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  • Five ISIS fighters who tried to flee Fallujah have their TONGUES cut off in public

    05/25/2016 10:13:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 25, 2016 | Simon Tomlinson
    Five ISIS militants had their tongues cut off by their own fighters after they tried to flee Fallujah amid a military operation to recapture the Iraqi city. The terror group has led a brutal and desperate crackdown on deserters after government forces launched a massive offensive on its Iraqi stronghold. Sources inside the city said five of its members had their tongues hacked out after being sentenced by a sharia court.
  • Kurdish president calls for statehood, new Middle Eastern order

    05/23/2016 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Speaking on the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement last week, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, declared that the old Middle East created by European imperialism was dead – and that an independent Kurdish state must be part of the emerging new order. Referring to the secret arrangement by the Allied Powers in World War I to divide the Middle East into “spheres of influence”, Barzani blasted the Sykes-Picot Agreement, saying that it denied the rights of the inhabitants and carved up populations with arbitrary lines. The agreement served as the basis for the establishment of the modern...
  • Islamic State aims to destroy Israel, ‘liberate’ Jerusalem with Sinai Peninsula terrorist force

    05/23/2016 10:33:20 AM PDT · by Mr. M.J.B. · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/22/2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    With a media blitz, the Islamic State has set its sights on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as the next shot at expanding its empire and establishing a base from which to attack neighboring Israel.
  • Battle begins for city where 100 American troops died

    05/23/2016 9:38:28 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Charlie D'Agata
    The Iraqi government said the long-awaited battle to recapture the city of Fallujah began in the early hours of Monday. Video published online overnight purportedly shows heavy bombardment of the city before the advance of ground troops. Prime Minister Haider al Abadi made a televised announcement that the operation had begun, vowing that Iraqi forces would "tear up the black flags" of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Fallujah. Backed up by U.S. and coalition airstrikes, a combination of Iraqi troops, police and Shiite militias made early progress, pushing ISIS militants back out of the farmland surrounding...
  • German-funded school in Gaza teaches military training

    05/23/2016 1:27:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16
    A school built in Gaza using German funds is educating their students on hatred and violence for Israel and providing children with military training At the end of March, a Hamas-affiliated news agency distributed a video showing a Palestinian teacher indoctrinating school children with hatred for Israel and support for an armed struggle against it. The teacher used the letters of the Arabic alphabet as a didactic tool to teach them "the fundamental Palestinian national principles" even before they learn to read. The video did not specify the name of the school; however, data collected by the Intelligence and Terrorism...
  • Iraqi operation kicks off to retake Falluja from Islamic State group

    05/22/2016 9:03:14 PM PDT · by Mariner · 7 replies
    Reuters via AFP ^ | May 23rd, 2015 | Unattributed
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launching of an offensive to retake the Islamic State group's stronghold of Falluja. The military told residents on Sunday to get ready to leave before fighting started. "Zero hour for the liberation of Falluja has arrived. The moment of great victory has drawn near and Daesh has no choice but to flee," Abadi said on his official Twitter feed, using an Arabic acronym for the jihadist group. He said the offensive would be conducted by the army, police, counterterrorism forces, local tribal fighters and a coalition of mostly Shi'ite Muslim militias. A US-led...
  • Hamas slams 'Arafat the coward'

    05/22/2016 3:08:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/5/16 | Dalit Halevi
    Senior Hamas politburo official Mahmoud al-Zahar reignited the war of words between his terrorist organization and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, which have long been bitter rivals. Hamas and Fatah have remained violently divided despite the unity deal sealed by Abbas in April 2014 when he torpedoed the US-led peace talks. In recent days - even as Egypt is leading talks in Cairo to try and unify the Palestinian factions - al-Zahar upped the ante on Hamas-Fatah tensions by slamming Fatah founder and arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat for being a "coward" and fleeing a battle with Israel, before...
  • It was 1979 (not 2003) that Unleashed Political Islam

    05/20/2016 7:59:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/20/2016 | Manda Zand Ervin
    It has become the fact in American political talking points, even Mr. Trump insists that what is going on in the Middle East today is the result of the President Bush’s 2003 policy in Iraq that opened the doors to chaos and the creation of ISIS. No one, however, is going back to search for the root causes of the events in today’s complicated and problematic Middle East. The facts are, notwithstanding the forever continuing Palestinian/Israeli war, that the Middle East was kept relatively peaceful and political Islam and its terrorism was kept under control in a secular Iran until...
  • A Fake Museum for a Fake Palestine-The Palestinian Museum is as empty as its soul

    05/20/2016 4:35:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-20-16 | Daniel Greenfield
    A Fake Museum for a Fake Palestine The Palestinian Museum is as empty as its soul. May 20, 2016 Daniel Greenfield    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. 150 years ago, Mark Twain visited Muslim-occupied Israel and wrote of “unpeopled deserts” and “mounds of barrenness,” of “forlorn” and “untenanted” cities. Palestine is “desolate,” he concluded. “One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings.” The same is true of the Palestinian Museum which opened with much fanfare and one slight problem. While admission is free,...
  • U.S. Warns ISIS Capital: Get Out Now

    05/20/2016 12:34:19 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 59 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05.20.16 | Nancy Youssef
    The American military is warning residents of ISIS’s Syrian capital to leave the city—suggesting that an offensive on Raqqa was imminent, two Pentagon officials told the Daily Beast. In the past day, residents of Raqqa have posted photos of the warnings on Twitter, saying they were airdropped on leaflets by the U.S.-led coalition. The defense officials were the first to confirm that the coalition had indeed issued the warnings.
  • Baghdad Wakes to Sounds of Helicopters, Talk of a People’s 'Revolt'

    05/21/2016 5:34:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    VOA News ^ | May 21, 2016 | Sharon Behn
    Baghdad Wakes to Sounds of Helicopters, Talk of a People’s 'Revolt' Sharon Behn May 21, 2016 4:58 AM BAGHDAD— Baghdad woke Saturday to the early morning sounds of helicopters flying overhead, most of them heading in and out of the fortified International Zone after protesters defied bullets and tear gas to storm the area. As they fled the gunfire and tear gas Friday afternoon, some carrying their injured friends across the bridge away from the IZ, the anti-government protesters vowed they would return – but with weapons. Many are followers of Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who, like many of the...
  • General Odierno Says ISIS Was Avoidable

    05/20/2016 4:50:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | May 20, 2016 | Jack Heretik
    General Odierno Says ISIS was AvoidableGen. Raymond Odierno said he believes the Islamic State’s creation was avoidable during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Host Joe Scarborough asked Odierno, who commanded the Multi-National Forces in Iraq for about two years, if ISIS and the current state of Iraq were avoidable when the United States ended formal combat operations there. “Did it ever have to begin? Was ISIS avoidable?” Scarborough asked. “I think it is, and I’m not one for revisionist history,” Odierno said. “Actually, I was, on 1 September 2010, that’s when I gave up command in Iraq and that...
  • Russia Urges Joint Action With US Against Syria's Al-Qaida

    05/20/2016 1:55:40 PM PDT · by Innovative · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 20, 2016 | AP
    The Russian defense minister proposed on Friday that Russia and the U.S.-led coalition launch joint action against al-Qaida's branch in Syria, known as the Nusra Front. A spokesman for the U.S. State Department said no agreement on such action has been made with Russia. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow had proposed to Washington that the coalition call on all factions eager to abide by a cease-fire in Syria to leave the areas where the al-Qaida branch is active by May 25. Then Russia and the U.S.-led coalition could conduct joint strikes against the Nusra Front and any other...
  • Israel defense minister quits, warns of "extremist" takeover

    05/20/2016 7:59:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2016 9:38 AM EDT | Ian Deitch
    Israel’s defense minister announced his resignation on Friday, saying the governing party had been taken over by “extremist and dangerous elements” and that he no longer trusted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following reports that he was to be replaced. Moshe Ya’alon’s departure removes a strong voice of moderation in the Cabinet and deepens the rift between the security establishment and the hardline politicians. Ya’alon told reporters that “Israel is a healthy society” with a “sane majority” that is tolerant of minorities and strives for a liberal and democratic society. “But to my great dismay extremist and dangerous elements have taken...
  • ISIS execute 25 people by DISSOLVING them in nitric acid: 'Iraqi spies' were tied up with [tr]

    05/19/2016 7:52:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 19, 2016 | Sara Malm
    ISIS has executed 25 people in Mosul, northern Iraq, by lowering them in a vat of nitric acid, according to several local news reports. The men had been accused of spying on ISIS on behalf of Iraqi government security forces. According to witnesses, the 25 alleged 'spies' had been tied together with a rope and lowered in a large basin containing nitric acid until their organs dissolved.
  • Navy secretary fires back at conservatives: Will name warships as I please; no politics involved

    05/18/2016 12:09:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 100 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 18, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says in a letter that he has the power to name warships as he chooses, in response to a former Marine and congressman who charges he has politicized the process.</p> <p>Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican and House Armed Services Committee member, wrote Mr. Mabus to question the naming of an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer after former Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.</p>
  • Did John Kerry Just Exploit Memorial Day To Back Out of France's Anti-Israel Peace Conference?

    05/17/2016 8:40:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 17, 2016 | David Steinberg
    Perhaps the Carter administration was comparably hostile to Israel, but the passive-aggressive, honor-deficient Obama administration has both caused and acceded to greater danger to the Jewish State than any other U.S. administration since 1948.Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that he would not be attending the Mideast conference to be held in Paris on May 30, which was organized by France's socialist President Francois Hollande.According to State, Kerry is simply too busy.As a result, Hollande has postponed the conference and no alternative date has been set.Eager to force Israel towards negotiations with the bifurcated, terror-supporting Palestinian leadership, Hollande had...
  • Preacher says GOP delaying 2nd coming(LOL ALERT)

    10/09/2006 3:22:58 PM PDT · by Revel · 89 replies · 1,614+ views
    The Plain Dealer ^ | 10/9/06 | Becky Gaylord
    Preacher says GOP delaying 2nd coming Monday, October 09, 2006 Becky Gaylord Plain Dealer Reporter Voters should oust congressional Republican leaders because U.S. foreign policy is delaying the second coming of Jesus Christ, according to a evangelical preacher trying to influence closely contested political races. K.A. Paul railed against the war in Iraq on Sunday before a crowd of 1,000 at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, his first stop on what he hopes is a 30-city campaign. The Houston-based preacher said he believes that the Bush administration has delayed the second coming because U.S. foreign policy has...
  • Al Qaeda magazine calls for targeting American business leaders

    05/15/2016 9:15:13 PM PDT · by G Larry · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-16-16 | Fox News
    The latest issue of Al Qaeda’s online magazine Inspire released Saturday calls on would-be jihadis to undermine the American economy by targeting business leaders and entrepreneurs, according to analysts who monitor web chatter from the jihadist organization. AND the magazine also features a section on bomb-making and encouraging radical Islamic terrorists to emulate the Palestinian stabbings of Israelis by walking up to Americans and stabbing them to death.
  • Obama’s Iraq Quagmire: Civilian Deaths Back Up to Pre-Surge Levels

    05/16/2016 9:49:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/16/16 | Jim Hoft
    In 2010 Vice President Joe Biden said Iraq was going to be one of the Obama administration’s great accomplishments. “I’m very optimistic about Iraq and it’s going to be one of the great achievements of this administration.” (Video) Biden was able to make these comments after the Bush surge resulted in enormous reduction in violence, an increase in GDP, peak oil production, increased electricity rates, a free press and democratic elections. But that all changed after Barack Obama withdrew US troops from Iraq in 2011. Since then, ISIS took over one-third of the country and initiated a genocide of Iraqi...
  • Iran arrests fashion models, blog manager in social media crackdown

    05/16/2016 8:42:54 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 16, 2016 | Bozorgmehr Sharafedin
    Iran has launched a new crackdown on social media, arresting fashion models active on photo-sharing websites and a blog website manager after Tehran's top leader declared war on un-Islamic thoughts on the Internet. Eight members of a modeling network were arrested and accused of publishing photos of women without the obligatory hijab headscarf on the picture-sharing application Instagram, Tasnim news agency said on Sunday.
  • Giving the Palestinians a state

    05/14/2016 3:31:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Primack Channel ^ | 14/5/16 | Eleutheria5
    GSM31 will be out of town on Thursday, so we recorded this early.
  • Belgium to Begin Strikes Against ISIS in Syria

    05/13/2016 3:46:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 13 May 2016
    Belgium will extend its F-16 air strikes against ISIS militants in Iraq into Syria, the government said Friday, as it grapples with the aftermath of deadly ISIS-claimed bomb attacks in Brussels in March. “In accordance with UN Resolution 2249, the engagement will be limited to those areas of Syria under the control of ISIS and other terrorist groups,” a spokesman for Prime Minister Charles Michel told AFP after a cabinet meeting. “The objective will be to destroy these groups’ refuges,” the spokesman said, adding that the strikes would begin on July 1.
  • Missile Launches Since JPOA Underecut Narrative of Iranian Moderation

    05/14/2016 8:38:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2016 | Majid Sadeghpour
    In April, the Islamic Republic of Iran conducted another rocket launch, ostensibly to put an Iranian satellite into orbit, which fell far short of its mark. Many analysts speculated that its purpose had nothing to do with satellites. Those paying attention to Iran’s recent activities & skeptical of the Islamic Republic suggested that this latest launch was yet another example of Tehran’s ongoing effort to test its long-range ballistic missile program. About two weeks later, these suspicions were confirmed when the deputy commander of the Iranian armed forces, Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi, boasted that the launch had been a successful...
  • IDF general: IS fighters training with Hamas in Gaza

    05/13/2016 4:58:25 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 10 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5/13/2016 | Times of Israel
    Islamic State fighters have recently arrived in the Gaza Strip to train with their Hamas counterparts, a senior IDF official said in an Arabic interview published Friday.
  • A World without American engagement

    05/13/2016 8:27:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 12, 2016 | Kallina Crompton
    On Tuesday at the Hudson Institute, Senator Marco Rubio reported about his recent trip to Qatar, Iraq, and Turkey to discuss the importance of American engagement in the Middle East and the consequences America would encounter if it pulled out: "If we are not engaged in the world, the price we pay will be much higher in the long run than the price we pay to be engaged." Senator Rubio explained why America has a serious interest in what happens in the Middle East: "Whenever there are vacuums of instability... that vacuum is filled with radicals... We do not want...
  • Hezbollah Suffers Big Blow as Top Commander Killed

    05/12/2016 10:20:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 13 May 2016
    Top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine has been killed, the Lebanese group said on Friday, the biggest blow to the Iranian-backed organization since its military chief was killed in 2008. Badreddine, 55, was one of the highest ranking officials in the group, and assessed by the US government to be responsible for Hezbollah’s military operations in Syria, where it is fighting alongside the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Hezbollah statement did not say when, where or how he was killed, though it cited him saying he would return from Syria either victorious or as “a martyr”.
  • Australian guard, 34, killed... sniper opens fire at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad

    05/12/2016 7:06:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 13th May 2016 | Freya Noble
    One person has been killed and another injured during a shooting near the Australian Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq on Wednesday night. The government confirmed the man who died was a 34-year-old Australian who was working as a private security contractor for Unity Resources Group at the embassy. 'The Government extends its condolences to the family of the Australian man over this tragic incident,' the Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said in a statement on Friday. ..... The man killed was a former Australian special forces soldier, according to Fairfax Media reported
  • Israel Honors Priest Who Promotes Arab Army Enlistment

    05/12/2016 5:04:23 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5-12-16 | TIA GOLDENBERG AND AREEJ HAZBOUN
    Israel's decision to honor a controversial Greek Orthodox priest at its official Independence Day ceremony is driving a wedge in the country's tiny Christian Arab community as the government recognizes him for his efforts to encourage Christians to enlist in the Israeli military. Father Gabriel Naddaf's recruitment drive has deeply divided Israel's Christian Arabs, who make up just 2 percent of Israel's population. His inclusion in a ceremony tinged with sadness for many of the country's Arabs, along with new allegations accusing him of sexually harassing young people he helped, has only added to the anger and risks overshadowing what...
  • Iraqi Priest: Pulling US Troops Out Was a ‘Bigger Mistake’ Than 2003 Invasion

    05/11/2016 5:02:16 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 13 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/11/16
    A Chaldean Catholic priest who was kidnapped and tortured by Islamic militants a decade ago in Iraq said Tuesday in Washington that while the American invasion of his country in 2003 was a “big mistake,” President Obama’s decision to withdraw American troops in 2011 was “a bigger mistake.” After Obama ignored his generals’ recommendations and pulled the last U.S. troops out of Iraq, the president boasted that “we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq… This is an extraordinary achievement, nearly nine years in the making.” But Fr. Douglas Bazi, a priest at the Mar Elias Catholic Church in...
  • PA PM: We're following the path of the Nazi Mufti

    05/11/2016 7:10:28 AM PDT · by Lera · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/11/2016 | Dalit Halevi
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday took part in the Seventh International Bayt al-Maqdis Islamic Conference in Ramallah, Samaria, in which he aired libel against Israel apparently on the background of its counter-terror actions. In his speech, he called on the international community to get involved in order to "defend" the Arab residents of Jerusalem who are dealing with "illegal" activities from Israel "that oppose international law and human rights." Hamdallah's call to take action against Israel urged international pressure so as to end the "occupation" and establish an independent Palestinian state along the 1949 Armistice lines,...
  • Gradual Escalation: A Vietnam Shadow Falls on Obama's Iraq

    05/11/2016 9:30:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2016 | Austin Bay
    The emerging policy shaping the Obama Administration's slow war against ISIS stirs very bad memories for the U.S. military -- Vietnam memories. That policy is "gradual escalation." The Obama Administration does not use the term, but that is what we witness. Gradual escalation proved to be the strategic curse of the Johnson Administration, an error in judgment that, at the time in late 1964, looked so reasonable -- and convenient -- to President Lyndon Baines Johnson. He envisioned leaving America with a transformative legacy, a victory in The War on Poverty. I don't expect the White House press corps to...
  • Bin Laden’s son calls to target Jewish, US, Western interests

    05/09/2016 6:45:23 PM PDT · by Mr. M.J.B. · 45 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/10/2016 | Ariel Ben Solomon
    Hamza Bin Laden, the son of former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, is calling for the targeting of Jewish and Western interests and the building of an army to “liberate Jerusalem.” US Jewish institutions on alert following calls for attacks from bin Laden’s son.
  • Ya'alon: Opportunity for peace deal must come from within Israel

    05/10/2016 3:55:36 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/5/16 | Tova Dvorin
    Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon weighed in on Memorial Day, negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the possibility of a unity government on Tuesday, in a special interview with Army Radio. "The bravery of bereaved families is invisible but very significant," Ya'alon stated. "They overcome the pain, overcome the hole in their lives. This is true heroism." Ya'alon also addressed rumors of a unity government, .... Those challenges include pressure from Paris to begin negotiations with the PA, which he confirmed have failed before due to the PA refusing to cooperate. "They slammed the door to President [Barack] Obama and...
  • Netanyahu: We threatened to send troops to Cairo

    05/10/2016 11:07:40 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10 May 2016 | David Rosenberg
    Israeli threats, not Obama's entreaties, saved embassy staff in Cairo during 2011 crisis. Speaking at a Foreign Ministry ceremony on the eve of Yom HaZikaron, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu revealed that Israel had threatened Egypt during the 2011 Cairo embassy crisis. During the event on Tuesday, held to honor the memory of 16 Foreign Service members who were killed in the line of duty overseas, Netanyahu emphasized that Israel was willing to go anywhere and take any action to protect the lives of its servicemen and women. The Prime Minister noted that during the siege of Israel’s embassy in Cairo...
  • United States to give Gaza $50 million in aid

    05/09/2016 3:32:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    inn ^ | 5/9/16 | Ben Ariel
    The United States on Monday announced a $50 million aid program for Gaza, reports The Associated Press (AP). American officials quoted by the news agency said that the money will be used over five years to provide basic humanitarian assistance and create jobs in the coastal enclave. The money will be distributed by the U.S Agency for International Development in partnership with Catholic Relief Services. The U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, Donald A. Blume, said the effort is meant to address "the dire needs that are obvious in Gaza", according to the AP report. Gaza's economy has sharply declined since...
  • United States to give Gaza $50 million in aid

    05/09/2016 3:34:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 53 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/5/16 | Ben Ariel
    The United States on Monday announced a $50 million aid program for Gaza, reports The Associated Press (AP). American officials quoted by the news agency said that the money will be used over five years to provide basic humanitarian assistance and create jobs in the coastal enclave. The money will be distributed by the U.S Agency for International Development in partnership with Catholic Relief Services. The U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, Donald A. Blume, said the effort is meant to address "the dire needs that are obvious in Gaza", according to the AP report. Gaza's economy has sharply declined since...
  • Children Call for Martyrdom, Capture Israeli "Soldier" at a Khan Yunis "Childhood Festival"

    05/09/2016 4:13:02 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 5/5/16
    Celebrations of the Eighth Annual "Childhood Festival" by the Islamic Association in Khan Yunis, Gaza, featured children simulating acts of defiance against Israeli soldiers and policemen. In the play, a girl dressed as a veiled Palestinian woman pushes an Israeli "policeman" in defiance while weapons are trained on her, children throw stones at "policemen," and young boys dressed in military fatigues emerge from a "tunnel" to take an "Israeli soldier" prisoner. A girl reciting a poem called upon children to "die as a martyr, and blow up the enemies." The footage was posted on the Internet on May 5, 2016....
  • Gaza kids’ festival theme suicide bombs, guns and murder

    05/10/2016 3:19:15 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 11 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 05/10/16 | Lisa Daftari
    There are some resemblances to a traditional children’s carnival. The children are dressed in beautiful, bright colors. Young girls are bearing flowers in their hair, and the children moving around to loud, fun music, waving flags and singing songs. The one exception at this children’s festival in Gaza is that the songs, musical acts and dances are about guns, bombs and killing Israeli soldiers. It’s the eighth annual Khan Yunis festival and hundreds of young children seated in a stadium watch the show—one in which other children dance around role playing the killing of Israeli citizens, the waving of guns...
  • Kurds urge Jews to return to Iraq

    05/10/2016 5:23:20 PM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5-10-16 | David Rosenberg
    Autonomous Iraqi Kurds appeal to descendants of former residents, promising Jews will be 'freer and safer' there than in much of Europe. Looking to distinguish itself from the rest of Iraq and deepen ties with the Kurdish diaspora, the autonomous region of Kurdistan is courting religious minorities, including Jews. Some 300,000 Jews are descended from refugees who fled the region after the establishment of Israel in 1948. Today, most of them live in Israel, though a small community, numbering perhaps several hundred families, still exists in Kurdistan. Few if any practice any form of Judaism, but a sizable portion identify...
  • Bill Clinton: Saddam's Aides Mostly 'Good, Decent'

    11/17/2005 8:15:29 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 134 replies · 2,679+ views
    News Max ^ | Nov. 17, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    Former president Bill Clinton praised Saddam Hussein's lieutenants and their underlings on Tuesday, saying they were mostly "good" and "decent" people." "When [the U.S.] kicked out Saddam, they decided to dismantle the whole authority structure," Clinton told an audience at American University in Dubai. "Most of the people who were part of that structure were good, decent people who were making the best out of a very bad situation," he added. While Clinton didn't name, names, Saddam's authority structure was dominated by his two murderous sons, Uday and Qusay, as well as notorious characters like Ali Hassan al-Majid, [aka Chemical...
  • MONDO WASHINGTON: Manila Enveloped in Oklahoma Bombing Case

    03/26/2002 2:13:50 PM PST · by Senator Pardek · 3 replies · 159+ views
    Villagevoice.com ^ | March 27 2002 | James Ridgeway
    Fourteen survivors and victims of the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995 filed suit against Iraq in federal district court in Washington, D.C., last week, claiming that Iraqi officials gave money and training to Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols. McVeigh was executed last April. Nichols, convicted of manslaughter and given a life sentence in federal court, is awaiting trial in Oklahoma state court, where survivors are determined that he get a death sentence. Nearly a year after McVeigh's execution, the case remains controversial. Families of victims have accused the federal government of shoddy detective work, and some even have claimed...
  • Saddam funding Islamic terrorists in the Philippines

    03/10/2003 12:13:41 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 231+ views
    BrookesNews.Com ^ | 6 March 2003
    The death toll from the terrorist bomb attack in the Southern Philippines has risen to 21. The terrorist group Abu Sayyaf is being held responsible for the atrocity. Hamsiraji Sali, a commander in an Abu Sayyaf terrorist group was hiding out on the southern island of Basilan, admitted that he is getting funds from Iraq. Sali bragged the money would be spent "on chemicals for bomb-making and for the movement of our people." His boast led to the expulsion of Husham Hussein, an Iraqi diplomat, last week. Husham had been discovered contacting Abu Sayyaf by phone. Intelligence linked him to...
  • Op-Ed: Donald Trump will understand Middle East real estate in 5 minutes

    05/08/2016 2:16:53 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/5/16 | Mark Langfan
    Eight months ago, in September 2015, when every pundit opined that Donald Trump was a laughable candidate, I wrote that: “In short, get ready for a President Trump. But, more importantly, Trump, and only Trump, has the guts to erase Obama, and the vestiges of Obama's traitorous Iran-First policies, like Obama never existed. Just call Trump the Eraser-Man. America will elect Trump because they want to erase Obama, and all of his domestic and national security policies. After one year of President Trump, Obama and his policies will be just a bad dream.” As for the Middle East, real estate...
  • HMS Illustrious the final surviving warship from the Falklands War is heading for the junkyard

    05/07/2016 10:53:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    THE DAILY MAIL ^ | 7 May 2016 | ZZY FERRIS
    Britain's last working aircraft carrier and the final surviving warship from the Falklands War is heading for the scrapyard. At least three proposals to preserve HMS Illustrious for alternative uses have failed due to her size and the cost of maintenance. The ship, decommissioned in 2014, is now likely to follow its sister carriers and be sent to Turkey for scrap. HMS Ark Royal was scrapped for £2.9 million in 2013 and HMS Invincible fetched around £2 million in 2011. It is thought the ship, which was rushed in to service for the Falklands War and went on to sail...
  • First Egyptian Navy Mistral Class LHD Sailed Out to Sea for Initial Crew Formation

    05/07/2016 3:08:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 07 May 2016
    The first Mistral-class LHD Gamal Abdel Nasser (hull number L1010, the former Vladivostok initially intended for the Russian Navy), purchased by Egypt after the cancellation of the contract with Russia went out to sea for the first time with an Egyptian crew for a week of training. Egyptian Navy Mistral-class LHD Gamal Abdel Nasser sailing out of Saint-Nazaire with an Egyptian crew aboard for the first time. Picture taken on 06/05/2016. Source: www.facebook.com/EgyptMilitary 180 Egyptian Navy sailors are reported to be aboard the vessel. A second series of formation at sea is set to take place on the second half...
  • ISIS is No Longer Seen as a Terrorist Group

    05/07/2016 8:05:17 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 30 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, May 7, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, speaking at a discussion with all the service chiefs before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, told the crowd that ISIS “looked an awful lot like something much more than a terrorist group.” August 2014, the United States looked at ISIS only as a terrorist group and developed a military strategy to take on ISIS as a terrorist group. The Obama Regime--or its Ghost writer Ben Rhodes--mistakenly called ISIS the JV squad, ignoring the possibility that the group was developing an infrastructure and a government. Obama advisors also failed to...
  • Why the 2003 Iraq War is Not to Blame for the Unrest in Iraq: Correcting a false media narrative

    05/06/2016 7:13:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/06/2016 | Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
    From the perspective of leftists and liberal mainstream media outlets, US foreign policy circa 2003 is to blame for all the instabilities and conflicts in the Middle East and Muslim world. Intriguingly, this perspective is in alignment with the Islamist philosophy of blaming the US for everything. However, the leftists’ approach of analyzing the instabilities in other countries is unsophisticated and does not reflect the complexities and realities on the ground. Let’s examine Iraq and the current protests in Baghdad, for example. Hundreds of followers of the Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr stormed into the Iraqi parliament building this week,...
  • Yazidi Women Leave Behind Lives, Family to Fight ISIS

    05/05/2016 7:57:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 5 May 2016 | Ahmed Jadallah with Emily Wither
    When ISIS swept into the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar in 2014, a few young Yazidi women took up arms against the militants attacking women and girls from their community. “They took eight of my neighbors and I saw they were killing the children,” Asema Dahir told Reuters last month at a checkpoint near a front line north of Mosul. Dressed in military fatigues, the 21-year-old is now part of an all-female unit in the Kurdish peshmerga forces, which have played an important role in pushing back ISIS in northern Iraq.
  • Senior Egypt Official Blames ‘Tom and Jerry’, Video Games for Violence Across Middle East

    05/04/2016 11:33:10 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    Egyptian Streets ^ | 5/4/2016 | Mohamed Khairat
    The head of Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS), Ambassador Salah Abdel Sadek, has attributed the rise of violence and extremism across the Arab world to children’s cartoon Tom and Jerry, video games and ‘violent’ movies. During a speech at a conference titled ‘The Media and the Culture of Violence’ at Cairo University, the Ambassador said that Tom and Jerry sets an idea in the viewer’s mind that violence is natural. “[Tom and Jerry] portrays the violence in a funny manner and sends the message that, yes, I can hit him…and I can blow him up with explosives. It becomes...