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  • TURKEY INTO THE ABYSS

    07/29/2015 5:08:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 29, 2015 | Robert Ellis
    Turkey is at war with its own Kurds and ISIL. The bomb attack on the Turkish border town of Suruc in southeastern Turkey, targeting a group of activists planning to help rebuild Kobane across the border in Syria, came at an opportune moment for Turkey’s interim AKP (Justice and Development Party) government. Unlike a bombing in another border town, Reyhanli, two years ago, which failed to attract U.S. support for Turkey’s campaign against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, this time the bombing has done the trick. The suicide bomber was a member of an Islamist group linked to ISIL (the...
  • Turkey Hits Kurdish Militants in Iraq in Largest Airstrike Yet

    07/29/2015 11:19:38 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 29, 2015 | DION NISSENBAUM And Biography @DionNissenbaum Dion.Nissenbaum@wsj.com YELIZ CANDEMIR
    ISTANBUL—Turkey’s renewed conflict with Kurdish militants intensified on Wednesday as the government launched a new wave of airstrikes in northern Iraq and a blast temporarily crippled a key oil pipeline in southeastern Turkey. Turkish jets hit a half dozen targets in Iraq in the single largest strike on the Kurdish separatist group PKK since the latest campaign began. Lawmakers met in Ankara for a special parliamentary session to discuss the deepening crisis. Some lawmakers urged the country to salvage a three-year-old peace process with the Kurdish militants, who have sought greater autonomy from the Turkish state. “The peace process is...
  • Thousands will die as Obama continues to throw our allies to the wolves in Kurdistan

    07/30/2015 5:36:03 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/29/2015 | Rebel Media
    Ezra Levan of TheRebel.Media reports yet another example of Obama's inept and dangerous negotiating skills as he sacrifices the Kurds in order to have the right to do what he has a right to do anyway. Even though Turkey is a member of NATO, they hate the Kurds more than they oppose the Islamic State terrorists. Obama has just given the Islamic government of Turkey permission to attack our allies in Kurdistan, who are the only liberal Muslims in the region. Obama will be gone in eighteen months but in the meantime, thousands will die as he continues to throw...
  • Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on PKK, stoking Kurdish ire

    07/29/2015 6:35:52 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-29-2015 | Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall
    Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible. The strikes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets including shelters, depots and caves in six areas, a statement from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's office said. A senior official told Reuters it was the biggest assault since the campaign started. Iraq condemned the air strikes as a "dangerous escalation and an assault on Iraqi sovereignty", saying it was committed to ensuring militant attacks on Turkey were not carried out from...
  • KURDS, PALESTINIANS AND DOUBLE STANDARDS

    07/27/2015 4:22:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Joseph Puder
    The Washington Post headline on June, 2, 2015, read: “Obama Makes an Impassioned Case for a Palestinian State.” While President Obama and his administration are eager for the establishment of another unstable and likely terrorist Arab (there are 21 Arab states, and Palestine is the 22nd) state called Palestine, they have largely ignored if not betrayed the Kurds in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey. The Kurds are one of the largest national groups globally without a state of their own, and they are yearning for one independent Kurdish state. Justice for the Kurds, it seems, is subjected to the whims...
  • STUNNING=> Obama Gives Turkey Green Light to Bomb Former US Soldiers Fighting ISIS

    07/26/2015 7:31:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 26, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Forty to fifty Americans are fighting with Kurdish forces against ISIS– Retired US Marine Jordan Matson joined the YPG Kurdish fighters to fight ISIS in September 2014. Jordan told Greta Van Susteren in February that there are 40-50 Americans fighting with Kurdish forces against ISIS. He also said the Kurds are very hospitable to Christians and Yazidis. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)[continued]
  • Turkey Uses ISIS ( Islamic State ) as Excuse to Attack Kurds

    07/26/2015 8:22:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | July 26, 2015 | Uzay Bulut
    Turkish government is using ISIS as a pretext to attack the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Turkey just announced that its air base at Incirlik will soon be open to coalition forces, presumably to fight ISIS. But the moment Turkey started bombing, it targeted Kurdish positions in Iraq, in addition to targeting ISIS positions in Syria. In Turkey, millions of indigenous Kurds are continually terrorized and murdered, but ISIS terrorists can freely travel and use official border crossings to go to Syria and return to Turkey; they are even treated at Turkish hospitals. If this is how the states that rule...
  • Turkey says parts of Syria to become 'safe zones' (25 Mile Buffer Zone)

    07/25/2015 10:33:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 7-25-2015 | AJZ
    Turkey has said areas in north Syria cleared of fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group will become safe zones. Saturday’s announcement made by Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, came after Ankara announced it had begun bombing ISIL positions in Syria and and Kurdish fighters' camps in northern Iraq. "When areas in northern Syria are cleared of the (ISIL) threat, the safe zones will be formed naturally," Cavusoglu told a news conference. The conflict in Syria has displaced more than 10 million people, with many residing in makeshift camps near the Turkish border.These...
  • Turkey confirms attacks on PKK militant camps in Iraq: statement

    07/24/2015 11:12:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-25-2015 | Reuters
    Turkish fighter jets launched attacks on camps of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq overnight SNIP---- Turkey simultaneously launched ground attacks against the PKK and Islamic State in northern Syria
  • A Personal War (America’s Marxist Allies Against ISIS)

    07/24/2015 9:57:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/25/2015 | MATT BRADLEY AND JOE PARKINSON
    SINJAR MOUNTAIN, Iraq—Nine years ago, Zind Ruken packed a bag and left her majority-ethnic-Kurdish city in Iran, escaping a brutal police crackdown and pressure to marry a man she’d never met. Now the 24-year-old is a battle-hardened guerrilla, using machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades to fight Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq. She has deployed to reverse their advances on self-governing Kurdish communities. Last summer, she says, she helped rescue Kurdish-speaking Yazidis besieged on Sinjar Mountain. Her unit has fought Islamist insurgents and conventional armies in Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq—countries where an estimated 30 million Kurds live.
  • Syriac-Assyrians welcome US statement on self-government and self-defence [Christians]

    07/21/2015 4:57:52 AM PDT · by huldah1776
    Middle East Monitor ^ | July 21, 2015 | N/A
    Christians in Syria have welcomed the statement by US General John Allen, the special coordinator of the International Coalition against ISIS, in which he recognised the need for all peoples in Syria to have some degree of autonomy when they are freed from tyranny. The Syriac-Assyrians made their comments in a press release in which they also welcomed the continuing efforts of the coalition against ISIS. "This demonstrates," they said, "that the war against the militant group is a war to defend the whole of humanity." against the militant group is a war to defend the whole of humanity." There...
  • Lindsey Graham Wants 10,000 Troops in Syria: Slammed Rand Paul & jabbed Ted Cruz in a hawkish speech

    07/08/2015 3:16:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | July 8, 2015 | David Catanese
    Calling Iraq and Syria a "single battle space," Sen. Lindsey Graham said he'd place around 10,000 troops in Syria today if he were president, in order to eradicate the heart of the Islamic State group's attempted caliphate. That call amounted to one of the most aggressive proposals by a 2016 presidential candidate regarding dealing with Syria, which has been engulfed in years of fighting between the government, rebels and Islamic militants. In remarks before The Atlantic Council on Wednesday, Graham, R-S.C., said half-measures like arming the Kurds to fight the Islamic State group were insufficient, and name-checked two of his...
  • Fog of War - Obama’s Trojan horse emergent

    07/08/2015 7:39:37 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/08/15 | Eddie Pedersen
    This colossal screw up is primarily Obama’s fault, Obama + Maliki + Hillary = Islamic State. This is the inescapable reality. Backing the Arab Spring, gun running from Libya to Syria, this whole thing is their mess Yesterday American Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and General Martin Dempsey, revealed millions of tax payer dollars yielded America only 60 Syrian anti Assad fighters. Thusly conservatives world wide, feel vindicated by left wing press articles that seem to echo nearly every warning conservatives have been prognosticating for months. We see articles that contain a somber almost cryptic infomercial quality to them. Bad...
  • Iraq, Kurdistan Oil Deal Close to Collapse

    07/06/2015 4:57:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 3, 2015 | MATT BRADLEY
    An oil-sales deal between Iraq and the semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional Government is close to collapse about six months after it was signed, undermining the country’s unity as it struggles to fight Islamic State and contain an escalating financial crisis. Months of acrimony between Baghdad and Erbil, the KRG’s capital, came to a head in June, when the Kurdish side reduced the amount of oil it sold through Iraq’s state-owned Oil Marketing Company, known as SOMO, and began ramping up its independent sales of oil through the Turkish port at Ceyhan. The sales undercut an agreement struck in December that gave...
  • ‘We Have Suffered Like the Jews': Kurds Ready to Build Own State ‘Whether US Likes It or Not’

    07/03/2015 11:54:27 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 3, 2015 | Frances Martel
    As a variety of Kurdish forces continue containing the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS) advance in Syria and Iraq, leaders are becoming increasingly vocal about the establishment of an independent Kurdistan, with some sources close to the ground telling Fox News that Kurds are dedicated to the formation of a new state–“whether the U.S. likes it or not.” Security sources speaking to Fox News note that the Kurdish forces–the YPG/YPJ in Syria and the Peshmerga in Iraq–have made significant advances in the past months, keeping ISIS from recapturing the Turkish border town of Kobani and even making inroads in Raqqa province, home...
  • Obama Administration blocks attempts to fly heavy weapons to Kurds to fight the Islamic State

    07/02/2015 2:53:46 PM PDT · by blueyon · 23 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/02/15 | Robert Spencer
    obama-finger-“There is simply no strategic approach. There is a lack of coordination in selecting targets, and there is no overall plan for defeating Isil.” Indeed. The President keeps forcing people to ask the question, Which side is he on? “US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State,” by Con Coughlin, Telegraph, July 2, 2015: The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack...
  • Report: U.S. blocking shipments of heavy arms to the Kurds fighting ISIS

    07/02/2015 8:14:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/02/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Does President Obama even want to defeat ISIS?  If so, why is the United States blocking shipments of heavy armaments to the Kurds?  They should be our best friends in the Muslim world and have demonstrated their capacity as excellent fighters with boots on the ground in fighting ISIS.  Which, not so incidentally, wants to kill their men and make sex slaves of their women. Con Coughlin of the U.K. Telegraph reports: The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph...
  • Reality versus Fantasy - Obama’s Proxy War In Syria

    07/02/2015 7:53:05 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/02/15 | Eddie Pedersen
    Funding alleged Freedom Fighters aka Magical Fighters who historically fall prey to swapping allegiances increases the risk of genocide to astronomical proportions, unwarranted The Kurdish people are fighting our terrorist enemies and losing their lives in the process, and its not just men, 30% of Kurdish fighters are now female fighters, who can never be captured alive. Think about that the next time you cant find a shopping cart at the local grocery store. Think about it when you’re grilling hot dogs and burgers this Fourth of July, or when you hear the national anthem this weekend. These men and...
  • Obama and Cameron in on blocking heroic Kurds from fighting ISIS

    07/02/2015 7:50:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/02/15 | Judi McLeod
    Blame the next gruesome ISIS video on the deadly duo polluting the news stream with their self-serving empty rhetoric that continues to enable the bloody trail of Islamic terrorism. Courageous Kurds are a minority of one in standing up to ISIS and now the most self-centered friendship in the world is seeking to block them. “The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. (Telegraph, July 2, 2015) “Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western...
  • Barack Obama BLOCKS SUPPORT to Kurds to Fight ISIS

    07/02/2015 6:04:57 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/01/15 | Jim Hoft
    Evil has a friend… Barack Obama blocks support to the Kurds to fight the Islamic State. ** It’s bad enough that he pulled US troops from Iraq. ** It’s bad enough he created the vacuum that allowed ISIS to flourish. ** It’s bad enough he is unable to comprehend true evil. ** It’s bad enough he lacks the will and courage to battle evil. But now he won’t support the people who are battling ISIS on the ground. Telegraph UK reported: The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds...
  • Turkey Is Now Set On Invading Syria. Soon We Will See Syria Becoming An Islamist State

    06/29/2015 4:03:58 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 9 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    We have been saying for the last two years that Turkey will invade Syria and now the media is all over the issue of a serious possible invasion by the second most powerful army in NATO: Turkey. The spark and excuse for this invasion is simple. As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against ISIS, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of military intervention guised under the claim to push ISIS back from the Turkish border. Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains...
  • Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS

    06/29/2015 1:35:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    The Turkish military is not enthusiastic and Washington may have its doubts, but President Erdogan appears determined to set up a buffer zone.ISTANBUL—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning a military intervention into northern Syria to prevent Syrian Kurds from forming their own state there, despite concerns among his own generals and possible criticism from Washington and other NATO allies, according to reports in both pro- and anti-government media. In a speech last Friday, Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains by Kurdish fighters against...
  • Syria Kurds seize town from Islamic State near its 'capital'

    06/23/2015 4:33:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/23/2015 | BY TOM PERRY AND LAILA BASSAM
    Kurdish-led forces in Syria seized a town from Islamic State on Tuesday after capturing a military base overnight, aided by U.S.-led air strikes in some of the most dramatic gains yet against the militants. The Kurdish march deep into the heart of Islamic State territory follows their capture of a town on the Turkish border last week, reversing the momentum of militants who had seized major towns in both Syria and Iraq last month. The Kurdish YPG-led forces had taken full control of Ain Issa, said YPG spokesman Redur Xelil. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reports on the...
  • The Kurds are pushing into Islamic State's Syria stronghold

    06/22/2015 7:31:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/22/2015 | TOM PERRY, REUTERS
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish-led forces advanced on Monday deep into territory in Syria held by Islamic State, showing new momentum after they unexpectedly swiftly seized a border crossing from the jihadists last week. The Kurds, aided by U.S.-led air strikes and smaller Syrian rebel groups, had pushed to within 7 km (4 miles) of Ain Issa, a town 50 km (30 miles) north of Islamic State's de facto capital Raqqa city, said Redur Xelil, spokesman for the Kurdish forces. The rapid advance into Raqqa province has defied expectations of a protracted battle between the Kurdish YPG group and Islamic State...
  • BOOM: Obama Takes Credit for Kurds’ Victory Over ISIS… But Kurds Fired Back With BRUTAL Response

    06/21/2015 4:35:29 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    Recently, the Kurdish Peshmerga won a major victory against the Islamic State group in northern Syria, taking back a town known as Tal Abyad. Amazingly, the Obama administration took credit for this hard-fought victory, even though it had next to nothing to do with it. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Kurdish victory was “actually a direct consequence of an earlier military operation that President Obama ordered” to break the siege of the Syrian city of Kobani last fall. This laughable claim was quickly shot down by the Kurds themselves, who stated that they could have taken the town back much more...
  • The State of the Kurds

    06/20/2015 6:27:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 19, 2015 | YAROSLAV TROFIMOV
    It is a time of good news for the Kurds, a people more accustomed to tragedy than to triumph. Just last week in Turkey, a political party rooted in the struggle for Kurdish rights vaulted over the 10% threshold for parliamentary representation, giving the Kurds their biggest say ever in Turkish politics. Days later, allied Kurdish fighters in Syria seized a crucial border crossing from Islamic State, thus uniting Kurdish areas that now stretch from Iraq halfway to the Mediterranean Sea. In Iraq, the Kurds repelled an assault by Islamic State last year, and their budding autonomous government in northern...
  • Islamic State forces routed by Kurdish Forces from stronghold on Syria-Turkey border

    06/16/2015 10:09:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/16/2015 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT — The Islamic State was routed Monday from one of its key strongholds on Syria’s border with Turkey after its defenses crumbled and its fighters either defected or fled, raising new questions about the group’s vaunted military capabilities. The fall of the town of Tal Abyad to a Kurdish-Syrian rebel force backed by U.S. airstrikes came after just two days of fighting during which the militants appeared to put up little resistance, focusing instead on escaping to their nearby self-styled capital of Raqqa or fleeing across the border to Turkey. The force — led by Kurdish units of the...
  • ISIS Dealt 'Biggest Setback' Since its Founding

    06/16/2015 7:17:14 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 6-16-2015 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Kurdish fighters seized control Tuesday of a key border town from the Islamic State (ISIS) group, cutting a major supply line in the biggest setback yet for the jihadists in Syria. From across the frontier in Turkey, the Kurds and allied Syrian rebels could be seen raising their banners in place of the black ISIS flag and taking up positions at the Tal Abyad border post, reports AFP. Fighters with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia waved their yellow banner as Turkish troops looked on from the other side of the frontier.
  • Erdogan Suffers Serious Setback in Elections

    06/07/2015 3:40:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/6/15
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suffered a serious setback in the parliamentary elections Sunday, according to initial reports. Four hours after the ballots closed, it appeared that Erdogan's AKP party will not have the required majority for passing reforms in the Turkish constitution. With 90% of the votes counted, the Kurdish HDP party received about 11% of the votes, according to Turkish-language CNN. This places it past the 10% threshold required for entering parliament and would give it about 80 MPs. The party has never before passed the threshold. According to reports, AKP received 42 or 43% of the...
  • Zoroastrian faith returns to Kurdistan in response to ISIS violence

    06/03/2015 6:04:53 PM PDT · by odds · 39 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | June 3 2015 | Judith Neurink
    SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region — After over a millennium, the Zoroastrian faith is returning to its original habitat. The Ministry of Religion in the Iraqi Kurdistan capital Erbil has registered the religion, locally known as Zardashti, and suggested to the Kurdish government the ancient faith should be given its own directorate general and its believers be allowed to build new temples. “Now it’s time,” says Nouri Sharif, one of the initiators of the movement that established a Zoroastrian organization in Europe in 2006 and in March announced in Erbil its official return to Kurdistan. In April, a Supreme Council of Zoroastrians...
  • Hijacker "Given Anthrax Flask By Iraqi Agent"

    10/27/2001 10:27:09 PM PDT · by Fulbright · 30 replies · 821+ views
    London Times ^ | 10/27/01 | Daniel McGrory
    INTELLIGENCE agents from Prague to Swansea are uncovering a trail of clues that point to President Saddam Hussein of Iraq having a hand in al-Qaeda’s terrorist missions. Iraqi ministers have spent the week protesting Baghdad’s innocence to the United Nations, but will not say why some of its diplomats who met Mohammed Atta, one of the suspected September 11 hijackers, disappeared from their European posts after that date. Nor will Baghdad explain why Saddam’s agents were spotted at various times this year with Atta in Germany, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic. Many in the Pentagon are sure Saddam ...
  • Russia ready to help Iraq defeat Islamic State [Ezekiel 38]

    05/22/2015 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 21, 2015 | Staff
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is ready to supply weapons to Iraq, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday, as the country struggles to halt advances by Islamic State militants. Speaking ahead of talks in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Lavrov told reporters Moscow would make every effort to help the Baghdad government push back the militants. Islamic State insurgents overran the Iraqi city of Ramadi last weekend in the most significant setback for the Baghdad government in a year, exposing the weakness of Iraq's army and the limitations of U.S. air strikes. On...
  • North Carolina Mom, 25, Leaves Three Children Behind To fight For Kurds In Iraq

    05/15/2015 11:57:24 AM PDT · by drewh · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08:31 EST, 15 May 2015 | By KEILIGH BAKER FOR MAILONLINE
    A mother-of-three from North Carolina is the latest Westerner to volunteer to fight against ISIS in Iraq. Samantha Johnston, 25, from Emerald Island, who previously served in the US Army, is believed to have joined the Kurdish Peshmerga troops, who are battling ISIS in northern Iraq and Syria. She said she wanted to fight ISIS because: 'I decided to come fight because I felt like it was my duty. 'I couldn't look my children in the eyes and say, "I didn't do anything to help."' Ms Johnston told the site her children are in 'a safe place'. 'To me this...
  • Meet the Peshmerga's International Brigade: From IT workers to ex-soldiers, the men from [tr]

    04/22/2015 6:35:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 21, 2015 | John Hall
    A legion of foreign fighters who bravely joined the Kurdish forces battling militants loyal to the Islamic State have posed for photographs in Syria. Showing off their tattoos, play fighting with one another and relaxing in a camp, the international fighting force appear incredibly relaxed - despite fighting on the frontline against the terror group. Dozens of fighters - many of them ex-soldiers in the British and America armies - have volunteered to join Kurdish troops battling ISIS in Iraq and Syria in recent months. As many of the Kurdish fighters do not speak English, the foreign soldiers usually form...
  • ISIS claims responsibility for deadly US consulate blast in Iraq that killed two and injured 8

    04/18/2015 12:36:13 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2015-04-18 | AFP
    The Islamic State group claimed credit on Saturday a bombing near the US consulate in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region a day earlier that killed two Turks. 'Security detachments were able to... detonate a car bomb left at the American consulate building in the city that led to the killing and wounding of many of them,' ISIS said in a daily audio message posted online. But the US State Department said the bombing in Ainkawa, near Kurdish regional capital Arbil, did not kill or wound any consular employees. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3044749/IS-claims-deadly-US-consulate-blast-Iraq.html#ixzz3XgvqF6RE Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • ISIS Suicide Bomber's Vehicle Goes Airborne And Explodes In Mid air RAW Footage

    04/13/2015 8:40:32 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 55 replies
    You Tube ^ | 4-12-2015 | Live Leak
    Published on Apr 12, 2015 ISIS Suicide Bomber Goes Airborne And Explodes In Mid-air Liveleak - Part of ISIS Suicide Bomber's Vehicle Goes Airborne And Explodes In Mid air Part of channel(s): Iraq (current event) Before the suicide bomber reached its main goal, Peshmerga Forces were able to destroy the vehicle. As the truck took the hit, the explosives went airborne and exploded midway Before the suicide bomber reached its main Goal, Peshmerga Forces were able to destroy the vehicle. As the truck took the hit, the explosives went airborne and exploded midway through the air. Southern Kirkuk area -...
  • New MK Optimistic about Israeli-Kurdish Future

    04/12/2015 4:11:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/4/15 | Gedalyah Rebock
    Ksenia Svetlova of the Zionist Union, an expert in Arab and Kurdish affairs, sees growth in future ties with Kurds in Syria and Iraq. Photo ....it has not been lost on many that Israel will need to continue developing relationships with groups in these two countries, especially as the security challenges there move closer to Israel’s borders....ISIS is also pressing Kurdistan. “There are various entities and organizations that represent the Kurds in different parts of the Middle East,” says Ksenia Svetlova, newly elected MK for the Zionist Union and an expert on Arab and Kurdish affairs. “The relations with Iraqi...
  • ISIS Cuts Off 4 Kids Hands, One for Stealing Toy; Executes Starving Child for Stealing Food

    04/08/2015 8:53:52 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | Samuel Smith
    (Photo: Reuters/Bassam Khabieh) An activist (not pictured) holds a burning torch near children carrying banners inside a cage during a protest against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Douma, eastern Al-Ghouta, near Damascus, February 15, 2015. The protest, which made children wear orange suits depicting victims of the Islamic State, calls to compare forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad to Islamic State forces, and to draw attention to residents living under siege and dying from strikes by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad, activists said. A mixed Sunni-Shia family that once lived in ISIS' Iraqi...
  • Kurds report more chlorine attacks, Iraq pauses Tikrit offensive

    03/17/2015 7:33:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/17/2015 | BY ISABEL COLES AND MAGGIE FICK
    Iraq paused its Tikrit offensive on Monday and officials called for more air strikes against Islamic State militants, while an officer said Kurdish forces sustained two more chlorine gas attacks by insurgents. General Aziz Waisi told journalists the insurgents used chlorine twice during a January offensive west of Mosul and once in a December attack on his military police brigade in the Sinjar mountain area. One attack near Mosul, on Jan. 23, was described by Kurdish authorities on Saturday. Waisi said a number of military police - he did not say how many - were taken to hospital, where blood...
  • Kurds: ISIS is using chemical weapons on us [What ever happened to Obama's "red line"?]

    03/15/2015 5:02:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/15/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    This is not the first time that Islamic State fighters have been accused of using the regionÂ’s loose chemical weapons on pro-Western forces, but this might be the most disturbing reported use of chemical agents by ISIS. The allegation that ISIS militants used chlorine gas on Kurdish soldiers in Iraq likely represents the ultimate failure of the Obama administrationÂ’s policy toward to the Syrian civil war. According to reports, Kurdish authorities have provided evidence to international investigators that indicates ISIS used low-grade chemical weapons, likely chlorine gas canisters, against Peshmerga fighters in an attack near the Syrian border in...
  • Rand Paul: Kurds would fight ISIS 'like hell' if promised them a country

    03/11/2015 12:54:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/11/2015 | Mark Hensch
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he supports creating a new nation for the Kurds in exchange for their help fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “I think they would fight like hell if we promised them a country,” Paul told Breitbart News during a stop in Naples, Fla. Paul, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said the Kurds are “the best fighters” in the military campaign against ISIS and said he would support sending additional arms for the Peshmerga, the Kurds’ trained soldiers in Iraq and Syria. “Part of the problem is the Kurds aren’t getting enough...
  • 'To Valhalla!': Crack Norwegian 'Punisher' troops sent to Iraq to help take fanatical ISIS army

    03/06/2015 6:28:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 6, 2015 | Tim MacFarlan
    Dozens of soldiers from a battalion famous for using the emblem of a vicious comic book avenger to strike fear into the enemy in Afghanistan are heading to Iraq with ISIS in their sights. The Telemark Battalion is an elite mechanised infantry unit of the Norwegian Army which has been involved in the fight against the Taliban as part of the NATO-led security mission since 2003. Around 50 soldiers from Telemark will be heading to the city of Irbil in northern Iraq to train Kurdish forces to help them in their fight against Islamic State, the Norwegian ministry of defence...
  • 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...
  • Islamic State: Former Australian soldier Ashley Johnston killed fighting militants in Iraq

    02/25/2015 10:46:49 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | News Desk
    A former Australian soldier has been killed fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq. It is believed Ashley Johnston, a former Army reservist originally from Queensland, was killed in an assault by Kurdish forces on an IS position near the Iraqi city of Shingal. ...
  • Christian militia takes the war to Islamic State in Syria

    02/24/2015 5:19:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Telegraph Media ^ | 23 Feb 2015 | Richard Spencer
    Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Hassakeh have been involved in fierce fighting with Isil jihadists including Chechens. A Christian militia formed to protect the community as Syria falls apart is fighting its first major battle against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), attacking across a front in the north-east of the country before being driven back again in a fierce counter-blow. Christian groups said they were checking a report that up to 200 civilians had been kidnapped by Isil jihadists in the fighting and were being held as hostages. A number of fighters from the militia,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • US Army Veterans, Westerners Join Christian Militia to Fight ISIS

    02/15/2015 10:32:38 AM PST · by PROCON · 9 replies
    reuters ^ | Feb. 15, 2015
    Saint Michael, the archangel of battle, is tattooed across the back of a U.S. army veteran who recently returned to Iraq and joined a Christian militia fighting Islamic State in what he sees as a biblical war between good and evil. Brett, 28, carries the same thumb-worn pocket Bible he did whilst deployed to Iraq in 2006 - a picture of the Virgin Mary tucked inside its pages and his favourite verses highlighted. "It's very different," he said, asked how the experiences compared. "Here I'm fighting for a people and for a faith, and the enemy is much bigger and...
  • 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...
  • The Secret Best Way To Keep Muslims Far Far Away

    02/13/2015 3:26:28 PM PST · by george76 · 60 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | February 13, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    If you want to annoy ISIS terrorists, just blow a horn or play a musical instrument. Muhammad, the prophet of Islam said so:  “Anas narrated that the prophet said, “Two sounds are accursed in this world and the hereafter: (the sound of) musical instruments in time of happiness and wailing during calamity.” (Al-Bazzaar). And if you think I am kidding, just take a look how the Kurds annoy ISIS during a fire fight: ... Its the proven method, sort of like pig fat. It is all written in their books and hundreds of millions of these bigots hate the...