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  • Supreme Court to hear Iranian bank appeal over $1.75B judgment in terror case

    10/04/2015 4:35:01 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Associated Press
    The Supreme Court said Thursday it hear an appeal from Iran's central bank over a $1.75 billion judgment awarded to victims of terrorist attacks, including the 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines in Lebanon. The justices agreed to review a ruling from the federal appeals court in New York that said the judgment against Bank Markazi could be distributed to several hundred victims and families of those killed or injured in attacks sponsored by the government of Iran. The bank had argued that seizing the assets would conflict with treaty agreements between the United States and Iran. The money is...
  • Putin signs decree drafting 150,000 conscripts into the Russian military.....

    10/01/2015 9:33:50 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 50 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 1, 2015 | WILL STEWART and SIMON TOMLINSON
    Vladimir Putin has conscripted 150,000 new troops into the Russian army as the country unleashed a new wave of airstrikes in Syria - while and Iran and Islamist group Hezbollah prepare for a major ground offensive. Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria over the last ten days, backed by the country's Lebanese allies, Hezbollah, and rebel fighters from Iraq and Afghanistan, two Lebanese sources claimed today. One of the sources said the Iranian ground forces were 'soldiers and officers', not advisers, adding: 'We mean hundreds with equipment and weapons. They will be followed by more.' They are being...
  • WWIII is shaping up in Syria: ...likens alliance to 'apocalyptic visions of John the Revelator'

    10/01/2015 7:31:58 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 73 replies
    WND ^ | September 30, 2015 | Joseph Farah
    World War III is shaping up in Syria right now, thanks to Barack Obama. According to Russian Sen. Igor Morozov, Beijing has agreed to dispatch naval forces, including an aircraft carrier, to Syria alongside a Russian military force that will join Hezbollah and Iranian army regulars in Syria, an immediate neighbor to the north of Israel, and Iraq to fight ISIS. Now this is both good news and bad news: Good news: Somebody’s got to fight ISIS. And it’s clearly not going to be the U.S. under Barack Obama. Somebody’s got to soundly defeat and destroy ISIS. And that’s clearly...
  • Clinton & Khobar--One of the keys to understanding the war over the war on terrorism.

    11/03/2003 4:20:33 PM PST · by SJackson · 22 replies · 374+ views
    National Review ^ | 11-3-03 | Rich Lowry
    Wesley Clark the other day blamed the Bush administration for the intelligence failures leading to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. And Hillary Clinton said, darkly, that the administration's refusal to hand over documents to a 9/11 commission "unnecessarily raises suspicions that it has something to hide." Meanwhile, Condi Rice in a speech last week pointed to the failure to take terrorism seriously during the 1990s — in other words, she pointed to Clinton administration failures. The war over the war on terror has just begun. In this battle, it's useful to stick to specifics. Let's take,...
  • AP Interview: Egypt’s leader says country in ‘ferocious war’

    09/27/2015 12:32:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 27, 2015 1:44 AM EDT | Edith M. Lederer and John Daniszewski
    Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in an interview that the Mideast region needs to cooperate to defeat a worsening terrorist threat that has led to a “ferocious war” in Egypt and created the danger of some countries “sliding into failure.” In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press Saturday night, el-Sissi also said that Syria should not be divided after its civil war, that the Egyptian military needs to be “augmented” to defeat terrorists fighting in the Sinai and Western Desert, and that efforts should be renewed to solve the Palestinian issue and expand Egypt’s nearly 40-year-peace with Israel to...
  • Hezbollah welcomes Russian buildup in Syria, says U.S. has failed

    09/25/2015 3:19:10 PM PDT · by keat · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:52pm EDT | John Davison and Mariam Karouny
    Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah on Friday welcomed Russia's military buildup in Syria in support of common ally President Bashar al-Assad, saying it was the failure of a U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State that had forced Moscow's hand. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a three-hour interview with the group's al-Manar TV that increased Russian support for Assad included highly advanced weapons systems, warplanes and helicopters. Russia has stepped up its military involvement in Syria while pressing for Damascus to be included in international efforts to fight Islamic State, a demand Washington rejects. By raising the stakes in Syria's four-year conflict,...
  • Boosted by nuke deal, Iran ups funding to Hezbollah, Hamas - assumption sanctions will be lifted,

    09/22/2015 6:14:17 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | September 21, 2015 | Avi Issacharoff
    Boosted by nuke deal, Iran ups funding to Hezbollah, Hamas Operating on assumption sanctions will be lifted, Tehran increases support to proxies, Avi Issacharoff September 21, 2015 On Sunday, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, arrived in Iran for talks on the nuclear agreement, as part of what appears to be an attempt by the UN nuclear watchdog to evaluate whether Iran ran a military nuclear program in the past. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! Amano is expected to meet with various Iranian...
  • Hezbollah said pulling back from Syria fighting

    09/22/2015 2:32:53 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 5 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | September 22, 2015 | Joshua Davidovich
    Hezbollah militants fighting alongside Syrian troops say they plan to shift to a defensive posture after helping President Bashar Assad win back a key border town, Lebanese media reported Tuesday. Officials from the Lebanon-based Islamist organization informed Damascus that they would no longer help Assad with offensives against rebel groups, according to the Beirut-based Daily Star. The move comes as both Russia and Iran appear to be increasing direct military support for the Assad regime, four and a half years into a bloody civil war.
  • Boosted by nuke deal, Iran ups funding to Hezbollah, Hamas

    09/21/2015 2:59:59 PM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | September 21, 2015 | Avi Issacharoff
    On Sunday, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, arrived in Iran for talks on the nuclear agreement, as part of what appears to be an attempt by the UN nuclear watchdog to evaluate whether Iran ran a military nuclear program in the past.
  • Boosted by nuke deal, Iran ups funding to Hezbollah, Hamas

    09/21/2015 6:46:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9-21-15 | AVI ISSACHAROFF
    On Sunday, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, arrived in Iran for talks on the nuclear agreement, as part of what appears to be an attempt by the UN nuclear watchdog to evaluate whether Iran ran a military nuclear program in the past. Amano is expected to meet with various Iranian nuclear scientists for answers on this very subject. On December 15, ahead of the lifting of crippling economic sanctions on Tehran, he is slated to present the world with definitive answers that will determine whether Iran complied with the terms of a nuclear deal signed...
  • Obama's alleged intelligence fraud began with 2012 election: Intel chairman

    09/19/2015 10:11:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Examiner ^ | September 19, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    Gen. Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, is highly critical of the Obama administration's foreign policy. The intelligence community's alleged intelligence fraud to benefit resident Barack Obama and his national security team began earlier than originally suspected. According to Fox News Channel's Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge on Saturday, the manipulation of the intelligence reported by several media outlets is suspected of beginning in 2012. At that time Obama was running for re-election against Republican Mitt Romney and the reports on Islamic terrorism were favorable for the incumbent Obama ... In addition, the most "transparent administration" in...
  • Turn up the rhetoric on Iran

    05/28/2003 9:42:56 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 118+ views
    National Post ^ | May 28 2003 | David Warren/Ottawa Citizen
    It is now emerging from intelligence sources that the reason the United States was able to give Saudi Arabia the heads-up it ignored on the terror bombings in Riyadh, is because the CIA had been intercepting communications between al-Qaeda operatives in Arabia and Iran. The hits themselves helped to clarify co-ordinates; and there is thus little doubt remaining in American minds that Iran is sheltering senior al-Qaeda leaders. The ayatollahs are most likely trying to integrate surviving al-Qaeda resources with those of Hezbollah, their own main horse in terror international. I read some hint of that into the strange remarks...
  • Iran Sends Bin Laden's Son To Lebanon

    08/14/2006 9:51:07 AM PDT · by Sabramerican · 17 replies · 698+ views
    Middle East Newsline ^ | 8/14/2006 | MENL
    IRAN SENDS BIN LADEN'S SON TO LEBANON ABU DHABI [MENL] -- Iran was said to have sent the son of Al Qaida chief Osama Bin Laden to Lebanon. Islamic sources said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has released Bin Laden's son, Saad. The sources said IRGC released the 27-year-old Saad and sent him to organize cells in Lebanon. "We have been hearing reports that Saad is no longer under house arrest and is now in Syria waiting to enter Lebanon," a source said. The UAE-based Elaph news agency reported that Iran sent Saad to the Syrian-Lebanese border to build cells...
  • Senior al Qaeda leaders reportedly released from custody in Iran

    09/19/2015 6:17:47 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | September 18, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    In recent days, pro-al Qaeda jihadists claimed to confirm a recent news report saying that several senior al Qaeda leaders have been released from Iranian custody. Sky News reported earlier this week that five veteran jihadists were released in exchange for an Iranian diplomat who had been kidnapped in Yemen. Several jihadists on Twitter who are connected to al Qaeda have said the report is accurate. One of them is known as “Al Siyasi al Mutaqa’id,” who has relayed accurate information on al Qaeda in the past. The five jihadists who were reportedly freed are: Saif al Adel, Abu Mohammed...
  • The Terror Masters Revisited

    08/16/2004 6:23:27 AM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies · 668+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 8-16-04 | Michael Ledeen
    Saturday's Washington Post had an article which quotes the usual unnamed intelligence sources saying that they are surprised to discover that al Qaeda has "reconstituted" itself. This surprise derives from, inter alia, the computer data found recently in Pakistan, intelligence sources (both ours and friends'), and simply looking at the range of activities in which the terrorists engage. This surprise is, as usual, unsettling, since it has been quite clear for some time now that al Qaeda and the other major terrorist groups — Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Jamaa, etc. — are all working together, and have been ever since...
  • Obama Admin Will Not Reveal to Congress Number of Americans Killed By Iran

    09/18/2015 6:19:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 31 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 18, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration is declining to inform Congress about the number of American citizens and troops killed by Iran and its terror proxies, according to a document provided to Congress and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The administration was repeatedly asked by Congress to release figures describing how many Americans and Israelis have been killed by Iran’s military and terror activities since the country’s 1979 revolution. In a series of on-the-record responses obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon, and provided in written form to Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), Kerry sidestepped the questions on all of the three separate...
  • Why Jeremy Corbyn Scares British Jews So Much

    09/17/2015 3:55:37 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies ^ | September 13, 2015 | Liam Hoare
    His politics are that of principled rebellion. Between 2005 and 2010, when Labour was in government, Corbyn voted against party lines 25% of the time. Known for his anti-war politics, he has publicly supported both the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Irish republicans. In 1996 the Guardian editorialized that his ill-timed meeting with Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein made him “a fool whom the Labour Party would probably be better off without.” Now, with the party in disarray, Corbyn has come out of obscurity to become Labour’s next leader — and British Jewry is worried. In a recent Survation poll, 67%...
  • Officials Shifting Focus to Iran

    04/11/2008 8:47:46 AM PDT · by freerepublic_or_die · 4 replies · 103+ views ^ | April 11, 2008 | Staff
    The hours of congressional testimony, the speeches and the press conferences this week were all, nominally, about Iraq. But another, equally explosive question - what to do about Iran - loomed over the presentations by Army Gen. David Petraeus, the American military commander in Iraq, over U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and over U.S. strategy for the Middle East. Petraeus and Crocker, arguing that there has been progress in stabilizing Iraq since President Bush ordered a troop build-up there last year, fingered Iran's support for Shiite militias in Iraq, which they called "special groups," as the No. 1 threat...
  • Petraeus Takes the Hill

    04/11/2008 9:52:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 99+ views
    Motherjones ^ | April 8, 2008 | David Corn
    Washington Dispatch: The Iraq general's testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee was predictable: progress is real, we must stay the course. But committee Democrats missed an opportunity to undercut the White House story. By David Corn April 8, 2008 As General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday and pitched a story of success in Iraq, a news update flashed on the television screen: Sadr threatens to end cease-fire. Meaning that civil war between the Shiite-dominated government of Baghdad and the Shiite movement led by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr could...
  • U.S. and Iran Both Conflict and Converge

    09/14/2015 2:37:34 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 9/13/15 | TIM ARANGO, DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    **SNIP** But though the United States and Iran each face domestic pressures against closer relations, some analysts see a more collaborative relationship as an inevitable if uneasy consequence of the negotiations leading up to the nuclear deal — despite the insistence of leaders on either side that the American-brokered agreement would be limited to Iran’s nuclear program. “Both the Iranian and American governments are going to approach expanded dialogue very gingerly,” said James Dobbins, a senior follow at the RAND Corporation. “But there will still be a gradual increase in at least communication between the two governments on areas beyond...
  • Jill Kelley visited the White House THREE TIMES times in last three months with her twin sister

    11/16/2012 12:41:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/16/12 | Lydia Warren
    Jill Kelley, the Florida housewife whose complaint over threatening emails revealed David Petraeus´ affair, has visited the White House three times in the past three months, it has emerged. In by far the most astonishing example of her determination to reach the top, the shrewd socialite and her twin sister, Natalie Khawam, were invited to two ´courtesy´ meals in the Executive Mansion mess hall as a guest of a White House aide, an Obama administration official has revealed. She met the mid-level aide through her work with MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, where she also rubbed shoulders with the
  • WATCH: Hamas ‘Summer Camp’ – You Won’t Believe Your Eyes [Funding-Iran/US, EU funded UNWRA]

    09/13/2015 9:43:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    This is one of the most shocking videos you will ever see. Watch what happens to young boys and girls during a routine day at Camp Hamas. And guess who will be funding more of it? Many of you have children who attend summer camp. You will not believe what you are about to see at Camp Hamas. The innocent young faces of children have been transformed into something so ugly, it is impossible to describe. Hamas summer camps are funded by Iran. Imagine how many more camps will be opening next summer, after sanctions are lifted and Iran gets...
  • atch: UK Labour MP Snaps When Challenged over Hamas 'Friends'

    07/13/2015 11:36:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/7/15 | Ari Soffer
    One of the candidates to lead Britain's Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, has come under scrutiny for comments he once made calling Islamist terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends." As the Labour leadership race heats up, Corbyn has seen his controversial comments - and his decision to invite members of the terrorist groups to parliament in the first place - come back to haunt him, with the topic being brought up in successive interviews Monday. But it seems the grilling was a little too much for Corbyn, who finally snapped during this interview with Channel 4: Video He is one...
  • In Major Humiliation For Obama, Iran Sends Soldiers To Support Russian Troops In Syria

    09/10/2015 9:17:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 9/10/15 | tyler durden
    When Zero Hedge first reported ten days ago that Russian troops, in their bid to support the Assad regime in its ongoing confrontation with various ISIS, Al Nusra, and other US-supported groups in what has become the proxy war of 2015 (one which even comes with thousands of refugees for dramatic media impact) had been quietly massing in Syria and have set up a forward operating base near Damascus, there were those who were openly skeptical. Then, just a few hours ago, Bloomberg finally confirmed that "top officials were scheduled to meet at the National Security Council Deputies Committee level...
  • US releases ‘dangerous’ Iranian proxy behind the murder of US troops

    12/31/2009 7:43:06 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 34 replies · 2,966+ views
    Live War Journal ^ | December 31, 2009 | By Bill Roggio
    The US has released the leader of an Iranian-backed Shia terror group behind the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007.Qais Qazali, the leader of the Asaib al Haq or the League of the Righteous, was set free by the US military and transferred to Iraqi custody in exchange for the release of British hostage Peter Moore, US military officers and intelligence officials told The Long War Journal. The US military directly implicated Qais in the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007. “We let a very dangerous man go,...
  • Iran — Unafraid and Undeterred

    01/30/2015 6:11:58 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies
    Caroline Glick ^ | 1/30/2015 | Caroline Glick
    Israel’s reported strike January 18 on a joint Iranian-Hezbollah convoy driving on the Syrian Golan Heights was one of the most strategically significant events to have occurred in Israel’s neighborhood in recent months. Its significance lies both in what it accomplished operationally and what it exposed. From what been published to date about the identities of those killed in the strike, it is clear that in one fell swoop the air force decapitated the Iranian and Hezbollah operational command in Syria. The head of Hezbollah’s operations in Syria, the head of its liaison with Iran, and Jihad Mughniyeh, the son...
  • US concerned about Russian build-up in Syria

    09/09/2015 5:23:30 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Business Spectator ^ | September 9, 2015 | Dow Jones newswires
    Russian forces have moved new personnel, planes and equipment into Syria in recent days, raising concerns that Moscow is moving to establish a new military base to aid embattled President Bashar al-Assad, US military officials said on Tuesday. While Russia has long had a military presence in Syria, US military officials expressed increasing worry that the latest influx of support from Moscow is an effort to step up its support for the Syrian leader. ***snip*** "What's the true objective here?" said a second US military official. "Is the true objective to keep Assad in power, or to put in another...
  • The Incredibly Shrinking War on Terror

    08/23/2009 11:57:29 PM PDT · by · 4 replies · 499+ views ^ | August 21, 2009 | FrontPage Magazine
    It is fitting that any president, especially the first (real) black president, celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as the Obama Justice Department did last month. The selection of an Arab as a prime speaker seems curious for many reasons, not least because Arabs are classified as “white.”  Eric Holder’s choice of James Zogby, a longtime apologist for Palestinian terrorism and dedicated foe of effective homeland security measures, to address the gathering seems to signal a deeper reality at the core of the Obama administration: its ever-shrinking conception of the War on Terror.Jim Zogby, the...
  • Benghazi Leads to Iran, Not Al Qaeda

    08/03/2013 1:24:47 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 146 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-3-2013 | Mark Langfan
    August 3, 2013 Benghazi Leads to Iran, Not Al Qaeda Mark Langfan ..... Why is Obama doing everything in the world to cover-up the truth in Benghazi? Why is Obama administering lie detector exams every few days to all the CIA operatives who were in Benghazi? Is it to cover-up the fact that Obama was running guns to the Syrian rebels? Why do that? Both the then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and then-CIA Director Petraeus were openly advocating arming the Syrian rebels. Is it such a big deal that the United States was secretly arming enemies of Iran's puppet Assad...
  • What Do John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and John Brennan Have in Common?

    01/22/2013 5:33:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | January 22, 2013 | Morton A. Klein and Daniel Mandel
    President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia; seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad; pulling his punches against Iran’s nuclear program; and putting “daylight” between his administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same – John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan for the CIA. Kerry opposed Congress’ 2009 hold on appointing an ambassador to a regime...
  • A Break in the Khobar Towers Case (NY Slimes is "suspicious" of timing of arrest)

    08/31/2015 5:19:58 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | AUG. 28, 2015
    The 1996 terrorist attack on Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 United States airmen was among the defining events of America’s recent experience in the Middle East. But there has been no judicial accountability. With the reported arrest of the man accused of masterminding the crime, a resolution of the case may be closer. The truck bombing at the eight-story dormitory near the Dharan Air Base was the deadliest such attack on American forces since the 1983 bombing of the Marines’ barracks in Beirut that killed 241 American service members. In 2006, a federal court concluded that elements...
  • Hizbullah planner of ’96 Khobar Towers bombing arrested in Beirut

    08/27/2015 6:04:47 PM PDT · by Larry - Moe and Curly · 21 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 8/27/15 | Special to
    The mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist attack that killed 19 Americans has been captured, U.S. and Saudi officials said on Aug. 26. The arrest of Ahmed al-Mughassil, who was described by the FBI in 2001 as the leader of the armed wing of the Saudi Hizbullah group, was one of the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists. The arrest concluded a nearly two-decade manhunt.
  • Iran, Al Qaeda affiliated group, the Al Nusra Front, attacks US trained rebels in Syria

    08/06/2015 8:37:56 AM PDT · by Frankusa · 5 replies
    On July 31, the New York Times reported that an American-trained, Syrian Rebel group, known as Division 30, came under intense attack from a hard-line, Al Qaeda affiliated group, known as the Al Nusra Front... It is... significant to note that, according to a US Department of Treasury report issued last year, Al Nusra has received significant funding from "Al-Qaida’s network in Iran." That's right: Iran. "Al-Qaida’s network in Iran.".... The Treasury Department noted in its report that... "Al-Qaida’s network in Iran has facilitated the transfer of funds... to al-Qaida core and other affiliated elements, including the al-Nusrah Front in...
  • Panic in Damascus?

    08/03/2015 10:39:38 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | August 3, 2015 | Mouin Rabbani
    The view that 2015 has not been a particularly good year for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has much to recommend it. Within Syria, the government has lost control over most of the province of Idlib, and was recently dislodged from Palmyra by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The key cities of Aleppo in the north and Deraa in the south remain under threat; increased coordination among Syria's notoriously fractious armed rebel groups is an important factor in this regard, as is improved relations among their sponsors.
  • Daily Kickoff: Rising Star Israeli diplomat George Deek | Ted Cruz to host Iran strategy meeting

    07/28/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Less than a mile or so from Chabad Lubavitch's HQ at 770 Eastern Parkway, around 80 Hillary for America supporters gathered at the home of former White House Jewish Liaison Jarrod Bernstein and Hildy Kuryk, currently communications director at Vogue, to hear from the Clinton campaign's senior advisors including manager Robby Mook, vice chairwoman Huma Abedin and finance director Dennis Chang. SPOTTED: Recent Chairman of the Conference of Presidents Bob Sugarman, Obama mega-bundler Sarah Kovner, Tusk Ventures' Seth London, Anya Hoerburger of Intermedia Partners, Samantha Maltzman, Jill Strauss, Samantha Vinograd of Goldman Sachs and formerly at office...
  • Nasrallah: U.S. will remain the ‘Great Satan’

    07/25/2015 12:13:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 7/25/15
    The Lebanese Hezbollah group said Washington will remain the “Great Satan” following nuclear deal with world powers and it can still count on Iran’s support, its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday. In his first public remarks since the agreement was reached this month in Geneva, Nasrallah said he was sure Tehran would confound critics who say it would end support to Hezbollah.“Did Iran sell its allies down the river during the nuclear talks? No, there was no bargaining” between Iran and the United States, he said in a speech broadcast on a large screen to supporters in Beirut’s...
  • Kerry Dismisses Iran's Financial Support for Hezbollah, Other Terror Groups

    07/15/2015 11:26:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 15, 2015 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday played down concerns that Iran will use the windfall from sanctions relief under the nuclear agreement to boost sponsorship for terrorists, suggesting that groups like Hezbollah do not benefit all that much from Iranian financial support in the first place. The notion that the $100 billion which Iran will obtain “is going to make all the difference in the world is just – it’s not true,” Kerry told the BBC in Vienna after the Iran nuclear agreement was announced. He was responding to a question about concerns that Iran could use...
  • Computer hack reveals identity of Syrians in contact with Israel

    07/12/2015 10:16:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/12/15 | Elhanan Miller
    Computer hackers likely working for the Syrian regime and Hezbollah have managed to penetrate the computers of Israeli and American activists working with the Syrian opposition, exposing sensitive contacts between the sides. Al-Akhbar, a newspaper serving as Hezbollah’s mouthpiece in Lebanon, published a series of articles over the weekend purporting to divulge correspondence between Mendi Safadi, a Druze Israeli and former political adviser to Deputy Regional Cooperation Minister Ayoub Kara, with members of the Syrian opposition around the world, taken from taken from Safadi’s computer. The article also contains screenshots of word documents and text message exchanges saved on Safadi’s...
  • Obama’s Swiss Banker

    04/24/2012 4:00:35 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    The WASHIGTON FREE BEACON ^ | April 24, 2012 | By Andrew Stiles
    One of President Obama’s largest financial backers is a key executive at the largest Swiss bank in the world, complicating his criticism of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Robert Wolf is president of Swiss financial giant UBS Investment Bank and chairman of UBS Americas. He has been one of Obama’s most prolific fundraisers dating back to 2006, when the former Senator from Illinois initiated his run for the White House. Wolf has bundled more than $500,000 for the president’s reelection, campaign records show. He is but one of many wealthy bankers Obama has turned to in an effort to win...
  • Syria army enters last rebel bastion by Lebanon border

    07/05/2015 8:16:29 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 1 replies
    AFP ^ | 7/5/2015 | Sara Hussein
    Syrian government forces backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah entered the town of Zabadani on Sunday in a bid to take the last rebel-held bastion along the Lebanese border.
  • Expert: Arab Armies 'Falling Apart,' IDF Will Have to Fight ISIS

    07/04/2015 4:40:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/15 | Yaakov Levi
    Israel's former ambassador to Egypt, Zvi Mazel, currently a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), believes that the Egyptian army is not going to be able to successfully fight ISIS. In the end, he believes, the IDF is going to have to do the job. “The Egyptian army has not collapsed, and it is very large, with 600,000 soldiers,” said Mazel. “But for two years they have been fighting guerrillas in Sinai, unsuccessfully. They are just not experienced enough in guerrilla warfare.” Eventually, it is very possible that ISIS will take over Sinai – placing them along...
  • Jumblatt worried about Druze in Syria, security backlash in Lebanon

    06/29/2015 4:56:17 PM PDT · by BlackVeil
    Daily Star ^ | 9 June 2015 | Misbah al-Ali|
    Hezbollah’s recent steady military advances against Islamist militants on the rugged outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal have put MP Walid Jumblatt on edge for two reasons, sources close to the Progressive Socialist Party leader said. First, Jumblatt is worried that the Nusra Front or ISIS militants might carry out security operations or bombings inside Lebanese territory in response to Hezbollah’s military gains on Arsal’s outskirts. Second, Jumblatt also sees threats facing the fate of his fellow Druze in the Syrian province of Swaida, a stronghold of the Druze minority ....
  • What does the 'Facebook spy' reveal about Israel's hand in Syria war?

    06/29/2015 5:04:40 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    Ha-Aretz ^ | Mar. 31, 2015 | By Amos Harel
    An indictment filed last week in the Nazareth District Court against a resident of the town of Majdal Shams on the Golan Heights for espionage and assisting the enemy during wartime portrays Sudki Makat, a Druze supporter of the Assad regime in Syria, as the first Facebook spy caught in Israel..... claims in the indictment relate to things Makat posted on his Facebook page. The Israeli media also broadcast the recordings of interviews he gave from the Golan to Syrian television. The main claim against him in the indictment is that the information he posted — on the Internet and...
  • As minorities come under attack, Hezbollah portrays itself as their defender

    06/29/2015 4:38:01 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 19 June 2015 | By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Hezbollah is seeking to depict a narrative in which it is protecting minorities such as Christians, Druse, and Alawites in the ongoing Middle Eastern sectarian conflict so as to conceal the ideological sectarian and revolutionary ambitions that it shares with Iran. Hezbollah, a Shi’ite organization, is presenting itself as the defender of the multi-ethnic Lebanese state and minorities against Sunni jihadists. For example, Hezbollah announced that it condemned last week’s killing of 20 Druse by al-Qaida’s Nusra Front in the village of Qalb ...
  • Palestine - European Union Risks “Jew-hater” Label

    06/24/2015 5:38:47 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/24/15 | David Singer
    The EU will indeed merit the "Jew-hater" tag - should its ill-considered and misconceived labelling action proceed. The European Union (EU) runs the risk of being labelled “Jew-hater” - should it proceed with its plans requiring supermarkets and other retailers to label products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) differently from those made by Jews in Israel. No matter what spin the EU uses to justify any such discriminatory labelling—the EU will be seen to be actively supporting the 2005 Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel—whose manifesto states:
  • Syrian Army Makes Major Gains Against the Islamic State Amid Setbacks in Aleppo

    06/20/2015 5:27:39 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    FP ^ | JUNE 16, 2015 | J. DANA STUSTER
    Thirty-four Syrians were killed, including 12 children, and more than 190 were injured during an attack of over 300 shells that bombarded government held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Monday. The Syrian rebels have been battling the Assad regime for control of Aleppo since 2012. The event on Monday marks one of the largest attacks on civilians by the Syrian rebel forces according to the British-based Observatory for Human Rights, which stated, “this indiscriminate attack on civilians in the city of Aleppo took place at the very time when [the Observatory for Human Rights] was in Damascus raising with the government...
  • Isis imposes fuel blockade on rebel-held northern Syria

    06/20/2015 5:11:53 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    Financial Times ^ | June 18, 2015 | Erika Solomon
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is blocking oil sales to northern Syria, activists say, unleashing an economic weapon that could cause food shortages and hospital shutdowns, and may undermine the rebels’ fight against the jihadi force. The blockade also shows how heavily dependent even the group’s enemies are on the crude it produces, and how much influence that allows the jihadis to wield.
  • Syria Insurgents step up battle for Aleppo

    06/20/2015 4:49:44 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 20, 2015
    Aleppo suffers widespread damage as Syrian insurgents say they're stepping up a campaign to gain full control of the city.
  • US report finds Iran threat undiminished as nuke deal nears

    06/19/2015 5:37:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2015 3:58 PM EDT | Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper
    Iran’s support for international terrorist groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded in some respects, the Obama administration said Friday, less than two weeks before the deadline for completing a nuclear deal that could provide Tehran with billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions. The assessment offered a worrying sign of even worse terror-related violence to come after a year in which extremists in the Middle East, Africa and Asia committed 35 percent more terrorist acts, killed nearly twice as many people and almost tripled the number of kidnappings worldwide. Statistics released by the State Department on Friday...
  • Turkey warns of terror wave if EU membership is rejected

    12/14/2004 10:10:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies · 1,301+ views
    EU Observer ^ | Dec 13 2004 | Lisbeth Kirk
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned European Union leaders that violence from Islamic extremists could escalate if the EU rejects Turkey as a member... Turkey signed the association agreement for EU membership in 1963 and it is expected that a two-day EU summit this week will finally decide to begin formal membership talks, probably in the second half of next year... Taking Turkey’s 69 million, mainly Muslim, population into the Union is widely disputed... In Germany, leader of the Christian Social Union Edmund Stoiber told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that his party in government would do what it...