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  • Turkey's Erdogan says can't tolerate Iran bid to dominate Middle East

    03/28/2015 9:14:13 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    al Reuters ^ | 03/28/2015 | Humeyra Pamuk
    (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Iran on Thursday of trying to dominate the Middle East and said its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries. Turkey earlier said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen and called on the militia group and its "foreign supporters" to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region. "Iran is trying to dominate the region," said Erdogan, who is due to visit Tehran in early April. "Could this be allowed? This has begun annoying us, Saudi Arabia and the...
  • Africa on Fire: Jihad on the March

    03/28/2015 3:09:22 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 28 March 15 | Unattributed
    In recent years it has become increasingly clear that the Jihadists have targeted the African continent. On September 11, 2001, the groups Al Shabaab, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Ansar al Shariah and the Islamic State were not just unheard of–they didn’t even exist. Today these groups are waging Jihad, killing thousands in their drives to establish Islamic rule under Shariah law… This development didn’t just “happen.” The rise of Jihad was promoted and financed. Africa is becoming a battleground because the global Jihadist movement has targeted it. At least one analyst reports that Al Qaeda, the...
  • New Docs Reveal Osama bin Laden's Secret Ties With Iran

    02/27/2015 12:12:40 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 27, 2015 | By Thomas Jocelyn
    This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City. And prosecutors say the documents are essential for understanding the scope of al Qaeda’s plotting. More than 1 million documents and files were captured by the Navy Seals who raided bin Laden’s safe house in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011. One year later, in May 2012, the Obama administration released just 17...
  • Trey Gowdy: Hillary Clinton wiped her server clean

    03/27/2015 3:52:58 PM PDT · by detective · 243 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/26/2015 | Lauren French
    Hillary Clinton did not hand over new documents to the House panel investigating Benghazi and wiped her server clean of past emails, the committee’s chairman said in a statement Friday. Clinton did not provide correspondence or emails to the Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), said, even though the former secretary of state was under a subpoena, issued early this month, for all correspondence from Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state that focused on Libya and Benghazi.
  • Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes on Houthi Rebels in Yemen

    03/26/2015 11:39:44 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/25/2015 | FELICIA SCHWARTZ in Washington and HAKIM ALMASMARI in Yemen
    Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states launched airstrikes against rebel forces in Yemen’s capital and across the country in defense of what Riyadh called the nation’s legitimate government. The attacks began Thursday morning, hours after Yemen’s president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, fled the southern port city of Aden by boat when Iranian-backed Houthi militants closed in. The decision by Saudi Arabia and the region’s Sunni monarchies to intervene on Mr. Hadi’s behalf raises the stakes in their rivalry with predominantly Shiite Iran, which has raged in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region. The raids also risked further inflaming sectarian...
  • Second 9/11 Hijacker Tied to Abu Nidal, Iraq

    12/22/2003 8:46:06 AM PST · by truthandlife · 37 replies · 355+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 12/22/03 | Carl Limbacher
    When the London Telegraph reported last week that newly uncovered documents link 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta to Iraq-based Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, it wasn't the first time one of the 9/11 hijackers had been reported to have such ties. In a development that adds evidence to the case that Iraq played a direct role in the worst attack ever on the U.S., reports show that Ziad Jarrah - who piloted the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers had discovered they were on a suicide mission - also had ties to Nidal. Like Atta, Jarrah traveled to Hamburg, Germany, where...
  • Terror triumvirate: ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram training together in Mauritania: analyst

    03/24/2015 11:22:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 23, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    The world’s three most infamous terrorist organizations are working together at Al-Qaeda-run training camps in the Sahara Desert in Mauritania, where dozens of recruits from the U.S., Canada and Europe are being indoctrinated into violent jihad and training for attacks that could expand the so-called caliphate across North and West Africa, according to analysts. ISIS, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda all have links to two camps in the remote sands of the expansive North African country, according to Veryan Khan, editorial director for the Florida-based Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, which tracks international terrorism and had a source on the ground...
  • US "Loses" $500 Million In Weapons Given To Yemen, Now In Al-Qaeda Hands

    03/23/2015 7:55:58 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3/23/15 | Tyler Durden
    And, naturally, after noting that "the employees said that more than 20 vehicles were taken by the fighters after the Americans departed from Sanaa's airport" we asked how long until we have a "tabulation of losses to US taxpayers, just like the great Islamic State 'robbery' of hundreds of millions in US military equipment in Iraq?" That, of course, was another epic US intervention success story. Anyway, thanks to WaPo we have an answer: according to Jeff Bezos' recent media acquisition, "the Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen." Obviously,...
  • Two Convicted In Canada VIA Rail Terror Plot Case [Obama's Safe World!]

    03/20/2015 5:01:53 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | March 20, 2015
    Two Convicted In Canada VIA Rail Terror Plot Case Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two suspects accused of plotting with al-Qaida in Iran to derail a train in Canada, arrives at Buttonville Airport just north of Toronto 23 April 2013 Chiheb Esseghaier said he only wanted to be judged by the Koran Two Canadian men accused of plotting to attack a passenger train going from New York to Toronto have been found guilty on multiple terror charges. Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier were arrested in 2013 after a surveillance and undercover operation. Jurors spent 10 days in deliberations before returning guilty...
  • C.I.A. Cash Ended Up in Coffers of Al Qaeda

    03/15/2015 9:02:48 AM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11 March 2015 | Matthew Rosenberg
    In the spring of 2010, Afghan officials struck a deal to free an Afghan diplomat held hostage by Al Qaeda. But the price was steep — $5 million — and senior security officials were scrambling to come up with the money. They first turned to a secret fund that the Central Intelligence Agency bankrolled with monthly cash deliveries to the presidential palace in Kabul, according to several Afghan officials involved in the episode. The Afghan government, they said, had already squirreled away about $1 million from that fund. Within weeks, that money and $4 million more provided from other countries...
  • Report: Israel treating al-Qaeda fighters wounded in Syria civil war

    03/14/2015 6:48:31 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/13/2015 | JPost.com
    Nusra Front is the Sunni Muslim al-Qaida offshoot which is currently fighting the Iranian-backed axis of Bashar Assad and Hezbollah in Syria. Israel has opened its borders with Syria in order to provide medical treatment to Nusra Front and al-Qaida fighters wounded in the ongoing civil war, according to The Wall Street Journal. The prominent American newspaper reported that Nusra Front, the Sunni Muslim al-Qaida offshoot which is currently fighting the Iranian-backed axis of Bashar Assad and Hezbollah, "hasn't bothered Israel since seizing the border area last summer" along the Golan Heights.
  • Kerry on Defeating ISIS: ‘We Have the Capacity,’ But ‘We’re Not Going To Do It’

    03/11/2015 10:47:29 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 41 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Brittany M. Hughes
    Secretary of State John Kerry told members of Congress Wednesday that “we have the capacity” to “knock out ISIL,” but “we’re not going to get suckered into that.” “The enduring transformation that has to take place here is not going to take place if the United States just comes in and were to knock out ISIL and that’s it, go away. Not gonna happen,” Kerry said during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a hearing about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS or ISIL. “We could do that, actually. We have that...
  • Syria's al-Nusra Front commander 'killed in strike'

    03/06/2015 2:51:57 AM PST · by csvset · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 March 2015 | BBC
    The military chief of Syria's al-Nusra Front militant group has been killed in an air strike, the jihadist group has said on social media. Three other leaders were killed along with Abu Homam al-Shami, it says. Syria's state-run news agency said the army had targeted Nusra leaders as they met in northern Idlib province, the Associated Press reported. Al-Nusra is one of the most powerful groups fighting the army and has long been seen as an affiliate of al-Qaeda. It was involved in a major attack on the Air Force Intelligence headquarters in the embattled city of Aleppo on Wednesday.
  • SUCCESS! Obama supports Syrian rebel group with high-tech weapons

    03/03/2015 8:12:09 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/3/2015 | The Right Scoop
    A ‘moderate rebel’ group in Syria that the U.S. helped create, called the Hazm Network, has fallen apart after recently being defeated by Jahbat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida linked terrorist group. The Hazm Network gave all their US weapons to al-Nusra and took off to join the Shamiah Front, another Muslim Brotherhood group in Syria that includes hardline Salafis.
  • Gov’t Union: Obama’s Weak Immigration Policy Is Inviting An Attack Worse Than 9/11

    03/03/2015 10:16:44 AM PST · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 03, 2015 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama’s lax immigration policies are inviting another massive jihad attack similar to the 9/11 atrocity, says Kenneth Palinkas, president of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees’ union. Obama’s deputies are “lessening the vetting of each and every alien who applies for permanent residency or citizenship in the U.S.,” Palinkas said in a statement Tuesday. “By not scrutinizing each and every applicant to the fullest extent possible to ensure America’s security, we invite an even more catastrophic event than what occurred on 09/11/2001,” he said. Obama’s rollback of security checks means that “it is more than likely that...
  • Twitter Escalates ISIS Battle: 2,000 Accounts Suspended

    03/03/2015 6:11:27 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    ABC7 Eyeball News ^ | 03/03/2015 | BRIAN ROSS
    ISIS has been under attack in the last few days from Twitter, which has quietly suspended at least 2,000 accounts linked to the terror group and its supporters, according to people with knowledge of the operation. The sites shut down include some of the most important distributors of ISIS messages in a major escalation against ISIS's propaganda and recruitment efforts, according to J.M. Berger, a terrorism analyst who monitors ISIS online messaging. "Twitter has been doing a whole lot over the past week. They've slammed them pretty hard, including the official media distribution guys," Berger said. He said 13 of...
  • New Docs Reveal Osama bin Laden's Secret Ties With Iran

    02/27/2015 11:35:44 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 17 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 02/27/2015 | By THOMAS JOSCELYN
    Show availability of Iran for al Qaeda training, plotting. This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City. The files do not support the view, promoted by some in the Obama administration, that bin Laden was in “comfortable retirement,” “sidelined,” or “a lion in winter” in the months leading up to his death. Some of the key revelations in the newly-released...
  • Hillary’s Top Aides Knew from First Minutes that Benghazi Was a Terrorist Attack, E-mails Disclose

    02/26/2015 1:33:18 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/26/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/414500/hillary-clintons-top-a
    FULL TITLE: Hillary Clinton’s Top Aides Knew from First Minutes that Benghazi Was a Terrorist Attack, E-mails Disclose From the very first moments of the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides were advised that the compound was under a terrorist attack. In fact, less than two hours into the attack, they were told that the al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya, Ansar al-Sharia, had claimed responsibility. These revelations and others are disclosed by a trove of e-mails and other documents pried from the State Department by Judicial Watch...
  • ...the FBI has been staging mock attacks in US malls for nearly two years to test readiness

    02/23/2015 4:36:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/23/15
    Amid Al-Shabaab terror threats officials reveal the FBI has been staging mock attacks in US malls for nearly two years to test readiness After a recent terror threat on an American mall, an official has revealed that the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation has been staging mock attacks in U.S. shopping centers for nearly two years to test their readiness. The secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson recently warned shoppers at Minnesota's Mall of America to remain vigilant after a new terrorist video from Al-Shabaab -- An Al-Qaeda-linked militant group out of Somalia -- threatened an attack on the...
  • ISIS vs. Al Qaeda: The good news and the bad news

    02/20/2015 12:28:21 AM PST · by Mozilla · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2015 | James A. Phillips
    The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), has become a bitter rival of Al Qaeda, its parent organization. Its leaders represent a new generation of Islamist militants who have broken with Al Qaeda in a power struggle over Syria and the future of the global Islamist revolution. Both groups share the same ultimate goal: the establishment of a global caliphate, to be ruled under a harsh brand of sharia (Islamic law). But they clash over what strategy and tactics are best, as well as who should lead the global jihad (holy war) to...
  • Obama says notion West at war with Islam is 'ugly lie'

    02/19/2015 9:47:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/19/15 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Middle Eastern leaders to stand up to "violent extremism" and stop proxy wars that fuel the rise of terror groups. "The notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie," he told the final day of a conference on combatting extremism. "And all of us, regardless of our faith, have a responsibility to reject it." Obama challenged Middle Eastern powers to stop actions that he claimed have stoked the rise of Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and others. Fighting between Sunnis and Shia "will only end when...
  • "What ISIS Really Wants"

    02/16/2015 10:22:09 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2015 | Graeme Wood
    "What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as...
  • Obama: Extremists Have "Legitimate Grievances" (He Does Not Get It)

    02/18/2015 4:30:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    As the White House kicks off day-two of a summit on combating generic violent extremism, President Obama has published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times titled, "Our fight against violent extremism." While the administration has overtly refused to specifically name "Islamic" terror, the piece finally acknowledges (albeit inadvertently) the regular existence of violence inside Islam. Still, Islamic extremism isn't specifically named and won't be during the three-day conference at the White House this week. The United States has made significant gains against terrorism. We've decimated the core al Qaeda leadership, strengthened homeland security and worked to prevent another large-scale attack...
  • Why are jihadis so obsessed with porn?

    02/17/2015 9:43:07 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 17, 2015 | Phyllis Chesler
    <p>Recently, London Mayor Boris Johnson described Jihadists as “porn driven losers” who have “low self-esteem and are unsuccessful with women.”</p> <p>According to Syrian doctors in a report in the British media, ISIS fighters are buying frilly underwear for their wives and sex slaves — and subjecting them to abnormal and sadistic sexual practices. They may well have learned this from pornography.</p>
  • Hizb-ut-Tahrir may become dangerous than ISIS: Report (One Million Members)

    02/15/2015 12:56:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Business Standard ^ | February 15, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Radical Islamist group Hizb-ut- Tahrir which cleverly avoided global scrutiny while spreading its ideology may become a more dangerous terrorist group than the ISIS and it's presence in South Asia should be a cause for concern for India, according to a report. "While ISIS runs amok in Syria and Iraq, demanding media attention through acts of barbarous cruelty, HuT (Hizb-ut- Tahrir or the Party of Liberation) is quietly building a global infrastructure of radicalised youth and deep-pocketed Arab support in preparation for the global Khilafat," said the report published in the latest edition of CTX Journal. The group has cleverly...
  • Islamic State’s Plans/Justifications: “DABIQ” Magazine & Its Strategic Outlook

    02/14/2015 7:56:21 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 6 replies
    Adinakutnicki.com ^ | 2/14/2015 | Adina Kutnicki
    ...Al-Muhallab said, “You must use deception in war, for it is more effective than reinforcements.” Some methods of deception include: a. Planting spies. b. Reconnaissance. c. Feigning an intent to attack an area other than the actual target, for when the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wanted to attack one area, he would give his army the impression they were going to attack another. “If a man’s chest is too narrow to hold his own secret, then the chest of the one with whom he stores the secret is even narrower” [Poetry]. And be on guard against your enemy at...
  • Iraqi Official Mourns Sons, Vows To Fight 'The Ghosts Of Death'

    02/11/2005 8:24:40 AM PST · by Valin · 4 replies · 311+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | 2/8/05
    A prominent Iraqi politician and the longtime head of the De-Ba'athification Committee, Mithal al-Alusi, survived an apparent attempt on his life when armed men fired on his car on the morning of 8 February. Two of al-Alusi's sons -- Ayman and Jamal -- and a bodyguard who were inside his vehicle were killed, however, when the assailants struck just outside al-Alusi's Baghdad home. Radio Free Iraq (RFI) spoke with al-Alusi, who is secretary of Iraq's Democratic Umma Party [Hizb al-Umma al-'Iraqi al-Dimuqrati], after the incident. The following is an edited transcript of that interview. Al-Alusi: Again, the ghosts of death...
  • Ansar al Sharia Libya leader met with Osama bin Laden, followed his 'methodology'

    02/12/2015 11:09:32 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 11, 2015 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Harith al Nadhari recorded an audio eulogy for Mohammed al Zahawi, the leader of Ansar al Sharia Libya, shortly before his own death. Shortly before his own death in a US airstrike on Jan. 31, Harith al Nadhari, a senior sharia official in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), recorded an audio eulogy for another slain jihadist, Mohammed al Zahawi. Ansar al Sharia Libya confirmed earlier in the month that Zahawi, the group's leader, had died of wounds he suffered while fighting in Benghazi. And Nadhari wanted to make it clear that al Qaeda considered Zahawi to be...
  • Police: Bomb kills sheik working with US (This is sad)

    09/13/2007 9:08:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 559+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | September 13, 2007 | SAMEER N. YACOUB
    BAGHDAD - The most prominent figure in a U.S.-backed revolt of Sunni sheiks against al-Qaida in Iraq was killed Thursday by a bomb planted near his home in Anbar province, 10 days after he met with President Bush, police and tribal leaders said. Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha was leader of the Anbar Salvation Council, also known as the Anbar Awakening — an alliance of clans backing the Iraqi government and U.S. forces. Officials said his assassination would be a huge setback for U.S. efforts in Iraq, because it sends a message to others who are cooperating with coalition forces or thinking...
  • Al Qaeda fighters seize Yemen army base, U.N. warns of civil war

    02/12/2015 6:18:43 AM PST · by McGruff · 13 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Feb 12, 2015 | Mohammad Mukhashaf
    Al Qaeda-linked fighters seized a large army base in a dawn attack in southern Yemen on Thursday, militants and residents said, hours after the United Nations warned that the country was on the brink of civil war. The base in the southern province of Shabwa, housing a brigade of up to 2,000 government soldiers, fell after several hours of heavy clashes, residents and local news sites said.
  • Obama Should Present Fort Hood Purple Hearts, Apologize

    02/10/2015 3:47:57 PM PST · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 10, 2016 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Political Correctness: The Army has announced that as a result of Congress' making victims of attacks by foreign terrorist acts eligible, the Fort Hood victims will get Purple Hearts, and civilians will get Defense of Freedom medals. That language broadened the definition of an attack on eligible victims to include an assault by "a foreign terrorist organization." The definition includes attacks by a perpetrator or perpetrators in contact with a foreign terrorist organization or "inspired or motivated by a foreign terrorist organization" prior to the attack. The Nov. 5, 2009, attack on Fort Hood by Maj. Nidal Hasan, in which...
  • US accuses six Bosnians [in US] of helping ISIL via Turkey

    02/08/2015 6:01:50 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | February/07/2015
    Six Bosnian immigrants have been accused of sending money and equipment to terrorists oversees, including fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and al-Qaida in Iraq, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Feb. 6. An indictment unsealed Feb. 6 in St. Louis said the defendants donated money themselves and in some cases collected funds from others in the U.S. and sent the donations oversees. It says two of the defendants used some of the money to buy U.S. military uniforms, firearms accessories, tactical gear and other equipment, which was shipped to people in Turkey and Saudi...
  • Soccer Player Convicted in Terror Trial

    09/30/2003 10:21:05 AM PDT · by machman · 182+ views
    ABC ^ | 9/30/03 | AP
    BRUSSELS, Belgium Sept. 30 A former pro soccer player who joined the al-Qaida terrorist network was convicted and sentenced to prison Tuesday for plotting to bomb a NATO base believed to contain nuclear weapons. Nizar Trabelsi of Tunisia, who once played professional soccer in Germany, received the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison from a court that also convicted 17 other men and acquitted five others in the largest terrorism trial in Belgium's history. Trabelsi admitted planning to drive a car bomb into the canteen of the Kleine Brogel air base, a Belgian military post used by NATO where...
  • 1920s Revolution Brigades denounces al Qaeda [the end of AQI]

    10/04/2007 5:35:03 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 33 replies · 1,155+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 10/4/2007 | Bill Roggio
    The Long War Journal: Al Douri forms nationalist Sunni coalition; 1920s Revolution Brigades denounces al Qaeda Written by Bill Roggio on October 4, 2007 11:34 AM to The Long War Journal Available online at: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2007/10/al_douri_forms_natio.php The Sunni insurgency continues to fracture as US and Iraqi forces are on the offensive in central and northern Iraq. Izzat Ibrahim al Douri, the most wanted Baathist and leader in the Sunni insurgency, has formed a new insurgent front which is willing to negotiate, while a faction of the 1920s Revolution Brigades openly denounced al Qaeda. A grouping of 22 Sunni insurgent groups have...
  • ISIS expanding ‘international footprint’ with affiliates in more countries, officials warn

    02/05/2015 9:50:23 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    fox news ^ | 2-5-2015 | James Schneider
    The Islamic State, despite being driven by Kurdish fighters from its one-time Syrian stronghold in Kobani last week, nevertheless is extending its reach well beyond Iraq and Syria, military officials and analysts warn -- represented, by some estimates, in nearly a dozen countries. Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, delivered a grim assessment earlier this week in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee, as he described how the group was surfacing in North Africa. "With affiliates in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, the group is beginning to assemble a growing international footprint that includes ungoverned and under...
  • 6 indicted in alleged plot to support ISIS, Al Qaeda

    02/07/2015 10:37:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 07, 2015 | Mike Emanuel/AP
    Six Bosnian natives who immigrated to the U.S. sent money and military equipment to support Al Qaeda in Iraq and the Islamic State terror group, the Justice Department said Friday night. The conspiracy, which authorities say dates back to May 2013, supported Abdullah Ramo Pazara and others fighting with the terror groups, according to a federal indictment. The suspects sent multiple payments using PayPal, as well as U.S. military uniforms, combat boots, tactical clothing and gear, military surplus goods, firearms accessories, rifle scopes and first aid supplies to Turkey. The supplies and money eventually made their way to fighters in...
  • Scandal Rocks Fox News Over Saudi Terror Link

    02/06/2015 9:39:58 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 37 replies
    The Counter Jihad Report ^ | 02/06/2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    Fox News Correspondent James Rosen reported on Wednesday night that a “major investor in the parent company” of Fox News has been implicated in financing the terrorist group al-Qaeda. Rosen made the embarrassing disclosure in a story on the channel’s “Special Report” show hosted by Bret Baier. The alleged al-Qaeda financier, Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, is a very close friend of Rupert Murdoch and his family, who control major media companies like News Corp and 21st Century Fox. The latter is now the parent company of the Fox News Channel. Fox News is to be congratulated for reporting...
  • U.S. considers declassifying report on Saudi funding of al Qaeda

    02/06/2015 2:21:11 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/5/15
    The Obama administration is considering whether to declassify still-secret sections of a congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks which examined Saudi Arabian support for Islamist militants, the White House said on Thursday. Interest in the 28-page section of the report was raised after an imprisoned former al Qaeda operative, Zacarias Moussaoui, said in deposition transcripts filed this week that more than a dozen prominent Saudi figures donated to his group in the late 1990s. Current and former U.S. officials familiar with the report's classified section, which documented the involvement of Saudi families and entities in financing terrorism, were...
  • Analysis: DIA head warns al Qaeda in Syria may gain ground in 2015

    02/05/2015 12:17:51 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 4, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, warned during congressional testimony yesterday that the "security challenges" the US faces are "more diverse and complex than those we have experienced in our lifetimes." Stewart delivered his remarks to the House Armed Services Committee during a hearing devoted to assessing worldwide threats. While Stewart addressed diverse national security issues, much of his written testimony was focused on what was once called the global war on terror. Al Qaeda in Syria may "expand its territory," while threatening the West The Islamic State's advances in Iraq and Syria...
  • How's the JV Team Doing, Obama?

    02/04/2015 11:36:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 4, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Hey, did you see what Jordan did, folks? Not Michael; the nation, the country. ISIS burns to death one of Jordan's pilots. So Jordan went to their prison and they grabbed a couple of Al-Qaeda prisoners and they hanged 'em. And, by the way, that's the right way to say it. It's not correct to say they hung 'em. That's how you describe somebody's physiology. But you don't say somebody was hung unless you want to talk about the way they look. Really. Hanged is correct. I'm just telling you, if you say that Jordan went in there and...
  • ISIS Militants Selling, Crucifying, Burying Children Alive in Iraq, Says UN Watchdog

    02/04/2015 9:19:22 AM PST · by kristinn · 36 replies
    Reuters via The Straights Times ^ | (Thursday) February 5, 2015
    Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youths, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday. Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against US-led air strikes, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said. "We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities," committee expert Renate...
  • Secret Benghazi report reveals Hillary’s Libya war push armed al Qaeda-tied terrorists

    02/02/2015 8:52:31 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2015 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    Libyan officials were deeply concerned in 2011, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was trying to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power, that weapons were being funneled to NATO-backed rebels with ties to al Qaeda, fearing that well-armed insurgents could create a safe haven for terrorists .. The reports included a 16-page list of weapons . ... the Qataris, they are doing this with every country, with every country,” Mr. Gadhafi said. “This is their plan, I mean in public. This is their own agenda. I mean, it’s not something hidden, ... A lot of jihadists that had been locked...
  • ( Shia ) Iran Offers to Help African Union Against Boko Haram ( Sunni Moslems )

    02/01/2015 7:22:30 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Feb 2015 | John Hayward
    The absence of strong Western leadership against the Boko Haram terror state has created an opportunity Iran seems ready to exploit. The Premium Times of Nigeria reports that Iran is stepping forward to offer assistance to the African Union against the savage caliphate spilling out of northern Nigeria into Cameroon and menacing the entire region: ... Abdollohian said the activities of the Boko Haram militants and that of Al-Shabaab in the Somalia were similar to that of Al-Qaeda and the ISIS and other terrorist groups in the Middle East. ... Iran was willing to share its experiences on terrorist activities...
  • Coalition kills Islamic State 'chemical weapons engineer'

    01/31/2015 11:58:19 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | January 31, 2015 12:40 PM | By Bill Roggio
    US Central Command, or CENTCOM, reported yesterday that it killed Abu Malik, an Islamic State "chemical weapons engineer," in an airstrike near Mosul, Iraq. Abu Malik was associated with al Qaeda in Iraq and then the Islamic State for a decade before he was killed. "Malik was an ISIL (Islamic State) chemical weapons engineer who worked at Saddam Hussein's Muthana chemical weapon production facility before affiliating with al Qaeda in Iraq in 2005," according to the CENTCOM press release. "He later joined ISIL and his past training and experience provided the terrorist group with expertise to pursue a chemical weapons...
  • Not Just ISIS: Syrian Islamists Execute Woman for Adultery

    01/30/2015 7:41:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Clarion Project News ^ | Wed, January 28, 2015
    The Islamist terror group, Jabhat al-Nusra—the Al Qaeda affilate in Syria—executed a woman in the main square of the village of Ma'arrat Misrin after accusing her of adultery. In a video made of the execution (see below), the woman appears to be in her forties. Before being executed by a gunshot wound to the head, a man stands near the executioner reading out the sentence. He quotes the Quran (Surah 5:33) as the source for the punishment: “Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but...
  • Australians fighting for Isis reportedly killed in battle for Kobani

    01/28/2015 10:55:09 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 28 January 2015 | Michael Safi
    Australians were among the largest contingent of foreign jihadists killed in the battle for Kobani, a senior US state department official has said, after Kurdish forces announced the “liberation” of the Syrian city on Monday. A coalition of Kurdish and Syrian rebel fighters claimed full control over Kobani, located less than a mile from the Turkish border, after a bloody four-month siege by the militia group known as Islamic State (Isis or Isil). Their victory was confirmed by a senior US state department official on Tuesday, who told AFP: “[Isis] is now, whether on order or whether they are breaking...
  • Did US Ally Qatar Free Imprisoned Americans in Exchange for Al Qaeda Terrorist?

    01/29/2015 8:05:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/29/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Problematic, in a very big way even if the offer was made.Qatar’s ties to Al Qaeda and ISIS aren’t news. They’ve effectively served as intermediaries in everything from ransom exchanges for hostages to Taliban negotiations. But actually trying to secure terrorist swaps for prisoners on their own behalf would have been a new frontier. Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.According to two individuals with direct knowledge of the case, the proposition was...
  • New Saudi King Named In 9/11 Suits

    01/27/2015 7:14:15 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    IBD ^ | January 26, 2015
    President Obama should think before bowing to Saudi Arabia's new king in his Tuesday visit. King Salman has a history of funding al-Qaida, and his son has been accused of knowing in advance about the 9/11 attacks. When it comes to jihadism, Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is more of a hardliner than his older brother, King Abdullah, who died last week of a lung infection. As such, any commitment he makes to helping the U.S. destroy al-Qaida and Islamic State terrorists should be viewed with great suspicion. The 79-year-old Salman once ran a Saudi charity tied to al-Qaida and...
  • Despite 'War Against Al Qaeda' in Yemen, Obama Seeks to Release 47 Yemenis from Gitmo

    01/26/2015 6:10:25 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | Jan 26 2015 | Susan Jones
    The Obama administration says it is "in a war against al Qaeda." But at the same time, it is trying to release 54 more Gitmo detainees, 47 of them from Yemen, which is one of the "dark corners" where al Qaeda operates. "We say we're in a war against al Qaeda," White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "We have just never said we have been in a war against terrorism, which is a tactic...We are, however, at war against al Qaeda, its manifestations in Yemen, its manifestations in South Asia, its manifestations...
  • Assad: Al-Qaeda Has an Air Force - the Israeli Air Force

    01/25/2015 3:51:36 PM PST · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/26/2015, 1:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Sunday accused the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of conspiring with the Al-Qaeda terrorist group. “It’s very clear. Because whenever we make advances in some place, they attack in order to undermine the army. It’s very clear,” Assad told the American Foreign Affairs magazine in excerpts of an interview that will be published in full on Monday. “That’s why some in Syria joke, how can you say that Al-Qaeda doesn’t have an air force? They have the Israeli air force,” he added.