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  • ISIS Is Likely Receiving Funding From People Living In Countries Allied With The US

    08/22/2014 7:28:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/22/2014 | Allan Smith
    The Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant is mostly funded through criminal activity, such as the theft of a potential $425 million from a central bank in Mosul. But the group is also receiving private donations from wealthy Sunnis in American-allied Gulf nations such as Kuwait, Qatar, and, possibly, Saudi Arabia. ISIS is now thought to be the world's richest terrorist organization, with an estimated $2 billion in funds.This makes ISIS wealthier than several sovereign countries, including Nauru, Tonga, and the Marshall Islands."They probably have some wealthy donors in those countries, but they are seizing hundreds of millions in Iraq, and...
  • Hamas Goes on an 'Israel Collaborator' Killing Spree

    08/22/2014 5:58:07 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/81/14 | Ari Yashar
    The Hamas regime in Gaza continues to execute its own civilians, even while engaged in a terror war against Israel. In a central venue in Gaza City on Friday morning, 11 local Arab residents who were charged with "collaborating with Israel" were publicly executed by Hamas, according to the Arabic-language Al-Rai news agency as cited by Walla!. However, Hamas TV reported that the number of those executed actually consisted of 18 men. Six of those executed were shot dead in front of a mosque by men in Hamas military uniforms, witnesses told AFP. The public killing comes in the midst...
  • Time to Stop ISIS: It grew because it seemed unstoppable. Our air strikes have changed that.

    08/22/2014 5:37:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/22/2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister. They did. He responded. With the support of U.S. air strikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken the Mosul dam. Previous strikes had relieved the siege of Mount Sinjar and helped the Kurds retake two strategic towns that had opened the road to a possible Islamic State assault on Irbil, the capital of Kurdistan. In following through, Obama demonstrated three things: the effectiveness of even limited U.S. power, the...
  • Rick Perry: It’s entirely possible that ISIS has already crossed the southern border

    08/22/2014 5:19:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/22/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via the Daily Signal. Easy prediction: This soundbite will inspire lots of scoffing and sneering without even a bare attempt at an argument on the merits for why he must be wrong. “There’s the obvious great concern that because of the condition of the border from the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across, that individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be [crossing the border] — and I think there is a very real possibility that they may have already used that,” he said…“We have no clear evidence of that...
  • Hamas kills 18 suspected collaborators in Gaza

    08/22/2014 4:13:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/22/2014
    Hamas militants killed seven Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel in a public execution in a central Gaza square on Friday, witnesses and a Hamas website said. The victims, their heads covered and hands tied, were shot dead by masked gunmen dressed in black in front of a crowd of worshippers outside a mosque after prayers, witnesses and al-Majd, a pro-Hamas website, said.
  • Major Operation To Retake IS-Held Towns In Iraq

    08/22/2014 2:25:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    Sky News ^ | 22. 8. 2014
    Kurdish forces have started a major assault to try to retake the northeast Iraqi towns of Jalula and Sa'dya from Islamic State (IS) militants. It comes as US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the threat posed by IS extremists, who have seized control of large parts of Syria and Iraq, was "beyond anything we've seen". .... Sky's Alex Crawford, reporting from the outskirts of Jalula, said the operation was being carried out by the Kurdish military's elite counter-terrorism unit, backed up by peshmerga forces. .... She said the towns, near the Iranian border and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, had been...
  • British woman vows to become first female to behead western prisoner in Syria

    08/22/2014 2:20:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/22/2014 | Martin Evans
    A female jihadist from London has vowed to become the first female to behead a western prisoner in Syria. Khadijah Dare, who is originally from Lewisham in south east London, took to Twitter to celebrate the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley. The 22-year-old mother of one, who moved to Syria in 2012 with her Swedish husband and Isil fighter, Abu Bakr, expressed her desire to carry out a similar execution.
  • James Foley found out ISIS doesn’t care who you voted for

    08/22/2014 12:34:57 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 8/20/14 | Allen West
    James Wright Foley’s brutal public murder should serve as a cautionary tale to all progressive “infidels” who decry others as “Islamophobes.” According to Daniel Greenfield, writing for Front Page Magazine, “Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict between Israel and Hamas, his tweets and retweets were chock full of pro-terrorist propaganda. Hm, rather unfortunate choice of words for this idealistic man in that tweet. “But Foley ran afoul of at least some of the Sunni...
  • New IDF Report Details Hamas Use of Civilians

    08/22/2014 12:21:20 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/8/14 | Ari Yashar
    The IDF has declassified a new special report detailing Hamas's "illegal use of civilian infrastructure" throughout the course of Operation Protective Edge, which began July 8. The report was released on Tuesday, the same day that Hamas breached a ceasefire, and presents an irrefutable case against the terror organization utilizing intelligence maps, photographic and video evidence. According to the report, during the course of its recent terror war on Israel, Hamas has fired over 1,600 rockets from civilian sites, cynically using UN facilities, schools, graveyards, mosques and power plants, among others. The declassified report can be seen here in slideshow...
  • Boko Haram overruns Nigerian police academy

    08/21/2014 10:27:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 21, 2014 | Ed Adamczyk
    Boko Haram militants seized a police academy in Gwoza, Nigeria, storming the school in armored tanks taken from Nigerian soldiers. A local police spokesman confirmed the attack on the Liman Kara police college. ... An armored tank, parked at the entrance to the academy, was blown up by Boko Haram members to gain entrance.
  • U.S. considers wider action on Islamist militants

    08/21/2014 9:47:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Aug 22, 2014 12:35 a.m. ET | By Felicia Schwartz and Dion Nissenbaum
    Pentagon warns new effort will require taking the fight beyond Iraq and into neighboring Syria.The beheading of journalist James Foley has prompted American officials to begin working to knit together a broader international campaign to combat the extremists of the Islamic State, an effort that the Pentagon warned will require taking the fight beyond Iraq and into neighboring Syria.The Obama administration has indicated it is prepared to continue selective airstrikes against the extremists inside Iraq, where they have seized significant swaths of territory. But Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned that the Islamic...
  • Gen. Allen: Destroy the Islamic State Now

    08/21/2014 7:42:08 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    Defense One ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Gen. John Allen (Ret.)
    Gen. Allen: Destroy the Islamic State Now By Gen. John Allen (Ret.) August 20, 2014 The brutal murder of the brave American journalist James Foley is meant to directly terrorize the world’s media, the international community, and the United States. If all the actions of the Islamic State, or IS, to date weren’t sufficiently reprehensible, this act and the potential for other similar acts will snap American attention with laser-like focus onto the real danger IS poses to the existence of Iraq, the order of the region and to the homelands of Europe and America. Make no mistake, the abomination of...
  • Net closes on 'Jihadi John' as London pair probed

    08/21/2014 7:36:05 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 20 replies
    The Telegraph (Great Britain) ^ | August 21, 2014 | By Gordon Rayner, Martin Evans, Nicola Harley and Claire Duffin
    NHS doctor from East London may hold the key to identifying the jihadi who beheaded James Foley. An NHS doctor from east London who was previously accused of kidnapping Western journalists in Syria may hold the key to identifying the jihadi who beheaded James Foley, intelligence sources have disclosed. Shajul Islam was arrested and charged with kidnapping a British journalist, John Cantlie, in 2012 but was released after his trial collapsed when Mr Cantlie was unable to give evidence. He had always protested his innocence, saying he went to Syria to use his medical skills to treat victims of the...
  • Jonathan Cahn's Prophetic Interview about the Word Hamas

    08/21/2014 7:30:58 PM PDT · by tang-soo · 5 replies
    Jim Bakker Show ^ | 8/15/2014 | Jonathan
    4 minute interview here This is stunning! I'm listening to an interview with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the author of "The Harbinger". He's describing how the Hebrew word for Violence and destruction, "חָמָס" phonetically chmac, and the Strong's concordance H2555. He pointed out about a dozen examples where this word is used in the Hebrew Scriptures. The link below will take you to Isaiah 53 Verse 9, which reads, And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Here is the passage...
  • Boko Haram takes over another Nigeria town [executes 2 for smoking cigarettes]

    08/21/2014 7:07:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/21/2014 | Aminu Abubakar
    Boko Haram has seized control of a town in northeastern Nigeria, the latest to fall into Islamist hands in the crisis-hit region and an indication of the group's increasing territorial ambitions. The insurgents have tended to use hit-and-run attacks in the past but the recent seizure of towns suggests a significant shift in strategy, more in keeping with their stated goal of carving out a strict Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria. Residents who fled the assault on the fallen town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state said attacks began late last month and the insurgents have since taken over the...
  • COPS: Self-styled jihadist admits to killing 4, calls it ‘vengeance’ for U.S. actions in Mideast

    08/21/2014 6:01:14 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 57 replies
    SEATTLE — A man accused of shooting to death two men in Seattle on June 1 and a man in New Jersey later that month was charged Wednesday with gunning down a 30-year-old in the Skyway area in April — all, he allegedly told police, as “vengeance” for U.S. actions in the Mideast. Ali Muhammad Brown, 40, is quoted in charging documents as saying that he they were “just kills” and that he was “just doing my small part” as a self-styled jihadist. He was charged Wednesday with aggravated first-degree murder by the King County Prosecutor’s Office for the slaying...
  • 'If the IDF Doesn't Crush Hamas We Won't Survive'

    08/21/2014 4:39:52 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/14 | Benny Toker, Ari Yashar
    In an exclusive Arutz Sheva interview on Thursday, Hof Ashkelon Regional Council chairman Yair Farjoun said that his region, which has been battered by rockets from the terror enclave of Gaza, cannot continue under the current status quo. "Out of 160 rockets, 60 fell in our territory - that's a serious blitz," Farjoun commented about the renewed rocket barrage, which began with a breach of the ceasefire on Tuesday around 4 p.m. The chairman continued "it's incredible to see how people live here by sheer miracles; beside a direct hit on a synagogue, rockets have landed just 200 meters (650...
  • Hamas Executes 3 for 'Collaboration' with Israel

    08/21/2014 4:34:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/14
    The armed wing of Hamas has executed three Palestinian Arabs and arrested seven others for allegedly collaborating with Israel during the Gaza war, a website close to the movement reported Thursday. The Majd website quoted a senior security official in the enclave as saying seven people had been arrested on suspicion of scoping out targets for Israel and that three others had been shot dead. The official said that the three were killed after "revolutionary procedures" were completed against them. No date was given for the executions or the arrests. The site added that zero tolerance would be shown to...
  • State Dept Rejects ISIL’s Claim It Is At War With America

    08/21/2014 3:02:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 60 replies
    The State Department downplayed comments from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) leaders that they are at war with America, arguing that their violence is not directed at any particular country or race. At a briefing Thursday, a reporter brought up anti-American comments from ISIL leaders: “I mean, even they are announcing, ISIL people in their message, whatever, the recorded message, other messages, that now we are in a war with America.” “This is not about ISIL versus the United States,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf objected. “They are killing anyone who gets in their way:...
  • Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown

    08/21/2014 2:55:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/21/2014
    A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army. Smugglers and tunnel owners, who once publicly advertised their services, have taken over the nearly two dozen single-storey concrete structures and boarded up their doors and windows to avoid the attention of the authorities. While tunnels used by Gaza's dominant Hamas militants to infiltrate Israel were a priority target of an Israeli offensive in the Palestinian enclave this summer, many...
  • Obama administration broke law in Bergdahl exchange: audit

    08/21/2014 2:23:27 PM PDT · by yoe · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 21, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Obama administration officials broke two federal laws when they exchanged ( Taliban) warriors for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the government’s top investigative office said in a legal report Thursday. Officials should have given (congress) a 30-day heads-up, and also illegally switched money from one account to another to conduct the swap, the (Government Accountability Office) said.President Obama had defended the swap as a legal use of his powers as commander in chief, and said he had to keep Congress in the dark in order to preserve secrecy in the delicate negotiations with the Taliban. /#ixzz3B3yTcH2g Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen': Pentagon

    08/21/2014 2:17:34 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 60 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 8/21/14 | Missy Ryan and David Alexander
    The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday. "They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere else," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon about the militant group, which has seized a third of Iraq and released a video this week showing one of its fighters beheading an American hostage. Asked if Islamic State posed a threat to the United States comparable to that of the attacks...
  • Sen. McCain on ISIS threat: Obama 'still doesn't get it'

    08/21/2014 1:53:40 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/21/14 | Fox News
    Arizona Sen. John McCain on Thursday called President Obama's remarks on the execution of American journalist James Foley "moving" -- but also said his policy on the Islamic State terror group is failing. "He said we have to contain ISIS. We don't have to contain ISIS. We have to defeat ISIS, and we have to do whatever is necessary," the Republican lawmaker said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "Failures of policies have consequences, and we're paying [for] those consequences in enormous cost of human blood. It's a debacle, and he still doesn't get it."
  • Halting ISIS Would Require Attacks in Syria, Top General Says

    08/21/2014 1:48:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/21/2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and HELENE COOPER
    WASHINGTON — Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday afternoon that it would not be possible to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria without attacking its fighters in Syria. General Dempsey, speaking at a news conference with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, did not commit the United States to carrying out airstrikes in Syria, and the Obama administration’s broader strategy for defeating the Sunni militant group remained unclear. Earlier in the day, the Pentagon announced that American warplanes had conducted six more strikes on ISIS targets in the vicinity of the Mosul...
  • 'Twice as Many' British Muslims Fighting for ISIS Than in UK Armed Forces

    08/21/2014 1:46:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 08/21/2014 | By Madeline Grant and Damien Sharkov
    There are now more than twice as many British Muslims fighting for Islamic State than there are serving in the British armed forces, according to a British Member of Parliament (MP). Khalid Mahmood, the MP for Perry Barr in Birmingham, estimates that at least 1,500 young British Muslims have been recruited by extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria in the last three years. Mahmood told Newsweek that this figure had been building since the start of the Syrian conflict: "If you look across the whole of the country, and the various communities involved, 500 going over each year would be...
  • ‘K-I-L-L-I-N-G’ [Georgetown professor and son of terror conspirator compares Israel to ISIL]

    08/21/2014 1:39:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/21/2014 | Adam Kredo
    A Georgetown University professor whose father pled guilty to terrorism charges is facing criticism for comparing Israel to the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) on Twitter.Georgetown University History Professor Abdullah Al-Arian, the son of Sami Al-Arian, a controversial Israel critic who pled guilty to conspiring with a terror group, tweeted out his take on a common nursery rhyme by comparing Israel to the terror group ISIL, which recently beheaded an American journalist on film.Al-Arian quickly deleted the tweet, but not before a screenshot was taken and retweeted by the Washington Free Beacon. Critics immediately...
  • The only way to defeat ISIS

    08/21/2014 1:15:33 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/21/14 | Mark Hertling
    The major portion of the area Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is attempting to control for ISIS is the same place I called home for 16 months of my life. Commanding Multinational Division North during the "surge" in 2007-08 -- a command which required securing four of the five provinces ISIS now desires to occupy -- allowed me to study the geographic, cultural, infrastructure, political and economic complexities of northern Iraq. Anyone who supports fighting Baghdadi's ISIS in this area ought to be aware of the challenges the land and the people will present. During our time there, we countered Iraqi insurgents,...
  • Rick Perry Calls for More U.S. Troops, Airstrikes Against ISIS

    08/21/2014 1:05:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 1 hour ago | Rob Garver
    “When they talk about limited airstrikes, they place a great emphasis on the word ‘limited,’” he said at the Heritage Foundation. “Yet clearly, more airstrikes are necessary. Nothing less than a sustained air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS forces is required. The Iraqi people are up against a terrorist Blitzkrieg that went practically unhindered for many weeks. Even though these killers have seen glimpses of our superior power and technology, they need to see a lot more of it.” He made clear that he believes increased support for Iraq means more boots on the ground in a country many...
  • Palestinian banner unfurled on NYC bridge (Manhattan Bridge)

    08/21/2014 12:48:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 21, 2014 1:17 AM EDT
    Pro-Palestinian activists marching along the Brooklyn Bridge were surprised when a giant flag in Palestinian colors was unfurled on the nearby Manhattan Bridge. The flag had the words “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” on it and was lowered from a part of the bridge near the Manhattan side Wednesday evening. Activists on the Brooklyn Bridge met its appearance with cheers. …
  • There Is 'A Very Real Possibility' ISIS Forces Have Crossed US-Mexican Border

    08/21/2014 12:22:56 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 63 replies
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) believes the jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) may have already sent militants across the U.S.-Mexican border. Perry was directly asked about this prospect Thursday afternoon after he gave a border-security speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate who spent much of the speech castigating ISIS after the group brutally executed an American journalist earlier this week, said there was "a very real" risk they were already inside the U.S. "There’s the obvious great concern that because of the condition of...
  • Hostages? No Problem Soviets Offer 'How-to' Lesson In Kidnapping (blast from the past)

    08/21/2014 12:00:40 PM PDT · by tje · 23 replies
    Philly.com ^ | January 15, 1986 | JACK MCKINNEY
    Are you among those frustrated Americans who have wondered how the Soviet Union's only hostage crisis in Lebanon was resolved in just a month, while the plight of the six U.S. hostages held there continues to drag on without any break in sight? Well, according to the Jerusalem Post, the Soviets turned the trick by forgoing diplomacy in favor of a brutally more direct approach to the problem. Simply put, they presented the kidnappers with chilling proof that terror can cut both ways. Literally!
  • That ISIS guy who promised to raise Islamic flag over the White House? He’s dead

    08/21/2014 11:46:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/21/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The Islamic State’s Press Officer Abu Mosa became a figure of international notoriety overnight when he took on a starring role in a captivating Vice News documentary about ISIS in Syria. “Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones,” he said. “Instead, send us your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”CLICK ABOVELINK FOR THE VIDEO Instead of doing that, according to the U.S. State Department, he’s just going to be dead. An #ISIS leader and press officer both killed...
  • British Muslim calls for action on jihadi subculture after beheading video

    08/21/2014 10:11:16 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 42 replies
    Yahoo News UK ^ | 21st August 2014 | Kate Holton and Raheem Salman
    'A senior British Muslim called on Thursday for action to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley held hostage in Syria. In Britain, the video caused particular shock as it featured the as yet unidentified man apparently speaking with a southeastern English accent, although the sizeable numbers of young British Muslims fighting with the militants in Iraq and Syria have created concern for some time. Sir Iqbal Sacranie, an adviser to the Muslim Council of Britain, said Britons from across the country's communities had to stop young men being...
  • Dems fret that ISIS will force America to return to Iraq

    08/21/2014 10:00:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/21/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The announcement by American officials that a raid into Syria aimed at liberating Americans in ISIS custody, including one who was later beheaded on camera by Islamic State terrorists, failed to achieve its objectives is dispiriting. While the American air campaign over Iraq appears to be successfully rolling back ISIS in Iraq, the U.S. lacks a comprehensive strategy to deal with the group in Iraq’s Sunni regions or in their Syrian stronghold. Moreover, some Democrats are now openly fretting that the latest escalation of tensions between ISIS and America will goad the U.S. into a new ground war in Iraq....
  • Even the Islamists of ISIS are obsessing over Ferguson

    08/21/2014 9:43:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's PostEverything ^ | August 21, 2014 | Souad Mekhennet
    You can understand if President Obama would rather talk about the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq, where he has scored some victories, than talk about the unholy mess in Ferguson, Mo. Surprisingly, though, ISIS militants are following developments in the St. Louis suburb, and some of them would rather focus on that. According to interviews and social media, members of the group and sympathizers with its jihadist ideology are closely tracking the events in the St. Louis suburb, where protesters and police have clashed. In it, they see opportunity. Partly, the focus is strategic: Officers in Ferguson have...
  • [domestic jihadi] Seattle man says he killed 4 in Wash., N.J. to gain revenge against U.S.

    08/21/2014 9:40:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/21/2014 | James Queally
    A Seattle man who confessed to killing four people in Washington and New Jersey this year said each shooting was part of a mission of vengeance against the U.S. government for its actions in the Middle East, according to court documents released Wednesday. Ali Muhammad Brown, who had already been charged in the targeted killing of a gay couple in Seattle and the point-blank shooting of a New Jersey college student, was charged Wednesday with the April slaying of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson in Skyway, Wash., according to the King County Prosecutor's Office. According to a criminal complaint filed in King...
  • State Dept. on Beheading of U.S. Journalist: 'This Is Not About the United States'

    08/21/2014 9:36:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/21/2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf on Wednesday condemned the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic terrorists, but she also stated that the ISIS threat “is not about the United States and what we do.” Harf spoke after President Obama told the nation that “governments and peoples across the Middle East” should come together in a “common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread.” He then went golfing. "I think ISIL wants to make this about the United States and our actions. And I think what the President was trying to say was that...
  • British Isis militant in James Foley video 'guards foreign hostages in Syria' [They call him 'John']

    08/21/2014 9:35:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 08/21/2014 | Martin Chulov and Josh Halliday
    The English jihadist who beheaded the American journalist James Foley is believed to be the leader of a group of British fighters holding foreign hostages in Syria, sources have told the Guardian. As an international manhunt got under way on Wednesday, the English-speaking militant was identified to the Guardian by one of his former hostages as the ringleader of three British jihadists thought to be the main guards of foreign nationals in Raqqa, a stronghold of Islamic State (Isis) rebels. The militant who appeared on the Foley video, who called himself John and is believed to be from London, was...
  • Exiled Archbishop of Mosul: “Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you...

    08/21/2014 9:34:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/21/2014 | Robert Spencer
    “Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead.”Archbishop Nona is correct, but Europeans and Western Christians will not heed his warning. To do so would harm the “dialogue”: “Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims.” — Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester,...
  • Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. opens ‘criminal investigation’ into ISIS beheading of James Foley

    08/21/2014 9:28:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 8/21/2014 | Doug Powers
    Well, during his statement yesterday, President Obama did say ISIS would be brought to justice, so here’s Justice: Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday announced that the Department of Justice has “an open criminal investigation” into the brutal killing of photojournalist James Foley by Islamic militants.“Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something,” Holder said in Washington.“This Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation – we have long memories and our reach is very wide,” he said. “We will not forget what happened and people will be held accountable, one way or the other.” Let this send...
  • Badly Wounded Hero had Shielded Children

    08/21/2014 9:07:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/14 | Gil Ronen
    A man who was seriously wounded by a Hamas rocket Thursday had been shielding children with his own body. The attack took place at about 10:20 a.m., at one of the communities in the Eshkol region. Magen David Adom (MDA) crews gave initial treatment to the man, who is 33. He was seriously wounded by shrapnel that struck his chest. MDA paramedic Oren Vacht, who treated the man before his evacuation to hospital, described him as having been hit in the chest by a shell fragment, “fully conscious and in great pain.” "Civilians who had been at the scene told...
  • Opinion: What is ISIS hoping its abhorrent beheading video will achieve?

    08/21/2014 8:31:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | August 21, 2014 | By Erin Marie Saltman
    The answer to why ISIS makes and popularizes such videos is simple: They represent a critical threat to the West on two levels. On the one hand, the video directly warns the West of repercussions if its intervention continues. On the other, it represents a more subtle threat reminding Europe and the United States that their own citizens are vulnerable to being radicalized, that ISIS supporters are present all over the world. So, creating an elaborate display of beheading an American represents a distinct change in messaging, turning the threat towards the West. Indeed, the apparently British militant conducting the...
  • Foley Abduction Linked to British Jihadi Kidnapping Ring in London

    08/21/2014 8:19:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/21/2014 | Josh Rogin
    Weeks before he was abducted, alleged members of a kidnapping network tied to ISIS were busted in London. Syrian extremists saw it as a reason to accelerate abductions. American journalist James Foley was captured in Syria in November 2012, just weeks after the British government arrested and charged three British citizens, who were alleged members of a group of foreign fighters associated with the Islamic State, for the kidnapping of two other Western journalists. It remains unclear whether these accused terrorists who later slipped through the fingers of the British legal system were part of the same extremist cell that...
  • Foley executioner said to be member of terrorist ‘Beatles’ trio

    08/21/2014 8:18:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    AP and Times of Israel staff ^ | August 21, 2014, 5:41 pm
    A gruesome video released online Tuesday showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley by a man who appears to be a British national has sparked international outrage and is fueling fears about the increasing numbers of foreign fighters joining the ranks of the Islamic State. The Guardian newspaper quoted an unidentified former prisoner held in Syria who said that the executioner goes by the name “John” and is an educated and devout radical Islamist who is one of three UK-born IS militants known as “the Beatles.” According to the report, the executioner was from London, and was one of...
  • Italy to Arm Peshmerga with Anti-Tank Weapons

    08/21/2014 8:08:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 21.08.2014 | Mewan Dolamari
    Italy to give anti-tank weapons to Kurds News / Kurdistan Italy to Arm Peshmerga with Anti-Tank Weapons 21.08.2014 Mewan Dolamari BasNews, Erbil   Italian Defense Minister announced that besides machine guns formerly used by Italy’s military, their government has decided to give anti-tank weapons to Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Region.   Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti promised also that the arrival of the weapons would be monitored ’to control that the arms get where they are supposed to go.’   Italy’s decision falls in line with a number of other countries who have also sent dozens of tons...
  • Accused killer says Livingston teen's murder was 'vengeance' against U.S.

    08/21/2014 7:38:34 AM PDT · by JoyjoyfromNJ · 22 replies
    NJ.com, NJ Advanced Media for NJ.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Dan Ivers/NJ Advanced Media for NJ.com
    The man accused of gunning down a Livingston [NJ]teenager in his car earlier this summer told investigators the murder was an act of retribution for U.S. military action against Muslims in the Middle East. . . .[Ali Muhammad]Brown, 29, also confessed to killing the other men, all of whom, like Tevlin, were shot multiple times in isolated areas late at night. He described the murder as a “just kill” – carried out against an adult male who was not in the company of any women, children or elderly persons, court papers said. . . .
  • Foley’s death isn’t changing views in Congress

    08/21/2014 7:27:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 21, 2014 9:53 AM EDT | Bradley Klapper
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers’ minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It’s equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach. President Barack Obama said the United States wouldn’t scale back its military posture in Iraq in response to James Foley’s killing. But he offered no specifics Wednesday about what new steps he might take to protect additional captives and other Americans, and ward off what he described as the al-Qaida offshoot’s genocidal ambitions. The initial response from members...
  • Bashar al-Assad Is Betting The ISIS Threat Will Bring West To His Side

    08/21/2014 6:58:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/21/2014 | TOM PERRY, REUTERS
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria is wagering that Islamic State's push to reshape the Middle East will eventually force a hostile West to deal with President Bashar al-Assad as the only way to tackle the threat. While Assad's forces escalate their fight with Islamic State militants in the Syrian civil war, the United States is staging air strikes on the same group across the frontier in Iraq. This, along with United Nations sanctions targeting the Sunni Muslim militants in both Syria and Iraq, has strengthened Assad's belief that the United States and Europe are coming around to his way of viewing...
  • Time to Part Ways with Erdogan: In Turkey, We Are Seeing the Death of a Moderate Muslim State

    08/21/2014 6:45:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 08/21/2014 | Ari Lieberman
    There is no question that Turkey, because of its size and geo-strategic location maintains a pivotal role in NATO. Its armed forces are NATO’s second largest and its troops had acquitted themselves well during the Korean War. Turkey had also played a constructive role in bridging relations between Israel and the Muslim world acting as an effective interlocutor. But with the ascent of the Islamist Justice and Development party in 2002 and the rise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as party boss, things have taken a stark turn for the worse. Under the stewardship of an increasingly unbalanced Erdogan, Turkey has...
  • Temple Univ. Jewish Student Punched In Face And Called ‘Kike’ In Anti-Semitic Attack

    08/21/2014 6:36:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 8.20.2014 | Daniel Mael
    A Jewish student on the campus of Temple University was assaulted on Wednesday afternoon and called “kike” and “baby killer” by members of the anti-Semitic student group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Daniel Vessal, a Camera on Campus fellow and a member of the Jewish fraternity AEPi, was punched in the face by a violent member of the anti-Israel organization SJP at “Templefest” which is organized for students on campus to gain new information about campus clubs a week before the start of classes. Vessal is a managing information systems major at the Fox School of Business at the...