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  • Finland and Sweden lay groundwork for crisis co-operation

    03/05/2015 2:22:42 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Helsinki Times ^ | 18 Feb. 2015 | Elina Kervinen, Kari Huhta
    The Finnish Defence Forces and the Swedish Armed Forces have proposed that Finland and Sweden expand the scope of their military co-operation to include crises and conflicts. The proposal would lay the groundwork for a possible defence pact or military alliance if the necessary political will is forthcoming, Carl Haglund (SFP), the Minister of Defence, estimated in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat on Tuesday.
  • Propeller found off Sweden may belong to lost WW2 bomber

    03/05/2015 2:12:12 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Mar. 04 2015 | Gavino Garay / Reuters
    [Video] Divers have found a plane wreck off the coast of southern Sweden believed to be the remains of an American B17 bomber that crashed into the sea in 1944 with the loss of nine airmen. Gavino Garay reports.
  • Putin's Way

    03/05/2015 1:51:03 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    WGBH / PBS ^ | Jan. 13, 2015 | Frontline / PBS
    (54:10) FRONTLINE investigates the accusations surrounding Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia.
  • Report: Iran’s Supreme Leader Hospitalized in Critical Condition

    03/04/2015 10:48:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    INN ^ | 3/5/2015, 7:27 AM | Ari Yashar
    Just in time for Purim, the Jewish holiday celebrating the redemption of the Jewish people from plots of genocide in ancient Persia, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was reportedly hospitalized in critical condition on Wednesday. According to Arab media reports cited by Israel Hayom, Khamenei was urgently brought to a hospital in Tehran after several of his bodily systems had already failed. The reports add that the 76-year-old supreme leader of the Islamic regime has undergone surgery and remains in critical condition. Recently it has been reported that he was suffering from prostate cancer which had spread to additional...
  • Family Court Exploited in Immigration Cases in Queens, Insiders Charge (NYC)

    03/04/2015 10:41:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    WNBC, Channel 4, New York ^ | Updated at 7:07 PM EST on Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 | Melissa Russo, Evan Stulberger and Fred Mamoun
    A federal law intended to protect abused child victims of sex trafficking is being exploited as a shortcut to legal immigration status, Queens Family Court insiders charge. Court insiders tell the I-Team that over the last year, hundreds of young men from the same part of India are all telling similar stories in order to get special access to green cards. Judges say they have no way of verifying their tales. “In my opinion, the process is faulty,” said Queens Family Court Judge John Hunt. Hunt tells the I-Team it is virtually impossible to verify the facts needed to know...
  • How One Man Wants to Free North Korea With USB Drives and Pirated Movies

    North Korea is a quietly desolate otherworld, at least as far as we outsiders can tell from the bits and pieces of untouched, unpropagandized media that occasionally leak out. The key to freeing it? It could be sneaking American media in. Wired talked to one of the men who does it, and his story is fascinating.
  • Russian Fighter Jets Practice Attacking NATO Ships

    03/04/2015 9:33:31 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Conservative Read ^ | 2015-03-04 | Chris
    Tensions over Ukraine continue to build despite ceasefire. Russian fighter jets are practicing attacking NATO ships in the Black Sea in another dramatic sign that tensions over Ukraine continue to build despite a fragile ceasefire agreed last month. “Russia’s newest Su-30 fighter jets and Su-24 attack bombers are using two NATO ships in the Black Sea to practice penetrating anti-air systems,” reports Sputnik, citing a source at the Sevastopol naval base. Asserting that the NATO ships are conducting drills based around “repelling air attacks,” Moscow is taking the opportunity to practice “maneuvering and conducting aerial reconnaissance” outside the range of...
  • Hillary Clinton Posts Statement on Emails

    03/04/2015 8:55:03 PM PST · by kristinn · 64 replies
    Twitter ^ | 11:35 p.m. EST Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Hillary Clinton
    I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.
  • Iran Foreign Minister: We Believe We Are 'Very Close' to Nuke Deal

    03/04/2015 8:37:17 PM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    NBCNews ^ | March 04, 2015
    Iran Foreign Minister: We Believe We Are 'Very Close' to Nuke Deal GENEVA — Iran has no intention of building a nuclear weapon, and the sooner the world recognizes that, the sooner there will be a deal aimed at curbing its nuclear capabilities in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told NBC News. "Iran is not about building nuclear weapons," Zarif said in an exclusive interview with Ann Curry Wednesday. "We don't want to build nuclear weapons, we don't believe nuclear weapons bring security to anybody, certainly not to us." Zarif said his...
  • Iranian-backed Shiite militias lead Iraq’s fight to retake Tikrit

    03/04/2015 6:25:32 PM PST · by BeauBo · 32 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 4 March 2015 | Caleb Weiss and Bill Roggio
    The Iraqi Security Forces, supported by several Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters, have launched an offensive to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State... Massive columns of Shiite militas, including some groups that are listed by the US as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, have been leading the fight in Tikrit. The operation, which involves more than thirty thousand Iraqi security personnel and militia forces, started on the morning of March 2. According to Al Jazeera, Iraqi forces and allied militias attacked the city from three sides while Iraqi aviation launched an aerial bombardment.
  • White House to Netanyahu: You created the crisis, you fix it (Zero wants Israeli Ambassador fired)

    03/04/2015 6:09:56 PM PST · by Dave346 · 41 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Mar. 5, 2015 | 1:20 AM | By Barak Ravid
    Though the administration won't say so directly, U.S. officials hint replacing Ambassador Ron Dermer is key to mending ties. Senior U.S. officials made clear after the speech that the White House sees Netanyahu as the one who created the current crisis, and so if he is reelected, the responsibility for repairing the breach will be his. “We are not the ones who created this crisis,” said a senior administration official. “President Obama has another two years in office and we wish to go back to a reality where you can work together despite the differences. The prime minister of Israel...
  • Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer Discusses Netanyahu's Speech [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] (15 minutes)

    03/04/2015 6:00:23 PM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | K2 radio
    Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer called K2 Radio to discuss Netanyahu's recent speech with Brian Scott
  • Is Violence a Core Teaching in Islam?

    03/04/2015 5:30:32 PM PST · by LSUfan · 35 replies
    Understandingthethreat.com ^ | 20 January 15 | John Gunadolo
    If the recent events of the past 14 years have not brought clarity to understanding the core teachings of Islam are the sole reason the West is facing the warfare we are from so many different directions, then you may be incapable of reasonable and rational thought. Since two Muslims killed a dozen people at the media outlet Charlie Hebdo in France, Muslims all over the world are holding massive protests. For the victims? No. They are protesting their “outrage” over the cartoons. In a sane society, a group of people who barbarically brutalize decent society would not be able...
  • US ambassador attacked in Seoul

    03/04/2015 4:55:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed on his face and arm by a blade-wielding assailant shouting anti-war slogans in an attack in Seoul Thursday, police and television reports said. The United States strongly condemned the "act of violence"
  • (Maryland) Lawmaker Proposes Lower Military Drinking Age

    03/04/2015 4:40:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | March 3, 2015 | Melita Kiely
    Lawmaker proposes lower military drinking age • A Maryland senator has proposed a new bill to allow 18-year-old members of the US military to drink alcohol, despite the legal drinking age in the country being 21. Senator Ron Young, D-Frederick proposed a reduction in the legal drinking age for military members to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee on Friday. The bill would permit service members under the age of 21 to drink beer and wine at a bar or restaurant by showing valid military identification, however spirits and off-premise purchases would still be prohibited. “Is someone can...
  • Germans happy with being EU top dogs (happy with Berlin ruling the EU)

    03/04/2015 4:31:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 03 Mar 2015 11:38 GMT+01:00 | Tom Barfield
    Germans are more supportive of how the EU is run than any other member state, but experts tell The Local that may only last as long as the economic good times. Among Germans, 69 percent told Gallup pollsters that they “approve” of the EU leadership's job performance in 2014. That was well above the average approval rating of 49 percent across all member states, while just three other countries—Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg—topped 60 percent approval. “[The results] might be an indication that some Germans now start to identify leadership within the European Union with their own government and with the...
  • Red Crescent over Hollywood

    03/04/2015 4:31:34 PM PST · by LSUfan · 1 replies
    Religious Freedom Coalition ^ | 4 March 15 | Andrew Harrod, PhD.
    America’s Enemies Influence Entertainment “We are primarily in a war of ideas…between freedom and tyranny,” declared attorney and anti-Islamism activist Deborah Weiss on February 24 before an audience of about 20 at Washington, DC’s National Press Club. Focusing on Hollywood’s media industry as a key “agent for social change” and “information dominance,” Weiss and other panelists examined the dangerous sociopolitical influences of America’s past and present Marxist and Muslim enemies. Cliff Kincaid, president of event host America’s Survival, Inc., opened the panel by discussing “Hollywood’s anti-American bent,” often under leftist influences. This had a long tradition, historian Allan Ryskind later...
  • Fox News Poll: 65 percent say use force to stop Iran, 84 percent call possible deal 'bad idea'

    03/04/2015 3:55:04 PM PST · by upchuck · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 4, 2015 | Dana Blanton
    Americans fear disaster if Iran gets nuclear weapons -- and support military force to stop it. According to a new Fox News poll, voters feel: - It would be “a disaster” if Iran obtains the capability to use nuclear weapons. - The U.S. has not been aggressive enough in stopping Iran from getting nukes. - U.S. military action is the right thing to do to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. - A deal that just delays Iran’s nuclear time-table is a bad idea. - Barack Obama is a weak negotiator with foreign leaders. - It was a good...
  • Bush, Cheney banned from Venezuela

    03/04/2015 3:42:29 PM PST · by PROCON · 35 replies
    USATODAY | Mar. 4, 2015 | Girish Gupta
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  • U.S. Envoy to Seoul Lippert Injured in Attack by Armed Assailant

    03/04/2015 3:18:41 PM PST · by kristinn · 45 replies
    Yonhap ^ | (Thursday), March 5, 2015
    U.S. envoy to Seoul Mark Lippert was seriously injured Thursday morning after being attacked by an armed assailant, official sources said. The envoy was on his way to attend a morning lecture in central Seoul when the attack took place. Lippert, bleeding heavily, was rushed to a nearby hospital, the sources said, adding that the suspect was immediately arrested although his or her identity is still not known.Image source
  • Full Interview With Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (NBC interviews Zarif)

    03/04/2015 3:10:52 PM PST · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2 hours ago
    ZARIF: Well-- Mr. Netanyahu has been-- proclaiming, predicting that Iran will have a nuclear weapon with-- within two, three, four years, since 1992. He has been on the record time and again that Iran will build a nuclear weapon within two years-- since, as I said, 1992. In 2012, he went before the General Assembly and said, "Iran will have a nuclear weapon within one year." It seems that he wants to stick to his one year-- forever. Iran is not about building nuclear weapon. We don't wanna build nuclear weapons. We don't believe that nuclear weapons bring security to...
  • Iran reacts harshly to Netanyahu speech (threatens to put Israel in 'wheelchair')

    03/04/2015 3:04:04 PM PST · by Dave346 · 34 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/04/2015 20:43 | By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Parliament speaker Ali Larijani warns that if Israel dares attack Iran with US congressional support, the Americans should expect to see “Israel in a wheelchair.” An Iranian reaction to the speech of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the US Congress was not long in coming, with numerous harsh criticism leveled at the speech and Israel. “The only one who is angry and upset about the course of negotiations is an occupying regime that sees its survival in war and invasion,” said President Hassan Rouhani in reference to Netanyahu’s speech in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Iran’s Mehr News reported. “People...
  • Clinton Foundation Gala Comes at Tough Time (Hillary's Wall St party tonight)

    03/04/2015 2:58:13 PM PST · by kristinn · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Gabriel Debenedetti
    With its star-studded cast of attendees, its plush setting at the famed Cipriani Wall Street, and its strict no-media rules, the Clinton Foundation’s annual gala could hardly be coming at a worse moment for Hillary Clinton before she launches her all-but-certain presidential campaign. The presumptive Democratic presidential frontrunner is set to attend the Wednesday night fundraising event amid controversies about her use of a personal email address as secretary of state and the foundation’s own fundraising practices and oversight. Clinton did not address either matter in a widely anticipated speech in Washington on Tuesday night. And as the foundation’s high-profile...
  • Was The Gang Member Who Murdered Former ‘America’s Top Model’ Contestant An Obama DREAMer?

    03/04/2015 2:51:02 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Chuck Ross
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a letter on Friday to DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson questioning whether the suspected killer of Mirjana Puhar, a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model,” was an illegal immigrant who applied for amnesty under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, a 19-year-old reputed gang member, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Puhar, also 19, and three others in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this week.
  • US State Department Slams Netanyahu's 'Magic Formula' (Marie Harf says Bibi in 'fantasy world')

    03/04/2015 1:48:06 PM PST · by Dave346 · 50 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/4/2015, 4:18 PM | Ari Yashar
    Harf condemns Congress address 'fantasy world,' dismisses 'scary hypotheticals' - like an Iranian nuclear arsenal in weeks. Calling Netanyahu's talk of a better deal "hypothetical" and "rhetoric," she added "anyone who tells you there’s a magic formula that they have in their head that we don’t have is just not looking at the situation realistically." "We need to be very clear about what we’re trying to achieve and what the alternatives look like, not in a fantasy world, not in a world without specifics, but in the real world. And that’s what we’re doing," she claimed Harf was asked about...
  • State Dept. Nitpicks Netanyahu speech (Jen Psaki defends Iran having 190,000 centrifuges)

    03/04/2015 1:37:27 PM PST · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 7 hours ago | Cheryl Chumley
    The U.S. State Department hunkered into defense mode after Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional speech, saying in an early Wednesday statement that the Israeli prime minister misrepresented one of his claims that painted Secretary John Kerry in a poor light. Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the State Department, referred to the website FactCheck.org to make her point that Netanyahu’s remarks about Iran going nuclear actually “misrepresented what Kerry had said’ during the secretary’s House Foreign Affairs Committee testimony on Feb. 25, Fox News reported. In his speech, Netanyahu said Kerry told Congress Iran could “legitimately possess” up to 190,000 centrifuges used to enrich...
  • Kinder Morgan proposal to bore through Burnaby Mountain prompts protests

    03/04/2015 1:24:00 PM PST · by shove_it · 14 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | 4 Mar 2015 | Carl Surran
    Kinder Morgan (KMI -0.6%) wants to drill through Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia to reach an oil-loading ship terminal, but WSJ reports that it is facing more challenges than the mountain itself, as it also is battling resistance from Vancouver officials and protestors opposed to fossil fuel development. Burnaby Mountain has become a symbolic battlefield in a much larger debate about energy resources in North America, opponents and supporters of the pipeline plan say. Canadian oil producers are counting on KMI’s $4.3B proposal to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which connects Alberta’s oil sands to a...
  • Hate campaign has made PM stronger (Australia's conservative Prime Minister, Tony Abbott)

    03/04/2015 1:23:51 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 5th March 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    HOW I’ve laughed. The howling pack of journalists trying to destroy Tony Abbott may have left him stronger. There are many reasons why the Prime Minister is making a stunning recovery in some polls. ..... And it’s working. First came a Newspoll showing Abbott more than halving Labor’s lead. Then came Monday’s IPSOS poll that (exaggeratedly) claimed the Liberals were now only a whisker behind, 49 per cent to 51. But there is one factor in Abbott’s recovery that media hasn’t yet admitted: Abbott’s media haters finally went too far and made him an underdog. They made it too obvious...
  • Ireland one of least Muslim-friendly countries – report

    03/04/2015 1:20:41 PM PST · by Murtyo · 49 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 3.4.2015 | Conor Pope
    Ireland is considered to be one of the least friendly places for Muslims to visit, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index, which has just been published.
  • Clinton’s E-Mail System Built For Privacy Though Not Security

    03/04/2015 1:11:23 PM PST · by kristinn · 14 replies
    Bloomberg Business | Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Michael A. Riley, Jordan Robertson and Chris Strohm
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  • AP INTERVIEW: Reid Wants Congress to Delay Iran Legislation (Here we go again!)

    03/04/2015 12:53:47 PM PST · by Dave346 · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 4, 2015, 2:43 PM ET | ERICA WERNER
    Key Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Harry Reid announced their opposition Wednesday to fast action on a bill giving Congress final say on any nuclear deal with Iran. The development appeared likely to upend GOP plans to move swiftly on the bill following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Tuesday speech to Congress in which he railed against the emerging agreement. "I think we are better off on things relating to the Iran deal to wait until we see if there can be something negotiated," Reid said in an interview with The Associated Press. "And if there is something negotiated...
  • Iran Is Beating America to the Punch in Iraq

    03/04/2015 11:54:47 AM PST · by keat · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | March 4, 2015, 2:17 PM | Joshua Keating
    For the past few days, Iraqi military forces and Shiite militias have been fighting to encircle the Iraqi city of Tikrit in a bid to drive out ISIS forces. But in contrast to other recent offensives, they are supported not by U.S. airstrikes but by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. According to some reports, Qassem Soleimani, the mysterious commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ international operations, is on the ground coordinating the attack. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is backtracking on its recent surprise announcement of a U.S.-supported Iraqi and Kurdish offensive to retake Mosul this spring. After Iraqi officials expressed irritation at...
  • Did the Administration Lie about Obama's Immigration Action? (to court)

    03/04/2015 11:47:07 AM PST · by kristinn · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Byron York
    When President Obama announced his sweeping unilateral executive action on immigration last November, administration officials stressed that the new edict would not take effect immediately. One part of the president's action — changes to DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, to extend the period in which illegal immigrants are protected from deportation to three years from its present two years, and also to extend work permits for the same time — was scheduled to go into effect Feb. 18, 2015, three months after the president's announcement. The other part of the president's action — the newly-created DAPA, or Deferred...
  • Britain Bans Ad Saying Jerusalem’s Old City is Part of Israel

    03/04/2015 11:32:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    INN ^ | 3/4/2015, 4:42 AM | Ben Ariel
    Britain’s advertising watchdog has banned an Israeli government tourism advert for suggesting that the Old City of Jerusalem was part of Israel, AFP reported. The newspaper brochure showed a panorama of the walled Old City with the text “Israel has it all”, and was ruled misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which said it implied the UNESCO World Heritage Site was part of Israel. The international community regards the Old City as “occupied Palestinian territory” and has never recognized Israel’s annexation of parts of Jerusalem it liberated during the Six Day War. Following a complaint, the ASA ruled the...
  • Kerry says demanding Iran's 'capitulation' is no way to secure nuclear deal (stands with Iran)

    03/04/2015 11:11:20 AM PST · by Dave346 · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Mar 4, 2015 1:05pm EST | Arshad Mohammed
    MONTREUX, Switzerland - Simply demanding Iran's capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kerry said he and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawad Zarif made some progress in their negotiations in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux and would resume them on March 15. Kerry aides said many obstacles remained before a late March deadline for an outline accord between Iran and six world powers. "There are still significant...
  • Report: ISIS Plans to Seize Libya, Flood Europe With Jihadists

    03/04/2015 10:54:13 AM PST · by EBH · 36 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 2/19/2015 | Joel Himelfarb
    The ISIS terror group is planning to take over Libya and use it as a gateway to wage war across almost all of southern Europe, the London Telegraph reported. A document written by an Islamic State (ISIS) operative in Libya says that the group plans to flood Libya with fighters from Iraq and Syria, and have them sail across the Mediterranean Sea pretending to be refugees on human trafficking vessels. They would then target European cities and try to stage attacks on maritime shipping, according to the Quilliam Foundation, a British anti-radicalization group which said it had seen the document....
  • Sources: More than a dozen ISIS operatives in Libya, but no US authority to strike

    03/04/2015 10:48:58 AM PST · by EBH · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/3/2015 | Catherine Herridge
    More than a dozen Islamic State fighters from Iraq and Syria -- some with direct ties to the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- are now in Libya working on behalf of the terror group, according to U.S. and European sources. And the U.S. has no authority to take them out. The fighters are in addition to dozens of ISIS sympathizers in the country. The situation is raising fresh security concerns, as the U.S. and its allies struggle to keep tabs on the many arms of the ever-expanding ISIS network. One source, who is not authorized to speak on the...
  • ISIS Fighters Take Over Major Libyan Oilfields

    03/04/2015 10:46:06 AM PST · by EBH · 38 replies
    Time.com ^ | 3/4/2015 | Jared Malsin
    Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) took over at least two oilfields in Libya and attacked another on Tuesday, according to oil and government sources. Mashallah al-Zewi, the oil minister in the Tripoli-based government said ISIS attacked the Dhahra oilfield, before retreating. He told AP on Wednesday that the militants swept down from the central city of Sirte and attacked Dhahra oil field to the south, trading fire with guards and blowing up residential and administrative buildings before eventually retreating. Colonel Ali al-Hassi, a spokesman for Libyan oil industry security told the BBC said the...
  • Iranian-backed Shiite militias lead Iraq’s fight to retake Tikrit

    03/04/2015 10:30:06 AM PST · by mojito · 4 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | 3/4/2015 | Caleb Weiss and Bill Roggio
    The Iraqi Security Forces, supported by several Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters, have launched an offensive to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State, which has held the central Iraqi city since June 2014. Massive columns of Shiite militas, including some groups that are listed by the US as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, have been leading the fight in Tikrit. The operation, which involves more than thirty thousand Iraqi security personnel and militia forces, started on the morning of March 2. According to Al Jazeera, Iraqi forces and allied militias attacked the city from three sides while Iraqi aviation launched...
  • ISIS LOSES CONTROL OF OVER 20 SYRIAN VILLAGES TO KURDS–AND ASSAD

    03/04/2015 10:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/04/2015 | John Hayward
    File this report from The Daily Star of Lebanon under the category of “Yay … I Guess,” or perhaps “Two and a Half Cheers.” It’s good news that Islamic State (ISIS) forces have been pushed out of over 20 Syrian villages. The bad news is that Bashar al-Assad’s regime did most of the pushing, with an assist from Kurdish militia units. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which does not approve of most of what it observes the Assad regime doing, said that “after three days of clashes, regime forces bolstered by fighters from Arab tribes had...
  • Israeli Opposition Leader’s Speech Cut Off on TV as ‘Elections Propaganda’

    03/04/2015 10:16:23 AM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | March 4, 2015 11:55 am
    A speech by Zionist Union alliance head and Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog was cut off in the middle of a broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 television network due to concern that Herzog’s remarks constituted elections propaganda. “There’s no doubt Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks well, but let’s admit the truth: the speech we heard, impressive as it might have been, did not stop the Iranian nuclear program,” Herzog said on the Tuesday night broadcast regarding Netanyahu’s address to Congress, according to Israel Hayom. “It also won’t affect the deal being put together, either in terms of content or timetable. The...
  • Defense secretary: ‘Mistake’ to have ‘blurted out’ Mosul offensive plans

    03/04/2015 9:40:31 AM PST · by McGruff · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 04, 2015
    The new leader of America's military admitted it was a "mistake" for an officer to have "blurted out" plans for an Iraqi-led ground offensive in Mosul during a recent media briefing. That highly unusual briefing, in which an officer revealed the U.S. wanted the Iraqis to launch the offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State in April or May, raised concerns over the level of detail provided -- and also was criticized as giving inaccurate information.
  • Did Netanyahu change some minds? Democrats slammed the Israeli leader's address

    03/04/2015 8:45:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    KIFI-TV / CNN ^ | March 4, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left a partisan Congress roiling in the wake of his controversial speech on Tuesday, with Republicans and Democrats largely split on how the dramatic address was received. Progressive Democrats slammed the Israeli leader's address and Republicans felt vindicated and emboldened by a speech that brought nearly every member of Congress to their feet and drew whoops of approval from a packed gallery. Netanyahu sought to rally members of Congress and public opinion against the pending Iran nuclear deal under negotiation, but his hawkish rhetoric and break from diplomatic protocol rankled some Democrats. Others, though, suggested...
  • The Betrayal Papers (Part III): Obama and Muslim Brotherhood Conspire to Destroy America from Within

    03/04/2015 8:43:36 AM PST · by Randall_S · 2 replies
    Joe Miller ^ | March 4, 2015 | Coalition of Concerned Citizens
    The Betrayal Papers Part I – Under Obama: U.S. Captured by the Muslim Brotherhood, presented a picture of a conspiracy that is manipulating the American government. Part II – In Plain Sight: A National Security “Smoking Gun” named several people in the Obama administration who have documented associations to Muslim Brotherhood front groups and the State of Qatar. This article will explore the deliberate strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Obama administration to cripple the middle class and to steer the American economy, as well as identify, to the extent possible, their role in many Obama scandals. Introduction What...
  • Saudi Columnist: Netanyahu Is Right To Insist On Addressing Congress About Iran Deal

    03/04/2015 8:10:43 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 11 replies
    "I will conclude by saying the following: Since Obama is the godfather of the prefabricated revolutions in the Arab world, and since he is the ally of political Islam, [which is] the caring mother of [all] the terrorist organizations, and since he is working to sign an agreement with Iran that will come at the expense of the U.S.'s longtime allies in the Gulf, I am very glad of Netanyahu's firm stance and [his decision] to speak against the nuclear agreement at the American Congress despite the Obama administration's anger and fury. I believe that Netanyahu's conduct will serve our...
  • Putin's War Has Come to the Pews

    Putin's War Has Come to the PewsThe Ukraine crisis is exacerbating tensions among Orthodox Christians. A matter of national identity By Hannah Gais March 4, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. EST One year on, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war is threatening to further fracture Orthodoxy in Ukraine. While Orthodoxy has played a role in Ukraine-Russia relations long before the 2013 to 2014 Euromaidan protests and the subsequent conflict in eastern Ukraine, a decades-long divide has found renewed prominence in the past year. From churches being used to store weapons for the rebels to calls from pro-Ukrainian church leadership to send weapons...
  • State Dept tweets speech by Muslim cleric who blames Mideast unrest on “world Zionism”

    03/04/2015 7:23:14 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | March 4, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    The people at State who are responsible for this probably didn’t see anything amiss. They probably believe much the same thing, even if they wouldn’t state it in the same lurid terms: they likely think that if Israel would just go away, peace would prevail in the Middle East.
  • Vladimir Putin wants to destroy Nato, says US commander in Europe Ben Hodges

    03/04/2015 7:16:19 AM PST · by tlozo · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | Justin Huggler
    He accused Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, of seeking to destroy Nato, and warned that Russia could seek to use the sort of “hybrid warfare” seen in eastern Ukraine against a Nato member to test the alliance. “I am sure Putin wants to destroy our alliance, not by attacking it but by splintering it,” he said in a speech to military and political leaders in Berlin. He warned that Mr Putin could try to destabilise a Nato member by using a rebel militia as in eastern Ukraine, or other forms of “ambiguous” warfare. In the absence of an overt Russian...
  • Moscow's half-empty $12 billion financial district looks worse than you imagined

    03/04/2015 7:09:31 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 40 replies
    BI ^ | 3 Mar 14 | Christian Storm and Elena Holodny
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    03/04/2015 7:05:21 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    podrobnosti ^ | March 4,2015
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