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  • Arab Leaders Agree on Joint Military Force

    03/29/2015 11:34:22 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | By David D. Kirkpatrick
    CAIRO — The Arab states said on Sunday that they had agreed to form a combined military force to counter both Iranian influence and Islamist extremism, a gesture many analysts attributed in large part to their drive for more independence from Washington. The agreement came as American and other Western diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, were racing to beat a self-imposed deadline of Tuesday to reach a deal with Iran that would restrict its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions. In response, Saudi Arabia and other American allies in the region have made clear that they are...
  • Arab Nations Announce 'Historic' Unified Military Force To Counter Iran, ISIS

    03/28/2015 7:42:50 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 51 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 27 2015 | Aditya Tejas
    Foreign ministers from 22 Arab countries agreed to form a unified military force on Thursday, approving a draft resolution designed to counter growing security threats in the region. "The Arab ... ministers agreed on adopting an important principle, which is forming the unified Arab military force. The task of the force will be rapid military intervention to deal with security threats to Arab nations," Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby told reporters after the meeting, Reuters reported. The agreement, which Elaraby described as “historic,” came shortly after airstrikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia and its Arab...
  • Time to re-evaluate the peace process

    03/29/2015 9:42:14 AM PDT · by tedbel · 2 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | March 29/15 | Ted Belman
    Obama is insisting on the creation of Palestine with a border separating it from Israel based on the ’67 lines plus swaps. In doing so he is ignoring UNSC resolution 242 which grants Israel the right to secure and recognized borders and does not demand a full retreat to the ’67 lines. He is also threatening to allow the UNSC to impose such borders on Israel thereby circumventing his oft stated insistence that all matters are to be negotiated between the parties. Ben-Dror Yemini, writing in YNET, which is left of center and Netanyahu's arch enemy, makes the case, "Given...
  • Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

    03/29/2015 11:28:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, March 29, 2015 | Yara Bayoumy and Mahmoud Mourad
    Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya. "We support the Arabs' aspirations for a prosperous future and for the resolution of all the problems the Arab world faces through peaceful means, without any...
  • Former intelligence official: Obama’s Middle East policy is ‘willful ignorance’

    03/29/2015 9:19:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | By Josh Hicks
    The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency on Sunday described President Obama's Middle East policy as one of "willful ignorance," saying the administration needs a clearer strategy for dealing with conflicts emerging across the region. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that recent developments in the Middle East are moving in a bad direction for the United States, with Iran "clearly on the march" to influence events in a "regional sectarian war." “At the end of the day, we have just this incredible policy confusion — never mind what our strategy is to...
  • Russia and Jordan sign agreement on nuclear plant construction

    03/24/2015 5:17:53 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    AMMAN, March 24. /TASS/. Jordan and Russia on Tuesday signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the construction of a nuclear power plant in Jordan. According to a TASS correspondent, the document was signed by chief of Russia’s state-run corporation Rosatom Sergey Kiriyenko and Jordan Atomic Energy Commission Chariman Khaled Toukan. "I would like to stress that Rosatom and the entire Russian nuclear sector take Jordan’s invitation to build its first nuclear plant as big trust," Kiriyenko said. He pledged that the Russian side would use "its entire experience to build the most state-of-the-art and safest nuclear plant." Apart from...
  • Richard Engel: Military Officials Say Allies No Longer Trust Us, Fear Intel Might Leak to Iran

    03/28/2015 2:53:18 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon on Youtube ^ | March 27, 2015 | Washington Free Beacon
    Richard Engel: Military Officials Say Allies No Longer Trust Us, Fear Intel Might Leak to Iran (Video)
  • Nasrallah: Arabs should unite to attack Israel, not Yemen

    03/27/2015 8:18:01 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Itamar Sharon
    Hezbollah leader slams Saudi campaign: ‘You say the new situation threatens you… Do you not feel the threat posed by Israel?’ Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday bemoaned the Saudi-led Arab coalition engaged in a campaign against rebels forces in Yemen, saying Arabs should unite against Israel rather than the Houthi militias who have taken over the capital Sanaa and much of the country over the past months. The leader of Lebanon’s Shiite terror group slammed Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, dubbed Operation Decisive Storm, calling it “surprising and painful.” Hezbollah, like Yemen’s Houthi rebels, is supported by Iran, which...
  • In Yemen, It’s The Bad Guys Vs. The Bad Guys

    03/27/2015 2:22:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    Economic Collapse ^ | 26 March 2015 | Michael Snyder
    Saudi Arabia and Egypt stand poised to conduct a massive ground invasion of Yemen, and the western media will be full of tales about how “Operation Decisive Storm” is liberating that country from the evil Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. And without a doubt, the Houthis are bad guys and so are their Iranian benefactors. But don’t be fooled into thinking that the war in Yemen is a battle of good vs. evil. The truth is that the conflict in Yemen is actually a proxy war between two sets of bad guys that both ultimately plan for Islam to take over the...
  • Turkey's Erdogan says can't tolerate Iran bid to dominate Middle East

    03/28/2015 9:14:13 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    al Reuters ^ | 03/28/2015 | Humeyra Pamuk
    (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Iran on Thursday of trying to dominate the Middle East and said its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries. Turkey earlier said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen and called on the militia group and its "foreign supporters" to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region. "Iran is trying to dominate the region," said Erdogan, who is due to visit Tehran in early April. "Could this be allowed? This has begun annoying us, Saudi Arabia and the...
  • Arab leaders agree joint military force

    03/29/2015 6:57:27 AM PDT · by John W · 19 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | March 29, 2015 | Haitham El-Tabei
    Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) (AFP) - Arab leaders have agreed to form a joint military force, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced Sunday at a summit dominated by a Saudi-led offensive on Shiite rebels in Yemen. Arab representatives would meet over the next month to study the creation of the force and present their findings to a defence ministers within four months, according to the resolution adopted by the leaders. "Assuming the great responsibility imposed by the great challenges facing our Arab nation and threatening its capabilities, the Arab leaders had decided to agree on the principle of a joint...
  • IDF Sources: ISIS Accumulating Support Near Israel-Jordan Border

    03/29/2015 4:03:26 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/29/2015 | Cynthia Blank
    Islamic State has recently found a following among Bedouin tribes in southern Jordan, tens of kilometers away from the border with Israel, sources from the IDF's Southern Command claim, according to Walla! News. Sympathy for the terror organization, IDF sources fear, may spur terror cells to be established along the border, from where terrorists will infiltrate into Israel's Aravah region and carry out attacks. Concern is only amplified by the fact that there is no border fence between Jordan and Israel in that region, and the Aravah Division of the IDF, responsible for border security, suffers from low manpower.
  • Ousted Yemeni president backs Saudi airstrikes on Houthi militants

    03/28/2015 8:26:34 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 03/28/2015 | Christina Boyle, Zaid al-Alayaa
    As airstrikes and ground battles continued across Yemen on Saturday, defiant words were uttered by regional leaders at an Arab summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik.Ousted Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi said Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes must continue until Shiite Muslim Houthi militants, who drove him from power, agree to surrender. He branded the Houthis as “stooges of Iran” and directly blamed the Islamic Republic for creating chaos in Yemen and forcing him to flee.
  • A Fruit Vendor’s Self-Immolation and the Neglect of Arab-Iranians

    03/28/2015 11:30:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    FDD Policy Brief ^ | March 27th, 2015 | Behnam Ben Taleblu
    Tragedy struck Iran’s Arab-majority province of Khuzestan on Sunday as a fruit vendor died after self-immolating outside the local municipality building. Like Mohamed Bouazizi – the Tunisian fruit seller whose death sparked the Arab Spring – Younes Asakereh’s suicide was an act of defiance in response to authorities who denied him his livelihood. In contrast to Tunisia, however, Asakereh’s suicide sparked no national revolution. Instead, his death will likely be yet another example of regime neglect over a strategic but forgotten province... Nonetheless, rather than cultivate this underdeveloped province, Iran’s leadership has consistently given higher priority to interests beyond the...
  • Al-Qaida in Syria Seizes Large Parts of Northern City

    03/28/2015 4:32:34 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 9 replies
    Syrian opposition activists say al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, has seized large parts of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces. ...
  • Saudi-led campaign strikes Yemen's Sanaa, Morocco joins alliance

    03/27/2015 11:07:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/27/2015 | MOHAMMED MUKHASHEF
    Yemen's beleaguered government said Saudi-led airstrikes against its Houthi militia opponents would not last long on the second day of a Gulf Arab-led campaign against the Iranian-allied militia that could escalate a proxy conflict spreading through the region. Warplanes targeted Houthi forces controlling Yemen's capital and their northern heartland on Friday and, in a boost for Riyadh, fellow monarchy Morocco said it would join the rapidly-assembled Sunni Muslim coalition against the Shi'ite Muslim group. Tribes in Yemen's oil producing Marib region said they supported the air campaign, but Houthi forces advanced south despite the airstrikes and Pakistan, named by Saudi...
  • J-Street Speaker Calls for Destruction of Israel – to Applause

    03/27/2015 9:03:58 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 42 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | Friday, March 27, 2016 | Elder of Ziyon
    Here is Marcia Freedman, in a J-Street panel discussion on Liberal Zionism and sitting next to Peter Beinart, describing how she believes that the Jewish people should not have a state, and that instead they should live as a minority in an Arab Palestine as a “protected minority” – in other words, as dhimmis. I kept all the context (although I accidentally cut out the applause at the end:) Isn’t it interesting that at a conference that claims to be “pro-Israel, pro-peace” and that hammers away at how it wants a two state solution, there is no objection to this...
  • Scott Walker Lands Former Senator as National Security Expert for 2016 Race

    03/27/2015 12:19:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ken McIntyre
    What were Talent’s first impressions?“I found him to be exactly what he appears to be: He’s very down to earth, he has an air of confidence about him but there’s no arrogance with it. I like that. He’s just a regular guy.”Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has added one of Washington’s leading advocates of military readiness to the ranks of advisers helping prepare him for a likely campaign for president. Jim Talent, who represented Missouri in both the House and Senate before becoming a fellow at The Heritage Foundation, confirmed Thursday that he has joined Walker’s budding national security and foreign...
  • Saudi-led coalition strikes rebels in Yemen, inflaming tensions in region

    03/26/2015 9:39:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | March 26, 2015 | By Greg Botelho and Saeed Ahmed
    (CNN)Saudi and allied warplanes struck rebels in Yemen on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia threatening to send ground troops and inserting itself into its southern neighbor's civil war, potentially opening up a broader sectarian conflict in the Middle East. The swift and sudden action involved 100 Saudi jets, 30 from the United Arab Emirates, 15 each from Kuwait and Bahrain, 10 from Qatar, and a handful from Jordan, Morocco and Sudan, plus naval help from Pakistan and Egypt, according to a Saudi adviser. The Egyptian state news agency on Thursday quoted Egypt's Foreign Ministry as saying Egypt's support also could involve...
  • U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together

    03/26/2015 4:24:13 PM PDT · by xzins · 95 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 26, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    LAUSSANE, Switzerland—The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations. U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux of a deal with Iran. Until recently, the Obama administration had...
  • Yemen: Egyptian Navy Chases Iranian Warships to Retreat from Port of Aden

    03/26/2015 3:33:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3-26-2015 | Arutz
    Senior editor of Saudi online paper Arab News, Siraj Wahab, has just tweeted that Egyptian ships forced Iranian retreat from Bab Al-Mandab strait near the Port of Aden. A statement issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated that Egypt is coordinating with Saudi Arabia, together with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the participation of its Air Force, Navy, and ground forces, should it prove necessary. However, it should be noted that Iran threatened Saudi Arabia today (Thursday), announcing that its foray into Yemen would end up costing it dearly.
  • Scandals force Hillary Clinton to delay 2016 bid announcement

    03/25/2015 7:45:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/25/2015 | S.A. Miller
    Many of the key figures cited in a scathing inspector general’s report this week are allies of Hillary Rodham Clinton, marking the latest in a series of stumbles for the former first lady and secretary of state that likely forced her to delay her planned presidential campaign announcement.A Democratic strategist familiar with her team’s thinking said they are scrambling to limit the damage and readjust the campaign rollout schedule after the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general revealed an apparent cronyism scandal that ensnared Mrs. Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham, and two of her political confidants, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former...
  • Saudi Arabia and Sunni Coalition launches WAR on Houthis in Yemen; Egypt declares OFFICIAL SUPPORT

    03/25/2015 6:00:56 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 52 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/25/2015 | The Right Scoop
    This is big news. Saudi Arabia and a Sunni coalition (UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait) has now begun bombing Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen: AL ARABIYA – Warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force bombed the positions of Yemen’s Houthi militia and destroyed most of their air defenses, Al Arabiya News Channel reported early on Thursday. Arab Gulf states had announced that they have decided to “repel Houthi aggression” in neighboring Yemen, following a request from the country’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. In their joint statement Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait said they “decided to repel Houthi militias, al-Qaeda...
  • Breaking: Saudi Arabia Starts Bombing Yemen: U.S. Officials

    03/25/2015 4:12:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 111 replies
    NBC News via Twitter ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Richard Engel
    US officials confirm to @NBCNews that Saudi Arabia has started bombing rebel positions inside #Yemen. NO indication of troops crossing in.
  • Saudi Deploys 100 Fighter Jets, 150,000 Soldiers for Anti-Houthi Campaign (Yemen)

    03/25/2015 9:02:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 147 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015
    Saudi deploys 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers for anti-Houthi campaign. Also from Al Arabiya: UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan Deploy Warplanes Against HouthisThe UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan have deployed fighter jets to join the Saudi air force in the ongoing air campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Al Arabiya News Chanel reported. The UAE has deployed 30 fighter jets, Bahrain 15, Kuwait 15, Qatar 10 and Jordan 6 warplanes, according to the news channel. Pakistan and Egypt are also taking part in the military campaign, contribution with air and naval forces. Al Arabiya said Egypt, Pakistan and Sudan have...
  • Yemen crisis: Iran calls Saudi air strikes on Houthis 'dangerous'

    03/26/2015 2:43:04 AM PDT · by piasa · 14 replies
    Zee Media Bureau ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:20
    Tehran: In what may intensify the Yemen crisis, Iran has termed Saudi Arabia's military intervention against the Houthi rebels as “dangerous”, reports said Thursday. Saudi Arabia which had earlier warned to act in the wake of continued advance of Houthis, on Wednesday started conducting air strikes against the rebels which it considers as being supported by rival Iran. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies believe the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, are tools for Iran to seize control of Yemen and say they intend to stop the takeover. The Houthis deny they are backed by Iran. Reacting to Saudi strikes,...
  • Gaza Palestinians Call Power Cutoff by Egypt Worse Than Israeli Policy

    03/25/2015 12:02:05 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 22 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Staff
    JNS.org – Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip cities of Khan Younis and Rafah took to the streets on Tuesday after Egypt had cut off power to parts of southern Gaza. The protesters vented their anger at Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his government in light of reports that the decision to take parts of those towns off the grid was made by high-ranking officials in Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy. Egyptian media said the government resorted to that measure as a result of outstanding payments owed by a Palestinian utility company. The Hamas terrorist group’s government in...
  • Baker wants Israel excluded from regional conference

    12/06/2006 12:43:40 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 221 replies · 3,412+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | December 5, 2006
    The White House has been examining a proposal by James Baker to launch a Middle East peace effort without Israel. The peace effort would begin with a U.S.-organized conference, dubbed Madrid-2, and contain such U.S. adversaries as Iran and Syria. Officials said Madrid-2 would be promoted as a forum to discuss Iraq's future, but actually focus on Arab demands for Israel to withdraw from territories captured in the 1967 war. They said Israel would not be invited to the conference. “As Baker sees this, the conference would provide a unique opportunity for the United States to strike a deal without...
  • Baker panel's mention of Palestinian "right of return" raises eyebrows

    12/06/2006 1:00:35 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 246 replies · 4,919+ views
    AFP ^ | December 6, 2006
    A reference to Palestinians' "right of return" in the report issued by the high-level Iraq Study Group broke a diplomatic taboo which sparked immediate concern in Israel and surprise among Middle East policy experts. The reference was buried deep inside a 160-page report that urged US President George W. Bush to renew efforts to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks as part of a region-wide bid to end the chaos in Iraq. "This report is worrisome for Israel particularly because, for the first time, it mentions the question of the 'right of return' for the Palestinian refugees of 1948," said a senior...
  • White House: U.S. has 'succeeded' in Yemen, as President Hadi flees country

    03/25/2015 11:05:19 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 25, 2015 | Brian Hughes
    A White House spokesman said American efforts in Yemen are a "template that has succeeded," even as President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was forced to flee the country by boat. White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday said that the U.S. still had Yemeni extremists in its crosshairs. According to media reports, Hadi fled the presidential palace in Yemen as rebels attempted an armed takeover of the city of Aden. Earnest told reporters that U.S. officials were not aware of Hadi's destination but insisted that American officials still had a level of control over the chaotic situation. "We have...
  • How crashing drones are exposing secrets about U.S. war operations

    03/25/2015 10:55:19 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/25/15 | Craig Whitlock
    Crashing drones are spilling secrets about U.S. military operations. A surveillance mission was exposed last week when a Predator drone crashed in northwest Syria while spying on the home turf of President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. officials believe the drone was shot down, but they haven’t ruled out mechanical failure. Regardless, the wreckage offered the first hard evidence of a U.S. confrontation with Assad’s forces. The mishap in Syria follows a string of crashes in Yemen, another country where the U.S. military keeps virtually all details of its drone operations classified. Yemeni tribesmen have reported three cases in the past 15...
  • ISIS Chemical Weapon Attack - in Indonesia?

    03/25/2015 6:30:36 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/3/15
    Indonesian terrorists believed to have returned from fighting with the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Syria are suspected of being behind an attempted chlorine bomb attack in a shopping mall last month, police said Wednesday. The homemade device - made up of several bottles and a detonator - was discovered in the mall south of Jakarta after it failed to go off properly. Police said it was the first such attack ever attempted in Indonesia. National Police Inspector General, Tito Karnavian, said the use of the chlorine resembled tactics employed by ISIS jihadists, who have taken over a vast swath...
  • Iranian commander: Today Iraq and Lebanon, tomorrow Jordan

    03/24/2015 9:40:32 PM PDT · by piasa · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | March 23, 2015 | Jack Khoury
    Qassem Soleimani is first senior official to reveal Tehran’s ambitions in Hashemite kingdom. A top commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said this weekend he believed Tehran had the ability to control events in Jordan, as it does in Iraq and Lebanon. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds force — the foreign wing of the Revolutionary Guards — was addressing a youth conference in Tehran. His remarks were the first time a senior Iranian official has openly discussed Iranian ambitions in Jordan.
  • Hezbollah’s gains in Syria have triggered concerns in Israel

    03/24/2015 9:11:40 PM PDT · by piasa · 3 replies
    PRI ^ | March 24, 2015 · 4:15 PM EDT | Christopher Woolf
    The war in Syria is taking place in Israel’s shadow. Syrian government forces, with Hezbollah in the lead, are poised to capture a strategically vital region that borders Israel. And that’s ringing alarm bells among Israelis. Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shiite group, an old enemy of Israel, which came out openly in support of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad almost two years ago. Both Assad and Hezbollah are allies of Iran, another Israeli enemy. Hezbollah is “fighting on multiple fronts,” explains Nicholas Blanford, Beirut correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, and author of ‘Warriors of God,’ a military history of Hezbollah....
  • Canada to Launch Air Strikes on IS Positions in Syria

    03/24/2015 9:23:09 PM PDT · by piasa · 6 replies
    VOA via Chosun Ilbo ^ | March 25, 2015
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada will expand its military mission against the Islamic State group to include airstrikes on targets in Syria. Harper told parliament on Tuesday Canada will not seek "the express consent" of the Syrian government to launch the attacks. He said Canada must strike at the Syrian power base of the Islamic State militants. "ISIL's fighters and much of its heavier equipment are moving freely across the Iraqi border into Syria, in part for better protection against our airstrikes," Harper said. "In our view, ISIL must cease to have any safe haven in Syria." Canada...
  • Syria and Iraq cast shadow over Dihad

    03/24/2015 9:15:31 PM PDT · by piasa
    Khaleej Times ^ | 25 March 2015 | Bernd Debusmann Jr.
    Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan called on countries in the region to work together to deal with the massive humanitarian crises caused by conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Dubai - The spectre of the massive humanitarian crisis caused by the wars in Syria and Iraq loomed large over the opening of the 12th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (Dihad). Among the speakers at this year’s opening ceremony was Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, which is currently home to almost 1.4 million refugees of the war in Syria. In his remarks, Prince...
  • Is The Obama Administration Losing The War On Terror?

    03/23/2015 11:32:23 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 50 replies
    Fox News Talking Points Memo ^ | Bill O'Reilly and Charles Krauthhammer
    File this under "If they had been doing their damn jobs" Go to about the 6 minute mark...the experts and the talking heads are only just beginning to figure out what they should have known Obama would do all along.
  • Lebanese Cleric Maher Hamoud: Israel Will Cease to Exist in 2022

    03/23/2015 3:48:58 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 3-9-15 | NBN TV (Lebanon)
    In a March 9 interview with the Lebanese channel NBN TV, Lebanese cleric and imam of the Al-Quds Mosque in Sidon Sheik Maher Hamoud said that according to various calculations, based on the Quran, the Torah, and astronomy, the end of Israel would come in 2022. Following are excerpts: Maher Hamoud: We have seen the cowardly Jew in Southern Lebanon, in Gaza, and elsewhere. The cowardly Jew fears death – unlike our youth whose [religious] conviction makes them go to their death whole-heartedly. […] The end of Israel is inevitable and, Allah willing, imminent. Interviewer: Allah wiling. Maher Hamoud: This...
  • The men who uncovered Assyria

    03/23/2015 11:38:23 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    BBC Magazine ^ | 23rd March 2015 | Daniel Silas Adamson
    'Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures. The excavations arguably paved the way for IS to smash what remained - but also ensured that some of the riches of a lost civilisation were saved. In 1872, in a backroom of the British Museum, a man called George Smith spent the darkening days of November bent over a broken clay tablet. It was one of thousands of fragments from recent excavations in northern Iraq,...
  • The Knights Templar Shows How to Fight ISIS and Win

    03/23/2015 8:23:53 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    The Fiscal Times via Yahoo! Finance ^ | March 22, 2015 9:00 AM | Andrew L. Peek
    ... Sovereignty was a bit of a confused concept at that time. Power was not wholly the prerogative of states, as it became after the Treaty of Westphalia in 1646, which put an end to the wars of religion. While there were recognizable national entities – like France, most of all, and England –- the lines of feudal loyalty were distinctly non-national. A baron could own lands in France but could also be nominally sworn to a lord in Burgundy or have vassals in the Holy Roman Empire who were nominally fighting his king, though they gave fealty to him....
  • In this stunning intervention, literary colossus V.S. NAIPAUL says ISIS is now the Fourth Reich [tr]

    03/23/2015 6:25:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 22, 2015 | V.S. Naipul
    Imagine a world in which a young man is locked in a cage, has petrol showered over him and is set alight to be burnt alive. Imagine the triumphant jeering of an audience that has gathered to witness this. Imagine, also, a 12-year-old child with elated determination on his features shooting at close range a kneeling man with his arms tied behind his back. Then picture the spectacle of a hundred beheadings of victim after victim in humiliating uniforms, their hands and feet bound, kneeling with their backs to their black-robed executioners who wield knives to cut their throats as...
  • Oil Price Dips Under $55 on Saudi Output Fears

    03/23/2015 5:06:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 23, 2015 | GEORGI KANTCHEV
    ...Brent for delivery in May fell 1.1% to $54.71 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures exchange. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in May traded at $45.64 a barrel, down 2% from last week’s close. Both contracts gained last week with U.S. crude snapping a four-week losing streak. On Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s influential oil minister Ali al-Naimi told a conference in Riyadh that there was no conspiracy behind the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ decision last fall to maintain its output target. He said the group could have lost market share if it...
  • Islam’s Improbable Reformer

    03/21/2015 10:46:04 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 20,2015 | BRET STEPHENS
    ‘We are keen on a strategic relationship with the U.S. above everything else,’ says Egypt’s new president. ‘And we will never turn our backs on you—even if you turn your backs on us.’ He’s also aware that the most important work will take time. In January Mr. Sisi went before the religious clerics of Cairo’s Al-Azhar university to demand a “revolution” in Islam. The follow-through won’t be easy. “The most difficult thing to do is change a religious rhetoric and bring a shift in how people are used to their religion,” he says. “Don’t imagine the results will be seen...
  • Valerie Jarrett Must Go

    03/21/2015 5:19:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 82 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/21/2015 | Jared Feldschreiber
    DC political insiders believe that if President Barack Obama truly seeks compromise with Republicans, he should begin by ditching White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. It goes without saying that Jarrett, the president's longtime trusted confidante, political ally, and family friend, is a divisive figure inside the beltway. Calls for her dismissal have been rampant since the president began his second term -- and even before then. It is a demand still ignored by the White House.
  • Will Obama Support Egypt's War on Radical Islam?

    03/21/2015 1:53:17 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 19 replies
    Middle East Forum/Fox News ^ | March 19, 2015 | Raymond Stock
    Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi continues to reach out to America for help in rallying the forces of good against a rising tide of evil—the ever-spreading virus of militant Islam. And so far we are still snubbing him. As I have written before in this space, Sisi appears to be a surprising successor to the heroic British leader who first rallied his own people, then appealed to the New World to join not only his, but humanity's, cause against the Nazi menace—which is in many ways similar to the Islamist one today. Despite America's declared need for strong Arab allies in...
  • ISIS Destroys Historic Christian And Muslim Shrines In Northern Iraq [Obama's JV-Team At Work!]

    03/20/2015 4:56:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | March 20, 2015 | Kareem Shaheen
    ISIS Destroys Historic Christian And Muslim Shrines In Northern Iraq Structures destroyed include fourth-century Assyrian memorial Patriarch of Syriac Catholic church tells west: ‘Condemnation is not enough’ A picture released by Isis of a Christian shrine in Hamdaniya being destroyed. Kareem Shaheen 20 March 2015 Islamic State militants appear to have destroyed Christian and Shia Muslim shrines in northern Iraq – including a fourth-century memorial built by an Assyrian king – in the group’s latest rampage against the embattled country’s religious and cultural heritage. On Thursday, Isis’s “Nineveh province media office” released photographs showing the apparent destruction of the holy...
  • A Complete Timeline of Obama’s Anti-Israel Hatred

    03/20/2015 10:15:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/20/15 | Ben Shapiro
    On Thursday, the press announced that the Obama administration would fully consider abandoning Israel in international bodies like the United Nations. According to reports, President Obama finally called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him – but the “congratulations” was actually a lecture directed at forcing Netanyahu to surrender to the terrorist Palestinian regime. For some odd reason, many in the media and Congress reacted with surprise to Obama’s supposedly sudden turn on Israel. The media, in an attempt to defend Obama’s radicalism, pretend that Netanyahu’s comments in the late stages of his campaign prompted Obama’s anti-Israel action. But, in...
  • UK: Syria fears prompt travel ban on five teenage girls

    03/20/2015 1:43:37 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 20th March 2015 | BBC News
    'Five teenage girls who had shown an interest in going to Syria have been barred from travelling abroad by a judge at London's High Court. The girls - two aged 15 and three aged 16 - were made wards of court, removing their passports and banning them from leaving England and Wales. It comes after Tower Hamlets local authority, in London, raised concerns. Last month, three girls from an east London school travelled to Syria, where it is feared they joined Islamic State. Making the order, Mr Justice Hayden directed that the girls were not identified, and also ordered the...
  • Is London rapper Jihadi George? Hip-hop artist turned may have been one of the so-called ‘Beatles’

    03/19/2015 12:07:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/19/2015 | By OLLIE GILLMAN
    * Londoner Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary could be Jihadi George, expert says * Bary believed to be part of ISIS hostage-taking cell known as the 'Beatles' * He may have travelled to Syria with Jihadi John - Mohammed Emwazi * The terrorists lived just streets away from each other in west London * Bary was a rising talent in London's hip-hop scene before he fled country * Previously thought to be Jihadi John because of his similar facial features A London rapper who fled to Syria could be Jihadi George - the second of the ISIS hostage-taking cell known as 'The...
  • Dick Cheney calls Obama the 'worst president of my lifetime'

    03/18/2015 10:28:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    The Week ^ | 03/18/2015 | Catherine Garcia via James Rosen, From PLAYBOY interview with Dick Cheney
    In a new interview with Playboy, former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of "playing the race card" and said that he could "go on for hours" about all of the ways Obama has "undone" the work of President George W. Bush.Although the article claims that Cheney's "preoccupations revolve around the books in his study and the purchase of just the right gifts for his grandchildren," it sounds more like he's kind of obsessed with Obama. Calling him "the worst president in my lifetime," Cheney said his criticism of Obama and Holder has nothing...