Friday, October 10, 2014
USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Kurdistan, Yemen, Nigeria,France with (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad ) Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Albania, Estonia, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Republic of Korea, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia, Norway, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Novorussia, Ukraine, Chechnya, Somalia, Iran, India, South Korea, North Korea, Central African Republic ....
North Korea tried to shoot down balloons carrying money and propaganda from South Korean activists today, leading to an exchange in gunfire between the two countries.
India and Pakistan trade blame over shelling across disputed Kashmir border
Leaders in India and Pakistan traded blame Thursday for cross-border attacks that officials said have killed at least 18 civilians in recent days and forced thousands from their homes.
Villagers in the disputed Kashmir region have fled an unusually intense spate of mortar shelling that has gone on for more than a week along the border, one of the most highly militarized zones in the world. It is some of the worst violence between the nuclear-armed neighbors since a 2003 cease-fire..........
Scuffles in Kyiv over prisoners held in east Ukraine
Tensions have spilled over in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv over the issue of prisoners still held by pro-Russian separatists in the war-torn east, despite a ceasefire agreement which calls for their release.
Guards intervened to stop demonstrators demanding their freedom from reaching the presidential administration building.
Some of the protesters had wider concerns.
“We demand that the president listen to us. We demand an investigation and punishment for those who killed people during (last winter’s) Maidan protests. We demand that the army get proper supplies, not just promises,” said demonstrator Olexiy Batyuta.
Despite the ousting of the former government under ex-president Yanukovych, mistrust of the authorities remains high.
At one point the crowd turned angry, believing a provocateur was among them intent on causing trouble.
Some 1,340 Ukrainian prisoners have been freed under the ceasefire but the authorities say more than 600 are still being held by separatists.
The rebels claim they are seeking the release of around 400 from their side.....
Hah! This will hasten the civil war in Turkey which has been lurking in the wings for the last many months.
Turkey has agreed to support a train and equip program for moderate Syrian fighters Turkey to support train-equip Syrian opposition, says US
as part of its commitment to the U.S.-led coalition against ISIL, according to the U.S.
"We are looking for a Department of Defense planning team traveling to Ankara next week to continue planning through military channels," said Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman.
Gen. John Allen, the U.S. special envoy to the coalition, and his deputy, Ambassador Brett McGurk, are in Ankara to meet with Turkish Deputy Chief of Defense General Yasar Guler and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg..........
The UN special envoy to Syria has warned that up to 700 people, mainly elderly, are still trapped in the Syrian border town of Kobane.
Staffan de Mistura also urged Turkey to allow in volunteers to Syria to defend the town from Islamic State militants.
There are reports that IS has taken control of the Kurdish headquarters in the town, but this has been denied by a Syrian Kurdish official there.
Kobane has been a major battleground for IS and the Kurds for three weeks.
The fighting has forced hundreds of thousands of Syrians, mainly Kurds, to flee into neighbouring Turkey, which has so far ruled out any ground operation on its own against IS.........
Oct. 9: U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq
U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria today using bomber aircraft to conduct nine airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack aircraft today to conduct two airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.
In Syria, six airstrikes south of Kobani destroyed two ISIL-held buildings, one ISIL tank, one ISIL heavy machine gun, and damaged an ISIL fighting position. These strikes also struck one large and two small ISIL units. Three airstrikes north of Kobani struck two small ISIL units and destroyed two ISIL-held buildings. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
In Iraq, an airstrike south of Sinjar destroyed an ISIL bunker and ammunition cache, and a small ISIL unit. Another airstrike, south of Sinjar Mountain, destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle and a small ISIL unit. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.........
Peshmerga Backed by Shiites Attacks ISIS near Tikrit
Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by Iraqi Shi'ite volunteer fighters have succeeded in driving ISIS militants out of an area near the northern city of Tikrit, according to a Peshmerga brigadier.
Peshmerga and Shiite fighters began the operation on Wednesday in the Zerga area in Salahuddin province, as parts of efforts to recapture Tikrit.....
The members of the Security Council
condemned in the strongest terms the attack against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on 9 October in Bangui, in which one Pakistani peacekeeper was killed and several other peacekeepers from Pakistan and Bangladesh were severely injured.