The U.S. and Arab strikes on militant targets in Syria overnight were ‘only the beginning’ of a ‘credible and sustainable, persistent’ coalition effort to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS militants and other extremist groups, the American military has said.The airstrikes – which employed U.S. Tomahawk missiles, B1 bombers, F16, F18 and F22 strike fighters and drones – was backed by support from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan and the UAE – a coalition of nations that has agreed to assist with the destruction of ISIS.There was also a separate U.S. attack on a different band of Islamist militants in Syria – the mysterious Al Qaeda-affiliated Khorasan Group, who are said to have been planning an ‘imminent attack’ on a Western target.’I can tell you that last night’s strikes were only the beginning,’ Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters. He said the strikes had been ‘very successful’ and would continue, without going into further detail on future operational plans.
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Union minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi on Sunday said that money earned through the illegal trade of slaughtered ‘milking animals’ goes into terrorism.She added that increasing demand for meat of milking cows in the Middle East was leading to scarcity of healthy milk and the subsequent adulteration of dairy products in India.“Traders milk the cow in front of the slaughterer to prove that they have brought a milking cow,” said Gandhi, while addressing delegates on the third day of ‘India for Animals’ conference here.Maneka clarified that it is not a religious or communal issue as people from all communities were involved in slaughtering cows. “A slaughterer could be a Muslim
but the transporter and the owners of the cows are often Hindus and non-Muslims. So it is not about religion but about trade and greed for money,” she said.Citing a recent study handed over to Uttar Pradesh police, Maneka said that a major chunk of the money earned from illegal trade of animals was being diverted to sponsor terrorist outfits in the country. “Money through trade of slaughtered animals goes into terrorism, therefore goes into killing us, why are we allowing this?”She said that hundreds of pregnant cows were being slaughtered and illegally exported to several parts of the world including Bangladesh, the country which has emerged as a major importer of beef.“Export of all kinds of meat of animals should be banned and the animal welfare activists should launch a countrywide movement for the illegal slaughtering of animals,” she said.
by Patrick Cockburn
With President Erdogan refusing to explain why Isis decided to release 49 of the country’s diplomats, suspicions are growing about Ankara’s murky relationship with the self-styled caliphate.(http://www.falseprophetmuhammad.com/)
Mystery surrounds the surprise release of 49 Turkish diplomats and their families held captive for three months by Isis.
The Turkish government is denying any deal with the hostage-takers, making it unclear why Isis, notorious for its cruelty and ruthlessness, should hand over its Turkish prisoners on Saturday without a quid pro quo.Hailed in Ankara as a triumph for Turkey, the freeing of the diplomats seized when Mosul fell to Isis on 10 June raises fresh questions about the relationship between the Turkish government and Isis. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the release is the result of a covert operation by Turkish intelligence that must remain a secret.Nevertheless, the strange circumstances of both the capture of the 49 Turks and their release shows that Ankara has a different and more intimate relationship with Isis than other countries. Pro-Isis Turkish websites say that the Turks were released on the direct orders of “the caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. They had been moved to Raqqa, the Syrian headquarters of Isis from Mosul, and both men and women were well-dressed and appeared to have suffered little harm from their imprisonment. This is in sharp contrast to the treatment of Alan Henning, the British taxi driver seized when taking aid to Syria, and of the journalists who have been ritually murdered by Isis.
A number of factors do not quite add up: at the time the diplomats and their families were seized in June it was reported that they had asked Ankara if they could leave Mosul, but their request was refused. It was later reported by a pro-government newspaper that the Consul-General in Mosul, Ozturk Yilmaz, had been told by Ankara to leave, but had not done so. Former Turkish diplomats say that disobedience to his government’s instructions by a senior envoy on such a serious matter is inconceivable.
Our modern day food industry has become quite the debacle, with chemicals being sprayed all over our fruits and vegetables, to genetically modifying to processed food. As a result, the world has seen a large resistance to modern day food practices, and the resistance continues to grow, and for good reason.The marches against Monsanto over the past few years are a perfect example of that, where millions of people all across the globe gathered to protest the existence and agricultural practices of the biotech giant.There are also numerous studies available that justify the critical questioning of our food industry, and as many of us know, there are corporations out there that are willing to do anything, including lie, if it means that their product will continue to generate a large profit.One way they do this is through false labeling, where the label doesn’t truly represent the truth about the food itself. Below are six commonly abused food industry terms that are used to mislead and trick consumers.One of the biggest scams out there is the so called “natural” label we commonly see on food products. Truth is, a lot of the food products with this label are FAR from natural. They may still be GMO, and they are probably still covered with pesticides. They may contain growth hormones, antibiotics and may be processed. Does this sound natural to you? Adding the “natural” label to food products increases profitability by lying to consumers.
As a general rule, eating plenty of raw vegetables that are rich in antioxidants and various carotenoids (typically yellow, orange and red pigments) will help protect and improve eyesight. This is mainly accomplished through lutein and zeaxanthin, two specific antioxidants found in large quantities around the lens and retina of the eyes, which have been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Foods that are high in carotenoids:• Carrots
• Sweet potatoes
• Goji berries
1.Carrots: contains Beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that gives these foods their orange hue, helps the retina and other parts of the eye to function smoothly.2.Citrus and berries: These fruits are powerhouses ofvitamin C, which has been shown to reduce the risk of developingmacular degeneration andcataracts.3.Almonds, filled with vitamin E, which slows macular degeneration.
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PARIS — France is back at America’s side in conducting military strikes in Iraq.More than a decade after spurning President George W. Bush’s war against Saddam Hussein, France on Friday became the first country to join U.S. forces pounding targets inside Iraq from the air in recent weeks — this time in pursuit of militants of the Islamic State group.Flying from the United Arab Emirates, two French Rafale jets fired four laser-guided bombs to destroy a weapons and fuel depot outside the northern city of Mosul, part of the territory the militants have overrun in Iraq and neighboring Syria, officials said.An Iraqi military spokesman said dozens of extremist fighters were killed in the strikes. A French military official said a damage assessment had not been completed, while showing reporters aerial images of targets hit. Officials said it was at a former military installation seized by the group.One analyst said the French action was more symbolic than substantive — France’s military means in the region are limited — but it could give political cover for other allies to join in and show that the U.S. is not acting alone in a country still sown with deadly violence 11 years after Saddam’s ouster.”We are facing throat-cutters,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council that was called to show support for Iraq’s government in battling the militants. “They rape, crucify and decapitate. They use cruelty as a means of propaganda. Their aim is to erase borders and to eradicate the rule of law and civil society.”For all his political and economic troubles at home, French President Francois Hollande has again showed he will use force to fight Islamic militants to help a beleaguered government.Other such operations in Iraq would continue in coming days, Hollande said, “with the same goal — to weaken this terrorist organization and come to the aid of the Iraqi authorities.””In no case will there be French troops on the ground: This is only about planes that, in liaison with Iraqi authorities (and) in coordination with our allies, will allow for a weakening of the terrorist organization,” he said.