At least 68, fighters killed by Daesh car bomb attacks in al-Bab:
At least 68 people, including Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters died, dozens of others were wounded after two car bomb attacks by Daesh terrorists in northern Syria’s al-Bab, reports said on Friday.
http://tinyurl.com/hzxtdnjSecond car bomb near Syria kills at least eight people:
Syrian opposition activists say a second car bomb has exploded in a town just captured from Islamic State group militants by Turkish troops and Syrian fighters, leaving at least eight people dead.
130 bodies found in Syria mass graves: –
The bodies of some 130 fighters shot execution-style or beheaded by rival jihadists have been found in mass graves in northwestern Syria
Pentagon considering U.S. troops in Syria :
Pentagon declined repeatedly to rule out committing U.S. ground troops to battle the Islamic State in in Syria, stressing that the Pentagon will present President Donald Trump with « a full range of options » to combat the terror organization.
CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack: sources;
CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar Assad.
U.S. Generals want talks with Russia about Iraq, Syria operations :
Senior U.S. military officials want to elevate talks with Russia about air operations over Iraq and Syria, an effort that is meant to protect pilots from collisions
Russia says will veto UN resolution imposing sanctions on Syria:
Russia will veto the UN Security Council’s draft resolution imposing sanctions on Syria over alleged chemical attacks Damascus is blamed for, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Represented to the UN told reporters on Friday
Iraq carries out airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria – PM statement :
« We are determined to chase terrorism that tries to kill our sons and citizens wherever it is found, so we gave orders to the air force command to strike Islamic State positions in Syrian territory »
IS attack kills 15 Iraq border guards near Jordan;
« Daesh launched an attack with a suicide car bomb and gunmen on the 2nd border guard regiment near Trebil, » an officer in the border guard told AFP, using an Arabic acronym for IS.
Six Islamic State militants killed in coalition airstrikes in Anbar;
Six Islamic State militants were killed on Thursday in air strikes by fighter jets from the U.S.-led coalition that targeted group strongholds in western Anbar, a local military official said.
Yemen clashes and suicide bombing kill 43:
A suicide bomber killed eight people at a Yemeni Army base Friday as clashes between pro-government fighters and Huthi rebels left 35 dead, security sources and a local official said.
Turkey finalizing S-400 missile deal with Russia:
The Daily Sabah reports Turkey’s defense leadership says the goal of the purchase is to fulfill the country’s missile defense needs while its own contractors work to produce a domestic solution.
U.N. rights office decries Israeli sentence as excessively lenient:
« We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded Palestinian »
What happens when you state the facts about Israel:
Israel vows no more visas to Human Rights Watch:
International NGO with operations in 90 countries is ‘serving Palestinian propaganda,’ Foreign Ministry says
13 Europe-bound migrants suffocate in Libya container;
The bodies of 13 migrants, including two teenagers, who died of suffocation in a shipping container bound for Europe have been found in Libya and 56 survivors rescued, aid officials said Thursday.
The world is ignoring an ‘unprecedented’ starvation crisis:
The world is in the grip of an astonishing and acute crisis: More than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, northern Nigeria and Yemen face starvation in the next six months, according to the United Nations.
Car bomb kills 2 soldiers, wounds 3 others in Afghanistan:
The attack took place this morning when a suicide car bomb exploded at an army post in the district of Girishk.
Air warfare in Afghanistan costing civilian lives dearly:
The drone missile hit the tower in Jendakhel at 8 am as five men climbed up to keep watch for Daesh fighters who had been harassing their village for months. Mistaken for the enemy, they became some of the latest victims of US airstrikes
Afghanistan being used for proxy war against Pakistan: PM;
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is on a three-day state visit, Nawaz claimed that elements upset by Pakistan’s progress were behind the current spate of violence in the country.
China steams past U.S., France to be Germany’s biggest trading partner:
China for the first time became Germany’s most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data showed on Friday.
The absolute dominance of the U.S. economy, in one chart :
Despite the bleak picture painted by President Donald Trump of the U.S. as a country in disarray, America’s status as an economic superpower is still very much intact, even as China steadily closes the gap.
UK ‘pilots’ working way through kill list of UK citizens fighting for ISIS in Iraq and Syria;
RAF pilots have been secretly assassinating British jihadists, suspected of plotting UK terror attacks. ‘When we know where they are we kill them,’
MPs call on Theresa May to release ‘kill list’ for UK drone strikes:
Lord Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, has co-signed a letter to Theresa May calling for greater transparency on the UK’s use of a « kill list » for drone strikes targeting British fighters in Syria
‘People working as drone operators cease to be humans’ – Brandon Bryant:
German intel service spied on foreign media incl BBC, Reuters for years – Spiegel :
The BND has spied upon more than 50 phone and fax numbers as well as e-mail addresses of journalists and editorial offices of various news media outlets around the world since 1999, Der Spiegel says,
French presidential candidate expresses her support for Assad;
The head of the National Front called Syrian President Bashar Assad « the most reassuring solution for France » and emphasized that to « eradicate » ISIS is the best way to protect the Christian minority, not turning them into refugees.
French police tear-gas students protesting alleged rape:
The protesters gathered outside schools in Paris to prevent students and teachers from entering, using rubbish bins and other objects to barricade the entrances.
Ex-IMF chief Rodrigo Rato gets 4.5 years for embezzlement:
Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail for embezzling money from two Spanish banks he used to run.
Outcry after Sydney doctor faced with deportation over autistic child;
The immigration department’s decision to refuse a visa to a Sydney doctor because her daughter is autistic has been condemned by the medical fraternity as « disgusting » and « reprehensible ».
Ecuador’s Anti-Wikileaks Candidate Serves US Interests: Correa:
President Correa criticized right-wing presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso, claiming the opposition leader serves U.S. interests because he wants to eliminate asylum for Wikileaks’ Julian Assange.
Bolivia Rallies Behind Evo Morales on ‘Day of Lies’:
Morales’ former romantic partner, who claimed she was the key figure in a smear campaign scandalizing the personal life of the Bolivian leader since 2005, two years before they allegedly had a child together.
Venezuela Calls for Meeting of Foreign Ministers to Support Palestine:
‘The objective is that the 120 country members of NAM take joint and concrete actions to raise our voice for the Palestinian cause,’ said Rodriguez in a meeting with her Palestinian counterpart Riad Al Malki
Venezuelan VP Releases Open Letter to US Treasury as Parliament Demands Resignation;
The US Treasury Departmen froze all of El Aissami’s alleged assets in the US under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Act, making the vice-president the top-ranking official of any country to be sanctioned in this way.
Blaming Socialism, US Media Distorts Venezuela’s Food Crisis:
Reuters admitted in 2014 that Venezuelan opposition members living in border states are shipping low-cost foodstuffs provided by the Venezuelan government into Colombia for profit.
Mexican Migrant Shelters Notice Spike in Deportees Coming from US:
Silva said they received about 160 deportees on Thursday. He said many of them return distraught after being separated from their families still living in the U.S.
« Get out of my country » – Kansas man shoots Indian men, killing one:
Purinton uttered racial slurs at Kuchibhotla and Madasani as the attack escalated. He perceived the two Indian men of being « Middle Eastern. » Both men worked for the firm Garmin in the area of aviation.
Muhammad Ali’s son detained under Trump immigration ban:
Muhammad Ali’s son was detained at Fort Lauderdale International Airport earlier this month – in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, it was revealed Friday.
Homeland Security Draft Report Casts Doubt On Countries Trump’s Travel Ban Targeted;
An internal Department of Homeland Security assessment throws cold water on President Donald Trump’s justification for attempting to ban citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.
Florida mosque fire was deliberately set, $5k reward offered;
An overnight fire at a mosque in suburban Tampa, Florida was arson, authorities have ruled. The mosque endured minor damage, and no injuries have been reported. A nonprofit is offering a $5,000 reward for information about the fire.
Meet the Jewish couple leading the Trump resistance:
Greenberg draws motivation from her Jewish background.
Why We Must Oppose the Kremlin-Baiting Against Trump;
The Russia-connected allegations have created an atmosphere of hysteria amounting to McCarthyism.
Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states;
Since the election of President Trump, Republican lawmakers in at least 178 states have introduced or voted on legislation to curb mass protests in what civil liberties experts are calling « an attack on protest rights »
Arizona Senate votes to seize assets of those who plan, participate in protests that turn violent:
Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad – even before anything actually happened.
Law Enforcement Using Facebook and Apple to Data-Mine Accounts of Trump Protest Arrestees;
Law enforcement is compelling Apple and Facebook to hand over the personal information of users who were mass arrested at protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington, D.C.
US Attorney General Overturns Memo Phasing Out Private Prisons:
Shares of the two leading U.S. private prison companies gained in after-hours trading, with GEO Group. Inc. up 2.15 percent and CoreCivic, Inc. up 3.44 percent.
Mortgage delinquencies among some homeowners just spiked, spelling trouble:
Federal Housing Administration mortgage delinquencies jumped in the fourth quarter for the first time since 2006, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday.
Americans eat out less as higher menu prices take a bite from restaurant visits:
One-third of respondents to the Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll of U.S. adults from Jan. 14 to 25 said they were eating out less often than three months ago. Of those diners, 62 percent said cost was the primary reason.
Trump puts regulation monitors in U.S. agencies:
The sweeping order directs every federal agency to establish a task force to ensure each has a team to research all regulations and take aim at those deemed burdensome to the U.S. economy
FBI rejected WH request to deny contacts between Trump advisers and Russia: report:
CNN reported that a law enforcement official and a White House official offered conflicting stories of how the communication between the White House and the FBI over the news reports began.
White House defends contacts with FBI over Russia reports:
President Donald Trump’s spokesman, Sean Spicer, argued Priebus had little choice but to seek Comey’s assistance in rebutting what Spicer said were inaccurate reports about contacts during last year’s presidential campaign.
Trump Blasts Media, Outlines His Presidential Promises at CPAC 2017
Video – (Full CPAC Speech)
White House blocks CNN, BBC, New York Times, LA Times from media briefing:
Politico, New York Daily News, Daily Mail, and BuzzFeed were also denied entry