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  • Don’t Exaggerate the Threat From ISIS or Escalate Involvement

    06/01/2015 8:29:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | JUNE 1, 2015 | Daniel Benjamin
    It is hardly surprising that many Americans see ISIS as a vastly more brutal, more threatening version of Al Qaeda -- especially given the many Republican presidential candidates climbing over each other with plans to obliterate the group. But the perception is mistaken. While Al Qaeda’s strategy focuses on catastrophic attacks against the United States, ISIS seeks to capture and hold territory for its caliphate and to stoke a sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shia. The group has no known experience carrying out long-distance covert operations, and no senior federal official has yet pointed to any ISIS plotting against the...
  • Erdogan vows to punish Journalist behind Syria Trucks video (Turkish weapons to Syrian Rebels)

    06/01/2015 9:45:53 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    AL Aribya ^ | 6-1-2015 | AA/Reuters
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to punish the editor of a newspaper which published video footage it said showed the MIT state intelligence agency helping send weapons to Syria. The Cumhuriyet newspaper published footage on its website on Friday which it said showed gendarmerie and police officers opening crates of what it described as weapons and ammunition on the back of three trucks belonging to MIT. "The individual who has reported this as an exclusive story will pay a high price for this," Erdogan said in a television interview with state broadcaster TRT late on Sunday. "I will not...
  • Turkey’s Game-Changing Election

    05/31/2015 11:34:55 PM PDT · by Rabin · 17 replies
    Carnegi Eeurope ^ | MAY 29, 2015 | Marc Pierini, Sinan Ülgen
    Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP). For the first time, is running as a political party instead of independent candidates. The ruling Party (AKP), has won every single election—presidential, legislative, and municipal—without serious opposition since first coming to power in 2002, is looking to introduce an executive presidency. After serving three terms as prime minister, the AKP’s charismatic leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, became the country’s first directly elected president by winning 51.8 percent of the popular vote in August 2014.
  • Give Me A Coke, No ISIS Please!

    05/31/2015 8:36:52 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 14 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | May 31, 2015 | Shoebat Foundation
    The IT chief at Bangladesh Coca-Cola is one of two men who has been arrested as an Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist suspect. Maybe the CEO of Coca Cola America, Muhtar Kent, should be investigated, as well. He is a Muslim, after all, who supports amnesty for Muslim and other illegal aliens. An IT manager at a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Co was one of two men arrested in Bangladesh on suspicion of planning to fight for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), police and company sources said on Monday. The pair were detained during a raid in the capital...
  • You'll Never Guess Who's Building an Aircraft Carrier Now (Seriously... Try)

    05/31/2015 7:21:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 51 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | May 31, 2015 | Rich Smith
    All of a sudden, aircraft carriers are back in fashion. Over in Russia, they're drawing up plans to build the world's biggest aircraft carrier, a 100,000-ton beast that can carry 100 combat aircraft. China's building one, two, or maybe even four aircraft carriers. And here in the United States, we're busy building our second ­Ford-class supercarrier. Around the world and across the seas, aircraft carriers are popping up in the unlikeliest of places -- in Korea, in Thailand, in India, Japan, and maybe soon in Singapore, as well. But you'll never guess the latest country to announce plans to acquire...
  • Evangelical Explorers Claim To Have Found Noah's Ark

    04/28/2010 2:11:07 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 23 replies · 734+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 04/28/2010 | John G. Winder
    Yeung Wing-Cheung, from the Noah's Ark Ministries International research team that made the discovery on Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey, said: "It's not 100 percent that it is Noah's Ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it." According to Genesis 8:4, once the flood waters receded Noah’s Ark “came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.” That is where the team of Chinese and Turkish Evangelical Christians found what they believe to be the famed Ark. The group says that carbon dating proves the relics found are 4,800 year old which correlates to the time-frame given...
  • Video Shows What Researchers Believe to be Remains of Noah's Ark - Video

    04/27/2010 9:35:50 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 25 replies · 1,646+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 27, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video showing Chinese and Turkish Evangelical Christian researchers who are virtually sure they have found the remains of Noah's Ark atop Turkey's Mt. Ararat. The video shows them revealing wooden planks and compartments in the structure. You can hear them knocking on wood. The Bible teaches that at the end of the great worldwide flood, the Ark came to rest on a mountain. A Dutch researcher has confirmed he believes this is Noah's Ark.
  • Evangelists claim Noahs Ark Found

    04/27/2010 9:29:08 AM PDT · by marstegreg · 84 replies · 3,758+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 27, 2010 | Joe Kovacs
    This story contains much more information and additional photos than The Sun.
  • 'Noah's Ark' discovery on Turkish mountain

    04/26/2010 9:01:21 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 95 replies · 2,977+ views
    AFP ^ | April 27, 2010
    A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers said Monday they believe they may have found Noah's Ark -- 4000m up a mountain in Turkey. The team say they recovered wooden specimens from a structure on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey that carbon dating proved was 4800 years old, around the same time the ark is said to have been afloat. "It's not 100 percent that it is Noah's Ark but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it," Yeung Wing-cheung, a Hong Kong documentary filmmaker and member of the 15-strong team from Noah's Ark Ministries International told...
  • Noah's Ark found in Turkey

    04/27/2010 8:28:30 AM PDT · by evets · 267 replies · 7,497+ views
    THE SUN ^ | TODAY | STAFF REPORTER
    The remains of Noah's Ark have been discovered 13,000ft up a Turkish mountain, it has been claimed. A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say they have found wooden remains on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey. They claim carbon dating proves the relics are 4,800 years old — around the same time the ark was said to be afloat. Yeung Wing-Cheung, from the Noah's Ark Ministries International research team, said: "It's not 100 per cent that it is Noah's Ark, but we think it is 99.9 per cent that this is it." He said the structure contained several compartments,...
  • Black Sea findings support Biblical legends of floods

    10/01/2001 6:05:20 AM PDT · by Valin · 5 replies · 880+ views
    St Paul Pioneer (de)Press / NY Times ^ | 10/1/01 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    Archaeologists have found evidence that appears to support the theory that a catastrophic flood struck the Black Sea region more than 7,000 years ago, turning the sea saline, submerging surrounding plains and possibly inspiring the flood legends of Mesopotamia and the Bible. In their first scientific report, the expedition leaders said that a sonar survey conducted in the summer of 2000 in the sea off Sinop, a city on the northern coast of Turkey, revealed the first distinct traces of the preflood shoreline, now about 500 feet under water. At one site, the sonar detected more than 30 stone blocks ...
  • Turkey accused of sending arms to Syrian jihadis

    05/29/2015 4:00:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/29/15
    ISTANBUL: Images and video footage allegedly showing trucks belonging to Turkey's state intelligence service carrying weapons en route to jihadist rebels in Syria were published Friday in a Turkish daily. The Turkish government has vehemently denied earlier claims that it is arming rebels fighting in Syria and accused dozens of prosecutors, soldiers and security officers involved in the searching of trucks of attempting to bring it down by suggesting that it is doing so. Earlier this month, Turkey arrested four prosecutors who ordered searches in a similar incident in January 2014 and they are now in prison pending trial. More...
  • President Of Turkey’s Fascism Against Critics Is Getting INSANELY OUT OF CONTROL

    05/29/2015 3:11:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/28/15
    The President of Turkey’s obsession with his critics is getting so out of control that a woman from the opposition MHP party was detained by police and her party headquarters raided by Erdogan’s government for simply making an innocent ‘grey wolf’ party hand gesture at him while he was greeting the public: TODAY’S ZAMAN – A Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) provincial official was briefly detained for making a “wolf” sign, a Turkish nationalist hand gesture associated with her party, while President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s convoy was passing in front of the party’s building in the western province of Uşak on...
  • Sephardic Jews Leave Turkey for Spain Fleeing ‘Unnerving’ Wave of Anti-Semitism

    05/28/2015 5:13:13 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-27-15
    Frances Martel27 May 201545 The increasingly difficult-to-ignore presence of anti-Semitic attitudes in Turkey is forcing Sephardic Jews, whose ancestors were welcomed in the Ottoman Empire after being expelled from their homes due to the Inquisition, to consider returning to Spain and rebuilding their lives there, now that the nation’s legislature is poised to grant them passports. The New York Times reports that Spain’s Sephardic Ancestry Bill, which is expected to pass this month and would grant dual Spanish citizenship to the Jewish descendants of those expelled from the nation in 1492, is posing an increasingly tempting option to Jews in...
  • The Longest Hatred

    05/28/2015 12:42:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Cliff May
    Robert S. Wistrich, who died suddenly last week, was considered the foremost scholar of anti-Semitism, which he called “the longest hatred,” one that appears to be metastasizing in the current era. Writing about Nazi anti-Semitism ruffles no feathers within academia and other elite circles. Mr. Wistrich, however, had been warning that “anti-Semitism has undergone a process of growing ‘Islamicization,’ linked to the terrorist holy war against Jews and other non-Muslims with its truly lethal consequences.” This “new” anti-Semitism,” he added, targetsIsrael, the only state with a Jewish majority: “the collective Jew.” “New” is a relative term: It was 40 years...
  • Erdogan opens 'Saladin' airport in Turkey's restive southeast

    05/27/2015 4:01:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/26/15
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday opened a new airport in a restive eastern province dogged by a Kurdish separatist insurgency, naming the facility for a celebrated Muslim medieval leader of Kurdish origin. Erdogan inaugurated the airport in Yuksekova in Hakkari province, close to the border with Iran and Iraq, alongside Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a joint appearance ahead of June 7 elections. They announced the airport would be named for Selahaddin Eyyubi to remember the 12th century founder of the Ayyubid dynasty who led Muslim resistance against Christian crusaders in the Middle East who sought to control Jerusalem. Of...
  • Barack Obama: A Man For The Ages!

    03/12/2015 5:15:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    Everyone says President Obama is a feckless commander, weak in statecraft, especially compared to the great leaders of the Western world, such as Reagan and Churchill. I believe this does Obama a great injustice. It's so easy to react the way a great leader would. Sure, Obama could have left a small contingent of American troops in Iraq, preserved America's victory, and prevented the entire region from collapsing into chaos and terror. He could have refrained from issuing empty "red line" threats to Syria. He could call ISIS "Islamic." But anybody could do that -- even ISIS calls itself "Islamic."...
  • Erdogan And The Prime Minister Of The Turkey, Just Made This Declaration To The Entire Islamic...

    05/27/2015 4:12:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/27/15 | Theodore Shoebat
    By AllahÂ’s will, Jerusalem belongs to the Kurds, the Turks, the Arabs, and to all Muslims. And as our forefathers fought side by side at Gallipoli, and just as our forefathers went together to liberate Jerusalem with Saladin, we will march together on the same path [to liberate Jerusalem]. These are the words just declared by Dovutoglu, the Prime Minister of Turkey. You would think its coming straight from the mouth of the Antichrist. The amazing speeches by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu were given at the inauguration ceremony at the countryÂ’s 55th airport...
  • Sultan Erdogan Wants to Give Turkey’s Head Imam a Private Jet

    05/27/2015 6:23:53 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-27-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Turkey’s President Erdogan is up to his usual Islamist antics. He said yesterday that he will ask the Turkish government to give the head of the country’s religious directorate, the Diyanet, a private jet. The reason? The pope has one, so Turkey’s religious leader deserves one too. After all, he’s just as important as the pope, isn’t he? “[Religious Affairs Directorate President] Mr. Mehmet Görmez is not only the religious leader of Turkey. In fact, he is the respected religious leader of this geographical area in the Islamic world,” Erdoğan said.' 'The president also stressed that Görmez is a respected...
  • Sydney mother who abandoned her two children to join the death cult in Syria

    05/26/2015 1:25:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Daily (AU) Telegraph ^ | 5/26/15 | BEN MCCLELLAN
    THE mother of a Sydney women who chose life under the brutal dictatorship of Islamic State over her children says she has been brainwashed. Jasmina Milovanov, 26, abandoned her two children, aged five and seven, with a babysitter earlier this month before telling friends she was in “Sham” — Arabic slang for Syria. The Muslim convert or “revert” told the babysitter she was going to pick up a new car when she left her Western Sydney home and never returned. She sent a text message to her Turkish-Australian ex-husband on May 3, while he was in Turkey, telling him she...
  • Obama Desecrates Memorial Day And Agrees To Commit U.S. Military To Serve Under Turkey’s Conquest

    05/26/2015 12:58:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/26/15 | Walid Shoebat
    Obama desecrates Memorial Day. The U.S Military will now be committed to advance an Islamic Grand Caliphate. Hard to imagine? Its easy if you try, by simply reading our report. Yesterday, on Memorial Day we open the papers to read the headlines Turkey and US ‘agree in principle’ to provide air support for Syrian rebels. And it wasn’t the president of the United States or a spokesperson from the White house that broke the news, but through the mouth of the Turks, Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister told the pro-government Daily Sabah newspaper in comments published Monday on Memorial Day.On Memorial Day, the Turks told...
  • Hijacker "Given Anthrax Flask By Iraqi Agent"

    10/27/2001 10:27:09 PM PDT · by Fulbright · 30 replies · 821+ views
    London Times ^ | 10/27/01 | Daniel McGrory
    INTELLIGENCE agents from Prague to Swansea are uncovering a trail of clues that point to President Saddam Hussein of Iraq having a hand in al-Qaeda’s terrorist missions. Iraqi ministers have spent the week protesting Baghdad’s innocence to the United Nations, but will not say why some of its diplomats who met Mohammed Atta, one of the suspected September 11 hijackers, disappeared from their European posts after that date. Nor will Baghdad explain why Saddam’s agents were spotted at various times this year with Atta in Germany, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic. Many in the Pentagon are sure Saddam ...
  • Belarus Turns to Pro-Western Nations in the Middle East

    05/24/2015 9:48:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Belarus Digest ^ | May 5 2015 | Siarhei Bohdan
    Belarus's recent leaning towards pro-Western nations in the Middle East follows fast on the heels of rapprochement with the West. On 6-7 May, Joint Belarus-Saudi Committee on Cooperation will meet in Riyadh. On 15 April, Belarus opened an embassy in Qatar. Establishing closer links with the very centres of conservative Arab bloc allied with the West is a milestone in Belarusian foreign policy. In the past, Minsk enjoyed amicable relations primarily with the so-called radical republican regimes in the Middle East. Saddam's Iraq, Qadhafi's Libya, Assad's Syria, as well as Ahmadinejad's Iran figured among Belarus's main partners. The shift towards...
  • Obama’s ISIS Quickly Slaughters 400 In Palmyra, Mostly Children, Women

    05/24/2015 4:40:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Pat Dollard
    A picture sent by activists to a Western journalist showed a row of men in a street in Palmyra — known locally by its Arabic name Tadmur — lying in a pool of blood. At least four had been decapitatedBecause he refuses to destroy them, Obama now own’s ISIS. They are his. Every day ISIS exists, they only exist because Barack Obama refuses to do what is necessary to get rid of them. If Obama was gone and a solid President was in, ISIS would be gone, so they are as literally as it gets, “Obama’s ISIS”.Excerpted from The Daily...
  • WHERE DO PEOPLE LIKE ME GO NOW?

    05/24/2015 1:32:23 PM PDT · by unlearner · 22 replies
    WND ^ | 5/24/2015 | Joseph Farah
    Those attempting to conquer Syria and turn it into a jihadist, Shariah-compliant hellhole are all Sunni. So, first I have to ask myself why 93 percent of the “refugees” Democratic politicians in America are recruiting to the U.S. are Sunnis. It would be like recruiting Nazi “refugees” from Germany during World War II instead of Jews. The numbers of these so-called “refugees” from Syria are disproportionately Sunnis, even when considering the heavy percentage of the Sunni population there. What’s behind this madness? If we want to be a land of compassion to real refugees, I’m all for it. But that’s...
  • Obama: No, Iran Won’t Be More Dangerous with $150 Billion Dollars

    05/23/2015 5:33:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/23/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]The Goldberg interview with Obama reads like a conversation with an idiot. Actually make that two idiots, both of whom are also compulsive liars.One of the highlights of their insane exchange is when Obama tries to insist that Iran won’t be more dangerous if it gets another $150 billion. Obama: The question is, if Iran has $150 billion parked outside the country, does the IRGC automatically get $150 billion? Does that $150 billion then translate by orders of magnitude into their capacity to project power throughout the region? So Obama brings out the math, and by math, I mean...
  • ISIS in Nuke Boast: We Can Get Atomic Bomb 'Within a Year' From Corrupt Officials

    05/22/2015 3:46:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Express ^ | Fri, May 22, 2015 | Tom Batchelor
    ISLAMIC State (ISIS) are poised to buy its first nuclear bomb "within a year", the terror group claimed tonight.The jihadists are looking to get hold of an atomic weapon or thousands of tonnes of ammonium nitrate explosive. The merciless organisation says it hopes to purchase a nuclear device “through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials” in Pakistan. But it admits that obtaining the deadly weapon may be a challenge and says it would settle for a “few thousand tons of ammonium nitrate explosive”. The chilling boast was made in the latest edition of its propaganda ‘magazine’ circulated to publicise...
  • Walid Shoebat: The U.S. Will Lose To ISIS

    05/22/2015 4:39:50 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 24 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | May 22, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    [Admin Mod: shortened the overly long title and misspelled words: I Can Already Predict, I Can Even Guarantee It 100%, The U.S Will Loose To ISIS] I can already predict, I can even guarantee it 100%, the U.S. will lose to ISIS because the current U.S. Administration and the mess in Syria and Iraq is now proven to be a foresight of fools. I will start in Palmyra, biblical Tadmor, as it is still called today by all Arabs, it was a place where Shiite-Sunni tensions simmered for centuries. It is a mainly Sunni tribal city where a local Sunni...
  • This Map Of US And Russian Arms Sales Says It All

    08/13/2014 11:26:32 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8/14/14 | Skye Gould
    They say the Cold War is over, but Russia and the U.S. remain the leading supplier of weapons to countries around the world and are the two biggest military powers. Lately, tensions have been pretty high, too. The U.S. supplies much of NATO and Middle Eastern allies like Turkey, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. Russia supplies many BRIC nations, as well as Iran, much of Southeast Asia, and North Africa.
  • New York Times Op-ed: Calm Down. ISIS Isn’t Winning.

    05/22/2015 1:29:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/22/2015 | Ahmed Ali
    WASHINGTON — THE fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday, and of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, is a big gain for the Islamic State, but not an utter disaster, as many observers fear. Rather than inducing panic in Western capitals, it should lead to a realistic assessment of the Islamic State’s strengths and weaknesses. One setback in a long war must not trigger hasty strategic shifts that lead to foreign countries’ becoming mired in Iraq once more. Palmyra has economic and cultural significance, as it sits among gas fields and is home to renowned ruins....
  • RCMP arrests ten youths believed headed to join jihadists in Syria at Montreal airport

    05/21/2015 5:50:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    National Post ^ | May 19, 2015
    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested a group of young Montrealers on Friday on suspicion they were planning to travel to Turkey and then Syria to join jihadi fighters, Radio-Canada is reporting. Ten youths, who were arrested at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, were questioned and then released without being charged. All had their passports confiscated ... Radio-Canada also reported that the authorities had established a link between the youths and a group of six teenagers from Montreal and Laval who were reported missing in January and suspected of flying to Turkey to cross into Syria to join the terrorist...
  • Private Emails Reveal SoS Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network (nothing about bridesmaid's dresses)

    03/28/2015 3:56:18 AM PDT · by Liz · 81 replies
    propublica.com ^ | 3/27/15 | JEFF GERTH w/ Sam Biddle of, Gawker
    Updated March 27 to include responses from the FBI and the State Department. Emails disclosed by a hacker show a close family friend was funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of State’s private account starting before the Benghazi attack. Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account. The emails, which were posted on the internet...
  • Obama’s Carte Blanche: Season of “Big Hunt” in Eurasia

    05/20/2015 7:22:52 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/20/15 | Alexander Maistrovoy
    The God of War returns to the arena of History – thanks to infantile fools who believe in real teddy bears, wolves, and panthers Iran - another predator is set free during Obama’s cadence They are not empires yet. They don’t have enough power or the resources for becoming such. However, all of them - Russians, Turks, Arabs, Persians - are dreaming about empires, recalling old conquests and victories. And all of them should be grateful to the West, and the US president in particular. Turkey was first In April 2009, speaking in a joint news conference with Erdogan in...
  • 19 May: Remembering Pontian genocide

    05/17/2015 6:33:17 PM PDT · by bad company · 9 replies
    http://www.thetoc.gr ^ | 19 May. 14 | Euthimis Tsiliopoulos
    On 19 may, Hellenism commemorates the extermination of 353,000 Pontian Greeks killed during a genocide. During the years 1914-1923, in the 1st World War, the Greek minority of the Ottoman Empire, the Republic of Turkey's predecessor, were removed from Western Anatolia. An estimated 350 thousands Greeks were killed between 1913-1922, ending thousands of years of Hellenic civilization in Asia Minor. Pontian and Anatolian Greeks were victims of broader Turkish genocide project at all Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire. More than 3.5 million Greeks, Assyrians and Armenians were killed under the regimes of the Young Turks and of Mustafa Kemal....
  • Tide of Syria civil war turns against Assad as rebels make sweeping gains

    05/17/2015 8:40:49 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 16 May 2015 | Ruth Sherlock, and Magdy Samaan
    The posters of President Bashar al-Assad once hung proud in Syria’s capital. Supporters of the regime would confidently predict the defeat of the “terrorists” - the accepted term for the rebel opposition. In the last few weeks, however, the the insurgents have turned the tide of the civil war by winning a string of battlefield victories against Mr Assad’s forces. In the north, a newly unified rebel coalition called the “Army of Conquest” managed to capture Idlib, a provincial capital, and much of the surrounding territory.
  • Erdogan Asking His People To Elect His Party Because He “Aims To Invade Jerusalem”

    05/17/2015 10:21:43 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 29 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 05/15/2015 | By Shoebat Foundation
    Nothing in the western media covered what the Turkish Anadulu Agency released, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech this Friday with a strange message riddled with statements that were predicted in the Bible regarding Antichrist. From his desire to invade Jerusalem and to Muhammad’s claim to have ascended to heaven from there, Erdogan called on all Turks to refocus on the Ottoman goal to re-conquer Jerusalem for Islam:  “Unfortunately we the Muslims lost our aim to head towards Jerusalem. The water of our eyes froze making us blind, and our hearts that was destined to beat...
  • Syrian minister blames Turkey for looted antiquities

    02/25/2015 5:27:40 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | February/24/2015
    The world will have to cooperate with Syria to halt the trade in looted antiquities that helps fund jihadist groups, Syria’s culture minister has said, putting the onus on Turkey to stop the smuggling across their shared frontier. Syrian Culture Minister Issam Khalil said a U.N. Security Council resolution aiming to stop groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), from benefiting from the illicit antiquities trade would not be effective without the help of Damascus, a pariah to many Arab and Western states since Syria’s war erupted in 2011. “We have the conclusive documents and evidence...
  • Bashar al-Assad's spy chief arrested over Syria coup plot

    05/12/2015 1:47:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Ruth Sherlock, and Carol Malouf in Beirut
    The Assad regime has placed its intelligence chief under house arrest after suspecting he was plotting a coup, in a sign that battlefield losses are setting off increasing paranoia in Damascus. Ali Mamlouk, the head of the country's National Security Bureau, and one of the few officials still to have access to President Bashar al-Assad, was accused of holding secret talks with countries backing rebel groups and exiled members of the Syrian regime. Mr Assad is struggling to keep together the regime’s "inner circle", who are increasingly turning on each other, sources inside the presidential palace have told The Telegraph....
  • King Salman of Saudi Arabia pulls out of US talks on Iran

    05/11/2015 11:20:00 AM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/11/2015 | Ian Black
    King Salman of Saudi Arabia has withdrawn from a carefully orchestrated summit with the US that President Barack Obama hoped would assuage Gulf anxieties about the conclusion of a nuclear agreement with Iran. Until Sunday the monarch had been expected to join other heads of state from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries at an unprecedented meeting at the White House and a day of talks at the presidential retreat at Camp David. Now the only leaders attending will be the emirs of Qatar and Kuwait. The summit, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, follows months of tension and intensive...
  • Report: Hamas Recruiting Students in Malaysia, Training Terrorists in Turkey

    05/11/2015 12:14:52 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 5 replies
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | May 11, 2015 | IPT News
    Hamas is actively recruiting Palestinians studying in Malaysia to join the terrorist organization, according to an indictment of Hamas operative Waseem Qawasmeh, the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) reports. In a separate instance, a captured Hamas terrorist told interrogators he was sent to Malaysia, along with nine others, in order to train using hang gliders for conducting a terrorist attack against Israel. Qawasmeh was charged in March with working with a banned organization and receiving money from it. In his indictment, prosecutors allege that Hamas directs Palestinian students and lecturers to engage in significant cultural and social...
  • Gunmen in Macedonia had planned many attacks, leader says

    05/10/2015 3:27:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    An armed group battling Macedonian police over the weekend left 22 people dead and aimed to destabilize the country with terror attacks, the country's president declared Sunday in a nationwide television address. ... "Police have prevented coordinated terrorist attacks at different locations in the country that would cause serious destabilization, chaos and fear," Ivanov said. "The members of the group are extremists and criminals with remarkable military training and skills. That's why we have paid such a high price with the loss of lives." The attacks left at least 22 people dead, including eight police and 14 attackers Interior Ministry...
  • Germany subsidizes sale of four warships to Israel

    05/11/2015 6:26:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2015
    May 11 Israel bought four German-made corvette warships on Monday to help secure its Mediterranean gas rigs, with Berlin heavily subsidizing the deal, Israel's Defence Ministry said on Monday. The ships, worth 430 million euros ($480 million), will be built by Thyssen Krupp and delivered within five years, providing significantly more fire power to Israel's navy. The German government will pay 115 million euros towards the cost. As part of its atonement for the Nazi Holocaust, Germany is committed to Israel's security and has often helped pay in the past for the cost of military equipment such as submarines. Thyssen...
  • First mass in 93 years held in İzmir’s historic Greek Church

    05/11/2015 8:57:21 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | May/11/2015
    The Agios Konstantinos Greek Church in the western province of İzmir has reopened following renovations and held a mass for first time in 93 years, with the participation of the Fener Greek Patriarchate. The historic church, dating back to the 19th century, located on Mermerli Street in the Menemen district in İzmir, was renovated by the Menemen municipality. Fener Greek Patriarchate Bartholomew and Menemen Mayor Tahir Şahin reopened the church with a ceremony where they threw white doves and planted an olive tree in the garden as symbols of peace. ‘Right to worship indispensable for religion’ Bartholomew, who performed the...
  • Turkey Denies Imminent Plans for Military Intervention in Syria

    05/10/2015 4:23:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/5/15
    urkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has rejected claims that Ankara is preparing to intervene militarily in neighboring Syria, local media reported on Saturday. "No, there is no situation right now that requires Turkey's involvement," Davutoglu was quoted as saying by the Hurriyet newspaper. Some opposition CHP party politicians claimed this week that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) might resort to military operations in Syria to boost its popularity ahead of a June 7 parliamentary election. "Turkey will launch a military operation into Syria tonight or Friday," the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) secretary-general Gursel Tekin said on Thursday,...
  • The Amazing Saga Of How Israel Turned Its F-15s Into Multi-Role Bombers

    05/08/2015 7:41:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 05/08/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    When the F-15 was created, it was created to be a pure air-to-air fighter, with the philosophy of “not a pound for air-to-ground” guiding designers. So how did Israel end up turning their F-15s into deadly long-range multi-role strike aircraft well before the F-15E Strike Eagle became a reality? Here’s how. In Need Of A Game Changing Fighter Israel’s love affair with the F-15 began out of the need to procure a fighter that could trump the increasingly complex fighters that surrounding Arab states were amassing from Russian and French sources. Both the F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle were...
  • Turkish Navy Future LHD Model Showcased with F-35B STOVL Aircraft at IDEF 2015

    05/08/2015 4:02:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 05/07/2015
    At IDEF 2015, the International Defence Industry Fair currently held in Istanbul, Turkey, local shipyard "Sedef Shipbuilding" is showcasing a model of the future Turkish Navy Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) with the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II jets on board. The same model is showcased on the Turkish Navy booth. Turkish Navy future LHD model on display at Sedef Shipyard booth during IDEF 2015 Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) announced in December 2013 that it selected Sedef shipyard as winner of its LPD tender and that final contract negotiations with...
  • Danes about life in Muslim ghetto: “One is spat upon, thrown stones at or beaten”

    05/06/2015 3:06:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    10 News ^ | 5/4/2015
    “Aarhus (2nd biggest city in Denmark) has a master plan for changing the ghetto. The price for the plan is several billion kroner. It aims to transform the city’s major ghetto Gellerupparken into an attractive town which the Danes will like to live in.Gellerupparken has for decades been notorious as a lawless area where gang crime and disorderly conduct with vandalism and arson are wide spread.Gellerupparken is also increasingly being populated by devout Muslims who work to shape the region toward a parallel society where norms and social behavior is increasingly shaped by Islamic law, Sharia.Just 10 years ago there...
  • Greek talks stall over 'red lines' as country fights to remain in eurozone

    05/03/2015 12:13:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Sunday, May 3, 2015 | Szu Ping Chan, and agencies
    Reports claimed the government was prepared to reduce at least three different VAT rates to one, and limit exemptions. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras had opposed the move, claiming that the change would hit poorer people. The country will also press-on with privatisations it had also previously vowed to block, according to reports. However, Syriza has said that demands by creditors to reverse an increase in the minimum wage and cut pensions remain "red lines" that the leftist leadership is unwilling to cross... Mr Sakellaridis said that failure to reach an "honest compromise" with creditors would most likely lead to a...
  • Stunned Greeks React To Initial Capital Controls And The "Decree To Confiscate Reserves

    04/20/2015 7:07:12 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 48 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 04/20/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier today, following weeks of speculation, Greece finally launched the first shot across the bow of capital controls, when it decreed that due to an "extremely urgent and unforeseen need" (ironically the need was quite foreseen since about 2010, but that is a different story), it would be "obliged" to transfer - as in confiscate - "idle cash reserves" located across the country's local governments (i.e., various cities and municipalities) to the Greek central bank. Several hours later the decree which was posted in the government gazette has finally percolated among the population, and the response to what even ordinary...
  • Greece prepares for debt default if talks with creditors fail

    04/14/2015 6:22:37 AM PDT · by mykroar · 7 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 4/13/15 | Kerin Hope and Tony Barber
    Greece is preparing to take the dramatic step of declaring a debt default unless it can reach a deal with its international creditors by the end of April, according to people briefed on the radical leftist government’s thinking. The government, which is rapidly running out of funds to pay public sector salaries and state pensions, has decided to withhold €2.5bn of payments due to the International Monetary Fund in May and June if no agreement is struck, they said. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste...