Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $25,498
29%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 29% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

War on Terror (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • High IDF death toll in Hamas upsurge of violence on “ceasefire” day.

    07/28/2014 2:43:15 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 28, 2014, 11:55 PM (IDT)
    Israel expands counter-offensive In the past 48 hours, Israel was pressured to accept its fifth “humanitarian” ceasefire in Gaza by President Barack Obama, US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Chairman of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu came close to folding, whereas Hamas saw the truce as applying only to Israel and therefore used it as a call to arms. The slogan Israel broadcast: Quiet will be met with quiet and fire with fire, was seen by Hamas as a sign of Israel weakening. This impression was confirmed on Sunday when...
  • Hillary: Gaza´s Small Size Justification for Hamas Housing Rockets in Schools

    07/28/2014 1:05:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 103 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 7/28/14 | Breitbart TV, by Pam Key
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Fusion TV´s Jorge Ramos that part of the reason Hamas hides rockets in schools and civilian areas is "Gaza is small." "I´m not a military planner but Hamas puts it´s missiles, it´s rockets in civilian areas, part of it is Gaza is pretty small and its densely populated," she said as neglecting the question of whether or not Hamas should have rockets in area to begin with.
  • Simon Cowell Under Fire for Donation to Israeli Army

    07/28/2014 12:42:20 PM PDT · by DFG · 30 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | 07/27/2014 | Christian Toto
    Simon Cowell is used to heaping abuse on strangers, not taking it from them. The former American Idol judge made a fortune by mocking the singing abilities of the Fox show's contestants. Now, Cowell is getting nasty messages from strangers, but the stakes are far higher. Cowell gave $150,000 to the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces last year, but the donation is only now hitting the news cycle, according to YNET News. As a result, Cowell began receiving images of dead Palestinian children on Twitter and has been accused of helping Israel invade Gaza. One of the tweets said...
  • Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    07/28/2014 11:33:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2014 2:09 PM EDT | Nedra Pickler
    President Barack Obama spoke out Monday against gender oppression in Africa that he said is “crippling” parts of the continent, urging young leaders there to empower women and eliminate traditions like female genital mutilation and violence against women. Obama held up an inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training in the United States as inspiring examples of what the continent can achieve. He drew cheers as he announced their program is being expanded and renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.Obama said the world’s security and prosperity depends on “a strong, prosperous...
  • US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    07/28/2014 12:02:46 PM PDT · by John W · 88 replies
    AP ^ | July 28, 2014 | MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat. "It's simply not the way partners and allies treat each other," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Her comments were echoed by the White House, where officials said they were disappointed by Israeli reports that cast Kerry's efforts to negotiate a cease-fire as more favorable to Hamas. "Israel has no better friend, no stronger defender than...
  • Turkey Is Organizing Freedom Flotilla II To Get Additional Aid Into The Gaza Strip

    07/28/2014 10:42:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 07/28/2014 | By Alessandria Masi
    The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, a Turkish NGO, is organizing “Freedom Flotilla II” to go to the Gaza Strip, loaded with humanitarian aid. Bulent Yildrim, the organization’s president, said Sunday the organization was trying to get the legal procedures and paperwork done to send the vessel into Gaza, according to the Middle East Monitor. No sail date has been set. He added the ship would be flanked by Turkish military to avoid the bloodshed that took place the last time Turkey tried to send a flotilla.Haaretz reported Sunday a shipment of medicine had arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport intended for Gaza....
  • ‘At least 160 children died digging tunnels for Hamas’

    07/28/2014 10:28:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/28/2014 11:10 | JPost.com Staff
    Hamas used children to help them dig numerous tunnels into Israel and Egypt, a 2012 paper written for the Journal of Palestine Studies reported. […] In December 2011, the paper’s author, Nicolas Pelham, accompanied a police patrol in Gaza and reported that “nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies.” He continued and said that “at least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials.” …
  • Michele Bachmann On Right Side Of History As She Introduces Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Bill

    07/28/2014 10:00:46 AM PDT · by yoe · 20 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | July 26, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    U.S. Rep. (Michele Bachmann) and seven other congressmen have formally introduced (a bill) that would designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and impose sanctions on its supporters in the U.S. Though the chances of the bill passing with a Democrat majority in the Senate and Barack Obama as President are next to zero, it will force members in each House of Congress to pick a side on a matter of tremendous historical significance. The willingness of House Leadership (hello Speaker John Boehner) to bring the (“Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2014″) to the floor will...
  • Pelosi: Qataris Have Told Me ‘Hamas Is a Humanitarian Organization’

    07/28/2014 9:35:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 28, 2014 - 10:16 AM | Susan Jones
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the United States must look to Qatar, an ally of the terrorist group Hamas, for advice in resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. “And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization,” she told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley. […] In that same interview with CNN, Pelosi defended President Barack Obama’s “strong” leadership, dismissing a suggestion that Russian President Vladimir Putin considers him to be weak. …
  • Blasts hit major Gaza hospital; 7 children reported killed in urban street

    07/28/2014 8:42:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/28/2014 | By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS, BATSHEVA SOBELMAN
    Palestinian officials and witnesses said Israeli airstrikes slammed an urban street and a major hospital in the Gaza Strip on Monday, causing deaths and injuries. At least seven children playing in the street were reported killed, and casualties were reported near clinic facilities of Shifa hospital, the most sophisticated medical facility in Gaza. Earlier, a fragile holiday lull in fighting in the Gaza Strip had been punctuated by Israeli airstrikes and rocket launches by Palestinian militants in the wake of a call by the U.N. Security Council for an unconditional humanitarian truce. On the 21st day of the conflict, Israel’s...
  • Hamas’ evil lurks beneath the surface

    07/28/2014 7:17:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-28-14 | Michael Goodwin
    As casualties mount and calls  for a cease-fire grow, the war  in Gaza is probably close to  quitting time. But nobody should be foolish enough to think that silencing the guns will mean a return to the pre-war status quo. For Israel, a business-as-usual approach is no longer possible. The barrage of Hamas rockets cannot be tolerated again because the weapons’ increased range puts the entire population in harm’s way. But something else also happened in the last two weeks, and the shock waves are just starting to roll through Israeli society. The discovery of Hamas’ vast tunnel system, which...
  • House of Worship or Palestinian Arsenal?

    07/28/2014 7:16:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 25, 2014 | Danielle Avel
    House of Worship or Palestinian Arsenal?Posted By Danielle Avel On July 25, 2014 @ 12:47 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 35 Comments While salvaging Qurans from the rubble of the Al-Farouq Mosque in Gaza, junior imam Muhammad Hamad told the New York Times, ‘This is a house of God” – as though this proved the mosque is a peaceful place of worship.  He said this after Al-Farouq had been targeted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on July 12.  According to IDF spokesperson, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, intelligence indicated the mosque was used as “a Hamas rocket cache and gathering point...
  • How Muslims Think-July 28, 2014

    07/28/2014 7:13:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 28, 2014 | Arieh Eldad
    I was instrumental in establishing the “Israeli National Skin Bank”, which is the largest in the world. The National Skin Bank stores skin for every day needs as well as for war time or mass casualty situations. This skin bank is hosted at the Hadassah Ein Kerem University hospital in Jerusalem where I was the Chairman of plastic surgery. This is how I was asked to supply skin for an Arab woman from Gaza, who was hospitalized in Soroka Hospital in Beersheva, after her family burned her. Usually, such atrocities happen among Arab families when the women are suspected of...
  • Israel rejects UN Sec Council call for Gaza ceasefire

    07/28/2014 6:43:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 28, 2014, 4:39 PM (IDT)
    Israel Monday rebuffed the UN Security Council’s call for an immediate and humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. In a call to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Binyamin Netanyahu said that the text relates only to the needs of “a murderous terrorist organization which attacks Israeli civilians.” It fails to address the harm inflicted on Israeli citizens and Hamas’ misuse of UN facilities for launching attacks on those citizens. Netanyahu delivered his reply as Hamas renewed rocket attacks at noon Monday, with Israeli resuming air strikes on rocket targets towards evening.
  • Report says Pentagon has lost track of thousands of firearms given to Afghan forces [203,888]

    07/28/2014 6:42:23 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 28, 2014
    The Pentagon has been unable to locate more than 40 percent of the firearms it has provided to Afghan security forces at a cost of $626 million, according to a report by a government oversight agency made public Monday. The report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) states that the Defense Department's two information systems that track weapons sent to Afghanistan are full of errors. That has sparked fears that at least some of the weapons may be available on the black market, with militants among the potential purchasers. According to the report and an article in...
  • Kayakers breach secure area at JFK airport

    07/28/2014 5:59:03 AM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 26, 2014 | Phillip Messing and Bill Sanderson
    Two kayakers adrift in Jamaica Bay with just one paddle unwittingly breached Kennedy Airport’s $300 million perimeter detection system. They could have been spotted by a boat patrol — except there wasn’t one. Port Authority boats don’t patrol the bay at night, police sources said.
  • Danny Dayan: Obama, Kerry Caused 'Long-Term Damage'

    07/28/2014 3:40:26 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/7/14 | Yaakov Levi
    Danny Dayan, head of the Council of Judea and Samaria, said Monday that asking Israel to stop its attacks on Hamas at this time was “a perversion of morality and diplomacy.” Israelis understand quite well, he said, that “they are fighting for their homes. No matter what we do the enemy will never be satisfied” without Israel's destruction. “We must continue fighting until our goals are reached.” Dayan was speaking in light of the heavy pressure being placed on Israel by US President Barack H Obama for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire. In his proposal, Obama said that the issue...
  • Hamas: Refusal of humanitarian truce during Eid al-Fitr is disrespectful to Muslims

    07/27/2014 11:48:01 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 12 replies
    YnetNews.com ^ | 28 July 2014 | Roi Kais
    Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri addressed the fighting continuation in Gaza during the ending of the Ramadan fast and said that "the occupier still refuses to any humanitarian lull related to Eid al-Fitr which shows its disrespect for the Muslims and their religious rituals".
  • 'Freedom Flotilla II' set to sail for Gaza from Turkey (With Turkish military protection)

    07/27/2014 9:23:57 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 70 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/28/2014 | Jerusalem Post
    Amid Israel’s Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas attacks from Gaza, a “Freedom Flotilla” is being organized in Turkey to bring humanitarian aid to the Hamas-controlled Palestinian coastal enclave with the protection of the Turkish military, according to an unconfirmed media report. The flotilla, called “Freedom Flotilla II,” is being organized by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), the same organization that was behind the Mavi Marmara flotilla that sought to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010. Israel Navy commandos boarded the ship, were attacked, and killed nine of the attackers.
  • Voice of America: Global Jihad Funded by Saudis, Kuwaitis and Qataris

    07/27/2014 9:16:23 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 25 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 24 July 14 | Unknown
    The Voice of America has just published a report implicating wealthy Saudis, Kuwaitis and Qataris in the funding of global jihad. The report also points out the role played by Islamic charities in the financing of Jihad.
  • Iran General: We Will Hunt Down Israelis House To House

    07/27/2014 9:00:16 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 46 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9:50 PM 07/27/2014 | Reza Kahlili
    The deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vowed revenge against Israel for its ongoing military incursion into Gaza, which has already killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis. “You [people of Israel] are trees without any roots which were planted in the Islamic lands by the British,” Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said at this week’s Friday prayer sermon in Tehran, Fars News Agency reported. That statement referred to the Balfour Declaration, which led to the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire after World War I and the eventual creation of the state Israel in 1948. “We will chase you house...
  • US and Egypt find themselves at odds once again

    07/27/2014 6:32:59 PM PDT · by Zenjitsuman · 7 replies
    Jpost ^ | 7/28/14 | Zvi Mazel
    Kerry has messed up the relationship with Egypt, just like he has with Israel. Egypt and Israel are against Hamas and radical Muslim Brotherhood. Obama gives money to the Hamas, and talks with Egypts enemies Turkey and Qatar. Egypt is closer to Israel than America in fighting Hamas.
  • Iran to UN: Do More to Stop the ‘Zionist Crimes’

    07/27/2014 6:26:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 7/28/2014, 3:45 AM | Elad Benari
    Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Sunday criticized the United Nations for failing to end “the Zionist regime’s” crimes, AFP reported. The comments came in a conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as Zarif conducted a hefty round of telephone diplomacy to rally support and humanitarian aid for Gazans. He also spoke with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and other regional leaders, stressing that the priority was to get food and medical aid into areas worst hit by Israel’s military offensive, Iran’s official IRNA news agency said. According to AFP, in his conversation with Ban Zarif said...
  • Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    07/27/2014 6:11:49 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 27 Jul 2014 | BASSEM MROUE
    BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven. The Nusra Front released the new video late Friday showing American citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22, with other fighters before the May 25 attack that targeted several army positions at the same time. It said two of the other three suicide attackers in the assault in the government-held northwestern city of Idlib were from foreign countries, including one who was identified...
  • 'Please stop!', Pope Francis makes plea for peace

    07/27/2014 5:29:59 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 45 replies
    Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square. As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of World War One and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular. With his voice appearing to crack with emotion, the pope broke off from his scripted remarks to make a direct appeal for fighting to end. "Please stop!, I ask you with all my heart, it's...
  • No room for Christians in Iraq anymore, fleeing residents say

    07/27/2014 6:05:38 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/27/2014
    Alive but not at peace, Iraqi Christians who have fled the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Mosul are recounting their nightmares about the group, while also lamenting the ostensible end of a place for their community in Iraq. Thousands fled the violence after ISIL, which now calls itself the Islamic State (IS), took control of Mosul, and many others who were left behind were forced to flee the city last week under the threat of forced conversion or execution by jihadists. Not only were the Christians harried, but their heritage that is thousands...
  • Obama Speaks to Netanyahu, Stresses Need for Ceasefire

    07/27/2014 4:14:24 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/7/14 | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening, and stressed the need for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire in Gaza. “The President underscored the United States’ strong condemnation of Hamas’ rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself,” said a statement from the White House. “The President also reiterated the United States’ serious and growing concern about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, as well as the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza,” it added. According to the statement, Obama “made clear the strategic...
  • Obama tells Netanyahu he wants immediate humanitarian cease-fire

    07/27/2014 2:33:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 117 replies
    JTA ^ | July 27, 2014
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he wants an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian” cease-fire in the war with Gaza, based on a process Israel has made clear it opposes. The statement Sunday afternoon from the White House describing a phone call between the two leaders referred to cease-fire talks led in recent days by Secretary of State John Kerry which culminated in a proposal rejected unanimously on Friday by Israel’s security Cabinet. “Building on Secretary Kerry’s efforts, the president made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire that ends hostilities now and...
  • At 2:30 A.M., Jews Blast Shema Prayer at Muslim Neighborhood

    07/27/2014 3:19:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/7/14 | Gil Ronen
    Armed with loudspeakers, they blasted the “Shema” incantation (from the 'Hear O Israel' prayer) in the direction of the Muslim Arab neighborhood of Tzur Baher. They reportedly did so at about 2:30 a.m. Video of the Jewish counterattack garnered enthusiastic reactions on Facebook. Jews all over Israel find themselves routinely harassed by noise pollution from Muslim neighborhoods in recent years. This less-known “intifada” by Arabs involves fitting loudspeakers on minarets in mosques – which for centuries made do with unamplified muezzin calls for prayer. The Jerusalem Municipality reportedly embarked on a process to investigate and limit the noise pollution by...
  • MK Danon: 'We need a ceasefire from Obama's attacks' (Israeli former Deputy Defense Minister)

    07/27/2014 2:08:37 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 07.27.14, 23:40 | Moran Azulay
    MK Danny Danon responded to US President Barack Obama's demand for an unconditional ceasefire saying, "We need a ceasefire from the attacks coming from Obama and the government in Washington. Just as the US fought with determination against the Taliban, we must continue hitting Hamas and destroying the infrastructure of terror." He also added: "We need to withstand the pressure on us and worry about the interests of the State of Israel."
  • ‘We Are All Hamas!': Thousands Attend London's Gaza Protest Glorifying Terrorism

    07/27/2014 11:57:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 7/26/2014 | Andre Walker
    It was billed as the biggest protest in London since the Stop the War Coalition marched against the invasion of Iraq. In the end the predictions of one million protesters proved to be fantasy, and some campaigners openly expressed their love for Gaza-based terrorist outfit Hamas.The crowd assembled at an empty Israeli Embassy, as the diplomats do not work on Saturdays, and marched towards an empty Parliament, which is currently on recess. This was the perfect analogy for the hollowness of London's Gaza (or pro-Hamas) protest this weekend.Many of the protesters managed to walk past the heavily guarded Israeli Embassy...
  • Deadliest Ever Islamic Attack on Tunisian Army

    07/26/2014 12:09:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Larry Provost
    The past few weeks, from France to Gaza, have seen many Islamic attacks. A record for the deadliest attack in Tunisia was also set last week. Tunisia, an overwhelmingly Islamic country, is in the middle of a crackdown on Islamic terrorists who feel the current, democratic, regime is too moderate. The Tunisian Army is leading the crackdown and 14 Tunisian soldiers were killed last in that country while 20 more soldiers were wounded; the worst terrorist attack ever seen on Tunisia’s army. The attack which took place at two checkpoints near the Algerian border, was not atypical of Islamic attacks...
  • British embassy convoy attacked in Libya's Tripoli

    07/27/2014 10:49:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    yahoo ^ | July 27, 2014
    A British embassy convoy in Tripoli came under fire on Sunday in an attempted carjacking but no-one was hurt, a spokesman for London's mission in Libya said. "Early this morning a British embassy convoy was subject to an attempted carjacking. Shots were fired at our vehicles but they managed to drive on and leave the area," spokesman Bob Phillipson said. "All embassy personnel are safe and accounted for and there were no injuries," he said.
  • Germany tells citizens to get out of Libya

    07/27/2014 10:08:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Jul 2014 19:02 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany on Sunday advised all citizens currently in Libya to immediately leave the strife-torn country, following measures taken by countries including Britain and the United States to protect citizens from increasing violence. “The situation is extremely unpredictable and uncertain,” the German foreign ministry said. “German nationals are at increased risk of kidnapping and attacks.” …
  • Some Facts and Notes About The Situation on the Border: From the Jihadi Threat Perspective

    07/27/2014 10:05:47 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 27 July 14 | Christopher Holton
    • Hezbollah has a major presence in North, Central and South America. • Hezbollah is embedded in the Lebanese Muslim community in the US and enjoys protection from a neighborhood watch-type program that serves as a countersurveillance and counterintelligence operation. They also are embedded in multiple Shia mosques, some of which are directly tied to the Iranian regime. • In 2003, then-CIA director George Tenet testified before Congress that 12 Hezbollah cells has been identified as operating in the US conducting surveillance. • A Congressional Research Service report published in 2011 indicated that Hezbollah was present in 15 US cities,...
  • Michael Behenna: Once-imprisoned soldier looks to his future

    07/27/2014 8:31:35 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 8 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 7/27/2014 | Adam Kemp
    MEDFORD — A handful of “old-timers” sit in a downtown cafe tucked between vacant buildings as old as they are and gossip over a pot of coffee. With just shy of 1,000 residents, it seems everybody knows everybody in Medford and everybody loves to know everybody’s business. On this day, the caffeine-fueled dialogue among the regulars at Make Your Mark Coffeehouse and Deli on Cherokee Street is about the quiet, young stranger that’s come to town. “He was a soldier,” one man offers. “He was just released from prison,” another chimes in. “I think he’s here to help for harvest,”...
  • Hamas Calls For New 24-Hour Truce After Israel Resumes Attacks

    07/27/2014 8:04:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/27/2014 | AYMAN MOHYELDIN, YAEL FACTOR AND PAUL ZIAD NASSAR
    GAZA CITY, Gaza — The militant group that rules the Gaza Strip asked for a cease-fire hours after Israel resumed attacks on the enclave. An Israeli army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner did not say if Israel would hold fire during, adding that troops would continue demolishing militant tunnels. And during an appearance on NBC's Meet The Press, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Hamas had not kept to any ceasefire agreement. "We’ve accepted five ceasefires — Hamas has rejected every single one of them," he said. Artillery fire and air strikes punctuated Israel's earlier announcement that it would...
  • Report: Hamas to Buy More Rockets From North Korea

    07/27/2014 8:03:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 7/27/2014, 1:35 AM | Ari Soffer
    Hamas have signed an arms deal with North Korea in order to replenish its deplete rocket arsenal, after thousands were either fired at Israeli civilians or destroyed in IDF strikes in recent weeks, according to The Telegraph. […] North Korea’s authoritarian regime has well-established ties with a variety of Islamist terrorist groups and militias in the Middle East, as it seeks alliances with anti-western forces in the region. Its relationship with Hamas in particular was exposed in 2009, when a massive shipment of arms—including heavy weaponry—was seized at Bangkok airport, after the plane transporting the deadly cargo was forced to...
  • Report: Hamas Losing Palestinian Arab Support in Gaza

    07/27/2014 7:39:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 7/27/2014, 10:31 AM | Tova Dvorin
    Hamas’s war against Israel is not only losing militarily, but losing popular support for the Islamist group in Gaza as well, according to a study released last week. A Washington Institute study published during the first week of the operation polled 450 Gazans between June 15-17—before Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, but after Hamas began firing more rockets on Israel. The study, which claims to be “the only credible Palestinian poll” since Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha’ar (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19), were abducted and murdered last month, reveals that 70% of Gazans believe that Hamas “should maintain...
  • Facebook Page Publishing Identities of French Jews to Encourage Attackers [only 1 assault so far]

    07/27/2014 7:32:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | July 25, 2014
    Facebook Page Publishing Identities of French Jews to Encourage Attackers; 15 Men Assault a Jew in Paris Suburb After Confirming Photo (UPDATE) A violent mob of more than a dozen men in France assaulted a Jew at his home in a Paris suburb after confirming that his photograph had been published by a French Facebook page identifying Jews to be targeted for physical intimidation, The Union of Jewish Students of France, the UEJF, said in a statement on Friday. The Facebook page, ‘Jeunes Révolutionnaires Français’, JRF, or ‘Young French Revolutionaries’, posted the names and photos of 32 Jews. The assault...
  • Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon's vice PM, kills at least three

    07/27/2014 7:03:55 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    reuters ^ | By Tansa Musa
    YAOUNDE (Reuters) - The wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said. A local religious leader, or lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town's mayor, was kidnapped as well, in a separate attack on his home. Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist militant group, has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks as Cameroon has deployed troops to the region, joining international efforts to combat the militants. A Cameroon military...
  • Obama Rejects Kurds’ Plea For Help Against Isis

    07/27/2014 5:59:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Powerline ^ | 07/25/2014 | BY PAUL MIRENGOFF I
    President Obama famously failed to act when warned that ISIS was preparing to mount an offensive in Western Iraq. This left ISIS free to conquer, with virtually no resistance, city after city in the defense of which American soldiers have shed blood. Now Obama is receiving new warnings, this time from the Kurds in Northern Iraq. In fact, according to the Washington Post, the Kurds are “pleading for U.S. military aid.” Unlike the Iraqi government, the Kurds possess a viable military that is prepared to fight ISIS. Indeed, they are fighting ISIS, and fairly effectively. However, the Kurds now have...
  • IDF strikes rocket launchers, tunnel and 3 terror operatives

    07/27/2014 4:58:43 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/27/2014 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The IDF on Sunday resumed striking targets in the Gaza Strip after Hamas rocket fire broke a UN requested humanitarian cease-fire to which Israel had agreed.
  • US intel official warns against toppling Hamas

    07/27/2014 2:41:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/27/2014 | Lazar Berman
    Speaking at a high-level security conference in Aspen, Colorado, outgoing US Defense Intelligence Agency head Michael Flynn warned against the dangers of toppling Hamas, saying what may replace the Islamist group could be even worse. “If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse,” Flynn, a lieutenant general, told the conference Saturday, according to Reuters.He warned that with Hamas out of the picture, the Islamic State, or something like the brutal Islamist group ruling over parts of Syria and Iraq, could take its place.Flynn also said...
  • EU Sanctions Hit Russian Intelligence Officials, Russia Says Anti-Terrorism Weakened

    07/26/2014 11:59:22 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 1 replies
    AP via Epoch Times ^ | July 26, 2014
    BRUSSELS— The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed. Among the 15 new people subjected to an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban were Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Russian Federal Security Service, and Sergei Beseda, head of the FSB department that oversees international operations and intelligence activity. Four members of Russia’s Security Council were also included on the EU list. The new measures, designed to put pressure on Moscow and its allies in Ukraine, were announced in the EU’s Official...
  • Al Qaeda-linked Syria fighters release video purporting to show American suicide bomber

    07/26/2014 8:48:58 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 27, 2014 | AP
    An Al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven. The Nusra Front released the new video late Friday showing American citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22, with other fighters before the May 25 attack that targeted several army positions at the same time. Abu-Salha appears smiling in the video and speaks in broken Arabic. "I want to rest in the afterlife, in heaven. There is nothing here and the heart is not resting,"...
  • Colorado woman's quest for jihad baffles neighbors

    07/26/2014 6:55:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/26/2014 | JENNY DEAM
    To those who knew her, Shannon Maureen Conley was a bright teenager lost in middle-class suburbia who went searching for love and purpose. She thought she found it half a world away with a Tunisian man 13 years her senior who promised marriage and holy war. The plan went only as far as Denver International Airport, where Conley was arrested in April as she tried to board a plane to support Islamic fighters in Syria. Conley told the FBI she was determined to be "defending Muslims on the Muslim homeland against people who are trying to kill them." If that...
  • US Embassy in Libya evacuated amid ‘significant deterioration in security’; President golfs

    07/26/2014 6:37:09 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 7/26/14 | Twitchy Staff
    The United States suspended operations at its embassy in Libya Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said. “Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,” spokeswoman Marie Harf said. No news on how well the president shot.
  • Turkey to send another jihad flotilla to Gaza, this time with troops

    07/26/2014 6:19:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 95 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/26/2014 | Robert Spencer
    The people on the Mavi Marmara flotilla were genocidal Jew-hating jihadis, as you can see in the second video above: they were chanting a jihad war cry recalling Muhammad’s massacre of the Jews of Arabia: “Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return.” See the photos here of their weapons.And now Turkish troops will be accompanying a new jihad flotilla to Gaza. Will they attack Israeli troops?“Turkey to send another Freedom Flotilla to Gaza,” Middle East Monitor, July 26, 2014: The Turkish humanitarian relief organisation (IHH) is currently organising a “Freedom Flotilla II” which will carry humanitarian aid...
  • Muslims Take Fifty Innocent People, Cut Their Heads Off, And Place Their Heads On Poles...

    07/26/2014 6:15:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 83 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/26/2014 | Theodore Shoebat and Walid Shoebat
    After the ISIS defeated the Raqqa base manned by Division 17 of the Syrian army, the countless POWs were then beheaded and their heads were displayed for public view in the city square. Shoebat.com was the first to obtain this extremely gory footage: Shoebat.com also translated what the ISIS spokesperson said during the filming: In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful He had fulfilled his promise and defeated the enemy by himself. Your brothers here, the soldiers of the Islamic Caliphate, Allah had blessed us a great blessing from him. He had allowed us to defeat Division 17....