I’m not an microbiologist or epidemiologist, but as some of my readers are aware, I did work for many years under a few of the most renowned infectious disease experts (microbiologists, immunologists, and epidemiologists) on the planet. As such, I picked up a lot – and what I picked up makes me more alarmed than most Americans at what I am seeing with regard to the procedures and precautions being used to protect Americans from the Ebola virus here and abroad – as well as how it came to be a threat to America in the first place.
A senior Iranian official warned the U.S. that Israel’s security would be at risk should the U.S. and its allies seek to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian confirmed that his country and the U.S. exchanged messages over the fight against the militant Islamic State group.
Iran has backed Assad during Syria’s three-year civil war. The U.S. has called for Assad to resign and rules out cooperating with his government in the fight against the Islamic State group.
Abdollahian’s comments were the first time a senior Iranian official confirmed that Iran and the U.S. had discussed fighting the Islamic State group.
The closure comes on the heels of clashes between police and masked rioters at the Temple Mount Wednesday morning before the start of the weeklong Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Many Jews have the custom of visiting the Temple Mount on holiday eves, ramping up tensions on the contested site
Kurdish fighters halted a thrust by Islamic State jihadists toward the heart of the Syrian border town of Kobani Saturday, after the UN warned thousands of civilians risked massacre if it falls.
The pre-dawn attack came after the IS militants captured the defenders’ headquarters Friday, sparking fears they would cut off the last escape route to neighboring Turkey.
Meanwhile, US officials warned that while attention is focused on Kobani, the jihadists have been piling on pressure in Iraq.
US military planes dropped ammunition, food and water Friday and Saturday to Iraqi troops under pressure from IS in north Iraq, the US Central Command said.