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  • 'We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’: Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL

    07/24/2014 7:10:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/14 | Douglas Ernst
    ....U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al Qaeda,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.” Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant secretary of state, told lawmakers at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that ISIL may have “changed its name,” but that it’s still al Qaeda.
  • ISIS 'orders female genital mutilation' for women in Mosul

    07/24/2014 6:53:52 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 142 replies
    BBC ^ | July 24,2014 | Unknown
    The UN says militant Islamist group Isis has ordered all women and girls in Mosul, northern Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). UN official Jacqueline Badcock said the fatwa, or religious edict, applied to females between the ages of 11 and 46.
  • Christians in Imminent Danger Across the World Are Refused Refugee Status While Muslim

    07/19/2014 9:37:09 AM PDT · by Sheapdog · 10 replies
    Pamela Geller Atlus Shrugs ^ | Nov. 21, 2011 | Pamela Geller
    US policy regarding the UN picks who becomes US refugees. Christians are being refused refugee status and face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs under the sharia, while whole Muslim communities are entering the US by the tens of thousands per month despite the fact that they face no religious persecution. It is horrifying that Afghan Christians are being refused refugee status by the UN and many Western nations, including Britain. The UN claims that Afghan Christians do not meet the criteria for refugees under Statute 6B of the UN High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), which...
  • Iraqi Patriarch: For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians

    07/19/2014 7:21:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/19/2014
    The last Christian families still present in Mosul are leaving the city and are heading towards Iraqi Kurdistan. The exodus was caused by the proclamation on Thursday by the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate that Christians must pay a special tax or be killed. Islamists have for the past two days been marking the doors of homes belonging to Christians and Shia Muslims living in the city. “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,” said Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako in an interview with the AFP news agency. The Patriarch said as late as last...
  • WH: We've ‘Substantially Improved the Tranquility of the Global Community’

    07/15/2014 8:52:22 AM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 49 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 14, 2014 - 9:22 PM | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday the Obama administration’s foreign policies in a number of areas have enhanced the world’s “tranquility” – a word that raised eyebrows as reporters pointed to situations in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine and the South China Sea. More than one reporter during Monday’s press briefing referred to a front-page Wall Street Journal article highlighting some of those crises, and citing security strategists as saying “the breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn’t been seen since the late 1970s.”
  • Christie blames Obama in part for Mideast unrest

    07/12/2014 9:24:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2014 10:42 PM EDT | Steve Peoples
    Partly blaming unrest in the Middle East on President Barack Obama, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday that Obama has not spoken firmly and forcefully on Israel’s behalf and that the country no longer trusts it has the full support of the United States because of him. The Republican governor’s remarks came as Israel targeted civilian institutions with suspected ties to the militant organization Hamas and declared it would step up its bombardment of northern Gaza. Israel says it is acting in self-defense against Hamas rockets. …
  • 'Raghead' Slur in Snowden Leak Prompts White House Call for Discrimination Review

    07/09/2014 10:41:58 AM PDT · by don-o · 34 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 9, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    On the heels of an explosive leak from Edward Snowden, the White House is pushing its intelligence agencies to review their internal policies and standards to ensure "diversity and tolerance" in its operations. An article published Wednesday by The Intercept revealed that the National Security Agency and the FBI spied on the emails of five high-profile Muslim-Americans who were apparently guilty of no wrongdoing. One disclosed file from 2005 shows a target's unknown name being replaced with a placeholder of "Mohammed Raghead." Without confirming or denying other details of the report, the White House said it has asked for an...
  • Top Obama official blasts Israel for denying Palestinians sovereignty, security, dignity

    07/08/2014 7:03:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 86 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7-9-2014 | Raphael Ahren
    How can Israel have peace if it’s unwilling to delineate a border, end the occupation?’ asks White House Mideast chief, Phillip Gordon, in a blistering Tel Aviv speech. Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank is wrong and leads to regional instability and dehumanization of Palestinians, a top American government official said Tuesday in Tel Aviv, hinting that the current Israeli government is not committed to peace. In an unusually harsh major foreign policy address, Philip Gordon, a special assistant to US President Barack Obama and the White House coordinator for the Middle East, appealed to Israeli and Palestinian leaders...
  • Why Obama Ignored Iraq

    07/07/2014 4:20:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 7-7-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    ISIS marching through Iraq has smashed the media’s taboo against criticizing Obama’s foreign policy. Substantive discussions are taking place about why his foreign policy is such a miserable failure. And they mostly miss the point. Liberal journalists still proceed from the fallacy that there was a foreign policy debate between neo-conservative interventionists and liberal non-interventionists. These are a series of digested Bush era talking points that have no relationship to reality since Bush’s foreign policy on Iraq carried over from Bill Clinton. It’s why Hillary gets so uncomfortable when she has to discuss her vote on Iraq. The liberals weren’t...
  • Backlash In U.S. Against Foreign Worker Visas Growing

    07/06/2014 11:03:16 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 50 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 6 2014 | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and PAUL WISEMAN
    Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson's Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company. The dream didn't last long. Parker claims she was laid off one year later after she trained her replacement, a newly arrived worker from India. Now she has joined a federal lawsuit alleging the global staffing firm that ran Harley-Davidson's tech support discriminated against American workers — in part by replacing them with temporary workers from South Asia. The firm, India-based Infosys...
  • State Department Rebukes Israel for Arrest of American Teen

    07/05/2014 2:46:30 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | July 5 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Israeli officials have taken an American teenager into custody, a State Department spokeswoman confirmed in a statement calling for a “credible” investigation into whether he was beaten by police. “We can confirm that Tariq Khdeir, an American citizen, is being held by Israeli authorities in Jerusalem,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force. We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force.” WTSP, a local Tampa media outlet, explains that...
  • It's Obama's presidency, but Bush's world (Mega Hurl Alert!)

    07/03/2014 11:07:46 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Matt Bai
    Believe it or not, it was 10 years ago this month that Barack Obama, then a candidate for the U.S. Senate, introduced himself to America with a speech that shook the Fleet Center in Boston. The main theme of that Democratic convention was the litany of George W. Bush's failures — an unpopular and unending war in Iraq, a faltering image abroad, a stagnating middle class. Obama gave eloquent voice to those frustrations, arguing that all of them could be addressed if only we reunited the electorate. Probably Obama himself would not have guessed then that he would ascend to...
  • US Hamas-CAIR Jihad Groups Celebrate/Attend Ramadan Dinner at the PENTAGON

    07/01/2014 6:25:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 7/1/2014 | Pamela Geller
    According to the US Army Chaplain Corp there are over 3,000 Muslims serving in the US military out of 2,266,883 active military personnel. That is 0.1% (and that’s not including Muslim soldiers like Fort Hood jihadi Major Nidal Hassan or his acolyte Army Pvt. Naser Abdo.) Got that not one percent, not even half a percent – a tenth of a percent so why is the Pentagon holding a gala Ramadan dinner?Considering that America is fighting jihad in all the wars she is engaged in — and jihad is the greatest threat facing the homeland aPreviously Hamas-CAIR has said of...
  • Rome will be conquered next, says leader of Islamic State

    07/01/2014 4:32:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 80 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/1/2014 | Damien McElroy
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State stretching across Iraq and Syria, has vowed to lead the conquest of Rome as he called on Muslims to immigrate to his new land to fight under its banner around the globe. Baghdadi, who holds a PhD in Islamic studies, said Muslims were being targetted and killed from China to Indonesia. Speaking as the first Caliph, or commander of the Islamic faithful since the dissolution of the Ottoman empire, he called on Muslims to rally to his pan-Islamic state. "Those who can immigrate to the Islamic State should immigrate, as...
  • All You Need to Know About ISIS and What is Happening in Iraq

    06/29/2014 2:45:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Russia Today ^ | June 29, 2014 | Staff
    As ISIS, a group thought to consist of only a few thousand people led by a shadowy figurehead, defeats forces many times its size to capture a large part of Iraq, RT looks into what is ISIS, and how has it achieved its terrifying triumphs. Follow RT's LIVE UPDATES on ISIS offensive in Iraq So, what is ISIS? And is it even ISIS, or is it ISIL? The world’s most committed and fanatical radical organization has only recently gone by its current name, after the unrecognized Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) was proclaimed in April last year. Al-Sham...
  • CNN asks, ‘should we ignore Dick Cheney,’ ignores Al Gore’s massive hypocrisy (VIDEO)

    06/29/2014 11:00:39 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | June 29 2014 | soopermexican
    A perfect example of the blatant hypocrisy of the mainstream media is CNN posting this video entitled, “Who cares what Cheney says?” because of the supposed hypocrisy of entering the Iraq War and criticizing Obama’s abandoning Iraq to ISIS terrorists. Funny how they don’t talk about the massive hypocrisy of former DEMOCRAT Vice President Al Gore, who sold his cable network to oil interests for millions, while shamelessly whining about Global Warming. Or how about his enormous energy-devouring house? Or how about the time HE criticized George H.W. Bush for not going after Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass...
  • Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan

    06/27/2014 12:35:29 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    The White House ^ | 6-27-2014 | President Obama
    On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world on the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan. A time for self-reflection and devotion through prayer and fasting, Ramadan is also an occasion when Muslims around the world reaffirm their commitment to helping the less fortunate, including those struggling because of economic hardship and inequality.  Here in the United States, we are grateful to the many Muslim American organizations, individuals, and businesses that are devoted to creating opportunity for all by working to reduce...
  • The Future of Terrorism: What al-Qaida Really Wants (FLASHBACK; 2005)

    06/24/2014 12:41:06 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 5 replies
    If there is anyone who might possibly have an inkling as to what al-Qaida are up to, it is the Jordanian journalist Fouad Hussein. He has not only spent time in prison with al-Zarqawi, but has also managed make contact with many of the network's leaders. Based on correspondence with these sources, he has now brought out a book detailing the organization's master plan.
  • Power Precedes Politics

    06/27/2014 2:39:19 AM PDT · by markomalley
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/27/2014 | Matthew Continetti
    The situation on the ground: Iraq in flames. The black flag of al Qaeda over Sunni-majority cities, Shiite militias cleansing Baghdad neighborhoods of other sects and ethnicities, car and suicide bombs exploding daily, the government of Nouri al-Maliki looking insolent and ineffective, the Kurds hinting at independence. Civil war. Iranian meddling. American defeat.I’m not talking about today. I’m talking about 2006. Then, too, liberal internationalists had the following prescription: America can’t solve Iraq’s problems. A major diplomatic initiative, involving the entire region, might persuade Maliki to be inclusive. There is no military solution in Iraq—just a political one.“We cannot save...
  • ISIS Holds Military Parade In Mosul Update: Parade With Captured US Military Vehicles

    06/26/2014 11:45:19 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    War News Updates ^ | Junre 26, 2014 | Staff
    Original Title:ISIS Holds Military Parade In Mosul -- Threat Matrix Update: ISIS Holds Parade With Captured US Military Vehicles -- Zero Hedge The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's Ninewa Division continues to crank out images of its conquest of Mosul and the surrounding province. Earlier today, the Ninewa Division released photographs of its forces seizing control of several bases, displaying captured military hardware, and executing Iraqi soldiers. Then, the Ninewa Division published a set of photographs of a military parade in the city of Mosul. The photographs provide a glimpse of the ISIS' military strength in Mosul. Scores...
  • The Third Iraq War

    06/25/2014 7:01:01 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 25, 2014 2:33 PM | Cmdr. Daniel Dolan
    Opinion: The Third Iraq War By: Cmdr. Daniel Dolan Published: June 24, 2014 12:57 PM Updated: June 25, 2014 2:33 PM In the Naval War College’s Strategy and Policy course students have an opportunity to critically analyze both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). These two historical case studies are commonly referred to by students and faculty alike as the First Iraq War and the Second Iraq War. Now, before us we see the Third Iraq War unfolding. Despite what some pundits and former administration officials are saying America is still playing an active role in Iraq’s wars....
  • Obama's Disastrous Iraq Policy: An Autopsy

    06/24/2014 12:50:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 23, 2014 | by PETER BEINART
    Yes, the Iraq War was a disaster of historic proportions. Yes, seeing its architects return to prime time to smugly slam President Obama while taking no responsibility for their own, far greater, failures is infuriating. But sooner or later, honest liberals will have to admit that Obama’s Iraq policy has been a disaster. Since Obama took office, Iraq watchers - including those within his own administration - have warned that unless the United States pushed hard for inclusive government, the country would slide back into civil war. Yet the White House has been so eager to put Iraq in America’s...
  • Western Jihad Recruits Portend Terror Strikes to Come

    06/24/2014 4:08:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 6/24/2014 | David Francis
    As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continued its advance toward Baghdad this weekend, the group released a new video that shows that it has a wide reach far outside the borders of Syria and Iraq. On Sunday, ISIS militants took overtook the majority of Anbar province, giving the group control of most of Iraq’s western border. The group advanced quickly, with four towns in the province falling in just two days and Iraqi soldiers fleeing before ISIS arrived. The fall of Anbar, Iraq’s larger province, now gives ISIS the platform to launch an assault against Baghdad. Secretary...
  • The Jihadi Menace Gets Real

    06/23/2014 1:50:59 PM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 6/23/2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    ISIS is bigger, badder, richer, and better organized than any jihadi threat the United States has faced thus far. Its rise represents a foreign policy disaster of the first order. A group more radical than al-Qaeda, better organized, better financed, commanding the loyalty of thousands of dedicated fanatics including many with Western and even U.S. passports? And this group now controls some of the most strategic territory at the heart of the Middle East? Welcome to President Obama’s brave new world. [....] One wishes we had a Republican President right now if only because when a Republican is in the...
  • Egypt Sentences 3 Al Jazeera Reporters To 7 Years

    06/23/2014 12:21:35 PM PDT · by kingattax · 5 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | 6-23-14 | by JOHN NOLTE
    The Associated Press reports that 3 Al Jazeera reporters were sentenced to 7 years in prison by an Egyptian court Monday for charges related to terrorism. The basis for the government's charges was support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist organization, and ousted president Mohammed Morsi. Secretary of State John Kerry called the verdict and sentence "chilling": The verdicts against Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed came after a 5-month trial that Amnesty International described as a "sham." The group called Monday's rulings "a dark day for media freedom in Egypt."
  • Interesting times

    06/20/2014 10:21:58 AM PDT · by cuban leaf · 24 replies
    Vanity | 6/20/2014 | Cuban Leaf
    May you live in interesting times – Chinese curse As a student of WWII, I was always amazed at how people could watch what happened to Poland (and to a lesser degree, Austria) and allow Germany to become a serious threat to the world. I now understand, because the same scenario is unfolding today as I pen these words, and little is being done about it, nor will it be until world powers reach a “now or never” point regarding their perception of the risk as they did, eventually, after the fall of Poland. But it takes a leader, conspicuously...
  • Don’t Blame Bush for Al Qaeda in Iraq, Blame Obama

    06/23/2014 8:12:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Like Birkenstocks and ironic t-shirts, blaming Bush has never gone out of style on the left. When Al Qaeda’s resurgence in Iraq became so obvious that even the media, which had been pretending that Obama’s claims about a successful withdrawal were true, could no longer ignore them, their talking points were all lined up and ready. It was all Bush’s fault.Defenses of the war by pivotal figures like Dick Cheney and Tony Blair only enraged them further. “Why wouldn’t they admit it was all their fault?”But the left’s lazy talking points about Iraq, like their talking points about the economy,...
  • Poland leak: Radek Sikorski scorns 'worthless' US ties

    06/23/2014 8:02:01 AM PDT · by fifthvirginia · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 Jun 14 | Unknown
    Poland's Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski called his country's ties with the US "worthless", a Polish news magazine says, giving excerpts of a secretly recorded conversation.
  • Abdication has a price

    06/20/2014 4:29:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 19, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    Yes, it is true that there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq when George W. Bush took office. But it is equally true that there was essentially no al-Qaeda in Iraq remaining when Barack Obama took office. Which makes Bush responsible for the terrible costs incurred to defeat the 2003-09 jihadist war engendered by his invasion. We can debate forever whether those costs were worth it, but what is not debatable is Obama’s responsibility for the return of the Islamist insurgency that had been routed by the time he became president.
  • The Collapsing Obama Doctrine

    06/17/2014 4:53:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 149 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/17/14 | Dick and Liz Cheney
    <p>Cheney re Obama: Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.</p> <p>As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it is worth recalling a few of President Obama's past statements about ISIS and al Qaeda. "If a J.V. team puts on Lakers' uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant" (January 2014). "[C]ore al Qaeda is on its heels, has been decimated" (August 2013). "So, let there be no doubt: The tide of war is receding" (September 2011).</p>
  • Breaking news update! Iraqis shut down internet at U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

    06/15/2014 3:51:52 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 325 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 14, 2014 | Susy Raybon
    A three word text was released from inside the Embassy about six hours ago: “Too late Alamo.” That message is open to interpretation. Just minutes ago news came from within the United States Embassy in Baghdad that the Iraqis have shut down internet service for those barricaded inside. Limited text messages via private cell phones are still coming through. It is unknown how many of the more than 5,000 U.S. civilians in Baghdad are actually taking refuge inside the embassy compound. NBC war correspondent, Richard Engel reported last night that civilians in and around Baghdad have boarded up residences and...
  • Iraq crisis: Did Obama's foreign policy blunders sow seeds of disaster? (by Cal Thomas)

    06/15/2014 8:08:27 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 14, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    After the U.S. military battled heroically to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and to eliminate the possibility that it might become a staging area for terrorist attacks, the Obama administration has created a vacuum now being filled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an Al Qaeda affiliate, which has overrun Mosul and Fallujah, cities liberated by American soldiers. ISIS now threatens Baghdad. The administration and much of the media try to separate “fanatical Muslims” from “peaceful” ones, but the distinction is meaningless when the fanatics have the weapons and are willing to die for their cause....
  • The Al Qaeda Spring Is Here

    06/16/2014 11:43:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 16, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Many of us declared the Arab Spring dead and buried. But the Arab Spring really came in two phases. The first phase was the political destabilization of formerly stable Arab countries by liberals and Islamists. The second phase was an armed conflict by Islamists to take over entire countries. These phases overlapped in some cases and the second phase has been underway for a while already. In Libya and Syria the first phase of the Arab Spring became the second phase. When protests didn’t work, the Islamists turned to force. When elections didn’t work for them in Libya, they turned...
  • Hillary Clinton Supplied Stinger Missiles that Taliban Used to Attack US Chopper

    06/16/2014 6:52:01 PM PDT · by xzins · 44 replies
    Frontpage ^ | June 8, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama Inc. keeps insisting that Qatar could be trusted when it was already concluded by the 9/11 Commission that the Islamist tyranny had ties to the attack on the United States. Since then Qatar has become so out of control in its backing of Jihadists that it has been disavowed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but that just made Obama embrace it even harder.Consider this. Obama is hugging a regime that the Saudis think is too extreme. That’s how bad things are. This latest revelation is no surprise at all. The New York Times had already let slip that...
  • 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...
  • Bergdahl's future uncertain; legal resolution could take years, say experts

    06/15/2014 8:20:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 15, 2014 | Kristina Shevory
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in America, but it will be months before his future takes shape, according to both experts in the military's legal system and people familiar with the treatment of long-term captives. After nearly five years in the hands of the Taliban and Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the American soldier was exchanged for five top Taliban operatives, underwent medical and psychological treatment at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and, Friday morning, landed at a military base in San Antonio. There he will undergo treatment to reintegrate back into society -- or possibly military...
  • SIS utilizes high-level production techniques to document brutal killings *GRAPHIC

  • Iraq: Barack Obama’s self-regarding goodness is bad news for the rest of us

    06/14/2014 6:29:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 7:00PM BST 13 Jun 2014 | Charles Moore
    Europeans...felt what it said on the poster – “Hope”. But in the Muslim world, the people who were bitterly anti-American for reasons way beyond the invasion of Iraq were not converted or even appeased. Nor did anti-Western wolves like Vladimir Putin want to lie down with the new American lamb. He made lots of speeches....each slightly less interesting than the last. He held out the hand of friendship.... and it began to hang a bit limp. America had no quarrel with Islam, he told audiences in Cairo and Istanbul, but this had no effect on those extreme Muslims who believe...
  • ISIS butchers leave 'roads lined with decapitated police and soldiers'

    06/13/2014 12:07:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 82 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 6-13-2014 | By Sam Greenhill and Jill Reilly and Kieran Corcoran
    Full Title: ISIS butchers leave 'roads lined with decapitated police and soldiers': Battle for Baghdad looms as thousands answer Iraqi government's call to arms and jihadists bear down on capital The full horror of the jihadists’ savage victories in Iraq emerged yesterday as witnesses told of streets lined with decapitated soldiers and policemen. Blood-soaked bodies and blazing vehicles were left in the wake of the Al Qaeda-inspired ISIS fanatics as they pushed the frontline towards Baghdad. They boasted about their triumphs in a propaganda video depicting appalling scenes including a businessman being dragged from his car and executed at the...
  • Their 9/11 Role - The Taliban Five are even worse than you’ve heard.

    06/13/2014 4:51:05 AM PDT · by don-o · 35 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 13, 2014 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    One of the five senior Taliban leaders transferred to Qatar in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl played a key role in al Qaeda’s plans leading up to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Mohammad Fazl, who served as the Taliban’s army chief of staff and deputy defense minister prior to his detention at Guantánamo, did not have a hand in planning the actual 9/11 hijackings. Along with a notorious al Qaeda leader, however, Fazl did help coordinate a military offensive against the enemies of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan the day before. And Osama bin Laden viewed that...
  • State Department Refers to Taliban 5 as 'Gentlemen'

    06/13/2014 7:53:26 AM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | June 9, 2014 | Michael Warren
    A spokeswoman for the State Department referred to the Taliban operatives released from Guantanamo Bay as part of the deal to retrieve Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl as "gentlemen." In a Monday afternoon appearance with Andrew Mitchell on MSNBC, Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson at State and an alumna of the Obama campaign, argued with Mitchell over the question of whether or not Congress should have ben notified about the exchange before it occured. Noah Rothman at Hot Air documents the conversation, and near the end of the interview, Harf defends the deal against questions about whether or not the Taliban operatives...
  • Obama: "The World Is Less Violent Than It Has Ever Been"

    06/12/2014 7:03:46 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 92 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 12, 2014 | No Attribution
    "The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been. It is more tolerant than it has ever been. It is better fed then it’s ever been. It is more educated than it’s ever been"
  • Back in the USSR: Belarusian leader who helped bury Soviet Union says it is making a comeback

    06/11/2014 9:55:41 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Mark Rice-Oxley
    The man who convened the meeting that buried the Soviet Union in 1991 has warned that it is being restored in his native Belarus and across the post-Soviet space. Stanislav Shushkevich – the politician who hosted the 1991 summit at which Belarus, Ukraine and Russia signed the USSR into obsolescence and paved the way for independence – said a mixture of despotic leaders, KGB-revivalism and Putin’s Ukraine interference all remind him of the worst of the Soviet Union. “What we see now is the restoration of Soviet order, in Belarus most of all,” Shushkevich said in his study in the modest central Minsk...
  • White House plans more transfers from Guantanamo prison

    06/11/2014 9:52:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | 06/11/2014 | CHRISTI PARSONS, MICHAEL A. MEMOLI
    The White House is making plans to transfer more detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay despite the mounting political furor over the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, officials said Tuesday. Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said the White House was "making progress on a number of additional promising opportunities" to transfer more prisoners and that officials were reviewing Yemeni detainees "on a case-by-case basis." "While we do not generally discuss transfers before they take place, we are fully committed to implementing the president's direction that we transfer detainees to...
  • Loot $429m from City's Central Bank to Make Isis World's Richest Terror Force

    06/11/2014 7:39:01 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 16 replies
    IBTIMES ^ | 6/11/14 | IBTIMES
    The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (Isis) has become the richest terror group ever after looting 500 billion Iraqi dinars - the equivalent of $429m (£256m) - from Mosul's central bank, according to the regional governor. Nineveh governor Atheel al-Nujaifi confirmed Kurdish televison reports that Isis militants had stolen millions from numerous banks across Mosul. A large quantity of gold bullion is also believed to have been stolen. Following the siege of the country's second city, the bounty collected by the group has left it richer than al-Qaeda itself and as wealthy as small nations such as Tonga, Kiribati,...
  • American Nazi gives Hitler Salute from Rose Garden

    06/07/2014 7:52:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 6-7-14 | James Lewis
    No, it didn’t happen exactly that way this week. But hippie jihadist Bob Bergdahl got his chance to stage a classic agitprop stunt (“spontaneously,” of course), by twice reciting the jihadist credo in Arabic as a public signal of surrender to the Haqqani terror network in Afghanistan --- a bunch of evil killers who rival the Taliban in their militant hatred for the United States. And Obama just gave our American jihadist a little smile. But what does Obama know? He’s just a passenger on this cruise ship to hell. The Hitler salute meant something so cruel and dangerous that...
  • Report: US Holding Backroom Talks with Hamas ‘For Months’

    06/05/2014 3:40:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 6/5/2014, 1:07 PM | Tova Dvorin
    The US has been secretly holding talks with Hamas for months Buzzfeed reported Thursday, despite its official stance that it would (not?) negotiate with the terrorist organization. “Our administration needed to hear from them that this unity government would move toward democratic elections, and toward a more peaceful resolution with the entire region,” a US official stated to the “social news” site, on condition of anonymity. “It was important to have that line of communication.” US officials have publicly denied the charges, however, leading to confusion over the report’s veracity. …
  • Former US ambassador to Syria: I couldn’t defend US policy any longer

    06/03/2014 12:56:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    US Ambassador Robert Ford resigned from his State Department post a month ago, after a long and difficult time as the envoy to Syria. Ford showed great personal courage in his service while Bashar al-Assad instigated attacks on Western embassies and eventually provoked a massive civil war which has turned into a regional threat, thanks to the collapse of his power in large regions of Syria. The collapse of American policy in Syria over the past year was presumed to have prompted Ford’s departure, which he confirms with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview today.This is interesting for more...
  • Meet Obama's Kissingers

    06/06/2014 8:35:31 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 6, 2014 | Kimberley Strassel
    If the Bergdahl uproar feels creepily reminiscent of the Benghazi uproar, or the Syrian "red line" uproar, or the choose-your-own- Obama -foreign-adventure uproar, it's because they all have a common denominator. This is what happens when political hacks formally take over foreign policy. It's the "formal" point that bears some meditation. Barack Obama isn't the first president to make foreign-policy decisions on the basis of domestic political calculations. He does, however, win the distinction of being the first president to utterly disregard—to treat with contempt—the institutions and procedures that were designed to help the commander in chief insulate the serious...
  • AP: Congress not told of swap because Taliban threatened to kill him if agreement was leaked.

    06/05/2014 10:02:10 AM PDT · by sunmars · 245 replies
    AP
    Just Breaking on AP wires.......I have heard it all now.......lies lies and more lies.