Has World War III begun?

In June of last year Abu Muhammad al-‘Adnani, the official spokesman of the Islamic State in Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) announced the group’s rebranding as “Islamic State,” declaring itself a Caliphate and renaming its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Caliph Ibrahim.   He wrote: “The time has come for those generations that were drowning in oceans […]

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane Near Border With Syria

NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian warplane after it violated the country’s airspace near the Syrian border on Tuesday, officials said.   The Russian aircraft was warned 10 times in five minutes before being fired upon, according to the Turkish air force.   A U.S. military spokesperson in Baghdad backed the assertion that the […]

Putin calls Turkey’s downing of Russian jet ‘a stab in the back’

President Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet a stab in the back administered by “the accomplices of terrorists,” saying the incident would have serious consequences for Moscow’s relations with Ankara.   Speaking in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday before a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah, Putin said […]

NATO calls ‘extraordinary meeting’ after Turkey downs Russian jet

NATO allies will hold an “extraordinary” meeting Tuesday at Ankara’s request to discuss Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border, an alliance official said.   “At the request of Turkey, the North Atlantic Council will hold an extraordinary meeting at (1600 GMT). The aim of this extraordinary NAC is for […]

Democrat erupts on Obama for ‘World War 3 potential’

A member of Congress recently undressed President Obama’s Middle East policy as “illegal” and “counter-productive” because it is “arming our enemies which are radical Islam” and trying to take down a bulwark against that enemy in Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.   The potential for a “wider conflict,” potentially World War III, is real.   The […]

Erekat: Recent outbreak in violence reminiscent of second intifada’s early days

PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said Sunday that the recent outbreak in violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem was ominously reminiscent of the early days of the second intifida, adding that the Palestinian Authority was in discussions with world leaders on  how to best contain the escalating violence snowballing into a bigger conflict between Israelis […]

Russians Moving Artillery, Ground Forces to Hama, Syria

A senior defense official has told NBC News that the Russian military has been moving artillery and ground forces towards Hama — one of the locations that the Russians targeted in the first 24 hours of their airstrikes.   “So much for fighting ISIS,” the defense official said.   Related: Syria War: Russia Insists Its […]

John McCain says US is engaged in proxy war with Russia in Syria

Senator John McCain said on Sunday the US was now engaged in a proxy war with Russia in Syria, as a result of “an abdication of American leadership” on the part of the Obama White House.   The chairman of the Senate armed forces committee also said Russian president Vladimir Putin was “treating the United […]

Russia Intensifies Syria Bombing as Cameron Joins Criticism

Russia intensified its bombardment of militant targets in Syria with warplanes flying more than 20 missions, as U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron joined calls for Moscow to change course in an intervention he described as a “grave mistake.” The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday that 10 Islamic State positions in Syria had been attacked […]

Assad says Russia campaign must succeed in Syria

Syria’s President Bashar Assad said in comments Sunday that the air campaign by Russia against “terrorists” in his country must succeed or the whole region will be destroyed, stressing that the fight against terrorism must precede a political process.   In the interview with Iran’s Khabar TV, Assad also accused Western nations of fueling the […]