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  • Kasich calls for Syria no-fly zones, warns Russia to comply

    10/04/2015 3:48:42 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    AP Yahoo ^ | 10/2/15 | RIK STEVENS
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday the United States should establish no-fly zones and sanctuaries along Syria's border with Jordan and Turkey, and warn aggressors, specifically Russian President Vladimir Putin, that they violate those buffers at their own risk. Campaigning in New Hampshire, the Republican presidential hopeful said the U.S. must send a message that military retaliation is a guarantee, not an idle threat, if conditions are not met. "You enter that no-fly zone, you enter at your own peril," Kasich said. "No more red lines, no more looking the other way. If any hostile aircraft should enter that, there...
  • Putin Reportedly Sending 150,000 Troops To Syria To Wipe Out ISIS

    10/04/2015 5:54:15 AM PDT · by Strategy · 168 replies
    The New Indian Express ^ | October 4, 2015 | By ANI
    LONDON: Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly sending 150,000 soldiers to Syria to wipe out the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). According to The Daily Star, he is apparently mounting an enormous military mission to take control of the terror group's stronghold of Raqqa. Raqqa is the self-declared capital of ISIS which is patrolled by as many as 5,000 jihadi members. Putin is set to mobilise 150,000 reservists whom he conscripted into the military earlier this week.
  • Egypt says Russia's intervention in Syria will counter terrorism

    10/03/2015 10:00:50 PM PDT · by Mariner · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 3rd, 2015 | by Eric Knecht
    Russia's intervention in Syria will curtail the spread of terrorism and help deal a fatal blow to Islamic State in the war-torn country, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday. Russia launched air strikes in Syria on Wednesday in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, marking a dramatic escalation in a more than four-year-old civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake. "Russia's entrance, given its potential and capabilities, is something we see is going to have an effect on limiting terrorism in Syria and eradicating it," Shoukry said in a televised interview...
  • Ya'alon Hints Russia 'Shouldn't Test' Israel in Syria

    09/29/2015 3:16:11 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/9/15 | Uzi Baruch
    "On the northern border, in Syria, there has been unrest for four years now,” said Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon Tuesday. “Despite this, we have been able to keep this threat away from the residents of the Golan Heights and the North. "We have been following a very clear policy,” he added. “In this matter, we are intolerant toward any breach of our sovereignty. There are other developments in Syria, as well, like the Russian presence and the Iranian presence. That is in northern Syria. But we made clear to the Russians that we have no intention of abandoning our ability...
  • Saudi royal calls for regime change in Riyadh

    09/28/2015 11:31:10 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 9-28-2015 | Hugh Miles
    A senior Saudi prince has launched an unprecedented call for change in the country’s leadership, as it faces its biggest challenge in years in the form of war, plummeting oil prices and criticism of its management of Mecca, scene of last week’s hajj tragedy. The prince, one of the grandsons of the state’s founder, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, has told the Guardian that there is disquiet among the royal family – and among the wider public – at the leadership of King Salman, who acceded the throne in January.
  • UN says world waited too long to act on refugee crisis

    09/27/2015 10:34:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 26, 2015 | Louis Charbonneau
    UNITED NATIONS, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The United Nations high commissioner for refugees said on Saturday the world waited far too long to respond to the refugee crisis sparked by the wars in Syria and elsewhere, though rich countries now appear to understand the scale of the problem. "Unfortunately only when the poor enter the halls of the rich, do the rich notice that the poor exist," U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly. "Until we had this massive movement into Europe,...
  • The king demanded vengeance and ‘Zarqawi’s woman’ was sent to the gallows

    09/27/2015 1:02:18 PM PDT · by NRx · 32 replies
    WaPo ^ | 09-26-2015 | Joby Warrick
    AMMAN, Jordan — Just after nightfall Feb. 3, a warrant arrived at the city’s main women’s prison for the execution of Sajida al-Rishawi. The instructions had come from King Abdullah II himself, then in Washington on a state visit, and were transmitted from his private plane to the royal court in Jordan’s capital. A clerk relayed the message to the Interior Ministry and then to the prisons department, where it caused a stir. State executions are complicated affairs requiring many steps, yet the king’s wishes were explicit: The woman would face the gallows before the sun rose the next day.
  • Jordan’s Queen threatens Europe: Take more refugees or face more “extremism

    09/20/2015 9:02:15 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 43 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 9/19/2015 | Pamela Geller
    <p>Jordan’s Queen Rania has used a speech in Berlin today to call upon Europe to help more Syrian refugees – and not to ‘bolt the door for fear of the unknown’.”</p> <p>The threat – always the threat. It’s the Islamic way. Oppose the invasion or face the consequences. There it is. I submit that the consequences of the Muslim invasion of Europe are far greater than “the consequences of extremism.” What’s the difference?</p>
  • Should Israel and Its Arab Neighbors Form an Alliance Against Iran?

    09/13/2015 12:30:57 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 9 Sept 2015 | Staff
    Could a nuclear deal with Iran accomplish more than what decades of diplomacy in the Middle East could not, and create new alliances between Israel and its Arab neighbors? That’s a key question as we gear up for the battle on Capitol Hill ...
  • atch: UK Labour MP Snaps When Challenged over Hamas 'Friends'

    07/13/2015 11:36:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/7/15 | Ari Soffer
    One of the candidates to lead Britain's Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, has come under scrutiny for comments he once made calling Islamist terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends." As the Labour leadership race heats up, Corbyn has seen his controversial comments - and his decision to invite members of the terrorist groups to parliament in the first place - come back to haunt him, with the topic being brought up in successive interviews Monday. But it seems the grilling was a little too much for Corbyn, who finally snapped during this interview with Channel 4: Video He is one...
  • YOUR LIFE [ Charismatic Caucus]

    09/10/2015 11:02:56 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 14 replies
    bible, Holy Spirit ^ | Jedediah, Holy Spirit
    You are my children I care for you , your very breath is proof of this and though you may not feel your heart beating within you truly your very Life is a ( (( Constant )) ) for without My spirit within you all you are would cease to exist therefore Praise My Name for as your Lord truly I AM your Savior and My Grace is upon you even now . . . Do not lose your Grace(Shepherd) for I AM sovereign over all, so your choice should always be intimacy ! My sheep know my voice
  • Intelligence chief: Iraq and Syria may not survive as states

    09/10/2015 9:28:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 10, 2015 | Ken Dilanian
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq and Syria may have been permanently torn asunder by war and sectarian tensions, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said Thursday in a frank assessment that is at odds with Obama administration policy. "I'm having a tough time seeing it come back together," Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart told an industry conference, speaking of Iraq and Syria, both of which have seen large chunks territory seized by the Islamic State. On Iraq, Stewart said he is "wrestling with the idea that the Kurds will come back to a central government of Iraq," suggesting he believed it...
  • UN chief invites Arab countries to Mideast Quartet meeting [Zechariah 1-2, 6]

    09/09/2015 10:55:48 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9/4/2015 | Staff
    UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to a meeting this month of the Middle East Quartet seeking a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The foreign ministers of the three Arab countries will join their counterparts from Russia, the United States and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini for the talks on September 30, the UN spokesman said Friday. The secretary general of the Arab League will also attend the meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders. The invitation follows a decision by the Quartet in...
  • Obama Avoided Syria Action to Help Iran Negotiations

    09/08/2015 10:36:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9/8/15 | Lee Smith
    Over the weekend, the Washington Post’s editorial page editor Fred Hiatt argued that Syria may be “the most surprising of President Obama’s foreign-policy legacies: not just that he presided over a humanitarian and cultural disaster of epochal proportions, but that he soothed the American people into feeling no responsibility for the tragedy.” Hiatt contends that Obama managed to convince the American public that doing nothing was “the smart and moral policy.” The way Obama sees it, the United States causes more problems than it solves, and besides there wasn’t much we could do anyway by backing a bunch of rag-tag...
  • Opening Syrian refugee 'floodgates' too risky for Canada: Harper

    09/08/2015 8:33:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    CTV News ^ | September 8, 2015 | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press
    OTTAWA -- Conservative Leader Stephen Harper cited security concerns on Tuesday for his refusal to commit to doing more to help refugees from the Middle East. As provinces pledged their own funds to help alleviate the crisis, Harper deflected a question about whether he would send more staff to the region to help an already over-stretched bureaucracy. Security is paramount and every potential refugee needs careful screening, Harper said. "We cannot open the floodgates and airlift tens of thousands of refugees out of a terrorist war zone without proper process," Harper said in a Facebook question and answer session. "That...
  • Former Al-Qaeda Leader Says Obama-Aligned Muslim Brotherhood ‘...Most Dangerous Organizations’

    09/08/2015 12:55:09 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/8/2015 | Patrick Poole
    I had the opportunity to escort a U.S. congressional delegation to Egypt last week — we were sponsored by the Cairo-based Center for North Africa and Near East Security Studies. One of the common themes we heard from senior government officials and experts was the active role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the ongoing terror campaign targeting military, police, and government officials, as well as in the sabotage of infrastructure. I reported here at PJ Media back in June on the Brotherhood’s escalating violence. There have been a number of signs this past year indicating that the Muslim Brotherhood in...

    09/08/2015 4:04:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies ^ | September 8, 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Israel has begun construction on a wall along its eastern border with Jordan in order to keep out any illegal immigrants and terrorists wanting to infiltrate the country. The wall will eventually encompass Israel’s whole border, as far as possible.
  • Iran Won’t Have Nukes, US Assures KSA

    09/04/2015 11:01:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Arab News ^ | Saturday 5 September 2015
    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who is on a historic visit to the US, met American President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington on Friday, with talks focusing on reining in Iran and tackling trouble spots in the Middle East. Obama made the rare move of greeting King Salman at the doors of the White House, as he hailed the longstanding friendship between the two countries. This is King Salman’s first visit to the United States after assuming the throne in January this year. In his welcome comments, Obama said: “It is a great pleasure...
  • Saudi King Buys Out Entire Four Seasons for DC Visit

    09/04/2015 10:22:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 4, 2015
    Sure, Donald Trump’s “really rich.” But the Saudi royal family is really, really, really rich. Just look at their accommodations for Saudi King Salman’s visit to Washington. According to Politico, the king’s entourage bought out the entire Four Seasons in Georgetown, one of the capital’s ritziest and costliest hotels. And they’ve done some redecorating to the hotel’s sleek and modern design. Eyewitnesses told Politico that red carpets were laid down in the hallways and gilded furniture — “gold mirrors, gold end tables, gold lamps” — was delivered in advance of the Saudi monarch’s visit.
  • Why Isn't Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE, China, or Russia Taking Any of the Refugees?

    09/03/2015 3:14:01 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 25 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 September 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Why aren't any of the current migrant surge going to Russia and China instead of just the EU? Or any migrant surge? Don't the Russians have huge, sparsely-populated territories dotted with ghost towns in Siberia? Don't the Chinese have dozens of newly-constructed, completely unpopulated cities with 65M homes sitting empty? Ban Ki-Moon down at the UN thinks it's so damn important that Europe save/support/welcome the refugees. So how many migrants have been invited to come live in his South Korea? They seem to be doing pretty well these days, what with Europe and the US buying so much of their stuff- What about...
  • Revealed: How the five wealthiest Gulf Nations have so far refused to take a single Syrian refugee

    09/04/2015 12:23:47 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/4/15 | Jay Akbar
    More than four million Syrians have been forced to escape the never-ending civil war ravaging their country and the barbaric terror group carving a bloody trail across the Middle East. The vast majority live in overcrowded refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq - all under threat from ISIS - and record numbers are making the perilously long journey to Europe. Yet, as debate rages between politicians in Europe over how many they should take, nearby super-wealthy Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain have refused to offer sanctuary to a single...
  • Migrant crisis spurs European interest in Israeli border barriers

    09/03/2015 5:35:46 PM PDT · by I Hired Craig Livingstone · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/3/2015 | Dan Williams
    Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel's barrier with Egypt. Hungary and Bulgaria have made preliminary inquiries about buying the Israeli-designed fences, according to an Israeli business source who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the discussions. Both EU countries are beefing up their borders to deter migrants, many of them refugees from wars, who are seeking to use them as gateways to richer countries further north and west, particularly...
  • Saboteurs attack Egypt gas pipeline to Jordan

    02/05/2011 8:35:00 AM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat Feb 5, 7:32 am ET | Jailan Zayan
    CAIRO (AFP) – Unknown saboteurs attacked an Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to Jordan, forcing authorities to switch off gas supply from a twin pipeline to Israel, an official told AFP. The attackers used explosives against the pipeline in the town of Lihfen in northern Sinai, near the Gaza Strip, the official said. It was initially thought the pipeline to Israel was attacked.
  • 'Egypt losing control of Sinai to Beduin'

    02/12/2011 5:53:25 PM PST · by Tigen · 80 replies
    JPost ^ | 2/13/11 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Israelis urged to return home for fear that peninsula will become launching pad for terror attacks as police abandon posts, facing increasing violence. Concern is mounting in Israel over reports that the Egyptian police force has abandoned the Sinai Peninsula in face of growing Beduin violence, and that the territory will turn into a breeding ground for global jihad. According to information that has arrived in Israel, Egyptian police authorities have abandoned dozens of police stations throughout the peninsula after they were attacked by Beduin armed with missiles and assault rifles. This concern was behind Israel’s decision two weeks ago...
  • Israel’s oil could provoke next war

    06/16/2011 7:29:35 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    Conservative News and Views ^ | 15 June 2011 | Terry A. Hurlbut
    Does Israel have oil? The very phrase Israel’s oil could change the game in the Middle East—and provoke all-out war. Could Israel really have oil? The Zion Oil and Gas Company has been looking for oil along the Mediterranean coast, and just south of the Sea of Galilee, for several years. Two days ago they announced that they had drilled a test well in their Joseph License lands (between Haifa and Tel Aviv) to 5900 meters. They earlier found large hydrocarbon deposits at the site, usually a good sign. In August of 2010, the Givot Olam company announced a find...
  • Natural Gas Bonanza for Israel, Possible Oil Field as Well

    06/13/2010 8:44:11 PM PDT · by bkopto · 24 replies · 1,011+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 6/3/2010 | Maayana Miskin
    A survey of the natural gas field off the shore of Haifa is to be released Thursday evening in the United States. According to the Globes financial journal, the field has been discovered to be even larger than previously thought. The field's estimated size has grown several times as more surveys are conducted. In mid-2009, Yitzchak Teshuva, controlling shareholder who invested in developing the field, originally said the gas reserves could allow Israel to be self-sufficient in energy for two decades, but now it seems that this was a conservative estimate. Teshuva said Thursday, "The results indicate that in addition...
  • Middle Eastern Oil: An Historical Perspective and Outlook

    05/26/2003 8:15:58 PM PDT · by nunya bidness · 31 replies · 9,893+ views
    Mercurial Times ^ | 5/25/02 | Sean Finnegan
    It's always been about oil when it comes to the Middle East. From the borders drawn by the British and French after the Great War to the current flare-up in Iraq, the simple fact is that not one drop of western blood would have ever been shed were it not for Persian Gulf crude. However, this does not mean that the United States is unjust in acting or alone in dealing with the petulant behavior of the oil producing countries in the region; it just means that we are the latest country to go back in force to bring stability...
  • Graham: ISIS Loves Trump Seize Oil Idea

    08/28/2015 10:06:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | August 28, 2015 | Pam Key
    Friday on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show,” Republican presidential candidate Sen. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said ISIS loves his rival, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s idea of “seize oil for the benefit of America” because it would be a huge “recruiting opportunity.” Graham said, “Well number one, Donald Trump’s plan to destroy ISIS is the most ill-conceived, insanely dangerous idea I have ever heard. Worse than Obama. I never thought I would hear myself say that there is a Republican running for office that’s got a worse idea when it comes to radical Islam than Obama. So here is...
  • Have US laws created an online haven for Islamic State propaganda?

    08/28/2015 12:17:16 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 2 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | August 25, 2015 | By Taylor Luck
    Amman, Jordan — Hacker-activists across the world have launched an online war against the so-called Islamic State, targeting the web-savvy jihadists’ vast Internet network of supporters and suspected sleeper cells. But bureaucracy at a wary FBI and stringent US laws against hacking are slowing these efforts to take down the IS web forums and social media accounts, experts and analysts say. As a result, they say, the jihadists are opting to base their web operations on US-hosted sites in order to take advantage of US legal protections. Various groups of anonymous citizen hackers are taking on the jihadists, including Ghost...
  • Unusual: Investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email is being run out of FBI headquarters

    08/16/2015 11:45:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/16/2015 | NATASHA BERTRAND
    The FBI is investigating Hillary Clinton's private email server out of of its headquarters in Washington, D.C., in an "unusual move," the New York Times reported. "Nearly all [FBI] investigations are assigned to one of the bureau’s 56 field offices," according to the Times. "But given this inquiry’s importance, senior F.B.I. officials have opted to keep it closely held in Washington in the agency’s counterintelligence section, which investigates how national security secrets are handled." Though Clinton's use of a private email address was not illegal and was permitted by State Department rules, the federal government has standards for how servers...
  • The Meaning of al Qaeda's Double Agent (Sobering Read)

    01/08/2010 12:47:38 PM PST · by mojito · 36 replies · 1,084+ views
    WSJ ^ | 1/7/2010 | REUEL MARC GERECHT
    The recent death in Afghanistan of seven American counterterrorist officers, one Jordanian intelligence operative, and one exploding al Qaeda double agent ought to give us cause to reflect on the real capabilities of the Central Intelligence Agency and al Qaeda. The report card isn't good. America's systemic intelligence problems were partially on display in the bombing at the CIA's Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost province. Worse, al Qaeda showed skill that had been lacking in many of its operations. In response, President Barack Obama will likely be obliged to adopt counterterrorist methods that could make his administration as tough...
  • Bomb blast, US consulate attacked in Istanbul: Reports

    08/10/2015 7:30:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8-10-15 | Phillip Tutt
    A car bomb attack at a police station has killed four people and injured up to 10 people, while the city's U.S. consulate has also come under fire, news agencies have reported. Reuters, quoting Turkey's Dogan news agency, reported that at a police station in the Istanbul neighborhood had been rocked by a blast early on Monday morning. The agency, quoting the Istanbul's governor's office, added that three attackers and a police officer had been killed in an exchange of gunfire following the explosion. Istanbul police headquarters confirmed to Dogan that three police officers and seven civilians were wounded in...
  • Israel Cracks Down on Jewish Extremists With New Arrests

    08/09/2015 9:15:08 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 9, 2015 | Daniel Estrin
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel intensified its crackdown on Jewish extremists Sunday, imprisoning two high-profile ultranationalist Israelis for six months without charge and arresting additional suspects in West Bank settlement outposts, security authorities said. The crackdown comes after a deadly July 31 firebomb attack on a Palestinian home in the West Bank that killed an 18-month-old boy and his father and severely wounded his mother and brother. Authorities called the arson attack an act of "Jewish terrorism," and Israel's Security Cabinet approved the use of harsh measures to combat the trend, including administrative detention, which allows suspects to be held for...
  • Hamas Threatens UNRWA - Again

    08/08/2015 4:39:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/8/15 | Dalit Halevi
    Hamas continues to lead daily protests against the intention of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), to cut its services in light of a deficit of more than $100 million. Suheil al-Hindi, Chairman of the Arab Teachers Union of UNRWA, which is affiliated with Hamas, warned the UNRWA against a delay in the start of the upcoming school year, stressing that education is a "red line" and that interfering with it could lead to a "disruption of the peace." In a statement Friday, ​​Hamas warned that cuts in UNRWA services is a move that will...
  • Gaza Rockets Explode on Palestinian Side of the Border

    08/06/2015 5:36:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/8/15 | Elad Benari
    Gaza-based terrorists fired three rockets towards southern Israel on Thursday evening, all three of which exploded in Gaza. There were no sirens in the Gaza Belt area, but some locals reported hearing explosions. A similar incident occurred on Saturday night, when two rockets that were fired from Gaza exploded on the Palestinian side of the border fence. Saturday’s rocket fire came a day after Hamas called for all able-bodied Arabs to attack IDF soldiers and "settlers" as "legitimate targets" after an Arab infant was killed in an arson attack in the village of Duma in Samaria.
  • Iran, Al Qaeda affiliated group, the Al Nusra Front, attacks US trained rebels in Syria

    08/06/2015 8:37:56 AM PDT · by Frankusa · 5 replies
    On July 31, the New York Times reported that an American-trained, Syrian Rebel group, known as Division 30, came under intense attack from a hard-line, Al Qaeda affiliated group, known as the Al Nusra Front... It is... significant to note that, according to a US Department of Treasury report issued last year, Al Nusra has received significant funding from "Al-Qaida’s network in Iran." That's right: Iran. "Al-Qaida’s network in Iran.".... The Treasury Department noted in its report that... "Al-Qaida’s network in Iran has facilitated the transfer of funds... to al-Qaida core and other affiliated elements, including the al-Nusrah Front in...
  • Panic in Damascus?

    08/03/2015 10:39:38 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | August 3, 2015 | Mouin Rabbani
    The view that 2015 has not been a particularly good year for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has much to recommend it. Within Syria, the government has lost control over most of the province of Idlib, and was recently dislodged from Palmyra by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The key cities of Aleppo in the north and Deraa in the south remain under threat; increased coordination among Syria's notoriously fractious armed rebel groups is an important factor in this regard, as is improved relations among their sponsors.
  • Wise-cracking US celebrities endorse Iran deal

    08/02/2015 1:27:21 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | 31 July 15 | Unattributed
    Morgan Freeman, Jack Black and a host of other celebrities star in a video backing Americas' nuclear deal with Iran, wise-cracking their way through an often surreal mixture of Hollywood, politics and diplomacy. The video uploaded this week onto YouTube comes as President Barack Obama's administration tries to sell the agreement to the public and a sceptical Congress.
  • Syrian Christians and the English Jew

    08/02/2015 11:37:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07-30-2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    ...Meanwhile, on a more limited scale, there are things that can be done. Three weeks ago, for example, 150 Syrian Christians were airlifted to refuge and safety in Poland. That’s the work of the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund. It provided the flight and will support the refugees for as long as 18 months as they try to remake their lives. The person behind all this is Lord George Weidenfeld: life peer, philanthropist, publisher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, established 1949), Europeanist (founder of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue to promote classically liberal European values), proud public Jew (honorary vice president of the World...
  • Sunni Arab Nations Are Israel's Allies,' Says Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General

    07/30/2015 12:10:53 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Haaretz ^ | July 30, 2015
    The director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, called the Middle East’s Sunni Arab nations “Israel’s allies.” Gold used the term twice in a presentation Wednesday in New York focused on the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal. “What we have is a regime on a roll that is trying to conquer the Middle East,” Gold said of Iran, “and it’s not Israel talking, that is our Sunni Arab neighbors — and you know what? I’ll use another expression – that is our Sunni Arab allies talking.” Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and a longtime...
  • Lawyer says Chattanooga shooter's uncle detained in Jordan

    07/24/2015 7:19:44 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/21/15
    An uncle of the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in attacks on Tennessee military sites has been in custody in Jordan since a day after the attack, a lawyer said Tuesday. Abed al-Kader Ahmad al-Khateeb told The Associated Press that he was barred from seeing his client and that family members were also prevented from visiting the detainee. Al-Khateeb identified his client as Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali, a maternal uncle of the Chattanooga attacker, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. A Jordanian government official said Tuesday that some of Abdulazeez's relatives in Jordan were being questioned as part of...
  • Jordan Received 16 AH-1F Cobra Gunship helicopters from Israeli Surplus

    07/23/2015 10:36:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Jul 23, 2015
    Israel has delivered 16 Cobra helicopter gunships to Jordan to help the Hashemite kingdom deal with the threat of Islamic State (ISIS) which currently control large areas along its borders with Syria and Iraq. The transfer provided at no cost was kept in secret since last year but was recently leaked by an unnamed U.S. official and published by Reuters. Jordanian and Israeli officials declined comment, as did the Pentagon. The handover of helicopters was approved by Washington, after blocking an earlier Israeli plan to sell the surplus helicopters to Nigeria, which is also battling Islamic insurgents in Central Africa....
  • Britain Should Invade The Islamic State Says Former Military Boss Lord Richards

    07/19/2015 12:55:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | July 19, 2015 | Andre Walker
    WESTMINSTER, United Kingdom – The former head of the British Military has called for the UK and her allies to invade the Islamic State. Lord Richards told the BBC's Andrew Marr programme the current allied strategy of air strikes and support for Kurdish fighters was “woefully insufficient.” He said the strategy was “firing up” the Islamic State because it was “dribbling” rather than “clouting” the terrorist nation. Richards went on to say: “Sooner or later tanks are going to have to roll, there is going to have to be troops on the ground…. The current strategy won't work in the...
  • The Tennessee Shooter Had A Different Name And Now Confirmed A PALESTINIAN TERRORIST

    07/18/2015 10:54:51 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 54 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | July 17, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    (Original title too long: The Tennessee Shooter Had A Different Name And Is Now Confirmed To Have Been A PALESTINIAN TERRORIST Who Visited An ISIS Infested Community) As stated yesterday prior to media speculation, that the Tennessee shooter was Palestinian, now the government of Jordan confirms it as reported by CNN Arabic. Also, his real name is not Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez. The shooter’s real name is Mohammad Youssuf Saeed Al-Hajjaj born September 5th, 1990 and gained a temporary Jordanian passport. His father had changed his last name to Abdulazeez for unknown reasons in which his son then carried that...
  • Probe into Chattanooga shooting suspect turns to Mideast travel

    07/17/2015 3:28:15 PM PDT · by xzins · 45 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 17 Jul 15 | Richard Valdmanis and Mark Hosenball
    U.S. authorities believe the suspect in the fatal shootings of four Marines in Tennessee visited Jordan last year and possibly Yemen as well, two U.S. government sources said on Friday, as investigators looked for any connection to Islamist militants.Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old Kuwait-born U.S. citizen A little more than 24 hours after the shooting, the FBI said it continued to investigate it as an act of terrorism and that it was "premature" to speculate on the motive. Abdulazeez's travel was part of the investigation. "We do know that he has traveled outside of the United States," Ed Reinhold, FBI...
  • Chattanooga Shooting Suspect’s Trip to Jordan Scrutinized by Authorities

    07/17/2015 8:43:31 AM PDT · by Raebie · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 15,2015 | Devlin Barrett
    Counterterrorism investigators are looking closely at a monthslong trip the Chattanooga shooting suspect took to Jordan in 2014 to determine if he had contact with any extremists or traveled to other countries, according to people familiar with the investigation. Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24 years old, spent about seven months in Jordan last year, according to one person close to the investigation. The visit was one of a number of trips he took to that country during his life. He also held Jordanian citizenship, officials said. Mr. Abdulazeez died Thursday in a gunfight with police, after allegedly firing a rifle at...
  • Chattanooga Gunman Spent Time in Jordan, Official Says

    07/17/2015 8:57:08 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 17, 2015 | By RICHARD FAUSSET, RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA and ERIC SCHMITT
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The 24-year-old gunman who killed four Marines in an attack on two military sites here traveled to Jordan last year for about seven months, a senior intelligence official said Friday. The official said that investigators were combing through the computer, cellphone and social media contacts of the gunman, identified as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, to determine whether he was in touch with any extremist groups in Jordan before or during this trip. The official said it was still too early to determine whether Mr. Abdulazeez had been inspired or directed by Islamic extremists or any other terrorist organization....
  • Despite nuclear deal, U.S. and Iran locked in regional shadow war

    07/16/2015 3:05:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 16, 2015 at 5:37 PM | Missy Ryan
    Even as their highest-ranking diplomats were shaking hands this week on a landmark nuclear accord, the United States and Iran continued moving weapons, money and fighters across the Middle East in an uninterrupted shadow war. At secret CIA bases in Jordan, U.S. operatives continued to arm and train fighters being sent into Syria to oust a critical ally of Iran. In Saudi Arabia, U.S. military advisers remained in place at a command center selecting targets for airstrikes in Yemen against Shiite rebels allied with Tehran. […] The agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear program was hailed by President Obama and other...
  • If ISIS Doesn’t Liberate Palestine… Who Will?

    07/04/2015 8:50:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies ^ | July 4, 2015 | Franklin Lamb
    Ein el Helwe Palestinian camp, Lebanon: This is one of the questions ricocheting between Palestinians in Syria and Lebanon, posed also by ISIS (Da’ish) operatives, as the hot summer months and plummeting quality of existence raise tensions in the refugee camps and social gatherings. With its resilience, on-the-ground “achievements”, adaptability, global franchising, copy-cat knock-offs, chameleon-like adaptations, combinations and permutations, and slick honing of medium and message, ISIS is offering oppressed and desperate populations in this region both hope and fantasy for escaping their deepening misery. The dream is to escape abject poverty and indignity by any means necessary, and joining...
  • Claiming “There Is Simply No Strategic Approach,” Obama Blocks Military Aid To the Kurds.

    07/05/2015 8:31:36 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 32 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | July 5, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    An unnamed senior Gulf official told The Telegraph “There is simply no strategic approach, ”that western powers have “a lack of coordination in selecting targets, and there is no overall plan for defeating ISIL.” America’s Middle East allies are getting frustrated that Western leaders, Obama and David Cameron, aren’t showing leadership in the fight against ISIS. Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf states are upset that they are being blocked by the US–aka State Department–from attacking legitimate military targets. The coalition members believe that team Obama does not have clear purpose for conducting a war against ISIS. The Arab countries...