8 Apr 2017
Is an increasingly powerful Iran trying to make northern Iraq part of its ‘Shi’a crescent’?
The entrance to a refugee camp in Hamam al-Alil in northern Iraq is…festooned with checkpoints manned by members of the Popular Mobilization Units, Shi’a militias that are often called Hashd al-Shaabi. Most of the men checking cars are young, some of them sport ski masks emblazoned with white skulls… Flags for their various Shi’a units flap in the wind alongside other flags that announce devotion to the imam Hussein, a central figure in Shi’a Islam.

Haley tells UNSC the US is ‘prepared to do more’ in Syria
The days of letting Bashar Assad use chemical weapons in Syria without any consequences are over, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council on Friday morning, a few hours after the US military struck a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians earlier this week. “The United States took a very measured step last night,” she added. “We are prepared to do more but we hope that will not be necessary.”.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah calls US strike on Syria ‘idiotic step’
Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah said on Friday a US cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase was an “idiotic step” which would lead to “great and dangerous tensions” in the Middle East. Hezbollah, which supports Syrian President Bashar Assad in the six-year-old conflict, said in a statement the strike would not demoralize the Syrian army or negatively affect its allies.

‘Muslims—Clear the Temple Mount’
A video that will be published…by the Temple Mount Movement…is asking Muslims to evacuate the compound this coming Monday to allow the performance of the Passover sacrifice. “On Monday, April 10, we, the Jewish people, are commanded to perform a special sacrifice on the Temple Mount…please, evacuate the Temple Mount compound on this day to allow the Jewish people to perform the Passover sacrifice in its rightful time and place,” said Rafael Morris in Arabic.

In big win for Trump, Senate approves his conservative court pick
The Republican-led Senate on Friday gave Donald Trump the biggest triumph of his young presidency, confirming his Supreme Court nominee over stout Democratic opposition and restoring a conservative majority on the highest U.S. judicial body. The Senate…voted 54-45 to approve Republican Trump’s pick, Colorado-based federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, to the lifetime job. Three Democrats joined the Republicans in voting for Gorsuch.

The personal info of 100k taxpayers may be compromised says IRS chief
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, and revealed that somewhere around 100,000 taxpayers may have had their personal information stolen due to an online security breach at the IRS. According to Koskinen, identity thieves took advantage of a bug in one of its web-based data tools that allowed it to file false tax returns that could have potentially cost the federal government millions had it not been caught.

Stockholm Truck Attack Kills 4; Terrorism Is Suspected
A man drove a stolen beer truck into a crowd of people in a popular shopping district in Stockholm on Friday afternoon and then rammed it into a department store, killing four people and injuring 15 others in an attack that unleashed bloodshed and panic on the streets of another European capital.

Trump’s North Korea Options: Place Nukes In South Korea Or Kill Kim Jong-Un
The National Security Council has presented the suddenly ragingly bellicose President Trump with several options to respond to North Korea’s nuclear program: put American nukes in South Korea or kill dictator Kim Jong-un.

Google to display fact-checking labels to show if news is true or false
Google is to start displaying fact-checking labels in its search results to highlight news and information that has been vetted and show whether it is considered to be true or false, as part of its efforts to help combat the spread of misinformation and fake news.

Russian Warship Steaming Toward U.S Destroyers Off Syria Coast
The Russian frigate, Admiral Grigorovich RFS-494, crossed through the Bosphorus Strait “a few hours ago” from the Black Sea, according to a U.S. defense official. he Russian warship is now in the eastern Mediterranean steaming in the direction of the U.S. warships.

ISIS used US missile strike to launch new offensive near Palmyra
Taking advantage of the US missile strike on a Syrian airbase, Islamic State forces launched a major offensive to gain control of strategic oil areas near Palmyra, but failed, a local governor told RT.

Syrian Strike Has Trump On The Side Of His Political Foes
The Trump administration conducted airstrikes in Syria Thursday in response to a recent chemical attack which left dozens of civilians dead. This has President Trump on the side of political rivals, as supporters urged him not to engage with the Assad regime.

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi Trump’s Missile Strike On Syria
Senate and House minority leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have moved away from their Democratic colleagues by endorsing President Donald Trump’s missile strike on Syria.

Chemical Weapons 2017: What Just Happened In Syria?
Yet again, on cue, the Western corporate press is on fire with stories of “Assad’s brutality,” and “chemical weapons” attacks against civilians. Obviously, the United States, NATO, and their media mouthpieces are united in condemnation of the Assad government and the Syrian military despite there being no evidence that it committed the attacks. Indeed, the Western powers may blame Assad all they want but all the available credible evidence suggests that the deployment of chemical weapons this time around, like all the others before it, was the work of terrorists and their supporters.

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