18:47 [Tehran Times] (E)
A possible disruption in Iran’s radar network by the U.S. may have caused the operator mistake the Ukrainian passenger plan for an incoming American cruise missile, at top Iranian military official said late on Tuesday. Ali Abdollahi, the deputy commander of the Armed Forces General Headquarters for coordination affairs, said “the U.S. mischiefs in the region have been proven before, and so far Iran’s cyber systems have observed and recorded virtual objects manufactured by the U.S. in the country’s airspace” “Disruption in performance of radar systems by the United States is not unprecedented,” the military official told national TV. Abdollahi said a team has been established to investigate such a possibility.
21:09 [Fort Russ] (E)
First, the background. When the United States abandoned the Iran agreement, that left Turkey’s oil imports adrift due to newly imposed US Treasury sanctions on Iranian oil exports. By December 2018, Turkey was forced to look elsewhere for its oil imports with Libya being the most logical choice by price and proximity, despite the violence there. Misrata rebels allied with Libya Dawn in charge of Libya’s largest free trade port, arranged oil exports from Zawiya and Sirte to Italy* and Turkey, at favorable prices.
21:22 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
Iraq’s caretaker prime minister asked Washington to start working out a road map for an American troop withdrawal, but the U.S. State Department on Friday bluntly rejected the request, saying the two sides should instead talk about how to “recommit” to their partnership. Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in the capital and southern Iraq, many calling on both Iran and America to leave Iraq, reflecting anger and frustration over the two rivals — both Baghdad’s allies — trading blows on Iraqi soil.
11:31 [The Corbett Report/YouTube] (E)
Everyone has heard by now that Soleimani was responsible for 600 American deaths . . . but where does this oddly specific number come from? Today on "Questions For Corbett," James finds the answer at the bottom of a barrel of neocon lies.
21:08 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Joaquin Flores - Joint Chiefs of Staff called it ‘a kerfuffle’. A letter was sent to their Iraqi peers that the U.S was repositioning troops out of Iraq in accordance with legislation from Iraq ending the U.S military presence in the war-torn country, and suddenly then it was retracted by higher-ups.
10:42 [RT] (E)
The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea – a 1972 convention regulating the rules of navigation in the open sea – states that “the vessel which has the other on her own starboard side shall keep out of the way and shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, avoid crossing ahead of the other vessel.”
9:56 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Most of us have spent time in the Middle East, for me considerable time, some with cab drivers and farmers, but too much with generals and government ministers, and on occasion, the ruling princes. Syria was different. It felt like a nation, in ways Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Libya and so many other nations, in fact, all other nations did not. Syria wasn’t about Assad and his “regime” but about the people of Syria. They are Syria.
22:08 [Middle East Eye] (E)
A decision by Sudan`s prime minister to visit the rebel bastion of Kauda has been warmly received by locals, as it marked the first time a senior official from Khartoum travelled to the area since clashes erupted more than eight years ago. Kauda, some 90km east of South Kordofan state`s capital Kadugli, has been the base of the Sudan People`s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) - the main group fighting the government in the southern provinces of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.
12:39 [Covert Geopolitics] (E)
four decades of dealing with Western imperialist ambitions in the Middle East have taught the Iranians to rely on their own capability to repel future aggression by way of advancing its military capabilities. The short-range ballistic missile strikes into a US military airbase were not only successful, but also show precision, i.e. targeting only the equipment over personnel.
7:44 [MintPressNews] (E)
Lockheed Martin, famous for its fighter planes, helicopters and missiles, saw its stock price spike to over $416, a jump of seven percent almost overnight. Raytheon and General Dynamics saw similar increases.
23:41 [Asia Times] (E)
Even before US President Donald Trump addressed world public opinion from the White House, following the Iranian missile strike in retaliation for the assassination of Major General Qasem Soleimani, a top US intel source sent me this analysis in response to a detailed question: “It is most unlikely Trump will escalate at this point, and this could provide him with the opportunity to leave the Middle East except for the Gulf States. Trump wants to get out. The fact that Israel would be hit next by Iran [as promised, among others, by the IRGC as well as Hezbollah’s secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah] will probably cause them to pull back, and not order Trump to bomb Iran itself.
21:33 [youtube/the Duran] (E)
It is clear that the missile strikes by Iran was theater, intended to calm people in Iran. Sources are saying that communication is ongoing between Iran and the USA, via Swiss channels (Russia actively involved), with both sides trying to figure out a way to ramp tensions down.
21:29 [Veterans Today] (E)
January 6, 2020 - Could the Soleimani killing burn Trump and Pompeo down?...
21:26 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Submitted by Great Game India, a journal on Geopolitics and International Relations. The Indian Ocean island Naval Base of Diego Garcia is the key launchpad for United States in case of an attack on Iran in the wake of the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike. The Pentagon has send six B-52 strategic bombers to military base on Diego Garcia that is beyond the range of Iran’s ballistic missiles to prepare to hit Tehran if given the order.
6:59 [Press TV] (E)
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has denied that the US military has announced preparation for "movement out of Iraq," after the Muslim country’s parliament voted to oust foreign troops.
20:36 [Veterans today] (E)
Fifteen thousand Americans died in Iraq, the war cost the US $7 trillion in debt and 250,000 totally disabled vets, millions of shatter lives. In the end, things are, as usual, worse than ever and the lies that sent America to war, and everyone in Washington knew they were lies, are out again, this time over Iran and their imaginary plans to attack the US, now proven to have been fabricated again.
19:41 [Veterans today] (E)
Donald Trump has proven he is criminally insane and should be removed, legally, from office...but will not be...as the US is gone...
16:37 [Sic Semper Tyrannis] (E)
Pulitzer Prize winning author of Caliphate, Romanian-American, Rukmini Callimachi, on the intelligence on Soleimani “imminent threat” being razor-thin. ... 1. I’ve had a chance to check in with sources, including two US officials who had intelligence briefings after the strike on Suleimani. Here is what I’ve learned. According to them, the evidence suggesting there was to be an imminent attack on American targets is “razor thin”.
Summary: [Too shameful to type]
14:20 [Press TV] (E)
Informed military sources tell Press TV that the United States has started pulling its troops out of the region since Saturday, despite claims to the contrary.
21:39 [Press TV] (E)
US forces and allies will soon be forced out of the Persian Gulf waters, where they have been seeking to establish a foothold for years, says Iran’s navy commander.
17:39 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Whether he is eating ice cream or not, Trump appears to be on a rampage to recreate the end of The Godfather. Less than 24 hours after a US drone shockingly killed the top Iranian military leader, Qasem Soleimani, resulting in equity markets groaning around the globe in fear over Iranian reprisals (and potentially, World War III), the US has gone for round two with Reuters and various other social media sources reporting that US air strikes targeting Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units umbrella grouping of Iran-backed Shi’ite militias near camp Taji north of Baghdad, have killed six people and critically wounded three, an Iraqi army source said late on Friday.
15:42 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
The double murder of senior Iranian and Iraqi military commanders on the orders of President Trump is an act of war against two nations. It’s hard to imagine a more reckless act of aggression in a region already primed for all-out conflict.
12:46 [Press TV] (E)
A senior commander in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has said Tehran will be "patient" in setting the right “time and place” for its response against Washington’s assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani.
22:10 [RT] (E)
The assassination of a popular Iranian general in Baghdad is a game-changer in the conflict between Washington and Tehran, which had remained restricted to cloak-and-dagger shenanigans and proxy hostilities, analysts have told RT.
7:26 [Press TV] (E)
President Donald Trump had ordered the US military to kill Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, the Pentagon has said in a statement.
20:07 [Global Research] (E)
In warfare, the False Flag is a ruse, used to legitimize the abandonment of military rules of engagement. Its name derives from ancient cheaters in nautical warfare. The Nazi Reichstag fire and the US Gulf of Tonkin are two infamous examples of false flags. The US has used false flag cover for yet another round of bombings.
19:10 [RT] (E)
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has warned that he will take “preemptive action” to “protect US forces” if he receives word of attacks by Iran or its “proxy forces,” claiming to have indications of such attacks in the future.
9:01 [Tass] (E)
Belarus is ready to develop cooperation with NATO and this is one of the areas of its multi-vector foreign policy aimed at maintaining friendly and good-neighborly relations with foreign partners, the Belarusian Defense Ministry told TASS on Tuesday.
23:52 [Stalker Zone] (E)
The Lugansk People’s Republic handed over 25 prisoners to Ukraine and received 63 held persons as part of an exchange in the formula “all for all”. Among the released is the 85-year-old Kharkov political prisoner Mekhti Logunov, convicted by the Ukrainian court to 12 years of imprisonment for “treason”. The transfer took place at the “Mayorsk” checkpoint on the territory controlled by Ukraine after passing through the necessary verification in field tents. According to Olga Kobtseva, head of the LPR’s working group on the exchange of prisoners of war, nine people from the Ukrainian side refused to participate in the exchange and remained on the territory controlled by Kiev.
17:44 [Radio Utopie] (E)
The U.S. government of Donald Trump just carried out airstrikes in three countries. And literally everybody is sitting on his / her ass and shuts his / her mouth hole.
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19:36 [Zero Hedge] (E)
The Chief-of-Staff for the Israeli Armed Forces, Aviv Kochavi, said on Wednesday that Israel cannot allow Iran to station militarily in Iraq. According to Ynet News, Kochavi stated on the seventh anniversary of the death of the former Chief-of-Staff, Amnon Lipkin Shahak, that the Israeli army would never allow Iran to be stationed in Iraq.
14:42 [RT] (E)
The advanced Russian nuclear hypersonic glider entered combat service on Friday with the first regiment of Avangard-armed missiles now operational, the defense minister reported.
18:45 [Fort Russ] (E)
MOSCOW – As the mainstream media pounds Moscow for “vetoing aid for Syria”, Russia’s UN mission announced there was no winner in the latest UN battle during which its own draft resolution was defeated by “bias and double standards”.
18:43 [Fort Russ] (E)
Western countries have tried to use humanitarian aid to undermine Syria’s sovereignty, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. The statement followed a Russian-sponsored UN Security Council resolution on providing aid to Syria. On Friday, Russia and China vetoed a Security Council resolution tabled by the so-called “humanitarian troika” – Germany, Belgium and Kuwait – that would extend humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria by three control points for one year. However, Russia’s resolution, which would extend aid delivery by only six months and reduce the number of UN crossing points to two, failed to win the nine votes needed to pass.
20:23 [Sputnik news] (E)
Iran is ready to help Syria with the withdrawal of the US forces that are in the country illegally if Damascus asks for help, Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser to Iran`s supreme leader, told RT Arabic. He remarked that the US was stealing Syrian oil and expressed hope that the Syrians would respond and put an end to the US control over some of Syria`s regions.
18:15 [Tass] (E)
These included the US EP-3E Aeries and P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft and the RQ-4B Global Hawk strategic unmanned aerial vehicles....Gostev also noted that 78,000 air targets had been detected and escorted over the past year. "Fighter jets on combat duty have been scrambled to intercept NATO reconnaissance aircraft near our southern borders more than 70 times," he said.
0:47 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The Turkish President Erdogan continues to create enemies for Turkey. After waging a war on Syria, he has managed to piss off the EU by pushing refugees towards it. He has displeased NATO and the U.S. by installing Russian air defenses. Most Arab countries at the Persian Gulf hate him for his support for Qatar. Erdogan has allied himself with the Government of National Accord (GNA) that rules in Tripoli, Libya. He will now have to take on several additional countries which support the GNA`s opponent. After the NATO war destroyed Africa`s richest country Libya is still split.
13:34 [TASS] (E)
Russia finds NATO’s growing activity near the borders of Russia and Belarus worrisome, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a message of greeting, read out by the deputy chief of the Foreign Policy Planning Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexei Dobrynin, at the opening of a conference commemorating Andrei Gromyko.
13:34 [TASS] (E)
NATO military exercises in the Baltic States, Poland, and in the Black and Baltic Seas indicate that the Alliance is preparing for a large-scale conflict, Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasinov told foreign military attaches on Tuesday. "Military activities are increasing in the Baltic States and Poland, in the Black and Baltic Seas. The intensity of the bloc`s military exercises is growing. Their scenarios point to NATO`s deliberate preparation to using their forces in a large-scale military conflict," Gerasimov was quoted by the Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) newspaper as saying.
23:49 [RT] (E)
To avoid any potential incidents, Americans should simply withdraw and end the unlawful presence of their forces in Syria. And abstain from alarmist headlines foreshadowing a shooting war. American commanders in Syria are scrambling to protect their forces from an expected surge in activity by military units from Turkey, Russia, Iran and the Syrian government. They believe these countries pose a greater danger than Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) forces, the New York Times reports.
3:16 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Federico Pieraccini - Recent statements by NATO leaders have cast a pall over the globalist elite. Macron recalled how Erdogan armed and supported terrorist groups in Syria linked to Daesh, who were fighting against ethnic groups like the Kurds with whom France has cooperated. Erdogan in turn threatened to veto NATO’s efforts to strengthen its military posture in the Baltic countries to face off against alleged Russian “aggression”. The most serious statement made by a NATO leader came from Macron claiming that NATO was experiencing a “brain death”, prompting Trump to claim that “the French economy is in ruins” and describing Macron’s words as “very nasty”. Erdogan, not to be outdone, offered his own assessment of Macron’s own “brain death”.
3:03 [Global Research] (E)
Barely two months after US President Donald Trump’s demagogic announcement that he was pulling US troops out of northeastern Syria to fulfill his campaign promise to bring a halt to Washington’s “endless wars,” the senior civilian and uniformed Pentagon chiefs told a House panel Wednesday that there is no foreseeable end to the American presence there
20:42 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Coming off last week`s 70th anniversary NATO conference in London where deep cracks in the Western alliance were felt more than ever, and where its mission scope is now proposed as including China (given many are questioning `what`s next?`) — a summit which President Trump also abruptly departed early after the `hot mic` incident involving world leaders laughing at him, Washington is signalling its abiding commitment to NATO by planning massive war games on European soil in April. This also after Trump lambasted low-spending European allies as "delinquent" but also hit back at French President Macron`s prior "brain death" of NATO comments as "very nasty" remarks. When in doubt, hold a massive military show of force, apparently:
23:24 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The Washington Post liberated some 2,000 pages of more than 400 interview transcripts and summaries from the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The interviews were with officials and soldiers involved in the war on Afghanistan. Reading through the three part series on the papers is depressing. The opinions and narrations of the insiders are, as could be expected, devastating
13:54 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Alastair Crooke - “This is a historic opportunity”, whispered one of Netanyahu’s insiders into Ben Caspit (a leading Israeli journalist)’s ear this week: “You have no idea what we can wheedle from the Americans now, what a golden opportunity we face when the US is about to enter an election year”. “Bunker busters”, he mutters to Caspit, who elaborates that: “According to members of Netanyahu’s inner circle, these bombs will be given to Israel once it signs the mutual defence agreement that Netanyahu has been working on.”
14:34 [Fars News Agency] (E)
According to Russian publication Avia.Pro, Russia’s warplanes intercepted the Israeli warplanes that had been seeking to attack the T-4 Airbase in Syria`s Western province of Homs last week.
10:48 [Consortium News] (E)
Arnold R. Isaacs reports on a symposium hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command on a subject that remains controversial within the military, but is gaining recognition.
12:23 [youtube/The Last American Vagabond] (E)
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours.
22:25 [RT] (E)
The gunman allegedly posted a manifesto to Twitter shortly before his rampage, accusing the US of waging a “war of attrition” on Muslims around the world, and condemning its drone strikes and secret prisons.
20:52 [Fort Russ] (E)
Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean are rapidly rising after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with a Libyan official of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), based in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, in Ankara last week. They agreed on their own Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) that penetrates into Greek and Cypriot waters, in violation of the United Nations Convention Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) that favors Cypriot and Greek claims, a major reason why Turkey is only one of 15 UN members, out of 193, that has not signed it.
15:21 [Lew Rockwell] (E)
“What is left after war is silence: The silence of the death; the silence of the debris; the silence of the birds! After war even the screams of sadness are silent because the pain is in the very depths of the soul!” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan
15:15 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
America’s policy toward Afghanistan and the promise of upcoming negotiations is total fakery. We begin with a simple truth. Under American rule, a unique form of corruption, crippling every region, every economic sector, invading every institution, has left that nation not just hopeless, but in total wreckage, just like the US has done to Syria, Yemen and Iraq and would do to Iran if allowed. When the US entered Afghanistan in 2001, that nation no longer produced any opium at all. There were no addicts, no poppy growers, no heroin processing plants and no narcotics infrastructure.
14:21 [The Saker] (E)
by arras for The Saker - When you hear about the war in Ukraine, you might think of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia Western corporate media has been jellying at you about for five years. That war is fake, as fake as Trump-Russia collusion story. If there ever has been a war between Ukraine and Russia, it would have been over a long time ago. As Vladimir Putin famously said to the head of the EU Manuel Barroso in 2014, Russian tanks could be in Kiev, and the Ukrainian capital could be taken within two weeks if Russians wanted. And no serious political leader or military expert has ever cast a doubt on it.
19:11 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
In the recent foreign ministers level NATO summit held in Brussels, the NATO leaders not only re-affirmed their commitment to the same confrontational ideology that it has been following ever since its creation after the Second World War, but also added China in the list of enemy countries, vowing to start its military surveillance. This is a significant development in that it is not only meant to induce new ‘life’ into the force but also consolidate the organisation at a time when internal divisions have been making headlines for quite some time now.
17:56 [Zero Hedge] (E)
As the president departs Washington Monday to attend events marking the seventieth anniversary of the NATO alliance hosted in London, European allies are said to be "bracing for Trump". Past NATO venues have seen Trump openly chastise allies related to his familiar theme of the Europeans shouldering more of the defense spending burden, making the Dec.3-4 summit ripe for a "bull in a China shop" moment.
14:00 [Tehran Times] (E)
The NATO summit in London shows clearly that the North Atlantic Treaty is in a serious crisis for its survival. In recent days, Western analysts have analyzed and evaluated various aspects of the tensions and challenges among NATO members.
13:58 [RT] (E)
Seventy is normally considered a ripe old age at which people should be enjoying retirement. The NATO alliance, which meets to celebrate its anniversary in London, should have been pensioned off long ago. The French president, who told the Economist in early November that NATO was “brain dead”, seems determined to jolt the alliance and its members out of their collective coma. In a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Paris on November 28, Macron tried to inject a large dose of realism and clarity into a body which years ago haemorrhaged into a sclerotic and bureaucratic zombie.
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