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  • ISIS has shocked America back to its senses

    08/29/2014 8:58:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 29, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Americans are deeply apprehensive about President Barack Obama’s strategy, or his admitted lack thereof, for tackling the threat posed to Western interests by the Islamic State militants. Just one year ago, the president was marshalling support among Americans and around the world for strikes in Syria with the aim of punishing Bashar al-Assad for gross crimes against humanity. He found that the public was deeply skeptical of his proposed military solution in Syria. Today, however, the opposite is true, and the public thinks the U.S. is not doing enough to protect its interests around the world through military force....
  • Secret airstrikes in Libya

    08/28/2014 11:28:46 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    Sun News ^ | 8-26-2014 | Ezra Levant
    August 26, 2014 21:25 Egypt and the United Arab Emirates reportedly attack Libya while leaving US in the dark. Why is the Obama administration so out of the loop?
  • On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress’ role

    08/28/2014 2:19:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 3:02 AM EDT | Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? […] This time around, the White House is suggesting it may not be necessary to get a sign-off from Congress. …
  • US Surprised by Egypt, UAE Airstrikes on Libyan Militants

    08/26/2014 9:26:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 08/27/2014
    Senior U.S. officials said Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have launched airstrikes against Islamic militants in the Libyan capital twice in the past week. U.S. officials told reporters that the move caught the United States by surprise, potentially dealing a blow to relations between Washington, Cairo and the Emirates. U.S. officials said Egypt provided the base for the launch of the airstrikes, and the U.A.E. provided the aircraft and pilots. Egypt has not publicly acknowledged any role in the air strikes. The UAE had no immediate comment. The first strike took place in Tripoli a week ago and targeted...
  • Syria warns against U.S. strikes on Islamic State on its soil

    08/26/2014 7:19:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/27/2014 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT — Syria warned the Obama administration Monday not to extend its air war against the Islamic State into Syria, as the militants celebrated another key victory over government forces in the north of the country. The warning came a day after the group overran a major air base in north-central Syria, putting the Islamic State in full control of Raqqah province, where American photojournalist James Foley was held for much of his captivity and where his beheading last week is thought to have occurred. Raqqah also was the site of a failed rescue attempt this summer in which Delta...
  • Can't Bomb Them into Submission?

    08/25/2014 12:12:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/25/2014 | Russ Vaughn
    Says who? In 1965-66 I huddled at night inside my dug-in defensive perimeter and watched the flickering lightning of the explosions of Operation Arc Light, an aggressive use of American heavy bombing capabilities against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese enemies we faced. The sky-lighting flashes accompanied seconds later by muted rumbles gave only the barest hint of the unbelievable violence being unleashed upon our enemy a few kilometers distant. Days later, our ground patrolling into the bombed areas gave us an awed appreciation of the power of America’s Air Forces. The former jungle terrain was a scorched and scarred...
  • Obama to go it alone vs. ISIL in Syria; won’t seek congressional approval

    08/25/2014 1:46:45 PM PDT · by sunmars · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Monday that President Obama won’t necessarily seek congressional approval if he decides to order airstrikes in Syria against militants of the Islamic State. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Mr. Obama, who is meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Monday afternoon, “has not made a decision to pursue any military action in Syria.” But he said the president doesn’t see the need to seek congressional approval as he did a year ago, when he was considering an attack on the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for its use of chemical weapons. “That was a...
  • Obama Authorizes Use of Surveillance Drones Over Syria

    08/25/2014 5:53:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | Monday, August 25, 2014
    President Obama has authorized the use of drones for surveillance in Syria even as the Assad regime demanded that the U.S. seek permission before launching any airstrikes on its territory against Islamic State targets. A senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Obama this weekend authorized the use of drone surveillance over Syria for the first time. The action is considered the first “intrusive” surveillance by the U.S. in Syria since the country’s civil war began. This differs from protective surveillance, such as the U.S. used in the failed mission to rescue American hostages held in Syria. The authorization...
  • Syria Welcomes U.S. Strikes Against ISIS There, With Conditions

    08/25/2014 8:14:10 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Syria's foreign minister said on Monday his country welcomed any potential military strikes by by the U.S. in Syria targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's terrorist bases, but warned that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad should be warned first. The Assad regime is mired in a three-year-old civil war, and has been losing ground to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants. "Syria is ready to cooperate and coordinate with regional and international efforts to combat terror in accordance with U.N. resolutions and respect of Syrian sovereignty," Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told a press conference...
  • US 'set to launch air strikes' on senior Isis terror chiefs in Syria

    08/23/2014 1:43:45 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    The Guardian/Observer ^ | Saturday 23 August 2014 21.00 BST | Toby Helm and Martin Chulov
    The United States was said to be considering air strikes aimed at eliminating individual leaders of Islamic State as Turkey came under mounting pressure to stem the flow of jihadists across its border into Syria. As Washington debated extending air strikes into Syria on Saturday, senior British politicians urged Ankara to act to block recruits from the UK and other countries from entering Syria via Turkey, en route to joining Islamic State (formerly Isis). This weekend large numbers of Isis jihadists were trying to secure greater control of the border area, pushing northwards in armoured trucks looted from abandoned Iraqi...
  • In Iraq, U.S. is spending millions to blow up captured American war machines

    08/20/2014 4:36:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 August 2014 | Jason Fields
    In the United States, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), AR-15s and camouflage body armor all made an appearance on the streets of a suburb in the heartland, helping to give a tense situation the push needed to turn into a week of riots. American citizens in Ferguson, Missouri, feeling they were being occupied by a foreign army, rather than their friendly neighborhood cop on the beat. MRAPs didn’t get a better rap overseas, either. In what’s still being called Iraq — at least for the sake of convenience — the U.S. Air Force has resumed bombing missions in the northern...
  • US military ramps up airstrikes in Iraq, weighs additional troops after execution video

    08/20/2014 2:17:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 20, 2014
    U.S. fighter jets and drones stepped up attacks on Islamic State targets in Iraq and the Obama administration was weighing sending more boots on the ground -- even as the group released a graphic video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley. A senior U.S. official also told Fox News that military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security “in and around Baghdad,” at the request of the State Department. The official said the Pentagon is seriously considering sending fewer than 300 personnel, but there has been no final...
  • Some Commanders of Insurgency in Iraq Retreat to Syria

    08/20/2014 12:21:51 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 3:12 p.m. ET | Nour Malas
    ERBIL, Iraq—U.S. airstrikes have driven some ground commanders of the Sunni radical group Islamic State from northern Iraq across the border into Syria, Iraqi officials say. The retreat into eastern Syria, where Islamic State has built up an operational base amid the chaos of civil war over the past few years, doesn't reflect a broader exodus by the group, which continues to solidify its grip on Iraqi territory under its control, these officials said. But it does illustrate a scramble in the leadership ranks of the group, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, in the immediate aftermath of the U.S....
  • US official: More airstrikes in Iraq [ONGOING]

    08/20/2014 9:06:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    AP via KOB.com ^ | 08/20/2014 9:52 AM | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued strikes. The militants released a video Tuesday showing U.S. journalist James Foley being beheaded. The official says the airstrikes were in the area of the Mosul Dam and were aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces create a buffer zone at the key facility. The strikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish troops reclaim the dam from the insurgents.
  • 'American Bombing Had Signed My Death Certificate'

    08/19/2014 6:34:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 43 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 19, 2014 | JAMES NYE, ASHLEY COLEMAN
    'American Bombing Had Signed My Death Certificate': Missing US journalist James Wright Foley goes unflinching to his death as ISIS behead him in horrific video, as a warning to Obama American photojournalist James Wright Foley has been beheaded by ISIS forces Foley has been missing since Thanksgiving 2012 while working in Syria ISIS posted the extremely graphic video 'A Message to America' to social media Foley speaks to camera before his death and labels the US his killers Apparently coerced by his captors into speaking against his country A masked and robed member of ISIS speaking English in what is...
  • Pope punts on American airstrikes in Iraq

    08/18/2014 11:54:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/18/2014 | Daniel Burke, CNN
    Asked if he approved of the American airstrikes that began earlier this month against Muslim militants in Iraq, Pope Francis held back his weighty moral imprimatur, refusing to support or denounce the military campaign. "I can only say this: It is licit to stop the unjust aggressor," the pontiff said Monday during a press conference on the plane back to Rome from South Korea. "I underline the verb: stop. I do not say bomb, make war, I say stop by some means." But in an apparent reference to the United States, Francis said "one nation alone cannot judge" the best...
  • US airstrikes hit Islamic State positions near Iraq dam

    08/18/2014 9:36:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Mon, Aug 18, 2014, 17:15 | Agencies
    US airstrikes hit Islamic State positions near Iraq dam Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014, 17:15 The US military conducted airstrikes today on Islamic State positions near the Mosul Dam in northern , the Pentagon said.A mix of US fighter, bomber and drone aircraft took part in the strikes, which damaged or destroyed six armed vehicles, a light armored vehicle, a vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft artillery gun, a checkpoint and an improvised explosive device emplacement belt, the Pentagon said in a statement.Since August 8th the US military has conducted a total of 68 airstrikes in Iraq, the Pentagon said. Of those...
  • Syria bombs jihadist positions in Raqa for second day

    08/18/2014 9:49:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    AFP via ahram.com ^ | Monday 18 Aug 2014
    Syrian war planes bombed positions belonging to the jihadist Islamic State group in the northern province of Raqa for a second day on Monday, a monitoring group said. On Sunday, regime planes killed 31 jihadists and eight civilians in an unprecedented wave of aerial bombardment against the group in its Raqa bastion. The bombing continued on Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, with at least 14 raids against jihadist positions. There was no immediate death toll in the renewed bombing. Three raids targeted the area around the town of Tabqa in western Raqa and four hit near...
  • New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    08/17/2014 10:03:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign. ... The U.S. military says U.S. forces conducted 14 airstrikes on Sunday — after nine strikes on Saturday. The U.S. says Sunday’s strikes damaged or destroyed 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers and one checkpoint.
  • U.S.-backed Kurds battle to retake Iraq’s largest dam [seize control of eastern side of dam]

    08/16/2014 9:40:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Saturday, 16 August 2014
    By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News Saturday, 16 August 2014 Kurdish troops backed by U.S. warplanes launched a bid Saturday to recapture Mosul dam, Iraq’s largest, from militants, a senior Kurdish military official said. “Kurdish peshmerga, with U.S. air support, have seized control of the eastern side of the dam” complex, Major General Abdelrahman Korini told AFP. “We killed several members of Daash. We are still advancing and in the coming hours should announce welcome news,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group. Witnesses said the air strikes...
  • US Jets Strike Multiple IS Positions Around Mosul [ISIS abandoned posts under heavy bombardment]

    08/15/2014 11:55:58 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 7 hours ago
    Kurdistan US Jets Strike Multiple IS Positions Around Mosul 7 hours ago ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—US fighter jets launched a bombing campaign against positions of the Islamic State (IS) near Mosul dam and surrounding towns shortly after midnight on Friday, Rudaw reporter said. The jets have bombed IS positions in four areas near the dam as well as in Rabia crossing, Mahmoudia, Telskouf, Zumar and Tilkef. A Peshmerga eyewitness said this is the heaviest US bombing of militant positions since the start of airstrikes against the Islamist group last week. Rudaw reporter Hevidar Ahmed said that a gas station used by...
  • Report: U.S. airstrikes carried out as part of Iraqi effort to retake Mosul Dam

    08/15/2014 8:11:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 8-15-2014 | Anna Coren and Chelsea J. Carter
    U.S. warplanes carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq near ISIS-controlled Mosul Dam early Saturday morning, the Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported, citing eyewitnesses. CNN confirmed that a U.S. and Iraqi military operation aimed at retaking the country's largest hydroelectric dam from the so-called Islamic State was scheduled to begin early Saturday morning (Friday at 6 p.m. ET). The operation was to begin with U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes against ISIS positions, with Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces following up on the ground. U.S. fighter jets began carrying out the strikes early Saturday morning local time, Rudaw reported
  • Obama declares mission accomplished in Iraq

    08/14/2014 3:13:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/14/2014 | Noah Rothman
    On Thursday, the Pentagon revealed that the Yazidi minorities have been encircled by Islamic State forces on Mt. Sinjar for weeks were in much better shape. Military officials determined that select airstrikes on ISIS positions around the mountain had been successful, and some Yazidis had already evacuated the area. Defense officials determined that the success of contingency operations against ISIS in western Iraq indicated that no further action would need to be undertaken. In a press conference on Thursday, President Barack Obama confirmed that the mission to save the Yazidis had been a success. He added that, while the...
  • Poll: Majority of voters approve of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq

    08/14/2014 7:53:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/14/2014 | By Sean Sullivan
    A clear majority of voters say they approve of the United States' recently launched airstrikes in Iraq, a Fox News poll released Wednesday shows. But the survey shows President Obama gets low marks overall for his handling of Iraq. Fully 65 percent of Americans say they approve of the airstrikes. Just 23 percent disapprove. The poll of registered voters was conducted from Sunday to Tuesday. U.S. warplanes struck Sunni extremist militants last Friday. Obama said the airstrikes were conducted to "prevent terrorist forces from advancing on the city of Irbil."
  • US: Airstrikes Worked, Iraqi Rescue Unnecessary

    08/14/2014 3:26:50 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 35 replies
    Newser ^ | August 13, 2014 | John Johnson
    It looks like the US won't have to launch a mass evacuation of Iraqis trapped on a mountain after all. A small team of American military personnel who spent 24 hours on Mount Sinjar said US airstrikes seem to have done the trick—most of the trapped Yazidis who wanted to flee to safety have done so, reports the New York Times. As a result, defense chief Chuck Hagel said a rescue mission is "far less likely now," reports AP.
  • Van Hollen: No approval needed for airstrikes

    08/13/2014 2:54:48 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    thehill.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Wednesday said President Obama does not need approval from Congress for the limited U.S. airstrikes taking place in Iraq. "Well, I don't think congressional approval is needed for the type of targeted airstrikes the president's conducting right now," he said on MSNBC. The ranking Budget Committee member was pushing back on the assertion raised by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) a day earlier. Like a number of other Democratic leaders, Van Hollen said Obama "would want to come back to Congress" if the mission expanded, which the congressman said he doubts. He noted that the...
  • Tim Kaine: Obama Needs Congress to OK Iraq Air Strikes

    08/13/2014 2:50:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski
    Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine wants President Barack Obama to seek new approval from Congress for the current bombing campaign in Iraq. “I support providing humanitarian relief to Iraqi civilians and measures to protect American personnel, but I am concerned about the timeline and scope of our renewed military efforts in Iraq,” the Virginia Democrat said in a statement. “Since the Administration has conceded that the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force is obsolete and should be repealed, it is now up to the Administration to receive Congressional authorization for the current air campaign against IS. This is especially...
  • Iraqi Kurds retake 2 towns from militants, helped by U.S. airstrikes

    08/10/2014 6:49:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | 08/10/2014 | AZAD LASHKARI
    Kurdish forces retook two towns from Sunni militants Sunday a senior Kurdish military official said. The seizure of the towns was one of their first victories after weeks of retreating from the growing militant threat in Iraq. The Kurds were helped by a fourth round of American airstrikes near Erbil intended to push armored vehicles used by the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, (ISIS, also known as ISIL) CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reported. The Kurdish peshmerga soldiers are the only ones still fighting ISIS on the ground and were able to push them out of the villages...
  • U.S. airstrikes begin on ISIS militants in Iraq

    08/08/2014 7:39:00 AM PDT · by Jonah Vark · 100 replies
    CNN ^ | August 8, 2014 | Jim Sciutto, Ben Brumfield and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
    Washington (CNN) -- Two U.S. F/A-18 jet fighters bombed artillery batteries of Sunni Islamic extremists in Iraq on Friday, escalating America's military involvement more than two years after President Barack Obama brought home forces from the country. Obama authorized "targeted airstrikes" if needed to protect U.S. personnel from fighters with the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The U.S. military also could use airstrikes to prevent what officials warn could be a genocide of minority groups by the Islamic State fighters. The U.S. aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a "mobile artillery...
  • Iraq Airstrikes May Continue for Months, Obama Now Says

    08/09/2014 8:19:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/09/2014 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and TIM ARANGO
    WASHINGTON — President Obama said on Saturday that the airstrikes and humanitarian assistance drops he ordered last week in Iraq could go on for months, preparing Americans for an extended military presence in the skies there as Iraq’s leaders try to build a new government. “I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks,” Mr. Obama told reporters before leaving for a two-week golf-and-beach vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. “This is going to be a long-term project.” The president repeated his insistence that his administration would not send ground troops back to Iraq after ending an unpopular, decade-long war...
  • We Had to Go Back: U.S. had to intervene in Iraq because ISIS’s goals extend beyond that region

    08/09/2014 9:40:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | 08/09/2014 | Reihan Salam
    Scratch the surface of most of the world’s armed conflicts and you won’t see an ideological struggle or deep-seated ethnic or religious hatred that has erupted in a war of all against all. Rather, what you’ll find is a collection of thugs for hire, some in uniforms and some not, who are taking advantage of the chaos of war to prey on the weak. Sometimes this involves stealing oil or diamonds, or sexual brutality. But it’s pretty rare that it involves some larger design. True, the hooligans who take part in these orgies of destruction will often claim loyalty to...
  • Dianne Feinstein: We’re going to need more than a few airstrikes on ISIS [Marco Rubio agrees]

    08/09/2014 9:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/09/2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    How has Barack Obama’s reactive strategy to the sweep of the Islamic State across Iraq been received so far in Washington? Not well, as critics arose across the partisan spectrum. “It takes an army to defeat an army,” Senator Dianne Feinstein said yesterday in regard to the threat ISIS now poses to the region — and the US: Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein warned Friday of the risk that the insurgent group ISIL could be preparing fighters to attack American and European targets.“It has become clear that ISIL is recruiting fighters in Western countries, training them to fight its...
  • Fear of ‘Another Benghazi’ Drove White House to Airstrikes in Iraq

    08/09/2014 10:30:16 AM PDT · by mojito · 44 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 8/8/2014 | MARK LANDLER, ALISSA J. RUBIN, MARK MAZZETTI and HELENE COOPER
    On Wednesday evening, moments after finishing a summit meeting with African leaders at the State Department, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff delivered a stark message to President Obama as they rode back to the White House in Mr. Obama’s limousine. The Kurdish capital, Erbil, once an island of pro-American tranquillity, was in the path of rampaging Sunni militants, the chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, told the president. And to the west, the militants had trapped thousands of members of Iraqi minority groups on a barren mountaintop, with dwindling supplies, raising concerns about a potential genocide. With American...
  • Possibility of genocide moved Obama to act in Iraq

    08/09/2014 5:51:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 9, 2014 4:10 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    For much of the summer, President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn’t until Thursday, when Obama learned that genocide could be imminent, that the president decided the U.S. military had to act. The vivid reports streaming into the Situation Room that morning from U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials were unsettling, to say the least: Stories of mass executions, women being enslaved as child brides, members of a small religious group trapped on a mountain and potentially dying of thirst. The situation was falling apart—fast....
  • USS George H.W. Bush and its Super Hornet fighters strike in Iraq [irony alert]

    08/09/2014 6:31:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/9/2014 | Dan Lamothe
    As militants with the Islamic State launched artillery rounds at Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, the U.S. military on Friday launched airstrikes using fighter jets on the USS George H. W. Bush, Pentagon officials said. It was just the latest involvement in combat for the Bush, which was commissioned in 2009. It was used extensively in 2011 to support combat operations in Afghanistan, and left Norfolk, Va., in February on its second deployment. It arrived in the Middle East in March, and entered the Persian Gulf in June, as the Islamic State took control of vast regions of northern and...
  • Obama proposes broader long-term strategy to confront fast-approaching militants in Iraq

    08/09/2014 6:54:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 97 replies
    <p>Obama is scheduled to make remarks at the White House at 10:25 a.m....</p>
  • Dropping bombs on Iraq and Israel (Saturbray)

    08/09/2014 8:06:53 AM PDT · by bray · 8 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 8/9/14 | bray
    1 Samuel 17 Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Sokoh and Azekah. Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them. ... Now the Coward in Chief is so desperate to look relevant on the world stage he has decided to drop a few bombs on some camels in Iraq. His next feat will be emptying the ocean...
  • Obama Says Iraq Airstrike Effort Could Be ‘Long-Term’

    08/09/2014 9:40:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New Your Times ^ | August 9, 2014 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    President Obama sought to prepare Americans for an extended presence in the skies over Iraq, telling reporters on Saturday that the airstrikes he ordered this week could go on for months as Iraqis try to build a new government. “I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks,” Mr. Obama said before leaving for a two-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. “This is going to be a long-term project.” “There has to be a rebuilding and an understanding of who it is the Iraqi security forces are reporting to, what they are fighting for,” he added. Once that happens,...
  • Britain Considers Joining U.S. Iraqi Airstrikes

    08/09/2014 5:17:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8-9-2014 | Nick Hallett
    British military chiefs are drawing up plans to help American airstrikes in Iraq, the Times reports. Senior figures are considering sending a spy plane to provide intelligence on ISIS positions, while Royal Air Force aircraft capable of refuelling U.S. fighter jets in mid-air will also be sent. The UK government, which has welcomed American intervention in the fight against ISIS, has also not ruled out conducting its own airstrikes if the humanitarian situation worsens. MPs are also discussing the possibility of using British special forces, who have long experience in the Kurdish region, to offer help in pinpointing targets. Former...
  • How Bad are Things When the Best Move Barack Obama Can Make is to Bomb Iraq?

    08/08/2014 4:01:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 8, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Does anybody remember how Barack Obama first achieved national attention? These are always intriguing questions to me, 'cause I of course know the answer. (interruption) Well, yes, that was the occasion of the speech. But what did he do in this speech, what did he say? What did Obama say? Do you remember how Obama first achieved national attention? And if you're shouting at me, "It was that convention speech, Rush, in 2004 at the Democrat convention." Yes, that's correct. That was the occasion. But what did he do in this speech? In 2004 Barack Obama condemned...
  • Who Else, Besides Americans, Are Flying Fighter Jets in Iraq?

    08/08/2014 2:53:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Slate ^ | August 8, 2014 | Michael Kelley
    U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State positions have begun. Fighter jets also bombed Islamic State militants in northwest Iraq on Thursday night. But it's not clear who the pilots were. The Pentagon immediately denied a New York Times report that the U.S. carried out Thursday's strikes. Iraqi military officials told CNN and the Wall Street Journal that the Iraqi Air Force had struck ISIS targets near Erbil, which is the regional capital of Iraqi Kurdistan and host to hundreds of U.S. military advisers. The Iraqi Air Force is poorly equipped, consisting of several Cessna planes carrying American-supplied Hellfire missiles, some American-...
  • Democrats applaud Obama’s airstrikes in Iraq

    08/08/2014 9:54:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 8, 2014 | By S.A. Miller
    Democratic leaders rallied behind President Obama’s decision to authorize airstrikes against Islamic terrorists in Iraq, applauding him for imposing limits on military action and vowing not to send U.S. troops back into Iraq. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said early Friday that it was “appropriate that the President authorized airstrikes against [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] should they threaten U.S. personnel and other interests in Erbil or elsewhere in Iraq.” “As the President reiterated, there is no American military solution to the situation in Iraq,” she said. “Defeating ISIS will require Iraq’s leaders to see beyond their divisions...
  • Obama’s Iraq Plan Has a Killer Flaw—and Airstrikes Alone May Not Save It

    08/08/2014 12:39:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Daily Overseas ^ | 08/08/2014 | Jacob Siegel
    The U.S. gambled on local militias to keep ISIS in check. The president’s authorization of airstrikes is an admission that bet didn’t pay off. Friday morning, with a humanitarian mission already underway, the United States began airstrikes on ISIS in northern Iraq. What had been the U.S. policy—to rely on local forces to contain ISIS while waiting for a new Iraqi government to reach a political solution—is finished. The new policy is still taking shape, but it may eventually lead to more involvement from the special operations troops who have been in Iraq for weeks. President Obama said Thursday night...
  • Airstrikes undertaken as US re-engages in Iraq

    08/08/2014 12:44:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | Aug 8, 9:54 AM (ET) | By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq Friday, the Pentagon said, carrying out President Barack Obama's promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans still stationed there.
  • U.S. Warplanes Strike Militants in Iraq

    08/08/2014 1:49:41 PM PDT · by Borges · 30 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/8/2014 | ALISSA J. RUBIN, TIM ARANGO and HELENE COOPER
    DOHUK, Iraq — The United States on Friday afternoon launched a second round of airstrikes on Sunni militants in northern Iraq, sending four Navy fighter jets to strike eight targets around Erbil, according to Pentagon officials. The attacks came hours after an initial wave of strikes by military aircraft and armed drones, escalating the American involvement in Iraq a day after President Obama announced that the United States military was returning to a direct combat role in the country it left in 2011. Military officials said they believed that the second round of attacks resulted in a number of casualties...
  • U.S. Drops Aid to Iraqis; Militants Are Hit by Air Strikes

    08/07/2014 6:51:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/07/2014 | By HELENE COOPER, MARK LANDLER and ALISSA J. RUBIN
    President Obama said Thursday that United States military aircraft had dropped food and water to thousands of Iraqis besieged by Islamic militants on a mountaintop in northern Iraq. Speaking Thursday night from the State Dining Room at the White House, the president said he had directed the United States military forces to conduct targeted airstrikes on the militants if they moved to take Erbil, threatening the American citizens and military personnel there. And he said that at the request of the Iraqi government, he had authorized the military to use airstrikes to help provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi citizens,...
  • Obama Weighs Airstrikes or Aid to Help Trapped Iraqis, Officials Say

    08/07/2014 9:42:50 AM PDT · by mojito · 51 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 8/7/2014 | Helene Cooper
    President Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst on a mountaintop after death threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, administration officials said on Thursday. The president, in meetings with his national security team at the White House on Thursday morning, has been weighing a series of options ranging from dropping humanitarian supplies on Mount Sinjar to military strikes on the fighters from ISIS now at the base of the mountain, a senior...
  • ISIS Twitter followers vow revenge on US if airstrikes conducted in Iraq

    06/26/2014 5:26:29 PM PDT · by kingattax · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Jun 2014
    <p>Online backers of the Sunni Islamist militants who seized swaths of Iraq this month have said that any U.S. air strikes on the fighters will lead to attacks on Americans. ...</p>
  • IAF strikes 7 Gaza terror sites in response to rocket fire on Israel

    06/25/2014 12:10:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    JPost ^ | 6/24/2014 | Staff
    The Israel Air Force struck seven terror sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night in response to a volley of rockets fired at southern Israel earlier in the evening. The IDF targeted five underground rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip, one terror activity site in central Gaza and a weapons manufacturing site in south Gaza, according to the IDF Spokesman's Office. "The Hamas terror organization and its offshoots are responsible for what happens in its jurisdiction," the Spokesman's Office said. Palestinian terrorists fired several rockets from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel on Tuesday evening. The Iron Dome...
  • Kerry Hints That US May Take Military Action Against ISIS – And Soon

    06/23/2014 5:49:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/23/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday gave the clearest indication yet that President Obama may order military action of some type against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) fighters who have been capturing territory in northern and western Iraq – and may do so soon.Speaking in Baghdad, Kerry appeared to be preparing the ground for such action, stressing the scale of the threat posed by ISIS not just to Iraq and the region but also to the United States, and emphasizing that if Obama does give the order it would be because of that threat, not in...