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  • Turkey Launches All-Out War: 260 Kurds Dead in a Week

    08/01/2015 4:39:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/8/15
    Turkey has killed 260 Kurdish militants in a week-long air offensive on targets in northern Iraq, official media claimed Saturday, as regional Iraqi authorities said it was time the rebels pulled out with concerns growing over civilian casualties. Ankara has launched a two-pronged "anti-terror" offensive against Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants based in northern Iraq after a wave of attacks inside Turkey. But so far the bombardments have focused far more on the Kurdish rebels and a report by the official Anatolia news agency of 260 alleged PKK militants killed was the first...
  • This Is the Email a Former Clinton Aide Sent Hillary On How to Make Netanyahu’s ‘Politics Uneasy’

    08/01/2015 5:59:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 31, 2015 8:42pm | Oliver Darcy
    A former national security adviser to President Bill Clinton wrote an email to Hillary Clinton in 2009 advising the then-secretary of state how to deal with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he continued to “be the obstacle” in negotiations with Palestinians. The email from Samuel Berger advised Clinton on how to navigate the waters with Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Abu Mazen. “Going forward, if Bibi continues to be the obstacle, you will need to find the ground from which you can make his politics uneasy,” the September 22 email said. “I think you can do that even with current...
  • Senior Western official: Links between Turkey and ISIS are now 'undeniable'

    07/29/2015 6:53:49 AM PDT · by McGruff · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/28/2015 | Natasha Bertrand
    A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State's "chief financial officer" produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, Martin Chulov of the Guardian reported recently. The officer killed in the raid, Islamic State official Abu Sayyaf, was responsible for directing the terror army's oil and gas operations in Syria. The Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) earns up to $10 million a month selling oil on black markets.
  • Admiral: Carrier gap in Persian Gulf hinders war effort

    07/30/2015 6:50:05 PM PDT · by Herosmith · 28 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 30, 2015 | Travis J. Tritten and Chris Church
    WASHINGTON — A rare gap in the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf this fall could hinder military capabilities in the war against the Islamic State, the Obama administration’s nominee to lead the Navy told the Senate Thursday. Adm. John Richardson conceded the effects of a two-month gap in carrier presence — the first since 2007 — under intense questioning from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as the Senate Armed Services Committee weighs whether approve the admiral’s nomination as chief of naval operations. “Without that carrier, that will be a detriment to our capability, yes, sir,” Richardson...
  • Iran Announces Two New Nuclear Facilities

    07/30/2015 7:45:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 7/30/2015, 7:02 PM | Ari Yashar
    Just half a month after the Iran nuclear deal was signed in Vienna on July 14, the Islamic republic of Iran announced on Thursday that it plans to build two new nuclear facilities in its southeastern Makran region on the Indian Ocean. Mohammad Ahmadian, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), announced the plans as quoted by the semi-official Fars News Agency. “Two 100MW (megawatt) nuclear reactors will be constructed on Makran coastline of the Sea of Oman to generate electricity,” Ahmadian declared. […] The nuclear deal stipulates that Iran will not build any new uranium enrichment...
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia aim to enhance cooperation

    07/30/2015 4:43:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2015 1:33 PM EDT
    Egypt and Saudi Arabia say they aim to boost military, economic, and social ties and pursue their common interests. In a statement released after a meeting between President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, el-Sissi’s office says the two leaders also will work to create a joint Arab military force. …
  • U.S.-Trained Anti-ISIS Commander Kidnapped in Syria

    07/30/2015 1:53:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/30/2015 | By ANNE BARNARD and KARAM SHOUMALI
    BAGHDAD — The commander of a group of Syrian fighters trained by the United States has been kidnapped by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, his group said in a statement Thursday. The commander, Nadeem Hassan, and seven of his fighters were taken by the Nusra Front, a rival of the Islamic State in Syria, as they were returning from a meeting in Turkey. A contingent of 54 fighters from Mr. Hassan’s group, known as Division 30, are the only ones who have graduated from a Pentagon program to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Syria. One the...
  • Sunni Arab Nations Are Israel's Allies,' Says Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General

    07/30/2015 12:10:53 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Haaretz ^ | July 30, 2015
    The director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, called the Middle East’s Sunni Arab nations “Israel’s allies.” Gold used the term twice in a presentation Wednesday in New York focused on the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal. “What we have is a regime on a roll that is trying to conquer the Middle East,” Gold said of Iran, “and it’s not Israel talking, that is our Sunni Arab neighbors — and you know what? I’ll use another expression – that is our Sunni Arab allies talking.” Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and a longtime...
  • Kasich Wouldn't Cancel Iran Deal, Would Send Troops To Fight ISIS

    07/29/2015 11:46:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | July 27, 2015 | Shahien Nasiripour
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate, suggested that he wouldn't immediately revoke President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran if he were to be elected president. But he would send U.S. ground troops to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State, the radical group known as ISIS or ISIL that has taken control of a huge swath of Syria and Iraq.
  • Turkey Hits Kurdish Militants in Iraq in Largest Airstrike Yet

    07/29/2015 11:19:38 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 29, 2015 | DION NISSENBAUM And Biography @DionNissenbaum Dion.Nissenbaum@wsj.com YELIZ CANDEMIR
    ISTANBUL—Turkey’s renewed conflict with Kurdish militants intensified on Wednesday as the government launched a new wave of airstrikes in northern Iraq and a blast temporarily crippled a key oil pipeline in southeastern Turkey. Turkish jets hit a half dozen targets in Iraq in the single largest strike on the Kurdish separatist group PKK since the latest campaign began. Lawmakers met in Ankara for a special parliamentary session to discuss the deepening crisis. Some lawmakers urged the country to salvage a three-year-old peace process with the Kurdish militants, who have sought greater autonomy from the Turkish state. “The peace process is...
  • Father leaves NYC to fight ISIS in Syria

    07/28/2015 10:48:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 27, 2015 | 11:44am | Priscilla DeGregory and Lia Eustachewich
    ISIS doesn’t stand a chance against da Bronx! A single dad from Sound View credits his hard-scrabble New York upbringing with inspiring him to fight against terrorists in Syria. Now, instead of overhead rumblings of the No. 6 train, Robert Rose Jr., 25, is used to the sounds of war while on his second tour in the city of Hasakah, where he’s fighting with the Kurdish militia group “Lions of Rojava.”
  • (LEAD) Scud missiles fired into Saudi Arabia from Yemen traced to N. Korea: official

    07/29/2015 3:43:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/07/29
    (LEAD) Scud missiles fired into Saudi Arabia from Yemen traced to N. Korea: official 2015/07/29 18:16 (ATTN: UPDATES with comment by South Korean official; ADDS background) SEOUL, July 29 (Yonhap) -- Scud missiles fired into Saudi Arabia by Yemeni rebels in recent months came from North Korea, a South Korean intelligence official said Wednesday, in the latest case that illustrated North Korea's support for the weapons programs of some countries in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia has shot down about 40 percent of some 20 Scud missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels, said the official, who is familiar with the...
  • Syrian Rebels Make Fresh Gains (Syrian President al-Assad lost territory to Islamist insurgents)

    07/28/2015 10:52:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 28, 2015 | SAM DAGHER
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad lost more territory on Tuesday to Islamist insurgents and Kurdish militias, bolstering Turkey’s push to create a rebel-controlled buffer zone along the two countries’ shared border. The most striking opposition gains came in northwest Syria along Turkey’s frontier, according to representatives for various rebel factions and opposition activists in the area. There, a Turkish-backed coalition of Islamist rebel groups captured more than a dozen villages, checkpoints and installations in a strategic area straddling Hama, Idlib and Latakia provinces that the Assad regime previously controlled, these people said. The setbacks come two days after Mr. Assad said...
  • US not confirming Syria ‘safe zone,’ despite claims

    07/28/2015 10:47:28 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican
    Fox News ^ | July 28, 2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    The U.S. has declined to confirm that a Syria “safe zone” was to be created in the northern part of that country despite reports that it was part of a recent agreement between the American and Turkish governments in the fight against ISIS. Several senior administration officials, speaking to reporters on a background call Tuesday afternoon, said the U.S. is not calling for a “safe zone” or a “no fly zone” to be created in northern Syria, despite the insistence of the Turkish government that this was the case. “We are not out there staking out zones," said one senior...
  • Kurdish leader decries Turkey's 'safe zone' plan in Syria

    07/28/2015 10:45:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican
    BBC News ^ | 7/28/2015
    A "safe zone" Turkey and the US are creating in Syria is an attempt by Ankara to stop Kurds from forming their own territory, the leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish party has told the BBC. HDP chairman Selahattin Demirtas said Turkey's operation against Islamic State militants across the border was a cover to target PKK Kurdish rebels. He urged both Turkey and the PKK to return to the peace process. Ankara earlier said PKK attacks on Turkey made peace attempts impossible. There has been a recent series of clashes between Turkish forces and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Turkey has also...
  • Turkey Revealed to be Cooperating with ISIS

    07/28/2015 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 7/28/2015, 10:05 PM | Ari Yashar
    Damning evidence was found when US special forces killed Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Sayyaf in May, revealing that NATO member Turkey has in fact been collaborating with the brutal jihadists. The British Guardian reported on Sunday that when Abu Sayyaf’s compound was raided in eastern Syria, it was discovered that Turkey is the main buyer of smuggled ISIS oil which was managed by Abu Sayyaf to economically prop up the terror group. The report quoted a senior Western official, who told the Observer that the findings at the compound showed direct deals between Turkish officials and ISIS leaders is...
  • Syria's embattled president vows to win bloody civil war

    07/27/2015 10:05:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    AP | July 26, 2015 | Bassem Mroue
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  • U.S. Prepares to Fly Deeper into Syrian Civil War

    07/27/2015 10:00:47 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    Time ^ | July 27, 2015 | Mark Thompson
    ISIS is the target, but U.S. pilots could also be at risk MORE Shirtless Marines March in ‘Silkies’ to Raise Suicide Awareness Bowe Bergdahl Caught Up in California Pot Raid Russian Bombers Buzzing U.S. Unlikely to Carry Nukes Bobbi Kristina Brown Autopsy Shows No Significant Injuries NBC News 'Not Quitters': Families of Missing Teens Plead for Help NBC News I Joined ISIS and It Ruined My Life: Captured Militant NBC News RECOMMENDED FOR YOU Why the New Case Against Bill Cosby Is Different Why the New Case Against Bill Cosby Is Different Donald Trump Hits the Limits of Celebrity Donald...
  • Turkey Riles U.S. Ally in Fight Against Jihadists

    07/27/2015 9:57:12 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 27, 2015 | By EMRE PEKER in Istanbul and AYLA ALBAYRAK in Sanliurfa, Turkey
    Kurdish fighters who are allied with Washington accused Turkey of shelling their positions in Syria, a sign of the difficulties Ankara and the U.S. face as they boost cooperation to fight Islamic State militants. Monday’s accusation came from the Kurds’ People’s Defense Units, a Syrian group that has emerged as the most effective U.S. partner in the fight against the Islamist extremists. Its role has complicated matters for Turkey, which is worried about growing Kurdish influence along its border with Syria and an emboldened Kurdish minority seeking more autonomy at home. Turkey said its forces were fired upon from unidentified...
  • The United States Should Ditch NATO and Follow Britain out of Europe

    07/27/2015 9:50:13 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 41 replies
    New York Observer (Opinion) ^ | July 27, 2015 | Bernie Quigley
    Suppose we had a war and Britain didn’t come? Which is sort of what happened in Syria when President Obama, on the advice of Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, declared that we must go in now, this afternoon. No time to discuss. Much as we had heard before in the maelstrom which is the Middle East. Surely, our allies, by which I think we mean Europe, the Atlantic Alliance or “the West,” led of course by our trusty sidekick, Britain, will fall in line. But overnight, the British Parliament voted to just say no. And we...
  • Reports: Turkish Jets Hit IS Targets in Syria, Kurds in Iraq

    07/24/2015 5:30:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ABC ^ | Jul 24, 2015, 7:07 PM ET | Jul 24, 2015, 7:07 PM ET
    There was no immediate official confirmation of the airstrikes reported by the state-run TRT television and other media. If confirmed, it would be the first time Turkey has struck Kurds in northern Iraq since a peace deal was announced in 2013 between Ankara and the rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. The private Dogan news agency said the Turkish jets were targeting PKK training facilities, shelters and anti-aircraft batteries in northern Iraq. Tensions have flared with Kurds in recent days after an IS suicide bombing in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc on Monday killed 32 people. Kurdish...
  • Syria’s Assad Admits War Is Taking Toll on Government Forces

    07/26/2015 9:52:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 26, 2015 | SAM DAGHER
    President Bashar al-Assad acknowledged in an unusually frank public admission on Sunday that the Syrian military is unable to hold on to some parts of the country because his forces have been depleted by desertions and defections. Mr. Assad attributed the regime’s recent battlefield setbacks to this shortage of manpower and the need to defend areas deemed more strategic and vital than others. “The idea that we were going to win all battles everywhere at the same time is unrealistic, impossible and not doable,” said Mr. Assad in a televised speech delivered at the presidential palace in Damascus to members...
  • Why Has Turkey Joined the Fight Against the Islamic State?

    07/25/2015 4:51:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    The Trumpet ^ | 24 July 2015 | Brent Nagtegaal
    After two years of dillydallying and indecision, Turkey has now entered the fight against the Islamic State in Syria. The reason why, though complicated, may mark a sizable turn in Turkey’s foreign policy. ___ On Friday, three Turkish jets fired on Islamic State targets across the Syrian border, resulting in the deaths of 35 terrorists. Following the attack, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that it “was not a point operation” but a process “not limited to one day or to one region .… The slightest movement threatening Turkey will be retaliated against in the strongest way possible.” His rhetoric is...
  • Turkey Uses ISIS ( Islamic State ) as Excuse to Attack Kurds

    07/26/2015 8:22:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | July 26, 2015 | Uzay Bulut
    Turkish government is using ISIS as a pretext to attack the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Turkey just announced that its air base at Incirlik will soon be open to coalition forces, presumably to fight ISIS. But the moment Turkey started bombing, it targeted Kurdish positions in Iraq, in addition to targeting ISIS positions in Syria. In Turkey, millions of indigenous Kurds are continually terrorized and murdered, but ISIS terrorists can freely travel and use official border crossings to go to Syria and return to Turkey; they are even treated at Turkish hospitals. If this is how the states that rule...
  • Islamist "Justice": Slow Painful Death for Christian Mother in Pakistan

    07/26/2015 7:33:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | July 26, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    â—¾While working as a farm laborer on a hot day, Asia Bibi was told to fetch water. When she returned, Muslim coworkers refused to drink from the water, saying it was unclean because a Christian had touched it. â—¾Six years later, Asia Bibi still has not been executed. Instead, sick, isolated, and regularly beaten by both prison guards and Muslim inmates, she has evidently been left to rot to death. â—¾Every time any Western organization calls for her release, Pakistani Muslims threaten to take Sharia law into their own hands. One mosque prayer leader has even offered $6000 to anyone...
  • How Many Wives Can a Muslim Have on Welfare in Michigan? [VIDEO]

    07/25/2015 7:17:22 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 28 replies
    The state of Michigan has a large and growing population of Muslims, and a majority of them have congregated in and around the Detroit area. In fact, the city of Dearborn has such a large Muslim population, that it has become colloquially known as “Dearbornistan,” and has even begun implementing aspects of Shariah law. Shariah law is a code of laws based on and guided by the Islamic faith. It generally allows for the mistreatment of women and views them as property, allowing a Muslim man to “own” multiple wives. Although polygamy is illegal in the United States, it is...
  • ‘Jihadi John’ allegedly flees Islamic State, fears he too will be beheaded

    07/25/2015 5:05:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/25/15 | Kellan Howell
    The Islamic State executioner known as Jihadi John has allegedly fled the militant group’s territory and gone on the run in Syria. Sources told British newspaper The Mirror that Mohammed Emwazi was terrified by the publicity he received after he was identified as the murderer of British and American hostages in some of the militant group’s videos and feared he was being hunted down. The newspaper reported that the British radical is on the run because he is afraid he is no longer valuable to the Islamic State group. British and American special operations forces are in Iraq and Syria...
  • Syrian Regime Did Not Relinquish All Chemical Weapons, U.S. Intelligence Officials Say

    07/25/2015 1:52:47 PM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | July 24, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    One year after the Obama administration celebrated the removal of chemical weapons from Syria, U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that Bashar al-Assad’s regime did not relinquish all of its chemical weapons. The Wall Street Journal reported: An examination of last year’s international effort to rid Syria of chemical weapons, based on interviews with many of the inspectors and U.S. and European officials who were involved, shows the extent to which the Syrian regime controlled where inspectors went, what they saw and, in turn, what they accomplished. That happened in large part because of the ground rules under which the inspectors...
  • Turkey says parts of Syria to become 'safe zones' (25 Mile Buffer Zone)

    07/25/2015 10:33:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 7-25-2015 | AJZ
    Turkey has said areas in north Syria cleared of fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group will become safe zones. Saturday’s announcement made by Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, came after Ankara announced it had begun bombing ISIL positions in Syria and and Kurdish fighters' camps in northern Iraq. "When areas in northern Syria are cleared of the (ISIL) threat, the safe zones will be formed naturally," Cavusoglu told a news conference. The conflict in Syria has displaced more than 10 million people, with many residing in makeshift camps near the Turkish border.These...
  • Turkey confirms attacks on PKK militant camps in Iraq: statement

    07/24/2015 11:12:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-25-2015 | Reuters
    Turkish fighter jets launched attacks on camps of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq overnight SNIP---- Turkey simultaneously launched ground attacks against the PKK and Islamic State in northern Syria
  • Turkey launches air raids against IS militants in Syria (Turkey Attacks Syria)

    07/25/2015 5:11:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Turkey has launched a third wave of raids against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, and a new campaign to bombard camps of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. "We have given instructions for a third series of strikes in Syria and Iraq. Air and ground operations are under way," Mr Davutoglu told reporters in the capital, Ankara. "No one should doubt out determination," he added. "We will not allow Turkey to be turned into a lawless country." The two-pronged operation against Islamic State (IS) and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants — two groups who are themselves...
  • For Erdogan, Turkish assault is about containing the Kurds as much as fighting Isil

    07/25/2015 5:07:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/25/15 | Richard Spencer
    Turkey’s decision to send fighter jets against Isil positions in Syria and open its Incirlik and Pirinçlik air bases to US jets is a step change in its involvement in the fight against militant jihad. Whether it turns into open war on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is another matter. The deal between the reluctant AKP government in Ankara and the United States has been a year in the making, though only announced after Isil effectively declared war by bombing a cultural centre in the Turkish border town of Suruc. Turkey has until now tolerated Isil to some...
  • Iraqis Fleeing ISIS Reveal Horrors of Militants Abusing, Killing Disabled People (Interview)

    07/25/2015 5:01:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/23/15 | Hermoine Macura
    The Islamic State's limitless brutality is known far and wide, with thousands of survivors reporting cases of mass murders, rape and the sexual enslavement of women and children. Now new reports reveal that the radical movement has reached a new low — targeting disabled people.Refugee survivors narrowly escaping the clutches of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria have reported that the fighters often kill and torture special needs civilians when they capture them.Twenty-seven-year-old Summer Khaleel Khaleel, a Syrian refugee from the town of Al Hasakah, told of her escape to The Christian Post after she fled her village when...
  • Kerry: Any action by Israel would provide justification for Iran’s pursuit of nukes (Video)

    07/24/2015 9:57:41 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:01 pm | Ed Morrissey
    Secretary of State John Kerry sat down with Matt Lauer for an interview on Today earlier, defending the deal with Iran — and telling Israel to cool their jets, almost literally. In doing so, Kerry managed to turn Israel into the aggressor and Iran into a passive actor who might somehow decide they need a bomb only if Israel attacked them. It’s a strange reversal, and one that confirms the impression that the Obama administration has become the lawyers for the mullahs (via Jeff Dunetz): Lauer points out to Kerry that opposition to the Iran deal encompasses practically the whole...
  • Watch: Kerry Indicates US Will Defend Iran from Israel

    07/23/2015 10:38:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    inn ^ | 7/23/15 | Ari Yashar
    US Secretary of State John Kerry indirectly conceded that the US would defend Iran's nuclear program from Israeli sabotage on Thursday, in a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in which he was grilled over the deal reached last Tuesday. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) put Kerry on the spot when he asked him and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz whether the controversial articles in Annex III on page 142 of the 159-page deal would stipulate that the US block Israeli attempts to scupper the Iranian nuclear threat. The articles in question state that the US, world powers and the...
  • Men in Assad’s Syria eschew army for Iran-backed militias

    07/23/2015 11:02:44 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    FT ^ | July 22, 2015 | Erika Solomon
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e1243662-2c67-11e5-acfb-cbd2e1c81cca.html#ixzz3gmnryuF4 The recruiter in central Syria did not hide the grim facts behind his job offer: Around half of those who joined his new militia to support President Bashar al-Assad’s forces would be likely to die. But the pay was about $200 a month — a windfall in the war-torn country. “It sounded like a suicide mission, but about 100 of us...
  • Jordan Received 16 AH-1F Cobra Gunship helicopters from Israeli Surplus

    07/23/2015 10:36:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Jul 23, 2015
    Israel has delivered 16 Cobra helicopter gunships to Jordan to help the Hashemite kingdom deal with the threat of Islamic State (ISIS) which currently control large areas along its borders with Syria and Iraq. The transfer provided at no cost was kept in secret since last year but was recently leaked by an unnamed U.S. official and published by Reuters. Jordanian and Israeli officials declined comment, as did the Pentagon. The handover of helicopters was approved by Washington, after blocking an earlier Israeli plan to sell the surplus helicopters to Nigeria, which is also battling Islamic insurgents in Central Africa....
  • FBI chief: Islamic State group bigger threat than al-Qaida

    07/22/2015 9:18:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2015 10:07 PM EDT | Ken Dilanian
    The Islamic State group’s effort to inspire troubled Americans to violence has become more of a terror threat to the U.S. than an external attack by al-Qaida, the FBI director said Wednesday. FBI Director James Comey told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum that the Islamic State group, which has proclaimed a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq, has influenced a significant but unknown number of Americans through a year-long campaign on social media urging Muslims who can’t travel to the Middle East to “kill where you are.” Twitter handles affiliated with the group have more than 21,000...
  • Obama: ‘We’ve Ended Two Wars;’ State Dept:Iraq Has ‘Lost Effective Control’ Over Large Areas to ISIL

    07/22/2015 3:31:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2015 | 5:08 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama said at a Democratic fundraiser in New York on Tuesday evening that he had “ended two wars” during his presidency. In its recently released human rights report on Iraq, however, the State Department said that the Iraqi government had “lost effective control” over a large part of Iraqi territory to the Islamic State terrorist group. Also, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2014, the group that the administration now calls ISIL was founded in the 1990s by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and fought against U.S. forces in Iraq before Obama removed U.S. troops from that...
  • Egyptian show that’s flattering to Jews is a surprise hit among Palestinians

    07/22/2015 4:37:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 17 , 2015 | William Booth and Sufian Taha
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank — A dozen Palestinian Muslim men gathered after midnight at an isolated farm house this week to indulge in a new delight. They were going to watch a soap opera about Jews. “Hush, hush. It’s starting!” someone said. The group settled down, sipped fresh lemonade, nibbled sweets, sucked on water pipes and then cranked up the volume for the opening credits of “Haret al-Yahud,” or “The Jewish Quarter.” The steamy Egyptian soap tells a Romeo and Juliet tale of a beautiful daughter of a well-to-do Jewish merchant and a dashing Muslim army commander falling in and out...
  • THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S HOPE AND RED LINES FOR IRAN

    07/22/2015 4:29:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Frontpagemagazine.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Joseph Puder
    US President Barack Obama hailed the recently concluded nuclear agreement in Vienna between the P5+1 world powers and Iran as a step towards a “more hopeful world.” On July 14 CNN cited President Obama’s claim that, “This deal is not built on trust. It's built on verification.” This nuclear agreement, however, seems to be predicated more on this administration’s proclivity towards building on hope. The Obama administration is hoping that an inspection regime by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will accomplish under this agreement what the UN has failed to do for decades under the Non-Proliferation of...
  • Shocking pictures of the appalling conditions thousands of migrants are forced to endure..Greek [tr]

    07/22/2015 8:20:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2015 | Tim MacFarlan
    Thousands of desperate migrants are camping out on roundabouts amid squalid camps overflowing with rubbish on the Greek holiday islands of Lesbos and Kos. Around 5,000 people have arrived in Lesbos in the past few days and many are forced to sleep outside amid broken glass and piles of rubble without access to water, shelter, toilets or medical care. Shocking images taken at the official Moria camp near the main town of Mitlini show filthy and overflowing latrines strewn with discarded plastic bottles and tents perched next to piles of rubbish.
  • Syriac-Assyrians welcome US statement on self-government and self-defence [Christians]

    07/21/2015 4:57:52 AM PDT · by huldah1776
    Middle East Monitor ^ | July 21, 2015 | N/A
    Christians in Syria have welcomed the statement by US General John Allen, the special coordinator of the International Coalition against ISIS, in which he recognised the need for all peoples in Syria to have some degree of autonomy when they are freed from tyranny. The Syriac-Assyrians made their comments in a press release in which they also welcomed the continuing efforts of the coalition against ISIS. "This demonstrates," they said, "that the war against the militant group is a war to defend the whole of humanity." against the militant group is a war to defend the whole of humanity." There...
  • White House Condemns Turkey Suicide Bombing

    07/20/2015 5:58:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/7/15 | Ben Ariel
    White House condemns suicide bombing in Turkey that killed at least 30 people and was blamed on ISIS. Video The White House on Monday condemned an apparent suicide bombing in Turkey that killed at least 30 people and was blamed on the Islamic State (ISIS) group, AFP reported. Spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House "strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack that occurred in southern Turkey," which Ankara said appeared to be the work of ISIS. "We have started to see some extremist activity in other countries that does seem to be related to ISIL," Earnest said, using another acronym...
  • Two more arrested in Irish ISIS terror link

    07/20/2015 12:40:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 20, 2015 01:02 AM | Jane Walsh
    Irish police have arrested two men with possible links to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The men, one Irish and one Eastern European, were arrested under the provisions of the 2005 Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offenses) Act which allows the state to prosecute persons engaged in acts of terrorism outside the State. The Irish Independent reports that the arrests in Dublin and the midlands were prompted by information found by Gardaí (police) concerning efforts by both men to travel to Syria. The first man, who is well known to police and has a history of promoting an extremist view...
  • In new sign of Assad’s troubles, Syria’s Druze turn away from president

    07/19/2015 7:41:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 19, 2015 | Hugh Naylor
    BEIRUT — During four years of civil war, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could count on the country’s Druze to keep quiet. Like other religious minorities, the Druze community tended to back the strongman, fearing their fate could be worse under the rebels, who are mostly Sunni Muslims. Recently, however, the Druze have been defying Assad's government. Many are refusing compulsory military service. Increasingly, Druze spiritual leaders are criticizing the embattled president and urging their community to adopt a neutral stance in the conflict. The Druze are a tiny group in Syria — about 700,000 people in a country with a...
  • Britain Should Invade The Islamic State Says Former Military Boss Lord Richards

    07/19/2015 12:55:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2015 | Andre Walker
    WESTMINSTER, United Kingdom – The former head of the British Military has called for the UK and her allies to invade the Islamic State. Lord Richards told the BBC's Andrew Marr programme the current allied strategy of air strikes and support for Kurdish fighters was “woefully insufficient.” He said the strategy was “firing up” the Islamic State because it was “dribbling” rather than “clouting” the terrorist nation. Richards went on to say: “Sooner or later tanks are going to have to roll, there is going to have to be troops on the ground…. The current strategy won't work in the...
  • Saudi arrests 431 ISIS-linked suspects

    07/19/2015 7:09:24 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    al Arabiya ^ | July 19, 2015
    Saudi Arabia arrested 431 people as part of a crackdown on a cluster of cells linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, the kingdom’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) said. Authorities also thwarted seven mosque attacks that had been planned by the suspects in the capital Riyadh as well as the Eastern Province, MOI Spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al Turki said in a press conference carried by Al Arabiya News Channel. Among the arrested were Saudi nationals and suspects from nine other nationalities, he said adding that the cluster of cells was divided by tasks and...
  • Caliphate kids: in Islamic State training camp, abducted children told to 'behead the doll'

    07/18/2015 6:16:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    The children had all been shown videos of beheadings and were told by their Islamic State trainers that they would perform one someday. First, they had to practise technique. The more than 120 boys were each given a doll and a sword and told: “Cut off its head.” A 14-year-old who was among the boys, all abducted from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority, said he couldn’t cut it right. He chopped once, twice, three times. “Then they taught me how to hold the sword, and they told me how to hit. They told me it was the head of the infidels,”...
  • Staged ISIS Execution Video Leaked By Hackers

    07/13/2015 7:48:14 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 21 replies
    yournewswire.com ^ | July 12, 2015 | Sean Adl-Tabatabai
    A group of Russian hackers called Cyber Berkut have released a video showing a staged ISIS beheading, hacked from an electronic device from one of the staff of U.S. Senator John McCain. The fake ISIS execution appears to take place inside a film studio and shows a ‘prisoner’ (played by an actor) going through the motions of being ‘executed’ in front of several video cameras. Another actor is dressed as an ISIS executioner who puts a knife to the throat of the prisoner and goes through the motions of cutting him.Recall that since August 2014, the terrorists of the Islamic...