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  • U.S. to Use Air Power to Defend Syria Force

    08/02/2015 3:17:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 42 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....
  • Turkey’s U-turn against ISIL creates doubts about real intentions

    08/01/2015 9:54:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | August 01, 2015, Saturday/ 17:00:00/ | DENİZ ARSLAN / ANKARA
    ErdoÄŸan's motives in launching a military operation against the PKK are being questioned in international circles, with claims surfacing that air strikes against ISIL are a cover-up for targeting Kurds. Turkey has been candid about being disturbed by the recent Syrian Kurdish advances against ISIL, and ErdoÄŸan openly expressed that Turkey will never allow a Kurdish independent state in the region. Turkey says the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), have ties with the PKK. The PKK is classified as a terrorist organization by the US, but US officials say...
  • Iran publishes book on how to outwit US and destroy Israel

    08/01/2015 8:44:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 1, 2015 | Amir Taheri
    While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran’s religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a new book called “Palestine,” a 416-page screed against the Jewish state. A blurb on the back cover credits Khamenei as “The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.” A friend sent me a copy from Iran, the only place the book is currently available, though an Arabic translation is promised soon. Obama administration officials likely...
  • Kerry: Iran Deal Not a Treaty ‘Because You Can’t Pass a Treaty Anymore’ (quoi?)

    07/29/2015 5:22:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2015 | 4:10 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    The White House did not pursue the nuclear agreement with Iran as an international treaty, because getting U.S. Senate advice and consent for a treaty has “become physically impossible,” Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers on Tuesday. At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Kerry was asked about the administration’s approach of seeking a political accord between governments rather than an international treaty. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) recalled Kerry saying earlier in the hearing that if Congress rejects the JCPOA, other countries will in the future not...
  • Sheik in Al-Aqsa Mosque Address: The Caliphate Will Eliminate the West in Its Entirety

    07/29/2015 4:31:40 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 19 replies
    Memri tv ^ | 7/24/15
    During an address delivered at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on July 24, Sheik Ahmad Al-Dweik said that Allah had promised to restore the Islamic Caliphate and that it would "fight the U.S. and bring it down" and would "eliminate the West in its entirety." Following are excerpts: Ahmad Al-Dweik: We say to Iran, to the U.S., and to others: Allah has promised to grant victory and honor to this Islamic nation. Allah has promised to restore the Islamic Caliphate, whether the U.S., Iran, and the regional powers like it or not. Oh Muslims, you should know that this is the promise...
  • Islamic State recruitment document seeks to provoke 'end of the world' (link only)

    07/28/2015 9:01:34 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    USA Today | 7/28/15 | Sara A. Carter
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  • Know Your Enemy: A Primer on Islamic Jihad

    07/25/2015 5:57:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/25/15 | Rep. Steve King
    Islamic jihad has declared war on the United States and all of Western civilization. ISIS has announced its intention to dominate the world and fly its black flag from the White House in continuation of a 1,400-year-old war against us “infidels.” In the first 100 years after the death of Mohammed (a.d. 632)`, Islamic jihad conquered most of the known world except Western Europe. Christian forces blocked the first century of Islamic conquest at the very bloody Battle of Tours on October 10, 732. Islamic jihad continued to threaten the very existence of Christianity throughout the next millennium. October 7,...
  • For Erdogan, Turkish assault is about containing the Kurds as much as fighting Isil

    07/25/2015 5:07:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/25/15 | Richard Spencer
    Turkey’s decision to send fighter jets against Isil positions in Syria and open its Incirlik and Pirinçlik air bases to US jets is a step change in its involvement in the fight against militant jihad. Whether it turns into open war on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is another matter. The deal between the reluctant AKP government in Ankara and the United States has been a year in the making, though only announced after Isil effectively declared war by bombing a cultural centre in the Turkish border town of Suruc. Turkey has until now tolerated Isil to some...
  • Iraqis Fleeing ISIS Reveal Horrors of Militants Abusing, Killing Disabled People (Interview)

    07/25/2015 5:01:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/23/15 | Hermoine Macura
    The Islamic State's limitless brutality is known far and wide, with thousands of survivors reporting cases of mass murders, rape and the sexual enslavement of women and children. Now new reports reveal that the radical movement has reached a new low — targeting disabled people.Refugee survivors narrowly escaping the clutches of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria have reported that the fighters often kill and torture special needs civilians when they capture them.Twenty-seven-year-old Summer Khaleel Khaleel, a Syrian refugee from the town of Al Hasakah, told of her escape to The Christian Post after she fled her village when...
  • Retiring Army Chief Odierno: US Could Have Prevented Rise of ISIS

    07/22/2015 5:37:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 7/22/15 | Edwin Mora
    U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, in an exclusive interview with Fox News weeks away from his retirement, said the United States military could have prevented the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) group.“It’s frustrating to watch it,” said Gen. Odierno, referring to the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. “I go back to the work we did in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 and we got it to a place that was really good. Violence was low, the economy was growing, politics looked like it was heading in the right direction.”“If we had stayed a little...
  • Defiant Ayatollah: Deal Changes Nothing

    07/21/2015 6:22:19 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 7/20/2015 | Staff
    If President Barack Obama and other world leaders hoped the nuclear agreement with Iran would lead to normalized relations down the road, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has nipped that prospect in the bud. Speaking Saturday about the deal, the Islamic holy leader denied a wider shift in foreign policy. “We have repeatedly said we don’t negotiate with the U.S. on regional or international affairs; not even on bilateral issues. There are some exceptions like the nuclear program that we negotiated with the Americans to serve our interests,” Khamenei said. Iranians are excited about the ramifications of the deal,...
  • [Germany’s Economy] Minister: Iran must rethink stance on Israel

    07/20/2015 10:00:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies ^ | 20 Jul 2015 14:21 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany believes Iran should rethink its stance on Israel as last week’s nuclear deal means it must “bear new responsibilities, at home and abroad”, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday during his visit to the Islamic republic. […] “With the nuclear agreement and the economic recovery that will surely come after it, Iran will also bear new responsibilities, at home and abroad,” he told delegates at a conference in the capital. “You must understand that for us Germans, the security of the state of Israel is also of great importance. I understand how difficult the debate is, and we...
  • “I am a parish priest in Aleppo, a place where God never ceases to amaze us”

    07/19/2015 4:10:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 7/19/15 | Andrea Avveduto
    “The parish is not yet directly under threat, but some of our neighbours risk their lives every day. Most of the jihadists who attack us do not even speak Arabic. They all come from faraway countries and have little to do with the Syrian revolution.” 43-year-old Fr. Ibrahim Alsabagh, has been serving as a parish priest in Aleppo since October. He was born in Damascus, completed his studies in Rome and then returned to Syria “to be with his people”. Internet and telephone lines are working one minute and are down then next in the city that has suffered the...
  • Muslim Boy Takes Man And Saws His Head Off

    07/19/2015 3:06:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/19/15 | Theodore Shoebat
    A Muslim boy — who is a member of the Islamic State — sawed a man’s head off and held up the head like it was a trophy:(link to picture...not appropriate to post here)According to the report: A new video purportedly released by the Islamic State shows a young boy soldier beheading a Syrian army officer in Palmyra, Syria.According to The Mirror, after the murder, the overseeing, older jihadi says: “Our goal is not only Palmyra nor Homs or Damascus but our goal is to conquer Bayt al- Maqdes (Jerusalem) and Rome, God willing.”This is ISIS’ second video showing a...
  • ISIS Bosnian Jihadi Song About Conquering the Balkans‏

    07/19/2015 2:06:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 7/19/15 | Pamela Geller
    Charming song… Who says jihadis can’t be creative?Good thing that the US foreign policy in the region since the 90’s has been to weaken Serbia and the Serbian people and support the Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo. Even though Serbia has been on the side of justice in both WW1 and WW2 (not the mention previous centuries) and suffered enormously in the both those wars, as well as the ones in the 90’s (that nobody ever mentions)…The gratitude from the West is instead… bombs (in 1999) and now the resolution on Srebrenica at the UN. There was no resolution on...
  • Chattanooga Jihad Murderer’s Family: Polygamy, Jew-Hatred, and Wife Beating ...

    07/18/2015 6:50:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 7/18/15 | Pamela Geller
    Full title: Chattanooga Jihad Murderer’s Family: Polygamy, Jew-Hatred, and Wife Beating – Wanted to take second wife ‘because it was allowed under Islamic law’Obama has imported hundreds of thousands of these adherents to the most brutal and extreme ideology on the face of the earth with still hundreds of thousands more to come.The Chattanooga Muslim murderer family was religious and violent. They are hardly unique. According to a recent poll, there is high levels of support for sharia law and violence among American MuslimsA majority (51 percent) of Muslims surveyed said they “should have the choice of being governed according...
  • [Libya] Daesh seizes three foreign “Christians” [calling them "Crusaders"]

    07/17/2015 6:55:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Libya Herald ^ | 7/17/15
    Daesh has said that it has seized three foreign “Crusaders” and published photos of the men and their passports on social media. “Crusader” is the terrorists’ term for “Christian”. There are no details of when and how the three, an Egyptian, a Ghanaian and a Nigerian were kidnapped. Their documents show them to be respectively as Bekhit Nageh Efrank Ebeid, Kofi Frimpong Sekyere and Ibrahim Adeola. In its publicity, the terrorists muddle up the first and family names. Daesh’s “Barqa Province” claimed that the men were picked up at roadblocks during a “security” operation. The picture published of the blindfolded...
  • ISIS Is Now Using New Method Of Execution: Draining Human Blood By Amputating... [caution: graphic]

    07/13/2015 12:43:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/13/15 | Walid Shoebat
    In one reported incident, ISIS just blew up a baby and is now is resorting to a new method of execution: by amputating penises instead of heads and letting them bleed to death.The reports out of Iraq reveal that the first incident took place in Ramadi as reported by the Iraqi Ministry for Human Rights stating that: “ISIS took three Iraqi men, amputated their penises and let their blood drain until they died while there hands were tied”.The second incident was in the Diyala Province last week where according to provincial Security Committee Chairman Sadiq el-Husseini as reported by A-Sumeriah...
  • UK tells Brits to leave Tunisia; another jihad attack “highly likely”

    07/10/2015 3:11:17 AM PDT · by markomalley
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/10/15 | Robert Spencer
    No one in his or her right mind would take a vacation to Tunisia now. Jihad could end up destroying Tunisia’s economy, while the same jihad force that struck in Tunisia has called numerous times for strikes in Western countries. The economic devastation all this wreaks worldwide is incalculable.“‘Highly likely’ terrorist attack risk spurs London to tell Brits to quit Tunisia; tourism plummets,” AP, July 10, 2015: LONDON – The British government on Thursday told all U.K. tourists to leave Tunisia because a terrorist attack is “highly likely” and the North African country’s government has not done enough to enhance...
  • The ISIS massacre of 770 in Iraq that was so bloody it could be seen from space...

    07/10/2015 2:16:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/9/15 | JAY AKBAR
    The bloody aftermath of Islamic State's mass execution of 770 Iraqi soldiers in Tikrit last year was so vast, it could be seen from space. It was originally thought that 190 troops were slaughtered when the terror group overran and conquered Saddam Hussein's hometown. But crucial satellite imagery uncovered three new execution sites and tripled the death toll. These photographs, footage of the gruesome massacre and harrowing eyewitness accounts have now helped convict 24 of the ISIS fanatics behind the atrocity. An Iraqi court has sentenced them to hang for their role in the slaughter of hundreds of soldiers on...
  • Muslim leader: 'ISIS-supporting Brits may be disenfranchised by Tory cuts' [1.5M Support ISIS]

    07/08/2015 3:24:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 7/7/15 | NICK SOMMERLAD
    Muslim leaders have responded to the Mirror's disturbing poll showing that 1.5 million Brits identified as supporters of the brutal so-called Islamic State. One prominent leader has even said Muslims here may be disenfranchised with new Tory policies which are turning them to have sympathies for IS and their belief system. Pollsters ICM found that opposition to IS has hardened during twelve months of barbaric atrocities, with 80% of British people now having a “very unfavourable” view of them compared with 45% last July. But, staggeringly, the poll of 2,016 British adults taken over the weekend also found that support...
  • Parallel women's network within Islamic State used for recruiting, sex slavery, reveals captive

    07/08/2015 3:06:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    First Post ^ | 7/7/15
    The widow of a senior member of the terror group Islamic State, who was captured by US military personnel, has made shocking revelations about the existence of a parallel women's network within the Islamic State which is largely responsible for the working of the terror group.The US military personnel captured Umm Sayyaf, wife of Islamic State's chief financier, during a raid in May, according to The Daily Beast. Sayyaf, the top female Islamic State captive in US custody, revealed that an entire hierarchy existed among women in the Islamic State in which a woman's rank was decided on the basis...
  • Spanish woman arrested for recruiting girls to Islamic State

    07/08/2015 3:03:22 AM PDT · by markomalley
    AP ^ | 7/7/15 | Ciaran Giles and Alan Clendenning
    Spanish police on Tuesday arrested a woman suspected of recruiting pre-teen girls and teenagers to send to areas controlled by the Islamic State armed group in Syria. An Interior Ministry statement said the woman, a Spaniard, was arrested in the city of Arrecife on the Canary Island of Lanzarote. Separately, the ministry said Civil Guard police arrested an Algerian-born man wanted on terrorism charges by Belgium, where he previously resided. The man, whose name was not released, is a suspected member of the Islamic State group and had fought in Syria. He was arrested in Barcelona airport while waiting for...
  • 4 killed as ISIS destroys another Mosul church

    07/07/2015 2:20:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 7/7/15
    The Islamic State, or ISIS, has blown up on Monday an historic Christian church in Mosul known as the Mother of Aid. Saeed Mamuzini, media officer of the Mosul branch of the Kurdistan Democratic Party(PDK), told Rudaw the jihadists also killed four children who were near the church at the time of its destruction. Mamuzin said the church was located in central of Mosul dates back to thousands of years. Mosul fell in early June after the rapid capitulation by the Iraqi military, whose members reportedly abandoned their posts as the jihadists advanced. After one year of controlling Mosul, the...
  • Syria: Obama-backed rebels persecute Christians, force them from their homes

    07/06/2015 6:32:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/6/15 | Robert Spencer
    The “moderates” are behaving a great deal like the “extremists.” No one who doesn’t buy the establishment line should be surprised, as the distinction between the two in Syria was always arbitrary.“Syrian Christians Face New Threat From Rebel Alliance,” by Alison Meuse and Deborah Amos, NPR, July 3, 2015: Syrian Christians face new threats from a rebel coalition that is fighting both the self-declared Islamic State and the regime.RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:Christians living through Syria’s civil war face a new threat as an Islamist rebel alliance surges in the country’s north. Today, in the heaviest fighting for months, the Islamist alliance...
  • Islamic State 'beheads women for sorcery' in Syria

    06/30/2015 3:43:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/30/15
    Islamic State (IS) has beheaded two women in eastern Syria, the first time the jihadist group has decapitated female civilians, activists say. The women were killed along with their husbands in the city of Deir al-Zour and the town of al-Mayadeen, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. All four were accused of sorcery.
  • French beheading suspect acted on Islamic State orders, says prosecutor

    06/30/2015 3:41:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/30/15 | Rory Mulholland
    The French man who beheaded his boss and tried to blow up a chemical plant had a "terrorist motive" and links to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in Syria, despite his claim that he carried out his grisly act for purely personal reasons, a prosecutor said. "This corresponds very precisely to the orders of Daesh [Isil] which calls regularly for acts of terrorism on French soil and in particular to cut the throats of unbelievers,” said Paris chief prosecutor Francois Molins. "The decapitation recalls the habitual modus operandi of this terrorist organisation," he told reporters.
  • 12 medical students feared to have travelled from Sudan to join ISIS through Turkey

    06/29/2015 4:37:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    AFP ^ | 6/29/15
    Twelve students including British, Canadian, Sudanese and U.S. citizens are feared to have travelled from Khartoum to Turkey to try to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) group, their university's dean told AFP Sunday. Another group of British students of Sudanese origin from the same private University of Medical Sciences and Technology travelled to Turkey in March and it is believed they crossed into Syria. "We confirmed reports from multiple parties that 12 medical students at the university left for Turkey on Friday," dean Dr Ahmed Babikir told AFP. Khartoum airport authorities confirmed the group had...
  • Source: ISIS executes 26 prisoners in Fallujah

    06/29/2015 4:35:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 6/29/15
    The Islamic State group, or ISIS, has executed 26 prisoners over the last week in the captured city of Fallujah, in the Anbar province, said an Iraqi security source. “ISIS militants have executed 20 prisoners in the town of Fallujah and its outskirts on charges of cooperation with security forces and spying on the group,” said the security source. He said those people executed were from the sub-districts of Nassaf, Garma and Saqlawi who had been arrested last year and imprisoned in Fallujah prison. According to the security source, ISIS has executed some 500 prisoners in the city since last...
  • Islamic State uses downloadable apps to hide attack plans, recruit followers

    06/28/2015 6:29:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/28/15 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Islamic State terrorist army is snatching up the latest off-the-shelf encrypted applications to hide their military planning, with fighters publicly thanking former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for tipping them on U.S. spying tactics.The West’s fertile tech laboratories have unwittingly become the Islamic State’s research and development arm for free messaging software. It uses the apps to recruit followers, defeat the U.S.-led coalition and expand conquests in Iraq and Syria.The Islamic State’s mastery of secure communications is an especially important advance because its commanders do their attack planning — and then execution — via the Internet and smartphones....
  • Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama 'dumped him for dinner'

    03/25/2010 1:32:44 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 770 replies · 19,725+ views ^ | Thursday March 25, 2010 | Giles Whittell,
    For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip seen in Jerusalem tonight as a disastrous humiliation. After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on Jewish settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at...
  • DEBKA :Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Sacks Gen. Qassem Soleimani From Command Of The Syrian War (Iran's bro

    06/26/2015 10:25:50 PM PDT · by drewh · 16 replies
    DEBKA ^ | June 26, 2015 AST
    Uproar in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has relieved Gen. Qassem Soleimani,the Al Qods Brigades chief and supreme commander of Iranian Middle East forces, of his Syria command after a series of war debacles. He was left in charge of Iran’s military and intelligence operations in Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. This is revealed by exclusive Iranian intelligence sources. Since Soleimani last visited Damascus on June 2, in the aftershock of the historic town of Palmyra’s fall to the Islamic State, the situation of President Bashar Assad and his army has gone from bad to worse. The Iranian general’s...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Overthrow Of Egyptian Government

    06/27/2015 9:08:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 23, 2015 12:05 pm | Emma-Jo Morris
    A document released in late May by pro-Muslim Brotherhood clerics incited the Egyptian population to “strive for the complete elimination” of their current government, according to a new report. Calling the military-backed government a “criminal and murderous regime,” the radical clerics said public figures associated with it should be put to death, in accordance with Sharia law. The document also demands the release of Morsi, who it refers to as the “legitimate elected president.” […] “According to the Sharia, it is the duty of the ummah—its leaders and its people—to oppose this regime and strive for its complete elimination by...
  • Muslims Issue A Bulletin Throughout The City Of Jerusalem Calling On Muslims To...

    06/27/2015 5:33:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 6/27/15 | Walid Shoebat
    In Jerusalem flyers were spread throughout the old city claiming to be ISIS.The bulletin which had the ISIS logo demanded that all Christian Arabs must leave eastern Jerusalem by the end of Ramadan accused of being “Israeli collaborators”. ISIS also demanded that in the case the Christians refuse to leave that Muslims in eastern Jerusalem are mandated to kill all the Christians living there.Photo Credit: Islamic State / JerusalemAl-Quds (Jerusalem Newspaper), the main Arab newspaper there had posted a reply from Theodosios (Hanna) of Sebastia, the Archbishop from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. In his reply the Archbishop condemned the...
  • Turkey accused of allowing Islamic State fighters to cross its border in Kobane attack

    06/25/2015 1:54:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/25/15 | Richard Spencer
    Turkey has been accused of allowing Islamic State jihadists to cross its border to attack the Kurdish town of Kobane. Twin car bombs exploded close to the crossing point with the Turkish town of Mursitpinar, and Kurdish activists and residents claimed they had come across the border, despite its being heavily policed on the Turkish side. Convoys of cars carrying up to 40 Isil fighters - reportedly using the uniform of Kurdish YPG militia as a guise - then attacked Kobane from three sides in the early hours of Thursday morning. Kobane became an important symbol in the battle against...
  • Monitor: ISIS Crucifies Two Boys in Syria for ‘Not Fasting on Ramadan’

    06/23/2015 6:21:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 6/23/15 | Edwin Mora
    Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists crucified two boys in Syria for “not fasting” in observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, reported U.K.-based monitor group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).“SOHR had been informed that [ISIS] ‘crucified’ 2 boys under the age of 18 on the wall of al- Hesbah office in al- Bo Kamal Street in the city of al- Mayadin [in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province], where IS militants hanged 2 signs on their neck that ‘not fasting in Ramadan,’” said the monitor group on Monday.Quoting al-Mayadin residents, the observatory’s founder Rami Abdel Rahman reportedly said the children’s bodies...
  • Female ISIS Defector: ‘Women Are Whipped, Sold And Stoned’

    06/23/2015 3:43:43 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 23, 2015 | Erica Wenig
    A 23 year-old Syrian woman and Islamic State defector now offers a chilling account of the treatment of female recruits by terror leaders. Using the alias “Um Asma” and fully covered by a niqab with only a slit for her eyes, the young woman told German press: “The caliphate is not what you think it is. Women are whipped, sold and stoned. Corpses are on display publicly for weeks,” reports Fox News. Before outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Asma says she led an ordinary life, listening to music, dancing and even hanging out with Christians. But after the...
  • Reign of Terror: Inside the Islamic State

    06/20/2015 1:30:41 PM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 10 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | June 19, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    The Islamic State's caliphate turns one year old on June 29, and few inside its domains, aside from the true believers who have traveled all over the world to live in the Islamic promised land, are likely to be celebrating. Like all totalitarian states, it has swiftly established for its citizens an environment of oppression and fear, supported (in a new twist) not by a personality cult centered upon the specter of a ubiquitous, all-seeing, all-knowing leader, but by the guilt-manipulation of religious duty. Obey the Islamic State's dictates, no matter how egregious, or else you'll not just be tortured...
  • Israeli family from Sakhnin feared to have joined ISIS [Israeli Arab]

    06/22/2015 2:34:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    A family of five from Sakhnin is feared to have joined Islamic State in Syria, as efforts continue to track down their whereabouts. The couple and their three children, the youngest of whom is 18 months old, first traveled to Turkey and before attempting to enter Syria, according to the report by Israel Radio on Monday. Since that point, all contact with the family has been lost. Only several days prior, the family traveled to Romania to attend the graduation of a relative living there. There are suspicions that they were influenced during that trip.
  • 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...
  • British boxing champion wanted to join IS - court hears

    06/15/2015 7:34:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | 6-15-15
    Three men from London, including a former British boxing champion, planned to travel to Syria to fight with Islamic State (IS), a court has heard. Ex-boxer Anthony Small, 33, is accused of trying to go to Syria after spreading terrorist material online. He was arrested after two other men - Michael Coe and Simon Keeler, both 34 - were found with false documents in the back of a lorry at Dover last year. All three defendants deny the charges against them. They are all charged with engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.
  • NYPD working to recruit more Muslims; expanding cadet program for college students

    06/11/2015 2:49:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 6/8/15
    The New York Police Department is working to recruit more Muslims, and is asking for help within the community to better refine outreach aimed at stifling the lure of overseas terror groups, officials said Monday. Right now, there are about 800 Muslim uniformed police officers out of about 35,000, according to the NYPD Muslim Officers Society. Of those, only about 20 are higher ranked officials. Lt. Adeel Rana, commanding officer of the community affairs immigration outreach unit, said there has been a slow increase over the past decade, but it has been rapidly changing in the past year and a...
  • Turks Boast of Historic Slaughter and Rape of Christians

    06/08/2015 5:11:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies ^ | June 8, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Earlier this week a news report unwittingly demonstrated how Turkey—once deemed the most “secularized” Muslim nation—is returning to its Islamic heritage, complete with animosity for the infidel West and dreams of the glory days of jihadi conquests.
  • Either repentance or death: Islamic State imposes regulations on Syrians

    06/10/2015 3:54:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    ARA News ^ | 6/9/15 | Sarbaz Yousef and Zozan Shekho
    Jihadists of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) imposed a so-called “collective repentance” on residents of al-Bukamal city in the province of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria, local activists reported on Monday. The group demanded civilians to head the mosques of the city Monday afternoon, without notifying them about the reason. “IS militants rallied al-Bukamal streets and called residents to be present altogether in the mosques of the city in the prayer time for an important issue, without specifying the exact reason for this call,” said the civil rights activist Samer al-Furati, member of the campaign of ‘Voice and Image’ that documents...
  • Islamic State Militants Eye Mecca, Medina

    06/09/2015 3:38:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    VOA ^ | 6/9/15 | Jeff Seldin
    From the battlefields of Iraq and Syria, the terror group known as the Islamic State is preparing yet another front in its quest to reestablish an Islamic caliphate, this time hoping to wrest Saudi Arabia from a royal family that has long maintained its grip on power. Saudi Arabia might seem to be an unlikely target for the Islamic State. Unlike countries such as Iraq, Syria and Libya, it is not a failed state. Also, just like the Islamic State’s leadership, Saudi Arabia's rulers are adherents of Sunni Islam. Still, counterterrorism officials, former diplomats and analysts say the threat to...
  • Pro-government media blame 'external forces' for AKP’s loss [Turkish Election]

    06/09/2015 3:24:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | 6/9/15 | Semih Idiz
    Following the devastating losses the Justice and Development Party (AKP) incurred in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Turkey, eyes are on the large segment of the Turkish media, which over these past few years have been co-opted by the AKP to promote its ideological agenda and bolster President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s political ambitions. While there were those in the pro-government media who predicted before Sunday’s polling that there would be a relative decline in support for the AKP, few expected it to lose the parliament majority that has enabled it to rule the country without any encumbrance over the past 13...
  • Erdogan to meet Turkey PM after poll setback

    06/09/2015 3:25:34 AM PDT · by markomalley
    AFP ^ | 6/9/15
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was Tuesday to meet Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for the first time since the ruling party's failure to hold its parliamentary majority left the country facing a coalition government or snap elections. According to custom, Davutoglu will submit his resignation and Erdogan will ask the premier to form a new government at the meeting at 1400 GMT inside Erdogan's vast new presidential palace in Ankara. But this will be no easy task after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since it came to power in 2002,...
  • Isis sex slaves: UN envoy claims jihadis sell girls for 'as little as a pack of cigarettes'

    06/09/2015 2:21:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 6/9/15 | Nicole Rojas
    Girls abducted as slaves by Islamic State (Isis) fighters in Syria and Iraq are being sold "for as little as a pack of cigarettes," UN envoy Zainab Bangura said on 8 June.The UN envoy on sexual violence visited the war-torn countries in the Middle East has been working on a plan to address the ongoing sexual violence to women, The Guardian reported. "This is a war that is being fought on the bodies of women," Bangura said.According to The Guardian, Bangura spoke to women and girls who had escaped captivity from Isis fighters, visited refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey,...
  • Senior Muslim Clerics Speak Out Against Terror, But Have Dubious Records

    06/08/2015 10:58:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 8, 2015 | 4:10 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Top Muslim authorities in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan spoke out over the weekend against extremism, the latest examples of religious figures doing what Western governments encourage as part of a broad campaign to reject and delegitimize any link between terrorism and Islam. In both cases, however, the authorities concerned have controversial records themselves, having drawn criticism in the past for justifying terror in the Pakistani instance and for inciting hatred of non-Muslims in the Saudi one. Addressing students at a Saudi-affiliated Islamic school in London at the weekend, the government-appointed imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, urged...