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  • IDF officer injured as Islamist rebels seize Syria-Israel crossing

    08/27/2014 9:37:30 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 19 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | August 27, 2014 | Spencer Ho and Times of Israel staff
    An Israeli officer in the Golan Heights was moderately injured by apparent stray fire from fighting in Syria Wednesday morning, as an al-Qaeda linked rebel group took control of the only crossing between Israel and Syria. At least six mortars fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights over the course of the day as rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fought for control of the Quneitra crossing, near Israel’s northeastern border. The IDF said it had not completely determined whether the mortars were fired into Israel intentionally or were a spillover from fighting between rival factions...
  • Saudi Foreign Minister: Time for Islamic World to Recognize Israel

    08/27/2014 8:48:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | 8-27-14 | Jordan Schachtel
    Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister said that now is the time to recognize Israel as a legitimate entity in the Middle East, stressing that the Palestinian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, terror group Hamas, is responsible for fanning the flames of war between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking at the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud reiterated that the Arab world must also reject Hamas as the representatives of the Palestinian movement, AWDnews reports. Saudi media has consistently been against Hamas in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, according to the Middle East...
  • Watch: Iron Dome Intercepts More Than 10 Rockets at Once

    08/27/2014 6:56:04 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-27-14 | Gil Ronen
    A video showing Iron Dome rockets fanning out to intercept multiple enemy rockets has gone contagiously viral worldwide. The video appears to have been shot at a military checkpoint of some sort – possibly the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza. The white-smoke remains of at least 10 bursts that usually indicate an interception can be identified in the sky.
  • Embracing the Obvious Truth [Israel, Hamas]

    08/27/2014 5:48:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. It isn’t hard to understand the truth about Israel and Hamas. Four-year-old Daniel Tragerman was murdered on Friday afternoon in his home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz by Hamas terrorists. They shot him with a mortar launched from a school in Gaza’s Zeitoun neighborhood. At the time of the launch, the school was filled with civilians who had fled to the school for shelter. They fled to the school for shelter because they were forced to vacate their homes. They were forced to vacate their homes because Hamas terrorists were launching mortars and rockets at...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/27/14)[Prayer]

    08/27/2014 5:16:37 AM PDT · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/27/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Pig New International Version (NIV) 6 The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. 7 And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. 8 You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you. (Leviticus 11:7, Deuteronomy 14:8) Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout     is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. (Proverbs 11:22) who sit among the graves     and spend their nights keeping...
  • Small Apples (Saudis souring on Hamas, warming to Israel?)

    08/26/2014 9:21:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | August 25, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    Perhaps it is only syntactic sugar, but this statement advocating eventual co-existence with Israel from the Saudi Foreign Minister is worth noting. Speaking on the sidelines of the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddh, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud said that the Middle-East needs peace and co-existence more than ever and Saudi Arabia as a leading Islamic country is ready to make sacrifices in peace negations and encourages President Abbas to follow the same policy. Referring to the ongoing war in Gaza strip, the Saudi foreign Minster stressed that Hamas authority is the sole responsible for Palestinian calamity and...
  • Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

    08/26/2014 2:36:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    AOL News ^ | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and KARIN LAUB
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory. Hamas declared victory and bursts of celebratory gunfire erupted across Gaza, but the terms of the deal fell far short of Hamas' demand that Israel and Egypt open Gaza's borders. Under the Egyptian-brokered deal, Israel is to ease imports into Gaza, including aid and material for reconstruction. It also allows Palestinians to fish six nautical miles...
  • Israel is 'Choosing not to Win', Says British Expert

    08/26/2014 8:25:45 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    Arutz-7/Israel National News ^ | 25AUG2014 | Gil Ronen
    Barak Seener of RUSI says Israel 'should have gone in harder,' must reclassify human shields as combatants and stop aborting airstrikes. ---------------------- Barak Seener, an Associate fellow at Britain's Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies, thinks Israel is “choosing not to win” the war in Gaza. Seener – who has provided analysis and expert commentary for a range of international broadcasters and news outlets including the Associated Press, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Chinese CCTV, Fox News, Sky News, Voice of America, Bloomberg, Reuters and Xinhua – told Arutz Sheva that Israel is pursuing a misguided approach to the...
  • The EU, US Gave Hamas the Reason to Fight to the Death

    08/26/2014 7:32:30 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 15 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | August 27, 2014 | Mark Langfan
    In Arab-Israeli wars, never assume that he who has a bigger army is the one actually winning the real war. There is no question that Israel has the bigger army in this war, but Hamas is winning. In close to two months of “calibrated” fighting, Israel is still helpless to stop Hamas from firing rockets, ceasefire or not. As for the Gaza PR war, the prime minister is too busy fighting with his ministers to realize Hamas has already won the world over by piling up bodies of dead Palestinian Arab children.
  • Mohammad Assaf Does #RubbleBucketChallenge

    08/26/2014 2:53:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    Forget the Ice Bucket Challenge, it’s a different kinda bucket challenge that’s sweeping the “sandy” Middle East this week! Using #RubbleBucketChallenge to raise awareness on social media, campaigners have swapped ice-and-water-filled containers for sand and rocks. The trend appears to have been started by Jordanian comedian Mohammed Darwaza last Friday, reports The Independent. This challenge is closer to home for Palestinian superstar Mohammad Assaf than others, who’s joined the trend in support of his hometown Gaza, that’s been under attack by Israel for two months now. Assaf knows exactly how his people are feeling; he went through the same exact...
  • A former AP correspondent explains why reporters get Israel so wrong

    08/26/2014 4:56:31 PM PDT · by varialectio · 15 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Matti Friedman
    The lasting importance of this summer’s war, I believe, doesn’t lie in the war itself. It lies instead in the way the war has been described and responded to abroad, and the way this has laid bare the resurgence of an old, twisted pattern of thought and its migration from the margins to the mainstream of Western discourse—namely, a hostile obsession with Jews. The key to understanding this resurgence is not to be found among jihadi webmasters, basement conspiracy theorists, or radical activists. It is instead to be found first among the educated and respectable people who populate the international...
  • The U.S.-Israel Relationship Arrives at a Moment of Reckoning

    08/26/2014 4:34:35 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 13 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | AUGUST 26, 2014 | David Rothkopf
    Few people noticed that the Indian government came out in support of Israel in this war; social media in China was pro-Israel. It has developed strategic relations with both countries, and with Russia as well, that led Israel to absent itself from the vote of the U.N. General Assembly condemning Russia's annexation of Crimea. I think there's a sense in Israel, particularly on the right, that they can afford to be defiant of the United States. Israelis also sense a potential for a new alignment with Gulf Arab states that didn't exist before that is generated by their common interest...
  • Club Med for Terrorists

    08/26/2014 3:30:40 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse
    New York Times ^ | Aug 24 , 2014 | Ron Prosor
    THE hostilities in Gaza between Israel and Hamas persist and the diplomatic war at the United Nations continues, also without resolution. While there is no shortage of opinions on the way forward, the most obvious solution is strikingly absent — the need to disarm and isolate Hamas, the radical Palestinian Islamist group. Since Israel disengaged from Gaza in 2005, Hamas has dragged us into three rounds of major assaults, and more than 14,800 rockets have been fired into Israel by the group or its proxies. The discovery of dozens of tunnels packed with explosives, tranquilizers and handcuffs that end at...
  • Deal Reached on Long-Term Gaza Cease-Fire, Hamas Says

    08/26/2014 9:16:03 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/26/14 | By FARES AKRAM and JODI RUDORENAUG.
    GAZA CITY — Hamas leaders said Tuesday afternoon that Egypt had brokered a long-term cease-fire after 50 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, though Israeli officials would not say whether they had actually accepted the conditions.
  • Cabinet Was Split Over Ceasefire - But Netanyahu Accepted Anyway

    08/26/2014 12:17:56 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 17 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | 8/26/2014 | Ari Soffer
    Ministers from Jewish Home, Yisrael Beytenu and even Likud opposed truce - but PM circumvented cabinet vote on a legal technicality. Roughly half the cabinet was opposed to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to agree to an open-ended ceasefire with Hamas - but the decision was passed unilaterally by the PM anyway.
  • New Jersey Yeshiva Student Goes Missing Near Jerusalem

    08/26/2014 9:09:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/27/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    New Jersey lawmakers are alarmed that a Yeshiva student from their state has gone missing near Jerusalem, and urged the State Department to do all it can to locate the young man. Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., was hiking in the Jerusalem Forest on Friday when he disappeared. He was in Israel to attend an ultra-Orthodox school. Sofer is the constituent of Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who noted in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday that search teams including Shin Bet have been looking for him since 6 p.m. Friday, to no avail. Today searchers reportedly...
  • 15 Qassam Rockets intercepted At Once By The Iron Dome (Israel)

    08/26/2014 7:13:23 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
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  • Rockets Strike Ashkelon House, 50 Hospitalized

    08/26/2014 6:08:41 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-26-14 | Gil Ronen
    A Hamas rocket scored a direct hit on a home in Ashkelon at about 6:30 Tuesday morning, causing light injuries to six members of the family that lives in it and to dozens of residents of nearby buildings. One of them, an eight year old boy, was reportedly injured in the face by broken glass. The rocket also caused a great amount of damage to the home and caused a water pipe to burst outside the home. The rocket reportedly slammed into the master bedroom of the home just seconds after the parents left it, to wake up their children...
  • Gaza Rocket Strikes Kindergarten - Again

    08/26/2014 6:03:09 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-26-14 | Tova Dvorin
    A rocket struck an empty kindergarten playground in Ashdod Tuesday afternoon, causing damage but leaving no injuries. This is the fourth strike on a school in six weeks, and the third on a playground in seven days. The previous rocket strike barely missed a packed kindergarten in Ashkelon; less than 24 hours earlier, a rocket wounded a 33 year-old man as he heroically was protecting children from the missile with his own body. Video footage from the scene shows some of the damage to the playground caused by the rocket - which chillingly includes a children's slide peppered with shrapnel...
  • Israel Bans Water Fluoridation

    08/26/2014 5:22:42 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 33 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 August 2014 | Alex Newman
    Israel Bans Water Fluoridation The New American 26 August 2014 Israeli authorities last week unveiled a nationwide ban on the controversial practice of adding the chemical fluoride, labeled a “neurotoxin” by a top medical journal this year, to public water supplies as a medical treatment. The decision by the Health Ministry to ban what critics call a dangerous, involuntary mass-medication scheme drew applause from many medical and some dental experts around the world. However, it also prompted outrage and vicious attacks by proponents of fluoridation, who say the chemical can provide benefits to children’s teeth. The ban is a...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/26/14)[Prayer]

    08/26/2014 4:28:06 AM PDT · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/26/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Peacock New International Version (NIV) 14 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold, 15 besides what he had from the merchants, and from the traffic of the spice merchants, and from all the kings of Arabia, and from the governors of the country. 16 And King Solomon made two hundred bucklers of beaten gold; six hundred shekels of gold went to one buckler. 17 And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three pounds of gold went to...
  • Quiet night shattered with rocket fire on Tel Aviv, Ashkelon

    08/25/2014 9:30:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    JPost ^ | 8-26-2014 | Jpost
    A series of rocket sirens shattered the quiet night in Israel, as rocket attacks from Gaza resumed early on Tuesday morning. Sirens were heard across the Gush Dan region, the Shfela region and in coastal cities Ashkelon and Ashdod. Residents in communities bordering Gaza also awoke to Code Red alerts. A rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome system over Gush Dan, while another slammed into an apartment building in Ashkelon, causing damage to several homes. No injuries were reported however
  • Islamic State Planning to Use Drones to Attack Israel

    08/25/2014 9:03:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    inn ^ | 8/25/14 | Dalit Halevi
    A member of the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) has threatened that the organization would soon use unmanned drones to attack Israel. The IS member, a Canadian who left his country to fight alongside the IS in the areas of Iraq and Syria it declared to be an Islamic Caliphate, claimed on Twitter that the group was developing these drones and that they would be unveiled in the near future. He further said that engineers who studied in the West are working on the drones. IS, he wrote, is expected to make use of these drones to attack...
  • Journalist Starts ‘Rubble Bucket Challenge’ to Bring Attention to Gaza

    08/25/2014 3:52:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 25, 2014 | Tina Nguyen
    Ayman al Aloul, a journalist based in Gaza, dumped a bucket of sand, rocks, and shrapnel over his head to bring attention to the plight of Gaza — a challenge based directly on the Ice Bucket Challenge that’s still going viral. Admitting that he didn’t have a way to freeze a bucket of water, Aloul drew inspiration from the destroyed buildings around him. “It came to my mind that it’s good idea to show the whole picture — how Gaza looks now, rubble, destruction, cement with sand, small rocks,” he said in a video slowly gaining internet traction according...
  • Two Rockets Strike Upper Galilee

    08/25/2014 2:18:58 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-25-14 | Tova Dvorin
    Sirens sounded throughout the Upper Galilee close to 10:15 pm Monday night, just before a series of explosions were heard near Kiryat Shmona. The IDF confirmed that two rockets were fired from Lebanon at northern Israel. No injuries or damage were reported. The IDF “retaliated with artillery fire towards the source of the attack,” the IDF Spokesperson wrote on Twitter. Troops are currently scanning the Lebanese border, sources say, in cooperation with mediating body UNIFIL. Just before 11:00 pm, unconfirmed reports have begun surfacing that the IAF has begun responding to the rocket fire. Since Operation Protective Edge began 49...
  • exclusive video: anti-israel protesters defend hitler, police eject pro-israel man

    08/25/2014 7:08:41 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/23/2014 | Breitbart London
    LONDON, United Kingdom – Hundreds of anti-Israel protesters lined the streets of Westminster today in yet another show of 'solidarity' with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Breitbart London was present to document the scenes as demonstrators defended Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, wearing t-shirts with his face on them, and stated that there should be 'no two state solution' to the crisis in the Middle East...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/25/14)[Prayer]

    08/25/2014 5:09:43 AM PDT · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/25/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Ox New International Version (NIV) 7 And he took a yoke of oxen and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the regions of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, “Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen.” And the fear of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out with one consent(1 Samuel 11:7) 3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, that...
  • Abbas to Present 'Deadline' for Israel to 'End Occupation'

    08/24/2014 8:57:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/8/14 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is continuing his quest to unilaterally achieve a Palestinian state. Aides to Abbas on Sunday told The Associated Press (AP) that he will soon appeal to the international community to set a deadline for Israel to withdraw back to the pre-1967 borders and make way for an independent Palestinian state. Abbas is expected to unveil his proposal as part of a "day after" plan following the current war in Gaza, likely at a meeting of the Palestinian leadership on Tuesday, said the aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity. With no end in sight...
  • ISIS is ISLAM & I Am The Infidel!

    08/24/2014 9:02:14 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 16 replies
    Self | 8/24/14 | Me
    Love thy enemy? Absolutely; until that is, your enemy wants to kill you, your family, Christians, every single last Jew, and your dog. The problem with Islam doesn’t emanate from a faint, radical faction that unfaily gives the religion of Muhammad a bad name. This supposed fringe element constitutes – among many ethnicities, atrocities and ruling parties – the likes of the Taliban, al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS; just to name an infamous few. Yes, that’s a whole lot of non-peaceful pie for a rational human being to digest as anything other than systemic. While the...
  • Hollywood's top stars speak out in support of Israel

    08/24/2014 6:49:59 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 21 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 25th August 2014 | Jason Taylor
    A STRING of top Hollywood A-listers have signed a petition backing Israel and condemning Hamas. Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen, Sylvester Stallone and Minnie Driver were among nearly 200 famous signatories urging the terror organisation to stop firing rockets into Israel and work towards peace. Director Ivan Reitman, writer Aaron Sorkin and Roseanne Barr also signed the petition, which was published in the magazines Billboard, Variety and Hollywood Reporter. It comes after other celebrities, including Penelope Cruz, Rihanna and Selena Gomez criticised Israel's response to the rocket attacks. The petition - which asks Hamas to remember that 'Children...
  • New York Friday sermon: “Muslims are obligated to fight”

    08/24/2014 6:36:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/24/2014 | Robert Spencer
    “It is our narrative, it is our story, that we will fight every corrupt leader and every corrupt government until the lands of the world are free, and have justice from sea to sea, from mountain range to mountain range, from desert to desert, from forest to forest, from city to city, and from street to street.” Justice, for a Muslim American Society operative like Rami Kawas, means Sharia. The Muslim American Society is one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief operating arms in the United States.“New York Friday Sermon: U.S. Muslims Should Boycott Coca-Cola, Nestle,” MEMRI, August 8, 2014 (thanks...
  • The Rebels Are Gaining Ground in Syria

    08/24/2014 4:37:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 13, 2014 | Robert S. Ford
    Don't believe everything you read in the media: The moderate rebels of Syria are not finished. They have gained ground in different parts of the country and have broken publicly with both the al Qaeda affiliate operating there and the jihadists of the Islamic State. Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad's regime is showing new signs of weakness. The death of moderate armed opposition elements has been greatly exaggerated. These groups -- whom I define as fighters who are not seeking to impose an Islamic state, but rather leaving that to a popular decision after the war ends -- have recently gained...
  • Who Benefits from ISIS's Existence in the Middle East? [muzzie op-ed]

    08/24/2014 4:22:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | Friday, August22, 2014 | Hasmet Babaoglu
    Regardless of whether you are enthusiastic about conspiracy theories or not, Global Research's claim that 'former National Security Agency (NSA) systems analyst Edward Snowden recently revealed that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was trained by the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence and spy agency' is a topic worthy of debate.
  • UNICEF: Israel killed 500 children in Gaza

    08/24/2014 3:45:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | 8/23/14 | staff
    UNICEF has said that the Israeli occupation killed around 500 Palestinian children during the war on the Gaza Strip and wounded around 3,000 others. Chief of UNICEF's Gaza Field Office Pernille Ironside said that 469 children were killed. The number is expected to rise. She described the effects and damage of the Israeli war on the Palestinian children as "bad," noting that nine children were killed in the last 48 hours. The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced a higher number. They said that 560 children were killed and 11,000 wounded. Meanwhile, three children were killed on Thursday in Al-Nafaq Street...
  • Why Won’t Putin Help Middle East Christians?

    08/24/2014 1:48:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    aim.org ^ | August 22, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    An article titled, “Iraq’s Christians See Putin As Savior,” appeared on the website of The Daily Beast in late June. It was picked up by literally dozens of “news” sites all over the Internet, contributing to the perception that Russia was actually prepared to do something on behalf of these Christians and other minorities. The article referred to “Russia’s increasingly cozy relationship with Middle Eastern Christians” and included a photo of Putin under a halo. But when the Christians in Iraq actually needed some help, it was the U.S. and Britain which intervened on their behalf. Humanitarian aid was delivered...
  • Hundreds dead as Islamic State seizes Syrian air base: monitor

    08/24/2014 1:38:18 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    ) - Islamic State militants stormed an air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing it from government forces after days of fighting that cost more than 500 lives, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 346 Islamic State fighters were killed and more than 170 members of government forces had died since Tuesday in the fight over Tabqa base, making it one of the deadliest confrontations between the two groups since the start of Syria's war.
  • Islamic State militants capture key Syrian air base - giving them open road to the sea

    08/24/2014 9:39:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/24/14 | Dan Bloom
    Islamic State militants capture key Syrian air base - giving them open road to the sea and massive store of weapons and ammunition. Islamic State militants have seized a major Syrian air base, wiping out the last government stronghold in a province dominated by jihadists. The extremists won a week-long battle today to capture the sprawling Tabqa base 25 miles from their stronghold in Raqqa, reportedly killing dozens of soldiers in the process. The base was reportedly one of the military's largest facilities in the region, with several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery and ammunition. Its capture is a huge...
  • Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism

    08/23/2014 5:01:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 23, 2014 | By Ed Husain
    ALONG with a billion Muslims across the globe, I turn to Mecca in Saudi Arabia every day to say my prayers. But when I visit the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, the resting place of the Prophet Muhammad, I am forced to leave overwhelmed with anguish at the power of extremism running amok in Islam’s birthplace. Let’s be clear: Al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram, the Shabab and others are all violent Sunni Salafi groupings. For five decades, Saudi Arabia has been the official sponsor of Sunni Salafism across the globe. What is religious...
  • UK Plans New Law to Deal With Islamist Extremism

    08/23/2014 12:24:30 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    Outlook India ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | Aditi Khanna | London |
    In the wake of the recent beheading of a US journalist by a suspected British Islamic State militant in Iraq, the UK is planning a tougher law to tackle threat of Islamist terrorism in the country which includes stripping citizenship of naturalised Britons who are fighting overseas. It will also have new orders for banning extremist groups that fall short of the legal threshold for terrorist proscription. UK Home Secretary Theresa May, in an article for the 'Daily Telegraph', wrote, "People who insist on travelling to fight in Syria and Iraq will be investigated by the police and security services....
  • US 'set to launch air strikes' on senior Isis terror chiefs in Syria

    08/23/2014 1:43:45 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    The Guardian/Observer ^ | Saturday 23 August 2014 21.00 BST | Toby Helm and Martin Chulov
    The United States was said to be considering air strikes aimed at eliminating individual leaders of Islamic State as Turkey came under mounting pressure to stem the flow of jihadists across its border into Syria. As Washington debated extending air strikes into Syria on Saturday, senior British politicians urged Ankara to act to block recruits from the UK and other countries from entering Syria via Turkey, en route to joining Islamic State (formerly Isis). This weekend large numbers of Isis jihadists were trying to secure greater control of the border area, pushing northwards in armoured trucks looted from abandoned Iraqi...
  • Syria says it is ready to help Iraq fight jihadist 'terror'

    06/11/2014 8:42:42 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 43 replies
    YNET ^ | 06/11/14 | Roi Kais
    Assad offers to help Iraq rid itself of al-Qaeda group which took over Mosul, saying 'Damascus ready to cooperate with Iraq to face terrorism, our common enemy'
  • Rockets fired from south Lebanon towards Israel

    08/24/2014 9:26:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, August 23, 2014 | Reporting by Sylvia Westall in Beirut and Ori Lewis in Jerusalem; Editing by Robin Pomeroy
    At least two rockets were fired on Saturday from southern Lebanon towards Israel, Lebanon's national news agency and security sources said, without saying who had launched them. The news agency NNA, citing its correspondent in Tyre, said the rockets were fired towards "occupied territories" and that the Lebanese army had encircled the suspected launch area. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Last month militants in Lebanon fired into Israel on at least three occasions and in the past a group linked to al Qaeda has claimed rocket attacks. Israel's military and police said at least one rocket fired...
  • How al-Qaeda Changed the Syrian War

    12/28/2013 11:03:37 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | December 27, 2013 | By Sarah Birke
    Talk to any Syrian you meet on the Syrian-Turkish border these days, and in less than five minutes the conversation is likely to turn to Da’ash—the Arabic acronym for the rebel organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS. Linked to al-Qaeda, the fearsome group has swept across northern Syria, imposing sharia law, detaining and even beheading Syrians who don’t conform to its purist vision of Islam, and waging war on rival militias. In early December, the group killed a foreign journalist, Iraqi cameraman Yasser Faisal al-Joumali, who was reporting in northern Syria. Even using...
  • ISIL's Syria push 'a political disaster' according to Al Qaeda leader

    05/03/2014 8:50:46 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | May/03/2014
    Iraqi Al Qaeda's entry into Syria's civil war caused "a political disaster" for Islamist militants there, the movement's global leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a video message, urging the faction to redouble its efforts in Iraq instead. Zawahri has repeatedly tried to end infighting between the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and another Al Qaeda-aligned group, the Nusra Front. He said on May 2 in a message translated by SITE Monitoring that if ISIL had accepted his decision not to get involved in Syria and had instead worked to "busy itself with Iraq, which needs double its...
  • Are African Americans Being Recruited by ISIS?

    08/24/2014 7:43:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/23/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Considering the social conflict between cops and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, the terrorist group commonly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is using the strategic moment in American history to recruit African-Americans to join the Islamic State's jihadist movement. Those fighting alongside ISIS, a globally growing terrorist group in which U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any terrorist we have ever seen", have made no secret that they have vowed to bring turmoil to America. ISIS members promised to "divide America in two", while their spokesman Abu Mosa promised...
  • Halting ISIS Would Require Attacks in Syria, Top General Says

    08/21/2014 1:48:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/21/2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and HELENE COOPER
    WASHINGTON — Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday afternoon that it would not be possible to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria without attacking its fighters in Syria. General Dempsey, speaking at a news conference with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, did not commit the United States to carrying out airstrikes in Syria, and the Obama administration’s broader strategy for defeating the Sunni militant group remained unclear. Earlier in the day, the Pentagon announced that American warplanes had conducted six more strikes on ISIS targets in the vicinity of the Mosul...
  • Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

    06/15/2014 8:41:13 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 54 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday, June 14, 2014 | Martin Chulov
    Iran has sent 2,000 advance troops to Iraq in the past 48 hours to help tackle a jihadist insurgency, a senior Iraqi official has told the Guardian. The confirmation comes as the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said Iran was ready to support Iraq from the mortal threat fast spreading through the country, while the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, called on citizens to take up arms in their country's defence. Addressing the country on Saturday, Maliki said rebels from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) had given "an incentive to the army and to Iraqis to act...
  • Iran Deploys Forces to Fight al Qaeda-Inspired Militants in Iraq

    06/14/2014 10:02:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 12, 2014 9:46 p.m. ET | Farnaz Fassihi
    The threat of Sunni extremists eclipsing the power of its Shiite-dominated Arab ally presents Iran with the biggest security and strategic challenge it has faced since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. With the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an offshoot of al Qaeda, rapidly gaining territory, Iran deployed Revolutionary Guards units to Iraq, according to Iranian security officials. Iran has invested considerable financial, political and military resources over the past decade to ensure Iraq emerged from U.S. war as a strategic partner for the Islamic Republic and a strong Shiite-led state. The so-called Shiite crescent—stretching from Iran...
  • Iranian warship, destroyer dock at Qatari port

    02/19/2010 7:42:28 AM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 1,118+ views
    Press TV - Iran ^ | Feb. 15, 2010
    A warship and a destroyer belonging to the Iranian naval fleet have berthed at Qatar's Doha port upon an invitation by Qatari Naval officials. Iranian Ambassador to Doha Abdullah Sohrabi and Iran's military attache in Qatar Brigadier-General Mashallah Poursheh conferred with commanders and cadets aboard the Bandar Abbas warship and Naqdi Destroyer. Sohrabi said that the symbolic docking of the Iranian warship and destroyer at the Qatari capital is a step toward the improvement of bilateral defense ties between the two countries. Since Iran and Qatar are neighbors and have common sea borders, issues such as defense cooperation and security...
  • Red China and Qatar Forge a New Era of Relations around High Finance

    10/19/2012 10:09:35 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    Jamestown China Brief ^ | 10/19/2012 | Chris Zambelis
    The impetus underlying China’s manifold interests in the Middle East remains a topic of close scrutiny. The dramatic social and political changes that are taking root in the region portend a vastly different geopolitical cartography in contrast with previous arrangements. These circumstances yield important implications for the people of the Middle East and foreign powers, such as the United States with longstanding strategic interests in the region. Owing to its notable inroads into the Middle East in recent years, China also is watching regional events unfold with great interest. Due to its increasing demand for Middle Eastern oil and natural...