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  • Report: Troops, vets to get checked for chemical exposure in Iraq

    10/30/2014 9:32:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct 30, 2014
    The Pentagon will offer medical examinations and long-term health monitoring to servicemembers and veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq as part of a review of how the military handled encounters with chemical munitions during the American occupation, The New York Times reported Wednesday. An Oct. 15 Times story found that while the United States had gone to war looking for an active weapons of mass destruction program, troops instead quietly found and suffered from the remnants of the long abandoned arsenal. Since that article, which detailed instances of exposure that the military kept secret in some cases for...
  • Bad news: Operation Inherent Resolve isn’t accomplishing much at all

    10/30/2014 1:29:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/30/2014 | Noah Rothman
    For months, the White House resisted calls by concerned observers to intervene in the conflict in Iraq and Syria where the Islamic State was capturing territory and massacring locals. Only after it appeared likely that the ancient Yazidi minority would be exterminated by ISIS fighters did the United States consent to intervene in Iraq. Similarly, America and its coalition allies attacked ISIS in Syria only when it seemed likely that the al-Qaeda affiliated Khorasan Group was plotting imminent attacks. This week, however, we learn that the Pentagon has effectively failed to achieve either the objective of preventing massacres in...
  • Peshmerga fighters start reaching Kobane

    10/30/2014 9:25:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    AAP/SBS.com ^ | 31 Oct 2014
    Heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga forces have reached the Turkish border and a first group have entered the town of Kobane as they prepare to join fellow Kurds battling the Islamic State group. The group of 10 fighters were to co-ordinate with local Kurdish militia who have been holding off an assault by IS jihadists for six weeks, a monitoring group said. A peshmerga convoy reached the town of Suruc on the Turkish side of the border on Thursday after travelling through southeastern Turkey along roads clogged with flag-waving Kurds, an AFP photographer said. There it linked up with a second...
  • U.S. Special Operations Vets Launch Crowdfunding Campaign

    10/30/2014 4:17:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    A group of former U.S. Special Operations Veterans have launched a crowdfunding campaign, Operation Limitless Compassion, to help the Kurds fight off ISIS terrorists in Iraq. Castle International, a world-wide air ambulance company founded and operated by former special operations volunteers, is leading the way to provide pro-U.S. Kurdish fighters with desperately needed humanitarian aid, medical training, medical supplies, and combat training. Recon teams from Castle International have already deployed to northern Iraq to offer direct assistance to Kurdish fighters and more will head to the region in November. Castle International has launched two crowdfunding sites to gather donations, GoFundMe...
  • Hit comedy on Iraqi TV depicts ISIS as child of Satan and a Jewish woman

    10/29/2014 7:58:01 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 12 replies
    HotAir ^ | October 29, 2014 | David Zucchino
    This is Iraq under a future Islamic state, as imagined in “State of Superstition,” a hit comedy on state-run Al Iraqiya TV. The half-hour show turns a deadly serious subject — the reign of terror imposed by the extremist group Islamic State in parts of Iraq and Syria — into fodder for spoof and satire. The Beheader character is a comic takedown of Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph and Islamic State leader. An actor in a preposterously long and tangled fake beard — one of a couple of dozen fake beards glued on to characters each episode by an...
  • US ambassador to Iraq: White House was warned early on about ISIS, “did almost nothing” [VIDEO]

    10/29/2014 8:41:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/29/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Did the rise of ISIS and the collapse of the Iraqi army really catch the Obama administration by surprise, as the White House tried to argue over the summer? Subsequent research has already shown that senior intelligence and military officials warned Congress about both as early as February, but now the man who served as Barack Obama’s ambassador to Iraq says that the administration knew what was happening — and did “almost nothing” to stop it. James Jeffrey represented the US in Baghdad from 2010-12 and oversaw the withdrawal of American troops, and told PBS’ Frontline that the White...
  • Martin Baani: the Iraqi Seminarian Who Will Not Leave His People

    10/28/2014 6:56:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/28/14 | John Pontifex
    Erbil, Iraq, Oct 28, 2014 / 02:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Bombs are falling and the sound of the explosion is sending shock and fear into the hearts of the people. Amid the sound of crying and frenzied activity, people pack up what belongings they can carry and make off into the night. In the midst of it all, on the night of Aug. 6, stands Martin Baani, a 24-year-old seminarian. It’s dawning on him that this is Karamlesh’s last stand. For 1,800 years, Christianity has had a home in the hearts and minds of the people...
  • Muslim leaders from around the world issue ISIS rebuke

    10/28/2014 1:16:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 28, 2014
    A young Kurdish refugee from Kobane, the Syrian town attacked by ISIS (CNS) More than 100 Muslim leaders — clerics and laypeople alike — have signed an open letter criticising terrorist group ISIS.In the 17-page letter, the leaders quote extensively from the Quran to rebuke ISIS’s tactics and actions.Since the letter was issued last month more than 125 Muslim leaders around the world have signed the letter. Twenty of them come from the United States, where the Council on American-Islamic Relations circulated the letter.More signatories hailed from Egypt than anywhere else, although signers also came from Jerusalem and Palestine, as...
  • What the Failure of ISIS to Take Kobani Means [It isn't all good news]

    10/27/2014 11:47:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    TIME ^ | 10/27/2014 | Mark Thompson
    The Kurdish struggle to hold on to Syrian border town isn't all good news Coming back after two weeks away, it’s surprising that the Syrian town of Kobani hasn’t fallen to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria. Pentagon officials were predicting earlier this month that ISIS fighters would overrun the town, near the Turkish border, by mid-October, followed by widespread slaughters among the conquered population. That hasn’t happened. And while that’s obviously good news in the short term for the city’s 200,000 largely-Kurdish residents, it’s tougher to handicap what it means for the long-term U.S.-led effort to “degrade...
  • Missiles of ISIS May Pose Peril for Aircrews

    10/27/2014 11:39:44 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | KIRK SEMPLE and ERIC SCHMITT
    BAGHDAD — From the battlefield near Baiji, an Islamic State jihadist fired a heat-seeking missile and blew an Iraqi Army Mi-35M attack helicopter out of the sky this month, killing its two crew members. Since much of the most difficult fighting in the coming months is expected to unfold in the towns and cities of Anbar, American generals may be inclined to order more Apaches to support Iraqi ground troops. They may also make greater use of AC-130 gunships, a lumbering, propeller-driven plane bristling with cannons that circles at altitudes at the outer limits of some shoulder-fired missiles. Since at...
  • Reports suggest Iran ‘lurks behind’ Iraq sectarian violence

    10/27/2014 8:44:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | Monday, 27 October 2014 | (Staff Writer)
    Shiite militias, linked to the Iranian government, continue to commit war crimes and human rights abuses in Iraq in retribution to attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a report by Amnesty International. Reports suggest that these militias, which the Iraqi government is reportedly dependent on, are being funded and supported by Iranian authorities. …
  • The West is waging a 'CNN war' in Syria as ISIL makes gains in Iraq

    10/26/2014 3:42:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/25/2014 | By Sofia Barbarani, Erbil and Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent
    On the barren wastes of Mount Sinjar, the Yazidis are once more surrounded and fighting for their lives. "We saw Isil, there are daily clashes with Isil. Today and yesterday there was heavy fighting," said one stranded Yazidi man, Dre'i Shamo, last week. "The situation is very tragic and critical." Further south, the advance of the jihadists of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Baghdad continues, slower than before but still with no sign of a reversal of fortune. Another district fell last week, after a major military base the week before, while scores more innocent civilians have...
  • Turkish dealers helping ISIL earn $1 million per day from oil: US Treasury

    10/24/2014 5:31:05 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | October/24/2014
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales, the United States has said, vowing to impose harsh sanctions on the purchasers of the oil, “including middlemen from Turkey.” “With the important exception of some state-sponsored terrorist organizations, ISIL is probably the best-funded terrorist organization we have confronted,” David Cohen, U.S. Treasury Department undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington on Oct. 23. “It has amassed wealth at an unprecedented pace.” ISIL is generating tens of...
  • SAS named heroes of Kobane in fight against IS

    10/26/2014 7:40:28 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 17 replies
    Daily Star UK ^ | 10/26/2014 | Neil Chandler
    A team of British special forces were dispatched to the Turkish- Syrian border to help brave Kurdish fighters battle against Islamic State (IS) gunmen. The British troops called in several air strikes, killing dozens of IS fighters and halting their advance towards Kobane, just inside the Syrian border. In one attack, SAS guided warplanes into an area where IS fi ghters were massing for an attack The US jets dropped several 500lb bombs into the area, killing and injuring dozens of fighters.
  • Mr. Obama’s half-hearted fight against the Islamic State

    10/26/2014 3:09:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10-25-14 | Editorial
    AN UNLIKELY consensus is emerging across the ideological spectrum about the war against the Islamic State: President Obama’s strategy to “degrade and eventually destroy” the terrorist entity is unworkable. It’s not just that, as some administration officials say, more time is needed to accomplish complex tasks such as training Iraqi and Syrian forces. It’s that the military means the president has authorized cannot accomplish his announced aims. As Islamic State forces continue to advance in Iraq’s Anbar province while besieging the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, major weaknesses in the U.S.-led campaign have become apparent. One is a relatively modest...
  • ISIS Loses Two More Iraqi Towns To Kurdish, Iraqi Offensives

    10/25/2014 8:17:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    KJRH ^ | 10/25/2014 | Christian Bryant
    The campaign against the terrorist group ISIS claimed a victory Saturday, after ISIS militants were driven from two Iraqi towns. The Iraqi army retook the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, which is 30 miles south of Baghdad, from ISIS control Saturday. In the north of the country, Kurdish Peshmerga forces announced ISIS had been driven out of Zumar, a town near Mosul, on the same day. Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi celebrated the news in a Facebook post as "a strong blow" to ISIS. A representative for the Kurdistan Democratic Party estimated the Peshmerga killed 81 ISIS fighters in the battle...
  • Extraordinary moment massive US airstrike obliterated jihadis' emblem flying on hill above Kobane

    10/23/2014 11:49:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 23, 2014 | Amanda Williams
    The Islamic State's black jihadist flag has been obliterated in a devastating airstrike by American forces on a Kobane hillside controlled by the militant group. In a series of images, what appears to be a lone ISIS militant can first be seen standing by the flag on Tilsehir hill near the Turkish border - after the terrorist group seized control of the strategically important hilltop 4km west of the town. Just moments later the hillside erupts into flames as the solitary flag guard looks on - and the fighter appears to stand his ground against the ferocious power of the...
  • Jordan says Russia can help solve Israeli-Arab conflict

    10/24/2014 1:03:49 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 15 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 10/2/2014 | Justin Jalil
    Jordan’s king told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow plays a pivotal role in efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, during a meeting between the two in Moscow Wednesday. “The world should realize that without Russia, it is nearly impossible to make serious progress in the region,” King Abdullah II said, in a meeting that highlighted security and economic cooperation between the two nations, according to the Russian news agency TASS. “Of course, we are very grateful to Russia for the role it plays in the Mideast region.”
  • Remarkable Digital Reconstruction of the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II

    10/20/2014 6:39:31 PM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies
    Patheos ^ | October 9, 2014 | Thomas L. McDonald
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art created this video flythrough of the spectacular Northwest Palace of Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (reigned: 883 to 859 BC) in the city alternately known as Numrud, Kalhu, and, in the Bible, Calah. The ruins are about 20 miles south of Mosul, Iraq. The palace walls were covered n reliefs (many of them now scattered throughout the world in various museums) depicting his reign and conquests. Genesis 10: 8 Cush became the father of Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore...
  • Iraqi Forces Recapture Key Towns from Isis Following 22 US Air Strikes

    10/25/2014 9:45:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    IBT ^ | October 25, 2014 | Aaron Akinyemi
    Iraqi and Peshmerga forces have reportedly wrested key areas of northern and southern Iraq from Isis (Islamic State) militants following 22 US-led air strikes. Kurdish forces said on Saturday that they recaptured several towns and villages held by Isis in the north, while Iraqi government forces said they reclaimed the town of Jurf al-Sakhr, 50km south of Baghdad. The US Central Command said the Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces were backed by several air strikes by US-led forces on Friday and Saturday. The air strikes targeted Isis forces in Mosul in the north, Fallujah in the western Anbar province, and...
  • ISIS is Destroying and Pawning Ancient Artifacts

    10/25/2014 5:43:41 AM PDT · by PIF · 25 replies
    Fox ^ | 10/23/14 | Ben Wedeman
    Few are the lands that can boast a history as deep and rich as Iraq and nowhere is that more apparent than in Baghdad's Iraqi museum ... "They are people from another planet," he says. "They take pride in nothing. Their mentality is completely petrified. They don't think of all this as the accomplishments of humanity. Aliens with an alien ideology, bent on destroying millennia of history. Read More at: http://www.foxillinois.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/isis-destroying-pawning-ancient-artifacts-2098.shtml
  • Saddam nephew arrested in Beirut - local media = Eds: Adds confirmation by Lebanese sources

    05/24/2006 4:33:12 PM PDT · by Sweetjustusnow · 4 replies · 203+ views
    Beirut A nephew of deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has been arrested in Beirut by Interpol on suspicion of crimes against the Iraqi people, it was confirmed Wednesday. "The criminal Bashar Sabaawi was arrested in cooperation with Interpol," the statement was quoted as saying. Lebanese security sources confirmed to Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that Sabaawi was arrested within the past 48 hours as he was about to leave the country.
  • Putin lashes out at U.S. as warmonger that has 'deformed' world order

    10/24/2014 3:05:21 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 35 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Carol J. Williams
    Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out at the United States on Friday, accusing Washington of provoking armed conflicts and undermining global security in a quest to lord its power over the rest of the world. In a 40-minute speech that mixed harsh criticism with veiled warnings against trying to oust the Russian bear from its role as “master of the taiga,” or boreal forest, Putin cast his nation's former Cold War nemesis as an aggressive force responsible for much of the violence racking the world today. “They are throwing their might to remove the risks they have created themselves, and...
  • Red line? ISIS used chemical weapons against Iraqi army

    10/24/2014 1:31:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/24/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    What happens when terrorists get their hands on weapons of mass destruction? They will use them, and that also includes marauding armies of terrorists like ISIS. Despite the risks associated with using old chemical ordnance, risks that the West hoped would dissuade ISIS from making use of battlefield discoveries of old stock, the Washington Post reports confirmation that the terrorist army has deployed chlorine-gas weapons on at least one occasion against the Iraqi army: Dizzy, vomiting and struggling to breathe, 11 Iraqi police officers were rushed to a government hospital 50 miles north of the capital last month. The...
  • Erik Prince on Blackwater verdicts: ‘A lot of politics surrounding this’ (tens of millions spent)

    10/23/2014 11:43:48 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 23 at 1:15 PM | Dan Lamothe
    The founder and former CEO of the Blackwater Worldwide security firm said Thursday that the conviction of four of his former employees for their roles in the 2007 fatal shooting of 14 unarmed Iraqis was unexpected, and raised questions whether they received a fair trial. “Well, there was certainly a lot of politics surrounding this and the fact that the federal government spent tens of millions of dollars on this, now trying it seven years after the event, and 7,000 miles from where it happened,” said Erik Prince, in a phone interview. “Certainly, it adds a lot of politics to...
  • Islamic State militants seize Iraq village, press assault on Yazidis

    10/23/2014 10:56:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10-23-2014 | Saif Sameer and Ned Parker
    Islamic State wrested a Sunni Muslim village in western Iraq on Thursday from tribal defenders who put up weeks of fierce resistance, and the insurgents tightened a siege of the Yazidi minority on a mountain in the north. SNIP---- The Albu Nimr tribe had been fending off Islamic State (IS) since early October but finally lost the village of Zauiyat albu Nimr in the western province of Anbar overnight on Thursday. A small Iraqi army unit was stationed in the village but evacuated by helicopter in the early hours of Thursday, along with leaders from the Albu Nimr, a tribal...
  • Iraqi Rambo Has Close Call With ISIS "Sniper"

    10/23/2014 10:31:36 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 27 replies
    Funker530 ^ | 10/23/14 | staff
    After sending about 700 rounds down range from the exact same firing position, ISIS fighters finally catch on to the location of the Hollywood machine gunners after spotting their white socks. The round seems to miss the 240 gunner by a few inches as it punches through the weak mud cover. According to this video, the next supply drops we send should include thousands of M240 and M249 barrels.
  • Iraq's WMD: The Shameless New York Times Moves the Goalposts

    10/23/2014 6:31:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Larry Elder
    Contrary to the expectations of all 16 of our U.S. intelligence agencies, the "weapons hunters" sent to Iraq by President George W. Bush found no "stockpiles" of WMD. Never mind that there was a 15-month run-up to the war, during which time Saddam was not combing his moustache. A former Iraqi general, Georges Sada, who met with members of Congress, has long claimed Saddam Hussein moved tons of WMD by land and air into Syria during the run-up to the 2003 invasion. James Clapper, the current Director of National Intelligence, has also said publicly that he, too, believes the WMD...
  • Saddam's right-hand man dies (Izzat Ibrahim Al-Dhouri)

    11/11/2005 9:57:46 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 163 replies · 8,648+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | November 11 2005
    Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, aide to Saddam Hussein, died on Friday, al-Arabiya TV channel quoted a statement by the Baath party as saying. Al-Douri, vice chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council under Saddam's regime, ranks No. 6 among the 55 most wanted by the United States with a 10-million-dollar bounty on his head. He died early Friday, the statement said, without giving more details.
  • David Petraeus: ‘People Saw ISIS Coming’

    10/22/2014 8:07:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/22/2014 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Former CIA Director David Petraeus said in a new interview that the rise of the Islamic State was “well known” among people monitoring the situation within the U.S. government, and that it was able to flourish amid the chaos of the civil war in Syria. “ISIS in a sense is the evolution of an organization that we did defeat, Al Qaeda in Iraq,” Petraeus told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in an interview published Monday. “Some of the very hard work we did to help re-establish the fabric of Iraqi society — to bring the Sunni Arabs back into Iraqi society and...
  • Reports Say ISIS Hits U.S. Embassy in Baghdad with Mortars

    10/22/2014 1:02:46 PM PDT · by AU72 · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Oct. 22, 2014 | Patrick Poole
    RIA Novosti is confirming reports seen on Twitter in the past few hours that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has been hit by rockets/mortars by ISIS: The report: BAGHDAD, October 22 (RIA Novosti) – The US Embassy in Iraq located in central Baghdad has been shelled with rockets, Al-Mustakillah news agency reported Wednesday citing a security source. “On Tuesday night the US Embassy was hit with three rockets. They were fired from a park area in the Dora district [in southern Baghdad],” the agency’s source said. Earlier on Tuesday, Al-Sumaria TV channel reported a mortar shelling of the so-called “green...
  • Iran’s regional hegemony threatened by the war against ISIS

    10/22/2014 12:17:10 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/22/14 | Amir Basiri
    The next few months will be decisive for the Iranian regime, which sees a strategic defeat looming on the horizon as all of its red lines in the Middle East are being trampled After years of enjoying the position of the main hegemon in Iraq and Syria, Iran is now facing an escalating dilemma as other powers have entered the scene to deal with the rising threat of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), an extremist group which has occupied stretches of Iraqi and Syrian territory in the past months. Previously, Iran had taken advantage of the...
  • Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

    10/22/2014 10:59:45 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 11 replies
    Fox ^ | 10/22/14
    Four former Blackwater security guards were found guilty Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, and a federal judge ordered them immediately to jail.
  • Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in Iraq Shootings

    10/22/2014 9:33:16 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/22/2014 | Pete Yost
    A federal jury has returned guilty verdicts for all four former Blackwater security guards charged in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad. The jury in Washington found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder. The three other three guards — Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard — were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. The four men were charged with a combined 33 counts in the shootings. The jury had reached verdicts on only part of the charges, but Judge Royce Lamberth allowed them to announce the verdicts on Wednesday that they had reached. The jury is...
  • It's War and Peace, Stupid

    10/22/2014 7:13:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    If the polls are accurate, the United States can expect a much friendlier government in Kiev after the Ukraine parliamentary elections on October 26th. “Out will go the bodyguards and mistresses,” reports VOA News, “in are likely to come the street activists and war veterans: Ukraine's next parliament will be pro-Western and strongly nationalist, and it won't be to Russia's liking.” But that doesn’t mean much if the Obama administration won’t do anything to help Ukraine helps itself. But there is one compelling reason for pro-Western forces in Kiev to hope for a change of tone from Obama: Just a...
  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • Karl Rove: Weapon of Mass Delusion

    10/21/2014 4:10:20 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 54 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/21/2014 | C. Edmund Wright
    So Karl Rove was involved in a cover-up. Well, leave it to Karl -- the “boy genius” and the “architect” -- to orchestrate a cover-up that actually hides information exculpatory to his President and his party. He did just that on the issue of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in Iraq. This is not an outlier either -- this is just Rove being Rove. And ‘Rove being Rove’ has sewn the seeds of destruction that gave us Barack Obama in 2008, and again in 2012, and has scattered political germs that still haunt Republicans to this day. This goes back...
  • The Blood on Obama’s Hands

    10/21/2014 5:10:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 21, 2014 | David Horowitz
    Reprinted from RedState.com. When conservatives consider the casualties of Obama’s national security policies, their attention is drawn quite naturally to Benghazi. In this shameful episode, the Obama Administration sacrificed an ambassador and three American heroes to protect a deceptive presidential campaign message in which Obama claimed that the war against al-Qaeda was over and won (“Osama bin Laden is dead, and al-Qaeda is on the run”). The facts are these: Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American heroes were sent into an al-Qaeda stomping ground that the British and other diplomatic consulates had already evacuated; they were denied the security they...
  • CHENEY: OBAMA HASN’T DECIMATED AL QAEDA, HE'S DECIMATED THE US DEFENSE DEPT

    06/25/2014 11:47:55 PM PDT · by kingattax · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Jun 2014
    In an interview that aired on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on Tuesday, former Vice President Dick Cheney once again took aim at the Obama administration for being responsible for the United States’ decreased presence in the world, one of which he argued has emboldened individuals and groups with hostile feelings toward the United States. Cheney pinned the blame of the deteriorating situation in Iraq and Syria on Obama and said Obama’s 2012 campaign position of the Osama bin Laden problem being solved is in reality the U.S. Defense Department being weakened.
  • Baghdad wakes up with an explosion (Clorine Gas Truck)

    02/20/2007 12:19:53 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 7 replies · 598+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 20 2007
    A truck carrying gas exploded near a restaurant just north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing five people and injuring over a hundred, including many women and children poisoned by gas released in the blast, police said. They initially said the truck was carrying liquid natural gas but later said it was chlorine gas. Five people were killed by the blast and around 138 hurt, many of them poisoned by the gas being transported on the truck, police said.
  • The Biggest Lie [VDH]

    10/21/2014 4:24:07 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/21/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Left would rather forget its old slogan, “Bush lied, thousands died.” The very mention of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and Iraq was toxic for Republicans by 2005. They wanted to forget about the supposed absence of recently manufactured WMD in great quantities in Iraq; Democrats saw Republican defensiveness as key to their recovery in 2006. By the time Obama was elected, the issue had been demagogued to death, was no longer of any political utility, and so vanished. So why all of a sudden is the New York Times strangely focused on old WMD stockpiles showing up in...
  • Other than Egypt, name one Muslim nation intent on destroying ISIS.

    10/20/2014 4:55:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    Allen West.com ^ | 10/20/2014 | Allen West
    Besides combat, what’s happening in northern Syria around the town of Kobani offers some interesting indications about the nature of the conflict with ISIS amid the Muslim world. I’m glad to see some dedicated U.S. air strikes in that area, but ISIS reinforcements are pouring in and the Kurdish forces aren’t receiving much in the way of supplies or weapons support. But what I find most interesting are the pictures of the Turkish Army tanks just sitting on a hilltop taking it all in – as interested bystanders. Furthermore, we know the Turks are now bombing the Kurdish people in...
  • The Obama-Khamenei alliance

    10/20/2014 2:03:41 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 20, 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot. While the foreign ministers were busily counting how many centrifuges could spin in Iranian facilities, President Obama and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have arranged a working relationship throughout the Middle East that effectively puts American policy at the service of Iran.Long the goal of Obama, who sent a private emissary to Tehran as early as the 2008 election campaign to tell the Khamenei regime he wanted to be their friend, there is now a de facto alliance between the two...
  • Blackwater jurors granted request to watch video (8th week of jury deliberations)

    10/20/2014 1:07:00 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Jurors deliberating the fate of four former Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqi citizens were granted a request to watch a videotape showing the aftermath of the violence.</p> <p>Monday was the 25th day of deliberations by the jury of eight women and four men. They asked to see the tape, which had been shown during the trial.</p>
  • Officials: ISIS attacks Kurd forces in Iraq [15 simultaneous attacks in Northern Iraq]

    10/20/2014 12:59:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    KCCI News ^ | 10/20/2014 | Brian Walker CNN
    ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the Kurdish news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for Kurdish-held territory. The deadliest of the attacks targeted Mosul Dam, a hugely important location. First, an ISIS-commandeered military truck loaded with explosives targeted a Peshmerga checkpoint along the security belt circling the dam, killing six Peshmerga security forces and injuring seven others critically, according to Peshmerga forces spokesman Said Mamazeen. At almost the same time, ISIS militants launched an attack on the Nineveh Valley near the...
  • New Iraqi Defense Minister Warns Kurds

    10/19/2014 6:20:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    BasNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | unattributed
    New Iraqi defense minister Khaled al-Obeidi has delivered his first official speech, insisting that the Kurdistan Region must hand back terrorists that have been living in the KRI. Al-Obeidi is a Sunni, was approved as the new Iraqi defense minister along with Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, a Shia, who was appointed interior minister. “The Kurdistan Region should hand back criminals who have been charged with terrorist acts to the federal government, so they can face justice,” said Al-Obeidi. “The Kurdistan Region security forces and Iraqi police should arrest all those criminals, as they are threats to the security and stability of...
  • Obama Is Helping Iran (Obama's handling of ME is playing into the hands of Iran gov )

    02/26/2011 12:50:13 PM PST · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Feb 23, 2011 | FLYNT AND HILLARY MANN LEVERETT
    On Obama's watch, the regional balance of influence and power has shifted even further away from the United States and toward Iran and its allies. The Islamic Republic has continued to deepen its alliances with Syria and Turkey and expand its influence in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine. And, now, the Obama administration stands by helplessly as new openings for Tehran to reset the regional balance in its favor emerge in Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and perhaps elsewhere. If these "pro-American" Arab political orders currently being challenged or upended by significant protest movements become at all more representative of their populations,...
  • Al-Qaida calls for revolt against Arab rulers

    02/26/2011 1:36:48 PM PST · by Innovative · 18 replies
    AP News ^ | Feb 26, 2011 | AP
    Al-Qaida's offshoot in Yemen urged Muslims to revolt against Arab rulers and establish governments based on Islamic law, according to an audio tape posted Saturday on militant websites.
  • As Fighting Rages, Turkey’s Erdogan Rejects Any US Plan to Arm Syrian Kurds Battling ISIS

    10/19/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Turkey’s president on Sunday rejected U.S. proposals to arm Syrian Kurds fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) near the Turkish border, shortly after the White House said he and President Obama had pledged to “strengthen cooperation” against the jihadists. “It would be wrong for the United States, with whom we are friends and allies in NATO, to talk openly and to expect us to say ‘yes’ to such a support to a terrorist organization,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His comments were the latest sign that Turkey and the U.S. are far from being...
  • 'Dragon's Egg': Marines who guarded Saddam's mysterious bunker fear weapons unleashed

    10/19/2014 8:25:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 19, 2014 | By Paul Alster
    The U.S. Marines who guarded the sprawling complex in northwest Iraq where Saddam Hussein’s 1980s war machine churned out some of the most deadly chemical and biological weapons known to man had a name for one especially mysterious bunker: The Dragon’s Egg. Although the Americans assigned to the Al Muthanna facility until 2008 were forbidden by superiors from peering inside the bunker, they knew the larger complex’s history. From 1983 to 1990, the brutal dictator’s scientists worked there, developing mustard, sarin, VX and Tabun gases for use on Iranian soldiers and Iraqi Kurds. And although it was under the control...