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  • German Gov’t ‘Anti-Extremism’ Initiative Funds a Pro-Iranian Regime Group

    12/24/2017 6:19:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 20, 2017 | 7:41 PM EST | James Carstensen
    The German government is under fire for funding an allegedly Iranian-linked Islamic non-governmental organization (NGO) as part of a program designed to draw German-based Muslim communities away from extremism. According to the Interior Ministry, the program aims to signal to local Muslims that they play an essential role in the prevention of extremism. But critics claim the Islamic Community of Shi’ite Communities in Germany (IGS), an umbrella organization, has links to pro-Iran and anti-Semitic extremism. The Bild newspaper reported early this week that a first payment of €19,739 ($23,500) has already been processed for transfer to the IGS. The head...
  • After ISIS Defeat, Christians in Iraq Proudly Celebrate Christmas

    12/25/2017 9:25:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 25, 2017 12:00 PM | Katie Pavlich
    ISIS has been defeated on the ground in Iraq, according to Iraqi and U.S.. military officials. After years of barbarism and slaughter of Christians in the region, their reign of terror and genocide is over and a new hope resides in the streets. In Baghdad Iraqi Christians are proudly displaying a 30-foot tall Christmas tree and passers by have been taking photos and selfies in front of it all weekend long. 
  • Here's how much ground ISIS has lost since Trump took over

    12/22/2017 11:03:41 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 23, 2017 | Jamie McIntyre
    The defeat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria rapidly accelerated during President Trump’s first year in office, beginning with the fall of East Mosul on Jan. 25, and continuing with a cascading series of defeats for the brutal terrorist group over the next 11 months. The campaign liberated twice as many people and twice as much territory as in the previous 28 months under President Barack Obama, according to Defense Department figures. On Jan. 20 — the day Trump was inaugurated — an estimated 35,000 ISIS fighters held approximately 17,500 square miles of territory in both Iraq and...
  • An Insult the US Won't Forget

    12/21/2017 8:14:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | December 21, 2017 | Shoula Romano Horing
    On Monday, the U.S. vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution criticizing the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. The vote was 14 to 1 and stated that the U.S. decision is null and void and must be rescinded, with only the U.S. voting against it. Under pressure by the Palestinians and Arab and Muslim nations, the president of the UN General Assembly has called an emergency session of the General Assembly for Thursday to consider a resolution similar to the one presented to the Security Council for...
  • LTG Funk talks doctors' life-saving teamwork on injured Navy EOD tech

    12/19/2017 1:14:12 PM PST · by Elderberry · 11 replies
    KCENTV ^ | 12/18/2017 | Jillian Angeline
    FORT HOOD - Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy, an EOD tech, is recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio from life-threatening injuries he sustained while working on an IED at a medical facility in Syria. Operation Inherent Resolve Commander Lieutenant General Paul Funk discussed the harrowing efforts to bring Stacy home to U.S. soil after the injury. Stacy has a long road to recovery. Funk said after Stacy's surgery, special forces medics started life-saving procedures on the EOD tech. He was first flown to a surgical team in Raqqah, where every member of the team gave him...
  • The Long Road Home (recommended)

    12/19/2017 10:17:43 AM PST · by boycott · 10 replies
    Based on journalist Martha Raddatz's same-named best-seller, "The Long Road Home" dramatizes the heroism on the front lines of the Iraq War. On April 4, 2004 -- a day that came to be known in military annals as "Black Sunday" -- the 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood was brutally ambushed, an incident that changed the U.S. military's view of Iraq from a peacekeeping mission to a fight against domestic insurgents. Across eight episodes, the series cuts between the battle in Iraq and the homefront in Texas, where wives and families anxiously await news for 48 agonizing hours.
  • The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook

    12/17/2017 7:20:30 PM PST · by T Ruth · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | recent? | Josh Meyer
    An ambitious U.S. task force targeting Hezbollah's billion-dollar criminal enterprise ran headlong into the White House's desire for a nuclear deal with Iran. How Hezbollah turned to trafficking cocaine and laundering money through used cars to finance its expansion. In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.
  • BOMBSHELL: Obama Protected Hezbollah Drug and Human Trafficking Rings To Appease Iran

    12/17/2017 6:55:47 PM PST · by blueyon · 104 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/17/17 | by Joshua Caplan
    In a bombshell report by POLITICO‘s Josh Meyer, the Obama administration is accused of protecting Hezbollah drug and human trafficking rings to help ensure a nuclear deal with Iran was achieved. POLITICO reports: Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way, according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of government documents and court records. When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial...
  • A War Trump Won

    12/17/2017 2:40:17 PM PST · by mandaladon · 32 replies
    NYT ^ | 17 Dec 2017 | Ross Douthat
    There is nothing more characteristic of the Trump era, with its fire hose of misinformation, scandal and hyperbole, than that America and its allies recently managed to win a war that just two years ago consumed headlines and dominated political debate and helped Donald Trump himself get elected president — and somehow nobody seemed to notice. I mean the war against the Islamic State, whose expansion was the defining foreign policy calamity of Barack Obama’s second term, whose executions of Americans made the U.S.A. look impotent and whose utopian experiment drew volunteers drunk on world-historical ambitions and metaphysical dreams. Its...
  • U.S. expects Western Wall to be part of Israel

    12/16/2017 6:31:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 12/15/17 21:30 | Arutz Sheva North America Staff
    The U.S. expects the Western Wall in Jerusalem to be part of Israel, but specific boundaries are subject to final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), a senior administration official said Friday. “We cannot envision any situation under which the Western Wall would not be a part of Israel. But as the President said, the specific boundaries of sovereignty of Israel are going to be part of the final status agreement,” the official told Israeli public broadcaster Kann. The official also noted that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Western Wall as part of his...
  • Fifty years of the Two-State Solution Blackmail

    12/16/2017 4:40:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12-15-17 | , 15/12/17 00:05
    Under the British Mandate, “Palestinian” was the term for JEW! Speaking after the visit of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Brussels, the EU’s foreign policy chief, Frederica Mogherini made an astonishing declaration of ignorance. Again. “We always say that the Two State Solution is the only realistic one,” she said. “I have not heard by anyone or from anyone, not only in the last weeks but in the last decades any other idea than two States to preserve Israeli security. The Palestinians need to have their own country under their own authority.” One reinforced with Hamas weaponized by Iran and...
  • What if you won a war and nobody showed up to report on it?

    12/16/2017 9:08:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 16, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    David French published an essay this week on a true mystery in the history of journalism. It all has to do with the pronouncement which took place one week ago, on December 9th. We were all fairly busy, I’m sure, what with the Alabama Senate race winding to a tumultuous close and Christmas fast approaching. But on that day, Haider al-Abadi, the Prime Minister of Iraq, declared victory in the war on ISIS. But in order for you to know about it you’d have to do some serious digging. It barely rated a mention on CNN and unless you had...
  • Turkey hits back, saying Israel 'massacres thousands of Palestinians'

    12/15/2017 11:18:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 56 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 10, 2017 | Raphael Ahren
    ..."It is not possible to take seriously the allegations and accusations made by a mentality which massacred thousands of Palestinians, turned the lands of the Palestinians into an open-air prison, in order to suppress its guilt," Erdogan's spokesperson Ibrahim Kal?n said... Israel disregards international law, has "occupied Palestinian people's hundreds-of-years-old homeland and systematically violates United Nations resolutions," ...adding that Israel "must first account for its own actions." "Those, who think they will make Al-Quds, our first Qibla, the capital of the occupying state, are wasting their time. Israeli authorities should end the occupation of Palestinian lands instead of attacking our...
  • Hungary says it keeps Jews safe by keeping out Muslim immigrants

    12/15/2017 4:41:57 PM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Florida Jewish News ^ | 12-15-17 | Cnaan Liphshiz
    BUDAPEST (JTA)-At a conference about anti-Semitism in Europe, senior Hungarian officials said the absence of violence against Jews in their country owed to its refusal to admit Muslim immigrants. The assertion, which at least one Jewish expert on anti-Semitism disputed, came amid criticism of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's right-wing government by other European leaders of his immigration policy, and a dispute between the Hungarian leader and some Jewish community leaders who accuse Orban of encouraging or tolerating anti-Semitic rhetoric. Whereas other European countries have seen jihadist terrorist attacks against Jews and others in recent years, "Hungary has been consistently able...
  • The Iranian Plan to Destroy America's Allies

    12/15/2017 12:10:24 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, 03 Nov 2017 03:51 PM | Lela Gilbert
    Have the ancient Christian communities in northern Iraq fallen prey to Iran’s radical Islamist aspirations?Will Iran be permitted to complete its “Shi’a Crescent” or “land bridge,” stretching from Tehran through Iraq, into Syria and on into Lebanon, where Iran’s proxy Hezbollah already asserts enormous power? Is President Donald Trump’s bold assertion that Iran will be denied hegemony in the Middle East being refuted by the facts on the ground? Just last week, I wrote about the renewed hope that surged across displaced Christian communities in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain following Vice President Mike Pence’s encouraging speech at an Washington D.C. event.
  • Blowback: ISIS Got A Powerful Missile The CIA Secretly Bought In Bulgaria

    12/15/2017 10:03:18 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | December 14, 2017 | Aram Roston
    A guided anti-tank missile ended up in the hands of ISIS terrorists less than two months after the US government purchased it in late 2015 — highlighting weaknesses in the oversight and regulation of America’s covert arms programs, according to information published by an arms monitoring group called Conflict Armament Research (CAR). ... CIA... top secret operation to arm rebels in Syria to fight the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The missile ended up in the hands of ISIS fighters in Iraq ... The CIA declined to comment on the Obama-era program to back Syrian rebels, which was canceled...
  • Iraq hangs 38 members of ISIS and Al-Qaeda

    12/15/2017 12:21:43 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/12/17 | Ben Ariel
    Iraq on Thursday hanged 38 jihadists belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS) group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offenses, provincial authorities said, according to the AFP news agency. The executions took place the southern city of Nasiriyah. It was the largest number of executions in Iraq on a single day since September 25, when 42 people were put to death in the same prison. "The prison administration executed on Thursday in the presence of Justice Minister Haidar al-Zameli, in Nasiriyah prison, 38 death row prisoners belonging to Al-Qaeda or Daesh (ISIS) accused of terrorist activities," said Dakhel Kazem, a senior official...
  • US F-22 Raptors fire flares, chase Russian fighters out of deconfliction zone over Syria

    12/14/2017 11:10:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/14/2017 | by Jamie McIntyre
    A pair of U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighters fired flares to chase two Russian Su-25 fighter jets out of restricted airspace over Syria on Wednesday, a Pentagon official confirmed Thursday. The aerial encounter occurred when the Russian jets strayed into airspace east of the Euphrates River, putting them on the wrong side of a "deconfliction zone" established between Moscow and Washington to avoid confrontation in the skies over Syria. The Russian jets immediately left the area after the intercept and warning flares from the F-22s, an official confirmed to the Washington Examiner. The Pentagon could not provide an...
  • ISIS weapons arsenal included some purchased by U.S. government

    12/14/2017 10:22:36 AM PST · by detective · 29 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 14, 2017 | Gabe Joselow
    Some weapons bought by the U.S. military in 2015 ended up in the hands of Islamic State fighters within two months, according to a report released on Thursday. The findings, by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an independent arms-tracking organization, are based on three years of meticulous documentation of weapons recovered from ISIS on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria.
  • Hamas: We will liberate 'occupied Tel Aviv'

    12/13/2017 9:04:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    INN ^ | 12/14/17 06:05 | Dalit Halevi
    The Hamas terrorist organization declared on Wednesday that “Al-Quds [in its entirety] is the eternal capital of Palestine, not its eastern or western part, and is an Arabic Islamic city.” The statement, released in honor of the 30th anniversary of the founding of Hamas, is in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel will not cancel the right of the Palestinian national and religious people to the city, and Al-Quds will remain an Arab Islamic state, Hamas stressed. The terrorist group further stressed that...