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  • US begins talks on how to push IS out of Mosul

    08/20/2014 4:10:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | August 20, 2014 | by Barbara Slavin
    US officials have begun discussions with local leaders in Iraq’s Ninevah province about how to recapture the city of Mosul in the wake of the successful operation to recover control of Mosul Dam from the Islamic State (IS), a US official said. In an interview Aug. 20 with Al-Monitor, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, predicted that recovering Iraq’s second largest city — which was seized by IS on June 10 — would “require local forces” and be a long-term project. “We’re in touch with the governor of Ninevah and all the Iraqi leaders and a number of...
  • In Iraq, U.S. is spending millions to blow up captured American war machines

    08/20/2014 4:36:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 August 2014 | Jason Fields
    In the United States, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), AR-15s and camouflage body armor all made an appearance on the streets of a suburb in the heartland, helping to give a tense situation the push needed to turn into a week of riots. American citizens in Ferguson, Missouri, feeling they were being occupied by a foreign army, rather than their friendly neighborhood cop on the beat. MRAPs didn’t get a better rap overseas, either. In what’s still being called Iraq — at least for the sake of convenience — the U.S. Air Force has resumed bombing missions in the northern...
  • Howard Fineman on Beheading: "First Time I've Seen Obama Take Something Personally" (video)

    HOWARD FINEMAN, HUFFINGTON POST: I think the president doesn't think in mano a mano terms. He likes to think of himself, and I know he thinks of himself, as a broad-gauged deep guy who plays a long-term game. Has allies, has a plan. Doesn't take it personally. This is the first time I've ever seen him sort of take something personally. Now there is also a school of thought --
  • Chris Matthews: "No Matter How We Got Into This, It's Obama's War Now" (video)

    08/20/2014 4:58:39 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 11 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 20, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    CHRIS MATTHEWS: I think a lot of Americans watching that execution set-up we were just witness to, they would like to push the button and have all of the people killed. They can't stand what they saw. This will cause rage in this country to see the way they did this... No matter how we get into this, it is Obama's war now. I think he is saying that himself right there. They decapitated this guy on tape to get even with him for starting the war on ISIS. He's coming back. And we also have at least one other...
  • US military ramps up airstrikes in Iraq, weighs additional troops after execution video

    08/20/2014 2:17:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 20, 2014
    U.S. fighter jets and drones stepped up attacks on Islamic State targets in Iraq and the Obama administration was weighing sending more boots on the ground -- even as the group released a graphic video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley. A senior U.S. official also told Fox News that military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security “in and around Baghdad,” at the request of the State Department. The official said the Pentagon is seriously considering sending fewer than 300 personnel, but there has been no final...
  • Some Commanders of Insurgency in Iraq Retreat to Syria

    08/20/2014 12:21:51 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 3:12 p.m. ET | Nour Malas
    ERBIL, Iraq—U.S. airstrikes have driven some ground commanders of the Sunni radical group Islamic State from northern Iraq across the border into Syria, Iraqi officials say. The retreat into eastern Syria, where Islamic State has built up an operational base amid the chaos of civil war over the past few years, doesn't reflect a broader exodus by the group, which continues to solidify its grip on Iraqi territory under its control, these officials said. But it does illustrate a scramble in the leadership ranks of the group, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, in the immediate aftermath of the U.S....
  • U.S. military considering sending more troops to Iraq

    08/20/2014 11:31:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    AP via mynews13.com ^ | Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 2:18 PM | Lolita C. Baldor, Lara Jakes
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials say military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security around Baghdad. A senior U.S. official says the number of troops currently under discussion would be fewer than 300, but there has been no final decision yet by Pentagon leaders. The talks come as American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday when Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks. A U.S. official says the strikes came in the hours after militants...
  • Mass Casulaties in Obama's War on War

    08/20/2014 11:22:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | John Ransom
    Well now they have done it. They killed a priest. A high priest. A secular high priest. They killed a journalist I mean. “In the video released on Tuesday,” reports Asia News Channel, “an individual presumed to be [freelance journalist James] Foley - who was captured by militants in Syria in November 2012 - is seen on his knees in a desert landscape reading a statement asking his family to stop the US intervention in Iraq. A man standing next to him dressed in black with his face covered and holding a knife then says in a distinct British accent...
  • White House’s pathetic reaction to journalist beheading: “we are appalled”

    08/20/2014 10:49:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | August 20, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    Appalled? That’s it? They should be appalled, because the Islamic State is Obama’s baby. It exists because he abandoned Iraq. James Foley is dead today because of Obama’s disastrous pro-jihad foreign policy.
  • Obama: ‘ISIL Speaks for No Religion,’ Global Effort Should ‘Extract This Cancer (shortened)

    08/20/2014 10:29:07 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 71 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 8-20-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama condemned the beheading of journalist James Foley and ISIS in a strongly worded statement to reporters moments ago, but didn’t offer specifics on how the U.S. would react policy-wise to ISIS killing Americans. “Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away,” Obama said from Martha’s Vineyard. (snip) “Let’s be clear about ISIL. They have rampaged across cities and villages, killing...
  • The Kurds: America’s Greatest Ally in the Middle East

    08/20/2014 9:34:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    IVN ^ | 08/19/2014 | Joshua Alvarez
    For all the misgivings Americans may have about the Iraq War — its rationale, its execution, and its aftermath — there is at least one thing of which to be proud: our support of a free, autonomous, and democratic Kurdistan. The story of the Kurds and their steadfast support of an Iraq free from fascism of either the Baathist or Islamist type is one worth telling and retelling. It’s one of uncommon moral clarity. The Kurds are not a monolithic people; there are very real cultural and political differences between Kurds in Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran. Nonetheless, they share...
  • US official: More airstrikes in Iraq [ONGOING]

    08/20/2014 9:06:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    AP via KOB.com ^ | 08/20/2014 9:52 AM | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued strikes. The militants released a video Tuesday showing U.S. journalist James Foley being beheaded. The official says the airstrikes were in the area of the Mosul Dam and were aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces create a buffer zone at the key facility. The strikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish troops reclaim the dam from the insurgents.
  • Wedding rings cut off fingers, bibles burned. Chaldean Catholics Remain Faithful

    08/19/2014 7:05:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/19/2014
    Your Catholic Voice Foundation is continuing in its sincere and faithful mission to save and support Chaldean Catholics displaced by the Islamic State in northern Iraq. These amazing and resilient people belong to some of the oldest Christian communities and societies on the planet. This is literally true, their Christian communities easily date to the time of the earliest apostles. Despite their ancient, fruitful and peaceful presence - they have never fought wars against their neighbors - they have been systematically rooted out of their homes and forced to flee. Those who stayed behind have been killed in one of...
  • Islamic State Is Not a Terrorist Group, It's an Army

    08/20/2014 5:51:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Earlier this month, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that inaction toward the radical Islamic State “is no longer an option.” She also appropriately called them what they are: an army. “It takes an army to defeat and army, and I believe that we either confront ISIL now or we will be forced to deal with an even stronger enemy in the future,” she said in a statement. The Islamic State is “operating with military expertise, advancing across Iraq, and rapidly consolidating its position.” According to a monitoring group's estimates, we now have numbers to confirm...
  • "I Said I'll End the War in Iraq... and I Ended It!"

    08/19/2014 10:01:19 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 19 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | Reaganite Republican
    The 'Islamic State' is also holding a second American journalist, who's fate 'depends on US actions in Iraq'. Obama is just doing super in destroying US morale top-to-bottom (who couldn't see this coming?), and now I guess we get another negotiation where Obama empties Gitmo for one hack who probably shouldn't have even been there in the first place. Appalling forced statement by freshly beheaded  U.S. journalist James Foley -here-
  • 'American Bombing Had Signed My Death Certificate'

    08/19/2014 6:34:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 42 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 19, 2014 | JAMES NYE, ASHLEY COLEMAN
    'American Bombing Had Signed My Death Certificate': Missing US journalist James Wright Foley goes unflinching to his death as ISIS behead him in horrific video, as a warning to Obama American photojournalist James Wright Foley has been beheaded by ISIS forces Foley has been missing since Thanksgiving 2012 while working in Syria ISIS posted the extremely graphic video 'A Message to America' to social media Foley speaks to camera before his death and labels the US his killers Apparently coerced by his captors into speaking against his country A masked and robed member of ISIS speaking English in what is...
  • Francis’ Outlook on the Conflict in Iraq

    08/19/2014 4:01:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | August 19, 2014 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    The Pope recalls the teaching of the Catechism about the legitimacy of halting aggressors, but he does not endorse American bombings. He also reminds us of the consequences of recent wars waged by Western powers in the area and values the role of the United Nations ANDREA TORNIELLIVatican City “Today we are in a world at war, everywhere! Someone told me: you know, Father, that we are witnessing the Third World War - but waged in chunks, in  different chapters”. Francis’ words on war, and on the bombs that kill both guilty and innocent alike, hitting women and children, describe...
  • IS Militants 'Behead US Journalist In Video'

    08/19/2014 3:34:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Sky News ^ | August 19, 2014
    Islamic State militants have released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a US journalist who went missing two years ago. The footage appears to show a masked man - speaking in English with traces of a British accent - killing James Foley, who was seized by armed men in Syria in November 2012. In the five-minute video, posted on social media sites by Islamic State sources, the group declares that Mr Foley was killed after Barack Obama ordered airstrikes against IS positions in northern Iraq. The group also claimed to be holding another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and said...
  • ISIS: Is it really a threat to the U.S.?

    08/19/2014 2:55:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/19/2014 | By Peter Bergen and David Sterman
    U.S. officials are claiming that the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is "now a credible alternative to al Qaeda." But what does that really mean in terms of ISIS' potential threat to the United States? After all, al Qaeda hasn't pulled off a successful attack in the States since 9/11, or indeed anywhere in the West since the London transportation bombings in 2005. This month, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, criticized the airstrikes in Iraq ordered by President Barack Obama directed at ISIS as too limited, telling CNN's Candy Crowley, "That is simply a very narrow...
  • ISIL Beheads American Photojournalist in Iraq

    08/19/2014 2:41:24 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    TheWire ^ | 8-19-2014 | Polly Mosendz
    A video posted by ISIL terrorists in Iraq purports to the show the beheading of an American photojournalist who has been missing since 2012. The group claims the beheading is a message to President Obama to end the American intervention in Iraq. James Foley is a photojournalist who has worked for several news organizations. According to a website set up in his honor, he went missing while covering the conflict in Syria in 2012. In the video, they show journalist Steven Joel Soltoff, a journalist who worked for TIME, The National Interest and Media Line. Soltoff seems to have been...
  • Pope Francis, ISIS, and the Last Crusade

    08/19/2014 12:10:15 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.18.14 | Christopher Dicky
    08.18.14 Pope Francis, ISIS, and the Last Crusade Is the Pontiff of Peace advocating war? No, but the self-proclaimed “Caliph” Ibrahim wants his fight to be a true holy war on both sides, and his strategy seems to be succeeding. Pope Francis is walking a knife edge—or perhaps, better said, the blade of a crusaders’ sword—as he tries to mobilize support for Christians and other minorities victimized by the ferocious partisans of the so-called Islamic state. “Where there is an unjust aggression I can only say that it is legitimate to stop the unjust aggressor,” he told reporters throwing questions...
  • UN Condemns ISIS for Raping Teenage Boys

    08/19/2014 11:33:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | August 13, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - UN Condemns ISIS for Raping Teenage BoysPosted By Daniel Greenfield On August 13, 2014 @ 6:09 pm In The Point | 54 Comments Here’s a preview of the Islamic Caliphate that ISIS is trying to build. Two senior United Nations officials today condemned in the strongest terms the “barbaric acts” of sexual violence and “savage rapes” the armed group Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated on minorities in areas under its control.In a joint statement from Baghdad, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence (SRSG) in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura and the Special...
  • IS Sells Yazidi and Christian Women in Mosul

    08/19/2014 10:53:36 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 43 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 18.08.2014 | Hoshmand Sadiq
    After the kidnapping of more than 500 Yazidi girls by Islamic State (IS) militants, the women are being sold in Quds Neighborhood in Mosul through a special office. The Head of The Women’s Committee in the Kurdistan Parliament, Evar Ibrahim, told BasNews, “After kidnapping 500 Yazidi girls from Sinjar and taking them to Mosul, the IS insurgents are now, through a special office in the Quds Neighborhood of the city, selling them to people.” “The price of each girl starts from IQD 20,000 [US $17] to 30,000 [$26]. Despite selling them, the Yazidi girls have been raped by the IS...
  • Crack unit of female soldiers hunting Islamic State kidnappers

    08/19/2014 8:54:08 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Irish Mirror ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | Jeremy Armstrong
    Crack unit of female soldiers hunting Islamic State kidnappers Aug 19, 2014 11:10 By Jeremy Armstrong Heavily armed women from the Turkish PKK have gone into into Iraq to tackle the jihadists A-Team: An elite unit of female soldiers is on the hunt for ISIS fighters A crack unit of female soldiers is on the trail of Islamic State killers who have captured 3,000 innocent women in Iraq.Thousands of non-Muslim women and girls have been kidnapped by Islamic State thugs on the rampage in the country over the past two weeks.They face the terrifying prospect of being forced into...
  • Obama says Iraqi, Kurdish forces have recaptured Mosul Dam with US air support

    08/19/2014 5:54:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/19/2014
    President Obama announced Monday that Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, have recaptured the vital Mosul Dam -- calling it a "major step forward" in the fight against Islamic State militants who seized the dam earlier this month. "If that dam was breached, it could have proven catastrophic," Obama said, speaking from the White House briefing room. The joint military campaign lasted for hours, as U.S. airstrikes pounded Islamic militant positions while Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters battled on the ground to retake the infrastructure. Obama, who spoke during a brief pause in D.C. from...
  • Pope Endorses "Force" To Stop ISIS

    08/18/2014 2:32:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | August 18, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    In his most explicit statement yet, the Pope endorses the use of force to stop the monsters of ISIS, well, as close as he is likely to come. ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene. Francis also said he and his advisers were considering whether he might go to northern Iraq himself to show solidarity with persecuted Christians. But he said he was holding off...
  • Iraqi forces battle to drive jihadists from Saddam's home town

    08/19/2014 3:29:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 6 Minutes ago | Ahmed Rasheed and Michael Georgy
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Tuesday to drive Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit, hometown of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, while the militants warned they would attack Americans "in any place". In Geneva, the United Nations refugee agency said it was starting a major aid operation to get supplies to more than half a million people displaced by fighting in northern Iraq. Buoyed by an operation to recapture a strategic dam from the jihadists after two months of setbacks, Iraqi army units backed by Shi'ite militias fought their way towards the centre of Tikrit, a city...
  • Iran may partially invade Iraq

    08/18/2014 11:37:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 18, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    As American forces continue to mount airstrikes on Islamic State positions around the key Mosul dam in support of Kurdish forces, it appears that Iran is prepared to increase its military support for Iraq’s Shia in the south and east. An unconfirmed report in Iraqi News indicates that Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces are preparing to insert heavy armor into Iraq. According to an informed source, tanks and armored vehicles belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are mobilizing to enter the Khanaqin district with the aim of the concentration in areas with Shiite majority north of the capital Baghdad and hit...
  • Islamic State forcibly circumcises Christian men, sells 700 Yazidi women

    08/18/2014 7:11:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/18/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Circumcision: “Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr ‘clitoris’ [this is called khufaadh 'female circumcision']).” — ‘Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice, p. 64Sex slavery: “Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who are during their prayer humbly submissive, and they who turn away from ill speech, and they who are observant of zakah, and they who guard their private parts except from their wives or those their...
  • ISIS Kidnaps, Sells Women as 'Sex Slaves' While Obama Declares U.S. Mission Not Over Yet

    08/18/2014 5:15:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 8/18/2014 | Reissa Su
    As ISIS continues to take over more towns in Iraq, at least 500 women believed to be Christians were allegedly kidnapped from Mosul to be sold as "sex slaves." Reports said the Islamic militants have overrun Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian city. Believers have reportedly flocked to the city to escape the militants. A spokesman from the Kurdish forces said ISIS has kidnapped Yazidi and Christian women to be turned as "Sabaya" or "war booty slaves." He added that ISIS also plans to sell the women. According to accounts of witnesses, the most beautiful of the kidnapped women were handed to...
  • Iraqi TV Host Breaks Down in Tears at Plight of Christians

    08/18/2014 2:26:42 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | July 20, 2014 | Asia TV (Iraq)
    TV host Nahi Mahdi broke down sobbing live on air during a TV show discussing the plight of the Christians in Iraq. "They are our own flesh and blood," he said, after wiping his tears on his kaffiyeh and regaining his composure. The show aired on the Iraqi Asia TV channel on July 20.
  • The Rest of Iraq asks: where’s the U.S.?

    08/18/2014 1:44:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 08/18/2014 | BY ADAM ASHTON
    BAGHDAD — As U.S. warplanes tilt the battlefield against Islamic militants in Kurdish-controlled territories, Iraqis in the rest of the country are growing resentful that the U.S. so far is not intervening more forcefully to protect Arabs who have been fighting extremists for months. They see the U.S. wading in to protect a favored ally in Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government, but leaving the rest of Iraq to fend for itself since militants in the Islamic State displaced hundreds of thousands of Shiite Arabs when they seized the city of Mosul in June. “From the beginning, the Iraqi government has asked...
  • Video: Iraqi, Kurdish forces retake Mosul Dam? {Land mines slowing down progress]

    08/18/2014 12:08:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/18/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Both Iraq and Kurdish Peshmerga forces have claimed a rare victory over ISIS this morning, the first in many months of setbacks and collapses. According to both, the Iraqi flag flies once more over the Mosul Dam, a critical piece of infrastructure and a potential time bomb that could kill as many as 500,000 Iraqis if destroyed: Iraqi state television reported Monday that Iraqi national and Kurdish “peshmerga” forces had retaken the key Mosul dam from Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but the fighting didn’t appear to be over.If confirmed, reclamation of the...
  • Iraqi, Kurdish forces claim defeat of insurgents at strategic Mosul Dam

    08/18/2014 12:03:10 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8/18/14 | Liz Sly, Craig Whitlock and Loveday Morris
    Iraqi and Kurdish forces claimed Monday that they ejected Islamic State fighters from a strategically vital dam in northern Iraq, after waves of U.S. airstrikes scattered the radical Islamist militants in the biggest push yet to reverse their blitz through the country. Fighting continued on the western bank of the lake at the head of the Mosul Dam, and government troops were unable to enter the facility because it was booby-trapped by the retreating militants, officials said. But the officials claimed that Islamic State fighters were on the run after the offensive launched by Iraqi special forces and Kurdish pesh...
  • Catholic Archbishop of Mosul: ‘Islam Does Not Say That All Men Are Equal’

    08/18/2014 8:55:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    cns news ^ | 8/18/14 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) – Amel Shimoun Nona, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, who is now living in exile, warned that his diocese is now run by radical Muslims and that “liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here,” adding that “Islam does not say that all men are equal,” and if Westerners “do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed into your home.” The Chaldean Catholic Church is an Eastern Rite church, under the authority of Pope Francis. In an interview with Corriere della Sera, Archbishop Amel Nona, now living in...
  • US airstrikes hit Islamic State positions near Iraq dam

    08/18/2014 9:36:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Mon, Aug 18, 2014, 17:15 | Agencies
    US airstrikes hit Islamic State positions near Iraq dam Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014, 17:15 The US military conducted airstrikes today on Islamic State positions near the Mosul Dam in northern , the Pentagon said.A mix of US fighter, bomber and drone aircraft took part in the strikes, which damaged or destroyed six armed vehicles, a light armored vehicle, a vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft artillery gun, a checkpoint and an improvised explosive device emplacement belt, the Pentagon said in a statement.Since August 8th the US military has conducted a total of 68 airstrikes in Iraq, the Pentagon said. Of those...
  • Iraq: Islamic State vows to “erase US off the map” as fighting continues around Mosul

    08/18/2014 8:42:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Descrier ^ | August 18, 2014 | Descrier Staff
    Iraq: Islamic State vows to “erase US off the map” as fighting continues around Mosul By Descrier Staff on August 18, 2014 World Militants from the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) have vowed to wipe the United States “off the map”, denying that the air strikes has affected its military power.In a statement the Islamist group said: “The Roman dog only pushed his air force in a new mess,and entered an alliance with the Kurds to commit the stupidity he has yet to awake from!“Apparently this idiot forgot the Iraq swamp where tens of thousands of crusaders were exterminated and...
  • Blowback! U.S. trained Islamists who joined ISIS.

    08/18/2014 8:31:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    WND ^ | 06/17/2014 | Aaron Klein
    Secret Jordan base was site of covert aid to insurgents.. .the fighters trained in Jordan became members of the ISIS after their training. Syrian rebels who would later join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials. The officials said dozens of future ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used...
  • "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims"

    08/18/2014 4:18:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 16, 2014
    FULL TITLE: Archbishop of Mosul: "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims" Armenian Orthodox church in Raqqa, Syria, now an ISIS office Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again...
  • Archbishop of Mosul: "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West...

    08/17/2014 12:19:31 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 87 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 8/17/14 | New Catholic
    Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the...
  • Report: US Aircraft Watched Yazidi Massacre From Air – Responded After the Killings (Video)

    08/17/2014 11:46:12 AM PDT · by blueyon · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    US aircraft spotted the Yazidi massacre this week. But did not act until after the killing. At least 80 men from the Yazidi faith were killed, and scores of women and children abducted, in the village of Kawju (also spelt Kocho) on Friday.
  • How the U.S.-favored Kurds Abandoned the Yazidis when ISIS Attacked

    08/17/2014 11:07:39 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    Interviews with witnesses show the Kurds who are now getting weapons and air support from Washington left the Yazidis defenseless earlier this month.
  • Islamist militants ‘executed 700 tribe members’ in Syria

    08/17/2014 12:32:18 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    France24 ^ | August 16, 2014 | Reuters
    Militants from the Islamic State Organisation have in the past two weeks executed 700 members of a tribe in eastern Syria, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group said on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has tracked violence on all sides of the three-year-old conflict, said that reliable sources reported beheadings were used to execute many of the al-Sheitaat tribe, which is from Deir al-Zor province. The conflict between the group of fighters calling itself Islamic State (formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS) and the al-Sheitaat tribe, who...
  • Iraqi Kurds retake country's main dam from jihadists: officials

    08/17/2014 10:16:43 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 30 replies
    Agence France Presse via The Daily Star ^ | Last updated: August 17, 2014 | 07:44 PM
    AL-QOSH, Iraq: Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes on Sunday retook the country's largest dam from jihadist militants who seized it the previous week, officials said. A peshmerga officer and two political party officials told AFP that Kurdish forces had retaken Mosul Dam...
  • New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    08/17/2014 10:03:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign. ... The U.S. military says U.S. forces conducted 14 airstrikes on Sunday — after nine strikes on Saturday. The U.S. says Sunday’s strikes damaged or destroyed 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers and one checkpoint.
  • Farah Mohamed Shirdon, Calgary ISIS fighter reportedly killed in Iraq, was ‘dead inside’ long ago

    08/17/2014 8:49:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    National Post ^ | August 15, 2014 | Katrina Clarke
    A young Calgary man who is believed to have been killed in Iraq fighting for ISIS was “dead inside” long ago, says his former best friend. Social media reports on Friday said Farah Mohamed Shirdon, a 21-year-old Somali-Canadian, had died overseas. It’s unclear when he joined the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham but in an ISIS video that surfaced four months ago, Mr. Shirdon can be seen burning his Canadian passport and threatening Canada and the United States. ... On a Twitter account believed to belong to Mr. Shirdon, a tweet from June read, “Beheading Shias is...
  • Yazidi Militia Group Kills 24 IS Militants Near Sinjar

    08/17/2014 8:24:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 17.08.2014 | Shawan Barzinji
    A Yazidi fighter near Shekhan a town close to Duhok News / Kurdistan Yazidi Militia Group Kills 24 IS Militants Near Sinjar 17.08.2014    Shawan BarzinjiBasNews, Erbil   A Yazidi Militia group has clashed with Islamic State (IS) Militants near Sinjar in Northern Iraq and has killed 24 Jihadi militants.   Khudida Kicho, a member of the Yazidi Militia Group, said in a press conference in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan that Yazidi gunmen have attacked IS insurgents near Sinjar resulting in the deaths of scores of extremist insurgents.   “In the Kahbel area near Sinjar our fighters were able to...
  • The fantasy of Middle Eastern moderates

    08/17/2014 7:24:16 AM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Fareed Zakaria
    For decades, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has been to support “moderates.” The problem is that there are actually very few of them. The Arab world is going through a bitter, sectarian struggle that is “carrying the Islamic world back to the Dark Ages,” said Turkish President Abdullah Gul. In these circumstances, moderates either become extremists or they lose out in the brutal power struggles of the day. Look at Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya and the Palestinian territories.
  • Coptic Bishop: Without Action, It’s Only a Matter of Time

    08/17/2014 7:04:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    ISIS’ barbarism in Syria and Iraq has gotten so bad that even the Vatican has signaled that military action may be necessary. And Down Under, Bishop Anba Suriel, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the diocese of Melbourne, denounced the terrorist group in no uncertain terms and urged Australia, and the world, to act before “such fundamentalisms infects the entire world.” “The world watches in silence as the last Christians are expelled from Mosul, Iraq in one of the most merciless and barbaric acts of genocide we have seen in the 21st Century,” Suriel, who was born in Egypt,...
  • Iraq: Kurdish forces retake parts of largest dam

    08/17/2014 6:16:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AP vie WP ^ | August 17 at 9:08 AM
    By Associated Press August 17 at 9:08 AMIRBIL, Iraq — An Iraqi security official says Kurdish forces have taken over parts of the country’s largest dam, which was captured by the Islamic State extremist group earlier this month.Gen. Tawfik Desty told The Associated Press that peshmerga forces backed by Iraqi and U.S. warplanes started the operation to retake Mosul Dam early Sunday.Desty, a commander with the Kurdish forces at the dam, which was seized on Aug. 7, said they now control the eastern part of the dam and that fighting is still underway.