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  • Al-Shabaab: Kenya attack because of Jerusalem recognition

    01/16/2019 2:49:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/1/19 | Elad Benari
    The Al-Shabaab terrorist group said on Wednesday it carried out the deadly attack on a Nairobi hotel and office complex in retaliation for US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last December, AFP reported. The group said in a statement picked up by the SITE monitoring group that its fighters stormed the DusitD2 complex on instructions by Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. "It is a response to the witless remarks of the US president, Donald Trump, and his declaration of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel," said Al-Shabaab. The assault with guns and explosives claimed the lives...
  • Palestinians assume chairmanship of largest bloc of nations at the UN

    01/15/2019 8:51:17 PM PST · by Sheapdog · 17 replies
    www.timesofisrael.com ^ | January 15th, 2019 | Adam Rasgon
    Taking charge of Group of 77, which encompasses 134 developing countries, Abbas slams Israel’s ‘occupation of the state of Palestine,’ condemns ‘terrorism in all its forms’ Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas assumed the chairmanship of the largest bloc of countries at the United Nations on behalf of “the State of Palestine” on Tuesday in New York City. The Palestinians are slated to serve as the leader of the bloc, known as the Group of 77, for the next year. In a speech at the UN headquarters, Abbas called the task of leading the Group of 77 “a great responsibility.” "I...
  • Pompeo: Trump Admin Will Help Iranian People Take ‘Control of Their Capital’

    01/14/2019 3:35:46 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | Adam Kredo
    Following meetings with top Saudi Arabian leaders in the country's capital on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that one of the Trump administration's top regional goals is to "make sure that the Iranian people get control of their capital," a shot across the bow to a ruling regime that has spent billions to beef up its foreign military and terrorist operations. Pompeo, speaking to reporters in Riyadh, said that the Trump administration's primary goal is to empower the Iranian people to rein in the ruling regime, which has spent a fortune on foreign wars and terror operations as...
  • Why They Stay: The horror and hope undergirding Jewish life in post-Revolution Iran

    01/14/2019 11:14:29 AM PST · by OddLane · 5 replies
    Tablet Mag ^ | 1/14/19 | Roya Hakakian
    Among the world’s endangered minorities, Iranian Jews are an anomaly. Like their counterparts, their conditions categorically refute all the efforts their nation makes at seeming civilized and egalitarian—and so they embody, often without wanting to, all that is ugly and unjust about their native land. But Iran’s Jewish community does something more. It also embodies the nation’s hope, the narrative of its resistance and struggle for a better future—one that has been on the brink of arriving ever since the revolution in 1979. To understand why Jews continue to remain in Iran is to understand the tortured tale of Iran....
  • Pro-Hezbollah activist posts photos with Rashida Tlaib at swearing-in ceremony

    01/14/2019 2:21:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 14, 2019 | Valerie Richardson
    Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Democrat, was called out Monday after Palestinian activist Abbas Hamideh, a staunch defender of the terrorist group Hezbollah, posted photos of the two of them posing at her swearing-in ceremony in Detroit. Mr. Hamideh tweeted a photo of himself Saturday with Ms. Tlaib along with the caption, “I was honored to be at Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib swearing in ceremony in #Detroit and private dinner afterward with the entire family, friends and activists across the country.” Critics were quick to point out that Mr. Hamideh, a co-founder of the pro-Palestinian group Al-Awda, which means “right of return,” has...
  • CAIR CALLING SHOTS ON WHO GETS BANNED FROM FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

    01/14/2019 7:35:27 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | January 14, 2019 | Robert Spencer
    Now it is becoming clear why Facebook and Twitter have for so long been harassing, shadowbanning, and blocking foes of jihad terror and Sharia oppression. Journalist Jordan Schachtel revealed in Conservative Review Tuesday that “the Hamas-tied Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is best known as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing case in U.S. history, appears to have access to high-ranking Facebook and Twitter executives and has communicated with these individuals about who should be allowed to stay on their platforms.” This doesn’t come as any surprise given the eagerness of both Facebook and Twitter to...
  • Trump touts 'long overdue' Syria pullout, says US 'will devastate Turkey economically' if they...

    01/13/2019 5:36:08 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 13 Jan 2019 | Nicole Darrah
    FULL TITLE: Trump touts 'long overdue' Syria pullout, says US 'will devastate Turkey economically' if they attack Kurds President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted that the "long overdue pullout from Syria" is starting, and threatened that the U.S. will "devastate Turkey economically" if they attack Kurdish forces in the war-torn country. Trump said the removal of troops, which he announced via Twitter in December, is happening "while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions." The president also vowed that the U.S. "Will attack [ISIS] again from existing nearby base if it reforms." Trump promised the...
  • A Force for Good: America Reinvigorated in the Middle East

    01/12/2019 8:51:53 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    dvids ^ | 01.10.2019 | Staff
    Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The American University in Cairo. Cairo, Egypt January 10, 2019 “We need to acknowledge that truth, because if we don’t, we make bad choices – now and in the future. And our choices, the choices we make today have consequences for nations, and for millions and millions of people, for our safety, for our economic prosperity, for our personal freedoms, and those of our children.” https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2019/01/288410.htm
  • Pompeo: Iran’s space launch tests are cover for nuclear missile development

    01/12/2019 1:32:43 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 7 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 1/12/19 | USA Features
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that Iran’s testing of space-launch vehicles is really cover for the further development of nuclear-capable ICBMs. Speaking in Abu Dhabi in advance of private meetings with Gulf States to discuss Iran’s ongoing support for terrorist groups, Pompeo said U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that Iran’s satellite launches are part of Tehran’s quest to continue advancing its ballistic missile technology. Such ICBM testing violates United Nations rules prohibiting such activity, Pompeo told reporters, in describing Tehran’s actions as provocative in nature. The secretary also said the Trump administration planned to rally countries in the...
  • Iranian Regime Is Fearful Of Organized Social Unrest

    01/12/2019 12:36:22 PM PST · by hassan.mahmoud · 6 replies
    Iran freedom ^ | Jan 12, 2019 | Hassan.Mahmoudi
    In his Speech last Wednesday Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei show his fear to the current fragile and chaotic state of the country. Nothing is more frightening to Khamenei and the Iranian authorities than the social unrest unleashed by protests which began Dec 2107 inside the country, the endless strikes that have shaken the government, and indeed threatened the existence of the ruling Iranian regime. Iranian people from all walk of life protest over high prices, inflation, corruption, incompetence. On Wednesday, during a speech in Qom (150 KM south of Tehran), Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei implicitly expressed his fear...
  • In Cairo, Pompeo gives the speech Obama should have in 2009

    01/11/2019 7:18:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/11/2019 | Rick Moran
    Early in his presidency, Barack Obama gave a speech in Cairo that he referred to as "A New Beginning." In that speech in June, 2009, Obama identified the United States as one of the causes of turmoil and violence in the Middle East. He never said the words, "I'm sorry," but his tone was apologetic as he viciously criticized the Israeli "occupation and the US invasion of Iraq. Yesterday, almost 10 years later, American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave the speech that Obama should have given. It was unabashedly pro-American and identified America as a force for good in...
  • Trump Admin Plots With Arab Allies to Expel ‘Every Last Iranian Boot From’ Syria

    01/11/2019 1:50:22 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 11, 2019 1:50 pm | Adam Kredo
    MANAMA/Bahrain—The Trump administration, via Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is beginning to build a coalition of Arab allies that will help the United States expel "every last Iranian boot" from Syria and ensure the Islamic Republic's march across the Middle East is stopped in its tracks, according to U.S. officials.Pompeo arrived in Bahrain early Friday to hold the first of a series of meetings with Arab leaders in key gulf nations, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Oman. During this leg of Pompeo's weeklong trek across the region, the secretary of state will continue his behind-the-scenes...
  • Report: Nasrallah suffers heart attack [Hezbollah leader]

    01/12/2019 1:58:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 01/12/19 19:00 | Tzvi Lev
    The Lebanese media reported on Saturday that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was hospitalized after apparently suffering a heart attack. Additional reports said that Nasrallah is also fighting cancer. Israel Hayom quoted Lebanese journalist Jerry Mahar as saying that “an intelligence source confirmed that a senior figure in the Hezbollah organization was hospitalized today in a hospital in the capital Beirut, and other sources confirmed that it was Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, who has been fighting cancer for years.” The reports were not confirmed by any official source in the country and Hezbollah did not respond to the report. …
  • Israel Doubles Down on Criticism of Obama Administration: ‘Ben Rhodes is an Expert at Fiction’

    12/27/2016 10:42:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2016 | 7:23 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. on Monday contemptuously dismissed White House deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes’ denials that the Obama administration played a key behind-the-scenes role in getting a resolution condemning Israel through the U.N. Security Council, describing him as an “expert at fiction.” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government says it has “iron-clad” information indicating that the Obama administration had a role in the crafting and passage of the resolution that passed Friday in the absence of a U.S. veto. Ambassador Ron Dermer told MSNBC the Israeli government had proof that it would share that evidence with the incoming...
  • Pompeo, at site of Obama's address to Muslim world, rebukes his legacy: 'Age of self-inflicted ...

    01/10/2019 12:31:16 PM PST · by bitt · 37 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/10/2010 | adam shaw
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday launched an astonishing rebuke of former President Barack Obama’s foreign policy at the site of Obama’s famous speech to the Muslim world -- declaring that “the age of self-inflicted American shame is over.” Pompeo delivered his remarks in Cairo, where Obama famously spoke in 2009 and promised a new beginning with Muslim and Arab countries. He was criticized by conservatives for placing too much blame on the U.S. for strife in the region. Pompeo, while not mentioning Obama by name, said that “it was here, in this city, another American stood before you”...
  • Facebook and Twitter consult with Hamas-linked CAIR over who gets banned from their platforms

    01/08/2019 3:28:18 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 8 replies
    Juhad Watch ^ | 1/8/19
    This doesn’t come as any surprise given the eagerness of both Facebook and Twitter to be Sharia-compliant. Facebook’s Vice President Joel Kaplan traveled to Pakistan in July 2017 to assure the Pakistani government that it would remove “anti-Islam” material. And Facebook has done so assiduously, banning numerous foes of jihad terror and twice now blocking the Jihad Watch Facebook page on spurious technical grounds. And Twitter has recently been notifying people that they’re in violation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which violation carries a death sentence. But this shows how sick and degenerate the social media giants really are. CAIR has...
  • Exclusive: New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria

    01/08/2019 12:28:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/08/2019 | Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehghanpisheh, James Pomfret
    The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company’s suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm’s owner, a holding company registered in Mauritius. U.S. authorities allege CFO Meng Wanzhou deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming the two companies were independent of Huawei, when in fact Huawei controlled them. Huawei has maintained the two are independent: equipment seller Skycom Tech Co Ltd and shell company Canicula Holdings Ltd. But...
  • President Sisi attends ceremony in New Administrative Capital to inaugurate Egypt's largest church

    01/06/2019 8:15:13 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Ahram (on line) ^ | Sunday 6 Jan 2019 | Ahram Online
    The Egyptian President, accompanied by religious, military and international dignitaries, witnesses ceremony to inaugurate the Nativity of Christ Cathedral and Al-Fattah El-Alim17:43 US President Donald Trump tweeted, "Excited to see our friends in Egypt opening the biggest Cathedral in the Middle East. President El-Sisi is moving his country to a more inclusive future!" 17:40 In a short video message aired before the attendees, Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, congratulated the Egyptian people, government and president on the inauguration of the new cathedral.17:30 Following the moment of silence, the celebration on stage started with a live performance of Islamic chants and Christian hymns...
  • Turkey seeks 'major' US military assistance in Syria: WSJ

    01/05/2019 9:38:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 01/05/2018
    The substantial request for military support included air raids, logistics and transportation so Turkish forces could finish off the remaining fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Syria, senior US officials were quoted as saying by the WSJ on Friday. "The Turkish requests are so extensive that, if fully met, the American military might be deepening its involvement in Syria instead of reducing it," the newspaper reported. The unidentified American officials told the Journal there was little chance Washington would agree to Ankara's requests in full. US President Donald Trump announced...
  • Palestinian court jails U.S.-Palestinian for life for Jerusalem land sale

    12/31/2018 6:34:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | December 31, 2018 6:57 AM | Reporting by Ali Sawafta, Nidal al-Mughrab, Jeffrey Heller
    A Palestinian court sentenced an American-Palestinian on Monday to life imprisonment for violating a ban on selling land to Israelis, judiciary officials said. The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, called in November for dual national Issam Akel to be released, saying his suspected crime was “selling land to a Jew” and his incarceration violated American values. Akel was accused of attempting to sell a property in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem without the permission of his business partners or Palestinian authorities. Palestinian officials have not publicly identified the intended buyer. The Higher Offences Court in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank,...