Civil Unrest - Middle East

Civil Unrest – Middle East

BBC News – Thousands of Yazidis ‘still trapped’ on Iraq mountain

BBC News – Thousands of Yazidis ‘still trapped’ on Iraq mountain

12 August 2014 BBC News The BBC’s Caroline Wyatt has spoken to refugees from Sinjar who she says are dehydrated, starving and frightened Several thousand civilians remain trapped by militants on a mountain in northern Iraq and need “life-saving assistance”, the United Nations warns. Members of the Yazidi sect fled there 10 days ago after […]

Islamist fundamentalists gain tactical advantage over the US and Israel in Gaza and Irbil, 1,372 km apart

Islamist fundamentalists gain tactical advantage over the US and Israel in Gaza and Irbil, 1,372 km apart

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 9, 2014 While different in many ways, the two most active Middle East conflicts, waged by the US in northern Iraq against the Islamic State, and by Israel against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, have strong common features: 1. Both stood idly by for years as Islamist fundamentalists, Al Qaeda’s IS […]

Obama Approves Strikes To Stop Iraq ‘Genocide’

Obama Approves Strikes To Stop Iraq ‘Genocide’

The President says strikes, if needed, would stop the advance of Islamist militants and help prevent a “genocide” of minorities. 11:23am UK, Friday 08 August 2014 By Sky News President Barack Obama has authorised airstrikes against Islamist militants in northern Iraq and ordered airdrops of supplies to besieged religious minorities. Three aircraft delivered food and […]

ISIS Is Taking Over Iraq Using Captured American Weapons

ISIS Is Taking Over Iraq Using Captured American Weapons

By Michael Snyder, on July 2nd, 2014   ISIS is marching through city after city in Iraq, and they are doing it with American weapons.  Thanks to a series of stunning victories in recent months, ISIS has captured a vast array of U.S. military equipment including trucks, Humvees, rockets, artillery pieces and Stinger missiles.  When the […]

After Mosul, Al Qaeda seizes 38,000 sq. km of Iraqi territory, division-size armored vehicle fleet

After Mosul, Al Qaeda seizes 38,000 sq. km of Iraqi territory, division-size armored vehicle fleet

DEBKAfile Special Report June 11, 2014   After occupying the oil town of Mosul in northern Iraq, Al Qaeda’s ISIS (Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant) went on to seize more slices of Nineveh province. By Wednesday, June 11, they were in control of some 38,000 sq. km. or one-tenth of Iraqi territory – […]

Former Shin Bet head warns of ‘Palestinian Spring’

Former Shin Bet head warns of ‘Palestinian Spring’

Yuval Diskin says conditions in place for a massive uprising in West Bank; urges inclusion of Egypt and Jordan in peace talks By Lazar Berman October 21, 2013 Amid rumors of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks hitting an impasse, and two days after Hamas called for a new violent uprising against Israel, a former head of the […]

US evacuates personnel from Beirut and SE Turkey

US evacuates personnel from Beirut and SE Turkey

DEBKAfile September 6, 2013 The United States has withdrawn all non-emergency embassy workers and their families from Beirut and warned Americans against travel to Lebanon amid looming military strikes on Syria, the State Department said Friday. “Given the current situation in Syria and the region, as well as potential threats to U.S. Government facilities and […]

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