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  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/30/2014 8:33:26 AM PDT · by Mariner · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Aug 30, 2014 | Editorial Board
    RESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence. One can only imagine the whiplash that foreign leaders must...
  • Latest Big Lie: We Have No Strategy

    08/29/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • This Is How ISIS Is Building An Airforce

    08/30/2014 1:26:43 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-31-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 08/30/2014The Islamic State is nothing if not ambitious. Despite no record of current 'airplane' assets in their annual reports, ISIS has begun detaining and forcing Syrian pilots to train militant fighters to fly stolen aircraft. According to CNN Arabic, the pilots (and their planes and helicopters) were abducted when the terrorist group gained control of Tabqa military base. It appears that if beheadings, executions, and whippings are not enough to strike fear into the hearts of the locals, then (just as America is tryiung to do), an air assault will greatly demoralize. We can only imagine how this...
  • Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months

    08/30/2014 7:38:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | 8/27/14 | Pter Kenyon
    Friar Gabriel Tooma leads a service at the Chaldean Church of the Virgin Mary of the Harvest, in Al-Qosh on June 15. At the time, the Christian village in northern Iraq was taking in those fleeing violence in the nearby city of Mosul. Now the village itself is largely deserted. The northern Iraqi village of Al-Qosh was humming with activity — and some jitters — when NPR visited back in June. The Assyrian Christian villagers had opened their schools and homes to Iraqis fleeing the takeover of nearby Mosul by Islamist fighters calling themselves the Islamic State. But these days,...
  • John Kerry says 'airstrikes alone' will not defeat 'genocidal' Isis militants

    08/30/2014 11:47:03 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 65 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 30 August 2014 16.50 BST | Martin Pengelly
    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday called for “a world coalition” to defeat the Islamic State (Isis) militant group which has seized control of large parts of Iraq and Syria and was cited by the British prime minister, David Cameron, when he raised the UK’s terror threat level to “severe” on Friday. In an op-ed for the New York Times that was released online on Friday night and in print on Saturday, Kerry wrote: “In a polarised region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of...
  • Kurdish Forces Control Iraq-Syria Border Town [Cut Off ISIS Movement Back Into Syria]

    08/30/2014 10:43:18 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 30.08.2014 | Mewan Dolamari
    Kurdish Peshmerga force in Rabia a town on the Iraqi-Syria border News / Kurdistan Kurdish Forces Control Iraq-Syria Border Town 30.08.2014  Mewan Dolamari BasNews, Erbil   Kurdish Peshmerga forces, with the help of US military planes, have taken complete control of Rabia, a town located on the Iraq – Syria border.   On Saturday, a Kurdish military source told BasNews correspondent in Rabia that the Peshmerga  now control the strategically important area, holding the border between Iraq and Syria.   “Now, Rabia is totally under the control of Peshmerga forces and the advances of Islamic State (IS) militants from...
  • Obama’s Moment to Seize the Day in Iraq

    08/30/2014 10:32:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Raymond Tanter
    Reports President Obama authorized surveillance flights over Syria suggest he is beginning to seize the moment given to him by the horrific execution of American journalist, James Foley. If he authorizes airstrikes into Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), even over the horizon from Iraq, it could reinforce the “moderate” Free Syrian Army against both ISIS and Assad. Even if such strikes also helped Assad against ISIS, they would be worth the effort. Interests If the surveillance over Syria indicates the President if abandoning his strategy of defensive containment and going on the offensive with a...
  • Iraq begins major operation to free jihadist-besieged town

    08/30/2014 9:21:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Iraqi security forces, Shiite militiamen and Kurdish fighters launched a major operation today to break the more than two-month jihadist siege of a Shi'ite Turkmen-majority town, officials said. The operation has been in the works for days, with Iraqi aircraft carrying out strikes and forces massing for the drive toward Amerli, which has been besieged since militants led by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group launched a major offensive in June. Residents face major shortages of food and water, and are in danger both because of their Shiite faith, which jihadists consider heresy, and their resistance to the militants, which...
  • Peshmerga Retake Oil Town, Closes in on Zumar

    08/30/2014 6:07:50 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    BasNews, Dohuk ^ | 30.08.2014
    Smoke rises from Ain Zalah oil field in Northern Iraq News / Kurdistan Peshmerga Retake Oil Town, Closes in on Zumar 30.08.2014 BasNews, Dohuk    Kurdish Peshmerga forces have completely retaken the oil rich town Ain Zalah and all associated oil fields in Northern Iraq.   A BasNews correspondent in the region has revealed that on Saturday Peshmerga forces took control of the town of Ain Zalah, a mixed town near Zumar in Northern Iraq, along with all the oil wells in the town.   A few days ago, when the Peshmerga attacks began, Islamic State (IS) jihadists set...
  • Shaking faith: How ISIS is causing Muslims to abandon Islam

    08/30/2014 2:08:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 57 replies
    Modern Muslim Living ^ | 21 hours ago | Omar Shahid
    The extremist group that kills Muslims and non-Muslims alike is also driving countless of the faithful from our religion. By Omar Shahid. Screengrab from VICE News documentary “The Islamic State” by reporter Medyan Dairieh. (Image: VICE/YouTube) One of the signs of the end times, according to Islam, is the inversion of reality – in other words, things being upside-down. For Muslims, there is nothing that more obviously illustrates this than Islam being made to appear bad to the world. For the first time in the history of our faith, an extremist fringe has hijacked the religion and is dominating...
  • DHS considering new security measures to intercept ‘foreign fighters’ returning from Syria

    08/30/2014 1:50:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/30/2014
    The Department of Homeland Security said Friday that officials are considering “additional security measures” to intercept foreign fighters who have joined up with radical militants overseas, on the heels of reports that two Americans have died fighting for the Islamic State in Syria. The development comes as the British government raises its threat level to “severe” amid the crisis in the Middle East. The White House said Friday there are “no plans” to follow suit in Washington; DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said his department and the FBI are not aware of any “specific, credible threat” to the U.S. homeland from...
  • Saudi king warns of terror threat to the world

    08/29/2014 8:20:08 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 87 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | August 29, 2014 | Staff Writer
    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz warned on Friday that the threat of terrorism will reach Europe and America if the world does not unite to confront it, Al Arabiya News Channel reported. The king made the statement during a reception of foreign ambassadors to the kingdom in the coastal city of Jeddah. Britain on Friday raised the terror threat level to severe, the second-highest level. The decision was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent. “What we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL is a greater threat...
  • Obama’s 5 Worst Foreign Policy Decisions

    08/30/2014 1:25:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Since Barack Obama has been the Hindenburg of Presidents on the domestic front, there hasn't been as much commentary as you'd expect about the fact that he has been the Titanic of Presidents on foreign policy. George W. Bush certainly made his mistakes as President, primarily in Iraq, but you did at least get the sense that his administration was full of capable, serious adults sincerely grappling with a new strategic problem for the country. On the other hand, when it comes to foreign policy, Obama comes across like a bored kid playing war because his mother won't let him...
  • President Obama Needs To Focus On How The United States Can Meet Global Challenges [Blistering!]

    08/29/2014 11:42:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014
    President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google PlusShare via EmailMore Options Resize Text Print Article Comments 1634 President Barack Obama. (Evan Vucci/AP) By Editorial Board August 29 President Obama Needs To Focus On How The United States Can Meet Global Challenges PRESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent...
  • John McCain and Lindsey Graham: Confront ISIS Now

    08/30/2014 12:22:52 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    Nerw York Times ^ | AUG. 29, 2014 | John McCain and Lindsey Graham
    AFTER more than three years, almost 200,000 dead in Syria, the near collapse of Iraq, and the rise of the world’s most sinister terrorist army — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which has conquered vast swaths of both countries — President Obama’s admission this week that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with this threat is startling. It is also dangerous. The president clearly wants to move deliberately and consult with allies and Congress as he considers what to do about ISIS. No one disputes that goal. But the threat ISIS poses only grows over time....
  • White House does damage control

    08/29/2014 2:28:01 PM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 29 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama was referring only "to military options for striking" Islamist militants in Syria when he said the White House did not "have a strategy yet,” press secretary Josh Earnest insisted Thursday. The White House launched a full-court media press to clarify the president’s comments after the media and Republicans seized on the admission. He added that Obama "was asked a specific question about what approach he was going to pursue about possible military action in Syria." The White House spokesman said Obama had for months described a "comprehensive strategy" to deal with the threat posed by terrorists from the...
  • Does ISIS have the missing WMDs

    08/29/2014 2:06:38 PM PDT · by castlegreyskull · 26 replies
    I haven't heard anyone discuss the possibility that ISIS possesses chemical and biological weapons. I was wondering what anyone's concerns were about them.
  • Britain raises terror threat level, will begin revoking passports of those who travel to Syria

    08/29/2014 1:17:07 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    AOL ^ | Aug 29th 2014 | RYAN GORMAN
    British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday during a pointed press conference that U.K. authorities will soon begin revoking the passports of citizens traveling to Syria. The move is part of a series of new security measures being taken by the country after raising the terror threat level to "severe" as Cameron admitted the fight to end Islamist extremism may take decades, or even generations. "We are in the middle of a generational struggle against a poisonous & extremist ideology," Cameron declared. British authorities raised the terror threat level Friday to one below "critical," the highest alert, because it is...
  • UK terrorist threat level raised to 'severe', Theresa May says

    08/29/2014 7:19:29 AM PDT · by McGruff · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 August 2014
    The UK's terror threat level is being raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, Home Secretary Theresa May says. The new alert level means an attack on the UK is "highly likely", although Mrs May said there was no intelligence to suggest an attack was "imminent". It is the second highest of five possible UK threat levels.
  • Thousands Of Christians Take Up Arms To Finally Crush ISIS And End The Persecutions

    08/29/2014 11:02:00 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 27 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | August 29, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Thousands Of Christians Take Up Arms To Finally Crush ISIS And End The Persecutions By Shoebat Foundation on August 29, 2014 in Featured, GeneralSHOEBAT EXCLUSIVE By Theodore Shoebat Christian fighters, part of Syriac Military Council fighters in Tel Hamees as part of the recent operations against ISIS in the area. (Source: Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi) There are literally thousands of Assyrian Christian men who have volunteered to joint a militia protecting the Christians in Iraq, and may God bless them in such a holy cause. David William Lazar, California-based chairman of the American Mesopotamian Organization, has stated: There are thousands of...
  • Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services

    08/29/2014 9:26:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | Fri August 29, 2014 | By Peter Kenyon
    Ever since the Islamic State seized Mosul more than two months ago, it's been difficult to get a detailed picture of life inside Iraq's second largest city. But glimpses have emerged. This week, the United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay, presented details of a massacre that took place at the city's Badoush prison in June. Islamic State fighters seized more than 1,000 inmates. The group spared the lives of their fellow Sunni Muslims, but gunned down some 670 people. It's been too dangerous for Western journalists to go to Mosul. But NPR contacted several Mosul residents by phone, including...
  • Waterboarding Hypocrisy?

    08/29/2014 9:04:50 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-29-14 | Wordsmith
    The hunt for James Foley’s killer: On Sunday, the British ambassador to the United States said Britain was close to identifying Foley’s killer. A number of possible identities have been suggested by British media although sources on both sides of the Atlantic have told Reuters that there was little likelihood of the British government naming the suspect imminently. On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that Foley and at least 3 other captives are known to have been waterboarded: At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early...
  • ISIS has shocked America back to its senses

    08/29/2014 8:58:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 29, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Americans are deeply apprehensive about President Barack Obama’s strategy, or his admitted lack thereof, for tackling the threat posed to Western interests by the Islamic State militants. Just one year ago, the president was marshalling support among Americans and around the world for strikes in Syria with the aim of punishing Bashar al-Assad for gross crimes against humanity. He found that the public was deeply skeptical of his proposed military solution in Syria. Today, however, the opposite is true, and the public thinks the U.S. is not doing enough to protect its interests around the world through military force....
  • Obama's Logical, Fanatical Foreign Policy

    08/29/2014 7:16:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    After World War I the third rate minds who brought us the conflict to begin with came up with another stupid idea: They decided to divide up former German, Austrian and Turkish empires into separate countries, like Czechoslovakia, and create makeshifts, like the Danzig Corridor. Germany lost territory to Poland to create a land corridor to Danzig that gave Poland access to the sea.Never mind that it cleaved a country in two. It was these territorial wedges-- wedges that diced up ethnicity-- that Hitler used to gain legitimacy in the eyes of Germans. By cutting up countries in defiance of...
  • Disputed Kurdish oil tanker mysteriously goes dark off Texas coast

    08/29/2014 5:38:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | Terry Wade and Anna Louie Sussman
    Disputed Kurdish oil tanker mysteriously goes dark off Texas coast Reuters By Terry Wade and Anna Louie Sussman A tanker near Texas loaded with $100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude has disappeared from satellite tracking, the latest development in a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse between Baghdad and the Kurds. The AIS ship tracking system used by the U.S. Coast Guard and Reuters on Thursday showed no known position for the United Kalavrvta, which was carrying 1 million barrels of crude and 95 percent full when it went dark. The AIS ship tracking system used by the U.S. Coast...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga recapture oil, farming center in wake of airstrikes

    08/28/2014 8:41:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 08/28/2014 | Seth Robson
    MAKHMUR, Iraq — Bullet-riddled walls, burned-out buildings and a hastily dug grave in this town where U.S. troops were once stationed mark the northernmost advance of Islamic State militants along one of the main highways leading into Iraqi Kurdistan. Kurdish forces recaptured Makhmur, an oil and farming center just 40 miles south of the Kurdish capital, Irbil, in the wake of U.S. airstrikes launched this month on Islamic State positions, pushing the militants back to the town of Qarach, a 15-minute drive down the road. Few of the 18,000 people who lived in Makhmur have returned, fearing that Islamic State...
  • Iran says tested new nuclear enrichment machine, may irk West

    08/27/2014 6:02:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/27/2014 | MICHELLE MOGHTADER AND FREDRIK DAHL
    Iran has conducted "mechanical" tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear programme. Iran's development of new centrifuges to replace its current breakdown-prone model is watched closely by Western officials. It could allow the Islamic Republic to amass potential atomic bomb material much faster. Tehran says its nuclear programme is peaceful and that it produces low-enriched uranium only to make fuel for a planned network of atomic energy plants. If processed to a high fissile concentration,...
  • Sheikh Qaradawi: The Caliphate in Iraq is Invalid

    08/28/2014 2:44:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/8/14
    Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who is the head of the Muslim Scholars Association and who serves as spiritual mentor for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, attacked the Islamic Caliphate State established by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in large parts of Syria and Iraq. In an interview with a Turkish news agency, Qaradawi said that the caliphate is meaningless as it does not meet the requirements as dictated by Islam. It should be noted that Sheikh Qaradawi supports Hamas, operates a jihad against Israel, and in the past has made rulings permitting suicide bombings ...
  • Islamic State beheads Kurdish pesh merga fighter in video

    08/28/2014 6:41:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/28/2014 | Erin Cunningham
    On Thursday, Islamic State militants released another video of the purported beheading of one of their prisoners – this time an Iraqi Kurdish fighter for his government’s alliance with the United States. The Kurds, whose regional authorities have sought U.S. help in their battle against the Sunni extremists in northern Iraq, should reject American interference in Iraqi affairs, the video says. Three masked gunmen are shown looming over the Kurdish fighter, a young man kneeling in a bright orange jumpsuit. Then one of the gunmen, who appear to be in the Iraqi city of Mosul, draws a blade and ends...
  • West Point Report: Obama Watched Islamic State Grow

    08/28/2014 5:04:00 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    War On Terror: A new report from the West Point counterterrorism center says the administration ignored warning signs as the Islamic State grew and trained over a four-year period paralleling our withdrawal from Iraq. As President Obama dithers about whether to strike the Islamic State's sanctuary in Syria, a report by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point shows how we got to this point. Obama simply overlooked the "JV" team until it was ready for terrorism's Pro Bowl. Instead, he was focused on getting us out of Iraq and creating a power vacuum that the terrorist group was all...
  • Revealed: How Obama SET FREE the merciless terrorist warlord now the ISIS terrorist warlord

    08/28/2014 11:33:21 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 9 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 13 June 2014 | Francesca Chambers
    This article is from from June,the ENEmedia is not reporting this. Revealed: How Obama SET FREE the merciless terrorist warlord now leading the ISIS horde blazing a trail of destruction through Iraq WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT The U.S. once had Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in custody at a detention facility in Iraq, it was revealed Friday Al Baghdadi was among the prisoners released in 2009 from the U.S.'s now-closed Camp Bucca near Umm Qasr in Iraq It is unclear why the U.S. let the merciless al Qaeda leader slip away Al Baghadadi and...
  • It ain’t half hot here, mum [Syria, Iraq]

    08/28/2014 3:38:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    The Economisit ^ | 30 August 2014
    It ain’t half hot here, mum : Why and how Westerners go to fight in Syria and Iraq ___ THE two young men in the bus from Antakya, in south-eastern Turkey, to Reyhanli, nearer the border with Syria, sported long beards, calf-length trousers and toted small drawstring bags with their minimal belongings. They spoke in broken Arabic to the bus driver (local Turks usually have a smattering of the language) but to each other in a regional British accent. They were just two out of hundreds of Muslims from Europe, setting off to Syria to join the battle. That was...
  • Another Bad War in Iraq

    08/28/2014 3:01:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    In fighting disease, aggressive action is not always advisable. Two years ago a federal panel recommended against routine use of a test for prostate cancer because it carries "a very small potential benefit and significant potential harms." Some men get false positives, and many true positives lead to risky surgery for cancers that grow so slowly as to pose no threat. Then there is power morcellation, which uses a device to shred uterine fibroids. The Food and Drug Administration has warned against its use in hysterectomies because "there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within...
  • Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded

    08/28/2014 12:50:09 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 30 replies
    WashPost ^ | 8/28/2014 | Adam Goldman and Julia Tate
    At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners. James Foley was among the four who were waterboarded several times by Islamic State militants who appeared to model the technique on the CIA’s use of waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The victims of waterboarding are often strapped down on gurneys or benches while cold water is poured over a cloth covering...
  • Prioress of Dominican Sisters in Iraq chronicles ISIS takeover, expresses fears and frustrations

    08/28/2014 9:31:23 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | August 27, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Prioress of Dominican Sisters in Iraq chronicles ISIS takeover, expresses fears and frustrations Sister Maria Hanna: "The disaster is overwhelming, and we are unable to comprehend it all." August 27, 2014 03:14 EST By Carl E. Olson Sister Aman Miriam places her hands in the hands of her Prioress, Sister Maria Hanna (right), as she makes Perpetual Profession of Vows, in this undated photo from the website of the Adrian Dominican Sisters (www.adriandominicans.org) Sister Maria Hanna, Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq, has been posting about the harrowing situation there over the past...
  • Kurdish forces reclaim seven villages in northern Iraq from militants

    08/28/2014 8:15:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Alliance News LSE ^ | Thu, 28th Aug 2014 10:40
    Baghdad (Alliance News) - Kurdish Peshmerga forces Thursday took control of seven villages from the Islamic State in northern Iraq in a major offensive against the radical group, the Iraqi government-run TV al-Iraqiya reported. The villages are located near the strategic Mosul Dam, which the Peshmerga had recaptured from the extremists in mid-August.The dam, Iraq's largest, is located on the Tigris River, which flows through the capital Baghdad.After having suffered setbacks by the Islamic State early this month, the Peshmerga, backed by US airstrikes, have been able to retake several areas from the al-Qaeda splinter group in the past two...
  • Military skill and terrorist technique fuel success of ISIS

    08/28/2014 5:12:18 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Eric Schmitt & Ben Hubbare
    Military skill and terrorist technique fuel success of ISIS Eric Schmitt & BEN HUBBARD,NYT News Service | Aug 28, 2014, 11.25 AM IST BAGHDAD: As fighters for the Islamic State continue to seize territory, the group has quietly built an effective management structure of mostly middle-aged Iraqis, including many military officers under Saddam Hussein, overseeing departments of finance, arms, local governance, military operations and recruitment. At the top the organization is the self-declared leader of all Muslims, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a radical chief executive officer of sorts, who handpicked many of his deputies from among the men he met while...
  • Intel believes 300 Americans fighting with Islamic State, posing threat to U.S.

    08/27/2014 8:16:24 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | Maggie Ybarra
    The U.S. government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side by side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and are poised to become a major threat to the homeland, according to senior U.S. officials. Officials say concern is widespread in Washington that radicalized foreign fighters could return to the homeland and commit terrorist attacks with skills acquired overseas, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the information. Those concerns were heightened by the disclosure Tuesday that a California man was killed fighting...
  • (Flashback) Leader of (ISIS) Jihadist Onslaught in Iraq Released on Obama’s Watch

    08/27/2014 7:24:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 16, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Obama became president on January 20, 2009, the war in Iraq was essentially won. The al Qaeda-backed insurgency was reduced to smoldering embers. George W. Bush’s surge had succeeded. Safely behind bars at the time was Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, an al Qaeda-linked point man who was imprisoned at Camp Bucca in Iraq, after being captured by U.S. forces in 2005. However, the Obama administration decided to shut down the Bucca prison camp and hand over its prisoners to the Iraqi government, including Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, in 2009. The Iraqi government later released him. Al Baghadi boasted to the...
  • Europe is Exporting Takfiri Barbarity to Iraq, Somalia and Syria

    08/27/2014 7:08:47 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 12 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | August 28, 2014 | Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker
    Europe is Exporting Takfiri Barbarity to Iraq, Somalia and Syria Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Syria continues to face a civilizational war because Takfiri indoctrination, Gulf petrodollar terrorism, international jihadists, sectarian forces and the intrigues of major NATO powers are threatening this secular state. At the same time, Europe is exporting Takfiri barbarity to Iraq, Somalia and Syria because of Gulf petrodollars within Europe; the intrigues of security services; allowing Takfiri clerics to indoctrinate; and enabling natural breeding grounds to flourish throughout Europe. Therefore, the rich mosaic of Syria faces a civilizational war...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga Steps in to Protect the Oldest Monastery in Iraq

    08/27/2014 12:52:02 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    BasNews, Maqloub Mountain ^ | 27.08.2014 | Shahab Botani
    Christian holy site in Iraq -Deir Mar Mattai on Maqloub Mountain News / Kurdistan Kurdish Peshmerga Steps in to Protect the Oldest Monastery in Iraq 27.08.2014 Shahab BotaniBasNews, Maqloub Mountain    After Islamic State (IS) militants took control of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, various religious minorities that pepper the region came under attack as well in the wake of IS’ spread of terror. Many holy sights revered by the religious minorities have been destroyed in order to wipe their existence from history.   One of the most important Christian holy sites in Iraq is Deir Mar...
  • Iraqi Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State

    08/27/2014 9:43:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    National Geographic ^ | August 27, 2014 | Rania Abouzeid
    DAHUK, Iraq—Of all the many ancient peoples who once lived in the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates, Iraq's Assyrian Christians pride themselves on having persisted in their traditional homeland for millennia, even as other civilizations thrived then disappeared, as languages and cultures died out, as ethnic groups melted into the ways and genetic pools of their conquerors. But today Iraq's Assyrians, and its Christians in general, fear that their place in this multiethnic, multisectarian mosaic society is shrinking, under severe threat from the ultraconservative Islamist group the Islamic State (IS). It isn't the first time that Iraq's Christians...
  • Counter-Jihadist Chief Admits Half of UK Jihadists Have Evaded Police

    08/27/2014 9:30:37 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Aug 2014, 8:55 AM PDT | Nick Hallett
    Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer has said that almost half of British jihadists who travelled to Syria have evaded police detection. The Times says Mark Rowley, of London's Metropolitan Police, made the admission as he called for friends and relatives to report people they believe to be “aspiring terrorists”, saying there was “a lot at stake” following the killing of American journalist James Foley.He said that the growth in the number of radicalised individuals was posing a serious problem for police, especially as nearly half of those travelling to Syria were previously unknown to them.Mr Rowley added that police activity...
  • Iraq forces mass in bid to break jihadist siege of Turkmen town

    08/27/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    AFP via BI ^ | Aug. 27, 2014, 9:33 AM | Marwan Ibrahim
    Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break a two-month jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water. The imminent counter-offensive comes amid reports that US President Barack Obama is weighing a decision to authorise air strikes and aid drops in the area to assist around 12,000 residents trapped in the northern town. According to a civilian volunteer commander, thousands of Shiite militiamen from groups including Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Badr Organisation are gathering in the Tuz Khurmatu area of Salaheddin province,...
  • Obama Wants New ISIS War Plan ASAP

    08/27/2014 8:06:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    Obama Wants New ISIS War Plan ASAP Leading U.S. officials now believe that America has to expand its air war against ISIS into Syria, but nobody knows yet how we can do it… or what will happen next. President Obama wants to decide by the end of the week whether or not his war in Iraq against the Islamic State will expand to the group’s haven in eastern Syria. But nearly everything about the potential military campaign is still in flux, administration officials tell The Daily Beast—from the goals of the effort to the intelligence needed to carry it out.ISIS’s murder...
  • Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    08/27/2014 7:57:09 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    AP via Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday. The mission, if it went forward, would be the second recent U.S. military humanitarian intervention in Iraq. U.S. cargo planes dropped tons of food and water to displaced Yazidis on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq earlier this month, supported by U.S. airstrikes on nearby Islamic State fighting positions. The administration is now focused on the imperiled town of Amirli, which is situated about 105 miles...
  • US court scraps order to seize Kurdish crude from tanker near Texas

    08/27/2014 7:27:51 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | August/26/2014
    A U.S. court on Aug. 25 threw out an order to seize some 1 million barrels of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil from a tanker near Texas, a move that could allow the cargo to be delivered and end a nearly month-long impasse. The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million worth of Kurdish crude, has been anchored in the Gulf of Mexico for weeks, as the Iraqi region of Kurdistan wages a legal battle over ownership with the central government of Iraq. At the request of Baghdad, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in July...
  • Senate Dems frustrated by colleague's push for ISIS vote

    08/27/2014 7:15:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 27, 2014 | Alexander Bolton and Amie Parnes
    Sen. Tim Kaine’s outspoken push for a vote to approve military strikes in Iraq and Syria has cranked up tensions with fellow Democrats who worry it could hurt them on Election Day. Vulnerable Democrats fighting for their political lives are frustrated that Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, is pressing for a debate on giving President Obama new war powers at a time when the commander-in-chief has become a political liability for them. “Asking anybody to take that vote within two months of an election is just stupid. Why would you put people in that position?” said a Senate Democratic aide....
  • ISIS and Hamas: Spot the Differences

    08/26/2014 10:50:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Evelyn Gordon
    It’s not every day that an organization feels compelled to insist it’s truly nothing like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Why Hamas leader Khaled Meshal felt this need is a mystery: He’s in no danger from the global anti-Israel crowd, which takes great care to avoid any information that might challenge its preconceived notions, whereas anyone who knows anything about Hamas knows the disclaimer is ridiculous. Still, since he raised the subject, it’s worth examining some of the common fallacies Meshal’s distinction relies on. ISIS seeks a global caliphate, while Hamas just wants to end the Israeli...
  • Vatican Official, Syrian Prelate Call for International Force to Block Islamic State

    08/26/2014 8:44:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Vatican’s chief representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has repeated the call of Pope Francis for international leaders to stop the persecution of Christians and Yezidis in Iraq, “though the mechanisms of the United Nations.” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told Vatican Radio that the Holy See has two objectives for its diplomatic efforts regarding the situation in Iraq: to seek international help to stop the violence against Christiand and Yezidis, and to provide international security for refugees returning to their native villages. Questioned about Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria, the archbishop said that the international community should “support the Nigerian...