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  • Islamic State Can't Afford to Recruit Foreign Fighters Anymore

    04/28/2016 12:10:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | April 27, 2016 | Andrew V. Pestano
    A senior U.S. military official on Tuesday said Islamic State recruitment has decreased from up to 2,000 foreign fighters per month last year down to 200 a month as the Islamist militant group's financial structure has been decimated. "When I first got here, we were seeing somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 foreign fighters entering the fight. Now that we've been fighting this enemy for a year, our estimates are down to around 200" in both Iraq and Syria, Air Force Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten said from Baghdad during a teleconference. "We're actually seeing an increase in the desertion rates in...
  • Jacki Daily Podcast: ISIS OIL BEING SOLD IN USA!!

    04/24/2016 5:20:36 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 12 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 4/24/16 | The Jacki Daily Show
    Jacki Talks With Dr. Grantham About How ISIS Oil Has Made Its Way To the USA
  • Where UNESCO and ISIS Converge

    04/23/2016 5:57:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2016 | Caroline Glick
    Last month, UNESCOs director general Irina Bokova issued a statement congratulating Russian- backed Syrian forces for liberating the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State (ISIS). Bokova said Palmyra carries the memory of the Syrian people, and the values of cultural diversity, tolerance and openness that have made this region a cradle of civilization. Bokova added, The deliberate destruction of heritage is a war crime, and UNESCO will do everything in its power to document the damage so that these crimes do not go unpunished. I wish to remind all parties present of the absolute necessity to preserve this unique...
  • Sweden: ISIS is recruiting openly - at the Employment Service

    04/18/2016 1:11:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Speisa ^ | April 15, 2016
    Among job seekers at the Employment Service in Malm, ISIS has openly tried to enlist Muslims to join the terrorist group. - There are indications that there were attempted recruitment for the terrorist organization, confirms Per Ola Persson, security manager at the Employment Service, to the local newspaper Sydsvenskan. After the recruitment attempts, the security department reported the information to the Police Security Service, the newspaper writes. Suspicions began in the autumn. According to Sydsvenskan, staff of the Public Employment Service Offices in Malm discovered that a man sought contact with clients in the office. The man made contact with...
  • ISIS barbarians destroy 2,000-year-old 'Gate of God' close to their Iraqi stronghold

    04/17/2016 6:22:45 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 24 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 4/17/16 | JEREMY ARMSTRONG
    ISIS barbarians have destroyed a 2,000-year-old gate close to their Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. The breathtaking structure is known as the Gate of God, and used to guard the ancient Assyrian city Nineveh. The destruction of the ancient structure, also called the Mashki Gate, has been confirmed by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, and the Antiquities Department in Baghdad has not denied the demolition. The terrorists demolished the ancient gate using military equipment, according to activists in Mosul. ISIS thugs have destroyed many of Iraqi historic sites and monuments, including the Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Winged...
  • Israel calls on citizens to 'immediately leave Turkey

    04/08/2016 7:56:28 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 19 replies
    Y Net News ^ | April 8 | Itamar Eichner
    Counter-Terrorism Unit further upgrades travel warning and urges Israelis not to visit Turkey, citing a high-level and concrete threat of an ISIS terror attack in the country. Israel's Counter-Terrorism Unit once again upgraded its travel warning to Turkey on Friday, urging Israelis currently in the country "to leave Turkey as soon as possible." The upgraded and urgent warning, set at level two (indicating a high level, concrete threat) comes on the heels of a warning issued by Turkish authorities a week and a half ago of an ISIS plan to attack Jewish targets in the country, including synagogues, Jewish schools...
  • Kerry makes unannounced stop in Baghdad to shore up ISIS fight

    04/08/2016 5:23:32 AM PDT · by McGruff · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | April 8, 2016 | Elise Labott
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Friday, as the country's political crisis threatens the fight against ISIS. The top U.S. diplomat's visit, which was not made public until Kerry arrived, is part of an effort to shore up an embattled Prime Minister fighting to stay in office. Kerry will meet with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Council of Representatives Speaker Saleem al-Jabouri. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry will underscore the strong U.S. support for the Iraqi government as it addresses significant security, economic and political challenges,...
  • Chase freezes man's bank account because his dog's name, 'Dash,' looked like 'Daesh'

    03/31/2016 9:55:23 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 66 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | cory doctorow
    Bruce Francis transferred some money to his dog walker to pay for services to his pit bull, and wrote the dog's name, "Dash," in the notes field. The processors at Chase Bank thought that Dash might be a sneaky way of spelling Daesh (which is the mocking, insulting nickname used by critics to refer to "ISIS"), decided that this was possible terrorist money-laundering, and stopped the payment, froze his account, and notified the Treasury Department that he was a suspected terrorist. It's hard to know what's stupidest about this: that the bank thought that Daesh was the kind of thing...
  • Prosecutors say member of alleged ISIL recruit's defense team preached jihad(MN)

    03/29/2016 11:37:49 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/29/16 | Stephen Montemayor
    A federal judge in Minneapolis is considering whether to remove one or more members of a defense team in the ISIL recruitment cases before him after prosecutors cited evidence that one of the men was apparently preaching about jihad and related topics. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis has ordered a hearing Friday to determine whether there are grounds to disqualify anyone representing Mohamed Farah, one of five co-defendants scheduled to stand trial on charges of conspiring to murder abroad and providing material support to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). According to Davis order, filed Monday, the...
  • ISIS propaganda video celebrating Brussels attacks uses Trumps voice and photo

    03/27/2016 8:09:16 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | March 27, 2016 | Michael Isikoff
    A pro-Islamic State media group has released a video that celebrates the Brussels terror attacks and features Donald Trumps voice and picture. The video, which runs just over nine minutes, opens with images of the bombings and quickly cuts to a photo of Trump next to footage of a fiery scene from the aftermath of the attacks. Brussels was one of the great cities one of the most beautiful cities of the world 20 years ago and safe, the voice of Trump can be heard saying in audio lifted from a phone interview he gave this week. And...
  • WADR: Trump Schools John Heilemann on ISIL/ISIS Usage

    03/24/2016 12:15:14 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 24, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    One of the pet peeves of your humble correspondent is the way President Obama and many other members of his administration continue to use the term "ISIL" when almost everybody else uses "ISIS" when referring to that terrorist organization. Once in awhile a member of the mainstream media will also use "ISIL." Such was the case yesterday when John Heilemann, co-host of With All Due Respect on Bloomberg TV, used the preferred term of the Obama administration while interviewing Donald Trump. You can see Trump starting at the 5:18 mark in the video below object to Heilemann's use of that...
  • Obama Says Climate Change Is a 'Major' Problem, But ISIS 'Not an Existential Threat'

    03/24/2016 7:28:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 24, 2016 | 7:03 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Groups like ISIL cant destroy us, they cant defeat us, President Obama told reporters in Argentina on Wednesday. Theyre not an existential threat to us, he said. A few sentences later, he described climate change as a major problem. [] And so its important for the U.S. president and the U.S. government to be able to work with people who are building and who are creating things and creating jobs and trying to solve major problems like climate change At the same news conference, Obama thanked the Argentine president for supporting the Paris climate change agreement. It is worth remembering...
  • Giuliani: Hillary Clinton Could Be Considered Founding Member of ISIS

    03/23/2016 5:59:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 23 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3-23-2016 | Josh Feldman
    In an effort to attack Hillary Clinton on foreign policy tonight, Rudy Giuliani told Bill OReilly that Hillary Clinton could be considered a founding member of ISIS. He said that Clinton hasnt shown leadership in the war on terror, saying she had her chance when she was Secretary of State, when she was part of an administration that withdrew from Iraq. OReilly pointed out Clinton couldnt have forced President Obama to do anything short of resigning. Giuliani added, Which is what a patriot does. A little later, OReilly took a guess Giulianis getting ready to endorse Donald Trump. Giuliani didnt...
  • Brussels death count could have been in HUNDREDS as third 'MOST POWERFUL' bomb failed

    03/23/2016 9:11:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The London Express ^ | March 23, 2016 | Selina Sykes
    BELGIAN prosecutors have said the carnage at Brussels airport could have left hundreds more dead after revealing a third far more powerful bomb failed to detonate. Suspected chief bomb maker Najim Laachraoui, whose DNA was also found on several explosives used in the Paris attacks, was carrying the "most powerful" bomb in a large bag, Belgian prosecutors have confirmed. But the lethal explosive failed to detonate after two explosions ripped through Zaventem airport which killed 14 people and left 96 injured. The bomb was safely deactivated by experts. Authorities discovered the third bomb after a taxi driver who drove the...
  • Islamic State trains 400 fighters to target Europe in deadly waves of attacks

    03/23/2016 8:30:42 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Times Picayune New Orleans ^ | March 23, 2016 | AP
    The Islamic State group has trained at least 400 fighters to target Europe in deadly waves of attacks, deploying interlocking terror cells like the ones that struck Brussels and Paris with orders to choose the time, place and method for maximum chaos, officials have told The Associated Press. The network of agile and semiautonomous cells shows the reach of the extremist group in Europe even as it loses ground in Syria and Iraq. The officials, including European and Iraqi intelligence officials and a French lawmaker who follows the jihadi networks, described camps in Syria, Iraq and possibly the former Soviet...
  • ISIS trains hundreds of terrorists to infiltrate Europe

    03/23/2016 1:17:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/3/16 | Matt Wanderman
    ISIS has trained at least 400 of its fighters to attack Europe in a series of waves, Associated Press has found. The attacks would be similar to those in Paris and Belgium, and timed to cause the most possible destruction and chaos across the continent. The ranks are made up of terrorists from a range of origins who undergo training in Syria, Iraq, Libya and the former Soviet Union. After completing their training, they will work semi-autonomously as they infiltrate Europe and prepare their attacks. Many of these would come from the 5,000 Europeans who have already traveled to Syria...
  • House Terrorism Chair: Our Strategy Against ISIS Is a Complete Failure

    03/22/2016 10:45:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 3/22/2016 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    In the wake of Tuesdays deadly terrorist attack in Brussels, the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade called the Obama administrations strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) a complete failure. Days after Belgian law enforcement captured alive ISIS terrorist Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspected ringleaders of the deadly Paris attacks, terrorists retaliated in Brussels by launching a series of explosions at the airport and train station. Thirty-four civilians are dead and 170 are injured, Rep Ted Poe (R-TX) said in a statement Tuesday hours after blasts rocked a terminal of the...
  • Pentagon chief: Obama wants to defeat ISIS by end of his term

    03/18/2016 6:04:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/18/16 | Kristina Wong
    President Obama wants the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) defeated by the end of his term, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says. "Thats what he said he wants. Thats what he told me and [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford]. He said, Get this done as soon as possible. Id like to not leave this to my successor, " Carter said Friday an event hosted by Politico. He added that Obama called for the process to be accelerated last fall about a year after the U.S. first began its counter-ISIS campaign. The administration now has...
  • Raid of Belgian building tied to Paris terror attacks ends with 1 dead

    03/15/2016 2:17:20 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 4:12 PM ET, Tue March 15, 2016 | Greg Botelho
    Raid of Belgian building tied to Paris terror attacks ends with 1 dead By Greg Botelho, CNN Updated 4:12 PM ET, Tue March 15, 2016 (CNN)A raid of a building in the Belgian capital tied to last year's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris ended Tuesday evening with one suspect dead and four police officers wounded. A search is underway for others who got away. Police went to search a presumably empty apartment Tuesday afternoon in southern Brussels, only to have people inside begin shooting at them, according to one senior Belgian counterterrorism official. A man in Forest, the southern Brussels...
  • FBI investigating alleged ISIL 'kill list' for Minnesota law enforcement

    03/15/2016 1:12:19 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/15/16 | Libor Jany
    The Caliphate Cyber Army released the names online. FBI agents are investigating the release by a group of hackers affiliated with the Islamic State group of a kill list with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of dozens of law enforcement officers across Minnesota, a spokesman for the Bureau confirmed on Tuesday. At the same time, authorities acknowledge that they are still gauging the seriousness of the threat posed by the group, which calls itself the Caliphate Cyber Army...
  • 393 to 0: U.S. House Unanimously Declares ISIL Is Committing Genocide Against Christians

    03/14/2016 6:11:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/14/16 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted 393 to 0 tonight in favor of a resolution declaring that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is committing genocide against Christians, Yezidis and other religious minorities in the Middle East. The vote on the resolution, which was sponsored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R.-Neb.) and co-sponsored 203 other members, brought together as broad a coalition as possible in the House. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (the chairman of the Democratic National Committee) joined with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R.-Texas) in...
  • Frankfurt court releases terror suspect due to 'full schedule'

    02/25/2016 2:09:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Feb 2016 17:51 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A court in Frankfurt has released a man being investigated for his links to jihadi group ISIS because officials "are dealing with other issues at the moment". The 32-year-old Syrian was detained at Frankfurt Airport two years ago just as he was about to fly out of Germany. In April 2015, state prosecutors charged him with "preparing a serious crime against the state" and alleged that he had intended to join the ISIS terrorist group in Syria. But now the court which was set to try him has instead released him from custody, justifying the move by saying it was...
  • Show This Column to Anyone Who Claims Bush Lied about WMDs in Iraq

    02/21/2016 5:27:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 76 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2016 | John Hawkins
    Throughout the Bush years, liberals repeated "Bush lied, people died" like a mantra. That slander wasn't true then and it's not anymore true now that it has resurfaced. There are many legitimate criticisms of the way the Bush Administration conducted the war in Iraq and even more of the way Obama threw away all the blood and treasure we spent there for the sake of politics, but you have to be malicious or just an imbecile at this point to accuse Bush of lying about WMDs. To begin with, numerous foreign intelligence agencies also believed that Saddam Hussein had an...
  • Syrian army gains ground around Aleppo, looks to Raqqa

    02/13/2016 8:41:37 PM PST · by Mariner · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13th, 2016 | By Paul Carrel, Shadia Nasralla and Tom Perry
    Russia said on Saturday a Syria ceasefire plan was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and set their sights on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province. International divisions over Syria surfaced anew at a Munich conference where Russia rejected French charges that it was bombing civilians, just a day after world powers agreed on the "cessation of hostilities" due to begin in a week's time. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated accusations that Russia was hitting "legitimate opposition groups" and civilians with its bombing...
  • Merkel isolated as allies slam door on refugees.

    02/14/2016 9:20:00 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 28 replies
    The Local DE ^ | 3/14/16
    Merkel is battling for a deal that will see refugees more evenly spread around the European Union after Germany welcomed 1.1 million asylum seekers last year. But instead, eastern European countries are planning new razor wire fences, and even Paris -- traditionally Berlin's closest EU ally -- has shown little enthusiasm for Merkel's welcome policy. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Saturday that the mood in France was "not favourable" to Merkel's call for a permanent quota system. "Europe cannot take in all the migrants from Syria, Iraq or Africa," Valls told German media. "It has to regain control over...
  • Russian PM declares 'new Cold War' at Munich

    02/13/2016 8:31:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Feb 2016 11:29 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that strains between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a "new Cold War". With tensions high over the lingering Ukraine conflict and Russia's backing of the Syrian regime, Medvedev said: "All that's left is an unfriendly policy of NATO against Russia". "We can say it even more clearly: We have slid into a new period of Cold War," he said, speaking at the Munich Security Conference. "Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole, against Europe or against the US or...
  • Russian PM: Foreign offensive in Syria could spark 'world war'

    02/11/2016 12:25:26 PM PST · by Mr. M.J.B. · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2-11-2016 | Staff
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Thursday that if Arab forces entered the Syrian war, they could spark a "new world war" and urged ceasefire talks instead.
  • Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty in Islamic State Case

    02/11/2016 5:27:40 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 2/11/16 | AP
    A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group. Twenty-year-old Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame entered his plea at a hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court. Warsame admitted he tried to help other young men from Minnesota's Somali community with their plans to travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State group. Warsame also boasted of being able to take down a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Warsame says he learned about the Islamic State group by watching videos on YouTube and listening to lectures. He faces up...
  • Gaza: Hamas-ISIS ties tighten

    02/07/2016 11:41:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 2/7/2016, 4:36 PM | Hillel Fendel
    Israel's intelligence community has found that the Hamas terrorist organization and Islamic State (ISIS) intensified their mutual cooperation in the year 2015 - so reports Middle East Newsline (MENL). According to the Israeli intelligence sources, the two terrorist movements share intelligence, weapons shipments, logistics and medical services. For instance, ISIS frequently works with Bedouin smugglers to facilitate shipments of missiles and weapons to the Hamas-ruled Gaza via Egypt's Sinai Desert. ISIS then takes 10-20% of the weapons ordered by Hamas. However, when the Egyptian offensive against the smuggling tunnel network hampers their joint efforts, ISIS sends raw materials, enabling Hamas...
  • Saudi Arabia willing to send ground troops to Syria

    02/05/2016 2:02:21 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 05 Feb 2016
    Saudi Arabia is prepared to deploy ground troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) if US-led coalition leaders agree to the offer. Saudi's air force has targeted ISIL with air strikes since the campaign began in Syria in September 2014, but the Gulf kingdom is now ready to provide ground forces to defeat the armed group, a military spokesman said on Thursday.
  • Putin Ignores Kerry Cease Fire Plea and Sends Top Gun Fighter Jet into Syria

    02/04/2016 7:58:19 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 94 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 2/4/16
    GO PUTIN!! Top Gun fighter jet to join Syria battle By Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin Published February 04, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook1626 Twitter0 livefyre Email Print NOW PLAYING Syrian peace talks derailed after Russia continues bombings Never autoplay videos Russia seemingly has ignored Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeals to stop bombing civilians and allow critical humanitarian aid to starving Syrians – and is instead escalating its military involvement, deploying four of its most capable fighter jets to Syria, two defense officials confirmed to Fox News. The decision to send the Su-35S jets poses yet another hurdle for Kerry’s efforts to...
  • Alleged Twin Cities ISIL recruits argue for 'combatant immunity'

    02/04/2016 5:16:18 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/4/16 | Stephen Montemayor
    Five Twin Cities men accused of plotting to go to fight alongside ISIL in Syria are asking a federal judge to drop murder conspiracy charges on grounds that they have "combatant immunity" under both common and international law. They say combatants are immune from criminal prosecutions for acts of war, including murder, against military targets. The five -- Hamza Ahmed, brothers Adnan and Mohamed Farah, Abdirahman Daud and Guled Omar -- are scheduled to appear in federal court in Minneapolis next week for a hearing on that and other motions in the case, which is set to go to trial...
  • Islamic State numbers go down in Iraq, Syria; up in Libya

    02/04/2016 10:23:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2016 1:13 PM EST | Lolita C. Baldor
    New intelligence assessments show that the number of Islamic State fighters has dropped in Iraq and Syria but is rising in Libya, a senior U.S. defense official said Thursday. According to the official, reports suggest there are 19,000-25,000 IS fighters in Iraq and Syria, compared to an earlier range of 20,000 to more than 30,000. The newly declassified numbers back up recent comments from military commanders and other defense officials who have argued that the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes are having an impact on Islamic State militants and causing them to lose ground in both countries. ...
  • Kerry Calls ISIS ‘Apostates’; Not Even World’s Top Sunni Authority Has Done So

    02/03/2016 1:37:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 3, 2016 | 4:25 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    President Obama and members of his administration frequently state that there is nothing Islamic about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday went further, labeling the Sunni terrorist group "apostates." Even the world's pre-eminent Sunni institution, Cairo's Al-Azhar, has refused to declare ISIS apostate -- on the grounds that its fighters are "believers" in Islam, however misguided or "false" their interpretation of the faith may be. ...
  • U.S. Military Denies ISIS Targets Christians

    02/03/2016 4:36:52 AM PST · by SJackson · 63 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 3, 2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    U.S. Military Denies ISIS Targets Christians "We've seen no specific evidence of a specific targeting towards Christians." - Col. Steve Warren. February 3, 2016 Raymond Ibrahim Originally published by the Gatestone Institute.Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. When a 1,400-year-old Iraqi Christian monastery was destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS) most of the world condemned the demolition -- except for spokesman for the U.S. military's Operation Inherent Resolve, Col. Steve Warren. "Thousands [of Iraqi Christians] have been killed, hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee," noted CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview...
  • US general says carpet bombing against 'our values'

    02/01/2016 11:31:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 117 replies
    inn ^ | 2/1/16 | Gil Ronen
    Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, the US commander in charge of the coalition fighting Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, said Monday that carpet bombing the terrorists would be "inconsistent with our values." The remark is seen as being aimed at Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). In December, Cruz pledged to "utterly destroy ISIS," and vowed: "We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion." He even hinted at the use of nuclear weapons, saying: "I don't know if sand can glow in the dark, but we're going to find out." After being asked to explain why carpet bombing would...
  • 550 Syrian Refugees Admitted to U.S. Since Paris Attacks Now Include 2 Christians

    02/01/2016 7:43:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 1, 2016 | 4:17 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Five hundred and fifty Syrian refugees have been admitted into the United States since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) carried out terrorist attacks in Paris last November, and of those, two (0.3 percent) are Christians. Over the past week, another 24 Syrian refugees have been admitted, including one male Orthodox Christian. The religious breakdown of the 550 is 534 Sunni Muslims, three Shi'ites, ten others identified in State Department Refugee Processing Center data as simply "Moslems," one Orthodox Christian, one Greek Orthodox Christian, and one refugee identified as "other religion." The two Christians are both male, as...
  • Hillary: "I'm Asking People To Hold Me Accountable"

    02/01/2016 7:04:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 52 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 1, 2016 | Jeff Poor
    Monday in an appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” after dismissing the importance of any questions about her email arrangement while secretary of state, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pointed to what she wants to get done as president and asked people to “hold her accountable.”
  • Does ISIS Have Nukes?

    01/31/2016 6:46:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 130 replies
    Director Blue ^ | January 31, 2016 | Baron Bodissey
    The following video and text don't supply an answer to that question. The author of the text (which is in German) is purportedly a former member of the Islamic State who wants to warn the West that ISIS possesses four nuclear devices, and plans to use them against the United States, Russia, France, and Germany. What he says may well be a hoax, or more specifically, deliberately planted disinformation to achieve particular political ends. I can think of several Great Powers who would find it useful to disseminate the fiction that ISIS is ready to use nuclear weapons. However, it...
  • [Palestinian Authority] PA blames US for 9/11 and creating imaginary 'terror'

    01/24/2016 1:03:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 1/24/2016, 7:16 PM | Shoshana Miskin
    An official Palestinian Authority (PA) daily op-ed has accused the United States of being behind all the chaos and civil wars in the Muslim and Arab world, including the longest and oldest fight from right after Mohammed's times between the Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims. According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), the PA writer claims that this turmoil is the direct result of the September 11th attacks on the US, stating that the US utilized this attack to create "an imaginary enemy called 'terror,' and it supervised the cultivation of the idea until it ripened into what is known today as...
  • David Cameron Lambasts Trump For Making 'Fundamental Mistake' Of Blaming All Muslims For ISIS

    01/23/2016 2:46:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Huffington Post UK ^ | January 23, 2016 | Paul Vale
    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday accused Donald Trump of making it more difficult to defeat Islamic State extremists. Speaking to the US website Mic.Com, the Tory Party leader said the billionaire was making the "fundamental mistake" of trying to blame all Muslims for the violent ideology of a minority while praising Islam as a religion of peace. Trump, currently leading national polls to be the Republican Party nominee ahead of the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, sparked international censure in December after he demanded all Muslims be barred from entering the US following the Paris massacre. The property...
  • Hundreds dead as ISIS makes gains in strategic Syrian city

    01/23/2016 9:58:56 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat January 23, 2016 | Hamdi Alhkshali and Tim Lister
    Fierce battles continue around the strategic city of Deir Ezzor in northern Syria between regime forces and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to human rights groups. Hundreds of combatants and civilians have been killed over the past week, and Russian aircraft have been dropping supplies to beleaguered army units.
  • A Professor At A Major Ohio University Is Being Investigated For Alleged Ties To ISIS

    01/22/2016 3:23:35 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    BI ^ | 1-22-2016 | Pamela Engel
    Pamela EngelJanuary 22, 2016 An Ohio professor with a long history of expressing anti-Israel views is being investigated by the FBI for possible ties to the terrorist group ISIS. The FBI confirmed to The New York Times and other outlets that it was investigating Julio Pino, an associate professor of history at Kent State University in Ohio who's known for defending his right to free speech as he speaks out against Israel. KentWired.com, a student-run publication, broke the story this week that a joint terrorism task force has been investigating Pino, who is a Muslim convert, for a year and...
  • PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES deports Iraqi Chaldean Christians seeking asylum [John 17]

    01/18/2016 9:12:13 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 24 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | 9/17/2015 | Staff
    At the same time, Barack Hussein Obama is trying to bring in up to 200,000 Syrian Muslim so-called 'refugees,' but apparently has decided there is no room in America for 12 Chaldean Christians who are being persecuted and slaughtered in Iraq by ISIS. What's more, Chaldean leaders in the US were advised by the attorneys representing the Christian 'detainees' NOT TO COMMENT on their deportation. Or what? Nearly half of the 27 Iraqi Christians the Obama administration has been holding for the past six months at an ICE detention center in Otay Mesa, California, are set to be deported in...
  • Germany's Vatican ambassador: 'Islam is part of the solution'

    01/17/2016 6:39:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 17.01.2016 | (Astrid Prange/gro)
    Germany's ambassador to the Vatican, Annette Schavan, still sees religion as a peacemaker, despite wars and terrorism. In an interview with DW, she calls for more interfaith dialogue and respect between all religions. [...] 'There are warmongers who embrace religion. But that does not mean that religion promotes war. Religion has the great power to bring peace. People are upset by the numerous attacks and wonder, "Should we equate these images of violence with Islam?" One gets the impression that Islam is part of the problem. But that's not true. It must become clear that it is part of the...
  • Terror threat is worldwide, fort commander says

    01/17/2016 9:32:15 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — What the United States is facing when it comes to ISIL is not a state but rather “a proto-state actor,” Fort Huachuca’s senior commander said recently. The continuing turmoil caused by ISIL “will bubble up around the world,” Maj.Gen. Scott Berrier told those attending a monthly meeting of the Greater Sierra Vista Area Veterans Council on Jan. 2. “While the future is unknown,” as to how long it will take to end the threat of ISIL and other groups, Berrier said America’s military forces and other national intelligence organizations and allies will succeed in defeating the current...
  • 2 Virginia men arrested on terrorism charges (R.O.P.)

    01/16/2016 2:32:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2016 4:25 PM EST
    A Virginia man who was allegedly attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and a man accused of helping him have been arrested. Prosecutors said in a statement Saturday that 28-year-old Joseph Hassan Farrokh was arrested Friday at the airport in Richmond, Virginia. Officials said his ultimate destination was Syria. Officials also arrested 25-year-old Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, who they say drove Farrokh to Richmond. Both men are from Woodbridge, Virginia. Farrokh, a U.S. citizen born in Pennsylvania, has been charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Elhassan,...
  • Houston terror suspect reportedly wanted to blow up Galleria, Sharpstown Mall

    01/13/2016 4:41:23 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 35 replies
    KTRK Houston ^ | 1-13-2016
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A terror suspect who was arrested in Houston last week went before a judge Wednesday afternoon, where his bond was denied. During testimony, we learned disturbing allegations against him. A federal investigator testified that Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 24, wanted to blow up the Galleria and Sharpstown Mall with a remote bomb. According to testimony, Al Hardan would put the bomb in a trash can and detonate it using a cell phone. They also say he received military training on how to use an AK-47 late last year at a farm just outside of Houston. Agents...
  • Politician Sends Busload of Refugees to Germany's Merkel

    01/14/2016 8:55:28 AM PST · by maggief · 44 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 14, 2016 | ANDY ECKARDT
    Officials in a small German community have sent a message to protest the government's open-arms refugee policy: A busload of migrants bound for Chancellor Angela Merkel's office. Bavaria's Landshut district put more than 30 migrants on a 340-mile journey Thursday to Merkel's office in an attempt to highlight the difficulties it is facing in coping with an influx of migrants. "The housing situation in our region is very difficult and there is a good chance these people will become homeless," Elmar Stoettner, a spokesman for the district, told NBC News by telephone on Thursday. All the migrants had chosen to...
  • ISIS Followers Plan to Take over Gaza Strip

    01/13/2016 3:22:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | January 13, 2016 | Geert Wilders and Machiel de Graaf
    * In the video produced by the pro-ISIS Palestinian Islamic Army (PIA), Hamas leaders are denounced for aligning themselves with moderate Arab leaders in the Gulf, who are described as "criminals and enemies of Islam." * Apparently, Hamas has been too kind to Christians living in the Gaza Strip. The narrator blasts Hamas leaders for offering greetings to Christians on their holidays. * It seems that there may be valid reasons for Egypt's reluctance to reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza, as well as to Israel's opposition to lifting the naval blockade on Gaza -- initiated to prevent weapons...