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  • 17,500 Germans Gather to Sing Christmas Carols Against Islamisation

    12/23/2014 7:35:18 AM PST · by PROCON · 47 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 23, 2014 | Oliver Lane
    The German PEGIDA movement held its largest meeting yet last night to protest what they call the ‘Islamisation of the Western World’, despite stiff opposition from all sections of Germany’s elite including politicians, media, and the arts. PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West) has grown rapidly since its inception in October, a peaceful ‘strolling’ movement opposing the exceptional violence seen in street battles between Salafist Muslims and ethnic Kurds seen in many German cities this year and enormous immigration. Now on it’s tenth ‘evening stroll’, it has grown from a couple of hundred people, to 15,000 last week,...
  • Iraqi Kurd Fighters Take Sinjar Back From ISIS

    12/21/2014 11:40:43 PM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | December 21, 2014| | Anugrah Kumar
    Iraqi Kurd Fighters Take Sinjar Back From ISIS (Photo: Reuters/Azad Lashkari) A convoy of Kurdish peshmerga fighters drive through Arbil after leaving a base in northern Iraq, on their way to the Syrian town of Kobani, October 28, 2014. By Anugrah Kumar December 21, 2014|9:38 am Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have announced that they've taken the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar back from Islamic State militants in a battle months after tens of thousands of minority Yazidis had to flee their homes while others remained trapped after the town's capture by the terrorists.The Kurd soldiers, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, Saturday reached...
  • Free Kurdistan and Destabilize Iran (Part VI

    12/21/2014 7:38:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2014 | Larry Kelley
    Question 4: Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female captive? It is permissible to have sexual intercourse with the female captive. Allah the almighty said, “Successful are the believers who guard their chastity, except from their wives or captives and slaves…for then they are free from blame.”                                                                                                  IS (The Islamic...
  • Peshmerga finally liberate Yazidis from ISIS after four-month siege

    12/19/2014 1:00:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember the Yazidis? The last we heard about them from the Obama administration, the religious minority had been largely rescued from the genocidal maniacs of ISIS, which had trapped most of them on Mount Sinjar without food and water. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case; thousands of them remained trapped and re-encircled, as the Washington Post reported at the time while the White House insisted any further rescue missions were unnecessary.Four months later, the Kurdish peshmerga finally got them off the mountain:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO A lightning two-day attack by Kurdish peshmerga forces broke the siege of Mount...
  • Kurds: We've recaptured Sinjar territory in Iraq; U.S.: Airstrikes have ISIS on defensive

    12/18/2014 2:25:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/18/2014 | By Susanna Capelouto
    Kurdish Pershmerga forces say they've recaptured territory near Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq from ISIS and "cleansed" the area of ISIS fighters. "We have opened a corridor from south of Zummar to the Mountain Sinjar," said Masrour Barzani, chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council, on Thursday. Kurdish military officials said coalition airstrikes were key in the success of their ground forces. "ISIS is always making damage, killed the people, steal the stuff, kidnapping people, taking money from people. That's what ISIS is doing, and that's not Islam," said Peshmerga fighter Khalid Suleymen Kolaoh, who was on the front line....
  • Love, American Style: Iraq's Kurds are fans of all things US, Bush

    12/17/2014 2:08:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/17/2014 | Hollie McKay
    SULAYMANIYAH, Northern Iraq – The bald eagle, Old Glory and the almighty dollar are king in this portion of Iraq, where ethnic Kurds don’t hide their affection for the U.S. Shops peddle American flags, U.S. military gear is prized and the locals speak glowingly of the nation they credit with removing Saddam Hussein, the dictator whose heavy hand so often came down on the minority clustered in Iraq’s northern regions. "Imagine if America didn't exist,” said Kurdo Amin Agha, an accountant whose home is adorned with Israeli, American and Kurdistan flags, and who wears a U.S. Army shirt and Navy...
  • ISIS In Kobani And Raqqa Facing Huge Losses: Mounting Toll And Injury as Kurds Step Up Offensive

    12/05/2014 9:09:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 12/05/2014 | Kalyan Kumar
    The ISIS in Kobani is facing severe damage and losses. The Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani has become the theatre of war between the Islamic State radicals, Kurds and the U.S. led allies who are pounding the town with air strikes to retrieve the town. According to a U.K. based monitoring group, the Islamic State fighters have faced severe reverses including hundreds of deaths and injury at the Kobani town, bordering Turkey. Highlighting the rising toll of ISIS cadres, Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 50 militants had been killed in the last couple of days...
  • Islamic State group attacks Kobani from Turkey

    11/29/2014 6:07:20 AM PST · by House Atreides · 5 replies
    Yahoo News (Associated Press) ^ | November 29, 2014 | BASSEM MROUE
    The Islamic State group launched an attack Saturday on the Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey, a Kurdish official and activists said, although Turkey denied that the fighters had used its territory for the raid.
  • Kobane: “a martyred town, a symbolic Town”

    11/27/2014 7:58:36 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/27/14 | Paul McGoverne
    Kobane symbolizes Turkish duplicity “A martyred town, a symbolic town” is the poignant description of Kobane, by French President Francois Hollande. He stated that “all countries concerned” should be providing weapons to the Kobane defenders and pointedly stated as bluntly as any diplomatic language can , that “Turkey must absolutely open its border.” If Kobane is a symbol in Hollande’s words, then what did Hollande think it symbolic of? Kobane is an encircled Syrian Kurdish city of 160,000 inhabitants just inside the Syrian border from Turkey and entrenched on three sides by the well-equipped ISIS army that has promised the...
  • Kurdish forces enter Jalawla, ISIS on retreat

    11/24/2014 7:26:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    RUDAW ^ | By RUDAW yesterday at 09:58 11/23/2014
    KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region—Kurdish Peshmerga forces entered the town of Jalawla in northern Diyala Sunday morning after they launched a major assault on the Islamic State (ISIS), said Rudaw correspondent in the area. The Peshmerga are now in control of several quarters of Jalawla and that ISIS militants are on the retreat, said our correspondent. A Peshmerga commander from Jalawla said that his forces have controlled five neighborhoods of the town and two nearby villages of Sayid Ahmed and Sayid Jabir.He said that the ISIS stronghold of Tawhid is also surrounded by Kurdish forces.The commander said that parts of the...
  • US envoy: IS ‘impaled itself’ on Kobane

    11/20/2014 8:28:49 AM PST · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    ANKARA - The Islamic State (IS) group of jihadists has "impaled itself" on Kobane by pouring fighters into the strategic Syrian town so they can be bombed by the US-led coalition, a senior US envoy said Thursday. Retired General John Allen, coordinator of the coalition against IS in Iraq and Syria, told Turkey's Milliyet newspaper an estimated 600 IS fighters had already been killed in air strikes and the group would ultimately be defeated in the battle for the town. "ISIL has in so many ways impaled itself on Kobane," said Allen, using a variant of the name for IS....
  • RAF Jets Help Destroy Secret IS Bunker Complex

    11/20/2014 8:22:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Sky Nrews ^ | Wednesday 19 November 2014
    RAF jets equipped with guided bombs have taken part in a major coalition air assault on a secret Islamic State bunker and tunnel complex. The attack, supporting a Kurdish ground offensive, took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a rural area northwest of Kirkuk. Tornado GR4 planes armed with Paveway IV precision guided bombs were sent in after intelligence revealed a hidden network of fighting positions and underground facilities. Aircraft from seven countries were involved in what the Ministry of Defence called a "comprehensive and closely co-ordinated attack". France confirmed two of its Rafale jets had been...
  • The Kurds Rise From the Ashes of Syria: Why Syria as we know it, is no more

    11/18/2014 1:55:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    World Affairs ^ | 11/18/2014 | Michael J. Totten
    Syria no longer exists. The tyrannical regime of Bashar al-Assad governs parts of what’s left of it. The psychopathic Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) controls another large swath. Small scraps of territory are ruled by sundry other militias which, more likely than not, will eventually be absorbed by Assad or ISIS. Up north the Kurds have carved out a proto state of their own which they call Rojava. It is being violently squeezed by ISIS from the south, and it’s jammed up against the wall of the Turkish border to the north. It is split into three besieged...
  • Iraqi-Kurdish oil deal falls short of solutions

    11/16/2014 8:33:31 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin
    maktoob news ^ | By VIVIAN SALAMA and BRAM JANSSEN
    The semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government has struggled to stabilize the local economy in the face of a militant onslaught and an expensive financial dispute with the Iraqi central government in Baghdad. Negotiations between the two sides yielded some progress Thursday after Baghdad agreed to release $500 million in frozen budget payments. In return, the Kurds will provide 150,000 barrels of oil per day for Baghdad to sell. But while the cash infusion may provide temporary relief, many here say it is nowhere near enough to stabilize the Kurdish economy amid the Islamic State group insurgency, which has driven more than...
  • Iraq wants tanker dispute to stay in U.S.

    11/15/2014 6:39:01 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 14, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Iraq wants an international dispute over a tanker of crude floating for more than three months off Galveston’s coast to remain in U.S. courts because Kurdistan refuses to resolve the matter on Iraqi soil, according to recent court filings. “It appears to be Iraqi Kurdistan’s position that no court in the world may adjudicate this matter,” Baghdad’s attorneys argued in court filings Thursday. “While the issues should be decided in Iraq, they certainly may be decided here.” The Kurdistan Regional Government two months ago asked U.S. District Judge Gray Miller to dismiss Iraq’s pleases to seize more than 1 million...
  • Islamic State Faces War of Attrition in Syria's Kobane

    11/14/2014 8:30:18 PM PST · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AFP/NDTV ^ | November 15, 2014
    Beirut: The Islamic State group is locked in a war of attrition in the Syrian border town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes are mounting fierce resistance. Two months after IS launched a major offensive to try to capture the strategic prize on the Turkish frontier, the jihadists have failed to defeat the town's Kurdish defenders. "Several weeks ago, it looked like Kobane would fall, but it is now clear that it will not," said Romain Caillet, a French expert on jihadist movements. "IS controls more than half of the town but is unable to advance...
  • Syria Kurds 'recapture' areas of Kobane from IS

    11/11/2014 8:13:02 PM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    AFP via Gulf Times ^ | 11 Nov 2014
    Kurds battling the Islamic State jihadist group in Kobane reportedly made advances Tuesday in the south of the flashpoint Syrian town on the border with Turkey. Top Kurdish officials told AFP their fighters were advancing "street by street", voicing confidence that the IS would soon be ejected. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights backed up the report. "The (Kurdish) People's Protection Units (YPG) recaptured streets and buildings in the south of Kobane, after a fierce battle against the IS that began yesterday (Monday) evening," said the Britain-based Observatory.
  • Ill-Equipped And Underpaid, Kurdish Fighters Still Hold ISIS At Bay

    11/09/2014 12:20:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/8/2014 | Leila Fadel
    Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Mughdeed sits in a pickup truck equipped with an anti-aircraft weapon as he and his men wind through steep roads to their base in the rocky Zartik Mountains. Mughdeed's Iraqi Kurdish forces are members of the Peshmerga, a key U.S. ally in the fight against the so-called Islamic State. Also known as ISIS, the Sunni extremists have taken control of about a third of Iraq. In October, Mughdeed's men retook this area east of Mosul from ISIS occupation. The mountain road winds through villages that now look like a post-apocalyptic tableau, with homes reduced to knee-high...
  • Capture the Flag, Kurdish Style (Pics via Imgur)

    11/08/2014 3:48:25 PM PST · by beaversmom · 5 replies
    Imgur ^ | November 8, 2014 | vladrichdemaclant
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  • Obama to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq as campaign expands

    11/07/2014 7:56:30 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 7, 2014 | By Phil Stewart and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON
    The US military has drawn up plans to significantly increase the number of American forces in Iraq, which now total around 1,400, as Washington seeks to bolster Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State, US officials told Reuters on Friday. The US aims to help advise and train Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling Islamic State fighters who swept into much of northern Iraq.
  • ‘ISIS Sees Turkey as Its Ally': Former Islamic State Member Reveals Turkish Army Cooperation

    11/07/2014 8:42:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/7/2014 | Barney Guiton
    A former member of ISIS has revealed the extent to which the cooperation of the Turkish military and border forces allows the terrorist group, who now control large parts of Iraq and Syria, to travel through Turkish territory to reinforce fighters battling Kurdish forces. A reluctant former communications technician working for Islamic State, going by the pseudonym ‘Sherko Omer’, who managed to escape the group, told Newsweek that he travelled in a convoy of trucks as part of an ISIS unit from their stronghold in Raqqa, across Turkish border, through Turkey and then back across the border to attack Syrian...
  • Islamic State suffering setbacks in Syria and Iraq

    11/06/2014 9:14:23 PM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    AP via Twin Cities ^ | 11/06/2014 12:40:40 PM CST | Zeina Karam
    <p>BEIRUT (AP) — For a force that has built its reputation on an aura of momentum and invincibility, the Islamic State group is now dealing with a series of military setbacks in Iraq and a prolonged stalemate in the small Syrian border town of Kobani.</p>
  • U.S. Special Operations Vets Launch Crowdfunding Campaign

    10/30/2014 4:17:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    A group of former U.S. Special Operations Veterans have launched a crowdfunding campaign, Operation Limitless Compassion, to help the Kurds fight off ISIS terrorists in Iraq. Castle International, a world-wide air ambulance company founded and operated by former special operations volunteers, is leading the way to provide pro-U.S. Kurdish fighters with desperately needed humanitarian aid, medical training, medical supplies, and combat training. Recon teams from Castle International have already deployed to northern Iraq to offer direct assistance to Kurdish fighters and more will head to the region in November. Castle International has launched two crowdfunding sites to gather donations, GoFundMe...
  • Peshmerga fighters start reaching Kobane

    10/30/2014 9:25:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    AAP/SBS.com ^ | 31 Oct 2014
    Heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga forces have reached the Turkish border and a first group have entered the town of Kobane as they prepare to join fellow Kurds battling the Islamic State group. The group of 10 fighters were to co-ordinate with local Kurdish militia who have been holding off an assault by IS jihadists for six weeks, a monitoring group said. A peshmerga convoy reached the town of Suruc on the Turkish side of the border on Thursday after travelling through southeastern Turkey along roads clogged with flag-waving Kurds, an AFP photographer said. There it linked up with a second...
  • The fightback against ISIS: Iraqi army take down extremists' flag in yet another town

    10/28/2014 11:20:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/28/2014 | John Hall
    * Government soldiers tore down sinister black emblem inside Jurf al-Sakhr * They have forced jihadis out of strategically important city in recent days * ISIS confirmed large number of militants have died during intense clashes * But terror group urged fighters to reassemble and launch a fresh attack * The news comes as dozens of Iraqi Kurds left for Turkey this afternoon * Pershmerga troops will travel on to Kobane to help Syrian Kurds fight ISIS Members of the Iraqi army have torn down the sinister black flag of the Islamic State in Jurf al-Sakhr after forcing the terror...
  • VIDEO: Peshmerga on route to Kobane

    10/28/2014 10:11:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 3 hours ago
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Kurdistan Region troops head across the border to Turkey on Tuesday, in the direction of the besieged Syrian-border town of Kobane. Half the Peshmerga flew out of Erbil. Others are in trucks accompanying heavy weapons to be used in the attempt to break the Islamic State siege.
  • Peshmerga fighters head for Turkey en route to Kobani

    10/28/2014 9:59:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    TODAYSZAMAN.COM WITH REUTERS / ISTANBUL ^ | October 28, 2014, Tuesday
    Iraqi peshmerga fighters left Iraq for the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday to help fellow Kurds in their battle against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, a senior Kurdish official has said. Hemin Hawrami, an official in the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK), wrote on his Twitter feed that the peshmerga fighters were flying from Arbil to Turkey, from where they will travel by land to Kobani. Peshmerga forces will arrive in Kobani in the early hours of Wednesday, the Iraqi Kurdish Rudaw website reported on Tuesday, citing informed sources. Part of the 150-strong peshmerga artillery...
  • Suspicion hangs over death of U.S. journalist in Turkey

    10/27/2014 5:45:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    WND ^ | October 26, 2014 | F. Michael Maloof
    Threatened days before car crash for her reporting on ISIS. The death of an American journalist who worked in the Middle East has come under suspicion because she had claimed days before her death that the Turkish intelligence services had threatened her over her coverage of the siege of the Syrian city of Kobani. Serena Shim, an American citizen of Lebanese origin, was a journalist for Iran’s state-owned Press TV. She was killed in a car crash in the city of Suruc after she reportedly collided with a “heavy vehicle.” She was in a rental car returning from her assignment...
  • ISIS Loses Two More Iraqi Towns To Kurdish, Iraqi Offensives

    10/25/2014 8:17:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    KJRH ^ | 10/25/2014 | Christian Bryant
    The campaign against the terrorist group ISIS claimed a victory Saturday, after ISIS militants were driven from two Iraqi towns. The Iraqi army retook the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, which is 30 miles south of Baghdad, from ISIS control Saturday. In the north of the country, Kurdish Peshmerga forces announced ISIS had been driven out of Zumar, a town near Mosul, on the same day. Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi celebrated the news in a Facebook post as "a strong blow" to ISIS. A representative for the Kurdistan Democratic Party estimated the Peshmerga killed 81 ISIS fighters in the battle...
  • Kurdish forces retake north Iraqi town from Islamic State

    10/25/2014 7:38:20 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-25-2014
    Kurdish forces retook the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and several nearby villages from Islamic State early on Saturday after heavy coalition air strikes against the Islamist insurgents, security sources said. A Kurdish intelligence officer in Zumar said peshmerga forces had advanced from five directions in the early morning and encountered fierce resistance, but ultimately prevailed. A spokesman for the peshmerga ministry also said Zumar was now in Kurdish hands. Zumar was one of the first Kurdish-controlled towns to be overrun in August by Islamic State militants who went on to threaten the autonomous region's capital, prompting air strikes by...
  • Germany: Holy War Erupts in Hamburg

    10/23/2014 2:24:10 PM PDT · by Bringbackthedraft · 31 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 15, 2014 | Soeren Kern
    Parts of downtown Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, resembled a war zone after hundreds of supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State [IS] engaged in bloody street clashes with ethnic Kurds. The violence—which police say was as ferocious as anything seen in Germany in recent memory—is fueling a sense of foreboding about the spillover effects of the fighting in Syria and Iraq. Some analysts believe that rival Muslim groups in Germany are deliberately exploiting the ethnic and religious tensions in the Middle East to stir up trouble on the streets of Europe.
  • The Islamic State Decides to Fight for Khobane

    10/23/2014 9:54:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Austin Bay
    The battle for the Syrian Kurd town of Khobane has emerged as an opportunity to deal the Islamic State a military and political defeat. Maximizing the opportunity, however, requires what has been most grievously missing from the struggle against the terrorists and their so-called caliphate: persuasive, coherent and steadfast American leadership. On Sept. 16, IS fighters attacked Khobane. Capturing the town would have given them direct control of a major Syria-Turkey border crossing. It would also weaken Syrian Kurd resistance by denying Kurd militias a major supply and recruitment center. Seizing Khobane also served propaganda purposes. From Turkish hills overlooking...
  • Have We Reached Peak ISIS? In fight with Kurds, limits of ISIS’s military power come into focus.

    10/23/2014 9:52:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/23/2014 | Jacob Seigel
    For a few months, the marauding jihadis of ISIS might have looked like an unstoppable army. That’s when they were moving at high speeds, their power blurred by hype and velocity. Slowed down by real resistance a clearer picture takes shape and the limits of ISIS’s military power come into focus. At the Caliphate’s edges, in areas like the Syrian border town of Kobani, ISIS’s march has stalled and its armor is starting to crack. We may be reaching the limits of ISIS as a conventional military force. Facing a small Kurdish resistance and Western airpower, ISIS has been unable...
  • ISIS Update: Airstrikes In Syria Kill Over 500 Militants, Iraqi Kurds Send Peshmerga To Kobani

    10/23/2014 9:42:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10/23/2014 | By Dennis Lynch
    U.S. airstrikes have killed 521 militants and 32 civilians since they began a month ago, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The SOHR said 464 of those militants are part of the Islamic State group, who the U.S. is actively targeting in Syria. The other 57 are part of Jabhat al-Nusra, al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate. The 32 civilians include six children and five women.The observatory group believes casualties amongst Islamic State group ranks are higher, but those figures cannot be confirmed because of “the extreme secrecy” the Islamist group maintains over casualties and the difficulty reaching areas...
  • ISIS Says It Seized U.S. Weapons Intended for Kurdish Forces

    10/21/2014 5:17:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Oct 21, 2014 7:32 pm
    ISIS is bragging that it seized weapons that the U.S. airdropped into Kobani to arm the Kurds. CENTCOM acknowledged that at least one of 28 bundles of ammunition, small arms, and medical supplies that was dropped on Sunday ended up falling into ISIS-held territory. The U.S. then performed a follow-up airstrike to destroy the bundle. …
  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • Got goat milk? Kurds mock ISIS with SNL-like video (Watch Video)

    10/21/2014 8:53:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    CSM ^ | 10/21/2014 | Husna Haq
    A new music video from Iraqi Kurds mocks the terrorist group, Islamic State aka ISIS. It's the latest effort by Iraqis fighting horror with humor. How to combat the ruthless tactics and gruesome crimes of the terrorist group ISIS? For a group of Iraqi Kurdish entertainers, it's not with guns, bombs, or munitions. They're fighting back with humor. Iraqi Kurdish KurdSat TV broadcast a new musical parody video on Oct. 12 that mocks the terrorist group ISIS in Saturday Night Live fashion: a group of bearded men pretending to be ISIS fighters play air guitar on rifles, pretend to sword-fight,...
  • Peshmerga to Reach Kobani on Wednesday

    10/21/2014 7:46:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 21.10.2014 | Hemin Salih
    BasNews, Erbil The first squad of Kurdish Peshmerga forces, heading to Kobani in Syrian Kurdistan via the Turkish border, are expected to arrive on Wednesday. Turkey approved requests to let the Peshmerga enter Kobani on Monday. Kurdistan Peshmerga fighters say that it is the responsibility of the Peshmerga to help and support Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which has been fighting the Islamic State (IS) militants for more than a month. The BasNews source said that the only condition Turkish authorities made was that the Kurdish force should be under the command of the Kurdistan Regional Government...
  • Other than Egypt, name one Muslim nation intent on destroying ISIS.

    10/20/2014 4:55:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    Allen West.com ^ | 10/20/2014 | Allen West
    Besides combat, what’s happening in northern Syria around the town of Kobani offers some interesting indications about the nature of the conflict with ISIS amid the Muslim world. I’m glad to see some dedicated U.S. air strikes in that area, but ISIS reinforcements are pouring in and the Kurdish forces aren’t receiving much in the way of supplies or weapons support. But what I find most interesting are the pictures of the Turkish Army tanks just sitting on a hilltop taking it all in – as interested bystanders. Furthermore, we know the Turks are now bombing the Kurdish people in...
  • Officials: ISIS attacks Kurd forces in Iraq [15 simultaneous attacks in Northern Iraq]

    10/20/2014 12:59:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    KCCI News ^ | 10/20/2014 | Brian Walker CNN
    ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the Kurdish news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for Kurdish-held territory. The deadliest of the attacks targeted Mosul Dam, a hugely important location. First, an ISIS-commandeered military truck loaded with explosives targeted a Peshmerga checkpoint along the security belt circling the dam, killing six Peshmerga security forces and injuring seven others critically, according to Peshmerga forces spokesman Said Mamazeen. At almost the same time, ISIS militants launched an attack on the Nineveh Valley near the...
  • Turkey helps Kurds cross into Syria to defend border town

    10/20/2014 7:57:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Breaking News ^ | 20/10/2014
    Turkey’s top diplomat has announced that his country is helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to “give support” to fellow Kurds defending the border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants. The remarks by Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, at a press conference in Ankara, followed the announcement by the US military that it had for the first time airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq to the Kurdish forces in Kobani. Sunday’s airdrops followed weeks of US and coalition air strikes in and near Kobani, along the Syrian-Turkish border. There was no immediate...
  • US Airdrops Weapons to Kurds Despite Turkish Opposition

    10/19/2014 11:22:58 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10-20-14 | Ari Yashar
    American C-130 military transport aircraft made "multiple" airdrops of weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters fending off Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in the strategic Syrian town of Kobane, despite Turkey labeling the Kurds "terrorists." According to US Central Command on Monday, the drops consisted of equipment from Kurdish authorities in Iraq, and were "intended to enable continued resistance against Isil's (ISIS - ed.) attempts to overtake Kobane," reports BBC. The US-led coalition against ISIS has already conducted over 135 airstrikes against ISIS over the past several weeks to defend Kobane, located strategically along the Syrian and Turkish border....
  • Inside Kobane: 'We are winning. The town will be a cemetery for ISIL'

    10/19/2014 4:04:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/19/2014 | By Ruth Sherlock, in Urfa, Yilmaz Pasha, in Suruc, and Magdy Samaan
    Hunkered in scrubland at the western edge Kobane, their clothes stained with sweat, and the blood splatters of wounded comrades, the rebel commander and his men believed they had made their last stand. But then the US Air Force struck: a bombardment that turned the tanks of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) into smoking wrecks and transformed the inexorable advance on this Syrian town into a rout. Firas Kharaba, 39, the leader of Liwa al-Kassas, or “Retribution brigade”, who was returning wounded fighters for treatment in Turkey, provided a first-hand, account of the epic battle for...
  • Kurdish Women Fight on Front Lines Against Islamic State

    10/19/2014 8:59:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 17, 2014 | By AYLA ALBAYRAK
    When 19-year-old Dilar and her girlfriends learned last spring that a woman who taught at a local school had died fighting Islamic State, they made a pact: They would join an all-female Syrian Kurdish brigade named in the teacher’s honor. Her unit, the Martyr Warsin Brigade, saw action this summer in a tough battle against the extremist fighters for Ras al-Ayn, a town along the Turkish border. Dilar came away without injury and returned home to a hero’s welcome. Now, during her downtime, she and her female comrades stride with a swagger through their villages east of the embattled city...
  • Women warriors terrifying the jihadis who believe if they're killed by female they won't make heaven

    10/18/2014 6:33:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/18/2014 | By SAM GREENHILL
    Exclusive: Savage women warriors terrifying the jihadis who believe if they're killed by a female they won't go to heaven Army of women in desperate battle to defend Kobane from Islamic StateNesrin Abdi carries rifle in case she is captured and needs to shoot herselfThe medical student is a part of an all female wing of the Kurdish armySays ISIS militants are terrified of being killed by a woman and fear they won't go to heaven You wouldn’t know it from her sweet smile, but the reason why Nesrin Abdi carries a rifle is in case she needs to shoot...
  • Kurdish official: ISIS and their flag gone from Kobane

    10/18/2014 1:44:04 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 27 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 17 hours ago
    “YPG fighters are now searching the homes for bombs and explosives that the Islamist militants might have left behind,” Photo: AFP KOBANE—Islamist militants have been pushed out of Kobane and fighters of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) are now in control of the town, a Kurdish official in Kobane told Rudaw. “There is no ISIS in Kobane now,” said Omar Alush, co-chair of the TEV-DEM movement in Kobane. Alush said that following the recent air strikes on positions of the Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobane, the YPG managed to drive the rest of the jihadis out of town...
  • US-led air strikes hit suspected Isis targets near Kobani

    10/18/2014 7:02:44 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 4 replies
    Guardian ^ | 10/18/14 | staff
    US-led coalition jets struck suspected Islamic State (Isis) targets at least twice in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Saturday, after fierce shelling by the insurgents hit the town centre. Shelling continued after the strikes, according to witnesses. Isis militants have been battling Kurdish fighters for a month to take control of the town near the Turkish border, but stepped-up coalition air strikes have helped Kurds fend off the advance. The coalition, which has been bombing Isis targets in Iraq since August, extended the campaign to Syria in September.
  • FAS (Fed Am Scientist) Report: Iraqi Precursor Chemicals Stored Separately for Weapon-side Mixing

    06/04/2003 6:47:53 AM PDT · by HatSteel · 69 replies · 1,549+ views
    FAS.org ^ | Federation of American Scientists
    FAS | Nuke | Guide | Iraq | CW |||| Index | Search | Join FAS Chemical Weapons Programs Iraq started research into the production of chemical weapons agents in the 1970s and started batch production of agents in the early 1980s. At that stage, production was heavily reliant on the import of precursor chemicals from foreign suppliers. In 1982, early in the Iran-Iraq War, the Iraqis used riot control agents to repel Iranian attacks. They progressed to the use of CW agents in mid-1983 with mustard, and in March 1984 with tabun (the first use ever of a nerve...
  • UK Student Union Boycotts Israel—But Won’t Condemn ISIS (or support Kurds against them)

    10/17/2014 10:50:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 10/16/2014, 11:29 PM | Ari Soffer
    The UK’s National Union of Students (NUS) has rejected a motion condemning the radical Islamic State terrorist group—also known as ISIS or ISIL—on the grounds that it could be considered “Islamophobic,” sparking a row over the dominance of radical-left groups within the student body. The decision by NUS’s National Executive Committee to shoot down the motion is all the more shocking given that the same body adopted an aggressive bill just over two months ago condemning Israel and calling for a boycott of the Jewish state. The anti-Israel motion was adopted despite objections that it risked alienating Jewish students, who...
  • 'We've reduced ISIS to just two pockets of hold-outs' boast Kurds after bloody fightback

    10/17/2014 9:48:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/17/2014 | John Hall
    Remarkable fightback by Kurdish troops forces ISIS militants out of KobaneAssisted by U.S. and Arab airstrikes, Kurds are reclaiming the besieged citySustained bombing raids have killed scores of militants over the past weekNow ISIS only has two small pockets of resistance in the east of the city Islamic State militants have been almost entirely driven out of the Syrian city of Kobane following a remarkable fightback by Kurdish forces who vowed to either defeat the terrorists or die trying. The extremists have abandoned all of their positions in the city, except for two small pockets of resistance in the...