Washington Free Beacon
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Riots such as this one have occurred in Stockholm's suburbs in the past, but officials said they are infrequent. The riots gained special media attention in the U.S. because they came after Trump said at a rally in Melbourne, Fla. on Saturday that Sweden has experienced growing turmoil amid a surge of immigration, especially from refugees. " When you look at what's happening in Germany, when you look at what's happening last night in Sweden, Sweden!" Trump said. "Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers, they're having problems like they never thought possible." Trump later clarified that he was not referring to a specific security incident, which did not occur, but rather a Fox News report he saw on a general increase of crime in Sweden. There is still debate over whether there has been an increase in crime in Sweden since the country began taking in a large number of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa.
Washington Free Beacon
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Riots such as this one have occurred in Stockholm's suburbs in the past, but officials said they are infrequent. The riots gained special media attention in the U.S. because they came after Trump said at a rally in Melbourne, Fla. on Saturday that Sweden has experienced growing turmoil amid a surge of immigration, especially from refugees. " When you look at what's happening in Germany, when you look at what's happening last night in Sweden, Sweden!" Trump said. "Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers, they're having problems like they never thought possible." Trump later clarified that he was not referring to a specific security incident, which did not occur, but rather a Fox News report he saw on a general increase of crime in Sweden. There is still debate over whether there has been an increase in crime in Sweden since the country began taking in a large number of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa.
Politico
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Don't rely on a close-knit group of advisers. Another finding from the Vietnam era that eerily echoes today relates to the structure of the National Security Council itself, which McMaster found wanting — especially because it did not seek enough input from its full membership from various executive departments and agencies and because too often decisions were made by the president and a handful of his closest advisers. Trump, to the dismay of many longtime NSC veterans, elevated his top political strategist Steve Bannon as a permanent member of the council — a break with tradition that has sought to keep politics out of the national security decision-making process as much as possible. And in another unusual step, he has separately empowered his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner with a foreign policy portfolio that includes the Middle East.
The Pentagon
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Voice Of America
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Sputnik International
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Sputnik International
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21stCenturyWire
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According to this latest report from 2012-16, there has been the highest arms transfer volume over a 5-year stretch since the end of the Cold War. Here's a passage from the SPIRI armament findings that have dovetailed the ongoing Western-backed regime change campaign in Syria as well as Yemen: Saudi Arabia was the world’s second largest arms importer in 2012-16, with an increase of 212 per cent compared with 200711. Arms imports by Qatar went up by 245 per cent. Although at lower rates, the majority of other states in the region also increased arms imports. ‘Over the past five years, most states in the Middle East have turned primarily to the USA and Europe in their accelerated pursuit of advanced military capabilities’, said Pieter Wezeman, Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. ‘Despite low oil prices, countries in the region continued to order more weapons in 2016, perceiving them as crucial tools for dealing with conflicts and regional tensions.
Sputnik International
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At least five people were injured after rockets hit the Hamadaniyeh and Bani Zaid districts in the western part of Syria's Aleppo, according to local media.
Daily Express - Weird
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SEVERAL videos of an alleged mass sighting of UFOs over Kuwait and Iran have sparked a social media frenzy.
Sputnik International
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At least nine people have been killed in a series of the Daesh terrorist group (banned in Russia) drone attacks in Iraqi Mosul on Tuesday, media reported.
Washington Free Beacon
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Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday delivered some of his harshest remarks to date against Israel, describing the Jewish state as a "fake nation" in a "dirty chapter" of history. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a pro-Palestinian gathering in Tehran that Israel is a "cancerous tumor" that requires a step by step" treatment, according to the Associated Press. The creation of Israel is "one of the dirty chapters of history that will be closed, with the grace of God," Khamenei said, arguing that the Jewish state was formed by bringing Jews from around the world to the Middle East to settle Palestinian land–a process that he described as replacing the region's "true entity." In his 33-minute speech, Khamenei called for all Muslims to support the Palestinians and "resistance" movements like Hamas and Hezbollah, terrorist organizations that receive backing from Tehran and are committed to Israel's destruction.
The Iran Project
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PressTV News
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Washington Free Beacon
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Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday delivered some of his harshest remarks to date against Israel, describing the Jewish state as a "fake nation" in a "dirty chapter" of history. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a pro-Palestinian gathering in Tehran that Israel is a "cancerous tumor" that requires a step by step" treatment, according to the Associated Press. The creation of Israel is "one of the dirty chapters of history that will be closed, with the grace of God," Khamenei said, arguing that the Jewish state was formed by bringing Jews from around the world to the Middle East to settle Palestinian land–a process that he described as replacing the region's "true entity." In his 33-minute speech, Khamenei called for all Muslims to support the Palestinians and "resistance" movements like Hamas and Hezbollah, terrorist organizations that receive backing from Tehran and are committed to Israel's destruction.
Times of Israel
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Far-right presidential candidate stirs controversy during Middle East visit; No one presents me with a fait accompli,' she says
Voice Of America
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Forbes
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Washingtons Blog
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Why in hell are we antagonizing Russia? In the last month of Obama’s term — and for the first time in many years — NATO moved a bunch of tanks close to Russia’s border with the Baltic states. Do you really think Russia wants to reoccupy these countries for the pleasure of subsidizing them and draining the Russian treasury? In those twilight days of Obama, government officials made wild and unspecific charges about “Russian aggression,” and vague assertions about Russian plans to dominate the global scene. Major what-the-fuck there. There’s the ugly situation in Ukraine, of course, but that was engineered by Obama’s state department. Do you know why Russia annexed Crimea after that? It couldnt have been for more transparently rational reasons. And what exactly is our beef with Russia in Syria? That they’re trying to prop up the Assad government because the last thing the Middle East needs is another failed state with no government whatsoever? What’s our plan for Syria, anyway? Same as Somalia, Iraq, and Libya? These stories about Russia’s intentions seem insane on their face.
MintPress News
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S. officials said, as Washington and its allies have kept a close eye on any leakage to more militant factions, something one official called a constant problem. Before assuming office, Trump suggested he could end support for FSA groups and give priority to the fight against Islamic State (IS), whose well-armed militants hold large tracts of eastern and central Syria. But Trump's administration has yet to declare a firm policy towards Syria and Iraq, despite his repeated vows to eradicate IS, so it has been business as usual with covert and overt training and military support programs, one U.S. official said. © Middle East Eye The post CIA Freezes Arms, Cash Transfers To Syrian Rebels appeared first on MintPress News .
BBC News 24
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A hundred-thousand people are facing starvation as a result of the civil war in South Sudan. But the United Nations says almost 1.5 million children are at risk of dying of starvation in four countries in Africa and the Middle East. This is not a new problem and yet only now do we seem to be hearing about the scale of that, why? Thank you very much, this is indeed not a new problem.
Voice Of America
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Iraqi troops have pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul as they consolidate their position on the third day of a rebooted offensive to take the city, a military spokesman said. A coalition of troops from the federal police, interior ministry Rapid Response units, and other soldiers took part in the renewed push, which began Sunday and so far has secured an additional 123 square kilometers south of Mosul, the spokesman of the Joint Military Operation Command said. The U.S.-backed Iraqi forces reached the Mosul airport on Monday after removing Islamic State jihadists from a nearby in Albu Saif, according to an Iraqi military statement. "We are in Albu Saif and we started to clear houses from bombs, and we are conducting house-to-house search," said Police Lieutenant Colonel Hussein. After Iraqi forces re-take the airport, they plan to use it to launch attacks in the offensive on western Mosul, which is still under the control of IS fighters.
The Iran Project
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In December 2016, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it expected Iran’s economic growth to reach as high as 6.6 percent for the Persian calendar year that ends on 20 March 2017. It emphasized that the higher production and exports of oil after the removal of sanctions and exports would be particularly instrumental in boosting Iran’s economic growth that was in recession last year. A country with a population of around 80 million, Iran is currently one of the biggest economies of the Middle East and has a gross domestic production (GDP) of around $380 billion. The main driving force of Iran’s economic growth is exports of oil. The country is currently exporting close to 2.3 million barrels per day (mb/d) of oil and analysts are already expecting the volume to increase to as high as 2.5 mb/d. Based on the budget bill for the next Iranian calendar year, the country expects to sell its oil at around $50 dollars per barrel thus expecting its annual oil revenues to be around $33 billion.