Saturday, 31 October 2015

U.S. Army Delta Force assist Kurdish Special Forces to raid and to rescue Islamic State hostages

CNN video: Army Delta Force commando killed in Iraq Hostage rescue.

Video  by Kurdish Forces: Military operation of the Peshmerga and US troops in Hawija

IRAQ  U.S Army Delta Force commandos made a last-minute decision to jump into a firefight between Kurdish special forces and Islamic State fighters, ISIS, during a raid in northern Iraq that freed dozens of hostages but left one American soldier dead. 

The 30 American special operations troops, thought to be U.S. Army’s Delta Force, were only supposed to be operating in support of Kurdish forces near the town of Hawijah, south of Kirkuk, on Thursday morning, but “in the heat of combat they saw their friends taking some casualties” so they “made a decision to go in and assist,” a U.S. military official told Foreign Policy. 

In the ensuing firefight, one American service member was killed, the first U.S. combat death in Iraq since 2011. 

The raid kicked off after midnight on Thursday after U.S. officials saw intelligence indicating that mass graves had been dug at the site and that the prisoners were going to be executed at dawn. 

American and Kurdish commandos landed at the walled compound aboard helicopters flown by the U.S. Army’s elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, known as “Night Stalkers,” after which the Americans took up concealed positions behind a wall to observe the Kurdish assault. 

Once the firefight started and Kurds began to go down, the plan changed, leading to an intense fight that marked the first direct ground combat between U.S. forces and the Islamic State in Iraq. Kurdish officials have said about 20 Islamic State fighters were killed in the assault. 

The group of 70 prisoners freed from captivity included at least six former Islamic State fighters being held as traitors, the official confirmed. The remainder included about 20 Iraqi soldiers and a large group of local Iraqi Arabs from the town of Hawijah. 

No U.S. official has been able to articulate exactly why the raid was conducted, since no “high-value” targets were thought to be at the site. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said on Thursday that the U.S. military “did not have a crystal clear idea of who exactly would be there” once the troops arrived. 

The raid has raised questions over the role that U.S. forces should play in Iraq, since President Barack Obama has insisted that they are tasked only with performing non-combat advise and assist missions. Cook added that despite the American combat death, “U.S. forces are not in an active combat mission in Iraq.” 

The raid came at the request of the Kurdistan Regional Government and was within the bounds of U.S. operations in Iraq “in their advise and assist capacity,” Gen. Lloyd Austin, the head of U.S. Central Command, said in a statement. 

After the raid, American F-15 fighter planes came in and destroyed the compound. 

The operation appears to be the most significant American ground operation in the region since U.S. Delta Force troops raided the home of Abu Sayyaf, a top Islamic State financier, in Syria in May. He was killed in the raid which nabbed a treasure trove of documents and intelligence. The soldiers also captured his wife, known as Umm Sayyaf, who was turned over to Kurdish authorities for interrogation .

The American casualty, who's name has not been released, marks the first time a U.S. service member has been killed in Iraq since the American withdrawal in 2011. About 3,500 American forces returned in 2014 to advise Iraqi forces in their fight with the Islamic State.

U.S DoS Press Release: Additional Assistance for the Syrian Opposition

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 31, 2015

As Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced today at the Manama Dialogue, the United States will provide nearly $100 million in new assistance to the Syrian opposition, bringing the total support we have committed and are providing to the Syrian opposition since 2012 to nearly $500 million.

As part of our steadfast commitment to empower the Syrian opposition, this assistance will support local and provincial councils, civil society activists, emergency first responders, and others to meet the needs of the Syrian people.

U.S. assistance is helping keep schools open for Syrian children; restoring access to electricity and water infrastructure; supporting independent media and civil society to hold their local governments accountable, and building the capacity of the moderate opposition to play a role in a future Syria that respects human rights and the rule of law.

Part of this new assistance includes an additional $15 million contribution to the Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF), which channels donor contributions in a transparent and accountable manner to priority projects inside Syria. With support from 14 donor countries over the last two years, the SRTF is delivering over 20 projects that reach 2 million Syrians in the sectors of health, food security, water, electricity, agriculture, and waste management in areas of moderate opposition control inside Syria.

While our SRTF contribution today will help many, Syrians face significant challenges working to support their communities, and we continue to urge our international partners to contribute and help the SRTF fulfill its important mission.

EU Naval Force Somalia Counter Piracy News October

Operation Atalanta Warship ESPS Meteoro Meets Local Seafarers
On Wednesday 30 September, Spanish warship, ESPS Meteoro, performed friendly approaches with local seafarers in the Somali Basin.
After sighing the seafarers in the early morning, ESPS Meteoro’s crew delivered food and drink, as well as giving minor medical assistance to the master of one of the dhows.

Operation Atalanta Warship HNLMS Groningen Gives a Local Seafarer Medical Treatment During Meeting at Sea
On Saturday 26 September 2015, Dutch warship, HNLMS Groningen, which is currently deployed with Operation Atalanta as part of the European Union’s counter-piracy efforts off the coast of Somalia, gave medical treatment to a seafarer who had suffered a minor injury at sea.

Operation Atalanta War Ship ITS Libeccio Meets Local Seafarers at Sea
On Friday 25 September 2015 Italian warship, ITS Libeccio, took time to meet local seafarers.
The team from ITS Libeccio was also joined by a Somali linguist from the Djibouti Coast Guard.  During the meeting ITS Libeccio’s team provided the seafarers with food and water, and discussed the issues of piracy in the region.

Operation Atalanta Force Commander Visits ITS Libeccio and Lithuanian Maritime Protection Team On Board World Food Programme Vessel off Somali Coast
On Friday 2 October 2015 Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Gómez de Cordoba visited Italian Warship, ITS Libeccio of the coast of Somalia.

Three Spanish Warships Rendezvous at Sea off the Coast of Somalia
On Saturday 3 October 2015 three Spanish warships which are currently deployed off the coast of Somalia, rendezvoused in the Gulf of Aden.
The Operation Atalanta flagship, ESPS Galicia and ESPS Victoria performed a simultaneous refuel with American supply ship, USNS Carl Brashaer.

Spain Hands Over Force Command of Operation Atalanta to Italy
Earlier today, Thursday 08 October, Rear Admiral Alfonso Gòmez Fernandez de Cordoba, (Spanish Navy), handed over the Force Command of the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta, to Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri (Italian Navy) at sea in the Gulf of Aden.

Spanish Warship ESPS Galicia Completes her Deployment with Operation Atalanta off the Coast of Somalia
Five and a half months after departing from her home port of Rota, Spain, the Spanish Landing Platform Dock (LPD), ESPS Galicia, has completed her counter-piracy deployment with Operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Galicia Raises Money for Djiboutian Children
During her last few days on deployment with Operation Atalanta, sailors and marines from ESPS Galicia had one very important mission to carry out.  They arranged a visit to the Djibouti cathedral to give a cash donation to help local school children.

EU Naval Force Warship ITS Libeccio Conducts Joint Exercise with Royal Omani Navy During Port Visit to Salalah
On 29th September, Italian warship, ITS Libeccio, conducted a joint exercise with Royal Omani Navy warship, RON Al Rahmani, during a port visit to Salalah.

Spanish Frigate ESPS Victoria Joins Operation Atalanta off the Coast of Somalia 
Spanish warship, ESPS Victoria, has joined Operation Atalanta, the European Union’s counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia.  She departed her home port in Spain on 10th September.

EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Meteoro Conducts Resupply at Sea with US Navy in the Gulf of Aden
On Tuesday 6 October, Spanish warship, ESPS Meteoro, conducted a refueling at sea in the Gulf of Aden with US resupply ship, USNS Pecos, which is currently attached to the Combined Maritime Forces.

EU Naval Force Ship ESPS Victoria Rendezvous at Sea with Colombian Warship ARC 7 De Agosto
On Friday 9 October 2015, ESPS Victoria, which is currently deployed with Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia, rendezvoused at sea with Colombian warship, ARC 7 De Agosto.

HNLMS Groningen Reaches Half Way Point with Operation Atalanta
On Wednesday 14 October 2015, Dutch warship, HNLMS Groningen, reached the half way point in her deployment on Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia.

Operation Atalanta Bids Farewell to Italian Warship ITS Libeccio
On Tuesday 20 October 2015 Italian warship, ITS Libeccio, started her journey home to La Spezia after completing her deployment with the European Union’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta.

Italian Warship ITS Carabiniere Conducts Replenishment at Sea with US Navy Supply Ship Carl Brashear Prior to Joining Operation Atalanta
On Friday 17 October 2015, ITS Carabiniere conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS) with US Navy ship, USNS Carl Brashear, prior to joining Operation Atalanta

EU Naval Force Operation Commander Visits New Flagship For Operation Atalanta
On Tuesday 20 October 2015, Operation Atalanta’s new flagship, ITS Carabiniere, was visited by the Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE.

Operation Atalanta Warship ITS Libeccio Donates Equipment to School in Djibouti
ust prior to their departure from the Gulf of Aden and journey home to their base port of La Spezia, crew members from Italian warship, ITS Libeccio, visited the Notre-Dame de Boulaos school in Djibouti.

Operation Atalanta Spanish Warship ESPS Victoria Makes First Port Visit To The Seychelles
On Friday 16 October 2015, Spanish warship, ESPS Victoria, made her first port visit to the Seychelles since joining Operation Atalanta at the start of October.

Operation Atalanta Strengthens Ties With Combined Task Force 151
On Friday 23 October 2015, Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Barbieri welcomed the commander of Combined Task Force 151, Rear Admiral Bay, on board the EU Naval Force flagship, ITS Carabiniere.

Operation Atalanta Warships Meet at Sea in the Gulf of Aden
On Friday 23 October 2015 the five warships that are currently deployed with Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia met at sea in the Gulf of Aden.

Operation Atalanta Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft Delivers Vital Supplies to ESPS Victoria at Sea off the Coast of Somalia
On Monday 26 October, 2015, ESPS Victoria received a stores air-drop from the Spanish Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA), CASA CN-235, based in Djibouti.
EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia - Operation Atalanta is part of the EU's comprehensive approach to tackle symptoms and root causes of piracy off the coast of Somalia and the EU Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa adopted in November 2011.

EU NAVFOR conducts anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and the Indian Ocean and is responsible for the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) shipping carrying humanitarian aid to the people of Somalia and Horn of Africa as well as the logistic shippings supporting the African Union troops conducting Peace Support Operations in Somalia (AMISOM). Additionally, Operation Atalanta contributes to the monitoring of fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

Russian Airliner Crashes With 217 Passenger in Central Sinai

Relatives of passengers cry at Pulkovo airport, St Petersburg - 31 October

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Image captionPeople waiting for their loved ones at Pulkovo airport were told the news of the crash

A Russian airliner has crashed in central Sinai with more than 217 people on board, the office of Egypt's prime minister has confirmed. All the passengers are confirmed to have died in the crash....
The Airbus A-321 had just left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for the Russian city of St Petersburg.
Wreckage of the plane has been found in the Hassana area and bodies removed. An official described a "tragic scene". 
Flight KGL9268 disappeared from radar screens when travelling at 9,500m (31,000ft), Egyptian officials said.
Egyptian officials said all the passengers were Russian. 
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered an official investigation into the crash, and for rescue teams to be sent to the crash site.A criminal case has also been opened against the airline, Kogalymavia, for "violation of rules of flight and preparation for them", Russia's Ria news agency reported.
The airline, based in western Siberia, operates under the name Metrojet.
Russian authorities say it was carrying 217 passengers, 17 of them children aged between 2 and 17, and seven crew. Most were tourists.
A centre to help relatives of the passengers has been set up at Pulkovo airport, Tass news agency quoted St Petersburg city officials as saying.
Initially there were conflicting reports about the fate of the plane, some suggesting it had disappeared over Cyprus.
But the office of Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif Ismail confirmed in a statement that a "Russian civilian plane... crashed in the central Sinai".

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It added that Mr Ismail had formed a crisis committee to deal with the crash.
Media reports say at least 50 ambulances have been sent to the scene.
Access to the area is strictly controlled by the military and the terrain is difficult, correspondents say.
One official told Reuters news agency that at least 100 bodies had been found.
"I now see a tragic scene," the official said. "A lot of dead on the ground and many died whilst strapped to their seats."
The plane split in two, with one part burning up and the other crashing into a rock, he added.
The Russian aviation authority Rosaviatsiya said in a statement that flight KGL9268 left Sharm el-Sheikh at 06:51 Moscow time (03:51 GMT) and had been due into St Petersburg's Pulkovo airport at 12:10.
The authority added that the aircraft failed to make scheduled contact with Cyprus air traffic control 23 minutes after take-off and disappeared from the radar.
Egypt's civilian aviation ministry said the plane had been at an altitude of 9,500m (31,000ft) when it disappeared.
Live flight tracking service Flight Radar 24's Mikail Robertson confirmed the altitude.
He told the media that the plane started to drop very fast, losing 1,500m in one minute before coverage was lost.
At last but not least...
Media await  there will be speculation´s about militant involvement in the incident - Sinai has an active militant network, with local Jihadis who have allied themselves to so-called Islamic State.
But the aircraft's altitude suggests that it could not have been struck from the ground, she adds.
An official investigating the crash quoted by al-Ahram newspaper said it was caused by a "technical failure".
The tragic death of all the passengers has saddened the world. No words can describe the  sorrow this accident is for the families and friends back in Russia.

Welcome to Ambassador ret. Yoram Ettinger's video mini online seminar on US-Israel relations and the Middle East labyrinth

This must be the most valuable lessons for anyone interested in global and 
most importantly sustainable peace.  Is it possible,  and where are we in the 
making of the most confusing of times?
Apathy or panic won't solve anything.
Only genuine understanding does so.

Diplomatical salvation here and now
Ambassador ret Yoram Ettinger is today blessing us with a way out of the corner and 

introduces us in the following first part of a mini online seminar in 40 parts.

Chapter 1: Is The Palestinian Issue The Crown Jewel Of Arab Policy Makers ?


Friday, 30 October 2015

Antisemitic Kuwait Suspended from Olympic Games

This is what happens when reality on Apartheid Arab states gets to face their own actions!
The entire world should be notified that Racism is practiced by most Arab states in contradiction to Israel where Arabs of any nations may get a visa. 

For the second time in five years, Kuwait was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for political interference on Tuesday, 
This action is leaving the Gulf country’s athletes in limbo for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Yair Davidovich, a technical delegate for the International Sports Shooting Federation (ISSF), was scheduled to supervise the Asian Shooting Championship in Kuwait November 1-12. He was denied a visa by the Kuwaiti immigration department due to being Israeli. The ISSF petitioned the IOC to revoke the event of its Olympic status in response.

“The denial of a visa is against the non-discrimination principle of the Olympic Charter,” said the IOC. “The Olympic Charter must apply for all Olympic Qualification competitions.”
Kuwait’s national Olympic committee was suspended in order to “protect the Olympic Movement in Kuwait from undue government interference,” the IOC stated.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti who heads the global association of national Olympic committees, told AP on Monday that Kuwait would be suspended.

“As a Kuwaiti I am very sad,'” Sheikh Ahmad said in an interview. “All of us are upset. It’s a very sad story.” With that he most likely just refers to the suspension but not to his nations obvious Antisemitic racism that is a as blatant as South Africa’s Apartheid one was !
Naturally the suspension not only affects the shooting event, but all Kuwaiti athletes, as its the nation Kuwait hat has brought in this despicable racist attitudes naturally it will  prevent any Kuwait team from competing on behalf of their country in next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.! 
SDR asks IOC to rethink this as it would be very embarrassing of the Kuwaiti or other Arab nations participants won’t touch the hand of Israelis.

Strangely and manipulatively: The athletes could still receive permission to compete as individuals under the Olympic flag. This should not be possible if they endorse the same racist attitude their nation has shown.
This brings the IOC a new element to tackle as the world is been g ruled by many women leaders. Can the IOC accept people who would not shake the hand of a woman as participants in the Olympic games ?

Kuwait the land of racism and has a world widely seen history shaming the nation. Some wonder what a nation like Kuwait actually can be a member of UN and all their affiliated organisations like UNESCO or Save the Children etc….

Fact is that, Kuwait was first suspended by the IOC in 2010, but reinstated in 2012 ahead of the London Olympics after Kuwait’s ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah promised autonomy for the country’s Olympic committee and new legislation that would prevent these sorts of situations.  Kuwait’s soccer association was suspended by FIFA two weeks ago for the same issue.

In other words the IOC lets the Kuwait leaders dirt the Olympic spirit by letting the Kuwait´s take part in these national events!

After all the Olympic spirit was from Greece and has no tolerance for this sort of special conditions for people representing racist nations which stand against the beautiful spirit of the Olympic games.
No special rights should be given to anyone. The Olympic spirit is shared and must be clean of this sort of racist behaviour that hurts the games high standards in the past!

Especially sickening is the antisemitic attitude when the only attack ever on a Olympic game was nothing less than a Islamist terrorist hate crime.  Palestinian terrorist organisation Black September killed 12 innocent Israeli Armlets and a German police officer ...Achieving only disgust in the eyes of the international community.

So let´s not forget 
Munich Massacre' at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Millions of people who recall the slaughter unleashed by Palestinian Terrorists at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, those words are indelible.  They were spoken by ABC’s Jim McKay, when he learned that Israeli athletes and coaches taken hostage by terrorists from the group Black September had been murdered. Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They have now said there were eleven hostages; two were killed in their rooms yesterday morning, nine were killed at the airport tonight. They’re all gone.” In the end, 17 people died during the Palestinian Black September attack: six Israeli coaches, five Israeli athletes, five of the eight terrorists and one West German policeman. Three terrorists were captured, but were later released by the West Germans.....

The Arab States have long had difficulty reconciling their obligation to non-discrimination in international sports events with their non-recognition of Israel. They continue their disgusting religious war and don't feel that they have done enough damage 1972 by performing a mass killing instead of showing how good they are in sports.

In 2013, for example, Gulf broadcasters censored Israel’s name and flag at the Swimming World Cup in Doha, Qatar.  In 2007, Bahrain briefly considered stripping a Kenyan-born runner of his Bahraini citizenship as punishment for winning the 2007 Tiberius Marathon in Israel. 

Arab and Iranian athletes also routinely drop out of athletic events to avoid competing against Israelis. Destroying the events for other participants out of racist reasons !

This sort of manipulative behaviour is not what one would await on the Olympic committee to allow just as little as they would allow racism of any others sort!

Its time the Olympic spirit would be given back to the people who only care about sportsmanship and to give a pure Olympic torch forward.

Kuwait human rights abuses of the most horrific nature are a still ongoing daily matter....

Kuwait has a large amount of Stateless Bedouins as they deny them Citizenship as complete  opposite to the state of Israel who has given all Bedouins and Palestinian Arabs Israeli Citizenship with free health care schools and all other normal benefits of a Israeli citizen.

Kuwait however is a very segregating nation and its time they look at them self's in the mirror instead of accusing Israel of what they them self's do to people.  Please take a good look at the pictures and video below as hey speak for them self's.....

This is how they treat Bedouins in Kuwait


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