Saturday, October 22, 2016


PHOTOS: 50,000 Receive Priestly Blessing at Kotel, Reaffirm Jewish Dedication to Jerusalem  In a powerful display of the glory that once was the Jewish Temple, tens of thousands of Jews gathered at the Western Wall, also known as the Kotel, in Jerusalem on Wednesday to be blessed by hundreds of Kohanim (Jewish men from the priestly caste). 

ISIS' Kirkuk raid spreads. US air force in action  The raid of Iraq's northern oil city of Kirkuk launched by the Islamic State Friday began to spread Saturday, Oct. 22 to surrounding towns. 

Jerusalem March attracts tens of thousands  With Israeli flags waving high, an electric enthusiasm permeates Jerusalem's streets as tens of thousands turn out to march across the capital and demonstrate their friendship; 'We love Israel, and we want to support Israel.' 

US Defense Secretary arrives in Baghdad to assess Mosul offensive  The offensive that started on Monday to capture Mosul is expected to become the biggest battle fought in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003. 

PHOTOS: Reenactment of Ancient Water Libation Ritual Revives Part of Temple Service  On Wednesday, the third intermediate day of the week-long holiday of Sukkot, Kohanim (Jews of the priestly caste) dressed in ceremonial garb and using utensils created especially for use in the Third Temple, led the third annual reenactment of the joyous water libation ceremony that was once part of the Temple service. 

Arab World: Turkish ambition  Ankara is pressing its desire to influence a post-ISIS Mosul and northern Iraq as part of a new policy in the region. 

Evidence unearthed of Jerusalem's protective 'Third Wall' from Second Temple period  "This is a fascinating testimony of the intensive bombardment by the Roman army, led by Titus, on their way to conquering the city and destroying the Second Temple," says IAA. 

Iraqi official says IS executed hundreds of civilians in Mosul  According to unconfirmed claim, fighters rounded up 284 men and boys and shot them as Iraqi troops advanced on jihadist bastion. 

Mosul battle: Hundreds treated over toxic fumes in Iraq  Hundreds of people in Iraq are being treated for the effects of toxic gases after a sulphur plant was set alight in fighting with so-called Islamic State. 

RT in UK: A brief history of establishment hysteria  The NatWest account closure is only the latest entry in the channel's saga in the UK.