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  • The New Shiite Crescent

    02/27/2015 4:53:54 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 27, 2015 | Majid Rafizadeh
    The New Shiite CrescentPosted By Majid Rafizadeh On February 27, 2015 @ 12:10 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment While the Obama administration’s agenda and policies with regard to fighting the Islamic State have been counter-productive, the administration is ignoring other larger threats in the region.The profusion of Iran-trained Shiite militias in the region (particularly in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen) is unprecedented and represents the height of Iran’s support to militia groups. The incentives to recruit Shiite fighters can be either driven by financial means or religious/sectarian motives.The emergence of this new Shiite Crescent has unintended consequences for regional and global powers. Currently, an estimate of...
  • Officials: US closing embassy in Yemen due to unrest

    02/10/2015 11:08:10 AM PST · by BeauBo · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 10, 2015 | Associated Press
    The United States is closing its embassy in Yemen amid political deadlock and deteriorating security conditions after the takeover of the country by Shiite rebels, two U.S. officials said. The officials said diplomats were being evacuated from the country on Tuesday and the embassy will suspend operations until conditions improve. Yemen has been in crisis for months with Iran-linked Shiite Houthi rebels besieging the capital and then taking control. The U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the closure publicly on the record.
  • Houthi Yemen coup moves Irans Middle East hegemonic ambitions forward - upheld by Washington

    02/08/2015 1:01:44 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 7 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | February 8, 2015
    Houthi Yemen coup moves Irans Middle East hegemonic ambitions forward - upheld by Washington"The strings of the pro-Iranian Houthi rebels coup which toppled the Yemeni government in Sanaa were pulled from Tehran and Washington. US intelligence and shared US-Iranian support helped the Houthis reach their goal, which is confined for now to parts of central Yemen and all of the North.... Friday, Feb. 6, the rebels dissolved parliament and seized power in the country of 24 million. They propose to rule by a revolutionary council. ... debkafiles Saudi intelligence sources reveal that the dominant figure of the uprising was none...
  • The FBI is looking for Ghazi Nasr Al-Din and believes he could be in South Florida

    02/01/2015 4:09:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    WPTV ^ | January 30, 2015
    The FBI is looking for Ghazi Nasr Al-Din and believes he could be in South Florida. He was just added to the bureaus seeking information terrorism list. The agency wants to talk to him about his fundraising efforts with Hezbollah contributors. Hezbollah is an Islamic militant group. Nasr Al-Din is 5 foot 7 and weighs about 175 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and an olive complexion. He speaks Arabic and Spanish and he has dual citizenship in Lebanon and Venezuela. If you see him call the FBIs toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800- 225-5324) or contact your local...
  • FBI: Ex-Venezuelan Ambassador to Lebanon Fundraised for Hezbollah

    02/01/2015 4:47:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Breitbart/National Security ^ | January 31, 2015 | Frances Martel
    The FBI has added a former Venezuelan ambassador to Lebanon and Syria to their Terrorism Seeking Information list, after evidence indicated that Ghazi Nasr al Din was using his position to help fundraise for the Shiite terror group Hezbollah. Nasr al Din, a dual Venezuelan and Lebanese citizen, served both of his terms under socialist leader Hugo Chvez before his death and has also served at the head of the Shia Islamic Center in Caracas, Venezuela, according to the United States Department of Treasury. The Treasury designated Nasr al Din a supporter of Hezbollah in 2008, with Adam J. Szubin,...
  • ISIS executed 600 prison inmates in Mosul says Human Rights Watch

    10/31/2014 10:45:55 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Iraqi News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Abdelhak Mamoun
    (IraqiNews.com) Today Human Rights Watch reported that gunmen from the so-called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria carried out the systematic execution of about 600 male inmates from a prison on the outskirts of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq on June 10 according to accounts of the survivors. The overwhelming majority of the dead were Shiites. After seizing Badush prison near Mosul, the militants ISIS separated the Sunnis inmates from the Shiites, and then forced the latter to kneel at the edge of a valley and shot them from assault rifles and automatic weapons, according to what...
  • Shiite Rebels Capture Yemen Military Base

    01/29/2015 9:05:37 AM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | Jan. 29, 2015
    Yemeni officials said that Shiite rebels have captured a key military base south of the capital, where U.S. advisers had previously trained counterterrorism forces. They say that the Republican Guard camp captured on Thursday was used by American experts until 2012 to train local forces battling al Qaedas powerful Yemeni affiliate. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, have seized a number of key military facilities in recent days, including the headquarters of the paramilitary special forces. They took control of the capital in...
  • In Iran, 'scores of Christians' were arrested Dec. 25

    01/08/2011 9:37:29 AM PST · by wmfights · 1 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 7, 2011 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (BP)--"Scores of Christians" have been detained since Christmas in Tehran, according to a statement protesting the action by Iranian authorities issued by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Jan. 7. "They were informally accused of being 'evangelical missionaries,' although no formal charges have been filed by authorities," USCIRF stated, noting: "Iranian law makes proselytizing of Muslims by non-Muslims illegal, in contravention of international standards." According to the USCIRF statement: "Reports indicate that as many as 70 Christians have been detained over the past two weeks. Some individuals have since been released, although it is unclear how many...
  • Iran Arrests 80 Evangelicals, Amid Fears of New Crackdown on Christians

    09/10/2004 11:04:00 PM PDT · by miltonim · 10 replies · 692+ views
    BosNewsLife ^ | 10 September 2004 | COMPASS
    TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife) -- Iranian police invaded the annual conference of Irans Assemblies of God and arrested at least 80 church leaders at the churchs denominational center near Tehran as part of the worst crack down on evangelical believers in a decade, a Christian news agency reported Friday, September 10. Compass news agency said security forces raided the meeting "without warning" in Karaj, 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of the capital, after they surrounded the churchs garden property Thursday, September 9. Eyewitnesses were quoted as saying that all men and women present at the first day of their annual meetings...
  • The Emerging Iranian Empire: The Obama Administration Acquiesces to the New Reality

    01/23/2015 6:57:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2015 | Charles Krauthhammer
    While Irans march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Irans march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried. This week, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized control of the Yemeni government, heretofore pro-American. In September, they overran Sanaa, the capital. On Tuesday, they seized the presidential palace. On Thursday, they forced the president to resign. The Houthi have local religious grievances, being Shiites in a majority Sunni land. But...
  • Rebels in Yemen have seized the presidential palace

    01/20/2015 6:59:27 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 132 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 1/20/15 | Bill Hemmer
    Breaking News: Rebels in Yemen have seized the presidential palace in the capital city of Sanaa, according to the army commander. http://fxn.ws/1C2Q7Fq For further developments on this story, stay tuned to Fox News Channel.
  • Yemen's president and PM 'resign

    01/22/2015 10:48:38 AM PST · by navysealdad · 48 replies
    BBC ^ | 1-22-2015
    The crisis in Yemen deepened on Thursday as officials reported that both the president and his government had resigned.
  • Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

    01/20/2015 4:44:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    US Embassy Yemen ^ | January 20, 2015 | US State Department
    The U.S. Embassy warns all U.S. citizens to avoid the areas around 50 and 60 Meter Road near the Presidential Palace, Presidential residence, and Haddah Area in Sanas due to heavy fighting. While the fighting appears to be politically motivated and an internal domestic dispute not directed against foreign interests, all U.S. citizens should be vigilant of the continued high risk of kidnapping and terrorist attacks throughout Yemen. U.S. citizens living in Yemen should take extra precautions and consider leaving the country. The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen...
  • Shiite rebels shell Yemen presidents home, take over palace

    01/20/2015 11:01:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 20, 2015 11:37 AM EST | Ahmed Al-Haj
    Yemens powerful Shiite Houthi rebels shelled the residence of the countrys embattled president Tuesday and simultaneously swept into the presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa, as a top military commander warned that a full-fledged coup was underway. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was inside the residence as it came under heavy shelling for half an hour but he was unharmed and protected by guards, officials said. In New York, the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting over the chaos in Sanaa. The shelling was a dramatic development that put the U.S.-backed Hadi into a precarious position and represented the...
  • The Palestinian Arabs and the Forgotten Iranian Arabs

    12/14/2010 8:21:04 AM PST · by Omikronos2100 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 14, 2010 | Steven Simpson
    The Islamic Republic of Iranwhich would be better known as the Islamic Occupation Regimehas for over thirty years championed itself as the Palestinian Arabs greatest supporters in the Islamist quest to extirpate the State of Israel from the world. Yet, while the non-Arab, Persian Shiite regime demonizes Israel and Zionists twenty four hours a day, it aligns itself with the Arab Sunni fundamentalist terror gang called Hamas, while also aligning itself with the Arab Shiite terrorist gang - Hizbullah - which has a strangle hold on Lebanon.
  • Saudi police arrest suspect in Shiite unrest

    01/02/2015 5:50:00 PM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    AFP ^ | 2015-01-02
    Saudi police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a 2011 protest movement organised by Shiite residents of the kingdom's restive Eastern Province ... Muntadher Ali Saleh al-Sabity .. is one of 23 Saudis wanted in connection with protests and violence in Eastern Province, home to more than two million Shiites in the Sunni-majority kingdom. The group, some of whom have been detained or killed, is accused of acting "on behalf of foreign parties" -- a reference to Iran, which authorities have blamed in the past for fomenting unrest among Saudi Shiites.
  • 'Kill infidels or they'll rape your mother' ( Islamic State )

    12/29/2014 8:07:32 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    THE TIMES OF INDIA ^ | Dec 28, 2014 | Tim Arango
    On a recent evening in Baghdad, Usaid, who is 14, approached the gate of a Shiite mosque, unzipped his jacket to show a vest of explosives, and surrendered himself to the guards. They seduced us to join the caliphate," he said several days later in an interview at a secret Iraqi intelligence site where he is being held. Usaid described how he had been recruited by the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State from a mosque in his hometown, Manbij, near Aleppo. He said he joined the group willingly because "I believed in Islam." "They planted the idea in me...
  • Isis: the inside story

    12/11/2014 3:40:37 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Dec 11th , 2014 | Martin Chulov
    One of the Islamic States senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror groups origins inside an Iraqi prison right under the noses of their American jailers. In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked by his captors slowly into the Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq [snip] I knew some of them straight away, he told me last month. I had feared Bucca all the way down on the plane. But when I got there, it was much better than I thought. In every way.
  • Breaking Badr (very informative article)

    11/10/2014 3:32:35 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Nov. 6, 2014
    BAGHDAD Over the past three decades, Hadi al-Amiri has gone from being a guerrilla fighting on behalf of Iran against his home country, Iraq; to notorious militia leader accused of running "death squads"; to parliament member in Baghdad, where he has emerged as a key player in the fight against the Islamic State (IS). The Iraqi people, they love bravery, Amiri said, by way of explaining his newfound influence. -excerpt- Amiri is the leader of the Badr Organization, a Shiite militia infamous during Iraq's civil war for its brutal tactics, which has now transformed into a political party that...
  • Iraqi Kurdish forces moving toward complex battle in Mosul

    10/05/2014 9:30:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    LAT ^ | October 5, 2014, 6:00 AM|Reporting from Khazir, Iraq | Raja Abdulrahim
    Three days after U.S. airstrikes in Iraq began, Islamic State militants fled west across the bridge spanning the Khazir River, destroying half of it with TNT.. The August explosion was meant to slow an offensive by Kurdish peshmerga forces to retake Iraqi towns seized by the Sunni Muslim extremist group. But the peshmerga created another path across the river and eventually regained control of a village in the shadow of the bridge. In recent weeks, Kurdish fighters have made steady progress along this front line, pushing back Islamic State more than nine miles. But soon they are likely to find...
  • Women Stoned To Death In Syria For Adultery [Send Kerry To Negotiate!]

    08/09/2014 11:53:04 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    YahooNews ^ | August 9, 2014 | BASSEM MROUE
    Women Stoned To Death In Syria For Adultery BASSEM MROUE BEIRUT (AP) A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground. When residents gathered, the fighters told them to carry out the sentence: Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress. None in the crowd stepped forward, said a witness to the event in a northern Syrian city. So the jihadi fighters, mostly foreign extremists, did...
  • Iraqi Prime Minister Disbands Seven Shiite Militia Groups [Annuls Other Maliki Decisions]

    09/14/2014 6:29:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    BasNews, Baghdad ^ | 14.09.2014 | Nuwar Faqie
    Shiite Militia groups taking up arms against IS Militants News / World Iraqi Prime Minister Disbands Seven Shiite Militia Groups 14.09.2014 Nuwar Faqie BasNews, Baghdad Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi has reversed key decisions of former PM of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki by halting the activities of several Shiite militia groups. Abadi has pledged to stop the activities of seven Shiite militia groups in Baghdad while at the same time indicated that he cannot impose his authority on two Shiite militia groups, which report to Maliki. He revealed that some internal decisions that were made by the...
  • Iraq PM Orders Halt to Shelling of Civilian Areas (Obama definitely loses Iraq)

    09/13/2014 7:06:43 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 40 replies
    abc ^ | 9/13/2014 | ap
    Iraq's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of "innocent victims" as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist group this summer. "I issued this order two days ago because we do not want to see more innocent victims falling in the places and provinces controlled by Daesh," Haider al-Abadi told a news conference in Baghdad, referring to the Islamic State group by its Arabic acronym. He accused the militants of using civilians as a human...
  • You Live by Beheading you shall Die by Beheading: The Shiites are now Beheading ISIS

    09/08/2014 9:13:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | September 8, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    It used to be ISIS beheading Shiites and now the Shiite Peace Brigades of Imam Ali cut off the heads of a few ISIS captured terrorists in Amerli, Iraq in response to the killing of their members during their battles with the terrorist organization. ... This message is for ISIS. We will chop off your heads. We will crush your skulls. This is operation revenge for the killing of the leader Walid of the Peace Brigade
  • Yemen government offers to resign - source

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

    08/20/2014 6:48:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/20/14 | Daniel Greenfield
    ISIS is an expression of the murderous hate within Islam. We are not only at war with an acronym, but with the dark hatred in the hearts of men, some of whom are in Iraq, Pakistan, and some of whom live next door Know your enemy. To know what ISIS is, we have to clear away the media myths about ISIS. ISIS is not a new phenomenon. Wahhabi armies have been attacking Iraq in order to wipe out Shiites for over two hundred years. One of the more notably brutal attacks took place during the administration of President Thomas Jefferson....
  • Taliban kill 14 Shiites in Afghanistan road attack

    07/25/2014 9:45:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    ap ^ | Jul 25, 2014
    Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road .. marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ... The Taliban, like other Sunni extremist groups, view the country's minority Shiite community as apostates, and have targeted Hazaras
  • Bahrain expels top US diplomat after meeting with main opposition group

    07/07/2014 10:16:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    RT ^ | 7-7-2014 | RT
    <p>Bahrains Sunni government has expelled a top US diplomat citing interference in the countrys internal affairs following his meeting with the main opposition Shia group.</p> <p>Bahrain asked US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski, to immediately leave the country as he is unwelcome because of interference in the countrys internal affairs, the kingdoms Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement as cited by Bahrain News Agency.</p>
  • Iraqi Shiites say insurgents and neighbors expel them from their homes in Sunni province

    06/23/2014 3:08:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Fox News / The Associated Press ^ | June 22, 2014 | Diaa Hadid
    KIRKUK, Iraq The insurgents came at midday, walking across a canal, advancing under cover of mortar fire toward the cluster of three Iraqi villages. Within eight hours, Shiite residents who fled said the Sunni insurgents had expelled thousands of them from the majority-Sunni province, helped by local Sunnis in neighboring villages. "You cannot imagine what happened, only if you saw it could you believe it," said Hassan Ali, a 52-year-old farmer siting in the al-Zahra Shiite mosque, used to distribute aid in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, where the displaced had fled, some 50 miles (80 kilometers) away....
  • Iraq crisis: Baghdad's Shia militia in defiant 50,000-strong rally as Isis make further gains

    06/21/2014 7:42:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | June 21, 2014 | Colin Freeman, Sadr City, Baghdad
    Tensions mount in Iraq as Mahdi Army put on show of force in Baghdad featuring missiles, bazookas and assault rifles while Isis seize key Syria border crossing. Baghdad's biggest Shia Muslim faction staged a show of force in face of the Isis threat to the Iraqi capital on Saturday, in a parade that stretched for several miles, featuring missiles, bazookas, hi-tech assault rifles and artillery. As tens of thousands of uniformed men marched through the streets, loudspeakers proclaimed how they would defend Iraq from the Sunni jihadists rampaging through the north of the country. This pageant of armed might, however,...
  • U.S. spy agencies warned Maliki was 'alienating' Iraq's Sunnis

    06/21/2014 4:20:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 20, 2014 | BY MARK HOSENBALL
    U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned top government officials that Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki and his policies were gravely antagonizing his country's Sunni population, two U.S. security officials said on Friday. The officials said the warnings were contained in secret intelligence reports and analyses presented in the last two years to policymaking officials, including President Barack Obama. This contrasted with public comments by the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who in his annual presentation to Congress on "worldwide threats" in January made only bland references to religious tensions in Iraq.
  • The ISIS Extremists Causing Havoc in Iraq Are Getting Funds and Recruits From Southeast Asia

    06/17/2014 3:46:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Time ^ | June 17, 2014 | Yenni Kwok
    Militants from Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, are being lured by ISIS's hard-line Sunni extremism.Men in balaclavas are cradling Kalashnikovs as they look into a camera, somewhere in Syria. They are university students, businessmen, former soldiers and even teenagers. One by one, they urge their fellow countrymen to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the jihadist group so extreme that it has been denounced by al-Qaeda. But these arent Syrians, or Uzbeks, or Chechens. They are Indonesian. Let us fight in the path of Allah because it is our duty to do jihad in the...
  • Iraq's Maliki defies call to reach out, accuses Saudis of 'genocide'

    06/17/2014 1:42:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 17, 2014 | By Ned Parker
    Iraq's Shi'ite rulers defied Western calls on Tuesday to reach out to Sunnis to defuse the uprising in the north of the country, declaring a boycott of Iraq's main Sunni political bloc and accusing Sunni power Saudi Arabia of promoting "genocide". Maliki has blamed Saudi Arabia for supporting militants in the past, but the severe language was unprecedented. On Monday Riyadh blamed sectarianism in Baghdad for fuelling the violence.
  • Iraq crisis: army deserter speaks out

    06/15/2014 2:29:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | June 13, 2014 | Ruth Sherlock, Carol Malouf in Erbil and Lauren Williams in Doha, video by Sam Tarling
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) A group of military deserters have painted a devastating picture of the ability of the Iraqi army to stand and fight, telling The Telegraph how entire divisions surrendered Mosul, Iraq's second city, without firing a single shot. Speaking from the Kurdish city of Erbil, the defectors accused their officers of cowardice and betrayal, saying generals in Mosul "handed over" the city over to Sunni insurgents, with whom they shared sectarian and historical ties. With Sunni insurgents now threatening the capital Baghdad the eye-witness accounts from the deserters' reveal how sectarian enmity have, in the space of mere weeks, destroyed...
  • Shiite militia seizes control of Iraqi town, slowing ISIS drive toward Baghdad

    06/14/2014 4:37:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    .washingtonpost.com ^ | June 14 at 7:23 PM | Liz Sly and Abigail Hauslohner
    Men young and old piled into taxis, trucks, police vehicles and minibuses and drove noisily through the streets, honking horns and waving an assortment of weapons including rocket-propelled grenades, high-powered sniper rifles, Kalashnikov assault rifles and handguns. Daiish we will never surrender, chanted a group of young men piled on the back of a pick-up truck, using an acronym for the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which carried out a stunningly swift seizure of large swaths of northern Iraq last week. We want to show the world that we can protect ourselves, said Khodr al-Tamimi, a turbaned...
  • Iraq: A Sunni-Shia Holy War To Commence In Baghdad?

    06/13/2014 2:11:48 PM PDT · by kingattax · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jun 2014 | by JORDAN SCHACHTEL
    Baghdad looks to be the first place where Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters meet serious resistance on their blitzkrieg through Iraq. However, this has not stopped the Al Qaeda splinter groups forces from announcing their intended goals. In a video publicly released Thursday night, the jihadi fighters were seen shouting, Towards Baghdad! ISILs Twitter page said the group had executed 1,700 Shia Iraqi soldiers as of late Thursday. The groups social media page proudly displayed an image of a decapitated head, tweeting, this is our football with the hashtag #WorldCup. Iraqs Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, the...
  • Iraqis flock to volunteer to fight insurgents

    06/14/2014 2:17:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 14, 2014 3:50 AM EDT | Hamza Hendawi
    Hundreds of young Iraqi men flocked to volunteer centers across Baghdad Saturday to join the fight against Islamic militants who have advanced across the countrys north this week. They were responding to a call by Iraqs most revered Shiite cleric for Iraqis to defend their country against the Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which seized Iraqs second-largest city Mosul and Saddam Husseins hometown of Tikrit in a lightning advance.
  • Iran Deploys Quds Forces To Support Iraqi Troops, Helps Retake Most Of Tikrit

    06/13/2014 10:42:40 AM PDT · by robowombat · 31 replies
    IBT ^ | June 12 2014 1:55 PM | Howard Koplowitz
    Iran Deploys Quds Forces To Support Iraqi Troops, Helps Retake Most Of Tikrit By Howard Koplowitz@howardkoplowitz on June 12 2014 1:55 PM Iran Deploys Forces To Iraq, Helps Retake Tikrit An elite branch of Iran's Revolutionary Guard is in Iraq fighting alongside Iraqi troops in a battle against an al-Qaeda affiliated militant group. \ Two battalions of the Quds Forces are already making progress in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, the Wall Street Journal reported. The militant group took control of Saddam Husseins hometown of Tikrit on Wednesday, but Revolutionary Guard and Iraqi...
  • ISIL militants 'executed 1,700 Shiite soldiers', UN alarmed

    06/13/2014 8:32:15 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 29 replies
    Hrriyet ^ | June/13/2014
    Concerns are growing over executions and mounting abuses by militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), amid a warning from the United Nations that hundreds of people were killed, many of them summarily executed, after the seizure of Mosul. The full extent of civilian casualties is not yet known but reports received by UNAMI, the U.N. mission in Iraq, to this point suggest that the number of people killed in recent days may run into the hundreds and the number of wounded is said to be approaching 1,000, Rupert Colville, the spokesman of the U.N.s...
  • Vanity: Baghdad Falling Part of End Times?

    06/13/2014 6:33:19 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 90 replies
    Baghdad looks like it's about to go down to Islamic Militants. Some say Baghdad is Babylon? What happens when it falls?
  • Iran's Rouhani vows to combat terrorism in Iraq

    06/12/2014 11:01:53 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 06/12/2014 | AFP
    Predominantly Shiite Muslim Iran will combat the "violence and terrorism" of Sunni extremists who have launched an anti-government offensive in neighbouring Iraq, President Hassan Rouhani warned on Thursday.
  • WSJ: Iranian Forces Reportedly Help Iraqi Army Retake Tikrit

    06/12/2014 10:50:43 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 17 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 06/12/14 | WSJ via HP
    WSJ: Iranian Forces Reportedly Help Iraqi Army Retake Tikrit Farnaz Fassihi reports in the Wall Street Journal that Iran's Revolutionary Guard forces are now active in Iraq, assisting the Iraqi army in the fight against ISIS militants in the city of Tikrit. Fassihi writes: "Two battalions of the Quds Forces, the elite overseas branch of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps that have long operated in Iraq, have come to the aid of the besieged, Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, they [Iranian security sources] said. Combined Iraqi-Iranian forces had retaken control across 85% of Tikrit, the birthplace of former dictator...
  • 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...
  • Kurds offer to export 100,000 bpd of oil in Iraq row

    03/24/2014 9:19:34 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    hurriyet daily news ^ | March/21/2014
    Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region pledged Thursday to export 100,000 barrels of oil per day through central government-controlled pipelines in a bid to resolve an impasse with Baghdad ahead of elections. The Kurds and the government are locked in a row over energy exports, in which Baghdad has choked off funds to the northern region, draining its reserves, as the two sides spar over a national budget that would penalise the Kurds for failing to meet export targets as well as other issues tied to energy sector regulation. As a "goodwill gesture," the Kurdistan regional government said on its website it...
  • Obamas Losing Bet on Iran (NYT Op-Ed Max Boot)

    01/15/2014 2:43:38 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 15, 2014 | By MICHAEL DORAN and MAX BOOT
    WASHINGTON A great deal of diplomatic attention over the next few months will be focused on whether the temporary nuclear deal with Iran can be transformed into a full-blown accord. President Obama has staked the success of his foreign policy on this bold gamble. But discussion about the nuclear deal has diverted attention from an even riskier bet that Obama has placed: the idea that Iran can become a cooperative partner in regional security. Although they wont say so publicly, Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry surely dream of a Nixon to China masterstroke. They are quietly...
  • Al-Qaeda: Death to Shi'ites for 'Damaging Mohammed's Legacy'

    12/07/2013 11:34:36 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 47 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/13 | Tova Dvorin, Dalit Halevi
    Branch of al-Qaeda vows death to Shi'ites for 'cursing the prophet Mohammed'; urges terrorists to keep fighting in Iraq, Sinai peninsula. video A video has surfaced from the Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria advocating the systemic genocide of Shi'ite Muslims for allegedly "damaging Mohammed's legacy" in perpetrating their beliefs. The video opens with a speech from a judge in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, which has been a focal point of territorial fighting between the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebel forces. The judge's job: to establish rule over...
  • Saudi deportations gain momentum

    12/07/2013 4:07:16 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 17 replies
    FINANCIAL TIMES ^ | December 6, 2013 | Simeon Kerr. Abeer Allam, Javier Blas
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  • Muslim Holiday Ashoura: Islamic Blood Rituals on American Streets

    11/23/2013 8:22:06 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 11/22/13 | Pamela Geller
    Ashoura is a bloody Shi'ite Muslim ritual where the men beat themselves to a bloody pulp. The craziness. (WARNING: Graphic Photos and video Remember, this is all taking place inside the United States) Once again the annual bloody ritual of Ashura is upon us. Muslims flagellate themselves and their children with whips and chains until bloody to commemorate the death of our President's namesake, Hussein. Why is this savagery tolerated in the US, considering that blood borne illnesses could be hazardous and such? But it's more important to adhere to and to respect the sharia and not offend Islam....
  • 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.
  • Wahhabis Remark at Hajj: 'We will Kill You Shia Men and Rape Your Women' ( Detroit mentioned )

    10/20/2013 10:52:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Arab American pilgrims from the Metro Detroit area where attacked and assaulted, for what appears to be sectarian reasons, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, while performing the rituals of Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia. Mina is a town near Mecca, where pilgrims sleep in tents and stone three pillars, representing the satan, with seven pebbles, on the last day of Hajj. The Saudi government has built thousand of air-conditioned tents to accommodate pilgrims, during this ritual. A known female community leader said that when the local group entered Tent Section 40, an area designated for American, European and Australian Muslims, a...