• Russian airstrikes kill 18 civilians in Ariha, Syria

    29/Nov/2015 // 664 Viewers

     As the Russian air strikes continue in Syria hitting IS targets in northwestern Syria, no fewer than 18 civilians including women and children have been reportedly killed and about 40 wounded, DailyGlobeWatch can authoritatively reveal.

    Coming under heavy airstrikes is Ariha controlled by the Army of Conquest, sources further told our reporter. Army of Conquest is an alliance and affiliate of al-Qaeda and al-Nusra Front.

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  • Iran calls U.S. invitation to Syria talks `first sign of reason’

    29/Oct/2015 // 126 Viewers

    Tehran, Oct. 28, 2015 (dpa/NAN) Iranian officials have said on Wednesday that U.S. openness to Iran participating in Syria talks this week is the Western power's first sign of reason on the matter.
    ``Reason is the key to a solution in the Syria crisis,’’ they said.
    The U.S. State department spokesman, John Kirby, said for the first time that Washington was open to Iranian participation in diplomatic meetings on Friday in Vienna to discuss the conflict.
    ``In looking for different multilateral settings and for the right key partners to be present, we do expect in this case that Iran will be invited to participate,’’ Kirby said.
    Report says Iran is a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime has been fighting Islamist militants and other rebel groups in a four-year civil war.
    An estimated 250,000 people have been killed in the conflict, and more than half the pre-war population displaced.
    The U.S. has lent its support to anti-al-Assad forces.
    However, both sides are seeking to control the spread of IS jihadist forces in both Syria and Iraq.
    The U.S. and Iran have seen some cautious cooperation in Iraq.
    Kirby said that whether Iran attended on Friday was up to Iranian leaders.
    The officials noted that the U.S. and its allies must first acknowledge their mistakes in Syria which Iran blames for the country's humanitarian catastrophe before Iran can become a full partner.

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  • Rights activists attack 'sham' Qatar labour reforms

    29/Oct/2015 // 176 Viewers

    Rights groups on Wednesday dismissed as a "sham" long-awaited reforms of Qatar's much-criticised "kafala" labour system for foreign workers, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery.

    Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, approved Tuesday a new law overseeing the sponsorship system – which currently only allows workers to leave the country with the approval of their employer – as well as rules that allow workers to switch jobs.

    But activists said the changes were unlikely to make any real difference for the thousands of foreign workers in the gas-rich Gulf state, many of whom are preparing facilities for Qatar's hosting of football's 2022 World Cup.

    Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, one of Qatar's fiercest critics, said the latest changes were little more than "sham reforms".

    "The new labour law does not abolish the notorious exit permits, and workers still have to get their employers' permission to leave the country," she said.

    The new rules require foreign workers wishing to leave Qatar to apply for permission from the interior ministry at least 72 hours beforehand.

    Officials will then check with employers and if permission is denied, workers can complain to a grievance committee that will be established under the new law.

    Notably, Qatar has removed the word "sponsor" from the proposed changes.

    Lost opportunity

    The changes also allow foreign workers to switch jobs at the end of a fixed-term contract, usually five years.

    Under the current system, workers who leave a job at the end of a contract have to wait two years to return to Qatar to take up a new position, if the employer objects to the new job.

    Some businesses have lobbied for retention of the restrictions as they feared loosening of the sponsorship system would lead to them losing key staff during the duration of major infrastructure projects.

    Members of a Qatar business chamber argued earlier this year for fixed contracts to be extended to 10 years so that staff would not leave, according to local media.

    "These changes are unlikely to lead to a meaningful improvement," Nicholas McGeehan, Gulf researcher at Human Rights Watch, told AFP.

    "One of the most disappointing aspects of the law is the fact that workers will still apparently need employer permission to leave the country," he said.

    Amnesty International's Mustafa Qadri told AFP an opportunity had been "lost".

    "What we have seen so far is really inadequate. We welcome the fact that there's an attempt at reform but we need to see more," he said.

    "There's still time for Qatar to take further steps to address its problems and not expect that because of this announcement the pressure is off."

    Exiting the country and changing employment had proved the trickiest areas to change and were the subject of fierce debate within Qatar, with the country's main advisory body, the Shura Council, questioning reforms earlier this summer.

    It was not clear exactly when the changes would take effect, but it was unlikely to be before 2017 at the earliest.

    Qatar has faced fierce criticism from rights groups for its slow pace of reform, even though the country announced earlier this year that it was committed to change the "kafala" system by the end of 2015.

    The system applies to some 1.8 million foreign workers, who make up about 90 per cent of the population in the tiny Gulf state.

    The number of foreign workers, many of them labourers on major infrastructure projects directly or indirectly related to the World Cup, is expected to reach 2.5 million by 2020.

    The "kafala" system has faced strong criticism since a spotlight was shone on Qatar in 2010 after it surprisingly won the right to host football's biggest tournament.

    The announcement of the latest reforms came ahead of another major change early next month when Doha introduces the "Wage Protection System".

    It will ensure migrant workers get paid on time, with wages electronically transferred to bank accounts.

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  • Assad accuses France of supporting ‘terrorist’ groups in Syria

    29/Oct/2015 // 229 Viewers

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad renewed his accusation that Western states including France are supporting "terrorist" groups in his country's conflict, at a meeting on Wednesday with a French parliamentary delegation.

    "Several countries in the region and the West, including France, are continuing up until now to support terrorism by giving political cover to terrorist groups in Syria and the region," he told three visiting rightwing legislators, quoted by state news agency SANA.

    Assad said terrorism was "the main cause of the suffering of the Syrian people... along with the embargo imposed on Syria", warning that it was "an international phenomenon which no border can prevent from spreading".

    Syrian authorities classify all opponents of the regime as terrorists.

    Adopting a tough line on Syria's conflict that has cost more than 250,000 lives since 2011, French President Francois Hollande said last week: "Nothing must be done to bolster Bashar al-Assad, who is the problem, and cannot therefore be the solution."

    But with pressure mounting within France to soften the position on Assad and seek a compromise, opposition lawmaker Jean-Frederic Poisson, part of the delegation which arrived in Damascus late Tuesday, said any settlement "necessarily requires a dialogue with the Syrian president".

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  • ISIS Executes 150 Women And Girls, Some Pregnant, For Refusing To Become Sex Slaves And Marry Jihadists

    30/Dec/2016 // 2270 Viewers

     

    (The Christian Post) – Terror group ISIS has reportedly killed over 150 women and girls, some of them believed to be pregnant, for refusing to become sex slaves and marry jihadists.
     
    The news was reported in a statement by Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights, which has been monitoring the various atrocities committed by the terror group throughout its attacks in Iraq and Syria.
     
    “At least 150 females, including pregnant women, were executed in Fallujah […] after they refused to accept jihad marriage,” the statement said, according to The Independent.
    “Many families were also forced to migrate from the province’s northern town of Al-Wafa after hundreds of residents received death threats.”
     
    Responsibility for the executions is being placed on one ISIS jihadist, known as Abu Anas Al-Libi. The killings occurred in the Iraqi city of Al-Fallujah, according to the Ministry, where the Al-Hadra Al-Muhamadiya mosque was turned into a prison keeping hundreds of men and women.
     
    The terror group is battling the Iraqi and Syrian governments for control over several cities throughout the region.
     
    ISIS, with a mission to implement Islamic rule in the cities it has captured, distributed leaflets last week detailing the rights of its fighters to take women hostage and force them into marriage. The leaflets also apparently authorized militants to force minors under 18 years of age into marriage.
     
    The U.N. and other human rights organizations have accused the Islamic State, as the group is also known, of mass rapes, torture and killings. ISIS has become known for executing kidnapped victims on camera, often in direct messages against the U.S. and other western nations that have opposed its actions.
     
    The jihadists have often targeted children, and reportedly run a number of training camps throughout the region. Children as young as 10 years old have been reported in soldier uniforms being trained how to use assault rifles and kill people.
     
    Earlier in December, the Rev. Canon Andrew White, the Anglican vicar in Baghdad, revealed that four Iraqi Christian children were beheaded by ISIS for refusing to convert to Islam.
     
    “ISIS turned up and they said to the children, ‘you say the words that you will follow Muhammad.’ The Children, all under 15, four of them, they said, ‘no, we love Yasua [Jesus]. We have always loved Yasua. We have always followed Yasua. Yasua has always been with us.'” White said. “[The militants] said, ‘say the words!’ [The Children] said, ‘no, we can’t do that.’ They chopped all their heads off.”


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  • Surprise as Saudi King agrees in call with Trump on very important issues amid Muslims' travel ban

    30/Jan/2017 // 2155 Viewers

     

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman, in a phone call on Sunday with U.S. President Donald Trump, agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen, a White House statement said.
     
    Trump, during his presidential campaign last year, had called for Gulf states to pay for establishing safe zones to protect Syrian refugees.
     
    A statement after the phone call said the two leaders agreed on the importance of strengthening joint efforts to fight the spread of Islamic State militants.
     
    "The president requested and the King agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen, as well as supporting other ideas to help the many refugees who are displaced by the ongoing conflicts," the statement said.
     
    The Saudi Press Agency, in its readout of the call, made no specific mention of safe zones. It said the two leaders had affirmed the "depth and durability of the strategic relationship" between the two countries.
     
    A senior Saudi source told Reuters the two leaders spoke for over an hour by telephone and agreed to step up counter-terrorism and military cooperation and enhance economic cooperation. But the source had no word on whether the two leaders discussed Trump's order to put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily ban travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries.
     
    The source said Saudi Arabia would enhance its participation in the U.S.-led coalition fighting to oust Islamic State from its strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
     
    The White House statement said the two leaders also agreed on the need to address "Iran's destabilizing regional activities." SPA also mentioned Trump and the King had similar visions on "confronting whomever seeks to destabilise security and stability in the region and interfere in the affairs of other countries," an apparent reference to Riyadh's arch-foe Iran.
     
    Both countries share views about Iranian policies in the region, the Saudi source said, suggesting Trump agreed with Riyadh's suspicion of what it sees as Tehran's growing influence in the Arab world. Iran denies it meddles in Arab countries.
     
    The White House statement said the two also discussed what it called an invitation from the king for Trump "to lead a Middle East effort to defeat terrorism and to help build a new future, economically and socially," for Saudi Arabia and the region.
     
    The two also discussed the Muslim Brotherhood, the senior Saudi source said, adding in a reference to the late al Qaeda leader, “it was mentioned that Osama bin Laden was recruited at an early stage” by the organization.
     
    Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. Riyadh fears the Brotherhood, whose Sunni Islamist doctrines challenge the Saudi principle of dynastic rule, has tried to build support inside the kingdom since the Arab Spring revolutions.
     
    U.S. officials and people close to Trump's transition team have said a debate is under way in the Trump administration about whether the United States should also declare the Brotherhood a terrorist organization and subject it to U.S. sanctions.
    Trump also spoke with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In what may appear to have been a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Crown Prince was cited by UAE state news agency WAM as saying "groups that raise fake slogans and ideologies aim to hide their criminal truth by spreading chaos and destruction."
     
    The White House said Trump had also "raised the idea of supporting safe zones for the refugees displaced by the conflict in the region, and the Crown Prince agreed to support this initiative." - Reuters


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  • Russian defence ministry says army struck eight IS targets in Syria

    30/Sep/2015 // 153 Viewers

    CNES 2015 / Distribution Airbus DS/AFP | This handout image taken by EADS' Astrium Press on September 20, 2015 by Pleiades Satellite shows a view of Russian fighter jets and helicopters at a military base in the government-controlled coastal Syrian city of Latakia
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    Russian fighter jets on Wednesday carried out 20 flights in Syria, striking "eight Islamic State targets" including a command post held by the jihadist group, the Russian defence ministry said.
     
    "The targets, notably a command centre of the terrorists, were completely destroyed," the ministry said in a statement.
     
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  • What Trump told Netanyahu today about Obama is shaking the world to it’s knees!

    30/Sep/2016 // 5523 Viewers


    Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has recently had a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Trump’s house. This meeting can only suggest that Trump will stand behind Israel, unlike Obama.

    Trump then told the Israeli prime minister that he will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Then he went in on Obama.

    Trump said that Obama is the most anti-Israeli president in US history. Obama made a similar promise to Netanyahu in 2008, but he was lying, according to Trump.

    And, the proof is in the pudding. Obama supports the regime over Israel. He has given them $100 billion to the terrorists in Iran.

    Let that sink in. We have given up our greatest ally under Obama for an ally that admittedly gives money to terrorism.

    But perhaps the most shocking moment of all was when Netanyahu called the organization a “moral farce.”

    According to the Washington Free Beacon, Netanyahu’s speech was one that world leaders will never forget.

    Netanyahu opened his speech by praising the U.N., as he said Israel has a bright future with the organization. But the praise did not last long. Immediately, Netanyahu opened fire in the room, hurling insult after insult at his fellow leaders.

    “Year after year, I’ve stood at this very podium and slammed the U.N. for its obsessive bias against Israel, and the U.N. deserved every scathing word,” Netanyahu said.

    “For the disgrace of the General Assembly that last year passed 20 resolutions against the democratic state of Israel and a grand total of three resolutions against all the other countries on the planet. Israel: 20. Rest of the world: three.”

     The prime minister had much more to say, slamming other groups within the U.N.

    “And what about the joke called the U.N. Human Rights Council, which each year condemns Israel more than all the other countries of the world combined?” he asked.

    “As women are being systematically raped, murdered, sold into slavery across the world, which is the only country that the U.N.’s Commission on Women chose to condemn this year? Yep, you guessed it, Israel,”Netanyahu continued.

    “Israel, where women fly fighter jets, lead major corporations, head universities, preside, twice, over the Supreme Court, and have served as speaker of the Knesset and prime minister.”

    “Ladies and gentlemen,” stated the Prime Minister of Israel.  “What began as a moral force has become a moral farce.”

    Says UN is increasingly becoming a farce and lots more that denigrates the world body. Watch video!


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  • It's celebration galore as Abu al-Adnani believed killed in latest air strikes

    31/Aug/2016 // 253 Viewers

     

    It is celebration galore as Abu Mohammad al-Adnani is belied to have been killed in latest military confrontations.

    The U.S. air strike which recorded this great feat has doubtless deprived Islamic State of the architect of its attacks on the West, as it faces the loss of swathes of its heartlands.

    One of the last survivors of the al Qaeda militants who originally formed Islamic State last decade in Iraq, including its self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Adnani had risen to become one of its most influential leaders.

    "It's a major morale and propaganda blow to the group because it shows that their top leadership is being targeted by an effective and organized chain," Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, spokesman for the joint operations command of Iraq's army, told Reuters in Baghdad.

    Not only did Adnani orchestrate Islamic State's propaganda effort, an undertaking at the heart of its quest to lay waste modern nation states, but he also served as one of its principle military planners.

    If his death is confirmed, those skills will be hard to replace, even in a group as resilient as Islamic State, after a series of territorial losses and killings of top leaders.

    In recent months Islamic State's losses in Iraq have mounted. Fallujah has fallen in the west and Iraqi forces have captured key approaches to Mosul, the ancient Tigris city whose fall in 2014 signaled the group's lightning rise.

    Meanwhile, advances by a U.S.-backed coalition in Syria have all but cut Islamic State off from the Turkish border, after the loss of the key town of Manbij, and started to press into its Euphrates valley heartland.

    Few people expect further advances against Islamic State to be rapid or straightforward, but the group's enemies have built a clear momentum in both Iraq and Syria that has pushed it to adopt a strategy of attacks overseas.

    Adnani was the man behind that policy, demonstrating an ideological and tactical flexibility that allowed the group first to capitalize on its seizure of land, and then to adapt as it was forced to retreat.

    In doing so, Islamic State has made a switch in emphasis from its dreams of unifying all Muslims under a single, militant caliphate, to an older jihadist strategy of striking terror into its enemies by attacking them in their own countries.

    But it has done this partly by harnessing shock tactics and social media to inspire and guide attacks by radicalized amateurs, rather than rely solely upon the highly trained but cumbersome militant cells of an earlier era. This, in part, was Adnani's legacy.

    APOCALYPTIC PROPHECY

    Islamic State said on Tuesday Adnani was killed "while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo. It pledged to avenge his death but did not disclose details on how he died or who was killed with him.

    A U.S. defense official told Reuters the United States targeted Adnani on Tuesday in a strike on a vehicle traveling in the Syrian town of al-Bab. He stopped short of confirming Adnani's death, however. Such U.S. assessments often take days and often lag behind official announcements by militant groups.

    Adnani's presence in the Aleppo countryside may reflect its strategic and symbolic importance to Islamic State. The northwest has become both the most active theater of Syria's war and an arena for competing regional and global powers.

    The government and mainstream rebel groups, which between them hold most of Syria's western, most populous, regions, have focused on their battle for control of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the war, and a strategic prize.

    But to the north and east, a secondary conflict has played out as U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters and Turkey-backed rebels, who are also fighting each other, have squeezed IS's once expansive tracts along the Turkish border and Euphrates basin.

    These advances have all but cut off Islamic State from its last foothold on the Turkish border, its link to new foreign recruits, while a steady push from the north has brought its enemies to within 30km (18 miles) of its Syrian capital Raqqa.

    But these strategic setbacks are not Islamic State's only interest in the Aleppo countryside: just 30km northwest of al-Bab, where Adnani was reportedly killed in an airstrike after arriving to tour the battlefield, is the village of Dabiq.

    A few streets surrounded by fields, it will be the site, says Islamic prophecy, of a final battle between Muslims and infidels that will herald the apocalypse.

    So important is this event in Islamic State propaganda, of which Adnani was the chief, that Dabiq was the name chosen for its online magazine that sought to inspire new recruits to its militant cause and instruct them in the ways of global jihad.

    HAMMERED

    Hammered by two years of U.S.-led coalition air strikes and military losses on the ground, Adnani increasingly called in audio messages for attacks against the United States and Western countries. His group said it was behind deadly attacks in Paris, Nice and Brussels.

    The shift was partly born of tactical necessity after Western and regional governments made it harder for would-be militants to travel to Syria or Iraq to join the group.

    "If the tyrants close the door of migration in your faces, then open the door of jihad in theirs and turn their actions against them," he said in an audio clip.

    Born in 1977 as Taha Subhi Falaha in Syria's Idlib Province southwest of Aleppo, he pledged allegiance to Islamic State's predecessor, al Qaeda, more than a decade ago and was once imprisoned by U.S. forces in Iraq.

    He left Syria to travel to Iraq to fight U.S. forces there after its 2003 invasion, and only returned to his homeland after the start of its own civil war in 2011, a person who knew his family said. A biography posted on militant websites says he grew up with a "love of mosques" and was a prolific reader.

    A U.S. counter-terrorism official who monitors Islamic State said Adnani's death would hurt the militants "in the area that increasingly concerns us as the group loses more and more of its caliphate and its financial base ... and turns to mounting and inspiring more attacks in Europe, Southeast Asia and elsewhere".

    Hisham al-Hashimi, a Baghdad-based security analyst that advises the Iraqi government on IS affairs: said:`As a military target, Adnani is less important than (ex war minister Omar) al-Shishani...(killed earlier this year in Iraq). His death is mainly a blow to their morale, he is the one who inspires the fighters to join in Syria." - REUTERS


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  • Huge fire engulfs Dubai hotel ahead of New Year celebrations

    31/Dec/2015 // 233 Viewers

     

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    A huge fire ripped through a luxury Dubai hotel on Thursday near the world's tallest tower, where people were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations, police said.

    The Dubai government media office tweeted that a "fire has been reported in the Address Downtown hotel. Authorities are currently on-site to address the incident swiftly and safely."

    Witnesses near the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, said huge flames were seen billowing from the hotel.

    Images aired on the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news channel showed a high-rise building with fire engulfing dozens of storeys.

    Dubai authorities said earlier Thursday that they had deployed thousands of security personnel to ensure visitors and residents could enjoy the New Year's festivities safely.

    The emirate had promising a "spectacular" fireworks display that was set to kick-off at midnight from the Burj Khalifa before spreading to various locations across the city.


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