Taliban conflict: Afghanistan probes Mullah Omar ‘death’ claim

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BBC – The Afghan government is investigating new reports that Taliban leader Mullah Omar has died, a spokesman said. The Taliban has yet to comment on the claim, which was made by top sources within the Afghan administration and intelligence agency. The sources said the reclusive militant leader had died two to three years ago. The latest claims of Mullah ... Read More »

Study: Christian population in the Mideast is dropping rapidly

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Studies show the remaining Christians in most – but not all – of the Middle East are in dire straits. By Haaretz The dire fate of the Christian communities in the Middle East has become headline news lately. The murderous civil war in Syria; the rise of the Islamic State; the turmoil in countries such as Iraq, Libya, and in ... Read More »

Turkey joining Islamic State offensive — so why is it targeting the Kurds?

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Between 03.40 and 03.53 on July 24, three Turkish F-16 jets bombed three Islamic State targets in Syria. This was the first time the Turkish military has taken direct action against the terrorist group. The Conversation – Simon Mabon * As the airstrikes began, Turkish police arrested a large number of suspected IS sympathisers across the state. The Turkish government ... Read More »

Turkish military hit positions of Syrian Kurdish forces in Kobane

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ARA News Urfa, Turkey – Turkish army bombed military bases of Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) west Kobane, north Syria, military sources reported on Monday. The YPG’s leadership in Kobane announced that some locations of the YPG and FSA fighters in the village of Zor Maghar (35 km west of Kobane) were exposed to bombardment ... Read More »

Russia must revive Soviet Union to beat the West

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What is the main problem of the Russian authorities? How should Russia resist to the ongoing pressure from the West? What future can Russia expect? Pravda.Ru editor-in-chief Inna Novikova asked these and other questions to deputy of the State Duma, coordinator of the National Liberation Movement, Yevgeny Fyodorov. “Our country was betrayed in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet ... Read More »

Europe and US divided on Turkish airstrikes

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Differences over mission likely to dominate NATO meeting set for Tuesday. Politico - By Antoine Sander Europe and the United States have staked out different positions on Turkey’s airstrikes on ISIL in Syria and Kurdish forces in Iraq, setting the stage for tense divisions at an emergency NATO meeting Tuesday. Turkey called the meeting to discuss its recent involvement in the war ... Read More »

History hangs heavily in the struggle against evil

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Jan Kozielewski was always tormented by his inability to stop the Holocaust. “I hated humanity,” he blurted after the nightmare ended. “The Lord assigned me a role – to speak and write during the war when, as it seemed, it might help. It did not.” The Sydney Morning Herald – Vic Alhadeff * The extraordinary story of Jan Karski, as ... Read More »

Turkey Uses ISIS as Excuse to Attack Kurds

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It appears as if the Turkish government is using ISIS as a pretext to attack the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party). Turkey just announced that its air base at Incirlik will soon be open to coalition forces, presumably to fight ISIS. But the moment Turkey started bombing, it targeted Kurdish positions in Iraq, in addition to targeting ISIS positions in Syria. ... Read More »

Barzani Calls on Turkey to Stop Attacks on PKK

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KRG President calls Turkish Prime Minister Davutoğlu Basnews  |  Herman Khalid ERBIL – Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani is calling for an immediate end to Turkish airstrikes on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases in the Iraqi Kurdistan mountains. A source from the Kurdistan Presidency Office, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told BasNews on Saturday that President Barzani has called Turkish ... Read More »

Iran secured as much as $20b. from Turkey breaking sanctions

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a family member were allegedly involved in the complex graft operation. JPost - By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL The Turkish government bought oil and natural gas from Iran in exchange for as much as $20 billion in gold, in a scheme designed to evade international sanctions, a courier who worked for an Iranian businessman revealed this ... Read More »