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  • URGENT: ISIS kills 300 Iraqi soldiers by chlorine gas attack in Saqlawiyah

    09/22/2014 1:39:26 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 67 replies
    IraqiNews.com ^ | 9-22-2014 | IraqiNews.com
    On Monday several Members of Parliament from Diwaniyah Province confirmed that ISIS killed over 300 soldiers using chlorine gas for the first time in Saqlawiyah, north of Fallujah.Islamic Dawa party MP Ali al-Badri said, at a press conference at the parliament building in the presence of a number of deputies of Diwaniyah province and attended by IraqiNews.com that “the terrorist organization ISIS used chlorine gas for the first time in the region of Saqlawiyah after trapping more than 400 troops, resulting in the deaths of many of them due to suffocation while the terrorist gangs detonated car bombs within the...
  • Islamic State urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

    09/22/2014 10:32:27 AM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 22, 2014 | Yara Bayoumy
    Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in a statement carried by the SITE monitoring website, saying their forces faced inevitable defeat at the insurgents' hands.
  • Sowell: Who Wants War?

    09/22/2014 11:53:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 23, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don't want another war. In all my 84 years, I cannot recall a time when most Americans wanted war. That is something we should be proud of. But wars are not always optional. Even World War II — which some have called "the good war" — was not something that most Americans wanted. But the Japanese took that decision out of our hands when they bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. And Hitler removed any...
  • John Kerry: Threat From Climate Change is Just Like ISIS

    09/22/2014 11:28:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Secretary of State John Kerry, the world's top diplomat, is warning that global warming climate change poses as much of a threat to the world as ISIS. More from The Hill: Secretary of State John Kerry said the threats posed by climate change should be addressed with as much "immediacy" as confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the Ebola outbreak. During a meeting with foreign ministers on Sunday, Kerry said global warming is creating "climate refugees." "We see people fighting over water in some places. There are huge challenges to food security and challenges to the...
  • US Planes Shell Centre of Sinjar

    09/22/2014 8:29:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 22.09.2014 | Nuwar Faqie
    United states warplanes target the center of the Yazidi town Sinjar in northern Iraq. According to a Kurdish Yazidi Peshmerga commander on Mount Sinjar, Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK) guerrillas are obstructing US and Yezidi Peshmarga attacks in Sinjar. The commander, Qasim Shashou, claimed that in collaboration with the Peshmerga, US jets have successfully bombed the center of Sinjar and have inflicted heavy losses on the Islamic State (IS) militants. “We are ready to advance into Sinjar and we have a strong, coordinated plan. However PKK fighters, who call themselves the Sinjar people’s protection force, are making it difficult for us...
  • IS Militants Kill 300 Iraqi Soldiers with Chlorine Gas

    09/22/2014 8:20:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 78 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | Shwan Barzinji
    IS has used chlorine gas against Iraqi soldiers News / World IS Militants Kill 300 Iraqi Soldiers with Chlorine Gas 22.09.2014 Shwan BarzinjiBasNews, Erbil Iraqi Member of Parliament Ali al-Bredi has claimed that Islamic State (IS) militants are using Chlorine gas against Iraqi soldiers in Fallujah. In a press conference on Monday, al-Bredi revealed that IS have killed 300 Iraqi soldiers with chlorine gas. He said that the militants deployed the gas in the Siqiliya area located of northern Fallujah, a city in Anbar province, about 70 km from the capital of Iraq, Baghdad. “Responsibility for this lies with...
  • ISIS urges Muslims to kill civilians in US-led coalition countries

    09/22/2014 8:12:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    AP via Syracuse.com ^ | September 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Fighters of the Islamic State militant group are ready to battle a U.S.-led military coalition seeking to destroy it, the group's spokesman said in a new audio recording in which he called on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight. American and French warplanes have carried airstrikes against the group, and U.S. President Barack Obama is working to form a global coalition to confront the group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.
  • I despised Saddam’s police state, but the Islamic State would not exist under his rule

    09/21/2014 8:46:09 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 91 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept 21 2014 | Saif Al-Azzawi
    When people ask me how I feel about the latest events in Iraq, I tell them I feel sad. All these people — both Americans and Iraqis who have died since 2003 — died for nothing. And as the Islamic State insurgency unfolds, and as Iraq tries once again for a peaceful political transition, I’m mourning not just those who have died over the past decade, but for a country that I haven’t been able to recognize for a very long time. I grew up in Baghdad in a middle-class family. My father served in the Iraqi Air Force and...
  • Islamic State spokesman: “Rely upon Allah, and kill” American, European, (Short Title)

    09/22/2014 6:34:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | September 22, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Here is a news report about the statement I posted in full here. The IBT doesn’t quote most of the Islamic justifications for these actions that the statement includes, and doesn’t mention the copious Qur’an quotes that are in the statement. It would seem that these things are pertinent, given the rush of Western non-Muslim leaders to assure us that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam. Is it not newsworthy that the Islamic State that has nothing to do with Islam bases its appeal to Muslims to kill non-Muslims entirely upon the texts and teachings of Islam?
  • Turkish Forces Clash with Kurds; 70,000 Refugees Wash across Border

    09/21/2014 9:14:08 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 14 hours ago | RUDAW
    Pictured: Refugees arriving at Turkish border. ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish security forces fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of Kurds gathered in solidarity for a third day on the Turkish side of a border crossing with Syria on Sunday, as some 70,000 Syrian Kurds were reported to have fled across the border in just two days to escape Islamic State (IS) militants. Refugees who had waited days for permission to cross the border to safety complained of suffering, disease and death. “We have been here for four days without water and food,” said Fidan Mohammad, one of...
  • Turkey closes borders as 130,000 Syrians flee Isis onslaught

    09/22/2014 1:52:04 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 9-22-2014 | Ted Thornhill for MailOnline and Press Association
    The number of Syrians who have flooded into Turkey to escape Isis militants has reached 130,000, with the terrorists firing on those fleeing with heavy weaponry including rocket launchers, according to eyewitnesses. Most of them are Kurdish women, children and the elderly, and their arrival since Thursday has pushed the conflict close to the Turkish border, with one crossing closed to prevent Kurdish fighters crossing into Syria to join the battle against Isis. Much of the terrorist group's heavy weaponry has been stolen from the Iraqi military, and was supplied by the U.S.
  • Child warriors, 13, leave Germany for jihad

    09/22/2014 12:46:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Sep 2014 08:49 GMT+02:00
    Children as young as 13 are traveling from Germany to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic jihadists, according to German intelligence agencies. Hans-Georg Maaßen, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), told the Rheinische Post at the weekend that at least 24 children had headed to the Middle East from Germany. “The youngest was 13,” he said. […] Around 400 Germans have joined jihadists in Iraq and Syria, security services believe. …
  • Experts: ISIS Destroying Ancient Archaeological Sites To Sell Artifacts On Black Market

    09/21/2014 6:11:48 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Francis Martel
    The Islamic State captured Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, in July, and within the month, reports surged that the jihadist terror group had either occupied or destroyed every Christian institution in the city. Not just the Christian legacy is threatened by their presence, however-- thousands of years of civilization may be destroyed under the group's reign of terror.
  • Panetta: Obama Should Have Maintained Military Presence In Iraq [VIDEO]

    09/21/2014 4:31:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/21/14 | Al Weaver
    In a 60 Minutes interview set to air Sunday night, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says that President Obama should have left a residual force to “continue the momentum” America had going for itself in Iraq, and that he wasn’t confident that pulling out was the right move for America: Panetta: “We gave them a chance. I mean, no one could guarantee that Iraq would be able to go in the right direction, but we gave them a chance. We gave them the tools.” Pelley: “Back when you watched the stars and stripes being lowered for the last time...
  • How to lose a war before it begins

    09/21/2014 3:53:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The inescapable impression that the administration is at war with itself over Obama’s strategy to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria has grown difficult to ignore and impossible to paper over. The most recent example of this phenomenon came when President Barack Obama decided to devote a significant portion of a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Wednesday to repeating his assurances that American troops returning to the Middle East would not “have a combat mission.” His insistence came just one day after Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told members of the Senate that he would...
  • Knife-Wielding Veteran Sniper Rushes White House, Wants To Warn Obama "Atmosphere Is Collapsing"

    09/21/2014 3:42:08 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Zerohedge.com ^ | 9-21-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Knife-Wielding Veteran Sniper Rushes White House, Wants To Warn Obama "Atmosphere Is Collapsing" Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/21/2014 Of the stories in the past two days, there is hardly anything more bizarre than that of Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, a veteran had served three tours in Iraq — and relatives said served as a sniper — managed to jump over the White House fence, sprinted more than 70 yards across the Northern Lawn, got to the front double doors of the North Portico, turned the brass knob and stepped inside the vestibule. "There he was grabbed...
  • French Warplanes Kill 75 IS Militants Near Mosul

    09/20/2014 5:53:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 20.09.2014 | Mewan Dolamari
    French military planes have killed a large number of Islamic State (IS) insurgents west of Mosul. An intelligence source near Mosul told Iraqi local media that on Saturday, 75 IS militants were killed in an attack by the French warplanes. The source said that French planes have been shelling IS air defense bases. According to the source, IS insurgents have started to transfer their military bases to protect themselves from US and French air strikes. On Friday, French military planes launched their first air strikes against IS militants in Mosul. This followed orders from French President Fracios Hollande’s for his...
  • Could ISIS Hurt Franken's Chance for Reelection?

    09/19/2014 3:56:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    While incumbent Minnesota Sen. Al Franken (D) has a comfortable lead in opinion polls, some are wondering if his relatively muted response to ISIS actively recruiting soldiers from Minnesota will come back to haunt him in November.Minnesota has been a hotbed for ISIS recruitment, with over a dozen residents of the Twin Cities traveling to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State. Two have been killed. Mike McFadden, the Republican candidate for Franken's seat, has jumped on the issue of ISIS in Minneapolis by portraying Franken as ineffectively combating the terror threat.More from ABC: Hours after the release...
  • Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United

    09/21/2014 2:44:41 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 20, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.
  • Ambassador Power touts international support against Islamic State but won't name countries...

    09/21/2014 11:36:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 21, 2014
    Full title: Ambassador Power touts international support against Islamic State but won't name countries, commitmentsThe U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that the American-led effort to destroy the terror group Islamic State has support from more than 40 countries, but declined to name them or the extent of their support. “It’s up to the individual country,” Ambassador Samantha Power told ABC’s “This Week.” France last week joined the United States in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, and Saudi Arabia has offered to help train moderate anti-Islamic State group fighters. However, what remains unclear is whether Turkey...
  • Clashes continue against IS in Iraq

    09/21/2014 9:38:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Shanghai Daily ^ | Sep 21,2014
    .... Dozens of insurgent militants have been killed and wounded in the clashes, the source said, adding that in a single incident, a warplane bombed a position of IS militants in Sicher area, leaving 13 militants killed, including their local leader. In Salahudin province, heavy air strikes continued against positions of the Islamic State militants in and near the provincial capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, a provincial security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The air strikes, which some believed to be carried out by U.S. warplanes, started after midnight and continued to the...
  • Worthless Deeds of ISIS

    09/21/2014 8:26:04 AM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 3 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | September 20, 2014 | Larry Walker II
    Destroyed in Korah’s Rebellion ::Indeed, those who disbelieved and averted [people] from the path of Allah and opposed the Messenger after guidance had become clear to them - never will they harm Allah at all, and He will render worthless their deeds. Quran 47:33 (Sahih International)Muhammad died in 632 A.D. as a result of poison he ingested after his attack upon and conquest of the Jewish settlement of Khaibar. He led his army and attacked the settlement while the Jews were on their way to work, beheaded most of its leaders, and enslaved many of its women and children.  Muhammad...
  • Exclusive: Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear program

    09/21/2014 5:36:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:31am EDT | Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau
    Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran’s uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. […] Iran has sent mixed signals about its willingness to cooperate on defeating Islamic State (IS), a hardline Sunni Islamist group that has seized large swaths of territory across Syria and Iraq and is blamed for a wave of sectarian violence, beheadings and massacres of civilians. […] […] In public, both Washington and Tehran have ruled out cooperating militarily in tackling the IS threat. But in...
  • Democrats Block Bill to Stop Americans Who Join ISIS from Returning to US

    09/20/2014 3:09:29 PM PDT · by walford · 26 replies
    The Minority Report ^ | 09/19/2014 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today asked for unanimous consent on his bill, the Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014, that would strip Americans who join ISIS of their citizenship. Senator Hirono, D-Hawaii, objected. In his remarks offering the bill, Sen. Cruz discussed the rising threat of ISIS, his concerns with President Obama’s plans to arm the Free Syrian Army, and the support then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once gave to legislation, introduced in 2010 by former Senators Joe Lieberman and Scott Brown, that closely mirrors the ETA of 2014. Specifically Sen. Cruz said: “All too often the...
  • Canadian government begins invalidating passports of citizens who have left to join extremist groups

    09/20/2014 4:29:50 PM PDT · by fanfan · 49 replies
    The National Post (Canada) ^ | September 20, 2014 | Stewart Bell
    The government has begun invalidating the passports of Canadians who have left to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander revealed in an interview on Friday. The minister told the National Post his department had also revoked the passports of several Canadians who had not yet left the country but who had intended to travel to the volatile region to enlist as foreign fighters. He would not disclose the number of passports...
  • Escaping ISIS, With Help from a Muslim

    09/20/2014 1:04:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aleteia ^ | September 19, 2014 | JOHN BURGER
    >Stories are emerging from Christian communities in Iraq that are vaguely reminiscent of the plight of Jews in Nazi Germany. AINA, the Assyrian International News Agency, reported this week on a dozen Christians helped by a Muslim man in the north of Iraq who has helped Christians escape areas controlled by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Those familiar with the history of the Holocaust may be reminded of anti-Nazi Christians who hid Jews and helped them escape persecution. The AINA story details the plight of 12 Assyrian Christians who failed to leave their town of...
  • Former head of Marine Corps: ‘Not a snowball’s chance In hell’ Obama’s plan succeeds

    09/20/2014 12:54:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 20, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    A former Marine Corps Commandant told an audience that President Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic State militants doesn’t have a “snowball’s chance in hell” of succeeding. Speaking at a conference in Washington, General James Conway, who served as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Crops at the end of the Bush administration and beginning of the Obama administration, said that he was skeptical that the U.S. had reliable ground forces in Iraq, the Daily Caller reported Friday. In June, Gen. Conway blasted the White House over the controversial prisoner swap of five terrorism suspects for alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
  • Obama's ISIS Tap Dance

    09/20/2014 12:20:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Amanda Munoz
    Don’t let a rare act of bipartisanship fool you. Just because Congress came together (miraculously and quickly before, ahem, their midterm elections) in passage of a continuing resolution which also authorizes the training and arming of Syrian troops, doesn’t mean that the American people - or the military for that matter – are fully buying into the president’s plan. All the hustle and bustle on Capitol Hill this week laid bare the confusion and political calculation behind the White House’s recent push to go after the ISIS (ISIL) terrorist group, which increases its threats against the U.S. and its...
  • Sarah Palin places blame for rise of ISIS in Iraq on Obama policy

    09/18/2014 5:35:01 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 10 replies
    Justice News Flash.com ^ | 9/17/14 | Justice News Flash
    Alaska – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin had some choice words for U.S. President Barack Obama recently, which she posted on Facebook. As reported by WebProNews, Palin offered comments about a recent speech made by Obama, in which the announcement of the U.S.’s plans to engage the ISIS in Syria and Iraq was made. http://www.justicenewsflash.com/2014/09/17/sarah-palin-places-blame-for-rise-of-isis-in-iraq-on-obama-policy_20140917132930.html
  • 45,000 Syrians fleeing ISIS flood into Turkey

    09/20/2014 8:17:58 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    AFP via The Gulf Today ^ | September 20, 2014
    ANKARA: Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey on Saturday, fleeing an onslaught by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, as Kurdish and opposition officials called for international help. The massive influx came as 49 Turks kidnapped by ISIS jihadists in Iraq in June were freed and returned to Turkey for emotional reunions with their families. On Saturday, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said at least 45,000 Syrian Kurds had crossed into the country. "As of now, 45,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border and entered the Turkish soil from eight entrance points," he said....
  • Christianity In Iraq Is Finished

    09/19/2014 10:16:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 19, 2014 | Daniel Williams
    Christianity In Iraq Is Finished By Daniel Williams September 19 In the part of his Sept. 10 speech on confronting the Islamic State that probably drew the least attention, President Obama mentioned the need to help Christians and other minorities, expelled from cities and villages in northern Iraq, return from where they came. “We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homeland,” he said. Obama got that wrong. Christians, of whom around 120,000 have taken refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan, will not be going home even if their tormentors suddenly disappear. I spent 10 days talking with Christian...
  • France launches air strikes in Iraq

    09/20/2014 6:00:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The News ^ | 09/20/2014
    BAGHDAD: France carried out its first air strike against the Islamic State group in Iraq on Friday, boosting US-led efforts to unite the world against the growing threat posed by the Jihadists. More than a decade after Paris famously refused to back the invasion of Iraq, France became the first nation to join the US campaign of air strikes in the war-torn country. “This morning at 9:40, our Rafale planes carried out a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorist organisation (IS),” President Francois Hollande said. His office said the target was in northeastern Iraq, without specifying exactly...
  • Turkish hostages seized by ISIS in northern Iraq set free

    09/19/2014 10:13:47 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Reuters via Times of India ^ | Sep 20, 2014, 10.24 AM IST
    ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June have been brought safely back to Turkey by the country's intelligence agency.
  • Who Is The English Speaker In ISIS Video 'Flames of War'?

    09/19/2014 11:38:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | September 19, 2014 | Mariano Castillo and Brian Todd
    Who Is The English Speaker In ISIS Video 'Flames of War'? By Mariano Castillo and Brian Todd September 19, 2014 ISIS has released a propaganda video aimed at English speakers U.S. intelligence is investigating one jihadist on the video who speaks perfect English The militant has what appears to be a North American accent It is not known whether he is from the West, or spent some time there (CNN) -- It's a slick production with a nefarious goal: A 55-minute video released by ISIS, praising its victories and warning the United States from getting in the way of its...
  • Kurdish President Urges World to Help Syrian Kurds against IS Attacks [FSA "on the way"]

    09/19/2014 11:05:13 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 13 hours ago | RUDAW
    Barzani warned that inaction would lead to terrible consequences and he called on the international community to prevent another humanitarian crisis. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani called on Kurdish parties and the international community today to assist the people of Kobane against the Islamic State (IS) attacks on the town. “We appeal to all Kurdish forces to put aside their differences and unite to defend the dignity, the land and the lives of the citizens of Kobane,” Barzani said in a statement. “The defense of the land and the people of Kurdistan is the...
  • Panetta: U.S. In Syria Too Late, Left Iraq Too Soon [American Blood Sacrificed In Vain: Impeach!]

    09/19/2014 11:54:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    CBS60 Minutes ^ | September 19, 2014 | Scott Pelley 60 Minutes
    Panetta: U.S. In Syria Too Late, Left Iraq Too Soon ISIS seized a third of Iraq that the U.S. secured with ten years of sacrifice. In an interview for 60 Minutes, Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said ISIS flourished because the U.S. got involved in Syria too late and left Iraq too soon. On the 47th season premiere Sunday, "60 Minutes" will report from Iraq and Syria on ISIS -- what it is, what it wants, and how to defeat it. Pelley: Back when you watched the stars and stripes being lowered for the last time in Baghdad, were...
  • Netanyahu’s ISIS Moral Clarity

    09/19/2014 5:45:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Confronted with pure evil in the form of ISIS, President Barack Obama treats the jihadists as if they represented an isolated threat that can be dealt with on its own. ISIS (or ISIL as the U.S. government calls it, or the Islamic State as the jihadists now call themselves) has no relationship to Islam, according to the president and his Secretary of State John Kerry.
  • White House says training Syrian rebels to take months (Susan Rice)

    09/19/2014 7:18:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/18/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Training and equipping moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State extremists will take months, the White House warned Friday a day after Congress approved the plan. "We will move out as rapidly as can be done, in partnership with the countries that will host the training facilities," said Susan Rice, national security advisor to President Barack Obama. "This will be a process that takes months," she said, adding it will not "happen overnight." "This is a serious training program, and we are serious about vetting those that we will be training and equipping," Rice emphasized. "It is...
  • Masked man with AMERICAN accent appears in latest ISIS propaganda film 'Flames of War'

    09/19/2014 9:45:35 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Updated: 21:34 GMT, 19 September 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    The latest suspected ISIS propaganda film has been uploaded to YouTube and appears to feature a jihadist with an American accent. The 55-minute 'Flames of War' video was posted online today and bears hallmarks of previous Islamic State tapes including Hollywood-style effects and bloodthirsty, call-to-arms language. The clip bears the stamp of the al-Hayat Media Centre, ISIS' English-language propaganda arm. An ISIS jihadist spoke with an American accent on the Flames of War propaganda film which was uploaded to YouTube today. In the video, the masked extremist stands before Syrian soldiers, loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad who are digging their...
  • Iranian President Blasts ISIS But Says US No-Troops Strategy Is 'Ridiculous'

    09/18/2014 7:39:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/18/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke out against terror group ISIS in a recent interview, saying that the militants "want to kill humanity." He also harshly criticized American President Barack Obama's plan to fight ISIS with airstrikes but without any ground troops, calling it "ridiculous" and wondering whether Americans are not afraid to suffer casualties in the war. "They want to kill humanity," Rouhani told NBC News about ISIS, which has declared the creation of an 'Islamic State' in the territory of Iraq and Syria, but has been denounced by a number of Islamic countries. "And from the viewpoint of the...
  • [Iraqi] Peshmerga Ready to Support Syrian Kurds Will Head to Kobani [Syria]

    09/20/2014 1:06:05 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 20.09.2014 | Hawar Abdulrazaq
    Kurds from Kobani fleeing the city and head to Turkish border News / Kurdistan Peshmerga Ready to Support Syrian Kurds Will Head to Kobani 20.09.2014  Hawar AbdulrazaqBasNews, Erbil   Kurdish Peshmerga forces have announced that they are ready to help their brethren across Syria, who have faced fierce attacks from Islamic State (IS) militants in recent days.   In a statement, the Kurdistan Regional Government Peshmerga Ministry has said that they are willing to help their brothers in Kobani. Thousands of Syrian Kurds have fled Kobani in recent days, after IS insurgents captured a number of Kurdish villages close...
  • Bill Clinton: US has proven it can't win an Iraq land war

    09/19/2014 2:14:10 PM PDT · by Resolute Conservative · 49 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Gabe Lamonica
    Former President Bill Clinton voiced support for the U.S. strategy to defeat ISIS and said only the Iraqi people can win a land war in Iraq.
  • 6 Reasons Why the U.S. Should Not Arm the Syrian ‘Moderates’ (w/Videos)

    09/19/2014 11:05:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 19, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    The Free Syrian Army is on the wrong side. Here's its bloody track record and disturbing alliances. Video House approves Obama's plan to combat Islamic State in a 273 to 156 vote Demonstrating yet again that we do not have an effective opposition party in the United States right now, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train “vetted” members of the Free Syrian Army. As expected,the Senate went along on Thursday. The Hill noted about the House vote that “vocal opposition” came from “both war-weary liberals and defense hawks who...
  • Military Leaders Increasingly at Odds With Obama Over ISIS Strategy

    09/19/2014 11:04:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Obama's strategy on how to combat ISIS is confusing at best, but one thing is clear: the battle brewing between Obama and America's top generals about how to move forward against the terror army. Earlier this week during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey said there is potential he will recommend ground troops should the coalition with Arab countries against ISIS fail. “My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward. I believe that will prove true but if it fails to be true and if there are...
  • ISIS's Latest Video Shows The Group 'Fears Isolation And Attack' From US

    Dave Clark, AFPSeptember 19, 2014 A dramatic change of tone in the latest hostage video released by the Islamic State has convinced experts that the jihadist group is isolated and fearful of a US assault. Where three previous clips ended with a masked militant slitting the throat of a kneeling hostage, the new release Thursday -- a teaser trailer for a promised series of documentaries -- takes a different tack. The hostage, British photojournalist John Cantlie, sits behind a desk and in a measured tone makes the case for Western powers to drop the threat of military intervention against his...
  • Islamic State “bans Christians from school”

    09/19/2014 6:37:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | September 19, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    They want to keep the Christians ignorant and subservient. But Obama say, They have legitimate grievances! “Mosul, the Islamic State ‘bans Christians from school," ” Asia News, September 19, 2014 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Ankawa (AsiaNews) – For the first time in history, Iraqi Christians who always had a “high standard of education” in the region, are being deprived of the right to study and cannot attend schools.
  • Obama: ISIS threat against U.S., allies 'doesn't frighten us'

    09/19/2014 8:08:41 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/19/14 | Chelsea J. Carter and Barbara Starr
    "With their barbaric murder of two Americans, these terrorists thought they could frighten us or intimidate us or cause us to shrink from the world," Obama said. "But today, they are learning the same hard lesson of petty tyrants and terrorists who have gone before: As Americans, we do not give in to fear. When you harm our citizens, when you threaten the United States, when you threaten our allies, it doesn't frighten us. It unites us." The question now appears to be not if, but when, the United States will strike ISIS in its stronghold in northern Syria. The...
  • The 12 Republicans That Voted Against Arming Syrian Rebels

    09/19/2014 8:15:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    The Senate approved a continuing resolution for the budget which included a provision authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels for the purpose of combating Islamic State terrorists. The legislation passed 78-22. Of the 22 Senators that voted no, here are the 12 Republicans that voted against the provision: John Barrasso (WY) Tom Coburn (OK) Michael Crapo (ID) Ted Cruz (TX) Mike Enzi (WY) Dean Heller (NV) Mike Lee (UT) Jim Moran (KS) Rand Paul (KY) James Risch (ID) Pat Roberts (KS) Jeff Sessions (AL)
  • The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand What’s Driving the Islamic State

    09/19/2014 8:22:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep 18, 2014
    TheBlaze TV The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand What’s Driving the Islamic State Sep. 18, 2014 8:45pm Erica Ritz Glenn Beck broke down the history of the Middle East on his television program Thursday, focusing on a nearly 100-year-old agreement that he says is integral to understanding the motivations of the Islamic State: the Sykes-Picot Agreement. If you do not understand the Sykes-Picot Agreement, Beck said, you cannot fully understand the Islamic State, or why the Israelis and the Palestinians will never reach a two-state solution. Though many go back to 1948 and the creation of...
  • Iraqi Cleric Urges Vigilance Against Western Interference

    09/19/2014 7:02:18 AM PDT · by McGruff · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 19, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and DAN BILEFSKY
    The influential Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Friday urged vigilance against Western political interference in Iraqi affairs but stopped short of opposing the American-led military campaign against the Islamic State extremists. “All political leaders of the country must be aware and awake to prevent the external assistance against the Islamic State from becoming an entrance to breach Iraq’s independence,” Ayatollah Sistani said. “Cooperation with the international effort shall not be taken as a pretext to impose foreign decisions on events in Iraq, especially military events.”