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  • Britain facing 'greatest terrorist threat' in history

    08/30/2014 8:30:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 8/29/2014 | Tom Whitehead, and Steven Swinford
    Britain faces the “greatest and deepest” terror threat in the country’s history, David Cameron warned as he pledged emergency measures to tackle extremists. The UK threat level was raised to “severe” — its second highest — meaning that a terrorist attack is “highly likely” in light of the growing danger from British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria. The Prime Minister said that the risk posed by Isil (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) will last for “decades” and raised the prospect of an expanding terrorist nation “on the shores of the Mediterranean”. He disclosed that Isil had...
  • Shaking faith: How ISIS is causing Muslims to abandon Islam

    08/30/2014 2:08:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 57 replies
    Modern Muslim Living ^ | 21 hours ago | Omar Shahid
    The extremist group that kills Muslims and non-Muslims alike is also driving countless of the faithful from our religion. By Omar Shahid. Screengrab from VICE News documentary “The Islamic State” by reporter Medyan Dairieh. (Image: VICE/YouTube) One of the signs of the end times, according to Islam, is the inversion of reality – in other words, things being upside-down. For Muslims, there is nothing that more obviously illustrates this than Islam being made to appear bad to the world. For the first time in the history of our faith, an extremist fringe has hijacked the religion and is dominating...
  • Obama confesses: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’ for dealing with Islamic State

    08/28/2014 2:03:49 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Updated: 4:53 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2014 | By Dave Boyer
    <p>President Obama said Thursday he doesn’t have a strategy yet for defeating Islamist militants in Syria.</p> <p>“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Mr. Obama said in a news conference at the White House. “We don’t have a strategy yet. As our strategy develops, we will consult with Congress.”</p>
  • Sheriff Joe: 'Common Sense' ISIS Will Try to Exploit Border

    08/27/2014 9:37:33 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 28, 2014 | Ian Hanchett
    Maricopa Co., AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio said that he believes ISIS knows the southern border is not secure and that it is “common sense” that they will exploit the lack of border security on Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.” When asked, “Do you believe ISIS terrorists can cross that border and already have crossed that border?” He responded, “of course, anybody can cross the border. ...more (w/video)...
  • (Flashback) Leader of (ISIS) Jihadist Onslaught in Iraq Released on Obama’s Watch

    08/27/2014 7:24:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 16, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Obama became president on January 20, 2009, the war in Iraq was essentially won. The al Qaeda-backed insurgency was reduced to smoldering embers. George W. Bush’s surge had succeeded. Safely behind bars at the time was Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, an al Qaeda-linked point man who was imprisoned at Camp Bucca in Iraq, after being captured by U.S. forces in 2005. However, the Obama administration decided to shut down the Bucca prison camp and hand over its prisoners to the Iraqi government, including Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, in 2009. The Iraqi government later released him. Al Baghadi boasted to the...
  • Report: Another Man From Minn. Has Died Fighting For ISIS

    08/27/2014 8:12:44 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 8/27/14 | WCCO.com
    Another American from the Twin Cities area was killed fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, CBS News reports. This man, who’s not yet been named, is the second American from the Minneapolis area to die fighting for ISIS. CBS News spoke with his friends and family. The first man to die was 33-year-old Douglas McCain. He was killed over the weekend fighting in Syria, the State Department said. McCain grew up in New Hope, Minn., and attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School. His former friends described McCain as a class clown. He moved to San Diego before going...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga Steps in to Protect the Oldest Monastery in Iraq

    08/27/2014 12:52:02 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    BasNews, Maqloub Mountain ^ | 27.08.2014 | Shahab Botani
    Christian holy site in Iraq -Deir Mar Mattai on Maqloub Mountain News / Kurdistan Kurdish Peshmerga Steps in to Protect the Oldest Monastery in Iraq 27.08.2014 Shahab BotaniBasNews, Maqloub Mountain    After Islamic State (IS) militants took control of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, various religious minorities that pepper the region came under attack as well in the wake of IS’ spread of terror. Many holy sights revered by the religious minorities have been destroyed in order to wipe their existence from history.   One of the most important Christian holy sites in Iraq is Deir Mar...
  • IDF officer injured as Islamist rebels seize Syria-Israel crossing

    08/27/2014 9:37:30 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 26 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | August 27, 2014 | Spencer Ho and Times of Israel staff
    An Israeli officer in the Golan Heights was moderately injured by apparent stray fire from fighting in Syria Wednesday morning, as an al-Qaeda linked rebel group took control of the only crossing between Israel and Syria. At least six mortars fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights over the course of the day as rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fought for control of the Quneitra crossing, near Israel’s northeastern border. The IDF said it had not completely determined whether the mortars were fired into Israel intentionally or were a spillover from fighting between rival factions...
  • Now ISIS has drones?

    08/25/2014 6:44:13 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/25/14 | By Peter Bergen and Emily Schneider
    In a video uploaded to YouTube on Saturday purportedly by the terrorist group ISIS, various scenes of jihadist propaganda flash across the screen: militants reading verses from the Quran and examining a map of northern Syria, clips of violent clashes and explosions. But this video had something else in it that previous videos released by ISIS have not: Surveillance footage apparently shot by a drone.
  • Idiotic comments from State Dept: beheading not about the U.S. [VIDEO]

    08/24/2014 8:08:55 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 8/24/14 | Allen West
    Just a warning. Before you watch this video, make sure you don’t have anything in your mouth. I’m thinking that when Obama referred to the “JV team” back in January he was talking about his own collection of knuckleheads. I’m amazed you don’t hear more laughing from the press corps when his spokespeople get in front of the cameras. Where did he find this group of cub scouts? And now the latest from Marie Harf — who infamously claimed that Bergdahl’s platoon mates were lying and had no idea what they were talking about. Take a gander her at comments...
  • Obama’s America Is September 10th America (by Andrew C. McCarthy)

    08/23/2014 9:15:01 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Our barbaric jihadist enemies – the ones President Obama repeatedly assured us he had “decimated” and put on “the path to defeat” – are now stronger than ever. Not stronger than they have been in years, or decades – stronger than ever. They have seized a country-size swath of territory (and growing). They have just beheaded an American journalist – which is the sort of thing they do as a matter of routine but has obviously, and finally, gotten our attention. Not to worry, though: The Obama Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation. I’m sure ISIS is quaking. The...
  • Time Magazine lowers its credibility to the level of the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet

    08/24/2014 9:17:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 8/24/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    The august Time Magazine has posted a video on its website accusing the IDF of selling 'Palestinians' organs. Yes, really. Let's go to the videotape - watch the part from about 1:14 - 1:25 (source here).
  • Are African Americans Being Recruited by ISIS?

    08/24/2014 7:43:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/23/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Considering the social conflict between cops and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, the terrorist group commonly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is using the strategic moment in American history to recruit African-Americans to join the Islamic State's jihadist movement. Those fighting alongside ISIS, a globally growing terrorist group in which U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any terrorist we have ever seen", have made no secret that they have vowed to bring turmoil to America. ISIS members promised to "divide America in two", while their spokesman Abu Mosa promised...
  • British rapper a suspect in journalist’s beheading by ISIS

    08/23/2014 5:07:30 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/23/14 | By Bruce Golding
    British rapper a suspect in journalist’s beheading by ISIS By Bruce Golding A British rapper whose father is awaiting trial in Manhattan for a pair of US embassy bombings is a leading suspect in the barbaric beheading of American journalist James Foley, it was revealed on Friday. Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary — who recently tweeted a photo of himself holding up a severed head — was among three Brits identified as possibly being the masked killer known as “John the Beatle.” Bary, 24, is the son of an Egyptian-born militant who is awaiting trial on terror charges tied to the deadly...
  • The Islamic Jihad Conquest Formula

    08/20/2014 7:05:12 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 104 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | August 20, 1014 | Matthew Bracken
    The Islamic Jihad Conquest Formula By Matthew Bracken August, 2014 Mohammed’s unchanging formula for conquest is time-proven; variations were also used in history by the invading Mongol hordes among others. Emissaries ride forward of their advancing armies, offering to spare the lives of the targeted population in return for their unconditional surrender and explicit submission to their new rulers. In the Islamic context this submission is exemplified by the fresh converts repeating the Shahada prayer before Muslim witnesses. There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger. The Shahada prayer is the first of the Five Pillars of...
  • Real Islamophobes are the American media: jihadist mass murder in US goes unreported

    08/23/2014 3:44:01 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 20 replies
    AllenBWest.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Col Allen West
    --- snip “For two bloody months, an armed jihadist serial killer ran loose across the country. At least four innocent men died this spring and summer as acts of “vengeance” on behalf of aggrieved Muslims, the self-confessed murderer has now proclaimed.”
  • Faith of Iraqi Christians called unbreakable, despite persecution (wear religious symbols)

    08/22/2014 3:17:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cns ^ | August 22, 2014 | Blanca Ruiz
    A family of Christian refugees in Iraq who are taking shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need-USA. Erbil, Iraq, Aug 22, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Christians' faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge. “The faith is the reason for their lives. And despite the persecution, children wear rosaries around their necks and the people do not hide their tattoos of crosses or their...
  • NATO says Russian convoy move 'only deepens crisis

    08/22/2014 2:27:45 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    Channel News Asis ^ | Aug 22, 2014
    World NATO says Russian convoy move 'only deepens crisis' BRUSSELS: NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen sharply criticised the Russian decision to advance a "so-called" aid convoy into Ukraine on Friday (Aug 22) as a "blatant breach" of international commitments that "only deepens the crisis". "This is a blatant breach of Russia's international commitments... and a further violation of Ukraine's sovereignty by Russia," Rasmussen said in a statement. "It can only deepen the crisis in the region, which Russia itself has created and has continued to fuel," he said. Rasmussen poured doubt on Moscow's claim that the convoy, which had been...
  • Kurdish forces retake 2 Christian villages; crosses restored to churches

    08/21/2014 1:02:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Assisted by US airstrikes, forces of the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan have retaken the historically Christian towns of Tel Isqof (or Telskuf) and Batnaya from the Sunni jihadist forces. Christian residents who returned to Tel Isqof were “shocked” by the level of destruction committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Assyrian International News Agency reported. They restored crosses to their churches before beginning the task of cleaning up their town. Additional sources for this storySome links will take you to other sites, in a new window. Interactive Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Los Angeles...
  • Now that ISIS knows about failed raid, can U.S. pull off another rescue mission?

    08/21/2014 8:01:36 PM PDT · by LittleSpotBlog · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/21/2014 | CBS Interactive
    There are at least three American hostages still being held by the Islamic terrorists who executed journalist James Foley, sources say, along with a small number of others -- perhaps a dozen. But a rescue mission would be very difficult after Wednesday's revelation that the U.S. military made a failed rescue attempt earlier this summer, CBS News Homeland Security correspondent Bob Orr reports.
  • State Dept. on Beheading of U.S. Journalist: 'This Is Not About the United States'

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

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

    08/21/2014 6:43:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/21/14 | Laura French
    A U.S. District judge ruled on Wednesday that the Department of Justice must turn over a privilege log of documents withheld by the agency on Operation Fast and Furious. Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the Justice Department must provide the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with a list of documents — but not the documents themselves — withheld on the gunrunning operation.
  • NY Post Provokes Outrage With ‘Extremely Graphic’ & ‘Disgraceful’ James Foley Cover

    08/20/2014 6:06:34 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 44 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | august 20, 2014 | oliver darcy
    The New York Post prompted outrage Wednesday after publishing a front page photograph of slain photojournalist James Foley seconds before he was beheaded by a Islamic State militant. –snip Individuals turned to Twitter to blast the tabloid New York newspaper, calling the cover “disrespectful” and “disgraceful.”
  • Obama White House notified, Global Post knew of threat to kill Foley 1 week prior to execution

    08/20/2014 3:24:46 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 25 replies
    My Fox Boston ^ | 8/20/14 | Ashley Troutman
    <p>Journalist James Foley's captors threatened to kill him a week before his execution in a letter that both Global Post President Philip Balboni and the White House were aware of.</p> <p>Foley was killed Tuesday in Syria after being held there for almost two years. The 40-year-old journalist was freelancing for the Global Post and Agence France-Presse when he was captured. In a news conference Wednesday, Balboni confirmed that both he and the White House were aware of the threat to kill Foley one week prior to his execution. He went on to say that the threat was different than previous communications they'd had with the captors. They demanded a lot on the past, but this letter was filled with rage, according to Balboni. Still, he wanted to believe the threat was empty, and learned it wasn't Tuesday when the video of Foley's killing was released on YouTube.</p>
  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 3:50:14 PM PDT · by wtd · 124 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | August 19, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed. [snip] Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict between Israel and Hamas, his tweets and retweets were chock full of pro-terrorist propaganda. link
  • UN Condemns ISIS for Raping Teenage Boys

    08/19/2014 11:33:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | August 13, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - UN Condemns ISIS for Raping Teenage BoysPosted By Daniel Greenfield On August 13, 2014 @ 6:09 pm In The Point | 54 Comments Here’s a preview of the Islamic Caliphate that ISIS is trying to build. Two senior United Nations officials today condemned in the strongest terms the “barbaric acts” of sexual violence and “savage rapes” the armed group Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated on minorities in areas under its control.In a joint statement from Baghdad, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence (SRSG) in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura and the Special...
  • IS Sells Yazidi and Christian Women in Mosul

    08/19/2014 10:53:36 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 43 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 18.08.2014 | Hoshmand Sadiq
    After the kidnapping of more than 500 Yazidi girls by Islamic State (IS) militants, the women are being sold in Quds Neighborhood in Mosul through a special office. The Head of The Women’s Committee in the Kurdistan Parliament, Evar Ibrahim, told BasNews, “After kidnapping 500 Yazidi girls from Sinjar and taking them to Mosul, the IS insurgents are now, through a special office in the Quds Neighborhood of the city, selling them to people.” “The price of each girl starts from IQD 20,000 [US $17] to 30,000 [$26]. Despite selling them, the Yazidi girls have been raped by the IS...
  • Archbishop of Mosul: "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West...

    08/17/2014 12:19:31 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 87 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 8/17/14 | New Catholic
    Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the...
  • US Strikes Iraq With Land-Based Bombers

    08/17/2014 6:39:05 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 21 replies
    Newser ^ | Aug 17, 2014 | Newser Editors
    The latest round of US airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign. Kurdish security officials say Kurdish forces, aided by US and Iraqi airstrikes, have now taken over parts of the dam. Militants had captured control of the dam less than two weeks ago. The US military says US forces conducted nine strikes yesterday and another 16 today. The second round of strikes damaged or destroyed 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers, and one checkpoint, the US said.
  • How the U.S.-favored Kurds Abandoned the Yazidis when ISIS Attacked

    08/17/2014 11:07:39 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    Interviews with witnesses show the Kurds who are now getting weapons and air support from Washington left the Yazidis defenseless earlier this month.
  • UKRAINE: "Interview: I Was A Separatist Fighter In Ukraine" [VIDEO]

    08/17/2014 7:05:36 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 19 replies
    Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty ^ | Sunday, August 17, 2014
    Sunday, August 17, 2014 Artur Gasparyan, a 24-year-old native of Spitak, Armenia, was recruited in Moscow in May to fight in eastern Ukraine. Now back in the Russian capital, he spoke with Mumin Shakirov of RFE/RL's Russian Service (see original in Russian here) in detail about his experiences. RFE/RL: You expressed interest in going to Ukraine on a forum on Vkontakte after you read about the fire in the Odesa Trade Union Building in which 42 pro-Moscow separatists died. What happened next? Artur Gasparyan: About 10 guys showed up at a meeting somewhere near VDNKh [the All-Russian Exhibition Center in...
  • Hizbullah leader sees Islamic State as growing ‘monster’

    08/15/2014 7:06:19 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Fri, Aug 15, 2014
    The leader of Lebanese Shia group Hizbullah described the radical Islamist movement that has seized territory in Iraq and Syria as a growing “monster” that could threaten Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Gulf states. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, whose group has been helping Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad fight a Sunni Islamist-dominated insurgency, said Islamic State could easily recruit in other areas where its hardline ideology exists. “Wherever there are followers of the ideology there is ground for [Islamic State], and this exists in Jordan, in Saudi Arabia, in Kuwait, and the Gulf states,” Nasrallah said in an interview with the...
  • An Evil That Must Be Stopped

    08/14/2014 12:04:02 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Time ^ | 6:04 AM ET | Joe Klein
    ISIS is the most serious threat to American interests in a decade. Why we must counter it Ryan Crocker, who probably knows the Middle East better than any other living American diplomat, recently cut to the chase about the situation in Iraq. “This is about America’s national security,” he told the New York Times. “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate. People like [ISIS leader] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have been in a fight for a decade. They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.” We’ve been in the fight...
  • UKRAINE: 12 August Results of the Day from Bad to Good

    08/12/2014 7:32:46 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    Brothers and sisters, following 12 August. From Bad: 1. the Council in first reading adopted a bill that enacts the Institute sanctions according to the decision of the President and the NSC [National Security Council.] And all. The Council has thus exhausted - and finally the law was not accepted. As you know, sanctions (and their 29 varieties) should touch virtually all aspects of foreign and domestic policy. Among them is the cessation of mail, disabling television channels, closing all kinds of MEDIA, including the Internet, the ban on the use of radio frequencies, etc. In common sense such a...
  • Aceh, the Operative Base for the Islamic Caliphate in Asia, Through Recruitment and Indoctrination

    08/12/2014 10:30:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 8/12/14 | Mathias Hariyadi
    Fringes of the jihadist movement already active in 16 provinces in the Indonesian archipelago. Thousands of people have sworn allegiance to the fundamentalist leader Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi. Most are veterans of the jihad with extensive experience in Afghanistan or, on the domestic front of the Moluccas. Jakarta: some areas are "fertile ground" for enrollment. Jakarta (AsiaNews) - It has yet to make any startling conquests in the Asian nation, but the Indonesian section of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has already started mass recruitment - as recently reported- in over 16 provinces of...
  • Clinton critical of Obama foreign policy, says 'failure' to act in Syria created vacuum for jihad

    08/10/2014 12:56:53 PM PDT · by McGruff · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 10, 2014
    Hillary Clinton, the front-runner among potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates, is sharply distancing herself from President Obama's foreign policy, particularly in Syria, as Americans appear to continue losing confidence in his handling of key international affairs. Clinton, who as secretary of state was Obama’s top diplomat, suggested during an in-depth interview with The Atlantic magazine that the president’s foreign-policy mantra of “don’t do stupid stuff” lacked sufficient depth.
  • U.S. carries out [5] new Islamic State air strikes in Iraq [Kurds Take Back Two Towns]

    08/10/2014 8:10:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Reuters via Haaretz ^ | Aug. 10, 2014 | 5:57 PM
    The United States conducted new air strikes on Islamic State targets near Arbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, the U.S. military's Central Command said on Sunday. The strikes, launched by drone aircraft and U.S. fighter jets, were aimed at protecting Kurdish Peshmerga forces as they face off against Islamist militants near Arbil, the site of a U.S. consulate and a U.S.-Iraqi joint military operations center, Central Command said in a statement. "At approximately 2:15 a.m. EDT, U.S. aircraft struck and destroyed an (Islamic State) armed truck that was firing on Kurdish forces located in the approaches to Arbil,"...
  • At least 20,000 Iraqis have safely fled Mt Sinjar: officials

    08/10/2014 7:58:19 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    At least 20,000 Iraqis have safely fled Mt Sinjar: officials IRBIL, Iraq: At least 20,000 civilians who had been besieged by jihadists on a mountain in northern Iraq have safely escaped to Syria and been escorted by Kurdish forces back into Iraq, officials said Sunday.The breakthrough coincided with US air raids on Islamic State fighters in the Sinjar area of northwestern Iraq Saturday.Shawkat Barbahari, an official from the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq put the number of people who escaped the siege and crossed back into Iraqi Kurdistan at 30,000."The Kurdish peshmerga forces have succeeded in making 30,000...
  • Obama’s New, Undeclared Iraq War

    08/10/2014 6:45:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.09.14 | Eli Lake
    Obama’s New, Undeclared Iraq War Obama’s new Iraq war began modestly. By the end of his press conference on Saturday though it got a bit bigger. President Barack Obama’s war in Iraq just got more ambitious. Speaking to reporters before departing for a two week vacation with his family on Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama said the U.S. had to make sure the Islamic State “is not engaging in actions that could cripple a country.” Noting the foreign jihadists fighting with the Islamic State, Obama said, “There is going to be a counterterrorism element that we are already preparing for.” And while Obama...
  • Anglican Vicar of Baghdad: ‘Child I baptized cut in half by ISIS’

    08/10/2014 4:55:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 39 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | August 8, 2014 | ACNS staff
    Anglican Vicar of Baghdad: ‘Child I baptized cut in half by ISIS’ By ACNS staff | August 8, 2014 18 Comments | Share [Anglican Communion News Service] The five-year-old son of a founding member of Baghdad’s Anglican church was cut in half during an attack by the Islamic State1 on the Christian town of Qaraqosh.In an interview Aug. 8, an emotional Canon Andrew White told ACNS that he christened the boy several years ago, and that the child’s parents had named the lad Andrew after him.Canon Andrew White Photo: Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East “I’m almost...
  • Could ISIS retaliate against the West?

    08/10/2014 4:06:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | August 9, 2014 -- Updated 1910 GMT | Paul Cruickshank
    (CNN) -- The U.S. air strikes carried out Friday against ISIS are likely to have one unintended consequence: immediately increase the terrorist threat in Europe and the United States, Western counter-terrorism officials tell CNN. Within hours of U.S. military jets and drones conducting a strike on ISIS artillery that had been used against Kurdish forces defending Irbil, ISIS supporters called for retaliatory attacks against the United States. "It is a clear message that the war is against Islam and the mujahideen. The mujahideen must strive and seek to execute proactive operations in their own home, America, to discipline America and...
  • UK aid deliveries in Iraq 'imminent'

    08/10/2014 3:06:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 9 August 2014 Last updated at 22:31 GMT
    The Royal Air Force (RAF) will start dropping humanitarian aid supplies in northern Iraq "imminently", the foreign secretary has said.Philip Hammond said the aid would help thousands of members of the Yazidi minority, who are trapped on a mountain after fleeing from Islamist militants.Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama discussed the situation over the phone earlier.No 10 said they had agreed "a way must be found... to avert a genocide".The Downing Street spokesman said estimates of the number of those trapped ranged from 50,000 to 150,000.He said there was little information about what supplies they had with...
  • ISIS tweeting US on hashtag #AmessagefromISIStoUS

    08/10/2014 12:52:30 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 47 replies
    Twitter ^ | August 10. 2014 | ISIS
    ISIS is now taunting Americans on the hashtag #AmessagefromISIStoUS
  • U.S. Conducts Four More Airstrikes in Iraq to Defend Yazidis

    08/09/2014 11:17:28 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 10, 2014 12:03 a.m. ET | Felicia Schwartz
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. military launched four airstrikes Saturday in northern Iraq designed to defend members of the Yazidi religious minority who were coming under attack from Islamic extremists, U.S. officials said. American aircraft also conducted a third airdrop of food and water for thousands of Yazidis stranded on Mount Sinjar, officials said. One C-17 and two C-130 aircraft dropped 3,800 gallons of drinking water and 16,128 meals, and were supported by U.S. fighter aircraft. [....] In the first, U.S. fighters and drones struck one of two Islamic State armored personnel carriers seen firing on Yazidi civilians near the town of Sinjar,...
  • Through the looking glass Iraq | At the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, war zone meets wonderland

    08/09/2014 5:14:57 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 8 replies
    World Magazine ^ | August 9, 2014 | Mindy Belz
    To get to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad you first must present proper identifying credentials to pass Iraqi army checkpoints. Then turn through Assassin’s Gate, into what’s now known as the International Zone, or IZ. Nearing the banks of the Tigris, you turn right onto a boulevard, see the first guard tower marking the embassy compound, then drive—and drive—some minutes fronting its fortress-high walls before you reach an entry gate. The embassy—opened in 2009 at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of over $750 million—is the largest diplomatic compound in the world. At 104 acres (that’s 80 football stadiums) it’s about...
  • Obama mulls U.S. airstrikes to help trapped religious minorities in Iraq: NYT

    08/07/2014 12:23:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Rueters ^ | August 7, 2014
    U.S. President Barack Obama is considering airstrikes and emergency relief airdrops to help 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who are trapped on a mountaintop after threats by Islamic militants, the New York Times reported on Thursday. Obama has been looking at a range of options, from dropping humanitarian supplies on Mount Sinjar to military strikes on fighters from the Islamic State who are at the base of the mountain, a senior administration official told the newspaper. The Islamic State's Sunni militants, an offshoot of al Qaeda who have swept across northwestern Iraq in recent weeks, have even come within a...
  • The American Volunteer in the Donbas Battalion: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 66)

    08/07/2014 8:17:45 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 1 replies
    Vice News via Yahoo! ^ | Published on Aug 6, 2014
    In this dispatch, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky interviews an American volunteer in the Donbas Battalion to find out why he joined the unit, and what he thinks about the crisis in Ukraine.
  • U.S. Troops Shot During Deadly Attack in Afghanistan: Officials

    08/05/2014 6:37:43 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/5/14 | JIM MIKLASZEWSKI, FAZUL RAHIM AND ALEXANDER SMITH
    As many as 12 Western soldiers -- including several Americans -- were shot in a deadly attack on high-level officials visiting a military academy Tuesday near Afghanistan's capital. U.S. officials told NBC News that most, if not all, of the victims were American. They said a lone gunman opened fire at a group that included American officials at the Camp Qargha training facility. Three Western soldiers died - including a high-ranking officer - and about a dozen were wounded, according to senior U.S. defense officials. The officials said the death toll is expected to rise. Earlier, a spokesman for the...
  • US General Killed in Workplace Violence

    08/05/2014 11:44:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 8-5-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, there's a very upsetting story out of the Afghanistan war today. Headline: "United States Army Major General Killed by an Afghan Soldier -- A United States Army major general was shot and killed at close range on Tuesday by a man dressed as an Afghan soldier at a training academy on the outskirts of Kabul..." By the way, you might hear it pronounced "Kah-BOOL," but it isn't. It's "KAH-bull," K-a-b-u-l. "The officer was the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities in the Afghanistan war. The coalition official, who spoke on condition of anonymity and...