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  • FBI Unable To Crack San Bernardino Killers' Cell Phone

    02/11/2016 6:51:08 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | Feb 9, 2016 | Staff
    FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday one of the phones used by the killers in the San Bernardino, California, attacks remains inaccessible to investigators more than two months after 14 people were fatally shot. Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey cited the case as an example of how encryption is affecting counterterrorism efforts. But he said the dilemma of bad guys "going dark" is mostly affecting state and local law enforcement officials who are trying to solve murder, drug and car accident cases. Companies are increasingly making devices such as cellphones with encryption that allows only the people communicating...
  • VIDEO Resident of Calais speaks: “This is the death of civilization”

    02/11/2016 5:20:40 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 33 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 2/10/2016 | Pamela Geller
    (Watch video at link) What powerful testimony. This woman's description of life (what little there is) in her French hometown is a horror. Muslims roam the streets in wild packs -- raping, robbing, attacking. "And the police do nothing." And still the Muslim migrants come in untold numbers. Heart breaking description of how a government can destroy a city and a people. If ever there was an example of why a free people need a 1st and 2nd amendment style protection, this is it. Please watch it all.
  • US missile defense aid to Israel to cut sharply in 2017

    02/10/2016 10:41:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 2/10/2016, 8:13 AM | Ari Yashar
    Pentagon documents released on Tuesday indicate that the 2017 budget requests of the US Defense Department include a total of $145.8 million for Israeli missile defense programs, a sharp drop in financial support amid a standoff over American military aid. The aid, meant for Israel's missile interceptor programs including the short-range Iron Dome, medium-range David's Sling and Arrow ballistic missile interceptor, includes far lower figures than those recorded the year before in 2016, reports Reuters. A total of $103.8 million for Israeli cooperative programs was listed in the 2017 budget request, in a serious cut from $267.7 million in 2016....
  • French parliament approves stripping citizenship from terrorists

    02/10/2016 10:22:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 2/10/2016, 4:15 AM | Ben Ariel
    Lawmakers in France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday night narrowly voted to pass a highly controversial proposal to amend the constitution to strip people convicted of terrorist offenses of their French nationality, AFP reported. The measure, passed by 162 votes to 148 with 22 abstentions, followed weeks of debate after it was proposed as part of a set of measures by President Francois Hollande in the wake of the jihadist attacks in Paris in November that killed 130 people. The nationality measure has strong public support, but has deeply divided Hollande's ruling Socialist Party. ...
  • U.N. Security Council members push Russia to stop Aleppo bombing

    02/10/2016 9:41:55 PM PST · by Mariner · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 10th, 2016 | By Michelle Nichols
    Several United Nations Security Council members pressed Russia on Wednesday to stop bombing around Syria's Aleppo in support of a Syrian military offensive and allow humanitarian access ahead of a crucial meeting of major powers in Germany on the conflict. The 15-member Security Council met behind closed doors to discuss the situation after the U.N. warned that hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo. "Russia's air strikes have been a direct cause of this crisis around Aleppo," New Zealand's U.N. Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen told reporters after...
  • US Army orders hundreds of soldiers back to southern Afghanistan

    02/10/2016 6:46:59 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | February 10, 2016 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    For the first time since combat operations were declared over at the end of 2014, a battalion of 500 U.S. Army infantrymen is being sent to southern Afghanistan's volatile Helmand Province where the Taliban have made a comeback, Fox News has learned. The decision, confirmed by defense officials, is a sign of military escalation in the country even as the Obama administration tries to draw down. The battalion is meant to relieve a company of 150 soldiers, giving the U.S. Army nearly 350 more soldiers to prevent the Taliban from taking over volatile Helmand province. The Army's 2-87 infantry battalion,...
  • Cruz Scolds Obama: 'Stop Protecting China'

    02/10/2016 4:59:13 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 10, 2016 | Morgan Chalfant
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) directed President Obama to "stop protecting China" in order to more effectively respond to hostile actions from North Korea. Cruz, a presidential candidate, penned the letter to Obama Wednesday to express concern with his policy of "strategic patience" toward North Korea. Earlier, the Texas senator announced that he would vote in favor of legislation that would impose nuclear weapons-related sanctions in North Korea, which is expected to gain passage in the Senate. Cruz outlined several means of more effectively responding to aggressive actions from North Korea, which over the weekend launched a long-range rocket and...
  • Ignoring Obama, Iran upgrades its nuclear-capable Emad missile

    02/10/2016 5:00:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 2/10/2016, 2:10 PM | Ari Yashar
    In open defiance of recent US sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan on late Tuesday told local media that Tehran will soon be rolling out an upgrade of its nuclear-capable medium-range Emad missiles. The "next generation of Emad with improved precision" will be unveiled in the next Iranian year which starts on March 20, Dehghan said as cited by the semi-official Fars News Agency. Emad is said to have a 1,700 kilometer range, putting Israel and much of eastern Europe squarely in its sights. [...] In light of an Iranian Emad test on October 10,...
  • Algerian shouted "Inshallah" - if Allah wills it - as he raped a 25-year-old German student

    02/10/2016 4:53:50 PM PST · by ghosthost · 47 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 02-10-2016 | Corey Charlton
    He had banged her head on the ground repeatedly until she was almost unconscious, and she thought she was going to die. She said: 'He put his hand over my mouth and closed my nose, and I thought I was going to suffocate. I then indicated to him that I had given in, and would do what he wanted if he let me breathe.' He then raped her and she said that throughout he was talking to himself, shouting 'Inshallah' - which is Arabic for 'if Allah wills it'. She said: 'Afterwards he asked me if it was good, and...
  • Bill Maher: Dems Could Lose By Refusing to Say 'Islamic Terrorism'

    02/10/2016 4:20:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 06:18 PM | Greg Richter
    Liberal comic Bill Maher is a Bernie Sanders supporter, though he could live with a Hillary Clinton presidency, too. But the host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" writes in The Hollywood Reporter that Democrats risk losing the White House in November over one issue: refusing to use the term "Islamic terrorism." [...] Maher noted that 40 countries have some version of Islamic Sharia law, and said he is mystified why liberals feel no need to oppose it. ...
  • Op-Ed: A courageous idea to stop the murders

    02/10/2016 3:49:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/2/16 | Leonie Ben Simon
    t takes a village to raise a child. Children are being raised in many Arab villages to hate from birth with the ultimate aim and honour of being a shahid – a martyr - if they kill Jews. Their schoolbooks and their media bring them up to believe this. Their teachers, their parents and their whole villages dance and celebrate when Jews are murdered by their own teenagers. It is no accident that their young people are murdering Jews. All efforts to stop this have not worked. The left has failed miserably in its integration efforts. Politicians are afraid of...
  • Sprint and stab: Footage shows Arab attack on Israeli jogger

    02/10/2016 3:39:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/2/16 | Ari Soffer
    Police have released footage showing the moment an Arab terrorist stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli jogger in Gush Etzion, and then fled from the scene. His victim, a Jewish man in his 30s, had been running outside the town of Neve Daniel when he was stabbed and seriously injured. He managed to reach the gate of the town, where security guards called an ambulance and initiated a manhunt. Following the attack, security forces closed off the Arab village of Nahalin, where the attacker is believed to have come from and fled to, as part of efforts to track him...
  • Jeb Bush: Temporary Muslim Ban 'Horrific,' Illegal Immigration 'Act of Love'

    02/10/2016 3:20:29 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/10/16 | JOHN NOLTE
    Everything wrong with Jeb Bush can be summed up in his approach to border security and American sovereignty. As we all now know, the former Florida governor considers illegal immigration an "act of love" on the part of the illegal immigrant sneaking into America illegally. Wednesday morning on "Morning Joe," after barely getting out of New Hampshire alive, Bush repeatedly described frontrunner Donald Trump's proposed temporary ban on foreign Muslims as "horrific." You don't have to agree with the idea of Trump's temporary ban to see the benefits of such a thing, or why two-thirds of Republican voters in a...
  • Athens Given Deadline as EU Looks to Send More Refugees Back to Greece

    02/10/2016 2:35:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/10 | Jennifer Rankin
    EU authorities want to reintroduce Greece to ‘Dublin system’, which lets governments send asylum seekers back to the first country they arrived inEuropean Union authorities have given Athens one month to improve conditions for asylum seekers in the hope of eventually sending more refugees back to Greece. The plan to overhaul Greece’s migration and asylum system is part of the EU’s effort to get to grips with the biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, amid apocalyptic warnings that the union is falling apart. The European commission issued Athens with a list of instructions on Wednesday to bring Greece...
  • How Vladimir Putin lost Ukraine

    02/10/2016 11:49:46 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 15 replies
    NEW STATESMAN ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Elizabeth Pond
    Putin’s war cost Russia its centuries-long shared identity with its neighbour. Now, Kyiv risks betraying the spirit of the Maidan revolution. When the Russian inquest finally comes, the answer will be clear. It was President Vladimir Putin who lost Ukraine – after a millennium of shared east Slav identity. When the Ukrainian inquest into who lost the ­Euromaidan’s “Revolution of Dignity” finally comes, the answer, on the present evidence, will also be clear. It was an elite core of politicians and oligarchs who first worked a miracle in fighting Russia’s military Goliath to a stalemate – only to revert to...
  • Actually, it really is a rebellion

    02/10/2016 11:44:39 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 312 replies
    February 10, 2016 | Jim Robinson
    As much as I love Cruz as a conservative, there really is a voter rebellion underway and it may be unstoppable. Despite all the denials, the simple truth is the voters really are fed-up and really are up in arms against the establishment. Trump's message is exactly what the voters are looking for: Build the wall, enforce the law, deport them all, slap a moratorium on Muslim immigration, bomb the hell out of ISIS, cut the taxes, cut the spending, cut the regulations, cut the government, cut the bad trade deals, cut the political correctness crap, bring back capital, bring...
  • Turkey 'seizes suicide vests and explosives' from Syrian border refugees fleeing Russia strikes

    02/10/2016 1:49:45 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 17 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 9:21AM GMT 10 Feb 2016 | Louisa Loveluck
    Turkey 'seizes suicide vests and explosives' from Syrian border Army says they found the haul while searching a group trying to cross into Turkey Louisa Loveluck in Gaziantep 9:21AM GMT 10 Feb 2016 Turkey has claimed that its soldiers had seized explosives and suicide vests from the closed border with Syria. The army said in a statement that the hardware had been found in the baggage of a group of 34 people stopped near the Syrian border. "Between 12 and 15 kilos of explosives and four belts that could be used for suicide attacks were found in two bags," it...
  • Robert Kennedy's Assassin Faces Parole Board

    02/10/2016 1:29:25 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    SKY News ^ | February 10, 2016
    The man who fatally shot presidential candidate Robert Kennedy nearly half a century ago faces a parole board in California. Sirhan Sirhan, 71, will have his 15th such hearing at the Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego on Wednesday. The Palestinian-born Sirhan is serving a life sentence for opening fire on the political scion at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on 5 June 1968. He has denied having any recollection of the killing, but has also said he targeted Kennedy because of his support for Israel. Sirhan was last denied parole in 2011, when the board ruled...
  • Iran Publishes Pictures of Captured U.S. Sailors Crying

    02/10/2016 6:54:30 AM PST · by don-o · 77 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/10/16 | Adam Kredo
    Iran has released new photographs in which at least one of the recently captured U.S. sailors is crying, according to a series of the pictures posted on social media. The pictures, as well as an accompanying video, were released by Iranian state-controlled news outlets and disseminated on Twitter by Iranian reporters early Wednesday. The new photographs come on the heels of another set of pictures that showed Iranian military forces detaining the U.S. sailors at gun point and forcing them to place their hands upon their heads while kneeling on a ship.
  • The Paris Massacre Sunk Dr. Ben Carson

    02/10/2016 12:32:09 PM PST · by drewh · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 hours ago | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich seized second place in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday evening, in a race Donald Trump had dominated since the fall. But others had also spent time in the second place slot behind Trump, including former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina after her strong undercard debate performance in September; and Dr. Ben Carson, who was in second for much of the autumn, but finished in last place on Tuesday evening. What happened? A look at the RealClearPolitics averages allows us to pinpoint the exact moment when Carson began to fade, never to recover: Nov. 13, 2015....
  • Syrian Kurds open Moscow representation

    02/10/2016 12:48:56 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 5 replies
    hurriyetdailynews.com ^ | February/10/2016 | Agence France-Presse
    Syrian Kurds open Moscow representation MOSCOW - Agence France-Presse Participants pose for a picture during a ceremony opening a representative office of Kurdish groups in Syria, in Moscow, Russia, February 10, 2016. REUTERS Photo Kurdish groups in Syria on Feb. 10 opened a representation in Moscow amid a push by the Kremlin to have them included in Syria peace talks despite Turkey’s objections. “This is a historical moment for the Kurdish people,” Merab Shamoyev, chairman of the International Union of Kurdish Public Associations, said at the opening ceremony for the office in an industrial neighborhood in southeast Moscow. “Russia is...
  • Turkish leader: U.S. responsible for 'sea of blood' for supporting Syrian Kurds

    02/10/2016 12:43:58 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 12:29 PM ET, Wed February 10, 2016 | Greg Botelho, CNN
    Turkish leader: U.S. responsible for 'sea of blood' for supporting Syrian Kurds By Greg Botelho, CNN Updated 12:29 PM ET, Wed February 10, 2016 (CNN)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has had no shortage of harsh, withering words for enemies involved in the bloody civil war in neighboring Syria. Now, he's turning his verbal barrage on a key NATO ally: the United States. Erdogan ripped into Washington on Wednesday, claiming it's responsible for a "sea of blood" in Syria for what he called its ignorance about dangers posed by other groups, not just ISIS, in the region. Specifically, he slammed America's...
  • Obama/Trump Back Russian Invasion of Syria

    02/10/2016 12:33:11 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 47 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 9, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    ... There is no other way to describe it: the Obama policy is to let the Russian/Iranian/Hezbollah axis take over Syria. That is what the current battle for Aleppo is all about. Times columnist Roger Cohen argues that "It is too late, as well as pure illusion, to expect significant change in Obama's Syria policy." But he proposes that Obama should at least increase the number of Syrian refugees taken in this year to 65,000, as opposed to his currently proposed 10,000. But letting in more refugees scares Americans who suspect that there will be terrorists among them. Such a...
  • Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks

    02/10/2016 12:17:50 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 15 replies
    middleeasteye.net ^ | Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC | MEE staff
    Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks MEE staff Tuesday 9 February 2016 15:40 UTC Last update: Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC King Hamad expresses hope for 'imminent victory' after presenting Russian president with sword made of Damascus steel Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a "sword of victory” made from Damascus steel during a visit to Russia that included talks with his host about the crisis in Syria. King Hamad and Putin exchanged gifts during a meeting at the Russian leader's residence in Sochi on the Black Sea...
  • Eight ISIS, Taliban recruits joined Galloway convoy to Gaza

    02/10/2016 11:35:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 2/9/2016, 5:05 PM | Ari Soffer
    A brutal ISIS torturer wasn't the only jihadist terrorist who traveled with former British MP George Galloway to Gaza, it has been revealed. According to a recent report, Alexander Kotey left the UK on Galloway's "Viva Palestina" convoy to Gaza in 2009, and from there eventually made his way to Syria to join the Islamic State terror group. [...] As many as eight Muslim extremists who would later be convicted of or involved in terrorist activities joined the convoy, according to The Times. Among them were Amin Addala and Reza Afsharzadegan, both known associates of Emwazi from west London; and...
  • Congress Considering Safe Zone for Persecuted Christians, Yazidis in Iraq

    02/10/2016 11:07:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 9, 2016 | 5:37 PM EST | Jose R. Gonzalez
    Former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said that Congress is considering the creation of an autonomous region in Iraq to protect Christians and Yazidis from persecution by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and criticized the State Department's lack of involvement in the ongoing discussions. "There are discussions and there will be a resolution introduced in the House, I believe, to set up an into-the-plains, basically a protectorate, whereby Christians, Yazidis and other minorities [will be protected]," Wolf said at an event last week at the National Press Club in Washington. However, Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute's...
  • Senate panel OKs bill blocking feds from arresting, detaining Az on domestic terrorism charges

    02/10/2016 8:59:21 AM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — State lawmakers are moving to protect Arizona citizens from being hauled off in the middle of the night by the Department of Homeland Security. The measure approved Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility makes it illegal to "arrest or capture'' any citizen "with the intent of detention under the law of war.'' It also would bar executing anyone who has not first been convicted in a federal court. Sen. Judy Burges, R-Sun City West, said SB 1437 is aimed at the heart of the National Defense Authorization Act. She said that law is...
  • North Korea reportedly executed its army chief of staff

    02/10/2016 8:15:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    SEOUL -- North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges, and disappearances under the country's young leader. The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding the isolated North Korea after its Sunday launch of a long-range rocket, about a month after it drew international condemnation for conducting its fourth nuclear test. A source familiar with North Korean affairs also told Reuters that Ri had been executed. The source declined to be identified, given the sensitivity of...
  • Kurds Backed by Russian airstrikes Attack Syrian Air Base Held by Insurgents

    02/10/2016 6:58:19 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 9 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Feb 10, 2016, 8:33 AM ET | bassem mroue, associated press
    Kurds Attack Syrian Air Base Held by Insurgents By bassem mroue, associated press BEIRUT — Feb 10, 2016, 8:33 AM ET Kurdish fighters backed by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, activists and a rebel commander said. Syria's Kurds have been among the most effective forces battling the Islamic State group, but have remained largely neutral in the conflict between President Bashar Assad and the rebels fighting to overthrow him. But with Syrian troops backed by Russian warplanes waging a major offensive between...
  • Plenty of Palestinian Passes-The heavy cost of ignoring or rewarding Palestinian hostility and hate

    02/10/2016 5:26:17 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 10, 2016 | Noah Beck
    Plenty of Palestinian Passes The heavy cost of ignoring or rewarding Palestinian hostility and hate. February 10, 2016 Noah Beck Reprinted from InvestigativeProject.org. Activists who genuinely want to see peace between Israelis and Palestinians need to internalize a memorably alliterative warning: plenty of Palestinian passes perpetuate the impasse. The more global opinion ignores or rewards irresponsible behavior by Palestinians, the more likely renewed violence (rather than peace) becomes. There are enough instances of unfair and counterproductive "Palestinian passes" to fill a tome, but here are some recent examples.PASSING ON HAMAS BELLICOSITY Probably the most important pass currently given to...
  • Man accused of tossing alligator into drive-thru window

    02/10/2016 5:21:23 AM PST · by Sam's Army · 26 replies
    Lakeland Ledger ^ | , February 9, 2016 | Terry Spencer
    WEST PALM BEACH — Alligators have been used as shoes, briefcases, university mascots, lunch and now, authorities say, a deadly weapon. Joshua James, 24, was arrested Monday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials said he threw a 3.5-foot alligator through a Palm Beach County Wendy's drive-thru window in October. He's also charged with illegally possessing an alligator and petty theft. Jail records show he was released on $6,000 bail Tuesday. He was ordered to have no contact with animals. Wildlife officer Nicholas Guerin said in his report...
  • WH Rescinds Objections, Israel to Receive Latest Long Distance Boeing Refueler

    02/10/2016 1:27:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    TheJewishPress.com ^ | February 9th, 2016 | David Israel
    After refusing to sell Israel new planes for several years, mostly for fear that Israel would turn around and go bomb Iran with them, the White House now agreed in principle to let Israel buy the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus, using the US security assistance package. According to Walla, the Dept. of Defense initially offered Israel to purchase older models, to make room on its shelves for the new merchandize, but Israel refused, and started spreading hints that if Obama won’t give her what she needs, she can always get it from the next tenant in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. So last...
  • Watch: How do Europeans respond to 'settlement' chocolate?

    02/09/2016 3:29:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/2/16 | Eliran Aharon
    What does the average European think about the recent EU decision to label Jewish goods from Judea-Samaria? The Lev HaOlam organization set up shop in a central Amsterdam square to find out. Equipped with a tray of chocolates produced in Hevron, they group offered the chocolates to passersby and asked if they'd heard about the EU's controversial decision. Surprisingly, many of the tasters said they had not heard about the decision to label so-called "settlement" products. "If we chanced upon those who'd heard about the decision, we were embraced with a hug and passionate support," said Lev HaOlam chairman Nati...
  • Britain First carries out Christian Patrol in Islamist hotspot Bury Park, Luton

    02/09/2016 2:21:42 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 68 replies
    Britain First ^ | Jan 23, 2016
    Bury Park in Luton is an area notorious for Islamic extremists, ISIS fanatics, hate preachers and terrorists. It is perhaps the worst hotspot in the whole country for Islamists. In response to the recent imprisonment of an ISIS supporter (who is from Bury Park) Britain First carried out a "Christian Patrol" along the High Street and encountered ferocious hostility from local Muslims. What followed was a shocking look into the Islamisation of our beloved country. Our activists were attacked and pelted with eggs. Verbal abuse was rife. Muslims claimed they have "taken over" Luton and the UK. This is the...
  • Turkey's rising tension with Russia over Kurds puts Erdoğan in a corner (Kurds now in Moscow)

    02/09/2016 1:46:10 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Tuesday 9 February 2016 10.16 EST | Simon Tisdall
    Turkey's rising tension with Russia over Kurds puts Erdoğan in a corner Syrian Kurdish party opening a Moscow office marks new nadir in relations, and could lead to Turkish forces crossing border Escalating tension between Russia and Turkey will reach a new high when the Democratic Union party (PYD), the leading Kurdish political organisation in north-eastern Syria, which Ankara regards as a terrorist group, opens a representative office in Moscow on Wednesday at Vladimir Putin’s personal invitation. The development comes amid a dangerous tug-of-war between Russia and the US for power and influence in strategic areas along the Turkey-Syria border....
  • Intelligence director warns of 'likely' Islamic State plot to strike in U.S. in 2016

    02/09/2016 1:35:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 53 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 9, 2016 | Andrew V. Pestano
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- In testimony before Congress on Tuesday, National Intelligence Director James Clapper said the Islamic State will likely attempt an attack on U.S. soil this year and that North Korea has restarted a plutonium reactor. Clapper said the Islamic State has been infiltrating migrant groups posed as refugees fleeing from Iraq and Syria in efforts to spread across borders. He warned the foremost terrorist threat to the United States is the Islamic State and its eight branches, including Boko Haram, which changed its name to the Islamic State West Africa Province after formally pledging allegiance in...
  • Police raid in German village after 'ISIS commander' living there gives a TV interview

    02/09/2016 1:26:46 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 16 replies
    DailyMail ^ | February 9, 2016 | Simon Tomlinson
    Police carried out anti-terror raids in a German village after a TV station interviewed a refugee suspected of being an ISIS commander. Officers searched the homes of two men living in migrant housing in Sankt Johann, near the western city of Mainz, after they were accused of being part of an extremist organisation. It came after Spiegel TV reported that it had tracked down one of the men, a 32-year-old Syrian which it claimed was an former ISIS commander. The suspect, named only as Bassam, allegedly fought with ISIS in the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor before leaving via...
  • DONALD TRUMP Drops the P-word at Rally – And CROWD ROARS! (VIDEO)

    02/09/2016 1:28:52 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 100 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 02/09/16 | Jim Hoft
    Donald Trump held another massive rally in New Hampshire on Monday night.4,000 supporters came out in a blizzard to see Donald Trump! During the rally in Manchester when Donald Trump was talking about waterboarding and Ted Cruz when a member of the audience screamed out, “He’s a p*ssy!”Trump: She just said a terrible thing. You know what she said? Shout it out because I don’t want to…Crowd member: P*$%y!Trump: I never expect to hear that from you again. She said – I never expect to hear that from you again – She said he’s a p*ssy. (crowd roars) That’s terrible...
  • Russia is 'trying to draw Turkey into a fight' in Syria, and it may be working

    02/09/2016 1:15:39 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 37 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 02/09/2016 | Natasha Bertrand
    Russia is 'trying to draw Turkey into a fight' in Syria, and it may be working Natasha Bertrand 2h 3,495 7 The Russian Ministry of Defense warned Turkey against launching a military incursion into Syria last week, announcing on Thursday that it had seen "growing signs" that Turkish forces were preparing to intervene to bolster rebel forces battling pro-regime troops in the north. Some experts say, however, that Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be trying to bait Turkey into entering the Syrian battlefield in order to retaliate for Ankara's decision to down a Russian warplane in November. "Russia is...
  • 'We will encircle all of Israel with a security fence' (Netanyahu)

    02/09/2016 1:03:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    INN ^ | 2/9/2016, 5:14 PM | Nitsan Keidar
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu toured on Tuesday the route of the fence being built along Israel's eastern border with Jordan. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot and Southern District commander Eyal Zamir also participated in the tour along the route of the anticipated 30-kilometer fence. So far, five kilometers of the border fence have been erected. [...] The Prime Minister expressed his opinion that all of Israel should be surrounded by some sort of border fence. "At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it...
  • Turkey summons US envoy over State Dept comments on Syria Kurds

    02/09/2016 12:38:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/2/16
    Turkey's foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador on Tuesday, according to media reports, after State Department spokesman John Kirby angered Ankara by saying that Washington did not consider the main Syrian Kurdish party to be a terrorist organization. Turkish authorities, who consider the Democratic Union Party (PYD) a terrorist group, have expressed their "unease" over the remarks by Kirby....
  • Top intel official confirms ISIS made, used chemical weapons

    02/09/2016 9:48:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 9, 2016 | Catherine Herridge and AP
    Video at link. The nation's top intelligence official confirmed Tuesday that the Islamic State has succeeded in making and deploying chemical agents in Iraq and Syria -- calling it the first such attack by an extremist group in more than two decades. The confirmation of mustard gas use came during Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he spoke to the Islamic State's growing sophistication online and in the battlefield. He did not elaborate on where and when the chemical attacks occurred, though there has been mounting evidence the terror group was experimenting...
  • Top intelligence official: ISIS to attempt U.S. attacks this year

    02/09/2016 9:45:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/09/2016 | Ryan Browne
    The top U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday that ISIS was likely to attempt direct attacks on the U.S. in the coming year and that the group was infiltrating refugees escaping from Iraq and Syria to move across borders. James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, estimated that violent extremists were active in about 40 countries and that there currently exist more terrorist safe havens "than at any time in history." Testifying on global threats at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Clapper warned that ISIS and its eight branches were the No. 1 terrorist threat, and that it was using...
  • Russian air strikes in Syria 'good thing': UN War Crimes Investigator Del Ponte

    02/09/2016 9:09:53 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 02/08/2016 | AFP
    Russian air strikes in Syria 'good thing': Del Ponte AFP 21 hours ago Geneva (AFP) - Former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who is currently probing rights abuses in Syria, on Monday backed Russia's air strikes on "terrorist groups" in the war-torn country. "Overall, I think the Russian intervention is a good thing, because finally someone is attacking these terrorist groups," Del Ponte told Swiss public broadcaster RTS, listing the Islamic State group and Al-Nusra among the groups targeted. But Del Ponte, a member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, quickly added that the Russians apparently "are...
  • British Effort to Identify Potential Radicals Spurs Debate Over Profiling

    02/09/2016 8:50:48 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 9, 2016 | KIMIKO DE FREYTAS-TAMURA
    LONDON — The boy’s teachers were growing increasingly concerned. He was speaking admiringly in school of Jihadi John, the notorious British executioner with the Islamic State, and expressing a desire to travel to Syria. Twice, the teachers referred the boy — a teenager from Blackburn, in northern England — to a government program called Prevent set up to spot early signs of extremism and intervene before it was too late. On both occasions, the boy — struggling with his studies after his parents separated and socially withdrawn because of a degenerative eye disease that blurred his vision — refused to...
  • Germans rush for weapons licenses amid public anxiety (non-lethal)

    02/09/2016 8:36:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 Feb 2016 12:22 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The number of Germans holding licenses for non-lethal weapons rose sharply over the last three months, as the refugee influx appears to have unleashed a wave of public insecurity. Between November and January the number of non-lethal weapons licenses rose by 21,000, bringing the total to 301,000 nationwide. The numbers come from a request made to the interior ministry by Green Party MP Irene Mihalic. [...] These licenses allow holders to carry blank-firing guns, pepper spray and other sprayed deterrents. ...
  • Proactive Redemption in Responding to Palestinian Violence

    02/09/2016 8:09:06 AM PST · by zlando · 3 replies
    BESA: Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies ^ | Oct. 11, 2015 | Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen IDF
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Those who view Israel as a stepping stone for redemption and as the Jewish national spiritual homeland will act differently in responding to Palestinian violence than those who view Israel merely as a safe haven. Thus, the government should do more than just approve security operations against the terrorists. It should approve increased construction in Judea and Samaria and in Jerusalem. Read the full article....
  • You Don’t Know What Obama Said at the Mosque

    02/09/2016 6:51:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/09/2016 | Dennis Prager
    If you seek to understand Barack Obama and his views, the best place to go is his speeches. But you have to read them in their entirety, not rely on hearing them or on the media's summary of them. When you do, you come to realize how often what Obama says is morally and intellectually confused and even untrue. The most recent example was his speech last week at a mosque in Baltimore. In addition to reassuring Muslim Americans that they are as American as Americans of every other faith -- a point that any president, Republican or Democrat, would...
  • Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces

    02/09/2016 6:38:59 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 23 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | Associated Press
    Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces By Associated Press February 7 ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s president lashed out at the United States a week after President Barack Obama’s envoy visited a northern Syrian town that is under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces, which Ankara considers terrorists. In comments published Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Washington should choose between Turkey and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, as its partner. That came after envoy Brett McGurk’s visit to Kobani, where the PYD’s military wing, aided by U.S.-led airstrikes, drove back Islamic State militants a year...
  • Islam: Has It “Always Been Part of America”?-Obama’s mosque speech vs. history.

    02/09/2016 5:35:59 AM PST · by SJackson · 42 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 9, 2016 | Joseph Klein
    Islam: Has It "Always Been Part of America"? Obama's mosque speech vs. history. February 9, 2016 Joseph Klein President Barack Obama spoke for the first time as president at a U.S. mosque on February 3, 2016. His choice was the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque, where he portrayed Islam as having "always been part of America." The Islamic Society of Baltimore was established in 1969. If Obama had wanted to speak at "the oldest purpose-built mosque that is still in use today" in the United States, in order to try to demonstrate that Islam has "always been...