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  • Canadian Gun Porn Friday

    06/23/2017 4:51:13 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 22 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 6-23-17 | MOTUS
    As we continue to reflect on the Canadian cool factor, Drudge reports: A sniper with Canada's elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,450 metres.Sources say a member of Joint Task Force 2 killed an Islamic State insurgent with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle…It took under 10 seconds to hit the target."The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces," said a military source, who stressed the operation fell within the strictures of the government's advise and...
  • Anger in Mosul as Islamic State Destroys Historic Mosque

    06/22/2017 12:32:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Kawa Omar and Ahmed Rasheed | MOSUL/BAGHDAD, IRAQ The leaning al-Hadba minaret that towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, but Iraq's prime minister said the act marked their final defeat in the city. "In the early morning, I climbed up to the roof of my house and was stunned to see the Hadba minaret had gone," Nashwan, a day-laborer who lives near the mosque, said by phone. "I felt I had lost a son of mine." His words echoed the shock and anger of many over the destruction of...
  • Canadian sniper sets world record with 2.2-mile pickoff of ISIS fighter

    06/22/2017 3:09:08 PM PDT · by Hadean · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 22, 2017 | Michael Obel
    A Canadian sniper set what appears to be a record, picking off an ISIS fighter from some 2.2 miles away, and disrupting a potentially deadly operation by the terror group in Iraq. Shooting experts say the fatal shot at a world-record distance of 11,316 feet underscores how stunningly sophisticated military snipers are becoming. The feat, pulled off by a special forces sniper from Canada’s Joint Task Force 2, smashed the previous distance record for successful sniper shots by some 3,280 feet, a record set by a British sniper. “ ... the true challenge here was being able to calculate the actual wind speed...
  • Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman elevated to Crown Prince

    06/21/2017 2:41:18 AM PDT · by Cronos · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 21 Jun 2017 | Reuters
    Saudi Arabia's King Salman made his son his successor on Wednesday, removing his nephew as crown prince and giving the 31-year old almost unprecedented powers as the world's leading oil exporter implements transformational reforms....It said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a counter-terrorism chief admired in Washington for putting down an al Qaeda campaign of bombings in 2003-06, was relieved of all positions. Although Mohammed bin Salman's promotion was expected among close circles it came as a surprise at a time the kingdom is facing heightened tensions with Qatar and Iran and is locked in a war in Yemen. ..."Some people...
  • ex Special Forces rescue girl from ISIS snipers

    06/20/2017 8:31:30 PM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 14 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 17, 2017 | Nabih Bulos:
    David Eubank rescues girl clinging to dead mother
  • EU discourages Iraqi Kurds from holding independence vote

    06/19/2017 9:29:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2017 11:00 AM EDT
    The European Union is discouraging Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region from holding an independence referendum in September. EU foreign ministers said in a statement Monday “that unilateral steps must be avoided, and that all open questions must be resolved through consensual positions” based on Iraq’s constitution. The ministers did not explicitly mention the planned Sept. 25 poll, but they did urge all parties in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region to “seek common ground” and consider holding regional elections. The United Nations warned last week that it would not be “engaged in any way or form” in the referendum process. The vote has...
  • ISIS used Mosul church to abuse Yazidi girls, women, Iraqi Army officer says

    06/15/2017 6:16:12 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 14, 2017 | Hollie McKay, Steven Nabil
    In the basement of an decimated church in eastern Mosul, rubble and debris tell a gut-wrenching story of ISIS' depravity towards Yazidi women and girls. On the floor of the iconic house of worship lie tiny pieces of pink and yellow underwear and flower headbands belonging to the very young Yazidi sex slaves the barbaric terrorist group took captive. Iraqi officials tell Fox News that at least 200 Yazidi girls and women were imprisoned in the historic Syrian Orthodox Church of St. Ephraim, one of the region’s largest Christian sites, which was freed by Iraqi forces several months ago. “We...
  • US arrests nearly 200 Iraqi immigrants in massive deportation sweep

    06/15/2017 3:32:22 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 15, 2017 | Reuters
    U.S. immigration authorities have arrested and moved to deport 199 Iraqi immigrants, mostly from the Detroit area, in the last three weeks after Iraq agreed to accept deportees as part of a deal removing it from President Donald Trump’s travel ban, officials said on Wednesday. In the Detroit area, 114 Iraqi nationals were arrested over the weekend, and 85 throughout the rest of the country over the past several weeks, Gillian Christensen, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman, said in a statement. The actions came as part of the Trump administration’s push to increase immigration enforcement and make countries,...
  • "Burn Them and Their Families": Vigilante justice in Iraq

    06/08/2017 11:59:39 PM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 14 replies ^ | June 8th, 2017 | Daniel Lang
    The vigilante group, which has dubbed themselves the Hammam al-Alil Revolution, created a Facebook group to launch revenge on ISIS members in May. It now has 650 members. ‘Soon we will start our operation, we are now locating Deash families,’ read the first post on the page from May 28. ‘We will make them regret joining. Good luck everyone,’ it signs off.
  • Woman Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 30 in Iraqi Market

    06/09/2017 10:15:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 9 June 2017
    A woman suicide bomber killed at least 31 people and wounded 35 in a crowded market in the town of Musayab, 80 km (50 miles) south of Baghdad, on Friday, security sources said. ISIS claimed the attack, 30 km east of the Shiite holy city of Kerbala, as well as a suicide attack at a bus station in central Kerbala around the same time. It did not identify either bomber, in a statement on its Amaq news agency. Security sources said four people were wounded in the Kerbala bombing, and one security officer said the bomber was also a woman...
  • “Burn Them and Their Families”: As Islamic State Crumbles, Vigilantes Are Running Amok in Iraq

    06/09/2017 7:46:17 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 6-9-2017
    It’s hard to appreciate the effect ISIS has had on ordinary Iraqis and Syrians who wanted nothing to do with the terror group. There are cities in these countries that have been ruled by these monsters for several years. Monsters whose cruelty and depravity knows no bounds. Most people in the West can’t imagine what that must be like, because the vast majority of us have never lived under those conditions. So what does happens to people who have been living under ISIS for so long? Well, try to imagine what you would do if a bunch of lunatics had...
  • Turkish state threatens partner KDP over referendum

    06/09/2017 7:13:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, June 9, 2017 | News Desk
    The first reaction to KDP’s referendum decision came from the Turkish state as expected. The Turkish Foreign Ministry’s statement on the issue threatened KDP and said, “We won’t allow for faits accompli” and “It would be a historic mistake”. The first reaction to KDP Leader Masoûd Barzani deciding on a date for the “independence referendum” came from their “ally” Turkey. The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a written statement that threatened KDP and said, “it would be a historic mistake”. The Turkish Foreign Ministry’s statement also protested the Kurdistan Region flag in official institutions in Kirkuk and said, “We won’t allow...
  • 36 Years Ago today, “Operation Opera”: The Israeli Air Strike on an Iraqi Nuclear Reactor.

    06/09/2017 12:05:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jun 07 2017 | Tom Demerly
    1735 HRs Local, Sunday, June 7, 1981. Al-Tuwaythah Nuclear Research Facility, outside Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi Colonel Fakhri Hussein Jaber is in shock. His jaw drops, mouth gaping open as a strained moan leaves his throat. Despite the hot desert temperature his limbs feel cold. He cannot believe what he is seeing. Eight F-16s painted sand-colored desert camouflage flying in a single-file attack formation at rooftop level hurtles over the outskirts of Baghdad from the southwest. They bank hard left, slicing white tendrils of vapor from their missile-clad wingtips in the evening air. One at a time they light their afterburners...

    06/06/2017 6:03:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 5, 2017 | Lars Adaktusson
    The number of Christians in Iraq has decreased from 1.5 million 15 years ago to a couple of hundred thousand today. As the battle of Mosul comes to an end and Islamic State (ISIS) about to be defeated in Iraq, rapid action from the international community needs to be taken to safeguard the existence of Christians in the country. This is their last stand. The battle of Mosul, Iraq’s second city, is in its final stages. Predictions are that the city might be fully liberated before the end of Ramadan. While, due to a decade of persecution of “infidels” in...
  • June 1941: The Farhoud massacre remembered

    06/03/2017 12:33:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/6/17 | Dr. Edy Cohen
    On the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, June 1-2, 1941 (5701 on the Hebrew calendar), the Muslim residents of Baghdad carried out a savage pogrom against their Jewish neighbors. In this pogrom, known by its Arabic name al-Farhoud, about 200 Jews were murdered and thousands wounded. Jewish property was plundered and many homes set ablaze. Within a week, the British ousted the pro-Nazi government of General Rashid Ali, which had seized power in a coup d’état two months earlier, and restored the legal Iraqi government. That government appointed a commission of inquiry into the pogrom, which determined that the Nazi propaganda...
  • Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq (CJTFOIR Release)

    05/31/2017 9:17:52 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Combined Joint Task Force    Operation Inherent Resolve       May 31, 2017   Release # 20170531-01  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq    SOUTHWEST ASIA --On May 30, Coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of  49 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.    In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against  ISIS targets.  •  Near Abu Kamal, five strikes destroyed 12 ISIS oil stills, two ISIS well heads, two ISIS oil  separation tanks, and an ISIS oil truck.  •  Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS well head. •  Near Raqqah, four strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed a fighting position  and a VBIED.  •  Near Tabqah, three strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, an ISIS  headquarters and a fighting position.   In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 34 engagements against  ISIS targets.  •  Near Bayji, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle, an  ISIS staging area, and a front-end loader.  •  Near Mosul, four strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed two mortar systems,  two ISIS staging areas, a vehicle, a VBIED, and a fighting position; and damaged nine ISIS supply routes, two fighting positions, and a command and control node.  •  Near Tal Afar, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two ISIS-held  buildings and an ISIS staging area.   Additionally, six strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on May 29 that closed within the last 24 hours. •  Near Raqqah, Syria, four strikes destroyed three ISIS-held buildings, two VBIEDs, and a  weapons cache.  •  Near Bayji, Iraq, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle. •  Near Mosul, Iraq, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four ISIS  roadblocks, three VBIEDs, a tactical vehicle, a fighting position, and damaged 26 ISIS supply routes. 
  • In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS

    05/31/2017 6:46:04 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Defense One ^ | May 18, 2017 | Patrick Tucker
    In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS And that's not all. The command is also opening a drone-hacker lab to help keep up with ISIS weaponeers. TAMPA, Florida — Here’s how Mad Max the situation in Iraq is right now. Earlier this year, the military put out an urgent request for inexpensive kamikaze drones that special operations troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers against ISIS, according to documents obtained by Defense One. It’s another sign that drone warfare is changing far faster than traditional military equipping can keep up, a fact reinforced this...
  • James Mattis: Military using 'annihilation tactics' against ISIS

    05/29/2017 10:50:17 AM PDT · by upchuck · 27 replies
    Wash Exam ^ | May 28, 2017 | Todd Shepherd
    Defense Secretary James Mattis said U.S. forces are using "annihilation tactics" in their fight against the Islamic State. "We have already shifted from attrition tactics where we shove them from one position to another in Iraq and Syria to annihilation tactics where we surround them," Mattis said on CBS' ‘Face the Nation.' "Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to north Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa, we are not going to allow them to do so. We are going to stop them there and take apart the caliphate."...
  • An American “Son of Fire” we must remember on this Memorial Day

    05/29/2017 8:13:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/29/17 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Let us never forget those who gave their life for our freedoms. Remembering the brave men and women who gave their “last full measure of devotion” for our freedoms, requires us to take a moment on this Memorial Day to focus on the individuals behind the numbers and remember they are not just names on a wall. One of those individuals who gave everything he had for us was Marine Captain John J. McKenna IV who was killed on August 16, 2006 during an operation in Fallujah, Iraq. The story of John McKenna’s life and death is the story of...
  • Remembering Kruger

    05/25/2017 11:37:38 PM PDT · by pboyington · 6 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 25, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    Memorial Day is fast upon us. To most Americans, it’s nothing more than a three day weekend bonanza of barbecues, beer, boating and the beach. Only seven percent of living Americans have ever served in the military and the other 93 percent seem to frolic and swig and eat on Memorial Day with very little regard for those who have given all that mortality can give. As Hack, the late Colonel David Hackworth once told me, ‘they’ll never understand; only we understand and we have the responsibility to remember them…forever.’ On this coming Memorial Day, let us pause and remember...