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Israel claims West Bank land for possible settlement use, draws U.S. rebuke

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By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a U.S. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration. “We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision,” a State Department official said in Washington, calling the move “counterproductive” to efforts to achieve a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel Radio said the step was taken in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants in the area in June.
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U.N., Fiji say no word on location of peacekeepers abducted in Golan Heights

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Militants are seen on the Syrian side of the Quneitra border crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and SyriaBy Louis Charbonneau and Avi Ohayon UNITED NATIONS/EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights (Reuters) – The head of the Fijian army said on Sunday negotiations for the release of 44 soldiers abducted by an al Qaeda-linked group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were being pursued as the United Nations said it had no word on the troops' whereabouts. The U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji were seized by Islamist militants on Thursday, one of several groups attacked in the volatile frontier between Syria and Israel. U.N. officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity that they were now treating it as a case of kidnapping.

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Comment on Iraq: Is the Battle of Amerli a Turning Point? by Nap

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There are some contradiction in driving isil out of Iraq. Where to you sagest they go?
I think the victory belong to the residents of Amerli who resisted isil. Everybody else show up months later to help. Your last paragraph says it all. A house to house fight with ied and suiciders will be different. a pointless meat grinder and a disaster for the army, peshmerga and militia.

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Germany to send Iraqi Kurds enough weapons for 4,000 fighters

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By Sabine Siebold BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will send enough weapons to arm 4,000 Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq battling against Islamic State (IS) insurgents, whose advances threaten to destabilize the Middle East, the defense minister said on Sunday. “The weapons delivery is enough to supply a brigade of 4,000 soldiers,” said Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Breaking with a post-war policy of not sending arms to conflict zones, Chancellor Angela Merkel says northern Iraq is an “exception” because of the nature of Islamic State’s violence. “The lives of millions of people, the stability of Iraq and the whole region and … due to the high number of foreign fighters, our security in Germany and Europe are being threatened,” read a government statement after Merkel met some of her ministers to discuss details of the aid to the Kurds.
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Comment on Should Americans be allowed to Serve in Foreign Armies? by Rene Tihista

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Well, I don’t know if it was legal but Americans enlisted in the Canadian Military to fight for England in WWI and also in WWII before the U.S. got involved in those conflicts. Guess it depends on who the enemy of our friend is or the enemy of our enemy of….oh well, you get it.

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Comment on US Public Worried about ISIL, Putin– But Climate Change is Real Challenge by Chas Simmons

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“If I were to say we need to dominate the Mexican government so we can have a buffer between Honduras and us, you would think I was a lunatic.”

Maybe I would, but such ideas have been within mainstream US thinking on Latin America for 191 years. Just one example: President Reagan famously remarked that the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua was “only 2,000 miles from the Texas border, a clear national security threat”. [Radio Address, 1987-09-12]

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Western men and war

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“We could laugh, but advocating war as liberation has real, negative consequences for women—not to mention other living and non-living things. After all, what is imperial war if not the mass rape of nations and cultures? Within the general context of indiscriminate violation, individual rape cases also abound; in fact, war and rape pretty much go together like bees and honey.” (thanks Amir)

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Human Rights Watch would never dare to insult the King of Saudi Arabia in personal terms

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Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)
French Pres Hollande has it right: #Syria Pres Assad isn’t an anti-terrorist partner but effectively an #ISIS ally. trib.al/ka8nAAg

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The US assures the Arabs that Israel is a "responsible" possessor of nuclear weapons

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“The Johnson and Nixon administrations concluded that, in talks with Rabin, it had been stated in a manner both “explicit and implicit” that “Israel wants nuclear weapons, for two reasons: First, to deter the Arabs from striking Israel; and second, if deterrence fails and Israel were about to be overrun, to destroy the Arabs in a nuclear Armageddon.””

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U.S. Launches New Airstrikes in Iraq

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