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  • How Israel prevented ISIS from going nuclear

    09/04/2015 7:39:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/02/2015 | MICHAEL FREUND
    Instead of constantly smacking Israel with criticism, the Obama administration and its European comrades should be praising the Jewish state The entire free world owes Israel an enormous debt of gratitude. Were it not for a prescient strike against a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, which foreign media sources credit Israel with carrying out, the fanatics of Islamic State would now be in possession of their own nuclear facility. This revelation came to light thanks to a recent article on the NK News website by former US diplomat Dennis P. Halpin, who highlighted an intriguing tidbit of information that was...
  • Has Yemen war handed Aden to jihadists?

    09/03/2015 3:11:06 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 Sep 2015 | Frank Gardner
    Unseen by most of the world, the once tranquil port of Aden is being steadily infiltrated by jihadists from both al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) and the so-called Islamic State (IS). They are not in charge of the city, the military forces of the UAE are. But in the last few days disturbing reports have emerged of the summary executions of prisoners by the jihadists, along with their black flags hoisted onto public buildings.
  • Using Al-Qaeda linked fighters to battle IS could succeed: Petraeus

    09/02/2015 11:58:40 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 17 replies
    MSN.com ^ | September 2 2015 | AFP
    Former US military commander David Petraeus said Wednesday fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate could be used to take on the Islamic State group as he warned that his nation's hesitation to enforce "red lines" in Syria had damaged US credibility. The decorated four-star general said a controversial move to harness fighters from a group linked to Al-Qaeda -- which was responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks -- was "an option that has some prospect for achievement". Petraeus, who was feted for changing the course of the Iraq war in 2007, said the focus was not on cooperating with the...
  • Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS

    09/01/2015 6:33:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 26 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | August 31, 2015 | Shane Harris
    To take down the so-called Islamic State in Syria, the influential former head of the CIA wants to co-opt jihadists from America’s arch foe. Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus. The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast....
  • Egypt turns to Russia to combat terrorism

    08/26/2015 8:01:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 26,2015 | AP
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday called for a coalition to combat terrorism in the Middle East. Opening a meeting with Putin in Moscow, el-Sissi said "the Egyptian people" are hoping for broader ties with Russia in all areas, particularly in fighting terrorism in the Middle East. El-Sissi's Russian visit, his second in the past three months, highlights Moscow's attempts to expand its influence in Egypt at a time when Egyptian-U.S. relations have soured in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
  • Syrian rebels: Turkey tipped al Qaida group to U.S.-trained fighters

    08/25/2015 7:28:41 AM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | MITCHELL PROTHERO
    The kidnapping of a group of U.S.-trained moderate Syrians moments after they entered Syria last month to confront the Islamic State was orchestrated by Turkish intelligence, multiple rebel sources have told McClatchy. The rebels say that the tipoff to al Qaida’s Nusra Front enabled Nusra to snatch many of the 54 graduates of the $500 million program on July 29 as soon as they entered Syria, dealing a humiliating blow to the Obama administration’s plans for confronting the Islamic State.
  • ISIS 'Mein Kampf' Blames Israel for Global Terrorism

    08/16/2015 6:58:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    INN ^ | Sunday, August 16, 2015 | Sara A. Carter, American Media Institute
    Intelligence officials are comparing a newly discovered secret Islamic State document to Hitler's "Mein Kampf," as it blames Israel for the rise of the Islamic State and crowns U.S. President Barack Obama as the "Mule of the Jews." Found in Pakistan's remote tribal region by American Media Institute (AMI), the 32-page Urdu language document promotes an "end of the world" battle as a final solution. It argues that the Islamic leader should be recognized as the sole ruler of the world's 1 billion Muslims, under a religious empire called a "caliphate." ...Retired U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Flynn...
  • Former ISI chief Hamid Gul passes away in Murree

    08/15/2015 1:51:55 PM PDT · by AdmSmith · 13 replies
    The Express Tribune, Pakistan ^ | 15AUG2015 | Web Desk
    Former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General (retd) Hamid Gul passed away in Murree on Saturday evening due to brain haemorrhage, Express News reported. According to his daughter, Uzma Gul, the former spy master had been taken to the Combined Military hospital in Murree on Saturday after he suffered brain haemorrhage.
  • Bin Laden's Youngest Son May Be Rising in al-Qaeda

    08/15/2015 12:01:45 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    Newser.com ^ | 08/15/2015 | Michael Harthorne
    (Newser) – A man claiming to be Osama bin Laden's youngest son Hamza released an audio message calling for al-Qaeda supporters to step up lone-wolf attacks on the United States and its allies, he Telegraph reports. He singled out Washington DC, London, Paris, and Tel Aviv as targets. If the recording, which was shared by supporters on Twitter, is indeed from Hamza bin Laden, it would be the first time he has acted as an official spokesperson for al-Qaeda, according to the BBC. The Telegraph reports evidence from the Abbottabad compound where Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 suggest...
  • Obama's Betrayals: Willfully Supporting Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood

    08/11/2015 11:57:58 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | August 12, 2015 | By Robert Spencer
    It doesn’t get any more explosive than this: a high-ranking former Obama administration official charging that the administration made a conscious decision to support al-Qaeda – so where is the mainstream media? Brad Hoff reported in Foreign Policy Journal last Friday that “in Al Jazeera’s latest Head to Head episode, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn confirms to Mehdi Hasan that not only had he studied the DIA memo predicting the West’s backing of an Islamic State in Syria when it came across his desk in 2012, but even asserts that the White House’s sponsoring of radical...
  • The secret to ISIS's success: Over 100 former Saddam Hussein-era officers run jihadi group's

    08/10/2015 4:21:14 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    AP via Daily Mail ^ | 08/08/2015 | TOM WYKE
    Once part of one of the most brutal dictator's army in the Middle East, over 100 former members of Saddam Hussein's military and intelligence officers are now part of ISIS. Now they make up the complex network of ISIS's leadership, helping to build the military strategies which have led the brutal jihadi group to their military gains in Syria and Iraq. The officers gave ISIS the organization and discipline it needed to weld together jihadi fighters drawn from across the globe, integrating terror tactics like suicide bombings with military operation
  • Obama White House made “willful decision” to support Al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood in Syria

    08/09/2015 5:27:52 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 08/07/15
    Former DIA director: Obama White House made “willful decision” to support Al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. Mehdi Hasan is a highly suspect analyst and Foreign Policy Journal appears to be a pro-jihad paleocon publication, and Al Jazeera is certainly a pro-jihad propaganda outlet. All that is noted, but if this transcript is accurate, former DIA director Michael Flynn is confirming that the Obama Administration knowingly decided to support al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, and directly enabled the rise of the Islamic State. And given the Obama Administration’s general stance toward the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, what...
  • Iran, Al Qaeda affiliated group, the Al Nusra Front, attacks US trained rebels in Syria

    08/06/2015 8:37:56 AM PDT · by Frankusa · 5 replies
    On July 31, the New York Times reported that an American-trained, Syrian Rebel group, known as Division 30, came under intense attack from a hard-line, Al Qaeda affiliated group, known as the Al Nusra Front... It is... significant to note that, according to a US Department of Treasury report issued last year, Al Nusra has received significant funding from "Al-Qaida’s network in Iran." That's right: Iran. "Al-Qaida’s network in Iran.".... The Treasury Department noted in its report that... "Al-Qaida’s network in Iran has facilitated the transfer of funds... to al-Qaida core and other affiliated elements, including the al-Nusrah Front in...
  • U.S. to Use Air Power to Defend Syria Force

    08/02/2015 3:17:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 2, 2015 | ADAM ENTOUS
    President Barack Obama has authorized the use of air power to defend a new U.S.-backed fighting force in Syria should it come under attack from Syrian government forces or other groups, officials said, in a move that could increase the risk of the U.S. coming into direct conflict with the Assad regime. The decision ends a months’ long debate over the role the U.S. military should play in supporting its few allies on the battlefield and comes as the U.S. and Turkey discussed joint operations to clear a zone along the Turkish-Syrian border of Islamic State militants. Turkish officials wanted...
  • U.S. to Defend New Syria Force From Assad Regime

    08/02/2015 5:21:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/2/15 | ADAM ENTOUS
    President Barack Obama has authorized using air power to defend a new U.S.-backed fighting force in Syria if it is attacked by Syrian government forces or other groups, raising the risk of the American military coming into direct conflict with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. officials said the decision ended a monthslong debate over the role the American military should play in supporting its few allies on the battlefield in Syria. Administration officials had been deeply concerned that defending the Pentagon-backed force could inadvertently open the first open conflict with the Assad government, which has denounced the U.S....
  • U.S.-Trained Anti-ISIS Commander Kidnapped in Syria

    07/30/2015 1:53:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/30/2015 | By ANNE BARNARD and KARAM SHOUMALI
    BAGHDAD — The commander of a group of Syrian fighters trained by the United States has been kidnapped by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, his group said in a statement Thursday. The commander, Nadeem Hassan, and seven of his fighters were taken by the Nusra Front, a rival of the Islamic State in Syria, as they were returning from a meeting in Turkey. A contingent of 54 fighters from Mr. Hassan’s group, known as Division 30, are the only ones who have graduated from a Pentagon program to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Syria. One the...
  • Kuwaiti Officials in U.S. to Help Free Gitmo Captive Denied Release by Obama’s Parole Board

    07/28/2015 2:03:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 28, 2015
    Will the U.S. cave into an Arab nation’s pressure—witnessed firsthand by Judicial Watch—to release a senior Al Qaeda operative and Osama bin Laden advisor who has already been refused discharge by President Obama’s special Guantanamo parole board? The terrorist is a Kuwaiti national named Faez Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari and he’s been a prisoner at the U.S. military compound in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002. His Department of Defense (DOD) file says he has a history of participating in violent militant Islamic activities, poses a high-risk threat to the United States, has numerous connections to senior Al Qaeda members and was...
  • FBI chief: Islamic State group bigger threat than al-Qaida

    07/22/2015 9:18:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2015 10:07 PM EDT | Ken Dilanian
    The Islamic State group’s effort to inspire troubled Americans to violence has become more of a terror threat to the U.S. than an external attack by al-Qaida, the FBI director said Wednesday. FBI Director James Comey told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum that the Islamic State group, which has proclaimed a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq, has influenced a significant but unknown number of Americans through a year-long campaign on social media urging Muslims who can’t travel to the Middle East to “kill where you are.” Twitter handles affiliated with the group have more than 21,000...
  • Chattanooga Shooter Followed Al Qaeda Cleric Online in 2013 [FBI, Media still baffled on motive]

    07/21/2015 5:36:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    FBI agents have found evidence that Chattanooga shooter Mohammod Abdulazeez was following a radical American member of al Qaeda online in 2013, as well as pages of writing that showed the young man was suicidal and looking for a way to absolve what he considered were his sins, according to a representative of Abdulazeez's family. Video tapes of Anwar al-Awlaki, the high-profile American al Qaeda cleric and recruiter, have circulated on the internet and have been popular in jihadist circles long after al-Awlaki's death by American drone strike in September 2011. ....there is no evidence so far that Mohammod Abdulazeez,...
  • US authorities allege Oregon imam assisted radicals

    07/20/2015 11:31:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 20, 2015 10:03 PM EDT | Jonathan J. Cooper
    U.S. authorities are seeking to revoke the citizenship of an Oregon imam who they say tried to conceal past associations with radical Islamic groups. Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye raised money, recruited fighters and provided training for insurgent groups battling Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s, the U.S. Department of Justice says in a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland. Kariye was one of more than a dozen people who filed a lawsuit challenging the no-fly list, winning last year a court order saying the government must provide information about why people are on the list. The...
  • BREAKING: Obama Admin Knew Al-Qaeda Was Planning Attack in Benghazi 10 DAYS IN ADVANCE

    07/03/2015 12:25:24 PM PDT · by blueyon · 227 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/03/15 | Jim Hoft
    They said it was a “protest” not a terrorist attack. Now there’s more proof that they lied. The Obama administration knew al-Qaeda was planning an attack in Benghazi to “kill as many Americans as possible” ten days in advance. Judicial Watch reported: Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified “Secret” documents from the Department of Defense (DOD)and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by the al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-linked “Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman” (BCOAR),...
  • Al Qaeda to ISIS: No Heaven For You

    06/29/2015 4:27:59 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/6/15 | Tova Dvorin
    While Islamic State was once associated with Al Qaeda, the atrocities it has committee have now banned its members from paradise, a prominent Al Qaeda terrorist warned in a publication released Monday. “While no one can deny the considerable strength and prowess of the Islamic State group [ISIS] in military terms, at the same time, the crimes it has committed against Muslims cannot simply be overlooked or forgotten with time, because in Islam there is no statute of limitations,” Adam Gadahn, the American citizen also known as Al Qaeda leader Azzam the American, stated before his death in an Al...
  • U.S. military pays Syrian rebels up to $400 per month: Pentagon

    06/24/2015 10:45:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | June 22, 2015 | David Alexander
    Syrian rebels receiving U.S. military training to battle Islamic State militants are being paid $250 to $400 per month, depending on their skills, performance and leadership position, the Pentagon said on Monday. It was not immediately clear how many Syrian rebels were currently being paid. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Defense Department spokesman, said last week that up to 200 Syrian fighters were undergoing training. A further 1,500 have completed the necessary screening. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in May that Syrian fighters participating in the U.S.-led mission would receive "some compensation," but he gave no figures. Navy Commander Elissa...
  • Exclusive: FBI in Midst of Broad Campaign to Disrupt ISIS, Sources Say

    06/19/2015 6:03:59 AM PDT · by Fay · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | 06/17/2015 | AARON KATERSKY and PIERRE THOMAS
    The FBI is in the midst of a broad campaign to disrupt potential terrorists inspired by ISIS, with several arrests expected before July 4th, law enforcement officials told ABC News. The latest arrest that is part of this campaign came Saturday in New York, where a college student thought al Qaeda was getting soft and "making efforts to prepare an explosive device for detonation,” according to the FBI. Hundreds of investigations are underway in all 50 states. Many involve suspected ISIS supporters, authorities said. ISIS: Trail of Terror In the New York case, Munther Omar Saleh was accused of being...
  • ISIS Is Following A Plan Laid Out Ten Years Ago By Al-Qaeda, and It’s All Working

    06/19/2015 7:39:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/19/2015 | Robert Spencer
    It has been almost a year since June 29, 2014, when the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) declared the formation of a new caliphate and dropped the second half of its name, rebranding itself as simply the Islamic State. It has survived nine months since Barack Obama vowed to “degrade and ultimately destroy” it.It has survived, and has continued to attract Muslims from all over the world, even after virtually every major world leader and Islamic group has condemned it as un-Islamic. And it shows no sign of going anywhere anytime soon.All this is well-known. What is...
  • Melee erupts at Yemen peace talks

    06/18/2015 4:29:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    dailystar.com ^ | Jun. 19, 2015 | 12:03 AM
    GENEVA/SANAA: A fistfight erupted on the sidelines of peace talks in Geneva Thursday between supporters of different warring factions in Yemen, underlining the divisions that have thwarted United Nations efforts broker a truce in the near three-month conflict. Yemeni opponents of the Houthi forces that drove the government into exile interrupted a news conference by Houthi officials, throwing shoes and insulting them as “criminals” and “dogs” who were “killing the children of south Yemen.” A Saudi-led coalition has been launching airstrikes against the Iran-allied Houthis since late March in a campaign to restore the exiled government and back its armed...
  • Obama Frees High Level Al Qaeda Terrorist Who Wrote Osama Bin Ladin’s Fatwas

    06/17/2015 7:58:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/17/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]Among the latest six Jihadis freed by Obama from Gitmo as part of his mission is Saad Masir Mukbl al Azani.There are obvious reasons for freeing Saad1. He was identified as a high level Al Qaeda member by other captured terrorists.2. He issued fatwas while allegedly sitting on the fatwa committee with Osama bin Laden’s religious advisor. That may sound non-violent to the religion of peace types, but it meant he was providing the rationale for terrorist attacks.3. He helped indoctrinate Al Qaeda terrorists by teaching them the Koran.I’m sure that being loose he will in no way go...
  • Senate passes amendment to ban torture as US policy

    06/16/2015 4:19:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 16, 2015 5:13 PM EDT | Deb Riechmann
    The Senate on Tuesday reaffirmed a ban against torturing detainees and moved ahead on a more than $600 billion defense policy bill that is entangled in a broader fight in Congress about caps on Pentagon and non-military spending. The Senate overwhelmingly voted 78 to 21 to approve an amendment that bolsters current law and makes the U.S. Army Field Manual on interrogations the standard for all interrogations conducted by the U.S. government. It also gives the International Committee of the Red Cross access to every detainee held by the U.S. The vote comes just months after the Senate intelligence committee...
  • Drone strike kills Al Qaeda’s No 2 in command

    06/16/2015 3:15:51 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/16/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Top terrorist in Yemen now heads 'steadfastly to God' . . . or somewhere. Drone strike kills Al Qaeda's No 2 in commandIt seems like we get these number two guys a lot, but in fairness, we did get that number one guy some time back. Even so, the more dead Al Qaeda the better. So nice job, America, and no apologies for the use of the drone. The objective of war is not to die for your country, as Gen. Patton is rumored to have said. It’s to make the other poor dumb bastard die for his - not...
  • Druze Leaders Ready to Defend Relatives in Syria

    06/15/2015 11:41:02 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/6/15 | Tova Dvorin
    The Druze community in Israel is on high alert Sunday, after Al Qaeda massacred 20 Druze in Syria - a move the community has deemed a "red line." "Israel's policy is that it will not intervene in Syria, and we accept that with understanding and love," former minister Salah Tarif, who served in the 12-16th Knessets as part of Labor, stated to Walla! News. "We will also not interfere, but we do have red lines." "We are operating now as a form of witness, as a religious entity to protect our brothers," he added. "We are 'at the ready' like...
  • Obama Gives Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Cards To Osama's Bodyguards

    06/15/2015 5:21:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Investors.com ^ | June 15, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    War On Terror: Rushing to empty Gitmo, President Obama has freed three bin Laden bodyguards, ignoring warnings they'd rejoin al-Qaida. Given high recidivism rates of already released inmates, what could go wrong? Chances are that the terrorists will return to the battlefield or carry out other acts of terror against the U.S. Obama's own intelligence czar has documented that nearly 30% of prisoners transferred from the Cuban prison have been confirmed or suspected of having re-engaged in terrorist activities.
  • Al-Qaida's out, ISIS Is in!

    06/12/2015 4:57:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    First, the good news: It turns out President Obama was right. Al-Qaida is being destroyed. One could even say he deserves some credit for this happy turn of events. Which brings us to the bad news: Al-Qaida is dying out because it's being replaced by something far worse. According to a fascinating report in the Guardian newspaper, two of Al-Qaida's leading clerics say that the Islamic State has all but destroyed its parent organization. Basically, people in the market for Jihad think the Islamic State offers the best product on the market. It's ironic. For a decade, terror analysts...
  • Al Qaeda leaders say group near collapse amid rise of ISIS, report claims

    06/11/2015 9:18:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/11/2015
    Two of Al Qaeda's spiritual leaders have said that the terror organization is barely functioning after losing money and manpower to the rapidly rising Islamic State group, according to a report. Abu Qatada and Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi have described Al Qaeda as being without "organizational structure," the Guardian reports. Maqdisi said Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri is isolated from his top lieutenants and "operates solely based on the allegiance. "There is no organizational structure. There is only communication channels, and loyalty," he reportedly said. Qatada, who was deported to Jordan from Britain in 2013 to face terrorism charges, also acknowledges...
  • Syria conflict: Will Aleppo fall to Islamic State?

    06/10/2015 8:48:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9 June 2015 | Lina Sinjab
    There are growing fears that Syria's second city, Aleppo, could be taken over by Islamic State (IS) as fighting to the north between government and rebel forces intensifies. With the military being driven out of the adjacent province of Idlib by a newly-formed rebel alliance, the Army of Conquest, focus has shifted to the fate of Aleppo, an ancient trading hub near the border with Turkey that has been a battleground for the past three years.
  • Jihadi coup: How the Islamic state crippled al-Qaeda

    06/10/2015 11:01:21 PM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 June 2015 | Shiv Malik, Ali Younes, Spencer Ackerman and Mustafa Khalili
    ..the man US terrorism analysts call “the most influential living jihadi theorist” has turned his ire toward Isis – and emerged, in the last year, as one of the group’s most powerful critics. Soon after the Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the establishment of a caliphate last June, Maqdisi released a long tract castigating Isis as ignorant and misguided, accusing them of subverting the “Islamic project” that he has long nurtured. Maqdisi’s war of words with Isis is emblematic of the new fratricidal split within violent Islamic radicalism – but it is also a sign that al-Qaida, once the...
  • Spain Will Investigate Former Yemeni Leader Links to Al-Qaida [Ali Abdullah Saleh]

    06/10/2015 12:08:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Telesur TV ^ | June 9, 2015 | unattributed
    The decision comes after an interview in which a former militant revealed the government collaborated in attacks carried out in 2007. Spain's top prosecutor, Javier Zaragoza, called on Monday to investigate claims of links between the former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh and al-Qaida. The decision comes after an investigation made by Qatar's Al Jazeera TV network, which revealed in an interview earlier this month that a former member of the designated terrorist group confirmed that Saleh had collaborated with the group. The revelation has sparked the prosecutor's reaction as one of the case cited by the former al-Qaida member...
  • Ex-US Intelligence Officials Confirm: Secret Pentagon Report Proves US Complicity In Creation

    06/08/2015 5:52:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6/8/15 | Tyler Durden
    Two weeks ago, courtesy of the investigative work of Nafeez Ahmed whose deep dig through a recently declassified and formertly Pentagon documents released earlier by Judicial Watch FOIA, we learned that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad. In his words: "According to the newly declassified US document, the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of the strategy, but described this outcome as a strategic opportunity to “isolate the Syrian regime.” Now, in a follow up piece to his stunning original investigative report...
  • Sowell: Who Lost Iraq?

    06/08/2015 11:15:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Creator Syndicate ^ | June 9, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    After the pro-Western government of China was forced to flee to the island of Taiwan in 1949, when the Communists took over mainland China, bitter recriminations in Washington led to the question: "Who lost China?" China was, of course, never ours to lose, though it might be legitimate to ask if a different American policy toward China could have led to a different outcome. In more recent years, however, Iraq was in fact ours to lose, after U.S. troops vanquished Saddam Hussein's army and took over the country. Today, we seem to be in the process of losing Iraq, if...
  • UN Official Wants IDF on Terror List with ISIS, Taliban & Boko Haram

    05/29/2015 11:39:02 AM PDT · by pabianice · 12 replies
    jspace news ^ | 5/28/15
    The United Nations special representative of the secretary-general for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, is set to recommend blacklisting the Israel Defense Forces as a terror group for regularly causing harm to children. The designation would place the IDF in the same group as terror groups such as Islamic State, Boko Haram, and the Taliban. According to Yedioth Ahronoth, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leaning towards leaving Israel off the list—despite heavy lobbying by the Palestinians and pro-Palestinian groups—over concern of damaging the world body’s relationship with the Jewish state. The Israeli Foreign Ministry slammed the hypocrisy of the...
  • Russia is Behind Belarusian Arms Sales to Rogue States, Opposition Leader Says

    02/28/2002 8:03:30 PM PST · by Sawdring · 8 replies
    Russia Today | Feb 28, 2002
    Feb 28, 2002 -- (BBC Monitoring) Text of report by Russian news agency Ekho Moskvy. [No dateline as received] Russia is using Belarus as a "channel" for selling arms to such countries as Iraq, Iran and Libya, the former chairman of the Belarusian parliament, the leader of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party, Stanistaw Shushkevich, has said in an interview for Ekho Moskvy radio. He added: "Russia is a major country and cannot break UN sanctions, but it is of course very convenient for it to have such an obliging leader by its side." "I am practically sure that it is ...
  • Emails reportedly show confidant told Clinton Benghazi attack planned by AQ-tied fighters

    05/21/2015 7:38:35 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | May 21, 2015
    A longtime Clinton confidant reportedly advised then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton two days after the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that an Al Qaeda-tied group had planned the deadly assault and used a protest as cover -- but despite this warning, Clinton's U.N. ambassador went on to publicly claim the attack was simply "spontaneous." The guidance from ex-Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal was contained in a memo sent Sept. 13, according to The New York Times. It is the latest documentation effectively contradicting the administration's early narrative that the attack was driven by protests over an anti-Islam Internet video -- and raising...
  • The Author Who Got A Big Boost From bin Laden (WANTS BUSH TO APOLOGIZE TO THE WORLD - WEASEL!!)

    01/22/2006 7:43:17 AM PST · by paulat · 24 replies · 684+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/23/06 | David Montgomery
    The Author Who Got A Big Boost From bin Laden Historian 'Glad' of Mention As Sales of Book Skyrocket By David Montgomery Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, January 21, 2006; Page C01 Twenty-four hours after Osama bin Laden told the world that the American people should read the work of a little-known Washington historian, William Blum was still adjusting. Blum, who at 72 is accustomed to laboring in relative left-wing obscurity, checked his emotions and pronounced himself shocked and, well, pleased. "This is almost as good as being an Oprah book," he said yesterday between telephone calls from the world...
  • The “False Narrative” of the Feinstein Report is a Dark Stain on America’s Image

    05/20/2015 6:02:53 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-20-15 | Wordsmith
    Lawfare Blog: Following an American special forces raid on the compound of Islamic State operative Abu Sayyaf, U.S. interrogators, who are part of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group, have flown to Iraq in order to question Umm Sayyaf, the wife of Abu Sayyaf, who was taken during the operation. Umm Sayyaf was allegedly involved in the workings of the Islamic State and could possibly have played a role in “the enslavement of women in Iraq and Syria.” U.S. interrogators plan to talk to Umm Sayyaf about U.S. hostages held by the militant group. However, according to the Washington Post,...
  • Obama Snatched Ramadi Defeat From Bush Victory

    05/20/2015 10:38:57 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The White House description of the fall of Ramadi to ISIS forces we have supposedly been busy degrading and destroying as a “setback” is like the British calling Dunkirk in World War II a strategic withdrawal. Ramadi is a defeat, the result of the precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by President Obama against the advice of military minds who know better about these things than the former community organizer from Illinois. It is a defeat for President Obama’s foreign policy, a rebuke of his fundamental transformation of America’s role in the world from a leader who shaped events...
  • Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance

    05/20/2015 12:56:25 AM PDT · by grundle · 48 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 18, 2015
    Full title: Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance Administration knew three months before the November 2012 presidential election of ISIS plans to establish a caliphate in Iraq Administration knew of arms being shipped from Benghazi to Syria (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified “Secret” documents from the Department of Defense (DOD)and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by...
  • Was toppling Libya all about the money?

    05/19/2015 4:39:45 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 22 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-19-15 | DrJohn
    In 2011 Barack Obama led from behind a NATO coalition bent on removing Moammar Gaddafi from power in Libya. The removal and death of Gaddafi was, Obama put it, a warning to "iron fisted" rulers everywhere. Syria, Iran and North Korea excepted, of course. Over at Foreign Policy this was hailed as a huge success. "Leading from behind" is an important element of this doctrine. It is no insult to lead but let others feel they too are architects of a plan, to lead without making others feel you are bullying, to lead but do so in a way in...
  • Jihadis Launching Attacks on US Soil from Base in Tennessee

    02/22/2015 5:39:27 AM PST · by fivecatsandadog · 37 replies
    Patriot Newswire ^ | 2/20/15 | Timothy Tuttle
    Folks. We have received a very disturbing report from the outlet Bradley County News, based out of Tennessee. I think the people there need our help. They need us to listen, be aware, keep our eyes open, and not be so overly concerned with offending someone, that we take action to stop this. Please read every single word of this report. From Bradley County News, with respect: US and TN Terrorist Camps have launched Jihad, prepare for future attacks 02/20/2015 0936 am They are in your neighborhood. They walk the streets with you. They shop, dine and eat with you....
  • Obama Slides Taliban Lawyer Into Top Spot At Justice Department

    09/20/2012 6:05:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | Sept. 19, 2012
    A lawyer who came to prominence for his full-throated defense of a subsequently convicted terrorist was quietly promoted to the No. 3 slot at the Department of Justice last month, a post that puts him in charge of the administration’s policy regarding Guantanamo Bay detainees. The move has raised red flags on Capitol Hill and elsewhere among national security stalwarts who argue that the promotion could imperil the country’s longstanding war on terrorism.
  • Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al...

    05/18/2015 11:52:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 18, 2015
    Full title: Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance Administration knew three months before the November 2012 presidential election of ISIS plans to establish a caliphate in Iraq Administration knew of arms being shipped from Benghazi to Syria (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified “Secret” documents from theDepartment of Defense (DOD)and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by the...
  • Pentagon asks media to scrap old footage of ISIS columns

    05/15/2015 5:25:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5/15/15 | Fox News
    Full title..."Not how they roll: Pentagon asks media to scrap old footage of ISIS columns" ISIS may be on the move, but not the way you see on television, claims the Pentagon. Footage of the menacing, black-clad terrorist army rolling across the desert in long convoys predates U.S.-led air strikes that have forced the jihadists to travel more discreetly, say senior State Department and Pentagon officials. They have asked television networks to stop using stock footage that makes the terror army seem more mobile - and more formidable - than they say it actually is. “One Toyota speeding down the...