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  • General John Kelly’s speech about two Marines in the path of a truck bomb

    12/08/2016 7:07:04 PM PST · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    We Are The Mighty ^ | 4/22/2016 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Full Title: Everybody should read General John Kelly’s speech about two Marines in the path of a truck bomb Eight years ago, two Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outpost’s entry-control point. Minutes later, they were staring down a big blue truck packed with explosives. With this particular shred of hell bearing down on them, they stood their ground. Heck, they even leaned in. I had heard the story many times, personally. But until today I had never heard Marine Lt. Gen. John Kelly’s telling...
  • Iraq Was Probably a “Mistake,” Said Gen. James Mattis, Trump’s Defense Pick

    12/07/2016 8:59:17 AM PST · by Lorianne · 81 replies
    Intercept, the ^ | 05 December 2016 | Mattathias Schwartz
    President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of defense called the 2003 invasion of Iraq a “mistake,” according to a recording obtained by The Intercept. “Ladies and gentlemen,” Mattis said, “we will probably look back on the invasion of Iraq as a mistake — as a strategic mistake.” Mattis was one of the Iraq campaign’s most important ground commanders. He led the 1st Marine Division during the invasion and later oversaw the bloody retaking of Fallujah from insurgents in 2004. As for the Pentagon’s view on the Iraq invasion at the time, Mattis said this: “I think people were pretty much...
  • Kurdish government responds to US allegations of rights violations

    12/06/2016 7:37:24 PM PST · by odds · 14 replies
    Rudaw English (Kurdish Website) ^ | December 6 2016 | Rudaw
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) issued a report on Monday responding to allegations by the US State Department that ranged from press violations to torture in the Kurdistan Region. The report by the KRG’s High Committee to Evaluate and Respond to International Reports comes after nearly a year of investigations that examined various points addressed in the 2015 US Department of State’s annual report on Human Rights Practices in Iraq, which also examined the rights situation in Kurdistan. Among other things, the US report contained allegations that the Peshmerga were systematically destroying Arab homes in towns...
  • Over 1,900 Iraqi security forces killed by ISIS as fight for Mosul rages

    12/04/2016 3:10:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Ara News ^ | December 3, 2016 | Ehmed Shiwesh and Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Over 1,900 Iraqi security forces killed by ISIS as fight for Mosul rages ? December 3, 2016 ? Middle East & World Erbil ? At least 1,959 members of the Iraqi security forces have been killed since the launch of the anti-ISIS Mosul operation on 17 October, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). “The number of civilians killed in November was 926, and the number of civilians injured was 930. Fifty-two foreign civilians were killed and 31 injured in November,” UNAMI said. “A total of 1,959 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed, including police...
  • SAS sniper racks up 100th ISIS kill during battle for Mosul

    12/04/2016 7:22:30 AM PST · by kevcol · 58 replies
    Express-UK ^ | December 4, 2016 | Tom Batchelor
    AN SAS sniper has picked off his 100th Islamic State militant during fighting for the Iraqi city of Mosul. The impressive tally makes him one of the most successful snipers in the British armed forces. His latest kill is said to be a “high valued target” in the terror group, which has put up fierce resistance as the US-backed coalition attempts to recapture Iraq’s second city from the extremists. . . . Taking his position outside a compound that was once a base for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the sharpshooter needed just a single bullet to punch through the...
  • Obama set to give ‘final’ counterterrorism speech to troops

    12/02/2016 4:42:21 AM PST · by kevcol · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    But the announcement that Mr. Obama will deliver a speech to U.S. Special Forces to confirm the wisdom of his counterterrorism strategy looks like validation of an effort that is far from settled. . . . “This speech will be a final opportunity for him to discuss at length how he has effectively, durably, and successfully implemented reforms to keep us safe,” Mr. Earnest said. The preview strongly hinted that Mr. Obama will defend his counterterrorism strategy, which has been sharply criticized by President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, as the correct path forward for the incoming administration.
  • Homebrewed .50 Cal from ISIS in Iraq

    12/02/2016 4:07:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Jake Hamby has posted these photographs of a small shop manufactured .50 caliber single shot, scoped rifle.  It was captured from ISIS forces in Iraq. Many on the Internets are disparaging the rifle, characterizing it as a "face bomb" waiting to go off.  Several good views of the rifle are shown in the short Youtube montage below. Link to Youtube It is a mistake to judge a weapon by the exterior finish. Sure, the superb craftsmen at pre-1940 commercial Mauser, or Colt before 1970, are known for their excellent polish and bluing.  If you look at war production, you...
  • Two men accused of negotiating illegal $ 1 M anti-aircraft...

    11/30/2016 11:31:05 PM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 18 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 11-23-16 | Paula McMahon
    Two men are facing federal charges they tried to do a $1 million deal in Broward County that would have illegally sent anti-aircraft ammunition to Iraq and Sudan. Henri Shushan, 39, of Tamarac, and Venyamin Golynkin, 65, of Belarus, were arrested last week in Pompano Beach after an extensive undercover investigation by the FBI. Federal prosecutors said the men were involved in a plot to illegally export a total of 500,000 rounds of 23mm anti-aircraft ammunition, which is fired from a large cannon, to Sudan and Iraq. The U.S. bans export of defense items, including weapons and ammunition, to both...
  • On This Day: The World Decided to Stop Saddam Hussein's Forces Marauding Around Kuwait

    11/30/2016 8:06:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 30 NOVEMBER 2016 | DOMINIC SELWOOD
    At 2.00 A.M. on 2 August 1990, Iraqi Republican Guard soldiers, special forces, regular army troops, and air force units invaded Kuwait. Despite calls for Kuwaitis to rise up and “make the aggressors taste the chalice of death”, the invading forces swiftly overran the country’s defences. Within days, Saddam Hussein announced that the Emir of Kuwait had been deposed and Kuwait was now Iraq’s nineteenth province. Hussein’s motives went back to the Iraq-Iran war of 1980–88 in which he invaded Iran. Kuwait lent him US$ 14 billion to help finance the conflict, and Hussein became unhappy when Kuwait refused to...
  • Islamic State Turns to Cigarette Smuggling to Fund Itself

    11/27/2016 6:55:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | November 27, 2016 | Fazel Hawramy
    Thousands of Mosul residents flee the city every day as the Iraqi army pushes farther into the city from the east. But despite suicide car bombs, airstrikes and the whizzing sound of bullets around them, when they emerge, one of the first things they ask for from the soldiers are cigarettes. For almost 2½ years, the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul projected an image that it was against the consumption of narcotics; in reality, however, it has reaped enormous funds from the trade. Ala Munir was at home one blistering day in July last year when four IS militants turned...
  • Obama Classified Number of Illegal Alien Muslim Migrants

    11/27/2016 10:27:33 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 27, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama is big on making up his own laws and rules. He rules by executive order and he's gotten into the truly illegal habit of unilaterally signing treaties with foreign governments. This is a very basic problem. And in the context of his deal to take in Muslim migrants rejected by Australia, he is being warned once again that his actions are grossly illegal and unconstitutional. ... We’re not even being told the total numbers who will shortly be making their way to our shores, but the Journal notes that two of the camps located on Naru and Manus Islands...
  • Iraq's parliament adopts law legalizing Shiite militias

    11/26/2016 7:04:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 26, 2016 9:24 AM EST | Hamza Hendawi and Qassim Abdul-Zahra
    Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to accord full legal status to government-sanctioned Shiite militias as a “backup and reserve” force for the military and police and empower them to “deter” security and terror threats facing the country, like the Islamic State group. […] The Shiite militias, most of which are backed by neighboring Shiite Iran, have been bankrolled and equipped by the government since shortly after IS swept across much of northern and western Iraq in 2014. Many of these groups existed long before IS emerged, fighting American troops in major street battles during the U.S. military presence in Iraq...
  • Mosul: All-Female Islamic State ‘Morality Police’ Tortured Women

    11/22/2016 8:25:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    National Security (Breitbart) ^ | November 22, 2016 | Edwin Mora
    Some women in Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-controlled Mosul have said they are “much more afraid” of the jihadist group’s all-female “morality police,” or Khansaa Brigade, than the battle-hardened male terrorists, reports NBC News. The all-female units of the jihadist group’s “morality police,” also known as Hisbah, had been tasked with patrolling the streets of Mosul and enforcing an extreme version of Shariah law. Members of the Hisbah Khansaa Brigade favor a torture tool known as “the biter,” which refers to “metal prongs designed to clip chunks of flesh as punishment for women who violated strict ISIS’ dress codes,” NBC News learned...
  • American jihadists fleeing Mosul pose threat to US

    11/21/2016 5:25:12 PM PST · by Lera · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/21/16 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    As the noose tightens around ISIS stronghold of Mosul, concerns have grown about American Jihadists returning home to the US. As the battle for Mosul in Iraq enters its sixth week, and the Iraqi forces slowly advance and move towards encircling the city, concerns have been expressed about the danger that American jihadi fighters fleeing Iraq may try to make their way back to the US. Recent articles in Newsweek and on Fox News have highlighted the danger of these American natives returning to the US under new names with new passports and with fighting skills and experience that will...
  • Church in Northern Iraq Reopened After Two Years Under IS Control

    11/21/2016 5:13:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11/20/16 | Mohammed al-Ramahi and Azad Lashkari
    BASHIQA, Iraq (Reuters) - The bells have rung out after two years of silence in the Mar Korkeis church in the town of Bashiqa, some 15 km (10 miles) north of Mosul, Islamic State's last major city stronghold in Iraq. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters retook the town on Nov. 7, ending two years of rule by the hardline Sunni group which persecuted Christians and other minorities in the Nineveh plains, one of the world's oldest centres of Christianity. Women trilled to celebrate the moment when a new crucifix was erected on the church, replacing one that was broken by the Islamic...
  • Increasingly paranoid ISIS leader reportedly refuses to sleep without suicide vest

    11/19/2016 7:14:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2016
    As U.S.-backed Iraqi forces close in on the Islamic State's hub of Mosul, the leader of the terror network has become so insecure about his own safety that he refuses to emerge from his underground hideouts and never sleeps without his suicide vest on, Reuters reported. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "has become intemperate," losing self-control and showing more signs of paranoia, according to messages sent from inside Mosul to the Iraqi military. Reuters reported Wednesday it had viewed the messages. Iraqi troops pushed deeper into eastern Mosul Saturday, backed by aerial support from the U.S.-led international coalition -- but faced stiff...
  • Rand Paul: Will Donald Trump betray voters by hiring John Bolton?

    11/19/2016 11:20:11 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 127 replies
    Rare.us ^ | November 15, 2016 | Senator Rand Paul
    Rumors are that Donald Trump might pick John Bolton for Secretary of State. Heaven forbid.One of the things I occasionally liked about the President-elect was his opposition to the Iraq war and regime change. He not only grasped the mistake of that war early, but also seemed to fully understand how it disrupted the balance of power in the Middle East and even emboldened Iran.We liberated Iraq, but today their best friend is Iran, their second greatest ally is Russia, and their third strongest alliance is with Syria. Trump really seems to get the lesson. Hillary Clinton never did.Most importantly...
  • Iraq's Displaced Christians 'Will Go Back Home,' But Not Before Their Safety is Assured

    11/18/2016 5:16:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 11/14/16 | Maria Lozano
    We need time for reconstruction--to make these villages livable againNEW YORK—According to a leading Iraqi prelate, the country’s displaced Christians currently stranded in Kurdistan are unlikely to be able to return to their homes on the Nineveh Plane until Mosul is liberated and the region is completely pacified. In an interview with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Kurdistan, predicted that it won’t be until summer 2017 that the proper conditions will be achieved, including the reconstruction of damaged villages and security guarantees. Meanwhile, an estimated 40,000 Christians will soon...
  • Mosul: Hundreds of bodies discovered in mass graves near city

    11/17/2016 6:26:04 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu November 17, 2016 | Mohammed Tawfeeq and Angela Dewan
    Irbil, Iraq (CNN)Iraqi security forces have discovered two mass graves near the city of Mosul containing around 250 bodies, police said Thursday. The graves were found near the town of Hammam al-Alil and were created by ISIS militants, Iraqi Federal Police Commander Brig. Gen. Faris Radhi Abbas told CNN.
  • Westboro Baptist Church Leader Fred Phelps a Democrat

    03/19/2014 12:58:04 PM PDT · by celmak · 45 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 03/18/2014 | Paul Bois
    The founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, notorious for leading hateful protests against gay rights, is actually a Democrat with long history of endorsing Democratic candidates. On Tuesday, Politico provided some background on Phelps' political history, most of which saw him endorsing Democrat candidates and running for office a number of times as a Democrat. In the 1990's, Phelps ran in three Kansas Democratic primaries for Governor in 1990, 1994, and 1998, receiving only 15% of the vote. He also ran for Senator in 1992, receiving 31% of the vote, and for mayor of Topeka in 1993 and 1997....
  • Iraq Christians Tell Tales of Survival in the 'Caliphate'

    11/16/2016 5:40:43 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Ahram Online ^ | 11/15/16 | AFP
    They were threatened, forced to spit on a crucifix or convert to Islam, but a handful of Iraqi Christians miraculously survived more than two years under Islamic State group rule. When the jihadists swept across the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq in August 2014 and told Christians to convert, pay tax, leave or die, around 120,000 of them fled. Now that Iraqi forces have retaken many of those areas around the city of Mosul, stories are emerging of those who did not get a chance to leave and faced one of the three other options. Ismail Matti was 14 when...
  • Iraqi Catholics Return to Church Ransacked by ISIS

    11/14/2016 5:25:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    A tomb had been desecrated and statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated at the St Addai Chaldean Catholic churchThere were gasps, followed by tears at a small church in northern Iraq as a group of Christians returned to their parish Sunday to find that everything had been destroyed, including the statue of the Virgin Mary, which ISIS militants had decapitated before they left. A confessional had been turned into a closet, a tomb had been desecrated, red prayer benches were burned. As Fr Thabet Habib recited prayers at the St Addai Chaldean Catholic Church, the sound of broken glass...
  • Iraqi Christians: Obama abandoned us to the Islamic State

    11/07/2016 9:20:37 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 16 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 11/07/2016 | Robert spencer
    “Obama has never helped the Christians. In fact, he despises them. In the last 26 months, he has shown he despises all of them. But we have hope in the new president, Trump.” IRAQI Christians will pray for Donald Trump’s election victory after they condemned US Government for “abandoning” them to the barbaric terror of Islamic State. The Christian community in the latest Iraqi town to be freed from ISIS have opened up about how they were terrorized at the hands of the twisted jihadi militants. The once-bustling Qaraqosh, which boasted of more than 50,000 Christian residents, was recaptured from...
  • Significant Bronze Age city discovered in Northern Iraq

    11/07/2016 7:32:42 AM PST · by JimSEA · 8 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/7/2016 | University of Tübingen
    Archeologists from the Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies (IANES) at the University of Tübingen have uncovered a large Bronze Age city not far from the town of Dohuk in northern Iraq. The excavation work has demonstrated that the settlement, which is now home to the small Kurdish village of Bassetki in the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan, was established in about 3000 BC and was able to flourish for more than 1200 years. The archeologists also discovered settlement layers dating from the Akkadian Empire period (2340-2200 BC), which is regarded as the first world empire in human history. Scientists headed...
  • Alqosh, the Last Christian Town in Iraq, is Here to Stay

    11/06/2016 5:37:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    A view from the Christian town of Alqosh in the Nineveh Plain.For more than two years it lasted, just minutes away from Islamic State-held territory. The Iraqi town of Alqosh (50km north of Mosul) is the only Christian stronghold in the country that survived IS. Looking for signs of hope for the future of Christianity in Iraq? This town, with its four churches, two monasteries and 500 Christian families, is where it can be found. For those who grew up reading the Bible, Alqosh might ring a distant bell. It was the town where Old Testament prophet Nahum, "the Elkoshite",...
  • Mosul advance slows as militants melt away, then strike

    11/06/2016 7:58:52 AM PST · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 6, 2016 | 10:50am EST | Ahmed Rasheed
    Simultaneous offensives on Raqqa and Mosul could bring to an end the self-styled caliphate declared by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from the pulpit of a Mosul mosque in 2014. Baghdadi, however, has told his followers there can be no retreat in a "total war" with their enemies, and the militants in Mosul have been waging a fierce and brutal defens "Sometimes they climb to the rooftops of houses where civilians are still living and they hold them hostage and open fire on our forces, because they know we will not use air strikes against targets that have civilians."...
  • ‘It is my obligation to work for Sharia every single day’ [Khalid Kelly]

    11/05/2016 10:09:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 11/05/2016 | Conor Pope
    A confrontation Khalid Kelly had in a Pakistani barbershop in 2007 appears to have been key to his decision to align himself fully with violent extremism and may have pushed him further along a path which ultimately led to him blowing himself up in Iraq. It started as a fairly low-key argument as Kelly waited for a haircut. It ended with him fleeing back to his hotel fearing for his freedom after he was vocal in his criticism of Pakistan’s government. The moment is captured in Stephen Marshall’s incisive documentary Holy Wars, which was released in 2010. …
  • Inside Mosul: Satellite imagery reveals ISIS defences

    11/05/2016 7:54:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    rudaw.net ^ | Nov. 5, 2016
    Inside Mosul: Satellite imagery reveals ISIS defences By Rudaw 15 hours ago ISIS has erected barriers in the city, satellite imagery reveals. Image: Stratfor ERBIL, Kurdistan Region ? Satellite imagery of Mosul has revealed ISIS preparations in the city, including razing an entire area and erecting barriers in the city. Around Mosul airport, ISIS appears to have cleared all structures and erected a string of barriers to the north, according to satellite imagery published by Stratfor. The geopolitical intelligence company theorized that the area had been cleared “to ensure clear visibility of approaching forces.” The imagery published by Stratfor shows...
  • Terrorists Once Used Refugee Program to Settle in US

    12/19/2015 8:22:37 PM PST · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    ABC news ^ | Nov 18, 2015 | James Gordon Meek Brian Ross
    Of the 31 states that have declared their opposition to taking in Syrian refugees, one state, Kentucky, has a specific reason to be wary of the background check process: previously two Iraqi refugees who settled in Bowling Green turned out to be al Qaeda-linked terrorists with the blood of American soldiers on their hands, an ABC News investigation found. In the wake of the Kentucky case, the U.S. halted the refugee program for Iraqis for six months, a fact the Obama administration did not disclose to Congress at the time, officials told ABC News in the 2013 investigation.
  • At 62, US special forces veteran battles against ISIS on lonely desert front

    11/04/2016 9:48:40 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 9 replies
    FOX ^ | November 04, 2016 | Benjamin Hall
    NORTHERN IRAQ – On the Western side of Mosul, lies a forgotten front crucial to choking off ISIS' lifeline to Syria. Fox News recently made the eight hour trip west from Mosul to the front outside the devastated city of Sinjar and found a small outpost where a handful of men hold off near-daily attacks from ISIS fighters. One soldier manning the post was David Shumock, a 62-year-old Floridian and former U.S. Air Forces pararescueman. The American fights side-by-side with the Kurdish Peshmerga, and serves as medic and trainer to his comrades, as well. Shumock has called the dusty, makeshift,...
  • This Badass Kurd Plunged His Bulletproof BMW Into ISIS Snipers to Save 70 Lives

    11/04/2016 3:38:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 4, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim and Peshmerga fighter Ako Rahman (Photo courtesy of Gov. Karim's office) After the ground offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS was launched in mid-October, Islamic State terrorists attacked Kirkuk, Iraq.Nearly 90 civilians and Peshmerga were killed by ISIS in the surprise counterattack Oct. 21, which included suicide bombers and gunmen targeting police stations and a city power plant.But the death toll could have been higher if one Kurd and his armored BMW hadn't stepped in.Ako Rahman, a member of the Peshmerga’s 116th Brigade in Tuz, volunteered to plunge into the fighting to save more than 70...
  • Iraqi forces say six Mosul districts seized from Islamic State

    11/04/2016 2:43:42 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode
    Reuters ^ | Nov 4, 2016 | Saif Hameed and Babak Dehghanpisheh
    Iraqi special forces recaptured six districts of eastern Mosul on Friday, a military statement said, expanding the army's foothold in the Islamic State stronghold a day after its leader told his jihadist followers there could be no retreat. An officer in the elite Counter Terrorism Service said CTS troops had launched a major operation against the militants, who are now almost surrounded in their last major urban stronghold in Iraq. CTS special forces took over the neighborhoods of Malayeen, Samah, Khadra, Karkukli, Quds and Karama, the statement said, inflicting heavy losses on the militant fighters and raising the Iraqi flag...
  • ISIL leader Baghdadi confident of Mosul battle victory

    11/03/2016 2:42:01 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 21 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Nov 3, 2016
    ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has expressed confidence in victory, "This raging battle and total war, and the great jihad that the state of Islam is fighting today only increases our firm belief, God willing, and our conviction that all this is a prelude to victory," He also called on the group's suicide fighters to "turn the nights of the unbelievers into days, to wreak havoc in their land and make their blood flow as rivers" Baghdadi told ISIL's fighters to "unleash the fire of their anger" on Turkish troops... "Turkey today entered your range of action and the aim...
  • 'We need a strong leader': Trump's popularity high among Iraqis

    11/01/2016 5:40:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | November 1, 2016 | Hollie McKay
    BAGHDAD, Iraq – Donald Trump’s favorability rating is sky-high here, where citizens are paying surprisingly close attention to the U.S. election and see the developer and political novice as the clear choice for the White House. In dozens of interviews FoxNews.com conducted in various cities across the country this month – with Iraqis from different religions and walks of life – the overwhelming majority support Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Many believe Trump would be tough on terror, and blame Clinton – at least in part – for policies that have destabilized much of the Middle East. "America should...
  • First mass in two years held in Iraq's main Christian town Qaraqosh Cathedral

    10/31/2016 12:32:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    al-monitor ^ | October 31, 2016
    Archbishop Yohanna Petros Mouche of Mosul (L) gives communion as he leads a mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on October 30, 2016 in the town of Qaraqosh, 30 kms east of Mosul Iraqi forces retook Qaraqosh from the Islamic State group days earlier, as part of a massive offensive to wrest back the country's second city Mosul."After two years and three months in exile, I just celebrated the Eucharist in the cathedral of the Immaculate Conception the Islamic State wanted to destroy," Yohanna Petros Mouche, the Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, said."But in my heart it was...
  • Iraqi Shia militias tighten noose around Isis with Mosul offensive

    10/30/2016 7:51:26 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 29 Oct 2016 | Reuters
    Iraqi Shia militias have launched an offensive to the west of Mosul in an operation intended to tighten the noose around Islamic State’s Iraq stronghold. But the move has alarmed Turkey and could inflame tensions in the mainly Sunni area A spokesman for the Shia militias, known as the Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) forces, said thousands of fighters “started operations [on Saturday] morning to clean up the hotbeds of Daesh [Islamic State] in the western parts of Mosul”. The militias aim to capture villages west of Mosul and reach the town of Tal Afar, about 35 miles from the city,...
  • Watch: Christian Soldiers Erect Cross in Town Once Held by ISIS

    10/29/2016 4:06:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/27/16 | Catherine Harmon
    Church bells ring out in the Iraqi town of Bartella for the first time in years. As Iraqi forces continue their offensive against the ISIS-held city of Mosul, reports and images of the re-capturing of a string of villages and towns outside the city have hit the international media. Video aired on France 24 shows a group of Christian militia fighters from Bartella, a town 13 miles east of Mosul, returning home after having been driven out by ISIS two years ago. Their first actions on entering their village? Erecting a cross, ringing the church bells for the first time...
  • People of the Cross are taking back Iraq

    10/27/2016 5:59:46 AM PDT · by Shark24 · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Oct 26, 2016 | Mary Rezac
    The cross of Jesus is being lifted once more over many parts of Iraq, where for years Islamic State terrorists left a path of death and destruction. As a military campaign to rid the Mosul area of the Islamic state rages on, videos are surfacing of “the people of the cross” reclaiming their homes by raising makeshift wooden crosses over the churches and towns they were once forced to flee out of fear for their lives. The “people of the cross” was the term for Christians used by Islamic terrorists when they beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians in February 2015.
  • Mosul offensive: See latest on Rudaw map

    10/26/2016 10:29:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Rudaw ^ | Oct. 27, 2016
    Mosul offensive: See latest on Rudaw map By Rudaw 8 hours ago http://umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/map/mosul-offensive_108839#10/36.3061/42.9924 Dark green: under Peshmerga control Spring green: Peshmerga encircle/battling Red: Under Iraqi forces' control Pink: Iraqi forces encircle/battling
  • ISIS Burns 6 Men Alive in Bakery, Uses Dough Mixer to Kill 250 Children

    10/25/2016 9:21:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | October 24, 2016 | SAMUEL SMITH
    (Photo: Reuters/Social Media Website via Reuters TV)An Islamic State militant holds a gun while standing behind what are said to be Ethiopian Christians in Wilayat Fazzan, in this still image from an undated video made available on a social media website on April 19, 2015. The video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Reuters was not able to verify the authenticity of the video but the killings resemble past violence carried out by Islamic State, an ultra-hardline group which...
  • 'Sniper of Mosul' strikes fear in hearts of ISIS fighters

    10/25/2016 7:51:20 AM PDT · by kimtom · 30 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | October 25, 2016 | Sun
    A renegade sniper has been striking fear into the hearts of ISIS thugs in Mosul — picking them off one-by-one, reports claim. The mysterious marksman — dubbed the “Sniper of Mosul” — is believed to be behind shootings in four separate neighborhoods in Iraq’s second largest city. ISIS UNLEASHES 'HEAVY RESISTANCE' OUTSIDE MOSUL, PENTAGON REPORTS But officials think the resistance fighter could be receiving help from other gunmen, according to the Daily Star.
  • Clinton slams Trump for comments on offensive against Islamic State

    10/24/2016 3:07:42 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct. 24, 2016 | Luciana Lopez
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed her rival Donald Trump on Monday for saying that the week-old effort to re-take the Iraqi city of Mosul from the control of Islamic State was going badly. “He’s basically declaring defeat before the battle has even started,” Clinton said at a campaign event in New Hampshire. “He’s proving to the world what it means to have an unqualified commander in chief.” In a tweet on Sunday, Trump, the Republican nominee for the Nov. 8 election, said the “attack on Mosul is turning out to be a total disaster. We gave them months...
  • Iraqi parliament passes bill banning alcohol

    10/23/2016 5:58:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2016 9:20 AM EDT | Joseph Krauss and Sinan Salaheddin
    Iraq’s parliament has passed a law forbidding the import, production or selling of alcoholic beverages in a surprise move that angered many in the country’s Christian community who rely on the business. The law, passed late Saturday night, imposes a fine of up to 25 million Iraqi dinars, or $21,000, for anyone violating the ban. But it’s unclear how strictly the law would be enforced, and it could be struck down by the supreme court. Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol, but it has always been available in Iraq’s larger cities, mainly from shops run by Christians. Those shops are...
  • Iraq Parliament in Surprise Vote to Ban Alcohol

    10/23/2016 12:06:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 23 October 2016
    Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential religious parties. Proponents of the ban argue that it is justified by the constitution, which prohibits any law contradicting Islam. But some opponents argue that it also violates the same constitution which guarantees the traditions of religious minorities.
  • ISIS goes on a killing spree

    10/22/2016 9:52:58 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/10/16
    The Iraqi and Kurdish armies continue to progress towards Mosul in northern Iraq, and are now a mere 15 kilometers from the city itself. Terrorist group ISIS slaughtered 284 men and boys, then piled their bodies in a mass grave. CNN reported ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi slaughtered 59 senior ISIS captains after they attempted to negotiate withdrawal from Mosul in return for safely escaping the city. About a thousand people were suffered injuries from breathing gases in the Mosul area, after a sulfur factory in the south of the city was set on fire. The fire is assumed to...
  • Iraqi advances give hope to displaced Christians

    10/21/2016 1:15:08 PM PDT · by tekrat · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/21/2016 | FAY ABUELGASIM
    Raeda Paulos could hardly conceal her joy when the television inside her cramped trailer showed Iraqi forces raising the national flag over a church in her hometown, a day after it was freed from Islamic State rule. "This is our church, this is where we used to pray!" she exclaimed as she watched the images at a camp for displaced Iraqis in Irbil, the Kurdish regional capital. It was also where her husband, Adil Mateh, hid when the extremists swept into Bartella, a historically Christian town east of Mosul, in the summer of 2014. He had stayed to volunteer at...
  • “The Terrorist Threat against U.S. has Never Been Greater” says Johns Hopkins Lecturer

    10/21/2016 8:15:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 21, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    At the Heritage Foundation, Dr. Mary Habeck, an adjunct lecturer at John Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies (known as SAIS), noted that terrorism has spiked since 2011. She said that today, "the terrorist threat against the U.S. has never been greater." She added, "You have to go back to the Algerian civil war to find" this number of terrorist attacks. Habeck said, "First of all, al-Qaeda and ISIS [known as the Islamic State, or ISIL] have a plan and they’re executing it." "They have created a whole series of campaign plans for each country," Habeck said, and "ISIS inherited...
  • Fact Check: Hillary Puts Mosul on Syrian Border

    10/20/2016 8:18:53 AM PDT · by oldbill · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 19, 2016 | oldbill
    "Mosul is on the border of Syria"
  • (1997) Potentially Illegal Gingrich Tape Turned Over To Criminal Investigators

    10/20/2016 4:17:30 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | January 13, 1997 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 13) -- A potentially illegal recording of a cell phone conversation involving House Speaker Newt Gingrich was handed over to federal criminal investigators tonight, the House ethics committee's chief counsel said. First the tape was sent to the committee by Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington state, the committee's ranking Democrat. A Florida couple who taped the call told a news conference in Gainesville, Florida today they gave the recording to McDermott last week.
  • Turkish president blasts U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State ahead of Ash Carter’s visit

    10/19/2016 7:58:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2016 | Carlo Muñoz and Guy Taylor
    Turkish president blasts U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State ahead of Ash Carter’s visit By Carlo Muñoz and Guy Taylor - The Washington Times - Updated: 10:43 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will be walking into diplomatic buzz saw Thursday when he arrives in Turkey a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a blistering critique of the U.S.-backed campaign to oust the Islamic State group from neighboring Iraq, demanded a bigger role for Turkish military forces. Mr. Erdogan’s remarkable outburst was the latest sign of difficulties the Obama administration faces in keeping the various members...