- Posted August 17, 2012 by
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The Mideast Watch - August 17th
A powder keg waiting to explode is the way many perceive the Mideast. The events in the region could set off in many people's estimates a cascade that could emesh the US of A in more military action.
Syria: All eyes continue to look warily at this civil war-torn nation. The Detroit News reports that Syrian warplanes have been kiling residents and bombing besieged cities held by rebels. The UN has claimed over 100 deaths from the fighter jet strikes with more than half being children.
Meanwhile, Voice of America is reporting that clashes and demonstations continue throughout the nation. Residents are in fear, tense as preparations are made for a 3-day feast to mark the end of Ramadan, a Muslim holy season.
Iran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is said to have declared there is no place for a nation of Israel in the new Mideast, according to Yahoo News.
In a speech to worshipers at Tehran University broadcast live, Ahmadinejad said, "You want a new Middle East? We do too, but in the new Middle East ... there will be no trace of the American presence and the Zionists."
As to reports that Israel may be ready to strike and end Iran's pursuit of nuclear power, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, "In our calculations, we aren't taking these claims very seriously because we see them as hollow and baseless."
Iraq: Over 90 people as reported to have been killed in attacks in Iraq on Thursday, reports The Detroit News. Violence continues to escalate in the nation. Thursday was the 2nd deadliest since the US pulled out its troops.
From the Cornfield, the US of A presidential election may very well be decided on what happens in The Mideast.