18 Jan: Italian conservative Antonio Tajani was elected on Tuesday as the new president of the European Parliament. Tajani, 63, will take over from Germany’s Martin Schulz.
Obama initiates trade for Julian Assange by commuting Manning sentence. Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted the sentences of 209 others.
US forces mass in four bases inside Mosul in preparation for big Trump push. 95% of East Mosul has now been liberated and the move to the West side of the Tigress is coming soon. Assumed tomb of Jonah liberated.
16 Jan: Trump confirms his son in law Jared Kushner an Orthodox Jew with close ties to the extremist Settler Movement as his Middle East Peace Envoy. The move removes the US from its position as an almost neutral mediator.
Egypt and Arabia falling out; scripture says that in our time Egypt will be allied to Israel while the Arabs will be allied to the now rising New Federal Europe.
The Trump team is in discussions with Russia regarding cooperating against Islamic State inside Syria. Trump already plans to ramp up operations in Iraq as soon as he is inaugurated and set his first goal as the total destruction of the Islamic State.
American cooperation with Russia inside Syria may involve intelligence sharing, heavy coalition bombing of IS and extensive ground force raids by coalition forces in coordination with Syrian and Russian actions. How the Kurdish forces in Syria will be affected is not yet clear.
15 Jan: Israel right wing paper warns of new elections as Netanyahu corruption investigation escalates. Public and coalition resistance builds against Bennett annexation of settlements
Paris conference; the conference supports tw0 state solution and rejects any unilateral moves.
Turkey will guarantee rebel and Russia will guarantee Syrian compliance with any peace deal in Syria. The Astana deal will leave Russia – Syria free to combat the Islamic Extremists followed by a Russian withdrawal from Syria. The Trump administration has now been invited to participate in the Astana talks.
14 Jan: A Blessed Sabbath for all God’s Faithful!
13 Jan: Israel tests F-35? The Damascus Mazzeh airport was bombed last night along with a nearby officers club. Syria warns Israel about such attacks.
12 Jan: Israel prepares for a decisive victory Hamas and the Gaza militants in the near future.
At the conclusion of a NATO infantry, armor, air, engineering and artillery forces exercise in Poland, US forces deploy “permanently” to that country. The American troops will be based in the city of Zagan, 40 kilometers east of the German border as part of a NATO force to protect against any spillover from a possible Russian move in Ukraine.
British High Court to rule within two weeks on whether a parliamentary vote is needed to trigger Brexit.
John Kerry to attend Paris Middle East Peace Conference on Sunday before holding talks with May in Britain and then heading to Davos for the annual economic forum.
Scattered pockets of resistance remain in East Mosul.
11 Jan: Netanyahu is blocking Bennett’s Bill “legalizing” illegal Israeli construction on the West Bank. If Bennett’s new Bill annexing settlements comes later this month there will be yet another political crisis in Israel. This comes as a one-day general strike was launched Wednesday morning in Israel’s Palestinian sector to protest an order to destroy 11 houses that had been built illegally in the city of Qalanswa. Israel routinely avoids approving building permits for Palestinians on their own land, forcing them to build unapproved homes and other structures to accommodate the needs of people.
Educational institutions and municipal authorities in Palestinian towns and cities throughout the country are participating in the strike. The IDF and police have deployed forces to deal with possible unrest at demonstrations to be held in the afternoon in Israel’s “Triangle” area, northeast of Tel Aviv, and in the north.
Up to 2.5 million people attended the funeral of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the moderate founding fathers of the Islamic regime.
The funeral was used to launch protests against the regime, with such slogans as “Free political prisoners,” “Dictator, dictator, respect only comes from God.” There were calls to release from six years of house arrest the opposition Green Movement founders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, who led the demonstration that rocked Iran in 2009
10 Jan: A US special operations unit landed in the Deir Ez-Zor region of eastern Syria late Sunday for an anti-ISIS raid. The unit killed and captured several Daesh fighters before withdrawing.
9 Jan: The Shin Bet and other Israeli security forces rounded up 20 Salafi Islamic extremists [ISIL types] in the Palestinian towns of Nablus and Bethlehem today. As Islamic State falls in Mosul IS forces are building up in Sinai on the Israeli border and yesterday’s Jerusalem attack blamed on Islamic State
Jared Kushner Trump’s Jewish son in law, to act as president’s personal secretary. Did Mossad leak the truth about Hillary to get intense supporters of Israel into White House?
Islamic State headquarters in East Mosul captured.
Israel begins round up of Hamas members with arrest of five last night.
Netanyahu under investigation for corruption which will seriously damage him politically even if no indictment is filed. Bennett takes lead in polls for far right.
8 Jan: Former Iranian president and key politician Rafsanjani dies at 82.
Iraqi forces reach the Tigress River securing East Mosul except for final mopping up.
Jerusalem Attack First Report: A heavy truck carrying a crane smashed into a group of soldiers were getting off a bus at the promenade, a popular tourist spot in southern Jerusalem, on the Armon Hanatziv promenade in Jerusalem, killing at least 4 soldiers and injuring another 15 many of them female. The Palestinian driver is reported to have swerved off the road to hit the group while two eyewitnesses said that after the driver hit the soldiers with his truck, he put the vehicle in reverse and ran over them a second time. At least five of the injured are in very serious to critical condition. Some of the soldiers were trapped under the truck. The attacker was shot and killed by an armed civilian and soldiers from the group. The casualties are being rushed to nearby hospitals.
Iraqi forces are making substantial advances in East Mosul and are now within 500 yards of the Tigress and West Mosul.
Who Released the Clinton Emails? A good detective always first looks at those who have the most to gain by any action. In this affair there is one country which has by far the most to gain from a Trump win. A country which has a far right extremist controlled government and has chaffed under eight years of Obama restrictions, and wanting to avoid another four to eight years at all costs. A country which has the technical expertise and the internal political party connections in the USA to accomplish sabotaging the Clinton campaign by leaking the truth, which sabotage could be conveniently blamed on Russia. A country which rejoiced more than Russia or anyone else at the Trump win and is already planning extreme steps as soon as Trump is inaugurated. The propaganda points to Russia but all the indicators – sans proofs – point to the Mossad not Russia.
The CIA continues to accuse Russia of hacking with no evidence. The only evidence presented: Russians were happy over Trump win [so were a lot of other people].
Friday’s Florida shooter was a US army Iraq service veteran.
7 Jan: A Blessed Sabbath for all God’s Faithful!
6 Jan: A provisional figure of 5 dead and 8 injured was released after a shooting attack Friday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood international airport Florida, near the Terminal 2 baggage claim area.
The gunman was identified as Esteban Santiago, it is not certain that this is his real identity. The gunman in custody is said to have emptied at least three magazines and aimed at his victims heads
A state of emergency is declared at New York and New Jersey airports as well as bridges, rail systems, tunnels and transport terminals.
Russia withdraws aircraft carrier / naval units from Syria ahead of 23 Jan rebel talks in Astana Kazakhstan.
Syrian rebels being concentrated in Idlib at the ready to flood into Syria once Israel destroys Hezbollah; details.
The Iraqi army has launched an offensive to liberate the remainder of Anbar province and isolate the Islamic State in West Mosul.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu underwent another five hours of questioning by police on suspicion of receiving gifts and in another case which has yet to be revealed (and the largest petition to the High Court in Israel’s history – with over 19,000 signatures – calls to open a criminal investigation against Netanyahu and to reveal the charges for which he was questioned)
4 Jan: Rex Tillerson, US President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state-designate, announced Wednesday that he is cutting all links with oil giant Exxon Mobil, where he worked for more than 40 years and served as CEO and president. Tillerson will receive a $180 million retirement package. And some people believe that Trump is not connected to the Establishment!
Otto Skorzeny, Hitler’s most valuable asset to Mossad agent, details.
The Al Qaeda linked Fatah al-Sham Front [formerly the Al Nusrah Front] poisoned the Damascus water supply by dumping diesel into the main water sources in the Barada valley. 10 rebel groups then suspended the agreed peace talks with Russia when Syrian forces react to the deliberate attack on Damascus city water supply.
Iraqi forces advance through East Mosul liberating most of the city up to the Tigress.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yidirim is expected to visit Baghdad tomorrow to discuss the coming West Mosul campaign and post Mosul phase of the anti Islamic State war.
Israeli Sgt Elor Azariya found guilty of manslaughter after shooting dead a Palestinian attacker who had already been shot and was laying incapacitated on the ground. The extremist Jewish Settler Movement tried to politicize the killing and backs the killer.
Israeli Legislative Committee drafting Bill to extend Israeli law to Ma’ale Adumim East Jerusalem, and West Bank Settlements.
Last night the IDF rounded up 25 men in the West Bank mostly Hamas people.
3 Jan: Israel continues to slaughter hundreds of Jewish children every day. More Jewish children are needlessly aborted by Jews each year than Jews have fallen in all of Israel’s modern wars and terrorist attacks combined.
2 Jan: Islamic State claims Istanbul attack.
Islamic State being rolled back in Mosul.
Official corruption investigation begins with Netanyahu being interviewed by police for accepting gifts from businessmen.
Netanyahu warns that Jan 15 Paris peace conference conclusions to be approved by UNSC on 17 Jan.
Elizabeth feels better but too weak to move about.
1 Jan: Bennett to present bill to annex Est Jerusalem settlement to Israeli cabinet by end of January.
5,000 US combat troops – nearly all of the US troops stationed in Iraq – are massing outside Modul for intervention in the fight to liberate that city. The Islamic State has evacuated its families from West Mosul in preparation for fighting to spread to that area iof the city.
A terrorist went on a shooting rampage in the high-end Reina nightclub in Istanbul where some 700 revelers were celebrating the New Year. He killed at least 39 people and injured about 69 more, before escaping, The nightclub is frequented by socialites, artists and football stars.
Queen Elizabeth II 90, has missed her usual holiday church appearances due to a “heavy cold” already lasting 12 days. Her duties have been delegated to her son prince Charles. The Queen is in seclusion at Sandringham Estate with her husband who is also ill.
The Russian ceasefire with moderate rebels in Syria freed the Russian Air Force to launch a ten hour aerial bombing blitz on the Islamic State in the towns of Sukhanah and Arak in Raqqa province on Saturday, after which the Russian jets pounded the western Palmyra countryside.
The Russians and Syrians are anxious to move into Raqqa and destroy the IS inside Syria before the US finishes off the IS in Iraq and casts its eyes on supporting a Kurdish move against the Islamic State in Raqqa Syria.
The Syria Russia / Moderate Rebel ceasefire was supported by Syria and Turkey to control the Kurds inside Syria.
In Iraq this past week, another 1,700 US special operations forces and 4,000 members of the Iraqi federal police and counter-terrorism service (CTS) were urgently sent to reinforce the Iraqi’s launching a new series of attacks in East Mosul on Thursday.