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  • Who Are These 'Moderate' Syrians Obama Wants to Support Against ISIS?

    09/15/2014 2:11:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/15/2014 | Jamie Dettmer
    There were few modern democrats among the armed opposition to Assad two years ago. There are far fewer now. So who can Obama trust not to turn Western-supplied weapons against us later? The young rebels and opposition activists gathered in a school to discuss how the northern Syrian town of Al Bab should be governed after the departure of Bashar al Assad’s soldiers were taken aback by the question: “Why aren’t there any women here?” It was the summer of 2012, more than 12 months into the uprising against the Syrian president, and more than a year before Abu Bakr...
  • The UN Is Pulling Most Of Its Peacekeepers Out Of Syria As Situation 'Deteriorates Severely'

    09/15/2014 2:09:47 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    BI ^ | 9-15-2014 | Armin Rosen
    Armin RosenSeptember 15, 2014 The UN is quietly pulling back from the parts of the peacekeeper-administered military disengagement zone separating the Israeli and Syrian-controlled sections of the Golan Heights. Reuters quotes an anonymous UN staffer as saying that "Staff in U.N. positions 10, 16, 31 and 37, as well as Camp Faouar on the (Syrian) side are being relocated." Twitter user and Israel-based blogger Judge Dan created a map of these positions based off of the UN's publically-available information on the location of the UN Disengagement Observer Force's various bases:(Click to the site to see the map) According to the...
  • Kerry selects retired Marine Gen. John Allen to lead anti-ISIS coalition

    09/15/2014 11:52:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/14/2014 | Unattributed
    Retired Marine Gen. John Allen has been selected to coordinate the international effort against the Islamic State militant group, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Saturday. "General Allen is a patriot and a remarkable leader," Kerry said in a statement issued late Saturday. "His extraordinary career in the military speaks for itself." Allen's official title is Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. ISIL is another name for the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS. Allen, who has been serving as a security adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, is expected to work with...
  • Kurdish fighters advance against jihadis in Syria

    09/15/2014 8:26:48 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    AP/Daily Mail ^ | 15 September 2014
    BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters have captured more than a dozen villages from Islamic militants in heavy fighting across northeastern Syria, an activist group and a Kurdish official said Monday. The fighting in the mainly-Kurdish Hassakeh province came as diplomats at a Paris conference tried to agree on a global strategy to fight the extremist Islamic State group, which has captured large tracts of territory in Iraq and Syria. Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamic State militants for more than a year in northern Syria. The Kurdish People's Protection Units, known by the acronym YPK, have been the most effective...
  • What Remains of Iraq/Syria's 2000-year-old Christian Community- in Photos

    09/15/2014 3:05:29 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    ISIS torched an 1800-yr-old church at Mosul, Iraq       (Photo: Ankawa4All)  Full gallery at Reaganite Republican...
  • iraqi leader: no need for arab powers to strike is

    09/14/2014 5:45:52 PM PDT · by keat · 17 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 6:59 PM EDT | Staff
    PARIS (AP) -- Iraq's president says Arab powers Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia do not need to join airstrikes against the Islamic State group. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, President Fouad Massoum also expressed regret that Iran was not invited to take part in the 26-nation conference in Paris on Monday to try to counter the Islamic extremists who control vast parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria. The conference of mostly Western and Arab world countries and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members aims to show a united front, especially from majority-Muslim nations....
  • Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris

    09/14/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 14 September 2014 Last updated at 21:59 ET
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to a coalition to help fight IS in Iraq and Syria. Several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes on IS fighters in Iraq, US officials say. Mr Kerry says he is "extremely encouraged" by promises of military assistance to tackle...
  • From the Levant to Ferguson to Baltimore, The Most Violent Summer in Years

    09/14/2014 5:28:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 14, 2014 | Bishop Gene Robinson
    What is happening to us, and what can we do about it? Confronting violence starts with confronting our anxiety about it.I know, the world is a violent place. But doesn’t this summer, and the last few weeks, seem especially so? From the global scene to the most personal, we seem to have settled for violence as the “new normal” at every level. This week, we observed the 13th anniversary of 9/11. That terrible day affected all of us, each of us being able to describe where we were and what we felt as the Trade Center towers fell. Yet, 13...
  • The ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels Obama Wants To Arm To Fight ISIS Sign Non-Aggression Pact With ISIS

    09/14/2014 2:42:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    IJReview ^ | September 13, 2014 | Kevin Boyd
    One of the key components of the strategy President Obama outlined in his speech earlier this week to fight ISIS was to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. Obama and others like Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) assure us that the Syrian rebels are “vetted moderates” who only want to bring freedom to Syria.Well, this component of the Obama strategy appears to be falling apart. ISIS and some of the “moderate” rebel factions have signed a non-aggression pact pledging to concentrate on fighting the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.The Huffington Post has more: According to Agence France-Presse, ISIS and...
  • White House Chief Of Staff Squirms When Asked If Any Nation Has Committed Ground Troops In Syria

    09/14/2014 10:14:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/14 | Al Weaver
    When asked by “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd if any nation has committed to putting boots on the ground in Syria to combat ISIS, White House Chief Of Staff Denis McDonough said “we’re not looking at that now.” Todd shot back, “Wait a minute, why not?” “We’re trying to put together the specifics of what we expect from each of the members” said the White House flack, referring to the “broad coalition” President Obama referenced in his speech Wednesday night. McDonough tried to walk back his initial quote though. ‘”If you know you need combat troops on the ground,...
  • "Moderate" Syrian Rebels Sign Non-Aggression Pact With ISIS; Iraq Defies US

    09/14/2014 10:14:01 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/13/14 | Tyler Durden
    First, Germany and UK (and Australia) - the USA' broad coalition of allies to strike ISIS - will not support airstrikes on ISIS in Syria. Second, Turkey - the USA's closest ally in NATO among the Middle East - denies them its airbases for use as launch sites of airstrikes and will not support airstrikes in Syria (after John Kerry visits) Third, Iraq's newly-installed US-friendly PM al-Abadi defies the US and halts airstrikes on ISIS-held civilian areas (leaving it up to the US to be the bad guys against his people once again), and Finally, The USA's proxy boots-on-the-ground -...
  • Syrian Arab News Agency:UN:Close Links Between Israel and Terrorist Organizations in Syria

    09/14/2014 9:58:51 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Syrian Arab News Agency ^ | September, 14, 2014 | Staff
    Original title:UN Reveals Close Links Between Israel and Terrorist Organizations in Syria The United Nations (UN) has stressed that there are strong links and contacts between the armed terrorist organizations in Syria and the Zionist entity. The UN remarks came in a report by its Secretary General on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) during the period from May 29th to September 3rd 2014. The report said that members of the so-called “armed opposition” transported 47 of its wounded members through “the ceasefire line” and handed them to the “Israeli army”, indicating that the “Israeli army” handed 43 of...
  • Paths to War, Then and Now, Haunt Obama

    09/14/2014 9:47:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09/14/14 | PETER BAKER
    He made clear the intricacy of the situation, though, as he contemplated the possibility that Mr. Assad might order his forces to fire at American planes entering Syrian airspace. If he dared to do that, Mr. Obama said he would order American forces to wipe out Syria’s air defense system, which he noted would be easier than striking ISIS because its locations are better known. He went on to say that such an action by Mr. Assad would lead to his overthrow, according to one account.
  • Several Arab countries offer to join air campaign on Islamic State, say U.S. officials

    09/14/2014 8:39:07 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Reuters via News Gnome ^ | Sunday 14.09.2014 | Jason Szep
    <p>PARIS (Reuters) – Several Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. officials said on Sunday, indicating a possible widening of the air campaign against militants who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria.</p>
  • A Cross in One Hand, a Gun in the Other

    09/14/2014 7:44:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    QAA, Lebanon (AP) -- Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack. "We all know that if they come, they will slit our throats for no reason," said one villager as he drove through the streets of Qaa, an assault rifle resting next to him. Like many Christian villagers, he spoke to The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity, fearing for his safety.
  • John McCain: I’ve Vetted Syrian Rebels, People Not Trusting Them Making ‘Excuses’

    09/14/2014 7:29:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 09/13/2014 | by Josh Feldman
    One concern about President Obama‘s counterterrorism strategy against ISIS is the plan to arm moderate Syrian rebels to fight the terrorist group. Arming moderate rebels was a contentious debate last year in the national fight over how to deal with President Bashar al-Assad, but now a new enemy is inspiring the calls for action. John McCain, in one of his rare TV appearances, said on Fox News today that anyone saying they mistrust the Free Syrian Army is just making excuses for not taking action against ISIS. McCain touted that he’s “vetted a number of them because I know them.”...
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • Israeli Hospital Battles to Save Injured Syrian Child’s Sight

    09/14/2014 5:37:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 9/14/2014, 1:06 PM | (Reuters)
    Israeli medics were checking last week a 12-year-old Syrian boy who was brought to Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat (Safed), northern Israel. The hospital said that the boy was severely wounded, losing the sight in both eyes and suffering injuries to his arm and leg, when a shell exploded near his home in the outskirts of Damascus. After undergoing basic medical treatment in Lebanon, his brother took him by donkey across the border to an Israeli military post, where soldiers took him to hospital in Safed. The spokesperson said the boy was one of ten Syrians currently being treated at...
  • ISIS sets fire to Iraq’s largest oil refinery

    09/13/2014 3:16:36 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 31 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9-13-14 | Amy Miller
    <p>Islamic State militants have set fire to Iraq’s largest oil refinery, escalating tensions in the region and raising questions about how much control ISIS could potentially gain over the world’s oil supply.</p> <p>This isn’t the first time this particular refinery has been attacked; it’s a favorite target of ISIS militants. They have attacked the refinery in the past as a way of securing fuel to smuggle to parties who fund their self-declared “caliphate” in northern Iraq and Syria.</p>
  • [2006] Assad Under Siege

    09/13/2014 10:34:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Washington Times via FrontPage ^ | Tuesday, May 16, 2006 | Nir Boms and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
    "Iran and Syria are in the same boat," said former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani during a visit to Damascus on April 12. In likening the two countries' predicaments, Mr. Rafsanjani continued, "The enemies of Syria are trying to increase the pressure, but the resistance of the Syrian people will continue." He is right: The Syrian people are resisting more than ever before. But the new wave of resistance isn't what Mr. Rafsanjani had in mind. Two weeks before Mr. Rafsanjani's visit, Syrian military intelligence arrested 51-year-old Internet journalist and human-rights activist Mohammed Ghanem, most likely because of his work at...
  • In Defense of Christians Says Ted Cruz Was Not Booed; Critics Wanted Focus on Christians, not Israel

    09/13/2014 5:59:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    In Defense of Christians, the nonprofit organization that has made protecting Christians in the Middle East its mission, challenged media reports Friday that Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was booed offstage at their inaugural Summit Gala Dinner Wednesday for supporting Israel. A 30-second YouTube clip from the dinner shows Cruz declaring to a restive audience: "I will say this, that I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate …" At the mention of the word hate, guests at the gala became loud enough to drown out portions of Cruz's voice. He...
  • Americans express ambivalence over a new Mideast military plunge

    09/13/2014 7:56:55 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9-13-2014 | ALANA SEMUELS, MARK Z. BARABAK
    Americans are in more danger of being killed as a result of drug cartel violence, drunk drivers or defective GM parts than by an ISIS attack. The fight against the terrorist group Islamic State evinces little of the righteous anger that followed the Sept. 11 attacks, much less the gung-ho fervor that swept the nation after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Rather, there is wariness and the weary sense of approaching a task with little choice and no sense it will turn out well, whatever assurances President Obama gave as he announced stepped-up military action against the terrorists who have...
  • The Syrian rebels that Obama is trying to ARM against ISIS have signed NON-AGGRESSION pact

    09/13/2014 3:29:49 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 9-13-14 | soopermexican
    As part of the new phase of maybe-kinda-probably war against ISIS, Obama is seeking to arm the Syrian rebels, hoping they’ll fight against the ravenous terrorists who cut through the Iraqi army like a hot Jihadist knife through butter. There’s just one tiny problem with this strategy – those rebels have signed a non-aggression pact with ISIS: The U.S. backed, Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF), have signed a ceasefire agreement with members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in the Rif Dimashq Governate. According to the ceasefire agreement, the two militant groups will not engage in violence with...
  • AP Enterprise: al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms US

    09/13/2014 3:56:31 PM PDT · by MikeJ · 14 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 13, 2014 | KEN DILANIAN and EILEEN SULLIVAN
    While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say. At the center is a cell known as the Khorasan group, a cadre of veteran al-Qaida fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who traveled to Syria to link up with the al-Qaida affiliate there, the Nusra Front.
  • David Haines 'beheading': Latest updates after ISIS video claiming to show execution....

    09/13/2014 3:23:06 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 130 replies
    Mirror ^ | 13 Sep 2014
    News UK News David Haines David Haines 'beheading': Latest updates after ISIS video claiming to show execution of British hostage Sep 13, 2014 23:02 By Steve Robson A new video has been released by militants purporting to show the 44-year-old aid worker being executed The terrain in the new ISIS video appears very similar to the background where Steven Sotloff was beheaded. Based on his appearance and voice, we believe the executioner is also the same - the infamous Jihadi John. The killer, who is believed to be British and has a London accent, was first shown beheading American journalist...
  • Families of beheaded US reporters warned not to pay ransoms (could've faced prosecution)

    09/13/2014 2:41:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/13/14
    The families of two journalists beheaded by Islamic State jihadists were both warned by US government officials they could face prosecution if they raised a ransom for their release. The recent executions of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic State (IS) extremists triggered worldwide revulsion and Washington has since declared it is at war with the radicals. The United States has a policy of never paying ransoms, contending that doing so would endanger Americans all over the world. Late Friday, a spokesman for Sotloff's family said the murdered journalist's parents were told by a White House counterterrorism official last...
  • Qatar expels Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leaders

    09/13/2014 11:36:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2014 8:13 AM EDT | Maggie Michael
    Leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group and allied clerics said on Saturday that they are departing Qatar, where they had sought refuge following the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the crackdown on his supporters. Their presence in Qatar had severely strained Doha’s relations with Egypt as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, all of which view the more than 85-year-old Islamist movement as a threat. The expulsion threatens to further isolate the group, which rose to power in Egypt through a string of post-Arab Spring elections but suffered a dramatic fall from grace during...
  • Iranian Parliament Discovers Lots and Lots of Gays in Iran

    09/13/2014 11:41:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/13/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Well it took a while. “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at Columbia University last night in response to a question about the recent execution of two gay men there.“In Iran we do not have this phenomenon,” he continued. “I do not know who has told you we have it.” Fareed Zakaria claimed that Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari was sentenced to prison in part for posting this photo on his Facebook page.And now they’ve been discovered in Iran. (via Religion of Peace) An 82-page document recently issued by Iran’s parliamentary research...
  • U.S. to train 5,000 Syrian rebels to fight militants

    09/13/2014 7:37:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 88 replies
    Wahington Times ^ | Saturday, September 13, 2014 | Maggie Ybarra
    <p>The Pentagon has announced that it expects to train 5,000 Syrian rebels per year as part of President Obama's new campaign to battle Islamic State militants.</p> <p>Details of the administration's $500 million plan to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State began to surface Friday when Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby outlined the goals that U.S. military planners expected to achieve.</p>
  • Israel will fight IS, if group reaches Jordan, Israeli official says

    09/13/2014 2:13:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 30 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    US airstrikes already making headway, says Israeli official. Israel may play a frontline role in the international coalition forming against Islamic State – the jihadi group sweeping through Iraq and Syria in its bid to reinstate a Middle East caliphate. As world powers unite around a US-led plan for military action to topple the militant group, Jerusalem is signaling that if Islamic State decides to spread out to Jordan – Israel will not hesitate to act. "We will use any means necessary," a senior Israeli official told local television station Channel 2. "Let me make this clear: If Islamic State...
  • No Comment Yet on Why Obama Held Meeting on 9/11 With Terrorist-Supporting Cleric

    09/12/2014 10:14:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    ijreview ^ | September 13, 2014 | Victoria Taft
    President Obama held an Oval Office meeting with Middle Eastern-based Arab Christians on 9/11, one member of whom is a loud and proud supporter of the terrorist group Hezbollah. The day before, members of the same group, holding a conference under the name In Defense of Christians, booed and shouted down keynote speaker Senator Ted Cruz ”It’s surprising White House staffers allowed Maronite Patriarch Bashara Rai to meet with the President in the first place. As the Washington Free Beacon reports, the Lebanon-based Hezbollah supporting cleric isn’t shy about his views. “Everyone says why is Hezbollah carrying arms?” said Rai...
  • Cruz Headlines Conference Featuring Hezbollah Supporters (Cruz knowingly exposed the scum)

    09/13/2014 2:41:35 AM PDT · by Kaosinla · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/10/14 | Alana Goodman
    Funding for the conference was provided by Clinton donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, according to organizers. The wealthy businessman pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009. Chagoury is also reportedly backer of Lebanese politician Michel Aoun, Hezbollah’s top Christian ally in the country, according to U.S. diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks. Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Raď, who was scheduled to speak during the same keynote slot as Cruz on Wednesday evening, has called Israel an “enemy state that is occupying Lebanese territory” and defended Hezbollah’s right to attack the Jewish state... (Snip) “I decided we should be present and...
  • Syrian troops pound central village amid offensive

    09/13/2014 7:41:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    Daily Mail / AP ^ | 9-13-2014
    Syrian warplanes and helicopter gunships struck targets in a central village on Saturday in what appears to be preparations for a ground offensive on the rebel stronghold, activists said. The air raids on Kfar Zeita, which has been under rebel control for nearly two years, came amid a major government offensive in the religiously mixed central province of Hama. Saturday's air raids came two days after troops captured the strategic town of Halfaya, better positioning government forces to defend nearby Christian and Alawite communities that support President Bashar Assad. Central Syria is a communal patchwork home to large groups of...
  • ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports (Same people BHO is dealing with)

    09/13/2014 5:27:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The World (Huffington) Post / Agence France-Presse ^ | September 12, 2014 | Ryan Grim and Akbar Shahid Ahmed
    As the United States begins to deepen ties with moderate Syrian rebels to combat the extremist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, a key component of its coalition appears to have struck a non-aggression pact with the group. According to Agence France-Presse, ISIS and a number of moderate and hard-line rebel groups have agreed not to fight each other so that they can focus on taking down the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Other sources say the signatories include a major U.S. ally linked to the Free Syrian Army. The deal between ISIS and the moderate Syrian...
  • UK Muslima, a doctor, happily poses with severed head: “Dream Job”

    09/13/2014 3:07:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/10/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Yet another jihadist gets the crazy idea that “when you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” (Qur’an 47:4) means “when you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks.” Obviously only someone who knows nothing about Islam could make a mistake like that.And she is a doctor to boot. Doesn’t Mujahidah bint Usama know that poverty causes terrorism?“Jihadi DOCTOR stands with severed head in her hand as kids look on in horror,” by Sophie Alexander, Daily Star, September 8, 2014: A BRITISH doctor and suspected jihadi holds aloft a severed head while two children look on in horror.The sickening snap is posted...
  • UK female jihadists run ISIS sex-slave brothels

    09/13/2014 2:55:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 9/12/2014
    Startling details have surfaced of British female jihadists forcing captured Iraqi women into sexual slavery at brothels run by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), British media reported Thursday.The Brothels, operated by the female “police force” called the al-Khanssaa Brigade, have been set up for the use of ISIS militants, according to the Daily Mirror. Thousands of Iraqi women have already been forced into sex slavery at the brothels , with as many as 3,000 women and girls been taken captive from the Yazidi tribe in Iraq over the course of the militants’ offensive across the...
  • Obama and the Corporate Media – Lies and Deception on Syria and ISIL

    09/12/2014 12:18:24 PM PDT · by Noremac · 2 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | September 12, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    The mass media, in their coverage of Obama's speech, outlining his new strategy on managing the crisis of the 'Islamic Caliphate', are acting as retail merchants for the White House and State Department's campaign of deception on Syria and Iraq. The most obvious aspect of this co-operative effort is seen in the repetition of the mythology that Obama hasn't yet tried assisting rebel forces in Syria. Such claims are so divorced from reality they are staggering. Even so, Americans are, in the main, so willfully misinformed, that they are easy targets for the false narratives they are fed in deceitful...
  • Entire Leadership of ISIS Opposition Wiped Out by 'Unexplained' Explosion

    09/12/2014 10:32:21 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 118 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/11/14 | Oliver Lane
    Nearly fifty senior commanders of a major coalition of Islamic 'moderates' opposed to ISIS in Syria have been killed by an explosion at their secret command bunker as they met to discuss strategy against the the Islamic State. The blast in the Northwest region of Idlib, Syria on Tuesday killed senior members of rebel group the Ahrar-al-Sham brigade (AaS), including leader Hassan Abboud and 45 others including senior members from other rebel alliance groups, reports The Times. The Idlib region stands in AaS territory, but it is close to the front-line with ISIS in neighbouring Aleppo.
  • NY Times: Congress displaying ‘outrageous’ cowardice by letting Obama wage unsanctioned wars

    09/12/2014 7:12:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/12/2014 | Noah Rothman
    div class="clear">Prominent Democratic and Republican lawmakers are coming out in droves demanding that the president seek congressional authorization for his new war against a new foe in a new theater. This led administration members yesterday to implausibly assert that, not only is the war on ISIS not a “war,” but it is merely a continuation of the counter-terror operations in which America has been engaged in since 2001 (a campaign formerly known as the “War on Terror”). If this seems like wobbly ground for the White House, it is. The members of The New York Times editorial board, like many...
  • Beheaded journalists warned about Obama's 'moderate' allies

    09/12/2014 12:12:08 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    WND ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | F. Michael Maloof
    As part of his “strategy” to eliminate ISIS, also known as ISIL, President Obama wants to “equip Syrian opposition fighters,” and while not mentioning the Free Syrian Army, or FSA, by name, that group, the group in which American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff were embedded before they were captured by ISIS and beheaded, likely would be a recipient. It was the same FSA that ultimately turned Foley and Sotloff over to ISIS.
  • Left, right slam Obama's new ISIS strategy

    09/11/2014 11:53:21 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 22 replies
    WND ^ | Sep 12, 2014 | Garth Kant
    Politicians from the left, right and even reporters on MSNBC are deriding President Obama’s just-minted strategy to confront the Mideast terrorist army called Islamic State, or ISIS. Coming under particular scrutiny from both left and right has been a key part of Obama’s plan: supporting so-called moderate rebels in Syria. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appeared to express the bewilderment of many across the political spectrum, saying, “One of the more incoherent aspects of the president’s speech tonight was when he suggested the answer here is to arm rebels in Syria now.” He explained, “For more than a year, the president...
  • ISIS can 'muster' between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters, CIA says

    09/11/2014 9:20:26 PM PDT · by joseph20 · 11 replies
    CNN World ^ | September 11, 2014 | Jim Sciutto, Jamie Crawford and Chelsea J. Carter
    "Washington (CNN) -- A CIA assessment puts the number of ISIS fighters at possibly more than three times the previous estimates."
  • ISIS has 20,000-31,500 fighters in Iraq and Syria: CIA

    09/11/2014 8:50:43 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | Sep 12, 2014
    WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Iraq and Syria now have about 20,000 to 31,500 fighters on the ground, the Central Intelligence Agency said Thursday, much higher than a previous estimate of 10,000. "CIA assesses the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS) can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria, based on a new review of all-source intelligence reports from May to August," CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said in a statement. "This new total reflects an increase in members because of stronger recruitment since June following battlefield successes and the declaration of...
  • How US Would Conduct the Syrian Rebel-Training Program

    09/11/2014 5:00:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 11, 2014 | By Luis Martinez
    ... For more than a year, the CIA has run a limited training program in Jordan for small numbers of vetted fighters. The military program would expand on that model and train larger numbers of fighters. U.S. officials familiar with details of the proposed program say that it is slated to last for one year from the time that Congress authorizes it and passes the funding request. A senior administration official revealed Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had agreed to host the train-and-equip program. A U.S. official told ABC News that Saudi Arabia will host multiple training sites for Syrian rebel...
  • U.S. surveillance flights under way over Syria, official says

    09/11/2014 3:47:18 PM PDT · by McGruff · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | September 11, 2014 | Jim Sciutto and Jamie Crawford,
    The United States has begun surveillance flights over Syria, part of an effort to gather intelligence that will help the decision whether to launch airstrikes against ISIS, a U.S. official told CNN on Thursday. The Pentagon is refining its targets based on improved intelligence-gathering, including the surveillance flights now under way over Syria, a Defense official said.
  • Breaking: TURKEY REFUSES OBAMA REQUEST to Use Its Airbases to Fight ISIS

    09/11/2014 11:39:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 208 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/11/14 | Jim Hoft
    Yesterday, Barack Obama stated, “Turkey needs to be involved in coalition against ISIS.” On Thursday Turkey said it will not allow the US to use its airbases to fight ISIS.
  • Jordan alarmed over Obama plan to arm 'moderates'

    09/11/2014 9:28:02 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 22 replies
    WND ^ | 9/11/2014 | Aaron Klein
    The Kingdom of Jordan is deeply concerned about the Obama administration’s renewed plan to train “moderate” rebels in Syria, believing the Syrian rebels are mostly extremists who espouse radical al-Qaida-like ideology, a senior Jordanian security official told WND.
  • Obama Will Fight ISIS by Arming ISIS

    09/11/2014 9:25:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/11/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,” Samuel Johnson said. A few centuries later his fellow Englishman, Winston Churchill, quipped, “The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative.” It’s not true of the United States, but it is true of Barack Obama who, having exhausted every alternative that involved appeasement or pretending that ISIS wasn’t a threat, has decided to do the right thing. As long as he gets enough applause for doing it. With his approval ratings, particularly on American leadership and national security, lower than Assad’s, he decided to exploit September...
  • ‘Vetted Moderate’ Free Syrian Army Commander Admits Alliance with ISIS

    09/11/2014 9:22:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/11/2014 | Patrick Poole
    As President Obama laid out his “strategy” last night for dealing with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and as bipartisan leadership in Congress push to approve as much as $4 billion to arm the Syrian “rebels,” it should be noted that the keystone to his anti-Assad policy — the “vetted moderate” Free Syrian Army (FSA) — is now admitting that they, too, are working with the Islamic State.This confirms our reporting about the FSA’s alliances with Syrian terrorist groups here at PJ Media last week.On Monday, the Daily Star in Lebanon quoted a FSA brigade commander saying that his...
  • Syria Airstrikes Not Ruled Out, Says No 10 [Update]

    09/11/2014 9:21:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    City Talk FM ^ | Thursday 11 September 2014
    Downing Street has clarified its position on the possibility of strikes in Syria, saying it has not yet abandoned the idea of airborne attacks. The Foreign Secretary earlier appeared to strike a different note when he said the UK would not be taking part in airstrikes in Syria. Philip Hammond was speaking after Barack Obama authorised attacks on IS fighters in Syria, as well as Iraq, for the first time, saying the terrorists had a free passage across the countries' borders. Mr Obama said the move did not amount to support for the Assad regime in Syria, which has always...