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  1. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154385184020015&id=627840014
  2. http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/06/16/367259/more-videos-show-isil-atrocities-in-iraq/ More gruesome videos have been released showing atrocities of members of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terror group in Iraq. The videos, posted on a militant website, showed several Iraqi men in plain clothes and army uniforms who were captured by the militants. The videos included a scene where militants belonging to the Takfiri group force the captured men to repeat their slogans, but one of the Iraqi officers refuses to do so and the militants killed him. On Sunday, pictures surfaced online showing the militants killing dozens of Iraqi men in Salahuddin province. Iraq’s military spokesman General Qassim al-Moussawi has confirmed the authenticity of the photos. He says there are more reports about the mass murder of captured Iraqi soldiers. Several witness accounts and video clips have been released showing the grisly crimes perpetrated by the Takfiri terrorists against innocent civilians in the crisis-torn country. Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups such as the so-called ISIL have been behind many of the deadly bomb attacks targeting both civilians and government institutions across Iraq in recent years. Recently, a similar gruesome video was released, purportedly showing members of the ISIL Takfiri group brutally killing Shia Muslims in drive-by shootings in Iraq. The ISIL militants have vowed to continue their raid toward Iraq's capital, Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that the country’s security forces would confront the terrorists, calling the seizure of Mosul by militants a “conspiracy.”
  3. A senior Iraqi cleric has called on people to take up arms and defend their country against Takfiri militants belonging to the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai made the comments during a Friday prayers sermon in the holy city of Karbala. Al-Karbalai is a representative of top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. According to Sheikh Karbalai, Iraq's religious establishment wants people to defend their country against the militants. Earlier this week, Ayatollah Sistani called on all Iraqi people and political factions to unite and support the government and army in their battle against the terrorists. This comes as militants have already captured two provincial capitals this week, Tikrit in Salahuddin Province and Mosul in Nineveh. Over the past days, Iraqi armed forces have been engaged in fierce clashes with terrorists, who have threatened to take their acts of violence to other Iraqi cities, including the capital, Baghdad. Iraqi men from all walks of life are flocking to recruitment centers to join the army in its fight against the ISIL militants. The United Nations Security Council has recently condemned the attacks on Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul by Takfiri militants and the abduction of Turkish consulate staff members. This is while the Russian Foreign Ministry says Takfiri terrorists seek to “entrench” themselves in the entire Middle East by perpetrating acts of violence in countries such as Iraq and Syria. In a statement issued on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, described the current situation in Iraq as “extremely sharp and tense” and censured the plots by the terrorists to “get entrenched” in Iraq, Syria and the whole region.
  4. Iraq is carrying out a new plan to protect the capital, Baghdad, against a major militant offensive pushing closer to the southern regions of the country. The Iraqi Interior Ministry says the plan consists of intensifying the deployment of forces, increasing intelligence efforts and the use of technology. Interior Ministry spokesman, Brigadier General Saad Maan, said Iraq has "been in a war with terrorism for a while, and today the situation is exceptional." Earlier, government forces clashed with Takfiri militants advancing on the city of Baquba, north of Baghdad. Interior Ministry spokesman, Brigadier General Saad Maan, said Iraq has "been in a war with terrorism for a while, and today the situation is exceptional." Meanwhile, the Iraqi army regained full control of Diyala Province after fierce fighting with militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The militants have already captured two provincial capitals this week, Tikrit in Salahuddin Province and Mosul in Nineveh. Some reports say they are now gathering for a new attempt to take the city of Samarra. Local sources say the militants have approached the security forces in the city, asking them to leave peacefully. Over the past days, Iraqi armed forces have been engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists, who have threatened to take their acts of violence to other Iraqi cities, including the capital. Hundreds of Iraqi volunteers have rushed to army recruitment centers to join the fight against terrorism. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on June 10 that his country was involved in a “war against terrorism,” stressing that Baghdad “will never permit Mosul and Nineveh to remain under the shadow of terror and the terrorists.”
  5. http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/06/10/366415/parts-of-kirkuk-fall-to-isil-after-mosul/ Takfiri militants have seized several areas in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk following the capture of the neighboring Nineveh province. On Tuesday, militants of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took six different areas of Kirkuk province, police Colonel Ahmed Taha said. The report followed ISIL’s capture of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, which has forced thousands of people to escape. "All of Nineveh province fell into the hands of militants," parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi said at a press conference in the capital Baghdad. The militants took control of the government headquarters, security bases, and important buildings of the city. According to the country’s Defense Ministry, special forces are being deployed to Mosul to face the militants. Local sources said nearly half a million escaped with many seeking refuge in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. Many others were waiting in their cars at a checkpoint in Aski Kalak, west of Arbil, capital of the Kurdish region. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on the parliament to declare a state of emergency. The Iraqi premier also asked the United Nations, the European Union, and the Arab League to help the country fight the terrorists. Fierce clashes had been reported between Iraqi forces and ISIL militants in the town of Rashad near Kirkuk, located in the southeast of Mosul. Violence also raged elsewhere in the country with bombings and shootings across the country.
  6. http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/06/10/366320/iraq-militants-overrun-mosul-govt-hq/ Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants have overrun the headquarters of the provincial government in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul. Militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) overran the government building in a fourth day of fighting in the country’s second-largest city on Monday. They were armed with rocket-propelled grenades, sniper rifles and heavy machine guns mounted on vehicles. Governor of Mosul Atheel Nujaifi was trapped inside the building but managed to get out while police held back part of the attack by the al-Qaeda-linked militants. Earlier on Monday, Nujaifi had urged the city’s residents during a televised plea to fight the militants. “I call on the men of Mosul to stand firm in their areas and defend them against the outsiders, and to form popular committees through the provincial council,” he said. The militants are in control of the western side of Mosul and are advancing southward, where a major army base is situated, reports say. Takfiri groups, including the so-called ISIL, are reportedly coming to Iraq from neighboring Syria and Saudi Arabia to undermine security in the country. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said Saudi Arabia and Qatar are responsible for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing the Al Saud regime as a major supporter of global terrorism.
  7. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26126325
  8. I think that was the second attack
  9. Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:22PM Terrorist attacks across Iraq have left at least 15 people dead, as the Arab country continues to grapple with violence. Sunday’s deadliest attack was carried out outside the southern city of Samawah where two car bombs blasted concurrently in a commercial area. According to police, seven people were killed in the attack. Samawah is located 370 kilometers (230 miles) southeast of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad. Meanwhile, a bomb and militant attack on the gates of a private college in Baghdad’s eastern neighborhood of Ur killed four policemen and one teacher. Nearly 20 others were injured in the assault. Elsewhere, a bomb explosion in the town of Iskandariyah south of Baghdad killed three people and injured 12 others. The terrorist attacks come less than two weeks ahead of Iraq’s parliamentary election which is scheduled to be held on April 30.
  10. http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/04/21/359447/video-shows-tunisian-hostage-in-libya/ A Libyan extremist group has released a video showing a Tunisian embassy employee recently abducted in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
  11. http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/04/22/359601/libya-victim-of-west-criminal-policy/ Press TV has interviewed historian and author Dr. Webster Tarpley to get his views on the future of Libya. Below is a rush transcript of the interview: Press TV: What do you think has made the central government weak? What is making it incapable of reigning in the militia? I mean it couldn’t even stop a South Korean vessel from carrying away the country’s oil? Tarpley: I’m afraid what we have in Libya is a tragic monument to what I would call criminal policy of destroying modern nation states wherever they exist and whatever their internal constitution might be. This is of course, the policy of the state department, the CIA, and the foreign office MI6, and the DGSE, all were heavily involved in mini states, microstates, failed states, warlords, rump states, secessionist movements and so forth. The goal is to destroy any political unit which is strong enough to say “No” to the NATO, [international Monetary Fund] IMF imperialism. And it’s a wanton policy of political vandalism. It takes no account of what might be left after the dust has settled and the bombing has ended. I don’t see that there ever was a basis for NATO bombing. The story that was told at the time, by the American and European networks was that [slain Libyan ruler Muammar] Gaddafi was theoretically going to carry out a massacre in Benghazi and this was whispered into the ear of [former French President Nicolas] Sarkozy by Bernard Henri-Levy, the so-called, I call him a philodoxer, and of course here in the United States, perhaps an even more prominent Samantha Power, who today is the face of the United States at the United Nations. It’s a great shame for any American to have this. She convinced [uS President Barack] Obama that it was time to do the bombing back in March of 2011. So, what has come out of this now, is a centrifugal process, where you have got certainly Tripoli, Tripolitania going one way, you have got Srebrenica, this axis of Tobruk, Benghazi, and Derna, they’re going in a direction. You’ve also got Fezzan and areas in the desert that are going in another direction. I would also point out, Libya was a factor of stability for the entire Sahara and the entire Sahel and the stuff that we’ve seen in Mali, in the Central African Republic and in other areas, these tragic events, all of them have something to do with the chaos that has seized the Libyan part, which had been I think a big factor of stability. So, I think this is absolutely criminal. Press TV: Mr. Tarpley, do you think this is about, as our guest put it, a culture of democracy? Tarpley: I would see it differently. I would certainly sympathize with the wish expressed by my colleague here that Saudi Arabia could become a democratic state. That would be a great thing for the world, and I certainly sympathize with his hopes for Libya, but I’m afraid Libya is headed towards this status of microstates, ministates, or failed states. Even on the United Nations human development index where Libya had been one of the leading African and Arab states beating out Ukraine and some countries in Latin America, it’s going down and I think it’s actually gone down much further. I think the UN has cooked this statistics to try to make it look not as bad as it is. The fundamental problem you have now is armed gangs. You have a neo-feudal anarchy and chaos. You’ve had these figures like infamous characters like Belhadj, who had been arrested in Pakistan, held by the US. Former prisoner of war, or Sufian Qumu, who came back to direct the killing of ambassador [Christopher] Stevens, of course he did that in cahoots with forces in the CIA, but these types of warlords now dominate the scene and they assassinated the head of the military intelligence last year. So, the question is what force could put an end to the rule of these armed gangs? The one thing that I think needs to be perhaps looked at more closely in this southern part of Libya, there are reports of a kind of a rapprochement between residual Gaddafi forces, there is no Gaddafi left, and black Africans or black Libyans from Fezzan. We have to remember that the current regime is built on racism. It is built on anti-black racism because of the lynching and killing of black Africans that were carried out by the Benghazi rebel counsel, because they resented the black Africans as somehow being the tokens of Gaddafi’s Pan African policies, which in retrospect turned out to be rather constructive. Press TV: You know a lot of those comments were referring again to the global interests involved here by the United States, etc. But out guest in London was saying that the Cold War discourse is over now and we should allow Libya to go forward and to make progress that it will? Tarpley: Well, I’m afraid the Cold War discourse, Cold War thinking is alive and well in the Obama administration, as we see in Ukraine. It seems to me that we’ve come to understand the color revolution which might have been started in Libya in the beginning of 2011 and the humanitarian bombing responsibility to protect the simply two sides to the same coin. I would also point out a link of Libya to the tragic events in Syria. I would point everybody to an article by Seymour Hersh called the “Red line and the Rat Line” which is in the London Review of Books a couple of weeks ago. The "rat line" refers to the idea that the terrorist rebels of Libya were shipped from Benghazi, Derna, Tobruk to Turkey, and then sent into northern Syria and that is what ambassador Stevens was doing. The only aspect of Libya that gets any attention in the United States is Benghazi events of September 2012, and that of course, had to do with the fact that Ambassador Stevens was in Benghazi as part of the shipping of fighters and military equipment taken from Gaddafi’s deposit, sending that to Turkey. His last meeting was with the Turkish diplomat, and then sending that into northern Syria. So, these are not spontaneous rebellions, they’re carefully planned by NATO intelligence with the US, the British, the French taking the lead. Now, liberalism, it seems to me, is finished in many ways. Liberalism means the conditionality's of the International Monetary Fund, it means austerity, shock therapy, and we’re seeing that in Ukraine. Countries like Libya that had subsidized prices, free education, subsidies to buy cars, to buy homes and everything, all of that I believe has been largely wiped out because that’s what the International Monetary Fund and Madame [iMF managing director Christine] Lagarde have demanded and nobody in the world in his right mind wants that. So, I think the future is tragic for the moment, until a leader or some form of organization reemerges in Libya.
  12. Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:22PM Dozens of people have been killed in Iraq as the country is hit by a fresh wave of bomb explosions coupled with clashes in the western province of Anbar. According to Iraqi officials, 21 militants and two soldiers were killed in clashes that broke out on Saturday in Anbar, where government forces have been battling al-Qaeda-linked militants over the past months. The fighting erupted after security forces launched an operation in the al-Hamira area, south of the provincial capital Ramadi. In Baghdad, twin bomb blasts ripped through busy commercial streets in the neighborhood of Dora, leaving four people dead. Police said the morning attacks followed three bomb blasts in the same area that killed five people and wounded 10 overnight. Also on Saturday, at least four soldiers were killed and six others wounded when a bomb attack targeted an army base in Mishahada, some 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Baghdad. Separately, a roadside bomb killed two soldiers and left five people injured in Tarmiyah, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Baghdad, while bombings in the capital itself took the lives of at least two people. More than 450 people have been killed in Iraq in April alone.
  13. Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:52PM At least 33 people, including security forces, have been killed and dozens more injured in separate terrorist attacks across Iraq, security and medical officials say.
  14. The United Nations has condemned a terrorist attack against a university in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Nickolay Mladenov, denounced the attack against Imam Kadhim University, terming it as “vicious and cowardly”. The UN official further described the attack as another example of the ongoing violence in the country, saying, “The people of this country need to fight in order to bring this country to tranquility, and it is happening at a time when the Iraqi people are preparing to go to the polls in a few days.” The attack took place against the university on Sunday, leaving several people dead and wounded. “The target has been selected to incite … hatred, with utter disregard for human life and religious values,” he added.
  15. The Syrian army forces have regained control of the western city of Rankus in the country’s strategic Qalamoun region from foreign-backed militants, state media reports say. Citing a military source, Syrian state news agency SANA reported the liberation of the western city in one of the last militant-held regions in the country on Wednesday. "Units of the Syrian army have now accomplished their operation in the Rankus area and restored security and stability after eliminating a large number of terrorists," the report added. According to local Arab media outlets, Syrian army forces have killed nearly 30 militants in the offensive in the western city. Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah helped the Syrian soldiers in their fight against the militants. Foreign-backed opposition groups fighting the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad have also confirmed the town’s liberation. Rankus is situated about 45 kilometers (28 miles) to the north of the capital, Damascus. The Qalamoun region is of strategic importance as it lies along the border with neighboring Lebanon. The main highway between Damascus and the city of Homs also runs through the region.
  16. Mortar shells fired by foreign-backed Takfiri militants in Syria have hit several residential areas in different cities in the country, killing at least two people and injuring 20 others. A number of mortar shells fired by the militants struck the New Aleppo neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo, killing two civilians and wounding 15 others, SANA reported on Tuesday.
  17. Iraqi security and hospital officials say 12 civilians have been killed in separate car bomb attacks and shooting incidents across the country. On Tuesday, unidentified gunmen fatally shot six members of the same family inside their home on the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul, which is located 350 kilometers (220 miles) north of the capital Baghdad. Elsewhere, a policeman was killed when an explosives-laden car went off at a checkpoint in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, situated 175 kilometers (110 miles) north of Baghdad. Attacks were also carried out in the cities of Baiji and Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Baghdad, claiming five more lives. Meanwhile, security forces killed 25 al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in an ambush southwest of Baghdad on Tuesday. Baghdad’s security spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said the terrorists were planning to attack an army base that they had attempted to hit last week. Iraq is currently experiencing its deadliest cycle of violence with Anbar Province viewed as the epicenter of the mounting al-Qaeda-linked militancy that has gripped the country’s west over the past few months. Anbar plunged into violence in December 2013 after the army removed an anti-government protest camp in Ramadi. Authorities said the camp was used as “headquarters for the leadership of al-Qaeda.” The bloodshed later spread to the nearby city of Fallujah. Experts and politicians say terrorist groups such as the ISIL are coming to Iraq from neighboring Syria and Saudi Arabia to undermine security in the country. Baghdad blames Riyadh for the chaos, saying the Saudi regime is funding and arming militants fighting against government forces in western Iraq. The surge in violence has left over 2,400 people dead in Iraq so far this year.
  18. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-next-for-ukraine/2014/03/21/dab50db8-b131-11e3-a49e-76adc9210f19_story.html?hpid=z2
  19. Saadi Gaddafi, the son of Libya’s slain leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been extradited from Niger and is now in government custody in Tripoli.
  20. The officials said on Wednesday that 14 people were killed and more than 70 others injured by nine bombings that hit six different areas of the capital. Another explosion near the University of Technology in central Baghdad left three people dead and several others injured. Also in the town of Tarmia, north of the capital, at least four policemen and three army soldiers died when gunmen attacked their checkpoints. Iraq has witnessed a surge in deadly attacks including bombings and shootings in recent months. The latest incidents of violence came at a time when Iraqi troops, backed by local Sunni tribesmen, are fighting al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in the country’s western regions, including Anbar Province. Iraq’s Interior Ministry has said that militants have launched an open war in Iraq and they want to push the Middle Eastern country toward chaos.
  21. Unidentified gunmen have killed a French national and wounded an Egyptian and a Libyan in separate attacks in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, officials say. The Frenchman killed on Sunday has been identified as Patrice Real, who worked for a company upgrading a large hospital, an unidentified security official said, adding, “He was killed with three shots.” The French foreign ministry denounced the killing as “odious and cowardly,” calling for the perpetrators to be identified. In a separate attack, gunmen wounded an Egyptian grocery worker and a Libyan police officer in Benghazi, a security source said. More than two years after the fall of late Muammar Gaddafi, the country is still grappling with rising insecurity. Also on Sunday, dozens of protesters stormed Libya's General National Congress (GNC) in Tripoli, with some of them rampaging through the building. Two lawmakers were shot and wounded by the protesters who raided the interim parliament building. A week ago, seven Egyptian Christians were shot dead execution-style on a beach near Benghazi.
  22. In Bahrain, 25 people have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in a deadly bomb attack targeting police forces near the country’s capital, Manama, earlier this week. The country’s interior minister Sheik Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa made the announcement during a televised address on Tuesday, March 4. The Bahraini minister said the attack on Monday, March 3, left at least three police officers who were trying to break up crowds of anti-government protesters in Daih, dead. He also mentioned an attack that killed a policeman last month. Bahrain’s main opposition groups have also condemned the deadly attacks. Manama also listed the February 14 coalition, and the al-Ashtar Brigades and the Resistance Brigades opposition groups as terrorist organizations, without further explanation. Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to step down from power. One month later, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded Bahrain to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on peaceful protesters. Reports suggest scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others arrested over the past three years. According to the Physicians for Human Rights, Bahraini doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have "evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police" in the crackdown on anti-government protesters.
  23. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain have recalled their ambassadors to Qatar after accusing Doha of interfering in the internal affairs of their countries. The move came on Wednesday, a day after a [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P] GCC) meeting in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, between foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE, and Oman. In a joint statement, the countries said they "have exerted massive efforts to contact Qatar on all levels to agree on a unified policy... to ensure non-interference, directly or indirectly, in the internal affairs of any member state." Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE said the [P]GCC member states had signed an agreement on November 23, 2013, not to support “anyone threatening the security and stability of the GCC whether as groups or individuals — via direct security work or through political influence, and not to support hostile media.” “But unfortunately, these efforts did not result in Qatar’s agreement to abide by these measures, which prompted the three countries to start what they saw as necessary, to protect their security and stability, by withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar starting from today, March 5 2014,” the statement said. In the statement, the foreign ministers of the aforementioned states accused Doha of interfering in their countries' internal affairs despite Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s denial of any interference.
  24. An ex-Bahraini MP says Qatar is behind a recent bombing in the country, not opposition.