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  • Video: Israel shoots down Syrian jet over Golan Heights

    09/23/2014 3:37:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The timing of this incident is rather curious, to say the least. Israel announced today that a single Syrian Su-24 fighter jet crossed over into Israeli airspace over the contested Golan Heights, prompting the IDF to shoot it down with a Patriot battery. This apparently took place while the US and its Arab partners launched air strikes elsewhere in Syria:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning — the first such downing in decades, heightening tensions in the volatile plateau.The military...
  • Rooting for Obama's Success

    09/23/2014 3:01:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 23, 2014 | By Ron Fournier
    Criticism is fine and fully American, but so is uniting behind the president, the troops—and a risky plan. Hawks wanted him to act sooner. Doves didn't want him to act at all. The rest of us—the ambivalent Americans—wanted President Obama to do something. He did this: persuaded five Arab states to participate in airstrikes against militants in Syria, including an al-Qaida affiliate plotting an imminent attack against the United States. This isn't dithering. It doesn't look weak. Obama is engaged—finally, and hopefully, for good. We should root for the president and his success, because there are no easy answers in...
  • ISIS reverts smoking ban in Kirkuk 'to gain popularity'

    09/23/2014 2:29:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 9/22/2014
    Residents of Iraq's Kirkuk said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has backed down from its decision to ban smoking and has thus allowed selling cigarettes in areas it controls south and west of the province, Almada Press reported Saturday. Abdulrahman al-Gabouri, a resident of Hawija, 55 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk, told Almada Press that ISIS has now allowed shops to sell cigarettes in the province and its towns. The decision came as an attempt to gain popularity after the group’s extremist actions began to appall residents particularly after security forces, aided by international support, began to attack...
  • Exclusive: U.S. told Iran of intent to strike Islamic State in Syria - source

    09/23/2014 2:26:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 23, 2014 | BY PARISA HAFEZI, LOUIS CHARBONNEAU AND ARSHAD MOHAMMED
    The United States informed Iran in advance of its intention to strike Islamic State militants in Syria and told Tehran that it would not target the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Iranian official told Reuters. Asked about the assurance that Syrian government forces would not be targeted, a senior U.S. State Department official told Reuters: "We communicated our intentions, but not specific timing or targets, to the Iranians. As we've said, we won't be coordinating military action with Iran. And of course we won't be sharing intelligence with Iran either."
  • It’s Time to Take the Islamic State Seriously (Excellent Analysis!)

    09/23/2014 2:20:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 23, 2014 | REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.
    Islam has no central or definitive body or figure authorized to define what exactly it is. Opinions about its essence and scope vary widely according to the political or philosophic background of its own interpreters. The current effort to establish an Islamic State, with a designated Caliph, again to take up the mission assigned to Islam, brings to our attention the question: “What is Islam?”The issue of “terror” is a further aspect of this same understanding. Many outside Islam seek to separate “terror” and “Islam” as if they were, in their usage, independent or even opposed ideas. This latter...
  • Damascus Friday Sermon: The Americans Established ISIS to Destroy Syria

    09/23/2014 2:02:30 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 9-19-14 | Sama TV (Syria)
    In a Friday sermon in Damascus on September 19, 2014, Sheik Muhammad Ma'moun Rahma said that the U.S. had established ISIS in order to achieve their goal of destroying Syria, just like the Twin Towers "were destroyed by the Jews so that America could use this as a pretext to occupy Afghanistan." Rahma further said that Barack Obama is a "clueless idiot" if he believes that he can take over Syria. Following are excerpts from the sermon, which was broadcast on the Syrian Sama TV channel: Sheik Muhammad Ma'moun Rahma: Do you know, oh Syrians, that America's goal is to...
  • Hamas Flags Flown as Murderers of Three Teens Buried

    09/23/2014 1:59:14 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9-23-14 | Ari Yashar
    The two Hamas terrorists who murdered Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Sha'ar hy''d on June 12 and were shot dead in an exchange of fire with IDF forces in Hevron on Tuesday have been buried, in a funeral that quickly turned into a Hamas rally. The terrorists, Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu-Eisha, were laid to rest with some 3,000 local Arabs in attendance, with many waving flags of the terror organization Hamas of which the two were members of, reports AFP. MK Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) said Tuesday that the IDF should hold on to the bodies of...
  • Obama’s Letter to Congress on the Syria Airstrikes Has a Glaring Omission

    09/23/2014 1:49:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 23, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    See if you can spot it. He never mentions the Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL…at all. Is this letter an admission that he has yet to find legal justification to back up the airstrikes on ISIS targets? Or is this letter depending on the Authorization for Use of Military Force — which he wanted to repeal — to strike Khorasan, which is a more direct offshoot of al Qaeda than ISIS is? h/t Weasel Zippers
  • Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections

    09/23/2014 7:42:16 AM PDT · by Raebie · 12 replies
    New England Journal of Medicine ^ | September 23, 2014 | WHO Ebola Response Team
    As of September 14, 2014, a total of 4507 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), as well as 2296 deaths from the virus, had been reported from five countries in West Africa — Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. In terms of reported morbidity and mortality, the current epidemic of EVD is far larger than all previous epidemics combined. The true numbers of cases and deaths are certainly higher. There are numerous reports of symptomatic persons evading diagnosis and treatment, of laboratory diagnoses that have not been included in national databases, and of persons with suspected...
  • Al-Sisi: Egypt backs US strikes on ISIS, will participate in coalition, if ...

    09/23/2014 12:46:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    But don’t expect that assistance to come free of charge. In an interview this morning with CBS’ Charlie Rose, the Egyptian president whose coup took down the Muslim Brotherhood government favored by the White House says that his country would be happy to join the anti-ISIS coalition, including militarily, and expects to do so. Just as soon as the US coughs up the fighter jets that the Obama administration held up after the coup, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says with repeated laughter, Egypt will be delighted to help fight terrorism: Alternate headline: Why are these men laughing? Rose seems to...
  • Ebola death rates 70% - WHO study

    09/23/2014 12:42:48 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/23/14
    In the worst case scenario, cases in two nations could reach 1.4 million in January, according to a US estimate.
  • What Is the Khorasan Group, Targeted By US in Syria?

    09/23/2014 12:28:56 PM PDT · by traumer · 19 replies
    The U.S. military said today that by striking a little known terror cell called the Khorasan Group in Syria it was able to take out dangerous men who were “plotting and planning imminent attacks against Western targets to include the U.S. homeland.” In the midst of the well-publicized campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the military’s first official announcement that a different, potentially more deadly terror group existed, that it’s members were planning an “imminent” attack on America and that those planning the attack had been killed in the U.S.-led bombing campaign all came as something...
  • In first talks since 1979, UK and Iran to discuss IS (Cameron to meet Rouhani)

    09/23/2014 11:37:14 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 23, 2014, 8:51 pm | Katherine Haddon
    LONDON (AFP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron will hold talks on Wednesday with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani over unrest in Iraq and Syria, officials said, announcing the first meeting between the countries’ leaders since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The talks will occur on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. They come as Western powers seek to build support for the fight against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, which holds swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and which has beheaded two US journalists and a British aid worker. Britain has had tense ties with...
  • Ukraine needs more financial help, IIF says

    09/23/2014 11:33:45 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 14 replies
    Rooters ^ | September 23, 2014 | Staff
    Ukraine will likely need to extend its IMF program to help the government pay its bills and also will require more support from other donors, especially the European Union, a global financial industry group said on Tuesday. Despite a recent ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Kiev will suffer a double-digit recession this year, given the destruction of factories and other infrastructure and an increase in banks' capital needs, the Institute of International Finance said. Lubomir Mitov, the IIF's chief economist for emerging Europe, said Kiev would also likely need to restructure its debt to lengthen the maturities on...
  • Russia sanctions and the EU: What went wrong?

    09/23/2014 11:28:25 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | September 23, 2014 | Dan Steinbock
    NEW YORK - Last March – after months of escalation in the Crimea and eastern Ukraine – President Obama initiated sanctions against Russia in financial services, energy, defense and related materials sectors.New sanctions ensued in July when Washington launched unilateral restrictions targeting powerful interests in Russia’s financial, energy, and military technology sectors. After Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in Ukraine and 300 people perished, the EU also took a much tougher stance. In mid-September, the Obama administration and its European allies went further still with their sanctions. Now Washington, Brussels and Moscow are stuck in a vicious circle,...
  • Syria Becomes the 7th Predominantly Muslim Country Bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate

    09/23/2014 9:17:16 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 25 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 23 September 2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    The U.S. today began bombing targets inside Syria, in concert with its lovely and inspiring group of five allied regimes: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Jordan. That means that Syria becomes the 7th predominantly Muslim country bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama—after Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Iraq. The utter lack of interest in what possible legal authority Obama has to bomb Syria is telling indeed: Empires bomb who they want, when they want, for whatever reason (indeed, recall that Obama bombed Libya even after Congress explicitly voted against authorization to use force, and...
  • Syrian fighter jet shot down by Israel over the Golan Heights

    09/23/2014 10:07:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Euronews ^ | 09/23/14
    Israel has shot down a Syrian fighter jet over the Golan Heights, in the first such incident in almost 30 years. Syria has described the shooting as an “act of aggression”.
  • Carter Administration’s Dilemma: Iran’s Theocracy

    09/23/2014 10:06:23 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 4 replies
    FSM ^ | Slater Bakhtavar
    In November 1978 then President Carter nominated George Ball as a member of the Trilateral Commission. The commission acted under the direct control of the National Security Council’s Zbigniew Brzezinski, an ardent opponent of the Shah of Iran. This commission cultivated a clandestine Iran task force. While serving on this commission, George Ball championed cessation of United States support for the Shah and clandestine support for Rubhullah Ayatollah Khomeini who, albeit in exile, led a proletariat Islamic opposition. Pursuant to this agenda George Ball sought to garner the support of Robert Bowie, who was at that time the Deputy Director...
  • Obama in 2009: F-22 Jets Used to Strike Syria 'Outdated and Unnecessary'

    09/23/2014 9:47:43 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 23, 2014 | Staff
    President Barack Obama dismissed the F-22 fighter jets used during Monday’s airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria as “outdated and unnecessary” in a speech on July 21, 2009. “I reject the notion that we have to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on outdated and unnecessary defense projects to keep this nation secure” Obama said. "That's why I'm grateful that the Senate just voted against an additional $1.75 billion to buy F-22 fighter jets that military experts and members of both parties say we do not need.” ...more (w/video)...
  • Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

    09/23/2014 9:46:11 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 8 replies
    The Modesto Bee ^ | September 23, 2014 | ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE
    DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group. Damascus said the U.S. informed it beforehand that the strikes were coming.SnipThe United States has ruled out any coordination with Assad's government.
  • Russia will add 80 new warships to Black Sea Fleet: fleet commander

    09/23/2014 9:34:30 AM PDT · by McGruff · 30 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sep 23, 2014 | Vladimir Soldatkin
    Russia will increase its Black Sea fleet with more than 80 new warships by 2020 and will complete a second naval base for the fleet near the city of Novorossiysk by 2016, its commander said on Tuesday.
  • Spain scraps abortion plan, justice chief quits

    09/23/2014 9:32:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2014 12:09 PM EDT
    The Spanish government has scrapped plans to restrict the availability of abortion because there was no consensus for change, the prime minister said Tuesday, in a move that brought the resignation of the justice minister who was in charge of introducing a new law. Spain now allows abortion without restrictions in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The government had promised to restrict abortion to only cases of rape or serious health risks. But the proposal triggered widespread denunciation, with critics saying it would put Spain back 40 years in terms of women’s rights. …
  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Draws GOP Presidential Attention

    09/23/2014 9:29:36 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 22, 2014 | Gerald F. Seib
    He Helped Found the Tea-Party Caucus in Congress, and Now Leads a State With Booming Economy With Washington's reputation lurking in used-car-salesmen territory, there will be a wide lane in the 2016 presidential campaign for governors with records built outside the national capital. On the Republican side, the list of potential contenders already includes New Jersey's Chris Christie, Wisconsin's Scott Walker, Louisiana's Bobby Jindal, Texas' Rick Perry and a prominent former governor, Florida's Jeb Bush. Now, grass-roots conservatives are seeking to add another governor's name to that list of 2016 possibilities: Indiana's Mike Pence. The Hoosier chief executive isn't as...
  • Obama Offers Climate Change Help to Other Nations

    09/23/2014 9:16:12 AM PDT · by illiac · 10 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 9/23/14 | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama is pledging new U.S. help for other nations struggling to address global warming, as heads of state from around the world converge for a major summit on climate change. Obama will use his speech at a U.N. summit Tuesday to announce plans to sign an executive order requiring the U.S. government to take climate change into account when it spends money overseas to help poorer countries, the White House said. The U.S. will also offer vulnerable communities abroad new tools to address the effects of climate change through science and technology. The measures join a host of...
  • Biden 2012: Romney Wants to Go to War with Syria

    09/23/2014 9:03:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 1 replies
    The National Review ^ | 09/23/14 | Ian Tuttle
    “He [Romney] said it was a mistake to end the war in Iraq and bring all of our warriors home,” Biden told an audience in York, Penn., on September 2, 2012. “He said it was a mistake to set an end date for our warriors in Afghanistan and bring them home. He implies by the speech that he’s ready to go to war in Syria and Iran.” Biden also scoffed at Romney for his tough talk about Russia: “He wants to move from cooperation to confrontation with Putin’s Russia. And these guys say the president’s out of touch?”
  • From a former submariner: Mazel tov to the Israeli navy!

    09/23/2014 8:49:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/23/2014 | NIMROD GANZARSKI
    The I.N.S Tannin (named after the biblical sea monster) is sleek and mysterious, even more so than her older sisters; she is also much more technologically advanced than her older sisters. Tanin submarine. (photo credit:IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT) Mazal tov Israel! Mazal tov IDF and mazal tov to the Israeli navy! The newest addition to the Israeli submarine fleet is entering her new home – an Israeli port. The I.N.S Tannin (named after the biblical sea monster) is sleek and mysterious, even more so than her older sisters; she is also much more technologically advanced than her older sisters. The new...
  • Jihadi social media: Khorasan Group leader Muhsin al-Fadhli killed in U.S. airstrikes in Syria

    09/23/2014 8:46:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2014 | AllahPundit
    A brief but important follow-up to Ed’s item this morning. You probably don’t recognize the name in the headline; until recently, I didn’t either. In fact, the name of the Khorasan Group itself wasn’t leaked to the media until last week, although James Clapper had alluded months ago to unnamed AQ operatives inside Syria wanting to hit the U.S. from afar.Turns out al-Fadhli has been on U.S. intel’s radar for a loooong time, though. And now he’s dead — maybe. Among the Al Nusrah Front positions targeted in the bombings are locations where members of the so-called “Khorasan group”...
  • Japan again looks to get domestic fighter jet off ground

    09/23/2014 8:45:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | September 22, 2014 | YUKIO TAJIMA and YOSHIFUMI UESAKA
    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is embarking on an ambitious quest to develop an entirely domestic fighter jet for the first time since the end of World War II. It will work with major defense contractors such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI on the project, which is a milestone in Japan's defense procurement policy. The project will start in earnest in fiscal 2015, with work on a prototype engine and assessments of the aircraft's stealth capabilities. The outlook for the costly undertaking is murky, however, given that the U.S. has never supported Japan's efforts to develop a fighter on...
  • Russia condemns U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria

    09/23/2014 8:43:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/23/2014 | By Karoun Demirjian
    MOSCOW — As the United States launches airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, Russia is condemning the move, and hedging support for the attacks so long as they proceed without the Syrian government’s consent. The Kremlin has no trouble with the intended target — like the United States, Russia wants the Islamic State destroyed and thinks it must be defeated in Syria and Iraq. But as Syria’s unofficial patron and interlocutor in international discussions about how to confront the Islamic State, Russia is insistent that U.S. measures to target militants in Syria lack authority without buy-in from Syrian President...
  • U.S. actually had Assad’s cooperation during strikes on targets in Syria

    09/23/2014 8:40:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2014 | Noah Rothman
    “For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside,” Barack Obama said in a written statement in August, 2011. The statement came following reports that indicated Syria’s Bashar al-Assad was involved in a bloody crackdown on protesters who rose up amid the Arab Spring revolutions. Two years later, Obama was marshalling support for air strikes against forces loyal to Assad. Though the administration had ruled out “regime change” through military force, toppling Assad was the goal nevertheless. The United States was responding to the clear evidence that Damascus had used chemical...
  • Scandinavians Split Over Syrian Influx

    09/23/2014 7:58:57 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | SEPT. 19, 2014 | By HUGH EAKIN
    THE narrow victory of the left-leaning Social Democratic Party in Sweden’s elections last Sunday marked a broad shift in its politics. But a new coalition government is unlikely to reconsider one of the country’s most challenging policies: its response to the Syrian civil war. Sweden has taken an open-door approach to people fleeing the conflict, accepting more Syrians than any other European country. Never mind that Sweden has double-digit youth unemployment. That there have been riots in immigrant neighborhoods in Stockholm...Or that the Swedish Migration Board, which handles asylum seekers, needs a drastic budget increase — almost $7 billion —...
  • Samantha Power: U.S. Aid Will Help Syria Rebels Fight ISIS And Assad

    09/23/2014 7:58:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    "But, may I add, the training also will service these troops in the same struggle that they've been in since the beginning of this conflict against the Assad regime"
  • America’s Public Opinion and Going to War

    09/23/2014 7:39:12 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 20, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The libertarian think tank Cato Institute held a debate on American public opinion and going to war, featuring professors Adam Berinksy of MIT, Ohio State’s John Mueller, the University of Exeter’s Jason Reifler and Trevor Thrall of George Mason University. code pink at senate hearing Mueller began the discussion and focused on how American public opinion was polled during the “four, long ground wars” since World War II. He observed that support for wars has gone progressively down through the years. The Vietnam, Korea, and Iraq and Afghanistan military campaigns had a brief spike of approval in the beginning of...
  • ISIS Ignites "Flames of War"

    09/23/2014 7:38:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Mark Tapson
    Hollywood has been called the greatest propaganda machine in human history, because the power of film is so compelling and persuasive. Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan once wrote that “movies are hard-wired into our psyche, shaping how we view the world… It’s when politics infiltrates entertainment that it is most subversive – and most effective.” That’s why Communist Russia’s Lenin said, “For us, the cinema is the most important of all the arts.” Hitler too certainly understood its usefulness in conveying Nazi propaganda. Now the savage fanatics of ISIS show that they recognize the power of film too.
  • Navy used 47 Tomahawks last night, Already used up 47% of planned 2015 purchases

    09/23/2014 6:37:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/23/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    <p>Weapons procurement showed striking reductions from last year’s plans. Then, the Navy planned to buy 980 Tactical Tomahawks, the primary cruise missile in use throughout the fleet. The new plan shows only 100 missiles in 2015 and none thereafter.</p> <p>The reduction reflects shifting investment to a new next-generation land attack weapon, said Lt. Caroline Hutcheson, a Navy spokeswoman at the Pentagon, who also noted that the current inventory of Block IV Tactical Tomahawks exceeds combat requirements. A recertification line for existing missiles will be established to retain effectiveness of current TacToms, she added.</p>
  • Man shot dead, two counter-terrorism officers stabbed outside... police station (Australia)

    09/23/2014 6:36:30 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 23rd September 2014
    A TERROR suspect who allegedly made threats against Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been shot dead by police tonight after stabbing a Victoria Police officer and federal agent. The man, who security sources said had recently had his passport cancelled, was stopped by counter-terrorism police outside the Endeavour Hills police station in Melbourne’s southeast. It is understood he had been under surveillance for having allegedly made threats against Mr Abbott. The joint counter-terrorism operation was aimed at detaining and questioning the man in relation to the threats, sources said. It is believed police were in the process of detaining him...
  • Live Stream Obama Statement – September 23, 2014 [Media Worship Service]

    09/23/2014 6:33:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    ...Obama will make a statement this morning at 10:00 am ET on the South Lawn. I will live stream it here.
  • North (Korea) has nuke missiles: source

    09/23/2014 6:17:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | September 23, 2014 | Jeong Yong-Soo and Ser Myo-Ja
    North Korea is developing new missiles capable of carrying tactical nuclear warheads, South Korean intelligence authorities told the JoongAng Ilbo yesterday. The North has performed a series of test-firings of new short-range missiles since Aug. 14. Designated as KN-10, the new ground-to-ground missiles are believed to be designed to carry nuclear payloads. “We’ve come to the conclusion that the rockets test-fired three times since last month are new missiles based on their speeds and altitudes,” a senior South Korean government official told the JoongAng Ilbo. “Based on our analysis and other intelligence, we concluded that they are intended to carry...
  • Islamic State attack on Iraqi base leaves hundreds missing

    09/23/2014 6:13:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 22, 2014 | Loveday Morris
    The army base in Iraq’s western Anbar province had been under siege by Islamic State militants for a week, so when a convoy of armored Humvees rolled up at the gate, the Iraqi soldiers at Camp Saqlawiyah believed saviors had arrived. But this was no rescue attempt. The vehicles were driven by militants on suicide missions, and within seconds on Sunday the base had become a bloody scene of multiple bombings. On Monday, a day after the attack, five survivors — including three officers — said that between 300 and 500 soldiers were missing and believed to be dead, kidnapped...
  • Would You Follow President Obama Into Battle?

    09/23/2014 6:07:29 AM PDT · by AJFavish · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 23, 2014 | Allan J. Favish
    There is good reason to believe that President Barack Obama will not conduct an effective battle against the Islamic State. As Townhall’s Katie Pavlich explains, several generals have stated that his current plan will not accomplish his stated goal, and he has consistently rejected sound military advice regarding Iraq and Afghanistan. He and his subordinates obfuscate the nature of the enemy and the battle, and are not indicating that they are serious about defeating the Islamic State.
  • SLLS: America's Modern Method of Waging War

    09/23/2014 5:32:38 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 3 replies
    OAF Nation ^ | Sept 18, 2014 | Grifter
    Lately there’s been a myriad of internet patriots screaming for our return to Iraq. The case is for the United states to send troops and equipment back into the same country we quietly left almost 3 years ago. The purpose of this proposal is to destroy ISIS, ISIL, IS…whatever you want to call them. I’ve seen so many moto pics of guys in their living rooms, dressed in full battle-rattle talking hard about signing up to go “back over.” There’s been countless memes of “ISIS hunting squad” and all that silliness flooding the internet. Groups of people on forums saying...
  • GOP Asks Obama To Reveal His Secret Amnesty Plans

    09/23/2014 4:46:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-23-14 | Neil Munro
    GOP legislators want President Barack Obama to explain his planned amnesty for illegal immigrants before Americans vote on Nov. 4. “Rather than attempt to hide these actions from the American people until after the midterm elections, Americans should be given the chance to come to their own conclusions… [so] they can then exercise their constitutional right to petition the federal government and let you know their opinions,” said the Sept. 20 letter from 22 GOP legislators. Obama announced in June that he would reduce enforcement of immigration law by the end of summer. He made the statement after GOP leaders...
  • Turkey allows girls as young as 10 to cover hair at schools

    09/23/2014 4:31:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/23/2014
    Turkey has lifted a ban on the Islamic-style headscarf in schools, allowing girls from the fifth grade and up to cover their hair in a further easing of generations-old restrictions on the public expression of faith. The government, whose roots are in political Islam, has already lifted a ban on religious garb for university students and female civil servants, scrapping curbs stemming from the founding of Turkey's secular republic in 1923 on the ashes of Islamic Ottoman Empire. "Our female students have yearned" for the end of the ban, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said late on Monday after a...
  • One-way ticket to hell

    09/23/2014 4:15:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Americans who volunteer for terrorism abroad should be Americans no more It was only a matter of time before anti-terror authorities reported that radicalized American or immigrant Muslims had returned home to the U.S. after taking up arms with ISIS in Iraq or Syria. A ranking Obama administration aide revealed as much on Monday, setting the stage for what must be unflagging surveillance, a drive to prosecute the returned jihadists to the fullest and a rewrite of federal law and policies to raise defenses. The rule should be: If you go to Syria or Iraq to fight as an unauthorized...
  • IAF Shoots Down Syrian Aircraft Near Golan

    09/23/2014 1:41:23 AM PDT · by Bobalu · 23 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 9/23/2014 | Tova Dvorin
    Israel shot down a Syrian aircraft on Tuesday as it attempted to fly over the ceasefire line into the Golan Heights, according to IDF Radio. "This Syrian aircraft, apparently a MiG-21 (fighter jet), which was approaching the Israeli side of the Golan, was shot down by a surface-to-air Patriot missile," the radio said. The wreckage of the aircraft landed on the Syrian-controlled side of the strategic plateau, it added.
  • Hamas Jihadists Who Murdered Three Jewish Schoolboys Have Been Eliminated

    09/23/2014 1:29:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | September 23, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    The savages have been dealt with killed during capture attempt. No prisoner exchanges for these slaughterers.
  • Breaking: Video of U.S. Airstrikes on Islamic State Targets in Raqqa, Syria

    09/22/2014 11:59:07 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 24 replies
    Radix News ^ | September 23, 2014 | Step Agency News
    Step Agency News in Syria posts this video purportedly of the first U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Raqqa, Syria.
  • Venezuela Seeks to Quell Fears of Disease Outbreak

    09/22/2014 9:30:18 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 27 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/22/14 | JUAN FORERO
    MARACAY, Venezuela—A string of deaths in a hospital here has sparked fears of a potent, mosquito-borne disease and led authorities to seek a doctor's arrest for allegedly sowing panic, leaving residents wondering how to explain their symptoms. Angel Sarmiento, president of the College of Doctors in Aragua state, told reporters on Sept. 11 that a virus or bacteria may have been responsible for the deaths of eight patients in quick succession at the Central Hospital of Maracay. A ninth patient died three days after Dr. Sarmiento's comments. Insisting there was no cause for general alarm, President Nicolás Maduro last week...
  • Weeks of U.S. Strikes Fail to Dislodge ISIS in Iraq [Obama's Failing "Counter Insurgency"]

    09/22/2014 7:37:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    NYTimes ^ | September 22, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and OMAR AL-JAWOSHY
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  • Fresh Graves Point to Undercount of Ebola Toll

    09/22/2014 7:26:25 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 72 replies
    NYT ^ | 9/22/14 | ADAM NOSSITER
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