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  • Meet ‘QSIS’: A new twist in what to call the extremist group rampaging in Iraq and Syria

    08/26/2014 9:23:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/27/2014 | By Adam Taylor
    We call the group the Islamic State, but others call it ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant); in Arabic-speaking countries, the militant group is commonly referred to as al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham (DAIISH or داعش).Now, there's another name for the group that has brutally captured large swaths of Syria and Iraq: “al-Qaeda Separatists in Iraq and Syria” or more simply, QSIS.That new name comes not from the extremists themselves, but from Egypt, where a leading Islamic authority, Dar al-Ifta, has asked people to stop using the...
  • Islamic State Planning to Use Drones to Attack Israel

    08/25/2014 9:03:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    inn ^ | 8/25/14 | Dalit Halevi
    A member of the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) has threatened that the organization would soon use unmanned drones to attack Israel. The IS member, a Canadian who left his country to fight alongside the IS in the areas of Iraq and Syria it declared to be an Islamic Caliphate, claimed on Twitter that the group was developing these drones and that they would be unveiled in the near future. He further said that engineers who studied in the West are working on the drones. IS, he wrote, is expected to make use of these drones to attack...
  • Terrorist Group ISIS May Be Coming To America

    06/20/2014 9:10:53 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 20, 2014 | IBD Editorials
    War On Terror: As what the feds call "other than Mexicans" and MS-13 gang members stream across our border, just what is keeping the head of ISIS from keeping his promise, "I'll see you in New York"? We already know how ruthless the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is, so much so that media pundits such as Kirsten Powers, who should know better, insist that even al-Qaida is said to be distancing itself from the group. You know: the same al-Qaida that slit throats with box cutters and then turned passenger jets filled with fuel into cruise missiles...
  • ISIS an 'Incredible' Fighting Force, US Special Ops Sources Say

    08/25/2014 11:03:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 25, 2014 | By JAMES GORDON MEEK
    With the Obama White House left reeling from the "savage" slaughter of an American journalist held hostage by ISIS terrorists, military options are being considered against an adversary who officials say is growing in strength and is much more capable than the one faced when the group was called "al Qaeda-Iraq" during the U.S. war from 2003-2011. ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has been making a "tactical withdrawal" in recent days in the face of withering U.S. airstrikes. "These guys aren't just bugging out, they're tactically withdrawing. Very professional, well trained, motivated and equipped. They operate like...
  • Iran Sends Tanks Into Iraq to Fight Islamists (US M-60s)

    08/25/2014 7:48:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 22, 2014 | Jassem Al Salami
    As American jets flew top cover, in mid-August Kurdish Peshmerga militia and Iraqi special forces troops recaptured the strategic Mosul Dam from Islamic State militants. Meanwhile Iraqi Golden Brigade commandos liberated parts of Tikrit from the Islamists. But the militants counterattacked—and that drew Iran into the fighting. In a move that could have far-reaching consequences, Tehran has sent tanks into northern Iraq.
  • Islamic State militants capture key Syrian air base - giving them open road to the sea

    08/24/2014 9:39:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/24/14 | Dan Bloom
    Islamic State militants capture key Syrian air base - giving them open road to the sea and massive store of weapons and ammunition. Islamic State militants have seized a major Syrian air base, wiping out the last government stronghold in a province dominated by jihadists. The extremists won a week-long battle today to capture the sprawling Tabqa base 25 miles from their stronghold in Raqqa, reportedly killing dozens of soldiers in the process. The base was reportedly one of the military's largest facilities in the region, with several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery and ammunition. Its capture is a huge...
  • White House 'Ready to Take Action' Against IS in Syria

    08/24/2014 12:34:10 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/8/14
    The White House said over the weekend it was ready to "take action" against any threat to America as it indicated serious consideration of U.S. military strikes against the Islamic State (IS, formerly called ISIS) in Syria, AFP reports. The Pentagon has warned of the dangers of IS and said operations against it in Syria may be needed, after weeks of air strikes have slowed the advance of the Sunni group in Iraq. The White House also said late Friday that air strikes in Syria may be necessary, as deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes agreed that "any strategy to...
  • Advertisement removed after resident expresses offense [offending word: bacon]

    08/23/2014 3:00:27 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 105 replies
    WPTZ.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Hannah McDonald
    WINOOSKI, Vt. —A sign on a lamp post at the bottom of the Winooski Circle displayed the words "Yield [for] Sneakers Bacon" until Friday morning. The bistro owners took it down. It got there as part of "Operation Bloom." A city program put it in place to keep its flower beds beautiful. If businesses do some gardening they can post an advertisement where they do it, but the word "bacon" on the Sneakers Bistro sign started a discussion about diversity on the Winooski Front Porch Forum. It started with a post from one woman who wrote that the sign was...
  • Homeland Warns of ISIS Retaliation in US by Sympathizers

    08/22/2014 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 22, 2014 | By MIKE LEVINE
    Federal authorities today urged law enforcement across the country to be alert for possible attacks inside the United States in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic group ISIS. In a joint bulletin issued to local, state and federal law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI said that while they are “unaware of any specific, credible threats against the Homeland” and find direct threats from ISIS “not credible,” they cannot rule out attacks in the United States from sympathizers radicalized by the group’s online propaganda. “[B]ecause of the individualized nature of the radicalization process – it is difficult...
  • German Minister Accuses Qatar Of Funding Islamic State Fighters

    08/22/2014 10:05:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Gulf Business News ^ | August 22, 2014
    German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized wide areas of northern Iraq and have posted a video of a captive American journalist being beheaded. “This kind of conflict, this kind of a crisis always has a history … The ISIS troops, the weapons – these are lost sons, with some of them from Iraq,” Mueller told German public broadcaster ZDF. “You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops. The keyword there is Qatar – and how do we deal with these people and states politically?” said...
  • Lupica: Obama's return to the links shows lack of leadership in face of ISIS threat

    08/21/2014 8:46:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/21/14 | Mike Lupica
    For the second consecutive day, President Obama reappeared at a golf course on the island of Martha's Vineyard, seemingly counting the strokes toward being an ex-President following the release of video showing American journalist James Foley being executed by an ISIS jihadist. There are so many reasons, too many, why the American people now think Barack Obama is about as good at being President as he is at hitting a golf ball. His reaction to the execution of journalist James Foley in front of the world is just the latest. When the going gets tough, the tough really do go...
  • GRAPHIC!GRUESOME!ISIS ON DISPLAY!Horrifying: Video Of ISIS Militants Executing 1500 Iraqi Army POWs

    08/21/2014 8:02:20 PM PDT · by lbryce · 58 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 21, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Published on Aug 2, 2014 An extremely graphic and never-before-seen HD video was recently uncovered, the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) terrorists brutally capturing and executing 1,500 individuals. The video shows truckloads of hostages being carted away to their death. The ISIS claims these hostages are Iraq’s Army POWs, driven away in truck loads and then shot them all dead. The video caption stated that there were 1,500 individuals. The video shows their end being shot at point blank in several horrific mass slaughters reminiscent to what we see during Nazi Germany. The young teens begged for...
  • Playing golf AGAIN: Obama hits the links for the second time in two days after solemnly pledging

    08/21/2014 10:39:32 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8/21/14 | DAVID MARTOSKO, FRANCESCA CHAMBERS
    Playing golf AGAIN: Obama hits the links for the second time in two days after solemnly pledging justice for journalist James Foley. President Barack Obama teed off again on Thursday, just 24 hours after pictures of his wide grin on the golf course drew condemnation in the wake of the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley. 'Admit it,' a White House pool reporter emailed the press corps. 'You all made small-dollar bets that POTUS would be playing golf today. And ... you would be right!' 'We are at the Farm Neck Golf Club at 1:13 pm. and POTUS is hitting...
  • Obama's 'Post Foley' Golf Game Less About The Optics Of Leadership And More About A Disturbing

    08/21/2014 9:21:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/21/14 | Rick Ungar
    Obama's 'Post Foley' Golf Game Less About The Optics Of Leadership And More About A Disturbing Personal Coldness As readers of this column know, I tend to favor the political and policy positions put forth by President Barack Obama and his administration. That is not to say that, in the effort to provide an honest accounting of my opinions on the issues of the day, there have not been moments where I have found it necessary to criticize the White House when I disagree with their policies and strategies. But that’s my job and I try to do the very...
  • Opinion: What is ISIS hoping its abhorrent beheading video will achieve?

    08/21/2014 8:31:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | August 21, 2014 | By Erin Marie Saltman
    The answer to why ISIS makes and popularizes such videos is simple: They represent a critical threat to the West on two levels. On the one hand, the video directly warns the West of repercussions if its intervention continues. On the other, it represents a more subtle threat reminding Europe and the United States that their own citizens are vulnerable to being radicalized, that ISIS supporters are present all over the world. So, creating an elaborate display of beheading an American represents a distinct change in messaging, turning the threat towards the West. Indeed, the apparently British militant conducting the...
  • Islamic State militants seize four more foreign hostages in Syria

    08/21/2014 6:34:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | August 20, 2014 | by Martin Chulov
    Flush with looted weapons, buoyed by sweeping gains in Syria and eager to shock, Islamic State militants have seized four more foreign hostages near Aleppo in recent days, taking to more than 20 the number of foreigners they now hold. The latest captives, two Italian women, a Dane and a Japanese national, were seized in or near Syria's largest city. All held are either reporters, photographers or aid workers taken near Aleppo or Idlib. They have been subsequently moved to Raqqa, the Isis stronghold in north Syria. The abductions have controversially proved good business for Islamic radicals. In the past...
  • Obama and Cameron: A tale of two vacations

    08/21/2014 4:55:41 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/20/14 | Sebastian Payne
    President Obama's second shot at an August vacation looks to be as star-crossed as the first — and his efforts to balance his presidential duties with a summer respite just as tricky. The shocking news of James Foley’s execution broke as Air Force One landed at Cape Cod on Tuesday night. The president offered his condolences to the American journalist's family and angrily denounced Islamic State militants the following day. Then he went off for a round of golf — his seventh in ten days at Martha's Vineyard so far. It wasn't the first time this month Obama has made...
  • House Intel chief: Obama should cut vacation short to deal with ISIS

    08/21/2014 4:53:11 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/20/14 | Mario Trujillo
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) suggested President Obama should cut his vacation short in light of the apparent murder of a U.S. journalist by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Rogers on Wednesday said Obama should follow the lead of British Prime Minister David Cameron who reportedly returned from vacation to lead a meeting on the threat posed by the group. "The optics of being on vacation and not coming away from that vacation, I just think are bad," Rogers said on Fox News. "That is why I think [Cameron] is going back. He is going to...
  • President Obama blasted for golfing after tough speech on ISIS following James Foley killing

    08/21/2014 4:50:15 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/20/14 | LESLIE LARSON , STEPHEN REX BROWN , LARRY MCSHANE
    The vacationing commander-in-chief, after promising a relentless hunt for the terrorist butchers of a U.S. journalist, teed off on a Martha’s Vineyard golf course just a short time later. “Obama is more dedicated to golfing than he is to defending the nation,” sniped Liz Cheney, daughter of the former GOP vice president, via Twitter. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also took a swing at Obama. “I know in Western countries, this is vacation period,” he said, according to The Wall Street Journal. “But when people are dying, you must return from vacation.”
  • Obama’s duty to act

    08/21/2014 4:41:37 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/21/14 | Editorial Board
    Americans can only pray that President Obama was as serious as a drone strike when he vowed the United States would “see that justice is done” for the beheading of American journalist James Foley. While his anger was palpable, Obama’s resolve to rain death on the savages of ISIS was far from clear. Worse, he signaled disdain for the gravity of the moment by going from the presidential podium straight to a vacation round of golf.
  • Rising danger prompted U.S. effort to rescue James Foley, other hostages

    08/20/2014 8:23:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, W.J. HENNIG
    The United States sent a team of special operation forces to Syria this summer to try to rescue American journalist James Foley and other hostages held by Islamic militants, U.S. officials said Wednesday. "The U.S. government had what we believed was sufficient intelligence, and when the opportunity presented itself, the president authorized the Department of Defense to move aggressively to recover our citizens," Lisa Monaco, a top counter-terrorism advisor to President Obama, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, that mission was ultimately not successful because the hostages were not present." The unusual acknowledgment of a failed secret raid came the day...
  • US begins talks on how to push IS out of Mosul

    08/20/2014 4:10:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | August 20, 2014 | by Barbara Slavin
    US officials have begun discussions with local leaders in Iraq’s Ninevah province about how to recapture the city of Mosul in the wake of the successful operation to recover control of Mosul Dam from the Islamic State (IS), a US official said. In an interview Aug. 20 with Al-Monitor, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, predicted that recovering Iraq’s second largest city — which was seized by IS on June 10 — would “require local forces” and be a long-term project. “We’re in touch with the governor of Ninevah and all the Iraqi leaders and a number of...
  • IS opens new anti-US front with journalist’s beheading

    08/20/2014 4:00:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Arab News ^ | August 20, 2014 | AGENCIES
    BAGHDAD/BEIRUT: Islamic State’s beheading of a US journalist and its threat to “destroy the American cross” suggests it has gained enough confidence seizing large areas of Iraq and Syria to take aim at American targets despite the risks. On Tuesday night, Islamic State released a video purporting to show one of its fighters beheading James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago. The black-clad executioner, who spoke English with a British accent, also produced another American journalist and said his fate depends on President Barack Obama’s next move. Obama on Wednesday called for a joint effort to...
  • The inevitable caliphate?

    08/20/2014 3:40:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey) ^ | August 21, 2014 | by William Armstrong
    The recent declaration of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the new Islamic caliph by jihadi militant group ISIS was greeted by foreign observers with a mixture of bewilderment, mirth, fear and panic. Whatever the response, there’s no doubt that the blockbuster announcement brought more attention to the issue of the caliphate, seen by many as the ultimate symbol of Muslim political unity, than it has received in years. Reza Pankhurst’s “The Inevitable Caliphate?” is a timely consideration of how the idea has animated and inspired Muslim intellectuals and activists over the past century, and how it is used by various groups...
  • US military ramps up airstrikes in Iraq, weighs additional troops after execution video

    08/20/2014 2:17:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 20, 2014
    U.S. fighter jets and drones stepped up attacks on Islamic State targets in Iraq and the Obama administration was weighing sending more boots on the ground -- even as the group released a graphic video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley. A senior U.S. official also told Fox News that military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security “in and around Baghdad,” at the request of the State Department. The official said the Pentagon is seriously considering sending fewer than 300 personnel, but there has been no final...
  • Obama returns to golf course after condemning ISIS

    08/20/2014 11:58:02 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/20/14 | Justin Sink
    Shortly after delivering a statement denouncing the execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamist militants in Iraq, President Obama hit the golf course on Wednesday. Obama completed the statement at a school in Martha’s Vineyard where he is vacationing, before arriving minutes later at a local golf club. The president planned to play a round with former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, private equity investor Glenn Hutchins, and longtime friend Cy Walker‎, according to the White House.
  • The Enemy Knows We’re In A World War, But We Don’t

    08/20/2014 10:48:46 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 15 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 20 Aug 2014 | Christopher Holton
    With the emergence over the past 18 months of the Islamic State (IS), the West, led by the U.S., now finds itself in a world war, whether we want to believe it or not. The Islamic State is not simply an Iraqi problem or a Syrian problem. IS has metastasized into a worldwide organization with 20,000 recruits from Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, the U.S., Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Germany. Even worse, Jihadists from Boko Haram in Nigeria, Abu Sayyef in the Philippines, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Northwest Africa and...
  • Obama: ‘ISIL Speaks for No Religion,’ Global Effort Should ‘Extract This Cancer (shortened)

    08/20/2014 10:29:07 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 71 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 8-20-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama condemned the beheading of journalist James Foley and ISIS in a strongly worded statement to reporters moments ago, but didn’t offer specifics on how the U.S. would react policy-wise to ISIS killing Americans. “Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away,” Obama said from Martha’s Vineyard. (snip) “Let’s be clear about ISIL. They have rampaged across cities and villages, killing...
  • SHOEBAT: Most prominent spiritual leader in Muslim Brotherhood declares Turkey

    08/20/2014 10:20:24 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 8-20-14 | Walid Shoebat
    Walid Shoebat posted this on Sunday and this is big: Listen up folks. The most prominent spiritual leader for the Muslim Brotherhood is none other than Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi and this Sunday he declared that Turkey is where the Caliphate will be established. In an interview with TV Turkia Qaradawi declared that: “We came to Turkey to assess the Fourth Assembly of the Union of Muslim Scholars in Istanbul, capital of the Islamic Caliphate!”
  • Mosque-Goers Pledge Allegiance to ISIS Leader Abu Bakr following Sermon in Al-Raqqah, Syria

    08/18/2014 2:29:02 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | July 29, 2014
    In this video-clip, posted on the Internet on August 18, 2014, the preacher at a mosque in Al-Raqqah, Syria, says: "The whole world has witnessed the greatest events in contemporary history: The caliphate has been declared, and the Muslims have been appointed a caliph." Following the sermon, the mosque-goers pledged allegiance to the Emir of the Believers, and cried: "We pledge to hear and obey." Preacher: In the month of Ramadhan this year, the whole world has witnessed the greatest events in contemporary history: The caliphate has been declared, and the Muslims have been appointed a caliph, who would preserve...
  • An Evil That Must Be Stopped

    08/14/2014 12:04:02 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Time ^ | 6:04 AM ET | Joe Klein
    ISIS is the most serious threat to American interests in a decade. Why we must counter it Ryan Crocker, who probably knows the Middle East better than any other living American diplomat, recently cut to the chase about the situation in Iraq. “This is about America’s national security,” he told the New York Times. “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate. People like [ISIS leader] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have been in a fight for a decade. They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.” We’ve been in the fight...
  • Report: US Assigned to Pressure Israel in Truce Agreements

    08/17/2014 2:13:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    inn ^ | 8/17/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The American government has been asked by the international community to directly intervene in any truce agreement between Israel and Hamas, according to a report in Arabic daily Al-Hayat, and force Israel to agree to Hamas's demands in future ceasefire agreements. Egypt was reportedly behind the guarantee, as rumors swirl that the current conditions being discussed have found support both from the international community at large and from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Israel has denied agreeing to any truce deal proposed so far, however, and diplomatic sources in Jerusalem have emphasized repeatedly that Israel will not agree to any...
  • Why a Belgian Chef Is Joining ISIS: 'Fighting Against Americans'

    08/16/2014 7:32:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    NBCNews ^ | August16, 2014 | AMMAR CHEIKH OMAR
    Why a Belgian Chef Is Joining ISIS: 'Fighting Against Americans' BY AMMAR CHEIKH OMAR After two years of fighting alongside al Qaeda-backed militants in Syria, Abu Saif thought he was done with jihad and ready to return to his “normal” life as a chef in Belgium. But everything changed when Sunni militants swept through northern Iraq and brought their brand of holy war to a global audience. The 31-year-old cut ties with his old fighting force and put in with the rival Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), setting out for the militants’ stronghold of Raqqa and then, he...
  • Few "moderate" Muslims oppose an Islamic Caliphate

    08/16/2014 11:21:27 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 9 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 16, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Most who appear to be "moderate" approve of or refuse to acknowledge what their "extremist" brethren of the Islamic State are doing.In this video, seven young British Muslims discuss their understandings of the meaning of an Islamic Caliphate and their views on the Islamic State. Five of them approve an Islamic Caliphate, as they understand it. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXHg9AY6M2k] Video linkThis article (hat tip to The Counter Jihad Report for the link) may provide a basis for understanding the different views articulated by the young Muslims who support their versions of an Islamic Caliphate: Defensive or offensive Jihad: History, exegesis vs. contemporary propagation. The issue at stake is...
  • Busting the Media’s ISIS Myths: What's Wrong with ISIS is What's Really Wrong with Islam

    08/14/2014 9:07:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/14/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Know your enemy. To know what ISIS is, we have to clear away the media myths about ISIS. ISIS is not a new phenomenon. Wahhabi armies have been attacking Iraq in order to wipe out Shiites for over two hundred years. One of the more notably brutal attacks took place during the administration of President Thomas Jefferson. That same year the Marine Corps saw action against the Barbary Pirates and West Point opened, but even Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore and Howard Zinn chiming via Ouija board would have trouble blaming the Wahhabi assault on the Iraqi city of Kerbala in...
  • CIA expert: Obama, Osama share Mideast goal

    08/13/2014 10:24:52 PM PDT · by KittyKares · 27 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | August 13, 2014 | Garth Kant
    According to the former CIA operative, President Obama’s plan for the Middle East is just what Osama bin Laden wanted: removing U.S. troops and putting the jihadis in power.
  • Glad tidings to you; come join the CALIPHATE [soliciting recruits in Central London]

    08/14/2014 3:24:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Powerline ^ | 8/14/2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    ISIS supporters brought “glad tidings” (as they put it) to shoppers on Oxford Street in London today. The “Khilafah [sic] has been re-established” and “the dawn of a new era has begun,” read their posters. The bearers of glad tidings encouraged shoppers to “resettle” in the newly proclaimed Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. It could be a tough sell. The shopping is much better in London. On the other hand, there’s plenty of space in the new Islamic State. The territory under ISIS control is larger than Great Britain.Actually, it is estimated that approximately 500 Brits have already joined...
  • Exclusive: Islamic State militants grab new weapon - Iraqi wheat

    08/13/2014 5:12:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 13, 2014 | BY MAGGIE FICK AND MAHA EL DAHAN
    After seizing five oil fields and Iraq's biggest dam, Sunni militants bent on creating an Islamic empire in the Middle East now control yet another powerful economic weapon – wheat supplies. Fighters from the Islamic State have overrun large areas in five of Iraq's most fertile provinces, where the United Nations food agency says around 40 percent of its wheat is grown. Now they're helping themselves to grain stored in government silos, milling it and distributing the flour on the local market, an Iraqi official told Reuters. The Islamic State has even tried to sell smuggled wheat back to the...
  • Evidence Mounting That Turkey Is Behind ISIS Recruitment to Establish an Islamic Caliphate

    08/13/2014 12:39:36 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 53 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Evidence Mounting That Turkey Is Behind ISIS Recruitment to Establish an Islamic Caliphate By Shoebat Foundation onAugust 13, 2014 inFeatured, General By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive) Several Middle Eastern media broke the news that unrest has sparked in Turkey with demonstrations erupting denouncing Erdogan after Turkish citizens captured ISIS operatives in Turkey in which Turkish security forces released the terrorists and attacked the civilians who turned them in: This confirms what Shobeat.com reported as far back as March, that there are ISIS “training centers in Orfa, Ghazi Antab and Antakia (Antioch) set up by the Turkish government for more...
  • INDONESIA - operative base for the Islamic Caliphate in Asia, through recruitment and indoctrination

    08/13/2014 7:51:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    AsiaNews.net ^ | August 13, 2014
    Jakarta (AsiaNews) - It has yet to make any startling conquests in the Asian nation, but the Indonesian section of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has already started mass recruitment - as recently reported- in over 16 provinces of the archipelago. In particular, Aceh, the westernmost and majority Muslim area, is turning into a sort of haven for Sunni extremists, with the active brainwashing and indoctrination, especially of young people. According to a survey published in the local Serambi newspaper, in at least 21 districts of Aceh there is a massive infiltration of...
  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a ready-made caliphate king in the Time of Obama

    08/13/2014 7:38:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | August 13, 2014 | By Judi McLeod
    Media hype rides on romanticizing revolutions no matter how evil in bloodlust and by creating tantalizing mysteries and myths around their heinous leaders. Pumping the mythical, the mysteries and plain mist around the likes of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), they believe will draw in readers and viewers like flies to spilled honey. “No one knows anything about him. “He can be a Robin Hood. He could be Dr. Evil. It’s very hard to fight a myth,” said Patrick Skinner of the Soufan Group, a security...
  • An uncertain future awaits Turkey after Erdogan's presidential victory (the sultan ascends)

    08/12/2014 5:25:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/12/2014 | NAT da Polis
    Early surveys were confirmed. Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the first popularly elected president of the Turkish Republic, a state founded in 1923 on the basis of the secular ideas of Kemal Ataturk. About 52 per cent of the electorate chose again Erodgan's style of politics. Based on an authoritarian and arrogant use of power, and an instrumental use of popular support, such a style is equally informed by contempt for those who think differently. Erdogan's support is found among a majority of Turks, mostly devout Muslims and conservative, who began to share in the spoils of political and economic...
  • Vatican Denounces Islamic Caliphate Crimes

    08/12/2014 2:52:18 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 8 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 12 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The Vatican denounced the crimes of the Islamic Caliphate, with a strongly-worded Declaration by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. This is the text of the Declaration on the jihadist violence in Iraq, issued on 12 August 2014, translated from the Italian from the Vatican News website: The whole world has witnessed in shock what is now called the "restoration of the Caliphate," which had been abolished on 29 October 1923 by Kamal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. That this "restoration" is contested by the the majority of Muslim religious and political institutions has not prevented the "Islamic State"...
  • ISIS Works to Merge its Northern Front across Iraq and Syria (Analysis)

    08/12/2014 10:10:33 AM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    Institute for the Study of War ^ | 8/8/2014 | Jennifer Cafarella
    ...Through a significant escalation against the Syrian regime and the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga beginning in mid-July, ISIS forces have made large advances in a campaign to consolidate internal control within the Caliphate. The Syrian regime’s Regiment 121, Division 17, and Brigade 93 military bases have fallen to ISIS, and indicators have emerged of an upcoming ISIS attack against the Tabqa military airbase southwest of ar-Raqqa City. ISIS has also seized the Peshmerga stronghold at Sinjar in the west of Iraq’s Ninewa Province, successfully consolidating its internal line of control across the Jazeera desert into Syria. The breath of these linked...
  • Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Has WON–So What Lays Ahead?

    08/11/2014 4:10:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/11/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    As we predicted. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won the presidential election with 52 percent of the vote, according to early results. Thus, Erdogan has become the country’s first popularly-elected head of state. He appears triumphant with the crowds of millions carrying fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow flags. (Revelation 19:17)  With 98.75 percent of the ballots counted, Erdogan leads with 52 percent, the Hurriyet Daily reports. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, former Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, has received 38 percent of the votes. Selahattin Demirtas, head of the leftist pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, is in third place with just...
  • Iraq Chaldean patriarch says US strikes offer little hope

    08/11/2014 4:41:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/10/2014
    Iraq’s most prominent Christian cleric voiced his disappointment Sunday at the scope of U.S. intervention, which he said offered little hope that jihadists would be defeated and displaced people could go home. “The position of the American president Obama only to give military assistance to protect Erbil is disappointing,” Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako wrote in an open letter. (snip) The patriarch described the prospect of having to wait for Iraqi government forces to start fighting alongside the peshmerga as “very depressing.”
  • Genocide of Christians Happening, Family Shot in the Faces in Refusal to Convert

    08/11/2014 3:35:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 8/10/2014 | Athena Yenko
    A fearful genocide of Christians is happening in Iraq as one family with eight members was shot in their faces because of their refusal to convert to Islam.Christians are now facing the hapless condition of having their fates limited to three choices: leave, convert to Islam or die.On August 1, Canon Andrew White, also known as the vicar of Baghdad, had witnessed the horrifying condition that Christians were suffering in Iraq."Todays Pictures are too awful to show. You know I love to show photos but the photo I was sent today was the most awful I have ever seen," White...
  • Military Coup Rocks Iraq

    08/10/2014 2:40:05 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 360 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 8/10/2014 | by Thomas Ferdousi
    Iraq’s parliament just chose a new President who refused to rename Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki to a third term. Maliki declared the move unconstitutional and his own State of Law Party pulled support from him. Now his forces are seizing government buildings in Iraq, have closed the airport, and are surrounding the Green Zone.
  • Jihadists Switch Loyalties to Join Islamic State Army

    08/10/2014 4:15:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 8/10/2014 | Greg Miller
    U.S. spy agencies have begun to see groups of fighters abandoning al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Africa to join the rival Islamist organization that has seized territory in Iraq and Syria and been targeted in American airstrikes, U.S. officials said.The movements are seen by U.S. ­counterterrorism analysts as a worrisome indication of the expanding appeal of a group known as the Islamic State that has overwhelmed military forces in the region and may now see itself in direct conflict with the United States.“Small groups from a number of al-Qaeda affiliates have defected to ISIS,” as the group is also known,...
  • Islamic State extremists deliver ultimatum to trapped Yazidis: 'Convert today - or die'

    08/10/2014 4:08:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/10/2014 | Alastair Beach
    Hundreds of terrified families belonging to the besieged Yazidi sect have reportedly been threatened with execution if they refuse to convert to Islam today, according to reports. Yazidi refugees who are stranded on Mount Sinjar said they have received calls from family members trapped behind enemy lines in villages now controlled by Islamic State jihadis. They have reportedly been handed a brutal ultimatum: convert to Islam – or die. According to Matthew Barber, an academic who is currently in northern Iraq, the ultimatum has been issued to families trapped in three villages held by the Islamic State. “Hearing multiple accounts...