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Rioting Protesters Breach US Embassy Gates In Beirut, Repelled By Tear Gas And Water Cannon

Hundreds of protesters in Lebanon faced off with security forces outside the US Embassy in Beirut on Sunday over President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Protesters near the U.S. embassy in Awkar, in Beirut, Lebanon December 10, 2017. Protesters waving Palestinian flags threw projectiles, smoke grenades, set fires in the […]

Abbas: US Can No Longer Mediate Israel-Palestinian Talks

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com, With the US so heavily committed to supporting Israel, and protecting them from any UN resolutions, it’s always been difficult for the Palestinian leadership to trust the US to be an impartial moderator for peace efforts. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Wednesday’s move by President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as […]

Pentagon To Admit To 2,000 Troops In Syria; Number Likely Far Higher

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com, General Had Previously Said US Had 4,000 Troops There… US officials said on Friday that the Pentagon is expected to concern confirm that there are “about 2,000” US ground troops in Syria, a major increase from the roughly 500 that they officially claim is the case. An accounting system, […]

Trump Condemns “Horrible And Cowardly” Egypt Mosque Attack As Death Toll Hits 235

Update: After holding an emergency cabinet meeting, Egypt's el-Sisi, speaking publicly about today's attack for the first time, vowed that the perpetrators wouldn't go unpunished. El-Sisi earlier declared a State of Emergency and three-day morning period following the attack. However, many on twitter blamed el-Sisi's policies for emboldening the militants.   Worst thing about the […]

Over 61 Dead, 300 Injured After Huge Quake Strikes Iran-Iraq Border

Update: AP reports that Iranian officials raise death toll to at least 61, more than 300 injured during earthquake on Iran-Iraq border region. ???? ????????????? ?????? ?? ???????? ???????? ?????? ???? pic.twitter.com/FwBLiX4hBI — Rudaw (@Rudawkurdish) November 12, 2017 Iranian state TV said Iraqi officials had reported six deaths and 200 injuries inside Iraq, though there […]

Hezbollah Leader Says Saudi Arabia Has Declared War On Lebanon

If three days ago the middle east was on the "verge of a catastrophe", then moments ago it took one big step closer to the edge. Recall that on Tuesday we reported that Saudi Arabia had again cast itself as the victim of external Shia plotting, after its internal weekend of chaos which included a missile […]

Iraq Deploys Troops To Kirkuk After Kurdistan “Yes” Vote; Turkey Threatens Blockade

Immediately on the heels of the Iraqi Kurdistan "yes" vote, the Iraqi parliament approved sending troops to the disputed Kirkuk region to prevent the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from taking full control of the oil-rich area. Preliminary official results out Wednesday indicate a 92% vote in favor of Kurdish independence. A written statement produced by Baghdad […]

“Yes” Vote for Iraqi Kurdistan: A New Chaos Is Redefining Middle East Borders

Submitted by Elijah Magnier, Middle East based chief international war correspondent for Al Rai Media Iraqi Kurds voted “yes” in the referendum to start materializing the dream of the 30 million Kurds inhabiting Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Armenia – a dream which begins by establishing an independent state in Iraqi Kurdistan. Despite the announcement of the […]

Trump Signs “Single Largest Arms Deal In US History” With Saudi Arabia Worth $350 Billion

When all other sources of economic growth appear tapped out, there is always the military-industrial complex coming to the rescue of US GDP with the sale of arms and equipment to the world’s biggest purchaser of weapons: Saudi Arabia. Because when one looks beyond the pageantry, pomp and circumstance of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, […]

Al-Jazeera Said To Film False Flag Chemical Attack Against Syrian Civilians

One month after Trump flip-flopped on his Syrian position, launching cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airfield as “after dinner entertainment” during Trump’s meeting with the Chinese president, just days after declaring he would allow the Syrian people to decide the fate of Assad when another “chemical attack” video emerged at the end of March, […]