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  • Killing an enemy that hides among women and children is never easy

    09/24/2017 8:27:20 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/23/2017 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    “No,” says General Lito Sobejana in his native language Tagalog. “You cannot pay the ransom.” I listen to him as he speaks patiently on the phone with the desperate wife of a man kidnaped by Islamic extremists. He translates the conversation when he hangs up the phone. “She wants to try to raise ransom money,” he tells me. “They told her they would cut off his head today if she didn’t pay. But we have a strict ‘no ransom’ policy.” The day before my meeting with the general, his men attempted a rescue and there was a fatal firefight. Six...
  • Filmmaker learns why she endured airport stops for years

    04/17/2017 4:49:11 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 37 replies
    http://www.seattlepi.com ^ | Updated 9:04 am, Monday, April 17, 2017 | Deb Riechmann, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Laura Poitras' travel nightmare began more than a decade ago when the award-winning filmmaker started getting detained at airports every time she tried to set foot back in the United States. She was stopped without explanation more than 50 times on foreign travel, and dozens more times on domestic trips, before the extra searches suddenly stopped in 2012. Only now is Poitras beginning to unravel the mystery, which goes back to a bloody day in Baghdad in 2004. Time after time, airport authorities searched her baggage, rummaged through her electronics and quizzed her for hours about her...
  • State Dept. apologizes for promoting Muslim cleric who backed killing of US soldiers

    05/27/2014 4:10:28 PM PDT · by kingattax · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 27, 2014 | By Adam Kredo
    The State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau apologized on Tuesday for promoting a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The apology came on the heels of a Friday Washington Free Beacon report detailing the CT Bureau’s promotion of Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of a radical Muslim scholars group that was founded by a radical Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called “for the death of Jews and Americans.” Bin Bayyah himself is one of several clerics who endorsed a 2004 fatwa, or religious...
  • AG Lynch has spoken for group that got jihad erased from counterterror training

    06/26/2016 4:01:31 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Jun 24, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    On October 19, 2011, Farhana Khera of Muslim Advocates delivered a letter to John Brennan, who was then the assistant to the president on National Security for Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism. The letter was signed by the leaders of virtually all significant Islamic groups in the United States: 57 Muslim, Arab, and South Asian organizations, many with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Islamic Relief USA, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council...
  • London Tube attack latest: Arrest made as terror threat raised to 'critical'

    09/16/2017 8:27:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/16/2017 | By Laura Smith-Spark
    Police arrested an 18-year-old man Saturday morning in the port area of Dover in connection with an attack a day earlier on a train at a London Underground station, London's Metropolitan Police said. It was a "significant arrest" as the investigation continues, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for counterterrorism policing, said in a statement. "This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers. For strong investigative reasons, we will not give any more details on the man we arrested at this stage," he said. ISIS has claimed involvement in the train blast but has offered...
  • US warplanes pick off ISIS fighters drawn to stranded convoy ‘like moths to the flame’

    09/08/2017 11:42:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    www.stripes.com ^ | 09-07-2017 | By CHAD GARLAND
    IRBIL, Iraq — An attempt by Islamic State to evacuate hundreds of fighters from western Syria to the Iraqi border has instead left them sitting ducks for aerial attacks by the U.S.-led coalition on the convoy. “We were able to exploit it and take advantage,” Army Col. Ryan S. Dillon, a coalition spokesman, said of the ISIS maneuver Thursday morning as 11 buses full of ISIS fighters and civilians remained stranded in the Syrian desert. U.S. warplanes continue to pick off militants who stray too far from the protection of the convoy’s women and children, officials said. Strikes have also...
  • Weaponizing Ridicule

    09/02/2017 7:11:10 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 12 replies
    Al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi lost his aura of invincibility in 2006 when the U.S. military released raw outtakes of a captured video showing the terrorist chief to be a befuddled, pudgy bumbler in a black ninja costume who didn’t know how to operate a machine gun.4 But some in the U.S. military didn’t get the value of ripping down al-Zarqawi in this way, arguing that the machine gun, an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, is “complicated to master” and requires extensive training. Plus, the M249 in question was an “older variant, which makes its malfunctioning unsurprising.”5 Arab journalists, on the...
  • Terrorist Ayers Endorses Stewart/Colbert Rallies (as does Ayers ally Obama)

    10/27/2010 7:34:57 AM PDT · by kristinn · 25 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    When comics Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced their rallies on the national mall scheduled for this Saturday, they may not have expected—or wanted—an endorsement from Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. But Ayers told the Ford Motor Company-sponsored Green Festival in Washington, D.C. last Saturday that the event will be a needed respite from the “Alice in Wonderland” world of military domination of the planet and wars waged by the U.S. “empire.” The October 30 Stewart/Colbert rallies, dubbed “Restore Sanity” and “Keep Fear Alive,” are “worth attending,” Ayers said. Ayers’ wife, Bernardine Dohrn, once labeled a “violent maniac” by a...
  • Maryland imam bankrolled purchase of weapons for jihad massacre inside U.S.

    08/24/2017 10:45:48 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Aug 24, 2017 | Robert Spencer
    “The imam said he frequently gives money to needy people, particularly former members of his mosque.” Yes, the jihadi for whom he was buying the weapons was very needy. He needed to kill some Infidels. “Feds link Detroit terror suspect to ISIS supporter,” by Robert Snell, Detroit News, August 22, 2017: Detroit — Federal prosecutors Monday linked Sebastian Gregerson to a Virginia man who threatened to commit a domestic terror attack in support of the Islamic State. The link was revealed in a 47-page federal court filing that more fully describes ties between Gregerson and like-minded associates, including a radical...
  • #BREAKING: Ongoing Incident at Manchester Hotel

    08/10/2017 2:48:25 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 61 replies
    alboenews.net ^ | August 10, 2017 | benjamin Sutton
    According to the Manchester Evening News, eyewitnesses say there are emergency vehicles lining the pavement outside of the hotel. One witness stated seeing a woman in blood.
  • WP: Under Trump, gains against ISIS have ‘dramatically accelerated’

    08/10/2017 8:13:42 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 6 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | August 4 | Karen DeYoung
    Nearly a third of territory reclaimed from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria since 2014 has been won in the past six months, due to new policies adopted by the Trump administration, a senior State Department official said Friday. Brett McGurk, the State Department’s senior envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition, said that steps President Trump has taken, including delegating decision-making authority down from the White House to commanders in the field, have “dramatically accelerated” gains against the militants. Combined Islamic State losses in both countries since the group’s peak control in early 2015 total about 27,000 square...
  • Car bomb explodes in western Kabul, 10 killed

    07/23/2017 8:58:32 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 1 replies
    Dawn.com ^ | July 24, 2017
    A car bomb exploded in western Kabul on Monday, a minister said, killing at least 10 people. Police spokesman Najib Danish told AFP there were no details yet about the target.
  • BREAKING: Panic as 'man drives into shoppers before pouring petrol from can'

    07/18/2017 1:55:03 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 35 replies
    Dailystar.co.uk ^ | July 18, 2017 | Nicholas Bieber
    A DRIVER has ploughed into shoppers – before reportedly jumping out of his vehicle with a petrol can in his hand.The man reportedly drove into the entrance of the discount retail superstore Gekas Ullared in the town of Ullared, Sweden, just before 8pm today.
  • The ‘Victory Problem’ in Afghanistan

    07/16/2017 7:20:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2017 | Paul Jacob
    In 2068, some 50 years from now, will American soldiers still be dying in Afghanistan? “The problem is,” argues Leon Panetta, the former Defense Secretary and CIA Director under President Obama, “you cannot allow Afghanistan to fail and become a safe haven for al-Qaida and for terrorism more broadly to attack our country.” In addition to sending more American soldiers and more U.S. greenbacks to the Afghan government in “the short term,” Panetta recently suggested to Yahoo News that the U.S. will “probably have a long-term presence similar to our presence in South Korea.” The Korean War began in 1950...
  • Iraqi News: ISIS Announced Death Of “Caliph” Al-Baghdadi

    07/11/2017 6:40:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 11, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Rumors of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have floated for weeks, with Russia insisting that one of its air strikes took out the self-proclaimed “caliph” of ISIS last month. Just a few days ago, the terror organization executed one of its preachers for accidentally referencing Baghdadi’s death. Today, however, Iraqi News picked up reports from the city of Tal Afar that ISIS has announced the death of its leader — and that civil war has begun within the organization to determine who succeeds him:
  • ISIS Supporter Accused of Planning Nail Bomb Attack on Florida Beach

    08/04/2015 6:41:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 8/4/15 | John Haward
    The FBI on Monday announced terrorism charges against 23-year-old Harlem Suarez of Key West, Florida, who portrayed himself online as a member of ISIS and allegedly wanted to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.Toward this end, law enforcement says Suarez thought he was purchasing an operational backpack bomb for deployment in Florida, but it was actually a dud sold to him by FBI operatives. He was also allegedly trying to get his hands on an AK-47 rifle.According to NBC News, Suarez told informants of a plan to pack the bomb with nails, bury it on the beach, and...
  • Obama White House made “willful decision” to support Al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood in Syria

    08/09/2015 5:27:52 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 08/07/15
    Former DIA director: Obama White House made “willful decision” to support Al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. Mehdi Hasan is a highly suspect analyst and Foreign Policy Journal appears to be a pro-jihad paleocon publication, and Al Jazeera is certainly a pro-jihad propaganda outlet. All that is noted, but if this transcript is accurate, former DIA director Michael Flynn is confirming that the Obama Administration knowingly decided to support al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, and directly enabled the rise of the Islamic State. And given the Obama Administration’s general stance toward the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, what...
  • Inside the FBI’s secret relationship with the military’s special operations

    04/11/2014 7:08:51 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2014 | Adam Goldman and Julie Tate
    When U.S. Special Operations forces raided several houses in the Iraqi city of Ramadi in March 2006, two Army Rangers were killed when gunfire erupted on the ground floor of one home. A third member of the team was knocked unconscious and shredded by ball bearings when a teenage insurgent detonated a suicide vest. Who, the relative asked, was this man — the one represented by a blue dot and nearly killed by the suicide bomber? After some hesi­ta­tion, the military briefers answered with three letters: FBI. The wounded agent in Iraq was Jay Tabb, a longtime member of the...
  • Trump setting up Generals as Fall Guy (?)

    06/29/2017 12:49:07 AM PDT · by vooch · 65 replies
    LA Slimes ^ | June 29, 2017 | Bacevich
    The Defense secretary’s response was both forthright and evasive. “We are not winning in Afghanistan right now,” he conceded, while promising that “we will correct this as soon as possible.” Mattis then unleashed a cloud of blather, promising “a change in our approach” so as “to do things differently” and devise “a more regional strategy” involving “across-the-board whole of government” collaboration. He offered no specifics. The fact is that every couple of years since 2001, policymakers in Washington and commanders in the field (including McChrystal) have trotted out plans “to do things differently” in Afghanistan. Those plans have come in...
  • Policeman tells how he fought London Bridge attackers with baton

    06/28/2017 6:07:30 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 28, 2017 | Haroon Siddique
    A police officer has told how he fought off the three London Bridge attackers with his baton despite being temporarily blinded in one eye after he was stabbed in the head. Speaking publicly for the first time since the terrorist attack earlier this month, Wayne Marques, who received several major knife wounds, said the adrenaline prevented him from realising how badly he had been injured. He said he took a deep breath and charged at the first attacker, swinging at him “with everything I had as hard as I could, straight through his head, trying to go for a knockout...