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  • Saudi Arabia’s oil war against Iran and Russia

    12/14/2014 2:08:05 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 55 replies
    NYP ^ | 14 Dec 14 | Ralph Peters
    This week, oil fell through the price floor of $60 a barrel and gas at my local filling station was $2.26 a gallon. That’s great news for commuters and almost every business, but wonderfully bad news for our ugliest enemies. If oil prices remain low through next year, the effect on rogue governments, from the Russian Federation to Venezuela, will go from damaging to devastating. But Western economies (and China’s) stand to benefit, with cheap oil possibly tickling Europe’s snoozing markets awake. Even most underdeveloped states will get a welcome break.
  • OPEC isn't scared of $40 oil

    12/14/2014 1:42:51 PM PST · by Signalman · 15 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 12/14/2014 | Gregory Wallace
    OPEC won't rush to cut oil production even if prices fall as low as $40 per barrel, one of the cartel's members said Sunday. The energy minister for the United Arab Emirates told Bloomberg at a Dubai conference that the middle eastern oil producers believe "the market will stabilize itself." "We are not going to change our minds because the prices went to $60 or to $40," Suhail Al-Mazrouei said. Even as it has watched prices dip, OPEC declined to cut back on production at its November meeting. Some observers had expected a production cut to boost the price of...
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • Crude Oil Prices and the Coming Fall of OPEC

    12/11/2014 6:53:03 PM PST · by Signalman · 14 replies
    mondaymorning.com ^ | 12/5/2014 | Dr. Kent Moors
    Every 10 or 20 years a series of watershed events come together that change the face of the international energy picture. The Saudi-led war on crude oil prices is one of these pivotal situations. And while others fret about what the OPEC production move means, I'm actually meeting with the guys who made the decision. I can tell you that what's unfolding here in the desert will have a decisive impact on producers, end users, and government/corporate policymakers worldwide. Of course, I've been involved in a fair share of all of this for over 40 years, from both the public...
  • Iran: Fall in oil prices is 'treachery'

    12/10/2014 7:55:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    AP ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ali Akbar Dareini
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the sharp fall in global oil prices is the result of "treachery," in an apparent reference to regional rival Saudi Arabia, which opposed production cuts. Oil prices have plunged by more than 40 percent since June to around $65 a barrel, placing severe strain on Iran's economy, which is already hobbled by international sanctions imposed over its nuclear program. An OPEC meeting last month failed to reach agreement on production curbs, mainly because of Saudi opposition.
  • Kerry to Congress: Don’t rule out U.S. ground war against Islamic State

    12/10/2014 7:26:43 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/10 | Oliver Knox
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday asked lawmakers debating legislation to authorize the war against the so-called Islamic State not to rule out the use of U.S. ground troops in combat. “The president has been clear that his policy is that U.S. military forces will not be deployed to conduct ground combat operations,” Kerry began. “However,” he added, "while we certainly believe this is the soundest policy, and while the president has been clear he's open to clarifications on the use of U.S. combat troops to be outlined in an AUMF, that does not mean we should preemptively bind...
  • Interpol Arrest Call Highlights Muslim Brotherhood Kingpin's History of Praising Hitler, Suicide

    12/08/2014 6:55:53 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 8 Dec 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Interpol (The International Criminal Police Organization) has requested the arrest of the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and global Sunni Islamist diaspora, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, whose radical past includes praising suicide bombers against innocents as martyrs and describing Nazi leader Adolf Hitler as Allah’s gift to the world. Interpol is charging the terror Sheikh with agreement, incitement, and assistance to commit premeditated murder, facilitating a prison escape, arson, vandalism, and theft. Qaradawi has been known to espouse horrifically anti-Semitic sentiments, often praising figures such as Adolf Hitler and his Holocaust of 6-million Jews. “he managed to put them [Jews]...
  • US Expresses Fears As Isis Takes Control of Northern Libyan Town [Isis Expands To Libya!]

    12/06/2014 9:55:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 06, 2013 | Chris Stephen
    US Expresses Fears As Isis Takes Control of Northern Libyan Town Isis supporters declare Derna the first town in Libya to join Isis US believes Isis is running training camps across Libya Islamist supporters in Libya Chris Stephen in Tunis 6 December 2014 It is a warm October evening in Derna, a small town on Libya’s north east coast, 450 miles from the capital, Tripoli. The main square is packed with young men, brought by a summons from the town’s self-proclaimed emir to swear allegiance to a newly formed Islamic caliphate. The emir, on a stage just visible through the...
  • Libyan renegade general announces readiness to cooperate with Israel

    12/03/2014 11:50:57 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | 01 December 2014
    Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar, who leads the Libyan militias fighting against Islamists in eastern Libya, has said he does not mind "cooperating with Israel and receiving various forms of support from it". General Haftar initially fought on the side of Muammar Gaddafi, before turning against him to fight with Islamist groups in 2011. He recently re-emerged as the leader of a military campaign to eradicate Islamist factions in the country. The editor in chief of Egypt's Al-Mesryoon newspaper, Gamal Sultan, quoted a statement made by Haftar during an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Sunday, in...
  • Putin, in Defeat, Diverts Pipeline

    12/01/2014 7:35:35 PM PST · by Theoria · 76 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Dec 2014 | ANDREW ROTH
    President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia’s increasingly toxic relationship with the West. It was a rare diplomatic defeat for Mr. Putin, who said Russia would redirect the pipeline to Turkey. He painted the failure to build the pipeline as a loss for Europe and blamed Brussels for its intransigence. The decision also seemed to be a rare victory for the European Union and the Obama administration, which have appeared largely...
  • OPEC’s Weapon of Mass Inaction

    11/30/2014 2:18:04 PM PST · by thackney · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 27, 2014 | LIAM DENNING
    OPEC just declared war on everyone-including itself. The oil cartel’s hotly-anticipated meeting on Thursday ended with a whimper: No change to an output target that already wasn’t being observed. Oil prices, though, went bang: Brent crude fell 5% to around $72.40 a barrel after the decision was made. It will likely be years before we see triple-digit oil again. Saudi Arabia, the de facto leader of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, has a beef with a number of oil-market participants. It also appears to have woken up to the fact that OPEC has once again lost its grip...
  • Is CAIR a Terror Group? Is CAIR a Terror Group?

    11/30/2014 11:51:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2014 | Daniel Pipes
    We who follow the Islamist movement fell off our collective chair on Nov. 15 when the news came that the United Arab Emirates' ministerial cabinet had listed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as one of 83 proscribed terrorist organizations, up there with the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS. This came as a surprise because the UAE authorities themselves have a record of promoting Islamism; because CAIR has a history of raising funds in the UAE; and because the UAE embassy in Washington had previously praised CAIR. On reflection, however, the listing makes sense for, in recent years, the Islamist movement...
  • United Arab Emirates Designates Muslim 'Civil Rights' Group CAIR as a Terror Organization

    11/18/2014 7:47:22 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/18/2014 | Katie Pavlich
    The Council on American Islamic Relations, better known as CAIR, has been designated by the United Arab Emirates as a terror group comparable to ISIS and Al Qaeda. More from Fox News: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was one of 82 groups around the world designated terrorist organizations by the United Arab Emirates, placing it in the company of Al Qaeda, Islamic State and others. While CAIR has previously been linked to Hamas, it has held hundreds of meetings with White House officials on a wide range of community issues and has sought to present itself as a mainstream...
  • ISIS Blows Up Egypt-Jordan Gas Pipeline

    11/15/2014 9:41:03 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11-15-14 | Dalit Halevy
    The Islamic State's Sinai Peninsula terror organization, which was named Ansar Bayt al-Makdas until it swore allegiance to Islamic State (aka ISIS), has blown up the pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Jordan. The pipeline, which is 1,200 km long, and was built at a cost of $1.2 billion, is used for exporting natural gas to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. In the past, it was repeatedly attacked by Islamist terror groups, until Egypt's gas exports to Israel were halted. The Islamic State's Sinai Peninsula notified the press that it would not allow gas to be exported to Jordan unless ISIS...
  • UAE Lists American Muslim Groups As Terrorist Organizations

    11/15/2014 1:35:02 PM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | Nov. 15, 2014 | Rosie Gray
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society were reportedly among those to be listed as terror groups by the United Arab Emirates. WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates has listed two American Muslim organizations on its list of designated terrorist groups, according to an announcement released on state media on Saturday. The UAE has classified the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society as terrorist groups, according to a story on the website of WAM, the official news agency. Also reportedly designated as terror groups were the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim Association of Britain,...
  • Islamic State leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia - speech

    11/13/2014 3:11:05 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | 11-13-2014
    Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against the rulers of Saudi Arabia in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday, saying his self-declared caliphate was expanding there and in four other Arab countries. Baghdadi also said a U.S.-led military campaign against his group in Syria and Iraq was failing and he called for "volcanoes of jihad" the world over. Reuters could not independently confirm the authenticity of the speech - an audio recording carried on Islamic State-run social media. The voice sounded similar to a previous speech delivered by Baghdadi in July in a...
  • U.S., allies conduct 23 air strikes in Syria, Iraq: military

    11/12/2014 10:29:24 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:14pm EST | Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bill Trott and Jim Loney)
    An explosion following an air strike is seen in central Kobani, November 10, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal *******************************************************(Reuters) - U.S.-led forces conducted 16 air strikes in Syria, most of them around Kobani near the Turkish border, and seven in the oil-producing northern region of Iraq since Monday, the U.S. Central Command said. Ten air strikes conducted by the United States and its allies near Kobani hit eight small Islamic State units, damaged three fighting positions and destroyed a logistics facility, Centcom said Wednesday in a statement.
  • Arab League warns of Jerusalem ‘red line’

    11/03/2014 2:38:16 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    The Times of Isael ^ | 11/03/2014 | AFP
    CAIRO — The Arab League warned Sunday that Israel has reached a “red line” after fresh clashes in Jerusalem, urging international pressure to stop what it branded “violations” in the holy city. Clashes around the flashpoint Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa Mosque compound — the third holiest site in Islam and Judaism’s holiest — prompted Israel on Thursday to close the site for a day. The Temple Mount and adjacent neighborhoods have seen months of violence, with the mosque compound a rallying point for Palestinian resistance to perceived Jewish attempts to take control of it...
  • Egypt, Gulf Arab allies eye anti-militant alliance

    11/03/2014 10:29:09 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 11/03/14 | HAMZA HENDAWI
    CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Arab allies Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East, The Associated Press has learned. The alliance would also serve as a show of strength to counterbalance their traditional rival, Shiite-dominated, Iran. Two countries are seen as potential theaters for the alliance to act, senior Egyptian military officials said: Libya, where Islamic militants have taken over several cities, and Yemen, where Shiite rebels suspected of links to Iran have...
  • Fox News host Eric Bolling apologizes for sexist 'boobs on the ground' joke [female fighter pilot]

    09/27/2014 10:26:11 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 59 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 9-26-14 | Chris Spargo
    A Fox News host has issued an apology after making a sexist comment about a female fighter pilot earlier this week on The Five. During a segment about Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, a female pilot from the United Arab Emirates who led a mission this week against ISIS in Syria, Eric Bolling referred to her mission as 'boobs on the ground.' Now, after outrage from viewers, and even his own wife, following these insensitive remarks, he has apologized. ** snip ** 'Do you think the gents on "The Five," minus Bob, should get a do-over on that one? They're going...
  • White House claims Arab nations offer to join airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

    09/15/2014 1:52:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | September 15, 2014
    join airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq, Syria Published September 15, 2014 FoxNews.com 542 Never autoplay videos White House officials have claimed that Arab nations have offered to join the U.S. in airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria, though no countries were specifically named. The New York Times reported that Secretary of State John Kerry had declined to say which states had offered to contribute air power, with White House officials saying that any announcement of specifics could wait until later this week. Kerry is scheduled to testify before congressional committees Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Female UAE pilot’s family disowns her for bombing Islamic State

    09/26/2014 10:12:12 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 35 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 09/26/2014 | Robert Spencer
    The Wattan,tv headline is: “Emirati Mansouri family disowns their daughter Mariam for participating in the United States bombing of Syrian targets.” “Mariam Al Mansouri: Female Pilot Disowned By Family For Bombing ISIS Terrorists In Syria,” Inquisitr, September 25, 2014 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): The Mansouri family also called for support for the Syrian revolution, calling for “all factions and battalions operating on the scene Shamiyah to unite and join forces and efforts to a single goal, which is to drop the Assad regime.” The family also appears to have announced support specifically for the ISIS terrorist organization, saying...
  • U.S. Is Carrying Out Vast Majority of Strikes on ISIS, Military Officials Say

    09/24/2014 6:47:00 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept 23, 2014 | HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL R. GORDON
    WASHINGTON — The vast majority of airstrikes launched against Sunni militant targets in Syria have been carried out by American war planes and ship-based Tomahawk cruise missiles, military officials said Tuesday, in what they described as the successful beginning of a long campaign to degrade and destroy the Islamic State. In disclosing the identities of the five Sunni Arab nations that joined or supported the attacks in Syria — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Qatar — the Obama administration sought to paint a picture of an international coalition resolute in its determination to take on the...
  • US Furious After Source Of "Mystery" Libya Bombing Raids Revealed

    08/25/2014 3:44:14 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 26 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 08/25/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Over the past week a new geopolitical mystery emerged: an "unknown" party was launching airstrikes against Libya, which is already reeling in its latest political crisis where headlines such as this have become the norm: •MILITIA MEN SET HOUSE OF LIBYAN PM THENI ABLAZE: ARABIYA •LIBYA'S NEIGHBOURS AGREE NOT TO INTERVENE IN LIBYAN AFFAIRS, CALL FOR NATIONAL DIALOGUE The strikes puzzled all media outlets, including Reuters which just over the weekend reported that "Unidentified war planes attacked positions of an armed faction in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday, residents and local media said. Local channel al-Nabaa said the planes...
  • Syrian rebels angry that airstrikes hit Khorasan but not Bashar Assad

    09/23/2014 9:33:16 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 33 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 23, 2014 | Roy Gutman and Mousab Alhamadee
    <p>REYHANLI, Turkey — Anti-government media activists and rebel commanders gave a mixed assessment of U.S.-led airstrikes in northern Syria on Tuesday, saying that some of the Islamic State encampments hit had been evacuated and one building that was struck had been filled with displaced civilians, even as at least one major Islamic State base was seriously damaged and many fighters were killed.</p>
  • Biden continues to apologize; first Turkey, now UAE

    10/06/2014 5:53:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    McClatchydc.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Roy Gutman
    ISTANBUL — Vice President Joe Biden apologized to the United Arab Emirates Sunday for charging that the oil-rich ally had been supporting al Qaida and other jihadi groups in Syria's internal war, his second apology in as many days to a key participant in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists.
  • Egypt prepares for wider attack on Libya with UAE funding and French-Saudi support

    09/16/2014 6:31:12 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 6 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | 9/16/2014 | Staff
    Egyptian armed forces are preparing for the execution of an extensive operation inside Libya in order to fight the revolutionaries and support the militias that are loyal to the UAE in Tripoli and Benghazi including troops commandeered by Brigadier General Khalifa Haftar, high ranking officials revealed. The operation may include a possible ground invasion in East Libya with French aerial cover and funding from the UAE in order to enable Haftar to decisively win the battle, the sources told the Asrar Arabiya website. The site said Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thani's visit to the UAE on Tuesday last week came...
  • Islamic State: Arab female F-16 pilot stirs debate in Muslim world

    10/01/2014 3:41:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 | Christa Case Bryant
    UAE fighter pilot Mariam al-Mansouri shot to fame last week for her role in a US-led bombing campaign in Syria. While Americans hailed her pluck, for Arabs it's more complicated. JERUSALEM — Last week Mariam al-Mansouri, a F-16 pilot from the United Arab Emirates, was introduced to the world. Smiling out from under her helmet and hijab after launching air strikes in Syria, part of a US-led campaign against Islamic State, her image went viral. For some Americans, she was a sort of Katharine Hepburn meets Amelia Earhart who had shattered prevalent stereotypes of Arab women. A popular Internet meme...
  • U.S. and Arab aircraft attack oil refineries seized by Islamic State in Syria

    09/25/2014 10:32:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    WaPo ^ | September 24 at 9:50 PM | Rebecca Collard and Craig Whitlock
    The U.S. military and two Arab allies on Wednesday bombarded a dozen small-scale oil refineries in eastern Syria as part of an expanding campaign to cut off key sources of financing and fuel for the Islamic State, according to the Pentagon. ... The Islamic State is estimated to produce between 25,000 and 40,000 barrels of oil a day, earning as much as $1 million a day, according to industry experts. The attacks on the refineries came on a day when U.S. military forces reported hitting an Islamic State convoy in Syria near the Iraqi border and Syrian opposition groups reported...
  • Prime Minister Tony Abbott promises to send military to Gulf (in response to US request)

    09/14/2014 1:23:04 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 14th September 2014
    PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has promised to send Australian military forces to the Persian Gulf to assist in attacks on the Islamic State. He told media in a press conference in Darwin today that he had decided to prepare and deploy an armed force to the UAE to assist the United States in its military action against the Islamic State’s forces in Iraq and Syria. He warned “should this extend into combat operations, it could go on for some time” Mr Abbott said his reaction to the latest video showing the execution of British aid worker David Haines was: “Shock,...
  • Putin Laughs At Saudi Offer To Betray Syria In Exchange For "Huge" Arms Deal

    08/08/2013 9:01:34 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 33 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 2013, 8 August | Tyler Durden
    One of the more surprising news to hit the tape yesterday was that Saudi Arabia, exasperated and desperate by Russia's relentless support of the Syrian regime and refusal to abandon the Syrian army thus facilitating the Qatari plan to pass its natgas pipeline to Europe under Syria, had quietly approached Putin with a proposal for a huge arms deal and a pledge to boost Russian influence in the Arab world if only Putin would abandon Syria's Assad. It will hardly come as a surprise to anyone that in the aftermath of yesterday's dilettante mistake by Obama which alienated Putin from...
  • WATCH How This Gutsy ‘First’ Of A Kind Fighter Pilot Is Blowing Up Both ISIS Targets And Stereotypes

    09/25/2014 8:16:50 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | September 25, 2014 | Norvell Rose
    WATCH How This Gutsy ‘First’ Of A Kind Fighter Pilot Is Blowing Up Both ISIS Targets And Stereotypes Even as women in parts of the Arab world fight the prohibition against their driving a car on public roads... Even as women in parts of the Arab world fight the prohibition against their driving a car on public roads, one extraordinary Arab woman is driving an F-16 in the fight against Islamic State terrorism. Fox News confirms that 35-year-old Major Mariam Al Mansouri — the first female air force pilot from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — has taken part in...
  • A Look Inside The Secret Deal With Saudi Arabia That Unleashed The Syrian Bombing

    09/25/2014 7:45:42 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 6 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 09/25/2014 | Tyler Durden
    For those to whom the recent US campaign against Syria seems a deja vu of last summer's "near-war" attempt to ouster its president Bashar al-Assad, which was stopped in the last minute due to some very forceful Russian intervention and the near breakout of war in the Mediterranean between US and Russian navies, it is because they are. And as a reminder, just like last year, the biggest wildcard in this, and that, direct intervention into sovereign Syrian territory, or as some would call it invasion or even war, was not the US but Saudi Arabia - recall from August...
  • Skirt-fronting Putin Can Help Eradicate Islamic State Crisis

    10/22/2014 12:14:59 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/22/14 | David Singer
    “Skirt-fronting” could well become the new buzz word in international diplomacy The possibility of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott shirt-fronting Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Brisbane next month over the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 in Ukrainian sovereign territory with the loss of all on board - including 38 Australians - has receded following Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s 25 minute meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the Asian Europe Summit held in Milan this week. Abbott had vowed: “I’m going to shirtfront Mr Putin. I am going to be saying to Mr...
  • RAAF fighters and Super Hornets ready to fight IS in Iraq

    09/29/2014 12:18:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    News.com.au ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2014
    AFTER spending weeks locked in briefing rooms poring over maps and intelligence reports the RAAF’s top-gun strike fighter pilots are ready to take up the fight to murderous Islamic militants in Iraq. Since Tuesday dozens of the Super Hornet pilots and air combat officers (ACOs) have been working in secure air-conditioned briefing rooms at task group headquarters at al-Minhad air base near Dubai reviewing tasking orders, combat reports and preparing for war. Meanwhile teams of weapons technicians and so-called “black handers”, who arm and maintain the lethal $70 million strike jets, are working long shifts in a huge air conditioned...
  • Isis forces in Iraq will adapt quickly to avoid air strikes, Australia Defense Minister says

    10/06/2014 10:48:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/06/2014 | Daniel Hurst
    Islamic State (Isis) militants in Iraq “will adapt very quickly” to an expanded campaign of air strikes by embedding themselves in towns, Australia’s defence minister has said. David Johnston made the prediction on Monday as the Australian Defence Force (ADF) confirmed two RAAF F/A-18 Super Hornets had completed their first armed combat mission over northern Iraq without firing on any targets. Johnston said RAAF aircraft would deploy on an operation and wait to be assigned targets, but there were a large number of coalition partners and aircraft participating in air strikes. “It may be that from day to day, time...
  • Australian Super Hornet refuels over Iraq

    10/07/2014 9:58:37 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 42 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | 10/5/2014 | ADF: Sgt Hamish Paterson
    Great pic, but begs some questions. Doesn't this look a bit too close for comfort, or is it not as close as it appears? Who would be flying that close to a refueling op, and why? The cockpit frame visible in the lower righthand corner suggests that it's not the other Aussie 18E/F that has flown thus far.
  • Confirmed: Australian air strikes have killed ‘multiple’ ISIS targets in Iraq

    10/16/2014 8:07:29 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 17th October 2014
    “MULTIPLE” Islamic State militants have been killed by Australian air strikes in Iraq. Super hornets have flown over the country 43 times, dropping bombs on “at least” two occasions, Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston said. Four super hornets flew last night, but no targets were struck, he told reporters in Canberra. The Vice Admiral was not able to confirm the number of IS militants killed in Australian strikes, but he said there were “multiple” casualties. When asked how many fighters have been killed, he said he was being “cautious” as to the level of detail he offered,...
  • UAE’s first female fighter pilot likely dropping bombs on ISIS militants in Syria

    09/24/2014 2:25:55 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 27 replies
    Daily News ^ | 9/24/14 | SASHA GOLDSTEIN
    She’s raining bombs on terrorist thugs. The first female pilot in the United Arab Emirates' air force is reportedly taking part in the coalition air strikes against ISIS militants hiding in Syria.
  • Breaking: Video of U.S. Airstrikes on Islamic State Targets in Raqqa, Syria

    09/22/2014 11:59:07 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 24 replies
    Radix News ^ | September 23, 2014 | Step Agency News
    Step Agency News in Syria posts this video purportedly of the first U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Raqqa, Syria.
  • Breaking: Tomahawks and Airstrikes Against Syria Commence

    09/22/2014 6:27:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 334 replies
    Fox News | 9/22/2014
    No link now, they are just announcing it now.
  • Military Hates White House ‘Micromanagement’ of ISIS War

    11/01/2014 7:36:15 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 31 Oct 14 | Josh Rogin and Eli Lake
    The Pentagon brass placed in charge of implementing Obama’s war against ISIS are getting fed up with the short leash the White House put them on. Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army. As the American-led battle against ISIS stretches into its fourth month, the generals and Pentagon officials leading the air campaign and preparing to train Syrian rebels are working under strict White House orders to keep the war contained...
  • Turkish dealers helping ISIL earn $1 million per day from oil: US Treasury

    10/24/2014 5:31:05 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | October/24/2014
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales, the United States has said, vowing to impose harsh sanctions on the purchasers of the oil, “including middlemen from Turkey.” “With the important exception of some state-sponsored terrorist organizations, ISIL is probably the best-funded terrorist organization we have confronted,” David Cohen, U.S. Treasury Department undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington on Oct. 23. “It has amassed wealth at an unprecedented pace.” ISIL is generating tens of...
  • Mr. Obama’s half-hearted fight against the Islamic State

    10/26/2014 3:09:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10-25-14 | Editorial
    AN UNLIKELY consensus is emerging across the ideological spectrum about the war against the Islamic State: President Obama’s strategy to “degrade and eventually destroy” the terrorist entity is unworkable. It’s not just that, as some administration officials say, more time is needed to accomplish complex tasks such as training Iraqi and Syrian forces. It’s that the military means the president has authorized cannot accomplish his announced aims. As Islamic State forces continue to advance in Iraq’s Anbar province while besieging the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, major weaknesses in the U.S.-led campaign have become apparent. One is a relatively modest...
  • Iran’s regional hegemony threatened by the war against ISIS

    10/22/2014 12:17:10 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/22/14 | Amir Basiri
    The next few months will be decisive for the Iranian regime, which sees a strategic defeat looming on the horizon as all of its red lines in the Middle East are being trampled After years of enjoying the position of the main hegemon in Iraq and Syria, Iran is now facing an escalating dilemma as other powers have entered the scene to deal with the rising threat of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), an extremist group which has occupied stretches of Iraqi and Syrian territory in the past months. Previously, Iran had taken advantage of the...
  • Other than Egypt, name one Muslim nation intent on destroying ISIS.

    10/20/2014 4:55:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    Allen West.com ^ | 10/20/2014 | Allen West
    Besides combat, what’s happening in northern Syria around the town of Kobani offers some interesting indications about the nature of the conflict with ISIS amid the Muslim world. I’m glad to see some dedicated U.S. air strikes in that area, but ISIS reinforcements are pouring in and the Kurdish forces aren’t receiving much in the way of supplies or weapons support. But what I find most interesting are the pictures of the Turkish Army tanks just sitting on a hilltop taking it all in – as interested bystanders. Furthermore, we know the Turks are now bombing the Kurdish people in...
  • Al Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen fire rocket towards U.S. embassy, say revenge for drone strike

    09/27/2014 12:05:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/27/2014
    (Reuters) - An al Qaeda splinter group launched a rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in Sanaa on Saturday, injuring several guards, to retaliate for what it said on social media was a U.S. drone strike in a northern province the day before. The rocket landed 200 meters from the heavily fortified embassy, which lies in a compound surrounded by high walls, hitting members of the Yemeni special police force who guard the site. At least two were injured, police said. The attacker fired the rocket from a M72 light anti-tank weapon from a car before speeding away, a police...
  • Al-Qaida calls for revolt against Arab rulers

    02/26/2011 1:36:48 PM PST · by Innovative · 18 replies
    AP News ^ | Feb 26, 2011 | AP
    Al-Qaida's offshoot in Yemen urged Muslims to revolt against Arab rulers and establish governments based on Islamic law, according to an audio tape posted Saturday on militant websites.
  • Gulf Arabs demand return of state authority in Yemen

    10/01/2014 10:54:02 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-2-2014
    Gulf Arab states have demanded the restoration of government authority in Yemen, issuing a thinly veiled criticism of rebels with ties to Iran who have taken control of the capital, Sanaa. Fighters from the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement seized Sanaa on Sept. 21 after overrunning an army brigade affiliated to the moderate Islamist Islah party, making them effectively the power brokers in the country. The Houthis have since refused to quit the capital, which they control despite an agreement they signed with President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to make them a part of the government. An emergency meeting of Gulf Cooperation...
  • Egypt, the divine surprise in 2014 (Cairo wants French weapons)

    10/17/2014 12:36:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    La Tribune, France ^ | 10/16/2014 | Michel Cabirol
    Manufacturers of French arms are back in Cairo The Tribune offers a series of new industrial land conquest of French armaments. Egypt, which has offered this year for four corvettes 1 billion euros, shows again interested in the Rafale. Egypt and God will surprise to the French armament industry in 2014 in the absence yet of major contracts signed by more traditional customers in France (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia .. .) For DCNS scored a real coup in Egypt thanks to a very efficient commercial "raid". In less than six months, the naval group sold in Cairo four corvettes...