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  • In Iraq, I raided insurgents. In Virginia, the police raided me.

    08/03/2015 9:04:26 PM PDT · by Altariel · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | Alex Horton
    Alex Horton is a member of the Defense Council at the Truman National Security Project. He served as an infantryman in Iraq with the Army’s 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. I got home from the bar and fell into bed soon after Saturday night bled into Sunday morning. I didn’t wake up until three police officers barged into my apartment, barking their presence at my door. They sped down the hallway to my bedroom, their service pistols drawn and leveled at me. It was just past 9 a.m., and I was still under the covers. The only visible target was...
  • Report: US-led strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria have killed at least 459 civilians

    08/03/2015 1:35:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | August 3, 2015 | By VIVIAN SALAMA and ZEINA KARAM
    BAGHDAD -- U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific strikes killed civilians and caused 48 suspected "friendly fire" deaths. It said the strikes have killed more than 15,000 Islamic State militants.
  • The expulsion of Baghdads Jews and the unraveling of the Middle East

    08/03/2015 11:16:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/02/2015 | JONATHAN SPYER
    Some 60 years later, in Baghdad the Jews are a ghostly memory. A FEW hours in the Shorja open market in Baghdad can teach you a lot – about the Middle East’s past, its present and its apparent future. What’s to be found there is informative. What is absent – equally so. My fixer Yusuf hadn’t wanted to take me to Shorja. I was in Baghdad for a reporting project on the Shi’ite militias. Between heading for Anbar with Kata’ib Hezbollah and up to Baiji with the Badr Corps, we had a few hours of down time in Baghdad, so...
  • Panic in Damascus?

    08/03/2015 10:39:38 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | August 3, 2015 | Mouin Rabbani
    The view that 2015 has not been a particularly good year for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has much to recommend it. Within Syria, the government has lost control over most of the province of Idlib, and was recently dislodged from Palmyra by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The key cities of Aleppo in the north and Deraa in the south remain under threat; increased coordination among Syria's notoriously fractious armed rebel groups is an important factor in this regard, as is improved relations among their sponsors.
  • Behind the Lines: Erdogans bait and switch

    08/02/2015 5:36:38 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 6 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jonathan Spyer
    Turkeys recent intervention aims to prevent the emergence of a de facto Kurdish sovereignty stretching along its southeastern border The latest events in northern Syria constitute a bold move by the Turkish leadership to deal with a most pressing problem, from their point of view. That problem is not the continued existence of the Assad regime, far to the south. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would certainly like to see the end of this regime. But its continued truncated existence between Damascus and the coast and in isolated spots elsewhere does not constitute an immediate danger for the Turkish leader. (snip)...
  • Syrian Christians and the English Jew

    08/02/2015 11:37:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07-30-2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    ...Meanwhile, on a more limited scale, there are things that can be done. Three weeks ago, for example, 150 Syrian Christians were airlifted to refuge and safety in Poland. That’s the work of the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund. It provided the flight and will support the refugees for as long as 18 months as they try to remake their lives. The person behind all this is Lord George Weidenfeld: life peer, philanthropist, publisher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, established 1949), Europeanist (founder of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue to promote classically liberal European values), proud public Jew (honorary vice president of the World...
  • Obama Strikes Again

    08/01/2015 4:51:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    While Israel and much of official Washington remain focused on the deal President Barack Obama just cut with the ayatollahs that gives them $150 billion and a guaranteed nuclear arsenal within a decade, Obama has already moved on to Syria. Obamas first hope was to reach a deal with his Iranian friends that would leave the Assad regime in place. But the Iranians blew him off. They know they dont need a deal with Obama to secure their interests. Obama will continue to help them to maintain their power base in Syria though Hezbollah and the remains of the...
  • Turkey Launches All-Out War: 260 Kurds Dead in a Week

    08/01/2015 4:39:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/8/15
    Turkey has killed 260 Kurdish militants in a week-long air offensive on targets in northern Iraq, official media claimed Saturday, as regional Iraqi authorities said it was time the rebels pulled out with concerns growing over civilian casualties. Ankara has launched a two-pronged "anti-terror" offensive against Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants based in northern Iraq after a wave of attacks inside Turkey. But so far the bombardments have focused far more on the Kurdish rebels and a report by the official Anatolia news agency of 260 alleged PKK militants killed was the first...
  • Senior Western official: Links between Turkey and ISIS are now 'undeniable'

    07/29/2015 6:53:49 AM PDT · by McGruff · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/28/2015 | Natasha Bertrand
    A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State's "chief financial officer" produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, Martin Chulov of the Guardian reported recently. The officer killed in the raid, Islamic State official Abu Sayyaf, was responsible for directing the terror army's oil and gas operations in Syria. The Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) earns up to $10 million a month selling oil on black markets.
  • Scorching heat dome over Middle East sees temperatures soar to 165F in Iran

    08/01/2015 10:01:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4:37PM BST 01 Aug 2015 | James Rothwell
    Iran is buckling under the pressure of a massive heatwave passing across the Middle East, with temperatures soaring to nearly 70C. Scorching heat levels of 50C have already paralyzed nearby Iraq, where officials were forced to call a four-day public holiday because it was too hot to work. But the word hot has taken on an entirely new meaning in Irans city of Bandar Mahshahr, where it was claimed that the citys heat index, or feels-like temperature, was among the highest ever recorded. The heat index was recorded by a group of astonished weather experts, who predict the country could...
  • Fears Persist of Terrorism Links at Scuba School

    07/31/2003 3:32:04 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 16 replies · 303+ views
    LA Times ^ | July 31 2003 | Sebastian Rotella
    Few answers appear in the probe of students in Netherlands suspected of ties to Al Qaeda AMSTERDAM The guys around the scuba school laughingly called them the "Al Qaeda Diving Team." But for law enforcement officials, it was no joke. Late last year, Dutch counter-terrorism agents investigating a possible Al Qaeda recruitment cell grew interested in the school because a man suspected of recruiting terrorists had become a certified diver and studied to be an instructor there. Iraqi-born Kasim Ali was one of between 50 and 150 Muslim men who had taken classes in recent years with the same...
  • U.S. defends Turks' bombing of American ally [Kurds]

    07/30/2015 7:24:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    WND ^ | 7/30/15 | F. Michael Maloof
    The Defense Department is defending Turkeys decision to bomb Kurdish rebels in northern Syria amid concern that the NATO member is using its alliance with the U.S. against ISIS as a pretext to defeat an old enemy, the independence-minded Kurdish Workers Party, or PKK, which also is assisting the U.S. against the jihadist army that has taken over large portions of Iraq and Syria, according to a report from Joseph Farahs G2 Bulletin. After the PKK claimed responsibility for the execution-style murder of two Turkish police officers near the Syrian border, Turkey bombed PKK fighters in northern Syria and non-PKK...
  • Sunni Arab Nations Are Israel's Allies,' Says Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General

    07/30/2015 12:10:53 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Haaretz ^ | July 30, 2015
    The director general of Israels Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, called the Middle Easts Sunni Arab nations Israels allies. Gold used the term twice in a presentation Wednesday in New York focused on the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal. What we have is a regime on a roll that is trying to conquer the Middle East, Gold said of Iran, and its not Israel talking, that is our Sunni Arab neighbors and you know what? Ill use another expression that is our Sunni Arab allies talking. Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and a longtime...
  • Turkey Revealed to be Cooperating with ISIS

    07/28/2015 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 7/28/2015, 10:05 PM | Ari Yashar
    Damning evidence was found when US special forces killed Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Sayyaf in May, revealing that NATO member Turkey has in fact been collaborating with the brutal jihadists. The British Guardian reported on Sunday that when Abu Sayyafs compound was raided in eastern Syria, it was discovered that Turkey is the main buyer of smuggled ISIS oil which was managed by Abu Sayyaf to economically prop up the terror group. The report quoted a senior Western official, who told the Observer that the findings at the compound showed direct deals between Turkish officials and ISIS leaders is...
  • Syria's embattled president vows to win bloody civil war

    07/27/2015 10:05:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    AP | July 26, 2015 | Bassem Mroue
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  • KURDS, PALESTINIANS AND DOUBLE STANDARDS-Who really deserves statehood?

    07/27/2015 5:37:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Joseph Puder
    The Washington Post headline on June, 2, 2015, read: Obama Makes an Impassioned Case for a Palestinian State. While President Obama and his administration are eager for the establishment of another unstable and likely terrorist Arab (there are 21 Arab states, and Palestine is the 22nd) state called Palestine, they have largely ignored if not betrayed the Kurds in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey. The Kurds are one of the largest national groups globally without a state of their own, and they are yearning for one independent Kurdish state. Justice for the Kurds, it seems, is subjected to the whims...
  • Reports: Turkish Jets Hit IS Targets in Syria, Kurds in Iraq

    07/24/2015 5:30:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ABC ^ | Jul 24, 2015, 7:07 PM ET | Jul 24, 2015, 7:07 PM ET
    There was no immediate official confirmation of the airstrikes reported by the state-run TRT television and other media. If confirmed, it would be the first time Turkey has struck Kurds in northern Iraq since a peace deal was announced in 2013 between Ankara and the rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. The private Dogan news agency said the Turkish jets were targeting PKK training facilities, shelters and anti-aircraft batteries in northern Iraq. Tensions have flared with Kurds in recent days after an IS suicide bombing in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc on Monday killed 32 people. Kurdish...
  • Militant Kurds kill 'ISIS fighter' in Istanbul

    07/23/2015 8:47:31 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 7-23-2015 | AFP
    <p>A militant group allied to Turkey's outlawed Kurdish party has shot dead in Istanbul an alleged member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) who had fought in Syria, media said Thursday.</p> <p>The reports come amid soaring tensions in Turkey following Monday's suicide bombing in the town of Suruc on the border with Syria that killed 32 and that the authorities blamed on ISIS.</p>
  • Turkey suspects Islamic State behind bomb that killed 31

    07/20/2015 12:51:48 PM PDT · by NorthMountain · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 20, 3:05 PM EDT | By DESMOND BUTLER Associated Press
    ISTANBUL (AP) -- Authorities suspected the Islamic State group was behind an apparent suicide bombing Monday in southeastern Turkey that killed 31 people and wounded nearly 100 - a development that could represent a major expansion by the extremists at a time when the government is stepping up efforts against them. Turkish officials vowed to strike back at those behind the attack in the city of Suruc targeting a group of political activists who wanted to help the shattered Syrian city of Kobani, a bombing that turned a moment of hope into a scene of horror. "We are face to...
  • White House Condemns Turkey Suicide Bombing

    07/20/2015 5:58:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/7/15 | Ben Ariel
    White House condemns suicide bombing in Turkey that killed at least 30 people and was blamed on ISIS. Video The White House on Monday condemned an apparent suicide bombing in Turkey that killed at least 30 people and was blamed on the Islamic State (ISIS) group, AFP reported. Spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House "strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack that occurred in southern Turkey," which Ankara said appeared to be the work of ISIS. "We have started to see some extremist activity in other countries that does seem to be related to ISIL," Earnest said, using another acronym...
  • White House on military deal with Turkey: 'We are deepening our commitment' [to what?]

    07/23/2015 6:55:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/23/15 | Susan Crabtree
    The White House on Thursday declined to confirm reports that the U.S. and Turkey have reached a deal allowing the Pentagon to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria from a major U.S. base inside Turkey, but did hint that those reports were accurate. Presidential press secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke Wednesday night and agreed to "deepen our cooperation in the fight" against the Islamic State. "There are a few things I can say about this," Earnest told reporters. "The president did, obviously, convene a telephone call [with Erdogan]....
  • Why Has Turkey Joined the Fight Against the Islamic State?

    07/25/2015 4:51:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    The Trumpet ^ | 24 July 2015 | Brent Nagtegaal
    After two years of dillydallying and indecision, Turkey has now entered the fight against the Islamic State in Syria. The reason why, though complicated, may mark a sizable turn in Turkey’s foreign policy. ___ On Friday, three Turkish jets fired on Islamic State targets across the Syrian border, resulting in the deaths of 35 terrorists. Following the attack, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that it “was not a point operation” but a process “not limited to one day or to one region .… The slightest movement threatening Turkey will be retaliated against in the strongest way possible.” His rhetoric is...
  • Turkey bombs Islamic State targets in Syria

    07/24/2015 12:18:16 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    bbc ^ | 7-24-2015
    Turkey's government says it has bombed Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria. A day earlier the two sides exchanged fire near the border, with one soldier killed and two more injured. Turkey is to let the US carry out air strikes against the Islamic State group from a key military base near the Syrian border, US officials have said. Turkish police also launched raids to arrest suspect IS militants on Friday morning in 140 locations in Istanbul. The raids were carried out in 26 districts of the city and involved 5,000 officers. Members of the the youth wing of the...
  • Turkey launches air raids against IS militants in Syria (Turkey Attacks Syria)

    07/25/2015 5:11:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Turkey has launched a third wave of raids against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, and a new campaign to bombard camps of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. "We have given instructions for a third series of strikes in Syria and Iraq. Air and ground operations are under way," Mr Davutoglu told reporters in the capital, Ankara. "No one should doubt out determination," he added. "We will not allow Turkey to be turned into a lawless country." The two-pronged operation against Islamic State (IS) and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants two groups who are themselves...
  • For Erdogan, Turkish assault is about containing the Kurds as much as fighting Isil

    07/25/2015 5:07:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/25/15 | Richard Spencer
    Turkeys decision to send fighter jets against Isil positions in Syria and open its Incirlik and Pirinlik air bases to US jets is a step change in its involvement in the fight against militant jihad. Whether it turns into open war on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is another matter. The deal between the reluctant AKP government in Ankara and the United States has been a year in the making, though only announced after Isil effectively declared war by bombing a cultural centre in the Turkish border town of Suruc. Turkey has until now tolerated Isil to some...
  • Turkey Uses ISIS ( Islamic State ) as Excuse to Attack Kurds

    07/26/2015 8:22:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | July 26, 2015 | Uzay Bulut
    Turkish government is using ISIS as a pretext to attack the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Turkey just announced that its air base at Incirlik will soon be open to coalition forces, presumably to fight ISIS. But the moment Turkey started bombing, it targeted Kurdish positions in Iraq, in addition to targeting ISIS positions in Syria. In Turkey, millions of indigenous Kurds are continually terrorized and murdered, but ISIS terrorists can freely travel and use official border crossings to go to Syria and return to Turkey; they are even treated at Turkish hospitals. If this is how the states that rule...
  • Turkey says parts of Syria to become 'safe zones' (25 Mile Buffer Zone)

    07/25/2015 10:33:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 7-25-2015 | AJZ
    Turkey has said areas in north Syria cleared of fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group will become safe zones. Saturdays announcement made by Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, came after Ankara announced it had begun bombing ISIL positions in Syria and and Kurdish fighters' camps in northern Iraq. "When areas in northern Syria are cleared of the (ISIL) threat, the safe zones will be formed naturally," Cavusoglu told a news conference. The conflict in Syria has displaced more than 10 million people, with many residing in makeshift camps near the Turkish border.These...
  • Turkish PM Says Airstrikes Against PKK Will Continue

    07/25/2015 9:47:25 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    BasNews ^ | July 25, 2015 | Staff
    ANKARA – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Saturday that airstrikes against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraqi Kurdistan will continue. “The operations will continue for as long as threats against Turkey continue,” Davutoğlu said in a press conference, before leaving for Istanbul where he is scheduled to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “Those who threaten [Turkey] will face the consequences,” he added. Davutoglu’s comments came as Turkey launched air attacks against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is listed as a terror organisation by the US, the EU and Turkey. On Friday night and in the...
  • Turkey confirms attacks on PKK militant camps in Iraq: statement

    07/24/2015 11:12:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-25-2015 | Reuters
    Turkish fighter jets launched attacks on camps of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq overnight SNIP---- Turkey simultaneously launched ground attacks against the PKK and Islamic State in northern Syria
  • Jordan Received 16 AH-1F Cobra Gunship helicopters from Israeli Surplus

    07/23/2015 10:36:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Jul 23, 2015
    Israel has delivered 16 Cobra helicopter gunships to Jordan to help the Hashemite kingdom deal with the threat of Islamic State (ISIS) which currently control large areas along its borders with Syria and Iraq. The transfer provided at no cost was kept in secret since last year but was recently leaked by an unnamed U.S. official and published by Reuters. Jordanian and Israeli officials declined comment, as did the Pentagon. The handover of helicopters was approved by Washington, after blocking an earlier Israeli plan to sell the surplus helicopters to Nigeria, which is also battling Islamic insurgents in Central Africa....
  • "ISIS Is Growing," Says Chaldean Catholic Patriarch in Iraq

    07/24/2015 6:23:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/24/15 | Vatican Radio
    Baghdad prelate calls for serious action against Islamic terrorists, seeks to ease suffering of familiesVATICAN CITY The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Louis Raphael Sako, says he is personally very worried about his nations future and warns that the so-called Islamic State, ISIS, is growing in strength and influence each day and nowadays the militant group is like a real state. In a recent gesture of solidarity, the Iraqi Patriarch donated food and medical supplies to displaced Muslims living in a refugee camp near the city of Ramadi. Accompanied by other members of the Church and representatives of Caritas Iraq,...
  • The Faithful of Australia Work to Open a Catholic University in Erbil [Iraq]

    07/24/2015 6:31:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican News ^ | 7/23/15 | LOsservatore Romano
    Catholics in Iraq are 'challenging' the Islamic State not with weapons or violence but through education and teaching, thanks to the contribution and support of Australian Catholic University. This October courses will begin at the Catholic University of Erbil, which was desired by the Chaldean Church in Iraq as a concrete way to aid the Christian youth in the Middle East. In recent days, Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil for Chaldeans met with representatives of Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Archbishop Denis James Hart of Melbourne in order to better...
  • Iran Offered Iraq 'Open Check' in ISIS Fight, Official Says

    07/23/2015 4:57:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Lee Ferran
    In stark contrast to the U.S. government's measured approach to countering ISIS in Iraq through the deployment of military advisors and stand-off airstrikes, Iran flatly offered Iraq an "open check" to battle the Islamic extremists, the Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. said today. "In relation to Iran, it also sees the threat of ISIS is a threat to its national security," Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily told the audience at the Aspen Security Forum today, noting that at one point ISIS forces were within 25 miles of the Iranian border to Iraq's east. "And their approach to it, more or less,...
  • Obama: Weve Ended Two Wars; State Dept:Iraq Has Lost Effective Control Over Large Areas to ISIL

    07/22/2015 3:31:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2015 | 5:08 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama said at a Democratic fundraiser in New York on Tuesday evening that he had ended two wars during his presidency. In its recently released human rights report on Iraq, however, the State Department said that the Iraqi government had lost effective control over a large part of Iraqi territory to the Islamic State terrorist group. Also, according to the State Departments Country Reports on Terrorism 2014, the group that the administration now calls ISIL was founded in the 1990s by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and fought against U.S. forces in Iraq before Obama removed U.S. troops from that...
  • Gen. Ray Odierno, Army Chief of Staff pretty sure we could have stopped the rise of ISIS

    07/22/2015 7:00:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno is on his way out the door and heading for retirement after a long, highly decorated career. We certainly wish him all the best and thank him for the service he has provided. Before leaving, though, he sat down for a wide ranging “exit interview” with Fox News and it sounds like he wasn’t pulling any punches. (While still maintaining the requisite levels of professionalism.) Odierno is widely viewed as being instrumental in the success of “the surge” in Iraq back in the day and spent more time on the ground there...
  • Army chief Odierno, in exit interview, says US could have prevented ISIS rise

    07/21/2015 3:08:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 21, 2015 | Jennifer Griffin & Lucas Tomlinso
    EXCLUSIVE: The Armys top officer told Fox News Tuesday its frustrating to watch the gains he helped achieve in Iraq disintegrate at the hands of the Islamic State, saying in an exit interview that the chaos now unfolding might have been prevented had the U.S. stayed more engaged. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, weeks away from retirement after 39 years in uniform, spent more time in Iraq than any other U.S. Army general -- more than four years, the last two as top commander. He is widely viewed as a key architect of the Iraq surge. In an...
  • Jessica Lynch tells how she is still haunted by nightmares 12 years after her capture (tr)

    07/21/2015 1:39:09 PM PDT · by dware · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07.21.2015 | Oliver O'Connell
    Twelve years after her capture during the Iraq War, Jessica Lynch, 32, still suffers from the emotional and physical trauma of the ordeal. She is haunted by nightmares of Iraqi men chasing her through woods, always waking up before they catch her. Lynch is no stranger to sleepless nights and she constantly locks and rechecks all of the doors and windows in her home.
  • TEHRAN: 'We will trample upon America!

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

    07/21/2015 4:30:58 AM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 7/21/15 | Yuri Gripas/Reuters
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program was "very disturbing".
  • ISIS barbarians lured 115 people to their deaths with promise of cheap ice in sweltering

    07/20/2015 2:20:18 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 79 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 20, 2015 | John Hall
    Islamic State barbarians fighting in Iraq lured scores of sweltering citizens to surround a lorry purportedly selling discounted ice before blowing it up and killing 115 people. A terrorist drove a vehicle packed with more than three tonnes of explosives into the busy market area of Khan Bani Saad, north of the capital Baghdad, on what was a scorching Friday afternoon. In what is considered one of deadliest attacks in Iraq this decade, the driver called on hundreds of locals to gather around the vehicle, telling them he was selling ice at a heavily discounted price in celebration of Eid...
  • John Kerry: Its Very Disturbing How Ayatollah Keeps Saying He Wants to Destroy Us

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

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

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

    07/19/2015 12:55:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2015 | Andre Walker
    WESTMINSTER, United Kingdom The former head of the British Military has called for the UK and her allies to invade the Islamic State. Lord Richards told the BBC's Andrew Marr programme the current allied strategy of air strikes and support for Kurdish fighters was woefully insufficient. He said the strategy was firing up the Islamic State because it was dribbling rather than clouting the terrorist nation. Richards went on to say: Sooner or later tanks are going to have to roll, there is going to have to be troops on the ground. The current strategy won't work in the...
  • Saudi arrests 431 ISIS-linked suspects

    07/19/2015 7:09:24 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    al Arabiya ^ | July 19, 2015
    Saudi Arabia arrested 431 people as part of a crackdown on a cluster of cells linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, the kingdoms Ministry of Interior (MOI) said. Authorities also thwarted seven mosque attacks that had been planned by the suspects in the capital Riyadh as well as the Eastern Province, MOI Spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al Turki said in a press conference carried by Al Arabiya News Channel. Among the arrested were Saudi nationals and suspects from nine other nationalities, he said adding that the cluster of cells was divided by tasks and...
  • Soldier of Fortune? The Pros and Cons to Contracting Overseas

    07/17/2015 11:20:06 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 3 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 7/17/2015 | Robert Spunga
    Today, there are hundreds of thousands of men and women working overseas on various contracts and making good money, probably two to three times what they can make in the United States. On top of that, they may even be eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion, which in 2014 meant that the first $99,200 of their total income earned overseas was excluded from being taxed at the Federal level (its higher for 2015). However and I cant emphasize this enough they are earning it! Naturally, the best-paying jobs are in high-threat environments such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria,...
  • atch: UK Labour MP Snaps When Challenged over Hamas 'Friends'

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

    07/16/2015 9:03:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 16, 2015 | Lee Ross & William LaJeunesse
    More than a dozen senior Drug Enforcement Administration agents who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan as military reservists claim their bosses within the law enforcement agency ridiculed their service, assigned them to jobs their war injuries made especially difficult -- and, in one case, allegedly planted a cellphone in an agent's car to track his movements and record conversations. The agents, who have filed a formal complaint with a federal watchdog agency over allegations that date back more than a decade, believe they were singled out from other veterans within the agency because their duties caused staffing problems, according to...
  • Obama rewards a killer of American soldiers

    07/16/2015 4:05:15 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 3 replies
    Red State ^ | July 15th, 2015 | By: streiff (Diary)
    the most interesting man in the world While the biggest concern to most of us in regards to the Iran nuclear talks remains Obamas aiding Irans acquisition of nuclear weapons, one of the most important items from Irans standpoint was the removal of economic sanctions. Not only were these sanctions hurting Irans economy and people the mullahs could give a fat rats patootie about that and it was hurting members of the Iranian ruling clique. Among the big winners in the agreement to curtail Irans nuclear program, count a notorious and shadowy Iranian general who helped Shiite militias...
  • Sixty Britons killed after joining Isil fighters in Syria and Iraq

    07/15/2015 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 14, 2015 | Claire Newell and Edward Malnick
    MORE than 60 Britons have died while fighting for Islamic terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The figure, confirmed by government sources, is twice that reported last year and suggests a sharp increase in the rate of British fighters killed in the service of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Experts say the new death toll means that nearly one in 10 of the estimated 700 British jihadists who have gone to Syria has been killed or has killed themselves in suicide attacks since the conflict started drawing in British foreign fighters in 2012....