80 Killed, Over 300 Injured in Afghanistan:
The streets were packed with commuters, women shopping and children going to school and the blast appears likely to result in a high civilian death toll.
http://ktla.com/2017/05/31/80-killed-over-300-injured-after-explosion-near-diplomatic-area-in-afghanistan/Series of bombings kill nearly 40 people across Baghdad;
A massive bombing by the Islamic State group outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad and a rush hour car bomb in another downtown area killed at least 27 people on Tuesday
http://wtop.com/middle-east/2017/05/iraqi-officials-raise-death-toll-from-baghdad-bombing-to-15/slide/1/IS execute tens of civilians in Mosul, security shelling kills 16;
Islamic State militants executed seven members of the same family earlier on Wednesday. They were attempting to flee their home in Mashahda region towards areas held by Iraqi security troops, the sources said.
Mass grave of relics of 60 civilians found in western Mosul:
« The grave contained relics of 60 civilians, including elderly people and 23 women who worked as employees and lawyers as their ID cards found in their possession showed. »
Islamic State fighters seal off Mosul mosque preparing for last stand:
Dozens of fighters were seen by residents taking up positions in the past 48 hours around the medieval mosque, the site where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared an Islamist caliphate in July 2014.
Turkey slams US arming of Kurdish militia as ‘extremely dangerous’:
As Syrian militia prepares to launch offensive to retake IS stronghold, Ankara calls on Washington to reverse its ‘mistake’
Kurds reach the gates of Raqqa as 4,000 ISIS fighters gear up for apocalyptic battle;
Fierce skirmishes erupted at the village of At-Tadiyah moments ago amid a pincer offensive cutting through ISIS turf on the southern bank of the Euphrates River.
IS shelling kills 14 civilians in east Syria:
Fourteen civilians were killed late Monday when Islamic State group jihadists shelled a government-controlled neighbourhood of Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor city.
Is Trump murdering the families of ISIS fighters? Did an airstrike in Syria do just that?;
On Friday, a monitoring group said that airstrikes from a U.S.-backed coalition on a town in Syria had killed a large number of relatives of Islamic State fighters.
U.S. Has Ramped Up Airstrikes, and Syrian Civilians Are Paying the Price:
The al-Aish family’s fled Tabqa, their car was hit by an airstrike, reportedly carried out by the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. All 11 people were killed in the strike, in what local reports described as a « massacre. »
Moscow concerned over for US-led coalition’s ill-conceived airstrikes in Syria:
« We are concerned over a series of the coalition’s airstrikes in Syria, particularly the one carried out on May 25 in Al-Mayadin, where 35 civilians were killed, » she said. « On May 27, 20 civilians died south of Raqqa, » she added.
Russian frigate & submarine fire 4 cruise missiles at ISIS targets near Palmyra – MoD:
According to the MoD, « [the ships] targeted an area east of Palmyra, where the militants’ heavy weaponry and manpower were located. The militants moved there from Raqqa. All targets have been destroyed, »
Yemen: UAE-backed forces gain control over Aden airport;
Yemeni security officials say that forces backed by the United Arab Emirates have taken over the airport in the southern city of Aden, further fueling tension between internationally recognized President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the UAE.
World watches as Yemen descends into total collapse: UN:
« The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation, disease and death as the world watches. »
The Trump administration’s Iran policy is dangerous and flawed:
Trump’s strong criticism of Iran may have been pleasing to his Saudi Arabian hosts, but it should worry Americans
Double standards? State Dept. embarrassingly stumped by Saudi question ; Watch;
The State Department official was asked why the US criticizes the Iranian elections and its record on democracy, but not Saudi Arabia.
Day to Final Deadline: Trump Still Hasn’t Decided on Jerusalem Embassy Move;
If Trump does not reach a final decision soon, the U.S. government will be forced, by law, to begin process of relocating U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv
What Trump not signing a Jerusalem embassy waiver would really mean:
Everyone is holding his or her breath to see whether Trump will sign the waiver. If he does, it will certainly be a disappointment to his supporters
Nearly 30 migrants from Libya feared dead;
Migrants rescued from a rubber boat that left Libya last week said as many as 30 people were trampled or drowned during their voyage
Libyan militants condemn Egyptian ‘war crimes’ as Derna hit again:
Derna Shura Council denies Egyptian claims it aided massacre of Christians, as city suffers third day of attacks.
The rise of Khalifa Haftar, Egypt’s
Libya’s Derna. But extremist group al-Shabab.
Morocco protests: Thousands demand release of Nasser Zefzafi:
Protesters chanting « We are all Zefzafi » filled streets in Al-Hoceima on Tuesday evening and riot police were deployed in a square to stop their advance. A stand-off ensued but police eventually backed down without incident.
+18 GRAPHIC VIDEO: violent clashes between Philippine Army, jihadists kill 8 civilians;
At least 8 civilians were killed as fighting continues between the Philippines army and ultraconservative militiamen of Maute and Aby Sayyaf in Marawi city.
In pictures: ISIS attacks Philippine Army convoy in Marawi, many armored vehicles captured:
Heavy clashes erupted once again in Marawi on Wednesday afternoon local time after ISIS insurgents ambushed a Philippine Army convoy which was heading towards the city centre
Duterte uses Lewinsky affair to hit back at critical Clinton:
Duterte was incensed by Chelsea Clinton tweeting at the weekend that he was a « murderous thug with no regard for human rights ».
‘Shocked’ South Korea leader orders probe into U.S. THAAD additions;
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe after his Defence Ministry failed to inform him that four more launchers for the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile system had been brought into the country
War criminal: McCain says Putin bigger threat than ISIS:
We need to have increased sanctions and hopefully when we come back from our recess, the Senate will move forward with sanctions on Russia and enact other penalties for Russian behavior. »
Trump: Our relationship with Germany is ‘very bad for US’:
Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday that the U.S. relationship with Germany is « very bad for U.S. » and « will change. »
Trump’s actions make the West ‘weaker,’ German foreign minister says:
« Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk, » Gabriel said.
German Foreign Minister excludes US from the West:
With the « breakdown of the US as an important nation » he said, « the west is becoming a bit smaller ». « This is unfortunately a signal of changes in the world’s balance of power ».
Trump pulling U.S. out of Paris climate deal: source:
Trump will follow through on a campaign pledge to pull the United States out of a global pact to fight climate change, a source briefed on the decision told Reuters, a move that should rally his support base at home while deepening a rift with U.S. allies.
EU and China commit to deeper climate cooperation as US turns away:
The EU and China are set to pledge deeper cooperation on the Paris climate agreement and to promote clean energy technologies, according to a draft leaders’ statement for their summit on Thursday
Manchester attack probe: 13 people in detention:
Five people including a teenage boy and a woman arrested in the UK have since been released without charge, leaving 11 in British custody. In Libya, the father and brother of the bomber, Salman Abedi, are also in detention.
Manchester councils refuse to bury or cremate suicide bomber Salman Abedi:
Abedi’s body is currently being kept in a morgue outside the city, the Manchester Evening News (MEN) reports, and has not been kept in proximity with the remains of his 22 victims.
The Government knew that the failed ‘war on terror’ could cause an attack like the one in Manchester :
Were Saddam and Gaddafi not overthrown, it is unlikely that Salman Abedi would have been in a position to slaughter people in Manchester
Corbyn challenges ‘weak’ May to face him in tonight’s TV debate:
Theresa May has been accused of running scared of tonight’s seven-way debate on the BBC after Jeremy Corbyn declared he would make a last minute appearance.
Ousted Panamanian Military Leader Manuel Noriega Dies At 83;
General Manuel Noriega, who was de facto leader of Panama before his ouster by U.S. troops in 1989, has died. Noreiga was brought to the U.S. where he was tried and imprisoned.
Venezuela: Why I support Nicolas Maduro;
« We are in the middle of a class war … We need to fight. The protests are blackmail by those on the right. »
Report: Trump to reverse Obama’s Cuba policy:
The U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, a non-partisan group, said the Trump administration is preparing to announce the changes to Obama-era policies in a June speech in Miami
Judge: Trump deportation order for man in Hawaii ‘inhumane’:
« The government’s decision to remove Magana Ortiz shows that even the ‘good hombres’ are not safe. » 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt said.
Immigration agents forced to call for backup after residents attempt to stop arrest in Queens ;
Tensions were high around 10 a.m. on 112th St. near 101st Ave. in Richmond Hill. More than 30 residents were shouting and trying desperately to keep the feds from arresting Hardat Sampat, who is from Guyana.
« You call it terrorism. I call it patriotism »:
« Death to the enemies of America. Jeremy Christian, suspect in last week’s TriMet killings:
US test-fires interceptor at intercontinental ballistic missile:
Officials said the test of the Ground Based Midcourse Defence (GMD) system at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California was successful.
Poll: Support for Trump impeachment rises:
An increasing percentage of voters want Congress to impeach President Donald Trump – even if they don’t think Trump has committed the « high crimes and misdemeanors » the Constitution requires.
Investigation Turns to Kushner’s Motives in Meeting With a Putin Ally:
Kushner, was looking for a direct line to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia – a search that in mid-December found him in a room with a Russian banker whose financial institution was deeply intertwined with Russian intelligence,
Kushner flap: A brief history of back channels:
Clandestine back channels between adversaries have been common – and important – diplomatic tools, from diffusing the Cuban Missile Crisis to paving the way for Nixon’s visit to China.
JFK’s Russian Conspiracy;
Kennedy had his own secret back channel with Moscow. It may have kept the superpowers from going to war.