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  • Arab Leaders Agree on Joint Military Force

    03/29/2015 11:34:22 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | By David D. Kirkpatrick
    CAIRO — The Arab states said on Sunday that they had agreed to form a combined military force to counter both Iranian influence and Islamist extremism, a gesture many analysts attributed in large part to their drive for more independence from Washington. The agreement came as American and other Western diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, were racing to beat a self-imposed deadline of Tuesday to reach a deal with Iran that would restrict its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions. In response, Saudi Arabia and other American allies in the region have made clear that they are...
  • Who is Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad? (vanity)

    03/29/2015 6:56:50 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 4 replies
    today | self
    Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is a counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and president of Khalilzad Associates, an international business consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush. He has been involved with U.S. policy makers at the White House, State Department and Pentagon since the mid-1980s, and was the highest-ranking Muslim American in the Administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. Khalilzad's previous assignments in the Administration include U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. President Bush in 2002 appointed Khalilzad...
  • Former intelligence official: Obama’s Middle East policy is ‘willful ignorance’

    03/29/2015 9:19:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | By Josh Hicks
    The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency on Sunday described President Obama's Middle East policy as one of "willful ignorance," saying the administration needs a clearer strategy for dealing with conflicts emerging across the region. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that recent developments in the Middle East are moving in a bad direction for the United States, with Iran "clearly on the march" to influence events in a "regional sectarian war." “At the end of the day, we have just this incredible policy confusion — never mind what our strategy is to...
  • The JRTN Movement and Iraq’s Next Insurgency

    03/28/2015 4:05:03 PM PDT · by piasa · 4 replies
    Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point ^ | July 1, 2011 | Michael Knights
    The stabilization of Iraq has become wedged on a plateau, beyond which further improvement will be a slow process. According to incident metrics compiled by Olive Group, the average monthly number of insurgent attacks between January and June 2011 was 380.[1] The incident count in January was 376, indicating that incident levels remained roughly stable in the first half of 2011. One reason behind this stability is the ongoing virulence of northern and central Iraqi insurgents operating within Sunni Arab communities. Five predominately Sunni provinces and western Baghdad were responsible for an average of 68.5% of national incidents each month...
  • Richard Engel: Military Officials Say Allies No Longer Trust Us, Fear Intel Might Leak to Iran

    03/28/2015 2:53:18 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon on Youtube ^ | March 27, 2015 | Washington Free Beacon
    Richard Engel: Military Officials Say Allies No Longer Trust Us, Fear Intel Might Leak to Iran (Video)
  • Is the Looming Arab war -- Precursor to the Islamic Caliphate?

    03/28/2015 2:28:27 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 11 replies
    3/28/2015 | Vanity
    The first 6 Arab nations to form the Arab League are: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia. Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria are no more. Egypt was almost lost, and is well into it's recovery from intensive care thanks largely to Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who might become the most accomplished of Arab Leaders, if he holds true. I believe El-Sisi was the impetus of the Arab League getting it's act together with coordinated political, diplomatic and military efforts to keep Iran off the Sinai Peninsula. Is their any doubt now why any sane person would deny a nuclear armed...
  • Al-Qaida in Syria Seizes Large Parts of Northern City

    03/28/2015 4:32:34 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 9 replies
    Syrian opposition activists say al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, has seized large parts of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces. ...
  • Iraqi Christian Leader Makes Direct Appeal at UN

    03/28/2015 4:40:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The leader of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholics at the United Nations in New York today urged international leaders to support his country’s government in a drive for “the liberation of all Iraqi cities." For the first time, the UN Security Council devoted a debate to the persecution of minorities under attack by jihadists, according to ANSAMed, a service of the Italian news agency ANSA. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius chaired the debate, which included Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Raphael I Sako, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and, by video-conference from Geneva, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Zeid...
  • The Enemy of My Enemy

    03/27/2015 1:21:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    The forces that do not want a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, nor any U.S. detente with Iran, are impressive. Among them are the Israelis and their powerful lobby AIPAC, the Saudis and their Sunni allies on the Persian Gulf, a near unanimity of Republicans and a plurality of Democrats in Congress. Is there a case to be made for a truce in the venomous conflict that has gone on between us since the taking of U.S. hostages in 1979? Is there any common ground? To both questions, President Obama and John Kerry believe the answer is yes. And they...
  • Instead of 'Ridding World' of Nukes -As Pledged- Obama's Walked Us Into a Complex Arms Race

    03/27/2015 11:13:04 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 28 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 27 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Remember back in the Spring of '09, when a fresh-faced 'historic president' Obama told a cheering crowd one sunny day at Prague Castle that he'll work towards a world 'free of nuclear weapons'? In retrospect, it seems he meant a world just free of American nuclear weapons- as he's been slashing all our capabilities, development programs, and even defensive missile shields to appease enemies -primarily Russia- in order to free up more money for solar panels and food stamps. The Norks sure didn't get the memo... nor the Russians, or anybody else- as they've been building and testing whatever-they-damnwell-please the whole time....
  • Iraqi Forces Advance On Central Tikrit after U.S.-led air strikes on ISIS

    03/27/2015 10:57:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Iraqi special forces on March 26 began what Baghdad hopes is the final push to regain control of central Tikrit from the Islamic State (IS) extremist group. Iraqi forces advanced on central Tikrit after U.S.-led coalition jets launched their first air strikes on IS targets in Tikrit on March 25. According to the Associated Press news agency, clashes intensified during the day as Iraqi forces moved toward the city center. On March 26, an AP reporter heard a second round of air strikes over Tikrit. The push, however, is going ahead without the country's Iran-backed Shi'ite militias. The top U.S....
  • Veterans Hurt by Chemical Weapons in Iraq Get Apology

    03/26/2015 3:29:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/26/2015 | C. J. CHIVERS
    The under secretary of the Army on Wednesday apologized for the military’s treatment of American service members exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq, and he announced new steps to provide medical support to those with lingering health effects and to recognize veterans who had been denied awards. Under Secretary Brad R. Carson acknowledged that the military had not followed its own policies for caring for troops exposed to old and abandoned chemical munitions that had been scattered around Iraq, and he vowed improvement. He also said that the Army had reversed a previous decision and approved a Purple Heart medal...
  • Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes on Houthi Rebels in Yemen

    03/26/2015 11:39:44 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/25/2015 | FELICIA SCHWARTZ in Washington and HAKIM ALMASMARI in Yemen
    Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states launched airstrikes against rebel forces in Yemen’s capital and across the country in defense of what Riyadh called the nation’s legitimate government. The attacks began Thursday morning, hours after Yemen’s president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, fled the southern port city of Aden by boat when Iranian-backed Houthi militants closed in. The decision by Saudi Arabia and the region’s Sunni monarchies to intervene on Mr. Hadi’s behalf raises the stakes in their rivalry with predominantly Shiite Iran, which has raged in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region. The raids also risked further inflaming sectarian...
  • U.S. Begins Airstrikes in Support of Effort to Liberate Tikrit From Islamic State

    03/26/2015 8:14:51 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 34 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 25 March 2015 | Elias Groll
    On Wednesday, after entirely sitting out the three-week offensive, U.S. forces began carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Tikrit at the request of the Iraqi government, according to Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren.
  • Israel President Rivlin Appoints Netanyahu With Forming New Government

    03/25/2015 4:42:34 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 5 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | March 25, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — March 25, 2015 … Part of the following was communicated by the President’s Office of Israel to the Israel News Agency. President of Israel Reuven Rivlin this evening, appointed outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu MK, with the task of forming the 34th Government of Israel, at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. The President signed the official letter of appointment in his office with Prime Minister Netanyahu, before going on to make public statements. “In democracy, majority rules, and the majority has made its voice heard clearly in this election,”...
  • US conducting airstrikes to help Iraq retake Tikrit

    03/25/2015 1:50:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    ABC13 Eyeball News ^ | 03/25/2015 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- A senior U.S. official says the U.S. has begun airstrikes in Tikrit in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters.
  • Covert US support for Iranian operations in Iraq to become overt

    03/25/2015 1:58:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/25/2015 | Noah Rothman
    For a time, both American and Iraqi officials denied reports that indicated Iranian military forces were operating openly in Iraq and aiding in that countryÂ’s fight against the Islamic State. When the signs of Iranian military operations in Iraq became overwhelming and undeniable, both Iraqi and American officials acknowledged Iranian military involvement in Iraq. American commanders and administration officials stressed, however, that there was no cooperation with Iranian military commanders. In fact, administration sources insisted that the United States routinely went out of its way to avoid the appearance of collusion with Iranian operatives on the ground in Iraq....
  • Had he done this in Iraq, ISIS would be the JV

    03/25/2015 12:42:53 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-25-15 | DrJohn
    Foreign policy-wise, Barack Obama has been consistently wrong about pretty much everything. Nothing symbolizes Obama foreign policy fecklessness more than Yemen. Just a few months ago Obama pointed to Yemen as a model of his foreign policy success and it has collapsed. Those in the know have long pleaded with Obama to listen to the commanders on the ground. Not Obama. In large part because his advice was being ignored, Gen. Stanley McChrystal was critical of Barack Obama in a Rolling Stone article written by Michael Hastings. McChrystal was fired, Hastings is dead. In a NY Times article describing McChrystal's termination Obama...
  • US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program

    03/25/2015 11:02:58 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 61 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/25/2015, 8:00 PM | Ari Yashar, Matt Wanderman
    In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear capabilities, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent. But in the declassified document from 1987, which can be viewed here, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel's nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth. The timing of the revelation is highly...
  • The hollowing of the U.S. Military

    03/25/2015 11:54:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/25/15 | Lt. Col. Bill Connor
    Those defending us deserve our support, and we as a nation cannot afford a “hollow” force. It is time to be strong again “This is the most uncertain time I’ve seen in our national security since I’ve been in uniform. … [Yet] in the summer of 2013, only 10 percent of the [understrength] Army was ready to deploy.” – Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff of the Army For the past four decades, the military has experienced the challenges of drawdowns and war, but now stands “hollow.” Though the drawdowns of the post-Vietnam period were difficult, the post-Iraq and Afghanistan...
  • Iranian commander: Today Iraq and Lebanon, tomorrow Jordan

    03/24/2015 9:40:32 PM PDT · by piasa · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | March 23, 2015 | Jack Khoury
    Qassem Soleimani is first senior official to reveal Tehran’s ambitions in Hashemite kingdom. A top commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said this weekend he believed Tehran had the ability to control events in Jordan, as it does in Iraq and Lebanon. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds force — the foreign wing of the Revolutionary Guards — was addressing a youth conference in Tehran. His remarks were the first time a senior Iranian official has openly discussed Iranian ambitions in Jordan.
  • Arab Media Lashes Out at Obama for Iran Negotiations

    03/24/2015 6:18:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | March 24, 2015 | Abraham Rabinovich
    Saudi commentator: ‘He is gambling with the future of the region’JERUSALEM—With Washington cozying up to Tehran as nuclear negotiations approach countdown stage, Arab media in the region are lashing out at the United States for jilting its Arab allies. Unlike Israelis, who are focused on the danger of nuclear weapons in the hands of a regime calling for their country’s elimination, citizens of Arab states are concerned about Iran’s imperial ambitions. The nuclear threat is seen as a tool to further those ambitions rather than a direct threat. Khaled Al-Dahil, a Saudi political commentator writing in the London-based daily Al-Hayat,...
  • Canada to Launch Air Strikes on IS Positions in Syria

    03/24/2015 9:23:09 PM PDT · by piasa · 6 replies
    VOA via Chosun Ilbo ^ | March 25, 2015
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada will expand its military mission against the Islamic State group to include airstrikes on targets in Syria. Harper told parliament on Tuesday Canada will not seek "the express consent" of the Syrian government to launch the attacks. He said Canada must strike at the Syrian power base of the Islamic State militants. "ISIL's fighters and much of its heavier equipment are moving freely across the Iraqi border into Syria, in part for better protection against our airstrikes," Harper said. "In our view, ISIL must cease to have any safe haven in Syria." Canada...
  • Cruz: 'It's not our job to turn Iraq into Switzerland'

    03/24/2015 1:53:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Des Moines Register | March 24, 2015 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/24/cruz-job-turn-iraq-switzerland/70391506/
  • The men who uncovered Assyria

    03/23/2015 7:27:08 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 March 2015 | Daniel Silas Adamson
    Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures. The excavations arguably paved the way for IS to smash what remained - but also ensured that some of the riches of a lost civilisation were saved. In 1872, in a backroom of the British Museum, a man called George Smith spent the darkening days of November bent over a broken clay tablet. It was one of thousands of fragments from recent excavations in northern Iraq,...
  • Canada says it will launch air strikes against ISIS in Syria

    03/24/2015 8:20:53 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 9 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | March 24, 2015 | DAVID LJUNGGREN, REUTERS
    OTTAWA - Canada will expand its military mission against Islamic State by launching air strikes against its positions in Syria as well as Iraq, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday. That will make Canada the second NATO member nation after the United States to attack Islamic State positions in Syria, which have also been hit by jets from Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Is The Obama Administration Losing The War On Terror?

    03/23/2015 11:32:23 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 50 replies
    Fox News Talking Points Memo ^ | Bill O'Reilly and Charles Krauthhammer
    File this under "If they had been doing their damn jobs" Go to about the 6 minute mark...the experts and the talking heads are only just beginning to figure out what they should have known Obama would do all along.
  • Trading With The Enemy (As Iran helps kill our troops, multinationals do biz with both sides)

    07/26/2011 11:54:27 AM PDT · by OddLane · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 26, 2011 | Mark D. Wallace
    It may not be politically expedient to admit, but Iran is engaged in a live, "hot" war with the United States and its NATO allies -- even as we continue to do business with it. US officials have recently detailed Iran's latest hostile military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the training and arming of insurgent groups directly responsible for the death of many Americans on the battlefield.
  • China says to deepen and widen mutual beneficial ties with Iraq

    03/23/2015 4:33:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer
    Xinhua News (China) ^ | March 23, 2015
    BAGHDAD -- China is willing to further widen and deepen mutual beneficial cooperation with Iraq in all fields and actively participate in its reconstruction, said Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi. Yang made the remarks on his visit to Baghdad on Sunday when meeting with Iraqi President Fuad Masum, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri. China firmly supports Iraq in its bid to maintain independence, safeguard sovereign and territorial integrity as well as its efforts for peace and stability in the region, he said. Iraq highly appreciated China's achievement in development and its important role in upholding justice...
  • The Knights Templar Shows How to Fight ISIS and Win

    03/23/2015 8:23:53 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    The Fiscal Times via Yahoo! Finance ^ | March 22, 2015 9:00 AM | Andrew L. Peek
    ... Sovereignty was a bit of a confused concept at that time. Power was not wholly the prerogative of states, as it became after the Treaty of Westphalia in 1646, which put an end to the wars of religion. While there were recognizable national entities – like France, most of all, and England –- the lines of feudal loyalty were distinctly non-national. A baron could own lands in France but could also be nominally sworn to a lord in Burgundy or have vassals in the Holy Roman Empire who were nominally fighting his king, though they gave fealty to him....
  • Bishop: Make War on ISIS

    03/20/2015 6:44:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    CBS News ^ | 3/19/15
    An Iraqi bishop says waging war against ISIS fighters is the only way to save the Christian Church in IraqThe leader of one of Christianity's oldest communities reluctantly says that waging war against ISIS - killing their fighters - is the only way to stop the radical Islamists from destroying Christianity in Iraq. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil speaks to Lara Logan for her report on the plight of thousands of Christians forced to flee ancestral homes from ISIS. Her story will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, March 22 AT 7 p.m. ET/PT. The situation with ISIS in Northern...
  • Former U.S. Marine Hekmati retried, convicted in Iran: report

    04/12/2014 12:16:13 AM PDT · by blueplum · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11th, 2014 10:01pm EDT | Will Dunham
    (Reuters) - Iranian-American Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine whose previous death sentence in Iran on espionage charges was overturned, has been secretly retried, convicted of collaborating with the U.S. government and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the New York Times reported on Friday, quoting his lawyer. The newspaper quoted lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei as saying Hekmati, held since 2011, was not told by Iranian officials about the retrial, conviction or prison sentence. The Times quoted Tabatabaei as saying Hekmati was retried by a revolutionary court in December and convicted of "practical collaboration with the American government." :snip: The...
  • Iran-Backed Terror Group Parades New Anti-Aircraft Missiles in Iraq

    03/19/2015 11:40:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 19, 2015 | Adam Rawnsley
    An Iranian-backed proxy group in Iraq released a video on Sunday showing its fighters in possession QW-1M man-portable air-defense missiles, marking the introduction of one of the more sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons seen in more than a decade of conflict in Iraq. The video, released by the Shiite terrorist group Kata’ib Hezbollah, shows fighters parading with the missile. In one scene, the camera zooms in on the launch tube to reveal its QW-1M markings. China’s Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation manufactures the QW-1M, and the missile launcher first appeared in 2002 at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition. But responsibility...
  • Iraqi TV host cries on-air over Christians persecuted by ISIS (Aired July 2014--Vid at Link)

    03/18/2015 7:02:40 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    Christian Today ^ | August 18, 2014 | Brownie Marie
    A TV host broke down on camera recently while discussing the persecution of Christians in Iraq. Nahi Mahdi was speaking with two panelists on Asia TV when he was overcome with sadness over the travesties taking place in his country. "(It is terrible) when people come and force you to leave your home," one panelist said in the July 20 airing, translated by MEMRI TV and reported by The Blaze. "This is what happened to the Christians today." "Yes, the Christians," Mahdi interjects. "Today... I cried at home." The television hosts then began to weep, using his keffiyeh to wipe...
  • Top 10 signs ISIS was created by Democrat policies

    03/18/2015 3:36:40 PM PDT · by aquapub · 13 replies
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 3/18/15 | Robert Moon
    The left's outrageously dishonest attempt to blame others for the Democrat policy disaster known as "ISIS" is such a brazen, in-your-face attack on the facts that it simply cannot go unanswered. Here are the top ten signs that this lunatic cult of Islamic savages currently raping, torturing, and mass-murdering its way across Syria and Iraq was created directly by Democrat policies...
  • Dick Cheney calls Obama the 'worst president of my lifetime'

    03/18/2015 10:28:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    The Week ^ | 03/18/2015 | Catherine Garcia via James Rosen, From PLAYBOY interview with Dick Cheney
    In a new interview with Playboy, former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of "playing the race card" and said that he could "go on for hours" about all of the ways Obama has "undone" the work of President George W. Bush.Although the article claims that Cheney's "preoccupations revolve around the books in his study and the purchase of just the right gifts for his grandchildren," it sounds more like he's kind of obsessed with Obama. Calling him "the worst president in my lifetime," Cheney said his criticism of Obama and Holder has nothing...
  • Skilled gunsmith helps Kurds turn ISIS' guns on terrorists

    03/18/2015 12:00:08 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 50 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 3/18/15 | Fox News
    In their fight against ISIS, the Kurdish army known as Peshmerga has a secret weapon – a second-generation gunsmith so skilled he can practically turn a bucket of rusty bolts into a killing machine for the rugged, but cash-strapped, fighting force. Bakhtiar Aziz works in a dimly lit basement shop in Erbil, refurbishing guns taken from the enemy, bringing broken and even decades-old firearms back to life and helping to outfit an army as short on weapons as it is long on heart. On a recent day, he inspected an M-16A4 assault rifle badly damaged in a coalition airstrike. Pocked...
  • After Tikrit: What to Do With Iraq’s Shia Popular Mobilization Units

    03/18/2015 11:26:52 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 7 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | March 16, 2015 | Michael Knights
    Iraq, in short, could be experiencing what Lebanon did decades ago as Hezbollah fighters took the Bekaa Valley. In this case, the land in question is Mesopotamia and the forces are PMUs, but the result will be the same: a swath of land in which the government is gradually ceding ground to powerful paramilitary factions with strong terrorist connections.
  • Islamic Suicide Bomber Trainer Accidentally Blows Up His Entire Class

    03/17/2015 11:58:34 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 65 replies
    Jews News ^ | 3/17/15 | ELIYOKIM COHEN
    In Baghdad, a terrorist who was in the middle of conducting a training for future militants, accidentally blew up an entire class, killing 21 of his students, and himself. The group was part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the terror group that has been participating in a string of attacks in the United States. The report stated that the incident may be viewed as a metaphor for the many lives lost in the wake of foreign and domestic terrorists’ relentless attempts to convert the nation into an extreme-religious state. In this turn of events, it appears that...
  • Iraqi offensive for Tikrit stalls as casualties mount

    03/17/2015 4:46:16 PM PDT · by mojito · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/16/2015 | Loveday Morris
    Iraqi forces’ operation to retake the city of Tikrit has stalled as troops suffer heavy casualties at the hands of Islamic State militants, raising concerns about whether the pro-government fighters are ready for major offensives. After two days of little activity on the battlefield, Iraq’s interior minister, Mohammed al-Ghabban, confirmed Monday that the offensive has “temporarily stopped.” The steady flow of coffins arriving in Iraq’s Shiite holy city of Najaf suggests a reason for the pause; cemetery workers say as many as 60 war dead have been arriving each day. Since last week, Iraqi forces have hemmed in the Sunni...
  • Islamic State overruns Iraqi Army brigade headquarters north of Fallujah (Tharthar region)

    03/17/2015 2:30:30 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 15 March 2015 | Bill Roggio & Caleb Weiss
    The Islamic State overran the headquarters of an Iraqi Army brigade stationed in the Thar Thar area northwest of Baghdad late last week. Scores of Iraqi soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured, according to reports from Iraq and images released by the jihadist group. The Islamic State released photos showing its attack on the Iraqi Army’s Brigade 26 headquarters in the Thar Thar area, which is also north of Fallujah. The photos bear the title of Wilayat Shamal Baghdad (North Baghdad), the jihadist group’s declared administrative division which includes areas immediately north of Baghdad and as far north as Samarra...
  • Sorry ISIS, Christianity can’t be eradicated by wiping out relics

    03/17/2015 9:49:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/17/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    If the only way to gain followers is fear, conscription, or threats of violent death, then the religion is founded on sand, just like the vast deserts from which it arose. ISIS cultists are taking sledgehammers and jackhammers to every monument of Christianity they can find in the region of Syria and Iraq temporarily under their sway, all with a bizarre idea that they will terminate Christianity by sweeping away physical evidence of a religious heritage. The truth, however, will always reign supreme over the folly of dupes, and the truth is… Destroying Christian symbols, sites and relics cannot eradicate...
  • Kurds report more chlorine attacks, Iraq pauses Tikrit offensive

    03/17/2015 7:33:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/17/2015 | BY ISABEL COLES AND MAGGIE FICK
    Iraq paused its Tikrit offensive on Monday and officials called for more air strikes against Islamic State militants, while an officer said Kurdish forces sustained two more chlorine gas attacks by insurgents. General Aziz Waisi told journalists the insurgents used chlorine twice during a January offensive west of Mosul and once in a December attack on his military police brigade in the Sinjar mountain area. One attack near Mosul, on Jan. 23, was described by Kurdish authorities on Saturday. Waisi said a number of military police - he did not say how many - were taken to hospital, where blood...
  • Now ISIS tear down the Cross: Chilling photographs reveal how Islamic State thugs have ravaged [tr]

    03/16/2015 1:29:53 PM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2015 | Thomas Burrows
    Shocking new images released today have shown ISIS terrorists toppling crosses, smashing Christian relics with hammers and erecting the black flag of ISIS on churches in Iraq. The latest photos show the militants vandalising churches in Nineveh, the ancient capital of the Assyrian empire. Pictured in civilian clothing, the ISIS thugs are seen overturning statues, destroying religious icons and replacing Christian crosses with the chilling ISIS banner.
  • The Islamic War: Book review

    03/16/2015 12:14:55 PM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 16, 2015 | Dan Miller
    The Islamic War, Martin Archer, 2014The novel begins with a terror attack on a residential area in Israel, resulting in multiple causalities. It may, or may not, have involved members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Menachem Begin is the Israeli Prime Minister and Ariel Sharon is the Defense Minister. The story begins immediately after the (postponed?) end of the Iran - Iraq war in 1988. A massive armor, infantry, artillery and air attack on Israeli positions in the Golan follows the terrorist attack. The Israelis are outnumbered and suffer many thousands of casualties. Israel had anticipated a simultaneous attack via Jordan, so most Israeli tank, infantry and air resources are deployed there, rather than in...
  • Iranian Weapons Pour Into Embattled Tikrit

    03/16/2015 8:06:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 14, 2015 | Adam Rawnsley
    Iraqi and Shia militia forces have been taking back ground from Islamic State, pushing the jihadist fighters out of much of the town of Tikrit. But in a sign of Tehran’s growing military presence in the Iraq, Iranian weapons were a nearly ubiquitous sight in images and videos coming out of the offensive to take the mostly Sunni city. Ever since Islamic State shocked the region with its capture of Mosul last summer, Iran has opened up its arsenals and flooded clients, proxies and friends in Iraq with arms and vehicles.
  • Iran’s Latest Tactic Against Islamic State — Send in the Battle Buggies

    03/16/2015 8:02:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 15, 2015 | Kevin Knodell
    The Iraqi push into Tikrit features loads of Iranian weapons. And the pint-size Safir jeep is one of the most distinctive of them all. Dozens of the rocket launcher-equipped, Iranian-made buggies are in Iraq, helping out Iraqi troops and allied Shia militias. The buggies reflect Iran’s preference for swarm tactics, which emphasize deploying large numbers of simple, cheap vehicles in order to outmaneuver and overwhelm the enemy.
  • Iraq Tikrit Offensive Stalls: Now calling for American air strikes

    03/16/2015 7:08:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/16/2015 | Rick Moran
    The Iraqi army and Shia militias trying to retake the city of Tikrit from Islamic State forces  paused their offensive over the weekend, claiming they need reinforcements while simultaneously saying they want to avoid civilian casualties and preserve infrastructure. The 30,000 government troops are facing a much smaller force of IS fighters, and are apparently unable to advance beyond the fringes of the city. New York Times: Iraqi officials and allied militia leaders have been saying since last week that they are in control of the battlefield. They said that they had surrounded the handful of Islamic State fighters...
  • Turkey slams Kerry's call for dialogue with Assad

    03/16/2015 5:00:11 AM PDT · by ksm1 · 10 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | March 16 2015
    Turkey has criticised United States Secretary of State John Kerry for suggesting that negotiations would have to be opened with President Bashar al-Assad to end the conflict in Syria. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the state-run Anatolia news agency on Monday that all Syria's current problems, on the fourth anniversary of the start of the uprising in March 2011, were caused by Assad’s government. "What is there to be negotiated with Assad?" Cavusoglu was quoted as saying at the end of his visit to Cambodia. "You are going to have what [kind of] negotiations with a regime that has killed...
  • SADDAM HUSSEIN'S TOMB SUFFERS EXTENSIVE DAMAGE IN IRAQ FIGHTING

    03/15/2015 11:16:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    ABC7 ^ | Sunday, March 15, 2015
    The tomb of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein was virtually leveled in heavy clashes between militants from the Islamic State group and Iraqi forces in a fight for control of the city of Tikrit. Fighting intensified to the north and south of Saddam Hussein's hometown Sunday as Iraqi security forces vowed to reach the center of Tikrit within 48 hours. Associated Press video from the village of Ouja, just south of Tikrit, shows all that remains of Hussein's once-lavish tomb are the support columns that held up the roof. Poster-sized pictures of Saddam, which once covered the mausoleum, are now...