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  • 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...
  • ISIL's second front: How the militant outfit is taking on social media

    06/24/2014 3:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Baghdad: Supporters of a powerful jihadist group are waging an online propaganda war in concert with its battles on the ground in Iraq, where Sunni militants have overrun swathes of the country. For militant groups, the fight over public perception can be even more important than actual combat, turning military losses into propaganda victories and battlefield successes into powerful tools to build support for the cause. The offensive, led by jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but involving other Sunni groups as well, swept down from northern Iraq, overrunning major areas of five provinces and...
  • Sunni Fighters Threaten Baghdad (Good article on situation in Iraq)

    06/22/2014 8:53:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 23 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | Saturday, June 21, 2014 Updated 11:26 a.m. EDT Sunday | Betsy Hiel
    IRBIL, Iraq — A Sunni militia commander says he is ready to attack Iraq's capital and risk a sectarian war unless Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki resigns. “There are military plans to enter Baghdad and save all the people from the dictator … (that) will be implemented in the near future,” he said. Ahmed al-Dabbash is a founder and spokesman of the Islamic Army in Iraq, a Sunni militant group that fought U.S. forces after the 2003 invasion. His and other Sunni forces joined the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, to capture much of the north, including...
  • 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,...
  • 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 aren’t 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.
  • 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?
  • Sunni Militants Seize Control in Iraqi City of Mosul

    06/10/2014 8:06:14 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 59 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 10, 2014 | SUADAD AL-SALHY and KAREEM FAHIMJUNE
    Sunni militants on Tuesday seized control of military bases and the provincial governor’s building in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, as police officers and army soldiers abandoned the town and left weapons, vehicles and even their uniforms to the gunmen. By midday, the militants, believed to belong to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an extremist group, were in control of much of central and southern Mosul, according to witnesses and local officials. Soldiers who fled the city said the militants had seized a jail, freeing the inmates. “They took control of everything, and they are everywhere,” said one soldier...
  • Distribution List Of ‘Smoking Gun’ Benghazi Email Included Muslim Brotherhood AGENT

    05/04/2014 9:11:42 AM PDT · by opentalk · 77 replies
    Shoebat ^ | May 3, 2014 | Walid Shoebat, Ben Barrack and Keith Davies
    The ‘smoking gun’ email that reveals who instructed Susan Rice to blame the Benghazi attack on a video also exposes a recipient named Mehdi K. Alhassani. Alhassani was the leader of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), a Muslim Brotherhood front group and attended the sister mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) mosque attended by the Boston Marathon bombers. It is a mystery how Alhassani slipped through the cracks to become a Special Assistant to the Office of the Chief of Staff, National Security Council Staff, and Executive Office of the President. It is unknown why a...
  • Qatar, under heat from neighbors, expel Brotherhood leaders to Libya

    05/05/2014 7:45:52 AM PDT · by opentalk · 3 replies
    World Tribune ^ | May 4, 2014
    ABU DHABI — Qatar, under pressure from the Arab League, is said to have expelled the Muslim Brotherhood. Diplomatic sources said Doha deported dozens of exiled Brotherhood leaders who escaped Egypt in 2013. The sources said the Brotherhood operatives flew to Egypt’s neighbor Libya and joined Islamist militias. “The Brotherhood people were given three days to pack their bags and get on the plane to Tripoli,” a source said. The sources did not identify those deported. But they said several of them were on a list of 15 Brotherhood and Hizbullah operatives submitted by Saudi Arabia last month. In March...
  • 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...
  • Al Qaeda in Syria kills rival rebel leader

    02/02/2014 7:14:21 AM PST · by mac_truck · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/2/2014 | AP
    BEIRUT - Al Qaeda fighters killed the leader of a rival Islamic brigade in a twin car bombing near Syria's northern city of Aleppo, an attack likely to further exacerbate rebel infighting in the country's brutal civil war even as government forces continued their intense shelling of opposition-held areas of the city on Sunday. The attack targeted the base of rivals, the Tawheed Brigades, and killed commander Adnan Bakkour, said Rami Abdurrahman of the Observatory. The al Qaeda linked Islamic State also killed another prominent commander of another rebel brigade, said analyst Charles Lister of the Brookings Doha Center. Lister...
  • Obama’s 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 won’t say so publicly, Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry surely dream of a “Nixon to China” masterstroke. They are quietly...
  • Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup

    12/15/2013 4:44:07 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/15/13 | Paul Sperry
    After the 9/11 attacks, the public was told al Qaeda acted alone, with no state sponsors. But the White House never let it see an entire section of Congress’ investigative report on 9/11 dealing with “specific sources of foreign support” for the 19 hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi nationals. It was kept secret and remains so today. President Bush inexplicably censored 28 full pages of the 800-page report. Text isn’t just blacked-out here and there in this critical-yet-missing middle section. The pages are completely blank, except for dotted lines where an estimated 7,200 words once stood (this story by...
  • Slashing: bloodied Shi’ite Muslims flagellate themselves to mark the death of the Prophet’s 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 Pakistan’s 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 Muhammad’s grandson. The schism between Sunnis and Shiites dates back to that time.
  • Iceland to Get its First Mosque

    09/27/2013 9:34:39 PM PDT · by cutty · 59 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | September 27, 2013 | Soeren Kern
    The Muslim Association of Iceland now admits that foreign donors will be paying for the mosque's construction costs. The former mayor of Reykjavik says he believes it is outrageous for the city to give Muslims a site at no cost at a great location in the center of the city, and asks why political and feminist groups are so tolerant of a religion that he says degrades women. The Reykjavík City Council has approved a building permit for the construction of the first mosque in Iceland. The mosque will be built in Sogamýri, an upscale district near downtown Reykjavík on...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack

    09/03/2013 3:31:45 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 38 replies
    Mint Press news ^ | August 29, 2013 | Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh
    Clarification: Dale Gavlak assisted in the research and writing process of this article, but was not on the ground in Syria. Reporter Yahya Ababneh, with whom the report was written in collaboration, was the correspondent on the ground in Ghouta who spoke directly with the rebels, their family members, victims of the chemical weapons attacks and local residents. Gavlak is a MintPress News Middle East correspondent who has been freelancing for the AP as a Amman, Jordan correspondent for nearly a decade. This report is not an Associated Press article; rather it is exclusive to MintPress News. Ghouta, Syria —...
  • Evidence: Syrian Rebels used Chemical Weapons (not Assad)

    08/27/2013 5:39:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | August 27, 2013 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    Recent news of a chemical weapons attack in Syria smacks of desperation. The question comes down to who is most desperate right now, the Assad regime or the Muslim Brotherhood rebels? Consider that since June, Assad’s forces have been winning. According to a CBS News report from last month, victories for the rebels had become “increasingly rare” and that the Muslim Brotherhood-backed opposition fighters were sustaining “some of their heaviest losses” near Damascus. The New York Times echoed this sentiment, even saying that before gaining the upper hand, concerns were that Assad would use chemical weapons; he did not. In...
  • PRINCE ALWALEED: Fracking Is Going To Crush The Saudi Economy If Nothing Is Done

    07/29/2013 7:39:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/29/2013 | Rob Wile
    Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has warned shale oil and gas development poses a threat to the kingdom's economy, the Wall Street Journal's Summer Said reports. In an open letter to Saudi oil minister Ali al Naimi [in Arabic], Alwaleed also warns the kingdom must diversify its revenue streams in the face of flagging oil demand. A source translated the key portion of the note: With all due respect to your Highness’ viewpoint about shale gas and that it poses no danger on Saudi economy at ‘the present time’, I was hoping that your Highness would also shed light...
  • Obama's Move: Arming Syrian Rebels Is Arming Al-Qaida

    06/17/2013 5:21:41 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 17, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    The Mideast: The president opposed arming the Syrian rebels last year on the grounds the arms could find their way into Islamist hands. This year he's changed his mind — but the rebels haven't changed their Islamist spots. One would have thought that the decision to intervene in the Syrian civil war, a conflict in which the U.S. has no clear strategic interest, would have been announced by President Obama, sans golf garb, sitting behind his desk in the Oval Office, and not by Ben Rhodes, the White House deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. One would also have...
  • Putin: Syrian Rebels Are Cannibals; Don't Arm Them

    06/16/2013 3:27:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 52 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/6/13 | Elad Benari
    The Syrian rebels are “cannibals” and should not be given arms, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday. "I think you will not deny that one does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines, in front of the public and cameras," Putin said at a joint press conference in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Putin was referring to video footage posted on the Internet last month of a rebel fighter eating the heart of a government soldier. "Is it them who you want to...
  • Top Sunni Cleric Al-Qaradawi: Hezbollah Is “Party of Satan”

    06/09/2013 7:37:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Gateway ^ | June 9, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Top Sunni Muslim cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, says the Iranian-backed Hezbollah organization is the “Party of Satan.” In an interview with Al Arabiya aired on Sunday, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, slammed Lebanese Hezbollah group as “party of Satsan” that seeks to “sow discord” among Muslims.
  • More than 1,000 killed in Iraq violence in May

    06/01/2013 1:57:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | June1, 2013 | by Patrick Markey
    More than 1,000 people were killed in violence in Iraq in May, making it the deadliest month since the sectarian slaughter of 2006-07, the United Nations said on Saturday, as fears mounted of a return to civil war. Nearly 2,000 people have been killed in the last two months as al Qaeda and Sunni Islamist insurgents, invigorated by the Sunni-led revolt in Syria and by Sunni discontent at home, seek to revive the kind of all-out inter-communal conflict that killed tens of thousands five years ago. "That is a sad record," Martin Kobler, the U.N. envoy in Baghdad, said in...
  • Egyptian jihadists call for attacks in Shiite countries

    05/29/2013 9:20:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | May 29, 2013 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    Al Faroq Media regularly publishes Mohammed al Zawahiri's statements and propaganda. The outfit published a statement from 20 Egyptian jihadists, including al Zawahiri, calling for attacks inside Shiite-led countries. Twenty Egyptian jihadists have issued a statement calling upon Sunnis to launch attacks in Shiite-led countries in response to the Assad regime's offensive in Qusayr, a city in western Syria near Homs. The chief signatory on the statement is Mohammed al Zawahiri, the younger brother of al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri. The statement was released on May 25 by Al Faroq Media, an Egyptian jihadist propaganda outfit that is...
  • The Russians Think We’re Wrecking the World on Purpose

    03/20/2013 11:03:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    PJ ^ | March 19th, 2013 | David P. Goldman
    In Russia, most analysts, politicians and ordinary citizens believe in the unlimited might of America, and thus reject the notion that the US has made, and continues to make, mistakes in the [Middle East]. Instead, they assume it’s all a part of a complex plan to restructure the world and to spread global domination,” writes Fyodor Lukyanov ... It’s instructive to view ourselves through a Russian mirror. The term “paranoid Russian” is a pleonasm. “The fact is that all Russian politicians are clever. The stupid ones are all dead. By contrast, America in its complacency promotes dullards. A deadly miscommunication...
  • Outsiders can’t inflict changes in regime

    11/09/2012 7:57:46 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, November 9, 2012 | G. Parthasarathy
    The Bashar al-Assad rule in Syria has come under heavy fire from people who believe that the regime must quit over its atrocities. But any attempt by the US-led West to impose a replacement will backfire soon India’s oil-rich western neighbourhood, extending from the Arabian Sea to the Bosporus, is engulfed in conflicts arising from sectarian and civilisational rivalries, aggravated by the meddling of external powers. With an arsenal of over 100 nuclear weapons, Pakistan is today witnessing a period of internal strife, largely arising from the pernicious role of its military establishment and tensions across its disputed borders with...
  • Indonesia 'foils plot to attack US missions'

    10/27/2012 4:17:04 PM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies
    (AFP) via FRANCE24.com ^ | 27 OCTOBER 2012 - 17H48 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Indonesian anti-terror police, Densus 88 secure a terror suspect's house during a raid in Mojosongo, Solo in Central Java. Indonesian police have arrested 11 members of an Islamic group allegedly planning attacks on American diplomatic missions, a spokesman says." SNIPPET: "The group had planned to hit the US embassy and a US consulate, as well as a building near the Australian embassy in the capital Jakarta that houses the office of American mining giant Freeport-McMoran, police said. Police said they were from a new outfit called HASMI, the Sunni Movement for Indonesian Society, and explosives and a bomb-making manual...
  • Bahrain court jails man two years for insult to Prophet's wife

    08/12/2012 10:03:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-12-2012
    A Bahraini court has sentenced a man to two years in prison for making insulting comments about one of the Prophet Mohammad's wives... Aisha, a revered figure for Sunni Muslims, in comments online. "The accused entered a website and made comments that were so morally filthy and depraved that the tongue could not pronounce them, and they slandered Aisha ... Underlying tensions between Sunnis and Shi'ites in Muslim countries are often ignited by such issues concerning figures from early Islam and the different interpretations of Sunnis and Shi'ites over the historical events of that period. Such slander cases have become...
  • Considering a Sunni Regime in Syria

    07/10/2012 10:28:08 AM PDT · by Wuli · 9 replies
    STRATFOR.com ^ | July 10, 2012 | Reva Bhalla and Kamran Bokhari
    Last week's publicized defection of the Tlass family marked a potential turning point for Syria's al Assad regime. The Tlass family formed the main pillar of Sunni support for the minority Alawite regime. The patriarch of the family, former Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass, had a strategic, brotherly bond with late Syrian President Hafez al Assad. cut But blood still runs thick in clan politics, and as Sunni blood was spilling into Syria's streets in the current uprising, the Tlass family likely felt growing pressure to side with its fellow Sunnis. Perhaps more critical, the Tlass family assessed it was time...
  • The West's Double Standards Over Syria

    04/26/2011 6:11:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Sky 'blogs ^ | Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | Dominic Waghorn
    It took just two weeks for the International Criminal Court to begin investigating Gaddafi, his sons and commanders over allegations their security forces had attacked peaceful demonstrators. More than six weeks into Syria's unrest, Assad's security forces are gunning down their own people in their hundreds and the west still has not moved beyond words of condemnation. Last month the ICC prosecutor said he was examining claims 300 civilians had been killed in Tripoli, 257 in Benghazi and 124 in Zawiya. There are now reliable reports of around 400 civilians being killed by Syrian security forces. And yet so far...
  • Why Bahrain blew up: An ill omen for the Saudis

    02/18/2011 2:08:12 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 16, 2011 | Amir Taheri
    Bourguiba Square in Tunis, Tahrir Square in Cairo, Azadi Square in Tehran -- and now Pearl Square in Manama, capital of Bahrain. For the last four days, thousands of protesters, encouraged by other popular uprisings in the Middle East, have been demonstrating against what they call "the despotic rule of minority over majority." On Monday, police killed two protesters and injured 11 others. At least 50 were arrested. The sudden explosion has surprised many observers. Bahrain, the smallest of the 21 Arab states, is often deemed a success story -- the only Persian Gulf Arab state to have made its...
  • Behind the Arabs' Iran double talk

    12/13/2010 2:58:37 AM PST · by Scanian
    NY Post ^ | December 12, 2010 | ERIC TRAGER
    The WikiLeaks dump of State Depart ment cables confirmed what practi cally every foreign-policy analyst not named Stephen Walt already knew: that Israel is hardly the only Middle Eastern country worried about Iran's nuclear ambitions. From Cairo to Riyadh to Abu Dhabi, Sunni Arab leaders have repeatedly singled out Iran as the greatest threat to regional stability -- in private. But they refuse to speak out publicly, telling US diplomats that they'd face a tremendous domestic blowback if they were seen as siding with the West against a Muslim country. Yet this is a dilemma of their own making. Even...
  • How the "Sons of Iraq" Stabilized Iraq

    11/26/2010 7:21:07 PM PST · by forty_years · 4 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | November 26, 2010 | Mark Wilbanks and Efraim Karsh
    ... Petraeus attributed this turning point [in stabilizing Iraq] to the increased numbers of coalition and Iraqi forces, part of the surge declared by President George W. Bush in January 2007, but he gave equal credit to the predominantly Sunni popular movement known as the Sons of Iraq (SOI). ... What motivated these Sunni tribesmen to sign loyalty oaths to fight for an Iraqi government with whom they had only recently battled viciously? What were U.S. officers thinking when they provided military training and money for arms and equipment to men who, more often than not, had been their enemies...
  • Sunnis in Iraq Allied With U.S. Quitting to Rejoin Rebels (Insurgency re-emerging?)

    10/17/2010 10:24:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/17/2010 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS and DURAID ADNAN
    Members of United States-allied Awakening Councils have quit or been dismissed from their positions in significant numbers in recent months, prey to an intensive recruitment campaign by the Sunni insurgency, according to government officials, current and former members of the Awakening and insurgents. Although there are no firm figures, security and political officials say hundreds of the well-disciplined fighters — many of whom have gained extensive knowledge about the American military — appear to have rejoined Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. Beyond that, officials say that even many of the Awakening fighters still on the Iraqi government payroll, possibly thousands of...
  • Iran seen behind Hizbullah effort to undermine new Iraq government

    03/29/2010 11:15:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 595+ views
    GeostrategyDirect ^ | 3/29/2010 | GeostrategyDirect
    The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah has expanded operations in Iraq. Officials said Hizbullah Brigades have been operating in several areas of Baghdad. They said the group's campaign was meant to exploit tension between Sunnis and Shi'ites. Officials said Iran has increased support to Hizbullah in an effort to undermine the Iraqi government and security forces in the wake of elections on March 7. They said the elections have raised tension between Shi'ite factions, particularly the ruling party led by Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki and his rival, former Prime Minister Iyad Alawi. Al Maliki has demanded a recount of the vote. "There...
  • Arabs Unite In Yemen Against Iran

    12/18/2009 1:14:39 AM PST · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 562+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | December 16, 2009
    The war against Iranian supported, Shia tribesmen, in northern Yemen, continues. Many of the key rebels have retreated to their fortified villages in the mountains. The Yemeni air force is bombing these villages, and the Shia rebels are complaining about civilian casualties. That's usually a sign that they are losing, and striving to make their use of human shields as effective as possible. The Saudi Air Force is heavily patrolling, and bombing the Yemen border region, hitting rebels (and non-hostile smugglers) caught crossing the semi-desert frontier region. Yemen has had its differences with Saudi Arabia in the past, particularly over...
  • The Yemeni Border Is Burning

    11/14/2009 3:25:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 1,190+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/13/2009 | The Strategy Page
    Saudi Arabian troops and aircraft are now enforcing a ten kilometer deep "kill zone" on the Yemen side of their Yemen border. This is the first combat operation for Saudi forces since 1991 (during the liberation of Kuwait.) This is in support of a four month war between rebel Shia tribesmen and the Yemeni armed forces. Since November 5th, Saudi fighter bombers have flown over a hundred sorties against rebel targets just across the border. Hundreds of smart bombs and missiles have been used. Saudi artillery has fired hundreds of shells at the rebels, and Saudi helicopters and infantry now...
  • FBI Gunfight Leaves Mich. Suspect Dead: Suspect Was Leader of Sect Seeking Islamic State in U.S.

    10/28/2009 9:26:28 PM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies · 974+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10/28/2009 | JASON RYAN and PIERRE THOMAS
    FBI agents hoping to break up an alleged interstate crime ring dealing in arson, fraud and possibly stolen vehicles, ended up in a gunfight at a Detroit-area warehouse, after which a suspect lay dead. The FBI sought to arrest Luqman Ameen Abdullah, a.k.a. Christopher Thomas, 53, who a criminal complaint said was the imam of a radical fundamentalist Sunni group called Masjid Al-Haqq that seeks to establish a sovereign Islamic state inside the United States... Abdullah and 10 others were charged today in a criminal complaint with conspiracy and theft of interstate shipments, mail fraud to obtain the proceeds of...
  • Sufis, Iranian police clash in holy city (Protests and Riots for 2 nights in Qom)

    02/14/2006 2:44:46 PM PST · by nuconvert · 52 replies · 1,339+ views
    IranMania.com ^ | February 14, 2006
    Sufis, Iranian police clash in holy city: report Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - IranMania.com LONDON, February 14 (IranMania) - Clashes broke out Monday between members of the Sufi sect and Iranian police in the Shiite Muslim holy city of Qom, the semi-official Fars news agency and websites reported. Fars said some 50 Sufis demonstrated against the closure of their place of worship in Qom. "There was some violence," it said, without elaborating. The website Baztab, which is close to the conservative camp in Iran, said the security forces used tear gas to break up the protest after local authorities decided...
  • IRAQ: Killer of prominent TV journalist confesses

    08/05/2009 12:03:03 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 1,317+ views
    Babylon & Beyond ^ | Aug 4 2009 | Liz Sly and Saif Hameed
    A member of an extremist Sunni group has confessed to the 2006 rape and murder of prominent Iraqi TV reporter Atwar Bahjat, whose brutal death at the height of the sectarian violence shocked even battle-scarred Iraqis. The confession was made in a videotape broadcast at a press conference today. Suspect Yasser al-Takhi described how he and three others abducted and killed Bahjat and her two-man crew, Adnan Abdullah and Khaled Mohsen, in the central Iraqi town of Samarra. His two brothers also confessed to killing Abdullah and Mohsen. Bahjat, who worked for the Arabiya TV network, had gone to Samarra...
  • The Prime Minister of All Iraqis?

    07/21/2009 12:55:25 PM PDT · by Jbny · 1 replies · 337+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 7/21/2009 | Abe Greenwald
    Not that it’s important enough for mainstream media to highlight, but that elusive thing known as Iraqi political reconciliation (remember when its absence was a sign of the apocalypse?) may be upon us:
  • The Mother of All Myths [if only Palestinian conflict were solved, all other ... would melt away]

    06/03/2009 7:14:29 AM PDT · by Tolik · 7 replies · 566+ views
    michaeltotten.com ^ | May 29, 2009 | Michael J. Totten
    Dennis Ross, Special Advisor on Iran for the Secretary of State, has a book coming out next month that inconveniently takes issue with the Obama Administration’s thesis of “linkage.” “Of all the policy myths that have kept us from making real progress in the Middle East,” Ross writes in a chapter titled “The Mother of All Myths,” “one stands out for its impact and longevity: the idea that if only the Palestinian conflict were solved, all other Middle East conflicts would melt away.” Meanwhile, the Obama Administration – which Ross currently works for – is pressuring Israel in part because...
  • Fighting in Tripoli leaves both sides sorry

    05/21/2009 7:17:38 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 354+ views
    The National ^ | May 22. 2009 | Mitchell Prothero
    TRIPOLI // Abu Ahmad looks around his deserted machine shop in the impoverished Tripoli neighbourhood of Beb al Tibani and blames last summer’s sectarian violence between the Sunni and Allawite sects for the poor business. “A year later and we have seen our business fall almost 90 per cent because of the fighting last summer,” he said. “We see those incidents as a mistake and so do many of the Allawite up the mountain, for they lost their jobs as well.” Abu Ahmad admits that he is no innocent victim of last year’s fighting, which killed dozens of people in...
  • [Prime Minister] Maliki urges Iraqis to board the 'love boat'

    03/07/2009 6:09:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 454+ views
    Yahoo! News / Agence France Presse ^ | March 7, 2009 | Marwa Sabah
    BAGHDAD (AFP) – Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called on all Iraqis on Saturday to unite aboard what he called a "love boat" in a stirring appeal for reconciliation in the war-torn nation. "The security in Iraq has settled down at a level that allowed the leaders of the tribes to come from everywhere," Maliki told a conference of Sunni and Shiite tribal figures in the capital. "National reconciliation has become a principle that we depend on ... I invite everyone to stay in the boat of national reconciliation, the boat of fraternity, love, justice and equality that will lead us...
  • The Strongest Tribe

    The Strongest Tribe is, quite simply, the best one-volume treatment of the Iraq War we have — and it's the best we are likely to get. West, a retired Marine infantry officer and former assistant secretary of Defense under President Reagan, has written several highly regarded accounts of military history, Not the least of which is The Village, a book widely regarded as the classic on the Vietnamese counterinsurgency. But while West is a clear thinker and a compelling narrator, what puts him above other authors is that he's still a Marine grunt at heart. West remains a legend among...
  • Menino's mosque

    11/19/2008 7:48:54 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies · 1,039+ views
    THE PHOENIX.com ^ | November 19, 2008 | DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
    The bizarre story behind the construction of Boston's most controversial building
  • Iraq's main Sunni party suspends contacts with US

    10/25/2008 3:55:30 PM PDT · by americanophile · 7 replies · 384+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | October 25, 2008 | SAMEER N. YACOUB
    BAGHDAD – Iraq's largest Sunni party said Saturday that it has suspended official contacts with American military personnel and civilians after the killing of a man near Fallujah. The Iraqi Islamic Party accused the raid of having a "hidden political motive" in an indication of rising tensions in Anbar province ahead of provincial elections, due to be held by the end of January. The U.S. military said U.S.-backed Iraqi soldiers arrested a wanted insurgent leader suspected of training roadside bomb cells in an operation Friday that killed an armed man who opened fire on the troops. The IIP alleged that...
  • Stable Iraq could influence Mideast

    10/03/2008 12:09:00 PM PDT · by SJackson · 198+ views
    Wind560 ^ | 10-3-08 | ROBERT H. REID
    As violence in Iraq recedes, neighboring states are pondering how to deal with an unwieldy country that could re-emerge as a key player along with Saudi Arabia and Iran in one of the world's most strategic regions. The role of regional power broker may seem far-fetched for Iraq _ a devastated land best known for car bombs, death squads and suicide attackers. Still, countries of the Middle East cannot ignore the potential role of a resurgent Iraq, a nation of 28 million people, bordering Iran to the east, Syria and Jordan to the west and sitting on one of the...
  • Meanwhile In Iraq

    09/25/2008 6:01:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 239+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 25, 2008
    Democracy: Lawmakers in Iraq reached a crucial milestone this week by approving provincial elections. This is more evidence for the "reconciliation" that Barack Obama claims not to see.Good news is no news these days, especially when it comes from Iraq. So you might have missed the story about the political breakthrough in the Iraqi parliament, which approved legislation to hold a new round of provincial elections early next year. The bill — which awaits approval by a three-person presidential council — is important because it sets up the first provincial vote in four years and because the voting promises to...