ISRAEL: ‘ DEBATE RAGES IN MILITARY OVER ACCOUNTABILITY FOR GAZA WAR ‘

#AceWorldNews – JERUSALEM: Jan.06: A fierce debate is raging within Israel’s military over the extent to which soldiers should be held legally accountable for their actions during last year’s Gaza war, with commanders increasingly at odds with military lawyers AP reported.

The dispute has set off a firestorm in Israel, where many say the legal threat would shackle soldiers in any future battle, lower their morale and shatter a sacred trust on which Israel’s compulsory military service relies.

#ANS2015

#gaza-war, #military

‘ US MILITARY VETERAN SAYS JOINING ISLAMIC STATE IS EASY AS BUYING A PLANE TICKET ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Post: SYRIA:Jan.02: US military veteran said joining a Kurdish group fighting Islamic State militants in Syria was as “easy” as buying an airline ticket, highlighting the simplicity with which westerners have joined both Islamic State and its foes.

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‘US vet says fighting in Syria was as easy as buying air-plane ticket to Miami -Screenshot from 2015-01-02 19:33:42 ‘

The veteran, “John,” told Fox News in an exclusive interview that he found a Kurdish group known as YPG on Facebook, sending them his military credentials during the vetting process.

“What I believe is that they are European go-betweens, they are not in Kurdistan, they operate receiving information of interested Westerners, and then they either relay it or make a decision themselves of whether or not this person is suitable to work with the YPG,” he said.

“They sent (angel) message saying I was approved and someone would be waiting on me.”

Once approved, the rest was fairly simple.

“I just went on-line and bought a ticket. It was that easy. It was like booking a flight to Miami Beach,” he said.

John said upon arrival, he was taken almost immediately to the front lines of fighting in Syria, where Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) battles both President Bashar Assad’s forces and myriad other groups jockeying for position in the war-torn nation.

“It’s extremely dangerous in that they’re taking anyone with no military experience, no age requirements, no physical restrictions,” he said.

“They are just taking people there, giving them a gun saying, ‘Hey, good luck, buddy’,” John said of the lack of training recruits receive.

He said they day he joined YPG, he was accompanied by another westerner, from Scotland. He added that he also met a Canadian, other Americans, and Britons.

Never paid by the Kurds he worked with, John has since come home, turning himself over to the American consulate in Iraq.

Yet his case underscores concerns in Washington and capitals across the Western world that the ongoing Syrian civil war and fighting in Iraq, where Islamic State has gained considerable sway in western territories and areas along the Syrian border, have become increasingly attractive for westerners, especially those with jihadist motivations.

Before stepping down in August – just as President Barack Obama had ordered US-led air-strikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq – longtime FBI Director Robert Muellerwarned of Americans traveling to Syria and coming back with intentions “to undertake an attack upon the homeland.”

“[When] you have individuals travelling to those venues, you are concerned [first] about the associations they will make, and secondly about the expertise they will develop and whether or not they will utilize those associations, utilize that expertise, to undertake an attack upon the homeland,” Mueller told ABC News.

Three days after Mueller’s remarks, it was reported that Douglas McAuthur McCain, a 33-year-old American, was killed in Syria while battling alongside Islamic State. It was later reported that fellow native Minnesotan Abdirahmaan Muhumed, an employee of a Delta Airlines subsidiary in the Twin Cities, perished in the same battle. At least one American — a Florida man named Moner Mohammad Abusalha — has previously died in Syria after carrying out a suicide bombing mission for Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda-related affiliate, in May.

“We think that there are approximately 12,000 fighters from at least 50 countries in Syria — foreign fighters, including a small number of Americans — that may have traveled to Syria since the beginning of the conflict,” said deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf upon reports of McCain’s death. “They may all not still be there,” she added.

US intelligence officials, speaking with anonymity, quickly announced after the McCain reports in late August that as many as 300 Americans were fighting along with Islamic State or related militants in Syria and Iraq.

“We know that there are several hundred American passport holders running around with ISIS in Syria or Iraq,” a senior US official said. “It’s hard to tell whether or not they’re in Syria or moved to Iraq.”

Yet in September, Jeh Johnson, secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, said Islamic State did not pose a direct threat to the US.

“At present, we have no credible information that [Isis] is planning to attack the homeland of the United States,” Johnson said, echoing earlier sentiments expressedby Matthew Olsen, the head of the US National Counterterrorism Center.

Later that month, The Guardian reported, citing a “senior administration official,” that only 20 to 30 Americans had travelled to Syria to join Islamic State, affiliated jihadist groups, or groups opposed to Assad.

Meanwhile, in November, it was reported that several fighters from the US, Canada, the UK, Germany and other western nations had travelled to fight with Kurds against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

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#airline, #military, #veteran

GAMBIA: ‘ WASHINGTON DENIES ACCUSATIONS OF MILITARY COUP INVOLVEMENT ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON:Jan.02: Washington has denied accusations by Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh that it was involved in Tuesday’s attack on the presidential palace.

' USA Deny Accusations of Involvement in Military Coup in Gambia '

‘ USA Deny Accusations of Involvement in Military Coup in Gambia ‘

Jammeh blamed foreign dissidents based in US, Germany and UK for what he called an attempted coup. “The US government had no role in the events that took place in Banjul,” a US State Department official said.

Earlier the US embassy in Banjul described the violence as a coup against Jammeh, but the African nation’s leader said it was a foreign-sponsored terrorist attack.

Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) – Dozens of military personnel and civilians were arrested and a large cache of weapons and explosives found after an alleged coup attempt in The Gambia, an intelligence source said Thursday. 

The suspects have been interrogated and were being held in “four villas” in or near the tiny west African nation’s capital Banjul, said a source close to Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

A group of heavily armed men led by an army deserter attacked the presidential palace before dawn, but were repelled by forces loyal to Gambia’s leader of 20-years, Yahya Jammeh.

#ANS2015

#attack, #coup, #military

UKRAINE: POROSHENKO INTRODUCES BILL TO REVOKE NON-BLOC STATUS

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE:Dec.18 – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has introduced a bill to revoke Ukraine’s non-bloc status, the president’s website says.

At present, the law on exterior and interior policies states the country cannot be a member of any military-political blocs such as NATO.

Such a status cannot guarantee the entity of the country any more, the president said in Warsaw on Wednesday, promising to submit the bill to the Ukrainian parliament.

#ANS2014 

#bill, #military, #non-bloc-status, #revoke

DAMASCUS: ‘ HISTORIC KEY NOTE SPEECH SENDS SHOCK WAVES AROUND THE WORLD ‘

#AceNewsServcies – DAMASCUS:Dec.17-Gordon Duff was part of a Veterans Today Senior Staff Delegation that travelled to Damascus and was in consultation with the Veterans Today Board and other like minded individuals within the Military and Intelligence community. 

By Preston James

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Last week Gordon Duff, Senior Editor of Veterans Today delivered an Historic Keynote Speech at the International Conference on Combating Terrorism and Religious Extremism held in Damascus, Syria. This speech is sending shock-waves around the World.

This Delegation included Veterans Today Senior Editor *Gordon Duff, Veterans Today Managing Editor **Jim Dean, Veterans Today Director ***Colonel James Hanke, and Veterans Today Financial Editor ****Mike Harris.

Gordon Duff’s speech quickly changed the focus of the whole conference and is now sending shock-waves around the World in the various Diplomatic, Military and Intelligence corps around the World.

Why is his speech Historic?

For a number of vitally important reasons. This speech is the first time in history an American Intelligence Team of “non-activists” gave a military briefing to an audience of this type, including key Military Leaders of diverse Tribal Forces throughout Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, along with a Russian delegation and many others from around the world. Before this historic speech by Duff, no one has ever dared to speak the simple truth about the true problem, that it is not Terrorism in the Mideast, but it is the effects of large scale international Organized Crime.

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But even more important, Duff, a noted international Intel and Security Consultant, identified the root cause of United States of America’s dysfunctional involvement in Iraq and Syria and the true cause of ISIS/Daish.

Duff’s speech immediately changed the whole tone of the Conference and turned it to a very practical focus on the true causes of ISIS/Daish.

His speech immediately shifted the focus of the Conference from theoretical discussions of Terrorism and Extremism, to what is actually going on at the ground level at a practical level, who is responsible and why they are doing it, that is stealing factories and torturing and killing civilians, folks that are their people.

Gordon Duff laid out the true cause of ISIS/Daish in simple terms for the very first time anyone has ever done so publicly and this disclosure from such a highly credentialed and credible Intel Professional is now sending shock-waves around the World.

Duff declared that there are far too many that have died to continue speaking in unclear terms and that it was time to share a key hypothesis based on signals intelligence. Then Duff proceeded to explain the True Causes of ISIS/Daish in simple understandable terms which provide the clarity needed to form a sustainable solution.

Duff explained that what is going on in Iraq and Syria with ISIS is not Terrorism, it is simply CRIME. That is, it is the works of an international Crime Cabal which has gotten control of the American Congress. Yes, this is a large Organized Crime problem that must be understood at its simple root cause.

Duff identified this Crime Cabal as Israeli and pointed out that this is Worldwide Crime on a scale never experienced before.

Duff explained how the illegal Supreme Court Decision of Citizens United made it possible for an Israeli-American Organized crime magnate now operating out of Macao, Sheldon Adelson to essentially buy control of both Houses of Congress in the last election and being able to bring Congress under control of this International Crime Syndicate which specializes in human trafficking and narcotics.

Duff also identified American Generals McInerney and Vallely as being involved in organizing Daisch along with Senator John McCain.

He also pointed out that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel [who has just resigned] was the one that prevented the American bombing of Syria in response to the False-Flag gas attack at Aleppo, Syria.

This keynote address delivered by Gordon Duff was historic because for the very first time ever a Top Intel and Security Consultant publicly explained how the problem with ISIS/Daish is not terrorism but is Crime. He clarified that ISIS/Daish is a result of Criminal Behavior of an Israeli based International Crime Syndicate which essentially bought control over the US Congress during the last election.

Here is Gordon Duff’s keynote speech which was historical and is now sending shock-waves around the World.

It should now be clear to everyone that the creation of ISIS/Daish occurred not because of Terrorism, but because of the undue influence exercised on the American Political system by this Israeli based Crime Syndicate in which a faction inside the American Congress, Military and Intel has been manipulated into supporting the creation of ISIS/Daish.

It is easy to imagine why Duff’s frank disclosure in his keynote address that the real problem on the ground in Iraq and Syria is Crime and the handy-work of an international Israeli Crime Cabal immediately changed the tone of the conference, and is now sending shock-waves around the World.

This is the first time ever that these issues have been clarified for the Syrian Security Services and Military as well as to Intel, Military and Diplomatic representatives from all over the World.

In days and weeks to follow it is expected that such an Historic disclosure based on hard Intel will change the scope and tone of the discussion about what is really going on in Iraq and Syria on the ground and how a worldwide criminal enterprise is behind it.

There were several sophisticated attempts to sidetrack and derail the VT Delegation and keep Gordon Duff from delivering his Historic Speech. Despite all these attempted interceptions, one of which was directly thwarted by VT Financial Editor Mike Harris, Gordon Duff was able to deliver his keynote address and make history by putting the actual facts behind ISIS/Daish on the public record for the very first time. Colonel Jim Hanke spoke at the Conference also and his talk was very well received.

Jim Dean took numerous films which should prove to be quite important when some are published on VT.

Mike Harris gave numerous interviews to the Syrian Press and met with Syrian Security Officials and the Grand Mufti, the World’s top Islamic legal and theological schiolar. These discussions were very productive and did a great deal to further an understanding of what is actually behind the ISIS/Daish crime problem in Iraq and Syria which is nothing more than sophisticated international Organized Crime and must be dealt with as such.

Conclusion:

Obviously Gordon Duff and his team displayed great courage in attending this Conference in Damascus and deserve the highest commendations possible for this fine work representing the true interests of peace for folks with no voice.

When the dust settles time will show this speech will be a major turning point in the Criminal Cabal’s blatant abuse of the American People from their buying and hijacking of the US Congress and some American Generals with deep Intel connections and their abuse of millions around the World in many different nations, especially the Mideast.

No criminal Cabal or conspiracy this large can exist without utmost secrecy, which no longer exists thanks to Duff’s keynote address and complete disclosure. Their crimes are now no longer secret and the “Jig is now up”.

Thanks to Duff the Jig is about up for this International Israeli linked Crime Cabal, some have identified as the International Zionist Crime Cabal (IZCS) which has formed an alliance with the Bush Crime Cabal (BCC) which is now being completely identified all over the Worldwide Internet. It is now realized by many that the BCC was formed when Bush1 ran the Assassination of JFK and rose to power, able to deeply embed his operatives in the CIA, the Military, Congress, the Department of Justice and the Judiciary.

Now if anyone doubts that ISIS/Daish was set up under the Money Power of the International Zionist Crime Cabal (IZCS) operating out of Israel which has now gained Control of the US Congress, consider this. All ISIS/Daish wounded are taken to Israel for medical treatment, all expenses paid and those that can be are returned to Iraq or Syria to attack, torture, murder and asset strip innocent civilians, pretending to be Islamic Terrorists.

This is all done in order to create mass confusion and to empower those governments that exist off the spoils of pushing solutions to their synthetic terrorism which is really nothing more than a massive Organized crime operation to make money and accrue more power.

How do we know that the Criminal cabal has truly gained control over the US Congress. We now have actual specific evidence which has uncovered the Crime Cabal’s control over Congress through the use of large bribes and threats of assassination.

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#intelligence, #key-note-speech, #military

VIDEO: ‘ REPORTS FROM PESHAWAR WHERE TALIBAN SEIZED MILITARY SCHOOL ‘

#AceSeaNews – Featured Post:PAKISTAN: Dec 16 – In an earlier post we reported on source reports from local media of military school and a 100 plus dead my report from the frontline says it is still going on and confirmed is now 126 Dead latest Reuters report says. 

The Army Public School is located on Warsak Road near Army Housing Colony and a medical school, in turbulent city of Peshawar.

The Pakistani militants have justified their act of cowardice and evil and in a statement to Reuters say they targeted the school because the army targets their families. Its common for Armies to tackle and fight offensives against militants and state enemies. But militants say they attacked the school because in this way, “We want them to feel our pain,” the Taliban said.

Till evening updates, the KP province Minister of Information said that approximately 80-100 unconfirmed dead. Also some students are still hostages to the militants that are inside the building and the Pakistani Army with its tanks and ground troops are busy fighting the militants that are heavily armed.

Is this Islam? Is this what Islam teaches?

Tonight there will be cries in countless homes, where some unfortunate mothers will prepare the funeral services of the very children, they had sent to school after morning breakfast.

I have no more words truly.

My homeland is burning and my heart is once again broken. My stand is with humanity.I say no more religious  fundamentalism, no more.

Ace South East Asia Report  

#SEAN2014

#al-qaeda, #military, #students

VIDEO: ‘ MILITARY SEEKS TO HELP A STAGGERING NUMBER OF MALE SEX ASSAULT VICTIMS ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Post – 

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Sexual assault is an horrific act and is inflicted on nearly 240,000 American’s each year. 

That means that every 2 minutes someone, somewhere, in the United States is either raped or has suffered inappropriate sexual contact.

Would it surprise you to know that many of these attacks are not on women but on men? Would it surprise you further to know that many of the men assaulted are done so right in our own military?

According to RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network) 2.78 million U.S. men have been victimized in a sexual way or raped. In 2003 alone 1 in 10 victims of rape were men.

Male sexual assault is much more prevalent than many of us would have imagined. But, it is something that many men are reluctant or even refuse to discuses, especially our military troops because many are afraid to be seen as weak, gay or victims. This stigma very often prevents them from reaching out for help or even reporting the incident.

“Though survey results released by the Pentagon last week suggest the number of sexual assaults in the military has decreased, a new mater-of-fact way of asking questions has revealed far higher rates of penetrative sexual assault – such as rape and sodomy – than in previous years,” stated Stars and Stripes.

The new questioning technique revealed a rise in males willing to admit to sexual assault.  The statistic grew from 11 percent to 35 percent experiencing unwanted sexual contact.

In its latest report on sexual assault, the Pentagon estimated that 26,000 service members experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2012, up from 19,000 in 2010. Of those cases, the Pentagon says, 53 percent involved attacks on men, mostly by other men.

In the 2014 Army report, for example, there were 2,113 troops who filed ‘unrestricted reports of sexual assaults.’ Of those 27 percent were male assaults.

The Marine Corps have also been trying to increase understanding of male sexual assault and encouraging men to come forward and break the barriers holding them back, according to Col. Scott Jensen, head of the Marine Corps’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch.

“Of the 844 official reports of sexual assault in the Marine Corps in 2014, 21 percent of victims were male, 74 percent were female and 5 percent did not self-identify in the report,” according to Stars and Stripes.

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Getting the troops to come forward and talk about male sexual assault isn’t easy. But in order to raise awareness, Greg Nelson, did just that.

Nelson joined the Marines in 2007. On his 21st birthday and he decided to go out partying with his friends and got really drunk.

A man at the party offered to allow Nelson to ‘crash’ at his place and, at the urging of his friends, accepted the man’s invitation.

All Nelson remembers is getting sick “and being offered water that seemed to have white specks in it,” reports The Associated Press. “He said the man then offered him another glass of water and a pill that was supposedly Motrin.”

Things went a bit hazy after that. According to Nelson, he just blacked out and when he awoke felt as if he were ‘in a vegetative state’. Whatever Nelson had taken had apparently rendered him unable to move. Horrifyingly, a helpless Nelson was sexually assaulted by the very man who was supposedly helping him. Nelson blacked out for a second time.

Corporal Nelson left the Marine Corps in 2011.

It has been over the last year that the Military have increased their efforts to reach male victims of sexual assault and encouraging them to receive treatment. It would then be possible for the perpetrators to be gone after and brought to justice.

The question has been asked if society is ready to ‘talk’ about male sexual assault in the military. After all, they are big, strong soldiers so how can they be victims? Will it change how society views them? How could this happen to them?

“While people may question how a burly infantry officer or Marine could be assaulted, often he is drunk, passed out or asleep.” Just as women can be rendered unconscious or immobilized, so can men.

Is society ready to ‘talk’ about it?

I pose the question, How could we not?

As with sexual assault on women, the abuse on men is rarely about sex but about power and control. It has very little, if anything, to do with homosexual behavior.

“In May, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the military services to increase their efforts to encourage men to report assaults,” according to The Associated Press. “The services already had started putting together training materials aimed at male victims. Videos included scenarios of troops drinking and discussions about when to intervene and what to do if a perpetrator is of higher rank.”

Military seeks to help male sex assault victims

 By Lorra B. Chief Writer for SilentSoldier.us

#ANS2014 

#marine-corps-sexual-assault-prevention-and-response-branch, #military, #sexual-assault

PENTAGON: ‘ DENIAL & COUNTER-DENIAL AS IRAN JOINS US LED COALITION AIR-STRIKES OR NOT AS THE CASE MAYBE ‘

#AceNewsServices – PENTAGON – Dec.03 – Iran has launched airstrikes against Islamic State militants in eastern Iraq in recent days, the Pentagon confirms.

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US Denies Cooperating with Iran ‘

According to spokesperson Rear Adm. John Kirby, the strikes were not co-ordinated with the US military and may be the first of their kind.

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Denial and Counter-Denial – Screenshot from 2014-12-03 14:34:17

Though BBC Middle East an hour ago issued this statement: ‘The Pentagon says Iranian war planes have been bombing Islamic State targets – a claim Iran denies

' Iran is Training & Arming '

‘ Iran is Training & Arming ‘ 

“We have indications that they did indeed fly airstrikes with F-4 Phantoms in the past several days,” Kirby told AFP.

It may be the first time Tehran has launched manned aircraft from inside Iran to strike Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets in Iraq, Kirby told AP.

#ANS2014 

#airstrikes, #bombing, #military, #war-planes

AFGHANISTAN: ‘ FIVE TALIBAN KILLED IN TALIBAN RAID ON HELMAND MILITARY BASE ‘

#AceBreakingNews – AFGHANISTAN – Nov.29 – At least five members of the Afghan National Army have been killed as a Taliban raid on a military base in the southern province of Helmand entered its third day, officials said Saturday.

Meanwhile, a car bomb went off at a west Kabul building that the Taliban charge is a Christian proselytizing center.

Twelve people, including children, were reportedly trapped inside.

In an interview with local media, Gen. Mohammad Zahir, Kabul’s police chief, said the commander of his critical response unit was injured in fighting around the site.

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#ANS2014

#base, #injured, #killed, #military, #raid

‘ BRITAIN WITHDRAWS LAST MILITARY FORCES FROM SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN AFTER 13 YEARS ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – Nov.24 – Britain withdrew its last military forces from southern Afghanistan on Monday, after 13 years of fighting, AFP said.

A ceremony at Kandahar airfield marked the departure of remaining Royal Air Force personnel as the final British base was handed over to Afghan forces in October. Since 2001, Britain has suffered 453 military deaths during operations in some of the most violent parts of Afghanistan.

Much of the British fighting took place in neighbouring Helmand province.

It still remains a Taliban insurgent stronghold and a centre of opium poppy cultivation.

#ANS2014 

#departure, #forces, #military, #violent

‘ OBAMA SECRETLY SIGNS ORDER EXTENDING COMBAT ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN – REPORTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.22 – President Barack Obama has secretly signed an order that expands the United States’ direct combat role in Afghanistan throughout 2015, the New York Times reported.

Signed over the last few weeks, the secret order permits American forces to continue to battle the Taliban and other militants that pose a threat to either the Afghan government or US personnel. According to the Times, US jets, bombers, and drones will be able to aid ground troops – be they Afghan or US forces – in whatever mission they undertake.

Under the order, ground troops could join Afghan troops on missions, and airstrikes could be carried out in their support. 

If true it would appear that the number of troops that will be operating in Afghanistan next year will remain unchanged from previous plans.

There will be 9,800 soldiers left throughout next year, and that number will be cut in half by the end of the year.

By the end of 2016, the remaining troops are scheduled to leave Afghanistan, ending the US military presence in the country.

#ANS2014 

#military, #support, #troops, #us-forces

KENYA: ‘ AL-SHABAB CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR BUS ATTACK KILLING 28 PASSENGERS ‘

#AceWorldNews – KENYA – Nov.22 – Latest updated news: The Al-Shabab militants in Somalia have claimed responsibility for the Saturday attack in neighbouring Kenya, which left 28 people killed.

The killing of bus passengers was retaliation for raids on mosques in the city of Mombasa by the Kenyan military, the group’s spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage told Reuters in an emailed statement.

#ANS2014

#al-shabab, #bus, #killed, #militants, #military

‘ OBAMA SAYS HE WOULD ORDER BOOTS ON THE GROUND IF ISLAMIC STATE GOT NUCLEAR WEAPONS ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Nov.18 – US President Barack Obama has, for the first time, admitted he would deploy US ground troops to Syria and Iraq to fight Islamic State – that is, if the extremist group obtained a nuclear weapon.

'Obama: I will send US troops to fight ISIS if they get nukes '

‘Obama: I will send US troops to fight ISIS if they get nukes ‘

“If we discovered that [Islamic State] had gotten possession of a nuclear weapon, and we had to run an operation to get it out of their hands, then, yes,” Obama told reporters at a news conference in Brisbane, Australia, on Sunday.

I would order it.”

Since Operation Inherent Resolve – or US-led airstrikes against Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) – began in August, President Obama has maintained that he would not send a large fighting force to Syria and Iraq to confront the jihadist network, which has come to control large areas of the two adjacent Middle Eastern nations.

However, Obama authorized the deployment of about 1,500 troops to Iraq earlier this month, doubling the American military presence in the country. Yet all soldiers sent to the region are there to “advise” Iraqi forces and not engage in combat, according to official explanations.

US officials said there is no evidence that Islamic State possesses or could easily attain a nuclear weapon.

RT USA 

#ANS2014 

#ground-troops, #military, #nuclear-weapon, #soldiers

‘IRAQI MILITARY ARE PLANNING 80,000 TROOPS ADVANCE TO LIBERATE MOSUL ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSUL – Nov.18 – An Iraqi military operation to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will be launched at the start of the new year, Iraq’s Nineveh governorate council has announced.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, council member Ghazwan Hamid said around 80,000 troops will be involved in the offensive, and that preparations for the operation were already under-way.

Iraqi soldiers who fled their posts in Mosul upon the city’s capture by ISIS back in June will be reintroduced into the Iraqi Army as part of the operation, Hamid said.

Members of the Nineveh police force will also be involved, as will fighters from the Kurdish Peshmerga, “who will be contributing to the operation by capturing the Nineveh plains area [which borders the northern and eastern regions of Mosul], and then surrounding the city from every direction.”

Training camps for the operation have now been set up in the Kurdistan region, Hamid said, adding that many of those currently being trained were previously members of the Iraqi armed forces.

“As for the rest, they comprise volunteers and members of Nineveh’s police force, all of whom need intense training in order to ready them for the upcoming battle,” he said.

Mosul is the Nineveh governorate’s capital city.

#ANS2014 

#armed, #battle, #fighting, #forces, #isis, #military, #operation, #police, #soldiers

BURKINA FASO: ‘ FORMER UN AMBASSADOR MICHAEL KAFANDO BECOMES INTERIM LEADER ‘

#AceWorldNews – BURKINA FASO – Nov.17 – Burkina Faso’s former ambassador to the UN, Michel Kafando, will be in charge of a civilian transitional government after the military briefly seized control of the country last month, AP said.

'MICHAEL KAFANDO'

‘MICHAEL KAFANDO’

Kafando, 72, was named early Monday as transitional president until elections to be held in a year.

President Blaise Compaore, who ruled for nearly three decades, fled office earlier this month amid rising opposition protests.

#ANS2014 

#government, #military

‘ POLITICAL FORCES IN BURKINA FASO AGREE FRAMEWORK FOR TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT ‘

#AceNewsServices – WEST AFRICA(Burkina Faso) – Political forces in the West African nation of Burkina Faso agreed on a framework for a transitional government following talks between opposition parties, the military, religious leaders, and civil society groups.

' Herve Kam, a member of the Balai Citoyen civil society '

‘ Herve Kam, a member of the Balai Citoyen civil society ‘

The decision comes two weeks after President Blaise Compaore was ousted in a military coup.

The transitional government will be tasked with bringing the country back to civilian rule and getting it ready for elections.

Compaore was forced to resign on October 31 following mass protests against a move to change the constitution in order to extend his long-standing leadership.

“Today was the day of compromise,” Herve Kam, a member of the Balai Citoyen civil society group, said. Both soldiers and civilians agree on a civilian transition. The institutions of the transition will be led by civilians.”

RT – AFP – AP – Nigerian Media 

#ANS2014 

#civil, #forces, #framework, #military, #political, #religious

BULGARIA: ‘ Blasts at Explosives Plant Kills Fifteen People ‘

#AceWorldNews – BULGARIA (Sofia) – October 02 – Bulgaria officials have confirmed that a series of powerful blasts on Wednesday at an explosives plant killed fifteen people and injured three others.

Red Cross staff were consoling weeping relatives on the scene, a Reuters photographer said.

Red Cross staff were consoling weeping relatives on the scene, a Reuters photographer said.

The government has announced a day of national mourning for the victims of the accident.

It happened near the village of Gorni Lom, some 120km north of the capital, Sofia.

Red Cross staff were consoling weeping relatives on the scene, a Reuters photographer said.

Red Cross staff were consoling weeping relatives on the scene, a Reuters photographer said.

Red Cross staff were consoling weeping relatives on the scene, a Reuters photographer said.

Workers had been dismantling old military mines at the factory, which employed 150 people, but the exact cause of the blasts was unclear.

' Workers loading boxes of Explosives '

‘ Workers loading boxes of Explosives ‘

A thorough investigation would have to wait until investigators can enter the site 24 hours after the last explosion, for safety reasons, officials said.

“The tragedy is enormous, everything is destroyed, including the bomb shelter for the staff at the plant,” Interior Minister Yordan Bakalov said after viewing pictures of the site.

#ANS2014 

#bulgaria, #explosives, #killed, #military, #mines, #sofia

' Military Court Acquit's Abu Qatada on Terrorism Charges '

#AceWorldNews – AMMAN – September 24 – A Jordanian military court on Wednesday acquitted radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada on terrorism charges for his role in plotting attacks against Americans and Israelis.

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040276 britain abu qatada

The ruling, handed down by civilian judges presiding over the hearings, capped a lengthy legal odyssey for the cleric known for his fiery pro-al-Qaida speeches but who in recent months emerged as a harsh critic of the Islamic State militant group.

The court ruled there was insufficient evidence against Abu Qatada and his defence lawyer, Husein Mubaidin, said he expects his client to be released within hours.

Abu Qatada, described as a onetime lieutenant to Osama bin Laden, was charged with involvement in plans to target Israeli and American tourists and Western diplomats in Jordan in 2000 – the so-called “millennium plot.”

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SOUTH KOREA: ‘ Border Guards Arrest American Trying to Swim to North Korea ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – September 17- South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea, a South Korean defence official said Wednesday.

The man was apprehended Tuesday night while lying on a bank of the Han River in a restricted military area near the border, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to office policy.

The man  told investigators that he tried to go to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified government source. It said the man, aged around 29, is a computer repairman from Texas who came to South Korea 10 days ago.

South Korea’s Defence Ministry  and the National Intelligence Service said they couldn’t confirm the report.

Americans are occasionally arrested after entering North Korea illegally from China, but a U.S. citizen trying to get in from South Korea is unusual.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ US Military Assigned to West Africa to Respond to Ebola Crisis ‘

#AceWorldNews UNITED STATES (Washington) September 16 The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

President Barack Obama planned to announce the stepped-up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta amid alarm that the outbreak could spread and that the deadly virus could mutate into a more easily transmitted disease.

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