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  • Where Is Assad Getting His Fighters From? (It's Not Just Lebanon and Iraq)

    01/23/2018 7:12:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    National Interest ^ | January 2, 2018 | Colin P. ClarkePhillip Smyth
    Where Is Assad Getting His Fighters From? (It's Not Just Lebanon and Iraq) Colin P. ClarkePhillip Smyth January 2, 2018 In early December, senior Trump administration officials suggested that approximately 80 percent of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s defense against insurgents in the country’s ongoing civil war is being provided by forces imported from outside of the country. The lion’s share of these fighters is being trained and equipped by Iran, the Assad regime’s most ardent supporter. Interestingly, however, these foreign fighters, almost of all which are Shia Muslims, are not merely comprised of Lebanese and Iraqis, but include significant numbers...
  • Afghanistan First

    01/21/2018 7:22:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2018 | Paul Jacob
    In the last half of last year, U.S. armed forces under President Donald Trump’s direction launched 2,000 air strikes against Taliban targets in Afghanistan. That constitutes more raids than in all of 2015 and 2016 combined, the last two years under President Barack Obama’s command. “The huge spike in airstrikes is the product of new rules of engagement, adopted as part of a strategy that President Trump announced in August,” reports the Washington Post. “U.S. forces can now strike Taliban targets at will, whereas under the Obama administration they were restricted to defending Afghan forces under imminent attack.” Like the...
  • President Trump: A year of real change

    01/20/2018 4:24:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 20, 2018 | President Donald J. Trump
    Even as Democrats continue to obstruct and play politics, I have never stopped fighting for the people, and I have no intention of changing course. I promised Jan. 20, 2017, would be remembered as a new day for all Americans – the day the people became the rulers of this nation once again. For the past 365 days, that promise has been my guide. We are putting America first, making real change in Washington, and creating opportunities for all of our people. From coast to coast, there is a renewed spirit. Our country is roaring back more quickly than anyone...
  • Gunmen attack Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel

    01/20/2018 11:20:39 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 20, 2018 | Robert Gearty
    Security forces battled a group of three or four gunmen who stormed the popular western-style Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul Saturday. Details of the attack, including information on any casualties, were unclear but the attackers appeared to have included suicide bombers, Reuters reported, citing Afghan ministry spokesman Najib Danish for the information. The hotel came under attack around 9 p.m. local time. Reuters reported that there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest in a long series to have hit Kabul. U.S. officials in Kabul told Fox News the hotel was on fire.
  • Telling the Truth About the ‘Hole’

    01/15/2018 3:34:10 PM PST · by all the best · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | January 15, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    12,513 Afghans became permanent residents in ’16. Their country is in the middle of an endless civil war between the Islamic terrorists who hate us and the Islamic terrorists who really, really hate us. Only 31% of the population of Afghanistan can read. Around 1,000 of the Afghans we took in have jobs. 8,190 don’t have jobs. 3,158 are marked as unknown. That’s an 8% employment rate. The left has been shrieking that wrapping up Temporary Protected Status for aliens from El Salvador will wreak havoc on our businesses and economy. In ’16, we took in 23,449 Salvadorans. Around 3,000...
  • Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency [Blabber mouths......]

    12/25/2010 6:58:55 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency By GINGER THOMPSON and SCOTT SHANE WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration has been transformed into a global intelligence organization with a reach that extends far beyond narcotics, and an eavesdropping operation so expansive it has to fend off foreign politicians who want to use it against their political enemies, according to secret diplomatic cables. In far greater detail than previously seen, the cables, from the cache obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to some news organizations, offer glimpses of drug agents balancing diplomacy and law enforcement in places where it can be...
  • SAS soldier 'chopped off ISIS thug's head with SHOVEL and used his gun to kill more militants'

    01/08/2018 7:26:49 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 75 replies
    The Mirror ^ | Jan 7, 2018 | Chris kitching
    SAS soldier 'chopped off ISIS thug's head with SHOVEL and used his gun to kill more militants' The British sergeant was said to have run out of ammunition during a bloody battle in Afghanistan By Chris kitching Updated 20:40, 7 JAN 2018 An elite SAS soldier cut off an ISIS fighter's head with a spade after he ran out of ammunition during a bloody six-hour battle, it was claimed. After killing the jihadist, the British sergeant used the enemy's gun to kill more militants. The brutal battle is said to have occurred six weeks ago in war-torn Afghanistan. The British...
  • Trump withholding $255M in aid to Pakistan, as he accuses country of [safe haven to terrorists]

    01/02/2018 5:34:23 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Serafin Gómez, Alex Pappas |
    Full Title: Trump withholding $255M in aid to Pakistan, as he accuses country of giving 'safe haven' to terroristsThe Trump administration has decided to withhold millions in military aid to Pakistan as the president accuses the Muslim-majority nation of harboring terrorists and telling “lies” to the United States. “The United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in [Fiscal Year] 2016 Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan at this time,” a National Security Council official told Fox News on Monday. The official added, “The president has made clear that the United States expects Pakistan to take decisive action against...
  • Pakistan's Girl Cadets Dream of Taking Power

    01/02/2018 11:29:25 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, December 31, 2017
    At a revolutionary school in Pakistan, Durkhanay Banuri dreams of becoming military chief, once a mission impossible for girls in a patriarchal country where the powerful army has a severe problem with gender equity. Thirteen-year-old Durkhanay, a student at Pakistan's first ever Girls' Cadet College, established earlier this year in the deeply conservative northwest, brims with enthusiasm and confidence as she sketches out her life plan. "I want to be the army chief," she tells AFP. "Why not? When a woman can be prime minister, foreign minister and governor of the State Bank, she can also be chief of the...
  • Trump, Citing Pakistan as a ‘Safe Haven’ for Terrorists, Freezes Aid

    01/04/2018 7:32:55 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 61 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | JAN. 4, 2018 | MARK LANDLER and GARDINER HARRIS
    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it would suspend nearly all security aid to Pakistan, an across-the-board freeze that is the most tangible sign yet of Washington’s frustration with the country’s refusal to crack down on terrorist networks operating there.The decision, which could affect as much as $1.3 billion in annual aid, came three days after President Trump complained on Twitter that Pakistan had “given us nothing but lies & deceit” and accused it of providing “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan.”The move underlines how swiftly relations with Pakistan have deteriorated since Mr. Trump...
  • US turns the heat on Pakistan ( Haqqani Network )(Youtube)

    01/04/2018 9:58:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    WION ^ | 1/4/18 | various sources
    Not sure exactly who WION is, Google showing me a radio news station , I presume in India since they interview some India officials.
  • Army crosses LoC, kills 3 Pak soldiers; J&K police neutralise Jaish terrorist in Pulwama

    12/26/2017 9:56:31 AM PST · by x1stcav · 9 replies
    Times of India ^ | 12/26/17
    NEW DELHI: Indian security forces hit back at Pakistan, hard, overnight Monday, killing three Pakistani soldiers across the LoC in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), and separately, neutralising a wanted Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist in J&K's Pulwama district. In retaliation for a ceasefire violation on Saturday+ , the Indian Army undertook an operation very reminiscent of last year's surgical strikes. They crossed over to PoK early Tuesday, to Rakhchikri in the Rawlakot sector, and killed three Pakistani troops while also wounding one, agencies reported.
  • Pakistan Opens Fire Along Border Killing Indian Troops, Warns "Nuclear War Cannot Be Ruled Out"

    12/24/2017 4:52:01 PM PST · by blam · 60 replies
    Capitol Zero ^ | 12-24-2017
    With most of the Western hemisphere on holiday, another crisis appears to be developing on the India–Pakistan border known as the Line of Control (LoC). The incident started on Saturday, where at least four Indian soldiers were killed, in an exchange of fire with the Pakistani Army on the Line of Control (LoC) dividing Kashmir, ABC News reported. The two sides reportedly exchanged heavy fire in the Keri sector of the Rajouri district, about 222 km southwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The skirmish started when Pakistani troops used automatic weapons,...
  • Freed Taliban hostage faces assault charges in Canada

    01/02/2018 9:25:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 10:26 PM ET, Tue January 2, 2018 | Chris Boyette and Emanuella Grinberg,
    Boyle was previously married to the sister of Omar Khadr, a Canadian imprisoned for 10 years at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after fighting US troops in Afghanistan. A senior official said Boyle refused to board an American military plane over concerns he could face arrest. Boyle said his family had been delayed due to a medical emergency surrounding one of his children. According to Canadian media reports, the charges include: - Eight counts of assault - Two counts of sexual assault - Two counts of unlawful confinement - One count of uttering death threats - One...
  • CIA Director John Brennan emails

    10/21/2015 1:27:52 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Wikileaks ^ | October 21, 2015
    Today, 21 October 2015 and over the coming days WikiLeaks is releasing documents from one of CIA chief John Brennan's non-government email accounts. Brennan used the account occasionally for several intelligence related projects. John Brennan became the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in March 2013, replacing General David Petraeus who was forced to step down after becoming embroiled in a classified information mishandling scandal. Brennan was made Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism on the commencement of the Obama presidency in 2009--a position he held until taking up his role as CIA chief. According to the...
  • Muslim converts breathe new life into Europe’s struggling Christian churches

    12/31/2017 7:13:24 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 43 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2017
    A soaring number of Muslims, many of them refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are converting to Christianity, breathing new life into Europe’s once floundering Christian churches. The Muslims are flocking to various Christian denominations, experts said, including becoming Protestants, evangelical or Catholic. As many parts of Europe are becoming more secular and houses of worship are seeing congregants leave in droves, it is Muslim converts who are reviving struggling Christian churches. "European churches have struggled for decades to share the gospel with modern secular Europeans,” Matthew Kaemingk, a professor at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Seattle, told Fox News....
  • Former Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam Discusses New Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan

    12/29/2017 8:13:36 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 29, 2017 | DAN RIEHL
    Jonathan Gilliam, former Navy SEAL, FBI special agent, and author of Sheep No More: The Art of Awareness and Attack Survival, spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Steve Bannon on Friday regarding the Trump administration’s new rules of engagement in Afghanistan. The rules are already being credited with saving lives and increasing the effectiveness of the war effort, as addressed in a Breitbart News report: “Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s The Ingraham Angle, Gold Star father Billy Vaughn praised the loosened rules of engagement President Donald Trump authorized Defense Secretary James Mattis to operate with.” Gilliam told Bannon on...
  • U.S. Kills Afghan Taliban Commander in Drone Strike Inside Pakistan

    12/28/2017 8:17:14 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 25 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | 28 Dec, 2017 | Bill Roggio
    The U.S. killed an Afghan Taliban leader in a drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal agency of Kurram today, according to reports from the region. The commander, Jamiuddin, was a “trusted man” within the Haqqani Network, a subgroup of the Afghan Taliban, who helped fighters move from Pakistan to Afghanistan. An unmanned aerial vehicle, likely a Reaper operated by the CIA, fired two missiles at a vehicle as it stopped in the Mata Sanghar area of Kurram, sources told Reuters. A Pakistani official also said an unnamed “associate” was also killed in the attack. A Haqqani Network leader told Reuters that...
  • Swedish judge refuses to deport teens who gang-raped child

    01/02/2017 7:01:30 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 38 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | December 31, 2016 | The Local
    A Swedish judge has refused a prosecutor’s request to deport five Afghan teenagers who forced a younger boy into a wood and then gang-raped and beat him at knife-point. “Given their age and the security situation in Afghanistan, they would be hit very hard by the expulsion,” the judge said in his ruling.
  • China, Pakistan to look at including Afghanistan in $57 billion economic corridor

    12/26/2017 12:08:32 PM PST · by Hamiltonian · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 27, 2017 | Ben Blanchard
    China and Pakistan will look at extending their $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday, part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road plan linking China with Asia, Europe and beyond....... Speaking after the first trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Wang said China hoped the economic corridor could benefit the whole region and act as an impetus for development..... Wang said China fully supported peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban and would continue to provide “necessary facilitation”. The Belt and Road infrastructure drive aims to...