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  • US politicians offer neither consensus nor solutions on Syria (Carly, Jeb, Kasich want No-Fly Zone)

    10/03/2015 6:54:02 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Guardian ^ | 10/3/15 | Lucia Graves
    For years, Republicans have criticised Barack Obama for not doing more to stop the brutalities carried out by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and to fight Isis. But what they think Obama should do and what the long-term solution might be remained hazy. -snip- Republican rising star Carly Fiorina had already called on the US to enforce a no-fly zone in Syria to protect US-backed rebel fighters, as had Jeb Bush in unequivocal terms. On Friday, another Republican presidential contender joined their camp: “You enter that no-fly zone, you enter at your own peril,” said Governor John Kasich. “No more...
  • Pentagon considering protections for U.S.-trained rebels in Syria

    10/02/2015 5:52:42 AM PDT · by McGruff · 38 replies
    Russia's launch of airstrikes in Syria is prompting discussions within the Pentagon about whether the U.S. should use military force to protect U.S.-trained and equipped Syrian rebels if they come under fire by the Russians. U.S. officials said Thursday that senior military leaders and defense officials are working through the thorny legal and foreign policy issues and are weighing the risks of using force in response to a Russian attack.
  • Man Pleads Guilty To Trying To Set Up Terror Camp In Oregon

    10/01/2015 11:51:50 AM PDT · by LRoggy · 9 replies
    KGW.Com - Oregon ^ | March 30, 2015 | Tom Hays
    NEW YORK (AP) - A mentally ill British man pleaded guilty Monday to U.S. charges he plotted to set up an al-Qaida training camp on a ranch in a remote part of Oregon that was likened to Afghanistan. Haroon Aswat admitted he traveled to Bly, Oregon, in 1999 at the direction of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, a double-amputee and radical cleric based in London. His orders were to help train recruits "who wanted to participate in jihad on behalf of a terrorist organization," he said in a barely audible voice at the sentencing in federal court in Manhattan. Before pleading guilty...
  • Akin Urges Full Investigation of John Adams Project and Alleged Outing of CIA Agents

    05/11/2010 6:59:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 6 replies · 378+ views
    Michigan News ^ | 5/11/10 | staff
    WASHINGTON—Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), ranking member of the House Armed Services Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee today, sent a letter cosigned by 47 colleagues to President Obama urging a full and thorough investigation of the ACLU’s John Adams project which may have intentionally revealed the identity of covert CIA operatives to members of Al Qaeda currently held at Guantanamo Bay. The following is the list of cosigners on the letter to President Obama regarding the alleged outing of covert CIA agents by ACLU’s John Adam’s project: Todd Akin (R-MO), Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Marsha Blackburn...
  • John McCain: Security leaks coming from ‘highest levels’ of White House

    06/06/2012 9:14:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/06/2012 | By Meghashyam Mali
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration over the disclosure of classified intelligence operations, leaks he said came from the “highest levels” at the White House. “This is the most highly classified information and it’s now been leaked by the administration at the highest levels at the White House and that’s not acceptable,” McCain said on CBS "This Morning." On Tuesday, McCain said the Senate Armed Services Committee would hold hearings about leaks detailing a U.S. cyberattack against Iran’s nuclear program and called for a special counsel to investigate the matter. A report last week in The...
  • It’s Not Just al-Qaeda Anymore: ISIS Now Targeting West at Rate of More than 2 Attacks Per Month

    09/30/2015 7:13:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/30/2015 | Stephen Kruiser
    Posted By Stephen Kruiser On September 29, 2015 @ 7:02 pm In Europe,Foreign Policy,Homeland Security,Islam,Islamic State,News | 1 Comment Via The Telegraph: Islamic State-linked terror plots are increasing with attacks on the West foiled or taking place at a rate of more than two a month, according to a new study.Since the declaration of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (Isil) “caliphate” last year, nine attacks unfolded out of a total of 32 Isil-inspired plots, or 2.3 a month, the Henry Jackson Society (HJS) said.The think tank’s latest study of Isil-related terror found that the extremist group’s slick media...
  • U.S. Says Rebel It Trained Surrendered Matériel in Syria

    09/25/2015 11:34:37 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09/25/2015 | Helene Cooper
    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Friday that an American-trained rebel commander in Syria had surrendered trucks and ammunition this week to forces affiliated with an offshoot of Al Qaeda. Military officials, who days before had denied reports of the handover, called the disclosure “very concerning” and a violation of guidelines for the American training program for Syrian rebels. United States Central Command said the rebel commander told the military that he surrendered the American-provided ammunition and trucks early this week in exchange for safe passage through an area in which the Qaeda offshoot, the Nusra Front, operates.
  • Bipartisan bill in US Senate would facilitate civil litigation by terror victims

    09/25/2015 6:25:17 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 25 Sept 15 | Christopher W. Holton
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate has introduced legislation that would facilitate terror victims to sue foreign governments and private-sector financiers for support of terrorism. The bill, aimed chiefly at the Saudi regime and individual Persian Gulf terrorism funders in nations such as Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia, has been backed by victims and families of victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They have been fighting a lengthy legal battle to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its support of Jihadist terror groups. The Senate passed an identical bill unanimously last December, but the John Boehner-led...
  • Breaking: Obama Releases 20th 9-11 Hijacker From Gitmo

    09/25/2015 3:06:34 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 38 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/25/2015 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama released Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguard this week from Gitmo. Abdul Rahman Shalabi was trained as the 20th hijacker in the 9-11 attacks. 20th hijacker shalabi Obama released Shalabi to Saudi Arabia this week. Shalabi was released from Gitmo on September 21, 2015. Investor’s Business Daily reported, via Pamela Geller: “ How much does President Obama still want the Guantanamo Bay terrorist prison shuttered? He just released the man trained to be the 20th hijacker for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. In May, 2008, Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, then-commander of the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay, sent...
  • Refugee kicked by Hungarian camerawoman was member of terror group, Kurdish party claims

    09/25/2015 2:23:29 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 8 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 22 Sep, 2015 07:35 | Russia Today
    Refugee kicked by Hungarian camerawoman was member of terror group, Kurdish party claims Published time: 21 Sep, 2015 19:10 Edited time: 22 Sep, 2015 07:35 A Syrian man who was tripped over by Hungarian camerawoman in a video that went viral has been claimed to be an alleged member of a militant Islamist group that had committed crimes against civilians in his homeland. Osama Abdul Mohsen was accused of being a member of the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front by the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in a statement released on Friday. “Osama Abdul joined the rebel groups in 2011 and...
  • Pentagon-Trained 'Moderate Rebels' Hand Weapons Over to Syrian Al-Qaeda

    09/22/2015 7:30:08 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 34 replies ^ | 22 Sep 2015 | Nabih Bulos
    US-trained Division 30 rebels 'betrayed US and hand weapons over to al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria' Pentagon-trained rebels are reported to have betrayed US and handed weapons over to Jabhat al-Nusra immediately after entering Syria | 22 Sep 2015 Pentagon-trained rebels in Syria are reported to have betrayed their American backers and handed their weapons over to al-Qaeda in Syria immediately after re-entering the country. Fighters with Division 30, the “moderate” rebel division favoured by the United States, surrendered to the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, a raft of sources claimed on Monday night. Division 30 was the first faction whose fighters...
  • Iran Released Top Members of Al Qaeda in a Trade

    09/20/2015 5:38:25 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept. 17, 2015
    The government of Iran released five senior members of Al Qaeda earlier this year, including the man who stepped in to serve as the terrorist group’s interim leader immediately after Osama bin Laden’s death, and who is the subject of a $5 million bounty, according to an American official who had been briefed on the matter. Iran’s release of the five men was part of a prisoner swap in March with Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, the group holding an Iranian diplomat, Nour Ahmad Nikbakht. Mr. Nikbakht was kidnapped in the Yemeni capital of Sana in July 2013.
  • Terror Fears As Iran Frees Al Qaeda Members

    09/19/2015 8:57:39 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Sky News ^ | 13:08, UK, Monday 14 September 2015
    Some intelligence agencies warn the five men may travel to Syria and make use of its chaotic landscape to plot attacks elsewhere. Iran has released five senior al Qaeda operatives from detention and will soon allow them to leave the country, prompting fears they will join other terrorists in Syria planning attacks on the West. According to intelligence sources, three of the five are members of al Qaeda's ruling committee the Shura Council. Among those released in exchange for the Iranian diplomat was Abu al Kheir al Masri - the former head of al Qaeda's "external relations" committee, who was...
  • The Cunning Passageways of TWA Flight 800: An Unauthorized History

    07/07/2010 9:13:18 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 25 replies
    New English Review ^ | July 1, 2010 A.D. | Christopher S. Carson
    Six months ago, authorities seized a cargo plane in Bangkok that contained 35 tons of North Korean military weapons. These included versions of the Chinese HN-5 “man-portable air defense system,” or MANPADS. The MANPADS were being shipped to Iran. The HN-5 — a copy of the Soviet SA-7— is less capable than the MANPADS Iran produces on its own. Why, you ask, would Iran be importing more primitive missiles than the ones it already makes? The only conceivable answer is that Iran was planning to provide North Korean missiles to Iran’s proxy terrorist groups, to gain plausible deniability in case...
  • Was Sa’ad Bin Laden Managing Al-Qaeda from Iran? (Osama's son more than just a "low-level" target)

    07/29/2009 10:02:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 322+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 7/29/2009 | Annie Jacobsen
    When Osama bin Laden was banished from Sudan in 1996, he left the country in a rented Soviet jet — an aged and antique Tupolev flown by a Russian pilot he did not trust. With him were a few bodyguards, his military commander, Saif al-Adel, and two sons named Sa’ad and Omar — both young men in their late teens. Although it was the corrupt Islamic government of Sudan that had robbed Osama bin Laden of much of his vast personal wealth, he blamed America for his misfortunes, according to Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright. “He held America responsible for the...
  • Senior al Qaeda leaders reportedly released from custody in Iran

    09/19/2015 6:17:47 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | September 18, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    In recent days, pro-al Qaeda jihadists claimed to confirm a recent news report saying that several senior al Qaeda leaders have been released from Iranian custody. Sky News reported earlier this week that five veteran jihadists were released in exchange for an Iranian diplomat who had been kidnapped in Yemen. Several jihadists on Twitter who are connected to al Qaeda have said the report is accurate. One of them is known as “Al Siyasi al Mutaqa’id,” who has relayed accurate information on al Qaeda in the past. The five jihadists who were reportedly freed are: Saif al Adel, Abu Mohammed...
  • Defector Testifies Against Terror Suspect

    01/31/2004 3:14:47 PM PST · by Lessismore · 2 replies · 114+ views
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 30.01.2004
    Mzoudi was a liaison to al Qaeda, witness said. A man claiming to be a former Iranian spy testified Friday that Abdelghani Mzoudi, the second man to be tried for an alleged role in the Sept. 11 attacks, was involved in the preparations to hit the World Trade Center. The witness, who goes by the alias Hamid Reza Zakeri, took the stand at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court in Hamburg and claimed that Mzoudi, was "responsible for part of the organization" of the suicide attacks that destroyed the twin towers in New York and damaged the Pentagon. Zakeri testified Mzoudi...
  • The Terror Masters Revisited

    08/16/2004 6:23:27 AM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies · 668+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 8-16-04 | Michael Ledeen
    Saturday's Washington Post had an article which quotes the usual unnamed intelligence sources saying that they are surprised to discover that al Qaeda has "reconstituted" itself. This surprise derives from, inter alia, the computer data found recently in Pakistan, intelligence sources (both ours and friends'), and simply looking at the range of activities in which the terrorists engage. This surprise is, as usual, unsettling, since it has been quite clear for some time now that al Qaeda and the other major terrorist groups — Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Jamaa, etc. — are all working together, and have been ever since...
  • Fiorina sings the praises of Islam, Ottoman Empire 'greatest civilization'

    09/16/2015 3:41:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    Wilmington Examiner ^ | 8/9/15 | Timothy Whiteman
    Former CEO and Chairwoman of the Board of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina may still be hearing the fading echoes of the praise heaped upon her by network pundits and GOP party insiders after her being informally declared the winner of the lower-tier Republican candidates debate last Aug. 6, 2015. In the wake of the nationally televised debate, the gushing of television personalities and happily spilled ink from establishment Republican stalwarts certainly gave the impression that Fiorina has become the new darling of the conservative movement. However, with a nation still in mourning for the mass slaughter of the 9/11 terrorist attacks...
  • The Bin Laden Papers

    09/15/2015 12:09:01 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 14, 2015
    Unlike so many terrorists, Osama Bin Laden didn’t take all of his secrets to the grave. The Navy SEALs who hunted him down also brought back from his Abbottabad hideout many files on al Qaeda’s plans as well as its cooperation with Iran. The question is why the public hasn’t been allowed to see them. In a speech at the American Enterprise Institute last week, Dick Cheney quoted former Defense Intelligence Agency Gen. Michael Flynn saying there are “letters about Iran’s role, influence and acknowledgment of enabling al Qaeda operatives to pass through Iran as long as al Qaeda did...
  • Obama has documents on Iran’s support of Al Qaeda, but he won’t release them

    09/15/2015 6:41:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/15/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Gosh. Wonder why You may not realize that, when U.S. Navy SEALs showed up at Osama bin Laden’s hideout for the purpose of putting a bullet in his brain, they also carried off a sizeable number of documents pertaining to Al Qaeda’s operations around the world, including information about which nations provide substantial support in the form of both financing and access to territory, training facilities and so on. I’ll give you one guess which country was a prominent supporter. I’ll give you a hint: Obama and Kerry recently negotiated a deal with this country that relieves it of economic...
  • Twisting Intelligence Into Lies Is The Obama Way. Can’t Let America Know He’s Failing

    09/12/2015 6:56:54 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/12/15 | Jim Emerson
    Intelligence analysts assigned to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) state their reports on activities of the Islamic State (IS) have been intentionally watered down “to fit the Obama administration’s narrative that the U.S. is winning the war against the terror group”, (1) Obama’s policies on the Middle East have failed with deadly results. Officials around Obama don’t want him or America to hear the bad news. Here’s a little factoid: “IS” is not the “JV squad” as Obama described them. The American Military is capable of handling the Islamic State but the leadership and commander and chief lack the intestinal fortitude...
  • Al Qaeda Leader Al-Zawahiri Declares War on ISIS 'Caliph' Al-Baghdadi

    09/12/2015 2:50:14 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 22 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 10 Sep 15 | JAMES GORDON MEEK
    Just ahead of the fourteenth anniversary of al Qaeda's 9/11 attacks on the U.S., the leader of the terrorist group took aim in an angry speech at a mortal enemy -- but not American “crusaders” this time. Rather, the object of his tirade was the leader of ISIS in a declaration of war that will “irreconcilably” divide the two terror groups in a way the U.S. may be able to exploit, experts say. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian doctor who replaced Osama bin Laden as the head of al Qaeda four years ago, in a new audio message accused ISIS top...
  • Al Qaeda Leader Al-Zawahiri Declares War on ISIS 'Caliph' Al-Baghdadi

    09/10/2015 10:15:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Yahoo via ABC News ^ | 09/10/2015 | JAMES GORDON MEEK
    Just ahead of the fourteenth anniversary of al Qaeda's 9/11 attacks on the U.S., the leader of the terrorist group took aim in an angry speech at a mortal enemy -- but not American “crusaders” this time. Rather, the object of his tirade was the leader of ISIS in a declaration of war that will “irreconcilably” divide the two terror groups in a way the U.S. may be able to exploit, experts say. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian doctor who replaced Osama bin Laden as the head of al Qaeda four years ago, in a new audio message accused ISIS top...
  • Former Al-Qaeda Leader Says Obama-Aligned Muslim Brotherhood ‘...Most Dangerous Organizations’

    09/08/2015 12:55:09 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/8/2015 | Patrick Poole
    I had the opportunity to escort a U.S. congressional delegation to Egypt last week — we were sponsored by the Cairo-based Center for North Africa and Near East Security Studies. One of the common themes we heard from senior government officials and experts was the active role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the ongoing terror campaign targeting military, police, and government officials, as well as in the sabotage of infrastructure. I reported here at PJ Media back in June on the Brotherhood’s escalating violence. There have been a number of signs this past year indicating that the Muslim Brotherhood in...
  • Daily Beast Exclusive: 50 Spies Say ISIS Intelligence Was Cooked (by Obama Admin)

    09/09/2015 6:48:58 PM PDT · by kristinn · 54 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | Shane Harris and Nancy A. Youssef
    It’s being called a “revolt” by intelligence pros who are paid to give their honest assessment of the ISIS war—but are instead seeing their reports turned into happy talk. More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned. The complaints spurred the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how...
  • Al Qaeda Mag Urges Attack on Koch Brothers, Buffett, Bloomberg

    09/09/2015 8:05:16 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 20 replies
    NBC ^ | Sept 9, 2015 | ROBERT WINDREM and TRACY CONNOR
    A notorious al Qaeda magazine is encouraging lone-wolf terrorist attacks on U.S. economic leaders, including Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg and Warren Buffett. The list in Inspire magazine also included industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch, internet entrepreneur Larry Ellison, and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. A prominent economist was also on the list but asked that his name be withheld. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke was named, though not Janet Yellen, who succeeded him. Also pictured was Jim Walton, one of the heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune, although he was misidentified in the caption as his late father, Sam Walton. Several...
  • Former Syrian rebel leader joins exodus to Europe (barf alert)

    09/09/2015 6:10:51 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    He is accustomed to being in command — he led a 700-strong rebel unit in Syria's civil war — and he is now keen to help others dealing with exile. "Everyone wants to leave Syria," he said. "My (home) is the most dangerous city in the world. About 70 percent of the city is destroyed ... In Syria, Al Qaeda want me, Daesh (the Islamic State extremist group), the government — I fought them all. I don't care. Some people are afraid. I'm not." As a seasoned fighter, Al Saleh moves fast. He clandestinely crossed Syria's porous border with Turkey,...
  • U.S. Revamping Rebel Force Fighting ISIS in Syria

    09/07/2015 12:24:27 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 6, 2015 | By ERIC SCHMITT and BEN HUBBARD
    WASHINGTON — In an acknowledgment of severe shortcomings in its effort to create a force of moderate rebels to battle the Islamic State in Syria, the Pentagon is drawing up plans to significantly revamp the program by dropping larger numbers of fighters into safer zones as well as providing better intelligence and improving their combat skills. The proposed changes come after a Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda attacked, in late July, many of the first 54 Syrian graduates of the military’s training program and the rebel unit they came from. A day before the attack, two leaders of the American-backed...
  • How Israel prevented ISIS from going nuclear

    09/04/2015 7:39:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/02/2015 | MICHAEL FREUND
    Instead of constantly smacking Israel with criticism, the Obama administration and its European comrades should be praising the Jewish state The entire free world owes Israel an enormous debt of gratitude. Were it not for a prescient strike against a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, which foreign media sources credit Israel with carrying out, the fanatics of Islamic State would now be in possession of their own nuclear facility. This revelation came to light thanks to a recent article on the NK News website by former US diplomat Dennis P. Halpin, who highlighted an intriguing tidbit of information that was...
  • Has Yemen war handed Aden to jihadists?

    09/03/2015 3:11:06 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 Sep 2015 | Frank Gardner
    Unseen by most of the world, the once tranquil port of Aden is being steadily infiltrated by jihadists from both al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) and the so-called Islamic State (IS). They are not in charge of the city, the military forces of the UAE are. But in the last few days disturbing reports have emerged of the summary executions of prisoners by the jihadists, along with their black flags hoisted onto public buildings.
  • Using Al-Qaeda linked fighters to battle IS could succeed: Petraeus

    09/02/2015 11:58:40 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 17 replies ^ | September 2 2015 | AFP
    Former US military commander David Petraeus said Wednesday fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate could be used to take on the Islamic State group as he warned that his nation's hesitation to enforce "red lines" in Syria had damaged US credibility. The decorated four-star general said a controversial move to harness fighters from a group linked to Al-Qaeda -- which was responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks -- was "an option that has some prospect for achievement". Petraeus, who was feted for changing the course of the Iraq war in 2007, said the focus was not on cooperating with the...
  • Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS

    09/01/2015 6:33:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 26 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | August 31, 2015 | Shane Harris
    To take down the so-called Islamic State in Syria, the influential former head of the CIA wants to co-opt jihadists from America’s arch foe. Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus. The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast....
  • Egypt turns to Russia to combat terrorism

    08/26/2015 8:01:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 26,2015 | AP
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday called for a coalition to combat terrorism in the Middle East. Opening a meeting with Putin in Moscow, el-Sissi said "the Egyptian people" are hoping for broader ties with Russia in all areas, particularly in fighting terrorism in the Middle East. El-Sissi's Russian visit, his second in the past three months, highlights Moscow's attempts to expand its influence in Egypt at a time when Egyptian-U.S. relations have soured in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
  • Syrian rebels: Turkey tipped al Qaida group to U.S.-trained fighters

    08/25/2015 7:28:41 AM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | MITCHELL PROTHERO
    The kidnapping of a group of U.S.-trained moderate Syrians moments after they entered Syria last month to confront the Islamic State was orchestrated by Turkish intelligence, multiple rebel sources have told McClatchy. The rebels say that the tipoff to al Qaida’s Nusra Front enabled Nusra to snatch many of the 54 graduates of the $500 million program on July 29 as soon as they entered Syria, dealing a humiliating blow to the Obama administration’s plans for confronting the Islamic State.
  • ISIS 'Mein Kampf' Blames Israel for Global Terrorism

    08/16/2015 6:58:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    INN ^ | Sunday, August 16, 2015 | Sara A. Carter, American Media Institute
    Intelligence officials are comparing a newly discovered secret Islamic State document to Hitler's "Mein Kampf," as it blames Israel for the rise of the Islamic State and crowns U.S. President Barack Obama as the "Mule of the Jews." Found in Pakistan's remote tribal region by American Media Institute (AMI), the 32-page Urdu language document promotes an "end of the world" battle as a final solution. It argues that the Islamic leader should be recognized as the sole ruler of the world's 1 billion Muslims, under a religious empire called a "caliphate." ...Retired U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Flynn...
  • Former ISI chief Hamid Gul passes away in Murree

    08/15/2015 1:51:55 PM PDT · by AdmSmith · 13 replies
    The Express Tribune, Pakistan ^ | 15AUG2015 | Web Desk
    Former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General (retd) Hamid Gul passed away in Murree on Saturday evening due to brain haemorrhage, Express News reported. According to his daughter, Uzma Gul, the former spy master had been taken to the Combined Military hospital in Murree on Saturday after he suffered brain haemorrhage.
  • Bin Laden's Youngest Son May Be Rising in al-Qaeda

    08/15/2015 12:01:45 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies ^ | 08/15/2015 | Michael Harthorne
    (Newser) – A man claiming to be Osama bin Laden's youngest son Hamza released an audio message calling for al-Qaeda supporters to step up lone-wolf attacks on the United States and its allies, he Telegraph reports. He singled out Washington DC, London, Paris, and Tel Aviv as targets. If the recording, which was shared by supporters on Twitter, is indeed from Hamza bin Laden, it would be the first time he has acted as an official spokesperson for al-Qaeda, according to the BBC. The Telegraph reports evidence from the Abbottabad compound where Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 suggest...
  • Obama's Betrayals: Willfully Supporting Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood

    08/11/2015 11:57:58 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | August 12, 2015 | By Robert Spencer
    It doesn’t get any more explosive than this: a high-ranking former Obama administration official charging that the administration made a conscious decision to support al-Qaeda – so where is the mainstream media? Brad Hoff reported in Foreign Policy Journal last Friday that “in Al Jazeera’s latest Head to Head episode, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn confirms to Mehdi Hasan that not only had he studied the DIA memo predicting the West’s backing of an Islamic State in Syria when it came across his desk in 2012, but even asserts that the White House’s sponsoring of radical...
  • The secret to ISIS's success: Over 100 former Saddam Hussein-era officers run jihadi group's

    08/10/2015 4:21:14 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    AP via Daily Mail ^ | 08/08/2015 | TOM WYKE
    Once part of one of the most brutal dictator's army in the Middle East, over 100 former members of Saddam Hussein's military and intelligence officers are now part of ISIS. Now they make up the complex network of ISIS's leadership, helping to build the military strategies which have led the brutal jihadi group to their military gains in Syria and Iraq. The officers gave ISIS the organization and discipline it needed to weld together jihadi fighters drawn from across the globe, integrating terror tactics like suicide bombings with military operation
  • Obama White House made “willful decision” to support Al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood in Syria

    08/09/2015 5:27:52 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 08/07/15
    Former DIA director: Obama White House made “willful decision” to support Al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. Mehdi Hasan is a highly suspect analyst and Foreign Policy Journal appears to be a pro-jihad paleocon publication, and Al Jazeera is certainly a pro-jihad propaganda outlet. All that is noted, but if this transcript is accurate, former DIA director Michael Flynn is confirming that the Obama Administration knowingly decided to support al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, and directly enabled the rise of the Islamic State. And given the Obama Administration’s general stance toward the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, what...
  • Iran, Al Qaeda affiliated group, the Al Nusra Front, attacks US trained rebels in Syria

    08/06/2015 8:37:56 AM PDT · by Frankusa · 5 replies
    On July 31, the New York Times reported that an American-trained, Syrian Rebel group, known as Division 30, came under intense attack from a hard-line, Al Qaeda affiliated group, known as the Al Nusra Front... It is... significant to note that, according to a US Department of Treasury report issued last year, Al Nusra has received significant funding from "Al-Qaida’s network in Iran." That's right: Iran. "Al-Qaida’s network in Iran.".... The Treasury Department noted in its report that... "Al-Qaida’s network in Iran has facilitated the transfer of funds... to al-Qaida core and other affiliated elements, including the al-Nusrah Front in...
  • U.S. to Use Air Power to Defend Syria Force

    08/02/2015 3:17:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 2, 2015 | ADAM ENTOUS
    President Barack Obama has authorized the use of air power to defend a new U.S.-backed fighting force in Syria should it come under attack from Syrian government forces or other groups, officials said, in a move that could increase the risk of the U.S. coming into direct conflict with the Assad regime. The decision ends a months’ long debate over the role the U.S. military should play in supporting its few allies on the battlefield and comes as the U.S. and Turkey discussed joint operations to clear a zone along the Turkish-Syrian border of Islamic State militants. Turkish officials wanted...
  • U.S. to Defend New Syria Force From Assad Regime

    08/02/2015 5:21:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/2/15 | ADAM ENTOUS
    President Barack Obama has authorized using air power to defend a new U.S.-backed fighting force in Syria if it is attacked by Syrian government forces or other groups, raising the risk of the American military coming into direct conflict with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. officials said the decision ended a monthslong debate over the role the American military should play in supporting its few allies on the battlefield in Syria. Administration officials had been deeply concerned that defending the Pentagon-backed force could inadvertently open the first open conflict with the Assad government, which has denounced the U.S....
  • U.S.-Trained Anti-ISIS Commander Kidnapped in Syria

    07/30/2015 1:53:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/30/2015 | By ANNE BARNARD and KARAM SHOUMALI
    BAGHDAD — The commander of a group of Syrian fighters trained by the United States has been kidnapped by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, his group said in a statement Thursday. The commander, Nadeem Hassan, and seven of his fighters were taken by the Nusra Front, a rival of the Islamic State in Syria, as they were returning from a meeting in Turkey. A contingent of 54 fighters from Mr. Hassan’s group, known as Division 30, are the only ones who have graduated from a Pentagon program to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Syria. One the...
  • Kuwaiti Officials in U.S. to Help Free Gitmo Captive Denied Release by Obama’s Parole Board

    07/28/2015 2:03:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 28, 2015
    Will the U.S. cave into an Arab nation’s pressure—witnessed firsthand by Judicial Watch—to release a senior Al Qaeda operative and Osama bin Laden advisor who has already been refused discharge by President Obama’s special Guantanamo parole board? The terrorist is a Kuwaiti national named Faez Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari and he’s been a prisoner at the U.S. military compound in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002. His Department of Defense (DOD) file says he has a history of participating in violent militant Islamic activities, poses a high-risk threat to the United States, has numerous connections to senior Al Qaeda members and was...
  • FBI chief: Islamic State group bigger threat than al-Qaida

    07/22/2015 9:18:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2015 10:07 PM EDT | Ken Dilanian
    The Islamic State group’s effort to inspire troubled Americans to violence has become more of a terror threat to the U.S. than an external attack by al-Qaida, the FBI director said Wednesday. FBI Director James Comey told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum that the Islamic State group, which has proclaimed a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq, has influenced a significant but unknown number of Americans through a year-long campaign on social media urging Muslims who can’t travel to the Middle East to “kill where you are.” Twitter handles affiliated with the group have more than 21,000...
  • Chattanooga Shooter Followed Al Qaeda Cleric Online in 2013 [FBI, Media still baffled on motive]

    07/21/2015 5:36:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    FBI agents have found evidence that Chattanooga shooter Mohammod Abdulazeez was following a radical American member of al Qaeda online in 2013, as well as pages of writing that showed the young man was suicidal and looking for a way to absolve what he considered were his sins, according to a representative of Abdulazeez's family. Video tapes of Anwar al-Awlaki, the high-profile American al Qaeda cleric and recruiter, have circulated on the internet and have been popular in jihadist circles long after al-Awlaki's death by American drone strike in September 2011. ....there is no evidence so far that Mohammod Abdulazeez,...
  • US authorities allege Oregon imam assisted radicals

    07/20/2015 11:31:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 20, 2015 10:03 PM EDT | Jonathan J. Cooper
    U.S. authorities are seeking to revoke the citizenship of an Oregon imam who they say tried to conceal past associations with radical Islamic groups. Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye raised money, recruited fighters and provided training for insurgent groups battling Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s, the U.S. Department of Justice says in a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland. Kariye was one of more than a dozen people who filed a lawsuit challenging the no-fly list, winning last year a court order saying the government must provide information about why people are on the list. The...
  • BREAKING: Obama Admin Knew Al-Qaeda Was Planning Attack in Benghazi 10 DAYS IN ADVANCE

    07/03/2015 12:25:24 PM PDT · by blueyon · 227 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/03/15 | Jim Hoft
    They said it was a “protest” not a terrorist attack. Now there’s more proof that they lied. The Obama administration knew al-Qaeda was planning an attack in Benghazi to “kill as many Americans as possible” ten days in advance. Judicial Watch reported: Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified “Secret” documents from the Department of Defense (DOD)and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by the al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-linked “Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman” (BCOAR),...