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  • President Hassan Rouhani to Iranian parliament: Don’t make deal legally binding

    08/31/2015 7:45:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/31/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Over the weekend, the undecideds in Congress got another confidence-builder from Iran on the nuclear deal that Barack Obama and John Kerry insist they support. If Congress approves the deal, it carries legal weight in the US, at least for the next 16 months or so until the next President takes office. The Iranian parliament must be rushing to provide the same level of legal commitment, right? Right? Er … no, not really: President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday he opposes a parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers because terms of the agreement would turn...
  • Saudi Arabia’s Troops Have Crossed Into Yemen for the First Time

    08/27/2015 3:04:41 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    Vice ^ | 08.27.2015 | Samuel Oakford
    Saudi forces have reportedly crossed the border into northern Yemen near a site where Houthi rebels have launched shelling attacks toward the kingdom.
  • Egypt turns to Russia to combat terrorism

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

    08/21/2015 1:59:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-20-2015 | AARON KLEIN
    The Iran nuclear deal has dramatically shifted Middle Eastern geopolitical tectonic plates, and has heralded a new reality in which Sunni Arabs need Israel more than ever. One of many misleading lines in President Obama’s address earlier this month heralding the Iran nuclear deal came when the statecraft salesman declared that “because this is such a strong deal, every nation in the world that has commented publicly, with the exception of the Israeli government, has expressed support.” The clear implication is that Israel stands alone and isolated in the international community in opposing détente and rapprochement with Iran. The American...
  • ISIS 'Mein Kampf' Blames Israel for Global Terrorism

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

    08/16/2015 4:52:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    ahram online, Egypt ^ | August 15, 2015
    Russia has ‘gifted' Egypt with a new missile corvette that was part of the inauguration of a new Suez Canal expansion project earlier this month, Egypt's army said. The move by the Russian government to "gift" Egypt the Molniya missile boat is "part of military cooperation between the Egyptian and Russian armed forces" as well as indicative of "Russia's support for Egypt and the matching visions of both countries on the war against terrorism," Egyptian military spokesman Mohamed Samir said in a statement Saturday. He added that the highly advanced missile ship will be a new addition to Egypt's "development...
  • Islamic State confirmed to have used mustard gas against Kurds in Syria

    08/15/2015 9:33:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/15/15 | Nabih Bulos
    The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) used mustard agent in its fight against a Kurdish militia in Syria, testing has confirmed. Unnamed US government officials involved in investigating alleged chemical weapon use by Isil in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh confirmed mustard gas had been used, according to the Washington Post and CNN. Mustard gas, used during World War One, can cause blisters, blindness and respiratory damage and is an internationally-banned chemical weapon. Last month, members of a Syrian Kurdish militia, the People's Defence Units or YPG, reported that projectiles fired by Isil's jihadists had released...
  • Eritrean Suspect Confesses to Ikea Stabbing in Sweden

    08/13/2015 12:58:22 PM PDT · by wtd · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/13/2015 | AP
    Eritrean Suspect Confesses to Ikea Stabbing in SwedenCOPENHAGEN, Denmark — A 36-year-old Eritrean man has confessed to the deadly stabbing of two people at an Ikea store in central Sweden, his defense lawyer said Thursday."..."The man is recovering from surgery for unspecified severe injuries at a hospital in Vasteras, 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Stockholm. He woke up Thursday and was questioned by police. Due to his condition, he was not able to attend the custody hearing but participated via a telephone link. The Aftonbladet newspaper claimed B<>video surveillance from inside the Ikea store show the man stabbing...
  • Muslim Asylum Seeker Beheads IKEA Shopper in Sweden

    08/13/2015 8:08:23 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 32 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 8/12/2015 | Jim Hoft
    A Muslim asylum seek beheaded an IKEA shopper in Sweden this week and killed another one. (Photo Bare Naked Islam) In response to the violent murders IKEA will quit selling kitchen knives in its store. It’s IKEA’s fault for displaying knives in the store. Breitbart.com reported: “ The IKEA superstore near Stockholm which witnessed a double murder this week by Eritrean asylum seekers has responded by ending the sale of kitchen knives in-store, and the government has stepped up its policing at asylum-lodgings to defend against a backlash. The response of the Swedish authorities to the ‘stabbings’ which killed what...
  • Ikea(Sweden)Attack Suspects Identified

    08/11/2015 9:48:50 AM PDT · by wtd · 22 replies
    Emirates24/7 ^ | 8/11/2015 | AFP
    Emirates24/7: Ikea attack suspects identified By AFP Published Tuesday, August 11, 2015 The two suspects in a knife attack at an Ikea store in Sweden that left two dead are Eritrean asylum seekers, one of whom is in critical condition, police said Tuesday. The motive for the midday attack on Monday in the central town of Vasteras was still unknown, deputy prosecutor general Eva Moren told reporters. "The two suspects are both from Eritrea. They have been living at an asylum centre," she said, adding that the pair knew each other. "We know nothing about the motive yet, the...
  • Swedish Ikea store stops knife sales after attack

    08/11/2015 11:23:23 AM PDT · by wtd · 17 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 8/11/2015 | AFP
    Swedish Ikea store stops knife sales after attack "Stockholm (AFP) - The Ikea branch in central Sweden where two shoppers were fatally stabbed -- reportedly with knives taken from the shelves -- will temporarily stop knife sales, the store manager said Tuesday.
  • Sweden boosts security for asylum seekers after IKEA attack

    08/11/2015 10:21:06 AM PDT · by wtd · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue. Aug 11, 2015 BST | Anna Ringstrom
    Sweden boosts security for asylum seekers after IKEA attack "Police in central Sweden have increased security at asylum lodgings, fearing a backlash after two Eritrean asylum-seekers were suspected of murdering two people at an IKEA store. A man and a woman were killed in a knife attack at an IKEA store in the city of Vasteras on Monday. Two suspects were detained by police, one of whom was seriously injured.
  • Man arrested after triple Ikea store stabbing ( Sweden )

    08/10/2015 8:00:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | August 10, 2015
    A man and a woman have died and another is seriously injured following a stabbing inside an Ikea store in Västerĺs, just outside Stockholm. ... Ikea has so far remained tight-lipped about the stabbings. ... Officers disclosed no other information about the identities of the attacker nor the victims. One witness told Swedish broadcaster SVT that the dead man appeared to have been aged around 25. But in an interview with regional Swedish newspaper VLT, store manager Mattias Johansson said that the victims were "three seemingly ordinary visitors" and said that an attack had taken place in the store's kitchen...
  • Bomb blast, US consulate attacked in Istanbul: Reports

    08/10/2015 7:30:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8-10-15 | Phillip Tutt
    A car bomb attack at a police station has killed four people and injured up to 10 people, while the city's U.S. consulate has also come under fire, news agencies have reported. Reuters, quoting Turkey's Dogan news agency, reported that at a police station in the Istanbul neighborhood had been rocked by a blast early on Monday morning. The agency, quoting the Istanbul's governor's office, added that three attackers and a police officer had been killed in an exchange of gunfire following the explosion. Istanbul police headquarters confirmed to Dogan that three police officers and seven civilians were wounded in...
  • Egypt Police Seize Missiles, Ammunition Bound For Gaza

    08/29/2010 12:29:49 PM PDT · by edpc · 9 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 29 Aug 2010 | Avi Issacharoff
    Palestinian news agency Ma'an reports that Egypt police raided several secret weapons depots in Sinai, discovered 190 fully assembled anti-aircraft missiles. Egyptian police on Saturday raided several arms depots in Sinai, believed to hold weapons meant for smuggling into Gaza, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported. According to the report, the Egyptian police uncovered secret caches of explosives in a desert in the center of the Sinai peninsula. The caches held 190 fully assembled anti-aircraft missiles and rockets in addition to explosives and ammunition.
  • Iran confirms trip by Quds Force Commander to Moscow to discuss arms shipments

    08/07/2015 11:17:40 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 8, 2015 | By Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    Iranian officials confirmed Friday that General Qassem Soleimani, the heavily sanctioned Revolutionary Guard Quds Force commander, traveled to Russia last month and was conducting weapons deals, including discussion of the S-300 missile system, according to Reuters. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said Friday the U.S. is very concerned about the development. “Qassem Soleimani is subject to a UN travel ban and this travel ban requires all states to prohibit Qassem Soleimani from traveling to their nation and the only exception to that is if the Iran sanctions committee grants an exemption,” she said at UN headquarters...
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia ‘desperate’ to purchase Mistral warships

    08/07/2015 11:15:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    FRANCE24 ^ | 2015-08-07
    Egypt and Saudi Arabia are interested in buying two French Mistral warships that had been sold to Russia before Paris scrapped the deal, French media reported Friday, citing an official French source. "Egypt and Saudi Arabia are desperate to buy two Mistrals," an unnamed official French source told France’s leading daily, Le Monde. “King Salman of Saudi Arabia wants to build a fleet in Egypt which could project regional power in the Red Sea and Mediterranean," said the source. "Some countries in the region have displayed a marked interest in the Mistrals with the aim of establishing a [regional] maritime...
  • Senior Western official: Links between Turkey and ISIS are now 'undeniable'

    07/29/2015 6:53:49 AM PDT · by McGruff · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/28/2015 | Natasha Bertrand
    A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State's "chief financial officer" produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, Martin Chulov of the Guardian reported recently. The officer killed in the raid, Islamic State official Abu Sayyaf, was responsible for directing the terror army's oil and gas operations in Syria. The Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) earns up to $10 million a month selling oil on black markets.
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia aim to enhance cooperation

    07/30/2015 4:43:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2015 1:33 PM EDT
    Egypt and Saudi Arabia say they aim to boost military, economic, and social ties and pursue their common interests. In a statement released after a meeting between President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, el-Sissi’s office says the two leaders also will work to create a joint Arab military force. …
  • (LEAD) Scud missiles fired into Saudi Arabia from Yemen traced to N. Korea: official

    07/29/2015 3:43:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/07/29
    (LEAD) Scud missiles fired into Saudi Arabia from Yemen traced to N. Korea: official 2015/07/29 18:16 (ATTN: UPDATES with comment by South Korean official; ADDS background) SEOUL, July 29 (Yonhap) -- Scud missiles fired into Saudi Arabia by Yemeni rebels in recent months came from North Korea, a South Korean intelligence official said Wednesday, in the latest case that illustrated North Korea's support for the weapons programs of some countries in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia has shot down about 40 percent of some 20 Scud missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels, said the official, who is familiar with the...
  • Iran already violating the agreement (Surprise)

    07/22/2015 3:25:35 PM PDT · by theoldmarine · 8 replies
    The Debka File ^ | 7/21/2015 | Debka
    In defiance of the international arms embargo, Iran last week placed an order with Moscow for a huge fleet of 100 Russian IL78 MKI tanker aircraft (NATO: Midas) for refueling its air force in mid-flight, thereby extending its range to 7,300 km. This is reported exclusively by debkafile from its military and intelligence sources. The transaction runs contrary to the terms of the nuclear accord the six world powers and Iran signed in Vienna earlier this month. These tanker planes can simultaneously refuel six to eight warplanes. Their acquisition brings Israel, 1.200km away – as well the rest of the...
  • Obama: ‘We’ve Ended Two Wars;’ State Dept:Iraq Has ‘Lost Effective Control’ Over Large Areas to ISIL

    07/22/2015 3:31:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2015 | 5:08 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama said at a Democratic fundraiser in New York on Tuesday evening that he had “ended two wars” during his presidency. In its recently released human rights report on Iraq, however, the State Department said that the Iraqi government had “lost effective control” over a large part of Iraqi territory to the Islamic State terrorist group. Also, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2014, the group that the administration now calls ISIL was founded in the 1990s by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and fought against U.S. forces in Iraq before Obama removed U.S. troops from that...
  • IAEA Tells Congressmen of Two Secret Side Deals to Iran Agreement That Won’t Be Shared with Congress

    07/22/2015 6:51:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/22/2015 | by FRED FLEITZ
    Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) issued a press release today on a startling discovery they made during a July 17 meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency officials in Vienna: There are two secret side deals to the nuclear agreement with Iran that will not be shared with other nations, with Congress, or with the U.S. public. One of these side deals concerns inspection of the Parchin military base, where Iran reportedly has conducted explosive testing related to nuclear-warhead development. The Iranian government has refused to allow the IAEA to visit this site. Over the...
  • THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S HOPE AND RED LINES FOR IRAN

    07/22/2015 4:29:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Frontpagemagazine.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Joseph Puder
    US President Barack Obama hailed the recently concluded nuclear agreement in Vienna between the P5+1 world powers and Iran as a step towards a “more hopeful world.” On July 14 CNN cited President Obama’s claim that, “This deal is not built on trust. It's built on verification.” This nuclear agreement, however, seems to be predicated more on this administration’s proclivity towards building on hope. The Obama administration is hoping that an inspection regime by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will accomplish under this agreement what the UN has failed to do for decades under the Non-Proliferation of...
  • Kerry Might Be Disturbed by Iran, But Obama Sure Isn’t

    So Secretary of State John Kerry finds Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s plans to defy U.S. Middle East policy “very disturbing.” (H/T Allahpundit at Hot Air). So now Kerry is disturbed by Iran? Apparently, Kerry wasn’t all that disturbed negotiating with a regime that is currently holding four Americans in captivity. Of course, when Major Garrett of CBS News dared to question President Obama about it, he admonished Garrett and told him he “should know better.” If Kerry genuinely finds Khamenei’s statements disturbing, President Obama surely doesn’t. After all, when Khamenei uttered “Of course, yes, Death to America,” back...
  • Iran-Kerry and a World Turned Upside-Down

    07/17/2015 7:39:49 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 17, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    There has always been a rule – an overriding rule in the common law, in the criminal justice system and in the insurance industry – that society must not allow you to profit from a crime you committed. For example, if you file an insurance claim on your house, and it’s proven that you burned it down yourself, you get imprisoned for arson and the insurance company gets all the money back. Or if you file for the life insurance on your parent or spouse, and it’s proven that you murdered him or her for the insurance money, you get...
  • A Modest Proposal on Iran

    07/21/2015 5:10:59 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 21 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | 07-21-2015 | grey_whiskers
    Just a bit of historical trivia, and a thought, in the wake of the Obama/Kerry HISTORIC. NUCLEAR. DEAL. with Iran. Obama has come under criticism that he left four American hostages in Iran; and his excuse was that "if we pressed for the release of the hostages, the Iranians would have demanded more concessions." Oh, really? Does anyone remember the last time a dimwit Democrat tried to deal with an Iranian hostage crisis? Yes, it's the return of Dhimmi...err, Jimmy Carter. Except I'm no longer so sure that Obama is merely a Dhimmi. Remember this little gem before Obama's first...
  • Ted Cruz’s Iran doomsday: ‘Murder’ of millions of Israelis, Americans

    07/21/2015 12:02:48 PM PDT · by VinL · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/21/15
    Ted Cruz’s worst fear about the nuclear deal with Iran? That “millions of Americans will be murdered by radical theocratic zealots.” President Obama [argues] that under the deal Iran’s ability to quickly make a bomb will be hamstrung, and that doing nothing would actually accelerate Iran’s nuclear capabilities. But Cruz said if Iran were to acquire a bomb, he fears the detonation of a nuclear weapon over Tel Aviv,... that would “murder vast numbers of Palestinians” and Israeli Jews. “The odds are unacceptably high that they would view the murder of those Palestinians is perfectly acceptable collateral damage to annihilating...
  • TEHRAN: 'We will trample upon America!

    07/20/2015 9:18:08 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 84 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Jul 20, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    A senior Iranian cleric delivered Friday prayers in Tehran while standing behind a podium that declared, “We Will Trample Upon America,” according to photos released by Iran’s state-controlled media. Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, who was handpicked by the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader to deliver the prayers, delivered a message of hostility toward the United States in the first official remarks since a final nuclear deal was signed between Iran and world powers in Vienna last week. Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser and expert on rogue regimes, said that the official remarks by Iranian officials and clerics...
  • Kerry says Iran vow to defy U.S. is 'very disturbing'

    07/21/2015 4:30:58 AM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 7/21/15 | Yuri Gripas/Reuters
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program was "very disturbing".
  • John Kerry: It’s ‘Very Disturbing’ How Ayatollah Keeps Saying He Wants to Destroy Us

    07/21/2015 8:52:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/21/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Secretary of State John Kerry admitted to Al-Arabiya that it’s “very disturbing” how Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continues talking about destroying the U.S. and Israel after signing the P5+1 nuclear agreement.Kerry said he would be pitching Gulf partners on “all of the ways in which this agreement, in fact, makes the Gulf states and the region safer.” “I will also discuss with them at great length the things that the United States of America is going to do, working with them, in order to push back against the terror and counterterrorism efforts and other activities in the region that are very...
  • U.S. 'disturbed' by Iranian leader's criticism after deal

    07/21/2015 7:44:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 21 Jul 2015 | Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Nour
    DUBAI, (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was very disturbed by anti-U.S. hostility voiced by Iran's top leader after a nuclear deal, as both countries' top diplomats sought to calm opposition to the accord from political hardliners at home. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme was "very troubling". "I don't know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that...
  • 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,...
  • The oil price war is set to get vicious (Saudi's now borrowing money)

    07/20/2015 8:25:12 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 35 replies
    Money Week ^ | 7/15/15 | John Stepek
    Saudi Arabia is pumping more crude oil than ever before. In June, it produced 10.6 million barrels a day. That’s the highest on record, . . . . .. And it’s pretty clear that Saudi Arabia is settling in for the long run. The country borrowed $4bn on the bond markets this week, selling bonds for the first time in eight years.
  • Nuclear deal: Saudis signal they'll act before Iran gets the money

    07/20/2015 3:58:21 PM PDT · by Isara · 23 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | July 17, 2015 | Taylor Luck
    Amman, Jordan — The nuclear deal that will lift tough sanctions on Iran is mobilizing Saudi Arabia to turn the tide against its regional rival in Yemen and Syria before it makes an economic recovery, military officials and analysts say. According to the sources, the military component of the Saudi offensive will include the use of special forces on the ground in Yemen, and a potentially widened use of Saudi and allied Sunni air power in Syria. The Saudis have signaled their intent to employ ground forces in Yemen previously, but have not done so. But the potential military initiatives,...
  • Obama Favors Iran Because of His Shiite Connections

    07/19/2015 6:57:46 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 38 replies
    Here First | 7/19/2015 | Me
    Obama favored Iran in the negotiations because he has many ties to Shia Islam and Iran, regardless of his actual faith.
  • Terror at sea: Egypt navy ship in flames after ISIS missile hits boat in Mediterranean

    07/16/2015 7:52:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The London Daily Express ^ | July 17, 2015 | Tom Batchelor
    Pictures circulating online show an Egyptian military vessel engulfed in flames after a rocket attack by extremists operating on the Sinai peninsula. Crew members were forced to jump overboard after the fire took hold on a ship owned by the country's navy. The incident took place in the Mediterranean Sea close to Israel and the Gaza Strip, in the latest escalation of extremist-linked violence across North Africa. Dramatic images appear to show a missile heading towards the warship before a ball of flames erupts and black smoke billows from the scene....
  • U.S. let Yemen’s anti-terrorism equipment sit in warehouse for eight years

    07/16/2015 9:23:26 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7-15-2015 | John Solomon
    In the latest tale of the war on terror gone awry, the U.S. government allowed military equipment purchased with taxpayer money to help Yemen’s security forces defeat Islamist extremists to sit unused inside a Virginia warehouse for a stunning eight years. Even as the pro-U.S. government in Yemen was teetering and eventually overthrown by Islamist rebels in recent months, the Obama administration was unable to get the 200 parcels of equipment dislodged from its storage space and sent to its ally, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm for Congress.
  • Islamic State says it launched rocket attack on Egypt navy vessel

    07/16/2015 7:07:39 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-16-2015 | Ali Abdelaty
    Egypt's Islamic State affiliate said on Thursday it fired a rocket at an Egyptian naval vessel in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Israel and the Gaza Strip. The militant group Sinai Province has focused mainly on attacking Egyptian soldiers and police in the Sinai peninsula, killing hundreds since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. Photographs distributed online by the group appeared to show a rocket heading towards a ship and setting it ablaze on impact. Reuters could not verify the militants' version of events. The Egyptian military said in...
  • Obama rewards a killer of American soldiers

    07/16/2015 4:05:15 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 3 replies
    Red State ^ | July 15th, 2015 | By: streiff (Diary)
    the most interesting man in the world While the biggest concern to most of us in regards to the Iran nuclear talks remains Obama’s aiding Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons, one of the most important items from Iran’s standpoint was the removal of economic sanctions. Not only were these sanctions hurting Iran’s economy and people — the mullahs could give a fat rat’s patootie about that — and it was hurting members of the Iranian ruling clique. Among the big winners in the agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear program, count a notorious and shadowy Iranian general who helped Shiite militias...
  • Trusting Iran to stop terrorism is like inviting an arsonist to join the fire brigade

    07/12/2015 7:32:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6:30AM BST 10 Jul 2015 | Dore Gold
    Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has written an op-ed in the Financial Times which sets forward a distinct sequence for ostensibly resolving the daunting security challenges of the Middle East. First, the P5+1 - the group of powerful nations negotiating with Iran - should come to a deal over its nuclear program. As a result, he argues, Tehran will "open new horizons" and join "the international battle" against "the increasingly brutal extremism that is engulfing the Middle East." The idea that Iran is a partner in the fight against terrorism is not only disingenuous but also absurd. What Zarif is...
  • GOP turns to Hillary Clinton in bid to sink Iran deal

    07/10/2015 1:29:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/09/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans concede they are not likely to have enough votes to overturn President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran unless they can swing a key Democratic voice against the accord. They’re setting their sights on Hillary Clinton, vowing to tie her to the deal in hopes of pressuring her to oppose it. GOP leaders need 67 votes to override Obama’s expected veto and keep sanctions on Iran in place. The administration has not yet announced an accord but lawmakers expect it to come soon. “It could be a good policy strategy. It’s not going to be hard to come up...
  • Russia wants Iran arms embargo 'lifted as soon as possible'

    07/09/2015 4:17:07 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 5 replies
    AFP | 9 Jul 15 | Unknown
    Russia wants to see a United Nations arms embargo against Iran lifted "as soon as possible" but it is up to Tehran to accept the terms of a final nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.
  • Tehran’s anti-Israel Quds day falls on date of new Iran deadline

    07/08/2015 11:38:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 7/9/15 | Herb Keinon
    Regardless of whether the world powers and Iran sign a nuclear deal by the new Friday deadline, chants of “Death to Israel” are expected to reverberate throughout Iran that day as it happens to fall on the anti-Israel Quds day. Quds day – initiated in 1979 by the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Khomeini – is an annual event of fiery anti-Israel protests in Iran on the last Friday of Ramadan that attracts tens of thousands of people. Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Vaezi, one of some 80 members of Iran’s Assembly of Experts that is a supervisory body around Iran’s Supreme Leader,...
  • Obama Punk'd Again by Iran: Does He WANT Them to Get The Bomb?

    07/08/2015 5:07:57 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 36 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 7/7/15 | Steve Berman
    Any 3-year-old knows the difference between a parent shouting “one, two…….” and never getting to “three” versus grandpa who doesn’t put up with bad behavior, but it seems the Obama administration got bested by a toddler. Iran nuclear talks will continue “for the next couple of days,” a senior European diplomat said, effectively extending a Tuesday deadline set just a week ago. “We are still working very hard to finalize this agreement,” European Union foreign policy chief, Frederica Mogherini, told reporters outside the Vienna hotel where negotiators have held near round-the-clock sessions. “We continue to work on the text.” Mogherini said...
  • Al Jazeera Video that Mocks Americans as Fat, Gun-Toting Racists (Independence Day)

    07/05/2015 7:27:11 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 07/05/15 | Sharona Schwartz
    Al Jazeera’s digital media platform AJ+ posted a Fourth of July-themed video mocking Americans as fat, cheese-eating, gun-toting, pill-popping, racist porn watchers. While some on social media applauded the creation, others slammed the Qatar-owned network for using the holiday “to dump” on America. Social media users got particularly riled up by the criticism coming from the channel owned by Qatar — a country where stoning is a legal punishment under Shariah law, women have second class legal status, writers can be imprisoned for criticizing the emir and abuse of foreign laborers has been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups. The...
  • Israel slams possible lifting of Iran sanctions

    07/05/2015 1:28:45 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | 2:16 AM ET
    Israel denounced Saturday a possible decision to lift sanctions on Iran if a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers is reached. “As soon as sanctions will be lifted, tens or hundreds of billions of dollars are going to fuel the Iranian economy,” a statement released by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read, according to Agence France Presse. “There will be no possibility to go back,” the statement added. “The Iranian terror machine that is active in the entire world will become stronger.” World powers and Tehran are in the midst of negotiations to finalize a deal...
  • Egyptian airstrikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai

    07/02/2015 3:54:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Jul. 02, 2015 | 02:12 PM
    ISMAILIA: Egypt launched airstrikes on Islamist militant targets in the Sinai peninsula Thursday, killing 23 fighters a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years, security sources said. The sources said those killed had taken part in Wednesday's fighting in which 100 militants and 17 soldiers, including four officers, were killed, according to the army spokesman. Sinai-based insurgents, affiliates of ISIS, have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Islamist President Mohammad Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. Sisi, now Egypt's elected president, says the pro-ISIS group Sinai...
  • Analysis: Egypt is Losing Its War Against ISIS in Sinai

    07/02/2015 11:13:43 AM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 2, 2015 | YOSSI MELMAN
    Wednesday's terror attack was the largest ever carried out by the Sinai Province, Islamic State's Egyptian affiliate, since it began its fight against the government in Cairo some four years ago. It also marked the most painful blow suffered by the Egyptian military in its war on extremist Islamist terror, which it is bent on eradicating. It was a well-planned attack, carried out by dozens of ISIS operatives in northern Sinai, and the explosions and weapons fire were heard loud and clear in Israel. Amid concerns that ISIS may try to spread their attacks in the direction of Israel -...
  • Massive assault on Egypt army in Sinai kills 53 troops

    07/01/2015 10:06:32 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    wqow ^ | 7-1-2015 | ASHRAF SWEILAM and BRIAN ROHAN, ap
    <p>EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) - Dozens of Islamic militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 53 soldiers, officials said.</p> <p>The advanced planning and coordinated execution of the attacks show that the long-running insurgency in the area is growing stronger, posing a serious threat to Egypt's security as the military-backed government struggles to restore stability after years of unrest since the 2011 uprising.</p>