NEWS SUMMARY-INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUNDAY 1/26/2020
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NBA BASKETBALL STAR KOBE BRYANT AND EIGHT OTHERS DEAD IN A HELICOPTER CRASH BUT FIRST.......
SECURITY SOURCES IN IRAQ SAY FIVE ROCKETS HIT IN BAGHDAD'S GREEN ZONE SUNDAY EVENING WITH AT LEAST ONE DIRECT HIT ON THE US EMBASSY.
THE EMBASSY'S CAFETERIA WAS HIT IN THE ATTACK.
REPORTING ON INJURIES VARIES WITH SOME SAYING ONE WAS INJURED AND OTHERS THREE INJURED....BBC REPORT ON EMBASSY ATTACK....THE BBC QUOTING A 'SECURITY SOURCE' THAT 'AT LEAST THREE WERE INJURED' IN THE ATTACK.
ONE SOURCE HAD SAID THERE WERE THREE DIRECT HITS ON THE US EMBASSY BUILDING.....LINK TO RAW STORY...BUT THE BBC REPORT POINTS TO ONE DIRECT HIT AND TWO OTHER ROCKETS LANDING CLOSE BY THE EMBASSY.
A STATEMENT FROM THE US STATE DEPARTMENT FOLLOWING THE ATTACK SAID IN PART:
"We call on the Government of Iraq to fulfill its obligations to protect our diplomatic facilities"-TASS NEWS STORY
THE STORY INCLUDING VIDEO FROM RT (RUSSIA TODAY)....LINK
While Israel's major political party leaders (Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud and Benny Gantz of Blue and White) headed to Washington to hear about the "Deal of the Century" peace plan involving Israel and the Palestinians, a prominent Palestinian leader balked at the plan.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, General Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organization, says the deal will turn Israel's occupation of territory claimed by Palestinians from a temporary one into a permanent one.
He said that the Palestinian Authority reserves the right to withdrawal from the Oslo Accords with Israel if President Trump rolls out the 'deal'. Erekat says the plan serves US interests.
Erekat spoke with the AFP News Agency.......LINK
On the other side is Israel's Defense Minister Naftali Bennett of the Yamina Party who says he will support Trump's plan if it includes annexation of Judea and Samaria by Israel.
Bennett also opposes any Palestinian State. More from "Israel National News".....LINK
The nation of Jordan is said to figure prominently in the "Deal of the Century" plan and its leader King Abdullah flat out rejecting the plan. Adbullah said he "will not agree to proposals that come at our expense". Stories about the plan suggest that Jordanian land will be ceded to the Palestinians.......ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS REPORT ON KING ABDULLAH
Israelis will now be permitted to travel to Saudi Arabia. The Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri signing an order today.
Two reasons will be allowed for travel.
One for religious purposes like the "Hajj" pilgrimage Muslims make to Mecca and the other for business meetings.
All travel conditional on application to Israeli authorities for permits and the willingness of the Saudis to receive the Israeli visitors.
More from "Israel National News"......LINK
In Saudi Arabia Shia Muslim opponents of the Saudi government were given a funeral ceremony Friday with thousands attending.
Two of them killed by Saudi police forces and five others receiving death sentences.
Shia Muslim Iran describes the Saudis as 'pro-democracy' campaigners and dissidents.
Saudi Arabia is dominated by Sunni Islam often called Wahabbism which has led to militant-terrorist movements being formed by some of its adherents.
Opposing it theologically and in other ways is Shia Islam with Iran being a leading proponent of Shia Islam under its own brand of theocracy.
The story of the funeral in Eastern Saudi Arabia as published by Iran's "Press TV"....LINK
THE DOMINANT STORY IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA TODAY THE DEATH OF BASKETBALL LEGEND KOBE BRYANT, HIS DAUGHTER GIANNA, AND SEVEN OTHERS IN A HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA.
THE CRASH OCCURRED AT AROUND 945 AM LOCAL TIME, 1245 PM EASTERN US TIME.
THE LATEST ON THE TRAGEDY FROM ABC 7 IN LOS ANGELES......LINK INCLUDING EMBEDDED VIDEO
In the African nation of Mali a terrorist attack on a military camp today The attackers rode on motorbikes.
20 police and paramilitary police killed by the terrorists. Both Al-Qaeda and Islamic State are active in the country.
AN AMERICAN SOLDIER DIED IN SYRIA FRIDAY IN A "ROLLOVER" ACCIDENT. THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCING THE DEATH OF ARMY SPECIALIST ANTONIO I. MOORE FROM WILIMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA.
The Syrian military offensive launching an offensive this weekend directly to the west of Aleppo.
Jihadist opposition forces launching repeated attacks on the city from there causing killing dozens and wounding hundreds in recent weeks.
More on this including embedded video from "Southfront"......LINK
THE ATTEMPT TO RESOLVE THE CONFLICT IN LIBYA FALLING APART WITH REPORTS THAT ADDITIONAL MILITARY SUPPORT INCLUDING WEAPONS AND ADVISERS IS POURING IN TO BOTH SIDES.
THE GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL ACCORD CONTROLLED AIRPORT IN TRIPOLI ATTACKED TODAY BY THE OPPOSITION LIBYAN NATIONAL ARMY. THE ATTACK CONDEMNED BY THE UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN THE COUNTRY.
THE LATEST MONDAY MORNING FIGURES FROM CHINA ARE OUT ON THE CORONAVIRUS.
80 REPORTED DEAD WITH OVER 2,700 CONFIRMED CASES.
HERE IN THE US FIVE CONFIRMED CASES IN FOUR STATES. THEY ARE ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS AND WASHINGTON.
IN THE IMPEACHMENT DRAMA, THE NEW YORK TIMES IS OUT WITH A REPORT ON THE TRANSCRIPT OF A BOOK BY FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER JOHN BOLTON.
THE TIMES SAYING THAT THE TRANSCRIPT READS AS JOHN BOLTON CLAIMING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP LINKED MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE TO AN INVESTIGATION OF CORRUPTION IN CONNECTION WITH THE THREE MILLION DOLLARS PLUS GIVEN TO FORMER VICE-PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN'S SON HUNTER BY A UKRAINIAN OIL COMPANY.
STRONG REACTION FROM DEMOCRAT SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER ALLEGING 'COVER UP' AND SAYING 'BOLTON HAS THE EVIDENCE' AMONG OTHER THINGS.
AND PRESIDENT TRUMP DENYING WHAT THE NEW YORK TIMES IS REPORTING AT 1218 AM EASTERN TIME VIA TWITTER MONDAY MORNING IN PART TWEETING:
"I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens....."
MORE FROM "NEWSWEEK"......LINK
In Peru today elections to the 130 member Congress called after the country's president dissolved the old one saying it was failing to deal with corruption in the country, where four former presidents are now accused of corruption.
The limited results tonight and a flash poll point to no party getting a clear victory meaning a coalition will be needed to support President Martin Vizcarra's policies. Full results are still awaited and its not clear when they will emerge.
An Oxford University professor being given protection. Selina Todd seeking the protection saying that transgender activists are threatening her.
Todd made comments saying that women should have "safe space" from those who identify as women but are anatomically male.
The BBC has its spin of the story.,,,,,LINK
An Israeli woman convicted and jailed on drug charges in Russia is asking President Vladimir Putin for a pardon.
Last week Naama Issachar's parents met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during Putin's visit to Israel for the World Holocaust Forum.
Russia's pardon commission meeting Monday to consider her request.
More from Russia's "Tass" news agency........LINK
TODAY WE REMIND ALL THAT THIS IS THE FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF OREGON STANDOFF PROTESTER LAVOY FINICUM IN AN FBI LED OPERATION ALONG US ROUTE 395 IN HARNEY COUNTY, OREGON. ALSO INJURED THAT DAY WAS PROTESTER RYAN BUNDY.
HIS WIDOW SHARED AN ALBUM OF MEMORIES ON FACEBOOK TODAY.....LINK
And that's a picture of the way it really is Sunday January 26th, 2020.