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  • AWOL Obama Vanishes Again: Three Hours After Another American Is Brutally Beheaded

    09/02/2014 7:51:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | September 2, 2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    AWOL Obama Vanishes Again: Three Hours After Another American Is Brutally Beheaded, president is whisked away from the White House – without finding time to say a single word about it Presdident walks to Marine One past journalists while ignoring their shouted questions. State Department's chief Iraq-Iran deputy said 'stay tuned' for a strategy: 'we are building now a broader campaign plan.' CNN anchor pounces: 'You say "stay tuned," but in the meantime ISIS is busy beheading our colleagues' By DAVID MARTOSKO, 2 September 2014 Barack Obama left for a three-day European swing Tuesday afternoon without saying a single word...
  • ‘Stay tuned,’ on American plans against ISIS, says State Department (Video at Link)

    09/02/2014 7:23:18 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    As ISIS released a video Tuesday showing the beheading of a second American, a top State Department official told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour to “stay tuned” on U.S. plans to combat the organization.
  • Breaking: Obama approves sending 350 more troops back into Baghdad

    09/02/2014 7:01:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    These troops are being sent to protect the American embassy and the airport in Baghdad, and allow a contingent of troops already there to exit safely. They will “not serve in a combat role,” according to the White House. U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorized a request for an additional 350 troops to be sent to Iraq to protect American diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad, according to a statement released by the White House. “The request he approved today will allow some previously deployed military personnel to depart Iraq, while at the same time providing a more...
  • U.S. military dependence on Russian rocket engines raises security concerns

    09/02/2014 6:48:34 PM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 2, 2014 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    The rising tensions with Russia over its aggression in Ukraine is creating national security concerns inside the Pentagon, where the military’s largest satellite program is reliant on a rocket engine produced by Moscow. The Air Force said it has begun looking for alternatives to the RD-180 rocket engines for its Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program — the fourth largest line item in the U.S. defense budget — now that Russia has threatened to cut off the technology in its tit-for-tat struggle with the U.S.
  • The Obama era is over. The presidency continues.

    09/02/2014 6:35:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Week ^ | September 2, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    A listless summer is the clearest sign that Obama has lost the clout needed to move his agenda. Just in time for the season's final barbecue, President Obama last week backed off his promise (threat?) to "do something" about immigration reform by the end of the summer if Congress failed to send him a bill addressing the issue. He needs more time, we're told. It's a dumb and uneventful conclusion to a dumb, uneventful summer in Washington politics. Obama's promise to rewrite America's immigration law through a mixture of executive fiat and a kind of officious neglect may have been...
  • Boehner: Obama Could Get Immigration Reform 'Next Year'

    09/02/2014 6:32:29 PM PDT · by maggief · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 2, 2014
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that President Barack Obama should “continue to follow the law” in order to help “create an environment where you could do immigration reform in a responsible way next year” on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”
  • Malkin: Deport the Tsarnaev Sisters

    09/02/2014 6:17:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 3, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The Sisters Tsarnaev have been nothing but trouble. Double, bubbling trouble. While their Boston Marathon bomber brother Dzhokhar awaits trial this month for the bloody 2012 attacks that killed three and injured hundreds, his elder Chechen immigrant siblings Ailina and Bella remain on the loose in the U.S. after their own frequent run-ins with the law. Last week, Ailina was arrested in Harlem after allegedly threatening "to blow up her live-in lover's baby mama," as the New York Post reported. Police charged Ailina, 23, with aggravated harassment and released her. Will the legal system learn? Ailina's time in America sends...
  • Missing Libyan Jetliners Raise Fears of Suicide Airliner Attacks on 9/11

    09/02/2014 2:08:21 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 102 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 2, 2014 | By Bill Gertz
    Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa. Intelligence reports of the stolen jetliners were distributed within the U.S. government over the past two weeks and included a warning that one or more of the aircraft could be used in an attack later this month on the date marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, said U.S. officials familiar with the reports. “There are a number...
  • Israel Might Be Forced To Destroy Hamas

    09/02/2014 5:51:51 PM PDT · by blueyon · 27 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 9/02/14 | Andrew Malcolm
    Mideast: For those hoping for a "breakthrough" in Mideast peace comes a disconcerting new poll showing the terrorist group Hamas gaining popularity among Palestinians. Sadly, their misery is self-inflicted. Among the victims of the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, it would seem, is any sign of Palestinian moderation. A new poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research shows 61% of both West Bank and Gaza Palestinians say they'd vote for the terrorist group Hamas' leader, Ismail Haniyeh, for president if elections were held today.
  • Obama to send approximately 350 additional military personnel to Iraq

    09/02/2014 5:50:31 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 2,2014
    <p>President Obama announced Tuesday he is sending approximately 350 additional military personnel to Iraq to protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and workers in Baghdad.</p> <p>The White House said in a press release that the personnel will not serve a combat role, and are fulfilling a request from the State Department for more protection as the country fights an insurgency from the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The White House said the additional personnel will be able to provide a “more robust, sustainable security force” and will allow previously deployed personnel to leave the country.</p>
  • Russia’s Leader Is Neither A Realist Nor A Nationalist

    09/02/2014 5:19:55 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | Tom Nichols
    Americans have been grasping to find explanations for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s serial aggressions in Europe. We keep searching for bumper stickers we can understand, so we gravitate to simple explanations like “geopolitics” or “nationalism,” not least because such notions promise solutions. (If it’s about geopolitics, cutting a deal with Putin will stop this; if it’s about nationalism, it’ll burn itself out when Putin has recaptured enough ethnic Russians around his borders.) And, of course, there’s always “realism.” In this month’s Foreign Affairs, John Mearsheimer argues the Russo-Ukraine war is basically the West’s fault. (We expanded NATO, we supported the...
  • For some cartels, human smuggling has taken priority over drugs ( Mexico )

    09/02/2014 5:36:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 29 August 2014 | ALFREDO CORCHADO
    With recent waves of Central Americans seeking to reach the U.S., human smuggling along the Texas border has, at least for the moment, become more lucrative than smuggling illicit drugs for criminal organizations such as the Gulf and Zetas cartels, according to two U.S. intelligence officials. U.S. agents tracking the money flow as part of the anti-smuggling Operation Coyote say that in just over six months, human smuggling has generated nearly $50 million, mostly in the area around the Mexican border city of Reynosa. The revenue has helped sustain the Gulf cartel during a bloody internal split, the officials said....
  • Blackwater legacy: a faint memory of Nisoor Square [Trial concluded today]

    09/02/2014 5:20:15 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    AP, via Stars & Stripes ^ | September 2, 2014 | PETE YOST
    The summer-long trial of four Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis has been a grim retelling of lives snuffed out and the daily life-and-death decisions amid the chaos of war. Wrapping up almost 6,200 miles from Baghdad, the trial is the best hope the survivors and the families of the victims have for accountability for the violence at Nisoor Square on Sept. 16, 2007, in which 14 people were killed. After 10 weeks of arguments and testimony, the case goes to the jury Tuesday.
  • Young European Converts Are Swelling the Ranks of Islamic State

    09/02/2014 5:07:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Sep. 2, 2014 | Anna Momigliano
    Flocking of foreigners to Syria and Iraq is unprecedented, expert tells Haaretz.The long arm of the brutal Islamic State organization is reaching into the European continent and further afield, drawing growing numbers of young disaffected citizens to its more-radical-than-al-Qaida ranks. Many of these foreigners, say European researchers, are young converts to Islam who are likely to fall prey to particularly extremist interpretations of the religion. At present, some European governments are tightening security measures to prevent possible terror attacks by the foreign-trained, French- and English-speaking jihadis, while local human rights groups warn against the possibly illegal arrest of minors. The...
  • Finland and Sweden to strengthen ties with Nato

    09/02/2014 4:27:46 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 7 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | 08/27/2014 | Associated Press in Helsinki/The Guardian
    Finland and Sweden plan to work more closely with Nato by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency situations, officials said on Wednesday. The move comes as Nato prepares for a summit next week in Wales amid heightened tensions with Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. Finland shares a 1,300km (800-mile) border with Russia. The Finnish government said the host nation support agreement applies to situations which include "disasters, disruptions and threats to security". It also enables joint training exercises and military cooperation. Finnish defence ministry senior adviser Mika Varvikko said Finland...
  • US Troops Are Heading To Ukraine

    09/02/2014 3:51:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 71 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 9-2-2014 | Tyler Durden
    While only 'humanitarian adviser' boots on the ground are present in Iraq (and Syria), Reuters reports that preparations are under way near Ukraine's western border for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies. As Obama told reporters last week, "that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming," it seems a little odd 'strategically' to go ahead with the Rapid Trident exercise Sept. 16-26 as a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member Ukraine, entailing the first significant deployment of U.S....
  • RUSSIA: "Murmansk fish factory" stop work because of the sanctions: threaten court action

    09/02/2014 3:16:33 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    "Murmansk rybokombinat", ostanovivšij the work of the sanctions threatened by the Government of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION Photo-služy NORTH-WESTERN CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION the federal Fisheries Agency MURMANSK, 2 September. One of the largest fish processing companies in Russia "Murmansk rybokombinat" stopped working due to the lack of good raw material under the sanctions and is preparing a lawsuit against the Russian Government. The ITAR-TASS NEWS AGENCY, citing the head of the enterprise Of the tooth. "The work is completely stopped because the supply of live fish from Norwegian vessels have been stopped because of the sanctions. We have already written to the...
  • Rand Paul: Let’s smash ISIS [What will Libertarians say now?]

    09/02/2014 3:12:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | AllahPundit
    A few days old but more timely than ever. Speaking to a ballroom later, some of the loudest applause for Paul came when he quipped: “If the president has no strategy, maybe it’s time for a new president.”In an emailed comment, however, Paul elaborated by saying: “If I were President, I would call a joint session of Congress. I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily.” John McCormack reminds us that Paul’s previous comment on ISIS was a lot more equivocal than that....
  • China 'has breached terms of Hong Kong handover'

    09/02/2014 2:59:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12:55PM BST 02 Sep 2014 | Malcolm Moore,
    Britain is helpless to stop China from backtracking on promises of free elections in Hong Kong, the head of the foreign affairs committee has said, as activists in the city seemed to lose steam in their battle for democracy. Sir Richard Ottaway spoke after Beijing set out surprisingly conservative terms for the election of Hong Kong's leader in 2017. While Hong Kongers will each get a vote, the nomination of candidates will be controlled by a 1,200-strong election committee filled by pro-Beijing figures. The agreement struck by the UK and Hong Kong during the handover in 1997 "did call for...
  • EU, U.S. Condemn State Land Designation

    09/02/2014 2:41:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/9/14 | Elad Benari
    Israel was again condemned on Tuesday over its decision to declare 4,000 dunams of land in Judea, mostly in Gush Etzion, as state land, with the European Union (EU) and the U.S. State Department being the latest ones to issue condemnations. "We condemn the new appropriation of land in the West Bank, relating to plans for further settlement expansion, announced by the Israeli government on Sunday,” said the EU in a statement. “Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to render the two-state solution impossible. The EU reiterates that it will not recognize any...
  • Terrorists rob all banks of Novoazovsk

    09/02/2014 2:40:28 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 43 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 13:58 02.09.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, September 2 /Ukrinform/. Pro-Russian terrorists seized Novoazovsk, robbed the bank branches and disrupted all social payments. Spokesman of the NSDC Information-Analytical Center Andriy Lysenko told a briefing. "In Novoazovsk, terrorists robbed the local bank branch. Due to this, social payments are suspended in the city, there is a shortage of food, the remains are sold at inflated prices," he said.
  • New Isis Video Purports to Show Beheading of Another US Journalist

    09/02/2014 2:29:38 PM PDT · by yldstrk · 24 replies
    CBS DC ^ | September 2, 2014 | CBS
    Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, “our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.” The footage — depicting what the U.S. said appeared to be a sickening act of brutality — was posted two weeks after the release of video showing the killing of James Foley and days after Sotloff’s mother pleaded for his life. Barak Barfi, a spokesman for the Sotloff family, said that the family had seen...
  • Rasmussen: 73% Worry About Obama’s Lack of Strategy for ISIS

    09/02/2014 2:12:19 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 2, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    Voters regard the radical Islamic terrorist group ISIS as a major threat to the United States and are very worried that President Obama doesn’t have a strategy for dealing with the problem. They remain reluctant to send U.S. troops back to Iraq to take on ISIS, but support is growing. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of Likely U.S. Voters consider the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) a serious threat to this country. Just 13% disagree, while another 20% are not sure. (To see survey questions wording, click here.) The president said last week...
  • Another U.S. doctor infected with Ebola in Liberia: missionary group

    09/02/2014 2:01:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | September 2, 2014,
    Serving In Mission said that another doctor from the United States was infected with Ebola while treating patients in the obstetrics ward of a hospital in the west African country. Meanwhile, Doctor Without Borders warned that the world is losing the battle against the deadly disease. ... The situation will likely worsen because restrictions on movement are preventing laborers from getting to farms and the harvest of rice and corn is set to begin in just a few weeks
  • Sweden raises military alert level due to Ukraine crisis

    09/02/2014 1:42:05 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:16pm EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Sweden put its top military staff on higher alert on Friday as a result of the situation in Ukraine, the armed forces said. It is already participating in international maneuvers in Finland, which borders Russia, and has moved its quick-response fighter jets to the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, off Sweden's southeast coast.
  • Ethnic Cleansing Occurring in Iraq, Amnesty International Charges (official report)

    09/02/2014 1:37:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    aleteia ^ | September 2, 2014 | JOHN BURGER
    It’s difficult to read Amnesty International’s report on ethnic cleansing in Iraq without imagining that you’re reading the script of a movie. Over and over, the report, issued today, relates accounts of men being taken out of their villages in pickup trucks, lined up in a deserted area, and shot. Often they were shot in the backs, many times at the edge of a “wadi” or a large hole in the ground, into which the bodies would tumble. Some were not gravely injured and feigned death so that they could escape—and tell the story. Enough Iraqis—Christians, Shia Muslims, Yazidis...
  • Feds Punish Business For Engaging In ‘Citizenship-Discrimination’

    09/02/2014 1:27:33 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 67 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 2, 2014 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    A Texas catering business will pay the United States $26,400 for engaging in “citizenship-discrimination,” as part of a settlement with the Justice Department announced Tuesday. Culinaire International unlawfully discriminated against employees based on their citizenship status, the Justice Department claimed, because it required non-citizen employees to provide extra proof of their right to work in the United States. Culinaire has agreed to pay the United States $20,460 in civil penalties, receive training in anti-discrimination rules of the Immigration and Nationality Act, revise its work eligibility verification process, and create a $40,000 back pay fund for “potential economic victims.”
  • President Says Estonia Wants Permanent NATO Bases

    09/02/2014 1:23:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | September 02, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    E stonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves says his country wants NATO to set up permanent bases on its territory to protect it against potential threats from Russia. Ilves said on September 2, "We should not have NATO with two-tier countries: with NATO permanent bases and without. This is the wrong signal to send to the potential aggressor." The Baltic countries in NATO - Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania - have grown increasingly concerned about potential threats from neighboring Russia as the crisis has escalated in Ukraine, where the West says Russia has sent troops and military equipment to help separatists fighting...
  • Heart Surgery Saved This Child From an ISIS Beheading

    09/02/2014 1:23:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    vocativ ^ | August 28, 2014 | Inna Lazareva
    Luck, timing and heart surgery helped a Yazidi father and his toddler son escape the ISIS massacre in Sinjar At just one year and five months old, little Abu Wissam has already cheated death twice. Born with congenital heart problems, he was lucky enough to get crucial heart surgery in Israel. And while the surgery was temporarily delayed, that in itself was a blessing. It meant that Abu and his father were far from home in August when ISIS militants came to slaughter their Yazidi neighbors and relatives in Sinjar, northern Iraq.Perched on his sonÂ’s hospital bed and watching him...
  • John Kerry: Let’s put together a coalition of the willing to defeat ISIS [Cites Bush 41 as model]

    09/02/2014 12:34:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, this sounds a bit like a strategy, does it not? John Kerry’s essay in the New York Times this weekend (in one of the more sleepy news cycles of the year) raises echoes from both Bush administrations in dealing with a clear threat to global security, and in fact explicitly cites the first Bush coalition to repel Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. That has its own irony, but we’ll get back to that in a moment. Kerry prefaces this call for a global coalition on the imminent and clear threat from ISIS, which Kerry argues exceeds that of any...
  • UKRAINE SPIRIT: Sept 1st at school #3 Chernigov-schoolgirl sang "Warriors of Light"

    09/02/2014 12:32:58 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    PRIDE & COURAGE, The first of September in the school #3, Chernigov - schoolgirl sang the hit Lâpěsa "warriors of light" at the solemn ruler Warrior of Light Lyrics We're standing on the edge of time We're riding to the stars And we never will surrender Lonely knights we are And we are flying into the open sky Gliding to the stars We are standing strong together But still they seem so far And we're diving into eternity Facing destiny And we are flying away eternally Forever riding free Hands up high Oh warriors of light And carry on a...
  • British troops set to head for war-torn Ukraine

    09/02/2014 12:31:59 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Express ^ | Tue, September 2, 2014 | Express
    A platoon of about 30 men may take part in an annual US-Ukraine exercise involving hundreds of troops around Lviv near the Polish border. Reserves minister Julian ­Brazier made the announcement while visiting a 120-strong group from the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment taking part in a Nato exercise in Poland. It is one of a series of exercises in eastern Europe designed to reassure Nato member states and to deter Russian aggression.
  • Rotherham abuse whistleblower reportedly ‘booked on diversity course’ after raising concerns

    09/02/2014 12:27:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | september 1, 2014
    As Twitchy reported yesterday, more than 1,400 children were abused in the British town of Rotherham, with a 153-report noting that “the girl victims were white, and their abusers Pakistani.” Forbes contributor Roger Scruton blamed political correctness for the lack of action, writing that “police forces lean over backwards to avoid the accusation of racism, while social workers will hesitate to intervene in any case in which they could be accused of discriminating against ethnic minorities. Matters are made worse by the rise of militant Islam, which has added to the old crime of racism the new crime of ‘Islamophobia’....
  • Arming Ukraine could lead to nuclear war: Lech Walesa

    09/02/2014 12:25:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    France24 ^ | 9-2-2014 | AFP
    European military assistance to Ukraine could lead to a nuclear conflict between Russia and NATO, according to Poland's iconic cold warrior and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa. "It could lead to a nuclear war," the anti-Communist legend told reporters when asked whether the EU should send weapons to Ukraine to help it fights off separatist rebels and Russian aggression.
  • Live Event: Pentagon briefing

    09/02/2014 11:35:00 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | live | Reuters
    Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby holds his daily briefing, which is expected to include a range of topics including Iraq, Somalia and possibly Steven Sotloff.
  • Video: Parents of fallen SEAL demand Obama resignation

    09/02/2014 11:26:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Tough words from Billy and Karen Vaughn, whose only son Aaron gave his life in a 2011 crash of a SEAL Team Six Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan, perhaps in the shootdown shortly after the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. For years, Barack Obama relied on the success of the bin Laden mission to make the argument that he could lead the nation in war. Now the Vaughns accuse Obama of “a cowardly lack of leadership,” and demand his resignation over the administration’s failure to stop ISIS when it had opportunities to do so: On Monday, the Vaughns wrote...
  • Lost in America: Visa Program Struggles to Track Missing Foreign Students

    09/02/2014 11:13:25 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 2, 2014 | BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW MOSK
    Lost in America: Visa Program Struggles to Track Missing Foreign Students Sep 2, 2014 By BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW MOSK Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished -- exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. "My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything," said Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators. "Some of them could be here to do us harm." Homeland...
  • Steven Sotloff 'beheaded by Islamic State' - latest

    09/02/2014 10:54:59 AM PDT · by boycott · 123 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02 Sep 2014 | Barney Henderson
    Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) release video apparently showing beheading of US hostage, Steven Sotloff ---- David Cameron has said: "I've just seen the news. It's an absolutely disgusting and despicable act and I will be making a statement later."
  • Iraq Crisis: Kurdish Peshmerga Commander Claims Amerli Recaptured From 'Drugged Up' Jihadis

    09/02/2014 10:14:27 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    IBT ^ | September 2, 2014 17:43 BST | Jack Moore
    <p>A Kurdish peshmerga commander has claimed that his forces retook the besieged town of Amerli in northern Iraq from Isis (now known as the Islamic State) militants who were "high on drugs".</p> <p>Last week, Kurdish peshmerga Iraqi forces and Shia militias recaptured the Turkmen town of Amerli after it fell into the hands of IS for two months.</p>
  • "Reunification with Spain Movement" Established in Puerto Rico

    09/02/2014 10:13:23 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 57 replies
    (English-language translation) San Juan, Sept. 1 - Starting today, the Puerto Rico Reunification with Spain Movement (MRE) is an officially-constituted group after its first assembly was attended by less than 40 people whose common interest is to make the Caribbean island a Spanish province. "Reunificationists, 116 years ago, the Spanish province of Puerto Rico was invaded and militarily occupied by the United States, causing the separation from the mother country Spain against its will," said José Nieves, the driving force behind this initiative, during the assembly held on Sunday during the long weekend in Puerto Rico and the United States...
  • Lady Gaga’s Israel Message Sparks Arab Reactions

    09/02/2014 10:08:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 2 September 2014
    A video released by Lady Gaga in which she greets her Israel fans with a “Shalom” has provoked mixed responses from Arab fans and social medial users. "Shalom, Israel," the pop superstar said in the brief greeting. "I'm so excited to perform my new tour in Tel Aviv," she added in reference to her concert scheduled for Sept. 13 THe short video message has gone viral online, with many Arab users labeling her as “disgusting” and devilish” and having “no sensitivities” amid the recent Israeli offensive on Gaza which resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 Palestinians and more...
  • Putin: ‘I Can Take Kiev in Two Weeks’

    09/02/2014 9:37:14 AM PDT · by lbryce · 69 replies
    AP via Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 2, 2014 | Staff
    Make Sure You Get To See This Image at The LinkVladimir Putin leads the Night Wolves biker group / APRussian President Vladimir Putin sent the warning to Europe that if he wants to, he can “take Kiev in two weeks.” The Telegraph reports: The Russian president reportedly made the threat to the European Commission president during talks on the Ukraine crisis. Mr Putin told Jose Manuel Barroso: “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks,” Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper reported, implying this could be the result if the EU stepped up sanctions against Russia.
  • If You Are Not Using the Presidency, Do You Mind If We Borrow It?

    09/02/2014 9:36:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 09/02/2014 | Robert Tracinski
    President Lincoln once said to an over-cautious general, “If you are not using the army, I should like to borrow it for a short while.” After Obama’s latest press conference, I think we might need to say, to our disengaged, apathetic commander-in-chief: if you’re not using the presidency, would you mind if we borrowed it? When asked what he intended to do about the biggest foreign policy crisis of the moment, the rise of the “Islamic State” (also known as ISIS or ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, here is what the commander-in-chief had to say. "I don’t want to put...
  • Fox News: Obama was briefed for more than a year on ISIS as serious threat

    09/02/2014 9:32:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    <p>A former Pentagon official confirms to Fox News that detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of ISIS was included in the PDB, or the President’s Daily Brief, for at least a year before the group took large swaths of territory beginning in June.</p>
  • Great news: Homeland Security can’t find 6,000 foreign nationals in US

    09/02/2014 9:30:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier, I noted that the UK at least had begun planning to deal with its hundreds of citizens who went to fight for ISIS while the US and other similarly-situated Western countries have mostly wrung their hands over the issue. The US has a potentially bigger issue, though, in dealing with foreign nationals studying here legally. ABC News reports that the Department of Homeland Security can’t find more than 6,000 people living here on student visas — which sounds awfully familiar:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign...
  • Ukraine dispatch: Burnt out tanks and ashes of APCs on journey through no-man's land

    09/02/2014 8:48:04 AM PDT · by FBD · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1:00PM BST 02 Sep 2014 | Roland Oliphant
    In the corridors of no-mans land between the advancing and retreating armies, writes Roland Oliphant, the evidence of a desperate, panicked, rapid retreat can be found everywhere...
  • Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? [GERMAN SF ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ]

    09/02/2014 8:46:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 35 replies
    Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? The Pentagon is denying that U.S. troops are fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraq—but eyewitness accounts and Kurdish officials tell a different story. ZUMAR, Iraq — The role of American Special Operations Forces in Iraq has remained hidden even while the U.S. air war expands. As momentum against ISIS picks up, they may be emerging from the shadows. In a pitched battle on Monday, Kurdish Peshmerga, backed by American airpower and what appeared to be U.S. troops, struck at ISIS positions in the strategic crossroads of Zumar.Scenes from...
  • Why These Powerful French Assault Ships Might End Up In Putin's Hands

    09/02/2014 8:04:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | August 31, 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    We have heard a lot about 'tough sanctions' on Russia following its invasion of Crimea, shoot down of an airliner full of Europeans, and the continued shadow war in Eastern Ukraine, yet apparently it's fine to sell him this 21k ton French-built amphibious assault ship. Bad move. Under a $1.7B contract between Russia and France, France would build the Russian Navy a pair of Mistral Class amphibious assault ships, after which Russia would build follow-on units under license in St. Petersburg. Russia has a least two additional ships planned. Part of the Mistral Class deal provides Russia with a quartet...
  • Slovakia creeps closer to Gripen agreement

    09/02/2014 8:01:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | BETH STEVENSON
    The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden have signed a letter of intent agreeing to co-operate on using the Saab Gripen fighter – paving the way for a potential Slovakian acquisition of the aircraft. “Today's signing will lay the foundation for bilateral co-operation around a common airspace surveillance of Slovakia and the Czech Republic,” a translation of a statement from the Swedish defence ministry on 30 August said. Slovakia is looking to replace its RAC MiG-29s in the next couple of years. Slovak defence minister Martin Glváč has reportedly told local media outlets on several occasions that the Gripen is the...
  • Source: Obama given detailed intelligence about rise of ISIS for a year

    09/02/2014 7:46:46 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 64 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | September 2, 2014 | Catherine Herridge
    President Obama was given detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of the Islamic State as part of his daily briefing for at least a year before the group seized large swaths of territory over the summer, a former Pentagon official told Fox News. The official -- who asked not to be identified because the President's Daily Brief is considered the most authoritative, classified intelligence community product analyzing sensitive international events for the president -- said the data was strong and "granular" in detail. The source said a policymaker "could not come away with any other impression: This is getting...