Iraq: Security forces kill 174 IS members in Nineveh:
Operations Command announced on Friday killing 174 members of the Islamic State, while trying to attack security forces in the province, as well as detonating their booby-trapped vehicles.
IS Shows No Sign Of Weakening As Mosul Battle Enters Third Month:
Islamic State fighters have stepped up counterattacks on Iraqi forces in Mosul amid bad weather as the U.S.-backed offensive to capture their last major city stronghold in Iraq enters its third month.
‘IS chief still in Mosul’ claims Iraqi intelligence;
Baghdadi likely remained in the city, and is currently hiding in an underground bunker, Maj. Gen. Fadhil Jalil Barwari said, adding that Iraqi intelligence cannot pin-point his exact location.
U.S. offers $25 million reward for information on Islamic State leader:
The U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice program previously offered $10 million for information on Baghdadi, announced in October 2011. The increase was announced in a statement on Friday.
Turkish jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, kill at least 20: military;
In addition to the 64 targets hit, the military said another 206 Islamic State targets were hit by artillery and other weaponry in its latest operations in northern Syria.
Deadly bombing hits Syrian refugee camp on Jordan border:
At least five people were killed and ten injured Saturday in a deadly bomb attack on a Syrian refugee camp on the border with Jordan, local sources said.
14 US Coalition Military Officers Captured by Syrian Special Forces in East Aleppo Bunker: Report:
According to Alcharifi, captured « NATO » officers were from a number of member states including the US, France, Germany and Turkey, as well as Israel.
UK, US have vaslty different estimates of total ISIS fighters killed
U.K. Defense Secretary estimated that 25,000 ISIS fighters had been killed during the campaign. A senior military official told CNN last week that the Pentagon’s conservative estimate is that 50,000 ISIS soldiers have been killed.
Liberation of E. Aleppo has allowed ‘genuine’ separation of ‘moderate rebels’ from radicals – MoD:
« The accomplished operation of the Russian Reconciliation Center [in Syria] to safely withdraw militants from [eastern] Aleppo with their families is unique, not only because the lives of nearly 10,000 Syrians were saved, » he stated.
Aleppo Liberation Exposed Mainstream Media and Their Lies About Syria:
« I can categorically and unequivocally say that the majority of their reports are based on unverified sources and are blatantly untrue, » Beeley said.
Over 3,400 Militants Surrender to Syrian Army in Aleppo:
« A total number of 3,406 militants of the so-called moderate opposition groups have surrendered during the liberation of Eastern Aleppo, and over 3,000 of them have been pardoned, »
Car Bomb Kills 13, Wounds 56 in Turkey;
President Tayyip Erdogan blamed Kurdish militants for the attack, as he has waged a fierce crackdown against anyone who supports the Kurdish movement.
Explosions in Istanbul as angry mobs storm HDP offices:
Angry mobs stormed the premises of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) offices across Turkey on Saturday evening, with initial reports suggesting the involvement of ultra-nationalists.
Hamas blames Israel for assassination of drone chief;
Palestinian group says Zawari was part of its military wing for 10 years and vowed revenge against « the Zionist enemy ».
Peace prospects dead if Trump moves U.S. embassy to Jerusalem: Palestinian aide:
A senior Palestinian official warned on Friday that implementation of Donald Trump’s pledge to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem would destroy any prospects for peace with Israel
Israeli President Promises to Help Ukraine Return Crimea:
« We Have a Plan to liberate Crimea from Putin’s ‘Dictators’ Club »
Fierce clashes reported in Yemen-Saudi border:
Yemen’s dominant Houthi group said Saturday that its fighters have repelled a major offensive launched by their foes of Saudi government troops in Alab border crossing, between Saudi Asir region and Yemeni northern Houthi stronghold of Saada
UK ‘secretly selling arms to Saudi Arabia and elsewhere under opaque licensing :
Many of the countries buying British arms are run by governments with dubious human rights records, even though the destinations of such exports are supposed to meet human rights standards.
Did Satellites Expose A Secret American Drone Hangar In A Saudi Desert?:
Did this satellite just happen to reveal the location of a secret U.S. military airport used to conduct drone operations in Yemen?
Iran calls for meeting of nuclear deal powers over U.S. sanctions;
Iran has requested a meeting of a commission overseeing the implementation of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Iranian state media reported on Saturday, in response to what Tehran calls a U.S. violation of the agreement.
Twelve soldiers killed in attack on Burkina Faso army post;
A dozen soldiers were killed in northern Burkina Faso when unidentified gunmen attacked a military post near the border with Mali, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said on Friday, calling the assailants « forces of evil ».
16 ISIS loyalists killed in US airstrike in East of Afghanistan;
According to a statement released by the provincial police commandment, the militants were killed in a drone strike conducted in Achin district late on Friday night.
Gunmen kill five female Afghan airport staff in Kandahar;
Samim Khpulwak, spokesman for the governor of Kandahar, said the five women were in charge of searching female travelers at the Kandahar airport, and had been hired by a private security company.
Kashmir, 3 soldiers killed:
Motorcycle-riding militants fired on an army bus in southern Kashmir on Saturday, killing three soldiers, but the fatalities could have been higher had the driver not kept going despite being shot, police said.
Duterte’s drug war: Death toll goes past 6,000:
More than 1,000 people have been killed every month during the first six months of Duterte’s term.
Russia, Japan sign 68 agreements during Putin’s visit: officials:
Among business-to-business deals reached, gas giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM) signed agreements on strategic cooperation with trading houses Mitsui & Co (8031.T) and Mitsubishi Corp (8058.T).
Russia launched ‘cyberwar & propaganda campaign’ against UK – media;
The Russian embassy in the UK has demanded « proof » as critics label the allegations « psycho propaganda » and say the accusations are « a new low. »
US sends 1,600 tanks to the Netherlands as NATO’s presence in Europe hits RECORD HIGH;
Plans to open more storage sites in Poland, Belgium and Germany have also been put forward as part of a £2.7billion ($3.4billion) Congress-approved scheme to boost Nato’s presence in Europe.
Obama vows to slap Russia over alledged hacking;
President Barack Obama, who has vowed to retaliate against Moscow over its election cyber-meddling, faces the media Friday as tensions soar with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, whose Syria strategy has left Washington on the back foot.
Russia tells US to prove campaign hacking claims or shut up:
The United States must either stop accusing Russia of meddling in its elections or prove it, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
Intelligence sources say « Russians are hacking the hell out of us »:
American intelligence officials have told CBS they are convinced that Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential election was approved by Putin, and that he was aware of attacks that began in July of last year.
CIA Cloud Over Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post:
Petition calls on the Washington Post to be « fully candid with its readers about the fact that the newspaper’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA. »
CIA meddled in ‘hundreds’ of elections: Ron Paul :
« The American people should be worried about the influence of our CIA in other people’s elections, I mean probably hundreds. It’s constant, » he said, even going as far as to allude to « domestic assassinations » the CIA has allegedly taken part in.
Obama is bombing Syria and trying to oust Assad yet complains that Russia meddled in the election :
Yes. That is how stupid things are today. America has been in the business of ‘nation building’ for generations – installing and deposing of nations leaders whenever they felt like it.
Protests flare over Venezuela cash chaos; three deaths reported;
Protests and looting broke out in parts of Venezuela on Friday due to a lack of cash after the socialist government suddenly pulled the nation’s largest banknote from circulation in the midst of a brutal economic crisis.
Venezuelans Take to Streets in Thousands to Support Government:
Thousands of Venezuelans poured into the streets of Caracas on Saturday to protest against hoarders and speculators, who they say are responsible for what the government has described as an « economic war »
U.S. to disclose estimate of number of Americans under surveillance;
The U.S. intelligence community will soon disclose an estimate of the number of Americans whose electronic communications have been caught in the crosshairs of online surveillance programs
Report: 820,000 criminal illegals, 84% with felonies, serious misdemeanors:
« Some estimates say that there are only 820,000 undocumented immigrants with criminal records in the country, including 690,000 with a felony or serious misdemeanor conviction, » said that report.
President Obama’s final press conference of 2016 : Video –
President Barack Obama faced questions about the war in Syria, the investigation to determine if Russia hacked the DNC, and Hillary Clinton’s emails during his final press conference of 2016.
Long-Shot to Block Trump Lands at Electoral College Monday;
Sixty-two electors have asked for briefing on Russian hacking