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  • DITHERING AT PENTAGON AS ISIS CRISIS IN NORTH AFRICA WORSENS

    03/16/2016 7:15:51 PM PDT · by pboyington · 7 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 16, 2016 | Susan Katz Keating
    A security crisis in North Africa is on the verge of exploding while defense bureaucrats in Northern Virginia postpone sending long-promised support to an embattled ally. The crisis centers on Tunisia, which finds itself in the gunsights of an increasingly aggressive ISIS while the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency repeatedly defers deadlines for awarding a desperately needed security contract. The United States pledged support to Tunisia last summer after terrorist gunmen massacred 38 people at the popular Sousse beach resort. At the time, the U.S. offered a “Jordan lite” style program to fortify the porous border between Tunisia and neighboring...
  • 'I Wish I Could Die': Meeting the Man Who Helped Trigger the Arab Spring

    01/21/2016 10:43:02 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 26 replies
    SPIEGEL ONLINE ^ | January 21, 2016 | Clemens Höges
    Hosni Kaliya pulls a cigarette out his pack with his mouth. When he poured gasoline on his body and set himself on fire, most of his right hand was consumed by the flames and all that remains is a stump without fingers. He still has four fingers on his left hand, but they jut out like claws, burned, stiff and contorted. His fingernails are curled. He wears black wool gloves with the fingertips cut off, so that they won't dangle emptily. A knit cap protects Kaliya's head, where his hair was burned off, and his unusually small ears. But the...
  • US-Russian marines set up bridgehead in E. Libya for campaign against ISIS

    01/24/2016 6:13:42 AM PST · by PIF · 17 replies
    DebkaFile ^ | January 23, 2016, 6:25 PM (IDT) | DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
    President Barack Obama resolved earlier this month, much to the surprise of Washington insiders, to open a third anti-terror front in Libya to eradicate the Islamic Front’s tightening grip on the country. This top-secret decision was first revealed by DEBKA Weekly 692 on Jan. 1. --snip-- At the peak of the assault, large-scale US, British and French marines will land on shore for an operation first billed as the largest allied war landing since the 1952 Korean War. The attachment of Russian forces was negotiated later. According to this scenario, one group will be dropped ashore from the Gulf of...
  • Tunisia holds emergency cabinet meeting over unrest

    01/23/2016 4:45:10 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    .dailymail.co.uk ^ | 01/23/2016 | afp
    Tunisia's Prime Minister Habib Essid held an emergency cabinet meeting Saturday, after authorities declared a nighttime curfew nationwide following the worst outbreak of social unrest since the 2011 revolution. Five years after the ouster of longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, street demonstrations against unemployment and poverty have again shaken the North African nation. Anger erupted over the death on January 16 of Ridha Yahyaoui, a 28-year-old unemployed man who was electrocuted when he climbed a power pole while protesting in the central town of Kasserine. The unrest spread around the country, including to Tunis where shops were burnt...
  • Tunisian Professor Amel Grami: Homosexuality Emerged from Our Heritage

    01/17/2016 5:20:25 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 11 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 12/20/15 | Al-Wataniya TV (Tunisia)
    In an interview with the Tunisian Al-Wataniya TV channel, Professor Amel Grami said that in the days of early Islam, "society was more aware of its diversity and more pluralistic, while today we are more rigid and unaccepting of the other." According to Grami, a professor of Arabic studies at the University of Manouba, Tunisia, and an authority on gender studies, "many judges talked openly about their passion for boys, and said that they have their own boy, whom they meet intimately, and so on. Many jurisprudents had such relations." The interview aired on December 20, 2015. Video at link
  • Good News: Muslim Yelling 'Allahu Akbar' While Driving Into Troops Not Charged with Terrorism

    01/07/2016 11:44:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 7, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    Relax. The "Frenchman of Tunisian descent" (as Reuters described him) who drove his car at French troops -- who were, ironically enough, guarding a mosque -- was no terrorist. He just had a "fit of anger" according to Prosecutor Alex Perrin of Valence, the city in which the attack occurred. Perrin says it was a spontaneous thing: He explained that when he parked his car in front of the mosque and saw the soldiers, he got the urge to ram into them because French troops are killing civilians in Syria. Ah, sure. No problem, then. Any "Frenchman" would react that...
  • Directive 11: Obama's Secret Islamist Plan

    12/20/2015 8:41:50 PM PST · by Ray76 · 64 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | Jun 7, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Behind the rise of ISIS, the Libyan Civil War, the unrest in Egypt, Yemen and across the region may be a single classified document.That document is Presidential Study Directive 11.You can download Presidential Study Directive 10 on “Preventing Mass Atrocities” from the White House website, but as of yet no one has been able to properly pry number 11 out of Obama Inc.Presidential Study Directive 10, in which Obama asked for non-military options for stopping genocide, proved to be a miserable failure. The Atrocities Prevention Board’s only use was as a fig leaf for a policy that had caused the...
  • "I started the Arab Spring. Now death is everywhere, and extremism blooming"

    12/17/2015 6:28:08 AM PST · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | December 17, 2015 | Radhouane Addala,Richard Spencer
    It is hardly surprising that when Faida Hamdy wonders whether she is responsible for everything that happened after her moment of fame she is overwhelmed.
  • Beyond Strauss-Kahn, to the IMF and Iran

    07/06/2011 12:31:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 5, 2011 | Claudia Rosett
    When it comes to selling copy, it’s a good bet that sex trumps multilateral finance. That’s an axiom of human nature. It would be asking too much to expect that the media, or its customers, would be as fascinated by the in-house diplomacy of the International Monetary Fund as all concerned have been by the scandal surrounding the recently handcuffed and dethroned IMF managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Most eyes are now on the prosecutor’s cratering case, the curious past of the maid who alleged the sexual assault, and the media now analyzing its own coverage of these sordid events. But...
  • 'A Palestinian state will help fight terrorism,' say Nobel winners: Tunisian quartet call for the…

    12/10/2015 6:24:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:18 EST, 10 December 2015 | Tom Wyke
    A Tunisian pro-democracy group accepted the Nobel Peace Prize today and called for the fight against terrorism and helping Palestinians to achieve self-determination as global priorities. The National Dialogue Quartet, which won the Peace Prize for helping build democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, accepted the award at a ceremony in Oslo held under tight security following the armed attacks in Paris. ...
  • Tunisia bus of presidential guards targeted in blast

    11/24/2015 12:16:00 PM PST · by jpl · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday November 24, 2015 | BBC News
    An explosion has hit a bus carrying presidential guards in Tunisia's capital, Tunis, officials say. At least 12 people have been killed in the blast, the interior ministry said. The explosion, during rush hour in the city's main avenue, was an attack, a presidential source said. Tunisia has been targeted by the Islamic State group, including an attack by a gunman on the beach resort of Sousse in June, killing 38 people, mostly foreign tourists.
  • Apparent suicide attack on Tunisian presidential guard bus kills 12

    11/24/2015 12:38:14 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/24/15
    At least 12 people were killed on Tuesday when an explosion tore through a bus full of Tunisian presidential guards in an attack that one source said was probably the work of a suicide bomber. Ambulances rushed wounded from the scene and security forces closed off streets around Mohamed V Avenue, one of the main streets in the capital Tunis, where the charred wreckage of the bus lay, not far from the Interior Ministry.
  • Ted Cruz Is Right: The Muslim Brotherhood Is a Terrorist Organization (Andrew McCarthy)

    11/07/2015 7:18:02 AM PST · by Isara · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | November 7, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    "The Muslim Brotherhood youth in Egypt reject any form of violence." So said Rachid Ghannouchi, who - you'll no doubt be stunned to hear - heads up the Muslim Brotherhood's Tunisian branch, Ennahda. Naturally, Ghannouchi gave his Egyptian confederates a clean bill of health while speaking as an invited guest of the U.S. Institute for Peace in Washington. He is a master of the Brotherhood game, consulted by the State Department and a bipartisan Beltway clerisy ever on the hunt for that elusive "moderate Islamist." He is an Islamic supremacist who knows he can worm his way into Washington's heart...
  • Tunisia's Meaningful Peace Prize

    10/21/2015 8:02:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2015 | Austin Bay
    Bomb a factory; attract 24/7 media attention. Build a factory brick by brick? That rates a yawn, not a headline. Fortunately, careful "brick by brick" does receive occasional recognition. An exception occurred two weeks ago when the Nobel committee awarded its 2015 Peace Prize to a Tunisian civic and political coalition, the National Dialogue Quartet. The Quartet consists of four civic organizations -- a business organization, two labor unions and a lawyers association. Tunisia kicked off the 2011 Arab Spring revolutions. Violence flared. Throngs filled the streets, protesting dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's two decades of misrule. Ben Ali...
  • Nobel Peace Prize Is Awarded to National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia

    10/09/2015 8:35:16 AM PDT · by Borges · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | 10/9/2015 | SEWELL CHAN
    A coalition of labor unions, businesses, lawyers and human rights activists won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.” The prize to the coalition, known as the National Dialogue Quartet, comes nearly five years after an unemployed street vendor set himself on fire, touching off a political earthquake that toppled Tunisia’s longtime authoritarian president and proceeded to reverberate throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Among the disappointments of what has become known as the Arab Spring — collapsed...
  • Canada terror suspect: Lawyer must use 'holy book'

    05/23/2013 11:04:09 AM PDT · by oxcart · 18 replies
    <p>TORONTO (AP) -- A man accused of plotting to derail a train in Canada with support from al-Qaida is asking to be represented by a defense attorney willing to use the "holy book" as a reference in his case.</p> <p>During a hearing Thursday Chiheb Esseghaier requested a court-appointed lawyer who will use the "holy book" as a reference. The Tunisian-born Muslim was apparently referring to the Quran.</p>
  • What's With The Emails To Hillary From Secret Spook Sid Blumenthal?

    04/10/2015 8:00:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4-10-15 | Dick Morris
    Revelations from emails purloined by a Romanian hacker show that Hillary Clinton was being secretly advised about Libya -- before and after the Benghazi terrorist attack -- by an off-the-shelf private spook group associated with controversial former Clinton confidante Sydney Blumenthal that claimed to be helping the Libyan opposition and considered placing ground operatives near the border. What's this all about? It's not completely clear, but apparently the goal of the rogue group, which included a former high level CIA covert operative and a former U.S. General, was, at the very least, to gather and provide sensitive reports to the...
  • Bin Laden's son stepping up to the plate

    10/15/2003 4:41:53 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 183+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, October, 15, 2003
    Like father, like son, assert U.S., European and Arab intelligence agencies who believe one of Osama bin Laden's youngest children is beginning to call the shots at the Iranian branch of al-Qaida. Saad bin Laden is one of an estimated 400 operatives of the terror network recruited and protected by Tehran's hard-line clerics, according to the Washington Post. Tehran's elected government, headed by the reformist President Mohammed Khatami, does not appear to have control over this group, called the Jerusalem Force. The Post reports the 24-year-old bin Laden is computer savvy and fluent in English. His father groomed him for...
  • Was Sa’ad Bin Laden Managing Al-Qaeda from Iran? (Osama's son more than just a "low-level" target)

    07/29/2009 10:02:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 322+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 7/29/2009 | Annie Jacobsen
    When Osama bin Laden was banished from Sudan in 1996, he left the country in a rented Soviet jet — an aged and antique Tupolev flown by a Russian pilot he did not trust. With him were a few bodyguards, his military commander, Saif al-Adel, and two sons named Sa’ad and Omar — both young men in their late teens. Although it was the corrupt Islamic government of Sudan that had robbed Osama bin Laden of much of his vast personal wealth, he blamed America for his misfortunes, according to Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright. “He held America responsible for the...
  • Enormous monolith, carved 9350 years ago, found under Mediterranean Sea

    08/08/2015 11:37:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    A 12-METRE monolith, hacked out of limestone by stone-age humans some nine thousand years ago, has been found at the bottom of the Mediterranean. The enormous stone totem, now split in two and sitting in the Sicilian Channel between Tunisia and Sicily, was hewed from a rocky outcrop some 300m away when the Mediterranean Sea was still a dry basin. It’s now under 40m of water. The new study, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, says the area was submerged about 9350 years ago (give or take 200 years) when the last Ice Age retreated. Before that time the...
  • Tunisia to build 'anti-terror' wall on Libya border

    07/08/2015 7:58:19 PM PDT · by Corporate Democrat · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | July 8, 2015 | BBC
    Tunisia has announced plans to build a wall along its border with Libya to counter the threat from jihadist militants. It would stretch 160km (100 miles) inland from the coast, and be completed by the end of 2015, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid told state TV. The gunman who killed 38 people in an attack on a beach resort is believed to have received training in Libya. Tunisia declared a state of emergency following the attack last month. The Tunisian army would build the wall, which would have surveillance centres at certain points along it, Mr Essid said.
  • Muslim leaders in Ireland split on plan to protest ISIS atrocities

    07/06/2015 10:17:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 04, 2015 06:43 AM | (Irish Central Staff Writers)
    Muslims in Ireland will hold a demonstration in Dublin to protest the violence inspired by terror group Islamic State. Three Irish people were gunned down in Tunisia by an ISIS fanatic while they were on vacation there. The “Not in Our Name” protest will take place at O’Connell Street on Sunday, July 26, reports the Irish Examiner. However, the leader of Ireland’s biggest mosque in Clonskeagh, Dublin, has refused to take part. Dr. Ali Salem, head of the Islamic Cultural Center of Ireland, which is part of the mosque, stated the organization had never been consulted. “If the biggest Islamic...
  • Cleric said to be behind Tunisian beach massacre is living on benefits in Britain

    07/06/2015 2:02:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07/06/2015 | By Victoria Ward
    Hani-al-Sibai, described as a 'key influencer' of Tunisian terror group, lives in a Ł1 million house on a leafy street in fashionable west London _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A leader of the terrorist group suspected of being behind the Tunisian beach massacre is living in benefits in Britain. Hani al-Sibai, an al-Qaeda cleric suspected of radicalising "Jihadi John", lives in a Ł1 million house leafy street in fashionable west London. He is said to be one of the "key influencers" of the Islamic fanatics believed to have recruited and trained gunman Seifeddine Rezgui. Egyptian-born al-Sibai, 54, reportedly lives on Ł50,000 a year in...
  • Arms of the Tunisian Mass Shooter

    07/05/2015 5:42:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In reading about the horrific attack by the Tunisian mass shooter, on the beach on Friday, the 26th of June, 2015, it appears that he used two weapons systems.  An AKM rifle, commonly referred to as an AK47, almost certainly in 7.62x39 caliber, with several standard 30 round magazines, was used for most of the killing.  The rifle is seen above.  It has wooden furniture, the AKM muzzle brake, and a web sling.  It is missing the standard cleaning rod from under the barrel. Update: from a colleague on freerepublic: Appears to be an Egyptian Maadi [or MISR] AKM....
  • Egyptian airstrikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai

    07/02/2015 3:54:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 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...
  • EXCLUSIVE: The 30 Americans ALREADY arrested in 4th of July terror alert(shortened)

    07/02/2015 9:20:56 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 32 replies
    UK Dail Mail ^ | 7/2/15 | Ben Ashford
    FBI agents have made at least 30 arrests on US soil this year as they try to combat the murderous reach of ISIS and its warped followers, Daily Mail Online can disclose. Officials revealed this week that the Islamic terror group has a foothold in all 50 states as it continues to target disaffected Americans through its torrent of online propaganda and slick videos of barbaric beheadings and mutilations. The stark warning comes days after ISIS-inspired gunman Saif Rezgui unleashed horror on at a Tunisian beach resort, killing 39 vacationers and wounding dozens more. The FBI has reportedly set up...
  • July 4th Hate Rally Against Jews in London

    06/30/2015 4:47:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | 6-29-15 | Ilana Angel
    This is the actual event flyer, as is the one below. Over the weekend I saw the following post on Facebook. It was shared by a friend of a friend in London. I read it in disbelief and stared at the event’s publicity posters for what felt like forever. I thought it must be a joke and so I Googled it and quickly realized not only was it happening, but there was nothing police could do to stop it. It is shocking and heartbreaking this will take place and I am saddened for the people of London, particularly those who...
  • Tunisia attack: Profile of gunman Seifeddine Rezgui

    06/30/2015 5:45:26 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 June 2015
    Tunisian student Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on a tourist beach leaving at least 38 people dead. But the people who knew him told the BBC he was polite, never swore, never fought and liked breakdancing. In the midday sun, Seifeddine Rezgui pulled a Kalashnikov from a parasol and opened fire on the beach, sending holidaymakers fleeing for their lives. He threw explosives at the pool area before continuing inside the Imperial Marhaba hotel. Rezgui was not previously known to the security services. But Islamic State (IS), which said it was behind the attack, referred to him by a nom de...
  • He Was With His Fiancée When A Vacation Turned Into A Nightmare. He Told Her ‘I Love You, Just Go’

    06/30/2015 4:08:03 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 115 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | june 29, 2015 | prudence hill
    If it had not been for the bravery of her fiancé, Saera Wilson may have been one of the more than 70 victims of an attack on a hotel in Tunisia. As the Daily Mail reports, 37 people were killed and 36 wounded when extremists attacked a resort area in Sousse, opening fire at a beach near the Bellevue Hotel. Wilson was on vacation with her fiancé, Matthew James, and the two were sunbathing when the shooting began. Wilson says that James put his body between her and the gunmen, shielding her from harm while taking three bullets in the stomach. Even while injured...
  • Damage to Muslim graves in a Nottingham cemetery in the wake of the Tunisia terror attack is…(UK)

    06/29/2015 8:23:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:30 EST, 29 June 2015 | Sam Tonkin
    The desecration of Muslim graves at a Nottingham cemetery is being treated as a hate crime in the wake of the Tunisia terror attack. Nottinghamshire Police have stepped up patrols at High Wood Cemetery in Bulwell and other sites after name plaques and decorative lights on Muslim plots were damaged overnight at the weekend. Nottingham City Council said it was treating the damage to at least ten plots as a hate crime. …
  • Quick succession of terrorist attacks has officials worried

    06/29/2015 6:26:27 PM PDT · by plain talk · 15 replies
    cnn ^ | June 29, 2015 | Don Melvin
    The attack Friday at a Tunisian beach resort killed at least 18 Britons, but officials said Monday the actual number was likely to be 30. That would make it by far the deadliest terrorist attack on Britons since the London transport bombings 10 years ago. Yet it was just one of three terrorist attacks on three continents that followed one another in frightening succession last week. While it is not yet known whether the attacks were linked, they have left officials in numerous countries concerned about how to keep their citizens safe. Not long after that, a bomb ripped through...
  • 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...
  • Tunisia beach attack: Gunman 'had help'

    06/28/2015 8:16:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | June 28, 2015
    Tunisian investigators believe the suspected accomplices provided the Kalashnikov assault rifle to Rezgui and helped him get to the scene, Mr Ali Aroui told AP. He added that police were questioning Rezgui's father and three roommates, although he did not say any of them were suspected of involvement in the attack ... "Maybe he was changed where he studied, maybe it was something on the internet. But we just don't have any answers," he added. Tunisian authorities say army reservists will be deployed to tourist sites and that around 80 mosques accused of inciting violence will be closed within a...
  • Tunisia attack: at least 30 Britons believed to have been killed

    06/28/2015 2:55:19 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 83 replies
    Guardian ^ | 6/28/15
    At least 30 Britons are understood to have been killed in the beach massacre in Tunisia, it emerged on Sunday. Informed sources said the eventual figure could be even higher. The official British death toll is now known to be much higher than originally reported, because of the time taken to confirm the identities of those killed. The process is being overseen by a British coroner. Due to the nature and location of the attack, and the numbers involved, the process has not been straightforward. One problem is that many of those killed on the beach were wearing swimwear, and...
  • Three Irish slain by ISIS as couple from Westmeath confirmed dead (Tunisia attack)

    06/28/2015 11:24:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Irish Central ^ | June 28, 2015 04:08 AM | James O’Shea
    An Irish couple are now confirmed dead in the ISIS slaughter of 39 innocent tourists in Tunisia. That brings to three the number of Irish among the 39 fatalities. The couple have been named locally in Athlone, County Westmeath as Laurence (Larry) and Martina Hayes. He is a well known local bus driver. The couple are believed to be in their fifties. Their daughter was in contact with Irish authorities during the day before police finally confirmed the couple were among the dead. Lorna Carty, a mother of two from County Meath, was already identified as being murdered by the...
  • Tunisian Mass Murderer Counted On Gun Laws and Culture for Success

    06/27/2015 3:35:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 27 June, 2015 | David Codrea
    Revising earlier reports that two attackers were involved, authorities are now saying only one man was responsible for killing dozens of tourists and wounding dozens more at a Tunisian beach resort. Reportedly armed with a Kalashnikov initially concealed with an umbrella, it took an after-the-fact armed security team response to stop the killer from adding to his unarmed victim count . . . This is the second attack on tourists in Tunisia this year. In March, an attack at the National Museum killed at least 22 people, all but one of them tourists, showing that those interested in committing politically-motivated...
  • Tunisia beach resort attack: multiple deaths reported – live updates (At least 27 dead, Many Euros)

    06/26/2015 5:36:40 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 62 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 6-26-2015 | Haroon Siddique
    At least 27 people have been killed in an attack on a hotel in the Tunisian beach resort of Sousse, according to an interior ministry official. The attack was on the Imperial Marhaba hotel, a source and local radio said. A security source at the scene said the body of one gunman armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle lay where police had shot him dead. It was unclear whether there were other assailants. Sousse, some 150 kilometres from Tunis, is a popular resort for both Tunisians and Europeans
  • Meet Cody Shearer, the Strangest Character in Hillary’s Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

    06/01/2015 4:16:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/1/2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    And you thought Sidney Blumenthal was shady. Few people have heard of Cody Shearer, the unsanctioned diplomat, private eye, and Clinton flunky whose name surfaced in connection with the so-called intelligence reports Sidney Blumenthal was channeling to Hillary Clinton during her time at the State Department. But this shadowy fixture of the Clinton machine was everywhere in the 1990s — including war-torn Bosnia, where he became the subject of a State Department investigation after he represented himself as an agent of the U.S. government and took cash from a genocidal warlord. Now evidence suggests Shearer, working with his partner Blumenthal,...
  • Hillary Clinton's Anti-Israel, Pro-Hezbollah Donor

    03/17/2015 9:11:34 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 17, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    olitics: The danger of foreign influence-buying through foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation is seen in millions of dollars of donations from Issam Fares, a Lebanese politician and billionaire enemy of Israel. In the case of Hillary Clinton, the adage that the past is prologue is both a truism and a warning of possible things to come. Just as Johnny Chung famously compared the first Clinton White House to a subway turnstile in which you put money to gain access, the Clinton Foundation is looking to be that turnstile on steroids, with dangerous implications for both American and Israeli security....
  • Al-Qaida-linked militants attack IS affiliate in Libya

    06/10/2015 10:46:14 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 7 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 6/10 | AP
    Al-Qaida-linked militants in eastern Libya declared holy war — or jihad — on the local Islamic State affiliate after one of their senior leaders was killed Wednesday by masked gunmen, which set off clashes between the rival groups that left 11 people dead on both sides, including a top militant commander. The hours-long fighting in the eastern coastal city of Darna erupted after gunmen opened fire on Nasser Akr, an al-Qaida-inspired militant once held in the United Kingdom on terrorism charges. The 55-year-old veteran jihadi, who fought in Afghanistan, was killed along with his aide.
  • Next Stop for ISIS: Algeria?

    06/06/2015 6:51:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | June 6, 2015 | Dalit Halevi and Tova Dvorin
    Islamic State (ISIS) has conquered large parts of Syria and Iraq and set up 'branches' as far away as Libya and the Sinai Desert - but now, it has set its sights on Algeria. Months after successfully conquering the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, Algerian authorities say that ISIS has attempted to expand westward to conquer the largely-desert border region between the two countries. On Thursday, the Algerian army raised its alert level to the highest level and has drafted some 50,000 troops to ward off ISIS ahead of an anticipated invasion...
  • UK Based F-15Es Flew A Secret Long-Range Mission Over Africa On Monday

    05/29/2015 6:15:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 5/27/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    A pair of RAF Lakenheath based USAF F-15E Strike Eagles that were bristling with live bombs and air-to-air missiles, along five KC-135R tankers, flew on a secretive and grueling 12 hour mission over the Southern Mediterranean on Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day. Multiple radio interceptors and plane spotters state that four F-15E’s, callsigns ABLE 01 through 04, took off from their home base at RAF Lakenheath laden with yellow banded (live) AIM-9M sidewinders, AIM-120 AMRAAMS and no less than seven 500lb Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs). These aircraft were accompanied by five KC-135Rs tankers, callsign QUID 91 through 95, that...
  • Quest for the Phoenicians (National Geographic special)

    10/17/2004 7:53:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 2,058+ views
    PBS ^ | Oct 20 2004 | National Geographic
    In "Quest for the Phoenicians," three renowned scientists, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and oceanographer Robert Ballard, geneticist Spencer Wells and archaeologist Paco Giles, search for clues about the Phoenicians in the sea, in the earth and in the blood of their modern-day descendents... Ballard looks at ancient shipwrecks along Skerki Bank off the island of Sicily... Paco Giles excavates a cave at the bottom of the rock of Gibraltar... Spencer Wells collects DNA from a 2,500-year-old Phoenician mummy's tooth, to extract its unique genetic code and compare it with DNA samples collected from men and women from Lebanon to Tunisia.
  • Enter Sid Blumenthal

    04/10/2015 8:44:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | 4-9-15 | Scott Johnson
    Jeff Gerth and Sam Biddle explore an important sidebar both to the affair of the Hillary Clinton homebrew email server and to the Benghazi scandal: “Private emails reveal ex-Clinton aide’s secret spy network.” Long story short: enter Sid Blumenthal, one of the most unsavory characters of the Clinton era. Enter Sid Blumenthal along with Tyler Drumheller and Cody Shearer, that is. Mark Hemingway reviews the triumvirate in “Meet the men behind Hillary Clinton’s private ‘spy network’” Ed Morrissey finds NBC’s Chuck Todd commenting regarding Blumenthal that “nothing regarding Blumenthal surprises me,” but Blumenthal enters the story from left field. Gerth...
  • The Amazing Saga Of How Israel Turned Its F-15s Into Multi-Role Bombers

    05/08/2015 7:41:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 05/08/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    When the F-15 was created, it was created to be a pure air-to-air fighter, with the philosophy of “not a pound for air-to-ground” guiding designers. So how did Israel end up turning their F-15s into deadly long-range multi-role strike aircraft well before the F-15E Strike Eagle became a reality? Here’s how. In Need Of A Game Changing Fighter Israel’s love affair with the F-15 began out of the need to procure a fighter that could trump the increasingly complex fighters that surrounding Arab states were amassing from Russian and French sources. Both the F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle were...
  • Abbas To Sign Accords With Putin in Moscow

    04/11/2015 10:14:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 4/11/2015, 10:55 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Monday where the issue of Middle East peace talks will be raised, Russian authorities announced Thursday. “The two leaders will hold talks concerning key aspects of Russian-Palestinian relations and their future, with particular attention on the trade, economy and humanitarian sectors,” the Kremlin said in a statement according to AFP. There will also be “an exchange of ideas on the process of Israeli-Palestinian talks and other problematic regional situations,” the statement continued, adding that North Africa would also be on the agenda. …
  • Swiss-Born Man Sent to Country He Doesn't Know

    Over the protests of his family, Swiss authorities have forced the extradition to Tunisia of a 24-year-old man born in Switzerland who is a Tunisian citizen but has never been to the North African country, according to a media report. The man, identified as Medhi, was put on a plane to Tunis after his residential C permit was revoked in January because of repeated criminal convictions, 20 Minutes newspaper reported online. Mehdi, who was born and raised in the canton of Vaud has a record for theft, damaging property, fighting and driving without a permit, the daily said. But because...
  • Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

    03/29/2015 11:28:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, March 29, 2015 | Yara Bayoumy and Mahmoud Mourad
    Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya. "We support the Arabs' aspirations for a prosperous future and for the resolution of all the problems the Arab world faces through peaceful means, without any...
  • 'Star Wars' locations in Tunisia reportedly now danger spots because of ISIS threat

    03/29/2015 8:10:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | Ethan Sacks /
    The Tunisian desert region used as a location for the original "Star Wars" and as a tourist destination for fans of the film franchise is now reportedly crawling with a threat more insidious than marauding Sand People — ISIS terrorists. Particularly hard hit has been Tataouine, the Tunisian town that inspired George Lucas to name Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, and now a pit stop for wannabe jihadists headed to join ISIS in nearby Libya, CNN reported. Three men were arrested nearby the town that's just 60 miles from the Libyan border and arms caches were confiscated nearby, one of...
  • Former intelligence official: Obama’s Middle East policy is ‘willful ignorance’

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