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  • US-led Syria air raid kills scores of relatives of ISIL fighters

    05/27/2017 6:45:31 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    The national (Emirates "News") ^ | May 27, 2017 | Muslim staffer
    BEIRUT // Dozens of relatives of ISIL fighters were killed on Friday in the latest US-led strikes on Syria, hours after the United Nations urged states striking the extremist group to protect civilians. Bombing raids by the US-led coalition have hit ISIL positions across Iraq and Syria since the group claimed responsibility for the bombing of a concert in Manchester, England, on Monday. Scores of civilians, many of them families of ISIL members, have been killed in bombing raids in recent days on the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen, held by ISIL since 2014.
  • Female Commanders in SDF: We are close to the finale in Raqqa (Syria)

    05/27/2017 5:55:16 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, 26 May 2017, 13:45 | Ehmed
    SDF Operation Room Spokesperson Ehmed and Eastern Front commander Kobanę said they are very close to the end in Raqqa and there is little left to wait until the finale. Female commanders in the SDF, conducting the Raqqa operation, spoke to the ANF on the latest developments in the region. Wrath of Euphrates Operation's SDF Operation Room Spokesperson Cihan Sheikh Ehmed and one of the commanders of the operation Klara Kobanę met with the ANF in Bedr village near Hamrat Nasra town, liberated following 3 days of clashes, and said they are drawing to a close and the good news...
  • Islamic State claims deadly shooting of Egyptian Christians [Friday]

    05/27/2017 5:05:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/27/17
    Islamic State said on Saturday that its fighters had carried out a shooting that killed dozens of Egyptian Christians on Friday, according to a statement from the group. "A security unit from the soldiers of the caliphate set up a checkpoint to ambush tens of Christians headed for the Saint Samuel monastery west of the city of Minya," the statement said.
  • Dozens dead in Afghanistan violence as Ramadan begins

    05/27/2017 5:04:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    OANN/Reuters ^ | 5/27/17
    A suspected suicide bomber killed as many as 14 people in Afghanistan on Saturday and fighting between militants and security forces left at least 36 people dead on the first day of Islam’s holy Month of Ramadan.In eastern Khost province, a Taliban attacker detonated a car bomb near a football field that is close to a military base, officials said.At a local hospital, doctors received at least 14 dead bodies and eight wounded people, said Gul Mohammaddin Mangal, head of the public health department in Khost. “The bodies are not recognizable and it is hard to say if they are...
  • US secretary of state flies to Britain to say sorry for Manchester leaks

    05/27/2017 12:09:21 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 27th 2017 | Ewen MacAskill
    Rex Tillerson’s unprecedented public apology in person shows seriousness of rift over intelligence sharing...The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has flown to the UK to deliver in person an apology for leaks by US officials of details of the police investigation into the Manchester bombing. Tillerson, who met the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said: “We take full responsibility for that and we obviously regret that that happened. With respect to the release of information inappropriately … certainly we condemn that.” Such a public apology by a senior US politician – and flying to London specifically to make it –...
  • Danish PM receives complaint from Israel’s Netanyahu: report

    05/26/2017 11:10:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 26 May 2017 09:21 CEST+02:00
    Denmark’s prime minister Lars Lřkke Rasmussen reportedly received a rebuke from Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu over Danish support for Palestinian organizations. The two prime ministers spoke over the telephone Wednesday, reports newspaper Berlingske, citing anonymous Danish and Israeli sources.Netanyahu wished to express his displeasure at Danish state support for a number of Palestinian organizations, according to the report. Neither Denmark nor Israel has officially confirmed that the conversation took place. Last week, Netanyahu asked Danish foreign minister Anders Samuelsen to scrap Denmark’s support for Palestinian organizations during an official visit by the latter to Jerusalem. After that meeting, Samuelsen signed...
  • President Trump's views on Paris climate agreement 'evolving,' adviser Gary Cohn says

    05/26/2017 9:35:46 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 50 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 26, 2017 | Jordyn Phelps
    President Donald Trump’s views on the Paris climate agreement are “evolving,” his chief economic adviser Gary Cohn told reporters today. “He came here to learn,” Cohn said. “So his views are evolving, which is exactly what they should be.” The president’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, then chimed in to say that the president’s decision about whether to remain in the agreement would ultimately be based on what’s best for the United States; Cohn concurred. “The basis for the decision is ultimately going to be what’s best for the United States,” Cohn said. The future of the United States’ involvement...
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski Dead at 89.

    05/26/2017 7:50:23 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 127 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/26/2017 | DANIEL LEWIS
    Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in the tumultuous years of the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1970s, died on Friday at a hospital in Virginia. He was 89. His death, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, was announced on Friday by his daughter, Mika Brzezinski, a co-host of the MSNBC program “Morning Joe.” Like his predecessor Henry A. Kissinger, Mr. Brzezinski was a foreign-born scholar (he in Poland, Mr. Kissinger in Germany) with considerable influence in global affairs, both before and long...
  • Iraqi forces call on civilians to flee Mosul's Islamic State-held Old City

    05/26/2017 7:12:42 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 26, 2017 | Maher Chmaytelli and Isabel Coles
    The Iraqi air force dropped leaflets on Friday urging residents in the Islamic State-held Old City center of Mosul to flee, raising fears among humanitarian groups for the safety of desperate civilians there.The leaflet drop, announced in an Iraqi military statement, signaled that the decisive offensive to dislodge the militants from their remaining enclave in the northern Iraqi city was imminent. The U.S.-backed offensive on Mosul, now in its eighth month, has taken longer than planned as the militants are dug in among civilians, fighting back with booby traps, suicide cars and motor-bikes, snipers and mortar fire.Civilians trapped behind Islamic...
  • Syria’s Kurds Are Not the PKK

    05/26/2017 6:41:23 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | May 15, 2017 | Aldar Khalil
    Amid the war against the Islamic State, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is bombing our villages and soldiers on an entirely false pretense. Last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan bombed and shelled our villages in northern Syria. The strikes killed our soldiers and unnecessarily escalated the conflict between Turkey and us at a time when we are engaged in a historic battle alongside U.S.-led international coalition forces to retake Raqqa and end the Islamic State’s reign of terror. I am a member of the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM), an umbrella organization made up of six political parties...
  • Exclusive: Manchester suicide bomber used student loan and benefits to fund terror plot

    05/26/2017 5:51:13 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 19 replies ^ | 5/26/17 | Robert Mendick, Martin Evans Victoria Ward
    The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe. Salman Abedi is understood to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run up to Monday’s atrocity even while he was overseas receiving bomb-making training. Police are investigating Abedi’s finances, including how he paid for frequent trips to Libya where he is thought to have been taught to make bombs at a jihadist training camp.
  • Poland Stands Up to EU on Forced Quotas: We’re Not Taking Your Migrants – Blackmail Won’t Work

    05/26/2017 5:24:42 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    GP ^ | 05/26/17 | Damien Cowley
    Strong words, Wednesday, from Poland’s conservative prime minister, Beata Szydło, in reaction to EU threats to force her country to accept migrants or face massive fines. ‘’Poland will not submit to any blackmail on the part of the European Union’’, Szydło stated during a parliamentary debate, adding that her Central European nation would not be participating in the ‘’madness of the Brussels elites.’’ Referencing the Islamist suicide bombing which killed 22, mainly children, and injured dozens more at a pop concert in Manchester this week, the Catholic prime minister said she had the courage to call out the EU’s political...
  • The World Is Problematic

    05/26/2017 5:06:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 26, 2017 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    American commentators object to Trump’s visiting countries that haven’t yet adopted the egalitarian mores of a liberal-arts college. The president will soon be returning from his first foreign trip, in which he gave a speech about Islam in Saudi Arabia, had a short meet and greet with the Supreme Pontiff in Rome, and lectured the leaders of our NATO allies. And the commentariat has noticed something about the cultures of the world now that the cultures of the world have become a backdrop to photos of the American president they dislike. The commentators have noticed that the world is problematic....
  • Egypt strikes 'terrorist camps' in Libya in response to attack on Coptic Christians

    05/26/2017 4:43:06 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    RT ^ | 05/26/17
    Egyptian fighter jets have struck militant camps following the deadly attack on Egypt’s Coptic Christians, President Abdel Fattah Sisi has announced. The strikes were carried out in eastern Libya, state television said.Egypt’s president also vowed to continue striking bases used to train militants and who carry out terrorist attacks in his country, regardless of the camps' location.  
  • Former Navy SEAL to Katy Perry: ‘Hold One of Your Concerts in Syria and See How That Goes’

    05/26/2017 4:11:33 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 12 replies ^ | 5/26/17 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie urged pop singer Katy Perry to try holding a concert in Syria if she wants to “hug it out” with Islamic terrorists. Higbie, appearing as a guest on Fox News Thursday, said, “Go to hell, Katy Perry. Hold one of your concerts in Syria and see how that goes.” The ex-Navy SEAL was responding to Perry’s recent interview Tuesday on the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show in which the singer made a plea for people to “co-exist” and to remove “barriers” and “borders” after the Manchester, U.K. Islamic terrorist attack that took the lives...
  • Glamorous Melania gets the ‘side-eye’ as she outshines fellow NATO first ladies – she can’t help it!

    05/26/2017 4:06:30 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 163 replies
    BPR ^ | 26 May 2017 | Samantha Chang
    Step aside, first ladies. There’s a new fashion queen in town and her name is Melania Trump. Melania effortlessly showed up all the other first ladies at the NATO gathering in Belgium Thursday. Trump was joined by French first lady Brigitte Macron and Turkish first lady Emine Erdogan on a visit to Magritte Museum in Brussels. Also in attendance were Amelie Derbaudrenghien, the partner of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, and Ingrid Schulerud, the wife of NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, and several other ladies. Melania, 47, looked elegant in a belted tan skirt suit alongside Brigitte, 64, who wore an...
  • Exclusive: Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Department - sources

    05/26/2017 3:22:11 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 70 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 26, 2017 | Yeganeh Torbati
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam's holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years. Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an iftar dinner to break the day's fast during Ramadan or a reception marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the month, at the State Department. Tillerson turned down a request from the State Department's Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host an Eid al-Fitr...
  • Egypt launches air raids on Libya after Christians killed

    05/26/2017 2:31:57 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 26, 2017 | Ahmed Aboulenein
    Egyptian air force planes on Friday carried out strikes directed at camps in Libya where Cairo believes militants responsible for a deadly attack on Christians earlier in the day were trained, Egyptian military sources said. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he had ordered strikes against what he called terrorist camps, declaring in a televised address that states that sponsored terrorism would be punished.
  • Ariana Grande’s Manager Scooter Braun Stands With ‘Children of Syria’ After Manchester Bombing

    05/26/2017 2:17:58 PM PDT · by drewh · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 May 2017 | by Jerome Hudson
    Scooter Braun, manager for pop star Ariana Grande, took to Twitter Wednesday to share his response to the deadly Manchester terror attack that occurred Monday following the singer’s concert, encouraging his followers to respond to the attack with “love and joy” and to stand in solidarity with the city and with the “children of Syria.” “I welcome the differences of my neighbor. The wish of terrorism is to take away that feeling of freedom and joy. No. That is my answer. No. We can’t allow it. Fear cannot rule the day.” “More people die each year from car crashes than...
  • In First Under Trump, U.S. Warship Challenges Beijing’s Claims in South China Sea

    05/26/2017 2:07:04 PM PDT · by Oatka · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart
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