#Palestinians torch Joseph’s Tomb in #WestBank as unrest continues

Hundreds of Palestinian rioters set fire to the site revered by some Jews as the tomb of the Biblical patriarch Joseph in the West Bank city of Nablus early Friday, ahead of an emergency United Nations Security Council session to discuss the ongoing violence. Palestinian security forces extinguished the blaze early Friday before Israel Defense Forces could arrive on the scene, according to the Jerusalem Post. There were no injuries in the fire, but the tomb suffered severe damage.   Source: Palestinians torch Joseph’s Tomb in West Bank as unrest continues | Fox News Continue reading #Palestinians torch Joseph’s Tomb in #WestBank as unrest continues

#Obama was ‘skeptical’ of #Syria rebel #boondoggle

The failed $500 million program to set up a proxy army in Syria was a test, US President Barack Obama told ’60 Minutes’, adding that he had doubts about the project from the start. He also ruled out sending US troops to Syria. “I’ve been skeptical from the get-go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside of Syria,” Obama said in the interview. “My goal has been to try to test the proposition, can we be able to train and equip a moderate opposition that’s willing to fight ISIL?” Broadcast Sunday night, Obama’s interview … Continue reading #Obama was ‘skeptical’ of #Syria rebel #boondoggle

Two rockets hit #Russian embassy compound in #Damascus

  Two rockets struck the Russian embassy compound in Damascus on Tuesday sparking panic as several hundred people gathered to express their support for Moscow’s air war in Syria, AFP journalists said. Some 300 people had begun to gather for … Continue reading Two rockets hit #Russian embassy compound in #Damascus

#Breaking! #Israeli jets strike #Gaza 

Witnesses are reporting multiple explosions after an apparent Israeli Air Force raid in Gaza. Palestinian media report that the strikes targeted al-Qassam Brigades sites. The bombing came after a rocket was intercepted by Israel’s air defense system. Source: Israeli jets strike Gaza after rocket intercepted by Iron Dome – reports — RT News Continue reading #Breaking! #Israeli jets strike #Gaza 

#ISIS Threatens to Kill #Christians in Video Showing Executions in #Syria

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) late last month killed three Assyrian Christians, presumably in Syria, according to an execution video released Wednesday (Oct. 7). In the video, the group threatened to kill some 200 … Continue reading #ISIS Threatens to Kill #Christians in Video Showing Executions in #Syria

Dozens killed in blast near #Turkish train station

(CNN) At least one powerful bomb hit near the main train station in Ankara on Saturday morning, killing 30 people, authorities said, making it the deadliest attack in the Turkish capital in recent memory. The explosion, which caused chaos and bloodshed, took place during a peace march. It also comes before national elections scheduled for Nov. 1.   Source: Dozens killed in blast near train station in Ankara – CNN.com Continue reading Dozens killed in blast near #Turkish train station

#Syrian official says ‘wide-scale offensive’ launched

(CNN) The Syrian regime, which had appeared earlier this year to be on the ropes, has “launched a wide-scale offensive,” a senior military official said Thursday. The aim is “eliminating the terrorist groups and liberating the areas and towns that have suffered from terrorism and its crime,” Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayyoub, the Syrian army chief of staff, said on state media, Source: Syrian official says ‘wide-scale offensive’ launched – CNN.com Continue reading #Syrian official says ‘wide-scale offensive’ launched

#Russian jets ‘intercept’ US predator drones over #Syria

Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia’s air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once. “We have taken action to maintain safe separation,” Davis said. He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved. U.S. officials tell Fox News the drone encounters took place over ISIS-controlled Syria, including its … Continue reading #Russian jets ‘intercept’ US predator drones over #Syria

#Syrian Christians Cry ‘Jesus!’ Before #ISIS Mass #Beheading

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) executed 12 Christians, including a 12-year-old boy, after they refused to abandon their faith and convert to Islam. The murders occurred on August 28 outside of Aleppo.“In front of the team leader and relatives in the … Continue reading #Syrian Christians Cry ‘Jesus!’ Before #ISIS Mass #Beheading

#Syrian Rebels Unite against #Russian Occupation

In an unprecedented show of unity, more than 40 Syrian rebel factions issued a joint statement condemning Russia’s intervention in the ongoing civil war and vowing to fight Russian “occupiers. “Russia claims it launched its massive air campaign last week to target the jihadists ISIS terror group, as well as Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, Al Nusra Front. However, while Russian jets have struck ISIS positions in their northern stronghold of Al-Bab – which the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says resulted in “a large number” of casualties – the vast majority of strikes have been directed against other rebel groups seeking to topple … Continue reading #Syrian Rebels Unite against #Russian Occupation

Video of Child #ISIS Jihadi Threatens To Cut Off Barack Obama’s Head

Barack Obama may be good at keeping his head in tricky situations, but a child ISIS jihadi has threatened to decapitate the U.S. President, unless Obama pays the jizyah (religious tax) in submission before “the swords of the khalifah (caliphate)” … Continue reading Video of Child #ISIS Jihadi Threatens To Cut Off Barack Obama’s Head

#UN chief calls for #Israeli probe after clashes kill four

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel on Tuesday to conduct a full investigation of recent clashes in Jerusalem and the West Bank and criticized the demolition of Palestinian houses. Ban said a “prompt and transparent” probe of the recent violence in which a 13-year-old was killed by Israeli soldiers would serve to determine “whether the use of force was proportional.”   Source: UN chief calls for Israeli probe after clashes kill four | The Times of Israel Continue reading #UN chief calls for #Israeli probe after clashes kill four

#ISIS in #Syria using human shields and mosques as shelters

Islamic State militants are hiding in mosques and using locals as human shields because they know that Russian jets would never target civilian areas, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed at two briefings on Tuesday. Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) forces are sheltering in mosques and trying to hide their vehicles around them, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters Tuesday, citing video evidence.“Knowing our careful, respectful attitude to mosques they understand that we would never – under any circumstances – carry out airstrikes against civilian facilities,” he said, following a meeting with Defense press attachés from several countries, with a US representative … Continue reading #ISIS in #Syria using human shields and mosques as shelters

#Russia says it hit 12 #ISIS group targets in latest #Syria strikes

Russian jets carried out air strikes on 12 Islamic State (IS) group sites in Syria on Tuesday, the defence ministry in Moscow said. The Russian warplanes hit the region around the eastern city of Deir Ezzor and in the provinces … Continue reading #Russia says it hit 12 #ISIS group targets in latest #Syria strikes

#Netanyahu Asked #Kerry: Where’s #Abbas’s Condemnation Thursday’s terror attack?

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday met in New York with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and expressed his dismay over the fact that Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas has not condemned Thursday’s terror attack in Samaria in which Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin were murdered in front of their children.At the start of the meeting, Netanyahu stressed that Israel plans to respond to the cruel murder.”I wish to extend my condolences to the family. This murder will not pass without a response,” he said, adding, “We’ve increased the presence of our forces on the ground, we are … Continue reading #Netanyahu Asked #Kerry: Where’s #Abbas’s Condemnation Thursday’s terror attack?

#Russia carries out new airstrikes in #Syria 

  (CNN)Russia’s airstrikes in Syria “do not go beyond ISIL (ISIS), al Nusra or other terrorist groups recognized by the United Nations Security Council or Russian law,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday. Pushed to define “other terrorist groups,” … Continue reading #Russia carries out new airstrikes in #Syria 

#Iraq PM open Door to #Russian airstrikes on #IslamicState militants

Lavrov said that Russia would not go if they were not invited, looks like the invitations are in the mail…   Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told FRANCE24 in an exclusive interview on Thursday that he is open to allowing … Continue reading #Iraq PM open Door to #Russian airstrikes on #IslamicState militants