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  • Iraq forces mass in bid to break jihadist siege of Turkmen town

    08/27/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    AFP via BI ^ | Aug. 27, 2014, 9:33 AM | Marwan Ibrahim
    Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break a two-month jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water. The imminent counter-offensive comes amid reports that US President Barack Obama is weighing a decision to authorise air strikes and aid drops in the area to assist around 12,000 residents trapped in the northern town. According to a civilian volunteer commander, thousands of Shiite militiamen from groups including Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Badr Organisation are gathering in the Tuz Khurmatu area of Salaheddin province,...
  • Obama Wants New ISIS War Plan ASAP

    08/27/2014 8:06:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    Obama Wants New ISIS War Plan ASAP Leading U.S. officials now believe that America has to expand its air war against ISIS into Syria, but nobody knows yet how we can do it… or what will happen next. President Obama wants to decide by the end of the week whether or not his war in Iraq against the Islamic State will expand to the group’s haven in eastern Syria. But nearly everything about the potential military campaign is still in flux, administration officials tell The Daily Beast—from the goals of the effort to the intelligence needed to carry it out.ISIS’s murder...
  • Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    08/27/2014 7:57:09 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    AP via Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday. The mission, if it went forward, would be the second recent U.S. military humanitarian intervention in Iraq. U.S. cargo planes dropped tons of food and water to displaced Yazidis on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq earlier this month, supported by U.S. airstrikes on nearby Islamic State fighting positions. The administration is now focused on the imperiled town of Amirli, which is situated about 105 miles...
  • US court scraps order to seize Kurdish crude from tanker near Texas

    08/27/2014 7:27:51 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | August/26/2014
    A U.S. court on Aug. 25 threw out an order to seize some 1 million barrels of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil from a tanker near Texas, a move that could allow the cargo to be delivered and end a nearly month-long impasse. The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million worth of Kurdish crude, has been anchored in the Gulf of Mexico for weeks, as the Iraqi region of Kurdistan wages a legal battle over ownership with the central government of Iraq. At the request of Baghdad, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in July...
  • Senate Dems frustrated by colleague's push for ISIS vote

    08/27/2014 7:15:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 27, 2014 | Alexander Bolton and Amie Parnes
    Sen. Tim Kaine’s outspoken push for a vote to approve military strikes in Iraq and Syria has cranked up tensions with fellow Democrats who worry it could hurt them on Election Day. Vulnerable Democrats fighting for their political lives are frustrated that Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, is pressing for a debate on giving President Obama new war powers at a time when the commander-in-chief has become a political liability for them. “Asking anybody to take that vote within two months of an election is just stupid. Why would you put people in that position?” said a Senate Democratic aide....
  • ISIS and Hamas: Spot the Differences

    08/26/2014 10:50:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Evelyn Gordon
    It’s not every day that an organization feels compelled to insist it’s truly nothing like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Why Hamas leader Khaled Meshal felt this need is a mystery: He’s in no danger from the global anti-Israel crowd, which takes great care to avoid any information that might challenge its preconceived notions, whereas anyone who knows anything about Hamas knows the disclaimer is ridiculous. Still, since he raised the subject, it’s worth examining some of the common fallacies Meshal’s distinction relies on. ISIS seeks a global caliphate, while Hamas just wants to end the Israeli...
  • Vatican Official, Syrian Prelate Call for International Force to Block Islamic State

    08/26/2014 8:44:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Vatican’s chief representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has repeated the call of Pope Francis for international leaders to stop the persecution of Christians and Yezidis in Iraq, “though the mechanisms of the United Nations.” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told Vatican Radio that the Holy See has two objectives for its diplomatic efforts regarding the situation in Iraq: to seek international help to stop the violence against Christiand and Yezidis, and to provide international security for refugees returning to their native villages. Questioned about Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria, the archbishop said that the international community should “support the Nigerian...
  • Pentagon: Arms flow to Kurds increases; 7 nations join effort

    08/26/2014 8:20:40 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — The international effort to help Iraqis fight Islamic militants is heating up, with seven additional countries agreeing to provide arms to the Kurdish peshmerga forces. Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy and the U.K. have committed to giving weapons and equipment to the embattled Kurds, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The announcement comes about two weeks after Hagel set up a working group to find ways to accelerate arms deliveries to the Kurds. The Defense Department said the materiel is “urgently needed” as the Kurds take on the militant group known as the Islamic State, which has taken over...
  • Family releases (final) letter from James Foley (written while Foley was held hostage)

    08/26/2014 2:18:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WMUR ^ | August 25, 2014
    ROCHESTER, N.H. —The parents of slain journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley have released a letter they say their son wrote during his time in captivity. Foley was kidnapped in 2012 while covering the Syrian uprising. The Islamic State group posted an online video Tuesday showing his killing. In the letter, Foley says he was being held with 17 other hostages, and they passed the time by discussing movies, sports and trivia and playing games made up of scraps found in their jail cell.Foley says the hostages were fed daily and given tea and coffee.His parents say letters...
  • Life Under IS in Mosul

    08/26/2014 8:26:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 26.08.2014 | Diyar Aziz
    A destroyed building in Mosul in Northern Iraq News / World Life Under IS in Mosul 26.08.2014 Diyar Aziz BasNews, Erbil A Mosul citizen has told BasNews about life in Mosul under control of the Islamic State (IS) militants. The citizen, 23-years-old, wanted to remain anonymous for reasons of safety. He talked about public services in Mosul, “There are no services left in the city, especially now that the federal government of Iraq has cut electricity to the city. Oil and gas are both hard to come by and have become very expensive in the bazaar. The quality is...
  • Peshmerga: We Will Enter Jalawla Soon

    08/26/2014 8:20:18 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    BasNews, Garmian ^ | 26.08.2014 | Dler Abdulrahman
    Peshmerga forces confident of taking back Jalawla soon News / Kurdistan Peshmerga: We Will Enter Jalawla Soon 26.08.2014  Dler Abdulrahman BasNews, Garmian   Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official in Khanaqin, Hemin Mansour, has declared that Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Asayish and police have surrounded Jalawla on three sides. Soon the town, along with the Saadiya, area will be freed from Islamic State (IS) militants.   “Today [Monday], Jalawla is calm and Peshmerga forces have not made any attacks on the IS insurgents’ camps,” Mansour said to BasNews.   “Peshmerga forces surrounded the town on three sides, the north, south...
  • Iraq and Syria Follow Lebanon's Precedent

    08/26/2014 7:00:34 AM PDT · by Wuli · 1 replies
    STRATFOR ^ | August 26, 2014 | George Friedman
    Lebanon was created out of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. [snip] [It} reshaped the collapsed Ottoman Empire south of Turkey.[snip] For nearly 100 years, Sykes-Picot defined the region. A strong case can be made that the nation-states Sykes-Picot created are now defunct,[snip] [snip] The states the Europeans created were arbitrary, the inhabitants did not give their primary loyalty to them, and the tensions within states always went over the border to neighboring states. The British and French imposed ruling structures before the war, and then a wave of coups overthrew them after World War II. Syria and Iraq became pro-Soviet states while...
  • Islamic State Planning to Use Drones to Attack Israel

    08/25/2014 9:03:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    inn ^ | 8/25/14 | Dalit Halevi
    A member of the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) has threatened that the organization would soon use unmanned drones to attack Israel. The IS member, a Canadian who left his country to fight alongside the IS in the areas of Iraq and Syria it declared to be an Islamic Caliphate, claimed on Twitter that the group was developing these drones and that they would be unveiled in the near future. He further said that engineers who studied in the West are working on the drones. IS, he wrote, is expected to make use of these drones to attack...
  • One Year After Ghouta, Could ISIS Emerge as a New Chemical Threat?

    08/25/2014 6:25:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Syria Deeply ^ | 8/21/2014 | Karen Leigh
    The Sunni militant group has taken radioactive isotopes from Mosul University, and controls a small amount of Saddam Hussein's leftover chemical material in al-Muthanna.On August 18, almost one year after an attack that killed nearly 1,000 civilians in the rebel stronghold of eastern Ghouta, U.S. officials said the Syrian government's chemical weapons cache had been successfully destroyed.The process was overseen by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and had been subject to numerous delays over the course of the year, requiring the transport of trucks of material through contested areas to the Latakia coast, from where they were...
  • Obama Authorizes Use of Surveillance Drones Over Syria

    08/25/2014 5:53:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | Monday, August 25, 2014
    President Obama has authorized the use of drones for surveillance in Syria even as the Assad regime demanded that the U.S. seek permission before launching any airstrikes on its territory against Islamic State targets. A senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Obama this weekend authorized the use of drone surveillance over Syria for the first time. The action is considered the first “intrusive” surveillance by the U.S. in Syria since the country’s civil war began. This differs from protective surveillance, such as the U.S. used in the failed mission to rescue American hostages held in Syria. The authorization...
  • ISIS an 'Incredible' Fighting Force, US Special Ops Sources Say

    08/25/2014 11:03:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 25, 2014 | By JAMES GORDON MEEK
    With the Obama White House left reeling from the "savage" slaughter of an American journalist held hostage by ISIS terrorists, military options are being considered against an adversary who officials say is growing in strength and is much more capable than the one faced when the group was called "al Qaeda-Iraq" during the U.S. war from 2003-2011. ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has been making a "tactical withdrawal" in recent days in the face of withering U.S. airstrikes. "These guys aren't just bugging out, they're tactically withdrawing. Very professional, well trained, motivated and equipped. They operate like...
  • Joint Chiefs chairman says ISIS not a direct threat to US, won't recommend Syria strikes yet

    08/25/2014 5:43:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/25/14
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that he would not recommend U.S. military airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria until he determines that they have become a direct threat to the U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, speaking to reporters on board a military plane traveling to Afghanistan, said Sunday that he believes the Sunni insurgent group formerly known as ISIS is more of a regional threat and is not currently plotting or planning attacks against the U.S. or Europe.
  • Destroy the ‘Islamic State’ [John Bolton]

    08/25/2014 6:01:20 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/25/2014 | John Bolton
    The recent military successes of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, and the ongoing disintegration of Iraq’s “central” government have created a strategic crisis for the United States. Barack Obama’s belated, narrow authorization to use military force against the Islamic State does not constitute a coherent response, let alone a comprehensive one. The president seems curiously inactive, even as American influence in the region collapses and, not coincidentally, his political-approval ratings suffer. From the outset of the Islamic State’s campaign, his policies have been haphazard and confused, especially the halting, timid decision to intervene militarily. And, based...
  • Syria Welcomes U.S. Strikes Against ISIS There, With Conditions

    08/25/2014 8:14:10 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Syria's foreign minister said on Monday his country welcomed any potential military strikes by by the U.S. in Syria targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's terrorist bases, but warned that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad should be warned first. The Assad regime is mired in a three-year-old civil war, and has been losing ground to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants. "Syria is ready to cooperate and coordinate with regional and international efforts to combat terror in accordance with U.N. resolutions and respect of Syrian sovereignty," Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told a press conference...
  • Iraqi Air Force, Kurds Advance on ISIL Terrorists

    08/25/2014 7:59:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Fars News ^ | Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:38
    World Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:38 Iraqi Air Force, Kurds Advance on ISIL Terrorists TEHRAN (FNA)- Kurdish forces backed by Iraqi fighter jets retook three villages from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists Northeast of Baghdad on Monday and also held off two assaults elsewhere, officials said. ISIL terrorists overran large chunks of Iraq in a lightning June offensive that swept security forces aside, Al-Alam reported.But Iraqi federal forces and the autonomous Kurdish region's Peshmerga fighters are now fighting to regain ground from the terrorists on multiple fronts.On Monday, Kurdish forces backed by Iraqi army's air...
  • Iran Sends Tanks Into Iraq to Fight Islamists (US M-60s)

    08/25/2014 7:48:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 22, 2014 | Jassem Al Salami
    As American jets flew top cover, in mid-August Kurdish Peshmerga militia and Iraqi special forces troops recaptured the strategic Mosul Dam from Islamic State militants. Meanwhile Iraqi Golden Brigade commandos liberated parts of Tikrit from the Islamists. But the militants counterattacked—and that drew Iran into the fighting. In a move that could have far-reaching consequences, Tehran has sent tanks into northern Iraq.
  • Syria ready to cooperate with UN to fight terror

    08/25/2014 6:13:19 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/25/14 | Jethro Mullen and Yousuf Basil
    The Syrian regime says it's ready to accept support from the United States and others working under the U.N. umbrella to fight "terrorists." The comments, by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, were made Monday as ISIS fighters seized control of a strategically important air base in the country. The war-racked nation has been losing control of the northeastern region to ISIS militants. Moallem, however, warned against any unilateral action or strikes in Syrian territory without its permission. "Any effort to fight terrorism should be done in coordination with Syrian government," Moallem said.
  • RAAF may join US air strikes on Islamic State

    08/24/2014 6:27:19 PM PDT · by Dundee · 10 replies
    The Australian ^ | AUGUST 25, 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    THE Abbott government is ­actively considering an extended military role for Australia in Iraq, and is encouraging the US to ­increase its military involvement there and possibly in Syria. Reports yesterday indicate the US is considering air strikes in Syria against Islamic State, and The Australian understands ­Australia could join the US in air strikes. ...these remarks make it clear that the government is ­encouraging the US to become more active militarily in Iraq and reassuring the Americans that we will be there beside them. The three main military ­options for Australian involvement are renewed humanitarian air drops, deployment of...
  • Radical Islamist action rekindles possibility of Kurdish independence

    08/24/2014 4:52:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Augusta Chronicle ^ | Sunday, August 24, 2014 | E. Randall Floyd
    Kurdistan’s long-smoldering dream of a free and independent homeland might soon become a reality, thanks in part to a weakened Iraq brought on by the stunning success of a radical Islamic army known as ISIS. Kurdish forces took over parts of the largest dam in Iraq less than two weeks after it was captured by the Islamic State extremist group, Kurdish security officials said, as U.S. and Iraqi planes aided their advance. For decades, the people of this semi-autonomous region bordering the wild and rugged Zagros Mountains have sought to create their own independent state, linking portions of northern Iraq,...
  • Who Benefits from ISIS's Existence in the Middle East? [muzzie op-ed]

    08/24/2014 4:22:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | Friday, August22, 2014 | Hasmet Babaoglu
    Regardless of whether you are enthusiastic about conspiracy theories or not, Global Research's claim that 'former National Security Agency (NSA) systems analyst Edward Snowden recently revealed that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was trained by the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence and spy agency' is a topic worthy of debate.
  • Defunct Metal Rock Band ISIS Changes Name of Facebook Page After Being Mistaken for Terrorist Group

    08/24/2014 1:55:30 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    BlabberMouth.net ^ | August 24, 2014 | BlabberMouth.net
    Defunct Post-Metal Rock Band ISIS Changes Name of Facebook Page After Being Mistaken for Terrorist Group According to ABC News, defunct post-metal rock band ISIS has changed the name of its Facebook page from "ISIS" to "Isis the band" to avoid being confused with the militant Islamic group ISIS. The rockers, which have been inactive as a band for the past four years, recently began getting "off-color comments" on their Facebook page from individuals who believe the musical act's ex-members are associated with the Islamic terrorist group, which recently claimed responsibility for beheading American journalist James Foley. ISIS — which...
  • Iraq receives ‘first batch of Russian fighter jets’

    06/29/2014 5:34:27 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | June 29, 2014 | By Staff Writer
    Iraqi security officials have said the country has received the first batch of fighter jets that it had ordered from Russia to help battle gains by a militant group, BBC News reported on Sunday. According to the report, the officials said “five second-hand Sukhoi attack aircraft would enter service within a few days, and that more were on their way.” -----------------------------------------------------------------------------snip------------------------------ Iran is secretly flying surveillance drones over Iraq and sending military equipment there to help Baghdad in its fight against Sunni insurgents, The New York Times reported Wednesday. A "small fleet" of Ababil drones was deployed to the Al...
  • George Stephanopoulos Frets Over U.S. Taking Action Against ISIS:

    08/24/2014 11:45:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 24, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    On Sunday, August 24, This Week moderator George Stephanopoulos bizarrely worried that the U.S. might take too much action in combating the terrorist group ISIS.
  • Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism

    08/23/2014 5:01:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 23, 2014 | By Ed Husain
    ALONG with a billion Muslims across the globe, I turn to Mecca in Saudi Arabia every day to say my prayers. But when I visit the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, the resting place of the Prophet Muhammad, I am forced to leave overwhelmed with anguish at the power of extremism running amok in Islam’s birthplace. Let’s be clear: Al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram, the Shabab and others are all violent Sunni Salafi groupings. For five decades, Saudi Arabia has been the official sponsor of Sunni Salafism across the globe. What is religious...
  • How al-Qaeda Changed the Syrian War

    12/28/2013 11:03:37 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | December 27, 2013 | By Sarah Birke
    Talk to any Syrian you meet on the Syrian-Turkish border these days, and in less than five minutes the conversation is likely to turn to Da’ash—the Arabic acronym for the rebel organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS. Linked to al-Qaeda, the fearsome group has swept across northern Syria, imposing sharia law, detaining and even beheading Syrians who don’t conform to its purist vision of Islam, and waging war on rival militias. In early December, the group killed a foreign journalist, Iraqi cameraman Yasser Faisal al-Joumali, who was reporting in northern Syria. Even using...
  • Are African Americans Being Recruited by ISIS?

    08/24/2014 7:43:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/23/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Considering the social conflict between cops and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, the terrorist group commonly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is using the strategic moment in American history to recruit African-Americans to join the Islamic State's jihadist movement. Those fighting alongside ISIS, a globally growing terrorist group in which U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any terrorist we have ever seen", have made no secret that they have vowed to bring turmoil to America. ISIS members promised to "divide America in two", while their spokesman Abu Mosa promised...
  • Halting ISIS Would Require Attacks in Syria, Top General Says

    08/21/2014 1:48:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/21/2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and HELENE COOPER
    WASHINGTON — Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday afternoon that it would not be possible to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria without attacking its fighters in Syria. General Dempsey, speaking at a news conference with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, did not commit the United States to carrying out airstrikes in Syria, and the Obama administration’s broader strategy for defeating the Sunni militant group remained unclear. Earlier in the day, the Pentagon announced that American warplanes had conducted six more strikes on ISIS targets in the vicinity of the Mosul...
  • New Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim 'set to announce reshuffle'

    09/01/2013 11:56:50 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/26/2013 | Staff
    Qatar's new Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is set to announce a cabinet reshuffle, a day after taking over from his father Sheikh Hamad, officials say. ... Sheikh Hamad seized power from his father Sheikh Khalifa in a bloodless coup in 1995, with the support of the armed forces and cabinet, and also neighbouring states. ... In 2003, he named Sheikh Tamim - his second son by his second wife Sheikha Moza bint Nasser - as his heir apparent. ... In foreign policy, the emirate is expected to maintain its alliance with the West while at the same...
  • The Long Arm of Qatar

    07/28/2014 12:00:09 PM PDT · by Kennard · 5 replies
    misterchambers.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    Why Israel? Why now? Though few Americans paid any attention at the time, in November of last year, Secretary of State John Kerry announced to the world that this summer would be defined by violence against the Jewish state. Almost as he had been tipped off, the Secretary of State warned Israel to make a deal with the likes of Hamas and Fatah, Palestinian parties who do not acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, Kerry said, “Does Israel want a third intifada? … “I believe that if we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and Israelis; if we do not...
  • Evidence Mounting That Turkey Is Behind ISIS Recruitment to Establish an Islamic Caliphate

    08/13/2014 12:39:36 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 53 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Evidence Mounting That Turkey Is Behind ISIS Recruitment to Establish an Islamic Caliphate By Shoebat Foundation onAugust 13, 2014 inFeatured, General By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive) Several Middle Eastern media broke the news that unrest has sparked in Turkey with demonstrations erupting denouncing Erdogan after Turkish citizens captured ISIS operatives in Turkey in which Turkish security forces released the terrorists and attacked the civilians who turned them in: This confirms what Shobeat.com reported as far back as March, that there are ISIS “training centers in Orfa, Ghazi Antab and Antakia (Antioch) set up by the Turkish government for more...
  • Solution for ISIS: Obliterate Them

    08/24/2014 4:42:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Our President may be a well-educated and a very smart guy, but he seems to have skipped out on his world history classes. He certainly would have learned the absolutely true saying that “history repeats itself.” He would also know that any dithering with ISIS will only cause us more pain and lost lives in the future. History does repeat itself, and regularly. A perfect example has been on display with the debt crisis in Argentina. The country has defaulted on its debt. Its President, Cristina Kirchner, did not accept blame for the default. She pointed the finger at two...
  • The Golf Address

    08/24/2014 1:43:29 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 12 replies
    The New York Times (via Twitchy) ^ | 0823/14 | Maureen Dowd
    FORE! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal when it comes to spending as much time on the links as possible — even when it seems totally inappropriate, like moments after making a solemn statement condemning the grisly murder of a 40-year-old American journalist beheaded by ISIL. I know reporters didn’t get a chance to ask questions, but I had to bounce. I had a 1 p.m. tee time at Vineyard Golf Club with Alonzo...
  • White House 'Ready to Take Action' Against IS in Syria

    08/24/2014 12:34:10 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/8/14
    The White House said over the weekend it was ready to "take action" against any threat to America as it indicated serious consideration of U.S. military strikes against the Islamic State (IS, formerly called ISIS) in Syria, AFP reports. The Pentagon has warned of the dangers of IS and said operations against it in Syria may be needed, after weeks of air strikes have slowed the advance of the Sunni group in Iraq. The White House also said late Friday that air strikes in Syria may be necessary, as deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes agreed that "any strategy to...
  • For Wisconsin National Guard members, worries mount over Iraq

    08/23/2014 8:59:41 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel ^ | August 23, 2014 | Meg Jones
    Camp Marmal, Afghanistan — It is said jokingly, but with an edgy nervousness. Wisconsin National Guard troops in Afghanistan wonder whether they'll get sent to Iraq next. Though President Barack Obama and military leaders say there will be only limited involvement in shoring up the country, soldiers are not so sure. "We talk about that all the time," said Spc. Jasen Pomroy, 44, of Baldwin. "I don't think we want to get into another one if we're trying to finish this one out. Where's it going to end?" Pomroy worked in a route clearance unit in Iraq in 2010-'11. Many...
  • ISIS Terrorist Group Developing WMD Bomb To Blow Up U.S. Cities, Claims Senator Jim Inhofe

    08/23/2014 8:44:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | inquisitr
    The possibility of the ISIS terrorist group attacking America has Senator Jim Inhofe claiming that ISIS’ WMD capabilities may include developing a bomb big enough to destroy a U.S. city. The Islamic terrorist group is now the richest in the world and apparently the best organized since it’s believed that ISIS sleeper cells are allegedly planning a large scale terror attack within the United States. The full extent of ISIS’ WMD capabilities have been debated by the experts ever since it was revealed that the ISIS in Iraq had uncovered Saddam Hussein’s WMD stockpiles. The ISIS terrorist group even managed...
  • Islamic State posts execution of US journalist to deter Obama from further involvement in Iraq war

    08/23/2014 9:57:14 AM PDT · by kindred · 24 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | 8-14-14 | anonoymis
    Iraqi Islamic State terrorists released a video online Tuesday night, Aug. 19, purportedly showing the beheading of American photo-journalist James Wright Foley, 40, abducted in Syria 22 months ago, after threatening to punish the US and Britain for air strikes in Iraq. Also visible was another kidnapped US journalist, Stevent Sotloff, who had been missing from northern Syria since July 2013. Under the caption “A Message to America,” it was indicated that Sotlof was being held hostage to the next United States actions in Iraq. It is not clear where the videotaped atrocity had been filmed whether in Syria or...
  • UN calls for immediate action to avert massacre in besieged Iraqi town

    08/23/2014 1:36:12 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 23, 2014 | By Kevin Rawlinson
    The United Nations special representative for Iraq has called on the international community to take immediate action to avoid a massacre of civilians in town besieged by Islamic State (Isis) forces. Nickolay Mladenov said he was "seriously alarmed" by reports that the people living in the northern Iraqi town of Amerli had no food or water as the two-month siege continues. He said: "The situation of the people in Amerli is desperate and demands immediate action to prevent the possible massacre of its citizens. The town is besieged by [Isis] and reports confirm that people are surviving in desperate conditions."...
  • US 'set to launch air strikes' on senior Isis terror chiefs in Syria

    08/23/2014 1:43:45 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    The Guardian/Observer ^ | Saturday 23 August 2014 21.00 BST | Toby Helm and Martin Chulov
    The United States was said to be considering air strikes aimed at eliminating individual leaders of Islamic State as Turkey came under mounting pressure to stem the flow of jihadists across its border into Syria. As Washington debated extending air strikes into Syria on Saturday, senior British politicians urged Ankara to act to block recruits from the UK and other countries from entering Syria via Turkey, en route to joining Islamic State (formerly Isis). This weekend large numbers of Isis jihadists were trying to secure greater control of the border area, pushing northwards in armoured trucks looted from abandoned Iraqi...
  • Isil raises over $2m per day by selling oil

    08/23/2014 2:16:06 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    Indian Defence ^ | 08.23.14
    Dubai: The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isil), which controls a huge swathe of territory between Syria and Iraq, is selling crude from captured oilfields on the black market at less than half the global international prices, experts in the Middle East said. The oil being sold by Isil ranges between $25 (Dh91.75) per barrel to $60 per barrel compared to the current market prices, which on Friday traded for about $102 for Brent crude. Brent is a benchmark for European, African and Middle Eastern oil. However, the illegal sale of oil by Isil will not have any impact...
  • A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Incongruity Fuels Obama Critics

    08/23/2014 2:39:35 PM PDT · by Third Person · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 21st, 2014 | Peter Baker and Julia Hirschfeld Davis
    WASHINGTON — He had just hung up the telephone with the devastated parents before heading in front of the cameras. Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist, James Foley, and vowed to “be relentless” against Islamic radicals threatening to kill another American. But as soon as the cameras went off, Mr. Obama headed to his favorite golf course on Martha’s Vineyard, where he is on vacation, seemingly able to put the savagery out of his mind. He spent the rest of the afternoon on the links even as a firestorm of criticism...
  • 'We are in your cities': Alleged ISIS terrorists threaten U.S. via Twitter; FBI orders police to be

    08/23/2014 4:16:04 PM PDT · by bgill · 43 replies
    NYDailyNews ^ | August 23, 2014 | Meg Wagner
    Title shortened to fit. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin Friday urging all local officials to be on the lookout for possible ISIS threats and homegrown terror. The bulletin said there are currently no "specific, credible threats against the Homeland," but still warned law enforcement officials to be on high alert, especially after the terrorist group beheaded kidnapped American journalist James Foley earlier this week, ABC News reported.
  • Massacre derails talks on new Iraq government

    08/23/2014 12:50:42 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 8/23/2014 | Unattributed
    Sunni politicians in Iraq have suspended talks to form a new government, in protest of a mass killing inside a mosque in the northeastern province of Diyala. In a statement on Saturday, Salim al-Jabouri, speaker of the Iraqi parliament, denounced as "terrorists" the Shia armed group suspected of killing at least 73 people inside a Sunni mosque.... Jabouri and Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak are demanding that outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the main Shia parliamentary bloc hand over the perpetrators within 48 hours and compensate the families of victims, the AP news agency reported. [....] The attack on...
  • Ret USAF General Warns of Possible 9/11/14 Coming

    08/23/2014 11:31:48 AM PDT · by Innovative · 124 replies
    Breitbart from Fox News ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | Breitbart
    Saturday on Fox News Channel's "America's News HQ," network military analyst Ret. Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney told host Uma Pemmaraju that in oder to address the current threat ISIS posses, the Untied States should "go to DEFCON 1, our highest state of readiness and be prepared as we lead up to 9/11," because he warned "we may even see a 9/11/14."
  • A Rogue State Along Two Rivers: How ISIS Came to Control Large Portions of Syria and Iraq

    08/23/2014 11:07:21 AM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | 7/3/2014 | JEREMY ASHKENAS, ARCHIE TSE, DEREK WATKINS and KAREN YOURISH
    The militant group called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria seemed to surprise many American and Iraqi officials with the recent gains it made in its violent campaign to create a new religious state. But the victories achieved in the past few weeks were built on months of maneuvering along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, which define a region known as the cradle of civilization.
  • General McInerney Ominous Warning

    08/23/2014 9:41:21 AM PDT · by seeker41 · 221 replies
    Foxnews interview | 08/23/14 | self
    General McInerney was just on FoxNews and gave an ominous warning when pressed today. He stated that he had info that we are about to have another 9/11. He stated that next week something was coming (info, publication) that was going to blow things out of the water. He mentioned we should be on DEFCON1 now and then mentioned the MH370 incident. He was adamant and seemed worried! Sorry I could not make out everything he said.