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  • U.S.-Trained Anti-ISIS Commander Kidnapped in Syria

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

    07/30/2015 4:43:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2015 1:33 PM EDT
    Egypt and Saudi Arabia say they aim to boost military, economic, and social ties and pursue their common interests. In a statement released after a meeting between President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, el-Sissi’s office says the two leaders also will work to create a joint Arab military force. …
  • Rutgers Prof Says U.S. Is More 'Brutal' Than ISIS, Protested Condoleezza Rice Commencement Speech

    07/27/2015 9:01:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    mrctv ^ | July 23, 2015 | Anthony Christopher
    Rutgers Prof Says U.S. Is More 'Brutal' Than ISIS, Protested Condoleezza Rice Commencement Speech Anthony Christopher | July 23, 2015 Deepa Kumar is an associate professor of "Journalism and Media Studies" at the publicly-funded Rutgers University. She is an academic, media commentator, activist, and author of two books, Outside the box: Corporate Media, Globalization, and the UPS Strike and Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire. Recently, SoCawlege revealed something interesting about her public statements made on her website and Twitter. Professor Kumar is quite vocal about her anti-American and anti-Israel viewpoints. Here, she makes the claim that the United States...
  • CAIR LEADER NEZAR HAMZE IS NOW DEPUTY SHERIFF (Broward county, Florida)

    07/26/2015 6:30:39 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | july 24, 2015 | joe kaufman
    The current Sheriff is Scott Israel; he was elected to office in November 2012. As Sheriff, Israel has made it a point to reach out to diverse crowds, including those who could be considered enemies of the U.S. and her allies. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s 2015 radical Muslim tour began this past January, when he posed for photos with Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout and a member of Zakkout’s Miami-based AMANA group at a local mosque. Zakkout is a big supporter of Hamas. On his Facebook page, one can find Hamas logos and photos of Hamas militants and leaders, including Hamas founders Ahmed Yassin and...
  • Turkey confirms attacks on PKK militant camps in Iraq: statement

    07/24/2015 11:12:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-25-2015 | Reuters
    Turkish fighter jets launched attacks on camps of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq overnight SNIP---- Turkey simultaneously launched ground attacks against the PKK and Islamic State in northern Syria
  • Muslim cleric who backed fatwa on ‘killing of U.S. soldiers’ promoted by State Dept.

    05/26/2014 6:24:47 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2014 | By Adam Kredo
    The State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau promoted on Friday a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The CT bureau on Friday tweeted out a link to the official website of Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a controversial organization founded by a Muslim Brotherhood leader “who has called for the death of Jews and Americans and himself is banned from visiting the U.S.,” according to Fox News. Bin Bayyah is reported to have been one...
  • Obama Admin: Promoting Murder of US Troops Okay for Obama Funders, But Not for Muslim Clerics

    05/29/2014 10:38:23 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 4 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 29 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    Top Obama bundler Jodie Evans with Marxist tyrant Hugo Chavez and Barack Obama The Obama State Department this week disavowed its promotion of a Muslim cleric after it was reported by the Washington Free Beacon that the cleric, Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah, endorsed a fatwa in 2004 authorizing Muslims to kill U.S. troops in Iraq. At the same time, the Obama administration continues to deal with Obama funder and Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans who helped deliver cash and humanitarian aid to “the other side” in Fallujah in 2004 and made a personal statement in 2005 supporting the killing of...
  • THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S HOPE AND RED LINES FOR IRAN

    07/22/2015 4:29:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Frontpagemagazine.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Joseph Puder
    US President Barack Obama hailed the recently concluded nuclear agreement in Vienna between the P5+1 world powers and Iran as a step towards a “more hopeful world.” On July 14 CNN cited President Obama’s claim that, “This deal is not built on trust. It's built on verification.” This nuclear agreement, however, seems to be predicated more on this administration’s proclivity towards building on hope. The Obama administration is hoping that an inspection regime by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will accomplish under this agreement what the UN has failed to do for decades under the Non-Proliferation of...
  • TEHRAN: 'We will trample upon America!

    07/20/2015 9:18:08 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 84 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Jul 20, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    A senior Iranian cleric delivered Friday prayers in Tehran while standing behind a podium that declared, “We Will Trample Upon America,” according to photos released by Iran’s state-controlled media. Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, who was handpicked by the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader to deliver the prayers, delivered a message of hostility toward the United States in the first official remarks since a final nuclear deal was signed between Iran and world powers in Vienna last week. Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser and expert on rogue regimes, said that the official remarks by Iranian officials and clerics...
  • Kerry says Iran vow to defy U.S. is 'very disturbing'

    07/21/2015 4:30:58 AM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 7/21/15 | Yuri Gripas/Reuters
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program was "very disturbing".
  • John Kerry: It’s ‘Very Disturbing’ How Ayatollah Keeps Saying He Wants to Destroy Us

    07/21/2015 8:52:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/21/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Secretary of State John Kerry admitted to Al-Arabiya that it’s “very disturbing” how Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continues talking about destroying the U.S. and Israel after signing the P5+1 nuclear agreement.Kerry said he would be pitching Gulf partners on “all of the ways in which this agreement, in fact, makes the Gulf states and the region safer.” “I will also discuss with them at great length the things that the United States of America is going to do, working with them, in order to push back against the terror and counterterrorism efforts and other activities in the region that are very...
  • U.S. 'disturbed' by Iranian leader's criticism after deal

    07/21/2015 7:44:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 21 Jul 2015 | Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Nour
    DUBAI, (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was very disturbed by anti-U.S. hostility voiced by Iran's top leader after a nuclear deal, as both countries' top diplomats sought to calm opposition to the accord from political hardliners at home. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme was "very troubling". "I don't know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that...
  • Defiant Ayatollah: Deal Changes Nothing

    07/21/2015 6:22:19 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 7/20/2015 | Staff
    If President Barack Obama and other world leaders hoped the nuclear agreement with Iran would lead to normalized relations down the road, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has nipped that prospect in the bud. Speaking Saturday about the deal, the Islamic holy leader denied a wider shift in foreign policy. “We have repeatedly said we don’t negotiate with the U.S. on regional or international affairs; not even on bilateral issues. There are some exceptions like the nuclear program that we negotiated with the Americans to serve our interests,” Khamenei said. Iranians are excited about the ramifications of the deal,...
  • UN approves accreditation for Palestinian Return Center

    07/20/2015 11:20:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 20, 2015 11:43 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The United Nations approved U.N. accreditation Monday for the London-based Palestinian Return Center in a defeat for Israel which claims the organization is affiliated with Hamas and “openly promotes terrorism.” The center, which describes itself as an independent consultancy dedicated to find a solution for the Palestinian refugees in accordance with international law, has denied the Israeli allegations. It announced last Friday that it was starting legal action against Israel’s U.N. Mission for alleged defamation. […] Israel’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador David Roet said before the vote that the center “is not what it claims to be.” Roet said world media...
  • Obama Favors Iran Because of His Shiite Connections

    07/19/2015 6:57:46 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 38 replies
    Here First | 7/19/2015 | Me
    Obama favored Iran in the negotiations because he has many ties to Shia Islam and Iran, regardless of his actual faith.
  • The Tennessee Shooter Had A Different Name And Now Confirmed A PALESTINIAN TERRORIST

    07/18/2015 10:54:51 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 54 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | July 17, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    (Original title too long: The Tennessee Shooter Had A Different Name And Is Now Confirmed To Have Been A PALESTINIAN TERRORIST Who Visited An ISIS Infested Community) As Shoebat.com stated yesterday prior to media speculation, that the Tennessee shooter was Palestinian, now the government of Jordan confirms it as reported by CNN Arabic. Also, his real name is not Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez. The shooter’s real name is Mohammad Youssuf Saeed Al-Hajjaj born September 5th, 1990 and gained a temporary Jordanian passport. His father had changed his last name to Abdulazeez for unknown reasons in which his son then carried that...
  • Chattanooga Jihad Murderer’s Family: Polygamy, Jew-Hatred, and Wife Beating ...

    07/18/2015 6:50:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 7/18/15 | Pamela Geller
    Full title: Chattanooga Jihad Murderer’s Family: Polygamy, Jew-Hatred, and Wife Beating – Wanted to take second wife ‘because it was allowed under Islamic law’Obama has imported hundreds of thousands of these adherents to the most brutal and extreme ideology on the face of the earth with still hundreds of thousands more to come.The Chattanooga Muslim murderer family was religious and violent. They are hardly unique. According to a recent poll, there is high levels of support for sharia law and violence among American MuslimsA majority (51 percent) of Muslims surveyed said they “should have the choice of being governed according...
  • Saudi Says Ready to Confront Any Iran ‘Mischief’

    07/16/2015 10:11:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir warned Iran Thursday to use the economic benefits of a new nuclear deal to help its people and not fund “adventures in the region.” “If Iran should try to cause mischief in the region we’re committed to confront it resolutely,” Jubeir said after meeting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, days after the landmark deal was struck granting Tehran sanctions relief in return for dismantling and mothballing most of its nuclear program. Kerry will also head to the Gulf in Aug. 3 seeking to allay fears over the Iran nuclear deal. The Saudi minister said...
  • Hamas leader, Saudi king shake hands after Muslim prayers

    07/17/2015 11:06:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 17, 2015 12:06 PM EDT
    Hamas says its leader shook hands with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman after Muslim holiday prayers, signaling an easing of tensions over the Palestinian group’s ties with Saudi regional rival Iran. There was no official announcement in Saudi state media of Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal’s visit to Saudi Arabia. The visit came days after Iran reached a nuclear deal with Western powers, prompting concern among its regional rivals. …
  • Was Chattanooga ISIS Terrorist's Father Involved w/Hamas?

    07/17/2015 7:04:33 AM PDT · by SJackson · 39 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | July 17, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    These people should never have been in the US The New York Times is playing it coy with its latest revelation about the Chattanooga ISIS Jihadist. The father of a suspected gunman who killed four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday was investigated several years ago for "possible ties to a foreign terrorist organization," the New York Times reported. Citing unnamed law enforcement officials, the paper said the gunman's father was at one point on a terrorist watch list and was questioned while on a trip overseas. That would presumably be Youssuf Abdulazeez, the father, not to be confused with...
  • Egyptian navy vessel targeted by militants off Sinai’s coast

    07/16/2015 10:50:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2015 1:24 PM EDT | Hamza Hendawi
    An Egyptian navy vessel was targeted on Thursday by militants affiliated with the Islamic State group, who claimed they destroyed it with a rocket while it was anchored off the Sinai peninsula’s Mediterranean coast. Egyptian military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir said the vessel caught fire in an exchange of fire with “terrorists” on the shore and that there were no fatalities among its crew members. He did not say how much damage the vessel suffered and gave no details on the type of ship or the size of its crew. However, security officials said an unspecified number of crew...
  • Egyptian navy vessel erupts in huge fireball as ISIS carry out rocket strike on patrol ship

    07/16/2015 10:04:22 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 7/16/2015 | Jon Hall
    Full title: Terror on the high seas: Egyptian navy vessel erupts in huge fireball as ISIS carry out rocket strike on patrol ship in the Mediterranean Extremists loyal to the Islamic State in Egypt have attacked a naval patrol ship in the Mediterranean Sea, causing it to burst into flames. The Egyptian military said earlier a coastguard vessel had exchanged shots with militants just two miles off the coast of northern Sinai, an area bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip. There were no fatalities among the vessel's crew in the shootout with the terrorists, according to a Facebook message posted...
  • Islamic State says it launched rocket attack on Egypt navy vessel

    07/16/2015 7:07:39 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-16-2015 | Ali Abdelaty
    Egypt's Islamic State affiliate said on Thursday it fired a rocket at an Egyptian naval vessel in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Israel and the Gaza Strip. The militant group Sinai Province has focused mainly on attacking Egyptian soldiers and police in the Sinai peninsula, killing hundreds since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. Photographs distributed online by the group appeared to show a rocket heading towards a ship and setting it ablaze on impact. Reuters could not verify the militants' version of events. The Egyptian military said in...
  • Syria’s Butcher Really Won the Iran Deal

    07/15/2015 4:32:21 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 15 July 2015 | Michael Weiss
    There’s one person ecstatic about the Iran deal and Washington would probably prefer he just keep his mouth shut: Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Professing in a cable to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that the newly agreed upon nuclear accord between the world’s major powers was a “historic achievement,” Assad went on to note his satisfaction that this would only strengthen Iran’s work for “peace and stability…in the region and the world.” Translation: Iran will further finance and militarily bolster Assad’s crumbling regime, not to mention other affiliates and proxies.
  • atch: UK Labour MP Snaps When Challenged over Hamas 'Friends'

    07/13/2015 11:36:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/7/15 | Ari Soffer
    One of the candidates to lead Britain's Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, has come under scrutiny for comments he once made calling Islamist terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends." As the Labour leadership race heats up, Corbyn has seen his controversial comments - and his decision to invite members of the terrorist groups to parliament in the first place - come back to haunt him, with the topic being brought up in successive interviews Monday. But it seems the grilling was a little too much for Corbyn, who finally snapped during this interview with Channel 4: Video He is one...
  • How Hamas Fooled Israel

    07/13/2015 2:58:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/7/15 | Yaakov Levi
    srael tried to retrieve Avraham Mengistu, the Israeli who entered Gaza and is being held by Hamas. A report on Channel Two Monday said that IDF and security forces tried to bring Mengistu back to Israel a short time after he entered Gaza, but were tricked by Hamas into abandoning him. According to the report, talks on returning Mengistu to Israel took place a few weeks after he entered Gaza. According to Israeli officials, Mengistu crossed the fence into Gaza last September due to mental illness and that the move was not in any way a deliberate security risk. According...
  • Trusting Iran to stop terrorism is like inviting an arsonist to join the fire brigade

    07/12/2015 7:32:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6:30AM BST 10 Jul 2015 | Dore Gold
    Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has written an op-ed in the Financial Times which sets forward a distinct sequence for ostensibly resolving the daunting security challenges of the Middle East. First, the P5+1 - the group of powerful nations negotiating with Iran - should come to a deal over its nuclear program. As a result, he argues, Tehran will "open new horizons" and join "the international battle" against "the increasingly brutal extremism that is engulfing the Middle East." The idea that Iran is a partner in the fight against terrorism is not only disingenuous but also absurd. What Zarif is...
  • Egypt Car Bomb: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Fatal Italian Consulate Explosion

    07/11/2015 6:31:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 07/11/2015 | By Christopher Zara
    Pope Francis on Saturday condemned a fatal car-bomb attack outside the Italian Consulate in Cairo, where one person was killed and eight others were injured. According to the Associated Press, the pope sent a telegram to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi calling for “political and religious players at all levels to unite their efforts to combat with ever more determination the plague of terrorism and to promote harmony and solidarity.” The explosion took place in the early-morning hours, causing heavy damage to the building and sparking fears that Islamic militants have begun a fresh round of attacks against foreigners, Reuters...
  • Internal Security Minister Warns: No More Prisoner Swaps

    07/11/2015 4:57:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/7/15 | Ari Soffer
    Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) has warned against any further prisoner swaps with terrorist groups in return for captive citizens. Speaking at a "Meet The Press" interview, Erdan stated that Israel must do everything in its power to free the two Israeli civilians currently held hostage by Hamas in Gaza - 26-year-old Avraham (Avera) Meginsu, and a still-unidentified Arab-Israeli resident of the Negev. However, Erdan warned that past experience has clearly demonstrated that acceding to Hamas's exaggerated demands to release scores of convicted terrorists from prison in exchange would be a grave mistake. "To free terrorists, in light of...
  • White House Instructs Allies To Lean On ‘Jewish Community’ to Force Iran Deal

    07/07/2015 5:18:22 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 42 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 7, 2015 3:02 pm | Adam Kredo
    VIENNA—The White House is targeting Jewish groups in its latest push to blunt congressional criticism of an Iran deal that observers expect to be sealed in the coming days, according to a recording of a strategy conference call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and experts familiar with the call. The White House’s liaison to the Jewish community on Monday advised dozens of progressive groups to push a poll commissioned and distributed by the liberal fringe group J Street, which has been defending a deal with Iran. Matt Nosanchuk, an official in the White House Office of Public Engagement, who...
  • 'Hamas Aiding ISIS in Egypt to Prepare for Next War with Israel'

    07/07/2015 4:02:29 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/7/15 | Ari Soffer
    Israel has claimed that Hamas is aiding ISIS's branch in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in order to free up arms-smuggling routes into Gaza, in preparation for its next war with Israel. In an interview with Israel Radio, a senior IDF officer responsible for monitoring Israel's southern borders with Gaza and Egypt claimed that, despite the ideological differences between them, a strategic alliance has been forged between Hamas in Gaza and ISIS's "Sinai Province." "Why was it is so very important for them [Hamas] to develop the connection with Sinai Province? Because they need the raw materials that would enable the military...
  • Egyptian army kills 63 militants in North Sinai

    07/05/2015 8:27:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 6, 2015
    Egypt’s military launched air strikes and ground operations that killed 63 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Sunday, security sources said, as the country grapples with an increasingly ambitious insurgency based in the region. The Sinai has recently witnessed some of the heaviest fighting between security forces and Islamist militants since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. Security sources said on Sunday troops killed the 63 in villages between the towns of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. ADVERTISING The army found four militant hideouts and attacked them with Apache helicopters and ground troops. It also...
  • US Expert: Hamas, not Israel, Killed Boys on Beach in Gaza War

    07/05/2015 7:49:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 7/5/2015, 4:41 PM | Hillel Fendel
    One of the incidents most widely disseminated as “proof” of Israeli war crimes during its defensive Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last year was the deaths of four Arab youths on a Gaza beachfront used exclusively by Hamas terrorists. Foreign journalists reported as fact that Israeli war planes had bombed a beachfront, killing four youths—and the incident was highlighted in the recent UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry. […] However, it now appears that Israel need not take any approach to defend its actions—as the children on the beach were apparently killed not by its forces, but by Hamas...
  • If ISIS Doesn’t Liberate Palestine… Who Will?

    07/04/2015 8:50:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    CounterCurrents.org ^ | July 4, 2015 | Franklin Lamb
    Ein el Helwe Palestinian camp, Lebanon: This is one of the questions ricocheting between Palestinians in Syria and Lebanon, posed also by ISIS (Da’ish) operatives, as the hot summer months and plummeting quality of existence raise tensions in the refugee camps and social gatherings. With its resilience, on-the-ground “achievements”, adaptability, global franchising, copy-cat knock-offs, chameleon-like adaptations, combinations and permutations, and slick honing of medium and message, ISIS is offering oppressed and desperate populations in this region both hope and fantasy for escaping their deepening misery. The dream is to escape abject poverty and indignity by any means necessary, and joining...
  • Expert: Arab Armies 'Falling Apart,' IDF Will Have to Fight ISIS

    07/04/2015 4:40:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/15 | Yaakov Levi
    Israel's former ambassador to Egypt, Zvi Mazel, currently a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), believes that the Egyptian army is not going to be able to successfully fight ISIS. In the end, he believes, the IDF is going to have to do the job. “The Egyptian army has not collapsed, and it is very large, with 600,000 soldiers,” said Mazel. “But for two years they have been fighting guerrillas in Sinai, unsuccessfully. They are just not experienced enough in guerrilla warfare.” Eventually, it is very possible that ISIS will take over Sinai – placing them along...
  • IS affiliate in Egypt claims rocket attack on Israel

    07/03/2015 10:04:28 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 4 replies
    bbc ^ | july 4, 2015
    A group affiliated with Islamic State has said it fired three rockets into Israel from Egypt's Sinai peninsula. The affiliate, which calls itself Sinai Province, said it had acted in retaliation for what it says is Israeli support for the Egyptian army. Israel said two rockets landed in the south of the country, causing no casualties or material damage. At least 17 Egyptian soldiers and 100 IS militants have died in fighting in northern Sinai since Wednesday. The clashes were triggered by a co-ordinated mass assault of IS militants on the town of Sheikh Zuweid.
  • Israeli policymakers' alarming over-reliance on Egypt to grapple with Hamas and ISIS

    07/03/2015 5:03:32 PM PDT · by kindred · 3 replies
    http://www.debka.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | unknown
    Egyptian troops battle ISIS in Sinai The statements coming from different Israeli spokesmen this week were not just at dangerous variance with the actual events but with one another, when it came to Egypt’s massive confrontation this week with ISIS close to Israel’s border, a fresh round of Palestinian West Bank anti-Israel terror and the ambivalent role played by Hamas extremists in all these events. Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said in an Al Jazeera interview Thursday, July 2, that Israel had “clear evidence” of Hamas aiding the offensive the Islamic State’s Sinai affiliate...
  • Visit Jordan before Isis does

    07/03/2015 2:52:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 01 July 2015 | George Richards
    On a dusty hill in the suburbs of Amman, the capital of Jordan, I visited the late King Hussein's magnificent automobile collection, opened to the public as a museum. Amid rows of gleaming motorcycles, I passed a brightly-coloured Japanese racer and a low-riding American chopper, and my eyes fell on one dark model that stood behind them. This, a placard told me, was a Brough Superior, British-made and once common in Jordan as a motorcycle used for military purposes. Jordan is an island of peace and stability in a sea of turmoil. There is almost nowhere in the region that...
  • World View: Egypt's Military Brings the Sinai '100 Pct Under Control' in 2nd Day of Fighting

    07/03/2015 2:20:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Friday, July 3, 2015 | John J. Xenakis
    The fighting in Sinai continued into a second day. Air strikes from Egypt's warplanes killed 22 militants in dawn raids on Thursday. The situation in Sinai is now "100% under control," according to Egyptian officials. However, in the town of Sheikh Zuweid, where the militants attacked a string of army checkpoints on Wednesday, the army is still going from house to house, searching for extremists, and removing explosive booby traps and mines... The militants were from the terror group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM -- Ansar Jerusalem -- Champions of Jerusalem), which has conducted numerous attacks in Egypt's Sinai, along the...
  • Ted Cruz: The United States should stop legitimizing the UNHRC with our membership and withdraw now

    07/03/2015 1:30:49 PM PDT · by Isara · 36 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 07/03/15
    HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement in response to the United Nations Human Rights Council vote in condemnation of Israel:“Our single vote in opposition is just and the abstentions of our friends are welcome, but at this point they are meaningless gestures. It is time to stop ceding moral authority to the UNHRC and tell the truth about this hopelessly biased and anti-Semitic institution. There is no equivalency between Israel’s right to self-defense and Hamas’ genocidal aggression against the Jewish people. There is no equivalence between Israel’s extraordinary efforts to protect civilians and Hamas’...
  • Hamas provided ISIS with weapons to carry out Sinai attacks, Israeli general says

    07/03/2015 12:02:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 02 July 2015 | Gili Cohen
    Hamas helped the ISIS-affiliated group in Sinai to carry out the latest attacks against Egyptian troops and supplied them with weapons and other support, an Israeli general told Al-Jazeera on Thursday. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered condolences over the attacks that claimed the lives of dozens of people. Israel has "clear information that Hamas is supporting the Wilayat Sinai, which belongs to Daesh," Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of government activities in the territories, claimed, referring to the Islamic State group in one of its acronyms. He added that Hamas provided the Islamist group weapons and logistical support,...
  • Egyptian airstrikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai

    07/02/2015 3:54:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Jul. 02, 2015 | 02:12 PM
    ISMAILIA: Egypt launched airstrikes on Islamist militant targets in the Sinai peninsula Thursday, killing 23 fighters a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years, security sources said. The sources said those killed had taken part in Wednesday's fighting in which 100 militants and 17 soldiers, including four officers, were killed, according to the army spokesman. Sinai-based insurgents, affiliates of ISIS, have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Islamist President Mohammad Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. Sisi, now Egypt's elected president, says the pro-ISIS group Sinai...
  • Analysis: Egypt is Losing Its War Against ISIS in Sinai

    07/02/2015 11:13:43 AM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 2, 2015 | YOSSI MELMAN
    Wednesday's terror attack was the largest ever carried out by the Sinai Province, Islamic State's Egyptian affiliate, since it began its fight against the government in Cairo some four years ago. It also marked the most painful blow suffered by the Egyptian military in its war on extremist Islamist terror, which it is bent on eradicating. It was a well-planned attack, carried out by dozens of ISIS operatives in northern Sinai, and the explosions and weapons fire were heard loud and clear in Israel. Amid concerns that ISIS may try to spread their attacks in the direction of Israel -...
  • Egypt proposes water barrier and kilometer wide sterile zone in Philadelphi Corridor

    02/23/2007 4:59:31 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies · 291+ views
    Yediot Ahronot: Egypt proposes water barrier and kilometer wide sterile zone in Philadelphi Corridor Dr. Aaron Lerner 23 February 2007 Yediot Ahronot correspondent Alex Fishman reported in the 21 February edition that Egypt proposed to Israel to dig a deep trench on the Philadelphi Corridor to be flooded with water from the Mediterranean in order to prevent smuggling from Sinai into the Gaza Strip. According to Fishman, the Egyptians raised the proposal during meetings with IDF officials and U.S. General Dayton along with a proposal to create a sterile cleared kilometer wide band on the Egyptian side of the Philadelphi...
  • ISRAEL LAUNCHES GAZA MOAT PLAN

    06/17/2004 7:20:22 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 66 replies · 275+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/17/04
    JERUSALEM, June 17 (Reuters) - Israel set in motion a plan on Thursday to dig a moat along the Gaza-Egypt border, inviting contractor bids for the project meant to prevent arms reaching Palestinian militants through tunnels. The Defence Ministry published the bid notice 11 days after the cabinet approved in principle a Gaza withdrawal plan, under which Israel would keep a narrow corridor on the Egyptian frontier pending possible security arrangements with Cairo. Inviting bids by July 12, the ministry said the southern Gaza Strip "canal" would be 15 metres (50 ft) to 25 metres (80 ft) deep and stretch...
  • Israel may build canal to separate Gaza from Egypt

    05/16/2004 1:13:43 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 20 replies · 153+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | May 16, 2004 | Dan Izenberg
    alestinian sources report large IDF forces in the southern Gaza Strip ahead of expected operations to widen the Philadelphia corridor. Meanwhile, some 3000 Palestinians fled their homes in Rafah on Sunday following the High Court of Justice's turning down of a petition filed by 13 Palestinian residents against the IDF's decision to demolish houses adjacent to the Phildelphia Route in Rafah, Ynet reported. Advertisement The IDF revealed plans Sunday to create a 60 meter wide underground canal, 20 meters deep that is aimed at preventing the forging of arms-smuggling tunnels from the Egyptian side of Rafah to the Palestinian side....
  • The Egyptian Underground - Rooting out the terrorists

    10/29/2003 9:24:19 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 115+ views
    NRO ^ | October 29, 2003 | Jonathan Schanzer
    The roadside bomb that killed four Americans recently had to have been imported into the Gaza Strip from someplace. Odds are, it came from underground tunnels between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Countless other weapons used in terrorist attacks against Israelis in recent years have also arrived via those same subterranean routes. So, while Egypt may not be directly responsible for the attacks that take place in Gaza, it has indirectly allowed Gaza's terrorists to arm themselves. In other words, it's time for Cairo to see the light, and put an end to the tunnels. Over the last ten years,...
  • Massive assault on Egypt army in Sinai kills 53 troops

    07/01/2015 10:06:32 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    wqow ^ | 7-1-2015 | ASHRAF SWEILAM and BRIAN ROHAN, ap
    <p>EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) - Dozens of Islamic militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 53 soldiers, officials said.</p> <p>The advanced planning and coordinated execution of the attacks show that the long-running insurgency in the area is growing stronger, posing a serious threat to Egypt's security as the military-backed government struggles to restore stability after years of unrest since the 2011 uprising.</p>
  • Fifty killed in North Sinai attacks claimed by Islamic State

    07/01/2015 7:44:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/1/2015 | Yusri Mohamed and Ahmed Hassan
    Islamic State militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in which 50 people were killed, security sources said, the largest attack yet in the insurgency-hit province. Egyptian army F-16 jets and Apache helicopters strafed the region that lies within the Sinai Peninsula, a strategic area located between Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal. It was the second high-profile attack in Egypt this week. On Monday, the prosecutor-general was killed in a car bombing in Cairo. The attacks raise questions about the government's ability to contain a Sinai-based insurgency that...
  • WATCH: Gaza Jihadi group reveals new terror tunnels in underground video report

    06/30/2015 4:41:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/28/2015 | NOAM AMIR/MAARIV HASHAVUA
    By publishing a video from within the terror tunnels on Iranian television, The al-Aqsa Brigades has continued pushing their own brand of psychological warfare against the Israeli people. A year after the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, the al-Aqsa Brigades published a video from inside a terror tunnel allegedly leading from Gaza to the Israeli border. In the video posted Sunday on Iranian television, one of the terrorists seen in the video said the tunnel measures 3.5 kilometers wide and is made entirely of concrete. The reporter in the video suggested that the underground tunnel crossed over the Israeli border...