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  • Iraqi Forces Advance On Central Tikrit after U.S.-led air strikes on ISIS

    03/27/2015 10:57:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Iraqi special forces on March 26 began what Baghdad hopes is the final push to regain control of central Tikrit from the Islamic State (IS) extremist group. Iraqi forces advanced on central Tikrit after U.S.-led coalition jets launched their first air strikes on IS targets in Tikrit on March 25. According to the Associated Press news agency, clashes intensified during the day as Iraqi forces moved toward the city center. On March 26, an AP reporter heard a second round of air strikes over Tikrit. The push, however, is going ahead without the country's Iran-backed Shi'ite militias. The top U.S....
  • ISIS on Campus: Only in America

    03/26/2015 7:09:59 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 5 replies
    Self | 3/26/14 | Me
    A Dean at Cornell University proclaimed on camera he’d give the green light for an ISIS club on campus in which actual members conducted training exercises. I’m curious if this demonstration of humanitarianism would be preempted by recent video of ISIS soldiers beating, raping, torturing, mutilating, and beheading countless men, women and children in the name of Allah? I also wonder if American Christians would enjoy an equally enthusiastic welcome if similar proof existed of their ranks committing mass atrocities. Oh, that’s right, Christians or Jews really aren’t welcome because the Crusades, which ended over 700 years ago, were a...
  • National Guardsman, cousin charged in ISIS plot

    03/26/2015 5:11:39 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    WND ^ | 26 Mar 15 | WND Staff
    A national guardsman from Aurora and his cousin were arrested Wednesday night, for allegedly conspiring to join the Islamic State terrorist group, and attack a military facility in Joliet. Federal prosecutors said 22-year-old Army National Guard Spc. Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Midway International Airport, while trying to fly to Cairo, Egypt. His cousin, 29-year-old Jonas Edmonds, was arrested at his home in Aurora. Each has been charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.
  • Did an Ivy League Dean Really Welcome ISIS Fighters to Host a Training Camp on His Campus?

    03/26/2015 4:35:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/26/2015 | BY SAMUEL SMITH
    A recently released undercover investigative video purports to show a dean at Cornell University telling a prospective Moroccan student that the school would welcome student groups to invite ISIS fighters to conduct training camps for students on campus, but the school has since decried the video as misleading. Project Veritas, an investigative nonprofit firm that claims to expose corruption, released a video on Tuesday where one of its reporters disguised himself as a student from Morocco looking to start a "humanitarian group." The undercover reporter went to visit with Cornell's assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, in his office to...
  • Two Illinois men arrested on terror charges

    03/26/2015 3:46:09 PM PDT · by bgill · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | March 26, 2015 | CNN
    )—An Army National Guard member and his cousin have been arrested in Illinois for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist organization ISIS, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The alleged plot included a plan to attack a U.S. military installation in Illinois. In the past 18 months, the Justice Department's National Security Division has prosecuted or is prosecuting 32 cases of people attempting to travel abroad to join or providing support to terrorist groups. Of those cases, 18 allegedly involve support to ISIS.
  • Obama Accused of Obstructing Battle against Boko Haram to Promote Axelrod’s Nigerian Muslim Client

    03/26/2015 12:52:34 PM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    AIM ^ | March 24, 2015 | James Simpson
    When the notorious Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, kidnapped 278 school girls [1] from the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria last year, Michelle Obama began a Twitter hashtag campaign [2], #BringBackOurGirls. But behind the scenes, the Obama administration was undermining Nigeria’s efforts to take the battle to the terrorists. Obama refused to sell Nigeria arms and supplies critical to the fight, and stepped in to block other Western allies from doing so. The administration also denied Nigeria intelligence [3] on Boko Haram from drones operating in the area. While Boko Haram was kidnapping school girls, the U.S. cut petroleum...
  • Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes on Houthi Rebels in Yemen

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

    03/26/2015 9:57:39 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 26, 2015 | AP
    Airstrikes by Saudi Arabia against Iran-backed Shiite rebels in turbulent Yemen have added a regional dimension to the conflict in the Arab world’s poorest country. Five reasons why the world should care about what is happening there: Yemen is home to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, which Washington has viewed as the most lethal branch of the global network founded by Osama bin Laden. AQAP has been linked to several attempted attacks on the U.S., including the underwear bomb plot of December 2009, and it claimed the January killings at the offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie...
  • U.S. Begins Airstrikes in Support of Effort to Liberate Tikrit From Islamic State

    03/26/2015 8:14:51 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 30 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 25 March 2015 | Elias Groll
    On Wednesday, after entirely sitting out the three-week offensive, U.S. forces began carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Tikrit at the request of the Iraqi government, according to Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren.
  • Are we serious about fighting Islamic fundamentalists or not?

    03/26/2015 6:49:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    The news brings us a daily reminder of why the Obama administration is inept and lacking in basic common sense when it comes to its most important tasks: defeating the Islamic State and keeping Iran from getting nuclear weapons and dominating the region. The last, I think it is clear, is not even a problem to be addressed. The administration appears content to work in tandem with Iran in Iraq, let the Houthis depose the elected government in Yemen (where they have, according to news reports, looted intelligence files “exposing names of informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism operations”), leave...
  • Gulf States Decide ‘to Repel Houthi Aggression’ (in Yemen; ISIS, AQAP also targeted)

    03/25/2015 4:35:47 PM PDT · by kristinn · 9 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Last Update: Thursday, 26 March 2015 KSA 02:23 - GMT 23:23 | Staff Writer
    Arab Gulf states announced late Wednesday that they have decided to “repel Houthi aggression” in neighboring Yemen, following a request from the country’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. President Hadi, who was forced to flee his presidential complex in Aden earlier in the day, has urged the Gulf states to intervene military in Yemen. In their joint statement Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait said they "decided to repel Houthi militias, al-Qaeda and ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] in the country.” The Gulf states warned that the Houthi coup in Yemen represented a “major threat” to the region’s...
  • Ivy League Dean Welcomes ISIS Club To Campus [UNDERCOVER VIDEO]

    03/25/2015 2:19:36 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/25/15 | Eric Owens
    In the latest undercover sting operation from investigative filmmaker James O’Keefe, an assistant dean at Cornell University has advised a journalist posing as a Moroccan student all about how to launch a campus club with the express intent of supporting ISIS. The Ivy League administrator, Joseph Scaffido, also provides counsel on how to fund the pro-Islamist militant club so it can send “care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics” to ISIS and Hamas — both terrorist organizations, according to the State Department. Scaffido even lays out how the club can bring an ISIS “freedom fighter to come and do...
  • US conducting airstrikes to help Iraq retake Tikrit

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

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

    03/25/2015 8:22:04 AM PDT · by Cry if I Wanna · 15 replies
    DuffleBlog ^ | March 25, 2015 | Maxx Butthurt
    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — The Islamic State is facing international backlash today after releasing a so-called “Kill List,” inviting lone-wolf agents to attempt to target the service members and their families on behalf of the terrorist organization. International condemnation has been strong since it was discovered that the list left off Capt. Marissa Steel, a finance officer in the US Army I Corps.
  • ISIS tries to instill fear even in West Texas, reaches electronically.

    03/25/2015 8:19:42 AM PDT · by outinyellowdogcountry · 2 replies
    KTXS ^ | 3-25-15 | Jeff Cramer
    <p>An Abilene construction company’s website appeared Tuesday to have been hacked by a group claiming to support the terrorist group ISIS.</p> <p>Abilene Restoration and Construction's website had ISIS propaganda all over it. It has since been removed as of Tuesday evening.</p>
  • ISIS Chemical Weapon Attack - in Indonesia?

    03/25/2015 6:30:36 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/3/15
    Indonesian terrorists believed to have returned from fighting with the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Syria are suspected of being behind an attempted chlorine bomb attack in a shopping mall last month, police said Wednesday. The homemade device - made up of several bottles and a detonator - was discovered in the mall south of Jakarta after it failed to go off properly. Police said it was the first such attack ever attempted in Indonesia. National Police Inspector General, Tito Karnavian, said the use of the chlorine resembled tactics employed by ISIS jihadists, who have taken over a vast swath...
  • Arab Media Lashes Out at Obama for Iran Negotiations

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

    03/25/2015 4:18:22 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 52 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03.25.15 | Carl Campanile
    This guy is either the dumbest Ivy League bigwig ever or politically correct to a fault — for welcoming offers to bring ISIS and Hamas to Cornell University. A video sting operation shows Cornell’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, agreeing to everything suggested by an undercover muckraker posing as a Moroccan student. Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS “freedom fighter’’ to conduct a “training camp” for students at the upstate Ithaca campus — bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp. Is it OK to bring a humanitarian pro-“Islamic State Iraq and Syria” group on campus, the undercover for...
  • Terror triumvirate: ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram training together in Mauritania: analyst

    03/24/2015 11:22:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 23, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    The world’s three most infamous terrorist organizations are working together at Al-Qaeda-run training camps in the Sahara Desert in Mauritania, where dozens of recruits from the U.S., Canada and Europe are being indoctrinated into violent jihad and training for attacks that could expand the so-called caliphate across North and West Africa, according to analysts. ISIS, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda all have links to two camps in the remote sands of the expansive North African country, according to Veryan Khan, editorial director for the Florida-based Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, which tracks international terrorism and had a source on the ground...
  • Canada to Launch Air Strikes on IS Positions in Syria

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

    03/24/2015 9:28:39 AM PDT · by Star Traveler
    YNetNews ^ | Monday, March 23, 2015 | Smadar Perry
    Analysis: The Egyptian, Jordanian, Saudi and Gulf state rulers trust Israel's re-elected prime minister to handle the Iranian issue, and the Americans to pressure him on the Palestinian issue. The Arab world, just like officials in Jerusalem and in the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, is monitoring the steps of the American dance which is casting a shadow on the elections results here. One can definitely say that the roof did not collapse on the Arab leaders' heads when Netanyahu won. The elections here appeared odd, and if there was any attention, it focused on the joint Arab list, and...
  • Canada says it will launch air strikes against ISIS in Syria

    03/24/2015 8:20:53 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 9 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | March 24, 2015 | DAVID LJUNGGREN, REUTERS
    OTTAWA - Canada will expand its military mission against Islamic State by launching air strikes against its positions in Syria as well as Iraq, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday. That will make Canada the second NATO member nation after the United States to attack Islamic State positions in Syria, which have also been hit by jets from Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Somali Muslims Swarm (MN) School, Force Lockdown After Somali Posts ISIS-Supportive Picture

    03/24/2015 7:41:35 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 24 Mar 2015 | Katie McHugh
    Shockingly, a fight broke out between Somali Muslim students on Friday, two days after a student posted a social media image of a wheelchair-bound girl whom posters claimed to be affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS). A student is reportedly being “disciplined” for the photo–meaning he or she will be given a reprimand and will be allowed to roam society freely without restriction or inhibition after inciting jihad against America. Jeff Oxton of the St. Cloud Police Department reassured media that the angry, alien mob will not be punished, and police were on hand not to arrest lawbreakers, but to “keep the situation calm”...
  • Is The Obama Administration Losing The War On Terror?

    03/23/2015 11:32:23 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 49 replies
    Fox News Talking Points Memo ^ | Bill O'Reilly and Charles Krauthhammer
    File this under "If they had been doing their damn jobs" Go to about the 6 minute mark...the experts and the talking heads are only just beginning to figure out what they should have known Obama would do all along.
  • Why ISIS Will Attack America

    03/24/2015 6:40:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/24/2015 | Tom Rogan
    <p>There is no good in you if they are secure and happy while you have a pulsing vein. Erupt volcanoes of jihad everywhere. Light the earth with fire upon all the [apostate rulers], their soldiers and supporters.</p> <p>Those words weren’t idle. The Islamic State (ISIS) is still advancing, across continents and cultures. It’s attacking Shia Muslims in Yemen, gunning down Western tourists in Tunisia, beheading Christians in Libya, and murdering or enslaving all who do not yield in Iraq and Syria. Its black banner seen as undaunted by the international coalition against it, new recruits still flock to its service. The Islamic State’s rise is, in other words, not over, and it is likely to end up involving an attack on America.</p>
  • All the Wars and Coups of President Ted Cruz

    03/23/2015 11:10:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Los Angeles City Watch ^ | March 24, 2015 | Professor Juan Cole, University of Michigan
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz, one of three Cuban-Americans in the Senate, is throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race today. Cruz has made a career out of slamming President Obama for being weak and presiding over the collapse of countries like Yemen (as though Cruz could have done anything about that if he had been president). I figure if you total them all up, Cruz has called for six or seven strong US interventions abroad, whether in the form of invasions, air strikes, or covert coups d’etat. It is hard to tell exactly, since he doesn’t...
  • Lebanese Cleric Maher Hamoud: Israel Will Cease to Exist in 2022

    03/23/2015 3:48:58 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 3-9-15 | NBN TV (Lebanon)
    In a March 9 interview with the Lebanese channel NBN TV, Lebanese cleric and imam of the Al-Quds Mosque in Sidon Sheik Maher Hamoud said that according to various calculations, based on the Quran, the Torah, and astronomy, the end of Israel would come in 2022. Following are excerpts: Maher Hamoud: We have seen the cowardly Jew in Southern Lebanon, in Gaza, and elsewhere. The cowardly Jew fears death – unlike our youth whose [religious] conviction makes them go to their death whole-heartedly. […] The end of Israel is inevitable and, Allah willing, imminent. Interviewer: Allah wiling. Maher Hamoud: This...
  • ISIS On The Streets Of Metro Detroit? Officials Say It Was A Planned Exercise

    03/23/2015 11:58:08 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 18 replies
    C.B.S. ^ | March 22, 2015 | No Attribution
    SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – There was some concern in Southfield Sunday morning after an ISIS flag was seen hanging from the side of a truck near the United States Army Reserve Center. Officials there tell us the flag was being used a part of an anti-terrorism training exercise, and the truck had briefly left the property. Such a vehicle wouldn’t normally leave the base, and officials understand why there would be confusion and apologized. They say using foreign flags and symbols make their exercises authentic.
  • Yemen Falls Apart

    03/23/2015 11:16:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    World Affairs ^ | March 23, 2015 | Michael J. Totten
    Suicide-bombers killed at least 137 people and wounded more than 350 in Yemen at two Shia mosques in the capital city of Sanaa on Friday. The very next day, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula seized control of the city of al-Houta, and the day after that, the Iranian-backed Houthi rebel movement conquered parts of Taiz, the nation's third-largest city. Rival militias are battling for control of the international airport in the coastal city of Aden, and the US government just announced that American troops are evacuating Al Anad airbase.
  • Anti-American NDP opposes extension of ISIS mission

    03/23/2015 9:46:23 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/23/15 | Arthur Weinreb
    Anyone who thought the anti-Americanism of the NDP would disappear when Obama took over from Bush was wrong. The six-month mission to battle ISIS that Canada committed to last fall will end on April 7. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced he will go to Parliament this to request an extension of the mission to battle ISIS for a further year. The current engagement, limited to Iraq, may be broadened to include Syria. Canada’s role under the current mission has been to conduct air strikes, as well as flying surveillance and reconnaissance missions and training Iraqi and Kurdish fighters. One Canadian...
  • The Knights Templar Shows How to Fight ISIS and Win

    03/23/2015 8:23:53 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    The Fiscal Times via Yahoo! Finance ^ | March 22, 2015 9:00 AM | Andrew L. Peek
    ... Sovereignty was a bit of a confused concept at that time. Power was not wholly the prerogative of states, as it became after the Treaty of Westphalia in 1646, which put an end to the wars of religion. While there were recognizable national entities – like France, most of all, and England –- the lines of feudal loyalty were distinctly non-national. A baron could own lands in France but could also be nominally sworn to a lord in Burgundy or have vassals in the Holy Roman Empire who were nominally fighting his king, though they gave fealty to him....
  • ISIS Posts 'Wanted' List of 100 US Military Personnel; Urges 'Brothers in America' to Kill Them

    03/23/2015 8:21:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/23/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    The "hacking division" of Islamic State has posted a list of 100 U.S. military personnel saying they are fighting to defeat the terror group and has also included their names and photos so that "brothers in America can deal with you." These 100 individuals have been involved in efforts to defeat the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and the list has been released to allow "brothers in America" to deal with them, the Sunni group says, according to National Public Radio. The information about the military personnel has been gathered mostly from...
  • In this stunning intervention, literary colossus V.S. NAIPAUL says ISIS is now the Fourth Reich [tr]

    03/23/2015 6:25:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 22, 2015 | V.S. Naipul
    Imagine a world in which a young man is locked in a cage, has petrol showered over him and is set alight to be burnt alive. Imagine the triumphant jeering of an audience that has gathered to witness this. Imagine, also, a 12-year-old child with elated determination on his features shooting at close range a kneeling man with his arms tied behind his back. Then picture the spectacle of a hundred beheadings of victim after victim in humiliating uniforms, their hands and feet bound, kneeling with their backs to their black-robed executioners who wield knives to cut their throats as...
  • Oil Price Dips Under $55 on Saudi Output Fears

    03/23/2015 5:06:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 23, 2015 | GEORGI KANTCHEV
    ...Brent for delivery in May fell 1.1% to $54.71 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures exchange. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in May traded at $45.64 a barrel, down 2% from last week’s close. Both contracts gained last week with U.S. crude snapping a four-week losing streak. On Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s influential oil minister Ali al-Naimi told a conference in Riyadh that there was no conspiracy behind the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ decision last fall to maintain its output target. He said the group could have lost market share if it...
  • Why Americans Don’t Care About ISIS

    03/23/2015 4:18:05 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    Lately, conservative pundits like Glenn Beck and Hugh Hewitt have been questioning why America seems so apathetic about ISIS. Beck says Americans don’t realize how serious Islamic terrorism has become; we are on the verge of World War III.
  • How Ted Cruz Will Pull the GOP Presidential Primary Right

    03/22/2015 9:07:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 22, 2015 | Scott Bland
    The Texan spent the last months before his presidential campaign showing off his knack for articulating the most conservative position on numerous issues.Sen. Ted Cruz will reportedly launch his 2016 presidential campaign during a speech Monday, the Houston Chronicle wrote Saturday night. The Texas Republican has been laying the groundwork for a run for months—visiting early primary states, meeting with Republican activists, and hiring political strategists to manage his campaign—and has chosen the evangelical Liberty University in Virginia as the site of his official announcement. Though Cruz is not considered a favorite to win the GOP nomination, he will undoubtedly...
  • Sean Penn ‘thanks’ George Bush, Dick Cheney for ‘inventing’ Islamic State

    03/22/2015 7:31:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Sean Penn sarcastically thanked former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney Wednesday night for “inventing” the Islamic State terror group that is wreaking havoc across the Middle East. “You mentioned Dick Cheney, this kind of, you know, embittered bacteria of humanity,” the actor told TBS talk show host Conan O'Brien. “It’s always a surprise to me to remember that, through bionic technology and so on, this guy’s still here.” “These are the guys — he and President Bush and some others — who invented Daesh, or ISIS,” Mr. Penn said, using the Arabic name and the...
  • ISIS Urges Sympathizers to Kill U.S. Service Members It Identifies on Website

    03/22/2015 4:31:40 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 21, 2015 | By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and HELENE COOPER
    WASHINGTON — In a new online threat to American military personnel, the Islamic State has called on its members and sympathizers in the United States to kill 100 service members whose names, photos and purported addresses it posted on a website. The group said that the personnel had participated in efforts to defeat it in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere. Defense Department and F.B.I. officials said that they were aware of the website and were investigating the posting. It does not appear that the information had been hacked from government servers. One Defense Department official, who was not authorized to...
  • California man facing terrorism charge writes to newspaper

    03/22/2015 2:39:52 PM PDT · by wtd · 4 replies
    WVUE New Orleans ^ | 03/22/2015
    California man facing terrorism charge writes to newspaperSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A 21-year-old Southern California man accused of trying to join the Islamic State group vowed revenge and identified with the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France in a series of writings to a newspaper. Adam Dandach, who pleaded not guilty last week to attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group and other charges, sent four letters and two poems from jail to the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/1Ony7es ). A poem titled "The Price of Freedom of Speech" ends, "Rot in a grave of fire, right...
  • Islamic State launches step-by-step dossier for Aussie jihadists==>Syria

    03/22/2015 2:26:53 PM PDT · by wtd
    News.com.au ^ | 3/22/2015 9:14PM
    Islamic State launches step-by-step dossier for Aussie jihadists on how to get to frontline in Syria THE Islamic State has launched a step-by-step dossier to help would-be Australian jihadists flee the country and fight alongside the terror group. The online guide, posted to sympathisers’ social media network on March 14, includes details and advice on how to use a vast online support network on home soil and, ultimately, slip through security cracks. The support network was the very one used by Melbourne suicide bomber Jake Bilardi, who boasted in a blog of the ease of getting to Syria and...
  • Girl, 14, marries her terrorist father’s best mate

    03/22/2015 12:32:42 PM PDT · by wtd · 9 replies
    Adelaide Now (Australia) ^ | March 22, 2015 9:00PM | Geoff Chambers, James Dowling
    Girl, 14, marries her terrorist father’s best mate AUSTRALIAN terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has married off a girl believed to be his 14-year-old daughter to his best mate, Mohamed Elomar. The teenage girl has bragged that she has become a jihadi bride and married the 30-year-old Elomar. She has posted photos of her young brother and a Yazidi slave child wearing army fatigues under an Islamic State flag.
  • US removes remaining personnel from Yemen

    03/22/2015 7:53:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 22, 2015 | (With AP)
    The U.S. has removed all remaining personnel from Yemen as Shiite rebels controlling the country’s capital called for others to join its battle against government forces. The State Department said in a statement it is removing personnel due to the “deteriorating security situation” in the country. The State Department also said it will continue to engage the Yemeni people and international community to support the country’s political transition. […] The U.N. Security Council has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the situation in Yemen as well. The closed-door meeting is expected to take place Sunday. …
  • ISIS publishes 'kill list' online of names, photos and addresses of 100 US military members

    03/21/2015 6:10:02 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 57 replies
    DailyMail and Reuters ^ | 21 March 2015 | By Evan Bleier For Dailymail.com and Reuters
    A division of ISIS published a 'kill list' containing the names, photos and addresses of 100 US military members online and called upon its 'brothers residing in America' to kill them. The list was posted online by the 'Islamic State Hacking Division'. The group claimed it hacked several military servers, databases and emails to obtain the information. The ISHD said it wants 'lone wolf' attackers to go after the military members and 'kill them wherever you find them'. The list did appear to match up with information which was available online, TheBlaze reported. The posting read: 'With the huge amount...
  • ISIS Destroys Historic Christian And Muslim Shrines In Northern Iraq [Obama's JV-Team At Work!]

    03/20/2015 4:56:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | March 20, 2015 | Kareem Shaheen
    ISIS Destroys Historic Christian And Muslim Shrines In Northern Iraq Structures destroyed include fourth-century Assyrian memorial Patriarch of Syriac Catholic church tells west: ‘Condemnation is not enough’ A picture released by Isis of a Christian shrine in Hamdaniya being destroyed. Kareem Shaheen 20 March 2015 Islamic State militants appear to have destroyed Christian and Shia Muslim shrines in northern Iraq – including a fourth-century memorial built by an Assyrian king – in the group’s latest rampage against the embattled country’s religious and cultural heritage. On Thursday, Isis’s “Nineveh province media office” released photographs showing the apparent destruction of the holy...
  • Islamic State posts kill list with purported addresses of U.S. military personnel

    03/21/2015 7:55:03 AM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    A group affiliated with the Islamic State published a list of addresses purportedly belonging to about 100 U.S. service members late Friday night, calling for their beheadings. The self-identified “Islamic State Hacking Division” claimed to have obtained the information by hacking into military servers, databases and emails, The Blaze reported Saturday. The online document contains names and photos along with some of the addresses.
  • Obama's Locus

    03/21/2015 6:00:10 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Eileen F. Toplansky
    Lucid people who employ logic and evidence find it unimaginable that Obama does not appear to advance American interests and safeguard American lives. They clearly see a tinderbox ready to ignite in the Middle East. Why doesn't he? Unless, of course, all this is exactly what he seeks and has always sought. In fact, though it defies logic and sound reasoning, everything Obama does is meant to achieve the very opposite of judicious and prudent behavior. In this cartoon, Michael Ramirez perfectly captures the fealty that Obama displays with the dictators and evilmongers of the world. Obama does not care...
  • Islam Bulldozes the Past

    03/20/2015 5:44:50 PM PDT · by yoe · 35 replies
    Daniel Pipes Middle East Forum ^ | March 20, 2015 | Daniel Pipes
    The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State (ISIS) of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra, and Korsabad, three of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural sites, is just this group latest round of assaults across the large area under its control. Since January 2014, the flamboyantly barbaric ISIS has blown up Shi'i mosques, bulldozed churches, pulverized shrines, and plundered museums. Worse, the ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims.[snip] In some cases, conquerors turn non-Islamic holy places into Islamic ones, thereby asserting the supremacy of Islam. This can be done by...
  • I Was an ISIS Hostage for 5 Months

    03/20/2015 6:15:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 20, 2015 | Anonymous As Told to Sulome Anderson
    It's strange how you can interact with someone every day and not know anything about them at all. I work in Lebanon much of the year. When I'm there, I stay in the residential Christian neighborhood of Fanar, about 20 minutes outside of Beirut. I see the natour — the superintendent of my building — when I enter or exit. He's a handsome man in his 30s with a quick, easy smile. I knew he was Syrian, but that was the extent of my knowledge about his life. About a month ago, we were talking and it came out that...
  • The Caliphate Cracks

    03/20/2015 1:30:31 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 24 replies
    The Economist ^ | Mar 21st 2015 | THe Economist
    Though Islamic State is still spreading terror, its weaknesses are becoming apparent. The caliphate has been pushed out of the Syrian town of Kobane by Kurdish fighters, backed by American air power. It is being squeezed in Tikrit (the tribal base of the former dictator, Saddam Hussein) by the Iraqi army and Shia militias co-ordinated by Iran. Compared with the peak, when it was at the gates of Baghdad, its territory has shrunk by about 25%. IS’s funds are dwindling, too. America and its allies have bombed lucrative oil facilities. Most of the hostages have been sold or murdered in...