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  • Two Russian pilots killed as IS downs helicopter near Syria's Palmyra

    07/09/2016 2:29:26 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 42 replies
    middleeasteye.net ^ | July 9, 2016 | MEE and agencies
    Helicopter was brought down with aid of American TOW antitank missile system, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported
  • 70 years on, little known about the Wilhelm Gustloff sinking (deadliest ever shipwreck anniversary)

    02/01/2015 2:57:53 AM PST · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 121 replies
    Over 9,000 people died in the Baltic Sea on January 30, 1945, in an attempt to evade the Red Army. The Wilhelm Gustloff was the largest shipwreck in history, but little is known about the catastrophe seven decades on. At around 9 p.m. on January 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler was speaking to the German people. In the packed dining hall of the luxury liner "Wilhelm Gustloff," as in most of the rest of the country, a radio was broadcasting Hitler's address, but the thousands of refugees from Pomerania and East and West Prussia who had struggled onto the ship weren't...
  • First [Muslim] Call to Prayer Inside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia in 85 Years

    07/06/2016 9:31:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    A muezzin’s call to prayer reverberated inside the sixth-century Istanbul landmark Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years on July 1. The building in the city’s historic Sultanahmet district broadcast the azan from its minarets following July 1’s Laylat al-Qadr, or night of power, marking the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. The broadcast of the morning call to prayer from within Hagia Sophia is likely to reignite controversy over the use of the building, which was designated a museum in 1935 under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic. Although the...
  • The Terrorists the Saudis Cultivate in Peaceful Countries (Kosovo, Albanians)

    07/05/2016 6:40:48 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 8 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | JULY 2, 2016 Continue reading the main storyShare This Page Share Tweet Email More Save | Nicholas Kristof
    PEJA, Kosovo — FIRST, a three-part quiz: Which Islamic country celebrates as a national hero a 15th-century Christian who battled Muslim invaders? Which Islamic country is so pro-American it has a statue of Bill Clinton and a women’s clothing store named “Hillary” on Bill Klinton Boulevard? Which Islamic country has had more citizens go abroad to fight for the Islamic State per capita than any other in Europe? The answer to each question is Kosovo, in southeastern Europe — and therein lies a cautionary tale. Whenever there is a terrorist attack by Muslim extremists, we look to our enemies like...
  • Vladimir Putin to send Russia’s largest warship to Syria to destroy ISIS once and for all

    07/03/2016 1:37:08 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 45 replies
    The U.K. Sun ^ | July 3 2016 | The Sun
    President authorises navy ship to transport 30 fighter jets & attack choppers to the Med in bid to rid the world of death cult
  • Mastermind of Istanbul Airport Attack Had Been Georgian Informant, Official Says

    07/01/2016 9:12:51 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 33 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 07.01.16 2:20 PM ET | Anna Nemtsova
    IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL07.01.16 2:20 PM ET Mastermind of Istanbul Airport Attack Had Been Georgian Informant, Official Says Akhmed Chatayev is blamed for planning the deadly attack in Turkey, and an official says he was on the government payroll before returning to jihad. ODESSA, Ukraine — Sometimes the world of terror and counterterror is amazingly small. The day after at least 43 people were killed and more than 235 injured in a terrorist attack on Istanbul’s international airport, Turkish officials announced the arrest of the alleged mastermind behind the attack: Akhmed Chatayev, an ethnic Chechen from Russia who,...
  • ISIS mastermind of Istanbul terror had extradition to Russia refused because of refugee status

    07/01/2016 8:46:51 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | 1st July 2016, 4:49 pm | FIONN HARGREAVES
    FREED TO KILL One-armed ISIS warlord behind Istanbul massacre ‘was due to be sent to Russia on terror charges… but court ruled it breached his human rights’ Chechen extremist Akhmed Chataev is thought to control as many as 130 ISIS militants BY FIONN HARGREAVES 1st July 2016, 4:49 pm A ONE-ARMED ISIS militant who masterminded the Istanbul airport terror attack had his extradition to Russia refused because of his refugee status. Akhmed Chataev was arrested in Bulgaria in 2011 for terrorism offences. But due to a ruling by a Bulgarian judge, the Chechen warlord could not be sent back because...
  • Obama proposes new military partnership with Russia in Syria (Like it was Obama's idea!)

    07/01/2016 9:21:11 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | June 30 | Josh Rogin
    The Obama administration has proposed a new agreement on Syria to the Russian government that would deepen military cooperation between the two countries against some terrorists in exchange for Russia getting the Assad regime to stop bombing U.S.-supported rebels. The United States transmitted the text of the proposed agreement to the Russian government on Monday after weeks of negotiations and internal Obama administration deliberations, an administration official told me. The crux of the deal is a U.S. promise to join forces with the Russian air force to share targeting and coordinate an expanded bombing campaign against Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s branch...
  • Bangladesh police storm restaurant where Islamist militants hold hostages

    07/01/2016 9:31:20 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 12 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published July 01, 2016 | FoxNews.com
    DEVELOPING: Commandos backed by armored vehicles stormed a upscale restaurant in the Bangladesh's capital diplomatic zone early Saturday, hoping to free dozens of hostages held by Islamist militants following an hours-long standoff. Approximately two hours after the operation began, the sound of two big explosions were heard inside the Dhaka restaurant and a police official told the Associated Press that five bodies were seen lying in pools of blood. In Tokyo, Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda, citing Dhaka police, said 12 people had been rescued, including two foreigners.
  • Are all post to FR being reviewed

    06/29/2016 8:47:29 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 90 replies
    Are all posts to FR being reviewed ..comments also
  • Inside Kosovo's Islamist Cauldron: The jihadist capital of the Balkans

    06/28/2016 8:47:22 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    rferl.org ^ | JUNE 2016 | Frud Bezhan
    Jihadist Capital Of The Balkans The government estimates that more than 300 Kosovars have traveled to the Middle East to wage jihad, or Islamic holy war. That makes this predominately Muslim country of under 2 million people, which unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, Europe's biggest contributor per capita of IS foot soldiers. IS Recruiter One product of the radicalization in Kacanik is Lavdrim Muhaxheri, a 25-year-old IS recruiter who fights in Syria. He has been described as one of IS's top leaders. Last year, Muhaxheri sent shockwaves around Kosovo when he posted photos on Facebook of himself...
  • Putin to Take Concrete Steps to Support Turkish Cyprus

    07/19/2005 2:14:40 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 304+ views
    Zaman ^ | July 20, 2005 | Mirza Cetinkaya
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said economic isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) should be ended. Putin has signaled for concrete steps to be taken in this regard. Russian President hosting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as an "honorary guest" in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi noted, the "meaningless" embargo imposed on TRNC must be lifted and his country will have direct contacts with both the Turkish and Greek Cypriot societies on the island. The two leaders emphasized their opinions overlapped on many issues. "The first thing we must do is to solve the problem...
  • Pope Genocide Comments Show 'Crusader Mentality' - Turkey

    06/26/2016 5:21:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/26/16
    Turkey says Pope Francis' description of the WW1 mass killing of Armenians as genocide shows "the mentality of the Crusades". The pontiff's remarks have "no relation to reality", Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said. Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million Armenian Christians were killed by Ottoman Turkish forces in 1915. But Turkey disputes the figure and denies the deaths constituted genocide. It says the deaths were part of a civil conflict triggered by WW1. The row continues to sour Turkish-Armenian relations, drawing in other countries such as Germany, whose parliament recently declared the killings to be...
  • Putin clarifies Trump comment and says America is the world's 'only superpower'

    06/18/2016 8:52:30 PM PDT · by Cronos · 41 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 18 June 2016 | Alan Yuhas
    Vladimir Putin downplayed past comments about Donald Trump and spoke about the presidential election on Friday, adding that he accepted the US is probably the world’s sole superpower. “America is a great power. Today, probably, the only superpower. We accept that,” the Russian president said at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. “We want to and are ready to work with the United States.” Alluding to US-EU sanctions on Russia in response to its military actions in Ukraine, he continued: “The world needs such strong nations, like the US. And we need them. But we don’t need them constantly getting...
  • Syria strike: Russia unleashes lethal aerial arsenal on Aleppo

    06/22/2016 10:12:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 23, 2016 | Hannah Lucinda Smith, Catherine Philp
    Syria strike: Russia unleashes lethal aerial arsenal on Aleppo Hannah Lucinda Smith, Catherine Philp The Times 12:00AM June 23, 2016 Russia is breaching international conventions by dropping incen­diaries similar to white phosphorus on to residential neighbourhoods in the Syrian city of Aleppo in what is thought to be the prelude to a ground assault to retake the city from rebel forces. Photographs have shown what experts believe to be a thermo­baric bomb, the most powerful explosive apart from a nuclear weapon, being detonated next to urban areas, with potentially devastating effects for civilians.
  • Putin’s Russia is a poor, drunk soccer hooligan

    06/22/2016 9:54:15 AM PDT · by NRx · 123 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 06-22-2016 | Scott Gilmore
    Russia is not the country you think it is. Its economy is smaller than South Korea’s. Its people are poorer than Kazakhstan’s. It trails Finland in technology. And it has a smaller military budget than Saudi Arabia... ...Russia hosted the Olympics, punched Georgia in the nose, took back the Crimea, invaded Ukraine, flew bombers through NATO airspace, built military bases in the Arctic, and generally flexed and posed like an oiled, aged, but still buff, body builder. And we’ve been paying increasingly rapt attention, not noticing the geriatric walker hidden just off stage. A closer look is almost shocking. According...
  • Read This Before The Government Uses the Orlando Shooting to Start Another War

    06/21/2016 12:51:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Anti Media ^ | 17 June 2016 | Claire Bernish
    Late Thursday evening, the Wall Street Journal reported, 51 State Department officials signed a statement condemning U.S. policy in Syria in which they repeatedly call for “targeted military strikes against the Damascus government and urging regime change as the only way to defeat Islamic State.” “In other words,” as Zero Hedge summarized, “over 50 top ‘diplomats’ are urging to eliminate [Syrian Pres. Bashar al] Assad in order to ‘defeat ISIS’, the same ISIS which top US ‘diplomats’ had unleashed previously in order to … eliminate Assad.” This gordian knot created by United States foreign policy — and intensified by that...
  • Corrupt Communist Leads Race for UN Boss

    06/21/2016 3:04:12 PM PDT · by detective · 26 replies
    The New American ^ | 21 June 2016 | Alex Newman
    The next United Nations chief may be an unapologetic communist who served a savage dictatorship that murdered hundreds of thousands of people and tortured even more. Her name is Irina Bokova (shown). And thanks to a slick public-relations operation and a team of “former” communist spies running her campaign, there is reportedly a good chance that the Bulgarian Communist Party operative could end up as UN boss in 2017 when current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s term expires. Bokova currently serves as the chief of the UN “Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization” (UNESCO). But her long career in the service of both...
  • Iran general warns Bahrain after Shia cleric stripped of citizenship

    06/21/2016 6:15:06 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 June 2016 | BBC
    The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards overseas operation arm has warned there could be armed resistance in Bahrain after the Sunni-ruled kingdom stripped a top Shia cleric of his citizenship. Bahrain accused the cleric of using his position to "serve foreign interests", promoting "sectarianism and violence". .."The al-Khalifa [rulers of Bahrain] surely know their aggression against Sheikh Isa Qassim is a red line and that crossing it would set Bahrain and the whole region on fire, and it would leave no choice for people but to resort to armed resistance," Gen Soleimani said in a statement released by the semi-official...
  • 3 arrested in New York’s Holland Tunnel with loaded rifles, body armor - report

    06/21/2016 8:59:10 AM PDT · by paulcissa · 154 replies
    rt ^ | 21 Jun, 2016 | Staff