Iraq: 40 "ISIS members" killed in Anbar
and Salahuddin, says Ministry of Defense:
“A joint air strike has been carried out by the army aviation
and the air force in the city of Qaim, resulted in the killing
of 30 terrorists, and the destruction of a house in which exists
a group of foreign suicide bombers"
Bombs Inside, Around Baghdad Kill at
Least 8 Civilians:
Police officials say the deadliest among Tuesday's attacks was
in the town of Mahmudiyah, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) south
of Baghdad. They say a bombing there killed three civilians and
Iraq PM 'retires' army chief as security
General Babaker Zebari, who has been in the job for a decade,
retires as PM Abbadi acknowledges military's failures. Military
sources say a Kurdish general with the Iraqi Air Force, Anwar
Hamad Amin, is expected to replace Zebari.
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The Yinon Plan and the role of the ISIS:
“This is not regime change but regional
28 dead in Syria government air strikes:
At least 18 people died in government
raids on the village of Ehsim in northwestern Idlib province,
the Syria Observatory for Human Rights said.
Islamic State beheads female civilians
for first time in Syria: monitor:
One of the women was beheaded along with her husband in Deir al-Zor
city. In al-Mayadeen city to the south east, the group beheaded
another woman and her husband. All of them were accused of
sorcery, the monitor said.
ISIS re-enters Syria's Tal Abyad, takes
ISIS fighters re-entered Syria's Tal Abyad Tuesday, seizing a
district from the Kurdish forces who captured the border town in
a key victory two weeks ago, an activist group monitoring the
Syrian troops regain area from IS in
State TV says troops and pro-government members of the National
Defense Forces regained control of the Eastern Ghoweiran
neighborhood on Tuesday.
Jordan is mulling a significant military
intervention in southern Syria:
Jordan worries that jihadists could establish a permanent
foothold along the country's border with Syria, or sue the area
for attacks on the country's generally pro-US monarchy.
Turkish opposition leader warns against
intervention in Syria:
Turkey's main opposition party leader warned on Tuesday any
military intervention in Syria would spell disaster for Turkey
and in comments clearly aimed at President Tayyip Erdogan said
the country could not be "a plaything for your ambition."
Turkey Uneasy as U.S. Support of Syrian
The United States has stepped up its military support for Syrian
Kurdish militias fighting the Islamic State, efforts that have
angered Turkey, a longtime ally and NATO member, which is now
weighing new measures to contain the ambitions of the Kurds,
including a buffer zone within Syria.
28 killed in IS attack on Yemen Shiites:
The car bomb late Monday targeted Houthi rebel chief brothers
Faycal and Hamid Jayache during a gathering to mourn the death
of a family member, a security source said. Eight women were
among the dead.
One UN officer killed in airstrike in
The UN Secretary-General "deplores" the Saudi Arabia-led
coalition's airstrike yesterday (28 Jun) on the UN compound in
Aden, Yemen which resulted "in serious damage to the UN
Development Programme office and injured a guard."
Al Qaeda militants amongst 1,200
prisoners freed after militias attack Yemeni jail:
A local official tonight confirmed that some of the escapees
were "suspected of belonging to al Qaeda" and of masterminding
terrorist atrocities across the Middle East.
Why the Yemen Peace Talks Collapsed:
The Geneva Negotiations Failed Because the Aggressors Wanted
Them to Fail
Iran, P5+1 extend interim nuclear deal
until July 7 to win more time for talks:
Six world powers and Iran have come to an agreement to extend
the interim deal on Tehran’s nuclear program until July 7 to
allow more time for talks to reach a final deal, the US State
Department said Tuesday.
US: System reached to give UN access to
suspect Iran sites:
Agreed system will not include all military sites, but rather
focus on a case-by-case basis; 'if the IAEA believes that it
needs access and has a reason for that access, then we have a
process to ensure that it is given,' says US official.
Iran's new 5-year plan focuses on defence,
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday unveiled
the main points of the Islamic republic's next five-year plan,
with the focus on the military and economic growth.
Drexel Criticized for Noam Chomsky Honor:
Drexel University is under continuing criticism from Jewish
groups for awarding an honorary degree to left-wing scholar and
activist Noam Chomsky during its mid-June graduation ceremonies.
21 Libya soldiers killed this week:
Fighting raged between government forces and Islamists in
eastern Libya on Tuesday, with 21 soldiers killed since the
clashes broke out at the weekend, a medical official said.
Three killed in car bomb in suburb west
of Cairo - sources:
At least three people were killed on Tuesday when a car bomb
exploded near a police station in Cairo's western suburb of 6th
of October City, security sources said, a day after an attack
killed Egypt's top public prosecutor.
UN: South Sudan army raped girls and
burned them alive:
The UN has accused South Sudan's army of raping and then burning
girls alive inside their homes during its recent campaign, a
report by its mission in the country said.
Chibok girls 'forced to join Nigeria's
Witnesses say some are now being used to terrorise other
captives, and are even carrying out killings themselves.
Tunisia sees Libya link to beach resort
attacker - source:
A Tunisian gunman who killed 39 people at a resort hotel, mostly
British holiday-makers, probably spent time in a training camp
in Libya and had been in contact with militants over the border,
a security source said on Tuesday.
Suicide truck bomb kills two, wounds over
40 in Afghanistan:
A suicide truck bomb in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed
two civilians and wounded more than 40, officials said, in the
latest attack since the Taliban began their annual offensive.
Taleban claim Kabul attack on NATO
convoy, 1 killed:
A suicide attacker driving an explosives-packed vehicle targeted
a NATO military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday,
killing at least one person and wounding up to 22, police,
military and government officials said.
U.S. raid on Afghan weapons cache incites
Little is known about the activities of U.S. counter-terrorism
troops that have been authorised to continue fighting the
Taliban and other militants after the NATO combat mission
officially ended last year.
Greece debt crisis: Tsipras asks for new
bailout - live updates:
Just hours before its current bailout expires, Athens proposes a
new two-year deal with debt relief -- but how will creditors
Greece will not pay IMF debt on Tuesday:
Greece will not pay a 1.6 billion euro debt installment to the
International Monetary Fund due on Tuesday, but Athens still
holds out hope of a last-minute deal with creditors on an aid
package, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said.
German Finance Minister
Schaeuble: Greece is staying in the euro no matter what:
Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble just bucked the
trend in the Eurogroup, by saying that Greece can stay in the
eurozone even if it says "No" to the bailout package in Sunday's
IMF has made €2.5 billion profit out of
Out of its lending to all countries in debt crisis between 2010
and 2014 the IMF has made a total profit of €8.4 billion, over a
quarter of which is effectively from Greece. All of this money
has been added to the Fund’s reserves, which now total €19
French beheading suspect denies jihad
The source said Yassin Salhi, 35, told investigators he was not
a jihadist and repeated earlier statements that he committed the
act outside the southeast city of Lyon on Friday after a row
with his wife the day before and his boss a few days earlier.
WikiLeaks says NSA spied
on top French companies:
The US wiretapped two of France's economy ministers and spied on
the country's largest companies, French media reported citing
WikiLeaks documents, just days after it emerged the US had spied
on three of the country's leaders.
NSA wiretapped two French finance
The U.S. National Security Agency wiretapped the communications
of two successive French finance ministers and collected
information on French export contracts, trade and budget talks,
according to a report by WikiLeaks.
Pope demands 'action now' to save planet
from environmental ruin:
Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the
planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear
"the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor" and plunging the
Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change.
Puerto Rico governor calls for
bankruptcy; adviser says island 'insolvent':
The Caribbean island is struggling to relieve a $73 billion debt
burden. It came to a crunch point on Monday - ironically at the
same time as did debt-laden Greece - after a dire report on its
stability by former International Monetary Fund economists was
released ahead of key deadlines on Wednesday to repay debt.
Mexico deports more Central Americans
than the United States:
Between October and April, Mexico apprehended 92,889 Central
Americans. In the same time period, the United States detained
70,226 "other than Mexican" migrants, the vast majority from
Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Deported Central America Child Migrants
Face Threats, Death at Home: U.N.:
Thousands of children entering the United States illegally from
Central America might qualify for refugee status but are being
deported to their own country where they face persecution by
Florida Man, Accused of Terrorism Based
on Book Collection, Set Free:
The U.S. government had produced “snippets of information from
various sources, out of context, to weave together a narrative
of terrorist ideation,” a Florida judge said Friday, ordering
the release of Marcus Dwayne Robertson, an Orlando-based Islamic
scholar who stood accused of supporting terrorism.
A college balks at Hillary Clinton’s fee,
so books Chelsea for $65,000 instead:
The university paid $65,000 for Chelsea Clinton’s brief
appearance Feb. 24, 2014, a demonstration of the celebrity
appeal and marketability that the former and possibly
second-time first daughter employs on behalf of her mother’s
presidential campaign and family’s global charitable empire.