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  • 'Kill our pilot and we'll execute ALL your prisoners': Jordan 'says it will hang its ISIS captives'

    01/30/2015 6:48:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 81 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 30, 2015 | Simon Tomlinson
    Jordan has threatened to fast-track the execution of a would-be suicide bomber the Islamic State is trying to free if the terror group kills its captured pilot, it was reported today. The government has apparently warned that Sajida al-Rishawi and other jailed ISIS commanders would be 'quickly judged and sentenced' in revenge for Muath al-Kaseasbeh's death. It comes after a deadline for a possible prisoner swap allegedly set by ISIS passed yesterday with no clue over the fate of al-Kaseasbeh or fellow Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. Intelligence sources said ISIS's refusal to prove that al-Kaseasbeh was alive meant any deal...
  • Militants radio affirms killing of Yukawa

    01/25/2015 1:51:28 PM PST · by Ray76 · 16 replies
    NHK ^ | Jan 25, 2015
    Islamic State militants have affirmed through their Internet radio station that the group killed Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa.
  • Japanese leader 'speechless' over apparent beheading by Islamic State

    01/25/2015 7:44:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | By PATRICK J. MCDONNELL
    A video distributed Saturday on the Internet showed what appears to be a Japanese hostage saying that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed and outlining a new militant demand for his release. In the video, the hostage, a man identified as Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist, appears to be holding a photo of his countryman, Haruna Yukawa, who has been beheaded. The case has drawn a great deal of attention in Japan and spawned a crisis for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had vowed to do what he could to save the two men. Abe said...
  • How Japan is fighting back at Jihadi John with MEMES (Pictures)

    01/24/2015 6:19:42 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 13:59 GMT, 24 January 2015 | By CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE
    Showing the familiar sight of fearful men kneeling in orange jumpsuits in the desert, the latest footage of Jihadi John caused despair across the world when it appeared this week. In the latest clip, the Islamic State enforcer demanded a $200million ransom to free Japanese men Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, giving them just 72 hours to live. But as the deadline approached the Japanese public responded with a show of defiance by creating dozens of darkly comic internet memes mocking the deranged ISIS killer. In the pictures, which have been widely shared online, the masked murderer is seen using...
  • BREAKING: ISIS Says Japanese Hostages Were Executed -Video in Production

    01/23/2015 1:30:01 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 50 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 01/23/2015 | Jim Hoft
    FOX News reported that ISIS announced the hostages were dead. A tweet from a Twitter account linked to ISIS said the hostages had been killed “because of Japan’s choices.” The tweet, on the same one that previously posted the countdown clock, warned that a new video was “being sent to production.”
  • Japan Targeted by ISIS

    01/21/2015 9:35:50 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/21/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    Two hostages will be killed unless a $200 million ransom is paid. A video entitled “A Message to the Government and People of Japan” posted online Tuesday (and since removed) shows a purported ISIS thug brandishing a knife and standing between two Japanese hostages. The masked, British-accented terrorist demanded a $200 million ransom payment from Japan within 72 hours. “You have proudly donated $100 million to kill our women and children, to destroy the homes of the Muslims,” the masked man said in English. “So the life of this Japanese citizen will cost you $100 million.”
  • Prayer Request for the Two Japanese Hostages

    01/20/2015 6:20:33 PM PST · by Grateful2God · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/20/2015 | Jethro Mullen , Greg Botelho
    ISIS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays $200 million.
  • Japan PM vows to save ISIS hostages threatened with beheading in new video

    01/20/2015 6:53:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/20/2015
    Japan's Prime Minister vowed Tuesday to save the lives of two Japanese hostages, one a freelance journalist and the other a soldier for hire, threatened with beheading in an online video purportedly released by the Islamic State terror group. In the video, identified as being made by the Islamic State group's al-Furqan media arm and posted on militant websites associated with the extremist group, a militant threatened to kill the men unless a $200 million ransom was paid within 72 hours. If confirmed to be from Islamic State, better known as ISIS, the video would mark the first public demand...
  • ISIS Gives Japan 72 Hours to Save Hostages

    01/19/2015 11:17:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    INN ^ | 1/20/2015, 9:15 AM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    The Islamic State (ISIS) group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom within 72 hours, in a video posted on jihadist websites on Tuesday. In the video, a black-clad terrorist brandishing a knife addresses the camera in English standing between two hostages wearing orange jumpsuits. “You now have 72 hours to pressure your government into making a wise decision by paying the $200 million to save the lives of your citizens,” he says. The terrorist says that the ransom demand was to compensate for non-military aid that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to support...
  • My 130 Days in the Hands of al-Qaeda's African "Monsters", by Former Hostage

    03/10/2012 9:07:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10 Mar 2012
    The killing of British hostage Chris McManus in Nigeria is a wake-up call to the threat posed by Islamic militants in Africa, warns former kidnap victim Robert R FowlerIn December 2008, I was making my third trip to Niger as the United Nations Special Envoy, attempting to broker a peace between the government and rebel Tuareg groups. One Sunday, two weeks before Christmas, my colleague, Louis Guay, and I were returning to the capital, Niamey, in a UN vehicle when a truck passed us, slewed in front and forced us to a stop. Two AK-47s were aimed at the face...
  • Hostages taken in Paris suburb post office

    01/16/2015 4:41:45 AM PST · by Kartographer · 49 replies
    The Telegrapher ^ | 1/16/15 | Henry Samuel, Paris
    A hostage taking is under way in a post office in Colombes, a suburb of northwest Paris. According to police, an armed man is currently detaining three hostages, but they insisted there was no link to terrorism. The man is known by the authorities, and had contacted the police himself, they said. The area around the post office has been sealed.
  • Paris: Muslim Shop Worker Saved Jewish Customers

    01/11/2015 5:14:27 AM PST · by the scotsman · 85 replies
    Sky News ^ | 11th January 2015 | Sky News
    'A Muslim shop worker has told how he saved "15 to 20" customers at a Jewish supermarket attacked by terrorist Amedy Coulibaly. Lassana Bathily was out of the gunman's view when he stormed the Hypercacher store in eastern Paris with guns blazing. A number of shoppers fled down stairs at the back of the shop, where they ran into the 24-year-old assistant, who thought the group could hide in a cold storage room in the basement. He has been credited with helping the hostages - including a father and his young son - to survive the siege, in which four...
  • Gunman holding 2 hostages in Montpellier, France: police

    01/09/2015 10:39:32 AM PST · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    www.ctvnews.ca ^ | Friday, January 9, 2015 1:29PM EST | Samuel Petrequin
    PARIS -- A police officer says two hostages are being held by a gunman in a jewelry store in the southern French city of Montpellier. The officer, who could not be named speaking about an ongoing situation, said the attacker has locked himself inside the downtown shop, with police ready to intervene outside. He said it is unclear whether the hostage-taking is related to the massacre Wednesday in Paris at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.
  • France attacks: Latest updates BBC News coverage of Paris terror operation Live link

    01/09/2015 9:04:28 AM PST · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    Live Reporting By Stephen Robb, Kerry Alexandra, Julia Macfarlane and Sarah Fowler Get Involved All times stated are UK Recent live reporting posts Posted at 17:04 It is still unclear how many hostages were held inside the Paris supermarket but multiple sources are now saying around 10 people were seen running from the building during the police operation to free them. Posted at 17:04 Le Monde reports that the hostage-taker killed in the kosher supermarket in Paris is Amedy Coulibaldy, who was wanted by police over the shootings in Montrouge on Thursday.
  • BBC reports five hostages killed in Paris kosher supermarket

    01/09/2015 8:55:39 AM PST · by vbmoneyspender · 61 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/9/2014 | BBC
    A woman in tears approached French police outside the kosher supermarket where hostages were held captive by a gunman in northeast Paris, saying her 37-year-old daughter just managed to call from the supermarket and told her five people have already been killed, the BBC reported. The daughter said many hostages were in the basement of the supermarket. The conversation was interrupted by other hostages making the woman stop talking for her own safety. There is no official confirmation of these claims.
  • Dual hostage crisis ends: Charlie Hebdo suspects killed, 'several hostages freed at Paris market,'

    01/09/2015 8:41:26 AM PST · by Colofornian · 76 replies
    France24.com ^ | Jan. 9, 2015
    ...Police 'launch assault' where Charlie Hebdo suspects holed up, officials say
  • Explosions at building where 2 terror gunman are holed up

    01/09/2015 8:11:03 AM PST · by Kartographer · 162 replies
    AP ^ | 1/9/14 | LORI HINNANT and ELAINE GANLEY
    Explosions and gunshots rang out and smoke rose outside a building where two brothers suspected in a newspaper massacre are holed up with a hostage. Security forces had surrounded the building for most of the day Friday, cornering the suspects in the killings at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris this week. Police SWAT forces could be seen on the roof of the building THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE
  • France’s Multiculturalist Agenda Makes Jews Pack Their Bags

    01/09/2015 6:11:14 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01-06-2014 | Ryan Girdusky
    Daily Caller France’s Multiculturalist Agenda Makes Jews Pack Their Bags 4:50 PM 01/06/2015 Ryan Girdusky Political Consultant As more French Jews face anti-Semitic attacks, many are leaving for Israel. Most of the attacks have come from Muslims, whether immigrants or French-born, many of whom have not assimilated into French society – if not rejecting French society entirely. Compounding the dangerous situation, France’s left-wing government refuses to acknowledge the scope of this crisis, apparently more afraid of losing Muslim votes they depend on than in defending France’s half-million Jews. Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption is expecting “Little Paris” neighborhoods to pop...
  • Paris Charlie Hebdo attack: live

    01/09/2015 5:41:35 AM PST · by wtd · 55 replies
    UK The Telegraph (live) ^ | 1:07PM GMT 09 Jan 2015 | By Andrew Marszal, and Barney Henderson
    Paris Charlie Hebdo attack: liveTerrorists take hostage 'and kill two people' as police surround 'war zone' industrial complex in Dammartin, while in Paris gunman takes hostages at Jewish kosher grocery - latest updates Suspects 'take hostage in industrial complex NE of Paris' • Reportedly tell negotiatiors: 'We want to die as martyrs' • Inside Charlie Hebdo attack: 'We all thought it was a joke' • Al-Qaeda plotting attack on Britain • Gunmen take hostage as police close in, in pictures • Said and Cherif Kouachi: the two brothers Latest 13.36 Boumeddiene is apparently the girlfriend of Coulibaly. 13.32 The...
  • France Terror: 'Hostages Taken' In Car Chase

    01/09/2015 12:57:43 AM PST · by radu · 424 replies
    Sky News ^ | Jan. 9, 2015 | Sky News
    The two men suspected of attacking a newspaper in Paris have stolen a car and reportedly have several hostages. A car chase is under way on the N2 motorway, and police sources say shots have been fired. The car is now on the outskirts of Paris - close to Charles de Gaulle airport - and several helicopters are reportedly hovering overhead. Sky's Ian Woods says the police focus now appears to have turned to an industrial building near to the airport. Two people with gunshot wounds have been taken to hospital in Meaux.
  • Obama decries 'barbaric murder' of US hostage in Yemen

    12/06/2014 4:31:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2014 | Rachel Huggins
    President Obama on Saturday condemned the "barbaric murder" by al Qaeda of U.S. hostage Luke Somers in Yemen during a rescue attempt by U.S. forces. "On behalf of the American people, I offer my deepest condolences to Luke’s family and to his loved ones," he said in a statement. "As this and previous hostage rescue operations demonstrate, the United States will spare no effort to use all of its military, intelligence, and diplomatic capabilities to bring Americans home safely, wherever they are located. And terrorists who seek to harm our citizens will feel the long arm of American justice," he...
  • The Suicidal Hashtags of the West

    12/17/2014 3:03:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, Australian police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, where an Islamist terrorist named Man Haron Monis had taken dozens of hostages and held them for 17 hours. Three people were killed, including Monis, and several others were wounded. Monis, an Iranian immigrant, had a long criminal record, including 40 charges for indecent and sexual assault, as well as an outstanding charge for accessory to murder in the killing of his ex-wife. Before his death, Monis requested an ISIS flag, and forced hostages to hold up the so-called Shahada flag, which proclaims in Arabic, "There Is No God...
  • Terror in Sydney As Gunman Takes At Least 13 Hostages At Lindt Cafe

    12/14/2014 7:23:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 14, 2013 | EMILY CRANE and SARAH DEAN and LOUISE CHEER and DANIEL PIOTROWSKI and CANDACE SUTTON
    Terror in Sydney As Gunman Takes At Least 13 Hostages At Lindt Cafe, forces crying women to hold black Islamic flag against the window and 'demands to speak to Tony Abbott' By EMILY CRANE and SARAH DEAN and LOUISE CHEER and DANIEL PIOTROWSKI and CANDACE SUTTON 14 December 2014 | UPDATED: 21:56 EST, 14 December 2014 Witnesses described how a man wearing a headband covered in Arabic walked into the Lindt cafe in Martin Place and produced a shotgun from a blue bag at around 9.45am. Shortly afterwards hostages were seen with their hands pressed against the windows holding up...
  • Australia: Hostages taken in Sydney chocolate shop, Islamic jihad flag seen

    12/14/2014 4:30:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    jihad watch ^ | 12/14/14
    This story is breaking now. Live stream here. “A man is holding several people hostage at Martin Place cafe,” News.com.au, December 15, 2014 (thanks to Jill): AT LEAST one armed man is holding several people hostage at a cafe in Martin Place in Sydney. There are hostages standing with their hands up at the windows in the popular Lindt chocolate shop, which has two or three entrances. There is also a black and white flag being held up in a window. It is believed to be the Black Standard, a jihadist flag. Staff in shop aprons can be seen with...
  • Hostages taken in Lindt Chocolate shop by armed robber (Sydney Australia, ISIS flag seen displayed)

    12/14/2014 3:37:33 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1,091 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 15th December 2014
    A hostage has been forced to hold up an Islamic State flag in the window of a shop in Martin Place that is currently under siege. It is believed there are 12 hostages in the store and an ISIS flag has been placed in the window. Martin Place is the main financial area of the Sydney CBD.
  • Navy Seals got within 100 yards of Yemen compound - before a dog bark alerted al-Qaeda captors

    12/07/2014 3:49:29 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 06, 2014 | Wills Robinson
    A British-born U.S. photojournalist and a South African aid worker held hostage in Yemen by al Qaeda militants have been 'murdered' in a failed rescue attempt. American citizen Luke Somers had been held hostage since September 2013 in Yemen's capital Sana'a having moved to the country two years earlier. The 33-year-old was reportedly shot by his captors as Navy SEAL Team six, made up of around 40 men, carried out a dramatic rescue bid in the Wadi Abdan region of the southern Shabwa province late on Friday night. It is the second attempted extraction by special forces in as many...
  • US hostage in Yemen died in failed rescue attempt, sister says. (Luke Somers, photographer)

    12/06/2014 12:19:32 AM PST · by Drago · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/06/2014 | Fox News
    BREAKING NEWS: The sister of American hostage Luke Somers says he was killed in a failed rescue mission in Yemen. Lucy Somers said: "We ask that all of Luke's family members be allowed to mourn in peace."
  • Abdul-Rahman Kassig: US hostage 'killed by IS'

    11/16/2014 5:05:59 AM PST · by dennisw · 54 replies
    bbc. ^ | 16 November 2014
    <p>This is perhaps the most elaborate and graphic of all the murder videos posted online by IS.</p> <p>Much of it is taken up with a recent history lesson on Iraq and Syria as seen through the eyes of the jihadists. But the latter part shows a mass beheading of Syrian prisoners in revolting, lingering detail.</p>
  • Nuclear Pakistan’s Spies Target India—and Their Own Prime Minister

    09/04/2014 7:59:17 PM PDT · by cold start · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4 September 2014 | Bruce Riedel
    Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence directorate is using terrorist brinkmanship to threaten India and undermine Nawaz Sharif. It’s time to stop this dangerous game. Just when you thought the world was dangerous enough, another crisis between nuclear-weapons-armed India and Pakistan is brewing, and now al Qaeda is adding fuel to the fire by calling for jihad in the subcontinent. Tensions have been growing all summer long, even though, ironically, things began on a positive high note: in June, newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who swept into power on a landslide, invited his Pakistan counterpart, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to his...
  • Last 2 Americans held in North Korea freed, heading home

    11/08/2014 5:29:10 PM PST · by LittleSpotBlog · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/8/14 | Greg Botelho
    (CNN) -- Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been allowed to leave North Korea "and are on their way home," the U.S. government announced Saturday, leaving no more Americans detained in the reclusive East Asian nation. The pair were released after a rare, last-second trip by a top American official -- U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper -- to Pyongyang as an envoy of President Barack Obama, a senior State Department official told CNN.
  • Senior Obama advisor comes to Iran

    05/13/2009 9:59:49 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 6 replies · 831+ views
    Press TV (Iran) ^ | Wed, 13 May 2009 06:39:29 GMT | MT/AA
    Vali Reza Nasr, a senior Obama administration advisor on Iran, has come to Iran. Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani and former parliament speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel may be behind the visit. "President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was informed well after Nasr entered the country," Tabnak reported on Wednesday. Nasr was appointed senior advisor to Richard Holbrooke -- the special US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Tabnak and Fararu claim the unannounced trip by the US official to be linked to the recent release of Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi.
  • Thousands Chant ‘Down With America’ As Iran Celebrates 35th Anniversary Of US Embassy Hostage Crisis

    11/04/2014 7:50:38 AM PST · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    CBS DC ^ | November 4, 2014 9:14 AM
    Thousands of Iranians chanted “Down with America” at a major anti-U.S. rally on Tuesday marking the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, just days ahead of a key meeting between the two nations’ top diplomats over Iran’s controversial nuclear program. The gathering outside the former embassy compound in Tehran, which has become the annual venue for rallies commemorating the embassy attack and other American-bashing protests, was smaller compared to last year’s event, which drew tens of thousands – a sign of improved Iran-U.S. relations since moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office last year. But...
  • Peter Kassig: Idealistic aid worker who converted to Islam in captivity

    10/04/2014 9:38:58 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/04/2014 | Rob Crilly
    Peter Kassig, the latest hostage to be threatened with murder by Islamist extremists, is an American veteran who served in Iraq and whose decision to convert to Islam in captivity has so far failed to save his life. His parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, remained silent for the past year in the hope their son's life would be spared but issued a statement after the video was released. They said their son had become a Muslim during his time in captivity, changing his name to Abdul-Rahman Kassig, and that they had learned from other hostages that his faith had brought...
  • JIMMY CARTER: 'I Could Have Wiped Iran Off The Map'

    10/01/2014 1:35:34 PM PDT · by illiac · 69 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/29/2014 | Hunter Wlaker
    Former President Jimmy Carter marked his 90th birthday Wednesday with a lengthy interview on CNBC Meets where he discussed his one term in office and the one thing he would have handled differently — the Iran Hostage Crisis. Carter suggested Operation Eagle Claw, a failed 1980 attempt to rescue the hostages taken by Iranian revolutionaries at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, could have been successful if he committed one more helicopter to the mission. "I think I would have been re-elected easily if I had been able to rescue our hostages from the Iranians," said Carter. "And everybody asks me...
  • French Hostage in Algeria Is Beheaded in New Video

    09/24/2014 10:25:51 AM PDT · by Justaham · 46 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 9/24/2014 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHISEPT
    A French tourist captured in North Africa by a group aligned with the Islamic State is seen beheaded in a video circulated on Wednesday, according to SITE Intelligence, which tracks jihadist groups. The Frenchman — Hervé Gourdel, a 55-year-old mountaineering guide from Nice — was abducted in Algeria on Sunday by the terrorist group, known as Jund al-Khilafah. Mr. Gourdel had arrived only a day before on a trip to go hiking in Algeria’s northern mountains.
  • Pro-ISIS Fighters Threaten to Behead French Hostage Hervé Gourdel in Next 24 Hours (Video)

    09/22/2014 12:39:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/22/14 | Jim Hoft
    Pro-ISIS fighters in Algeria released a video today of a hostage who was kidnapped this weekend. The hostage delivered a message to President Francois Hollande: “I am in the hands of Jund al-Khilifa, an Algerian armed group. This armed group is asking me to ask you (President Francois Hollande) to not intervene in Iraq. They are holding me as a hostage and I ask you Mr President to do everything to get me out of this bad situation and I thank you.” The pro-ISIS group gave France twenty-four hours to stop “the aggression against ISIL” or they will behead their...
  • FBI’s Washington field office at center of efforts to get U.S. hostages home

    09/16/2014 3:10:47 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 16, 2014 | Adam Goldman
    When American journalist Theo Curtis was released in the Golan Heights late last month after being held in Syria by an Islamist group for nearly two years, a pair of FBI agents were waiting for him. One of the agents called Curtis’s mother to tell her that her son was finally safe. That moment was a high point — not only for Curtis’s family but also for the FBI agents based in the Washington field office working on the abduction. The FBI “deserves some credit for what it did for me,” Curtis said in an interview. (snip) The killings by...
  • Military source: ISIS hostages dispersed after revelation of Foley rescue mission

    09/13/2014 6:08:37 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Catherine Herridge
    After the administration released details of the July mission to rescue journalist James Foley and others in Syria, intelligence suggests ISIS dispersed the remaining hostages to multiple locations, making them harder to locate, a military source told Fox News. In addition, the source added guard forces around the hostages doubled while widely publicized reporting about the scope of new aerial surveillance in the region caused ISIS to change its pattern of behavior on the ground. "Any time you (disclose) very highly sensitive tactical information, you're giving away your road map if you will, your strategy," said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas,...
  • UN Security Council Demands Release of Abducted Peacekeepers

    09/03/2014 1:03:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/9/14
    The UN Security Council on Wednesday demanded the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers held in the Golan Heights by Syrian Al-Nusra Front terrorists, according to AFP. The 15 members of the council unanimously approved a declaration condemning "in the strongest terms" the detention of the Fijians. They were captured almost a week ago, when the rebels stormed a Golan Heights crossing. The council "reiterated their call for the peacekeepers' immediate and unconditional release," adding in its statement that "there can never be any justification for attacks on or the detention of UN peacekeepers." The government of Fiji also has called...
  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 7:27:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/20/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed.Any human life lost is tragic, but a moral individual would have much more empathy for the Syrian Christians who suffered at the hands of Foley’s favorite Jihadists than one of their pet propagandists. 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...
  • Chris Matthews: "No Matter How We Got Into This, It's Obama's War Now" (video)

    08/20/2014 4:58:39 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 11 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 20, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    CHRIS MATTHEWS: I think a lot of Americans watching that execution set-up we were just witness to, they would like to push the button and have all of the people killed. They can't stand what they saw. This will cause rage in this country to see the way they did this... No matter how we get into this, it is Obama's war now. I think he is saying that himself right there. They decapitated this guy on tape to get even with him for starting the war on ISIS. He's coming back. And we also have at least one other...
  • US special forces tried to rescue hostages earlier in 2014, officials say

    08/20/2014 3:45:09 PM PDT · by McGruff · 89 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2014
    Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed to find them.
  • UKRAINE Donetsk: UPDATE PRAYER REQUEST Alexander Khomchenko still held captive by "DNI"

    08/09/2014 5:01:31 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3190591/posts Alexander Khomchenko, volunteer rescued hundreds of women and children from hot spots, still held captive by the "DNI" After prayers, Alexander Khomchenko, Valera Yakubenko Roksolana taken by 16 militant terrorists to the SECURITY SERVICE building. After witnessing his interrogation, Roksolana released, and Alexander and Valera, packed in the trunk of the car and taken to the military enlistment office in Makeyevka. Prior to this, all personal items have undergone a thorough inspection. Alexander identity of the pastor of the Church was found considered as accusation against him already, and a few comments that NKVD workers considered defamatory. Back in...
  • U.S. Sees Risks in Assisting a Compromised Iraqi Force

    07/14/2014 4:30:19 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 7/13/2014 | ERIC SCHMITT and MICHAEL R. GORDON
    A classified military assessment of Iraq’s security forces concludes that many units are so deeply infiltrated by either Sunni extremist informants or Shiite personnel backed by Iran that any Americans assigned to advise Baghdad’s forces could face risks to their safety, according to United States officials. The report concludes that only about half of Iraq’s operational units are capable enough for American commandos to advise them if the White House decides to help roll back the advances made by Sunni militants in northern and western Iraq over the past month. Adding to the administration’s dilemma is the assessment’s conclusion that...
  • 200 U.S. contractors surrounded by jihadists in Iraq

    06/13/2014 10:51:34 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 185 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6-13-2014 | Corsi
    About 200 Americans under contract with the Department of Defense at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq are trapped by the al-Qaida-inspired jihadists who have seized control of two cities and are now threatening Baghdad, according to WND sources. The sources, private contractors who have recently returned to the U.S. from Iraq, said Friday their former colleagues effectively have been abandoned by the U.S. military and are fighting for their lives against an army of jihadists surrounding the base who belong to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The U.S. contractors are at Balad to help the...
  • Iranian-backed Shia terror group kidnaps US civilian in Baghdad

    02/07/2010 2:19:01 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies · 539+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | February 6, 2010 10:43 AM | Bill Roggio
    Note: Photo included. SNIPPET: "An Iranian-backed Shia terror group that claims it seeks reconciliation with the Iraqi government has kidnapped a US civilian in Baghdad. The US recently released the top leader of the group under the guise of a reconciliation program, but the release actually was related to a hostage exchange. The Asaib al Haq, or the League of the Righteous, kidnapped Issa T. Salomi, a US civilian contractor, in Baghdad in late January. Salomi went missing in Baghdad sometime after Jan. 23, the US Department of Defense noted in a press release on Friday. The League of the...
  • Missing North American couple in 'Taliban' video (went missing in Afghanistan in 2012)

    06/04/2014 2:28:57 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4 June 2014 Last updated at 17:00 ET | no byline
    Family members of an American woman and Canadian man who went missing in Afghanistan in 2012 have released videos showing the couple captive. Caitlan Coleman, sat next to Joshua Boyle, appeals to "my president, Barack Obama" for help. The videos were emailed to Ms Coleman's family by an Afghan man months after she and Mr Boyle went missing. The families of the captive couple said they decided to make the videos public because of Bowe Bergdahl's release. They said their were disappointed the two were not freed as part of a prisoner swap deal that led to US soldier, Sgt...
  • International observation mission held hostage in Sloviansk

    04/25/2014 12:38:16 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 25, 2014, 10:08 p.m. | Oksana Grytsenko
    Eight members of a military monitoring mission were captured on April 25 and are held hostage in the city of Sloviansk by pro-Russian separatist forces, OSCE said on Friday. The monitors were traveling by bus from Kramatorsk to Sloviansk in Donetsk oblast, Ukraine's interior ministry said. “Communication with military observers in Donetsk lost,” OSCE said in its Twitter microblog. “The military verification team – led by Germans, and composed of eight members, (including) four Germans, one Czech, one Danish, one Polish and one Swedish.”
  • Video: Obama signs bill blocking Iranian UN envoy from entry

    04/19/2014 1:10:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    Yesterday, Ted Cruz had his first authored bill get signed into law, but the freshman Senator from Texas probably didn’t too excited by the victory. Despite unanimous support in both chambers of Congress for the new law, President Barack Obama sounded less than enthusiastic about enforcing the bill he signed yesterday that would block the proposed Iranian envoy to the UN from receiving an entry visa to the US: It’s the oddest of legislative couples: President Obama and one of his biggest critics, Ted Cruz.Obama on Friday signed a Cruz-backed bill aimed at blocking Iran’s appointed ambassador to the United...
  • Ukraine authorities say separatists holding 60 hostages in Luhansk building

    04/08/2014 9:23:45 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 4/8/14 | Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Giles Elgoo
    Ukraine's state security service on Tuesday said that pro-Russian separatists have placed explosives in a building they seized in the eastern city of Luhansk and are using weapons to hold around 60 people against their will. Pro-Russian separatists occupied the SBU building on Sunday evening in one of a series of attacks in the east of the country. At least nine people were injured when the separatists broke doors and windows throughout the building and raised the Russian flag.