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  • Rand Paul: Let’s face it, it was a mistake to topple Saddam Hussein

    04/27/2015 7:35:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 151 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    <p>Interesting, not because it’s a surprise that Ron Paul’s son feels this way — remember this? — but because this is a subject that every Republican in the field, Rand included, would probably prefer to avoid during the primaries.</p> <p>Or am I wrong about that? Could this be a smart play for Paul, especially given how it’ll make Jeb Bush squirm?</p>
  • ISIS leader Baghdadi is reportedly 'unable to move' after a spinal injury

    04/27/2015 1:18:07 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/27 | Pam Engle
    The head of the Islamic State is reportedly injured so badly he can barely move, Kareem Shaheen at The Guardian reports. "Sources tell us Baghdadi is still alive, but still unable to move due to spinal injury sustained in the March air strike," Shaheen tweeted. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who last year declared himself caliph of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh), was reportedly wounded in a US-led airstrike in March. Martin Chulov at The Guardian, who last week broke the news of the airstrike, also says his sources tell him Baghdadi is still alive and being...
  • Ted Cruz: Cancel Iran deal and move embassy to Jerusalem

    04/25/2015 12:37:39 PM PDT · by VinL · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/25/2015 | Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz promises a bold shift in U.S. foreign policy if he's elected president that would cancel President Obama's arms deal with Iran and move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. On the eve of remarks to the Republican Jewish Coalition, the White House contender laid out bullet points for his approach to the Middle East in an interview with the Washington Examiner that would sharply rebuke Obama's eight years. Cruz's call to get tough with enemies of the United States, especially Tehran, and prioritize relationships with key allies like Israel should go over well with the 800...
  • Pentagon denies report ISIS head was wounded in airstrike

    04/21/2015 12:30:02 PM PDT · by McGruff · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 21, 2015 | Jamie Schram and Chris Perez
    The Pentagon today shot down an overseas report that the head of ISIS was seriously wounded during an airstrike in western Iraq. According to a report in the Guardian, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi suffered life-threatening injuries during an assault between the villages of Umm al-Rous and al-Qaraan. Al-Baghdadi is no longer in control of day-to-day operations, Iraqi sources said, according to the Guardian.
  • ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi 'Seriously Wounded in Air Strike'

    04/21/2015 6:00:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 48 replies
    Guardian ^ | April 21, 2015 | Martin Chulov
    The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, sources have told the Guardian. A source in Iraq with connections to the terror group revealed that Baghdadi suffered serious injuries during an attack by the US-led coalition in March. The source said Baghdadi’s wounds were at first life-threatening, but he has since made a slow recovery. He has not, however, resumed day-to-day control of the organisation.
  • The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

    04/20/2015 5:10:42 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 64 replies
    SPIEGEL ON LINE ^ | 18 Apr 15 | Christoph Reuter
    Aloof. Polite. Cajoling. Extremely attentive. Restrained. Dishonest. Inscrutable. Malicious. The rebels from northern Syria, remembering encounters with him months later, recall completely different facets of the man. But they agree on one thing: "We never knew exactly who we were sitting across from." In fact, not even those who shot and killed him after a brief firefight in the town of Tal Rifaat on a January morning in 2014 knew the true identity of the tall man in his late fifties. They were unaware that they had killed the strategic head of the group calling itself "Islamic State" (IS). The...
  • Generals: Saudi Intervention in Yemen is Doomed to Failure

    04/19/2015 4:32:32 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2015-04-19 | John Hayward
    According to a report by al-Jazeera, several American generals are skeptical that Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen will succeed.  A “senior commander at CENTCOM” claimed the Saudis did not keep the operation secret from American authorities because they feared the Obama Administration inform Iran, but rather because the Saudis feared the Pentagon would dismiss their battle plan as a “bad idea” and try to talk them out of it. “Military sources said that a number of regional special forces officers and officers at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) argued strenuously against supporting the Saudi-led intervention because the target of the intervention, the Shia...
  • An open letter from the mother of the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq to General Martin Dempsey

    04/19/2015 5:11:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2015 | Debbie Lee
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey responded to reports that Ramadi, Iraq is on the verge of an Islamic State today by describing Ramadi as “not symbolic in any way.” In an open letter, Debbie Lee, whose son Marc was the first Navy SEAL casualty in Ramadi, responded to his remarks today. I am shaking and tears are flowing down my cheeks as I watch the news and listen to the insensitive, pain inflicting comments made by you in regards to the fall of Ramadi. “The city itself is not symbolic in any way” oh really are...
  • 2015 - 4th Annual Salute to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans - General James Mattis [video]

    04/19/2015 3:03:40 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 1 replies
    YouTube - Marine's Memorial Club & Hotel ^ | April 18, 2015 | Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel
    [Video only] Watch the full version of the 4th Annual “Salute to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans”, featuring General James N. Mattis, USMC (Ret.) at the Marines’ Memorial Club on April 16, 2015. The program included a Social Reception that followed General Mattis’ remarks.
  • ISIS claims responsibility for deadly US consulate blast in Iraq that killed two and injured 8

    04/18/2015 12:36:13 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2015-04-18 | AFP
    The Islamic State group claimed credit on Saturday a bombing near the US consulate in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region a day earlier that killed two Turks. 'Security detachments were able to... detonate a car bomb left at the American consulate building in the city that led to the killing and wounding of many of them,' ISIS said in a daily audio message posted online. But the US State Department said the bombing in Ainkawa, near Kurdish regional capital Arbil, did not kill or wound any consular employees. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3044749/IS-claims-deadly-US-consulate-blast-Iraq.html#ixzz3XgvqF6RE Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Russian Patriarch: 400 Syrian Churches Destroyed, Christianity Nearing ‘Extinction’ in Mideast

    04/18/2015 9:56:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 18 replies
    Orthodox Church News ^ | April 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Around mid-April, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia –who once wrote a letter to Barack Obama beseeching the president to reconsider his foreign policies which enable the persecution of Christians in Syria — spoke again of the threat of Christian extinction in the Mideast during a meeting with Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Kammenos. In the Russian Patriarch’s own words: "I regularly get reports of horrible crimes that are committed there against Christians, especially in northern Iraq. I have visited those places and I remember that there were many churches and monasteries there. The city of Mosul alone had 45...
  • Sen. John McCain: Pentagon in 'denial' of Ramadi reality

    04/18/2015 8:46:32 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jamie Crawford,
    Senior Republican Sen. John McCain blasted Pentagon officials on Friday for dramatically downplaying the role of Ramadi as the key Iraqi city stood on the brink of being taken over by ISIS. "Disregarding the strategic importance of Ramadi is a denial of reality and an insult to the families of hundreds of brave young Americans who were killed and wounded during the Surge fighting to free Ramadi from the grip of Al-Qaeda," McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a written statement released by his office, which was later joined onto by Repbulican Sen. Lindsey Graham. McCain,...
  • Iran Has No Military Presence in Yemen, Iraq, Commander Reiterates

    04/18/2015 8:45:56 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 13 replies
    Commander of Iran's Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan on Saturday firmly rejected allegations about the presence of Iranian military forces in Yemen and Iraq.
  • Thousands of Iraqis flee as Islamic State makes gains in Sunni heartland

    04/17/2015 6:55:42 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2015-04-17 | Loveday Morris
    SADR AL-YUSUFIYAH — Thousands of families fleeing Iraq’s western city of Ramadi choked checkpoints leading to Baghdad on Friday, after an Islamic State advance spread panic and left security forces clinging to control. A column of traffic several vehicles wide snaked for miles at a checkpoint in Sadr al-Yusufiyah, on the edge of Baghdad province, as minibuses, cars and trucks picked up families who crossed by foot carrying their possessions in bags and wheelbarrows. Suhaib al-Rawi, the governor of Anbar province, of which Ramadi is the capital, described it as a human disaster on a scale the city has never...
  • Could Christianity Be Driven From Middle East?

    04/17/2015 1:48:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 April 2015
    Can Christianity survive, in the face of persecution and conflict, in the region of its birth? The BBC's Jane Corbin travelled across the Middle East - through Iraq and Syria - to investigate the plight of Christians, as hundreds of thousands flee Islamic militancy in the region.As I climbed the steep mountain path above the plain of Nineveh, Iraq, the sound of monks chanting and the smell of incense drifted out of the 4th Century monastery of St Matthew. Once, 7,000 monks worshipped here when Christianity was the official religion of the Roman empire. Almost the whole population was Christian...
  • Turkey accuses EU of 'enmity' over 1915 Armenian genocide recognition

    04/17/2015 1:38:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17/15 | Richard Spencer
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has accused the EU of declaring “enmity” on his country as next week’s centenary commemorations of the massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire descend into bitter rows over what to call them. Both the European Parliament and Pope Francis this week referred to the killings as a genocide, a term recognised by much of the rest of the world but fiercely disputed by Turkey. The European decision prompted a furious response from Mr Erdogan. “Such decisions are nothing but expressions of enmity against Turkey by abusing Armenians,” he said while on a visit to...
  • Islamist Turkish President Erdogan Says A 'Mastermind' Is Plotting Against Turkey...

    04/14/2015 4:47:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Memri ^ | 4/14/15
    Since October 2014, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has regularly referred to the concept of a "Mastermind" (ust akil, "supra-intellect," in Turkish) that, he says, is plotting against Turkey. This concept has been applauded by the Islamist pro-AKP media. Erdogan's December 12, 2014 speech, which focused on this "mastermind" concept, inspired the production of a two-hour "documentary" by one of the leading Turkish television channels, the pro-AKP A Haber. The film, titled "The Mastermind," first aired on March 15, 2015 and has been broadcast repeatedly since then; in addition, the Turkish Islamist pro-AKP media are circulating the film on their...
  • EU, Arab League join forces against jihadi threat

    06/11/2014 8:32:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 2014 10:31 AM EDT
    European Union and Arab League countries agreed Wednesday to cooperate against the terror threat posed by home-grown radicals who return home from conflicts in the Middle East, following a deadly attack on a Jewish site in Belgium by a suspected jihadi. […] Many European authorities fear that home-grown jihadists who travel to Syria and other conflict zones will come back with skills and the will to carry out terrorism. Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders described returning foreign fighters as a “huge challenge.” …
  • Vote For Iraq War Underscores Hillary's Greatest Weakness

    04/17/2015 10:25:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    So far, of the declared candidates for president, the only one who voted for the Iraq War is the Democrat. I recently made that observation on Twitter and the response was instructive. I will refrain from reprinting the more piquant language from Hillary Clinton's supporters, but one common theme was that I am a fool. Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio weren't in the Senate for the Iraq war vote, many shrieked. Well, exactly. In case you haven't been paying attention, you might be interested to know that the Iraq War was not popular, especially among Democrats. If...
  • Reports: Bombing Near U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq

    04/17/2015 8:28:22 AM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies
    Twitter | Friday, April 17, 2015 | Kristinn
    Reports and photos from the Kurdish Regional Government capital of Irbil in northern Iraq that bombing attack took place near the U.S. consulate.Large explosion near US consulate in #erbil followed by gunfire Source.An explosion in #Ainkawa #Erbil close to #US consulate #TwitterKurds Source.I am at the scene my camera a bi explosion rocks ankawa erbil the christian city Source with video at link.Just shot this and was shot at live bullets , ankawa erbil bad daySource.Many injuries i watched several foreigners injured #ankawa #erbil Source.
  • Saddam Hussein aide, insurgent leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri reported killed in Iraq: Iraqi governor

    04/17/2015 8:02:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/17/2015
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A former aide to late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and a leader of Iraq's insurgency, Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri, may have been killed by Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias involved in an operation against insurgent forces. Raed al-Jubouri, the governor of Salahuddin province, told al-Arabiya television that al-Douri had been killed, and the station broadcast a photo of a dead man who looked like al-Douri. "This is a major victory for those involved in the operation," al-Jubouri said. "He is considered a mastermind for this terrorist group," he said, referring to Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda...
  • ISIS attacks Ramadi: It’s way worse than we’re being told

    04/17/2015 7:52:59 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    allenwest.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Allen West
    One of the best lessons I learned in my years of service in the military is a quote often share with y’all: “the enemy has a vote.” You can try and sell the American people — and others — a politicized line such as “al-Qaida has been decimated and destroyed” or “we have reached the framework of a deal with Iran” or “ISIS is not Islamic,” but the bad guys are not affected by empty rhetoric. And here we go again with the Obama administration and the conflagration against Islamic terrorism. We’ve been told that ISIS has stalled. Their recruiting...
  • 'Why Are We Giving F-16s to an Iranian-Infiltrated Government?'

    04/16/2015 9:54:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 4/16/15 | LEE SMITH
    One of the important pieces of news to come out of Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to the White House Tuesday is that Iraq will be receiving delivery of F-16s. At Commentary, Max Boot asks if this is such a wise move, “Why Are We Giving F-16s to an Iranian-Infiltrated Government?” As Boot explains, “the government of Iraq is heavily infiltrated by Iranian agents,” and Abadi himself is an Iranian ally, selected by Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani to replace the former prime minister, also an asset of Tehran’s, Nuri al-Maliki. “Does it really make safe under those circumstances...
  • WHERE ARE WE TODAY, PART 3

    04/16/2015 10:01:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/16/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    There are those who will try to make us believe that the United States is in a serious state of decline and that the only way to stop it is to turn everything over to the government. Healthcare? We are one step away from single payer. If you want to know how well that works, take a look at England’s Public Health. Infrastructure? That was part of the billion dollar stimulus Obama just had to have. I haven’t seen any benefit from that in my area, have you? Solar Energy? A full posting could not list all the money thrown...
  • Ramadi could fall as ISIS militants lay siege, Iraqi official warns

    04/15/2015 10:19:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 3.15.2015 | Arwa Damon and Jethro Mullen,
    )—Falih Essawi shouted on the phone as he described his situation. From his point of view, ISIS militants might be just hours away from taking the key Iraqi city of Ramadi. Fierce fighting has engulfed Ramadi, which lies only about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Baghdad and is the capital of Anbar province, Iraq's Sunni heartland. Essawi, the deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council, told CNN from inside the city Wednesday that it's unclear how much longer government troops can hold their front lines against the ISIS offensive. The politician said he was on a front line himself,...
  • Ramadi could fall as ISIS militants lay siege, Iraqi official warns

    04/15/2015 6:29:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2015 | By Hamdi Alkhshali
    Falih Essawi shouted on the phone as he described his situation. From his point of view, ISIS militants might be just hours away from taking the key Iraqi city of Ramadi. Fierce fighting has engulfed Ramadi, which lies only about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Baghdad and is the capital of Anbar province, Iraq's Sunni heartland. Essawi, the deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council, told CNN from inside the city Wednesday that it's unclear how much longer government troops can hold their front lines against the ISIS offensive. Security was "collapsing rapidly in the city," and he begged...
  • Ramadi could fall as ISIS militants lay siege, Iraqi official warns

    04/15/2015 4:52:45 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 7:37 AM ET, Wed April 15, 2015 | Hamdi Alkhshali, Arwa Damon and Jethro Mullen
    ISIS fighters have Ramadi under pressure from several angles. Essawi said ISIS militants made significant advances Wednesday in three areas east of Ramadi: Albu Soda, Albu Ghanem and parts of Soufia, which leads to central Ramadi. Over the weekend, the militants seized control of areas north of Ramadi. Routes south of the city were taken some months ago. That leaves only areas to the west of Ramadi in the hands of government forces, but those positions are under threat, Essawi warned. The recent fighting has driven a steady stream of refugees out of the city. On Wednesday, some residents packed...
  • Terrorist attack survivors outraged by White House guest

    12/15/2011 5:09:18 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/14/11 | Ashish Kumar Sen
    Survivors of a 1996 terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen are offendedthat an Iraqi official with ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was welcomed to the White House this week. “Outrage at the visit to the White House really doesn’t describe what I feel,” said William M. Schooley, who survived the June 25, 1996, bombing of the Khobar Towers. “I watched outstanding airmen die that night and witnessed horrific carnage. The survivors of Khobar Towers have been swept under the rug and now have received the greatest insult,” he added. The Washington Times first reported...
  • The Obama Doctrine

    04/14/2015 1:14:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    At the Summit of the Americas where he met with Raul Castro, the 83-year-old younger brother of Fidel, President Obama provided an insight into where he is taking us, and why: "The United States will not be imprisoned by the past -- we're looking to the future. I'm not interested in having battles that frankly started before I was born." Obama was not yet born when Fidel rolled into Havana, Jan. 1, 1959. He was 1 year old during the missile crisis. His mother belonged to a 1960s generation that welcomed the Cuban Revolution. His father came from an African...
  • A New Opportunity Mr. President

    04/14/2015 4:19:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Tom Rich
    In October 2013, then-Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki visited Washington for the last time before being forced to relinquish his seat in the face of the sectarian violence that his policies helped to inflame. Unfortunately, the Administration had done little to confront those policies at the time, or to challenge Maliki’s close relationship with neighboring Iran. And now, even as the U.S. negotiates a nuclear treaty with Iran, that mullahs expand their military and terrorist presence throughout the region. On Tuesday, Maliki’s successor Haider al-Abadi will go to White House to visit the President. The two are expected...
  • Stephen Hayes:See No Evil, Hear No Evil(What the 9/11 Commission narrative left out: Iraqis)

    08/28/2005 1:49:07 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 68 replies · 4,487+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 5 / September 12, 2005 | Stephen F. Hayes
    AHMED HIKMAT SHAKIR IS A shadowy figure who provided logistical assistance to one, maybe two, of the 9/11 hijackers. Years before, he had received a phone call from the Jersey City, New Jersey, safehouse of the plotters who would soon, in February 1993, park a truck bomb in the basement of the World Trade Center. The safehouse was the apartment of Musab Yasin, brother of Abdul Rahman Yasin, who scorched his own leg while mixing the chemicals for the 1993 bomb.When Shakir was arrested shortly after the 9/11 attacks, his "pocket litter," in the parlance of the investigators, included contact...
  • Australia to send 300 more troops to Iraq in fight against Islamic State

    04/13/2015 8:42:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 14th April 2015 | Annika Smethurst
    MORE than 300 Australian troops will be deployed to Iraq for a training mission, starting tomorrow. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the 300 strong force, first announced last month, will be largely from army’s 7th Brigade in Brisbane and will serve alongside New Zealanders at the Taji military complex, north of Baghdad Federal cabinet has approved the deployment of the additional Australian troops to the Middle East to help train Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic State. The deployment will be for two years from the middle of May. “It is a dangerous place and I can’t tell you...
  • ISIS Suicide Bomber's Vehicle Goes Airborne And Explodes In Mid air RAW Footage

    04/13/2015 8:40:32 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 55 replies
    You Tube ^ | 4-12-2015 | Live Leak
    Published on Apr 12, 2015 ISIS Suicide Bomber Goes Airborne And Explodes In Mid-air Liveleak - Part of ISIS Suicide Bomber's Vehicle Goes Airborne And Explodes In Mid air Part of channel(s): Iraq (current event) Before the suicide bomber reached its main goal, Peshmerga Forces were able to destroy the vehicle. As the truck took the hit, the explosives went airborne and exploded midway Before the suicide bomber reached its main Goal, Peshmerga Forces were able to destroy the vehicle. As the truck took the hit, the explosives went airborne and exploded midway through the air. Southern Kirkuk area -...
  • ISIS Leader Abu Maria Killed By Iraqi Forces In Tikrit: Report

    04/13/2015 3:51:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 04/13/2015 | By Kukil Bora
    A senior leader of the Islamic State group has been killed during a military operation by the Iraqi forces in the city of Tikrit, local media reported Monday. Abu Maria, a self-declared governor of ISIS for al-Hajaj and Albu-Tema areas in Iraq was killed by Iraqi troops on Sunday near the Ajeel oil field close to Tikrit, which is located about 87 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraqi News reported. “Today, a force from the Omaya al-Jabbara Battalion has managed to kill the ISIS governor (Wali) of al-Hajaj and Albu-Tema areas, known as Abu Maria, along with his key assistant near...
  • Blackwater verdict: Slatten gets life in prison; 3 others sentenced to 30 years

    04/13/2015 3:12:02 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    AP, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 13, 2015 | SAM HANANEL
    A federal judge sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others. The carnage in Baghdad's Nisoor Square caused an international uproar over the use of private security guards in a war zone. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced Slatten, who witnesses said was the first to fire shots in the incident, to life on a charge of first-degree murder. The three other guards - Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard - were each sentenced...
  • Senator: At Least One Foreign Country Assisted the 9/11 Terrorists

    12/28/2002 12:55:06 PM PST · by ex-Texan · 96 replies · 463+ views
    The Memory Hole ^ | 12/11/2002 | M.H. Staff and Jim Lehrer
    Senator: At Least One Foreign Country Assisted the 9/11 Terrorists Senator Graham knows where the bodies are buried>>> On 11 December 2002, the Senate and House Intelligence Committees released portions of their joint report on intelligence failures regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks. The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, on PBS, reported on the release that day. After asking her guests a bunch of predictable questions, and receiving predictable answers, guest host Gwen Ifill asked Senator Bob Graham, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, a good question and got an amazing answer. GWEN IFILL: Senator Graham, are there elements...
  • Laura Ingraham makes a fool out of Senator Bob Graham on Larry King Live (read the transcript)

    10/29/2004 9:55:56 PM PDT · by Cableguy · 105 replies · 4,308+ views
    INGRAHAM: I just -- every time I hear someone in a position of power say that the war on terror has been abandoned when we have three quarters of the al Qaeda leadership in our custody, when our men and women in battle have done such an enormously great job all around the world, not just in Afghanistan, not just in Iraq, but our special forces operating in every country from The Philippines to Indonesia, all over this are globe. I think it's an insult to the troops, and I don't think Senator Graham really means it. B. GRAHAM: It's...
  • Hannity gives Senator Bob Graham the One...Two....

    09/07/2004 11:56:18 PM PDT · by dila813 · 34 replies · 2,066+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | Today | Hannity and Alan
    Bob is quoting Michael Moore's Material to Alan...and before that.... He asked Bob Graham about his books thesis that Bush needs to be impeached and removed from office for miss-leading the public. Then Hannity read some quotes to Bob. Then said what is wrong with that, and then Bob goes on to say that Bush should have done a comparative between the threat of al-Qaida and the threat from Iraq. Then he went on and on and said that Bush just miss-lead the People about WMDs and the ability or the lack of there of to deliver these WMDs to...
  • Isil video shows destruction of 3,000-year-old Assyrian city of Nimrud

    04/12/2015 8:00:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has released a video showing jihadists smashing, bulldozing and blowing up 3,000-year-old artefacts in the ancient Assyrian capital of Nimrud. The video depicting the destruction at the Iraqi site shows jihadists using sledgehammers and drills to smash huge alabaster reliefs and a bulldozer to bring down walls. The jihadists are then shown placing barrels apparently filled with explosives before blowing up three separate areas of the site, one of Iraq's greatest archaeological treasures.
  • Islam Bulldozes the Past

    03/20/2015 5:44:50 PM PDT · by yoe · 35 replies
    Daniel Pipes Middle East Forum ^ | March 20, 2015 | Daniel Pipes
    The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State (ISIS) of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra, and Korsabad, three of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural sites, is just this group latest round of assaults across the large area under its control. Since January 2014, the flamboyantly barbaric ISIS has blown up Shi'i mosques, bulldozed churches, pulverized shrines, and plundered museums. Worse, the ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims.[snip] In some cases, conquerors turn non-Islamic holy places into Islamic ones, thereby asserting the supremacy of Islam. This can be done by...
  • Why don’t Americans trust Republicans on foreign policy?

    04/11/2015 7:57:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | April 11, 2015 | David P. Goldman
    Riddle me this, fellow Republicans. An NBC survey April 9 reports that a huge majority (70%) of Americans doubts that Iran will abide by any agreement to limit its nuclear arms–but a majority (54%) still thinks Obama will do a better job than the Republicans in dealing with Iran! A majority of Americans – 54 percent – trust Barack Obama to do a better job handling an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, compared to 42 percent who say they trust the Republicans in Congress. But nearly 7 in 10 Americans say that Iran is not likely to abide...
  • Abbas To Sign Accords With Putin in Moscow

    04/11/2015 10:14:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 4/11/2015, 10:55 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Monday where the issue of Middle East peace talks will be raised, Russian authorities announced Thursday. “The two leaders will hold talks concerning key aspects of Russian-Palestinian relations and their future, with particular attention on the trade, economy and humanitarian sectors,” the Kremlin said in a statement according to AFP. There will also be “an exchange of ideas on the process of Israeli-Palestinian talks and other problematic regional situations,” the statement continued, adding that North Africa would also be on the agenda. …
  • “The GOP has scores of racists”: A former Bush official condemns modern Republican orthodoxy

    04/10/2015 7:09:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Salon ^ | 04/10/2015 | Manny Otiko
    Lawrence Wilkerson is a contradictory figure. Wilkerson is a career military man, who served as chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell; but he has also voiced reluctance to involve American forces in foreign conflicts, and slammed the Bush administration for its handling of the Iraq War. He is also a lifelong Republican who, far from just criticizing his party, has actually gone on the warpath against it at times. When Powell was attacked by conservatives in 2012 for endorsing Barack Obama for reelection — Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu famously suggested that the endorsement was motivated by...
  • Preventing Christian Persecution: A Failed Foreign Policy

    04/09/2015 5:51:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Joshua Holdenried
    At the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast this week, President Obama addressed a room full of Christian leaders. What was clearly scripted to be a general Easter address came dangerously close to political posturing. During his remarks, the President shared that, “on Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that's a topic for another day.” What followed was spirited laughter, as Obama’s quip was largely understood as a reference to...
  • Syria and Iraq Are Awash With Russian, Iranian and Chinese Weapons

    04/09/2015 4:07:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr. 7, 2015, 1:36 PM | Jeremy Bender
    As ISIS first blitzed across northern Iraq in June 2014, the militants seized large quantities of US arms and vehicles from the fleeing Iraqi forces. Over the almost past year of fighting, however, ISIS has gone from fielding large quantities of US weapons to using a mixture of Iranian, Chinese, Russian, Soviet, and Sudanese ammunition. According to a fact sheet from the Forum on Arms Trade, citing the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) and the Small Arms Survey, ISIS was largely able to acquire this ammunition from the constantly shifting battle lines of the Syrian civil war. A large amount of...
  • How Obama Abandoned Democracy in Iraq

    04/08/2015 8:35:04 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | April 7, 2015 | By EMMA SKY
    “My greatest fear,” General Raymond Odierno, the then commanding general of U.S. forces in Iraq, told me in early 2010, “is that we stabilize Iraq, then hand it over to the Iranians in our rush to the exit.” General O (as he is known), had recently watched the 2007 movie Charlie Wilson’s War, which recounts how U.S. interest in Afghanistan ceased once the mujahedeen defeated the Soviet Army in 1989 and drove them out. Now, he had a premonition that the same could happen in Iraq. “I’ve invested too much here,” he said, “to simply walk away and let that...
  • Obama issues dire prediction for Saudis

    04/08/2015 5:03:02 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    WND ^ | Aaron Klein
    “I think the biggest threats that they face may not be coming from Iran invading,” said Obama. “It’s going to be from dissatisfaction inside their own countries.” While the president’s remarks were mostly overlooked by the U.S. and Western media, the comments received headline coverage in news outlets run by Iran and by the Hezbollah jihadist organization. Obama sat down Saturday with Times’ columnist Thomas L. Friedman, who asked about “protecting our Sunni Arab allies, like Saudi Arabia.” Obama explained he thinks “that our friends in the region, our traditional Sunni states, have some very real external threats, but they...
  • After Tikrit: Iraqi Forces Attack ISIS Fighters in Anbar

    04/08/2015 1:33:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Voice of America ^ | 04/08/2015
    Iraqi security forces launched a new offensive against Islamic State insurgents in the Sunni Muslim heartland of Anbar province on Wednesday, seeking to build on last week’s victory over the jihadist group in the city of Tikrit. Fighting began in the western province's desert terrain as Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi was touring Anbar, visiting Iraqi army units and pro-government Sunnis, his office said. Abadi was expected to address the nation from Anbar later in the day. "Our next stand and battle will be from Anbar to liberate it entirely," Abadi said in a post on his official Facebook page. "We...
  • Iraqi caught at US-Mexico Border was Military Trainer, Spoke Fluent Russian

    04/08/2015 12:40:25 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 31 replies
    Breitbar ^ | 4/7/2015 | Brandon Darby
    …apprehended while illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas on February 12, 2015. …history as a military trainer, his speaking several languages, including Russian, and his having lived in Crimea, according to one of the leaked documents.
  • ‘American Sniper’ too violent for U. of Michigan; students shown ‘Paddington’ bear flick instead

    04/08/2015 12:30:50 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 67 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 8, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    The University of Michigan canceled a scheduled movie screening of “American Sniper” on Tuesday after nearly 300 students and others complained the film glorifies a “mass killer” and perpetuates anti-Muslim stereotypes. An online petition, titled a “collective letter from Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) and Muslim students on campus,” accused the school of “tolerating dangerous anti-Muslim and anti-MENA propaganda” by showing the Chris Kyle biopic, The College Fix reported. “The movie American Sniper not only tolerates but promotes anti-Muslim and anti-MENA rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass killer,” the letter reads. “Chris Kyle was a racist who took a...