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  • Iraqi Navy SEAL Interpreter 'Code Name Johnny Walker' to Gain Citizenship, Reveal His Real Name

    03/20/2019 7:17:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/20/2019 | Tyler O'Neil
    In a PJ Media exclusive, the Iraqi native turned Navy SEAL interpreter and bestselling author who goes by the code name "Johnny Walker" told his story and made a huge announcement: he will receive his U.S. citizenship on Wednesday morning! At that time, he will also reveal his real name. (This article will be updated with that name when it becomes public.) "It's a big honor," Walker told PJ Media. He is looking forward to posting videos of the ceremony and predicted a beautiful moment where "people from different backgrounds and different religions" will be united by loyalty to the...
  • Iraq expected to open strategic border with Syria within days

    03/20/2019 5:26:28 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    The National (UAE) ^ | 19 March 2019 | Mina Aldroubi
    Iraq’s military chief said on Tuesday that the country plans to reopen a strategic border crossing with Syria (al Qaim - closed in 2013) in the coming days... Washington has expressed concern about Tehran’s ambitions to extend its weapons and military support to regional allies.
  • Thousands of Iraqi refugees to return from Syria in weeks: Red Cross

    03/12/2019 11:56:08 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 29 replies
    Kurdistan24 ^ | 12 March 2019 | Karzan Sulaivany
    About 20,000 Iraqi refugees, including women and children, are expected to return to their hometowns in weeks under an agreement with the Federal Government of Iraq, a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Monday. Over the past few weeks, thousands of people, many of whom were the wives and children of Islamic State members, either surrendered or were taken from the front lines in the battle against the extremist group in Syria. Due to the significant number of civilians, the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had to slow down their advance to liberate...
  • How the Islamic State Was Defeated in Iraq and Syria. From 2015 to 2019.

    03/04/2019 7:27:18 PM PST · by bitt · 9 replies ^ | 3/4/2019 | Thomas Wictor
    The Islamic State began as the Organisation of Monotheism and Jihad, created in 1999 by Jordanian career criminal Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Originally the group wanted to overthrow the Jordanian monarchy, but after the American invasion of Iraq, Zarqawi’s goal became igniting a sectarian war between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the Middle East. He went to Iraq in 2003 and launched what was at that time the most violent insurgency in the region’s history. Many name changes later, the late Zarqawi’s group was virtually defeated. In 2010, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—the current emir—recruited former intelligence and military officers from Saddam Hussein’s...
  • Russia-Israel team to eye foreign forces' pullout from Syria

    03/03/2019 6:30:31 AM PST · by NorseViking · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | March 3, 2019
    Jerusalem (AFP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel and Russia are to form a joint team to examine the withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria. Israel is seeking the removal of Iranian forces and has vowed to keep its main enemy from entrenching itself militarily in the neighbouring country. Netanyahu met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Moscow to discuss Iran's presence in Syria. "I made it unequivocally clear that Israel will not allow the military entrenchment of Iran in Syria, and I also made it unequivocally clear that we would continue to take military action...
  • Former Yazidi captives of IS reunite with families in Iraq

    03/02/2019 6:56:45 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    Frederick News Post ^ | 3 hrs ago | PHILIP ISSA
    GERSHIN, Iraq — A group of Yazidi women and children reunited with their families in Iraq Saturday after five years of captivity at the hands of the Islamic State group, hugging and kissing relatives in emotional scenes that underscored their yearslong ordeal and that of their devastated community. Elated families met their loved ones at a rural truck stop on the road between Sinjar and Dohuk, tossing candy in the air like confetti, the women ululating with joy. The 18 returning children, aged 10 to 15, appeared weary and at times uneasy with the attention of the media and officials....
  • Leaked Audio of Secretary Kerry Reveals President Obama Intentionally Allowed Rise of ISIS…

    01/01/2017 8:17:30 PM PST · by DaveinOK54 · 221 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | January 1, 2017 | sundance
    There are moments within investigative research when your jaw can stand agape as you recognize the scope of what you are reading or hearing. A brutally down-played audio of Secretary John Kerry is just such an occasion.(snip) This evidence within this single story would/should forever remove any credibility toward the U.S. foreign policy under President Obama. It also destroys the credibility of a large number of well known republicans. What the recording reveals is substantive: ♦ First, only regime change, the removal of Bashir Assad, in Syria was the goal for President Obama. This is admitted and outlined by Secretary...
  • 'This isn't over': Islamic State loyalties linger despite defeat

    02/26/2019 8:49:03 PM PST · by blueplum · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 Feb 2019 | Ellen Francis
    DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria (Reuters) - Having joined Islamic State in Syria four years ago, the Algerian woman only abandoned the jihadists’ last scrap of besieged territory when her daughter was shot in the leg... (snip) Adnan Afrin, an SDF official, said the civilian convoys from Baghouz have included a growing number of surrendering militants. They are searched for bombs and mines before being allowed to go any further, he said. The SDF estimates about 30,000 people have left Baghouz. It aims to eliminate or force the surrender of remaining fighters, who, according to the SDF, have dug defensive tunnels....
  • Iraqi official: No ties with Israel without Palestinian state

    02/25/2019 1:26:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/2/19
    A senior Iraqi official has told the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation, "Iraq will not join the Arab states that are promoting the establishment of relations with Israel, as long as the establishment of a true and full Palestinian state with Jerusalem as a capital, an airport, a flag and an anthem is not ...
  • MSNBC: Huge weapons cache found -- possible chemical cannisters

    04/05/2003 5:24:29 AM PST · by rhombus · 39 replies · 201+ views
    On MSNBC now -- videos of "mysterious cannisters" that appear to be Russian in origin.
  • Bush invites Poland to Iraq conference

    04/11/2003 6:54:32 AM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 82 replies · 303+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | April 11, 2003 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    US President George W. Bush has invited Poland, a staunch ally in the Iraq war, to help organize a "rolling dialogue" planned for next week on the future of the country, an aide to the Polish president said Friday. Bush made the invitation to Poland's President Aleksander Kwasniewski by telephone Thursday, said Marek Siwiec, Kwasniewski's top security aide. Speaking on Polish state radio, Siwiec quoted Bush as saying that "we are inviting you because we have confidence in you." Poland contributed about 200 troops, including 56 members of its elite GROM commando, a logistics vessel and anti-chemical warfare unit to...
  • Islamic State's 'caliphate' on brink of defeat

    02/16/2019 10:46:41 AM PST · by gandalftb · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | FEBRUARY 15, 2019 | Rodi Said
    U.S.-backed fighters are poised to capture Islamic State’s last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates. The remaining militants in a neighborhood of Baghouz village near the Iraqi border, under fire from all sides. Civilians fled the few square miles of hamlets and farmland that remain within Islamic State’s ‘caliphate’, along with defeated jihadists trying to escape unnoticed. Most of the fighters left in Baghouz are foreigners, in an encircled pocket some 700 meters square. Army General Joseph Votel said the end of the territorial caliphate would lead to a more dispersed, harder-to-detect network of fighters waging guerrilla warfare. That should require...
  • With Iran squeezed out, U.S. oil takes on new rivals in Europe

    02/11/2019 10:04:09 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | February 11, 2019 | By Olga Yagova and Devika Krishna Kumar
    Only a few years ago, before the hydro-fracking and shale revolution overturned the economics of U.S. oil production, the United States was the world's largest oil importer by far and prohibited exports of oil by law. Now shipments of U.S. crude into Europe have just hit a new record. January imports were 630,000 barrels per day, still - behind Russia and Iraq but above other OPEC producers including Nigeria and Libya. Higher U.S. crude exports have been helped by lower supplies of Iranian and Venezuelan crude, which Washington has put under sanctions, scaring buyers across the world. In the whole...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 2/4/2019

    02/04/2019 5:18:49 AM PST · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/4/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    France's leading opposition politician says President Emmanuel Macron is ultimately responsible for the Yellow Vests protests and any violent incidents surrounding them. National Rally leader Marine Le Pen told BFM-TV Sunday that new elections for the National Assembly and the Citizen Initiative Referendum are needed.... A Syrian army artillery position attacked in an air strike by the US-led coalition late Saturday night followed by an ISIS ground attack..... President Trump says the US military is "slowly" withdrawing from Syria...... If there's an invasion of Venezuela as some say is coming it looks like the first wave is humanitarian relief.... Today...
  • Trump pushes withdrawal from ‘endless’ Afghanistan, Syria wars

    02/03/2019 5:49:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Manila Bulletin ^ | February 4, 2019 | Agence France-Presse
    Pushing back against Republican opposition, US President Donald Trump reaffirmed his determination to pull US troops out of “endless wars” in Syria and Afghanistan, in an interview that aired Sunday. But he said they would stay in Iraq to watch Iran. Trump cited the high cost in blood and money after years of fighting in Afghanistan, in arguing for a US withdrawal from the place where the 9/11 attacks were hatched. “It’s time,” he said in the interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “And we’ll see what happens with the Taliban. They want peace. They’re tired. Everybody’s tired.” Trump’s comments...
  • Political alliance with Venezuela and Cuba speculated: Brazil's da Silva, critic of U.S.

    08/15/2002 2:08:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies · 2,187+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Aug. 15, 2002 | Andres Oppenheimer
    Alternating harsh anti-American rhetoric reminiscent of the 1960s with efforts to moderate his language in pursuit of middle-class voters, the Workers' Party candidate tried to distance himself from the Forum de Sao Paulo, a group of mostly hard-line communist and leftist parties from around the world that he helped found in 1990. Its last meeting was held in Havana in December. SAO PAULO - Luiz Inacio ''Lula'' da Silva, a longtime critic of the U.S. role in Latin America, could become Brazil's next president, but he rejects speculation that he would form a political alliance with Venezuela and Cuba...
  • Democratic Congresswoman Condemns Religious Bigotry, Standing up to

    02/02/2019 11:39:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | February 2, 2019 | David Glosson
    In a surprising op-ed, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who has announced she is running for President, called out fellow Democrats for fomenting “religious bigotry” during the confirmation of some of President Trump’s recent judicial nominees. Although she did not call them out by name, Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) were undoubtedly in Gabbard’s crossfire, as both Democrat Senators recently (and repeatedly) asked Brian Buescher, a nominee to the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, about his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus, a faith-based, service organization that supports the Catholic Church’s historical teaching on marriage, abortion, and human sexuality. With around two...
  • Knee Pad Journalism: NY Times’ Peter Baker Absolves Obama in Secret Service Lapses

    10/01/2014 10:26:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Gatway Pundit ^ | 10/1/14 | Kristinn Taylor
    The same newspaper that crucified President George W. Bush for the Abu Ghrab scandal even though Bush was many, many layers of government removed from the American military guards at the heart of the Iraqi prison scandal has given President Barack Obama absolution for the gross incompetence of the Secret Service even though Obama is in direct contact every minute of every day with the agency charged with protecting his life. Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for the New York Times has written a churlish, excuse-making article published Tuesday night that at once hints Republican lawmakers want to see...
  • Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

    01/29/2019 2:52:35 PM PST · by BeauBo · 12 replies
    Department of State ^ | January 29, 2019 | Office of the Spokesperson
    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host a day of meetings with the foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on February 6 in Washington, D.C. The full 79-member Coalition will meet for in-depth discussions on the impending territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria... Ministers will discuss the next phase of the campaign in Iraq and Syria, which will focus on protecting against a resurgence of ISIS through stabilization and security assistance.
  • US-led coalition: Recent strikes destroyed nearly half of ISIS 'propaganda' cells

    01/06/2019 3:24:25 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 06, 2019 04:46 PM | Diana Stancy Correll
    Recent precision strikes and coordinated attacks targeting the Islamic State's media cells have diminished the group’s communications capabilities by nearly half in less than six months, according to the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Combined Joint Task Force–Operation Inherent Resolve announced Sunday that strikes conducted by Operation Roundup between Dec. 23 and 29 hit Islamic State fighters, media cells, and a general service building in Syria’s Middle Euphrates River Valley region. As a result, the coalition said the Islamic State's communications capabilities have been reduced by approximately 45 percent since September. “The degradation of ISIS in both...