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  • Apocalyptic prophecies drive both sides to Syrian battle for end of time [Sunni vs Shi'ite]

    04/01/2014 11:06:32 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/1/14 | By Mariam Karouny
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Conflict in Syria kills hundreds of thousands of people and spreads unrest across the Middle East. Iranian forces battle anti-Shi'ite fighters in Damascus, and the region braces for an ultimate showdown. If the scenario sounds familiar to an anxious world watching Syria's devastating civil war, it resonates even more with Sunni and Shi'ite fighters on the frontlines - who believe it was all foretold in 7th Century prophecies. From the first outbreak of the crisis in the southern city of Deraa to apocalyptic forecasts of a Middle East soaked in blood, many combatants on both sides of...
  • Iraq’s Sunni tribal leaders say fight for Fallujah is part of a revolution

    03/13/2014 8:30:39 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 12, 2014 | Jane Arraf
    AMMAN, Jordan — In offices above busy commercial streets here in the Jordanian capital, Iraqi tribal and religious leaders are plotting a revolution in their own country. “It is a war,” said Muthana al-Dari, surrounded by satellite maps of flash points in western Iraq, where government security forces, tribes and al-Qaeda-inspired insurgents are engulfed in a complicated clash.
  • As George Kennan Inspired Truman’s Foreign Policy, Now Stephen Walt Inspires Obama’s

    02/05/2014 12:13:24 PM PST · by mojito · 12 replies
    Tablet ^ | 2/5/2014 | Lee Smith
    ...[Ma]ny observers across the political spectrum argue that there’s no coherent American Middle East policy at all....[C]olumnist Charles Krauthammer argues that Obama is simply presiding over a decline in American influence, while Democratic[s]...like Sen. Robert Menendez apparently can’t make heads or tails of the White House’s Iran policy. If sanctions got the Iranians to the negotiating table...then why is the White House fighting against a further round of sanctions that would give Washington more leverage? Because it’s part of the Administration’s grand strategy. As Obama explained to David Remnick in a recent New Yorker interview, the goal is to create...
  • Al Qaeda in Syria kills rival rebel leader

    02/02/2014 7:14:21 AM PST · by mac_truck · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/2/2014 | AP
    BEIRUT - Al Qaeda fighters killed the leader of a rival Islamic brigade in a twin car bombing near Syria's northern city of Aleppo, an attack likely to further exacerbate rebel infighting in the country's brutal civil war even as government forces continued their intense shelling of opposition-held areas of the city on Sunday. The attack targeted the base of rivals, the Tawheed Brigades, and killed commander Adnan Bakkour, said Rami Abdurrahman of the Observatory. The al Qaeda linked Islamic State also killed another prominent commander of another rebel brigade, said analyst Charles Lister of the Brookings Doha Center. Lister...
  • Iraq politician warns elections may further alienate Sunnis

    01/25/2014 8:27:00 AM PST · by mac_truck · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/25/2014 | Missy Ryan
    The speaker of Iraq's parliament warned on Friday that upcoming elections might be used to further marginalize already-frustrated Sunni Muslims, who have chafed against what they call unfair treatment from the country's Shi'ite prime minister. Usama al-Nujaifi, a Sunni, said in an interview during a visit to Washington that he feared attempts to discourage voting or "provoke the situation" in Sunni areas, or to sideline certain would-be candidates, were designed "to weaken Sunni representation in parliament." He also warned that poor security could pose problems for the parliamentary polls, scheduled for April 30. "If the security conditions worsen, the elections...
  • Syrian rebels accidentally decapitate the wrong man, ask for public for ‘understanding and forgivene

    01/19/2014 12:15:22 PM PST · by dennisw · 94 replies
    nationalpost ^ | | November 15, 2013 | Richard Spencer,
    Militant Islamist rebels in Syria linked to Al-Qaeda have asked for “understanding and forgiveness” for cutting off and putting on display the wrong man’s head. In a public appearance filmed and posted online, members of Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, one brandishing a knife, held up a bearded head before a crowd in Aleppo. They triumphantly described the execution of what they said was a member of an Iraqi Shia militia fighting for President Bashar Al-Assad. But the head was recognised from the video as belonging to a member of Ahrar Al-Sham, a Sunni Islamist rebel group that often...
  • Al Qaeda Flag Flies over City Where Marines Fought Largest Battle of Iraq War

    01/03/2014 5:13:21 PM PST · by kristinn · 104 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Friday, January 3, 3014 | Noah Rothman
    Just over two years since American troops entirely withdrew from Iraq, the black flag of Al Qaeda flies over the city of Fallujah’s government buildings in Iraq’s western Anbar Province. It was there that several American contractors were killed and strung up over a bridge in 2004 and American Marines fought the biggest battle of the Iraq War. “The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, the Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three-way war,” reads...
  • Iraqis battle militant uprising in 2 Sunni cities

    01/02/2014 2:58:42 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    AP ^ | Thursday, January 2, 2014
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen battled on Thursday to put down al-Qaida-linked gunmen who, in a coordinated surge, ran rampant in two of the country’s main Sunni cities, overrunning police stations and sweeping through the streets, emboldened by mounting sectarian tensions between minority Sunnis and the Shiite-led government. Troops hammered the militants with Hellfire rockets recently sent by the United States to help the government’s fight against al-Qaida’s Iraq branch, which also operates with increasing strength in Syria’s civil war across the border. The militants’ swift uprising a day earlier overwhelmed police forces in Ramadi and Fallujah,...
  • Syria's Assad urges fight against Saudi religious ideology

    12/31/2013 7:13:51 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 16 replies
    Global Post ^ | December 30, 2013 11:16am | Global Post
    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad Monday called for a battle against Wahhabism, the political and religious ideology embraced by the Saudi government, a key backer of the uprising against his regime. The comments came amid ongoing tensions between the two countries, which are fiercely opposed to each other.
  • Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup

    12/15/2013 4:44:07 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/15/13 | Paul Sperry
    After the 9/11 attacks, the public was told al Qaeda acted alone, with no state sponsors. But the White House never let it see an entire section of Congress’ investigative report on 9/11 dealing with “specific sources of foreign support” for the 19 hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi nationals. It was kept secret and remains so today. President Bush inexplicably censored 28 full pages of the 800-page report. Text isn’t just blacked-out here and there in this critical-yet-missing middle section. The pages are completely blank, except for dotted lines where an estimated 7,200 words once stood (this story by...
  • Shiites staging religious procession beat 7 Sunnis to death in Pakistan

    11/15/2013 5:15:53 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    ap ^ | November 15, 2013 | ZARAR KHAN
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Shiite Muslims staging a religious procession near Pakistan’s capital Friday killed seven Sunnis from an Islamic seminary for insulting them as they passed, officials said. ... The Shiites were observing Ashoura, which commemorates the 7th century death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. The schism between Sunnis and Shiites dates back to that time.
  • Americans performing Hajj attacked in Saudi Arabia

    10/21/2013 4:20:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 18, 2013 | Afshain Afzal
    A group of Americans visiting Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj were threatened and attacked earlier this week on Oct. 16 by a radicalized group of extremists. On one of the nights where Hajj pilgrims are required to stay overnight in the city of Mina, a group of young men began asking different sets of pilgrims if they were from the United States. When they encountered a group that identified themselves as not only Americans, but also as Shiite Muslims, they were threatened and attacked by the group of men, who were apparently armed with knives and other blades. During the...
  • Wahhabis Remark at Hajj: 'We will Kill You Shia Men and Rape Your Women' ( Detroit mentioned )

    10/20/2013 10:52:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Arab American pilgrims from the Metro Detroit area where attacked and assaulted, for what appears to be sectarian reasons, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, while performing the rituals of Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia. Mina is a town near Mecca, where pilgrims sleep in tents and stone three pillars, representing the satan, with seven pebbles, on the last day of Hajj. The Saudi government has built thousand of air-conditioned tents to accommodate pilgrims, during this ritual. A known female community leader said that when the local group entered Tent Section 40, an area designated for American, European and Australian Muslims, a...
  • John Kerry Actually Praises Bible Banning Islamic Malaysia

    10/14/2013 9:50:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | October 14, 2013 | Janna Brock
    Nothing Secretary of State John Kerry does should surprise anyone anymore. But in praising Islamic Malaysia as a "multi-faith" model as something of a benchmark for balancing cultural diversity, he shows his true colors. He is a traitor to the United States just like his boss. Malaysia is nothing more than an Sunni Islamic fundamentalist country, where only those who belong to the recognized Islamic sect are not punished. Malaysia is no different than any other Islamic nation. ... Bibles are a direct threat to the Islamic faith and must be destroyed. Too, Hindu temples have been destroyed, and even...
  • Muslim leader says pope is model of what religious leader should be

    10/08/2013 1:24:33 PM PDT · by haffast · 33 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Oct-8-2013 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, like Islam's Sufi mystic theologians and poets, "is trying to do good for the sake of the Good One, motivated by love and compassion," said the president of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland. Mohamad Bashar Arafat, a Syrian who has lived in the United States for more than 20 years, was visiting the Vatican and speaking to groups in Rome in early October as a guest of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See as part of the U.S. State Department's international speakers program. In an interview with Catholic News Service, Arafat said...
  • Iceland to Get its First Mosque

    09/27/2013 9:34:39 PM PDT · by cutty · 59 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | September 27, 2013 | Soeren Kern
    The Muslim Association of Iceland now admits that foreign donors will be paying for the mosque's construction costs. The former mayor of Reykjavik says he believes it is outrageous for the city to give Muslims a site at no cost at a great location in the center of the city, and asks why political and feminist groups are so tolerant of a religion that he says degrades women. The Reykjavík City Council has approved a building permit for the construction of the first mosque in Iceland. The mosque will be built in Sogamýri, an upscale district near downtown Reykjavík on...
  • Under Sharif brothers Shia Genocide continues

    09/18/2013 11:02:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Once again the Takfiris of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi-ASWJ have visited a Shia household and left after cutting down the entire family. On the evening of 6 September, LeJ-ASWJ assassins riding on three motorcycles went to a house belonging to a prominent Shia local Syed Fazilat alias Phool Shah. Phool Shah was sitting outside with his sons and brothers. The assassins opened fire on them killing Phool Shah and the others. In all, seven men were killed at the spot and two were seriously injured. The blatant act of Islamofascist savagery was neither reported in the media, nor was it condemned by the...
  • ARE YOU SYRIA-OUS? IS THE USA ON THE WRONG SIDE?

    09/14/2013 11:10:21 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 88 replies
    Original Content | September 14, 2013 | by Laz A. Mataz
    The entire narrative of the Obama administration is that President Bashar al-Assad, or at least his minions, used a nerve gas (Sarin) on the opposing rebel forces, and that this warranted a strike on Syria to disuade them or others from using weapons of mass destruction. Let us look at this claim, in light of the evidence of the last few weeks: Russia publicly contradicted Washington's premise that Assad had released chemical weapons in Ghouta, but offered approve a strike on Syria -- its longest and most solid ally in the region -- if concrete evidence, gathered by the United...
  • Obama no longer a Democrat

    09/14/2013 9:55:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | September 13, 2013 | Keith Davies
    Now that the presidential election of last year is in the distant past, it appears that Obama may have abandoned his domestic agenda and is now squarely focused on the Middle East, or to be more accurate, the “Muslim Agenda”. What is this agenda? The answer is simple – the Caliphate. Obama is setting up the Caliphate as quickly as possible for his Sunni Muslim Brotherhood brethren ... Ed Klein wrote a book about Obama called “The Amateur” .. Klein interviewed Obama’s former Reverend, Jeremiah Wright .. Wright stated that he guided Obama to accept Christianity without affecting his faith...
  • Obama Stymied in Bid to Rally World Leaders on Syria Strike

    09/06/2013 12:33:15 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 66 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept 6, 2013 | By PETER BAKER and STEVEN LEE MYERS
    STRELNA, Russia — President Obama ran into an impasse on Friday in his bid to rally international backing for a military strike on Syria as world leaders wrapped up a summit meeting here remaining deeply divided over the right response to what the Americans have called the deadliest nerve gas attack in decades. After a dinner debate that lasted into the early morning hours of Friday, Mr. Obama emerged with a few supporters but no consensus, as other leaders urged him not to attack without United Nations permission, which is not forthcoming. Instead, the president had to resign himself to...
  • Obama’s Two Masters and the Smell of Desperation

    09/05/2013 7:42:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | September 5, 2013 | Keith Davies
    the president’s loyalty to the interests of the United States and its Constitution has been trumped by a different agenda or ideology. While many have suspected this since his initial presidential campaign, the Syrian Crisis makes it more obvious than ever for those who are informed and who understand the background of Barrack Hussein Obama. We know of Barack Obama’s past associations, we know that he was brought up a Muslim, and we know based on his policies over the last few years, that he wishes to empower the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. He’s been notably frustrated...
  • Kerry: Arab Countries Offered to Pay for Invasion

    09/04/2013 2:50:13 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 158 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 09 04 2013 | Aaron Blake
    Secretary of State John Kerry said at Wednesday’s hearing that Arab counties have offered to pay for the entirety of unseating President Bashar al-Assad if the United States took the lead militarily. “With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes,” Kerry said. “They have. That offer is on the table.” Asked by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) about how much those countries would contribute, Kerry said they have offered to pay for all of a full invasion.
  • US aid to Syrian opposition tops $1 billion mark

    09/02/2013 10:57:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | 9/2/13 | Jordan Schachtel
    According to USAID (United States Agency For International Development), the federal agency in charge of distributing the vast majority of foreign aid monies to other countries, United States taxpayers have paid for over one billion dollars in foreign aid packages to help support the “Syrian Humanitarian Response." Despite the threat of continued chemical attacks against the Syrian people that has served as the focal point of rallying cries for advocates of US military intervention (including the Obama administration), The Daily Beast reported that gas masks were not among the items
  • President Obama will seek approval from Congress for military action in Syria (NBC News video)

    08/31/2013 11:16:18 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 85 replies
    NBC ^ | By Daniel Arkin and Kristen Welker, NBC News
    NBC's Richard Engel reports the latest from the Turkey border town of Antakya as the world awaits possible US-led military strikes on Syria.
  • Obama backing the wrong Syrian rebels

    08/31/2013 9:46:39 AM PDT · by Scooter100 · 9 replies
    WND | 29 Aug 2013
    Good interview and worth listening to. Obama is actively backing the radical Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaida elements (approx. 20,000 strong) of the rebellion while leaving the Free Syrian Army (approx. 800,000 strong) high and dry, warns retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely. Listen to radio interview at http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/general-obamas-backing-wrong-syrian-rebels/
  • Live Thread: Obama to Make Rose Garden Statement on Syria, 1:15 p.m. EDT 8/31/13

    08/31/2013 9:16:19 AM PDT · by kristinn · 596 replies
    Via Twitter ^ | Saturday, August 31, 2013 | Jay Carney
    The President will deliver a statement on Syria at 1:15 pm today in the Rose Garden today.
  • The Assyrians and Kurdish Autonomy in Syria

    08/31/2013 8:47:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 8-20-2013 | Augin K. Haninke
    The Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD), a branch of Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan (PKK), recently declared that they want to form a Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria... is there any place for Assyrians? Is there room in a future ruled by Kurds, considering what happened in northern Iraq? Analysts I talked to are optimistic and see a difference from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in north Iraq. Assyrians make up about 30% of al-Jazeera's population and should have better conditions, they say. But the biggest threat to Assyrians is emigration, since many are fleeing to seek a better life in the West....
  • Erdogan: Syrian Strike Should Topple Assad

    08/31/2013 7:32:14 AM PDT · by Lera · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/31/2013 | Elad Benari
    Limited strikes in Syria are not enough, declares Turkey's Prime Minister as the U.S. mulls action in Syria. The goal of any military intervention in Syria should be to topple Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Erdogan said that the limited strikes which the United States is reportedly planning against Syria would not be enough and pushed for a broader military offensive. "A limited operation cannot be satisfactory for us," he was quoted as saying by the NTV news channel. "An intervention akin to that decided for Kosovo must be launched. An operation of...
  • Hillary's $500K Saudi jewelry

    08/31/2013 3:25:03 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/29/13
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to have received the most expensive gift, described as “white gold jewelry with teardrop rubies and diamonds containing a necklace, a bracelet, earrings, and a ring.” Bestowed upon Clinton by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, the jewelry is valued at half a million dollars. It is pending transfer to the GSA, according to the State Department.... Descriptions of each of the gifts to White House, agency and military officials was accompanied by the blanket justification that, “Non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. Government.”
  • Burned student: We will crush you, Assad

    08/31/2013 4:39:47 AM PDT · by Ed25 · 34 replies
    Hard to believe he would be this stupid.If in fact it was him.Possibly rebels?
  • Vanity: Obama wants Israel gone and achieves it by bombing Syria

    08/31/2013 4:12:03 AM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 58 replies
    8/31/13 | me
    Let's face facts people. Obama and his evil ilk know exactly what they're doing. We've heard, unequivocally, that if the US bombs Syria, Syria will attack Israel. This is the end goal for Obama. This is his way of destroying Israel without any direct attack. A big question is, where are ANY of the conservatives, in power, defending us? I know Ted has said something and Rand but, really...where's the rest of them?
  • Russia Calls For Urgent UN Security Council Meeting

    08/29/2013 10:44:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    Zero Hedge/Sky News Newsdesk ^ | August 28, 2013 | Submitted by Tyler Durden
    Somehow we doubt that Putin just folded... Sky Sources: Russia to call for urgent meeting of five permanent members of UN Security Council — Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) August 29, 2013 Some more from BBG: RUSSIA CALLED FOR THE SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING, DIPLOMAT 5 PERMANENT COUNCIL MEMBERS U.K., U.S., FRANCE, CHINA, RUSSIA FIVE PERM. SEC. COUNCIL MEMBERS TO MEET AT 2:30P Hopefully Putin doesn't whip out incontrovertible proof the chemical gas attack was linked to Al Qaeda, Qatar... and the US of course.
  • Obama and Terrorists – or is it Obama and the Sunni Muslims?

    08/29/2013 6:32:59 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 29, 2013 | Andrea Ryan
    In a great article in the Independent, Robert Frisk points out that if Obama attacks Syrian leader Assad’s army, the US and Al Qaeda would be on the same side. However, Frisk incorrectly states that this would be the first time. Not so. As Gateway Pundit pointed out in prior posts, Obama was on the same side as Al Qaeda in Libya when bombing Gaddafi and his forces. Obama, also, sided with the terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, in Egypt, even providing them with $1.5 billion in aid, and then taking it away after they were overthrown. Pundits have tried...
  • Evidence: Syrian Rebels used Chemical Weapons (not Assad)

    08/27/2013 5:39:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | August 27, 2013 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    Recent news of a chemical weapons attack in Syria smacks of desperation. The question comes down to who is most desperate right now, the Assad regime or the Muslim Brotherhood rebels? Consider that since June, Assad’s forces have been winning. According to a CBS News report from last month, victories for the rebels had become “increasingly rare” and that the Muslim Brotherhood-backed opposition fighters were sustaining “some of their heaviest losses” near Damascus. The New York Times echoed this sentiment, even saying that before gaining the upper hand, concerns were that Assad would use chemical weapons; he did not. In...
  • Egyptians Bewildered Over Support for Muslim Brotherhood

    08/25/2013 5:53:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | August 23, 2013 | Michael Armanious
    What many Egyptians cannot understand is: Why is the U.S. administration siding with the forces of oppression in their country and assisting with its transformation into a failed state under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood? Egypt simply cannot be allowed to become another Somalia or Afghanistan, controlled by its own version of the Taliban. The Egyptian people are astounded. They simply do not understand the Obama Administration's efforts to bring the Muslim Brotherhood back to power. In an effort to make some sense of the Obama Administration's policies, Amr Adeeb, a prominent Egyptian commentator, argues that the U.S. is...
  • Sunni Group Issues Warning to 'Pig Nasrallah'

    08/15/2013 10:26:52 PM PDT · by Lera · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/16/2013 | Elad Benari
    A Sunni group claims it was behind the car bomb attack in a Hezbollah stronghold, issues warning to the group's chief. A Sunni Islamist group took credit on Thursday for the car bombing in a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut which killed at least 20 people. Shortly after news of the attack broke, an online video surfaced showing three masked men, two of them holding rifles, in front of a white flag inscribed with the Islamic profession of faith, reported AFP. "You, the pig Hassan Nasrallah, we send you our second powerful message because you haven't understood yet," said one member...
  • Welcoming Jihadis, Booting Christians

    07/30/2013 8:07:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note:This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. You probably cannot find a more scholarly, measured, and careful writer than Michael Barone. This Resident Fellow at the respected American Enterprise Institute is not given to exaggeration. Let others set their hair on fire to get a headline, Harvard-educated Michael Barone makes news because he’s one who knows. He has been the co-editor since 1968 of The Almanac of American Politics. It has been referred to as the “Bible,” but usually by those who don’t have another. Still, when Michael Barone says the Obama administration views “Christianity bad, Islam good,” people...
  • PRINCE ALWALEED: Fracking Is Going To Crush The Saudi Economy If Nothing Is Done

    07/29/2013 7:39:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/29/2013 | Rob Wile
    Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has warned shale oil and gas development poses a threat to the kingdom's economy, the Wall Street Journal's Summer Said reports. In an open letter to Saudi oil minister Ali al Naimi [in Arabic], Alwaleed also warns the kingdom must diversify its revenue streams in the face of flagging oil demand. A source translated the key portion of the note: With all due respect to your Highness’ viewpoint about shale gas and that it poses no danger on Saudi economy at ‘the present time’, I was hoping that your Highness would also shed light...
  • Syrian Christian describes religious cleansing of city by Islamic extremists

    07/27/2013 8:26:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    JNS ^ | July 25, 2013
    before the civil war the city of Qusayr, located in eastern portion of Syria near the Lebanese border, had around 40,000 people, including 7,000 Christians. “In late 2011, the Sunni townsmen came and told us to either join us in anti-regime demonstrations or leave the town. If we didn’t, we would be killed,” Fadul Abu Yohanna Kasouhah, a Christian resident of Qusayr, described to CSI. According to Fadul, the Sunni Islamists in his village used the loudspeakers from the Mosques to name the Christian families by name and told them to leave. Fadul told CSI how his cousin was gunned...
  • Unknown vandals smear paint on Lincoln Memorial

    07/26/2013 6:28:05 AM PDT · by cll · 48 replies
    The Washington comPost ^ | 7/26/2013 | Maggie Fazeli Fard
    The Lincoln Memorial was shut down Friday morning after vandals splashed the statue of the nation’s 16th president and the marble floor around it with green paint, U.S. Park Police said. Police are reviewing surveillance footage from the popular tourist attraction on the west end of the Mall, but so far they have released no information about who may have been responsible. Authorities believe the vandalism happened around 1:30 a.m. The National Park Service will work to clean up the paint, police said, and the memorial will be closed to the public until cleanup is complete. Police said no words...
  • Why is Al-Jazeera giving Money to Weiner?

    07/20/2013 9:41:08 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 14 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | July 20, 2013 | Shoebat Foundation
    Why is Al-Jazeera giving him money in the first place? We can’t figure it out except for one reason – his wife is a devout Muslim with extensive, irrefutable familial connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, whose propaganda is piped all over the Middle East by… Al-Jazeera.
  • Video: Clerics Joyful Over Murder of Four Shiites in Egypt

    06/30/2013 7:22:29 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/7/13 | Elad Benari
    Egyptian clerics expressed joy last week over the brutal murders of four Shiites in the Giza-district village of Zavia Abu Muslam. About 3,000 Sunnis murdered the four, beating them and burning their houses down. The incident was recorded on video. Among those killed was prominent cleric Sheik Hassan Shehata. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has translated and posted excerpts from an interview with Egyptian cleric Walid Ismail, which aired on Dream 2 TV on June 24, 2013, and a statement made by Egyptian cleric Mazen Sarsawi, which aired on Amjad TV on June 25. Both expressed their satisfaction...
  • Sectarian tensions underlying conflict in Syria erupt in Sydney and Melbourne

    06/30/2013 10:28:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    ABC ^ | June 4, 2013 | Caro Meldrum-Hanna
    The sectarian tensions underlying the conflict in Syria have erupted in Australia, with acts of violence, harassment and threats ... Jamal Daoud, a high-profile community leader in western Sydney, says the situation is becoming "very vicious". Although he is a Sunni Muslim, because of his opposition to removing the Syrian regime by force, Mr Daoud says extremists at home view him with the same hatred they have for Shiites and Alawites. ... the source of the violence in Sydney, the Jabhat al Nusra supporters," he said. "The last two years they have flourished in western Sydney, they have flourished. We...
  • Obama-backed Syrian jihadists behead people in front of large cheering crowd (Caution: GRAPHIC)

    06/27/2013 10:28:46 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 38 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | June 26, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Imagine if these savages win ..... Golem writes: Execution in Idlib by Jabhat al-Nusra. Victims are apparently "Sunni supporter of Al-Assad". The white jihadists are Chechens and perhaps Dagestani judging from their Russian accents. The same ethnicity as the Boston bombers, if you remember the younger bomber on his vkontakte page had web videos supporting jihad in Syria. The most disturbing aspect is all the little children there cheering people being beheaded.
  • Officials: Egyptian villagers kill 4 Shiites

    06/23/2013 6:57:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 06/23/2013 | TONY G. GABRIEL
    Sunni Muslim villagers killed four Shiite men on Sunday, accusing them of trying to spread their version of Islam, according to Egyptian security officials. ... A Salafi preacher, Mohammed Hassan, called on Morsi "not to open the doors of Egypt" to Shiites, saying that "they never entered a place without corrupting it." Salafis consider Shiite as heretics.
  • U.S. strategy puts it in middle of 'holy war'

    06/18/2013 10:41:03 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    WND ^ | June 18, 2013 | F. Michael Maloof
    Obama weapons plan seen as adding to all-out sectarian conflict in Mideast WASHINGTON – Not only has the United States decided to begin providing weapons to the Syrian opposition, now Sunni Muslim clerics from the Gulf Cooperating Council countries, which are backed by the U.S. in arming and providing fighters to the opposition, have issued a fatwa calling for a “holy war” against Syria and its Shiite allies, principally Hezbollah, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. The fatwa, which signals the beginning of an all-out Sunni-Shia sectarian conflict, comes as foreign fighters led by the al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra killed 60...
  • Shia belief about Imam Al-Mahdi! Who is the awaited Imam?

    06/18/2013 12:58:01 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 13 replies
    www.shiasunni.info ^ | June 9, 2013 | Dr. Taijani Samavi
    He also became one of the topics misused by Ahl al-Sunnah to revile the Shi’ah. Some of them transgressed the limits by making of it a point of mockery and derision, as they negate, or say, believe it impossible for a human being to be alive and unseen for twelve centuries. Some of the contemporary writers even dare to say: “The Shi’ah have fabricated and forged the idea of the occulted Imam who will verily deliver them, because of the much oppression and persecution they experienced from time immemorial to the present day. So they consoled themselves by the wish...
  • Obama's Move: Arming Syrian Rebels Is Arming Al-Qaida

    06/17/2013 5:21:41 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 17, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    The Mideast: The president opposed arming the Syrian rebels last year on the grounds the arms could find their way into Islamist hands. This year he's changed his mind — but the rebels haven't changed their Islamist spots. One would have thought that the decision to intervene in the Syrian civil war, a conflict in which the U.S. has no clear strategic interest, would have been announced by President Obama, sans golf garb, sitting behind his desk in the Oval Office, and not by Ben Rhodes, the White House deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. One would also have...
  • Putin: Syrian Rebels Are Cannibals; Don't Arm Them

    06/16/2013 3:27:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 52 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/6/13 | Elad Benari
    The Syrian rebels are “cannibals” and should not be given arms, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday. "I think you will not deny that one does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines, in front of the public and cameras," Putin said at a joint press conference in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Putin was referring to video footage posted on the Internet last month of a rebel fighter eating the heart of a government soldier. "Is it them who you want to...
  • Sunni militants claim responsibility for bus, hospital attacks in Pakistan

    06/16/2013 10:02:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 16.06.2013 | mkg
    A group behind assaults on Shiites in Pakistan has claimed responsibility for tandem attacks on a university bus and a hospital that killed at least 24. The Sunni extremist outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi announced on Sunday that it had sent a female suicide bomber to strike the bus in Quetta, capital of the restive Balochistan province, killing 14 students from a women's university near a Shiite neighborhood on Saturday. About 90 minutes later, a follow-up attack on the hospital treating survivors left at least 11 dead and led to a prolonged gun battle between security forces and militants occupying part of the...