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  • Open Jihad Declared in Egypt Following State Dept. Meeting with Muslim Brotherhood-Aligned Leaders

    01/30/2015 7:57:00 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 29 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1-30-15 | Adam Kredo
    'Muslim Brotherhood call for ‘long, uncompromising jihad’ The Muslim Brotherhood called for “a long, uncompromising jihad” in Egypt just days after a delegation of the Islamist group’s key leaders and allies met with the State Department, according to an official statement released this week. Just days after a delegation that included two top Brotherhood leaders was hosted at the State Department, the organization released an official statement calling on its supporters to “prepare” for jihad, according to an independent translation of the statement first posted on Tuesday. The statement also was issued just two days before a major terror attack...
  • White House unhinged over Netanyahu speech

    01/29/2015 11:01:47 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    WaPo ^ | 29 Jan 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    At first blush, it might seem that the White House has become unhinged over an appearance by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before a joint session of Congress. After days of whining that Netanyahu’s appearance was not cleared with the White House, U.S. officials have taken to the press to anonymously screech and moan... ....... Ironically, the scuffle comes just after Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists killed two Israeli soldiers, reminding us that Iran is on the march throughout the region and that the Iranian government with which Obama hopes to achieve a grand reconciliation is committed to Israel’s destruction. UPDATE: In...
  • Can Israel Survive?

    01/29/2015 2:18:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel's neighbors are anti-Israeli dictatorships, monarchies or theocracies-- a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos. Given the rise of radical Islam, the huge petrodollar wealth of the Middle East and lopsided demography, how has Israel so far survived? The Jewish state has always depended on three unspoken assumptions for its tenuous existence. First, a democratic, nuclear Israel can deter larger enemies. In the Cold War,...
  • The Next War In The Middle East Has Begun: Israel Vows ‘To Act Powerfully On All Fronts’ [Psalms 83]

    01/29/2015 8:49:49 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 48 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 1/29/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Israel and Hezbollah are at war. On top of everything else that is going on in the world, now we have a new war in the Middle East, and nobody is quite certain what is going to happen next. Israel has been preparing for this moment for more than 8 years. So has Hezbollah. According to some reports, Hezbollah has amassed an arsenal of 50,000 rockets since the end of the Hezbollah-Israel war in 2006. If all-out warfare does erupt, we could potentially see tens of thousands of missiles rain down into an area not too much larger than the...
  • Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu: Likud behind in polls

    01/29/2015 6:47:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/29/2015
    JERUSALEM (AP) — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up. After joining forces with former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to create a joint grouping they call "The Zionist Camp," Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog is looking, to increasingly many Israelis, like a viable alternative to Netanyahu. He promises to reverse the country's slide toward international isolation and corrosive social...
  • Gen. Keane: ‘Radical Islam Has Increased 4-Fold in 5 Years’

    01/27/2015 10:20:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jan 27, 2015 9:45 PM
    Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) was on “The Kelly File” tonight following his testimony about terrorism at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. […] “Radical Islam has increased four-fold in five years,” Keane told Megyn Kelly. […] “This administration has been paralyzed by the fear of adverse consequences in the Middle East driven by the realities of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Keane told Kelly. …
  • Obama Advisor Takes BIG HITS on Benghazi and Bergdahl on Same Day

    01/27/2015 4:49:46 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | January 27, 2015 | Ben Barrack
    White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes was dealt two major political blows, each on the same day. On one front, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (Ret.) appeared on the O’Reilly Factor and broke some shocking news about the case of Bowe Bergdahl. On another front, legal watchdog Judicial Watch has reported that it has obtained documents as a result of its FOIA lawsuit against the State Department. Last April, Rhodes was revealed as the author of the infamous ‘smoking gun’ Benghazi email that instructed then U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to claim a demonstration took place in Benghazi before the...
  • Another Benghazi Cover-Up (Weekly Update)

    01/24/2015 11:05:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 23, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    Another Benghazi Cover-UpObama Administration Violates Obamacare Judicial Watch Exposes Government Cover-Up and Media Hypocrisy Another Benghazi Cover-Up Contrary to what the Obama administration had initially claimed in its public comments, top U.S. diplomatic officials knew the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, was under terrorist attack on September 11, 2012. This is big. In testimony before the U.S. House Oversight Committee on October 10, 2012, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charles Lamb let the cat out of the bag. Apparently, the agents within the Diplomatic Security Commander Center in Washington, D.C., knew that U.S. embassy personnel were under a terrorist attack...
  • Add this to Greece's list of problems: It's an emerging hub for terrorists

    01/26/2015 7:31:06 PM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 26 Jan 15 | Tim Lister and Ioannis Mantziko
    The new Greek government has plenty of challenges ahead of it: A towering debt, chronic unemployment and relations with the rest of Europe. But it also has an urgent security problem. Greece has become an unwitting crossroads -- both for jihadists trying to reach Iraq and Syria from Europe, and for fighters returning home from the Middle East.
  • Powell blames Hamas, Islamic Jihad for Palestinians' situation

    06/22/2003 9:25:08 AM PDT · by veronica · 11 replies · 217+ views
    Haaretz ^ | June 21, 2003 | Arnon Regular, Yossi Verter, Shlomo Shamir
    DEAD SEA, Jordan - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he was concerned about the Israeli killing of a leading member of Hamas but nevertheless emphasized that Hamas and Islamic Jihad shoulder primary responsibility for the difficult situation facing the Palestinian people. Powell added that Middle East peace negotiators needed to keep working despite the killing of the Hamas leader in Hebron on Saturday at the hands of Israeli special police forces. "I regret we had an incident that could be an impediment to progress," he told a news conference after a meeting of the "Quartet" of key...
  • New Saudi King Named In 9/11 Suits

    01/27/2015 7:14:15 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    IBD ^ | January 26, 2015
    President Obama should think before bowing to Saudi Arabia's new king in his Tuesday visit. King Salman has a history of funding al-Qaida, and his son has been accused of knowing in advance about the 9/11 attacks. When it comes to jihadism, Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is more of a hardliner than his older brother, King Abdullah, who died last week of a lung infection. As such, any commitment he makes to helping the U.S. destroy al-Qaida and Islamic State terrorists should be viewed with great suspicion. The 79-year-old Salman once ran a Saudi charity tied to al-Qaida and...
  • U.S. NATO ‘Ally’ Turkey Providing Safe Harbor to Muslim Leader of Foreign Terrorist Organization

    01/26/2015 4:20:51 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ben Barrack
    It’s been formally acknowledged that U.S. NATO ‘ally’ Turkey is providing safe haven to leaders of Hamas, a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) so designated by the U.S. State Department. By its very definition, an FTO should be considered declared enemy of the U.S. Despite this, Turkey doesn’t appear to be paying any price. Another player in all this is the small nation of Qatar. It is desperately trying to play both sides of a political fence as leaders of Hamas – to include the terrorist organization’s political leader Khaled Meshaal – has been forcibly relocated to Turkey. The reason these...
  • Egypt’s Largest Shopping Center Evacuated After Bomb Threat

    01/26/2015 10:02:41 AM PST · by kristinn · 20 replies
    EgyptianStreets.com ^ | Monday, January 26, 2015
    Egypt’s largest and most visited shopping center, City Stars, has been evacuated and shut down after a credible bomb threat. According to AMAY and Youm7, security forces shut down the shopping center after a bomb threat was received. Youm7, meanwhile, reported that two bombs had been successfully defused at ‘Gate 1′ and ‘Gate 7′. Bomb disposal teams are currently combing the shopping center and near by areas for other explosives, reported Youm7. Al-Masry Al-Youm, however, reports a bomb was located on the third floor of the shopping center. Twitter users at the scene meanwhile said security employees are reporting up...
  • Egypt court convicts doctor of female genital mutilation

    01/26/2015 8:38:43 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    ap ^ | 26 Jan 2015
    An Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country’s first case that came to trial over the widespread practice .... It is practiced in 29 countries, mostly in East and West Africa, but also in Iraq and Yemen. Rights groups see it as a way to control female sexuality that causes physical and psychological damage.
  • Sunni vs. Shia: The religious rivalry behind the Middle East turmoil

    01/25/2015 10:52:12 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Yahoo Global News .. Daily Brew ^ | 24 Jan, 2015 | Steve Mertl
    the split began during a power struggle of who would lead Islam after the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632 AD. A conflict developed between those who wanted the growing religion headed by qualified leaders and those who believed authority belonged to the direct heirs of Mohammed. The Prophet’s son-in-law, Ali, ruled as caliph for five years before being assassinated. His sons, Hassan and Hussein, were excluded from the succession and both were later killed. Their adherents evolved into the Shia, whose name derives from the term shi’atu Ali, Arabic for “partisans of Ali,”... Shia devotees would see the...
  • The Myth of Palestinian Centrality

    01/25/2015 7:05:58 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | January 25, 2015 | Yoram Ettinger
    A myth of Palestinian centrality has dominated Western policy, but contrasts with reality, in the Middle East.‎ In 2015, following in the footsteps of Presidents Hosni Mubarak and Anwar Sadat, Egyptian ‎President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi does not subordinate Egypt’s national security ties with Israel to ‎Egypt’s ties with the Palestinians. ‎ El-Sissi — just like his two predecessors — considers the transnational ‎Muslim Brotherhood and Palestinian terrorism mutual threats to Israel, Egypt, ‎Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf states, which have never regarded the ‎Palestinian issue as a top priority, and have denied the Palestinian Authority their ‎financial generosity. Notwithstanding...
  • The Great Wall of Saudi Arabia: 600-Mile Barrier on Iraqi Border to Keep ISIS Militants Out

    01/20/2015 8:10:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/20/2015 | Samuel Smith
    In response to the growing threat posed by the Islamic State terrorist group, the royal family of Saudi Arabia is having a 600-mile barrier constructed to completely block the Iraqi portion of the Saudi northern border, hoping to prevent ISIS militants from infiltrating the kingdom. The planned fence structure will span the entire distance of the Iraq-Saudi border, from Jordan to Kuwait. The border barrier system will feature five layers of barbed wire fencing, a ditch, a patrol road, 240 rapid response vehicles, underground motion sensors, 40 watchtowers, radar, day/night cameras, seven command centers, 28 communication towers, 32 military response...
  • Revealed: Saudi Arabia's 'Great Wall' to keep out ISIL

    01/17/2015 4:44:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | January 14, 2015 | Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent
    Middle Eastern Kingdom building 600-mile wall and ditch along its border with Iraq in effort to insulate itself from the chaos engulfing its neighbours. When a raiding party from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked a Saudi border post last week, it was no mere hit on a desert outpost. The jihadists were launching an assault on the new, highest profile effort by Saudi Arabia to insulate itself from the chaos engulfing its neighbours. The Saudis are building a 600-mile-long “Great Wall” - a combined fence and ditch - to separates the country from Iraq to the north....
  • Death of King Unlikely to Alter Saudi Oil Policy

    01/23/2015 5:22:12 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 23, 2015 | RUSSELL GOLD, NICOLE FRIEDMAN and LYNN COOK
    Saudi Arabia has charted a long-term course to drive down oil prices and maintain its major share of the global market—and a change of who is on the throne in Riyadh won’t likely alter this course, energy experts said. Even after the death of King Abdullah, announced early Friday, the kingdom is likely to continue to pump crude in the face of a global glut, which has helped push prices down by more than 55% since last June. Surrounded by unrest and uncertainty in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is protecting itself by exploiting its big advantages—huge oil reserves and...
  • World leaders react to death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

    01/23/2015 5:10:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2015
    Comments from world leaders in response to the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who died early Friday in Riyadh.
  • The King Is Dead, Long Live the King-US can only hope for smooth transition but might not be easy

    01/23/2015 5:08:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 23, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    The King Is Dead, Long Live the KingPosted By Robert Spencer On January 23, 2015 @ 12:58 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments Abdullah was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Old Abdullah was as dead as a door-nail.So what now?The crown prince, Abdullah’s half-brother, Prince Salman, has taken over, but it might not be that easy. After all, it wasn’t too many years ago that people were speculating about what Egypt would be like under the rule of Hosni Mubarak’s son Gamal. And the accession of a 79-year-old to the throne does not...
  • House of Saud divided: Generational shift seen in royal succession battle

    01/22/2015 5:02:25 PM PST · by aimhigh · 14 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 01/09/2015 | Taylor Luck
    (Note: This was written a month ago) With 91-year-old Abdullah’s hospitalization with pneumonia Jan. 2, all eyes in Saudi Arabia immediately turned to Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the defense minister and the king’s 79-year-old half-brother. Yet due to Salman’s own deteriorating health – those close to the palace say the crown prince is suffering from the early stages of dementia – a campaign is growing within Riyadh to bypass Salman and give the throne to Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, 69, another of the king’s half brothers, should Abdullah be deemed unfit to rule. Both the crown prince...
  • Saudi Arabia's 'reformer' King Abdullah dies

    01/22/2015 3:32:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    KHOG-TV ^ | January 22, 2015
    (CNN) —Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud has died, according to an announcement on Saudi state TV. He was 90. The next king will be Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, state television reported. The announcement of his death comes several weeks after the state-run Saudi Press Agency said Abdullah was suffering from pneumonia and had been admitted to the hospital....
  • Saudis on Twitter deny rumours King Abdullah dead [CNN JUST ANNOUNCED HE WAS DEAD]

    01/22/2015 3:28:22 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 33 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1-22-15 | Unkown to me
    DUBAI - A Saudi journalist and a member of the royal family denied rumors on Thursday that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, in hospital since December suffering from pneumonia, had died, according to messages on social media. "All that is being reported about King Abdullah's death is far from the truth," Ibrahem al-Rawsa, identified as a journalist at state-run Saudi Press Agency, wrote on his Twitter account. A member of the royal family wrote: "I give you good news. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is fine and there is no truth to the rumors going around." He was referring...
  • Saudi King Abdullah Dies

    01/22/2015 3:27:53 PM PST · by 22202NOVA · 309 replies
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102292477
  • Saudi royal court says king, 90, has pneumonia

    01/02/2015 10:34:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2015 12:25 PM EST
    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is being treated for pneumonia and his condition has stabilized with the help of a breathing tube, according to a Royal Court statement issued Friday. The statement, which was released by Saudi state media, said the monarch, 90, had been transferred Thursday to a military hospital after experiencing shortness of breath and back pain. The Saudi Royal Court said medical tests showed the king had a respiratory infection. […] The health of the monarch is of extreme importance in the kingdom, where Abdullah holds absolute powers to enact laws and appoint ministers. His condition is also...
  • Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah admitted to hospital

    12/31/2014 11:40:19 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Middle East EYE ^ | 12-31-2014 | MEE staff
    The 93-year old King of Saudi Arabia was sent to hospital on Wednesday for “medical checks” according to the Royal Court. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who has ruled Saudi Arabia since the death of his half-brother King Fahd in 2005, was admitted to the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, the latest in numerous trips to hospital by the aging monarch in recent years. The King underwent two operations in October 2011 and November 2012 due to "ligament slackening" in the upper back. The news of his entry to hospital prompted a 5 percent fall in Saudi Arabia’s main equities...
  • Saudi king warns West will be jihadists' next target

    08/30/2014 6:50:19 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Augusy 30,2014
    Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action. "If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station. "Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East," said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a...
  • Father .. Declares Muslim Victory Call, And Obama Smiles As Soon As He Hears The War Cry Of Allah

    06/04/2014 6:51:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | June 2, 2014 | Ted
    SMILED as soon as he heard the most famous war cry of Islam, “bismillah al-rahman al-rahim,” Arabic for “in the name of Allah the most gracious, the most merciful.” Watch Obama smile as soon as Bergdahl gives the most famous Muslim expression, the “Bismillah” or the “Basmallah”: ... The “basmallah” is the Islamic expression for victory and only indicates that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s father is a Muslim. Think that the man is acting as “Muslim” for a stealth operation to rescue his son who is already in good hands in Germany? And what is with the long beard and trimmed...
  • Sources: White House deliberately leaked photo of ill Saudi King with breathing tube

    04/20/2014 1:53:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 4/20/14 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — The United States is said to have disclosed that Saudi King Abdullah was dying. (Snip) The sources said the photograph was taken by White House personnel during Obama’s meeting with the Saudi king outside Riyad on March 28.“The Saudis specifically did not want any photograph that showed Abdullah with the tube,” a source said. “But there was a White House photographer that took the picture for what he said was history.” The photograph was said to have been relayed to members of the White House press corps. Within a day, an image of the Saudi king with the...
  • The Many Reasons Why Erdogan Is Reviving The Ottoman Empire And The Coming Caliphate

    01/21/2015 8:35:21 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | January 20, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    After ISIS, what’s next and who will finally contain it? Will the U.S. succeed in crushing ISIS or will it simply be encompassed by a much bigger dog? And where will this Caliphate story end, or better yet, mushroom into an uncontrollable phenomenon. We have maintained, that ISIS will never produce the ultimate Caliphate. Two decades ago we trumpeted that the Islamists of Turkey will revive the Ottoman Empire and today we remind, that you have seen this happening right before your very eyes and the evidence is mounting by the day. And we warn that the next 4 years,...
  • Iran vows to keep fighting Israel after general’s death (Israeli flags burned at funeral)

    01/21/2015 6:32:07 AM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 21, 2015, 1:41 pm
    Tehran threatens to punish Jewish state following funeral procession of a top commander killed in Syria strike TEHRAN, Iran — Senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commanders said Israel will be punished for killing one of its generals in a January 18 airstrike in Syria that also killed six Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. Nasser Soltani said “Israel will certainly pay for what it did.” He spoke during a funeral ceremony Wednesday for Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, who will be buried in his hometown of Sirjan in southeastern Iran on Thursday. Soltani was quoted by the state TV as saying that Allahdadi was...
  • Israeli Security Source: We Didn't Know Iranian General Was At Site Of Syria Strike

    01/20/2015 12:42:36 PM PST · by edpc · 22 replies
    Reuters via Haaretz ^ | 20 Jan 2015 | Reuters
    An Iranian general killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target and Israel believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas, a senior Israeli security source told Reuters on Tuesday. The source declined to be identified because Israel will not confirm or deny whether it carried out the strike. Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Mohammed Allahdadi was killed along with a Hezbollah commander and the son of the group's late military leader, Imad Muughniyeh, in Sunday's attack on a Hezbollah convoy near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
  • Former al Qaeda operative freed, sent home to Qatar

    01/21/2015 2:34:43 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 20, 2015 | By David Weinberg
    Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri, an admitted former al Qaeda operative, has been released from a American jail and permitted to return home to Qatar. No formal statement has been released yet by either government, but it is being reported that al Marri's release was the result of a bilateral agreement between the Qatari and American governments. According to the US Bureau of Prisons, a prisoner with the same name and estimated age (ID number 12194-026) was freed on Friday. Additionally, a source from al Marri's family told the Qatari press he was recently released and arrived in Doha Saturday....
  • State Department Issues Travel Warning for Libya (Americans Leave IMMEDIATELY!)

    01/20/2015 11:57:29 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    KTIC Radio ^ | 1-20-2015 | ABC Rado
    The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for Libya on Tuesday, overriding the previous warning issued in July 2014. In July, the U.S. embassy suspended all operations in Libya and relocated staff due to “ongoing violence between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the Embassy.” On Tuesday, the State Department said that “the security situation in Libya remains unpredictable and unstable.” Pointing to the inability of the Libyan government to “adequately build its military and police forces and improve security following the 2011 revolution,” the State Department said that crime levels remain high and various groups have called...
  • Nine stabbed on Tel Aviv bus in suspected terrorist attack

    01/20/2015 10:57:08 PM PST · by Mozilla · 13 replies
    JPost ^ | 1-21-15 | Ben Hartman
    A suspected terrorist stabbed at least nine people on the 40 bus line in Tel Aviv near the Maariv junction on Wednesday morning. Two of the victims were seriously injured and several others suffered moderate injuries, Magen David Adom said. Others at the scene were treated for shock. The injured were evacuated to the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer and Ichilov Hospital at Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv. The attacker fled on foot but was shot and neutralized by police and is being questioned. The assailant is a 23-year-old man from the West Bank city of Tulkarm, illegally...
  • Israel bus attack: Tel Aviv passengers stabbed

    01/20/2015 10:45:49 PM PST · by Nextrush · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/21/2015 | BBC
    Israeli police say they have shot an attacker who stabbed at least nine people on a bus in central Tel Aviv. The stabbing incident occurred on the Maariv bridge, police said, adding that the stabbings took place both in and outside the bus. At least two of the victims were in a critical condition......
  • Oil falls again as IMF cuts forecast; Iran hints at $25 oil

    01/20/2015 2:46:49 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Jan 20, 2015 | Barani Krishnan
    Oil fell as much as 5 percent on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast and key producer Iran hinted prices could drop to $25 a barrel without supportive OPEC action.
  • Obama to call on Congress to approve continued military action against Isis

    01/20/2015 4:20:00 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 45 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 1-20-2015 | Dan Roberts
    Barack Obama is calling on Congress to authorise continued military action in the Middle East, following growing criticism that his existing air strikes in Iraq and Syria lacked the necessary legally underpinning. In excerpts from his sixth State of the Union speech released early by the White House, the president also suggests that the coalition fight against the Islamic State will continue for months if not years to come. “This effort will take time. It will require focus. But we will succeed,” he will say. “And tonight, I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united...
  • FLASHBACK: Obama Tonight: Yemen and Somalia Are Models of Success (!)

    01/20/2015 11:12:27 AM PST · by maggief · 19 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | SEP 10, 2014 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    The White House has released a couple of excerpts of the president's address to the nation. Here's the second: “But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one...
  • Iran Promises ‘Crushing Response’ to Israeli Strike (Iran Attack From The Golan Was Imminent)

    01/20/2015 8:09:57 AM PST · by lbryce · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 20, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Iran on Monday promised that Hezbollah would deliver “crushing response” to the Israeli attack over the weekend, which killed six Iranian agents, including a top-level commander, and five Hezbollah members. “The experience of the past shows that the resistance current will give a crushing response to the Zionist regime’s terrorist moves with revolutionary determination and in due time and place,” Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), was quoted as saying. The Israeli strike came just days after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared that the terror group was preparing for a war in Israel’s northern Galilee...
  • Russia and Iran sign military cooperation deal

    01/20/2015 7:20:54 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 20 Jan 15 | NASSER KARIMI
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran and Russia signed an agreement Tuesday to expand military ties in a visit to Tehran by the Russian defense minister. Sergei Shoigu, in remarks carried by Russian news agencies, said Moscow wants to develop a "long-term and multifaceted" military relationship with Iran. He said that the new agreement includes expanded counter-terrorism cooperation, exchanges of military personnel for training purposes and an understanding for each country's navy to more frequently use the other's ports. Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan urged greater cooperation as a means of opposing American ambitions in the region. Moscow and Tehran have...
  • Shiite rebels shell Yemen president’s home, take over palace

    01/20/2015 11:01:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 20, 2015 11:37 AM EST | Ahmed Al-Haj
    Yemen’s powerful Shiite Houthi rebels shelled the residence of the country’s embattled president Tuesday and simultaneously swept into the presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa, as a top military commander warned that a full-fledged “coup” was underway. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was inside the residence as it came under “heavy shelling” for half an hour but he was unharmed and protected by guards, officials said. In New York, the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting over the chaos in Sanaa. The shelling was a dramatic development that put the U.S.-backed Hadi into a precarious position and represented the...
  • Generals conclude Obama backed al-Qaida

    01/20/2015 5:59:30 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 86 replies
    WND ^ | Jerome R. Corsi
    The Obama White House and the State Department under the management of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “changed sides in the war on terror” in 2011 by implementing a policy of facilitating the delivery of weapons to the al-Qaida-dominated rebel militias in Libya attempting to oust Moammar Gadhafi from power, the Citizens Commission on Benghazi concluded in its interim report. In WND interviews, several members of the commission have disclosed their finding that the mission of Christopher Stevens, prior to the fall of Gadhafi and during Stevens’ time as U.S. ambassador, was the management of a secret gun-running program operated...
  • Egyptians on US Policy: Obama, Clinton and Patterson supported terrorism in Egypt. Benghazi

    01/20/2015 5:15:26 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 14 replies
    The second House Benghazi Select Committee hearing took place last month. In one notable exchange between Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr, Gowdy asked for the name of the person the Committee needed to speak with to find out what the policy objectives were in Libya. “How can we judge whether or not a policy has failed or succeeded if nobody tells us what the policy objectives were? Who should we bring in to explain why were we in Libya?” Gowdy asked. As previously reported, documents confirm “we” were in Benghazi...
  • Egypt’s ban on Jewish festival is a reflection of nation’s attitudes

    01/20/2015 12:24:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 18, 2015, 7:00 AM | Laura King
    Not so long ago, this time of year would have brought the echo of songs and chants to the winding streets of this somnolent village in Egypt’s Nile Delta—joyous celebrations honoring a 19th-century Jewish sage. In its heyday, the festival drew thousands of Jewish pilgrims paying tribute at the tomb of Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira, a revered Moroccan holy man who died in Egypt while on a pilgrimage to what is now Israel. Although the celebrations had been all but extinct for a few years, an Egyptian court in December formally outlawed the festival marking the rabbi’s birth date, which this...
  • Mummy Mask May Reveal Oldest Known Gospel

    01/19/2015 11:10:30 PM PST · by SteveH · 30 replies
    livescience ^ | January 18, 2015 | Owen Jarus
    A text that may be the oldest copy of a gospel known to exist — a fragment of the Gospel of Mark that was written during the first century, before the year 90 — is set to be published. At present, the oldest surviving copies of the gospel texts date to the second century (the years 101 to 200). This first-century gospel fragment was written on a sheet of papyrus that was later reused to create a mask that was worn by a mummy. Although the mummies of Egyptian pharaohs wore masks made of gold, ordinary people had to settle...
  • Thousands mourn Hezbollah fighter killed in Israeli attack

    01/19/2015 10:34:13 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 19, 2015 | Tom Perry
    Hezbollah supporters turned out in force on Monday to bury the son of the group's late commander, one of six fighters who died in an Israeli air strike in neighboring Syria that also killed an Iranian general. The killings raised the possibility of a retaliatory attack, with a senior Iranian official suggesting that Israel would be hit at "the right time and right place". An Israeli defense official said escalation was possible. Jihad Mughniyeh was buried in Beirut alongside his father Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated in Damascus in 2008. Though it was unclear what role Mughniyeh, who was in...
  • Syria: Israel kills Iran's Revolutionary Guard general Mohammed Allahdadi in Golan Heights strike

    01/19/2015 11:59:23 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 19 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 19, 2015 12:24 GMT | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    Iran's revolutionary guards' corps (IRGC) has confirmed that one of its senior commanders, general Mohammad Ali Allahdadi (or Dadi), has been killed by an Israeli strike on the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights. The air raid, which also killed six members of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group, occurred near Syria's Quneitra border crossing with Israel. "Following the Zionist aggressions against the resistance in Syria, General Mohammad Allahdadi, a former commander of the Sarollah Brigade of the Revolutionary Guard, was martyred along with Jihad Moughniyah and three others in the same car," the Dana news website said. The senior commander was...
  • Israel killed Iranian general in strike on Hezbollah terrorists in Syria

    01/19/2015 7:29:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/19/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Israelis live under the constant threat of terrorist attacks. Just overnight, Israel rolled up a six-member cell linked to the Islamic State with the alleged orders to execute strikes against Israeli targets inside the Jewish stateÂ’s territory. On IsraelÂ’s borders, Hamas to the south and Hezbollah to the north represent a constant terrorist threat. IsraelÂ’s ability to defend its borders by executing strikes on terrorist targets is further complicated by the fact that any one of those strikes could ignite an international incident by accidently killing a high-ranking military officer from one of those terror groupsÂ’ state sponsors. That...