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  • ISIS attacks surge in Africa even as Trump boasts of a ‘100-percent’ defeated caliphate

    10/20/2020 6:05:46 PM PDT · by xomething · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/18/2020 | By Danielle Paquette, Souad Mekhennet and Joby Warrick
    ...The two attacks on opposite sides of Africa are among the scores of violent episodes to shake the continent in what experts are calling a breakout year for extremist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda or the Islamic State. .... The spike in terrorist attacks mirrors a steady, if less dramatic, increase in Islamist violence in parts of Syria and Iraq, driven by Islamic State fighters who slipped away after the caliphate’s defeat and have now regrouped.... The resurgence threatens to undermine one facet of President Trump’s reelection pitch to voters: his oft-repeated claim of victory over the Islamic State. ...The rise...
  • How Iran's Bomb Plot Endangers European Peace

    10/20/2020 4:39:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Towhall.com ^ | October 20, 2020 | Ali Safavi
    Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th U.S. president and a decorated war general, once said: "Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin." If Europe wants to preserve peace, it should find it paramount to deliver justice against an Iranian diplomat soon to be prosecuted on terrorism charges. Moreover, from a political perspective, European nations need to send a powerful message to Tehran's terrorists that the age of terror campaigns is over. Tehran's 2018 bomb plot was the stuff of detective novels, yet there was nothing fictional about it. It could have led to an astounding level of carnage.In June...
  • Suspect in 1982 Paris attack loses extradition appeal in Norway

    10/20/2020 5:34:54 PM PDT · by xomething · 1 replies
    Deccan Herald ^ | 10/02/2020 | AFP,Oslo
    The legal conditions for extraditing a suspect linked to a 1982 attack in France, in which six people were killed, have been met, a Norway appellate court found Friday. Walid Abdulrahman Abu Zayed, a 61-year-old Palestinian who became a Norwegian citizen in 1997, is wanted by French authorities on suspicion of being one of the shooters in the attack on the Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris's Marais district, a historically Jewish quarter. The attack on August 9, 1982, which left six people dead and 22 injured, was blamed on the Abu Nidal Organisation, a splinter group of the militant Palestinian...
  • {Saudi} Campaign to boycott Turkish products gains momentum

    10/20/2020 4:18:28 AM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    Arab News ^ | 18 October 2020 | Hebshi Alshammary & Mohammed Al-Sulami
    A poster at a shop in Madinah announces its boycott of all Turkish products. RIYADH/JEDDAH: The popular campaign boycotting Turkish products in Saudi Arabia has gained further momentum over the past few days, attracting the support of commentators and businesses. “Turkish political mess-ups and interference in countries of the Middle East is the real reason behind this popular boycott of Turkish products,” said Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, a political analyst and international relations scholar. “Turkish President Erdogan changed his previous policy of minimizing Turkish problems and instead exported it to the outside. Turkey has been threatening the region just as Iran...
  • Trump: Sudan to compensate terror victims, be taken off state sponsors of terror list

    10/19/2020 12:34:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/10/20 | Gary Willig
    US President Donald Trump announced Monday that Sudan would be removed from the US list of State Sponsors of Terrorism in exchange for paying compensation to families of American terror victims. "GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!" Trump wrote on Twitter. The Sudanese government has sought to be de-listed as a state sponsor of terror since former President...
  • A new blow to Iran's forgotten Jews

    10/19/2020 8:50:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/10/20 | Dr. Refael Medoff
    Isn’t there something incongruous about a human rights organization providing a platform to a journalist who has whitewashed human rights abuses? Next week, an online event organized by the human rights group “3 Generations” will feature New York Times op-ed columnist Roger Cohen, who sparked an international furor in 2009 when he visited Iran and announced that the oppressed Jews there were not really so oppressed, after all. Cohen’s assertion that Iranian Jews were “living, working and worshiping in relative tranquility” was met with scorn across the political spectrum. Jeffrey Goldberg, in The Atlantic, called him “credulous.” The Anti-Defamation League...
  • Schools in Northern Cameroon Close as Boko Haram Steps Up Attacks

    10/18/2020 4:35:33 PM PDT · by xomething · 5 replies
    voanews ^ | 10/17/2020 | Moki Edwin Kindzeka
    YAOUNDE, CAMEROON - Cameroon says it has again closed more than 60 schools on its northern border with Nigeria to protect children and teaching staff from increasing Boko Haram attacks. Many people have fled the region and are now displaced. The Islamist group has stepped up its use of suicide bombers, even as the country’s military has drastically reduced the jihadists’ firepower. The central African country has deployed its military to assure the safety of the remaining civilian population in the affected regions. Ousmanou Garga, Cameroon’s basic education official on the northern border with Nigeria, says recent Boko Haram attacks...
  • History in the making: Joint US-Israeli delegation arrives in Bahrain ahead of the official establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries

    10/18/2020 11:56:28 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 18 2020 | LUKE KENTON and ASSOCIATED PRESS and REUTERS
    A joint American-Israeli delegation landed in Bahrain Sunday, where officials will be signing a number of bilateral agreements following an announcement last month to normalize relations. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, led the delegation that flew out of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Sunday morning. Ben-Shabbat said ahead of departure the visit will ‘translate plans to actions and concrete agreements’ with the signing of a range of deals involving finance, investment, trade, tourism, communications, technology and agriculture.
  • INSIGHT-Has Iran ended Israel's Begin Doctrine?

    11/07/2011 4:17:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 7, 2011 | Dan Williams
    INSIGHT-Has Iran ended Israel's Begin Doctrine? By Dan Williams JERUSALEM Nov 7 (Reuters) - Menachem Begin did not pull his punches. In 1981, as work neared completion on an Iraqi nuclear reactor that Israel believed would produce plutonium for warheads, the Israeli prime minister dispatched eight F-16 bombers to destroy the plant. Begin later said that the raid was proof his country would "under no circumstances allow the enemy to develop weapons of mass-destruction against our people". The event defined a strategy that became known as the "Begin Doctrine" and is best summed up by the phrase "the best defence...
  • Fourteen soldiers killed in jihadist attack

    10/17/2020 11:56:02 PM PDT · by xomething · 5 replies
    24heures ^ | 10/17/2020 | ATS/NXP
    Fourteen soldiers killed in jihadist attack (Nigeria) ISIS fighters launched an assault on a military base in the northeast of the country on Saturday. Several soldiers are also missing. Jihadists linked to the Islamic State (IS) organization killed 14 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on a military base in the northeast of the country, military sources said on Saturday. Several soldiers are missing. Two sources, who requested anonymity, told AFP that fighters from the Islamic State in West Africa (Iswap) group attacked the Jakana military base on Friday with machine guns and grenade launchers, a offensive followed by intense fighting....
  • Iran’s security forces shoot, kill two civilians including minor

    10/18/2020 5:51:46 AM PDT · by Irannewswire · 3 replies
    Iran’s security forces shot and killed two civilians, including a 17-year-old boy, in western and southern Iran. Ashkan Azizi who was driving a car along with Borhan Azizi was shot and killed by Iranian police in Kermanshah, western Iran on October 15. Borhan, also 17, was severely wounded. According to Hengaw Organization, Borhan is currently in a coma at the hospital. The two minors are residents of Dareh Deraz region, on the outskirts of Kermanshah. 17 year old Ashkan Azizi after being shot by security forces. The police claimed they opened fire on the car because it did not have...
  • Wait, There's More: Before the Bidens ‘Did’ Ukraine, There Was Iraq – and Serbia

    10/17/2020 9:00:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Strategic Culture Foundation ^ | 10/17/2020 | James George Jatras
    The United States approaches the November 2020 election with growing apprehension, even dread. Among the possibilities: Protracted uncertainty about the presidential contest. Think Florida 2000 but with several states’ results unresolved for weeks or even months (“Experts held ‘war games’ on the Trump vs. Biden election. Their finding? Brace for a mess”); A disputed outcome, perhaps with Donald Trump and Joe Biden both claiming victory, compounded by a “blue shift,” where states are claimed by Trump on election night but flip over to Biden as additional absentee and mail-in ballots conveniently turn up days or weeks later; Violent civil conflict,...
  • Obama: Trump Doesn’t Have ‘Patience,’ ‘Focus’ to Change U.S. Foreign Policy

    10/15/2020 9:16:06 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 15 2020 | PAM KEY
    Former President Barack Obama said in an interview with on the “Pod Save America” podcast on Wednesday that President Donald Trump didn’t “have the patience and the focus to really substantially change a lot of U.S. foreign policy.” Tommy Vietor asked, “You spent countless hours with Vice President Biden talking about national security. What did you learn about how he thinks about diplomacy and counterterrorism and the use of military force that others would not have seen?”
  • Brave Armenians teach the cowardly West a lesson in courage

    10/12/2020 11:24:14 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 49 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/10/20 | Geulio Meotti
    To a West where no one seems to want to fight anymore or care anymore about their own traditions, where they spit on their own history, topple their statues and erase their own culture, where the land no longer sends any echo, the Armenians, small, scattered around the world, forgotten and barricaded, now at war for Nagorno against the Islamic Ummah led by Turkey, show us a path in which we do not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed. Half of Nagorno's population, 75,000 people, has been displaced due to Turkish-backed Azerbaijan attacks. We must hope they resist. I have just...
  • Iraqi militias agree 'conditional ceasefire' in return for timeline for withdrawal of US troops

    10/11/2020 10:22:30 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 6 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | 11 Oct 20 | REUTERS STAFF
    An array of Iran-backed Iraqi militia groups have agreed to suspend rocket attacks on U.S. forces on condition that Iraq's government presents a timetable for a withdrawal of American troops, one of the groups said on Sunday. "The factions have presented a conditional ceasefire," said Mohammed Mohi, spokesman for the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah group. "It includes all factions of the (anti-U.S.) resistance, including those who have been targeting U.S. forces," he told Reuters.
  • Half of Iran’s population live in “absolute poverty”

    10/09/2020 11:51:02 AM PDT · by Irannewswire · 21 replies
    According to new official figures, half of Iran’s population live in absolute poverty. The report published by the Statistical Center of Iran also said that Iranians were not able to buy basic groceries. Average Iranians eat 52% less red meat, while those with lower incomes eat 65% less red meat compared to last year, the report said. Iranians are also eating 34% less rice, the country’s staple food. Nine years ago, in 2011, only 18% of the population lived in absolute poverty. Last year, this figure increased to 35%. Currently, 1 USD is trading at 29,750 tomans, an all time...
  • Top Journalism School Northwestern Partners with Al Jazeera, owned by Qatar.

    10/09/2020 10:59:37 AM PDT · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 6 replies
    Israel Resource Review ^ | October 8, 2020 | Ashley Carnahan
    ...Northwestern University received more than $340 million from the country of Qatar from 2012 to 2019 as it operated a campus in the Middle Eastern country and continued a years-long collaboration with Al Jazeera, a media outlet owned by the Qatari government. That’s according to a 2019 Clarion Project report, which found that Al Jazeera and Northwestern University formed a relationship in 2008 when the Qatar Foundation, which the Clarion Project alleges of being linked to terrorism, funded a Northwestern campus in Qatar. Northwestern, one of the top journalism schools in the U.S., partnered with Al Jazeera in an agreement...
  • A dangerous escalation in Iraq, a direct Israeli concern

    10/09/2020 8:48:29 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies
    jpost.com ^ | OCTOBER 9, 2020 | JONATHAN SPYER
    An organized campaign is under way against US targets. Who is responsible? The ongoing, steady tempo of rocket attacks against US and official targets in Iraq continued this week. On Monday, two Katyusha rockets fell on the Jadriya neighborhood of Baghdad, close to the fortified Green Zone. There were no casualties.Earlier, on September 27, five civilians (two women and three children) were killed when a Katyusha aimed at Baghdad airport fell short and fell on a private house. The five were members of the same family. On September 30, in an additional escalation, four rockets were launched at the Iraqi...
  • United States Seizes Domain Names Used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

    10/09/2020 7:43:15 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 8 replies
    justice.gov ^ | October 7, 2020 | Department of Justice
    Seizure Documents Describe Iranian Government’s Efforts to Use Domains as Part of Global Disinformation Campaign The United States has seized 92 domain names that were unlawfully used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to engage in a global disinformation campaign, announced the Department of Justice. According to the seizure documents, four of the domains purported to be genuine news outlets but were actually controlled by the IRGC and targeted the United States for the spread of Iranian propaganda to influence United States domestic and foreign policy in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and the remainder spread...
  • Missile kills Pakistan tribal head

    06/17/2004 11:16:30 PM PDT · by AdmSmith · 1,509 replies · 20,736+ views
    CNN ^ | Friday, June 18 | Syed Mohsin Naqvi
    ISLAMABAD (CNN) -- A tribal leader accused of harboring Al Qaeda militants in Pakistan's western border region was killed Thursday night in a targeted missile strike, according to Pakistan intelligence sources. The Associated Press quoted an army spokesman Friday as identifying the tribal leader as Nek Mohammed, a former Taliban fighter. He was killed late Thursday at the home of another tribal chief, the spokesman said. "We were tracking him down and he was killed last night by our hand," Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan told The Associated Press.