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The Biden administration is considering designating the Wagner Group, a Russian private military group, as a foreign terrorist organization amid ongoing efforts to impose costs on Russia for the Ukraine war, a US official said.

No final decision has been made, and it is unclear how far out the administration is from potentially making this designation given the laborious legal process in making this determination, the official explained.

The Wagner Group is a mercenary firm that has been heavily involved in the fighting in Ukraine. The group is often described as President Vladimir Putin’s off-the-books troops. It has expanded its footprint globally since its creation in 2014. The group has been accused of war crimes in Africa, Syria and Ukraine.

The group was founded by a Russian oligarch, Yevgeny Prigozhin, which he admitted to earlier this year. Prigozhin is so close to the Kremlin that he is known as Putin’s “chef.”

The group is already sanctioned by the US, but the Biden administration has its sights on labeling it a terrorist organization amid pressure – both from the Ukrainians and from Congress – to declare Russia as a state sponsor of terror due to the invasion of Ukraine and the constant attacks on the civilian population.

“As Ukraine continues to seize momentum on the battlefield, President Putin has focused his ire and his fire on Ukraine’s civilian population,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a news conference Wednesday at the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Bucharest, Romania, noting that Putin’s targets are heat, water and electricity. “This brutalization of Ukraine’s people is barbaric.”

The Biden administration has so far resisted efforts to label Russia as a state sponsor of terror, making the case that it would be a largely symbolic designation that could create obstacles when it comes to getting support into Ukraine, particularly through the Black Sea.

“We have to take into account the consequences, both the intended and the unintended. And that has led us to the approach we’ve taken here,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said earlier this year.

The conversations regarding Wagner are currently happening within a small group of US officials, and no final decision has been made.

“I have no discussions to confirm on this. The United States will continue to hold those responsible for perpetrating Russia’s war against Ukraine to account,” a State Department spokesperson said when asked about the discussions.

Earlier this year, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov told CNN that Wagner troops were being deployed in the “most difficult and important missions” in Ukraine, playing a key role in Russian victories in Mariupol and Kherson.

CNN has reported on plummeting morale in the private army as Russia’s Ukraine war falters.

Bloomberg first reported that the administration is considering the foreign terrorist organization designation for the Wagner Group.

 

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The Delicate Power of Modern Orthodox Judaism
Featured What will the future hold for this decentralized but tight-knit community? By Shuli Taubes A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof, trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn’t easy….
 

Iran is calling Biden’s bluff
President Joe Biden’s military show of force — the armada parked off the Israeli coast in the East Mediterranean Sea — is seen by Iran and its proxies as no more than a static display. Its deterrence value, the supposed muscle behind Biden’s “don’t” warnings, has been largely ignored.  Hezbollah militants continue to fire rockets and anti-tank missiles…
 

New Leadership Emerges in Wagner Group amid Ukraine-Russia Conflict
In a significant development in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, reports suggest that the son of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman with close ties to the Kremlin, has taken command of the Wagner Group. This information comes from a renowned Wagner-affiliated Telegram channel, as cited by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW),…
 

5 things we learnt from Joe Biden and Xi Jinping’s meeting
China’s absorption of Taiwan is ‘unstoppable’, Xi tells BidenNovember 16 2023, 8.05amKeiran Southern, San Francisco | Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia Editor | Alistair Dawber, Washington
 

Russia’s role in the Middle East: A key factor in Israel’s foreign polic
Israel should not harm it’s relations with Russia, due to the long story of cooperation and Moscow’s role in the Middle EastAmid all the tensions on the international arena and difficulties, that both Russia and Israel are facing in their relations today, Moscow’s still playing a major role in the Middle East. So Israel should balance and keep good…
 

Synagogue in Armenia set alight in latest attack on Jewish diaspora
A synagogue in Yerevan, Armenia was set on fire on November 15, according to Azerbaijani Ambassador to Germany Nasimi Aghayev who shared footage of the attack.A synagogue in Yerevan, Armenia, which is the country’s only synagogue, was burned last night. Alarming rise in #antisemitism in Armenia makes its small Jewish community quite vulnerable. According…
 

Russia’s Wagner Group ‘plans to give Hezbollah high tech air-defenses’
Published: 01:08 GMT, 3 November 2023 | Updated: 12:03 GMT, 3 November 2023 Russia’s paramilitary Wagner Group plans to provide advanced anti-aircraft defense systems to Hezbollah for deployment near Israel’s northern border, according to a new report.Wagner wants to send the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group the Russian SA-22 Greyhound system,…
 

Watch: ‘Moscow isn’t the mastermind’ behind Israel-Hamas war | Defence in Depth
The most obvious way in which the conflict in Israel and Gaza is impacting the war in Ukraine is by diverting world attention. But it would be unwise to jump to the conclusion that countries like the US will have to choose between sending weapons to either Ukraine or Israel. Lloyd Austin, the US defence secretary, dismissed these concerns last week,…
 

F.B.I. Ramps Up Investigations of Hamas
Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, made the disclosure in testifying about threats to the United States after Hamas’s surprise attack on southern Israel last month.
 

U.S. President Joe Biden Meets with Wang Yi
2023-10-28 13:10 On October 27, 2023 local time, U.S. President Joe Biden met with visiting Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the White House.Wang Yi first conveyed President Xi Jinping’s greetings to President Biden, saying that the purpose of this visit is to communicate with the U.S. side…
 

APEC Summit: Xi Tells Biden ‘Planet Earth is Big Enough’ for Both the U.S. and China
The relationship between the United States and China is at a 40-year low, and American officials have tried to minimize expectations about what concrete commitments might emerge from the leaders’ first meeting in a year.
 

Israel-Hamas war has ‘sharpened the focus’ of US terror threats: Biden officials
Skip to content Christopher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, center, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, left, and Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Christine Abizaid, right, speak during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on “Worldwide Threats to the Homeland”, at the Capitol…
 

Top figures continued to meet with Epstein after sex conviction, report says
The circle of global power players who continued to meet with Jeffrey Epstein after his first sex conviction was far wider than previously revealed, according to an extensive report fromThe Wall Street Journal published on Sunday.Using source documents including Epstein’s schedules, the paper identified meetings between the disgraced financier and figures…
 

Zelensky appeals for more weapons amid increasing Russian attacks • FRANCE 24 English
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that Russia was increasing its attacks across the front line, as Kyiv called for the West to boost weapons supplies ahead of winter. #Ukraine #Russia #war 🔔 Subscribe to France 24 now: https://f24.my/YTen 🔴 LIVE – Watch FRANCE 24 English 24/7 here: https://f24.my/YTliveEN 🌍 Read the latest…
 

Израильские войска обнаружили оружие и инфраструктуру ХАМАС в больнице «Аль-Шифа»
Израильские войска обнаружили оружие и инфраструктуру ХАМАС (признана США террористической организацией) в ходе рейда в ночь на среду в крупнейшем больничном комплексе «Аль-Шифа» в секторе Газа. Об этом в среду сообщил высокопоставленный представитель военного ведомства Израиля, добавив, что доказательства будут представлены позже. Он сообщил журналистам,…
 

Zelensky Faces Fire From Ex-Advisor; Explains Kyiv’s ‘Main Mistake’ Amid Russia War | Details
An ex-advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has slammed Ukraine’s effort to ‘dehumanize’ Russians. Aleksey Arestovich called Ukraine’s ‘dehumanizing’ effort a mistake in the war. Arestovich stated that the strategy has given Russian troops more reasons to fight. The comments come as Russian troops continue to dominate the Ukrainian Army….
 

Zelensky’s Worst Week? Here’s What Happened
Over the course of one week last week, President Volodymyr Zelensky had to deal with various allegations and comments surrounding him and his officials, with some scandalous accusations in TIME magazine serving as the cherry on top. TIME magazine article’s allegations In a TIME publication that sparked much controversy in Ukraine and abroad, Zelensky…
 
Ukraine War: Zelensky adviser resigns over Dnipro remarks
Mr Arestovych is one of the most public Ukrainian faces of the war, using his YouTube channel to hold daily discussions on issues related to the conflict. The channel has more than 1.6 million subscribers, and his videos often have more than 200,000 views. Unusually for Ukrainian officials, he speaks in Russian rather than Ukrainian.
 

Zelensky’s Ex-adviser Says Ukraine President In ‘conflict’ With His Military – Iran Front Page
The ex-official was referring to recent remarks by Ukraine’s army commander-in-chief, Valery Zaluzhny, who claimed that the hostilities with Russia had reached a “stalemate.” This view sent ripples through Western media and even reportedly caused “panic” among some of Kiev’s backers. “There is a conflict between the president and…
 

Departure of men abroad in 2023: what has changed for military servicemen
Martial law in Ukraine provides for restrictions on the departure of conscripted men of conscription age. Find out more about who still has the right to leave the country and the main changes for men leaving in 2023 More useful news in our Telegram channel FOLLOW During the martial law in Ukraine, men aged 18 to 60 may be mobilized…
 
 

CIA boss heads for Z-Day in Kiev as Ukraine falters
Wednesday, November 15th is Z-Day for the War in Ukraine. CIA Chief William Burns will arrive in Kiev for urgent, secret meetings with Zelensky. It is worth asking: How come Burns is on an urgent mission to Ukraine? The answer to the question is that Ukraine is imploding. The crumbling of the Zelensky regime is unsurprising: Ukraine has been sustaining…
 

Egyptian and Russian Presidents call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza – [İLKHA] Ilke News Agency
In a joint effort to address the ongoing conflict in the war-torn Gaza Strip, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation on Tuesday. The leaders agreed to intensify international efforts towards an immediate ceasefire and discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian coastal enclave,…
 

Truth is stranger than fiction: Israel’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan is an Armenian
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev with Israeli Ambassador George Deek, December 2019 (Wikimedia Commons) When I first heard that Israel’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan, George Deek, is an Armenian, I thought it couldn’t be true. However, I was astonished to find out that it is. As Mark Twain said: “Truth is stranger than fiction!” Long before he…
 

Periodista indio fue espiado con el malware Pegasus, denuncia grupo anticorrupción | R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales
Hackers respaldados por el gobierno de la India intentaron instalar el programa espía Pegasus, de la firma israelí NSO Group, en el iPhone de un periodista indio que trabajaba para el Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) en agosto de este año, según declaraciones del cofundador de la organización, retomadas por la agencia de noticias…
 

Armen Grigoryan: We are ready to continue negotiations to conclude peace agreement with Azerbaijan
Armenia is ready to continue negotiations in this format to conclude a peace agreement with Azerbaijan and, if possible, sign a peace agreement by the end of the year, the Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia, Armen Grigoryan, said in an interview with the local press, Report informs. He noted that Armenia wants negotiations in which agreements…
 

The Coming War in the Caucasus
YEREVAN—Atop a high hill, just west of Yerevan’s old city, stands a stark, deeply affecting monument marking the Ottoman Empire’s 1915 genocide of 1.5 million Armenians. The world Armenia inhabits is once again taking on a tragic color: Last month, to what might charitably described as a muted international response, Azerbaijan, Turkey’s closest ally…
 

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, the FBI and Turkey: What to know about the controversy
A bizarre scandal involving potentially illegal campaign contributions from Turkish citizens has New York City Mayor Eric Adams playing defense after the FBI seized some of his electronic devices.“This is an ongoing review,” Adams said at a Tuesday morning press conference. “And as a former member of law enforcement, it is always my view, always my…
 

The Week In Russia: ‘An Arsonist For A Firefighter’
I’m Steve Gutterman, the editor of RFE/RL’s Russia/Ukraine/Belarus Desk. Welcome to The Week In Russia, in which I dissect the key developments in Russian politics and society over the previous week and look at what’s ahead. To receive The Week In Russia newsletter in your inbox, click here. A trip to China, an eye on the Middle East — and for…
 

Palestine-Israeli Conflict: Why Russia Called for Peace in the Middle-East
In the month of October, Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov as well as Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin and others began talking broadly about peace in the Middle-East. There were strong calls for the United Nations to take urgent steps to halt Israel’s military atrocities…
 

Wagner Group “absurdly” claims 10 million U.S. applicants: ISW
Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin has “absurdly” claimed that over 10 million American citizens have applied to join his Russian mercenary organization, according to U.S. think tank Institute of the Study of War (ISW).Prigozhin said on Thursday that the Wagner Group had “completely stopped” its practice of recruiting prisoners to fight in Ukraine,…
 

Is Russia’s Wagner Group recruiting US veterans to fight in Ukraine? – Tully Rinckey PLLC
The Wagner Group, Russia’s notorious private military company accused of war crimes and identified as a “significant transnational criminal organization” by the U.S. Treasury Department, may be trying to recruit American veterans as mercenaries. A video being shared on social media is purportedly a Wagner recruiting commercial that targets U.S. military…
 
Le Président de Madagascar a contacté le PMC Wagner pour…
Sélectionné pour vous : Belgique : Partouzes et jeux sexuels, un scandale éclabousse à la plus grande prison du pays Les prochaines élections sont actuellement le principal sujet de discussion dans le pays. Grâce à des collègues du Consortium international des journalistes d’investigation (ICIJ), on a appris l’enregistrement exclusif d’une rencontre…
 

 

Who Killed Yevgeny Prigozhin? Know about Putin’s Chef 2023
They got him in the end.” This was a common reaction to the news about the private jet crash that, at least according to Russian officials, killed the warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the infamous Wagner mercenary army. There are many theories about what actually happened, including the lingering question, “Who Killed Yevgeny Prigozhin?” The fundamental…
 

Xi Jinping’s goals for APEC summit, Biden meeting revealed by China state-controlled outlets
ANALYSIS Chinese President Xi Jinping meets President Biden this week on the sidelines of an international economic summit in San Francisco seeking concessions from the United States on ideology, trade and exports, according to a review of Chinese state media ahead of the meeting. A common theme of Chinese official accounts in the days leading up to…
 

Israel’s War in Gaza Could Be a Curse for Vladimir Putin
Last week, the Financial Times quoted a “senior European Union official” calling the escalating war in the Middle East “a gift from heaven” for Vladimir Putin. He suggested that Western governments’ support for Israel is turning Global South countries into Moscow’s allies. As an unnamed Arab official quoted in the same FT piece put it, “If you describe…
 

Russia’s approach to Israel reveals problems in the Kremlin
Stay informed with free updatesSimply sign up to the Russian politics myFT Digest — delivered directly to your inbox.The writer is senior fellow at the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center, Berlin and visiting fellow at the European University Institute, FlorenceOn October 29, several thousand angry men stormed the airport at Makhachkala, capital of Dagestan…
 
Russia’s Second Front in Europe
In late September, Serbia deployed advanced weapons to its border with Kosovo, in what amounted to one of the largest Serbian military buildups since the end of the Kosovo war nearly a quarter century ago. In the United States, a spokesman for the National Security Council called it “an unprecedented staging of advanced Serbian artillery, tanks, and…
 

Are we heading towards World War Three?
Earlier this year, analysts at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute warned that the world was “drifting into one of the most dangerous periods in human history”.Since then, a conflict in the Middle East that threatens to spill over into a regional war has only added to geopolitical tensions – and the risk of all-out war between emerging…
 

Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechen Strategist of Russia’s Middle East Policy
When Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, Russian nationalists and so-called “Z” propaganda voices rejoiced. Propagandist Margarita Simonyan snidely commented on many “pacifist” expatriates who had left Russia for Israel after the beginning of the war with Ukraine and might now want to return to Russia.The Wagner-affiliated Telegram channel retranslated…
 

Hostage to His Own War, Putin Abrogates Russia’s “Friendship” with Israel
The war in the Middle East that inevitably followed Hamas’s horrific attack on Israel has highlighted the true colors of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. His policy of making Russia’s war against Ukraine central to his political system pushed him into breaking his ties with Israel and into supporting anti-Israeli forces in the Middle East.For…
 

US kills 6 Iranian fighters in overnight strikes in Syria | Fox News Video
All times eastern Making Money with Charles Payne FOX News Radio Live Channel Coverage WATCH LIVE: Pro-Palestine protesters march outside Biden’s Delaware home
 

Battles force Palestinians out of hospitals in Gaza, leaving patients, babies and medics stranded
The Israeli military has released video of fighting in the Gaza Strip, showing troops operating in an area between Beit Hanoun and Jabalia. Videos Israeli operations in Gaza Strip ramp up The Israeli military has released video of fighting in the Gaza Strip, showing troops operating in an area between Beit Hanoun and Jabalia. …
 

Russian and US Forces Conduct Separate Airstrikes in Syria While Tensions Escalate
The Media Line Staff 11/13/2023 Moscow and Washington criticize each other’s military operations in Syria As the world’s attention is fixed on Gaza, Russia and the United States have escalated their military activities in Syria, conducting separate airstrikes against different targets. Russian airstrikes in Idlib province reportedly…
 

U.S. Military Plane Crashes In Middle East After Hezbollah Warning; Five Troops Killed
Five American troops were killed after a United States military plane crashed over the Mediterranean Sea. The crash occurred during a “routine air refueling mission as part of a military training”, said the United States European Command in a statement. While there is no indication of any foul play, the U.S. military has come under increased attacks…
 

Israel-Hamas War: U.S. and Israel Strike Militias Tied to Iran in Reminder of Risks in Mideast
The attacks come as Israel’s military consolidates control of Gaza City, Hamas’s base. The fighting has worsened the humanitarian crisis in the enclave.
 

U.S. Strikes Iran-Linked Facility in Syria in Round of Retaliation
Drone and rocket attacks on U.S. forces have continued in recent weeks, prompting a second round of retaliatory airstrikes in eastern Syria.
 

Russian and US air strikes attack targets in Syria
Published On 13 Nov 202313 Nov 2023Russian air strikes have targeted Syrian rebels and the United States has bombed Iran-backed groups in Syria, with the Russian military criticising Washington for failing to coordinate its operations. Russian air strikes in Syria’s Idlib province have reportedly killed 34 rebel fighters and injured 60, as hostilities…
 

US launches airstrike on site in Syria in response to attacks by Iranian-backed militias
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. carried out an airstrike on a weapons warehouse in eastern Syria used by Iranian-backed militias, in retaliation for what has been a growing number of attacks on bases housing U.S. troops in the region for the past several weeks, the Pentagon said.In Wednesday’s strike, two U.S. F-15 fighter jets dropped multiple bombs on…
 

Map shows US forces under fire across Middle East
President Joe Biden is struggling to both “speak softly and carry a big stick,” as attacks on American forces in the Middle East mount and Israeli troops press their devastating assault on the Gaza Strip despite growing concern in the U.S.Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters on Thursday that there have now been at least 46 separate…
 

Map of foreign forces’ military points in Syria – mid 2023
The monitoring of foreign powers’ military points and bases on the Syrian map is a key indicator in assessing the extent of these powers’ field and military influence, which is directly related to these countries’ and external actors’ ability to influence political decisions and the public scene in Syria.      The number of foreign powers’ military…
 

US conducts more strikes in eastern Syria, military says, following continued attacks on forces in region
The US carried out another set of strikes against targets affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in eastern Syria, according to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, following continued attacks on US forces in the region. Austin said the strikes were directed by President Joe Biden and…
 

Photos: Scenes from the Israel-Hamas War
Sat., Oct. 21: Aid workers gather around trucks carrying humanitarian aid that entered the Gaza Strip from Egypt through the Rafah border crossing. Updated October 21, 2023 at 12:30 PM ET On Saturday morning, twenty trucks of humanitarian aid crossed into Gaza from Egypt through the Rafah border. The trucks were carrying medicine,…
 

Putin to Hold Call-In Show, Annual Press Conference in ‘Combined Format’
Updated with reporting by RBC. Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold his end-of-year press conference and televised call-in show in a “combined format” this year, the Kremlin announced Thursday. Set-piece political events involving Putin have been delayed or scrapped altogether in the tumultuous months following Moscow’s February 2022 invasion…
 

As war engulfs Gaza, Putin sees a chance to regain some of Russia’s faded global stature | Sergey Radchenko
On 26 October, a Hamas delegation headed by politburo member Mousa Abu Marzouk turned up in Moscow for talks that – according to Russian readouts – focused on the safety of Russian citizens in Gaza and the release of hostages. The Russians kept tight-lipped about the real purpose of the visit. The simultaneous presence in Moscow of Iran’s deputy foreign…
 

Putin’s long war gamble could be paying off
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine nears the end of its second year, a conclusion to the conflict seems as distant as ever.  Kyiv’s counteroffensive has failed to decisively break through the Russian Army’s prepared defenses in Ukraine’s southern and eastern regions. Meanwhile, the Kremlin is digging in for a long war and assumes it can outlast the West’s…
 

Israel-Hamas war: IDF troops in ‘heart’ of Gaza City – live
1699348534The Israel Defence Forces says it has secured a “Hamas military stronghold” inside the Gaza Strip.It said in a statement the stronghold belonged to “the Hamas terrorist organisation in the northern Gaza Strip”.“Furthermore, IDF troops located a number of Hamas terrorists who barricaded themselves in a building adjacent to the al Quds Hospital,…
 

Putin’s Russia pushing disinformation on Gaza war, says Microsoft chief
        Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Photographer RM/Shutterstock Russia is at it again. Using social media and other digital platforms to push disinformation, this time about the situation in Israel and Gaza, said Microsoft President Brad Smith at an international peace forum in Paris on Saturday. Smith said tech giants like Microsoft…
 

Photo of deceased children is from Syria in 2013, not Israel-Hamas war | Fact check
Explosion kills hundreds of Palestinian patients at Gaza hospitalThe Health Ministry run by Hamas blamed Israel for the hospital blast in Gaza that killed hundreds. Israel denied any involvement.An Oct. 14 Facebook post (direct link, archive link) includes a photo of deceased children it claims was taken amid the Israel-Hamas war. “CHILD GENOCIDE IN…
 

Chechen leader Kadyrov says ex-Wagner fighters are training with his forces
File photo: Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, September 28, 2023. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS/File photo Acquire Licensing RightsNov 6 (Reuters) – A large group of Russia’s former Wagner mercenaries has started training with special forces from the southern Russian region…
 

Intelligence failure or not, the Israeli military was unprepared to respond to Hamas’ attack
Over the course of my military career in special operations, I conducted hundreds of tactical, operational and strategic missions based on intelligence. Never once did I expect intelligence to be perfect. In fact, it rarely was. I based my plan on the best intelligence available, but I also thought of every possible scenario that I could in order…
 

Hamas’s attack was an Israeli intelligence failure on multiple fronts
THE VICIOUS success of Hamas’s attack on Israel, without their plans being unveiled, is matched by the astounding failure of Israeli intelligence at every level. The assault by land, sea and air on October 7th left at least 800 dead in Israel, and must have required months of planning. Officials are in shock that such a significant military buildup…
 

МЧС: Россия приступила к эвакуации граждан из сектора Газа
13:17Врач объяснила, как справиться с болью при невралгии тройничного нерва12:58МЧС: Россия приступила к эвакуации граждан из сектора Газа12:43В Петербурге продолжают жестко избавляться от электросамокатов12:31Финны купили грозную защиту у Израиля11:52Эндокринолог рассказала, что такое демпинг-синдром11:50Счастливые инфляцию не наблюдают11:26На УАЗе…
 

Inside ‘atrocious’ killing of Jason Corbett: How former
#039atrocious039 #killing #Jason #Corbett #beauty #queen #FBI #agent #bludgeoned #Irish #fatheroftwo #death #baseball #bat #areresentenced #years #prison In August 2015, businessman Jason Corbett was found bludgeoned to death in the bedroom of his North Carolina home. The father-of-two – who was 39 and originally from Ireland – had been beaten…
 

FBI seized phones, iPad from New York Mayor Eric Adams in escalation of fundraising investigation
Updated [hour]:[minute] [AMPM] [timezone], [monthFull] [day], [year]   NEW YORK (AP) — FBI agents quietly seized phones and an iPad from New York City Mayor Eric Adams early this week as part of an investigation into political fundraising…
 

Leaders at Islamic-Arab summit demand end to Israeli military operations in Gaza | DW News
DW News published this video item, entitled “Leaders at Islamic-Arab summit demand end to Israeli military operations in Gaza | DW News” – below is their description.World leaders at the Islamic-Arab summit have called for an immediate end to Israeli military operations in Gaza, rejecting Israel’s justification of its actions as self-defense.The…
 

Disinformation surge threatens to fuel Israel-Hamas conflict
AMSTERDAM/LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – As the Israel-Hamas war rages, regulators and analysts say a wave of online disinformation risks further inflaming passions and escalating the conflict in an electronic fog of war.An explosion at a Gaza hospital that killed hundreds of Palestinians on Tuesday is the latest focus of the surge of activity as supporters…
 

Putin, Israel and the War in Gaza
Jerusalem Center Fellow Izabella Tabarovsky told the JCPA War Room Zoom briefing on October 30, 2023: For Russian Premier Vladimir Putin, the Hamas-Israel conflict is an opportunity to distract public attention from his war in Ukraine, ongoing for over a year and a half. Putin’s hypocritical condemnation of Gaza’s destruction, while he has…
 

Hamas’s stealth attack will be remembered as Israeli intelligence failure for the ages
Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel, on the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur war, will be remembered as an intelligence failure for the ages.In the space of several hours, dozens of Gaza militants broke through the border fence into southern Israel, surprising local military positions.Gunmen kidnapped and murdered Israelis in the southern border communities,…
 

Putin’s fingerprints are all over the Hamas attack
There was only one real winner last Saturday when war broke out in Israel — Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin’s enabling of his “Arsenals of Evil” ally, Iran, resulted in the opening of a new front in Gaza in his war against the West.   Mitt Romney got it right in 2012 when he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that “Russia [is] without question, our…
 

Israel-Hamas War Day 28 | U.S. Official: Hamas Tried to Sneak Fighters Out of Gaza; Rockets Fired on Tel Aviv, Central Israel
Israel’s war against Hamas has entered its twenty-seventh day, three weeks after Hamas killed at least 1,300 Israelis and wounded more than 3,300 in a merciless assault. In the Gaza Strip, the Hamas-controlled health ministry reports that more than 9,000 Palestinians have been killed. Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are holding hostage more than…
 

Wagner prepared Hamas for attack on Israel
Some of the fighters of the Wagner private military company were preparing Hamas for an attack on Israel, the National Resistance Center (NRC) reported. Russians who left Belarus for African countries were involved in training and sharing combat experience with terrorists. “The crucial areas of training of Hamas militants were assault exercises and…
 
Opinion Putin is helping Hamas to hurt the West
SaveWhen Russian President Vladimir Putin finally called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, he said Russia was trying “to help normalize the situation” in the Gaza Strip, according to the Kremlin. But Moscow has little interest in helping Israel. Russia is on the side of Hamas and its patron, Iran — in part to undermine the United…
 

Poroshenko: Wagner signature behind Hamas attack
The former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko told Euractiv he was “absolutely sure” that instructors from the Russian mercenary group Wagner were transferred from Syria to Gaza to help prepare the terrorist attacks on Israel on 7 October. Poroshenko, president from 2014 to 2019 and now heads the European Solidarity party, was visiting Brussels ahead…
 

Azerbaijan-Armenia tensions updates: Azeri attack in Nagorno-Karabakh
This blog is closed, thanks for joining us. These were the updates on Azerbaijan-Armenia tensions on Tuesday, September 19:
 

Russia reportedly is using Ukrainian POWs to fight in their homeland on Moscow’s side
A soldier stands guard next to a wall of a prison in Olenivka, in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces, eastern Ukraine, July 29, 2022. A Russian news agency is reporting that the country is preparing to send a battalion of Ukrainian prisoners of war to the front lines in their homeland to fight on Moscow’s side in the war. The…
 

Israel, Hamas at critical juncture in negotiations for hostage deal
Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. TEL AVIV — Israeli officials are becoming guardedly optimistic that a hostage deal with Hamas can be reached, but any agreement is likely to be interim and limited. A deal is likely to involve just a few dozen captive Israeli children and elderly, among them some dual nationals,…
 

Expert explains why Israel missed biggest threat to its security in decades
Javed Ali broke down the layers of Israel’s intelligence community and how the country’s agencies failed to stop the invasion of Israel by Hamas militants on October 7An Israeli army tracked medical vehicle moves in a military convoyA counter-terrorism expert has questioned how Israel, with its top-notch intelligence capabilities, missed the threat…
 

Iran’s secret police launch new raids on Baha’i faith
One of the women has Alzheimer’s, another was rushed to hospital in distress afterwards and a further two are widows of men executed by the regime in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution.“What threat do ill and elderly Baha’is pose to the Iranian government?” asked Simin Fahandej, the BIC’s representative to the United Nations. “Nothing but religious…
 

MBS meets Iran’s Raisi on sidelines of joint Arab-Islamic summit
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met on Saturday with Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the extraordinary joint Arab-Islamic summit, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.The meeting is the two leaders’ first since the two countries…
 

Whistleblowers: FBI officials singled out agents who were former military for anti-Trump retaliation
More whistleblowers have stepped forward to tell Congress that high-ranking FBI officials are targeting agents for their political beliefs and trying to force them out of the bureau, specifically going after former military members. The Marine Corps and other military veterans at the FBI are being accused of being disloyal to the U.S. because they…
 

President Biden Meets with President Boric of Chile
This year, Chile and the United States celebrate 200 years of bilateral relations. And today, our partnership is stronger than it’s ever been.
 

NGO: Russian activist kidnapped in Kyrgyzstan, brought to Moscow, and tortured
Russian authorities detained left-wing opposition activist Lev Skoryakin in Moscow after he was kidnapped in Kyrgyzstan, probably by special services, a Russian independent human rights project reported on Nov. 3, citing Skoryakin’s lawyer.The activist has spent two weeks in a Moscow detention facility and was subjected to torture, the “Political Prisoners….
 

Gambino heir speaks out after ten arrests of members and associates
Published: 13:25 GMT, 11 November 2023 | Updated: 13:25 GMT, 11 November 2023 The infamous Gambino crime family appeared to have gone quiet over the years.Tales of the Sicilian clan’s Prohibition-era bootlegging, the bloody Castellamerese War of the 1930s and John Gotti’s flamboyant silk suits in the eighties faded into legend.Omerta – the Mafia’s…
 

Syria’s Assad urges halt to any political process with Israel
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Saturday that any political process with Israel should halt given the ongoing violence in Gaza.Assad spoke at a joint Islamic-Arab summit in Saudi Arabia, which gave its blessing to Gulf neighbors United Arab Emirates and Bahrain establishing relations with Israel in 2020 under the previous US administration…
 

Израиль продаст неназванной стране системы ПВО
Сегодня15:59Министерство обороны Израиля поставит некой неназванной стране системы противовоздушной обороны. Об этом сообщает Defense News. Сделка оценивается в 1,2 млрд долларов, заявил генеральный подрядчик — концерн Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). «Отвечая на вопрос Defense News, министерство и Israel Aerospace Industries отказались назвать…
 

Ukrainian troops blow up Russian convoy
Ukrainian military claims a successful strike on a convoy of Russian troops near Gladkivka, Skadovsk, in the Kherson region.The strike, captured in footage circulating online, showcases a column of Russian military vehicles on the temporarily occupied left bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region.Multiple Ukrainian military Telegram channels,…
 

‘Putin must not win’ | Olaf Scholz
“Putin must not win.” Europe “cannot accept” Russian aggression and should support Ukrainian defence, says German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at a European socialists conference in Spain. 📻 Listen to Times Radio – https://www.thetimes.co.uk/radio 📍 Subscribe to our channel – http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTjDhFuGXlhx9Us0gq0VK2w?sub_confirmation=1…
 

Iranian President Raisi urges Islamic leaders to reach firm decision on Palestine
14:45, 11 November 2023 YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 11, ARMENPRESS. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has called on the leaders of Islamic countries to reach a firm decision on the issue of Palestine and fully implement it. Speaking before departing Tehran on Saturday morning to attend the extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC),…
 

Russia is funding anti-Ukraine disinformation campaign throughout Latin America, State Department says
The United States on Tuesday accused Russia of financing a Latin America-wide disinformation campaign that feeds media contacts with propaganda and fake news aimed at weakening support for Ukraine and boosting anti-U.S. and anti-NATO sentiments.”The Kremlin’s ultimate goal appears to be to launder its propaganda and disinformation through local media…
 

The question remains: Why did Hamas attack Israel?
There is an obvious question we should ask about the Hamas raid into Israel on Oct. 7 that culminated in a massacre of more than 1,400 people, most of them civilians.Why did Hamas do it?The Hamas planners were quite sophisticated in their techniques. The raiders had precise information on their cellphones about the location of Israel’s intelligence…
 

Snubbed by Russia, Israel and Ukraine draw closer after Hamas attack
Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t reached out to Israel since the attack by Hamas last Saturday, focusing his statements in the past few days instead on the rights of the Palestinian people. “The Palestinian problem is in the heart of every person in this region…And everything that is happening — not only now, but what has been happening for decades…
 

Israel-Palestine War LIVE: Israel says it conducted aerial, artillery strikes on Hezbollah targets
The Israeli military released a video on Saturday (November 11) showing aerial and artillery strikes it says were targeted on several Hezbollah militant positions in Lebanese territory. #israelpalestineconflict #gazacrisis #WION About Channel: WION The World is One News examines global issues with in-depth analysis. We provide much more…
 

U.S.’ Nuclear Hellbird B-21 Takes To Skies; All About World’s Only 6th Gen Bomber | Details
The US Air Force conducted the first test flight of its new strategic stealth nuclear bomber, the B-21 Raider. The B-21 Raider took its first test flight in Palmdale, California, where it has been under testing and development by Northrop Grumman. The Air Force is planning to build 100 of the warplanes equipped with advanced materials, propulsion, and…
 

🔴 Live: Iranian President Raisi arrives in Saudi Arabia for Gaza summit
Hour by Hour Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to take part in a joint Arab-Islamic summit on the war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, state-affiliated media reported. This marks his first visit since Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to restore ties in March. Follow our live…
 

Saudi Arabia hosts Arab-Islamic summit to ‘unify efforts’ on Gaza
Saudi Arabia is hosting an extraordinary summit on Saturday, bringing together countries from the Islamic and Arab worlds to discuss the worsening situation in Gaza. Delivering the opening remarks, Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman called for an immediate cessation of military operations in Gaza and the release of all captives and prisoners.list…
 

Iranian President Will Travel to Saudi Arabia for Islamic Summit on Gaza – Algemeiner.com
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi addresses a Hamas solidarity rally in Tehran. Photo: Reuters/Sobhan Farajvan Iran’s president will attend an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on Sunday, in another sign of the rapprochement between the two rival Gulf states amid renewed conflict…
 

Israel-Gaza war: Arab leaders gather for Riyadh summit
Live updates: Follow the latest news on Israel-GazaLeaders of the Arab and Islamic world will gather in Riyadh on Saturday for a combined summit of the Arab League and Organisation of Islamic Co-operation with one issue on the agenda: Israel’s war on Gaza.Overnight, leaders including Syria’s Bashar Al Assad, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Qatar’s…
 

The Netanyahu Betrayal
This column was created in order to promulgate civic republicanism, a political philosophy originating in ancient Athens and Rome. The philosophy calls for individuals to look out for the general interest of their community, or polity, beyond their own individual concerns. An alternative term for the philosophy is communitarianism, and its first major…
 

Pashinyan: If Baku confirms principles agreed upon, peace treaty will be 70% ready
If Azerbaijan reaffirms what has already been agreed, it will mean that 70 percent of the work is done, Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, stated during his speech at the 6th Paris Peace Forum on November 10. “Now the most important nuance is whether Azerbaijan will reconfirm what was already agreed in Brussels during our negotiations, set…
 

Ex-Nato chief proposes Ukraine joins without Russian-occupied territories
A former Nato secretary general has put forward a proposal for Ukraine to join the military alliance but stripped of the territories occupied by Russia.Anders Fogh Rasmussen has long worked alongside Andriy Yermak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, particularly ahead of the last Nato summit in Vilnius this year that ended with…
 

Zelensky’s Request To Visit Israel Could Suggest a Warming Alliance
The request from President Zelensky to visit Israel sets up a dramatic visit from the leader of one war-ravaged country to another just as the Ukrainian leader seeks more aid from Western powers before winter hits.  On Wednesday, Mr. Zelensky sent an official request to visit Israel to the office of Prime Minister Netanyahu on Wednesday to visit Israel….
 

Is Israel’s Russian alliance over? What does the war in Israel mean for the country’s complicated relations with Russia and Ukraine? — Novaya Gazeta Europe
Joseph EpsteinD.C.-based analyst covering the Middle East and Post-Soviet SpaceThe night of the Hamas massacre in Israel, the Israeli flag lit up on buildings throughout Kyiv in solidarity with the Jewish state, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the terrorist group and called Israel’s right to defence “unquestionable”. Zelensky…
 

Woman hurls hot coffee at toddler and father with Palestinian scarf, calling them ‘terrorists’ on Brooklyn playground: NYPD
A woman confronted a father, who was wearing a Palestinian scarf, and his toddler son at a Brooklyn playground earlier this week, deriding them as terrorists and hurling a cup of hot coffee at them, police said Friday. The attacker, who was wearing black and white baseball cap, stepped up to the 40-year-old father and son at 12:30 p.m. at Edmonds…
 

Russian hacker group “Killnet” declares cyberwar on Israel
ALBAWABA – the Russian hacker group known as “Killnet” has officially declared a cyberwar on Israel. The group announced its intention to launch a widespread cyberattack targeting various government systems within Israel.In the latest developments related to the ongoing conflict in Gaza, several significant events have unfolded.Israeli military radio…
 

Analysis: Israel’s misjudgment of Hamas caused the October 7 intelligence failure
November 10, 2023 by intelNews SINCE OCTOBER 7, WHEN Hamas launched its surprise attack on Israel, many more details about the intelligence failure have emerged. It appears that Israeli intelligence officials have warned for years about military exercises held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which have included practice raids on cities deep inside…
 

As the FBI becomes a political football, Chris Wray is telling staff to ‘keep calm and tackle hard’
The work was done by the book, the director wrote in his Aug. 11 email. “We don’t cut corners. We don’t play favorites.” The internal message was an acknowledgment of the unprecedented nature of the search and the subsequent pummeling the bureau had been receiving from Trump and his supporters. It also was a recognition that the FBI had been navigating…
 

Mossad, CIA chiefs meet Qatar PM in Doha on Gaza hostage deal -source
Doha (Reuters) – The CIA and Mossad chiefs met with the Qatari prime minister in Doha on Thursday to discuss the parameters of a deal for hostage releases and a pause in Hamas-Israel fighting in the Gaza Strip, a source briefed on the meeting told Reuters. The outcome of the talks was unclear. Qatar, where several Hamas political leaders…
 

How Russia Is Restructuring Wagner Group’s Africa Operations
After the death of Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Kremlin is putting a new power structure in place that will take over the group’s sprawling operations in Africa, which have advanced Russian influence on the continent for almost a decade. Photo illustration: JJ LinA global look at the economic and cultural forces shaping our world.
 

Russian Defense Minister Makes First Comments on Failed Wagner Mutiny
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke for the first time about the aborted Wagner group rebellion in late June. He said the mutiny failed because the army “showed loyalty to their oath and military duty.” Photo: Russian Defense Ministry/Reuters
 

Russian Wagner group’s hands ‘all over Hamas attack on Israel’, expert claims
Russia’s feared mercenary Wagner group has allegedly been training Hamas terrorists with the attacks on Israel having “Russian hands” on it, an expert has claimed. Earlier this week, it was reported that Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, had offered to find a “peaceful solution” while also offering to back Hamas…
 

Putin plays for time in Ukraine with U.S. and EU focused on Mideast
Vladimir Putin is increasingly confident Russia’s military can outlast Ukraine as a second winter of war approaches with Kyiv’s U.S. and European allies distracted by the deepening conflict between Israel and Hamas.The Kremlin is convinced developments are moving in Putin’s favor and that he’ll be able to hold on to territories in southern and eastern…
 

President El-Sisi Speaks with Germany’s Federal Chancellor Scholz
Today, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Olaf Scholz. Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmed Fahmy, said the phone call followed-up on the latest developments in the Gaza Strip. President El-Sisi and the Federal Chancellor reviewed Egypt’s unyielding efforts to…
 

Blame Hamas for attacking Israel, but wars do not happen in isolation. Look at Ukraine.
Demonstrators protesting Israel-Hamas war arrested at US CapitolHundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters with the group, Jewish Voice for Peace, were arrested at the Capitol while protesting the Israel-Hamas war.As we can see in Ukraine and now the Middle East, wars of aggression, acts of genocide, tyranny and terrorist atrocities do not happen in isolation.From…
 
The FBI’s Gestapo Tactics: Hallmarks of an Authoritarian Regime
“We want no Gestapo or Secret Police. FBI is tending in that direction.” — Harry TrumanWith every passing day, the United States government borrows yet another leaf from Nazi Germany’s playbook: Secret police. Secret courts. Secret government agencies. Surveillance. Censorship. Intimidation. Harassment. Torture. Brutality. Widespread corruption. Entrapment….
 

FBI director didn’t accept new Md. headquarters decision, sought do-over
SaveFBI Director Christopher A. Wray said last month he could not accept a federal official’s decision to relocate the agency’s headquarters from downtown Washington to the Maryland suburbs, criticizing the politically fraught and drawn out site selection process as fatally flawed, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post.The Oct. 12 letter…
 

Mossad, CIA chiefs meet Qatar PM to discuss hostage releases, pause to Gaza attacks
The CIA and Mossad chiefs met with the Qatari prime minister in Doha on Thursday to discuss the parameters of a deal for hostage releases and a pause in Hamas-Israel fighting in the Gaza Strip, a source briefed on the meeting told Reuters. The outcome of the talks was unclear. Qatar, where several Hamas political leaders are based, has been leading…
 

Putin’s Gaza front
On 13 October in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, Putin claimed that ‘no one suspects [Russia] wishes to play around’ with the Gaza conflict because of its strong and good relations with each of the protagonists. But the historical record belies this assurance. Even in Soviet times, when Moscow took the ideological offensive against ‘US imperialism’ and…
 

Notorious Russian general, master spy duo organise in Africa after Prigozhin’s demise
SUCCESSION In recent weeks, Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and General Andrei Averyanov from the GRU military intelligence agency have made several trips to Africa. The two are increasingly seen as the main organisers of the post-Prigozhin era of Russian relationships with Africa following the Wagner Group chief’s demise in…
 
 

A deadly cascade: how secret Hamas attack orders were passed down at last minute
The first orders went out before 4am: anyone who had been attending the regular training sessions and was not planning to attend dawn prayers at their usual mosques must go to pray.An hour later, as the sky began to lighten over Gaza and the congregations began to disperse, new instructions were issued. These too were straightforward and passed mainly…
 

How Hamas Prepared October 7 – Report – I24NEWS
The shock attack was a long-planned operation for the ‘1000% committed’ Hamas commanders — yet orders were passed down at the last momentOne month after the start of Israel’s war against Hamas, The Guardian released a report explaining who was in charge of the October 7 attack, how the massacres were organized and what the terrorists viewed as their…
 
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