Wednesday, September 20, 2017

US-backed SDF says Raqqa campaign in final stages

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) was in its final stages and its fighters had seized over 80 percent of the city. The SDF said it had opened a new front against...

Turkey to consider sanctions over Kurdish independence vote

Turkey will consider imposing sanctions on Kurdish northern Iraq over its planned independence referendum, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was cited by state-run Anadolu news agency as saying. Turkey escalated its opposition to the Kurdish referendum Tuesday, training tank guns and rocket launchers across the southern...

Spanish police raid Catalan govt buildings in Barcelona

Spanish police has reportedly raided Catalan government headquarters on Wednesday in search for documents linked to banned independence vote. ______ LATEST UPDATE At least twelve high-ranking officials from the Catalan government arrested by Spanish police, said Catalan official Albert Mariné. --- https://twitter.com/VOPnewsroom/status/910405578228412417 Spanish police have arrested the Catalan region's junior...

UK weapons companies made £6bn from Saudi since it started bombing Yemen — research

British arms companies have earned more than £6bn from their trade with Saudi Arabia during the ongoing war in Yemen, new research has found. War Child UK claimed the true revenue from dealings with the Gulf state are almost double previous estimates, despite only around...

Op-Ed: Abby Martin Exposes Zionism and Israel

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Abby Martin goes on about the crimes of Israel and Zionists, which is commendable. However, she can't figure out why the United States gives billions of dollars in foreign aid to Israel

US would ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if necessary — Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump has told the UN General Assembly that America would destroy North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies. In his debut speech, he mocked North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, saying: “Rocket man is on a suicide mission.” North Korea...

Strongest attacks on Syrian Army come from where US forces stationed, Russia

The Syrian Army liberating the Deir Ezzor region from terrorists is facing strong resistance and massive fire from areas where armed opposition groups and US forces are stationed, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The Syrian Army continues to liberate the Euphrates valley to the east...

Iran nuclear deal must change if US is to remain in it — Tillerson

The Iran nuclear deal must be changed if the United States is to remain in it, the top U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday, suggesting its key limits on the Iranian nuclear program must be extended, reported Reuters.

UN Guterres called Myanmar govt to end military operation against Rohingya

Chief of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has called on Myanmar’s authorities to end the military operation against the Rohingya in the Rakhine state. Guterresh who was addressing the annual gathering of the UN General Assembly in New York added that the Rohingya status has...

EU Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini slams Washington’s stance on Iran’s nuclear deal

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini has slammed Washington’s stance on Iran’s nuclear deal. Mogherini said the agreement belongs to the international community and was not signed with one country. She said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed Iran’s commitment to the accord. Mogherini said...

Bangladesh evicts Rohingya from roadside camps as space runs out

Bangladesh police Tuesday evicted Muslim Rohingya refugees from overcrowded roadside camps and farmland as aid groups scrambled to find emergency shelter for tens of thousands living outdoors in squalid conditions. Around 421,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since August 25, the UN says, overwhelming the...

Japan set to deploy additional missile system in northern islands, following North Korea missile threat

Japan is set to deploy an additional missile system to one of its northern islands, days after North Korea launched a second missile over country. A Defense Ministry spokesman said a PAC-3 system would arrive in southern Hokkaido on Tuesday. This is the second such system...

4 women, 5 children killed by Saudi-led airstrikes in NW Yemen

At least nine civilians have been killed when Saudi military aircraft carried out an airstrike against a residential area in Yemen as the Saudi regime presses ahead with an atrocious military campaign against its crisis-hit southern neighbor, told Press TV on Tuesday. Local sources, speaking...

Donald Trump threatens to “totally destroy” North Korea if it poses threat to US

U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to “totally destroy” North Korea if it poses threat to United States. President Trump warns if US is forced to defend itself 'we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea'. https://twitter.com/VOP_Today/status/910149625855774721 President Trump denounced North Korea in his first...

Iraqi forces launch assault for last Islamic State bastions in Anbar

Iraqi security forces and paramilitary units launched a dawn assault Tuesday against one of the Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) group’s last bastions in the vast western province of Anbar bordering Syria. The Joint Operations Command said an offensive had begun to retake the town of...

Man arrested in Newport, Wales, in connection with Parsons Green terror attack

25-year-old man has been arrested in Newport, Wales, in connection with the Parsons Green terror attack, Scotland Yard said. https://twitter.com/AFP/status/910234647598116871 A 25-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday in the Welsh city of Newport, becoming the third suspect arrested in connection with the Friday explosion at a...

US President Trump made an ‘ignorant hate speech’ at UNGA — Iranian FM

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that the remarks United States President Donald Trump made during the United Nations General Assembly session were "unworthy of a reply" and expressed branded the expose a "hate speech." "Trump's ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times-not...

UN chief seeks to avoid war with North Korea, takes digs at Trump

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed on Tuesday for statesmanship to avoid war with North Korea and criticized world leaders stoking resentment over refugees for political gain, two apparent digs at US President Donald Trump. In his first address to the annual gathering of world leaders...

Saudi-led coalition accuses Yemen rebels of hindering food imports

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting on the side of Yemen’s government on Tuesday accused rebels of delaying vital food and other imports through a major Red Sea port. “Houthi militiamen, who control the port of Hodeida, continue to hinder the unloading of commercial cargo ships...

Boris Johnson will resign if PM May ignores his Brexit demands

Boris Johnson will resign as foreign secretary before the weekend if Theresa May won't bow to his Brexit demands. That's according to the Telegraph, for whom Johnson wrote his explosive Brexit article over the weekend. https://twitter.com/VOP_Today/status/910115306043052032 The paper says that if May opts for a 'soft...

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