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  • A Subtle Message to ISIS’ From a Ticked Off Military Veteran

    08/22/2014 6:49:31 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 7 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 21, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    You say Islam is the religion of peace, but since when does terrorizing the innocent and beheading men, women and children constitute peace? WTF? But keep in mind, what did Saddam’s troops do when we came rolling into town? They surrendered, twice… So all your empty threats of coming to America and raising your flag over the White House amuse me more than any of you sick, sadistic bastards could ever imagine or comprehend. In 2012 there was about 21.2 million veterans in the United States. Do you understand what that means? Let me break it down for you. That...
  • Sea plankton 'found living outside International Space Station'

    08/22/2014 6:19:50 AM PDT · by shove_it · 21 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Sarah Knapton,
    Sea plankton has been discovered living on the outside of the International Space Station, Russian cosmonauts have claimed. Scientists on board the ISS are reported to have discovered living organisms when taking samples from windows. Head of the Russian ISS orbital mission Vladimir Solovyev said the results of the experiment “are absolutely unique”. Solovyev told the Russian Itar-Tass news agency that the tiny marine life-forms were not native to the launch site in Kazakhstan. “Plankton in these stages of development could be found on the surface of the oceans,” he said. “This is not typical for Baikonur [in Kazakhstan]. It...
  • Rockets Score Direct Hit on Ashdod Synagogue

    08/22/2014 5:58:40 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-22-14 | Uzi Baruch
    A rocket fired by terrorists in Gaza has caused considerable damage to a synagogue in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. Volunteer paramedics from the United Hatzalah emergency organization rushed to the scene, after a massive explosion was heard. Miraculously, however, no one was wounded
  • Rockets Barely Miss Packed Israeli Kindergarten

    08/22/2014 5:56:57 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-22-14 | Tova Dvorin
    A salvo of rockets landed close to a packed Israeli kindergarten in the south on Friday, breaking the calm after a relatively quiet night. A five-rocket salvo saw the Iron Dome intercept two rockets over Ashkelon. Three rockets struck the western Negev; one of them landed just 12 meters (roughly feet) from a packed kindergarten. Luckily, all children and staff are safe; the building was protected from rocket fire and all of the occupants were in safe areas. Earlier on Friday, a 54 year-old man in Be'er Sheva was moderately wounded by shrapnel from a three-rocket salvo on the southern...
  • Inhofe: ISIS "Rapidly Developing A Method Of Blowing Up A Major US City"

    08/22/2014 5:55:48 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 53 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), the highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH 25 that because of the threat of groups like ISIS “we're in the most dangerous position we've ever been in as a nation.” “[ISIS], they're crazy out there, and they're rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major US city” he said.
  • Obama's general call to arms for U.S. troops in Europe

    08/22/2014 5:42:43 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 6 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 8/5/2014 | peter lucas
    It's too bad German Gen. Irwin Rommel is not around. He would have been the perfect guy to become chief of staff of the U.S. Army in Europe, a force of about 40,000 men. Had he not departed for the Great General Headquarters in the Sky -- after Adolph Hitler forced him to swallow the cyanide pill -- President Barack Obama could have named Rommel, the famous Desert Fox, the new commander of American troops
  • Time to Stop ISIS: It grew because it seemed unstoppable. Our air strikes have changed that.

    08/22/2014 5:37:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/22/2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister. They did. He responded. With the support of U.S. air strikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken the Mosul dam. Previous strikes had relieved the siege of Mount Sinjar and helped the Kurds retake two strategic towns that had opened the road to a possible Islamic State assault on Irbil, the capital of Kurdistan. In following through, Obama demonstrated three things: the effectiveness of even limited U.S. power, the...
  • Russian aid convoy into Ukraine called 'direct invasion'

    08/22/2014 5:35:16 AM PDT · by McGruff · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | August 22, 2014 | Laura Smith-Spark, Lindsay Isaac and Victoria Butenko,
    The Russian aid convoy that entered Ukraine is a "direct invasion for the first time under cynical cover of the Red Cross," the head of Ukraine's security service said Friday. [Earlier story, 7:24 a.m. ET] Russia sends 34 trucks from aid convoy into Ukraine Russia has sent 34 trucks from a humanitarian aid convoy that was stalled at the border for days into eastern Ukraine without Red Cross monitors, in violation of a Russian-Ukrainian agreement, a Ukrainian military official said Friday. Another 90 vehicles are headed toward the Ukrainian border, according to Col. Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine's National Defense...
  • Disclosure of Failed Attempt to Rescue James Foley Is Criticized

    08/22/2014 5:25:33 AM PDT · by McGruff · 16 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Aug. 21, 2014 | Dion Nissenba
    The Obama administration's decision to release secret details of an unsuccessful mission in Syria last month to rescue several Americans held captive by extremists is raising concerns that the disclosure could make it harder for the military to carry out similar operations in the future.
  • Boston Marathon bomber’s friend pleads guilty to tampering (Chechen immigrants had student visas)

    08/22/2014 5:23:17 AM PDT · by Liz · 6 replies
    NY POST ^ | 8/22/14 | AP via NY POST
    BOSTON — A college friend of the Boston Marathon bombers pleaded guilty to impeding the investigation. Chechen immigrant Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, admitted that he removed Tsarnaev’s laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks emptied of explosives from Tsarnaev’s room at the U of Mass-Dartmouth. Twin bombs at the 2013 marathon finish line killed three people and injured more than 260. Kadyrbayev’s guilty plea came a month after co-conspirator, jailed Azamat Tazhayakov, a Chechen immigrant, as convicted of identical charges....items taken and discarded by the Chechens were later recovered in a landfill. Kadyrbayev — from Kazakhstan -- in the US since...
  • Rick Perry: It’s entirely possible that ISIS has already crossed the southern border

    08/22/2014 5:19:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/22/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via the Daily Signal. Easy prediction: This soundbite will inspire lots of scoffing and sneering without even a bare attempt at an argument on the merits for why he must be wrong. “There’s the obvious great concern that because of the condition of the border from the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across, that individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be [crossing the border] — and I think there is a very real possibility that they may have already used that,” he said…“We have no clear evidence of that...
  • James Foley found out ISIS doesn’t care who you voted for

    08/22/2014 12:34:57 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 8/20/14 | Allen West
    James Wright Foley’s brutal public murder should serve as a cautionary tale to all progressive “infidels” who decry others as “Islamophobes.” According to Daniel Greenfield, writing for Front Page Magazine, “Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict between Israel and Hamas, his tweets and retweets were chock full of pro-terrorist propaganda. Hm, rather unfortunate choice of words for this idealistic man in that tweet. “But Foley ran afoul of at least some of the Sunni...
  • Boko Haram overruns Nigerian police academy

    08/21/2014 10:27:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 21, 2014 | Ed Adamczyk
    Boko Haram militants seized a police academy in Gwoza, Nigeria, storming the school in armored tanks taken from Nigerian soldiers. A local police spokesman confirmed the attack on the Liman Kara police college. ... An armored tank, parked at the entrance to the academy, was blown up by Boko Haram members to gain entrance.
  • German-led European consortium comes up with a cheaper proposal for its Eurofighter Typhoon (India)

    08/21/2014 10:24:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    India Today ^ | August 21, 2014 | Manu Pubby
    The world's biggest defence deal is in danger of becom-ing one of the slowest in his-tory. More than two years after India zeroed in on the French Rafale fighter jet-after a tor-tured 11-year selection process-to replace its ageing MiG-21s, the Ger-man-led European consortium which was the runner-up in the race has sought to restart the dogfight by offer-ing a new, cheaper proposal for its Eurofighter Typhoon. The Narendra Modi Government, INDIA TODAY has learnt, is studying the German proposal even as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has been nego-tiating with France's Dassault, the maker of the Rafale, to finalise agree-ments to...
  • China's second test of nuclear-armed hypersonic glider fails

    08/21/2014 10:15:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | August 22, 2014 | Minnie Chan
    The People's Liberation Army has carried out a second, albeit unsuccessful test of a hypersonic vehicle, two sources close to the military said, as China attempts to find a way to deliver nuclear weapons at immense speed to evade defence systems. The test was carried out on August 7 at a missile and satellite launching centre in Shanxi province, about 300km from its capital Taiyuan, said the sources, who asked not be named. It was the second time the system had failed, the two sources said. The vehicle broke up soon after it was launched. It is designed to be...
  • Chinese Jet Threatened U.S. Intelligence Aircraft

    08/21/2014 10:14:45 PM PDT · by traumer · 14 replies
    A Chinese jet fighter flew dangerously close to a U.S. Navy P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft near Japan this week in an encounter that highlights China’s continued aggressiveness in the region. The P-8, a new, militarized Boeing-737 anti-submarine warfare aircraft, was conducting routine surveillance of the Chinese coast over the East China Sea on Monday when the incident occurred, said U.S. defense officials familiar with reports of the encounter. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jeffrey Pool had no immediate comment but said he would provide “an explanation of the event” on Friday. The defense officials said the Chinese Su-27 interceptor jet flew...
  • U.S. considers wider action on Islamist militants

    08/21/2014 9:47:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Aug 22, 2014 12:35 a.m. ET | By Felicia Schwartz and Dion Nissenbaum
    Pentagon warns new effort will require taking the fight beyond Iraq and into neighboring Syria.The beheading of journalist James Foley has prompted American officials to begin working to knit together a broader international campaign to combat the extremists of the Islamic State, an effort that the Pentagon warned will require taking the fight beyond Iraq and into neighboring Syria.The Obama administration has indicated it is prepared to continue selective airstrikes against the extremists inside Iraq, where they have seized significant swaths of territory. But Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned that the Islamic...
  • GRAPHIC!GRUESOME!ISIS ON DISPLAY!Horrifying: Video Of ISIS Militants Executing 1500 Iraqi Army POWs

    08/21/2014 8:02:20 PM PDT · by lbryce · 53 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 21, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Published on Aug 2, 2014 An extremely graphic and never-before-seen HD video was recently uncovered, the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) terrorists brutally capturing and executing 1,500 individuals. The video shows truckloads of hostages being carted away to their death. The ISIS claims these hostages are Iraq’s Army POWs, driven away in truck loads and then shot them all dead. The video caption stated that there were 1,500 individuals. The video shows their end being shot at point blank in several horrific mass slaughters reminiscent to what we see during Nazi Germany. The young teens begged for...
  • Now that ISIS knows about failed raid, can U.S. pull off another rescue mission?

    08/21/2014 8:01:36 PM PDT · by LittleSpotBlog · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/21/2014 | CBS Interactive
    There are at least three American hostages still being held by the Islamic terrorists who executed journalist James Foley, sources say, along with a small number of others -- perhaps a dozen. But a rescue mission would be very difficult after Wednesday's revelation that the U.S. military made a failed rescue attempt earlier this summer, CBS News Homeland Security correspondent Bob Orr reports.
  • Gen. Allen: Destroy the Islamic State Now

    08/21/2014 7:42:08 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    Defense One ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Gen. John Allen (Ret.)
    Gen. Allen: Destroy the Islamic State Now By Gen. John Allen (Ret.) August 20, 2014 The brutal murder of the brave American journalist James Foley is meant to directly terrorize the world’s media, the international community, and the United States. If all the actions of the Islamic State, or IS, to date weren’t sufficiently reprehensible, this act and the potential for other similar acts will snap American attention with laser-like focus onto the real danger IS poses to the existence of Iraq, the order of the region and to the homelands of Europe and America. Make no mistake, the abomination of...
  • Jonathan Cahn's Prophetic Interview about the Word Hamas

    08/21/2014 7:30:58 PM PDT · by tang-soo · 5 replies
    Jim Bakker Show ^ | 8/15/2014 | Jonathan
    4 minute interview here This is stunning! I'm listening to an interview with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the author of "The Harbinger". He's describing how the Hebrew word for Violence and destruction, "חָמָס" phonetically chmac, and the Strong's concordance H2555. He pointed out about a dozen examples where this word is used in the Hebrew Scriptures. The link below will take you to Isaiah 53 Verse 9, which reads, And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Here is the passage...
  • Boko Haram takes over another Nigeria town [executes 2 for smoking cigarettes]

    08/21/2014 7:07:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/21/2014 | Aminu Abubakar
    Boko Haram has seized control of a town in northeastern Nigeria, the latest to fall into Islamist hands in the crisis-hit region and an indication of the group's increasing territorial ambitions. The insurgents have tended to use hit-and-run attacks in the past but the recent seizure of towns suggests a significant shift in strategy, more in keeping with their stated goal of carving out a strict Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria. Residents who fled the assault on the fallen town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state said attacks began late last month and the insurgents have since taken over the...
  • ISIS' thirst for oil could lead to 'global catastrophe' if unchecked, experts say

    08/21/2014 6:53:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 21, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Islamic State's thirst for blood has the world on edge, but its equally insatiable yearning for oil could prove a "catastrophe" for the global economy if the terror organization isn't stopped, experts say. The jihadist group, formerly known as ISIS, now controls seven oil fields and two small refineries in northern Iraq, bringing in as much as $2 million per day by selling up to 40,000 barrels via middlemen in illicit deals. The black market oil sells for roughly $25 to $60 per barrel, compared to the current market rate of $102, according to Luay al-Khatteeb, founder and executive director...
  • Hillary’s Hamas terror tunnel connection

    08/21/2014 6:07:57 PM PDT · by blueyon · 6 replies
    Allen West ^ | 8/20/14 | Allen West
    Lots of folks are wondering (hoping?) Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016. Frankly, I don’t believe she will, as her missteps continue to get worse – oh, have you heard about her diva-ish speaking contract riders? But don’t worry too much about Hillary, because if does ditch the presidential race, she has a great future in the construction industry — and in particular cement. According to Algemeiner, “Much has been said and written about the terror tunnels that Hamas built in Gaza. But too little has been said about who it was that put the cement into Hamas’...
  • Badly Wounded Hero had Shielded Children

    08/21/2014 5:50:22 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-21-14 | Gil Ronen
    A man who was seriously wounded by a Hamas rocket Thursday had been shielding children with his own body. The attack took place at about 10:20 a.m., at one of the communities in the Eshkol region. Magen David Adom (MDA) crews gave initial treatment to the man, who is 33. He was seriously wounded by shrapnel that struck his chest. MDA paramedic Oren Vacht, who treated the man before his evacuation to hospital, described him as having been hit in the chest by a shell fragment, “fully conscious and in great pain.” "Civilians who had been at the scene told...
  • PA Makes 'Political Decision' to 'Slaughter Settlers'

    08/21/2014 5:47:46 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-21-14 | Ari Yashar
    A senior Palestinian Authority (PA) official last Wednesday declared that his organization has made a "political decision" to support Arab terrorists "slaughtering" Jews living in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem. Jibril Rajoub, head of the PA Sports Authority and Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, made the statements on the independent Palestinian Arab TV channel Awdah. Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) exposed and translated the interview. "OK, brother, here is the occupation, am I stopping you from slaughtering a settlement? No one is stopping anyone...our political decision is resistance in the occupied territories in order to bring an end to...
  • Netanyahu: Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas

    08/21/2014 5:46:13 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-21-14 | Netanyahu: Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hosted visiting Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) Thursday and told him that it is time for Israel and the US to unite in their fight against Islamist terrorism. “We face the same Islamist network and we have to fight it together,” said Netanyahu during a photo opportunity. “Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas. You saw the gruesome beheading of James Foley. We see the gruesome murder and execution of three teenagers which Hamas has just admitted that they did. These are both branches of the same poisonous tree. The free world, the democracies have to stand together...
  • 2008 Flashback: Reviewing Obama's Citizen of the World Speech in Berlin

    08/21/2014 5:27:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You know what I thought we would do, and it would be instructive. Do you remember Obama's speech in Berlin in July 2008? Given that one of the things we're talking about today is people's frustration, people on the left -- they'd vote for him again, make no mistake. But the Drive-Bys and a lot of people, they're really wringing their hands over the fact that Obama gave a lukewarm, passionless, didn't look like he really cared set of remarks about the beheading of James Foley, and then, 10 minutes later, is on the golf course. You...
  • Germans Back Tougher Stance Toward Russia Over Ukraine -- Poll

    08/21/2014 5:00:43 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 4 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 8/21/2014 | Harriet Torry
    BERLIN—German voters are swinging behind their government's tougher line against Moscow after long being willing to give Russia the benefit of the doubt in its dispute with Ukraine. An opinion poll published Friday shows Germans widely support the European Union's latest sanctions against Russia and an overwhelming majority view the Kremlin's actions in eastern Ukraine with an increasingly critical eye, with 82% of Germans surveyed saying Russia can't be trusted.
  • GE wants part in domestic fighter jet development (South Korea)

    08/21/2014 4:33:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | 2014-08-21
    General Electric Korea on Thursday expressed its willingness to join the South Korean government’s plan to develop a double-engine platform for its next generation of fighter jets. The U.S.-based conglomerate said it could do more good when collaborating with Korean companies in the KFX project, while promoting its rich history and competitiveness in the global aerospace industry. “GE has played a significant role in the development of Korea’s aerospace defense industry by providing jet engines, avionics and integrated systems,” said Khang Sung-wook, president and CEO of GE Korea, at a press conference in Seoul. “Through the KFX program, GE seeks...
  • At least 70 dead from hemorrhagic illness in northern Congo- WHO

    08/21/2014 4:11:16 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-21-2014 | Reuters
    At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola. "This is not Ebola," a WHO spokesman said in an email to Reuters on Thursday. A WHO report dated Thursday and seen by Reuters said that 592 people had contracted the disease, of whom 70 died
  • TRADING FOR BERGDAHL MEANS MORE FOLEYS

    08/21/2014 2:48:41 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | By Ben Shapiro
    On Tuesday, ISIS terrorists beheaded American journalist James Foley. President Obama responded by bombing the fourth green during his long vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. He also lectured ISIS on the true meaning of Islam: “ISIL speaks for no religion…ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings….One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.” The faculty-lounge insult approach has proved ineffective. ISIS is now threatening to kill journalist Steven Sotloff. They reportedly hold two other Americans as well. And they will undoubtedly seek to kidnap more Americans...
  • Zimbabwe economy takes another dive

    08/21/2014 2:40:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    ap ^ | FARAI MUTSAKA
    Several million Zimbabweans left for South Africa and other countries during past economic turmoil. Now, a year after the re-election of longtime leader Robert Mugabe, the country is facing new financial hardships. Zimbabwe's unemployment rate is estimated at 80 percent, pushing many people try to earn a living as street traders.
  • Obama administration broke law in Bergdahl exchange: audit

    08/21/2014 2:23:27 PM PDT · by yoe · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 21, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Obama administration officials broke two federal laws when they exchanged ( Taliban) warriors for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the government’s top investigative office said in a legal report Thursday. Officials should have given (congress) a 30-day heads-up, and also illegally switched money from one account to another to conduct the swap, the (Government Accountability Office) said.President Obama had defended the swap as a legal use of his powers as commander in chief, and said he had to keep Congress in the dark in order to preserve secrecy in the delicate negotiations with the Taliban. /#ixzz3B3yTcH2g Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • UKRAINE: Poland will provide Ukrainian armed forces 320 tons of aid

    08/21/2014 2:07:24 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    www.hromadske.tv ^ | Thursday, 21 September 2014
    Ministry of Defense of Poland will provide humanitarian aid deliveries to the military in the zone of ATO. This is stated in a message on the website of the Ministry of defence of Poland. "Next week the city will be delivered the first batch of planned almost 320 tons of Polish aid»,-said in a statement. The Ukrainian military will, in particular, food, mattresses and blankets. In the Polish Office stressed that the assistance will be provided on the basis of the Protocol signed between the defense ministries of the two countries. "
  • Halting ISIS Would Require Attacks in Syria, Top General Says

    08/21/2014 1:48:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/21/2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and HELENE COOPER
    WASHINGTON — Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday afternoon that it would not be possible to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria without attacking its fighters in Syria. General Dempsey, speaking at a news conference with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, did not commit the United States to carrying out airstrikes in Syria, and the Obama administration’s broader strategy for defeating the Sunni militant group remained unclear. Earlier in the day, the Pentagon announced that American warplanes had conducted six more strikes on ISIS targets in the vicinity of the Mosul...
  • 'Twice as Many' British Muslims Fighting for ISIS Than in UK Armed Forces

    08/21/2014 1:46:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 08/21/2014 | By Madeline Grant and Damien Sharkov
    There are now more than twice as many British Muslims fighting for Islamic State than there are serving in the British armed forces, according to a British Member of Parliament (MP). Khalid Mahmood, the MP for Perry Barr in Birmingham, estimates that at least 1,500 young British Muslims have been recruited by extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria in the last three years. Mahmood told Newsweek that this figure had been building since the start of the Syrian conflict: "If you look across the whole of the country, and the various communities involved, 500 going over each year would be...
  • Hagel: Islamic State 'beyond anything we've seen'

    08/21/2014 1:38:39 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 21, 2014
    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the Islamic State is more than a traditional "terrorist group" and better armed, trained and funded than any recent threat. "They marry ideology and a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well funded. This is beyond anything we have seen," Hagel told reporters.
  • Team Obama leaks failed raid in bid to shore up image

    08/21/2014 1:22:20 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 21,2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    TEAM OBAMA LEAKS FAILED RAID IN BID TO SHORE UP IMAGE With President Obama facing increasing pressure to respond more forcefully to Islamist militants in the wake of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, the White House leaked word that the president had authorized a failed rescue mission to save Foley and other Americans hostages. Why on earth would anyone leak that? Publicizing a failed mission hurts U.S. military clout and certainly the captors already knew about the effort. So why? The answer came later on Wednesday night when it was revealed that the administration, in keeping with longstanding...
  • The only way to defeat ISIS

    08/21/2014 1:15:33 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/21/14 | Mark Hertling
    The major portion of the area Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is attempting to control for ISIS is the same place I called home for 16 months of my life. Commanding Multinational Division North during the "surge" in 2007-08 -- a command which required securing four of the five provinces ISIS now desires to occupy -- allowed me to study the geographic, cultural, infrastructure, political and economic complexities of northern Iraq. Anyone who supports fighting Baghdadi's ISIS in this area ought to be aware of the challenges the land and the people will present. During our time there, we countered Iraqi insurgents,...
  • PICTURE: BAE's Hawk T1 turns 40

    08/21/2014 12:38:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | JAMIE HUNTER
    Qinetiq has marked the 40th anniversary of the Hawker Siddeley (now BAE Systems) Hawk jet trainer's first flight by commissioning in-flight pictures of pre-production aircraft XX154 – which remains in use with the Empire Test Pilots’ School. Jamie Hunter/Qinetiq First flight of the T1-standard aircraft was conducted from Dunsfold, Surrey on 21 August 1974, with the trainer flown by test pilot Duncan Simpson OBE. Having subsequently served with experimental and research units, XX154 is now owned by Qinetiq and operated from the UK Ministry of Defence's Boscombe Down site in Wiltshire. It continues to be flown as a test pilot...
  • French & Russians push stopgap submarine sales to India

    08/21/2014 12:35:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    SP Guide Publications ^ | August 21, 2014
    As the wait for Project 75 India gets longer, and as an RFP gets more elusive, both France and Russia are in discussions with the Indian Navy to supply two submarines quickly off the shelf. As SP's had reported last year, France's DCNS has already offered to quickly build two Scorpene attack submarines and supply them. Reports now suggest that Rosoboronexport has made a similar offer. In such an instance, the Amur 1650 is on offer, and would be the first of the type ever built. The tantalising underwater battle between the French and Russians has veered from one side...
  • Tourism tanks in Crimea under the Russian flag

    08/21/2014 12:13:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | August 8, 2014
    Restaurant owner Galina Anchukova looks out across the seaside promenade in sunny Feodosia, with its straggle of strolling tourists, and sees a wasted financial opportunity. "The season is ruined, there is nobody here," she said. The first summer season in Crimea under the Russian flag has been a disappointment, local business owners complain, blaming fighting in eastern Ukraine for their troubles. The Crimean peninsula was once the pearl of Soviet vacation spots, with hotels and spas dotting towns along the Black Sea coast. Russia annexed the majority Russian-speaking region from Ukraine in March after a pro-Western government took power in...
  • Tests under way for Ebola following Donegal death (Ireland)

    08/21/2014 12:01:09 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 8-21-2014 | Elaine Edwards, Martin Wall
    Tests are being carried out for the Ebola virus and isolation procedures have been put in place after the death of a man in Co Donegal. It is understood the deceased had been working in Sierra Leone and that a number of colleagues had contracted the virus there. He was found dead late last night and taken to Letterkenny General Hospital, it is understood. While the cause of death is unknown the HSE is carrying out tests to see whether it was due to exposure to Ebola. In a statement, the HSE said it was currently assessing a suspected case...
  • Hostages? No Problem Soviets Offer 'How-to' Lesson In Kidnapping (blast from the past)

    08/21/2014 12:00:40 PM PDT · by tje · 23 replies
    Philly.com ^ | January 15, 1986 | JACK MCKINNEY
    Are you among those frustrated Americans who have wondered how the Soviet Union's only hostage crisis in Lebanon was resolved in just a month, while the plight of the six U.S. hostages held there continues to drag on without any break in sight? Well, according to the Jerusalem Post, the Soviets turned the trick by forgoing diplomacy in favor of a brutally more direct approach to the problem. Simply put, they presented the kidnappers with chilling proof that terror can cut both ways. Literally!
  • Kiev U-turn over claim that Russian tanks, artillery and 1,200 fighters deployed in E. Ukraine

    08/21/2014 11:58:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8-20-2014 | Will Stewart, Damien Gail
    -Ukrainian official claimed troops moved in just as the city was poised to fall -But they have since been forced to deny the allegation after strong rebuttal -If true it would have been tantamount to an invasion of Ukraine by Russia -Putin set to meet Ukrainian president Poroshenko in Belarus on Monday Muddled security officials in Ukraine were last night forced to deny a huge Russian military convoy had been deployed in the eastern rebel-run city of Lugansk. The strong rebuttal suggested an earlier claim about an invasion by Vladimir Putin's troops amounted to a crude propaganda move by the...
  • That ISIS guy who promised to raise Islamic flag over the White House? He’s dead

    08/21/2014 11:46:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/21/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The Islamic State’s Press Officer Abu Mosa became a figure of international notoriety overnight when he took on a starring role in a captivating Vice News documentary about ISIS in Syria. “Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones,” he said. “Instead, send us your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”CLICK ABOVELINK FOR THE VIDEO Instead of doing that, according to the U.S. State Department, he’s just going to be dead. An #ISIS leader and press officer both killed...
  • Republican: ISIS developing means to ‘blow up’ a US city (Inhofe)

    08/21/2014 10:39:24 AM PDT · by maggief · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 21, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee said Sunni militants are working on the capability to wipe out a city inside the United States. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has long threatened to carry out a catastrophic attack on American soil, with a spokesman recently boasting that the militant group would fly its flag over the White House. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said ISIS members are “rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can’t believe that’s happening.” “Yes, it’s really significant what’s happening,” he added during a local...
  • British Muslim calls for action on jihadi subculture after beheading video

    08/21/2014 10:11:16 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 42 replies
    Yahoo News UK ^ | 21st August 2014 | Kate Holton and Raheem Salman
    'A senior British Muslim called on Thursday for action to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley held hostage in Syria. In Britain, the video caused particular shock as it featured the as yet unidentified man apparently speaking with a southeastern English accent, although the sizeable numbers of young British Muslims fighting with the militants in Iraq and Syria have created concern for some time. Sir Iqbal Sacranie, an adviser to the Muslim Council of Britain, said Britons from across the country's communities had to stop young men being...
  • Committee says church remains committed to dialogue with Muslims, others

    08/21/2014 10:10:41 AM PDT · by scouter · 19 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 8/20/2014 | Catholic News Service
    The U.S. bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs said the Catholic church remains committed to dialogue with leaders of other religions and Muslims in particular. ... "Sadly, in recent years, there has been a deliberate rejection of this call to engage in dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters by some in the Catholic Church and in other ecclesial families," said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committee, whose chairman is Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore. "We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by certain Muslims against non-Muslims,...