• US ‘working to locate’ missing Americans in Iraq

    18/Jan/2016 // 223 Viewers

     

    AFP: US and local authorities are searching for three American citizens who were reportedly kidnapped in Baghdad, officials from the two countries said on Sunday.

    Kidnappings are a major problem in Baghdad and other parts of the country and most frequently target Iraqis, but Qatari and Turkish citizens have also been seized in recent months.

    "We are aware of reports that American citizens are missing in Iraq," US State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

    "We are working with the full cooperation of the Iraqi authorities to locate and recover the individuals," Kirby added, without providing details about their number or the circumstances of their disappearance.

    An Iraqi police colonel said on condition of anonymity that three Americans and an Iraqi translator were kidnapped in southern Baghdad, and that Iraqi forces have launched an operation to find them.

    The officer said that according to information he had received, the kidnappers were militiamen wearing military uniforms.

    "We don't know what their work is," the colonel said of the kidnapped Americans.

    Iraq turned to paramilitary forces dominated by Iran-backed Shiite militias to help combat the Islamic State jihadist group, which overran large parts of the country in 2014.

    These groups, which fall under an umbrella organisation known as the Hashed al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation units, have played a key role in the fight against the jihadists.

    But they have also been accused of abuses including summary executions, kidnappings and destruction of property. 

     

     

     

     

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  • Humanitarian disaster in oil-rich Saudi Arabia, over 10,000 citizens starving to death

    01/Aug/2016 // 323 Viewers

     

    The Indian government has come to the rescue of more than 10,000 of their starving citizens in Saudi Arabia.

    Some 16,000kg of food was distributed on Saturday night by the consulate to penniless workers who’ve lost their jobs and not been paid.

    The issue came to light when a man tweeted India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj saying around 800 Indians had not eaten for three days in Jeddah, asking her to intervene.
    Investigations found that there were thousands starving across Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

    Ms Swaraj instructed the consulate to make sure no unemployed worker is to go without food, and is said to have monitored the situation on an hourly basis.

    She tweeted: “Large number of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The employers have not paid wages, closed down their factories.

    “The number of Indian workers facing food crisis in Saudi Arabia is over ten thousand.”

    Many workers in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have been living in inhumane conditions after losing their jobs. Hundreds have been laid off without being paid their wages.

    Indian newspapers reported that one firm – the Saudi Oger company – did not pay wages for seven months. Of its 50,000 employees, 4,000 were Indians.
     
    India’s Consul General Mohammad Noor Rehman Sheikh, told a news agency: “For the last seven months these Indian workers of Saudi Oger were not getting their salaries and the company had also stopped providing food to these workers.”

    The Saudi government says it will investigate complaints against companies not paying wages and will fine them if proven.
    The Indian government is now putting in place a plan to evacuate a large number of Indians from the oil rich countries.

    India’s junior foreign minister VK Singh has been tasked to travel to Saudi Arabia to put in place an evacuation process which is due to begin soon.

    He had successfully led the evacuation of a large number of Indians from war-torn Yemen and most recently from South Sudan.

    There are more than three million Indians living and working in Saudi Arabia and more than 800,000 in Kuwait.

    Falling oil prices have hit the economy of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.

    This has had a domino effect particularly on the construction sector which relies heavily on state contracts and patronage.


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  • 2 Israelis killed, 7 wounded in a terror shooting spree

    01/Jan/2016 // 325 Viewers

     

    ROME, JANUARY 1, 2016: (DGW) No fewer than 3 people were killed and seven others injured in a shooting spree in downtown Tel Aviv, Israel on Friday afternoon, TG5 news monitored in Rome has reported.
     
    Those injured in the attack have been reportedly taken to hospital and the motive behind the attack has not been made known as of the time of filing this report. TG5 video showed where a gunman opened fire at a bar killing 2 and injuring several others, four of whom are said to be in a critical condition.
     
    The attack, DailyGlobeWatch gathered, occurred at 3:00 p.m. local time. Although the gunman has been identified the police are yet to release his name.
     
    As the manhunt begins to track down the gunman businesses in the neighbourhood have closed.


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  • New Osama Bin Laden Letters Show Paranoid Micromanager in Hiding

    01/Mar/2016 // 300 Viewers

     

    For years after 9/11, top American officials proclaimed Osama bin Laden a man on the run and incapable of overseeing al Qaeda. But newly declassified files taken from his compound in Pakistan and obtained by ABC News show he was a "hands on" boss until the end, firing off hundreds of memos, letters and video messages containing explicit and detailed orders for his lieutenants, along with personal, security-obsessed missives for his family members.
    "Bin Laden was very hands on with al Qaeda's day-to-day operations," a senior intelligence official familiar with the documents said on Monday, "but he seemed somewhat out of touch."
    The al Qaeda leader, who had a $27 million bounty on his head, did it all using a network of trusted couriers carrying tiny, easily concealable cell phone computer chips to carry his communications back and forth from his hideout in Abbottabad to relatives held in Iran, media outlets and his lieutenants in Somalia, Afghanistan, North Africa, Iraq and many other places.
    Bin Laden himself explained how it worked in letters such as one in early 2011 to one of his wives, seeking her advice on how to exploit the news media to hype the triumph of the upcoming tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
    "I will ask the brother with you to buy you a computer and accessories. I am enclosing to you everything on my computer in terms of statements or ideas. I hope that you review them and give me your impressions. I will also ask for the brother to buy SIM cards that you can use to communicate with me and your messages. What you write and tell me in terms of ideas, I will include in the statements," bin Laden told her. "Of course you know how important they are and how we need to exploit [9/11] in the media as the embodiment of the victories of Muslims.”
    He often inquired about his children and what they were being taught in school, gave advice on avoiding security surveillance – once fearing his wife may have been bugged without her knowledge -- and made arrangements to move his relatives discreetly between countries and regions. The letters indicate his wife Khairiah was able to send her responses back to her husband.
    For years, former President George W. Bush and his advisers spoke of bin Laden as "hiding in a cave" and dodging missiles from CIA drones. One senior Bush administration official said in a 2004 speech that bin Laden "spends most of his time trying to figure out how ‘they're going to come for me’ and ‘is this going to be the day?’”
    But by the time bin Laden settled in the Abbottabad house maintained by two Kuwaiti brothers around 2006 or 2007, the documents show he was operating more like a Fortune 500 chief executive. While most of the tranche of files bagged and seized by U.S. Navy SEALs who killed in 2011 him have not yet been cleared for public release, officials said most of the massive archive from hard drives and hard copies curiously are dated after 2009.

    The newly declassified files, which were published online by the government later this morning, include directions to an al-Shabab leader in Somalia to attack French targets if American targets are not available, and to execute French hostages right before a national election to affect the political outcome.
    "If [French President Nicolas Sarkozy] continues to refuse to negotiate, then one week before the French presidential elections we will kill one of the men (hostages), the one with the lowest rank and position in the company," bin Laden wrote. At some point the plan changed and the hostages in question were released in 2013, two years after bin Laden’s death.
    The subject of the Iranian regime, which has held some al Qaeda figures under house arrest while allowing other officials in the Sunni terror group to operate more freely since 2001, was raised often in al Qaeda's internal discussions and mentioned in 28 of the 113 documents reviewed by ABC News Monday.
    A 2007 letter by Bin Laden told his lieutenants that "pressure should be applied gradually" on the Iranian regime to release his family members and key al Qaeda leaders such as Abu Hafs al-Masri, a top figure who eventually was purportedly freed last fall from house arrest in Iran.
    "When you can, please let me know the reasons why the brothers coming from Iran were detained, God release them. I stress that anyone coming from there should take the necessary security precautions," Bin Laden wrote.

    A 2011 message released by the U.S. intelligence community in a batch last May from bin Laden to his wife Khairah asked her about dental work she received while under house arrest in Iran, appearing paranoid in his questioning about possible micro bugging or tracking devices being installed unknowingly in her teeth using a syringe. Bin Laden repeatedly stated he wanted her to join him but he worried she could be tailed.
    Several newly declassified letters appear to include follow-up correspondence with his wife, in which he explains to her that he and his men "horribly fear the filling you were given," because computer chips used to track people can be planted "under the skin."
    "I ask you to report to me in detail anything you find suspicious from any doctor in Iran, like if the syringe is the usual volume and its head has a slightly larger diameter than normal," bin Laden wrote in the January 2011 letter.
    Another dated only three months before SEAL Team Six operators shot the al Qaeda leader Abbottabad continued to ask his wife about her medical procedures, suggesting she get an x-ray or ultrasound to see if any tracking devices had been placed inside her body. He apologized for quizzing her, begging her to "please excuse me if I have worn you out with some of these details."
    In other letters, the mujahid-turned-hermit appears whiny, pleading with his loyalists to help all of his family members "under house arrest" in Iran.
    "We asked several times that they be let go so that they could go to Pakistan. Tehran did not respond to that, so maybe you could attempt to work on releasing them to the Waziristan area of Pakistan, where we can make sure they are all right there with these tribes," bin Laden wrote in an undated letter.

    Among the few documents pre-dating 2009 recovered from the house was Bin Laden's handwritten last will and testament. The 1990s-era will said he had "about $29 million" in the Sudan remaining of his personal wealth, presumably inheritance from his wealthy father's Saudi construction firm. Bin Laden lived in the Sudan and funded well-publicized road projects in the country until 1996, when he relocated back to Jalalabad, Afghanistan, now under Taliban rule.

    He envisioned carving up his then-fortune – which was later likely confiscated by Sudanese authorities after his return to Afghanistan -- among his family members and giving $1 million each to two loyal lieutenants, Abu Hafs al-Mauritani and Abu Ibrahim al-Iraqi Saad Jarwar.

    "The bulk of it was to go into the pot ...for jihad," explained a senior intelligence official, who spent years studying the cache of al Qaeda documents.
    Bin Laden himself explained that he had "received twelve million dollars from my brother Abu Bakir Muhammad Bin (Laden) on behalf of Bin Laden Company for Investment in Sudan. I hope, for my brothers, sisters, and maternal aunts, to obey my will and to spend all the money that I have left in Sudan on Jihad, for the sake of Allah."
    After 9/11, his siblings went to great pains to distance themselves from their infamous brother Osama, with some even changing the English spelling of their English surname to "Binladin."
    The al Qaeda leader also singled out two of his many children for payments in the event of his death, including his heir apparent Saad Bin Laden. But Saad met his maker before his father did, perishing in a CIA drone strike inside Pakistan in 2009 after being released by Iranian officials from house arrest there.

    The documents also reveal that as far back as the mid-2000s there were fears from some in al Qaeda that some in the group’s Iraq franchise were attempting to split from the “core” organization based in Pakistan. Years later, those concerns would prove prescient as al Qaeda-Iraq (AQI) evolved into ISIS and publicly turned on its parent group.


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  • VIDEO: US seeking to wage World War 3 against Russia - Analyst

    01/May/2016 // 522 Viewers


    In a related development, according to famed hedge fund investor George Soros, World War 3 could occur between the United States and both Russia and China based upon certain economic conditions that are setting themselves up.

    Another report has it that Russian experts are recommending that Vladimir Putin use Russia’s nuclear weapons against the Yellowstone volcano in order to make the supervolcano blow, but is that war strategy even possible?

    The comments from George Soro came during a Bretton Woods conference at the World Bank. He believes that if the Chinese economy begins to falter then it is possible the Chinese government could look to World War 3 as a “solution” for holding on to power. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has also been rattling their sabers for over a year now, and both countries have made economic and military alliances in addition to a dramatic increase in military spending.

    While Soros does not believe China would go directly after the United States, he seems to believe it’s possible the Chinese could attack a country that is allied with America.

    “If there is conflict between China and a military ally of the United States, like Japan, then it is not an exaggeration to say that we are on the threshold of a third world war,” Soros said.

    In this case, World War 3 would be triggered by economic conditions. While most Americans seem to think the tide has turned, Ann Pettifor, director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics, says the world is on the tipping point of another money meltdown.

    “We’re going to have another financial crisis,” explained Pettifor, according to The Guardian. “Brazil’s already in great trouble with the strength of the dollar; I dread to think what’s happening in South Africa; then there’s Malaysia. We’re back to where we were, and that for me is really frightening.”

    George Soros believes the solution is to allow the Chinese currency, the yuan, to join the International Monetary Fund, which would allow the yuan to compete with the U.S. dollar as a potential global reserve currency. In return, the United States should require China to enact economic reforms. According to MarketWatch, Soros says that without such an agreement, “there is a real danger that China will align itself with Russia politically and militarily, and then the threat of third world war becomes real, so it is worth trying.”


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  • Israel economy minister resigns to allow major gas deal: PM

    01/Nov/2015 // 197 Viewers

     AFP/File | Aryeh Deri (rear, 2nd left) with other ministers at the swearing in of the government of Israel on May 19, 2015 at the presidential compound in Jerusalem

     

    JERUSALEM (AFP) - 

    Israel's economy minister resigned on Sunday, opening the way for the government to greenlight a multibillion dollar gas deal with US energy giant Noble Energy, a statement from the Prime Minister's office said.

    "Minister (Aryeh) Deri announced to me his intention to quit. In order to proceed with the (offshore gas) agreement the ministry will be transferred to me and I will give the greenlight," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    A major deal to exploit offshore gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean has been stuck for almost a year due to the objection of the country's anti-trust authority, which warned the agreement could give Noble and its Israeli partner Delek an effective monopoly.

    It was also held up by Deri's refusal to overrule the authority.

    Netanyahu, who is already acting foreign minister, will now assume control over the economy ministry and press ahead with the deal.

    "We are making today a big step towards advancing delivery to the state of Israel. Gas is the number one engine for economic growth in Israel for the coming years," Netanyahu said.

    Israel has been trying to extract and develop offshore gas since the discovery of the Tamar and Leviathan fields in 2009 and 2010. While extraction has begun in Tamar, the far larger Leviathan has been hit by a series of bureaucratic delays.


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  • Russia rejects claim that IS group shot down aircraft

    01/Nov/2015 // 240 Viewers

     Russia’s Transport Minister on Saturday dismissed reports that the Islamic State group downed the Russian plane that crashed Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board, saying the claims “can’t be considered accurate”.

    “Now in various media there is assorted information that the Russian passenger (plane)... was supposedly shot down by an anti-aircraft missile, fired by terrorists. This information can’t be considered accurate,” Maxim Sokolov told the Interfax news agency.

    The Airbus A321 was flying from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it went down in a desolate mountainous area of central Sinai soon after daybreak, killing all 224 people on board.

    The Russian statement follows the Islamic State group’s affiliate in Egypt claim that it had downed the plane.

    "The soldiers of the caliphate succeeded in bringing down a Russian plane in Sinai," said the statement circulated on social media.

    FRANCE 24’s expert on jihadi movements, Wassim Nasr, said on Twitter that the IS group didn’t specify how the plane was shot down, but added that the IS group has never claimed an attack they didn’t commit.

    Islamic State militants have shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles (Manpads), which have a flight ceiling of roughly 10,000 feet. 

    However, the plane was said to be travelling at a height of 31,000 feet, putting it beyond the range of Manpads, before it made a steep descent as it crashed

    Egypt claims ‘technical fault’

    Egyptian security sources said there was no indication the Airbus had been shot down or blown up, suggesting instead that the crash could have been caused by a technical fault.

    The Russian Embassy in Cairo said it had been told by Egyptian officials the pilot had been trying to make an emergency landing at Arish.

    "I now see a tragic scene," an Egyptian security officer at the site told Reuters by telephone. "A lot of dead on the ground and many who died whilst strapped to their seats.

    "The plane split into two, a small part on the tail end that burned and a larger part that crashed into a rock. We have extracted at least 100 bodies and the rest are still inside," the officer, who requested anonymity, said.

    The black box was recovered from the tail of the plane, the prime minister's office said.

    Sinai is the scene of an insurgency by militants close to the Islamic State group, who have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police and have also attacked Western targets in recent months.

    Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, launched air raids against opposition groups in Syria including Islamic State on Sept. 30.

    Also in this report Lufthansa, Air France avoid flying over Sinai after crash

    Two of Europe’s largest airlines have decided to avoid flying over the Sinai peninsula while they wait for clarity on what caused a Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers to crash in the area on Saturday.

    German carrier Lufthansa and Air France-KLM have decided to avoid the area for safety reasons, spokeswomen for the carriers said on Saturday.

    "We took the decision to avoid the area because the situation and the reasons for the crash were not clear," a Lufthansa spokeswoman said. "We will continue to avoid the area until it is clear what caused the crash."

    Lufthansa has less than 10 flights a day that cross the area, she said.
    "Air France confirms it has set up, as a precaution, measures to avoid flights over the zone of Sinai," the spokeswoman for the carrier said.


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  • Russian plane that crashed in Egypt 'broke up in air', says aviation official

    01/Nov/2015 // 166 Viewers

    A Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt on Saturday "broke up in the air", a Russian aviation official said on Sunday, adding that it was too early to talk about conclusions from the crash, Russian news agencies reported.

    "The disintegration happened in the air and the fragments are strewn over a large area," said committee chief Viktor Sorochenko after inspecting the crash site on Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

    The Airbus A321 was flying from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it went down in a desolate mountainous area of central Sinai soon after daybreak, killing all 224 people on board.

    A militant group affiliated with the Islamic State group in Egypt said in a statement on Saturday that it brought down the plane "in response to Russian airstrikes that killed hundreds of Muslims on Syrian land", but Russia's Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov told Interfax news agency the claim "can't be considered accurate".

    The Russian statement followed the Islamic State group’s affiliate in Egypt claim that it had downed the plane.

    "The soldiers of the caliphate succeeded in bringing down a Russian plane in Sinai," said the statement circulated on social media.

    FRANCE 24’s expert on jihadi movements, Wassim Nasr, said on Twitter that the IS group didn’t specify how the plane was shot down, but added that the IS group has never claimed an attack they didn’t commit.

    Islamic State militants have shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles (Manpads), which have a flight ceiling of roughly 10,000 feet. However, the plane was said to be travelling at a height of 31,000 feet, putting it beyond the range of Manpads, before it made a steep descent as it crashed.

    Egypt claims ‘technical fault’

    Egyptian security sources said there was no indication the Airbus had been shot down or blown up, suggesting instead that the crash could have been caused by a technical fault.

    The Russian Embassy in Cairo said it had been told by Egyptian officials the pilot had been trying to make an emergency landing at Arish.

    "I now see a tragic scene," an Egyptian security officer at the site told Reuters by telephone. "A lot of dead on the ground and many who died whilst strapped to their seats.

    "The plane split into two, a small part on the tail end that burned and a larger part that crashed into a rock. We have extracted at least 100 bodies and the rest are still inside," the officer, who requested anonymity, said.

    The black box was recovered from the tail of the plane, the prime minister's office said.
    Sinai is the scene of an insurgency by militants close to the Islamic State group, who have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police and have also attacked Western targets in recent months.

    Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, launched air raids against opposition groups in Syria including Islamic State on Sept. 30.

    (FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)


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  • Breaking News: Iran ready for war, vows to crush US, Israel........

    01/Nov/2015 // 1431 Viewers

    Iran’s armed forces will respond decisively to any attack by the US, the Iranian defense minister stated, in response to remarks by his American counterpart that the military option remains intact should Tehran fail to comply with the nuclear deal signed in July.

    Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan stated on Saturday that his military would deliver a crushing blow to any act of war instigated by Israel or the US, the Iranian Fars News Agency reports.

    “Our Armed Forces are always ready to give a response to the US administration and the Zionist regime’s mischiefs,” Dehghan stated.

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

    (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    His warning followed remarks made by Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya' alon and US Defense Secretary Ashton Carterin Washington last week at a joint press conference. Carter warned that if Iran does not comply with the nuclear deal signed with the six global powers, it will face an American military threat, and he alluded to close cooperation with Israel.

    “I’m under instructions from President Obama to make sure that the military option remains intact, and I worked very hard on that, and we brief our Israeli colleagues on that from time to time, as we have for quite a long time,” Carter said.

    Ya’alon spoke about Iran’s “non-stop attempts at harming Israel” with the help of proxies, adding that the Islamic Republic “also challenges US interests in the Middle East.”

    Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ( Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90))

    “These [Iranian] sects on the ground require us to keep Israel’s military strong, and maintain the Israel Defense Forces’ ability to defend our nation against any enemy, any time, and any place, along our borders and far beyond,” Ya’alon asserted.

    “This is a joint challenge to our nations, United States and Israel, and in our conversations here, we discuss further strengthening ties between our defense establishment, and the ways to aid the IDF in maintaining its strategic qualitative military edge in the Middle East,” he added.

    According to the Fars report, Dehghan, in his statement on Saturday, claimed Iranian military superiority and charged that the US and Israel are seen by nations around the world as “warmongering, aggressive, bloodthirsty and anti-human rights regimes.”

    Dehghan, Fars says, “underscored that even small states that are not well equipped, including Somalia, Lebanon and ‘Palestine’, have forced the US and Israel to experience defeat, failure and humiliation; hence, when it comes to the powerful Iranian nation with its old civilization, the country will be ready to ‘give an unforgettable lesson to the aggressors.’”

    The Iranian Forces, he continued, “will give a proper and crushing response to any threat, given their intelligence superiority over the enemy front’s situation and moves.”

    By: Terri Nir


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  • Watch Video: Nuclear scientist reveals who protects Israel, why Israel can never be defeated in war

    01/Nov/2016 // 1862 Viewers

     

     

    Nuclear physicist, Gerald Schroeder, a known researcher in the past for Weizman Institute and Hebrew University, simply cannot be accused of unscientific thinking. When observing statistics that don’t seem all too logical, most of Shroeder’s colleagues admit that there was “luck” involved.

    The existence of the State of Israel, the fact that there were so few casualties from the scud missiles shot down on Israel during the Gulf War, all appear, on the surface, to be a stroke of luck. Schroeder, however, refuses to call it “luck”.

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