NATO commander: Russia ‘weaponizing’ Syrian immigrants

Special to Russia and the Assad regime are bombing civilian areas in order to create a mass exodus of refugees in what amounts to the “weaponizing” of Syrian citizens, NATO’s top general charged. “Together, Russia and the Assad regime are deliberately weaponizing migration in an attempt to overwhelm European structures and break European resolve,” […]

Obama’s failed policy in Ukraine: Putin ‘has paid no price’ for invasion

Special to U.S. President Barack Obama’s policy in Ukraine of threatening Russian President Valdimir Putin but taking no substantial action has failed miserably, lawmakers and analysts say. Two years after protests toppled Ukraine’s pro-Moscow government, Obama’s policy languishes amid Putin’s heavy-handed determination, the headline-stealing conflicts in Syria and Iraq and wavering support from European […]

‘Open the border’: Macedonia repels refugees demand entry from Greece

Special to Hundreds of refugees, yelling “open the border” and “we want to go to Serbia,” were repelled by Macedonian police as the migrants attempted to force their way in from the Greek border on Feb. 29. Macedonia sent special police reinforcements by helicopter to its border with Greece as frustrated Iraqi and Syrian […]

Saudi official charges Russia, Assad regime violated Syria ceasefire

Special to The Saudi foreign minister on Feb. 28 said the Assad regime and Russia have violated the truce in Syria. Adel al-Jubeir, speaking at a joint news conference with visiting Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen in Riyadh, said there would be a “plan B” if it became clear that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s […]

Iran offers cash to families of terrorists who carry out attacks in Israel

Special to The world must condemn Iran’s practice of paying the families of terrorists who attack Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Feb. 25. “Yesterday Iran announced that it will finance the families of the terrorists and murderers,” Netanyahu said before meeting with visiting Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. “This is something that […]

NATO mounts covert campaign against ISIL in Libya

Special to French, British and U.S. special forces are carrying out covert missions on the ground in Libya against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a Feb. 24 report said. French President Francois Hollande approved “unofficial military action” by special operations forces and the DGSE intelligence agency, according to a Le Monde report. […]

Iran calls proposed oil-output freeze ‘ridiculous’

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has dismissed a proposal by Russia and three OPEC members to freeze oil production as “ridiculous.” Zanganeh said on February 23 that the proposal by Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Qatar for crude oil producers to cap production at January […]

Italy allows U.S. to use Sicily air base for drone missions in Libya

Special to The Italian government has given the U.S. the go-ahead to fly armed drones out of an American base in Sicily for missions against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Libya. The drones are based at the Sigonella naval air station in Sicily, which is also a NATO and Italian air […]

Russia’s new Sukhoi fighter jets dumping ‘dumb’ bombs on Syria

Special to In an age of increasingly precise munitions, Russia is almost exclusively dropping “dumb” bombs in Syria, the U.S. military said. “They’re using mostly dumb bombs, guided only by gravity and fins,” said Army Col. Steven Warren, the top military spokesman in Baghdad, according to a report by national security correspondent Rowan Scarborough […]

Belgians living in Morocco feel safer there than in Belgium

Special to Belgians who have relocated to Morocco say they feel safer than in Belgium where they lived in constant fear of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) terror cells. Morocco “is a safe haven (for Belgians) amid a rough sea of turbulence, threats and insecurity, perhaps even safer than Europe these days,” […]

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