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  • 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...
  • Private Emails Reveal SoS Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network (nothing about bridesmaid's dresses)

    03/28/2015 3:56:18 AM PDT · by Liz · 80 replies
    propublica.com ^ | 3/27/15 | JEFF GERTH w/ Sam Biddle of, Gawker
    Updated March 27 to include responses from the FBI and the State Department. Emails disclosed by a hacker show a close family friend was funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of State’s private account starting before the Benghazi attack. Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account. The emails, which were posted on the internet...
  • 2 Tunisia museum attack suspects got weapons training in Libya, official says

    03/20/2015 9:33:32 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    cnn ^ | Faith Karimi, Tim Lister and Greg Botelho, CNN
    "They left the country illegally last December for Libya, and they were able to train with weapons there," he told private broadcaster AlHiwar Ettounsi TV. Like Tunisia, Libya saw its longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi ousted during the regional wave of revolutions known as the Arab Spring. But unlike its neighbor to the west, Libya has been fraught with more instability and violence -- much of it perpetrated by Islamist militants, like those behind the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
  • "Moderate" Muslim Tunisians Greet Hamas leader with chants of “Kill the Jews!”

    01/08/2012 10:42:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/8/12 | Pamela Geller
    Once again an illusion of a moderate Islam is unmosqued. And it is ugly. Why do civilized men tolerate this barbarity? Why do civilized men walk on eggshells for fear of insulting savages, as if they had human sensibilities? They don't, and we'd be wise to buck up and fight this gruesome fight. We will have to. Instead, the media quislings allow Islamic supremacists and stealth jihadists to smear, defame and libel those who challlenge jihad and dare to speak the truth about the most radical and extreme ideology on the face of the earth. To what end? Tunisians greet...
  • Tunisia blast was attack, says Germany

    04/14/2002 4:33:25 AM PDT · by wretchard · 4 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 13 April, 2002, 22:27 GMT | Staff
    Tunisia blast was attack, says Germany The blast blackened the white walls of the synagogue Germany has said it believes a lorry explosion at a synagogue in Tunisia that killed 13 people, including eight Germans, was a deliberate attack and not an accident as first reports suggested. Taking into account the latest developments in the inquiry it was probably an attack Otto Schily Interior Minister Otto Schily said the latest information obtained by the German and Tunisian governments indicated that the blast on the resort island of Djerba had been planned. He said the explosion appeared to be a...
  • Tunisian synagogue bomb tied to al-Qaida

    04/23/2002 12:27:21 AM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian/UK ^ | 4/23/02 | John Hooper in Berlin and Giles Tremlett in Madrid
    The German government said yesterday it was certain that terrorists were responsible for the blast in Tunisia earlier this month that killed 17 people, most of them German tourists. There is persuasive evidence that the explosion, originally described as an accident, was al-Qaida's first operation after the September 11 jetliner attacks on New York and Washington. Links between the key suspect in the Tunisia attack and an alleged member of the Hamburg cell at the heart of the September 11 conspiracy have been traced. Speaking after talks in Tunis with President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, the German interior minister, Otto...
  • Tunisia insists truck explosion an accident (yeah, right)

    04/14/2002 6:09:55 AM PDT · by Dallas · 5 replies · 8+ views
    TUNIS, April 14 (Reuters) - The Tunisian government said on Sunday it had no new information suggesting a truck explosion that killed at least 17 people outside a synagogue on the southern resort isle of Djerba was a deliberate suicide attack. The government was reacting to remarks made by German Interior Minister Otto Schily on Saturday. He said that based on the latest information both German and Tunisian governments had obtained, it appeared that Thursday's blast had been planned. A total of three Germans died overnight of their injuries, raising the death toll from the explosion of a tanker filled...
  • BREAKING:Suspected Terrorist Attack on Jewish Shrine, 5 Dead

    04/11/2002 5:01:11 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 34 replies · 237+ views
    DEBKA ^ | 13:00GMT April 11 2002
    In Tunisian Island of Djerba, Five Killed, 20 Injured When Truck Blows up Near Ancient Synagogue Suspected Terrorist Attack on Jewish Shrine.
  • Tunisia says synagogue blast was accident

    04/12/2002 5:07:23 AM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 140+ views
    Reuters | 4/12/02 | Lamine Ghanmi
    TUNIS, April 12 (Reuters) - Tunisia sought on Friday to deflect suspicions that a blast which killed at least seven people outside North Africa's oldest synagogue site might have been a suicide attack. The country's eight daily newspapers all reinforced the official line that the blast was an accident and not linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A Tunisian tour guide died overnight of injuries sustained in the blast, a tourism official said, taking the confirmed death toll to seven. Four German tourists, a policeman and the driver of the tanker, which was filled with cooking gas, died when the truck...
  • Pakistani among 5 held in Spain suspected of Tunisian synagogue attack

    03/08/2003 10:57:58 AM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 206+ views
    The Times of India ^ | March 08 2003 | PTI
    MADRID: A Pakistani is among five men arrested in Spain on suspicion of involvement in the suicide attack on a synagogue on the Tunisian resort island of Djerba in which 21 people died, investigators said today. The other four being held were described as Spanish nationals. Reports immediately after their arrest in Valencia, in southwest of the country, on Friday had described them as of Tunisian origin, while the nationality of the other suspect, detained in the northern town of Logrono, had not been given. All five were due to be transferred to Madrid to appear before the Audiencia National,...
  • Synagogue blast may mark Al Qaida's return - Germany

    04/18/2002 6:24:57 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 17 replies · 102+ views
    IE Breaking ^ | 18/04/2002 - 1:00:24 pm GMT
    Germany has for the first time raised the possibility that a truck bombing at a Tunisian synagogue that killed 16 people was an al-Qaida terrorist attack. If confirmed, the blast on Djerba island would be the first terror attack by Osama bin Laden’s terror network since September 11. ‘‘We are considering all possibilities, but those that we must consider include al-Qaida structures,’’ Interior Minister Otto Schily said. Schily said he will travel to Tunisia this weekend to meet investigators and President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, possibly on Monday. The number of dead in the attack rose to 16 today with...
  • French Arrest Two Men in Sept. 11 Probe

    06/05/2003 5:03:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 104+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 05, 2003 at 16:57:10 PDT | PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD -- AP
    PARIS (AP) - French authorities investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States have arrested two men - a Moroccan and a German believed to be a top al-Qaida recruiter - in the last two days at the Paris airport, judicial officials said Thursday. The officials said they believe there's a link between the two suspects. On Sunday, Karim Mehdi, a 34-year-old Moroccan, was taken into custody at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, the officials said on condition of anonymity. He had arrived from Germany and planned to leave to the French island of La Reunion...
  • Al-Qaeda claims attack on Tunisia synagogue: paper

    04/15/2002 2:51:55 PM PDT · by Maedhros · 30 replies · 216+ views
    Suspected terror mastermind Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network claimed responsibility for the blast near a synagogue which killed 15 including ten German tourists last week in Tunisia, the Al-Qods Al-Arabi newspaper said.The London-based Arab daily, which did not say how it obtained the claim, said "the Al-Qaeda netowrk of Sheikh Osama bin Laden claims the operation against the Djerba synagogue.""This suicide operation is a response to the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip," said a document, which the newspaper claimed was a genuine Al-Qaeda statement.The statement said Tunisian Nizar bin Mohammed Nawar, aka...
  • Germany raises al-Qaida suspicion in Tunisia blast; 16th victim dies in German hospital

    04/18/2002 4:39:13 AM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 5+ views
    AP | 4/18/02 | COLLEEN BARRY
    BERLIN, Apr 18, 2002 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- Germany has for the first time raised the possibility that a truck bombing at a Tunisian synagogue that killed 16 people was an al-Qaida terrorist attack. If verified, the blast would be the first terror attack by Osama bin Laden's terror network since Sept. 11. "We are considering all possibilities, but those that we must consider include al-Qaida structures," Interior Minister Otto Schily said on ARD television Wednesday. Schily said he intends to travel to Tunisia this weekend to meet with investigators and President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, possibly on...
  • Germans arrest Tunisia synagogue bomber's alleged contact

    04/16/2002 2:33:38 AM PDT · by kattracks · 15 replies
    EFE | 4/16/02
    Berlin, Apr 16, 2002 (EFE via COMTEX) -- German security services on Tuesday arrested an alleged Al Qaeda terrorist suspected of involvement in last week's bomb attack on a historic Tunisian synagogue in which ten German tourists were among the 16 people killed. The Federal Criminal Investigation Department (BKA) said they had taken into custody in the central city of Duisberg a person they believe had been in contact with the driver of the truck loaded with natural gas canisters that crashed into the synagogue. Tunisian authorities had said they believed the blast on the island of Djerba was...
  • Tunisia Museum Standoff Ends; Death Toll Climbs to 21

    03/18/2015 9:35:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Voice of America ^ | March 18, 2015
    Tunisia's prime minister says 19 people, including tourists, were killed Wednesday when gunmen targeted visitors to the country's Bardo Museum. Two of the gunmen were also killed when security forces moved in to end the standoff. Among the dead are 17 tourists from Poland, Italy, Germany and Spain. Two members of the security forces were also killed during the operation, Prime Minster Habib Essid said during a press conference. At least 24 others were injured in the attack near parliament.
  • Tunis museum attack: 19 people killed after hostage drama at tourist site

    03/18/2015 8:34:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 80 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 3-18-2015 | UKG
    At least 19 people have been killed in Tunisia after two gunmen stormed the Bardo national museum – one of the country’s leading tourist attractions in the capital, Tunis – sparking a three-hour hostage siege. Tunisia’s prime minister, Habib Essid, said on Wednesday afternoon that 17 of the dead were foreigners – from Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland – calling the attack a cowardly assault targeting the economy. Three hours after the attack started at about midday local time (11am GMT), an interior ministry spokesman said two gunmen had been killed, as well as one security officer, and that all...
  • Militants kill 8 in attack on major Tunisian museum, take hostages, interior ministry says

    03/18/2015 7:10:55 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 20 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 18, 2015
    Militants shot and killed at least eight people at a leading museum in Tunisia Wednesday and have taken several more hostage, the county’s interior ministry said. Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said on Radio Mosaique that only one of the dead in Wednesday's attack was a Tunisian. He did not provide nationalities for the others. Poland's Foreign Ministry announced that three Poles were among the wounded. Security forces filled the area around the National Bardo Museum in Tunis after the attack. Tunisia's parliament building, near the museum, was being evacuated, according to a tweet by parliament member Sayida Ounissi....
  • Coptic Christians another group for ISIS to kill and Obama to ignore

    02/21/2015 10:45:40 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/21/15 | Ed Wood
    ISIS has released a videotape of the public beheading of twenty-one Coptic Christians somewhere along the coast of Libya. I hate to admit it, but I didn’t even know what a Coptic Christian was. So I looked it up. “Coptic” means “Egyptian” and Christians living in Egypt identify themselves as Coptic Christians. Pretty simple. Copts were organized between A.D. 42 – A.D. 62 and consider John Mark, the author of the Gospel of Mark, to be their founder. Over the years, Egypt fell under the colonial rule of Italy which demanded loyalty to Roman rulers. The Copts refused to show...
  • ISIS militants seize university in Libya’s Sirte

    02/19/2015 7:16:41 PM PST · by Viennacon · 12 replies
    Al Arabia News ^ | 2/19/2015 | Staff Writer
    Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized a university in the Libyan city of Sirte, a faculty member and residents said, days after a video showed them staging a convoy parade. Islamist militants have made inroads into parts of the North African oil-producing country, exploiting a power vacuum created by a violent struggle for control between two competing governments. Also read: Exclusive: ISIS chief Baghdadi in new pictures The incident came after the coalition of Islamist militias in control of the capital Tripoli known as Fajr Libya (Dawn of Libya) said they were sending armed units...
  • Ansar al Sharia Libya leader met with Osama bin Laden, followed his 'methodology'

    02/12/2015 11:09:32 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 11, 2015 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Harith al Nadhari recorded an audio eulogy for Mohammed al Zahawi, the leader of Ansar al Sharia Libya, shortly before his own death. Shortly before his own death in a US airstrike on Jan. 31, Harith al Nadhari, a senior sharia official in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), recorded an audio eulogy for another slain jihadist, Mohammed al Zahawi. Ansar al Sharia Libya confirmed earlier in the month that Zahawi, the group's leader, had died of wounds he suffered while fighting in Benghazi. And Nadhari wanted to make it clear that al Qaeda considered Zahawi to be...
  • Archaeologists excavate Roman and Punic city in Tunisia [forum, child sacrifice precinct]

    02/01/2015 9:58:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Friday, January 30, 2015 | http://ifrglobal.org/images/2015/Syllabus/Syllabus-TunisiaZita2015-Final.pdf
    The site of Zita contains remains of a Roman forum and a Punic child sacrifice precinct. During the summer of 2015, a team of archaeologists and other specialists and students will be exploring a large mound that contains the remains of an ancient city that once commanded the highest point on a peninsula that juts out from the southern coast of Tunisia into the Mediterranean. Visible from the island of Djerba, which was anciently known as Calypso of the Lotus Eaters in Homer's The Odyssey, the mound features the remains from a Roman bathhouse, ceramic kilns, evidence of metallurgy, and...
  • Egypt's President Al Sisi calls for "religious revolution" in Islam

    01/03/2015 5:54:07 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | James Lewis
    In a major positive development, Egypt's President Al Sisi has made an impassioned plea for a "religious revolution" in Islam. Speaking at Al Azhar University in Cairo, Sisi spoke directly to the religious establishment of Egypt: Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world's inhabitants – that is 7 billion – so that they themselves may live? Impossible! I am saying these words here at Al Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulema – Allah Almighty be witness to your truth on Judgment Day concerning that which I'm talking about...
  • Egypt's Sisi: Islamic "Thinking" Is "Antagonizing the Entire World" by Raymond Ibrahim

    01/02/2015 2:10:00 PM PST · by yoe · 24 replies
    MEF ^ | January 1, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Speaking before Al-Azhar and the Awqaf Ministry on New Year's Day, 2015, in connection to Prophet Muhammad's upcoming birthday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a vocal supporter for a renewed vision of Islam, made what must be his most forceful and impassioned plea to date on the subject. Among other things, Sisi said that the "corpus of [Islamic] texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years" are "antagonizing the entire world"; that it is not "possible that 1.6 billion people [reference to the world's Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world's inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so...
  • Ah. ha! Geneologists discover that John Kerry is a descendant of Mohammed

    10/01/2004 6:55:16 AM PDT · by Jacksonville Patriot · 51 replies · 1,433+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2004 | John McCaslin
    Walking U.N. Perhaps Sen. John Kerry does have an advantage after all over President Bush in understanding the complex political issues of the Middle East. New research by Burke's Peerage reveals that Mr. Kerry is the only presidential candidate in U.S. history who has genealogical descent from Muslims, Jews and Christians. "Senator Kerry ... is a virtual walking United Nations," says Harold Brooks-Baker, publishing director of Burke's. Mr. Kerry is kinsman of the Shi'ite shahs of Persia (the most famous was Shah Abbas I, who reigned from 1587 to 1629), as well as the Muslim kings of Tunisia, all of...
  • The Islamic State Widens its Bridgehead in North Africa

    12/03/2014 11:33:17 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 3, 2014 | Ari Lieberman
    The Islamic State Widens its Bridgehead in North AfricaPosted By Ari Lieberman On December 3, 2014 @ 12:05 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments As ISIS continues its brutal occupation of large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, effectively blurring the border between those two pseudo nations, a new, if not more menacing threat is emerging in North Africa where the Islamic State is looking to plant its cancerous roots.In Egypt, the Sinai based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an Islamist organization responsible for dozens of terror attacks throughout the country announced on its Twitter account that it had...
  • Obama releases Gitmo detainees, setting up fight with GOP

    11/21/2014 9:32:15 AM PST · by don-o · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 14, 2014 | Charles Hoskinson
    President Obama has opened a new front in his hard line against the incoming Republican Congress by releasing more detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, against lawmakers' objections. The Pentagon announced Thursday that four al Qaeda fighters from Yemen, including a senior figure who facilitated travel to Afghanistan for Arab extremists, and a Tunisian extremist would be transferred to Slovakia and Georgia. The transfers leave 143 detainees at Guantanamo, which Obama has vowed to close. Republican lawmakers, who have been pressing the administration to stop releasing detainees amid reports that some former prisoners had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 27 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • A Democratic Waterloo

    11/06/2014 3:56:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Duke of Wellington said of his close-run victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo that the French "came on in the same old way, and we sent them back in the same old way." Something like that happened to the Democrats in Tuesday's midterm elections, as they lost the Senate, a few more seats in the House and additional governorships. They came on with the same old strategy, but this time they went down with it. Obama and the Democrats chose not to defend the administration's record of the last six years. On foreign policy, no Democratic chorus...
  • ISIL captued and tortured Kurdish children in Kobane, rights group says

    11/04/2014 11:25:03 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 9 replies
    Al Jazeero ^ | 11/4/2013
    ISIL fighters in Syria forced children as young as 14 to watch videos of beheadings and beat them with cables during six months of captivity, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in late May abducted more than 150 Kurdish boys from the town of Kobane, now a focal point of ISIL’s offensive aimed at consolidating its presence in northern Syria. The children had been returning home after taking school exams in the city of Aleppo. ISIL subsequently freed all the captives, the last 25 being released on Oct. 29. ISIL has...
  • Arab League warns of Jerusalem ‘red line’

    11/03/2014 2:38:16 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    The Times of Isael ^ | 11/03/2014 | AFP
    CAIRO — The Arab League warned Sunday that Israel has reached a “red line” after fresh clashes in Jerusalem, urging international pressure to stop what it branded “violations” in the holy city. Clashes around the flashpoint Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa Mosque compound — the third holiest site in Islam and Judaism’s holiest — prompted Israel on Thursday to close the site for a day. The Temple Mount and adjacent neighborhoods have seen months of violence, with the mosque compound a rallying point for Palestinian resistance to perceived Jewish attempts to take control of it...
  • Al Qaeda's widening North African jihad confounds foes

    08/10/2013 11:18:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 9, 2013 10:47am EDT | By Lamine Chikhi and Myra MacDonald ALGIERS/LONDON
    (Reuters) - Inquiries into the bloody assault on an Algerian gas plant are uncovering increasing evidence of contacts between the assailants and the jihadis involved in killing the U.S. ambassador to Libya nearly a year ago.The extent of the contacts between the militants is still unclear and nobody is sure there was a direct link between the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the carnage at In Amenas, where 39 foreign hostages were killed in January.But the findings, according to three sources with separate knowledge of U.S. investigations, shed some light on the connections between Al Qaeda affiliates...
  • Arab Spring Down: Islamists Lose in Tunisia

    10/28/2014 7:17:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 27, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield,
    counterrevolutions against Islamist rule in Egypt and Tunisia. The Muslim Brotherhood fell hard and fast in Egypt. In Tunisia it’s been more of a slow drawn out fight ... now the Arab Spring wellspring has fallen. A few days ago the New York Times was predicting that the Islamist Ennahda party would rebound and portraying them as the victims. So much for that. ... Ennahda isn’t as done as the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, it could still climb back, but this is a severe blow to the political Islamists and their Western backers who hoped to propel them to power through...
  • Preliminary Count Shows Secular Party Leading in Tunisian Parliamentary Vote

    10/27/2014 6:27:09 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/27/2014
    TUNIS — The secular party Nidaa Tounes has won the largest number of seats in Tunisia’s parliamentary election, defeating its main rival, the Islamist party Ennahda, according to an independent count of results across the country. Nidaa Tounes has won 83 seats with roughly 38 percent of the popular vote, to Ennahda’s 68 seats, representing about 31 percent of the vote, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported after tabulating its own count of 214 of the 217 parliamentary seats. Officials from the both parties said that although premature, the count matched their information.
  • High turnout in Tunisia vote defies forecasts

    10/26/2014 8:57:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | October 26, 2014 | Ahmed El Amraoui
    Millions take part in elections to new parliament even as cradle of Arab Spring remains divided over post-2011 path... Sunday’s general election is the first under the North African country's new constitution and the second since the 2011 uprising that overthrew the regime of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. Turnout defied most opinion polls, which had projected a decline in popular participation in the election of a 217-member legislature with a five-year term... One of the places where turnout was perceptibly high in Oued Ellil, on the outskirts of the capital Tunis, where a siege and gun battle left five...
  • The Blood on Obama’s Hands

    10/21/2014 5:10:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 21, 2014 | David Horowitz
    Reprinted from RedState.com. When conservatives consider the casualties of Obama’s national security policies, their attention is drawn quite naturally to Benghazi. In this shameful episode, the Obama Administration sacrificed an ambassador and three American heroes to protect a deceptive presidential campaign message in which Obama claimed that the war against al-Qaeda was over and won (“Osama bin Laden is dead, and al-Qaeda is on the run”). The facts are these: Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American heroes were sent into an al-Qaeda stomping ground that the British and other diplomatic consulates had already evacuated; they were denied the security they...
  • Obama Is Helping Iran (Obama's handling of ME is playing into the hands of Iran gov )

    02/26/2011 12:50:13 PM PST · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Feb 23, 2011 | FLYNT AND HILLARY MANN LEVERETT
    On Obama's watch, the regional balance of influence and power has shifted even further away from the United States and toward Iran and its allies. The Islamic Republic has continued to deepen its alliances with Syria and Turkey and expand its influence in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine. And, now, the Obama administration stands by helplessly as new openings for Tehran to reset the regional balance in its favor emerge in Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and perhaps elsewhere. If these "pro-American" Arab political orders currently being challenged or upended by significant protest movements become at all more representative of their populations,...
  • Activist who urged killing Israelis nominated for top EU award

    09/29/2014 3:34:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 28, 2014, 6:11 pm | Elhanan Miller
    A group of over 50 European Parliament members has nominated a controversial Egyptian activist for the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, despite his having advocated the assassination of Israelis and political leaders in Egypt and called for an end to the State of Israel. Alaa Abdel Fattah, 32, an Egyptian blogger and political activist, has been arrested numerous times by Egyptian authorities since the eruption of a popular revolution in the country in early 2011. Abdel Fattah, who boasts 626,000 followers on Twitter and 156,000 on Facebook, was released on bail September 15 after being charged with organizing...
  • CURL: Obama’s breathtaking naivete at the United Nations

    09/24/2014 3:22:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 24, 2014 | Joe Curl
    President Obama on Wednesday delivered a speech at the United Nations filled with his usual soaring rhetoric of global collectivism and the importance of “international norms.” But the president also displayed a shocking naivete about global affairs, religion, Islam — a Pollyannaish interpretation on the state of the world and America’s role in it. Although Mr. Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize just eight months into office, the president made his annual trip to the ineffectual world council to deliver a call to war. “Ladies and gentlemen, we come together at a crossroads between war and peace, between disorder and...
  • Yale to Host Radical Terror Sheikh Who Advocated Killing of U.S. Soldiers

    09/26/2014 9:27:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 26, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    A radical Tunisian sheik who has called for the murder of U.S. troops abroad and was banned from the United States for supporting the terror group Hamas is scheduled to headline an event on Tuesday at Yale University focusing ... Sheikh Rachid al-Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s controversial Islamist Ennahda Movement. ... Al-Ghannouchi’s upcoming appearance at the Ivy League school could become controversial given the sheik’s longtime support for radical terror groups and his past calls for Muslims to wage “unceasing war against the Americans.” ... he praised Palestinian terrorism as “wonderful” and said that he admires rockets fired at...
  • 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...
  • Spectacularly Wrong

    08/10/2014 6:35:59 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/10/14 | Alan Caruba
    Obama's Cairo Speach: A self-deluded fool gave it, a man determined to avoid confronting the enemies of mankind until an Islamic-inspired genocide required it “A greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: assalaamu alaykum” The speaker had what one might imagine, given his background, a better insight into Islam, Muslims, and the Middle East than others who had preceded him. He said he was seeking “a new beginning” that was “based on mutual interests and mutual respect” because his nation and those in the Middle East shared “common principles—principles of justice and progress, tolerance and dignity of all...
  • Militants attack Tunisian army base, kill one soldier

    08/03/2014 5:21:30 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | 8-3-2014
    A Tunisian soldier was killed after militants tried to storm an army base early on Sunday in the town of Sbitla near the Algerian border, the Tunisian government said on Sunday. Militant assaults on the Tunisian army have become more frequent in recent months. Since April, thousands of troops have been deployed to the mountainous Chaambi region on the border with Algeria where fighters fleeing a French military intervention in Mali last year have taken refuge. At least 15 soldiers have been killed in attacks on military checkpoints in the area.
  • Video: Huge Lake Suddenly Appears in Middle of Desert

    08/02/2014 6:08:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 02, 2014
    'Some say that it is a miracle, while others are calling it a curse': Tunisian journalistTunisians are enjoying escaping the heat of summer by swimming in the mystery lake. (Pic @ Instagram) Nobody knows how, when or why… yet. The fact is, a lake has mysteriously appeared suddenly in the middle of Tunisian desert. No scientific explanation has been forthcoming as yet for for ‘Gafsa Beach’, discovered by shepherds three weeks ago. Authorities have issued a warning, according to a report in the Independent, that the water, which started off a crystalline blue and has since turned a murky green...
  • US shutters embassy in Libya, evacuates staff to Tunisia as security deteriorates in Tripoli

    07/26/2014 7:05:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/26/2014
    The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said. "Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya," spokeswoman Marie Harf said. The withdrawal underscored the Obama administration's concern about the heightened risk to American diplomats abroad, particularly in Libya where memories of the deadly 2012...
  • Terror plot targeting Eiffel Tower, Louvre foiled, French police say

    07/10/2014 8:15:46 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/9/14 | Fox News
    French authorities say they foiled an Islamic terrorist plot reportedly targeting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a nuclear power plant last year. The revelation comes as the country unveiled new anti-terror rules which included a proposal to ban terror suspects from leaving the country if it is thought they intend to fight abroad, The Telegraph reported. French authorities revealed they arrested a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in southern France June 2013, after they found coded messages between him and a high-ranking Al Qaeda member discussing how “to conduct jihad in the place you are currently,” according to Le Parisien....
  • The Economist names the only democracy in the Middle East, and it isn’t Israel

    07/08/2014 11:44:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2014 | Noah Rothman
    With the rise of Islamist organizations, repressive regimes, and civil conflicts which threaten regional stability, the promise of the Arab Spring of 2011 quickly devolved into an Arab winter. In an expansive article in The Economist, the threat to the Middle East is discussed in appropriately grave terms; Syria and Iraq are in flames while Jordan looms as the next domino to potentially fall. Libya and Yemen, where Islamic terror networks operate with impunity, are labeled “failed states.” Those Middle Eastern nations that are not in danger of imminent collapse are either absolute monarchies or counties which merely maintain...
  • New 9/11 records offer tantalizing puzzle pieces

    07/06/2014 5:34:22 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 5, 2014 | Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
    An ongoing lawsuit has pried loose new records linked to a family of Sarasota Saudis who left home in a hurry just before 9/11. It was Halloween night, 2001. The horrors of 9/11 were still fresh on the the minds of Americans. At a time when everyone was on edge, the sight of a man disposing documents in a dumpster behind a Bradenton storage facility aroused suspicion. Summoned to the scene, Manatee County sheriff’s deputies confronted the man, who had a Tunisian passport. According to FBI records, authorities searched the dumpster and found “a self-printed manual on terrorism and Jihad,...