Yemeni Forces Start to Launch Scud Missiles at Saudi Sulayyil Military Base

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Yemeni armyForces of the Yemeni army and the Popular Committees launched on Tuesday a Scud missile at a missile base in Saudi Arabia, state-run news agency Saba quoted the military’s spokesman as saying.

“The missile units of our heroic armed forces launched today a Scud missile at the Al Sulayyil missile base in Riyadh province … it comes as a response to the crimes of the brutal Saudi aggression,” Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman said.

“The missile hit its target directly with high accuracy,” he added.

Luqman indicated that the missile came in response to the duplicated Saudi treacherous attacks against Yemen which are targeting everything that moves on ground.

The military official recalled the attack by the army and the Committees on the Saudi Khaled Bin Abdul-Aziz airbase in Khamis-Msheit, during which a number of Saudi, Israeli and US commanders were killed, stating that it was a message to the Saudi-led aggressors to stop their oppression against the Yemeni people.

“However, they didn’t indicate it any interest,” he said.

“For this reason, the missile units of our heroic armed forces fired a Scud missile today on Al Sulayyil missile base in Al-Dawaser valley in the province of Riyadh,” Luqman went on to say in a statement.

He stressed that “the rocket launch is another message to the arrogant states perhaps they may learn the lesson.”

“We have lots of surprises in the coming days,” he promised.

Yemen has been under brutal aggression by Saudi-US coalition since Saudi Arabia launched a wide military campaign against its southern neighbor on March 26 without a UN mandate.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 2,600 people have lost their lives during the conflict in Yemen till June 14, with the vast majority of them were civilians.

Source: Al-Manar Website
30-06-2015 – 09:38 Last updated 30-06-2015 – 09:59

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Syrian Army Kills a Group of Chechen Snipers in Daraa

In a new setback against the so-called “Operation Southern Storm”, the Syrian army targeted a terrorist gathering on Monday, killing 30 members of a Chechen snipers group hours after their entered into the east of Daraa countryside.

Nassib crossingThe snipers entered Daraa from the MOC operations center through Nassib crossing.

The Syrian army targeted the residential villa, where the Chechen snipers were staying, with a guided missile hours after they entered the city of Saida in Daraa countryside.

Sources told Al-Manar TV that the Chechen snipers were brought in across the Nassib border crossing with Jordan in total secrecy, where they arrived to a residential villa at 2:30 AM in the dawn and were kept under heavy guard.

The Syrian army lookout for them and watched their movements and while they were holding a meeting with a field coordination leader the villa was leveled to the ground. The terrorists were all dead or injured.

Source: Al Manar TV
30-06-2015 – 12:52 Last updated 30-06-2015 – 12:52

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Syrian Armed Forces: ISIS has Suffered 691 Casualties in 48 Hours


BY  ON JUNE 30, 2015 

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF) have allegedly killed 691 enemy combatants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in the last 48 hours at the Syrian provinces of Al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor.
According to media sources from the Syrian Armed Forces, the latter has killed 444 ISIS fighters at the provincial capital of  the Al-Hasakah Governorate and 247 ISIS fighters at the provincial capital of the Deir Ezzor Governorate – among these 691 casualties, 13 of them were reportedly field commanders identified by the Syrian Armed Forces.
While the Syrian Armed Forces have killed a substantial number of ISIS militants in the last 48 hours, these alleged numbers have not been confirmed by the Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command – the only reports that confirm these numbers are SAA media activists.
Al-Masdar News was able to confirm the death of 94 ISIS militants at the provincial capital of the Al-Hasakah Governorate in the last 72 hours; however, the 350 others that the SAA media activists reported could not be confirmed by this news agency.
Recently, ISIS has conducted a number of large-scale offensives in the provinces of Al-Hasakah, Aleppo, Hama, and Homs – they achieved limited success in some of these provinces; however, they have progressed the furthest in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, despite the Syrian Arab Army’s fierce resistance at the southern and western perimeters of the city.Related Videos

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Palestinian Woman Stabs Israeli Soldier at Bethlehem Checkpoint



 A Palestinian woman stabbed a female Israeli soldier in the neck at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday, according to Israeli security forces.

The Palestinian had arrived at the checkpoint, which has separate lines for men and women, and “pulled out a knife and stabbed a military policewoman,” a police statement said.

The Israeli Defense Forces emergency medical service Magen David Adom said the soldier was in moderate condition.

The reported stabbing is the most recent in a spate of attacks by Palestinians on Israel’s military in the Palestinian territories.

On June 21, a Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli border policeman at Damascus Gate outside East Jerusalem’s Old City before the officer shot the Palestinian, critically injuring him.

On Friday Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian at a checkpoint in the Jordan Valley who they alleged was attempting to attack them.



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Greece to Close Banks, Impose Capital Controls

Faced with an increase in demand but no extra funding from the European Central Bank, the Greek government ordered banks closed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in televised address Sunday that as a result of a denial by Greece’s creditors for a short extension of the bailout program, the government has been forced to introduce capital controls and keep its banks closed on Monday.
“This decision led the ECB today to limit the liquidity of Greek banks and forced the central bank of Greece to propose a bank holiday and a restriction on bank withdrawals,” said Tsipras in a televised address.
Greek lawmakers approved Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ request for a July 5 referendum on Greece’s creditors’ latest bailout terms. However, Greece’s current bailout expires Tuesday and without an extension the country faces defaulting on its US$1.8 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan.
As a result, Greece may be in the midst of an urgent financial situation by the time the day of the vote arrives.
Officials from the IMF have also deliberately inserted themselves into the debate surrounding the referendum. IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice told Bloomberg Business that the fund fully expects the payment to be made Tuesday and should Greece fail to pay that, they would immediately be in arrears.
Being in arrears means Greece would be unable to receive any further loans from the IMF.
Meanwhile IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Greek government’s planned July 5 referendum will be based on bailout terms for the country that are no longer valid as the current program expires on June 30.
But Lagarde nonetheless made a pitch to Greeks, encouraging them to vote yes in next Sunday’s referendum. According to the unelected official, if the vote produced “a resounding yes” to remaining in the euro, then creditors would also be willing to make an effort, she told the BBC.
Lagarde said there was still time for the Greek government to accept the proposals from creditors, despite having varied little from its initial calls for austerity reforms, including lowering of wages and pensions.
The latest counter-offer from creditors was deemed unacceptable by the leftist Syriza government, which was elected on a platform to end austerity in the country.
Prime Minister Tsipras has framed the question of a referendum as a question of democracy. This appears to be resonating with the Greek people, who are standing by their government.
“He absolutely did the right thing. Of course I will vote against the lenders proposals,” said Areti Kazanzioglou, 40, a private sector employee. “Europe is all about democracy, and not what the institutions are trying to do to us.”
Prime Minister Tsipras is calling for a “no” vote in Sunday’s referendum while pro-European Greek opposition parties have condemned the decision to call the referendum.
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ISIS Barbarians at the Gates, While NATO Hypes ‘Russian Threat’

Posted on June 29, 2015 by Alexandra Valiente

As ISIS terror erupts across the globe, Western governments are busy making plans to establish a rapid reaction force in Eastern Europe to ‘contain Russia’, thus qualifying them for an annual ‘you couldn’t make it up’ award.

It calls to mind one of Britain’s worst military defeats, suffered at the hands of the Japanese, when 100,000 troops and sailors were marched into captivity after the fall of Singapore on February 15, 1942. Winston Churchill called it “the largest capitulation in British history.” Many of the British troops never even fired a shot before surrendering, thus adding to the humiliation and ignominy of their defeat at the hands of a much smaller force. The British commander responsible for the surrender, Lieutenant General Arthur Percival, earned himself a cold place in history as a consequence.

A major reason for the defeat and surrender of an island that was considered a key and strategically vital part of the British Empire was that the guns of the British defenders were pointed in the wrong direction; they’d been expecting the Japanese attack to come from the sea rather than through the jungle and swamps of the Malay Peninsula behind them.

Today, in 2015, British guns are not only pointed in the wrong direction they are pointed at the wrong enemy. The most recent terrorist atrocity, carried out last week against tourists in Tunisia, has resulted in the most British victims since the 7/7 attacks in London which ended in the deaths of 52 innocent civilians. On the same day as the Tunisian attack, a terrorist atrocity was carried out in France, while in Kuwait a suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque.

Meanwhile, in Iraq and Syria, the so-called Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) and other Salafist terror groups continue to kill, slaughter, and butcher men, women, and children. All this is happening while the West continues to make a virtue of impotence, more concerned with directing its ire against a country, Russia that has been at the forefront of resisting terrorism at home and abroad.

Yes, without doubt, you couldn’t make it up.

Every day that IS exists it grows stronger; its vile ideology becomes more entrenched and grows more attractive to ever more young disaffected Muslim men across the world. They are not attracted to the group’s religious doctrine so much as the opportunity to join a cause that allows them to feel powerful as opposed to the powerlessness of their current predicament in a world underpinned by the anarchy of a free market that breeds poverty, despair, and injustice.

As such, the West is both the handmaiden and victim of radicalization. Every terrorist attack confirms the collapse of Western foreign policy and its alignment with some of the most reactionary states on the planet – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, etc. – not to mention ultra nationalists in Kiev and across Eastern Europe. It constitutes unimpeachable evidence of the sham that is Western democracy, and how it rests upon foundations of hypocrisy and mendacity.

The crisis and chaos that has engulfed the Middle East as a direct result of the West’s role in the region increasingly threatens civilians everywhere, including Russia, which is why it remains unconscionable that the West remains intent on treating Moscow as an enemy rather than a partner in a struggle against one of the gravest threats to modernity and civilization the world has faced. Furthermore, this cognitive dissonance, this departure from reality, informs an air campaign that has failed utterly in its stated objective of degrading the power of IS and stemming its advance. When it suffers a reverse in one part of Syria or Iraq, it advances in another, butchering civilians wherever it appears.

The question needs to be asked: Where is the 30-40,000 strong rapid reaction force to counter the barbarism of ISIS? Where is the determination to contain a state – the so-called Islamic State – that violates every moral and ethical principle of humanity in its treatment of minorities, women, children, and natural justice?

There is no more grievous indictment of the policy being undertaken by the West than the fact that a large swathe of the world is now a no-go area for tourists and visitors. The impact of the attack in Tunisia, for example, will be measured in a loss of a tourism industry that is vital to that country’s ability to maintain a nascent democracy that is balanced precariously on the edge of sustainability, thus making the growth of extremism and terrorism there more rather than less likely.

This lamentable state of affairs is even more grotesque when we consider that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. This was a war that saw the West and the Soviet Union unite against a common enemy, fascism, in the interests of humanity. Those who fought and sacrificed and suffered immeasurably in that war would be well within their rights to judge the current generation of leaders harshly over their lack of statesmanship and foresight in understanding who and what the real enemy is, and where the real threat to global peace and stability resides.

The barbarians are at the gates and it’s time to wake up, else we’re going to have a bloody disaster on our hands.

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Spin Becomes “Fact” in NY Times Gaza Flotilla Story

Spin Becomes “Fact” in NY Times Gaza Flotilla Story

Now, with the seizure of a Swedish boat in international waters, The New York Times can no longer ignore Flotilla III, the latest attempt to break Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza. So we find a story today that ends the paper’s silence on this weeks-long saga that began in Gothenburg last month.

Times readers learned nothing of the Marianne and her three companion vessels as the international organizers of the flotilla announced their plans and gathered crews throughout the spring. Even when one of the boats was sabotaged last week or when a Palestinian member of the Knesset announced that he was joining the group, none of these events appeared in the Times.

Those who checked out The Washington Post, Newsweek, CBS News or Israeli media would have known that Flotilla III was on its way to Gaza, with the Swedish vessel approaching the strip and the others far behind. The Times, however, avoided any mention of the effort until today, when the Israeli navy announced that it had seized the Marianne and was taking her to the port of Ashdod. (The other vessels by then had turned back toward Europe.)

Now the Times has published an article by Diaa Hadid on the seizure, and her piece gives precedence to Israeli spin, allowing official excuses for the brutal siege of Gaza to stand as fact. Thus, she writes that Israel maintains a naval blockade of the strip “because militants have tried to smuggle in weapons and attack Israel by sea.”

Hadid repeats this formula in the following paragraph where she states that Israel allows only “small amounts” of construction materials into Gaza “because Hamas has used building materials to construct tunnels to attack Israel.”

United Nations investigations have provided very different takes on these two issues: A 2010 fact-finding mission, for instance, declared that Israel has imposed the blockade (by land and sea) out of “a desire to punish the people of the Gaza Strip for having elected Hamas. The combination of this motive and the effect of the restrictions on the Gaza Strip leave no doubt that Israel’s actions amount to collective punishment as defined by international law.”

Where Hadid’s piece implies that tunnels have been used for random “terror” attacks on Israel, a recent UN report on the 2014 conflict found that the tunnels had been used only for legitimate means, to engage with Israeli troops during the fighting this past summer. Neither the Times nor any other media outlet has named a single Israeli civilian who was harmed because of these tunnels. (See TimesWarp 6-22-15.)

Unfortunately, Hadid fails to mention either of these findings and repeats Israeli spin as accepted fact. She fails to make even a minimal attempt at attribution, and so we have no “according to” or “Israel claims” here—just the bald, assertive “because.”

Her story ends with a poignant quote that begs for explanation. As fishermen gathered in Gaza to protest the seizure of the Marianne, one of them spoke to a Times representative. “We hope that other activists come to Gaza to help us break the naval siege,” he said, “so that we can sail again without fear.”

The article leaves us with an unanswered question: Why are the fishermen living in fear? Times readers, however, never learn the answer: Israeli naval boats routinely open fire on fishermen as they sail within the 6-mile limit imposed by the blockade. At least one died this year, several have been injured, and several have lost their boats and equipment because of the Israeli attacks.

The Times ignores this ongoing breach of the August 2014 truce, which stated that the fishing limit would expand to 12 miles. (This in itself is still far short of the 20-mile boundary set by the Oslo accords.) The paper also ignores Israel’s military incursions into Gaza, which are further breaches of the ceasefire.

Times editors are counting on a short shelf life for the Flotilla III story. Too much attention to such messy topics as international law, the definition of piracy, assaults on unarmed fishermen and Israeli breaches of the 2014 ceasefire might expose some inconvenient facts about Israel’s pitiless siege of Gaza, and this is not to their taste.

Barbara Erickson

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