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  • President declares combat missions in Afghanistan are over

    12/27/2014 5:39:44 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 26, 2014 - 2:48 | Jennifer Griffin
    President declares combat missions in Afghanistan are over. Jennifer Griffin reports on Obama's bold prediction [VIDEO]
  • USA Offering $5 Million Reward for Terrorist Released From Club Gitmo

    12/26/2014 9:11:38 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 14 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | Declember 23, 2014
    What happens when liberal authorities release the worst-of-the-worst Muslim terrorists vacationing at Club Gitmo? They return to their terrorist activities, as any idiot would be able to foresee. What happens then? The US government attempts to capture them again — at considerable expense. Take the case of Saudi national Ibrahim al-Rubaysh:
  • UN chief urges Pakistan’s leader to stop executions

    12/26/2014 8:18:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2014 4:48 PM EST
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Pakistan’s leader to stop the execution of convicts and re-impose a moratorium on the death penalty. […] In the wake of the Pakistani Taliban school massacre on Dec. 16 that killed 149 people, most of them students, the government reinstated the death penalty and has already executed six people. …
  • U.S. Attorney: ISIS Recruiting Ferguson Criminals

    12/26/2014 5:37:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 24 Dec 2014 | Tony Lee
    ISIS has been actively recruiting Ferguson criminals, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. With tweets that say “Hey blacks, ISIS will save you” and references to Malcolm X and slavery, ISIS was reaching out to criminals during the protests and riots after Michael Brown’s death. U.S. Attorney Steve Wigginton told KSDK that the federal government has received “intelligence reports for law enforcement showing actual tweets ISIS was putting out encouraging Americans to join the people who were burning down buildings in Ferguson to engage that kind of conduct across America.” …
  • New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

    12/26/2014 5:15:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/2014 | By NICOLE PERLROTH
    A number of private security researchers are increasingly voicing doubts that the hack of Sony‘s computer systems was the work of North Korea. President Obama and the F.B.I. last week accused North Korea of targeting Sony and pledged a “proportional response” just hours before North Korea’s Internet went dark without explanation. But security researchers remain skeptical, with some even likening the government’s claims to those of the Bush administration in the build-up to the Iraq war. Fueling their suspicions is the fact that the government based its findings, in large part, on evidence that it will not release, citing the...
  • China a likely factor in North Korea cyber prowess: experts

    12/26/2014 5:01:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    AFP Via Yahoo News ^ | 12/26/2014 | Benjamin Haas
    North Korea may be facing explosive hacking accusations, but analysts are questioning how an isolated, impoverished country with limited Internet access could wage cyber sabotage -- and many experts believe China plays a role. The US has accused Pyongyang of hacking Sony Pictures, which was intimidated into initially cancelling the comedy film "The Interview" that mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, before deciding to release it online and in selected US cinemas on Christmas Day. While much of the focus has been on the so-called cyber warfare between Washington and Pyongyang -- especially after North Korea's Internet temporarily went down...
  • U.S. hopes to transfer dozens from Gitmo in 6 months, official says

    12/26/2014 12:45:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/26/14 | Barbara Starr
    The Obama administration hopes to transfer dozens of detainees from Guantanamo Bay in the next six months as part of a stepped-up effort to reduce the population there, according to a U.S. official. As many as five detainees are expected to be moved from the detention facility in the next few days, with several more transfers anticipated in early 2015, the official said on condition of anonymity. The news comes less than a week after the United States announced it had repatriated four detainees from Guantanamo to Afghanistan, leaving 132 detainees at the U.S. naval base in southeastern Cuba. President...
  • Max Blumenthal: ‘America Sniper’ Chris Kyle was just a popular mass murderer [Immoral equivalency]

    12/26/2014 11:48:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/26/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    IÂ’ve watched the film depiction of the life of the late Chris Kyle, AmericaÂ’s deadliest sniper, Navy SEAL, and veterans advocate, twice. It is a gripping portrayal, but it is a portrayal nonetheless. While the screenplay perhaps lacks nuance, it is also a product of Hollywood and should be considered a truncated and dramatized version of one manÂ’s life story. The complexities of biography often elude filmmakers who are charged with creating dense and intricate portraits of a human being in 120 minutes. Nevertheless, the movie is quite enjoyable. The performances are stirring and the wartime themes, difficult as...
  • Liberal Congressman Rangel Insists Protesters Never Chanted They Want “Dead Cops”

    12/26/2014 7:17:11 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 44 replies
    – Then He’s Shown Video Of Them Saying It…New York Rep. Charles Rangel was on CNN this morning being interviewed by Ashleigh Banfield. During the otherwise fairly agreeable interview, Rangel insisted that protest chants calling for “dead cops” never happened, and he was shown proof otherwise After being shown evidence contrary to his claim, Rangel changed gears and said the behavior he denied existed was unacceptable saying they must be mentally ill
  • Palestinians Attempt to Co-Opt Jewish History-The desperate antics of an invented people

    12/26/2014 5:55:12 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 26, 2014 | Ari Lieberman
    Palestinians Attempt to Co-Opt Jewish HistoryPosted By Ari Lieberman On December 26, 2014 @ 12:08 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment The Tel Dan Stele In December 2011, former House Speaker and presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich made the following observation regarding the Palestinians; Remember there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community… That comment set off a firestorm of debate and criticism but is in actuality, grounded in historical fact....
  • Christians and Churches Attacked in the West

    12/26/2014 5:51:40 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 26, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Christians and Churches Attacked in the WestPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On December 26, 2014 @ 12:17 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments Reprinted from GatestoneInstitute.org. “You have a cross on… Do you know what we do to people like you?” — Muslim in Denmark.Muslim Fulani gunmen forced their way into the church, cut [the pastor], his wife and a daughter with a machete, and then tied the hands and feet of the three of them before setting the building on fire… We only found the charred remains of the three of them in the morning. I heard them shouting...
  • Who started the 1967 War?(my question)

    06/12/2002 8:30:35 AM PDT · by madison46 · 42 replies · 861+ views
    Question | 06/12/02 | Me
    I read within the last few months an article stating why Isreal went to war in 1967...and that since that time Egypt has admitted that they were planning to strike. Does anyone have that source or know of such a recent(last 3-4months) article? I'm battling a guy at work about this. He says Isreal started the 1967 war, I say it was the Arabs. Thanks, madions46
  • Condi backed down after Bush backed Olmert plan

    07/20/2006 2:49:24 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 95 replies · 2,292+ views
    World Tribune ^ | Wednesday July 19, 2006
    WASHINGTON — Officials said the Bush administration, after initial hesitation, has determined that the Israeli military campaign against Hizbullah was vital in the effort to reduce the threat from Iran and Syria in the Middle East. They said the administration would not pressure Israel to agree to an immediate ceasefire. Officials said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice initially sought to halt Israel's massive retaliation against Hizbullah, which abducted two Israeli soldiers on July 12. They said Ms. Rice, in twice-a-day phone calls, pressed Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to significantly reduce the operation to prevent casualties and maintain the Lebanese...
  • 13-year-old girl: My father gave me to Boko Haram to be a suicide bomber

    12/25/2014 9:48:45 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Dec 25 2014 | IBRAHIM GARBA
    A 13-year-old says her father gave her to Boko Haram extremists and that she was arrested after refusing to explode a suicide bomb. ... The girl told a news conference Wednesday night that she saw many people being buried alive at the Boko Haram camp where her father took her in Bauchi state, east of Kano.
  • Sweden: Five Injured in Mosque Arson Attack

    12/25/2014 5:13:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    inn ^ | 12/25/14 | staff
    An arsonist set fire to a mosque in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna on Thursday, injuring five people, police said, according to the BBC. About 15 to 20 people were attending midday prayers in the mosque, located in the ground floor of a residential building, when the fire broke out. Local media footage showed smoke and flames billowing from the windows before firefighters put the blaze out. The incident comes amid a fierce debate in Sweden over immigration policies. The far right wants to cut the number of asylum seekers allowed into Sweden by 90%, while mainstream parties are intent...
  • Harsh interrogations crucial in Osama bin Laden capture, Republicans say

    12/25/2014 6:44:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 25, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    Senate Democrats’ ‘torture report’ claims tactics played no role in finding al Qaeda leaderSenate Democrats’ argument that harsh CIA interrogations played no role in finding Osama bin Laden revolves in crucial ways around the life of Hassan Ghul. It was Ghul, an al Qaeda operative who moved between Pakistan and Iraq, who turned out to be the most informative biographer of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti. It was al-Kuwaiti who eventually led the CIA to bin Laden’s home address in Abbottabad, Pakistan. To Democratic staffers who wrote the Dec. 9 Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation...
  • Report: Prisoner swap with ISIS could be possible for captured Jordanian pilot

    12/25/2014 6:11:27 PM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/25/2014 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    A prisoner exchange may be in the cards for a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State fighters after his plane crashed in Syria, according to a report in the Arab press. Jordanian political activists told the London-based daily Al-Quds al-Arabi on Thursday that a prisoner exchange could be possible if the Jordanian government released people affiliated with the group al-Qaida in Iraq, the precursor to Islamic State. Tareq al-Fayed, a Jordanian political activist close to the Salafist movement mentioned Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who was caught trying to blow herself up in a failed suicide bombing during a wedding...
  • Livni: New elections are to replace extremist, provocative, paranoid government

    12/02/2014 9:15:28 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/2/2014 | Yonah Jeremy Bob
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Tuesday let loose at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the impending elections will "not be over zero value added tax," but over replacing a government she accused of "extremism, provocativeness and paranoia" without knowing how to fight terror while also "upholding freedom and Zionism."
  • Livni tells Kerry his cease-fire proposal 'completely unacceptable' for Israel

    07/30/2014 5:13:47 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/27/2014 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Justice Minister tells US secretary of state that his one week truce proposal would strengthen extremists in region. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) told US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday that his proposal for a week long cease-fire of Israel's Gaza campaign was "completely unacceptable" and that it "would have strengthened extremists in the region." The justice minister told Israel Radio on Sunday that over the course of the day on Friday, Kerry's proposal had improved. By Friday afternoon, just before Shabbat, the security cabinet unanimously rejected Kerry's proposal which the ministers believed did not sufficiently ensure either...
  • Livni Warns: No Peace Talks May Lead to EU Boycott

    07/01/2013 6:44:44 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 7/2/2013, 3:14 AM | Elad Benari
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni warned on Monday that Israel runs the risk of a European economic boycott if it fails to advance peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. "You cannot deal only with economic issues and ignore the political issue and the importance of a two-state solution," she told delegates at an accountancy conference in Eilat, according to AFP. "Europe is boycotting products. And, true, it is starting with the settlements but their problem is with Israel, which is perceived as a colonial state, so it won't only stop with the settlements, but will (reach) Israel as a whole," warned...
  • Livni: European boycott of settlement goods could spread to all of Israel

    07/01/2013 8:31:21 AM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/01/2013 13:14 | By JPOST.COM STAFF
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni fears the potential disaster facing Israel if nothing is done to combat the European boycott of Israeli goods, she told an accountant's conference in Eilat on Monday. "If we do not take action regarding the European boycott of goods coming from the settlement areas, the boycott will eventually extend to all of Israel," Livni warned. Livni claimed that some European countries see Israel as a colonizing nation, and this has affected economic relations with those countries. Recently the fast food chain McDonald's made headlines for refusing to allow its restaurant to be built in an up-and-coming...
  • Livni, Kerry meet in bid to renew peace talks (5-3-2013 Israel Palestine)

    05/05/2013 3:55:52 PM PDT · by haffast
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/03/2013 | HERB KEINON
    In a further indication of stirrings in the long-stagnant Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic process, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni met Thursday in Washington with US Secretary of State John Kerry, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said for the second time in a week that he supports a public referendum on any agreement with the Palestinians. Yitzhak Molcho, Netanyahu’s envoy on the Palestinian issue, accompanied Livni to her meeting with Kerry, where they discussed the peace process as well as regional developments, particularly Syria. The meeting came three days after an Arab League delegation met with Kerry and US Vice President Joe Biden. Kerry...
  • Lapid Attacks Bibi: You Are Detached, You Live in an Aquarium (says former news anchor)

    12/03/2014 11:09:28 AM PST · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/3/2014, 8:41 PM | Hezki Ezra
    Noting the "personal attack" directed towards him by Netanyahu - who accused Lapid and Livni of leading a "putsch" from within the coalition - Lapid insisted on issuing a response of his own. "Yesterday you stood in front of the entire nation and announced that you were dragged the State of Israel into unnecessary elections that no one but you wanted, because you are detached. You live in your own aquarium," Lapid fired. Lapid further accused the PM of preferring "to paralyze the economy" via snap elections, rather than to come to an agreement with him over the budget, and...
  • Netanyahu Accuses Lapid and Livni of Leading a 'Putsch' (calls for new elections)

    12/02/2014 11:11:14 AM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/2/2014, 8:32 PM | Ari Yashar and Ari Soffer
    PM says he took a 'personal risk' firing Lapid and Livni, but said they had made it impossible to govern; calls for snap elections. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the nation on Tuesday night shortly after 8 p.m., less than two hours after firing coalition members Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua), effectively disbanding the government. "I turn to you tonight because in the current situation, in the current government, it is impossible to lead the nation," said Netanyahu, saying the impasse is preventing him from fulfilling his role as prime minister. While Netanyahu...
  • Steinitz: Lapid is Like Mandela's Sign Language Interpreter

    12/21/2013 10:18:07 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/13 | Elad Benari
    Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud Beytenu) had harsh words for Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) on Saturday night. Speaking on Channel 2’s “Meet the Press”, Steinitz, who served as Finance Minister before Lapid, said that his successor misled the public and created unnecessary panic about the state of the Israeli economy. Steinitz claimed that the deficit, which is expected to be released in January, will stand at about 3%, in contrast to Lapid’s earlier predictions. "By doing this, he caused severe damage,” he charged. “No top official in the Treasury or in the Bank of Israel ever told...
  • Lapid: Terrorists Don't Distinguish Between Jews

    05/29/2013 9:35:27 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Minister of Finance Yair Lapid today sent a conciliatory message to the haredim (ultra-orthodox), whom he called "brother", telling them that the equal sharing of the burden law would benefit them and give them a sense of participation and dignity in Israel. Earlier today, the Perry Committee on drafting haredim approved its recommendations, including criminal penalties for haredi draft dodgers. "In recent years, this committee has brought down coalitions and ended careers," said Lapid about the Perry Committee. "The fact that we have resulted in that, in three years, 70% will be drafted is a badge of honor for the...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu Overplayed Hand in Talks With Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett

    02/27/2013 6:14:58 AM PST · by haffast · 3 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | February 27, 2013, issue of March 08, 2013 | Geoffrey Levin
    It could have been easy. January 22 was not a good day for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but it could have been far worse. The 2013 parliamentary elections meant that for the first time in his long political career, he would be leading the largest in the Knesset. Though his joint Likud-Beitenu list won only 31 seats — around 23% of the vote — Israel’s center-left was fractured and it always appeared certain that Bibi would keep his job. After all, despite his party’s underwhelming performance, there appeared to be two options for coalitions he could easily form. The...
  • U.S. offering $5 million reward for Al Qaeda capo … who was released from Gitmo in 2006

    12/25/2014 9:51:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/25/2014 | AllahPundit
    I wish I could tell you that this is a bad Bush policy that Obama’s long since discontinued but we know better, don’t we? I wonder what reward we’ll be offering for this turd, say, circa 2020.The defense here, I take it, will be to point to the amount of time that’s elapsed since they released him and claim that no one could have known in 2006 that this guy would grow into a fish big enough to justify a multimillion-dollar reward. Which raises the question: What sort of fish did they think he’d grow into? A garden-variety battlefield...
  • 'The Interview' sells out at midnight showings

    12/25/2014 9:47:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2014 | Rick Moran
    <p>The controversial film "The Interview" opened at a smattering of independent theaters at midnight last night, with most venues selling out the screening. Many patrons said they might not ordinarily have gone to see the film, but went in order to show their support for free speech.</p>
  • Grisly finds in Iraqi Yazidi village taken back from ISIS militants

    12/25/2014 4:53:02 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    HARDAN, Iraq – After he fled from this tiny northern Iraqi hamlet four months ago, Hayder Khalef got panicked phone calls from his relatives who had remained behind. They were at that moment being led by Islamic State group gunmen toward a checkpoint on the edge of town. "If you don't hear from us, you'll find our bodies near the checkpoint," Khalef said they told him in the calls.
  • How Turkey Went Bad

    12/24/2014 11:36:17 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 16 replies
    Middle East Forum ^ | 12/13/2014 | Daniel Pipes
    Only twelve years ago, the Republic of Turkey was correctly seen as a stalwart NATO ally, the model of a pro-Western Muslim state, and a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. A strong military bond with the Pentagon undergirded broader economic and cultural ties with Americans. For those of us who work on the Middle East, time in Istanbul, Ankara, and other Turkish cities was a refreshing oasis from the turmoil of the region. And then, starting with the still-astonishing election of 2002, the country dramatically changed course. Slowly at first and then with increasing velocity since mid-2011, the...
  • Bachmann: Obama embraced 'agenda of Islamic jihad'

    12/24/2014 5:22:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/24/14 | David McCabe
    Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) says President Obama has embraced the “agenda of Islamic jihad” at every turn. “I have been very surprised, to answer your question, to see the president of the United States, at every turn, cut the legs off of our ally Israel, and in fact embrace and lift up the agenda of Islamic jihad,” she said in an interview released Wednesday with "Washington Watch," a radio show produced by the socially conservative Family Research Council. Bachmann criticized the president for writing to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to encourage a deal on Tehran's nuclear program....
  • FBI busts Colorado veteran for making violent threats online against police officers: report

    12/24/2014 10:57:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Adam Edelman
    In a series of comments written on YouTube earlier this month, Jeremiah Perez, under the name 'Vets Hunting Cops,' threatened violence against a variety of politicians, celebrities and police officers, the Smoking Gun reported Wednesday. 'Join us and kill any cop or any retired cop !!!!!!!' he wrote.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)An unstable Colorado military veteran was arrested by the FBI after he allegedly posted retaliatory threats online against police officers in return for no charges being filed against the cops who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In a series of comments written on YouTube earlier this month, Jeremiah Perez, under the name...
  • North Korea: No ‘physical reaction’ to new film

    12/24/2014 9:40:30 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    WP ^ | December 24, 2014
    North Korea: No ‘physical reaction’ to new film By Associated Press December 24 at 5:21 PM UNITED NATIONS — North Korea says it likely will have no “physical reaction,” just condemnation, to the release of the comedy film “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un. A North Korea diplomat to the United Nations told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his country opposes the film’s release online and in over 300 U.S. theaters this week.
  • New issue of jihadist magazine produced by al-Qaeda in Yemen suggests attacks on U.S.

    12/24/2014 9:02:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 24, 2014 | Karen DeYoung
    A new issue of Inspire, the English-language online magazine produced by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, is devoted to “jihad on America” and suggests targeting major American figures as well as Western commercial airliners, according to a report Wednesday by SITE Intelligence Group. The issue is the 13th since Inspire was first published online in 2010. Its founder, Samir Zafar Khan, was born in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents but grew up in New York state. Khan, a blogger on jihadist themes who was well-known to U.S. intelligence, is believed to have traveled to Yemen and joined al-Qaeda in the Arabian...
  • Salon: “No proof that Jesus even existed”; Muhammad’s “established beyond the shadow of a doubt”

    12/24/2014 8:12:24 PM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 95 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | December 24, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    In October, Jeffrey Tayler wrote in Salon that the Qur’an “backs up jihad, suicide attacks (“martyrdom”), beheadings, even taking captive women as sex slaves.” This was singular for Salon, which usually whitewashes the truth about Islam and jihad and excoriates those who expose it as “racists” and “bigots,” but now it is clear why Tayler was able to get away with it: he is supremely hostile to Christianity. Here, he gives a characteristic Salon Christmas greeting: Jesus likely never existed, but Muhammad’s existence is well established. “Let’s make Bill O’Reilly’s head explode: We desperately need a war on Christmas lies,”...
  • ISIS Captures Jordanian F-16 Pilot Downed Over Raqqa, Syria

    12/24/2014 11:26:46 AM PST · by PilotDave · 13 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 24 Dec 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    One of the anti-ISIS air coalition's biggest fears have come true: A pilot being captured by ISIS militants. The Jordanian F-16AM was flying over the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria this morning when some say it was engaged by a shoulder-fired heat seeking missile.
  • FBI warns of Islamic State threat to Mississippi River bridge

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned local authorities of a threat that Islamic State militants would blow up the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge spanning the Mississippi River, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday. The bridge is a major route connecting Tennessee and Arkansas. The Federal Bureau of Investigation passed the threat on to local police in a bulletin out of an "abundance of caution," spokesman Chris Allen said. "This is an unsubstantiated, anonymous threat," he said, adding that there was no useful intelligence arising from it. Allen had no details on when the threat was received or how. The...
  • Opinion: Why the US isn't behind the North Korean Internet outage

    12/24/2014 8:14:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 12/24/2014 | Jason Healey, Passcode columnist
    North Korea has a fragile Internet, with a risk of being disconnected from the Web for any number of minor sneezes. But an attack of this nature can be easily attributed to the US and the administration should be up front about it. It's unlikely the US government was behind the recent disruption of the North Korean Internet. First, this kind of "you-slap-me-I-slap-you" response is not the US style. Instead, the Americans are more likely to come up with some epic, uber-technological hack that cleverly inverts the North Koreans internal systems, such as Stuxnet did to the Iranians. What's more,...
  • FBI warns of Islamic State threat to Mississippi River bridge

    12/24/2014 8:08:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The FBI has warned local authorities of a threat that Islamic State militants would blow up the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge spanning the Mississippi River, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday. The bridge is a major route connecting Tennessee and Arkansas. The Federal Bureau of Investigation passed the threat on to local police in a bulletin out of an "abundance of caution," spokesman Chris Allen said. "This is an unsubstantiated, anonymous threat," he said, adding that there was no useful intelligence arising from it.
  • Defending Vice President Cheney [Against the New York Times call for Prosecution]

    12/24/2014 8:04:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/2014 | Elise Cooper
    Unbelievably, the New York Times Editorial Board is calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a criminal investigation of Vice President Dick Cheney and other members of the Bush administration. They call the enhanced interrogation techniques (EIT) “sadistic” crimes and cite that 25% of those detained are innocent. How quickly they forget what happened to their fellow New Yorkers on September 11, 2001. They worry about the 25% supposedly innocent yet ignore the approximately 30% who were released and returned to the battleground, a figure cited by Obama administration officials. For example, Baghdadi, who was in the...
  • Mum says toddler taken to Syria by Isis dad

    12/24/2014 7:21:12 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | 22 Dec 2014 16:30 GMT+01:00
    A mother has claimed to have recognized her three-year-old boy in photos distributed on jihadist forums promoting terrorist organization Isis (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), more than a year after he disappeared from northern Italy. Lidia Solana Herrera, who was born in Cuba, claims her son Ismail Mesinovic was kidnapped by her estranged husband and son’s father, Ismar Mesinovic, from her home in Belluno in northern Italy in November 2013. Mesinovic, a Bosnian native, is alleged to have taken the child with him when he left Italy and volunteered to fight for Isis in Syria. The father has reportedly...
  • Obama Warmly Legitimizes Cuban Dictatorship

    12/24/2014 4:28:54 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Cato ^ | December 24, 2014 | Nat Hentoff
    I have long been reporting on Castro-ruled Cuba and, indeed, was there not long after Fidel Castro had taken over the country. What became clear, as the number of Castro’s political prisoners increased, was that his revolutionary Cuba was a dictatorship, like the regime he had ousted. After I wrote that, a member of his administration rebuked me for my rank ignorance. I responded by saying that he knew that if I were a Cuban in Cuba, I would be in prison. Later, at the United Nations, I was one of a number of reporters interviewing Che Guevara, the young,...
  • Sliding oil prices leave socialist Venezuela on brink of financial collapse

    12/24/2014 5:01:35 AM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 23, 2014 | Guy Taylor
    The ongoing plunge in global oil prices is pushing Venezuela toward economic collapse just as President Nicolas Maduro — the hand-picked successor to the late socialist Hugo Chavez — faces mounting international criticism for jailing opposition figures after months of street protests. Where Chavez once drew praise from the world’s leftist elite for using the high price of crude oil during the 2000s to underwrite a socialist revolution, a growing number of analysts in Washington say Mr. Maduro is clinging to power in a country on the edge of becoming a failed state. Venezuela still boasts some of the world’s...
  • Warplane downed by Islamic State and pilot taken hostage

    12/24/2014 6:03:26 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    ITV ^ | December 24, 2014 | N/A
    A warplane has been downed in an Islamic State-controlled region of Syria and the pilot taken captive, according to both a monitoring group and supporters of the extremist group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britain, said the plane came down near Raqqa - a major Islamic State stronghold. *** 3 hours ago Jordan Army confirms pilot captured by Islamic State The Jordan Army has confirmed one of its pilots has been captured in Syria during coalition air raids. In a statement, the army said Islamic State "bears responsibility for his safety". The pilot has been...
  • Iraq: Suicide attack kills 24 people near Baghdad

    12/24/2014 5:38:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 24, 2014 8:00 AM EST | Sinan Salaheddin
    A suicide bomber detonated his payload among a group of pro-government Sunni militiamen near the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 24 people. The attacker mingled with the militiamen as they gathered at a military base in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometers (14 miles) south of Baghdad, to receive their monthly paychecks, two police officers said. At least 15 of the dead were Sunni militiamen and the rest were soldiers, while 55 others were wounded, they said. …
  • S. Korea: Deadline looms as hackers threaten to destroy control systems of nuclear facilities

    12/24/2014 5:36:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Arirang News ^ | 2014-12-24 | Connie Kim
    Deadline looms as hackers threaten to destroy control systems of nuclear facilities Updated: 2014-12-24 20:35:49 KST The investigation team is closing in on the hacker who is threatening to release thousands of nuclear reactor data. Authorities say they have traced the attack to multiple IP addresses in Shenyang, China. They haven't ruled out North Korea's involvement since the city is close to the border. Authorities believe the attack was planned for two years, and that more than one person is responsible. They had discovered earlier in the week that the Twitter ID being used by the hacker was registered in...
  • Valerie Plame proves she is a big phony

    12/23/2014 6:48:01 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Remember when Valerie Plame was the poster girl for Bush and Cheney-haters? A desk jockey at the CIA with some flowing blonde hair claim to glamour (in terms of image exploitation, a Wendy Davis-like figure), Plame was supposedly endangered when her name was supposedly leaked by someone in the Bush administration, supposedly in retaliation for her husband Joe Wilson’s criticism of Iraq War policy.
  • Why Do 80% of Palestinians Support Murder?

    12/24/2014 4:29:58 AM PST · by SJackson · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 24, 2014 | Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn
    In most parts of the world, it’s not easy to find a major issue on which 80% of the population agrees. An election victory in the United States is considered a “landslide” if the winner receives more than about 60% of the vote. (Such as Richard Nixon winning 65% of the vote against George McGovern in the 1972 presidential race.) But among Palestinian Arabs in Judea-Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza, it turns out there is one issue on which there is more support than any other: randomly murdering Israeli Jews. The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research last...
  • France’s Anti-Semitic Nightmare

    12/24/2014 4:29:07 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 24, 2014 | Stephen Brown
    The Land of Enlightenment is fast becoming the land of darkness for France’s Jewish citizens. And many in the French Jewish community have been aware of this sad situation for some time, a realization that was reinforced by the attack on two synagogues by Muslim rioters in Paris last summer during the Gaza conflict. But the latest shocking, anti-Semitic crime that occurred early in December in the same city has deepened the community’s feeling that the possibility of living peaceful lives with a Jewish identity in France is rapidly disappearing. The latest outrage produced by France’s growing anti-Semitic climate, found...