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  • Life returns to Mosul neighborhoods freed from IS

    01/18/2017 3:51:48 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 5 replies
    Deutch Welle ^ | 18 Jan 17 | Unknown
    As the liberation of Mosul from the "Islamic State" group gathers pace, Iraq's second city has been coming back to life with remarkable speed. DW's Florian Neuhof reports from neighborhoods of freshly shaven men. On a street just off the main road leading to the last neighborhoods in eastern Mosul still under "Islamic State" (IS) control, people throng around produce-laden handcarts. Mortar rounds come crashing into the area with alarming frequency, exploding with a sharp, dry bang. The insurgents have made a habit of bombarding areas no longer under their control and consider anyone who failed to retreat with them...
  • A Caller Asks Larry Elder About WMDs

    01/16/2017 4:25:30 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 73 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 16, 2017 | Larry Elder
    Larry Elder answers a question about an Iraqi top official supporting the idea that Iraq had WMDs and exported the majority of them to Syria. Here are the two sections in my main post dealing with General Sada: ✦ #2 Man -- http://religiopoliticaltalk.com/wmd/#sada1 ✦ #2 Man ~ a Second Time -- http://religiopoliticaltalk.com/wmd/#sada2 This will be added to the post on WMDs
  • Who Shot Down U.S. Navy Pilot Scott Speicher?

    01/14/2017 4:04:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 11, 2017 | TOM COOPER
    qi pilot with the MiG-25PD that Lt. Dawoud flew on the night of Jan. 17, 1991. A.T. photo via Tom Cooper On the morning of Jan. 17, 1991 — the first night of Operation Desert Storm — the U.S. Navy suffered its first loss of the conflict, when Lt. Cmdr Scott Speicher was shot down in his McDonnell F/A-18C Hornet, bureau number 163484, around 100 miles west of Baghdad. For years, it was unclear whether Speicher was dead or a prisoner of war. Politically-motivated changes in the pilot’s official status significantly contributed to the resulting controversy. The day after the shoot-down, the military declared...
  • Savor the Change! Obama Brings on Another Clintonista

    11/15/2008 8:13:49 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 732+ views
    JammieWearingFool ^ | November 15, 2008 | JammieWearingFool
    I'm actually beginning to think had Hillary won there would be fewer Clinton retreads coming on-board. Where the change? The bold innovative thinking? Are former Clinton hacks the best you can do, Barry? Geez, at this rate I almost expect Lani Guinier to be nominated for something. It's almost as if they had some incriminating photos of the guy. No, instead of this mythical change, we get a guy who sent Elian Gonzalez back to hell. Craig, 63, is a partner at Williams & Connolly and a protg of the late Edward Bennett Williams, the legendary Washington power lawyer. His...
  • How Tillerson Could Jeopardize Geopolitics In Iraq

    01/11/2017 3:22:17 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 13 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11-01-2016 | Ziki
    Former oil executive Rex Tillersons history of politically damaging oil dealings in the Middle East could jeopardize the future of a united Iraq as he assumes the position of U.S. Secretary of State with the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on January 20th, pending a Senate confirmation vote. Under Tillersons management in 2011, Exxon Mobil approved oil contracts with Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), which spans almost 80,000 kilometers in northern Iraq, provided disputed territories are included in the calculations. These lands hold an estimated 45 billion barrels of recoverable oil.
  • Mattis Wanted To Strike Iran In Retaliation For Killing US Troops, Obama Denied Him

    01/11/2017 1:59:17 PM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/11/17 | Russ Read
    Iranian-supplied rockets killed as many as 15 U.S. troops per month in Iraq in the summer of 2011, and Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis had a plan to retaliate. The Obama administration denied his request. Six U.S. soldiers were killed in a single such attack in early June of 2011, with another three killed just weeks later. Mattis, then the commander of U.S. Central Command, had had enough and decided the U.S. must strike back before the Iranian rockets caused further bloodshed. In conjunction with then Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey, Mattis proposed a strike inside Iranian territory, according to...
  • Iraqi palace of mirrors: Kurds block aid to Christian militia

    01/10/2017 3:59:55 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 56 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 01/01/2017 | William Murray
    The Christian town of Qaraqosh, Iraq, located on the Nineveh Plain, is in ruins. It is far worse than its appearance, which is bad enough. Other than a handful of volunteers to clean up the streets, and the 300 or so members of the Nineveh Protection Unit, or NPU, the town is deserted. The Christian town has enemies other than the ruthless Islamic State, or ISIS, which left it in ruins. Currently the Kurdish militia, the Peshmerga, is blocking aid to the NPU that guards the town, because the NPU is the Assyrian Christian militia. It is the only armed...
  • obama is so dishonest about Iraq and the rest of the Middle East

    01/06/2017 4:00:25 PM PST · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-06-17 | DrJohn
    Noticecame yesterday that obama'sPentagon has doubled the number of advisers in Iraq. As obama continues his self-congratulatory term ending tour, it is good to remember that way, way back in 2007 barack obama swore he would end the war in Iraq. "Barack Obama will work with military commanders on the ground in Iraq and in consultation with the Iraqi government to end the war safely and responsibly within 16 months." And you could take that to the bank https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VlXfs1K04g(In researching this I found great amusement in being able to use the hacks at Politifact as yardsticks for measuring obama's sheer...
  • American Troops Have Operated Inside of Mosul, Coalition Confirms

    01/04/2017 11:47:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 4, 2016 | Courtney Kube
    American troops have been operating alongside Iraqi forces inside of ISIS-held Mosul, a coalition spokesperson acknowledged for the first time Wednesday. "They have been in the city at different times," Col. John Dorrian said during a teleconference briefing Wednesday morning.
  • ISIS Strikes In Baghdad, At Least 55 Killed by Car Bomb

    01/02/2017 7:57:25 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01-02-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    Today was yet another day from hell in Baghdad. All in all, three car bombs went off in the capital of Iraq. The bloodiest of them all, in Sadr city, was claimed by ISIS. In that attack, at least 55 people were murdered. 60 others were injured. TWEET Below a photo of the carnage: PHOTO Most inhabitants of Sadr City are Shiite Muslims, which is why they're targeted by ISIS, a radical Sunni terror group. ISIS considers Shiites fake Muslims or even apostates, which makes it -- according to the hateful theology of the Islamist group -- fair to kill...
  • 3,000 years ago, it ruled the Mideast, now blown to pieces

    12/31/2016 9:21:11 AM PST · by rktman · 47 replies
    hosted.ap.org ^ | 12/31/2016 | LORI HINNANT
    The chilly December wind whipped rain across the strewn wreckage of a city that, nearly 3,000 years ago, ruled almost the entire Middle East. Rivulets of water ran through the dirt, washing away chunks of ancient stone. The city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is in pieces, victim of the Islamic State group's fervor to erase history. The remains of its palaces and temples, once lined in brilliant reliefs of gods and kings, have been blown up. The statues of winged bulls that once guarded the site are hacked to bits. Its towering ziggurat, or step pyramid, has been bulldozed.
  • Mosul(Ninevah) in Prophecy...

    The ancient city of Mosul, in Iraq, is currently experiencing an agonizing struggle between regular forces of the Iraqi Government, allied with the Kurdish Peshmurga , local Iraqi militias and supported by US and international coalition forces, seeking to wrest the city from the forces of the recently formed ISIS army. The joint operation is called in Arabic, Qadimun Ya Naynawa, translated Oh Ninewa,Here We come!. Can you see in the Arabic translation the name of an ancient Biblical city? Ninewa is the Arabic way of saying, Ninevah, the city which Jonah had once preached repentance unto, in spite of...
  • BREAKING: Obama Makes Deal With Saudi Arabia To Allow Their ISIS Soldiers To Retreat To Safety

    12/29/2016 4:35:19 PM PST · by detective · 53 replies
    Conservative Daily Post ^ | Dec 29, 2016 | Allison Hillman
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became leader in 2010 of what was then known as Islamic State in Iraq (ISI). By 2013, the terrorist organization was carrying out dozens of attacks a month in Iraq. In April 2013, Baghdadi announced the merger of his forces in Iraq and Syria and the creation of the now feared Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The end of 2013 brought the opportunity to take control of the central city of Falluja, aided by tribesmen and former Saddam Hussein loyalists. In June 2014, Isis overran the northern city of Mosul, and then advanced southwards...
  • Allied troops and ISIS battle for collapsing Mosul Dam

    12/27/2016 6:29:47 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 45 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 27 December 2016 | By Gareth Davies For Mailonline
    Allied troops and ISIS are set to battle for a collapsing dam that would spew nearly 600 times the water of the River Thames onto Mosul if it breaches. Engineers from an Italian company have been tasked with fixing the Mosul Dam's foundations to stop more than 11 trillion litres of water (11.11billion cubic metres) from flooding Mosul. Experts are warning their work could be in vain, and should the catastrophe happen, it is estimated 1.5million people could be killed by the floods in an impact described as 'worse than a nuclear bomb'. Waves of up to 45ft would be...
  • Top U.S. General: Two More Years to Beat ISIS

    12/25/2016 9:13:04 PM PST · by Future Snake Eater · 31 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 25DEC16 | Kimberly Dozier
    The general commanding coalition forces in Iraq predicts it will take two years of hard fighting to clear the so-called Islamic State from its twin capitals of Mosul and Raqqa, and then to burn out the remnants that will likely flee to the vast empty desert between Syria and Iraq. In a Christmas Day sit-down with The Daily Beast at his headquarters, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend would not put specific timelines on the battle. But he mapped out a grinding campaign that he thinks is going slowly but as well as can be expected, considering how much time ISIS had...
  • Remembering the victims of Obama on Christmas: DOJ Used Perjured Testimony to Secure Guilty Verdict

    12/25/2016 10:04:52 AM PST · by Jack Black · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jul 2015 | EDWIN MORA
    Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors used perjured testimony to secure guilty verdicts for four decorated veterans accused of indiscriminately shooting into a crowd of Iraqi civilians in September 2007 while working as private contractors for Blackwater, argue some of the defendants family members. Nicholas Slatten of Sparta, TN, one of the former Blackwater guards, was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in April. The other three Paul Slough of Keller, TX, Evan Liberty of Rochester, NH, and Dustin Heard of Maryville, TN were convicted of numerous counts of voluntary manslaughter and attempted manslaughter,...
  • Christian town east of Mosul celebrates first Christmas post-ISIS

    12/25/2016 9:16:52 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 24 Dec 2016 | Rudaw
    BARTELLA, Iraq Just 24 kilometres from Mosul where Iraqi forces are fighting ISIS, the Christian town of Bartella celebrated Christmason Saturdayfor the first time after it was overran by the militants two years ago. Today is an historical day for Bartella. A day when Christians can return to their homes and families, said Nofel Hamadi, Nineveh governor, speaking during celebration of a Christmas mass in the town. A large number of Christians flocked to Bartella to attend the celebration in the town that fell to ISIS in August 2014. Bartella was liberated two months ago, onOctober20....
  • Ten years after Saddam execution, CIA officer says that everything the US thought it knew was WRONG

    12/19/2016 7:50:37 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 69 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 12/17/2016 | John Nixon
    [full title]:The Saddam interrogation: Ten years after the tyrant's execution, the CIA agent who grilled him reveals the shattering truth... that everything the US thought it knew was WRONG CIA analyst John Nixon grilled the ruthless dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein In the course of interrogations, Saddam 'turned our assumptions upside down' In his 2010 memoir, Bush wrote: I decided I would not criticise the hardworking patriots of the CIA for the faulty intelligence on Iraq. But that is exactly what he did. He blamed the agency for everything that went wrong and called its analysis guesswork while hearing only...
  • Turkey and Irans Dangerous Collision Course

    12/19/2016 3:41:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    NYT ^ | DEC. 18, 2016 | ALI VAEZ
    Turkey and Irans Dangerous Collision Course By ALI VAEZ DEC. 18, 2016 Todays competition between Turkey and Iran is the latest iteration of an old power game: a struggle their progenitors, the Byzantine and Persian empires, started over the control of Mesopotamia ? todays Iraq and Syria. While the rivalry outlived their transformation from empires to nation-states, they have managed to keep the peace between themselves for nearly 200 years. Yet Turkey and Iran are now on a collision course, mostly because of their involvement as the regions major Sunni and Shiite powers in the deepening sectarian conflicts in Iraq...
  • Iraq Christians plan to rebuild town destroyed by ISIS

    12/16/2016 3:54:56 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Christian Times ^ | 07 December 2016 | Jardine Malado
    Iraqi Christians are holding on to their faith in God as they plan to revive a town that was ravaged by the Islamic State. Around 60,000 people fled from the Christian town of Qaraqosh when ISIS took over the region in August 2014. Some of the Iraqi Christians are now seeing the devastation left by the terrorist group after the town was liberated by the Kurdish militia a few weeks ago. Sister Diana, a Dominican nun, recently paid a visit to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and saw how the Islamic radicals desecrated the building. "This is considered the largest church...
  • Christians Look to Revive ISIS-Ravaged Town [Qaraqosh]: 'They Can't Defeat God'

    12/16/2016 1:33:46 PM PST · by Lorianne
    CBN News ^ | 05 December 2016 | Chris Mitchell
    QARAQOSH, Northern Iraq On August 6, 2014, nearly 60,000 people fled the Christian town of Qaraqosh just hours before ISIS overran the area. A few weeks ago, the Kurdish military liberated the city, uncovering a trail of destruction and devastation left behind by the occupiers. CBN News joined Sister Diana, a Dominican nun, and her team who showed us what ISIS did to their city. We visited her home church, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, first. "This is considered the largest church for us in the Middle East," Sister Diana said. "We do all our worship in here. I would...
  • A Dam Is On The Verge Of Collapse And It Could Be More Devastating Than A Nuke

    12/13/2016 5:25:20 AM PST · by Fennie · 59 replies
    Metro ^ | December 12, 2016 | Simon Robb
    A dam is on the verge of collapse and just a partial breach could create a wave 82ft high, experts have warned. The Mosul dam is slowly sinking, sparking fears that 7 million lives are at risk if it breaks. Even if just 26 per cent of the dam collapsed there would be floods on a catastrophic scale with the equivalent of 4,400 Olympic-sized swimming pools gushing down stream. It would hit Mosul at 82ft high 100 minutes after breaching the wall and then three and a half days later it would destroy Baghdad with a 26ft wave. Cities, towns,...
  • Doomed To Repeat History

    12/12/2016 8:49:40 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 12, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Paul D. Miller, associate director at the University of Texas-Austins Clements Center for National Security, spoke at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation to discuss his book, American Power and Liberal Order: A Conservative Internationalist Grand Strategy. Americans, and historians in general, "overthink" and "overlearn" the past and apply those interpretations of history lessons to the present, he argued "The problem in trying to learn lessons from history We have a tendency to overlearn from history and swing the pendulum too far in the other direction, Miller said. Rand Paul, he avers, exemplifies this tendency. Similarly, President Obama, said Miller,...
  • US airstrike in Mosul leaves 90 Iraqi troopers dead (helps ISIS forces)

    12/12/2016 5:54:55 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Press TV ^ | 12/10/16
    At least 90 Iraqi soldiers have lost their lives when fighter jets from the United States Air Force (USAF) mistakenly struck their position in Mosul as government forces and allied fighters are trying to flush Daesh terrorists out of the strategic northern city. An Iraqi army source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Arabic service of Russias Sputnik news agency on Saturday that the airstrike had targeted soldiers from the 9th Armored Division of the Iraqi army the previous day, destroying eight infantry fighting vehicles as well as four Humvee military trucks. Some 100 soldiers were also wounded as...
  • Obama Now Admits He Was Surprised By ISIS, Despite Being Warned By President Bush

    12/08/2016 3:48:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/08/2016 | Katie Pavlich
    In January 2014 President Obama referred to ISIS, one of the most vicious terror armies to ever exist, of being a "JV team." The analogy we use around here sometimes,and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesnt make them Kobe Bryant, Obama told the New Yorker at the time. After that comment the group marched from Syria to Iraq, taking large swaths of territory, pillaging and raping along the way and slaughtering thousands.Now with just a month left in his presidency, President Obama is saying he was surprised by the capability of...
  • General John Kellys speech about two Marines in the path of a truck bomb

    12/08/2016 7:07:04 PM PST · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    We Are The Mighty ^ | 4/22/2016 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Full Title: Everybody should read General John Kellys speech about two Marines in the path of a truck bomb Eight years ago, two Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outposts entry-control point. Minutes later, they were staring down a big blue truck packed with explosives. With this particular shred of hell bearing down on them, they stood their ground. Heck, they even leaned in. I had heard the story many times, personally. But until today I had never heard Marine Lt. Gen. John Kellys telling...
  • Iraq Was Probably a Mistake, Said Gen. James Mattis, Trumps Defense Pick

    12/07/2016 8:59:17 AM PST · by Lorianne · 81 replies
    Intercept, the ^ | 05 December 2016 | Mattathias Schwartz
    President-elect Donald Trumps nominee for secretary of defense called the 2003 invasion of Iraq a mistake, according to a recording obtained by The Intercept. Ladies and gentlemen, Mattis said, we will probably look back on the invasion of Iraq as a mistake as a strategic mistake. Mattis was one of the Iraq campaigns most important ground commanders. He led the 1st Marine Division during the invasion and later oversaw the bloody retaking of Fallujah from insurgents in 2004. As for the Pentagons view on the Iraq invasion at the time, Mattis said this: I think people were pretty much...
  • Kurdish government responds to US allegations of rights violations

    12/06/2016 7:37:24 PM PST · by odds · 14 replies
    Rudaw English (Kurdish Website) ^ | December 6 2016 | Rudaw
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) issued a report on Monday responding to allegations by the US State Department that ranged from press violations to torture in the Kurdistan Region. The report by the KRGs High Committee to Evaluate and Respond to International Reports comes after nearly a year of investigations that examined various points addressed in the 2015 US Department of States annual report on Human Rights Practices in Iraq, which also examined the rights situation in Kurdistan. Among other things, the US report contained allegations that the Peshmerga were systematically destroying Arab homes in towns...
  • Over 1,900 Iraqi security forces killed by ISIS as fight for Mosul rages

    12/04/2016 3:10:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Ara News ^ | December 3, 2016 | Ehmed Shiwesh and Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Over 1,900 Iraqi security forces killed by ISIS as fight for Mosul rages ? December 3, 2016 ? Middle East & World Erbil ? At least 1,959 members of the Iraqi security forces have been killed since the launch of the anti-ISIS Mosul operation on 17 October, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in November was 926, and the number of civilians injured was 930. Fifty-two foreign civilians were killed and 31 injured in November, UNAMI said. A total of 1,959 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed, including police...
  • SAS sniper racks up 100th ISIS kill during battle for Mosul

    12/04/2016 7:22:30 AM PST · by kevcol · 58 replies
    Express-UK ^ | December 4, 2016 | Tom Batchelor
    AN SAS sniper has picked off his 100th Islamic State militant during fighting for the Iraqi city of Mosul. The impressive tally makes him one of the most successful snipers in the British armed forces. His latest kill is said to be a high valued target in the terror group, which has put up fierce resistance as the US-backed coalition attempts to recapture Iraqs second city from the extremists. . . . Taking his position outside a compound that was once a base for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the sharpshooter needed just a single bullet to punch through the...
  • Obama set to give final counterterrorism speech to troops

    12/02/2016 4:42:21 AM PST · by kevcol · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    But the announcement that Mr. Obama will deliver a speech to U.S. Special Forces to confirm the wisdom of his counterterrorism strategy looks like validation of an effort that is far from settled. . . . This speech will be a final opportunity for him to discuss at length how he has effectively, durably, and successfully implemented reforms to keep us safe, Mr. Earnest said. The preview strongly hinted that Mr. Obama will defend his counterterrorism strategy, which has been sharply criticized by President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, as the correct path forward for the incoming administration.
  • Homebrewed .50 Cal from ISIS in Iraq

    12/02/2016 4:07:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Jake Hamby has posted these photographs of a small shop manufactured .50 caliber single shot, scoped rifle. It was captured from ISIS forces in Iraq. Many on the Internets are disparaging the rifle, characterizing it as a "face bomb" waiting to go off. Several good views of the rifle are shown in the short Youtube montage below. Link to Youtube It is a mistake to judge a weapon by the exterior finish. Sure, the superb craftsmen at pre-1940 commercial Mauser, or Colt before 1970, are known for their excellent polish and bluing. If you look at war production, you...
  • Two men accused of negotiating illegal $ 1 M anti-aircraft...

    11/30/2016 11:31:05 PM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 18 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 11-23-16 | Paula McMahon
    Two men are facing federal charges they tried to do a $1 million deal in Broward County that would have illegally sent anti-aircraft ammunition to Iraq and Sudan. Henri Shushan, 39, of Tamarac, and Venyamin Golynkin, 65, of Belarus, were arrested last week in Pompano Beach after an extensive undercover investigation by the FBI. Federal prosecutors said the men were involved in a plot to illegally export a total of 500,000 rounds of 23mm anti-aircraft ammunition, which is fired from a large cannon, to Sudan and Iraq. The U.S. bans export of defense items, including weapons and ammunition, to both...
  • On This Day: The World Decided to Stop Saddam Hussein's Forces Marauding Around Kuwait

    11/30/2016 8:06:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 30 NOVEMBER 2016 | DOMINIC SELWOOD
    At 2.00 A.M. on 2 August 1990, Iraqi Republican Guard soldiers, special forces, regular army troops, and air force units invaded Kuwait. Despite calls for Kuwaitis to rise up and make the aggressors taste the chalice of death, the invading forces swiftly overran the countrys defences. Within days, Saddam Hussein announced that the Emir of Kuwait had been deposed and Kuwait was now Iraqs nineteenth province. Husseins motives went back to the Iraq-Iran war of 198088 in which he invaded Iran. Kuwait lent him US$ 14 billion to help finance the conflict, and Hussein became unhappy when Kuwait refused to...
  • Islamic State Turns to Cigarette Smuggling to Fund Itself

    11/27/2016 6:55:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | November 27, 2016 | Fazel Hawramy
    Thousands of Mosul residents flee the city every day as the Iraqi army pushes farther into the city from the east. But despite suicide car bombs, airstrikes and the whizzing sound of bullets around them, when they emerge, one of the first things they ask for from the soldiers are cigarettes. For almost 2 years, the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul projected an image that it was against the consumption of narcotics; in reality, however, it has reaped enormous funds from the trade. Ala Munir was at home one blistering day in July last year when four IS militants turned...
  • Obama Classified Number of Illegal Alien Muslim Migrants

    11/27/2016 10:27:33 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 27, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama is big on making up his own laws and rules. He rules by executive order and he's gotten into the truly illegal habit of unilaterally signing treaties with foreign governments. This is a very basic problem. And in the context of his deal to take in Muslim migrants rejected by Australia, he is being warned once again that his actions are grossly illegal and unconstitutional. ... Were not even being told the total numbers who will shortly be making their way to our shores, but the Journal notes that two of the camps located on Naru and Manus Islands...
  • Iraq's parliament adopts law legalizing Shiite militias

    11/26/2016 7:04:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 26, 2016 9:24 AM EST | Hamza Hendawi and Qassim Abdul-Zahra
    Iraqs parliament on Saturday voted to accord full legal status to government-sanctioned Shiite militias as a backup and reserve force for the military and police and empower them to deter security and terror threats facing the country, like the Islamic State group. [] The Shiite militias, most of which are backed by neighboring Shiite Iran, have been bankrolled and equipped by the government since shortly after IS swept across much of northern and western Iraq in 2014. Many of these groups existed long before IS emerged, fighting American troops in major street battles during the U.S. military presence in Iraq...
  • Mosul: All-Female Islamic State Morality Police Tortured Women

    11/22/2016 8:25:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    National Security (Breitbart) ^ | November 22, 2016 | Edwin Mora
    Some women in Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-controlled Mosul have said they are much more afraid of the jihadist groups all-female morality police, or Khansaa Brigade, than the battle-hardened male terrorists, reports NBC News. The all-female units of the jihadist groups morality police, also known as Hisbah, had been tasked with patrolling the streets of Mosul and enforcing an extreme version of Shariah law. Members of the Hisbah Khansaa Brigade favor a torture tool known as the biter, which refers to metal prongs designed to clip chunks of flesh as punishment for women who violated strict ISIS dress codes, NBC News learned...
  • American jihadists fleeing Mosul pose threat to US

    11/21/2016 5:25:12 PM PST · by Lera · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/21/16 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    As the noose tightens around ISIS stronghold of Mosul, concerns have grown about American Jihadists returning home to the US. As the battle for Mosul in Iraq enters its sixth week, and the Iraqi forces slowly advance and move towards encircling the city, concerns have been expressed about the danger that American jihadi fighters fleeing Iraq may try to make their way back to the US. Recent articles in Newsweek and on Fox News have highlighted the danger of these American natives returning to the US under new names with new passports and with fighting skills and experience that will...
  • Church in Northern Iraq Reopened After Two Years Under IS Control

    11/21/2016 5:13:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11/20/16 | Mohammed al-Ramahi and Azad Lashkari
    BASHIQA, Iraq (Reuters) - The bells have rung out after two years of silence in the Mar Korkeis church in the town of Bashiqa, some 15 km (10 miles) north of Mosul, Islamic State's last major city stronghold in Iraq. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters retook the town on Nov. 7, ending two years of rule by the hardline Sunni group which persecuted Christians and other minorities in the Nineveh plains, one of the world's oldest centres of Christianity. Women trilled to celebrate the moment when a new crucifix was erected on the church, replacing one that was broken by the Islamic...
  • Increasingly paranoid ISIS leader reportedly refuses to sleep without suicide vest

    11/19/2016 7:14:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2016
    As U.S.-backed Iraqi forces close in on the Islamic State's hub of Mosul, the leader of the terror network has become so insecure about his own safety that he refuses to emerge from his underground hideouts and never sleeps without his suicide vest on, Reuters reported. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "has become intemperate," losing self-control and showing more signs of paranoia, according to messages sent from inside Mosul to the Iraqi military. Reuters reported Wednesday it had viewed the messages. Iraqi troops pushed deeper into eastern Mosul Saturday, backed by aerial support from the U.S.-led international coalition -- but faced stiff...
  • Rand Paul: Will Donald Trump betray voters by hiring John Bolton?

    11/19/2016 11:20:11 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 127 replies
    Rare.us ^ | November 15, 2016 | Senator Rand Paul
    Rumors are that Donald Trump might pick John Bolton for Secretary of State. Heaven forbid.One of the things I occasionally liked about the President-elect was his opposition to the Iraq war and regime change. He not only grasped the mistake of that war early, but also seemed to fully understand how it disrupted the balance of power in the Middle East and even emboldened Iran.We liberated Iraq, but today their best friend is Iran, their second greatest ally is Russia, and their third strongest alliance is with Syria. Trump really seems to get the lesson. Hillary Clinton never did.Most importantly...
  • Iraq's Displaced Christians 'Will Go Back Home,' But Not Before Their Safety is Assured

    11/18/2016 5:16:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 11/14/16 | Maria Lozano
    We need time for reconstruction--to make these villages livable againNEW YORKAccording to a leading Iraqi prelate, the countrys displaced Christians currently stranded in Kurdistan are unlikely to be able to return to their homes on the Nineveh Plane until Mosul is liberated and the region is completely pacified. In an interview with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Kurdistan, predicted that it wont be until summer 2017 that the proper conditions will be achieved, including the reconstruction of damaged villages and security guarantees. Meanwhile, an estimated 40,000 Christians will soon...
  • Mosul: Hundreds of bodies discovered in mass graves near city

    11/17/2016 6:26:04 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu November 17, 2016 | Mohammed Tawfeeq and Angela Dewan
    Irbil, Iraq (CNN)Iraqi security forces have discovered two mass graves near the city of Mosul containing around 250 bodies, police said Thursday. The graves were found near the town of Hammam al-Alil and were created by ISIS militants, Iraqi Federal Police Commander Brig. Gen. Faris Radhi Abbas told CNN.
  • Westboro Baptist Church Leader Fred Phelps a Democrat

    03/19/2014 12:58:04 PM PDT · by celmak · 45 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 03/18/2014 | Paul Bois
    The founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, notorious for leading hateful protests against gay rights, is actually a Democrat with long history of endorsing Democratic candidates. On Tuesday, Politico provided some background on Phelps' political history, most of which saw him endorsing Democrat candidates and running for office a number of times as a Democrat. In the 1990's, Phelps ran in three Kansas Democratic primaries for Governor in 1990, 1994, and 1998, receiving only 15% of the vote. He also ran for Senator in 1992, receiving 31% of the vote, and for mayor of Topeka in 1993 and 1997....
  • Iraq Christians Tell Tales of Survival in the 'Caliphate'

    11/16/2016 5:40:43 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Ahram Online ^ | 11/15/16 | AFP
    They were threatened, forced to spit on a crucifix or convert to Islam, but a handful of Iraqi Christians miraculously survived more than two years under Islamic State group rule. When the jihadists swept across the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq in August 2014 and told Christians to convert, pay tax, leave or die, around 120,000 of them fled. Now that Iraqi forces have retaken many of those areas around the city of Mosul, stories are emerging of those who did not get a chance to leave and faced one of the three other options. Ismail Matti was 14 when...
  • Iraqi Catholics Return to Church Ransacked by ISIS

    11/14/2016 5:25:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    A tomb had been desecrated and statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated at the St Addai Chaldean Catholic churchThere were gasps, followed by tears at a small church in northern Iraq as a group of Christians returned to their parish Sunday to find that everything had been destroyed, including the statue of the Virgin Mary, which ISIS militants had decapitated before they left. A confessional had been turned into a closet, a tomb had been desecrated, red prayer benches were burned. As Fr Thabet Habib recited prayers at the St Addai Chaldean Catholic Church, the sound of broken glass...
  • Iraqi Christians: Obama abandoned us to the Islamic State

    11/07/2016 9:20:37 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 16 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 11/07/2016 | Robert spencer
    Obama has never helped the Christians. In fact, he despises them. In the last 26 months, he has shown he despises all of them. But we have hope in the new president, Trump. IRAQI Christians will pray for Donald Trumps election victory after they condemned US Government for abandoning them to the barbaric terror of Islamic State. The Christian community in the latest Iraqi town to be freed from ISIS have opened up about how they were terrorized at the hands of the twisted jihadi militants. The once-bustling Qaraqosh, which boasted of more than 50,000 Christian residents, was recaptured from...
  • Significant Bronze Age city discovered in Northern Iraq

    11/07/2016 7:32:42 AM PST · by JimSEA · 8 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/7/2016 | University of Tbingen
    Archeologists from the Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies (IANES) at the University of Tbingen have uncovered a large Bronze Age city not far from the town of Dohuk in northern Iraq. The excavation work has demonstrated that the settlement, which is now home to the small Kurdish village of Bassetki in the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan, was established in about 3000 BC and was able to flourish for more than 1200 years. The archeologists also discovered settlement layers dating from the Akkadian Empire period (2340-2200 BC), which is regarded as the first world empire in human history. Scientists headed...
  • Alqosh, the Last Christian Town in Iraq, is Here to Stay

    11/06/2016 5:37:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    A view from the Christian town of Alqosh in the Nineveh Plain.For more than two years it lasted, just minutes away from Islamic State-held territory. The Iraqi town of Alqosh (50km north of Mosul) is the only Christian stronghold in the country that survived IS. Looking for signs of hope for the future of Christianity in Iraq? This town, with its four churches, two monasteries and 500 Christian families, is where it can be found. For those who grew up reading the Bible, Alqosh might ring a distant bell. It was the town where Old Testament prophet Nahum, "the Elkoshite",...