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  • Allawi announces “disappearance” of 76 armored vehicles sent by Gulf states to Iraq

    10/09/2015 10:11:46 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Iraqi News ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | Abdelhak Mamoun
    Allawi announces “disappearance” of 76 armored vehicles sent by Gulf states to Iraq By Abdelhak Mamoun - Oct 8, 2015 ( Baghdad – The chairman of the national coalition, Iyad Allawi, announced on Wednesday the “disappearance” of 76 armored vehicles sent by Gulf countries to Iraq at his request. Allawi said during his speech for the TV program “unexpected,” aired on Alsumaria TV: “I asked one of the Gulf states to supply Iraq with weapons to confront ISIS,” noting that “This county sent 76 armored vehicles via aircraft and not the sea. ” Allawi added that “after a period of...
  • Boone Pickens: Russia 'new sheriff' in Mideast

    10/09/2015 12:25:01 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 4 replies ^ | Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | 11:23 AM ET | Matthew J. Belvedere
    Boone Pickens: Russia 'new sheriff' in Mideast Matthew J. Belvedere | @Matt_Belvedere Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | 11:23 AM ET The new military involvement by Russia in Syria could force OPEC's largest oil member to finally capitulate on production cuts, energy entrepreneur Boone Pickens said Thursday. Such a move could rescue battered crude prices, which have lost half their value in the past year. The Mideast has a "new sheriff in town," Pickens told CNBC's "Squawk Box," with Russia making its most significant move back into the region since being kicked out in 1973, when then-Egyptian President Anwar Sadat broke...
  • Obama Weighs "Syria Retreat" As White House Ends Training Of Moderate Rebels

    10/09/2015 10:53:13 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/9/2015 | Submitted by Tyler Durden
    This past weekend we called Obama's latest failed attempt to replace Syria's president (after a comparable attempt in 2013 also ended in failure) for what it is: "Make no mistake, this is shaping up to be the most spectacular US foreign policy debacle since Vietnam - and we don't think that's an exaggeration." Some of our high level observations: The US, in conjunction with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, attempted to train and support Sunni extremists to overthrow the Assad regime. Some of those Sunni extremists ended up going crazy and declaring a Medeival caliphate putting the Pentagon and Langley in...
  • Ted Cruz: How U.S. must push back Putin in Syria (Cruz-Op Ed- CNN)

    10/09/2015 9:49:11 AM PDT · by VinL · 98 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/9/15 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    Over the last week, the world has once again looked on aghast as President Vladimir Putin has taken violent advantage of regional instability to re-establish Russia's influence, this time in the Middle East. Despite promises to join the United States in a counterterrorism effort against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Putin is on a mission to protect Russian assets in the Mediterranean by propping up his client, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Ted Cruz Ted Cruz Meanwhile, the Obama administration has been caught flat-footed as Putin's actions threaten to inflame and destabilize an already acute crisis. Enough already. We don't need...
  • Official: US Not Notified of Russia Firing Missiles Through Iraq, Syria

    10/08/2015 10:49:52 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 27 replies ^ | October 07, 2015
    PENTAGON — Neither Russia nor Iraq warned the United States that cruise missiles had entered Iraqi airspace en route to Syria, a U.S. official told VOA. Russia said Wednesday that it used four warships in the Caspian Sea to launch rockets at Islamic State targets in Syria. Rockets fired from those ships would have traveled through Iraqi airspace, where U.S. and coalition pilots are conducting anti-Islamic State operations to help Iraqi and Peshmerga forces defeat the extremists. The official acknowledged to VOA that this is exactly the kind of action that could result in a mishap or misunderstanding.
  • The Conventional Wisdom on Putin is Dangerously Wrong It's not about 'order'—it's about empire

    10/08/2015 5:28:01 AM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | October 8,2015 | Aaron Mclean
    The official Washington line on Vladimir Putin’s military action is as follows: It is a mistake, demonstrating Russian weakness, sure to get the Russian military stuck in a “quagmire,” according to President Obama. Josh Earnest, the president’s press secretary, took that observation one further, comparing Putin’s policies to those of the Bush administration (the sickest of White House burns) by arguing the Russians “will not succeed in imposing a military solution” just as the U.S. did not succeed in imposing one in Iraq. Adopting the characteristic snark of his boss, at a later press conference Earnest assessed Putin not to...
  • Beware Putin and His 'Anti-Hitler Coalition'

    10/08/2015 3:58:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Contrary to the principles of American foreign policy of the last 70 years, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tacitly invited Russia to "help" monitor things in the Middle East. Now they are learning that there are lots of Middle East scenarios far worse than the relative quiet Iraq that the Obama administration inherited in January 2009 -- and soon abandoned.</p>
  • Muslim refugee riots ignored in U.S. media blackout

    10/08/2015 3:17:38 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    WND ^ | Leo Hohmann
    Sweden, seen by many American progressives as the model of multiculturalism and tolerance, has erupted into an orgy of violence as gangs of rioting immigrants took to the streets for a fifth consecutive night Tuesday in Stockholm. The latest reports indicate the riots are now spreading to the country’s two other major cities – Gothenburg and Malmo. Sweden, along with Germany, make up Europe’s two most generous welfare states. They are also the most welcoming of Islamic immigrants, more than a million of which have flooded into the continent this year from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and North Africa. The...
  • Popularity of 'Putin the Shiite' sky high in Iraq

    10/08/2015 11:58:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    AFP Via Yahoo News ^ | 10/08/2015 | By Jean-Marc Mojon with Raji Nasser in Najaf
    Baghdad (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's bullish entry into the Syrian conflict has worked wonders for his popularity in neighbouring Iraq, where some await "Hajji Putin" like a saviour. Sitting at his easel in his central Baghdad workshop, painter Mohammed Karim Nihaya touches up a portrait of Putin he copied from the Internet. "I have been waiting for Russia to get involved in the fight against Daesh," he says, referring to the Islamic State (ISIS) group that last year declared a "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria. "They get results. The United States and its allies on the other hand...
  • U.S. Spent Nearly $100 Billion On Foreigners To Fight Terrorists

    10/08/2015 10:35:18 AM PDT · by amorphous · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8 Oct 2015 | Authored by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, originally posted at,
    To combat Islamic militants the White House says threaten national interests, the U.S. has spent nearly $100 billion to arm and train foreign militaries across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, an analysis by Vocativ shows. And nearly all of them are reeling from setbacks that threaten to undermine what’s become a core component of American foreign policy in these regions. U.S. programs funding foreign fighters began flourishing in the years after 9/11 and were later bolstered by President Obama, who prefers doing this instead of deploying American troops into troubled areas. Now central to how the White...
  • Mary Beard: why ancient Rome matters to the modern world

    10/08/2015 5:15:59 AM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 2 , 2015 | Mary Beard
    Failure in Iraq, debates about freedom, expenses scandals, sex advice … the Romans seem versions of ourselves. But then there’s the slavery and the babies on rubbish heaps. We need to understand ancient Rome, but should we take lessons from it? By the late fourth century CE the river Danube had become Rome’s Calais. What we often call the “invasions” into the Roman empire of barbarian hordes (or “swarms”, perhaps) could equally well be described as mass movements of economic migrants or political refugees from northern Europe. The Roman authorities had no better idea of how to deal with this...
  • ISIS executed 70 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq’s Anbar

    10/07/2015 11:56:22 PM PDT · by amorphous · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 7 Oct 2015 | By AFP | Baghdad
    <p>The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group executed 70 members of a Sunni tribe allied to the government in western Iraq earlier this week, a tribal leader and the United Nations said Wednesday.</p> <p>The victims, members of the Albu Nimr tribe, were executed on Sunday in the Tharthar area north of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, tribal elder Naim Gaoud told AFP.</p>
  • Sikhs set up food distribution in IS territory to feed Yazidis

    10/07/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Times of India ^ | 7 October 2015 | Vibhor Mohan
    Large-hearted Sikhs have taken their traditional community kitchen to one of the most dangerous places on earth today - Syria. Giving a twist to the concept of langar, a group of Punjabi NRIs has collaborated with locals to provide fresh bread to nearly 14,000 refugees daily in the strife-torn region for several months now. Langar Aid, an extension of UK-based NGO Khalsa Aid, is located in the Pesh Harbour area, about 35km from the Kurdish city of Duhok and 10km from the Syrian border. Almost 70% of the members of Langar Aid are with Punjabi roots, besides some European...
  • Kasparov: Putin's Goal in Syria Is Chaos

    10/07/2015 11:52:13 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 25 replies
    newsweek ^ | 10/7 | kasparov
    ...The greatest danger isn't in confronting Putin, it's in waiting so long to do so that the stakes will be incredibly high. The longer we wait, the more confident he becomes and the more dangerous the eventual confrontation will be. Stopping Putin will be harder now than it would have been two years ago, but easier than it will be a year from now.
  • Russia would consider air strikes in Iraq at Baghdad's request: RIA

    10/06/2015 7:54:18 PM PDT · by Mariner · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 6th, 2015 | Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Andrew Osborn
    Russia will consider extending its air strikes against militants in Syria to Iraq if it receives such a request from Baghdad, the RIA news agency quoted the head of the country's upper chamber of parliament as saying on Tuesday. The speaker, Valentina Matviyenko, said Russia had so far not received such a request from the Iraqi government. End
  • Iran hints at deal for al-Qaeda chief (they have mastermind of Riyadh bombings)

    05/27/2003 8:36:26 AM PDT · by dead · 19 replies · 129+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | May 28 2003 | Mark Forbes in Tehran
    Al-Qaeda's third-ranked leader and alleged mastermind of the Riyadh bombings has been seized in Iran, intelligence sources say. The United States has identified Saif al-Adel as the most senior al-Qaeda member linked to the attacks that killed 34 people, including one Australian, earlier this month. Intelligence sources said al-Adel, formerly Osama bin Laden's personal bodyguard, approved the bombing plans before his capture by Iranian security forces nine days before the attack. Iran is thought to want to handover al-Adel to Washington, in return for senior leaders in the anti-Iranian terrorist group, the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK). He would probably be deported to...
  • Obama authorizes resupply of Syrian opposition

    10/06/2015 8:16:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-5-2015 | Barbara Starr, Elise Labott and Jim Acosta,
    President Barack Obama authorized the resupply of Syrian Kurds and the Arab-Syrian opposition as part of a strategy to put pressure on ISIS from the north and strengthen the border, according to two senior administration officials. The approval came at a National Security Council meeting on Thursday. CNN reported over the weekend that the President also emphasized to his team that the U.S. would continue to support the Syrian opposition as Russia enters the war-torn country. "President Obama was clear that we intend to continue our efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL in Syria and to keep supporting the...
  • Bill Clinton White House suppressed evidence of Iran’s terrorism

    10/05/2015 5:23:40 PM PDT · by John W · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2015 | John Solomon
    Bill Clinton’s administration gathered enough evidence to send a top-secret communique accusing Iran of facilitating the deadly 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist bombing, but suppressed that information from the American public and some elements of U.S. intelligence for fear it would lead to an outcry for reprisal, according to documents and interviews. Before Mr. Clinton left office, the intelligence pointing toward Iran’s involvement in the terror attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen and wounded hundreds was deemed both extensive and “credible,” memos show.
  • The Palestinian connection - From the very beginning

    10/06/2015 12:12:19 AM PDT · by 100American · 17 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 04/24/2001 | ANTHONY C. LOBAIDO
    “In 600 B.C., when Babylon invaded Israel, thousands of Israelis were moved to Babylon (today’s Iraq) and the Edomites were moved into Israel. The Edomites even helped the Babylonians destroy Jerusalem and the temple (Psalm 137). When a remnant of Israel returned after the Babylonian captivity, the Edomites were there to wage war against them while the city and the temple were being rebuilt. “While the scriptures are silent for the 400 years between the book of Malachi and the birth of Jesus, Josephus records the struggle between the Edomeans and the Israelites. This racial division and strife in the...
  • Iraq militia boss says US not serious about fighting IS(key MP in Badr/Tehran-backed Shiite party)

    10/05/2015 6:03:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/5/15 | AFP
    Najaf (Iraq) (AFP) - A top leader of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation paramilitary organisation said Monday that Baghdad had turned to Russia because the US-led coalition was not serious about fighting the Islamic State group. A spokesman for the US-led coalition retorted that it had spent $2.3 billion to train and equip Iraqi forces over the past year. "To this day, we have not seen a really serious effort to fight Daesh," Hadi al-Ameri said in the holy city of Najaf, using an Arab acronym for the jihadist organisation. "There are some who try to contain Daesh but not really eliminate...
  • Iran: Missiles Pointed at U.S. Targets; Iran, Russia, Syria, Iraq form joint war room

    10/05/2015 5:17:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 5, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    A senior Iranian military leader warned this weekend that “all U.S. military bases in the Middle East are within the range of” Iran’s missiles and emphasized that the Islamic Republic will continue to break international bans on the construction of ballistic missiles. Much of this missile work, like the details of Iran’s advanced arsenal, remains secret, according to Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force. Hajizadeh dismissed the threat of military action by the United States, warning that all U.S. assets and allies are in range of Iran’s current missile arsenal, according to...
  • Bombshell: ISIS just hours from destruction ('It won't take very long at all to drive them out')

    10/05/2015 4:53:25 PM PDT · by amorphous · 71 replies
    WND ^ | 5 Oct 2015 | Chelsea Schilling
    A top terror expert says ISIS is now so weak that it could be decimated within hours. According to a London Express report Monday evening, Russian airstrikes, unruly leadership and numerous defections have destabilized the terror organization to the point that it wouldn’t be capable of fighting off even a small attack. Terror analyst Dr. Afzal Ashraf told the paper that ISIS has drastically exaggerated its military power, prompting an international counterattack. Ashraf urged Western leaders to act now to wipe out the jihadi group. The U.S. has led a coalition of airstrikes against ISIS. The New York Times reported...
  • (from 2002) Defector: Iraq Could Have Nukes by 2005

    10/05/2015 2:04:58 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 7 replies
    cnn ^ | orig Aug 2002
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A former Iraqi nuclear engineer told a Senate hearing Wednesday that the country could have nuclear weapons by 2005. Khidir Hamza, who defected from Iraq in 1994, and other experts on Iraq testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the start of two days of hearings on the Iraqi threat to the United States and possible U.S. responses -- including a military attack. Citing German intelligence estimates, Hamza said Iraq had more than 10 tons of uranium and one ton of slightly enriched uranium. Hamza said that could give Iraq enough weapons-grade uranium to build three...
  • Obama rejects candidates' ideas for solving crisis in Syria

    10/04/2015 7:06:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 10/03/15 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is accusing White House hopefuls of concocting "half-baked" ideas for solving the crisis in Syria, appearing to even dismiss his former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's call for a no-fly zone before later clarifying his view of the Democratic front-runner. The idea of a no-fly zone — a region of Syria that the United States would protect from bombing to create a safe corridor for refugees — has emerged as a favorite option for Democratic and Republican candidates. It's a plan that allows them to stake out a more aggressive military posture than...
  • Trump: I support Putin 'bombing the hell' out of ISIS

    10/04/2015 5:54:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 169 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/4/15 | Al Weaver
    Donald Trump does not trust Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he is supportive of one thing Putin is doing on the world stage. During an interview with "Meet The Press" Sunday, Trump told moderator Chuck Todd that he supports Putin going out and "bombing the hell" out of the Islamic State in Syria, despite that they are doing so to support Syrian President Bashir al-Assad. "I like that Putin is bombing the hell out of ISIS, and it's going to be ISIS. I'll tell you why — Putin has to get rid of ISIS because Putin doesn't want ISIS coming...
  • Carson: Terrorists 'would be fools' not to try infiltrating refugees

    10/03/2015 6:31:39 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies ^ | Mark Hensch
    GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Friday that he opposes admitting Syrian refugees inside America’s borders. “To bring into this country groups infiltrated with jihadists makes no sense,” he told listeners in Des Moines, according to ABC News. “At some point you have to use common sense and judgment,” Carson said. "If you are part of the global jihadist movement, and you see large numbers of people from your area moving into the United States, wouldn’t you want to infiltrate them?” “They would be fools not to [try],” the retired neurosurgeon added of extremists. "Why would we do something...
  • GOP’s 2016 Festival of Hate: It’s Already the Most Racist Presidential Campaign Ever

    09/29/2015 2:01:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Palestinian-American Comedian
    It’s not just Trump. Cruz, Carson, others—it’s a festival of hate out there. And it’s only going to get worse, and worse.It appears that the GOP has traded in its dog whistle for a bullhorn when it comes to bigotry in the 2016 race for president. It’s as if the Republican presidential candidates are regressing to a time long gone. There was a time decades ago that conservatives, and even Democrats like George Wallace, could and would openly demonize minorities in the most vile terms to attract white voters. But soon they realized the need to be subtler because times...
  • China to join Russian air strikes in Syria, Russia gains Iraq air base – report

    10/04/2015 3:09:05 PM PDT · by Lucy Hamilton · 80 replies
    BELGRADE – DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report that China sent word to Moscow on Friday, October 2, that J-15 fighter bombers would shortly join the Russian air campaign that was launched Wednesday, September 30. Baghdad has moreover offered Moscow an air base for targeting the Islamic State now occupying large swathes of Iraqi territory, reports. The J-15 warplanes will take off from the Chinese Liaoning-CV-16 aircraft carrier, which reached Syrian shores on September 26, according to DEBKAfile. This will be a landmark event for Beijing: its first military operation in the Middle East as well the carrier’s first...
  • The Doctrine of Abrogation: How Muslims Reconciles Conflicting Koranic Verses of War and Peace

    10/04/2015 7:15:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 12/7/2013 | by Baron Bodissey
    In the comments on Geert Wilders’ open letter to Pope Francis, a reader named MH indicated that he was unfamiliar with — or was pretending to be unfamiliar with — the Islamic doctrine of abrogation as it applies to contradictory verses within the Koran.In a nutshell, any earlier verse of the Koran is considered “abrogated” if a later verse contradicts it. The chronology of the suras of the Koran has been well-established by a consensus of Islamic scholars, so an observant Muslim can be in no doubt as to whether any particular verse of the Koran is binding upon...
  • Saudis Mull Launch Of Regional War As Russia Pounds Targets In Syria For Fourth Day

    10/04/2015 9:33:30 AM PDT · by amorphous · 61 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4 Oct 2015
    While the US has certainly made some epic strategic blunders in Syria that raise serious questions about just how “intelligent” US intelligence actually is, there’s little doubt that if one were to look behind all of the media parroting, the Pentagon and Langley understand all too well what’s going on in the Middle East. That is, the significance of the Russia-Iran “nexus” in Syria isn’t lost on anyone in the US military and you can bet there have been quite a few high level discussions over the past 72 hours about the best way to counter Moscow and Tehran’s powerplay...
  • Egypt says Russia's intervention in Syria will counter terrorism

    10/03/2015 10:00:50 PM PDT · by Mariner · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 3rd, 2015 | by Eric Knecht
    Russia's intervention in Syria will curtail the spread of terrorism and help deal a fatal blow to Islamic State in the war-torn country, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday. Russia launched air strikes in Syria on Wednesday in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, marking a dramatic escalation in a more than four-year-old civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake. "Russia's entrance, given its potential and capabilities, is something we see is going to have an effect on limiting terrorism in Syria and eradicating it," Shoukry said in a televised interview...
  • Putin Reportedly Sending 150,000 Troops To Syria To Wipe Out ISIS

    10/04/2015 5:54:15 AM PDT · by Strategy · 185 replies
    The New Indian Express ^ | October 4, 2015 | By ANI
    LONDON: Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly sending 150,000 soldiers to Syria to wipe out the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). According to The Daily Star, he is apparently mounting an enormous military mission to take control of the terror group's stronghold of Raqqa. Raqqa is the self-declared capital of ISIS which is patrolled by as many as 5,000 jihadi members. Putin is set to mobilise 150,000 reservists whom he conscripted into the military earlier this week.
  • U.S. Kurdish allies welcome Russian air strikes in Syria

    10/03/2015 5:52:37 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 27 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | Oct. 2, 2015 | Roy Gutman
    Three days into its bombing campaign in Syria, Russia on Friday at last targeted Islamic State positions, striking at the defacto capital of the terror organization and at least one other site. The Russian strikes at the Islamic State came after two days in which its aircraft attacked locations belonging to other fighting groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad, including CIA-supported rebels, sparking calls for the Obama administration to do something to protect fighters it had trained and equipped. But President Barack Obama made clear that the U.S. had no plans to deepen its role in Syria. “We’re not...
  • Obama: I’m Not Losing To Putin In Syria

    10/03/2015 3:33:30 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 96 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 10-2-2015 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama is pushing back against the idea that he’s been outmaneuvered in Syria by Russian President Vladimir Putin since the two met at the United Nations on Monday. Obama appeared frustrated by the suggestion during a press conference this afternoon, dismissing it as a notion only talked about in the Washington D.C. “Sometimes the conversation here in the Beltway differs from the conversation internationally,” Obama responded. Obama accused Putin of acting in Syria “out of weakness,” repeatedly referring to Russia’s weakening economy. He also compared his coalition to act against ISIS in Syria to Putin’s unilateral decision to prop...
  • Israel's Risk Aversion Problem

    10/02/2015 3:07:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | October 2, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    On Wednesday the Obama administration was caught off guard by Russia’s rapid rise in Syria. As the Russians began bombing a US-supported militia along the Damascus-Homs highway, Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, at the UN. Just hours before their meeting Kerry was insisting that Russia’s presence in Syria would likely be a positive development. Reacting to the administration’s humiliation, Republican Sen. John McCain said, “This administration has confused our friends, encouraged our enemies, mistaken an excess of caution for prudence and replaced the risks of action with the perils of inaction.” McCain...
  • 'This is a major world event': The Syrian war is now fueling a 'global cold war'

    10/02/2015 7:17:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/02/2015 | Pamela Engel
    One day after launching a campaign of airstrikes in Syria, Russia announced that it is considering going into Iraq. A foreign ministry representative said Thursday that Russia would consider any request from Iraq to conduct anti-ISIS airstrikes in the country, and Iraqi President Haider al-Abadi told Western news outlets that Russian airstrikes were "a possibility" and that Iraq would "welcome it." "Our message to the Russians — I met with Putin — please join this fight against Daesh," Abadi told PBS NewsHour. Daesh is another name for ISIS. "Daesh is a dangerous terrorist organization, not only against Iraq, against Syria,...
  • Riyadh Raps Russian Strikes

    10/01/2015 7:58:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Arab News ^ | Friday 2 October 2015
    Saudi Arabia has expressed deep concern over Russia’s airstrikes in Syria, saying there was no evidence of Daesh operating in the areas targeted and that innocent civilians had been killed. Russia launched several strikes in Hama and Homs on Thursday, the second day of operations, with Kremlin officials saying that they targeted members of Daesh. Russian warplanes bombed a camp run by CIA-trained rebels, the group’s commander said. Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Moallemi, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, criticized Russia’s actions in a speech delivered at the Security Council on Wednesday. “As for those countries that have claimed recently...
  • Wake-up call on Syrian army weakness prompted Russian intervention

    10/01/2015 9:29:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 1 October 2015 | Ian Black
    Syrian military weakness, painfully exposed over the last few months, is the main reason for direct Russian intervention in the war – whether its goal is to strike at Islamic State or, more likely, to take on any rebel force fighting Bashar al-Assad in order to shore up his position and stave off demands that he step down. Officials and analysts say Moscow decided to deepen its involvement after the fall of the northern towns of Idlib and nearby Jisr al-Shughour in May served as a “wake-up call” about the parlous state of the Syrian army. Both were taken by...
  • Russian Airstrikes in Syria Aim to Build Alawite Mini-state for Assad

    10/01/2015 9:27:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | October 1, 2015 | Ely Karmon
    Many Russian analysts maintain that Russia's intervention in Syria is driven by Vladimir Putin’s desire to reinstate the status of the world's largest nation as a superpower and his genuine belief that the United States has deliberately seeded chaos in the region to secure its reign there. While this assessment may be accurate, it only reveals part of the Russian president's intentions. Russia’s military engagement in Syria comes on the backdrop of three major factors: a serious threat to the survival of President Bashar Assad's regime, Russia's old Middle Eastern client; Putin's success at securing the occupation of Crimea and...
  • House Of Bribes: How The United States Led The Way To A Nuclear Iran

    10/01/2015 10:53:25 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 20 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | October 2, 2015 | New Coalition of Concerned Citizens
    Executive Summary The Iranian nuclear deal is a full capitulation to Iran’s terrorist mastermind Mullahs, and the latest in a series of betrayals of the American people and allies by the Obama administration. At the highest level of the administration, Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor, the Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett, prioritized rapprochement with the terror state. Throughout the process and negotiations, she had the backing of billionaire investor (and Obama-backer) George Soros, and his multi-headed network of tax-exempt foundations. Their efforts were driven by deep-rooted anti-Semitism and personal greed. Meanwhile, since the mid-1990s, a small but very connected Iranian lobby (funded, in...
  • Bahrain recalls ambassador from Iran after bomb-factory find

    10/01/2015 4:32:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies ^ | 10/1/15
    CAIRO - Bahrain said on Thursday it had recalled its ambassador to Iran, a day after it said security forces had discovered a large bomb-making factory and arrested a number of suspects linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Bahrain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had also declared the Iranian charge d'affaires in Bahrain a "persona non grata" and gave him 72 hours to leave the country. In a statement on its website, the ministry said the decision to recall its ambassador had come "in light of continued Iranian meddling in the affairs of the kingdom of Bahrain ... in order...
  • Putin signs decree drafting 150,000 conscripts into the Russian military.....

    10/01/2015 9:33:50 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 50 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 1, 2015 | WILL STEWART and SIMON TOMLINSON
    Vladimir Putin has conscripted 150,000 new troops into the Russian army as the country unleashed a new wave of airstrikes in Syria - while and Iran and Islamist group Hezbollah prepare for a major ground offensive. Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria over the last ten days, backed by the country's Lebanese allies, Hezbollah, and rebel fighters from Iraq and Afghanistan, two Lebanese sources claimed today. One of the sources said the Iranian ground forces were 'soldiers and officers', not advisers, adding: 'We mean hundreds with equipment and weapons. They will be followed by more.' They are being...
  • Europe Has the Wrong Refugees at 'Front of the Queue,' the Vicar of Baghdad Warns

    10/01/2015 9:03:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/01/2015 | Samuel Smith
    With thousands of migrants arriving on European shores each day, Rev. Canon Andrew White, also known as "the Vicar of Baghdad," is criticizing European governments for focusing their attentions on migrants within their own borders instead of helping poor Iraqi and Syrian refugees stuck in the Middle East. In a statement reported by Breitbart London, White, who was the only Anglican vicar in Iraq before he fled the country in 2014 after receiving death threats from the Islamic State, said it's wrong for European leaders to focus resources on migrants coming from all over the world while Iraqi refugees who...
  • Obama Loses Another War He 'Ended': Afghanistan is turning into a disaster, just like Iraq.

    10/01/2015 8:57:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/01/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    A day after the Taliban had overrun the city of Kunduz, Obama told the UN that, "Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they're defeated by better ideas." The better idea that the Taliban had was fighting a war with guns, while Obama was still searching through his hashtags for a better idea than a bullet. Instead of convening a summit on “countering violent extremism”, the Taliban retook the last of their cities to fall to the United States. In a single day in September, the Taliban had captured a city of a few hundred thousand people. Tajikistan saw the fall...
  • Al-Qaeda chief commits suicide in Libyan prison, report says

    05/11/2009 11:54:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/11/2009 | Duncan Gardham
    Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, whose real name was Ali Mohammed al-Fakheri, 46, took his own life in his prison cell, according to the Libyan newspaper Oea. Information gained from the interrogation of al-Libi was cited on several occasions by the Bush administration as justification for the war in Iraq. He told his CIA interrogators that al-Qaeda had sent two men to Iraq to seek training in chemical and biological weapons in December 2000. Classified documents added that the men did not return, so al-Libi did not know whether the training took place, and that, in any case, he was probably "intentionally...
  • Kurdish forces retake villages and territory in Kirkuk from ISIS in major offensive

    09/30/2015 5:30:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Wire Update ^ | 09/30/2015
    Kurdish forces backed by coalition airstrikes have driven Islamic State (ISIS) militants from eight villages in northern Iraq and reclaimed an area of over 140 square kilometers (54 square miles), the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force reports. The large-scale offensive by Peshmerga fighters began early on Wednesday morning and focused on an area west of Kirkuk. "Peshmerga fighters successfully penetrated Daesh (ISIS) defensive positions, cleared fighters, liberated eight villages, and re-established government control over approximately 140 square kilometers between Huwayjah and Kirkuk," the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement. Coalition aircraft carried out more than 50 airstrikes over...
  • VIDEO: Donald Trump Fiery Speech in Keene, NH

    09/30/2015 5:13:31 PM PDT · by JoeSeales · 83 replies
    Donald Trump ^ | 9-30-15 | Donald Trump
  • Iraqi intelligence agent denies he met 9/11 leader

    12/13/2003 8:39:33 PM PST · by witnesstothefall · 4 replies · 193+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Sunday, Dec 14, 2003
    A former Iraqi intelligence officer who was said to have met with the suspected leader of the Sept. 11 attacks has told US interrogators the meeting never happened, according to US officials familiar with classified intelligence reports on the matter. Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani, the former intelligence officer, was taken into custody by the US in July. Under questioning he has said that he did not meet with Mohamed Atta in Prague in the Czech Republic, according to the officials, who have reviewed classified debriefing reports based on the interrogations. US officials caution that Ani may have been lying...
  • UN: Arms Sales to Warring Parties Fueling Syrian War

    09/30/2015 12:37:22 AM PDT · by RC one · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | September 21, 2015 5:43 AM | Lisa Schlein
    GENEVA— The International Commission of Inquiry on Syria is calling on states to curb the flow of weapons to armed groups, which it blames for fueling the war that has killed nearly one quarter of a million people in Syria since March 2011. The Commission has presented an oral update of its latest findings to the UN Human Rights Council.In a hard-hitting emotional presentation before the U.N. Human Rights Council, Commission Chair Paulo Sergio Pinheiro told members of the U.N. Council that Syria has fallen apart before their eyes“A nation has collapsed into the world’s most chaotic and lethal battlefield....
  • Ya'alon Hints Russia 'Shouldn't Test' Israel in Syria

    09/29/2015 3:16:11 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/9/15 | Uzi Baruch
    "On the northern border, in Syria, there has been unrest for four years now,” said Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon Tuesday. “Despite this, we have been able to keep this threat away from the residents of the Golan Heights and the North. "We have been following a very clear policy,” he added. “In this matter, we are intolerant toward any breach of our sovereignty. There are other developments in Syria, as well, like the Russian presence and the Iranian presence. That is in northern Syria. But we made clear to the Russians that we have no intention of abandoning our ability...