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  • Iran Is Losing Its Grip in Iraq

    05/10/2020 10:56:58 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 10, 2020 | Eli Lake
    When U.S. missiles killed Iran’s most important general and its most important militia leader in early January as they were visiting Baghdad, it looked like American forces would be kicked out of Iraq... More than four months later, not only are U.S. forces still there, but it’s clear that the killings have created space for a new Iraqi government to assert some independence from its powerful neighbor. The signs of this new approach have been building over recent months, and the ascendance last week of Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to the post of transitional prime minister is the latest and most profound......
  • Is Iran really leaving Syria?

    05/08/2020 2:00:25 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 26 replies
    Jerusalem Post (Israel) ^ | MAY 7, 2020 | ANNA AHRONHEIM
    Earlier this week senior defense officials in Israel announced that after years of Israel’s war-between-war campaign to drive Iran out of Syria, the Islamic Republic was finally withdrawing from the war-torn country. The news came just hours after an airstrike blamed on Israel targeted a research facility in Aleppo in Syria’s north. But the announcement also came as Iran is still regrouping from the targeted killing of Quds force commander Qasem Soleimani in January and as it continues to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a disastrous economic crisis hitting the country... Almost on a weekly occurrence foreign publications...
  • On MSNBC, Reza Aslan Likens White Evangelicals to 'Doomsday Cult'

    04/15/2020 11:34:10 PM PDT · by robowombat · 26 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 14, 2020 9:09 PM EDT | Brad Wilmouth
    Appearing as a guest on Sunday's AM Joy to discuss white evangelical Christians who steadfastly support President Donald Trump, former CNN contributor and religion expert Reza Aslan likened pro-Trump white evangelical Christians to a "doomsday cult" after recalling that there have been a limited number of pastors who have tried to illegally hold services with parishioners in defiance of the pandemic. At 11:28 a.m. Eastern, after playing a clip of the Reverend Robert Jeffress explaining why he was supporting Trump from 2016, citing his stand against abortion, host Joy Reid posed: JOY REID: Abortion is the key to support for...
  • Report: Detroit Muslim FGM-Doctor Mutilated Girls Far Worse Than She Admits

    03/31/2020 8:46:59 AM PDT · by yardboyd · 22 replies
    Geller Report ^ | 4/17/2017 | Pamela Geller
    Savagery. This is the second FGM doctor arrest this week. Obviously these Muslim doctors skipped the part about the Hippocratic Oath. Perhaps that’s because of hakimiyyah – the principle of Allah’s exclusive power and right to govern, legislate, and pass judgement. The gruesome practice of female genital mutilation is at record highs and on the rise in America, due to the influx of Muslim immigrants. Last week, two Muslim doctors were charged with mutilating the genitalia of little girls — the first arrests of this kind. Finally. Barbaric sharia practices are not being sanctioned with silence and avoidance. The...
  • Iraqi Parliament Votes in Favor of Expelling U.S. Troops

    01/05/2020 7:18:51 AM PST · by chuckee · 56 replies
    BREAKING: Iraqi Parliament votes to expel U.S. troops from the country, after airstrike that killed top Iranian military leader Iran-backed militias in Iraq demanded lawmakers attend a session of parliament to vote on the possible expulsion of U.S. troops from the country, after the killing of an Iranian general there put the country at the center of an escalating conflict between its two most important allies. Inside the parliament hall Sunday, lawmakers chanted, “America out! Baghdad remains free!” The vote poses a pivotal test to an American troop presence that has been instrumental in the defeat of Islamic State, even...
  • BREAKING: Iraq parliament votes to expel US military

    01/05/2020 7:20:23 AM PST · by Drew68 · 292 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 01/05/2019
    BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Iraq’s parliament has voted to expel the U.S. military from the country. Lawmakers voted Sunday in favor of a resolution that calls for ending foreign military presence in the country. The resolution’s main aim is to get the U.S. to withdraw some 5,000 U.S. troops present in different parts of Iraq. The vote comes two days after a U.S. airstrike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani inside Iraq, dramatically increasing regional tensions. The Iraqi resolution specifically calls for ending an agreement in which Washington sent troops to Iraq...
  • US court sentences Hezbollah operative to 40 years in jail

    12/03/2019 7:28:40 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 13 replies
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | 3 Dec 2019 | AFP
    New York (AFP) – An American of Lebanese descent was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday for buying weapons and plotting attacks on behalf of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah. Ali Kourani, 34, was found guilty in May of gathering intelligence on potential attack targets, including New York’s JFK International Airport and a federal building in Manhattan. A federal court in America’s financial capital convicted him of eight allegations including conspiracy to use weapons in a violent crime. Born in Lebanon but naturalized by the United States in 2009, Kourani attended several Hezbollah training camps in his country...
  • UK: Man who used sledgehammer to smash windows of mosques turns out to be Shia targeting Sunnis

    12/01/2019 12:59:19 PM PST · by robowombat · 15 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | DEC 1, 2019 3:00 PM | ROBERT SPENCER
    UK: Man who used sledgehammer to smash windows of mosques turns out to be Shia targeting Sunnis DEC 1, 2019 3:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER LEAVE A COMMENT How many of these attacks on mosques were presented by the political and media elites as instances of “Islamophobia”? In any case, the Sunni-Shi’ite jihad, having been fought for fourteen centuries in Muslim countries, has now come to diverse Britain. How far gone is Britain? This far gone: the non-Muslims are aware of Sunni-Shia hostility, and fear the consequences. In 2014, an 84-year-old non-Muslim, Kenneth Peters, who lived in a Shi’ite area,...
  • Let God Be True, But Every Man A Liar (Islam's Lousy Arguments)

    11/29/2019 9:11:34 PM PST · by OddLane · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/30/19 | Gerard Perry
    I address some of the faulty arguments used to claim Islam isn't a false religion. I also explore how we should examine truth claims and compare Islamic growth rates with the popularity of previous heresies.
  • How street protests across Middle East threaten Iran’s power: The weakening of Shia dominance

    11/25/2019 2:50:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/2/5/2019
    Turmoil in Baghdad, paralysis in Beirut and flames of unrest in Tehran; it has been a bad few months for Iran at home and elsewhere in the Middle East, where more than a decade of advances are being slowed, not by manoeuvrings on battlefields or legislatures – but the force of protest movements. Early last week, Iran went dark for four days by closing its internet connections down. Even for the country’s autocratic leadership, this was a drastic step. But such are the stakes for a regime that is increasingly facing obstacles across its hubs of Shia influence. And those...
  • The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record highs

    11/04/2019 2:18:03 PM PST · by Ken H · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | Nov 04, 2019 | Anneken Tappe
    New York (CNN Business) .US stocks hit historic highs again on Monday. But this time the Dow joined the record-setting club as well. All three major stock indexes -- the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite -- finished at their highest level on record. Markets around the world were trading higher on hopes that the United States and China will reach a full trade agreement. The Dow (INDU) closed up 0.4%, or 115 points, at 27,462 points, succeeding the record its set on July 15.
  • On Syria, Trump is playing the lousy cards Obama dealt him

    10/20/2019 11:30:45 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 20 2019 | Post Editorial Board
    Chaos and horrors followed President Trump’s needlessly abrupt withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria, but much of the mess was baked in long before Trump ever took office. In other words, this president played the anti-ISIS hand that the last president had left him: An American exit was always in the cards, and all the players are falling into positions prompted by Obama-era US policy. Thus the Syrian Kurds have allied with bloody Bashar al-Assad in the face of the Turkish invasion. This is less strange when you realize that the Obama administration chose the Kurds as its anti-ISIS...
  • Islam in the News (Taqiyya and Nikah Mutah)

    10/18/2019 7:42:43 PM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/18/19 | Gerard Perry
    I look at the recent BBC investigation of mutah wives in Iraq's Shia heartland, and explain why this is not a Shiite practice so much as an Islamic practice. One that is still embraced by millions of Muslims throughout the Middle East.
  • ‘Pleasure Marriages’ Expose On How Iraqi Muslim Clerics Sell Little Girls for Sex (Tr)

    10/16/2019 8:36:37 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Geller Report ^ | October 15, 2019 | Pamela Geller
    Full title: 20,000 Sign Petition Demanding BBC Remove ‘Pleasure Marriages’ Expose On How Iraqi Muslim Clerics Sell Little Girls for Sex“According to Sharia, there’s no problem [with child marriages for sexual pleasure],” said one cleric. Of course not, they are following Muhammad, “the perfect example” whose favorite wife Aisha was six years old when he married her, nine when he consummated the marriage. Related: Undercover with Imams: little girls sold for sex in temporary ‘pleasure marriages’ that can last as little as an hour – cleric says ‘no problem at all’ to wed a nine-year-old As Robert Spencer points out:...
  • Ashura festival sees children left covered in blood as devout Muslims use knives to slice [tr]

    09/10/2019 10:48:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Sun ^ | September 10, 2019 | Christy Cooper
    FASCINATING images show devout Muslims using knives to cut open their heads during a traditional show of faith. Every year, thousands of Shia worshippers take part in the ceremonies, performed to mourn the death of Husayn ibn Ali, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
  • Iraq: 31 killed, 100 injured in stampede during Ashura rituals in Kerbala city

    09/10/2019 10:47:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    AP ^ | September 10, 2019 | Staff
    Part of a walkway collapsed as tens of thousands of people celebrated Ashura on Tuesday, causing a stampede and killing at least 31 pilgrims on one of the most sacred religious holy days for the Shia sect, officials said. Around 100 others were injured in the incident, which occurred toward the end of the Ashura procession, causing a panicked rush, according to two officials who spoke to The Associated Press from Kerbala. Hundreds of thousands of people converge on the holy city, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, for the occasion every year. The somber day of Ashura...
  • Afghanistan: Bomb rips through wedding in Kabul

    08/17/2019 2:36:53 PM PDT · by robowombat · 36 replies
    BBC World ^ | Aug 17, 2019
    Afghanistan: Bomb rips through wedding in Kabul An explosion has ripped through a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and many casualties are feared. Eye witnesses told the BBC a suicide bomber detonated explosives during a wedding ceremony. Witnesses said they had seen bodies. The explosion happened at around 22:40 local time (18.10 GMT) in an area mostly populated by Shia residents. No group said it carried out the attack, which happened in the west of the city. Sunni Muslim militants, including the Taliban and the Islamic State group, have repeatedly targeted Shia Hazara minorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan....
  • He was arrested at 13, now Saudi Arabia wants to execute him

    06/07/2019 11:28:54 PM PDT · by Cronos · 56 replies
    cnn ^ | 7th June 2019 | cnn
    Foot on pedal, 10-year-old Murtaja Qureiris is about to lead the group of around 30 children. In video footage obtained by CNN, he is wearing rolled up denim jeans and black flip-flops on his feet, and grinning at the camera recording the event. It may look like a regular bike ride, but the group is staging a protest. Moments after they set off, Qureiris gets lost in the sea of boys, struggling to keep up as he lifts a megaphone and presses it against his lips. “The people demand human rights!” he shouts. As a boy, Qureiris participated in demonstrations...
  • Toronto: Sign threatening massacre of Jews at Al Quds Day event

    06/02/2019 1:25:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/6/19
    A sign alluding to a historical massacre of Jews was carried openly at the annual al-Quds Day hatefest in downtown Toronto on Saturday afternoon, the B’nai Brith of Canada reported Sunday. The sign depicts the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and warns that, “The last Khayber is ready,” an allusion to an ancient battle in which a Muslim army defeated and slaughtered Jews in the Arabian Peninsula. It also predicts the coming of “the last Hayder,” a nickname for Ali, the leading figure in Shi’a [Shi’ite] Islam. Shi’a [Shi’ite] clerics are among the speakers and organizers of the Toronto...
  • Sweden: Shia Muslims fearful of returning Islamic State jihadis

    03/21/2019 11:56:16 AM PDT · by OddLane · 15 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 1/21/19 | Robert Spencer
    The Shia Muslim community in Sweden is concerned about its safety “if Islamic State militants return home.” Unfortunately for the Shia, Leftist Swedes believe that it is “racist” for Sweden not to embrace Swedish jihadis as they would any other Swedish citizen. Many other nations, such as Canada, hold the same view. Leftists and the many charlatans who are gainfully employed in the anti- “racism” industry have managed to exacerbate racial divisions. In this industry, those who do not fit their narrative do not exist. Muslims who are threatened by other Muslims do not exist; neither do blacks who are...