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  • In Iran, State-Backed Companies Win From Lifted Sanctions

    02/06/2016 5:24:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 5, 2016 | By THOMAS ERDBRINK
    TEHRAN - Only weeks into what was widely anticipated to be a helter-skelter, post-sanctions rush of Western money and expertise into Iran, limits to the country's opening are beginning to emerge as the conservative leadership seeks to limit the reach of Western influences. Behind the headlines announcing big business contracts with European companies it is becoming increasingly clear that, so far, the only deals being struck have been with the state-backed conglomerates. These are the groups that dominate major industrial and commercial sectors of the Iranian economy like the Revolutionary Guards. As a result, little or nothing is trickling down...
  • Palestinians stepping up statehood bid, Israel’s UN envoy warns

    02/05/2016 8:52:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 4, 2016, 5:47 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Jerusalem is bracing for a series of Palestinian statehood initiatives in various international forums, including resolutions at the United Nations Security Council, Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said Thursday. "The Palestinians are increasing their involvement and activity in the international arena in a bid to internationalize the conflict," he told The Times of Israel. There are several initiatives calling for the creation of a Palestinian state circulating among UN diplomats, and while they recently received less exposure due to the world's focus on fighting the Islamic State terror group, these resolutions are anything but forgotten, he indicated. ...
  • Iran to strengthen missile program: army chief

    02/05/2016 8:48:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 4, 2016 10:11am EST | Parisa Hafezi
    Iran will continue to develop its missile program and it should not be considered a threat to neighboring and friendly countries, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted the head of the army as saying on Thursday. Under a deal reached between Iran and six major powers in 2015, most international sanctions imposed on Iran due to its nuclear program were lifted last month. However, sanctions imposed on its missile program were not lifted. According to a July 20 United Nations Security Council resolution endorsing the deal, Iran is still "called upon" to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to...
  • President Obama’s Speech at Islamic Center of Baltimore: A Fact Check

    02/05/2016 3:38:10 PM PST · by vekzen · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/5/2016 | clare lopez
    Whatever the reason, President Barack Obama got a lot of things factually wrong in his 3 February 2016 speech at the Islamic Center of Baltimore. Things that are basic to doctrinal Islam are not only knowable because they are readily available in English but, it might be argued, obligatory that an American commander-in-chief should know in fulfillment of his oath to defend the Constitution against “all enemies foreign and domestic.”
  • Austria to send back 50,000 migrants

    02/05/2016 2:48:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Austrian, the ^ | 01 February 2016 | Bel Trew
    Austria is to step up the deportation of migrants by sending at least 50,000 home just as Germany has told refugees that their welcome was temporary. Last September the two countries opened their borders to hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict and poverty across Africa and the Middle East. Despite an outpouring of sympathy for their plight, there has been growing public concern about crime and security, forcing the governments to pull back from the open-door policy. Yesterday the Austrian authorities said that they would carry out at least 50,000 deportations over the next four years. The number of...
  • Three Republicans Ask to Visit Iran to Observe ‘Iranian Democracy in Action’

    02/05/2016 2:10:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 5, 2016 | 4:17 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Three Republican lawmakers have asked Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to facilitate their visa applications to visit Iran, where they want to observe "Iranian democracy in action," meet with imprisoned Americans, and visit nuclear facilities. Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) say they also want to use the visit to get an update on Iran's ballistic missile developments, and to discuss with the IRGC its detention last month of 10 U.S. Navy sailors in the Persian Gulf. "If Iran is truly a partner in peace,...
  • EU officials find that most of the ‘refugees’ are not refugees. What a mess

    02/05/2016 1:52:37 PM PST · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Spectator ^ | 30 January 2015 | Douglas Murray
    Even EU officials are now finally admitting that a lot – or, rather, most – of the people we have been calling ‘refugees’ are not refugees. They are economic migrants with no more right to be called European citizens than anybody else in the world. Even Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission, made this point this week. In his accounting, at least 60pc of the people who are here are economic migrants who should not be here – are from North African states such as Morocco and Tunisia. As he told Dutch television:- Swedish officials are coming to...
  • Mother of girl raped by three Somali men - attackers' relatives terrified her throughout trial

    02/05/2016 1:35:01 PM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 01 February 2016 | Martin Robinson
    The mother of a 16-year-old raped by three Somali men today claimed 50 of their friends and family carried out a two-month campaign of intimidation throughout the trial. The woman, says she was smuggled into court via a back door 'as if she was the criminal'. Muhyadeen Osman, Bilal Ahmed and Mowled Yussuf, all 20, gang raped the girl at the Victoria Park Hotel in Manchester, having spent the night before there for Eid. 'On one occasion, the judge said only 10 of the family members were allowed into the court but still another 20 ganged up in the corridors...
  • The Deadly Left Wing Media

    02/05/2016 10:56:15 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 15 replies
    Trumpet ^ | March/April 2004 | GERALD FLURRY
    The most trusted and powerful broadcasting organization in this world is the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In the 1930s, it had a shameful history with Winston Churchill. Mr. Churchill was doing everything possible to warn and SAVE his country and the world from Adolf Hitler. Britain almost lost World War II. The world came dangerously close to being slaughtered and enslaved by Nazi Germany. A Churchill biographer, Henry Pelling, wrote that the BBC had kept him off the air on controversial questions in the 1930s. Those controversial questions included his strongest warnings about the dangers of Nazi Germany! The BBC...
  • Turkey planning $5 billion for Gaza seaport

    02/05/2016 12:57:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 2/5/2016, 10:13 AM | Ari Yashar
    In the midst of ongoing normalization talks with Israel, Turkey is planning to invest $5 billion in reconstructing the Hamas stronghold of Gaza including a seaport - which Israel has fiercely opposed due to the blatant threat of weapons smuggling. The Turkish Hurriyet Daily News on Friday reported that a team of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) announced the expensive rebuilding plan, which is being prepared by the Center for Multilateral Trade Studies at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV). The plans to reconstruct the Hamas-held region came after meetings with Palestinian Authority...
  • Russian 'SPETSNAZ' commandos on the ground in Syria to crush ISIS as 70,000 refugees flee

    02/05/2016 12:45:43 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 38 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | 18:01, Fri, Feb 5, 2016 | Tom Batchelor
    Russian 'SPETSNAZ' commandos on the ground in Syria to crush ISIS as 70,000 refugees flee RUSSIAN 'Spetsnaz' special forces troops have surrounded the Syrian city of Aleppo amid fierce fighting in the besieged city, according to reports. By Tom Batchelor PUBLISHED: 00:00, Fri, Feb 5, 2016 | UPDATED: 18:01, Fri, Feb 5, 2016 Commandos sent by the Kremlin are apparently working covertly to support Syrian government forces who say they are close to retaking parts of the city from Islamic State control. Russian airstrikes have intensified in recent days in a bid to crush ISIS and rival rebel groups that...
  • Video Shows Tens Of Thousands Massing At Turkey Border As Russia, Iran Bear Down On Key Syrian City

    02/05/2016 12:39:49 PM PST · by amorphous · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5 Feb 2016 | Tyler Durden
    On Thursday we brought you the latest from Syria, where Hezbollah and the IRGC have encircled Aleppo and cut off rebel supply lines to Turkey. It was months in the making, but it now appears that the city - Syria's second largest - will soon be retaken by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad. As we've explained in the past, that would effectively restore the President's grip on power as he would effectively control most of the country’s urban centers - even if that "control" is tenuous. Eastern Syria is of course a different story entirely, as ISIS is dug in...
  • Grassley raises concerns on prisons using terror-tied groups to vet Islamic chaplains

    02/05/2016 11:40:37 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 5, 2016
    A top Senate Republican is warning that the federal Bureau of Prisons could be letting Muslim groups with terror ties vet chaplains and religious instructors, increasing the risk of indoctrination and radicalism behind bars. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, in a letter to the agency, flagged "recent revelations that the bureau enlisted an organization previously found to have ties to terrorist organizations" to screen potential Islamic chaplains. "It is imperative that the BOP take every measure possible to ensure the safety of its personnel within federal prisons and take all reasonable measures to ensure that Islamic extremism is...
  • Journalist 'groped' in front of live camera in Cologne

    02/05/2016 10:10:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Feb 2016 16:23 GMT+01:00
    A Belgian journalist has said she was groped while on live television at the Cologne Karneval. "At first they were just making faces behind me. Then a hand landed on my breast. I was shocked," said RTBF journalist Esmeralda Labye, describing the incident that took place in the Alter Markt district of town. The chances of the two men being caught are high - the whole incident was caught on camera. Police are now investigating the case. A section of the video seen by The Local shows a man of European appearance making lewd gestures behind the reporter. The full...
  • German spy agency says ISIS sending fighters disguised as refugees

    02/05/2016 9:12:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/05/2016
    Islamic State militants have slipped into Europe disguised as refugees, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said on Friday, a day after security forces thwarted a potential IS attack in Berlin. Hans-Georg Maassen said the terrorist attacks in Paris last November had shown that Islamic State was deliberately planting terrorists among the refugees flowing into Europe. "Then we have repeatedly seen that terrorists ... have slipped in camouflaged or disguised as refugees. This is a fact that the security agencies are facing," Maassen told ZDF television. "We are trying to recognize and identify whether there are still more...
  • Op-Ed: Memo to idiots cheering Bernie and Hillary

    02/05/2016 9:02:41 AM PST · by Lera · 62 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/5/16 | Jack Engelhard
    Communism sucks. Socialism does too. Ask the people who survived both systems. As Fidel came to power in 1959, how many Americans slid onto rafts to get into Cuba? Or took the last ship to Havana? I'll need actual names. Attention to all you college kids out there so starry-eyed for Bernie - are you serious? But you're young. Far and wide you've been educated by Liberal pro-BDS professors, so you're not expected to know too much except that the two most reliable beacons of tolerance and liberty, the United States and Israel, are on the wrong side of history....
  • U.S. Eyes Ways To Toughen Fight Against Domestic Extremists

    02/05/2016 8:08:06 AM PST · by Gandalf the Mauve · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/4/16 | Julia Harte, Julia Edwards, Andy Sullivan
    The U.S. Justice Department is considering legal changes to combat what it sees as a rising threat from domestic anti-government extremists, senior officials told Reuters, even as it steps up efforts to stop Islamic State-inspired attacks at home. Extremist groups motivated by a range of U.S.-born philosophies present a "clear and present danger," John Carlin, the Justice Department's chief of national security, told Reuters in an interview. "Based on recent reports and the cases we are seeing, it seems like we're in a heightened environment." Over the past year, the Justice Department has brought charges against domestic extremist suspects accused...
  • Russia says it supports Kurdistan

    02/05/2016 8:03:39 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 6 replies
    rudaw.net ^ | 02/05/2016 | Rudaw
    By Rudaw 7 hours ago Rudaw: The Kurdish President has decided to hold a referendum for independence of the Kurdistan Region. What is Russia's point of view on that, and if Kurdistan implements this plan, how would Russia respond to it? Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova: "About referendum, as you know this is something that belongs to countries themselves and the decisions of their nations, and considering a Kurdish state, we do support Kurdish permanent and legitimate rights in this regard and in the context of those nations who are ready to make their destiny. This is the Russian...
  • Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo

    02/05/2016 7:38:20 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 28 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Fri Feb 5, 2016 10:16am EST | John Davison
    Fri Feb 5, 2016 10:16am EST Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo BEIRUT | By John Davison Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo on Friday, and aid workers said they feared the city which once held two million people could soon fall under a full government siege. Video footage showed thousands of people, mostly women, children and the elderly, massing at the Bab al-Salam border crossing. Men carried luggage on top of their heads, and the elderly and those unable to walk were brought in wheelchairs. Some women sat on the...
  • John Kerry keeps calling the Islamic State ‘apostates.’ Maybe he should stop(STFU!)

    02/05/2016 6:35:26 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 2/3/2016 | Adam Taylor
    "Daesh is in fact nothing more than a mixture of killers, of kidnappers, of criminals, of thugs, of adventurers, of smugglers and thieves," Kerry said. "And they are also above all apostates, people who have hijacked a great religion and lie about its real meaning and lie about its purpose and deceive people in order to fight for their purposes." The use of the word "apostates" - a term to describe someone who renounces or abandons their religion - has raised eyebrows among observers. The description has been commonly used by extremist groups: The Islamic State has justified its attacks...
  • False confession revealed in Duma arson case

    02/05/2016 12:26:34 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/2/16 | Ari Yashar
    Transcriptions of the interrogation proceedings in the lethal Duma arson case were released on Thursday night, revealing that one minor suspect was forced into making a false confession due to the brutal torture used against him. The transcriptions were received by Channel 10, and revolve around the case of A., a 17-year-old from Samaria. Under torture he admitted to committing the arson last July - but he was not indicted for doing so, showing how the torture induced false confessions. Officials including Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) and Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) had admitted prior to the confessions...
  • Israeli court sentences 2 for burning Palestinian teenager alive

    02/04/2016 6:19:38 PM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 2-3-16
    JERUSALEM - An Israeli court on Thursday sentenced two Israeli minors for the murder of a 16-year-old Palestinian in 2014, sending one to life in prison for a crime that provoked deep soul-searching in Israel and was one of a series of events that led to the Gaza war later that year. The court sentenced a second Israeli teenager, believed to have had a lesser role in the crime, to 21 years in prison. Another Israeli defendant is awaiting his verdict following a psychological examination. The three Israelis snatched Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir from an east Jerusalem neighborhood in...
  • Obama Hid “Jesus” at Catholic University – But Allows “Allah” to Be Widely Displayed ...

    02/04/2016 8:27:52 PM PST · by amorphous · 30 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3 Feb 2016 | Jim Hoft
    If there was one word which could describe President Obama's Presidency (aside from failure, Progressive hell, and nightmare) it would be anti-Christian. From declaring that the United States is no longer a Christian nation to denying Syrian Christians entry into the country President Obama's distaste for the followers of Jesus are as obvious as the nose on your face. But with less than a year left in his Presidency Obama hasn't given up on dissing Christians at every opportunity. For example, President Obama gave a speech at a mosque in the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday. While standing...
  • Putin Ignores Kerry Cease Fire Plea and Sends Top Gun Fighter Jet into Syria

    02/04/2016 7:58:19 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 89 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 2/4/16
    GO PUTIN!! Top Gun fighter jet to join Syria battle By Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin Published February 04, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook1626 Twitter0 livefyre Email Print NOW PLAYING Syrian peace talks derailed after Russia continues bombings Never autoplay videos Russia seemingly has ignored Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeals to stop bombing civilians and allow critical humanitarian aid to starving Syrians – and is instead escalating its military involvement, deploying four of its most capable fighter jets to Syria, two defense officials confirmed to Fox News. The decision to send the Su-35S jets poses yet another hurdle for Kerry’s efforts to...
  • Obama's Mosque Speech Was A Dangerous Fantasy

    02/04/2016 12:46:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 4, 2016 | David Harsanyi
    Many of the president's ideas about 'tolerance' are antithetical to the American experience, not something to celebrate.For eight years now, the president has reprimanded the American people for their attitudes about Islam. And Barack Obama's big speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore -- granted, filled with many harmless platitudes -- was no different, leaving little room for any honest dialogue about ideology or faith. Many of the president's ideas about "tolerance," in fact, are antithetical to the American experience, not something to celebrate. Acceptance of outsiders is an American virtue, yes. Do we have to embrace all ideas, as...
  • Alleged Twin Cities ISIL recruits argue for 'combatant immunity'

    02/04/2016 5:16:18 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/4/16 | Stephen Montemayor
    Five Twin Cities men accused of plotting to go to fight alongside ISIL in Syria are asking a federal judge to drop murder conspiracy charges on grounds that they have "combatant immunity" under both common and international law. They say combatants are immune from criminal prosecutions for acts of war, including murder, against military targets. The five -- Hamza Ahmed, brothers Adnan and Mohamed Farah, Abdirahman Daud and Guled Omar -- are scheduled to appear in federal court in Minneapolis next week for a hearing on that and other motions in the case, which is set to go to trial...
  • EU representative in Israel caught smuggling gold, drugs

    02/04/2016 4:53:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 2/4/2016, 4:38 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    A very unusual case of smuggling took place on Thursday, as huge quantities of gold, steroids and smart phones were found in the car of a European Union (EU) representative in Israel, as he drove into the country from Jordan. Dozens of kilograms of gold, hundreds of smartphones and a full package of steroid drugs were discovered by customs inspectors in the car as it tried to pass through the Allenby Border Crossing from Jordan, reports Channel 2. The EU diplomat was detained and later released, and his driver - an Arab resident of the northern Atarot neighborhood of Jerusalem...
  • Right-Wing Extremists Are Bigger Threat to America Than ISIS [Rev 12: Coming Conservative Holocaust]

    02/04/2016 2:34:26 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 40 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 2/4/2016 | Kurt Eichenwald
    [...] Clearly, these were not the typical "Islamic terrorists" described in the boogeyman stories of American politicians who exploit fear for votes. Glendon Crawford, the industrial mechanic who conceived the plan, has all the panache of a Macy's shoe salesman; Eric Feight, a software engineer who helped build the device, looks like a less impish version of Kurt Vonnegut. But their harmless appearance belies their beliefs—Crawford was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and the plot he hatched with Feight involved killing scores of Muslims, as well as officials at the governor's mansion in Albany, New York and at...
  • Spetsnaz in Syria tweets

    02/04/2016 1:44:51 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    twitter.com ^ | 02/04/2016 | Twitter
    #Russian #spetsnaz troops on top of a brand new BTR-82A armored personnel carrier in #Syria#RuAF pic.twitter.com/c1FqEjAWLO— khaled g.alkhateb (@KhaledgAlkhateb) January 29, 2016 #Russia special forces soldier in #Syria IDd as belonging to 45 #Spetsnaz Brigade recon unit https://t.co/ZNYJst2Wsc pic.twitter.com/3VlGDL7L2N— big el little ease (@elemcee69) January 30, 2016 Covert operations. Politeness wins. #russia #usa #airsoft #russianlivesmatter #evike #Spetsnaz pic.twitter.com/EesVHbYhTk— East Bloc-Восток Б (@East_Bloc) January 31, 2016Spetsnaz GRU forces with Arab prisoner
  • Disclosure: TSA Cannot Verify Employees’ Criminal Histories; Thousands of IDs, Badges Missing

    02/04/2016 1:35:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 02/04/2016 | Adam Kredo
    Government oversight officials informed Congress on Wednesday that the Transportation Security Administration continues to operate in disarray, failing to record basic security details for thousands of employees and not tracking official IDs and badges that allow access to the most sensitive areas of an airport. Lawmakers described the security agency as operating "in chaos" and expressed frustration with Obama administration officials as they informed the House Oversight Committee about a range of security shortfalls that continue to endanger the nation's 450 commercial airports. TSA's inability to properly screen and track employees has been well documented for years. However, the administration...
  • Drone footage reveals devastation of Homs in Syria as Europe's stance towards refugees toughens

    02/04/2016 11:42:23 AM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Source material cannot be posted to FR | 04 February 2016 | Charlie Atkin
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  • White House Indecisive As ISIS Blooms In Libya

    02/04/2016 12:49:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/04/2016 | Rachjel Stoltzfuss
    Libya is embroiled in a civil war in which various militias are too busy fighting each other to worry much about fighting ISIS, and teams of U.S. Special Operations Forces working to change that have had little success. The ongoing chaos has allowed ISIS to continue growing and solidifying its presence along the coast. Senior ISIS commanders are taking advantage of the territory to escape U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. ... Obama gathered his national security advisers last Thursday to talk about the fight against ISIS and asked them to prepare options to address the group's presence in Libya...
  • Iranian troops retreating from Syria, Western officials say

    12/13/2015 6:40:52 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    World Tribune ^ | December 11th, 2015
    Iranian troops retreating from Syria, Western officials say Special to WorldTribune.com With scant few battlefield victories and the deaths of key military leaders, Iran appears ready to cut its losses and withdraw from Syria, Western officials say. The failed Russian-initiated offensive to retake Idlib province from anti-Assad rebels supported by the West and Gulf Arab states has led to the retreat of large numbers of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) troops, officials say. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said at the recent Saban Forum in Washington that Russia had planned to seize Idlib and other rebel-controlled areas within three months....
  • 1 year after the pull out: Syria, Iran still control Lebanon

    04/27/2006 4:59:47 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 7 replies · 279+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | 27 april 2006 | Dr. Walid Phares
    WASHINGTON On April 26, 2005, pictures of the "last" Syrian soldiers were seen around the world. Today, on the first annual withdrawal of the Syrian regular forces from Lebanon, there are reasons for celebration and other reasons for great concern. While Syrian road blocks have vanished from Beirut and the various regions of Lebanon, many questions are still troubling the minds of most Lebanese and their friends around the world. The truth the whole truth is not yet fully out in the open. What caused the abrupt Syrian withdrawal, and is the latter complete? What is causing...
  • PLO official accuses Syria of crimes against humanity

    08/16/2011 5:12:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/16/2011
    PLO official accuses Syria of crimes against humanity Syrian government forces attack port city for 4th day; Palestinian refugees flee camps in area; villages near Homs reportedly under attack. An assault by Syrian security forces on a Palestinian refugee camp in the coastal city of Latakia amounts to a crime against humanity, a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organization said. "The shelling is taking place using gunships and tanks on houses built from tin, on people who have no place to run to or even a shelter to hide in," Yasser Abed Rabbo, the PLO secretary general, told Reuters....
  • Putin ignores Kerry plea, instead deploys Top Gun fighter jet to join Syria battle

    02/04/2016 12:03:57 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 4,2016 | By Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    Russia seemingly has ignored Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeals to stop bombing civilians and allow critical humanitarian aid to starving Syrians – and is instead escalating its military involvement, deploying four of its most capable fighter jets to Syria, two defense officials confirmed to Fox News. The decision to send the Su-35S jets poses yet another hurdle for Kerry’s efforts to proceed with peace talks. The Su-35S is Russia’s most advanced warplane, capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, one official familiar with the jet said. Already, continued Russian airstrikes against Syrian opposition fighters, some backed by the CIA, were...
  • Closing In: Russia, Iran, Assad "Encircle" Syria's Largest City As Peace Talks Collapse In Geneva

    02/04/2016 10:06:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/4/16 | tyler durden
    Back in October, we previewed the “promised” battle for Aleppo, Syria’s largest city prior to the war. By the time Russia began constructing an air base at Latakia, the city - which is immensely important both from a strategic and psychological perspective - was controlled by a hodgepodge of rebels and militants including al-Qaeda, the Free Syrian Army, and ISIS. As we noted four months ago, if Russia and Hezbollah manage to recapture the city, it would effectively restore the Assad government in Syria even if the east of the country is still controlled by Islamic State. In many ways,...
  • Dutch Intelligence Report Exposes Horrors of Daily Life Under ISIS

    02/04/2016 11:08:01 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 21 replies
    The Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 2/4/15 | Abigail R. Esman
    When the leaders of ISIS declared the caliphate of the Islamic State in June 2014, the world already had a strong idea of who they were: a jihadist group so violent, so barbaric, so extreme, that even al-Qaida, with whom they had once been affiliated, wanted nothing more to do with them. But as the world soon learned, it would get even worse. The founding of the Islamic State brought some of the most inhumane violence of modern civilization: captives held in cages and burned alive; beheadings captured on video and broadcast on the Internet; mass enslavement and rape of...
  • Russia Accuses Turkey of Preparing to Invade Syria as jihadi rebels collapse

    02/04/2016 11:03:46 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 21 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Feb 4, 2016, 12:58 PM ET | The Associated Press
    Russia Accuses Turkey of Preparing to Invade Syria By The Associated Press MOSCOW — Feb 4, 2016, 12:58 PM ET The Russian military said Thursday that it has "reasonable grounds" to suspect that Turkey is making intensive preparations for a military invasion of neighboring Syria. Images of a checkpoint on the border between the Turkish town of Reyhanli and the town of Sarmada in Syrian taken in late October and late January show a buildup of transportation infrastructure that could be used for moving in troops, ammunition and weapons, spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in an English-language written statement....
  • Islamic State numbers go down in Iraq, Syria; up in Libya

    02/04/2016 10:23:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2016 1:13 PM EST | Lolita C. Baldor
    New intelligence assessments show that the number of Islamic State fighters has dropped in Iraq and Syria but is rising in Libya, a senior U.S. defense official said Thursday. According to the official, reports suggest there are 19,000-25,000 IS fighters in Iraq and Syria, compared to an earlier range of 20,000 to more than 30,000. The newly declassified numbers back up recent comments from military commanders and other defense officials who have argued that the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes are having an impact on Islamic State militants and causing them to lose ground in both countries. ...
  • Syrian regime encircles Aleppo under Russian air power: Turkey's supply lines cut

    02/04/2016 10:19:06 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 4:32PM GMT 03 Feb 2016 | Louisa Loveluck, and Roland Oliphant
    Syrian regime encircles Aleppo under Russian air power The army has taken control of the last supply route linking opposition forces to Turkey By Louisa Loveluck, and Roland Oliphant in Moscow 4:32PM GMT 03 Feb 2016 Syrian government forces cut rebel supply lines to Aleppo under cover of Russian air power on Wednesday, in what could be a pivotal moment in the five-year war. After three days of intense fighting and aerial bombardment, regime forces, believed to include Iran-backed Shia militias, broke through to the formerly besieged regime enclaves of Nobul and Zahra. In so doing, they cut rebel-held eastern...
  • Arrested Islamists may have been targeting Berlin: police

    02/04/2016 10:01:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Feb 2016 14:40 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Prosecutors have said that Islamists arrested in Berlin and western Germany on Thursday may have been planning an attack on the capital. [...] There are conflicting reports in the media about what the exact target of the attack was, with tabloid Bild citing investigators who say it was Alexanderplatz, the iconic center of the former east of the capital. Berlin daily Tagesspiegel meanwhile, says popular tourist spot Checkpoint Charlie - once the most famous crossing in the Berlin Wall - was to be hit, citing security sources. [...] Security sources told DPA the group's ringleader was a 35-year-old Algerian arrested...
  • The Islamic Rape and Murder of Christian Boys: Another Muslim world phenomenon being imported...

    02/04/2016 8:24:03 AM PST · by Perseverando · 29 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | February 4, 2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    A group of Muslim men recently went into a Christian district in Pakistan, abducted a 7-year-old boy, and took turns gang raping him before finally strangling him to death with a rope. Locals found the child’s body dumped in a field the next day: [T]he body was sent for post-mortem examination which revealed that the 7-year-old was killed after being brutally raped…. Speaking to The Express Tribune, a local said, “The suspects belonged to rich families and were drunk when they kidnapped the child and took him to their dera where they raped him. Interestingly, while the NY Daily News,...
  • Border policewoman killed in Jerusalem attack carried out by three Arab terrorists

    02/04/2016 7:01:08 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 2/4/2016 | Unknown
    A 19-year-old border policewoman was killed and another female officer critically wounded in an attack Wednesday at Damascus Gate by three Arab terrorists wielding machine guns, pipe bombs and knives. All three assailants were shot dead at the scene. Their explosives did not detonate and were later neutralized by a police bomb disposal team.
  • Obama’s mosque visit demonstrates tacit acceptance of a form of gender apartheid

    02/04/2016 6:41:10 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    nytlive.nytimes.com ^ | 02.03.16 | Asra Q. Nomani and Ify Okoye
    President Obama should be aware that on any given day a woman or girl worshiping in the mosque would be dispatched away from the musallah where he will stand to speak out against “Islamophobia,” to the “prayer room for females,” as one worshipper described it. “While the free world awaits a Muslim reformation, the leader of the free world shows blatant disregard for gender equality by visiting a mosque that treats females like second-class citizens,” says Raheel Raza, a Pakistani-Canadian activist, author and cofounder of the Muslim Reform Movement, a new initiative that we support, advocating for peace, women’s rights...
  • The IDF's Misplaced Trust in the Palestinian Authority

    02/04/2016 5:03:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 3, 2016 | Caroline Glick
    The new major threat inside Israeli communities enters a new phase. Amjad Sakari made no effort to hide his feelings and intentions towards Israel. The soldier in the Palestinian security forces filled his Facebook page with paeans to Saddam Hussein. Last weekend he published two posts indicating his imminent plan to carry out a terrorist attack. In other words, if the PA forces he served had been serious about preventing their members from carrying out terrorist attacks, they could have easily prevented Sakari from driving to an IDF checkpoint between Ramallah and Beit El Sunday morning, opening fire and wounding...
  • Obama at Muslim Brotherhood-linked Mosque: “Muslim Americans Keep Us Safe”

    02/04/2016 4:54:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 52 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 4, 2016
    And: “Islam has always been part of America.” Really? When Barack Obama visited the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday, he said: "The first thing I want to say is two words that Muslim Americans don't hear often enough: Thank you." While Obama has been President, Muslims have murdered non-Muslims, avowedly in the cause of Islam, at Fort Hood, Boston, Chattanooga, and San Bernardino, and attempted to do so in many, many other places. Imagine if armed Baptists screaming "Jesus is Lord" had committed murder, and explained that they were doing so in order to advance Christianity, in...
  • The Love Of Freedom Is Not "Hate"

    02/04/2016 3:51:21 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 4, 2016 | Frank Gaffney
    Islamic supremacists are desperate to silence effective opposition to their efforts to subvert us.
  • ‘Gender Apartheid’: NYT Op-Ed Calls Obama Mosque Visit a Setback for Muslim Women’s Rights

    02/03/2016 9:42:06 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/3/16
    A New York Times op-ed argues that Obama’s visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque “demonstrates tacit acceptance of a form of gender apartheid.” From the New York Times: As President and Michelle Obama argued decades ago in the context of the U.S. civil rights movement, separate is indeed unequal. To Muslim women’s rights activists fighting for equal access to mosques as part of a broader campaign for reform — from equal education for women and girls to freedom from so-called “honor killings” — the president’s visit to a mosque that practices such blatant inequity represents a step backwards....
  • In Defense of the GOP Establishment [Understanding the limitations of what they have to work with]

    02/03/2016 8:04:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/03/2016 | James Arlandson
    When you were a rowdy teen, your parents were the Establishment. Now that you're a parent, what are you? The anti-establishment, cool parent? Not likely. Rather, you're a grownup who tries to keep the peace in your discordant household; who tries to negotiate among self-interested, imperfect family members who have competing goods and goals; and who tries to instill a long-range vision for the future in your desire-ridden family who wants instant self-gratification. Welcome to the Establishment. You're a bona fide member now. Here's a defense of the amorphous, notional Establishment, as I see it, if it even exists in...