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  • Veterans Slam Obama's Leadership On Iraq (What Leadership?!!!)

    11/28/2014 12:41:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Veterans Day has come and gone, but the Media Research Center’s Dan Joseph had just one question to ask the Iraq War veterans: How do they feel about the Obama administration’s decision to pull all combat troops out of Iraq. In short, they weren’t pleased at all. One veteran called the president a “moron,” and that his friends who died over there would be rolling in their graves over Obama’s decision to withdraw from Iraq and end combat operations. Others also voiced their opposition to the decision, noting that there’s a reason why civilian control of the military comes with...
  • What Scares China's Military: The 1991 Gulf War

    11/25/2014 1:31:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The National Interest ^ | November 24, 2014 | Robert Farley
    In 1991, Chinese military officers watched as the United States dismantled the Iraqi Army, a force with more battle experience and somewhat greater technical sophistication than the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The Americans won with casualties that were trivial by historical standards. This led to some soul searching. The PLA hadn’t quite been on autopilot in the 1980s, but the pace of reform in the military sector had not matched that of social and economic life in China. Given the grim performance of the PLA in the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War, as well as the collapse of the Soviet Union, something...
  • Let’s Put the White House on Lockdown (Yesssssssssssssss)

    11/25/2014 12:51:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | John Ransom
    Forget shutting down the government. Lock down the White House instead. This morning a news story alerted me to the fact that an Army base in Texas was on lockdown after a suspicious vehicle was found.“A lockdown was ordered at a U.S. Army base in San Antonio on Sunday night in what a military spokesman described as a ‘high-security incident,’” reported Reuters, “while adding there was no threat.”But since a vehicle was involved one can assume a bomb was suspected. Since an arrest was made, perhaps more than suspected. Similarly tensions are high in Ferguson Missouri, after a combination of...
  • ISIS, The Caliphate Of Madmen Starts To Crumble

    11/25/2014 10:51:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    World Crunch ^ | 11/25/2014 | Alfred Hackensberger
    The ISIS terror group believes that if it is Allah's will, the organization will take over much of the world. But at the moment, Allah doesn't seem to be on their side. -Analysis-BERLIN — According to the ISIS terror group's five-year plan, the entire northern half of Africa, and large parts of Europe and Asia, should be conquered by 2019. Then comes the rest of the world. It's a ludicrous plan, but it nevertheless remains a firm foundation of ISIS ideology. "Conquer, stay, expand" is the slogan of the Stone Age Islamists. It's time to restore Muslim honor, says ISIS...
  • John Kerry Advised Russian Foreign Minister ‘Just Ignore Obama’

    11/25/2014 8:58:19 AM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    observer.com ^ | Nov. 24, 2014 | Kevin B. Sanders
    US Secretary of State Adivses Russian Counterpart Not To Take US President's Words At Face Value Though it went entirely unnoticed in the Western press, all major Russian news outlets – RIA Novosti, Sputnik, RT, and others – were only too happy to report on what US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in private: “Just ignore Obama’s statements.” According to Mr. Lavrov, John Kerry advised him not to pay too much attention to the US President’s harsh rhetoric directed toward his state. As recently as September, during his speech to...
  • What's Wrong With This Picture? For U.S. Fight Against ISIS, Everything

    11/24/2014 5:51:58 PM PST · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/23/14 | Akbar Shahid Ahmed and Ryan Grim
    WASHINGTON -- The Islamic Republic of Iran would like to make one thing clear: We've got this. Up until June 10, Iranian officials had been content to shape events in Iraq quietly through their hold on local Shiite militias and the prime minister at the time, Nouri al-Maliki. Then the Iraqi government lost Mosul, the nation's second-largest city, to the growing Sunni extremist force now known as the Islamic State, or ISIS. The U.S. eventually responded: It forced a new government to take power, sent in airpower and military advisers, and launched an international effort against ISIS in both Iraq...
  • Rand Paul Declares War on ISIS—and Allows Boots on the Ground

    11/24/2014 10:26:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 11/24/2014 | Olivia Nuzzi
    The Kentucky senator, seeking to define himself as a foreign-policy heavyweight ahead of 2016, will introduce a measure in the Senate next month declaring war on the terror group. “The most important” part of Rand Paul’s assessment of “questions of war,” the Kentucky senator told The Daily Beast this fall, is “how you go to war.” Now he’s putting that assessment into action with a plan to introduce a declaration of war against ISIS in the Senate next month. The move is part of Paul’s ongoing campaign to position himself as a foreign-policy heavyweight ahead of the Republican presidential primaries,...
  • Obama’s failed approach to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions

    11/20/2014 5:35:32 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/20/14 | Amir Basiri
    Obama must quit his pen-palling habit with the Iranian regime's supreme leader, and make the right choice by adopting a tough stance against the Iranian regime and its allies and proxies in the region With the specter of the November 24 deadline looming on the horizon, a tough and determined position toward Iran is essential in saving the day. But President Barack Obama seems to be poised on repeating his previous mistakes in dealing with the Iranian regime. That is what his latest letter to the Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei indicates, in which he made cooperation with Iran...
  • Obama releases Gitmo detainees, setting up fight with GOP

    11/21/2014 9:32:15 AM PST · by don-o · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 14, 2014 | Charles Hoskinson
    President Obama has opened a new front in his hard line against the incoming Republican Congress by releasing more detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, against lawmakers' objections. The Pentagon announced Thursday that four al Qaeda fighters from Yemen, including a senior figure who facilitated travel to Afghanistan for Arab extremists, and a Tunisian extremist would be transferred to Slovakia and Georgia. The transfers leave 143 detainees at Guantanamo, which Obama has vowed to close. Republican lawmakers, who have been pressing the administration to stop releasing detainees amid reports that some former prisoners had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and...
  • Jihadists Launch Major Attack on Iraq's Ramadi

    11/21/2014 3:28:22 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Naharnet ^ | 11-21-2014 | Agence France Presse
    The Islamic State group launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Ramadi Friday, attempting to seize one of the last urban pockets under government control in troubled Anbar province. Parts of Ramadi, the provincial capital, and all of Fallujah to its east, fell to anti-government forces in January. In June, IS-led militants began overrunning more of Anbar and have gained further ground in recent weeks, raising fears that the province, which stretches from the borders with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to the western approach to Baghdad, could fall completely. "IS launched a surprise attack from four directions...
  • RAF Jets Help Destroy Secret IS Bunker Complex

    11/20/2014 8:22:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Sky Nrews ^ | Wednesday 19 November 2014
    RAF jets equipped with guided bombs have taken part in a major coalition air assault on a secret Islamic State bunker and tunnel complex. The attack, supporting a Kurdish ground offensive, took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a rural area northwest of Kirkuk. Tornado GR4 planes armed with Paveway IV precision guided bombs were sent in after intelligence revealed a hidden network of fighting positions and underground facilities. Aircraft from seven countries were involved in what the Ministry of Defence called a "comprehensive and closely co-ordinated attack". France confirmed two of its Rafale jets had been...
  • 4 Sunni Muslim Groups Responsible for 66% of All 17,958 Terror Killings in 2013

    11/19/2014 10:22:24 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    The number of people killed by terrorists worldwide in 2013 rose by 60 percent compared to the previous year – from 11,133 to 17,958 – with four Sunni Muslim extremist groups responsible for two-thirds of all fatalities, according to a comprehensive annual study. Eighty-two percent of fatalities occurred in just five countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria, although the number of countries that experienced more than 50 terror-related deaths also rose – to 24, compared with 15 the previous year. ... Four Sunni groups were responsible for 66 percent of all terror fatalities in 2013. In order of...
  • Isn't Jonathan Gruber Worse Than the Downing Street Memo?

    11/19/2014 8:39:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | November 19, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    Gruber, who was paid half a million dollars to design Obamacare, is on tape bragging about how the Democrats relied on "the stupidity of the American voter" to pass that law. Which, ironically, was sort of a stupid thing to say on camera. By now there are so many tapes of Gruber explaining how Obamacare fooled stupid Americans that they're being released as a boxed set in time for Christmas. Gruber, who will hereafter be known as "the architect of Obamacare," said: "If you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in -- if you...
  • A CIA Interrogator Finally Breaks Silence

    11/19/2014 4:09:57 PM PST · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-19-14 | Wordsmith
    Dianne Feinstein's so-called 6,300 page "torture report" (executive summary is 500 pages "only")- after 5 years and $40 million in taxpayer money- is slated to be released very soon. Perhaps this weekend; maybe next week, after Thanksgiving. But what will be missing from the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's majority (re: Democrat) report? Participation by Republicans in the investigative process and input (when the report is released, Republicans plan to release the minority view, at the same time). And even more critically, the interviews and opinions of those directly involved in the CIA Detention and Interrogation program itself- you...
  • My jihadi son should be executed: Father of UK Islamic State fanatic 'was part of ISIS death squad'

    11/18/2014 10:19:07 AM PST · by dennisw · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 November 2014 | Larisa Brown and Andy Dolan and David Williams
    My jihadi son should be executed: Father of UK Islamic State fanatic 'who was part of ISIS death squad' that beheaded 17 Syrian soldiers disowns him after video British ISIS jihadist Nasser Muthana should face death, his father said Muthana is thought to be one of the killers in a sick ISIS beheading video Medical student from Cardiff 'must face up to what he has done' says father David Cameron claimed 'sick terrorists' could face charges of treason The British medical student suspected of involvement in an Islamic State death squad should face execution himself, his father said yesterday. Nasser...
  • “Palestinian” Terrorists Killed More Americans in 2014 Than ISIS

    11/19/2014 8:57:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/19/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It should also be pointed out that the large scale airplane hijackings used by Al Qaeda on September 11 were pioneered by the PLO, though Al Qaeda received direct training in the techniques from the Iranian-backed Al Qaeda.As ABC’s Jake Tapper and a number of others have pointed out, this year Arab Muslim terrorists who operate under the “Palestinian” brand name have killed more Americans than ISIS. (via David Gerstman)While ISIS beheaded three American hostages, seven Americans have been killed ranging in age from 3-month old Chaya Zissel Braun who was a victim of Car Jihad, hurled out of...
  • The Kurds Rise From the Ashes of Syria: Why Syria as we know it, is no more

    11/18/2014 1:55:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    World Affairs ^ | 11/18/2014 | Michael J. Totten
    Syria no longer exists. The tyrannical regime of Bashar al-Assad governs parts of what’s left of it. The psychopathic Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) controls another large swath. Small scraps of territory are ruled by sundry other militias which, more likely than not, will eventually be absorbed by Assad or ISIS. Up north the Kurds have carved out a proto state of their own which they call Rojava. It is being violently squeezed by ISIS from the south, and it’s jammed up against the wall of the Turkish border to the north. It is split into three besieged...
  • A Deal With Two Devils - Russia and Iran

    11/18/2014 8:31:10 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies
    usnews.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Lawrence J. Haas
    Nothing better showcases Washington’s confusion over foreign policy than the idea that – as part of a U.S.-Iran nuclear deal – Iran would ship much or all of its enriched uranium to Russia, and Russia would then process it for Iranian civilian usage. Were the U.S.-led “P5+1” negotiators (the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany) to reach a deal with Iran with this provision, the United States would subjugate its national security and that of its allies to two U.S. adversaries, both of which are undermining U.S. interests around the world. In addition, Washington would further legitimize Tehran...
  • Why the World Did Not Know about WMD in Iraq

    11/19/2014 5:07:28 AM PST · by SJackson · 22 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 19, 2014 | Carter Andress
    After U.S. Central Command called on us to help transport from Iraq enough yellowcake uranium to make several atomic bombs stored at Saddam’s nuclear weapons complex, I realized why neither the Pentagon nor the White House advertised the presence of this WMD precursor: safety and security. Before the U.S. military moved in to secure the facility after the 2003 invasion, looters had been there first. Even though the universally recognized yellow-and-black radioactivity warnings were posted on the bunkers, locals had ripped open the storage areas and stolen casks of yellowcake with many sickened as a result. More importantly, we did...
  • Secret U.S. mission hauls uranium from Iraq [2008]

    11/18/2014 10:00:51 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/5/2008 | AP
    <p>The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program — a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium — reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.</p>
  • Why the world did not know about WMD in Iraq

    11/18/2014 11:39:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/18/2014 | Carter Andress
    After U.S. Central Command called on us to help transport, from Iraq, enough yellowcake uranium to make several atomic bombs stored at Saddam’s nuclear weapons complex, I realized why neither the Pentagon nor the White House advertised the presence of this WMD precursor: safety and security. Before the U.S. military moved in to secure the facility after the 2003 invasion, looters had been there first. Even though the universally recognized yellow-and-black radioactivity warnings were posted on the bunkers, locals had ripped open the storage areas and stolen casks of yellowcake with many sickened as a result. More importantly, we did...
  • Good News From Iraq: ISIS Setbacks [Beheadings notwithstanding]

    11/17/2014 1:47:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/17/2014 | Brian Katulis
    ERBIL, IRAQ–The horrific video released this weekend by Islamic State (ISIS) captured more attention than the surprise visit to Iraq on Saturday by the United States’ top military commander, but both events masked another trend: ISIS is suffering setbacks, with Iraqi forces reclaiming some territory lost this summer. More than three months after ISIS extremists threatened to sweep into this capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), a combination of U.S. and coalition airstrikes and some ground action has won back some territory claimed by ISIS, including Baiji, a strategic town with a major oil refinery. In parts of northern...
  • I'm a Liberal Democrat. I'm Voting for Rand Paul in 2016. Here Is Why.

    11/17/2014 5:58:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 17, 2014 | H.A. Goodman
    The editor of Breitbart Unmasked, a site that I enjoy immensely and find informative, recently told me that supporting Rand Paul disqualifies a person from being labeled a progressive. My rebuttal was that he might be right. However, I also mentioned that Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia agreed with my latest Congress Blog piece. In the article, I explain why Rand Paul is correct in questioning the legality of President Obama's troop deployments. Sadly, people at UC Berkeley are more interested in protesting Bill Maher than condemning a conflict George McGovern stated weakens our country in the same manner...
  • Iraqi-Kurdish oil deal falls short of solutions

    11/16/2014 8:33:31 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin
    maktoob news ^ | By VIVIAN SALAMA and BRAM JANSSEN
    The semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government has struggled to stabilize the local economy in the face of a militant onslaught and an expensive financial dispute with the Iraqi central government in Baghdad. Negotiations between the two sides yielded some progress Thursday after Baghdad agreed to release $500 million in frozen budget payments. In return, the Kurds will provide 150,000 barrels of oil per day for Baghdad to sell. But while the cash infusion may provide temporary relief, many here say it is nowhere near enough to stabilize the Kurdish economy amid the Islamic State group insurgency, which has driven more than...
  • Barbarism 2014: Islamist To World - "Convert Or Die"

    11/17/2014 3:44:48 AM PST · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | Breitbart News
    Nina Shea's year-end review in World Affairs analyzes the rising Islamist threat to Christians in the Middle East as the Islamic State terrorist group conquers land and gains influence.
  • Iraq forces break IS siege on key oil refinery

    11/16/2014 12:17:44 PM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2014-11-16 | Xinhua
    Iraqi security forces on Sunday broke the Islamic State (IS) group's months-long siege of the country's largest oil refinery in Salahudin province, a provincial security source said. "In the early morning hours, the security forces and allied tribal fighters took full control of the sprawling Baiji refinery after they secured the roads leading to the refinery buildings and met with those troops inside who have been fighting back the attacks of IS militants for more than five months," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The army's armored vehicles deployed in the oil installation and started to expand to...
  • Islamic State minting own currency

    11/16/2014 3:06:03 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 23 replies
    UPI ^ | Nov. 14, 2014 at 12:23 AM | Mary Papenfuss
    ALEPPO, Syria, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Here's what every caliphate apparently needs: its own money, so Islamic State leaders plan to mint their own gold, silver and copper coins. The decision aims to remove Muslims from the "tyrant's financial system" and a global monetary operation "based on satanic usury," said a statement by the Islamic State's Beit al Mal, or treasury, and posted on websites used by jihadist movements. The exchange rate of the new currency — which will consist of seven coins — and where it can be found will be spelled out in a future statement. Unlike many...
  • 2,000 Syrian rebels to be trained in Turkey

    11/15/2014 6:19:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Hürriyet Daily News ^ | Saturday, November 15 2014 | U&#287;ur Ergan
    US and Turkish military officials meet to hash out plans to train and arm 2,000 moderate Syrian rebels in Central Anatolia... Free Syrian Army (FSA) members, including Syrian Turkmens will be trained at the Hirfanlı gendarmerie training center in Kırşehir, sources told to the Hürriyet Daily News. U.S. officials will also take part in the training. The U.S. will primarily provide weapons and ammunition for the Syrian opposition, with the costs of the training also expected to be provided by Washington. Around 2,000 Syrian fighters are slated to be given military training, which is set to begin at the end...
  • Jihadi John is 'wounded in US airstrike on secret bunker meeting of ISIS...

    11/15/2014 5:46:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 15 November 2014 | Abul Taher for The Mail on Sunday
    FULL TITLE: EXCLUSIVE: Got him! Jihadi John is 'wounded in US airstrike on secret bunker meeting of ISIS high command' Jihadi John, the Briton who beheaded two British and two American hostages held by Islamic State terrorists, has been injured in a US-led air strike, according to reports received by the Foreign Office. The masked ‘executioner’ with a London accent is believed to have narrowly escaped death when he attended a summit of the group’s leaders in an Iraqi town close to the Syrian border last Saturday. The meeting was targeted by American and Iraqi jets.
  • Islamic State sets sights on Saudi Arabia

    11/15/2014 12:06:56 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 47 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 14 November 2014 | Frank Gardner
    In a 17-minute audio message, purportedly from its elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group sets its sights firmly on Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam and the world's largest oil producer and exporter. The speaker does not refer to it as Saudi Arabia, since this is a name derived from the ruling tribe, the al-Saud, whose authority IS does not accept. Instead he calls it "the land of Haramayn", the land of the two holy places, meaning Mecca and Medina.
  • ISIS and Al Qaeda Join Forces in Syria

    11/15/2014 9:04:18 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | November 15, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Militant leaders from the Islamic State and al Qaeda affiliate, the Nusra Front, have reportedly formed an alliance by joining forces against common enemies. Not only would the alliance oppose United States and Syrian forces they will fight the Obama administration-supported, so-called “moderate” rebels to dominate the fighting in Syria. The moderate Syrian rebels do not have the organization or the man power to fight government forces and a coalition of hardened, terrorist forces at the same time. Obama was counting on those “moderate” rebels to weaken the Islamic State in Syria. His only resort, without committing Americans on the...
  • Iraq wants tanker dispute to stay in U.S.

    11/15/2014 6:39:01 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 14, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Iraq wants an international dispute over a tanker of crude floating for more than three months off Galveston’s coast to remain in U.S. courts because Kurdistan refuses to resolve the matter on Iraqi soil, according to recent court filings. “It appears to be Iraqi Kurdistan’s position that no court in the world may adjudicate this matter,” Baghdad’s attorneys argued in court filings Thursday. “While the issues should be decided in Iraq, they certainly may be decided here.” The Kurdistan Regional Government two months ago asked U.S. District Judge Gray Miller to dismiss Iraq’s pleases to seize more than 1 million...
  • Iraq's forces drive IS militants from key town

    11/14/2014 8:25:27 PM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 4:54 PM EST | HAMZA HENDAWI and JOHN HEILPRIN
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of a strategic oil refinery town north of Baghdad on Friday, scoring their biggest battlefield victory since they melted away in the face of the terror group's stunning summer offensive that captured much of northern and western Iraq. The recapture of Beiji is the latest in a series of setbacks for the jihadi group, which has lost hundreds of fighters to airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition in a stalled advance on the Syrian town of Kobani. On Friday, activists there reported significant progress by Kurdish fighters defending the town. Iraqi...
  • A.N.S.W.E.R.Coalition not letting Ferguson crisis go to waste (Investigative Report)

    11/14/2014 5:45:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 13, 2014 | Lee Cary
    A complex organization stands behind the A.N.S.W.E.R.Coalition.org signs in Ferguson, Missouri. A.N.S.W.E.R.Coalition is part of an enterprise structured like Charles Handy’s “Shamrock” organization with: (1) “a core of qualified professionals working in a Task Culture;” (2) “contracted specialists” and: (3) “part-time, seasonal and temporary workers.” (1) A.N.S.W.E.R.’s core of professionals includes seasoned protest organizers, the political cadre of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), and a D.C.-based law firm – the Partnership for Civil Justice. These “professionals” share a political worldview, and, in multiple cases, common addresses, phone numbers, and operatives. These three groups are the focus of this...
  • Special Report: The fighters of Iraq who answer to Iran

    11/14/2014 5:25:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:47am EST | Babak Dehghanpisheh
    Among the thousands of militia fighters who flocked to northern Iraq to battle militant group Islamic State over the summer was Qais al-Khazali. Like the fighters, Khazali wore green camouflage. But he also sported a shoulder-strapped pistol and sunglasses and was flanked by armed bodyguards. When he was not on the battlefield, the 40-year-old Iraqi donned the robes and white turban of a cleric. Khazali is the head of a militia called Asaib Ahl al-Haq that is backed by Iran. Thanks to his position, he is one of the most feared and respected militia leaders in Iraq, and one of...
  • Has ISIS peaked? Terror group suffers setbacks in Iraq

    11/14/2014 10:26:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/14/2014 | Tim Lister
    Is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria finally beginning to feel the pressure?  The first signs are emerging that a combination of coalition airstrikes and more assertive Iraqi and Kurdish forces are forcing ISIS to change its behavior and inflicting serious losses of both territory and fighters. Analysts tell CNN it is too early to say ISIS has "peaked." It controls vast areas of northern and western Iraq, as well as much of northeastern Syria, and exercises draconian authority in areas as far apart as Anbar in western Iraq and Aleppo province in northern Syria. ISIS also continues to...
  • Gen. Martin Dempsey: Open to using U.S. ground troops to retake Mosul

    11/14/2014 8:01:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/14/2014 | Noah Rothman
    There’s good news and bad news, everyone. The good news is that Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is confident that all of the vast Iraqi territory lost to the Islamic State can be recovered. The bad news is that he thinks it will take no fewer than 80,000 “competent” soldiers to do it. Via Reuters: Iraq will need about 80,000 effective military troops to retake the terrain it lost to Islamic State militants and restore its border with Syria, the top U.S. general said on Thursday.“We’re going to need about 80,000 competent Iraqi security forces to recapture territory...
  • The Rise and Fall and Rise of America’s Last Battle Rifle (M-14)

    11/14/2014 6:18:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 13, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    Critics said the M-14 was what happened when the U.S. government took many years and spent millions of dollars designing a rifle that was really just a glorified M-1 Garand from World War II. The M-14 was the U.S. military’s last battle rifle. It appeared in 1959—the contemporary of the Pentagon’s first jet fighters and ICBMs. With its heavy steel parts and walnut stock, the M-14 looked positively archaic. It was hardly a Space Age weapon. And it only endured as America’s battle rifle until 1970, when the M-16 completely superseded it—the shortest service record of any U.S. military rifle...
  • US considers use of ground troops against IS in Iraq

    11/13/2014 9:24:24 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Nov 14, 2014
    US considers use of ground troops against IS in Iraq Top US general says troops may be necessary Fri, Nov 14, 2014, 01:00 The top-ranking officer in the American military said yesterday the United States is actively considering the direct use of troops in the toughest forthcoming fights against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, less than a week after President Barack Obama doubled troop levels there . Gen Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, indicated to the House of Representatives armed services committee that the strength of IS relative to the Iraqi army may be such...
  • Iraq Christians Guard Village Taken from IS Group

    11/13/2014 7:59:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 11/13/14 | Bram Janssen
    BAKUFA, Iraq (AP) — The flag of an Iraqi Christian minority party is hoisted high over the village of Bakufa in northern Iraq, less than a month after Islamic State militants were pushed out and the extremists' black banner was taken down. The predominantly Christian Assyrian hamlet of 95 houses that once had about 500 people, located some 390 kilometers (243 miles) north of Baghdad, was overrun by the Islamic State group during its shocking blitz this summer, along with 22 other villages nearby. In a counter-offensive, the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters swept in from the north, battling the Islamic...
  • Islamic State leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia - speech

    11/13/2014 3:11:05 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | 11-13-2014
    Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against the rulers of Saudi Arabia in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday, saying his self-declared caliphate was expanding there and in four other Arab countries. Baghdadi also said a U.S.-led military campaign against his group in Syria and Iraq was failing and he called for "volcanoes of jihad" the world over. Reuters could not independently confirm the authenticity of the speech - an audio recording carried on Islamic State-run social media. The voice sounded similar to a previous speech delivered by Baghdadi in July in a...
  • Who Truly Deserves a State? The Kurds or the Palestinians?

    08/02/2007 3:37:21 AM PDT · by BlueSky194 · 17 replies · 610+ views
    Ekurd.net ^ | 7/31/07 | Victor Sharpe
    There are twenty-two Arab states throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The world demands, in a chorus of barely disguised animosity towards Israel, that yet another Arab state be created within the mere fifty miles separating the Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordan. Israel, a territory no larger than the tiny principality of Wales and one that would comfortably fit into Lake Michigan with plenty of room left over, would be forced to share this sliver of land with a hostile Arab entity to be called Palestine. The Arabs do not need another state. Their combined landmass exceeds 5,500,000...
  • Excerpts from PM Netanyahu's speech to the GA about Iran (Note tone of voice in this clip!)

    11/11/2014 3:30:59 PM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Nov 11, 2014 | IsraeliPM
    Excerpts from Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America about Iran. Brief video at link!
  • U.S., allies conduct 23 air strikes in Syria, Iraq: military

    11/12/2014 10:29:24 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:14pm EST | Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bill Trott and Jim Loney)
    An explosion following an air strike is seen in central Kobani, November 10, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal *******************************************************(Reuters) - U.S.-led forces conducted 16 air strikes in Syria, most of them around Kobani near the Turkish border, and seven in the oil-producing northern region of Iraq since Monday, the U.S. Central Command said. Ten air strikes conducted by the United States and its allies near Kobani hit eight small Islamic State units, damaged three fighting positions and destroyed a logistics facility, Centcom said Wednesday in a statement.
  • ISIS Unveils Its New Gold-Backed Currency To Remove Itself From "The Oppressors' Money System"

    11/13/2014 8:32:33 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 45 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11/13/2014 | Tyler Durden
    . It appears the rumors are true. Islamic State is set to become the only 'state' to back its currency with gold (silver and copper) as it unveils the new coins that will be used in an attempt to solidify its makeshift caliphate. ISIS says the new currency will take the group out of "the oppressors' money system." As Zaid Benjamin notes, ISIS releases details of its new currancy with golden 1 & 5 dinar, silver 1, 5, 10 dirham and copper 10 & 20 fils It seems Alan Greenspan may have been on to something after all... "Remember what...
  • Dempsey: US considering sending combat troops to help Iraqis fight Islamic State

    11/13/2014 11:59:09 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | November 13, 2014 | Jon Harper
    The U.S. military is considering sending a limited number of American ground forces to fight alongside Iraqi troops as they launch complex missions to regain territory lost to Islamic State militants, the country’s top military officer said Thursday. Thus far, American military personnel have been limited to serving as rear guard advisers to the Iraqi security forces and the Kurdish peshmerga. But Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said that could change as the campaign against the Islamic State becomes more difficult. “As it evolves there are certain operations that could be more complex than the ones in...
  • To get a nuke deal with Iran Obama and the Islamist world demonize Israel

    11/13/2014 10:57:28 AM PST · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 13, 2014 | Dan Miller
    This is a guest post by Imam Mohamed allah-Dork, chairman of the Washington Islamist Coalition for Peace and Prosperity (WICPAP). Although it might appear to be satire it is not, because he articulates, far more candidly than most, the objectives of the "progressive" Obama Administration. I found him with the assistance of (another) imaginary "friend," the Highly Honorable Ima Librul, Senator from the Great State of Confusion Utopia, where happy unicorns frolic endlessly in the service of Obama.******************** Hatred of Israel is among our Dear Leader Obama's most effective weapons against those who oppose Iran's nuclear ambitions. He has made heroic efforts to encourage and use it, with help from the progressive...
  • Why President Rand Paul Will Keep America Safer Than Bush, Obama, and Hillary Clinton

    11/13/2014 8:25:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 13, 2014 | H.A. Goodman
    President Rand Paul will keep you safer than the president who brought America into Iraq and Afghanistan, the same man who in 2000 argued against nation building and foreign military entanglements. He'll keep you safer than the president who just doubled America's military presence in Iraq, yet in 2011 promised, "The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year." Rand Paul will also keep you safer than Hillary Clinton, a centrist with a neoconservative advisor named Robert Kagan who is quoted in The New York Times as saying, "I feel comfortable with her...
  • Hagel, Dempsey testify at House hearing on fighting ISIS

    11/13/2014 7:55:57 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2014-11-13 | House of Representitives
    Hagel, Dempsey testify at House hearing on fighting ISIS
  • Iraqi army drives out ISIS from most of oil refinery town, state TV says

    11/12/2014 10:41:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/12/2014
    <p>BAGHDAD – Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State group recaptured most of the town of Beiji, home to the country's largest oil refinery, state television and a provincial governor said Tuesday.</p> <p>The strategic town, 155 miles north of Baghdad, will likely be a base for a future push to take back Saddam Hussein's hometown just to the south, one of the main prizes overrun by the extremists last summer. But troops backed by Shiite militias faced pockets of stiff resistance around Beiji, hindering their advance.</p>