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 ....
A very, very interesting interview.
How much is Saudi Arabia responsible for World War 3? IMO, very, very much.
Benefits and dangers of sending forces to join Obama’s coalition must be debated and sanctioned by MPs....
.......No one credibly suggests air attacks will magic away Isis. This is a war without any obvious end-point, a war which, history advises, will claim untold civilian lives and suffer mission creep.
Will sending troops increase New Zealand vulnerability to a domestic terror attack, perhaps from the growing numbers of extremists who we're told want to join the Isis cause?
Key says the risk is negligible, and that in any case that shouldn't deter us from joining the campaign. That argument warrants greater scrutiny.
Is the case for war sound? The bloodthirsty, barbaric tactics and propaganda of Isis are sickening. But at the same time we continue cordial relations with a nation such as Saudi Arabia, from which much of the funding of Isis is said to originate, and where, as opponents of this new war point out, 59 people have been beheaded this year for offences including adultery, sorcery and witchcraft.
Would not New Zealand military, medical and humanitarian efforts be better deployed, say, as part of the global fight against Ebola? If it is the scale of brutality that motivates us, shouldn't we be putting everything into UN efforts to stabilise the Democratic Republic of Congo, where war has killed five million people since 1998?.......
Ukrainian army is the most inefficient and the most disorganized in the history of armed forces. I guess donated stuff from numbskull countries supporting Ukraine = stuff of no value.
The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria(ISIS) began selling Iraqi crude oil extracted from oil fields which its seized in recent months and exporting it through the Kurdish region to Turkish refineries and from Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Ceyhan ultimately to Israel.
ISIS began shipping 100 tanks loaded with Iraqi crude oil extracted from the Ajeel oil field which the Saudi-terrorist group took control of last month. ISIS sells the crude oil at a price ranging between $12-14,000 per tank to finance their operations.
Israeli and Turkish companies which buy the oil use paved roads controlled by ISIS militants and take it through the cities near the border with Turkey to civil refineries inside Turkey or they go through the city of Makhmour to the Kurdistan region in coordination with the checkpoints.”........
#Turkey dealing with the wounded #ISIS in hospitals. And kill #Kurdish protesters do not process them #TwittterKurds pic.twitter.com/C4xdNuRRA4
— Kurdish News ! (@Shiyoki87) October 9, 2014
Mali conflict: UN urged to send more troops
Mali has asked the UN to send a rapid intervention force to fight Islamist militants in the north of the country.
Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop told the UN Security Council that urgent measures were needed following recent killings of UN peacekeepers.
A Senegalese soldier died on Tuesday, days after nine peacekeepers from Niger were killed by militants.......
Kurds hanging on in Kobani as Islamic State presses offensive
Islamic State militants have captured about one-third of the city of Kobani in the last 24 hours, but Kurdish defenders are fighting fiercely to prevent their advance, Syrian opposition activists said Thursday.
Islamic State forces captured a police station and a secondary school in the eastern part of the city, while fighters from the People’s Protection Units – the Kurdish group known as the YPG, which has controlled the city since the middle of 2012 – were still in control of the city center and the city’s west.
U.S. aircraft launched five airstrikes against Islamic State positions south of Kobani, the military’s Central Command said Thursday. Centcom described the targets as a training camp, a support building, two vehicles and two units of Islamic State fighters, one large and one small. It gave no estimate of casualties, though fighters inside the city said at least 11 Islamic State fighters and six members of the Kurdish militias had died in the fighting.
“Indications are that Kurdish militia there continue to control most of the city and are holding out against ISIL,” Centcom’s statement said, using the government’s preferred acronym for the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS.....
Bomb blast in Sanaa, Yemen caught on cam.
Yemen: Suicide blasts kill dozens in Sanaa and Hadramawt
At least 47 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on supporters of a Shia rebel group in the centre of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, reports say.
The blast struck as hundreds of people were arriving in Tahrir Square for a demonstration called by the Houthis.
Later, a suicide bomb attack on an army checkpoint in the eastern province of Hadramawt left 20 soldiers dead....
Iran warns Turkey over military presence in Syria
Iran has warned the government of Turkey against possible military intervention in Syria as ISIL Takfiri terrorists close in on the Syrian town of Kobani near the Arab country’s border with Turkey.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday that Tehran and Turkey are in consultation over the situation in the Kurdish city, noting that the Islamic Republic has warned Turkey against ground operations in Syria.
He added that negotiations over the situation in Syria are going on with Tehran and Ankara trying to find a solution to the crisis in Kobani..........
Canada sending fighter jets to Iraq for 6-month mission
A motion tabled by the Conservatives for a Monday debate on the Iraq mission lays out the broad strokes of the government’s intentions to combat Islamic State extremists.
Canadian fighter pilots will be in combat for the second time in three years after Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced CF-18 jets are being dispatched to the region to battle Islamic State militants.
Qatar and Saudi Arabia 'have ignited time bomb by funding global spread of radical Islam'
General Jonathan Shaw, Britain's former Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff, says Qatar and Saudi Arabia responsible for spread of radical Islam
Qatar and Saudi Arabia have ignited a "time bomb" by funding the global spread of radical Islam, according to a former commander of British forces in Iraq.
General Jonathan Shaw, who retired as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff in 2012, told The Telegraph that Qatar and Saudi Arabia were primarily responsible for the rise of the extremist Islam that inspires Isil terrorists.
The two Gulf states have spent billions of dollars on promoting a militant and proselytising interpretation of their faith derived from Abdul Wahhab, an eighteenth century scholar, and based on the Salaf, or the original followers of the Prophet.
But the rulers of both countries are now more threatened by their creation than Britain or America, argued Gen Shaw. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has vowed to topple the Qatari and Saudi regimes, viewing both as corrupt outposts of decadence and sin.........