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Why has the US invaded, occupied or bombed 14 Muslim countries in 30 years?

Why has the US invaded, occupied or bombed 14 Muslim countries in 30 years? | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
TO PLACATE their pique at his effort to get a non-proliferation agreement with Iran, Barack Obama met last Thursday at Camp David with Saudi royals and leaders of the other five feudal dictatorships of the Persian Gulf.

He reaffirmed the United States "ironclad" commitment to their security and promised even more military aid and cooperation. After the personal dust-up between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu settles, we can expect the Administration and Congress to add even more steel to our commitment to protect and subsidize Israel by adding more to its already vast store of sophisticated weapons.

Thus, we take another step deeper into the tragedy of US intervention in the Middle East that has become a noxious farce.

Consider just one of the head-spinning subplots: We are allied with our declared enemy, Iran, against the bloody Islamic State, which was spawned from the chaos created by our own earlier decisions to invade Iraq and to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria, which has us fighting side-by-side with jihadist crazies financed by Saudi Arabia, whom we are supporting against the Houthis in Yemen, the bitter rivals of Al Qaeda -- the perpetrators of 9/11!
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Unreported Crimes against Humanity: More Than 800 Women and Children Have Died in Yemen, and No One Has Food

Unreported Crimes against Humanity: More Than 800 Women and Children Have Died in Yemen, and No One Has Food | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Yemen's humanitarian and human rights catastrophe continues to worsen, according to new UN figures which put the number of killed since late March at more than 5,700. Speaking to reporters in Cairo...
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Of polarisation and revolutionary faultlines in Libya #Libya #Feb17 #Alqaeda #UE #US #NATO #UN #UAE #peace #Gaddafi

Of polarisation and revolutionary faultlines in Libya #Libya #Feb17 #Alqaeda #UE #US #NATO #UN #UAE #peace #Gaddafi | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The August 2014 Libya Dawn coalition takeover of Tripoli marked an escalation of post-revolutionary conflict in Libya. It also marked the beginning of an increasing polarisation of the country’s media. Now, more than a year later, the political turbulence and armed conflict has reached a stalemate and led to a power equilibrium where no single group seems able to gain complete control. Attempts to achieve compromise between conflicting parties have been marred by remarkable failure and the inability to reach a political solution that could end the violence is also holding back the development of the media sector alongside many other aspects of Libyan society.

Peace talks gone wrong

The political deadlock has been particularly evident in the UN-brokered peace-talks lead by Bernadine Leon. Most recently, the conflicting parties were to agree in October on the formation of a unity government intended as the political alternative to the current rival governments, the General National Congress (GNC) in Tripoli and the House of Representatives (HoR) in Tobruk. That failed when the two rivalling governments both rejected the UN-brokered proposal despite proclaiming dialogue as the only way forward.

Recently, leaked emails linking Leon to one of the proxy interests in Libya, the United Arab Emirates, has further undermined the credibility of the UNSMIL-lead negotiations. Leon has since been replaced by Martin Kobler, a veteran German diplomat who has been with UN missions in Congo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Time will tell whether Kobler will be able to restore any credibility related to the organ representing the international community.

With the prospects of an internationally initiated solution slowly evaporating, local solutions are growing increasingly appealing.
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Horror..Horror… EUA suspenderam todos os ataques aéreos, enquanto terroristas montavam ataque contra rota de suprimentos do governo Sírio

Horror..Horror… EUA suspenderam todos os ataques aéreos, enquanto terroristas montavam ataque contra rota de suprimentos do governo Sírio | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Nos últimos dias, aconteceu um grande ataque contra a linha de suprimentos do governo sírio para a cidade de Aleppo, realizado pela Frente al-Nusra (“Al-Qaeda na Síria”) e o Estado Islâmico (EI), ao que tudo indica coordenado com os militares dos EUA.

Durante todo o mês de setembro as forças da coalizão dos EUA fizeram uma média de 4,2 ataques aéreos contra o EI, predominantemente no leste da Síria. Isso, depois de uma média de 6,8 ataques/dia em agosto. Em outubro a taxa era quase a mesma de setembro, até a 5ª-feira, dia 22 de outubro. Então, o número de ataques, segundo do U.S. Military Times, caiu acentuadamente:
~4 ataques/dia até 20 de outubro
4 – Out. 20 3ª-feira
8 – Out. 21 4ª-feira
1 – Out. 22 5ª-feira
0 – Out. 23 6ª-feira
0 – Out. 24 Sábado
0 – Out. 25 Domingo
1 – Out. 26 2ª-feira
0 – Out. 27 3ª-feira
0 – Out. 28 4ª-feira
O Estado Islâmico usou o período de ataques zero no leste da Síria para mover centenas de combatentes e equipamento pesado para perto da linha de suprimento que conecta Damasco e as áreas controladas pelo governo em Aleppo (em verde no mapa).
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French Say Assad Must Go, Assad Responds "No Thanks, Get Serious"

French Say Assad Must Go, Assad Responds "No Thanks, Get Serious" | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Assad gave a recent interview with a French magazine highlighting the disconnect between the reality in Syria and what the Western press is saying.
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Libyan man arrested 31 years after U.K. officer shooting

Libyan man arrested 31 years after U.K. officer shooting | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Britain cut diplomatic ties with Libya over the incident.
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111 migrants rescued by Irish navy off the coast of Libya | Watch News Videos Online

111 migrants rescued by Irish navy off the coast of Libya | Watch News Videos Online | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Watch 111 migrants rescued by Irish navy off the coast of Libya Video Online, on GlobalNews.ca
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Libya: Clashes and mass kidnappings as confrontation looms between militias controlling Tripoli

Libya: Clashes and mass kidnappings as confrontation looms between militias controlling Tripoli | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Militias in Tripoli kidnapped 54 people amid rising tensions.
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Clinton Defends Toppling Qaddafi: "It Is Too Soon To Tell" How Libya Will Turn Out #WarCriminal

Clinton Defends Toppling Qaddafi: "It Is Too Soon To Tell" How Libya Will Turn Out  #WarCriminal | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations, here she answers a question about Donald Trump's idea that toppling secular dicators in the middle east has led over and over again to anarchy and radicalism.
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Libya’s Forgotten King - ( pedophilia Ignored, of course )

Libya’s Forgotten King - ( pedophilia Ignored, of course ) | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The story of King Idris I, who unified Libya and became its first king in 1951 before being toppled by Gaddafi in 1969.
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#BigBrother Expensive private school installs 700 CCTV cameras to ‘catch pupils kissing, queue jumping’

#BigBrother Expensive private school installs 700 CCTV cameras to ‘catch pupils kissing, queue jumping’ | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A private boarding school in North Yorkshire that accommodates children aged 3-19 has allegedly installed 700 CCTV cameras to catch pupils “kissing and queue-jumping,” an inspector’s report has found.
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THANK YOU HILLARY CLINTON, OBAMA, CAMERON, SARKOZY AND THE UN FOR YOUR ILLEGAL INVASION IN LIBYA SO THAT WE COULD ARRIVE TO YOUR DEMOCRACY of Child brides' boom in Derna as record number of girls m...

THANK YOU HILLARY CLINTON, OBAMA, CAMERON, SARKOZY AND THE UN FOR YOUR ILLEGAL INVASION IN LIBYA SO THAT WE COULD ARRIVE TO YOUR DEMOCRACY of Child brides' boom in Derna as record number of girls m... | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
THANK YOU HILLARY CLINTON, OBAMA, CAMERON, SARKOZY AND THE UN FOR YOUR ILLEGAL INVASION IN LIBYA SO THAT WE COULD ARRIVE TO YOUR DEMOCRACY of Child brides' boom in Derna as record number of girls m...
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Bashar Al-Assad Interview: "Al Qaeda was Created by the Americans With the Help of Saudi Wahhabi Money". Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar Support ISIS

Bashar Al-Assad Interview: "Al Qaeda was Created by the Americans With the Help of Saudi Wahhabi Money". Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar Support ISIS | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Question 1: Mr. President, thanks for the opportunity of talking to you. Let’s start from Paris. How did you react to the news coming from Paris?

President Assad: We can start by saying it’s a horrible crime, and at the same time it’s a sad event when you hear about innocents being killed without any reason and for nothing, and we understand in Syria the meaning of losing a dear member of the family or a dear friend, or anyone you know, in such a horrible crime. We’ve been suffering from that for the past five years. We feel for the French as we feel for the Lebanese a few days before that, and for the Russians regarding the airplane that’s been shot down over Sinai, and for the Yemenis maybe, but does the world, especially the West, feel for those people, or only for the French? Do they feel for the Syrians that have been suffering for five years from the same kind of terrorism? We cannot politicize feeling, feeling is not about the nationality, it’s about the human in general.

Question 2: There’s Daesh behind that. But from here, from this point of view, from here from Damascus, how strong Daesh is? How do you think we can fight terrorists on the ground?

President al-Assad: ISIS has no incubator in Syria

President Assad: If you want to talk about the strength of Daesh, the first thing you have to ask is how much incubator, real incubator, natural incubator, you have in a certain society. Till this moment, I can tell you Daesh doesn’t have the natural incubator, social incubator, within Syria. This is something very good and very assuring, but at the same time, if it’s becoming chronic, this kind of ideology can change the society.

Question 3: Yes, but some of the terrorists were trained here, in Syria, just a few kilometers from here. What does it mean?

President Assad: That’s by the support of the Turks and the Saudi and Qatari and of course the Western policy that supported the terrorists in different ways since the beginning of the crisis, of course, but that’s not the issue. First of all, if you don’t have the incubator, you shouldn’t worry, but second, they can be strong as long as they have strong support from different states, whether Middle Eastern states or Western states.

Question 4: Mr. President, there are speculations in the West, that say that you were one of who supported Daesh in the beginning of the crisis, because of dividing the opposition, because of dividing the rebels. How do you react?

President al-Assad:Al Qaeda was created by the Americans

President Assad: Actually, according to what some American officials said, including Hillary Clinton, Al Qaeda was created by the Americans with the help of Saudi Wahabi money and ideology, and of course, many other officials said the same in the United States. And ISIS and al-Nusra, they are offshoots of Al Qaeda. Regarding ISIS, it started in Iraq, it was established in Iraq in 2006, and the leader was al-Zarqawi who was killed by the American forces then, so it was established under the American supervision in Iraq, and the leader of ISIS today, who is called Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, he was in the American prisons, and he was put in New York in their prisons, and he was released by them. So, it wasn’t in Syria, it didn’t start in Syria, it started in Iraq, and it started before that in Afghanistan according to what they said, and Tony Blair recently said that yes, the Iraqi war helped create ISIS. So, their confession is the most important evidence regarding your question.

Question 5: Mr. President, watching the map of Syria, it seems that Syrian-Iraqi borders doesn’t exist anymore. Which part of Syria do you really control at the moment?

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President Assad: If you’re talking geographically, it’s changing every day, but the most important thing is how much of the population are under the government’s control. Actually, most of the area that’s being controlled by the terrorists has been evacuated either by the terrorists, or because the people fled to the government control. There’s the question of how much of the Syrian population still supports the government? Militarily, you can win ground, you can lose some area, but anyway the army cannot exist everywhere in Syria. But looking to the map that you described, and what I see from time to time in the Western media, when they show you that the government controls 50% or less of their ground, actually 50 or 60% of Syria is empty ground, where you don’t have anyone, so they put it under the control of the terrorists, while it’s empty, fully empty.
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Israeli police confirm American citizen killed in West Bank attack – video

Israeli police confirm American citizen killed in West Bank attack – video | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Israeli police confirm that a US citizen was killed in a shooting incident in the occupied West Bank along with two others on Thursday.
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Glencore strikes oil deal with Libyan company - FT.com #FollowTheMoney #Libya #Oil #Economy

Glencore strikes oil deal with Libyan company - FT.com #FollowTheMoney #Libya #Oil #Economy | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Glencore, the commodity trader and miner, has secured a deal with Libya’s state-owned oil company to help it find buyers for crude from the war-torn north African country. The agreement, which started in September and carries an option to renew in
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Powerful Images Showing Where Young Syrian Refugees Sleep

Powerful Images Showing Where Young Syrian Refugees Sleep | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
These heartbreaking photographs document what happens when the night comes for the most vulnerable of refugees — the children.
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Bomb scare on Baker Street: Controlled explosion after police evacuate London tube station

Bomb scare on Baker Street: Controlled explosion after police evacuate London tube station | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A blast in the vicinity of London’s Baker Street underground station that scared commuters and residents on Thursday has been confirmed to have been a controlled police explosion. The station was evacuated during rush hour due to an abandoned vehicle.
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American Journalist Murdered By Western Ally For Exposing #ISIS Ties - #Turkey #US #Journ

In this video Luke Rudkowski brings up a very important underreported story of an American Journalist that was murdered for exposing the Turkish government a...
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#Isis Dabiq magazine shows 'execution photos' of hostages Ole Johan Grimsgaard and Fan Jinghui

#Isis Dabiq magazine shows 'execution photos' of hostages Ole Johan Grimsgaard and Fan Jinghui | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Highly stylised images of the two hostages have appeared in the 12th issue of Dabiq magazine.
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Senate confirms veteran diplomat as US ambassador to Libya

Senate confirms veteran diplomat as US ambassador to Libya | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's choice for U.S. ambassador to Libya — the country in North Africa where four Americans, including then-Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in 2012.
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Libyan arrested in UK over 1984 killing of PC Yvonne Fletcher

Libyan arrested in UK over 1984 killing of PC Yvonne Fletcher | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder police officer shot from inside Libyan embassy during protest
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Monitor on Massacre Marketing

Monitor on Massacre Marketing | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
This post will serve as a "masterlist" for a few posts on the August, 2013 massacre or cluster of massacres around Sheikh Nabhan mountain in Latakia province. Event intro, expanded from the FSA-ISIS teamwork post, and may be added to. ...It's not a recent case, but relevant. I and others covered it at the time on this page at A Closer Look On Syria (and more on the talk page). Somewhat over 200 civilians and non-combatants were killed, mainly on August 4, in the worst-yet accepted rebel massacre of civilians of the Alawi (Alawite) faith. That's of course the localized offshoot Shia Islam shared by President Assad, whose family hails from Qardaha, Latakia, just south of the area in question.

The full details of the incident matter, but what matters more is how and why such a thing can happen – who carried it out, who supported it, what's been done about that, etc. That will be the main thrust of the Latakia massacres posts here, collected below. But for those who need it, below that list, the rest of this post is occupied with a starter or refresher on the horror of this incident.

* The "Moderate" Backdrop (forthcoming)
* FSA-ISIS Teamwork in the Latakia Massacres?
** Rebel Death Records Correlation

Introduction to the Events
Opposition groups proudly announced and praised the rebel military offensive called the battle of Aisha, mother of believers (Umm al-Momineen), a sectarian reference to early Islamic history, or besides a few other names, the “Operation to Liberate the Coast.” Fought by various mainly Islamist factions working in tandem, it ran from August 4 to August 18, ending in defeat and Syrian recapture of all towns. How it began was with a plan set before the 4th but only sprung then, just before the holy feast of Eid. Fresh recruits were brought in across the nearby Turkish border and assembled with local and regional fighters from at least 20 different but allied Islamist groups including Jabhat al-Nusra and a relatively new groups called Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham as well as groups calling themselves part of a “Free Syrian Army.”
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Suspect Held In #US Armoury #Weapons #Theft

Suspect Held In #US Armoury #Weapons #Theft | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Investigators tracked down the suspect through a monitoring device he was wearing because of a pending child rape charge.
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Paris attacks 'justify' need to combat ISIS, Nusra: Lavrov - Region - World - Ahram Online

Paris attacks 'justify' need to combat ISIS, Nusra: Lavrov - Region - World - Ahram Online | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday that a string of bloody attacks in Paris justified an even stronger fight against radical jihadists such as the Islamic State group.

"There is no justification for terrorist acts and no justification for us not doing much more to defeat ISIS and Al-Nusra and the like," Lavrov said ahead of an international meeting in Vienna to discuss the war in Syria.

Moscow is attending the meeting of some 20 countries and organisations alongside other key players such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United States and France.

After talks with Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the attacks, along with bombings this week in Lebanon, only stiffened the resolve of those involved "to fight back."

"We are in absolute and total agreement that these kinds of attacks are the most vile, horrendous, outrageous unacceptable acts on the planet," said Kerry.

"So we are witnessing a kind of medieval and modern fascism at the same time, which has no regard for life, which seeks to destroy and create chaos and disorder and fear."
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