U.S., Britain, Saudis Team Up to Trigger WWIII
Editor: Does it make sense that the U.S. goes way over to the backdoor of China and pick a fight with China over South China Sea islands when we have our own border to worry about? Does it make sense for Britain to go all the way over to a Russian border city to pick a fight with Russia in the Baltic? When you hear of military drills and joint exercises, they are not merely practices, but a cover story in case an ‘accident’ or ‘provocation’ occurs during such drills. Wars typically start off as drills and practices. If you rely on CNN or FoxNews for accurate and latest news on world events, then you will most certainly learn about WWOOO when it’s too late. If you are an average, regular citizen of the U.S., Britain or Saudi Arabia, you should seriously question why your government seems to be going out of its way to provoke World War III.. ISIS/ISIL/IS is a creation of the West to have an excuse to invade countries it considers enemies of the New World Order that Pres. Bush Sr. spoke about in 1990. When you read of NATO doing this or that in the news, just remember that NATO is nothing but a thinly veiled reference to the U.S. and Britain, with Saudi and, more covertly, Israeli help as needed.
Iran holds military drills to counter regional ‘aggression’
The Iranian armed forces have held military drills in the central province of Isfahan, in which they test-fired missiles and shot down mock-enemy drones over the Arak nuclear facilities. Part of the exercise was to train for unpredictable scenarios.
The war games were codenamed ‘Beit-ul-Muqaddas 27’ and held in a desert area in Kashan County, the IRNA news agency reported Saturday, citing the Army Ground Forces commander, Brigadier General Reza Pourdastan. He proclaimed firing on Thursday of the Fajar, M6 and M10 missiles a success.
Many units are taking part, including the infantry, armored and artillery units, and air support, as well as rapid reaction and elite teams. As part of the drills, Iran tested new domestic-made sniper rifles and military vehicles.
The drills, lasting from May 21-27 are intended to test the training and readiness for emergencies among the armed forces.
According to the army chief Pourdastan, they included tactics used in countering proxy wars, as well as other exercises. The commander told the Tehran Times that the maneuvers are intended to show that “we will nip in the bud any aggression against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Britain sends biggest warship for NATO drills on Russian border
Britain is ramping up its military rhetoric, sending its biggest warship for NATO drills in the Baltic, right off the Russian coast, in this latest show of force. The drills kick off on June 5 and will last for two weeks.
The helicopter carrier HMS Ocean is expected to reach Russia’s city of Kaliningrad sometime this week, carrying aboard about 80 Royal Marines who are to join other NATO troops in Poland, the Sunday Times reports.
Named ‘Baltops 15,’ the games’ objective remains, as before, to test battle-readiness and in so doing continue to voice disapproval over the situation in Ukraine. The Baltic nations believe Russia poses a military threat to Europe and are using its alleged actions in Ukraine as pretext to show off their own military prowess and push for increased NATO presence in the region.
First Pictures of Massacre of Palmyra’s people by ISIS
Terrorist of ISIS group seized full control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday, ISIS in last week killed more than 70 people in the city, some executed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS now controlled half of all territory in Ancient City of Palmyra.
Chilling images emerged today showing decapitated bodies in the streets of Palmyra by ISIS savage terrorist as they stormed the ancient city.
Since ISIS launched its assault on the city on May 13, at least 462 people have been killed in fighting, the Observatory said, including 71 civilians, some of whom were executed by the terrorists.
ISIS Execute a Syrian Tribesman with BAZOOKA in Shocking Video
No longer executing with knives and guns, don’t satisfies ISIS evils and terrorist ratcheted up their savagery by blasting a man to death with a bazooka, Daily Mail reports. Shocking video showing the captive exploding into a ball of flames after being shot with a rocket-propelled grenade that is designed to take out tanks and aircraft.
The poor victims is accused he was fighting against the terror group in Syria.
They then subject him to more humiliation by taking it in turns to kick the corpse while dancing and cheering in celebration.
Nato’s Baltic war games send a signal to Russia
A British warship and troops are taking part in some of Nato’s biggest war games close to Russia’s borders this week, as British fighter jets prepare to protect the Baltic skies from Russian aircraft.
HMS Portland, a Type 23 frigate, is among a fleet of more than a dozen European and American surface ships and submarines engaged in an anti-submarine exercise dubbed “Dynamic Mongoose”.
Hezbollah says it will step up presence in Syria as needed
Hezbollah is fighting across all of Syria alongside the army of President Bashar al-Assad and is willing to increase its presence there when needed, the leader of the Lebanese Shi’ite movement said on Sunday.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah told thousands of supporters via video link that the fight was part of a wider strategy to prevent groups like al Qaeda’s wing in Syria, Nusra Front, and the ultra-hardline Islamic State from taking over the region.
“Our presence will increase whenever it should… Yes, we are not present in one place in Syria and not the other. We will be everywhere in Syria,” he said during a celebration to mark the withdrawal of Israeli soldiers from south Lebanon in 2000.
Iran holds military drills to counter regional ‘aggression’
Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has revoked a decree that allowed delivery of NATO military equipment to Afghanistan through Russian territory.
According to the official document, signed by Medvedev and published on Monday, all previous decisions on NATO cargo transit to Afghanistan have now been revoked. This includes an act allowing delivery of military hardware and equipment via rail, motor vehicles, or through Russian airspace.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has been ordered to inform all the countries involved.
Transit of military cargo to Afghanistan through Russia was permitted after a 2001 UN Security Council resolution. The document established an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, and called on all countries to support the NATO-led security mission. In 2008 Russia signed a decree allowing ISAF cargo to pass through its territory.
The 2nd Stage of Massive Wargames Beit ul-Moqaddas 27
The ground troops of the Iranian Army started the second stage of a series of massive wargames, codenamed Beit ul-Moqaddas 27, in the Western parts of the country on Saturday by firing Naze’at and Fajr-5 missiles. “Today, we started the second stage of Beit ul-Moqaddas 27 drills (which began in Kermanshah region on Thursday) in the country’s Western region by firing Naze’at and Fajr-5 missiles,” Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said on Saturday.
ISIS kills 400, mostly women & children, in Palmyra – Syrian state TV
Islamic State militants have killed at least 400 people in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, mostly women and children, Syrian state television said Sunday, citing residents.
According to Reuters, opposition activists on social media claimed that hundreds of bodies were in the streets of the city.
“The terrorists have killed more than 400 people.. and mutilated their bodies, under the pretext that they cooperated with the government and did not follow orders,” a Palmyra resident told Syria’s state news agency.
State employees were among hundreds killed in the massacre. Among them was the head of of nursing department at the hospital and all her family.
‘We’re not interested in a fair fight’ – US army commander urges NATO to confront Russia
US army commander in Europe says Russia is a “real threat” urging NATO to stay united. The alliance is not interested in a “fair fight with anyone” and wants to have “overmatch in all systems,” Lieutenant-General Frederick “Ben” Hodges believes.
“There is a Russian threat,” Hodges told the Telegraph, maintaining that Russia is involved in ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.
A key objective for NATO is not to let Russia outreach it in terms of capabilities, the general said.
“We’re not interested in a fair fight with anyone,” General Hodges stated. “We want to have overmatch in all systems. I don’t think that we’ve fallen behind but Russia has closed the gap in certain capabilities. We don’t want them to close that gap,” he revealed.
IS seizes Iraqi side of key Syria border crossing
BAGHDAD (AFP) — The Islamic State group seized the Iraqi side of a key border crossing with Syria after isolated government forces pulled out, a police officer and a provincial official said.
“Daesh (IS) early this morning took control of the Al-Walid post on the border between Iraq and Syria after the withdrawal of the army and the Iraqi border police,” a police colonel said.
The militants had seized the Syrian side, known as Al-Tanaf, three days earlier, leaving Iraqi forces guarding the remote outpost in Anbar province very vulnerable.
NATO activity near Russian borders increased by 80% – General Staff
There was a sharp increase the intensity of the training of NATO troops near the borders of Russia last year, Russian General Staff said.
“In 2014, the intensity of NATO’s operational and combat training activities has grown by 80 percent,” said Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Main Operation Directorate of General Staff.
The leadership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization made no effort to hide the clear anti-Russian orientation of these activities, he added.
“During this period, NATO created a grouping of its member states’ forces in the Baltic States, consisting of over 10,000 troops, about 1,500 armored vehicles, 80 planes and helicopters and 50 warships,” Kartapolov said during the IV Moscow Conference on International Security.
According to the Lieutenant General, strategic bombers from the US Air Force were used to perform strategic tasks during those exercises.
He also said that the US plans to supply its Eastern European allies with JASSM-ER long-range aviation cruise missiles, which will enable NATO warplanes to hit targets 1,300 kilometers inside the Russian territory.
US, allies saw ISIL as strategic asset against Syria: DIA documents
Newly declassified US intelligence documents reveal the United States and some of its allies had foreseen and facilitated the rise of the ISIL terrorist group in Syria as a counterweight to the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
The conservative government watchdog group, Judicial Watch, has obtained more than 100 pages of classified documents from the US Department of Defense and State Department through a federal lawsuit.
According to one of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) documents, the West, Persian Gulf countries and Turkey explored “the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria” to affect their policies in the region.
“And this is exactly what the supporting powers to the (Syrian) opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime,” said the DIA report, formerly classified “SECRET//NOFORN” and dated August 12, 2012.
Saudi fighter jet shot down in northwestern Yemen
Yemeni air defense forces have shot down a Saudi fighter jet in the northwestern province of Sana’a in Yemen as it was conducting airstrikes against the country.
The Saudi F-16 fighter jet was shot down and subsequently crashed in the Bayt Khayran area of the district of Bani Harith in the northern part of Sana’a.
The fighter jet had reportedly conducted a number of airstrikes against Yemen’s al-Dailami air base.
Israel thanks US for blocking UN nuclear disarmament move
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked the United States for blocking a UN measure that could have forced Israel to disclose its arsenal of nuclear weapons.
More than 150 countries participated in a month-long conference in New York reviewing the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology.
Late on Friday, after four weeks of negotiations at the United Nations on ways to improve compliance with the NPT, the United States announced that there was “no agreement” and accused Arab countries of torpedoing the nuclear disarmament negotiations.
Temple News Alert: Right-wing Jews tour Al-Aqsa compound
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of right-wing Jewish Israelis entered the Al-Aqsa mosque compound under the protection of Israeli forces on Sunday morning to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.
Director of the compound Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani said that tensions quickly rose after the group of up to 50 right-wing Jewish Israelis began to perform religious rites near the compound’s Golden and the Chain Gates.
Israeli police officers reportedly arrested a right-wing Jew after he swore at one of the compound’s Palestinian guards.
Wounded anti-Syria militant being treated in Israel: Report
A recent report has disclosed that a Takfiri terrorist wounded during fierce exchanges of fire with Syrian government forces has been transferred to an Israeli hospital and is receiving medical treatment there.
The 27-year-old militant, whose name has not been revealed, recently sustained shrapnel wounds in the course of clashes with Syrian army troopers and was taken to the Baruch Padeh Medical Center in the northern Israeli settlement of Poriya, located approximately 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) south of the coastal Israeli city of Tiberias, SANA reported Saturday, citing an Israeli media outlet.
The report added that the Israeli medical center has accepted and treated nearly 175 anti-Syria Takfiris ever since foreign-sponsored militancy broke out in Syria in March 2011.
‘US alienation game to spark WW3, not China’s economic failures’
US billionaire investor George Soros warns the world is on the brink of WWIII unless the US financial system opens up to China. But a former US diplomat told RT that it has nothing to do with the economy, but everything with bad US geopolitical policy.
“If there is conflict between China and a military ally of the United States, like Japan, then it is not an exaggeration to say that we are on the threshold of a third world war,” Soros was quoted as saying by MarketWatch at the Bretton Woods conference at the World Bank.
Soros added that if China’s efforts to establish a domestic-driven economy fail, it could turn to launching an external conflict to distract its population.
To avoid disaster, Washington needs to strengthen its economic ties with Beijing, according to Soros.
The former US diplomat and advisor to the Republican Party, James George Jatras, told RT that “a remote possibility” of war is possible, but not because of the economy or China’s currency. Potential conflict could only come from the United States’ poor geopolitical choices that do not benefit the American people.
“I do question the reasons he gives for suspecting that there is this danger… This has nothing to do with the economy, nothing to do with currency, and everything to do with very bad American geopolitical policy that has alienated the Russians, it is alienating the Chinese and pushing the Russian and Chinese closer together. This is not in the American interest,” Jatras said.
The idea that the China will deliberately provoke a confrontation with an American ally to distract its population if its economy has problems in the future is “an absurd suggestion,” he said.
US-led wars and arms sales in Middle East ‘very big business’
Washington says it provides arms to the Middle East in the name of defense, but this activity has fomented wars while fragmenting the region, says Brian Becker from the anti-war Answer Coalition.
As the US defense industry is going through a boom time, the Pentagon has announced new arms contracts for Israel and Saudi Arabia, America’s main allies in the Middle East. Both of these countries are involved in conflicts in the region.
RT: Is the Middle East region turning into an endless source of weapons sales for the United States?
Brian Becker: Yes, indeed. We can see over the past 14 years starting with the US invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, then the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the continued occupation both of those countries for more than a decade. And then the bombing of Libya by NATO powers, led by the US, and then the infusion of funds and arms into the Syrian civil war. All of this has contributed to the fragmentation of the Middle East. But of course it’s been a great source of profit for those who make weapons in the US – the military industrial complex, the war contractors. They are a principle part of the American economy and for them this has been very big business.
US to deploy nuclear-capable bombers to Australia to send message to China
The United States announced that it will deploy nuclear-capable strategic bombers in Australia as China becomes increasingly concerned about US interference at what China claims is its borders.
The United States will station B-1 strategic bombers in Australia, US Assistant Secretary of Defense David Shear told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday.
The move comes amid increasing Chinese concern over the United States’ military activities in the South China Sea.
U.S. proposes military challenge to China over South China Sea claims
The U.S. military is considering using aircraft and Navy ships to directly contest Chinese territorial claims to a chain of rapidly expanding artificial islands, U.S. officials said, in a move that would raise the stakes in a regional showdown over who controls disputed waters in the South China Sea.
Defence Secretary Ash Carter has asked his staff to look at options that include flying Navy surveillance aircraft over the islands and sending U.S. naval ships to well within 12 nautical miles of reefs that have been built up and claimed by the Chinese in an area known as the Spratly Islands.
Bahrain, UK to boost cooperation to tackle threats
Manama: Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa has highlighted the significance of the new British naval base in Bahrain, saying it would strengthen cooperation in addressing threats across the region.
The base will also consolidate relations between Bahrain and the UK, Prince Salman said at a meeting with British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon in London.
The 200-year old ties between Bahrain and the United Kingdom have led to close cooperation across a wide range of areas and military and defence coordination ensure security and stability in the region, the crown prince said, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.