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  • Netanyahu’s New Media Chief Calls Obama Antisemitic, Claims Kerry Has Mental Ability (short)

    11/28/2015 11:08:59 AM PST · by SaveFerris · 46 replies
    MintPressNews.Com ^ | November 6, 2015 | By Reuters
    The United States takes offense at comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new communications director accusing President Barack Obama of anti-Semitism and suggesting that Secretary of State John Kerry had the mental abilities of a 12-year-old, the State Department said on Thursday. It said Kerry had spoken to the Israeli leader on Thursday and understood that Netanyahu “will be reviewing” the appointment of Ran Baratz after a U.S.-Israeli summit meeting at the White House next week. Netanyahu and Obama are due to meet to try to mend fences after fierce feuding over the Iran nuclear deal that Israel opposes....
  • Top Kurdish Human-Rights Lawyer Shot Dead in Turkey

    11/28/2015 6:47:02 PM PST · by House Atreides · 3 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 28, 2015 | Ayla Albayrak
    ISTANBUL--A prominent human-rights lawyer was shot dead on Saturday after wrapping up a news conference in which he had appealed for calm, sparking fresh protests across the country and clouding efforts to bring a halt to continuing violence in Turkey's Kurdish southeast. Tahir Elci, one of the country's best-known advocates for Kurdish rights, was shot in the head during a chaotic gunbattle in Diyarbakir, the de facto capital for Turkey's Kurdish minority, which broke out after the killing of a policeman. It was unknown who fired the shot that killed Mr. Elci, though Kurdish politicians believe he was shot deliberately.
  • Who the ‘Syrian Refugees’ Are — Not All of Them Are Syrian

    11/28/2015 7:09:33 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 11 replies
    Center for Security Policy ^ | Alex VanNess | Alex VanNess
    President Obama has already started implementing his plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees to America. However, given that some of the terrorists who attacked Paris snuck into Europe using fake passports pretending to be Syrian refugees, coupled with several attempts by Syrian nationals to illegally cross our borders, most Americans are worried about the refugee policy and have called for it to be paused. In response, President Obama has dug in his heels. He harshly criticizes opponents of his plan and dismisses anyone and any facts that run counter to his narrative — facts such as: 1. Many aren’t from...
  • Putin said to be 'fully mobilized' as Turkey sends rebels arms

    11/28/2015 6:57:50 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2015/11/28
    Putin said to be 'fully mobilized' as Turkey sends rebels arms President Vladimir Putin is fully mobilized to tackle what the Kremlin regards as an unprecedented threat from Turkey following the shooting down of one of its warplanes by a Turkish F-16, the Russian leader's spokesman said on Saturday. In comments which underscore how angry the Kremlin still is over the incident, Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, called the behavior of the Turkish air force "absolute madness" and said Ankara's subsequent handling of the crisis had reminded him of the "theater of the absurd." "Nobody has the right to traitorously shoot...
  • The Russian Connection to ISIS

    11/28/2015 3:09:49 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    americasurvival.org ^ | 11/25/2015 | americasurvival
    ...Khuri has had a long association with the Assad regime and represents regime business and financial interests in Russia. Khuri is linked to financial transactions in which the Government of Syria had an interest as early as 1994. He also served as an intermediary between Batoul Rida and a Russian firm on an attempted procurement of ammonium nitrate in late 2013. Khuri also owns or controls five of the entities designated today. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was designated today for materially assisting and acting for or on behalf of the Government of Syria, Central Bank of Syria, Adib Mayaleh, and Batoul Rida....
  • Putin orders economic sanctions against Turkey after downing of Russian plane

    11/28/2015 2:44:39 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 28, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for economic sanctions against Turkey after a Russian jet was downed earlier this week on the Syrian border. The sanctions were announced in a decree published on the Kremlin's website and comes as Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan voiced regret over the incident, saying he wished the event hadn't happened. The decree calls for bans on some goods and forbids extensions of labor contracts to Turkish individuals working in Russia, The Associated Press reported. It also calls for ending chartered flights from Russia to Turkey and for all Russian tourism companies to stop...
  • Syria army says Turkey increases arms shipments to rebels

    11/28/2015 12:38:52 PM PST · by Mariner · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 28th, 2015 | by Tom Perry
    The Syrian army said on Saturday that Turkey had recently increased supplies of weapons, ammunition and equipment to what it described as terrorists in Syria, and accused its northern neighbor of firing shells at Syrian army positions. "We have certain information that the Turkish government has recently increased its support to the terrorists and the level of their supplies of weapons, ammunition and equipment necessary to continue their criminal acts," an army statement said. The Syrian government describes as terrorists all the groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad in the 4-1/2-year-long war that has moved into a higher gear since Russia...
  • The question we should be asking on Syrian refugees

    11/28/2015 6:55:57 AM PST · by rktman · 3 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/28/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Andrew McCarthy’s column on Syrian refugees and the broader topic of asylum is the read of the day. With his characteristic knowledge and incisiveness, the former prosecutor of the Blind Sheikh for the first World Trade Center bombing gets to the heart of the issue. Few excerpts will convey the importance of this work, which should be read in its whole. The American people are far ahead of their elites in seeing the problem, even though our media, like the French and other Euromeadia, generally ignores the problematic aspects of not just Islamic culture but of the scriptural religion itself....
  • UKIP Leader Farage: ISIS Can Only Be Stopped by Grand Coalition That Includes Russia

    11/28/2015 9:49:24 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-28-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Nigel Farage, the outspoken leader of Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP), has spoken out against Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to extend his country's bombing campaign from Iraq into Syria. The reason Farage opposes the plan is that he remains unconvinced that Cameron has a global long-term strategy. Such a strategy is necessary, Farage believes, to truly destroy ISIS and the radical-Islamic threat in general, and must include cooperation with Russia. "I don’t back bombing Syria on current terms. Whether we bomb or not we still face threat on London’s streets. I think to go to war you need to...
  • Ben Carson travels to Jordan to meet Syrian refugees

    11/28/2015 6:57:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/28/2015 | By Tal Kopan
    Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson traveled to Jordan to meet with Syrian refugees Friday, according to his campaign. "Dr Carson and a small group are in Jordan," a campaign aide said. "There was no intention to make this a press event. He is there fact finding, listening, learning and meeting." The goal of the surprise trip is to better understand the refugee crisis stemming from Syria's brutal civil war, his campaign told The New York Times, which was first to report the news -- and the trip comes as he struggles in the race with a renewed focus on foreign...
  • The Controversy over Syrian Refugees Misses the Question We Should Be Asking

    11/28/2015 6:26:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/28/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The jihad waged by radical Islam rips at France from within. The two mass-murder attacks this year that finally induced President Francois Hollande to concede a state of war are only what we see. Unbound by any First Amendment, the French government exerts pressure on the media to suppress bad news. We do not hear much about the steady thrum of insurrection in the banlieues: the thousands of torched automobiles, the violence against police and other agents of the state, the pressure in Islamic enclaves to ignore the sovereignty of the Republic and conform to the rule of sharia. What...
  • USA Transnational Report – LIVE 8AM - Mid East Update

    11/28/2015 4:55:45 AM PST · by Randall_S · 3 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | November 28, 2015 | USA Transnational Report
    LIVE 8 AM EST THIS SATURDAY (11/28) MORNING! Middle East Update & guest State Constable Marcus Kohan Topics to be addressed: -The "New Order" in the Middle East - post shooting down of Russian war plane -U.S. State Department - Iran never signed the nuclear deal! - What now? -How are the so-called "refugees" being brought to the United States? Who are they? -New Oathkeepers efforts in Pennsylvania to organize local communities for safety in perilous times Call-in #: 855-853-5227 You can listen to USA Transnational Report live on JJ McCartney's Nightside Radio Studios and on Red State Talk Radio....
  • Russian MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky Suggests Destroying Istanbul With A Nuclear Strike

    11/28/2015 4:02:53 AM PST · by Strategy · 43 replies
    Korrespondent ^ | November 27, 2015
    According to Russian media, MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky proposed to crush Turkey with a nuclear missile attack, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Korrespondent. "Istanbul is very easy to destroy: it takes just one nuclear bomb to throw in the Strait (Bosphorus - Ed.), and it will be washed away. It would be such a terrible flood, the water column would rise to 10-15 meters, and there would be no city with nine million people," - said the leader of the Liberal Democrats. According to Zhirinovsky, Turkey's NATO allies will not intervene, "not wanting to die in a nuclear fire." Zhirinovsky...
  • Islamist rebel blown up in Hama while filming video

    11/27/2015 8:46:38 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 71 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 Nov, 2015 | Daily Mail Posting
    A video has surfaced online showing an islamist rebel being blown up by a mortar round from the Assad regime mortar.
  • Double dealing tyrant who's sabotaging the West's battle to crush ISIS:Turkey's Erdogan seems to be

    11/27/2015 7:52:01 PM PST · by House Atreides · 40 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | November 26, 2015 | Michael Burleigh
    ...the fact is that Erdogan's regime has on many occasions turned a blind eye to ISIS activity in Turkey, as well as to Turkish businessmen and smugglers doing trade deals with the jihadist butchers. To be fair, on the surface, Turkey's president is fully involved in the fight against ISIS. In October he allowed U.S. jets to use Turkey's Incirlik air base for operations against ISIS, pledging that his forces, too, would join the fight. But the truth is that Turkey's planes have aimed their missiles almost exclusively at the one army which poses a real threat to ISIS, and...
  • (August 21, 2014) Why Muslim Terrorists Don’t Kidnap Russians

    11/27/2015 6:35:23 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    Terrorists use terrorism because it works, although not against everybody. The Soviet Union’s flaws were without number, but the effete, obsequious squeamishness that characterizes the current American approach to Islam was not among them. From 1986: The Jerusalem Post said the Soviet secret police last year secured the release of three kidnaped Soviet diplomats in Beirut by castrating a relative of a radical Lebanese Shia Muslim leader, sending him the severed organs and then shooting the relative in the head. The incident began when four Soviet diplomats were kidnaped last September by Muslim extremists who demanded that Moscow pressure the...
  • Obama Warns of Enforcement Action Against States That Refuse Syrian Refugees

    11/27/2015 1:29:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/27/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    President Barack Obama has warned state governors that he will take enforcement action against them if they turn away Syrian refugees.The Office of Refugee Resettlement noted that the U.S. government plans to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing civil war and terrorism in the U.S. during 2016, but acknowledged that some state and local leaders have "expressed concerns" at the resettlement program. "Accordingly, states may not categorically deny ORR-funded benefits and services to Syrian refugees," the letterfrom Wednesday read. "Any state with such a policy would not be in compliance with the State Plan requirements, applicable statutes, and their...
  • Unreal: Erdogan Warns Russia Against Downing Turkish Jets in Syrian Airspace

    11/27/2015 1:28:08 PM PST · by marvel5 · 25 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | November 27, 2015 | Rudy Panki
    Check out the latest from Turkey's aspiring sultan: When asked what would happen if Russia shot down a Turkish jet that strayed into Syrian airspace, Turkey's airplane-shooter-in-chief said that it would qualify as Russian “aggression.” According to Erdogan, This kind of an incident which may happen of course will further push us to take measures. … Of course it will be an aggression against our rights of sovereignty and it is a natural right of [Turkey] to protect those rights Yes, Turkish warplanes zooming around Syria is a matter of “Turkish sovereignty.” You heard it here first. Why does Russia...
  • American Mainstream Media Censors Massive Protest AGAINST Syrian Refugees…This is WHY…

    11/27/2015 12:41:53 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 51 replies
    Conservative Post ^ | November 25, 2015
    170,000 Polish patriots marched through the capital to end Islamic invasion in their country. Check this out:Did you see this anywhere in our American mainstream media? I don’t think so! They completely censored it from American eyes, lest they be inspired to stand up against Obama’s sinister plans to import up to 200,000 so-called “Syrian refugees.”According to Top Right News:http://toprightnews.com/this-nation-just-had-a-massive-protest-against-islam-horrified-media-censors-it/ Described as the ‘largest demonstration in Polish history’, over 100,000 Polish nationalists took to the streets yesterday in the city center of Warsaw against immigration into Europe and the European Union—and in particular against the latter’s demands that Poland...
  • Turkey warns Putin not to 'play with fire'

    Turkey's president Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned Vladimir Putin not to "play with fire" as their war of words continued to escalate over the downing of a jet. Putin has refused to contact Erdogan because Ankara does not to apologize for the downing of the Russian warplane, Putin aide Yuri Ushakov told Reuters Friday. On Thursday, Putin again slammed Turkey's explanations for the shoot down near the border with Syria, saying that the warplane's flight details had been passed to the U.S. in advance and should have been known to the Turkish government. "The American side, which leads the coalition...
  • Turkey and ISIS - Like Peas in a Pod (Hard Evidence!)

    11/27/2015 12:15:23 PM PST · by marvel5 · 4 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | November 25, 2015 | David L. Phillips
    Is Turkey collaborating with the Islamic State (ISIS)? Allegations range from military cooperation and weapons transfers to logistical support, financial assistance, and the provision of medical services. It is also alleged that Turkey turned a blind eye to ISIS attacks against Kobani. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu strongly deny complicity with ISIS. Erdogan visited the Council on Foreign Relations on September 22, 2014. He criticized “smear campaigns [and] attempts to distort perception about us.” Erdogan decried, “A systematic attack on Turkey's international reputation, “complaining that “Turkey has been subject to very unjust and ill-intentioned news items...

    11/27/2015 12:03:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 11/27/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    There's a misleading debate over accepting Obama's first batch of Syrian migrants, the vast majority of whom are Sunni Muslim economic migrants, not refugees, and unlike the genuinely persecuted Christians and Yazidis whom we are not taking in, face no actual persecution. The media bellows ceaselessly that the Sunni Muslims are just like the Jews during the Holocausts. They're more like the Nazi war criminals fleeing Berlin after losing the war. Like the Nazis, they also hate America and want to kill Jews. Polls show at least 1,300 of Obama's first refugee batch support ISIS. The vast majority of Americans...
  • Vladimir Putin refuses to speak to Turkish president over Ankara's lack of apology

    11/27/2015 11:01:02 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/27/15 | Raziye Akkoc
    Vladimir Putin has refused contact with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the latter’s offer to meet because Ankara refuses to apologise, an aide to the Russian president said. Relations between Moscow and Ankara have plunged into crisis since Tuesday when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane, claiming it had violated its airspace while flying over northern Syria. The two pilots ejected from the plane but one was killed while another was rescued several hours later. In retaliation for Turkey's actions, Russia prepared to impose punishing economic sanctions against Turkey, including abandoning a flagship pipeline project and a $20 billion...
  • World View: Russia Accuses Turkey Of 'Industrial Scale' Oil Purchases From ISIS

    11/27/2015 7:13:23 AM PST · by Fennie · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 27, 2015 | John J. Xenakis
    On Tuesday, after the Russian warplane was shot down by Turkey, Russia's president Vladimir Putin said: ISIS has big money, hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, from selling oil. In addition they are protected by the military of an entire nation [i.e.,Turkey]. One can understand why they are acting so boldly and blatantly. Why they kill people in such atrocious ways. Why they commit terrorist acts across the world, including in the heart of Europe. Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev alleged on Wednesday that Turkish officials were benefiting from ISIS oil sales, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov...
  • Jeremy Corbyn told to resign by Labour MPs as Syria vote engulfs his leadership (Britain)

    11/27/2015 6:43:28 AM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-27-2015 | Christopher Hope, and Peter Dominiczak
    Jeremy Corbyn should resign over his "unacceptable" behaviour towards Syria air strikes vote, former Labour ministers have said as the first senior figures in the party break cover against his leadership. Ex-ministers Fiona Mactaggart and John Spellar have urged the Labour leader to take the "sensible" decision to stand down because of the damaging divisions his leadership is creating. Former Home Office minister Ms Mactaggart said his position had become “unsustainable” while fellow ex-minister Mr Spellar said Mr Corbyn’s behaviour over the Syria vote had been “unacceptable”. A third ex Labour minister minister Frank Field said that the party "needs...
  • Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire'

    11/27/2015 6:01:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 105 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Nov 27, 2015
    Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire' ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia not to "play with fire" on Friday, but added he did not want to harm relations with Moscow, comments that look more likely to inflame than quell the dispute over a downed Russian bomber this week. Relations between the former Cold War antagonists are at their worst in recent memory after Turkey shot down the jet near the Syrian border on Monday. Russia has threatened economic retaliation against Ankara, which Erdogan has dismissed as "emotional" and "unfitting". "We very sincerely recommend to Russia not...
  • Russia is already exacting its revenge on Turkey for downing a Russian warplane

    11/27/2015 4:49:49 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 26, 2015 | Natasha Bertrand
    Russia is preparing to sanction Turkey in response to its downing of a Russian warplane earlier this week, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced in a televised cabinet meeting on Thursday, according to the BBC. "The government has been ordered to work out a system of response measures to this act of aggression in the economic and humanitarian spheres," which may include "limits or bans" on "foodstuffs, labor, and services from Turkish companies," Medvedev said. The sanctions "could bite into more than $30 billion in trade ties between the two countries, as police here began seizing Turkish products and deporting Turkish...
  • Ankara Suspends Air Force Flights Over Syria After Attack on Su-24 - Media

    11/27/2015 12:45:38 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 87 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 11-27-2015
    According to Turkish media, Ankara halted the flights of its aviation over Syria. ANKARA – Turkey has suspended its Air Force flights over Syria in the international coalition campaign in the fight against the Islamic State after the downing of the Russian Su-24 Fencer bomber, Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper reported Friday, citing diplomatic sources. On Tuesday, a Turkish Air Force F-16 downed the Russian bomber 4 kilometers from the Turkish border. Both the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command confirmed that the Su-24 never crossed into Turkish airspace and was shot down over Syrian territory, citing precise objective...
  • Exclusive: Dr. Ben Carson to Tour Refugee Camps in Jordan to Battle ‘Premature Capitulation ...

    11/26/2015 10:22:22 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Nov 26, 2015 | Matthew Boyle & Jordan Schachtel
    Dr. Ben Carson boarded a flight to the Middle Eastern nation of Jordan late on Thanksgiving to embark on a tour of Syrian refugee camps there on Friday, he told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview before the trip. The tour–which Carson is taking so he can learn more about how to solve the refugee crisis by resettling Syrians throughout the Middle East, rather than bringing any refugees to the United States of America or placing more in Europe–means the world-leading neurosurgeon is the first 2016 GOP presidential candidate to tour refugee camps in Jordan. “I’m going to be visiting...
  • Russia Releases Video Of S-400 SAM Deployment In Syria, As Putin Issues Warning To Obama

    11/26/2015 10:56:51 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 52 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11-26-2015 | Durden
    "The S-400 is an air defense system. The reason we didn't have the system in Syria is because we thought our planes were flying at high enough altitudes where a terrorist could not reach them, they don't have weapons capable of downing our planes at the altitude of over 3 or 4 thousand meters. And We could never think that we could be stabbed in the back by a country we regarded as our ally. Our planes operated at altitudes of 5-6,000 meters and were completely unprotected against potential attacks from fighter jets. We could never imagine that that could...
  • Egyptian Intellectual: The Europeans Might Do to the Muslims What Hitler Did to the Jews

    11/26/2015 9:55:03 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 72 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 11/9/15 | Sky News Arabia (U.K./Abu Dhabi)
    In a TV debate, Egyptian intellectual Dr. Mamoun Fendy compared the Arab and Islamic communities in Europe to the ghettoes of the Jews prior to WWII and presented an extreme position: "that it's possible that the Europeans will do to the Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews." The debate aired on Sky News Arabia on November 19, 2015. Following are excerpts: Mamoun Fandy: Let me say something somewhat extreme about the Muslims living in the West, and I hope that we are talking about a worst case scenario. We have a "geography of extremism" in the West today. The...
  • Report on whether Iran was making nuclear bomb won't be clear cut: U.N.

    11/26/2015 9:12:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:51am EST | François Murphy and Shadia Nasralla
    A U.N. report on whether Iran has in the past carried out work related to nuclear weapons will not reach a definitive conclusion on the subject, the chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday. The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is required under a landmark deal between major powers and Iran, which provides for a lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program. A clear verdict that weapons-related work occurred would have made it difficult for the deal to proceed, but diplomats have said for weeks that they...
  • US soldiers in Syria to back anti-IS Kurds: Kurdish sources

    11/26/2015 3:44:05 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | November 27, 2015 | AFP
    US soldiers are in Kobane, the town in northern Syria nearly destroyed in fierce fighting with the Islamic State group, to train Kurdish forces to battle the jihadists, Kurdish sources said Thursday. Mustapha Abdi, an activist in the town on the Turkish border, told AFP the American instructors had arrived "in recent hours", in what is the first official deployment of US ground troops in Syria. A source with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said the Americans would help plan offensives against two Syrian cities held by IS -- Jarablus and the jihadists' Syrian "capital", Raqa.
  • Turkey arrests editors over reports Ankara supplied weapons to Syrian fighters

    11/26/2015 7:24:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/26/15 | Raziye Akkoc
    Two journalists from an opposition Turkish newspaper have been arrested, accused of spying by an Istanbul court following reports that Turkey's intelligence agency sent weapons to Islamist rebel groups in Syria. In another case of journalists facing criminal charges and censorship, editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, the newspaper's Ankara bureau chief, were taken into custody on Thursday night, Turkish media reported. The two men are accused of spying and "divulging state secrets", according to reports, as well as being members of a terror organisation. Another charge included the violation of state security after the release of the footage....
  • McCain: Focus on refugees 'misplaced'

    11/18/2015 12:14:13 PM PST · by maggief · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2015 | Rebecca Kheel
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned his fellow Republicans on Wednesday not to place too much emphasis on Syrian refugees following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, calling their focus misguided. “I believe the overwhelming focus on the refugee program in recent days is misplaced,” said McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a written statement. “I especially encourage my fellow Republicans to recognize that refugees are not the problem – they are the symptom of the problem.” Since attacks credited to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed at least 129, Republicans have called for...
  • McCain slams Cruz's call for religious test for refugees

    11/17/2015 2:55:18 PM PST · by detective · 49 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 17, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday panned the idea of favoring Christian refugees from Syria over Muslims, delivering a rebuttal to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a GOP presidential candidate. McCain said using a religious test on Syrian refugees, especially children, makes no sense. “I don’t think any child, whether they are Christian or whether they are atheist or whether they are Buddhist, that we should make a distinction,” McCain said. “My belief is that all children are God’s children.”
  • McCain slams Cruz's call for religious test for refugees

    11/17/2015 11:56:31 AM PST · by VinL · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/18/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday panned the idea of favoring Christian refugees from Syria over Muslims, delivering a rebuttal to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a GOP presidential candidate. McCain said using a religious test on Syrian refugees, especially children, makes no sense. “I don’t think any child, whether they are Christian or whether they are atheist or whether they are Buddhist, that we should make a distinction,” McCain said. “My belief is that all children are God’s children.” It’s a rare example of McCain siding with President Obama, who defeated him in the 2008 presidential election, on a hot-button...
  • McCain: White House Win ‘Extremely Difficult’ Without Immigration Action

    11/05/2015 6:17:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Roll Call's WGDB Blog ^ | November 5, 2015 | Matthew Fleming and Emma Dumain
    With Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s comments about immigration Sunday, the top two Republicans in Congress have now declared dead the prospects of an overhaul before the 2016 elections. In the aftermath of 2012, when Latinos made up 10 percent of the electorate and President Barack Obama was re-elected resoundingly, Republican lawmakers and strategists predicted the GOP’s White House ambitions were directly tied to the passage of comprehensive immigration legislation. Many of those voices haven’t changed their tune. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the four “gang of eight” Republicans who successfully navigated an immigration overhaul through the Senate in 2013,...
  • Terrorists in Su-24 search operation area killed - Russian Defense Ministry

    11/26/2015 12:33:18 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 53 replies
    Russia Today ^ | November 26, 2015 | RT Staff
    Russian and Syrian military have killed terrorists in the search area of the downed Russian Su-24 jet, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday. "The moment our pilot was in safety the area was heavily bombed by the Russian Air Force and shelled by Syrian government forces artillery," ministry spokesman General-Major Igor Konashenkov told a media briefing.He stressed that terrorists and other "mysterious groups" were killed in the assault.The Russian Air Force base in Latakia has been reinforced with an S-400 SAM system, which was deployed on Thursday. "Now we are going to ensure the safety of our planes fighting...
  • President Obama Pardons Turkey for Shooting Down Russian Fighter Jet

    11/26/2015 2:11:34 PM PST · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-26-15 | Wordsmith
    Oh, wait....wrong Turkey. https://youtu.be/Wf0I1h1w3UUNothing quite like seeing a lame duck president pardoning the national turkey (can you tell which one's which?). Actually, I think our comedian-in-chief is pretty good in this role. Nor did I mind his jab at GOP presidential candidates (I think some of them are turkeys). It was done in lighthearted jest. No harm, no foul, however fowl. While I am sympathetic to the plight of Syrian refugees and consider some of the rhetoric against allowing these refugees into the States to be tinged with hysteria, exaggerations, xenophobia, and Islamophobia, I also find legitimate concerns as well....
  • Hollande Says He and Putin Agreed to Coordinate Strikes on Islamic State Group

    11/26/2015 12:22:17 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 11-26-2015 | AP
  • Turkey Braces For War With Russia And Sends 20 Tanks And 18 Fighter Jets To Her Borders

    11/26/2015 7:10:50 AM PST · by Strategy · 132 replies
    Standard ^ | November 26, 2015 | By Mirror
    Ankara: Turkey has moved 20 tanks to her border with Syria as tensions with Russia continue. Military sources from Turkey said the tanks were moved by rail to an armored brigade at the western border with Syria. Reports also say 18 fighter jets were sent on a patrol exercise near the border. A military source told Turkey's Anadolu agency: "Accompanied by police and gendarmes, 20 tanks were sent by rail from Turkey's western provinces by railway to Gaziantep in the south of the country, and then redirected to the Syrian border."
  • Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President

    11/26/2015 6:13:20 AM PST · by FR_addict · 21 replies
    www.zerohedge.com ^ | 11/25/2015 | Tyler Durden
    ...The prime source of money feeding ISIS these days is sale of Iraqi oil from the Mosul region oilfields where they maintain a stronghold. The son of Erdogan it seems is the man who makes the export sales of ISIS-controlled oil possible. Bilal Erdogan owns several maritime companies. He has allegedly signed contracts with European operating companies to carry Iraqi stolen oil to different Asian countries. The Turkish government buys Iraqi plundered oil which is being produced from the Iraqi seized oil wells. Bilal Erdogans maritime companies own special wharfs in Beirut and Ceyhan ports that are transporting ISIS smuggled...
  • Turkey Overtly Supports ISIL to Oust Assad - Former State Dep't Advisor

    11/26/2015 5:56:20 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 16 replies
    Sputnik News, Moscow ^ | Nov. 26, 2015 | Sputnik News
    Turkey has blatantly provided material support to the Islamic State because they share an ideological connection along with a common foe in Syrian President Bashar Assad, former US Department of State senior advisor David Phillips told Sputnik. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - On Wednesday, Russian Ambassador to France Alexander Orlov said that Turkey has played an "ambiguous" role in the campaign against the Islamic State while acting as an accomplice to the terrorist group's activities. "Turkey's role has not been ambiguous - it has overtly supported the Islamic State," Phillips, currently Director of Columbia University's Peace-building and Rights Program, told Sputnik on...
  • Paragliding jihadist leaves family in Israel fearing his fate

    11/26/2015 5:16:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    AFP ^ | Nov. 26, 2015 | Joe Dyke
    Paragliding jihadist leaves family in Israel fearing his fate By Joe Dyke Majdal Shams (AFP) - Shortly before sunset, Nidal Salah stared across the fence towards his new life in Syria with the Islamic State movement -- paraglider at the ready. Firing up the engine-powered glider, the 23-year-old Arab Israeli rose over the Israeli-Syrian demarcation line towards the town of Jamlah, controlled by an IS-affiliated group. He became the first Israeli to take such a route to enter Syria's civil war, with his plans apparently unknown to his family and authorities, who minutes later scrambled military helicopters.
  • Turkey releases audio of 'warning' to downed Russia jet

    11/26/2015 5:08:24 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 102 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 hours ago, 2015-11-26 | BBC
    The Turkish military has released an audio recording of what it says were warnings to a Russian warplane before it was shot down on the Syrian border. "Change your heading south immediately," a voice says in English. Turkey said it had tried to rescue the SU-24 bomber's two pilots.
  • Russia to send S-400 air defense system to Syria after jet shot down: agencies

    11/26/2015 3:41:01 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 25, 2015 | Maria Kiselyova
    World | Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:57am EST Related: WORLD Russia to send S-400 air defense system to Syria after jet shot down: agencies MOSCOW Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday Russia would send its advanced S-400 air defense system to its air base in Syria's Latakia province a day after Turkey shot down one of its jets, Russian news agencies quoted him as saying.
  • Furious President Vladimir Putin Promises Erdogan To Arrange 'Big Stalingrad'

    11/26/2015 3:07:16 AM PST · by Strategy · 46 replies
    Ak Zhaik ^ | November 26, 2015 | joinfo.com
    <p>According to the news agency awdnews.com, during the conversation behind closed doors, Russian President Vladimir Putin called Erdogan a dictator and threatened to send him to hell together with the ISIS terrorists, Joinfo.ua reports.</p> <p>It is reported that Vladimir Putin violated diplomatic procedures, and had a row with the Turkish Ambassador in Moscow, Mr. Umit Erdim, and warned him that the Russian Federation might break off diplomatic relations with his country unless the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ceased supporting the ISIS rebels in Syria, where the only Russian naval base in the Mediterranean is.</p>
  • Russia ready to consider steps to close Turkish-Syrian border — Lavrov

    11/25/2015 11:21:13 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    TASS ^ | 12-25-2015 | TASS
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has described as correct the offer of French President Francois Hollande to take steps to close the Syrian-Turkish border. He said as much while talking to reporters on Wednesday. "Going back to the news conference of Presidents of France and the United States Francois Hollande and Barack Obama in Washington, I noticed that the French president suggested taking steps to close the Turkish-Syrian border to stop both the flow of militants and terrorist financing," the Russian minister said. "It is significant that President Obama did not respond to this in any way, but I think...
  • Obama admin says states lack authority to block refugees

    11/25/2015 6:47:00 PM PST · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid a growing political controversy, the Obama administration on Wednesday reminded state officials across the country that states do not have legal authority to refuse to accept Syrian refugees. The Office of Refugee Resettlement said in a letter to state resettlement officials that states may not deny benefits and services to refugees based on a refugee's country of origin or religious affiliation. States that do not comply with the requirement would be breaking the law and could be subject to enforcement action, including suspension or termination of the federally funded program, according to the letter, signed by...