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  • Turkish Forces Clash with Kurds; 70,000 Refugees Wash across Border

    09/21/2014 9:14:08 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 14 hours ago | RUDAW
    Pictured: Refugees arriving at Turkish border. ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish security forces fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of Kurds gathered in solidarity for a third day on the Turkish side of a border crossing with Syria on Sunday, as some 70,000 Syrian Kurds were reported to have fled across the border in just two days to escape Islamic State (IS) militants. Refugees who had waited days for permission to cross the border to safety complained of suffering, disease and death. “We have been here for four days without water and food,” said Fidan Mohammad, one of...
  • Reuters Exclusive: Iraq Tells U.N. that 'Terrorist Groups' Seized Nuclear Materials

    07/09/2014 6:18:37 PM PDT · by kristinn · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | Michelle Nichols (with Mark Hosenball)
    Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad." Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state," Alhakim wrote, adding...
  • French Warplanes Kill 75 IS Militants Near Mosul

    09/20/2014 5:53:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 20.09.2014 | Mewan Dolamari
    French military planes have killed a large number of Islamic State (IS) insurgents west of Mosul. An intelligence source near Mosul told Iraqi local media that on Saturday, 75 IS militants were killed in an attack by the French warplanes. The source said that French planes have been shelling IS air defense bases. According to the source, IS insurgents have started to transfer their military bases to protect themselves from US and French air strikes. On Friday, French military planes launched their first air strikes against IS militants in Mosul. This followed orders from French President Fracios Hollandes for his...
  • France Joining International Airstrike Effort Against Islamic State

    09/12/2014 7:28:57 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    AP via Epoch Times ^ | September 12, 2014
    BAGHDADFrance will join the U.S.-led airstrikes targeting extremists in Iraq as part of an expanding international effort to combat the Islamic State group, Iraqs new prime minister said after talks with the French president on Friday. Haider al-Abadis remarks came after talks with Francois Hollande, who was in Baghdad to bolster Iraqs new government as it struggles to unite the nation amid the rampage by the Islamic State group. In order to confront Daesh, we need aerial support from our allies, al-Abadi said, referring to the group by its Arabic acronym. The French president promised me today that France will...
  • Isis Action: French Rafale Fighter Jets Fly over Iraq as Anti-Islamic State Paris Summit Begins

    09/15/2014 8:09:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    IBT/Yahoo ^ | 2 hours 11 minutes ago | Umberto Bacchi
    France fighter jets have flown over Iraq in a reconnaissance mission against Isis jihadists, as in Paris President Francois Hollande hosted an International summit to agree a common strategy to fight the Islamist militants. Two Rafale jets and a refuelling aircraft took off from an airbase in the United Arab Emirates to gather intelligence in support of US air strikes targeting the group now known as Islamic State (IS). "We told the Iraqis we were available and asked them for authorisation [to fly over Iraq]," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio. "The cost of inaction would be to...
  • France says its jets launch first air strikes in Iraq

    09/19/2014 2:48:49 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Friday its jets had launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time since the country promised to join military action against Islamic State insurgents who have taken over parts of the country. "This morning at 9:40 (0740 GMT) our Rafale jets launched a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorists," said a statement from President Francois Hollande's office on Friday shortly after the raids.
  • France Has Begun Bombing ISIS In Iraq

    09/19/2014 5:11:54 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    BI ^ | 9-19-2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Brett LoGiuratoSeptember 19, 2014France's military conducted its first airstrike in Iraq, becoming the first foreign country in addition to the US to strike the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) in the country. French President Francois Hollande said in a statement the strike, which was conducted around 9:40 a.m. local time Friday, destroyed a logistics depot held by ISIS in northeastern Iraq. He promised more operations would continue "in the coming days." Rafale fighter jets "conducted a first strike against a supply depot terrorist organization Daech in north-eastern Iraq. The goal was reached and destroyed,"...
  • France launches air strikes in Iraq

    09/20/2014 6:00:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The News ^ | 09/20/2014
    BAGHDAD: France carried out its first air strike against the Islamic State group in Iraq on Friday, boosting US-led efforts to unite the world against the growing threat posed by the Jihadists. More than a decade after Paris famously refused to back the invasion of Iraq, France became the first nation to join the US campaign of air strikes in the war-torn country. This morning at 9:40, our Rafale planes carried out a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorist organisation (IS), President Francois Hollande said. His office said the target was in northeastern Iraq, without specifying exactly...
  • Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United

    09/21/2014 2:44:41 PM PDT · by McGruff · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 20, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.
  • Ambassador Power touts international support against Islamic State but won't name countries...

    09/21/2014 11:36:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 21, 2014
    Full title: Ambassador Power touts international support against Islamic State but won't name countries, commitmentsThe U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that the American-led effort to destroy the terror group Islamic State has support from more than 40 countries, but declined to name them or the extent of their support. Its up to the individual country, Ambassador Samantha Power told ABCs This Week. France last week joined the United States in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, and Saudi Arabia has offered to help train moderate anti-Islamic State group fighters. However, what remains unclear is whether Turkey...
  • Millennia-old sunken ship could be worlds oldest, researchers suggest

    09/21/2014 11:49:55 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Hrriyet Daily News ^ | Friday, September 5 2014 | Anadolu Agency
    Underwater excavations led by Ankara University’s Research Center for Maritime Archaeology (ANKÜSAM) have uncovered sunken ships ranging from the second century B.C. to the Ottoman period in İzmir’s Urla district. A recent excavation uncovered a ship estimated to date back 4,000 years, which experts say would make it the oldest sunken ship to have been discovered in the Mediterranean. Urla Port is one of Turkey’s rare underwater excavation sites. Professor Hayat Erkanal, the head of Limantepe excavations for the underwater ancient city of Klozemenai and director of ANKÜSAM, said the port dates back to the seventh century B.C. Klozemenai, he...
  • Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania form joint military unit

    09/20/2014 3:15:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 19 September 2014 | bbc
    Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania have agreed to set up joint military unit of several thousand soldiers. Defence ministers from the three countries signed the deal on Friday. Poland's defence ministry said the brigade would be based in the eastern Polish city of Lublin but the soldiers would remain in their home countries. Poland and Lithuania are eager to bolster defences following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula earlier this year.
  • Kurdish fighters from Turkey join battle to save Syrian Kurdish town from ISIS

    09/20/2014 1:31:34 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-20-2014 | Laura Smith-Spark, Salma Abdelaziz and Yousuf Basil, CNN
    (CNN) -- Hundreds of Kurdish fighters from Turkey have arrived in the Syrian Kurdish town of Ayn al-Arab to join a Kurdish militia group battling to hold off ISIS forces, activists said Saturday. Clashes continue in the area between the militia, called the People's Protection Unit (YPG,) and the ISIS fighters, according the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The latest ISIS advance in Syria has brought a swath of the country's north-central Kurdish region under siege, with Kurdish leaders warning of another humanitarian crisis without international intervention. The Syrian Kurdish town of Ayn al-Arab, or Kobani as it is...
  • Dual Threat Has Mainstream Syrian Rebels Fearing Demise Facing Both ISIS Militants and Assad

    08/16/2014 3:42:02 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    NYT ^ | 15 Aug 14 | Anne Barnard
    BEIRUT, Lebanon Far from being depleted by its recent sweep into Iraq, the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is pressing deeper into Syria, regaining territory it had lost to the mainstream Syrian insurgents just as the Syrian Army has come within five miles of encircling the insurgent-held section of Aleppo, Syrias largest city. The dual advance is on the verge of dealing a potentially fatal blow to the mainstream insurgents, leaving them besieged in the city while ISIS, a group deemed too extreme even by Al Qaeda, faces the Syrian government across a crucial front line at...
  • Cowardly Congress Authorizes Obama to Pay Others to Fight

    09/19/2014 5:24:10 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 33 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/19/14 | Steve Berman
    Yesterday, the Senate approved a bill to arm and train Syrian rebels, who fight against Bashar Assad, so they can eliminate ISIS, which possesses hundreds of millions of dollars, and no shortage of fighters willing to die for them. I fail to see the wisdom in this action, or what good can come of this. It appears cowardly, and even immoral to pay others to fight for you. The New York Timespenned almost 1,800 words describing and analyzing this vote, and even got the tally wrong in the original version. Correction: September 18, 2014 An earlier version of this article...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga free some Christian villages occupied by jihadists

    09/17/2014 1:36:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Asia News ^ | September 17, 2014
    US air raids fundamental. The Islamist militants mined many houses before fleeing. Syriac Christians return to the city of Alqosh, liberated days ago, and celebrate the feast of the patron saint. Erbil (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least seven Christian villages in northern Iraq have been freed after a series of clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga and Islamic State jihadists.The seven villages are located west of Erbil, on the Nineveh plain. The Kurdish military commanders emphasize the fundamental contribution of the air raids carried out by the United States and report that the jihadists mined many houses before fleeing. Since early...
  • Turkey, Azerbaijan break ground for Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline

    09/20/2014 11:43:41 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Turkey's energy minister has declared a gas pipeline a "peace corridor" linking the Caucasus with the Balkans. "We open the project as a peace corridor that is the result of 15 years hard work by Turkey and Azerbaijan. Through the South Caucasus pipeline and its backbone, the Trans-Anatolia pipeline, we connect the Caucasus with the Balkans. I wish every country could understand the true value of these projects and contribute with us," Taner Yıldız said while speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the South Caucasus pipeline in Baku on Sept. 20. The minister said energy security "ranks as one of...
  • 45,000 Syrians fleeing ISIS flood into Turkey

    09/20/2014 8:17:58 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    AFP via The Gulf Today ^ | September 20, 2014
    ANKARA: Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey on Saturday, fleeing an onslaught by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, as Kurdish and opposition officials called for international help. The massive influx came as 49 Turks kidnapped by ISIS jihadists in Iraq in June were freed and returned to Turkey for emotional reunions with their families. On Saturday, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said at least 45,000 Syrian Kurds had crossed into the country. "As of now, 45,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border and entered the Turkish soil from eight entrance points," he said....
  • IS Militants Release 49 Turkish Hostages

    09/20/2014 5:58:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 09/20/2014 | Dorian Jones
    ISTANBUL Dozens of Turkish hostages being held by the radical Islamic State group have been released. The hostages arrived in Turkey in the early hours of Saturday, local time, after being held for 101 days. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in a written statement that 49 Turkish hostages held by Islamic State had been released through the efforts of Turkeys intelligence agency. The Turkish Foreign Ministry says all the hostages are in good condition. The hostages are Turkish diplomats and their families, including women and young children, who were taken in June when Islamic State militants overran Mosul, Iraqs...
  • Who Is The English Speaker In ISIS Video 'Flames of War'?

    09/19/2014 11:38:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | September 19, 2014 | Mariano Castillo and Brian Todd
    Who Is The English Speaker In ISIS Video 'Flames of War'? By Mariano Castillo and Brian Todd September 19, 2014 ISIS has released a propaganda video aimed at English speakers U.S. intelligence is investigating one jihadist on the video who speaks perfect English The militant has what appears to be a North American accent It is not known whether he is from the West, or spent some time there (CNN) -- It's a slick production with a nefarious goal: A 55-minute video released by ISIS, praising its victories and warning the United States from getting in the way of its...
  • Kurdish President Urges World to Help Syrian Kurds against IS Attacks [FSA "on the way"]

    09/19/2014 11:05:13 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 13 hours ago | RUDAW
    Barzani warned that inaction would lead to terrible consequences and he called on the international community to prevent another humanitarian crisis. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani called on Kurdish parties and the international community today to assist the people of Kobane against the Islamic State (IS) attacks on the town. “We appeal to all Kurdish forces to put aside their differences and unite to defend the dignity, the land and the lives of the citizens of Kobane,” Barzani said in a statement. “The defense of the land and the people of Kurdistan is the...
  • [Iraqi] Peshmerga Ready to Support Syrian Kurds Will Head to Kobani [Syria]

    09/20/2014 1:06:05 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 20.09.2014 | Hawar Abdulrazaq
    Kurds from Kobani fleeing the city and head to Turkish border News / Kurdistan Peshmerga Ready to Support Syrian Kurds Will Head to Kobani 20.09.2014 Hawar AbdulrazaqBasNews, Erbil Kurdish Peshmerga forces have announced that they are ready to help their brethren across Syria, who have faced fierce attacks from Islamic State (IS) militants in recent days. In a statement, the Kurdistan Regional Government Peshmerga Ministry has said that they are willing to help their brothers in Kobani. Thousands of Syrian Kurds have fled Kobani in recent days, after IS insurgents captured a number of Kurdish villages close...
  • Panetta: U.S. In Syria Too Late, Left Iraq Too Soon [American Blood Sacrificed In Vain: Impeach!]

    09/19/2014 11:54:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    CBS60 Minutes ^ | September 19, 2014 | Scott Pelley 60 Minutes
    Panetta: U.S. In Syria Too Late, Left Iraq Too Soon ISIS seized a third of Iraq that the U.S. secured with ten years of sacrifice. In an interview for 60 Minutes, Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said ISIS flourished because the U.S. got involved in Syria too late and left Iraq too soon. On the 47th season premiere Sunday, "60 Minutes" will report from Iraq and Syria on ISIS -- what it is, what it wants, and how to defeat it. Pelley: Back when you watched the stars and stripes being lowered for the last time in Baghdad, were...
  • The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand Whats Driving the Islamic State

    09/19/2014 8:22:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep 18, 2014
    TheBlaze TV The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand Whats Driving the Islamic State Sep. 18, 2014 8:45pm Erica Ritz Glenn Beck broke down the history of the Middle East on his television program Thursday, focusing on a nearly 100-year-old agreement that he says is integral to understanding the motivations of the Islamic State: the Sykes-Picot Agreement. If you do not understand the Sykes-Picot Agreement, Beck said, you cannot fully understand the Islamic State, or why the Israelis and the Palestinians will never reach a two-state solution. Though many go back to 1948 and the creation of...
  • Netanyahus ISIS Moral Clarity

    09/19/2014 5:45:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Confronted with pure evil in the form of ISIS, President Barack Obama treats the jihadists as if they represented an isolated threat that can be dealt with on its own. ISIS (or ISIL as the U.S. government calls it, or the Islamic State as the jihadists now call themselves) has no relationship to Islam, according to the president and his Secretary of State John Kerry.
  • White House says training Syrian rebels to take months (Susan Rice)

    09/19/2014 7:18:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/18/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Training and equipping moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State extremists will take months, the White House warned Friday a day after Congress approved the plan. "We will move out as rapidly as can be done, in partnership with the countries that will host the training facilities," said Susan Rice, national security advisor to President Barack Obama. "This will be a process that takes months," she said, adding it will not "happen overnight." "This is a serious training program, and we are serious about vetting those that we will be training and equipping," Rice emphasized. "It is...
  • Masked man with AMERICAN accent appears in latest ISIS propaganda film 'Flames of War'

    09/19/2014 9:45:35 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Updated: 21:34 GMT, 19 September 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    The latest suspected ISIS propaganda film has been uploaded to YouTube and appears to feature a jihadist with an American accent. The 55-minute 'Flames of War' video was posted online today and bears hallmarks of previous Islamic State tapes including Hollywood-style effects and bloodthirsty, call-to-arms language. The clip bears the stamp of the al-Hayat Media Centre, ISIS' English-language propaganda arm. An ISIS jihadist spoke with an American accent on the Flames of War propaganda film which was uploaded to YouTube today. In the video, the masked extremist stands before Syrian soldiers, loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad who are digging their...
  • Iranian President Blasts ISIS But Says US No-Troops Strategy Is 'Ridiculous'

    09/18/2014 7:39:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/18/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke out against terror group ISIS in a recent interview, saying that the militants "want to kill humanity." He also harshly criticized American President Barack Obama's plan to fight ISIS with airstrikes but without any ground troops, calling it "ridiculous" and wondering whether Americans are not afraid to suffer casualties in the war. "They want to kill humanity," Rouhani told NBC News about ISIS, which has declared the creation of an 'Islamic State' in the territory of Iraq and Syria, but has been denounced by a number of Islamic countries. "And from the viewpoint of the...
  • Turkish hostages seized by ISIS in northern Iraq set free

    09/19/2014 10:13:47 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Reuters via Times of India ^ | Sep 20, 2014, 10.24 AM IST
    ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June have been brought safely back to Turkey by the country's intelligence agency.
  • Syrian Kurds, Arabs flee toward Turkey border as Islamic State advances

    09/19/2014 3:52:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/19/2014 | By Rebecca Collard
    Thousands of Syrian Kurds and Arabs pushed through the Turkish border Friday as they fled the Islamic States latest advance in Syria. By sundown, the militants had taken more than 60 villages in northern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Islamic States rapid tear through these villages in recent days, toward the city of Kobane on the Turkish border, prompted calls for international military support, and specifically from the United States, for the Syrian Kurdish fighters. We are in desperate need of the American strikes, said Redur Xelil, the spokesperson of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG),...
  • Nurse says she's tired of treating ISIL terrorists (Turkey)

    09/19/2014 3:44:48 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 11 replies
    Todays Zaman ^ | 9/17/2014 | Todays Zaman
    A nurse who works at a private hospital in Mersin, a city and province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, has told Turkish authorities and Parliament that she is sick and tired of treating members of the terrorist organization the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now calls itself the "Islamic State." The nurse, who was identified only by her initials, E.G., in a news story published by the Taraf daily on Wednesday, said of ISIL militants: We treat them, and they go on to decapitate people. I am sick of treating wounded ISIL militants. E.G. has...
  • Turkish government fines Kurdish channel for showing the Holocaust film The Pianist

    09/17/2014 9:28:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/17/14 | Robert Spencer
    In rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey, where Mein Kampf is a perennial bestseller, the truths about the Holocaust communicated by this magnificent and harrowing film must not be told. To tell them would be Islamophobic. Turkish Government Fines Kurdish Channel For Showing the Holocaust Film
  • Ottoman Caliphate of 1915-19 Exponentially Worse Than ISIS

    09/16/2014 11:19:28 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 20 replies
    PJ tattler ^ | September 15, 2014 | Andrew G. Bostom
    Last night, my brief sound bite during a Sean Hannity panel alluded to the timeless Koranic injunction to wage jihad war against Jews and Christians, specifically, Koran 9:29, for the purpose of forcibly imposing a Sharia-based Islamic order upon them. This reference was followed by a graphic, modern historical manifestation of this eternal Islamic imperative: the 1915-19 jihad genocide of the Armenian, Assyro-Chaldean, and Syrian Orthodox Christian communities of Anatolia, and northern Mesopotamia, i.e., modern Iraq, by the last Caliphate the Ottoman Caliphate. Notwithstanding the recent horrific spate of atrocities committed against the Christian communities of northern Iraq by...
  • Turkey to Welcome Seven Muslim Brotherhood Exiles from Qatar

    09/16/2014 7:33:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Ankara would welcome seven top Muslim Brotherhood (MB) figures who are being forced to leave Qatar after heavy pressure from Gulf countries. In a press meeting with journalists after returning from an official trip to the Arab country, Erdogan said the Islamist leaders can come to Turkey like any other foreign visitor, if they wish to do so. Turkey's ruling moderate Islamist AK Party backed the Muslim Brotherhood after Egypt's army ousted president Mohamed Morsi from office in July 2013. He added that none of the figures have yet contacted Turkish officials...
  • US Knew Turkey Aided Al Qaeda But Did Nothing to Stop It

    09/15/2014 6:34:46 PM PDT · by xzins · 25 replies
    Asbarez.com ^ | September 15th, 2014 | ARA KHACHATOURIAN
    When Armenian-Americans voiced their anger over Turkeys role in the incursion into Kessab last spring, US authorities merely expressed concern about the well-being of Armenians and Christian minorities. Despite the communitys insistence that Turkey was directly involved in allowing the al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra rebels to freely enter Kessab, the US State Department was reticent in fingering its NATO ally. Fast forward to today when the Obama Administration is leading a fragile coalition against the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria, an off shoot of Al Nusra known as ISIS, and Turkey is, once again, rejecting American access to its...
  • 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...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "5 Fingers"(1952)

    09/14/2014 11:21:08 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1952 | Joseph L Mankiewicz
  • Despite US pressure, Turkey fails to cut Islamic State oil revenue

    09/14/2014 10:02:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | September 14, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    The whole world rushes to condemn the Islamic State and yet, when it comes to doing something effective to stop it, suddenly it becomes more difficult. And the Obama administrations incoherence regarding the anti-Assad forces in Syria arbitrarily designating some jihadis as moderate and arming them to fight those with whom theyre actually collaborating is unlikely to inspire confidence, especially in so untrustworthy and self-serving an ally as Turkey.
  • The end of Turkey as an ally?

    09/14/2014 9:32:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 14, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Turkey has made a decision to not only refuse to join the broad coalition against ISIS that President Obama promised Wednesday night is more than just a major slap in face for Obama and America. It also presents an obstacle to the success of the presidents promised degradation and destruction of the caliphate. As The Wall Street Journal notes: Was it only a week ago that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel listed a "core coalition" of 10 countries willing to join the U.S. effort to destroy the Islamic State? Since then Britain has categorically ruled out military strikes in Syria,...
  • ISIS sets fire to Iraqs largest oil refinery

    09/13/2014 3:16:36 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 31 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9-13-14 | Amy Miller
    <p>Islamic State militants have set fire to Iraqs largest oil refinery, escalating tensions in the region and raising questions about how much control ISIS could potentially gain over the worlds oil supply.</p> <p>This isnt the first time this particular refinery has been attacked; its a favorite target of ISIS militants. They have attacked the refinery in the past as a way of securing fuel to smuggle to parties who fund their self-declared caliphate in northern Iraq and Syria.</p>
  • Obama and the Corporate Media Lies and Deception on Syria and ISIL

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

    09/11/2014 11:39:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 213 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/11/14 | Jim Hoft
    Yesterday, Barack Obama stated, Turkey needs to be involved in coalition against ISIS. On Thursday Turkey said it will not allow the US to use its airbases to fight ISIS.
  • Turkey refuses US permission for combat missions against ISIS: official

    09/11/2014 5:10:42 AM PDT · by blueyon · 61 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 9/11/14 | Agence France Presse
    ANKARA: Turkey will refuse to allow a US-led coalition to attack jihadists in neighbouring Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations against militants, a government official told AFP Thursday. " Turkey will not be involved in any armed operation but will entirely concentrate on humanitarian operations," the official said on condition of anonymity. The decision echoes the country's refusal to allow the US to station 60,000 troops in Turkey in 2003 to invade Iraq from the north, which triggered a crisis between the two allies. Ankara then also refused Washington permission to...
  • Rebel Arms Flow Is Said to Benefit Jihadists in Syria

    09/10/2014 7:20:44 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | Oct 14, 2012 | DAVID E. SANGER
    Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists... [] American officials have been trying to understand why hard-line Islamists have received the lions share of the arms shipped to the Syrian opposition... Those problems were central concerns for the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David H. Petraeus, when he traveled secretly to Turkey last month, officials said. [] One Middle Eastern diplomat who has dealt extensively with the C.I.A. on the issue said that Mr. Petraeuss goal...
  • Jaw-dropping mosaics abandoned to fate on Turkish Med coast

    09/09/2014 5:03:59 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    Hrriyet ^ | September/09/2014 | mer Erbil ANAMUR
    Anamur locals recount that all of the houses in the settlement had floor mosaics but that most of them were stolen.The mosaic reliefs in the ancient town of Anemurium, designated as a historical zone by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, are in pitiful condition, as rags protect the 1,500- to 1,700-year-old mosaics. There are neither security cameras nor warning signs for the mosaics prone to every kind of physical harm. Some of the mosaics have disintegrated, while some of the tesseras (small pieces of stones that form the mosaic) are plastered with concrete to stop their disintegration. Anemurium is one...
  • Erdogan Compares Israel to Hitler, Says: They Will Drown in the Blood They Shed

    09/10/2014 7:08:06 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 8-3-14
    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, speaking at a rally prior to his election as President of Turkey, said: "Just like Hitler tried to create a pure Aryan race in Germany, the State of Israel is pursuing the same goals right now." He further said: "The more they shed blood, the more they will drown in the blood that they shed." The crowds responded with chants: "Damn Israel! Down with Israel!" The address was posted on the Internet on August 3, 2014. Following are excerpts: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: 100 years ago, we withdrew our soldiers from Shuj'aiyya, but we never withdrew our hearts....
  • New generation AMRAAM to boost Turkeys air firepower

    09/09/2014 9:51:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey ^ | Burak Bekdil | Burak Bekdil
    The medium-range air-to-air missiles to be outfitted to Turkeys F-16 and F-35 fighter jets will come with a price tag of $320 million A new generation of advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) that Turkey will acquire from the United States will significantly upgrade and boost the countrys aerial firepower, according to Air Force officials. Perhaps the most important feature about the new weaponry is that they will be used both in our F-16 fighters and the future F-35s, one senior official said. A defense official said the new version features more sensitive guidance, adding to a fleets firepower. This will...
  • Obama and Turkeys Erdogan discuss the importance of combating the scourge of anti-Semitism

    09/08/2014 5:57:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/8/14 | Robert Spencer
    When two staunch foes of Israel like Obama and Erdogan discuss combating anti-Semitism, they are either performing for the cameras or mean that they need to put yet more pressure on Israel. For in the view of Leftists and Islamic supremacists, if there is any anti-Semitism, it is because of the alleged misdeeds of Israel. If Israel makes another series of concessions to the Palestinian jihadis, all will be well. Obama and Erdogan Discuss Fighting Anti-Semitism, by Ben Ariel, Arutz Sheva, September 6, 2014: U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to combat anti-Semitism, the...
  • Turkey in talks with France over missile purchase: Erdogan (Chinese system unlikely?)

    09/08/2014 9:58:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Agence France-Presse ^ | September/07/2014
    Turkey has resumed talks with France on purchasing a new missile system after negotiations on a controversial deal with a US-blacklisted Chinese company hit a rock, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was reported Sept. 7 as saying. "Some disagreements have emerged with China on the issues of joint production and technology transfer during negotiations over missile defence system," Erdoğan told reporters as he returned from the NATO summit in Wales, according to private television NTV. "Talks are continuing despite that, but France which is second on the list has come up with a new offer. Right now we are...
  • Istanbul Store Bans Entry to 'Jew Dogs'

    09/08/2014 4:43:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/8/2014
    The virulent anti-Semitism that has reared its head with particular animosity in Turkey during Operation Protective Edge shows no sign of abating, as a centrally located store in the country's capital of Istanbul recently refused to do business with "Jew dogs." A picture of the cell phone store in Istanbul's Fatih district was sent to the Turkish Jewish news site Şalom last week, and shows a sign hung in front of the store forbidding entrance for "Jew dogs," reports Walla!. The sign included a picture of religious Jews in white kippot, evidently "settlers" from Judea and Samaria, dancing in front...