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Posts Tagged ‘ Middle East ’

Defense Secretary James Mattis: U.S. Won’t Seize Iraq’s Oil

20/02/2017

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday said that the U.S. would not try to seize Iraq’s oil, an idea President Trump floated last month that has upset Iraqi leaders. Some local lawmakers have been pressuring Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to cut back on the country’s cooperation with the U.S. due to Trump’s oil threat...
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48 Jewish Community Centers Received Bomb Threats

16/02/2017

The coordinated threats started on the East Coast and spread west two weeks ago, culminating in the evacuation of 14 centers on Tuesday. U.S. Jews insist the threats should not be dismissed just because no bombs have been found. 57 bomb threats to 48 Jewish centers around the United States were made throughout the...
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Israel PM Netanhayu & Trump To Meet On Wednesday [VIDEO]

13/02/2017

PM Benjamin Netanhayu it’s on his way to Washington, where he plans to present Trump with Israel’s position on issues of vital interest, including Iran, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “I am going to Washington to have a very important meeting with President Trump and I will also be meeting with Vice President ...
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Hundreds Arrested In Surge Of Immigration Raids In At Least 6 States

11/02/2017

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least six states this week in a surge of what federal officials labeled “routine enforcement actions.” The raids targeted illegal immigrants known to have criminal records beyond their immigration status, though some immigrants without a history of crime were arrested...
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Massive Rally In Iran Against Donald Trump Chanting ‘Death To America’

10/02/2017

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied on Friday to swear allegiance to the clerical establishment following U.S. President Donald Trump’s warning that he had put the Islamic Republic “on notice”, state TV reported. On the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, which toppled the U.S.-backed shah, marchers including hundreds of military personnel and policemen...
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Michael Flynn Reportedly Discussed Sanctions With Russia

10/02/2017

Members of the Trump administration — including Vice President Mike Pence — have said Michael Flynn, President Trump’s national security adviser, never discussed U.S. sanctions with the Russian ambassador to Washington before the inauguration. Several current and former U.S. officials have told The Washington Post and The New York Times that this isn’t true,...
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Federal Court Rules Against Trump & Reinstating Travel Ban

09/02/2017

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled against reinstating President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. READ THE COURT’S RULING (PDF) CLICK HERE Citing a failure by the government to show that a stay of a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban would “cause irreparable damage,” a panel of...
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Trump Pretends Gorsuch Didn’t Say What He Said

09/02/2017

Donald Trump attempted to whitewash critical remarks made about him by his own SCOTUS pick Thursday morning. Even though a representative for Neil Gorsuch confirmed that he had expressed dismay at the president’s attack on a federal judge, Trump claimed his words had been twisted. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, told the media that...
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Gorsuch Calls Trump Comments On Judiciary ‘Demoralizing’

08/02/2017

President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court expressed to lawmakers on Wednesday that he was upset to see the president attacking the federal judge who temporarily suspended his ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. In a private meeting with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), SCOTUS pick Neil Gorsuch said it was “disheartening” and “demoralizing”...
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Yemen Withdraws Permission For U.S. Anti-Terror Ground Missions

08/02/2017

U.S. officials say that the Yemeni government, upset over the deaths of several civilians in a raid authorized last month by President Trump, has suspended anti-terrorism commando operations by the United States inside the country, The New York Times reports. This does not affect military drone attacks or the advisers there working with Yemeni...
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Federal Judges To Hear Challenge To Trump’s Travel Ban Tuesday

07/02/2017

On Monday evening, the Department of Justice filed a 15-page brief defending President Trump’s executive order on immigration, and moments later, it was announced the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a challenge to his travel ban on Tuesday. Last week, a federal judge temporarily suspended parts of the travel ban against people...
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Trump Administration Imposes New Iran Sanctions [VIDEO]

03/02/2017

President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran on Friday morning, days after White House officials warned Tehran of being put “on notice” for its ballistic-missile test firings last weekend. The executive order targeted individuals and companies, and resemble the moves made by the Obama administration after previous tests. The White House has not...
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Poll: Only 31% of Americans Think Trump Ban Makes U.S. Safer

01/02/2017

Just one-third of Americans say they believe President Trump’s new immigration ban will help protect them from terrorism, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. The study, conducted Jan. 30 and 31, found that one in two Americans—49 percent—backed the ban. But only about 31 percent of those polled said they believed it makes...
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SEAL, American Girl Die in First Trump-Era U.S. Military Raid

31/01/2017

In addition to a Navy SEAL being killed during U.S. raid in Yemen on Sunday, NBC News confirmed that also killed in the firefight was the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born al Qaeda leader who was killed by U.S. forces five years ago. The strike in southern Yemen was ordered by President...
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Trump Blames Airport Chaos on Delta

30/01/2017

Airports all over the United States spun into crisis over the weekend after President Trump signed an order closing the nation to refugees and to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Lawyers and protesters rushed to the aid of American residents who were barred from reentry, and legal battles began all over the country....
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Refugees Detained at U.S. Airports Take Legal Action Over Trump’s Order

28/01/2017

Right after President Trump signed an executive order that bans U.S. entry from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia for 90 days while suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, the rule already faces partial challenge in court. Immigration lawyers acting on behalf of two Iraqi men, one a former...
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Trump Expected To Order Construction Of Mexican Border Wall

25/01/2017

On Wednesday, President Trump will order the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials told The New York Times. Trump will sign an executive order at the Department of Homeland Security ordering that federal funds be shifted in order to build the wall, which during his campaign he vowed would...
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Burning Tehran High-Rise Collapses, Kills 50 Firefighters [VIDEO]

19/01/2017

The collapse of a Tehran high-rise building engulfed in flames killed at least 50 firefighters and injured at least 75 more people Thursday, state media reported. The Plasco, considered an iconic building in the center of the Iranian capital, was seen crumbling to the ground on live television after firefighters fought the fire for...
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Turkey Nightclub Attack Suspect Confesses [VIDEO]

17/01/2017

The suspected shooter in the New Year’s Eve attack on an upscale nightclub in Istanbul was captured late Monday night and then reportedly confessed to his actions. Abdulkadir Masharipov, reported to be from Uzbekistan, appears in photos posted by Turkish state media with a heavily bruised face. Masharipov, who was detained in the Esenyurt...
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James Mattis, Ben Carson, Mike Pompeo Senate Hearings – WATCH LIVE

12/01/2017

President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet hearings continue Thursday with secretary of defense nominee James Mattis, secretary of housing and urban development nominee Ben Carson, and CIA director nominee Mike Pompeo. WATCH LIVE SENATE QUESTIONS TRUMP’S PICKS CIA CHIEF, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE & SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT < ----- While Rep. Pompeo (R-Kan.), a...
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Rex Tillerson Trump’s Secretary Of State Faces Senate Grilling

11/01/2017

The second day of Senate confirmation hearings started Wednesday morning with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, former ExxonMobil executive Rex Tillerson facing heavy questioning, especially due to his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson has downplayed his relationship with Russia, though, and his prepared remarks claim “Russia today poses a...
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4 Dead in Jerusalem Truck Attack [VIDEO]

08/01/2017

At least four people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured in a truck attack in Jerusalem on Sunday, Israeli officials said. A spokesperson for Israel’s foreign press described it as a “possible terrorist attack” which hit soldiers as they were getting off of a bus. The perpetrator was then shot....
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ISIS Claims Deadly Istanbul Nightclub Attack [VIDEO]

02/01/2017

ISIS claimed responsibility Monday morning for a deadly New Year’s Eve gun attack on Istanbul’s popular Reina nightclub, seeming to confirm the assessment of Turkish and U.S. intelligence officials. Turkish police have reportedly detained eight people in connection with the attack, although the gunman — who killed 39 people including 25 foreigners — is...
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Russia: Syria Regime, Rebels Agree To Ceasefire Deal

29/12/2016

On Thursday, Russian state media announced a cease-fire between the Syrian government and Syrian rebel groups. “Reports have just arrived that several hours ago there was a development that we all have looked and worked for for so long,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “Three documents have been signed. A cease-fire between the Syrian...
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Israel Moves Ahead With East Jerusalem Settlement Plan Despite UN Vote

27/12/2016

Following the U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the building of settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said Tuesday the country is limiting its “work contacts” with 10 countries that voted in its favor. A spokesman explained Israel would curtail “travels of officials from Israel” to Britain, Russia, France,...
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Israel Censures Ambassadors For UN Vote [VIDEO]

26/12/2016

Israel has summoned ambassa-dors from countries that voted against for a United Nations resolution this week against settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The measure passed after the United States did not vote instead of vetoing the measure. “From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration...
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US Abstains As UN Votes To End Israeli Settlements

23/12/2016

The United Nations Security Council on Friday voted in favor of a resolution calling for the end of Israeli settlements. Fourteen of the body’s 15 member states voted in favor of the measure, while the United States abstained. In advance of the vote, Democratic and Republican lawmakers called on the Obama administration to block...
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Italian Police Kill Berlin Market Attack Suspect Anis Amri In Milan

23/12/2016

Police in Milan have shot and killed Anis Amri, the Tunisian man believed to have carried out the deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said Friday morning. “The person who was killed, there is no doubt that he is Anis Amri,” Minniti said, confirming...
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Trump Urges Obama To Veto U.N. Resolution On Israeli Settlements

22/12/2016

President-elect Donald J. Trump publicly pressured President Obama on Thursday to veto a United Nations resolution critical of Israel, the newly elected leaders most direct intervention in foreign policy during his transition to power. Mr. Trump called on the president to use the United States veto in the United Nations Security Council to block...
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Berlin’s Most Wanted: Germany Search For Tunisian Suspect

21/12/2016

German investigators are searching for a Tunisian man whose identity document was found in the cab of the 18-wheeler that crashed into a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, German media reported Wednesday. According to Der Spiegel, the temporary residency permit points to a man in his early 20s who goes by the name...
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