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  • Syria Daily: Hezbollah-Regime Convoy of ISIS Fighters Finally Reaches Eastern Destination

    09/16/2017 6:22:25 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    EA WorldView ^ | Sept 14, 2017 | Scott Lucas
    snip Last week, at the urging of Russia, the Americans finally called off aerial surveillance. “The deal has been completed,” said a “commander in the [pro-Assad] military alliance” — probably a Hezbollah source — to Reuters. The commanders said that, along the new route, ISIS freed a Hezbollah prisoner. Earlier this week, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah — highlighting the role of his forces in propping up the Assad regime and downplaying that of the regime’s military — declared “victory” in the 79-month Syrian conflict.
  • Faith Has Made Them Strong, But it Is Time to Do Our Part

    09/09/2017 5:19:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | September 9, 2017 | Congressman Chris Smith
    Iraqi Christian genocide survivors may forever vanish from their ancient homelands. They were in crisis when I met with them a few days before Christmas last year in Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Now their survival is endangered and two things must be done to secure it. The Senate should quickly bring up and pass the House-passed, bipartisan H.R. 390 (Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act)—which I authored with my colleague, Rep. Ann Eshoo (CA-18). H.R. 390 authorizes the Administration to direct humanitarian and recovery assistance to all religious and ethnic minority communities ISIS targeted...
  • Monthly Refugee Admissions Lowest in 15 Years; Percentage of Muslims Declining

    09/06/2017 10:04:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 6, 2017 | 7:20 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Nine hundred and thirteen refugees were admitted to the United States during August, the first time the monthly intake has dropped below one thousand in 15 years, and the smallest number of monthly admissions since October 2002. August’s arrivals followed a pattern evident since the start of the Trump administration – a declining proportion of Muslims in comparison to Christians and adherents of other faiths. Of the 913 refugees admitted during the month, 551 (60.3 percent) were Christians, with the biggest groups including 185 Pentecostalists from Ukraine and 53 Baptists, also from Ukraine. A significantly smaller group, 220 (24.1 percent)...
  • After Iraq Defeat, ISIS Fighters Could Move to Philippines for Weapons and Training, Minister Warns

    09/02/2017 7:18:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 09/01/2017 | By Tom O'Connor
    Southeast Asian militants fighting under the banner of the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, are likely to return to the Philippines to regroup, security analysts and officials said. Speaking at a conference Tuesday in Singapore, defense experts and officials discussed the possibility of ISIS veterans returning to the Philippines, especially the nation's restive southern islands, to receive training and weapons. The global jihadist organization has drawn thousands of fighters from across the world to fight for its so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria and received support from foreign Islamist militant groups such as the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf, which...
  • The Mass Returns to Mosul

    08/31/2017 7:15:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Father Luis Montes, a priest of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, celebrated Mass earlier this month at St. George Monastery.MOSUL, Iraq — Following the liberation of Mosul, Iraq, from the hands of the Islamic State, Christians are cautiously returning to the city. And as they return, so does the Mass. Father Luis Montes, a priest of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, celebrated Mass earlier this month at St. George Monastery. The priest traveled to Mosul to record part of a documentary entitled Guardianes de la Fe (Guardians of the Faith), which seeks to show the reality of life...

    08/30/2017 5:07:49 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug 30, 2017 | SETH J. FRANTZMAN
    Iraqi politicians condemn agreement allowing ISIS fighters to leave besieged Qalamoun. In 2009, before the Syrian civil war, a bus ride from Homs to Deir al-Zor on the Euphrates River would take around five or six hours. There was a stop for refreshments just outside of the historic city of Palmyra. Now fighters from Islamic State are taking that bus route. Under an agreement with the Syrian regime they are being evacuated from the pocket they have held on the Lebanese-Syrian border for several years to areas ISIS controls near the Euphrates Valley between Deir al-Zor and Albukamal on the...
  • [Brit] Special Forces hero who led...mission to blow up Saddam Hussein's [comm] network dies [trunc]

    08/29/2017 8:16:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    Mirror ^ | Aug 28, 2017 | Janet Hughes
    <p>Full Title: Special Forces hero who led secret mission to blow up Saddam Hussein's communications network dies from 'human Mad Cow Disease'</p> <p>An ultra-fit Special Forces hero who led a real-life “mission impossible” behind enemy lines has died from the rare human form of Mad Cow Disease.</p>
  • The ethnic cleansing of Christians began with Islam’s founding

    08/28/2017 9:41:46 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Israel Video Network ^ | 14 August 2017 | Ezra Levant
    Christians have lived in Iraq for centuries but are being ethnically cleansed from the region. In Egypt, Coptic Christians are under constant threat as well. And yet, the international community seems obsessed with accepting Muslim refugees when there is no real ethnic cleansing of Muslims anywhere. It is the Christians in the Middle East who need help and it is they who should be allowed into Western countries as refugees video at source
  • Boxer Staff Stonewalls Military Mom on Code Pink 'Fallujah Aid' Letter

    10/19/2010 11:33:54 AM PDT · by kristinn · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | Tuesday, October 19, 2010 | Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King
    Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Capitol Hill staff is stonewalling a request by military mother Beverly Perlson for a copy of a reported diplomatic letter provided by the California Democrat to the leftwing group Code Pink/Global Exchange in support of the delivery of $600,000 in cash and aid to the “other side” in Fallujah, Iraq in late 2004. Perlson, whose son has served four tours in the war on terror, is founder of the pro-troops group The Band of Mothers.After initially telling Perlson the letter could not be found, Boxer’s staff has given Perlson the run around. Since she first made her...
  • Obama 101

    09/19/2008 9:42:21 AM PDT · by Longstreet63 · 3 replies · 99+ views
    On Monday, in an opinion piece published in the New York Post, I suggested that Senator Barack Obama had urged Iraqi leaders to postpone making an agreement with the United States until there was a new administration in Washington. I said this because Obama himself had said it.
  • PUK: When the PKK operation of the MiT failed, they blamed us (Iraq)

    08/27/2017 8:03:38 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANF News (machine translation) ^ | Saturday, 26 Aug 2017, 11:16 | News Desk
    PUK spokesman Sedi Ehmed Pirê said his Ankara representative, Bahroz Galalî, had been deported because of an "operation that the Turkish MİT wanted to carry out against the PKK in Sulaymaniyah, but failed." Sedi Ehmed Pirê, a spokesman and member of the PUK Political Office, spoke with Dengê Emerîka (Voice of America - VOA Kurdî) about the deportation of PUK Ankara representative Bahroz Galalî on August 24 and said that Turkey held the PUK responsible Failure of the operation they attempted within the borders of the city of Sulaymaniyah against the PKK. It was a malfunction of MIT Sedî Ehmed...
  • Islamic State fighters face Nineveh Criminal Court as first death sentences handed down

    08/27/2017 3:18:56 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 35 replies AU ^ | August 28, 2017 6:24am | Matt Young
    “I KEPT the four girls in an abandoned house. Each night I would have sex with a different one,” a grubby looking man said, unperturbed.“Sometimes they seemed scared, but they never said no. They were all virgins when I got them and more beautiful than you can imagine.”It was the world’s single largest military operation in nearly 15 years.The battle for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the largest offensive in the war against Islamic State - and no doubt, the bloodiest - took a mighty three years for allied forces to remove Islamic State’s tight grip.But with freedom, comes...
  • General John Allen Scandel with Jill Kelley

    11/14/2012 1:56:05 PM PST · by robowombat · 35 replies
    LaLate ^ | Nov 13, 2012
    This is the biography of Grayson Wolfe husband of Natalie Khawam the twin sister of Jill Kelley Khawam who was receiving a virtual data dump from Gen Allen. Is there some connection here to some sort of clandestine intelligence gathering operation on the part of the the interestingly named Akkadian Private Ventures ? Allen routinely received large quantities of highly sensitive intelligence relating to the entire Id East-SW Asia area. Who or why he was sending such huge amounts of data to is the real mystery of this convuluted drama. Grayson is a founding partner of Akkadian Private Ventues, LLC...
  • Al-Jaafari rejects Turkey’s request to fight the PKK (Jaafari = Iraq Foreign Minister)

    08/25/2017 11:27:44 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANHA HARWAR News ^ | 08.23.2017 16:01 | (H\H)
    NEWS DESK- Iraq Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said that he spoke with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu about the need for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Iraq and stressed on not allowing Iraq to become a regional conflict zone.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu arrived at the capital Baghdad on an official visit and is scheduled to head to Hewler to meet with leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Massoud Barzani.The Turkish visit comes after the start of the campaign to restore Tal Afar in the province of Nineveh, also after the delegation left the referendum in the Kurdistan Region...
  • Report: Satellite Images Reveal Iran Building Missile Factory in Syria

    08/22/2017 8:55:01 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 17 August 2017
    Report based on images from Israeli satellite seem to reveal Scud missile factory identical to one seen in Iran An Israeli television report said on Tuesday that Iran is building a facility in northwest Syria to manufacture long-range rockets, and showed satellite images it said were of the site under construction. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned last week that Iran was strengthening its foothold in its ally Syria as Islamic State fighters were being displaced, and said Israel was watching developments and would act against any threat. "Our policy is clear: We vehemently oppose the military buildup by Iran and...
  • Saudis in talks over alliance to rebuild Iraq and 'return it to the Arab fold'

    08/20/2017 8:09:02 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 18 August 2017 | Martin Chulov
    Iraq and Saudi Arabia are negotiating a new alliance that would give Riyadh a leading role in rebuilding Iraq’s war-torn towns and cities, while bolstering Baghdad’s credentials across the region. Meetings between senior officials on both sides over the past six months have focused on shepherding Iraq away from its powerful neighbour and Saudi Arabia’s long-time rival, Iran, whose influence over Iraqi affairs has grown sharply since the 2003 ousting of Saddam Hussein. Iraq and Saudi Arabia have long been considered opponents in the region, but a visit by the Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to Riyadh last week and...
  • Canadian sniper sets world record with 2.2-mile pickoff of ISIS fighter

    08/14/2017 10:19:31 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 72 replies
    FOXNews ^ | Michael Obel
    A Canadian sniper set what appears to be a record, picking off an ISIS fighter from some 2.2 miles away, and disrupting a potentially deadly operation by the terror group in Iraq. Shooting experts say the fatal shot at a world-record distance of 11,316 feet underscores how stunningly sophisticated military snipers are becoming. The feat, pulled off by a special forces sniper from Canada’s Joint Task Force 2, smashed the previous distance record for successful sniper shots by some 3,280 feet, a record set by a British sniper. The new record was set using a McMillan TAC-50, a .50-caliber weapon...
  • The Awans, Obama, and Saddam Hussein and Iran's nuclear programs

    08/07/2017 11:51:37 PM PDT · by Fedora · 51 replies
    Original research | 08/08/2017 | Fedora
    As many of you will recall, Obama made a trip to Pakistan when he was at Occidental College. I am seeing indicators that this relates to the Awans' network and to Iraq and Iran's nuclear programs, which I'm putting out here for others to help fill the missing pieces in and to get this to the right people. First, a recap of Obama's Pakistan trip:Obama’s Russia Problem: Obama's Links to Soviet-era Spy Rings and Terrorist NetworksAt Occidental College, Obama became involved in radical student politics, deliberately networking with activist students and professors, as he mentions in his autobiography. In 1981,...
  • Cheering Iraqis march arrested German ISIS teen through Mosul

    08/07/2017 6:30:42 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 67 replies
    Tahoo7 and Yahoo UK ^ | 8/7/2017 | Staff
    Linda Wenzel, 16, who disappeared from Pulsnitz near Dresden in Germany on July 1 last year, was detained in Iraq, along with other female supporters of the group, after the Battle of Mosul, which saw ISIS fighters forced out of the ancient city. The new video shows a distraught Wenzel with her arms secured by armed men being escorted through the streets amid a crowd of cheering Iraqis. Lorenz Haase, senior public prosecutor in Dresden, confirmed the teenager had been “located and identified in Iraq”. Wenzel, who is thought to have converted to Islam after being groomed on social media,...
  • Iraq plans to shore up its groud forces with Russian T-90 tanks

    08/06/2017 8:40:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 30/7/2017 | Paul Iddon
    This month Iraq signed “a significant contract for a large batch” of Russian T-90 main battle tanks for its armoured forces. The manufacturer of the tank said 73 are going to be delivered to Iraq: which would give Baghdad a large number of formidable tanks to bolster its already sizable fleet of American-made M1 Abrams and T-72s, the T-90's older brother. Michael Knights, an Iraq analyst and the Lafer Fellow at the Washington Institute, is skeptical at this early stage about whether this deal will actually see the light of day. “The veteran journalist reaction to any Russian arms deal...