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  • U.S. accidentally bombed “moderate” rebels in Syria because base was right next to Al Qaeda’s

    09/30/2014 11:33:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2014 | AllahPundit
    Given that the “moderates” are our allies, you would think this problem could be avoided by coordinating with them on where to attack and where not to. But there’s a hitch: We … don’t trust them enough to rely on the intelligence they give us.You’d trust a group that’s fighting so closely alongside Al Qaeda (a.k.a. the Nusra Front) that bombing the latter means collateral damage for the former, wouldn’t you? Since U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria began on Sept. 22, there has been no coordination between the U.S. military and its alleged partners on the ground, according...
  • ISIS Fighter Calls US Airstrikes Totally Ineffective

    09/30/2014 8:58:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/30/2014 | Jeremy Bender
    In an exclusive interview with CNN, a Syrian fighter with the group known as the Islamic State or ISIS said they were prepared for US airstrikes within Syria and the damage done against the organization was ineffective.A Syrian ISIS fighter operating under the pseudonym Abu Tahla told CNN through Skype that the US and coalition airstrikes within Syria were expected. "We've been ready for this for some time," Abu Talha said. "We know that our bases are known because they're tracking us with radars and satellites, so we had backup locations."The ISIS headquarters that were targeted were emptied out, and...
  • U.S. airstrikes on ISIS 'killed Syrian civilians after mistaking grain silo for jihadist base'

    09/30/2014 8:55:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    DAILY MAIL ^ | 09/30/2014 | By JACK CRONE and LUCY CROSSLEY
    * British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, gather information from sources in Syria * They say missile set grain silo ablaze in ISIS town of Manbij, northern Syria * Claim two civilians killed including 'workers who provide food for people' * IS fighters 'also died in a strike on a building on the town's outskirts' * US says there is 'no evidence' any civilians were killed in the strike * Group count at least 19 civilians killed so far in coalition airstrikes * US-led coalition has been targeting ISIS-controlled towns in Syria since last week At least two civilian workers...
  • Exclusive: America’s Allies Almost Bombed in Syrian Airstrikes

    09/30/2014 7:11:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/30/2014 | Josh Rogin
    The White House says it wants to work with Syria’s moderate rebels. But warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition came awfully close to striking one of their HQs. Last week, an airstrike from the American-led coalition nearly hit a command-and-control facility affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, the moderate rebels the Obama administration says are America’s “boots on the ground,” according to two opposition leaders. They are asking the Obama administration to please coordinate with them in the future before America bombs its only allies in Syria. Since U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria began on Sept. 22, there has been...
  • Vote: Which Was Lamest Excuse by Morning Joe Panelists for Obama ISIS Failure?

    09/30/2014 6:07:44 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With about a month to go before the elections, let's loosen up our lever-pulling arms by inviting NewsBusters readers to vote on the lamest excuse offered by three Morning Joe panelists today for President Obama's failure to heed the intelligence about the threat ISIS posed. 1. Columbia prof Dorian Warren: congressional intelligence committees are to blame for not raising the issues with President Obama. 2. Mike Barnicle: James Clapper is to blame for not assembling the intelligence to the point that it got the president's full attention. 3. Eugene Robinson: not fair to blame the president considering there could have...
  • Obama Betrays the Kurds

    09/30/2014 4:29:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/30/2014 | Robert Zubrin
    In his speech to the United Nations last week, President Obama pledged to the world that the United States would use its might to stop the horrific depredations of the terrorist movement variously known as the Islamic State, ISIS, or, as he calls it, ISIL. “This group has terrorized all who they come across in Iraq and Syria,” the president proclaimed. “Mothers, sisters, daughters have been subjected to rape as a weapon of war. Innocent children have been gunned down. Bodies have been dumped in mass graves. Religious minorities have been starved to death. In the most horrific crimes imaginable,...
  • Obama's Narcissism a Threat to National Security

    09/29/2014 9:09:24 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 21 replies
    Radix News ^ | September 30, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    We mention President Obama’s narcissism not as an exercise in name-calling but because it continues to be relevant to how he conducts himself in office, and it’s not pretty. This undeniable character trait was on full display in his interview with Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes,” in the sense that he simply cannot entertain the possibility, much less — infinitely less — admit the possibility that he has made a mistake or exercised poor judgment. If anything remotely positive happens on his watch, he presumes to take full credit for it — way more than the normal opportunistic politician. With...
  • IS Moves Forces to Syria from Northern Iraq

    09/29/2014 9:04:56 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 39 minutes ago
    Islamic State militants in western Iraq. Photo: ISIS video ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Large numbers of Islamic State (IS) militants withdrew from Shingal region on Monday and headed to the Syrian border, Kurdish Peshmerga forces told Rudaw. “Around sunset a convoy of about 30 IS vehicles left the area and drove towards the Syrian border,” said Haji Ibrahim, a veteran Yezidi Peshmerga. Ibrahim said that the IS militants were holding their front lines against the Peshmerga forces until Monday. Ibrahim said that the IS positions around Shingal have been the target of intense US airstrikes in the past few weeks. IS...
  • Why Obama Can’t Say His Spies Underestimated ISIS

    09/29/2014 6:49:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 09.28.14 | Eli Lake
    On “60 Minutes,” the president faulted his spies for failing to predict the rise of ISIS. There’s one problem with that statement: The intelligence analysts did warn about the group. Nearly eight months ago, some of President Obama’s senior intelligence officials were already warning that ISIS was on the move. In the beginning of 2014, ISIS fighters had defeated Iraqi forces in Fallujah, leading much of the U.S. intelligence community to assess they would try to take more of Iraq. ... after Obama’s interview aired, one former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists...
  • Obama: Intel officials underestimated ISIS

    09/28/2014 11:47:02 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/28/14 | Timothy Cama
    President Obama largely blamed the United States’ intelligence community in an interview broadcast Sunday for giving an incorrect assessment of the capabilities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama said on CBS’s ""60 Minutes." Obama said ISIS, also known as ISIL, went “underground” when United States forces fought al Qaeda in Iraq in the last decade. That, along with Syria’s civil war, allowed ISIS to regroup and recruit fighters from all over the world, including...
  • Obama: U.S. underestimated rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria

    09/28/2014 11:56:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 28, 2014
    The U.S. had expected the Iraqi army to do more against extremists, president says in acknowledgment of intelligence shortcomingsresident Obama acknowledged that the U.S. underestimated the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also called ISIL) and overestimated the ability of the Iraqi military to fend off the militant group in an interview that will air Sunday on 60 Minutes.
  • Obama: US misjudged Iraqi army, militants’ threat

    09/28/2014 11:45:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2014 2:10 PM EDT | Kevin Freking
    President Barack Obama acknowledged that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq’s army to fight. Questioning Obama’s strategy to destroy the group, House Speaker John Boehner said the U.S. may have “no choice” but to send in American troops if the mix of U.S.-led airstrikes and a ground campaign reliant on Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and soon-to-be trained Syrian rebels fails to achieve that goal. …
  • Mavi Marmara ‘Peace Activist’ Killed in US Airstrike

    09/28/2014 11:06:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    INN ^ | 9/28/2014, 2:22 PM | Ari Soffer
    One of the Islamist “activists” who attacked IDF soldiers aboard the Mavi Marmara flotilla in 2010 has reportedly been killed in a US airstrike in Syria, as he was fighting alongside Islamist terrorists. 40-year-old Bulent Alniak was killed in a US airstrike in Idlib, northwestern Syria, on a target identified as belonging to the “Islamic State” terrorist group (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL), according to the Turkish World Bulletin website. According to that report, Alniak was carrying out “aid work” ahead of the upcoming Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. But other sources have suggested a somewhat less peaceful...
  • The Latest War Will Not Be Free

    09/28/2014 7:11:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Young people may find it hard to believe, but going to war used to be a big deal. When the United States started bombing Iraq in January 1991, Americans somberly watched President George H.W. Bush address the nation, followed by live video of Baghdad being bombed. The Bush address drew the biggest audience TV had ever had. This past week, by contrast, life went on normally as U.S. warplanes and Tomahawk missiles destroyed targets in Syria and Iraq in a new war, which has no clear goal or time limit. As our leaders took us into a conflict fraught with...
  • Young British jihadists fighting in Syria attended Abu Hamza mosque (Brighton)

    09/27/2014 11:28:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:44PM BST 26 Sep 2014 | Tom Whitehead, Security Editor
    Young jihadists fighting in Syria attended the same Brighton mosque where Abu Hamza became radicalized in the 1980s, the Daily Telegraph can disclose. Teenager Ibrahim Kamara, who died in Syria this week, is believed to have been drawn in to extremism by three brothers whose father is a trustee at the Brighton Al-Quds mosque in the seaside city. It came as Amer Deghayes, one of the brothers who is also in Syria, warned American and British airstrikes against ISIL could lead to other terror groups there joining forces against them. …
  • The Keyword That Unlocks The Secret Master Plan Of ISIS

    09/27/2014 6:36:31 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 53 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | September 27, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    So who is behind ISIS and what do they really want from the West and why are they so focused on Syria and Iraq and what is the key to unlock their Islamist plans and how does that pertain to western Christians? Here, the key to unlock everything ISIS wants is hidden deep in a Turkish vault which we will reveal in one word: Dabiq. Us, the x-Muslim Christians who are the collaborators with the western crusaders perhaps can explain a thing or two for you from what we know; Dabiq is what ISIS is all about, preparing the way...
  • Hezbollah squeezed out of Golan by Jabhat al-Nusra, Israel

    09/27/2014 4:30:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Al-Monitor Pulse ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jean Aziz, tr by Sami-Joe Abboud
    The infiltration of Syrian militants into Lebanon threatens Hezbollah’s presence in the strategic Golan Heights. First, Jabhat al-Nusra has taken control of the Syrian side of the border facing the Lebanese area of Shebaa, which is occupied by Israel, isolating Hezbollah from the Syrian extension in the Golan Heights. Hezbollah considers the area a strategic position in its conflict with Israel... Jabhat al-Nusra’s control of the Syrian-Lebanese-Israeli triangle has put an end to this and prevented it from being used as a multidisciplinary card in the hands of Hezbollah. Second... It isolates Hezbollah and its supporting forces in Lebanon and...
  • In first talks since 1979, UK and Iran to discuss IS (Cameron to meet Rouhani)

    09/23/2014 11:37:14 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 23, 2014, 8:51 pm | Katherine Haddon
    LONDON (AFP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron will hold talks on Wednesday with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani over unrest in Iraq and Syria, officials said, announcing the first meeting between the countries’ leaders since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The talks will occur on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. They come as Western powers seek to build support for the fight against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, which holds swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and which has beheaded two US journalists and a British aid worker. Britain has had tense ties with...
  • ‘No Plans at This Point’ to Assign Code Name for Syria, Iraq Operations

    09/27/2014 2:00:04 PM PDT · by tellw · 64 replies
    Seapower ^ | 9/25/14 | Richard Burgess
    ARLINGTON, Va. — Five days into the U.S. and coalition air strikes against targets of the Islamic Levant (ISIL) inside Syria, and six weeks since the United States began flying air strikes against I Department of Defense (DoD) has yet to assign a code name to the operations. During a briefing to reporters Sept. 25 at the Pentagon, RADM John Kirby, spokesman for the DoD, said he knew “of no plans at this point” to assign the operation a code name. DoD and NATO routinely assign code names to combat operations, such as Operation Iraqi Freedom for the Iraq War...
  • Islamic State fight could breathe new life into the A-10

    09/27/2014 12:18:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jennifer H. Svan
    An A-10 Thunderbolt II banks after a strafing run on Aug. 21, 2014, during the Red Flag-Alaska 14-3 exercise at the Yukon Training Area, Alaska. Months after staving off a trip to the boneyard, the embattled A-10 Thunderbolt II is headed to the Middle East where it could be used to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. An Indiana Air National Guard unit that flies the Cold War-era gunships, known as Warthogs, is planning to deploy about 300 airmen and an unknown number of its aircraft to the U.S. Central Command region early next month, says a Sept. 17...
  • Hamas, Fatah Renew ‘Unity Government’ Despite Tensions

    09/27/2014 1:34:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    INN ^ | 9/27/2014, 8:18 PM | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached a “comprehensive” agreement Thursday for the return of their “unity government” in Gaza after two days of talks in Cairo, negotiators from both sides said. “Fatah and Hamas have reached a comprehensive agreement for the unity government to return to the Gaza Strip,” Jibril Rajoub of Fatah told AFP. Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk and Fatah’s head of delegation, Azam al-Ahmad, confirmed that an agreement had been reached. “The unity government will supervise the crossings (into Gaza)… to facilitate the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip,” Abu Marzuk said. He said the two...
  • US Syria Airstrikes 'Ineffective' Against ISIS

    09/27/2014 1:30:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 9/27/2014, 9:41 PM | Ari Soffer
    US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State terrorist group (IS or ISIS) in Syria continue Saturday night, but are failing to slow the jihadis’ advance on the Kurdish border town of Kobane. […] But though US airstrikes—which President Barack Obama pledged would “degrade and destroy” ISIS—have extended from Iraq to Syria to aid the defense of Kobane, local sources say the strikes have been largely ineffective. “They struck empty buildings,” YPG’s chief of defense for Kobane, Ismat Sheikh Hassan, told The Independent. “ISIS fighters used to be there, but they left; so they haven’t helped us. If anything, they are now...
  • Unrepentant Ted Cruz Calls Democrats the ‘Radical Party’

    09/27/2014 10:13:09 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 54 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 26, 2014 12:30 pm ET | Beth Reinhard
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s speech to hundreds of conservative activists on Friday amounted to a dare to other potential Republican candidates in 2016: Just try to get to the right of me. Just try it.Mr. Cruz called for abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, getting rid of the Common Core educational standards and repealing the Affordable Care Act. He defined himself as staunchly anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage and pro-Israel.“There are people in Washington who say Republicans to win have to abandon our values,” he said, as members of the audience shouted “No way!” and “It’s a lie!”While polls last year showed that last...
  • IAF Shoots Down Syrian Aircraft Near Golan

    09/23/2014 1:41:23 AM PDT · by Bobalu · 28 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 9/23/2014 | Tova Dvorin
    Israel shot down a Syrian aircraft on Tuesday as it attempted to fly over the ceasefire line into the Golan Heights, according to IDF Radio. "This Syrian aircraft, apparently a MiG-21 (fighter jet), which was approaching the Israeli side of the Golan, was shot down by a surface-to-air Patriot missile," the radio said. The wreckage of the aircraft landed on the Syrian-controlled side of the strategic plateau, it added.
  • Russia-Egypt Arms Deal: Major Breakthrough as US Middle East Policy Faces Another Set Back

    09/23/2014 9:33:08 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Strategic Culture Foundation ^ | 21.09.2014 | 00:02
    Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on August 12, 2014. It was his first official visit to the Russian Federation as President. And Vladimir Putin was the first leader to invite him for a visit outside the Arab world since his swearing-in as head of state. The agenda included introduction to a selection of Russian military hardware for sale. (1) The two leaders agreed to expand cooperation in the field of arms exports to Egypt in addition to studying the establishment of a logistics center Masri on the Black...
  • In Rare Interview, ISIS Terrorist Gives 5 Bone-Chilling Claims Of What the Group Is Planning Next

    09/27/2014 9:59:42 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 57 replies
    IJ Review ^ | Sep 26, 2014 | Justen Charters
    In an exclusive interview with Vice News, an ISIS terrorist from Canada revealed the Islamic State’s chilling agenda and said they will only stop when the “leaders of the infidels are beheaded.” The terrorist being interviewed is Farah Shirdon, and is known for his presence in an ISIS propaganda video in which he says, “We are going for you, Barack Obama.”
  • Obama's Use of ISIL, Not ISIS, Tells Another Story (two-months old, but informative)

    08/24/2014 9:14:14 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | June 23, 2014 | Liz Peek
    here has been little notice of the president’s insistent use of the acronym “ISIL” to describe the Sunni forces currently rampaging across Iraq, executing Iraqi military and creating a new massive refugee population in an already unstable area. With the exception of Reuters and now the Associated Press, most news organizations have not referred to ISIL until President Obama began using the term, which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But when Obama used the term 5 times on June13, and 16 times in his commencement speech at West Point on June 19th, he was using his...
  • Everyone else calls them “ISIS.” Obama calls them “ISIL.” Is there a reason? Yep!

    09/03/2014 6:51:17 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 67 replies
    Three Percenter Nation ^ | September 3, 2014 | Thomas Madison
    ISIS or ISIL? There is a BIG difference! By Thomas Madison I posted this peculiarity last week. It has become increasingly conspicuous, annoying even, that while the rest of the world refers to the cockroaches beheading innocent people, including children, across Syria and Iraq, as ISIS, or IS, King Hussein, and the rest of his administration insist on referring to the lice-ridden scumbags as ISIL. “Tomaytoes/tomahtoes?” Hmmmmmm, I don’t think so. If you look closely at the literal, geographical difference between the two acronyms, it appears that there is much more to the story. ISIS is an acronym for the...
  • Networks Heap Praise on Obama’s “Tough” Response to ISIL

    09/03/2014 7:35:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    free beacon ^ | 9/3/14 | Stephen Gutowski
    President Obama has refused to commit American soldiers to the fight against the brutal Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), saying “we don’t have a strategy” to defeat the terrorists. Network newscasts have praised the president’s statements against ISIL, labeling them “tough.” They also praised the expediency of his “fighting words.” Newsbusters reports: After President Obama admitted on Thursday that he had “no strategy” for dealing with the ISIS terrorist network, on Wednesday, the network morning shows rushed to portray the aimless commander-in-chief as a tough-talking leader ready to “destroy” the radical killers. At the top...
  • Obama likely to hit ISIL in Syria without Congress’s formal OK

    08/27/2014 5:59:17 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/26/14 | Oliver Knox
    What do Syrian President Bashar Assad and the U.S. Congress have in common? President Obama is unlikely to ask either for a formal green light to expand the American air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from Iraq into Syria. White House aides underline that the debate remains academic for now because the president has yet to decide whether he will order strikes on the brutal Islamist movement’s strongholds in Syria. “We have not speculated about what sort of authority would be required from Congress if the president were to make a decision to authorize...
  • Obama’s half-hearted war on terror

    09/21/2014 7:07:43 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Sept. 21, 2014 | Michael Goodwin
    <p>Military types say his big goal and his puny tools are a mismatch, which could mean he has been too clever by half. It’s likely he is ­underestimating the terrorists’ lust for blood and overestimating his ability to fool voters into thinking he is resolute.</p>
  • Obama Praises Muslim Cleric Who Backed Fatwa on Killing of U.S. Soldiers

    09/26/2014 9:41:55 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 9 replies
    President Barack Obama favorably quoted and praised on Wednesday in his speech before the United Nations a controversial Muslim cleric whose organization has reportedly endorsed the terror group Hamas and supported a fatwa condoning the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Obama in his remarks offered praise to controversial cleric Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah and referred to him as a moderate Muslim leader who can help combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL or ISIS) radical ideology. However, Bin Bayyah himself has long been engulfed in controversy for many of his views, including the reported backing of...
  • Al Nusrah front spearheads capture of Syrian dam, claims suicide assault

    02/11/2013 8:56:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | February 11, 2013 | BILL ROGGIO
    The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda in Iraq's affiliate in Syria, led an assault today that resulted in the takeover of a major dam on the Euphrates River in northern Syria. Additionally, the terror group claimed credit for a suicide assault on an intelligence headquarters in the city of Palmyra. The Al Nusrah Front spearheaded today's assault on the "strategic" dam in Thawra in Raqqa province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Nusrah Front led "other factions" of the insurgency to take control of Thawra, which "is considered one of the...
  • Syria deal shines light on suspected Israeli chemical weapons program

    09/17/2013 9:01:14 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/16/2013 | Staff
    The U.S-Russia plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is drawing attention to Israel's own suspected chemical stockpile and could raise pressure on the Jewish state to come clean about its capabilities. Israel signed the landmark international treaty banning the production or use of chemical weapons two decades ago, but it is among a handful if nations that have never ratified the deal. ...
  • CURL: Obama’s breathtaking naivete at the United Nations

    09/24/2014 3:22:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 24, 2014 | Joe Curl
    President Obama on Wednesday delivered a speech at the United Nations filled with his usual soaring rhetoric of global collectivism and the importance of “international norms.” But the president also displayed a shocking naivete about global affairs, religion, Islam — a Pollyannaish interpretation on the state of the world and America’s role in it. Although Mr. Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize just eight months into office, the president made his annual trip to the ineffectual world council to deliver a call to war. “Ladies and gentlemen, we come together at a crossroads between war and peace, between disorder and...
  • What if everything we've done in Iraq has been a mistake?

    09/24/2014 10:08:04 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 134 replies
    Radix News ^ | September 2, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    What if Iraq is not a country of people with common cultures and interests and generally accepted borders, but rather an amalgam of warring groups cobbled together by British and American diplomats? What if only a strongman like Hussein — however evil and ill suited for government by Western standards — can keep peace and stability in an artificial country like Iraq?
  • Parliament recalled over air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq

    09/24/2014 12:57:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 24, 2014
    Parliament is to be recalled on Friday to discuss the UK's possible involvement in air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Prime Minister David Cameron said MPs should respond to the Iraqi government's request for help. He added that the UK "should not turn away from what needs to be done". The Liberal Democrats are backing air strikes in Iraq and Labour leader Ed Miliband has confirmed his support, saying the UK cannot "opt out". Meanwhile, the Foreign Office has said it is "aware" of reports that a British national has died in Syria, but it has "no further...
  • Yale to Host Radical Terror Sheikh Who Advocated Killing of U.S. Soldiers

    09/26/2014 9:27:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 26, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    A radical Tunisian sheik who has called for the murder of U.S. troops abroad and was banned from the United States for supporting the terror group Hamas is scheduled to headline an event on Tuesday at Yale University focusing ... Sheikh Rachid al-Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s controversial Islamist Ennahda Movement. ... Al-Ghannouchi’s upcoming appearance at the Ivy League school could become controversial given the sheik’s longtime support for radical terror groups and his past calls for Muslims to wage “unceasing war against the Americans.” ... he praised Palestinian terrorism as “wonderful” and said that he admires rockets fired at...
  • Islamic State tightens siege of Syria town, more Europeans join alliance

    09/26/2014 7:13:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/26/2014 | Jonny Hogg and Raheem Salman
    Islamic State fighters tightened their siege of a town on Syria's border with Turkey on Friday despite U.S.-led air strikes aimed at defeating the militants in both Syria and Iraq, in a coalition which has now drawn widespread European support. Britain, Washington's closest ally in the wars of the last decade, joined an alliance after weeks of weighing its options. Britain's parliament voted 542 to 43 to back Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to take part in air strikes in Iraq. Belgium's parliament also voted 114 to 2 to take part and Denmark said it would send planes. Six Belgian...
  • Wary of air strikes, Islamic State insurgents change tactics

    09/26/2014 3:55:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/26/2014 | Raheem Salman and Yara Bayoumy
    Islamic State militants are changing tactics in the face of U.S. air strikes in northern Iraq, ditching conspicuous convoys in favor of motorcycles and planting their black flags on civilian homes, tribal sources and eyewitnesses say. They reported fewer militant checkpoints to weed out "apostates" and less cell phone use since the air strikes intensified and more U.S. allies pledged to join the campaign that began in August, saying the militants had also split up to limit casualties. A tribal sheikh from a village south of Kirkuk said Islamic State elements "abandoned one of their biggest headquarters in the village"...
  • US Government Plans To Train 15,000 Muslim Jihadists

    09/26/2014 3:22:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 9/26/2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    There is a plan by the US government to train 15,000 Muslim jihadis, in a supposed plan to fight ISIS, as we read from Reuters: A Western-backed opposition force of around 12,000 to 15,000 will be needed to retake areas of eastern Syria controlled by Islamic State militants, the top U.S military officer said on Friday, as the Pentagon outlined the first steps in a U.S.-led training program that could run several years.The Pentagon said its assessment teams have already arrived in Saudi Arabia to help map out a U.S.-led program there expected to train more than 5,000 Western-backed opposition...
  • Islamic State crisis: '3,000 European jihadists join fight'

    09/26/2014 7:09:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2014 Last updated at 11:46 GMT
    The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has risen to more than 3,000, the EU's anti-terrorism chief has told the BBC. Gilles de Kerchove also warned that Western air strikes would increase the risk of retaliatory attacks in Europe. US-led forces have launched more than 200 air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq since August and on Monday began targeting IS in Syria. The UK parliament is due to vote on possible air strikes in Iraq on Friday.
  • A Basket of Snakes

    09/26/2014 6:12:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    "Once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. "War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision." So said Gen. MacArthur in some of the wisest counsel the old soldier ever gave his countrymen. Yet, "prolonged indecision" would seem the essence of the war the president has begun to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State. For, following only one night of bombing in Syria, Gen. Bill Mayville, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs, asked to estimate how long this new war would last,...
  • Blood In: Beheading as Islamic State Initiation

    09/26/2014 3:31:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 9/26/2014 | Dawn Perlmutter
    A beheading video of French hostage Hervé Gourdel was released on September 24, 2014 by the Algerian group Jund al-Khilafah (Soldiers of the Caliphate). The video is significantly different than the three previous high production Islamic State beheading videos of Americans James Foley and Steve Sotloff and British hostage David Haines. The Algerian jihadist group kidnapped Gourdel, a 55-year-old mountaineering guide, while he was hiking in the Djurdjura National Park in Algeria. They released a video two days prior to the beheading giving France an ultimatum, either stop the aggression against the Islamic State or Gourdel would die within 24-hours....
  • Debates About War Protocol Hamstring our Defense Efforts

    09/26/2014 1:52:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly wants a mercenary army to supply the ground forces in the latest installment of the war on terror. And it seems the smart set can't stop laughing. The Washington Post's media blogger, Erik Wemple, called it an "insane" idea and suggested that allowing O'Reilly to peddle the idea on "CBS This Morning" was an "insane departure from that show's standard." The whole spectacle, Wemple opined, proved that O'Reilly will "never be much of a thought leader in policy circles." It's true that on the left and the right, O'Reilly's idea is being scorned fairly mercilessly....
  • FBI: U.S. identifies ISIS hostage executioner [or so they say]

    09/25/2014 5:16:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 9/25/2014 | Paul Crompton
    The U.S. believes it has identified the masked man seen in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI chief said on Thursday. However, FBI Director James Comey told reporters at the bureau’s headquarters that he would not reveal the man’s name or nationality. “We believe we have identified the executioner,” Comey told reporters at a briefing in Washington, Agence France-Presse reported. “I won't tell you who it is.” Comey did not say whether the U.S. believes the man actually carried out the beheadings -...
  • Congress in No Rush to Return for ISIS War Authorization

    09/25/2014 4:15:11 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9/23/2014 | Matt Fuller
    The United States has begun a bombing campaign in Syria, but don’t bet on Congress returning to Washington to vote on a new war authorization anytime soon. Shortly after airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria started, some lawmakers started pushing again for an authorization vote. But so far, leaders aren’t gearing up to bring their members back to town. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., tweeted Monday night it was “irresponsible and immoral” that congressional leaders had chosen to recess for nearly two months instead of debating and voting on war. And the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, Chris Van...
  • Use Mercenaries to Fight ISIS?

    09/25/2014 11:58:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    On his Fox News show Monday night, Bill O'Reilly suggested using mercenaries to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) instead of U.S. ground forces, which President Obama has repeatedly vowed not to deploy. The use of mercenaries is as old as warfare itself. Alexander the Great used them. King George III hired German mercenaries to fight for the British in the American Revolution. Today mercenaries go by other names, like “contractor." The president is to be commended for assembling a coalition that includes Arab states, but why are our European allies not part of it? Britain hasn't sent planes, though British...
  • U.S. and Arab aircraft attack oil refineries seized by Islamic State in Syria

    09/25/2014 10:32:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    WaPo ^ | September 24 at 9:50 PM | Rebecca Collard and Craig Whitlock
    The U.S. military and two Arab allies on Wednesday bombarded a dozen small-scale oil refineries in eastern Syria as part of an expanding campaign to cut off key sources of financing and fuel for the Islamic State, according to the Pentagon. ... The Islamic State is estimated to produce between 25,000 and 40,000 barrels of oil a day, earning as much as $1 million a day, according to industry experts. The attacks on the refineries came on a day when U.S. military forces reported hitting an Islamic State convoy in Syria near the Iraqi border and Syrian opposition groups reported...
  • Memo From GWB: 'Welcome, Mr. President, to the War on Terror'

    09/25/2014 10:30:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Larry Elder
    To: President Barack Obama From: Former President George W. Bush Topic: Iraq Message: "We're ba-a-a-ack!!!!!" I've been quiet these last six years. But your belated decision to "destroy" ISIS prompted me to write. You repeatedly scorched my presidency, said that I so botched up things, so destroyed American foreign policy that all you had to do was not be George W. Bush. "Don't do stupid stuff" was your West-Wing mantra. What a difference six years of Presidential Daily Briefings on national security threats can make. I re-read your 2002 speech, the one where you called the Iraq war "dumb." The...