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Mar 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Al-Nusra is Al Qaeda in Syria, having started as elements of Al Qaeda in Iraq that poured into Syria. (CNN) - At least a dozen nuns kidnapped in late November from a Greek Orthodox monastery in Syria were freed Sunday, a pro-Syrian government news network and Lebanese state media reported. The women were due to arrive ...

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Mar 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan vice president Field Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban, died Sunday. He was 57. Fahim was an ethnic Tajik who was an ally of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the charismatic Northern Alliance commander who was killed in an al-Qaida suicide bombing two days before ...

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Mar 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

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Mar 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from IBTIMES: Ukraine border guards say an observation plane has come under fire while on patrol in the Crimean border region. There are no reported injuries, according to Reuters, but the latest development comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin is said to be reinforcing the military presence in the disputed region. A convoy of 60 military ...

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Mar 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 file photo, a man with a gun runs along a street during a clash between opposition protesters and riot police at a burning barricades near the Presidential office in Kiev, Ukraine. As questions circulate about who was behind the lethal snipers that sowed death and terror in Ukraine’s capital, ...

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Mar 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is considering a freeze of U.S. military inspections under arms control treaties in retaliation to Washington's decision to halt military cooperation with Russia, news reports said Saturday. Russian news agencies carried a statement by an unidentified Defense Ministry official saying that Moscow sees the U.S. move as a reason to suspend U.S. ...

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Mar 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Telegraph: 15.30 So our Moscow correspondent Roland Oliphant, who has been in Crimea for us, told how journalists have been attacked in the region (see 09.07). AFP have just put out the following update: Ukraine's Channel 5 television reported that its journalists were among several beaten by pro-Russian militants late Friday as they ...

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Mar 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Hill: Poland’s deputy foreign minister says the United States must demonstrate its commitment to protecting Europe in the face of Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine. In an op-ed published in The Hill on Saturday, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Boguslaw Winid warned that Russian aggression would have significant consequences for Europe if it were ...

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Mar 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Financial Times: An aggressive cyber weapon called Snake has infected dozens of Ukrainian computer networks including government systems in one of the most sophisticated attacks of recent years. Also known as Ouroboros, after the serpent of Greek mythology that swallowed its own tail, experts say it is comparable in its complexity with Stuxnet, the ...

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Mar 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

These are images released by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe after their observers are stopped trying to enter Crimea. Shots were fired in the air when the observers approached the checkpoint. Excerpted from The Telegraph: 14.11 More details emerging of this shooting on the Crimea border (see 13.51). AFP have spoken to a ...

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Mar 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

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Mar 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from The Telegraph: Vladimir Putin has mocked diplomatic efforts to end the Ukraine crisis as Russia threatened to disrupt European gas supplies by cutting off sales to Kiev over its unpaid debts. The Russian president said through his official spokesman that, despite deep disagreements with the West, he did not want a confrontation over ...

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Mar 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from FOX NEWS: Iran has stepped up executions, and believes in doing so, it has earned the gratitude of mankind. The Islamic republic's execution rate, which has soared to ghastly heights since self-described moderate Hassan Rouhani became president last year, should be viewed as a “positive marker of Iranian achievement,” according to the head of ...

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Mar 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from FOX NEWS: Armed men believed to be Russian seized a Ukrainian military base in Crimea Friday, triggering a standoff but no gunfire in the latest incident of escalating tension in the flashpoint peninsula. The move followed reports earlier in the day that Russia had begun large-scale air defense drills. Witnesses say Russian troops broke through ...

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Mar 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from FOX NEWS: Russia has reportedly begun large-scale air defense drills as tensions with the West continue escalating over the fate of Crimea. Roughly 3,500 troops and more than 1,000 units of military hardware will be hosted for about a month in Kapustin Yar, some 280 miles east of the Ukrainian border. The exercise by ...

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Mar 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from Times Of Israel: Israel scrambled jets to its northern border with Syria on Friday, after Syrian fighter planes and a helicopter were spotted in the area. The Syrian aircraft were apparently firing on rebel positions near the border, according to Channel 2 News. Syria’s planes pulled back after spotting the Israelis, reported Haaretz. An Israeli military ...

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Mar 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An early morning NATO airstrike in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province killed five Afghan soldiers on Thursday, defense ministry officials said. The coalition said the deaths were an accident and expressed its condolences. NATO said the Afghan soldiers were "accidentally killed," without specifying whether it was the result of an airstrike. Unusually reticent, Afghan ...

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Mar 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

Excerpted from The Telegraph: The US State Department has put out a pointed statement accusing Mr Putin of “distorting” the facts about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. “As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, "The formula ‘two plus two ...

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Mar 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

Telegraph: Telegraph's Moscow Correspondent Roland Oliphant reports on how Russian soldiers are blockading Ukrainian navy command ship Slavutych at the Crimean port of Sevastopol The crews of two Ukrainian naval ships at dock in the port city of Sevastopol in the Crimea region of the country armed themselves on Wednesday as tensions between Ukraine and Russia ...

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Mar 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from NPR: Russian soldiers have not occupied government buildings and surrounded Ukrainian military bases on the Crimean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Tuesday during a news conference near Moscow at which he gave an account of recent events that contradicts reports from the ground. Instead, he told reporters that the heavily armed men are ...

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Mar 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain said Wednesday they have recalled their ambassadors from Qatar in the clearest move yet underscoring their apparent displeasure over Doha's support for the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group in Egypt and elsewhere the region. The three Gulf Arab states made the announcement in ...

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Mar 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

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Mar 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

A rocket is seen on a ship seized by the Israeli navy in the Red Sea in this handout picture released by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) March 5, 2014. #Iran managed and coordinated a weapons shipment to #Gaza terrorists. The #IDF stopped them #IranFail— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) March 5, 2014 JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli navy ...

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Mar 4, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from TIMES OF ISRAEL: President Barack Obama is a “low-IQ US president,” whose threat to launch a military offensive should nuclear talks fail is an oft-cited punchline in the Islamic Republic, particularly among children, an Iranian general said on Tuesday. “The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the ...

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Mar 4, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

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