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  • Marines hand over to Spanish in Iraqi holy city

    09/23/2003 1:46:40 AM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 241+ views
    Reuters | 9/23/03 | Andrew Gray
    NAJAF, Iraq, Sept 23 (Reuters) - U.S. Marines handed over on Tuesday to a Spanish-led force in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf, scene of the country's deadliest postwar bomb attack which killed more than 80 people including a top Shi'ite cleric. At a ceremony in bright sunshine on the outskirts of Najaf, U.S. Marine Brigadier General John Kelly transferred authority to Brigadier General Alfredo Cardona of the Spanish army. "We've spilled blood to hand this province over to you," Kelly said sombrely in an address to the Spanish-led force, recalling the Marines' key role in the war that...
  • In Sinai, ISIS Grows with Iran’s Help

    01/11/2016 9:32:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    The Tower ^ | 01/08/2016 | Arik Agassi
    Most people assume that the Sunni terrorist group ISIS is the natural and mortal enemy of Shia Iran, but this is not always the case. In fact, in at least one part of the Middle East, Iran has become a crucial, if indirect, sponsor of its supposed enemy. As the world's eyes are focused on ISIS terrorism in Europe, the Middle East, and even the U.S., the group's branch in the Sinai has become one of the most powerful, dangerous, and effective in the region. Recent reports indicate that Iran, through the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, is primarily responsible for...
  • Archbishop invites more young Christians to spend ‘a year in God’s time’

    12/19/2015 10:27:54 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 20 replies
    Lambeth Palace ^ | Thursday 17th December 2015 | Archbishop Justin Welby
    The Archbishop of Canterbury today welcomed a group of Shia theologians to Lambeth Palace at the culmination of three days of dialogue with Christian theologians, hosted by Harris Manchester College, Oxford and the British Council. Expressing his appreciation for this dialogue, Archbishop Justin Welby said: “At a time of increasing fear and division in the world, it is ever more important that people of faith, Christians and Muslims, come together to work towards the common good for the betterment of all. "As Anglicanism has its roots in the United Kingdom, and Shi’ism in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the...
  • San Bernadino 12/02 bloodbath coincides with one of Islam's largest Martyrdom Anniversaries

    12/02/2015 9:39:17 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 33 replies
    The Iran Project ^ | 12/02/2015 | Shia Post
    12/02/2015 is a significant tragic day for San Bernadino, and the USA. It also happens to be a Very significant Martyrdom Anniversary for Islam... Connections? Islamic Education Center, Atlanta http://www.zainabia.com/sample-page/calendar/important-dates/ Important Islamic Dates 1437 AH (2015 – 2016): 20 Safar, 1437 = December 02, 2015 * Arbayeen (40th Day of Imam Hussain Martyrdom Anniversary)  Muslims observe Arbaeen in Iran - The Iran Project www.theiranproject.com/ blog/ 2015/ 12/ 02/ mus... Proxy Highlight 17 hours ago ... ... elegies are recited in memory of Imam Hussein and his 72 loyal companions. The Arbaeen mourning ceremony is one of the largest religious...
  • Paul Vallely: Kick Turkey Out of NATO for Downing Russian Jet

    11/24/2015 4:40:35 PM PST · by xzins · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 24 Nov 2015 | Todd Beamon
    Turkey should be kicked out of NATO for downing the Russian jet near the Syrian border Tuesday because the country "is trying to establish their own Ottoman Empire again," retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely told Newsmax TV. "They're moving very much to the Islamic State — and they've been no help in supporting the opposition forces against Assad," Vallely said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on "The Steve Malzberg Show" in an interview. "They've been hitting a lot of the Kurds, as you know, up north in Syria and the northern part of Iraq." Despite the downing of...
  • Drug Dealer Becomes Hero For Exposing Terror Plot

    06/03/2007 4:49:17 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 17 replies · 1,034+ views
    WCBSTV.COM ^ | 03 JUNE 2007 | AP
    (CBS/AP) NEW YORK -- The question was simple: Would you like to die as a martyr? The putative terrorist unhesitatingly replied yesthere was no greater way to die in Islam. The right answer put the man in the midst of a terrorist plot conceived as more devastating than the 9/11 attacks. He was soon making surveillance trips around John F. Kennedy International Airportthe chicken farm, as the planners dubbed their target -- and visiting the Trinidad compound of a radical Muslim group. On Saturday, the insidera twice-convicted drug dealerwas revealed as a government informant whose surreptitious work undermined a plot...
  • US Shocked To Find Russian Machine Gun With Iranian Ammo Attached To Abrams Tank

    10/17/2015 4:02:55 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-17-15 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier this month, Shia militiamen in Iraq dropped off an American-supplied Abrams tank at a US-supported repair facility where workers were surprised to find an attached Russian machine gun plus Iranian ammo, Defense News has learned. The MIA1 main battle tank one of 146 frontline tanks the US sold to Baghdad was transported through the Green Zone to a US-supported Iraqi service facility at al-Muthanna that was established as part of the Pentagons Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The tank was equipped with a Russian .50-caliber machine gun and Iranian-stamped 12.75-mm ammunition, according to a source at the...
  • Iraqi Ayatollah America's Annihilation and the Muslim Conquest of the World

    05/21/2006 9:38:14 AM PDT · by SJackson · 35 replies · 831+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 5-21-06
    Iraqi Ayatollah Ahmad Al-Baghdadi Talks of America's Annihilation and the Muslim Conquest of the World; Declares Support for Nuclear Bombs for Muslim and Arab Countries The following are excerpts from speeches and interviews with Iraqi Ayatollah Ahmad Husseini Al-Baghdadi, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on May 5, 2006, on Syrian TV on May 3, 2006, and on ANB TV on April 14, 2006.TO VIEW THIS CLIP: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1135. "The Mujahid Iraqi People... Has Shattered the American Plan, Not Only in the Region, but Throughout the World"Ayatollah Ahmad Husseini Al-Baghdadi: "Jihad in Islam, from the perspective of Islamic jurisprudence, is of two...
  • ISIS burns 4 hog-tied men alive in new video

    09/04/2015 12:17:28 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 56 replies
    ISIS set four captured Iraqi men on fire by hog-tying them upside down, hanging them from a pole, then burning them alive. Once again, the savage execution was captured on video and shared on social media accounts friendly with the terror group as part of its propaganda and fear campaign. The four men in orange jumpsuits introduce themselves on camera and are made to watch videos of other ISIS executions before theyre marched out to the desert, with chains around their wrists and ankles, to their fate. After a man wearing camouflage and a mask explains how the men must...
  • Russia says 'early details' of plan to fight Islamic State start to emerge [Ezekiel 38]

    08/11/2015 4:39:25 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/11/2015 | Maxim Shemetov
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday "early details" of how to coordinate international efforts to fight Islamic States have started to emerge. Lavrov was speaking at a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. He said Moscow and Riyadh agreed that international players should join ranks to counter the Sunni jihadists who control swathes of Syria and Iraq...
  • 'Kayhan': The White House Will Be Destroyed In Under 10 Minutes If The U.S. Attacks Iran

    07/10/2015 6:37:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 71 replies
    Memri ^ | 7/10/15
    On June 17, 2015, the Iranian daily Kayhan, which is affiliated with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, published an editorial praising the month of Ramadan and, in connection with this, praising also the 175 Iranian military frogmen killed in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War whose bodies were recently brought to Iran and given a martyrs' interment.Kayhan stated that Iran is currently in a situation similar to that of the early battles of Islam, when Muhammad won the Battle of Badr and annihilated the Jews of Khaybar. It called on Iranian nation to act in Ramadan after the example of the martyrs and...
  • Saudi Arabia attack: Islamic State claims Shia mosque bombing

    05/22/2015 9:25:52 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 5-22-2015 | BBC
    The Islamic State (IS) group says it was behind a suicide bombing on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia that killed at least 10 people. The attack in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province is the first to be claimed by the Saudi branch of IS, which was formally established last November. The claim was posted on Twitter with an image of the bomber by an account that is a reliable source on the group. IS has previously threatened to attack Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia. Witnesses reported a huge blast at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh, in...
  • America and Iran to join forces in counter-attack on Ramadi

    05/18/2015 9:47:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 May 2015 | Richard Spencer
    America and Iran on Monday took another step towards direct military co-operation in Iraq as pro-government forces prepared a counter-attack to retake the key western city of Ramadi. Irans defence minister, Hossein Dehghan, flew into Baghdad for talks with the government after the Iraqi army fled from a concerted attack by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Ramadi, the capital of the majority-Sunni Anbar province.
  • Friends say JFK suspects not terrorists

    06/09/2007 11:14:24 AM PDT · by ricks_place · 47 replies · 1,318+ views
    Caribbean Net News ^ | 6/9/07 | UPI
    NEW YORK, USA (UPI): Relatives and friends said the four men arrested in an alleged plot to bomb jet fuel tanks at Kennedy International Airport in New York were wrongly accused. "The man is no extremist," Rudy Thorne, a lifelong friend of Abdel Nur in Guyana told the Friday's Miami Herald. Another suspect, Kareem Ibrahim, told a friend in Trinidad that his Shiite branch of Islam meant peace, not overthrowing governments, Wendell Eversley, the friend, told the newspaper. The Herald said the four suspects -- Nur, Ibrahim, Abdul Kadir, and Russell Defreitas -- are black converts to Islam and three...
  • Rabbani, Iran's Islamic-fascist cleric heads 'Hezbollah, Quds and Islamization' in L. America

    10/16/2011 12:46:15 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 16 replies
    Face of evil: MOHSEN RABBANI The Islamic Shiite cleric active in Latin America since the early 1990s. Responsible for the 1992 and 1994 anti-Jewish massacres in Argentina. Wanted in that countryand by theInterpolfor the crimes. Called for Israel to be "wiped off," in 1994. 'Chief' Islamic operator of Hezbollah - Quds activities of: Islamizaton --including 'recruting converts for Islam'-- and terror networks in Latin America, resides in Brazil. Lightning Out of Lebanon: Hezbollah Terrorists on American Soil - Pages 122-3Tom Diaz, Barbara Newman - Random House Digital, Inc., 2006 - History - 272 pagesThe man directly responsible for this cell-building...
  • Abdul Kadir Arrested in JFK Plot (Guyana news source)

    06/03/2007 4:09:32 PM PDT · by Shermy · 33 replies · 2,150+ views
    Starbroek News, Guyana ^ | June 3, 2007 | Heppilena Ferguson
    Four men including former PNCR Member of Parliament Abdul Kadir were yesterday charged by United States law enforcement officials with allegedly conspiring to blow up the John F Kennedy International airport as well as tanks storing aviation fuel and underground fuel pipelines. Those charged with Kadir are former JFK worker Russell Defreitas, a Guyanese-born US citizen; Kareem Ibrahim, an imam from Trinidad; and Guyanese Abdel Nur. Kadir and Ibrahim were arrested in Trinidad, while Defreitas was held in New York. Up to press time, however, Nur had not been apprehended and was thought to be still at large in Trinidad....
  • Cotton: Obama Is Giving Nukes to Fanatical Ayatollahs with End Times Goal

    04/08/2015 9:28:27 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/08/2015 | Pam Key
    This week on 102.9 KARN , Little Rock, ARs The Doc Washburn Show, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) was asked about the theology of the Iranian Ayatollahs who believe world chaos will start the end of days, which will bring a Shia messiah, called the Twelfth Imam to establish a global Islamic caliphate more dangerous then the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Cotton replied, As evil and wicked as the Soviet tyranny was, we could always count on Soviet leadership to be dedicated to national survival of mother Russia. I dont think we can count on the Ayatollahs of Iran...
  • Vanity: Obama a Shiite in Sunni Clothing

    04/03/2015 9:13:48 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 57 replies
    4/3/15
    We talked before about whether Obama is a Sunni or Shiite Muslim. Recent revelations about Obama's father being a Shiite Muslim. Obama hired Valerie Jarrett.. an Iranian operative to run his Administration. Now he's essentially given the green light for Iran to make nuclear weapons. Obama used the Sunni group ISIS to knock out dictators. Once they are in power.. Shiite groups, which outnumber them, will wipe them out and fill the power vacuum. And today he says he would like to visit Iran before the end of his Presidency. The cat's out of the bag folks. The US has...
  • Exclusive: Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border - U.S. officials

    03/25/2015 8:59:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 24, 2015 | Mark Hosenball, Phil Stewart and Matt Spetalnick
    Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle Easts top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict. The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi'ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-supported President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
  • Iran blinds man in 'eye for an eye' justice

    03/09/2015 5:45:22 AM PDT · by EBH · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/7/2015 | Ralph Ellis
    On Tuesday, a man convicted of blinding another man in an acid attack was himself forcibly blinded in one eye, according to Amnesty International and Tasnim News, a semi-official news website. The punishment is believed to be Iran's first case of Qasas, meaning retribution in kind, Tasnim News said. Amnesty International denounced the sentence. "This punishment exposes the utter brutality of Iran's justice system and underlines the Iranian authorities' shocking disregard for basic humanity," said Raha Bahreini, Amnesty International's Iran researcher. "Meting out cruel and inhuman retribution punishments is not justice. Blinding, like stoning, amputation and flogging, is a form...
  • Is Obama a Sunni or Shia Muslim Plant?

    03/04/2015 12:30:26 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 78 replies
    We know Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim. He has said he'll stand with the Muslims with things get ugly in his book. He has said the future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet Mohammed. He has said Muslims built America. He has threatened to shoot down Israeli jets. He has given the Muslim "one finger in the air" sign last summer. Obama has justified ISIS actions by saying "The Crusades" just as ISIS has done in many videos. He has a ring that says there is no God but Allah. But what kind of Muslim is...
  • Horrific video claims to show a nine-year-old 'ISIS supporter' being executed by Shia militia

    03/04/2015 11:33:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 49 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2015 | John Hall
    A horrific video has emerged claiming to show a nine-year-old child being brutally murdered by members of a Shia militia who accused him of being a supporter of the Islamic State terror group. The footage was purportedly filmed near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a coalition of 30,000 Iraqi Army soldiers and private Shia armies launched a campaign to oust ISIS militants earlier this week. The horrific film has not been independently verified and could easily be just the latest piece of propaganda to be released by the terrorist organisation. Nevertheless the sheer brutality of the clip calls into...
  • ( Sunni Moslems ) Taliban storm Pakistan Shiite mosque, killing at least 16

    02/13/2015 8:33:56 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 13 February 2015
    Three attackers with grenades, Kalashnikovs and explosive suicide vests struck at the Imamia mosque in Peshawar, the main city in Pakistan's restive northwest, around the time of the main Friday prayers. The attack comes two weeks after a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan killed 61 people ... violence has been on the rise in Pakistan in recent years, most of it perpetrated by hardline Sunni Muslim groups against minority Shiite Muslims, who make up around a fifth of the population. The suicide bombing at a mosque in southern Sindh province on January 30 was the deadliest...
  • The Battle for Iraq: Shia Militias vs. the Islamic State (Video)

    02/12/2015 3:15:06 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Vice News ^ | 2-12-2015
    Last summer, the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) swept from Syria into northern Iraq, routing Iraqi security forces and seizing the city of Mosul. Soon afterward, the group declared the establishment of a dubious "caliphate" in the area it controls and rebranded itself the Islamic State. With Iraq's army weakened and radical militants advancing on Baghdad, the country's Iran-backed Shia militias which have their own history of sectarian abuses fought back, halting the Islamic State's progress. The militias have successfully combated Islamic State fighters on the ground with the assistance of air...
  • The Hezbollah Connection

    02/10/2015 11:28:35 AM PST · by csvset · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 10, 2015 | RONEN BERGMAN
    1. Ahmad Abu Adass In 2005, the last year of his life, Ahmad Abu Adass was 22 and still living with his parents in Beirut, Lebanon. He was kind and liked people, his friends later told investigators, but none of them thought he was very sophisticated. The best way to describe him was simple, one said. He was generous and a little nave. He was very weak, physically. A Sunni Muslim of Palestinian descent, Adass had become interested in religion and now spent many hours at the Arab University Mosque near his home. It was there, after a prayer session,...
  • Norfolk speaker criticizes response to Islamic threats (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

    02/04/2015 2:54:56 AM PST · by csvset · 7 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 4, 2015 | Philip Walzer
    NORFOLK Ayaan Hirsi Ali stood before a slide of the caged Jordanian pilot about to be set afire by Islamic State group extremists. That, she said at Chrysler Hall on Tuesday night, will be the norm if they are not defeated. "You are going to see people beheaded, their hands and legs cut off, the mass enslavement of women," warned Hirsi Ali, a sharp critic of Muslim leaders and radicals and an advocate of women's rights. "We have had over a long period of time... even before the Reagan administration, so many warning signs that we have ignored," Hirsi Ali...
  • Man shot dead at Malm shopping centre

    02/01/2015 5:52:54 PM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    The Local ^ | 01 Feb 2015
    Two hooded gunmen opened fire at a man in a kebab restaurant at one of Malms largest shopping centres on Saturday afternoon, in full view of several families and their children. Their victim, thought to be Ashkan Moayed Abedi, a member of the Wolfpack Brotherhood criminal gang, escaped into the carpark where he was then gunned down in front of shocked shoppers. He died later in hospital. They fired perhaps ten or twelve shots," ... Abedi, 30, was a key player in the gang war which took place in Sweden's third largest city between 2007 and 2011, leaving at least...
  • Sunni vs. Shia: The religious rivalry behind the Middle East turmoil

    01/25/2015 10:52:12 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Yahoo Global News .. Daily Brew ^ | 24 Jan, 2015 | Steve Mertl
    the split began during a power struggle of who would lead Islam after the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632 AD. A conflict developed between those who wanted the growing religion headed by qualified leaders and those who believed authority belonged to the direct heirs of Mohammed. The Prophets son-in-law, Ali, ruled as caliph for five years before being assassinated. His sons, Hassan and Hussein, were excluded from the succession and both were later killed. Their adherents evolved into the Shia, whose name derives from the term shiatu Ali, Arabic for partisans of Ali,... Shia devotees would see the...
  • Output stopped at Yemen's Masila oilfields in Hadramout

    01/19/2015 8:20:16 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-19-2015 | Reuters
    (Updates with output from Shabwa field, Belhaf gas facility stopping) Jan 19 (Reuters) - Oil companies in Yemen's Hadramout and Shabwa provinces, including the main gas export facility at Belhaf, have suspended operations amid protests over the seizure of a presidential aide by Shi'ite fighters who control the capital Sanaa, local officials said on Monday. The Shi'ite Houthis seized President Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi's chief of staff, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, a native of the southern Shabwa province, on Saturday amid a dispute over a proposed new constitution that threatens to bring down the government. "Several oil firms with small production...
  • Is the Middle East becoming less Arab?(Sunni hate Shia-loving Obama?)

    11/08/2014 2:49:58 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 8 November 2014 | Hisham Melhem
    Is the Middle East becoming less Arab? Hisham Melhem Saturday, 8 November 2014 President Obamas letter to Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in which he laid out the foundation of a new relationship emanating from a nuclear compromise, and stressed shared U.S.-Iranian interests in combatting the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is emblematic of a gradual and subtle shift in Washingtons attitudes towards the region in general and its Arab actors in particular. In this rapidly changing Middle East, the U.S. sees a diminishing Arab influence brought about by the erosion of the state system, lack...
  • President Obamas Sunni-World Views and Policies Supported By A Willfully Blind DC

    09/19/2014 5:54:39 PM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | September 19, 2014 | sundance
    Washington DC thinks we are stupid, they really do. The professional political class has yet to grasp the understanding that “WWW” as a prefix in the internet stands for “World Wide Web”. We are quite capable of connecting, collecting and digesting information directly from the heart of the issues being debated. Despite all the DC pontifications, obfuscations, and professional talking points to the contrary, we know in Syria there are two options, support Bashir Assad or support radical Islamists, that’s it. There is no mysterious “moderate” third option; the “rebels” are radical islamists. President Obama and Republican Senator John McCain...
  • U.S. airstrikes in Amerli supported deadly Shia terror group

    09/02/2014 11:48:35 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | September 2, 2014 | By Bill Roggio
    While helping Iraqi forces to break the Islamic State's siege of Amerli, the US Air Force supported a deadly Shia militia that is responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers. The Shia militia, known as Asaib al Haq, or the League of the Righteous, has also captured and executed US soldiers and British citizens in the past. Iraqi forces, supported by "paramilitary forces" such as the League of the Righteous, advanced on Amerli late last week and reached the town by Aug. 31, The Washington Post reported. By Sept. 1, the siege, which lasted for more than two months, was...
  • Iraq crisis: Shia and Kurdish forces move against IS

    09/01/2014 8:11:19 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1 September 2014
    Iraqi Shia militias and Kurdish forces are continuing their advance against Islamic State militants after breaking the siege of Amerli in northern Iraq. A BBC team entered the town on Monday, finding residents who had endured more than two months under siege. The joint forces have also seized the militant stronghold of Suleiman Beg. Meanwhile Amnesty International says that it has uncovered new evidence that Islamic State have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing in the north.
  • Siege of Mecca, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria: US and Gulf Destabilization Policies

    08/23/2014 10:07:26 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 15 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | August 24, 2014 | Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker
    Siege of Mecca, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria: US and Gulf Destabilization PoliciesMurad Makhmudov and Lee Jay WalkerModern Tokyo Times In the 1980s the United States, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and some other nations began to fund Sunni Islamic terrorism in Afghanistan. This meddling came hot on the heels of the Siege of Mecca in Saudi Arabia in 1979. Therefore, funding radical Sunni Islamism in Afghanistan came at a very opportunistic time for the rulers based in Saudi Arabia. Pakistan became the central base in training international jihadists and spreading Islamism in Afghanistan. Irrespective of the motives in...
  • Massacre derails talks on new Iraq government

    08/23/2014 12:50:42 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 8/23/2014 | Unattributed
    Sunni politicians in Iraq have suspended talks to form a new government, in protest of a mass killing inside a mosque in the northeastern province of Diyala. In a statement on Saturday, Salim al-Jabouri, speaker of the Iraqi parliament, denounced as "terrorists" the Shia armed group suspected of killing at least 73 people inside a Sunni mosque.... Jabouri and Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak are demanding that outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the main Shia parliamentary bloc hand over the perpetrators within 48 hours and compensate the families of victims, the AP news agency reported. [....] The attack on...
  • The battle of our century (the war within Islam that has lethal consequences for all)

    08/16/2014 1:40:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    CERC ^ | August 15, 2014 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    The battle of our centuryFATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZAIt is not a war between religions. It is a war within Islam that has lethal consequences for all those it touches. It began dramatically on Sept. 11, 2001. Our century is characterized by a lethal theological war in the house of Islam, with brutal consequences for the whole world, whether it be lower Manhattan or northern Iraq. Centuries are not exactly 100 years long. The late British historian Eric Hobsbawm proposed a more persuasive division of history with his "long 19th century," which began with the French Revolution in 1789 and...
  • Iraq jihadists dynamite Shiite shrine in Mosul (destroy anything deviating from their views)

    07/29/2014 1:43:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | July 26, 2014
    People walk through the rubble of the Prophet Younis Mosque after it was destroyed in a bomb attack by militants ISIS in the city of Mosul, July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer MOSUL: Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) that controls large parts of Iraq have blown up a Shiite shrine in the city of Mosul, an official and witnesses said Saturday. Jihadists destroyed the Nabi Shiyt (Prophet Seth) shrine in Mosul, the de facto Iraqi capital of the "caliphate" proclaimed last month by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. " ISIS militants stopped people from coming...
  • Make Congress Vote On War

    06/24/2014 3:46:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    With the Islamic warriors of ISIS having captured all the border posts between Iraq, Syria and Jordan, we may be witnessing the end of Sykes-Picot. That was the secret 1916 treaty by which the British and French carved up the Ottoman Empire, with the Brits taking Transjordan and Iraq, and the French Syria and Lebanon. Sykes-Picot stuck in the craw of Osama bin Laden. Now his most fanatical followers have given him a posthumous triumph. President Obama said over the weekend that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which seeks to create a caliphate out of the Sunni...
  • Could Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki Be Forced Out?

    06/23/2014 9:13:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 June 2014 | Michael Knight
    Overshadowed by Iraq's intensified security crisis, the country certified the results of the 30 April parliamentary elections on 1 June - triggering the start of efforts to ratify the next prime minister and his cabinet with at least 163 seats in the 325-member parliament. Two-term Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and his State of Law alliance performed well, winning 92 seats directly and being able to count on at least a further 10 to 20 seats held by close allies. Mr Maliki's Shia opponents could muster about 60 seats, the Kurds a further 53, the numerous Sunni Arab or nationalist lists...
  • Is There Anything Prophetic About the ISIS?

    <p>The world is reeling with the horrifying spectacle of the recent stunning success of the Sunni Islam, ISIS, (Islamic Society of Syria and Iraq),which in the past two weeks has taken over most of Iraq, and is currently encircling Baghdad. The group has become the richest terror organization in the world after plundering banks in Mosul(Biblical Ninevah), and as a prize has taken Fallujah and Tikrit, places the United States,Britain and their coalition spent billions in treasure and thousands of our finest young lives to liberate.</p>
  • Petraeus: US Cannot Be Air Force For Iraq Militias ( Sunni vs Shia )

    06/19/2014 6:10:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 19 Jun 2014 | Andrea Billups
    Gen. David Petraeus, the former commander for U.S. military efforts in Iraq, warned that airstrikes to help Shia militias are not the solution to stopping extremists who are seeking to undermine efforts by the country to maintain its own government. "This cannot be the United States being the air force of Shia militias or a Shia on Sunni Arab fight," ... In the past two weeks, ISIS the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a bloodthirsty offshoot of al-Qaida has been taking over city after city in Iraq and engaging in the mass slaughter of civilians. This...
  • Iraq unraveling as top Shiite cleric issues call to arms

    06/14/2014 2:49:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 34 replies
    McClatchy ^ | June 13, 2014 | Mitchell Prothero
    ISTANBUL The likely breakup of Iraq into feuding ethnic and sectarian bastions accelerated Friday as Iraqs senior Shiite Muslim cleric broke years of support for the central government and decreed that every able-bodied Shiite man had a religious obligation to defend the sects holy sites from rebellious Sunni Muslims led by fighters from the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. In answer to the call, thousands of Shiites many with militia experience from the sectarian war that pitted Sunnis against Shiites and killed thousands from 2006 to 2008 flooded the cities of Baghdad, Najaf and Karbala to receive...
  • Kerry Chats w/Terrorist Leader in TWA Flight 847 Hijacking

    06/09/2014 8:59:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 6/6/14 | Daniel Greenfield
    Heres John Kerry having a good time with Nabih Berri, the head of the Amal Movement, and speaker of the Hezbollah dominated Lebanese parliament. What better way to follow up the Taliban deal than to meet with another terrorist hijacker. Back in 1985, Amal and Hezbollah terrorists used the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 to demand the release of imprisoned terrorists. A TWA airliner, Flight 847 en route from Athens to Rome, was hijacked by Shia terrorists of the Hizballah organization who demanded the release of Shia prisoners held in Kuwait, Israel, and Spain. The airliner was forced to fly...
  • Apocalyptic prophecies drive both sides to Syrian battle for end of time [Sunni vs Shi'ite]

    04/01/2014 11:06:32 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/1/14 | By Mariam Karouny
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Conflict in Syria kills hundreds of thousands of people and spreads unrest across the Middle East. Iranian forces battle anti-Shi'ite fighters in Damascus, and the region braces for an ultimate showdown. If the scenario sounds familiar to an anxious world watching Syria's devastating civil war, it resonates even more with Sunni and Shi'ite fighters on the frontlines - who believe it was all foretold in 7th Century prophecies. From the first outbreak of the crisis in the southern city of Deraa to apocalyptic forecasts of a Middle East soaked in blood, many combatants on both sides of...
  • As George Kennan Inspired Trumans Foreign Policy, Now Stephen Walt Inspires Obamas

    02/05/2014 12:13:24 PM PST · by mojito · 12 replies
    Tablet ^ | 2/5/2014 | Lee Smith
    ...[Ma]ny observers across the political spectrum argue that theres no coherent American Middle East policy at all....[C]olumnist Charles Krauthammer argues that Obama is simply presiding over a decline in American influence, while Democratic[s]...like Sen. Robert Menendez apparently cant make heads or tails of the White Houses Iran policy. If sanctions got the Iranians to the negotiating table...then why is the White House fighting against a further round of sanctions that would give Washington more leverage? Because its part of the Administrations grand strategy. As Obama explained to David Remnick in a recent New Yorker interview, the goal is to create...
  • Al Qaeda Flag Flies over City Where Marines Fought Largest Battle of Iraq War

    01/03/2014 5:13:21 PM PST · by kristinn · 104 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Friday, January 3, 3014 | Noah Rothman
    Just over two years since American troops entirely withdrew from Iraq, the black flag of Al Qaeda flies over the city of Fallujahs government buildings in Iraqs western Anbar Province. It was there that several American contractors were killed and strung up over a bridge in 2004 and American Marines fought the biggest battle of the Iraq War. The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, the Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three-way war, reads...
  • Iraqis battle militant uprising in 2 Sunni cities

    01/02/2014 2:58:42 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    AP ^ | Thursday, January 2, 2014
    BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen battled on Thursday to put down al-Qaida-linked gunmen who, in a coordinated surge, ran rampant in two of the countrys main Sunni cities, overrunning police stations and sweeping through the streets, emboldened by mounting sectarian tensions between minority Sunnis and the Shiite-led government. Troops hammered the militants with Hellfire rockets recently sent by the United States to help the governments fight against al-Qaidas Iraq branch, which also operates with increasing strength in Syrias civil war across the border. The militants swift uprising a day earlier overwhelmed police forces in Ramadi and Fallujah,...
  • TTP took reasonability of the killing of Shia leader in Lahore.

    12/16/2013 3:34:53 AM PST · by musarratullah · 6 replies
    own | 16 december 2013 | musarrat ullah jan
    Rawalpindi, Tehreek Taliban has taken responsibility for the killing of Shia Leader in Lahore and said that we start revenge of the incident of Rawalpindi. Commander of the TTP Rawalpindi division has taken the responsibility for the killing of Allama Syed Naseer Abbasi through the phone. In his phone call the Ahmed Ali Intaqami whose Regional Head of the TTP Rawalpindi said that after long investigation we start our action, we found that Allama Naseer was involved in Rawalpindi attack on Madrassa, thats why we target him and we will target those whos involved in attack on Madrassa in Rawalpindi....
  • Slashing: bloodied Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves to mark the death of the Prophets grandson

    11/16/2013 4:36:21 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 November 2013
    Imam Hussein was killed by armies of the Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD. Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan have day as national holiday. Blood-covered young men swarm into the streets as part of a religious procession in Pakistan. Children also take part in the gory ritual self-flagellation which is held ahead of Ashura on the ninth day of Muharram in Peshawar. Shi'a Muslims all over the world pay their respects with the flowing of their blood as they mourn the slaying and martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad.
  • Shiites staging religious procession beat 7 Sunnis to death in Pakistan

    11/15/2013 5:15:53 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    ap ^ | November 15, 2013 | ZARAR KHAN
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Shiite Muslims staging a religious procession near Pakistans capital Friday killed seven Sunnis from an Islamic seminary for insulting them as they passed, officials said. ... The Shiites were observing Ashoura, which commemorates the 7th century death of the Prophet Muhammads grandson. The schism between Sunnis and Shiites dates back to that time.