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  • #IWasForItBeforeItWasn’tMyIdea

    09/18/2014 5:34:27 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-18-2014 | MOTUS
    For those who think Big Guy exhibits tendencies towards malignant narcissistic personality disorder (characterized by superficial glibness and charm, a grandiose sense of self worth, pathological lying, cunning manipulative practices, lack of remorse or guilt for problems created, a callous lack of empathy, and a failure to accept responsibility for their own actions) – and who doesn’t? – this historic montage is for you: (be sure to watch to the end)Odd, isn’t it? Here we are two years later, we still don’t know what “war” means and we’re still equivocating over the definition of “boots on the ground.” Butt at least...
  • 75% of Assyrians Return to Their Town in North Iraq [Thanks to the Kurds: Celebrate Mass]

    09/17/2014 8:09:06 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 2014-09-16 22:31 GMT | Revan Hakim
    Alqosh, Iraq (AINA) -- More than 75% of the residents of Alqosh, an Assyrian town 37 miles north of Mosul, have returned to their town after fleeing from the threat of ISIS on August 7. On September 12 the residents celebrated the festival Mar Qardakh, the patron saint of Alqosh, at the Saint Qardakh the Martyr Church. The Holy Mass was led by Bishop Michael Muqadissi of the Alqosh Archdiocese and was attended by hundreds of people from the town. After the mass, the people walked around the Church in a procession lead by children and deacons. Improvements in security...
  • Obama ISIS Soap Opera is Just Poll-Driven Politics

    09/17/2014 6:14:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now we're back to normal. The president making a speech at 12 noon. And why is the president making a speech at 12 noon today? He's at the Central Command. It's all because of polling data. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: People have been saying, "Rush, you haven't really been talking much about Obama and the new war on ISIS and Iraq and Syria." I paused and I reflected and I had to agree that's probably true. I mean, I have not gone wall-to-wall on it. I certainly haven't spent the time that you can see spent on it...
  • Gaffe-Prone Vice President Steps in it Again

    09/17/2014 8:51:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com | September 17, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    The politically incorrect and offensive word the vice president used this time was “Shylocks.” During a recent speech, he was trying to describe the dishonest and greedy bankers his son warned him about, while deployed in Iraq, who knowingly took advantage of American soldiers. It’s unclear whether he was reading from prepared remarks, or speaking off-the-cuff, but the characterization has at least one Jewish group wondering what in the world he was thinking (via Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox and Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey): Biden - Shylock comment to Legal Services Corp “Shylock represents the medieval stereotype about Jews and...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga free some Christian villages occupied by jihadists

    09/17/2014 1:36:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Asia News ^ | September 17, 2014
    US air raids fundamental. The Islamist militants mined many houses before fleeing. Syriac Christians return to the city of Alqosh, liberated days ago, and celebrate the feast of the patron saint. Erbil (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least seven Christian villages in northern Iraq have been freed after a series of clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga and Islamic State jihadists.The seven villages are located west of Erbil, on the Nineveh plain. The Kurdish military commanders emphasize the fundamental contribution of the air raids carried out by the United States and report that the jihadists mined many houses before fleeing. Since early...
  • Watch ISIS’s Hollywood movie trailer goading U.S. to again invade Iraq

    09/17/2014 10:58:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/17/2014 | Noah Rothman
    ISIS is an amalgam consisting of disaffected youth, displaced Iraqi and Syrian opposition fighters, and anti-Western fundamentalists. It is a relatively small force, and has only enjoyed the military successes it enjoys because of the weakness of its adversaries. ISIS is a group unworthy of much of the awe they have inspired in the West. It is, however, an organization that does seek to function more like a state than a terrorist organization. ISIS has organized municipal services and humanitarian services. It collects taxes and fields a police force which enforces Sharia law. It provides water, electricity, and sewage...
  • Conditions Stalk Obama's Uncertain Coalition

    09/17/2014 8:25:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Austin Bay
    resident Barack Obama has declared, repeatedly, that U.S. ground troops will not have a combat mission in his war against the Islamic State. Last week, Obama ardently pledged that he would not be "dragged" into another Iraq ground war. The president certainly sounded decisive. This week (Monday Sept. 15), White House press secretary Josh Earnest swore that the president had definitively "ruled out" U.S. boots on the ground "engaged in a combat role in Iraq and in Syria." Yet, the very next day, polemical decisiveness and definitiveness dissolved to cognitive dissonance. Let's stipulate that in his Sept. 16 Senate testimony,...
  • Freedom Council Militia Formed in Mosul [Vive La Resistance!]

    09/17/2014 8:02:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    BasNews, Khazair ^ | 16.09.2014 | Hazhar Mamuzini
    Opposition Militia has been formed against IS Militants in Mosul News / Kurdistan Freedom Council Militia Formed in Mosul 16.09.2014 Hazhar Mamuzini BasNews, Khazair   A group of Mosul residents have formed a special militia group to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in an effort to free the city from the extremist group.   “IS opponents have united and formed a council to liberate Mosul,” said a spokesman of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) branch in Mosul.   “On Monday, opponents of ISIS formed a union called the Mosul Liberation Council,” said Saied Mamuzini, KDP spokesman.   Mamuzini also stated...
  • US Airstrikes IVO Baghdad

    09/17/2014 7:48:49 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 4 replies
    ISIS Study Group ^ | 9/17/2014 | ISIS Study Group
    US Airstrikes IVO Baghdad by ISIS Study Group In the first real sign that the US government is actually coordinating their airstrikes against priority targets, sorties in the last few days have been concentrated in and around the areas Southwest of Baghdad. CENTCOM officials didn't specify where these strikes occurred, but we assess they were targeting Islamic State positions in Jurf al-Shakur (variants Shaqir, Sakhar), which remains a critical piece of real estate for the IS campaign to overwhelm IA forces defending Baghdad, and using this area as a staging area for launching strikes targeting specific neighborhoods inside the Nation's...
  • Obama Can’t Afford to Win in Iraq

    09/17/2014 7:15:12 AM PDT · by inkling · 16 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    Obama does not want to win his new Iraq war. He can’t afford to. If the projection of American military power successfully solved the problem of Islamic terrorism, it would shatter Obama’s entire worldview. A pragmatist would welcome victory regardless of its origins. Sadly, America is stuck with the most rigid ideologue ever to occupy the White House. Obama adheres to a transnational progressive morality that has replaced “Good versus Evil” with “Weak versus Strong.” As the strongest nation on the planet, America is viewed not as its “last best hope,” but the chief among oppressors. He has been steeped...
  • Robert Gates: There Will Be Boots On The Ground If There's 'Any Hope Of Success' Against ISIS

    09/17/2014 5:26:46 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    BI ^ | 9-17-2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Brett LoGiuratoSeptember 17, 2014 ď‚™ Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Wednesday said US ground troops will have to be part of the equation if there's "any hope of success" in President Barack Obama's strategy to "degrade and destroy" the extremist group ISIS (also known as ISIL or the Islamic State). "The reality is they're not going be able to be successful against ISIS strictly from the air, or strictly depending on the Iraqi forces, or the Peshmerga, or the Sunni tribes acting on their own," Gates said in an interview on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday. "So there...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga Kill Top IS Military Commander

    09/16/2014 9:18:36 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 6 hours ago
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdish security officials said that Peshmerga forces had killed senior Islamic State (IS) commander Yasin Ali Suleiman Shlash known as Abu Abdullah near Khazir on Tuesday. “He was killed with a number of other terrorists during a military operation by Peshmerga forces in coordination with the US air force to liberate Hassan Sham and its vicinities,” Kurdistan Region’s Security Council said in statement. According to the statement, Abu Abdullah was a senior military commander and a top IS official in the state (Wilayat) of Mosul. “Abu Abdullah was the mastermind behind the 2007 explosion in front of...
  • Preparing For All Out Iraq War: Joint Chiefs Of Staff Back US Troops In Combat "If Necessary"

    09/16/2014 3:21:37 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/16/14 | Tyler Durden
    President Obama would back U.S. advisers accompanying Iraqi troops in battle to combat Islamic State militants if necessary. For now, Dempsey noted, Iraqi security forces are "doing fine," but as Republican, Sen. Jim Inhofe noted, "it is foolhardy for the Obama administration to tie its hands and so firmly rule out the possibility of special operators on the ground." Following Hagel's remarks that the fight will "not be an easy or a brief effort," Dempsey said if it doesn’t succeed, he would not rule out advising Obama to use U.S. ground forces.
  • How to make Isis fall on its own sword

    09/16/2014 1:10:18 PM PDT · by mojito · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/16/2014 | Chelsea (fka Bradley) Manning in Fort Leavenworth
    The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by taking control of swaths of territory in western and northern Iraq, including Mosul and other major cities. Based on my experience as an all-source analyst in Iraq during the organization’s relative infancy, Isis cannot be defeated by bombs and bullets – even as the fight is taken to Syria, even if it is conducted by non-Western forces with air support. I believe that Isis is fueled precisely by...
  • Obama Orders Boots on the Ground!

    09/16/2014 10:27:09 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 09/16/14 | William Kristol
    We're at war. We're putting boots on the ground. We're not waiting around for the host nation's government to get its affairs in order, or for a regional coalition to commit first. The president has apparently overcome his reluctance to use the military, his worries about a commitment to intervene without an exit strategy, and his usual reluctance to acknowledge (even implicitly) that his administration was wrong when it assured us that there was nothing much for us to worry about.
  • Obama Is Open to Ground Troops in Iraq, a Top General Says

    09/16/2014 10:07:43 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    The Nation ^ | September 16, 2014 - 11:14 AM ET | George Zornick
    President Obama has repeatedly declared there will be no combat troops on the ground in Iraq to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But a Senate hearing Tuesday with top US military officials revealed that pronouncement is on very shaky ground—there is now no question ground troops are under active consideration at the highest levels of government. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in his opening remarks he isn’t ruling out asking Obama for ground troops. “To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi...
  • Obama's failure on Iran & ISIS

    09/16/2014 10:04:50 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 3 replies
    FSM ^ | 9/16/14 | Slater Bakhtavar
    In the aftermath of the United States' ill-advised troop withdrawal from Iraq, the group prospered, eventually divorcing itself from al Qaeda and declaring itself an Islamic caliphate, so that it is now most commonly known as ISIS. The growth of ISIS has been as impressive as it has been alarming, with well-armed militants spreading across Iraq (where even that nation's second largest city, Mosul, has fallen to the power of ISIS and is now administered by them) and into Syria, sustaining themselves with funding from captured financial institutions, oil fields, and sympathetic radical Muslims in other Arab countries. They are...
  • Iraq: Isis Using Yazidis As Human Shields Against U.s. Airstrikes

    09/16/2014 9:55:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Breitbart/AINA ^ | 2014-09-16 04:34 GMT
    DOHUK, Iraq -- Reports from eyewitnesses here in Northern Iraq spoke to Breitbart News about how the terrorist group the Islamic State is using Yazidi hostages as human shields to protect themselves against U.S. airstrikes -- using the same strategy as Hamas in Gaza. "ISIS sells the women as slave girls, the way they are doing it, they are using the women as human shields to protect them from U.S. airstrikes," said Hameed, a Yazidi refugee who is seeking safe haven in Northern Iraq. He escaped his village when ISIS invaded and fled to Sinjar Mountain with his family where...
  • Brother of [al-Baghdadi] Top ISIS Leader Repents, Converts to Christianity

    09/16/2014 9:40:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    World News Daily Report via AINA ^ | 2014-09-16 05:57 GMT
    Mohammed Bakr al-Baghdadi, the brother of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is the Caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, has converted to christianity, reports Al-Jazeera this morning. The move has brought the man an unprecedented backlash from the Salafist Sunni community that has ordered a fatwa, or death-sentence, on the man as soon as the news was spread in media around the muslim world. "He is no more my brother then the miscreant American pigs we slay everyday" told the self-proclaimed Caliph to a large crowd of his followers. "Let Allah not forget this treacherous swine when he pleads on his...
  • Dempsey: If Coalition Fails, We'll Need U.S. Boots on Ground Against ISIS

    09/16/2014 9:26:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 90 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Testifying on Capitol Hill Tuesday in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said that although "we're not there yet," the United States may eventually need to deploy U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS if a coalition and airstrikes fail to get the job done against the terror army. “My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward. I believe that will prove true but if it fails to be true and if there are threats to the United States then I of course would...
  • Heavy Weapons Reach Peshmerga Forces on Frontlines

    09/16/2014 9:15:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 16.09.2014 | Shwan Barzinji
    Kurds has received much needed some heavy weapons News / Kurdistan Heavy Weapons Reach Peshmerga Forces on Frontlines 16.09.2014 Shwan Barzinji BasNews, Erbil A large number of heavy weapons have been distributed to Kurdish Peshmerga forces on the frontlines. Peshmerga forces are expected to start using them against the Islamic State (IS) insurgents soon.   A source told BasNews that on Tuesday, a cache of heavy weapons was transported from Erbil to the frontlines to be distributed among Peshmerga forces.   The source also confirmed that the shipment includes mortars, tanks, and machine guns among other weapons delivered in...
  • Iraqi troops retake [more] villages, US jets pound IS positions

    09/16/2014 8:50:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Big News Network (IANS) ^ | Tuesday 16th September, 2014
    Iraqi security forces Tuesday recaptured several villages in heavy clashes with extremist insurgent groups, while US warplanes expanded their airstrikes and pounded Islamic State militants near Iraq's capital Baghdad. A senior Iraqi security spokesman said the US air force carried out the first airstrike under a new anti-IS plan on positions of the IS militants in Sadr al-Yousifiyah area, southwest of Baghdad, according to Xinhua. "The airstrike was important and was carried out in coordination with Baghdad Operations Command," military spokesman Qasim Atta told reporters in Baghdad. Sadr al-Yousifiyah is located on the Euphrates river between the militant-seized city of...
  • Obama's Biggest Flip-Flop on Iraq

    09/16/2014 8:18:11 AM PDT · by AJFavish · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 16, 2014 | Allan J. Favish
    In a speech on the floor of the United States Senate on June 21, 2006, then-Senator Barack Obama warned against a withdrawal of American troops from Iraq that would endanger Iraq and the United States. Here is the complete text of that speech. You can hear an audio excerpt here. The more important parts of the speech are highlighted with italics by the author.
  • U.S. troops in Iraq to rise to 1,600

    09/16/2014 8:12:29 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 09/16/14 | Stephen Dinan
    There will be 1,600 U.S. troops in Iraq by the time President Obama’s current plans are fully in place — but none of those are considered combat troops, which means the U.S. is not officially reengaged in the war there, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress on Tuesday.
  • Terrific: U.S. ‘scouts’ on ground in Iraq looking for anyone who will fight

    09/16/2014 8:03:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/16/14 | Dan Calabrese
    Hey kid, wanna be in a war Didn’t Barack Obama say that our allies were going to do the fighting on the ground against ISIS, and that all the U.S. would have to do would be to provide air support? Didn’t John Kerry say we were already establishing a fantastic coalition? Oh, and isn’t this the same John Kerry who ran down George W. Bush because his initial Iraq invasion coalition included “only” Great Britain and Australia? (Kerry forgot Poland, of course, and he also forgot that more than 30 nations had joined the battle in the meantime.)
  • Kerry: We Must 'Put Real Islam Out There'

    09/16/2014 6:29:35 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 53 replies
    Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that to counter the ideology of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its claim of a "religious foundation" for its actions, part of the strategy of the international coalition he is attempting to assemble must be to "begin to put real Islam out there." Kerry, in Paris for talks with various world leaders to build that coalition, further said that all of the Arab leaders he had spoken with earlier concurred about their focus on "real Islam and how important the Friday sermons are." The secretary of state recently...
  • Obama Forced by Events to Reverse Course --- and Disillusion Base

    09/16/2014 7:01:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16 | Michael Barone
    Iraq, immigration, inversion. On all three of the issues referred to, President Obama finds himself forced by events to do something he dislikes -- and he's in trouble with much of his Democratic Party base for doing so. Obama seemed ill at ease before the camera and teleprompter on the evening of Sept. 10. Sending troops into Iraq and Syria is probably the last thing he expected to do when he set out running for president in 2007. He still insists that he will send in "no ground troops," though it appears that hundreds of U.S. military personnel are literally...
  • Islamic State Group Issues New Curriculum in Iraq [Kids Kept Home Parents Homeschooling]

    09/15/2014 9:14:12 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    AP/Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 2014-09-15 21:53 GMT | Sinan Salaheddin and Vivian Salama
    (AP) -- The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music. Classes about history, literature and Christianity have been "permanently annulled." The Islamic State group has declared patriotic songs blasphemous and ordered that certain pictures be torn out of textbooks. But instead of compliance, Iraq's second largest city has -- at least so far -- responded to the Sunni militants' demands with silence. Although the extremists stipulated that the school year would begin Sept. 9, pupils have uniformly not shown up for class,...
  • Resurgence of GOP hawkishness is boosting Romney 2016 prospects

    09/15/2014 8:09:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 14, 2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    Suddenly NBC's "Meet The Press" matters again, and when new host Chuck Todd joined me on Friday's radio show (see transcript) two of many reasons why became obvious. First, Todd had booked James Baker (former secretary of state and treasury, White House chief-of-staff, and W's Florida strategist during 2000's epic recount) to talk about whether or not an international coalition could be assembled by President Obama to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The Baker booking was shrewd, and more will be forthcoming. Also shrewd was Todd's analysis of the Romney 3.0 boomlet which had been the subject...
  • Naked anti-war demos sweep world (blast from the past)

    09/15/2014 7:41:11 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/5/2003 | CNN
    SYDNEY, Australia -- Hundreds of Australian women have stripped off in a naked show of defiance against the possibility of a U.S.-led war on Iraq. Around 300 women bared all in Sunday's protest, lying down on a Sydney sports field to spell out the words "No War". "I would like to say to all the world leaders who think they not as tyrannical as Saddam Hussein, you're lying, you do want war, you have not exhausted all the diplomatic pathways," one protester said. The cheeky demonstration was the latest in a series of naked anti-war protests around the world.
  • US in first air strike near Baghdad on IS: officials

    09/15/2014 5:24:38 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 15 Sep 2014
    Washington (AFP) - The United States bombed the Islamic State near Baghdad, the first time the US has targeted the militants close to the Iraqi capital, US officials said Monday. A US defense official told AFP on condition of anonymity that American warplanes carried out one air strike near Baghdad and another near Mount Sinjar, in the north of Iraq, in the past 24 hours. The United States last month began a campaign of air strikes against IS positions in northern Iraq, but Monday's announcement that US warplanes had targeted the militants near Baghdad marks an escalation in the scope...
  • Nuns Slam Media Silence on Middle-East Christian Persecution

    09/15/2014 3:51:53 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    MRC ^ | 9-15-14 | Katie Yoder
    Sisters speak out at In Defense of Christians Inaugural Summit. Sometimes it takes a David to defeat a Goliath – or, in this case, unassuming nuns to speak where the media remain silent. Speaking out for Christians persecuted in the Middle East, Mother Olga Yaqob and Sister Hatune Dogan slammed the American media for keeping silent. The nuns spoke with MRC during the In Defense of Christians (IDC) Inaugural Summit in Washington, D.C. Sept. 9-11. Both told the stories journalists ignore: of refugees displaced and Christian girls “repeatedly raped” and “misused” – some as young as 5-years-old. Mother Olga of...
  • White House claims Arab nations offer to join airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

    09/15/2014 1:52:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | September 15, 2014
    join airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq, Syria Published September 15, 2014 FoxNews.com 542 Never autoplay videos White House officials have claimed that Arab nations have offered to join the U.S. in airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria, though no countries were specifically named. The New York Times reported that Secretary of State John Kerry had declined to say which states had offered to contribute air power, with White House officials saying that any announcement of specifics could wait until later this week. Kerry is scheduled to testify before congressional committees Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Kerry selects retired Marine Gen. John Allen to lead anti-ISIS coalition

    09/15/2014 11:52:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/14/2014 | Unattributed
    Retired Marine Gen. John Allen has been selected to coordinate the international effort against the Islamic State militant group, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Saturday. "General Allen is a patriot and a remarkable leader," Kerry said in a statement issued late Saturday. "His extraordinary career in the military speaks for itself." Allen's official title is Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. ISIL is another name for the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS. Allen, who has been serving as a security adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, is expected to work with...
  • Isis Action: French Rafale Fighter Jets Fly over Iraq as Anti-Islamic State Paris Summit Begins

    09/15/2014 8:09:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    IBT/Yahoo ^ | 2 hours 11 minutes ago | Umberto Bacchi
    France fighter jets have flown over Iraq in a reconnaissance mission against Isis jihadists, as in Paris President Francois Hollande hosted an International summit to agree a common strategy to fight the Islamist militants. Two Rafale jets and a refuelling aircraft took off from an airbase in the United Arab Emirates to gather intelligence in support of US air strikes targeting the group now known as Islamic State (IS). "We told the Iraqis we were available and asked them for authorisation [to fly over Iraq]," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio. "The cost of inaction would be to...
  • What Remains of Iraq/Syria's 2000-year-old Christian Community- in Photos

    09/15/2014 3:05:29 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    ISIS torched an 1800-yr-old church at Mosul, Iraq       (Photo: Ankawa4All)  Full gallery at Reaganite Republican...
  • iraqi leader: no need for arab powers to strike is

    09/14/2014 5:45:52 PM PDT · by keat · 17 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 6:59 PM EDT | Staff
    PARIS (AP) -- Iraq's president says Arab powers Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia do not need to join airstrikes against the Islamic State group. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, President Fouad Massoum also expressed regret that Iran was not invited to take part in the 26-nation conference in Paris on Monday to try to counter the Islamic extremists who control vast parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria. The conference of mostly Western and Arab world countries and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members aims to show a united front, especially from majority-Muslim nations....
  • Braley Backs Moving Guantanamo Terrorists To The United States

    09/13/2014 6:58:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 12, 2014 | Daniel Wiser
    Iowa Democrat continues to support plan despite years of congressional opposition.Rep. Bruce Braley (D., Iowa) continued to vote in favor of transferring terrorist prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a U.S. facility even after the plan collapsed due to congressional opposition, according to government records. Republicans have blasted Braley this week for supporting an initial proposal in 2009 to move the detainees to an Illinois correctional center near the Iowa border. The criticism comes as polls show that an overwhelming majority of Americans view the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), the al Qaeda offshoot that...
  • From Exodus to Exodus, Iraqi Christians Seek New Home

    09/14/2014 9:11:46 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    AFP via Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 2014-09-14 22:01 GMT | Kamal Taha
    (AFP) -- Threats by jihadists have sent a fresh wave of Christians fleeing their Iraqi homeland, bustling from exodus to exodus in search of a safe haven to rebuild their lives Raja Marzina, who has taken refuge in Jordan with her husband and their five children, never imagined she would one day have to leave Iraq for good. "But we had no choice; we had to flee to save our lives and our religion," she said. Like dozens of others who fled the orgy of violence unleashed by Islamic State (IS) jihadists this summer, Marzina goes to the Syriac Catholics...
  • Yazidi Refugees Undergo Military Training in order to Fight ISIS

    09/14/2014 3:53:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
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  • Peshmerga Forces Recruit Christian Fighters, says Local Official

    09/14/2014 10:43:48 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 34 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 1 hour ago | RUDAW
    Men between the ages of 18-30 can now sign up for training with the Peshmerga forces, according to local officials. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces have opened doors to the region’s Christian population and recruit them to join the fight against the Islamic State (IS), an official told Rudaw. “Representatives of the ministry of Peshmerga visited Ainkawa to recruit Christians,” said Jalal Habib Aziz, the mayor of Ainkawa, a predominately Christian neighborhood in Erbil. According to Aziz, the Kurdish Peshmerga Ministry has answered a call by Christian leaders to recruit members of the community to “protect themselves and their...
  • Germany’s jihadists: Young, male, losers

    09/11/2014 5:01:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Sep 2014 09:21 GMT+02:00
    The hundreds of Germans who have traveled to Syria to join jihadi groups are largely young, male and failed at school and in their careers, according to a report from the security services. The report from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which has been seen by the Berliner Morgenpost, showed that of the 378 German Islamists who have headed to Syria since mid-2012 just one in four finished high school. Six percent finished post-school training and two percent went into further education. Almost 90 percent of those who have traveled to Syria are men. The youngest...
  • Several Arab countries offer to join air campaign on Islamic State, say U.S. officials

    09/14/2014 8:39:07 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Reuters via News Gnome ^ | Sunday 14.09.2014 | Jason Szep
    <p>PARIS (Reuters) – Several Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. officials said on Sunday, indicating a possible widening of the air campaign against militants who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria.</p>
  • Germany Starts Training Kurdish Peshmerga Forces

    09/14/2014 7:34:19 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | Mewan Dolamari
    Peshmerga force in Mosul dam in Northern Iraq News / Kurdistan Germany Starts Training Kurdish Peshmerga Forces 14.09.2014 Mewan Dolamari BasNews, Erbil    Germany has announced the deployment of 40 military advisors to the Kurdistan Region in order to train Peshmerga forces on recently sent German weapons.   In a statement, the German Defense Ministry confirmed that the German government has sent 40 military experts and consultants to the Kurdistan Region to train Peshmerga forces in their ongoing conflict with IS insurgents.   The statement also mentions that the military advisors have extensive experience of training and exercising troops....
  • Iraqi Prime Minister Disbands Seven Shiite Militia Groups [Annuls Other Maliki Decisions]

    09/14/2014 6:29:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    BasNews, Baghdad ^ | 14.09.2014 | Nuwar Faqie
    Shiite Militia groups taking up arms against IS Militants News / World Iraqi Prime Minister Disbands Seven Shiite Militia Groups 14.09.2014 Nuwar Faqie BasNews, Baghdad   Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi has reversed key decisions of former PM of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki by halting the activities of several Shiite militia groups.   Abadi has pledged to stop the activities of seven Shiite militia groups in Baghdad while at the same time indicated that he cannot impose his authority on two Shiite militia groups, which report to Maliki.   He revealed that some internal decisions that were made by the...
  • Prime Minister Tony Abbott promises to send military to Gulf (in response to US request)

    09/14/2014 1:23:04 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 14th September 2014
    PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has promised to send Australian military forces to the Persian Gulf to assist in attacks on the Islamic State. He told media in a press conference in Darwin today that he had decided to prepare and deploy an armed force to the UAE to assist the United States in its military action against the Islamic State’s forces in Iraq and Syria. He warned “should this extend into combat operations, it could go on for some time” Mr Abbott said his reaction to the latest video showing the execution of British aid worker David Haines was: “Shock,...
  • RAAF to join US-led Coalition in air strikes against jihadists (RAAF = Royal Australian Air Force)

    09/05/2014 7:02:06 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 6th September 2014 | SAMANTHA MAIDEN
    AUSTRALIA will join a US-led Coalition to help bomb jihadists in Iraq amid warnings the rise of Islamic State and returning foreign fighters represents a direct domestic security threat at home. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister David Johnston have confirmed overnight that military assistance for air strikes is likely to be offered when a formal request is made in coming weeks. But the deployment is likely to occur only after a United Nations security council hosted by the US President Barack Obama in the week of September 22 in New York. RAAF F-18 superhornets based in Queensland are...
  • Peshmerga and PKK Recapture 6 Villages [Video Report]

    09/13/2014 10:49:26 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 16 hours ago | Ranja Jamal
    Peshmerga and PKK fighters to join forces in the Qaraj area ………VIDEO REPORT
  • Iraq PM Orders Halt to Shelling of Civilian Areas (Obama definitely loses Iraq)

    09/13/2014 7:06:43 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 40 replies
    abc ^ | 9/13/2014 | ap
    Iraq's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of "innocent victims" as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist group this summer. "I issued this order two days ago because we do not want to see more innocent victims falling in the places and provinces controlled by Daesh," Haider al-Abadi told a news conference in Baghdad, referring to the Islamic State group by its Arabic acronym. He accused the militants of using civilians as a human...
  • Iraq plans a new force to counter Islamic State. Here’s why some say it’s doomed.

    09/13/2014 10:00:29 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9-13-2014 | Loveday Morris
    Watban al-Jabbouri is the kind of man that the Iraqi and U.S. governments are depending on to turn the tide against the Islamic State fighters who have seized a huge swath of territory in this country. “We’ve begged other tribes in our areas to join, but they either sit aside and do nothing or they are with them,” he said, referring to the Islamic State. While details on the new national guard are being finalized, current discussions center on creating Sunni and Shiite units to serve in their respective areas of influence. But the Shiite-led government faces huge challenges in...