Israel, Last Days

Following the News of The Scarlet Coloured Beast: see below

Isaiah 10:5  O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
Zephaniah 3:8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination [is] to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, [even] all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.


The ‘scarlet coloured beast’ is both, the coalition of kings/nations/countries and the beast, a leader/man.
‘The Beast’ of Rev 13 could look like this! The irresistible leader of Dan 11!
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 ISIS – (Sunni) 5/14/15 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32744070 The Islamic State’s release last week of an audio message by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reaffirmed his leadership of the group following a six-month silence and rumors over his health.  In his half-hour speech posted on jihadist forums on Thursday, Baghdadi calls for a general mobilization and urges all Muslims to move to the caliphate he proclaimed last year or wage jihad (holy war) wherever they are.  “I think this release partly has to do with rumours of his supposed incapacitation,” said Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi of the Middle East Forum research group.
America – (Shi’ite?)Barak Hussein Obama II – Not a candidate for ‘the beast’/leader, but his biggest supporter!  9/28/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=28525  Regretfully, Israel’s biggest fears are now materializing. Instead of being the architects and shaping a new reality in the Middle East, Washington is falling into line with the existing reality. Wow! Obama could easily fill ‘the false prophet’ of Rev 13:11,12 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. Rev 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
Iran – (Shi’ite) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran – (Shi’ite)Hezbullah – Nasrallah
Iran – (Shi’ite) President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Turkey – (Sunni) Erdogan

ISIS – Their ‘purpose’? They are the demons who will be used to administer the wrath of God upon an unbelieving mankind!
Prophecies concerning the nations: The Day of the Lord’s Judgment upon Babylon, picturing God’s future judgment on the nations:
Jeremiah 51:8, 25; 25; 47 – 51;
Isaiah 13 – 23
Ezekiel 25 – 32
Rev 6:12 – 17; 8; 9; 11; Rev 14:8; 18:2; Rev 16, 17, 18, 19

 

(mine) 2/12/16  When you Read Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Zephaniah, Malachi you will discover 5 things: (1) The history of that time.  (2) the prophecy of the Messiah’s first coming with instructions to watch for it. (ex Isa 9:6,7; 49:1-7) (2) The rapture. (ex. Joel 2:16) (4) The Prophecy of The Scarlet Coloured Beast, Babylon and their war, destruction, brimstone, fire and their destruction purposed by The Lord God Almighty. (ex. Jeremiah 46-51) (5) The thousand year reign of Jesus Christ the Messiah,(ex Dan 7:12) description and prophecy of the second death judgement,(Dan 7:11,12) and the vision of Heaven. (ex. Dan 2:44 “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever)

See: http://revelationlastday.com/revelation-of-jesus-christ/revelation-22/what-must-i-do-to-be-saved/ 

Deu 32:30 How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, And the LORD had surrendered them? ISIS chasing and putting ten thousand to flight?

Our Salvation is nearer than when we first believed! Romans 13:11

Zecharia 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. Psa 2:1 Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed (Jesus Christ)

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then [I saw] the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received [his] mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Rev 13:18  Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and  six. (Note: In the Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, there are three Greek symbols that have been interpreted to be 666) 

What has Turkey got to do with the end times? Besides being one of the countries of ‘The Scarlet Coloured Beast’ (a coalition of nations/kingdoms/countries) it is where Gomer is,
Eze 38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: [and] many people with thee. Note: Gomer is mentioned also in, Rev 20, before the Second and final war against God. Perhaps it is Gomer in both wars. (Update 8/30/11 (Note: Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is from Azerbaijan. Interesting isn’t it. Location of Gog and Magog.) (See ‘Map of Israel’))
http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/irans-two-front-war/
Ezekiel 38 and 39 refer to Gog and Magog along with Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea. 9. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. (During that 1000 yr reign of Christ, people will still be reading the Word Of God, waiting for the fulfillment of this prohecy?)

North of Israel

North of Israel

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http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/saudi-cleric-isis-soldiers-must-kill-their-commanders/  Saudi Muslim cleric has bad news for members of the Muslim terror gang ISIS, also called, Islamic State: They’re going to “hellfire.” The cleric warns that ISIS members are “apostates.”

http://townhall.com/columnists/hughhewitt/2014/08/08/we-dont-understand-real-evil-organized-evil-very-well-this-is-evil-incarnate-n1876441?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl  Ryan Crocker said, who was ambassador to Iraq under Mr. Bush and to Afghanistan under Mr. Obama. “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate. People like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the ISIS leader, “have been in a fight for a decade. They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.” (Perdition {son of perdition}(in Christian theology) a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and impenitent person passes after death. 2 Thess 2:3))

“And those of the people who understand shall instruct many;” “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” And he said, “Go [your way], Daniel, for the words [are] closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” “and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.” Daniel 11–12

Rev 9:1And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.  2And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

Christians will be raptured, the ‘first’ resurrection (Rev 20:6). The anti-christ will be revealed. The wrath of God will be poured upon all mankind.(The Scarlot Coloured Beast {countries/kingdoms/nations} coalition.) Babylon will be destroyed in one day. (Zechariah 12 – 14, Revelation 8-22)  Israel will be attacked.  Israeli remnant will be placed in safety.
Rev 16:13-16And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [come] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
Armageddon! Then ‘IT IS DONE’! (Rev 16:17) The marriage supper of the Lamb. Thousand year reign of our Lord
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See: What Must I Do To Be Saved  http://revelationlastday.com/revelation-of-jesus-christ/what-must-i-do-to-be-saved/

The beasts of Daniel, same as 1st beast of Revelation 13: A coalition of the same countries of Daniel: (The Scarlot Coloured Beast {countries/kingdoms/nations coalition})

Dan 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn (ISIS), before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon): and, behold, in this horn [were] eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things (ISIS leader,the Anti-Christ).
Dan 8:23“And in the latter time of their kingdom,
When the transgressors have reached their fullness,
A king shall arise,
Having fierce features,
Who understands sinister schemes.
Rev 13:1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and and ten horns and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.
Rev 17:3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 

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The ‘Coalition’ of the Leopard, Bear and Lion of Rev 13:

THE LEOPARD

“the beast which I saw was like a leopard” (Rev 13:2)
Dan 7:6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
Will we see Iran, Hezbullah, PA, Hamas and others join together with ISIS?
2/2/16 http://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-coalition-idINKCN0VA3S4 An international coalition is pushing back Islamic State militants in their Syrian and Iraqi strongholds, but the group is threatening Libya and could seize the nation’s oil wealth, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
Officials from 23 countries met in Rome to review the fight against Islamic State militants, who have created a self-proclaimed Caliphate across swathes of Syria and Iraq, and are spreading into other countries, notably Libya.
The one-day Rome meeting took place as talks have begun in Geneva to try to end the five-year-old Syrian civil war, which has killed at least 250,000 people, driven more than 10 million from their homes and drawn in the United States and Russia on opposite sides.
While Washington has long said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost the legitimacy to lead, it has made clear that its first priority is to try to rein in Islamic State group.
“If you want to beat Daesh quickly, then get a negotiated deal to end the Syria war,” Kerry said.
1/28/16
http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/01/28/listen-breitbarts-klein-warns-shiite-sunni-mega-confrontation-coming/ TEL AVIV – The Islamic State, Al-Qaida, and the Muslim Brotherhood are preparing for a major confrontation with Western-backed forces in Libya, Syria, and beyond, reported Breitbart Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein.

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The BEAR

“his feet were like the feet of a bear”
Daniel 7:5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and [it had] three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
1/28/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25191/Russians-let-Hizballah-into-Daraa-breaking-their-promise-to-Israel On Wednesday, Jan. 27 a large Hizballah force entered the southern Syrian town of Daraa, a critically dangerous event for Israel’s security. The way to the town, which lies near the Jordanian border and across from the Israeli Golan, was opened before Hizballah by none other than Russian forces. This was a blatant violation of President Vladimir Putin’s commitments to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jordanian King Abdullah not to permit Iranian and Iran-backed forces, such as Hizballah and Iraqi and Afghani Shiite militias, reach their borders in consequence of Russia’s military intervention  in the Syria war.
Daraa is just 32 km from the southern Golan and 12 km from the Jordanian border. Hizballah forces in this town are therefore within easy striking distance from northern Israeli and Jordan.
What happened Wednesday was that a sizeable Hizballah contingent made it into Daraa, the day after a Syrian unit under the command of Russian officers captured the town of Sheikh Maskin, cutting off rebel forces east of Daraa from their comrades to the west.
Control of Sheikh Maskin is the key to the crossroads leading to Damascus in the north, the Druze Mountain town of es-Suwaida in the east, and Quneitra on Golan opposite Israel’s northern defenses.
The battle for Sheikh Maskin was the first in the Syrian conflict to be directly fought under Russian command. Its fall sparked accounts of Russian officers commanding Syrian troops in different parts of Syria.
Rev 17:12,13″The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.
“These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.

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The LION is BABYLON

“and his mouth like the mouth of a lion”
Dan 7:4 The first [was] like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
Dan 11:11 “And the king of the South shall be moved with rage, and go out and fight with him, with the king of the North, who shall muster a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into the hand of his enemy.
**1/28/16 http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/01/28/listen-breitbarts-klein-warns-shiite-sunni-mega-confrontation-coming/ TEL AVIV – The Islamic State, Al-Qaida, and the Muslim Brotherhood are preparing for a major confrontation with Western-backed forces in Libya, Syria, and beyond, reported Breitbart Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein.
Speaking during his regular segment on John Batchelor’s popular nighttime radio program, Klein highlighted recent events that he said indicate a looming confrontation between Shiite and Sunni-armed forces.
Klein pointed to a recent report at Breitbart Jerusalem indicting the Libyan branches of the Islamic State, Al-Qaida, and the Muslim Brotherhood are in discussions to complete a “mega merger” in the country.
Rev 17:16 “And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
Rev 17:18 “And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”

Babylon reigns over, the beast. Who hates Babylon (the mysterious illusive entity that is Babylon will be destroyed in one day)? Answer: The Scarlet Coloured Beast! The beast: al Baghdadi (ISIS) or Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Iran), The False Prophet, Hassan Rouhani(or the Pope/Obama), and the Destroyer, Nazrallah, are all in place. The 10 toes (of Daniel 2:41,42) are the Ottoman Empire!  (7:19-21) are the Arab Kingdoms of today!

“Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.” http://revelationlastday.com/revelation-of-jesus-christ/revelation-22/isis-daniel-prophecy-and-revelation/

The woman sitting on the beast, is Babylon.

BABYLON: Someone once said America is the new Babylon. Since that was said there are more choices:

Dubai (Sunni) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai Dubai (/dˈb/ doo-BYArabic: دبيّ‎ Dubayy, IPA: [dʊˈbæj]) is a city in the United Arab Emirates, located within the emirate of the same name. The emirate of Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. It has the largest population in the UAE (2,106,177) and the second-largest land territory (4,114 km2) after the capital, Abu Dhabi.[4] Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country’s legislature.[5] The city of Dubai is located on the emirate’s northern coastline and heads up the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. Dubai is often misperceived as a country or city-state and, in some cases, the UAE as a whole has been described as ‘Dubai’

Abu Dhabi (mixed Sunni,Shi’ite) houses important offices of the federal government, and is the seat for the UAE (United Arab Emirates Government) and the home for the Abu Dhabi Emiri Family and the President of the UAE from this family. Abu Dhabi has grown to be a cosmopolitan metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed Abu Dhabi to a larger and advanced metropolis. Today the city is the country’s center of politicalindustrial activities, and a major cultural, and commercial centre due to its position as the capital. Abu Dhabi alone generated 56.7% of the GDP of the United Arab Emirates in 2008.

Saudi Arabia, (Sunni) an absolute monarchy King Salman Bin Abdulaziz.
4/29/15 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/11571482/Saudi-Arabias-quiet-revolution-as-King-Salman-changes-royal-succession.html  But King Salman has grasped the nettle by decreeing that the next king will indeed be a grandson in the form of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the interior minister. On Wednesday, this frail 79-year-old, who only ascended to the throne in January, executed a Saudi version of a palace revolution by suddenly altering the line of succession. Prince Muqrin, the youngest living son of ibn Saud, had been lined up to inherit the throne. Now the king has ruthlessly shoved him aside. For good measure, Prince Saud al-Faisal, the foreign minister, has also been relieved of his duties  http://www.debka.com/newsupdate/7535/    Is this emirate playing the Babylon roll???  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183979#.U-pJVfldWSo   Saudi Arabia[b] ( i/ˌsdi əˈrbi.ə/ or  i/ˌsɔːd əˈrbi.ə/), officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA),[c] is the largest Arab state in Western Asia by land area (approximately 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula) and the second-largest in the Arab world after Algeria. It is bordered byJordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, QatarBahrain and the United Arab Emirates to the east, Oman to the southeast, and Yemen in the south. It is the only nation with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast.Before the inception of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, modern-day Saudi Arabia consisted of four distinct regions: HejazNajd and parts of Eastern Arabia (Al-Hasa) andSouthern Arabia (‘Asir).[12] The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932 by Ibn Saud; he united the four regions into a single state through a series of conquests beginning in 1902 with the capture of Riyadh, the ancestral home of his family, the House of Saud. The country has since been an absolute monarchy governed along Islamic lines, namely under the influence of Wahhabism.[13] Saudi Arabia is sometimes called “the Land of the Two Holy Mosques” in reference to Al-Masjid al-Haram (inMecca), and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (in Medina), the two holiest places in Islam
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4558024,00.html Saudi Arabia told Israel on Tuesday that it must reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians if it is to survive as a nation, and criticised Muslims for being divided and failing to stop the Jewish state attacking its Arab neighbours.
Kings of Saudhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/11571482/Saudi-Arabias-quiet-revolution-as-King-Salman-changes-royal-succession.html  

Bahrain (Sunni) the King, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; the head of government is the Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalīfa bin Salman al Khalifa a constitutional monarchy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahrain .   Bahrain – Kingdom of the Two Seas. Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy headed by the King, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; the head of government is the Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalīfa bin Salman al Khalifa, who presides over a cabinet of twenty-five members, where 80% of its members are from the royal family. In a region experiencing an oil boom, Bahrain has the fastest growing economy in the Arab world, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia found in January 2006. Bahrain also has the freest economy in the Middle East according to the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom published by the Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal, and is tenth freest overall in the world. Feb 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/as-war-rages-in-the-north-southern-iraq-makes-a-bid-for-autonomy/2015/02/15/b4367604-483d-4aaf-8e78-7856aa8c6670_story.html

BASRA (mixed Sunni,Shi’ite) has a major role in H.G. Wells‘s 1934 future history “The Shape of Things to Come” “where the Iraqi city is at the center of a world state emerging after a collapse of civilization and becomes in effect the capital of the world.” Basra is home to all of Iraq’s six ports; Umm Qasr is the main deep-water port with 22 platforms, some of which are dedicated to specific goods (such as sulfur, seeds, lubricant oil, etc.) The other five ports are smaller in scale and more narrowly specialized. Fishing was an important business before the oil boom. The city also has an international airport, with service into Baghdad with Iraqi Airways—the national airline. In 2015 it is a dangerous city with

Qatar – (Sunni)Since 1995, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has ruled Qatar, seizing control of the country from his father Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani while the latter vacationed in Switzerland. Under Emir Hamad, Qatar has experienced a notable amount of sociopolitical liberalization, including the endorsement of women’s suffrage or right to vote, drafting a new constitution, and the launch of Al Jazeera, a leading English and Arabic news source which operates a website and satellite television news channel.The International Monetary Fund states that Qatar has the highest GDP per capita in the world, followed by Luxembourg. The World Factbook ranks Qatar at second, following Luxembourg. Doha is the capital of Qatar.

An aerial view shows Doha's diplomatic area

Doha

America – (Shi’ite) is not mentioned in the Bible. It would be reasonable to assume then America has no role in the ‘last days’ playing out. Thus, if America were to prosper and continue affecting the governments, politics and wars it would never play out the way God purposes it to be. Therein the results of American politics has well played into the purpose of God. Americans must take joy in knowing the return of our Lord Jesus Christ is imminent.  Pray for strength, courage and each other to endure whatever plays out till our Lord Jesus Christ returns. America use to be a Christian country! Is POTUS/Russia right?http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/09/27/russian-minister-says-us-must-abandon-claim-to-eternal-uniqueness/

EU – (mixed Sunni,Shi’ite) 2/24/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/nuclear-deal-at-hand-says-eu-foreign-policy-chief/  “We have a series of internal domestic political dynamics we have to handle with care,” she said, listing “tensions” in the US Congress, Israel’s elections and Sunni-Shiite rivalry in the Gulf region. The European Union’s foreign policy chief on Tuesday said an Iran nuclear deal was “at hand. 3/9/15 http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/06/eu-defense-integration-undermining-nato-transatlantic-relations-and-europes-security  European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). CSDP decouples U.S. from European security n ultimately ends NATO?  11/17/14  http://www.timesofisrael.com/pm-eu-calls-to-recognize-palestine-push-peace-backwards/  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that European calls and efforts to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state have only pushed peace further away

UN – (leans to Shi’ite)1/29/15  The French have offered this resolution, “responsibility not to veto” (RN2V) that would apply in situations of mass atrocities.  Since the UN High Level Event that endorsed R2P in 2005, the United States has used the veto three times with reference to Israel and the Occupied Territories. In all likelihood, it will feel the need to do so in the future. despite unanimous endorsement by all UN member states of their individual and collective responsibility to protect (R2P) all people from crimes against humanity. Since 2011, Russia and China have cast four vetoes to block international action in Syria, where more than 200,000 have been killed since the conflict began. Wednesday in Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius repeated [in French] France’s determination to overcome this paralysis by establishing a new international norm to accompany R2P: a “responsibility not to veto” (RN2V) that would apply in situations of mass atrocities. The French proposal includes a trigger—a request by some subset of UN member states (perhaps fifty) to the secretary-general that (s)he (namely the PA and friends) determine whether atrocities are being committed. It also includes an important caveat—and potential Achilles heel: P5 members can still use a veto when they perceive a “vital national interest” at stake. http://www.defenseone.com/politics/2015/01/how-un-members-want-bypass-security-council-veto/103608/?oref=d-channelriver

GCC – (mixed Sunni,Shi’ite) 12/21/14 http://www.debka.com/article/24305/Saudi-brokered-reconciliation-between-Egypt-and-Qatar-marred-by-emirate%E2%80%99s-hosting-of-Meshaal  Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and top Qatari envoys went through the motions of formalizing the Saudi-brokered reconciliation between them, when they met in Cairo Saturday, Dec. 20. The Saudis hailed the first meeting between Sisi and Qatari officials, since the Egyptian ruler took office last summer, as the turning of a new page between the two Arab states. And Shekh Mohammad bin Abdel Rahman al Thani, the Qatar Emir’s special envoy, expressed support for “a leading role for Egypt in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

UAE – (mixed Sunni,Shi’ite) a federation of seven sheikdoms.  the country is a federation of seven emirates. The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital), AjmanDubai,FujairahRas al-KhaimahSharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. Each emirate is governed by an absolute monarch who jointly form the Federal Supreme Council. One of the monarchs is selected as the President of the United Arab Emirates. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Arab_Emirates

P5+1 countries – USA, Britain, France, Germany, China (+1 – Russia) (mixed Sunni,Shi’ite. Leans Shi’ite)

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THE SCARLET COLOURED BEAST –Waiting for the ‘Leader’ to be announced:

The Scarlet Coloured Beast! Full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns, is every nation/state of the Middle East and the US. US has united against Israel, with plans for her destruction!(The Scarlet Coloured Beast {countries/kingdoms/nations coalition})

1/31/16 http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/30/the-us-mosque-obama-has-chosen-for-his-first-presidential-visit-has-deep-extremist-ties/ The Baltimore mosque President Obama has chosen as the first U.S.-based mosque to visit during his presidency has deep ties to extremist elements, including to the Muslim Brotherhood.
**1/31/16 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-22/u-s-is-hiding-treasury-bond-data-that-s-suddenly-become-crucial A big risk is that the kingdom is selling some of its Treasury holdings, believed to be among the largest in the world, to raise needed dollars. Or could it be buying, looking for a port in the latest financial storm? As a matter of policy, the Treasury has never disclosed the holdings of Saudi Arabia, long a key ally in the volatile Middle East, and instead groups it with 14 other mostly OPEC nations including Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Nigeria. For more than a hundred other countries, from China to the Vatican, the Treasury provides a detailed breakdown of how much U.S. debt each holds.
“It’s mind-boggling they haven’t undone it,” said Edwin Truman, the former Treasury assistant secretary for international affairs during the late 1990s, and now a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. Because relations were rocky and the U.S. needed their oil, the Treasury “didn’t want to offend OPEC. It’s hard to justify this special treatment for OPEC at this point.” Saudi Arabia, 14 other mostly OPEC nations including Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Nigeria, more than a hundred other countries, from China to the Vatican, Khalid Alsweilem, SAMA’s former head of investment, Alsweilem, who spent 20 years at SAMA and now advocates for fiscal reforms as a fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, And events in recent months, from President Barack Obama’s landmark nuclear deal with Iran to Saudi Arabia In the past year alone. Saudi Arabia burned through about $100 billion of foreign-exchange reserves.
[Dan 8:23″And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes. 24His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and [also] the holy people. [The Beast of Revelation 13:1, ISIS!] [13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority] ,[until the words of God shall be fulfilled.]
25″Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt [himself] in his heart. He shall destroy many in [their] prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. [The Lord God Almighty will intervene. Revelation 16; Zechariah 12-14;] http://revelationlastday.com/revelation-of-jesus-christ/revelation-22/isis-daniel-prophecy-revelation/
Dr. Khalid Alsweilem is the former Chief Counselor and Head of Investment at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA). He joined SAMA in 1991 after completing a two-year post doctoral fellowship at Harvard University’s Department of Economics. A quasi-sovereign wealth fund. Peterson Institute’s Truman .
**1/31/16 http://www.wnd.com/2016/01/insider-warns-elites-heading-toward-one-world-solutions/ The Global Sherpa is, Theodore Roosevelt Malloch. The annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, has just wrapped up after a focus on a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” and other issues the global elites consider important to the entire world community.
Some years ago, I was presiding over a conference in Washington, D.C., with CNN and Margaret Thatcher was the keynote speaker,” Malloch recalled. “And when I introduced her, she said, ‘Whoever invented this and brought this congress to fruition is truly a global sherpa.’ So it’s become a moniker of mine. I’ve helped companies, I’ve helped organizations, I’ve helped political leaders find their way in this rather difficult and increasingly complex landscape.”
His experience, he said, allows him to recognize the drive, then, toward globalism. There’s “not much interest in old-fashioned values or virtues, not much attention to national sovereignty any longer,” he said.
1/31/16 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/3-killed-in-suspected-Islamist-attack-in-northern-Kenya-443365  In the past, such attacks in Kenya have been carried out by al Shabaab, a Somali militant group which wants to punish Kenya for sending its troops into Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping force.

1/31/16 http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35455772 The UK’s biggest bank, HSBC, plans to impose a global freeze on pay and hiring in 2016, sources have said. An email was sent to staff on Friday outlining the measures as part of the bank’s cost-cutting drive. A source confirmed the email’s contents to the BBC after it was first reported by Reuters. “As flagged in our investor update we have targeted significant cost reductions by the end of 2017,” they said. In June, London-based HSBC outlined to investors that it would slash $5bn (£3.5bn) in costs by 2017. The bank said at the time that it planned to cut 8,000 of its 48,000 workforce in the UK, and axe 25,000 jobs globally. The UK workforce has since gone down to 45,000.
HSBC also said in June that it would shrink its investment bank by a third in response to sluggish economic growth and tighter global regulation of banking risk.
The banking giant is also considering moving its global headquarters away from London.
Meanwhile, HSBC said its UK internet and mobile banking services had “fully recovered” late on Friday after suffering a cyber attack.
1/29/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-britain-spied-on-idf-drone-operations-for-years/  and British intelligence services have spied on the Israeli air force for at least 18 years, after cracking the IDF’s special encryption system for communication between fighter jets, drones and army bases, Israel’s military censor approved for publication Friday, after reports of the spying operation appeared in two overseas publications.
The two countries have reportedly used this access to monitor IDF operations in Gaza, watch for a potential Israeli strike on Iran, and keep tabs on the drone technology that Israel exports. Israel said later Friday it was disappointed but not surprised by the revelations.
Based on documents and photos leaked by US intelligence whistle-blower Edward Snowden, which had previously been classified, the news reports said the US and Britain have for years been able to track the transmissions of Israeli aircraft, and effectively view images and videos broadcast to IDF commands during drone operations in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and near the Jewish state’s northern border.
The tracking has been done from a Royal Air Force installation in the Troodos Mountains, near Mount Olympus, the highest point on the Island of Cyprus, according to The Intercept, which, along with German newspaper Der Spiegel, first published the documents.
The IDF encryption code was cracked as part of a major intelligence operation that has been conducted by the US’s National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, since 1998, the Ynet news site reported. Throughout the operation, many ciphers for advanced weapons systems used by Hezbollah, Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Syria were broken.
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1/28/16 http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/01/28/listen-breitbarts-klein-warns-shiite-sunni-mega-confrontation-coming/ TEL AVIV – The Islamic State, Al-Qaida, and the Muslim Brotherhood are preparing for a major confrontation with Western-backed forces in Libya, Syria, and beyond, reported Breitbart Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein.
Speaking during his regular segment on John Batchelor’s popular nighttime radio program, Klein highlighted recent events that he said indicate a looming confrontation between Shiite and Sunni-armed forces.
Klein pointed to a recent report at Breitbart Jerusalem indicting the Libyan branches of the Islamic State, Al-Qaida, and the Muslim Brotherhood are in discussions to complete a “mega merger” in the country.
1/19/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/206662#.Vp3EPfkrKM8 The Palestinian Authority (PA) welcomed on Monday evening the European Union’s (EU) passing of the resolution which stipulates that any agreements signed with Israel will not apply to Judea and Samaria. The resolution states, “The EU expresses its commitment to ensure that – in line with international law – all agreements between the State of Israel and the EU must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to territories occupied by Israel in 1967.”
11/04/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13503/Erdogan-seeks-constitutional-reform-to-broaden-presidential-powers- In his first speech following his party’s victory in this week’s parliamentary elections, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that he will push for the changing of his country’s constitution so the president will be given wider powers.
9/22/15 http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Discovering-the-holy-vessels-the-real-DaVinci-Code-417878 The idea is to divide Jerusalem so that the Palestinians will have their capital there, with this and additional parts of Israel for Arabs only (as stated by PA President Abbas). After Congress votes and the Iranian dust settles, the mainstream media will no doubt exert itself to sway public opinion in support of the new UN resolution.

Rev 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast [13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion], full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.  [12:3 and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns]
See:
http://revelationlastday.com/revelation-of-jesus-christ/revelation-22/isis-daesh-daniel-revelation/
ISIS, Daniel, Revelation
http://revelationlastday.com/revelation-of-jesus-christ/revelation-7-12-13/scarlet-coloured-beast/
Scarlet Coloured Beast

Rev 13:18  Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and  sixNote: In the Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, there are three Greek symbols that have been interpreted to be 666. 

The P5+1  (USA, Britain, France, Germany, China (+1 – Russia)) AND Iran (3/9/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-presidential-adviser-whole-mideast-is-iranian/  (Iran declares themselves, today,  to be leader)  (http://www.debka.com/article/24449/Iranian-Al-Qods-chief-on-landmark-visit-to-Amman-as-guest-of-Jordan%E2%80%99s-national-intelligence-director )  and the kings of the south – Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia,  scrambling to have meetings, and the nuclear bomb discussions so stressed. Iran moving a great number of troops to battle ISIS. Russia, China and many others are joining the battle. Obviously, our Lord’s return is imminent. Be in prayer, be ready, comfort one another with our hope in the Lord’s return! (The Scarlet Coloured Beast {countries/kingdoms/nations coalition})

Turkey wants to be leader! 11/04/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13503/Erdogan-seeks-constitutional-reform-to-broaden-presidential-powers- In his first speech following his party’s victory in this week’s parliamentary elections, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that he will push for the changing of his country’s constitution so the president will be given wider powers.
4/5/15 http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/muslims-praise-key-mideast-leader-like-god/ Headline reads: MUSLIMS PRAISE KEY MIDEAST LEADER ‘LIKE GOD’ Supporters say he has ‘all the attributes of Allah. Reports continue to pop up in Middle East publications that Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is seen within his ruling AK Party as more than just a president. Joel Richardson, author of “The Islamic Antichrist” and director of the documentary film “End Times Eyewitness,” does not believe Erdogan is the Antichrist.
What has Turkey got to do with the end times?

Rev 17:1Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment {Chap 18} of the great harlot {17:5 MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH}{ the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”Babylon”} who sits on many waters {17:15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.}{the kings and the inhabitants of the earth} {17:3And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast [which was] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns}{Rev 12:3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.} {Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,}
2 “with whom the kings of the earth {Rev 13:1 the Scarlet Beast}{17:15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.}{17:2the kings and the inhabitants of the earth} {17:3And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast [which was] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns}{Rev 12:3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.}{Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,} committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman {17:5 MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH}{17:18 the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”Babylon} sitting on a scarlet beast {17:2 the kings of the earth} [which was] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. {Dan 2:42And [as] the toes of the feet [were] part of iron, and part of clay, [so] the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken  43And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.}{These 10 horns are kings/countries that once were the Ottoman Empire/Caliphates. Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya: Dan 2:42corresponding to the ten toes of the image in Dan 2.}{17:12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.} {Rev 12:3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.} {Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand year}
4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.
5 And on her forehead a name [was] written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 I saw the woman, {17:5 MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH}{ the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”Babylon} drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.
7 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman {17:5 MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH}{ the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”Babylon}{17:3And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast [which was] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns}{Rev 12:3.9And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.}{Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,}and of the beast {a scarlet beast}that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. {17:3And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast [which was] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns}{Rev 12:3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.}{Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,}
8 “The beast that you saw {17:3And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast [which was] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns}{Rev 12:3.9And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.}{Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,} was, and is not, and will ascend {Rev 11:7And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.}{Rev 9:2,11And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And they had a king over them, [which is] the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue [is] Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath [his] name Apollyon}{the Ottoman Empire}{Dan 7:23The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom [are] ten kings [that] shall arise and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings (ISIS) {These 10 horns are kings/countries that once were the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, Iran, Iraq (Babylon), Syria, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya: corresponding to the ten toes of the image of Dan Chap 2.} out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world {ISIS or Iran?}, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is {the Ottoman Empire}
9 “Here [is] the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains {countries/nations/Kings of the earth}on which the woman sits. {the kings and the inhabitants of the earth} {17:3And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast [which was] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns}
10 “There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, [and] the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time {ISIS Leader? or Iran Leader?}.
11 “The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. {the Ottoman Empire}{Dan 7:23The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom [are] ten kings [that] shall arise and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings (ISIS or Iran) {These 10 horns are kings/countries that once were the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, Iran, Iraq (Babylon), Syria, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya: corresponding to the ten toes of the image of Dan Chap 2.}
12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. {These 10 horns are kings/countries that once were the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, Iran, Iraq (Babylon), Syria, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya: corresponding to the ten toes of the image of Dan Chap 2}
13 “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.{The Scarlet Beast}
14 “These will make war with the Lamb,{Jesus Christ} and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those [who are] with Him [are] called, chosen, and faithful.”
15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. {17:2 “with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
16 “And the ten horns which you saw on the beast {These 10 horns are kings/countries that once were the Ottoman Empire/Caliphates. Turkey, Iran, Iraq (Babylon), Syria, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya: corresponding to the ten toes of the image of Dan Chap 2.}, these will hate the harlot, {17:5 MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH} make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. {Chap 18}
17 “For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, {These 10 horns are kings/countries that once were the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, Iran, Iraq (Babylon), Syria, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya: corresponding to the ten toes of the image of Dan Chap 2.} until the words of God are fulfilled.
18 “And the woman {17:5 MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH}{ the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”Babylon} whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.” {17:5 MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH}

The woman sitting on the beast, the harlot, is Babylon.
(also see: Rev 9:2,11; 13:1,5,12-15; Jer 51; Eze 26:7; 38:6; Dan 2:39-41; 7:19-26; 8:23-26; 11:40-45; Zech 1:19;)


1/5/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-the-iran-saudi-arabia-conflict-a-clash-of-civilizations/ The cold war between the two regional powers is likely to heat up, reviving an age-old sectarian war between Sunni and Shiite Islam in which every country and group in the Middle East will have to choose a side.
Consider the list: Lebanon, where for more than a year and a half there has been no president, partly because of the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran; Yemen, where a civil war is being waged with the direct intervention of Saudi forces and Iranian advisers; Syria, of course, where Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are fighting militias funded by Riyadh; Iraq (which is in many ways similar to Syria in that regard); and even the West Bank, where the Iranians give financial support to the Islamic Jihad, to the A-Sabireen movement in Gaza and, to a limited extent, to Hamas.
And indeed, nearly all the actors in the Middle Eastern arena now understand that the Iranian declarations are not hollow and that Tehran will try to give them substance in the form of an attack on the Saudi kingdom.
Any revenge attack via Shiite actors will draw a Saudi response. Which means, as the London-based site Al Araby Al Jadeed wrote Monday, the cold war will heat up suddenly into a more much more dangerous confrontation between the two countries.
It has to be said that this crisis, which is likely to lead to a clash of the two civilizations, Shiite and Sunni, does not come as much of a shock.
Hamas is not alone. From now on, the name of the game in our region is that every country or organization will have to choose a side. The Israeli-Arab conflict no longer interests decision-makers in Riyadh or Cairo; rather the battle for the future of the Middle East between Shiites and Sunnis occupies center stage.
Almost 1,400 years have passed since the first battles broke out within the Muslim world between the inheritors of the Prophet Muhammad, which led to the schism between Shiites and Sunnis, and it seems little has changed here: We are returning to the same very old sectarian war, which is likely to lead to severe ongoing bloodshed that will once again shape the face of the region.

1/5/16 http://defensetech.org/2016/01/04/u-s-navy-plans-to-fly-first-drone-swarm-this-summer/ The U.S. Navy is a leader in the area of swarm warfare, (LOCUST) the threat has been analyzed in a number of papers from the Naval Postgraduate School analyze the threat. Some of these are classified, but a 2012 paper by Loc Pham, “UAV Swarm Attack”  is open and makes uncomfortable reading.
Chung is staging a contest for swarms of small drones carry out simulated battles as a way of evaluating tactics and technology. His basic scenario is a 50-versus-50 encounter in which the Blue defenders attempt to stop Red attackers from getting through. Nobody knows much about drone-versus-drone combat yet, especially on this scale. How much autonomy do the drones need? How can the swarm commander stay in control in a fast-moving action?  How do quality and quantity balance out in battling swarms?
With manned aircraft, the pilot’s life counts for a lot; but swarming drones are expendable and high “casualties” do not matter. This is a very different world to the dogfights we have seen before.
The battles will be fought with small drones even cheaper than those used in LOCUST, but the tactics they discover may shape the future of warfare.
When a swarm of drones heads for an American carrier some time in the future, they might be intercepted by a defensive swarm. What happens next — whether the aircraft on the carrier’s deck are destroyed, or whether the attackers are beaten off — will depend on which side has the best grasp of an entirely new form of warfare. {Rev 9:2,3 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.
Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.}
If Saudi Arabia is Babylon and this latest news reflects the war coming, is it time Rev 17,18 to be fulfilled? Perhaps it is time to reveal the ‘beast’, the leader of the end times called the anti-Christ.
Watch!!!!
1/21/16 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-22/u-s-is-hiding-treasury-bond-data-that-s-suddenly-become-crucial This news is very damaging to Saudi Arabia!

For the time [has come] for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if [it begins] with us first, what will [be] the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1Pe 4:17 (The Gospel: the Birth, Life, Death, Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Messiah, and Eternal Life)

See: http://www.prophecyinthenews.com/   Nuclear Showdown in Iran Part 2 By PITN on January 8, 2015

He knows with whom he is dealing, that Caliph.  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15789#.VDwl9fldWSp  Cynical lies are good only for a strategic flight. Caliph Abu Bakr al Baghdadi deserves our respect. The European governments, mirror of the idle self-righteous conscience, are reluctant to act against the Islamists of the Caliph Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and his terrorista, who want to scar the society in which they lived and that gave them birth, who take pride in fighting for the Prophet and who are trying to sweep away any sign of civilization through the imposition of a regime of submission.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/saudi-cleric-isis-soldiers-must-kill-their-commanders/  Saudi Muslim cleric has bad news for members of the Muslim terror gang ISIS, also called Islamic State: They’re going to “hellfire.” The cleric warns that ISIS members are “apostates.”

8/8/14 http://townhall.com/columnists/hughhewitt/2014/08/08/we-dont-understand-real-evil-organized-evil-very-well-this-is-evil-incarnate-n1876441?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl  Ryan Crocker said, who was ambassador to Iraq under Mr. Bush and to Afghanistan under Mr. Obama. “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate. People like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the ISIS leader, “have been in a fight for a decade. They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2552589/The-real-life-DEATH-STAR-US-researchers-developing-laser-powerful-Earths-power-stations-combined.html ELI –  Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) Beamlines project is an EU-funded lab being developed with experts from around the world, including  Lawrence Livermore lab in the US, and being built in the Czech Republic. Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

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HAS THE DRAGON GIVEN ISIS HIS POWER, HIS THRONE, AND GREAT AUTHORITY?
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2/12/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/207933#.Vr4wlfkrKM8 Obama openly opposes only one section in new bill that calls to fight boycott of Israel; ‘history will show Obama actively advanced BDS.’
2/12/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/207936#.Vr4sPfkrKM8 In open breach of the Accords, PA Security Forces conduct drug raid in Eizariya, classified as Area B under full Israeli security control.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) Security Forces have been revealed to be actively policing in Arab suburbs of the capital city of Jerusalem, in a region classified as Area B in the 1994 Oslo Accords.
The Palestinian Wafa news agency reported on Thursday that the PA’s Al-Quds (Jerusalem) suburb police were active in Eizariya, a neighborhood located east of Abu Dis between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim.
In the suburb, the PA force seized illegal drugs, consisting of 55 pills of Ecstasy (MDMA) as well as other drugs including crystal meth and hashish.
The myriad of regions in Judea and Samaria classified as Area B are designated as being under the civilian administration of the PA, but under the full security control of Israel as per the Oslo Accords.
According to the agreement PA forces can only function in the regions after receiving approval from Israel, and are forbidden from carrying weapons in the area.
News of PA Security Forces being active in the suburbs of the capital raises particular concerns given the large precedent of PA policemen conducting terrorist attacks, aside from the obvious breach of Israel’s authority.
In late January Amjad Abu-Omar, a member of the PA Security Forces and formerly the personal bodyguard to the PA’s Attorney General, shot three IDF soldiers near Bet El north of Jerusalem, seriously wounding two and lightly wounding the third. Hamas responded by calling on more PA policemen to conduct attacks.
The PA and its Security Forces were created in the Oslo Accords in which Israel supplied them with weapons. The Accords led to the 2000 Second Intifada or Oslo War, in which over 1,000 Israelis were murdered; PA officials later bragged that 70% of the attacks were conducted by PA Security Force members.
2/12/16 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/02/12/Carter-Saudi-Arabia-UAE-to-provide-special-operations-forces-in-Islamic-State-fight/5851455279347/ The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have offered to provide special operations forces in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria, U.S. Secretary of defense Ashton Carter said Friday.
Carter also told reporters about the UAE’s renewed commitment to airstrikes in Syria to fight IS — also identified as Daesh, ISIS and ISIL.
“They indicated to me their willingness now to do more, which is important, specifically to restart their participation in the air campaign, which is very important,”he said after meeting with his UAE counterpart in Brussels.
“We’re going to try to give opportunities and power to … particularly Sunni Arabs in Syria who want to re-seize their territory back from ISIL, especially Raqqa.”
He added UAE special forces may soon assist in training and equipping local Sunni security forces, thus putting UAE troops on the ground in Syria.
“They have very capable special forces, and they have a unique political, and even moral, role to play in this conflict,” Carter said of the Emirates and of Saudi Arabia, each a Sunni nation, “and that makes them important partners in that regard, as well as the very powerful military capability they both bring.
Although the United States has offered no new munitions to its Sunni partners, the U.S. government’s budget for fiscal 2017 includes a request for $1.8 billion for precision guided missiles to use against IS.”
2/12/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/207927#.Vr1CUvkrKM8 Major world powers agreed overnight Thursday to a plan aimed at breaking the deadlock in Syria, Reuters reported, citing a diplomatic source. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/207927#.Vr1CUvkrKM8
According to the source, the plan would introduce a gradual cessation of hostilities and quick humanitarian aid in the country with a view to creating conditions to revive peace talks.
“We did not get a deal on the immediate end of Russian bombings, but we have a commitment to a process that if it works would change the situation,” a Western diplomatic source told Reuters.
The working group of 17 countries meeting in Munich agreed “to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities to begin in a target of one week’s time,” he was quoted as having said.
They also agreed to immediately “accelerate and expand” humanitarian aid to the war-torn country.
2/12/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran/Senior-Iranian-military-official-The-US-is-subordinate-to-Iran-in-the-Middle-East-444464 Naqdi claimed that Iran under the Shah’s rule was subordinate to the American administration, while today the United States subordinates to Iran’s dominance in the Middle East.
2/11/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Emerging-split-within-Hamas-military-wing-following-the-execution-of-one-of-its-own-men-444541 Hamas said that it executed Eshtaiwi for “moral and behavioral trespasses.” He was a senior commander of Izaddin Al-Kassam and was in charge of some of its tunnels in the Gaza Strip. On Thursday, a hitherto unknown group called “The Free Al-Kassam Brigade” issued a statement in which it strongly condemned the execution of Eshtaiwi and called for an investigation. Sources in the Gaza Strip said that the group consists of members of Izaddin Al-Kassam who belong to Eshtaiwi’s family.
2/10/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25221/In-new-Syrian-exodus-some-50-000-refugees-head-to-Jordanian-Israeli-borders Syria’s refugee crisis in the north is now repeating itself in the south, with tens of thousands of destitute women, children and elderly people fleeing their homes – not this time from beleaguered Aleppo to the Turkish border, but from the southern region of Daraa towards the Jordanian and Israeli borders.
Unlike the broad coverage of the refugee crisis on the Syrian-Turkish border, the refugee exodus from the south has received scant media attention – even from Israeli correspondents.
With the intensification of attacks in southern Syria, about 50,000 refugees are now streaming toward Jordan and another 20,000 making tracks from Israel’s Golan border at Quneitra.
A desperate SOS appeared on social media Wednesday, Feb. 10, in which the rebel-controlled Daraa Provincial Council warned that tens of thousands of civilians were in flight from Russian air strikes and the barrel bombs dropped by the Syrian warplanes and helicopters.
There was no way to bring water, food or medicines to the fleeing refugees.
Military sources monitoring the situation report that the exodus was first touched off by the fall of Alaman, 3 km north of Daraa in the last few days to Syrian and Hizballah forces. They next cut off parts of Highway 5 from Daraa to Damascus. The rebels were left with only one remaining escape route, the road to the Jordanian border, but that too is under heavy fire, forcing the refugees to go round through rough country.
2/9/16 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/02/09/Iraqi-troops-fully-capture-Ramadi-reopen-road-to-Baghdad/1371455053155/ Iraq said Tuesday its military completely recaptured the city of Ramadi, reopening a road to Baghdad after weeks of mop-up operations against Islamic State militants.
2/9/16   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKCN0VI0BT?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews  The recapture of Aden by Gulf Arab coalition troops last summer has failed to provide any respite from Yemen’s civil war, with residents facing a wave of bomb and gun attacks that is crippling efforts to stabilize the city.
Seven months after rebel fighters from the Iranian-allied Houthi militia were driven out of the strategic southern port, there are almost daily assassinations of judges, security officials and police.
Since July, the Gulf coalition and local security forces have struggled to impose order in Aden, opening the way for Islamic State, al Qaeda and other armed groups to operate there with impunity.
The challenges in Aden show how difficult it will be to restore order to a country gripped by months of conflict in which 6,000 have been killed and where Islamist militants have exploited widespread security weaknesses in what Saudi Arabia sees as its backyard.
Islamic State or al Qaeda are thought to be holed up in the neighborhood among hundreds of civilians.
2/9/16 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-protests-idUSKCN0VI11X?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews Protests intensified in Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Tuesday after the government unveiled new austerity measures to avert an economic collapse that officials warn could undermine the war effort against Islamic State. Some Kurdish peshmerga fighters blocked the main road outside their base in the city of Sulaimaniyah on a third day of strikes and demonstrations by police and other government employees demanding their salaries.
Riyad Hijab was prime minister of Syria in 2012 under the dictator Bashar al-Assad; he became the highest-ranking defector from the regime when he switched sides and joined the rebels. He is now the leader of the High Negotiating Committee that represented the Syrian opposition at last week’s meetings in Geneva, which collapsed after two days. Kerry had pressured the Syrian opposition leaders to attend, even warning they could lose their U.S. funding if they boycotted. Hijab says that Kerry’s approach — to try to persuade Assad and Russia to negotiate while the offensive continues — has actually made things much worse.
2/8/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25217/Obama-backtracks-on-Israel-defense-package-to-counter-Iran-nuclear-deal- US President Barack Obama has retracted on his pledge of an extra defense package to compensate Israel for the damage caused its security by the nuclear deal concluded with Iran last year. This flat refusal, reported here by DEBKAfile’s Washington sources, confronted Israeli officials when they met last week with heads of the National Security Council at the White House. Obama is in no mood to change his mind. Administration officials have laid the ground for his position by underestimating the amounts released to Iran by the lifting of sanctions as no more than around $50 billion, whereas Israel, whose concern strongly reflects that of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates, says the real sum on tap for Tehran is double or even triple that amount.
2/8/16 http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/saudi-arabia-masses-150-000-troops-support-airstrikes-yemen-n330416 The adviser, who asked that his name not be used, did not say whether any of Saudi troops had crossed the border into Yemen as part of the kingdom’s military intervention to arrest Yemen’s rapidly deteriorating crisis. But he said Saudi Arabia was in “complete control” of Yemeni airspace after launching airstrikes overnight and started implementing a no-fly zone.
The conflict risks becoming a proxy war between Sunni Muslim states and Shiite Iran, which Saudi Arabia
2/8/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/do-we-have-to-hijack-your-planes-again-palestinian-official-asks/ Former Palestinian peace negotiator Nabil Shaath said in an interview earlier this month that he often asks Westerners whether Arabs have to “hijack your planes and destroy your airports again” to make the world take notice of the Palestinian cause.
2/8/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/207686 Hamas and Fatah leaders met on Sunday in the Qatari capital, Doha, for yet another round of talks about a long-stalled reconciliation agreement.
According to Hamas’s Alresalah website, senior Hamas leader Hussam Badran confirmed the meeting, but said no new agreements have been reached.
Both factions will discuss the reconciliation dossiers, and strategies to bring them to solid ground, Badran added, noting that Hamas would not accept “preliminary conditions” for the talks.
2/8/16 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/12143376/EUs-110bn-problem-save-Schengen-economic-crisis.html The collapse of the Schengen system of open borders risks plunging Europe into fresh economic turmoil, Hungary’s foreign minister has warned.
Europe’s escalating migration crisis– which saw over a million people pour into the continent last year – has led to the re-introduction of temporary border controls in the EU for the first time time in two decades, threatening to reverse one of Brussels’ landmark integration projects.
2/7/16 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-security-idUSKCN0VG0RY?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday called on other countries not to interfere in the kingdom’s internal affairs in what appeared to be a rebuke to Riyadh’s main foe Iran, which it accuses of attempting to stir unrest.
Iran denies seeking to destabilize the region or incite sectarian hatred. It in turn accuses Riyadh of fomenting discord by backing rebels in Syria, going to war in Yemen and propagating an ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim school that declares Shi’ites heretical.
2/6/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/un-chief-34-groups-now-allied-with-islamic-state/ Thirty-four extremist groups from around the world had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group as of mid-December — and that number will only grow in 2016, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report Friday.
“The recent expansion of the ISIL sphere of influence across west and north Africa, the Middle East and south and southeast Asia demonstrates the speed and scale at which the gravity of the threat has evolved in just 18 months,” Ban said, using another abbreviation for the group.
Adding to the threat, IS is “the world’s wealthiest terrorist organization,” Ban said, citing estimates the group generated $400-$500 million from oil and oil products in 2015, despite an embargo.
According to the UN mission in Iraq, cash taken from bank branches located in provinces under IS control totaled $1 billion. The mission also estimates that a tax on trucks entering IS controlled-territory generates nearly $1 billion a year, he said.
The extremist group captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria less than two years ago and despite international efforts to oust them, Ban said IS continues to maintain its presence in both countries and is expanding to other regions.
2/6/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/207604#.VrYzq_krKM8  With rebel forces facing the prospect of a crushing defeat by Syria’s Russian-backed regime, their allies Saudi Arabia and Turkey may send in limited numbers of ground troops, analysts say.
Riyadh has left open the possibility of deploying soldiers, saying it would “contribute positively” if the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) jihadist group in Syria decides on ground action.
The fate of Saudi-backed Syrian armed opposition groups fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad is also a major concern for Riyadh.
Turkey and Saudi already belong to a US-led coalition which officially has 65 members. It has been bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq, as well as training local forces to fight the extremists.
2/6/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/with-thousands-en-route-turkey-reaffirms-open-borders-for-syrian-refugees/ Ankara, already home to 2 million displaced by civil war, vows to keep helping those ‘fleeing aggression, Assad and Russian air strikes’
2/6/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25215/Russian-hands-off-warning-to-US-Saudis-Turks-amid-crucial-Aleppo-battle The five-year Syrian civil war, faces its most critical moment. Saturday, Feb. 6, a combined force of Syrian army and Hizballah troops and an Iraqi Shiite militia under Iranian officers, were led by Russian air and Spetsnaz (special forces) officers into pressing forward to encircle 35,000 rebels trapped in Aleppo, the country’s largest city. As they tightened the siege, 400,000 Syrian civilians were also trapped and forced to bear heavy Russian air bombardment and savage artillery fire from the ground forces closing in on the city.
Rebel supply routes were cut off Thursday and Friday when Syrian and Hizballah forces captured the Azaz Corridor connecting Aleppo and all of the northern province of Idlib to the Turkish border.
Tens of thousands of refugees fleeing from the beleaguered town are massing at Bab al-Salama, the last Turkish border crossing to be closed against them. This is the largest Syrian refugee exodus since the start of the civil war.
DEBKAfile’s military sources have seen no sign of any ceasefire or even a slowdown in the Russian-led Syrian-Iranian Aleppo offensive.
2/5/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/saudi-official-kingdom-ready-to-send-troops-to-syria/ A  Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels.
Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri told The Associated Press that Saudi Arabia has taken part in coalition airstrikes against IS since the US-led campaign began in September 2014, but could now provide ground troops.
The United States is scheduled to convene a meeting of defense ministers from countries fighting IS in Brussels this month.
“We are determined to fight and defeat Daesh,” Asiri said, using the Arabic acronym for IS. He didn’t elaborate on how many troops the kingdom would send.
Saudi Arabia is deeply involved in Yemen’s civil war, where it is fighting Iranian-backed Shiite rebels. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries have long viewed Iran as a regional menace, and Riyadh and Tehran back opposite sides in the wars in Syria and Yemen.
2/4/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/207544#.VrOSJLIrKM8  Russia’s defense ministry on Thursday accused Turkey of actively preparing to invade Syria as recriminations flew following a bitter breakdown in Syrian peace talks.
“We have serious grounds to suspect Turkey is in intensive preparations for an armed invasion of the territory of a sovereign state – the Syrian Arab Republic,” the ministry said in a statement.
2/4/16 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/04/iraq-builds-wall-and-trench-around-baghdad-to-stop-militant-attacks  Last month, according to UN figures, 490 civilians were killed and 1,157 were wounded in Iraq – figures that include the federal police, civil defence forces and personal security details. Baghdad was the worst affected, with 299 civilians killed and 785 wounded.
Iraq has begun building a wall and a trench around Baghdad in a bid to prevent militant attacks and reduce the large number of checkpoints inside the city.
The interior ministry’s spokesman, police Brigadier General Saad Maan, told the Associated Press that work began this week on a 100km (65-mile) stretch of the wall and trench on the northern and northwestern approaches of the capital.
The wall will be three metres (10 feet) high and partially made up of concrete barriers already in use across much of the capital, he said. He declined to specify the measurements of the trench.
2/3/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/207448#.VrF2_7IrKM8  The UN’s special envoy on Tuesday warned that all hope to resolve Syria’s civil war would be lost if the latest attempt at peace talks failed, after the opposition said Russian airstrikes threatened to derail the discussions before they had begun.
The main opposition umbrella group attending the talks said Russia’s “unprecedented” bombardment near Aleppo — 270 raids since Monday morning, according to monitors — threatened to scupper efforts to end the almost five-year conflict.
“Since last night a big massacre is taking place in Syria and nobody is doing anything. Nobody is saying anything, the international community is completely blind,” said Salem al-Meslet from the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), according to the AFP news agency.
2/3/16 http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.701033 REUTERS – Britain said on Tuesday Russia could be trying to carve out an Alawite mini-state in Syria for its ally President Bashar Assad by bombing his opponents instead of fighting Islamic State militants.
2/2/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-open-to-terrorists-attending-syria-peace-talks/ Syria’s official SANA news agency reported the capture of Hardatneen, north of Aleppo, as UN envoy Staffan de Mistura kicked off what he called a second day of peace talks in Geneva by hosting a government delegation for the second time since Friday. He said he would meet with the main opposition group later in the day.
2/2/16 http://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-coalition-idINKCN0VA3S4 n international coalition is pushing back Islamic State militants in their Syrian and Iraqi strongholds, but the group is threatening Libya and could seize the nation’s oil wealth, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.Officials from 23 countries met in Rome to review the fight against Islamic State militants, who have created a self-proclaimed Caliphate across swathes of Syria and Iraq, and are spreading into other countries, notably Libya.
The one-day Rome meeting took place as talks have begun in Geneva to try to end the five-year-old Syrian civil war, which has killed at least 250,000 people, driven more than 10 million from their homes and drawn in the United States and Russia on opposite sides.
While Washington has long said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost the legitimacy to lead, it has made clear that its first priority is to try to rein in Islamic State group.
“If you want to beat Daesh quickly, then get a negotiated deal to end the Syria war,” Kerry said.
2/2/16 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=31491 Amid Geneva talks to end Syrian conflict, triple bombing carried out by Islamic State militants kills at least 50 people in predominantly Shiite suburb of Damascus.
2/1/16 http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bofa-oil-crash-kicking-off-024933523.html A new note from Francisco Blanch at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, however, puts the oil move into a much bigger perspective, arguing that a sustained price plunge “will push back $3 trillion a year from oil producers to global consumers, setting the stage for one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history.”
2/1/16 http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/A-fragile-alliance-441390  Egypt’s fragile alliance with the US as it faces terrorist threat
1/31/16 http://www.jpost.com/printarticle.aspx?id=443425  PM warns Palestinian terror group against reestablishing network of underground passageways. Israel will respond more forcefully than it did during 2014’s Operation protective Edge if it is attacked from the Gaza Strip’s terror tunnels, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
1/31/16 http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/30/the-us-mosque-obama-has-chosen-for-his-first-presidential-visit-has-deep-extremist-ties/ The Baltimore mosque President Obama has chosen as the first U.S.-based mosque to visit during his presidency has deep ties to extremist elements, including to the Muslim Brotherhood.
**1/31/16 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-22/u-s-is-hiding-treasury-bond-data-that-s-suddenly-become-crucial A big risk is that the kingdom is selling some of its Treasury holdings, believed to be among the largest in the world, to raise needed dollars. Or could it be buying, looking for a port in the latest financial storm? As a matter of policy, the Treasury has never disclosed the holdings of Saudi Arabia, long a key ally in the volatile Middle East, and instead groups it with 14 other mostly OPEC nations including Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Nigeria. For more than a hundred other countries, from China to the Vatican, the Treasury provides a detailed breakdown of how much U.S. debt each holds.
“It’s mind-boggling they haven’t undone it,” said Edwin Truman, the former Treasury assistant secretary for international affairs during the late 1990s, and now a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. Because relations were rocky and the U.S. needed their oil, the Treasury “didn’t want to offend OPEC. It’s hard to justify this special treatment for OPEC at this point.” Saudi Arabia, 14 other mostly OPEC nations including Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Nigeria, more than a hundred other countries, from China to the Vatican, Khalid Alsweilem, SAMA’s former head of investment, Alsweilem, who spent 20 years at SAMA and now advocates for fiscal reforms as a fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, And events in recent months, from President Barack Obama’s landmark nuclear deal with Iran to Saudi Arabia In the past year alone. Saudi Arabia burned through about $100 billion of foreign-exchange reserves.  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-22/u-s-is-hiding-treasury-bond-data-that-s-suddenly-become-crucial
Dan 8:23″And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes. 24His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and [also] the holy people. [The Beast of Revelation 13:1, ISIS?] [13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority][until the words of God shall be fulfilled].
25″Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt [himself] in his heart. He shall destroy many in [their] prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. [The Lord God Almighty will intervene. Revelation 16; Zechariah 12-14;] http://revelationlastday.com/revelation-of-jesus-christ/revelation-22/isis-daniel-prophecy-revelation/
Dr. Khalid Alsweilem is the former Chief Counselor and Head of Investment at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA). He joined SAMA in 1991 after completing a two-year post doctoral fellowship at Harvard University’s Department of Economics. A quasi-sovereign wealth fund. Peterson Institute’s Truman .
**1/31/16 http://www.wnd.com/2016/01/insider-warns-elites-heading-toward-one-world-solutions/ The Global Sherpa is, Theodore Roosevelt Malloch. The annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, has just wrapped up after a focus on a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” and other issues the global elites consider important to the entire world community.
Some years ago, I was presiding over a conference in Washington, D.C., with CNN and Margaret Thatcher was the keynote speaker,” Malloch recalled. “And when I introduced her, she said, ‘Whoever invented this and brought this congress to fruition is truly a global sherpa.’ So it’s become a moniker of mine. I’ve helped companies, I’ve helped organizations, I’ve helped political leaders find their way in this rather difficult and increasingly complex landscape.”
His experience, he said, allows him to recognize the drive, then, toward globalism. There’s “not much interest in old-fashioned values or virtues, not much attention to national sovereignty any longer,” he said.
1/31/16 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/3-killed-in-suspected-Islamist-attack-in-northern-Kenya-443365  In the past, such attacks in Kenya have been carried out by al Shabaab, a Somali militant group which wants to punish Kenya for sending its troops into Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping force.
1/31/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/350203#.Vq565bIrKM8 NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg cautioned Russia against violating Turkey’s sovereignty and called to Turkey to avoid violating Turkey’s airspace. The warning followed a statement made by Turkey’s Foreign Minister, who accused a Russian fighter jet of infiltrating Turkish airspace.  Russia denied the claims, calling them “baseless propaganda.
**1/31/16 http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35455772 The UK’s biggest bank, HSBC, plans to impose a global freeze on pay and hiring in 2016, sources have said. An email was sent to staff on Friday outlining the measures as part of the bank’s cost-cutting drive. A source confirmed the email’s contents to the BBC after it was first reported by Reuters. “As flagged in our investor update we have targeted significant cost reductions by the end of 2017,” they said. In June, London-based HSBC outlined to investors that it would slash $5bn (£3.5bn) in costs by 2017. The bank said at the time that it planned to cut 8,000 of its 48,000 workforce in the UK, and axe 25,000 jobs globally. The UK workforce has since gone down to 45,000.
HSBC also said in June that it would shrink its investment bank by a third in response to sluggish economic growth and tighter global regulation of banking risk.
The banking giant is also considering moving its global headquarters away from London.
Meanwhile, HSBC said its UK internet and mobile banking services had “fully recovered” late on Friday after suffering a cyber attack.
1/30/16 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/UN-chief-Ban-alarmed-over-Hamas-vow-to-rebuild-Gaza-tunnels-443297 “Such statements and actions put at risk reconstruction, humanitarian and development efforts by the international community and Palestinian and Israeli authorities,” Ban said. “They also do a serious disservice to the long-suffering people of Gaza.”
The Secretary General added that after three major conflicts in the past seven years, people in Gaza and the people of southern Israel deserve a chance for peace and development.”
He also reiterated that he condemns terrorism “in all its manifestations” and added that every effort must be made to improve the living conditions of the people of Gaza.
1/29/16 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=31433 In first tripartite summit, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek PM Alexis Tsipras agree to “promote peace, stability, security and prosperity in the Mediterranean” • “This is a historic agreement,” Netanyahu says.
Shlomo Cesana, Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
The projected cost of the Israel-Greece pipeline is $6 billion. The pipelines to Turkey and Egypt are expected to cost $2 billion each.
**1/29/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-britain-spied-on-idf-drone-operations-for-years/  and British intelligence services have spied on the Israeli air force for at least 18 years, after cracking the IDF’s special encryption system for communication between fighter jets, drones and army bases, Israel’s military censor approved for publication Friday, after reports of the spying operation appeared in two overseas publications.
The two countries have reportedly used this access to monitor IDF operations in Gaza, watch for a potential Israeli strike on Iran, and keep tabs on the drone technology that Israel exports. Israel said later Friday it was disappointed but not surprised by the revelations.
Based on documents and photos leaked by US intelligence whistle-blower Edward Snowden, which had previously been classified, the news reports said the US and Britain have for years been able to track the transmissions of Israeli aircraft, and effectively view images and videos broadcast to IDF commands during drone operations in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and near the Jewish state’s northern border.
The tracking has been done from a Royal Air Force installation in the Troodos Mountains, near Mount Olympus, the highest point on the Island of Cyprus, according to The Intercept, which, along with German newspaper Der Spiegel, first published the documents.
The IDF encryption code was cracked as part of a major intelligence operation that has been conducted by the US’s National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, since 1998, the Ynet news site reported. Throughout the operation, many ciphers for advanced weapons systems used by Hezbollah, Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Syria were broken.
1/29/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/207224 The United States has backtracked somewhat on its previous assessment ofNorth Korea’s recent nuclear testCNN reported Thursday.
While Washington originally expressed skepticism over Pyongyang’s claims that it tested a hydrogen bomb during the January 6 test, it now believes North Korea might have attempted to test components of a hydrogen bomb after further review and analysis of the latest intelligence information, officials told the news network.
A U.S. official directly familiar with the latest assessment said there may have been a partial, failed test of some type of components associated with a hydrogen bomb. The assessment comes after careful examination of the latest intelligence analysis of the test data. But the official emphasized there is no final conclusion, according to CNN.
Immediately following the test earlier this month, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the initial analysis that have been conducted was “not consistent” with a successful hydrogen bomb test.
The U.S. still does not accept North Korea’s claim that it tested a hydrogen bomb, but air sampling conducted after the test has proved inconclusive, the official said. That prompted another look at the seismic data.
That analysis shows the test was conducted more than two times deeper underground than originally assessed — at a depth consistent with what might be needed for a hydrogen bomb, according to the CNN report.
However, the size of the seismic event and other intelligence indicates it was not likely a fully functioning device. The official said it’s possible the North Koreans believe they conducted a full hydrogen bomb test, but the U.S. believes it was likely only some components, perhaps a detonator, that exploded.
Following the January 6 test, the House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously to pass legislation that would broaden sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear program.
The measure passed by 418-2, with overwhelming support from Republicans and Democrats.
**1/28/16 http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/01/28/listen-breitbarts-klein-warns-shiite-sunni-mega-confrontation-coming/ TEL AVIV – The Islamic State, Al-Qaida, and the Muslim Brotherhood are preparing for a major confrontation with Western-backed forces in Libya, Syria, and beyond, reported Breitbart Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein.
Speaking during his regular segment on John Batchelor’s popular nighttime radio program, Klein highlighted recent events that he said indicate a looming confrontation between Shiite and Sunni-armed forces.
Klein pointed to a recent report at Breitbart Jerusalem indicting the Libyan branches of the Islamic State, Al-Qaida, and the Muslim Brotherhood are in discussions to complete a “mega merger” in the country.
1/28/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25191/Russians-let-Hizballah-into-Daraa-breaking-their-promise-to-Israel On Wednesday, Jan. 27 a large Hizballah force entered the southern Syrian town of Daraa, a critically dangerous event for Israel’s security. The way to the town, which lies near the Jordanian border and across from the Israeli Golan, was opened before Hizballah by none other than Russian forces. This was a blatant violation of President Vladimir Putin’s commitments to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jordanian King Abdullah not to permit Iranian and Iran-backed forces, such as Hizballah and Iraqi and Afghani Shiite militias, reach their borders in consequence of Russia’s military intervention  in the Syria war.
Daraa is just 32 km from the southern Golan and 12 km from the Jordanian border. Hizballah forces in this town are therefore within easy striking distance from northern Israeli and Jordan.
What happened Wednesday was that a sizeable Hizballah contingent made it into Daraa, the day after a Syrian unit under the command of Russian officers captured the town of Sheikh Maskin, cutting off rebel forces east of Daraa from their comrades to the west.
Control of Sheikh Maskin is the key to the crossroads leading to Damascus in the north, the Druze Mountain town of es-Suwaida in the east, and Quneitra on Golan opposite Israel’s northern defenses.
The battle for Sheikh Maskin was the first in the Syrian conflict to be directly fought under Russian command. Its fall sparked accounts of Russian officers commanding Syrian troops in different parts of Syria.
So far, Israel has not reacted to the Hizballah force’s advance, notwithstanding public statements by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon that this would never be allowed to happen.
1/28/16 http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/01/28/swedish-authorities-impound-turkish-cargo-ship-carrying-tonnes-of-explosives-rockets-ammunition/ The Swedish government is holding a Turkish owned cargo ship loaded with explosives and rockets bound for the Middle East, with experts voicing concerns it could be an explosion risk. Bound for an unconfirmed port in the Middle East, possibly in Yemen or Oman by way of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Montenegro. Investigators have discovered bare 380-volt cables and other ignition risks, and an explosives expert has said if the cargo went up, it could take out the whole harbour town of Varberg together with its 30,000 inhabitants.
1/28/16 http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/01/28/report-hezbollah-wooing-hamas-to-lebanon-for-meetings-with-iranian-officials/ Hezbollah’s deputy secretary general has invited a Hamas leader to Beirut to meet with Iranian officials, including members of the Revolutionary Guards, “for talks aimed at improving ties,” London-based pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Alawsat reported on Thursday.
Abu Marzook was apparently chosen by Hezbollah because he has enjoyed close relations with officials from Tehran in the past, before the group pulled out of Syria in 2012, just a year after the conflict there began.
According to reports, Hamas rejected recent Iranian overtures for increased financial assistance this month, because Iran predicated the aid on backing Tehran in its conflict with Saudi Arabia, following Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric in early January.
1/28/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Delicate-Syria-talks-to-proceed-this-week-442895 WASHINGTON – Warring sides in Syria’s civil war received invitations to negotiate this week in Geneva, after fits and starts to the process, the UN announced on Tuesday.
1/28/16 http://freebeacon.com/national-security/obama-administration-orders-labeling-of-israeli-goods/ A memo issued earlier this month by the Obama administration directs the U.S. “trade community” and government partner agencies to explicitly label Israeli-made goods that have been produced in the West Bank.
The Jan. 23 directive states that it is “not acceptable” to label goods coming from Israeli companies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as having been produced in “Israel.”
The order comes amid an effort by the European Union to label Israeli-made goods, a move the Israeli government called anti-Israel and that prominent anti-Semitism watchdog groups have condemned as among the worst incidents of anti-Semitism in 2015.
This is a shift from the administration’s previous position. A State Department spokesman told reporters in November that such labeling could be perceived as “a step on the way to a boycott” and said boycotts would be opposed by the administration.
But earlier this month, senior Obama administration officials defended the EU’s move and reaffirmed its position against “Israeli settlement activity.”
1/27/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran/Syrian-opposition-groups-accuse-Kerry-of-working-to-maintain-Irans-dominance-of-Syria-442717 Members of the Syrian opposition lashed out at US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, accusing him of taking the side of Iran and Russia in discussions over Syria’s future.
Following his meeting with the Syrian coordinator, many Syrian opposition members claimed that Kerry had essentially demanded they accept Russia’s and Iran’s diktats. These claims may be well-based, since Kerry’s demands are a non-starter for the radical factions within the Syrian opposition, such as Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Islam, that reject any compromise that includes Assad.
1/27/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/Netanyahu-Extremist-Islamists-ISIS-and-Iran-using-technology-to-take-the-world-backward-442814 “There is currently a struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil,” PM tells CyberTech event.
“There is currently a struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil, led by extremist Islam, Iran and ISIS,” Army Radio quoted the prime minister as saying.
“They are using technology that is intended to push humanity forward, to take the world backward,” he added.
The prime minister said that Israel was committed to the fight against these forces.
1/27/16 http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/UN-chief-Ban-condemns-terror-wave-but-says-it-is-human-nature-to-react-to-occupation-442846 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday of supporting Palestinian terrorism. “It is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism,” Ban had told a Security Council meeting in New York.
1/26/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/romes-nude-statues-covered-up-ahead-of-rouhani-visit/ In further concession to Iranian president, official dinner with Italian PM does not include wine on the menu. So as not to offend his Islamic sensibilities, Italian media reported Tuesday.
1/26/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/349769 Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said while visiting Greece that “Turkey is an accomplice to terror. ISIS (Islamic State) is enjoying Turkish funds thanks to Turkey’s purchase of oil from the terrorist group.”
“Turkey is facilitating the movement of Jihadists from Europe to Syria and Iraq and back to Europe, and is part of ISIS’s terror network in Europe. I hope that this will stop,” Ya’alon said during a meeting with his Greek counterpart.
1/26/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/207031#.VqbVOPkrKM8 PLO Secretary-General claims Netanyahu is controlling the Palestinians through the Civil Administration and COGAT. Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat on Monday claimed that the “acting president” of the Palestinians is none other thanIDF General Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), a Defense Ministry unit which coordinates civilian issues between the Israeli government, the IDF, international organizations, diplomats, and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
1/25/16 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-opec-badri-idUSKCN0V30YA?feedType=RSS&feedName=businessNews OPEC officials said on Monday the oil market was poised to start rebalancing itself after prices sank to their lowest since 2003, a sign the exporter group will stick to its policy of not cutting supplies without help from rival producers.
While non-OPEC supply is expected to fall this year, output from OPEC could rise following the lifting of sanctions on Iran, Iraq’s plan to further expand supplies and no sign of Saudi Arabia cutting back from near-record levels.
1/23/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-china-vow-tighter-ties-as-president-xi-jinping-visits/ The Asian giant and the Middle East’s foremost Shiite power aim to build economic ties worth up to $600 billion within the next 10 years, Rouhani announced.
1/21/16 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-22/u-s-is-hiding-treasury-bond-data-that-s-suddenly-become-crucial This info is very damaging to Saudi Arabia!
1/22/15 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-libya-islamicstate-idUSKCN0V02AN?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews  Decisive military action is needed to halt the spread of Islamic State in Libya, the top U.S. military officer said on Friday, warning the group wanted to use the country as a platform to coordinate activity across Africa.
General Joseph Dunford said he believed the U.S. military leadership owed President Barack Obama and the U.S. defense secretary ideas about the “way ahead” for dealing with the militant group’s expansion in Libya.
He described it as an “immediate imperative”.
1/21/16 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/BtIlvYpYjSA/story01.htm  Israel confirmed on Thursday it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate tensions with Western allies and already drawing international condemnation.
In an email sent to Reuters, COGAT, a unit of Israel’s Defence Ministry, said the political decision to seize the territory had been taken and “the lands are in the final stages of being declared state lands”.
1/22/16 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/5-Palestinians-reported-injured-from-IDF-gunshots-during-Friday-riots-442484  Five Palestinians were wounded from gunshots fired at them by Israeli troops during riots in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said.
In the West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum, witnesses told the Ma’an news agency that Israel Defense Forces troops on Friday shot and injured three Palestinians, one of whom was a minor.
Murad Shtewei, a local Palestinian who organizes what he calls resistance activities against Israeli troops, told Ma’an that 9-year-old Ayat Zahi was shot in the hand while standing on the porch of her house in the area where clashes were taking place. She was taken to Rafidia hospital in moderate condition.
1/22/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/349320 At World Economic Forum, PM makes case for expanding military aid, which ‘pales in comparison to enormous funds Iran gets.’
1/22/16  http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Netanyahu-Sunni-Arab-states-more-realistic-about-Israeli-Palestinian-conflict-than-EU-442348  “There is a great shift taking place…we used to think that if we solved the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it would solve the larger Israeli Arab conflict. The more I look at it, the more I think it may be the other way around. That by nurturing these relationships that are taking place now with the Arab world, that could actually help us resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and we’re actually working towards that end,” he said.
1/22/16 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-prisoners-insight-idUSKCN0UZ0Q7?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews When FBI agents arrested Bahram Mechanic in April last year, prosecutors described the Houston-based Iranian-American entrepreneur as an illegal purchasing agent for Iran’s military and a threat to national security. When the 69-year-old walked out of a Houston detention center on Sunday before dawn, it was with a pardon from President Barack Obama that was negotiated secretly with Iran over months in exchange for the release of four Americans.
The reversal of fortune for Mechanic and six other Iranian men who received clemency in a deal accompanying the lifting of international sanctions on Iran underscores how quickly assumptions about U.S. relations with Tehran have shifted.
1/22/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/206859#.VqJ4sfkrKM8 China’s President says his country supports the creation of a Palestinian state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital. The Chinese leader announced in a speech at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo that China is allocating $7.6 million in aid to the Palestinian people. He also said that China would provide $30 million in humanitarian aid to Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya and Yemen in 2016, as well as $300 million in aid to Arab countries for bolstering law enforcement and police training, according to Al-Ahram.
1/22/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/349364 The governments of China and Egypt have signed a joint ventures agreement worth $15 billion.
The deal was signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Cairo. It calls for, among other things, cooperation in the fields of energy, transportation, and the fight against terror.
1/22/16 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/3fAxsNLDMPU/story01.htm Syrian peace talks will go ahead in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted on Thursday, but with just days to go, rival camps bickered about who should be invited to take part. “How can talks happen with just one side?,” Alloush said.
Mohamad Alloush as chief negotiator for the opposition.
He is a member of the politburo of Jaysh al-Islam (Islam Army), a major rebel faction which Russia considers a terrorist group, and – diplomats say – is a close relative of Zahran Alloush, killed in a Russian air strike last month.
But many of Assad’s foes view Jaysh al-Islam as a legitimate part of the opposition.
Alloush insisted the Syrian government must halt attacks on civilians and end blockades before the talks can go ahead.
1/22/16 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/World-Islamic-body-backs-Saudi-stance-in-spat-with-Iran-442452 The world’s largest Muslim body backed Saudi Arabia in its weeks-long diplomatic spat with Iran in a statement issued on Thursday night, accusing Tehran of backing terrorism and meddling in other countries’ affairs.  The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), based in the Saudi city of Jeddah, had gathered for an exceptional meeting called by Riyadh over the storming of its embassy and consulate by Iranian protesters on Jan. 2.
1/21/16 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/dkfUp1Q5-gE/story01.htm Columbia Peace Deal?
1/20/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-starts-massive-fence-on-southern-border-with-jordan/  $77 million barrier will run from the southern resort town of Eilat to new airport under construction in Timna Valley.
1/20/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Saudis-not-ruling-out-nuclear-option-if-Iran-gets-bomb-442087 on Iran as a result of its nuclear deal with world powers will be a harmful development if it uses the extra money to fund “nefarious activities,” Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters on Tuesday.
Asked in an exclusive interview if Saudi Arabia had discussed seeking a nuclear bomb in the event Iran managed to obtain one despite its atomic deal, he said Saudi Arabia would do “whatever we need to do in order to protect our people.”
1/20/16
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4755295,00.html   The US does not oppose the European Union’s decision to label products as coming from Jewish West Bank settlements, the State Department said Tuesday. “We do not view labeling the origin of products as being from the settlements a boycott of Israel. We also do not believe that labeling the origin of products is equivalent to a boycott,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby said at a press briefing. Kirby defended Shapiro’s statements, saying the ambassador was simply reiterating long-standing US policies regarding Israel’s settlement construction.
“Our long-standing position on settlements is clear. We view Israeli settlements activity as illegitimate and counterproductive to the cause of peace. We remain deeply concerned about Israel’s current policy on settlements including construction, planning, and retroactive legalizations,” he said.
1/19/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/206589#.Vp3IUPkrKM8  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is continuing his efforts to prevent a vote on Monday on a European Union (EU) resolution that distinguishes between Israel-proper and the territories it captured during the 1967 Six Day War and which could lead to new sanctions against Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.
1/19/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/348987 MK Yair Lapid responded on Monday evening to the EU’s decision that deals with Israel will not apply to Judea and Samaria.
“The declaration publicized today by the ministers of the European Union continues along the problematic path along which they attempt to interfere with Israel’s sovereignty. The declaration attempts to determine future borders and create a new reality in the field.”
1/19/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/206662#.Vp3EPfkrKM8 The Palestinian Authority (PA) welcomed on Monday evening the European Union’s (EU) passing of the resolution which stipulates that any agreements signed with Israel will not apply to Judea and Samaria. The resolution states, “The EU expresses its commitment to ensure that – in line with international law – all agreements between the State of Israel and the EU must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to territories occupied by Israel in 1967.”
1/19/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/206660#.Vp23tPkrKM8 Officials in Israel expressed outrage on Monday evening after the European Union (EU) passed a resolution stipulating that agreements with Israel will no longer apply to any areas over the 1949 Armistice borders.
1/18/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-employs-double-legal-standard-in-west-bank-us-envoy-charges/ US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro on Monday leveled sharp criticism against Israel’s West Bank settlement policy, and alleged Israel had two standards of law in the territory, one for Israelis and one another for Palestinians.
1/18/16 http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/PA-security-forces-warn-of-permeation-of-ISIS-ideology-Laud-Israel-PA-US-cooperation-441963 Majed Faraj, head of the PA’s general Intelligence Service in the West Bank, said that if Islamic State and other extremist groups decide to fight Israel, they will find sympathy in the Arab street.
Faraj revealed that the PA security forces were working together with Israel, the US and others to prevent that collapse. “The experts all know that in case of collapse, everybody will get hurt,” he said. “They’re already in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, but Ramallah, Amman and Tel Aviv must remain immune from them. We are sure that violence, radicalization and terrorism will hurt us. It won’t bring us closer to achieving our dream of a Palestinian state.”
1/18/16 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/european-leaders-fear-the-refugee-crisis-will-tear-the-eu-apart_569cfc32e4b0778f46fa010c The crisis is jeopardizing “the very core of the European Union,” said the EU Migration Commissioner. With Merkel’s conservative allies in the southern frontier state of Bavaria demanding she halt the mainly Muslim asylum seekers ahead of tricky regional elections in March, her veteran finance minister delivered one of his trademark veiled threats to EU counterparts of what that could mean for them.
“Many think this is a German problem,” Wolfgang Schaeuble said in meetings with fellow EU finance ministers in Brussels. “But if Germany does what everyone expects, then we’ll see that it’s not a German problem — but a European one.”
1/18/16 http://www.breitbart.com/video/2016/01/18/kerry-warns-saudi-arabia-of-all-kinds-of-npt-consequences-if-they-get-nuke-due-to-iran-fears/ Secretary of State John Kerry stated that Saudi Arabia would face “all kinds of NPT consequences” and would be subject to the same things Iran has gone through if they pursue a nuclear weapon due to their concerns over the Iran deal in a clip of his interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that was played on Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Wolf.”
Kerry was asked, “The Saudis [are] not even ruling out the possibility, given their concern about this nuclear deal with Iran, they could go forward and buy some — maybe buy a nuclear bomb, maybe from Pakistan, you’ve heard those concerns.”
Kerry answered that “you can’t just buy a bomb, and transfer it.” He added that “There are all — There’s all kinds of NPT consequences. I mean, there are huge implications of that, and Saudi Arabia knows, I believe, that that is not going to make them safer, nor is it going to be easy, because the very things that Iran went through, they would then be subject to, with respect to inspection, NPT, and so forth.”
1/18/16 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/01/18/US-Afghanistan-Pakistan-China-call-on-Taliban-for-peace-talks/3651453135400/?spt=sec&or=tn  Member nations of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group said the second round of talks Monday made progress to a roadmap that will initiate peaceful negotiations for an end to the 15-year Afghan war.
1/18/16 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/14672/Main-threats-to-Israel-are-missiles-ISIS-tunnels-cyber-attacks-Eisenkot IDF Chief of Staff Gady Eisenkot, speaking at a defense research conference in Tel Aviv on Monday, said Israel will face four main threats in the next two to five years: surface-to-surface missiles in the hands of Hamas and Hizballah; cyber attacks; ISIS, which Eisenkot predicted will sooner or later turn its guns on Jordan and Israel; and infiltration tunnels that Hizballah and Hamas are digging into Israeli territory. He said the IDF has superiority in the air, at sea and in the cyber field.
1/18/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25170/Russian-robots-on-the-ground-for-four-army-assault-to-retake-Aleppo Russian, Syrian, Iranian and Hizballah troops were taking up positions Monday, Jan. 18, for a massive offensive to retake Aleppo, Syria’s second city. The rebel militias occupying different parts of the city have repulsed all previous assaults.
A victory in Aleppo (prewar population: 1 million) is expected in Moscow, Tehran and Damascus to reverse the tide of the war and force the Syrian rebels to accept that their insurgency is at an end and their only remaining option is to join the peace process initiated by Russia on Syria’s future.
Those tactics have produced a substantial drop in Hizballah, Iranian and Syrian casualties in battle, contrary to reports of high casualties claimed in the Western mainstream press,
Robots, novel replacements for boots on the ground, recently made their debut appearance in the Syrian arena, our military sources have revealed. They are cast in a star role in the offensive for the recovery of Aleppo.
Heralding a revolution in modern warfare, the Russians are fielding two kinds of robots – the Platform-M combat robot and the Argo Mobility Platform, both heavily armored and capable of functioning day or night in a variety of battlefield conditions. Platform-M gathers intelligence, uncovers fixed and moving targets and destroys them.  It also provides firepower support for forces on the move and secures military installations or routes traveled by the army.  Platform-M is armed with semiautomatic or automatic control firing systems.for destroying enemy targets But extra fire power can be mounted on the system as required.
Those tactics have produced a substantial drop in Hizballah, Iranian and Syrian casualties in battle, contrary to reports of high casualties claimed in the Western mainstream press,
The Argo is designed for rough-country operations, especially on mountainous or rocky terrain. In recent battles, Syrian rebels were startled to find themselves under sudden heavy fire from the unmanned Russian robots.
Russian General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov recently spoke of a plan to “completely automate the battle in Syria.” He added, “Perhaps soon we will witness robotic groups independently conducting warfare.” Our military sources comment that this vision is overly futuristic. No totally robotic battlefield exists anywhere in the world today outside sci-fi cinema.
1/18/16 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4754664,00.html The European Union has decided that its agreements with Israel will not apply to the West Bank territories.
“The EU expresses its commitment to ensure that – in line with international law – all agreements between the State of Israel and the EU must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967,” the decision said. “This does not constitute a boycott of Israel which the EU strongly opposes.”
1/17/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-said-to-commit-massacre-in-eastern-syria/ Islamic State militants on Saturday killed dozens of people, most of them pro-government militiamen, in wide-scale attacks on government-held areas of the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, opposition activists said.
The state news agency SANA said IS militants committed “a massacre,” killing dozens of civilians in Baghaliyeh village. It did not elaborate. The Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV, which is close to the Syrian government, also reported a massacre and said IS killed 280 people, including women and children, and threw their bodies in the Euphrates River. It said the group took more than 400 civilians hostage.
1/17/16 Iran nuclear agreement: July 2015 agreement between world powers and Iran. Sanctions lifted today
1/17/16 http://www.watch.org/node/14299   Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a turning point in Iran’s strength as a terrorist state and in its ability to pursue regional dominance. Starting today, Iran can repatriate tens of billions of dollars from frozen foreign accounts, fueling its efforts to expand its reach across the region. The international community will dismantle its elaborate sanctions regime, andIran will start down the path to legitimize its illicit nuclear program.
Before Implementation Day arrived, Iran brazenly violated mandatory United Nations Security Council resolutions by conducting prohibited ballistic missile tests. Iran also stepped up its support for Syria’s Assad, Hezbollah, and Tehran’s other terrorist allies.Moreover, the International Atomic Energy Agency closed the files on the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program despite the failure by Tehran to explain its past illicit nuclear activitiesThese failures to penalize Iran for its irresponsible behavior, violations of international restrictions and failure to come clean on its past nuclear activities hardly inspire confidence for the strict implementation of the JCPOA.
This is a dangerous moment for America and our allies. We need to hold Iran to the commitments it made when it accepted the JCPOA. Congress and the executive branch must also live up to their own commitments, responding to Iranian violations of the JCPOA with certain, swift and severe penalties. In addition, we must confront Iran’s continued support for terrorism and arming of regional proxies and take firm action to support our regional allies, especially Israel.
A peaceful and secure world requires that Iran never attain a nuclear weapon nor dominate its neighbors. Today, AIPAC urges the President and Congress to resolutely pursue those objectives
1/17/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/206532 As sanctions on Iran are lifted, PM Netanyahu warns the Islamic Republic is still seeking nuclear weapons.
“Even after signing the nuclear deal, Iran has not relinquished its ambition to obtain nuclear weapons, and continues to act to destabilize the Middle East and spread terror throughout the world while violating its international commitments,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office read.
Earlier on Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Iran has fulfilled its initial obligations under the terms of the nuclear deal reached with world powers last July, paving the way for the first stage of sanctions relief.
The UN watchdog also recently released a report which determined that Iran had violated the terms of its nuclear deal with the West by increasing its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 460.2 kilograms.
Earlier it was also revealed that Iran had stopped dismantling its centrifuges at the Natanz and Fordow uranium enrichment plants, breaching the nuclear deal that calls for the dismantling.
1/16/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25168/Progress-of-sanctions-relief-will-quicken-Iran%E2%80%99s-power-struggle-spur-clash-with-Saudi-Arabia US Secretary of State John Kerry, EU’s Federica Mogherini and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had been kept hanging about for the IAEA’s from early morning for a verdict worth some $100-150 billion to Tehran.
From the start, the deal was viewed with deep suspicion by Israel, Saudi Arabia and US lawmakers. Even the White House spokesman Josh Earnest was moved to comment Friday that “the United States wants to make sure than Iran doesn’t cut any corners.”
The capture of two US patrol boats by the Revolutionary Guards speedboats last Tuesday, with the 10 American sailors aboard forced to surrender before they were released, was clearly a last-ditch attempt by Iran’s radicals to derail the nuclear accord before the Saturday deadline was reached. (??)
That will not be the last such episode: Iran’s radicals may embark on more such actions to counteract the nuclear deal by striking more American targets and looking for trouble with Saudi Arabi and its Gulf allies.
The fact is that the hard-line factions in Tehran don’t want the sanctions lifted, because they see them as net profit for President Rouhani and his moderate conservatives and his leading backer, former president Hashem Rafsanjani, head of the powerful Assembly of Experts.
1/15/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-rejects-iran-offer-of-funding-in-return-for-backing-in-saudi-row/ Hamas has rejected a proposal by Tehran to restore ties in return for its support in Iran’s current battle with Saudi Arabia, a source in the Palestinian terror group told pan-Arab paper Asharq al-Awsat on Friday. According to the sources, the proposal triggered a dispute within Hamas. The heads of the organization in the Gaza Strip supported normalization of ties with Tehran, while Qatar-based politburo chief Khaled Mashaal was reluctant to commit, fearing that Hamas would lose its support among Sunni Arab states. Ultimately, the report said, Mashaal officially rejected the offer from Iran.
The organization did attempt recently to draw closer to the Islamic Republic, even claiming sponsorship of the activities of Shiite group Harakat al-Sabireen, which does enjoy Iranian support.
Harakat al-Sabireen, which translates to “movement of the patient ones,” broke away from Islamic Jihad in May 2014, and has symbols almost identical to those of Lebanon-based Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Founder Hisham Salim this week told the Palestinian news agency Ma’an that the group, like Hezbollah, is directly funded by the Iranian government, but stressed that his group was non-sectarian, non-religious and certainly not a “Shiite movement.”
1/15/16 http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.697683 EU diplomats and senior Israeli officials say draft resolution could lead to additional sanctions against Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
1/15/16 http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.697665 Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire during clashes along the Gaza border on Friday, Palestinian media reported. Israel’s military said Palestinians rushed the border and tried to damage the fence. Soldiers called on them to stop and fired warning shots in the air. When they persisted, troops fired “at rioters posing a threat of infiltration.”
1/15/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/Al-Qaida-chief-called-for-Islamic-Caliphate-in-East-Asia-prior-to-Indonesia-attacks-441486 Al-Qaida’s leader stressed the urgent need to “gather the Islamic nation around the idea of forming an Islamic Caliphate in East Asia, explaining that a main goal of the war against US interests in the region is to “protect Muslims’ territories and deter the biggest criminals.”
The timing of the comments may indicate that the series of explosions that took place in Indonesia on Thursday morning were committed by an al-Qaida affiliated organization in Indonesia which tried to follow Al-Zawahiri’s orders and carry out an impressive operation that will strike fear in Indonesia.
1/15/16 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Islamist-militants-attack-African-Union-base-in-Somalia-441627 Fighters from Somalia militant group al Shabaab attacked an African Union base in southern Somalia early on Friday, militants and a Somali army officer said, and fighting was going on inside.
1/14/16 http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/01/14/under-obama-america-has-been-humiliated/ I was dumbfounded by the notion that Syria is even in a position to “pursue a lasting peace.” With the civil war entering its fifth year, Syria no longer exists as a unified country. That half of the country’s population of 11 million has either been killed or forced to flee is a gruesome testament to that fact, as well as the unmitigated failure of our policy.
Excuse follows excuse in order to camouflage America’s international humiliation. But make no mistake: we have been humiliated, and Obama’s successor will have to forge a foreign policy from this point of departure.
1/14/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-backed-jihadi-group-claims-expansion-to-west-bank-jerusalem/ Gaza-based Sabireen says it will wage war against Israel everywhere, denies being a Hezbollah-style Iranian proxy. A Palestinian jihadi group with close ties to Iran claimed on Wednesday that it has expanded out of the Gaza Strip and is now operating in the West Bank and Jerusalem as well.
1/14/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25166/Putin-bypasses-Israel-sets-up-joint-war-room-for-S-Syria-with-Jordan- In a pivotal step reflecting the changeability of military and political deals in Israel’s neighborhood, Jordan has almost overnight agreed to establish a shared war room with Russia for the concerted conduct of their operations in Syria. This represents an extreme reversal of Amman’s policy. Until now, Jordan fought against Russia’s protégée Bashar Assad from a joint war room north of Amman called the US Central Command Forward-Jordan, as part of a lineup with the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
But this week Jordan shifted onto a new plane.
DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources say Jordanian King Abdullah’s decision to team up with Moscow starts a whole new ball game rolling on policy-making and intelligence-sharing. He doesn’t plan to shut down his shared command center with the US and Israel, but the center of gravity of Jordan’s military and intelligence efforts will be redirected to the new center with Russia, representing a major earthquake in those areas.
Obama then held a quick meeting with King Abdullah at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and asked for an explanation.
1/14/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-backed-jihadi-group-claims-expansion-to-west-bank-jerusalem/ Gaza-based Sabireen says it will wage war against Israel everywhere, denies being a Hezbollah-style Iranian proxy. A Palestinian jihadi group with close ties to Iran claimed on Wednesday that it has expanded out of the Gaza Strip and is now operating in the West Bank and Jerusalem as well.
1/14/16 http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Analysis-Attacks-by-ISIS-linked-groups-on-Gaza-border-could-spark-new-Hamas-Israel-conflict-441398 As in recent rocket attacks from Gaza, Wednesday’s attempt by a terrorist cell to plant explosives on the Israeli border was likely the work of a small ISIS-affiliated jihadist group in the Gaza Strip.
1/14/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Syrian-Druse-form-security-force-as-trust-wanes-in-Assad-to-protect-them-from-ISIS-441406 Druse in the southern Syrian city of Sweida established their own security force because they have lost faith in the Assad regime’s ability to protect them against rebel forces and crime.
The group said in a statement on Facebook on Wednesday that it was taking measures to protect areas of the heavily Druse Sweida province.
Mendi Safadi, an Israeli Druse political activist who has independently met with members of the liberal and democratic Syrian opposition who oppose the Islamists and want friendly relations with Israel, told The Jerusalem Post that residents of Sweida told him that the Syrian regime is not adequately protecting them.
Since many Druse have refused to serve in the army, “the regime gave Islamic State the green light to attack them,” asserted Safadi.
“In the past month, suspicious looking people have entered Sweida and then left,” he said, adding that this has contributed to the anxiety of Sweida residents.
Questioned about Islamist State’s threat to Israel on the Golan Heights, Safadi said that for now there is no risk, but if Sweida falls, it will open up a pathway to the border.
“This is another reason why Israel should protect the Syrian Druse,” he said.
1/13/16 http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/01/13/israeli-foreign-ministry-director-expansionist-iran-wants-to-turn-syria-into-iranian-province/ Iran’s religious outreach to Syria is not just “a question of building Shi’ite mosques. It’s a question of a permanent deployment against Israel from the north,” he said, referring to the Iranian presence in the Syrian Golan Heights.
“That’s something we cannot accept,” he said, at a talk for the Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC, according to BI.(Business Insider)
In other words, Israel believes that whereas Iran may ultimately seek conflict with Israel — Israeli leaders fear a nuclear Iran poses an existential threat to the Jewish state — especially through the terrorist group Tehran helped found in Lebanon in the 1980’s, Hezbollah, Russia probably does not, according to BI. This may have been what Gold wanted to convey to the “potentially influential DC audience” on Monday, according to BI.
1/13/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/Report-ISIS-obsessed-with-launching-911-style-attack-using-weaponized-drones-441218 “Islamic State is reportedly obsessed with launching a synchronized multi-drone attack on large numbers of people in order to recreate the horrors of 9/11,” they said, noting that “the technology of remote-control warfare is impossible to control.”
1/13/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/ISIS-affiliate-in-Sinai-threatens-to-stop-Jordans-natural-gas-supply-441344  ISIS directly threatened Jordan’s king Abdullah II, saying that: “Jordan’s apostate ruler will have natural gas only with the permission of Amir al-Mu’minin [ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi].”
1/13/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/ISIS-affiliate-in-Sinai-threatens-to-stop-Jordans-natural-gas-supply-441344 On January 8, the ISIS branch in Egypt, Sinai Province, attacked the El-Arish pipeline to Jordan, blowing up the pipeline which carries gas from Egypt to the Hashemite Kingdom.
1/12/16 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/01/12/injuries-reported-after-istanbul-explosion.html?intcmp=hpbt1 A 28-year-old Syrian national blew himself up in a popular tourist district of Istanbul Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and injuring at least 15 more, Turkish government officials said.
1/12/16 http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/01/12/Thousands-of-starved-birds-found-on-Alaskan-beaches/5451452617353/?spt=inf&or=1 Whales, sea otters and fish have also experienced abnormally high mortality rates over the last several months, especially high in Alaska.
1/11/15 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/01/11/us-airstrike-in-mosul-blows-up-millions-in-isis-cash.html?intcmp=hpbt2 The cash storage facility in the Iraqi city was hit by two 2,000-pound bombs, according to the official.
It was unknown how much money was in the facility, but it is estimated to be “in the millions,” the defense official said.
U.S. airstrikes have previously hit “one or two” cash facilities used by ISIS.ISIS has used a robust taxation system across territory it controls to ensure that oil isn’t the only source of money flowing into terrorists’ coffers, an investigation last month revealed.
Even if coalition airstrikes succeed in bringing down ISIS’ production of oil — which nets the terror group an estimated $450 million in revenues each year –
1/11/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Arab-League-against-Iran-Emergency-meeting-held-to-discuss-Tehrans-threat-to-security-441006 Arab League against Iran: Emergency meeting held to discuss Tehran’s threat to security “Iran does not hesitate to exploit sectarianism as a way to gain control of the region,” UAE foreign minister says. Arab foreign ministers condemned attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran and warned on Sunday that the country would face wider opposition if it continued its “interference” in the internal affairs of Arab states.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said following an emergency Arab League meeting in Cairo that cutting commercial and diplomatic ties was a first step, and that his country would discuss potential further actions against Iran with its regional and international allies. He gave no further details.
If Iran continues to support “terrorism, sectarianism and violence”, it would face opposition from all Arab countries, Jubeir told a news conference following the meeting.
Jubeir confirmed that some countries had offered to mediate in the dispute but suggested that such efforts were unlikely to make any progress.
The statement did not agree on any specific joint measures against Iran but set up a smaller committee comprising the Arab League secretary general and representatives from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to follow up on the row.
They are expected to meet again on Jan. 25 in the UAE, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi said at the news conference.
1/9/16 http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2016/01/theres-far-more-saudi-iran-feud-sunnis-vs-shia/124944/?oref=d-channelriver Now, what [the rivalry is] really about is different styles of government. When the Iranian regime came to power, [Ayatollah Ruhollah] Khomeini was against monarchy, he promised to overturn monarchy.
What do you think was the primary motivation for the execution?
Wehrey: At the time when Nimr was sentenced to death, the Saudis had just signed up for the anti-ISIS coalition with the Americans, and so that put them in a difficult position vis-à-vis their Sunni clerical constituency. The Sunni clerics have always said, “Well, ISIS is kind of bad, but at least ISIS is standing up to the Shias in Iran,” and there was some question about the royal family [being] allied with the Americans against ISIS. Now, there is a real threat to the royal family from the Sunni militants, from Sunni jihadists. The Saudi regime decides to execute all of these Sunni criminals. To soften the blow, they have to throw in a couple Shia. That’s the way I see this. They lumped it all together, they did it all at once, because Nimr has been such an object of hatred and venom for the Sunni clerics. He was an easy target for the House of Saud to throw in and dispose of, and they could say to their Sunni constituents, “Look, we’re not being soft on Iran, we’re not abandoning the Sunnis even though we’re fighting ISIS.” It’s this sectarian balancing. …
Another point we should emphasize is that it’s been tremendously useful to the Saudis to inflate the Iranian threat as a way to ingratiate themselves with the U.S., as a way to distract from their own failings at domestic governance, to rally the rest of the Gulf into a state of emergency. The sense that there’s this external threat—the Gulf states need to form this union and the Saudis are best-equipped to lead it—it’s a classic nationalist strategy: Create this external enemy to deflect attention from domestic pressures and challenges. …
Iran definitely is backing proxies in Syria, definitely in Lebanon, but in the Gulf the real roots of Shia unrest are local, they are not Iranian proxies. There may be a few fringe, marginal groups that receive Iranian support, but the majority of the dissidents and the protesters are homegrown, and many of them want change within the system. They’re not seeking to overthrow the government—they want reforms that are non-sectarian, constitutional, releas[ing] political prisoners, economic reform. That’s what I heard when I was in the Eastern Province. …
[The Iranians] have always said that, “We want to speak for all Muslims, we advance all Muslims,” or they play the class card. They say, “We advance the interests of the oppressed.” The oppressed can be Palestinians, the oppressed can be Bahrainis. It just so happens that the oppressed in many regions are in fact the Shia. But that logic hasn’t really helped them with Syria, because they’re backing a [Shia] government that is killing its own. …
“If we had a more representative political system, people wouldn’t be drawn into these Sunni-Shia identities. They would matter less, there would be other forms of affiliation.” But you have ruling families in the region that find it very expedient to play the sectarian card to keep power.
The Saudis have even less of an institutional capability to create and manage proxies. They typically just distribute cash, whereas the Iranians at least have advisors on the ground
1/9/16 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4748535,00.html Saudi Arabia led by Sunnis but has a Shi’ite population willing to fight with Iran
1/8/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/ISIS-controlled-territory-in-2015-shrank-by-30-percent-439454 Baghdad – Islalmic State’s territory shrank by 40 percent from its maximum expansion in Iraq, and by 20 percent in Syria in 2015, as international forces pushed it out of several cities, the US-led coalition fighting it said on Tuesday.
There was no immediate comment from the hardline Islamist group on the estimates from the coalition, made up of countries including Britain, France and Jordan that have been bombing its positions.
“We believe in Iraq it’s about 40 percent … And Syria, harder to get a good number, we think it’s around 20,” coalition spokesman US Army Col. Steve Warren told a press briefing in Baghdad.
1/8/16 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-israelis-claim-idUSKBN0UM19O20160108 Islamic State said on Friday its members had carried out an attack on Israeli tourists in Cairo in response to a call by the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to target Jews “everywhere”.
1/8/16 http://defensetech.org/2015/10/12/raytheon-displays-new-mini-rocket-for-special-forces-infantry/ Measuring just 17 inches long and 1.5 inches wide and weighing just 1.7 pounds, the projectile has a range of about 2 kilometers and is designed to be fired from existing rocket-propelled grenade launchers, such as the M203 and ELGM, Smith said.
While the munition will cost more than a unguided rocket-propelled grenade, it would be orders of magnitude cheaper than the FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile some troops now carry, he said.
1/5/16 http://www.defenseone.com/threats/2016/01/yemens-war-nearly-lost-din-surrounding-conflicts/124872/?oref=d-channelriver Of the two things Saudi Arabia did on Jan. 2 to make the world a more dangerous place, one has caught all the attention: the execution of the dissident Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr. That led to the fire-bombing of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, and Riyadh’s retaliatory decision to break off diplomatic ties.
The other, however, has gone almost unnoticed: the formal ending of a poorly-observed truce in Yemen, and new airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states against Shia rebels known as the Houthis.
Much of the analysis following the events of the weekend has focused on fears that the Saudi-Iranian conflict will derail peace talks on Syria (paywall), where Iran backs president Bashar al-Assad and Saudi Arabia backs opposition rebels. Indeed, the talks planned for later this month may not now happen at all. But the consequences for Yemen are no less dire.
Yemen’s civil war, raging for nearly a year, seems fated to constantly be drowned out by tumult elsewhere in the region. (When it does get some press, headline writers inevitably label it the “forgotten war.”) Nearly 3,000 civilians have been killed in the fighting, the country’s already fragile economy has been shattered, and attempts at negotiated settlement have gone nowhere. The resumption of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition—which enjoys US support—means the impoverished nation at the foot of the Arabian Peninsula is not likely to find peace anytime soon.
1/7/16 http://news.sky.com/story/1617197/exclusive-inside-is-terror-weapons-lab By Stuart Ramsay, Sky News Chief Correspondent
Terror group Islamic State is employing scientists and weapons experts to train jihadists to carry out sophisticated “spectacular” attacks in Europe, while also modifying weapons systems capable of targeting passenger jets and military aircraft.
1/7/16 http://www.wnd.com/2016/01/jihadi-technical-college-stuns-security-experts/ Evidence of a “jihadi technical college” in Syria has shocked security experts with the complexity of training its recruits are receiving.
Some of the skills ISIS terrorists in Raqqa are learning include building remote-control vehicles and producing homemade thermal batteries for surface-to-air missiles. Sunni radicals also have the ability to engineer self-regulating thermostats that produce human-like heat signatures.
Chris Hunter, a former bomb technician in the special forces and adviser to the British military, told Sky News on Wednesday that its investigative report into the terrorist organization has produced a “significant intelligence find.”
“With this training footage, it’s very clearly designed to pass on information – to pass on the progress in the research and development areas – and it gives us a very good insight into where they are now, what they’re aspiring to do and crucially the diversity of the types of threats we might face. I would say it’s an intelligence gold mine.”
The network said it was able to identify terrorists from Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan and Somalia during its investigation. The video was passed on to Sky News by remnants of the Free Syrian Army after it captured a terrorist trying to pass into Turkey.
A defector who spoke with reporters said the video was not meant for audiences inside Syria and Iraq. The goal is to provide technical expertise to Muslim radicals who are willing to carry out attacks like those in Paris, France, on Nov. 13, 2015, that killed 129 and wounded more than 350 others.
Hunter told Sky News that ISIS’ ability to create human-like heat signatures shows the group should not be underestimated.
“They’ve really thought about the tactics of the different security forces,” Hunter said. “They second-guess the potential courses of action those security forces might take. … It’s very clever what they’ve done.”
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1/6/16 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4749424,00.html No radiation from North Korean nuclear test detected at Japan monitoring posts
1/6/16 http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-collapse-of-american-credibility/ This administration’s embarrassing reversal on Iranian missile testing reinforces a legacy of toothless threats and meaningless assurances, which embolden enemies, dispirit friends and worsen a deepening threat to American security.
1/6/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/qatar-recalls-ambassador-to-iran-amid-saudi-execution-row/ Qatar has pulled its ambassador to Iran following an attack on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran, state media in Doha said Wednesday
The response by Doha is similar to action taken by other countries in the Gulf following the attack on the Saudi missions, carried out by protesters angry at Riyadh’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have broken off diplomatic ties with Iran in response and Kuwait has recalled its ambassador
1/6/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/apparent-north-korea-nuclear-blast-as-quake-rocks-test-site/ A hydrogen, or thermonuclear device, uses fusion in a chain reaction that results in a far more powerful explosion. A nuclear test would be seen as a major slap in the face to the North’s chief ally China and extinguish any chance of a resumption of six-country talks on North Korea’s nuclear program that Beijing has been pushing for.
After its last nuclear test in 2013, the North restarted a plutonium reactor that it had shut down at its Yongbyon complex in 2007 under an aid-for-disarmament accord.
The Yongbyon reactor is capable of producing six kilograms (13 pounds) of plutonium a year — enough for one nuclear bomb. Pyongyang is currently believed to have enough plutonium for as many as six bombs, after using part of its stock for at least two of its three atomic tests to date.
It is still unclear whether the 2013 test used plutonium or uranium as its fissile material.
A basic uranium bomb is no more potent than a basic plutonium one, but the uranium enrichment path holds various advantages for the North, which has substantial deposits of uranium ore.
Uranium enrichment carries a far smaller footprint than plutonium and can be carried out using centrifuge cascades in relatively small buildings that give off no heat.
*1/5/16 http://defensetech.org/2016/01/04/u-s-navy-plans-to-fly-first-drone-swarm-this-summer/ The U.S. Navy is a leader in the area of swarm warfare(LOCUST) the threat has been analyzed in a number of papers from the Naval Postgraduate School analyze the threat. Some of these are classified, but a 2012 paper by Loc Pham, “UAV Swarm Attack”  is open and makes uncomfortable reading.
Chung is staging a contest for swarms of small drones carry out simulated battles as a way of evaluating tactics and technology. His basic scenario is a 50-versus-50 encounter in which the Blue defenders attempt to stop Red attackers from getting through. Nobody knows much about drone-versus-drone combat yet, especially on this scale. How much autonomy do the drones need? How can the swarm commander stay in control in a fast-moving action?  How do quality and quantity balance out in battling swarms?
With manned aircraft, the pilot’s life counts for a lot; but swarming drones are expendable and high “casualties” do not matter. This is a very different world to the dogfights we have seen before.
The battles will be fought with small drones even cheaper than those used in LOCUST, but the tactics they discover may shape the future of warfare.
When a swarm of drones heads for an American carrier some time in the future, they might be intercepted by a defensive swarm. What happens next — whether the aircraft on the carrier’s deck are destroyed, or whether the attackers are beaten off — will depend on which side has the best grasp of an entirely new form of warfare. {Rev 9:2,3 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.
Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.}
1/6/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/qatar-recalls-ambassador-to-iran-amid-saudi-execution-row/ Qatar has pulled its ambassador to Iran following an attack on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran, state media in Doha said Wednesday
The response by Doha is similar to action taken by other countries in the Gulf following the attack on the Saudi missions, carried out by protesters angry at Riyadh’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have broken off diplomatic ties with Iran in response and Kuwait has recalled its ambassador
1/6/16 http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jan/6/israel-says-us-should-ensure-iran-not-involved-nor/ Israel is concerned that Iran may still be involved in North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. In the past, intelligence suggested North Koreatransferred nuclear weapons technology to Iran as well as Syria.
In 1994, then-President Bill Clinton signed a similar deal with North Korea. He said at the time, “North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program. South Korea and our other allies will be better protected. The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons.”
Mr. Clinton said that the “United States and international inspectors will carefully monitor North Korea to make sure it keeps its commitments. Only as it does so will North Korea fully join the community of nations.”
Twelve years later, North Korea detonated its first underground nuclear explosion.
1/6/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/apparent-north-korea-nuclear-blast-as-quake-rocks-test-site/ A hydrogen, or thermonuclear device, uses fusion in a chain reaction that results in a far more powerful explosion. A nuclear test would be seen as a major slap in the face to the North’s chief ally China and extinguish any chance of a resumption of six-country talks on North Korea’s nuclear program that Beijing has been pushing for. A basic uranium bomb is no more potent than a basic plutonium one, but the uranium enrichment path holds various advantages for the North, which has substantial deposits of uranium ore.
1/5/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-the-iran-saudi-arabia-conflict-a-clash-of-civilizations/ The cold war between the two regional powers is likely to heat up, reviving an age-old sectarian war between Sunni and Shiite Islam in which every country and group in the Middle East will have to choose a side.
Consider the list: Lebanon, where for more than a year and a half there has been no president, partly because of the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran; Yemen, where a civil war is being waged with the direct intervention of Saudi forces and Iranian advisers; Syria, of course, where Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are fighting militias funded by Riyadh; Iraq (which is in many ways similar to Syria in that regard); and even the West Bank, where the Iranians give financial support to the Islamic Jihad, to the A-Sabireen movement in Gaza and, to a limited extent, to Hamas.
And indeed, nearly all the actors in the Middle Eastern arena now understand that the Iranian declarations are not hollow and that Tehran will try to give them substance in the form of an attack on the Saudi kingdom.
Any revenge attack via Shiite actors will draw a Saudi response. Which means, as the London-based site Al Araby Al Jadeed wrote Monday, the cold war will heat up suddenly into a more much more dangerous confrontation between the two countries.
It has to be said that this crisis, which is likely to lead to a clash of the two civilizations, Shiite and Sunni, does not come as much of a shock.
Hamas is not alone. From now on, the name of the game in our region is that every country or organization will have to choose a side. The Israeli-Arab conflict no longer interests decision-makers in Riyadh or Cairo; rather the battle for the future of the Middle East between Shiites and Sunnis occupies center stage.
Almost 1,400 years have passed since the first battles broke out within the Muslim world between the inheritors of the Prophet Muhammad, which led to the schism between Shiites and Sunnis, and it seems little has changed here: We are returning to the same very old sectarian war, which is likely to lead to severe ongoing bloodshed that will once again shape the face of the region.
1/4/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/205896 Iranian commander claims that United States, Britain and Israel are responsible for Saudi Arabia executing Nimr al-Nimr. This bizarre comment was made on Sunday by Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Earlier on Sunday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blasted Saudi Arabia over the execution, saying, “The hand of God will take vengeance against Saudi leaders.”
1/4/16 http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Lebanese-reports-say-IDF-continues-to-fire-artillery-shells-at-Sheba-Farms-439330 Hezbollah sets off large border bomb targeting IDF heavy vehicles! No known injuries in attack; according to Lebanese news outlets, the IDF fired 20 shells toward the vicinity of Sheba Farms, which is also known as Har Dov. e Israel – Lebanon border, on the western section of Mount Dov on Monday, targeting two armored military vehicles that were clearing a road in the area.
The IDF has responded with cross-border artillery fire at targets into Lebanon.
1/4/16 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Hezbollah-says-set-off-bomb-that-targeted-Israeli-forces-at-Lebanese-border-439340 BEIRUT- Hezbollah said it detonated a bomb that targeted Israeli forces at the border with Lebanon on Monday, and local media reported that Israel shelled a Lebanese town. The incident took place in the Sheba farms area, a statement carried by Hezbollah’s Al Manar television said. The Israeli shelling hit the nearby town of Al Wazzani, Lebanese media said.
1/3/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/205836#.Vohni_krKM8 Angry Iranian protesters storm Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran in protest over the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
1/2/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/yemen-pro-government-fighters-kill-al-qaeda-leader-in-south/ Al-Qaida’s Yemen branch is considered by Washington to be the most dangerous offshoot of the terror network. Yemen’s conflict pits the country’s internationally recognized government and the US-backed Saudi-led coalition against the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who are allied with Yemen’s longtime former president.
Al-Qaida’s Yemen branch is considered by Washington to be the most dangerous offshoot of the terror network. Yemen’s conflict pits the country’s internationally recognized government and the US-backed Saudi-led coalition against the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who are allied with Yemen’s longtime former president.
1/2/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/fury-in-iran-and-iraq-as-saudis-execute-top-shiite-cleric/ Tehran warns Riyadh will ‘pay high price’ for killing Nimr al-Nimr, accused of role in al-Qaeda attacks; 46 others also put to death. The execution of Nimr al-Nimr and the others, including Shiite activists and Sunnis accused of involvement in deadly al-Qaeda attacks, was announced by the Saudi interior ministry.
In Saudi Arabia, where murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape and apostasy are all punishable by death. There were also reports of protests planned in Bahrain, a Sunni-ruled kingdom allied to Saudi Arabia where members of the Shiite majority have led an uprising. Yemen is also home to al-Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula, which last month warned Saudi authorities against executing jihadists on death row.
1/2/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/man-rams-car-into-soldiers-guarding-french-mosque/ A man rammed his car into four soldiers guarding a mosque on Friday in the southeast French city of Valence, and was stopped when a soldier fired and wounded him, authorities said. His motives were unclear.
1/2/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-rival-dahlan-calls-palestinian-leader-a-failure/ Exiled former Fatah strongman says PA president should have halted security cooperation with Israel, slams Hamas and armed struggle. Dahlan, a former security chief in Gaza who was expelled from Fatah by Abbas and forced into exile in the United Arab Emirates, has emerged as one of Abbas’s most significant political rivals, both in the Strip and in the West Bank. Massive funding from the Emirates funneled through Dahlan to impoverished Palestinians has helped his popularity, particularity among residents of Palestinian refugee camps across the West Bank and in Lebanon.
1/2/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/erdogans-office-denies-advocating-hitler-style-rule/ Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Erdogan was asked whether a presidential system which he has long advocated could exist within a “unitary state.” Erdogan cited Hitler’s Germany as one example in history.
However, Erdogan’s office said the president had cited the era as a negative example to explain that bad rule can emerge in all political systems.
1/2/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/turkey-needs-israel-says-erdogan-as-he-pushes-reconciliation/  Erdogan further raised hackles in Israel with his sometimes inflammatory rhetoric towards the Jewish state, but the atmosphere has transformed following the revelation last month the two sides were making progress in secret talks to seek a rapprochement.
“Israel is in need of a country like Turkey in the region,” Erdogan said in remarks to Turkish reporters published in leading dailies Saturday.
“And we too must accept that we need Israel. This is a reality in the region,” said Erdogan.
“If mutual steps are implemented based on sincerity, then normalization will follow.”
1/2/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iaf-hits-hamas-in-gaza-as-israel-warns-of-fierce-response-to-rockets/ The army said that the targets hit by Israeli warplanes overnight Friday included training camps and two “terrorist infrastructures” belonging to Hamas.
“The Hamas terrorist organization is solely responsible for all terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip,” the army said in a statement. “The IDF will continue to act strongly against any attempt to disrupt the quiet in the southern communities.”
Five rockets were fired Friday night at Israel from Gaza, which has been under Hamas rule since 2007. Two of the rockets fell in open areas in the area of the southern city of Sderot, and three exploded before they crossed the border.
1/2/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-state-linked-group-claims-responsibility-for-gaza-rockets/ Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis gloats it turned ‘night into day’ in ‘occupied Palestine’; IAF hit Hamas targets after 5 rockets fired Friday. The army said that the targets hit by Israeli warplanes overnight Friday included training camps and two “terrorist infrastructures” belonging to Hamas.
“The Hamas terrorist organization is solely responsible for all terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip,” the army said in a statement. “The IDF will continue to act strongly against any attempt to disrupt the quiet in the southern communities.”
12/31/15 http://www.debka.com/article/25120/IDF-Russian-Iranian-forces-on-war-alert-for-Hizballah-attack-on-Israel-%E2%80%93-and-backlash The IDF and all of the armies involved in the Syrian civil war, namely those of Russia, Syria and Iran, went on their highest war alert on Thursday, Dec. 31 when all their intelligence organizations reported that Hassan Nasrallah could not be stopped from attacking Israel, in revenge for the assassination of Samir Quntar in Damascus on December 20. Upon receipt of the German emissary’s report on the meeting, Eisenkott, his deputy, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, and OC Northern Command, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, inspected the preparedness of the IDF’s northern border defenses for all contingencies.
They took into account a scenario, whereby Nasrallah would take advantage of the stormy weather forecast for the weekend in Syria, Lebanon and Israel, to strike Israel, in the knowledge that the heavy rain and snow would impede Israeli air force activity and give the Hizballah operation a tactical edge.
Russian military and Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces in Syria have taken into account that a Hizballah attack will not go unanswered by Israel and that the IDF would most likely hit back at Hizballah on Syrian soil, thus ushering in the New Year with a new whirlwind.
12/31/15 http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-Indian-missile-system-Barak-8-carries-out-successful-trial-in-Indian-Ocean-438821?utm_source=SpotIM&utm_medium=Recommendation&utm_content=Comments&spot_im_comment_id=sp_jpost_438821_c_HcvcyB The missile deploys its own electromagnetic sensor as it approaches the target, guiding it on its last phase.
The Barak 8 radar can track multiple targets simultaneously, Levi said, dividing its energy to cover half a sphere around a naval ship.
The system is “already installed on at least one Israel Navy ship, and on an Indian Navy ship,” he said.
12/30/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-islamic-state-ally-poses-terror-threat-on-northern-border/ A small but violent off-shoot of the Islamic State has taken root just north of the Israeli-Syrian border and may be planning to carry out large-scale terror attacks against Israel, the IDF warned on Wednesday. The group, Shuhda al-Yarmouk, which the army believes is comprised of approximately 600 fighters, has taken up a position approximately 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) away from Israel within the Syrian Golan Heights.
Despite the terror organization’s relatively small size, the Islamic State-affiliated group possesses vast stores of weapons and poses a legitimate threat to Israel, a high ranking army officer told journalists on Wednesday.
Shuhda al-Yarmouk — the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, named after the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria — has taken over large swaths of territory from the al-Nusra Front and controls a population of approximately 40,000 Syrian civilians, the IDF said.
The IDF’s Northern Command fears that sometime in the future a car packed with explosives could be rammed through the border into Israel, explosive devices could be planted along the border fence or anti-tank missiles and rockets could be fired at Israeli vehicles and people, the military said, though the army did not see such an attack as imminent.
Nevertheless, the army has stepped up its security along the border fence to help prevent such an attack, putting in additional blocks along the border, adding armored units to the area and setting up additional security cameras in the region.
Since Nasrallah made his threat, local residents of the Israeli communities surrounding the Lebanon border have noted an increase in military activity in the area and claim army officers have directed them to stay away from their open fields closest to the border fence.
12/30/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/dovish-american-israeli-groups-uniting-to-battle-ngo-bill/ ‘Ad-hoc coalition’ against proposal targeting foreign government funding for nonprofits in planning stages, source says. A source familiar with the situation — who asked not to be named — told The Times of Israel that plans are in the works to form an “ad hoc coalition” of both American and Israeli left-wing groups to attempt to block the bill from becoming law. The groups mentioned include: Americans for Peace Now, B’Tselem, J Street, New Israel Fund and Rabbis for Human Rights, among others.
Since the bill advanced Sunday in the Knesset’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation, organizations like J Street, Americans for Peace Now and the New Israel Fund have not been shy to publicly condemn the measure, describing it as an attempt to undermine left-wing NGOs, and a threat to Israel’s democratic foundation.
12/30/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/205685#.VoNY9fkrKM8 In 1922 the US Congress approved the two-state solution with a number of conditions that today sound more radical than the Likud election platform.
The US administration has forgotten the Congressional record on the vote on the original Balfour Declaration solution.
12/30/15 http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.694609 IDF sources believe that recent terror attacks in France, U.S. and Sinai reflect a strategic change in operational methods of global jihad, focusing on attacking Western targets.
12/30/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/ramallah-urges-talks-to-stem-unrest-israel-says-not-until-attacks-end/ There have been a number of high-level meetings between Israeli and Palestinian officials in recent weeks, during which Ramallah has proposed restarting talks as an effort to stanch nearly three months of violence, which has seen near daily attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank and dozens of people killed on both sides.
At the meetings in recent weeks, Israeli officials said they could not consider taking diplomatic or other trust-building measures until the attacks stop.
Neither Abbas nor Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu placed faith in those talks, and the US has also signaled it won’t expend a large effort to jump start talks in the last year of President Barack Obama’s presidency.
12/30/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/dovish-american-israeli-groups-uniting-to-battle-ngo-bill/ ‘Ad-hoc coalition’ against proposal targeting foreign government funding for nonprofits in planning stages, source says. A source familiar with the situation — who asked not to be named — told The Times of Israel that plans are in the works to form an “ad hoc coalition” of both American and Israeli left-wing groups to attempt to block the bill from becoming law. The groups mentioned include: Americans for Peace Now, B’Tselem, J Street, New Israel Fund and Rabbis for Human Rights, among others.

Since the bill advanced Sunday in the Knesset’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation, organizations like J Street, Americans for Peace Now and the New Israel Fund have not been shy to publicly condemn the measure, describing it as an attempt to undermine left-wing NGOs, and a threat to Israel’s democratic foundation.
12/30/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/205685#.VoNY9fkrKM8 In 1922 the US Congress approved the two-state solution with a number of conditions that today sound more radical than the Likud election platform.
The US administration has forgotten the Congressional record on the vote on the original Balfour Declaration solution.
12/29/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/205560#.VoNXkPkrKM8 From today’s ILTV edition. Hezbollah reportedly warned not to retaliate for killing of Samir Kuntar. News video
12/28/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=30725 Yair Ramati, head of Israel’s missile defense program, was dismissed Sunday over what the Defense Ministry called a “grave security breach.”
The unexpected move stunned the defense establishment, as Ramati is considered a world-renowned defense expert and the “father” of many of Israel’s air defense programs. A senior source said Ramati’s dismissal, sanctioned by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, was “unprecedented.”
According to the Defense Ministry, Ramati’s removal from office “effective immediately” was ordered after highly classified materials were found on his personal, unencrypted laptop. According to Channel 2 News, the Defense Ministry is investigating whether or not “classified information had leaked in a way that compromised national security.” If so, this would explain the ministry’s harsh response to the incident.
Ramati’s dismissal is a latest in a series of incidents which saw defense officials penalized for information violations.
Most recently, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot removed Northern Command Artillery Commander Col. Ilan Levi from office after it was found he had left classified documents in his car, which was stolen. The car and the documents were eventually recovered. In November, Lt. Col. Elad Marom, son of former Navy Commander Eliezer Marom, was dismissed from the Navy after it was found he had “given sensitive information to an unauthorized individual.”
12/28/15 http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.694121 Yair Ramati, who headed the agency in charge of development of Iron Dome, David’s Sling and the Arrow missile projects, was found with classified material on his personal computer.
12/28/15 http://www.debka.com/article/25114/Tehran-names-Raafat-Al-Bakkar-as-new-Hizballah-Golan-terror-ring-chief-  This successor is revealed by DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources as a Lebanese called Raafat Al-Bakkar, about whom very little is known. According to our sources, the Iranians spotted Al-Bakkar as promising talent earlier this year, shortly after the Israeli air strike which on Jan. 18 killed Iranian Gen. Ali Dadi and the high-profile Hizballah leader Jihad Moughniyeh. They were caught touring the Golan around Quneitra in search of a site for a terrorist base. Al-Bakkar was sent to Tehran at that time for a course in building and running terrorist networks, and this week he was given charge of the new “National Resistance on the Golan” organization for deep strikes inside Israel.
12/28/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/205561  In March this year, the PLO’s Central Council decided to end the security coordination with Israel, and Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas warned in his UN speech in September that the PA was no longer committed to the 1994 Oslo Accords.
Abbas has repeatedly threatened to cut ties with Israel and has in the past also hinted at plans to dismantle the PA and thus enact a serious blow to Israel through international legislation.
Dismantling the PA would transfer all responsibility for the Palestinian Arabs to Israel, dissolving the Oslo Accords. But it would also leave Israel vulnerable to litigation over the “settlements” in international courts – and change Israel’s demographics to tip the religious and ethnic majority.

12/27/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/nasrallah-revenge-for-kuntars-death-will-inevitably-come/ Israel has warned Hezbollah not to respond to Kuntar’s death. Foreign officials also warned the Lebanon-based terror group that seeking retaliation for Kuntar’s killing could prompt a crushing Israeli response. Hezbollah said Kuntar was killed along with eight others in an overnight Saturday airstrike on a residential building in Jaramana, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital of Damascus.
12/27/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/syrians-on-golan-planning-resistance-front-against-israel/ The official, from a local government in the Quneitra region on the Syrian Golan bordering Israel, told Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency that groups would soon start working against Israel on the plateau, captured by Israel in 1967. “We will see the integration of popular resistance in both the free and occupied territories of the Golan Heights,” Ra’afat al-Bokar told Fars. “I confidently say that the people have and will never halt their resistance; we will soon witness integrated efforts by popular resistance forces throughout the Golan Heights against Israel,” al-Bokar said. Quneitra is a Syrian town that lies along the border between Israel and Syria and which was abandoned after the 1973 war between Israel and Syria.
The area between Israel and Syria is patrolled by a UN peacekeeping force, which has mostly kept the border calm since 1973, though peacekeepers have sometimes been caught amid internecine fighting in Syria.
The Israeli side of the Golan Heights has four Druze towns. Many of the residents feel they are Syrians, and maintain connections with their brethren over the border, who made up about 5 percent of Syria’s prewar population of 23 million people.
Officials say there are 110,000 Druze in northern Israel, and another 20,000 in the Israeli Golan.
12/27/15 http://www.debka.com/article/25114/IDF-Commando-Brigade-unveiled-amid-threats-from-Nasrallah-and-Al-Baghdadi IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott explained why it was necessary to bring forward the launching of the new Commando Brigade by two months, when he addressed the formation ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Ein Harod National Park: “The Commando Brigade is more necessary than ever in light of the threats from Hizballah and the Islamic State,” he said, in reference to the boasts heard in the last 48 hours from Hassan Nasrallah and Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.
12/27/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/205501#.Vn9vY_krKM8 Arab media reported on Saturday night that the Israeli Air Force attacked terrorist targets in the Qalamoun region of Syria.
The reports were published before the IDF issued a statement saying that “in the coming hours, exploding sounds might be heard in the Upper Galilee. These are initiated and controlled explosions which were planned in advance and not a security-related incident.”
It is unclear, however, whether there is a connection between the alleged Israeli airstrikes and the IDF’s announcement.
12/26/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/205492#.Vn9xnPkrKM8  Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued a threat against Israel on Saturday in an audio recording, saying his jihadists are preparing to attack the Jewish state. Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued a threat against Israel on Saturday in an audio recording, saying his jihadists are preparing to attack the Jewish state.”You will never find comfort in Palestine, Jews. Palestine will not be your land or your home, but it will be a graveyard for you.”
Reiterating an anti-Semitic teaching from the Muslim Hadith text saying that in the end of days stones and trees will help Muslims murder all Jews, al-Baghdadi said, “Allah assembled you in Palestine so that the Muslims kill you, so that you may hide behind stones and trees.”
12/25/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/205452#.Vn9wdfkrKM8  The Yarmouk “refugee camp” is in fact a sprawling neighborhood at the southern edge of Damascus. Most of the Palestinians who live there are descendants of Arab refugees from Israel’s War of Independence, though few are themselves refugees. Uniquely, the UN founded UNRWA as a separate agency to its official refugee agency UNHCR in order to perpetuate “Palestinian refugee” status to all descendants of actual Palestinian Arab refugees.
No other group of refugees – including Jewish refugees from Arab states or from the Arab armies which occupied Judea, Samaria and Gaza in 1948 and expelled Jewish residents – are granted such hereditary refugee status
There are thousands of people registered as Palestinian refugees in Israel’s neighboring countries, including Lebanon and Syria. Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have limited work options and are refused citizenship.
12/23/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/7-things-miriam-adelson-does-besides-back-gop-candidates/ During the 2012 election, the National Jewish Democratic Council, in a news release, linked to a story by The Associated Press that included an account of a legal document alleging that Sheldon Adelson allowed prostitutes to ply their trade in his Macau properties. The couple’s philanthropy assisting addicts (including prostitutes — see above) fueled their fury and Adelson sued the NJDC. The suit was dismissed but Adelson appealed; the case is still in the courts. In a Daily Caller Op-Ed in 2012, Miriam Adelson alluded to the prostitution report and argued, with the sweep of epic poetry, that it was part of a campaign by the White House to silence its Republican critics. She wrote: “Those who currently chase after my family, who demonize us for our political positions, are acting on motives contrary to American values. And those in the media who are collaborating with these people are also acting from the same wrong political motives. Indeed, they are feeding it with a media double standard — allowing for Democrats what is forbidden to Republicans.
12/22/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/14220/Greek-parliament-recognizes-Palestinian-state-amid-strong-ties-with-Israel The Greek Parliament Tuesday voted for the recognition of Plaestinian statehood within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem its capital. The Greek media describe the resolution as symbolic and non-binding, like the one approved by the British and French parliaments – not that of Sweden.The vote comes amid warming Israel-Greek relations. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu scheduled to meet twice next month with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, after the latter’s visit to Jerusalem and their discussions on a Mediterranean consortium for exploiting Israel’s gas (first reported by DEBKAfile). Greece declined to join the EU guidelines on labeling Israeli products from Judea and Samaria.
12/22/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/france-arrests-two-over-jihadist-plot-near-orleans/  jihadist attack plot was foiled and two men arrested last week in the French region of Orleans, southwest of Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday.
12/22/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/14219/Russia-warns-US-led-coalition-not-to-get-close-to-Assad%E2%80%99s-flight-to-Tehran Four Russian warplanes will guard the aircraft carrying Syrian ruler Bashar Assad flying to Tehran for a visit in late December or early January, Iran’s official news agency Fars reported Tuesday. Moscow has warned the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State “not to get close to Assad’s plane in order to avoid an aerial battle,” according to a Lebanese newspaper closet to the Assad regime. On its way to Iran, Assad’s plane is expected to fly over Iraq, where the US maintains a military presence.
12/21/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/205254#.VnhwLPkrKM8 Magic Wand is designed to fill the gap between the longer-range Arrow missile defense system and the shorter-range Iron Dome interceptor. It was developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the US company Raytheon. “The system passed all the tests with tremendous success, and it is definitely ready to be transferred to the IAF (Israel Air Force), to be operated by the experienced warriors there,” commented Hasson.
12/21/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/205240#.VnhyJvkrKM8  The Magic Wand, which has also been called David’s Sling, is believed to be primarily intended against the threat of missile attack by Hezbollah, which is thought to have at least 100,000 missiles.
12/19/15 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un-idUSKBN0U10J020151219 What about Assad? Syria has fallen! Will the Muslim Brotherhood be a player? Keep watching!
12/18/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/hezbollah-recruiting-drive-uncovers-its-deeper-role-in-syria/  Sunni militants fighting for the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria known as the al-Nusra Front consider Shiites to be heretics, referring to them by the derogatory term “rawafid,” or “rejectionists,” and openly call for the destruction of Shiite shrines.
Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV often shows video encouraging Shiites to join the fight against “takfiris,” a term for Sunni extremists meaning “those who declare others infidels.” Once in Syria, the fighters wear pro-government National Defense Forces camouflage uniforms and are asked to speak with a Syrian dialect so they don’t attract attention. Some elite fighters get more than $2,000 a month for being in Syria, a very good salary by Lebanon’s standards.
12/18/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-seeks-escalation-suicide-bombings-pa-says/ Interrogations of group’s operatives reveal new orders for better organized, deadlier terror attacks against Israelis.
12/18/15 http://www.debka.com/article/25089/Full-ISIS-Mobilization-in-Iraq-Syria-to-Fight-for-Mosul “Full ISIS Mobilization in Iraq & Syria to Fight for Mosul” is an exclusive article and can be purchased.
12/17/15 http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Israel-holds-substantive-talks-with-Quartet-delegation-that-included-EU-reps-437572 The meeting is especially significant since Israel suspended contact with the EU regarding the peace process last month.
12/17/15 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Hamas-and-ISIS-cooperating-to-fight-their-new-common-enemy-Egypt-437585 “Hamas needs the Salafi jihadists to break the Egyptian siege on Gaza; The Salafists need Hamas technical know-how to produce short range rockets and other weapons.” “Over the past two years, IS Sinai helped Hamas move weapons from Iran and Libya through the peninsula, taking a generous cut from each shipment,” Both Hamas and Islamic State trace their origins back to the Egypt Muslim Brotherhood, founded by Sheikh Hassan al-Banna. Hamas is a direct offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which until 1987, ran its activities through the Muslim Association founded in the mid-1970s and headed by Sheikh Ahmad Yassin.  It was the 1987 intifada  that led the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gaza Strip to embark “upon a direct and violent confrontation with Israel,” as explained in detail by Anat Kurz and Nahman Tal in a 1977 article for the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies titled, “Hamas: Radical Islam in a National Struggle.”
12/17/15 http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Israel-holds-substantive-talks-with-Quartet-delegation-that-included-EU-reps-437572 The meeting is especially significant since Israel suspended contact with the EU regarding the peace process last month. Israeli officials met with a high-level Quartet delegation this week, despite the fact that it includes an EU representative with whom Israel has said it will not meet on a bilateral basis to discuss the diplomatic process with the Palestinians.
The Quartet delegation, with representatives from the US, Russia, the EU and the UN, arrived Monday with the aim of trying to de-escalate the situation and find a way to move the diplomatic process forward.
The delegation met in the Prime Minister’s Office Monday night for a meeting the Foreign Ministry said was “long, substantive and serious” – discussing ways to stop the violence, restore security, stop incitement and look for future horizons in the diplomatic process.
The decision to dispatch the delegation was made at a meeting of the Quartet in September, but it was postponed first in October, and then earlier this month.
The suspension is pending a reassessment in Jerusalem of its ties with the EU institutions A senior government official told the Post on Tuesday, however, that Israel would meet with the Quartet delegation, because it had no intention of punishing the US, Russia or the UN. The official said that a separate meeting with the EU envoy, Fernando Gentilini, would probably not take place.
12/16/15 http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/12/16/hamas-funds-isis-sinai-branch-receives-help-smuggling-weapons-into-gaza/ The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas has reportedly been funding the Islamic State terror group’s branch in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in exchange for help with smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip. Hamas is reportedly paying the Islamic State fighters for shipments of explosive propellant material that Hamas needs in order to make rockets, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. The commander of Islamic State terrorist forces in the Sinai Peninsula, Shadi al-Menei,and leaders of Hamas’s “military wing” were reportedly discussing the ongoing supply of weapons sought by Hamas, which governs Gaza. Hamas has also supplied Islamic State with weapons, including Cornet anti-tank missiles that have been used against the Egyptian military.
12/16/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/saudi-arabia-to-invest-8-billion-in-egypt/  King Salman ordered 30 billion riyals ($8 billion) in investments, contribution to Egypt’s needs for oil for a period of five years and support for traffic in the Suez Canal by Saudi ships. No further details were given.
Saudi Arabia has supported Cairo with billions of dollars in aid, grants and cash deposits to help buoy the country’s economy after several years of political upheaval sent foreign reserves tumbling.
12/15/15 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/12/15/Saudi-Emirati-military-commanders-dozens-others-killed-in-Houthi-rocket-strike-in-Yemen/2061450200128/ High-ranking military officers from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were killed Monday when a rocket fired by Houthi rebels struck a command center in Yemen’s Taiz province. The attack occurred one day before the beginning of a week-long cease-fire as the Houthis and Yemeni government began peace talks in Switzerland.
At least 5,700 people have been killed in Yemen’s civil war, which began earlier this year after the Houthis, who are affiliated with Shia Islam, stormed southward and captured several cities, including the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. In March, Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled the country for refuge in Saudi Arabia, which formed a coalition of regional Sunni powers that began conducting air and ground operations against the Houthis.
Last month, Hadi reportedly returned to the southern port of Aden to direct military operations after coalition forces recaptured the city earlier in the year.
12/15/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/204925#.Vm_ZCkorKM8 Asked if he could imagine an end to the State of Israel, Kerry replied, “No, I don’t believe that’s going to happen. It’s just, What is it going to be like, is the question. Will it be a democracy? Will it be a Jewish state? Or will it be a unitary state with two systems, or some draconian treatment of Palestinians, because to let them vote would be to dilute the Jewish state? I don’t know. I have no answer to that. But the problem is, neither do they. Neither do the people who are supposed to be providing answers to this. It is not an answer to simply continue to build in the West Bank and to destroy the homes of the other folks you’re trying to make peace with and pretend that that’s a solution.”
The interview with the New Yorker was published a week after Kerry, in an address to the Saban Forum,  lashed out at Israel and said that current trends in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are leading to a “one-state solution” and warning that if that were to happen, Israel would risk no longer being a Jewish and democratic state.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu later addressed the same forum in a video call and responded to Kerry’s accusations. He noted in his remarks that in order to make peace, one needs a partner, and that PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas has not been one.
Indeed, Abbas has continuously imposed new preconditions on talks, even after Netanyahu declared he was willing to meet with him.
Furthermore, Abbas himself recently admitted to Israeli television that he rejected “out of hand” an offer from former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a PA state on nearly 95% of Judea and Samaria.
Kerry’s last attempt at bringing the sides to reaching an agreement failed in 2014, when the PA breached the conditions of the talks by unilaterally applying to join international organizations.
12/14/15 http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/12/13/report-iran-withdraws-special-forces-from-syria-as-tension-with-russia-intensifies/ Iran has started to withdraw its elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces from Syria, the Saudi-aligned London-based daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Sunday. Among the reasons for the retreat cited in the report is the heavy losses suffered by Iran during the two months since Russia has begun conducting military operations there. Reports have also been circulating that the commander of the IRGC-Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, was seriously wounded during a battle in Aleppo. Iran has long been backing the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the years old civil war plaguing the country that has now left hundreds of thousands dead.
12/14/15 http://www.trust.org/item/20151214221402-iekuw Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to state-owned Arabiya TV.
12/14/15 http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/IDF-strikes-two-Hamas-military-targets-in-response-to-Gaza-rocket-fire-437236  The Israel Air Force attacked two Hamas owned infrastructure sites Sunday night in retaliation to a Gazan rocket attack on Southern Israel a few hours earlier. There were no injuries reported in the rocket strike.
12/13/15 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/12/13/More-than-20-killed-in-bomb-attack-aimed-at-Shiite-Muslims-in-Pakistan/3681450050362/?spt=sec&or=tn A branch of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attack and warned Shiite Muslims not to fight for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
12/13/15 http://www.debka.com/article/25080/Syrian-war-as-testing-ground-for-Russia%E2%80%99s-latest-sea-and-air-weapons Like other manufacturers of advanced military weaponry, Russia has sought – and found in the Syrian conflict – a live battleground for testing and exhibiting its latest and most advanced tools of war. The two most sophisticated Russian armaments on full operational display in recent weeks are the Kalibr NK cruise missile and the Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback fighter-bomber.
Western sources commented Sunday, Dec. 13: The cruise missiles launched from a Kilo-class submarine provided visible proof of how President Vladimir Putin is using his intervention in Syria as a showcase for Russian military prowess.. Russian has brought over half a dozen Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback warplanes. This fighter-bomber is designed primarily for striking ground and naval targets. It excels in destroying small moving targets. Under the conditions in Syria, The Su-34’s rare ability to pinpoint small ISIS or rebel convoys as well as big ones is especially apposite.
12/13/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-israel-to-do-its-part-in-important-climate-deal/ Climate Change deal? It is the ‘New World Order’!
12/12/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/gambias-president-declares-country-islamic-republic/ Dakar,Senegal – Gambia’s president has declared the tiny West African country an Islamic republic, saying it is line with the country’s majority religion and is an effort to break from a colonial past. Jammeh said Gambia could not afford to continue a colonial legacy. A former British colony nestled within Senegal, Gambia is one of the poorest nations in the world and has been ruled with an iron fist by the president since he seized power in a coup in 1994. Human rights groups accuse Jammeh’s regime of disappearances, assassinations, extra-judicial killings and harassment of journalists and activists — claims the government has repeatedly rejected.
12/12/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/concern-for-libya-unesco-site-after-islamic-state-said-to-take-over/ Islamic State fighters have reportedly taken over the ancient Roman city of Sabratha in western Libya, raising concerns that the jihadist group may destroy the remnants of another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Members of the radical Islamist group were said to take over the coastal city, home to about 100,000 people and the ruins of a second and third century CE Roman city, Libyan Arabic news sources reported Thursday.
12/12/15 http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35079532 The question of different demands on different countries, depending on their wealth and level of development – called “differentiation” at the talks – was said to be the root cause of the difficulties. Another major difficulty was transparency – richer countries want a single system of measuring, reporting and verifying the commitments countries make as part of this agreement. It is said to be crucial to the US, which wants to ensure that China is subject to the same sort of oversight as it is. China and India are not keen on this type of oversight. “They committed that their negotiating teams in Paris would continue to work closely together and with others to realise the vision of an ambitious climate agreement.” COP 21 – the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties – has seen more than 190 nations gather in Paris to discuss a possible new global agreement on climate change, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the threat of dangerous warming due to human activities.
The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative represents major producers including BP, Shell, Saudi Aramco and Total among others. However the group of 10 does not include major US oil companies such as Exxon and Chevron.
12/11/15  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35074848 Scientists have been working on nuclear fusion for more than 50 years but the extreme temperatures involved and the difficulty of controlling plasmas mean progress is slow.
12/11/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/204782#.Vmt1h0orKM8 If Israel does not make peace with the Palestinian Authority (PA), the Islamic State (ISIS) will assume the moral leadership of the Arab world, senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Saeb Erekat warned on Friday. Speaking at a Rome conference on Mediterranean security and quoted by AFP, Erekat claimed that the radical jihadism of Islamic State could only be defeated long-term through a resolution of the Palestinian question and the establishment of democracy in Arab countries.
“Ever since the beginning of Islam there have been people and organizations seeking to use the religion for their own ends. Daesh is number 803,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
ihadism of Islamic State could only be defeated long-term through a resolution of the Palestinian question and the establishment of democracy in Arab countries.
“Ever since the beginning of Islam there have been people and organizations seeking to use the religion for their own ends. Daesh is number 803,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
“You are not going to defeat Daesh with bullets, warplanes and so on,” said Erekat, who then went on to claim that the anger that fuelled support for groups like ISIS was undermining people like him who had attempt to negotiate peace with Israel and had been treated instead to the “expansion of Israeli settlements”.
“For 23 years I promised Palestinians we would have our freedom and dignity. What did I bring my people? Instead 200,000 settlers we now have 600,000 and an Israeli Prime Minister who prides himself on saying ‘there will be no Palestinian state on my watch,’” he charged, according to AFP.
“If we go down as Palestinian moderates, if we cannot deliver, mark my words this will be the scenario.
“At the moment ISIS are seen as a causeless bunch of criminal terrorists. Nobody is associating with them.
“If tomorrow they fill the gap of me and (Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud) Abbas and they start killing Israelis, who amongst one billion Arabs will be against it?” threatened Erekat.
The comments are similar to ones made this week by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who warned at the Saban Forum that if the PA were to collapse, Abbas could be replaced with the black flags of ISIS.
But Erekat was ignoring his own incitement against Israelis. Just recently, he blamed Israel – and specifically Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – for the Palestinian terror wave against Israelis, and refused to condemn the attacks.
Just last week Erekat paid a condolence visitto the family of a terrorist who shot and wounded two Israelis before being killed by the IDF.
Israel’s Interior Minister Silvan Shalom spoke at the same conference as Erekat on Friday, saying said the Jewish state could not contemplate compromising its security by accepting a Palestinian state that would be a threat to it.
“When we try to live in peace with our neighbors we get rockets and missiles,” Shalom pointed out.
12/11/15 http://www.debka.com/article/25078/Saudi-and-Egyptian-marines-capture-Iran-held-island-at-Red-Sea-chokepoint In a pivotal breakthrough in the Yemen civil war, Thursday, Dec. 11 the naval forces of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAR took by storm from Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels the Greater Hanish island, which is part of the strategic archipelago commanding the Strait of Bab al Mandeb. This is reported exclusively byDEBKAfile’s Middle East sources.
This highly strategic strait links the Indian Ocean with the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea – i.e. Africa and Asia – and is the world’s fourth busiest chokepoint for international oil traffic. Captured by Yemeni rebels last May, the island was converted by Iranian officers into an armed base and one of Tehran’s largest depots for the supply of arms to its forces and proxies in the region. A fleet of small boats and fishing vessels kept the Yemeni Houthis amply armed for fending off the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting to restore the exiled Yemeni government.
The Hanish island base also provided Iran with a commanding position for spreading its influence in Ethiopia and Eritrea on the eastern African seaboard.
Taking the island was a major breakthrough for the coalition, after long months of combat that was crowned by their capture of the southern Yemeni seaport of Aden in the past three months. With the occupation of Greater Hanish, Saudi-led forces are now in position not just to cut off Iran’s weapons supplies to the Yemeni rebels, but also to break its grip on the vital strait that connects the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.
12/11/15 http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.691246 Obama Tells Rivlin: With No Peace Process, U.S. at a Loss for How to Defend Israel
12/10/15 US played the part God Purposed! http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=14603 Iran and Hezbollah are supposedly not like ISIS. By signing the nuclear deal with the West, Tehran, led by President Hassan Rouhani, has returned to the family of nations as a desired partner in the war against Sunni Islamic terror. From Israel’s perspective, however, this poses a clear and present danger. Not just because of Iran’s nuclear project, but mainly the tens of thousands of rockets Iran has transferred to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Whether in rhetoric or action, neither Iran nor Hezbollah are any different from ISIS, from Israel’s point of view. While they do have interests obligating them to a modicum of pragmatism, the chants of “death to Israel” are still encouraged in the streets of Tehran by the Islamic republic’s supreme leader. In Lebanon, meanwhile, Hezbollah is diligently working on upgrading its arsenal of missiles, pointed at Israel.
12/09/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/14056/Over-50-killed-dozens-wounded-in-Taliban-attack-on-Kandahar-airport At least 52 people were killed, dozens were wounded and an unknown number of people were taken hostage on Wednesday morning when the Taliban carried out a terrorist attack on the Kandahar international airport in southern Afghanistan. The airport compound is also the site of the joint command of NATO and Afghan army forces.
2/07/15 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran/In-Washington-Yaalon-warns-Iranian-arms-industry-will-mass-produce-weapons-for-terrorists-436422 Defense Minister Ya’alon has issued a stark warning about a post-nuclear deal regional reality in which Iran’s weapons industry will receive a significant cash boost from sanctions relief to mass produce advanced arms for Iranian proxies, chief among them Hezbollah. Speaking in Washington on Thursday to US Senators John McCain and Jack Reed from the Senate Armed Services Committee, and later with senators from the Committee on Foreign Relations, the defense minister said, “The Iranian weapon industry is very serious, and very advanced. Ya’alon said Iran is working “tirelessly to arm Hezbollah with advanced weapons,” saying, “In Gaza, there is a local arms industry that manufactures rockets, drones and other weapons, and it is based on Iranian knowledge and instructions.”
12/07/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/following-attack-on-idf-vehicles-israel-strikes-gaza/ The single strike followed two attacks on IDF vehicles on the border with southern Gaza over the weekend, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said.
On Friday, an army jeep came under fire from the strip, leaving bullet holes in the windshield. The attack was repeated Sunday, with another jeep taking fire that left bullet holes in its windshield.
No one was hurt in the shooting attacks.
12/07/15 http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/european-union-isis-has-chemical-and-biological-weapons/2015/12/07/ Israeli experts confirm ISIS is armed with chemical weapons and add it is a de facto state, with its own license plates and gold coins. The London Express reported that the parliamentary report states that ISIS “may be planning to try to use internationally banned weapons of mass destruction in future attacks.” The document was prepared by the Parliament’s political analyst following the ISIS massacres in Paris last month.
12/07/15 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-idUSKBN0TQ1II20151207 Russia’s envoy to the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Monday he expected a historic nuclear deal between Iran and world powers to be implemented in January, leading to sanctions against Tehran being lifted.
12/07/15 http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/12/07/iran-tests-another-mid-range-ballistic-missile-in-breach-un-resolutions.html Iran has carried out a new medium range ballistic missile test in breach of two United Nations Security Council resolutions, a senior U.S. official told Fox News on Monday.
Western intelligence says the test was held Nov. 21 near Chabahar, a port city in southeast Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province near the border with Pakistan.  The launch took place from a known missile test site along the Gulf of Oman
12/7/15 http://www.wnd.com/2015/12/potential-game-changing-weapon-of-future-wars/ China is developing an electromagnetic railgun to fire projectiles far faster and further than current gun barrels on ships and artillery, prompting what could become an electromagnetic arms race with the United States. China has a 30 millimeter Gatling cannon with 11 barrels that can fire up to 11,000 rounds a minute to shoot down 90 percent of incoming supersonic missiles.
Unlike conventional weapons that use chemical explosives such a gunpowder, the railgun uses electromagnetic force to propel projectiles to hypersonic speeds, potentially up to ranges of several hundred miles.
The shell detaches from the armature and is fired up to 100 miles at seven times the speed of sound.
12/7/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/libyas-rival-governments-shun-un-sign-separate-peace-deal/ an internationally recognized government in the far east and Islamist-backed government in the capital, Tripoli. The UN deal due for endorsement next week in Rome had been rejected by the internationally recognized government because it would have given the unity government the power to fire all senior Libyan officials not unanimously approved by its members — a clause they interpreted as an attempt to remove their fiercely anti-Islamist army chief, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, whose forces have been battling Islamist militias nationwide for over a year.
The Islamist authorities, on the other hand, were unhappy with the deal because it did not provide sufficient guarantees that Islamic law will be applied, Islamist officials said.
Western officials have urged the Libyan governments to act quickly and reach a deal, warning that the instability in the country was giving room for extremist groups like Islamic State to expand.
Libya’s chaos has opened the door to a surge of migrants and refugees who set off from its coast for Europe in often rickety boats operated by smugglers. Many have died on the journey.
12/6/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=30217 Speaking at the Saban Forum in Washington on Saturday, Kerry said, “Current trends are leading [toward] a one-state reality … The one-state solution is no solution at all for a secure, Jewish, democratic Israel living in peace. It is simply not a viable option.” Speaking at the Saban Forum in Washington on Saturday, Kerry said, “Current trends are leading [toward] a one-state reality … The one-state solution is no solution at all for a secure, Jewish, democratic Israel living in peace. It is simply not a viable option.” Kerry also talked about a possible collapse of the Palestinian Authority, saying such a scenario would endanger the security of Israelis and Palestinians alike.
“Without the PA security forces, [the IDF] could be forced to deploy tens of thousands of soldiers to the West Bank indefinitely to fill the void,” Kerry said. “Are Israelis prepared for the consequences this would have for their children and grandchildren who serve in the [IDF]?”
If the PA was to collapse, Israel would have to shoulder some of responsibility the PA had held, such as providing basic services to Palestinians in the West Bank, Kerry said.
Kerry called on Palestinian leaders to do more to prevent and combat anti-Israel violence. He said the Palestinians must clamp down on and end incitement against Israel and Israelis. The secretary of state cited troubling school textbooks, maps, speeches and media reports that have to be revised.
Kerry called U.S. support for a two-state solution the “glue” of America’s overall strategy in the Middle East.
“It is important that that not become a slogan, not become a throw-away phrase, that it becomes a policy, which is what it is meant to be,” Kerry said.
“I want to make it clear — Israel will not become a binational state,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned about a perilous future for Israel if a two-solution to the conflict with the Palestinians is not achieved.
“For there to be peace, the other side will have to decide it wants peace,” Netanyahu stated at the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting. “Unfortunately, that is not what we are seeing. First of all, the Palestinian Authority’s incitement continues. This must stop. And I saw that the chief Palestinian negotiator [Saeb Erekat] paid a condolence visit to the family of a terrorist who tried to kill Jews. So not only did [Erekat] not condemn the attack, he expressed his condolences to [the terrorist’s family], thereby giving encouragement and support for terrorist actions.”
12/3/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/west-bank-settlements-are-legal-foreign-ministry-asserts/ The construction and establishment of Jewish settlements in the West Bank is legal under both Israeli and international law, as well as justified on historical and ethical grounds, according to a new document drafted by the Foreign Ministry.
However, the document does concede that Israel “recognizes that the Palestinians also have claims in the area,” and that for that reason, “the two parties expressed an explicit agreement to settle all outstanding disputes, including the future of the settlements, within the framework of direct bilateral negotiations.”
12/3/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-states-sinai-chief-said-in-gaza-to-coordinate-with-hamas/ The commander of Islamic State forces in the Sinai is currently on what was intended to be a secret visit to the Gaza Strip, meeting with Hamas terror leaders to widen their cooperation and coordinate attacks on Egyptian and Israeli targets, Israeli television reported Thursday.
For its part, Hamas has smuggled weaponry from Gaza to al-Menei’s terror group in Sinai, including Cornet anti-tank missiles, which have caused heavy losses to Egypt, including considerable loss of life, at least one naval vessel and numerous tanks and armored personnel carriers, Channel 2 news said.
Al-Menei has also been responsible for occasional incidences of rocket fire from the Sinai on the Israeli southern resort town of Eilat, the TV report said.
Al-Menei was one of the founders of the Sinai terror group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which later joined Islamic State.
12/02/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/204294#.Vl-0S3arSM8 Officials in Jerusalem point out that the threat advancing on the Golan peaked just hours after the Russian leader met the prime minister in Paris. Putin is conducting a hands-on policy in Syria and keeps close track of the slightest occurrence on the battlefield. He must have been perfectly aware of the state of play with regard to the Golan when he met Netanyahu, but nonetheless kept it out of their conversation.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and the IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott. They suspect an ulterior motive behind Russia’s military movements in southern Syria, especially its air strikes against Syrian rebels, just across from Israel’s Golan border.
In particular, Moscow may be giving Hizballah and Iran an umbrella for achieving their longstanding design to displace the Syrian rebels with Revolutionary Guards and Hizballah forces and deploy them along Israel’s Golan border.
This suspicion gained ground when Tuesday, Dec. 1, the day after the Putin-Netanyahu encounter, the combined Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah units expanded their thrust from the southern Syrian town of Deraa to the Golan town of Quneitra, within sight of Israel’s defense positions.
All that day, heavy battles raged over the rebel-held line of hills running from a point just south of Quneitra to the Israeli-Syrian-Jordanian border junction. The combined force was supported by Russian air strikes and heavy tanks and artillery, seen for the first time in this war arena.
When the fighting resumed Wednesday, the IDF placed its Golan units on high alert and an extra-vigilant eye was trained on this battle.
The Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah side is gaining a distinct advantage from the deep feud dividing rebel ranks. The Islamic State and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Syrian Nusra Front forces are tearing into each other with suicide 12/02/15 http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940911000579 The UAE has recruited hundreds of Colombian mercenaries in recent months to send them to Yemen, and now Arab media outlets say that the UAE has recruited its private army of Colombian mercenaries to replace them with its own forces in Yemen after sustaining heavy casualties in the war-torn country.
“Saudi Arabia has rejected the UAE request to replace its troops with the recruited Colombian mercenaries in Aden to fight the Yemen army and popular forces,” Arab 24 news website quoted an informed Yemeni source as saying
12/02/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/assad-peace-only-when-west-ends-support-for-terrorists/President Bashar al-Assad said peace would only come to war-torn Syria when the West and its Middle Eastern allies “stop supporting terrorists,” in an interview aired Tuesday on Czech TV.
12/02/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/kerry-urges-nato-to-step-up-fight-against-is-praises-uk/  US Secretary of State John Kerry urged NATO allies Wednesday to intensify the fight against Islamic State, singling out Britain for praise as it looks set to join airstrikes against the jihadist group in Syria.
Kerry also played down any threat to Russia from NATO, which announced on Wednesday that it had invited Montenegro to be its 29th member despite warnings from Moscow which opposes NATO’s expansion eastwards.
Russia and NATO have been at loggerheads on a series of issues on their borders in recent years including the conflict in Ukraine and Moscow’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“NATO is a defensive alliance that has existed for 70 years,” he said. “NATO is a not a threat to anybody… not an offensive organization, not focused on Russia per se. I would say to Russia and any other country — this is not focused on them specifically.”
11/30/15 http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/11/30/report-israel-strikes-hezbollah-weapons-convoy-munitions-facilities-in-syria/ The Israel Air Force struck a weapons convoy and munitions storage facilities in the Qalamoun region near Syria’s border with Lebanon on Saturday night, Lebanon’s Al Mustaqbal television station reported Sunday.
According to the report, the targeted storage facilities housed long-range surface-to-surface missiles that Syria had transferred to the Hezbollah terrorist group. A number of Hezbollah fighters and Syrian military soldiers were reportedly killed in Saturday’s strike and members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard were reportedly among the wounded.
The same report said it was the third Israeli strike in the Qalamoun region over a period of one week. Israel declined to comment on the report.
11/30/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/eu-ignores-netanyahu-ban-vows-to-be-part-of-peace-process/ A spokesperson for the European External Action Service, the EU’s diplomatic service, said in a statement that “the EU would continue to work on Middle East Peace Process, in the Quartet, with its Arab partners, and with both parties, as peace in the Middle East was an issue of interest to the entire international community and also to all Europeans.”
The announcement came as European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, met Netanyahu on the sidelines of the COP21 climate conference in Paris.
Netanyahu’s suspension was a response to an EU directive to all its member states to begin labeling Israeli goods manufactured in the West Bank. East Jerusalem and Golan Heights as originating in settlements. Israeli officials have slammed the move as amounting to a boycott
11/30/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/344033#.VlyFFnarSM8  Islamist terrorists and a US-backed alliance of Kurds and Arabs have fought a fresh spate of deadly clashes in Syria, a monitor said Monday, as the almost five-year-old conflict draws in more local and international players.
At least 23 fighters were killed in the fighting between the Kurdish-led alliance and the Islamist  who include Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra Front, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
11/30/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/344030 A European Union representative slammed Syria on Monday for “gaps and contradictions” in its claims about its arsenal of chemical weapons to the global watchdog overseeing the destruction of toxic armaments.
Jacek Bylica of Luxembourg said the “many uncertainties” from Damascus “[make] it impossible to have confidence that its chemical weapons program has been irreversibly dismantled.”
11/30/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/343936#.VlyFZnarSM8 The Iranian ISNA news agency reported on Sunday that Greek’s Foreign Minister of Greece, Nikos Kotzias, had indicated his country supports Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the establishment of a Palestinian state.
According to the report, Kotzias made the remarks at a University in Iran, where he said that although Greece is a European Union member, some of its policy differs from that of the EU.
11/30/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/344035 Germany is preparing to deploy up to 1,200 troops to Syria in support of the international coalition combating Islamic State, officials said Monday.
That number would be an “upper limit” for the troops needed to operate the reconnaissance aircraft, tanker plans and warship Germany plans to send to the region, Defense Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said.
11/29/15 https://wordpress.com/read/post/feed/5055383/875848567  By attacking ISIS’ oil convoys, Putin decimated a huge chunk of its financial infrastructure. He ticked off Turkey because the president’s son, Bilal Erdogan, is getting very wealthy brokering oil for ISIS and raised the question of why the U.S. had not shut off this oil flow over a year ago. Were we incapable or uninterested?
The ISIS attack in Paris showed that no corner of the world is safe from this monstrosity of a rogue state that has been allowed to grow into a metastasized cancer of the worst order. It has the best weapons, nearly unlimited cash, infrastructure and a stream of fresh recruits serviced by a steady flow of kidnapped Christian and Yazidi sex slaves, and the united might of the world is powerless to check it?
It is unthinkable that the U.S. would materially support ISIS, but that is exactly what the growing body of evidence suggests. Our ally, Turkey, is brokering its oil, and we are allowing it.
We engage in nominal airstrikes and report the death of an occasional “high-value” target, but the ISIS reign of terror grows ever deeper and wider. By supporting ISIS, the president and congressional supporters of his policy are engaging in truly treasonous behavior. The unthinkable is here and, sadly, we have Putin to thank for exposing it and actually “degrading” ISIS. Beam me up, Scotty
11/27/15 http://www.debka.com/article/25046/Turkey-suspends-flights-over-Syria-Russia-launches-electronic-warfare-against-Ankara  Although he declared that Russia would not go to war with Turkey for “stabbing it in the back,  DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report that since Wednesday night, Nov. 25, Russian heavy bombers and warplanes have been hitting every Turkish vehicle moving or stationary inside Syria.
They bombed the Bab al-Hawa border crossing, located on the Turkey-Syria frontier, as well trailers and tractors parked in an area belonging to the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation, on the Syrian side of the border.
11/26/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=29965 “Despite all the efforts of the Arrogance [the U.S.] … and even with cooperation from Arab countries, the Palestinian intifada [uprising] has started in the West Bank,” says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei • He says Palestinian attackers are not terrorists.
11/26/15 http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/11/26/watchdog-palestinian-campaign-to-prosecute-israel-for-crimes-against-humanity-funded-by-europe/ European funding is behind four Palestinian NGOs that submitted a document to the International Criminal Court (ICC) this week, purporting evidence of Israeli “war crimes” perpetrated during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, according to a report released by the watchdog organization NGO Monitor on Wednesday.
Palestinian Center for Human Rights – Donors include: the European Union; UN OCHA; Ireland;  Denmark and Norway; NGO Development Center (joint funding from the governments of Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark); Open Society Foundations (US); Christian Aid (UK), Grassroots International (US); Kvina Till Kvina (Sweden); Al-Quds Association Malaga (Spain); Oxfam Novib (Netherlands); and Dan Church Aid (Denmark).
These governments, concludes the report, “irresponsibly fund and enable political campaigns with the sole purpose of demonizing Israel under a façade of human rights.”
11/25/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/203937#.VlX0VnarSM8 Shortly after the German national soccer stadium in Hanover was cleared of people, an ambulance loaded with explosives was discovered parked outside.
Another site in Hanover – the 14,000 seat TUI Arena, in which a concert by the band The Söhne Mannheims was to be held – was also evacuated last Tuesday after police received a “concrete threat” about a bomb.
The attacks were reportedly meant to be modeled after the Islamic State (ISIS) attacks in Paris the previous Saturday, in which 130 people were killed.
Paris’ Stade de France stadium as well as the Bataclan music hall were targeted in the ISIS attacks on November 13.
11/25/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/203946  US Treasury sanctions Assad backers for enabling bloodshed, including company buying oil for Assad from his enemy ISIS.. The United States imposed sanctions Wednesday on supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, including a middleman it alleged buys oil for the regime from the Islamic State (ISIS) group.
“The Syrian government is responsible for widespread brutality and violence against its own people,” said Adam Szubin, acting under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, in a statement announcing the sanctions action.
“The United States will continue targeting the finances of all those enabling Assad to continue inflicting violence on the Syrian people.”
11/25/15 http://www.debka.com/article/25038/US-Russian-discord-over-Syria-stoked-by-Turkey%E2%80%99s-downing-of-the-Russian-warplane- On Wednesday, Nov. 25, US President Barack Obama, in a conversation with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, said Turkey has the right to defend its territory just like any other country. He also said that the Russian Su-24 plane crossed the border and stayed in Turkey for 17 seconds. In other words, it was 1.6 km inside Turkish territory. However, when it was hit by an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile fired by the Turkish F-16, it was either right on the border or already inside Syrian territory. The pilots apparently landed on the Syrian side of the border and Moscow announced Wednesday that both were “in safe hands.”
No matter how the incident is interpreted, it has generated five points that could lead to an aerial or naval clash between US and Russian forces in the Syrian theater.
11/25/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/kerry-in-ramallah-us-committed-to-palestinian-statehood/ US  Secretary of State Kerry expressed sympathy Tuesday for the Palestinians’ “very dire” situation, but also spoke of his concern “about the violence,” while stressing the ongoing US commitment to a Palestinian state.
Kerry met earlier Tuesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who told him that at Israel would only implement trust-building measures with the Palestinians when the violence against Israelis abates entirely, according to a senior Israeli official.
There is no settlement freeze, nor will there be one, Netanyahu continued, according to the senior official. If the international community wants Israel to okay building plans for Palestinians, it should recognize Israel’s construction in the settlement blocs, the prime minister also reportedly declared.
Netanyahu told Kerry that the core problem driving the terror attacks is “religious incitement” by the Palestinian Authority spread via social media, especially surrounding the Temple Mount, according to the official. “The PA participates in the incitement,” Netanyahu is said to have told Kerry.
11/24/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/obama-hollande-swear-unity-against-is-leave-putin-in-the-cold/ US president vows ‘we will win and Islamic State will lose,’ says Russia is ‘coalition of two — Iran and Russia supporting Assad’
11/23/15 http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hamas-and-Hezbollah-leaders-meet-in-Beirut-to-discuss-Palestinian-Intifada-434948 The two sides discussed ways of coordinating their moves against Islamic State, among other things, sources close to Hezbollah said. Naim Qassem, deputy secretary-general of Hezbollah, received the Hamas delegation, headed by Musa Abu Marzouk, the deputy head of Hamas, and Osama Hamdan, who is in charge of external affairs in the Islamist movement.
The two sides discussed ways of coordinating their moves against Islamic State, sources close to Hezbollah said, as well as the situation in the Palestinian territories and called for support of the current “intifada” against Israel.
According to the sources, the Hamas and Hezbollah officials warned that the Beirut attacks were designed to “divert attention from the main issue, which is the Palestinian cause, and serve the interests of the Zionist enemy.”
11/22/15 http://www.debka.com/article/25034/First-Iranian-fighter-jets-over-Syria-alongside-Russian-bombers  A series of videos apparently leaked by the Russian Defense Ministry reveal the presence of Iranian F-14 and MiG -29 fighters in Syrian skies for the first time. They were shown by “The Aviationist,” Italian magazine, escorting heavy Russian bombers, including the Tupolev TU-160, the heaviest, fastest and most destructive bomber ever built, on missions no more than 150 km from Israel’s northern border.
The ageing F-14s, built in the 1970s by American aviation giant Grumman, were originally sold to Iran when the Shah was in power and taken over by the reorganized Iranian air force after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Upgraded many times, the F-14s now feature state-of-the-art avionics, weapons and navigation systems, procured byTehran despite the strict UN embargo on their sale to the Islamic Republic.
Dozens of these upgraded warplanes, upgraded with intelligence-collection and tracking systems, have begun operating in Syrian air space near the Israeli border, under the pretense of escorting the Russian bombers. Iranian eyes in the sky are therefore studying the frontier area and gather valuable intelligence on Israel’s air defenses. Normally, if Iranian warplanes had turned up in Syrian air space, the Israeli Air Force would have fought them off and shot them down, but by flying alongside Russian bombers they are protecting themselves against Israeli action.
11/22/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/s-african-president-links-paris-attacks-to-israeli-palestinian-conflict/  The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem expressed “shock and outrage” at the warm welcome the chief terrorist received in South Africa and summoned the country’s deputy ambassador in Israel for a reprimand. South African diplomats later explained that the ANC’s embrace of Hamas should be seen in the context of “party-to-party relations” and not be confused with official government policy.
11/22/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/rocket-launched-at-israel-from-gaza-strip/ A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip Monday morning exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council.
11/22/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=29857 Meetings will not focus on renewed effort to broker peace accord, but rather a bid to move things in a “more positive direction” and prevent collapse of Palestinian Authority, State Department says • Kerry to also visit UAE to discuss the Syria conflict.
“There is no agreement to be reached between the parties now,” the official said, adding: “There is nothing we’re trying to get them to agree to, we’re trying to encourage both of them to do the kind of things that will be helpful and in their interest and our interest in preserving stability.”
Kerry will urge the leaders to take concrete steps to restore calm, the official said. “We want to see bigger changes on the ground to stabilize the situation in a more sustainable way,” he said.
This week, Washington criticized Netanyahu’s decision to approve the marketing of land for the construction of 454 homes in two east Jerusalem neighborhoods.
11/21/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/un-security-council-votes-unanimously-to-destroy-islamic-state/ The UN Security Council unanimously approved a French-sponsored resolution Friday calling on all nations to redouble and coordinate action to prevent further attacks by Islamic State terrorists and other extremist groups. The resolution says the Islamic State group “constitutes a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security” and expresses the council’s determination “to combat by all means this unprecedented threat.” The measure is the 14th terrorism-related resolution adopted by the UN’s most powerful body since 1999. The resolution “unequivocally condemns in the strongest terms” these and earlier “horrifying terrorist attacks” carried out by the Islamic State this year in Sousse, Tunisia and Ankara, Turkey. This does not constitute an authorization for military action, however, because the resolution is not drafted under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter which is the only way the United Nations can give a green light to the use of force.
11/19/15 http://bigstory.ap.org/article/c7d180a29fbb47c1aea1a1e0bc2c5f86/libyan-american-group-files-complaint-un-about-envoy DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Libyan-American group has filed a complaint with the United Nations and is demanding its internal oversight body investigate the circumstances surrounding a job the U.N.’s former envoy to Libya has accepted from the United Arab Emirates, which backs one of the country’s rival governments.
The Libyan American Public Affairs Council told The Associated Press on Thursday that Bernardino Leon’s job offer represents a conflict of interest, has damaged the United Nation’s reputation and threatens the future of Libya by giving an unfair advantage to one side of the conflict.
Libya remains split between two rival governments who are being urged by the international community to approve a proposed peace agreement.
11/18/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=29791 The Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, which is the local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, wants nothing less than to see a “righteous Islamic caliphate” rise out of the ruins of the state of Israel.
Next to Khatib happened to be standing, ironically enough, Hanin Zoabi and Basel Ghattas, two MKs from the Balad party — a secular Arab nationalistic movement. The Islamic State, Hamas, and the other jihadist movements have already taught us what will happen in such a “righteous” Islamic caliphate: Hanin Zoabi will go underground, if she isn’t caught before that and sentenced to death for being a woman who does not obey the laws of Islam. Ghattas, as a Christian, will meet an even worse fate: He will be crucified. So what were these two doing next to the caliph’s second in command? In the fight against the Jewish state, the enemy of my enemy is an ally.
11/18/15 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4727725,00.html  Israel issued an unusually blunt warning on Wednesday against proposals to restructure the US-led peacekeeping force in the insurgency-wracked Egyptian Sinai next door, saying any drawdown of the foreign troops would “reward terrorism”.
Installed to monitor the demilitarization of the Sinai under the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace accord, the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) and some of its 12 contributor countries have been quietly mulling reviews of the deployment and mandate.
They worry for the safety of the almost 1,900 peacekeepers after six were wounded in September by a roadside bomb, and argue dismantling more remote and vulnerable posts would not significantly set back the mission.
11/18/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-hints-at-possible-annexations-in-west-bank/  meet Israeli security criteria and that would also require broader international understanding than exists,”
11/18/15 http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/US-ambassador-to-Israel-warns-against-bi-national-outcome-434502 “We’re realistic to recognize that a two-state solution won’t occur during the remainder of the Obama administration,” Shapiro said. “We may not even get to a situation where we have negotiations. But there is a great risk that we will slide toward a bi-national outcome that threatens Israel’s Jewish and democratic nature.”
Shapiro said that leaders who wish to avoid such a future must be proactive and think creatively. “They must find the steps to take to avoid escalation, even absent negotiations.”
The US ambassador said that the US continues to discourage unilateral actions that damage the two-state solution, such as Palestinian appeals to the International Criminal Court and Israeli settlement expansion.
Addressing the recent wave of terrorist attacks plaguing Israel, Shapiro said that there is no acceptable excuse or justification for terrorism. “We condemn it in the strongest terms, period. We forcefully engage the PA to stop the incitement that often stands behind it.”
“With Israel, just as with France, America’s condemnation and total rejection of terror is unequivocal and rooted in the kinship of our open and democratic societies,” he said.
11/18/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/203554#.VkwFp3arSM8 IAF strikes two terrorist infrastructures belonging to Hamas in northern and central Gaza, after Gaza rocket explodes near border fence. “The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for Gaza and will continue to operate firmly in order to preserve quiet in southern Israeli towns,” according to the IDF statement.
11/16/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13706/Washington-to-provide-Riyadh-with-thousands-of-smart-bombs The US plans to sell $1.29 billion worth of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia to replenish inventories depleted by Riyadh’s airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Houthi insurgents in Yemen, officials said Monday.
The sale is said to include over 13,000 smart bombs, including Joint Direct Attack Munitions and Paveway laser-guided bombs, and spare parts for upgrading older bombs into precision munitions. Saudi Arabia is one of the main buyers of US weaponry.
The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency informed the Congress on Friday that it had approved the sale, and lawmakers now have 30 days to decide whether the deal can go forward
11/16/15 http://www.debka.com/article/25024/Hollande-Obama-lack-the-troops-and-will-for-total-war-on-ISIS-Mid-East-rulers-are-even-more-reluctant  French security and intelligence services demonstrated that they were unprepared for war on ISIS, and are pretty much in the same boat as other Western powers.
Since the outrage in Paris, French and Belgian security forces have conducted raid after raid to pick up Islamists, claiming to be rounding up the masterminds and confederates of the nine bombers and shooters who attacked Paris and murdered 132 people  In fact, they are acting more to calm a jittery public than in the expectation of achieving meaningful results in the war on terror. Till now, neither France nor any Western government knows exactly how many people were involved in the attack on Paris, or the numbers and locations of the Islamic Caliphate’s worldwide terror networks.
11/16/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/putin-told-assad-to-go-or-be-made-to-go-israeli-officials-say/ One major point of contention concerns Assad’s immediate future. The Iranians are demanding that Assad remain as Syrian president in any scenario, including during the period of a transitional government. But the Russians, who have historically backed Assad and have begun carrying out airstrikes in support of the regime, do not favor that idea and are prepared to see Assad being out during the 18-month transitional government.
The US, in contrast, at first demanded Assad’s immediate resignation. But due to the current pressing need for intensive action against Islamic State in Syria, it is now prepared to see him gradually transfer powers to a transitional government and retire.
11/15/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/france-launches-air-bombardment-on-islamic-states-syria-capital/ 20 bombs dropped on Raqqa, major stronghold of jihadist group, two days after Hollande called Paris attacks ‘act of war’
11/15/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/342366#.Vkj7LnarSM8 French warplanes pounded ISIS’s stronghold in Syria’s Raqa on Sunday, destroying a command post and a training camp, AFP reports.
“The first target destroyed was used by Daesh (another Arabic acronym for ISIS) as a command post, jihadist recruitment center and arms and munitions depot. The second held a terrorist training camp,” a ministry statement said.
11/15/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/diplomats-set-18-month-timeline-for-change-in-syria/ Invoking the need for joint action after the attacks in Paris, foreign ministers of nearly 20 nations agreed Saturday to an ambitious yet incomplete plan for bringing peace to Syria and ending its role as a breeding ground for ISIS and other radical Islamic groups.
Within six months, the negotiations between the Syrian sides are to establish “credible, inclusive and non-sectarian” transitional government that would set a schedule for drafting a new constitution and holding a free and fair UN-supervised election within 18 months, according to a joint statement released by the United Nations on behalf of the 19 parties to the talks.
While the diplomats agreed on a UN-administered cease fire enforcement mechanism they failed to reach consensus on which groups other than the Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliates would not be eligible for the truce. Under the terms, the sponsoring countries of each group covered by the cease fire would be responsible for making sure that group upholds it.
11/14/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13652/France-s-Hollande-decries-act-of-war-ISIS-takes-responsibility-for-attacks After French President Francois Hollande gave an address to the French nation in which he said the terrorist attacks in Paris were a declaration of war by ISIS,  the terrorist organization took responsibility for the attacks on Saturday and threatened to target Washington, Rome and London as well.
Hollande said in the speech that ISIS carried out “an act of war that was prepared, organized, planned from abroad, with internal help” and vowed that France would retaliate without mercy. He also declared three days of national mourning.
In its statement, ISIS claimed France would continue to be one of its main targets and that Friday’s attacks were only the beginning.
More than 120 people lost their lives Friday evening when terrorists carried out shootings at restaurants, suicide bombings at France’s national stadium and a massacre at a concert hall.
11/13/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-iran-sinking-in-the-syrian-quagmire/  The major disagreements between all the parties concern the future of Bashar Assad himself. The Russians have hinted that they will not require that he remain in power, while the Iranians and the Syrian regime insist that he stay. But for a moment, let us imagine that all the parties and various countries taking part in the talks in Vienna agree on the “plan.” Does this mean that the fighting in Syria will end? Quite simply: No.
After all, the Islamic State is not a party to these talks, nor is it expected to be. Even if an agreement could be reached in the meeting rooms in Vienna, we can be absolutely certain that IS will continue its campaigns of massacre and devastation for a long time to come.
11/13/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/203338 Rouhani warns that if US imposes any new non-nuclear sanctions, Iran will ‘fail to comply’ with obligations of deal; demands US ‘apology.’
11/12/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/342069#.VkQdhXarSM8 Iran will receive the bulk of the S-300 air defense missile systems it ordered from Russia by the end of the year, Tehran’s defense minister said Wednesday, according to the AFP news agency.
“We signed a contract with Russia. It is being done. We will acquire a large portion of the systems by the end of this year,” Iranian Minister of Defense Hossein Dehghan was quoted as having said.
11/12/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/two-state-solution-not-impossible-dream-kerry-says-at-un/  Zionist dream can only be upheld with Palestinian state?  two-state solution in the Middle East was “not an impossible dream” but would require courage?
Kerry attended a commemoration of the 1975 speech delivered by Israeli ambassador Chaim Herzog denouncing a UN resolution that declared Zionism a form of racism.
State Dept said: a “constructive meeting… in which they discussed concrete ideas for stopping the violence, improving conditions on the ground in the West Bank and Gaza, and moving the diplomatic process forward.”
Kerry called the 1975 resolution ominous because it gave “a global license to hate” the state of Israel, and he called on diplomats and governments to do everything in their power to prevent the United Nations from being hijacked again “for malicious intent.”  http://www.timesofisrael.com/two-state-solution-not-impossible-dream-kerry-says-at-un/  Hmmmmmmmmmmmm http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/203277#.VkQcuXarSM8
11/10/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/at-least-22-dead-in-attack-on-heartland-of-syria-regime/ At east 22 people were killed in mortar fire Tuesday on Syria’s coastal city of Latakia, in one of the bloodiest shellings there since the country’s war began, state media reported
11/09/15 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Israel-worried-Egypts-Sisi-might-fall-to-jihadist-insurgents-432304 Sisi has reportedly acknowledged that Islamists have tried to assassinate him on at least two occasions. Remarkably, though, there is now concern that the Egyptian president has enemies within the ranks of the military.
“[Sisi] is under constant death threats,” Weber told Bloomberg. “Many people said we’re not sure where he sleeps every night. And I think there is that question mark in the minds of the Israelis about whether or not the government can succeed.”
11/09/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/russian-weapons-chief-s-300-deal-with-iran-has-been-signed/ Final contract would allow Moscow to begin delivery of advanced surface-to-air missile system to Tehran.
“The contract on delivery of S-300 to Iran has not only been signed by the sides but has already entered into force,” Chemezov said at the Dubai Airshow-2015, according to Russian media.
Russia and Iran have signed a contract on Moscow’s delivery of the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Islamic Republic, Sergei Chemezov, chief executive of Russian state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec, said Monday.
One of the most sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons in the world, the S-300 is capable of tracking multiple planes at once, and some versions have an interception range of up to 200 kilometers.
Israel has long sought to block the sale to Iran of the S-300 system, which analysts say could impede a potential Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities. Other officials have expressed concern that the systems could reach Syria and Hezbollah, diluting Israel’s regional air supremacy.
11/09/15 http://www.debka.com/article/25004/No-good-news-in-the-Mid-East-for-Obama-or-Netanyahu-when-they-meet-Monday The eruption of a new, deadly Palestinian campaign of terror which strikes unexpectedly in every town, highway and street.
These errors are taking their toll on Israel’s security, wellbeing and prestige.
Even if Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and US President Obama, like Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, do reach an agreement on Israel’s security needs for the coming years and US military assistance, such an agreement may not withstand the test of Middle East volatility. The rapidly changing conditions are for now all to the detriment of the US and Israel.
11/08/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13561/Five-Iranian-Rev-Guards-officers-killed-in-Aleppo-battle-%E2%80%93-40-total  In the last 48 hours, another five Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers were killed in the fierce battle for Aleppo for the recovery of which they are fighting alongside Syrian army and Hizballah forces. The latest victims are Hossein Aziz-Abadi, Amir Hossein Hivedi, Ruhollah Qorbani and Qadir Sarlak. This time, Tehran has not divulged their ranks or the names of their units. DEBKAfile: The IRGC has lost altogether 40 officers in this battle in the past three weeks.
11/06/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24994/Anti-air-missiles-in-ISIS-hands-also-imperil-Saudi-Jordanian-and-Israeli-skies This ultra-violent Islamist terror group has very close operational ties with ISIS-Sinai, and very possibly smuggled the missile system into Sinai from Libya.
11/06/15 http://news.sky.com/story/1583031/egypt-rescue-flights-diverted-in-mid-air Vladimir Putin – who had previously dismissed claims of Islamic State involvement in last weekend’s Metrojet disaster – said he was ordering his government to draft a plan for getting some 45,000 Russians currently in the country home.
11/05/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13524/Turkish-FM-says-Ankara-planning-operation-against-ISIS-in-Iraq Turkey’s Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu said Wednesday that his country is planning a large-scale operation against ISIS in Iraq that will begin within days. DEBKAfile sources, however, consider the statement to be unreliable, estimating that there is little chance of Turkey carrying out such an operation.
11/05/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13528/Turkey-s-PKK-announces-end-of-cease-fire-with-Ankara Turkey’s PKK underground movement announced Thursday the end of its unilateral cease-fire that it declared on Sunday ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections. Even though the PKK declared a temporary cessation of hostilities, there were a number of incidents over the last few days in which PKK fighters and Turkish security forces exchanged fire.
11/04/15 http://www.wnd.com/2015/11/college-caught-shredding-constitution-in-undercover-video/  In response to a recent ISIS statement stating the illegitimacy of all other jihadi groups, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb released a joint video statement on Monday denouncing the group that controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq, The Middle East Media Research Institute has reported. 
In his statement rejecting other groups, ISIS Spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani threatened to kill anyone who actively refused to accept its authority and threatened dissenters with a “head-splitting bullet or a sharp knife on [their] necks,” MEMRI reported.
Earlier this year, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri dismissed Islamic State and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as illegitimate but said his followers would join them in fighting the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria if possible.
In an audiotape on the internet, Zawahri said: “We don’t recognize this caliphate.”
Despite rivalries between the two Islamist organizations, former Egyptian doctor Zawahri suggested there was still room for cooperation when it came to combating the West.
“Despite the big mistakes (of Islamic State), if I were in Iraq or Syria I would cooperate with them in killing the crusaders and secularists and Shi’ites even though I don’t recognize the legitimacy of their state, because the matter is bigger than that,” he said.
11/04/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24992/Russian-made-cargo-plane-crash-in-S-Sudan-kills-dozens-Second-Mid-East-air-disaster No cause has yet been established for the Russian-made Antonov Ant-12’s crash-landing on the east bank of the Nile River 800 m short of Juba international airport in South Sudan Wednesday, Nov. 4. Its five-man crew were Russians. According to first reports some 40 people were killed both on board and on the ground, although there appear to be two survivors.
11/04/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13503/Erdogan-seeks-constitutional-reform-to-broaden-presidential-powers- In his first speech following his party’s victory in this week’s parliamentary elections, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that he will push for the changing of his country’s constitution so the president will be given wider powers.
11/03/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202871 Warplanes pounded the Islamic State group’s de facto Syrian capital Raqqa on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people including 13 jihadists, a monitoring group said.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said either the regime or Russian airforce was believed to have carried out the strikes.
SIS seized Raqqa in January 2014, expelling various rebel groups who had seized it from the regime the previous year.
Since then it has become the de facto Syrian capital of the territory controlled by the group, which it dubs an Islamic “caliphate.”
11/03/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/beilin-predicts-netanyahu-will-unilaterally-withdraw-from-much-of-west-bank/ Former minister and veteran peace activist Yossi Beilin on Monday called for the creation of an Israeli-Palestinian confederation as a long-term strategic goal for the solution of the conflict. Such a solution will have to be preceded by an interim agreement that would create a Palestinian state in provisional borders, he said. While a permanent peace accord is currently out of reach, Beilin said an interim agreement — if linked to a timetable leading to a comprehensive peace deal — is a realistic and worthwhile objective.
11/02/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13456/Erdogan%E2%80%99s-AK-to-form-one-party-government  President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party swept back into office in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, strengthening his 13-year grip on power after a divisive campaign scarred by violence. The Islamist-rooted party that Erdogan founded took about 49 percent of the vote and probably won 316 seats in the 550-member legislature, regaining the majority it lost in elections five months ago. The Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) scraped past the threshold limit but slipped down from 13 percent in June to 10.6 percent Sunday. Turkish police fired tear gas against protesters in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Sunday.
Opponents of the Turkish president fear that the election will further strengthen him in his
authoritarian rule of Turkey.
11/02/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202781 Iran has refused to accept the terms of the nuclear “agreement” it signed – and President Obama will be forced to reopen negotiations.
The president and founder of MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute), Yigal Carmon, says the American media has dangerously refused to notice that Iran has not only not approved the terms of the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action it signed with the P5+1), but that it has no plans to do so.
Carmon, who founded MEMRI in 1998, served as a counter-terrorism advisor to Prime Ministers Yitzchak Shamir and Yitzchak Rabin and participated in the Israeli negotiations with Syria in Madrid and Washington in the early 90’s.
In his latest article, he explains that the JCPOA is actually not an agreement, but a document outlining a set of understandings and disputes between Iran and the countries whose sanctions it was trying to have removed.
on Dec. 15 that the U.S. is to lift its sanctions – if and only if the IAEA reports by then that Iran has fulfilled its JCPOA obligations. Iran actually has no intention of doing so, however, as ultimate decision-maker Supreme Leader Khamenei has made clear. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202781
11/02/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24990/What-coordination-Russia-and-Israeli-warplanes-play-cat-and-mouse-over-Syria Syrian media reported an Israeli air force attack Sunday, Nov. 1, after two sorties Friday night against Syrian army and Hizballah bases in the Qalamoun Mountains on the Lebanese border. The IDF declined to confirm or deny these reports. Syrian sources described a large number of Israeli airplanes as bombing a Hizballah unit based in the village of El Ain in northern Lebanon and the arms depot of the 155thBrigade of the Syrian army at Al-Katifa to the east.
The two targets are 70 km apart. So these air strikes must have targeted two key points along the Iranian arms supply route to Hizballah.
11/01/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=29359 In what would be the first airstrikes since the Russian air force began operating in Syria, Israeli jets allegedly hit two Syrian army bases housing long-range missiles and a Hezbollah post • Syrian state TV makes no mention of reports.
…near the Qalamoun Mountains on the Lebanese-Syrian border. The reports, it must be noted, are unsubstantiated, and official state news agencies in Syria made no mention of any Israeli attacks.
According to the reports, eyewitnesses in Syria and Lebanon said four Israeli planes carried out a number of attacks and bombed two bases and positions near the village of Al-Qutayfah (some 40 kilometers, or 25 miles, east of Damascus). They also claimed a Hezbollah outpost was hit, across the border from the northern Israeli village of Ras al-Ein.
It must be noted that Arab media outlets in recent days have reported that Russian and Syrian jets have flown missions together in the vicinity of Quneitra and Daraa in southeastern Syria, near the borders with Jordan and Israel, and have bombed rebel positions in the area. The Kuwaiti paper Al Rai reported that Russian jets mistakenly bombed a Hezbollah squad near the border with Syria and southern Lebanon, killing between seven and 10 Hezbollah fighters.
11/01/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/divided-turkey-votes-in-critical-election-as-violence-spirals/ The outcome could leave Turkey without a government as it hosts world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, for the G20
Ankara, increasingly isolated on the world stage, is also struggling with its policy on Syria and the burden of more than two million who have taken refuge from its neighbor’s bloody four-year civil war.
HDP made history
After long supporting rebels fighting the Damascus regime, it was cajoled into joining the US-led coalition against the IS group and launched its own “war on terrorism” targeting the jihadists as well as PKK fighters.
Further political turmoil could also add to jitters about Turkey’s economy, with growth slowing sharply from the dizzy heights of five years ago and the Turkish lira plunging more than 25 percent this year.
All eyes will again be on the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which made history in June when it became the first pro-Kurdish movement in parliament and gained enough seats to block an AKP majority.
But it faces accusations
10/31/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13443/Air-France-and-Lufthansa-suspend-flights-over-Sinai Shortly after ISIS-Sinai took responsibility for shooting down the Russian airliner with 224 people aboard over central Sinai, the European airliners Lufthansa and Air Force-KLM announced they were suspending flights over the Egyptian peninsula over security concerns..
10/31/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202712#.VjT-17erSM8 The Salafist “Sheikh Amar Hadid Brigades, the ISIS identified brigades, attacked Israel.
In recent weeks Al-Sabireen, a new terror group established by Iran, has been active in Gaza. The Shi’ite group is in conflict with Hamas, and has the same emblem as Hezbollah, indicating Iran’s goals to expand its hegemony as it did in Lebanon.
10/31/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202713#.VjT-E7erSM8 A Russian airliner crashed over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula Saturday evening, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board, Russia has confirmed.
The Airbus A-321 of the Russian company Metrojet had left the popular tourism resort of Sharm al-Sheikh and was heading towards St Petersburg when it went down for as-yet known reasons.
However, a local jihadi ISIS-affiliate, called “Sinai Province,” has claimedresponsibility for the crash, announcing on social media that it had shot down the plane.

10/30/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=29289  Carter said, “For Israel, the current regional situation presents daily threats to the state, its economy, and its democracy. As we have since its founding, the United States stands with Israel, and we always will.”
10/30/15 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34673535 The first talks bringing together all foreign powers backing rival sides in Syria’s civil war have opened.
The meeting in Vienna will seek to close the gap between the US and its allies, who support the rebels, and the key foreign allies of the Syrian government, Russia and Iran.
It is the first time Iran has been involved in the diplomacy.
10/30/15 http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/10/30/ahead-of-international-syria-talks-israeli-minister-elkin-meets-russian-fm-lavrov-to-lay-out-israels-red-lines/ The Israeli minister, according to the report, relayed to Lavrov Israel’s three main concerns: preventing the flow of weapons to the terrorist group Hezbollah, maintaining a quiet border in the Golan Heights and upholding the ban on the use of chemical weapons.
While the meeting was scheduled in advance to discuss economic issues, ultimately it ended up happening a day before Russia headed to international talks on the Syrian war on Friday and Saturday.  The Israelis used Elkin’s trip as a chance to lay out their concerns.
10/30/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24985/Iran%E2%80%99s-elite-Rev-Guards-units-routed-by-ISIS-in-the-Al-Safira-pre-battle-for-Aleppo   The six Revolutionary Guards brigades were held up proudly as Iran’s finest fighting units, the invincible bulwark of the revolutionary Islamic regime in Tehran against the mightiest of its enemies
The battle for Al-Safira, 20 km. south of Aleppo – and the key to its capture – will go down in Iran’s Revolutionary history as the most humiliating defeat its elite forces have sustained in all its 36 years.
10/29/15 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4718040,00.html  Russia has been flying Iranian weapons shipments into Syria over the past 10 days, according to an exclusive report on Fox News, breaking with an international weapons embargo against Iran. The planes were reportedly seen at the Russian airbase in Latakia, Syria’s main port city.
10/29/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202613#.VjIxaberSM8 “You are offending 1.5 billion Muslims when you are talking about the Masjid Al Aqsa…and we have raised the flag before,” said Al Attiya, who warned that the current unrest is a “third intifada” that could become “the worst intifada” yet.
“The people who went to the street… [were] born after the Oslo Treaty and they saw there is no hope,” he claimed.
This is not the first time that the Qatari minister, whose country is known for its ties and support for the Muslim Brotherhood and for Hamas, has attacked Israel.
In August, Al Attiya blasted Israeli “occupation” when discussing thecrises in the Middle East, claiming that “the Middle East is suffering from the failures of the peace process due to the Israeli occupation” of Palestinian land.
Al-Attiya accused Israel of “intransigence” in dealing with the Palestinians and said it must end its “illegal blockade of Gaza”.
There were reports several months ago that Qatar halted its financial support for Hamas in order to push the group to change its policy againstEgypt, which Qatar had just reconciled with.
Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar said, however, that the report was completely untrue.
10/28/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13381/Tehran-helping-Damascus-confront-US-Israel-Iranian-general The deputy commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Tuesday that his forces in Syria would strengthen the country’s regime because it is “on the front facing the American and Israeli enemies,” adding that the IRGC’s presence and its assistance to the Syrian army are strategically important. Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami added that Iran is assisting Syrian President Bashar Assad in four ways: strategic assistance, including aid to the Syrian army; operational support in the war against rebel groups; tactical assistance, such as deployment of Iranian troops; and logistical, technical and organizational support.
Salami also said that recent Iranian television footage showing tunnels containing launchers and long-range missiles was filmed some time ago, and that Iran’s newest underground facilities have yet to be revealed.
During the visit that only lasted several hours, he met with Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq, the head of Lebanon’s intelligence services Abbas Ibrahim and chief of staff Jean Kahwaji to discuss ways of dealing with radical militants. In another meeting with Lebanese intelligence officials he discussed the operational needs of the country’s security and intelligence services.
10/28/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13386/Deputy-head-of-CIA-makes-secret-trip-to-Beirut   David Cohen, deputy head of the CIA, paid a lightning visit to Beirut several days ago, sources said. During the visit that only lasted several hours, he met with Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq, the head of Lebanon’s intelligence services Abbas Ibrahim and chief of staff Jean Kahwaji to discuss ways of dealing with radical militants. In another meeting with Lebanese intelligence officials he discussed the operational needs of the country’s security and intelligence services.
10/28/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13376/Ya%E2%80%99alon-Terrorists-wielding-missiles-nuclear-attacks-face-Israel  During his US visit, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday that Israel now faces a wide variety of threats ranging from Islamic militants wielding missiles and rockets to nuclear attack. He was speaking with US Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the National Defense University in Washington. Carter emphasized the importance of the US-Israeli security relationship and the United States’ commitment to maintaining close ties.
Ya’alon added: “The threat has been changed dramatically from conventional type warfare to what might be called super-conventional…weapons of mass destruction, or sub-conventional, like terror, rockets and missiles.”  Iran had not given up on its vision of a military nuclear capability, Ya’alon stressed.
10/27/15 http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.682654 The European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday in a speech before the European Parliament that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas must “demonstrate with acts” that their commitment to the two-state solution “is real and not just fake” or “just an empty slogan.”
10/27/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13370/First-Russian-air-strikes-over-Quneitra-opposite-the-Golan In its first sortie over Quneitra opposite Israeli Golan, the Russian air force struck Islamic State and Nusra Front positions Tuesday. Iranian sources noted that this was the closest Russian warplanes had ever come to the Syrian-Israeli border.  The Russian jets also struck rebel targets the southern Syrian town of Deraa near the Jordanian border. On Oct. 9, DEBKAfile reported that the Russian air force was preparing to go into action over southern Syria and Israel was braced for Russian aerial intrusions over its Golan border.
10/27/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202531#.Vi_I9rerSM8 The top US military officer revealed on Tuesday that the Iranian regime has deployed 2,000 soldiers in Syria to prop up Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and another 1,000 or more in Iraq.
The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, made the revelation while saying Iran has increased and decreased its ground forces over time, reports Reuters.
“I think there’s more than 1,000 that are on the ground in Iraq. In Syria, we think the numbers are probably something less than 2,000,” said Dunford of Iranian troop deployment.
Iran just this month denied it has troops on the ground in Syria, even though the past two weeks have seen the deaths of one of Iran’s best known generals, Hossein Hamedanitwo colonels and at least nine other members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), all in Syria.
10/27/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202528#.Vi_HrberSM8 Russian jets have struck Syrian rebel positions near the Golan Heights, marking the closest Russian airstrikes to the Israeli border since Russia’s intervention in Syria began, according to Iranian reports.
Semi-official Iranian Fars News claimed the Russian air force hit Islamist rebels in Tal al-Harra and Tal Antar near Deir al-Adas in the northern countryside of Daraa, which lies close to the Syrian-controlled Golan.
The report specifically claimed that targets belonging to Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front and rival jihadists ISIS were struck, though those details could not be confirmed. Pro-Assad sources usually claim airstrikes target those two jihadist groups – which do hold some territory in southern Syria – even though they often target other rebel groups.

10/26/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-october-26-2015/ Netanyahu: Israel must hold West Bank ‘for foreseeable future’
10/23/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13315/Russia-and-Jordan-agree-to-set-up-counterrorism-coordination-center Russia and Jordan are to establish a coordination center in Amman for sharing information on counter-terrorism operations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday. Russia is already in touch with Iran, Iraq and Syria through a Baghdad-based center used for the same purpose. Lavrov said Jordan would play a positive part in finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict through negotiations between Damascus and opposition forces, an outcome that Russia itself is pursuing. His Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh said the center would serve as an efficient communication tool for the militaries of the two nations
10/23/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24972/Hizballah-is-creeping-up-on-Israel%E2%80%99s-Golan-border-relying-on-Russian-military-cover Wholly preoccupied with the ferocious Palestinian terror campaign washing over their country, Israelis have scarcely noticed that Hizballah forces, believing they are protected by the Russian military presence in Syria, are creeping toward Israel’s northeastern Golan border. DEBKAfile reports: The Lebanese group thinks it is a step away from changing the military balance on the Golan to Israel’s detriment and gaining its first Syrian jumping-off base against the Jewish state – depending on the Syrian-Hizballah forces winning the fierce battle now raging around Quneitra opposite Israel’s military positions.
This state of affairs was fully clarified to Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint US Chiefs of Staff, when he was taken on a trip this week to the southern Golan under the escort of IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Gady Eisenkot and OC Northern Command Gen. Avivi Kochavi. He visited the command post of Brig. Yaniv Azor, commander of the Bashan Division, which will be called upon for action if the hazard to Israel’s security emanating the Quneitra standoff takes a dangerous turn.
10/20/15 http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/10/20/global-jewish-groups-outraged-over-unesco-western-wall-resolution/ Abbas is “shamelessly seeking to undermine truth, change the status quo, add to an already volatile situation that he irresponsibly created, and thereby once again set back the quest for peace and coexistence,” he said. “We urge UNESCO Executive Board member states to do the right and responsible thing — reject this naked assault on historical fact and brazen effort to strip the Jewish people of the age-old link to our most sacred site, the Western Wall.”
10/20/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202141#.ViWZSn6rSM8 Pentagon spokesman says the United States and Russia are set to sign an understanding on how pilots can avoid each other over Syria.
The United States and Russia are set to sign an “understanding” specifying how pilots can avoid each other over Syria as the two powers conduct separate bombing campaigns, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.
Captain Jeff Davis said the memorandum of understanding would likely be signed Tuesday, the AFP news agency reported. The measure has already been fleshed out and just needs final checking.
“We’re very close, we’ve got a document that’s just about signature-ready,” Davis said.
He stressed the rules established with Russia are not part of a broader agreement on how the two countries could operate in Syria.
10/19/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202094#.ViRuhn6rSM8  “The prime minister will demand an end to incitement and violence, and that the Palestinian Authority take concrete steps to prove it,” the seniorofficial told Haaretz.
Netanyahu’s flight to Berlin could be canceled should the security situation further escalate, the official added.
10/18/15 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Nasrallah-Hezbollah-committed-to-fighting-Zionist-entity-alongside-Palestinians-426296 Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said that the organization supports the Palestinians in the wake of recent terror attacks perpetrated against Israelis.
“I would like to assure all that the resistance has had great leaders for many years. We will continue to battle the Zionist project in the region and we will continue to fight alongside the Palestinians.”
“There will be no future for the Zionist entity in the presence of the axis of the Resistance,” he emphasized.”
10/17/15 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/amid-russian-airstrikes-a-putin-craze-takes-hold-in-mideast/2015/10/12/18ea92ea-7113-11e5-ba14-318f8e87a2fc_story.html BEIRUT — Amid the ornate walls of Damascus’ famed Omayyad Mosque, preacher Maamoun Rahmeh stood before worshippers last week, declaring Russian President Vladimir Putin a “giant and beloved leader” who has “destroyed the myth of the self-aggrandizing America.”
Russia insists it is targeting the Islamic State group and other “terrorists.” But Syrian rebels and opposition activists say Moscow’s warplanes in recent days have focused on Idlib and the central province of Hama, hitting U.S.-backed rebels in areas with no IS militants.
In addition to the warplanes taking off from a base in Latakia, Russian ships in the Caspian Sea have fired cruise missiles that fly nearly 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) over Iran and Iraq to strike Raqqa and Aleppo provinces, in what many see as a show of force meant to portray muscle more than serve a specific military goal.
10/17/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24957/Saudis-and-Iran-vie-in-cash-tug-%E2%80%98o-war-behind-Palestinian-terror-US-sidelined The wave of Palestinian terror plaguing Israel in the last two weeks is in fact being quietly tossed back and forth by two opposing external forces, DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources reveal: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are laying out large wads of cash to various Palestinian groups, especially the Fatah’s Tanzim militia, to stay out of the terror offensive. The money is channeled through Israel and Jordan, which also provide intelligence on which groups are worth financing to counter the efforts of Tehran and Beirut to keep the violent flames high.
Israeli and Jordanian government and security officialdom at the highest levels are working hard to remove bureaucratic obstacles and keep the money flowing in the right direction.
10/16/15 Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday evening telephoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and reiterated his remarks in an interview on NPR radio in the United States, in which he said that Israelis have the right to defend themselves against violence in Jerusalem’s Old City and everywhere.
The conversation between Kerry and Netanyahu took place after several controversial statements Kerry made this week, including an interview in which he said that the latest violence was because of Israeli “settlement activity”.
His spokesman later explained to reporters that the Secretary of State was not assigning blame when he said a “massive increase in settlements” over the past year had been followed by the current outbreak of violence.
10/16/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202003#.ViFIlH6rSM8 In an attempt to gain international legitimacy for its rewriting of history, the Palestinian Authority (PA) will submit a resolution to UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) next week claiming the Kotel (Western Wall) as its own.
The proposal calls to have the Kotel in Jerusalem – which is an outer wall of the Temple Mount that is the holiest site in Judaism – recognized as part of Al-Aqsa Mosque located on the Mount, reports Yedioth Aharonoth on Friday.
The PA is not a member of the UNESCO Executive Council, and therefore the proposal will be submitted for a vote next week on its behalf by the six Arab member states of Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
10/15/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/irans-soleimani-visits-syrian-golan-as-tehran-bolsters-war-effort/ Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the country’s expeditionary al-Quds Force, visited the Syrian side of the Golan in recent days, The Times of Israel has learned.
Soleimani, a powerful figure thought to be at the forefront of Iranian fighting abroad, is in Syria to oversee a new offensive by Iranian and Assad regime troops meant to help the government retake large swaths of the country’s north.
Israeli officials have accused the IRGC of trying to build an anti-Israel front on the Syrian Golan, alongside Hezbollah forces and local Druze opposed to Israel.
On January 18, a reported Israeli air strike on the Syrian Golan targeting a Hezbollah cell there killed six Hezbollah fighters and an IRGC brigadier general, Mohammed Ali Allahdadi. Allahdadi was said to be involved in helping to build up the operational capabilities of Hezbollah’s burgeoning Golan presence.
Soleimani himself traveled to Lebanon the following day to meeting with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah and visit the graves of the Hezbollah fighters killed in the strike.
Reports from late January claimed that a cross-border Hezbollah reprisal attack the following week, in which two IDF soldiers were killed and seven injured, was planned by two Quds Force officers appointed by Soleimani.
10/11/15 http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/why-is-money-still-flowing-to-isis/ Videos of Islamic State fighters driving brand-name S.U.V.s and pickup trucks in Syria, Iraq and Libya are graphic proof that efforts to squeeze the group financially have not done nearly enough. Now that the Obama administration’s program to train and equip anti-Islamic State fighters has ended in failure, there is even more reason to double down on efforts to choke off the group’s ability to raise funds and buy supplies.
The Treasury Department is leading an international effort to disrupt trade routes, cut access to the international financial system, and impose sanctions on Islamic State leaders and anyone who assists them. Last week, the State Department offered a reward of up to $5 million for information that leads to a significant disruption of sales of oil or antiquities benefiting the group.
Administration officials say they are making progress in starving the Islamic State of revenue and the ability to spend that money in world markets for military equipment and other supplies like oil production gear. But the sight of brand-name vehicles in the group’s convoys is a sure sign that something is awry, especially when Toyota, the manufacturer, says it has a policy of not selling to purchasers who might modify vehicles for terrorist activities.
10/9/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/pm-tells-kerry-he-expects-pa-to-stop-anti-israel-incitement/ Netanyahu’s office released the statement on another day of terror and violence that saw two stabbing attacks by Palestinians in Jerusalem in which two ultra-Orthodox men and three policemen were injured.
Kerry said the US is aware that Israel is not seeking to change the status quo at the Temple Mount, the Netanyahu statement said. Claims that Israel intends to allow Jewish prayer at the contested holy site have been widely disseminated by Fatah, Hamas, Israel’s own Islamic Movement and others, despite insistent Israeli denials.
10/9/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/two-palestinians-killed-in-clash-with-idf-along-gaza-border/  16 injured as soldiers fire on rioters approaching fence separating Israel from the Strip; Hamas leader declares ‘intifada.’ Some 200 Palestinians approached the fence in northern Gaza, closest to Kibbutz Nahal Oz. IDF troops, who remained on the Israeli side of the border, opened fire at the protesters, who were approximately 150 feet (50 meters) away.
The protesters were from Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and other terror groups in the Strip, Arabic news outlets reported.
Earlier in the day, Hamas’s chief in Gaza on Friday called for additional violence against Israel.
“Gaza will fulfill its role in the Jerusalem intifada and it is more than ready for confrontation,” Ismail Haniyeh said during a sermon for weekly Muslim prayers at a mosque in Gaza City.
“We are calling for the strengthening and increasing of the intifada… It is the only path that will lead to liberation,” he said.
10/8/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13026/Five-Israelis-wounded-by-terrorist-in-Tel-Aviv   In an attack in the area of the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv on Thursday afternoon, a Palestinian man wielding a screwdriver wounded five Israelis before being shot dead. The terrorist, a 20-year-old resident of East Jerusalem who was working at a construction site near the scene of the attack, first stabbed a female soldier and tried to seize her assault rifle, but she resisted so he gave up and went on his way. The attacker then started stabbing other pedestrians nearby, but an IDF officer who was passing through the area saw what was happening and opened fire, preventing any further injuries. All of the wounded were taken to a local hospital. The incident marked the first attack in Tel Aviv during the current wave of terror.
10/7/15 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/07/exclusive-russian-jets-intercept-us-predator-drones-over-syria-officials-say/?intcmp=hpbt1 All these movements demonstrate the Russians are forming a “protective belt” around Latakia, the stronghold of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and are carrying out airstrikes against anti-Assad rebel forces, some backed by the CIA, to protect both regime and Russian interests, including a Russian naval base in Tartus established in the 70s.
In 1939, land belonging to Syria and the Assad family in the northwest, along the Mediterranean bordering Latakia where the Russia has established an air base, was annexed by Turkey. Syria has never recognized the action and the two countries have been bitter enemies ever since.
10/6/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/338082#.VhPfFflViko Rebel attacks on a hotel used by Yemen’s prime minister and militaryinstallations in the southern city of Aden Tuesday killed 15 Arab coalitiontroops and pro-government forces, Emirati media reported, according to AFP.
Rocket attacks by Iran-backed rebels and allied forces “targeted the government headquarters and several military positions (and) left 15 Arabcoalition and Yemeni resistance martyrs,” WAM news agency said.
WAM said that four Emirati soldiers were among the dead and that several others were wounded.
10/6/15 http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/bombshell-isis-just-hours-from-destruction/ A top terror expert says ISIS is now so weak that it could be decimated within hours. Russian President Vladimir Put is preparing to send 150,000 troops into Syria to wipe out ISIS
10/5/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/syrian-rebel-groups-unite-to-fight-russian-occupiers/ Russia launched its air campaign on Wednesday and claims it is targeting the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, the al-Nusra Front. But many of the strikes appear to have hit Western-backed rebel factions. The Russian attacks have largely focused on the northwestern and central provinces — the gateways to the heartland of Assad’s powerbase in the capital, Damascus, and on the Mediterranean coast.
10/5/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-teen-killed-by-idf-in-clashes-near-tulkarem/  during “a violent riot of hundreds of Palestinians affiliated with Hamas,” protesters threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers stationed at the Tulkarem crossing. The soldiers
10/5/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-jihad-threatens-return-to-suicide-bombing-attacks/ Palestinian terror group Islamic Jihad threatened a return to the use of suicide bombers in attacks against Israelis — attacks that devastatingly typified the Second Intifada in 2000-2005.
10/5/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24929/With-Russia%E2%80%99s-Dep-Army-Chief-due-in-Israel-Moscow-posts-64-S-300-ship-to-air-missiles-off-Syria-N-Israel Russia’s deputy chief of staff, Gen. Nikolay Bogdanovsky, accompanied by a large military delegation, arrives in Israel for a two-day visit on Tuesday, Oct. 6, to discuss increased coordination between the two militaries. However, Moscow seems to be sending Jerusalem an altogether different message: Friday, Oct. 2, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the surprise deployment of Navy cruiser, the Moskva, armed with 64 advanced anti-aircraft missiles S-300 ship-to-air missiles opposite the Syrian coastal town of Latakia.
DEBKAfile’s military sources point out that Russia, without saying so publicly, has thus created an effective no-fly zone over most of Syria, most of northern Israel, including the Golan, as well as southern Turkey, for US aircraft based there for air strikes in Syria; Cyprus, the site of British air force bases; and Jordan.
10/03/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/201374  Islamic Jihad says Old City stabber was one of its own. Just days earlier terrorist wrote online ‘the third intifada has already begun.’
“Mohannad Shafik Halabi, 19, is a member of Islamic Jihad,” a senior member of the Gaza-based terror group told AFP on condition of anonymity, after the group issued a statement hailing the attack and saying it was in response to Israeli “terrorist crimes” against Palestinian Arabs.
Just days before the attack, Halabi posted on Facebook that “the third intifada has already begun,” in reference to the Palestinian Arab terror wars that have long plagued Israel.
“We are at the start of a true intifada,” wrote Islamic Jihad in an announcement. “The situation is at the breaking point – this isn’t a storm in a teacup. Today (Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu is reaping what he sowed. The Palestinian people have spoken – harming Al-Aqsa is a red line.”
The Palestinian Arabs claim that the IDF has already informed the family of the terrorist that his home will be demolished tonight.
Hamas welcomed the attack and called for additional murders. Hamas spokesperson Hussam Bardan called the attack an act of heroism, and said, “we support every attack of this type.”
10/03/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/201364#.VhA44PlViko A senior Hamas official Saturday called on Palestinian Arabs to take up arms to “defend” Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, calling for a further escalation in violent Arab riots at the site in which explosives have been throw at police.
“The only solution to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to prevent Israelis from carrying out their plans there is for West Bank and Jerusalem residents to take up arms,” Mahmoud Zahar said in an interview posted on the terror organization’s website.
10/2/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24926/Chinese-warplanes-to-join-Russian-air-strikes-in-Syria-Russia-gains-Iraqi-air-base DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report that China sent word to Moscow Friday, Oct. 2, that J-15 fighter bombers would shortly join the Russian air campaign that was launched Wednesday, Sept. 30. Baghdad has moreover offered Moscow an air base for targeting the Islamic State now occupying large swathes of Iraqi territory
Russia’s military intervention in Syria has five additional participants: China, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hizballah.
10-02-15 http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/10/02/president-addresses-russian-intervention-in-syria-at-wh-press-conference/?intcmp=hpbt1 President Obama, addressing Soviet intervention in Syria at a White House press conference, said Tuesday Iran and Syria President Bashar Assad represented Russia’s entire coalition “and the rest of the world makes up ours.”
10/1/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=28599 Moscow’s assertion that it hit Islamic State targets is immediately disputed by the U.S. and rebels on the ground • U.S. and Russia agree to meet “as soon as possible” to discuss the situation • French FM accuses U.N. Security Council of “impotence.”
France, which began its own airstrikes in Syria a few days ago, was chairing a meeting Wednesday on its campaign to have the council’s five permanent members restrain their use of the veto in cases of mass atrocities. Russia has rejected that idea.
British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond said his country welcomes Russia’s new “focus” on using force but warned it’s “very important that Russia be able to confirm that military action it has undertaken this morning” doesn’t target Syria’s moderate opposition. He urged Russia to use its influence on Syria to make it stop using barrel bombs and chemicals on civilians.
10/01/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12905/Iraq-invites-Russian-military-aid-to-fight-ISIS Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Thursday that he would welcome a deployment of Russian troops to Iraq to fight ISIS forces. In an American television interview, he added that such an intervention would not only help his country but also give Moscow the chance to deal with the approximately 2,500 Chechen Muslims who he said are fighting with ISIS in Iraq.
9/30/15 http://www.wnd.com/2015/09/obama-affirmed-radical-u-n-agenda-in-lesser-known-speech/ The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit that was convened Sept. 25-27 as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly.
The U.S. and the 192 other U.N. members unanimously adopted the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” a plan to “end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.”
9/30/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12865/US-opens-link-to-avoid-clashes-with-Russian-air-force-over-Syria- US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Tuesday instructed the Pentagon to establish a communication channel between US and Russian forces operating in the Syrian theater in an attempt to “avoid conflict in the air” and accidents as a result of non-coordination or pilot misjudgments, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.
9/30/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12871/Baghdad-war-room-to-handle-flight-coordination-with-US-Russia-says- Responding to reports from the US on contacts to avoid confrontations between the American and Russian air forces in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that the flights will be coordinated via its war room in Baghdad. DEBKAfile: This stipulation is an attempt by Moscow to force the US Air Force fto submit its flights in Syrian airspace to Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian and Russian officers manning their war room in Baghdad..
9/29/15 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/29/taliban-seize-half-afghanistan-strategic-kunduz-city/?intcmp=hpbt1 The Taliban used social media to claim the “conquest” of Kunduz and reassure residents that the extremist group — responsible for the vast majority of nearly 5,000 civilian casualties in the first half of this year, according to the United Nations — came in peace.
The fast-moving assault took military and intelligence agencies by surprise as the insurgents descended on the city.  It marked the first time the insurgents have seized a major urban area since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.
9/29/15 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/SArabia-denies-coalition-behind-attack-on-Yemen-civilians-419325 S Saudi=led coalition played no role in an attack reported to have killed 27 people at a wedding party in a Yemeni village on Sunday, a coalition a spokesman said. Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Asseri told Reuters: “There have been no air operations by the coalition in that area for three days. This is totally false news.”
9/29/15 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Obama-says-countries-pledge-30000-troops-police-for-UN-419345 Monday that more than 50 states had pledged some 30,000 new troops and police for possible deployment on United Nations peacekeeping missions.
“More than 50 countries, from Bangladesh to Colombia, from Finland to China, are making commitments totaling more than 30,000 new troops and police,” Obama told a summit of world leaders organized by the United States to boost support for UN peacekeeping.
9/28/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/watch-un-general-debate-opens-in-new-york/ Annual United Nations General Assembly debate began Monday morning in New York, bringing together some 160 world leaders at this year’s ministerial meeting, according to UN officials.
This is the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and it is bringing an unusually large number of presidents, prime ministers, kings and heads of state to UN headquarters in New York. The high turnout is also a result of a preceding three-day UN summit that ended Sunday, which calls on countries to adopt new UN development goals for the next 15 years to eradicate poverty and preserve the planet. There are 17 goals and 169 targets.
9/27/15 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/27/iraq-deal-reached-on-intelligence-cooperation-with-russia-iran-and-syria/?intcmp=hpbt2   Iraqi will begin sharing “security and intelligence” information with Russia, Syria and Iran to help combat the advances of the Islamic State group, the Iraqi military announced Sunday.
A statement issued by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said the countries will “help and cooperate in collecting information about the terrorist Daesh group,” using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
Iraq has long had close ties with neighboring Iran and has coordinated with Tehran in fighting the advance of ISIS — which controls about a third of Iraq and Syria in a self-declared caliphate. Iranian commanders have helped lead Iraqi Shiite militiamen in combat.
9/24/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12812/Senior-German-officer-found-dead-in-northern-Iraq   Senior German officer found dead in northern Iraq  DEBKAfile September 24, 2015, 12:49 PM (IDT) An officer in the German army who headed his country’s contingent in northern Iraq for the US-led coalition against ISIS was found dead on Thursday morning. The German military said Colonel Stephan Spoettel was found in his room at the Cristal Erbil Hotel in the Kurdish city of Irbil, but there were no signs of foul play or suicide.
9/22/15 http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Discovering-the-holy-vessels-the-real-DaVinci-Code-417878 The idea is to divide Jerusalem so that the Palestinians will have their capital there, with this and additional parts of Israel for Arabs only (as stated by PA President Abbas). After Congress votes and the Iranian dust settles, the mainstream media will no doubt exert itself to sway public opinion in support of the new UN resolution
As Winston Churchill said in September 1938 about the Munich settlement,  “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.”
9/21/15 http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Column-One-Trading-horses-with-Putin-416505 One of the ways Israel can penetrate Russia’s decision loop is by offering to help it fight anti-Russian jihadists operating out of Syria. One of Islamic State’s senior commanders in Syria is Tarkhan Batirashvili, a former Georgian special forces commander trained by the US. According to McClatchy, Batirashvili fought against the Russians in both South Ossetia and in Chechnya. In 2012 he traveled to Turkey where he joined other jihadists in founding IS. Today, Chechens form one of the largest groups of foreign fighters in Islamic State.
9/21/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200940 Erdogan met for an hour with Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, the exiled leader of the Gaza-based terrorist group who resides in Qatar, in Ankara. The two reportedly focused mainly on the situation in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque located on the Temple Mount, where massive violent riots have been perpetrated over the last several days by Islamist attackers.
9/21/15 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Syrian-war-spurs-first-withdrawal-from-doomsday-Arctic-seed-vault-417798  Syria’s four-year civil war has killed an estimated 250,000 people and driven more than 11 million from their homes, with 7.6 million displaced within Syria.
9/19/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12753/Washington-backtracks-on-policy-calling-for-Assad%E2%80%99s-immediate-removal US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Washington is amenable to a resolution of the Syrian civil war that permits Syrian President Bashar Assad to temporarily remain in power and participate in the processes for ending the conflict before stepping down. The statement marked a shift in US policy that had called for the immediate removal of the Syrian leader.
9/19/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24895/Did-Palestinians-use-live-fire-against-the-Israeli-Border-Police- Following the clashes on Friday, Sept. 18 in the Jabal Mukabar neighborhood, a question has arisen on whether the Palestinians opened fire on undercover units and Border Police forces in the area.
Such shooting by Palestinians in the capital is not new, and it occasionally happens in the northern part of the city, emanating usually from the Shoafat refugee camp and the village of Issawiya. These are isolated incidents, occasional volleys at adjacent Jewish neighborhoods, such as Pisgat Zeev.
But the situation in Jabal Mukabar was completely different, with shoot-to-kill gunfire aimed at members of the Border Police.
However, the item vanished from the 19:00 broadcast, with Molotov cocktail attacks and rock-throwing incidents reported instead.
There are several conflicting points to consider regarding this matter: the armored vehicle clearly had bullet holes, but no signs of firebomb attacks. Then too press photographers on the scene reported specifically that border policemen were wounded by gunfire; residents of Jerusalem’s Meir Nakar street, next to Jabal Mukabar, said in interviews to various news organizations that there were exchanges of fire between the border police and Palestinians; and police officers said late Friday night that undercover units had arrived and opened fire in order to save themselves, and that several border policemen were injured by a Molotov cocktail.
9/18/15 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/09/18/Egyptian-army-pumps-water-to-destroy-smuggling-tunnels-into-Gaza-Strip/1291442603055/?spt=sec&or=tn  Egyptian forces on Friday pumped sea water into underground tunnels used to smuggle goods into the Gaza Strip.
Egypt’s aim was to destroy the tunnels, which are believed to be used to smuggle food, medicine and construction materials into the besieged Gaza Strip.
The Cairo government has for years been trying to get rid of the tunnels, which extend underground into the Palestinian-held territory. Pumping sea water into the pipes causes them to cave in.
9/18/15 http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Column-One-Trading-horses-with-Putin-416505 One of the ways Israel can penetrate Russia’s decision loop is by offering to help it fight anti-Russian jihadists operating out of Syria. One of Islamic State’s senior commanders in Syria is Tarkhan Batirashvili, a former Georgian special forces commander trained by the US. According to McClatchy, Batirashvili fought against the Russians in both South Ossetia and in Chechnya. In 2012 he traveled to Turkey where he joined other jihadists in founding IS. Today, Chechens form one of the largest groups of foreign fighters in Islamic State.
This week it was reported that Iran has “swapped” five senior al-Qaida leaders for an Iranian diplomat that al-Qaida held in Yemen. In short order these terrorist chiefs will be permitted to leave Iran. According to the terms of their “release,” the five agreed not to attack Assad’s regime, but rather focus their efforts on Western targets.
Israel can handle Jordanian snubs and threats.
It can survive a UN decision to let “Palestine” fly its flag next to Pakistan’s. Israel can diminish its engagement with Obama. It can contain the threats from IS in Sinai and Hamas in Gaza.
But Israel cannot stand idly by in the face of the rising threat from Iran. And it cannot take the Palestinians’ assault on its sovereignty over Jerusalem lying down.
We are not all powerful. And who knows, maybe Putin won’t want to trade horses with us. But with or without him, we are capable of preventing Iran from going nuclear, as we must, to ensure our survival.
And we can defeat the Palestinians and protect Jerusalem, as we must, to ensure our survival. Now is the time to avoid low-return investments and concentrate our efforts where they are most important and where we have the most to gain.  Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili
9/18/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=28357 “I welcome the fact that the gap in Israel’s favor was significantly larger than the votes in previous years,” says PM Netanyahu after Egyptian-led attempt to have Israel join Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, submit to nuclear oversight, is rejected.
An Arab-led attempt to censure Israel over its assumed “nuclear capabilities” failed Thursday, with a majority of states at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s annual meeting voting down the resolution to implement nuclear oversight in the Jewish state. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the rejection of the motion to force Israel to join a global anti-nuclear weapons pact as a “great victory” for Israel’s diplomatic efforts.

Israel has yet to formally declare its widely assumed status as a nuclear weapons state — a status that Arab nations and Iran insist presents the greatest threat to Middle East peace. That view is opposed not only by Israel but also the United States and other Western nations that for years have said that Iran’s potential to make such arms is the key danger in the region.

As in past years, Arab states, backed by Iran and many nonaligned nations, forced a vote on their resolution expressing “concern about the Israeli nuclear capabilities” and urging the Jewish state to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. And as at most previous meetings, those opposed were in the majority — but this time by a higher margin. Of nations present for the vote, 61 were against, 43 were in favor, and 33 abstained.
In recent weeks leading up to the vote, there was a combined national effort led by Netanyahu, the National Security Council, the Foreign Ministry and the Atomic Energy Commission to ensure the resolution would be voted down.

“I have spoken directly with over 30 presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers,” Netanyahu said of the coordinated diplomatic effort. “I explained that there was no place to hold a discussion of this kind as long as the main problem in the Middle East is Iran’s efforts to arm itself with nuclear weapons and its clear declarations regarding its intention to destroy the State of Israel.”

The vote was symbolic, with the outcome having no enforcing power. But the extent of the rejection — with a much larger number against than a similar vote last year — offers Israel reassurance of its support among allies in favor of the Iran nuclear deal.
9/18/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/rocket-fired-from-gaza-strikes-sderot-no-injuries/ Israel Police said that a bus was damaged in the strike, while the Ynet website reported that a home was also damaged. The residents were inside at the time of the strike, Ynet said, adding that several people were treated at the scene for shock. One woman was taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon after complaining of chest pains and ringing in her ears, the website reported.
9/18/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12734/Palestinian-Hamas-Islamic-Jihad-call-for-anti-Israel-%E2%80%9Cday-of-rage%E2%80%9D  Israeli security forces in Jerusalem are on high alert to meet a further escalation of Palestinian violence following the announcement by Hamas and Islamic Jihad of a “day of rage” against Israel.  The two extremist groups are planning to stage “processions” in Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus and Tulkarm after Friday Muslim worship. Clashes with Israeli security forces are being orchestrated at the usual flashpoints including the Kalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem, and especially on Temple Mount. There, security forces are keeping young thugs out by holding entry down to men over 40. There are no restrictions for women.

9/17/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12715/US-forces-on-ground-in-Syria-%E2%80%93-assisting-Kurdish-rebels  US CENTCOM chief Gen. Lloyd Austin reportedly revealed Wednesday that US Special Operations Forces are “engaged” with Kurdish People Protection Units (YPG) rebel forces fighting in Syria.  He said they were there to “advise and assist” and “not engaged in any combat operations.” YPG combatants have seized large stretches of northern Syria from ISIS and Syrian government forces. Turkey, which is America’s ally against ISIS, is also fighting the Turkish-Kurdish PKK, which is a partner of the YPG.
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9/17/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12721/Egyptian-general-assassinated-by-terrorists-in-Sinai A senior Egyptian officer was shot dead by Islamic terrorists on Wednesday in the Sinai Peninsula, with the Egyptian branch of ISIS claiming responsibility for the attack. General Khaled Kamal Osman was inspecting members of a police unit in the provincial capital of El-Arish when the gunmen opened fire from a passing car, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said.
9/14/15 http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Fear-of-ISIS-takeover-of-Jordan-drives-Israel-to-build-eastern-border-fence-416107 Twenty-one years after the signing of the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty, the border between the two countries has proven to be the quietest, albeit the least maintained from a financial standpoint, of any of Israel’s frontiers.  Nonetheless, the prime minister was given the latest intelligence data that surveyed possible future threats.
In years past, Hamas operatives from Gaza sought to enter the Sinai Peninsula, from where they would seek to infiltrate Israel in order to carry out attacks. That route was closely watched by Israeli intelligence experts until the completion of the fence along the Egyptian border. The barrier has almost completely sealed Israel off from drug smugglers, African refugees and economic migrants, women traffickers, and, of course, terrorists.
Nowadays, the fence has proven to be a necessity given the fact that some violent Beduin tribes from Sinai have joined Islamic State. It allows Israel to better prepare in dealing with a hostile Islamist element currently fighting the Egyptian authorities in an area that is supposed to be demilitarized as per the terms of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. These elements can just as easily try to do harm to Israel as part of its campaign against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, either in an attempt to undermine the cold peace with Israel or simply out of an Islamist ideology that loathes Jews.
Now that the Gaza-Sinai-Israel path has been blocked off, the terrorists will seek an alternate route. It begins in Gaza, continues into Sinai, and, from there, heads further east into Jordan. Then the route takes a northward turn along the rusty, barbed-wire fence that runs along the frontier with Israel.
Initially, it will be criminals seeking to smuggle in drugs, contraband, and women. Intelligence officials are now warning that terrorists are soon to follow.
9/13/15 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/09/13/Yemen-Hadi-refuses-UN-talks-unless-Houthis-withdraw-from-captured-territories/6221442167335/?spt=sec&or=tn United Nations-mediated talks between the Houthis and Yemen’s exiled government. Voice of America quoted President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi as saying in a statement he would “not to take part in any meeting until the militia recognizes Resolution 2216 and agrees to implement it without conditions.” The resolution — voted for in April by each member of the U.N. Security Council with the exception of Russia, which abstained — called for the Houthis to, among other things, “withdraw from all areas seized during the latest conflict” and “relinquish arms seized from military and security institutions.” The operation comprises efforts by Yemeni soldiers trained in Saudi Arabia, as well as troops from the coalition itself, which includes the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and other Sunni powers in the Gulf and the wider region.
Emirati, Qatari and Saudi troops have been reportedly fighting on the ground in Yemen, with armored vehicles and soldiers from the UAE arriving in August and 1,000 troops from Qatar, backed by armor and helicopter gunships, deploying to Yemen earlier this month.
A Houthi rocket attack on an arms depot in Yemen killed at least 46 Emirati troops, 10 Saudi soldiers and four Bahrainis in early September — the deadliest incident for the coalition since it formed in March.
9/12/15  http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/Powerful-militant-group-in-Gaza-allegedly-pledges-allegiance-to-ISIS-415869 Jaish al-Islam [Army of Islam] has pledged formal allegiance to ISIS, according to a communiqué attributed to the group that was circulated on the Internet on Wednesday. our leader Mumtaz  Dughmush, may Allah preserve him, we consider our selves to be an integral part of Wilayat Sinai [ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula]…we pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Qurayshi, the Caliph to all Muslims in the House of Islam and each place where Muslims reside.”

Jaish al-Islam, led by the leader of the Dughmush clan, Mumtaz Dughmush, is one of the Gaza Strip’s oldest and most powerful Jihadi-Salafi groups. The group is perhaps best known for kidnapping BBC reporter Alan Johnston in 2006 in Gaza, as well as taking part in the operation with Hamas to kidnap Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit.
9/11/15 http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/09/11/us-bolsters-peacekeeping-force-in-sinai-following-increased-attacks/ JNS.org – The United States announced that it is bolstering its peacekeeping force in the Sinai Peninsula by sending 75 additional troops and other assets to the region, in order to boost the security of the soldiers who have come under increasing attacks and threats from Islamic State-affiliated terror groups there. According to Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook, the deployment will include a light infantry platoon and forward surgical teams, as well as equipment and vehicles, Reuters reported.
“Our concern right now, our top priority, is the safety and security of those U.S. personnel there,” Cook said.
Last week, a bomb attack in the Sinai wounded six soldiers, including four Americans.
The U.S. peacekeepers serve as part of a larger contingent of the Multinational Force and Observers, which was established following the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Around 700 U.S. soldiers serve as part of the mission.
Last month, reports suggested that President Barack Obama was mulling the future of U.S. involvement in the Sinai peacekeeping force due to the threats posed by Islamic State. Egypt has come under increasing attack from Islamic State terrorists in the region, and Israel has allowed Egypt to bolster its forces to their highest levels since the 1973 Yom Kippur War in order to confront the threat.
9/11/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/obama-declares-victory-as-senate-democrats-block-vote-on-iran-resolution/ President lauds ‘historic step forward’ for diplomacy; AIPAC warns failure to vote on deal creates ‘dangerous moment for America’“Today, the Senate took an historic step forward and voted to enable the United States to work with our international partners to enable the implementation of the comprehensive, long-term deal that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama said in a statement issued shortly after the vote. “This vote is a victory for diplomacy, for American national security, and for the safety and security of the world.”
9/11/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200584#.VfJaGhFViko President Barack Obama on Thursday spoke to American rabbis in a pre-Rosh Hashanah phone call, and told them that security talks with Israel had resumed and he hoped to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu by early next month, The Forward reports.  http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12634/Biden-Dates-for-Obama-Netanyahu-meeting-considered
9/11/15 http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/WATCH-LIVE-General-Assembly-votes-on-Palestinian-resolution-to-fly-its-flag-at-the-UN-415866 There were 119 votes in favor out of 193 UN members. Eight members voted against the draft measure and 45 abstained from the vote. “It’s a step to the recognition of Palestine as a full member state of the United Nations,” Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah told reporters in Paris earlier on Thursday.
9/9/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24875/Russia-eludes-US-ban-on-NATO-airspace-by-roundabout-route-to-Syria-via-Iraq-and-Iran- Washington refrained from addressing this request to Iran, in keeping with its policy of avoiding strains on relations until the nuclear deal was endorsed in Washington and Tehran.  Moscow has opened a new roundabout route for its ongoing military airlift from Sevastopol in Crimea and other bases in southern Russia to the Syrian Mezze Airbase in Damascus, DEBKAfile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources disclose. Washington refrained from addressing this request to Iran, in keeping with its policy of avoiding strains on relations until the nuclear deal was endorsed in Washington and Tehran.
9/9/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24875/Russia-eludes-US-ban-on-NATO-airspace-by-roundabout-route-to-Syria-via-Iraq-and-Iran- Washington refrained from addressing this request to Iran, in keeping with its policy of avoiding strains on relations until the nuclear deal was endorsed in Washington and Tehran.
9/8/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/arch-terrorists-kuntar-deif-put-on-us-blacklist/  The Obama administration is placing four members of the radical Hamas and Hezbollah groups on a terrorism blacklist that subjects them to US sanctions. As head of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Deif is responsible for planning and executing a long string of terror attacks that have killed dozens or even hundreds of Israelis.
9/7/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12598/Qatar-sends-first-1-000-ground-troops-to-Yemen-war Qatar has sent around 1,000 ground troops to Yemen, Doha-based Al Jazeera television said on Monday, to join the Saudi-backed offensive against the Houthi insurgents. They are backed by 200 armored vehicles and 30 helicopters and are preparing to join the push on Houthi positions in the capital Sanaa.
9/7/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24873/Russian-submarine-with-20-ICBMs-and-200-nuclear-warheads-is-sailing-to-Syria In its coming issue out Friday, Sept. 11, DEBKA Weekly 678 will reveal for the first time how Putin intends to array the Russian forces he is consigning to Syria, their operational planning, their military coordination with Iran and, above all, how the new Russian intervention in Syria may impact US Middle East policy and Israel.
The world’s largest submarine, the Dmitri Donskoy (TK-208), Nato-coded Typhoon, has set sail for the Mediterranean and is destined for the Syrian coast,DEBKAfile reports exclusively from its military and intelligence sources. Aboard the sub are 20 Bulava (NATO-code SS-N-30) intercontinental ballistic missiles with an estimated up to 200 nuclear warheads. Each missile, with a reported range of 10,000km, carries 6-10 MIRV nuclear warheads.
The Russian sub set sail from its North Sea base on Sept. 4, escorted by two anti-sub warfare ships. Their arrival at destination in 10 days time will top up the new Russian military deployment in Syria.
9/6/15  http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12589/UAE-warplanes-strike-Yemeni-rebel-targets-after-major-losses  Warplanes from the United Arab Emirates struck rebel targets across Yemen Saturday night, a day after at least 60 soldiers from a Saudi-led coalition, most of them from the UAE, were killed in a Houthi rebel attack on their base in the central Yemeni province of Marib. Apart from 45 Emiratis and five Bahrainis, Saudi military spokesman Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Asiri said 10 Saudi soldiers were also killed,as well as four Yemeni soldiers.
The bodies of the Emirati soldiers were flown to Abu Dhabi.The UAE government has announced a three-day mourning period.
9/6/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24871/Four-parties-caused-Syria%E2%80%99s-genocidal-calamity-Should-Israel-get-involved- 1.  The first culprit is undoubtedly its insensate president Bashar Assad and his close family, who have had no qualms about spilling the blood of some 300,000 men, women, children and old people – some estimate as many as half a million – and making some 11 million people homeless, to keep himself in power. No one has ever counted the number of people maimed and crippled by the war, but they are conservatively estimated at one million.
These figures add up to genocide or serial mass murder, which has been allowed to go into its fifth year.
2.  Iran warrants second billing for this mass crime.
Tehran has laid out the stupendous sum of some $40 billion to keep the mass marderer Assad in power with total disregard for his methods of survival. The motives behind the ayatollahs’ military and political boost are well recorded. Worth mentioning here is that Tehran not only pressed its Lebanese proxy, the Shiite Hizballah group, into service alongside Assad’s army, but sent its its own generals to orchestrate the war, led by the Al Qods Brigades chief Qassem Soleimeni.
We can reveal here that 22 Iranian generals have died fighting for the Assad cause.
The third place belongs to the United States and President Barack Obama. His refusal to put American boots on the ground may have been the correct decision for the US, but it had four direct consequences:
a)  The slaughter of the Syrian people continued unchecked. Even after President Obama declared that chemical warfare was a red line, he backed down at the last minute against intervening and ordered the US fleet to draw back from the Syrian coast.
To this day, Assad continues to use chemical weapons to poison his enemies.
b)  Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry let Iran use its military backing for Assad as a high card in the negotiations for a nuclear accord. Instead of making it a condition for a deal against the lifting of sanctions, Washington allowed Tehran to come away from the table with US non-intervention in Syria as one of its concessions for buying Iran’s assent to the Vienna deal.
Tehran, in a word, won Washington’s tacit approval for propping up the atrocious Syrian ruler.
c)  The rest of the world, including the United Nations and the European Union, followed the Obama administration’s lead and stood aside as at least 11 million Syrians became homeless refugees.
The lifeless body of a three-year old Syrian child washed up from the sea has figured in the Western media as a symbol of the tragic fate of Syria’s refugees. However, his tragedy came after the hair-raising atrocities endured by millions of those refugees for nearly five years.
Many families were forced to sell their daughters as sex slaves to buy food, their young sons to pedophile predators. The slave markets were centered on the Persian Gulf. Young Alan Kurdi died aged three. Many thousands of Syrian refugee children still live in appalling circumstances. No humanitarian organization has started an outcry or a campaign to rescue them.
d)  US refusal to intervene in the most savage humanitarian tragedy the world has seen for many decades opened the door to the belligerent branch of al Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, to march into the vacuum. The videotaped records of beheadings, the massacre of the Iraqi Yazdi people, the enslavement of its women and the burning alive of “apostates,” followed in quick succession.
The strongest nation in the world fought back with an ineffective trickle of air strikes on ISIS targets, allowing the group to go forward to conquer terrain and gain in strength.
Russia bears a heavy weight of guilt – and Israel would do well to watch its cynical conduct and draw the right conclusions. Like the ayatollahs, President Vladimir Putin led the second world power to total commitment for keeping Bashar Assad in power. Among other motivations, Putin pursued this policy to settle a score with Obama for the overthrow of Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi.
With one world power on the sidelines and a second jumping in with two feet, the Syrian imbroglio was bound to have devastating historical repercussions.
Throughout the Syrian conflict, Israel refrained from interfering, with only one exception: It supported Syrian rebel groups holding a strip of southern Syria, as a buffer against Iranian, Hizballah and Syrian army encroachment on its northern borders.
9/5/15 http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.674641 The Palestinian Authority is in contact with the United Nations and the European Union to urge them to pressure Israel to allow Palestinian refugees from Syria into the West Bank, officials in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ office said Saturday.
9/5/15 http://freebeacon.com/national-security/private-government-report-iran-spending-billions-to-pay-terrorist-salaries/ a private U.S. government analysis conducted for a leading senator, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
Iran’s defense budget ranges anywhere from $14 to $30 billion a year, with much of that money going to fund terrorist proxy groups and rebel fighters in a number of countries, according to a Congressional Research Service report conducted following a request by Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.).
Kirk, who opposes the recent nuclear accord, said that this information is a sign that the deal will lead to more terrorism by Iran.
“The Administration is celebrating support from a partisan minority of senators for a nuclear deal that threatens the security of the United States and our allies,” Kirk said. “This deeply flawed agreement will transfer over $100 billion to a regime that U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper calls the ‘foremost state sponsor of terrorism,’ and pave Iran’s path to nuclear weapons.
“Like North Korea before it, Iran will cheat on this flawed deal in order to get nuclear weapons. Congress must hold accountable the Iranian regime and ensure that our children never wake up to a nuclear-armed Iran in the Middle East.”
9/5/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-brags-at-superpowers-surrender-in-nuclear-deal/  On August 24, MEMRI also said the website of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei published a poster, entitled “The Iron Fist,” asserting Iran’s strength in the wake of the nuclear deal. The text on the poster states, according to the MEMRI translation: “Those who leveled sanctions against us yesterday are dying today, because Iran has become the region’s foremost military power. The Islamic Republic of Iran has proven that it works diligently to defend itself. The entire nation unites as a solid fist, standing fast against the aggressors who lack all reason.”
The poster shows a clenched fist adorned with Iranian flags breaking through clouds. The fist itself is made up of military equipment, including missiles, jets, ships and tanks.
9/5/15 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran/IRGC-commander-Iran-will-bolster-military-until-Israel-defeated-Palestinians-free-414983?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter Earlier this week, according to the Tasnim News Agency, Iranian military experts upgraded the Talash air defense missile system, which can target high-altitude aircraft.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Arab and Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut on Wednesday.
Nasrallah congratulated the Iranian diplomat on the nuclear deal reached with world powers and expressed anger at “war crimes” committed by Israel against the Palestinians, state news agency IRNA reported.
The Hezbollah leader said the “resistance” would thwart any Israeli threats to Lebanon.
On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met in Tunisia with Rachid Ghannouchi, the head of that country’s Islamist Ennahda movement, and called on Muslims to form “a united front against the Zionist enemy,” Iran’s Al Alam website reported.
9/5/15 http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/No-Holds-Barred-Indyk-accuses-PM-of-lacking-generosity-415196 Indyk no friend to Israel!
9/5/15 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Saudi-Arabia-Iran-deal-will-contribute-to-Middle-East-security-and-stability-415281   Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference in Amman, Jordan
Saudi Arabia has also joined the United States and other Arab states in air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist movement in Syria, also called ISIS.
“We continue to cooperate extremely closely in countering terrorist activities in the region and around the world, including the battle against ISIS,” Obama said on Friday.
Obama and Salman discussed the potential fast-tracking of the release of American military technology and weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, al-Jubeir said, and discussed a “new strategic partnership” between the two countries, although he gave few details.
The Gulf state is in advanced discussions with the US government about buying two frigates based on a coastal warship that Lockheed Martin Corp is building for the US Navy, a deal valued at well over $1 billion.
The sale would be the cornerstone of a long-delayed multibillion-dollar modernization of the Royal Saudi Navy’s Gulf-patrolling eastern fleet of aging US warships and would include smaller patrol boats.
9/4/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/un-chief-tries-to-breathe-fresh-life-into-peace-talks/
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a ministerial meeting of key global players trying to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Sept. 30 during the annual high-level session of the General Assembly, the United Nations announced Friday.

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that in addition to foreign ministers from the Quartet of Mideast mediators — the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia — the secretary-general is inviting the Arab League secretary-general and the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to join the meeting.

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled since the United States failed to broker a peace agreement in early 2014. The Quartet was sidelined by the US-led efforts, but their failure opened the possibility of a broader international effort to tackle the conflict.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, however, have been unable to agree on ground rules for negotiations. Netanyahu said Tuesday he was willing to meet Abbas “right now” to resume peace negotiations without preconditions. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat dismissed his remarks as a PR stunt, calling the prime minister “the king of the settlers,” Israel Radio said.
Abbas is scheduled to address the General Assembly on Sept. 30, the same day Ban will host the ministerial meeting.
Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour said Thursday he hopes Abbas will be able to raise the Palestinian flag outside UN headquarters for the first time that day. He said this could “keep hope alive” among Palestinians at a time when “the political process is dead.”
The 193-member General Assembly is scheduled to vote Sept. 10 on a resolution, opposed by Israel, that would allow non-member observer states — Palestine and the Holy See — to raise their flags. Mansour said he expects “an overwhelming majority” of states to support it.9/4/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24861/The-New-%E2%80%9CHashemite-Army%E2%80%9D-Is-Poised-for-Battle-with-ISIS-%E2%80%93-Next-in-Syria  “The New “Hashemite Army” Is Poised for Battle with ISIS – Next in Syria” is an exclusive article and can be purchased. With US arms, Saudi funding, Abdullah builds a formidable new army 70,000 strong.
9/4/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24862/Iran%E2%80%99s-Gen-Soleimani-Lays-His-Battlefield-Failures-at-Washington%E2%80%99s-Door   “Iran’s Gen. Soleimani Lays His Battlefield Failures at Washington’s Door” is an exclusive article and can be purchased. As his forces take a beating from ISIS in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, his charm fades in Washington.
9/3/15 http://freebeacon.com/national-security/iran-promises-to-set-fire-to-u-s-interests/   “In the nuclear talks with are negotiating with the 5+1, but the U.S. administration is, in fact, the main party; but the U.S. officials speak very badly and a decision needs to be taken about the manner they speak,” Khamenei told the country’s powerful Assembly of Experts.
“Don’t say that the Americans are uttering these words to convince their internal rivals; of course, I believe that the internal disputes in the U.S. are real and they have differences and the reason for such a difference is clear to us, but what is officially said needs a response and if no response is given to them, the other side’s remarks will be entrenched,” Khamenei said.
9/2/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-jihad-leader-reportedly-in-cairo-for-ceasefire-talks/  Ramadan Shalah came to the Egyptian capital with his second-in-command Ziad Nakhala for discussions on a long-term ceasefire agreement with Israel, the Ma’an news site reported, quoting an Islamic Jihad source. The two Islamic Jihad leaders are expected to discuss the opening of the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt and the kidnapping of four Hamas members two weeks ago from the Sinai Peninsula.
the al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s military wing, said the group would take up arms if prisoner Muhammad Allaan died in an Israeli hospital.
9/2/15 http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/09/02/iran-general-military-buildup-wont-stop-until-full-annihilation-and-destruction-of-israel/ The United States and Israel “should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine,” Iranian Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini said Wednesday, while leading military drills in Tehran, according to Iran’s state-run Fars News.
“And we will continue defending not just our own country, but also all the oppressed people of the world, specifically those countries that are standing on the forefront of confrontation with the Zionists,” he added, likely referring to Iran’s consistent support of terrorist groups Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Assad regime in Syria.
He said that the only way to deal with Israel “is full annihilation and destruction of the Zionist regime.” Kazzemeini encouraged Palestinians to continue the “armed struggle against Tel Aviv,” according to the Fars News readout.
9/1/15 http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.673871 Israel has asked Egypt to stop its efforts to advance a resolution to subject Israel’s nuclear facilities to international inspection, a motion expected to come up for a vote at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s General Conference in two weeks, senior officials in Jerusalem said.
9/1/15 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4696268,00.html The Russians are not the only ones coordinating their Middle East policy with the Iranians; The US has also jumped aboard that train. American government officials have been holding intensive consultations with representatives of the Iranian regime concerning a stronger joint effort against ISIS in Iraq. It seems that the US government currently views Iran as a central and necessary force in the campaign against ISIS within Iraq.
The Russians have consistently sent a weapons supply ship to the Russian held port of Tartus in Syria on a weekly basis. The ships would bring missiles, replacement parts, and different types of ammunition for the Syrian army.
8/31/15 http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/08/31/iran-is-already-waging-war-against-israel/ Iran has been directing terrorist attacks from Syria against Israelis in the Golan Heights region. Nobody paid attention. Four days later, Iranian-sponsored rockets from Syria struck Israel’s Upper Galilee. Is anybody listening now?  It is already engaged in a daily proxy terror war against America’s ally, Israel.
8/31/15 http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Report-Hezbollah-working-to-establish-terror-infrastructure-in-West-Bank-413725  Hezbollah has been working intensively to enlist former operatives from Fatah’s armed wing, the Al Aksa Brigades, in order to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets in the West Bank and inside Israel, a Palestinian security source was quoted as saying on Sunday.
8/30/15 Putin Prepares Russian Army to Fight ISIS in Syria Keeping hold of the energy card, he offers Russian military protection for a stake in Israel’s gas fields. article and can be purchased’
8/30/15 Iran Sends Powerful Zelzal Missiles into Iraq ‘Tehran is fighting on two Iraqi fronts: ISIS and opposition from Grand Ayatollah Sistani’. article and can be purchased
8/30/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24842/The-US-MFO-Exit-from-Sinai-will-Expose-a-Widening-Circle-of-Mid-East-Waterways  US Troops to Pull out of Tiran Strait as well as Sinai  This will open the way for ISIS to seize meeting-points between Gulfs of Aqaba and Suez and the Red Sea.
8/30/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24840/Iran-Sends-Powerful-Zelzal-Missiles-into-Iraq-to-Recover-Fallujah-and-Ramadi  Tehran is fighting on two Iraqi fronts: ISIS and opposition from Grand Ayatollah Sistani.  an exclusive article and can be purchased.
8/30/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24849/Egypt-sends-Assad-secret-arms-aid-including-missiles-with-Russian-funding Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi has begun supplying Bashar Assad with arms, including missiles, after concluding a secret deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his consent to pick up the tab, DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources reveal. The first batch of short-range Egyptian-made surface missiles has reached the Syrian forces fiercely battling rebels for weeks for the recovery of the strategic town of Zabadani without breaking through (See picture showing missile with Egyptian factory markings.)
It is not clear if the Egyptian missiles have also been passed to the Hizballah forces fighting with the Syrian army, considering that El-Sisi and Hizballah are at daggers drawn.
Our sources also reveal that the Egyptian arms consignments are freighted from Port Said to the Syrian port of Tartus by Ukrainian cargo vessels. These ships are today the most popular means of transport for clandestine and Black Market arms freights across the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas.
Sums and quantities are yet to be determined, but Western intelligence sources report that Ukrainian vessels called in at Egyptian ports at least three times from July 22 to Aug. 22 and sailed off to Syria laden with weapons.
It is a deal that may affect the fate of the Assad regime from five, often conflicting, perspectives:
1. By providing Assad
with an additional source of weapons, Cairo is reducing his dependence on Iran. This suits the Syrian ruler very well at this time, because he is fully aware of Tehran’s latest steps to draw Gulf rulers and Moscow into supporting a plan for ending the Syrian war, by installing a provisional government in Damascus and so easing his exit.
2. A certain parting-of-the ways has developed between Moscow and Tehran on how to terminate the Syrian conflict. By sending Assad arms, Cairo  casts its vote for Moscow’s perspective in preference to Tehran’s.
3. El-Sisi is now diametrically opposed on Syrian policy to the GCC led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who are patrons of the rebel movement dedicated to toppling Assad.
4. He is also on the opposite side to Israel and Turkey. Israel backs the rebels fighting in southern Syria to create a barrier against the encroachment of Hizballah and Iranian Al Qods Brigades up to its northern border and the Golan. Turkey and the US have reached terms on Syrian policy. Saturday, Aug. 30, Turkish jets carried out their first air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State, as part of its deal with the US.
5. The Russian-Egyptian understanding on the Syrian question is a signpost that clearly marks the way to deepening military and strategic relations between Moscow and Cairo.
Taking the lead on a resolution of the Syrian question, the Kremlin staged a discussion last Tuesday, Aug. 18, with three Arab visitors: Jordan’s King Abdullah, UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Egyptian president. It was led by Mikhail Bogdanov, Deputy Foreign Minister in charge of Middle East Affairs, and followed by individual tête-à-têtes between Putin and each visitor in turn.
The Russian and Egyptian leaders did their best, according to DEBKAfile’s Moscow sources, to draw the Jordanian and UA rulers over to their pro-Assad policy, or at least accept common ground for a measure of cooperation. In effect, Putin and El-Sisi were out to convince Jordan and the US to back away from the Syrian rebel cause and the Saudi line. Their future actions may indicate how far they succeeded.
8/29/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24847/Resolving-the-Syrian-war-is-not-the-silver-bullet-for-stopping-ISIS- The war to stop the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has entered a dark tunnel. And with it the bottomless conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq. The search for a ray of light moves next week from Moscow to Washington, when Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz makes his first visit as monarch for talks with President Barack Obama.
The three worried Arab rulers received in the Kremlin Tuesday, Aug. 25, by President Vladimir Putin could only talk in circles: Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi,is  embattled on three fronts, Sinai, his border with Libya and Cairo; Jordan’s King Abdullah II – is wedged between two wars; and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent his army to fight the Yemen insurgency alongside Saudi Arabia.
For them, resolving the Syrian conflict looked like the silver bullet, the key to ending all their troubles. But whichever Russian or Iranian plans and ideas they considered for a way forward, they were all forced to come back to the same impasse. Even Putin and Obama can’t get around or ignore two solid facts:
This week, the impasse spurred two combatants into chilling escalations:
— Iran began shipping its solid propellant missile, Zelzal-3B (meaning “earthquake”), across the border into Iraq, in the hope that this powerful projectile, with a range of 250km , would give the Revolutionary Guards their doomsday weapon for tipping the scales against ISIS.
— The Islamists, for their part, embraced a new tactic, known in the west as “SVBIED mobile defense.” Scores of armed vehicles are packed tight with hundreds of tons of explosives and loosed against military convoys on the move and static enemy positions and bases.
This tactic quickly proved itself by killing the 10th Iraqi Division’s chief, deputy and its command staff, as well as the deputy chief of Iraqi forces in Anbar.
In Moscow last week, Putin offered his three Middle East guests Russian nuclear reactors, arms, joint pacts for fighting terror and assorted ideas for the future of Bashar Assad. But he too had no practical proposals for bringing the Islamic State down.
President Obama may likewise offer King Salman all sorts of assistance for standing up to ISIS, but he will find no buyers in Riyadh for his failed policy of reliance on Saudi Arabia’s rival, Iran, for liquidating the Islamist threat looming against the oil kingdom from neighboring Iraq.  Neither is US aid much use for stemming the tide of pro-ISIS radicalism spreading among young Saudi men.
As matters stand today, therefore, the Islamic State faces no tangible threat – even if Iran does go ahead and achieve a nuclear bomb.
8/29/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-official-we-have-not-ended-fight-against-israel/ fighting the “illegal Zionist regime” is an ongoing policy of the Islamic Republic
Add that to: 8/24/15 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Will-West-and-Arab-states-accept-border-changes-that-redivide-region-413053 world powers and the Middle East’s Arab leaders conform to reality and propose to divide the region anew.
8/27/15 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/08/27/evidence-mounts-that-flush-iran-spurring-new-attacks-on-israel/?intcmp=hpbt1 “The amount that Iran gives Hezbollah is not very much – around $200 million – not even 1 percent of Iran’s budget last year,” Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian-born Israeli expert on the region who writes at www.middleastanalyst.com, told FoxNews.com. “If you want to stop Iranian support of Hezbollah you would need to have inspectors on the ground in Syria and Lebanon, the most dangerous of places, checking Hezbollah’s arsenal, bank accounts, bases, and Syrian bases which Hezbollah uses. I don’t see any UN force, or anyone else volunteering to do that.”
8/27/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/top-iranian-commander-killed-in-syria/  A top commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps has been killed fighting against Syrian rebels, Arab media sources reported on Thursday. Ahmed Hiyari, commander of the al-Hussein Brigades.
8/27/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12480/ A 48-hour truce was to begin Thursday morning in the NW Syrian town of Zabadani, under attack by Hizballah and the Syria army without a breakthrough for more than a month. Hizballah’s Al-Manar TV reports that the truce with the force holding onto Zabadani, the al-Qaeda affiliated rebel Nusra Front, also applies to two Shiite villages in Idlib, Fuaa and Kafraya, which are under rebel siege. A four-day ceasefire earlier this month broke down. It was also initiated by Hizballah.
8/27/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200004#.Vd9GK_lVikp the head of the Saudi wing of Hezbollah, an outlawed terror organization whose members are drawn from the kingdom’s Shiite Muslim community. “Internal Security Forces (ISF) arrested Ahmed al-Mughassil at Beirut airport on August 8 after he arrived from Iran on a forgedpassport,” the security official told AFP.
8/27/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/199997#.Vd82lflViko Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders have set September 15-16 as the dates for their first congress in nearly 20 years after Chairman Mahmoud Abbasannounced his resignation as head of a top executive body.
His resignation along with a number of others from the 18-member committee will only take effect with a meeting of the PNC.
Hamas belongs to neither the PLO nor the 740-member PNC, the top legislative body of the Palestinians and which has not met since 1996.
Some observers see chief Palestinian negotiator and Abbas ally Saeb Erekat as a potential successor to the veteran leader.
Before the resignations were announced last week, the executive committee elected Erekat as its secretary general.
8/25/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24836/Introducing-Yasser-Abbas-%E2%80%93-the-son-whom-the-Palestinian-leader-plans-to-succeed-him Yasser Abbas – Mahmoud Abbas’ own son. His good connections in Washington will no doubt be useful for opening a new chapter with the US when he takes over.
8/24/15 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Will-West-and-Arab-states-accept-border-changes-that-redivide-region-413053 world powers and the Middle East’s Arab leaders conform to reality and propose to divide the region anew.
8/23/15 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/08/23/Rights-group-Coalition-airstrikes-in-Syria-have-killed-more-than-200-civilians/2981440358145/?spt=sec&or=tn The coalition, known as Operation Inherent Resolve, formed last summer in response to the Islamic State seizing large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. Led by the United States, the coalition’s members are separated in groups: Australia, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom bomb IS targets in Iraq, while Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates strike IS positions in Syria. Canada and Jordan, alongside U.S. forces, conduct strikes in both nations.
8/21/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=27751 One senior Syrian official was quoted by a Lebanese news agency as saying, “The Israeli attack marks the end of the 1974 cease-fire. Israel has declared war on us. We will respond accordingly.”
8/21/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12400/ An Israeli air strike killed four members of the team accused of firing rockets into northern Israel Thursday. The team was struck driving in a vehicle in an area controlled by the Syrian army. The Israeli army spokesman did not disclose to which terrorist organization the team belonged. Syrian state TV claimed that five “innocent civilians” were the victims of the Israeli attack.
8/21/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/199739#.VddJpPlViko A senior IDF officer said on Thursday evening that Iran was behind the rocket attack, noting that the directive to fire the rockets was personally given out by the head of the Palestinian department in Iran’s Al-Quds force.
The senior officer’s comments regarding Iran’s involvement in the attack are in line with a report from April, when Iranian officials reportedly told the Syrian regime to strike Israel and open a war front on the Golan.
8/20/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/199706#.VdXxtvlViko  An IDF source said that even though Hamas does not desire a new conflict with Israel, other sources in Gaza will try to rile up the situation in an attempt to damage Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Those other sources may include Islamic Jihad, which is the second most influential terror group in Gaza after Hamas, and a local Salafist branch that identifies with Islamic State (ISIS) and has previously fired rockets at Israel to damage Hamas.
8/19/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24805/Obama-Puts-Moscow-Iran-at-Helm-of-Their-Next-Mid-East-Venture-Saudis-Opt-out is an exclusive article and can be purchased
8/18/15 http://www.wnd.com/2015/08/hamas-accepts-terms-of-8-year-truce-with-israel/#rkbxgkvczt3uxblt.99 TEL AVIV – Hamas’ political leadership tentatively accepted the terms of an eight-year truce with Israel, according to sources within Hamas.
8/17/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24817/Iran-to-arm-West-Bank-Palestinians-for-new-Eastern-Front-to-%E2%80%9Cefface%E2%80%9DIsrael Al Qods commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, acting on the orders of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, this week set up a new Iranian command to fight Israel, DEBKAfile reports exclusively from its military and intelligence sources.
It has been dubbed the Eastern Command of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.The Al Qods Brigades, which are the external terrorist arm of the Guards, are organized according to sectors, with commands for Hizballah, the Palestinians, Syria, Iraq and the Gulf.
8/17/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-plans-for-possible-syria-attack-after-recent-hezbollah-maneuvers/ Military source says Iran behind recent attacks against Israel perpetrated by Shiite group’s operatives in Syrian Golan According to a Channel 10 report Sunday, the drill included preparation for a scenario in which Islamist forces launch a sophisticated, multi-pronged attack on Israeli troops, similar to attacks against Egyptian security forces in Sinai in recent months.
8/16/15 http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/08/16/israeli-think-tank-says-iranian-desire-to-destroy-jewish-state-is-part-of-regimes-founding-vision/ According to the report, this fight to destroy the Jewish state has been an axiomatic directive of the Islamic Republic of Iran from the founding of the theocracy in 1979, which could never be “questioned or strayed from,” and was an “objective to be perpetually and actively pursued.
8/16/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/199528#.VdDGdvlViko The IDF published video Sunday of an incident from last month in which it eliminated terrorists who infiltrated the northern Israeli Golan Heights from Syria. The terrorists, who set off on their mission from the village of Hadr in Syria, intended to plant powerful bombs and set them off against the IDF.
A senior military source in the Northern Command said that Iran was involved in all the recent terror attacks in the Golan. “The Iranians are behind all of the attacks and attempted attacks,” he said. “In the internecine fighting between them, [the battling forces in Syria] are also using chemical weapons, and we take this into account.”
“When one gazes deep into Syria from the peak of the Hermon,” the officer added, “one does not see a Syrian state anymore. Assad’s grip on the ground is gradually weakening, and yet, there are still many forces loyal to the regime, including 180,000 in the regular army, and another 60,000 defending communities, 15,000 militiamen and about 5,000 Hezbollah men.”
“All these have turned Syria into a terror arena and the IDF treats it as such. The IDF understands that any small terror attack can cause the relatively quiet situation to deteriorate into war, and that is why scenarios are constantly being drilled.”
8/13/15 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/08/13/iraq-truck-explosion/ The Sunni militant group currently holds territory in about a third of Iraq. They view Shiite Muslims, as well as other religious minorities, as apostates.
Last month, the militant group targeted a popular market in the eastern province of Diyala, killing more than 115 people in one of the worst-single attacks to tear through the country in a decade.
8/12/15 http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940521001073 The Syrian governmental forces targeted positions of the ISIL Takfiri militants in Homs Province on Wednesday, leaving a large group of them dead.
The army targeted hideouts of the ISIL terrorists to the Southwest of Palmyra city, 160 km to the East of Homs City, killing a number of the terrorists and destroying their arms and ammunition.
The army targeted the Takfiri militants’ positions and movements to the East of Jeb al-Jarrah town, 73 km to the East of Homs City, and killed and injured a large group of them.
The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq. Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country. The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.
8/11/15 http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940520000209  The Iraqi air strikes hit positions of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the Northern Province of Salahuddin, killing 49 of them.
Iraqi fighter jets carried out precision strikes Monday against terrorist hideouts in Makishifa district, which lies near the holy shrine city of Samarra and 125 kilometers (78 miles) North of the capital, Baghdad. A total of 49 ISIL terrorists were killed in the air raids.
Meanwhile, a dozen Takfiri terrorists were killed when Iraqi security personnel mounted a series of offensives in the city of Husaybah, which lies seven kilometers (4.5 miles) East of Ramadi, as well as two other regions in the embattled Western Iraqi province of Anbar.
Iraqi government forces also defused 14 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the outskirts of the oil-rich city of Baiji, located some 210 kilometers (130 miles) North of Baghdad.
Additionally, fighters from Popular Mobilization Units fired a barrage of artillery rounds at ISIL positions in Albu Shajal and al-Malahama districts of Anbar, killing seven militants. Six pickup trucks with machine guns mounted on were also destroyed in the fighting.
Moreover, an ISIL militant was killed as a roadside bomb he was trying to plant in the town of Tarmiyah, situated about 50 kilometers (30 miles) North of Baghdad, went off.
Iraqi security forces also Monday killed 17 ISIL Takfiri militants, injured another and defused 21 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during an operation in al-Karmah town, located about 48 kilometers (30 miles) West of Baghdad.
The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.
Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.
The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.
8/11/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/jordan-to-erect-barrier-on-iraq-syria-border-to-stop-is/  dan is digging trenches and raising dirt barriers on its northern and eastern borders with war-ravaged Iraq and Syria to stop fighters from nearby jihadist groups infiltrating into its territory, a top Jordanian general said Tuesday.
8/10/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12264/  The Islamic Army and Jaish al-Fatah – two rebel militias associated with the Nusra Front – are closing in on the western Syrian port town of Latakia, a stronghold of the Assad clan. For the first time in the war, Latakia is under Scud B ground-to-ground rocket fire. In the northwest, the Islamic State has launched an offensive on the villages between Aleppo and the key road hub town of Azaz in an effort to cut the highway from Turkey to Aleppo.8/10/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12264/  The Islamic Army and Jaish al-Fatah – two rebel militias associated with the Nusra Front – are closing in on the western Syrian port town of Latakia, a stronghold of the Assad clan. For the first time in the war, Latakia is under Scud B ground-to-ground rocket fire. In the northwest, the Islamic State has launched an offensive on the villages between Aleppo and the key road hub town of Azaz in an effort to cut the highway from Turkey to Aleppo.
8/10/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12262/ DEBKAfile reports that Gen. Hassan Hosseini, of the Revolutionary Guards Engineering Corps, was killed in battle over the weekend in the southern Syria town of Deraa. He was buried with full military honors in Tehran Sunday. The eighth Iranian general to die in the Syrian war, Iran customarily imposes a blackout on their deaths in battle.
8/8/15 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4688490,00.html  he first visit of a top Syrian official to a Gulf Arab state in more than four years is the strongest sign yet of a new diplomatic push to end the Syrian war, but there are still huge hurdles to face before any peace process can begin.
Diplomacy has so far been a total failure during a four year civil war that has divided the Middle East, killed a quarter of a million people, driven more than 10 million from their homes and left large swathes of Syria in the hands of Islamic State militants.
But since a nuclear deal last month between Tehran and world powers, and in the wake of battlefield losses this year by Syrian government forces, signs have emerged of some of the first real dialogue for years.
Syria’s foreign minister met with his Omani counterpart in Muscat on Thursday to discuss the crisis. He was invited by Oman, an Arab Gulf state and US ally that has steered clear of the Syria crisis so far, and has acted as a regional conciliator in the past, with good relations with Iran.
“It’s inching towards some kind of solution. If Russia, Iran, the United States and Saudi Arabia make a deal, there will be a deal,” a diplomat tracking Syria said.
8/8/15 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4688490,00.html  The first visit of a top Syrian official to a Gulf Arab state in more than four years is the strongest sign yet of a new diplomatic push to end the Syrian war, but there are still huge hurdles to face before any peace process can begin.
Diplomacy has so far been a total failure during a four year civil war that has divided the Middle East, killed a quarter of a million people, driven more than 10 million from their homes and left large swathes of Syria in the hands of Islamic State militants.
But since a nuclear deal last month between Tehran and world powers, and in the wake of battlefield losses this year by Syrian government forces, signs have emerged of some of the first real dialogue for years.
Syria’s foreign minister met with his Omani counterpart in Muscat on Thursday to discuss the crisis. He was invited by Oman, an Arab Gulf state and US ally that has steered clear of the Syria crisis so far, and has acted as a regional conciliator in the past, with good relations with Iran.
“It’s inching towards some kind of solution. If Russia, Iran, the United States and Saudi Arabia make a deal, there will be a deal,” a diplomat tracking Syria said.
Four Takfiri terrorist leaders named Khaled Omar, Ebrahim Javish, Besam Hazima and Abu Ahmed Ziyad Nassif were killed in heavy clashes with the Syrian troops today.
8/8/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/saudi-plan-aims-to-get-iran-hezbollah-out-of-syria-report/ Saudi Arabia has proposed a new initiative to end the conflict in Syria that would see Iran and its proxy Hezbollah pull their fighters from the country, al-Hayat reported Saturday.
Citing “high-level Saudi sources,” the pan-Arab newspaper said that in return for an Iranian and Hezbollah withdrawal, Riyadh would end its support for the rebels seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad in a bloody civil war now in its fifth year. This would then pave the way for parliamentary and presidential elections under the supervision of the United Nations.
Like the Syrian regime, Hezbollah is an Iranian proxy in the region, receiving funds and arms from the Islamic Republic, and has dispatched thousands of fighters to support the embattled Assad.
Tariq al-Shammari, a Saudi analyst and president of the Council of Gulf International Relations, told the Associated Press last month that following the deal on Iran’s nuclear program, Gulf Arab countries will work to try to keep Tehran isolated politically and economically, noting that Saudi Arabia in particular has already moved to improve ties with Russia, a strong ally of Iran.
8/6/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/a-nation-that-dwells-alone/ Israel, Haaretz, Israel Hayom and Yedioth Ahronoth, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt.
America’s President made a speech yesterday evening that has shaken Isral. Even those who have supported him!
8/4/15 http://www.businessinsider.com/saudi-arabias-war-in-yemen-is-a-tragic-blunder-2015-8 The Houthi rebels and their ally Ali Abdullah Saleh, former president of Yemen, show no sign of bending to the will of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Addul-Aziz Al Saud Salman after more than four months of war.
The leader of the Zaydi Houthi rebels, Abdul-Malek al-Houthi, gave a speech this week to his followers promising “we are in a great battle in which we must use all our efforts.”
Abdul-Malek accused the Saudis and their ally, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, of working with both Israel and the Islamic State to take Aden. He called for an internal Yemeni political solution to the war.
Former President Saleh, in an interview, went further and called Hadi a traitor for backing the Saudis who should be tried for treason. Saleh called his former deputy “an enemy of all Yemenis” who should be tried for war crimes in the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Saleh went on to blast the new Saudi leadership for abandoning the wise policies of the late King Abdullah who died in January. The new leadership “is no longer a sisterly or friendly country but rather an aggressor against our Yemeni people.”
For its part, the United States has committed to accelerating arms deliveries to the kingdom and the Gulf states which helps them continue the air and naval blockade.
Southern People’s Resistance militants loyal to Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi take positions on the frontline of fighting against Houthi fighters in the country’s southern province of Lahej
8/4/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/199033#.VcELcPlViko Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem arrived in Iran Tuesday to meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif to discuss the situation in the region, the official IRNA news agency reported.  Iran and Russia are the two main allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Tehran backs him both financially and militarily by sending military advisers.
However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday claimed that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin indicted to him in recent conversations that he may pull his support for the Syrian regime, in what could be a major regional shift.
Iranian media reported that a tripartite meeting between Zarif, Bogdanov and Muallem will also take place to discuss the conflict in Syria.
On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic republic’s nuclear agreement with world powers would create better prospects for solutions in Syria and Yemen, two of the Middle East’s worst conflict zones.
“The final solution in Yemen is political, in Syria the final solution is political,” Rouhani said on state television. “The agreement will create a new atmosphere. The climate will be easier.”
8/4/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/198996#.VcBANflViko  Speaking for the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Qatar’s Foreign Minister said that the bloc had been impressed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s presentation of the agreement and explanations of how it will be verified and enforced.
8/3/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12190/  Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that any US military strikes against the Syrian government army would complicate attempts to fight Islamic State and other groups. He condemned the US decision to allow air strikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the CIA in Jordan as “a violation of international law” and “an obstacle to forming a united front to fight terrorism, including Islamic State and al-Nusra Front.” Lavrov spoke at a news conferencein Doha with Qatari foreign minister Khalid al-Attiyah, after meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry in the Qatari capital.
8/3/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24782/Iran-plans-missile-tests-to-flaunt-defiance-of-Vienna-deal-and-UNSC-resolution  Shortly before US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Qatar Monday, Aug. 3, Iran’s highest authorities led by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Sunday launched a public campaign to support Tehran’s noncompliance with the Vienna nuclear accord and UN Security Council Resolution 2231 of July 20, on its ballistic missile program. The campaign was designed by a team from Khamenei’s office, high-ranking ayatollahs and the top echelons of the Revolutionary Guards, including its chief, Gen. Ali Jafari. It was kicked off with a batch of petitions fired off by the students of nine Tehran universities and Qom religious seminaries to Iran’s chief of staff Maj Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, demanding immediate tests of long-range ballistic missiles to prove that the missile ban was invalid.
The Security Council Resolution, which unanimously endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Vienna nuclear accord) signed by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, called on Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic technology until the date eight years after the JCPOA Adoption Day.”
Tehran retorted that none of its ballistic missiles were designed to deliver nuclear weapons, and so this provision was void. Shortly after its passage, the foreign ministry in Tehran issued an assurance that “…the country’s ballistic missile program and capability is untouched and unrestricted by Resolution 2231.”
On July 30, Ali Akbar Velayati, Khamenei’s senior adviser on international affairs and member of the Expediency Council, told reporters, “The recent UNSC Resolution on Iran’s defensive capabilities, specially (sic) its missiles, is unacceptable to Iran.
8/3/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/198949   The leader of Yemen’s Houthis urged his militia on Sunday to fight on against Yemen’s Gulf Arab-backed government, dismissing its recapture of Aden last month as a ‘limited’ achievement made possible by Ramadan, Reuters reported.
In a speech broadcast live on television, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi accused his foes of resorting to alliances with both the Islamic State (ISIS) and Israel in their assault on the southern port city.
Al-Houthi said Aden’s fall occurred only because some Houthis and allied fighters had returned home to be with their families at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
“Continue and move in your resistance. You are in a strong position. And you are on the way to win,” he said, according to Reuters. “We are in a battle, a great battle, in which we must use all our efforts.”
The government retook much of Aden in July, supported by airstrikes waged since late March by Saudi Arabia and its regional allies who are trying to end Houthi control over much of the country and return President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from exile.
“The enemy, when it threw all its weight and carried out thousands of raids, succeeded in limited achievements. They took advantage of an opportunity,” Al-Houthi was quoted as having said in reference to Ramadan.
“A political solution is still possible, internally,” he said of the four-month-old war, without elaborating.
A Saudi Arabian-led alliance began launching airstrikes on the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels on March 26. It is believed Iran is planning to use the Houthis to take over Yemen and seize the key strategic port of Aden, which controls the entrance to the Red Sea and ultimately to the Israeli resort city of Eilat.
8/1/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24778/Hizballah-presses-elite-Radwan-Force-for-conquering-Galilee-into-saving-stalled-Zabadani-battle  Hizballah’s elite Radwan Force was originally designed to push in from Lebanon and conquer the Israeli Galilee. DEBKAfile’s exclusive military sources report that on Thursday, July 30 Hassan Nasralla saw he had no option but to press this high-value contingent into service ,to extricate the combined Hizballah-Syrian armies from their month-long failure to recapture the key town of Zabadani – or even breach the defenses set up by the Al-Qaeda affiliated rebel Nusra Front.
This standoff with heavy casualties over the key town, which commands the main Damascus-Beirut highway, has become a symbolic make-or-break duel between the Iran-backed Shiite Hizballah and Al Qaeda’s Sunni Nusra Front. Nasrallah loses it at the cost of his organization’s credibility as a formidable fighting force.
Defeat would make western Damascus and eastern Lebanon more vulnerable to attack. And for Iran’s Lebanese proxy, it would leave an embarrassing question hanging in the air: If Hizballah under Iranian command combined with Syrian troops and backed by heavy artillery fire and air strikes can’t win a relatively small battle against no more than 1,200 rebel fighters across a nine-km square battleground, how much are its leaders’ boasts worth when they claim unbeatable prowess for winning major battles, including a war on Israel?
To save face in this landmark showdown, Hizballah decided to press into battle its most prestigious unit, named for Al-Hajj Radwan, the nom de guerre of Hizballah’s renowned military chief Imad Mughniye, whom Israel took out in February 2008.
Eight months ago, the Radwan Force lost its senior commanders. An Israeli air strike on Jan. 18 targeted a group of high Iranian and Hizballah officers on a visit to Quneitra on the Syrian Golan. They were surveying the terrain before relocating this elite unit to confront IDF positions on the Israeli Golan border. Iranian Gen. Ali Reza al-Tabatabai and the Hizballah district commander Jihad Mughniye (son of Imad) lost their lives in the Israeli raid and the plan was provisionally set aside.
If the Radwan Force manages to haul Hizballah out of its impasse in Zabadani, it may next be assigned to take up battle positions on the Golan.==
8/1/15 http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.668976  Authorities say Yemen’s exiled prime minister has returned to the country’s war-torn city of Aden, months after a Saudi-led airstrike campaign began against Shiite rebels there and two weeks since local fighters drove an Iran-backed Houthi group out.
Aden’s airport chief Tarek Abdu Ali says Yemen Prime Minister Khaled Bahah landed in Aden with six ministers on Saturday.
A Yemeni official says Bahah will chair a Cabinet meeting later Saturday that will be attended by seven other government ministers already in Aden. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief journalists.
The fighting in Yemen pits the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants and loyalists of exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is now in Saudi Arabia.
8/1/15 http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21660123-bombing-kurds-well-islamic-state-turkey-adding-chaos-middle?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/erdogan_s_dangerous_gambit The hardest fighting against IS in the past year has been waged, in Iraq, by Shia and Kurdish Peshmerga militias; and, in Syria, by the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), an offshoot of the PKK. The Syrian Kurds’ valour in defending the town of Kobane, in full view of television cameras just across the border in Turkey, earned much admiration and the direct support of America’s air force. Though Turkey sheltered Kobane’s fleeing civilians, it watched with indifference as Kurdish fighters desperately fought off IS; it only grudgingly allowed Iraqi Kurds to reinforce them.
7/31/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12143/ Turkish intelligence sources report that at least 190 members of the Kurdish PKK were killed in two air strikes early Friday against their bases in Iraq and Syria. Around 30 Turkish F-16 fighter-bombes conducted the assaults.
7/31/15 http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/31/us-afghanistan-taliban-exclusive-idUSKCN0Q51GK20150731  At the Taliban meeting this week where Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was named as the Islamist militant group’s new head, several senior figures in the movement, including the son and brother of late leader Mullah Omar, walked out in protest.
The display of dissent within the group’s secretive core is the clearest sign yet of the challenge Mansour faces in uniting a group already split over whether to pursue peace talks with the Afghan government and facing a new, external threat, Islamic State.
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour
7/31/15 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/01/world/middleeast/deeper-mideast-aspirations-seen-in-nuclear-deal-with-iran.html?ref=middleeast&_r=1 More broadly, Mr. Obama and his top aides see the possibility of a new equilibrium between Sunni and Shiite groups in the region, a potential shift in alliances that worries America’s closest Arab allies, like Saudi Arabia.
In a similar vein, Mr. Obama told The New Yorker, “If we were able to get Iran to operate in a responsible fashion — not funding terrorist organizations, not trying to stir up sectarian discontent in other countries, and not developing a nuclear weapon — you could see an equilibrium developing between Sunni, or predominantly Sunni, gulf states and Iran in which there’s competition, perhaps suspicion, but not an active or proxy warfare.”
And in an interview in December, Mr. Obama even seemed to welcome the rise of a powerful Iran. “They have a path to break through that isolation and they should seize it,” he said. “Because if they do, there’s incredible talent and resources and sophistication inside of — inside of Iran, and it would be a very successful regional power.”
7/30/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/foreign-ministry-sunni-arab-nations-are-allies/ “What we have is a regime on a roll that is trying to conquer the Middle East,” Gold said of Iran, “and it’s not Israel talking, that is our Sunni Arab neighbors — and you know what? I’ll use another expression – that is our Sunni Arab allies talking.” Saudi Arabia has been one of the most vocal Arab opponents of US-Iran rapprochement and the Iran nuclear agreement.
7/29/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12119/ The Foreign Ministry in Cairo warned Ankara Wednesday to respect Syrian sovereignty while conducting air strikes against the Islamic State and other Islamist groups. Egypt supports the fight against terrorists and the Islamic State, said the communiqué, but these operations must be conducted in keeping with the law, international norms and Syrian sovereignty.
7/29/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24769/ISIS-wipes-out-the-Syrian-army%E2%80%99s-main-strategic-arsenal-flattens-heart-of-Al-Safira-complex As the US and Turkey got started on a new air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, the jhadis pulled off their most devastating attack yet on the Syrian army’s biggest arsenal. They subjected the giant Al-Safira military complex north of Aleppo to a steady blitz of an estimated 50 Grad missiles from Monday night to Tuesday, July 28.
7/28/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/198712#.VbfUdvlViko  The back and forth between Iran and Saudi Arabia illustrates the concern among Arab countries by the deal with Iran.
Riyadh and its fellow Sunni-dominated neighbors accuse their Shiite regional rival Iran of meddling in Bahrain, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.
The Sunni states have also been expressing their concern about the terms of the deal with Iran, warning that a final agreement could allow Iran to keep the technologies needed to produce nuclear weapons.
Saudi Arabia’s opposition to the deal was so great that in May, when Saudi King Salman decided not to attend a summit at Camp David with U.S. President Barack Obama, the move was seen as a snub of Washington due to the talks with Iran.
After the deal between Iran and the West was signed, al-Jubeir publicly warned Iran not to use the nuclear deal to pursue “adventures” in the Middle East, advising it to use the deal to improve its own economic situation.
7/28/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/198746#.VbfRB_lViko  The PKK warned after the aerial bombardments that the truce in Turkey, which has largely been observed since March 2013, has now lost all meaning.
“It is not possible to carry on the (peace) process with those who target our national unity and brotherhood,” Erdogan told a news conference at an Ankara airport before leaving for a visit to China – in an ironic statement given his demand that Israel hold peace talks with the Palestinian Arabs despite constant terror attacks.
7/28/15 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4684957,00.htmlHezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has beefed up his security detail in response to a growing number of threats on his life from the Islamic State and al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, reported the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi on Tuesday. According to the Hezbollah leader, in order to bring the plight of the Palestinians to the forefront, Arab governments and peoples must be reminded of Israel’s aggressive and terrorist nature – a “monster lying on Palestinian ground.”
7/28/15 http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940506000509 On Sunday, the Yemeni army and Ansarullah fighters seized back control over nearly a dozen military bases in the Southern parts of Yemen after heavy clashes with Al-Qaeda militants and forces loyal to fugitive president Mansour Hadi.
The Yemeni forces won back 10 military bases from militants’ control in the town of Mudiyah in Abyan province, Southern Yemen, today.
Tens of pro-Hadi and al-Qaeda militants were killed in heavy clashes with the Yemeni forces.
In a similar development on Saturday, the Yemeni forces seized back 10 other military bases in Lawdar in Abyan province.
Meantime, sources announced that the Yemeni army and the popular committees held over 80 Al-Qaeda terrorists captive in Aden province.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 125 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
The Monarchy’s attacks have so far claimed the lives of at least 5,313 civilians, mostly women and children.7/28/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12098/ An explosion Monday night suspended the flow of gas through the Iran-Turkey pipeline in the eastern Turkish province of Agn (Ararat). It will be resumed when the pipeline is repaired. There was no claim of responsibility for the blast, but the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PK) vowed to end its truce with Ankara after Turkish air strikes against its bases.
7/28/15 http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Blaming-the-victim-410248 US President Barack Obama openly admits that the Islamic Republic is anti-Semitic and promotes terrorism around the world. He is well aware that Iran’s leaders regularly call for the destruction of the US and Israel. One of them is Qassem Suleimani, head of the Quds Force, the Revolutionary Guards expeditionary unit, who is responsible for exporting Iranian terrorism and training Shi’ite forces that killed US military personnel in Iraq. Another is Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who during a recent rally in Tehran again praised his people for calling for the demise of the US and Israel.
Yet it is Israel that US Secretary of State John Kerry is threatening, for daring to try to protect itself from the existential threat presented by the Islamic Republic’s warmongering leaders.
The Obama administration seems so intent on forcing a nuclear arms deal that it is willing to resort to fear mongering and smear tactics against its closest allies, while all but ignoring the crimes of Iran, a country led by men who have never ceased to make it clear which side they are on.
7/27/15 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4684701,00.html Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday accused Iran of making threats against Riyadh’s ally, Bahrain, which he said showed that the Islamic republic was harboring hostile designs against its Middle Eastern neighbours.
Speaking at a joint news conference with visiting European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Jubeir said Saudi Arabia had raised the issue with her. He said the comments showed that Tehran was intervening in its neighbors’ internal affairs. “It does not represent the desire of a state for good neighborly relations but that of a state which has aspirations in the region and which carried out hostile act like this,” he added.
7/27/15 http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/7/27/with-armys-fatigue-assad-pulls-forces-back.html The Syrian army has been decimated by four years of fighting, with the number of soldiers dropping due to casualties and desertions from a pre-civil war strength of around 300,000 to about 80,000 to 100,000, according to diplomatic sources in Beirut. Even the emergence of numerous loyalist militias – including foreign Shia fighters from Iran, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan – is proving insufficient to hold onto the further reaches of the country, let alone decisively defeat the rebel forces. In the coastal areas, Hezbollah and Iranian forces are helping establish a new militia called the Coastal Shield Brigade, formed mainly of Alawites — a Shia splinter sect that forms the backbone of the Assad regime — who wish to fight closer to their homes.
“Hezbollah and Iranian forces withdrew in March back from remote areas and have since concentrated on Damascus, Qalamoun and the coastal areas, and in all their communications they speak only of these areas,” said a European diplomat in Beirut.
7/27/15  http://www.debka.com/article/24745/The-Arab-World-Seen-in-Washington-as-Disintegrating-in-Bloody-Hopeless-Wars   “The Arab World Seen in Washington as Disintegrating in Bloody, Hopeless Wars” is an exclusive article and can be purchased.
7/26/15 http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940504001608  The Yemeni army and Ansarullah fighters on Sunday seized back control over nearly a dozen military bases in the Southern parts of Yemen after heavy clashes with Al-Qaeda militants and forces loyal to fugitive president Mansour Hadi.
Tens of pro-Hadi and al-Qaeda militants were killed in heavy clashes with the Yemeni forces.
In a similar development on Saturday, the Yemeni forces seized back 10 other military bases in Lawdar in Abyan province.
Meantime, sources announced that the Yemeni army and the popular committees held over 80 Al-Qaeda terrorists captive in Aden province.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 123 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
7/26/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12072/ White House spokesman Alistair Baskey said Saturday night that “Turkey has the right to defend itself against terrorist attacks by Kurdish rebels.” This was the first US response to DEBKAfile’s disclosure of the green light Washington had given for Turkish forces to use their proclaimed cross-border operation against the Islamic State  in northern Syria to settle accounts with the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) in Syria and Iraq. Baskey went on to point out that “Turkey is a NATO ally of the US.” This was the first time that the administration in Washington had admitted to an obligation to come to the aid of a NATO member under terrorist attack. Following the Turkish air strikes, the PKK declared its ceasefire with the Turkish government was over.
7/26/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12078/  In his first public speech in a year, Syrian President Bashar Assad admitted giving up “critical areas” of his country out of “concern for our soldiers…”  In a televised speech Sunday to local dignitaries in Damascus, he stressed: “We are steadfast and will achieve victory.” Assad spoke shortly after Turkey entered the war on the Islamic State with air strikes over northern Syria and a Syrian army which is seriously overstretched. The Syrian government has announced another general amnesty for thousands of army deserters and young men who have joined the rebels fighting to topple him.
7/20/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12006/ In the first ISIS attack in Turkey, an 18-yeard old female suicide bomber Monday blew hersulf up at a municipal culture in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Suruç district near the Syrian border, killing at least 27 people and injuring more than 100. .A youth holiday camp was taking place at the center.
7/20/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12004/ After losing 9 soldiers dead and 59 wounded in heavy battles with the ISIS Sinai affiliate Sunday, DEBKAfile reports that Western military experts conclude that the Egyptian strategy of containment for the terrorist group has failed in its object. In fact, since its initiation, the terrorist group has gained strength. The Egyptian army and police are now confined to a small section of northern Sinai between Rafah on the Gaza border and El Arish on the coast. The terrorists lie in wait and kill any uniformed Egyptians leaving their bases. Egyptian officers blame the local Bedouin tribes for abetting ISIS attacks with intelligence feeds, ferrying the terrorists to target and driving them to safety after attacks aboard 4×4 trucks. These trucks will soon be banned in all parts of northern Sinai in an effort to reduce the tribes’ usefulness as ISIS accessories.
7/20/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12003/ The major offensives Syrian-Hizballah forces launched last week to recover the central Syrian town of Palmyra from ISIS and break through to rebel-held Zabadani west of Damascus have failed to peentrate the defense lines at both cities. Halted 7 km short of Palmyra, Syria lacks the reserve strength for turning the tide of battle in its favor, while at Zabadani, Syria and Hizballah are taking heavy casualties while failing to advance. Among there were three high Syrian officers and three senior HIzballah commanders.
7/20/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/12002/ The Iran-led offensive to recover the central Iraqi town of Ramadi from ISIS is stalled on all three axes and taking heavy casualties. It was launched Saturday from three points by a combined force of the Iraqi army, Iranian Al Qods Brigades and pro-Iranian Shiite militias, and has no success so far in breaking through ISIS defense lines. Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey arrived in Baghdad when the offensive was launched.
7/19/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/11993/ Islamic State terrorists early Sunday attached explosive devices to the cars of six senior Palestinian Hamas and pro-Iran Islamic Jihad executives in the Gaza City suburb of Sheikh Radwan. The attack was in response to reports Saturday that the ISIS Salafist Jihadist Branch in Gaza had negotiated a ceasefire and military collaboration accord with Hamas.
7/18/15 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/07/18/Islamic-State-kills-130-in-deadly-car-bombing-in-Iraq/5611437221416/?spt=sec&or=tn  Nearly 130 people died and an equal number were injured at a crowded Iraqi marketplace after an Islamic State suicide bomber detonated a tanker truck in what is being considered one of the deadliest single attacks in the country in years.
7/17/15 https://wordpress.com/read/post/feed/9293032/755626799   Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed his people. Unable to contain his joy at having brought the “Great Satan” America to its knees — during Ramadan, no less — he began by paying tribute to Islam and the legacy of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
7/17/15 https://wordpress.com/read/post/feed/9293032/755626791 While European energy giants like Royal Shell and the Italian Eni sPa have already licked their lips at Iran’s reopening markets, many investors are still wary over Iran’s troubled past, Bloomberg reported on Friday. “Investors who wait months for sanctions to be lifted will then have to gamble that they won’t run afoul of enduring blacklists or the vow by the U.S. and other world powers that sanctions will ‘snap back’ into place if Iran fails to live up to commitments to restrict its nuclear program,” reported Bloomberg.
7/16/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/after-deal-rouhani-says-iran-may-soon-buy-planes/ Iran’s president has pointed to another possible windfall from the nuclear deal with world powers — his country may soon be able to buy badly needed new planes for its aging fleet, the official IRNA news agency reported.
7/15/15
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/198143#.VaXItflVikp Saudi Arabia, which has long opposed a nuclear deal with Iran, on Tuesday warned Iran against abusing funds that will follow from the landmark deal it signed with the West to incite turmoil in the region,Reuters reported.
According to the report, the state news agency Saudi Press Agency said that Tehran must use the resources in the service of the Iranian people, “rather than using them to cause turmoil in the region.”
The statement cited an unnamed Saudi official as per the kingdom’s regulations, and added that the kingdom has always stressed the importance of reaching a deal that would prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, a deal which includes a mechanism for permanent inspections of nuclear sites and a mechanism to re-impose sanctions if Iran violates the deal.
7/14/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/198130#.VaVBUPlViko  commitment to Israel’s destruction is a central pillar of Shia Islamist ideology, as outlined by the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini.
7/13/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/198069#.VaPjvflViko Official news says SWIFT banking ban against Iranian banks already being lifted, even though nuclear negotiations are not concluded.
7/12/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/an-unlikely-alliance-between-hamas-and-islamic-state/ This is one of the most carefully guarded secrets of the Hamas military wing in recent months — a close cooperation with the members of the Islamic State-affiliated Wilayat al-Sina, “Province of Sinai,” which was previously known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis. Egyptian army officials were among the first to grasp the depth of the relationship.
It is for this reason that Egypt has been expending so much energy on destroying tunnels under the border and putting a stop to the smuggling from Sinai to Gaza and vice versa.
7/11/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-to-continue-struggle-against-us-regardless-of-nuke-deal/ Speaking to a group of students in Tehran, Khamenei said Iran’s “fight [against] global arrogance is the core of our [1979 Islamic] revolution and we cannot put it on hold.
7/11/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197980#.VaGj-flViko One dead, 10 wounded as ISIS attacks Western target in Egypt for the first time, and warns it will attack similar targets in future.
7/10/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-deal-said-finalized-with-major-us-concessions/ A deal has been reached between the world powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program after a series of major American concessions, Ehud Yaari, the Middle East affairs commentator for Israel’s Channel 2 television, said Friday night. “It is done. It is done,” he said, and will be signed “early next week.”  According to Yaari, Israel’s most respected Middle East analyst, the deal was reached because the Americans “have made a series of capitulations over the past two to three weeks in almost every key aspect that was being debated.”
7/10/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/arab-peace-initiative-is-unacceptable-says-israels-peace-talks-chief/ Firstly, the initiative now calls for any agreement to be based on the 1967 lines. “That wasn’t in the (original) Saudi initiative,” Shalom said. Furthermore, the updated scheme calls for Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria, he said. Lastly, it requires the full implementation of the Palestinians’ right of return, the minister said.
“It’s very nice to talk about the Saudi initiative, but it underwent three major changes at the hand of the Arab League in Beirut, and the only proposal on the table is that of the Arab League,” Shalom said. France is planning to advance the peace process by proposing a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for the speedy creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital, Shalom said. Israel rejects this initiative vocally, but, the minister asserted, even Ramallah is “not very hot” for it, since it doesn’t feature a clear commitment to the right of return for Palestinian refugees.
7/10/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197969  Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday directly linked his group’s military campaign to the “Palestinian cause”, the Now Lebanon newswebsite reported. “The road to Jerusalem passes through Qalamoun, Daraa, Hasakeh and other [Syrian battlefields],” The Hezbollah chief also trumpeted Iran’s role in the region, saying that the Islamic Republic was the only state that posed an existential threat to Israel.
7/9/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=26757 Jadaa said. “Although the truth is that the goal is to protect their plans of dominating life on the entire planet.”
“About the hatred we have against the Jewish people, as Palestinians, first, we don’t have hatred. Second, we don’t recognize the existence of the Jewish people — there is no Jewish people.”
Consequently, Americans for Peace Now called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to fire the ambassador.
7/7/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/sissi-ending-israeli-palestinian-conflict-would-stabilize-mideast/  Solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict according to international proposals and the Arab Peace Initiative would create a new reality,Arab Today quoted Sissi as telling the group, which was led by American Jewish Committee (AJC) chairman Stanley Bergman. International guarantees should be put into place to give both sides hope, the president added. Sissi hinted that he believes jihadists may be taking advantage of pent-up frustration with the Palestinian issue among Muslims worldwide, to recruit supporters and fuel ongoing sectarian conflicts unrelated to Israel or the Palestinians.
7/6/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24720/Egyptian-army-backed-by-Apaches-kills-241-Islamists-in-broad-area-between-Sheikh-Zuwaid-and-Rafah- An immense stretch of Sinai desert populated by half a million people is under siege, as the Egyptian army fights off a major offensive by the Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate, the Sinai Province, against its positions in northern Sinai. The battle, which Monday, July 6, went into its sixth day, is being fought in an area bounded by the northern town of Sheikh Zuwaid, Rafah on the Gaza border, and up to Kerem Shalom and Nitzana on the Israeli border to the south. DEBKAfile’s military sources report a news blackout on the ongoing warfare except for Egyptian army handouts.
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7/6/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-state-group-fighters-regain-control-of-syrian-town/    http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-state-group-fighters-regain-control-of-syrian-town/ BEIRUT — The Islamic State group has regained control of a northern Syrian town captured by Kurdish fighters two weeks ago, activists and IS-linked social media outlets reported Monday.
7/5/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24720/ISIS-rushes-reinforcements-to-Egypt-Its-next-targets-The-Pyramids-and-Sphinx- In a new message released Friday, July 3, a number of radical Islamist leaders, including the ISIS “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, told their followers that the destruction of Egypt’s national monuments, such as the pyramids and the sphinx, was a “religious duty” that must be carried out by those who worship Islam, as “idolatry is strictly banned in the religion.”
This message has sharply ratcheted up the jihadist element of ISIS military confrontation with Egypt to a higher, more inflammatory level.
7/5/15 http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940414001486 “If it were not due to the support of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the militants in Syria, they could not have achieved anything,” Erdogan said on Sunday, Turkish-language daily Hurriyat reported.
7/4/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=26619 Mordechai said that “We have explicit information indicating that Hamas supports the ISIS-affiliated group Wilayat Sinai.”
7/4/15 http://www.jpost.com/International/US-prepares-for-staggeringly-consequential-Iran-deal-407507 The deal at hand with Iran over its nuclear program will be a single, comprehensive text, annexes and all, in English and in Farsi, with “staggeringly consequential” effects on the security of the world, a senior US official said on Monday.
7/3/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/11839/ The Sinai branch of ISIS reported Friday night: “Three Grad rockets were fired at Jewish positions in occupied Palestine.”  One rocket was located on open ground in the Eshkol district. There were no casualties or damage.
7/3/15 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Analysis-Is-Muslim-Brotherhood-going-jihadist-407900 In response to a raid by Egyptian security forces on Wednesday that killed nine men, including Muslim Brotherhood leaders, the organization called for the public to “rise in revolt to defend your homeland” in response to the killing in “cold blood.”
“While the youth who support the Islamist movement want to see a direct, even violent confrontation with Egypt’s army and police, the older generation believes that in order to survive, the movement needs to compromise, and keep a level head for the years to come,” wrote Maged Atef in an article in BuzzFeed this week.
7/3/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24713/Egypt%E2%80%99s-El-Sisi-is-the-Third-Arab-Ruler-in-the-Islamist-State%E2%80%99s-Crosshairs  “Egypt’s El-Sisi is the Third Arab Ruler in the Islamist State’s Crosshairs”
7/3/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24712/Saudis-at-a-Loss-after-Yemeni-Rebels-Shoot-Advanced-Iranian-Missiles-Deep-inside-the-Kingdom “Saudis at a Loss after Yemeni Rebels Shoot Advanced Iranian Missiles Deep inside the Kingdom” is an exclusive article and can be purchased.
7/2/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/for-egypt-avenging-sinai-attack-may-include-striking-gaza/ Throughout the night, the echoes of explosions from the Egyptian airstrikes on various targets in the northern Sinai Peninsula could be heard on the Israeli side of the border. From the moment it began fighting back Wednesday, the Egyptian army, as is its wont, has not hesitated to use all the means at its disposal. After Wednesday morning’s multi-tiered attack in Sheikh Zuweid, the aggressiveness of its military response is likely to outstrip that of any previous operation. Anything that moves in the coming days in Egypt’s Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid, and El-Arish areas will likely become a target of Egypt’s F-16s and Apache helicopters, in part in a bid to protect its ground forces from danger. Right now, the Islamic State fighters and Muslim Brotherhood fighters are likely rubbing their hands together gleefully, despite the rivalry between them.
7/2/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/for-egypt-avenging-sinai-attack-may-include-striking-gaza/ Cairo has already begun to punish the Islamic State for Wednesday’s massive assault; Hamas, which may have supplied anti-aircraft weapons to the militants, may not be immune either. It began Wednesday when the Egyptian army assassinated nine Muslim Brotherhood officials, including a former parliament member who, Egypt claims, was involved in attacks.
And it will continue with the executions of mid-level members of the organization who have received death sentences. And of course, heavy airstrikes on populated areas in Sinai. It can be said definitively that some of the Bedouin tribes and residents of north Sinai are collaborating with terrorists, and the army will retaliate.
Hamas will also pay a price. Only a few days ago, Egypt opened the Rafah crossing, in part due to the improvement of the security situation in Sinai. This will soon end. The army knows that some senior officials of the Hamas military wing, who operate without the approval of its political wing, are collaborating with the Islamic State in Sinai, mostly for financial renumeration.
According to an Egyptian source, some 200 militants took part in the attack, utilizing a large number of anti-aircraft weapons in the first hours, which necessitated the use of F-16 fighter jets instead of Apache helicopters as the Egyptians responded.
But the heaviest price will be paid by Islamic State operatives in the Sinai, who carried out the brazen attack.
The terror operation carried out by the group (known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis up until a few months ago) on Wednesday morning was exceptional compared to previous attacks in the area.
7/2/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-has-given-egyptian-army-free-hand-in-sinai-official-says/ Worry mounts over possible collapse of Multinational Force in restive peninsula following jihadist onslaught.
7/2/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197619#.VZWIzvlViko Is Hamas cooperating with ISIS in Sinai, or threatened by it? Should Israel be worried? And how might the Turkish government be involved? Is ISIS’s Egyptian branch – the so-called “Sinai Province” of its “Islamic State” – cooperating with Hamas, or trying to overthrow it? How has ISIS in Sinai managed to withstand a prolonged military assault by the Egyptian army to emerge apparently as strong as ever? How much of a threat does it pose to Israel? Could ISIS really be in a position to carve out a de-facto state in Egypt, as it has in parts of neighboring Libya?
In answering these questions Professor Efraim Inbar, Director of the Begin-Sadat Center For Strategic Studies (BESA), cautions that ISIS’s battle with Egypt is far more complicated than its operations in other countries. So how should Israel deal with an ISIS presence along its southern border?Cautiously, and with restraint, says Inbar.
7/2/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/329689#.VZV1xPlViko Members of the Muslim Brotherhood have called for a revolt against Egypt’ President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, claiming that the President “Rules with cold blood.”
The activists nicknamed the President, “the butcher,” and called to the public to “Step outside, rebel and defend your state, your selves and your children.”
7/1/15 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/07/01/30-dead-after-islamic-militants-attack-egyptian-army-checkpoints/ Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks on Egyptian Army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, country officials said. The coordinated assaults, which included up to 70 militants, came a day after Egypt’s president pledged to step up the battle against Islamic militants and two days after the country’s state prosecutor was assassinated in the capital, Cairo. The BBC reported that the clashes are ongoing, with militants reportedly overtaking a main police station.  El-Sissi said the government was ready to brush aside criticisms and free the judiciary’s hand for a “battle” the country is prepared to wage. “The judiciary is restricted by laws, and swift justice is also restricted by laws. We will not wait for that,” el-Sissi said. Action will be taken within days “to enable us to execute the law, and bring justice as soon as possible,” he said. “We will stand in the face of the whole world, and fight the whole world.” 7/1/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24710/Israeli-border-troops-US-Mid-East-forces-on-alert-after-massive-ISIS-assault-on-Egyptian-forces-in-Sinai  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant moved ominously close to Israel’s borders Wednesday, July 1 – not as predicted in the north, but in the south, from the Sinai Peninsula. There, ISIS followed up on its Ramadan terror outrages in France, Tunisia, Kuwait and Kobani, with a massive assault on Egyptian forces in the northern Sinai region of Sheikh Zuwaid close to the Israeli and Gaza Strip borders. Not just a terrorist attack, ISIS launched a full-scale military assault, starting with mortar fire and suicide bombings against five Egyptian military checkpoints. Using a tactic similar to that employed in the capture of the Iraqi town of Ramadi last month, ISIS gunmen followed this initial assault by riding in on minivans, backed by heavy mortar fire, to storm the positions held by stunned Egyptian troops. Altogether some 20 Egyptian army positions were attacked in and around Sheikh Zuwaid. Egyptian troop reinforcements setting out from El Arish to the northeast to aid the beleaguered force, went up on mine and bomb traps secretly planted around their camps and police stations. Egyptian Apache assault helicopters striking the ISIS force themselves faced ground fire from shoulder-borne anti-air missiles.
7/1/15 http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/WATCH-LIVE-Frances-Fabius-pushes-peace-proposal-in-meeting-with-Netanyahu-406683   define what in fact “Jewish state” means, and whether only Jews would have rights. “This is a complicated question, and we don’t have the right to decide it,” he said. He said that neither Netanyahu, Abbas, nor Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, nor Jordan’s King Abdullah, both of whom he met before coming to Jerusalem, voiced opposition in principle to the ideas he put forward. Attempts to impose peace terms on Israel will fail, he said, because first of all Israel will resist it, and secondly because the Palestinians “will never agree to negotiate if they think the international community will give them what they want without negotiations.” In addition, he said any final peace must be anchored in “ironclad security arrangements.” If not, he said, “such a peace will simply not survive and we will not agree to it.”
6/30/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197470#.VZH_RvlViko  Global powers negotiating with Iran have drawn up a system which will give the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to all suspect Iranian sites, a senior American official said Monday, though Secretary of State John Kerry said it was too soon to tell whether a deal was possible.
“We have worked out a process that we believe will ensure that the IAEA has the access it needs,” the administration official told reporters, according to the AFP news agency.
“The entry point isn’t we must be able to get into every military site, because the United States of America wouldn’t allow anybody to get into every military site, so that’s not appropriate,” the official added.
If the system is agreed to by Iran, according to the official, then it could mark a potential breakthrough in months of negotiations with the Islamic Republic which has refused to provide the IAEA access to sensitive sites.
**Sounds like technology has advanced so far they can monitor Iran’s secret systems through an ‘entry point’. Is that electronically? Monitoring all anyone does everywhere all the time?
6/28/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24693/Khamenei%E2%80%99s-Last-Minute-Red-Lines-A-Blocking-Tactic-or-a-Hard-Bargain-  “Khamenei’s Last-Minute Red Lines: A Blocking Tactic or a Hard Bargain?” an exclusive article and can be purchased.
6/28/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24691/Kings-Salman-Abdullah-Plan-to-Redraw-the-Mid-East-Map-to-Contain-and-Shrink-ISIS “Kings Salman & Abdullah Plan to Redraw the Mid East Map to Contain and Shrink ISIS”  an exclusive article and can be purchased.
6/28/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24702/Syria-Hizballah-torpedo-understanding-between-Druze-and-Syrian-rebel-Nusra-Front-near-Israeli-border  Syrian ruler Bashar Assad and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah have gone all out to stir up adversity between the Druze communitys of the Golan and Israel, and the Syrian rebel Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.
To torpedo the armistice deal brokered between them earlier this month by the US, Jordan and Israel, 200 Syrian and Hizballah troops were pumped into the Druze village of Khader on the Syrian Golan, 3 km from the Israeli border. Since Friday, June 26, these troops have been attacking Nusra and the other Syrian rebel groups fighting to capture the Golan town of Quneitra. This has stalled the rebel operation for taking control of the highway to Damascus. Rockets from this battle strayed over to the Israeli side of Golan Sunday.
DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal that Nusra hit back over the weekend. They warned Druze leaders that if they don’t stop cooperating with Assad and Nasrallah, “their blood will be on their heads.” Fighters of this Islamist group then surrounded another, smaller Druze village, Skaska, on the western slopes of Jabal Druze and threatened to go in and massacre its inhabitants.
Already it looks as though Assad and Nasrallah have succeeded in sabotaging the hard-won armistice deal that the US, Jordan and Israel brokered between the Druze and Nusra Front, by forcing the half million Druze of Syria to choose sides between the belligerents. Whichever it is, they will be clobbered.
6/28/15 Once again boats, with PA Terrorists and a Confused former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki, http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-vows-to-prevent-flotilla-from-reaching-gaza/ g Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas, plan within 24 hours, in a purported bid, to deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. 18 pro-Palestinian activists on board are considered nonviolent. Intending to crash the Gaza blockade if the ship doesn’t abort its mission, Israeli forces will take it to the port of Ashdod. Israel’s naval blockade of the Hamas-run territory is intended to prevent the terrorist group from acquiring weapons and other material that could be used to attack Israel, Nahshon said. Therefore, Israel will not tolerate any attempt to breach the blockade, not even a symbolic one.
6/28/15 http://news.sky.com/story/1509928/greek-people-bear-brunt-of-bailout-failure  When this round of negotiations began to secure the last disbursement of bailout cash, few imagined a day when enforced bank holidays and the closure of the Athens stock market would be considered necessary.
6/27/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197343#.VY8cM_lViko Turkish president rails against advances by Kurds against ISIS , as rumors of possible military intervention in Syria swirls. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will never allow the establishment of a Kurdish state in Syria after major gains by Kurdish fighters.  In a strong-worded warning late on Friday, Erdogan accused the Kurds of ethnically cleansing other communities from land they have taken after pushing back Islamic State forces from the Turkish border. “I say to the international community that whatever price must be paid, we will never allow the establishment of a new state on our southern frontier in the north of Syria,” Erdogan was quoted by Turkish media as telling guests at a dinner to break the Ramadan fast.He accused Kurdish forces of “changing the demographic structure” of several areas close to the Turkish border, which also have Arab and Turkmen populations.
6/26/15 http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940405000323  The Yemeni army and popular committees’ fighters pounded the military bases in Najran and Jazan in Southern Saudi Arabia on Friday with over a hundred of missiles in retaliation for the kingdom’s continued airstrikes on the Muslim country, informed military sources announced.
The sources told the FNA that the Yemeni forces targeted al-Doud military base in Najran and its adjacent bases with over 12 missiles and further hit Nahougha military base with over eight missiles.In the meantime, al-Mathab military base in the nearby areas of Shakhr al-Khouba in Jazan was raided by at least 12 missiles and tens of artillery shells which resulted in the destruction of the Saudi soldiers’ shelters.
The Yemeni forces and popular committees also targeted Jabal al-Dhakhan and al-Qa’am mililitary bases in Zahran with 20 and 36 missiles respectively.
The sources added that al-Malhama, al-baida, and Sala’a regions were also targeted with the Yemeni army’s Katusha missiles, mentioning that several vehicles were also destroyed in the al-Amoud military base too.
On Thursday, three Saudi soldiers and one trooper from the UAE were killed after Yemeni troops launched a rocket attack against Saudi border areas.
The Saudi authorities confirmed on Thursday that Sergeant Farhan Ahmad al-Haqvi and Private First Class Ahmed Musa Motmi were killed after Yemeni troops fired missiles into the Southwestern region of Jizan.
6/26/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197318#.VY1P8flViko In ‘revenge’ on Kurds who took back border town, ISIS commits one of its ‘worst massacres’ in Syria targeting civilians. At least 120 civilians have been killed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group since it entered the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane just over 24 hours ago, a monitoring group said Friday. ISIS launched a surprise attack on Kobane on Thursday involving three suicide bombers, just over a week after Kurdish militia ousted it from Tal Abyad, another border town further east.
Analysts said the assault was revenge for the loss of Tal Abyad.
Backed by US air strikes and Syrian rebel groups, Kurdish militia had pushed ISIS out of Kobane in January in one of the jihadists’ most dramatic defeats.
6/25/15 http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russia-tested-hypersonic-glide-vehicle-in-february/
Moscow is developing a new, ultra-high speed strategic attack vehicle similar to China’s hypersonic weapon, according to military analysts.
However, unlike high-profile strategic bomber flights and large-scale nuclear war games that U.S. military commanders have called provocative, details about the Russian hypersonic vehicle remain one of Moscow’s closely held military secrets.
The Russians have been developing the new Yu-71 vehicle for several years and conducted the most recent flight test in February, according to an article published this month in Jane’s Intelligence Review.
6/25/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-attacks-syrias-kobani-in-new-offensive-after-setbacks/ The Islamic State group launched a two-pronged offensive in northern Syria on Thursday after several setbacks, re-entering the symbolic battleground town of Kobani and seizing parts of the city of Hasakeh. In southern Syria, an alliance of rebel groups, including Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, also attacked government-held areas of the city of Daraa. Analysts said the surprise IS assaults were aimed at diverting Kurdish forces after they scored a series of victories and advanced on the jihadists’ Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. Kurdish forces backed by US-led air strikes waged a four-month battle to repel the group, finally securing the town in January. But on Thursday, the jihadists returned, detonating a suicide car bomb near the border crossing adjacent to Kobani as they launched an assault.
In southern Syria, government troops came under attack in Daraa, another provincial capital.
An alliance of rebel groups including Al-Nusra attacked government-held parts of the city, the Observatory said.
A military source in Damascus told AFP “the fighting between the two sides in Daraa city that began overnight is continuing,” and state television said at least six people had been killed in rebel mortar and makeshift rocket fire on the city.
More than 230,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began with anti-government demonstrations in March 2011
6/24/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197202#.VYqppvlViko According to the eight-page paper, which is dated June 19 and entitled “Civil Nuclear Cooperation,” the US and world powers will give the Islamic regime state-of-the-art nuclear equipment in return for Iran stepping down its nuclear weapons program   promises “arrangements for the assured supply and removal of nuclear fuel for each reactor provided,” offering help in the “construction and effective operation” of the reactors.
Regarding the secretive underground nuclear facility at Fordo, the documents calls for it to be used in isotope production instead of uranium enrichment. However, critics have noted that isotope production uses the same technology as enrichment and can quickly be appropriated to uranium.
6/23/15 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-ISIS-mints-coins-currency-soon-to-be-in-use-406931 Design of the coins are based on the original dinar coins of the Caliphate of Uthman from around 650 CE.
Photos on social media are circulating that are purportedly of the newly minted coins of Islamic State, the brutal Sunni Muslim extremist organization that has taken over large swaths of Syria and Iraq.
Anti-ISIS activists living under ISIS rule said that the group’s currency will soon be in use, The Mirror reported.
6/23/15 http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Abbas-to-French-FM-Only-those-who-recognize-the-state-of-Israel-allowed-in-unity-government-406741 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem in a push to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, AFP reported on Sunday.
“[Abbas] told me this government of national unity could only include women and men who recognize Israel, renounce violence and who are in agreement with the principles of the Quartet,” Fabius said at a press conference in Ramallah. This split between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority comes after Hamas reportedly held separate, indirect talks with Israel.
6/20/15 http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/saudi-arabia-is-becoming-more-assertive-in-the-middle-east-a-1038900.html Traditionally, Saudi kings have concealed their power instead of displaying it. They used their oil wealth to support friendly groups and regimes, and they created a network of preachers who spread their radical version of Islam around the world. In Egypt, it provides financial support to the generals who have once again seized power. It fosters armed groups in Libya, Syria and Iraq. In Yemen, the kingdom has begun a war against the Huthi militias allied with its rival, Iran.
6/19/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=26303   Rulers of the “caliphate” declared in areas of Syria and Iraq demand absolute obedience, and those who refuse are made to pay dearly.  5 million to 8 million people endure a regime that has swiftly turned their world upside down, extending its control into every corner of life to enforce its own radical interpretation of Islamic law, or Shariah.  “Caliphate in the Path of the Prophet.”  “Hisba” committees, the dreaded enforcers of the innumerable Islamic State regulations.
6/17/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24673/Syrian-rebel-force-launches-offensive-near-Golan-to-clear-path-to-S-Damascus-Israel-acts-to-protect-Druze Jaysh Hermon (the Army of Hermon) Wednesday, June 17, launched a broad offensive on Syrian army forces in the Quneitra and Hermon sectors bordering on Israel. Its objective is to capture the Syrian army’s 68th Brigade headquarters at Khan al-Shih which commands the main Quneitra-Damascus highway. This would clear the rebels’ path to the southern suburbs of Damascus up to Western Ghouta, from which they would encircle the government troops defending the capital.  If the Army of Hermon achieves this goal – and replicates the May success of the rebel Army of Conquest in capturing much of the northern province of Idlib – the Syrian civil war would enter a new phase. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott have taken personal charge of the Syrian Druze situation and are keeping a close watch on events on the other side of the border.
6/15/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24668/ISIS-goes-underground-for-guerilla-warfare-against-new-US-%E2%80%9Clily-pad%E2%80%9D-strategy-in-Iraq According to our military experts, the new Islamic State strategy is designed to combat the American “lily pad” plan, whereby small US bases can float from point to point affording small US contingents great flexibility of movement for action.  ISIS is already moving ahead. In Syria, the Islamic State has turned to guerrilla tactics for undermining Hizballah forces on the Qalamoun mountains on the Lebanese border. They keep their heads down until Hizballah seizes territory – and then surround the new positions and pick them off. Nusra Front has joined ISIS in this sector and together they have killed more than 100 Hizballah fighters in the last ten days.
6/13/15 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/06/12/jihadist-attack-on-syria-druze-population-could-spur-israel-to-act/ ISIS has made large territorial gains in the south despite fierce opposition, weakening both Syrian forces and Hezbollah, both of whom are backed by Iran. Reports suggest that ISIS is increasing its hold over the strategically crucial Syrian side of the Golan Heights that look across to northern Israel.
6/12/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24657/Sitting-Pretty-on-Hormuz-Iran-is-Ready-to-Grab-the-Strait-of-Bab-el-Mandeb-Too “Sitting Pretty on Hormuz, Iran is Ready to Grab the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb Too” is an exclusive article and can be purchased. Iran ready to take it???
6/11/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/at-least-20-druze-massacred-by-rebels-in-syria/ At least 20 members of Syria‘s Druze minority have been killed in an unprecedented shootout with Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front in northwestern Syria, a monitor said on Thursday.
6/11/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24656/Israel%E2%80%99s-Druze-dilemma-To-arm-imperiled-Syrian-Druze-community-or-open-door-to-a-flood-of-refugees- Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt,
Israel has a unique, historic commitment to its Druze citizens and so the dangers besetting more than half a million of their Syrian brethren on Jabal Druze, 88 km from its border, and 38 km from Jordan, confronts the Netanyahu government with a grave dilemma. Israeli Druze leaders are pressing the government to provide Jabal Druze towns and villages with weapons for their defense against the enemies closing in on them: The Syrian-Hizballah army; the Syrian opposition coalition including the Nusra Front – now in control of large parts of southern Syria; and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ISIS, which has sent a small force up to the eastern approaches to the mountain.6/7/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24650/Another-rocket-attack-challenges-Israel%E2%80%99s-military-planners-to-tackle-ISIS-and-Hizballah-inroads-in-Gaza Months ago, the “Omar Haddad Platoons”, which claimed the last three rockets attacks, and other extremist Salafi groups operating in the Gaza Strip, hooked up with neighboring Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as the “Sinai Province of the Islamic State.”
6/9/15 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/10/world/middleeast/isis-proves-its-persistence-with-attacks-in-libya-and-iraq.html?_r=1 CAIRO — Islamic State militants staged attacks near Baghdad and the Libyan city of Surt on Tuesday, underscoring the group’s persistent strength on both fronts despite a months long American-led air campaign against it in Syria and Iraq. In Libya, the Islamic State captured a critical power plant along the coastal road westward from its stronghold in Surt toward Misurata, a commercial center whose powerful militias are the backbone of a coalition that controls the capital, Tripoli. The loss was the second significant retreat in less than two weeks by the Misuratan militia, which the provisional government in Tripoli had originally sent to expel the Islamic State from Surt.
6/7/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/196387#.VXSdw89Viko Security forces preparing for ‘carpet’ missile attack that Iron Dome can’t counter. PM: Iran seeks to cover Israel with heavy fire.
6/6/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-overturns-naming-hamas-terror-organization/ An Egyptian court banned Hamas’ military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, and designated it a terrorist organization in January. In 2014, a similar ruling in the same court banned all Hamas activities in Egypt and ordered the closure of any Hamas offices, though the order apparently was never carried out. It wasn’t immediately clear how — or if — Saturday’s ruling would affect those previous decisions.
6/4/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24646/Exclusive-Tehran-expected-to-invoke-defense-pact-for-large-scale-troop-deployment-to-Syria Thursday, June 4, reliable sources in Tehran expected the Iranian government to invoke its 2006 mutual defense pact with Syria “in the coming hours” for the transfer of Iranian troops to Syria – most likely by air. This was reported byDEBKAfile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources. It would be Tehran’s first direct military intervention in the Syria conflict as it goes into its fifth year. Bashar Assad’s regime and the Syrian and Hizballah armies are collapsing under the twin assaults of the Islamic State and the armed Syrian opposition forces and in need of urgent life support. In the southern sector too, Syrian troops of the 68th and 13th divisions defending Deraa are reported to have laid down arms and fled under the massive onslaught of the opposition Army of Conquest coalition.
6/3/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24639/Iranian-Rev-Guards-ready-to-intervene-in-Syria-to-save-Assad-Soleimani-Expect-major-events-in-Syria Tehran is believed to be preparing to dispatch a substantial Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) special operations unit to Syria to tackle the separate rebel and ISIS advances closing in on the Assad regime, Western and Arab intelligence sources report. They say the Syrian army is already setting aside an area in northern Syria for the Iranian troops to take up position.
6/3/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/anti-is-fight-may-take-generation-or-more-us-envoy/ General John Allen conceded: “Defeating Daesh’s ideology will likely take a generation or more. But we can and we must rise to this challenge. In an age when we are more interconnected than at any other time in human history, Daesh is a global threat.” In a wide-ranging speech, Allen added that IS also poses a new type of threat because of its “depravity.”
Fleeing demonic driven ISIS!

In a wide-ranging speech, Allen added that IS also poses a new type of threat because of its “depravity.”

In a wide-ranging speech, Allen added that IS also poses a new type of threat because of its “depravity.”

6/1/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24619/No-army-in-Mid-East-is-challenging-ISIS-Iran-regroups-to-defend-S-Iraqi-Shiites-Assad-to-save-Damascus- and 6/1/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24637/ISIS-arrives-in-Gaza-Supporters-of-the-%E2%80%9CIslamic-State-of-Jerusalem%E2%80%9D-sighted-on-Israeli-border Followers of the (ISIS)Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were spotted for the first time in the Gaza Strip this week, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. Their arrival on Israel’s border was confirmed as a division-strength IDF force launched its large-scale “Turning Point 2015” exercise for repelling Islamist cross-border incursions. The Islamist group which has established a substantial anti-Hamas presence in the Gaza Strip is Ansar al Dawa al-Islamia, renamed “Supporters of the Islamic State of Jerusalem.” Qatar, Turkey, ISIS all working together?5/29/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/six-foreign-ministers-headed-to-israel/
As France readies ‘imposed peace’ push at UN, battery of foreign officials to hold meetings in Jerusalem, Ramallah
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is slated to visit Israel on Sunday, followed later in the week by Canada’s Rob Nicholson and New Zealand’s Murray McCully, the Ynet news site reported. Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna will visit next weekend, and in June France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Cyprus’s President Nicos Anastasiades are expected to follow.
The directors-general of four East European foreign ministers, those of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, will also be in Israel next week. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was in Israel this week for talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials. They also mark a push to “internationalize” the peace efforts, moving from bilateral talks that many diplomats feel are unlikely to bear fruit to a broader international negotiating framework, and expanding the involvement of countries other then the United States in the peace negotiations. On Thursday, France’s Fabius made the purpose of his visit explicit – UN sets a timetable of 18 months

5/29/15 http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0515/glick052915.php3 Obama reportedly intends to enable the passage of a French draft resolution that would require Israel to withdraw to the indefensible 1949 armistice lines. In a bid to address this credibility problem, last week he invested significant time and effort in building up his credibility on Jewish issues. To this end, he gave an extensive interview to Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic, and he gave a speech before Adas Israel, a large, liberal Conservative synagogue in Washington, DC.

5/28/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-endorses-general-idea-behind-arab-peace-initiative/ At no time did Netanyahu rescind his principled agreement to the creation of a Palestinian state, as long as it was demilitarized and recognized Israel as the Jewish homeland, he asserted. “I did not renounced the idea, but I explained what’s the problem with it,” he said. “If the Palestinians change their positions, that it’s a different situation.”
5/28/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/195974 “After what happened in Gaza due to the disengagement, how will that not repeat itself?,” he posed, referring to how the Hamas terrorist group took control after Israel expelled all Jewish residents in 2005. “Who will deal with the tunnels? Who will deal with the weapons smuggling? The only answer is that Israel must militarily control for years. That’s the only solution.”
5/26/15 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Hezbollah-seizes-hilltops-from-al-Qaida-in-Syrian-province-bordering-Israel-404008 Hezbollah fighters have captured two hilltops from al-Qaida’s Syria wing Nusra Front in areas close to the Lebanese border and have killed dozens of enemy combatants, Hezbollah-run al-Manar television reported on Monday. It said in a newsflash that the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group had captured the hilltops of Quba’a and Naqar in Syria’s southwestern Quneitra province, which lies in sensitive territory close to Lebanon and Israel.
5/25/15  the space between the Jordan River and the Euphrates and Tigris (Which is called “””The Three Ribs””””) Iran commands the only force still intact in Iraq – namely, the Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani Shiite militias, who are trained and armed by the Revolutionary Guards. 5/25/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24619/No-army-in-Mid-East-is-challenging-ISIS-Iran-regroups-to-defend-S-Iraqi-Shiites-Assad-to-save-Damascus- Hassan Nasrallah Saturday, May 23, called his Lebanese Shiite Hizballah movement to the flag, because “we are faced with an existential crisis” from the rising belligerence of the Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant. His deputy, Sheik Naim Qssem, sounded even more desperate: “The Middle East is at the risk of partition” in a war with no end in sight, he said. “Solutions for Syria are suspended. We must now see what happens in Iraq.”  Hizballah and the Syrian ruler alone in the battlefield with dwindling strength against two rival foes:  ISIS and the radical Syrian opposition coalition calling itself Jaish al-Fatah – the Army of Conquest – which is spearheaded by Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front and backed to topple Assad by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. http://www.debka.com/article/24619/No-army-in-Mid-East-is-challenging-ISIS-Iran-regroups-to-defend-S-Iraqi-Shiites-Assad-to-save-Damascus-  This war will take a Nation to fight it! World!
5/23/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/pm-thanks-obama-for-blocking-un-nuclear-disarmament-move/ Netanyahu spoke with US Secretary of State John Kerry and asked him to convey his gratitude to Obama for the stance the US took at the United Nations review conference for the Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York. The US late Friday rejected the New York meeting’s final document, as did the UK and Canada.
5/24/15 http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/leading-islamic-voice-calls-for-reconquering-jerusalem/ Turkey and Iran are natural enemies, but the views of their respective leaders have converged at a commonplace of darkness – Jew hatred. One represents Shia Islam and the other Sunni, but they agree on one thing: Israel must be removed, cut out like a cancerous tumor.

5/23/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24617/US-and-Hizballah-coordinate-spy-drone-flights-over-Qalamoun-share-US-combat-intelligence , the US military is working directly with an internationally-designated terrorist organization – a development with earthshaking ramifications for Israel’s security. This partnership has in fact become a game-changer for the worse in terms of Israel’s security ties with the US and has caused an upheaval in its military and intelligence disposition in the region, in at least six respects:
5/22/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/11454/ The loss of the al-Tanf (known as al-Waleed in Iraq) crossing to ISIS Thursday night followed the Syrian army’s defeat at the ancient city of Palmyra. DEBKAfile adds: With the capture of the Al-Tanif crossing point, the Islamic State has strengthened its grip on its adjacent holdings – Deir el-Zour in Syria and Anbar region in Iraq. The London-based opposition center says that the Islamic State now controls more than 95,000 sq km of Syria – roughly half of the country’s area.
5/21/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/195681#.VV5J-09Viko According to a top Iranian advisor, Tehran has “tens of thousands” of missiles pointed at Israel, and will not hesitate to use them.
5/21/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/plane-makes-emergency-landing-near-eilat/  Deputy FM asserts historical right to West Bank. “It’s the first time anyone has asked us to use verses from the Torah for hasbara abroad,” one diplomat is quoted as saying.

5/20/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-israel-said-to-discuss-compensation-in-wake-of-emerging-nuke-deal/ deal to supply Israel with 33 F-35 aircraft, the first batch of which was expected next year. The total number of jets could go up to 50, Haaretz reported. Israel was also said to be asking for more Iron Dome batteries, additional assistance with the Arrow 3 missile system developed jointly by the US and Israel, and possibly, for the purchase of technological systems for intelligence gathering
5/19/15 http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_ISLAMIC_STATE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-05-19-09-49-38 Iraqi forces and allied Sunni tribesmen repelled an Islamic State attack overnight on a town west of Baghdad, a tribal leader said Tuesday, as the government renewed its commitment to arm anti-militant Sunni tribes following the loss of the key city of Ramadi.
5/18/15 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/05/18/iraqi-premier-dont-abandon-anbar-to-isis/ Backed by the U.S.-led airstrikes, Iraqi forces and Kurdish fighters have made gains against ISIS, including capturing the northern city of Tikrit. But progress has been slow in Anbar, a Sunni province where anger at the Shiite-led government runs deep and where U.S. forces struggled for years to beat back a potent insurgency. American soldiers fought some of their bloodiest battles since Vietnam on the streets of Ramadi and Fallujah.
5/15/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24603/Key-Iraqi-town-of-Ramadi-falls-to-ISIS-along-with-Jubbah-next-door-to-US-training-base Ramadi, the provincial capital of western Iraqi Anbar, fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Friday, May 15 after its inhabitants were put to mass flight. The town, 110 km west of Baghdad, controls the traffic on the Euphrates River. Small pockets of Iraqi troops are still stranded there after taking hundreds of casualties.
5/13/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-threatens-war-if-aid-ship-to-yemen-attacked/ Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier-General Massoud Jazzayeri warned that any attack on “the Iranian Red Crescent aid ship will spark war in the region. And this fire may not be put out or brought under control.” “The US and Saudi Arabia should know that Iran’s self-restraint has a limit,” he told the Arabic-language TV Alalam, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
5/11/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24592/Saudi-king-followed-by-GCC-rulers-snubs-Obama-on-summit-US-fails-to-isolate-Netanyahu-on-nuclear-deal  Saudi King Salman’s last-minute cancellation of his White House summit with US President Obama and his decision to send Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in his place, is seen as a calculated snub for the president’s policies on Iran and the Middle East. Two senior Gulf rulers then opted out of the Camp David summit Obama scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 at Camp David: Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isaa Al Khalifa and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, leaving only the rulers of Qatar and Kuwait.  Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced Monday, May 12, that the king could not make the one-on-one White House summit Tuesday, May 12, because the five-day humanitarian truce in Yemen was due to start on that day.
5/11/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/195275#.VVDcsPlViko More than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria since anti-government protests broke out in March 2011 spiraling into civil war in theface of a bloody crackdown by security forces.
5/6/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/11276/ Arab sources report loud explosions early Wednesday in Omdurman, west of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. They are attributed to a missile attack to destroy a compound believed to house a weapons store or a plant for the productions of long-range missiles.  In 2012, an air strike hit a large convoy carrying arms, ammo and military equipment originating in Iran and destined for the Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip as it drove through Sudan.

5/5/14 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/11269/ A delegation of 350 Fatah activists from refugee camps in North Lebanon were the guests of Hizballah on a tour of South Lebanon and the Israeli border on April 26. Fatah is the Palestinian group led by Mahmoud Abbas. They were shown around a “tourist landmark of the Resistance” and a war museum showcasing Hizballah’s “struggle” against Israel since the 1982 war (what was launched by Hizballah) and looked over the frontier fence at Upper Galilee.
5/5/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24570/First-ISIS-Shooting-Attack-into-Israeli-Golan-First-Ambush-of-US-Backed-Syrian-Rebels-near-Quneitra  “First ISIS Shooting Attack into Israeli Golan, First Ambush of US-Backed Syrian Rebels near Quneitra”
5/4/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24578/Assad-loses-battles-as-US-Israel-Turkey-Jordan-Qatar-and-UAE-arm-Al-Qaeda%E2%80%99s-Syrian-branches  Israel needs to distance the Iranian Guards and Hizballah from its borders with Syria. Saudi Arabia seeks Assad’s overthrow. However, on the way to these objectives, the rebels’ champions have come up against a disturbing by-product of their support: The lion’s share of the weaponry lavished on the opposition is being funneled to rebel groups associated or identified with Al Qaeda.
5/4/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24578/Assad-loses-battles-as-US-Israel-Turkey-Jordan-Qatar-and-UAE-arm-Al-Qaeda%E2%80%99s-Syrian-branches  Israel needs to distance the Iranian Guards and Hizballah from its borders with Syria. Saudi Arabia seeks Assad’s overthrow. However, on the way to these objectives, the rebels’ champions have come up against a disturbing by-product of their support: The lion’s share of the weaponry lavished on the opposition is being funneled to rebel groups associated or identified with Al Qaeda.
5/1/15 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-ISIS-leader-sidelined-by-spinal-injury-possibly-spurring-appointment-of-new-caliph-400826 The jihadist organization, in control of vast swathes of Iraq as well as Syria, where it is said to have killed over 2,000 people just off the battlefield, is now under the leadership of Abu Alaa al-Afri who is yet to assume the title of caliph, which al-Baghdadi still holds, but is running the the group’s day to day operations. Al-Afri, a former physics teacher who had penned several  scientific and religious publications, is a veteran militant who previously had ties to al-Qaida in Mesapotamia, the branch of the notorious terrorist organization from whom the Islamic State group in part grew and eventually separated.
5/1/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24574/Iran-swings-behind-escalated-Syrian-Hizballah-anti-Israel-terror-offensive-on-the-Golan- Assad and his Hizballah ally are set on a serious escalation by different tactics, DEBKAfile’s sources report. For a major terror offensive, they are building new frameworks with local recruits mustered in South Lebanon and the Syrian Golan. Some of those militiamen have been seen moving about in the Druze villages scattered over Jabal Druze and the Hermon up to the Chebaa farms.
4/29/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/194761#.VUD62flViko Over the next year, some 1,700 homes are expected to be sold in Judea and Samaria. With the government’s help, that number is expected to exceed 3,000 the following year. Among the currently available homes, 297 are in Beit El, 300 are in Ariel, 200 are in Eli, and 2,000 others throughout the rest of the regions. Because he fears pressure from the administration of US President Barack H. Obama, said the sources, Netanyahu cannot openly declare his support for the arrangement.

4/28/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/194702#.VT_EfiFViko  Despite the massive aid, Assad this past month has suffered major losses, putting him on the brink of losing the bloody civil war that has stretched over four years and cost over 220,000 lives, and leading Syria’s Defense Minister General Fahd al-Freij to head for a visit to Iran on Tuesday. Iran only needs access to the corridor between Damascus and Tartous on the Mediterranean coast which passes along the Lebanese border – via that corridor, it can continue smuggling weapons to its Shi’ite terror proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon and maintain its regional power.
4/28/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/11205/  The Saudi Al Arabiya TV was first to report that a US cargo ship with a crew of 34 Americans had been fired on by Iran and forced to sail to Bandar Abbas. The Pentagon said US warplanes and the destroyer USS Farragut  had responded to theMaersk Tigris cargo vessel’s distress call after being attacked by an Iranian patrol boat in the Strait of Hormuz and are monitoring the situation. Tehran has made no official comment on the incident. The seized vessel was then claimed by various sources, as the New York Stock Exchange fluctuated. The Pentagon denied the vessel was a US cargo ship and that there was an American crew aboard. It was described as a Marshall Islands-flagged ship, which called for US assistance under their defense pact: “The United States has full authority and responsibility under treaty for the security and defense of the Marshall Islands.” Other sources described the ship as Danish. A Maersk spokesperson told NBC that the ship commandeered by Tehran was on a “time charter” by Rickmers Ship Management which has head offices in Hamburg and Singapore. But the main mystery is Iran’s motive in seizing the ship, unless it was suspected of spying. Bandar Abbas is the home port of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Maybe they know to whom the ship belongs.

4/28/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-linked-group-said-battling-for-position-on-israel-border/ Jaish al-Islam, closely tied to Islamic State, fighting rebel groups around Syrian town of Qahtaniya, just a few hundred meters from Israeli territory. Rebels and Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate clashed Tuesday with jihadists linked to the Islamic State group along Syria’s border with Israeli on the Golan Heights, a monitor and an opposition spokesman said.  Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP that rebel groups, as well as Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, fought IS-linked Jaish al-Jihad in the border town of Qahtaniya in the southern province of Quneitra.

4/25/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24558/Arab-sources-report-Israel-air-strikes-against-Syrian-Hizballah-missile-bases-Hizballah-arms-convoys-DEBKAfile-Hizballah-secret-airstrip-possible-target-  DEBKAfile’s military sources add that it is hardly credible that Israeli air raids spread over three days went unnoticed by the Syrian and Lebanese media. The Arab TV reports if confirmed may therefore be exaggerated in scope.  Friday, our own sources reported that Syrian and Hizballah forces under Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers were fighting to flush out the last rebel pockets on the strategic Qalamoun mountains, to clear the highway to Lebanon for unhindered military movements – most importantly, the weapons and personnel flowing regularly across the border between the two allies.4/24/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/satellite-images-reveal-new-hezbollah-airstrip-near-syria/ Satellite images have uncovered a new airstrip in a secluded part of east Lebanon believed to be used by the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, possibly for launching Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
4/24/15 The next government must understand the dynamics of the situation and quickly forge policies based on the world as it is, not as it was or as we would like for it to be. http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Column-one-The-new-governments-greatest-tasks-399022 Last summer, in fighting Hamas in Gaza, Israel found itself acting in alliance with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates against Hamas, Qatar, Turkey and the US. The Arab states served as Israel’s blocking backs. They enabled Israel to withstand massive pressure from the administration that sought to coerce Israel into ending the fighting on Hamas’s terms.
4/22/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/193627#.VTe-fiFViko  ISIS, it should be noted, is still not unified with groups like Jabhat al-Nusra (the Nusra Front) who are associated with Al Qaeda. Yet for all the smaller terrorist groups that have taken root in Syria, the line between independent operations and pledging allegiance to ISIS can be very thin. Israeli observers were apparently shocked by the unforeseen allegiance of the Shuhada al-Yarmouk Brigades to ISIS, having previously been associated with the Free Syrian Army. Al-Nusra assassinated al-Yarmouk’s Mousab Ali Karfan (nom de guerre Mousab Zaytouneh) in mid-December, possibly based on the accusation he had made the alliance himself.
4/20/15 http://www.wsj.com/article_email/u-s-widens-role-in-saudi-led-campaign-against-yemen-rebels-1428882967-lMyQjAxMTI1NjE4MzAxMjMzWj  Prince Saud Al Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, underscored the tensions on Sunday, telling reporters his country is “not at war with Iran” in Yemen. But he demanded Iran end its political and military support for the Houthis, who adhere to the Zaidi offshoot of Shiite Islam.

4/20/15 http://www.jpost.com/International/Arab-world-Egypts-dangerous-stalemate-398383 Islamic terrorism is not abating, hampering vital efforts to bring a better life to the people through a revitalized economy and political stability. Sisi knows he has to show results soon to prevent Egypt from slipping back into anarchy and chaos. In Yemen, Iranian-backed Houthi tribes are poised to take over the strategic Red Sea straits, threatening free passage to the Suez Canal – a reminder, if one was needed, of the fact that Islamic terrorism knows no border.
4/19/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-leader-urges-military-to-increase-preparedness/  ran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the country’s armed forces Sunday to increase their “defensive preparedness,” hitting out at a US warning of possible military action. He told commanders and troops in a speech that Iran “will never accept such stupid remarks,” a jab at General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, though he did not name him.
4/18/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/saudi-arabia-vows-to-cover-aid-call-for-yemen-raids-continue/ Saudi Arabia pledged Saturday to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the UN for conflict-torn Yemen, which has also been the target of Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels.
4/17/15 http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/caroline-glick/american-jewrys-moment-of-decision/  meeting with #DemLibCommunists silences Jewish criticism of Obama’s deal with Iran.
4/17/15  http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/UNs-Ban-Ki-moon-calls-for-immediate-cease-fire-in-Yemen-398397    Last week, the United States said it was speeding up arms supplies to the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi fighters opposed to US-allied Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday.
4/17/15 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Analysis-Framework-deal-opens-floodgates-for-investment-in-Iran-398391  “As the US loses economic leverage to enforce a deeply flawed nuclear deal, a future president will be left with only two choices in response to Iranian cheating: military action, or surrender,” he said.
4/13/15 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4646703,00.html  Russia signed the $800 million contract to sell Iran the S-300 missile system in 2007, but later suspended their delivery because of strong objections from the United States and Israel. ran reached a framework deal with world powers this month that is intended to significantly restrict its ability to produce nuclear weapons while giving it relief from international sanctions. The agreement is supposed to be finalized by June 30. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday that Moscow has started supplying grains, equipment and construction materials to Iran in exchange for crude oil under a barter deal,
4/13/15 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4646555,00.html
Report: US working to stop Iran arms reaching Yemen. US expanding intervention in Yemen, has forces board Panamanian freighter suspected of delivering Iranian weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen, Wall Street Journal reports. As the fighting continues, the US hopes that a stalemate on the battlefield will force the parties to reach the negotiating table before the Yemeni military is harmed to the point the country will no longer be able to be stabilized and have its politicians return.
4/13/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/11058/  The Kremlin announced Monday that President Vladimir Putin had signed a decree lifting an embargo on the delivery of S-300 anti-missile rocket systems to Iran. The 2010 contract between Moscow and Tehran for the advanced missile system – capable of downing planes and missiles, including cruise missiles – was long suspended under pressure from the US and Israel. Now, the Kremlin claims, the embargo is no longer justified since the world powers reached an interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program. However, DEBKAfile reported four months ago, on Jan. 21, that the Kremlin had decided to unfreeze the contract and start sending the top-of-the-line anti-missile S-300 systems to Iran.
4/12/15 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/12/saudi-arabia-turkey-syria_n_7012268.html  The talks are being brokered by Qatar. As the partnership is currently envisioned, Turkey would provide ground troops, supported by Saudi Arabian airstrikes, to assist moderate Syrian opposition fighters against Assad’s regime, according to one of the sources. President Barack Obama was made aware of the talks in February by the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani, during the emir’s visit to the White House, one source said. A White House spokesperson declined to comment.
4/7/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/11007/ Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview Monday that the nuclear accord reached by the six powers and Iran eight days ago in Lausanne clears the way for a settlement to allay fears that Iran could build an atomic bomb, with economic sanctions on Tehran to be lifted in return. “The agreement, God willing, rules out the specter of regional war and world war,” he said. But then, speaking on Syria’s al-Ikhbaria TV, Nasrallah hinted that another war between Israel and HIzballah was in the cards and warned there will be significant loss of lives. There were no longer any agreed rules of engagement, he said in reference to the Hizballah rocket ambush on an Israel command vehicle on Jan. 28, as demonstrating the new situation along the borders with Israel. Saudi Arabia will suffer a major defeat that will have an impact on its domestic situation and the entire region, said the Hizballah leader. “Saudi aggression has miserably failed to change the situation on the ground in Yemen.
4/7/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/193781#.VSQm9vnF-So Supplies and Weapons being provided to Saudi-led coalition! The battle in Aden has massive regional implications, given that the port controls the highly strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait, the access point to the Red Sea and ultimately Israel’s southern port city of Eilat. The waterway is a key route for Israeli and European trade.  With the Shiite Houthis militarily running the table south to Aden and controlling the western part of the country, they will have effectively occupied the territory holding 85% of Yemen’s population of 24 million people. Of Yemen’s total population, 57% are Sunnis and 42% are Shia of the Zaidi denomination, from which the Shiite Houthis are derived.

4/6/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/11000/ Saudi Arabian special forces are involved in the military operation against Shiite Huthi rebels in neighboring Yemen for controlof Bab el-Mandeb Strait a Saudi adviser said Monday. Army special forces supplied weapons and communications equipment to militia loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in the main southern city of Aden, the adviser said.
He said army and navy special forces were also involved in operations against Huthi units that “invaded” Myun Island in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, through which much of the world’s maritime trade passes.
DEBKA military sources: Egyptian navy and marines are taking part in the military operation in Aden and Myun Island.  President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi
4/6/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/11005/  Iranian lawmakers have unanimously denounced Saudi Arabia’s military intervention against Yemen, warning that the adverse consequences of the ongoing war on Sana’a will undoubtedly backfire on Riyadh. “The Al Saud regime should know that the fire rekindled in Yemen will engulf it and will impose heavy costs on the Muslim world,” a group of 262 legislators said in a statement.
“The formation of a fabricated coalition will further complicate problems in the Muslim world and the Middle East region,” the statement read, adding that support of the US, the Israeli regime and their allies for Saudi Arabia’s blatant violation of an independent nation’s sovereignty runs counter to international conventions.4/5/15  http://www.timesofisrael.com/obama-personally-difficult-to-have-my-commitment-to-israel-doubted/ US President Barack Obama said that it would be a moral and strategic failure if Israel was weakened as a result of his policies, the New York Times reported Sunday. “I would consider it a failure on my part, a fundamental failure of my presidency, if on my watch or as a consequence of work that I’ve done, Israel was rendered more vulnerable,” Obama said in an interview with veteran journalist Thomas Friedman. He said he would consider it “not just a strategic failure, I think that would be a moral failure,” adding that no disagreements between Israel and the United States can break their bond
4/4/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24514/The-Lausanne-deal-Exercise-in-spin-and-counter-spin Tehran’s version had two objects: 1) To refute Obama’s presentation of the outcome of the Lausanne talks, and 2) To show the Iranian people how successful its negotiating team had been in defending its national interest.  “a framework deal” in US terms; or “a package of solutions leading up to a future Comprehensive Plan of Joint Action” – in Iranian parlance. Washington published a “fact sheet” in Lausanne, Switzerland, 4/2/15. Negotiations were begun by Pres Bush 10 years ago.
4/3/15 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4643999,00.html  The Israeli government should warmly embrace the offer without batting an eye. The ‘framework’ agreement reached in Lausanne between world powers and Iran appears to be a good deal. But we must be wary of appearances – too many key issues still remain unresolved.
4/3/15 http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/04/02/iran-accuses-white-house-of-lying-about-details-of-nuclear-framework-agreement/  and http://freebeacon.com/national-security/iran-accuses-u-s-of-lying-about-new-nuke-agreement/  Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the Obama administration of misleading the American people and Congress in a fact sheet it released following the culmination of negotiations with the Islamic Republic.
4/2/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/322435#.VR2KnPnF-So  Rebels from the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front have taken over the only functioning border crossing between Syria and Jordan.
4/1/15  http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-laments-unconscionable-deal-with-murderous-iran/ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday excoriated world powers over their dogged pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, pointing to recent statements by officials in Tehran — notably their calls to eliminate Israel — as evidence of the Islamic Republic’s unwillingness to compromise on its nuclear ambitions and campaign of “terror, subjugation and conquest.” In November 2014, the governor of Edirne province, Dursun Ali Sahin, caused a controversy when he called for the synagogue to be confiscated from the Jewish community and turned into a museum because of what he called “the rumblings of war from the [Israeli] criminals, who are destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and killing Muslims there.”
4/1/15 http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/04/01/after-iranian-threat-to-destroy-israel-netanyahu-urges-%E2%80%98better-deal%E2%80%99-on-nukes/ Following an Iranian military official’s reported threat to destroy Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urged world powers to seek a “better deal” in their nuclear negotiations with Iran. Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of Iran’s Basij militia, said “erasing Israel off the map” is “non-negotiable,” Israel Radio reported on Tuesday.
3/31/15 http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/03/31/official-iran-placing-warheads-on-rockets-smuggling-them-to-hezbollah/  Jerusalem Post – Iran is placing warheads on its rockets and smuggling them to Hezbollah in Lebanon, a senior Defense Ministry official involved in preparing Israeli air defenses said Tuesday.
3/31/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-militia-chief-destroying-israel-nonnegotiable/ Basij commander Mohammad Reza Naqdi Basij said that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable,” according to an Israel Radio report Tuesday. In 2014, Naqdi said Iran was stepping up efforts to arm West Bank Palestinians for battle against Israel, adding the move would lead to Israel’s annihilation, Iran’s Fars news agency reported. (note: The Basij is a religious volunteer force established in 1979 by the country’s revolutionary leaders, and has served as a moral police and to suppress dissent. The Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards)
3/31/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/322208 Col. Aviram Hasson of the Israeli Defense Ministry’s missile defense program says that Iran is placing guided warheads on its rockets and smuggling them to Hezbollah. He gave the warning while speaking at the Israel Air and Missile Defense Conference in Herzliya, and added that Hezbollah “is in a very different place compared to the Second Lebanon War in 2006.”
3/30/15 http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Influx-of-advanced-weapons-to-Syria-and-Lebanon-is-unprecedented-senior-navy-source-says-395490 is flowing into Syria and Lebanon, a senior Israel Navy source warned on Sunday.
3/26/15
http://www.wnd.com/2015/03/isis-already-sending-advance-guards-to-afghanistan/?cat_orig=world  A day after successfully lobbying Barack Obama to slow the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani used a speech to the US Congress to raise the specter of ISIS extending into his country as it did in Iraq.
3/26/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/193235  UN envoy’s proposal of 3-5 year extension could be agreeable, if Israel halts independent action in Judea-Samaria.

3/26/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/193232#.VRQ7xPnF-So UN Middle East envoy said in his last report Thursday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s new coalition government must freeze Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria for “peace.”  two states for two peoples.
3/26/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24487/Egypt-seizes-Bab-el-Mandeb-ahead-of-Iran-Saudis-bomb-Iran-backed-Yemeni-Houthis-US-launches-air-strikes-over-Tikrit  In a surprise step, Egyptian marine naval and marine forces Thursday morning, March 26, seized control of the strategic Bab El-Mandeb Straits to foil Tehran’s plans to grab this important energy shipping gateway between the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal, DEBKAfile’s military sources report from the Gulf. Egypt disguised the raid as a counter-piracy operation. Yemen is gateway to Suez Canal

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3/26/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24487/Egypt-seizes-Bab-el-Mandeb-ahead-of-Iran-Saudis-bomb-Iran-backed-Yemeni-Houthis-US-launches-air-strikes-over-Tikrit  It rounded off the Saudi-led air strikes launched the same morning against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. These operations signaled the start of a major Sunni Arab revolt against Iran’s approaching takeover of Yemen, through its Houthi proxy, and advances in other strategic positions in the Middle East, with Washington’s support.
3/26/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24487/Egypt-seizes-Bab-el-Mandeb-ahead-of-Iran-Saudis-bomb-Iran-backed-Yemeni-Houthis-US-launches-air-strikes-over-Tikrit  In a surprise step, Egyptian marine naval and marine forces Thursday morning, March 26, seized control of the strategic Bab El-Mandeb Straits to foil Tehran’s plans to grab this important energy shipping gateway between the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal, DEBKAfile’s military sources report from the Gulf.
3/26/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/10896/ Iran warned Riyadh that it was taking a “dangerous step” and threatened to make “all efforts to control the crisis in Yemen.” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as demanding that the Saudi-led air strikes stop immediately, calling them “violations of Yemen’s sovereignty.”
3/26/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/10889/  Shortly after an announcement by the Saudi ambassador to Washington, the kingdom’s air force in coalition with Gulf allies began attacking the Yemeni capital Sanaa’s airport and Its Dulaimi military air base before dawn Thursday. They went into action to counter the Iranian-backed Houthi rebellion which had begun to besiege the southern Yemeni port of Aden after earlier overrunning the capital and putting the president to flight.
3/25/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/193175#.VRNn3PnF-So while the Pentagon saw fit to declassify sections on Israel’s sensitive nuclear program, it kept sections on Italy, France, West Germany and other NATO countries classified, with those sections blocked out in the document.
3/24/15 http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/03/23/irans-chief-nuclear-negotiator-lift-all-sanctions-first-no-concessions/  Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator has stressed yet again that there is no deal with the P5+1 unless all sanctions on the Islamic Republic are lifted first
3/23/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/  The White House on Monday bluntly warned Israel that its “occupation of Palestinian land” must end, dismissing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s efforts to take back controversial campaign pledges

3/21/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/192954#.VQ3kgPnF-So  Iranian ship has unloaded 185 tons of weapons at Port Saleef to the Houthis, Tehran’s Shiite proxies in Yemen.

US joined the World against Israel today:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/19/white-house-eyeing-un-to-pressure-israel-on-peace-deal/ US threatening Israel with ‘No Veto’ in UN.  and  2/29/15 http://www.defenseone.com/politics/2015/01/how-un-members-want-bypass-security-council-veto/103608/?oref=d-channelriver UN seeking ways to bypass a Security Council Veto.  and 3/16/15    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/192664#.VQYfAo7F-So EU taking a more robust stance on Israel’s conduct.

3/16/15 http://www.jpost.com/landedpages/printarticle.aspx?id=394041 Any terms that world powers grant Iran under a nuclear deal will be sought by Saudi Arabia and other countries, risking wider proliferation of atomic technology. Iran and six world powers known as the P5+1 group are holding talks to reach a deal aimed at assuaging their fears that Tehran is using the fuel enrichment process of its atomic power programme to secretly develop a nuclear weapon.

3/16/15  http://www.debka.com/article/24441/Turkey-joins-Saudi-Pakistani-Sunni-Nuclear-Partnership-versus-Iran%E2%80%99s-Shiite-Nuke “Turkey joins Saudi-Pakistani Sunni Nuclear Partnership versus Iran’s Shiite Nuke”

3/16/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-report-scraps-iran-hezbollah-from-list-of-terror-threats/ annual report submitted recently to the US Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism threats, after years in which they featured in similar reports.  Meanwhile, the US has been engaged in marathon talks with Iran in an effort to reach an agreement on its renegade nuclear program. Tehran, according to the National Intelligence threat assessment, has “overarching strategic goals of enhancing its security, prestige, and regional influence [that] have led it to pursue capabilities to meet its civilian goals and give it the ability to build missile-deliverable nuclear weapons, if it chooses to do so.”  The report said that it was unclear whether or not Iran would eventually decide to build nuclear weapons, but noted that should the Iranian government decide to pursue such a course, it would face no “insurmountable technical barriers to producing a nuclear weapon.” It lingered on Iran’s pursuit of intercontinental ballistic missile technology as a likely delivery system for a nuclear weapon, and delineated Iranian threats in the realms of cyber and counterintelligence. According to one Israeli think tank, the removal of Iran and its proxy Hezbollah from the list of terror threats, where they featured in previous years, was directly linked to the campaign against the Islamic State.

3/16/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdate/10794/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter  Turkey and the United States have come to agreement for US combat drones to use the Incirlik air base to support coalition operations against the Islamic State.

3/16/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/192664#.VQYfAo7F-So Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, who is pushing for a revamp of the Quartet and for Europe to take a more robust stance on Israel’s conduct. The EU just declared War on Israel!

3/15/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/syria-enters-fifth-year-of-shifting-civil-war/  More than 210,000 people have been killed and half of the country’s population displaced, prompting rights groups to accuse the international community of “failing Syria.” The country has been carved up by government forces, jihadist groups, Kurdish fighters and the remaining non-extremist rebels.

3/14/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/10774/ Egyptian military sources report that the ISIS Sinai affiliate has been discovered rounding up a large fleet of water and fuel tankers and big lorries and packing them with explosives for large-scale terrorist attacks on Egyptian and Israeli targets. This war could be real “shock and awe”!
3/14/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iraqi-units-probed-for-is-style-tactics-in-revenge-attacks/  Several units in the Iraqi military were under investigation for some of the same atrocities carried out by the jihadist terror group the Islamic State, including beheadings, shootings and launching persons from high structures
3/14/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/10772/  Although the Baghdad government is making much ado about a victory in Tikrit, Western military sources revealed Saturday that the force which has captured parts of the Sunni town from ISIS is made up of 20,000 Shiite Afghan and Pakistani militiamen imported from Iran and only10,000 Iraqi troops. The Islamist state still controls the Saddam Hussein palace complex,one of the most heavily-fortified sites in the Middle East. DEBKAfile adds: Tehran replicates this set-up in southern Syria, where the “Syrian army” is made up of some 2,000 Afghan and Pakistani fighters and a similar number of Hizballah terrorists under Iranian command. They are fighting to capture Quneitra from Syrian rebels and confront the IDF on the Golan.
3/14/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/ultraconservative-to-head-irans-top-clerical-body/  Assembly of Experts, the clerics who appoint and can dismiss the country’s supreme leader, picked an ultraconservative as their new chairman in a surprise appointment on Tuesday. His election represents a heavy defeat for former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a relative moderate who previously held the position between 2007 and 2011, and who received 24 votes. Officially comprised of 86 religious figures “”elected by the people,”” the Assembly of Experts chooses the supreme leader and monitors his actions. The clerical body grants the leader, currently Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, an indefinite term but it retains the power to sack him, if it sees fit.
3/14/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-starts-production-of-long-range-cruise-missile/ Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said the missiles could be deployed quickly and accurately from a variety of different platforms. He said the Qadir had highly advanced radar, anti-jamming and anti-electronic warfare systems, and was capable of delivering a missile with high destructive power while flying at low altitude. http://www.timesofisrael.com/republicans-obama-ignores-iran-expansion-to-get-deal/
3/13/15 http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/sweden-sending-troops-to-strategic-baltic-island-amid-russia-tensions “Gotland has a strategic location in the Baltic Sea and this is also an indication to the outside world that we recognise that Gotland is very important. Everything we do is a part of underlining Swedish sovereignty,” he told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

3/12/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/security-council-reportedly-starting-talks-on-lifting-iran-sanctions/ UN Security Council resolution to lift UN sanctions against Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck this month. Lay the groundwork to lift restrictions quickly should the sides come together. But in this latest development, non-Iranian officials involved in the negotiations now claim to be discussing a resolution for the 15-nation Security Council that would ease the UN sanctions that have been in place against Iran since December 2006, according to Reuters.
3/11/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/320336#.VQCawPzF-So  Approximately 70 Syrian rebels have fled from an opposition held suburb south of Damascus and surrendered their arms to the Syrian army, the Syrian Observatory for Humans Rights said Wednesday. A Syrian army source said the defection was a sign rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad’s government were falling apart. “It’s now very clear the army has begun advancing much more and there are some (insurgents) who are not able to flee outside Syria and are thinking of reaching a settlement (with the army),” the source told  Reuters.
3/11/15 http://news.yahoo.com/iranians-iraq-battle-concerning-pentagon-chief-225725401.html;_ylt=AwrBJSBz5QBVUCcAPUjQtDMD A mostly Shiite Iraqi force, including Iranian-backed militias, entered Tikrit Wednesday from the Islamic State group after a 10-day push to enter the city. Soldiers, police officers and militiamen took part in the campaign to retake Tikrit and entered parts of the city Wednesday and are still battling to control it. Tens of thousands of fighters are facing off with hundreds of jihadists, military sources said
3/10/15 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/11/world/middleeast/iraqi-forces-seize-large-parts-tikrit-islamic-state-militants.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0  Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite militias seized large parts of Tikrit on Tuesday, amid reports that most of the Islamic State militants battling to hold the city had begun retreating, security officials said.

3/9/15  http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-presidential-adviser-whole-mideast-is-iranian/ ) (http://www.debka.com/article/24449/Iranian-Al-Qods-chief-on-landmark-visit-to-Amman-as-guest-of-Jordan%E2%80%99s-national-intelligence-director ) Iran appears today to be declaring themselves ‘leader’.

3/9/15 http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/06/eu-defense-integration-undermining-nato-transatlantic-relations-and-europes-security  European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). CSDP decouples U.S. from European security and ultimately ends NATO?
3/9/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24449/Iranian-Al-Qods-chief-on-landmark-visit-to-Amman-as-guest-of-Jordan%E2%80%99s-national-intelligence-director commander of the Revolutionary Guards elite Al Qods Brigades paid a groundbreaking visit last Thursday, March 5, to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as guest of Gen. Faisal Al-Shoulbaki,
3/6/15 http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/03/05/mutually-assured-delusion-obama-outsources-us-middle-east-policy-to-iran/  The Obama Doctrine is predicated on the belief that an ascending Shia power such as Iran is a natural ally in the West’s goal of developing a counterweight to ISIS and other Sunni Islamist groups. President Obama’s tacit acceptance of Teheran’s expanding theater of operations in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Golan Heights, Yemen, and Gaza is tantamount to American-Iranian collusion in the eyes of many Sunni leaders.
3/6/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24441/Turkey-joins-Saudi-Pakistani-Sunni-Nuclear-Partnership-versus-Iran%E2%80%99s-Shiite-Nuke  “Turkey joins Saudi-Pakistani Sunni Nuclear Partnership versus Iran’s Shiite Nuke”

3/6/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/192216#.VPjuYPzF-So  The Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) central council decided Thursday to end security cooperation with Israel, AFP reported.  The PLO council decided “to stop security cooperation in all its forms with the occupying power” which it urged to “take over full responsibility for the Palestinian people in the occupied State of Palestine, the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza”.
3/5/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24439/Obama%E2%80%99s-Iranian-nuclear-strategy-brings-dividend-Rev-Guards-lead-military-assault-on-Tikrit- Iranian-led Iraqi troops (Rev Guards) are on the offensive against the Islamic State in the biggest ground battle fought in Iraq since the Iraqi army fell apart and scattered last June against the conquering Islamist march through western and central Iraq. This battle is loaded with ramifications for Obama’s Iran policy and the Islamic Republic’s drive for recognition as the leading Middle East power:  Al Qods Brigades chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani, was thrown into the Tikrit operation, to become the first high-ranking general Iran has ever placed publicly up front in direct command of a key battle as a guarantee of its success. Second, However, three days after the offensive was launched on Sunday, March 1, the 25,000 Iranian and Iraqi troops, backed by Iraqi Shiite militias, were still fighting outside its gates, upsetting the high hopes of a swift victory and breakthrough into the city.  Islamist forces slowed their advance by strewing hundreds of mines and roadside bombs on all the roads leading to Tikrit, while teams of suicide bombers jumped out and blew themselves up amidst the invading army – a tactic seen before in the battle for the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani.  The role Obama has assigned Iran in the two embattled Middle East countries bears directly on the scope of his concessions in the bargaining for a comprehensive nuclear deal.
3/5/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/319737#.VPiEXfzF-So Nickolai Mladenov, who left Thursday after 18 months as the top UN envoy.
3/5/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/192195 Egypt moving forces from Sinai to Libya to fight ISIS threat; Israeli security officials worry it may spur terrorist takeover in Sinai. with the threat of an Islamic State (ISIS) presence in Libya on its western border, Egypt has started transferring large numbers of forces there. “It is a border of more than a thousand kilometers being penetrated by ISIS terrorists, raging across Libya and murdering Egyptian citizens,” he explained.  “The transition of special forces from Sinai to the border with Libya will harm Egypt’s pressure on terrorist organizations that may act against Israel,” the official warned.
3/5/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/192183#.VPiCnPzF-So  the ruling of a German court that the perpetrators of an anti-Semitic attack on a synagogue should be released from custody. According to the court, the two defendants’ motives stem from anti-Zionism, not anti-Semitism – as a result they were released pending trial.
3/3/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/192085#.VPXwuPnF-So   recapture of Tikrit is of both strategic and symbolic importance. Iraqi forces closed in on the key Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold of Tikrit Tuesday, their progress slowed by jihadist snipers and booby traps, on the second day of Baghdad’s largest operation yet against ISIS. The government has mobilized a 30,000-strong force for the push to retake Tikrit. .
3/2/15 http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/02/sources-more-than-dozen-isis-operatives-in-libya-but-no-us-authority-to-strike/  More than a dozen Islamic State fighters from Iraq and Syria — some with direct ties to the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — are now in Libya, according to U.S. and European sources. An ISIS presence has been flagged in Benghazi, Derna and Sirte, in addition to training camps providing a steady flow of recruits. But a State Department spokeswoman insisted U.S. policy is not to blame.
3/2/15 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/03/02/boko-haram-beheading-video-shows-ties-to-isis-say-experts/  Nigerian Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram has taken a page out of the ISIS playbook,

3/2/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24433/Netanyahu-tries-to-head-off-Iran%E2%80%99s-machinations-after-Obama-empowers-Tehran-as-favored-Mid-East-ally   DEBKAfile’s analysts maintain that the navigation error is the general’s. Before shooting his slings and arrows at the Israeli prime minister’s office, he should long ago have taken note of President Barack Obama’s Middle East record in relation to Israel’s during his six years in the White House. It took time to catch on to Obama’s two-faced policy towards Israel because it was handled with subtlety. But behind this façade, Obama made sure that Israel’s security stayed firmly in the technical-material-financial realm and never crossed the line into a strategic relationship.
3/2/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/192042#.VPS9FPnF-So The Iraqi operation to take back Tikrit from Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists is the largest-scale offensive yet launched by Baghdad, and Shi’ite militia backed by neighboring Iran were playing a key role, reports AFP. (actually this is the IRGC – Iran!)
3/2/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/192033#.VPSgOfnF-So  Maj.Gen. (Res) Ya’acov  Amidror former Dir of Is Natl Sec Council. First, Amidror explained that the goal of Iran is to lead the Shi’ite Muslims to try and dominate the Sunni Muslims and rule the Middle East. “In any place in which there are both Shi’ites and Sunnis we will prevail” is Iran’s ideology, said Amidror, noting “today they did it. They have now, as was explained by them a month ago, they have influence or more than influence in four Arab capitals, in Sana’a, in Baghdad, in Damascus and in Beirut. It (has) never happened in history.” The second major principle symbolized by Iran according to Amidror is that Muslim clerics run the state, in what is becoming a strong paradigm in the Middle East as radical Muslim organizations such as ISIS attempt to establish caliphate structures of Islamic rule. “Islam is the solution. There is some version of what Islam, how Islam…and they are ready to kill each other about the question ‘what Islam,’ but they agree that Islam is the solution,” Amidror noted. He concluded by comparing the desire to build regional stability on Iran to the attempt to build a palace on ice. “At the end of the day the sun will be there, and the ice will disappear.”

3/2/15 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Jordans-king-calls-fight-against-ISIS-Third-World-War-392642  Jordan’s King Abdullah called the fight against Islamic State a third world war, in an interview on Monday about how to best respond to Islamic State.  “This is a third world war by other means. This brings Muslims, Christians, other religions together in this generational fight,” Abdullah said an inteview with CNN.  The Jordanian king added that the fight against Islamic State is is not just a Western fight but one within Islam as well. “Everybody comes together against these outlaws.”

3/1/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/10643/  Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi and Tayyip Erdogan, presidents of Egypt and Turkey, landed separately in Riyadh Sunday for talks with the new Saudi King Salman. Their arrival prompted rumors around Gulf capitals about Salman’s intention to bring the two rival rulers together to fom a possible Saudi-led Sunni bloc with Egypt and Turkey.  Sources in Cairo and Ankara denied these rumors. El Sisi is at daggers drawn with Erdogan over the latter’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood which is fighting to topple the Sisi regime. According to DEBKAfile’s sources, the Egyptian president will lobby the Saudi monarch for a new pan-Arab army to battle ISIS and Al Qaeda’s Arabian affiliate AQAP. Salman has good relations with the Turkish president,  unlike his predecessor King Abdullah.
3/1/15 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4632151,00.html Kerry, speaking on the ABC program “This Week,” said on Sunday the US deserves “the benefit of the doubt” to see if a nuclear deal can be reached with Iran that would prevent any need for military action to curb Tehran’s atomic ambitions.  Kerry said of the Iran negotiations, “It is better to do this by diplomacy than to have to do a strategy militarily which you would have to repeat over and over again and which everybody believes ought to be after you have exhausted all the diplomatic remedies.” Kerry added that “I can’t promise you we can” reach a nuclear deal with Iran, “but we are going to test whether or not diplomacy can prevent this weapon from being created so you don’t have to turn to additional measures including the possibility of a military confrontation.”  “Our hope is diplomacy can work. … Given our success on the interim agreement, I believe we deserve the benefit of the doubt to find out whether or not we can get a similarly good agreement with respect to the future,” he said.
3/1/15  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/191946#.VPM-nfnF-Sp  Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate drives Western-backed rebels from military base west of Aleppo.  Hazm, loosely branded as the Free Syrian Army, was the first to receive U.S.-made anti-tank missiles from its Western backers last year, according to AFP. Over the four years of the Syrian civil war, small-scale weapons aid and some military training was supplied to selected Syrian rebel groups, along with “non-lethal” aid such as medical supplies and other equipment. More extensive assistance was mostly ruled out, due to fear that jihadist rebel groups, such as ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front, might get their hands on these weapons. But as ISIS has become stronger in the region, the United States decided to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels as part of the campaign against the jihadist group.
3/1/15 (2/27/15) http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/feb/27/pentagon-syrian-rebels-begin-training-fight-islami/ Pentagon officials expect to begin training a few hundred Syrian rebels at various international training sites as soon as next month. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters during a Friday briefing at the Pentagon that officials have selected up to 1,500 Syrian moderate opposition fighters to take training classes, which are expected to begin in four-to-six weeks. The U.S. military and its allies have selected four countries to host the training sites – Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. U.S. advisers will begin teaching Syrian fighters how to organize and battle back the Islamic State at the sites, Rear AdmKirby said.
http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/PM-says-Iran-is-facing-off-against-Israel-on-6-fronts-390924 Iran has opened up six fronts against Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday at a send-off ceremony for outgoing Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz.  These fronts are Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and Sinai, as well as Iran’s efforts to carry out terrorist attacks abroad, and its march toward nuclear weapons.
2/28/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24431/Egypt-goes-to-war-on-ISIS-masses-troops-against-Islamist-Libyan-stronghold-at-Darnah Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi has deployed his troops for all-out war on ISIS strongholds in Libya, the first Arab ruler to challenge the Islamists in a fellow Arab country, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. His intiative dramatizes the spillover of the Islamist State’s threat across the Middle East, and the fading impetus of the US-led coalition effort to reverse Islamic State gains in Iraq and Syria. (Note: with all info released how can they battle)

2/28/15 Israel seeks addl funds for defense through Congress, bypasses W.H.! http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-said-to-seek-additional-300-million-for-missile-defense/
2/27/15 http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/27/us-china-ukraine-idUSKBN0LV0H120150227 Qu Xing, China, said the “nature and root cause” of the crisis was the “game” between Russia and Western powers, including the United States and the European Union. China and Russia see eye-to-eye on many international diplomatic issues but Beijing has generally not been so willing to back Russia over Ukraine.
2/26/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=23773&hp=1 The Islamic State has kidnapped 220 Syrian
Christians over the course of three days, a human rights group said.
Assyrian Christians in the Nineveh Plains in Iraq, near Mosul, have been training recently with Sons of Liberty International, a non-profit group, to combat the Islamic State.
Named the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit (NPU), the group consists of a battalion 350 to 500 Assyrian men, as reported by The Clarion-Ledger.

2/26/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-state-abducts-at-least-150-christians-in-syria/  Syria? Has that many Christians just sitting there waiting to be captured? Meanwhile, the Syrian Catholic archbishop of Hasakeh-Nisibi accused Turkey of allowing jihadists responsible for the persecution of Syrian Christians to cross its border unchecked, while preventing Christians from fleeing.
2/25/15 http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/25/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-idUSKBN0LT1IX20150225  apparently to neutralize suspected opponents before a widely expected army offensive against Tikrit! Iraqi soldiers and pro-government Shi’ite militias have been massing for days in preparation for an attack on Islamic State strongholds along the Tigris River to the north and south of Tikrit, hometown of executed former president Saddam Hussein.

2/23/15 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Why-didnt-the-recent-Turkish-incursion-into-Syria-draw-IS-fire-391914  Sunni Turkey refused to cooperate with the US-led coalition against Islamic State as it sympathizes with the Sunni jihadists and has supported the Syrian rebels against the Syrian regime, allowing them to cross back and forth across its border. A Turkish military operation to rescue 38 soldiers guarding a tomb in Syria surrounded by Islamic State militants was launched to counter a possible attack on them, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Monday.

2/22/15  http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Islamic-State-militants-claim-responsibility-for-attacks-on-Iranian-ambassador-residence-airport-391805   Islamic State said they were behind attacks on the residence of the Iranian ambassador in Tripoli and the eastern Labraq airport, a group statement on twitter said on Sunday. Two bombs detonated in front of the residency of the Iranian ambassador in Tripoli on Sunday, while rockets were fired on Labraq airport overnight Friday into Saturday. Nobody was hurt in either attack.
2/22/15 Turkey and Syria needing help against ISIS! http://www.todayszaman.com/mobile_detailHeadline.action?newsId=373244 …   and http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4629519,00.html
2/21/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/libyan-chemical-weapons-seized-by-extremists/ in Libya have taken over stashes of chemical weapons which belonged to the late ruler Muammar Gaddafi, sources in the country told London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Alawsat on Saturday. Libya has been denied help by World!  http://www.timesofisrael.com/libyan-chemical-weapons-seized-by-extremists/ … Death, Destruction, Chemical weapons! Eqypt called UN for help! Help was Denied!
2/21/15 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Syrian-Kurds-attack-Islamic-State-in-northeast-391850 Kurds launch attack against ISIS. Kurds had decided to launch the offensive after Islamic State reinforced its positions in the area with foreign fighters
2/21/15  http://www.debka.com/article/24416/Iran-airlifts-thousands-of-Shiite-fighters-to-Syrian-port-of-Latakia-to-boost-Aleppo-warfront   military and intelligence sources have discovered a large-scale Iranian airlift is in progress for bringing thousands of Shiite fighters to the Syrian Mediterranean port of Latakia to reinforce the Syrian army forces falling back from the key city of Aleppo. The Syrian rebels in heavy fighting Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19-20 repulsed a Hizballah-backed Syrian army offensive to recapture the town and took scores of Hizballah fighters prisoner.  Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani Shiite militiamen. he Iranian operation therefore exposes two exceedingly disturbing developments which are causing Israel’s army chiefs to burn the midnight oil: The fall of the Abadi government under Tehran’s sway is one; and Iraq’s direct involvement for the first time in the military actions of the Syrian civil war. Our sources add that President Barack Obama was in a position, had he wished, to intervene with Baghdad and hold back the Iranian troop airlift to Syria. This has not happened. The administration’s inaction places it squarely behind Iran’s military steps in the Middle East and its direct intervention in key trouble spots.
2/21/15  http://www.timesofisrael.com/arab-nations-said-deeply-concerned-over-nuclear-agreement/ Leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE join Israel in conveying concerns to US over emerging accord with Tehran, Wall Street Journal reports
Leaders of Sunni states such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia fear a bad deal with Tehran would allow it, with the removal of sanctions, to become a nuclear threshold state, the WSJ reported. They say it could also lead to a nuclear arms race in the region.
“At this stage, we prefer a collapse of the diplomatic process to a bad deal,” an official from an unnamed Arab nation told the paper. Arab officials have also reportedly held discussions with the US over the possibility of Washington placing their countries under its “nuclear umbrella” — a guarantee to take military, even nuclear, action to protect an allied state under certain circumstances.
2/21/15  http://www.debka.com/article/24416/Iran-airlifts-thousands-of-Shiite-fighters-to-Syrian-port-of-Latakia-to-boost-Aleppo-warfront   military and intelligence sources have discovered a large-scale Iranian airlift is in progress for bringing thousands of Shiite fighters to the Syrian Mediterranean port of Latakia to reinforce the Syrian army forces falling back from the key city of Aleppo. The Syrian rebels in heavy fighting Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19-20 repulsed a Hizballah-backed Syrian army offensive to recapture the town and took scores of Hizballah fighters prisoner.  Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani Shiite militiamen. he Iranian operation therefore exposes two exceedingly disturbing developments which are causing Israel’s army chiefs to burn the midnight oil: The fall of the Abadi government under Tehran’s sway is one; and Iraq’s direct involvement for the first time in the military actions of the Syrian civil war. Our sources add that President Barack Obama was in a position, had he wished, to intervene with Baghdad and hold back the Iranian troop airlift to Syria. This has not happened. The administration’s inaction places it squarely behind Iran’s military steps in the Middle East and its direct intervention in key trouble spots.
2/21/15  http://www.timesofisrael.com/arab-nations-said-deeply-concerned-over-nuclear-agreement/ Leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE join Israel in conveying concerns to US over emerging accord with Tehran, Wall Street Journal reports
Leaders of Sunni states such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia fear a bad deal with Tehran would allow it, with the removal of sanctions, to become a nuclear threshold state, the WSJ reported. They say it could also lead to a nuclear arms race in the region.
2/20/15 http://www.newantisemitism.com/antisemitism/can-isis-ever-be-defeated ISIS follows a very extreme form of Islam known as Salafism (in Arabic al salaf al salihmeans the “pious forefathers.
Another aspect of a caliphate is the fact that the one who implemented it is seen by his followers as the unique ruler or “caliph.” He controls all Muslims globally. Of course, there a millions of Muslims who want nothing to do with the Islamic State, but according to ISIS’ exegeses of the Qur’an, if they indeed call themselves Muslims, they must submit to the caliph and his ruling or die as infidels. This puts all Muslims who are not adhering to all of ISIS’ ideology at risk since denying the holiness and inspiration of the Qur’an as they [ISIS] view it is pure apostasy.
ISIS also adheres to an apocalyptic theology and believes that the Mhadi or “guided one” will soon arrive and redeem Islam. According to them, Islam has been dead for over 1,000 years and was just reborn in 2014 when the global Caliphate was declared.

2/19/15  http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/10549/  Two days of peace talks between the US and Afghan Taliban began in Doha, Qatar Thursday after strenuous Pakistani efforts at mediation. This was the first formal round of negotiations between the two parties after parleys with the Obama administration went forward in secret for years without achieving a breakthrough for closing the 13-year conflict.

2/19/15 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/IRNA-Iran-US-to-hold-talks-in-Geneva-to-narrow-nuclear-gaps-391512  Ankara – Iran and US negotiators will hold talks over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program in Geneva on Friday to narrow remaining gaps aimed at ending a 12-year standoff with six major powers, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported on Thursday.
2/19/15 http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.643133 W.H. – The administration apparently believes that Israel and the U.S. now have a conflict of interests regarding the Iranian issue, the source said. While U.S. President Barack Obama wants to make every effort to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran, Netanyahu is doing everything he can to block one. The White House has begun to limit the scope, quality and depth of the information it shares with Jerusalem about the progress of the talks with Iran about its nuclear program, senior Israeli officials involved in the issue have told Haaretz.
2/18/15  http://www.debka.com/article/24412/Syrian-%E2%80%9Cfriendly-fire%E2%80%9D-kills-scores-of-Iranian-Hizballah-soldiers-on-way-to-Golan  The Syrian army’s 9th Division mistakenly directed artillery and missile fire on Iranian, Hizballah and its own forces Wednesday, Feb. 18
A Syrian general was also among those killed by the “friendly fire,” which military experts attribute to faulty coordination among the assorted forces taking part in the drive towards Quneitra. Their operation has so far claimed an estimated 200 Syrian, Iranian and Hizballah lives. This was the first time in the four years of the Syrian conflict that Assad has agreed to relinquish control of any of his army’s war sectors and pass it in full to an Iranian commander.
Tel al-Hara (roughly 3,500 ft alt) is the tallest peak in the Golan region, overlooking Israel’s outposts including Tel Hazaka. Its fall would award Iranian forces a commanding position over IDF positions.
2/18/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-says-accelerating-nuclear-progress/ Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday said the Islamic republic was speeding up its nuclear program, adding that Tehran doesn’t ask for permission from any other country to pursue technological advancement  http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-says-accelerating-nuclear-progress/
2/17/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24410/Information-about-the-US-Iranian-nuclear-dialogue-is-no-longer-%E2%80%9Csensitive-%E2%80%9D-For-Obama-it%E2%80%99s-a-done-deal  For five years, Obama ran a back-channel dialogue with Iran. Then too he kept its content secret not just from Israel but from other closely affected allies, Saudi Arabia and certain Gulf emirates. Israel at times offered Washington relevant intelligence on Iran, but was rebuffed. The fact is that US President Barack Obama and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani have agreed on the final draft of a comprehensive nuclear accord. Its terms are therefore an open secret. The deal would be in the bag if Iran’s paramount leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei could be brought round to endorsing it. His answer: No!

2/17/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/hezbollah-admits-fighting-islamic-state-in-iraq/  Nasrallah urged Arab nations to break away from the US and instead lend their support to Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran and the Assad regime in Syria, in order to defeat the Sunni militants of IS. “We won’t wait for the Americans, nor will we wait for NATO,” he vowed, and noted how in Iraq local tribes had mobilized against the Islamic State independently of the US. Nasrallah also claimed that IS, which has proclaimed an Islamic caliphate in large swaths of Iraq and Syria, was working on behalf of Israel.
2/17/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24406/Thousands-of-Afghan-Pakistani-Shiites-in-Hizballah%E2%80%99s-advance-on-Golan  The Iranian-backed “Operation Quneitra Martyrs named for Gen. Ali Allah Dadi” to capture the Golan brings Afghan and Pakistani Shiite fighters to an Israeli border for the first time, DEBKAfile‘s military and intelligence sources reveal that 2,000 of these fighters have joined an equal number of Hizballah troops, who are spearheading a march on the Golan from southern Syria, directly behind the Syrian tanks. They are acting on an order from the Iranian high command in Syria to integrate Shiite fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan in combat for the Golan sector of the Syrian-Israeli border. Each of these Shiite militiamen is paid $500 per month, a sum which they may transfer to their needy families in Iran and Afghanistan.
2/16/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/191427#.VOJp-PnF-So  Netanyahu said “when a militant Islamic regime that is rampaging through the region right now-that’s what Iran is doing, it’s conducting a rampage through the region-when such a regime has nuclear weapons, the whole world will be in peril.” “Look at what Iran is doing now without nuclear weapons. States are collapsing. And Iran is plunging forward. It’s already controlling four capitals. It’s controlling now through its Houthi proxies the Bab-el-Mandeb Straits,” he said, noting on a strategic point in Yemen controlling the Red Sea and access to Eilat.2/15/15  https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/amidst-obama-retreat-from-mideast-three-regional-leaders-are-forming-a-quiet-but-fiercely-determined-alliance-against-iran-isis-who-are-they-and-what-do-they-want/ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Jordan’s King Abdullah II; and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. They are meeting secretly. They are talking regularly by phone, as well as with other leaders in the region from Saudi Arabia to the Gulf. Their senior advisors are also in regular contact, coordinating moves to counter their most serious enemies. They are not waiting for Washington. Indeed, they often see the White House and State Department as less than helpful, and sometimes opposed to — or not truly understanding — their national and shared interests.

2/14/15 ISIS (Sunni rebels), Hezbollah, regime forces and Iranian special forces all involved in major battle in southern city of Daraa.  Daraa and Quneitra are important because they are located near Damascus, Jordan and Israel.  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/191333#.VOAKd_nF-So
2/13/15 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/02/13/failed-isis-raid-tests-us-forces-in-iraq/ A small band of ISIS fighters mounted a bold, dawn attack Friday on an air base in Iraq where U.S. forces are training troops, in what experts believe may have been a probe that could foreshadow a coming clash involving Americans. “It was a regular ISIL attack,” a senior defense official told Fox News. “It happened at the gate about 3 kilometers from where U.S. forces are.  We sent drones and Apaches [attack helicopters], but it was all over before they arrived and neither fired a shot.”2/12/15 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4625972,00.html the operation has four strategic goals: “The first is to prevent the Israeli buffer zone protected by al-Nusra Front.
Nasrallah spoke of this topic at length in his most recent speech, calling the rebels “the Syrian South Lebanon Army”, which cooperates with Israel in order to create a buffer zone like in south Lebanon.
The fourth goal is to block the American plan to open a war against Syria using the Jordanian option.”
Meanwhile, in light of the danger posed by the ISIS (Islamic State) group, the Lebanese army – together with Hezbollah – is expected to soon launch a wide-ranging securityoperation to prevent its advance.

2/11/15 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/10484/  ISIS! Foreign fighters are streaming into Syria and Iraq in unprecedented numbers to join the Islamic State or other extremist groups, including at least 3,400 from Western nations among 20,000 from around the world, US intelligence officials say in an updated estimate of a top terrorism concern.2/11/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24393/Syrian-army-tears-through-the-south-to-sweep-Iran-and-Hizballah-up-to-Israel%E2%80%99s-Golan-doorstep   Positioned on Israel’s Golan doorstep, Syrian-Hizballah-Iranian force, by dint of its superior numbers and fire power, on Feb. 9. (With them were 4,000 Shiite fighters imported by Iran for the battle and several hundred Hizballah gunmen – all under the command of Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers.) They are presently on Israel’s doorstep! What next?The Beast to be revealed?
2/7/15 http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0215/glick020615.php3 Egypt sees a unity of the terror forces along the Sunni-Shi’ite continuum and believes its national survival is dependent on defeating both. Whoever the ‘leader’ of this revived Ottoman Empire is, is “the beast” of Rev 13 and Dan 11.
2/5/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24379/US-coalition-against-ISIS-is-fraying-Gulf-Arab-partners-mull-withdrawal-over-Iran%E2%80%99s-involvement It is feared in Riyadh – and not just in Abu Dhabi – that the joint US-Iranian war effort against the Islamic State is providing a screen behind which the Obama administration is opening doors for Iran to advance its regional aspirations.

2/4/15 http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.640884 Sissi gains ground in fight against ISIS-linked militants in Sinai  “We execute the wishes of God,” the commander told a Reuters reporter who had been taken to the location blindfolded in mid January. (Their god is Satan)! Reuters seems to be giving on-scene eye-witness accounts!

8/30/11 (Note, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is from Azerbaijan. Interesting isn’t it. Location of Gog and Magog)  Iran’s Two-Front War   Azerbaijan http://pjmedia.com/michaelledeen/2011/08/29/irans-two-front-war/

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” (Isa 55:1)   Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

(1)Babylon (Scofield, C. I. “Scofield Reference Notes on Isaiah 13″. “Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)”. <http://www.studylight.org/com/srn/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=013&gt;. 1917.) The city, Babylon is not in view here, as the immediate context shows. It is important to note the significance of the name when used symbolically. “Babylon” is the Greek form: invariably in the O.T. Hebrew the word is simply Babel, the meaning of which is confusion, and in this sense the word is used symbolically. (1) In the prophets, when the actual city is not meant, the reference is to the “confusion” into which the whole social order of the world has fallen under Gentile world-domination. (See “Times of the Gentiles,” Luke 21:24Revelation 16:14Isaiah 13:4 gives the divine view of the welter of warring Gentile powers. The divine order is given in Isa. 11. Israel in her own land, the centre of the divine government of the world and channel of the divine blessing; and the Gentiles blessed in association with Israel. Anything else is, politically, mere “babel.” (2) In Revelation 14:8-1116:19 the Gentile world-system is in view in connection with Armageddon; Revelation 16:1419:21 while in Rev 17, the reference is to apostate Christianity, destroyed by the nations Revelation 17:16 headed up under the Beast ; Daniel 7:8Revelation 19:20 and false prophet. In Isaiah the political Babylon is in view, literally as to the then existing city, and symbolically as to the times of the Gentiles. In the Revelation both the symbolical- political and symbolical-religious Babylon are in view, for there both are alike under the tyranny of the Beast. Religious Babylon is destroyed by political Babylon Revelation 17:16 political Babylon by the appearing of the Lord Revelation 19:19-21. That Babylon the city is not to be rebuilt is clear from ; Isaiah 13:19-22Jeremiah 51:24-26,62-64. By political Babylon is meant the Gentile world-system. (See “World,” ; John 7:7Revelation 13:8) It may be added that, in Scripture symbolism, Egypt stands for the world as such; Babylon for the world of corrupt power and corrupted religion; Nineveh for the pride, the haughty glory of the world. (Scofield, C. I. “Scofield Reference Notes on Isaiah 13.″)
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