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Saudi jets slaughter large number of friendly troops in Northern Yemen again

Saudi warplanes hit the positions of the friendly forces in Northern Yemen and killed a large number of militants loyal to fugitive former President Mansour Hadi, in what has come to be known as "routine" shooting and bombing of friendly troops by the Saudi air force.

Tens of pro-Hadi militias were killed in the Saudi fighter jets' air raid on their positions in al-Jawf province in Northern Yemen.

The friendly fire came as the pro-Hadi militias were trying to push back the popular forces to open their way into al-Jawf province with the aerial support of the Saudi fighter jets.


In need of good PR, Turkey hires firm to improve image after failed military coup

© REUTERS/ Murad Sezer
With Turkey's international reputation shaken after last month's failed coup attempt, Ankara has hired a US-based PR firm to improve its image.

While the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan managed to quell the coup attempt that left at least 290 people dead and over 1,000 injured, he has not been able to stop the havoc that an attempted military takeover has wreaked on the country's image abroad.

Given that the Turkish armed forces are the second largest in the NATO alliance, instability doesn't bode well.

To remedy the situation, Ankara hired global PR firm APCO Worldwide to carry out "crisis communications," according to a signed contract submitted to the US Justice Department.

"[APCO will provide] media relations, crisis communications, third party outreach, and social media strategy and development within the United States all in furtherance of promoting positive relations between the Republic of Turkey and the United States," the contract reads.

Comment: How do you lobby an enemy country to stop fomenting coups and acts of destabilization against your own? In this case, the article says that Turkey has paid a lawyer to go after suspected Turkey coup leader Gulen. Because one thing's for sure, it's not as though Ankara can hire a law firm to go after the CIA, Pentagon and NATO!


US-backed Syrian rebels betrayed by the US, turn to Russia for aid

Comment: It may at first appear surprising that The Daily Beast would be covering a story of 'rebels' being upset with Washington, but this US imperialist propaganda rag's real focus was: Russia Is Trying to Poach U.S.-Trained Rebels With 'Unlimited' Weapons in Syria. Given Russia's outstanding performance in Syria, and given the United States' abominable conduct there, if there is any truth the the meeting between these rebels and Russia, it is more likely they are turning to Russia for help and then seeing what they can get from the US.

© AFP 2016/ Omar haj kadour
Syrian rebels who were trained and equipped by the US now blame Washington for betraying them and not honoring agreements to pay them to fight in Syria; they're now searching for "other options on the table" and thinking of "transferring of loyalties from Washington to Moscow", according to the US-based news website The Daily Beast.

The US-backed Syrian rebels, trained and armed by Washington, are now blaming their patrons for betrayal. The leader of one of one of Pentagon-backed brigades stationed in the Syrian Governorate of Aleppo has revealed to the US-based news website The Daily Beast the payment agreements for their fight on the Syrian soil and complained of the US neglect to keep up to its promises.

In an exclusive interview with the website, Mustafa Sejry of the Liwa al-Mu'tasim Brigade stationed in the town of Marea, 25 km north of Aleppo, has revealed why he is considering "transferring of loyalties from Washington to Moscow. When we signed our contract with the Americans, we had initially asked for $500 per fighter in addition to getting support for injured and killed soldiers," he told the website.

"They agreed to $250 for the first half year, and said that we'd get an additional $250 per man after six months. We only ever got $250 and never any money for our injured or killed. And that's when they did pay us, which was rare," the rebel revealed. "During the entirety of their year-and-a-half enlistment with the United States military, Sejry claims, his fighters have been paid infrequently and sporadically," the outlet describes. "We've received only one month worth of salaries in the last three months," it quotes the rebel as saying.

Apple Green

Sanders supporters: Ditch war whore Hillary, vote Jill Stein

© Dominick Reuter / Reuters
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein arrives at a rally of Bernie Sanders's supporters on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 26, 2016.
Soured by the Democratic Party's documented bias for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over rival Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator's supporters are considering the Green Party, which is holding its national convention this week in Houston.

The 2016 Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston, Texas, opened Thursday, August 4, and will run through the weekend. The party is expected to choose Massachusetts physician Jill Stein as its presidential nominee, along with her running mate, vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka, a human rights activist. Stein was the party's presidential nominee in 2012.

The Green Party is poised for what could be an historic national election, as Greens are running in hundreds of campaigns across the US for offices as high as US senator. Stein has officially qualified to appear on the ballot in 23 states and the District of Columbia, and is expected to qualify in as many as 25 more states by the early-September filing deadline, according to Mark P. Jones, of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston.


What chutzpah! Israeli officials left red-faced after Hezbollah tricks them into giving interviews for war documentary

© Al Mayadeen TV
The Lebanese Resistance has managed to trick three Israeli officials and a former Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldier into giving interviews for a documentary about the 2006 war, by telling them that it was for a BBC documentary.

The Israeli officials who were left red-faced by the documentary are the same ones who were considered as being responsible for the military failure in the 2006 war against Hezbollah.

The documentary was about the 33-day July 2006 war, which was widely considered across the Arab world as a victory of Arab over Israeli arms.

The Italian reporter who conducted the documentary — Michela Moni — interviewed former Defense Minister Amir Peretz, former Foreign Minister Tipi Livni, and Major General MK Eyal Ben-Reuven, as well as former IDF soldier Tomer Weinberg. Moni told all three officials that the documentary was to be aired on BBC News.

Unbeknownst to the Israeli officials, and Moni himself, the interviews were broadcast Saturday on the pro-Hezbollah television channel, Al Mayadeen. Moni has said that he had no idea the documentaries were being used for Al-Mayadeen:

Black Magic

Like attracts like: Former CIA head endorses Clinton - only she will keep the global slaughter going strong

© Jose Luis Magana / Reuters
War criminals, torturers and spooks agree: Hillary is our man!
Michael Morell, the former head of the CIA, endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and said that Donald Trump was an "unwitting agent" of Russia. Twitter exploded with reactions listing all the vices and virtues of the agency and Clinton.

In a New York Times opinion piece published Friday, Morrell, who was acting director the CIA in 2011 and again 2012 to 2013, said that he had previously been silent on who he was voting for throughout his tenure at the agency and had never been registered as a Democrat or a Republican.

"No longer," he wrote. "On Nov. 8, I will vote for Hillary Clinton. Between now and then, I will do everything I can to ensure that she is elected as our 45th president."

His reasoning is twofold: he believes that Clinton is qualified to be commander-in-chief and believes that Trump might pose a threat to national security.

"I also saw the secretary's commitment to our nation's security; her belief that America is an exceptional nation that must lead in the world for the country to remain secure and prosperous; her understanding that diplomacy can be effective only if the country is perceived as willing and able to use force if necessary; and, most important, her capacity to make the most difficult decision of all - whether to put young American women and men in harm's way," Morell wrote.

Comment: So Clinton is committed to making sure the Empire remains the most belligerent, oppressive, self-righteous and self-gratifying nation on earth. If that doesn't make voters flock to Killary the Butcher, we don't know what will.


Chinese fighter squadron patrol disputed islands in South China Sea

© AP Photo/ Xinhua
Chinese fighter jets made a patrol flight over the disputed Spratly Islands, also known as the Nansha Islands, in the South China Sea, Chinese Defense Ministry's spokesman Shen Jinke said on Saturday.

"A group of Chinese jets, including a H-6 bomber, a SU-30 fighter and other military aircraft, made a patrol flight in the airspace above the Nansha Islands," Shen said in a statement, adding that the group also included tanker and AEW&C planes.

According to the Chinese military official, the aim of the mission was to improve air supremacy and defense tactics.


Japan concerned as 200+ Chinese vessels approach disputed Senkaku Islands

© AP Photo/ Xinhua
Japan summoned Chinese diplomats on Saturday to protests against some 230 Chinese ships' approaching the disputed Senkaku islands (Diaoyudao Islands) in the East China Sea.

"This is a unilateral act that raises tensions ... and it is unacceptable to us," Kenji Kanasugi, the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau director-general, told the Chinese Embassy in Japan, as quoted by the Kyodo News.

About 230 Chinese fishing boats reportedly approached the disputed islands accompanied by six China Coast Guard vessels late on Friday. Some of the Coast Guard vessels were allegedly equipped with guns.


Ukrainian MP demands Kiev provide proof of Russian troops in country's east

For over two years, Ukrainian authorities have been making claims of a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine involving thousands of regular troops. Now, a sensible voice in Ukraine's own parliament is asking authorities to provide evidence for the oft-repeated claims.

In April 2014, a couple months following a coup d'état which toppled Ukraine's former government, Kiev launched a military operation against rebellious residents in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, the latter angry over the putsch and fearful of the new authorities' threats against the country's Russian minority.

The military operation has left large areas of these regions destroyed, thousands dead and over two million people displaced. From the start, the government in Kiev has accused Russia not only of supporting the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics, but of intervening directly using the regular Russian army.


Facepalm: Belgian jihadist freed after just 4 months of 15-year sentence due to "bureaucratic mess"

© Eric Vidal / Reuters
Belgian police officers
Fatima Aberkan, dubbed the 'Belgian muse of ISIS', who was jailed to 15 years on terrorism charges, has been released due to a bureaucratic mess, while her only restrictions are she is not allowed to visit the Molenbeek district or view jihadi websites.

Aberkan, 55, also known within the Belgian media as the "Mother of jihad", was sentenced to 15 years in prison on terrorism charges in April.

The court proved that she had been in contact with Nizar Trabelsi, a Tunisian jihadist, who was convicted on charges of being associated with Al-Qaeda and plotting attacks on US targets, including the Kleine Brogel Air Base in Belgium.

She was also accused of having contacts with Malika El Aroud, a Belgian jihadist who was convicted in 2010 on terrorism charges, the court added.

The prosecutors also linked Aberkan with jihadi recruiter Khalid Zerkani, who is nicknamed 'Santa Claus of jihad'. Zerkani was charged with recruiting young Muslims back in 2015 and is now serving 12 years in jail.

Comment: How many times have we heard a similar story? "Known to police/intelligence" but seemingly ignored. Previous arrests, ties to 'known' terrorists... Could it be because the state actually wants the crazies running free? Just like the far-right Gladio networks of the Cold War, jihadis are well-suited to keep the "strategy of tension" up and running. And all the state has to do is claim total incompetence, after which the public begs to give them more power in order to become less incompetent.