A border standoff between Chinese and Indian troops on a remote Himalayan plateau has heightened long-standing tensions while ensnaring a tiny kingdom, Bhutan, between the two nuclear-armed powers.
The row has festered for more than a month as India and China refuse to back down in the distant but strategically key territory, reflecting the historic mistrust between the Asian giants.
The area is disputed between China and Bhutan but India's decision to jump into the fray reflects its concerns about Beijing's growing military might and ambitions in the region, analysts say.
The border trouble began in mid-June when Chinese soldiers started to extend a road through the Doklam territory -- known as "Donglang" in Chinese.
India, a close ally of Bhutan, then deployed troops to stop the construction project, prompting Beijing to accuse India of trespassing on Chinese soil.
China, which warned this week that it would step up its deployment, insists that India must withdraw its troops before any proper negotiation takes place. India says said both sides should withdraw their forces.
"The solution to this issue is simple, which is that the Indian troops back out honestly," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said this week.
While the deadlock may be broached during Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval's visit to Beijing on Thursday, there are no signs that either side is ready to back down.
"It's easier to shake a mountain than to shake the People's Liberation Army (PLA)," Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian boasted at a press conference Monday.
Defend Europe, a project of Génération Identitaire, is undertaking an anti-migration action in the Mediterranean right now. Using a 40 meter former research vessel, Defend Europe plan to collect evidence against the activities of NGO’s and where possible, to return migrants to their port of departure. Using a combination of their own funds, and crowdfunding through wesearchr.com, Defend Europe has obtained the use of a 422 tonne ship, the “C-star” (formally “Suunta”). They have fitted it with radar, sailed it from Africa to Sicily, and are the verge of launching their first major NGO reconnaissance / Search and Rescue mission.
Defend Europa has previously written about NGO’s working with people smugglers to collect migrants from closer and closer to the African coast. Rather than returning them to the nearest safe port, as specified in international law, the NGO’s have been shipping the migrants hundreds of kilometers to Sicily and Greece, while coaching them on asylum seeker claims. Once in Europe, asylum seekers are rarely if ever deported, even when their claims are rejected.
Defend Europe / Génération Identitaire are aware of the NGO’s activities, and plan to show them to the world. They believe that collaboration between NFO’s and people smuggling gangs is illegal, causes deaths at sea, and contributes to the migrant crisis in Europe. Defend Europe believe that the Australian policy of stopping and or turning back every boat is the best policy for Europe. Australia commenced this policy in 2013 and virtually eliminated people smuggling immediately.
Generation Identitaire are an organization of young, social media savvy identitarians mainly from central Europe. They have taken as the symbol of their movement “The Lambda, painted on proud Spartans shields”, which generally appears in yellow on black, or black on yellow.
Buried in the Himalayas in the Siliguri Corridor, also known as the Chicken's neck, Chinese and Indian military forces sit on the respective sides of their vague borders and entrench themselves for what could become a shooting war between nuclear powers.
Both Beijing and New Delhi see the conflict as a shoving match for dominance in the Himalayas, an age-old struggle between the two states that most recently went hot in 1962, before either state had perfected nuclear bombs.
But now a Chinese construction project aiming to build a road that can support 40 ton vehicle traffic threatens a critical passage in India and risks alienating New Delhi from its ally, Bhutan.
As China asserts sovereignty over the disputed border zone with the building project, Indian troops have entrenched themselves, according to a dispatch from the South China Morning Post.
“New bunkers are being built, the ground is being mined to pre-empt Chinese attack, machine-gun nests are being placed at strategic points, and soldiers are performing battle drills at least twice a day,” according to the Post.
( The Chicken's Neck–also known as the Siliguri Corridor—is a narrow strip of land, 24 kilometers (15 mi) in width separating India from its northeast states. The area is marked in red. Note that the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir is divided between India, China, and Pakistan (the colored areas represent the parts which are not under control of India). Wikimedia Commons)
Both India and Bhutan have protested China's ambitious one belt one road program to undertake massive infrastructure projects across Asia, and now China seems intent on testing the two nations' resolve.
“They are trying to show Bhutan who calls the shots in the Himalayas. So we have to ensure we are capable of defending Bhutan’s territorial integrity,” Maj. Gen. Gaganjit Singh, who commanded a division in India’s Northeast before retiring as the deputy chief of the Defence Intelligence Agency, told the Post. “We have to prove we can defend Bhutan and we are determined not to lose the current terrain and tactical advantage we have in Chumbi Valley.”
At 9,800 feet in elevation, the Indian troops sit and watch the Chinese below as they push forward with their road.
“It’s important for us to stop the Chinese here because if we fail, they will roll on to the Chicken’s Neck and can cut off our northeast,” said Singh.
Meanwhile, China, the numerically superior army, declared it would protect its border "at all costs," and that the Indians should have "no illusions" about their resolve.
But while China sees this step as vital for asserting dominance and achieving a major construction initiative, and India sees it as a vital threat to its national integrity, neither side wants serious fighting to start.
“A hot war between India and China could squander all the gains from their extensive economic diplomacy, and that would work against each country’s interests in a big way,” Michael Kugelman, the Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Asia Program, told The Cipher Brief of the conflict.
Sheikh Muhammad Nimr Zaghmout, the head of the Palestinian Islamic Council in Lebanon, declared Jihad for the “liberation” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque during a July 16 interview on Mayadeen TV. Sheikh Zaghmout said that Jihad has become “an individual duty” incumbent upon every Muslim man and woman.
An African migrant from Senegal wielding a knife is arrested by the police in Pisa, Italy after sitting down at a restaurant table demanding food be given to him for free and then harassing all of the customers at adjoining tables.
Eventually the Italian police swooped in and apprehended the would be terrorist.
An Egyptian army hero intercepted a car bomb with his tank saving lives of dozens in Sinai. Four terrorists sat in the vehicle which carried 100kg of explosives. Three of them planned to step out and shoot troops while driver would attack the checkpoint Location: Sohag, Egypt
This week a lot of people died in Israel. How did it all happen? What critical facts did the media leave out? And why do some headlines make it look like there's no moral difference between the victims and the attackers who killed them? We break down the events, the facts and the media failures.
A knife-wielding man shouting "Allahu Akbar" has attacked police on the Spanish-Moroccan border, injuring an officer, according to Spanish authorities. The attacker was immediately arrested by Spanish law enforcement.
The incident took place at a border post between the Moroccan town of Beni Enzar and the Spanish-controlled city of Melilla on Tuesday, local media reported.
"A man entered the border post and once inside, pulled out a large knife and confronted [police] shouting 'Allahu Akbar' [God is Great], slightly injuring a policeman," Irene Flores, a spokeswoman for the Spanish government's representative office in Melilla, told AFP.
A spokesman for Spanish police also confirmed the incident to the news agency.
Law enforcement have opened an investigation into the case. The nationality of the attacker has not yet been determined, according to local media.
A group of Shiites from Afghanistan came in contact with some Sunnis from Syria and all hell broke loose on the streets of Bugibba, Malta.
Chairs, metal bars, and anything else that can be picked up quickly was used to attack one another as tourists watched in horror.
Over the past few days, the whole political elite of the country behind closed doors have been discussed a bill that should start a new page in the history of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in the Donbas.
In the near future, parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions that are not controlled by Kyiv may be declared occupied territories. But those who search for the names of the occupying country are just wasting their time. Ukrainian authorities have moved to the stage of "hybrid" responses to "hybrid" challenges, which should be understood also as occupation without an invader.
In addition, the new concept of response to aggression involves the possibility of not weakening but increasing the involvement of the Armed Forces in the conflict in the East. In fact, the president wants to give the right to declare a martial law without a declaration of martial law.
As tensions continue to flare up at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Muslim jihadists in Turkey are wasting no time in stirring up anti-Israeli sentiments by launching attacks on businesses owned by Jews.
Watch as they systematically target any and every Jewish owned business these jihadists can find operating openly in Turkey.
Riots sparked once again earlier between local Arabs and Israeli security forces at Lions’ Gate in Jerusalem. Hostilities kicked off at the conclusion of Muslim prayers, prompting police to respond with riot dispersal techniques, including the launching of stun grenades. Protest was also held in the Arab town of Taybe in central Israel, when dozens of Arabs tried to block Road 444 with burning tiers. One was arrested by police. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit an open area in southern Israel. This is the second rocket fired at Israel since yesterday. In response IDF tank attacked Hamas position.
A video uploaded by a Chinese citizen in Tibet shows a massive amount of hardware being moved in position on the border with India.
For the past several weeks the Chinese military has been attempting to incite a response from India by provoking them with numerous live fire drills in a region that numerous countries all claim as their own.
China warned on Monday that it will step up its troop deployment in a border dispute with India, vowing to defend its sovereignty at "whatever cost".
The standoff started more than a month ago after Chinese troops started building a road on a remote plateau, which is disputed by China and Bhutan.
Indian troops moved in to the flashpoint zone to halt the work, with China accusing them of violating its territorial sovereignty and calling for their immediate withdrawal.
"The crossing of the mutually recognised national borders on the part of India... is a serious violation of China's territory and runs against the international law," Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a press conference.
"The determination and the willingness and the resolve of China to defend its sovereignty is indomitable, and it will safeguard its sovereignty and security interests at whatever cost," he added.
Chinese "border troops have taken emergency response measures in the area and will further step up deployment and trainings in response to the situation," he said.
The spokesman did not give any details about the deployment.
India and China have both said they have foreign support for their positions on the conflict.
Bhutan has said construction of the road is "a direct violation" of agreements with China. Bhutan and China do not have diplomatic relations.
India, which fought a war with China in 1962 over a separate part of the disputed Himalayan border, supports Bhutan's claim.
But India should "not have any illusions" that its position will prevail, Wu said.
"The history of the PLA (People's Liberation Army) over the past 90 years has proven that our resolve to safeguard (China's) sovereignty and territory... are indomitable," he said.
"It is difficult to shake the PLA, even more difficult than to shake a mountain."
India and China have vied for influence in South Asia, with Beijing ploughing large sums into infrastructure projects in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Bhutan has remained closely allied to India.
China once again demands India withdraw its troops from Chinese territory in the Doklam region. A defense ministry spokesman also says China's determination to defend its territory is "unshakable."
At least five people have been injured, two seriously, after a man attacked people with a chainsaw in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen.
Police said the perpetrator has been identified but remains at large after the attack, which prompted them to seal off the centre of the town on the German border.
A shop owner told Swiss newspaper Blick a man with a chainsaw was walking the streets and police later confirmed the report.
Police said the attack is not being treated as an act of terrorism.
Police official Ravi Landolt identified the suspected perpetrator as Franz Wrousis.
Prosecutor Peter Sticher said the man had no fixed address but previously had been registered himself as living in the southeastern Swiss canton (state) of Graubuenden.
Mr Landolt said Wrousis has two previous convictions, dating back to 2014 and 2016, for contraventions of weapons laws.
The video was released as Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled army declared victory in the eastern city of Benghazi. A full video shows all 18 men drop to the floor after they are shot in the head by men in military fatigues and wearing balaclavas.
India should get ready for an “all-out confrontation” along the entire stretch of the disputed boundary with China, the country’s state media said on Tuesday, threatening to open up new fronts of conflict on the 3,488 km non-demarcated border between the two countries.
China isn’t afraid to go to “war” with India and will be ready for a long-term confrontation, the Global Times comment piece said.
The threat of new geographical points of conflict being opened up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) comes amid the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently carrying out live-fire drills in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) close to Arunachal Pradesh, claimed by China as part of south Tibet.
The continuing hostile posturing by China’s state-controlled media is a crucial aspect of Beijing’s overall aggressive stand taken on the ongoing military impasse at Donglang across the Sikkim border.
“China can take further countermeasures along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). If India stirs up conflicts in several spots, it must face the consequence of an all-out confrontation with China along the entire LAC,” the nationalistic tabloid, Global Times, said in a comment piece on Tuesday. “China doesn’t advocate and tries hard to avoid a military clash with India, but China doesn’t fear going to war to safeguard sovereignty either, and will make itself ready for a long-term confrontation,” it added.
Affiliated to the Communist Party of China (CPC) mouthpiece, People’s Daily, the Global Times has been on the forefront of Chinese media’s editorial attack on India. Its battle-plan is short and simple – obfuscate New Delhi’s points of view on the current impasse and peddle China’s deliberately one-sided view of the situation.
On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on the sidelines of the Hamburg G-20. It is unclear if they discussed the most-recent border standoff between their two countries, in the Himalayas in Doklam.
The confrontation began June 16, when Indian troops stopped the Chinese from building a road in the disputed area.
Earlier, Chinese construction trucks, guarded by soldiers, had entered Doklam near the strategic “tri-junction,” where Bhutan, China, and India meet. The area is just north of the “chicken’s neck,” a narrow corridor of Indian territory connecting the main portion of the country to its northeast.
India and Bhutan maintain the disputed area belongs to Bhutan while China claims it as its own.
The family had gathered for a Friday night Shabbat dinner to celebrate the birth that morning of a grandchild.
The Shabbat table was covered with a bright white tablecloth, laden with snacks, bottles of cola and an unopened bottle of whiskey.
They were waiting for other guests to arrive, the door of their home at the settlement of Halamish apparently open.
Instead, a 19-year old Palestinian, Omar al-Abed, from a nearby village, burst in armed with a large knife and began stabbing the members of the family. There were apparently 10 people in the house when he entered.
He killed the grandfather of the family, Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon, 46, and son Elad Salomon, 36.
His wife Tova, 68, was seriously wounded and taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where she underwent surgery on Saturday morning. When she came out, she was given the bitter news — her husband and two of their children were dead.
The couple are survived by three other children; it was the youngest who wife had given birth to the new grandchild that morning.
As Abed continued to stab the victims, the slain son’s wife managed to rush several small children to a nearby room and lock the door. She called the police and screamed for help.
A neighbor, who serves in an elite IDF unit, heard the cries and rushed over, shooting the terrorist through the window of the house.
Campaigners stopped traffic in the heart of London’s shopping district to protest against British support for Israel.
About 150 people formed a human barrier at Oxford Circus at 3pm on Saturday and prevented buses and shoppers from using the road for a short period of time. Members of the London Palestine Action group set off red and green smoke bombs and held up banners reading “Solidarity for Palestinian resistance”.
Transport for London said about 10 buses were briefly diverted by a group of people who blocked the road.
Shoppers spoke of “chaos” on social media. Jennifer Docherty tweeted: “Escaped Oxford Circus after buying fabric 4 MW grad dress. Huge #Palestinian #protest w/smoke #chaos. Police were running=never a good sign”
Here's a video of Israel launching water cannons at a group of Muslims who are trying to Block roadways into the Temple Mount after weeks of clashes due to Palestinian terrorists launching numerous attacks on Israeli citizens around both Christianity, Jewish and Islam's holiest site.
With El Chapo locked up in jail now, more deaths have been on the rise because of the war on drugs. Just last month in May 2,186 people were murdered more than 30% than last year and the most in 2 decades.
Palestinian activists and Palestinian factions called Wednesday for a day of “Palestinian anger” in support of Jerusalem and al-Aqsa and the rejection of the electronic gates and the strict security measures imposed by the Israeli forces on the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem.
Today’s activities include the dispersion of the Holy City, the continuation of the sit-in outside the gates of al-Aqsa, as well as rallies throughout the occupied Palestinian territories.
Coalition strike with precision guided munition against remnants of ISIS close to the Tigris river. July 2017.
African and Muslim migrants into Italy have become increasingly violent as they continue to demand free handouts by not just the government but also the citizens who own and operate businesses such as street vendors.
Here is a group of African and Muslim migrants launching a brutal assault on a group of street vendors in Catania. The migrants were demanding free food and other freebies from the vendors when things escalated into violence after being denied.
There’s a mysterious hidden Muslim compound called Islamberg that’s nestled deep within the woods of the Catskill mountains in New York. The only way to access the 70-acre compound is through primitive dirt roads, where more than 100 Muslims live in seclusion away from the prying eyes of curious Americans. For over two decades, infidels have been prohibited from entering, as anyone attempting to enter will be “greeted” by armed Muslims patrolling a guard shack at the compound’s entry gate. Without access to the compound, there’s been no way to confirm rumors about the location being used as a training ground for Muslim terrorists. But after an alarming incident involving one of the Islamberg residents, police were finally able to obtain a warrant and raid the place. And what they discovered that these Muslims have been quietly plotting for years is nothing short of chilling.
For over two decades, this cult-like group of Sharia Law-following Muslims have lived quietly under the guidance of Pakistani Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, a radical Muslim with known ties to Jamaat al-Fuqra, a terror organization responsible for a long list of terrorist activities around the world, including murders of rival religious figures in the United States. Locals in the area have often times reported the sounds of gunfire and explosions emanating from the compound, but because the Muslims weren’t necessarily breaking any laws, there was nothing that law enforcement could do except keep a close eye on the place from a distance.
But with a recent arrest of Islamberg resident Ramadan Abdullah who was recently caught trying to steal several cases of ammunition from a local mountain store in the area, authorities finally had their chance to obtain a search warrant for the compound, and what they discovered was nothing short of chilling.
Shortly after arresting Ramadan Abdullah for theft, the Muslim’s answers about why he was stealing ammunition raised suspicion among police, who then decided to obtain a search warrant to investigate their suspicions further. During their raid they discovered a massive stockpile of illegal weapons throughout the Islamberg location, including 8 assault weapons, 4 loaded handguns, 1 loaded shotgun, 2 rifles, 64 high-capacity ammunition feeding devices, and body armor, including thousands of rounds of .50 caliber ammunition capable of piercing body armor. But illegal cache of weapons seized at the compound was unfortunately just the beginning.
After Abdullah’s arrest, authorities began looking closer into his background, discovering that the Muslim is a long-time associate of the U.S.-based Islamist terrorist organization, Muslims of America (MOA), and was the very same Muslim who was arrested back in 1977 after police discovered enough material at his home to build 50 bombs.
Abdullah also participated in the armed robbery of a candy store in Brooklyn back in the 70’s that resulted in the death of a man. But after serving time and having his sentence drastically reduced, Abdullah had pretty much fallen off the radar of authorities, quietly living on the Islamberg compound and training other terrorists on the use of weapons. His arrest has now validated the fears that New York residents held all along that the compound was in fact location being used to actively train terrorists, where FOX News is now coming forward with other possible rumors of there being a tank on the grounds as well, and that the location was once used to hide Osama bin Laden from authorities.
In a bold attack outside a site sacred to Muslims and Jews, three Arab Israelis armed with a pistol and homemade machine guns shot and killed two Israeli police officers early Friday at the entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
The three assailants were then chased into the courtyard of the mosque complex, where they were shot and killed by Israeli security forces, authorities said.
Hours after the early-morning shootout, Israeli forces still blocked access to the mosque area because of security concerns.
The rare closure marked the first time in years that Israeli authorities stopped Muslims of all ages from attending Friday prayers at the holy site.
Israel’s domestic security service, Shin Bet, said the three attackers were Israeli citizens from an Arab town in northern Israel called Umm al-Fahm and that they shared the same last name, suggesting they may have been related.
The two dead Israeli Border Police officers were members of Israel’s small Druze community. Kamil Shnaan, 22, was the son of a former member of parliament. Hael Sathawi, 30, left behind a wife and a 3-week-old son.
Early Tuesday morning, the Trump administration issued new sanctions against well over a dozen Iranian citizens and organizations in retaliation for the county’s recent destabilizing and hostile actions in the region. CBS Evening News was the only network news outlet to report the new sanctions to their views. But in addition, they struck a skeptical tone on the administration’s claims against Iran as White House and Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Brennan sat down to chat with Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif. “Late last night the Trump administration grudgingly confirmed that Iran is complying with the terms of the international nuclear deal,” teased Anchor Anthony Mason at the start of the sympathizing segment. “Hours later it accused Iran of stirring up trouble in other ways in the Middle East and slapped new economic sanctions on 18 Iranian individuals and groups.”
Parroting the Iranian official, in a calm tone, Brennan said: “Javad Zarif, said new sanctions announced today by the Trump administration are poisoning already strained relations between the two countries.” Yet she was frustrated with the U.S. administration when she noted that “at stake is the 2015 deal to freeze Iran's nuclear program that President Trump has repeatedly criticized as rewarding a U.S. enemy.”
“President Trump said it's a bad deal for Americans and that there are flaws in it,” she told Zarif. He responded by claiming that “it isn't. It isn't. Well, no deal is completely acceptable to everybody.” Brennan was dismissive when she reported how “the White House accuses Iran of supporting terrorists in Syria and Iraq, but Zarif disputed that and placed blame on U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia.” Zarif told her that he ‘didn't know why’ the U.S. thought that. There was no push back from Brennan, period, and no mention of THE FACT that even during the Obama administration Iran was found to be the number one state sponsor of terrorism. But according to Brennan, the real cause of strife in U.S./Iranian relations was Trump’s temporary travel ban, which included Iran. “What the United States has done against the Iranian people over the past several months has been really repugnant,” Zarif exclaimed. Again, zero push back from Brennan, only sympathy for him.
“You think it's up to President Trump to show some goodwill,” Brennan asked. Zarif responded by arguing that “it is up to the U.S. government to stop sending all these hostile signals.” A little over 24 hours prior to Brennan’s report, Iran sentenced an American graduate student to 10-years in prison on trumped up espionage charges. Disgustingly, it was merely an afterthought for CBS seeing as it was only brought on the network for the first time at the end of her report. “There are also at least three Americans detained in Iran, which Zarif acknowledged isn't helping,” she punted, seemingly unfazed by U.S. officials calling the accusations against the student "fabricated charges." CBS has a long history of defending the radical Iranian government. In late May when Trump gave a speech in the Middle East denouncing terrorism, the network sided with Iran over the U.S. and acted like Iranian TV. They also refused to report on any hostile actions by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard that put U.S. sailors at risk in the Persian Gulf.
For months, aid organizations warned of deplorable conditions at Moria camp, an outdoor Greek detention center housing some 4,000 migrants and refugees on the island of Lesbos. They slammed an asylum process that caused refugees to languish.
On Monday, a violent confrontation between desperate refugees and migrants left people bloodied and bruised. Rumors of mass deportations to Turkey only added to the panic. Then, a fire engulfed the camp.
When American attorney Ariel Ricker saw the flickering flames Monday evening at Moria, she ran home and picked up her small first aid kit. Soon, thousands of people who had fled conflict and persecution found themselves displaced once again.
“It was unbelievably horrifying,” said Ricker, director of the organization Advocates Abroad, which provides free legal assistance to people seeking asylum. “There was lots of panic and fear and uncertainty.”
During yet another attempt to Block roadways and streets like their cohorts in the terrorist group Black lives matter, African migrants have begun doing the same in a much more violent fashion.
Watch as a large group of African migrants launch an attack on a natural born British citizen who happens to also have African heritage in his blood. These African migrants have no problem attacking people who share the same skin color as long as they themselves were born in Britain.
I know its quick but its still pretty wild footage released today from the battle in the Western Ninevah desert in Mosul, thos round got really close to picking someones head clean off. Good show.