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  • Team Obama leaks failed raid in bid to shore up image

    08/21/2014 1:22:20 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 9 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 · 5 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 · 7 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 · 5 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 · 5 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 · 2 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 · 15 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 · 16 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 · 27 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 · 61 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 · 16 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,...
  • Top Intel Dem: US shouldn’t be ‘provoked’ into expanded campaign by Foley slaying

    08/21/2014 10:01:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/21/2014 | Martin Matishak
    The Obama administration should fight the urge to expand its military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) following the execution of American photojournalist James Foley, a senior House member said Thursday. “We shouldn’t allow this horrible act to provoke us into doing things that are counterproductive,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, on CNN’s "New Day." “There’s nothing ISIS would like more than having us reintroduce ground troops into Iraq, for example.” He said the U.S. “had to know that when we get involved with airstrikes, that ISIS is going...
  • Dems fret that ISIS will force America to return to Iraq

    08/21/2014 10:00:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/21/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The announcement by American officials that a raid into Syria aimed at liberating Americans in ISIS custody, including one who was later beheaded on camera by Islamic State terrorists, failed to achieve its objectives is dispiriting. While the American air campaign over Iraq appears to be successfully rolling back ISIS in Iraq, the U.S. lacks a comprehensive strategy to deal with the group in Iraq’s Sunni regions or in their Syrian stronghold. Moreover, some Democrats are now openly fretting that the latest escalation of tensions between ISIS and America will goad the U.S. into a new ground war in Iraq....
  • Even the Islamists of ISIS are obsessing over Ferguson

    08/21/2014 9:43:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's PostEverything ^ | August 21, 2014 | Souad Mekhennet
    You can understand if President Obama would rather talk about the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq, where he has scored some victories, than talk about the unholy mess in Ferguson, Mo. Surprisingly, though, ISIS militants are following developments in the St. Louis suburb, and some of them would rather focus on that. According to interviews and social media, members of the group and sympathizers with its jihadist ideology are closely tracking the events in the St. Louis suburb, where protesters and police have clashed. In it, they see opportunity. Partly, the focus is strategic: Officers in Ferguson have...
  • State Dept. on Beheading of U.S. Journalist: 'This Is Not About the United States'

    08/21/2014 9:36:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/21/2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf on Wednesday condemned the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic terrorists, but she also stated that the ISIS threat “is not about the United States and what we do.” Harf spoke after President Obama told the nation that “governments and peoples across the Middle East” should come together in a “common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread.” He then went golfing. "I think ISIL wants to make this about the United States and our actions. And I think what the President was trying to say was that...
  • British Isis militant in James Foley video 'guards foreign hostages in Syria' [They call him 'John']

    08/21/2014 9:35:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 08/21/2014 | Martin Chulov and Josh Halliday
    The English jihadist who beheaded the American journalist James Foley is believed to be the leader of a group of British fighters holding foreign hostages in Syria, sources have told the Guardian. As an international manhunt got under way on Wednesday, the English-speaking militant was identified to the Guardian by one of his former hostages as the ringleader of three British jihadists thought to be the main guards of foreign nationals in Raqqa, a stronghold of Islamic State (Isis) rebels. The militant who appeared on the Foley video, who called himself John and is believed to be from London, was...
  • Exiled Archbishop of Mosul: “Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you...

    08/21/2014 9:34:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/21/2014 | Robert Spencer
    “Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead.”Archbishop Nona is correct, but Europeans and Western Christians will not heed his warning. To do so would harm the “dialogue”: “Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims.” — Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester,...
  • Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. opens ‘criminal investigation’ into ISIS beheading of James Foley

    08/21/2014 9:28:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 8/21/2014 | Doug Powers
    Well, during his statement yesterday, President Obama did say ISIS would be brought to justice, so here’s Justice: Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday announced that the Department of Justice has “an open criminal investigation” into the brutal killing of photojournalist James Foley by Islamic militants.“Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something,” Holder said in Washington.“This Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation – we have long memories and our reach is very wide,” he said. “We will not forget what happened and people will be held accountable, one way or the other.” Let this send...
  • China Conducts Second Test Of Game-Changing Missile

    08/21/2014 9:04:26 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 21, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Security: Beijing is moving fast on a maneuverable, hypersonic glide vehicle designed to evade America's defenses, including the Aegis ballistic missile system guarding our carrier battle groups. On Aug. 7, China conducted a second test of its hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), known as the WU-14, yet another example of its relentless pursuit of high-tech weaponry as the United States abandons what the administration dismisses as Cold War weaponry. The first test, conducted in January, saw China's HGV reach speeds in the vicinity of Mach 10, about 10 times the speed of sound. In the latest test, according to Internet...
  • What Would It Take To Defund the Islamic State?

    08/21/2014 8:58:46 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 23 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 8/21/2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
    11 Year Old Child Bride Speaks Out Before Being Killed The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and the President of Indonesia are uncomfortable with their heritage as presented on videos of beheadings and child-rapes live on the world's computer monitors. In the unlikely event that they were serious about their discomfort, what would it take to defund the Islamic State? It controls oil production facilities capable of supplying it with the equivalent of $3 million daily.  That is a hard asset, easiest to deprive them of. The softer asset of the bank notes they stole might be more difficult to deprive them of. What currencies...
  • Opinion: What is ISIS hoping its abhorrent beheading video will achieve?

    08/21/2014 8:31:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | August 21, 2014 | By Erin Marie Saltman
    The answer to why ISIS makes and popularizes such videos is simple: They represent a critical threat to the West on two levels. On the one hand, the video directly warns the West of repercussions if its intervention continues. On the other, it represents a more subtle threat reminding Europe and the United States that their own citizens are vulnerable to being radicalized, that ISIS supporters are present all over the world. So, creating an elaborate display of beheading an American represents a distinct change in messaging, turning the threat towards the West. Indeed, the apparently British militant conducting the...
  • Foley Abduction Linked to British Jihadi Kidnapping Ring in London

    08/21/2014 8:19:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/21/2014 | Josh Rogin
    Weeks before he was abducted, alleged members of a kidnapping network tied to ISIS were busted in London. Syrian extremists saw it as a reason to accelerate abductions. American journalist James Foley was captured in Syria in November 2012, just weeks after the British government arrested and charged three British citizens, who were alleged members of a group of foreign fighters associated with the Islamic State, for the kidnapping of two other Western journalists. It remains unclear whether these accused terrorists who later slipped through the fingers of the British legal system were part of the same extremist cell that...
  • Foley executioner said to be member of terrorist ‘Beatles’ trio

    08/21/2014 8:18:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    AP and Times of Israel staff ^ | August 21, 2014, 5:41 pm
    A gruesome video released online Tuesday showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley by a man who appears to be a British national has sparked international outrage and is fueling fears about the increasing numbers of foreign fighters joining the ranks of the Islamic State. The Guardian newspaper quoted an unidentified former prisoner held in Syria who said that the executioner goes by the name “John” and is an educated and devout radical Islamist who is one of three UK-born IS militants known as “the Beatles.” According to the report, the executioner was from London, and was one of...
  • Italy to Arm Peshmerga with Anti-Tank Weapons

    08/21/2014 8:08:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 21.08.2014 | Mewan Dolamari
    Italy to give anti-tank weapons to Kurds News / Kurdistan Italy to Arm Peshmerga with Anti-Tank Weapons 21.08.2014 Mewan Dolamari BasNews, Erbil   Italian Defense Minister announced that besides machine guns formerly used by Italy’s military, their government has decided to give anti-tank weapons to Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Region.   Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti promised also that the arrival of the weapons would be monitored ’to control that the arms get where they are supposed to go.’   Italy’s decision falls in line with a number of other countries who have also sent dozens of tons...
  • Israeli War Academic Front

    08/21/2014 7:58:35 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 20, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A professor actually lost out on an academic job due to his anti-Israeli musings. Beware, the following tweet is NSFW (or “not safe for work”) due to profanity. steve salaita twitter “This month, my campus, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was widely expected to welcome Steven Salaita as a new faculty member,” Cary Nelson wrote in an essay which appeared on Inside Higher Ed.com on August 8, 2014. “He was to be a tenured professor in the American Indian studies program. But a decision not to present the appointment to the Board of Trustees was made by the chancellor....
  • Holder: DOJ investigating Foley death

    08/21/2014 7:44:05 AM PDT · by maggief · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | August 21, 2014 | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    The Justice Department has begun an “open criminal investigation” into the killing of photojournalist James Foley, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday. Speaking at a press conference in Washington to announce a $17 billion settlement with Bank of America, the attorney general was asked about Foley. “The Justice Department is actively pursuing justice in this case. We have an open criminal investigation,” Holder said, adding later that the department will “vigorously” proceed with the probe.
  • ‘That’s One Cold Bastard’: Scarborough Thinks Terrorists Intimidated By Obama’s Golfing [VIDEO]

    08/21/2014 7:25:42 AM PDT · by maggief · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 21, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Joe Scarborough believes Islamic State terrorists will be intimidated by President Obama’s golf game just minutes after his statement on beheaded journalist James Foley, perhaps thinking to themselves, “Wow, that’s one cold bastard.” The “Morning Joe” host unveiled his alternative explanation to the “horrifying” images of Obama grinning ear-to-ear on the golf course right after a sober statement condemning the execution of an American journalist by Islamic fundamentalists in Iraq.
  • Joe Biden: James Foley Beheading Does Not Change U.S. Approach To Islamic State

    08/21/2014 7:03:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    During a visit to Goodwin College in Connecticut on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden indicated that the beheading of American journalist James Foley would not change the United States approach to ISIS.
  • Bashar al-Assad Is Betting The ISIS Threat Will Bring West To His Side

    08/21/2014 6:58:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/21/2014 | TOM PERRY, REUTERS
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria is wagering that Islamic State's push to reshape the Middle East will eventually force a hostile West to deal with President Bashar al-Assad as the only way to tackle the threat. While Assad's forces escalate their fight with Islamic State militants in the Syrian civil war, the United States is staging air strikes on the same group across the frontier in Iraq. This, along with United Nations sanctions targeting the Sunni Muslim militants in both Syria and Iraq, has strengthened Assad's belief that the United States and Europe are coming around to his way of viewing...
  • Time to Part Ways with Erdogan: In Turkey, We Are Seeing the Death of a Moderate Muslim State

    08/21/2014 6:45:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 08/21/2014 | Ari Lieberman
    There is no question that Turkey, because of its size and geo-strategic location maintains a pivotal role in NATO. Its armed forces are NATO’s second largest and its troops had acquitted themselves well during the Korean War. Turkey had also played a constructive role in bridging relations between Israel and the Muslim world acting as an effective interlocutor. But with the ascent of the Islamist Justice and Development party in 2002 and the rise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as party boss, things have taken a stark turn for the worse. Under the stewardship of an increasingly unbalanced Erdogan, Turkey has...
  • Obama Slammed for Releasing Details of Failed Foley Rescue Mission

    08/21/2014 6:36:30 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 60 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | August 21, 2014
    THE KELLY FILE': GENERAL JACK KEANE SAYS THERE WAS NO REASON TO RELEASE INFORMATION ON THE FAILED FOLEY RESCUE MISSION: I think it’s a matter of principle Megan, we really shouldn’t talk about these operations and certainly an operation like this, there’s no reason to disclose it, at a deference to Mr. Foley’s family I probably would have told that family what we attempted to do at least and give them some comfort that somebody did try to rescue him. But even going back to the Bin Laden raid, which was obviously successful, the amount of information that was released...
  • Islamic State militants seize four more foreign hostages in Syria

    08/21/2014 6:34:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | August 20, 2014 | by Martin Chulov
    Flush with looted weapons, buoyed by sweeping gains in Syria and eager to shock, Islamic State militants have seized four more foreign hostages near Aleppo in recent days, taking to more than 20 the number of foreigners they now hold. The latest captives, two Italian women, a Dane and a Japanese national, were seized in or near Syria's largest city. All held are either reporters, photographers or aid workers taken near Aleppo or Idlib. They have been subsequently moved to Raqqa, the Isis stronghold in north Syria. The abductions have controversially proved good business for Islamic radicals. In the past...
  • Scarborough Defends Golfing Obama: Sends Tough 'Screw You' Message To Terrorists

    08/21/2014 6:13:54 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 47 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough has developed a novel defense of President Obama's decision to continue golfing while ISIS continues its murderous rampage across the Middle East, including its recent beheading of American James Foley. On today's Morning Joe Scarborough claimed that Obama's golf sends a tough, "screw you" message to the terrorists. Can anyone watch the photos of President Obama joking around with his buddies on the course and think this reflects anything other than a checked-out Commander-in-Chief? Does Scarborough really think that watching Obama hack his way around the links sends a shiver down the spine of ISIS terrorists as they...
  • It's Official: "We Are All Terrorists Now"

    08/21/2014 6:04:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/20/14 | Tyler Durden
    "if you watch terrorism, you're also a terrorist'.
  • Obama returns to golf green after talking to media... [Cover: "Bam's Golf War"]

    08/21/2014 5:57:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/20/2014 | LARRY MCSHANE
    President Obama put his own spin on the oft-quoted advice of predecessor Teddy Roosevelt: speak strongly and carry a nine iron. The vacationing commander-in-chief returned to the golf course Wednesday after calling for justice in the brutal killing of an American journalist by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) terrorists. Obama also detailed his conversation with the parents of slain hostage James Foley, 40, whose beheading was videotaped and posted on the Internet by his killers. The president zipped quickly from a local school to a Martha’s Vineyard golf course after his 12:45 p.m. media session. Obama delivered a...
  • Rockets Hit Kindergarten, Wound One, in Southern Rocket Barrage

    08/21/2014 5:55:45 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 8 replies
    Arutz SHeva ^ | 8-21-14 | By Talia Blatman
    A 33-year-old man has been wounded by rocket shrapnel in the Eshkol Regional Council, after Gaza terrorists pounded the southern area with rockets Thursday morning. The victim's wounds were at first considered to be minor but are currently classified as moderate to severe. Hamas launched a large rocket salvo at the south on Thursday morning. Many of the rockets struck down in open fields in the Eshkol Regional Council. Among the buildings hit was a kindergarten...
  • ISIS demanded $132 million in ransom from James Foley's family, employer

    08/21/2014 5:45:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 08/21/2014 | BY MEG WAGNER
    Before Islamic extremists brutally beheaded an American journalist on camera, they demanded $132 million in ransom from his family and his employer. Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists began sending messages to James Foley's family and the GlobalPost last fall, Philip Balboni, the news agency's head, told CNN. At first the messages made political and financial demands. "The captors never messaged a lot. There was a very limited number with a very specific purpose," he said. Then, last week, the fighters sent an email saying Foley would be killed. "The message was vitriolic and filled with rage against the United States. It...
  • Hamas says three top commanders killed by Israeli airstrike in Gaza

    08/21/2014 5:42:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/21/2014
    Hamas said that an Israel airstrike in Gaza killed three of its senior military leaders early Thursday. The Palestinian militant group claimed that the men -- identified as Mohammed Abu Shamaleh, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed al-Attar -- were killed along with three other people in a strike on a four-story building near Rafah, a town in the southern part of the coastal territory. The trio had played a key role in expanding Hamas' military capabilities in recent years, including digging attack tunnels leading to Israel, training of fighters and smuggling of weapons to Gaza, Israel said. Hamza Khalifa, an area...
  • Gays to blame for Spain's trillion euro debt: senator

    08/21/2014 5:42:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The Local ^ | 8/20/2014
    Popular Party senator Luz Elena Sanín told journalists that Spain’s ruling conservative party had increased its public spending due to "the debts" caused by “subsidies for NGOs and homosexuals”. Sanín, who represents Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta in the Senate, said former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero with the country's opposition Socialists had forced the country’s debt to surpass a record €1 trillion with "his favours". The Colombian-born politician, now a Spanish national, added that her party had been forced to further aggravate the country’s economic crisis when coming to power in order to pay back the debt...
  • RUSSIA: 46 years ago SOVIET UNION marched on Czechoslovakia to end"Prague Spring"

    08/21/2014 5:11:23 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    tcn.ua ^ | 21/08/2014
    46 years ago, the SOVIET UNION and its allies have troops on the territory of Czechoslovakia. This marked the end of the reform, which received the name "Prague Spring". Before the invasion held large-scale military exercises in the USSR, Poland, GDR. In General, participating in sting operation "Danube", which became the largest in the USSR after World War II, took half a million military personnel, 5 thousand units of armored vehicles, and aircraft. Victims of aggression were 108 persons, another 500 were injured. Today in his Twitter Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Lěnas Lěnkavěcus posted by: "46 years ago,...
  • Destroy the Caliphate!

    08/21/2014 4:59:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/21/2014 | Brian W. Lynch
    On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, the Islamic State posted a video on YouTube showing the decapitation of American journalist James Foley. A second American, Steven Joel Sotloff, was paraded in front of the camera. Foley’s executioner, totally clad in black and speaking with an English accent, stated “the life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.” It remains to be seen how the administration will respond to this cowardly war crime. Up to this point, their approach has been weak-kneed and contradictory. While the administration reluctantly authorized “limited airstrikes,” it stressed that the United States “will not...
  • UKRAINE Lugansk: Residents staged patriotic flashmob encouraging terrorists to get out of town

    08/21/2014 4:44:20 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    tsn.ua ^ | 21/08/2014 13:16
    Lugansk Oblast residents staged a patriotic flashmob and encouraged terrorists to get out of town Lugansk Oblast residents write about how they want to go home (vk.com/lugansk_city) People write as they want to return to the besieged city and see the family. Residents Lugansk, who had to leave town because of terrorist attacks, staged a flashmob in social networks with passports. People published photos from your documents, some of which leave a note with unique wishes. Read more: The network appeared flashmob video "Live map of Ukraine" http://tsn.ua/kyiv/u-merezhi-z-yavilos-video-fleshmobu-zhiva-karta-ukrayini-356898.html On his epistles Lugansk Oblast residents asked the terrorists to get out...
  • We need Russian influence: Ukrainian minister

    08/21/2014 4:40:20 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 2 replies
    CNBC ^ | Catherine Boyle
    The Ukrainian government needs "Russian influence" to deal with the problems within its borders, one of its most senior members said ahead of a key summit between the two sparring countries. "(It is) only with Russian influence we can sort the problem out," Pavlo Klimkin, foreign minister of Ukraine, told CNBC ahead of the talks in Minsk on Tuesday, which will see Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko meet at a summit of leaders in the region. The conflict in Ukraine shows little signs of abating. On Thursday, dozens of people died as fighting in Donetsk,...
  • RUSSIA: Russia will hold a training scenario of nuclear war

    Russia will hold a training scenario of nuclear war During training exercises will test the system for the evaluation of the effects of a nuclear attack and will conduct 300 thousand virtual nuclear missile launches. Nuclear explosion gradremstroy.ru SMF conducts training throughout Russia RUSSIAN Army conducts training in strategic missile troops, during which will test the efficiency of the system for the evaluation of the effects of weapons of mass destruction on the territory of Russia, as well as teach operators launchers intercontinental ballistic missiles. Check for system evaluation the effects of a nuclear attack involved all units of radiation,...
  • Fox: 'History of Islam' shows a 'bullet to the head' is 'only thing these people understand'

    08/21/2014 4:10:17 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://theweek.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | The Week
    If you study the history of Islam. Our ship captains were getting murdered. The French had to tip us off. I mean these were the days of Thomas Jefferson. They've been doing the same thing. This isn't a surprise. You can't solve it with a dialogue. You can't solve it with a summit. You solve it with a bullet to the head. Its the only thing these people understand. And all we've heard from this president is a case to heap praise on this religion, as if to appease them.
  • Obama: Islamic State “Speaks For No Religion”

    08/21/2014 3:53:51 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    The imam Obama has spoken: “ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents.”
  • Merkel sets limits to NATO solidarity with Baltic states

    08/21/2014 3:16:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 19.08.14 @ 09:21 | Andrew Rettman
    German chancellor Angela Merkel has said NATO will defend Baltic states if need be, but will not build permanent military bases in the region. She spoke on Monday (18 August) on a visit to Riga in which she also laid a wreath at the Freedom Monument, a memorial to the Latvian War of Independence against Russia in 1918. “I want to stress that … Article V of the NATO contract—the duty to provide mutual support—is not something which just exists on paper, but is also something which must be filled with life”, she told press after meeting Latvian prime minister...
  • Americans brace for new wave of Islamic State terror

    08/21/2014 3:05:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    The Washington Times | August 21, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    The vicious Islamic State group now is vowing to broaden its war campaign to include killing Americans wherever and whenever it can.
  • ISIS: Turkey’s Bastard Child

    08/21/2014 2:50:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/21/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Simple Logic Shows Turkey is in Bed with ISIS. When ISIS started a demolition of all shrines and tombs, even those that are attributed to prophets like Jonah and even Muslim religious icons, ISIS blew up these holy places accusing them as magnets to practices considered as sacrilege. Yet, only Turkish shrines were off limits. When it comes to the shrine of the grand father of the Turkish Ottomans “Suleiman Pasha” inside Syria, and in the areas under ISIS, not only did ISIS refrain from destroying these, but facilitated the entry of Turkish troops to such shrines in order to...