investors an initial public offering (IPO) on a small percentage of the company (around 5%), as part of a broader package of economic reforms.

The company’s valuation, according to officials speaking to The Economist, which broke the story, could be in the “trillions of dollars,” with Bloomberg suggesting that Aramco, by far the largest energy company in the world, may be worth up to $2.5 trillion – which would make it the most valuable quoted company in the world. Even a small IPO of 5%, of a valuation of $1.5 trillion, Business Insider pointed out, “is still $75 billion.”

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has indicated that an IPO float could be made immediately following a review of the business, scheduled to be completed within the next several months.

However, not everyone is so blinded by the company’s monster valuation potential to the point of ignoring some potentially important pitfalls. In their analysis of the possible IPO offer, Britain’s The Guardian suggested, citing financial analysts, “that the Saudis could underestimate Western concerns about Aramco’s traditional secrecy and the impact of falling oil prices.”

Fadel Gheit, an oil analyst at the New York-based Oppenheimer & Co. retail brokerage firm, told the newspaper that despite the enormous possibilities for Aramco’s IPO, it could be difficult for Saudi Arabia to reach a significant floatation given the company’s traditional low levels of transparency.

“And he pointed out,” The Guardian noted, “that Prince Mohammed had raised another issue at Aramco that could concern any potential buyers: corruption.”

“If Western investors are to be interested in Aramco they are going to want all sorts of details and reassurances about the way the company will run, its growth prospects and dividend policies. Will the Saudi government be willing to provide these and relinquish control?” Gheit pondered.

Moreover, the financial analyst recalled, “the company may have huge oil reserves but look at what happened when Petrobras (the Brazilian state oil group) was privatized. There was a total lack of understanding of free markets and the stock dived in value.”

For his part, Investor’s Business Daily contributor Bill Peters noted that with the “shares of global oil majors like Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, Total and BP” getting thrashed “since crude prices sank in 2014,” the question which should be on investors’ minds is “Would Aramco shares be any better?”

Echoing Gheit, Peters noted that given that “Saudi Aramco provides little information on finances or other measures of performance…any IP would come amid major strains for Saudi Arabia and the oil market overall.”

Meanwhile, Oil Change International, an advocacy group for clean energy which has no love for big oil, nonetheless also suggests that Aramco’s partial privatization, driven by Prince Mohammed’s “reforming zeal,” would be a mistake.

“It’s not a smart economic move to sell off an asset when its value is at the bottom of the cycle. When governments are made desperate by low oil prices, they often make that mistake, giving foreign investors a bargain that well outlasts the commodity downturn.” Given the existence of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, it makes even less sense.

According to OCI, not only would the involvement of multinational investors not serve “as a guarantee against corruption (it is often in fact the opposite),” but “partial privatization of Aramco would require publishing financial and reserves data that is currently secret.”

Moreover, “Saudi Arabia is a signatory to the International Convention on Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), which allows investors to challenge governments in secret tribunals, with any compensation awards enforceable by seizing the state’s assets in any of nearly 160 countries. While Saudi Arabia is still a long way off addressing the role of its oil reserves in climate change, the threat of investor compensation claims would have a chilling effect if and when action is taken.”

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25 Saudi Mercenaries Killed in Bayda Province ~ Viva Yemen Resistance

25 Saudi Mercenaries Killed in Bayda Province

TEHRAN (FNA)– Military sources in Yemen declared killing of 25 Saudi mercenaries loyal to fugitive President Mansour Hadi.

“25 forces loyal to Mansour Hadi who sought to advance in al-Zahra region, al-Bayda province, were killed in clashes against the Yemeni army and popular committees’ forces,” a military source was quoted as saying by al-Mayadeen news channel on Tuesday.

Al-Bayda is a Southern province of Yemen.

Meantime, the Yemeni army and popular forces continued their military gains against the Saudi-led forces in the province of Al-Jawf in Northern Yemen and captured some strategic heights on Monday.

The Yemeni forces seized back several important hilltops near the Northern parts of the city of Al-Hazm, capital of Al-Jawf province.

Tens of Saudi troops were killed and dozens more were injured in heavy clashes with the Yemeni troops.

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The Right To Self Defence

The Anti-Empire Report #142 – January 8th, 2016 – William Blum

Behind the Saudi Head Lopping Orgy

Yemenis fighting the Saudi-led invasion of their country. Unlike what we read in the U.S. media, despite its savage bombing campaign there, the Saudis are taking a regular beating in Yemen on the ground. Yemenis fighting the Saudi-led invasion of their country. Unlike what we read in the U.S. media, despite its savage bombing campaign there, the Saudis are taking a regular beating in Yemen on the ground.

1. The Saudi counter-offensive

When Israel – Netanyahu in particular, but past Israeli prime ministers as well – wants to “stick it” to Washington, knowing that it could complicate Obama’s agenda some, it announces it is going to build more settlements in the Occupied Territories at a sensitive moment for Washington, the goal being, repeatedly, to sabotage any genuine progress towards a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

It works like a charm every time! Washington bristles, perhaps makes a few critical remarks, but never does anything that will seriously undermine the underlying strategic relationship. This political tango has gone on for decades ad nauseam. In the end, it is based on an illusion, that…

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Ukraine: NATO-puppet ‘Azov Battalion’ Wears Daesh Insignia (Video+Photos)

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Yemeni Army, Ansarullah Kick Off Massive Operations to Win Back Strategic Regions in Ta’iz

Yemeni Army, Ansarullah Kick Off Massive Operations to Win Back Strategic Regions in Ta'iz

TEHRAN (FNA)– The Yemeni army and popular forces have started massive military operations to seize back several areas in the coastal province of Ta’iz, informed military sources announced on Sunday.

“The army and revolutionary forces have kicked off large-scale operations in Aqrouz, Ahyouq and Al-Sharija in the Southwestern part of Ta’iz province,” senior Ansarullah commander Monem al-Sha’eri told FNA on Sunday.

The commander noted that a large group of Saudi aggressors began fleeing regions Northeast of Ahyouq which also came under the Yemeni forces’ missile attack.

“The Yemeni forces have seized a lot of military equipment and the dead bodies of the pro-Saudi mercenaries are scattered all over the area,” al-Sha’eri said.

The commander reiterated that the Yemeni forces have cleared a vast mountainous region from Kabeen to Heydeen.

The Yemeni army and popular forces’ advances in Ta’iz resulted in the withdrawal of Saudi troops and Al-Qaeda terrorists from Jbal Sabr (Sabr Mountain) strategic region in Yemen’s coastal province.

The Saudi aggressors and Al-Qaeda terrorists used Jbal Sabr as their military and air bases.

The Yemeni forces launched an attack from several direction to win back the mountainous region of Jbal Sabr.

Jbal Sabr mountainous region includes Al-Hada, Ashqab and Al-Arous hilltops. Jbal Sabr looks over a vast region of residential areas in the Ta’iz province.

In a relevant development on Saturday, the Yemeni forces’ attacks on Saudi Arabia’s military positions in Southern Saudi Arabia killed and injured several military personnel.

“The Yemeni forces fired several mortar shells on the Saudi positions in Jizan province, killing three Saudi military men and injuring 11 others,” Saudi provincial official Yahya Abdullah Al-Qahtani announced.

Since the start of the military operations led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen in March 2015, more than 80 Saudi military personnel have been killed in Saudi Arabia. This took place through launching mortar rockets and exchange of fire across the border.

Also on Thursday, the Yemeni forces killed 11 Saudi forces in Jizan province with their artillery fire.

The artillery shells were fired at the Southern parts of al-Sawabetah region in Jizan, field sources said.

They added that the attack also injured dozens of Saudi forces.

The attack was launched after the Yemeni forces fired their upgraded ballistic missiles on the Saudi forces’ positions in Jizan.

Yemen’s Qaher-I ballistic missile precisely hit Saudi Arabia’s military bases in Jizan province on Wednesday, inflicting heavy losses on them.

Tens of Saudi troops were killed and dozens more were injured in the missile attack.

Also on Tuesday, the Yemeni army and the popular forces took nearly two dozen Saudi-led coalition troops into captivity in Central Yemen.

At least 20 Saudi troops were captured in heavy clashes with the Yemeni forces near Jawf-Ma’rib intersection in the Central part of Yemen.

The Saudi-led troops were trying to move through Jawf-Ma’rib intersection when they came under Yemeni forces’ ambush.

Also on Monday, tens of Saudi-led troops were killed and dozens more were injured in a successful ambush attack by the Yemeni forces in the province of Ma’rib, Central Yemen.

The Yemeni army and the popular forces also took scores of Saudi troops into captivity in Ma’rib province.

Meantime, the Yemeni forces cleared Al-Awa military base and Al-Karba region in the province of Ta’iz.

Al-Karba was the biggest stronghold of the pro-Saudi troops in Jbal al-Habashi (Habashi Mountain) in Ta’iz province.

Several Yemeni civilians have lost their lives over the past three days as Saudi warplanes continue to pound areas across Yemen.

#ILoveYemen ~ Yemeni Forces Kill US, French Officers in Ta’iz

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TEHRAN (FNA)– The Yemeni army and popular forces killed several other Saudi-hired Blackwater militias in an attack on a military base in the province of Ta’iz.

A number of Blackwater mercenaries, including an American officer and a French officer, were killed in an attack on their military base in Zobab region in Ta’iz province, the Arabic-language media outlets reported.

The town of Zobab is located 40 kilometers to the North of Bab al-Mandeb and is of strategic importance.

Many more Blackwater mercenaries have been killed in the Yemeni attacks in recent weeks.

On December 23, 4 Blackwater mercenaries, including two British, an American and a South African paramilitary troops, were killed in an attack on their military base in Zobab region.

On December 9, 14 Blackwater mercenaries, including a British, a French, an Australian and six Colombians were killed in an attack on Al-Amri military base in Ta’iz province near the Bab al-Mandeb Strait.

After pulling out its troops from Yemen, the UAE recruited and sent Colombian forces to Yemen to replace its regular troops.

Yemeni Army Spokesman Sharaf Luqman has said that the Blackwater forces dispatched to Yemen comprise Al-Nusra, the ISIL and Al-Qaeda terrorists.

The UAE had previously sent mercenaries from Latin America, specially Colombia, to Yemen without prior coordination with Saudi Arabia.

The United Arab Emirates has quietly built an army of Latin American mercenaries to fight for Yemen’s deposed government in a proxy war.

In a program launched by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and now run by the Emirati military, the force of 450 Latin American troops – mostly made up of Colombian fighters, but also including Chileans, Panamanians and Salvadorans – adds a new and surprising element to the already chaotic mix of forces from foreign governments, armed tribes, terrorist networks and Yemeni militias that are currently embroiled in the Middle Eastern nation, Fox News reported.

It seems there are also going to be hundreds of other foreign mercenaries — Sudanese and Eritrean soldiers — brought into Yemen.

Catalyst: Sheikh Nimr’s Execution Will Herald Downfall of Saudi Regime

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TEHRAN (FNA)– Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people for alleged terrorism, including the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Riyadh, the terrorist capital of the planet, claims most of those executed on Saturday, January 2, were involved in a series of attacks carried out by Al-Qaeda from 2003-06. However, it also detained hundreds of members of its Shia community after pro-democracy demonstrations in 2011-13. Several of those held had been sentenced to death, including Sheikh Nimr. Saudi grand mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh has described the executions as just. This is far from the truth:

1- The 2011-13 protests for democracy and human rights were peaceful. Repeat, those who took part in those lawful demonstrations, including Sheikh Nimr, were not involved in terrorism activities and had no links with Al-Qaeda.

2- It is true that Sheikh Nimr was publicly criticising the House of Saud and calling for elections. He, however, never called for violence. Still, Riyadh went ahead with no evidence to accuse him of being behind attacks on police – working on behalf of Iran!

3- The West is not totally blameless for what is going on in the Persian Gulf state. The Saudi regime is but an extension of US-Israeli will in the region, and as such its anti-Shia, anti-democracy campaign has been but an expression of their Colonial-Wahhabi legacy.

4- For the sake of political correctness and geopolitical interests, human rights violations and executions in Saudi Arabia seldom make the mainstream media headlines in the West. Despite the outcry, Riyadh’s allies stood by them. Which means the Global West is part and parcel of the ongoing tyranny in Saudi, has contributed to it, laboured to defeat the opposition, and cooperated with the unelected regime when their interests intersected.

5- Despite the worldwide outrage, the regime is unlikely to face rebuke from the the UN Human Rights Council. The US and UK have established military bases in Saudi, transforming it into a main base for regional military presence and aggression. It’s a reward to the silence they provide on human rights abuses and for their military support of the Saudi-led war on Yemen. To the further chagrin of human rights groups, the regime sits on the UN Human Rights Council, which is ridiculous at best.

Taken in total, the execution of Sheikh Nimr and other political prisoners in mass only further stains the House of Saud’s troubling human rights record. Clearly, there is no evidence to suggest the regime has made any progress in implementing political reforms and safeguarding human rights. Its court system is not fair and the West is wrong to assume their beheading vassal will ever change course. Under the circumstances, the people of Arabia, both Shia and Sunni, can and should press ahead with their peaceful drive to regain their democratic rights and to keep on holding demonstrations to realize their demands.

Sheikh Nimr execution is a catalyst, a tipping point that will certainly fuse together all segments of the population – beyond religious affiliations and political affinities – in one giant revolutionary wave. It will feed the flames of dissent and ultimately bring about the Saudi regime’s undoing. As maintained by Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Sheikh Nimr was innocent and his ISIL-like execution was a “political mistake.” Sooner or later, it will entangle the House of Saud.

World Muslims Rise to Condemn Execution of Sheikh Nimr by Saudi Barbarians

TEHRAN (FNA)- Sunni and Shiite Muslims from across the world rushed to condemn the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr by the Riyadh government, vowing revenge.

Saudi Arabia announced Saturday that it has executed the prominent Shiite Muslim cleric.

After the declaration, thousands of Bahraini people poured to the streets and chanted “death to the al-Saud” slogans.

The Bahrainis who also carried some placards to show their support for Sheikh Nimr warned Riyadh that shedding the cleric’s blood will not remain unanswered.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Yemen’s Ansarullah, Pakistan’s Shiite Assembly and tens of Sunni and Shiite figures, groups and movements across the world have rushed to condemn the Saudi regime, all underlining that Riyadh has poured oil to the flames of sectarian strife.

In Palestine, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in a statement condemned the killing of the prominent Muslim cleric, and said, “The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr shows that Saudi Arabia insists on pouring oil to the flames of sectarian sedition.”

Sheikh Nimr’s execution was also condemned by Head of Iraq’s Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri who expressed deep regret after hearing the news.

The Iranian Sunni figures also showed reaction to the Saudi cleric’s killing by Saudi Arabia.

Molawi Abdolhamid Ismailzehi, the Friday prayers leader of Iran’s Southeastern city of Zahedan, expressed deep regret over Sheikh Nimr’s execution, and said under the conditions that the Muslim world needs unity, the Saudi officials should have refrained from his killing.

Also, representative of Iran’s Sunni-populated Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan at the Assembly of Experts, Molawi Nazir Ahmad Salami, condemned Sheikh Nimr’s execution, and said, “There is no difference between the Shiites and Sunnis and any person who is opposed to tyranny and brutality should show reaction and deplore the Saudi measure.”

Also, Chairman of the Sunni Lawmakers’ Fraction at the Iranian parliament Abed Fattahi deplored the execution of Sheikh Nimr by Riyadh, and said the bells have now started ringing for the collapse of the Saudi regime.

He also said that Saudi Arabia’s support for the terrorists, the mismanagement of Mina incident, execution of Sheikh Nimr and several other crimes by Riyadh, “closed the door of negotiations with the political structure of Saudi Arabia”.

Their remarks came after the Iranian seminaries held a protest rally in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran on Saturday, and condemned execution of the Shiite cleric by chanting “death to al-Saud” slogans.

The Iranian foreign ministry also strongly deplored Riyadh for killing the prominent cleric, and said the move proved the Saudi officials’ “imprudence and irresponsibility”, underlining that the Saudi regime will pay a heavy price for this crime.

“While the extremist and Takfiri terrorists have deprived the regional and world nations of security and tranquility and threaten certain regional governments’ stability and existence, execution of a figure like Sheikh Nimr who didn’t have any instrument but words to pursue his political and religious goals merely shows the depth of imprudence and irresponsibility,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia executed 47 people on Saturday for terrorism, including Sheikh Nimr, the country’s Interior Ministry said in a statement. Most of those executed were said to be involved in a series of attacks carried out by Al-Qaeda between 2003 and 2006. 45 of those executed were of Saudi nationality, one Chadian, one Egyptian.

The Interior Ministry statement announcing the executions began with verses from the Quran, justifying the use of the death penalty, while state television showed footage of the aftermath of Al-Qaeda attacks over the last decade. Shortly afterward, Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh appeared on Saudi Arabian television, hailing the executions as just.

Al-Qaeda is the number one enemy of Shiite Muslims, and the Saudi television did not explain how it could link the footage to the execution of a Shiite leader who has been the target of ISIL and Al-Qaeda.

Iranian high-ranking officials had regularly deplored Riyadh for handing down death sentence to prominent Shiite cleric, warning that execution of the Sheikh Nimr would incur a heavy price in Saudi Arabia, and would set the stage for the fall of the Saudi regime.

Several rights activists had also warned Riyadh that execution of Sheikh Nimr would set fire to Saudi Arabia.

Heretofore, Al Saud had frequently said that it plans to execute Sheikh soon, but the kingdom delayed it every time. According to an informed source, the new King and his hawkish cabinet members mean to send a message to the Shiite community, dissidents and Iran through the move to show they are ready to pay any price in confrontation with Tehran. Though Iran has repeatedly denied any link with the Shiite dissidents in Saudi Arabia.

During the recent months, people across the world staged protest in support of Sheikh Nimr, calling for immediate release of the leader, warning the Wahhabi authorities against executing prominent Shiite cleric.

Nimr was attacked and arrested in the Qatif region of Eastern Province in July 2012, and has been charged with undermining the kingdom’s security, making anti-government speeches, and defending political prisoners. Nimr has denied the accusations.

In October 2014, a Saudi court sentenced Sheikh Nimr to death, provoking huge condemnations and criticism in the Middle East and the world.

On October 25, Nimr’s family confirmed that the Saudi Supreme Court and the Specialized Appeals Court had endorsed a death sentence issued last year against him for inciting sectarian strife and disobeying King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The cleric has denied the charges.

The Shiite cleric’s lawyer, Sadeq al-Jubran, had also said that Nimr could be executed as soon as the Saudi monarch approves his sentence.

Human rights organizations have condemned Saudi Arabia for failing to address the rights situation in the kingdom. They say Saudi Arabia has persistently implemented repressive policies that stifle freedom of expression, association and assembly.

Yemeni Forces Capture Scores of Saudi-Led Coalition Troops near Ma’rib

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The Yemeni army and the popular forces took nearly two dozen Saudi-led coalition troops into captivity in Central Yemen.

At least 20 Saudi troops were captured in heavy clashes with the Yemeni forces near Jawf-Ma’rib intersection in the Central part of Yemen.

The Saudi-led troops were trying to move through Jawf-Ma’rib intersection when they came under Yemeni forces’ ambush.

In relevant development, tens of Saudi-led troops were killed and dozens more were injured in a successful ambush attack by the Yemeni forces in the province of Ma’rib, Central Yemen, on Monday.

The Yemeni army and the popular forces also took scores of Saudi troops into captivity in Ma’rib province.

Meantime, the Yemeni forces cleared Al-Awa military base and Al-Karba region in the province of Ta’iz.

Al-Karba was the biggest stronghold of the pro-Saudi troops in Jbal al-Habashi (Habashi Mountain) in Ta’iz province.

On Saturday, the Yemeni army and popular forces laid siege on a large number of Saudi and Emirati forces in Jawf province, Eastern Yemen.

Hundreds of Saudi and UAE military men are now surrounded by the Yemeni forces in the town of al-Jabal al-Aswad in al-Jawf province.

The Yemeni forces captured 130 military troops from the Saudi-led coalition, including at least 39 Emirati soldiers and 9 officers during a series of clashes in Jawf province yesterday.

Several Yemeni civilians have lost their lives over the past three days as Saudi warplanes continue to pound areas across Yemen.

Also on Monday, the Yemeni forces targeted and destroyed a Saudi warship in the waters near Bab al-Mandab Strait, the ninth Saudi vessel sinking in waters offshore Yemen in the last four months.

The Saudi warship was targeted with Yemeni missiles in the Al-Mukha coastal waters in the province of Ta’iz.

The sunken ship had repeatedly fired rockets at the residential areas in Ta’iz province, inflicting casualties and destruction there.

This is the ninth time that a Saudi warship is sent deep into the waters of Bab al-Mandab Strait by the Yemeni forces.

Other Saudi battleships that were approaching Yemen’s coasts retreated fast following the attack.

The coast of Al-Mukha is located in Bab al-Mandab strait and the Saudi-led forces have been trying hard for several months now to win control over the coastal regions near the waterway.

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Some 300 families leave besieged Al-Foua’a and Kafraya, gunmen leave al-Zabadani

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The process of moving some 300 families from the besieged towns on al-Foua’a and Kafraya in Idleb was completed on Monday, under supervision of the UN, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The two towns, located around 10 km north of Idleb city, have been besieged by terrorists for around two years, and have been targeted with hundreds of rocket shells and several attempts to infiltrate them, attempts that were foiled by locals and defense committees.



In parallel with this, the process of moving injured gunmen and their families out of al-Zabadani city in Damascus countryside was also completed under UN, SARC, and ICRC supervision.

Earlier, SANA’s reporter said that a number of buses accompanied by UN, ICRC, and SARC cars entered the city to move gunmen and their families out of the city.

The two processes were carried out as…

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The Great Big ISIS Movie Extravaganza Part XXVII

Turkish-ISIL Oil Trade: Did the Turkish Military Enter Mosul to Protect its Oil Trade?

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

Turkish invasion of Iraq A few weeks after shooting down a Sukhoi Su-24M tactical bomber jet operating in Syrian airspace, Turkey sent a heavily armed battalion into the Zilkan military base in Iraq. The move can be seen as a compensation for the weakening of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS/IS/DAESH) and the ISIL’s oil smuggling infrastructure. It can also be viewed as a Turkish preparation for the aftermath of the future defeat of the ISIL in Iraq.

Ominous Timing: Turkish Dispatch to Mosul

Amidst the Russo-Turkish row, the Turkish government dispatched a Turkish battalion of twenty-five M-60 Patton tanks to the Mosul District of Iraq’s Ninawa Governorate. The Turkish press even announced that Ankara had declared that it was establishing a permanent military base inside Iraq’s Mosul District. The Iraqi federal government reacted immediately by calling the Turkish move a hostile act that violated international law and Iraqi sovereignty.

Ankara tried to justify its military deployment to the Iraqi town of Bashiqa, in the close proximity of 30 kilometers to the northeastern outskirts of the ISIL-controlled city of Mosul, by claiming that it was a routine rotation of military personnel. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu claimed that the Turkish military had been dispatched to the area to train and reorganize Iraqi locals to fight the ISIL at the request of Baghdad. The Turkish deployment was presented as part of an ongoing process of security cooperation between Iraq and Turkey by Davutoglu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

At first the Turkish government claimed that the deployment was approved by the Iraqi federal government and military, but this was quickly rejected as untrue in Baghdad by President Mohammed Fouad Masum, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, and Defence Minister Khaled Al-Obeidi. Not only was the Turkish deployment rejected by the Iraqi government, it was also described as much too big for a training mission and Erdogan was derided as an outright liar by Iraqi authorities and parliamentarians. Then Ankara tried to defend its actions by absurdly claiming that it was approved by Iraqi Kurdistan’s autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government.

The Turkish-Kurdistan Regional Government Alliance: Dividing Iraq?

It turned out that the senior diplomat Feridun Sinirlioglu, who was Turkey’s foreign minister at the time, in violation of international law had made an illegally agreement with the corrupt Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani for establishing the base in the Mosul District on November 4, 2015. As a regional government, the Kurdistan Regional Government has no constitutional authority to make defensive agreements without the Iraqi federal government in Baghdad. Nor does it have legal jurisdiction over the area the Turkish military deployed to. Bashiqa is in disputed territory in the Nineveh Governorate that the Kurdistan Regional Government claims. Other territorial claims include Diyala Governorate, Kirkuk Governorate, and Saladin Governorate. In June 2014, Massoud Barzani took advantage of the ISIL offensive on Mosul to send his forces to take control over these territories while the Iraqi military was busy fighting. Thus, in parallel to the ISIL offensive against Iraq from Syria, the Kurdistan Regional Government opportunistically used the ISIL attacks to send its Peshmerga troops into the energy-rich Kirkuk Governorate, to gain control over part of the Mosul District, and unilaterally take control of the territory that the Iraqi federal government administrated.

The excuses from the Turkish government continued as tensions with Iraq increased. Instead of removing the Turkish military unit that was sent to Bashiqa, Ankara pledged not to send anymore military reinforcements until Baghdad’s concerns were placated. Indirectly meaning Iran and Russia, Davutoglu would write in a letter to Baghdad saying the governments «who are disturbed by the cooperation of Turkey and Iraq and who want to end it should not be allowed to attain their goal» on December 6, 2015.

Dragging his feet, Erdogan would add that it was «out of the question» and «impossible» to remove the Turkish military units and that the Turkish unit had been sent to Iraq to protect Turkish military trainers and advisors who he argued were posted 15 to 20 kilometers from the ISIL’s positions. Interestingly, there has been no record of the Turkish forces ever facing a serious attack by the ISIL, during the zenith of the terrorist organization’s full strength, before the Russian strikes in Syria commenced on September 30. Speaking on Turkish television, President Erdogan would blame Iran and Russia for engineering the crisis between Turkey and Iraq, and then ingenuously argue that his government’s soldiers had entered Iraq to defend Turkish security interests and that Ankara did not have the luxury of waiting for the invitation of the central Iraqi government while Turkey was under threat from the ISIL. Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim, the Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations, would eventually deliver a letter from Baghdad to the UN Security Council on December 11 asking the UN to get Turkey to withdraw its military from Iraq.

Ankara’s deployment to the outskirts of Mosul is a reaction to the successful campaigns by Iran, Russia, Syria, Iraq, and Hezbollah – the security alliance also referred to as the «4+1» – in weakening the ISIL. For the first time ever, the Turkish military had entered Iraq’s northern region without the justification of fighting Kurds. Calculating that the Iraqi federal government will be able to refocus its attention on the territorial dispute with the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Turkish deployments are meant to help the Kurdistan Regional Government consolidate the territory and energy reserves it opportunistically annexed from the Iraqi federal government in 2014; it was also revealed by Ankara that it intended to dispatch Turkish soldiers and military equipment to Soran and Qala Cholan near the Iranian border.

Iraqi parliamentarians, like Awatif Nima, have accused Turkey of entering Iraq to help the ISIL in Mosul and working to partition Iraq. Turkey has been cultivating ties with the clans of Mosul, particularly the Nujaifis. Turkish support for Iraqi Kurdistan’s separate oil export capacity has also weakened the unity of Iraq and the finances of both Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Speaking to Al Jazeera in Orwellian language on December 9, Erdogan claimed that the governments in Iraq, Iran, and Syria were executing sectarian policies and then himself justified the Turkish deployment to the Mosul District in sectarian language. He told Al Jazeera that Turkey had elevated its military presence to protect Iraq’s Arabs, Turkomans, and Kurds that are Sunni Muslims. He then added that the Sunni Muslims all need be armed and trained to fight, which is the objective of Turkey’s mission. In this regard, not only has Turkey been planning to train and arm the Kurdistan Regional Government’s security forces, but also planning on doing the same with local volunteers in Zilkan that the Kurdistan Regional Government and Peshmerga Major-General Noorudeen Herki supportively claim are part of the Hashad Al-Watani in the Mosul District. Regardless of any affiliation to the Hashad Al-Watani, the «volunteers» in Mosul may end up being like the so-called «moderates» that that the US and its allies trained and supported that later joined the ISIL in Syria.

Preparing for the Aftermath of the Future ISIL Defeat in Iraq?

Despite Erdogan’s assertions that the Turkish forces in the Mosul District could not leave, they were redeployed northward inside Iraq into territory administered by the Kurdistan Regional Government on December 14. Prime Minister Davutoglu’s office commented that this was a part of a «new arrangement» where ten to twelve of the tanks were being relocated northwards. While Turkey attempted to get some legal backing from the Kurdistan Regional Government for its military presence, the redeployment from Bashiqa is an admission that both Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government understand that the latter has no jurisdiction to okay Ankara’s deployment into the Mosul District.

The Turkish redeployment is the result of coordination between Ankara and the Kurdistan Regional Government. Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani went to Turkey on December 9 for meetings with Erdogan and Davutoglu. Subliminal messages were being sent: very tellingly the Iraqi flag was absent and only the flag of Iraqi Kurdistan was put alongside the Turkish flag during the meetings. Ankara and Barzani are trying to salvage the situation and sidestep the Iraqi government in Baghdad. A few days earlier, in this context, Erdogan announced that a trilateral meeting between the Turkish government, the Kurdistan Regional Government, and the US would take place on December 21.

The Turkish military movements inside Iraq are additionally tied to petro-politics and the protection of energy supplies from Iraqi Kurdistan. The Turkish deployment to Bashiqa took place right after Russian airstrikes weakened the ISIL’s oil smuggling infrastructure. Undoubtedly, the subject of oil was mentioned between Barzani and Turkish leaders, because of Bazani’s involvement in Turkey’s illegal oil exporting business.

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This article was originally published by the Strategic Culture Foundation on December 18, 2015.

Source: Turkish-ISIL Oil Trade: Did the Turkish Military Enter Mosul to Protect its Oil Trade?

Ankara to send Military Aid to Ukraine, Turkey’s “Volunteer Battalion” to Enforce Crimea Blockade, Act of Aggression against Russia?

The Defense Ministry of Turkey is providing assistance in Ukraine by creating a volunteer battalion named “Noman of Celebicihan”, said the coordinator of the ‘civil action by blockade of Crimea‘, Lenur Islyamov.

“Now we will form a new volunteer battalion named “Noman of Celebicihan”. Further, we expect a number of military units, which we must assign, but we are already receiving volunteer assistance for the battalion”, writes ”Odessa crisis media center”.

“On Friday we received the first batch of Turkish military uniforms. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine still itches to help, but the Turkish Ministry of Defense are already beginning to support us. We produced 250 sets of uniforms and shoes,” said Islyamov.

“Soon we will have the appropriate number of military units, I think, by January 15th, we will gather at Chongar for the world Congress of Crimean Tatars, and the Executive Committee will be here. We will gather all Crimean Tatars from all over the world i.e. from USA, Canada, Poland, Romania, Turkey, some 43 countries,” he said.

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