44 Sunni prisoners killed in Iraq:
The bodies of 44 Sunni prisoners were found in a government-controlled police station in Baquba, about 40 miles north of Baghdad. They had all been shot Monday night in the head or chest. Then the remains of four young men who had been shot were found dumped Tuesday on a street in a Baghdad neighborhood controlled by Shiite militiamen.
40 ISIL fighters killed while targeting Baiji Refinery:
The Spokesperson of the General Commander of the Armed Forces, Qasim Atta, announced killing 40 ISIL elements while targeting Beiji Refinery in Salah il-Din.
Sunni militants control ’75 percent’ of Iraq’s Baiji refinery: official:
“The militants have managed to break in to the refinery. Now they are in control of the production units, administration building and four watch towers. This is 75 percent of the refinery,” an official speaking from inside the refinery said.
Iraqi officers fired after fleeing militants:
Iraq’s premier has fired several top security commanders in a major shake-up as fighting approached Baghdad in a militant onslaught that the UN warned risked breaking up the country.
Iraq asks US for air strikes on ISIL rebels:
Iraqi FM asks Washington to launch air attacks as the country’s armed forces struggle to stop rebel takeovers.
White House: US not ready to make decision on military action in Iraq:
The White House indicated on Tuesday that it may be some days away from a decision on any US military intervention in Iraq, as senior Democrats expressed growing caution about the risks of being sucked back in to conflict in the country.
USS Mesa Verde joins naval strike group in Persian Gulf:
The USS Mesa Verde, an amphibious transport dock ship, is now pre-positioned in the Persian Gulf “to provide a deterrent for activity, as well as the ability to quickly respond to any situation with flexibility
Video: Iraq’s Kurdish fighters ready ‘to face death’ against jihadists:
Kurdish fighters known as Peshmerga are facing off against jihadists in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk:
Gunfight to keep militants at bay in Jalula- BBC News –
Security Forces Battle Militants in Iraq
Saudis give apparent warning to Iran: Don’t meddle in Iraq:
Saudi Arabia blamed the Iraqi crisis on Maliki, citing what it called years of “sectarian and exclusionary policies” by his government against Iraq’s Sunni minority.
Iran Will Do Everything to Protect Iraqi Shrines: Rouhani:
“Dear Karbala, Dear Najaf, Dear Kadhimiyah and Dear Samarra, we warn the great powers and their lackeys and the terrorists, the great Iranian people will do everything to protect them,” he said, naming the sites of the shrines in an emotive speech in Khorramabad, near the Iraq border.
Vatican Says Rebels in Mosul Have Not Harmed Christians, Churches:
Rebels who captured Mosul last week have not harmed Christian residents or churches in what is Iraq’s second-largest city, the Vatican’s top envoy in Iraq told Rudaw, adding that everyone waited with fear to see what would happen next.
Cameron says ‘Islamists planning to attack UK’:
Britain must intervene in the Iraq crisis or the problems there will “hit us at home”, David Cameron told MPs today.
In case you missed it:
US secretly sending anti-tank weapons to David Cameron’s Syrian FSA ‘rebels’ :
In case you missed it:
Syrian Rebels Describe U.S.-Backed Training in Qatar:
With reports indicating that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad are gaining ground in that country’s brutal civil war, moderate Syrian rebels have told a visiting journalist that the United States is arranging their training in Qatar.
In case you missed it:
Congress secretly approves U.S. weapons flow to ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels:
The weapons deliveries have been funded by the U.S. Congress, in votes behind closed doors, through the end of government fiscal year 2014, which ends on September 30, two officials said.
Professor Francis Boyle on Impeachment of Bush and Obama:
As Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Richest Representative of the One Percent in the House of Representatives, said: “Impeachment is off the table.” Nevertheless, Insouciant Californians still send The bought-and paid-for hireling to Washington
Iraqi ambassador to US fears Isis ‘ethnic cleansing’ unless Obama acts:
Ambassador Lukman Faily tells the Guardian that US air strikes are vital to halt urgent Isis threat – but it has to happen soon
Poll: Public doesn’t want another Iraq War:
The survey released Tuesday by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling found 74 percent of the public is opposed to sending combat troops back into Iraq, with only 16 percent supporting that option.
As situation deteriorates, Indian Air Force puts aircraft on standby for Iraq mission:
As the security situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate, the Indian Air Force has kept large and medium transport aircraft on standby for deployment at short notice.
ISIL car bomb kills rival rebels in Syria:
A car bomb likely planted by al Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) killed two rival rebel leaders and five others in eastern Syria, a group that monitors the violence said on Tuesday.
Barrel bombs kill 20 in refugee camp:
Syrian army helicopters bombed a refugee camp along the Jordanian border on Wednesday, killing at least 20 people, mostly children and women, residents and opposition activists said.
US attack kills 12 people in Afghanistan:
The deadly drone strike was carried out in Qara-Bagh district of the troubled province on Wednesday, according to local authorities.
Eleven Taliban Killed In Afghan Forces Clash:
Eleven armed “Taliban” were killed in a clash by Afghan forces in Ghazni province. A policeman was also martyred and two others wounded in the clash.
Afghan president hopeful Abdullah Abdullah cries foul:
Ballot boxes had been stuffed and the whole system was working to benefit his rival Ashraf Ghani, Dr Abdullah said
US kills 8 people in Pakistan:
At least five alledged militants were killed in two separate US drone strikes early on Wednesday in a northwest tribal district where Pakistan has this week launched a major military offensive. Some 2,171 people have been murdered in drone attacks since August 2008, according to an AFP tally.
Cambodia worker exodus hits 220,000, Phnom Penh blames Thailand:
The number of Cambodian labourers fleeing Thailand soared to 220,000 on Wednesday, authorities said, as Phnom Penh accused Thailand’s new military rulers of sparking the flight of migrant workers.
14 Dead in Bombing of World Cup View Site in Nigeria:
Witnesses said the tricycle taxi was driven into the outdoor area in Damaturu, capital of Yobe state, soon after the Brazil-Mexico match started Tuesday night.
Kenya attacks: Al-Shabab not involved – Kenyatta:
Somali Islamist group al-Shabab was not behind deadly attacks on Kenya’s coast, the president has said, contradicting the militant group’s claims.
Secret U.S. raid that captured Benghazi suspect violated our sovereignty, Libya says:
Libya on Wednesday condemned U.S. special forces’ arrest of a man on its soil suspected of masterminding a deadly Islamist militant attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, describing the detention as a violation of Libyan sovereignty.
Egypt court orders dozen more death penalties:
Court sentence supporters of ousted president on charges of killing a police officer and belonging to outlawed group.
Hamas slams Abbas support for Israel security as search for missing teens continues:
“President Abbas’s statements on security coordination with Israel are unjustified, harmful to Palestinian reconciliation… and a psychological blow to the thousands of Palestinian prisoners suffering a slow death in the occupation’s jails,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.
Abbas Defends Security Cooperation With Israel:
His comments were remarkable because of his audience and because security coordination is widely unpopular among Palestinians, particularly at the time of a new Israeli crackdown in the West Bank after the teens’ disappearance last week.
Livni praises Abbas for condemnation of kidnappings:
Abbas’s words were “important, correct, and reflect the true reality – Hamas is an extreme Islamic terrorist organization that attacks civilians and children, and does not wage a war for the Palestinian people and their national aspirations, but rather against the existence of the state of Israel. It is forbidden to give them legitimacy.”
Israel uses hunt for teens as excuse to re-arrests former Palestinian prisoners: –
Israel re-arrested 51 Palestinians freed in a 2011 prisoner swap deal, the army said on Wednesday, in the sixth day of a hunt for three missing teenagers believed abducted in the occupied West Bank.
Mossad chief’s chillingly prescient kidnap prophecy:
Ten days ago, Tamir Pardo outlined a scenario that was spookily similar to the kidnapping of three teens missing in the West Bank since Thursday.
Israel teens search aims to ‘break’ Hamas:
The search for the missing Israeli teens has turned into a military and diplomatic campaign against Hamas.
Israel greenlights construction of 172 illegal settler homes in occupied east Jerusalem:
“The municipality approved this morning the construction of 172 apartments in Har Homa,” Jerusalem city councilor Yosef Pepe Alalu of the Meretz party, who opposes settlements, told AFP.
UN: 356 killed, incl 257 civilians, in E. Ukraine military campaign:
At least 356 people, including 257 civilians, have died since the beginning of the “anti-terrorist” operation in Ukraine’s eastern regions of Lugansk and Donetsk, according to UN calculations. There were 14 children among the dead.
Poroshenko offers unilateral ceasefire in Ukraine’s south-east:
Ukraine will cease fire unilaterally in the east of the country so that “illegal armed units will lay down arms” and “order will be established in the region” for this period of time, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told reporters on Wednesday.
Blast at Ukraine gas pipeline said due to bomb, security increased:
Ukraine’s prime minister ordered security to be reinforced on the country’s gas pipeline network on Wednesday to prevent sabotage after the interior minister said an explosion at one pipeline had been caused by a bomb.
For third straight month, China cuts US debt holdings:
“What we’ve seen in the past four months, if we accept that the data accurately reflects China’s true holdings of US assets, is the continuation of a shift that began in 2010 of diversifying their portfolio away from US assets,”
Lift Assange out of legal limbo: Op-Ed:
A whistle-blower living in exile in Russia. A publisher seeking the asylum he has already been granted while his sources are imprisoned. This isn’t the cast of a summer blockbuster. It’s a perfect storm of real-life cases that make it clear that constitutional guarantees of a free press and government accountability are rhetorical devices, not political realities.
When is Enough, Enough? Disgusting media assault on the NHS –
Video -Chunkymark The Artist Taxi Driver
Canada approves controversial Pacific Coast oil pipeline:
Canada’s government on Tuesday approved a controversial pipeline proposal that would bring oil to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia,
Helmet Cam Shows Police Taser Man to Death During No-Knock Raid:
The family of a man who died after being shocked with a Taser says police video shows the man did not resist. The raid by Fort Worth police in May 2013 was captured by helmet cameras worn by officers. Lawyers for the family of Jermaine Darden obtained the video and released it to News 8.
Video Surfaces of Texas Police Executing Handcuffed Prisoner: Video –
The events of the video are deeply unsettling, showing a police officer essentially executing a handcuffed man.