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  • Considering the Crusades in the Context of the Current Conflict with Radical Islamists

    02/17/2015 6:53:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 72 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Considering the Crusades in the Context of the Current Conflict with Radical Islamists By: Msgr. Charles PopeRecent and persistent attacks by radical Muslims, especially the most recent beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians, have many asking what can or should be done to end such atrocities. Military actions by numerous countries, including our own, are already underway. Most feel quite justified in these actions and many are calling for more concerted efforts to eliminate ISIS and related zealots who seem to know no pity, no reason, and no limits. I do not write here to opine on the need for...
  • Islamic State declares caliphate in Yemen, vows to “cut throats of Houthis”

    04/26/2015 4:21:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 4/26/15 | Robert Spencer
    Iraq and Syria, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, the Philippines — but nothing to be concerned about: Obama and John Kerry and David Cameron and every other Western leader assures us that it has nothing to do with Islam. “ISIS Says It’s Established A Caliphate In Yemen,” by Jamie Tarabay, Vocativ, April 24, 2015: Supporters of the Islamic State say they’ve declared a caliphate in the deserts of Yemen, where government forces are battling Shiite Houthi rebels, and Al Qaeda fighters are gaining ground amid the chaos.In a nine minute video published online, the group calls itself Soldiers of the Caliphate in...
  • IAF kills 4 terrorists who crossed into Israel from Syria and planted bombs

    04/26/2015 3:16:14 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/26/15 | Yaakov Lapin
    The IDF said in an official statement that it will not "tolerate any attempt to harm or violate Israeli sovereignty." The Israeli Air Force struck and killed four terrorists who crossed into Israel from Syria and planted explosives near an abandoned IDF post on Sunday night said, a senior IDF source. The source declined to say which organization the terror cell belonged to, saying it was too soon for such details. The incident, which occurred at 21:30 in the northern Golan Heights near Majdal Shams, began when Combat Intelligence Collection Units identified four suspects planting the explosives on the eastern...
  • Hezbollah Builds Runway For Suicide Drones

    04/26/2015 12:18:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 19 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | April 24, 2015 | Peter Malcom
    Jane’s Defence Weekly reports that Hezbollah has built a runway in the morthern Bekaa Valley to be used for drones, likely Iranian-made UAVs. New satellite images shows the runway in an area 10 kilometers south of the Lebanese village of Hermel.
Jane’s states: The short length of the runway suggests the facility is not intended to smuggle in weapons shipments from Syria or Iran as it is too short for nearly all the transport aircraft used by the air forces of those countries. An alternative explanation is that the runway was built for Iranian-made UAVs, including the Ababil-3, which has been...
  • Iran Threatens Saudis After Aid Planes Blocked

    04/26/2015 10:10:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Israel National News ^ | April 25, 2015 | Hillel Fendel
    Amid reports of a renewed Saudi offensive against Iranian-allied rebels in Yemen, Iran's news agency reported on Friday that Saudi Arabia had stopped Iranian aid planes from landing in Yemen. Not unexpectedly, a top Iranian official responded with threats directed at Saudi Arabia. Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian warned on Sunday that the Saudi behavior and its siege of Yemen and preventing the dispatch of humanitarian aids "will not remain unanswered." "Saudi Arabia is not entitled to decide for others in the region," Abdollahian added. Iran's FARS News Agency stated that Saudi fighter jets...
  • Ted Cruz: Cancel Iran deal and move embassy to Jerusalem

    04/25/2015 12:37:39 PM PDT · by VinL · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/25/2015 | Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz promises a bold shift in U.S. foreign policy if he's elected president that would cancel President Obama's arms deal with Iran and move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. On the eve of remarks to the Republican Jewish Coalition, the White House contender laid out bullet points for his approach to the Middle East in an interview with the Washington Examiner that would sharply rebuke Obama's eight years. Cruz's call to get tough with enemies of the United States, especially Tehran, and prioritize relationships with key allies like Israel should go over well with the 800...
  • Israeli planes strike targets in Syria, Arab media report

    04/25/2015 11:11:23 PM PDT · by shove_it · 27 replies
    LATimes ^ | 25 Apr 2015 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN
    Israeli warplanes struck military targets in Syria early Saturday, according to media reports that were not confirmed by Israeli or Syrian officials. According to Arab media and pro-opposition sources in Syria, the strikes targeted several bases belonging to Syrian missile brigades in the mountainous Qalamoun region near the Syrian-Lebanese border. The targets reportedly were Syrian army brigades said to keep long-range missiles and other strategic weaponry...
  • Gay Refugees From ISIS (ISIS men pose as gays to trap gays)

    04/25/2015 3:25:22 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 41 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Daily Beast
    If caught by jihadis, Syrian gays may be thrown from rooftops, or ransomed. And many live in fear of their own families. But Lebanon’s not the safe haven they hoped. BEIRUT — Two young men we’ll call Karim and Tareq were walking through the streets of Raqqa, Syria, in September 2013 on their second date. They’d just been to a good restaurant, and Karim was excited as Tareq was about to introduce him to his friends. But the night quickly turned ugly when five strangers showed up, put a sack over Karim’s head, gagged him, and drove him to an...
  • Priorities: Nets Cover First Dog Bo 28 Times More Than Armenian Genocide

    04/24/2015 7:06:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | April 24, 2015 | Dan Gainor
    Many historians call the Armenian Holocaust the first holocaust of the 20th Century, a dress rehearsal for the Nazi nightmare that followed. This April 24 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of roughly 1.5 million Armenian Christians at the hands of Turkish Muslims. That mass slaughter has gone virtually unreported by the broadcast networks. It was a genocide so awful that candidate Barack Obama promised in 2008 he would acknowledge it as such. “As president, I will recognize the Armenian genocide,” he vowed. Obama has violated that promise every year since. This will be the seventh anniversary that Obama...
  • Turkey to Buy Chinese Missile Defence System

    04/22/2015 1:57:10 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 14 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | April 22, 2015 | Teddy Ng & Reuters in Istandbul
    [This is from the International Edition of SCMP] China has won the bid to co-produce a multibillion ($3Billion) long-range air and missile defence system in Turkey, in what is its largest and most advanced arms sales to a NATO country. The Turkish defence minister announced the decision to approve the US$3 billion bid by China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp, rejecting rival offers from Russian, US and European firms. The winning Chinese FD-2000 system beat the Patriot, the Russian S-400 and the French-Italian Eurosam Samp-T, it was announced on Thursday. [snip]
  • CBS News Breaks Out Their Monica Lewinsky Knee Pads for Obama

    04/22/2015 6:52:27 AM PDT · by safetysign · 16 replies
    Joe For America ^ | 04/21/2015 | Michael Becker
    CBS News is in the tank for Barack Obama. Of course, and less you’ve been living in a cave, you already knew that. But last night’s episode of the CBS fictional series “60 Minutes” provided new evidence of their love affair with our second black president. They broke out there Monica Lewinsky branded kneepads for an episode focusing on Syria. You’ll recall that Pres. Obama made a number of statements regarding Syrian dictator Assad with reference to chemical weapon use. He noted that if chemical weapons were used in Syria, Assad would have crossed a “Red Line.” No sooner were...
  • Exclusive: Pentagon Map Hides ISIS Gains

    04/22/2015 6:46:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 22, 2015 | Tim Mak
    The Defense Department released a map last week showing territory where it is has pushed ISIS back, claiming that the terrorist group is “no longer able to operate freely in roughly 25 to 30 percent of populated areas of Iraqi territory where it once could.” This was touted as evidence of success by numerous news outlets. Pushing ISIS back is clearly a good step. But the information from the Pentagon is, at best, misleading and incomplete, experts in the region and people on the ground tell The Daily Beast. They said the map misinforms the public about how effective the...
  • Pentagon denies report ISIS head was wounded in airstrike

    04/21/2015 12:30:02 PM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 21, 2015 | Jamie Schram and Chris Perez
    The Pentagon today shot down an overseas report that the head of ISIS was seriously wounded during an airstrike in western Iraq. According to a report in the Guardian, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi suffered life-threatening injuries during an assault between the villages of Umm al-Rous and al-Qaraan. Al-Baghdadi is no longer in control of day-to-day operations, Iraqi sources said, according to the Guardian.
  • Saudi-led Coalition Declares End to Yemen Campaign

    04/21/2015 11:39:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 75 replies
    Soviet Press Sputnik ^ | 4-21-2015 | Lavrov
    The Saudi-led coalition will now begin a new phase, titled 'Operation Restoring Hope', according to the statement of the Saudi defense ministry. Saudi-led coalition operations in Yemen are now entering a political phase. The airstrikes have eliminated all threats against the kingdom and the neighboring countries through the destruction of the heavy arms and ballistic missiles that were seized by the Houthi militias and pro-Saleh forces, according to a statement by the defense ministry. A coalition spokesman said the decision to end operation Firmness Storm followed a request from the Yemeni government.
  • WATCH: Incredibly Powerful Explosion Rocks Yemen’s Capital

    04/20/2015 10:11:38 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2015-04-20 | Tina Nguyen
    A Saudi-led air strike in Yemen destroyed a weapons cache outside the capital of Sana’a hours ago, causing a massive explosion with shockwaves blowing out windows throughout the city.According to Al-Jazeera, “at least 46 people” were killed when Saudi forces dropped a bomb on a scud missile facility inside the city of Sana’a, the latest attack agains the new Houthi government. The Saudis accuse the Houthi, a Shiite minority, of receiving materiel support from Iran, accusations that they both deny.
  • Sources: US aircraft carrier, fighter jets shadowing Iranian convoy near Yemen

    04/21/2015 9:57:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/21/2015 | By Lucas Tomlinson
    A U.S. aircraft carrier and its warplanes are shadowing an Iranian convoy approaching Yemen, Pentagon sources told Fox News, amid suspicions that the ships may be carrying weapons for rebel fighters. Sources told Fox News that the USS Theodore Roosevelt is not only tracking the convoy, but also launching F/A-18 Hornets to conduct "manned reconnaissance" of the estimated nine ships in the Iranian convoy. The movements escalate a standoff in the waters off Yemen, even as the U.S. and other world powers are trying to hammer out a diplomatic deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Already, the U.S. and...
  • ISIS-trained man arrested in U.S., DOJ says

    04/16/2015 10:23:50 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 91 replies
    SCRIPPS ^ | 04/16/15 | SCRIPPS
    A Columbus, Ohio man whom the Department of Justice says trained with ISIS in Syria and was planning a terror attack here has been arrested in the U.S., according to reports.
  • Carter's Arab Financiers

    12/21/2006 8:52:59 AM PST · by venizelos · 25 replies · 1,781+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2006 | Rachel Ehrenfeld
    To understand what feeds former president Jimmy Carter's anti-Israeli frenzy, look at his early links to Arab business. Between 1976-1977, the Carter family peanut business received a bailout in the form of a $4.6 million, "poorly managed" and highly irregular loan from the National Bank of Georgia (NBG). According to a July 29, 1980 Jack Anderson expose in The Washington Post, the bank's biggest borrower was Mr. Carter, and its chairman at that time was Mr. Carter's confidant, and later his director of the Office of Management and Budget, Bert Lance.
  • Jimmy Carter meets with Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo

    01/16/2012 10:27:31 AM PST · by PRePublic · 33 replies
    examiner ^ | Jan. 2012
    Jimmy Carter meets with Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo - National Law Enforcement | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/law-enforcement-in-national/jimmy-carter-meets-with-muslim-brotherhood-cairo
  • The American House of Saud

    05/04/2004 2:55:49 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 7 replies · 331+ views
    DanPipes.org ^ | 5/2/85 | Daniel Pipes
    After the price of oil quadrupled in 1973, Syria and other Arab states put pressure on Saudi Arabia to use its new wealth against Israel. Part of the Saudi government's response was to lead a campaign against support for Israel in the U.S. On their own, however, the Saudis lacked the connections and savvy to affect American-Israeli ties. To make up for this, the Saudi state recruited help. In "The American House of Saud" (Franklin Watts, 448 pages, $18.95), Steven Emerson, a journalist and former staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chronicles anti-Israeli activities undertaken in recent years...
  • US Navy Confirms Aircraft Carrier, Warships To Intercept Iranian Weapons Shipments In Yemeni Waters

    04/20/2015 11:41:14 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 146 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | April 20, 20015 | Tyler Durden
    The 'proxy' war is escalating very rapidly. As AP reports, Navy officials confirm that the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is headed to Yemeni waters to intercept an Iranian weapons shipments. Just as we warned 10 days ago, the probability of a major escalation over the latest proxy Middle Eastern civil war escalated substantially when Iran parked two warships off the Yemeni coast.
  • Navy officials: US warship heads to Yemeni waters to intercept Iranian weapons shipments.

    04/20/2015 11:18:33 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 105 replies
    A.P. ^ | April 20 | No Attribution
    Navy officials: US warship heads to Yemeni waters to intercept Iranian weapons shipments.
  • Shock claim: Turkey provided 10,000 passports to ISIS

    04/15/2015 5:02:50 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 20 replies
    WND ^ | April 14 2015 | AARON KLEIN
    TEL AVIV – Egypt is accusing Turkey of providing more than 10,000 Turkish passports to members of ISIS, the Islamic State, to facilitate travel of fighters across the region. An Egyptian intelligence official who asked not to be named told WND his country delivered a report to the U.S. documenting the astonishing claim. The official further charged that Istanbul is serving as the “headquarters” for ISIS planning. “Turkey continues to allow free passage to Iraq and Syria to IS fighters,” the official added. If the Turkish passport charge is true, it would present a worldwide ISIS travel threat. Already, there...
  • Turkey suddenly open to RESTORING ties with Israel, REFUSES to criticize Israeli election

    04/02/2015 6:13:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    Turkey, via their Deputy Prime Minister, is putting the word out on the street that it is open to a restoration of ties with Israel, even acknowledging that it is NOT Turkey’s place to criticize the recent Israeli election: snip Wow. The admitted refusal to criticize Israel over the election is definitely a change of pace for Turkey. I mean, when has Erdogan ever missed an opportunity to openly bash Israel? He was just ripping Netanyahu in January for just showing up to the Paris march against ‘radical Islam’, accusing him of killing 2500 Palestinians in the war last year....
  • The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

    04/20/2015 5:10:42 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 64 replies
    SPIEGEL ON LINE ^ | 18 Apr 15 | Christoph Reuter
    Aloof. Polite. Cajoling. Extremely attentive. Restrained. Dishonest. Inscrutable. Malicious. The rebels from northern Syria, remembering encounters with him months later, recall completely different facets of the man. But they agree on one thing: "We never knew exactly who we were sitting across from." In fact, not even those who shot and killed him after a brief firefight in the town of Tal Rifaat on a January morning in 2014 knew the true identity of the tall man in his late fifties. They were unaware that they had killed the strategic head of the group calling itself "Islamic State" (IS). The...
  • Generals: Saudi Intervention in Yemen is Doomed to Failure

    04/19/2015 4:32:32 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2015-04-19 | John Hayward
    According to a report by al-Jazeera, several American generals are skeptical that Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen will succeed.  A “senior commander at CENTCOM” claimed the Saudis did not keep the operation secret from American authorities because they feared the Obama Administration inform Iran, but rather because the Saudis feared the Pentagon would dismiss their battle plan as a “bad idea” and try to talk them out of it. “Military sources said that a number of regional special forces officers and officers at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) argued strenuously against supporting the Saudi-led intervention because the target of the intervention, the Shia...
  • Bernie Sanders of All People Puts Gazagogues in Their Place [Video]

    08/20/2014 11:23:47 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 7 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 20, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    There are few elected officials in the United States that are further to the left than Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Although technically listed as an Independent, he caucuses with the Democrats and his failure to register as one of them is due to the fact that even they are not socialist enough for him. That said, unlike sycophantic and pandering Democrats, he is true to his beliefs (misguided as they may be) and takes his stance based on his desire to help people live a better life. Due to this honesty and transparency, even this right of center news outlet...
  • Rand Paul Sounds Like a Democrat Criticizing GOP Rivals’ Foreign Policy

    04/19/2015 6:22:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | April 19, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Bernie Sanders couldn’t have said it better: “There’s a group of folks in our party who would have troops in six countries right now — maybe more,” the Kentucky senator told hundreds of activists at a GOP cattle call that has drawn every major presidential aspirant. “This is something, if you watch closely, that will separate me from many other Republicans. The other Republicans will criticize Hillary Clinton and the president for their foreign policy, but they would have done the same thing – just 10 times over!” “Six countries – maybe more”? Which countries, Senator? And how many of...
  • Explosive Device Targets UNRWA Offices in Gaza

    04/19/2015 12:06:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 4/19/2015, 4:44 AM | Ben Ariel
    An explosive device went off near the offices of the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City Saturday night, AFP reported. A second struck near police headquarters, the report said. UNRWA and Gaza security officials said there were no dead or injured. […] UNRWA facilities in Gaza were at the forefront during last year’s Operation Protective Edge. During the operation, no fewer than three UNRWA schools were found to be serving for storage of rockets for the terrorist organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad. …
  • Putin warns Israel against selling arms to Ukraine

    04/18/2015 11:59:59 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 4/18/15 | jpstaff
    Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Israel on Saturday against selling weapons to the pro-Western government in Kiev as retaliation for Moscow’s recently announced weapons deal with Iran. Speaking to official state media in Russia, Putin said that any such deals between Israel and Ukraine would be “counterproductive” and would “only cause a new round of hostility.” “The death toll would rise, but the result would not change,” Putin was quoted as telling Rossiya, the official state-run television channel.
  • Russian Patriarch: 400 Syrian Churches Destroyed, Christianity Nearing ‘Extinction’ in Mideast

    04/18/2015 9:56:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 18 replies
    Orthodox Church News ^ | April 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Around mid-April, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia –who once wrote a letter to Barack Obama beseeching the president to reconsider his foreign policies which enable the persecution of Christians in Syria — spoke again of the threat of Christian extinction in the Mideast during a meeting with Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Kammenos. In the Russian Patriarch’s own words: "I regularly get reports of horrible crimes that are committed there against Christians, especially in northern Iraq. I have visited those places and I remember that there were many churches and monasteries there. The city of Mosul alone had 45...
  • Sen. John McCain: Pentagon in 'denial' of Ramadi reality

    04/18/2015 8:46:32 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jamie Crawford,
    Senior Republican Sen. John McCain blasted Pentagon officials on Friday for dramatically downplaying the role of Ramadi as the key Iraqi city stood on the brink of being taken over by ISIS. "Disregarding the strategic importance of Ramadi is a denial of reality and an insult to the families of hundreds of brave young Americans who were killed and wounded during the Surge fighting to free Ramadi from the grip of Al-Qaeda," McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a written statement released by his office, which was later joined onto by Repbulican Sen. Lindsey Graham. McCain,...
  • Could Christianity Be Driven From Middle East?

    04/17/2015 1:48:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 April 2015
    Can Christianity survive, in the face of persecution and conflict, in the region of its birth? The BBC's Jane Corbin travelled across the Middle East - through Iraq and Syria - to investigate the plight of Christians, as hundreds of thousands flee Islamic militancy in the region.As I climbed the steep mountain path above the plain of Nineveh, Iraq, the sound of monks chanting and the smell of incense drifted out of the 4th Century monastery of St Matthew. Once, 7,000 monks worshipped here when Christianity was the official religion of the Roman empire. Almost the whole population was Christian...
  • Turkey accuses EU of 'enmity' over 1915 Armenian genocide recognition

    04/17/2015 1:38:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17/15 | Richard Spencer
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has accused the EU of declaring “enmity” on his country as next week’s centenary commemorations of the massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire descend into bitter rows over what to call them. Both the European Parliament and Pope Francis this week referred to the killings as a genocide, a term recognised by much of the rest of the world but fiercely disputed by Turkey. The European decision prompted a furious response from Mr Erdogan. “Such decisions are nothing but expressions of enmity against Turkey by abusing Armenians,” he said while on a visit to...
  • An Invasion of Refugees-Tens of thousands of Muslim migrants come from conflict zones

    04/17/2015 6:58:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 17, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    An Invasion of RefugeesPosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 17, 2015 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments “This is a place of inspiring memories. Here less than a thousand men, inspired by the urge of freedom, defeated a superior force intrenched in this strategic position,” President Herbert Hoover said.“This small band of patriots turned back a dangerous invasion.”But no matter how often dangerous invasions are defeated, they come again.The thousand men that Hoover spoke of gained their victory at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The Spartan Regiment that fought there when, as Theodore Roosevelt wrote, “All the...
  • Reports: Bombing Near U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq

    04/17/2015 8:28:22 AM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies
    Twitter | Friday, April 17, 2015 | Kristinn
    Reports and photos from the Kurdish Regional Government capital of Irbil in northern Iraq that bombing attack took place near the U.S. consulate.Large explosion near US consulate in #erbil followed by gunfire Source.An explosion in #Ainkawa #Erbil close to #US consulate #TwitterKurds Source.I am at the scene my camera a bi explosion rocks ankawa erbil the christian city Source with video at link.Just shot this and was shot at live bullets , ankawa erbil bad daySource.Many injuries i watched several foreigners injured #ankawa #erbil Source.
  • Syria and Iraq Are Awash With Russian, Iranian and Chinese Weapons

    04/09/2015 4:07:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr. 7, 2015, 1:36 PM | Jeremy Bender
    As ISIS first blitzed across northern Iraq in June 2014, the militants seized large quantities of US arms and vehicles from the fleeing Iraqi forces. Over the almost past year of fighting, however, ISIS has gone from fielding large quantities of US weapons to using a mixture of Iranian, Chinese, Russian, Soviet, and Sudanese ammunition. According to a fact sheet from the Forum on Arms Trade, citing the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) and the Small Arms Survey, ISIS was largely able to acquire this ammunition from the constantly shifting battle lines of the Syrian civil war. A large amount of...
  • Chlorine ‘gas attack’ video moves U.N. delegates to tears

    04/17/2015 8:33:47 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 17 April 2015
    -excerpt A Syrian doctor who treated victims from half a dozen attacks over the past month, Mohammad Tennari was helped out of the country by the United States, which arranged for the closed-door briefing. He is the first witness to describe the attacks. He showed a video of a suspected chlorine attack on March 16 in his town of Sarmin in Idlib province, with images of three children, ages 1 through 3, dying despite attempts to resuscitate them. The medical area was so cramped that one of the children was lying on top of their grandmother, who also died. “Everyone...
  • GOP: Obama war request against ISIS is dead

    04/14/2015 8:14:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/14/2015 | Scott Wong
    President Obama’s proposal for the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is dead in the House, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy declared on Monday. The California Republican said Obama’s draft authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, could not win the 218 votes needed to pass the lower chamber, and suggested key GOP-led committees could draft an alternative. “I do not see a path to 218 with what the president sent up because the world has become more dangerous since he laid out Yemen as the strategy of how to move forward,”...
  • New MK Optimistic about Israeli-Kurdish Future

    04/12/2015 4:11:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/4/15 | Gedalyah Rebock
    Ksenia Svetlova of the Zionist Union, an expert in Arab and Kurdish affairs, sees growth in future ties with Kurds in Syria and Iraq. Photo ....it has not been lost on many that Israel will need to continue developing relationships with groups in these two countries, especially as the security challenges there move closer to Israel’s borders....ISIS is also pressing Kurdistan. “There are various entities and organizations that represent the Kurds in different parts of the Middle East,” says Ksenia Svetlova, newly elected MK for the Zionist Union and an expert on Arab and Kurdish affairs. “The relations with Iraqi...
  • Islamist Turkish President Erdogan Says A 'Mastermind' Is Plotting Against Turkey...

    04/14/2015 4:47:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Memri ^ | 4/14/15
    Since October 2014, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has regularly referred to the concept of a "Mastermind" (ust akil, "supra-intellect," in Turkish) that, he says, is plotting against Turkey. This concept has been applauded by the Islamist pro-AKP media. Erdogan's December 12, 2014 speech, which focused on this "mastermind" concept, inspired the production of a two-hour "documentary" by one of the leading Turkish television channels, the pro-AKP A Haber. The film, titled "The Mastermind," first aired on March 15, 2015 and has been broadcast repeatedly since then; in addition, the Turkish Islamist pro-AKP media are circulating the film on their...
  • ISRAEL: IRAN BOOSTS WEAPON SHIPMENTS TO HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH IN EXPECTATION OF LIFTED SANCTIONS

    04/14/2015 1:51:10 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 13, 2015 | by WILLIAM BIGELOW
    On Monday, Israeli officials reported that Iran has upped its delivery of weapons to the Lebanese Shiite terror group Hezbollah in the past few weeks. Channel 2 stated that the shipments have been made to both Lebanon and the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. In addition, the report stated that Iran was sending weapons to Hamas chiefs in Gaza and arming Hamas members in Judea and Samaria. Channel 2 asserted that the ease in sanctions on Iran from the present nuclear negotiations would allow it to spend “billions of dollars” shipping weapons to Israel’s enemies. The increase in Iranian...
  • Aid group urges US to resettle 65,000 Syrians by end of 2016

    04/09/2015 10:57:01 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 4-9-2015 | AP
    BEIRUT (AP) — An international aid group has called on the United States to resettle 65,000 Syrian refugees before the end of 2016. David Miliband, the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, tells The Associated Press that the whole international community shares responsibility for the consequences of the Syrian civil war. Miliband, a former U.K. Foreign Secretary, says the U.S. has traditionally taken half the world's registered refugees who resettle in third countries and that the United Nations says it wants 130,000 refugees from Syria resettled in the wealthier countries of the world by the end of 2016....
  • World Silent as ISIS Slaughters Palestinians

    04/09/2015 5:24:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 9, 2015 | Joseph Klein
    World Silent as ISIS Slaughters PalestiniansPosted By Joseph Klein On April 9, 2015 @ 12:08 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Yarmouk, once a relatively stable haven for as many as 100,000 Palestinian refugees located in the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, has become a living hell for those refugees left behind whom have managed to survive years of starvation, disease or relentless attacks from the Syrian government and its adversaries.  Now, Yarmouk has become the latest front in the jihad launched by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), which reportedly occupies about 90% of the camp and...
  • Teachable Moment on Israel

    11/14/2014 6:45:46 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 13, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A pair of activists in the state of Washington are promoting an anti-Israel curriculum that high school social studies teachers are considering adopting. Ed Mast and Linda Bevis, of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, have developed “The Palestine Teaching Trunk.” Bevis gave a presentation on it in October at the Washington State Council for the Social Studies annual meeting, Edward Alexander reported in The Weekly Standard on November 10, 2014. “In 1967, Israel seized control of the West Bank and Gaza from Egypt and Jordan,” the “Teaching Trunk curriculum reads. “Israel instituted a military occupation in Gaza and the West Bank—which...
  • EU, Arab League join forces against jihadi threat

    06/11/2014 8:32:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 2014 10:31 AM EDT
    European Union and Arab League countries agreed Wednesday to cooperate against the terror threat posed by home-grown radicals who return home from conflicts in the Middle East, following a deadly attack on a Jewish site in Belgium by a suspected jihadi. […] Many European authorities fear that home-grown jihadists who travel to Syria and other conflict zones will come back with skills and the will to carry out terrorism. Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders described returning foreign fighters as a “huge challenge.” …
  • Abbas To Sign Accords With Putin in Moscow

    04/11/2015 10:14:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 4/11/2015, 10:55 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Monday where the issue of Middle East peace talks will be raised, Russian authorities announced Thursday. “The two leaders will hold talks concerning key aspects of Russian-Palestinian relations and their future, with particular attention on the trade, economy and humanitarian sectors,” the Kremlin said in a statement according to AFP. There will also be “an exchange of ideas on the process of Israeli-Palestinian talks and other problematic regional situations,” the statement continued, adding that North Africa would also be on the agenda. …
  • First of thousands of Syrians Resettled in ….. North Texas

    04/11/2015 8:08:49 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 103 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 4/11/2015 | Pamela Geller
    The FBI admits that they cannot properly screen the Syrians, while the US State Department is telling the media that 10,000 Syrians will be here soon. Syria, home of the Islamic State. Al hijrah, jihad by immigration. And while the genocide of Christians is ongoing in Syria, over 90% of the Syrians who are being brought to America are Muslims. It’s a catastrophe. The top five states targeted for Syrian Muslim resettlement are California, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas. Meanwhile, dozens of American jihadis who fought in the war in Iraq and Syria have returned to the United States,...
  • Yemeni militiamen say captured two Iranian officers in Aden

    04/11/2015 10:20:30 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/2015 | Mohammed Mukhashaf
    Local militiamen in the Yemeni city of Aden said they captured two Iranian military officers advising Houthi rebels during fighting on Friday evening. Tehran has denied providing military support for Houthi fighters, whose advances have drawn air strikes by a regional coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic's main rival for influence in the Gulf. If confirmed, the presence of two Iranian officers, who the local militiamen said were from an elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, would further worsen relations between Tehran and Riyadh who are vying for dominance in the region. Three sources in the southern port...
  • MSM Recycles anti-W story: Former aide to Powell opens fire on US administration

    12/24/2005 3:18:34 PM PST · by pittsburgh gop guy · 21 replies · 1,073+ views
    AFP/Yahoo News ^ | Sat Dec 24,12:34 PM ET | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The former top aide to then-secretary of state Colin Powell has reportedly emerged as an increasingly high-profile and vocal critic of US administration policy at home and abroad. Lawrence Wilkerson, who was Powell's chief-of-staff, "says his decision to speak in the open about the policy wars of the first Bush term was slow in coming, but a major factor was the revelations about Abu Ghraib, which he said he realized ... had resulted from decisions on prisoner treatment and intelligence set shortly after September 11, 2001," the New York Times reported. "What I saw was a cabal...