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  • Netanyahu: We see ISIS at the gates in Sinai and Golan

    07/02/2015 5:08:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Photo Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers. After the attack, which took place just across the border from Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "We send our condolences to the government and people of Egypt, and to the families of the Egyptians that were slain by this vicious terrorism." Later on Wednesday, Netanyahu said, "We see ISIS [Islamic...
  • Egyptian airstrikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai

    07/02/2015 3:54:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Jul. 02, 2015 | 02:12 PM
    ISMAILIA: Egypt launched airstrikes on Islamist militant targets in the Sinai peninsula Thursday, killing 23 fighters a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years, security sources said. The sources said those killed had taken part in Wednesday's fighting in which 100 militants and 17 soldiers, including four officers, were killed, according to the army spokesman. Sinai-based insurgents, affiliates of ISIS, have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Islamist President Mohammad Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. Sisi, now Egypt's elected president, says the pro-ISIS group Sinai...
  • When it Comes to Israel, Drunk Nixon is Better than Sober Obama

    07/02/2015 6:28:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Washington free Beacon ^ | July 1, 2015 | Roger Stone
    President Richard Nixon was drunk during the height of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, according to veteran journalist Tim Weiner writing for Politico magazine. Weiner’s book, One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon, makes the charge. The former New York Times reporter claims that a call recorded by Henry Kissinger proves Nixon was drunk on the fifth day of the crisis after Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel which caught their Intelligence agency by surprise. It became clear in the hours after the 1973 Yom Kippur attack that the Arabs had surprised Israeli forces...
  • US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State

    07/01/2015 3:31:59 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 42 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1 Juy 2015 | Con Coughlin
    The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades. They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad. High level officials from Gulf...
  • Archbishop of Damascus: 91 churches and 1,400 mosques destroyed in Syria conflict

    07/01/2015 1:17:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ed West
    Maronite leader appeals to worldwide faithful for help The Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, Samir Nassar, has written to Christians in the West asking them to help his country’s 12 million refugees and displaced people.In a letter to Aid to the Church in Need, the Maronite archbishop called the Syrian crisis “the cruelest human drama since the Second World War”, pointing out that 5.6 million children were affected by the war and that many people were dying in the conflict from wounds because of the exodus of doctors and a shortage of medical drugs. He also noted that 1,400 mosques and...
  • Massive assault on Egypt army in Sinai kills 53 troops

    07/01/2015 10:06:32 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    wqow ^ | 7-1-2015 | ASHRAF SWEILAM and BRIAN ROHAN, ap
    <p>EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) - Dozens of Islamic militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 53 soldiers, officials said.</p> <p>The advanced planning and coordinated execution of the attacks show that the long-running insurgency in the area is growing stronger, posing a serious threat to Egypt's security as the military-backed government struggles to restore stability after years of unrest since the 2011 uprising.</p>
  • Hundreds of Muslim refugees headed to Idaho

    05/01/2015 12:22:00 PM PDT · by detective · 64 replies
    WND ^ | 04/30/2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Syrian refugees, shown here at a protest rally, will soon be coming to American cities. The multicultural transformation of Idaho will continue with a planned infusion of hundreds of refugees from Muslim countries over the next one to three years.
  • Fifty killed in North Sinai attacks claimed by Islamic State

    07/01/2015 7:44:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/1/2015 | Yusri Mohamed and Ahmed Hassan
    Islamic State militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in which 50 people were killed, security sources said, the largest attack yet in the insurgency-hit province. Egyptian army F-16 jets and Apache helicopters strafed the region that lies within the Sinai Peninsula, a strategic area located between Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal. It was the second high-profile attack in Egypt this week. On Monday, the prosecutor-general was killed in a car bombing in Cairo. The attacks raise questions about the government's ability to contain a Sinai-based insurgency that...
  • U.N.: World should be ashamed at failure to end Syria conflict

    07/01/2015 2:49:15 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 7-1-2015 | AP
    <p>U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world should be ashamed that three years after major powers approved a blueprint in Geneva to bring peace to Syria the suffering of its people is reaching new depths and the country is "on the brink of falling apart."</p>
  • Idaho refugee center targeted by closure campaign over extremism fears

    07/01/2015 8:15:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    al Reuters ^ | July 1, 2015 | Laura Zuckerman
    A long-standing refugee welcoming center in conservative Idaho has found itself at the center of a campaign by adversaries seeking to force it closed, citing fears that the immigrants it hosts could include Islamist extremists. The backlash comes amid an uptick in anti-Islamic protests and advertising campaigns in the United States, including a high profile May rally outside an Arizona mosque that saw more than 200 protesters, some armed, berate Islam and its Prophet Mohammad. The newly formed Idaho group, whose 100 members plan a door-to-door information drive in July to win support for closing the refugee center in Twin...
  • The Obama-Kerry State Department comes out in favor of BDS

    06/30/2015 8:37:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 6/30/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Read the statement in the tweet below, and it becomes quite clear that the Obama administration has come out in favor of boycotting, divesting from and sanctioning Israel. Matt Lee @APDiploWriter Obama admin opposes "conflation of Israel and 'Israeli-controlled territories' in #TPA bill, per @statedeptspox 12:45 PM - 30 Jun 2015 54 54 Retweets 20No, this administration is different than previous administrations. Previous administrations (with the exception of Carter) may have referred to Jewish settlement of Judea and Samaria as 'unwise' and may have called it 'illegitimate.' But only the Obama and Carter administrations have called it 'illegal.' (Which it's...
  • President’s Failed Leadership on Iran "time to bone up on principle of strong American leadership"

    07/01/2015 2:11:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 30, 2015 | Scott Walker
    Mr. President, it’s time for you to bone up on the principle of strong American leadership. Such a course of study would convince you to prioritize our safety over your own legacy. It would compel you to step away from this bad deal, and America would be better for it.Today marks another deadline for President Obama’s nuclear negotiations with Iran. The truth is these talks were doomed from the start by the administration’s pattern of retreat. As the Iranians hang tough, insisting on their core demands, the president has steadily abandoned commitments he made to the American people and our...
  • Syrian Kurds say thwart big Islamic State attack on border town

    07/01/2015 4:29:30 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1 Jul 15 | Unknown
    (Reuters) - A Syrian Kurdish militia said on Wednesday it had recovered full control of the border town of Tel Abyad after Islamic State fighters raided its outskirts the day before in preparation for a larger assault. Backed by U.S.-led air strikes, the Kurdish YPG militia and smaller Syrian rebel groups captured Tel Abyad from Islamic State on June 15, severing an important supply route for the militants between the Turkish border and its de facto capital of Raqqa city to the south. The YPG militia said the militants entered Tel Abyad's eastern
  • Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters

    07/01/2015 4:15:42 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | 1 Jul 15 | Unknown
    Beirut (AFP) - A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions. The video, which emerged overnight, shows fighters from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) wearing the orange prison clothes that IS victims often sport. The IS prisoners however are wearing black clothes and chained together wearing ankle and hand shackles with metal balls attached.
  • Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state

    06/30/2015 7:15:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2015
    A senior Israeli defense official said President Bashar al-Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect. Israel and its neighbor Syria are long-term enemies, but the remarks by Amos Gilad, strategic adviser to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, reflect concerns by states across the region that Syria is undergoing a de facto partition after four years of civil war. "Syria is gone. Syria is dying. The funeral will be declared in due time. This Bashar Assad, he will be remembered in history textbooks as the...
  • IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year

    06/30/2015 9:54:29 AM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Space Wars ^ | June 29, 2015 | Rita Daou
    IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year By Rita Daou Beirut June 29, 2015 A year of the Islamic State group's 'caliphate' Beirut (AFP) June 29, 2015 - Main dates in the history of the Islamic State jihadist group's "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, which it declared in late June 2014. IS began as an Al-Qaeda offshoot, before disavowing the authority of that group's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in 2013. June 29, 2014: IS proclaims 'caliphate' Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), declare an "Islamic caliphate" across territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria....
  • Islamic State beheads female civilians for first time in Syria: monitor

    06/30/2015 7:58:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2015
    The hardline Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria, the first time it has decapitated female civilians, the founder of a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday. The beheadings took place in the eastern Deir al-Zor province this week said Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. One of the women was beheaded along with her husband in Deir al-Zor city. In al-Mayadeen city to the south east, the group beheaded another woman and her husband. All of them were accused of sorcery, the monitor said
  • Turkey 'planning to invade Syria'

    06/29/2015 7:44:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 83 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Jun 2015 | Richard Spencer
    Turkey has sent shock waves through the Middle East by preparing plans to send troops into Syria for the first time, turning the civil war into an international conflict on Europe’s borders. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has authorised a change in the rules of engagement agreed by the Turkish parliament to allow the army to strike at Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as well as the Assad regime, according to local newspapers. The aim is to establish a buffer zone for refugees and against Isil, but Mr Erdogan has also suggested that the main target of the...
  • Al Qaeda to ISIS: No Heaven For You

    06/29/2015 4:27:59 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/6/15 | Tova Dvorin
    While Islamic State was once associated with Al Qaeda, the atrocities it has committee have now banned its members from paradise, a prominent Al Qaeda terrorist warned in a publication released Monday. “While no one can deny the considerable strength and prowess of the Islamic State group [ISIS] in military terms, at the same time, the crimes it has committed against Muslims cannot simply be overlooked or forgotten with time, because in Islam there is no statute of limitations,” Adam Gadahn, the American citizen also known as Al Qaeda leader Azzam the American, stated before his death in an Al...
  • “I only ask the West one thing: Stop arming our assassins” [Syrian Orthodox Patriarch]

    06/29/2015 4:57:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 6/29/15 | Gianni Valente
    “When we look at martyrs we see that the Church is not just one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Throughout its journey through history the Church has also been a suffering Church.” According to the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, martyrdom reveals an essential element of the nature of the Church. A connotation that could be added to those professed in the Creed and which always accompanies those who follow in Christ’s footsteps, whatever life throws at them, acting as his disciples. This is a distinctive trait which can be clearly seen now in many...
  • What does the 'Facebook spy' reveal about Israel's hand in Syria war?

    06/29/2015 5:04:40 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    Ha-Aretz ^ | Mar. 31, 2015 | By Amos Harel
    An indictment filed last week in the Nazareth District Court against a resident of the town of Majdal Shams on the Golan Heights for espionage and assisting the enemy during wartime portrays Sudki Makat, a Druze supporter of the Assad regime in Syria, as the first Facebook spy caught in Israel..... claims in the indictment relate to things Makat posted on his Facebook page. The Israeli media also broadcast the recordings of interviews he gave from the Golan to Syrian television. The main claim against him in the indictment is that the information he posted — on the Internet and...
  • Jumblatt worried about Druze in Syria, security backlash in Lebanon

    06/29/2015 4:56:17 PM PDT · by BlackVeil
    Daily Star ^ | 9 June 2015 | Misbah al-Ali|
    Hezbollah’s recent steady military advances against Islamist militants on the rugged outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal have put MP Walid Jumblatt on edge for two reasons, sources close to the Progressive Socialist Party leader said. First, Jumblatt is worried that the Nusra Front or ISIS militants might carry out security operations or bombings inside Lebanese territory in response to Hezbollah’s military gains on Arsal’s outskirts. Second, Jumblatt also sees threats facing the fate of his fellow Druze in the Syrian province of Swaida, a stronghold of the Druze minority ....
  • Turkey Is Now Set On Invading Syria. Soon We Will See Syria Becoming An Islamist State

    06/29/2015 4:03:58 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 9 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    We have been saying for the last two years that Turkey will invade Syria and now the media is all over the issue of a serious possible invasion by the second most powerful army in NATO: Turkey. The spark and excuse for this invasion is simple. As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against ISIS, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of military intervention guised under the claim to push ISIS back from the Turkish border. Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains...
  • Cameron tells BBC to stop calling barbaric terror group Islamic State because name is offensive

    06/29/2015 2:51:10 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2015 | Matt Chorley
    David Cameron today called on the BBC not to use the phrase 'Islamic State' when referring to the terror group operating in Iraq and Syria. The Prime Minister - who calls the group 'ISIL' - said Muslims would 'recoil' at the phrase being used to justify the 'perversion of a great religion'. He insisted that the battle against extremists targeting Britons around the world can be won but will require 'extraordinary resolve and patience'. Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui targeted tourists at the Tunisian beach resort of El Kantaoui near Sousse on Friday morning, killing 38 people including up to 30 British...
  • Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS

    06/29/2015 1:35:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    The Turkish military is not enthusiastic and Washington may have its doubts, but President Erdogan appears determined to set up a buffer zone.ISTANBUL—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning a military intervention into northern Syria to prevent Syrian Kurds from forming their own state there, despite concerns among his own generals and possible criticism from Washington and other NATO allies, according to reports in both pro- and anti-government media. In a speech last Friday, Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains by Kurdish fighters against...
  • Israeli Embassy Complains over French Funds to Flotilla NGO

    06/29/2015 12:40:19 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/6/15 | Ari Soffer
    Israel's embassy in France has formally complained to the French government, following an Arutz Sheva report which revealed Paris is funding at least one of the extremist organizations involved in coordinating the anti-Israel "Freedom Flotilla III" to Gaza. The flotilla is attempting to breach the IDF's blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory, which the 70-odd anti-Israel activists taking part claim is "illegal." In 2011, however, the UN's Palmer Report ruled that the blockade was in fact an entirely legal means for Israel to prevent weapons and rocket-making equipment from being smuggled into Gaza. Last week Arutz Sheva revealed that among the...
  • PM: Israeli Aid to Gaza 500,000 Times More Than Flotilla Aid

    06/28/2015 6:53:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 6/28/2015, 10:32 PM | Yaakov Levi
    After MK Basal Ghattas (Joint Arab List) sent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu several letters protesting the IDF’s intention to prevent the Freedom Flotilla III, the Prime Minister is sending back letters to members of the flotilla. In his letter, Netanyahu says to flotilla members that they apparently “got lost.” “Welcome to Israel, but if it’s freedom you have in mind, maybe you meant to sail to another destination not far from here—Syria. There, the government is murdering and slaughtering its citizens daily, with the support of Iran,” the letter says. The letter lists the large amount of medical and other...
  • Israel: Flotilla Took Wrong Turn – Syria, ISIS Murdering Thousands

    06/28/2015 6:33:12 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 4 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | June 28, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — June 28, 2015 … In response to a PR stunt using a flotilla of boats to illegally enter Gaza, paid activists supporting Hamas in Gaza will be welcomed to Israel with a letter from the Prime Minister’s Office. The letter will be given to 50 people on the boats as they are legally detained in Israeli waters and escorted to Ashdod. The letter, which will be distributed with food and drinks, reads: “Welcome to Israel! Perhaps you meant to set sail for a place not far from here – Syria.” “There the...
  • The UN’s Failure to Live up to Its Charter’s Ideals

    06/29/2015 5:23:29 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/29/15 | Joseph A. Klein
    UN has lost its way, as so vividly illustrated by the moral equivalence, if not worse, it applies to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the massacres in Syria The United Nations celebrated the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter on June 26th. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the UN Charter “an expression of hope.” Commemorating the signing of the UN Charter at its birthplace in San Francisco, the Secretary General added that the Charter “symbolizes the hope and aspirations that we can bring the world as it is a little closer to the world as it should...
  • #LoveWins? Not in Syria

    06/28/2015 4:54:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    While many in the United States and abroad rejoiced at the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling on Friday, the Islamic State sadistically “celebrated” in Syria by throwing gay men off of buildings. In a new video, which has since been removed from YouTube, ISIS sympathizers are seen hurling four gay men off a rooftop while hundreds gathered below to watch the gruesome executions. ISIS extremists then took to Twitter to share photos from the execution along with the hashtag #LoveWins.
  • French Terror Suspect Took Selfie With Beheaded Victim (Immortalized As Dumbest Criminal Ever)

    06/28/2015 8:52:44 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 28, 2015 | Staff
    The man suspected of beheading a French businessman took a selfie photo with his victim and sent the message through WhatsApp to a Canadian cell phone, officials said Saturday. French investigators are working to determine the identity of the recipient, but were not sure whether it was an unspecified person who is now in Syria. The revelation has done more to revive concerns about terrorism in France than it’s added to whether there is a link between the terror attack to radical groups, the paper reports.
  • The Coming Muslim Conquest of Italy: Will We Have to Ransom the Treasures of the Vatican...

    06/27/2015 9:39:35 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 27, 2015 | Virgil
    FULL TITLE - The Coming Muslim Conquest of Italy: Will We Have to Ransom the Treasures of the Vatican from ISIS-Type Vandals? The news about illegal immigration into Italy and Southern Europe is stunning. Here are some illustrative headlines from recent news accounts: “Welcome to Italy: this is what a real immigration crisis looks like,” declares the British Spectator magazine, which adds that Italy is being “invaded.” And here’s another scary story: “How the migration crisis is shaking Europe at its core.” After all, it’s only 100 miles or so from Tunisia, in Africa, to the Italian island of Sicily—an easy...
  • State Department Officially Calls Iran’s Forced Sex Change Surgeries ‘Confirmation’

    06/27/2015 8:22:56 PM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | 06/27/2015 | Ivan Plis
    A report issued Thursday by the Department of State repeatedly refers to sex reassignment surgery in Iran as “gender-confirmation surgery.” Iran has a well-documented record of coercing gay and lesbian people into having the gender reassignment surgery, that is, disrupting rather than “confirming” the gender identity of hundreds per year. Since homosexuality can be punishable by death in Iran, known homosexual men tend to accept the government-subsidized surgery to become women, and vice versa. By referring to the surgeries as “gender confirmation,” rather than the much more widespread and morally neutral “sex reassignment surgery,” the State Department seems to be...
  • Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama 'dumped him for dinner'

    03/25/2010 1:32:44 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 770 replies · 19,725+ views
    Timesonline.co.uk ^ | Thursday March 25, 2010 | Giles Whittell,
    For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip seen in Jerusalem tonight as a disastrous humiliation. After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on Jewish settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at...
  • GOP lawmaker: US strategy on Iran is 'totally incoherent'

    06/25/2015 8:56:37 AM PDT · by Fay · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/24/15 | Kristina Wong - 06/24/15
    (CNSNews.com) - The Internal Revenue Service is prohibited by law from doing business with companies that owe back taxes or have felony convictions, but it doesn't always work out that way. A report prepared in March and released Wednesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) says the IRS awarded $18.8 million in contracts to 17 corporations with federal tax debt in Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013. The investigation also found that one IRS contractor with a felony conviction received three contracts. Beginning in FY 2012, federal law barred the IRS from using appropriated funds to hire contractors...
  • Qods Force commander Soleimani reportedly spotted in Anbar province

    06/01/2015 10:58:32 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | June 1, 2015 | By Bill Roggio & Caleb Weiss |
    Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commanding officer of Qods Force, the special operations branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, has reportedly been photographed in Iraq’s Anbar province alongside Shiite militiamen. Additionlly, Soleimani was photographed with the head of the Popular Mobilization Committee, who is listed by the US as a terrorist, and the leader of the Imam Ali Brigade, an Iranian-backed Shiite terror group. The photographs of Soleimani in Anbar and Baghdad were published by Haidar Sumeri, an Iraqi who is supportive of Soleimani and the Iranian-suported Shiite militias that make up the Popular Mobilization Committee. The Long War...
  • US support for Iranian-backed Shiite militias ‘should not alarm us,’ General Allen says

    05/30/2015 3:55:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 5/29/15 | Bill Roggio
    In an interview with CBS News, General (retired) John Allen, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIL, or the Islamic State, attempted to assure Americans that they should not be concerned with the US providing military and other support for Shiite militias, many of which are backed by Iran. Allen attempts to separate the “extremist elements” from the Popular Mobilization Force (or Committee), when the distinction is practically meaningless. From the interview, which was published on the US State Department’s website (emphasis is mine): With regard to militias, it’s really important to understand that the militias...
  • Iran adviser says US has ‘no will’ to fight Islamic State

    05/25/2015 2:29:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 24, 2015 | Nasser Karimi&#8201;
    TEHRAN, Iran — The chief of an elite unit in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has accused the U.S. of having “no will” to stop the Islamic State group after the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday. The comments by Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Guard’s elite Quds unit, come just after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Iraqi forces of lacking the “will to fight” in an interview aired the day before. It wasn’t clear whether Soleimani’s remarks came as a direct response to Carter’s, though tensions remain high between the two countries...
  • Obama to Israel: I have your back | Humor(?)

    04/08/2015 1:01:44 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 8, 2015 | Dan Miller
    The Most Revereddd Mohamed Allah-scimitar This is a post by my (imaginary) guest author, the Most Reverend Mohamed Allah-scimitar, President Obama’s chief foreign policy adviser on Islamic relations with Christians and Jews. But first, some related observations:Iran continues to reject as lies Obama's statements about the April 2nd P5+1 nuke "deal," and states that it "could build bomb today" but won't because of Ayatollah Khamenei's (non-existent) fatwa. Understandably, Israel is becoming increasingly concerned about her future existence. Obama's claims that He has her back and that she therefore need not worry about anyone (else) who tries to "mess with Israel." His assurances have provided...
  • The Mullahs’ Expanding Empire

    04/01/2015 5:10:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 1, 2015 | Majid Rafizadeh
    President Obama has spent a great extent of political capital on the nuclear talks, attempting to protect his superficial Middle East and nuclear “legacy” after leaving office. Nevertheless, he has also failed to act on several other crucial platforms, including the recent expansion of the Ayatollah’s military presence in the region and their heightened repressiveness domestically. First, when it comes to Iran’s performance on human rights issues, does President Obama not consider Iran’s legacy on human rights violations? Is he not indirectly legitimizing these human rights abuses by totally turning a blind eye on the ruling clerics’ actions? By concentrating...
  • There's No Doubt Which Side Obama is on, And It's Not America's (Hint: it's Iran)

    03/30/2015 6:43:55 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 16 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 3/30/15 | Steve Berman
    If there was any remaining doubt at all about who’s side Obama is on, this should eliminate it.  An Iranian journalist who previously managed Hassan Rouhani’s public relations defected to the West during the nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. Amir Hossein Motaghi: “The US negotiating team R mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf" http://t.co/BkOlJvl8GI— Haya Eytan (@TeachESL) March 29, 2015 Amir Hossein Motaghi was an editor for the Iran Student Correspondents Association.  To remove any patina of a “free press” (if anyone may still believe Iran’s press is free) in Iran, Motaghi said, “There are a number of people attending on the...
  • Iraqi offensive to dislodge Islamic State from Tikrit appears to stall

    03/13/2015 2:32:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Zeenews ^ | Friday, March 13, 2015 | Reuters
    A source in the Salahuddin Operations Command said Iraqi forces would not move forward until reinforcements reached Tikrit, of which Islamic State still holds around half. Using guerrilla warfare tactics, the militants have turned the city into a labyrinth of home-made bombs and booby-trapped buildings, and are using snipers to halt their progress... A victory in Tikrit would give Iraqi forces momentum for the next stage of the campaign to retake Mosul, the largest city under control of Islamic State, which now rules a self-proclaimed caliphate in Sunni regions in Syria and Iraq. But the involvement of Iran, which backs...
  • Iranian-backed Shiite militias lead Iraq’s fight to retake Tikrit

    03/04/2015 6:25:32 PM PST · by BeauBo · 51 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 4 March 2015 | Caleb Weiss and Bill Roggio
    The Iraqi Security Forces, supported by several Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters, have launched an offensive to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State... Massive columns of Shiite militas, including some groups that are listed by the US as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, have been leading the fight in Tikrit. The operation, which involves more than thirty thousand Iraqi security personnel and militia forces, started on the morning of March 2. According to Al Jazeera, Iraqi forces and allied militias attacked the city from three sides while Iraqi aviation launched an aerial bombardment.
  • Iran Is Beating America to the Punch in Iraq

    03/04/2015 11:54:47 AM PST · by keat · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | March 4, 2015, 2:17 PM | Joshua Keating
    For the past few days, Iraqi military forces and Shiite militias have been fighting to encircle the Iraqi city of Tikrit in a bid to drive out ISIS forces. But in contrast to other recent offensives, they are supported not by U.S. airstrikes but by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. According to some reports, Qassem Soleimani, the mysterious commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ international operations, is on the ground coordinating the attack. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is backtracking on its recent surprise announcement of a U.S.-supported Iraqi and Kurdish offensive to retake Mosul this spring. After Iraqi officials expressed irritation at...
  • Iranian-backed Shiite militias lead Iraq’s fight to retake Tikrit

    03/04/2015 10:30:06 AM PST · by mojito · 4 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | 3/4/2015 | Caleb Weiss and Bill Roggio
    The Iraqi Security Forces, supported by several Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters, have launched an offensive to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State, which has held the central Iraqi city since June 2014. Massive columns of Shiite militas, including some groups that are listed by the US as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, have been leading the fight in Tikrit. The operation, which involves more than thirty thousand Iraqi security personnel and militia forces, started on the morning of March 2. According to Al Jazeera, Iraqi forces and allied militias attacked the city from three sides while Iraqi aviation launched...
  • Iraqi offensive to retake Tikrit underway

    03/02/2015 10:51:07 AM PST · by dangus · 151 replies
    Arabian news ^ | 2015-03-1 | Staff
    Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militias have launched a full-scale offensive backed by airstrikes to retake the major city of Tikrit from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, Al Arabiya’s correspondent in Iraq said. “Security forces are advancing on three main fronts towards Tikrit, Ad-Dawr (to the south) and Al-Alam (to the north),” an army lieutenant colonel on the ground told Agence France-Presse by telephone. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi had announced on Sunday the “zero hour” of an operation to liberate ISIS-held territories in the province of Saladin, with its capital Tikrit, according to Al Arabiya News...
  • Obama’s 2015 gift for Israel and Mid East: Funding for a new Iraqi army

    01/01/2015 8:38:03 AM PST · by kindred · 3 replies
    DEBKAfile.com ^ | January 1, 2015
    (– dominated by Iran’s Rev Guards) New Iraqi 52nd Infantry Battalion set up by Iran President Barack Obama’s New Year gift to Israel and the Middle East is a multibillion fund for establishing an Iraqi army as a division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Wednesday, the last day of 2014, two defense ministers, Iran’s Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqani and Iraq’s Khallid al-Obeidi, signed a pact whereby Iran i.e. the Revolutionary Guards, will “continue to train new Iraqi military units" for replacing the army that crumbled under the onslaught launched by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant since last...
  • Iranians Chant Death to America and to Israel

    10/15/2013 7:00:58 AM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 15, 2013 | Majid Rafizadeh
    Though the Obama administration believes that they have scored a victory by reaching out to the radical Iranian government of Hassan Rouhani, along with the famous phone call between Obama and Rouhani on mending economic, diplomatic, and political ties with the West, the actual facts on the ground and the nuances of the situation in Iran have revealed a different picture. Despite Obama’s efforts to reach out to the new president of Iran, and despite the current hope in mending political, economic, and diplomatic ties between the United States and Iran, as soon as President Hassan Rouhani reached Tehran, Islamic...
  • Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok

    02/14/2012 6:47:29 AM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-14-2012 | Robert Johnson
    Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok Robert JohnsonFeburary 14, 2012 One day after bombs targeting Israeli embassy staff went off in India and Georgia, another botched attack played out this morning in Bangkok. Through several reports, the incident appears to have played out something like this: Saeib Morabi, a suspected Iranian, was fleeing an explosion that rocked through his rented home in central Bangkok. While he was on the road looking for transportation, another explosion went off "on a nearby road." When Morabi finally managed to flag down a cab, the driver...
  • Iran 'most significant' threat to world: Canada PM

    10/15/2011 3:32:27 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | Fri, Oct 14, 2011
    Iran is the "most significant" threat to world peace and security, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday after the US accused Tehran of plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington. "We have no quarrel with the Iranian people, but the regime in Tehran represents probably the most significant threat in the world to global peace and security," Harper said. This week, Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird said Ottawa and its partners were considering "consequences" for Iran over the alleged plot.