Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $81,370
92%  
Woo hoo!! And now less than $6.7k to go!! Let's git 'er done. Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: iraq

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Experts Warn: Iran-Allied Shiite Militias in Iraq to Threaten U.S. After Mosul Falls

    03/01/2017 8:31:18 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Mar 2017 | Edwin Mora
    The U.S.-led coalition and its Iraqi partners should be vigilant against a near certain reemergence attempt by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) after it loses its territory in Iraq, where tens of thousands of Iran-allied Shiite militias pose just as serious of a threat to America’s interests, experts warned. Dr. Michael Knights, a Boston-based fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy that champions conservative perspectives, and Hardin Lang, a fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP), testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
  • ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi acknowledges defeat in Iraq

    03/01/2017 12:27:03 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    Al Arabiya English ^ | Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | Staff writer, AlArabiya.net
    ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued a statement acknowledging the group's defeat in Iraq, as he urged supporters to either hide or flee, Iraqi television network, Alsumaria, quoted local sources as saying. According to the sources in the Iraqi governorate of Nineveh, Al-Baghdadi's statement was titled 'farewell speech' and was distributed among ISIS' preachers and clerics on Tuesday. Al-Baghdadi ordered the closure of the ISIS office regulating their fighters and ordered non-Arab fighters to either return to their countries or detonate themselves, promising them "72 women in heaven." Many of ISIS' leaders in Iraq has now fled towards the group's...
  • Iraq army seizes key Mosul bridge in ISIS battle

    02/27/2017 1:10:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/27/2017 | By Kareem Khadder and Hamdi Alkshali and Ingrid Formanek
    <p>Irbil, Iraq (CNN)The Iraqi army says it has recaptured a bridge across the River Tigris in west Mosul, where fierce battles are ongoing to oust ISIS of its last bastion in Iraq.</p> <p>While all five bridges linking the government-held eastern Mosul to the western part have been destroyed, the takeover of the Fourth Bridge will allow Iraqi forces to lay a ramp over the broken part and open a supply route from east.</p>
  • Palestinian terror leader urges Iran to join ‘all-out war’ on Israel, then Jordan

    02/25/2017 10:03:22 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 6 replies
    TIMES OF ISRAEL ^ | February 25, 2017 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
    The head of a Palestinian terrorist group in Lebanon said he would like to see Iranian soldiers take part in an “all-out war” to liberate Palestine, and that the future Palestinian conquest would include an invasion of both Israel and Jordan. Ahmad Jibril, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, told Hezbollah’s Al-Mayadeen TV on February 17 that his group wants “to see the revolutionary fighters from [Iran] in the Galilee.” Jibril spoke of spoke of creating “an axis of resistance” against Israel that would include Syria, Iraq, Iran and Hezbollah — all devoted to “the...
  • Pentagon ditches onerous rules of engagement, gives Mosul troops quicker firepower access

    02/25/2017 1:27:20 AM PST · by GonzoII · 51 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Feb 23, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Iraqi forces and U.S. coalition troops are no longer burdened by strict rules of engagement, which some say have turned firepower requests into bureaucratic nightmares. U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Browning, commander of 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, recently spoke with reporters about a Dec. 26 directive that streamlined the process of delivering aid. The order, attributed to U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, was confirmed on Thursday by Air Force Col. John Dorrian, the U.S.-led coalition’s spokesman. “It changed the relationship [between forces],” Lt. Col. Browning told The Associated Press about...
  • Iraqi Archbishop Hopeful Trump Will Aid Christians (who are target for violence in refugee camps)

    02/24/2017 11:25:36 AM PST · by xzins · 4 replies
    AINA via Fox News ^ | 2017-02-12 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The Archbishop for the Christian community in Iraq hopes President Trump and will help minority religious groups in the region. Bashar Warda, the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil in Iraq, said as long as Trump's executive order includes special preferences for all victims of ISIS, it can be a positive for Christians in the region, whose plight Trump has been sympathetic to. "I would personally prefer that our people stay here in their ancient homeland, but I also understand that many have lost hope," Archbishop Warda said to Fox News. "They have suffered too much and want to leave. It...
  • Interrogating Saddam: What He Said on Kuwait and What Angered Him the Most

    02/23/2017 8:05:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 23 February 2017
    CIA officer John Nixon sums up his role in Iraq during the US occupation. His first mission was to gather as much information as possible about Saddam Hussein, and then sent to Baghdad to help search for him. When the US forces finally captured him, Nixon said that he had prepared “a list of 30 to 40 questions that he felt that Saddam was the only one who could answer.” “To be honest, the moment I saw him, I knew that it was him and I did not have any doubts about it,” he added. Nixon has spoken of his...
  • U.S.-backed Iraqi forces recapture Mosul airport and military base from ISIS

    02/23/2017 8:57:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02/23/2017 | Nabih Bulos, Haidar Abdul Ilah
    Iraqi troops punched through the defenses of Islamic State extremists to recapture Mosul's airport on Thursday, establishing a foothold near the city’s western bank. Units from the federal police and its special forces branch, the Emergency Response Division, executed a pincer attack and struck the airport from several fronts, Lt. Gen. Raed Shaker Jawdat said in a statement Thursday. Jawdat said more than half of the airport had been taken and that forces were continuing to deal with Islamic state “pockets and ambushes.” He also reportedly said about 200 families were moved to safe areas controlled by the government. The...
  • LIVE: Iraqi forces retake the strategic Mosul airport

    02/23/2017 8:53:09 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 2 hours ago | Rudaw
    5:24 p.m. Iraqi forces under ISIS artillery in Mosul airport, 4 killed Four Iraqi soldiers from the elite Counter Terrorism Service (ICTS) were killed, and another three injured in an ISIS Katyusha rocket attack on the Mosul airport after the extremist group lost control over the strategic airport earlier today, a security official said. Brig. Gen. Bahnam Mohammad al-Kazimi, a commander of the elite Rapid Response, whose forces alongside the ICTS and the federal police launched a predawn attack on the airport and the Ghazlani military base next door, stated in press release that the injured initially were taken to...
  • ISIS suicide bomber in Iraq was former Guantanamo prisoner

    02/22/2017 8:35:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/22/2017 | Rick Moran
    An ISIS suicide bomber in Iraq who detonated a truck bomb at an army base outside Mosul has been identified as a British citizen who was held at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo, Cuba. Ronald Fiddler, also known as Jamal al-Harith after he converted to Islam in the 1990s, was captured in a Taliban prison in 2002.  He was suspected of having links to Osama bin Laden and was transferred to Guantanamo. Al-Harith claimed he was mistreated at the prison camp and that British agents were complicit.  He was transferred back to the U.K. in 2004 and was awarded a million...
  • British man who launched ISIL suicide attack was Guantanamo Bay detainee awarded Ł1m compensation

    02/21/2017 3:58:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 21 February 2017 • 7:40PM | Gordon Rayner
    A British Islamic State fighter who carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq this week is a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was paid Ł1 million compensation by the government. Jamal al-Harith, a Muslim convert born Ronald Fiddler who detonated a car bomb at an Iraqi army base near Mosul, was released from the US detention camp in 2004 and successfully claimed compensation after saying British agents knew or were complicit in his mistreatment. He was freed following intense lobbying by Tony Blair’s Labour government.Al-Harith, who used the nom de guerre Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, entered Syria via Turkey in 2014 to...
  • 5 Points About New National Security Adviser Gen. McMaster

    02/21/2017 11:20:59 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | February 21, 2017 | Ryan Mauro
    President Trump has chosen General H.R. McMaster as the national security adviser and there’s plenty to be happy about. Below are five points to consider with his choice.General McMaster is known for winning the most difficult of battles. As explained in this lengthy New Yorker article from 2006, he performed an amazing turnaround in the city of Tal Afar in Iraq. I remember when he arrived in 2005 and shocked observers by needing only about six months to change the situation by building strong relationships with Iraqis on the ground to kick the jihadists out and to quickly build up...
  • Islamic State Jihadist Says He Raped over 200 Iraqi Women: ‘This Is Normal’

    02/20/2017 11:27:22 PM PST · by detective · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Feb 2017 | Edwin Mora
    A jihadist from the Sunni Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group captured by Kurdish forces has shown little remorse after admitting to raping more than 200 women, reveals Reuters. “Young men need this,” the alleged serial rapist, identified as 21-year-old Ammar Hussein, told Reuters. “This is normal.” Reuters gained access to the jihadist through Kurdish intelligence authorities.
  • Turkey: The Last Armenian Woman in a Once-Christian Town

    02/19/2017 2:16:18 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 14, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Prior to the Armenian genocide of 1915, the Turkish southeastern town of Derik used to be an important center for Armenian and Assyrian/Syriac Christians. Today, only one Armenian woman remains: Yursalin Demirci. ... The Armenians of Derik were first subject to massacres and deportations in 1915. The remnant Armenians emigrated from Derik in later years due to various pressures. Because of these reasons, there is no longer an Armenian community in the town. The doors of the Surp (Saint) Kevrok Armenian Church were not opened at Christmas this year. And the church bell no longer rings. “I miss the old...
  • Coalition destroys ISIS headquarters in west Mosul hospital

    02/19/2017 1:30:52 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 23 hours ago | Rudaw
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The global anti-ISIS coalition has destroyed a major ISIS administration facility housed in a medical building in west Mosul on Friday, stating that the building was no longer being used for civilian purposes.  The five-storey building was being used as an “ISIS command and control headquarters and propaganda facility,” reads a statement released by the coalition on Saturday.  The Bab Sinjar facility “was located in the Al Jumhuri medical community complex,” the statement detailed.  The coalition stated that they had confirmed the building was being used as a military command only and “civilians were no longer...
  • Iraq launches offensive to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State

    02/18/2017 11:28:47 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 22 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 19 Feb 17 | Nabih Bulos
    As dawn approached, units from the Iraqi federal police and Emergency Response Division mustered near the village of Lazaaqah, roughly six miles south of Mosul. As they approached, bullets from Islamic State snipers whistled past, even as helicopters flying overhead bore down on Islamic State positions with heavy gunfire and rockets.
  • Merkel says Europe must take MORE refugees and Islam 'isn't source of terror'

    02/18/2017 10:25:16 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 56 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 2/18/2017 | Jeremy Culley
    The embattled leader says Europe has an obligation to take more displaced people from Syria and Iraq. She also said Islam "is not the cause of terrorism" and that combatting extremism needs the cooperation of Muslim countries. In a wide-ranging speech at a Munich security conference, the German chief also vowed to work closely with Vladimir Putin's Russia in the fight with ISIS in the Middle East. Mrs Merkel has come under fire for taking in up to one million refugees amid security concerns and a string of migrant sex attacks across Germany. After the Berlin lorry attack at a...
  • Captive Islamic State militant says mass rapes were "normal" [All Cultures Are Equal Alert]

    02/17/2017 9:02:50 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/17/17 | Michael Georgy
    Islamic State militant Amar Hussein says he reads the Koran all day in his tiny jail cell to become a better person. He also says he raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities, and shows few regrets. Kurdish intelligence authorities gave Reuters rare access to Hussein and another Islamic State militant who were both captured during an assault on the city of Kirkuk in October that killed 99 civilians and members of the security forces. Sixty-three Islamic State militants died. Hussein said his emirs, or local Islamic State commanders, gave him and others a green light to rape as...
  • Khamenei’s threats to Donald Trump

    02/14/2017 8:40:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | February 14, 2016.
    “I do not fear Trump. We must thank the new American president because he showed the real face of America and because he exposed what we have been saying for decades about the political, moral and economic corruption in it.” This is the recent statement made by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei against the newly-elected US administration. Yes, we’re passing through a new phase. There has been a major transformation following the reactive years of isolationism which show the depth of the roots that America has returned to in terms of engaging with world crises and contributing to managing...
  • The real source of Team Obama’s ‘despair’ over Mike Flynn

    11/24/2016 8:22:58 AM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 11/22/16 | Marc Thiessen
    f you thought the handwringing among the cast of Hamilton over the impending Trump presidency was bad, it apparently does not compare to the growing despair among the Obama White House team. What has them most upset? The elevation of Steve Bannon or Jeff Sessions? No, it turns out that the most “devastating blow” was the selection of a fellow Democrat – Lt. Gen. Michael Fynn – as National Security Advisor. The Associated Press reports: As Obama hopped from capital to capital, news of the emerging Trump administration followed him, dominating news conferences and private meetings with leaders…. Each time...
  • AP Sources: US Sanctions Venezuela’s New Vice President

    02/13/2017 4:38:59 PM PST · by Enterprise · 19 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | AP Sources
    The Trump administration is slapping sanctions on Venezuela’s new Vice President Tareck El Aissami and accusing him of playing a major role in international drug trafficking. (snip) The U.S. is also sanctioning Samark Bello, a wealthy businessman connected to El Aissami who has held significant business interests in the U.S. The U.S. says Bello provided assistance or support to El Aissami’s trafficking activities.
  • Former Marine Flees Iraq After His Facebook Warning About Iraqi Refugees Goes Viral

    02/13/2017 9:30:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/13/2017 | Debra Heine
    A former U.S. Marine who works as a private security contractor in Iraq had to flee the country after his Facebook post warning of the dangers Americans face in the tumultuous country went viral.Via Fox News Insider: Steven Gern's video, which was posted from Iraq and has been viewed more than 44 million times, came just a few days after President Trump's executive order triggered massive protests at U.S. airports. The order temporarily banned travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iraq, Iran and Syria.Gern relayed a short message about conversations he had about the controversial order with Iraqis. He said...
  • Ex-marine sent home from Iraq after Facebook video goes viral

    02/11/2017 3:48:42 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/2/17 | Chana Roberts
    US ex-marine Steven Gern was fired from his job in Iraq and sent home after he uploaded a Facebook video supporting US President Donald Trump's temporary ban on citizens of seven countries entering the US. The ban was instituted to prevent potentially dangerous people from entering the country before there was an efficient way to vet them properly. Gern's video, which includes a description of what local Iraqis would do to any American they found, got 44 million views on Facebook. "So here I am, on my way out of here," Gern said in a YouTube video. "Obviously they didn't...
  • Report: Obama Failed to Report Lethal Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan

    02/07/2017 10:24:07 AM PST · by davikkm · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | EDWIN MORA
    The U.S. military under former President Barack Obama quietly hid “potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes” from the American public that likely killed hundreds of civilians in war-ravaged Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, the Military Times has found. An investigation by the news outlet reveals: The enormous data gap raises serious doubts about transparency in reported progress against the Islamic State, al-Qaida and the Taliban, and calls into question the accuracy of other Defense Department disclosures documenting everything from costs to casualty counts. The data in question is maintained by the U.S. Air Force. American allies, military analysts, researchers, the media, and...
  • Marine Who Spoke About Trump’s Travel Restrictions Forced To Evacuate Iraq Due To Death Threats

    02/06/2017 9:34:44 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    Chicks on the Right ^ | 02/06/17 | Hannah Bleau
    When it comes to the Trump administration’s temporary travel restrictions, everyone has an opinion. However, most people who say the order is heartless don’t have a fundamental understanding of the restrictions. They continue to repeat the lies spouted by MSNBC. “It’s a MUSLIM BAN!”   No. No it’s not.   There’s one response to the order that I believe everyone should watch– conservative and liberal alike. Over the weekend, Kimber highlighted the response from this U.S. Marine working in Iraq, and it’s so common sense and so straightforward, I have no idea how anyone could disagree with it.  ...
  • A ‘Marshall Plan’ for Iraq: Rebuilding Christian Villages on the Nineveh Plains

    02/06/2017 4:47:37 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | February 3, 2017 | Maria Lozano
    Destruction on the Nineveh plains; ACN photo NEW YORK—“Hope is coming back to the Nineveh plains!” That is the verdict of the Middle East expert of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the international Catholic charity.Just back from a fact-finding mission to the region in northern Iraq recently liberated from the grip of ISIS, Father Andrzej Halemba said that “despite the many urgent questions that need clarification, people are willing to return to their villages.” The biggest challenges include the illegal property appropriations of abandoned homes, an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the destruction of...
  • Iraqi Archbishop: Where Were the Protesters ‘When ISIS Came to Kill Christians’?

    02/05/2017 6:27:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/3/17 | Thomas D. Williams
    The Catholic Archbishop of Erbil has denounced the hypocrisy of those protesting President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration, wondering aloud where all of the demonstrators were when Islamic State fighters were slaughtering Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. In an interview with the online journal Crux, Archbishop Bashar Warda said that from his perspective in Iraq, he couldn’t help but ask “why all of these protesters were not protesting in the streets when ISIS came to kill Christians and Yazidis and other minority groups.” Warda also criticized the policies of the Obama administration, which offered no financial...
  • US Marine (retired): Ban on travellers From Iraq

    02/05/2017 6:15:30 PM PST · by Candor7 · 12 replies
    Milo Video ^ | 1 Feb 2017 | Steven Gern
    Click " Not Now" and listen to this contractor's video about the Iraq situation for US citizens, who are resident in Iraq.
  • VIRAL VIDEO: Footage Shows OBAMA And BILL CLINTON Both Support Trump’s Immigration Policies!

    02/04/2017 1:00:24 PM PST · by Syncro · 28 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 4th, 2017 2:23 pm | Ryan Saavedra Feb 4th, 2017 2:23 pm
    Video Showing Hypocrisy Of Democrats Goes Viral A video going around on Facebook has been viewed over 40,000,000 times in just a few days since being released.The video shows past footage from former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama in which they discuss the issue of illegal immigration. If the statements coming from Clinton and Obama sound familiar, well they should. They say a lot of the same things that President Trump is saying.Excerpt, read more and see video at The Gateway Pundit
  • Is ISIS Breaking Apart? What Its Media Operations Suggest

    02/04/2017 10:19:28 AM PST · by Forgiven_Sinner · 21 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | January 31, 2017 | By Charlie Winter and Colin P. Clarke
    With the Islamic State (or ISIS) facing setbacks in Iraq and Syria, most observers believe that the group is crumbling. Indeed, just last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared eastern Mosul “fully liberated” from the group. Evidently, the U.S.-led coalition tasked with countering ISIS, well into the third year of its ongoing military campaign, has made progress. As a result of efforts in Iraq and Syria in 2016 alone, several high-ranking leaders have been killed or captured, the group’s finances have taken a serious hit, and it is hemorrhaging territory. Over the next few years, ISIS is sure to...
  • Exclusive: Feds Investigate Hobby Lobby Boss for Illicit Artifacts

    10/27/2015 6:37:21 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 55 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | October 26, 2015 | Candida Moss Joel Baden
    One of America’s most famously Christian businesses is amassing a vast collection of Biblical antiquities. The problem is some of them may have been looted from the Middle East. In 2011, a shipment of somewhere between 200 to 300 small clay tablets on their way to Oklahoma City from Israel was seized by U.S. Customs agents in Memphis. The tablets were inscribed in cuneiform—the script of ancient Assyria and Babylonia, present-day Iraq—and were thousands of years old. Their destination was the compound of the Hobby Lobby corporation, which became famous last year for winning a landmark Supreme Court case on...
  • Iraqi Patriarch: Trump Executive Order Harms the Middle East’s Christians

    01/31/2017 7:33:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, said that he opposed US President Donald Trump’s decision to “prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.” “Every reception policy that discriminates the persecuted and suffering on religious grounds,” Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako told the Fides news agency, “ultimately harms the Christians of the East, because among other things provides arguments to all propaganda and prejudice that attack native...
  • Mosul Residents Are Turning Against Religion After ISIS's Extreme Rule

    01/30/2017 10:36:32 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    BI ^ | 1-30-2017 | Wilson Fache
    <p>Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) - In recaptured areas of Mosul, the extreme interpretation of Islam that jihadists forced on the local population for more than two years has sparked a backlash against religious observance.</p> <p>After the Islamic State group seized the city in June 2014, it made prayers compulsory for people who were outside their homes, banned smoking, mandated beards for men and veils for women, smashed artefacts it said were idolatrous, publicly executed homosexuals and cut off the hands of thieves.</p>
  • Protest Grows ‘Out of Nowhere’ at Kennedy Airport After Iraqis Are Detained

    01/29/2017 12:00:45 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 104 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 29 Jan 17 | ELI ROSENBERG
    It began in the morning, with a small crowd chanting and holding cardboard signs outside Kennedy International Airport, upset by the news that two Iraqi refugees had been detained inside because of President Trump’s executive order. By the end of the day, the scattershot group had swelled to an enormous crowd. They filled the sidewalks outside the terminal and packed three stories of a parking garage across the street, a mass of people driven by emotion to this far-flung corner of the city, singing, chanting and unfurling banners. This was the most public expression of the intense reaction generated across...
  • German Chancellor Merkel Slams Trump’s Travel Ban – Calls It “Unjustified”

    01/29/2017 9:08:21 AM PST · by ColdOne · 51 replies
    gatewaypundit.com ^ | 1/29/17 | Jim Hoft
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel released a New Year’s message earlier this month calling on Germans to “use love and compassion” to battle the Islamist extremists in their communities. Islamists extremists murdered 22 people in Germany in 2016 in seven different attacks.
  • Bureaucrats Bring 500 Refugees Into Country One Day Before Trump’s Expected Ban

    01/25/2017 7:18:13 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/24/17 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Bureaucrats at the State Department brought 500 refugees into the country on Tuesday, one day before President Trump “is expected to order a multi-month ban on allowing refugees into the United States except for religious minorities escaping persecution, until more aggressive vetting is in place,” according to Reuters. The temporary ban on refugees will be one of several executive orders on immigration President Trump will sign on Wednesday, Reuters reports. “Another order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.” Two...
  • Fears That Trump’s Visa Ban Betrays Friends and Bolsters Enemies

    01/28/2017 2:40:55 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Jan. 27, 2017 | Declan Walsh
    CAIRO — Across the Muslim world, the refrain was resounding: President Trump’s freeze on refugee arrivals and visa requests from seven predominantly Muslim countries will have major diplomatic repercussions, worsen perceptions of Americans and offer a propaganda boost to the terrorist groups Mr. Trump says he is targeting. Mr. Trump’s stance has been evident since the early days of his campaign, when he advocated a “complete and total shutdown” of all Muslims entering the United States. President Trump has since softened his language, casting his order on Friday as a way to keep terrorists, not Muslims, out of the United...
  • Protests at JFK over detention of two Iraqi men in wake of Trump immigration ban

    01/28/2017 11:33:19 AM PST · by SMGFan · 46 replies
    QNS ^ | January 28, 2017
    Protesters have already begun gathering outside Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport after two Iraqi refugees were detained as a result of an immigration ban ordered by President Donald Trump on Friday. Make the Road New York, which is located in Jackson Heights, will hold a formal protest at 6 p.m. on Jan. 28 at JFK’s Terminal 4 to protest Trump’s executive order that prohibits residents of Iraq and a select number of other Middle Eastern nations from entering the United States for at least 90 days.
  • ISIS Drones have become more deadly

    01/28/2017 8:57:32 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 16 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, January 28, 2017 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Islamic State has deployed a new threat in the battlefield and potentially in the West. The terrorists are launching commercially available drones and remote controlled aircrafts that are being weaponized. They are being used as grenade launchers, kamikaze bombers, flying decoys and for reconnaissance. They have the potential to be used as terror weapons on civilian population in the West. This new capability has alarmed western armed forces, making it clear that the Islamic State one day could attack urban areas from the air as well as on the ground. Many of the drones and RCs being adapted are...
  • Passengers from Iraq, Yemen barred from NYC-bound flight after Trump refugee ban

    01/28/2017 7:09:14 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 28, 2017 | Reuters
    Five Iraqi passengers and one Yemeni were barred from boarding an EgyptAir flight from Cairo to New York on Saturday following President Donald Trump’s ban on the entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, sources at Cairo airport said. Trump on Friday put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries, saying the moves would help protect Americans from terrorist attacks. The six passengers, bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport, were prevented from boarding EgyptAir Flight 985 at Cairo airport despite holding valid immigration visas, the...
  • Mattis Celebrates First Day At Pentagon By Blowing Up ISIS 31 Times

    01/22/2017 11:03:00 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 160 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1-22-2017 | Russ Read
    Newly minted Secretary of Defense James Mattis celebrated his first full day at the Pentagon by overseeing 31 strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Mattis entered the Pentagon Saturday with a smile for his first full day of work, and for good reason, considering the significant bombardment ISIS forces received. A variety of fighters, bombers and remotely piloted aircraft engaged in the bombing run, which saw 25 strikes in Syria and six in Iraq. In Syria, two strikes destroyed ISIS units and artillery near the town of Bab. ISIS forces in Raqqa, the terrorist group’s de facto capital,...
  • 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 protégé 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 Tillerson’s 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 Tillerson’s 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
    Notice came yesterday that obama's Pentagon 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.