Newscast Media DAMASCUS—ISIL in a Syrian stronghold near Iraq have abandoned
some bases and redeployed their forces and armor from other positions, with the US
military poised to strike, activists said Wednesday.
“ISIL has started to empty out many of their bases and positions in Deir Ezzor
Security sources reported that ISIL terrorists are heading towards the Iraqi
Source: Al Manar TV News
Newscast Media NEW YORK—A seven-count indictment charging Mufid A. Elfgeeh, 30,
a Yemen-born naturalized US citizen of Rochester, with three counts of attempting to
provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL) was returned by a New York grand jury, Attorney General Eric Holder
“We will remain aggressive in identifying and disrupting those who seek to provide
support to ISIL and other terrorist groups that are bent on inflicting harm upon
Americans,” said Attorney General Holder. “As this case shows, our agents and
prosecutors are using all the investigative tools at our disposal to break up these
plots before individuals can put their plans into action. We are focused on breaking
up these activities on the front end, before supporters of ISIL can make good on
plans to travel to the region or recruit sympathizers to this cause.”
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Newscast Media BAGHDAD—Iraq’s new prime minister says foreign ground troops are
neither needed nor wanted in his country’s fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.
Haidar al-Abadi also urged the international community to expand the campaign
against the Islamic extremists to Syria.
Abadi said the fight against Islamic State will be endless unless the militants — who
control a large swath of land spanning both countries — are attacked in Syria as well.
He added that Iran’s absence from a Paris meeting on fighting Islamic State was
Some 30 countries and organizations on September 15 attended the Paris meeting
and agreed to provide Baghdad with “appropriate military aid” to combat the Islamic
Meanwhile, security sources said Iraqi forces launched an intense military operation
against IS insurgents in Ramadi, Fallujah, and Haditha in the western Anbar Province
on September 17.
In Washington, FBI Director James Comey told Congress on September 17 that
support for IS increased after U.S. air strikes began in Iraq.
Comey added that the group might take more hostages to try to force concessions
Source: Radio Free Europe
Newscast Media TEHRAN—The chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)
doubted the US intention to eradicate ISIL, saying that the US and its allies will
regret any military operation in Syria, Al-Alam Website reported.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy is to support Syria and this US action is from a
bullying position and is condemned and if it does so it will regret it,” Major General
Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Tuesday.
The general was reacting to the US government’s decision to form an international
coalition to fight the Takfiri ISIL terrorists fighting in Syria and Iraq.
“The US is disappointed with any influential role to be played by the ISIL and similar
groups and it is calling for this so-called coalition. We doubt if their serious objective
is to annihilate the ISIL,” Jafari said.
He noted that the US is declaring war on the ISIL while it continues to support other
militant groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Jafari said the enemies are determined to topple the “current ruling government in
The general said the US and the Israeli regime created this group in order to trigger
war among Muslims in the Middle East regime and serve as an obstacle to resistance
against Israeli regime.
On Monday, France hosted a conference, dubbed the International Conference on
Peace and Security in Iraq, to discuss ways of tackling the ISIL terrorists in Iraq and
Syria amid US efforts to form a so-called international coalition to battle the Takfiri
Despite the international community’s emphasis on the importance of Iran’s role in the
regional developments, Tehran was not invited to the meeting in Paris mainly due to
the US opposition.
The US has also announced that Iran will not be a part of its so-called coalition
against the ISIL. Iran has cast doubt over the sincerity of the coalition and reiterated
that it has no interest in attending the Paris meeting.
Tehran has on several occasions voiced support for the Iraqi government since it
began fighting against the ISIL in June. The ISIL terrorists are in control of some
areas in Syria and have captured large swathes of land in neighboring Iraq.
The Takfiri terrorist groups have committed heinous crimes and threatened all
communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, during their
Source: Al Manar TV News
Newscast Media DAMASCUS—Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad expressed
skepticism about a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants, saying that
any coalition that excludes Syria and Russia could have “certain” agendas, the state
news agency SANA reported Monday.
Mekdad made the remarks in response to U.S. efforts to form an international
coalition against the IS terror group in Iraq and Syria but excluded Russia and Syria.
Mekdad also denied the presence of any under-the-table contact with Washington
regarding the war on terror in Syria.
“Everything the Syrian administration does is in front of the Syrian people,” he said.
Mekdad stressed that the battles Syria has been fighting over the past three years
are related to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s and the Syrian people’s rejection of
any foreign intervention in Syria and any violation to its sovereignty.
The Syrian government welcomes the international consensus on fighting terrorism
but has stressed that any uncoordinated action inside Syria without the consent of
the Syrian government would be deemed as an aggression.
Syria’s presidential political adviser, Buthaina Shaaban, said in recent remarks that
Syria would defend itself against any U.S. strikes on Syrian soil unless the U.S.
administration coordinates with the Syrian government.
U.S. officials said they will not ask for Damascus’s permission when they strike IS
positions inside Syria.
The new U.S. policy has stirred fears that the West is probably seeking a pretext to
strike Syria and that the IS is the bogeyman which would open the doors to foreign
intervention in Syria.
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama last night delivered a speech
in which he laid out his strategy for countering the Islamic State of Iraq and the
ISIL could very well be referred to as an indavertent creation of the West, which
armed Islamists to fight the Syrian government. Little did the West know is that
Islamists have no love, and will never sympathize with Westerners—the evidence of
which is the beheading of two Western journalists.
In addition, no one has yet explained what happened to all Gaddafi’s weapons that
were hidden in the Libyan desert. Could these be the ones ISIL is using against the
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Newscast Media NEWPORT, Wales—President Obama and British Prime Minister David
Cameron say their countries will not be intimidated by “barbaric killers.” Their
comments come after Islamic State militants killed two American journalists.
The leaders co-authored an opinion piece in the Times of London newspaper as NATO
officials take part in a summit in Britain.
Obama has called for international action to counter Islamic State militants who have
taken control of large areas in eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.
The group has released videos showing the beheading of American journalists James
Foley and Steven Sotloff, saying their killings were retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in
Iraq targeting the Islamic State.
Obama plans to host a U.N. Security Council session later in September to address
the threat posed by foreign fighters like those who have traveled to join terrorist
groups in Iraq and Syria.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said September 3 that more than 100 U.S.
citizens are fighting with the militants in Iraq and Syria, and that the United States
and its coalition partners have to do everything possible to stop the Islamic State
Hagel said on CNN television that the beheadings of Sotloff and Foley made him sick
to his stomach.
The president said September 3 that those who killed the journalists have failed in
whatever they are trying to achieve because the world is “repulsed by their
U.S. Vice President Biden said the United States will relentlessly follow the killers of
the two Americans “to the gates of hell.”
The militant speaking in the Sotloff video threatened the life of British hostage David
Cawthorne Haines, who has been described as a security officer for aid agencies.
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—U.S President Barack Obama has ordered 350 more
military personnel to Iraq in response to the aggression of the Islamist militant group
ISIL against the Iraqi government.
The White House made the announcement in a statement late on September 2,
saying additional troops were being sent to “protect our diplomatic facilities and
personnel in Iraq as we continue to support the government of Iraq in its fight”
against Islamic State militants.
The statement also noted, “These additional forces will not serve in a combat role”
and would be deployed in Baghdad.
The statement said top U.S. officials, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, would soon travel separately to the Middle East
to “build a stronger regional partnership” against the militant group known as Islamic
The announcement comes as the militants claimed they had executed another U.S.
journalist, Steven Sotloff, in Syria.
The militants released a video purportedly showing the murder of the 31-year-old
journalist, with a militant in the video vowing to next kill David Haines, believed to be
a British aid worker.
The militant gave a warning to other governments not to join an “evil alliance with
The militant in the latest video is believed to be the same person who was in an
earlier video showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley.
That militant, whose face is almost entirely hidden, speaks in English with a British
accent, leading investigators to believe he is a British national who went to Syria to
join militants there fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar
Meanwhile, U.S. air strikes on September 2 targeted IS militants near the Mosul Dam
in northern Iraq. The U.S. Central Command said in a statement the air strikes had
destroyed 16 vehicles near the dam.
Islamic State militants have been accused of committing a wide range of atrocities.
The group has executed thousands of non-Sunni Muslims, members of other religions,
Syrian, and Iraqi government troops and foreigners. IS is also accused of abducting
women and girls and abusing them.
Rights groups say IS is responsible for committing war crimes and genocide in areas of
Syria and Iraq under their control.
Source: Radio Free Europe
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—It is noticeable that the Russian role in the scene of
the latest events in the Middle East these days is absent, at the time when the
United States strongly returns to Iraq and Syria as the ISIL organization rose and
expanded in those two countries.
According to Russian sources in Paris, this public and interim Russian detachment will
not exceed the end of October this year, the date of the parliamentary elections in
Ukraine. Russia is planning, along with some of the Ukrainian figures, to weaken the
power of the enemies of Moscow in the Ukrainian parliament as a prelude to weaken
the Ukrainian President (Petro Poroshenko).
Its aim is to reach a solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, after the Russian
President stressed to a group of Ukrainian pro-Moscow (oligarchs) that Russia refuses
to annex eastern Ukraine and that it is affected much by the war therein, the same
goes for the Ukrainians who are losing hundreds of millions of dollars due to the war in
the Eastern areas, which are the center of industry in Ukraine. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has a plan that would recommend US
President Barack Obama authorize drone attacks against the leader of the so-called
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Several defense officials spoke to the news media and said the circumstances that
would allow President Obama to order a drone strike are being deliberated. “He is a
person of great interest to us,” a defense official pentagon told CNN Wednesday of
the terrorist organization’s leader.
For a kill mission to happen, the U.S. must prove that the target poses a threat to
the U.S. and its interests, such as the U.S. Embassy staff in Baghdad. Such a strike
must be approved by Obama.
The US has already placed a $10 million bounty on Baghdadi’s head. According to
CNN, Baghdadi is essentially on a US “kill list” and is one of Washington’s “high value
targets” on whom US forces are collecting intelligence.
Meanwhile, some US officials – including Obama’s former ambassador to Iraq, Ryan
Crocker, and Republican Sen. John McCain – have repeatedly raised concerns about
the threat posed by ISIL militants to America.
Officials told the network that capturing al-Baghdadi alive would be a difficult task
since the U.S. military allegedly does not have combat troops on the ground in either
Iraq or Syria.
Source: Al Manar News
Newscast Media BAGHDAD—Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that the Syrian air
force carried out this week air strikes targeting Takfiri militants, who have been
waging an insurgency against Iraq.
In an interview with BBC, Maliki “welcomed” any such strike against militants, as he
noted that Baghdad did not request the aerial raids which took place on Tuesday.
The strikes came after terrorists of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant
(ISIL) took control of the Al-Qaim border town on the Iraqi side of the frontier,
providing them a strategic route into conflict-hit Syria.
“Nouri Maliki said Syrian fighter jets had bombed militant positions around the border
town of Qaim on Tuesday,” the British broadcaster reported.
“While Iraq did not ask for the raid, he added, it “welcomed” any such strike,” it
The Iraqi PM said Iraq was buying Russian warplanes, which would arrive in a few
days, as the US kept delaying the sale of F16 jets.
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the crisis with Maliki by phone last Friday,
the Kremlin reported on its website at the time.
Putin confirmed his “full support” for the government’s efforts to rid Iraqi territory of
“terrorists”, it said, without giving details.
Source: Al Manar TV