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  • Create a New Kurdistan and Destabilize Iran (Part III)

    09/07/2014 10:20:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Larry Kelley
    The U.S. now needs a free and stable ally in Kurdistan which can supply basing rights, intelligence, logistical support, and trained military personnel to successfully prosecute this new phase in the West’s war with militant Islam. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently held a Pentagon briefing regarding the threat posed by IS (Islamic State), a threat once dismissed by Obama, as “junior varsity.” “This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision, which will eventually have to be defeated,” Dempsey said. Hagel characterized the Islamic State as “beyond...
  • VIDEO: Turning the tide against ISIS on the Kurdish frontier

    12/22/2014 12:24:05 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 1 Hour ago
    VIDEO: Turning the tide against ISIS on the Kurdish frontier
  • Iraqi Kurd Fighters Take Sinjar Back From ISIS

    12/21/2014 11:40:43 PM PST · by GonzoII · 9 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...
  • The Syrian Army Is Shrinking, And Assad Is Running Out Of Soldiers

    12/21/2014 11:44:07 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    IBD ^ | December 17, 2014 | Alessandria MasI
    When the U.S. launched an airstrike campaign in Syria to degrade and destroy the so-called Islamic State, some were concerned that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad would indirectly benefit from the destruction rained down on its enemies by America and its allies. Now, nearly three months later, Assad is desperate for manpower to maintain control in areas where pro-regime support is dwindling. U.S. airstrikes, concentrated in areas with a heavy Islamic State presence, have allowed Assad to reallocate some resources, but his army is facing a huge problem: It's running out of soldiers. Ground forces have shrunk from...
  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/21/2014 8:57:14 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 50 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/20/2014 | AARON KLEIN
    TEL AVIV Russia is preparing a contingency plan to prompt Hezbollah and possibly the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad into a direct military conflict with Israel, according to a French official who has been apprised of the situation. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the contingency was meant to be used as a card against the West, particularly the U.S. and European Union, which has been engaged in efforts to isolate Moscow...
  • Obamas are keeping the divide alive

    12/21/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-14 | joe soucheray
    Barack and Michelle Obama, speaking to People Magazine, of all disappointments, shared the disheartening news that they have experienced what they called racism. Barack, for example, apparently has had trouble, before he was president, hailing a cab in Chicago, to which an immediate thought might occur to anyone who has been to Chicago: Who hasn't? Also, Barack, at a black-tie event, when he, too, was in festive livery, apparently was asked by another guest if he would get them a cup of coffee. For her recollection, Michelle came up with a visit to a Target store as first lady. She...
  • 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...
  • Netanyahu Defies Americans, Will Announce Extended Construction

    12/25/2013 5:40:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/12/13 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to announce extended Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria next week, Channel 2 News reported on Wednesday. The announcement is expected to come parallel to the release of another 26 terrorists as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority (PA). With the planned announcement, Netanyahu has essentially rejected a request by the United States, which had asked him to hold off on new construction announcements so as not to hurt the ongoing peace talks with the PA. Previous announcements on construction raised the ire of the PA, which demanded that Israel cancel any tenders it has...
  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $856 million for oil spill [from defensive war against Hizb'allah]

    12/21/2014 1:55:52 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Israel was asked by the UN General Assembly on Friday to compensate Lebanon for $856.4 million in oil spill damages it caused during its 2006 war with Hezbollah. The non-binding vote, which passed 170-6, asks Israel to offer "prompt and adequate compensation" to Lebanon and other countries affected by the oil spill's pollution. In a statement, Israel condemned the resolution as biased against the nation, Israeli media reported. The oil spill was caused by Israel's air force when it bombed oil tanks near a coastal Lebanese power plant during the fierce month-long war with...
  • Without Cruz, there would be no opposition to President Obama (With 2016 poll to FReep)

    12/21/2014 2:42:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Nolan Chart Blog ^ | December 16, 2014 | Mark Vogl
    An entire nation votes, tens of millions of Americans come out to their local polls to tell Washington it is going in the wrong direction on amnesty and Obama Care, and endless deficits, and cowardice in the face of terrorismand what do the Republicans leaders do? They give the president everything he could ask for, while turning on one of the few in the Republican ranks that understands we are fighting for the very life of the nation. The Republican Party simply is not up to the task of changing the course of this nation. Too many in the Republican...
  • Al Nusra killing of FSA leader tests fragile truce in southern Syria

    12/20/2014 2:39:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    The National ^ | Updated: December 17, 2014 | Phil Sands and Suha Maayeh
    A fragile truce was holding on Syria's southern front on Tuesday after Jabhat Al Nusra killed a senior commander in a western-backed rebel group, accusing his faction of being sleeper agents for ISIL. Mousab Ali Qarfan, who also went by the name Mousab Zaytouneh, was a leading figure in the powerful Shuhada Al Yarmouk Brigades. He was killed by the Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra in Sahem El Golan, along with three other fighters from his group, on Monday. The Yarmouk Brigades are part of the western-affiliated rebel alliance, still commonly referred to as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which have been...
  • Barcelona soccer team set to cut ties with terror-financing Qatar

    12/20/2014 1:59:25 PM PST · by Randall_S · 4 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | December 20, 2014 | Times of Israel staff
    Spanish soccer team FC Barcelona has reportedly decided not to renew its sponsorship deal with a Qatari group linked to the countrys royal family because of Qatars alleged involvement in funding Islamic extremist terrorist groups. Israels Channel 2 reported Friday night that Barcelona, arguably the worlds most popular soccer team, will not renew the deal, which has so far brought in close to $200 million, because of mounting concerns related to the gulf states involvement in financing terrorism. Israeli leaders have frequently charged that Qatar funds Hamas, the terror group that rules Gaza, and the TV report also cited alleged...
  • Israel launches airstrike on Gaza in apparent retaliation for rocket attack

    12/20/2014 12:21:48 PM PST · by Patriot777 · 3 replies
    Liveleak, IDF official ^ | December 20, 2014 7:00 AM | unknown
    Tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territories are expected to heighten after Israeli aircraft bombed a site in the Khan Younis area of the southern Gaza Strip on Friday (December 19). The target is believed to have been a Hamas base. According to a spokesperson for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), the attack was in response to a rocket fired from Gaza, which hit an open area in the south of Israel. There are no reports of casualties following either strike. Israels attacks are the first since a seven-week war on Gaza ended three months ago. The incident is expected...
  • ISIS Reportedly Selling Christian Artifacts, Turning Churches into Torture Chambers

    12/20/2014 8:59:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/20/14 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports. Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through the same routes previously established for moving oil and weapons in and out of the so-called caliphate, a vast region the jihadist army has claimed as sovereign under Sharia law. "ISIS has a stated goal to wipe out Christianity, Jay Sekulow, of the American Center for Law and Justice and the...
  • ( Moslem ) Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them

    12/20/2014 7:07:31 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    ap ^ | December 20, 2014 | HARUNA UMAR
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate. ... have killed thousands of people in a 5-year uprising that has driven some 1.6 million from their homes.
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Whats Really Driving Saudis Reluctance?

    12/19/2014 10:50:36 AM PST · by thackney · 42 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 12/19/2014 | Kurt Rippelmeyer
    There are numerous stories, on the internet, regarding the decline of oil prices. Everybody has an opinion or forecast, but unfortunately, they range from the eternal optimist to depths of the ultra deep (well ok the deepwater) drill rig. The majority of these posts talk about the glut in recent months as supply overwhelms the demand. Mostly thanks to slumping economies around the world, especially the largest users of petroleum. There is also significant chatter around the internet about Saudi Arabia (KSA) and their reluctance to curb production, which would help the price of oil go back up, to the...
  • The reason oil could drop as low as $20 per barrel

    12/19/2014 12:11:58 PM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 19, 2014 | Anatole Kaletsky
    How low can it go and how long will it last? The 50 percent slump in oil prices raises both those questions and while nobody can confidently answer the first question (I will try to in a moment), the second is pretty easy. Low oil prices will last long enough for one of two events to happen. The first possibility, the one most traders and analysts seem to expect, is that Saudi Arabia will re-establish OPECs monopoly power once it achieves the true geopolitical or economic objectives that spurred it to trigger the slump. The second possibility, one I...
  • 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...
  • Ted Cruz: Iran will either stop, or we will stop them

    12/19/2014 6:19:06 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | <table style="width:100%">
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas ripped the Obama administration’s policies on Israel and Iran at a dinner Sunday evening in New York hosted by a major Jewish group.“What would real presidential leadership look like?” the Texas Republican said, the Dallas Morning News reported. “A real president … would stand up and say on the world stage: Under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. Iran will either stop, or we will stop them.”, one of the most outspoken defenders of Israel’s interests, spoke at the annual dinner of the Zionist Organization of America.The potential 2016 presidential contender condemned...
  • Revisionism is Growing

    12/23/2005 8:32:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies · 568+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12-23-05 | Shelomo Alfassa
    The world was shocked when the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared that the Holocaust didn't happen. This is the same man that only weeks before called on the Islamic world to "wipe Israel off the map." His call to battle against the Jewish people and the Jewish state is nothing new, nor are his revisionist statements in regard to the fate of Jews in Europe, Asia and Africa who died as a result of Hitler's death machine. Radicals like Mahmoud throughout the Islamic world have been calling for war against the Jews for decades. The Palestinian National Covenant (Al-Mithaq...
  • Havana Hearts Hezbollah-Castro's controlled media says Israelis are Nazis.

    08/08/2006 5:29:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 135+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | August 8, 2006 | Myles Kantor
    a prominent feature of the new anti-Semitism is its use of anti-Israeli politics, sometimes described as anti-Zionism, as a mask for anti-Semitism...anti-Zionism is nothing more than the newest mask worn by hatred. --Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League[1] War is a monstrosity, but at least it clarifies who a nations enemies are. After immense aggression by Hezballah perpetrated from Lebanon, Israel has used aerial and ground forces to deter the Iranian and Syrian-supported Party of God.[2] For an idea of Hezballahs ideology, leader Hassan Nasrallah has called Israel a cancer that needs to be removed at its roots...
  • The West Should Not Let Russia Fall Apart

    12/19/2014 3:23:15 AM PST · by edpc · 14 replies
    Fortune ^ | 18 Dec 2014 | Cyrus Sinati
    The West shouldnt stoke the fires engulfing Russias wounded economy. Talk in Washington and Brussels this week of levying further economic sanctions on Russia seems counterproductive and will only make matters worse for all parties involved. Like it or not, Russias economy has grown simply too big to fail, and its political and military might is too dangerous to ignore. The West might have better luck in advancing its goals in the region by helping, not hurting, the Russian bear in its time of need.
  • ISIS Terrorists Run for Their Lives When They Meet Real Soldiers for 1st Time U.S. Special Forces

    12/18/2014 9:49:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 153 replies
    IJReview ^ | 12-18-2014 | Joseph Perticone
    American troops just had their first real battle with Islamic State militants, after the terror group attempted to overrun Ein al-Asad base in Iraq in the middle of the night Sunday, the Kurdish news outlet Shafaq News reports. The U.S. troops absolutely decimated the militants, forcing a quick retreat. The counterattack was conducted in a joint operation with local tribal forces. The attack occurred at Ein al-Asad base, which currently hosts nearly 100 U.S. military advisers. The U.S. troops engaged the militants in tandem with F-18 fighter jets, who provided air support. The battle lasted approximately two hours after an...
  • More US troops going to Iraq in a couple of weeks

    12/18/2014 11:53:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 2:33 PM EST | Lolita C. Baldor
    The next wave of American troops will begin moving into Iraq in a couple of weeks to train local forces, the top U.S. commander for the mission said Thursday while cautioning that it will take at least three years to build the capabilities of the Iraqi military. Army Lt. Gen. James Terry, who is leading the U.S. campaign to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, said the challenge is to get Iraqi units trained and back into the fight so they can plan operations to regain contested areas such as Mosul. He said that while there has been...
  • US delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup

    12/18/2014 12:39:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 12:34 PM EST | Bradley Klapper
    The State Department is delaying the release of a volume from its U.S. foreign relations history that deals with the CIA-backed overthrow of an Iranian prime minister in the 1950s out of concern that publication could undermine nuclear diplomacy with the Islamic republic. The decision was made at a September meeting of the departments advisory committee on historical diplomatic documentation and recorded in minutes released this week. The foreign relations records arent supposed to be suppressed for longer than three decades. Stephen Randolph, the departments historian, informed the gathering that the volume on U.S. policy in Iran would be withheld...
  • On Cuba, Obama Had An Ace, And Played A Deuce

    12/18/2014 3:50:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diplomacy: As the Castros rejoice at President Obama's move to normalize ties, extend trade credits, take their country off the terror list and free its deadly spies, the queasy question remains: What did the U.S. get in return? The question is being asked by the more serious leaders in Washington. Marco Rubio for one. "(Obama's) foreign policy is, at a minimum, naive and perhaps truly counterproductive to the future of democracy in the region," said the Florida senator in the wake of the giveaway. "Barack Obama is the worst negotiator that we've had as president since at least Jimmy Carter,...
  • Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

    12/17/2014 7:43:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2014 5:40 PM EST | Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee
    Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to think big about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana are in full swing. The nuclear negotiations with Iran continue and are far from a guaranteed success. But Wednesdays announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations after more than 50 years of hostility suggests one of the last chapters...
  • First Russia, then Iran, now Cuba: One More Very Bad Deal Brokered by the Obama Administration

    12/17/2014 11:42:28 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz ^ | December 17, 2014 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the Presidents announcement to change U.S. policy with Cuba and lift economic embargos. We rejoice that Alan Gross wrongful imprisonment by the brutal Castro regime has finally come to an end, and that he will be able to spend the holidays with his loved ones. But make no mistake, although we are glad Alan is now free, the agreement the Obama Administration has entered into with the Castro regime has done nothing to resolve the underlying problem. Indeed, it has made it worse. Fidel and Raul...
  • Caroline Glick Just Made Sure that Every European Ambassador Will Think Twice...

    12/17/2014 9:45:15 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    ...Before Opening Their Mouth Glick JPost.coms Senior Contributing Editor responds resolutely to the Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahrs statement that Israel is better than the Palestinians and therefore being judged by different standards. It almost sounds like a compliment until Ms. Glick takes apart his premise and expalains why his statement is profusely antisemitic. We need more advocates like Caroline Glick. More young people need to learn the facts and continue to defend Israel knowledgably.
  • Palestinians Get Backing From EU Court Ruling, Proposed U.N. Measure

    12/17/2014 6:36:43 PM PST · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 17, 2013 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN, CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    Palestinians Get Backing From EU Court Ruling, Proposed U.N. Measure By BATSHEVA SOBELMAN, CAROL J. WILLIAMS A European Union court Wednesday ordered the removal of Hamas from the European Union's list of terrorist organizations, based on a procedural technicality, a ruling that provoked anger from Israel as well as satisfaction from the militant Palestinian movement. A statement from the General Court of the European Union said it annuls the measures maintaining Hamas on the European list of terrorist organizations. However, the court said assets seized from Hamas would continue to be frozen pending an appeal. The court ruling coincided with...
  • The War Comes to Australia [This terrorist was not a lone wolf]

    12/17/2014 7:52:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 12/17/2014 | Ari Lieberman
    The hostage saga in Sydney ended in dramatic fashion yesterday as Australian police and SWAT teams stormed a downtown caf after a 16-hour standoff with armed hostage taker, Man Haron Monis. Monis, identified as a Muslim cleric with a criminal record that included sexual assault and accessory to murder, was killed during the operation as were two hostages, identified as a male and female in their 30s. Monis, an Iranian national, requested refugee status and asylum in Australia in 1996 and sought to repay Australias benevolence by engaging in a vituperative letter-writing campaign directed at the families of fallen...
  • Convicted Terrorist Ayers Appears on Iranian Media to Give a Rebuke of the United States

    12/16/2014 6:37:18 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 48 replies
    IJReview ^ | 12/13/2014 | JOSEPH PERTICONE
    Activist turned terrorist Bill Ayers spoke with Iranian news agency Fars News last week, and called the United States a terrorist nation. Ayers is probably best known for his own terrorist activities with the Weather Underground during the 1960s and 1970s. When speaking about what constitutes terrorism and a terrorist state, Ayers said: U.S. is indeed a terrorist nation. Then he added: Its also the greatest purveyor of violence on earth over the past half century, and the foremost threat to world peace today.
  • EU Parliament Backtracks on Resolution to Recognize Palestinian State

    12/17/2014 5:05:19 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | December 17, 2014
    JNS.org - European Parliament members on Tuesday declined to propose an initially planned motion that would have urged the European Unions (EU) 28 member nations to recognize a unilaterally established Palestinian state. Instead, the EU Parliaments lawmakers proposed a resolution asking for the continuation of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Negotiators for the European Peoples Party and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, parties that together hold a majority of the EU Parliament seats, issued a resolution stating that the EU Parliament supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these...
  • EU court orders removal of Hamas from terror blacklist

    12/17/2014 3:44:21 AM PST · by wtd · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | 2 hours ago 12/17/2014 | AFP
    EU court orders Hamas removal from terror blacklist"The Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas must be removed from the EU's terrorism blacklist, but its assets will stay frozen, a European court ruled on Wednesday. The original listing in 2001 was...
  • Fact-Finding in the Middle East

    12/16/2014 8:50:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Armstrong Williams
    I dont usually get so personal in these columns, but today I want you to know that I feel particularly blessed. I am in the Holy Land with my friends, Dr. Ben and Candy Carson. Israel is one of my favorite travel destinations in the world. This will be my eighth visit. It is the first trip there for the Carsons and it is truly a privilege to escort them through this remarkable country. Dr. and Mrs. Carson are deeply faithful Christians, who I suspect will soon find themselves enveloped by the deep sense of spirituality that is palpable in...
  • Ten held as France smashes jihadist network

    12/15/2014 10:43:04 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    AFP. ^ | 15 Dec 2014
    French police launched raids across the country early on Monday, dismantling a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria ... anti-terror police units descended on around a dozen targets, mostly in the southern region of Toulouse, but also around Paris and in the northern region of Normandy. ... In recent months France, which has Europe's largest Muslim population, has been facing the fact that hundreds of its citizens have openly joined jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria and have even called for attacks on their homeland. The new reality was driven home in a video from the Islamic State group released...
  • Iran Is Basically Running The Iraqi Government's Air War Against ISIS

    12/16/2014 11:07:12 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    BI ^ | 12-16-2014 | Joel Wing
    In November 2014 an Iranian jet was filmed carrying out a bombing mission in Iraqs Diyala province. Iran was already known to have mobilized its militia allies, sent in advisers and military equipment, and brought in Lebanons Hezbollah to help Baghdad. General Qasim Suleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, is all over social media with pictures showing him providing leadership to Iraqi forces.
  • U.N. official: We have 'run out of words' to describe conflict in Syria

    12/15/2014 5:43:46 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 22 replies
    12 news now ^ | 12-15-2014 | Lorenzo Ferrigno CNN
    "Every time we use a new figure in relation to the Syrian crisis, we say that it is unprecedented. We have run out of words to fully explain the brutality violence and callous disregard for human life which is a hallmark of this crisis," Valerie Amos, the U.N. chief for humanitarian affairs said. The Syrian government has used barrel bombs in densely populated areas and "arbitrarily detained" citizens and subjected them to serious beatings and torture. Armed opposition groups have taken locals hostage and killed civilians by using explosive mortar and car bombs. ISIS has committed "mass victimization" of civilians,...
  • Saudi Arabias oil war against Iran and Russia

    12/16/2014 11:13:56 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 47 replies
    The New York Post ^ | Sunday, December 14, 2014 | Ralph Peters
    This week, oil fell through the price floor of $60 a barrel and gas at my local filling station was $2.26 a gallon. Thats great news for commuters and almost every business, but wonderfully bad news for our ugliest enemies. This price plunge has been driven by Saudi Arabia, OPECs dominant power. While its true that part of Riyadhs actions respond to the energy renaissance in North America, the greater motivation is breaking Irans will. The Saudis believe they can no longer rely on the US to contain Tehrans imminent nuclear threat, so theyre out to do what our lukewarm...
  • Liberals Will Get Us All Killed

    12/16/2014 9:49:05 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/16/14 | Alan Caruba
    If not resisted, liberals would cause us all to be killed by our nations very real foreign enemies and the domestic perpetrators and criminals who prey on our society The news from Sydney, Australia was of another incident in which a lone Islamic fascist took civilians hostage to fulfill a demented notion of a holy war on non-believers. After a siege by police two of the hostages he had taken were dead along with the gunman. These attacks are becoming more frequent, referred to as lone wolf events, but in a larger context, they represent an effort by al Qaeda...
  • 'I regret to say I am a terrorist'

    12/16/2014 2:17:26 AM PST · by Fred Nerks · 18 replies
    Daily Mail Australia ^ | 16 December 2014 | Daniel Piotrowski
    'I regret to say I am a terrorist': Wife of cafe gunman praised Bali bombings and 9/11 in online rant as row rages about why the accused murderer is free on bail Amirah Droudis, 35, posted series of videos in 2009 In the videos, she described herself as a terrorist and expressed happiness at the 9/11 attack and Bali bombings The videos linked to a website of siege gunman Man Haron Monis Droudis charged with murdering Monis' first wife, and Monis was charged with being an acessory Outrage has spread that both Droudis and Monis were released on bail Police...
  • Sydney Siege Gunman Posed as Holy Sheikh In Order to Grope Women Had 50 Sexual Assault Charges

    12/15/2014 1:51:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 12-15-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Sheik Haron Monis took several hosages today at the Lyndt Cafe in Sydney.Two hostages were killed along with the evil sheikh during the 16 hour ordeal. The hostage taker in Sidney is Sheik Haron Monis – A man who previously sent hate mail to Australian war widows.Sheikh Haron faced up to 14 years for taunting war widows. In the video the sheikh is sitting near the parliament building about a block from the Lyndt Cafe. Monis posed as a sheikh to grope unsuspecting women. He was on bail for more than 50 sexual assault charges. The holy sheikh was also...
  • Netanyahu on Australia cafe siege: International Islamic terror does not know borders

    12/15/2014 11:29:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post [Israel] & Reuters ^ | 12/15/14 | Herb Keinon
    Rome - Emerging from a a three-hour meeting in Rome with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s first comments related to the siege on the cafe in Sydney Australia that ended shortly before. Netanyahu sent his condolences to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and the Australian people. He said that International Islamic terror does not know borders, and the struggle against it needs to be global. (Snip) Netanyahu then discussed the focus of his meeting with Kerry saying that Israel will do everything possible to make sure that the UN Security Council does not impose
  • 2001 Interview with the perpetrator of Sydney Siege

    12/15/2014 1:17:38 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    People in Sydney walking past the State Parliament buildings on Macquarie Street in recent weeks might have noticed a tall Muslim cleric who has taken up residence in a tent on the footpath outside. He is Ayatollah Manteghi Boroujerdi, a liberal cleric who fled Iran four years ago after being very critical of the Iranian regime. Ayatollah Boroujerdi's wife and two daughters are now under house arrest in Iran, and he's hoping the Howard government will put pressure on the regime there to let his family join him here in Australia. David Rutledge spoke to him this week. David Rutledge:...
  • Stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism. It's bigoted and Islamophobic. (click bait)

    12/15/2014 12:47:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Vox ^ | December 15, 2014 | Max Fisher
    There's a certain ritual that each and every one of the world's billion-plus Muslims, especially those living in Western countries, is expected to go through immediately following any incident of violence involving a Muslim perpetrator. It's a ritual that is continuing now with the Sydney hostage crisis, in which a deranged self-styled sheikh named Man Haron Monis took several people hostage in a downtown caf. Here is what Muslims and Muslim organizations are expected to say: "As a Muslim, I condemn this attack and terrorism in any form." This expectation we place on Muslims, to be absolutely clear, is Islamophobic...
  • THREE DEAD IN BLOODY END TO SIEGE: Two hostages dead and Muslim gunman killed...

    12/15/2014 12:31:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 71 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 16th December 2014 | Emily Crane and Daniel Piotrowski
    An Iranian-born gunman was killed, two of his hostages are dead and four injured after a dramatic and chaotic firefight brought an end to a terrorist siege at a Sydney cafe. Teams of heavily armed police swooped on the Lindt Chocolat cafe in a hail of gunfire, ending a tense stand-off where Man Haron Monis had been holding around 17 people captive. Police issued a statement describing the event as a confrontation with a 50-year man, who they said died after shots were fired. The man was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital, police said. A man, aged 34,...
  • #I'llridewithyou: Celebrities & Twitter users take to social media to support Muslim community

    12/15/2014 8:23:58 AM PST · by dead · 36 replies
    Twelve hours after the Lindt Cafe hostage crisis in Sydney began to unfold, Australians have flooded social media with sentiments of solidarity and support of Muslims in the community. Twitter user Sir Tessa began what has become a worldwide phenomenon, offering to sit next to members of the Islamic faith on transport if they were frightened to be seen in public wearing religious clothing. The 'I'll ride with you' hashtag has garnered over 112,000 mentions across social media, with people all over the world jumping on board the movement in an effort to turn the terrifying events of Monday into...
  • MSNBC Host: Too Early To Tell If Man Asking For ISIS Flag Was Motivated By Islam [VIDEO]

    12/15/2014 10:26:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 62 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 15, 2014 | Alex Griswold
    Despite the Sydney, Australia hostage-taker displaying a flag reading in Arabic, There is no God but God and Mohammed is the prophet of God, despite his being a self-proclaimed sheikh and despite his demand that police give him an ISIS flag, MSNBC The Rundown host Jos Diaz-Balart wondered if Iranian-born Man Haron Monis is motivated by Islam at all.
  • Iran condemns deadly Australia hostage-taking

    12/15/2014 12:37:48 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Astro Awani / AFP ^ | 12-16-2014
    TEHRAN: Tehran on Monday condemned the deadly hostage-taking in Australia reportedly by an Iranian-born gunman, branding it an act foreign to Islam, state media quoted a government official as saying. "Undertaking such inhuman acts and provoking fear and panic in the name of merciful Islam is not in any way justifiable," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said, according to IRNA news agency.