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  • Disputed Kurdish oil tanker mysteriously goes dark off Texas coast

    08/29/2014 5:38:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | Terry Wade and Anna Louie Sussman
    Disputed Kurdish oil tanker mysteriously goes dark off Texas coast Reuters By Terry Wade and Anna Louie Sussman A tanker near Texas loaded with $100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude has disappeared from satellite tracking, the latest development in a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse between Baghdad and the Kurds. The AIS ship tracking system used by the U.S. Coast Guard and Reuters on Thursday showed no known position for the United Kalavrvta, which was carrying 1 million barrels of crude and 95 percent full when it went dark. The AIS ship tracking system used by the U.S. Coast...
  • Pentagon: Arms flow to Kurds increases; 7 nations join effort

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

    08/27/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    AFP via BI ^ | Aug. 27, 2014, 9:33 AM | Marwan Ibrahim
    Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break a two-month jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water. The imminent counter-offensive comes amid reports that US President Barack Obama is weighing a decision to authorise air strikes and aid drops in the area to assist around 12,000 residents trapped in the northern town. According to a civilian volunteer commander, thousands of Shiite militiamen from groups including Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Badr Organisation are gathering in the Tuz Khurmatu area of Salaheddin province,...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga recapture oil, farming center in wake of airstrikes

    08/28/2014 8:41:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 08/28/2014 | Seth Robson
    MAKHMUR, Iraq — Bullet-riddled walls, burned-out buildings and a hastily dug grave in this town where U.S. troops were once stationed mark the northernmost advance of Islamic State militants along one of the main highways leading into Iraqi Kurdistan. Kurdish forces recaptured Makhmur, an oil and farming center just 40 miles south of the Kurdish capital, Irbil, in the wake of U.S. airstrikes launched this month on Islamic State positions, pushing the militants back to the town of Qarach, a 15-minute drive down the road. Few of the 18,000 people who lived in Makhmur have returned, fearing that Islamic State...
  • Kurdish forces reclaim seven villages in northern Iraq from militants

    08/28/2014 8:15:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Alliance News LSE ^ | Thu, 28th Aug 2014 10:40
    Baghdad (Alliance News) - Kurdish Peshmerga forces Thursday took control of seven villages from the Islamic State in northern Iraq in a major offensive against the radical group, the Iraqi government-run TV al-Iraqiya reported. The villages are located near the strategic Mosul Dam, which the Peshmerga had recaptured from the extremists in mid-August.The dam, Iraq's largest, is located on the Tigris River, which flows through the capital Baghdad.After having suffered setbacks by the Islamic State early this month, the Peshmerga, backed by US airstrikes, have been able to retake several areas from the al-Qaeda splinter group in the past two...
  • Peshmerga: We Will Enter Jalawla Soon

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

    08/24/2014 5:54:53 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 23 August 2014 | Martin Chulov
    Islamic State extremists are pushing to secure the border between Turkey and north-western Syria as the main gateway for recruits to join the caliphate they have imposed across much of eastern Syria and western Iraq. Large numbers of jihadists from Islamic State (formerly Isis) are moving this weekend towards the Turkish border area, about 60 miles north of Aleppo, in columns of armoured trucks that they looted from abandoned Iraqi military bases. The area is now one of the most active front lines in the group's attempt to redraw the borders of the Levant, a campaign that will have huge...
  • RAAF may join US air strikes on Islamic State

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

    08/24/2014 6:36:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/24/2014 | Robert Spencer
    “It is our narrative, it is our story, that we will fight every corrupt leader and every corrupt government until the lands of the world are free, and have justice from sea to sea, from mountain range to mountain range, from desert to desert, from forest to forest, from city to city, and from street to street.” Justice, for a Muslim American Society operative like Rami Kawas, means Sharia. The Muslim American Society is one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief operating arms in the United States.“New York Friday Sermon: U.S. Muslims Should Boycott Coca-Cola, Nestle,” MEMRI, August 8, 2014 (thanks...
  • Radical Islamist action rekindles possibility of Kurdish independence

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

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

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

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

    06/11/2014 8:42:42 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 43 replies
    YNET ^ | 06/11/14 | Roi Kais
    Assad offers to help Iraq rid itself of al-Qaeda group which took over Mosul, saying 'Damascus ready to cooperate with Iraq to face terrorism, our common enemy'
  • How al-Qaeda Changed the Syrian War

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

    08/21/2014 1:53:40 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/21/14 | Fox News
    Arizona Sen. John McCain on Thursday called President Obama's remarks on the execution of American journalist James Foley "moving" -- but also said his policy on the Islamic State terror group is failing. "He said we have to contain ISIS. We don't have to contain ISIS. We have to defeat ISIS, and we have to do whatever is necessary," the Republican lawmaker said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "Failures of policies have consequences, and we're paying [for] those consequences in enormous cost of human blood. It's a debacle, and he still doesn't get it."
  • Are African Americans Being Recruited by ISIS?

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

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

    06/15/2014 8:41:13 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 54 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday, June 14, 2014 | Martin Chulov
    Iran has sent 2,000 advance troops to Iraq in the past 48 hours to help tackle a jihadist insurgency, a senior Iraqi official has told the Guardian. The confirmation comes as the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said Iran was ready to support Iraq from the mortal threat fast spreading through the country, while the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, called on citizens to take up arms in their country's defence. Addressing the country on Saturday, Maliki said rebels from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) had given "an incentive to the army and to Iraqis to act...
  • Iran Deploys Forces to Fight al Qaeda-Inspired Militants in Iraq

    06/14/2014 10:02:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 12, 2014 9:46 p.m. ET | Farnaz Fassihi
    The threat of Sunni extremists eclipsing the power of its Shiite-dominated Arab ally presents Iran with the biggest security and strategic challenge it has faced since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. With the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an offshoot of al Qaeda, rapidly gaining territory, Iran deployed Revolutionary Guards units to Iraq, according to Iranian security officials. Iran has invested considerable financial, political and military resources over the past decade to ensure Iraq emerged from U.S. war as a strategic partner for the Islamic Republic and a strong Shiite-led state. The so-called Shiite crescent—stretching from Iran...
  • Russia and Iran attack ISIS Jihadists

    08/16/2014 9:09:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | August 11, 2014 | Dr. Michael Evans
    President Barack Obama has announced that the United States launched air strikes on the terrorist organization ISIS to assist Kurdistan. It is likely you have not seen a headline that says, “US Strikes help Kurds retake towns.” That is because it never happened. The air support came from Russian and Iranian planes. The only problem is that’s not entirely true. My contacts in Kurdistan are now saying that many of these attacks are being launched by the Iraqi air force. The only problem is that the US government has not sold airplanes to Iraq, but Russia has armed them with...
  • New Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim 'set to announce reshuffle'

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

    07/28/2014 12:00:09 PM PDT · by Kennard · 5 replies
    misterchambers.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    Why Israel? Why now? Though few Americans paid any attention at the time, in November of last year, Secretary of State John Kerry announced to the world that this summer would be defined by violence against the Jewish state. Almost as he had been tipped off, the Secretary of State warned Israel to make a deal with the likes of Hamas and Fatah, Palestinian parties who do not acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, Kerry said, “Does Israel want a third intifada? … “I believe that if we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and Israelis; if we do not...
  • Obama and Kerry Were Warned About Isis and Paid No Attention

    06/28/2014 8:05:00 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | June 28, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Fox news reported that the intelligence community has been warning the Obama Administration about the growing threat from Sunni militants since January. The Administration was aware of The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s (ISIS) uprising in Iraq. This directly contradicts Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim that nobody expected the routing of Iraqi security forces by Sunni lead ISIS. ISIS was assisted by Iraqi Sunnis, embittered by the loss of power to the Shia majority. It’s very likely this cooperation has allowed the insurgents’ access to the weapons of mass destruction that the American press claimed to have never...
  • Evidence Mounting That Turkey Is Behind ISIS Recruitment to Establish an Islamic Caliphate

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

    06/21/2014 1:18:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | Ayman Mohyeldin
    Delta Force-trained commander Polad Talabani has few illusions about the scale of the task facing his elite team which has been ordered to halt the march of militants aiming to seize Baghdad. Talabani, who is in charge of the Kurdish Regional Government's counter-terrorism unit, says his troops have inflicted heavy casualties on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The biggest battles are being fought in the smallest villages in this showdown between Talabani's 160 men and a seemingly endless stream of al Qaeda-inspired insurgents. And as soon as any Sunni fighters are killed, Talabani says "dozens more will...
  • Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons

    08/23/2014 9:07:06 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 27 replies
    kqed / npr ^ | 8-23-2014 | Peter Kenyon
    Iraq's ethnic Kurds are longtime U.S. allies and have put up the toughest resistance to the Sunni extremists in the so-called Islamic State that has captured swaths or Iraq's north and west. They're getting help from U.S. air strikes, but also need heavier weapons of their own to match the firepower of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Weapons have been promised by the U.S. and other countries, but getting them through the central government in Baghdad has hampered the mission, according to Kurdish commanders. "We have heard weapons are coming, but so far we haven't seen any. As...
  • Create a New Kurdistan and Destabilize Iran (Part II)

    08/22/2014 2:58:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Larry Kelley
    By 207 B.C., Rome and its allies on the Italian peninsula had lost approximately 100,000 soldiers to the invading armies of the great Carthaginian general, Hannibal. To make matters more desperate, the Carthaginians were in the final stages of securing massive reinforcements from Phillip V of Macedon. That year the Roman Senate sent a secret group of provocateurs to Northern Greece who started violent insurrections among PhillipÂ’s disaffected subject peoples to his south. The Macedonian armies never sailed and for next 600 years the course of western civilization would be charted by Rome.Special Forces Will Again Change the WorldAs I...
  • Obama Adviser Says Military Action Possible Against ISIS

    08/22/2014 2:49:56 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 22, 2014 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    EDGARTOWN, Mass. — A top national security adviser to President Obama vowed Friday that the United States would “do what is necessary” in Syria to protect American interests and said that direct military action was possible against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS. Benjamin J. Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, said ISIS had become an increased threat to the United States, a threat the American government was taking seriously. “If you come against Americans, we are going to come after you,” Mr. Rhodes said. He declined to say whether the president was considering expanding airstrikes...
  • The Kurds: America’s Greatest Ally in the Middle East

    08/20/2014 9:34:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    IVN ^ | 08/19/2014 | Joshua Alvarez
    For all the misgivings Americans may have about the Iraq War — its rationale, its execution, and its aftermath — there is at least one thing of which to be proud: our support of a free, autonomous, and democratic Kurdistan. The story of the Kurds and their steadfast support of an Iraq free from fascism of either the Baathist or Islamist type is one worth telling and retelling. It’s one of uncommon moral clarity. The Kurds are not a monolithic people; there are very real cultural and political differences between Kurds in Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran. Nonetheless, they share...
  • Islamic State forcibly circumcises Christian men, sells 700 Yazidi women

    08/18/2014 7:11:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/18/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Circumcision: “Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr ‘clitoris’ [this is called khufaadh 'female circumcision']).” — ‘Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice, p. 64Sex slavery: “Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who are during their prayer humbly submissive, and they who turn away from ill speech, and they who are observant of zakah, and they who guard their private parts except from their wives or those their...
  • Iraqi, Kurdish forces claim defeat of insurgents at strategic Mosul Dam

    08/18/2014 12:03:10 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8/18/14 | Liz Sly, Craig Whitlock and Loveday Morris
    Iraqi and Kurdish forces claimed Monday that they ejected Islamic State fighters from a strategically vital dam in northern Iraq, after waves of U.S. airstrikes scattered the radical Islamist militants in the biggest push yet to reverse their blitz through the country. Fighting continued on the western bank of the lake at the head of the Mosul Dam, and government troops were unable to enter the facility because it was booby-trapped by the retreating militants, officials said. But the officials claimed that Islamic State fighters were on the run after the offensive launched by Iraqi special forces and Kurdish pesh...
  • Report: US Aircraft Watched Yazidi Massacre From Air – Responded After the Killings (Video)

    08/17/2014 11:46:12 AM PDT · by blueyon · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    US aircraft spotted the Yazidi massacre this week. But did not act until after the killing. At least 80 men from the Yazidi faith were killed, and scores of women and children abducted, in the village of Kawju (also spelt Kocho) on Friday.
  • How the U.S.-favored Kurds Abandoned the Yazidis when ISIS Attacked

    08/17/2014 11:07:39 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    Interviews with witnesses show the Kurds who are now getting weapons and air support from Washington left the Yazidis defenseless earlier this month.
  • Iraq: Kurdish forces retake parts of largest dam

    08/17/2014 6:16:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AP vie WP ^ | August 17 at 9:08 AM
    By Associated Press August 17 at 9:08 AMIRBIL, Iraq — An Iraqi security official says Kurdish forces have taken over parts of the country’s largest dam, which was captured by the Islamic State extremist group earlier this month.Gen. Tawfik Desty told The Associated Press that peshmerga forces backed by Iraqi and U.S. warplanes started the operation to retake Mosul Dam early Sunday.Desty, a commander with the Kurdish forces at the dam, which was seized on Aug. 7, said they now control the eastern part of the dam and that fighting is still underway.
  • Islamist militants ‘executed 700 tribe members’ in Syria

    08/17/2014 12:32:18 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    France24 ^ | August 16, 2014 | Reuters
    Militants from the Islamic State Organisation have in the past two weeks executed 700 members of a tribe in eastern Syria, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group said on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has tracked violence on all sides of the three-year-old conflict, said that reliable sources reported beheadings were used to execute many of the al-Sheitaat tribe, which is from Deir al-Zor province. The conflict between the group of fighters calling itself Islamic State (formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS) and the al-Sheitaat tribe, who...
  • Kurds Prepare for Talks with Baghdad on New Government

    08/17/2014 1:35:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 5 hours ago
    Kurds Prepare for Talks with Baghdad on New Government By RUDAW 5 hours ago After months of political turmoil in Iraq and the withdrawal of Kurdish ministers from Baghdad, the Kurds are now gearing up to join Iraq’s new cabinet under Abadi. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdish political leaders agreed on Saturday to resume negotiations on their participation in the Iraqi government through small, but organized delegations. In a multi-party meeting the leaders of Kurdistan Region’s five major political groups drew a plan for dealing with their Iraqi Shiite and Sunni counterparts on the formation of the new government. “Our meeting...
  • ISIS militants 'kill 300 MORE Yazidi men and kidnap their families on second day of massacre'

    08/16/2014 3:57:26 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17:39 EST, 16 August 2014
    *Militants allegedly stormed into the small village of Kocho in northern Iraq *They 'spent five days trying to persuade villagers to take up their religion' *When they refused, 82 men in ancient sect reportedly shot dead yesterday *Women and girls were allegedly kidnapped during the one-hour 'massacre' *And today, further 312 Yazidis were allegedly killed and families abducted *'There were corpses everywhere. Only two were alive,' says Yazidi fighter *Comes as Britain has sent spy plane over northern Iraq to monitor crisis *Intelligence-gathering Rivet Joint aircraft examines phone conversations *ISIS's push to border has sent tens of thousands of Yazidis...
  • Democrats highlight Ernst statement on Iraq situation

    08/12/2014 6:07:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    radioiowa.com ^ | August12, 2014 | O. Kay Henderson
    Iowa Democrats and Bruce Braley’s campaign are drawing attention to comments Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst made during an ABC interview late last week. “What we see going on in Iraq right now, if this current administration had followed guidance from military leaders many years ago, we would not be in this situation,” Ernst said. Jeff Zeleny, ABC’s Senior Washington correspondent, asked: “Do you support the limited airstrikes that were started this morning?” Ernst replied: “I can say is what I would have supported is leaving additional troops in Iraq longer and perhaps we wouldn’t have this situation today.”...
  • Hillary Clinton's twisted take on Syria, Iraq and ISIS

    08/13/2014 11:18:37 AM PDT · by Noremac · 13 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | August 13, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    You'll recall that I quipped that  if Obama asserts that it's nighttime - I get up and go to the window to confirm it. Well, the Big 'O' has a soulmate in the crowded universe of liars in American politics.  Hillary Clinton. Hillarys peeing on my leg but claiming that it's just raining. But I know she's peeing on my leg because we're in the middle of a drought out here - and because (ladies, cover your ears), Barack Obama calls her latest self-serving, scapegoat chatter - "Horseshit". Now, I'd say if anyone can recognize horseshit, it would probably be...
  • Special Guest (Hillary Clinton!) Editorial: Obama's Foreign Policy Failures

    08/12/2014 6:09:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Editor’s note: I think it was the great Maimonides who taught us, “You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.” So THE WEEKLY STANDARD is happy to feature this special guest editorial on President Obama's foreign policy failures (excerpted verbatim from Jeffrey Goldberg’s fine interview). – William Kristol On American Power and American Security: “But we’ve also learned about the importance of our power, our influence, and our values appropriately deployed and explained. ... One of the reasons why I worry about what’s happening in the Middle East right now is because of the breakout capacity of jihadist...
  • Some Lawmakers Press for War-Powers Vote Over Iraq (Hussein's flexibility)

    08/14/2014 2:27:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/13/14 | Siobhan Hughes
    WASHINGTON—A handful of lawmakers are saying President Barack Obama must get congressional authorization for military action in Iraq, a vote that could exacerbate tensions between the branches and present members with a difficult vote just before the midterm elections. Mr. Obama's announcement of limited airstrikes last week aimed at slowing the advance of militants from the Islamic State toward the Kurdish city of Erbil initially triggered few complaints that he had usurped the power to declare war that Congress claims as its own. But with the president warning over the weekend that "I don't think we're going to solve this...
  • Levin: ISIS Wants To Be In The Stone Age, "We Should Accommodate Them"

    08/14/2014 7:20:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    Syndicated talk radio host Mark Levin slammed President Barack Obama’s handling of the crisis in Iraq on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on Wednesday. “Our enemies, the terrorists, have never had it so good under this truly pathetic commander-in-chief, who should be in Washington D.C. right now calling Congress into session, getting authorization to use deadly military power against these cockroaches," Levin said. "He should be calling the world leaders, those who are with us, ignore those who aren't, putting together a military and other types strategies to deal with this."
  • Is ISIS 'An Existential Threat'?

    08/12/2014 6:46:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    U.S. air strikes since Friday have opened a corridor through which tens of thousands of Yazidis, trapped and starving on a mountain in Iraq, have escaped to safety in Kurdistan. The Kurds, whose peshmerga fighters were sent reeling by the Islamic State last week, bolstered now by the arrival of U.S. air power, recaptured two towns. But the peshmerga have apparently lost the strategically important town of Jalawla, 20 miles from Iran, the furthest east that ISIS forces have penetrated. Last week's gains by the Islamic State caused Republican hawks to flock to the Sunday talk shows. "ISIS is...
  • The Cowardice of the Left Gave Us the Islamic State

    08/12/2014 5:44:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    It must be exhausting for Barrack Obama. I sometimes feel worn down just reading about all the events going on in the world – I can’t even imagine how tiresome it must be, trying to avoid leadership on all those issues. Lucky for our Vacationer in Chief, he’s found a way… Apparently a healthy mix of golf and swimming is exactly what is needed to distract yourself from the chaos in the Middle East. And, to be fair, this genocidal chaos in Iraq is not completely the fault of a Nobel Laureate who plays the American President on TV. The...
  • UK troops must help the Kurds, says Iraq War hero Colonel Tim Collins

    08/12/2014 5:16:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | August 12, 2014 | By Steven Swinford, and Peter Foster
    One of Britain’s most respected commanders has compared the massacres in Iraq with genocides carried out by Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot, accusing the Government of failing in its “moral obligation” to intervene. Col Tim Collins, famed for his inspirational speech on the eve of the 2003 Iraq War, said that Britain’s politicians have “left for lunch” as he urged David Cameron to recall Parliament to debate the crisis. He told The Telegraph that ancient civilisations will be “extinguished” unless Britain joins air strikes and provides arms to Kurdish forces, and suggested that troops should be stationed in Iraq to...
  • U.S. Weighs Military Rescue Mission for Yazidi Refugees

    08/12/2014 6:31:36 PM PDT · by kristinn · 77 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Updated 8:40 p.m. ET | Dion Nissenbaum
    The U.S. is weighing a military mission in Iraq to rescue thousands of Yazidi refugees, a move that risks putting American forces in direct confrontation with Sunni fighters for the Islamic State. The proposal is still under development and hasn't been approved by President Barack Obama. U.S. officials said the rescue mission is one of many options the U.S. military is weighing after dropping food and water to dying refugees over the past six days. "People are looking at ways to do something more than just drop water and supplies," one senior U.S. official said. "You can only do that...
  • 'We Left Hundreds Behind': Inside the Helicopter Rescue of Iraq's Stranded Yazidis (Saigon 1975)

    08/12/2014 6:44:44 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 23 replies
    Mashable ^ | August 12, 2014 | BY JONATHAN RUGMAN
    He was flying low and his men were taking greater risks, dropping the aid from a much lower height. Though I have to say that I was very concerned that some of the bottles of water and some of the boxes would split open or smash on impact when they hit the rocks below. The helicopter was in such a hurry, it had so many rounds to make, so many deliveries, it didn’t stop to see to check to see if the people got the aid they needed. Toward the end of our journey, we landed on a rare space...
  • Iraq: Understanding the ISIS Offensive Against the Kurds

    08/12/2014 9:27:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Brookings ^ | August 11, 2014 | Kenneth M. Pollack
    What Happened to the Peshmerga? Without a doubt, one of the biggest and most disturbing surprises of the past week was the seeming ease with which ISIS fighters defeated Kurdish Peshmerga forces, seizing several towns in northern Iraq, the Mosul Dam, and even threatening to advance on Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). All of this has conveyed an impression of Kurdish weakness very much contrary to the accepted wisdom that the Peshmerga were more than capable of defending their lands.
  • Iraq militants changing tactics, complicating US airstrike mission

    08/13/2014 12:58:33 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 22 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published August 12, 2014 | By Jennifer Griffin
    complicating US airstrike mission Jennifer Griffin By Jennifer Griffin Published August 12, 2014 FoxNews.com 1.6K Never autoplay videos Islamic militant forces in northern Iraq appear to be shifting tactics in the face of the newly launched U.S. airstrike campaign, Defense officials say, posing a new challenge to the Obama administration as it seeks to at least slow the terrorists’ advances. According to officials, until now the Islamic State (IS) was behaving like a well-organized army, moving with strategic intent and pursuing military objectives. Now, officials are seeing at least a partial shift to classic insurgency tactics, as militants begin to...