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  • ‘Very dangerous’: Pentagon says armed Chinese jet did ‘barrel roll’ over US aircraft

    08/22/2014 3:21:57 PM PDT · by twister881 · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 22, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    The Pentagon said Friday that a Chinese fighter jet made “several passes” by a U.S. Navy aircraft earlier this week off the coast of China in international airspace, baring its weapons and coming within mere feet of the U.S. plane. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said...“Not only is it unprofessional, it’s unsafe,” Kirby said.
  • Byzantine tomb turned into garbage dump

    08/22/2014 3:19:35 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | August/23/2014
    The Silivrikapı Crypt dates back to the fourth century A.D. at the time of the eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius. To the left of the Silivrikapi Walls in Istanbul’s Fatih neighborhood, there lies a tomb from the fourth century A.D., which is now in ruins. Known as the Silivri Crypt, the tomb, which has been suffering since its discovery in 1988, is now in its worst state. The Silivrikapi Crypt, which was found by Professor Ümit Serdaroglu, dates back to the fourth century A.D. at the time of the eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius. The tomb was restored in 1989 by the...
  • Erdoğan’s first trips as Turkish president to N. Cyprus, Azerbaijan

    08/22/2014 3:14:19 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin
    Hürriyet ^ | August/22/2014
    President-elect Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸanÂ’s first itineraries abroad will be North Cyprus and Azerbaijan on Sept. 1 and 3 respectively, in line with the countryÂ’s state traditions. ErdoÄŸan, who will take the presidential office Aug. 28, will visit Nicosia, only three days after the handover ceremony and then will go to Baku to meet Azerbaijani President Ä°lham Aliyev and other Azerbaijani officials. North Cyprus stands as TurkeyÂ’s national cause and Azerbaijan is regarded as TurkeyÂ’s national ally. ErdoÄŸanÂ’s next foreign policy engagement will be at the NATO Summit, which will take place in Wales from Sept. 4-5. It will mark his...
  • Well-known Turkish Jewish couple murdered at Istanbul home

    08/22/2014 3:12:13 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    A well-known Turkish Jewish couple who created one of the most iconic brands of Turkey have been murdered at their home in Istanbul. Police found the bodies of Jak Karako, 77, and his wife, Georgia Karako, 69, at their apartment in Istanbul’s Ortaköy neighborhood on Aug. 22. Their caretaker, who fled, is suspected to have stabbed the couple. The police, who search for the caretaker as part of the ongoing investigation, surrounded the building and interrogated locals. Jak Karako was one of the founders of Ören Bayan, the most famous yarn brand in Turkey. Famous actresses, like Türkan Şoray, have...
  • Iran to Send Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

    08/22/2014 2:50:47 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-22-14 | Elad Benari, Canada
    Iran plans to send aid to Gaza after Egypt said it would allow the shipment to enter the territory, an Iranian diplomatic source said on Friday, according to AFP. The official IRNA news agency said Cairo had agreed to transfer humanitarian aid bound for the coastal enclave, citing a foreign ministry source in Tehran. The source said a first Iranian Red Crescent shipment of 100 tons of medicine and food would be flown "soon" to Cairo. "The package weighs 100 tons and consists of food and medication," IRNA quoted the source as saying. Tehran said at the end of July...
  • Iraq: Boy, That Escalated Quickly (Why Is Obama Going to War in Iraq?)

    08/22/2014 2:46:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/22 | Jonathan Chait
    Two weeks ago, President Obama announced air strikes in northern Iraq against ISIS. The mission, as Obama explained it at the time, was designed to pursue two very limited objectives: “targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death.” Two days ago, when Obama spoke in the aftermath of the brutal beheading of the photojournalist James Foley, his verbal tone was visibly angrier. American officials started speaking of their mission in very different terms. John Kerry...
  • 4-Year-Old Mortar Victim Identified

    08/22/2014 2:46:41 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-22-14 | Elad Benari, Canada
    Security sources said on Friday evening that the mortar shell that killed a four-year-old boy in the Sha’ar Hanegev region was fired from an UNRWA-run school in Gaza. The boy has been identified as Daniel Tragerman. He was reportedly at home when the shell was fired, directly hitting a car that was parked near the home. Unfortunately, Daniel did not have enough time to reach a secure area and was hit by shrapnel. Magen David Adom crews who were called to the scene tried to resuscitate Daniel but were unsuccessful and pronounced him dead. The incident would not be the...
  • 'Leisure activities are a good way for release and clearing of the mind': (WH defends golf)

    08/22/2014 2:42:00 PM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Obama spokesman suggested the president needs to blow off steam with 8 rounds of golf on vacation Eric Schultz insisted that Obama's work, and his concerns about domestic and international crises, travel with him wherever he goes Obama was slammed this week for grinning and fist-bumping through 18 holes just minutes after delivering somber remarks about James Foley's execution at the hands if ISIS terrorists Donald Trump told MailOnline that Obama should only play golf to cut political deals – preferably with senior GOP leaders UK Prime Minister David Cameron was walloped by the press Friday for going back to...
  • NATO says Russian convoy move 'only deepens crisis

    08/22/2014 2:27:45 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    Channel News Asis ^ | Aug 22, 2014
    World NATO says Russian convoy move 'only deepens crisis' BRUSSELS: NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen sharply criticised the Russian decision to advance a "so-called" aid convoy into Ukraine on Friday (Aug 22) as a "blatant breach" of international commitments that "only deepens the crisis". "This is a blatant breach of Russia's international commitments... and a further violation of Ukraine's sovereignty by Russia," Rasmussen said in a statement. "It can only deepen the crisis in the region, which Russia itself has created and has continued to fuel," he said. Rasmussen poured doubt on Moscow's claim that the convoy, which had been...
  • U.S. Army Vet Killed Fighting Pro-Russian Separatists In Ukraine

    08/22/2014 2:16:50 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    rferl.org ^ | August 20, 2014 | Carl Schreck
    A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and the only American known to have fought alongside Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian separatists has been killed in eastern Ukraine. Mark Gregory Paslawsky, 55, died while fighting with the volunteer Donbas Battalion. Paslawsky, who fought under the nom de guerre “Franko,” was killed on August 19 during fighting in the town of Ilovaysk, near the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, according to a Facebook post by Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko. Paslawsky was born in 1959 in New York and grew up in a tight-knit Ukrainian-American family in New Jersey. He moved to...
  • Poll: Hispanics, Blacks Call for Tighter Borders, Access to Illegals’ Jobs

    08/22/2014 2:02:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 20, 2014 - 2:15 PM | Craig Bannister
    Strong majorities of both Hispanics and Blacks think the government should do more to secure the border and give job-hungry Americans the chance to do jobs currently taken by illegal aliens, a new national poll of likely voters shows. Fully 63% of Hispanics and 57% of Blacks say the government is not doing enough to enforce U.S. immigration laws, according to the survey by The Polling Company, Inc. Likewise, 78% of Whites and 74% of all respondents want tighter border security. What’s more, 71% of Blacks and 63% of Hispanics believe the government “has a responsibility” to protect job-hungry Americans...
  • Hitler and Putin: A Tale of Two Authoritarians

    08/22/2014 1:57:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    worldaffairsjournal.org ^ | August 21, 2014 | Alexander J. Motyl
    Will Russia’s unconstitutionally elected president, Vladimir Putin, unleash a full-scale land war against Ukraine? I can give you ten reasons for every possible answer to this question. Which is to say that, like everyone else trying to divine Putin’s “mind,” I don’t know. But there is one thing that I definitely do know. Suddenly, we are all talking about war in Europe. The one thing that was supposed to have become “unthinkable” and “unimaginable” after the end of the Cold War and the rise of the European Union has become perfectly thinkable and quite imaginable. And all thanks to Putin....
  • A Morning in Immigration Court: Judge Hears 38 ‘Favorite’ Cases, Many He’ll See Again

    08/22/2014 1:41:34 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 3 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 08/22/2014 | Josh Siegel
    “It is my favorite docket, the juveniles,” Immigration Judge John Milo Bryant says, unprompted, as he hears the case of 15-year-old Christian Hernandez, a recent illegal arrival from Honduras. Bryant, the gregarious judge overseeing 38 juvenile cases in Arlington, Va., Immigration Court on a Tuesday morning, commends Christian for his “perfect English.” Christian, a good-looking youth who flashes a sure smile, keeps his hair gelled into a Mohawk and wears a button-up shirt and slacks fastened by a gray Nike belt, tells Bryant he will begin high school in a few weeks. At this first immigration hearing for Christian —...
  • Our national interest demands the mother of all U-turns

    08/22/2014 1:22:52 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 16 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 22 Aug 2014 | Sir Christopher Meyer, former British Ambassador to the United States
    ...I can’t imagine the US would risk their bombers and drones being shot down by Syrian fighter aircraft or ground-to-air missiles. To avoid that, US strikes would need to be done in co-ordination with Assad. This in turn would require a political somersault of truly dramatic proportions. In the face of Isil, a common enemy, the US and probably the UK would be working with a regime we have been trying to unseat for the better part of three years. But the harsh truth is that events in what used to be called the Levant and Mesopotamia demand an accommodation...
  • WH Rules: Violation in Terrorist Swap Punishable By Jail, Suspension, Removal of Office

    08/22/2014 1:16:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 22, 2014
    The law violated by the Obama administration when it secretly exchanged five Guantanamo terrorists for an Army solider captured by the Taliban after deserting his post is punishable by jail, suspension and removal of office, according to written White House rules. The nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), confirmed this week that the president broke a “clear and unambiguous” law when he swapped the high-level terrorists for Bowe Bergdahl, an Army sergeant who went AWOL in Afghanistan in 2009. According to rules issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the violation is...
  • UKRAINE: Situation in the ATO zone. 22 August. Map

  • India Shows Off a New Warship as Its Maritime Rivalry With China Deepens

    08/22/2014 12:46:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 22, 2014 | David Stout
    New Delhi needs more firepower to protect its stake in the Indian Ocean, defense experts say The Indian navy will add another warship into its rapidly expanding fleet over the weekend as it seeks to counter China’s growing supremacy on the high seas of the Indo-Pacific. The INS Kamorta, which Indian officials are lauding as the nation’s first domestically built antisubmarine warship, will be unveiled to the public on Saturday during a ceremony at a naval dockyard in the eastern seaboard city of Visakhapatnam. Earlier this month, newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi christened the nation’s newest naval destroyer, the...
  • UKRAINE Ssu Donetsk: At this time the torture horror continues

    08/22/2014 12:29:49 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    /expres.ua ^ | 22.08.2014 19: 03
    Torture horror: people today, who are in captivity of militant, are being tortured in the SBU building of Donetsk. During a press conference on Friday, the Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine Valentyn Nalyvaychenko. "The terrorists see that more and more the ring of Ukrainian security forces closing in [terrorists] will release from their cellars, which they used as a prison. Now there are prisoners in their security SBU building of Donetsk" - said during a briefing Nalyvaichenko. He said that the militants will be covering up their crimes. "They understand that once the Ukrainian police reach these cellars,...
  • Ukraine crisis: Russian convoy prompts Western anger

    08/22/2014 12:23:55 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 August 2014 | BBC
    Russia's decision to send more than 100 aid lorries into war-torn eastern Ukraine without permission has been widely condemned in the West.
  • U.S. Calls on Russia to Remove Convoy

    08/22/2014 12:19:29 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    DoD News ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | DoD News
    Pentagon Press Secretary RADM John Kirby says Russia must remove a convoy from Ukraine immediately. VIDEO
  • American Decapitated by Englishman

    08/22/2014 12:04:40 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 20 August 2014 | Mark Steyn
    kidnapped while reporting on the Syrian uprising. His executioner - the man standing next to him in the picture at right - was speaking with a British accent. That's to say, he's one of thousands of citizens of western nations - British, American, European, Canadian and Australian - who've flocked to join the planet's coolest new gang and saw the heads off anyone who gets in their way: Christian, Yazedi, Kurd, Shia, Alawite, and, indeed, plenty of little schoolgirls in pretty pink dresses. As I said to John, more British Muslims are serving with ISIS than as soldiers of the...
  • As the world burns: Obama’s “stupid stuff” foreign policy and its disastrous effects

    08/22/2014 11:50:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Gayle Trotter
    The crowded stadium roars its approval -- “Allah is great!” -- as a man shoots a woman in a public execution. Militants destroy a historic religious shrine. Women and children face public abuse, private violence, and daily fear. Girls, denied access to education, remain trapped in a seventh-century dystopia. A bloodthirsty terrorist organization promises death to Americans. Think this resembles the Middle East today? No, these references date to the turn of the millennium in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Today, these same toxic forces behead children, sell women into sex slavery, drive ethnic and religious minorities from their homeland. Refugees hide in...
  • Iraqi forces make gains against ISIS, official says

    08/22/2014 11:37:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | August 22, 2014 -- Updated 1744 GMT | Jason Hanna and Hamdi Alkhshali
    (CNN) -- Kurdish and Iraqi armed forces made gains against ISIS fighters in northeastern Iraq on Friday, taking back several villages as they surrounded the large ISIS-held town of Jalawla, a spokesman for Kurdish forces said. And the U.S. military said its aircraft continued attacking ISIS forces Friday near Mosul Dam, where Iraqi forces are expanding control of the area after retaking the dam this month. Those are some of the latest developments in the push by Iraqi and Kurdish forces -- in some cases boosted by U.S. air support and airstrikes since August 8 -- to push back the...
  • Homeland Warns of ISIS Retaliation in US by Sympathizers

    08/22/2014 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 22, 2014 | By MIKE LEVINE
    Federal authorities today urged law enforcement across the country to be alert for possible attacks inside the United States in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic group ISIS. In a joint bulletin issued to local, state and federal law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI said that while they are “unaware of any specific, credible threats against the Homeland” and find direct threats from ISIS “not credible,” they cannot rule out attacks in the United States from sympathizers radicalized by the group’s online propaganda. “[B]ecause of the individualized nature of the radicalization process – it is difficult...
  • Robots could murder us out of KINDNESS unless they are taught the value of human life

    08/22/2014 11:29:13 AM PDT · by dennisw · 42 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 8 22 14 | By Ellie Zolfagharifard
    The warning was made by Amsterdam-based engineer, Nell Watson Speaking at a conference in Sweden, she said robots could decide that the greatest compassion to humans as a race is to get rid of everyone Ms Watson said computer chips could soon have the same level of brain power as a bumblebee – allowing them to analyse social situations 'Machines are going to be aware of the environments around them and, to a small extent, they're going to be aware of themselves,' she said Her comments follow tweets by Tesla-founder, Elon Musk, earlier this month who said AI could be...
  • China's Chengdu J-20 fighter to compete with Russia's T-50

    08/22/2014 11:26:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 22 Aug, 2014 | Jeremy Bender
    China is in the process of developing its own native fifth-generation fighter to compete with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and Russia's T-50. Although China has been secretive about the exact specifications of the aircraft, experts are warning that the plane could be a game-changer in East Asia's potentially fragile security environment. China's Chengdu J-20 is currently in its fourth round of prototypes. On July 26, the most recent version of the fighter flew for two hours before successfully landing. Information about the J-20 is limited, but an unnamed Asian government source told IHS Jane's that upwards of 20 J-20s...
  • Germany debates role of Bundestag in approving arms shipments to Iraq

    08/22/2014 10:59:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 22/08/2014 - 08:08 | (EurActiv.de with Reuters)
    Iraqi Kurds have welcomed the German government’s expressed willingness to supply weapons in the fight against violent Islamists. Speaking on Deutschlandfunk radio on Thursday (21 August), Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Rodsch Schawais said arms assistance should come as quickly as possible. The Kurdish leader addressed fears that German weapons could end up in the wrong hands or later be used in a possible conflict for an independent Kurdistan. This question is not relevant right now, he said. At the moment it is important to stop the advance of the extremist Islamic State (IS), Schawais explained. […] But the government’s...
  • Expert: Let’s not exaggerate ISIS threat to U.S.

    08/22/2014 10:54:42 AM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 31 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | August 22, 2014 | O'Ryan Johnson
    “They are beyond just a terrorist group,” Hagel said. “They marry ideology, a sophistication of ... military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we’ve seen.” But Jim Walsh with the MIT Security Studies Program said ISIS has also suffered a series of setbacks at the hands of Kurdish and U.S. forces and said the Islamic militants are more concerned with the immediate threats in their region than attacking the U.S. “The theory is that they have a safe haven and if you have a safe haven you can carry out an attack. That’s true. Unfortunately there’s no...
  • What James Foley's murder says about the Islamic State

    08/22/2014 10:52:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 22, 2014 | By Marc Champion
    ... The question for President Barack Obama and other Western leaders isn't whether to fight the Islamic State, but when. Should it be now, when the group is not yet entrenched in Iraq, and when Assad finally has begun to move against it in Syria? Or will it be once its fighters have established themselves in Iraq and Syria and move on to Jordan, as they moved on the Kurds? If they were to succeed in Jordan, why not the Gulf states, where they already recruit and solicit donations? In Iraq and beyond, the nightmare prospect is of an al-Qaida...
  • TransNistria to become part of Russia like Crimea: Russian official

    08/22/2014 10:48:55 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Wednesday 20 august, 2014, 09:14 | Zik TV
    TransNistria will be a part of Russia, but the present situation in Ukraine prevents from doing it now, Putin’s envoy in Crimea Oleg Belaventsev said Aug. 19, Liga.net reports. “I would unite TransNistria today. However, you see what is going on in Ukraine,” the envoy said. “I am convinced that in the final run TransNistria will be a part of Russia,” he said. In early August, Moldova demanded again that Russia withdraw its military from TransNistria. Fearing the likely joining of Romania by Moldova , TransNistria, the base of a large Russian army and the area heavily populated by Russian-speakers,...
  • NATO Secretary General condemns entry of Russian convoy into Ukraine

    08/22/2014 10:41:52 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    NATO ^ | 22 Aug. 2014 | NATO
    NATO Secretary General condemns entry of Russian convoy into Ukraine I condemn the entry of a Russian so-called humanitarian convoy into Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian authorities and without any involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross. This is a blatant breach of Russia’s international commitments, including those made recently in Berlin and Geneva, and a further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty by Russia. It can only deepen the crisis in the region, which Russia itself has created and has continued to fuel. The disregard of international humanitarian principles raises further questions about whether the true...
  • Germany Is Telling Ukraine To Back Off Crushing Pro-Russian Rebels Or Else Putin Will Get Mad

    08/22/2014 10:10:56 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | NOAH BARKIN AND RICHARD BALMFORTH
    BERLIN/KIEV (Reuters) - After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine's military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of the crisis for the Russian leader. As a result, the focus of German-led diplomatic efforts has shifted, according to senior officials, towards urging restraint from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and averting a humiliating defeat for pro-Russian rebels, a development that Berlin fears could elicit a strong response from Putin. Chancellor Angela Merkel's planned visit to Kiev on Saturday, her first...
  • German Minister Accuses Qatar Of Funding Islamic State Fighters

    08/22/2014 10:05:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Gulf Business News ^ | August 22, 2014
    German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized wide areas of northern Iraq and have posted a video of a captive American journalist being beheaded. “This kind of conflict, this kind of a crisis always has a history … The ISIS troops, the weapons – these are lost sons, with some of them from Iraq,” Mueller told German public broadcaster ZDF. “You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops. The keyword there is Qatar – and how do we deal with these people and states politically?” said...
  • Pentagon: No evidence of ISIS at border

    08/22/2014 10:02:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 22, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    The Defense Department on Friday pushed back against Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) claim that fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) might have entered the United States across its southern border. Perry, who is weighing another run for the president in 2016, made the assertion Thursday during a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "There's the obvious great concern that, because of the condition of the border from the standpoint of it not being secure, and us not knowing who is penetrating across, that individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be [crossing]," he said....
  • Netanyahu vows 'Hamas will pay heavy price' for death of Israeli boy (4 year old killed)

    08/22/2014 9:35:59 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/22/2014 19:23
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed on Friday that "Hamas will pay a heavy price" for the death of a four-year-old boy who suffered fatal wounds from a barrage of mortars that struck a kibbutz not far from the border with the Gaza Strip. The premier spoke with the head of the Sha'ar Hanegev regional council, Alon Shuster, by telephone shortly after news broke of the boy's death. Netanyahu told Shuster that the Israeli military will intensify its actions against Hamas in the Gaza Strip "until the goals of Operation Protective Edge are achieved." Earlier Friday, US ambassador to Israel Dan...
  • Ex-CIA Officer: 'There Are ISIS Sleeper Cells In This Country'

    08/22/2014 9:33:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Cathy Burke
    A former CIA officer said Thursday he has no doubt Islamic State (ISIS) sleeper cells are already planted on U.S. soil. ... former CIA officer Bob Baer told the network ISIS is already on this side of the Atlantic. "I have been told with no uncertainty there are ISIS sleeper cells in this country," he said. ... Islamic State fighters suggest their leader, Iraqi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is planning something for the West – and that attacks could take place through sleeper cells in both Europe and the United States. “The West are idiots and fools," one fighter taunted, according...
  • Ukraine Says Russia Violated Its Border (Aid Convoy Arrives Lugansk Without Permission)

    08/22/2014 9:30:44 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8-22-2014 | Anton Troianovski in Kiev, and
    -Kiev Says Crossing of Russian Trucks Without Red Cross Violates Agreement Ukraine charged Russia with violating its borders by driving dozens of trucks into the rebel-held east of the country on Friday, a sharp escalation in tensions after an extended standoff over a large convoy believed to be carrying humanitarian aid that Moscow dispatched last week. Russia's foreign ministry said it sent in the trucks unilaterally because Kiev was deliberately halting the delivery. But Ukrainian officials said trucks had entered Ukraine without being accompanied by the International Committee of the Red Cross, violating a previous agreement. They charged that Russian...
  • Russia Moves Artillery Units Into Ukraine, NATO Says

    08/22/2014 9:20:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 22, 2014 | Michael R. Gordon
    The Russian military has moved artillery units manned by Russian personnel inside Ukrainian territory in recent days and is using them to fire at Ukrainian forces, NATO officials said on Friday. The West has long accused Russia of supporting the separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, but this is the first time it has said it had evidence of the direct involvement of the Russian military.
  • Kenyan businessman claims US 'owns' Ebola

    08/22/2014 8:57:35 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 28 replies
    News24 ^ | Aug 22, 2014
    Kenyan businessman claims US 'owns' Ebola Cape Town – A Kenyan businessman has reportedly made claims that the United States government owns the Ebola virus that continues to rock West African countries. According to the Business Daily, Joseph Aura told the High Court in Nairobi that the US had patented the Ebola virus, its vaccine and cure in 2012 and should be compelled to bring the health crisis to a stop. The claim was made in court papers supporting Aura’s request to have the Kenya High Court throw out a case filed by the Consumers Federation of Kenya lobby group...
  • Islamic State militants stone man to death in Iraq -witness [for adultery]

    08/22/2014 8:46:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-22-2014
    Islamic State militants in Iraq stoned a man to death in the northern city of Mosul after one of their courts sentenced him to die for the crime of adultery, a witness said on Friday. The stoning, which happened on Thursday, was the first known instance of the punishment by al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State militants in Iraq, although it had been reported previously in Syria. Members of the hardline Sunni group, which seized Mosul in June and also controls swathes of territory in neighbouring Syria, have shot, beheaded and crucified prisoners and blown up and bulldozed Shi'ite mosques.
  • A Wounded Ukraine Volunteer Lies in a Donetsk Prison—Where the Jailer Is Russian

    08/22/2014 8:43:18 AM PDT · by tlozo
    The Wall Steet Journal ^ | Aug. 4, 2014 | Philip Shishkin
    A pro-Russia separatist guards a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian village of Rozsypne on Monday. Reuters DONETSK, Ukraine— Oleg Mamiyev, a Russian citizen with a beard and a lazy eye, descended a crooked flight of stairs into a basement on a rebel base here and unlocked a chain-link trapdoor to show off a prisoner. Sitting on a cot that barely fit into his dark nook, the prisoner, Maxim Kucheryavy, was obviously hungry and in pain. A Ukrainian volunteer who wanted to fight pro-Russian insurgents, Mr. Kucheryavy said he had been shot in both legs at point-blank range while unarmed and...
  • State Department Spokesman Caught in MAJOR LIE about ISIS and Turkey

    08/22/2014 8:31:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | August 21, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    In another heated exchange between State Department spokesman Marie Harf and AP reporter Matt Lee, the issue of whether any governments are funding ISIS / ISIL is proving to be a hot button issue. In this particular exchange, Qatar is the focus but other countries – specifically Turkey – should start getting spotlighted soon. Harf contends that there is “no evidence” of governments funding ISIL but Lee calls her on that assertion based on a quote from President Obama. To say there is “no evidence” that any government is “supporting this group (ISIS)” is a major lie ... Let’s go...
  • Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic State Beheads Liberals Too

    08/22/2014 8:02:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | August 21, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    The beheading of any American should send every American into orbit from outrage. That includes the beheading of James Foley. What must be made known, however, is that evidence suggests Foley was sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood’s cause and may have been a liberal. If that’s true, why would ISIS behead him? The answer is strangely simple. ISIS beheads liberals too, in much the same way that the Tsarnaev brothers set off pressure cooker bombs in a predominantly liberal city – Boston. Foley Betrayed by those he supported. A look at Foley’s twitter feed from 2012 indicates he was a...
  • Build the Border Fence Already!

    08/22/2014 7:55:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 21, 2014 | Roger L. Simon
    Most of us, even many Democrats these days, are beginning to acknowledge the complete foreign policy failure of our president (for an overview see Bret Stephens’ The Meltdown in Commentary), but we still have to deal with over two years of Obama and we have a serious problem that needs to be handled immediately. We could die. Not all of us but a lot of us. And our society as we know it could be destroyed. Sound apocalyptic and a little overwrought? Well, it is apocalyptic, but not so overwrought. Surely you saw the Islamic State video with that...
  • ISIS Is Likely Receiving Funding From People Living In Countries Allied With The US

    08/22/2014 7:28:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/22/2014 | Allan Smith
    The Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant is mostly funded through criminal activity, such as the theft of a potential $425 million from a central bank in Mosul. But the group is also receiving private donations from wealthy Sunnis in American-allied Gulf nations such as Kuwait, Qatar, and, possibly, Saudi Arabia. ISIS is now thought to be the world's richest terrorist organization, with an estimated $2 billion in funds.This makes ISIS wealthier than several sovereign countries, including Nauru, Tonga, and the Marshall Islands."They probably have some wealthy donors in those countries, but they are seizing hundreds of millions in Iraq, and...
  • James Foley’s brother: The U.S. could have done more for Jim

    08/22/2014 7:16:54 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 87 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Liz Goodwin
    The brother of American journalist James Foley said Friday morning that the U.S. government could have done more to attempt to free his brother and other American hostages from the Islamic militant group ISIL. “There’s more that could have been done directly on Jim’s behalf,” Michael Foley, 38, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric in an exclusive interview from his parents’ home in New Hampshire. “I really, really hope that Jim’s death pushes us to take anther look at our approach to terrorist and hostage negotiation.” Foley, a 40-year-old journalist who was covering the Syrian conflict for GlobalPost, was...
  • A Subtle Message to ISIS’ From a Ticked Off Military Veteran

    08/22/2014 6:49:31 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 66 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 21, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    You say Islam is the religion of peace, but since when does terrorizing the innocent and beheading men, women and children constitute peace? WTF? But keep in mind, what did Saddam’s troops do when we came rolling into town? They surrendered, twice… So all your empty threats of coming to America and raising your flag over the White House amuse me more than any of you sick, sadistic bastards could ever imagine or comprehend. In 2012 there was about 21.2 million veterans in the United States. Do you understand what that means? Let me break it down for you. That...
  • Sea plankton 'found living outside International Space Station'

    08/22/2014 6:19:50 AM PDT · by shove_it · 50 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Sarah Knapton,
    Sea plankton has been discovered living on the outside of the International Space Station, Russian cosmonauts have claimed. Scientists on board the ISS are reported to have discovered living organisms when taking samples from windows. Head of the Russian ISS orbital mission Vladimir Solovyev said the results of the experiment “are absolutely unique”. Solovyev told the Russian Itar-Tass news agency that the tiny marine life-forms were not native to the launch site in Kazakhstan. “Plankton in these stages of development could be found on the surface of the oceans,” he said. “This is not typical for Baikonur [in Kazakhstan]. It...
  • Rockets Score Direct Hit on Ashdod Synagogue

    08/22/2014 5:58:40 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 32 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-22-14 | Uzi Baruch
    A rocket fired by terrorists in Gaza has caused considerable damage to a synagogue in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. Volunteer paramedics from the United Hatzalah emergency organization rushed to the scene, after a massive explosion was heard. Miraculously, however, no one was wounded
  • Rockets Barely Miss Packed Israeli Kindergarten

    08/22/2014 5:56:57 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-22-14 | Tova Dvorin
    A salvo of rockets landed close to a packed Israeli kindergarten in the south on Friday, breaking the calm after a relatively quiet night. A five-rocket salvo saw the Iron Dome intercept two rockets over Ashkelon. Three rockets struck the western Negev; one of them landed just 12 meters (roughly feet) from a packed kindergarten. Luckily, all children and staff are safe; the building was protected from rocket fire and all of the occupants were in safe areas. Earlier on Friday, a 54 year-old man in Be'er Sheva was moderately wounded by shrapnel from a three-rocket salvo on the southern...