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  • Envoy says US will work to get Abbas back ruling Gaza after conflict over [Israel and Hamas]

    07/19/2014 1:11:03 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Staff
    Dan Shapiro: ‘We’ll seek to help moderate Palestinians become stronger in Gaza,’ since they’d run it better than ‘Hamas, a terrorist group’ The US wants to see Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority restored to ruling Gaza after the current conflict is over, and will make efforts to bring this about, American Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro indicated Saturday night. In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 news, Shapiro was asked about the unity government formed last month by Abbas’s Fatah faction and Hamas. He did not reply directly and instead noted that Abbas was currently in close contact with Egypt, trying...
  • US Officials Unload on Israel: ‘Jewish People Are Supposed To Be Smart’

    05/04/2014 11:25:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-4-14 | Jacob Kornbluh
    US Secretary of State John Kerry apologized this week for using the term ‘Apartheid’ in describing Israel’s status following the collapse of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Nonetheless, it appears that the Obama administration is convinced that Israel is by large responsible for the impasse in the peace process and therefore slated to pay the price for it in the near future. “The Jewish people are supposed to be smart. You’re supposed to know how to read the map: In the 21st century, the world will not keep tolerating the Israeli occupation,” a US official told Yediot Ahronot....
  • Egypt: We will not revise cease-fire proposal rejected by Hamas [Israel]

    07/19/2014 4:41:01 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Staff
    Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri says Cairo's offer 'provides the needs of all sides.' Egypt does not have any plans to revise its ceasefire proposal to end the fighting in Gaza, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukrisaid in a joint press conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius in Cairo. "It provides the needs of all sides and we will continue to offer it, hoping to get their support as soon as possible," said Shukri, referring to the initiative rejected by Hamas. On Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked France to use its influence on Hamas allies such as Turkey and Qatar to...
  • Only Egypt can end the fighting [israel and Hamas]

    07/19/2014 1:41:23 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    YNet News ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Shimoni Shiffer
    Analysis: Israel's intelligence community sees Cairo as only real platform capable of influencing Hamas. With all the chatter incessantly coming out of the mouths of experts sitting in air-conditioned television studios and offering their different solutions to the Hamas problem, it's really hard to understand what is going on behind the scenes. But there is one thing we can all agree on: The news about a ceasefire will come from one place only – Cairo. The common estimate among the decision makers is that the Egyptians are the only ones who can end the fighting. The Egyptian capital serves as...
  • Palestinian, pan-Arab media blast Egypt's failed cease-fire offer [Israel and Hamas]

    07/16/2014 3:17:56 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Palestinian and other Arab commentators are blasting Egypt's cease-fire offer this week in the Israeli-Gazan fighting, saying it was a gift to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who accepted it, and a trap for Hamas, which rejected it. Azmi Bishara, the fugitive former Knesset member who now heads the Arab Center for Research and Policy in Doha, Qatar, wrote in the pan-Arab alaraby.co.uk that the offer gave no relief to Gaza, nor freedom for the Hamas members recently returned to Israeli prisons. "This Egyptian declaration represents a stab in the back to the resistance and the people of Gaza. … [T]his...
  • Iran connection: Why are Gaza rockets reaching so deep into Israel?

    07/09/2014 2:44:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Howard LaFranchi
    A recent United Nations report, still classified, confirms that Iran is implicated in exporting longer-range missiles to the region, such as the M-302 rockets launched from Gaza. UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. — Evidence that Hamas is firing more sophisticated weapons at Israel – including longer-range rockets – than in past conflicts is focusing a new light on Iran’s role in arming the militant organization....
  • Digging in, Hamas believes time is on its side

    07/15/2014 4:47:21 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 19 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    The celebrations in Israel Tuesday morning over the Egyptian ceasefire initiative were premature. Contrary to the assessment of all manner of eminent Israeli notables, Hamas is not sufficiently weakened to accept an immediate ceasefire that meets none of its demands. Far from it. As Hamas made clear in the course of a rocket-filled Tuesday, it doesn’t give a damn about Egypt or Arab public opinion, and it is continuing on its own path, one of escalation. You can say a lot to Hamas’s detriment in its handling of this conflict: It was wrong to enter this round of hostilities and...
  • Qatar spends big on American choppers and missiles

    07/15/2014 3:49:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 07/14/2014 | By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Qatar, the world’s top liquefied natural gas exporter, is using its gas money to cash in on some top-of-the-line U.S. supplied military hardware. Qatar’s defense minister, Hamad Bin Ali al-Attiyah, met with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and signed acceptance letters for $11 billion worth of Apache attack helicopters, Patriot missile defense batteries and anti-tank Javelin missiles, the Pentagon said in a statement Monday. “Today’s signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations,” said Rear Adm....
  • Report: Israeli Prime Minister Backs Away From Two-State Solution

    07/15/2014 11:51:50 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | Melanie Batley
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who for years has been on record supporting the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, appears to have abandoned the idea, according to The Times of Israel. "He made explicitly clear that he could never, ever, countenance a fully sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank," the Times reported. While he did not renounce support for the two-state solution, his comments reflected a view that he believes such a state is no longer a possibility after Israel repeatedly evacuated Arab territories only for it to come under the control of Palestinian extremists...
  • Don’t believe the hype: Hamas isn’t desperate for a truce

    07/14/2014 5:40:32 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    Despite devastation in Gaza, and its inability to inflict Israeli casualties, the organization is in robust shape — personnel unharmed, rocket supplies plentiful, popularity soaring. headquarters and the IDF have been repeating over the past two days assertions like “Hamas is frustrated” and “Hamas wants a ceasefire.”In principle, they’re right,but those statements must be accompanied by two critical caveats that in practice prevent a halt in the fighting. True, Gaza’s Hamas rulers are frustrated to a certain extent. They aren’t happy that the almost 1,000 rockets they’ve fired at Israel so far have caused few injuries and haven’t even significantly...
  • ISIS unveils ‘cabinet’ lineup: report

    07/11/2014 3:26:28 PM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | 7/11/14 | Al Arabiya News
    ISIS unveils ‘cabinet’ lineup: report By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News Friday, 11 July 2014 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has reportedly formed a cabinet to be in charge of his newly established “caliphate.” Documents published by The Telegraph newspaper this week revealed for the first time in details the structure of the group, which has claimed universal authority throughout the Muslim world, declaring Baghdadi its caliph. The British newspaper published an infograph that explains the leadership arrangement under Baghdadi, based on documents seized from an ISIS member’s house...
  • The Caliphate Means Constant War on Us on a Scale Not Yet Seen

    07/14/2014 2:31:31 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 7 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 14 July 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    While the British government is making its own citizens pay for the jihadis allowed to return to the UK from Syria and Iraq, both in terms of money – through the £1.1 billion cash injection for defence announced today, £800 million of which will fund an extra investment in intelligence and surveillance to deal with the threat of terrorism – and in terms of intrusion and greater state power – through emergency laws to monitor phone and internet records “to stop terrorists" –, people hear of the establishment of a caliphate in the Middle East without the media –...
  • Video: Do You Pass the Israel Test?

    07/14/2014 5:35:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 7-14-2014 | Prager University
    The best litmus test of any society’s success or failure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfN2IvnIA4M
  • Islamic State routs Iraqi armored column in Anbar

    07/13/2014 2:10:02 PM PDT · by robowombat · 34 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | July 13, 2014 | BILL ROGGIO
    Islamic State routs Iraqi armored column in Anbar By BILL ROGGIO Iraqi and Syrian towns and cities seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and its allies. Map created by The Long War Journal. Click to view larger map. Fighters from the newly established Islamic State ambushed and destroyed an Iraqi armored column in the western province of Anbar. Islamic State fighters also captured several American-made armored personnel carriers. The ambush highlights the deteriorating state of the Iraqi security forces. The Islamic State's Anbar Wilayat (division or province) released a series of photographs on its Twitter account...
  • WikiLeaked: John Kerry calls for Israel to cede Golan Heights and East Jerusalem

    11/29/2010 2:51:37 PM PST · by ncfool · 36 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | Monday, November 29, 2010 | Josh Rogin
    On a February trip to the Middle East, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry (D-MA) told Qatari leaders that the Golan Heights should be returned to Syria, that a Palestinian capital should be established in East Jerusalem as part of the Arab-Israeli peace process, and that he was "shocked" by what he saw on a visit to Gaza. Kerry discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in a visit to Qatar during separate meetings with Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani and the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa, as revealed by the disclosure of diplomatic cables by the website...
  • Mortar from Syria Fired Towards Golan Heights

    07/13/2014 2:45:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 7/13/14 | Ido Ben Porat
    A mortar shell from Syria was fired on Sunday evening towards the Israeli side of the Golan Heights and exploded near the Druze village of Mas’ade. The mortar shell exploded in an open area, causing no physical injuries or damages. The IDF responded with artillery fire towards Syrian military posts, and the IDF Spokesman said direct hits were identified. The incident marks the third time in recent weeks that fire was opened towards Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Late last month, an Israeli teenager was killed and several people were wounded after an explosive device was...
  • ‘Vile stuff out there’: Jake Tapper notes pathetic #HitlerWasRight trend

    07/12/2014 11:31:34 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 7-12-2014
    CNN’s Jake Tapper has taken notice of two disturbing hashtags that have recently surfaced, apparently in response to Israel’s Operation Protective Edge: #HitlerWasRight and #HitlerDidNothingWrong. And as he notes, Adolf Hitler was no friend to the Arabs. That hasn’t stopped the hashtags from spreading, though.
  • Iraqi Kurds take over two northern oil fields

    07/11/2014 9:37:48 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Stars & Stripes.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Sinan Salaheddin (AP)
    BAGHDAD — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Maliki. The president of the Kurdish (prior, no fly) zone has said the areas won't be returned — including the highly disputed, flashpoint city of Kirkuk — and he called for Kurdish lawmakers to prepare to hold an independence referendum in the area, a move strongly opposed by Baghdad, Turkey and the United States. //Snip// http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/11/iraq-parliament-dysfunction.html,...
  • Alanlysis: Hamas out of money, big supporters, supplies, so why is it shooting at Israel?

    07/11/2014 2:23:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    CBC News ^ | 07/11/2014 | By Derek Stoffel
    The Israeli army on Wednesday intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing at least 14 people on the second day of a military operation it says is aimed at quelling rocket fire against Israel. Hamas is broke. It's lost some of its biggest supporters. Its supply lines from Egypt are cut off. The Islamist militant group is at one of its weakest points since it was founded in 1987. Yet, its operatives are busy firing rockets at Israel, as hostilities between the two arch-enemies continues to escalate. Why? Hamas has little other choice but...
  • The Economist names the only democracy in the Middle East, and it isn’t Israel

    07/08/2014 11:44:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2014 | Noah Rothman
    With the rise of Islamist organizations, repressive regimes, and civil conflicts which threaten regional stability, the promise of the Arab Spring of 2011 quickly devolved into an Arab winter. In an expansive article in The Economist, the threat to the Middle East is discussed in appropriately grave terms; Syria and Iraq are in flames while Jordan looms as the next domino to potentially fall. Libya and Yemen, where Islamic terror networks operate with impunity, are labeled “failed states.” Those Middle Eastern nations that are not in danger of imminent collapse are either absolute monarchies or counties which merely maintain...
  • Israel ready to help Jordan fend off Iraq insurgents if asked

    07/04/2014 7:26:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 4, 2014
    Israel is ready to meet any Jordanian request to help fight off Islamist insurgents who have overrun part of neighboring Iraq, an Israeli official said on Friday, although he believed Jordan was capable of defending itself. Asked to elaborate on the statement, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said potential Israeli assistance could include sending troops or arms, though he saw that as unlikely. "We have an interest in ensuring that Jordan does not fall to, or be penetrated by, groups like al Qaeda or Hamas or ISIS," he told Reuters. "If, God forbid, there is a need, if such a...
  • Indyk: The Peace Process is Dead

    07/03/2014 7:13:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 7/3/14 | Elad Benari
    The Israel-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace process is dead, according to Martin Indyk, formerly the U.S. special Middle East envoy who resigned from his post last week. Speaking to The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg in his first interview since stepping down, Indyk said that there is strong dislike between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. "There is a deep loathing of each leader for the other that has built up over the years," Indyk said in the interview, which was published Thursday. "'Loathing' may be too strong [a word] for how Netanyahu feels about Abu Mazen (Abbas -ed.),"...
  • Iraqi Isis Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'Severely Injured and Flees to Syria'

    07/05/2014 6:17:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 07/05/2014 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Sunni militant outfit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), is said to have been severely injured in the raging battle forcing him to flee to neighbouring Syria. According to a report in the Iraqi news network Al Sumaria, the insurgent leader was injured during a raid led by Iraq's Shiite-led security forces in the west of Anbar. "The Iraqi security forces carried out an operation in the city of Qaim on the border with Syria based on accurate intelligence and with the help of the Air Force where the leader of...
  • Islamic State vs. Qaeda: Declaration of Caliphate may set off dangerous competition

    07/03/2014 3:24:24 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Middle East Online ^ | First Published: 2014-07-01 | Michel Moutot and Michael Mainvill
    Islamic State vs. Qaeda: Declaration of Caliphate may set off dangerous competition Desperate to retain its preeminent role, Qaeda may be driven to carry out fresh attacks on Western targets to prove it remains relevant. Middle East Online By Michel Moutot and Michael Mainville – PARIS Inevitable confrontation looms in the horizon The declaration of an Islamic caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria is a direct challenge to Al-Qaeda and could set off a dangerous contest for the leadership of the global jihadist movement, experts say. Desperate to retain its preeminent role, the movement behind September 11 may be...
  • ISIS: We will ruin the Kaaba after capturing Saudi Arabia

    06/30/2014 5:16:28 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 84 replies
    APA ^ | June 30, 2014 | Baku. Rashad Suleymanov
    Representatives of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) stated that they will ruin the Kaaba after capturing Saudi Arabia. APA reports quoting Turkish media that ISIS wants to take control of Arar city of Saudi Arabia and start operations here. ISIS member Abu Turab Al Mugaddasi said that they would destroy the Kaaba in Mecca: “If Allah wills, we will kill those who worship stones in Mecca and destroy the Kaaba. People go to Mecca to touch the stones, not for Allah.”
  • ISIS video announcing Islamic caliphate pledges to free Palestine

    07/01/2014 12:08:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Irish Times / The Guardian News Service ^ | July 1, 2014 | Mark Tran and Matthew Weaver
    Islamist militants, who have declared an Islamic “caliphate” in an area straddling Iraq and Syria, trumpeted the declaration in several videos. One slick video, mostly in English, features a bearded fighter with an AK-47 on his back, explaining the new caliphate. “This is not the first border we will break, we will break other borders,” a jihadist from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, warned in the video called End of Sykes-Picot, a reference to the agreement between France and Britain that divided up the Ottoman empire...
  • Jordanian Bedouin hoist Al Qaeda flag in Ma’an - 104 km from Eilat. US, Israeli forces on the ready

    06/30/2014 12:25:12 AM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 10 replies
    DEBKA ^ | June 29, 2014 | DEBKAfile
    “Ma’an is the Falluja of Jordan!” shouted thousands of Bedouin Saturday, June 28, in the southern Jordanian town of Ma’an. This legend was inscribed on the placards and flags they bore aloft with one hand in the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). In the other, they waved automatic rifles. Ma’an (pop: 50,000) is in a sensitive location: 218 km south of Amman, it also lies 104 km from the Israeli port town of Eilat and some 60 km from the main artery cutting south from northern Israel to the south. But although pro-Al Qaeda...
  • Israel's Netanyahu calls for supporting Kurdish independence

    06/29/2014 1:16:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6-29-2014 | Writing by Dan Williams; editing by Ralph Boulton
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced support for Kurdish statehood on Sunday, taking a position that appeared to clash with the U.S. preference to keep sectarian war-torn Iraq united. SNIP----- "We should ... support the Kurdish aspiration for independence," Netanyahu told Tel Aviv University's INSS think-tank, after outlining what he described as the collapse of Iraq and other Middle East regions under strife between Arab Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims. Kurds, Netanyahu said, "are a fighting people that has proved its political commitment, political moderation, and deserves political independence".
  • Israel allows 1,500 Jordanians to work in Eilat

    06/29/2014 11:03:38 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 1 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 29, 2014 | AFP
    The Israeli government Sunday authorized 1,500 more Jordanians to come and work in its Red Sea resort of Eilat to combat a labor shortage, the tourism ministry said. The Jordanians would enter Israel to work and go back across the border to Jordan at night once their shift was finished, the ministry said in a statement. “I am persuaded that this decision will reinforce peace between Israel and Jordan, and help reduce high unemployment in southern Jordan,” it quoted Tourism Minister Uzi Landau as saying.
  • For Jordan, a greater jihadist threat from within

    06/29/2014 10:06:45 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 29, 2014 | Elhanan Miller
    BYLINE: In the Hashemite Kingdom, government leniency toward home-grown Islamists is coming home to roost The rapid advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in northern Iraq has set off warning bells in Jerusalem, which fears a Jihadist takeover of Jordan, Israel’s eastern neighbor and a Western ally. Former national security adviser Yaakov Amidror told Army Radio on Sunday that Israel should extend aid to Jordan in its potential fight against ISIL on its eastern border, if such assistance is requested. “We need to help with whatever they may need in order to overcome the problems developing...
  • The Middle East That France and Britain Drew Is Finally Unravelling

    06/28/2014 7:33:29 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 10 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 26, 2014 | John Judis
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) publishes a weekly webzine, The Islamic State Report. The latest issue is headlined “Smashing the Borders of the Tawaghit.” (“Tawaghit” are non-Muslim creations.) ISIS, citing the Sykes-Picot Treaty of 1916 between the British and French, boasts that it is destroying the “partitioning of Muslim lands by crusader powers.” That may seem like a quixotic task for a relatively small band of irregulars, but in trying to redraw the map of Iraq and Syria, ISIS has hit upon a weak link in the chain holding the nations of the Middle East together. It...
  • US: Jordan may ask Israel to go to war against ISIL

    06/28/2014 9:24:42 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 33 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 06/28/14 | Yifa Yaakov
    Jordan may ask Israel and the United States to help it fight the al-Qaeda-linked jihadi group that threatens Syria and Iraq if it threatens Amman as well, senior Obama administration officials
  • It’s Jew-Hatred, Stupid-Why Kerry’s peace negotiations were always doomed to fail

    06/27/2014 5:18:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Frontpagemagazine.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | Richard Cravatts
    The disheartening, though not entirely surprising, breakdown of talks between Israel and the Palestinians marked yet another failure by the two sides to come closer to an agreement that would usher the way for a Palestinian state. Yet, no sooner had the talks collapsed than blame was being assigned by both Secretary of State John Kerry and chief U.S. negotiator Martin Indyk—and naturally it was Israel that bore the brunt of their criticism. Echoing the sentiments of Palestinian leadership itself, Kerry and Indyk pointed to the dreaded settlements as the principal sticking point of the talks, with Indyk suggesting that...
  • Iraq Isis Crisis: Is Jordan Next? [Jordan mobilizes near boarder.]

    06/23/2014 10:05:05 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 24 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 23, 2014 | By Gianluca Mezzofiore
    The swiftness of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq has raised fears that it could spill into neighbouring Jordan, which has always struggled to contain its own home-grown jihadists. In the latest developments, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) seized the Turaibil crossing with Jordan along with the al-Walid crossing with Syria after government forces pulled out. On the Jordan/Iraq border, a reporter from the German news agency DPA reported sighting a mobilisation of troops, tanks and missiles. In a video released on YouTube, five of the group's Mujahideen pledged to take the holy war to...
  • The ISIS Extremists Causing Havoc in Iraq Are Getting Funds and Recruits From Southeast Asia

    06/17/2014 3:46:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Time ^ | June 17, 2014 | Yenni Kwok
    Militants from Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, are being lured by ISIS's hard-line Sunni extremism.Men in balaclavas are cradling Kalashnikovs as they look into a camera, somewhere in Syria. They are university students, businessmen, former soldiers and even teenagers. One by one, they urge their fellow countrymen to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the jihadist group so extreme that it has been denounced by al-Qaeda. But these aren’t Syrians, or Uzbeks, or Chechens. They are Indonesian. “Let us fight in the path of Allah because it is our duty to do jihad in the...
  • Syria pounds ISIL bases in coordination with Iraq: NGO

    06/15/2014 8:00:33 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 45 replies
    Syria's army has been pounding for 24 hours major bases of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in coordination with the Baghdad government, a monitor said Sunday. The strikes against ISIL -- which has spearheaded a week-long jihadist offensive in Iraq -- have been more intense than ever, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "The regime air force has been pounding ISIL's bases, including those in the northern province of Raqa and Hasakeh in the northeast," which borders Iraq, said the Britain-based group.
  • How ISIS War Chest May Be $2B and Growing

    06/16/2014 6:13:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 16, 2014
    The jihadist terror group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has become a powerful military force, wreaking havoc throughout Iraq. But ISIS is more powerful than just its estimated 10,000 fighters and ever-expanding weapons cache: It is also believed to control $2 billion in total assets. The Guardian reports that the group, whose actions in Iraq could derail the world economy, began its sizable cash reserves with the acquisition of oilfields in eastern Syria. From there, ISIS grew its treasury by smuggling antiquities and resources out of the embattled state. The Guardian said the details were discovered from a trove...
  • ISIS moving seized US tanks, Humvees to Syria

    06/17/2014 8:46:17 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 17, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Syrian and Iraqi terrorist forces obtained significant numbers of tanks, trucks, and U.S.-origin Humvees in recent military operations in Iraq and those arms are being shipped to al Qaeda rebels in Syria, according to U.S. officials. U.S. intelligence agencies reported this week that photos of the equipment transfers were posted online by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, the ultra-violent terror group that broke away from al Qaeda but shares its goals and philosophy.
  • WATCH – Rand Paul: Stopping A Terror Attack On The U.S. Is Not ‘A Clear-Cut American Interest’

    06/22/2014 2:42:14 PM PDT · by JihadiKiller · 26 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 06/22/2014 | Jack Flash
    “Yes, we should prevent them exporting terror, but I’m not so sure where the clear-cut American interest is.” Hello? You just laid out the the clear-cut American interest and then said you didn’t know where it was. ISIS has made it clear that they intend to use the resources of Iraq to launch terror attacks on the U.S….
  • Paul: 'I'm not willing to send my son' into Iraq

    06/22/2014 2:14:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | June 22, 2014 | Jason Seher
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)One U.S. lawmaker firmly believes the United States should keep its sons and daughters out of Iraq's increasingly tangled and bloody conflict. "I'm not willing to send my son into that mess," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday. Appearing on "State of the Union," Paul acknowledged that while the chaos in Iraq intensifies by the day, he believes advances by jihadist Sunni militants on Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shiite government forces do not pose an immediate threat to U.S. national security. Though he refused to rule out some kind of U.S. assistance, Paul...
  • Sunni Militants 'Capture Key Iraq Border Crossings' (Jordan and Syria)

    06/22/2014 11:17:58 AM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The BBC ^ | Sunday, June 22, 2014
    Sunni militants have reportedly captured two more key border crossings, to Jordan and Syria, in western Iraq. The rebels, who include Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) fighters, now control three border crossings in Anbar province, Iraq's largest. Meanwhile, in the north, reports say the airport in the town of Tal Afar has also fallen to the rebels. The militants' gains in large parts of western and northern Iraq have alarmed the international community. They have taken four strategically important towns in the predominantly Sunni Anbar province - Qaim, on the Syrian border, and Rutba, Rawa and Anah...
  • 8 Signs That ISIS Will Strike in the U.S. Soon (Several Videos)

    06/21/2014 9:30:39 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 21 2014 | Robert Spencer
    (If you go to the site, you might want to mute the sound on the first VIDEO, it is accompanied by Islamic song.) The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) doesn’t have designs on just Iraq and Syria. It has published maps in which its envisioned Islamic state encompasses not just those two countries, but also Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus, parts of Turkey, and (of course) Israel. But it doesn’t stop there, either. Clearly ISIS plans to mount jihad terror attacks in the United States – and there are numerous indications that such an attack could come sooner rather...
  • Iraq crisis: Baghdad's Shia militia in defiant 50,000-strong rally as Isis make further gains

    06/21/2014 7:42:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | June 21, 2014 | Colin Freeman, Sadr City, Baghdad
    Tensions mount in Iraq as Mahdi Army put on show of force in Baghdad featuring missiles, bazookas and assault rifles while Isis seize key Syria border crossing. Baghdad's biggest Shia Muslim faction staged a show of force in face of the Isis threat to the Iraqi capital on Saturday, in a parade that stretched for several miles, featuring missiles, bazookas, hi-tech assault rifles and artillery. As tens of thousands of uniformed men marched through the streets, loudspeakers proclaimed how they would defend Iraq from the Sunni jihadists rampaging through the north of the country. This pageant of armed might, however,...
  • After success in Iraq and Syria, ISIL will find it tougher to crack Jordan

    06/21/2014 6:48:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The National ^ | June 19, 2014 | Taylor Luck
    Lost in the flurry of rambling threats to Iraq’s Shiite community during its surprise military blitz last week, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) issued an even bolder statement: a call to arms in Jordan. Emboldened by its impressive gains in Iraq and southern Syria, the former Al Qaeda affiliate took to social media to announce that it would “soon bring the Islamic state” to “brothers in Jordan”. According to senior ISIL-linked Jordanian jihadists, the former Al Qaeda affiliate has reportedly pumped $3 million (Dh 11m) into Jordan in the past month for “recruitment purposes” and to...
  • How great can the Dems' Latino-based demo lock on WH be if they're doomed if Hillary doesn't run?

    06/17/2014 9:30:11 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Twitter ^ | Mickey Kaus
    CW Punches Itself: How great can the Dems' Latino-based demographic lock on White House be if they're doomed if Hillary doesn't run?
  • Iraq's Maliki defies call to reach out, accuses Saudis of 'genocide'

    06/17/2014 1:42:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 17, 2014 | By Ned Parker
    Iraq's Shi'ite rulers defied Western calls on Tuesday to reach out to Sunnis to defuse the uprising in the north of the country, declaring a boycott of Iraq's main Sunni political bloc and accusing Sunni power Saudi Arabia of promoting "genocide". Maliki has blamed Saudi Arabia for supporting militants in the past, but the severe language was unprecedented. On Monday Riyadh blamed sectarianism in Baghdad for fuelling the violence.
  • Blowback! U.S. trained ISIS at secret Jordan base

    06/17/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT · by detective · 108 replies
    WND ^ | 6/16/2014 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials. The officials said dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq. The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any...
  • Obama tells Congress U.S. deploying up to 275 troops to Iraq

    06/16/2014 3:46:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 139 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-16-2014 | Reuters
    President Barack Obama told Congress on Monday the United States was deploying up to 275 military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the country's embassy in Baghdad after militants seized control of the north of the country.
  • State Dept. Ignored Warnings of Iranian Efforts to Destabilize Iraq

    06/16/2014 2:14:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/16/14 | Adam Kredo
    State Department counterterrorism officials warned in late April that Iran had “trained, funded, and provided guidance” to ethnic Iraqi terror groups bent on destabilizing the country. The April warning appears to directly contradict and undermine comments last week by a State Department spokeswoman claiming that the United States and Iran have a “shared interest.” As Iraqi militants continue to wage attacks and seize territory, the State Department has signaled that it is willing to work with neighboring Iran to stabilize the country. They have even raised the idea of discussing Iraq on the sidelines of the ongoing nuclear discussions taking...
  • Shiite militia seizes control of Iraqi town, slowing ISIS drive toward Baghdad

    06/14/2014 4:37:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    .washingtonpost.com ^ | June 14 at 7:23 PM | Liz Sly and Abigail Hauslohner
    Men young and old piled into taxis, trucks, police vehicles and minibuses and drove noisily through the streets, honking horns and waving an assortment of weapons including rocket-propelled grenades, high-powered sniper rifles, Kalashnikov assault rifles and handguns. “Daiish we will never surrender,” chanted a group of young men piled on the back of a pick-up truck, using an acronym for the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which carried out a stunningly swift seizure of large swaths of northern Iraq last week. “We want to show the world that we can protect ourselves,” said Khodr al-Tamimi, a turbaned...