, Norway — Europe’s record-breaking refugee crisis was a hot topic ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize announcement on Friday, but a Saudi blogger, a pope who reveres the Earth and its poorest people and the key players in the Iranian nuclear deal were also generating buzz. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has given no clues but those bringing relief to the hundreds of thousands of desperate people arriving in Europe have attracted interest from gamblers and pundits. Here are some names being mentioned in the annual Peace Prize guessing game: Source: Kerry, Zarif said among top contenders for Nobel Peace … Continue reading ROFL John #Kerry among top contender for Nobel Peace Prize
Four Russian cruise missiles aimed at targets in Syria instead crashed in Iran, a US official said Thursday, declining to comment on whether there were any casualties.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the missiles landed in Iran on Wednesday, but did not provide details about where they might have landed. The official was confirming a story first reported by CNN. Russia conducted its first airstrikes in Syria last week, and on Wednesday Moscow ramped up its war by unleashing cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea. Source: Russian Missiles Fall Short of Syria, Hit Iran – Global Agenda – News – Arutz Sheva Continue reading #Breaking #Russian Missiles Fall Short, They Hit #Iran
NATO has started its biggest exercise since 2002 with 36,000 international troops from 30 states, including non-NATO nations, participating in the drills which are taking place at sea, in the air and across the territory of three European states. The alliance has kicked off its massive “Trident Juncture 2015” exercises which will last until November 16. Along with the NATO member states, seven more partner nations are participating in the drills: Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Sweden and Ukraine. Source: 36,000 troops, 200 aircraft & 60 vessels: NATO launches biggest war games in … Continue reading NATO Launches #TridentJuncture15 Biggest #War Games Since 9/11
The Islamic Jihad terrorist group has claimed responsibility for sending the 19-year-old Arab terrorist who murdered two Israelis and wounded two others in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday night.The terrorist was named as Mohannad Shafik Halabi, a resident of Al-Bireh located adjacent to Ramallah in Samaria.”Mohannad Shafik Halabi, 19, is a member of Islamic Jihad,” a senior member of the Gaza-based terror group told AFP on condition of anonymity, after the group issued a statement hailing the attack and saying it was in response to Israeli “terrorist crimes” against Palestinian Arabs.Just days before the attack, Halabi posted on … Continue reading #IslamicJihad Claims #Israel Attack: “Intifada 3 Has Begun?”
Two people have been killed and three others wounded in a terrorist attack near the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday night, shortly after the end of Shabbat.Several of the victims are members of the same family. The 40-year-old father was hospitalized at Jerusalem’s Shaarei Tzedek hospital in critical condition with multiple stab wounds, but was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Source: Two Killed in Jerusalem Terrorist Attack – Defense/Security – News – Arutz Sheva Continue reading Two Killed in #Jerusalem #Terrorist Attack
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
New York City (CNN)Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of not committing to peace agreements known as the Oslo Accords and declared that Palestinians “cannot continue to be bound by these agreements.” “They leave us no choice but to insist that we will not remain the only ones committed to the implementation of these agreements, while Israel continuously violates them,” Abbas said Wednesday in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. Source: Abbas: Palestinians won’t be bound by Oslo Accords – CNN.com Continue reading #Abbas: #Palestinians won’t be bound by #OsloAccords with #Israel
Russia has struck eight Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria, the country’s Defense Ministry said, adding that civilian infrastructure was avoided during the operations.“Today, Russian aerospace force jets delivered pinpoint strikes on eight ISIS terror group targets in Syria. In total, 20 flights were made,” spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said. “As a result, arms and fuel depots and military equipment were hit. ISIS coordination centers in the mountains were totally Source: 8 ISIS targets hit during 20 combat flights in Syria – Russian military — RT News Continue reading 8 #ISIS targets hit during 20 combat flights in #Syria – #Russianmilitary
Islamic State militants are in possession of weapons of mass destruction components, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister has warned the UN Security Council meeting, urging for the IS to be included on an anti-terrorist sanction list as a separate subject. Source: ISIS militants in Iraq, Syria have WMD components, Lavrov warns UN Security Council — RT News Continue reading #ISIS militants in #Iraq, #Syria have WMD components, #Lavrov warns UN Security Council
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama is chairing a U.N. gathering of world leaders to discuss countering terrorism, a day after he and the leaders of Russia, China and Iran addressed the General Assembly on its 70th anniversary. At Tuesday’s meeting, the United States is rallying support for the fight against groups like the Islamic State, which is attracting foreign fighters who could return to their home countries to launch attacks. Source: News from The Associated Press Continue reading #OBAMA to head #UN gathering on #counteringterrorism
BAGHDAD — Iraq will begin sharing security and intelligence” information with Russia, Syria and Iran to help combat the advances of the Islamic State group, the Iraqi military announced Sunday. Source: Iraq to share intelligence on Islamic State with Russia, … Continue reading #Iraq to share intelligence on #ISIS with #Russia, #Iran and #Syria
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday vowed to take international legal action against Saudi Arabia’s rulers over the crush of Muslim pilgrims at this year’s hajj, which killed at least 769 people, including 136 Iranians. The pilgrims suffocated … Continue reading #Iran vows legal action against #Saudi after #Hajjdisaster
Washington (CNN)Ted Cruz suggested Friday, perhaps half-heartedly, that the U.S. might have to kill the Iranian ayatollah if the country tries to acquire a nuclear weapon. Speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Cruz launched into his usual … Continue reading #Cruz on #Ayatollah: ‘We may have to help introduce him to the 72 virgins’
Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria have agreed to establish a joint information center in Baghdad to coordinate their operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) militants, according to sources. “The main goal of the center will be gathering, processing … Continue reading #Russia, #Iran, Iraq & #Syria setting up ‘joint information center’ to coordinate anti-#ISIS operations
Pope Francis threw his support behind Iran’s accord with major powers as he backed a goal of global abolition of nuclear weapons, AFP reports Friday. The Iran agreement “is proof of the potential of political goodwill, exercised with sincerity, … Continue reading #PopeFrancis Supports #IranDeal #falseprophet?
GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)96me into the Values Voter Summit with jokes targeting Democrat Hillary Clinton. Cruz asked the crowd, “How many of ya’ll have watched the Republican debates?” He then said it was fantastic that there was such an array of leaders stepping up on the GOP side. “What a contrast, with the Democrats!”The crowd laughed, but Cruz wasn’t done.“I’m pretty sure the first Democratic debate is going to consist of Hillary Clinton and the Chipotle clerk,” Cruz added, pointing out Democrats keep moving their debates: “Move it to 2017!”Cruz said America might see its first Democratic … Continue reading Ted #Cruz Brings Values Voter Summit to their Feet, Again
Iran ratcheted up blame on archrival Saudi Arabia on Friday over the disaster at the hajj the previous day that killed more than 700 pilgrims, as Muslims solemnly resumed the final rites of the annual pilgrimage in the kingdom. … Continue reading #Iran blames #SaudiArabia for over 700 killed in #Hajj stampede #Mecca
US military officials on Wednesday denied reports that the latest batch of American-trained Syrian rebels had defected to an Al-Qaeda affiliate.The Pentagon is under intense scrutiny over its “train-and-equip” program in which moderate Syrian rebels are given instruction and … Continue reading US Military Denies Defection of #Syria rebels to #AlNusra ; #Tax Dollars Well Spent?
The IDF and Russian military will set up a joint working group to coordinate their Syria-related activities in the aerial, naval, and electromagnetic arenas, a senior defense source said Monday. The source spoke soon after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot returned from a one-day visit to Moscow, following intensive meetings on Russia’s newly expanded military role in Syria. According to foreign reports, the Israel Air Force has launched multiple air strikes in recent years to intercept Iranian and Syrian weapons that were on the way to Hezbollah storage facilities in Lebanon. Source: … Continue reading #Israel and #Russia to coordinate in air, sea, and Electromagnetic arena – The Bear, the Lion and the Leopard Oh My!
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday that Moscow and Tehran would do everything possible to help end the crisis in Syria, RIA news agency reported. “Tehran and Moscow intend to use all possibilities and potential to help Syria come out of this crisis,” he said at a news conference in Moscow. Source: Iran, Russia will work to help end Syria crisis: Iran dep foreign minister – Yahoo News Continue reading Iran and Russia will work to help end Syria crisis, Saw this Coming…