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  • ISIS LOSES CONTROL OF OVER 20 SYRIAN VILLAGES TO KURDS–AND ASSAD

    03/04/2015 10:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/04/2015 | John Hayward
    File this report from The Daily Star of Lebanon under the category of “Yay … I Guess,” or perhaps “Two and a Half Cheers.” It’s good news that Islamic State (ISIS) forces have been pushed out of over 20 Syrian villages. The bad news is that Bashar al-Assad’s regime did most of the pushing, with an assist from Kurdish militia units. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which does not approve of most of what it observes the Assad regime doing, said that “after three days of clashes, regime forces bolstered by fighters from Arab tribes had...
  • Horrific video claims to show a nine-year-old 'ISIS supporter' being executed by Shia militia

    03/04/2015 11:33:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2015 | John Hall
    A horrific video has emerged claiming to show a nine-year-old child being brutally murdered by members of a Shia militia who accused him of being a supporter of the Islamic State terror group. The footage was purportedly filmed near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a coalition of 30,000 Iraqi Army soldiers and private Shia armies launched a campaign to oust ISIS militants earlier this week. The horrific film has not been independently verified and could easily be just the latest piece of propaganda to be released by the terrorist organisation. Nevertheless the sheer brutality of the clip calls into...
  • Tikrit attack; SUICIDE BOMBER IS US CITIZEN: IS

    03/03/2015 3:58:26 PM PST · by keat · 15 replies
    DT News ^ | Mar 4 2015
    Baghdad The Islamic State group said Tuesday a US citizen carried out a suicide attack against Iraqi forces involved in an operation to retake the jihadist-held city of Tikrit. “The brother Abu Dawud al-Amriki (may Allah accept him) launched himself with his explosives-laden truck against a gathering” of Iraqi forces and militiamen, an IS radio bulletin said. The report gave no details on the man’s identity. It claimed that dozens of Iraqi forces were killed and wounded in the blast, but did not provide further details, such as pictures or footage. There was no immediate confirmation of the attack from...
  • Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam network targeted NATO radar base in Turkey

    03/03/2015 2:11:05 AM PST · by piasa · 7 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | August 22, 2014 | BAYRAM KAYA
    Operatives of a secretive Iran-backed terrorist network in Turkey scouted the area hosting a radar site in Malatya's Kürecik district that is part of a NATO early warning radar system, an ongoing investigation has revealed. According to an 854-page police investigation on the Tawhid-Salam terror network obtained by Today's Zaman, witness testimony provided to the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office on March 22, 2013 indicated that suspects tied to Iranian intelligence had collected information about Kürecik. The witness said many front companies with the cover of legitimate businesses such as real estate agencies or bookstores had been established in Malatya by...
  • America as the Protector of Putin, Assad, and Khamenei

    11/27/2013 8:12:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/27/2013 | Shoshana Bryen
    When protests broke out in Syria in late 2011, Russia hoped for a short, nasty war as a matter of Russian national interest -- just enough to put the Muslim Brotherhood and assorted Sunnis in their place. Violence from its own Sunni Muslim population has plagued Russia for decades. Saudi Arabia took over the defeated nationalist Chechen rebellion in the late 1990s, infusing it with money and Islamist overtones, prompting the second Chechen war. More recently, there has been open fighting and rioting in Moscow between Muslims and Slavs. Iran counted on a short war as well -- something to...
  • Genghis John Kerry: ISIS is being defeated

    03/01/2015 9:21:13 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    KMBC.com ^ | 03/01/2015 | Eric Bradner
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) —Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the United States' allies in the Middle East remain on course to defeat ISIS -- though he acknowledged the challenge in Syria is a particularly difficult one.</p> <p>Each time the Iraqis have now gone forward in an offensive effort, together with allies, the coalition, we have routed ISIL," Kerry said, using an alternate name for the group, during an appearance on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.</p>
  • GOP Platform: War Without End

    02/27/2015 6:29:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    If the sadists of ISIS are seeking -- with their mass executions, child rapes, immolations, and beheadings of Christians -- to stampede us into a new war in the Middle East, they are succeeding. Repeatedly snapping the blood-red cape of terrorist atrocities in our faces has the Yankee bull snorting, pawing the ground, ready to charge again. "Nearly three-quarters of Republicans now favor sending ground troops into combat against the Islamic State," says a CBS News poll. The poll was cited in a New York Times story about how the voice of the hawk is ascendant again in the GOP....
  • Condemnation after Kurds drag ISIS bodies through Kirkuk streets

    02/26/2015 7:20:30 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 53 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 2/2/2015 | Judit Nuerink
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Incidents in Kirkuk, where bodies of Islamic State (ISIS) fighters were dragged through the streets, have shocked many in Iraqi Kurdistan. The incidents happened after ISIS attacked oil fields and installations in and around Kirkuk on Friday, making use dense fog that hampered air strikes by the US-led coalition. In surprise attacks on three fronts, dozens of Peshmerga were killed, among them two Kurdish generals. The situation in the oil-rich city, which has a mixed population under a chosen Kurdish governor, became so dire that armed neighborhood guards joined police and the Kurdish Asayish security forces,...
  • Patriarch urges prayer after at least 90 Christians kidnapped in Syria

    02/24/2015 10:21:27 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan ordains a Syro-Catholic priest in Istanbul, Turkey Nov. 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA. Rome, Italy, Feb 24, 2015 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With reports circulating saying that ISIS forces have kidnapped at least 90 Christians from villages in northeast Syria, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan said prayer is the only possible response. “Let’s pray for those innocent people,” Patriarch Younan told CNA over the phone from Beirut Feb. 24. “It’s a very, let’s say, very ordinary thing to have those people with such hatred toward non-Muslims that they don’t respect any human life,” he...
  • ISIS abducts scores of Christians in northeastern Syria, groups say

    02/24/2015 10:04:48 AM PST · by redreno · 20 replies
    http://www.cnn.com ^ | 02/24/2015 | By Greg Botelho and Gul Tuysuz, CNN
    Assyrians in northeastern Syria villages awoke Tuesday to ISIS militants at their doors, with the Islamist extremists abducting scores from the Christian group and forcing hundreds more to run for their lives, an advocate said. The ISIS fighters bust past a few men guarding the village of Tal Shamiram around 4 a.m. (9 p.m. ET Monday) and abducted children, women and the elderly, said Usama Edward, the founder of the Assyrian Human Rights Network. Talking to CNN from Stockholm, Sweden, Edward said that between 70 and 100 people total were kidnapped in that village and others in the same cluster...
  • Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 90 Christians: monitor

    02/24/2015 9:18:26 AM PST · by mojito · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/24/2105 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group tracking violence in Syria said on Tuesday. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they carried out dawn raids on rural villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority west of Hasaka, a city mainly held by the Kurds. [....] Islamic State did not confirm the kidnappings. Supporters posted photos online of the group's fighters in camouflage attire looking at maps and firing machine guns. The website said the photos were from Tel Tamr, a town near where the Observatory said...
  • DHS Secretary: To call the Islamic State Islamic would be “dignifying them as occupying...

    02/22/2015 3:09:53 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 33 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 2/22/15 | Robert Spencer
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reduced to stammering tautologies when George Stephanopoulos asked him why the Administration won’t call the Islamic State Islamic: “Now I have to say, when I travel around the country and meet with Muslim leaders in this country in these engagements that I have, they all tend to say pretty much the same thing, which is that ‘ISIL has hijacked my religion.’ And so, in my view, if we start referring to ISIL as occupying any form of the Islamic theology, we’re pretty much dignifying them as occupying some form of, of that faith, and...
  • New ISIS video shows Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers in cages in Iraq

    02/22/2015 11:54:11 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | February 22, 2015 | By Yousuf Basil and Holly Yan, CNN
    (CNN)ISIS has released a new propaganda video showing what appears to be Kurdish Peshmerga fighters paraded down Iraqi streets in cages. The video features a man saying the Peshmerga soldiers were captured by ISIS. CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of the video. But it shows at least 21 men in orange outfits hauled in the cages atop the beds of pickup trucks. A man with a microphone bearing the ISIS logo interviews some of the captives, who say they are Peshmerga soldiers. Most of those interviewed say they are from Kirkuk. The prisoners, under duress, call on their fellow...
  • Bodies of ISIS terrorists piled onto flat-bed truck after more than 60 are killed...

    02/22/2015 2:45:33 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 02/22/2015 | Dan Bloom
    More than 60 Islamic State terrorists have been killed after fierce fighting broke out overnight in northern Iraq, Kurdish officials have said. Their bodies were piled into a digger claw and onto the back of a flat-bed truck today in the strategic village of Sultan Abdullah, which extremists have targeted repeatedly in the past two months.
  • ISIS Turns to Chemical Weapons As It Loses Ground in Iraq

    02/22/2015 12:05:52 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | BY RIYADH MOHAMMED, The Fiscal Times
    A few weeks ago, the US Central Command announced that an air raid had killed an ISIS chemical weapon expert in Mosul. The ISIS operative, Iraqi engineer Mahmoud al-Sabawi, used to work at Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons program before he joined al-Qaeda in Iraq after the 2003 US led invasion. The idea that ISIS terrorists have access to chemical weapons brings back images of the genocide inflicted on the Kurds by Saddam Hussein in the late 1980’s. The Halabja Massacre killed up to 5,000 and injured between 7,000 and 10,000 more. If ISIS jihadists have a stash of chemical weapons,...
  • Iraqi Kurdish president meets US senator in Iraq

    02/22/2015 4:10:49 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    Anadolu Agency ^ | 22 February 2015 | N/A
    US senator said that United States would continue to help Peshmerga forces in providing air support, training and with provision of arms ERBIL, Iraq The Kurdistan Regional Government’s president, Masoud Barzani, met with U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who is ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Saturday, an official statement said. According to the official statement, Barzani and the U.S. senator discussed the progress of the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and U.S.- led coalition support for Peshmerga forces. During the visit, Barzani expressed his gratefulness to the U.S. senator and the American...
  • EU officials confirm Israel not fully briefed on Iran talks

    02/18/2015 5:23:17 AM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 18, 2015, 3:08 pm | Avi Lewis
    US State Department reported to say Israelis would ‘twist details’ to undermine negotiations European officials have confirmed that the US State Department cautioned them against providing Israel with sensitive information on the current round of negotiations with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The account came amid vehement denials by the White House and State Department that they had stopped updating Jerusalem on the progress in the talks, even though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted Monday that Israel was indeed being kept in the dark. The report quoted an unnamed European official involved...
  • White House: Israel 'cherry-picking' intel that distorts Iran talks

    02/18/2015 12:26:29 PM PST · by Dave346 · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/18/15 02:34 PM EST | Martin Matishak
    The White House is accusing Israel of "cherry-picking" information that distorts the U.S. position in nuclear talks with Iran. “There's no question that some of the things that the Israelis have said in characterizing our negotiating position have not been accurate. There's no question about that,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Wednesday. "We've also been very clear about the fact that the United States is not going to be in a position of negotiating this agreement in public, particularly when we see that there is a continued practice of cherry-picking specific pieces of...
  • Obama Admin. Spokeswoman Says This Is the Key to Defeating Islamic State

    02/17/2015 7:10:59 AM PST · by lowbridge · 88 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | february 16, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    The U.S. can’t defeat the Islamic State by “killing them,” State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Monday night. “We’re killing a lot of them, and we’re going to keep killing more of them. So are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians. They’re in this fight with us. But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war,” Harf said. Instead, she said the U.S. needs to focus on the “medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups,” such as...
  • No mention of ‘Christians’ anywhere in Obama’s White House statement on beach beheadings

    02/16/2015 10:42:22 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 68 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 16, 2015 | Joe Saunders
    The 21 men beheaded on a Mediterranean beach in a video released by Islamist savages Sunday were killed because of their Coptic Christian faith, by men who proclaimed the reason for the murders before the whole world. And the White House won’t say the word. Christian beheading victims are marched to the beach in Libya to be murdered by Islamist militants on Sunday. (Daily Mail photo) “The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of 21 Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists,” a statement issued by the White House said.“ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds.  It is unconstrained by...
  • Nasrallah: Israel will always be 'haunted by the blood' of Imad Mughniyeh

    02/16/2015 12:10:03 PM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/16/2015 20:02
    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Monday that Israel would always be "haunted by the blood" of Imad Mughniyeh, the group's former military leader who was killed in a Damascus car-bombing widely attributed to Israel in 2008. Speaking at an event commemorating Hezbollah's "martyrs," Nasrallah also spoke of Imad Mughniyeh's son, Jihad, as a martyr. Jihad Mughniyeh was killed in an airstrike on a Hezbollah convoy in southern Syria last month that has also been attributed to Israel. "The blood of the martyr Jihad has revived the memory of the commander Hajj Imad Mughniyeh and returned this brilliant and historic leader...
  • Netanyahu: If emerging nuclear deal with Iran is so good, why hide it? (15 days until speech)

    02/16/2015 12:06:07 PM PST · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/16/2015 20:56 | HERB KEINON
    Israeli-US public sparring over the Iranian issue continued Monday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying that if the emerging agreement with Tehran is a good one, why hide the details. Netanyahu's comments at the annual meeting in Jerusalem of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations came the same day that the Washington Post's David Ignatius reported that the US had decided to “reduce the exchange of sensitive information about the Iran talks” because of a concern that Netanyahu's office had leaked “sensitive details” of the US position. Just as Iran knows what agreement it is being offered,...
  • Why The (Toothless) Iran Sanctions Bill Matters

    02/16/2015 11:49:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Daniel Pipes
    Nearly all the 54 Republican U.S. senators will vote in favor of the Kirk-Menendez bill requiring sanctions on Iran if the P5+1 negotiations fail. President Obama has promised to veto it. Now, the senate is gearing up for a high-drama vote; will Democrats provide the 13 to 15 votes needed for a veto-proof majority? Lost in the shuffle is a little-noticed section of the bill that, if passed, guts it. The "Draft of Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015," posted on the website of Sen. Mark Kirk (Republican of Illinois) contains a "Waiver of Sanctions." Designed to win the...
  • Christians and Jews—Same Boat, Same Sharks

    02/16/2015 11:39:36 AM PST · by massmike · 14 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 02/16/2015 | Don Feder
    Would you care to guess how many Iraqi Christians and Yazidis died during Obama's 4-hour White House love fest with Moslem leaders? The topic was the manufactured crisis of Islamophobia in the United States. (According to the FBI, each year, there are four times as many anti-Semitic incidents as attacks on Moslems, physical or verbal.) The White House meeting came on the heels of Obama's imperious lecture at the National Prayer Breakfast, where the congregant of Rev. Wright's Church of Liberation Theology ragged on Christians who think their faith is somehow superior to the religion of jihad. Sure, there are...
  • ...ISIS Blow Back: Ready To Pounce. Netanyahu’s Support For Obama’s “Rebels...."

    02/11/2015 9:08:53 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 4 replies
    AdinaKutnicki.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | Adina Kutnicki, Right Wing ZIonist Nationalist AMERICAN
    [Excerpted within the excerpt]...Channel 10 exposed on Sunday that in recent months black ISIS flags have been commonly seen in Arab-Israeli towns in northern and coastal Israel, notably in the cities of Nazareth and Akko. The flags have been seen flying among both Muslim and Christian Arab citizens of Israel, an ironic move given that ISIS in Iraq has emptied cities of their Christian populations by issuing them an ultimatum either to convert to Islam, pay non-Muslim jhizya taxes – or die.” Understood? ADDED into this fiery mix, a related exposé was written (Jan. 2015), and it revealed some (dangerous)...
  • U.S. Cuts Israel from Iran Nuclear Talks

    02/16/2015 5:44:52 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Yitzhak Benhorin ^ | 2/16/15 | Ap via Ynet News
    White House denies Channel 2 report claiming US has stopped updating Israel about developments in nuclear negotiations with Iran in response to Netanyahu's planned Congress speech, after Boehner admits he failed to tell administration he had invited PM. According to the report by Israel's Channel 2, US Undersecretary of State, Wendy Sherman, who is involved in the talks has announced she will no longer be updating Israelis about the talks. Susan Rice, US President Obama's National Security Advisor, has also reportedly announced she is cutting ties with her Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen, who serves as Netanyahu's National Security Adviso
  • Libya and Egypt launch air strikes against Isis after militants post beheadings video

    02/16/2015 5:39:14 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/16/15
    President Sisi had vowed to ‘avenge the criminal killings’ after release of video purporting to show killing of 21 Christians, believed to be kidnapped Egyptians Egypt reported that its war planes had struck Isis targets in Libya, shortly after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi vowed revenge for the release by Isis-affiliated militants of a video of a mass killing of Christians. A spokesman for the Armed Forces General Command announced the strikes on state radio Monday, marking the first time Cairo had publicly acknowledged taking military action in neighbouring Libya. The statement said the warplanes targeted weapons caches and training camps...
  • Boyfriend says Kayla Mueller botched escape plan

    02/16/2015 5:38:34 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 35 replies
    NY POST ^ | February 16, 2015 | David K. Li
    The boyfriend of slain American Kayla Mueller nearly saved her life from ISIS — but she foiled her own rescue by failing to lie to the killer terrorists. The Arizona woman’s boyfriend, Syrian photographer Omar Alkhani, said he had pledged to risk his life to save her. Alkhani explained a plan in which, if she were ever taken by ISIS, he would claim to be her Muslim husband and she would be freed, because ISIS will not hold a Muslim man’s wife hostage, according to the Mail on Sunday.
  • Obama White House Partners with ISIS-Linked Group

    02/16/2015 4:19:15 AM PST · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Mathew Vadum
    A Boston-based hub of terrorism associated with a top Islamic State propagandist and producer of hostage-beheading videos will receive the red carpet treatment at an anti-terrorism conference at the Obama White House this Wednesday.
  • Who does ISIS get those orange jumpsuits from?

    02/16/2015 4:19:00 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 49 replies
    2/16/15
    They are always so bright and clean.
  • ISIS closing in? Terror group seizes Iraqi town 5 miles from Marine base

    02/16/2015 4:18:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Feb 15, 2015
    ISIS closing in? Terror group seizes Iraqi town 5 miles from Marine base Islamic State has reportedly seized al-Baghdadi, in Iraq’s Anbar Province, 5 miles from an air base staffed by U.S. Marines, as the terror group continues its push beyond its bases in Syria and Iraq in an attempt to establish militant affiliates in other countries. Hundreds of Islamic State fighters reportedly captured most of al-Baghdadi, which is 55 miles from the capital Ramadi, on Thursday. On Friday, Iraqi soldiers had retaken several government buildings, but the soldiers withdrew early Saturday, handing the town back to the militants, The...
  • What ISIS Really Wants

    02/16/2015 3:42:03 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 78 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2/16/15 | Graeme Wood
    snip The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam. Virtually every major decision and law promulgated by the Islamic State adheres to what it calls, in its press and pronouncements, and on its billboards, license plates, stationery, and coins, “the Prophetic methodology,” which means following the prophecy and example of Muhammad, in punctilious detail. Muslims can reject the Islamic...
  • Rand Paul Calls for a Formal Declaration of War Against ISIS

    11/24/2014 6:16:29 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11-23-2014 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    Senator Rand Paul is calling for a declaration of war against the Islamic State, a move that promises to shake up the debate over the military campaign in Iraq and Syria as President Obama prepares to ask Congress to grant him formal authority to use force. Mr. Paul, a likely presidential candidate who has emerged as one of the Republican Party’s most cautious voices on military intervention, offered a very circumscribed definition of war in his proposal, which he outlined in an interview on Saturday. He would, for instance, limit the duration of military action to one year and significantly...
  • Whose Job Is It to Kill ISIS?

    02/06/2015 7:03:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Seeing clips of that 22-minute video of the immolation of the Jordanian pilot, one wonders: Who would be drawn to the cause of these barbarians who perpetrated such an atrocity? While the video might firm up the faith of fanatics, would it not evoke rage and revulsion across the Islamic world? After all, this was a Sunni Muslim, in a cage, being burned alive. As of now, this cruel killing seems to have backfired. Jordan is uniting behind King Abdullah's determination to exact "earth-shattering" retribution. Which raises again the questions: Why did ISIS do it? What did they hope to...
  • Paraded in cages 'to be burned alive' like Jordanian pilot: ISIS releases video

    02/14/2015 2:38:54 AM PST · by lowbridge · 66 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | february 13, 2015 | tim macfarlan
    Heads bowed in terror the orange-clad Kurdish fighters are paraded through streets filled with jeering militants in the latest horrifying video release from Islamic State. In a grim echo of the terrible fate which befell Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh the captives, reportedly Peshmerga fighters, are dressed in orange jumpsuits and shackled in cages.  Just as Lt. al-Kaseasbeh was burned alive on camera, IS are planning to do the same with their latest prisoners, according to posts on social media.  -snip But the Pentagon said the capture of the town did not represent a major setback in the war effort...
  • Paraded in cages 'to be burned alive' like Jordanian pilot: (truncated)

    02/14/2015 10:11:29 AM PST · by Cementjungle · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 02/14/2015 | Tim Macfarlan
    Heads bowed in terror the orange-clad Kurdish fighters are paraded through streets filled with jeering militants in the latest horrifying video release from Islamic State. In a grim echo of the terrible fate which befell Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh the captives, reportedly Peshmerga fighters, are dressed in orange jumpsuits and shackled in cages. Just as Lt. al-Kaseasbeh was burned alive on camera, IS are planning to do the same with their latest prisoners, according to posts on social media.
  • Syrian refugee program called 'back door for jihadists''Barbarians are at the gate,' says...

    02/14/2015 6:13:19 AM PST · by blueyon · 15 replies
    WND ^ | 2/13/15 | Leo Hohmann
    A senior FBI official has admitted the United States is finding it virtually impossible to screen out terrorists that could be hiding among the thousands of Syrian “refugees” heading soon to American cities. The U.S. simply does not have the resources to stop Islamic radicals in Syria from slipping into the country through the State Department’s refugee-resettlement program, said Michael Steinbach, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s counter terrorism unit. Separating legitimate refugees from terrorists was difficult enough in Iraq, where the U.S. had a large occupation force. Even then, the U.S. government’s vetting process missed “dozens” of Iraqi jihadists...
  • Ayatollah 'Sent Secret Letter to Obama'

    02/14/2015 12:04:08 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 18 replies
    The Guardian (Reuters) ^ | February 14, 2015 09:17 GMT | Not Listed
    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has responded to overtures from Barack Obama amid nuclear talks by sending the US president a secret letter, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Citing an Iranian diplomat, the paper said the cleric had written to Obama in recent weeks in response to a presidential letter sent in October. Obama’s letter suggested the possibility of US-Iranian co-operation in fighting Islamic State if a nuclear deal was secured, the paper said, quoting the diplomat. Khamenei’s letter was “respectful” but noncommittal, it quoted the diplomat as saying.
  • Video shows Hezbollah Brigades convoy transporting American M1 tank

    01/28/2015 9:44:59 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 28, 2015 | By Bill Roggio & Caleb Weiss
    A video uploaded to YouTube appears to show a large Hezbollah Brigades convoy transporting weapons, troops, and armored vehicles to the front to fight the Islamic State. Several American-made military vehicles, including an M1 Abrams tank, M113 armored personnel carriers, Humvees, and Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAP), as well as Iranian-made Safir 4x4s and technicals (armed pickup trucks) are in the convoy. The Hezbollah Brigades is US-designated foreign terrorist organization that has been involved in killing American soldiers in Iraq. At one point in the video, a transport truck is shown carrying an M1 Abrams tank. The Hezbollah Brigades' flag...
  • HOW MANY FIGHTERS DOES THE ISLAMIC STATE REALLY HAVE?

    02/09/2015 9:53:35 AM PST · by aimhigh · 24 replies
    The Counter Jihad Report ^ | 02/09/2015 | Daveed Gartenstein
    Estimates of the number of fighters in the ranks of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are extraordinarily wide-ranging. On the low end of things, CNN’s Barbara Starr recently reported that “U.S. intelligence estimates that ISIL has a total force of somewhere between 9,000 to 18,000 fighters.” In late 2014, the CIA’s estimate of ISIL’s numbers was slightly higher, as its analysts assessed that the group had between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters between its Iraq and Syria holdings. Other estimates are far higher. Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, has said...
  • Westerners join Kurds fighting Islamic State group in Iraq

    02/04/2015 1:07:04 PM PST · by Java4Jay · 7 replies
    As Kurdish fighters gathered around a fire in this damp, a surprising recruit wearing a tactical vest with the words "Christ is Lord" scribbled on it joined them. "I'm not going back until the fight is finished and ISIS is crippled. I decided that if my government wasn't going to do anything to help this country, especially Kurdish people who stood by us for 10 years and helped us out while we were in this country, then I was going to do something."
  • Earnest: "Not Sure" Biden Will Attend Netanyahu; Obama "Looking Forward" Meeting Muslim Leaders @WH

    02/04/2015 1:04:46 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 8 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 4, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest said there is no decision yet as to whether Vice President Joe Biden will attend a joint session of Congress next month where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give an address... The question immediately following the Netanyahu discussion pertained to President Obama's meeting with Muslim leaders Wednesday afternoon, which Earnest said that "the president is looking forward" to it.
  • UN claim: ISIS selling, crucifying, burying children alive in Iraq

    02/04/2015 12:53:56 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies
    news24.com ^ | Feb. 4 2015 | Reuters
    Geneva - Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday. Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against US-led air strikes, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said. "We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities," committee expert Renate Winter told a...
  • UAE halted air attacks on Islamic State after pilot capture

    02/04/2015 11:41:13 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 8 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 01/04/2015 | Robert Spencer
    The UAE “ceased its participation because of concerns over a lack of contingency plans to rescue downed aircrew.” Indeed. The whole enterprise against the Islamic State has been poorly thought out and continues to be hamstrung by the prevailing denial and refusal to examine its guiding ideology. US officials confirmed that the UAE, one of the four Arab states in the anti-Isis coalition, had ceased its participation because of concerns over a lack of contingency plans to rescue downed aircrew…. The UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain joined the coalition when attacks began in September. All have flown sorties against...
  • Turkey indicts Dutch reporter over 'terror propaganda'

    02/03/2015 1:15:27 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 03 Feb 2015 | Umut Uras
    A Dutch journalist based in southeastern Turkey has been officially indicted by Turkish prosecutors for spreading "terrorist propaganda" on social media. ... "The document refers to tweets and Facebook posts as well as her weekly column on Diken.com.tr, an independent Turkish news website," she said. The Prosecutor's office charges Geerdink with spreading propaganda for the outlawed armed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) group that has been fighting against the Turkish state since mid-1980s. She is facing one to five years in prison. ...
  • Report: Iran Support for Hamas Rekindled

    02/01/2015 8:31:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 2/1/2015, 1:46 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Iran has resumed transferring funds to Hamas, a senior defense source told Walla! News Sunday, after nearly two years of estrangement between the two terror regimes. The transfers resumed shortly after Operation Protective Edge in Gaza ended in August, the source said. The sources were unable to elaborate on the exact monetary amount transferred to Gaza, but he said it was “significant”—and that Iran is also actively pledging support for terror groups along Israel’s southern border to keep fighting against the Jewish state. Moreover, Iranian money will help Hamas arm itself with more advanced weaponry, after much of their arsenal...
  • Shiite militias add to insecurity in Baghdad, some say

    02/01/2015 7:05:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 1, 2015 | By MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE AND NABIH BULOS
    When his father disappeared Dec. 18, Alaa Dawood reported him missing to the police but had little faith that they would find the elderly man, who had suffered brain damage when he was kidnapped six years ago and tortured by militants. Shiite militias empowered by the government to fight Sunni militants have been asked to stand down by Prime Minister Haider Abadi, and police say they have assumed control of investigations and patrols. But many Baghdadis, including Shiites like Dawood, said they still fear the militias, which they said operate with impunity. Casualty figures in 2014 were the highest since...
  • Syria 'adultress' survives jihadist stoning: monitor

    Beirut (AFP) - A Syrian woman stoned by the jihadist Islamic State group for alledged adultery and left for dead has miraculously walked away from the brutal punishment, a monitor said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadist group sentenced the woman to be "stoned for adultery" in the town of Raqa, the IS stronghold in northern Syria. Militants carried out the punishment and "stoned her until they thought she had died," said the Britain-based monitor. But just as they had stopped pelting her with stones, the woman stood up and tried to flee. "An IS militant...
  • US congratulates Kurds over Kobane as Turkey slams celebrations

    01/29/2015 2:35:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Rudaw ^ | January 28, 2015 | Yerevan Saeed
    The United States pledged to continue military and humanitarian assistance to the Kurdish city of Kobane in Syria, after Kurdish forces defeated the Islamic State (known as ISIS or ISIL) following a four-month siege. "We congratulate its (Kobane's) brave defenders," US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a briefing to reporters, referring to the Kurdish forces that have been fighting there. "We'll continue to support them as we look to the coming weeks ahead... As there are humanitarian needs, whether it's in Kobane and other places, I expect that we will contribute -- continue to be major contributors," she...
  • Who saw it coming: Jordan’s negotiations with ISIS over hostages collapse

    01/29/2015 12:41:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/29/2015 | Noah Rothman
    When the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria set terms for the release of a Jordanian fighter pilot captured when his plane was disabled over Syria, it was only marginally shocking that Jordan signaled it was willing to negotiate with ISIS fighters. That decision had some shock value not only because it is generally rare to see Western coalition partners negotiate with groups they admit to be terrorist organizations, but because the prisoner ISIS demanded in exchange was involved in one of the worst terrorist attacks in that countryÂ’s history. No sooner had bilateral negotiations between the Hashemite Kingdom...