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  • Russians shot their own POWs

    08/31/2014 10:54:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Sunday 31 august, 2014, 20:22 | Zik TV
    Despite the agreement and the officer’s word from the Russian commander, there was no withdrawal corridor for the Ukrainian troops encircled near Ilovajsk. As the Ukrainians started the withdrawal, the Russian troops opened fire regardless of the fact that there were Russian POWs in the column, deputy Dnipropetrovsk governor Boris Filatov wrote in Facebook, referring to those Ukrainian soldiers who managed to escape.
  • 'Too Cautious' Obama Urged To Get Tough On Russia and ISIS [He's Way In Over His Head!]

    08/31/2014 10:02:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August 31, 2014 | Dan Roberts
    'Too Cautious' Obama Urged To Get Tough On Russia and ISIS Republicans and Democrats call on president to take harder approach on Russian intervention in Ukraine and Isis in Syria Kerry: ‘airstrikes alone’ will not defeat ‘genocidal’ Isis Dan Roberts in Washington 31 August Barack Obama was on Sunday urged to take a tougher approach towards Russia and Syria, as Republicans and Democrats returned from their summer vacations in confrontational mood. After a week in which the president was criticised for failing to develop military plans for tackling Islamic State militants inside Syria and taking a relatively cautious approach to...
  • Military officials are ‘APOPLECTIC’ over Obama’s passive nonexistent foreign policy [truncated]

    08/31/2014 9:07:31 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 27 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | Aug 31, 2014 | soopermexican
    Full title: NBC reporter says military officials are ‘APOPLECTIC’ over Obama’s passive nonexistent foreign policy Meet the Press videoDirect link to youtubewww.youtube.com/watch?v=YENGfHUKwKo
  • MI6 Hunt British Mum Recruiting UK Muslims For Islamic State In Twisted

    08/31/2014 8:48:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | August 31, 2014 | Russell Myers
    MI6 Hunt British Mum Recruiting UK Muslims For Islamic State In Twisted Jihad Video Rants Aug 31, 2014 By Russell Myers London-born mum-of-one Khadijah Dare last month vowed to become the first female Islamic State fanatic to behead a British or US hostage The twisted jihadist rantings of a young British mum have turned her into such a rising star among fanatics that she has become an “immense threat”. Security services have now made finding London-born Khadijah Dare a “top priority” over fears that radical Muslims are answering her calls to leave the UK to join terror group the Islamic...
  • Obama accused of diminishing U.S. standing in fight against terrorism

    08/31/2014 7:34:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 31, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    President Obama found himself under fire Sunday for his cautious approach to beating back the Islamic State's march through Iraq and Syria and stamping out other diplomatic fires around the globe, with a top House Republican suggesting his foreign policy was in free fall and that Western allies no longer view the U.S. as a leader in the fight against bad actors. Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the administration is sitting on its hands while radical Islamist fighters grow in influence, recruit from abroad and seize more territory in...
  • Kremlin 'modus operandi' origins in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Georgia invasions

    Renowned expert on Communism, the man who knew everything, Herbert Romerstein would always focus attention of his young friends trying to understand the logic of the current Russia's regime into its Bolshevik and Soviet history. He would teach the correct approach to the black and white Moscow's propaganda and encourage to study diligently the NKVD files in its full historical context. Despite the fact that Cold War ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Empire in 1991, there have been persistent efforts to reuse the USSR's intelligence and the military tactics by the post-Soviet, Russian politicians to restore the power...
  • Questions Remain Unanswered 10 Years After Beslan

    08/31/2014 5:51:00 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 14 replies
    The children who set off for their first day of school 10 years ago in the small Caucasus town of Beslan, North Ossetia, will graduate from high school this coming academic year — at least, those who survived will. On Sept. 1, 2004, a group of 32 armed terrorists took as their hostages more than 1,110 people, including schoolchildren, their parents, relatives and teachers. The group demanded that Moscow recognize Chechnya's complete independence and withdraw all Russian forces from the restive republic. The three-day hostage crisis claimed 385 lives, including those of 156 children, and left 700 victims injured. Ten...
  • IDF expands state land in West Bank by 4,000 dunams (988 acres) (Area where teens were kidnapped)

    08/31/2014 4:54:15 PM PDT · by xzins · 22 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/31/2014 | TOVAH LAZAROFF, HERB KEINON, KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    The IDF on Sunday conferred the status of state land on 4,000 dunams in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank, thereby ending the civil administration’s investigation into the possibility that parcels were private Palestinian property. The new designation for an area known as Gevaot, opens the door for settlers to advance plans to build a fifth city in the West Bank on those dunams. There is a 45(day)-period for objections to be raised. The land had previously been listed as survey land, a designation that prevented settlers and the army from moving building plans through the planning system....
  • Ten Years After Beslan, Memories Still Fresh

    08/31/2014 5:31:53 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 26 replies
    On September 1, 2004, Chechen and Ingush militants stormed an elementary school in the town of Beslan in the Russian republic of North Ossetia. Surging through the back-to-school crowds, the militants took 1,100 teachers, children, and relatives hostage, holding them for more than two days and demanding the withdrawal of Russian forces from Chechnya. On the third day, a series of explosions ripped through the building, igniting fires and sparking a deadly gun battle between the militants and Russian security forces. More than 330 hostages died in the violence. A decade later, correspondent Tom Balmforth and photographer Diana Markosian traveled...
  • Libyan armed faction takes over U.S. Embassy annex in Tripoli

    08/31/2014 4:13:16 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 31 Aug 2014 | Mark Hosenball and Matt Spetalnick
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, U.S. officials said on Sunday. A YouTube video showed the breach of the diplomatic facility by what was believed to be a militia group mostly from the northwestern city of Misrata. Dozens of men, some armed, were seen gleefully crowded onto the patio of a swimming pool, with some diving in from the balcony of a nearby building. Libya has been...
  • Who Is Drawn to Jihad?

    08/31/2014 2:57:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    San Diego Union-Telegraph ^ | AUG. 29, 2014 | Jeanette Steele
    Spring Valley resident Douglas McCain may fit some of the profilePeople living in the margins. Youths smarting from brushes with the law. Religious converts who, despite their fervor, lack a deep understanding of bedrock teachings. This is the profile of people drawn to extremist Islamic groups, scholars said. And while there are still many question marks about 33-year-old Douglas Authur McCain — who last weekend became the first American to die while fighting for the jihadist group Islamic State — some of this profile may be a match. Friends called him “Toothless.” This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the...
  • Sea-level surge at Antarctica linked to icesheet loss

    08/31/2014 2:29:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/31/14 | AFP
    Paris (AFP) - Sea levels around Antarctica have been rising a third faster than the global average, a clear sign of high meltwater runoff from the continent's icesheet, scientists said on Sunday. Satellite data from 1992 to 2011 found the sea surface around Antarctica's coast rose by around eight centimetres (3.2 inches) in total compared to a rise of six cm for the average of the world's oceans, they said. The local increase is accompanied by a fall in salinity at the sea surface, as detected by research ships. These dramatic changes can only be explained by an influx of...
  • Rogers: Russian troops not on 'sightseeing tour'

    08/31/2014 2:29:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    thehill.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) on Sunday disagreed with the Obama administration’s refusal to call Russia’s military action in Ukraine an invasion. “I don’t think they’re there on a sightseeing tour,” Rogers, speaking on "Fox News Sunday," said of Russia’s incursions into Ukraine. “It’s hard to argue that Russian troops with Russian armor crossing the border into Ukraine doesn’t fit the definition of an invasion,” he said. Rogers’s comments match those of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that Russia is clearly carrying out an invasion. Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, argued...
  • UKRAINE: Naval Ship In Flames After Attack By Rebels

    A Ukrainian naval vessel was in flames in the Azov Sea after being attacked by artillery from pro-Russian separatists along the shore. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said an emergency operation is under way to help rescue crew members. Lysenko said the vessel is a naval cutter but it is not known how many people were onboard. Pro-Russian insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack on social media websites. Igor Strelkov, a former separatist military commander, said on VKontakte that the separatists have "dealt the enemy their first naval defeat." Rebels backed by Russian forces seized the Ukrainian town of Novoazovsk...
  • UKRAINE: Russian aircraft attacked with four cluster bombs Happiness city of Luhansk region.

    08/31/2014 1:32:06 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    The journalist Nastya Stanko Twitter reported that Russian aircraft had attacked four cluster bombs the city of Happiness, Luhansk oblast. "In the direction of Happiness came four times Russian aircraft and bombed. Dropped cluster bombs. Burning forest, all in smoke. People are leaving, "she wrote.
  • Hong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy

    08/31/2014 1:24:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    timesofindia. ^ | Aug 31, 2014, 07.21 PM IST
    Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong's financial hub to a standstill after China's parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony's next leader in 2017. The standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates run in the 2017 leadership vote. All candidates must first obtain majority backing from a nominating committee likely to be stacked with Beijing loyalists. The relatively tough decision by the NPC - China's final arbiter on the city's democratic affairs - makes it almost impossible for opposition...
  • UKRAINE: A Radical Way for Ukraine to Fight and Defeat Russia

    08/31/2014 12:47:10 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | August 29, 2014 9:30 AM | Andrew L. Peek
    Russian tanks advancing through southeastern Ukraine should be deeply embarrassing to Americans. NOT because Ukraine is of such vital national interest; NOT because the fate of liberty at home hinges on Luhansk or Donetsk; BUT because it is VERY CLEAR that Putin and virtually every other major world leader simply does NOT REALLY CARE what the President of the United States thinks. In his press conference, President OBAMA REFUSED TO CALL THE RUSSIAN INVASION an invasion. “Invasion” presumably implies action; instead, it was a “CONTINUATION of what’s been taking place for MONTHS now,” which is actually MORE embarrassing than delineating...
  • Egyptian Political Scientist: Jews Must Return the Gold They Stole from Egypt during the Exodus

    08/31/2014 12:34:12 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 81 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | July 8, 2014 | Channel 1 (Egypt)
    In a July 8, 2014 interview with Egypt's Channel 1, Egyptian political scientist Ammar Ali Hassan said that the Jews had stolen Egypt's gold and treasures when they left ancient Egypt. The character of Shakespeare's Shylock is "a replica of the Jew who lived in Egypt – a merchant and a loan shark," he said, adding: "We demand that they return the treasures they stole from us." Following are excerpts: Ammar Ali Hassan: The Jews wanted [Egypt] to pay them compensation to the tune of dozens of billions of dollars, although our economy is very hard off. More importantly, they...
  • Israel Shoots Down Unmanned Drone From Syria

    08/31/2014 12:30:35 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-31-14 | Uzi Baruch
    The Israeli Air Force downed an unmanned drone (UAV) over the Golan Heights as it attempted to enter Israeli airspace from Syria. Forces fired a surface-to-air Patriot missile at the drone, which came from the area of Quneitra - which has seen fierce clashes between Syrian rebels and regime forces. The Israel Defense Forces told the Associated Press that the drone appeared to have belonged to the Syrian military and had flown accidentally into Israeli airspace. The IDF said that the drone was identified in Israel's air space and shot down by a ground-to-air Patriot missile. The IDF "will respond...
  • The 1814 burning of Washington, D.C.

    08/31/2014 12:25:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8-31-14
    Moving from the Capitol, British Navy Rear Admiral George Cockburn, Army Major General Robert Ross, and 150 redcoats marched to the White House. Rocca asked Allman what the Britons' impression of the White House would have been as they walked in the door: "I think that it was a pretty good-sized house, but not a palatial one. No Buckingham Palace. No Versailles. That it was, you know, reasonably well decorated." The biggest surprise? A dinner set for 40. So the British feasted in the White House dining room before burning the mansion down. Here, too, the walls survived. But little...
  • Germany to send rifles, tank busters to aid Kurds fighting Islamic extremists in Iraq

    08/31/2014 12:04:17 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    AP via Tribtown.com ^ | August 31, 2014
    BERLIN — The German government says it will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq. .... Three shipments will be made starting at the end of September, including 8,000 German-made G36 assault rifles and ammunition, 30 MILAN anti-tank systems, and five heavily armored Dingo infantry vehicles.
  • History Repeating Itself in Europe

    08/31/2014 11:54:35 AM PDT · by No One Special · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    Watching history repeat itself in Europe is truly unsettling. Just as occurred not once but twice with Germany, Europe is now allowing Russia to go wilding across the continent scant years after having done the same with the USSR. Will these people ever learn? Within the past few days, two events neatly capture the bloodthirsty Russian bear in action. First, Europe found Russia repeatedly violating the airspace of Finland – not just flying attack aircraft near the border, as Russia has repeatedly done, for example, with Norway, but actually crossing it in a naked act of intimidation and war. Then,...
  • Islamic militia groups says it has 'secured' US compound in Libya

    08/31/2014 8:10:31 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies
    An Islamic militant group said Sunday it has “secured” a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya’s capital city of Tripoli. American personnel evacuated the area roughly a month ago amid ongoing fighting in the country. An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside. Windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched.
  • Tories face Ukip thrashing in Clacton by-election

    08/31/2014 10:19:37 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Politics.co.UK ^ | Sunday, 31 August 2014 8:23 AM | Alex Stevenson 
    David Cameron faces his biggest by-election defeat yet at the hands of Ukip defector Douglas Carswell in Clacton. The first poll of the constituency, which handed ex-Tory MP Carswell 53% of the vote in 2010, predicted he would be returned as Ukip's first elected candidate in Westminster with eye-watering support of 64%. The Conservatives are trailing an enormous 44% behind on 20%, with Labour on 13%. Survation's poll for the Mail on Sunday newspaper is a disaster for the Tories, who had made clear they planned to fight the seat vigorously following Carswell's shock defection on Thursday.
  • Kurdistan: The one-state solution for regional stability in the Middle East

    08/31/2014 10:05:48 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 28 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | August 25, 2014 | Moshe Dann
    One of the most important hopeful and positive developments in the modern Middle East, at least since the establishment of Israel, is the emergence of a de facto Kurdish political entity. This development – not the silly idea of an “Arab spring/awakening,” or the establishment of another Arab Palestinian state – will change geopolitics in the coming decades. The area of Kurdish control stretches from the Iraq-Iran border to Syria and is divided between the Iraqi Kurds of the Kurdish Democratic Party and the Syrian Kurds of the rival, PKK-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD). A Kurdish state might also include...
  • 'The Dawn of Libya' Islamist Militia Storms US Embassy Compound In Tripoli [

    08/31/2014 9:53:04 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (UK)a ^ | August 31, 2014
    'The Dawn of Libya' Islamist Militia Storms US Embassy Compound In Tripoli Footage reportedly taken inside the compound shows men gathered around the embassy swimming pool, with some even jumping in An official claims the compound is being 'safeguarded' and was not 'ransacked' The compound has been unoccupied since July 26 when U.S. diplomats evacuated to neighboring Tunisia under a U.S. military escort It comes near the two-year anniversary of the death of US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya’s second-largest city, Benghazi 31 August 2014 An Islamist-allied militia group says it has 'secured' a U.S. Embassy...
  • Amid Crises, Obama's Busy Social Schedule Means Double Duty for Air Force One

    08/31/2014 9:50:51 AM PDT · by kristinn · 31 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Sunday, August 31, 2014 | Byron York
    In the past two weeks, President Obama has twice interrupted vacation and fundraising trips to take presidential planes to Washington for a brief period, only to turn around and fly back to his earlier location — once after just a few hours in the White House. Why the peripatetic travel schedule? Well, there was a wedding and a bachelor party involved — and an expensive mix of socializing, work, and vacation. On Thursday, the White House announced Obama would travel to Westchester, N.Y., on Friday to attend a Democratic fundraiser. The president would then travel on to Newport, R.I., later...
  • UKRAINE: Russian aircraft attacked the positions of the Ukrainian army in Luhansk

    Russian aircraft attacked the positions of the Ukrainian army in Luhansk oblast, media Russian aircraft on Sunday attacked the positions of the Ukrainian army in the city of Luhansk oblast's Happiness. The journalist of "1 +1" Christian Jereghi, who is now in Happiness, citing sources at the SUPREME COURT, confirmed that the positions of Ukrainian Gunners attacked Russian Aviation, said "THERE is NO censor." with a reference to "the informant." Also read the "Censor. no": Russian soldiers and terrorists are preparing for the arrival of the OSCE representatives in Novoazovsk-hide their new technique-NSDC According to, immediately after the attack by...
  • Feinstein: Obama maybe ‘too cautious’ on ISIS, but plans are underway

    08/31/2014 8:54:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 45 replies
    - The Washington Times - ^ | Sunday, August 31, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday that President Obama is notably cautious — “maybe, in this instance, too cautious” — but insisted the U.S. and its allies will coalesce behind a plan to beat back the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria before their well-funded sources take Baghdad.
  • Iraqi Town Liberated From Two-Month ISIS Siege After U.S. Aid Drops

    08/31/2014 7:55:42 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 6 replies
    NBC ^ | 31 Aug 14 | Unknown
    Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen liberated the town of Amirli Sunday following a two-month siege by ISIS militants, officials told NBC News. The news comes hours after the Pentagon announced the U.S. military was conducting airstrikes and dropping humanitarian aid to the city at the request of the Iraqi government. "Amirli is liberated by the joint Iraqi forces," Hakim Al-Zamily, a Sadrist member of Parliament, said. "ISIS militants escaped from Amirli and the areas around."
  • US cyber-warriors battling Islamic State on Twitter

    08/31/2014 8:12:31 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    AFP via Ahram ^ | Sunday 31 Aug 2014
    US cyber-warriors battling Islamic State on Twitter AFP, Sunday 31 Aug 2014 The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm. Diplomats and experts are the first to admit that the digital blitz being waged on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube will never be a panacea to combat the jihadists. But US officials see social media as an increasingly crucial battlefield as they aim to turn young minds in the Muslim world against groups...
  • UKRAINE: Crystal bridge Russian-Ukrainian friendship burned and cannot be restored

    Relations between Russia and Ukraine - as the two countries, two states, two nations, two ethnic groups, the two cultural systems will never be the same again- the brotherly-intimate. (However, there are the two brothers of the state - Cain and Abel.) But it's not only about the states, but also about the people. In Ukraine, the popular idea will fix - say, dear Russian! We love you and will love you forever! Now is to blame the Kremlin, Putin, the Russian television and forced on you by the Imperial virus. And Crimea you have taken against their will...
  • Kazakhstan threatens to withdraw from Eurasian Union

    08/31/2014 6:46:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Sunday 31 august, 2014, 08:11 | Zik TV
    Kazakhstan has the right to leave the Russia-led Eurasian Union if its interests are violated, Kazakh Pres Nazarbajev said, speaking to Khabar TV, Tengri News reported Aug. 30. Kazakhstan will not be a part of organizations that endanger its independence, Nazarbajev said. [....] Recall also that Pres Putin declared at the youth Seliger forum that Kazakhstan had never been an independent country in the past.
  • Obama Does Have A Strategy, And It’s Awful

    08/31/2014 4:01:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    On Thursday, President Obama told the world he didn’t yet have a strategy for dealing with the Islamic Front in Syria. Although it’s never good to let an army who beheads your citizens and is hell-bent on your destruction know you don’t know how to deal with them – yet, or otherwise – Josh Earnest, the president’s press secretary “clarified” his comments the next day. We do have a plan, it turns out. And the plan is awful. Before we dive into the new statements, let’s take a look back at some older ones. Back in January, when talking about...
  • Boko Haram beheaded six-year-old Christian boy, group reports

    08/31/2014 5:11:36 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    Christiantoday.com ^ | 8/28/2014 | Christiantoday.com
    It was revealed this week that Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram beheaded a six-year-old boy on June 1 because he was a Christian. The attack occurred in Attagara, Gwoza district, Borno State – a predominately Christian community, according to Voice of the Martyrs. Over 100 militants descended upon the village, slaughtering men, women, and children. Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed Christians and Shiite Muslims across Borno and Yobe States in an increasingly deadly campaign to establish an extremist, Sunni Muslim reign.
  • Putin 'urges talks on statehood for east Ukraine' (Putin Toughens Position)

    08/31/2014 4:31:13 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 165 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/31/2014 | BBC News
    President Putin has called for talks to discuss "statehood" for eastern Ukraine, Russian media report. He said the issue needed to be discussed to ensure the interests of local people "are definitely upheld". His comments came after the EU gave Russian a one-week ultimatum to reverse course in Ukraine or face sanctions.
  • Iraq breaks Islamic State siege of Amerli

    08/31/2014 4:00:55 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 31 Aug 2014 10:48 | Al Jazeera
    The Iraqi army backed by volunteer fighters have broken through the Islamic State group siege on the town of Amerli located between the capital, Baghdad, and northern city of Kirkuk, sources have told Al Jazeera. Iraqi forces and the militia entered the city on Sunday, where thousands of people have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water. "Our forces entered Amerli and broke the siege," security spokesman Lieutenant General Qassem Atta told AFP news agency. Sources on the ground told Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf that the Iraqi soldiers were backed by "Shia militia". On Saturday, the...
  • Some Ukrainians on the front lines losing faith in Europe

    08/31/2014 3:47:44 AM PDT · by McGruff · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 31, 2014
    Many Ukrainians welcomed U.S. and EU support during the protests against a corrupt, pro-Russia government, when many Western politicians joined them on the main protest square in Kiev. But the West has tread cautiously since then in dealing with the aftermath, which has seen Russia invade and annex Crimea and support a rebellion in the country's east.
  • Up Up and Away: Commercial Drone Market Ready for Take Off

    08/31/2014 3:04:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    iMedia Connection ^ | August 30, 2014 | Neal Leavitt, president, Leavitt Communications
    Drone proponents prefer using the term Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or UAS for Unmanned Aerial System (latter term includes the entirety of the flying vehicle and the ground-base communications connection connecting the two). Whatever your preferred verbiage is, drones are poised to become a huge global business and the aerial devices are going to have a significant impact across a wide variety of industries. Historically, the military has been the biggest user/purchaser of drones; The Wall Street Journal estimated that the U.S. military spent about $3 billion on drone programs in 2012. And many aerospace companies continue to develop highly...
  • IS in Retreat as Kurdish, Iraqi Forces Advance to Amerli with US Air Support

    08/31/2014 2:59:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 2 hours ago
    Iraq IS in Retreat as Kurdish, Iraqi Forces Advance to Amerli with US Air Support 2 hours ago ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish and Iraqi forces fighting to lift a two-month siege of Amerli by the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) were swiftly advancing on the Shiite Turkmen town on Sunday and had the militants on retreat. The joint, three-pronged advance toward Amerli began Saturday, and was backed by US airstrikes on the outskirts of the town on Sunday. IS armies have surrounded Amerli for the past two months, cutting off the estimated 20,000 population from food, water and electricity. Reports...
  • EU names Tusk, Mogherini to top jobs, ready Russian sanctions

    08/31/2014 2:06:54 AM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 30, 2014 7:28pm EDT | Adrian Croft and Jan Strupczewski
    (Reuters) - European Union leaders on Saturday chose Poland Prime Minister Donald Tusk to chair their Council and named Italian Federica Mogherini to run the bloc's foreign relations, as the EU prepared to threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine. A summit in Brussels shared the two coveted EU posts between a Kremlin critic from ex-communist Eastern Europe and the foreign minister of one of Moscow's biggest customers for gas. EU officials gave Ukraine's embattled President Petro Poroshenko a warm welcome and assurances of further support. But divisions among the 28 EU nations have hampered action against Moscow, and a...
  • UK Germany say urgent action needed to avoid all-out war with Russia

    08/31/2014 1:51:47 AM PDT · by blueplum · 45 replies
    Arizona State News.Net ^ | August 30, 2014 | Staff
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Amid significant gains being made by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and denies by Russia of a military intervention in the country, the European Union has issued a one week ultimatum for Moscow to remove its alleged forces from the country. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said that Russia had a week to withdraw its soldiers from eastern Ukraine or face further severe sanctions, while Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was "close to a point of no return - full scale-war" with Russia. The Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite went one step further, calling Russia's...
  • ISIS Sells 300 Yazidi Women As Brides To Fighters In Recent Weeks

    08/31/2014 1:46:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    IBT ^ | August 30 2014 2:50 | Dennis Lynch
    The Islamic State has sold some 300 Yazidi girls and women captured in Iraq to its fighters in Syria in recent weeks, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group. The woman were forced to convert to Islam, and SOHR reported it has documented cases where girls and women were sold to fighters for $1,000 each.Formerly known as ISIS, the Islamic State considers the women to be so-called al Sabaya, defined by SOHR as “women captured in war.” The monitoring group said it has documented 27 cases of bride-selling in northern Syria, around Raqqa, Hasaka...
  • U.S. military airstrikes in Iraq boost morale of thousands of besieged residents

    08/31/2014 1:16:08 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 31 Aug 14 | Abigail Hauslohner
    BAGHDAD — The U.S. military carried out airstrikes on Islamic State militants near the besieged Iraqi town of Amerli on Saturday night, boosting morale for thousands of residents who have been trapped inside for two months, Iraqi officials and the Pentagon said. The assault, which came alongside a coordinated humanitarian aid drop, marks the second time this month that the United States has intervened militarily in Iraq to prevent an Islamic State attack on thousands of trapped civilians. On Saturday night, American, Australian, British and French aircraft dropped humanitarian aid to Amerli, a Shiite Turkmen town, at the request of...
  • Australia to fly guns and ammunition into Iraq

    08/31/2014 1:07:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AP via Stars and Stripes ^ | August 31, 2014 | Rod McGuirk
    CANBERRA, Australia -- An Australian military aircraft will soon fly guns and ammunition to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil to help Kurds fight Islamic State militants as part of a U.S.-led multination mission, Australia's prime minister said on Sunday. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his government would join the United States, Britain, Canada, France and Italy in delivering rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and assault rifle ammunition at the request of the U.S. and Iraqi governments. "While we understandably shrink from reaching out to these conflicts, the truth is that these conflicts reach out to us," Abbott told reporters. "None of...
  • The Trouble Is that Obama DOES Have a Strategy

    08/30/2014 10:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | August 29, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    Obama’s “we-don’t-have-a-strategy” gaffe was so egregious as to distract attention from the fact that he does indeed have a strategy, which has blown up in his face. His strategy is accommodation with Iran at all costs. As I wrote earlier this month, our ISIS problem derives from our Iran problem: Bashar Assad’s ethnic cleansing, which has displaced 4 million Syrians internally and driven 3 million out of the country, was possible because of Iranian backing. The refugee flood in Iraq and Syria gives ISIS an unlimited pool of recruits. Iraqi Sunni support for ISIS, including the participation of some of...
  • Garry Kasparov: It’s a War, Stupid!

    08/30/2014 8:50:50 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 68 replies
    Time ^ | 8-30-2014 | Garry Kasparov
    As Russian troops and armored columns advance in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government begs for aid from the free world it hoped would receive it and protect it as one of its own. The leaders of the free world, meanwhile, are struggling to find the right terminology to free themselves from the moral responsibility to provide that protection. Putin’s bloody invasion of a sovereign European nation is an incursion, much like Crimea — remember Crimea? — was an “uncontested arrival” instead of Anschluss. A civilian airliner was blown out of the sky just six weeks ago –—remember MH17? — and...
  • Sir Paul McCartney Joins Celebrity Calls Against Scottish Independence

    08/30/2014 8:47:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 85 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 30 August 2014
    Sir Paul McCartney has become the latest celebrity to call for Scotland to stay as part of the UK before the country's vote on independence next month. The ex-Beatle made the declaration as the Let's Stay Together campaign sought support in Liverpool on Saturday.
  • Fort Hood Victim Shares Story of Survival, Recovery at Minn. State Fair

    08/30/2014 8:04:35 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 8/30/14 | Kate Renner
    It's been nearly five years since a U.S. soldier opened fire on his own comrades. Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009, killing 13 people and injuring 30 others. One army sergeant, who was injured in that shooting and fought for his life to survive and recover, spoke Saturday at the Minnesota State Fair at the Mayo Clinic booth. "They called me number 14 for a while, because I shouldn't have lived, survived my wounds," said Sergeant Patrick Zeigler. As Zeigler takes a load off at the Minnesota State Fair, a fellow military man...
  • Ted Cruz Invites Obama to Border, Calls for Bombing ISIS ‘Back to the Stone Age’

    08/30/2014 6:50:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/30/2014 | Chris Good
    Sen. Ted Cruz today invited President Obama to accompany him to a golf course on the Texas-Mexico border, telling conservatives at an Americans for Prosperity summit in Dallas he thought that was “the only way there is a chance in heaven that he might come” to the region. The Texas Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender also heavily criticized the president’s foreign policies and suggested that the U.S. should bomb ISIS “back to the stone age.” “Tonight I am officially extending an invitation for Barack Obama to come join me at the border in Texas,” Cruz said. “I figured the...