Iraqi army kills 50 Saddam loyalists in Tikrit:
Officials say Iraq’s anti-terror squads targeted Saddam’s home city, killing as many as 50 Baathists.
Iraqi airstrike kills seven Kurdish security forces in Diyala:
At least seven members of the Kurdish security forces were killed in an airstrike in Iraq’s northeastern province of Diyala on Saturday, police said.
Burned Policemen’s Bodies Found After Iraqi Forces Retake Ishaqi From ISIS:
The burned bodies of 12 Iraqi policemen were discovered in Ishaqi on Saturday after Iraqi troops and a tribal militia recaptured the town in Salaheddin province, north of Baghdad.
Iraq : The bare faced ISIS executioner who spreads terror with his open killing:
Shakir Wahiyib is a feared enforcer for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham who does not cover up his face in videos of his killings
SIL/ISIS donating food in Iraq. 13 June 2014. Video –
CNN – US Propaganda; Says Iran has sent troops into Iraq?
In recent days, Iran has sent about 500 Revolutionary Guard troops to fight alongside Iraqi government security forces in Diyala province, a senior security official in Baghdad told CNN. However, that claim was rejected by Iran’s Foreign Ministry.
The Guardian says Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants:
Iran has sent 2,000 advance troops to Iraq in the past 48 hours to help tackle a jihadist insurgency, a senior Iraqi official has told the Guardian.
Iran’s Rouhani Offers Help To Iraq In Dealing With Sunni Insurgents:
In Tehran, Rouhani told a news conference if the Iraqi government “asks for our help, we will review [the request],” the Tehran Times reported.
Zarif Rejects Reports on Deployment of Iranian Troops in Iraq:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced Tehran’s concern over the ongoing bloodshed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group across Iraq, but meantime, rejected the claims that Tehran has dispatched its forces to Iraq.
Iranian Interior Minister: No Plan to Dispatch Troops to Iraq:
“Such supports do not mean dispatching forces, but condemning terrorist moves and closing the borders are their meaning,” the Iranian interior minister said, addressing the administrative council meeting of North Khorassan province on Saturday.
Iran, US to cooperate against Sunni jihadists in Iraq?:
“We have said that all countries must unite in combating terrorism. But right now regarding Iraq we have not seen the Americans taking a decision yet,” Rouhani said at a press conference on Saturday.
US sends aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf as Obama considers air strikes in Iraq:
The US is sending an aircraft carrier and two guided missile ships into the Persian Gulf, bolstering sea and airpower before a possible US strike on the jihadist army in Iraq in the coming days.
Lap dog barks for treats:
Australian Prime Minister Not Ruling Out Military Intervention In Iraq: Video –
Tony Abbott hasn’t ruled out military intervention in Iraq, as he met US President Barack Obama in Washington.
American Foreign Policy in Iraq is ‘Ridiculous’: Video –
Ron Paul discusses news about Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants made up of Al Qaeda overrunning Mosul, Iraq. He says the system is falling apart there, and that there is nothing positive to show for since we went into Iraq in 2003.
I am happy says Saddam’s daughter:
Raghad, Saddam’s eldest daughter, was confident the militants would successfully undermine the current government. “Someday I will return to Iraq and visit my father’s grave.”
30 killed in market blast in eastern Syria: state TV:
As many as 30 people were killed and dozens wounded when the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ( ISIL), a breakaway al-Qaida group, blew up a market in Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zour province on Saturday, the official Syrian TV reported.
Moderate Syria rebel (FSA) officers quit over ‘lack of military aid’:
Lieutenant-Colonel Mohammad Abboud told AFP he and the eight other rebel officers resigned because the “SMC has no role any more. Donor countries have completely bypassed it.” Instead, donor countries have funnelled military aid, including US-made anti-tank missiles, to factions of their choosing, Abboud said.
US Murders 5 People In Yemen: :
A drone strike killed five suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen late on Friday, a local official and a tribal source told Reuters on Saturday.
Iran’s Proposal for Ensuring Against “Breakout”:
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has revealed for the first time that Iran has made a detailed proposal to the P5+1 group of states aimed at ensuring that no stockpile of low-enriched uranium would be available for “breakout” through enrichment to weapons grade levels.
Occupied West Bank: Second group claims responsibility for abduction of three missing teens:
An organization calling itself the “Liberators’ Battalion of Hebron” sent out a message to the press Saturday claiming it carried out the abduction of Gil-ad Shaar, 16, Naftali Frenkel, 16 and Elad Yifrach, 19, in the Gush Etzion area near Hebron late Thursday night.
Hamas: Airstrikes reflect Israeli ‘confusion’: –
Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip demonstrate Israeli “confusion” amid an ongoing search to find three Israeli settlers missing in the West Bank, the Hamas movement said Saturday.
Support Noor Harazeen’s dream – The first Palestinian English channel in Gaza: Video –
My name is Noor Harazeen, I am an English reporter from the Gaza strip, Palestine
50 people killed during Afghanistan presidential elections:
Afghan officials said that the estimated election turnout was 60 percentand 50 people were killed during the vote on Saturday.
Ten killed in clashes in Bangladesh:
“Nine people, including two children, were burnt to death after the houses were set on fire during the clashes,” local police official Imtiaz Ahmed told reporters.
Al-Qaida video urges Muslims in Kashmir to wage jihad on India:
Senior militants from al-Qaida’s central command have released a video calling on Muslims in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir to follow the example of “brothers” in Syria and Iraq and wage a violent jihad against Indian authorities.
China says will never send military to oil rig spat with Vietnam:
A Chinese official said on Friday that China will never send military forces to the scene of an increasingly ugly spat with Vietnam over an oil rig in the South China Sea and accused Hanoi of trying to force an international lawsuit. U.S. official in Washington dismissed the Chinese statement as “patently ridiculous”
49 Ukrainian troops killed as transport plane downed in Lugansk:
Forty-nine Ukrainian troops were killed when their military Il-76 transport jet was taken down by local militia forces just before it started its descent toward Lugansk Airport. Some military hardware and supplies were lost as well.
Video: Kiev bombs residents of #Semyonovka with white phosphorus
Russians claim Ukraine town hit with banned white phosphorus:
The city of Slavyansk came under fire overnight on Thursday and residents told Russian media that incendiary bombs were dropped on the city.
Russian Embassy in Kiev under attack: The attack is streamed live here:
June 13th Combat SITREP by Juan:
Minimum 3 main battle tanks Nats Army outside Lugansk captured by Army Novorossiya and are in use by new owners.
US says Russian tanks, rocket launchers in eastern Ukraine:
The U.S. State Department said Friday it is “confident” that tanks seen entering eastern Ukraine in recent days came from Russia, which the department said has also sent rocket launchers to pro-Moscow separatists.
Ukraine: These Tanks … And The State Department Lies Again:
Apparently three T-64 BVs from the Ukrainian army were captured by federalists some five days ago and are moving somewhere in east Ukraine.
Death by balcony in Egypt:
Had the influential Sabry, who had over 100,000 followers on Twitter, been erased by the country’s all-pervasive intelligence apparatus? Or had the young man been a victim of shoddy construction standards?
Think Iraq’s a disaster? Read this terrifying dispatch from Libya:
‘We got rid of Gaddafi – and it’s just exactly the same s***,’ he says. ‘What was it for? It was for nothing – things are worse now than they have ever been. I see it every day. It was all for nothing – absolutely nothing.’
Turkey pulls out diplomatic staff from Benghazi: Turkey has temporarily pulled its diplomatic staff out of the Libyan city of Benghazi and urged its nationals to leave the east of the country amid mounting security concerns, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Saturday.
In the news media, are Muslims the only ‘terrorists’?:Op-Ed:
What do you call a couple who espouse an extremist, anti-government ideology and kill two policemen and a bystander while draping one of their victims in a flag associated with a political movement?
Italy saves over 300 migrants at sea; 10 die: –
The Italian coast guard and navy have rescued more than 300 migrants whose boats ran into trouble in the Mediterranean Sea and recovered the bodies of 10 migrants whose dinghy had overturned.
EFF to Court: U.S. Warrants Don’t Apply to Overseas Emails:
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has urged a federal court to block a U.S. search warrant ordering Microsoft to turn over a customer’s emails held in an overseas server, arguing that the case has dangerous privacy implications for Internet users everywhere.
Bread and Circuses:
61% of Brazilians Feel World Cup Is Bad for the Nation, Survey Finds:
Additionally, 72% of Brazilians are dissatisfied with “the way things are going” in their country, Pew reported; that figure was 55% in the weeks leading up to the start of the June 2013 protests.
A World Cup for corporations:
In 11 of the 12 cities that will host one of the games, social movements have united under the banner of the People’s Committees to demand that citizens’ human rights stop being violated for the sake of an event in which few will be able to participate.
Shocking Photos From Inside Private Prison:
A privately-run prison in Mississippi holding “seriously mentally ill” prisoners stands accused of being dirty, dangerous and corrupt. East Mississippi Correctional Facility, operated by Management and Training Corporation (MTC), is the subject of a lawsuit brought on behalf of several prisoners at the facility.
Pope Francis claims global economy is close to collapse:
Pope Francis has launched a scathing attack on the global economic system, warning it is near collapse because of a ‘throwaway culture’ of greed and the ‘atrocity’ of youth unemployment.
Suicide Rates Rose In Most Western Nations During the Great Recession:
Over 10,000 suicides across Europe and North America can be linked to economic turmoil between the years 2008 and 2010, and this increased rate of suicide impacted four times as many men as women.
NBC Paid Chelsea Clinton $600,000 to Do Nothing, Basically:
Former first child (now with child) Chelsea Clinton had a $600,000 annual contract at NBC News, Politico reports, where she served as a “special correspondent” and was deemed to be mostly useless, if not “one of the most boring people of her era.”