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  • Christian Churches in Iraq Unite to Rebuild

    04/05/2017 11:04:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 3/31/17 | Daniele Piccini
    The idea can no longer be shrugged off as a mere pipe dream -- the hope of the thousands of Iraqi Christians who were evicted from their villages three years ago by the criminal incursions of Islamic State (ISIS) -- that they might one day be able to return to their homes on the Plains of Nineveh. With the March 27th signing ceremony in the offices of the archdiocese of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Erbil, an agreement was reached between three Christian churches in Iraq -- the Syriac Catholic Church, the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Chaldean Catholic Church...
  • Congressional Computer Admins In Criminal Probe Owed Money To Hezbollah-Connected Fugitive

    02/22/2017 12:06:27 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 21, 2017 | By Luke Rosiak
    Congressional aides suspected of criminally misusing their access to House computer systems owed $100,000 to an Iraqi politician who is wanted by U.S. authorities and has been linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Middle Eastern terrorist outfit. Imran Awan and four of his relatives were employed as information technology (IT) aides by dozens of House Democrats, including members of the intelligence, foreign affairs and homeland security committees. The aides’ administrator-level IT access was terminated earlier this month amid a criminal probe by U.S. Capitol Police of a suspected security breach, including an off-site server housing congressional data. The Daily Caller News...
  • The Iraqi army is on the brink of defeating Islamic State

    03/08/2017 11:05:53 AM PST · by BeauBo · 58 replies
    The Economist ^ | Mar 8th 2017 | The Economist
    In A series of lightning advances over the past few days, Iraq’s army has seized control of most of western Mosul, the last redoubt of Islamic State (IS) in the country. On March 7th, a day that may have marked a turning point, army units took Mosul’s main government complex... “They are in full collapse now,” he said. “When an army breaks it happens very quickly. Within a week or two, this will all be over.” ...American officers working closely with the Iraqi army estimate that as few as 500 IS fighters now remain in the city.
  • Chilling New Scandal Hits Democrats

    02/21/2017 9:14:45 AM PST · by KyCats · 63 replies
    Allen B West, Right Wing News ^ | February 21, 2107 | Allen B West, Cassy Fiano
    It turns out that congressional staffers have been taking money from an Iraqi politician. These staffers just happen to be the ones who were fired for attempting to access sensitive information. Imran, Abid, and Jamal Awan took $100,000 Dr. Ali al-Attar, money that — according to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group — was “funneled through a company with ‘impossible’-to-decipher financial transactions that the congressional information technology (IT) staffers controlled.” All three of the brothers are now under a criminal investigation. Imran Awan provided IT services for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the disgraced Democrat who was forced to resign as...
  • Iraq launches offensive to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State

    02/18/2017 11:28:47 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 22 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 19 Feb 17 | Nabih Bulos
    As dawn approached, units from the Iraqi federal police and Emergency Response Division mustered near the village of Lazaaqah, roughly six miles south of Mosul. As they approached, bullets from Islamic State snipers whistled past, even as helicopters flying overhead bore down on Islamic State positions with heavy gunfire and rockets.
  • ALERT: Border Patrol Catches Egyptian, Iraqi Nationals Sneaking Across the Border

    02/09/2017 1:46:06 PM PST · by davikkm · 15 replies
    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Border Patrol agents reportedly apprehended two individuals who were attempting to sneak across the border Saturday — but they weren’t the customary illegal aliens from Mexico or Central America. CBP confirmed to Breitbart Texas that one Iraqi national and one Egyptian national were detained by Border Patrol agents after they illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico. Iraq and Egypt are hotbeds for terrorism. CBP did not confirm if the foreign nationals were men, however a source claimed they were both males.
  • Fake News: Man Who Claimed Mom Died Due to Trump ‘Ban’ Lied

    02/01/2017 3:26:18 PM PST · by springwater13 · 6 replies
    An Iraqi-American man who made headlines earlier this week by claiming that his ailing mother had died because of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration lied, according to the imam of his local mosque, Detroit’s Fox 2 reported Wednesday. The original story was that Mike Hager, a U.S. citizen born in Iraq, was visiting relatives in Iraq but was forced to abandon his mother in that country when he tried to return home. Social media exploded with accusations of murder against Trump — including tweets by respected news outlets. But the story was a lie, concocted to feed opposition...
  • PERFECT: DNC CHAIR CANDIDATE FORUM TO BE HELD AT ANTI-ISRAEL RESTAURANT

    01/06/2017 5:48:18 AM PST · by DFG · 12 replies
    Powerlineblog ^ | 01/05/2017 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    Brent Scher of the Washington Free Beacon reports that the Democratic party’s slate of nominees for DNC chair has agreed to participate in a candidate forum hosted at a restaurant owned by a rabid critic of Israel. The decision to hold it there may give the leading contender for DNC chair — the rabidly anti-Israel and one-time Louis Farrakhan backer Keith Ellison — something of a “home field” advantage. Sadly, however, it’s far from clear that any of the participants will feel out of place. (Tom Perez is the only contender who has not confirmed he will attend.) The restaurant...
  • ACLU wins legal challenge against immigration ban: ‘Hope Trump enjoys losing’

    01/28/2017 8:03:18 PM PST · by Mariner · 102 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 28th, 2016 | Hunter Walker
    The American Civil Liberties Union announced Saturday evening that a federal court in New York had issued an emergency stay on President Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The court’s decision, which will affect people who have been detained in airports, came after the ACLU and other activist groups filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of two Iraqis who were held at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as a result of the order. “I hope Trump enjoys losing. He’s going to lose so much we’re going to get sick and tired of...
  • Fear and anger after teen shot dead in Malmö [Sweden; Muslim Iraqi teen]

    01/13/2017 11:15:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 13 January 2017 16:09 CET+01:00 | TT/The Local
    Many were mourning in Malmö on Friday after a 16-year-old boy was shot dead in the city. “Rest in peace,” read many messages left on the Facebook wall of the victim on Friday. Family, friends and Malmö residents paid tribute to the 16-year-old student, Ahmed, who died on Thursday evening after he was found with gunshot injuries in the city’s Rosengĺrd district. […] The boy’s father, who moved with his family from Iraq to Sweden when Ahmed was seven years old, told newspaper Sydsvenskan that his son had wanted to become a doctor. “We fled war and misery to find...
  • The expulsion that backfired: When Iraq kicked out its Jews

    05/31/2016 11:39:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5-31-2016 | Edwin Black
    Bent on destroying Israel, and gripped by vicious anti-Semitism, Baghdad ‘pauperized’ its Jews and forced them to leave for the nascent Jewish state in 1951-2. It believed Israel would collapse under the strain. But the immigrants ultimately helped Israel thrive, and it was Iraq that suffered After Adolf Hitler’s defeat in May 1945, many Nazis melted away from the Reich, smuggled out by such organizations as the infamous Odessa group and the lesser-known Catholic lay network Intermarium, as well as the CIA and KGB. They ensured the continuation of the Nazi legacy in the postwar Arab world. Egypt was a...
  • Syrian, Iraqi, refugees arrested in terrorism stings in Texas and California

    01/08/2016 12:27:20 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/08/16 | Robert Laurie
    But they're just good people looking for safety. If you think refugees are going to come to the United States and support the very same Islamic terrorist organizations they’re fleeing, you’re just being paranoid. ...Or you’re an idiot. ...Or worse, you’ve allowed your mind to be warped by Donald Trump. Whatever the reason, you live in a world of unfounded fear and you are to be ridiculed and ignore, in that order. Or, according to Reuters, you’re just a person who has a modicum of common sense. Yesterday, while the President was busy lecturing you about your stubborn refusal to...
  • Iraqi Refugee Arrested in Houston Terror Plot: Officials

    01/07/2016 6:09:56 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 29 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jan 7, 2016 | By Julie Fine
    Authorities say they have arrested two people on terrorism-related charges in Texas and California. Federal officials said 24-year-old Omar Faraj Al Hardan, a Palestinian born in Iraq, was arrested in Houston on Thursday. According to the federal indictment, Al Hardan has been charged with three counts alleging that he attempted to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. He is charged with one count each of attempting to provide material support to ISIL, procurement of citizenship or naturalization unlawfully and making false statements. Federal authorities told NBC News that...
  • Alleged terror threat busted in Houston

    01/07/2016 5:37:04 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 7, 2016 | Mike Ward
    A man identified as an Iraqi refugee has been arrested in Houston as part of a federal investigation into an alleged terrorist plan with links to two other U.S. cities, state officials confirmed Thursday. Federal officials would not immediately confirm details, but Gov. Greg Abbott and other officials said the suspect is believed to have provided support to terrorists -- including connections to ISIS.
  • House Votes To Scrutiny On Syrain And Iraqi Refugee Screening Process

    11/19/2015 2:16:27 PM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 19, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, a bill to beef up security measures for admitting refugees from Syria and Iraq into the United States, in a vote 289 to 137 on Thursday. Only two Republicans voted against the bill, while 47 Democrats joined the majority in voting to pass the legislation.
  • San Diego Resident Running 'Underground Railroad' to Help Iraqi Refugees Fleeing ISIS

    08/24/2015 1:53:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 8/24 | Samantha Tatro
    More than 60,000 Chaldeans live in El Cajon, the largest concentration in the U.S. outside of Detroit. A San Diego-area nonprofit running an "underground railroad" is trying to save "as many people as possible" from turmoil in Iraq by finding them refuge in Southern California, and it has tens of thousands of Christian Iraqis on its waiting list. Mark Arabo, a first generation Iraqi-American born and raised east of San Diego, founded the Minority Humanitarian Foundation (MHF) in 2014 after he grew tired of waiting for a response from Washington officials to the crisis created by Islamic State militants,...
  • Fears Persist of Terrorism Links at Scuba School

    07/31/2003 3:32:04 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 16 replies · 303+ views
    LA Times ^ | July 31 2003 | Sebastian Rotella
    Few answers appear in the probe of students in Netherlands suspected of ties to Al Qaeda AMSTERDAM — The guys around the scuba school laughingly called them the "Al Qaeda Diving Team." But for law enforcement officials, it was no joke. Late last year, Dutch counter-terrorism agents investigating a possible Al Qaeda recruitment cell grew interested in the school because a man suspected of recruiting terrorists had become a certified diver and studied to be an instructor there. Iraqi-born Kasim Ali was one of between 50 and 150 Muslim men who had taken classes in recent years with the same...
  • Iraqi intelligence agent denies he met 9/11 leader

    12/13/2003 8:39:33 PM PST · by witnesstothefall · 5 replies · 193+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Sunday, Dec 14, 2003
    A former Iraqi intelligence officer who was said to have met with the suspected leader of the Sept. 11 attacks has told US interrogators the meeting never happened, according to US officials familiar with classified intelligence reports on the matter. Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani, the former intelligence officer, was taken into custody by the US in July. Under questioning he has said that he did not meet with Mohamed Atta in Prague in the Czech Republic, according to the officials, who have reviewed classified debriefing reports based on the interrogations. US officials caution that Ani may have been lying...
  • The hidden hand behind the Islamic State militants? Saddam Hussein’s (Obama's retreat)

    04/05/2015 1:40:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/04/15 | Liz Sly
    SANLIURFA, Turkey — When Abu Hamza, a former Syrian rebel, agreed to join the Islamic State, he did so assuming he would become a part of the group’s promised Islamist utopia, which has lured foreign jihadists from around the globe. Instead, he found himself being supervised by an Iraqi emir and receiving orders from shadowy Iraqis who moved in and out of the battlefield in Syria. When Abu Hamza disagreed with fellow commanders at an Islamic State meeting last year, he said, he was placed under arrest on the orders of a masked Iraqi man who had sat silently through...
  • Teen arrested in murder of Iraqi refugee watching his first snowfall in Dallas

    03/13/2015 9:52:31 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 62 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/13/15 | Rachelle Blidner
    A Texas teen has been arrested for fatally shooting an Iraqi refugee watching his first-ever snowfall, police said. Nykerion Nealon, 17, was arrested early Friday after gunning down Ahmed al-Jumaili outside his Dallas apartment complex March 4, Maj. Jeff Cotner told reporters alongside the victim's father-in-law Friday. Al-Jumaili was shot in front of his wife and brother, three weeks after fleeing Iraq to be in a safer place and reunite with his wife, who had moved to America a year earlier.