Headlines of interest, late May 2016…

Middle East EyeUS commandos aid Kurdish-led push on Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold

Pictures show US troops manning a grenade launcher in Fatisah, Raqqa. One shows what appears to be a US soldier wearing a badge of the YPG, an element of the SDF that defended Kobane from IS attacks in 2014 and last year.

The fog of war is thick – just last month Islamic State claimed that US forces mistakenly killed Kurdish fighters. Loose lips sink ship? – this was the final post from the IS WordPress site, now deleted, but not before we snagged the headline…

Amaq AgencyDead and wounded fighters in the ranks of Kurdish units after a mistaken U.S. bombardment that concurred with an infiltration operation by Islamic State fighters east of the Faruq dam.

On the ISIS strategy of water control, see Joep Schenk of Universiteit UtrechtISIS’s Water Wars and the Land of Two Rivers

Penny for your thoughtsMosul: it’s Precarious Dam & an Earthquake? CENTCOM/ DOD. Baghdad Protests, AgainSaving Mosul Dam from Afar? Sweden of all places?

Antiwar – Mounting Concerns for Fallujah Residents; 259 Killed in Iraq –  Falluja Operation Begins; 219 Killed in IraqMass Grave Found near Mosul; 219 Killed Across IraqCarnage in Baghdad; 184 Killed in Iraq, including Australian

RTSenior US commander secretly visits Syria to ‘prepare push to Raqqa’

Over 100 killed as blasts hit near Russian military bases in Syria’s Latakia province

21st Century WireSyria: US, NATO Terrorist Suicide Bombers Massacre Civilians in Coastal Towns

Intelligence OnlineUSAID still operating in Syria

Voltairenet (Said Al-Khalaki) – Angela Merkel’s “Grey Zone”: How the Islamic State (ISIS) Acquired German Weapons

Hurriyet Daily NewsNATO to send exploratory mission to Iraq

DEBKAfilePM thanks NATO chief for offer to open liaison office at headquarters

ObserverClose Encounters of the Wrong Kind: Russia and Israeli Planes Near Dogfight

GuardianWest and Russia on course for war, says ex-Nato deputy commander

PravdaCrimea to defend Russia from nuclear strike again

Sputnik‘Projecting Stability’? NATO Vows Even More Anti-Russian Build-Up

France Hesitant to Approve NATO Control of Missile Defense System in Europe

Le MondeCe que l’on sait de l’avion d’EgyptAir disparu entre Paris et Le Caire

NBC NewsEgyptAir Flight MS804: Three Air Marshals Were Aboard Crashed Jet

DEBKAfileEgyptAir flight blown up by ISIS time bomb

Greencrow As the Crow FliesEgypt Air – Shot out of Sky by missile while flying over Naval Exercises in Mediterranean?

TASSRussian Defense Ministry summons US Embassy attache over spotted reconnaissance plane

The Aviationist“U.S. spyplane almost hit two passenger jets over the Sea of Japan” Russia MoD says

Fort Russ (translating Le Matin) – Swiss Airbus avoids a US spy plane; Russia to US: near our borders, leave your transponder ON

(translating POLITRUSSIA) – Azov threatens “regime change” if Kiev fulfills Minsk-2

(translating Политхаос) – “Azov” Capture “Borispol” Airport

(translating Sputnik Italy) – Donbass: the end of the war is near?

(translating News Front) – German soldiers once again in Donbass: Have the lessons of history been forgotten?

RTEast Ukraine rebels oppose presence of armed OSCE police, ‘would consider it intervention’

Poroshenko vows ‘to bring back’ E.Ukraine, Crimea after Putin pardons Ukrainian pilot Savchenko

TASSPoroshenko admits Ukraine can get Donbass back only peacefully

Ukrainian troops shell DPR city, local teenager wounded, says source

Radio Free EuropeSeven Ukrainian Soldiers Reported Killed In Eastern Conflict

Stars and StripesNATO formally invites Montenegro as 29th member

NATO Review“Nordic duo should stay together” — study on NATO membership published in Finland

ReutersSwedish authorities hold crisis talks after suspected telecoms sabotage

ScienceSweden expels Russian research plane amid spying concerns

Intelligence OnlineUnited Kingdom: Emergency measures on Russian analysis

PressTVUK arms company defends weapons sales to Saudi Arabia

Fars News AgencySaudi Warplanes Bombing Yemen’s Sada’a

DEBKAfileSuicide bombers hit army induction center in Yemen; over 45 dead

Middle East MonitorIs Britain’s part in the Saudi campaign in Yemen clouded by a ‘white saviour’ complex?

LaRouchePACRep. Brad Sherman: Saudis Always Follow British Orders

MEMRIArticle In Saudi Daily: U.S. Planned, Carried Out 9/11 Attacks – But Blames Others For Them

NYPostSchumer upends 9/11 Saudi suit bill at 11th hour

NYTimesFearing a Last-Minute Obstacle in a Push to Release 9/11 Findings

Israel’s Army Goes to War With Its Politicians

Middle East EyeThe coup against Israel’s army

Israel set to form ‘most right-wing government in history’

(AFP) – Car bomb, IS clashes kill 32 Libya unity government forces: Military

(The Times) – British special forces fighting in Libya: Report

Moon of AlabamaNo U.S. Troops in Libya? One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others

Maghreb ConfidentialLibya: Embassies hit by wave of panic

VoltairenetThe head of the Congolese opposition had engaged mercenaries to perpetrate a coup d’État

Indian Ocean NewsletterKampala defies the West and turns to Pyongyang

Japan TimesAngry Okinawans rally at Kadena Air Base following ex-marine’s arrest

ReutersAtomic bomb survivors to attend Hiroshima event for Obama visit

SputnikCozying Up to Vietnam: Is Obama’s Arms Embargo Drop a Bid to Isolate China?

NBC NewsChinese Intercept U.S. Military Spy Plane Over South China Sea

XinhuaChina urges U.S. to stop close-in reconnaissance

ThereAreNoSunglasses Malabar-16 Is India Sucking-Up To Obama Without Pissing-Off China Too Much

Mullah Mansour Reportedly Killed Again—This Time By Drone In Balochistan

Was Muhammad Wali “Mullah Mansour”?

The Double-Death of Mullah Mansour and the Recrowning of New Taliban King Haibatullah

MondoweissWhistleblower: US General Sean Swindell bears responsibility for deadly Kunduz hospital attack

Intelligence OnlineKaya, intermediary for the MIT

Al MonitorTurkey’s Islamists, nationalists both silent on Israeli weapons flow to Azerbaijan

An autopsy of the new Turkish government

Erdogan vs. the world

PRIInternational leaders are meeting in Istanbul for the first World Humanitarian Summit – the perfect soundtrack: 2/5bz ’ ISISTANBUL ’ live @ transmediale 6.2.2016

DWEurope breathes ‘sigh of relief’ after Austria’s presidential election

Democracy NowThis Confirms It was a Coup: Brazil Crisis Deepens as Evidence Mounts of Plot to Oust Dilma Rousseff

YnetIsraeli made president Brazil’s Central Bank

The Hacker News Ecuador Bank Hacked — $12 Million Stolen in 3rd Attack on SWIFT System

IBTimesUS Spy Plane Boeing 707 E-3 Sentry Violated Venezuelan Airspace Twice In May, Maduro Says

BloombergVenezuela Readies Biggest Military Exercise in Its History

teleSURCapriles Tells Venezuela Military to Revolt, Invokes Protest Violence If Opposition Demands Not Met

Venezuelan Police Arrest Right-Wing Leader’s Head of Security

One Dead in Chile Protests as Bachelet Delivers Annual Address

IntelNewsChile will ask US to extradite three men wanted in killing of UN diplomat

International ManObama’s Cuban Ambitions as Seen by Cubans Themselves

ReutersU.S. targets spying threat on campus with proposed research clampdown

ElectrospacesGerman journalists about working with the Snowden documents

GuardianHow the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers

Washington’s Blog (interview with Thomas Drake) – Senior NSA Executive: We’re In a Police State

Stanford NewsStanford computer scientists show telephone metadata can reveal surprisingly sensitive personal information – Jonathan Mayer et al in PNAS: Evaluating the privacy properties of telephone metadata

FuturismArtificial Intelligence Isn’t Just About Intelligence, but Manipulating Humanity

RTThe FBI’s secret biometrics database they don’t want you to see

Privacy SOSBoston Police Dept. uses controversial social media spy tool made by CIA-linked firm

CounterpunchHillary Clinton vs Bernie Sanders: In-depth Report on Exit Polling and Election Fraud Allegations

Clinton Does Best Where Voting Machines Flunk Hacking Tests: Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders Election Fraud Allegations

Zero HedgeHacker Who Got Inside Hillary Clinton’s Server Said To Cooperate Fully With Ongoing Email Investigation

CryptomeGuccifer Plea Agreement, Statement of Facts

Judicial WatchState Dept. OIG Report on HRC Emails

APOrigin of key Clinton emails from report are a mystery

Sanders campaign requests Kentucky vote recanvass

Sanders: Democratic convention could be ‘messy’

Opperman Report (Spreaker) – Full True Story About NV Democratic Caucus and Convention Delegate THEFT!!!

Washington PostSecret Service agent shoots armed man outside White House

Monster aircraft rattle residents: ‘This is Northern Virginia; it’s not the Green Zone.’

FOX59 (Indianapolis) – Military training wakes Beech Grove residents early Tuesday morning

Zero HedgeShocking Images Of Record Long Lines At US Airports

Prison PlanetExperts: TSA Gridlock Could Be A ‘Manufactured Crisis’

LegitGovMulti-agency disaster drill in Seattle area same day as big power outage hits city

Black Agenda ReportFreddie Gray Case Judge Rules it is Unreasonable to Expect Cops to Obey the Law

Common Sense ShowDHS Using “Compromised Communities” to Train and Launch Martial Law

America Is Being Invaded by an Alien Species Called the Ze’s and the Hir’s

TelegraphElijah Wood: ‘Hollywood in the grip of child abuse scandal similar to Jimmy Savile’

The Daily Sheeple“No Woman Should Be Subjected to It”: Trump’s New Attack Ad Against Bill Clinton Is Just Creepy  – and it is most effective as looped on Instagram

AangirfanTRUMP SEX SCANDALS

AlternetTrump’s Top Campaign Adviser Made Millions From Arms Dealers, Warlords, Dictators and Oligarchs

Yahoo! NewsHow a convicted felon nicknamed ‘Joey No Socks’ covered Donald Trump in stars

WaPoFormer Mafia-linked figure describes association with Trump

AllGov (AP) – Justice Dept. Wants to Keep Media Eyes off Court Records on Former Trump Associate’s Mafia Informant Work

Congressional Research ServiceRICO: A Brief Sketch

Daily Mail100 French police raid Google’s Paris headquarters as part of £1.2 billion tax and money laundering investigation

WiredFacebook and Microsoft Are Laying a Giant Cable Across the Atlantic

Les moutons enragés (Upr.fr) – TAFTA, ne croyez pas les belles promesses de ce gouvernement, François Hollande tente discrètement de promouvoir l’arbitrage privé de celui-ci au sein même de l’UE

Global ResearchGermany Buys Monsanto – and Sells the TTIP to Europe

ForbesBayer Confirms Merger Discussions With Agriculture Giant Monsanto

GuardianMonsanto rejects Bayer’s $62bn takeover bid

Sustainable Pulse European Trade Unions Join Fight against Glyphosate Herbicides

EcoWatchNebraska Farmers Sue Monsanto Alleging Roundup Gave Them Cancer

Natural BlazeMonsanto Threatens Argentina Over Recent Food Inspection Decision

NDTV (AFP) – High Risk Of Zika Virus Spread In Black Sea Area: WHO

NatureUS reviews plan to infect mosquitoes with bacteria to stop disease

Cryptogon‘If you have pigs with partly human brains…’

Daily MailA goat with two heads, eight-legged pigs and a puppy born with a TRUNK: Shock photos of the mutant beasts with bizarre deformities ’caused by GM pesticides’

ENENewsExpert: Billions of pieces Fukushima nuclear fuel have spread pretty much everywhere — “It’s truly frightening… wherever there’s cesium, there’s plutonium” — Atomic bomb had one pound of uranium… Fukushima had hundreds of tons — TV: “Abundant quantities” of plutonium are being found

Geoengineering WatchCovering Up Climate Engineering Contamination, “EPA Caught Buying It’s Independent Science Advisors”

NJ.comFireball that tore through night sky was visible from N.J.

Space NewsNRO planning shift to smaller satellites, new ground system

NRO discloses previously unannounced SpaceX launch contract

Secrecy NewsNational Security Space Launch, and More from CRS

The Daily SheepleIs NASA Covering up a Giant Hole in the Earth at the North Pole?

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