Iran warns U.S., Israel of revenge after parade attackThe Saigon Times Daily A general view shows an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, Iran, in this September 22, 2018 photo by ISNA. The photo is watermarked from source – PHOTO: REUTERS LONDON (REUTERS) - The deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned U.S. and Israeli leaders yesterday to expect a "devastating" response from Tehran, accusing them of involvement in an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz. "You have seen our revenge before... You will see that our response will be crushing and devastating and you will regret what you have done," Hossein Salami said in a speech before the funeral of the victims broadcast live on the state television. Thousands of people packed the streets of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz to mourn the victims of Saturday's assault that killed 25 people, including 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards. Many chanted "death to Israel and America". The … [Read more...] about Iran warns U.S., Israel of revenge after parade attack
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Obama said it's possible Russia will try to sway U.S. elections. When WikiLeaks dumped tens of thousands of often embarrassing internal Democratic Party emails, it didn't take long for the finger to be pointed at Moscow. In many ways, that should hardly be surprising. The distinctly idiosyncratic dynamic between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin has long been a topic of fascination for pundits. Some of the Republican presidential candidate's approaches and statements - particularly questioning the U.S. commitment to NATO - are almost certainly appealing to Moscow. The Russian intelligence services have a largely deserved reputation for excellence when it comes to cyber-spying, not to mention dirty political tricks. And, perhaps most importantly of all, a growing number of Western officials and security experts are increasingly convinced that Russia is doing everything it can to politically destabilize the West. Getting through the smoke and mirrors to work out to what extent that is … [Read more...] about Is Vladimir Putin deliberately destabilizing U.S. politics?
A British inquiry into the Iraq War found that an aggressive purge of members of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath party led by the late, American-backed politician Ahmed Chalabi "had a significant and lasting negative impact on Iraq" that laid the groundwork for the deadly sectarian conflict ravaging the country today. The British investigation, led by Sir John Chilcot, found that UK and American officials sought, but largely failed, to limit post-war purges led by Chalabi and other Iraqi Shi'ite politicians that destabilized the country's ethnic and religious balance. Chilcot, who reviewed UK government records and interviewed top British officials involved in Iraq policy, reported that while U.S. and British officials assumed before the war that some kind of purge of pro-Saddam Ba'athists would have to take place, "no clear plan" for doing so was agreed before Iraq was invaded in 2003. Disagreements among U.S., British and Iraqi officials about how extensive the purge should be started almost … [Read more...] about Inquiry finds UK, U.S. failed to curb destabilizing purge of Iraqi Ba’athists
ORLANDO, Fla., June 12 - A man armed with an assault rifle killed 50 people during a gay pride celebration at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early on Sunday in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, a rampage President Barack Obama denounced as an act of terror and hate. ORLANDO, Fla., June 12 - A man armed with an assault rifle killed 50 people during a gay pride celebration at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early on Sunday in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, a rampage President Barack Obama denounced as an act of terror and hate. Police killed the gunman, who was identified as Omar Mateen, 29, a New York-born Florida resident and U.S. citizen who was the son of immigrants from Afghanistan and had twice been questioned by FBI agents in recent years. Law enforcement officials were probing evidence suggesting the attack may have been inspired by Islamic State militants, although they said there was no proof that Mateen had worked directly with the group. "It … [Read more...] about Gunman massacres 50 at Florida gay club in worst U.S. mass shooting
Small northern town enters U.S. top ten James Phan By James Phan in HCMC Mai Chau, a small town in the northern province of Hoa Binh, was named by the respected U.S. Business Insider as among the ‘10 Awesome Cultural Tours That Will Make You Feel Like a Local’. The U.S. magazine described Mai Chau as a wonderful destination if visitors are interested in a deeper experience of Vietnam with a warm and welcoming population and unspoiled natural beauty. Just three hours outside of the capital Hanoi , Mai Chau is a mountainous region dotted with traditional stilt houses. Two ethnic minority groups – the White Thai and Black Thai – make up the majority of the population there, Business Insider reported. The publication suggested the best way to immerse yourself in the region is through a homestay with local families. It informed that visitors can spend two days cycling across mountain trails and through rice fields, visit local villages, and watch a cultural … [Read more...] about Small northern town enters U.S. top ten