8:32 [Oriental Review] (E)
At the end of August, the Lebanese organisation Hezbollah fired two rockets at an Israeli armoured personnel carrier at the border. Several Israeli soldiers were injured. In response, Israeli troops fired on Lebanese territory adjacent to the border. The shells fell on bare ground, without causing harm to people or nearby buildings. Hezbollah chalked up yet another victory that was warmly received not just in Lebanon, but also in other countries. Israel did not launch new attacks, but responded by withdrawing its armed forces seven kilometres inland from the country’s border. Hezbollah sources confirmed that their intelligence services even visited abandoned Israeli military bases and roadblocks.
18:35 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
“This is total chaos,” a senior administration official said at midday, speaking on the condition of anonymity about the confusing situation in Syria. Although “the Turks gave guarantees to us” that U.S. forces would not be harmed, the official said, Syrian militias allied with them “are running up and down roads, ambushing and attacking vehicles,” putting American forces — as well as civilians — in danger even as they withdraw. The militias, known as the Free Syrian Army, “are crazy and not reliable.” Ahhhh. The "Free Syrian Army", which the U.S. built and supplied with an immense amount of weapons to fight the Syrian government, is "crazy and not reliable". How come that all the think tankers and `journalists` who for years lauded that `army` never noticed that?
18:27 [Asia Times] (E)
The predominant Western narrative credits the Syrian Democratic Forces, mostly Kurdish, for fighting and defeating Islamic State, also known as Daesh. The SDF is essentially a collection of mercenaries working for the Pentagon against Damascus. But many Syrian citizens argue that ISIS was in fact defeated by the Syrian Arab Army, Russian aerial and technical expertise plus advisers and special forces from Iran and Hezbollah.
17:58 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
Eight days ago U.S. President Donald Trump gave a green light for another Turkish invasion of Syria. We explained why that move made it inevitable for the Kurds to submit to Damascus and to let the Syrian Arab Army back into northeast Syria:....After Trump had spoken with the Turkish president Erdogan, the U.S. military removed a few of its forces from some areas near the Turkish border. The Pentagon was still under the false impression that Turkey would limit its invasion to some 5 kilometer in depth.
7:34 [Global Research] (E)
The only way Israelis can be made to sit up and take note of the disaster unfolding next door in Gaza, it seems, is when they fear the fallout may spill out of the tiny coastal enclave and engulf them too. Environmental experts from two Israeli universities issued a report in June warning that the imminent collapse of Gaza’s water, sewage and electricity infrastructure would soon rebound on Israel. Gideon Bromberg, the Israeli director of EcoPeace Middle East, which commissioned the report, told journalists: “Without urgent, vigorous action, plagues and infections will break out that could cost a great many lives, both in Israel and in Gaza, and no fence or Iron Dome [Israel’s missile interception system] can thwart them.”
20:28 [Sic Semper Tyrannis] (E)
Damascus is on her way in achieving her ultimate goal of regaining control over all her territory and achieving peace thanks to VV Putin and the welcome and necessary assistance of DJ Trump. There’s no other way to put it.
10:52 [Counterpunch] (E)
Recent events have shone a spotlight not only on how Israel is intensifying its abuse of Palestinians under its rule, but the utterly depraved complicity of western governments in its actions. The arrival of Donald Trump in the White House two-and-a-half years ago has emboldened Israel as never before, leaving it free to unleash new waves of brutality in the occupied territories. Western states have not only turned a blind eye to these outrages, but are actively assisting in silencing anyone who dares to speak out.
23:15 [ZeroHedge] (E)
update2: A top Turkish official warns of bigger escalation now that Syrian Army units appear to be heading to besieged Kurdish towns along the border with Turkey. Erdogan aide Yasin Aktay has said "conflict between the two armies" is likely if pro-Assad forces enter the northeast region which has now been abandoned by US troops. * * * update: It`s official, after what appears a major deal between the Kurdish-led SDF and Damascus was struck in the wake of a US exit from the region: "Syrian military forces will be deployed on the border with Turkey by tomorrow morning in certain areas," reports Danny Makki, a well-known war correspondent in Damascus. This as multiple videos have spread online showing pro-Damascus forces entering Manbij:
23:08 [Xinhua] (E)
Syrian army`s move came after reaching an alleged deal with the Kurdish forces on entering the cities of Manbij and Ayn al-Arab, in order to strip Turkey of the pretext to attack Kurish-controlled areas in northern Syria.
18:40 [Fars News Agency] (E)
The US army is evacuating around 1,000 troops from Northern Syria "as safely and quickly as possible", Defense Secretary Mark Esper stated, days after President Donald Trump opened the door for Ankara`s cross-border attack on regions held by Kurdish militias whom Washington called an ally.
10:14 [Al Waght] (E)
Turkey-backed Syrian opposition militias have reportedly seized Ras Al Ain town in northeast Syria as the Turkish operation against the Syrian Kurdish groups entered its fourth day.
9:32 [Fort Russ] (E)
Head of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammad Ali al-Houthi called on the US to “learn from Vietnam” after Washington announced plans to deploy about 2,000 additional troops to Saudi Arabia. An “increase in numbers does not mean victory”, al-Houthi warned in a series of tweets, adding the US should also learn from its “useless wars” in countries such as Yemen and Iraq, PressTV reported. The official vowed that the Yemeni nation would continue its resistance against Saudi Arabia and other countries which are supported by the US in their war on the impoverished nation.
9:27 [Indian Punchline] (E)
There has been widespread criticism in the Beltway that the US is jeopardising its Kurdish partners on the ground and unleashing unpredictable consequences for Syria — and, above all, badly damaged US credibility. Some forewarn that Syrian conflict is intensifying just when the embers were cooling. Some of this criticism may be true. Because, Turkey is vengeful. It has long wanted to move across the border into northern Syria, where it sees the Syrian Kurdish forces or YPG as joined at the hips with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK, separatists that Turkey considers a terrorist group that has waged an insurgency for decades, and has long put Turkey on edge.
9:05 [Press TV] (E)
Iran`s foreign minister has offered to bring together Syrian Kurds, the Damascus government and Turkey in an effort to establish security along the Turkish-Syrian border.
21:56 [Press TV] (E)
A US military position in northern Syria has come under Turkish artillery fire, almost hitting the outpost where American troops were based in.
9:23 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
Pentagon just announced the deployment of two more fighter squadrons, one air expeditionary wing, two Patriot batteries and one THAAD unit to Saudi Arabia just now, moments before briefing with senior officials. None of which is able to defend Saudi Arabia against another drone or cruise-missile attack.
23:55 [Press TV] (E)
Syria has censured Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest remarks concerning his keenness to protect Syrian people and their rights as far from reality, emphasizing that the Damascus government will respond to Turkey’s offensive into the northeastern part of the country through all available legal means.
23:29 [Stalker Zone] (E)
What is going on in Northeast Syria? Has Turkey “invaded” this territory? What is the stance of Russia and the US? Who is to blame for the Kurds’ woes? The text below tackles these questions, and more.
20:19 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Lebanese Arabic news broadcaster Al-Mayadeen is reporting that Russia has begun organizing "reconciliation talks" between Syria and Turkey, in what would be an unprecedented development, given President Erdogan`s position has long been that Turkey won`t negotiate with Damascus so long as Assad is in power.
20:11 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is opening up to the world. It used to be absolutely impossible to get a visa to enter, unless you were a religious pilgrim (therefore officially a Muslim), NATO military personnel, or a businessman or woman, invited by a local company or by the Saudi government. Even if you secured approval, visas were outrageously expensive, costing several hundreds of dollars. The only loophole was a “transit visa” for those who were going to drive from Oman or Bahrain, to Jordan. Tourism was not recognized as a reason to visit the KSA. There were simply no tourist visas issued. Full stop.
19:50 [Press TV] (E)
Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has offered the Saudi-backed former government a new deal for exchange of prisoners over a week after the popular movement unilaterally released hundreds of detainees.
18:25 [Press TV] (E)
Turkish warplanes and artillery hit northeast Syria on the third day of an incursion that has forced tens of thousands to flee.
18:00 [Iran Info 24] (E)
An Iranian-owned oil tanker was struck by two missiles off the Saudi port of Jeddah on Friday, Iranian state television reported, quoting the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) which owns the vessel. The tanker was set ablaze and suffered heavy damage and was leaking crude about 60 miles (96 km) from Jeddah, according to Iranian media.
13:31 [Zero Hedge] (E)
update3: In his first full statement since the start of Turkish military operations Wednesday morning, which has now witnessed ground forces cross into northeast Syria supported by Turkish F-16 fighter jets, President Trump has slammed the operation as a "bad idea" — but stopped short of calling for a halt to the incursion.
10:07 [Press TV] (E)
9:05 [Indian Punchline] (E)
The US president Donald Trump is not known to practise judo. A few judo techniques he may have got to know from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who is a Black Belt. But what Trump has just done to Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan is straight out of a Physics concept in judo. Taking advantage of the opponent’s momentum is a smart judo technique. If he charges at you and you just stood there, he’ll knock you over. But the velocity he’s gaining can be simply used against him by pulling him over, which will cause him to throw himself. You can save yourself a lot of time and energy if you can take advantage of your opponent’s momentum.
20:38 [American Herald Tribune] (E)
On Saturday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that preparations have been made for a unilateral cross border air and land military operation in the next day or two, in northern Syria, east of the Euphrates River. Erdogan expressed his frustration with Washington’s lack of adherence to a September 30th deadline to establish a thirty-kilometer-deep safe zone on Syria’s northern border.
19:59 [Syria News] (E)
Syrian Economy is one of the targets of the War of Terror waged by the US and company against the Syrian people, did it survive? Western Pentagon propagandists aka Mainstream Media pundits effortlessly try to imply that the US-led War of Terror against the Syrian people, the Syrian state and the Syrian Armed Forces, as a public uprising against dictatorship, couldn’t be any further from the truth. Throughout the past years, we have debunked each statement trying to conceal the heinous role carried out by the USA and its European lackeys, its Gulfies servants, and its regional criminals, under an intensive unprecedented synchronized systematic propaganda, diplomatic, political, and on the streets campaigns.
13:17 [Press TV] (E)
Russia has called for dialogue between the Syrian government and Kurdish forces controlling the country`s northern region amid Washington’s greenlight for Ankara’s upcoming military operation against its Kurdish allies.
13:12 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
This morning U.S. President Donald Trump has a little surprise for the Kurds in Syria: Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by telephone. Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial “Caliphate,” will no longer be in the immediate area.
6:49 [Zero Hedge] (E)
As we predicted in the wake of the White House`s late Sunday announcement that “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria” and that American troops will withdraw from the "immediate area" — this will ensure that the United States` Kurdish proxies in Syria, now in Erdogan`s cross hairs, will quickly do a deal with "the devil we know" — that is, come under the protection of Assad and the Syrian Army. On Monday the commander of the US trained and armed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Mazlum Abdi, indicated just that in a bombshell statement. “We are considering a partnership with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with the aim of fighting Turkish forces,” he said.
17:47 [Press TV] (E)
A top Kurdish official says the Kurdish forces controlling northern Syria may open talks with Damascus and Russia, after the United States announced it was withdrawing troops from the area in the wake of Ankara’s looming military operation against Kurdish militants from the People`s Protection Units (YPG).
6:59 [Press TV] (E)
Turkey`s foreign minister has assured his Iranian counterpart that Ankara`s military operation in northern Syria, which began on Monday night, is a temporary one.
22:33 [Sic Semper Tyrannis] (E)
The Rojava Kurds should have seen this coming. The US has a long standing tradition of abandoning Kurds. The abandonment is not the worst part of this policy decision. It is the decision to turn over the jihadis captured by US, YPG and SDF forces over the last few years to Turkey... just in time for Erdogan`s announced invasion of northeast Syria.
21:55 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Update 3: A US State Department official told the press that the US is "reviewing" its military position in Syria and that the military won`t do anything to stop the Turks if they follow through with plans of an incursion. Though the US affirms that it retains control over the airspace above northeastern Turkey. Meanwhile, President Trump has chimed in with more tweets, insisting that "Russia & China...loved seeing us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so." It`s time to "get out of these ridiculous endless wars" and stop spending money on "people who don`t even like the USA. "Just like Trump promised during the campaign, "the endless and ridiculous wars are ENDING!" he insisted. "We will be focused on the big picture...knowing we can always go back & BLAST!"
21:49 [Zero Hedge] (E)
The last four days have shown that the ongoing US-Iran war is acutely affecting the whole region. This is now evident in Iraq where more than 105 people have been killed and thousands wounded in the course of demonstrations that engulfed the capital Baghdad and southern Shia cities including Amara, Nasririyeh, Basrah, Najaf and Karbalaa. Similar demonstrations could erupt in Beirut and other Lebanese cities due to the similarity of economic conditions in the two countries. The critical economic situation in the Middle East offers fertile ground for uprisings that lead to general chaos.
21:17 [SANA] (E)
He added that the US is an occupation frivolous power, and depending on it to guarantee security is useless.
19:43 [Press TV] (E)
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States is an "irrelevant occupier in Syria," stressing that peace will be achieved in the war-ravaged country only through respect for its territorial integrity and people.
18:25 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Syria, uncomfortably and vulnerably, finds itself sandwiched between the Ottoman hammer to the North and the Israeli anvil to the South. Both power houses are, hostile, expansionist and occupy Syrian territory. When one thinks of a ‘safe zone’ along the Syrian-Turkish border on the Syrian side, one is reminded of the American-Mexican border. Both borders face a similar security situation: one state faces security threats emanating from the neighboring state.
9:26 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
BC stands for NEO’s Banned Classic. This article was originally published by our journal on 10.03.15. For some reason, this article is missing from Google search results. Since this article remains pretty relevant to those geopolitical events that are taking place on the geopolitical stage today, we deem it possible to present it to our readers once again. Should it go missing again, you may be confident that you will see it republished by NEO once more, should it still remain relevant by that time.
12:52 [Press TV] (E)
Saudi Arabia says it views the truce announced by Yemen’s Houthis positively, claiming the proposal is something the kingdom has always been seeking.
21:29 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
Over the years, researchers have copied and parroted inaccurate declassified US intelligence reports on Hezbollah’s sources of income around the world. These documents claim Hezbollah lives off selling smuggled cigarettes and illegally copied CDs or on income generated by selling drugs in Latin America and around the world. The US also accuses Hezbollah of profiting from commercial or business projects abroad and of having bank accounts worldwide. These claims were pretexts for the US to impose sanctions on the group and confiscate foreign accounts that, in reality, did not belong to Hezbollah. When all attempts to curb Hezbollah’s finances failed, a few options remained to the US government.
0:29 [The National Interest] (E)
Saudi authorities have been silent about the Houthi claims of a cross-border raid, but worrying reports are leaking out of the country.
12:34 [Middle East Eye] (E)
The disappearance of Saud al-Qahtani, an important aide of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a man reportedly involved in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul 11 months ago, is still a mystery. Since Qahtani was sacked following the murder, he is yet to appear in public or post on social media, as he once always did. On 28 August, Oslo-based Palestinian exile and critic of the Saudi regime, Iyad al-Baghdadi, tweeted that he "received news that Saud Al Qahtani (SQ) had been poisoned to death by Mohammed bin Salman. The source is well placed and has been consistently reliable for nearly a year. I cannot publicly reveal anything else about this source".
10:05 [Fort Russ] (E)
Something does not appear right in Saudi Arabia. Although the Wahhabi Kingdom has a technological, demographical and economical advantage over Yemen, it has completely failed to break the Yemeni resistance, headed by the Houthi-led Ansarullah Movement. The Ansarullah Movement has not just been on the defensive against Saudi Arabia’s advancements, but has also taken the fight directly to them despite the Kingdom controlling the seas and the high skies.
23:09 [Syria News] (E)
Kurds in Syria never listened to the advice from all parties, and only submitted to the US and Israel demands, now they’re slowly awakening to the fact that they’ve been used and time to throw them, not even the US will risk a confrontation in the region to defend their dreams. Hailing from the Qandil Mountains, empowered by the US sanctions and later invasion of Iraq, the Kurds first got their no-fly zone over the areas they occupied and later declared their 2nd Israel semi-state when the conditions were favorable.
15:00 [American Herald Tribune] (E)
The most important news coming out of occupied Palestine in the past week was not the blow delivered to Benyamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu or Gantz, it will be business as usual, now that the elections are over: more attacks on Gaza, possibly a large-scale war on Gaza, possibly a war on Lebanon, or Iran, who would know, as Israel always has a profusion of targets. No, the most important news was not the elections but the killing of a Palestinian woman on the west bank, only a few days after a 10-year-old boy, Abd al Rahman Yassir Shtewi, had been shot in the head by a soldier near the northern West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum during a demonstration over the closure of an access road.
9:33 [The Saker] (E)
The Middle-East is literally exploding: the Houthis have delivered an extremely effective blow against Saudi oil production which (so they claim) has now dropped by 50% before bouncing back; there are persistent rumors that Russian Su-35S and S-400 has threatened to shoot down Israeli aircraft attacking Syria; Lebanon has declared that it will defend itself against Israeli attacks; Hezbollah has been threatening to deliver crippling strikes on Israel and even Israeli officials; Turkey has purchased Russian air defenses and says that if the USA refuses to deliver their F-35S, then Turkey will consider Su-35s and even maybe Su-57’s. Bibi Netanyahu tried to use Putin for his reelection campaign (well, he really is trying desperately to stay out of jail) but had to go home empty handed and, according to the JP, his mission was a failure.
16:25 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
For the second time in a month the Yemeni forces aligned with the Houthi surrounded and captured brigade size forces of Saudi soldiers and mercenaries. The Houthi media report that 2,400 fighters and several hundred vehicles were captured. The reports say that 500 Saudi soldiers were killed. This video shows the fighting. Another video shows several hundred prisoners being led away from the front. Here are additional pictures. Most of the prisoners seem to be poor men that the Saudis had hired. Only a few have complete uniforms.
14:16 [Press TV] (E)
The head of Yemen’s National Committee for Prisoners Affairs (NCPA) says the Houthi movement will release 350 prisoners, including three Saudi nationals, in its latest goodwill gesture.
22:18 [Asia Times] (E)
So Iran is the culprit, no evidence provided, end of story, even if the “investigation continues.” Hassan Ali Al-Emad, Yemeni scholar and the son of a prominent tribal leader with ascendance over ten clans, begs to differ. “From a military perspective, nobody ever took our forces in Yemen seriously. Perhaps they started understanding it when our missiles hit Aramco.”
21:01 [Saba] (E)
The army and popular forces repulsed an infiltration attempt carried out by the Saudi-paid mercenaries to advance towards sites in Asir border province, a military official said.
14:55 [Sic Semper Tyrannis] (E)
Many of you have already passed the word of the Yemeni defeat of three Saudi brigades. Here is the description of this victory from the English edition of the Yemeni Almasirah Media Network.
14:40 [Press TV] (E)
In a phone interview with The Jerusalem Post published on Saturday, Danny Danon said Tel Aviv was planning a number of actions against Tehran at the UN, adding although Arab states were not co-sponsors, but there was “cooperation” between them.
12:11 [Al Waght] (E)
Three Saudi military brigades were completely destroyed after Yemeni forces mounted a large-scale military offensive in the kingdom’s southern border region of Najran, the spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces said on Saturday.
12:05 [Tasnim] (E)
The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces said three Saudi military brigades were completely destroyed after Yemeni forces mounted a large-scale military offensive in the kingdom’s southern border region of Najran.
12:03 [Twitter/Ali Özkök] (E)
12:01 [Twitter/@IraqiSecurity] (E)
Incredible developments in Najran, southern #Saudi (occupied #Yemen) as a major Houthi operation that began earlier this week has reportedly led to the collapse of at least 3 Saudi military brigades & the capture of 2,000+ Saudi troops & foreign mercenaries. Many more killed. Video 2:19min
14:35 [youtube/The Last American Vagabond] (E)
This is an excerpt of The Daily Wrap Up 9/26.
14:13 [Mondo Weiss] (E)
The success of the Palestinian Joint List in the Israeli election has given hope to liberal Zionist groups for a post-Netanyahu era of non-discrimination and a better international image. Though there is little in Israeli Jewish politicians` conduct to support the hope, Ayman Odeh of the Joint List will be speaking to J Street next month.
12:20 [Press TV] (E)
Saudi Arabia`s recent arrest campaign against Hamas members has shed light on the deteriorating relations between the Palestinian resistance movement and the kingdom amid warming Tel Aviv-Riyadh ties.
22:13 [youtube/The Grayzone] (E)
The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal discusses his reporting trip to Damascus in the aftermath of Syria`s proxy war. He interviewed residents who were caught between Western and Gulf-backed extremist insurgents and the Syrian government’s war to retake territory, and who now struggle to recover under a US-led economic blockade.
21:38 [Press TV] (E)
Yemen’s pro-government Houthi Ansarullah movement has warned the United Arab Emirates to leave the war-wracked country or face "crippling attacks" on "their own soil".
21:06 [Press TV] (E)
Dozens of Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces during yet another round of crackdown on anti-occupation protests in the besieged Gaza Strip.
21:11 [Press TV] (E)
Yemeni forces have targeted a gathering of Saudi mercenaries in Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah with a domestically-manufactured missile.
7:08 [Gilad Atzmon] (E)
Despite Netanyahu’s latest Iran hyperbole no one seemed to take him seriously: the Israeli press was amused by the desperate election stunt. His political rivals mocked the Israeli PM and a few hours after Netanyahu’s press conference his best ally, President Trump, expressed his wish to meet President Hassan Rouhani. Somehow, world leaders were entertained by seeing the Israeli PM, who threatens the entire region with his country’s nuclear arsenal, performing his victim spiel over Iran’s nuclear enthusiasms.
21:16 [Press TV] (E)
The Syrian leader made the remark during a meeting with a delegation from Iran headed by Ali Asghar Khaji, senior assistant to the Iranian foreign minister on special political affairs, in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Tuesday.
20:32 [youtube/The Last American Vagabond] (E)
This is an excerpt of The Daily Wrap Up 9/22
20:10 [Press TV] (E)
Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees will not sit idly in the face of continued crimes and acts of aggression by the Saudi-led military coalition against Yemeni people, despite the former’s cessation of missile and drone strikes at the kingdom.
19:10 [SANA] (E)
Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem on Monday received UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen and the accompanying delegation.
7:37 [Press TV] (E)
The secretary general of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah says the Al Saud regime may be in the final stages of its life, and the incumbent rulers are expediting the regime`s demise through their policies.
7:10 [American Herald Tribune] (E)
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you analyze the unconditional support of the United States for Israel`s criminal Zionist entity? Dr. Raouf Halaby: Unfortunately, American politics has been plagued with bribery in the form of political campaign contributions. Money buys power, access to media, and the ownership of media centers. Whether newspapers or TV, access to and ownership of these forms of communication by special interest groups, gives them the power to control how people think. Hollywood is another means of “brainwashing” people and helping the masses form opinions whose sole purpose is propaganda.
7:08 [American Herald Tribune] (E)
According to the September 12, 2019 edition of the American political journal POLITICO, Israel "likely" placed cell phone surveillance devices around the White House and other "sensitive locations" in Washington, D.C. The publication based its statement on three, unnamed, former senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter. (The story, however, first broke in June 2018 in a variety of news outlets which noted that the devices, called "stingrays", had been detected the previous year.) Stingrays are not fish but are, as Politico described them, devices "which mimic regular cell towers to fool cell phones into giving them their locations and identity information.
21:51 [Press TV] (E)
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the position of most European countries on what is happening in Syria has been detached from reality since the onset of foreign-backed militancy in the Arab country in 2011.
15:36 [N Opinion] (E)
There looms the possibility of weeks of horse-trading and the Joint List of Arab legislators becoming the official opposition
14:36 [imemc] (E)
Israeli occupation forces, on Thursday, closed the water pipes which supply Palestinian residents in the village of Bardale, in the northern Jordan Valley, east of the occupied West Bank.
11:28 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The crisis about the Yemeni drone and cruise missile attack on two Saudi oil installations is for now over. The Saudis and the U.S. accuse Iran of being behind the "act of war" as Secretary of State Pompeo called it. The Saudis have bombed Yemen with U.S. made bombs since 2015. One wonders how Pompeo is calling that. The Yemeni forces aligned with the Houthi Ansarallah do not deny that their drones and cruise missiles are copies of Iranian designs. But they insist that they are built in Yemen and fired from there.
11:03 [Foreign Policy Journal] (E)
Since the end of World War II, three core interests have shaped U.S. Middle East policy: ensuring the free flow of energy resources from the region, helping to maintain Israeli security, and making sure no state or group of states can challenge American power in a way that would put the other two interests at risk. In other words, aside from the strategic, historical, moral, and political reasons for the “special” U.S.-Israel relationship, oil is the reason why the United States is in the Middle East at all.
22:31 [The Unz Review] (E)
Israelis held new snap parliamentary elections, as the previous round in April had been inconclusive. Surprise! The new round has been also inconclusive. The voters could not make up their mind and choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee, two major parties of little substantial difference. The only noticeable distinction is personal: one party, Likud, is lead by Mr Netanyahu; another party, B&W (Blue and White, the colours of Israeli national flag) is dead-set against Netanyahu. Their policy, otherwise, is identical
22:27 [RT] (E)
On the heels of a Saudi press conference blaming Tehran for this weekend’s oil field and refinery attacks, a Houthi military spokesman insisted the militant group was behind the assault, and vowed to carry out additional strikes beyond Saudi Arabia. “We have dozens of targets within our range in the UAE, some are in Abu Dhabi and can be attacked at any time,” said the spokesman, Yahya Saria
13:56 [Press TV] (E)
The Saudi-led coalition has launched a military operation against the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah in violation of a 2018 UN-brokered ceasefire agreement.
10:17 [Jonathan Cook] (E)
Netanyahu appears to have fallen short of the 61-seat majority he needs to form yet another far-right government comprising settler and religious parties. His failure is all the more glaring, given that he conducted by far the ugliest – and most reckless – campaign in Israeli history. That was because the stakes were sky-high. Only a government of the far-right – one entirely beholden to Netanyahu – could be relied on to pass legislation guaranteeing him immunity from a legal process due to begin next month.
1:31 [Zero Hedge] (E)
What`s the end game here? Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has just arrived in Jeddah for talks with Saudi leaders over a response to the weekend attacks on two of the kingdom`s major oil facilities. After a prior press conference by the Saudi Defense Ministry where it for the first time assigned public blame on Iran for the attacks which initially knocked out half of the kingdom`s daily oil output, saying the air attacks "unquestionably" had Iranian state sponsorship, Pompeo has announced the Aramco attacks constitute an "act of war" by Iran.
1:24 [RT] (E)
Vladimir Lenin is said to have opined that the only thing certain about British elections is who is going to lose. He meant the British working class, at a time when they were effectively unrepresented in the political system.
1:22 [RT] (E)
Saudi Arabia wants its allies to believe Tehran launched attacks on its oil facilities, even though the one thing their evidence proves is the Iranian-made arms. Even so, Donald Trump will unlikely greenlight a war against Iran.
9:56 [Kremlin] (E)
The fifth meeting of the guarantor states of the Astana process on the settlement in Syria was very successful and productive. The joint statement we adopted on its results has sealed our commitment to continued efforts towards a sustainable and viable peace in the Syrian Arab Republic. We are convinced that this goal can only be achieved through political and diplomatic methods based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254. As the guarantors of the Astana process, our three countries stand for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria.
8:07 [Indian Punchline] (E)
Saturday’s events have shown that the roof will come down on the world economy if any regional conflagration erupts leading to destruction of the petrodollar states. Brent Crude jumped 20% higher Sunday night. If the Saudi outage could last for months, as seems likely, expect the Brent onslaught to continue until the price hits $80, and keeps moving higher. Suffice to say, Iran’s threat that it won’t be the only loser in a military confrontation with the US must be taken very seriously. The IRGC has reiterated this on Sunday.
19:34 [youtube/the Duran] (E)
Will Saudi Arabia order the US to go to war with Iran, after drone attacks (or missile attacks) on Saudi Arabia`s oil facilities?
10:25 [Mint Press News] (E)
A complete absence of law and order in Yemen has given rise to a black Suq (market) of human trafficking on a scale never before seen in the war-torn and war-weary nation.
23:13 [News Front] (E)
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad signed a decree on universal amnesty in the country for crimes committed before September 14 this year, in particular, the death penalty will be replaced by hard labor, the press service of the Syrian leader said on Sunday.
22:11 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The second target was a processing plant near Khurais 190 km (118 miles) further southwest. It lies within the countries second largest oil field. Both installations are more than 1,000 km (600 miles) from Yemen. Saudi Arabia does not have air defenses that protect its oil facilities from attacks from the south.
19:03 [Fars news] (E)
“Over 2,000 militants have fled to Turkey after being helped by Turkish border guards since the Syrian Army kicked off its military operation on May 6,” the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted local sources in Kharbeh al-Joz Northwest of Jisr al-Shoghour in Western Idlib as saying. Meantime, the Syrian army continued its military advances in other parts of Syria over past 24 hours. Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army`s operations in provinces across Syria.
15:55 [News Front] (E)
Yemen’s Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for drone attacks on two Saudi Aramco oil refineries in Saudi Arabia. Yemeni TV channel al-Masirah said the Houthis had deployed 10 drones against the sites in Abqaiq and Khurais, and the group pledged to widen the range of its attacks on Saudi Arabia, which leads a coalition fighting them in Yemen.
15:43 [News Front] (E)
As News Front previously reported, to the west of the Euphrates River, territories are controlled by Kurdish gangs, which are subordinate to the United States, whose forces are also concentrated in the region. While a peaceful life is being established in the liberated parts of the Arab Republic through the efforts of official Damascus, the situation remains unstable in Zaevfratie. The population here is terrorized by both Kurdish militants and terrorists of the Islamic state.
14:04 [Gilad Atzmon] (E)
The lesson to be drawn from the current Israeli political stalemate is that Israel is imploding, breaking into the elements it has never managed to integrate into one. The schism is no longer the more quotidian dichotomy of Ashkenazi vs. Arab Jews (aka Sephardim); this divide is ideological, religious, spiritual, political, ethnic and cultural. Nor does it break down to Left and Right, Jewish Israelis are politically with the right even when they pretend to be ‘Left.’ Although some of the most astute critical voices of Israeli politics and Jewish fundamentalism are Israelis (such as Gideon Levi, Shlomo Sand, Israel Shamir and others), there is no political Israeli Left. Israeli politics break down into a lot of extreme right voters and many ordinary hawks.
1:58 [Press TV] (E)
“Thank God, security services carried out at 7:24 p.m. local time (1624 GMT) on Tuesday a successful intelligence and security operation deep inside the areas controlled by the Saudi-led coalition of aggression, and managed to eliminate Mohammed Ali Qaid Dhawi in the city of Ma’rib,” Arabic-language al-Masirah television network cited a statement released by the ministry late on Wednesday.
7:15 [Middle East Eye] (E)
With an election around the corner, Netanyahu has launched a regional show of force, safe in the knowledge that his targets are too weak to retaliate before the September vote
21:24 [SANA] (E)
Syria strongly condemned the declaration of the Zionist entity’s prime minister on his intention to annex Palestinian territories in the occupied West Bank to the Zionist entity, affirming that this comes in the context of the expansionist nature of the occupation’s entity and in a new step in the aggression against the rights of the Palestinian people and the attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause.
20:27 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues his long track record of attempting to out-hawk all political opponents, announcing on Tuesday his intention of annexing parts of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, if re-elected. “I will not do anything without getting a clear mandate from the public, and so the citizens of Israel, I ask you for a clear mandate to do this,” Netanyahu said while campaigning ahead of the September 17 election. "This is a historic opportunity to apply sovereignty to communities in Judea and Samaria."
9:21 [The Independent] (E)
After two civil wars, multiple invasions and political assassinations galore, you might think Lebanon deserves a break from the greatest crisis since its last greatest crisis. But no – here we were this week with the Israelis claiming the Hezbollah were running a missile factory in the Bekaa Valley and the prime minister – the Lebanese one, not the Israeli – claiming that the world’s investors could put their money in his country even though this infinitely small nation has one of the world’s highest debt to GDP ratios. One-hundred-and-fifty per cent to be precise.
6:59 [Sputnik] (E)
The authorities in Aleppo, Syria have been rebuilding the city`s infrastructure damaged during fierce fighting, including the centrally located food market Souq al-Hal, which is expected to become operational soon.
6:51 [Press TV] (E)
The Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has shot down an Israeli military drone outside the southern town of Ramyah.
17:14 [RT] (E)
The Avivim military compound was the scene of a skirmish on Sunday between Hezbollah and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Hezbollah managed to strike an Israeli military vehicle with an anti-tank guided missile, while the IDF retaliated with artillery shelling and “very limited” use of attack helicopters.
22:39 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
There are rare moments in history, when even the most determined enemies can suddenly recognize the futility of battle. Sometimes, just for a moment or two. Sometimes, for longer. Such moments of sanity may save thousands, even millions human lives. And, such moments are not expressions of weakness or cowardice; on the contrary; they are embodiments of courage.
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