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  • State Department: Okay Fine, We Basically Paid a Ransom for Those Iranian Hostages

    08/19/2016 4:04:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2016 | Guy Benson
    Remember the Obama administration's preposterous spin on Iran's release of four American hostages on the exact same day that an unmarked cargo plane loaded with US-arranged cash landed in Tehran? That money wasn't a ransom, they insisted, and how dare you suggest otherwise? There was no quid pro quo, we were imperiously informed, and any allegation to the contrary was right-wing conspiratorial garbage, fomented by domestic "crazies" who make "common cause" with Iran's anti-American zealots.  "No linkage." The biggest problem with this insulting tale -- setting aside all of the hilariously obvious circumstantial evidence -- was that the Iranians were openly boasting about the...
  • State Dept.: $400M to Iran was contingent on US prisoners release

    08/18/2016 2:51:26 PM PDT · by unixfox · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | 08-18-2016 | Daniel Halper
    Looks like the Obama administration LIED AGAIN!
  • US Olympic swimmers pulled off plane by Brazil police

    08/17/2016 6:56:42 PM PDT · by cornfedcowboy · 83 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/17/2016 | David Lawler
    Ryan Lochte, the US gold medal-winning swimmer, who claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janiero, has been ordered by a judge to remain in the country amid suggestions that they may have fabricated the incident. Federal police in Brazil stopped US team-mates Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger from boarding a flight to the United States at Rio de Janeiro's international airport on Wednesday, O Globo newspaper reported on its website. The swimmers, who were with Lochte during the alleged robbery, were taken off the plane for questioning, the newspaper said. Lochte, 32, one of the most...
  • Wasserman Schultz Cant Guarantee Iran Nuclear Deal Money Wont Go to Terror Attacks

    08/15/2016 5:18:34 AM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Aug 2016 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBS Miamis Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said she couldnt guarantee the money the Obama administration gave to Iran as part of the nuclear deal wouldnt go to financing terror attacks. DeFede asked, Can you guarantee that none of that money will end up financing Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban in sticks against Israel?
  • Female Sailor Commended For 'Extraordinary Courage' in Iran Boat Seizure

    08/12/2016 9:23:34 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 94 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 11, 2016 | Jason Devaney
    A female U.S. sailor was recognized last week for her efforts during the January incident that resulted in Iran detaining 10 Americans. Military.com reports the only female among the two crews of the Navy riverine boats that entered Iranian waters off Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf managed to activate an emergency beacon while she was kneeling, bound, and being held at gunpoint with her colleagues.
  • Iran Ransom: Feds Claim $1.7 Billion Paid in Full But Wont Explain How

    08/11/2016 3:19:50 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Aug 2016 | Aaron Klein
    Questions continue to linger about the Obama administrations decision to deliver $400 million in pallets of foreign currency flown to Iran aboard an unmarked jetliner the same day five American hostages were released from Iranian custody. The State and Treasury Departments both told Breitbart News that the U.S. government transferred the remaining $1.3 billion, which was part of the same settlement for which the $400 million was an initial payment in January. However, despite numerous requests, neither State nor Treasury would provide an answer on how the Obama administration allegedly transferred to Iran the remaining $1.3 billion.
  • Fmr. CIA Agent: Obama Displayed High Level of Deception On $400 Million Iranian Payment

    08/09/2016 12:49:52 PM PDT · by detective · 42 replies
    Law Newz ^ | August 9th, 2016 | Phil Houston and Don Tennant
    Phil Houston is CEO of QVerity, a training and consulting company specializing in detecting deception by employing a model he developed while at the Central Intelligence Agency. He has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations for the CIA and other federal agencies. His colleague Don Tennant contributed to this report. As the debate rages over whether the payment of $400 million to Iran was a ransom to secure the release of four Americans being held prisoner by Iranian authorities, our analysis of the behavior exhibited by President Barack Obama in explaining the payment suggests that it was almost certainly a...
  • As Obama Pays Ransom, Iran Jails More Americans

    08/09/2016 4:52:36 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | August 9, 2016 | Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
    As Obama Pays Ransom, Iran Jails More Americans Why the Mullahs are taking more Americans as hostages. August 9, 2016 Dr. Majid Rafizadeh Iran is quietly arresting American citizens and taking them as hostages in order to utilize them as pawns for extracting economic concessions or receiving political and financial gains. President Obama and his administration have played a crucial role in encouraging Iran to conduct such nefarious actions. In the most egregious example, a recentreport revealed that, according to U.S. andEuropean officials and congressional staff who were briefed,The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million...
  • Two professors kidnapped in Kabul: report

    08/07/2016 2:25:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 7, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Two professors, one of them an American citizen, were reportedly abducted at gun point near the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul this weekend, ABC News reported. The other man was Australian, according to ABC. Men wearing National Security forces uniforms reportedly kidnapped the men at about 8:30 p.m. Kabul time, according to the Voice of America. The Kabul police have begun an investigation into the incident. A U.S. State Department official said the department is "aware of reports of a U.S. citizen kidnapped in Kabul." "Due to privacy considerations, we have no information to offer," an official told Voices...
  • 400 Million Dollars of Shame

    08/06/2016 3:25:24 PM PDT · by pboyington · 25 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | August 6, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Four-hundred million dollars worth of unmarked Swiss Francs arrive on a charter plane in the dead of night on January 17, 2016 at Irans Mehrabad Airport. After the money is unloaded, counted and processed, Iran releases, Pastor Saeed Abedini, a convert from Islam who was serving an eight-year prison term for crimes against national security; Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, both convicted of espionage and in the latter case at one stage sentenced to death; researcher Matthew Trevithick; and an Iranian-American named as Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari. Can it get any more sinister? All you needed...
  • Alan Dershowitz on $400M Payment to Iran: 'We Shouldn't Be Doing That'

    08/06/2016 11:01:44 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 34 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 5 | Todd Beamon
    Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Friday that President Barack Obama had "absolutely" no way of justifying the $400 million cash payment to Tehran in return for four American hostages especially since a video surfaced this week in Iranian media showing an unmarked plane and a pallet of cash. "The fact that it was done secretly," the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "The fact that we allowed Iran to now, essentially, extort us by asking to have it done in secret and then announcing it in public putting the United States in...
  • Someone Want To Ask WP "Reporter" Jason Rezaian To Clear Up The Hostage Money Plane Question?

    08/06/2016 8:09:50 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 14 replies
    Jason Rezaian's Twitter feed ^ | August 6, 2016 | The Media Dogs That Don't Bark
    You know, a Washington Post "reporter" named Jason Rezaian was one of the hostages that the $400 million ransom paid for. Wonder why Jason hasn't set the record straight about whether the plane was held for the ransom money, or not - or is he under orders from the DNC and the White House to keep his mouth shut? Someone should axe Jason about this on his Twitter feed:https://twitter.com/jrezaian
  • Iran cash payment: Did Tehran film transfer? (Looks like it)

    08/05/2016 8:51:23 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 5, 2016 | James Cook
    "I don't think you've heard this anywhere but here," began Mr Trump, before setting out his claim that the Iranian military had filmed the $400m being taken off an airplane and then released the tape to embarrass the United States. Immediately people began to wonder what he was talking about. No-one in the media could remember seeing or broadcasting such a tape, about which Mr Trump was remarkably specific. "They have a perfect tape...
  • The Audacity of Coincidence

    08/05/2016 7:13:59 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-5-2016 | MOTUS
    The man who assured us that if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor and there was not even a smidgen of corruption involved in the IRS scandal now tells us that the $400 million pallet of cash delivered to Tehran on the same day the hostages were released was merely a coincidence. Even though the hostages waited at the airport all night for the plane carrying the non-ransom to arrive. Because we do not pay ransom for hostages. Abedini said he and the others waited a full night in the airport. According to police, they were waiting...
  • Iranian Video Of Hostages for Pallets of Money CNN and Washington Post Claim Doesnt Exist

    08/05/2016 6:22:58 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    Shortened title. Full title: Heres The Iranian Video Of Hostages for Pallets of Money CNN and Washington Post Claim Doesnt Exist This is a great example of the current state, and competence, of American Journalism. Worse yet, this example shows the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, didnt even know whats going on, and Vice-Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine also joins the crew of the clueless. CNN and The Washington Post are both making an absurd attack Donald Trump story out of the most simple and easy to prove claim.
  • Freed Iranian Hostage: Iranians Told Me They Were Waiting For Another Plane To Arrive

    08/05/2016 5:41:21 AM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Aug 2016 | Ian Hanchett
    Truncated title. Full title: Freed Iranian Hostage: Iranians Told Me They Were Waiting For Another Plane To Arrive Before Letting Us Go On Thursdays broadcast of the Fox Business Networks The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan, Saeed Abedini, one of the four hostages released from Iran back in January, stated that on the night he was freed, his captors told him they were waiting on another plane to arrive before letting him go. Abedini said, I just remember the night that wed been in a[n] airport, just take hours and hours there. And I asked one of thepolice that was...
  • Heres The Iranian Video Of Hostages for Pallets of Money CNN and WaPo Claim Doesnt Exist

    08/05/2016 3:26:22 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 35 replies
    the conservative treehouse ^ | August 5, 2016 | sundance
    This is a great example of the current state, and competence, of American Journalism. Worse yet, this example shows the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, didnt even know whats going on, and Vice-Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine also joins the crew of the clueless. CNN and The Washington Post are both making an absurd attack Donald Trump story out of the most simple and easy to prove claim.
  • PROOF OBAMA LIED=> US Iranian Hostage Abedini Says Iran Held Plane on Tarmac Until Ransom...

    08/04/2016 5:18:30 PM PDT · by amorphous · 32 replies
    TheGatewayPundit ^ | 4 August 2016 | Jim Hoft
    On January 17, 2016, a cargo plane with $400 million in foreign currencies was secretly sent to Iran. This was the same day the Iranian regime released four American hostages held in Tehran. They waited on the tarmac for hours. Saeed Abidini: I just remember the night at the airport sitting for hours and hours there and I asked police why you not letting us go And he told me we are waiting for another plane and if that plane take off we gonna let you go. Trish Regan: You slept there at the airport? Abidini: Yes, for...
  • Incirlik Air Base Being Held Hostage

    07/23/2016 8:10:57 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 23 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, July 23, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Incirlik Air Base is located in the İncirlik quarter of the city of Adana, Turkey. The United States Air Force and the Turkish Air Force are the primary users of the base, although it is also used by the Royal Air Force and by the Royal Saudi Air Force. The air base has continued to rely on backup generators since the failed coup plunged the country into crisis. Commercial power was cut to the base in and the airspace above it closed to air traffic within hours of last Friday's attempted military takeover in the NATO country. There is little...
  • Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik

    07/20/2016 12:12:11 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 33 replies
    debka ^ | 7/20 | debka
    Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik DEBKAfile Special Report July 20, 2016, 11:29 AM (IDT) Tags: Erdogan, Barack Obama, Incirlik air base, Turkey, US Air Force, Turkish army, US, Some 1,500 US airmen and their families have been locked in the southern Turkish air base of Incirlik together with a stock if tactical nuclear bombs since President Reccep Erdogan crushed an attempted coup on Saturday, July 16. In the four days up until Wednesday, July 20, therefore, no air strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq have been staged that Turkish base.
  • Armed man, hostage situation in a hotel in Bollne, France

    07/19/2016 7:05:25 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 27 replies
    Alert One Breaking News ^ | 07/19/16 | staff
    Armed man, hostage situation in a hotel in Bollne, France. SWAT on the site
  • Hostage situation in Stuttgart; German police investigating

    07/11/2016 8:36:58 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    NewsX ^ | July 11, 2016
    Berlin: A large-scale police operation is under way after reports that an active shooter was at large in Stuttgart, Germany. There are reports of a possible hostage situation in a Stuttgart law firm. Local media reported that a witness alerted the police when she saw a gun-wielding man breaking into a building in the eastern part of Stuttgart. The building it seems belongs to the law firm. So far it is not clear if any shots have been fired. The area for now has been secured by the authorities. Two train stations of Ruhbank and Olgaeck are under police scrutiny...
  • Fatal connections [Clinton Foundation Donors & Nigeria]

    07/07/2016 3:12:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 6/24/16 | Mindy Belz
    As the Clinton-led State Department dragged its feet against Boko Haram, Clinton Foundation donors made millions from Nigerian oil fields The attacks on Jan. 20, 2012, began not so much as an explosion but as an earthquake. ....In coordinated bombings at 23 separate locations in the city of Kano, including police headquarters and military barracks, the group left one of Africas largest cities in disarray and panic. The January attacks killed more than 185 peopleAfricas worst terrorism since the 1998 al-Qaeda attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. ...Boko Haram often showed up better equipped than the Nigerian military...prominently...
  • Bangladesh police storm restaurant where Islamist militants hold hostages

    07/01/2016 9:31:20 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 12 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published July 01, 2016 | FoxNews.com
    DEVELOPING: Commandos backed by armored vehicles stormed a upscale restaurant in the Bangladesh's capital diplomatic zone early Saturday, hoping to free dozens of hostages held by Islamist militants following an hours-long standoff. Approximately two hours after the operation began, the sound of two big explosions were heard inside the Dhaka restaurant and a police official told the Associated Press that five bodies were seen lying in pools of blood. In Tokyo, Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda, citing Dhaka police, said 12 people had been rescued, including two foreigners.
  • Al-Qaida leader: 'grave consequences' for US if Boston bomber executed

    07/01/2016 3:38:17 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 75 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7/1/2016
    Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has warned the US of the gravest consequences if Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or any other Muslim prisoner is executed. Tsarnaev, named in Zawahiris online video message, was sentenced to death by lethal injection last year for the 2013 bomb attack that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tsarnaev committed the bombing with his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police in the manhunt that followed it. If the US administration kills our brother the hero Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or any Muslim, Zawahri said in an online video, [it]...
  • Live update: Hostage situation, shooting at Gulshan -[Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh]

    07/01/2016 10:12:55 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 87 replies
    dhaka tripbune ^ | 07/01/16 | staff
    Several police officials have been wounded in the apparent terrorist attack, at least 20 civilians, mostly foreigners, held hostage inside the restaurant, according to witness accounts -
  • Netanyahu urges UN chief: Help free captive Israelis

    06/28/2016 7:33:03 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/9/16
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to work towards freeing Israeli citizens held by the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza. .....
  • Muslim Suicide Bomber Takes 50 Germans Hostage At Theater

    06/24/2016 8:42:45 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 28 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | June 24, 2016 | Andrew Bieszad
    (Original title too long: Muslim Suicide Bomber Take 50 Germans Hostage At Theater, The Police Blast Him Just Before He Blows Himself Up- The Middle East Is Now In Central Europe). This was a close call. Thank God for the swift action of German policemen who saved these 50 people. But there will be another time, and next time might be too late, especially since the German media is already trying to say the man had no identifiable links to radical Islam: An armed man who was gunned down by the police at a cinema complex in Viernheim, western Germany,...
  • Police shoot dead gunman who took hostages in German cinema

    06/23/2016 8:54:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    Yahooooo!............ ^ | June 23, 2016 | by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Andrew Roche
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A gunman took hostages at a cinema in western Germany on Thursday before police shot him dead, a police spokesman told the N-TV television channel, adding that no other people were injured. German television showed pictures of heavily armed police, wearing helmets and body armor, storming the Kinopolis complex in Viernheim and a couple fleeing the building. German media said earlier that the masked man had opened fire at the cinema complex in the small town near Frankfurt. Police shot the man dead after elite forces stormed the complex, the Mannheimer Morgen newspaper reported, citing the interior...
  • Feds: Homeland Security employee caught with gun, knife

    06/21/2016 8:34:14 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 34 replies
    AP ^ | 21 June 2016 | CLAIRE GALOFARO
    Federal prosecutors are investigating whether a Department of Homeland Security employee with top-secret clearance was planning an attack at the agency's Washington headquarters when he entered the building with a gun, a knife, an infrared camera, pepper spray and handcuffs.
  • Muslim Terrorist Takes Apartment Complex Hostage, Opens Fire On Police Officer

    06/19/2016 8:15:41 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 35 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | June 19, 2016 | Ted Shoebat
    (Full title too long: Muslim Terrorist In Ohio Takes Apartment Complex Hostage, And Then Opens Fire On American Police Officer.) A Muslim terrorist in Ohio, Mohammad Laghaoui, took hostages in an apartment complex and then opened fire with an AK-47 on an officer once she arrived on the scene. The hostages were Mohammads father and brother. Mohammad threatened to murder his father and brother. His brother dialed 911 and Mohammad punched his father in the face and left, only to return with an AK-47. His father and brother locked Mohamamd out. He opened fire through the door and shot his...
  • Police situation at Amarillo Walmart on Canyon Drive

    06/14/2016 10:03:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    Local TV ^ | June 14, 2016
    AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo Police Department is reporting an active situation at the Amarillo Walmart at 4215 Canyon Drive. Early reports indicate an armed man is inside the store. APD and several other agencies including DPS, Amarillo Emergency Management and Randall County are on scene. There are unconfirmed reports of a possible hostage situation. Police are searching for a Somalian man wearing Kakhi pants.
  • Islamists slogans reported as man kills police officer takes his family hostage near Paris

    06/13/2016 3:32:59 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 49 replies
    Witnesses are reporting gunfire and explosions in the Paris suburb commune of Magnanville. French special police have surrounded a house where a man is holding hostages. The attacker stabbed the home owner, a police officer who was reportedly his neighbor.
  • Breaking: Orlando Pulse nightclub: multiple dead

    06/12/2016 4:24:14 AM PDT · by Enchante · 149 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 06/12/2016 | Christal Hayes and Gal Tziperman Lotan
    A gunman took multiple people hostage overnight inside Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where "multiple people" were killed and 42 were injured, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a morning news conference. The gunman, who has not been identified, was carrying an assault rifle, a handgun and a "device." The Orange County Sheriff;s Office hazardous device team is now searching the area. Dozens of emergency vehicles surrounded the chaotic scene at the club at 1912 S. Orange Ave. after the 2 a.m. shooting and rescue squads were transporting multiple victims to area hospitals.
  • Did US Ally Qatar Free Imprisoned Americans in Exchange for Al Qaeda Terrorist?

    01/29/2015 8:05:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/29/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Problematic, in a very big way even if the offer was made.Qatar’s ties to Al Qaeda and ISIS aren’t news. They’ve effectively served as intermediaries in everything from ransom exchanges for hostages to Taliban negotiations. But actually trying to secure terrorist swaps for prisoners on their own behalf would have been a new frontier. Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.According to two individuals with direct knowledge of the case, the proposition was...
  • WATCH: ISIS in Philippines Beheads Canadian John Ridsdel (NSFW OP)

    05/08/2016 9:16:24 PM PDT · by Vendome · 50 replies
    HEAVY ^ | May 3, 2016 | Sam Prince
    In a new video purportedly released by Islamic State affiliate Abu Sayyaf, Canadian hostage John Ridsdel is beheaded after Canadas refusal to pay the terrorists his ransom. In the latest video, ISIS crudely beheads Ridsdel. Watch the video above. Viewer discretion is advised.
  • Canada PM condemns 'cold-blooded murder' of Philippines hostage

    04/25/2016 5:59:27 PM PDT · by ch.man · 51 replies
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned on Monday the execution of a Canadian hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines, calling it "an act of cold-blooded murder."
  • John Kerrys New Terror Treason

    03/30/2016 11:10:07 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 8 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 3/30/2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Stop by your local post office and you might just see a poster of Rodrigo Timochenko Londono hanging next to the Most Wanted posters of bank robbers and fugitives. The State Department is offering a $5 million reward for information about the Communist terrorist leader. But all the State Department had to do was ask Secretary of State Kerry. Obama did the wave with the Cuban dictator and Kerry met with Timochenko , the leader of FARC, a Marxist terrorist organization that appears on his own departments list of foreign terrorist organizations a little above Al Qaeda. Timochenko is a...
  • Bishop says he believes priest kidnapped in Yemen is still alive (Crucifixion rumor doubtful)

    03/28/2016 9:44:00 AM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    The Pilot ^ | 03-28-2016 | CNS
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The bishop who leads the apostolic vicariate that includes Yemen said he has "strong indications" that Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil "is still alive in the hands of his kidnappers." Bishop Paul Hinder, head of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, told Catholic News Service March 28, "I have no confirmation that anything happened Good Friday" and added that the rumors appear to be untrue. Father Uzhunnalil, an Indian, was kidnapped March 4 from the home for the aged and disabled run by the Missionaries of Charity in Aden, Yemen. Four Missionaries of Charity and 12 others...
  • To Her Abductors Who Wanted to Convert Her, I Made the Sign of the Cross, Says Ex IS Prisoner

    03/24/2016 2:11:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    AsiaNews spoke to Josephine, one of hundreds of Christians from Al-Hasakah, who spent a year in the hands of the Islamic State group. She talked about psychological suffering, conversion attempts, and separation from her male relatives. She survived thanks to her faith. Her mother Caroline, a Caritas official, is the only one in her family to have been spared the ordeal. She also negotiated their release with IS, and gave a Jihadi copies of the Bible. Now she hopes to meet the pope with her entire family. Damascus (AsiaNews) Josephine Martin Tamras is a young Assyrian woman. For a...
  • Fears Grow for Priest 'Kidnapped by ISIS' Who May Be Crucified on Good Friday

    03/24/2016 10:26:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | 3/23/16 | Ruth Halkon
    Father Tom Uzhunnalil was seized when four armed militants stormed an old people's home in Aden in Yemen on March 4, killing 16Fears are growing for a priest believed to have been kidnapped by ISIS as sickening reports suggest he may be crucified on Good Friday. Father Tom Uzhunnalil was seized when four armed militants stormed an old people's home in Aden in Yemen on March 4. The gunmen killed 16 people, including four nuns in the brutal attack. No group has come forward to claim responsibility for the kidnap of the priest, who was a member of the Silesian...
  • Freed Iranians Never Boarded Flight Out of US

    01/19/2016 11:16:00 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 01/19/2016 | JUSTIN FISHEL and MIKE LEVINE
    It turns out that so-called "prisoner swap" with Iran didn’t involve much of a swap. When given the chance, none of the Iranians freed from U.S. custody chose to return to Iran, according to U.S. officials familiar with the negotiations. As the United States and Iran secretly negotiated the terms of a deal that culminated with a "prisoner swap" this weekend, both parties agreed they would fly their prisoners to Geneva, Switzerland, for the exchange – a neutral country that for years has worked as a diplomatic mediator between the two adversaries. After an hours-long and nerve-wracking delay, a Swiss...
  • Americans missing in Baghdad kidnapped by Iran-backed militia: 4 sources

    01/19/2016 12:21:00 PM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    MSN News ^ | January 19, 2016
    Three U.S. citizens who disappeared last week in Baghdad were kidnapped and are being held by an Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia, two Iraqi intelligence and two U.S. government sources said on Tuesday. The U.S. sources said Washington had no reason to believe Tehran was involved in the kidnapping and does not believe the trio are being held in Iran, which borders Iraq. "They were abducted because they are Americans, not for personal or financial reasons," one of the Iraqi intelligence sources in Baghdad said.
  • White House defends $1.7B payment to Iran, denies it was ‘ransom’ for prisoners

    01/19/2016 2:26:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    washington times ^ | 1/19/16 | Dave Boyer
    The White House denied Tuesday that the U.S. paid Iran $1.7 billion as ransom to gain the release of American prisoners, saying the payment settled a long-running claim by Tehran over military equipment. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the payment last weekend was “a very good deal for taxpayers” because Iran was actually seeking interest payments of up to $8 billion for the decades-old claim. “Our exposure when it came to paying interest could have been much higher,” Mr. Earnest said. A spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, criticized the administration for paying “ransom” to gain the...
  • Document: U.S. CENTCOM Statement on Events Surrounding Iranian Detainment of 10 U.S. Navy Sailors

    01/19/2016 11:14:51 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 20 replies
    U.S. Naval Institue ^ | January 18, 2016 | CENTCOM
    The following preliminary timeline of the events surrounding the Iranian detainment of 10 U.S. Navy Sailors from January 12-13, 2016, is based upon multiple operational reports received by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) in the first 24-48 hours after the incident. A Navy command investigation initiated on Jan. 14, will provide a more complete accounting of events.
  • Report: Three Americans kidnapped in Baghdad

    01/18/2016 12:17:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 17, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Three Americans have been kidnapped in Baghdad by "militias," according to Arab news channel Al Arabiya, citing its own sources. The State Department said it is aware of the report and is working with Iraqi authorities to locate the missing Americans. Officials, however, would not confirm that anyone been kidnapped. "We are aware of reports that American citizens are missing in Iraq," State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement to The Hill. "The safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest priority, he continued. "We are working with the full cooperation of the Iraqi authorities to...
  • 3 American contractors missing in Iraq

    01/18/2016 6:38:24 AM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | January 18, 2016
    Three American contractors are missing in Iraq, a senior security official in Baghdad says. "A company filed a report Sunday about three of its staff going missing. ... They are American contractors. We are looking into this report," the official told CNN. Separately, an Iraqi security official with knowledge of the case said that two of the contractors are dual Iraqi-American citizens and that the third is an American national. Gunmen grabbed the men at an apartment in Baghdad's southeastern Dora neighborhood late Friday afternoon, the source said.
  • Donald Trump Claiming Credit For Iran Prisoner Release Is Insane

    01/17/2016 10:05:53 AM PST · by TBBT · 56 replies
    Redstate ^ | 1/1716 | streiff
    Earlier today, my colleague Leon Wolf, commented on the authoritarian tendencies of the most devoted Trump supporters. Now we have evidence of the megalomania that feeds the authoritarian response. Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday said his rhetoric condemning the Iranian regime played an integral part in securing the release of four U.S. prisoners. “So I’ve been hitting them hard, and I think I might have had something to do with it,” Trump said at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “You want to know the truth, who’s using it? It’s a part of my...
  • BREAKING. Three Americans Kidnapped In Baghdad After US Pays Iran $1.7 BILLION Ransom

    01/17/2016 1:16:36 PM PST · by TBBT · 52 replies
    Redstate ^ | 1/17/16 | streiff
    Al-Aribiya is reporting that three Americans have been kidnapped by militia in Baghdad. ***snip*** Via The Independent: According to Arab news channel Al-Arabiya, well-informed sources in Baghdad have confirmed that the kidnapping took place, although the story is yet to be verified. The identities of the kidnapped Americans or the militias have not yet been confirmed. It seems that Iran has revalidated a long-standing business model used in that part of the world for a few thousand years: kidnap for ransom. It seems much more than a coincidence that after the United States gave up seven prisoners doing time for...
  • BREAKING: AMERICANS MISSING, FEARED KIDNAPPED IN IRAQ

    01/17/2016 3:03:36 PM PST · by TBBT · 42 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/17/16 | soopermexican
    This is really bad. From the Associated Press: BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad confirms that “several” Americans are missing in Iraq after local media reported that three Americans had been kidnapped in the Iraqi capital. U.S. Embassy spokesman Scott Bolz said Sunday that “We are working in full cooperation with Iraqi authorities to locate the missing Americans.” His comments came after the Arab news channel, al-Arabiya, citing its own sources, reported that three Americans had been kidnapped by militias in Baghdad. The incident comes after a week that has seen a deterioration of security in and around...