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  • Israel Shoots Down Unmanned Drone From Syria

    08/31/2014 12:30:35 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-31-14 | Uzi Baruch
    The Israeli Air Force downed an unmanned drone (UAV) over the Golan Heights as it attempted to enter Israeli airspace from Syria. Forces fired a surface-to-air Patriot missile at the drone, which came from the area of Quneitra - which has seen fierce clashes between Syrian rebels and regime forces. The Israel Defense Forces told the Associated Press that the drone appeared to have belonged to the Syrian military and had flown accidentally into Israeli airspace. The IDF said that the drone was identified in Israel's air space and shot down by a ground-to-air Patriot missile. The IDF "will respond...
  • Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy

    08/31/2014 2:14:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/14 | Andrea Shalal
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine. Republican lawmakers seized on Obama's comment on Thursday when he said, "We don't have a strategy yet" for confronting the Islamic State militant group, saying it suggested indecisiveness. On Sunday, influential Democrats chimed in with their own critiques of Obama's foreign policy, chiding him for being "too cautious" on Syria, and urging him to do more to help Ukraine resist Russian advances.
  • The United States’ biggest 'allies' are funding ISIL

    08/31/2014 11:56:04 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 17 replies
    Press TV ^ | August 31, 2014
    US President Barack Obama’s authorization of airstrikes on ISIS targets in Iraq serves as an opportunity to remind ourselves which countries are bankrolling the deadly terror group. The answer: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and Qatar – three of the United States’ biggest allies in the region. Last night Obama announced limited airstrikes to slow the advance of ISIS fighters and help members of the Yazidi religious minority group who were forced to flee into a mountainous region in the north of Iraq to avoid slaughter. However, the administration has failed to put pressure on several (Persian) Gulf states that are...
  • U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amerli, airdrop aid

    08/31/2014 12:41:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:29pm IST | Raheem Salman and Matt Spetalnick
    (Reuters) - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama authorized the new military action, broadening U.S. operations in Iraq amid an international outcry over the threat to Amerli's mostly ethnic Turkmen population. U.S. aircraft delivered over a hundred bundles of emergency supplies and more aid was dropped from British, French and Australian planes, officials said, signaling headway in Obama’s efforts to draw allies into the fight against Islamic State. Iraqi...
  • FILIPINO TROOPS PULL `GREATEST ESCAPE' FROM SYRIA

    08/31/2014 12:48:19 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 31, 2014 | BY JIM GOMEZ
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. "We may call it the greatest escape," Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said. The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels entered the U.N.-patrolled buffer zone between Syria and Israel this week, seizing 44 Fijian soldiers and demanding that their Filipino colleagues surrender with their weapons. The Filipinos in two U.N. encampments refused and clashed with...
  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/30/2014 8:33:26 AM PDT · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Aug 30, 2014 | Editorial Board
    RESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence. One can only imagine the whiplash that foreign leaders must...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-08-30 : Obama’s Right -- He Has “No Strategy”

    08/30/2014 3:00:46 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 10 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-08-30 | Newt Gingrich
    . August 30, 2014 Newt Gingrich : Obama’s Right -- He Has “No Strategy” ===================================================== Americans might be inclined to roll their eyes at this admission from their president given that he spent weeks on vacation while a terrorist group swept away eleven years of work to stabilize Iraq. As I wrote in this newsletter last week, however, the problem has never been the rounds of golf President Obama is playing. It is what has been happening--or rather, what has not been happening--between them. If a month’s vacation in Martha’s Vineyard was the price of our Commander-in-Chief realizing at last...
  • Peculiar: New York Times Reporters Stick Up for Hamas on Social Media, Television

    08/13/2014 9:20:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 12, 2014 | Clay Waters
    As a 72-hour ceasefire takes hold in Israel, New York Times Gaza-based reporters remain locked in a peculiar moral equivalency between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas bent on the nation's destruction, with reporters taking pains on social media and television to stick up for Hamas, dismissing the idea of Hamas harassment of journalists as "nonsense," and even criticizing Hillary Clinton for taking on the group.. Reporter Anne Barnard appeared on Sunday's edition of CNN's Reliable Sources, hosted by former Times colleague Brian Stelter. When Stelter asked Barnard about the "biggest misconceptions" in the coverage offered by naysayers "thousands of...
  • Latest Big Lie: We Have No Strategy

    08/29/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • Yemen's President Blames Iran for Inciting Conflict

    08/29/2014 8:23:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    VoA ^ | August 28, 2014
    Yemen's president is accusing Iran of provoking current unrest in his country as Shi'ite Houthi rebels advance on the capital Sana'a. -excerpt- He claimed in a statement that Iran was trying to “trade Sana'a for the Syrian capital, Damascus,” a reference to Iranian support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.
  • Does ISIS Have Black-op Backers?

    08/30/2014 6:16:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/30/2014 | By James Lewis
    The bloody-handed butchers of ISIS behave like the worst Islamofascist gang we have seen so far -- worse than the Taliban, worse than Hamas and Hezb’allah, worse than Al Nusra, worse than the Muslim Brotherhood, worse than all the little maniac gangs of cutthroats who have been practicing Jihad on innocent men, women and children for decades. In addition to which, ISIS has better PR, spreading its graphic images of human butchery of Christians, Yazidis, and Shi’ites, and other “infidels” around the world with amazing speed. On top of that, ISIS has engaged in Blitzkrieg warfare, overwhelming the defenses of...
  • This Is How ISIS Is Building An Airforce

    08/30/2014 1:26:43 PM PDT · by blam · 60 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-31-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 08/30/2014The Islamic State is nothing if not ambitious. Despite no record of current 'airplane' assets in their annual reports, ISIS has begun detaining and forcing Syrian pilots to train militant fighters to fly stolen aircraft. According to CNN Arabic, the pilots (and their planes and helicopters) were abducted when the terrorist group gained control of Tabqa military base. It appears that if beheadings, executions, and whippings are not enough to strike fear into the hearts of the locals, then (just as America is tryiung to do), an air assault will greatly demoralize. We can only imagine how this...
  • George Galloway taken to hospital after street attack

    08/29/2014 11:23:58 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 30 August 2014 | bbc
    George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked on a London street, his spokesman has said.
  • Iraq forces mass in bid to break jihadist siege of Turkmen town

    08/27/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    AFP via BI ^ | Aug. 27, 2014, 9:33 AM | Marwan Ibrahim
    Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break a two-month jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water. The imminent counter-offensive comes amid reports that US President Barack Obama is weighing a decision to authorise air strikes and aid drops in the area to assist around 12,000 residents trapped in the northern town. According to a civilian volunteer commander, thousands of Shiite militiamen from groups including Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Badr Organisation are gathering in the Tuz Khurmatu area of Salaheddin province,...
  • Allying with Assad to Stop ISIS is 7 Different Kinds of Stupid

    08/27/2014 8:15:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/27/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The latest genius to come up with this particular plan is Pat Buchanan. It’s not unique, but it’s a refreshing change from all the proposals that we ally with Iran to stop ISIS. Alternative proposals that we ally with Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy to stop ISIS are on the table. Here’s why it’s stupid 1. Assad is getting his ass kicked by ISIS and most of the other rebel groups. In other words what is the point of this alliance exactly? We’re already allied with an Iranian client in Baghdad that’s incapable of fighting its own battles and is...
  • Sinai militant group says it beheaded four Egyptians

    08/28/2014 3:33:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/28/2014 | MICHAEL GEORGY
    A Sinai-based militant group said on Thursday it had beheaded four Egyptians, accusing them of providing Israel with intelligence for an airstrike that killed three of its fighters. Four headless corpses were found in the Sinai Peninsula earlier this month, security sources said -- the first time that any decapitations had been made public in Egypt. The men had been abducted by gunmen two days earlier while driving in the town of Sheikh Zuwaid, which is just a few kilometers from the Gaza Strip. In a video released on Twitter, Egypt's most dangerous militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, said the...
  • Iran says tested new nuclear enrichment machine, may irk West

    08/27/2014 6:02:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/27/2014 | MICHELLE MOGHTADER AND FREDRIK DAHL
    Iran has conducted "mechanical" tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear programme. Iran's development of new centrifuges to replace its current breakdown-prone model is watched closely by Western officials. It could allow the Islamic Republic to amass potential atomic bomb material much faster. Tehran says its nuclear programme is peaceful and that it produces low-enriched uranium only to make fuel for a planned network of atomic energy plants. If processed to a high fissile concentration,...
  • Sheikh Qaradawi: The Caliphate in Iraq is Invalid

    08/28/2014 2:44:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/8/14
    Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who is the head of the Muslim Scholars Association and who serves as spiritual mentor for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, attacked the Islamic Caliphate State established by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in large parts of Syria and Iraq. In an interview with a Turkish news agency, Qaradawi said that the caliphate is meaningless as it does not meet the requirements as dictated by Islam. It should be noted that Sheikh Qaradawi supports Hamas, operates a jihad against Israel, and in the past has made rulings permitting suicide bombings ...
  • Obama Pressured Israel to Stop Demanding Demilitarization of Hamas

    08/28/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/28/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The ceasefire agreement didn’t give Hamas everything it wanted, but it gave Israel nothing at all.Israel’s insistence on demilitarizing Gaza fell by the wayside.Why? Here’s one answer. Nabil Shaath, a senior PLO official and confidante of PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said that Israel dropped the demand that Hamas be demilitarized, due to American pressure, in an interview with the Arabic Ma’an News Agency. As usual the war was won on the battlefield and lost at the negotiating table. Which means it will have to be repeated in a year or two with a stronger Hamas.Without demilitarizing Gaza, the entire...
  • The Mideast Through the Eyes of a Lebanese Expat

    08/26/2014 5:01:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    The Mideast Through the Eyes of a Lebanese ExpatPosted By Joseph Puder On August 26, 2014 @ 12:05 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Lebanese born Joseph Hakim is a patriotic American who is deeply involved in community affairs. A successful businessman who came to America with less than $500 in his pocket, he has built a multi-million dollar business. It is not money however, that excites Hakim and gets him going. He is devoted to a single cause, which is saving the ancient Christian communities in the Middle East. Toward that end, he has assumed the presidency of...
  • Two Rockets Strike Upper Galilee

    08/25/2014 2:18:58 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-25-14 | Tova Dvorin
    Sirens sounded throughout the Upper Galilee close to 10:15 pm Monday night, just before a series of explosions were heard near Kiryat Shmona. The IDF confirmed that two rockets were fired from Lebanon at northern Israel. No injuries or damage were reported. The IDF “retaliated with artillery fire towards the source of the attack,” the IDF Spokesperson wrote on Twitter. Troops are currently scanning the Lebanese border, sources say, in cooperation with mediating body UNIFIL. Just before 11:00 pm, unconfirmed reports have begun surfacing that the IAF has begun responding to the rocket fire. Since Operation Protective Edge began 49...
  • Confirmed: Rocket Strikes Upper Galilee (launched from Lebanon)

    08/25/2014 1:16:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 8/25/2014, 10:58 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Sirens sounded throughout the Upper Galilee close to 10:15 pm Monday night, just before a series of explosions were heard near Kiryat Shmona. The IDF confirmed at 10:35 pm that one rocket, fired from Lebanon, struck the Upper Galilee area. No injuries or damage were reported. […] The Lebanese Army arrested several terrorists involved in at least one salvo on the Galilee, but also complained to mediating body UNIFIL after the IAF responded to the attacks. …
  • Syrian Rebels Describe U.S.-Backed Training in Qatar

    05/27/2014 8:16:43 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 19 replies
    Frontline PBS ^ | May 26, 2014 | Nancy A. Youssef
    With reports indicating that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad are gaining ground in that country’s brutal civil war, moderate Syrian rebels have told a visiting journalist that the United States is arranging their training in Qatar. In a documentary to be aired Tuesday night, the rebels describe their clandestine journey from the Syrian battlefield to meet with their American handlers in Turkey and then travel on to Qatar, where they say they received training in the use of sophisticated weapons and fighting techniques, including, one rebel said, “how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush.” The...
  • Yemen government offers to resign - source

    08/23/2014 9:55:45 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    news 24 ^ | 8-23-2014 | Reuters
    Yemen's government offered on Saturday to resign within a month and to review an unpopular decision to cut fuel subsidies in an attempt to end protests by the Shi'ite Houthi movement, a government source told Reuters. Yemenis are unhappy about the government's decision in late July to cut energy subsidies to ease the burden on its budget deficit, a move which led to a rise in fuel prices. The government spent about $3bn on subsidies last year, nearly a third of state revenues. A previous attempt by the government to cut subsidies in 2005 led to unrest that left about...
  • Rockets fired from south Lebanon towards Israel

    08/24/2014 9:26:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, August 23, 2014 | Reporting by Sylvia Westall in Beirut and Ori Lewis in Jerusalem; Editing by Robin Pomeroy
    At least two rockets were fired on Saturday from southern Lebanon towards Israel, Lebanon's national news agency and security sources said, without saying who had launched them. The news agency NNA, citing its correspondent in Tyre, said the rockets were fired towards "occupied territories" and that the Lebanese army had encircled the suspected launch area. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Last month militants in Lebanon fired into Israel on at least three occasions and in the past a group linked to al Qaeda has claimed rocket attacks. Israel's military and police said at least one rocket fired...
  • Understanding the Israeli-Egyptian-Saudi alliance

    08/22/2014 7:39:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/21/2014 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    The partnership that has emerged in this war between Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia is a direct consequence of Obama’s abandonment of the US’s traditional allies. Hamas’s war with Israel is not a stand-alone event. It is happening in the context of the vast changes that are casting asunder old patterns of behavior and strategic understandings as actors in the region begin to reassess the threats they face. Hamas was once funded by Saudi Arabia and enabled by Egypt. Now the regimes of these countries view it as part of a larger axis of Sunni jihad that threatens not only...
  • ISIL's Syria push 'a political disaster' according to Al Qaeda leader

    05/03/2014 8:50:46 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | May/03/2014
    Iraqi Al Qaeda's entry into Syria's civil war caused "a political disaster" for Islamist militants there, the movement's global leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a video message, urging the faction to redouble its efforts in Iraq instead. Zawahri has repeatedly tried to end infighting between the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and another Al Qaeda-aligned group, the Nusra Front. He said on May 2 in a message translated by SITE Monitoring that if ISIL had accepted his decision not to get involved in Syria and had instead worked to "busy itself with Iraq, which needs double its...
  • Who finances ISIS?

    06/20/2014 1:06:39 PM PDT · by mgist · 16 replies
    DW ^ | 6/19/14 | NA
    Who finances ISIS? In the aftermath of its conquest of Mosul, the jihadi organization ISIS has been recognized as the richest terrorist organization in the world. Where does its money come from? Where does ISIS get its money? During its conquest of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, ISIS fighters looted more than 500 billion Iraqi Dinar, worth about $420 million (308 million euros) at current exchange rates. ISIS is a rebel army composed of Sunni jihadis that calls itself the "Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria." Its aim is to establish a theocratic Sunni caliphate in the region....
  • Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

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

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

    06/30/2014 7:32:20 PM PDT · by Noremac · 9 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | June 30, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    After witnessing the transfer of weapons from 'moderate' elements of the Syrian opposition to al Qaida and ISIS and the reappearance of said armaments in Iraq, Obama wants to openly provide half a Billion more to 'vetted' allies in Syria! When I first read the report, I was stunned. Here is an administration so audacious that they have no reluctance to publicly float a proposal to ask Congress to join them in an act that is tantamount to war crimes and treason! I realized I was looking at a carbon copy of what Obama had already done covertly with the...
  • Red China and Qatar Forge a New Era of Relations around High Finance

    10/19/2012 10:09:35 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    Jamestown China Brief ^ | 10/19/2012 | Chris Zambelis
    The impetus underlying China’s manifold interests in the Middle East remains a topic of close scrutiny. The dramatic social and political changes that are taking root in the region portend a vastly different geopolitical cartography in contrast with previous arrangements. These circumstances yield important implications for the people of the Middle East and foreign powers, such as the United States with longstanding strategic interests in the region. Owing to its notable inroads into the Middle East in recent years, China also is watching regional events unfold with great interest. Due to its increasing demand for Middle Eastern oil and natural...
  • The Long Arm of Qatar

    07/28/2014 12:00:09 PM PDT · by Kennard · 5 replies
    misterchambers.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    Why Israel? Why now? Though few Americans paid any attention at the time, in November of last year, Secretary of State John Kerry announced to the world that this summer would be defined by violence against the Jewish state. Almost as he had been tipped off, the Secretary of State warned Israel to make a deal with the likes of Hamas and Fatah, Palestinian parties who do not acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, Kerry said, “Does Israel want a third intifada? … “I believe that if we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and Israelis; if we do not...
  • ISIS's Secret Allies

    06/13/2014 8:52:57 PM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 13 Jun 14 | Jacob Siegel
    All eyes have been on ISIS as the jihadist group, in a matter of days, cut Iraq in half and declared its own state in the cities it captured. With fewer than 10,000 fighters ISIS forced the retreat of the better-armed Iraqi army forces many times its size. Their incredible success on the battlefield has fed into a growing lore about the group: the small band of fanatics that can take down a country. The truth is more basic and it's something ISIS doesn't want to admit--they weren't acting alone. It wasn't having God on their side that let ISIS...
  • Evidence Mounting That Turkey Is Behind ISIS Recruitment to Establish an Islamic Caliphate

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

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

    08/23/2014 10:06:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 2014 10:47 AM EDT | Sarah El Deeb and Mohammed Daraghmeh
    Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging Israel and Hamas to return to indirect talks after seven weeks of fighting punctuated by a number of failed truce attempts. The call from the foreign ministry came shortly after Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo. Egyptian officials did not say how they expected renewed talks to produce a different outcome after repeated failures. …
  • Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons

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

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

    08/20/2014 7:27:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/20/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed.Any human life lost is tragic, but a moral individual would have much more empathy for the Syrian Christians who suffered at the hands of Foley’s favorite Jihadists than one of their pet propagandists. Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government.He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict...
  • Rev. Al Sharpton Keynote Speaker at CAIR Banquet

    Reverend Al Sharpton, host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC and former presidential candidate, will be the keynote speaker at the annual fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity with an extremist history. CAIR’s 20th Annual Banquet will be held on September 27 in Arlington, Virginia and also features Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). According to the U.S. Justice Department, CAIR is an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. More specifically, CAIR is part of the Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a secret body that was established to push the agenda of Hamas and...
  • FAA bans US carriers from flying over Syria

    08/18/2014 5:10:25 PM PDT · by machogirl · 22 replies
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    FAA says too risky to fly over Syria. Banned US carriers from flying.
  • Clarice Feldman: Ferguson, Missouri, to Gaza, Damascus and Sinjar

    08/17/2014 10:44:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 17, 2014 | Clarice Feldman
    An online friend “Miss Marple” notes the similarities between the thuggery in Ferguson, Missouri and the depredations of the Middle East’s jihadi wild packs: I read a book by the historian Barbara Tuchman [A Distant Mirror. The Calmitous 14th Century] which theorized that the Hundred Years War was caused by a culture that was adolescent, because so many older people had died during the Black Plague. All of the nobles and rulers at that time were in their late teens and had not much guidance from older, calmer heads. That idea has remained with me ever since I read the...
  • Why a Belgian Chef Is Joining ISIS: 'Fighting Against Americans'

    08/16/2014 7:32:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    NBCNews ^ | August16, 2014 | AMMAR CHEIKH OMAR
    Why a Belgian Chef Is Joining ISIS: 'Fighting Against Americans' BY AMMAR CHEIKH OMAR After two years of fighting alongside al Qaeda-backed militants in Syria, Abu Saif thought he was done with jihad and ready to return to his “normal” life as a chef in Belgium. But everything changed when Sunni militants swept through northern Iraq and brought their brand of holy war to a global audience. The 31-year-old cut ties with his old fighting force and put in with the rival Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), setting out for the militants’ stronghold of Raqqa and then, he...
  • Germany, France, Britain propose EU mission to open Gaza crossing

    08/10/2014 11:14:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 6, 2014 1:51pm EDT | (Sabine Siebold, Maggie Fick)
    Germany, France and Britain have proposed reactivating a European Union mission on the Egypt-Gaza border to help stabilize the Palestinian enclave after a month-long war, a German diplomatic source said on Wednesday. […] Egypt, which was not involved in the negotiation of the 2005 agreement, has repeatedly shut the Rafah border over the past year, significantly increasing pressure on Gazans, who already face a rigid land and sea blockade imposed by Israel. […] Egypt wants any discussion over Rafah to take place bilaterally with the Palestinian Authority, rather than as part of any deal between the Palestinians and Israel to...
  • Jason Carter’s delicate dance on his grandfather’s Hamas position

    08/11/2014 7:43:11 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 12 replies
    AJC.com ^ | Monday, August 11th, 2014 | Greg Bluestein
    You could almost hear the groans from Democrat Jason Carter’s camp last week when his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, co-authored an op-ed arguing that Hamas should be recognized as a legitimate political actor. Gov. Nathan Deal has since tried to tie his November opponent to his grandpa’s views of Hamas, the militant faction which the U.S. considers a terrorist group. Others, including some Democratic supporters, have questioned why Carter didn’t come out strongly against his grandfather’s position. Carter’s strategists don’t want the campaign to answer for his grandfather every time he says something controversial. They also recognize Deal and...
  • Hamas Rejects Egyptian Ceasefire Proposal, Threatens 'Long War'

    08/16/2014 3:27:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/8/14 | Ari Soffer
    Hamas has sounded a belligerent tone as negotiations for a long-term truce continue in Cairo. In a message posted on his Facebook page, Hamas's "foreign affairs" chief Osama Hamdan said the Islamist terror group rejects the current Egyptian proposal, and pledged a "long war" of attrition against Israel. "Israel must accept the demands of the Palestinian people or face a long war," he said. Other Hamas officials issued similar statements over the course of Saturday. .....
  • Abbas’s Fatah Declares a Return to Terror Against Israel

    08/16/2014 5:14:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 8/16/2014, 8:40 PM | Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction, often touted internationally as a “moderate” alternative to Hamas, has declared its intentions to further increase its terror attacks against Israeli citizens. A new video released to YouTube by Fatah’s “military wing,” the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, declares the unity of Fatah’s various military branches, and announces a recent decision to strengthen Fatah’s military activities. […] In Judea and Samaria, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades have likewise declared “open war” on the Jewish state. …
  • iran Sanction Revised?

    08/16/2014 2:11:32 PM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    US Treasury ^ | 7-19-2016 | Valerie Jarret?
    On July 19, 2014, the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, coordinated by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton) and Iran affirmed that they will continue to implement the commitments described in the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) and the U.S. government has extended through November 24, 2014, the sanctions relief provided for in the JPOA. This extended relief comes into effect on July 21, 2014. The following documents are key components of the implementation of the JPOA as extended. Guidance Relating to the Provision Of Certain Temporary Sanctions Relief in Order to Implement the Joint...
  • Will Erdogan's Presidency End NATO As We Know It?

    08/11/2014 5:17:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Allies: With all the disconcerting things going on in the Mideast, you could be forgiven for missing an event critically important to America's long-term interests: Recep Erdogan's election as president of Turkey. Erdogan's 52% victory over the weekend in a stage-managed election, making him the nation's first directly elected president, heralds a new era of conflict in the Mideast and perhaps the end of NATO as we know it. Turkey has for decades been a key ally to the U.S. and NATO in the Mideast, an anchor in the Cold War against the USSR and friendly toward Israel as the...