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  • White House: 'Pro-war' Cheney, Trump, Cruz are face of Iran deal opposition

    08/28/2015 2:35:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 28, 2015 | Susan Crabtree
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that those who oppose the Iran nuclear agreement, like former Vice President Dick Cheney and presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, are "pro-war" and are some of the same people who got the U.S. into a war with Iraq in 2003. "There's no doubt that we've seen forceful advocacy to kill this deal," Earnest said. "It's the same forceful advocacy we've seen in the run up to the Iraq war in 2003. In fact it's many of the same people making the same arguments." Cheney is scheduled to appear Sept. 8 at...
  • Graham: ISIS Loves Trump Seize Oil Idea

    08/28/2015 10:06:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | August 28, 2015 | Pam Key
    Friday on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show,” Republican presidential candidate Sen. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said ISIS loves his rival, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s idea of “seize oil for the benefit of America” because it would be a huge “recruiting opportunity.” Graham said, “Well number one, Donald Trump’s plan to destroy ISIS is the most ill-conceived, insanely dangerous idea I have ever heard. Worse than Obama. I never thought I would hear myself say that there is a Republican running for office that’s got a worse idea when it comes to radical Islam than Obama. So here is...
  • Kurdish Forces Free 7 Villages in Iraq From ISI

    08/28/2015 9:41:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Saturday, 29 August 2015
    Western-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of ISIS in northern Iraq in recent days, the U.S.-led coalition battling the militants said Friday. But the extremists still control broad swathes of land in the war-torn country, where ISIS has waged a terrifying offensive of forced religious conversions and beheadings. Bolstered by coalition airstrikes, the Peshmerga fighters wrestled back more than 200 square kilometers (80 square miles) near the town of Tuz since August 26, the Combined Joint Task Force said.
  • Kurds Are Surging – America Is Not

    08/28/2015 11:28:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/28/15 | Eddie Pedersen
    A tale of two countries, one spurred to greatness by manifest destiny, the other crumbling under the weight of liberal anarchism The Kurds are surging in Iraq again. Kurdish fighters are successfully attacking both the Islamic state and other terrorist factions in Syria and Iraq; as we saw with the Kurdish capture of many Iraqi villages two days ago. The recent Kurdish push in Iraq occurs in spite of Turkey’s President Erdogan and his counterproductive air campaign against Kurdish fighters. To make matters worse Kurdish hopes for autonomy rights in Iranian held areas will more or less cease to be...
  • Urgent Prayers Needed right now for the missionaries in Iraq

    08/26/2015 8:06:23 PM PDT · by Chong · 24 replies
    Urgent email from our Pastor | Aug 26, 2015 | Dr. Becky Peters
    We just received this email forwarded from our pastor. (I left out the detailed contact info of the originator on purpose.) Please join us in prayers for all involved. From: XXXXXXXX Sent: 8/26/2015 1:21:36 P.M. Central Daylight Time Subj: Urgent prayer request from Pastor Cori Here is an opportunity to pray for brothers and sisters who are strong in the LORD and willing to go the distance for Him. We just received this in an email from the Missions Office at First Baptist Atlanta. Prayer Request from Dan and Marilyn Wilson. Missionaries who are in the areas that are being...
  • As War Closes In, Syria’s Assad Puts Emphasis on Living a Normal Life

    08/26/2015 7:29:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | RAJA ABDULRAHIM
    On the day in May when Islamic State militants raised their black flag above the ancient city of Palmyra, the Damascus Opera House featured a singer in a rumpled black suit belting out traditional Arabic ballads. Members of the audience were herded together so the half-empty auditorium appeared full on state television, and the crowd whistled, clapped and danced in the aisles for the benefit of the cameras. This week, as the extremist militants blew up a 2,000-year-old temple in Palmyra, the opera house in the capital 150 miles to the west prepared to open an art exhibit. “It is...
  • Syriac Catholic Bishop to Be Beatified

    08/26/2015 6:35:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki Was Killed in Hatred of the FaithSyriac Catholic Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki, martyred during the "Assyrian Genocide," will soon be called 'blessed.' According to Fides, the bishop will be beatified at the Patriarchal convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Harissa, Lebanon, on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 29, during a solemn liturgy. Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III will preside over the beatification while numerous Patriarchs and heads of Christian churches of the East from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are expected to attend. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints,...
  • Is Turkey Going Rogue?

    08/26/2015 5:43:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Atlantic Community ^ | 8/26/15 | Jon Abbink
    Turkey's geo-political maneuvers may urge reconsideration of its NATO membership. While the threat from Daesh grows, Ankara is more focused on the continuing fight with the Kurds. The Erdoğan government is undermining the core values of what NATO stands for, and its anti-Kurdish policy spells problems for its role in the region. NATO has to make a statement and also work behind the scenes to engage Erdoğan to prioritize the war against Daesh. Under the pretext of an anti-Daesh (ISIS) campaign, Turkey's government since late July 2015 is harshly repressing the Kurds, playing the ‘anti-terrorism' card towards NATO. But the...
  • Meet the Americans Flocking to Iraq and Syria to Fight the Islamic State

    08/26/2015 5:36:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 8/26/15 | Adam Rawnsley
    When a U.S. citizen going by the name “Abu Abdullah al-Amriki” blew himself up in a suicide attack in Baiji, Iraq, this month, he was the most recent example of a troubling trend: the roughly 200 Americans who have traveled or attempted to travel to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State.Not all of the foreigners have left for the region looking to fight for the Islamic State, however. Instead, growing numbers of Americans are heading there to fight against the extremists. The American fighters — mostly military veterans, with a strangely disproportionate share of Texans — are...
  • The Islamic State’s Deputy and the Ghost of Saddam Hussein

    08/24/2015 4:02:39 PM PDT · by OddLane
    Kyle Orton Wordpress ^ | August 22, 2015 | Kyle Orton
    Fadel Ahmad Abdullah al-Hiyali (a.k.a. Haji Mutazz or Abu Muslim al-Turkmani), the Islamic State’s (ISIS’s) commander in Iraq and overall deputy to the “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in a drone strike in Mosul on August 18, according to a U.S. spokesman for the National Security Council yesterday. Al-Hiyali was reported to have been travelling in a car with a media operative named Abu Abdullah when he was killed. The first thing that this means is that the reports from the end of last year, based on statements from senior American officials, that al-Hiyali had been killed between Dec....
  • Michelle Malkin: Most Intriguing Candidate is Ted Cruz [VIDEO]

    05/20/2015 10:58:22 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    Political commentator and author Michelle Malkin dropped by to talk about her new book, “Who Built That,” the 2016 presidential field, Iraq and more. Michelle told Brian that she feels Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the most intriguing candidate on the GOP side because of his intelligence and he practices what he preaches. Michelle also explained that before we can make a real decision we have to see them tested in the arena.Video at link.
  • Non-Interventionism is America’s Best Policy

    08/22/2015 11:35:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2015 | Paige Lewis
    Americans do well with moderation. It is in our national DNA. It is also a by-product of the freedom of expression and allowing different perspectives in the public forum. In foreign policy, non-interventionism is the moderate stance, and it has served Americans well in her four hundred or so years. As British subjects, American colonists were compelled to fight for the British crown, until they felt compelled to defend themselves against the king’s army. After centuries of European conflicts dragging Americans into war, national independence yielded a non-interventionist foreign policy for the infant nation. George Washington advised in his farewell...
  • Sources: ISIS No.2 likely killed in U.S. drone strike in Iraq

    08/21/2015 12:23:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/21/2015 | By Barbara Starr
    The No. 2 figure in ISIS, Haji Mutazz, is believed to have been killed in an August 18 drone strike near Mosul, Iraq, several U.S. officials told CNN. The U.S. intelligence community is in the final stages of confirming the man who died was Mutazz, a top deputy to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi, the officials said. The U.S. believes Mutazz was prominently involved in directing ISIS' financial operations. The reported death of Mutazz, who also goes by several other names, is a bit of a mystery. Several news organizations, including CNN, reported his death at the end of last...
  • Pentagon: Tests show mustard gas on rounds fired by Islamic State against Kurds

    08/21/2015 12:12:56 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Stars andStrips ^ | 8-21-2015 | Tara Copp
    Initial tests on mortar fragments from an Aug. 11 Islamic State attack against Kurdish forces in Iraq have tested positive for the chemical weapon mustard gas, the Pentagon said Friday. A few days after the attack near Makhmour, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces brought fragments from the mortar rounds to U.S. forces. Makhmour is just south of Irbil, where the U.S. has one of its training center sites. “We were able to take the fragments and do a field test on those fragments, and they showed the presence of HD, or what is known as sulfur mustard. That is a class...
  • Islamic State overruns Iraqi base near Fallujah

    08/20/2015 6:23:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 8/20/15 | Bill Roggio and Caleb Weiss
    The Islamic State overran an Iraqi military base and killed dozens of soldiers and policemen in an attack near Fallujah in Anbar province, where the government has been trying to dislodge the group for the past year.In a newly released video, the Islamic State showcases its forces overrunning a military outpost near the city. The video shows jihadists attacking the base with armored personnel carriers packed with explosives and a ground assault team. The Islamic State seized tanks, armored personnel carriers, Humvees, and other vehicles. The bodies of dozens of dead Iraqi security personnel are displayed.The exact date the assault...
  • Donald Trump: I Would Never Have Invaded Iraq (May 18, 2015)

    08/20/2015 12:01:26 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 18, 2015 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Donald Trump said Monday that he would have never invaded Iraq, and thought that Sen. Marco Rubio, a candidate for the 2016 GOP nomination, "made a total fool of himself" over the weekend while answering a rhetorical question about the war. "We shouldn't have been there, but once were there, we probably should have stayed," Trump, who has been flirting with a campaign announcement of his own, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program Monday. "The Middle East has been decapitated. It's a mess; the balance has been lost between Iraq and Iran. Things were better in the old days."...
  • Will Fate of Iraqi Jews Soon Befall Other Minorities?

    08/19/2015 6:39:24 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Forward ^ | August 19, 2015 | Emma Sky
    n 2003, I served as the U.S. Coalition official responsible for “administering” the province of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. At the time, I was struck by how the different communities intermarried, spoke each other’s languages, and loved each other’s cultures. In an attempt to defuse tensions emerging from the struggle for power after the overthrow of Saddam’s regime, I organized a cultural event at the Kirkuk museum. For one evening, many of the artifacts that had been looted from the museum and that were being kept in people’s homes were put back on display. Groups put on traditional performances. The...
  • ISIS beheads Palmyra antiquities expert in the ancient city where he had worked for 50 years -

    08/19/2015 4:52:42 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 18, 2015
    ISIS beheads Palmyra antiquities expert in the ancient city where he had worked for 50 years - then hangs his body from a column Islamic State militants have beheaded an antiquities scholar in an ancient Syrian city and hung his body on a column in a main square. The family of Khaled Asaad are said to have been told that the 82-year-old scholar who worked for more than 50 years as head of antiquities in Palmyra was executed by ISIS yesterday. Mr Asaad had been detained and interrogated for over a month by the ultra-radical Sunni Muslim militants, according to...
  • Awful: ISIS Beheads Archaeologist Preserving Middle East History, Hangs His Body

    08/19/2015 8:33:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The Islamic State is continuing its rampage through the Middle East, killing anyone who gets in their way and destroying ancient sites in an effort to cleanse anything they consider anti-Islamic. Late last week we learned that before she was killed, America hostage Kayla Mueller was brutally raped and used as a sex slave by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Today we've learned ISIS has beheaded a world renowned, 82-year old archaeologist who was protecting the ancient site of Palmyra in Syria. More from Fox News: Syrian state antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters that the family of Khaled Asaad had informed Abdulkarim...
  • Turkish PM Returns Mandate to Erdogan

    08/18/2015 4:24:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/8/15
    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday returned the mandate to form a government to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Anadolu news agency reported. Erdogan received Davutoglu at 7.30 p.m. local (1630 GMT) at the Presidential Palace in capital Ankara, according to the news agency. Davutoglu, who is also the chairman of the Justice and Development (AK) Party, told Erdogan that despite his best efforts he could not find any possibility to form a coalition government. The president thanked the prime minister for his efforts, a statement from the Turkish presidency added. Erdogan is now expected to make a decision...
  • Yazidi singer forms all-female fighting unit to take revenge on ISIS

    08/17/2015 8:55:18 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 9 replies
    The DailyMail ^ | 17 August 2015 | Owen Holdaway In Dohuk, Iraq For Mailonline
    The women of an all-female Yazidi batallion is risking death - or worse - to fight back against the ISIS thugs who abducted, raped or murdered thousands of their people. They were brought together by a renowned Yazidi s nger Xate Shingali, who formed the 'Sun Girls' batallion to take on Islamic State on the battlefield in Iraq. If her troops are ever caught by the enemy, they will either be killed or, more likely, be held by the extremists as their personal sex slaves. Even the youngest, just 17, brushes off that terrifying prospect, adding: 'Even if they kill...
  • Turkish media report Russia's shipment of six MiG-31s to Syria; no comment from Rosoboronexport

    08/17/2015 2:25:46 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    BRUSSELS. Aug 16 (Interfax) - Russia has shipped six Mikoyan MiG-31 fighter aircraft to Syria under a 2007 contract, a Turkish English-language news website, BGN News, reported on Sunday. The website claims the aircraft have already landed in Damascus. Under the contract, which was signed in 2007, Moscow is to deliver a total of eight MiG-31 fighter jets to Syria, BGN News says. Russia has called for a broad international coalition, including Syria and Iraq, to be created to fight Islamic State, the website site said. Rosoboronexport told Interfax-AVN that it can neither confirm, nor deny the report.
  • ISIS 'Mein Kampf' Blames Israel for Global Terrorism

    08/16/2015 6:58:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    INN ^ | Sunday, August 16, 2015 | Sara A. Carter, American Media Institute
    Intelligence officials are comparing a newly discovered secret Islamic State document to Hitler's "Mein Kampf," as it blames Israel for the rise of the Islamic State and crowns U.S. President Barack Obama as the "Mule of the Jews." Found in Pakistan's remote tribal region by American Media Institute (AMI), the 32-page Urdu language document promotes an "end of the world" battle as a final solution. It argues that the Islamic leader should be recognized as the sole ruler of the world's 1 billion Muslims, under a religious empire called a "caliphate." ...Retired U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Flynn...
  • Patriot Missiles to be Removed from Turkey in October

    08/16/2015 4:18:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 8/16/15 | Elad Benari
    Turkey and the United States said Sunday that Washington would withdraw its Patriot missile batteries from the country in October, after bolstering Ankara's air defenses against threats from Syria's civil war. The NATO mandate for the mission will run out in October and will not be renewed, but the United States is prepared to return Patriot assets and personnel to Turkey within one week if needed, a joint Turkish-U.S. statement quoted by AFP said. "They will be redeployed to the U.S. for critical modernization upgrades that will ensure the U.S. missile defense force remains capable of countering evolving global threats...
  • Trump calls for U.S. ground troops in Iraq

    08/16/2015 11:41:24 AM PDT · by South40 · 32 replies
    MSN (Time) ^ | 16 AUG 2015 | Justin Worland
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that the United States should send ground troops into Iraq to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and use funds from seized oil fields to pay for veteran's services. "You go and knock the hell out of the oil, take back the oil," he said on Sunday during an interview with Meet the Press. "We're going to have so much money." The comments came as part of a wide-ranging interview with Chuck Todd on hot-button political topics from the U.S. debt to the role of lobbyists in Washington.
  • Journalist tried and executed same day by ISIS in Mosul

    08/16/2015 11:10:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 8/16/15
    The Islamic State group (ISIS) executed another journalist in the group’s stronghold of Mosul on Sunday after a summary trial, a Kurdish official said. “The journalist Yahya al-Khatib was kidnapped by ISIS militants at his home on Saturday,” Ismat Rajab, an official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Mosul, told Rudaw. “He was executed today in the neighborhood of Bab al-Tub in Mosul,” said Rajab, who lives in the Iraqi Kurdistan region since the city was seized by ISIS in June last year. Rajab said the dead journalist was charged with spying for the Iraqi media and Iraqi military...
  • Amb. Dermer: Netanyahu Surpasses Moses in Jewish Support on Iran Deal (CNN interview)

    08/16/2015 11:56:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 08/16/2015 12:51 PM | Jacob Kornbluh
    Israeli Ambassador to the U.S, Ron Dermer on Sunday compared Israel’s unified stance on the Iran nuclear deal and support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his campaign against the deal to the times when Moses led the Jews out of Egypt to the promised land. In an interview on CNN with Fareed Zakaria, Sunday morning, Dermer said that he had no doubt President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are being sincere when they say they believe the Iran deal is good for the U.S. and Israel; however, “We just disagree with their judgment. We think this...
  • Migrants brawl on Greek island as refugee ship lies empty

    08/16/2015 8:39:55 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    Marine Link ^ | August 16, 2015 | Joseph R. Fonseca
    Outside the island's main police station, about 50 migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran threw stones and exchanged blows as tempers boiled over in the intense mid-summer heat. Riot police stood by without intervening. The migrants have little chance of getting aboard the ship, the Eleftherios Venizelos, as priority is being given to Syrians, who are treated as refugees as they are fleeing their country's civil war and have greater rights under international law than economic migrants. All have crossed the narrow stretch of water from Turkey in small boats and dinghies as they try to find a better life...
  • Trump in Iowa: Jeb's 'Skin in the Game' Iraq Comment Was One of the ‘Dumbest’ Statements Ever

    08/15/2015 1:54:01 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 94 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Aug 15, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Today, Trump slammed Jeb for trying to justify what he says is an unjustifiable war: “He said ‘skin in the game.’ I don’t know if you saw his recent statement…We’ve spent two trillion dollars, thousands of lives lost, wounded warriors who I love all over the place. And he said we have to prove we have skin in the game. I think it may be one of the dumbest statements I ever heard.” Trump concluded that thought by saying Jeb should apologize to the families affected by the war. Jeb seemed to be one of Trump’s favorite targets at the...
  • Obama invokes Iraq war debate in push for Iran deal, amid Dem defections

    08/15/2015 2:31:54 PM PDT · by yoe · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 5, 2015 | Staff
    President Obama vigorously defended Wednesday his nuclear agreement with Iran as one "the world unanimously supports," reaching back to blame America's invasion of Iraq -- and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein -- for emboldening Iran, while labeling Republican opposition as "knee-jerk partisanship," and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criticism as "wrong." Speaking at American University in Washington, Obama described the congressional debate over the Iran deal as the "most consequential" since the Iraq invasion. The president called the agreement a "very good deal" that -- despite critics' claims to the contrary -- forbids Iran from building a nuclear weapon. In...
  • Islamic State confirmed to have used mustard gas against Kurds in Syria

    08/15/2015 9:33:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/15/15 | Nabih Bulos
    The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) used mustard agent in its fight against a Kurdish militia in Syria, testing has confirmed. Unnamed US government officials involved in investigating alleged chemical weapon use by Isil in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh confirmed mustard gas had been used, according to the Washington Post and CNN. Mustard gas, used during World War One, can cause blisters, blindness and respiratory damage and is an internationally-banned chemical weapon. Last month, members of a Syrian Kurdish militia, the People's Defence Units or YPG, reported that projectiles fired by Isil's jihadists had released...
  • State Dept. apologizes for promoting Muslim cleric who backed killing of US soldiers

    05/27/2014 4:10:28 PM PDT · by kingattax · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 27, 2014 | By Adam Kredo
    The State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau apologized on Tuesday for promoting a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The apology came on the heels of a Friday Washington Free Beacon report detailing the CT Bureau’s promotion of Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of a radical Muslim scholars group that was founded by a radical Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called “for the death of Jews and Americans.” Bin Bayyah himself is one of several clerics who endorsed a 2004 fatwa, or religious...
  • Op-Ed: Who Was Kayla Mueller?

    08/14/2015 7:55:31 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | February 11, 2015 | Lee Kaplan
    The truth of how Kayla Mueller, 26, died may never be discerned. However, despite the sadness at her needless death, the myth that she was wonderful altruistic young woman should be exposed. This is another Rachel Corrie propaganda story in the making, and the western media is falling for it again, or embracing it on purpose. Kayla Mueller was a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who spent at least two years working with that terrorist support group. She was involved in demonstrations against the Jews in Sheikh Jarrah (part of East Jerusalem) after a 20 year long court...
  • ISIS Leader Repeatedly Raped American Hostage, U.S. Finds [Would Not Have Happened Under Reagan!]

    08/14/2015 5:29:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 46 replies
    CBSNews ^ | August 14, 2015
    August 14, 2015 ISIS Leader Repeatedly Raped American Hostage, U.S. Finds WASHINGTON -- American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), U.S. intelligence officials told her family in June. "They told us that he married her, and we all understand what that means," Carl Mueller, Kayla's father, told The Associated Press on Friday, which would have been his daughter's 27th birthday. Her death was reported in February. Her mother, Marsha Mueller, added, "Kayla did not marry this man. He took her to his...
  • Jeb just can’t help himself: The myth of his electability continues to fade

    08/14/2015 4:17:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Salon ^ | August 14, 2015 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    Calling Saddam's ouster a "pretty good deal" and name-checking Paul Wolfowitz, Jeb keeps rivals' hope alive.I’m running out of ways to describe the awfulness of Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. If or when he fails, his jocular Thursday comment about the Iraq war — “Taking down Saddam Hussein turned out to be a pretty good deal” – will be in every highlight reel. Not only is Jeb! now fully embracing his brother’s disastrous, bloody war of choice. He’s talking about it in a glib salesman way, reminding us that the war was in fact “a pretty good deal” for his cronies:...
  • Jeb Bush: “I’ll tell you, taking out Saddam Hussein turned out to be a pretty good deal”

    08/14/2015 6:14:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 70 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 13, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Lefty media (both overt and covert), which has been back on its heels lately thanks to Hillary’s impending arrest and prosecution, is already buzzing about the line quoted above, uttered today by Bush in Iowa. Skip to 9:40 of the clip below for the question and his answer in full. On the one hand, I’m reluctant to clobber a guy for a poorly worded soundbite when, as here, it’s in service to a sound point, that Obama and Hillary wasted the security improvements in Iraq circa 2009 by bringing everyone home and then standing around while Maliki fostered sectarian war....
  • Obama’s Progressivism Requires A Zionistrein Democratic Party

    08/14/2015 10:00:44 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 8 replies
    Benweingarten.com ^ | 2015-10-13 | Ben Weingarten
    The progressive movement that has overtaken the Democratic Party gains its moral authority in a morally relativistic world in part based on its support of the “oppressed” over the “oppressor.” As Joshua Muravchik ably argues in his Making David Into Goliath, in this construct, Israel has morphed into the oppressor, swapping roles with the Muslim countries that have wished to destroy her from the time of her founding. The Leftist-Jihadist nexus of which Andy McCarthy writes, on display from elite college campuses to the president’s cabinet, is perhaps stronger than it has ever been. It believes in punishing the ultimate...
  • 'Neocons' re-emerge amid US election race

    08/14/2015 1:29:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News / Agence France-Presse ^ | August 14, 2015 | Andrew Beatty
    Once thought dead and buried on the battlefields of Iraq, a muscular and militaristic "neoconservative" approach to US foreign policy is making a comeback. For most of the last decade, the "neocons" -- personified by former vice president Dick Cheney and ex-Pentagon boss Donald Rumsfeld -- have been out of office and out of fashion. But the 2016 presidential race has seen Republican candidates embrace ideas and advisors once ostracized for the catastrophes and hubris of George W. Bush's "preemptive war" in Iraq. During last week's Republican presidential debates, 17 candidates tripped over themselves to declare President Barack Obama weak...
  • Jeb Bush Takes On the Party of Defeat

    08/14/2015 5:12:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/14/15 | Arnoild Ahlert
    The true history of the Iraq War and the rise of ISIS that Obama and Hillary can't deny Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush got it right regarding Iraq in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Tuesday night. “That premature withdrawal was the fatal error, creating the void that ISIS moved in to fill,” he declared. “Where was the secretary of state, Secretary of State Clinton, in all of this? Like the president himself, she had opposed the surge, then joined in claiming credit for its success, then stood by as that hard-won victory by American and allied forces...
  • Pentagon: Reports "credible" mustard gas used in ISIS attack

    08/13/2015 7:12:50 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 13, 2015
    Pentagon sources tell CBS News that reports are "credible" that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) likely used mustard gas against Kurdish fighters in Iraq. It is unclear if the gas was leftover from Saddam Hussein stockpiles or if they were brought over from Syria, which would be the two likeliest sources of the gas, said a senior Department of Defense official. The official said the reports are credible because of prior information, but did not elaborate. Mustard gas is considered an "antiquated" weapon that must be used in very large concentrations to be lethal, the official told...
  • Defeating Isis in Syria is essential to prevent catastrophe

    08/13/2015 1:53:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | Frederic C Hof
    ...In Iraq Isis has the advantage of local allies: Sunni Arabs disenfranchised by Maliki and his Iranian backers. In Syria Isis lacks a popular base, and its principal enabler has been the Assad regime. Unless Isis sees something it wants that Assad has – an oil field, a weapons-rich military base, or a town filled with priceless antiquities – it and the regime pursue a live-and-let-live arrangement. Each tries instead to eliminate alternatives to itself and the other. Each, for its own reasons, wishes to be one of the two last political entities standing in Syria. For Assad, facing Isis...
  • Isis 'hacking division' releases details of 1,400 Americans and urges attacks

    08/13/2015 7:13:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Michael Safi
    A group calling itself the Islamic State hacking division has published the details of 1,400 mostly US military and government personnel, urging supporters to attack those listed. The spreadsheet, published online on Wednesday, exposes names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. Those listed include members of the marine corps, Nasa, the state department, air force and FBI. Supporters of Isis on Twitter seized on the breach, posting personal details of soldiers and government staffers and encouraging lone wolves to “act and kill”. A person claiming to speak for the group told the Guardian the information was obtained from military and...
  • German army reports chemical attack in Iraq (no WMD?)

    08/13/2015 10:49:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Aug 2015 17:00 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Iraq have reported being attacked with chemical weapons, the German defense ministry said Thursday. “We have indications that there was an attack with chemical weapons” against the Peshmerga fighters that left many suffering from “respiratory irritation,” a ministry spokesman told AFP. […] IS has previously been accused of using chlorine against Kurdish forces in Iraq. In March, the autonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq said it had evidence that the jihadist group used chlorine in a car bomb attack on January 23. …
  • Space Imaging Satellite shot of Sadam intl ( pre good guys takeover )

    04/06/2003 12:17:11 PM PDT · by 1poedpatriot · 10 replies · 198+ views
    http://www.spaceimaging.com/gallery/iraq/saddam_aprt.jpg
  • Iraqi premier says will seek mandate to change constitution

    08/12/2015 10:11:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 12, 2015 11:40 AM EDT | Vivian Salama and Sinan Salaheddin
    Iraq’s prime minister announced Wednesday he will seek a popular mandate to change the country’s constitution amid widespread calls to fight corruption and curtail government spending. The announcement came as Islamic State militants ambushed a military convoy in Iraq’s western Anbar province, killing at least 14 soldiers. […] In Baghdad, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he respects the current constitution, implemented in 2005, but believes “it is incomplete.” […] On Tuesday, lawmakers unanimously approved a reform plan proposed by al-Abadi that eliminates the three vice presidencies and the three deputy prime minister posts, dismantling part of the top-heavy government established...
  • Czech border town furious over planned placement of refugees at its German border

    08/11/2015 5:19:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    RRW ^ | August 10, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Invasion of Europe news…. Dubi, North Bohemia, Aug 8 (ČTK) — Several hundred people from the Czech Republic and Germany protested against the arrival of refugees at the former customs building on the Czech-German border crossing Cinovec-Zinnwald today, Mayor Petr Pipal has told journalists. ... The Saxon town of Altenberg wants to accommodate the refugees in the former customs building. The capacity of the facility will be 110 places, while some 80 refugees from Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan are to be placed there. ... We are told the refugees will be allowed to leave the center for “walks” during...
  • The Toledo target area! We learn something new every day

    08/11/2015 5:29:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    RRW ^ | August 9, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Ms. Dehabey, resettlement coordinator for US Together in Toledo, is also the primary facilitator for their adjustment to the area. The organization has been quietly and steadily resettling refugees in the Toledo area for a little more than a year, the only agency in the Toledo area doing so. The refugee community is a small but growing regional population, Ms. Dehabey said. She has placed 11 families in the Toledo area, including two before US Together opened its Toledo office in May, 2014. ... Ms. Dehabey opens an average of one case a month, she said, though arrivals can be...
  • Facing Islamic State threat, Iraq digitizes national library

    08/11/2015 5:48:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Ynet ^ | 08.04.15
    The digitization project aims to perserve priceless books and manuscripts from future threats; Baghdad National Library officials say that sharing Iraqi art and literature is key to combatting terrorism. The dimly lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and kings; imperialists and socialists; occupation and liberation; war and peace. •Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter These are the original chronicles of Iraq's rich and tumultuous history, and now librarians and academics in Baghdad are working feverishly to preserve what's left after thousands of documents...
  • The secret to ISIS's success: Over 100 former Saddam Hussein-era officers run jihadi group's

    08/10/2015 4:21:14 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    AP via Daily Mail ^ | 08/08/2015 | TOM WYKE
    Once part of one of the most brutal dictator's army in the Middle East, over 100 former members of Saddam Hussein's military and intelligence officers are now part of ISIS. Now they make up the complex network of ISIS's leadership, helping to build the military strategies which have led the brutal jihadi group to their military gains in Syria and Iraq. The officers gave ISIS the organization and discipline it needed to weld together jihadi fighters drawn from across the globe, integrating terror tactics like suicide bombings with military operation
  • Bomb blast, US consulate attacked in Istanbul: Reports

    08/10/2015 7:30:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8-10-15 | Phillip Tutt
    A car bomb attack at a police station has killed four people and injured up to 10 people, while the city's U.S. consulate has also come under fire, news agencies have reported. Reuters, quoting Turkey's Dogan news agency, reported that at a police station in the Istanbul neighborhood had been rocked by a blast early on Monday morning. The agency, quoting the Istanbul's governor's office, added that three attackers and a police officer had been killed in an exchange of gunfire following the explosion. Istanbul police headquarters confirmed to Dogan that three police officers and seven civilians were wounded in...