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  • US Intel Contradicts Obama Claim On 60 Minutes About Islamic State [Liberal Media Goes Mute!]

    09/29/2014 6:02:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 29, 2014
    US Intel Contradicts Obama Claim On 60 Minutes About Islamic State Private briefings, public testimony conflict with president’s ‘60 Minutes’ claim By Guy Taylor -September 29, 2014. U.S. policy leaders, including President Obama, were repeatedly warned by the U.S. intelligence community over the last year that the Islamic State movement was gaining significant strength and would pose a major threat to regional stability if left unchecked by Iraq’s struggling military. The warnings, some in private and others in public testimony, conflict with Mr. Obama’s nationally televised proclamation Sunday night that US intelli House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers specifically challenged...
  • The Syrian rebels that Obama is trying to ARM against ISIS have signed NON-AGGRESSION pact

    09/13/2014 3:29:49 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 42 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 9-13-14 | soopermexican
    As part of the new phase of maybe-kinda-probably war against ISIS, Obama is seeking to arm the Syrian rebels, hoping they’ll fight against the ravenous terrorists who cut through the Iraqi army like a hot Jihadist knife through butter. There’s just one tiny problem with this strategy – those rebels have signed a non-aggression pact with ISIS: The U.S. backed, Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF), have signed a ceasefire agreement with members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in the Rif Dimashq Governate. According to the ceasefire agreement, the two militant groups will not engage in violence with...
  • Rookie judge to preside over Benghazi trial

    07/13/2014 4:47:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    wa po ^ | July 7, 2014 | Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
    Casey Cooper is new to the bench, but he’s well-connected . Just three months into his tenure on the federal bench, and before his formal investiture ceremony later this week, newly minted — but well-connected — U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper has been handed one of the most high-profile and politically sensitive American terrorism cases in recent years ... Cooper, 47, was part of the Obama administration’s transition team and is one of the more connected people in D.C. legal circles, Marimow notes. His wife, Amy Jeffress, worked at the Justice Department as a national security adviser to the...
  • Hillary blamed in another Benghazi scandal

    07/05/2014 7:07:48 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 49 replies
    WND.com ^ | July 5, 2014 | Aaron Klein
    Classified info at compound required U.S. Marine protection Did the State Department under Hillary Clinton deliberately refuse to classify what has been described as sensitive information housed at the U.S. special mission in Benghazi? The storage of any officially classified information in the compound would have required the deployment of the U.S. Marine Corps Embassy Security Group for protection. Instead, external security at the facility was provided by unarmed local Libyan guards. Armed members of the Martyrs of the February 17th Brigades served as the official quick-reaction force that worked within the compound. The Brigade is an offshoot of the...
  • ISIS Terror Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Was Released By Obama from Camp Bucca in 2009

    06/12/2014 5:28:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Telegraph reposted on The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/12/14 | By Colin Freeman Telegraph 12:13PM BST 11 Jun 2014 // posted by Jim Hoft
    <p>Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has transformed a few terror cells on the verge of extinction into the most dangerous militant group in the world.</p> <p>Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi or Abu Dua was once held by the US in Camp Bucca Iraq.</p>
  • Taliban Commander: More Kidnappings to Come After Bergdahl Deal

    06/05/2014 5:52:53 AM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    Time ^ | June 5, 2014 | Aryn Baker
    A Taliban commander close to the negotiations over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told TIME Thursday that the deal made to secure Bergdahl’s release has made it more appealing for fighters to capture American soldiers and other high-value targets. “It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people,” the commander said, speaking by telephone on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media. “It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.”
  • Dangerous Times: Still Missing the Strategic Meaning of Benghazi

    05/03/2014 10:03:40 AM PDT · by Sioux-san · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/3/2014 | James Lewis
    Strategy comes before tactics. Strategic goals dictate tactical actions. Today we are allowed to talk about the obvious tactical lies and malfeasances that the Obama administration blew in our faces in the Benghazi fiasco and its aftermath, but not about its strategic meaning. But Obama’s secret policies have also been exposed to public view with the Benghazi fiasco. It is now clear that since Obama came to power, the U.S. government has overturned all the fundamental values that have characterized American policy from Thomas Jefferson onward. Under Obama we have secretly joined the terrorist side in the Jihad War. That...
  • Petraeus Investigation Still Open To Keep Him Quiet About Benghazi?

    04/09/2014 10:57:09 AM PDT · by opentalk · 3 replies
    shoebat ^ | April 9, 2014 | Shoebat
    In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder was pressed about why the case against ex-CIA Director David Petraeus is still under investigation. Indications are that members of Congress are concerned that the case is still hanging in limbo to prevent Petraeus from revealing what he knows about the Benghazi attacks. If, as has been relayed by Shoebat.com, the details of an extensive report published in the London Review are correct, Petraeus was the man in charge of the logistics of an operation in Benghazi that involved shipping weapons from Libya to Syria through Turkey and that...
  • Exclusive: US May Have Let 'Dozens' of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees

    11/20/2013 6:00:43 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 40 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | Nov. 20, 2013 | JAMES GORDON MEEK, CINDY GALLI and BRIAN ROSS
    Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan. The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky -- who later admitted in court that they'd attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known...
  • U.S. Military Commandos Made It To Benghazi

    10/30/2013 8:34:32 PM PDT · by kristinn · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    Masked from public view, two of the U.S. military’s elite special operations commandos have been awarded medals for bravery for a mission that further undercuts the Obama administration’s original story about the Benghazi tragedy. For months, administration officials have claimed no special operations forces were dispatched from outside Libya to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012, al Qaeda terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex because none was within range. The Pentagon, under intense public criticism for not coming to the aid of besieged Americans, published an official timeline in November that carefully danced around the issue....
  • Dear Obama: War Memorials Belong to Our Veterans

    10/14/2013 4:29:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    I realize Obama is quite busy playing fetch with Bo and Sunny. However, I hope he has a few moments to consider turning on the fountain at the WWII Memorial and un-barricading the remaining war memorials on the National Mall. Our veterans of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are aging. Many of them are severely disabled, because of their heroism. It is immoral and embarrassing that our President would allow amnesty advocates to prance about on the sacred ground where taxpayers erected memorials to honor our veterans, rather than the actual veterans. The National Mall is a...
  • Syria rebels executed civilians, says Human Rights Watch

    10/11/2013 1:30:59 AM PDT · by Mr Radical · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 11 2013
    Rebel forces in Syria killed as many as 190 civilians and seized more than 200 hostages during a military offensive in August, Human Rights Watch says.... A report by the New York-based group says the deaths occurred in villages inhabited predominantly by members of President Bashar al-Assad's minority Alawite sect near the city of Latakia. ... "This operation was a co-ordinated, planned attack on the civilian population in these Alawite villages." ... The report says ISIS [the 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant'] and Jaysh al-Muhajirin were [are]still holding the hostages, most of them women and children. ... "The...
  • ABBOTT: Louisiana Congressional Candidates React To Latest Obama Outrage (KIA benefits)

    10/08/2013 6:54:03 PM PDT · by abb · 8 replies
    The Hayride ^ | October 8, 2013 | Walter Abbott
    Reaction was swift today from Louisiana congressional candidates, reacting to the latest outrage from President Barak Obama regarding the ongoing “government shutdown.” It was reported earlier today that the federal government is withholding a $100,000 payment normally wired to relatives of fallen soldiers — including the families of five killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. The payment, known as the death gratuity, is typically sent to families of the fallen within three days to help them cover funeral costs or travel to meet the flag-draped coffins of their loved ones. Two Fifth Congressional District candidates we contacted had plenty to...
  • Obama admin. knew about WWII veterans’ request and rejected it

    10/02/2013 5:42:40 AM PDT · by don-o · 56 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 2, 2013
    The White House and the Department of the Interior rejected a request from Rep. Steven Palazzo’s office to have World War II veterans visit the World War II memorial in Washington, the Mississippi Republican told The Daily Caller Tuesday. Palazzo helped the veterans commit an act of civil disobedience against the Park Service Tuesday, when the heroes stormed through barricades around the closed memorial.
  • Issa feared targeted by terrorists after Democrats revealed secret Libya trip

    09/26/2013 8:04:02 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-26-2013 | Alex Pappas
    September 26, 2013 Issa feared targeted by terrorists after Democrats revealed secret Libya trip Alex Pappas A leaked State Department email indicates that officials were worried about the safety of House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa after Democrats revealed his plans for a secret trip to Libya this week. Issa, a Republican from California, has safely returned from his fact-finding trip to the country as his committee continues to investigate the terrorist attacks that killed America’s ambassador and three others in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. CBS News reported Thursday on an email that quoted a Libyan national sharing...
  • Free Syrian Army units ally with al Qaeda, reject Syrian National Coalition, and call for sharia

    09/26/2013 4:05:21 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | September 26, 2013 | By Bill Roggio
    Some of the largest Free Syrian Army brigades teamed up with an al Qaeda affiliate and other large Islamist groups to reject the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition and call for the establishment of sharia, or Islamic Law, throughout Syria. The move is a major blow to the US-backed Syrian National Coalition and Free Syrian Army, which the West has held up as the moderate faction of the Syrian rebellion. Abd al Aziz Salamah, the leader of Liwa al Islam, announced that 11 rebel groups, including al Qaeda's Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, signed a statement that...
  • How was Weiner's wife Huma Abedin allowed to 'double-dip' with private contracts while ...

    09/25/2013 11:52:33 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | September 27, 2013 | David Martosko
    Complete Headline: How was Weiner's wife Huma Abedin allowed to 'double-dip' with private contracts while working for Hillary Clinton at the State Dept.? A new lawsuit presses for answers A government watchdog group has sued the U.S. State Department for records showing that Huma Abedin, the one-time adviser to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had a sweetheart deal that allowed her to keep her salary while cashing in on the side with a lucrative private-sector consulting contract that could have presented glaring conflicts of interest. Judicial Watch, famous for its litigation over long-languishing Freedom Of Information Act requests, filed suit...
  • Yep, Obama Is Arming Muslim Jihadists

    09/25/2013 8:22:45 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 11 replies
    The Market-ticker ^ | Sept. 25, 2013 | Karl Deninger
    Maybe its incompetence or maybe it's something more, but in the end does it really matter when dead is dead? According to State Department and military sources, dozens of highly armored vehicles called GMV's, provided by the United States, are now missing. The vehicles feature GPS navigation as well as various sets of weapon mounts and can be outfitted with smoke-grenade launchers. U.S. Special Forces undergo significant training to operate these vehicles. Fox News is told the vehicles provided to the Libyans are now gone. Along with the GMV's, hundreds of weapons are now missing, including roughly 100 Glock pistols...
  • FSA MANPADS Down Assad SU-22: Civvy Airliner Some Day?

    09/25/2013 7:11:30 PM PDT · by gaijin · 20 replies
    Syria Baynetna ^ | 9/25/2013 | me
    Five minute handycam videos show crash of apparent SU-22 amidst AAA and surface to air missile fire. Presumably taken by FSA rebels, video clip collection shows six different views of the same event. First clip is totally inconclusive, however subsequent clips in the collection suggest the most likely cause was a successful MANPADS hit. Fire is visible from the aircraft tailcone as the strike aircraft arcs through the sky and strikes the ground in a huge ball of smoke, with no pilot ejection discernible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja9divCVW94 After the success of Reagan's post-Lockerbie Libyan air raids Gaddaffi went on a years-long...
  • Greenfield: The Gang Religion of Islam

    09/24/2013 4:33:21 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 14 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Tuesday, September 24, 2013 The Gang Religion of Islam Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Killing non-Muslims is the point of Islam. To the extent that it has any point. That isn't to say that Islam doesn't preach the virtues of charity and love for one's fellow Muslim. It does. But its virtues are not original. Like most of the rest of the framework of it, they are lifted from existing religions. When the Sahih Muslim's Hadith quotes Mohammed as saying, "None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself";...
  • Kenyan Mall Massacre: President Barack Obama owes world explanation about why he supports al-Qaeda

    09/23/2013 5:48:27 AM PDT · by xzins · 58 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 23, 2013 | Judi McLeod
    If ever there was a terrorist attack that cries out the name “President Barack Hussein Obama!” the massacre at Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi is it. The Somalian terrorist group, al-Shabaab, which has links to al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the slaughter of at least 68 people, including Canadian diplomat Annemarie Desloges and an as yet unnamed other Canadian. Imagine this horrific scene: Terrified shoppers hid behind counters as the gunmen went on the rampage using guns and grenades. (Daily Mail, Sept. 22, 2013) Today 10 to 15 hostages are still trapped in the shopping center as security forces...
  • PALIN: HILLARY UNFIT FOR PRESIDENCY BECAUSE OF BENGHAZI SCANDAL

    09/22/2013 6:33:56 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9-22-2013 | Tony Lee
    PALIN: HILLARY UNFIT FOR PRESIDENCY BECAUSE OF BENGHAZI SCANDAL by TONY LEE 22 Sep 2013 Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Hillary Clinton is unfit to be president because of her role in the Benghazi scandal when she was Secretary of State on Fox News Sunday. In an interview with Fox News anchor Shannon Bream, Palin was asked by a Twitter user named "Michael" what she thought of "Hillary Clinton, and Hillary's role in Benghazi." Bream then asked Palin if she believed if it would have an impact in 2016 should Clinton pursue the presidency. Palin said "if it doesn't...
  • Toddler Chained To Fence By Syrian Rebels And Forced To Watch Parents Executed

    09/21/2013 9:50:39 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 76 replies
    Free Patriot ^ | 9/21/2013
    Take a good hard look at the photo. Looking away from it will not change the fact that it happened. This girl’s family had different religious views from the Syrian Rebel Army. When the “Free Syrian Army” marched into her town, they chained her to a fence and forced her to watch as her parents were tortured and killed for their religion. These are the same “Free Syrian Army” soldiers that Obama just violated international law to provide weapons to. I will not gross people out with the graphic video or the violence that happens over there daily under the...
  • Benghazi Discussion in Senate [C-SPAN2 Live Thread]

    09/18/2013 11:57:51 AM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 24 replies
    C-SPAN2 ^ | September 18, 2013 | C-SPAN 2
    Wow.. Ted Cruz is going off on the administration over Benghazi! Watch here: http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/
  • Do the United States of Obama even HAVE a Foreign Policy?

    09/17/2013 10:12:31 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 17,2013 | Dan Miller
    Ideology prevails, rather than the national interests of the United States. Ideology has prevailed in Syria and likely will in Iran and elsewhere.It's all a big clusterdunk.The following article from Stratfor provides a good summary of what President Obama's America did and did not do about Syria. As it contends, the concept of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) has deteriorated over the years. The threshold of mass destruction ceased to be the significant measure, and instead the cause of death in a given attack took center stage. The use of WMDs became a matter of ideological interpretation. Hence, the alleged killing...
  • Dems Block Cruz Resolution to Create Joint Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi

    09/12/2013 3:52:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 9/12/2013
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced resolution, S.R. 225, Wednesday to create a joint select committee to investigate the Benghazi terrorist attacks from one year ago. But after requesting unanimous consent to introduce and pass the resolution, Democrats blocked it from consideration.
  • U.S. Officials: CIA Has Been Supplying Arms To Syrian Rebels For Weeks

    09/12/2013 5:20:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 121 replies
    TPM ^ | September 12, 2013 | KIMBERLY DOZIER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, following President Barack Obama’s decision to arm the rebels. The agency has also arranged for the Syrian opposition to receive anti-tank weaponry like rocket-propelled grenades through a third party, presumably one of the Gulf countries that has been arming the rebels, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official and two former intelligence officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the classified program publicly.
  • U.S. weapons reaching Syrian rebels

    09/11/2013 7:50:47 PM PDT · by John W · 70 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 11, 2013 | Ernesto Londońo and Greg Miller
    The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war. The arms shipments, which are limited to light weapons and other munitions that can be tracked, began arriving in Syria at a moment of heightened...
  • Was Elizabeth O'Bagy even a PhD candidate?

    09/11/2013 3:18:48 PM PDT · by vadum · 45 replies
    Sept. 11, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    Elizabeth O'Bagy, whose WSJ column was relied on by John Kerry and John McCain to justify Obama's proposed Syria intervention was fired from her job for falsely claiming to hold a Ph.D. degree. Was she even enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate somewhere? It is unclear. A web page for Georgetown's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies indicates that "Elizabeth (Bailey) O'Bagy" graduated with an Master of Arts in Arab Studies. She is fifth from the bottom of the list at http://ccas.georgetown.edu/story/1242708341083.html. Was she even a doctoral candidate? Dunno.
  • Risk On / Risk Off: Obama And Kerry Flip-flop On Syrian War (Likely Until After Obamacare Launch)

    09/10/2013 8:17:23 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/10/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    President Obama spoke tonight and flip-flopped on Syria. We are going to launch, but we might later. In other words, markets should remain nervous, but better than a few days ago. Actually, President Obama still wants to launch what Kerry called a “really small” strike, but wants Congress to postpone a vote. I predict that we will not get final resolution on Syria until after October 1st, the kick-off date for Obamacare. The VIX dropped today signifying less volatility in the SP500. vix091013 And the 10 year zero coupon volatility continues to drop. Like a Tomahawk Cruise Missile. 10yrvolzero With...
  • September 11, 2013: No justice for the Benghazi victims

    09/11/2013 12:25:19 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | September 10, 2013 | Eric Golub
    Obama promised justice. He promised that the killers would be “held accountable.” One year later, those promises have not been kept.
  • Russian chess move stalls US actions as Al-Qaeda Air Force

    09/11/2013 1:37:40 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    RT ^ | 09/10/2013 | Pepe Escobar
    The frantic spin of the millisecond is that the White House is taking a ‘hard look’ at the Russian proposal for Bashar Assad to place Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal under UN control, thus at least postponing another US war in the Middle East. Oh, the joys of the geopolitical chessboard; Russia throwing a lifeline to save US President Barack Obama from his self-spun ‘red line’. True diplomats are supposed to prevent wars – not pose as warmongers. American exceptionalism is of course exempted. So just as Secretary of State John Kerry had the pedal on the metal selling yet another...
  • Benghazi hit by blast on anniversary of attack on U.S. consulate

    09/11/2013 2:21:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/11/2013
    A powerful blast on the main street in the Libyan city of Benghazi early Wednesday damaged a foreign ministry building and a branch of the Central Bank of Libya, an eyewitness said. The explosion comes on the anniversary of the September 11, 2012, assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Eyewitness and Benghazi resident Sami Berriwen told CNN he saw no casualties as a result of the blast in the eastern city, which occurred at about 7 a.m. (1 a.m. ET.) Berriwen, a university student, said that if the blast had happened...
  • Libya: Obama’s other foreign-policy disaster

    09/11/2013 3:02:22 AM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    RedState ^ | September 10th, 2013 | John Hayward
    The Weekly Standard offers a glum assessment of Obama’s fiasco in Syria: “With the Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons, the United States is being escorted out of the Middle East.” Reset with Russia was originally a strategic priority for the Obama administration because it saw Moscow as the key to getting Iran to come to the negotiating table. Putin, from the White House’s perspective, was destined for the role of junior partner. Now Putin has turned “Reset” upside down. By helping Obama out of a jam with Syria, Putin has made himself the senior partner to whom the White House is...
  • Gregory Hicks: Hearing of Death of Christopher Stevens ‘Saddest Moment’ in My Career

    09/08/2013 11:24:58 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://abcnews.go.com/ ^ | Sep 8, 2013 | Benjamin Bell
    Hicks – who had a brief phone conversation only hours before with Stevens before the line went dead — was informed of his death by Libya’s prime minister. snip Hicks said he doesn’t understand why more military resources were not sent to Benghazi after he notified State Department officials in Washington that the consulate was under attack. “I don’t know exactly what was available…And I still don’t quite understand why…they couldn’t fly aircraft over to Benghazi,” he said. “When I was a kid, I grew up watching western movies… the cavalry always came,” Hicks said in an interview taped Friday...
  • Al-Qaeda-linked rebels take Syrian Christian village, activists say

    09/08/2013 5:42:56 AM PDT · by maggief · 4 replies
    AP ^ | September 8, 2013
    AMMAN, Jordan Rebels including al-Qaeda-linked fighters gained control of a Christian village northeast of the capital Damascus, Syrian activists said Sunday. Government media provided a dramatically different account of the battle suggesting regime forces were winning. Independent information has been nearly impossible to come by in the 2.5-year-old conflict in Syria. Maaloula, a scenic mountain community, is known for being one of the few places in the world where residents still speak the ancient Middle Eastern language of Aramaic. The rebel advance into the area this week was spearheaded by the Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, exacerbating fears among Syrians...
  • Al-Qaeda-linked rebels take Syrian Christian village, activists say

    09/08/2013 5:39:12 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 28 replies
    cbs ^ | 9/8/2013 | staff
    Rebels including al-Qaeda-linked fighters gained control of a Christian village northeast of the capital Damascus, Syrian activists said Sunday. Government media provided a dramatically different account of the battle suggesting regime forces were winning. Independent information has been nearly impossible to come by in the 2.5-year-old conflict in Syria. Maaloula, a scenic mountain community, is known for being one of the few places in the world where residents still speak the ancient Middle Eastern language of Aramaic. The rebel advance into the area this week was spearheaded by the Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, exacerbating fears among Syrians and religious...
  • Eyewitness: "The aim of the militants was to kill as many as possible Christian inhabitants"

    09/07/2013 6:50:13 PM PDT · by annalex · 60 replies
    Radio Voice of Russia ^ | Sep. 6th, 2013 at 9:30 PM | Naowaf Ibrahim
    Eyewitness: "The aim of the militants was to kill as many as possible Christian inhabitants" On September 5th the Syrian opposition armed groups attempted to capture Maalula, the town populated mostly by Christians, located 60 km from Damascus. The correspondent of "Voice of Russia" got in touch with the eyewitness to the events, which was in town during the assault, Vail Malas. Maalula town is best known for the fact that its inhabitants speak a dialect of Aramaic, which is close to the language of Jesus Christ. Government troops repulsed the attack, but the militants related to "Dzhabhat en-Nusra" and...
  • Obama to give six television news interviews on Monday as Syria vote looms

    09/07/2013 1:45:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 148 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2013 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will give interviews on Monday to the three network news anchors, as well as to anchors from PBS, CNN, and Fox, more evidence of a "full court press" strategy ahead of pivotal congressional votes on military strikes in Syria.
  • Petraeus calls on Congress to back White House on Syria

    09/07/2013 1:34:55 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 168 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/7/13 | MIKE ALLEN and JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, former CIA director under President Barack Obama, called strongly Saturday for Congress to back the White House on Syria, declaring that military action against the regime is “necessary” to deter “Iran, North Korea and other would-be aggressors.” “Failure of Congress to approve the president’s request would have serious ramifications not just in the Mideast but around the world,” Petraeus said in a four-sentence statement provided to POLITICO.
  • A No Vote on Syria may Cripple Obama's Domestic Agenda too

    09/07/2013 4:58:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2013 | Larry Kudlow
    resident Obama, speaking at the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg on Friday, reminded me of an investment banker trying to sell a deal he doesn't believe in. And the customer knows it. Halting. Hesitant. Uncertain. Uncomfortable. That's what Obama's statement and body language had to say. On the verge of a potentially huge defeat on the Syrian question in Congress, President Obama is in a box. He's looking for a way out, but he can't find one. He's losing supporters in the legislature at home, and he didn't gain any at the G-20 summit abroad. When Obama speaks to the...
  • If Obama Wants to Bomb Someone, How About the Syrian Terror Training Camps of Benghazi Attackers?

    09/06/2013 6:54:06 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 9-6-2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    September 6, 2013 If Obama Wants to Bomb Someone, How About the Syrian Terror Training Camps of the Benghazi Attackers? Daniel Greenfield If Obama really wants to bomb someone, how about bombing them? Instead Obama sent the FBI to Benghazi on a failed mission after the killers of Americans who still walk free, but wants to send cruise missiles to Damascus.Maybe he couldn’t spare a drone the night of the attack, but he certainly should be able to dig one up now. Or a cruise missile or two. U.S. intelligence agencies earlier this month uncovered new evidence that al Qaeda-linked...
  • Obama demands Congress clarifiy U.S. military intervention in Syria and beyond

    09/06/2013 5:06:07 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/6/2013 | By Scott Wilson
    There was a moment Friday when the leader of the free world explained the awe and sympathy his job provokes among colleagues. At the end of a Group of 20 summit in Russia, President Obama recounted a recent conversation he had had with another head of state, as the question of whether the United States would soon attack Syria loomed over the gathering. “I’m a small country, and nobody expects me to do anything about chemical weapons around the world,” Obama quoted his fellow leader as saying. “They know I have no capacity to do something, and it’s tough because...
  • U.S. Troops In Syria: Pentagon Says 75,000 Needed

    09/06/2013 2:41:54 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 13 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 09/06/13 | Charles M. Phipps
    It is now coming out that the U.S. Central Command has a plan to secure the VX and sarin in Syria and that plan will require 75,000 American troops in Syria. The plan was devised more than eighteen months ago, long before Bashar al-Assad allegedly used chemical weapons against the rebels. A Department of Defense official told the U.K.’s MailOnline that, “The report exists, and it was prepared at the request of the National Security Advisor’s staff.” You can read the MailOnline’s complete article here. At the same time this plan is seeing the light of day, Secretary of State...
  • TEA PARTY GROUPS NATIONWIDE UNITE AGAINST AMERICAN ATTACK ON SYRIA

    09/06/2013 1:49:18 AM PDT · by kingattax · 12 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 9-5-13 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Republican leaders in Washington, including Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Senators McCain (R-AZ), Graham (R-SC), and Corker (R-TN), are supporting President Obama's call for an American attack on Syria, but Tea Party groups around the country are united in their opposition to such military action. Tea Party activists appear to be virtually unanimous in their support for the position taken by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who said on Tuesday the United States "should not serve as Al-Qaeda's Air Force."
  • US: Russia holding UN Council 'hostage' on Syria

    09/06/2013 12:08:57 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    ABS CBN News ^ | 09/06/2013 | AFP
    UNITED NATIONS - The United States on Thursday accused Russia of holding the UN Security Council "hostage" over the Syria chemical weapons crisis. With the White House pushing Congress to approve military strikes on Syria, US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said she could see no way to seek Security Council approval for action against President Bashar al-Assad because of Russia's blocking. Amid mounting tensions between Washington and Moscow, Power said Russia's protection of Assad has put the whole Security Council system of handling international crises under strain. "Even in the wake of the flagrant shattering of the...
  • Al-Qaeda militants kill 24 civilians near Ras al-Ain -

    09/05/2013 8:48:41 PM PDT · by austinaero · 22 replies
    alalam online ^ | 09/02/2013 | none given
    Al-Qaeda linked terrorists in Syria have beheaded all 24 Syrian passengers traveling from Tartus to Ras al-Ain in northeast of Syria, among them a mother and a 40-days old infant. Gunmen from the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Levant stopped the bus on the road in Talkalakh and killed everyone before setting the bus on fire - See more at: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1512664#sthash.C3Y23xws.dpuf
  • Syrian soldiers hack marine site, ask for help against al Qaeda

    09/02/2013 11:56:32 AM PDT · by Deathtomarxists · 19 replies
    live leak ^ | 9-2-13 | vanity
    Syrian soldiers hacked the u.s. marine web site, posting the linked message to our troops. They acknowledge fighting al Qaeda for the past three years and basically ask for help. Why is the u.s. supporting al Qaeda after they have murdered so many? why do we turn our backs on the truth?
  • Obama Plans to Meet With Key Lawmakers to Push Syria Plan (McCain, Graham...)

    09/02/2013 10:51:08 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/2/13 | JACKIE CALMES and MICHAEL R. GORDON
    The Obama administration pushed forward on Monday for Congressional approval of its plan to carry out a punitive strike against the Syrian government. The lobbying blitz was to continue in the afternoon, with President Obama set to meet at the White House with two key Republican lawmakers, Senator John McCain of Arizona and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who have pressed Mr. Obama to intervene more aggressively in Syria.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Syrians warn U.S. that Al Qaeda has hijacked revolution

    09/01/2013 2:07:08 PM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 30, 2013 | Tiffany Madison
    Syrians inside the country say the revolution began with peaceful protests from the poor seeking reforms. The movement now brims with violent terrorist operatives aligned with Al Qaeda and Al-Nasra, including extremist fighters from Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. The mainstream media portrays a false picture of the now-compromised Free Syrian Army. The extremist elements within are not just minority-affiliates. They win the battles, they have the ammunition and the food. They have slowly filled the power vaccuum and they do not fight for a freed Syria, but to establish an ultra-fundamentalist state. American taxpayers have fueled the Syrian Civil War...