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Africa North
Egypt Summons Palestinian Groups For Israeli Truce, Unity Talks
[Jpost] Representatives of various Paleostinian factions in the Gazoo Strip headed to Cairo on Tuesday for talks with Egyptian intelligence officials on the possibility of reaching a truce agreement with Israel, and ending the Hamas, one of the armed feet of the Moslem Brüderbung millipede,-Fatah power struggle.

The visit coincides with unconfirmed reports in the Arab media that the Paleostinian factions and Israel are close to reaching a long-term cease-fire agreement under the auspices of Egypt and the United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
The faction representatives were invited by the Egyptian authorities in the context of Cairo’s continued effort to avoid a military confrontation between Hamas and Israel, and persuade Hamas and Fatah to agree to the formation of a unity government.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 02:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

5 Al-Azhar professors, student sentenced to prison over terrorism charges in Egypt
[AlAhram] The Cairo Criminal Court has sentenced an al-Azhar University student to 10 years in prison and five professors to life imprisonment for communicating with and providing logistical assistance to the banned Moslem Brüderbund organization.

The verdict can be appealed before the Court of Cassation.

Investigations revealed that the defendants plotted to recruit new al-Azhar University students who were unknown by security services with the aim of carrying out "revolutionary acts" inside and outside of the university in support of the Brotherhood.

The defendants planned to achieve this by providing financial support and covering residential and study expenses for the new recruits.

The cell organised their communications through social media networks and telephones, according to Sherlocks.

The Moslem Brüderbund was designated a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government in November 2013.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 00:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

US, Israeli embassies in Berlin receive letters with powder
[IsraelTimes] Berlin police say threatening letters containing a white powder have been sent to both the American and Israeli embassies in the German capital.

Police spokeswoman Kerstin Ismer tells The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that the Israeli Embassy received a letter July 24 and the US Embassy on July 26. Ismer says police have opened two investigations on suspicion of disturbing the peace by threatening a crime.

She says both contained a powder but would not comment on whether it had been determined to be dangerous or other details due to the ongoing investigation. She would also not say whether the two letters were thought to be connected or whether there were any suspects yet.

Neither embassy had any immediate comment, saying in general they do not comment on security issues.
Update from the Jerusalem Post at 2:15 a.m. EDT:
A police spokeswoman in Berlin told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that a "crazy" man sent letters last month that contained a non-dangerous white powder to the Israeli, US and Czech embassies and to other institutions in the German capital.

An investigation is ongoing and a suspect has been identified, although no arrests have been made, the spokeswoman said, adding that the matter become known due to an News Agency that Dare Not be Named report on Tuesday.

The police spokeswoman could not say if the man whom she termed mentally unstable wrote the same letter ‐ which the Post has learned was very threatening ‐ to all the embassies. The letter was also sent to an Asian embassy.

The police spokeswoman said the man is not a member of a terrorist group and there is no terrorist background to the case.
In summary: they know who dunnit, he’s nuts, and he may or may not be a Moslem colonist.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 01:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

Spain, Portugal to accept more rejected Aquarius refugees
[Al Jazeera] France, Germany and Luxembourg also to take in some on board rescue ship, after it was refused by Italy and Malta.
Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 01:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

Merkel party's think tank compares Israel's security wall to Berlin Wall
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 08/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The obvious solution is to give everyone in Gaza an exit visa to West Germany.
Posted by: Thumper White1952 || 08/15/2018 0:43 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm kind of impressed that presumably grown adults managed to say something so stupid, impressed but not in a good way.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/15/2018 1:39 Comments || Top||

#3  But they've a solution?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/15/2018 2:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Can someone please help me?

When did in and out become synonyms?

You know, the Berlin Wall was built to keep people 'IN' and the Israeli's wall is built to keep people 'OUT'.

See the difference? I don't think they do. Maybe next they can work on OPEN and CLOSED'.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/15/2018 7:00 Comments || Top||

#5  When did in and out become synonyms?

Communist crimes need to be whitewashed. Building barriers is supposed to be wrong, not enslaving the people.

To imply that there's a moral difference between any Joe Shmoe who has the audacity to lock the door to his house to keep out strangers and e.g. a Josef Frizl who locked the door to prevent his family from escaping sexual slavery is wrong.

Why? Because this implication leads to the conclusion that Communism is morally inferior to Western civilization.

In this specific instance Merkel's party is preparing the public for state coalition governments formed by itself and the Communist Party of East Germany.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 08/15/2018 10:13 Comments || Top||

#6  But they've a solution?

Yes, they did. Fortunately it didn't all work out. Now they're just using surrogates who so far are much less capable.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/15/2018 20:50 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
What's next for Turkey after lira slump?
[Al Jazeera] A turbulent five days for the Ottoman Turkish economy has seen the lira hit a record low against the US dollar, sparking fears of a meltdown as Ankara and Washington traded blows over the detention of an American pastor in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....

Although the case of Andrew Brunson, an Christian Evangelical preacher from North Carolina, has been the focus of the deterioration in US-Ottoman Turkish relations, Turkey's existing economic woes have merely been exacerbated by the row, according to analysts.

In June, Turkey held elections which were brought forward more than a year largely because of the economic crisis on the horizon.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
imposed sanctions against two Ottoman Turkish government ministers and last Friday he doubled the tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Turkey to 50 and 20 percent respectively, setting off a dramatic slide in the lira.

The lira's crash, which saw it fall to a record 7.24 to the dollar early on Monday morning before recovering to 6.35 on Tuesday, prompted concerns that the economy, which is heavily reliant on foreign currency loans, could slide into turmoil.

The country also faces a year-on-year credit deficit if $57bn, or 7 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and growing unemployment.

Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 01:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Turkey raises tariffs on some US imports, escalates feud
[ARABNEWS] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
announced Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on imports of certain US products, escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency crisis.

In a decision announced in the Official Gazette, Ankara said it was imposing extra tariffs on imports of products including rice, vehicles, alcohol, coal and cosmetics.

Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Twitter that the tariffs on certain products were increased "within the framework of the principle of reciprocity in retaliation for the conscious economic attacks by the United States."

The Ottoman Turkish lira has dropped to record lows in recent weeks, having fallen some 42 percent so far this year. The currency has now stabilized at around 6.50 lira against the dollar.

Investors are worried not only about Turkey’s souring relations with the US, a longtime NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
ally, but also Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
’s economic policies and the country’s high debt accumulated in foreign currencies.

Turkey has accused the United States of waging an "economic war" as part of a plot to harm the country.

Washington has imposed financial sanctions on two Ottoman Turkish ministers and doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, as US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
tries to secure the release Andrew Brunson, an American pastor being tried in Turkey on espionage and terrorism-related charges.
Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Lev Andropov: [annoyed] Components. American components, Russian Components, ALL MADE IN TAIWAN!
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/15/2018 7:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Tariffs will only hurt the Turkish consumer and an even worse taste for Americans. Eradogan will still have access to Russian caviar, new Chinee cell phones, Iranian oil, perhaps even easier.
Posted by: Boss Clunk1265 || 08/15/2018 12:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Yeah, wait until alcohol becomes too expensive on the white market.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/15/2018 14:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Will the price of Turkey Carpets come down?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/15/2018 18:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Whatever will we do come Thanksgiving?
Posted by: gorb || 08/15/2018 22:43 Comments || Top||

Turkey Court Orders Release of 2 Greek Troops Held since March
[AnNahar] A Ottoman Turkish court on Tuesday ordered the release of two Greek soldiers detained since March on espionage charges for illegally crossing the border, in a case that has added to tensions between Athens and Ankara.

The court in the northern Edirne region ruled that the two soldiers would now be tried without being held in detention, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. It was not immediately clear if they would be able to return home to Greece.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 01:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

U.S. official warns of more actions against Turkey if pastor not freed
[AlAhram] The United States is warning more economic pressures may be in store for The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
if it refuses to release a nabbed
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
American pastor, a White House official said on Tuesday, in a dispute that has further strained relations between the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and structure....

The tough message emerged a day after White House national security adviser John Bolton met privately with Ottoman Turkish ambassador Serdar Kilic about the case of evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson. Bolton warned him that the United States would not give any ground, a senior U.S. official said.

The White House official, speaking to Rooters on condition of anonymity, said "nothing has progressed" thus far on the Brunson case.

"The administration is going to stay extremely firm on this. The president is 100 percent committed to bringing Pastor Brunson home and if we do not see actions in the next few days or a week there could be further actions taken," the official said.

Further actions would likely take the form of economic sanctions, the official said, who added: "The pressure is going to keep up if we’re not seeing results."

Relations between Turkey and the United States have been soured by Brunson’s detention, as well as diverging interests on Syria. Trump doubled tariffs on imports of Ottoman Turkish steel and aluminum last week, contributing to a precipitous fall in the lira.

The United States is also considering a fine against Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank for allegedly helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions. Earlier this month, the United States imposed sanctions on two brass hats in President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
’s cabinet in an attempt to get Turkey to turn over Brunson.

Brunson is accused of backing a coup attempt against Ottoman Turkish Erdogan two years ago, charges that he has denied. He is being tried on terrorism charges.

Brunson has appealed again to a Ottoman Turkish court to release him from house arrest and lift his travel ban, his lawyer told Rooters on Tuesday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 00:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Erdogan says Turkey will boycott US electronics, lira "steadies"

* Lira sank to all-time low on Monday

* Currency lost more than 40 pct this year
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Posted by: Frank G || 08/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

#1  With the Lira becoming worthless, Turkey can't afford to buy US Electronics, so might as well boycott them.
Posted by: Ulegum Ulalet1834 || 08/15/2018 0:28 Comments || Top||

#2  The "You can't fire me, I quit!" school of economics.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/15/2018 0:34 Comments || Top||

#3  I really approve of Erdogan supporter selling their dollars and euros and buying Lira.

Posted by: bernardz || 08/15/2018 7:28 Comments || Top||

#4  The lira steadied because it probably couldn't go much lower more than anything else.

Yes, we have the dollar, and you have God. And you're going to need him in a few months.
Posted by: gorb || 08/15/2018 22:46 Comments || Top||

Anti-terror financing compliance review of Pakistan to conclude tomorrow
[DAWN] A visiting delegation of the Asia Pacific Group (APG) on Thursday will complete its review of Pakistain’s compliance with international obligations over fighting money laundering and terror financing in order to submit its report to the Gay Paree-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

By the end of September next year, Pakistain has to comply with a 10-point action plan it committed with the FATF in June this year to combat terror financing and money laundering to get out of the grey list or else fall into the black list, a finance ministry official told Dawn.

He said the six-member APG delegation did not have any meeting scheduled with caretaker Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar, but was expected to have a wind-up session with the federal finance secretary after going through a checklist of 26 actionable points with other stakeholders, including the Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU) of the State Bank of Pakistain, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistain (SECP), National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and representatives of the ministries of foreign affairs and interior.

Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 01:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

14 injured in grenade blast in Balochistan’s Noshki district
[DAWN] At least 14 people were maimed in a blast in Balochistan...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
’s Noshki district on Monday. Police said two miscreants riding a cycle of violence hurled a hand grenade at a shop on Masjid road in Noshki, DawnNewsTV reported.

The injured were rushed to the District Headquarters (DHQ) hospital for treatment, where the doctors described the condition of the injured as out of danger.

...back at the revival hall, the pastor had finally been wrestled from the pulpit.
Y'got the wrong guy! he yelled just before Sergeant Malone's billy club landed...

police and other law enforcement personnel reached the site of incident and cordoned off the area. An investigation into the kaboom also went underway.

In the aftermath of the kaboom, security has been tightened in the city.

The incident comes a few days after a suicide kaboomer in Dalbandin targeted a passenger coach carrying Chinese engineers, injuring five including three Chinese nationals.

Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 01:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

Abadi faces US wrath at U-turn on Iran sanctions
[ARABNEWS] Failure by Iraq to comply fully with tough new US economic sanctions against Iran would be insane, analysts told Arab News on Tuesday.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi risked incurring US wrath after contradicting himself in the space of a few hours over whether his country would comply.

Amid diplomatic maneuvers, as he negotiates for a second term in office after divisive
...politicians call things divisive when when the other side sez something they don't like. Their own statements are never divisive, they're principled...
and contested elections, Abadi offended both Tehran and Washington with conflicting statements on the US sanctions, which were reimposed last week.

First, the prime minister said that while Iraq disapproved of the new sanctions, it would reluctantly comply. "We don’t support the sanctions because they are a strategic error, but we will comply with them," he said.

"Our economic situation is also difficult and we sympathize with Iran. But. at the same time, I will not make grand slogans that destroy my people and my country just to make certain people happy."

His position provoked anger in Iran. An intended visit to Tehran on Tuesday to discuss the issue was canceled, and Abadi’s office denied that the visit had even been planned.

There was also criticism inside Iraq, especially from groups close to Tehran, such as the Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Badr paramilitary movements.

Within hours, however, Abadi had reversed his position. "I did not say we abide by the sanctions, I said we abide by not using dollars in transactions. We have no other choice," Abadi told a news conference in Baghdad.

Asked if Baghdad would stop imports of commodities, appliances and equipment by government companies from Iran, he said the matter was still being reviewed. "We honestly have not made any decision regarding this issue until now," he said.
Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

PMFs deny withdrawal from Nineveh, handing over sites to Peshmerga
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi pro-government paramilitary troops has denied news on withdrawal from Nineveh province and handing over to the Kurdish Peshmerga force, an official said on Tuesday.

In remarks to Almaalomah website, Ali al-Husseini, spokesperson for al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in the northern axis, said "there is an agreement between the Defense Ministry and PMFs on handing over the border military sites in Nineveh to army forces and withdrawing to the boundaries of the city."

Husseini indicated that "what was circulated by media outlets over an agreement between Baghdad and Erbil on the return of Peshmerga and withdrawal of PMFs from the disputed regions is untrue."

PMFs, according to Husseini, "are still deployed in the northern regions and disputed areas. What happened in Nineveh is just replacement of military sites between the mobilization forces and Irai army."

Husseini accused "the separatists and Kurdistan Regional Government for igniting the strife as well as the security failure in the disputed regions through spreading false news."

Media channels had circulated news on negotiations between several parties, especially Baghdad and Erbil over the return of Peshmerga to some regions in Kirkuk.

Hundreds of citizens in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
staged protest on Tuesday urging PMFs to stay in Nineveh, rejecting calls that they leave the province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 00:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

Abadi pledges Iraq support for Turkey against U.S. sanctions
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has voiced Iraq’s support for The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
in its current crisis with the U.S., stressing that Iraqi territory will never be used for launching attacks against Turkey.

Speaking at a joint presser with Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
, Abadi said that the Iraqi government "rejects the launch of any assault towards Turkey from inside the Iraqi territory," adding that Iraq will continue to stand by Turkey in its efforts to control borders.

Abadi further noted that his talks with Erdogan "tackled means of boosting bilateral relations in the fields of water, security, agriculture, electricity and border ports."

Speaking about the crisis of water scarcity in Iraq, Abadi revealed a promise by the Ottoman Turkish president to "provide Iraq with its complete share of water."

Abadi, at the end of his remarks, welcomed a Ottoman Turkish request to reopen consulates in Basra and djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, saying that this move will help boost bilateral relations.

Turkey closed its consulate in Mosul four years ago, after it was seized and its employees held hostage by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
. The hostages were freed in September 2014 after a three-month ordeal.

Turkey evacuated the Basra consulate also in 2014 for security reasons.

Abadi started earlier in the day an official visit to Ankara. The visit comes amid a bitter row between Erdogan and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
. The United States imposed punitive sanctions on Turkey as part of an ongoing rift over the detention of an American pastor.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 00:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Key Gaza crossing set to fully reopen as calm along border holds
[IsraelTimes] Army says Kerem Shalom will return to full operations at 9 a.m., Gazook fishing zone will be extended to 9 nautical miles

Israel was set to reopen the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Gazoo and extend the Strip’s permitted fishing zone on Wednesday morning, after several days of rare calm along Israel’s restive border with the enclave.

The move was announced by the military Wednesday morning, a day after Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said he would ease the restrictions if calm along the border continued to hold.

"Maintaining the quiet is first and foremost in the interest of Gazoo residents," Liberman said Tuesday, after meeting with senior defense officials.

Israel closed the Kerem Shalom Crossing, the main goods crossing into the beleaguered Paleostinian enclave, on July 9 to everything but food and medical equipment, following weeks of violence along the border, including arson attacks.

Israel also severely restricted the Gazoo fishing zone, a significant source of revenue for the beleaguered enclave, forcing Paleostinian fisherman to remain within three nautical miles (3.5 miles) of the coast.

Fuel and gasoline shipments into the Strip have been allowed at some points and frozen at others, depending upon the intensity of attacks from the Strip.

The army said Wednesday morning, Kerem Shalom was returning to full operations and Gazook fishermen would be allowed to travel nine nautical miles (10.4 miles) off the coast, as per orders issued by Liberman following the meeting.

The crossing is expected to open at 9 a.m.

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Kamil Abu Rokon, a representative from the Shin Bet security service and other senior defense officials took part in the meeting, Liberman’s office said.

While defense officials were meeting, four incendiary balloons launched from the Gazoo Strip landed outside Kibbutz Erez in the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel, though they failed to spark a fire, according to a local government spokesperson.

Over 7,000 acres of land have been burned by incendiary kites and balloons from the Strip since March 30, causing millions of shekels in damages, according to Israeli officials.

This week, Israeli authorities noted a significant drop in incendiary kite and balloon attacks from the Paleostinian enclave.

Firefighters extinguish day’s lone blaze caused by incendiary balloon from Gaza

[IsraelTimes] Firefighters extinguish Tuesday’s only blaze caused by an incendiary balloon flown from the Gazoo Strip that fell near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, a front man for the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services says.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 02:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  after several days of rare calm along Israel’s restive border with the enclave

Just another hudna that will last until they can restock their condom supply.
Posted by: gorb || 08/15/2018 15:15 Comments || Top||

Russia deploys police to help UN patrol Israel-Syria border
[IsraelTimes] General says officers setting up checkpoints, clearing landmines to facilitate return of international force to Golan

The Russian military said its forces in Syria would help UN peacekeepers fully restore their patrols along the frontier between Syria and the Israeli Golan Heights.

Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko told news hounds Tuesday that Russian military police have set up four checkpoints in the area and plan to bring their number to eight.

He said the Russian military would secure the area and help clear mines left by jihadists to allow the peacekeepers to resume their operations.

The UN peacekeeping force known as UNDOF first deployed along the frontier in 1974 to separate Syrian and Israeli forces after Israel captured the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six Day War, but was halted on the Syrian side of the border in 2014 amid the violence in the country’s civil war.

Last month, Syrian government forces reached the Israeli border area after capturing territory from rebels and Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
fighters. It was the first time regime forces had taken up positions along the frontier since the uprising against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
swept through the country in 2011, becoming a seven-year civil war.

In response, the UN announced it was implementing a "gradual return" of its peacekeepers to the border area for the for the first time since 2014, conducting joint patrols with Russian military police.

UN deputy front man Farhan Haq told news hounds last week the key goal of UNDOF’s mission was to eventually reopen the Quneitra crossing between Israel and Syria.

Russia’s Defense Ministry says its military police have been deployed in all areas recaptured from rebels by the Syrian government, including the Golan ‐ a move that appears aimed at reassuring Israel.

Israel considers Iran’s growing influence in Syria ‐ it has advisers and allied militias fighting alongside Syrian troops‐ as an existential threat and has looked for guarantees from Moscow to push pro-Iran fighters away from its frontiers.

Israel has sought to avoid direct involvement in the Syrian conflict but acknowledges carrying out dozens of Arclight airstrikes there to stop deliveries of advanced weaponry to its Lebanese enemy Hezbollah.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/15/2018 02:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Amid currency crisis, Ankara goes to build roads in Syria
[ARABNEWS] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
is planning a road network to link the main cities in the Euphrates Shield area in Aleppo with its southern provinces of Gaziantep and Kilis.

The two provinces have been home to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees since the beginning of Syria’s civil war in 2011. Gaziantep is just 92 kilometers from Aleppo.

The Ottoman Turkish government will build the roads in cooperation with local councils in Aleppo, with Syrian technicians and engineers expected to be hired along with Ottoman Turkish engineers.

The cost of the project and its schedule have yet to be announced.

The main cities to be linked by the project in war-torn Syria are Azaz, al-Bab, Jarablus, Mareh, al-Rai and Akhtarin.

Ottoman Turkish construction companies will provide local councils with equipment needed for a fast road network, and asphalt will be brought from Turkey.

Syria’s civil war has wreaked havoc on the country’s transport network, and some cities in the region have already been supported by Turkey in efforts to repair and upgrade road links with nearby villages.

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Damascus Welcomes Refugees Returning from Lebanon with Charm Offensive
[AnNahar] Several years after fleeing Syria, a group of wide-eyed refugees stare through the tinted windows of their bus to see the homecoming committee the government has organized for them.

The few dozen people who step off the coach that ended their exile in Leb look slightly alarmed by the crowd forming around them and the sight of Russian soldiers supervising their crossing at the Jdeidet Yabous border post.

Doctors are at hand to offer medical assistance, along with a group of volunteers handing out food and drinks.
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