UK Drones Deployed in Syria And Iraq

UK Reaper drones ready to attack Isis in Syria and Iraq - Middle East - World - The Independent  
The RAF has flown 37 missions and conducted 10 successful strikes over Iraq since Parliament authorised action, the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, told MPs yesterday. The unmanned Reaper drones will be based in Kuwait after their move from Kandahar, The Independent understands. They will be controlled via satellite link from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.
The decision to fly over Syrian territory is certain to lead to charges of “mission creep” and opposition in some quarters of Parliament. Several Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs who voted for the Iraq operation indicated that they would object to moving it on to Syria.

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American journalist killed in car crash in Turkey just days after she claimed intelligence services had threatened her over her coverage of siege of Kobane. 

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Shares in Lockheed Martin – maker of the “All for One and One for All” Hellfire missiles – are up 9.3 per cent in the past three months. Raytheon – which has a big Israeli arm – has gone up 3.8 per cent. Northrop Grumman shares swooped up the same 3.8 per cent. And General Dynamics shares have risen 4.3 per cent. Lockheed Martin – which really does steal Alexandre Dumas’ Three Musketeers quotation on its publicity material – makes the rockets carried by the Reaper drones, famous for destroying wedding parties over Afghanistan and Pakistan, and by Iraqi aircraft. MORE

UN Statement On Syria

Asia Times Online :: Britain's phantoms of the past in Palestine by Ramzy Baroud

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Ozymandias By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Many of the later temples of the Egyptian kings (2000-1800 BC) are found on the Western Bank of the Nile at Thebes. The most imposing of all in some respects is the Ramesseum, where the huge granite colossus of Ramses II is found, which Diodorus knew as the statue of Osymandyas. This name is a late corruption of Ramses II's throne-name, User-maat-Rà, pronounced Ûsimare. This is the statue to which Shelley refers in the poem.

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

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ISIS Bomb Kills Iraqi Police Chief

(AGI) Baghdad, Oct 19 - Islamic State (IS) militants killed the chief of police of Salahuddin province in Iraq on Sunday.
According to Aalatjah Television, Hamad Nams died when a car bomb went off near the vehicle in which he was travelling to Tikrit together with other officers. At least 20 people were injured in the blast. On Saturday, 12 people died in bomb attacks in southwest Baghdad.

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Grand Canal Impression By Dave Moore

The Haw Lantern By Seamus Heaney

The wintry haw is burning out of season,
crab of the thorn, a small light for small people,
wanting no more from them but that they keep
the wick of self-respect from dying out,
not having to blind them with illumination.
But sometimes when your breath plumes in the frost
it takes the roaming shape of Diogenes
with his lantern, seeking one just man;
so you end up scrutinized from behind the haw
he holds up at eye-level on its twig,
and you flinch before its bonded pith and stone,
its blood-prick that you wish would test and clear you,
its pecked-at ripeness that scans you, then moves on.

ISIS Tightens Grip Around Baghdad

ISIS Solidifies Control of Anbar Province
Since August, Anbar Province has been the scene of intense back-and-forth fighting with the Islamic State.Related Maps and Multimedia »
Source: Institute for the Study of War

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