Seven reasons to oppose Egyptian dictator General Sisi’s visit

El-Sisi, the 2013 coup leader and self appointed ruler of Egypt, is visiting the UK in the first week of November 2015

Letter calling on the government to cancel Egyptian dictator Sisi’s visit, signed by MPs, campaigners and activists, prominent cultural figures, and many more…

Seven reasons to oppose Egyptian dictator General Sisi’s visit

1. Sisi destroyed the aspirations of millions of Egyptians who took part in the January 25th revolution, setting the historic clock backwards and abruptly ending the nascent democratic experiment that replaced 30 years of Mubarak dictatorship. Regretfully, the dictatorship is back to business in Egypt, with Egyptian rulers brazenly trampling on the rights of citizens while Western governments support it [1].

2. In August 2013, General Sisi spearheaded Raba’a Massacre; the massacre that was described by Human Rights Watch as “one of the world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history”. Till now, no official has been held accountable for the killing of more than 860 in 12 hours. This was not the first time General Sisi played a key role in the mass killing of demonstrators: in 2011, as director of Military Intelligence and a member of the ruling Military Council, he bears responsibility for the massacre of 27 Coptic Christian protesters during a demonstration they had in front of Maspero. [2]

3. Sisi is a brutal dictator who presided over the killing of about 2,500 people and the imprisonment of over 40,000 for political reasons. [3]

4. Sisi’s one year in power has been described by a local human rights organization as “the worst ever in terms of human rights violations since 1993”, and by HRW as the “Year of Abuses” with hundreds of cases of torture, almost a thousand cases of enforced disappearances, and scores of documented rape. [4, 5]

5. Sisi waged a war on free speech, shut down independent TV channels, expanded media censorship, imprisoned journalists and uses state media as a fascist propaganda mouthpiece, inciting hatred, violence and spreading lies and rumours to influence the masses. [6]

6. Sisi, together with Israel, enforces the tight illegal blockade of Gaza, going as far as flooding the tunnels – a lifeline for besieged Gaza – and creating a sea-water moat along the Egypt-Gaza border. This, in effect, salinates and pollutes the aquifer that is the major source of fresh water for drinking and irrigation for Gazans. [7]

7. By presenting himself as the bulwark of security and stability, Western Governments have been willing to turn a blind eye to Sisi’s abuses. In reality, security in Egypt has deteriorated under his rule. His determination to eliminate moderate political opponents is feeding into the growth of violent extremism. [8]

Things you can do immediately to oppose Sisi’s visit

1. Tell Cameron that Sisi is not welcome in the UK: Join the demonstration called for by Stop The War, the Egyptian Revolutionary Council, Stop Sisi Campaign, Muslim Association of Britain,  the Egyptian Solidarity Initiative, 6th of April Movement and FOSIS. The protest, on November the 4th, 2015, is against Sisi’s visit and will be in front of 10 Downing Street from 17:00 to 19:00.

2. Write to your MP, using this tool or independently. Ask them to reject Sisi’s visit by signing the Early day Motion which already has 279 signatories, 49 of which are MPs.

3. Sign the petition on the UK Government website: Cancel Sisi’s invitation to the UK.

(Source / 05.11.2015)

Israeli Forces Briefly Infiltrate Gaza Border

On Thursday, a number of Israeli armored tanks infiltrated the border with Gaza from the eastern part of al-Qarara town, to the northeast of Khan Younes, according to local sources.

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WAFA correspondence said that three Israeli armored tanks and three bulldozers stationed at the Israeli ‘Kissufim’ military base, close to the border fence east of Khan Younes, advanced over 150 meters into Gaza’s agricultural lands, opening fire toward agricultural facilities in the area.

During the provocative incursion, the Israeli military also fired smoke bombs in the area and razed a number of tracts of agricultural land along the borderline.

Since 2005, Israel unilaterally imposed a 300-meter-wide buffer zone along the Gaza border, sharply affecting the livelihood of tens of thousands of Gaza farmers, who rely heavily on agriculture to provide for their families.

As of 2010, UN-OCHA estimated that 35 percent of Gaza’s agricultural land is located in restricted-access areas, affecting the lives and livelihoods of approximately 113,000 people.

Farmers in farmlands on the borders say their situation has only worsened since the last war ended in 2014, pointing to the Israeli military’s frequent incursions into their lands and its practice of firing live ammunition at farmers who enter the ‘buffer zone’ between Gaza and Israel.

Israel and the Palestinian factions, under Egyptian auspices, signed a ceasefire deal on August 26, 2014 which put an end to the Israeli onslaught on Gaza, which claimed the lives of over 2,200 Gaza refugees, overwhelmingly civilians.

(Source / 05.11.2015)

12 Palestinians kidnapped during Israeli overnight raids

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) rounded up at dawn Thursday 12 Palestinian citizens after brutally storming and searching their homes throughout the West Bank.

Israeli media sources claimed 12 “wanted” Palestinians were detained overnight for being involved in alleged attacks against Israeli soldiers and settlers and for being affiliated to Hamas Movement.

The reported arrests were mainly carried out in Ramallah, Jenin, and al-Khalil.

Israel has recently intensified its arrest campaigns throughout occupied West Bank and Jerusalem in a failed attempt to deter the Jerusalem Intifada (uprising).

More than 1,100 Palestinians, mostly children and minors, were detained since the outbreak of the uprising on October 1.

(Source / 05.11.2015)

The US Intervention In Syria Was Planned Since 2012

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The ‘no boots on the ground’ narrative was deceptive from the start.

The mainstream media continues its job as Praetorian Guard by consuming the airways with whether Obama’s putting troops in Syria really means “boots on the ground.” The drama centers on the status of their vaunted Special Forces, which enjoy greater discretion in murdering people and, it seems, don’t wear real boots.

The increasing U.S. intervention in Syria, through overt and covert means, is playing out a well-known strategy of those in the business of global hegemony—one known as the Hegelian Dialectic.

We now appear to be starting the “solution phase” of a Problem-Reaction-Solution method used for many goals of the State. Here it serves to exert control over foreign lands through death and destruction. Create the problem, stoke the reaction, and provide the solution.

Creating the problem involved nurturing those who would become ISIS, as the U.S. did al Qaida in its proxy war against the Russians in the 1980s. In its drive to unseat President Assad, the U.S.-led cabal armed and supported those who would rebel against Assad, but also brutally murder innocent people.

While the problem was being created, stoking the public reaction became a priority. A recent example includes the FBI saying that ISIS has been trying to attack the U.S. energy infrastructure, which the MSM readily echoed. Of course, the hackers were weak and the attempts not even close to being effective, but this act (which many 12-year-olds could likely duplicate) became a cause for war.

The path to a “solution” was no accident, and the solution being brought to Syria—courtesy of bombs, bullets and now boots on the ground—was years in the making.

One of the most important advisory organizations to the U.S. government, the Brookings Institution, described how events can be manipulated to result in military involvement. This would enable the creation of “buffer zones,” a key move in the modern pursuit of conquest.

In 2012, the Brookings Institution wrote in Assessing Options for Regime Change:

“An alternative is for diplomatic efforts to focus first on how to end the violence and how to gain humanitarian access… This may lead to the creation of safe-havens and humanitarian corridors, which would have to be backed by limited military power. This would, of course, fall short of U.S. goals for Syria and could preserve Asad in power. From that starting point, however, it is possible that a broad coalition with the appropriate international mandate could add further coercive action to its efforts.

The first step in gaining control of Syria—or causing its division and destruction—is to create buffer zones or “safe havens,” which Brookings and others have long called for. The insertion of Special Forces in addition to air campaigns accomplishes this.

In June 2015, Brookings wrote in Deconstructing Syria: A new strategy for America’s most hopeless war:

The idea would be to help moderate elements establish reliable safe zones within Syria once they were able. American, as well as Saudi and Turkish and British and Jordanian and other Arab forces would act in support, not only from the air but eventually on the ground via the presence of special forces as well. The approach would benefit from Syria’s open desert terrain which could allow creation of buffer zones that could be monitored for possible signs of enemy attack through a combination of technologies, patrols, and other methods that outside special forces could help Syrian local fighters set up.

Were Assad foolish enough to challenge these zones, even if he somehow forced the withdrawal of the outside special forces, he would be likely to lose his air power in ensuing retaliatory strikes by outside forces, depriving his military of one of its few advantages over ISIL.Thus, he would be unlikely to do this.

While the purported goal of Obama’s use of Special Forces is to help in the battle against the Islamic State in northern Syria, it is no coincidence that the territory is in a desired buffer zone.

Of course, Russia’s military involvement on behalf of Damascus throws a wrench into the U.S. pursuit of regime change. This solution phase of the Hegelian Dialectic might not be able to survive a move by the target nation to enlist the help of another world power.

Highlighting the absurd nature of current events is the fact that Russia is operating legally (at the request of the Syrian government), while the U.S. and its allies do not have any standing by international law to be invading the country.

The story that we have to go into other countries to fight against some nebulous threat to U.S. interests is a familiar one, of course. It already played out in Iraq and Afghanistan.

(Source / 05.11.2015)

Israel’s falsified fear of a one-state solution

By Ben White

Warnings about the dangers of a unitary Israel/Palestine have confused the segregated status quo with a future, one-state democracy

Speaking in Washington DC last week, US Secretary of State John Kerry described “the current situation” between Israel and the Palestinians as “simply not sustainable”.

The senior diplomat reaffirmed that his government sees a “two-state solution” as “the only viable alternative” to the status quo. “Anybody who thinks otherwise,” he added, “can measure what unitary looks like by just looking at what’s been occurring over the past few weeks.”

Kerry’s comments have been echoed by a number of commentators, who have similarly sought to affirm the case for a two-state solution – while simultaneously attacking the idea of a ‘one state’ solution – by pointing to the intensification of violence since September/October.

Writing in the New Statesman, Ari Shavit – described by the magazine’s editor as one of Israel’s “leading liberal voices” – claimed that “the difficult events of this dark autumn have revealed… the true and terrifying meaning of an increasingly fashionable idea – the one-state solution.”

According to Shavit, “what has occurred in the Promised Land over the past few weeks should be heard as a powerful wake-up call…that says there is no other solution than the two-state solution. A wake-up call that says the one-state solution is a deadly solution.”

He was not alone. In Haaretz, Asher Schechter argued that the recent violence was “not an intifada” but “something far more sinister: A terrifying preview to a binational, one-state Israel that already exists to a large degree on the ground.”

The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland, meanwhile, wrote last week that without a two-state solution, Israel’s future was “either an apartheid state or a binational entity fated to never-ending inter-ethnic violence, of the kind so gruesomely previewed in the last few weeks of stabbings and shootings”.

What characterises these proclamations is a failure to distinguish between the status quo, and a future, one state, decolonised democracy. “Hallelujah, Gush Emunim nationalists; Hallelujah BDS liberals,” Shavit sarcastically wrote: “the bi-national reality is taking shape.”

The man hailed by Western liberals for his angst-ridden apologia for ethnic cleansing lumps together “the messianic religious nationalist right and the intellectuals of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement” as authors of “different forms” of the same “insane… idea”.

This misrepresentation of a democratic, single state for Israeli Jews and Palestinians is either cynically, deliberately disingenuous, or indicative of a total failure to engage with the substance of the idea (while damning it left, right and centre).

Schechter does in fact make a distinction, noting in passing that “a fully equal binational state might stop it [the unrest], but the chances of that happening are slim”. But this is not developed, and why the chances are “slim,” he does not say.

The Palestinians’ latest anti-colonial revolt is a product of the de facto “one state,” status quo, an on-the-ground apartheid reality that has been decades in the making. One in seven Palestinians are second-class citizens; a third are under military rule; half are excluded from their homeland.

Over the years, Israel has developed a system, based on legislation, walls, and lethal violence, designed to maintain a regime of privileges for Jews at the expense of Palestinians. The Israeli state controls the lives of all those resident between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, and affords or denies rights on a discriminatory basis.

The Israeli right represented by Prime Minister Netanyahu wants the status quo for as long as possible – the permanently temporary occupation. The Israeli right of Naftali Bennett and Tzipi Hotovely wants to take the necessary steps to create a single, defiantly apartheid state.

The Israeli left, the opposition represented by Tzipi Livni and Labor’s Isaac Herzog, want “separation” through the form of a Palestinian Bantustan state: in Rabin’s words, “an entity which is less than a state”. Or as Ehud Barak’s 1999 election campaign slogan put it: “Us here, them over there.”

The liberal Zionist appeal for separation is rooted in the belief that this is the way to protect an artificially and violently created “Jewish majority”; advocating such a course in the name of “security” is less honest, but presumed to be more palatable for some.

Back in March, the famed Israeli author Amos Oz dismissed the idea of one state as “delusional”; the “fantasy” of “equality,” he wrote, would guarantee a future “internal bloodbath”. Under the Apartheid regime, white South Africans also feared that a transition to democracy would mean “violence, total collapse, expulsion and flight”.

Contrast the settler-colonial paranoia of Oz with the conclusion of Gideon Levy, who has taken some time to abandon the two-state framework. Now, however, he has no illusions: “Out of the fire and despair, we must start talking about the last way out: equal rights for all. For Jews and Arabs. One state is already here, and has been for a long time. All it needs is to be just and do the right thing.”

Decades of attempted partition have failed. The Palestinians have not accepted the colonisation of their homeland. Population dispersal, water and natural resources, geography, transport networks – it is the one state solution that is “practical,” not two-state segregation. Violence is a consequence of the apartheid status quo, and the solution is decolonisation.

(Source / 05.11.2015)

Violent clashes with invading troops in Jenin

JENIN, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Thursday stormed Jenin city and its refugee camp and clashed with local young men in different areas.

Local sources said that violent clashes started after Israeli soldiers aboard more than 20 military vehicles invaded Jenin and ransacked homes in different areas, particularly in al-Hadaf neighborhood.

The invading troops intensively fired tear gas and stun grenades at the protesters, who responded by throwing stones and empty bottles and closing roads with burning tires.

Some homemade explosive devices were reportedly used against the troops during the events.

The IOF also stormed al-Jaberiyat neighborhood in the city and physically assaulted Palestinian citizens during raids on homes.

(Source / 05.11.2015)

Israeli soldier named ‘Terminator’ after shooting dead 3 Palestinians

Photo taken from the spokesperson of Israel’s defense forces

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli soldier on Thursday was revered in an American Jewish weekly as “Terminator” after he shot and killed three Palestinians in nine days.The headline of the article published in The Jewish Press begins “Meet the Terminator,” referring to the indestructible cyborg of the Hollywood film franchise.Identified on Israeli news sites as “Corporal T’,” the soldier shot and killed Malik Talal al-Shareef, 25, after an alleged stabbing attempt on an Israeli soldier in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem on Thursday.The soldier also killed two Palestinians in the settlement bloc last week, according to reports.Shadi Nabil Abd al-Muti Dweik, 22, and Shabaan Abu Shkeidem, 17, were shot dead in the area after an Israeli soldier was stabbed and injured.“Corporal T’,” who has reportedly spent just two months in operational duty, was described by his officers as a “young warrior,” according to The Jewish Press.Israeli news site Ynet also praised the soldier’s actions, citing his “alert and accurate response” during the incidents as “impressive.”The glorification of the 19-year-old soldier comes after a number of Palestinian deaths over the last month caused widespread criticism of Israel’s “shoot to kill” policy advocated by Israeli officials.Over 70 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of last month, the majority during alleged, attempted, and actual attacks on Israeli military and civilians.Israeli rights group B’Tselem said that the policy led to high numbers of unnecessary deaths during October.Last month UN Secretery-General Ban-Ki Moon said that “a number of incidents, many caught on video and widely disseminated, call into question the degree of response, including the apparent disproportionate use of lethal force as a first resort.”

(Source / 05.11.2015)

Israel steals slain Palestinians’ organs

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Riyad Mansour said that Israel is harvesting the organs of Palestinians killed during the ongoing Jerusalem Intifada.

Riyad Mansour said in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday that the bodies of the Palestinians killed by Israeli forces are “returned with missing corneas and other organs, further confirming past reports about organ harvesting by the occupying power.”

“A medical examination conducted on bodies of Palestinians returned after they were killed by the occupying power found that they were missing organs,” Mansour wrote in the letter.

The issue of organ theft by Israel was first brought to the fore in a report published by Sweden’s most highly-circulated daily Aftonbladet in 2009.

The New York Times has also reported in 2014 that “transplant brokers in Israel have pocketed enormous sums of money.” Based on the report “Israelis have played a ‘disproportionate role’ in organ trafficking since 2000.”

According to the latest figures by the Palestinian Health Ministry, at least 74 Palestinians were shot and killed at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of October.

The bodies of the Palestinian victims are most often held in Israeli custody for long periods of time before they are returned to relatives.

(Source / 05.11.2015)

ROJAVA UPDATE 155: SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCE MAKES GAINS AROUND AL-HAWL, WHILE BOTH COALITION AND RUSSIANS BOMB RAQQAH

By Peter Clifford           ©           (www.petercliffordonline.com/syria-iraq-news-5/)

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In the eastern part of Hasakah province, the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF), the new alliance of Kurdish YPG and Arabic forces, has made good advances against the Islamic State, seizing a gas extraction station and a 6 villages near Al-Hawl yesterday, Tuesday.

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SDF in the Hasakah Countryside Prior to the Battles Against IS

Backed by Coalition airstrikes, the SDF has liberated the villages of Hilul, Rabiaa, Al-Eli, Beit Hussein, Safiyah and Horrem and reports say at least 13 x IS Jihadists were killed in the fighting with many more injured.

In fact other reports say that the hospitals at both IS-held Al-Hawl and Shaddadi are crammed with injured IS fighters.

IS are doing everything to try and keep control of Al-Hawl, sending out 5 vehicle bombs on Monday alone.

One car bomb killed 3 SDF fighters and another 2 were killed in other battles in the area.

Latest information says that the SDF are in control of the Hasakah – Al-Hawl road and of the Syria/Iraq border east of Al-Hawl.

Other reports say that SDF have also taken over a 2nd gas extraction station and a strategic hill overlooking the nearby Lake Khatoneh east of Al-Hawl.

North of Al-Hawl, the SDF seized a store containing 500 x IS mines and found the bodies of 6 x IS Jihadists along with their weapons.

More recent unconfirmed reports say that the SDF have now liberated the villages of Xizela and Wensa as well.

On Monday at least 8 x IS Jihadists were killed in fighting but IS managed to detonate a suicide bomb near a SDF convoy of nearly 70 vehicles full of fighters moving into the combat zone south of Tel Brak. The car bomb was loaded with an estimated 20 tons of explosive and a number of vehicles were destroyed.

In an attempt to confuse Coalition aircraft, IS set fire to a small oil well east of Al-Hawl producing clouds of black smoke. However, this was ineffective.

After seeming to withdraw from major operations over Syria until an agreement to avoid collisions with Russian aircraft was in place, the Coalition has this week returned to action, making 10 airstrikes in Syria on Monday and 7 on Tuesday.

On Monday there was one Coalition strike near Al-Hawl which destroyed one of the IS vehicle bombs and 2 strikes near Hasakah destroying 5 x IS fighting positions, an IS rocket, 2 x IS vehicles and wounding an IS fighter, as well as hitting 2 x IS tactical units.

Near Raqqah, 1 strike hit another IS tactical unit, destroyed an IS vehicle and wounded 3 x IS fighters. There were also 3 other strikes further south in Aleppo province at Mar’a.

On Tuesday, 3 airstrikes near Hasakah hit 3 separate tactical units and destroyed 6 x IS fighting positions. The other strikes were at Mar’a again and at Deir Ez-Zour where 2 strikes hit an IS oil pump and destroyed 2 x IS front-end loaders, 3 x IS cranes and an IS pump truck.

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Kurdish Fighter Behind Barricade on the Banks of the Euphrates Opposite IS

Reports from Russia say that live tests have been run between US and Russian pilots flying over Syria and safety protocols are now working. Al Jazeera has more information.

The Russians have also said they are receiving co-ordinates from the “Syrian Opposition” for attacking IS targets, but have not said from whom.

The general consensus is that this is most likely to be from the Kurdish YPG who are well practised in providing this information accurately to the Coalition.

Their were reports of 2 dozen airstrikes on the Syrian IS “capital” of Raqqah yesterday, Tuesday, at least 10 of them from Russian aircraft, leaving many 14 x Jihadists dead and 10 injured.

8 civilians were also reported killed and inevitably there will be many more civilian deaths until Raqqah is abandoned.

Reports late in the afternoon, today, Wednesday, say that the National Hospital in Raqqah has now been closed after being bombed by Russian aircraft.

Interesting article in the New York Times which claims that the SDF exists in name only, though recent reports from ground suggest otherwise.

However, it may just be a device created by the US to allow the main and most effective fighting force, the Kurdish YPG, to operate on nominal Arab territory without the usual cries of dissent. If if drives out the Islamic State, who cares who is the driving force behind it?

Lastly form northern Syria, there is an unconfirmed report from Kobane that a number of Asayish (Kurdish Security Police) have resigned because of “corruption issues” in the city. More information awaited.

Meanwhile, over in Iraq, the Islamic State are reported to have sent reinforcements to Sinjar in response to a renewed campaign by the Kurdish Peshmerga to retake both the city and the Sinjar region. The Coalition have made 9 airstrikes on IS positions in Sinjar in the last 2 days.

OPPOSITION RETAKE MOREK IN HAMA PROVINCE AFTER FAILED REGIME CAMPAIGN, BUT ASSAD’S FORCES REOPEN HAMA-ALEPPO HIGHWAY:

In Hama province, the Opposition continue to gain ground after the failed Assad regime campaign to “regain territory”.

Yesterday, Tuesday, Opposition fighters re-captured Tell Othman and several barriers nearby on the North Hama Plain, seizing 3 tanks and other supplies, HERE:  and HERE:

Going with the momentum, the Opposition are now advancing on Morek and there are unconfirmed reports Wednesday evening that they have taken control of the main “Aboud” barrier just south of the town, an Assad convoy from Aboud has fled south and Opposition units are now inside the Morek suburbs. More news awaited.Breaking: 19.57 GMT Wednesday – Opposition have regained Morek after losing it 12 months ago, and seized lots of weapons and ammunition.

A MIG 21 also came down between Kafr Nabudah and Suqaylabiyah, the Opposition claiming to have shot it out of the sky and the Assad regime media confirming the death of the pilot. (Just in Wednesday night – claims that 2nd Assad jet has been downed near Morek – EDITOR: Have the Manpads arrived?)

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Bored Assad Troops Turn to Pinky and the Brain

In the northern part of Damascus province there are reports Wednesday evening that heavy clashes are taking place between the regime and the Islamic State at the entrances to Qarah city.

Unconfirmed information says that the Assad authorities have closed the road from Damascus to Homs as a result – serious if true.

In Damascus itself, the Government and its allies have launched yet another campaign to try and take the Opposition-held suburb of Darraya, hitting it with more than 1,600 barrel-bombs so far this year.

Heavy regime attacks and more bombing and shelling started again yesterday, Tuesday. You can read more,HERE:

The cartoon in the photograph (right) was discovered near Darraya. Soldier Pinky: “What do we do today?” Officer Brain: “What we always do, try to take over Darraya”.

In Latakia, Opposition fighters carried out this deadly attack on a regime convoy with a TOW missile, HERE:

In Aleppo province, south-east of the city, the regime and their allies have made something of a comeback, re-opening the Aleppo – Hama highway between Khanaser and Athriya and taking it away from Islamic State control.

The regime are reported to have killed at least 7 x IS Jihadists and beheaded 4 of them. (EDITOR: Clearly a disciplined army!)

Citizens of Aleppo will be relieved at the lifting of the siege which IS had in place since October 23rd resulting in a surge in the price of fuel, food and other commodities in the regional capital. You can read more, HERE:

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Having Doubts About Fighting in Syria?

However, the regime and particularly their Iranian allies are paying a price.

Yet another senior Iranian officer, this time Colonel Ezzatollah Soleimani who commanded the elite Quds special forces 44th Hazrat Bani Hashem Brigade, has been killed near Aleppo.

This makes at least 20 Iranian officers and men killed in the last month in Syria and an Italian newspaper said on Monday that Iran has lost 60 generals to fighting in Syria since 2011. You can read more , HERE:

Latest reports from Iran suggest they may now withdraw top-ranking officers and send more middle-ranks, plus that some Revolutionary Guards are refusing to serve in Syria at all or applying to retire early to avoid service there. This is unheard of in Iran until now.

After a rising number of men asked to leave the Revolutionary Guards, especially among the younger generation, the military was forced to review its former more lenient policy of allowing members to make other choices.

Members now have to “go to Syria or face court-martial with the possibility of being charged with insubordination and treachery,” a unnamed source says. You can read more, HERE:

In the eastern part of Daraa province, Opposition fighters have attacked a IS enclave in the Lejat district and captured a village, HERE:

Interesting article pointing out that the US is sending F-15Cs to Turkey for the war in Syria, but that these aircraft are designed for air-to-air combat and normally only carry air-to-air missiles, in the use of which the pilots are carefully trained – and IS does not have an air force.

Similarly, the Russians sent a flight of Su-30s to Syria, which again are primarily designed for air-to-air combat. So who are the 2 sides anticipating a fight with? The Daily Beast has more.

Lastly, it was widely anticipated that the UK would shortly send jets to bomb Syria, as it has done in Iraq. However, this is now in doubt. Any such move requires a majority vote of the British parliament and currently such a majority is probably unlikely. Watch this space.

This photograph shows the only Syrian allowed to attend the international “peace talks” on Syria held in Vienna last week – the waiter!

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The Only Syrian to Attend Austrian “Peace Talks” – The Waiter!

IOF kidnaps three Palestinians at Karama crossing with Jordan

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday evening kidnapped three Palestinian young men, from Nabi Saleh town in Ramallah, at al-Karama border crossing with Jordan.

Local sources said the detainees committed no offence and only needed to travel to Jordan.

They were identified as Bahaa Mohamed, 21, Oday Abdul-Razaq, 22, and Wisam Iyad, 19, and all of them are from Attamimi family.

The IOF has launched recently a frenzied mass arrest campaign in different areas of the West Bank in a bid to prevent al-Quds intifada (uprising) from gaining further momentum.

(Source / 05.11.2015)