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  • Russia’s New Mega-Missile Stuns the Globe

    10/08/2015 10:28:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10.09.15 | DAVID AXE
    On Oct. 7, Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired 26 high-tech cruise missiles at rebel targets in Syria—a staggering 1,000 miles away. The missiles in question, which the Pentagon calls SS-N-30s, were mostly unknown to the outside world before the Oct. 7 raid. Even close watchers of the Russian military were surprised to see them. The missile attack was also highly visible. In many ways, it was an announcement to the world, and America in particular, that the once-dilapidated Russian navy is back in action—and that Putin’s missileers are now among the planet’s most advanced. Planning for the missile...
  • Surprise, surprise, Russia is a world power again

    10/08/2015 6:47:42 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 28, 2015 | Jonathan Adelman
    In a world full of surprises--the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, the weakness in the Chinese economy, the battles within the European Union, the making of the Iran deal, the slide in the American stock market--the greatest surprise of all has been the sudden rebirth of Russian power under Vladimir Putin.
  • Will China join Russia's intervention in Syria?

    10/08/2015 6:32:18 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Al Araby ^ | 2 October, 2015 | Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff
    Will China join Russia's intervention in Syria? By: Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff Date of publication: 2 October, 2015 Multiple reports and sources allege that Beijing will deploy military resources to bolster Moscow's efforts in Syria. Russian Senator Igor Morozov has appeared to confirm rumours that China was set to enter the Syrian conflict. "It is known that China has joined our military operation in Syria; the Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, [and an] aircraft carrier follows it," he said. Lebanese political sources close to the Syrian regime and Hezbollah also told al-Araby al-Jadeed that Chinese fighters would "take part...
  • Russia targeting North Caucasus jihadis linked to ISIS (Expert disputes U.S. claim)

    10/08/2015 6:28:18 PM PDT · by amorphous · 36 replies
    WMD ^ | 8 Oct 2015 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – While the United States insists that Russian airstrikes in Syria are targeting “moderate” opposition forces and not ISIS fighters, a Middle East expert claims the targets are jihadists from Russia itself, many of whom have joined various Sunni jihadi groups, including ISIS, according to a new report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. Middle East expert Mairbek Vatchagaev told G2 Bulletin the concern for the Russian government is North Caucasus fighters in Syria returning home to continue waging jihad. “It is unclear why Russia sat back for so long and allowed the militants in Syria to consolidate,” said Vatchagaev,...
  • CRUZ: We Have No Business Getting in the Middle of the Syrian Civil War; Goal Should be to Defeat...

    10/08/2015 3:02:26 PM PDT · by Isara · 31 replies ^ | 10/08/15
    ICYMI: CRUZ: We Have No Business Getting in the Middle of the Syrian Civil War; Goal Should be to Defeat ISIS Speaks with WRKO’s Jeff KuhnerHOUSTON, Texas – Today U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke with The Kuhner Report regarding the Obama administration’s disastrous foreign policy, the 2016 presidential race and the President’s decision to politicize the tragedy in Oregon.Below is an excerpt. Listen to the full interview here:Ted Cruz on the Kuhner Report (Audio)“I think it would be a mistake to get involved in the Syrian civil war. There have been voices in Washington eager for us to send...
  • Russia says it’s bombing ISIS in Syria. This map shows it’s lying.

    10/08/2015 10:05:57 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 58 replies
    Vox ^ | October 7, 2015 | Zack Beauchamp
    When Russia started bombing in Syria last week, it said it was targeting ISIS — a claim it's stuck to pretty consistently in the past week. But this map of Russian airstrikes in Syria so far, put together by the Levantine Group, tells a very different story. The Levantine Group's analysts used a proprietary network of sources, cross-checked with open-source media and information released by the Russian Ministry of Defense, to determine the locations hit by Russian planes. This map shows those strikes overlaid on territory controlled by Bashar al-Assad's regime, by anti-Assad rebels, by ISIS, and by Kurdish forces....
  • How to Roll Back Russia

    10/08/2015 1:22:17 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 106 replies
    Commentary ^ | 7 Oct 15 | Max Boot
    28 Shares A Every day seems to bring an escalation of the Russian military involvement in Syria. First it was airstrikes from more than 30 warplanes that Russia has positioned in Syria. Now it’s cruise missile strikes from warships in the Caspian Sea. Soon, if hints from Moscow are to be believed, Russian “volunteers” — a.k.a. “Little Green Men” — will be showing up in Syria to engage in ground combat alongside Iranian and Assad forces. President Obama can pretend that this is no big deal and that Russia is getting sucked into a quagmire, but this is a serious...
  • Muslim refugee riots ignored in U.S. media blackout

    10/08/2015 3:17:38 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    WND ^ | Leo Hohmann
    Sweden, seen by many American progressives as the model of multiculturalism and tolerance, has erupted into an orgy of violence as gangs of rioting immigrants took to the streets for a fifth consecutive night Tuesday in Stockholm. The latest reports indicate the riots are now spreading to the country’s two other major cities – Gothenburg and Malmo. Sweden, along with Germany, make up Europe’s two most generous welfare states. They are also the most welcoming of Islamic immigrants, more than a million of which have flooded into the continent this year from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and North Africa. The...
  • Obama Admin’s Iran Point Man Promotes Anti-Israel Conspiracy Theories

    10/08/2015 3:11:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/8/15 | Adam Kredo
    A State Department official closely involved in the Obama administration’s Iran push has been promoting publications from anti-Semitic conspiracy sites and other radical websites that demonize American Jewish groups and Israel, according to sources and documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.Alan Eyre, the State Department’s Persian-language spokesman and a member of the negotiating delegation that struck a nuclear deal with Iran earlier this year, has in recent months disseminated articles that linked American-Jewish skeptics of the deal to shadowy financial networks, sought to soften the image of Iranian terrorists with American blood on their hands, and linked deal criticism...
  • Popularity of 'Putin the Shiite' sky high in Iraq

    10/08/2015 12:43:08 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | 8 Oct 15 | Jean-Marc Mojon with Raji Nasser
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's bullish entry into the Syrian conflict has worked wonders for his popularity in neighbouring Iraq, where some await "Hajji Putin" like a saviour. Sitting at his easel in his central Baghdad workshop, painter Mohammed Karim Nihaya touches up a portrait of Putin he copied from the Internet
  • Popularity of 'Putin the Shiite' sky high in Iraq

    10/08/2015 11:58:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    AFP Via Yahoo News ^ | 10/08/2015 | By Jean-Marc Mojon with Raji Nasser in Najaf
    Baghdad (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's bullish entry into the Syrian conflict has worked wonders for his popularity in neighbouring Iraq, where some await "Hajji Putin" like a saviour. Sitting at his easel in his central Baghdad workshop, painter Mohammed Karim Nihaya touches up a portrait of Putin he copied from the Internet. "I have been waiting for Russia to get involved in the fight against Daesh," he says, referring to the Islamic State (ISIS) group that last year declared a "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria. "They get results. The United States and its allies on the other hand...
  • Cruise Missile Strikes in Syria: Russia's Big Ad Campaign?

    10/08/2015 10:29:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | October 8, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    The Russian navy’s Caspian Sea flotilla launched a barrage of some twenty-six long-range cruise missiles against eleven targets more than 950 miles away in Syria yesterday. While it’s well known that Russia possesses long-range cruise missiles, the fact that the missiles were launched from relatively diminutive corvettes that caught some by surprise. While the roughly 1,900-ton displacement Project 1166.1 Gepard-class frigate Dagestan led the Russian cruise missile strike, the rest of Moscow’s fleet consisted of tiny 950-ton Project 2163.1 Buyan-M-class corvettes. Three of these vessels, Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich and Veliky Ustyug took part in the attack using long-range Novator 3M-14T...
  • See video of #Russia choppers attacking Syrian jihadi positions as seen through eyes of jihadis

    10/08/2015 10:00:56 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 23 replies
    IrmakYenisehirlioglu ‏@Irmak_Ye ^ | 10/08/2015 | IrmakYenisehirlioglu ‏@Irmak_Ye
    IrmakYenisehirlioglu ‏@Irmak_Ye 1h1 hour ago See this video of #Russia choppers attacking jihadi positions in North-West #Syria, as seen through eyes of jihadis:
  • Russian Tanks (battalion), Iranian-trained Militias (10,000 plus) Headed to Syria

    10/08/2015 8:58:09 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 27 replies ^ | October 08, 2015 7:04 AM | Jeff Seldin
    Russian Tanks, Iranian-trained Militias Headed to Syria Jeff Seldin Last updated on: October 08, 2015 7:04 AM Russia is adding to its barrage on rebel forces in Syria, sending in more firepower in the form of an additional Russian battalion armed with advanced tanks and artillery while punching ahead on the ground in central and western parts of the country with an Iranian-trained force that could number 10,000 or more.
  • China prepares to join the fight against ISIS (to join Russians in coming weeks)

    10/08/2015 7:40:46 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 32 replies ^ | 7 October , 2015 | Radwa Ashraf
    China prepares to join the fight against ISIS 作者: Radwa Ashraf on 7 October , 2015. Al-Masdar Al-Arabi reported that Chinese military advisers are expected to join with their Russian counterparts in weeks. It comes after China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that Chinese and Iraqi foreign ministers agreed to offer intelligence and personal training in September 2014. As China breaks it’s long history of non-interference, due to the threats that ISIS pose on China and its economy. “China has been fighting terrorism and has been providing support and assistance to Iraq, including the Kurdish region, in our own...
  • Beware Putin and His 'Anti-Hitler Coalition'

    10/08/2015 3:58:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Contrary to the principles of American foreign policy of the last 70 years, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tacitly invited Russia to "help" monitor things in the Middle East. Now they are learning that there are lots of Middle East scenarios far worse than the relative quiet Iraq that the Obama administration inherited in January 2009 -- and soon abandoned.</p>
  • NATO chief says prepared to send troops to defend Turkey [New title/text at URL]

    10/08/2015 2:49:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | Robin Emmott
    <p>NATO said it was prepared to send troops to Turkey to defend its ally after violations of Turkish airspace by Russian jets bombing Syria and Britain scolded Moscow for escalating a civil war that has already killed 250,000 people.</p> <p>Officials at the U.S.-led alliance are still smarting from Russia's weekend incursions into Turkey's airspace near northern Syria and NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels with the agenda likely to be dominated by the Syria crisis.</p>
  • Driven by profit, hatred of U.S., ex-Soviet nuclear smugglers seek Islamist clients

    10/08/2015 2:30:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    AP ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Desmond Butler and Vadim Ghirda
    CHISINAU – Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: €2.5 million for enough radioactive cesium to contaminate several city blocks. It was earlier this year, and the two men were plotting their deal at an unlikely spot: the terrace of Cocos Prive, a dance club and sushi bar in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. “You can make a dirty bomb, which would be perfect for the Islamic State,” the smuggler said. “If you have a connection with them, the business will go smoothly.” But the smuggler, Valentin Grossu, was not...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/08/2015 12:14:20 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 8 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2015 October 07 | Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia's air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once. "We have taken action to maintain safe separation," Davis said, adding that the U.S. aircraft "changed path a little bit." He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved. U.S. officials tell Fox...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/07/2015 10:20:35 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/07/2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia’s air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once. “We have taken action to maintain safe separation,” Davis said, adding that the U.S. aircraft "changed path a little bit." He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved.

    10/07/2015 4:54:21 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 87 replies
    RT ^ | October 7, 2015 | RT
    It’s been a tough week for terrorists in Syria. Over seven days Russia delivered over a hundred airstrikes at various jihadist facilities across the country, reportedly igniting panic among some groups. Trends Russian anti-terror op in Syria Russia launched its air campaign in Syria on September 30, making 120 combat sorties that hit 110 targets in just over a week, according to the Defense Ministry. Among the objects destroyed are: •71 armored vehicles •30 other vehicles •19 command facilities •2 communication centers •23 depots with fuel and ammunition •6 plants used to make IEDs, including car bombs •several artillery pieces...
  • Russian intelligence accused of silencing anti Arctic drilling Norwegian newspaper editor

    10/07/2015 2:05:45 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 4 replies ^ | Tuesday 6 October 2015 10.04 EDT | Karl Mathiesen
    A Norwegian Arctic newspaper editor who has extensively covered oil drilling in the region was sacked at the behest of the Russian intelligence service, according to Norway’s public service broadcaster. ....snip.... In what could develop into a scandal in the European Arctic, Nilsen was last week controversially fired as editor of the Barents Observer for having “acted disloyally” to the newspaper’s owners. The title is owned by Norwegian Barents Secretariat (NBS), a local government body that promotes good relations with Russia in a region where the two nations cooperate and compete over fishing, oil and military strategy. Remaining Observer staff,...
  • Hollande warns of total war if MidEast conflict not solved

    10/07/2015 1:08:56 PM PDT · by traumer · 16 replies
    Europe must live up to the challenge of an upheaval that has forced hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee Syria, where everyone including Iran, Russia and the West must seek a political solution, French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday. Speaking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Hollande said the risk of failure was "total war" and that Europe, if slow to grasp the scale of the refugee exodus, had now made a start. As for Syria, Hollande reiterated the Paris line that any solution for Syria had to be based on...
  • Saudi Arabia cuts oil prices amid OPEC price war

    10/07/2015 12:50:47 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 04 October 2015 | Benoit Faucon
    Saudi Arabia on Sunday made deep reductions to the prices it charges for its oil, hard on the heels of cuts last month by rival producers in the Gulf. With U.S. production still increasing despite lower oil prices, members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are battling to keep their share of the last growing markets in Asia. In a list of official prices sent to customers, state-oil company Saudi Aramco cut the price of its light-crude deliveries to Asia by $1.7 a barrel. As a result, it switched to a discount of $1.6 a barrel against the...
  • Cruz:Trying To Find Moderate Rebels "Fiction","Naive"To Believe Putin Is Fighting Terrorists

    10/07/2015 1:47:21 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies ^ | October 7, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued the US “should stop engaging in the fiction of trying to find these moderate rebels,” and “No one in their right mind would believe Putin’s assertion he’s there to help go after the terrorists” on Wednesday’s “America’s Newsroom” on the Fox News Channel.
  • House defeats attempt to dismantle Benghazi committee

    10/07/2015 12:24:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 7, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    U.S. representatives beat back an attempt Wednesday to disband the House Select Committee on Benghazi, as Republicans quashed the latest push from Democrats to try to discredit the panel ahead of a hearing later this month featuring former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Rep. Louise Slaughter, New York Democrat and ranking member of the House Rules Committee, had introduced the privileged resolution, which cited recent comments Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made about the work of the committee and Mrs. Clinton’s sagging poll numbers. The resolution was ruled out of order, and members voted to table an appeal of the...
  • Decoding Putin's new narrative for Syria

    10/07/2015 12:44:58 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | Sandhya Jain
    Russia's launch of air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria has given a leash of life to the Syrian President. It has forced Washington to reconsider regime change as the cornerstone of its foreign policy architecture The Russians have arrived in West Asia, with a bang, with air strikes against the terrorist Islamic State (Dawlat al-Islamiyah f'al-Iraq w Belaad al-Sham, or Daesh, in Arabic), giving a new leash of life to the beleaguered Syrian President. Their arrival has strengthened Iran, the sole regional ally of the Damascus regime, given a fillip to the Shia Crescent from Iran to Iraq...
  • Kasparov: Putin's Goal in Syria Is Chaos

    10/07/2015 11:52:13 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 25 replies
    newsweek ^ | 10/7 | kasparov
    ...The greatest danger isn't in confronting Putin, it's in waiting so long to do so that the stakes will be incredibly high. The longer we wait, the more confident he becomes and the more dangerous the eventual confrontation will be. Stopping Putin will be harder now than it would have been two years ago, but easier than it will be a year from now.
  • Trey Gowdy on Kevin McCarthy’s Hillary comments: Apologizing doesn’t fix the damage

    10/07/2015 11:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/07/2015 | AllahPundit
    Man, this is tough stuff from an influential conservative at a moment when McCarthy’s desperately trying to convince righties in the House to give him a chance as Speaker. In an unguarded moment, House speaker-in-waiting Kevin McCarthy claimed credit for the decline in Hillary Clinton's poll numbers because House Republicans had formed a congressional committee investigating the attacks in Benghazi, making it look like a political witch hunt. “I heard from him at 6 a.m. the next morning,” Gowdy told the Post on Tuesday when asked about McCarthy. “How many times can somebody apologize? Yes, he’s apologized as many...
  • Syrian Forces push make big gains with close Russian air support during offensive ops against rebels

    10/07/2015 11:57:46 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 17 replies ^ | 10/07/2015 | Peto Lucem
    Peto Lucem ‏@PetoLucem 1h1 hour ago NEW MAP: Military situation in #Hama and #Idlib Governorates.#Syria #SAA #NDF #IF #FSA #Nusra #AlQaeda Peto Lucem ‏@PetoLucem 1h1 hour ago Loy. sources: #SAA forces have captured #KafrNabudah. #Syria Peto Lucem Retweeted Elijah J. Magnier ‏@EjmAlrai 2h2 hours ago Officers say the first wave of attack tested d fire response of the Syrian rebels & broke their line recovering hills & meeting objectives+ Peto Lucem Retweeted Elijah J. Magnier ‏@EjmAlrai 5h5 hours ago Straightforward from the @CIA:"Our support and weapon supply to Syrian rebels in #Syria was a mistake". ME Analysts don't agree. 39...
  • Obama calls on nation to ‘refashion the social compact,’ strengthen labor union powers

    10/07/2015 11:26:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 7, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    President Obama on Wednesday called on U.S. business, labor and political leaders to “refashion the social compact” and strengthen union powers across the country, arguing that the troubling trend of declining middle-class wages can be turned around by redefining the basic principles of workers’ rights. During a speech at a White House summit on working Americans, the president drew a direct link between drops in union membership and the stagnation of most workers’ wages. Mr. Obama also said that workers’ anxiety about their job security and whether they’ll be afford to feed their families contributes to “anti-immigration sentiment” and other...
  • Obama cites labor’s role in US economy amid trade rift

    10/07/2015 11:10:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 1:28 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama says labor laws should be strengthened and it should be easier for workers to join unions. Obama made the comments at a White House workers’ summit on Wednesday—just as there’s a rift with labor over a Pacific Rim trade agreement. …
  • THE VIDEO: Russian Cruise Missile Attacks Against Syrian Terrorists

    10/07/2015 11:25:51 AM PDT · by marvel5 · 60 replies
    RT ^ | October 7, 2015 | RT
    Russia’s Defense Ministry has published a video of its warships firing cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea to hit the positions of Islamic State militants in Syria.
  • Report: President Erdogan's son has settled in Italy with his family

    10/07/2015 11:14:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Todays Zaman ^ | Tuesday, October 06, 2015 | unattributed
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's younger son Bilal Erdogan, who was one of the prime suspects in Turkey's largest corruption case ever which was revealed on Dec. 17-25, 2013, has settled in the city of Bologna in Italy, along with his wife and children following the June 7 parliamentary election in which the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) that President Erdogan founded lost its majority in Parliament, a Turkish daily has reported. According to the Cumhuriyet daily, Erdogan's son moved to Italy following the election to continue his Ph.D. education at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in...
  • Nuclear smugglers sought extremist buyers

    10/07/2015 8:23:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 7 , 2015
    Gangs with suspected Russian ties sought to sell radioactive material through Moldova to buyers from the Middle East, including the Islamic State group. CHISINAU, Moldova — In the backwaters of Eastern Europe, authorities working with the FBI have interrupted four attempts in the past five years by gangs with suspected Russian connections that sought to sell radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists, The Associated Press has learned. The latest known case came in February this year, when a smuggler offered a huge cache of deadly cesium — enough to contaminate several city blocks — and specifically sought a buyer from...
  • Iranian Terrorist Attack Against U.S. Revealed-How Bill Clinton concealed it from the public

    10/07/2015 5:13:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 7, 2015 | Arnold Ahlert
    Iranian Terrorist Attack Against U.S. Revealed How Bill Clinton concealed it from the public and U.S. intelligence. October 7, 2015 Arnold Ahlert    A bombshell report by the Washington Times reveals that fecklessness in the face of terror isn’t a condition exclusive to the Obama administration. "Bill Clinton’s administration gathered enough evidence to send a top-secret communique accusing Iran of facilitating the deadly 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist bombing,” the Times states, "but suppressed that information from the American public and some elements of U.S. intelligence for fear it would lead to an outcry for reprisal, according to documents and interviews.” Nineteen American...
  • Ted Cruz on Syria: We should STOP engaging in the fiction of trying to find ‘moderate rebels’

    10/07/2015 8:55:32 AM PDT · by Isara · 25 replies
    Ted Cruz You Tube Account via The Right Scoop ^ | Published on October 7, 2015 by
    Ted Cruz weighed in on Syria this morning and the recent escalation by Russia to support Assad and Iran. He says at this point we should stop trying to bring Sunnis and Shias together to act like brothers and lay down their arms and that we should stop engaging in the fiction of trying to find ‘moderate rebels’ to train and support. Cruz says our focus should be ISIS and we should target and destroy them with overwhelming air power.Watch: Video
  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/07/2015 8:14:04 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 47 replies ^ | October 7, 2015 | Lucas Tomlinson and Jennifer Griffin
    Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia’s air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. “The first time it happened, we thought the Russians got lucky. Then it happened two more times,” said one official. Both officials said that the incidents took place over ISIS-controlled Syria, including its de facto headquarters in Raqqa, as well as along the Turkish-Syrian border near Korbani. Another occurred in the northwest, near the highly contested city of Aleppo.
  • Escalating Syria Attack, Russia Fires Missiles From Warships

    10/07/2015 8:04:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/7/15 | ANNE BARNARD and ANDREW E. KRAMER
    The Russian military, sharply escalating its military intervention in Syria, launched 26 medium-range cruise missiles on Wednesday from four warships in the Caspian Sea, while providing air support for a ground offensive by pro-government forces. Russian officials said the missiles — which traveled more than 900 miles, through Iranian and Iraqi airspace — struck 11 targets in Syria, but they did not specify which groups were hit. It was not clear whether the missile strike was coordinated with the ground offensive, which was reported by antigovernment activists and insurgents around the central province of Hama, as well as by the...
  • Syrian forces begin ground offensive backed by Russia air and sea power

    10/07/2015 8:00:37 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/7/15 | Erin Cunningham and Andrew Roth
    Russian missiles fired from Caspian Sea warships traveled more than 900 miles to strike targets in Syria on Wednesday as Syrian government forces opened a ground offensive into areas that include rebel factions, officials said. The bombardment marked the first naval salvos in Russia’s week-old military intervention and another sharp escalation of Moscow’s firepower in Syria’s multi-faction civil war. A map from Russia’s Defense Ministry showed the path of the cruise missiles crossing Iran and Iraq — which would apparently require coordination from both nations and draw them indirectly into the Russian military intervention as gateways for attacks.
  • Q Poll: Trump’s Lead in Florida Widens; Clinton Still on Top

    If Florida’s primary election was held today, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would easily win their parties’ nominations, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. Trump has 28 percent of his party’s vote, up from 21 percent in the university’s Aug. 20 poll. Carson is in second with 16 percent, Rubio has 14 percent, Bush has 12 percent, Fiorina has 7 percent and Cruz has 6 percent, according to the poll. None of the other candidates gained more than 2 percent in the poll and 10 percent of those polled were undecided. “The generally more energized Republican party members,...
  • Defense secretary says US won't discuss cooperating with Russia against Islamic State in Syria

    10/07/2015 7:17:16 AM PDT · by McGruff · 28 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | October 07, 2015
    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition has not agreed to cooperate with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State and no collaboration is possible as long as Moscow continues to strike other targets. He said the U.S. will conduct basic, technical talks with Russia about efforts to ensure that flights over Syria are conducted safely, and, "That's it."
  • Russia Declares Holy War on Islamic State-Obama sides with Christian-murdering freedom fighters

    10/07/2015 5:11:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 7, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Russia Declares ‘Holy War’ on Islamic State While Obama sides with Christian-murdering “freedom fighters.” October 7, 2015 Raymond Ibrahim    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. The Orthodox Christian Church, which holds an important place in an insurgent Russia, has described its government’s fight against the Islamic State and other jihadi opposition groups in Syria as a “holy war.” According to Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Church’s Public Affairs Department, The fight with terrorism is a holy battle and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world fighting it. ...
  • Palestinians Gone Wild: One Stabbing Attack After Another

    10/07/2015 6:40:42 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-07-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Earlier this morning a Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli civilian in the back. Luckily, the victim was armed. He was able to save his own life by shooting his attacker. The terrorist attack was carried out at Jerusalem’s Lion’s Gate in the Old City. Although some details remain unclear, police say the victim of the stabbing was a 36-year old man. The perpetrator, an 18 year-old Palestinian woman, lightly wounded the man. Thankfully, the intended victim was armed. He turned around and shot the terrorist trying to kill him. United Hatzala paramedic Haim Attias was one of the first people...
  • Russia Builds 'Arc Of Steel'

    10/07/2015 6:03:47 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    Marine Link ^ | October 07, 2015 | Aiswarya Lakshmi
    Russia is building an “arc of steel” from the Arctic to the Mediterranean Sea said a NATO commander, in the same vein as Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain metaphor. Navy Adm. Mark Ferguson, who commands NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy, and U.S. Navy forces in Europe and Africa, spoke at the Atlantic Council here. The alliance also faces threats from the south, and both threats argue for more attention from the United States, NATO members and allied states, Ferguson said.
  • [Russia Today] SHOCKING VIDEO: Watch Putin Explain How Obama Created ISIS

    10/06/2015 6:01:52 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 35 replies
    Russia Today via Liberty News ^ | 10-06-2015 | Russia Today via Liberty News poster Eric Odom
    To anyone outside of mainstream media the fact that Obama’s foreign policy directly resulted in the creation of ISIS should come as no surprise. We’ve documented this several times here at But for those in the media this is somehow a discussion that never comes up. Either they’re willfully ignoring it or engaging in an active cover-up.
  • Kremlin sets out to extend control over the Russian Internet

    10/07/2015 6:05:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 6:55 AM EDT | Albina Kovalyova
    Galina Timchenko recalls how proud she felt when the Russian news website she edited reached 3 million users per day. When she reported the figures to the website’s owner, he was horrified. “At that moment something snapped inside and I understood that this is the end, because there cannot be such an influential resource that is not controlled by the Kremlin,” Timchenko said. A month later, she was fired and a more Kremlin-friendly editor was brought in to run the website, The shakeup at last year came as the government was pushing through a slew of new laws...
  • Russian missiles 'hit IS in Syria from Caspian'

    10/07/2015 5:15:33 AM PDT · by McGruff · 110 replies
    BBC ^ | Oct. 7, 2015
    Russia has launched rocket strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria from its warships in the Caspian Sea, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says. Mr Shoigu was quoted by Russian media as saying four warships launched 26 sea-based cruise missiles on 11 targets, destroying them.
  • Russia says warships in Caspian Sea targeting Isis in Syria

    10/07/2015 5:11:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Russia says warships in Caspian Sea targeting Isis in Syria Russian defence minister says 26 missiles launched, as Syrian official confirms ground offensive in Idlib and Hama Reuters in Beirut Wednesday 7 October 2015 13.04 BST Last modified on Wednesday 7 October 2015 13.06 BST Four Russian warships in the Caspian Sea have launched 26 rockets at Islamic State in Syria, Russia’s defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, told president Vladimir Putin during a televised meeting. The claim, which could not be immediately confirmed, came after a Syrian official and activists said Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes battled rebels in two...
  • Three Types of People

    10/07/2015 4:42:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | October 7, 2015 | Allen West
    This past Sunday night I decided to watch some war movies, first “The Thin Red Line” and after that it was “American Sniper.” One of my favorite lines in the movie “American Sniper” is the dinner scene when Daddy Kyle explains that there are three types of people – sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. The statement surrounded a young Chris Kyle coming to the rescue of his younger brother, who was being beaten up by a schoolyard bully. When I think about the three types of people, it relates exactly to the current geopolitical situation we are facing. It is a...